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William P. Himburg Owosso William P. Himburg, a pillar of the Owosso community for many years and a recognized and admired leader in the motor bus industry - passed away at age 92 on March 11, 2013, in Naples, FL. His optimistic attitude throughout life was truly an inspiration to all. He taught us the importance of family, integrity, commitment and obligation to give back. Born on October 13, 1920, as the only child of Fred and Lucy (Phillips) Himburg in Owosso, MI, Bill was the nephew of Wayne and Cora Taylor, founders of Indian Trails, Inc. He attended Central Elementary School, Owosso High School, and was graduated in 1942 from Tri-State University in Angola, IN, with a bachelor's degree in Business. During World War II, he served as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Navy, from which he was honorably discharged in 1945. That year, Bill married Harriet "Ginger" (Gentry) Himburg and began working as an Operations Manager for Indian Trails. Over the next five decades, he served the company as Operations Manager, Vice President, and President, the position from which he retired in 1997. Having been elected Chairman of the Indian Trails Board of Directors in 1986, Bill continued to serve in that capacity throughout his life. In 2010, Bill traveled to Michigan to celebrate his family business' 100th year anniversary. Widely recognized for his leadership skills, good humor, and business acumen, Bill was also elected to serve the City of Owosso as Mayor (1964-68) and Councilman (1968-73), as well as director of the boards of Owosso Savings Bank, the Owosso Chamber of Commerce, American Bus Association, National Bus Traffic Association, Amerisure Companies, General Telephone Company, Tecumseh Products, and Tri -State (now Trine) University. Additionally, he was a director and a past president of the Michigan Motor Bus Association, East Michigan Tourist Association, and Northeastern Bus Traffic Association; past president of the Owosso Country Club, and former chairman of the Owosso Charter Revision Commission and the Owosso Industrial Development Committee. Bill was a member of Owosso Masonic Lodge 81, the Elf Khurafeh Temple, Elks Lodge, and Valley of Bay City Scottish Rite Cathedral, and an avid supporter of Michigan State University athletics. Bill was a longtime member of the Club Pelican Bay and a member of the Naples United Church of Christ. Predeceased by his parents, as well as his wife Ginger (1984), Bill married Ruth (Miller) Himburg in 1988. She survives him, as do daughters Mary (John) Ferguson of Tecumseh, MI, Billie (Tom) Maier of St. Helena Island, SC, Linda (Gordon) Mackay of Henderson, MI, Harriet "Honey" (Norman) Biondi of Ellicott City, MD, and Winalee (Ron) Zeeb of Lansing, MI; step daughters Alane (Darren) Howell of Los Angeles, CA, and Alicia Scramlin of Fortville, IN; grandchildren Amy (Steve) VanHise, Jonna (Tom) VanWienen, David Maier, Mark (Christina) Maier, Deanna (Ed) Langhorst, William (Danielle) Mackay, Robb Mackay, Emily Biondi, Brendan Biondi, Nathan Biondi, Scott (Kathy) Zeeb, Christopher Scramlin, Kristen Scramlin, and Abbie Howell; and great grandchildren: Benjamin and Sam VanHise, Allison and Kate VanWienen, John, Thomas, David and Max Maier, Madelynn Langhorst, Cohen and Landon Mackay, and Maya Zeeb. Services and a celebration of Bill Himburg's life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 11:00 AM at the Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road, Naples, FL 34103. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Music Department at the Naples United Church of Christ or the Brad VanPelt Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1350 East Main Street, Suite 206, P. O. Box 753, Owosso, MI 48867.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 17, 2013
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