William Ambs

William A. Ambs

March 19, 1953 - October 20, 2020
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William "Bill" A. Ambs of Anderson Twp., passed away peacefully on October 20, 2020 at the age of 67. Bill was the beloved husband of Barbara Stein Ambs. He was the loving father of Brian (Melissa) and Elizabeth (Shepard) Webeler (Andrew) and devoted grandfather (PopPop) to Lila Butler, Daisy and Brooke Shepard, and Elijah Ambs. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Marie (Paufler) and Alfred James and his sister Joanne Diehl and loving pets. He is survived by his brother Alfred Richard.
He was an uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill will be missed by numerous friends and coworkers after his 40 years working at Keebler Company and Kellogg Company, where he handled the National account for The Kroger Company and was well admired and respected.

Bill loved all sports and but was an avid fan of the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds, Buffalo Bills, and the Marshall University Thundering Herd. When his son Brian was active in the local Cincinnati Amateur Hockey Association, Bill volunteered and served as a past president.

In lieu of flowers, Bill's family requests donations to the National Kidney Foundation at or the Foundation for Underserved Rescues at in Bill's name.

A Celebrations of Life is being planned for the summer of 2021 in both Cincinnati, Ohio and Buffalo, NY. Bill will be buried in Buffalo, NY with his parents
and sister.

The family kindly request for you to send in memories of Bill Ambs for the grandchildren to remember him via email to or click on the memory wall tab above to share a memory. Elizabeth, his daughter is creating a celebration of life book for each of the grandchild to have.
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Julian Bell

Posted at 04:47pm
Bill Ambs I really miss you! My best friend for 47 years! From when we first me at Marshall University about 1973, you have always been there for me. Whether it was visiting me when I had a stroke in 2011, or showing up my dad's funeral (in rural WV) in 2016, or putting us up when the damaged washer hose flooded our house in Anderson Township, or just joining me for fun at numerous athletic events (Buckeye, Bearcat, or Herd football, Memorial tournament, Reds baseball, Blue Jackets hockey, NCAA Tournament basketball, or even the Super Bowl 1n 1998) or wonderful concerts like the Rolling Stones or Hot Tuna, Bill has always been there with me and for me! You were always striving to take care of others, I only wish I could have taken better care of you. Rest peacefully, I am looking forward to seeing you again, in a little while.

Julian Bell

Tom Tarvin

Posted at 01:52pm
My condolences on your loss. I am grateful he was my neighbor and I had looked forward to spending some time with him poolside. But a greater force prevailed and I have no doubt he will continue to cherish family and friends from above. We would grab a light bite together with our wives, and on occasion, it was a special treat because Bill and I shared a unique taste for pepperoni and anchovy pizza. We shared yard tools, occasional sporting events and I will always be in awe of his fireworks. He will be dearly missed.

Jen Carter

Posted at 09:25am
I had the pleasure of working with Bill for just four short years at Kellogg's and I remember every conversation since the first one in his office during my orientation. I was completely new to the food world and especially new to DSD. Bill drew me pictures, explained it to me, showed me pictures of his family and chatted Kellogg's history. We shared a few really great trips to the Daytona 500 where Bill arranged a private shuttle with police escort to take us and a few Kroger folks to the race later in the day and was the greatest host, making sure everyone was comfortable, had a drink and food. BUT my greatest memory of Bill was the trip to the Fairfax Keebler bakery. I grew up by it smelling it every morning and had really great memories of my grandma and grandpa telling me about it. After a tour of the bakery Bill pulled me aside and made sure I got a photo in front of the plan to show my grandma that I FINALLY got to see the inside. He remembered that story from our first meeting on my first day. That is just the kind of person Bill was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and grandchildren. Your husband, dad, grandpa was a living legend at Kellogg. Thank you for sharing him. Prayers, Jen Carter (Kellogg's)

Cousin Pete

Posted at 09:58pm
One of my oldest memories, with Bill, was driving to Jack and Joanne’s wedding. The two of us were seated in the back of uncle Charlie’s big, red Cadillac with the top down. It was a thrill I haven’t forgotten! As special bonus, we happen to drive over an old baseball glove in the road. We stopped to pick it up and I won a game of “guess the number”. It was an old three fingered glove that I used and kept in my room for at least 20 years. Another great memory was playing tackle football in the Ambs’ basement. Our parents really hated that !

Paula Franckhauser

Posted at 08:17pm
Bill was my patient at Christ Hospital. He was kind and always 10 steps ahead of me. I will miss his phone calls and emails. To his family please know he was a great caring man wha always talked about his family with a smile. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

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