TRAVERSE CITY — William J. “Jack” Eitniear, age 84, of Traverse City, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Cadillac, to Clinton H. and Mary A. (Knipe) Eitniear.
Jack graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1947.
He married Viola Virginia Goodrich in Traverse City on June 10, 1950. Together they raised three children.
Jack worked for Holcomb Masonry for several years before purchasing a share of the company and becoming part owner until his retirement in 1994.
In his spare time Jack was a volunteer fire fighter for Elmwood Township. He was also a Scout Master for Cub Scout Pack #135.
Jack enjoyed gardening, anything outdoors and being with his family. Jack built over 30 beautiful bird houses, most of which are in his back yard. He enjoyed antique cars, especially his 1929 Chevy, which he fully restored.
Jack was a beloved husband, father, brother and grandpa who will be greatly missed by his wife of 63 years, Viola; son, Jack Clinton (Mary) Eitniear, of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren, Erin, Elizabeth (Matt), Katheryn, Thomas, Steven and John; two sisters, Jeanne Ransom and Joyce Winowiecki, both of Traverse City; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, Jack was preceded in death by daughter, Virginia Lynn Olsen; son, Tom E. Eitniear; and a sister, June Gilland.
A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City, from 2 to 4 p.m. Burial will take place at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens in the spring.
Memorial contributions in Jack’s name may be directed to the Cherryland Humane Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.