William "Bill" Charles Sahm, 75, Kokomo, died at 2:45 a.m. Monday, June 7, 2010 at St. Joseph Hospital.
He was born Feb. 17, 1935 in Linton, the son of William C. and Margaret (Murphy) Sahm. On June 15, 1957 at St. Mary Cathedral, Lafayette, he married Rita L. Zahn who survives.
Bill was a 1952 graduate of Linton Stockton High School. In 1956, he received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and in 1967, his Master's Degree in Industrial Management, both from Purdue University. He worked for Delco Electronics for 42 years retiring on December 31, 1998. During that time he held various positions including service department, sales administrator of marketing, regional sales manager, manufacturing engineer manager, and retiring as engineer administration manager, powertrain electronics.
He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, life member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Howard County Republican Steering Committee, Republican Century Club, Elks Lodge # 190, John Purdue Club, life member of Purdue University Presidents Council, life member of Purdue Alumni Association, Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, SCORE, Waters Edge Homeowners Board of Directors, Meals on Wheels and Grissom Community Council. He served on the Kokomo Library Board for nine years, as president for three years and at the time of his death, was serving as vice president.
He was a former member of the Kokomo Country Club and had been a Clay Township Trustee and Advisory Board Member.
In addition to his wife Rita, Bill is survived by one son, Charles "Chuck" Sahm and his wife, Lois; four grandchildren, Douglas Sahm, Michelle Sahm, Daniel Sahm, Allison Sahm, all of Dunlap, Ill.; sister, Mary Margaret Vogler and her husband Richard of Webster, New York; sister-in-law, Loretta Sahm of Indianapolis; six nieces and three nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Mark Sahm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 10, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 South 200 West in Kokomo with Rev. Fr. Theodore Dudzinski, Rev. Fr. David Hasser and Deacon Ron Morrow, the celebrants.
Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church, from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, where a Scripture Service will be observed at 7:30 p.m.
Shirley & Stout Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, St. Mary of the Woods, Kokomo Howard County Public Library or to the charity of your choice, with envelopes available.
Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.