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William Jay Nickerson, age 72, of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans surrounded by family and friends. 

The son of Jay & Ruth (Mayer) Nickerson, he was born on December 19, 1944 in Chicago, IL.

William is preceded in death by his parents; and step-mother, Donna Lee (Smith) Nickerson. Surviving are his childrenCary Jay (Paula) Nickerson and Todd Franklin (Jennifer) Nickerson; grandchildren, Ashley Woolum, Andrew Jay, Emily Victoria, Cassandra Rose, Marissa Mae, Ella Elizabeth and Anna Grace; and sisters, Barb Hacker, Renee Logan, Laura Dubiel and Connie Ayotte.  

A memorial service with full military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd., Holly with a luncheon to follow at Cary Nickerson’s home, 4200 Pondview Dr., White Lake, MI 48383.

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Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Aliman Sears on June 25, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    The Self never dies.

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