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Willy Charles Bewersdorff

August 5, 1937 March 8, 2019
Willy Charles Bewersdorff
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Obituary for Willy Charles Bewersdorff

Willy Charles Bewersdorff, 81 of Columbus Township, entered eternal rest on Friday, March 8, 2019, after a brief hospitalization at McLaren Port Huron.

He was born at home on Grandma’s farm in New Haven on August 5, 1937, to Willie & Annette (Zajac) Bewersdorff.

Willy was a Richmond High School graduate, Class of 1955 and proudly served his country in the United States Army as Sergeant E5, with Company B Second Battle Group 125th Infantry, stationed in Germany from 1956 to 1960. Bill continued his service with the Army Reserves from 1960 to 1962. He was a squad leader, sharp shooter and expert heavy weapons infantryman.

On April 25, 1959, Willy married the love of his life Suzanne Marie Smith, in an intimate ceremony at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Richmond.

Willy followed in his father's footsteps becoming a butcher and an eventual partner in Ray Weeks & Sons until 1983. He was part owner of Fair Haven Outboard - Rupp Dealership. He also worked for Doviak, Manchik, and Mazur trucking companies and was the Owner/Operator of WB Trucking. Bill retired in 1999 from Phoenix Contracting.

Willy was a former member of the Richmond Lions Club, a longtime member of the Richmond Sportsman’s Club, and an active member of the NRA.

Bill inherited his father’s passion for the great outdoors, which he enjoyed sharing with his brothers, grandsons and his closest friends. He had fond memories of hunting trips with his Dad, taking the ferry across the Straights of Mackinac, before I-75 and the bridge were constructed, connecting the peninsulas. Bill was a proud life member of the Milakokia Hunt Club near Gould City, which also served as a destination for family vacations and incredible snowmobile trips. We were always eager to hear his tall tales and wild & crazy stories from his hunting escapades to the U.P., “the Lake”, Montana, Wyoming, Tennessee, Pelee Island, and countless others.

Willy was lovingly referred to as "Wild Bill" due to his daredevil nature and his love for speed. He raced stock cars, snowmobiles and anything with horsepower…especially if it was a Ford. This later led to his love of NASCAR, with memorable trips to the Daytona 500 and MIS accompanied by family and friends. Bill was a self-taught mechanic, could fix just about anything and ‘repurposed’ several treasurers left on the side of the road, giving credence to the saying “one man’s junk….” It wasn’t uncommon for him to come home from work or a weekend of snowmobiling to find a yard full of sleds in need of repair, making him wonder who had left them. This also led to several interrupted family meals resulting in the phone left off the hook after one too many inquiries.

Willy was a family man and loved spending time with ‘his girls’. We all enjoyed camping and made lasting memories with countless trips throughout Northern Michigan, The Rockies out West and all throughout Canada; as a family we visited almost all 50-States. In later years, he cherished spending an extraordinary amount of time at their cottage on Orchard Lake in Millersburg.

Willy is survived by his wife of 60-years, Suzanne and their four daughters, Kimberly (Tim Gregg) Bewersdorff, Kris (Joe) Folske, Karen (Walter) Winkle, Kelly (Curtis) DiNardo; 10 grandchildren, Kyle & Devin Strzelecki, Kortney & Joey (Amanda) Folske, Chelsey, Walter & Willy Winkle, Emily, Allison & Cole DiNardo; two great grandsons, Joey & Camden Folske; two sisters, Hildegard Laich and Jeanne Bewersdorff; two brothers, Daniel (Gayle) Bewersdorff and Ronald (Cindy) Bewersdorff; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bill was proceeded in death by his four brothers-in- law, Carl Laich, James, Paul & Donald Smith; sister-in-law Karen (Smith) Lynch; and his beloved canine companion, Schotzee.

The family honors the memory of Willy and invites you to visit and share memories Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Richmond, with funeral services to follow at 12:00 noon. Rev. Mark Haller, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Richmond, will officiate. Cremation has taken place. Private family internment will occur at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Special Olympics of Michigan or The National Kidney Foundation.


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Visitation

Saturday

16

Mar

10:00 AM 3/16/2019 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 3/16/2019 12:00:00 PM
Kaatz Funeral Directors - Richmond

71235 Memphis Ridge Road
Richmond, MI 48062

Kaatz Funeral Directors - Richmond
71235 Memphis Ridge Road Richmond 48062 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

16

Mar

12:00 PM 3/16/2019 12:00:00 PM - 12:30 PM 3/16/2019 12:30:00 PM
Kaatz Funeral Directors - Richmond

71235 Memphis Ridge Road
Richmond, MI 48062

Kaatz Funeral Directors - Richmond
71235 Memphis Ridge Road Richmond 48062 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

National Kidney Foundation

30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016

Special Olympics

Michigan
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