Willard Earnest Stein
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Willard Earnest Stein
  • December 18, 1925 - January 4, 2016
  • Kingsley, Michigan

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Willard Earnest Stein, age 90 of Kingsley, passed away on January 4, 2016 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions, with his family at his side. Willard (Bill) was born on December 18, 1925 in Jackson, Michigan to Joseph and Crystal Stein, later moving to the Buckley area.

Bill married Doris Newmarch on August 19, 1950, and together, they made their home in the Kingsley area. They have two children; Karen (David) Brayton and Randy Stein. Also survived by grandchildren; Michael (Anne) Brayton, Michelle (Lance) DeVries and Matthew (Barbara) Brayton. 12 great-grandchildren; Zach, Jenna, Nicholas, Kara Brayton, Emmersen, Easton, Elliot and Evelynn DeVries and Elyse, Marin, Brooke and Maisy Brayton. Sisters; Wanda Rushton, Yvonne Skellett and Thelma Sedlacek, sisters in law; Vera Riley, Irene Stremlow, Helen Fritz, Leona Nye; Brothers in law; Harold Newmarch and Jay Newmarch.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Joseph and Crystal Stein, sisters; Jacque Myers, Pauline Lee, Iva (Dolly) Morrison and brother, Delvin Stein. Also, in laws- Earl and Mildred Newmarch and Lena Themm, sister in law; Mary Newmarch, brothers in law; Harold Riley, Ed Themm, Floyd Newmarch, David Stremlow, Ed Fritz, Allan Nye.

Bill was a WWII veteran, serving in Japan and Korea. He worked at Sheffer Collet for over 40 years. Bill was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. He mostly treasured spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016; 11am with visitation one hour prior to the service at the Kingsley Baptist Church. Burial will take place in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions made in Bill's name may be directed to the Kingsley Baptist Church.