Former Adams County Commissioner and Tiffin Township Trustee Bill Seaman passed away on Tuesday, August 18. He was 77 years old.
The Adams County Commissioners declared a period of county-wide mourning and released a statement reading,
”The Board of County Commissioners joins our elected colleagues and staff as we send our deepest sympathy to the family of Commissioner Bill Seaman. Commissioner Seaman was a true public servant and his legacy will live on for many years to come. May he rest in peace.”
Traditional black mourning ribbons were placed on the courthouse and on the commissioner’s office door. Becky Brodt, Clerk of the Commissioners Board, and Rick Setty lowered the flag to half mast.
Mr. Seaman served three terms as commissioner (1993-97/1999-02/2003-06). Fellow commissioners who served with him were Roger Rhonemus and John Cluxton.
He was a widely respected citizen of the county and friends and colleagues described him as a good and decent man who was easy to work with and who always tried to put people at ease. He leaves a rich legacy of service, leadership and friendship.
His friend and fellow commissioner, Roger Rhonemus described him as a man who cared for people and put people first. “We were in opposite political parties,” said Rhonemus, “I’d tease him about being a Democrat, but there was no malice, it was all in fun,” he added. “I counted it an honor to be called his friend.”
Judge Brett Spencer echoed those sentiments. “I had the pleasure of serving as a judge when Bill was commissioner and he always invited open communications,” said Spencer. “He was always straightforward, and whatever he said you could take it to the bank. He was also a great steward of the land and he was faithful in his family, his faith, and in his county, and he was my friend.”
Commissioner Seaman was born on April 20, 1938 to Richard and Louise (Robe) Seaman in West Union. He leaves behind his wife, Doris, one son, Ashley, his brother Richard and his sister Sue Lewis, several nieces and nephews and many friends.