Willie M. Bill, Sr.

  • Born: October 2, 1924
  • Died: July 21, 2016
  • Location: Sand Creek, Michigan

Anderson Funeral Home

3050 W Beecher Rd
Adrian, MI 49221

Tel. (517) 265-3312

Tribute & Message From The Family

Willie M. Bill, Sr., age 91, of Sand Creek, died on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the home surrounded by family.
He was born October 2, 1924, in Sonora, Texas to Ramon and Catarina (Morin) Bill. On July 20, 1943, he married Maria (Lupe) DeGuadalupe Valdez and she survives. He served in the U.S. Army during the World War II. Willie was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Willie was a State Champion Sheep Shearer for eight consecutive years and represented the State of Michigan at the World National Sheep Shearing Contest. He enjoyed participating in the Fiber Festival in Allegan, MI for 35 years, running clinics and teaching people how to shear sheep. He and his family enjoyed running Bill's Tacos at the Lenawee County Fair for over 38 years. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling and for the last nine years he walked the Mackinaw Bridge. Willie owned a 75 acre ranch called Canyon Ranch in Texas, where he spent his time in the winter.
In addition to his wife, Lupe, he is survived by his children, Ramon (Marge) Bill of Houston, Texas, Frank Bill of Sand Creek, Willie Bill Jr. of Clayton, Phillip (Minni) Bill of Manitou Beach, Lewis Bill of Sand Creek, Jose Maria Bill of Sand Creek, Andy (Sue) Bill of Sand Creek, Tina Bill of Sand Creek, and Anita (Paul) Lanczki of Adrian; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Celia Lozano, Estella (Arturo) Pruneda, Esther Moreno, all of Kerrville, Texas, and Thelma (Randy) Holmes of Mathis, Texas, Olga (Leslie) Harwell of Wimberly, Texas, and a brother, Ellis (Oralia) Bill of Kerrville, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fred and Oscar Bill; a son at birth; a daughter, Rachel, in infancy; and a grandson, Michael Bill.
The Funeral Liturgy will be offered Monday, July 25th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Good Counsel Parish with Fr. Tom Murphy as Celebrant. Burial will be in Sand Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday from 4 – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, where there will be a Rosary prayed at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held Monday from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. at St. Mary of Good Counsel Parish to be followed by the service. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or St. Mary of Good Counsel Parish. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our thoughts and prayers to the family at this very sad time.
We wish you all peace and our love.
Mary Lue and Zeke Garcia and family.
Kerrville, Texas.

Posted by Mary Lue & Zeke Garcia - Kerrville, TX - Family   July 27, 2016

To the family of Willie Bill Sr. Tia i send u my condolences to you and your children on the death of Tio Willie. Tio Willie was a great uncle that i live, respect, admire, and trust. I thank god for giving me this wonderful uncle. He was there for me when my dad passed away. Every time he came to kerrville we made sure we would see him and invite him humano o cone and eat with us. We would have ling visits with him. I will always remember those visits. I have very good memories of Tio. I close this letter by saying take care of yourself and your family, especially Tia Lupe. It will take time for your heart to heal but your memories will always be there and they will keep you going. May god bless you, Tia and your family. Love your niece, Julia Bill Davis

Posted by Julie Bill Davis - Kerrville, TX - Family   July 27, 2016

My friend, Willie Bill Jr. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I remember how you always spoke so highly of him with such love and respect.

Posted by Chuck Gillies - Berkley, MI - Friend   July 26, 2016

The Fritz Morquecho Family sends their deepest condolences to the Bill Family. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
I will surely miss his once a year call...."Hey, Fritz, I'm back! I need a hair cut!!" Rest in Peace, my friend.
Fritz & Mary Morquecho & Family - Kerrville, Tx

Posted by Fritz Morquecho - Kerrville, TX - Friend   July 25, 2016

My deepest condolences to Willie's wife, son's and daughters and their families. May God give you strength during this difficult time. God has taken another one home.

Posted by Rosa Niehans - Arlington, TX - Friend   July 25, 2016


Prayers for comfort and peace.

Posted by Andrea Martinez - Family   July 25, 2016

To Tia Lupe and all the family, I will always remember Tio Willie as to when he would see me - "Como estas hija?" and then came the hug. In his presence, I would always stare at him because he reminded me so very much of my dad, Alfredo. You posted some beautiful pictures of his life and all that he loved. You have beautiful memories of him and those are the ones that will remain deep in your heart. When you think of funny things that he said and did, it will bring a smile to your face, then you will know, "that was my dad." You are all in my prayers and his soul is also in my prayers. With lots of love to all of you...Eva Bill & Family

Posted by Eva Bill - Kerrville, TX - Family   July 25, 2016

Frank an Veronica (Ronnie) Basquez send our deepest sympathies to all my cousins and my Tia. I'm sure my dad is happy to see your dad. We will continue to pray for Tio and for all of you. Our Love to all of you. Tio was s great man!!

Posted by Veronica Basquez - Garland, TX - Family   July 25, 2016

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family.

Posted by Steve & Debra Cagle & Family - Jerome, MI - Friend   July 25, 2016

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr.Bill. My deepest sympathy for the family.

Posted by Cynthia (Tripp) Schmid - Wauseon, OH - Friend   July 25, 2016

Our deepest condolences to the Bill family.

