Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 22, for longtime Reynoldsburg city attorney William Underwood, who died Dec. 17 at Mount Carmel East Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 22, for longtime Reynoldsburg city attorney William Underwood, who died Dec. 17 at Mount Carmel East Hospital.

Underwood, 67, was elected to seven terms as city attorney, a post he held for 28 years until he retired in 2006.

He was a graduate of Galesburg (Ill.) High School and attended Mac Murray College in Springfield, Ill. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico, after which he worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in New Mexico and for a Florida contractor that helped fuel the Saturn rockets for NASA.

He and his wife, Mary Jane, moved to Reynoldsburg in 1968 to be near her parents. He took a job with Diamond Power of Lancaster as a designer of insulation for nuclear power plants and began taking night and weekend classes at Capital University Law School. After earning his law degree, Underwood established a private law practice that he maintained until 2007.

"He was devoted to the community of Reynoldsburg," said his son, William F. "Woody" Underwood. "He liked the challenges of the job and the variety of needs he was able to perform for the community."

His engineering background came in handy when the city attorney's office found itself dealing with sewers, roads and other public-improvement projects, his son said.

In addition to his wife and son, Underwood is survived by a daughter-in-law, Andrea; daughter and son-in-law Susan and Gary I. Carman, of Pataskala; four grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Kirstin and Edward Wilson of Kingman, Ariz.