Obituary: William Martin

William “Bill” Martin, 83, of Boca Grande and Charlevoix, Mich., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home on Monday, April 10, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth “Jeanne,” brother Robert Martin of Flushing and Charlevoix, Mich. and sister Carol (Mike) Snyder of Flushing, Mich. William was an extremely loving father to sons Michael (Diana) Martin, Mark Martin, special family friend Brian Warner, daughters, Katherine Liggett, Marilyn Callan and MaryBeth (Robert) Neumann. He was a wonderful, supportive grandfather to Leah and Shanna Callan, Justin and Casey Liggett, Allison and Katharine Martin, Kristin, Chase and Lily Ross and step grandchildren Georgi, Ashley, Abby Neumann and great-granddaughter, Olive.

Bill was born on December 9, 1933 in Flint, Mich., the son of Clarence and Veronica Martin. He attended St Michael’s Catholic school and Central Michigan University, where he played football. He went on to graduate from Worsham College of Mortuary Science.

Bill served in the Army at Fort Lee in Petersburg, Virginia. Bill was an entrepreneur, starting his own packaging business in 1966, Compak/Webcor of Flint and Durand, Michigan. His success in business can be attributed to his work ethic and his natural mechanical ability. He developed a patent on a three in one manufacturing process which he was most proud of. Bill loved boating in Charlevoix and spending the winters in Boca Grande, Florida. He loved spending time with his family and his many friends.

Christian Burial took place on Friday, April 14 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Flushing, Michigan.

A memorial celebration will be held in Charlevoix at a later date. Donations maybe made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org.