William “Bill” Ferguson, 72, of Hawthorne Drive, died at 8:49 a.m. September 27, 2017, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.
Bill was born February 11, 1945, in Jonesville, the son of William I. and Elizabeth Kuhlman Ferguson. He married Karen McDaniel on November 24, 1967.
After graduating high school in 1963, he worked for Cummins Engine Co. for seven years, except for 1965-1967, when he served in the United States Army.
Starting in 1970 he served in the Columbus Fire Department for a total of 36 years.
He also worked at the Columbus Landfill in 2006 until becoming a caregiver to his grandsons for the past nine years.
He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Columbus and a former member of the Free Methodist Church.
His love for his family was foremost, but he also enjoyed spending time at Disney World and taking care of vintage cars and trucks.
He was always willing to offer a helping hand to others in need, including serving on a mission trip to Venezuela to help build a church and school.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, October 2, 2017, at the First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Brian Rogers officiating. Viewing will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Burial will be at Daugherty Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene or the Free Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; son, Jason L. (Brenda) Ferguson of Whiteland, daughter, Janae L. (Daniel) Rittenhouse of Arlington, Virginia; brother, Gilbert (Debby) Ferguson of Bargersville; grandchildren, Cole, Chase, Cooper and Cody Ferguson; brother-in-law, Ronald (Carol) McDaniel of Seymour; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Emma Nemyer and Wanda Hoover.
Arrangements by Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.
You are invited to view his video tribute and send a message to the family via the internet.