William Stanley Atwell
September 16, 1938 – March 5, 2019
"William (Bill) Stanley Atwell, 80, of Dexter, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at University of Michigan Hospital. Bill was born September 16, 1938, in Ypsilanti Michigan to Frank and Alice Atwell. Bill served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps from 1956 to 1962. He worked for General Motors for 41 years as the Human Resources Project Manager, North American Division, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed bowling, loved classical music (in particular Chopin), was an avid reader of espionage novels, enjoyed watching his Old Westerns involving The Duke, and a fan of ALL things related to University of Michigan sports - Go Blue!
He married the love of his life, Connie Jean Van Daff, in May 25, 1972. She preceded him in death on June 17, 1985. Bill is survived by his 4 children, Bill (Sara) Atwell, Mike (Karen) Atwell, Steve (Jill) Atwell, and Kristen “Kricket” Atwell. Also his 7 grandchildren, Amanda, Alexandra, Taylor, Chase, Trever (TJ) “Shorty”, Connor and Chelsea, as well as several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two sisters, Susan (Stanley) Wisniewski and Jessie (Jeffrey) Edwards. In addition to his wife Connie, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alice Atwell, his father in law and mother in law, Dix and Fay Van Daff, his brother, David Atwell, sister in law, Jane Atwell, and brother in laws, Jim Van Daff and David Van Daff.
The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 2pm until 5pm at Dexter United Methodist Church 7643 Huron River Drive, Dexter. A memorial service will start at 5pm followed by a celebration of life fellowship. Military Honors will be under the auspices of the Veterans Honor Guard of Washtenaw County.
In memory of Bill Atwell, donations may be made to Dexter United Methodist Church (www.dexterumc.org) Please share a memory of Bill with his at www.hosmermuehlig.com
- Dexter United Methodist Church
- Visitation Wednesday, March 13, 2019
- Milatary Honors Wednesday, March 13, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, March 13, 2019
- Laid to Rest Thursday, March 14, 2019
William Stanley Atwell
March 12, 2019
Bill/Papa was an awesome father & grandfather. He set a wonderful example to follow. His family always came first. They learned from him how to love their families as he did. He will truly be missed with love by all those that knew him!!💕
March 12, 2019
I have known Bill for nearly 30 years and loved his daughter Kristen as my own sister for equally as long. What I had learned over the years was that Bill was a quiet man, fiercely loved his family, was opinionated on certain things LOL but most I remember his quick wit and sense of humor.
One particular memory of his sense of humor (I share hoping to make the family smile and remember) was the time when I offered to make dinner and take it to Bill when Kristen was on vacation. I called Bill the morning of the day I had signed up to bring dinner and asked him what he wanted as I thought he should have something he liked. He replied with scalloped potatoes with pork chops. I quickly started thinking in my head of all the ingredients I would need to make for my family scalloped potato recipe and how long it would take to make it. I then thought I should probably ask him how he likes it. Bill I said, do you have a special recipe you use or a certain way you like it.... long awkward silence...he replies with "well yes, you go to the store buy a box of scalloped potatoes and put pork chops in it". I could see him smiling through the phone and hear the chuckle in his voice because of his funny. Feeling silly, I replied with scalloped potatoes with pork chops in it it is.
RIP Bill, may you be out of pain, with the ones you have loved and lost and with peace in your heart knowing that your family will be okay because of the life lessons you taught them.
Kelsie Schweir (Arnett)
March 11, 2019
I never got to meet my Aunt Connie, as she passed away a few years before I was born. Even without ever seeing them interact, I knew how much my Uncle Bill loved her by how much love he showed her (my) family. Uncle Bill was a man of few words, and I always found his gentle nature comforting. I looked forward to our "Atwell Christmas" each year at my Grandpa and Grandma VanDaff's, especially all of the amazing food they would bring by the cooler-full. My grandparents loved him so much, and I know it meant the world to them that he still wanted to be a part of the family even without his bride, Connie. Uncle Bill always showed up for this family that he married into, from open houses to weddings, and I always found that commitment to be so admirable. Although I wish I could have spent more time with him over the years, I will cherish the times we did have.
March 9, 2019
I remwmber going to visit Uncle Bill and his family in Ann Arbor and Dexter when I was younger.He was a kind,sweet soft spoken,man who,loved his family.I always looked forward to seeing Uncle Bill and his family when we would have Christmas at my,Grandma and Grandpa Van,Daffs house. We would all be wondering what new cool,car he would be driving,I will always remember the last time my family and I got to see Uncle Bill last year at my son's graduation open house, What a nice time we had visiting with him. So very greatful that he came.Together in heaven.Together again Uncle Bill and Aunt Connie.If you could please tell my dad,David Van Daff how much we love and miss him.
Love Melisa Van Daff-Allred and family
March 9, 2019
Bill was a very unique and strong man. It was my pleasure to work with him at General Motors where he was a strong advocate for many projects and policy. He had a keen eye for detail and ambition to do the right thing! As friends, we enjoyed countless lunches and almost as many beverages! I am grateful that I had the opportunity to know him. He will always be a friend and live long in my memory.
March 8, 2019
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you the strength and peace in such a tough time.
Love ya, bro!!!