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William Kido

Obituary for William Kido

March 20, 1922 - June 28, 2020
Parma, Ohio | Age 98


On Sunday, June 28, 2020, Bill Kido peacefully passed at age 98. Bill was born March 20, 1922 and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents immigrated from Ukraine and settled in the Tremont neighborhood. Bill was one of five children, though his two oldest siblings were lost to the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. When WWII started Bill was working as a machinist at Warner and Swasey, a manufacturer that was critical to the war effort. He could have been granted a deferment, but he felt it was his duty to enlist and proudly joined the US Army. He was attached to the Amphibious Engineers and on June 6, 1944 was in the second wave (1st day 7th hour) of the Normandy D-Day landing on Omaha Beach. During his service he was known to sketch the other soldiers in his company. This love of drawing carried through after the war when he started his own commercial art business, Kido Studios, in Cleveland in 1949. He built it into a 40-year success, his clients included Parker Hannifin and Tremco.

After the war, Bill returned to Cleveland. He loved to dance and was a regular at the Aragon Ballroom which is where he met his beloved wife Anne (Tomcik), They raised four children (Barbara, Donna, Chris, Susan) in Parma where they resided their whole married life until Anne's passing in 2008. Bill was close with his sisters Stephanie and Anne and their families. There were many fun family get togethers over the years and the extended family bond remains. He loved being a grandfather and most recently became a great grandfather. Over the years he and Anne went to many Army reunions, sustaining friendships formed overseas. He chose to be buried in close proximity to his foxhole buddy, such was the depth of his Army friendships. He proudly wore his D-Day hat and was known to say "I don't wear it for adulation, but for people to never forget". At the heart of it all he was a soldier, his war experience defined him.

Bill was very proud of his Ukrainian heritage, from dancing the Hopak as a young teen at the Public Auditorium to supporting local Ukrainian churches and festivals. His faith was a constant in his life, serving him through good times and bad. He went on to become a eucharistic minister at St. Columbkille Church where he made many dear friends. He loved art and music, teaching himself to play the accordion. He continued to paint his whole life and he passed that love down to his children and grandchildren.

Bill loved people as much as he loved to share a laugh and a joke. He was a good and kind man who will be missed greatly.

Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife Anne, his parents Annie and Steve, and siblings Michael, Mary, Stephanie, and Anne. He is survived by his children Barbara (Ken), Donna (Joe), Chris (Felice) and Susan (Brad); grandchildren Erin, Marcus (Becky), Matthew and Neal, great granddaughter Norah, and many close relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to support scholarships for Veterans at Cuyahoga Community College, a program William was passionate about or via mail to Tri-C Foundation, Cuyahoga Community College District, 700 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115. Please note in memory of William Kido.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10am at St. Columbkille, 6740 Broadview Rd, Parma, OH 44134. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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