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William James Fredericks(Bill) September 15, 1961 – May 23, 2019 born in Kalamazoo to William and Mary Alice (Tobin) Fredericks.  

The beloved husband and best friend of Deb; proud father of Christine, Brandon, Jessica and Bob; dear brother of Alice, Tom, Kathy, Gary, Ken, Sue, Bob and Mary; grandpa to 6 very loved grandchildren; and cherished friend to many.  

All who knew Bill know he had an uncanny way of making a friend no matter where he was.  Those of us who had the honor of calling him friend know very well that he could talk about anything and was more than willing to do just that.  Rarely did you find Bill at a loss for words.  

In Bill and Deb’s home hangs a sign that describes the rules of the family. Bill followed those rules well and they go as follows:

Remember you are loved.  He wouldn’t let you forget that, he always said “I love you”.

Choose to be happy.  He chose happy when he married Debbie.

Sing, Laugh, Dance. Bill loved his music and would occasionally sing it right out loud. He loved to laugh, he liked to make others laugh along with him and once in awhile you might even see him bust a move.

Dream Big.  Bill never stopped dreaming.  Always talking about the next big project, the next cool tool or another clamp.  And he always had big dreams for him and Deb.

Say Please and Thank you.  He was a respectful guy, always friendly and considerate.

Try your best.  Bill may not have had the ability to do what he could once do but he tried his best, even at the dismay of others.

Be grateful.  He was definitely grateful. Grateful for the times he got to spend with his family. Grateful for his friends. Grateful for the unconditional love that he was blessed with from Deb.

Smile.  Oh what a smile he had, that smile will certainly be missed.

Hug often. Yep, he was definitely a hugger, you couldn’t come or go without getting hugs from Bill.

Offer to help.  Bill would do anything for anyone if he could, he may have been physically unable to do a lot but he certainly wanted to and would try.

Bill and Deb, in their wonderful 12 years of marriage shared so much.  From Mackinaw to Hawaii they shared their adventures in travel.  They shared their families. They shared their likenesses and their differences.  They shared their dreams.  Most importantly and above all they shared the most amazing gift one can give another; amazing love.  

Bill will be very much missed, his absence has left a huge void in our lives but as the house rules go, We will always be grateful that we were blessed to have this man as ours.  The memories he left with us will live on for always.

There will be a Celebration of Bill’s life on June 8, 2019 at the Urban Alliance building, 400 Island Avenue, Parchment 49004, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Come have a bite to eat, enjoy some of Bill’s favorite foods, share some of your favorite memories of this great man.  

In lieu of flowers any donations can be made directly to Deb Fredericks, much needed and certainly very much appreciated.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bill’s online guestbook or share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Pearl Eberstein on May 28, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Deb, I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful man, and I can’t imagine what you are going through. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love

  2. Vickie fredericks & Cliff Hill on May 28, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Our thoughts are with you and the children.

  3. Sherry VanMaaren on May 28, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Debbie. We will miss you Bill…rest in peace.

  4. Penny Anderson Kolpin on May 28, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    So sorry for your loss Debbie. You and your family are in our prayers.

  5. Heather Marshall on May 28, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Oh Bill, where do I begin….although it has been some time since weve seen each other, I will forever have the memories of being your neighbor. From the ungodly amount of Dr. Pepper to the shenanigans with you, Christine, Jess and Bobby. I will forever have those memories and that is how I choose to remember you. Till we meet again.

  6. Spring & Kip Waltke on June 3, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. You and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time. Remember all of those wonderful, wonderful memories that you will also have of what you and Bill shared!!!
    Spring and Kip

  7. Cathy Kosch on June 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    So sorry for your loss debbe.

  8. Steve Oliver on September 8, 2020 at 3:43 am

    Sorry to hear,I knew Bill and Bob through Johnson Howard Lumber,prayer go out to his family

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