Posted by Martina Rodriguez - New Braunfels, TX - Friend   July 24, 2016

Deepest sympathies to all the Bill Family. It's never easy to say goodbye.

Posted by Beverly (Betz) Bucar - North Canton, OH - Friend   July 24, 2016

We are very sorry to hear about your loss. Willie Bill was a big part of our family for as long as I can remember. Thanks for all the great memories. We will miss him dearly and I know my dad - Dave Tripp - will especially miss his good friend. May God surround you all with his love in this very difficult time.

Valerie (Tripp) Schulte and the Schulte family - Rick, Tripp and Torin - Piqua, OH

Posted by Valerie Schulte - Piqua, OH - Friend   July 24, 2016

Hola mi Familia Bill
I'm saddened at the passing of "Dad Bill"...keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Carmel "Carmen" Mirelez - Portage, MI - Friend   July 24, 2016

Condolences, our prayers are with you. Thinking of all of you.

Posted by Amelia and Peter Boyer - Toledo, OH - Friend   July 24, 2016


Willie will be missed. I so enjoyed meeting yearly at the Allegan fiber festival. I learned to shear my goats from him and Ron Todd. Your friendly smile will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends. Lisa Davenport

Posted by Lisa davenport - Fenton, MI - Friend   July 24, 2016

My deepest condolence neighbors.

Posted by Todd Carver - Sand Creek, MI - Neighbor   July 24, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

Posted by Mary Scott - Adrian, MI   July 24, 2016

I am so thankful to have been able to spend time with him. He was the best tour guide and story-teller. Such a great man and a great family. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. LOVE TO ALL

Posted by Robin D. Santiago - San Antonio, TX - Friend   July 24, 2016

I was just thinking about Mr. Willie Bill as I read the LenConnect story about wool shearing and processing, and next I saw this notice. Willie used to come out and shear sheep at the Wellnitz farms near Clayton when I was a child. He worked very hard and it was fascinating to watch him.

Diane Wellnitz Mills, Hudson

Posted by A friend   July 24, 2016

Danny and I are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping your family in prayer and love you all so much.

Posted by Danny & Priscilla Lozano - TX - Family   July 24, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all the family.

Posted by Randy and Tracie Willett - Jasper, MI - Family   July 24, 2016

My prayers go out to our family may God wrap his arms around y'all and give you the peace and comfort y'all need.. R.I.Paradise Primo

Posted by Paula Reyna Chavez - Tulia, TX - Family   July 23, 2016

Sending my sincerest condolences. He was a great man and will forever be in my heart and mind. Love to all of you.

Posted by Ramona Bill - Fort Worth, TX - Family   July 23, 2016

Julia Bill and family want to express our condolences to all the family... Share the great memories as he now rest in peace.

Posted by Julie Bill - Family   July 23, 2016

Our sympathy to all our cousins/family. Cousin Willie visits to Midland. Texas will greatly missed. May your faith and God's Blessing be with you all. Prayers...hugs...& tears..

Posted by Robert & Luz Bill - MIDLAND, TX - Family   July 23, 2016

So Sorry for your loss, You are all in My thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Doris Lewis - Laingsburg, MI   July 23, 2016

My heart goes out to the Bill family for their loss. Papa Bill was a good man & very friendly!!

Posted by Robert Pigg - Devils Lake, MI - Friend   July 23, 2016

Willie was the nicest man, always made me smile. He was the best sheep shearer in the whole entire world. I remember when he put on a show shearing the sheep in front of some nuns from Siena Heights when I was in college. The nuns were laughing and even the sheep were happy. God Bless You All .

Posted by Nancy Kelly - Jasper, MI - Friend   July 23, 2016

Sorry for your loss God Bless

Posted by Gary Whitehead - Morenci, MI - Neighbor   July 23, 2016

Our condolences to the Bill family. We will see our friend Willie in a better place. Till then Willie will be missed

Posted by Carl and Rithann Lemmerbrock - Harper, TX - Friend   July 22, 2016

You will be missed my friend, prayers for your family.

Posted by Shelia Van camp - Adrian, MI - Friend   July 22, 2016

My sincere condolences.

Posted by Bonnie Hood - Atlanta, GA - Neighbor   July 22, 2016

Our condolence to Bill's family RIP Willie

Posted by Ernest & Jimmy & family Gonzales - Kerrville, TX - Friend   July 22, 2016

My condolences to the entire Bill family. Thank you Willie for being an awesome friend to dad (Joe Trevino).

Posted by Cindy Trevino Vela - Kerrville, TX - Friend   July 22, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Many hugs and God's love to all of you.
Donna Roback Nieman

Posted by Donna Roback Nieman - Houghton Lake, MI - Friend   July 22, 2016

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of Mr. Bill. He was a wonderful man and loved by so many. My thoughts and prayers are will you all at this time.

Posted by Theresa Jettner (Santiago) - Montgomery, TX - Friend   July 22, 2016

Willie, you will be sorely missed! We are grateful we had the opportunity to know you and for all the great times we had with you in Alleghan. Words fail. We were sure you would live forever.

Posted by Don and Debbie Krug - Bad Axe, MI - Friend   July 22, 2016

Willie has been an adopted member of our family for more than 30 years. We love and will deeply miss him. His love for our children, grandchildren & extended family was obvious & much appreciated. Heaven will never boring with you in it, Willie. Love always

Posted by Millard, Nancy & family Doster - Plainwell, MI - Friend   July 22, 2016

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