William “Billy” Kishman, 67, passed away at home, surrounded by his family, Wednesday, August 13, 2014, after suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He was under the care of the Crossroads Hospice program. He was born in New York City, New York, on October 29, 1946 to Dr. William E. and Alice Kishman.
Billy was a member of St. Mary Church in Lorain. He retired from CenturyTel in 2012 after 37 years as a lineman. Billy served six years in the Army National Guard. He was a 1965 graduate of Lorain High School. He served as Vice President of his Senior Class and was a newspaper reporter. Billy was a member of the National Honor Society and voted best all around. Athletics was Billy’s passion. football, quarterback, safety, 1961-1969; basketball, guard, 1961-1965; baseball, second base, shortstop, 1964-1965; Colorado State University (CSU) Lettermen’s Club 1966-1970; he was voted the CSU’s Golden Helmet Award by his teammates. Honors: Best All-Around, All-Buckeye Conference, football first team and third team, honorable mention, All-Ohio Football; All-American mention by both UPI and AP 1968; Detroit Press All-American Team 1968; East-West Shrine Game 1968; and All-American Game 1969. He was honored with a spot on the Kodak 100 Team. Following his senior year at CSU, Billy was a high draft choice of Vince Lombardi and the Washington Redskins. In 1987, he was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame.
His pastime was serving as coach on the Adam’s Cafe football team and mentoring young athletes. He felt it was important for young members of the team to have the opportunity to play versus winning the game. He enjoyed watching college sports, reading and spending time with his family. His family was most important to him and he took it upon himself to make sure they were always out of harm’s way.
He is survived by wife, Loretta Kishman; his sons, Todd Phillips and Tad (Shelby) Phillips; grandsons, Jonathan, David and Cooper; mother, Alice (nee Flaherty) Kishman; sisters, Patti (Dick) Doyle, Judi (Frank-deceased) Cellozzi, Debi (Chuck) Sturgill, Stephanie (Keith) Waters and Rose (Fred) Reynolds; brother, Mike (Karen) Kishman and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. William E. Kishman; paternal grandparents, Dr. Myron and Goldie Kishman; maternal grandparents, Patrick and Alice Flaherty.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan- Giovannazzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2150 Broadway, Lorain (440) 244-1961, Friday, August 15, 2014, from 4 until 8 P.M. The Lorain Sports Hall of Fame will conduct a service at the funeral home Friday at 7 P.M. A funeral service will be held at 1 P.M., Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the funeral home, with Father Daniel O. Divis, Pastor, officiating. Christian burial services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 9775 Rockside Road, Valleyview, OH 44125 or Cure PSP, 30 East Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or St. Mary Church, 309 7th Street, Lorain, OH 44052.