William Elis Hoglund Harbor Springs, MI
William Elis Hoglund, 79, Bill Hoglund died unexpectedly of complications from a blood clot at his home in Harbor Springs, Michigan on Sunday, June 8th, 2014.
Bill was born in Stockholm, Sweden on August 22, 1934. He graduated from Taft School in 1952, Princeton University in 1956 and the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business in 1958. He married Beverly Jane Scales in Birmingham, MI in 1958.
Like his father and brother before him, Bill spent his entire career at General Motors Corporation. He was known for his unwavering integrity, his passion for cars, and his true enjoyment of all people. Bill could always be counted on to speak his mind honestly, regardless of the political consequences of voicing his opinions.
Highlights of his 36-year career included positions as General Manager of Pontiac, President of Saturn, Chief Financial Officer, and finally, Executive Vice President of General Motors and member of the Board of Directors.
Bill was also widely respected for his work on charitable and corporate boards outside of GM. Through his service to Habitat for Humanity, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, the President's Council on Sustainable Development under President Clinton and countless other organizations, Bill gave back generously to his communities.
Most recently, he helped to found the Naples Community Church in Naples, FL. There, he sang in the choir and surprised everyone with his beautiful voice.
Bill spent as much time as possible on Lake Michigan, sailing, boating or simply sitting on the porch doing the crossword puzzle.
He spent a lifetime perfecting his golf swing.
Above all, Bill loved his family and made them the single most important priority in his life.
If you ever found yourself on the streets of Harbor Springs on a summer evening, you probably saw Bill Hoglund with any combination of children, grandchildren and dogs in tow, licking Yummies ice cream cones and humming along to Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline.
Bill was predeceased by his daughter Susan Hoglund, 1961 to 1979.
He is survived by his wife, Bev; his children, Melissa Hoglund, Cindy Hoglund Shannon and Steve Shannon, Peter Hoglund and Amy Mayhew Hoglund; his grandchildren, Drew Shannon, Donald Effler, Stuart Shannon, Susan Effler, Maggie Shannon, Alex Effler, Kemper Hoglund, Peter Hoglund, and Abby Hoglund; and his best friends, Sandman and Bubbles.
A reception celebrating the life of Bill Hoglund will be held at Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club, Harbor Springs, Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A memorial service will be held in Naples in the fall.
Donations can be made in Bill's honor to the following organizations:
Habitat for Humanity Northwest Michigan, Harbor Plaza, 8460 M119, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, 11145 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34113,
of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Arrangements were made through Schiller Funeral Home of Harbor Springs, Mi.
Shared memories and online condolences may be made at stonefuneralhomeinc.com.