William M. Dreger

William M. Dreger

Bill passed away Friday, December 26, 2014 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born December 19, 1924 in Ionia the son of Michael and Anna (Hacker) Dreger. Bill served his country in the US Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a lineman for Consumers Energy until his retirement in 1984. On September 1, 1947 in Otsego he married Betty Hammon who preceded him in death in 2004. Bill was an avid golfer who enjoyed woodworking, fishing, playing softball, hunting and playing cards especially pinochle.

Surviving are his daughters, Carla (Ray) Cook of Portage and Michaelle (Robert) Redford of Martin; his companion and best friend, Betty Mahieu and her children, David Mahieu, Sharalyn Downing and Kathleen Meyers;  4 grandchildren, Mick (Angie) Enders, Eric (Lindsey) Enders, Jessica (Kyle Magnani) Redford and Aaron Redford and 5 great-grandchildren, Ava, Anson, Lauren, Jezane and William.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty and his 8 siblings.

Friends may meet with Bill’s family Sunday, December 28, 2014 from 4-6 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Cremation will follow.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Congregational Church of Otsego with Pastor David Youngs officiating. Military Honors by VFW Post #3030. Burial will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030, First Congregational Church of Otsego or to the charity of your choice.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Dawn Forney says:

    I share many memories as Bill worked for us part time at Forney’s Sunoco .He was a wonderful person inside & out .Always a smile ,hug & how ya doin kiddo .RIP in peace Bill .

  2. Lottie Koster says:

    Rest in peace Bill you will be missed here at Emerald Park Senior .

  3. Pam Kuiper says:

    Bill was a quiet man who was always ready with a smile and a hug. He was a good friend to my parents when Betty worked at our store. My sympathy to all of his family.

  4. Kim & Craig Reed says:

    We will miss you so much gramps. So happy you were a part of our family.

  5. Lyn Shumaker says:

    Dear Bill, I will miss your smiling face, big, big hugs on Friday’s. Love an will miss you. Michele an family, I am so,so sorry for your lose. Your dad was so amazing. Love Lyn Dines-Shumaker

  6. Stacy Booth says:

    I will never forget walking down to see Uncle Bill and Aunt Betty and playing and helping in the garden. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. I’m sorry I can’t be there but know that I am there in heart and soul. Sending all my love from Honduras!!! Stacy Hammon

  7. Linda Beattie says:

    Bill was one of the people at church that I looked forward to seeing on Sunday mornings. I will miss his welcoming smile. I send my prayers from here in Florida.

  8. Yvonne Slater says:

    I met bill in 196?. He and Betty were our neighbors. They are reunited now. May they rest in peace. God bless the families.

  9. Dolores Pulver says:

    Carla & Michaelle, Thinking of you. You had a “special” father, much loved by many. Treasure the great memories your family has made. May you continue to feel the love that radiated from him.

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