C. William (Bill) Whitlock II, 75, died at Pineview Cottage in Harbor Springs, Michigan, on August 10, 2018.
He was born on September 19, 1942, in Geneva, Illinois, to Grace Virginia Otis Whitlock and Charles William Whitlock, just four days after his father was sent off to fight in World War II.
Bill grew up on the family farm in Itasca and graduated in 1960, from Lake Park High School, Medinah, Illinois. He went on to earn a B.A. in Philosophy from Cornell College, culminating with a J.D. from University of Denver in 1967. Upon graduation, Bill returned to Chicago, and worked for Harris Trust and Savings Bank for nine years before leaving for Owosso, Michigan to join Owosso Savings Bank as senior vice president and chief lending officer in 1976. Owosso Savings Bank was ultimately acquired by Old Kent, and in 1996, Bill moved to Holland, Michigan to serve as Old Kent’s new president. He ended his career in Oshkosh, Wisconsin as a regional president with U.S. Bank.
Bill loved the outdoors from an early age and was proud of his time as a boy scout. Throughout his life he was drawn to activities outside, including turkey and quail hunting, boating, downhill and xc skiing, tennis, golf, and running. Bill shared these joys with his children and together they enjoyed family ski adventures in Northern Michigan and the Rockies. He also felt a strong civic duty to give back to his community, sharing his time and talent with a variety of organizations including, Shiawassee Valley Development Corp, Baker College, Memorial Health Care Center, Kiwanis, Rotary, Mercy Hospital, Fox Valley Technical College, United Way, EAA, and Oshkosh Area Development Corporation. Bill was a loving father to his three children, always encouraging them to work hard and glowingly sharing his pride in their accomplishments. Bill deeply loved his wife Mary and they shared a love of their combined families, giving them great joy. Bill was the consummate gentleman, kind, funny, and generous to his family and community.
Bill is survived by Mary Elizabeth Whitlock, his wife of 19 years and faithful, loving caregiver; children, Catherine Whitlock Evans and her husband, Cory, of Wilmette, IL; Eloise Otis Whitlock and her husband, Andrew DeVooght of Chicago, IL; Charles William Whitlock III of Chicago, IL; step-children, Amy Lewis-Cunningham and her husband Jim of Naperville, IL; Andrea Vinstra and her husband Greg of Edwardsburg, MI; Annette Hajec and her husband, Greg of Fenton, MI; Cynda Parks and her husband Derek of Fenton, MI; sister, Lynne (Whitlock) Gannett and her husband Keith of Mount Pleasant, SC; grandchildren, Sybil & Gordon Evans; Graham DeVooght; step-grandchildren Rose, Lily & Andrew DeVooght; Hailey & Hayden Hurn; Dru & Trey Hajec; Skylar & Mason Parks; nieces, Shane Dunn of Mount Pleasant, SC; Jody Rieth of Charlotte, NC; nephew, Ryan Rieth and his wife Kate of Raleigh, NC; great-nieces, Savanah & Skylar Dunn; Emery Rieth.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, August 14 at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Boyne City, MI.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa or Hospice of Michigan.
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