William "Bill" Marklewitz

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William "Bill" E. Marklewitz, 89, of Midland, died Thursday afternoon, May 5, 2016 at his home. He was born June 6, 1926 in Lansing, son of the late Emil and Ethyl (Kraus) Marklewitz. Bill attended and graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1944, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and lettered in cross country track.

Bill married the former Susan Jeanne Thornton; she preceded him in death Sept. 10, 2004. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Charrette during World War II, earning the many ribbons for his service during combat as a Sonar man. When he returned from his military obligation, Bill received a bachelor's of science degree in chemistry from Michigan State University and began his 38-year marketing career with The Dow Chemical Co. in product management until his retirement. His time with Dow earned him the Distinguished Service Award as a member of the American Chemical Society and the Chemical Marketing Research Association. Bill had been a member of the Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce, Midland March of Dimes where he served as chairman, Boy Scout Program, Delta College Study Committee, a charter member of the Midland Exchange Club, past President of the Tittabawassee Toastmasters, Midland-Gladwin MSU Alumni Club, the Midland Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1959, member of the Kiwassee Kiwanis for 20 plus years, past President of the Walloon Lake Association and a member of the Midland Country Club. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family at their cottage on Walloon Lake, deer hunting at the Luzerne Lodge, snow skiing, scuba diving and traveling.

He is survived by his children, Kathy Young of Sanford, Laura Miller of Midland, and John (Ruth) Marklewitz of North Carolina; grandchildren, Erin and Mike Miller, Laurie Thompson and Ryan Marklewitz; great-grandchildren, Uriah Thompson, Clarissa Sue Thompson, Chloe Ann Grimm and Theodore Srebinski.

Funeral services for Bill will take place 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Gerald Ferguson will officiate with burial at 1:30 p.m. in Midland Cemetery. Bill's family will receive friends at the church Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Trinity Lutheran Church or the Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation. Full military honors will be presented at the cemetery by the Midland Area Veterans. Arrangements for Bill have been entrusted to the care of Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home where there will be no visitation.

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Midland, MI 48640
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Published in Midland Daily News from May 7 to May 8, 2016
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