William E. “Bill” Hammond, age 79, of Belding, Michigan, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family under hospice care on Thursday, January 19, 2023. William was born on March 16, 1943, in Pontiac, Michigan, son of Lewis W. And Barbara R. (Mulford) Hammond, both of whom preceded him in death. He graduated from Lakewood High School and developed his talents in the skilled trades, working in manufacturing, including positions at both Electrolux and Chrysler Corporations. A life-long learner, he returned to school in his fifties and completed coursework at both Montcalm Community College and Dale Carnegie. Bill married Janet E. MacLeod on November 29, 1963, and she preceded him in death in 2006. He was lucky enough to find another true love, and married Judy E. Lahr on August 18, 2007, at the Lighthouse on Long Lake, and she survives. Bill was a Golden Glove Club Boxer in high school and later became an avid golfer, playing in leagues for many years. He was a diehard Michigan fan, was meticulous about his lawn, loved good conversations and debates and was always willing to offer sage advice to family and friends, including one of his favorites, “Give a little, Spend a little, Save a little”. Bill was a man of faith and was a long-time member of Shiloh Community Church.
Bill will be missed and fondly remembered by his dear wife, Judy and daughter, Beverly (Michael) Brownell of Belding; a son in law Dennis Magirl of Greenville; Judy’s children, Rhonda (Steve) Boylan of Indiana, Debi Benner of Rockford and Adam (Melissa) Springsteen of Gowen; his grandchildren, Elizabeth (Ben) Manns, Jessica (Paul) Haines, Jennifer (Chase Gadbois) Brownell, Sarah (Brandon) McCullough, Megan Brownell, Travis Hill, Karleigh Ebert, Braden Curry, Donovan Springsteen, Owen Springsteen, Trever Brown, Cole (Lizzie) Hansen and Jake Benner; great grandchildren, Cameron, Asher, Blake, Bennett, Holly, Emily, Salem and Teddy; siblings Barbara Fuery and Judy Wharff; and many nieces, nephews, cousins; and dear friends, including special nephew, Gordy (Shelly) Weakland.. In addition to his parents and first wife, Janet, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Magirl in 2020, and siblings Sandra Weakland, Lewis Hammond and Gary Hammond.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 24, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Verdun Family Funeral Home, 303 S. Bridge Street, Belding. Bill’s funeral service will take place on Wednesday at Shiloh Community Church, Orleans, with Pastor James Floyd officiating. The family will greet visitors at the church at 10:00 a.m. and the Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Woodard Lake Cemetery, Fenwick, Michigan. Those wishing to express their sympathy are welcomed to consider a donation in Bill’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital . For additional information please contact Verdun Family Funeral Home in Belding at (616) 794-1300 or at www.verdunfh.com.