Obituary for William R. Baldwin


William R. Baldwin

William R. Baldwin, age 83, of Warsaw, IN, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Ctr, Plymouth, IN. Bill was born June 13, 1936 in Perth Amboy, N.J. to William G. and Lydia (Malwitz) Baldwin. He spent his childhood in Carteret, N.J., moving to Spring Lake Heights, N.J. at the Jersey Shore. Eventually relocating to Warsaw, IN. in 1974.

He was united in marriage to Joan Kish of Carteret, N.J. in October of 1957. Joan passed away October 1996. Bill was united in marriage on June 26, 1999 to Gretchen Greene Doyle in Warsaw, IN.

Bill earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New York. He was also a graduate from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. where he studied Mandarin Chinese. Bill proudly served his country from 1958 – 1964 as a SP5 (T) in the U.S. Army serving in the far east as a Chinese translator. He was employed by Pratt and Lambert as an industrial sales representative from 1964-1972. In 1972 he joined Armstrong Powder Coatings of Warsaw. Relocating to Warsaw in 1974, Bill assumed the position of Sales Manager. From 1988-2003 he was the Market Development Manager for PPG Industries, retiring in 2003.

Bill believed strongly that one should give back to the community. He served as City Councilman Spring Lake Heights, N. J., Wall township N.J. Jaycees President, Member of the Central Park Planning commission in Warsaw, IN. He also served as President of Warsaw Parks & Recreation Board of Directors, Planning Commission, President of Kosciusko Literacy Services Board of Directors, Sacred Heart Catholic Church Music Ministry from 1974 to present. His professional affiliations include the Powder Coating Institute, Chemical Coaters Association and Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Bill is survived by his wife of 21 years, Gretchen Baldwin of Warsaw, IN; sons, Russell (Vicki) Baldwin of Huntsville, AL, Randy (Vicky Watkins) Baldwin of Warsaw, IN; sister, Joan Baldwin Amzler of Rock Hill, S.C.; brothers, Robert Baldwin of St. Petersburg, FL, Gordon Baldwin, of Litchfield, CN. In addition, surviving are grandchildren, Ryan Baldwin, Chelsea (Hayden) Piersal of Syracuse and Paige (Dustin) Scharf of Mentone, IN, Joseph (Rachel) Baldwin of Grovetown, GA, Jordon(Erin) Baldwin of Wilmington, N.C. and Jeanna Baldwin of Huntsville, AL; great grandchildren, Emily Baldwin, Madelyn, Annabel, and Amelia Scharf of Warsaw, IN, Liam, Mason and Connor Baldwin of Grovetown, GA; step children, Danielle (Paul) Bowman of Noblesville, IN, Joseph Doyle of Portage, IN, Patrick (Sharon) Doyle of Noblesville, IN and Shannon Doyle of Warsaw, IN; step grandchildren, Alexander Sizemore of Warsaw, IN and Christopher Jameson of Largo, FL. He was preceded in death by brother, Wallace Baldwin.

A private graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Father Jonathan Norton will officiate. Military Honors will be rendered by American Legion Post #49 and V.F.W. Post #1126. Services are entrusted to McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw

Memorial donations may be made to
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Music Ministry
125 N. Harrison St.
Warsaw, IN 46580



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