William Douglas Lawson

Born: Fri., Oct. 3, 1952
Died: Thu., Apr. 10, 2014


3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 19, 2014
Location: N. William St. Location

Memorial Service

4:00 PM Sat., Apr. 19, 2014

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William Douglas Lawson, 62, of South Bend Indiana, died April 10, 2014, at Foster G. McGaw Hospital in Maywood, Illinois.  Bill was born October 3, 1952, in South Bend, Indiana, to Douglas and Betty Lawson. He was raised in South Bend and attended John Adams High School.  After graduating, Bill took a year off to tour the United States by motorcycle and ended up in Vail Colorado.  While in Vail, he enjoyed the activities of the Rockies and became a ski instructor. 

After returning to South Bend, Bill entered a four year carpentry apprenticeship.  During his apprenticeship, Bill refined his skills which enabled him to pursue his passion for building, and became a master carpenter.  For the last 27 years, Bill has used his passion of carpentry while working for the Sisters of the Holy Cross.          

His other passion in life was his wife Faythe.  They met each other through friends on July 5th, getting married one year later to the day.  They were blessed with their beautiful baby boy Brandon the following year.  Faythe and Bill were inseparable and shared 34 happy years together.  

Over the years Bill enjoyed coaching his son's baseball team and never missed a marching band competition in which his son participated.  Spending time with family, friends, and their beloved dogs at the family lake house was one of his favorite past times.

Bill is survived by his wife, Faythe; son, Brandon (Jodie Cunningham); sister, Connie Smith (Harley Smith); niece, Ashley Mandy Arnold (Justin Arnold); brother, Craig (Susan Lawson); nephew, Nicholas, and sister-in-law, Barbara Steele.

Memorial services will be held at The Welsheimer Funeral Home, 521 N. William Street on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. The family will receive friends on Saturday in the funeral home from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana, P.O. Box 4204, South Bend, IN, 46634 or Heartland Small Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 6033, South Bend, IN, 46660. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.


Charitable donations may be made in William's memory to the following organization:

Heartland Small Animal Rescue
P.O. Box 6033, South Bend, IN, 46660

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Lori Green
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
Faythe, I was so very very sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that I am praying for you daily. Miss you!

Love, Lori

Mahlon Wise
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
Learning of Bill's passing was quite shocking and sad. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy!

David and Angel Konkey
   Posted Sat April 19, 2014
Faythe, please accept our sympathy on the passing of your husband; we just heard the news about Bill. We are sorry for your loss. Although we do not know each other personally, we often exchange greetings as we drive through the neighborhood. Please know that your neighbors in the court are here if you need us.

Pamela Barker-Pawloski
   Posted Mon April 21, 2014
So sorry to hear about your husband, Bill. I think you two loved each other from the very first day you met and his passing must be a tremendous loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.