William "Bill" French

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William "Bill" French Augusta William "Bill" French, age 63, of Augusta, Michigan, passed away February 9, 2013, at the age of 63. He was born on February 4, 1950, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Bill is the son of Robert E. and Mary L. (Peterson) French. Bill earned his Bachelor and Master's Degree in Environmental Earth Science from Western Michigan University. As a hydro-geologist and environmental consultant, he served on many committees to make the environment a better place for living things. Bill was on the County Parks Board, the Road Commission, and as the Drain Commissioner for Kalamazoo County. Professionally, he worked for Wilkins & Wheaton engineering, founded United Environmental Technologies, Inc. and Crystal Scientific, LLC. Bill was also, an active Board Member of the Kingman Museum of Battle Creek and an active outdoorsman and hunter. His favorite places were Northern Michigan, the Florida Keys (scuba diving), and his property along the Kalamazoo River. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Bob and his sister, Chris Thunder. He is survived by his mother, Mary of Battle Creek and his brother, Dan of Iron River, Michigan; his aunt and uncle, JoAnn (French) and Bob King, Battle Creek; his niece Heather (Chad) Powell; his nephew, Pete Thunder; six great nieces; and eight cousins. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Smothers officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A Celebration of his life will be afterwards at his home, 15200 Fort Custer Drive, Augusta, Michigan. Bill's family suggests that memorial contributions be given to the Kingman Museum. 175 Limit Street, Battle Creek, MI 49037 or the Kalamazoo County Parks, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49048. www.henryfuneralhome.org

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Apr. 28, 2013
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