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William Edward Briley, Sr., age 69, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The son of Keith Lynn & Donna Jeanne (Coleman) Briley, he was born on January 29, 1952 in Alpena, Michigan.

William was self-employed, and enjoyed fishing and hunting  —  from deer to small game to mushrooms. He helped coach little league and t-ball in Atlanta MI. He was an active member of Light of Hope Club house, and Bay View Center in Alpena both from the time of being founded until 2018. He was a much loved member known for his sense of humor and fun sociable personality. In 2013 he earned member of the year at Light of Hope Club House. He was a champion pool player and enjoyed bowling with his brother and sister. He loved to play basketball and watch the Detroit Tigers and Pistons.

Surviving are his children,  Dawn & Anthony “Tony” Kroll of Edmore, William E. Briley, Jr. of Texas, and  Jonathon R. “Jonnie” Briley of Alpena;  as well a daughter he finally met in April of 2021, Beckie (Kent) Wing of Cadillac;  seven grandchildren, Christopher Briley of Texas, Apryl (Kyle) Briley of Lansing, Lance Corporal Luke Kroll serving with the U.S. Marine Corps, Elsie Kroll and Owen Kroll, both of Edmore, Tessi and Michelle of Texas, and two more granddaughters that he just met, Caitlan and Madisyn of Cadillac, and two grandsons that he hoped to meet someday, Roswell and Dustin… making eleven total grandchildren;  a great-granddaughter, Ryleigh of Cadillac;  three sisters, Patti (Patrick) Jones of Lachine, Bette Simonye of Lachine, Mary (Mark) Peplinski of Ingalls, Kansas;  two brothers, Ronald (Diana) Paul of Hillman and James Paul of Hillman;  and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Keith Lynn Briley and Donna Jeanne Coleman Briley Paul Potter;   two brothers, Gerald L. Briley and David L Briley;  and a brother-in-law, Bruce Simonye.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 the Alpena Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4029 U.S .23 South, Alpena, with a luncheon to follow. Interment will be at Briley Township Cemetery in Atlanta, Michigan. In lieu of flowers we ask that you make a memory by taking a child fishing.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign William’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Betti on January 7, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    My condolences to the family. Bill was a great guy. I have many memories. He will be missed greatly. Love to all.

  2. Aunt Helen Ross on January 7, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    My heart aches along with you….your dad was the cutest, sweetest little boy and my life time friend…he was loved much and will be greatly missed…sending love

  3. Gary Jarmuzewski on January 10, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Bill was a really nice man. I knew him from the time he started at the Light Of Hope Clubhouse. He was a great person. He and I would talk about sports, hunting and fishing all the time. And play some pretty competitive ping pong games. He helped me get that building set up and provided a lot of support to other members and myself. I went to a lot of basketball games with Bill. He loved his family dearly.
    Bill was a blessing to all he encountered. My deepest condolences to the family. My heart is sad yet I rejoice that he is now with the Lord.

  4. Carla B Gardner on February 26, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    So sorry to hear of his passing.

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