YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – William John Kasmer, 72, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Bill was born on March 28, 1949, in Youngstown, Ohio, the only son of William John and Irene (Sebest) Kasmer.
On September 6, 1975, he was united in marriage to the former Rolayne D. Smith with whom he shared 45 years of marriage.
A graduate of Chaney High School, Bill continued his education at Youngstown State University receiving a degree in mechanical engineering.
He was employed by Kaiser Refractories and Eljer Plumbingware, Inc. and owned his own consulting business.
Bill was a 50-year member of the Mahoning Chapter of the Sports Car of Club of America (SCCA) – Winning the Kryderacing Award numerous times. He also built and raced various racing cars including Sports 2000’s. He enjoyed breeding, raising and showing Great Dane dogs for 45 years.
He is survived by his beloved wife Rolayne; sister, Kaaren Cabraja; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Gwen Willock, Sr.; nephew, Jim (Paula) Willock, Jr.; two great-nephews, Victor and Vincent Willock and his faithful canine companion, Maverick.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in law, Norman and Becky Smith and brother-in-law, Peter Cabraja.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, 5797 Mahoning Avenue, Austintown, OH 44515.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
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