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William D. Stokes

April 24, 1966 ~ January 24, 2021 (age 54)


Bill Stokes, 54, passed away unexpectedly in his home on January 24, 2021.  He was born April 24, 1966 in Akron to the late Thomas Stokes and Judi Freshwater.  Bill was a 1985 graduate of Kenmore High School, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and a Sergeant for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years as well as serving on the Norton Fire Department. 

During Bill’s years in the Coast Guard serving his country he traveled around the world making friends everywhere he was stationed and in every port along the way.  At the Sheriff’s office Bill was respected and always did his job well.  Everything he did was with a passion to help anyone who needed him in that moment.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and brought life to any gathering he was a part of.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and oftentimes was a master of pranks.  No matter the situation he could always bring a smile to your face.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jennifer; sons, Bryce (Sara Morgan) and Aaron Stokes; daughter, Tessa; grandson, Cole Morgan; brother, Bob (Debbie) Stokes; sister, Traci (Jeff) Denny; uncle, Dave (Lynne) Andrews; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.

We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Bill; he will be missed by many and was loved by all.

Funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. (SR619), Akron, Ohio 44319 with Rev. Jim Gindlesberger officiating.  Family and friends may call on Thursday from 3 to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.  Social distancing and health protocol (i.e. wearing of face covering, staying 6 feet apart, no handshakes or hugs) will be followed while at the funeral home. Private family interment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  Memorial contributions can be made in Bill’s name to F.O.P. Lodge #139, 1032 Killian Road, Akron, Ohio 44312.  If you are sick or do not wish to attend, we understand, and all love and prayers will be accepted by visiting our website at

(330) 899-9107

Memorial Contributions:
F.O.P. Lodge #139    
1032 Killian Road   
Akron, Ohio 44312



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January 28, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schermesser Funeral Home
600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road
Akron, OH 44319

Funeral Service
January 29, 2021

11:00 AM
Schermesser Funeral Home
600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road
Akron, OH 44319

Private Interment

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
10175 Rawiga Rd
Rittman, Ohio 44270


F.O.P. Lodge # 139
1032 Killian Road, Akron OH 44312

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