Carl William Newton

Carl William Newton

Carl William Newton of Gobles, MI passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at his home in Gobles surrounded by his family.

He was born January 15, 1938 in Detroit the son of Joseph and Rose (Lichtle) Newton. William proudly served his country in Army Intelligence in Germany in the Cold War. He was a real estate agent for over 35 years, retiring from Cornell & Associates. He also owned and operated William Newton and Associates Real Estate Valuation services. William had been nominated 3 times for Realtor of the Year and had served 4 terms as director of the Kalamazoo Board of Realtors. He was an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Allegan and was a member of the Plainwell Area Chamber of Commerce and was voted Person of the Year. In August of 1979, he married Kay Watkins who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Kim Fox, Kellee Sumouske of Plainwell, Kevin (Valerie) Burd of Green Bay, WI and Lori Weathers of Novi, 11 grandchildren, Jenna Fox, Amanda (Mike) Conover, David (Chelsea) Fox, Erica Maxson, Tristen Sumouske, Kayla Burd, Jackson Burd, Anna Burd, Ashley (Evan) Johnson, Griffin Weathers and Bailey Weathers  and 2 great-granddaughters, Ellaree Conover and Rylie Steele.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, JoAnne Martinez, daughter, Jody DeVries and 2 grandchildren, Steven Maxson and Ethan Weathers.

Friends may meet with William’s family from 2-4 P.M., Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a prayer service at 4 P.M.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Allegan with Rev. Fr. Alan P. Jorgenson Celebrant, pastor of St. John Bosco and St. Margaret Mary and Rev. Fr. Ben Huynh Con-Celebrant.

Burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

The family wishes to give a very special thank you to Connie Summers and Heartland Hospice for the exceptional care they gave to Bill and his family.

Contributions in memory of William may be made to St. Margaret’s Catholic School or Heartland Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at



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  1. Bill and Karen Bomar says:

    We were lucky enough to work with Bill on the sale of our home and the purchase of our present home. He was a great guy and will be missed by so many. Our condolences to the family.

  2. Jane Kling says:

    Dear Kay & Family,
    We am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We worked together at Cornell & Assoc. and he always had a laugh and a joke. His friendship was a pure blessing as were his wonderful hugs May the many wonderful memories you have be a blessing to you and give comfort.

    Jane and David Kling
    Maggie Belknap

  3. marty wagar says:

    So sorry to hear of his passing. Bill and I worked together as fellow Realtors serving on the Greater Kalamazoo Board of Directors, Bill had a great mind combined with a great wit. Many good times, and laughs while providing great leadership. He will be missed.

    Happy landings :”Newt”

    Marty Wagar

  4. Nick Pratt says:

    WillieBill, you were a special person to me for many years, much laughter, good sharing and often thoughtful advice. Please be at peace and peace above all to your family.

  5. Cheryl & Terry Pickett says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was such a funny, kind and great man. He will be missed by many.

  6. Beth Brackett says:

    Dear Kay and family

    Our greatest sympathy is sent to you on the passing of dear Cousin Bill. His big smile and fun laugh will be missed.

    With much love,

    Beth (Newton), Ross and Wayne Brackett

  7. Earnie Best says:

    Bill is a man who had a lot of respect from his competitors in the real estate industry. Knew him to always be a man of his word who always thought things out before he spoke. Also his quite sense of humor will be missed as well as he. Glad to have known him and he will be missed.

  8. Pat & Russ Miner says:

    So very sorry to hear that Bill has left us. He was a good friend and always fun to be with. He accepted jokes on himself as well as giving them to his friends. He will be missed so very much. Our prayers are with his family.

  9. Carol Brock says:

    Kay: I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. We take so many things for granted. I wish we would have kept in touch. Bill was such a good guy & he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you & your family. Roger & Carol Brock

  10. Nancy (Bury) Muszynski says:

    To Kay and Kevin, and all the family: What a neat guy Bill was! You know what I liked the best? Bill always had a smile on his face, and he always had time to talk! He made one feel he had all the time in the day for you and he ALWAYS asked about my son Steve….how he was, where he was stationed with the Air Force, etc. He will be sorely missed!


  11. Jeanne (DeBruin) Mellen says:

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I remember when we lived in the orchard in Plainwell. He was always a good friend and had a smile that would light up the world.

    May you find peace in knowing he is not in pain any longer. I will remember you and your family in my prayers

    Your Friend.
    Jeanne Mellen

  12. Lynn and Barbara Mead says:

    His energy and radiant smile will be missed greatly on Baseline Lake.
    Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family,

  13. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Kay and Kellee and family. We are so very sorry for your loss of Bill. We knew he was ill and I would talk to Kellee in the store from time to time about Bill but did not know that he was gone until I read today’s paper. We are so very sorry for your loss. Bill was a super nice guy. So sincere, caring, friendly, and always had time to speak to people. He will truly be missed by a lot of people ! ! ! Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with your family. Take care and know that others care and are thinking of you often.

  14. Joyce Galloway says:

    I am so sorry to learn that Bill had passed. I have known Bill since high school and he was so friendly and always had a smile for everyone. My condolences to his family at this sad time.

  15. Tim and Candy Ryder says:

    Everyone should have and experience an “Uncle Bill” in their lives. An encourager, an advisor and an always there for you kind of person. Our love and prayers are with you all!

  16. Shawn & Maggie Boeskool says:

    Were so sorry to hear about Bill our love & prayers are with you all…

    God Bless
    Shawn & Maggie

  17. kevin christensen says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Bill I always enjoyed talking to Bill he was a good man and will be missed Kevin

  18. Walt Rickli says:


    So sorry to hear about Bill we will keep you in our prayers.

  19. Georgia Ann Draney says:

    Just heard of Bill’s passing. Graduated with him and he was a very special person he will be missed. My prayers for his family.

  20. Karen Koehn says:

    I’m so sorry to hear Bill passed away, my prayers to you and the family Kay. It has been nice to see you two @ St. Margarets occasionally, missed seeing you both every week. God’s blessing to you and the family.

  21. Lee Hatfield says:

    I knew Bill very well in High School, we were very good friends he was one of the funniest men I ever knew. RIP Bill, “See you on the other side” my friend, the world will surely miss you.

    Lee…Ret US Army….

  22. Marilyn Lamborn says:

    Dear Kay and Family:

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing! Jim always spoke very highly of Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Bill is now at peace with God my his side.

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