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Bill A. Harrington

Bill passed away, Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born May 8, 1956 in Plainwell, the son of James and Charlene (Buxton) Harrington. Bill graduated from Plainwell High School in 1974 and attended Michigan State University earning a degree in Agriculture and Horticulture. He worked at Ridderman Oil for several years and went on to own and operate H&H Tree Transplanting until his retirement in 2022.

Bill was a member of the Audubon Society and the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Bill enjoyed the outdoors and loved being able to share his love of nature with his grandchildren. He liked growing trees, hunting, fishing, conservation and bird watching, having recently checked a bucket list trip to the Redwood Forest off his list. Bill had a giving heart and had donated 135 units of blood to help save the lives of others. In 2003 on the family farm he married Jade Doster-Roth who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Ben (Amanda) Harrington and Anna (Derek) Carter both of Plainwell; step-son, David Roth of Colorado; 12 grandchildren; siblings, Tim (Nancy) Harrington of Indiana and Sue (Marv) Brenner of Plainwell along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-son, Dan (Erin) Roth.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

An open house for friends and family to gather in Bill’s memory will be held at the Gun River Conservation Club on Sunday, September 24th from 1-4pm, with a time to share memories at 2pm.

Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute


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Craig & Lorna Sisson

August 24, 2023 at 10:59 am

Dear Jade & family. What a sad shock to see Bill’s obituary. Haven’t seen Bill in some time but have soo many fond memories of him. What a guy!!! Fun loving, caring, outdoorsy and kind. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. May God give you your wonderful memories to ease your pain and loss. Prayers, Lorna & Craig


Jim & Bonnie Hoffman

August 24, 2023 at 11:02 am

To all of Bill’s family and friends, Bonnie and I are so sorry for the loss of such a great man and friend. Bill was our camp dean at family camp in Pentwater for several years and made that time for us campers so fun! We loved how close he was to “little Anna” and Ben always. Rest in Peace to our Great Friend and we will see you on the other side. Love, Jim & Bonnie Hoffman


William Harrison

August 24, 2023 at 11:31 am

Bill one of a kind ! Alway so kind and willing to help on most anything. We had some great visits over the years mostly at restaurants like casa rio or Fredas fish fry and of course our plainwell class reunion . May he rest in peace !


Mrs. Jim Hewitt (Patti Hewitt)

August 24, 2023 at 12:24 pm

Dear Jade and family,

To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever. No matter how prepared you think you are for death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and you are deeply hurt. Even though it is difficult to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memories, help to comfort you tomorrow.

Be kind to yourself as you navigate this painful loss. I wish you peace in your heart. Sincerely


Lori Ransbottom

August 24, 2023 at 2:20 pm

Jade and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Bill was a phenomenal man that was always kind, outgoing and always had a smile on his face. I’m so glad he had the opportunity to check the boxes on his bucket list. By being able to go to the Everglades, see the Redwood Forest, all of the birding and camping trips you did, you will have fond memories of the times you shared together and know how very special it was. He was a dedicated man that showed his love and devotion to all of his family and friends. Treasure those times you had, and know you all will have an everlasting bond and friendship. He will definitely be missed, but never forgotten.


Lynne Boss Fahrne

August 24, 2023 at 2:29 pm

My condolences to the family! I graduated with Bill. He was a awesome person.


Colleen K. Ziemer

August 24, 2023 at 3:01 pm

Dear Family, I have enjoyed being a neighbor for years – starting with his folks. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing him out in the field behind my house – either on the tractor or in the golf cart. He was a nice man and neighbor.


Rebecca Doster

August 24, 2023 at 5:01 pm

Jade and Family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. He was always so kind and I am glad Andrew and I were able to see him at the schoolhouse last summer for our wedding celebration! My thoughts are with you! Sending love and hugs from Colorado.

<3 Rebecca, Andrew and Amara


Anne Kirby

August 24, 2023 at 5:58 pm

I have known Bill since 1980. Had not seen him in many years but always enjoyed being with him when we crossed paths. Fun, smiling all of the time, kind.

I send sincere condolences to his family and friends. There is a large void in the universe now.


Gina watson

August 24, 2023 at 6:13 pm

So extremely sad to hear of Bill’s passing. What a wonderful man. I will always remember his sense of humor and smile. I have fond camping memories of our time in Pentwater. Love and prayers to all! Jason and Gina Watson


Brian Arehart

August 24, 2023 at 9:49 pm

Sue so sorry to read of Bill’s passing.


Sabrina Doster

August 24, 2023 at 10:42 pm

Our heartfelt condolences go to Jade and the rest of the family during this time of loss. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.


Michael Chase

August 24, 2023 at 10:47 pm

To the Harrington family. My condolences of Bill’s passing. Thoughts and prayers will be with you.


Mary Cutler

August 25, 2023 at 4:38 pm


I just happened to catch this notice on FB. I am sorry for your and your family’s loss.

Mary Cutler


Mike and Linda VanAtter

August 25, 2023 at 4:42 pm

Our condolences to the Harrington family. We are very sorry for your loss.


Kathleen Stover

August 25, 2023 at 5:12 pm

Jade, Ben & Amanda, Anna & Derek, So sorry to hear of your loss of such a wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather! We feel it’s been a privilege to have known him and you are all in our thoughts & prayers! Love Always, Matt, Kathy & Nate


Anne Klein and family

August 28, 2023 at 6:59 pm

Jade and family,

So sorry for your loss. We will miss Bill at our bird club gatherings. He was always a positive, cheerful person. Prayers for you and the family. We will see him again after we complete our journeys. ♥️


Tom, and Mary Fischer and Family

September 1, 2023 at 11:38 am

Jade We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was an awesome kind hearted outdoors personality and to you a true soulmate. You and your family are in our hearts, in our prayers and may the many moments you spent together now be treasured memories and in time may they bring you all peace.


Tom and Mary Fischer

September 1, 2023 at 2:22 pm

Jade we want to say how sorry we are for your loss. Bill was a dynamic thoughtful and caring man and your soulmate. May the blessings and joy of Gods love be with you and may the moments you shared with Bill be treasured memories and in time being you peace. Hugs Fischers


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