Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 17, 2012

William 'Bill' Ray Stevenson


KARLIN — William "Bill" Ray Stevenson, 56, of Karlin, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. He was born Sept. 4, 1956, in Onekama, the son of Charles and Ruth (Royce) Stevenson.

Bill graduated from Kaleva Norman Dickson High School at the age of 17.

He retired from Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties in Manistee.

In his spare time Bill loved hunting, fishing and being with his faithful dog, Dodger.

Bill is survived by his children, William Ray Stevenson II, of Traverse City, and Shannon Wade Stevenson, of Traverse City; three grandchildren, Kesha Stevenson, of Mesick, Kassidy Stevenson, of Battle Creek, and Zachary VanHorn, of Battle Creek; his brothers, Robert (Margie) Stevenson, of Manistee, and Steve (April) Stevenson, of Manistee; his sisters, Kathy (John) Nichols, of Luther, and Diane Stevenson, of Chase; numerous nieces and nephews; his fiancée, Terri Conrad, of Karlin; and some very special friends, Jim Bargerstock, Kenny Milliron, Jerry Holden, Laurence "Frog" Huntley, Richard Buckner, Steve Southlick, Annie Guenthardt Avery and many more.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Charles Stevenson in 2000; his mother, Ruth Stevenson in 2001; his cousin, Patty O'Neil; and a very good friend, Ersie Schmidt Jr. whose funeral Bill attended last week.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva, with the Reverend Daniel E. Furman officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bill's children, Billy and Shannon, to help with expenses.

The Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva, is in charge of arrangements;