WILLIAM N. "BILL" ABBOTT, 76, of Coldwater, Mich., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at the Community Health Center of Branch County. Born June 24, 1936, in Garrett, Ind., he was a son of Vernon and Frances (Johnson) Abbott. He married Edith Schnelker on Sept. 1, 1956, in New Haven; she preceded him in death on Sept. 13, 2004. He served honorably with the U.S. Navy, having visited both polar caps while he was in the military. He had been a Branch County resident since 1979 and had worked for 27 years as a truck driver for Roadway Express, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed stock car racing in the Midwest and working on race cars. He is survived by his sons, Jeffery (Debbie) Abbott of Woodburn and Kevin (Sarah) Abbott of Coldwater; daughter, Jennifer (Ed) Mileski of Ionia; brother, David (Rozann) Abbott of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents. Funeral is 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Dutcher Funeral Home, Coldwater, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Rev. Fr. Richard Fritz officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to The CHC Home Health & Hospice. www.dutcherfh.com

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 29, 2012