Billy Ben Abel

Died: Sat., Sep. 1, 2018


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 04, 2018
Location: Reichard Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Sep. 05, 2018
Location: Reichard Funeral Home

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UNION CITY, OH  -  Billy Ben Abel, 78, passed away peacefully Saturday Sept. 1, 2018 at his residence surrounded by family. He was born June 1, 1940 in Union City, IN son of the late Kenneth and Alda Ruth (Hough) Abel.
Bill was a barber for 59 years in the Greenville and Ansonia area, he valued his customers and the many friends who blessed his life. Bill was also a lifelong farmer, graduated from Jackson School with the class of 1958, and was a member of the Community United Methodist Church. Bill and Vera were part of a couples card club that lasted over 50 years. He enjoyed grilling, family gatherings, community pig roasts at Batemans' woods, Wednesday night Council Meetings at Batemans' Garage, the annual deer hunting trip, fishing in Canada, attending sporting events, harness racing and casino trips. His laugh will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have shared his company.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Vera Jean (Gibson) Abel; daughters, Sandra (Ron) Huntwork of Union City, IN, Jeanelle (Daren) Hiatt of Union City, OH; grandchildren, Russ Reichard Jr, Darick Hiatt, and Megan Hiatt; great grandchildren, Oaklee, Ava and Addison Reichard, Brody and Jay Hiatt; a brother, Kerry (Mona Belle) Abel of Lake Placid, FL; an aunt, Mary Gillespie; step-grandchildren, Nickie Huntwork Bush, Christi Huntwork Weaver; several nieces, nephews and cousins also.
Visitation is 5-8 PM Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018 at the Reichard Funeral Home Inc., 400 W. Deerfield Rd., Union City, IN. Services are 10:00 AM Wednesday Sept. 5, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Community United Methodist Church, or the Mississinawa Valley or Ansonia Schools Athletic Boosters with envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Dick and Debby Sodders, Donald Booker
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
Hard to believe that two weeks ago we sat with Billy at the family reunion. Billy has been Dick's barber for many years. He will definitely be missed by all those who knew him. Many hugs and condolences to the family! May God bless each of you as you begin the journey without your loved one.

Jerry & Betty Nottingham
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Lisa Brooks
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
Vera, Sandy and Jeanelle and families!
Was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Will never forget Bill's laugh! Roger and Lisa Brooks

Shelly Hoffman
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss he cut my family hair our little town of Ansonia will not be the same 😞😞 he is up there in heaven with my dad telling stories. He was a great man and he will be miss by many 😞😞

Doug Wright
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
Are condolence's goes out to the family. Billy was a great man an loved to tell us stories. He will be missed.

Kenton Loy
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
Vera, Sandy & Janelle, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's, passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kenton Loy

Lee and Dennis Pouder
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
Dear Vera and girls, so very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We had not heard that he had been sick was was so very surprised. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Theresa Billenstein
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
Sorry to hear of Bills passing. I had the pleasure of assisting Bill with his farm needs for 30 yrs. Always enjoyed working with him! Never had anything but a smile on his face and was very enjoyable to talk to. He was one of my favorite customers. May he rest in peace. My condolences to all of his family.

Mrs. Rick Brown
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
My husband was a costumer for years. Sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

Bonnie Goldsberry
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
I am a niece of Monabelle Abel and would like to send our sincere sympathy to Kerrys family on the loss of his brother. They are very sad that they are not able to come to OH to be with family. Neither of them are very mobile.

Pam and Greg Black
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
So, so sorry, you guys!! We've been gone all weekend and just saw this!! Thinking of all of you.....

Chad Wolfe
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
This man cut my hair for about 6-7 years when I was younger. My father and he were good friends. Some of my fondest memories are of his barber shop in Ansonia and listening to old men tell β€œlies”. If my father liked him he was no doubt a good man. RIP sir.

Bob Campbell
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Your family has my sympathy. He was my barber for 53 years and he will be missed. We always had something to talk about farming.

Ginny Higgins
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
Vera, and Family. Please accept my sympathy in the passing of Bill. Ginny

Jerilyn Lester
   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
Sorry to hear of you loss of Billy. Prayer for your family doing this time

   Posted Tue September 04, 2018
Sorry to hear of Bill passing. You have my sincere condolence. I enjoyed the conversations we had while he was cutting my hair. I will greatly miss him.

G. Wilson
   Posted Thu September 06, 2018
I'm sorry for your loss and know that as spiritual people you will be greatly comforted by God's word (John 17:17) which assures us that we can see our dead loved ones in the near future (revelation 11:18; John 11:23-26) under a new governmental arrangement by our Heavenly Father, Jehovah and His son, Jesus Christ (revelation 21:1-5; Isaiah 9:6,7; psalm 83:18)

Roxann Grant
   Posted Sun September 09, 2018
Dearest Sandy, Vera , Janelle, I am so sorry to hear of Bill passing. I had no idea he was even sick. My prayers are with each and everyone of you. May he Rest in Peace. Roxann Grant

Rita Runyon Leggett
   Posted Sat October 06, 2018

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