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William L. Kime

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William L. Kime

- - July 31, 1931 to December 2, 2018:

"When we live this life, we leave many stories for which we will never know the endings. But there are really no endings, so whenever we take our leave there will be unfinished stories and it would be ungrateful not to accept that fact." - William L. Kime

William (Bill) Loyson Kime was the son of Walter Hosmer Kime and Winifred Eulala (Troth) Kime; he was born in Rapid City, South Dakota during the height of the Great Depression. Bill grew up in Nebraska and enlisted in the Marine Corps at the tail end of the Korean War. He was primarily stationed in San Francisco where he decommissioned the radios in Jeeps returning from the battle lines.

Bill met Emily Keeler while living in San Francisco. They married in 1957. Bill supported his new bride and also completed his undergraduate degree at San Francisco State College using the GI Bill. In 1961, he was accepted to graduate school at the University of Michigan so they moved to Ann Arbor where he completed his graduate degree in 1963. The couple relocated to Lansing and adopted their son Christopher Russell Kime and daughter Kathryn (Katie) Lorraine Kime. Their Dimondale home along the Grand River was wonderful for raising a family and he was active in his children's lives, taking trips, adventuring in the outdoors and introducing them to the wonders of our world.

In 1966 Bill started his career with the Michigan Department of Corrections as a research analyst and quickly became the Deputy Director in charge of the Program Bureau. Bill was the architect of the Department's first scientifically supported prisoner classification system. He was instrumental in projecting the Department's population and for overseeing regional prison expansion in the 1980's and 90's. He thoroughly enjoyed playing practical jokes on his coworkers, and at one point, he even gave himself the Deputy Director promotion - which became reality when the Director signed off in support. Bill retired from the Department in March 1989 and was recognized with an officer recruit class named in his honor.

While working for the Department, Bill met his second wife, Pamela K. Withrow. Bill and Pam married in 1986 as their children transitioned into adulthood. After Bill's retirement, they moved to Ionia where he supported Pam as she finished her career. Bill helped with community endeavors including support of the local library. Together, they enjoyed watching their family grow, becoming proud grandparents to Keeler, Lychelle and Mandalyn Kime and Mason and Trevor Cordell.

Bill and Pam enjoyed traveling. Bill loved planning routes across the country, sightseeing and taking in the American experience as well as travels out of the US. He knew how to have fun and was an avid reader and hobbyist. He loved electronics, amateur radio, chess, golf, bowling, billiards, Cribbage and Scrabble, exploring the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. In retirement, he wrote his autobiography and published two children's books. His quick wit, wry sense of humor and mastery of story-telling were legendary. Until his final days, Bill could keep his audience hanging on every word of another fascinating tale, usually leaving them laughing, but also thinking about the moral of his story.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Russell Hosmer Kime. Surviving are his wife Pamela, daughter Katie Kime, son Chris (Susie) Kime, son John (Kristina) Cordell, and five grandchildren. Donations can be made in Bill's name to the Capital Area District Library, Ionia Community Library or to your local library. Bill has been cremated and a private memorial service is planned for next year. Arrangements cared for by Lake Funeral Home in Ionia. Online condolences may be made at

"Doubt is the beginning of wisdom. And blind belief blockades the search for true understanding. That is what I believe - and you don't have to take it on faith." - William L. Kime
Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 6, 2018
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