William Thompson "Bill" Cheney Williamston William Thompson "Bill" Cheney, 70, of Williamston died Tuesday, May 7th of heart failure. Bill was born on September 26, 1942 in Richmond, Indiana and was the only child of Oscar T. and Donna Perkinson. His father died when Bill was an infant, and he moved to Williamston when his mother married F.G. "Sky" Cheney in 1951. Bill Cheney was a 1960 graduate of Williamston High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Arizona in 1964. After college, Bill served in the Army Reserves. He was the retired President of F.G. Cheney Limestone Company in Bellevue, MI and the owner and founder of the Admiral Gas Station in Williamston. Throughout his working career, Bill was also the President of Cheney Concrete Company in East Lansing and the Cheney Block Company in Holt. He once served as President of the Michigan Redi-Mixed Concrete Association and as a board member of the Perry Downtown Development Authority. The most important thing in Bill's life was his family and everything he did centered on them. He was an avid boater having cruised from Michigan to Florida and back on his boat on more than one occasion. Bill also loved cooking for family and friends and traveling. His hobbies included hunting and shooting and an interest in financial planning and politics. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol (Hensz) Cheney, his son, William Sky (Lynne) Cheney, his daughter, Tara (Mike) Peplowski, and 4 grandchildren, Robert Cheney, Rebecca Cheney, Allison Peplowski, and Evelyn Peplowski, all of Williamston. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. at the Gorsline Runciman Williamston Chapel with visitation from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Interment will be at the Summit Cemetery in Williamston. Online condolences may be made at www.grwilliamston.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on May 9, 2013