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Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI

OBITUARY

William James "Bill" Arkesteyn

December 3, 1927October 5, 2019
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ARKESTEYN, William James “Bill”, 91, of Livonia, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019 at home with his loving family.

Bill was born on December 3, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to Henry L. & Emma (nee: Bosch) Arkesteyn. He grew up in Detroit and graduated from Southeastern High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy one day after his 18th birthday on December 4, 1945. As a Seaman 2nd Class he was honorably discharged on October 10, 1947 receiving the WW II Victory Medal. Bill spent his career with the telephone company, first named Michigan Bell and later named A.T.&T. He was a Central Office Worker and a Pioneer. He met Marie Evelyn Lill at a party with mutual friends. They married on February 19, 1949. Bill was an usher at St. Colette Catholic Church for 46 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 60+ years and a 4th Degree Knight. He was a fan of the Detroit Red Wings.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Marie (nee: Lill), nephews, John (Karen) Arkesteyn, Leonard (Marilyn) Arkesteyn, David Arkesteyn, James (Claudia) Arkesteyn, Alyn (Theresa) Arkesteyn; niece Ann Marie (John) Ostrowski; fourteen great-nieces and nephews and several great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bill was pre-deceased by brothers, Cornelius “Casey” Arkesteyn and Henry “Pete” Arkesteyn.

Friends may visit on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. (with a K of C Rosary at 7:00 p.m.) at Harry J. Will Funeral Home 37000 West Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152. Visitation continues on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Colette Catholic Church 17600 Newburgh, Livonia, MI 48152.

Memorials in Mr. Arkesteyn’s name may be made to the Chalice Fund of the Knights of Columbus Pope John XXIII Assembly 1536, 150 Fair Street, Plymouth, MI 48170. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy of Mr. Arkesteyn may be shared with his family at his online guest book.

Services

  • Visitation Friday Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday at Church Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Bassel and Yara Atala

October 12, 2019

May God rest Bill's soul, he was such a great neighbor and a great person. Everyone in the neighborhood loved him and spoke well of him. I always remember him working on his grass or doing some yard work. He always smiled and said hello. Prayers to the family.

John Stockoski

October 10, 2019

I worked with Bill at AT&T. He was the epitome of the word gentleman. My condolences to his family.

JUDITH WALLON

October 9, 2019

Bill was a one of a kind guy. We attended the AT&T Company school in Chicago and to show how hip he was, we went to an ELO concert.
We'll all miss him

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