William “Bill” Edward Fish

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William “Bill” Edward Fish

U.S. Air Force Cpt. William “Bill” Edward Fish passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, after a heart attack at his home in Pataskala, Ohio. He was 54.

 Bill was a member of Sitka High School’s class of 1980.

He received a B.S. degree in aeronautical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1984 and an MBA from Westchester University in 1993.

He served in the U.S. Air Force as a development engineer specializing in astronautics. He primarily worked with Air Force Materiel Command, specifically with the Air Logistics Complex with the 76th Maintenance Wing out of Tinker AFB. For his service in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm Bill received a National Defense Service Medal Joint Meritorious Unit Award, as well as many other decorations, medals, badges, citations, and campaign ribbons.

After finishing his career in the Air Force, Bill went on to be a successful software developer. He was employed with Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, at the time of his death.

Bill was a passionate triathlete. He spent countless hours running, swimming, and cycling – most recently he was training for an Ironman race.

In addition to spending time racing and training, Bill was also an active member of the Episcopal Church. He previously served as a junior warden in a previous parish, and currently volunteered with a committee working to address the opiate crisis in Ohio.

Bill loved spending time with his family, and was looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild in August. Bill will be remembered for his dedication to serving his country and community.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, MaryAnn A. Goodman-Fish, of  Pataskala; his son, Daniel B. Fish and wife Laura D. Fish; his daughter AnnaBeth M. Feltner and husband, Matthew R. Feltner; his parents, Robert B. Fish and Marcia M. Fish; his brother Robert J. Fish; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Helen Fish, and Edward and Marcia Morgan, and uncle Edward Morgan.

A memorial service is planned Saturday, May 6, in Quakertown, Pa. He will be interred at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets or St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Pickerington, Ohio.