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OBITUARY

Aubrey "Bill" Dean Desgranges

September 28, 1932March 15, 2021
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Aubrey Dean Desgranges, “Bill”, went to heaven to meet Jesus and reunite with his beloved wife and family members on Monday, March 15, 2021, surrounded in his last days by his loving family. Bill was born into the family of John Wesley and Ruth (Rowlader) Desgranges on September 28, 1932 in Lake Odessa. The family spent time growing up in both Lake Odessa and Eaton Rapids, where Bill finished the 10th grade, then worked on the family farm until his induction into the US Army in 1953. After being honorably discharged in 1954, Bill returned home to meet the love of his life, Barbara Ann Sensiba. They were married in April of 1956 and began their 60-year life together. After several years with various jobs including a beloved stint at Lake Odessa Canning Company and Farm Bureau in Lansing, Bill and Barb started the ADDBAD corporation which included organizations such as Lake Odessa Oil Company, Bill’s CITGO gas station, and Morrison Lake Country Club. Bill was a saavy businessman who was an active participator in the Lake Odessa/Lakewood community. He was a volunteer fireman in Lake Odessa, served on the Lake Odessa Fair Board, and was a council member of the Village of Lake Odessa. Bill enjoyed playing cards, golfing, bowling, fishing, and various other activities with his family members and friends. During retirement, Bill and Barb spent 19 years wintering in LaBelle with several of their family members and friends from Lake Odessa. Golf, fishing, and cards were many of the activities enjoyed in their Aqua Isles community in Florida, but his love of his family was his greatest treasure. Bill was preceeded in death by his parents, his loving and caring wife, his siblings Laura (Forest) Haney, Willard (Liz), Paul (Frieda)(Orpha), Lavon (Dorothy), Roger Allen, Clarence (Nancy), Opal (John) Booher, Arloa (Pete) Lee, Elwood, and Glenn (Dee), his in-laws Samuel and Mildred Sensiba, brothers-in-law Ronald, Donnie and Johnnie Sensiba. Bill and his “Miss America” were very proud of their family and legacy here on earth. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his children Darris and Kim Desgranges of Grand Rapids, Denise and Dave Newman of Clarksville, Daniel and Beth Desgranges of Hudsonville, and Derek and Stacie Desgranges of Sunfield. Bill adored his grandchildren and will miss playing cards and eating ice cream with Darrin (Emily) Desgranges, Dylan Desgranges, Matthew (Jodi) Hostetler, Scott (Jordan) Hostetler, Daniel Deuce (Sherry) Desgranges, Samuel Desgranges, Jackson Desgranges, Aubree Desgranges, Lyndan Desgranges, Brady (Megan) McNees, and Logan McNees. Bill was also the proud “Great Papa” of Allison, Anna, Brynn, Bailey, Benton, Owen, Olivia, Norah, Scarlett, and the soon to be Aubrey #3. Bill was very fond of his yellow lab Charlie who was a companion during the years at Morrison Lake Golf Course. Bill is also survived by loving family members Alona Allen, Betty Desgranges, Jude Desgranges, Susan (Gail) Foxworthy, Sandy (Larry) Simon, and many nieces and nephews, including the beloved and favorite niece whose name begins with “B”. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 18th from 6 pm until 8 pm and from 1 pm until 2 pm on Friday, March 19th. Funeral will be held at 2 pm on Friday, March 19th. All visitations and service will be held at Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville with Pastor Lester DeGroot presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you make contributions in Bill’s name to Nashville Baptist Church, VFW Post #4461, or the Lake Odessa Fire Department. The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the employees of Green Acres of Ionia, Hospice of Lansing and Ionia, and Mary Free Bed for the compassionate care they gave to our Dad.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Darrin Desgranges
  • Dylan Desgranges
  • Jackson Desgranges
  • Aubree Desgranges
  • Lyndan Desgranges
  • Daniel II Desgranges
  • Sam Desgranges
  • Matt Hostetler
  • Scott Hostetler
  • Logan McNees
  • Brady McNees
  • DONATIONS

  • Nashville Baptist Church
  • VFW Post 4461
  • Lake Odessa Fire Department

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 19, 2021

Memories

Aubrey "Bill" Dean Desgranges

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Elaine McMurtry Hansen

April 11, 2021

I shall never forget the wonderful time I spent with Bill and Your Mom. One time I remember is: we were playing bridge on night at our house. Bill got a phone call and ran just as soon as he hung up. Since he was a volunteer fireman in Lake O, it was a natural reaction.

I sure do miss some of the good times we had.

Elaine M Hansen

Mary Montague Flannery

March 18, 2021

Condolences to all of you for the loss of your father. Bill was a great person. I remember his teasing. He was a wonderful friend to my dad.

Tom Hazel

March 17, 2021

I have good memories of playing cards with Bill, and him always asking me, “what does Shawn see in you?!” Loved his sense of humor. Always had a smile for us. He will be missed by both of us, and many others.
Tom & Shawn Hazel

Terri and Bill Slade

March 17, 2021

We are sorry for your loss. Bill and Barb were both such good people. You were blessed to have them for parents. May your memories give you comfort during this difficult time.

Lee & Roxie Hazel

March 17, 2021

Sorry for your Loss Bill & Barb were great people They will always be remembered with great fondness. Best wishes to the families.

Brenda Steele

March 17, 2021

Denise, Derek, Darris & Danny,
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Bill. We have been blessed to enjoy both your Mom & Dad for many years, from the house built on Morrison Lake Golf Course and on to future endeavors. Bill was an amazing mentor figure for many and such an enjoyable member of the community. Praying for comfort and peace for all of you and hoping those cherished memories give you strength as you deal with your loss.
Ken & Brenda Steele

Mary Lingeman

March 17, 2021

Denise, I’m sorry to hear about your dad. You and your family are in my prayers.

Nancy Hendrick

March 17, 2021

So sorry to hear about Bill passing away. He will be greatly missed by everyone. May God give you comfort and peace during this time (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Jill and Brad Van Zyl

March 16, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a great man and friend to so many. May your many memories help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jill and Brad Van Zyl

Irene and Terry Pepper

March 16, 2021

Bill was a great friend along with with his wife Barb and family. We had such great times over the years playing cards and golf. We will miss him so much.

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