William "Bill" James Addis
Crystal River Florida
August 4, 1933 - August 13, 2021
William (Bill) James Addis age 88 of Traverse City Michigan and Crystal River Florida. Bill passed away on August 13th, 2021 in Crystal River, survived by his wife Jean Kingsford Addis, sister Helen Addis Spafford and her husband Al of Traverse City Michigan,
nine children and three stepchildren.
Donna Addis Wood and husband Mark of Panama City Florida,
Margaret Addis Forman and husband Tom of Homosassa Florida,
Patricia Addis Goodlin and husband Bud of Southport North Carolina,
Elizabeth Addis of Interlochen Michigan,
David Addis and wife Sherry (Davis) Addis of Madison Florida,
Frank Addis and wife Lori (Rayle) Addis of Lake Ann Michigan,
Bryan Addis and wife Rhonda (Carlson) Addis of Knob Noster Missouri,
Roger Addis of Crystal River Florida,
Matt Addis and wife Becky (Prance) Addis of Frankfort Michigan
Bart and Sue James of Hasting Michigan,
Melissa and Doug Felmle of Cheboygan Michigan,
Tyler and Diane James of Rocky Mount North Carolina,
22 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his brother Louis Addis of Denver Colorado and his parents Lawrence and Mable (Zoulek) Addis of East Jordan Michigan.
William (Bill) Addis was born August 4th, 1933, lived in East Jordan Michigan on his family farm. He graduated from East Jordan High school in 1951 and studied at Central Michigan University. On October 4th, 1952, he married Joyce Ann Nyland of East Jordan they lived in Eastpointe Michigan where they began their family of 9 children whom they raised in Frankfort Michigan. He always focused on family, faith and fun. Vacations were always family based regardless if they were over the holidays or a cross country excursion with all 9 children. Horses, saddle club and camping provided for many memories. He was always there to help family first but would make time for others. He was actively involved in St. Ann's Catholic church with his family taking up a complete pew at services. Bill worked in the electrical trade with Consumers Power Company in Frankfort and Traverse City, then later worked for Davis Electric in Traverse City. Achieving over 45 amazing years before retiring from both companies. The work never stopped as it defined him. If he heard "I Need" he was there to help until the end.
Bill married Jean (Kingsford) James on December 3rd, 1983, they lived in Traverse City with her two youngest children until they both had completed high school. Soon after he started wintering in Florida. He continued to drive to both locations well into his 80's. He had weekly adventures with Jean in search of the elusive treasure. His private joy was his daily early morning mile walk around "Sunshine Path" as he talked with neighbors on their way out for the day. He enjoyed having all generations spend time with him for the holidays, fun and work projects, even if at later times, he could only watch with pride and smile. Bill Addis will be greatly missed by all whom his life touched.
Memorial Service for the William J Addis family will take place at a later date.
Published by Benzie County Record Patriot on Aug. 27, 2021.