TRAVERSE CITY — Christian "Bill" William Anderson, 77, of Traverse City, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. He was born on March 7, 1935, in Traverse City, to the late Daryl and Emma (Lichty) Anderson.
Bill was raised on a farm near Huellmalel Lake and attended Howard School, a small one-room school nearby.
He grew up working on the family farm and learned to become a hard-working individual who carried on through his life. Bill also lived in Williamsburg for many years.
He worked for the City of Traverse City, Parks Department, for 22 years; he mowed, painted picnic tables, planted flowers, removed snow and iced various skating rinks around town. He was fondly known as the "Ice Man". There were many pictures in the Record-Eagle which showed him doing various jobs around the city.
He enjoyed cars, detailing, repairing and anything else he could do for his many car lot friends and owners. He also enjoyed church, dancing, singing and family.
Bill also had a small business after he retired, "Old Grampa Bill" Yard Maintenance. He was excited about this venture and enjoyed doing it. He helped build and perform maintenance for various churches in Traverse City, including Fellowship Church CRC, Mt. Zion Family Worship Center and Greater Apostolic Church.
He had been attending the Salvation Army Church. When he prayed for people, they were healed and prayer was answered. Even though his Parkinson's tried to get him down, he always had a ready smile, hug and prayer for everyone.
He loved and was loved by many, including his wife, Janet (Strahan), of Traverse City; daughters, Joy Plachetka, of Cadillac, and Tina Rokos, of Petoskey; sons, Tony William Davis, of Garden City, and Michael W. Anderson; brothers, Jack (Marge), Larry "Bud", Ken (Judy), Lawrence (Margaret) and Daryl Jr. (Sue) Anderson; and sisters, Arlene (Richard) Hall, Lucille (Duane) Conley, Margaret Deveneau, Ruth (Ron) Coyne, Caryl (Wayne) Stites and Karon Anderson.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his siblings, James Anderson and Shirley (Haining) Anderson.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at the Salvation Army Church (Barlow St. and Boon St.).
Please leave condolences at Bill's online guestbook www.kalkaskafuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted with Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.