Born Sept. 19, 1922 in Butler, Pa., he was reared in Brady Lake.
Mr. McCandless worked for a total of 44 years at Lamson & Sessions Co., Zimmer Manufacturing and RB&W Corp. He was a machinist by trade and plant superintendent with Lamson and Sessions Co.. He also was the plant manager at Zimmer Manufacturing in Michigan, and R&D Tool Designer with RB&W Corp.
Prior to his civilian work, he worked in munitions with the 397th Bomb Squadron in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
Mr. McCandless was a member of the Kent Elks and Holy Family Church of Stow. He also was an avid bowler in Stow Sunshiners League.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred E. (Hall), to whom he was married 54 years; sons, William (Lynn) Jr. of Kent, Michael E. of Akron, and Andrew J. of Tallmadge; daughters, Mrs. Terry (Marcella) Griffin Sr. of Munroe Falls, and Theresa of Rootstown; and four grandchildren. His stepfather, Andrew Sylvester, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bissler and Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church in Stow, with the Rev. Edward Szabo officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.