William Lyle Herrington

William Lyle Herrington
William Lyle Herrington of Otsego, Michigan, died Saturday March 22, 2008 in Plainwell. Mr. Herrington was born October 23, 1919 in Kalamazoo to John and Alma (Burgland) Herrington. He attended Kalamazoo Central High School. During WWII he proudly served his country in the United States Navy. During the battle of Guadalcanal he directed the forward guns of the USS San Francisco, which was the only cruiser in US Naval history to defeat a Japanese battleship. He also served on the USS Phoenix and the USS Bull. Bill also served during the Korean War. For many years he was employed with Ruud, Rheem, Essex and retired from Steketee’s in 1983. He was very inventive and could repair anything. Bill enjoyed fishing and playing Canasta. He was talented musically and played the harmonica, accordion and guitar. On February 4, 1950 in Angola, Indiana, he married Doris Landes, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, William Carl (Sharon) Herrington of Avon, Illinois, and Robert Alan (Michele) Herrington of Kalamazoo; 9 grandchildren, William E. (Stephanie), Alex (Emily), Elizabeth (James) Benge, John (Sara), Darran, Gregory, David, Austin, and Tyler; 5 great-grandsons, Benjamin, Timothy, Cody, Levi and Phisher; and a great-granddaughter soon to be born; 3 sisters-in-law, Lucille Herrington of Salem, OR , Hazel Cassell of Mattawan, Merle (Maynard) Knight of Plainwell; many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were 3 brothers and 2 sisters, Karl, John, Leo, Ruth and Clara. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, Pastor Bill Walker officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post #3030. Burial of ashes at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, will be held at a later date. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to In-House Hospice Solutions.
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