William (Bill) Leach

Born: Sault Ste. Marie on 20 May 1949

Passed away: Twin Lakes on 03 December 2015

Aged: 66 years

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Twin Lake, Michigan – William (Bill) Levi Leach, 66, died peacefully in his home on Thursday December 3rd, 2015. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in 1949 to Erma and Garnet Leach.

Bill always enjoyed sharing his creativity, and throughout his life wrote hundreds of songs and created as many drawings. His incredible story-telling skills never failed to leave everyone at the edge of their seat hoping for more. He loved fishing, and when he wasn’t tying flies, he was putting them to the test on his boat, Slammin’ Salmon. A true outdoorsman, he loved nothing more than the crisp morning air hitting his face before a 4AM fishing spree.

He could often be found beautifully serenading ingredients in the kitchen, while whipping up the perfect cookie concoction. Bill loved hunting with his dogs and creating vegetable gardens. A talented builder, one would be hard-pressed to find a project he couldn’t complete.

Bill graduated from Sault High in 1967. He later attended Michigan State University and graduated with a BS in Environmental Science in 1991.

As a young man living in the Sault, Bill was employed by the Soo Locks, where he took pride in having delivered fresh laundry to the crew of the Edmond Fitzgerald. He later worked in maintenance for Lake Superior State University until he left the Sault for Indiana. There, Bill drove his own semi truck. After his move to Whitehall, Bill enjoyed working for Wesco while attending college. Throughout his later years he was employed as Quality Manager for Gray and Co. of Hart, ADAC Plastics and Machine Roll Form of Muskegon.

Bill was a loving and grateful member of his second family at Spectrum Health of Grand Rapids. We thank you for all of the years committed to caring for him. We would also like to thank Spectrum Hospice for helping Bill in his final days.

Bill leaves his daughter Tsarina (OW) Metker of Missouri, and his sons, Will (Heidi) Leach of North Dakota, Levi Leach of Whitehall, and Nathaniel Leach of Grand Rapids; his brother Ronald (Joy) Leach of Illinois, and sister Sharon (Hal) Woodgate of Sault Ste. Marie; his grandchildren Alexis, Adisyn, and Ava; Cassidy, Caitlin, Carly, Brant, and Abby.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial for Bill will be held in the spring.

Contributions to cover final expenses can be sent to:

Levi Leach
3918 Scenic Drive
Whitehall, MI 49461
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I am so blessed to have known Bill. His smile could brighten the darkest days. His outgoing personality and creative drawings will never be forgotten. I miss you Bill. "It's been a pleasure..."

Holly Wright