The Ohio Valley will sorely miss Bill DeNoon.
William S. DeNoon, who died Aug. 29, was a successful businessman from Bergholz undeniably, but his love of family, friends and community ran deep.
Born in Brush Creek Township, he grew up on a farm. While he quit school at a young age, he began pursuing the dream of owning his own lumber company, and in 1963, he did just that. DeNoon Lumber was born, and what started as a business with three employees grew to a company with more than 120 employees in a period of about 50 years.
His legacy, of course, begins with his family - his wife of 56 years, Janie; a son and two daughters; siblings; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He loyally served the United States in the National Guard and was a faithful member, as well as elder, at Faith Community Church in Bergholz.
But Bill also was passionate about the Bergholz community, as he was a founding member of the successful Bergholz Community Foundation. His support also was strong in the Coats for Kids campaign, and Hounds' Haven Inc., an area animal shelter, was said to be near and dear to his heart.
We also believe he truly cared about his many employees, as he carefully showed them, as well as family members, the value of hard work. That's evident in the success of the long-standing business.
Named the first man of the year in Bergholz, he obviously was well respected by the community he loved.
William S. DeNoon carefully and skillfully created a strong business - one in which its product was shipped all over the world on a daily basis. But beyond that business success, he was a true family man who loved his family, friends and community as much as they loved him.