William J. Lenz Jr., MD, 68, of Toledo, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at his home after a lengthy and valiant battle with multiple sclerosis. He was born February 7, 1945, in Toledo where he grew up and spent the majority of his life. Graduating from Scott High School in 1962, he went on to earn his BS degree in pre-med from The Ohio State University. He remained at OSU to earn his medical degree and served honorably as a Lt. Commander in the Navy during the Vietnam War after completing his internship and residency training in psychiatry. Bill dedicated his life to the less fortunate and served the greater Toledo area mental health community throughout his entire career. He was employed at the former Toledo Mental Health Center, where he retired in 2000. He also worked at the Wood County Mental Health Center, the Rescue Crisis Center and the Elizabeth A. Zef Center. Bill taught at the former Medical College of Ohio, now called UTMC, where he earned accolades and awards for his teaching of the residents in the department of psychiatry. At the conclusion of his illustrious career, he was awarded the inaugural recipient of the American Psychiatric Association's George W. Bartholow Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership in the Field of Psychiatry.
Bill was an active member in Scouting for 16 years and mentored his 3 sons on to earn their Eagle Scouts. He was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church for 17 years and more recently was a member of Pathway Community Church. He was an avid fisherman, a skilled and creative wood craftsman and an Ohio State Buckeye fan. Bill's zest for life was displayed during his fishing trips to Northern Canada, as well as building wooden toys in his workshop for relatives.
Bill is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 45 years, Peggy L. Lenz; sons, William J. Lenz III (Paula), Peter H. (Carolyn) Lenz and Karl H. Lenz; grandchildren, Maxwell P., Wyatt W., Andrew S., Hugh F. and William R. Lenz; his father, William J. Lenz Sr.; brother, Charles A. (Eileen) Lenz and sister, Carol A. (Paul) Doerfler. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret F. Lenz.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 River Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551 or Pathway Community Church.