In memoriam of William Spaulding, 09/16/1939 - 02/02/2018

Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home

In memoriam of William Spaulding, 09/16/1939 - 02/02/2018

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William J. Spaulding Sr., 78, of St. Joseph, passed away on February 2, 2018 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 7 at Christ Lutheran Church in Stevensville beginning at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at Hickory Bluff Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill's memory may be made to Christ Lutheran Church in Stevensville, Salem Lutheran Church in Coloma, Caring Circle Hospice or Hanson Hospice Center. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so by selecting the link on this page.

Bill was born September 16, 1939 to Mercer and Geraldine (Smith) Spaulding in Springfield, Ill. on a farm. He graduated from Kemper Military Academy in Booneville, Mo. and then from the University of Illinois with a bachelors degree.

While in college, Bill married the former Mary Henke on December 27, 1959 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Prairietown, Ill. After graduating, Bill was an officer in the United States Army serving in the Vietnam War and retired as a major in 1970. After retiring, he went back into farming and then moved to Michigan, getting his masters degree in horticulture from MSU. Bill was employed with Trickleez in St. Joe as the director of sales and engineering and then retired as a manufacturer's representative at Hydrosource. In Bill's free time, he enjoyed model railroading, watching his grandkids play sports, playing weekly cribbage games, photography and traveling.

He also enjoyed music of all types and styles and was passionate about the quality of his sound systems. Bill was a member of Christ Lutheran Church where he served on the Boards of Elders and Evangelism.

Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years Mary, two sons William (Sandra) Spaulding Jr. of Watervliet and Gregory (Amy) Spaulding of Bainbridge Township; six grandchildren Jacqueline, William III, Alexandra and Sam Spaulding, Colin Green and Jenna (Matthew) Veine; and his sister in law Adelaide Horstman of St. Louis, Mo.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his two older sisters.


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