|William L. Michael passed away at 3:05 a.m. on November 9, 2013.
He was born October 11, 1920 in Braymer, Mo to Roy and Cleta Thompson Michael. He spent most of his young life in Hamilton, MO where he graduated from Hamilton High School in 1940. While in high school he worked in the town drug store where he worked behind the soda counter. His most fond memory was preparing and serving sodas to the town icon, JC Penney. As a teenage he was an athlete and found a passion in playing menís softball and had been offered to play for a semi pro softball team but declined because of family commitments. He joined the Army/Air Corps in 1942 and served until 1946 and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He started his career as a Signal Maintainer/Electrician for the C, B, & Q Railroad in Missouri and was transferred to Galesburg in the late 1940ís where he met the love of his life, Norma. They married in Camdenton, Missouri in 1949 and raised three daughters; Karen (George) Sutor, Galesburg; Sandra (Hap) Hough, Citrus Springs, Florida; and Theresa (Phil) Swanson, Galesburg. He and his wife were blessed with seven grandchildren; Elizabeth (Dan) Wik, Michelle (Patrick) Horaney, Susan (Ed) Stellmacher, Erin (Andrew) Webster, Rebecca (Rurik) Wood, William Wieland, and Jason (Jennifer) Swanson, They also had eleven great grandchildren.
Bill was a very talented individual who was a lifelong learner. He was a self-taught artist and took numerous ceramic classes and created many beautiful pieces that he shared with family and friends. The pieces graced many homes in the area. He and Norma loved to dance and were a joy to watch. Sunday morning at their home was a mixture of the sounds of Big Bands and the smell of buckwheat pancakes. It was not unusual to wake up to them dancing in the living room. He was also gifted with a beautiful tenor voice and loved to sing and continued singing until his death. Bill touched many lives in his time on this earth and most would remember him as a big kidder and he did not know a stranger. He will be sorely missed but he will once again be in the arms of his beloved.
He is preceded in death by Norma, his wife of over 64 years who passed away October 7, 2013, his parents, two brothers, and three sisters. He is survived by his three daughters and their families, one very special niece, Mary (Mike) Russell, one brother, Robert (Donna) Michael and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Inurnment will be a private family graveside service held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Discovery Depot. The Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com