Ithaca Promotional Committee
A division of the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ithaca Promotional Committee works to promote Ithaca and its activities. Ithaca Promotional Committee hosts several events through out the year. Visit their facebook page for more information.
2020 Person of the Year
Ithaca Citizen of the Year - William (Will) DeVuyst
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.