William W. Trau

February 15, 1949 - July 2, 2019

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It is with great sadness that we announce that William W. Trau,70, of West Chester, Ohio, passed away on July 2, 2019, with his family by his side, after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. Bill was born Feb. 15, 1949 in Cincinnati to William and Ruth Trau (nee Eberhardt) who predeceased him in 2003 and 2009 respectively. In addition to his wife Lynn, Bill is survived by his daughter Megan (Scott) McGill of West Chester, son Scott (Jennifer) Trau of Waxhaw, N.C.; his brothers Chuck (Nancy) Trau of Pittsburgh, John (Amy) Trau of Liberty Township,and Bob (Lisa) Trau of Liberty Township; his granddaughters Evelynn and Hazel McGill and Sloane and Emerson Trau, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Bill graduated from Colerain High School where he held the record for the long jump for many years.

Bill graduated from Denison University in 1971 with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Denison, Bill participated in football and track and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He worked in the mailroom and also sold sandwiches in the evenings to the girls in the dorms. His girlfriend (later, wife) Lynn would tag along as a “chaperone.” Upon graduation, Bill volunteered for the draft and served in the army from 1971 to 1973 where he was an MP at Fort Dix, NJ. Upon his decommission, Bill and Lynn married and returned to Cincinnati where Bill began his successful career which included 18 years at Xerox in positions ranging from sales rep, account manager, sales trainer, and District Finance manager. Bill enjoyed many years of playing tennis at Queen City Racquet Club before he took up golf.  In 2003-2007 Bill and Lynn purchased and operated an Express Personnel Services staffing company franchise where Bill succeeded in growing the business from zero to $2,000,000 in four years. After selling the business, Bill held various sales and leadership roles and was a top producer at Information Works and Prosource from 2008-2013. Upon retiring in 2013, Bill enjoyed tennis, golf, travel, the Reds and Bengals (sometimes) and his family . Nothing was more important to him than his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends. Four Bridges Golf Club was his home away from home and he cherished all his golfing buddies. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Bill’s family invites relatives and friends to join them in a Celebration of Life on July 14 from 5-8 with a tribute at 6:30 at Four Bridges Country Club. A private gathering will be held on July 15, 10:30 A.M. at Rest Haven Memorial Park for the interment of Bill’s cremains.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory can be made to the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty: www.wclfoundation.org.

View Bills Memorial Video Here


Lynn - Jul 21, 2019
Thank you to all for your condolences. If you want more information about Bill's journey, you can go to trauoutofthebox.com
Mary Shahid - Jul 13, 2019
Lynn, the video brought tears to my eyes but also a smile remembering Bill. It is a beautiful tribute. May God bring you peace and comfort in the coming days. Love to you and family.
Judy Lybarger - Jul 12, 2019
Video of a life well lived. Beautiful memories to cherish.
Judy - Jul 12, 2019
Video of a life well lived. Beautiful memories to cherish.
Denny & Jackie Hirt - Jul 11, 2019
Lynn, So sorry to hear the news about Bill. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May all the memories you created give you comfort in the days ahead. Denny & Jackie Hirt
Gary Volosin - Jul 9, 2019
To lynn and all the extended family. I just now received the sad news from your brother, David. I am saddened by your loss and want to extend my sincere condolences to the entire extended family. I did not know William, but do remember meeting him at your Wedding. I feel your pain and will pray for peace and recovery for you all. "May God Bless you all", Gary J Volosin
Deborah A Joslin - Jul 8, 2019
Lynn, Megan, and Scott... I was very sad to hear Bill's courageous battle with cancer ended and of his passing. I had the privilege of knowing him for a long time. I have many memories from our fun times at Denison, your beautiful wedding, your hospitality at your home, and a very fun vacation together. We will miss him. Our prayers for you... Love, Debbie and John
Brenda Lovvorn - Jul 7, 2019
Lynn, Scott and Megan, I am keeping each one of you lifted up in prayer. There are no words that will make this any easier for you all. Bill fought this battle and never gave up. It is a comfort knowing that he is no longer suffering. To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord!