William A. MacAlpine Sr.
1935 - 2020
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William A. MacAlpine, Sr.
William A. MacAlpine, Sr., 85, of Bad Axe passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2020 at Meadow Lane Assisted Living under Seasons Change Hospice care. Bill was born in Bad Axe, Michigan on March 4, 1935 to the late Alden and Alta (Nelson) MacAlpine. He went on to graduate from Bad Axe High School in 1953.
On Aug. 19, 1961 he married the love of his life, Marilyn (Damrow) MacAlpine at the First United Methodist Church where they became lifelong members. Marilyn preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2017.
Bill attended Wayne State University before going on to graduate from San Francisco School of Mortuary Science in 1955. He went on to work in the family business, MacAlpine Funeral Home for his entire 65 year career until his retirement. He was involved in community organizations including the Rotary Club, and Masonic Lodge.
He enjoyed golfing with family and playing in tournaments at the Verona Golf Country Club where he was a member. Other interests included boating on Lake Huron, grilling poolside, and watching his children and grandchildren play in various sporting activities. In retirement, he and Marilyn spent their winters in Lakeland, Fla.
Bill is survived by his children Lori Clancy and her husband, Doug of Port Austin, Clark MacAlpine and his wife, Yumi of Waukesha, Wisc., William MacAlpine II and his wife, Lisa of Bad Axe, and Martin MacAlpine of Coeur d' Alene, Id; grandchildren Andrea (Jake) Frisbie, Sean Clancy, Sara Clancy, Maiya MacAlpine, and Ellen, Sydney, Samuel, and Nicholas MacAlpine; and two great-grandchildren Charles and Claire Frisbie. He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Ann Gillis of Havertown, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn MacAlpine; and his brother Thomas MacAlpine.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers of Meadow Lane Assisted Living for their many years of support and to Seasons Change Hospice for their care.
A private graveside service at Colfax Township Cemetery was held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to Seasons Change Hospice or the Bad Axe First United Methodist Church.
Condolences can be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com.

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Published in Huron Daily Tribune on Dec. 29, 2020.
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January 7, 2021
Lots of great memories of golfing with your parents in couples league. Bill was a true gentleman. Left his mark on many people
Rich and Rhonda Cook
January 2, 2021
A very special friend for many reasons.
Dick Weber
December 31, 2020
I remember when I started at Meadow Lane I was so scared never having worked in that field before. I remember being introduced to many of the residents at breakfast time Bill being one of them. He enjoyed sipping coffee a little longer and having a bit of conversation with the staff. He asked me for another cup of coffee and of course I eagerly got him one, he thanked me kindly and noticed I was new. He asked if I liked the job and I told him so far it was the best job I’d ever had. He kind of chuckled and then told me that was the hard part and rest would come with practice. He smiled, gave my hand a squeeze and told me I was doing a great job. That honestly made me feel so happy, and so much more confident. For that I’m so grateful. Him and I had many small chitchats and laughs, he was always so happy and so sweet. I’m very blessed to have had the privilege of giving care to such a wonderful person. I will keep his family in my prayers. Rest In Peace Bill my dear friend.
December 30, 2020
When I was first was introduced to Bill I was told "he would be the person who never let me down" I then met Marilyn when I started Practical Nursing program. We eventually became friends. I loved his wife dearly. I knew her better than Bill but I always counted them both as friends. My love and thoughts go out to the family. God bless.
Fran Lewis
December 30, 2020
MacAlpine Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. Terry and Gerri
Terry Kaufman
December 30, 2020
Bill always made you feel like he was glad to see you. Friendly and never rushed, or at least didn't appear to be. R.I.P. Bill you did good.

Dorothy Shinault
December 30, 2020
My condolences to you William Jr and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a wonderful person. I was blessed to have known him a very long time. I always enjoyed talking with him when I seen him. He will be missed by many. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers R.I.P. Bill
Linda Bucholtz
December 30, 2020
Bill was always so kind to our family. His smile lit up the room.
Prayers lifting for Bill, and all who cared for him.
Pamela Kladzyk
December 30, 2020
Bill was always the friend to all. his family (Parents) were same age as mine and both fathers were Masons. Bill carried on with Masons and the funeral business. Bill was a distant cousin as well . We all will miss you Bill. RIP
Ken and Bette Peterson
December 29, 2020
I always think kindly of Bill and Marilyn for how warm they treated us whenever we were able to visit and spend time with all the cousins. I really miss those days and the connection we were able to create and maintain over the many years. My family's deepest sympathy to all my cousins and their loved ones. Bill and Marilyn will never be forgotten, and their graciousness will forever be treasured by us.
David Davis
December 29, 2020
Bill was a very nice man. My husband Clayton bowled on his sponsored team for many years!
Joan Maurer
December 29, 2020
So sooty to the entire MacAlpine family for your loss. I enjoyed many wonderful times with Bill over many years; no decades. Bill will always be a Myrtle Beach boy....
Terry McMullen
December 29, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear this. Many years of my childhood was spent in the MacAlpine home! Bill & Marilyn were two of the nicest people. Always smiling and friendly. Thoughts and prayers to you all!
Tami Case Wright
December 28, 2020
So terribly sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He and your Mom were wonderful neighbors and friends for many years. They welcomed us with open arms and made us feel like family when we first moved to Bad Axe. We miss them both, but will treasure the memories. Heartfelt hugs to each of you during this difficult time.
Jean Natzel
December 27, 2020
My family has known Bill forever. My sister, Faith, graduated in 50, my brother, Owen, in 52, and my sister, Sharon, in 55, so he was surrounded by McIntyre’s all through high school and beyond. We all loved Bill and very happy when we saw him. May God’s peace be with him and his family. He is now in Heaven with Marilyn, his parents and brother, Tom. You will be missed, Bill, by all who knew you. Jeannie McIntyre Pfister
Jeannie Pfister
December 24, 2020
shirley maclean
December 24, 2020
I always loved Bill's smile and caring personality. Such a wonderful man. Prayers to his family.
LaDonna Fagan-little
December 23, 2020
I feel like I have known Bill all of my life.. he was good friends with my dad Jim Kervin and I know that he knew my whole family. When I started working at Meadow Lane he came to me and he knew who I was right away. I didn’t see him much but when I did he always knew me! I pray that he is at peace. I pray for his family. I know that he was a wonderful, caring man. I love ya Bill!!
Kathy Geiger
December 23, 2020
You can’t think of Bill MacAlpine without recalling his warm smile and quick wit. We fondly remember the many good times at Verona Hills GC, and Bill’s zest for life. It was truly a pleasure to share those good years with Bill & Marilynn while in Bad Axe. Our deepest sympathy to the Family.
Dr. Tom & Karen Veryser
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