William W. (Bill) Mountsier
William W. (Bill) Mountsier, 89, passed away Friday, February 26. Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Lou (35 years), and his second wife, Jeane (16 years). His parents were Silas Rush Mountsier, Jr. and Margaret Stevenson Mountsier. He is also preceded in death by three older siblings. He is survived by his children Beth (Jim) of Seattle, WA and Bill (Deb) of Mason, OH, his grandchildren Kyle (Amanda), Katie (Jeremy), and Alex, and his great-grandchildren Ansley and Jack. He is also survived by three other siblings, Silas (Graeme) of Nutley, NJ, Steve of Lake Barrington, IL, and Betsy (Peter) of Lewiston, NY.
Bill grew up in Nutley, NJ and graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He then lived the rest of his life in the greater Cincinnati area. Bill worked for Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati for 33 years, owned his own business in Lawrenceburg, IN, and led the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce as its Executive Director. He served on numerous boards and volunteered for many organizations including Cub Scouts, Finneytown Boosters, churches, food banks, Maple Knoll Retirement Center, and his favorite, Habitat for Humanity.
The Mountsier family with their seven children (Bill, second from the youngest) was well known in the small town of Nutley, NJ. The stories told about them are legendary . . . and many of them are actually true! Though each family member is truly unique, they have left a legacy of love, care, volunteerism, benevolence, and fun that each grandchild is thankful for. Bill also had a life-long friend, Charley Huck. They spent many days and summers at the Huck’s farm in central New Jersey where they played, built, invented, experimented, and learned to their hearts’ delight. These adventures fueled their creativity and an attitude that with some time and work, just about anything could be accomplished.
He was a doer and a servant leader always involved in his community, whether it was his kids’ activities, church, or the United Way drive at P&G. When not volunteering he nearly always had a project going, maintaining his cars or fixing things around the house; he even was the general contractor when they built their house at Hidden Valley Lake.
Bill enjoyed activities with his spouses, children and friends. His favorites included bridge, the annual summer lobster feast on the deck (which Bill built), gardening, sailing, tennis, music, beach vacations, and the horse races at Keeneland. He loved to travel and made special trips to Europe, Ireland, Barbados, the Montreal Olympics, a rafting trip down the Colorado River, a train trip across Canada, and an African Safari.
Bill will be remembered as a gentleman who was kind to all, with a demeanor of peace and optimism. Throughout his life Bill was a teacher by example. He rarely spoke expectations, but always set the bar high by his own involvement, actions, and attitudes. He will be missed.
The immediate family will be having a private service at Arlington Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to Butler County Habitat for Humanity in Bill’s memory. https://www.habitatcincinnati.org/how-to-help/donate/donate-now.html