Wilbur "Mr. Bill" McNinch
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Passed peacefully on Wednesday April 2, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born February 23, 1936 in Rock Falls, IL. Wilbur earned his bachelor's in Engineering at Tri State University and went on to work for Cincinnati Gas and Electric and the State of Michigan in the public service commission. Wilbur served in both the US Army and US Air Force reserves. He was proud to be a member of the Illinois Free Masons: Rock Falls Lodge No. 936, honored as a Master Mason for 50 years of service in 2010. As appointed, he served as Chairman of the Williamstown Township Compensation Commission since 2010.
Wilbur was a passionate sports fan cheering on Michigan State, the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, and NASCAR. He held MSU football and basketball season tickets for 35 years and was a member of the MSU Downtown Coaches and Rebounders Clubs. Wilbur enjoyed theatre through his involvement with the Okemos Barn Theatre and trips to Stratford, Canada. Other hobbies included bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, working on classic cars, and spending time with his family, friends, and pets. He was extremely proud of "his three beautiful girls", Micki, Nichole, and Rachel.
Wilbur is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elise (Dugan); daughters Micki (Jeff) Stout, Nichole (Maurizio) Conigliaro, and Rachel McNinch; step-son Lee Haynor (Kathy Garrison); Grandchildren Hayley and Emily Stout and Elizabeth and Michael Garrison.
Family will receive friends Saturday April 5, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with a celebration of Wilbur's life from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home, 1730 Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823. Donations may be made in Wilbur's honor to the Old Newsboys of Greater Lansing (www.lansingoldnewsboys.org) or Project F.I.S.H. (www.projectfish.org).
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at: www.greastlansing.com
Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 4, 2014