William J. Walraven passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2013 after an eight month battle with cancer. Bill was born on March 31, 1936 in Essexville, Michigan, the son of James and Nellie (Solinski) Walraven. Bill worked on the Solinski family farm till he met and married Marlene Naert. Bill and Marlene were united in marriage on June 29, 1957 in Essexville. In May of 1963, Bill and Marlene moved to Harrison and opened Country Garden Fruit Market.
Mr. Walraven enjoyed spending time with his wife Marlene and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, traveling to Manistique, Michigan where he loved to spend time at his cabin. Bill also enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, ice fishing, flower gardening and just staying busy.
Surviving Bill is his loving wife of fifty six years, Marlene Walraven of Harrison, four children, two daughters: Barb (Mike) Henry of Harrison, Judy Heintz and close friend Dan Barclay of Harrison, two sons: Tim (Deb) Walraven of Harrison and Bill (Raye) Walraven also of Harrison, one sister, Geraldine King of Bay City, Michigan, eleven grandchildren: James (Michelle) Henry, Marvin (Carrie) Heintz, Judy (Justin) Pomerville, Sally Ann (Ricky) Heintz, Michael (Amy) Henry, William Walraven, Kyle Walraven, Timothy Henry, Jessica Walraven, Jake Walraven and Justice Walraven. Eight great-grandchildren: Shayla Henry, Seth Henry, Mara Pomerville, Michael Pomerville, Myles “Skully” Henry, Elena Henry, Mason Heintz and Cara Heintz. Mr. Walraven was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, four brothers, one son in law, Richard Heintz and three grandsons: Joshua, Jonathon and Jesse Walraven.
Funeral Mass for Mr. Walraven was held Monday, June 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Harrison with Father Noel Rudy officiating. Visitation for Bill took place Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison with prayer services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Burial took place in St. Athanasius Catholic Cemetery, Harrison, immediately following Mass. Memorial gifts in memory of Bill may be considered to: Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund of Clare County, P.O. Box 65, Clare, Michigan 48617 or MidMichigan Home Care, 3007 N. Saginaw Road, Midland, Michigan 48640-9963. To share an online memory or condolence with Bill’s family, please visit: www.stockingfuneralhome.com. Arrangements for Mr.
Walraven are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison (989) 539-7810.