Arduser, William Neal Sr. (Bill)

Canandaigua, NY/Horseheads, NY/Toledo, OH: Born May 29, 1924, in Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2019, at the age of 95. He is predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Margaret (Maggie) Huddle Arduser, his sisters Georgia Virginia (Ginny) Rayburn, Ruth Elizabeth Vobbe, Barbara Jeanette McIntyre, and his brother, Robert Christian (Bob) Arduser. Bill is survived by his son, William N. (Mary) Arduser, Jr. and daughter, Leslie (Kevin) Arduser-Brogan, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Growing up in an affluent suburb of Toledo afforded Bill the unique circumstance of being the paperboy for a notorious Toledo crime boss in the 1930’s. The details would become a favorite story of Bill’s as he relayed that the crime boss was a good tipper, but the man’s dog was a terror to Bill on his bicycle!


Upon graduation from high school, Bill enrolled in Case School of Applied Science (now Case Western Reserve). As military service (WWII) awaited him, Bill studied for three continuous years, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Bill entered Basic Training after college and applied for Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Benning. He was first stationed in Inchow, South Korea, with the 24th Army Corps of Engineers. Bill was an Advisor to the South Korean Government’s Department of Commerce and helped manage a foundry and machine company. He was quartered in a Korean home and had little contact with other Americans for 6 months. He then transferred to a Colonel’s staff at the headquarters of the 24th Army Corp., at the 38th parallel. One of Bill’s responsibilities was as an Exchange Officer. He traveled north of the 38th parallel to exchange North and South Korean mail with his Russian counterpart. He remained at the 38th parallel another year before returning to the US and retiring from the Army.


Back in the US, Bill began his career at Toledo Mould Company, a business started by his father. He was eventually elected to the Board of Directors and named Corporate Secretary. He also furthered his military service by joining the 463rd Engineer Battalion Corp. of Reserves. He married Margaret (Maggie) Huddle on December 17, 1950. After several years, a son, Bill Jr., and then a daughter, Leslie, completed the family. While in Toledo, Bill and Maggie were active in the Repertoire Little Theater for 16 years, with Bill mostly behind the scenes as an effective stage manager. After Toledo Mould was acquired by Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company, Bill was appointed Production Manager of the Toledo Mould Division. When Rexal Drug & Chemical acquired Thatcher, Thatcher relocated the family in March 1966 to Horseheads, NY. Bill had the title of Production Engineer and was tasked with adding numerical control to the mould production facility. He also testified as an expert witness in glass manufacturing processes for some legal cases.


Bill and Maggie lived In Horseheads for 23 years. One of their favorite activities during this time was their membership in the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY. Retirement and Bill’s long-time dream of owning a sailboat were the impetus for their move to Canandaigua, NY, in July of 1989. Along with their membership in the Canandaigua Yacht Club, Bill and Maggie enjoyed memberships to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Geva Theater Center in Rochester, Bristol Valley Theater in Naples,NY, and continued their membership in the Tri-Cities Opera.


Bill was very considerate to all he met. He preferred to focus on his family and others and not to draw attention to himself. He asked that there not be formal services or calling hours. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to The American Alzheimer’s Association. Thank you to those who have anticipated our wishes and already done so.


  1. Bill -The obit included some wonderful news about your Dad that I had not heard before. Seems like he had a very good life. My husband Bill always admired your Dad. Your Mom was 2nd grade teacher for at least my son Randy, not sure of the other boys.
    Blessings to you & your Family Bill.
    Alice Estes

  2. What a great story about a great man! I am so very sorry I never got to meet him, Leslie. I don’t think you ever told me about his Theatre background! I would have loved to hear his stories! So many other life experiences! He lived at least two lifetimes!! xoxo

  3. Leslie & Bill, Thanks for letting us know of your fathers death.. We had a lot of fun times with both Maggie & Bill in Horseheads. We have sent money to the Alzhemiers group & wounded warriors in memory of your parents BUT could not find an address for either of you to have them respond to… I know you gave me them Bill, but in my old age I have misplaced them.. Just know that we have been thinking of you both a lot since Big Bill’s birthday.. hope you can receive this note— my e-mail address is attached. Kay & Jack Coombs & family.

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