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William "Willy" Mekoleske

Thursday, May 7th, 1953 - Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
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William "Willy" L. Mekoleske, 65

William "Willy" L. Mekoleske, 65 of Greenwich moved to his new home in Heaven on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
He was born on May 7, 1953 to the late George J. and Alice Jean (nee Heath) Mekoleske Winstead in Elyria.
He married the former Phyllis Leisure on April 26, 1982.

Willy attended Ashland High School. He was employed at Ashland Rubber Products for more than 10 years. In addition to his employment, Willy owned a mobile recording studio traveling to local high school music concerts and to Ashland University recording live performances of the event.

Willy has been an accomplished guitarist for more than 50 years having placed 7th in the Ohio's Best Rock Guitarist Contest. Throughout his career as a musician, he was a member of numerous bands including: Thunder, Hagathas Bluff, Eddie’s Revenge, and Meinstein. Willy was very generous having played at benefits concerts, many charitable organizations, Ashland County Cancer and the Wood Choppers Ball in Cleveland.
He was affectionately known as “Daddyo’’ or “Grandpa Willy” to his loving family. Willy will be most notably remembered for his quirky humor and guitar virtuosity.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Phyllis Mekoleske of Greenwich; one son, Mike (Kandus) Mekoleske of Ashland; two granddaughters, Monique and Alora; one sister, Jeannie Leisure of Polk; two brothers, Chuck Mekoleske of Ashland and Jim Mekoleske of Lancaster; and favorite nephew, Harley Leisure of Polk, as well as other nieces and nephews.

Willy is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held, Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home in Ashland, with Dr. Mark Hamilton officiating. Interment will follow in the Ashland County Memorial Park. Friends may call two hours prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home. A meal and time of fellowship will be served at the Kroc Center in Ashland following the committal service.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, Ohio Health Hospice, Companions of Ashland, daughter in law Kandus Mekoleske, John and Pat Saylor, and Melissa Stage for the love, friendship and heartfelt care they provided to Willy over the last years of his life.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home and Crematory
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 2:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home and Crematory
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. Mark Hamilton
  • Interment

    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 |
    Thursday, March 28th, 2019
    Ashland County Memorial Park
    Address Not Available
    ashland, OH 44805
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Ron Starcher

Posted at 04:32pm
Willy was a good guy and a great guitar player. Rest in Peace buddy.

Bryan McGathey

Posted at 02:11pm
With deepest sympathy,Bryan,Joyanna McGathey, Heather,Phil, Jenny, John, Mike, Holly
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Renee Waugaman

Posted at 06:11am
Though it's been eons since I've seen you, I will always have fond memories of when you and Jim were my neighbors. I'll hold those memories close. Sending prayers of peace and comfort to the family as they go through this most difficult time. I am sure you are making beautiful music for God and the angels. RIP Willy, you will be sadly missed and remembered fondly.

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Posted at 12:50am
You will be forever missed. With love your family and friends
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