William Holden

EAST LIVERPOOL – Well-known area business owner William D. “Bill” Holden, 73, passed away peacefully at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born in East Liverpool on June 22, 1939, a son of the late Clarence W. and Elizabeth “Betty” Miller Holden.

A 1957 graduate of East Liverpool High School, Bill attended Waynesburg College before serving his country as a Medic in the U.S. Army. Bill’s lifelong passion had been helping others grow to their potential. Nothing excited Bill as much as ground floor opportunities and helping people achieve their dreams and in doing so achieving his own. Bill was a master at building and developing companies and his accomplishments spanned the direct selling and traditional business worlds. He started with a bang in Puerto Rico, became fluent in Spanish and while raising a young daughter, he created a Kirby Distributorship that became the largest in the world.

Next challenge, a new company to the United States, Vorwerk, needed exposure and knew where to find it. Bill was hired as National Sales Manager, creating 96 offices and put Vorwerk USA on the map. Bill then joined Rexair, Inc. to develop a brand new territory in Dallas, Texas, creating 34 offices and earning the number one distributor in the world award. To further worldwide growth, Bill became the Executive Sales Director for Rexair and successfully developed offices in the Caribbean, Mexico, and South and Central America.

A German company then wanted exposure for their product in the United States, Mexico, and South and Central America, and Bill was brought on as President to create the programs to do just that. He and his family’s latest endeavor was the creation of CrossRoads, an Assisted Living and retirement community in East Liverpool. With his huge heart, he was always building, always creating, and was very happy to return home to help the community.

Known for his positive outlook on life, unwavering faith and great love for his family, he left this world a better place and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Surviving him at home is his wife, Vicki, whom he considered the “love of his life”. They were married on December 29, 1994.

Bill also leaves behind his family: Lori Bender and her husband, Robert, of Austin, TX; Lindsi Rogers and her husband, Michael, of Lisbon; Steve Holden and his girlfriend, Natalie, of East Liverpool; and Troy Holden, at home.

Three grandchildren survive as well, Kyle and Katie Bender, and Holden Rogers.

Bill also leaves behind his sisters: Nancy Betteridge and her husband, Bill, and Terry Lynn Lomas, and her husband, Gary.

Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home on Friday, where the family will be present from 4 to 7 p.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with family friend and pastor, Bob Buck, officiating. Burial will follow at Columbiana County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at UPMC, c/o UPMC Montefiore NW 628, 3459 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 in Bill’s memory.

The family would like to thank Dr. Pilewski and his team of doctors and nurses for their tremendous support and care.

View Bill’s memorial webpage and send condolences to the family online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com