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“10 months dear friend. So young. So doon. ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: Theresa Israels - Friend

“Figgskazoo. You were a wonderful cycling friend and you have gone ahead. Say hello to Moots, Sidewinder and JDawg. I hope you get in some climbing...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Betsy Baker - Tempe, AZ - Friend

“Susan and I send our deepest condolences for your loss. I worked with Bill for two years on his San Diego project. We feel so fortunate to have known...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Conrad Sansbury - San Diego, CA

“Dear Sharon, Mindy and familySo sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I will not even pretend to know what you are going through but I will prayfor good...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Kathy Davis - South Haven, MI

“I'm very saddened to hear the news of Bill's passing. We were co-workers for a few years at Van Buren County and became quick friends. I hadn't...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Ted Thar - Kalamazoo, MI - Friend

“I was lucky enough to work with Bill for the past 5 years. His spirit and enthusiasm were contagious. He had so much personality, always with a story...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Theresa Fischer - Albany, NY

“Bill was one of the best people ever. The world is truly lesser with his passing. Probably my best Bill memory is when he and I painted roads for...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Tom Cross

“I was so sad when I heard this news. I haven't seen Billy (that's how I remember him) for many, many years but the entire Figeley Family was a big...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Diane (Beckwith) Lindsey - MI

“Dear Sharon, Mindy and familyI tried to connect with you when I heard this but e-mail address didn't connect and Mindy, I left a message on your...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Mae Markstrom - South Haven, MI

“My thoughts are with Bill's family and friends. I remember him well as a classmate in South Haven. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: Dani (Holmes) Weber - MI

“Our sincere condolences on the passing of nephew Bill. To Chris, Sharon, Melinda and other family members, our prayers go out to you during this...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Glenda & Allen Figeley & family - TX

“Sincere condolences to all of Bill's family; my heart is just broken over this sad news. He and I had some of the best times all through high school...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Lisa Kozel-LeVasseur

“I was so saddened to hear of Bill's passing.... he was one of a kind and always a joy to work with... I will always remember him with a smile.. ”
13 of 29 | Posted by: Barbara Fitzgerald - Kalamazoo, MI

“I enjoyed working with you over the years. Rest in peace. ”
14 of 29 | Posted by: Deb Loveridge - Portage, MI

“Bill, in every picture posted of you I can hear you laughing and telling a joke or 2 or 3. You had a contagious laugh and personality that just made...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Kathleen Andrews - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Sharon and Melinda: I was saddened to learn today of Bills' illness and passing. Even though we have not seen each other in many years, the...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Fred Kick - Jensen Beach, FL

“Bill, thanks for the memories. So many good times hanging out, discussing all kinds of topics from science to music to cars. Everything was always...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Eric Torp - Greenwood, IN

“Rest In Peace, My Dear Nephew. So much infinite paradise now for swimming, biking, running, fishing and a never ending abundant buffet. To Sharon,...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Uncle Tom Sawyer Figeley - KY

“Chris, our thoughts and Prayers are with you. It is a true blessing to get reacquainted with you and to get to know Bill. All our love, Mary Ann, Tim...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Carrie Haley - Battle creek, MI

“Although I didn't know Bill for long he was a wonderful awe inspiring spirit whom I will always remember. Sincere condolences to his family. ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Ralph Zingle - Philadelphia, PA

“Bill was a co-worker and a friend. In the last year, we had some great conversations and he was a very brave fighter to the end. My sincere...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Eric Burns - Flagstaff, AZ

“I wish you all God's comfort and peace as Bill is now with the Lord and not in pain. ”
22 of 29 | Posted by: Barbara (Knarian) Bollnow - MI

“In all the World we met You. We are eternally grateful. ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Theresa & Larry Israels - MI

“Bill and I first met as work colleagues in 2002, and we had many opportunities to work together after that, sometimes as part of the same team,...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: David Veenhuis - Kalamazoo, MI

“I will always remember him as my high school friend who always had a smile on his face and the hint of mischief up his sleeve! As I saw his posts...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Joy Woods (Underwood) - CO

“RIP Figmeister.84 ROCKS.Heaven watch out. ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Brett Cochran - South Haven, MI

“We are so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. What an awesome friend and person he was. Very optimistic about this horrible disease that affects so...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Vicky and Jerry Morse - Hastings, MI

“I am so sorry. I used to babysit him. ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Vanessa Overhiser - South Haven, MI

“An 84 character classmate that will not be forgotten. What memories he has made with the entire class of 1984. You'll be missed Bill. To his...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Sabine Callaghan - South haven, MI

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William Jon "Bill" Figeley of Bellevue, MI

Bill, age 51, died Thursday, July 27, 2017 at his residence following a 1½ year battle with cancer.

Bill, the son of William Jacob and Sharon Ruth (Jones) Figeley, was born in South Haven, MI on August 7, 1965 and was a 1984 graduate of South Haven High School. He was employed as a Senior Analyst in the Tax Code Department of Thomson & Reuters for the past 15 years, up until this last Friday. Bill was a member of St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, Battle Creek. A natural and gifted athlete, Bill was a competitive swimmer; an avid bicyclist; a member and Secretary of the Kalamazoo Bike Club; and a nationally-ranked triathlete for many years. His crowning achievement was being one of the few people to climb Mt. Rainier to its peak and climb the Tetons twice! Bill was the "Ultimate Outdoorsman," and enjoyed a lifetime of adventures camping, fishing, hunting, backpacking, and mountain climbing. In his quieter moments, he thrived on carpentry and mechanical projects. He also loved to play guitar and mandolin at Blue Grass festivals and as a volunteer at area nursing homes.

Bill was united in marriage to Christine A. Dobbertien in Maryville, TN on February 23, 2005. Surviving is his wife, Chris; his step-daughter, Gabrielle P. "Gabby" Steele of Grand Rapids, MI; two grandchildren, Gwyneth M. Steele and Finnegan M. Steele; his mother, Sharon Jones of Dowagiac, MI and his sister, Melinda K. (Ronald) Dean of Austin, TX, and many adored nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Bill in 2010.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 92 Capital Avenue, NE, Battle Creek, with Father John D. Fleckenstein, Celebrant. A luncheon will follow the mass in the St. Philip Parish Center. Final interment will be at 2:00 p.m. in Assyria Township Cemetery, Barry County, MI. Bill's family will greet friends on Tuesday, August 1st from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek, where the Parish Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions in Bill's honor may be directed to the Ammavodi Orphanage in India, c/o Father Simon Chummar-Manjooran, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 110 N. Cedar Street, Allegan, MI 49010.