William S. “Rocket” Petroff, 94, of North Ridgeville, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the Northridge Health Center in North Ridgeville, following a short illness. He was born May 14, 1919, in Cleveland.
Mr. Petroff had been a resident of North Ridgeville since 1977, and previously lived in Cleveland. He was a graduate of Cathedral Latin High School in Cleveland. Mr. Petroff was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp, from 1942 to 1945. He worked for the New York Central Railroad as a car inspector for over 30 years. He then worked in sales at several Cleveland area businesses, finally working at John Lance Ford in Westlake, before retiring when he was in his eighties. He was a member of Veteran’s of Foreign Wars. Since his wife’s death in 2010, Mr. Petroff was well known in North Ridgeville for visiting his wife’s grave, twice a day, every day, taking his lawn chair and playing Frank Sinatra music while sitting there. He was an avid Ohio Lottery player and he enjoyed sports. His greatest joy was to spend time with his beloved family.
Mr. Petroff is survived by four sons, William Jr. (Barb) of Fort Wayne, Indiana, David of Akron, Gary (Marilyn) and John (Lynne), both of North Ridgeville; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and by one sister, Olga Petroff of Akron.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Jeanne (nee Craik) in 2010; and by two brothers, Steve and Carl Petroff.
The family will receive friends Thursday, December 19, 2013, from 4 to 8 P.M., at the Liston Funeral Home, 36403 Center Ridge Rd., at Stoney Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville. The funeral service will be Friday, December 20, 2013, at 10 A.M., at the funeral home. Pastor Dave Howell from First Congregational United Church of Christ, in North Ridgeville, will officiate. Burial will be at Fields Cemetery in North Ridgeville, where members of the honor guard from VFW Post #9871 in North Ridgeville, will conduct full military honors.