REPUBLIC - William C. (Bill) Wixtrom, 77, of Republic, died peacefully at his home, under the loving care of his family and U.P. Home Health and Hospice, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Bill was born in the old Witch Lake school house to Seth and Mae (Doan) Wixtrom on April 22, 1936. He grew up in Witch Lake and worked in the sawmill and woods with his father and brothers from the time he was a teenager. He graduated from Republic High School, class of 1954.
After serving in the U.S. Army as an ambulance dispatcher, he returned to the sawmill business, eventually taking over ownership and management of Wixtrom Lumber Co. In 1998, his son Will took over.
Bill enjoyed hunting and making the annual trip to his brother Jack's camp at Hubbard's Marsh to hunt and play cards with the guys. He was an avid Packers and Tigers fan. He also loved the many gatherings and picnics at his camp on Chief Lake. One of Bill's favorite hobbies was woodworking. His quality of work was excellent. He particularly enjoyed making gavels of various wood species and giving them away to family and friends.
Bill attended First Baptist Church of Witch Lake and until recently was an active member of the Republic Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Luana (Mattson) Wixtrom; four children, Angela Wixtrom (Andrew Huebner) of Tujunga, Calif., Shelli Wixtrom (Scott McMath) of Midland, William S. Wixtrom of Witch Lake and Eric (Shannon) Wixtrom of Republic; 12 grandchildren, Crystal and Scarlet Quezada, Dylan and Sonja Anderson, Quinn McMath, and Sylvia, Evelyn, Adam, Thomas, Amelia and twins, Isaac and Caleb Wixtrom; one great-grandson, Jason Quezada; sisters, Marcelle Houlmont, Donna Erickson and Nancy (Fred) Spanton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lennard (Marilyn) Mattson, Clifford (Karen) Mattson, Wilfred (Anne) Mattson, Bernice Enderle, Aurelia Matheny, Arleen Wixtrom and Helen Wixtrom; along with many nieces and nephews.
Bill also leaves two very special friends, Aaron Wixtrom and Ted DeWitt.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jack, Bruce and James Wixtrom; and one sister, June Laakso.
Bill's family will greet relatives and friends from 10:30 a.m. to noon Eastern time on Thursday, Nov. 14, at First Baptist Church of Witch Lake.
A memorial service will follow at noon Thursday at the church, with Pastor James Janofski officiating. A luncheon will follow the service in the church hall.
Bill's family wishes to thank the U.P. Home Health and Hospice nurses, the Iron Mountain V.A. Hospital doctors, nurses and staff, and the Dickinson Radiation Clinic doctors and staff for their kind treatment and care of Bill during his lengthy illness.
Bill's obituary may also be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.