~Ithaca Citizen of the Year - William
William grew up on the family farm in
North Star Township and attended country school through 8th grade. He graduated
from Ithaca High School in 1967.
After high school, Will entered the U.S.
Navy in 1968 serving as 2nd Class Damage Control-man. He returned home to work
the family farm upon the death of his father.
In 1978 William married Linda Smith and
also began 38 years of employment with the City of Ithaca in the Department of
Public Works. During his time with the City he had many memorable events
including the flood of 1986 and the downtown fire in 1987. Although he is
retired, he still works part-time for Smith Funeral Home.
Will and Linda were blessed with son
Michael who now is the Associate Pastor of Flushing Community Church. Michael
and his wife Dori made Will and Linda the grandparents of Gideon and Hannah.
For over 30 years Will and Linda have been a part of the New Havel Church of
God where will is active on the church council and as an elder.
William started his 40+ years of community
service on the board of North Star Cemetery. Will also served as sexton of the
Ithaca Cemetery. In 2010 brought honor of Cemeterian of the Year from the
Michigan Association of Municipal Cemeteries.
Will has long been active in the American
Legion, and currently serves as the Post Chaplain. Will is active on the Ithaca
Senior Activity Building board, helping with everything from getting rid of
leaves and building maintenance to funeral dinners. Other civic organizations
in which he has participated are the Lions Club and the Ithaca Masonic Lodge.
Will also plays Santa, answering calls for appearances among the neighborhoods
and community organizations since 1971.