William H. Burkhardt
August 21, 1934 – June 10, 2018
William H. "Bill" Burkhardt, 83, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Ann Arbor. Bill was born on August 21, 1934 in Welland, Ontario, Canada to William Karl & Catherine A. (nee: Mullvihill) Burkhardt. Bill was first an educator, teaching and coaching in the Dearborn School District. Later, he returned to his father's insurance business in New Baltimore where he raised his family. He enjoyed travel, excellence in bridge and amateur sports. Year after year, he would attend the Michigan High School Basketball Finals with his friends from New Baltimore, subsequently with his son and grandsons. Bill has been taking "one day at a time" for over thirty years and a sponsor to many. “He lived and died on his own terms…” a family member recalled.
Bill is survived by his wife Xuming Wang, children, Janet (Michael) Sprenger, William (Susan) Burkhardt, Carole (Tim) McGillen and Mary Haire; siblings, Paul (Ruth) Burkhardt, Dr. Donald (Bernadette) Burkhardt and Sr. Ellen Burkhardt, O.P.; grandchildren, Christen (Curtis) Burdette, Scott (Eryn) Sprenger, Dan (Melody) Sprenger, Kelli Sprenger, Rachel Sprenger, William Burkhardt, Matthew Burkhardt, James (Michelle) Burkhardt, Nichole (Ted) Lane, Rob (Sarah) Haire, Rory McGillen, Connor McGillen and Brennan McGillen; great-grandchildren, Elliott Sprenger, Amalia Sprenger, Emmett Sprenger, Kara Lane, Zoey Haire, Ava Haire, Charles Burdette and Natalie Burkhardt. Also survived by nieces, Julie Clowes, Margaret Burkhardt, and Susan Burkhardt; nephew Dr. Donald (Heidi) Burkhardt; great-nieces, Katie Burkhardt, Sarah Burkhardt; great-nephews, Will Burkhardt and Jacob Burkhardt. Bill was pre-deceased by his sister and her husband Joann (Earl) Clowes.
Friends may visit Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 South Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48178, from 11:00 a.m., until the time of the service 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Joe Muzzi of Crossroads Community Church - South Lyon, presiding. Memorials in Bill's name may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 2265 Livernois - #410, Troy, Michigan 48083 (www.cff.org). Friends may share a memory of Mr. Burkhardt with his family at his online guestbook.
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, June 12, 2018
William H. Burkhardt
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June 12, 2018
Bill was one of the first lifetime New Baltimore people to encourage me to step up and get involved right away with making a difference. Bill encouraged me to run for city council and the county board of commissioners. Bill was never afraid of the new thing or idea.
June 11, 2018
Bill put in a lot of time and effort to make me the person I am today. He was a great mentor, with knowledge and skills that were required to get me to the next level in my life. Most of his efforts were taken as good advise, but I did have my faults. And easy to make laugh. I will miss you my old friend..Dennis