We are saddened to report the unexpected passing of William Batchelder, former Ohio House Speaker. He died on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at the age of 79. The Batchelder Company co-founder, Chad Hawley, confirmed the heartbreaking news on Saturday itself. Ever since the news came to the light, tributes and condolences have flooded social media. Netizens are paying heartfelt tributes to the well-known personality and are praying for his peace. Amidst this, William Batchelder cause of death is also being searched. Here is what we know about his sudden demise and other details related to him.
Chad Hawley, the co-founder of The Batchelder Company where William served as the “Chairman Emeritus” confirmed the passing of the latter. However, Chad did not disclose his death cause. William’s family and his other associates have also not revealed “how did William die”. So, what happened to William Batchelder is unknown at this time. Although Chad has said that the details regarding his memorial arrangements will follow and it was also said that William’s family has asked to respect their privacy.
Who Was William Batchelder?
The news has caused the general public to search for “Who was William Batchelder” on the internet. The 79-year-old was the 101st Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. He had served as the speaker from 2011 to 2014. Before serving this position, William was the representative for the 69th District of Ohio where he served from 2007 to 2014. Besides, Batchelder represented Medina County from 1968 to 1999.
Later, he left to become Medina County Court judge of Common Pleas. In 2007, he was elected once again and finally in 2011, he became its speaker. Before leaving office in 2014, William had said that he had dreamt of becoming the speaker for a long time and said that the Ohio House of Representatives is the highest office. Former president of the Ohio Senate, Larry Obhof, called William a “towering figure”.
Obhof said that he dedicated his entire adult life to serving as a judge and in the military and was one of the longest-serving members of the Ohio House of Representatives ib the state’s history. Larry further added that he feels honoured to have had the opportunity to serve with him in the legislature and he feels proud to call him a friend. He concluded that Ohioans are now better off because of Batchelder’s service and that he will be truly missed by everyone. May his soul rest in peace!