CALE, Willard


CALE, Willard Keith

81, of Centerville, OH, passed away peacefully in the presence of family and friends on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Born September 20, 1940 in Buffalo, OH to his late parents Boyd and Leone Cale, he attended Buffalo High School . Will is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Sylvia Cale; his daughter Kathy Eichlin,

son-in-law Brian Eichlin and grandsons Kevin and Garret Eichlin of Oak Ridge, NC; sister-in-law Marilyn Cale of Colorado Springs, CO; and many nephews and nieces, great-nephews and nieces scattered across the country. Will really enjoyed his frequent trips to North Carolina and Kiawah Island, spending time with his family and watching his very proud grandsons play sports and grow into the young men they have become. Will was predeceased by his brothers Robert, Dean and Jerry and his sisters-in-law Margaret and Helen. Will was proud that all three brothers served in the military. Robert and Dean were WWII Army Air Core and Navy veterans, respectively, and

Jerry was a Marine during the Cold War. Will received a

A bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s degree from Ohio State University, and postgraduate work at Xavier University and the University of Miami. Will retired from Centerville city schools after more than 45 years, where he started as a biology teacher at Magsig, then served as

Vice-Principal Cline moved on to Principal of Centerville High School where he helped build the new high school and the facilities that stand there today. Will later served as Director of Curriculum and Deputy Superintendent of Schools for the City of Centerville. To this day, Will has continued to

supporting the school district with levies, scholarship exams, and coordination and attended every Elk football and basketball game he could. Will was an avid sports fan and faithfully followed the Ohio State University Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns. He also enjoyed traveling with his family, golfing, fishing, and having the opportunity to volunteer and

organize several professional LPGA and senior golf tournaments. Will enjoyed participating in church and service activities. He was a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club for 46 years where he held most positions within the club, including that of president. He was especially proud of the Will Cale Scholarship, a college scholarship established by the Centerville Noon Optimist Club to help students who had faced some type of adversity. He has served on the board of the Dayton Society of Natural History and as a trustee of the Centerville Education Foundation. Will and Sylvia attended Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering for over 40 years, where Will chaired the Video Ministries Commission, served on the board, and participated in many other church activities. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday May 14 at the funeral home followed by interment at

Miami Valley Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Centerville Noon Optimist Club Will Cale Scholarship Program at the Centerville Noon Optimist Club, PO Box 750492, Dayton, OH 45475-0492. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy can be made at


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