SEBRING, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – William Traner passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at Alliance Community Hospital.

He was a lifelong resident of Sebring, was born in Alliance on January 11, 1960, the son of Earl Traner and Lucia C. (Hunter) Woods. 

Billy will be remembered as one of the kindest and most pro-community people around. He could be found almost around every corner being actively involved in activities to numerous to name not only Sebring but the surrounding areas. He was always a friendly face, when he was able you could find him helping out at Springer’s, he loved being involved in the Sebring Fire Department even being named an honorary member and was chosen to be the Sebring Fireman’s Festival Parade Marshall in 2019.

Recently he became active in attending the Sebring Nazarene Church and shared his passion for giving ones time to various causes.

Survivors include his mother, Lucia Woods; a brother, James (Jeannine) Traner; sister, Lynnette (Woods) Beetler; brother, Thomas Woods and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Billy was preceded in death by both his fathers, Earl Traner and Lewis Wood; a sister, Luanna Couts-Milbourn and a brother, Jay L. Woods.

A private graveside service will be held. A gathering of friends and family will take place at a later date in Sebring.

Memorial contributions can be made in Billy’s honor to the Sebring Church of the Nazarene, 626 West Maryland Avenue, Sebring, OH 44672 or The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 1645 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505.

Friends and family may sign the guest register and send condolences online at Arrangements have been entrusted to Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home, 330-938-2526.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of William “Billy” Traner, please visit our floral store.

A television tribute will air Friday, August 25 at the following approximate times: 6:47 a.m. on WYTV, 9:43 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.