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William Hugh "Bill" Strickland

William Hugh "Bill" Strickland
  • November 28, 1932 - May 15, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“I remember being in awe of Bills book collection. Back before google I had shared the wonderful memory of my 5 th grade teacher reading the book The...Read More »
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“I always think of Bill as a quiet, kind, and thoughtful gentleman. I will be forever grateful for the joy he brought into my Aunt Patsy's world! Love...Read More »
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“I used to work at Buckley Community School yrs. back that is when I first met Mr. Strickland. Then I work on the Election board for Buckley School....Read More »
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“I remember lots of good times playing cards - usually being his partner in cards (you didn't want to be on the other team)- Bid Euchre was the best,...Read More »
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William Hugh "Bill" Strickland, 87, of Battle Creek and formerly of Traverse City, Michigan, died peacefully Friday, May 15, 2020 at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Bill was born November 28, 1932 in Alba, Michigan, the son of Hugh and Beatrice Strickland. He grew up in Alba, where he was an exceptional student and entered the University of Michigan at Flint in his early teens. He then received his Law Degree in Ann Arbor at University of Michigan. Bill honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. Bill was employed at the Buick Division of General Motors in Flint and completed his career there as a Purchasing Director. He then went on to work as a lawyer at Hubbell Law Office and Title & Escrow Services in Traverse City. In addition, he practiced family law at Friend of the Court in Grand Traverse County and was also involved in the 3rd Level Crisis Center.

William Hugh Strickland and Patricia Ann (Loser) Tiesworth were married in 1985. Surviving are his wife, "Pat"; four children, Debbie Strickland of Birch Run, Sue (Chris) Towery of Sparta, Bart (Tammy) Strickland of Interlochen, Matt (Tammy) Strickland of Burlington, NC; six stepchildren, Kathy (Doug) Grosso of Bellevue, John Tiesworth, Matt (Debbie) Tiesworth of Spring Lake, Michael (Christine) Tiesworth of Interlochen, Daniel Tiesworth of Interlochen, Linda (Jason) Gollan of Traverse City; 21 grandchildren, and eight great–grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Todd Strickland.

Bill was a member of St. Philip Roman Catholic Church. He was an avid reader, with a library envied by many. Bill was a competitive Bridge player and earned the rank of 'Platinum Life Master.' He was a former member of the Buckley School Board. Bill enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening. Bill will be remembered for his generosity and love of nature and his family.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated privately for Bill's family at the Roman Catholic Community of St. Mary of Hannah in Kingsley, MI. Interment will follow in the church cemetery at St. Mary of Hannah.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of Hannah Church in Kingsley, Michigan. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at w ww.farleyestesdowdle.com.