Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 3, 2014

William A. Denham

NORTHPORT — William Alfred (Bill) Denham of Northport joined the saints triumphant in heaven on Dec. 28, 2013, at age 89. There he is reunited and together forever with Shirley, his loving bride of 65 years, who went before him on May 14, 2013.

They will be greatly missed and long remembered by their Christian family, William A. (Mary) Denham III of Springfield, Ill., Christopher R. (Deborah) Denham of Murray, Ky., the late Charles T. (Lisa) Denham of Traverse City, Kimberley S. (Mark) Krueger of Lake Orion, Mich.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and Bill’s surviving brother, Fred Denham of Drummond Island, Mich.

Bill was born on Jan. 14, 1924 in Detroit to William and Alvina (Koss) Denham. He is the eldest of four brothers (William, Richard, Harold, and Frederick), so from an early age he served as interpreter for his deaf parents.

Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, first as a pilot, then in the “Silent Service” as a submariner.

He held a wide variety of jobs through the years, but eventually partnered to develop Northland Plastics in Troy to a very successful firm before “retiring” and moving to Northport in 1972 where he became a home builder and real estate agent. While living in Northport he attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland where he served in many different positions, including more than a decade as an Elder.

We are grateful to the many helpful and compassionate friends, church family, and medical staff that assisted Bill and Shirley during their last years, and the family would especially like to thank the staff at Boardman Lake Glens-Brigadoon and Hospice of Michigan for their heart-felt loving care for all of us during Bill and Shirley’s last days.

Burial will be in the spring at the Leelanau Township Cemetery, Northport.

Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, c/o Organ Fund, PO Box 436, Leland, MI, 49654 and/or Hospice of Michigan, c/o Traverse City, 112 Chisholm St, Alpena, MI, 49707-2446.

Please share memories with Bill’s family at their online obituary at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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