LAKE LEELANAU — Walter William (Bill) Mateer, 82, died peacefully on Oct. 19, 2013 at Munson Hospice house with his family at his side. Bill was born in Lansing on Nov. 15, 1930. He was the son of the late Donald Mateer and Louise (Davis) Mateer and brother to the late Jack Mateer.
He was happily married to Norma (Emmons) Mateer for 63 years. He was very fond of his home in the woods surrounded by trees and flowers. He enjoyed reading, bird watching, walking and grooming the trails by hand.
Bill had a great affection for his daughter and his four grandchildren. He spent many days listening and guiding talks toward the problems of the world and environmental issues. He was also compassionate regarding those less fortunate.
He is survived by his wife Norma Lou Mateer; daughter Susan (Ren) Newcomb-Roenicke, son Gary W. Mateer; brother Tom (Juanita) Mateer, Ron (Judy) Mateer; grandchildren, Teal (Niel) Newcomb, Dillon Newcomb, Jordan Newcomb, Ceili Mateer; great-granddaughter, Annaliese (Mateer) Plamp and his dog and best friend, Sandy.
Bill was well educated earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree at MSU, he was employed as a teacher at St. Clair Shore’s Jr. High, Lansing Elementary, Glen Lake Special Ed and TBA Traverse City Special Ed. He was Lansing’s first human relations director in the 1960’s. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Memorial Contributions may be given in Bill’s name to Munson Hospice House, Cherryland Humane Society, Leland Twp. Library or Leelanau Conservancy.
There will be a Private Family Celebration of his life. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City to handle the arrangements.