William J. Belanger

August 23, 1921April 12, 2018

William Joseph "Bill" Belanger passed away April 12, 2018. He was 96 years young. Bill was born on August 23, 1921 in the Lake Leelanau area, born to Clarence and Caroline Belanger. The Belanger family was one of the five founding families that settled the area west of Traverse City. Williams’s grandparents immigrated from France via Quebec in the early 1800's. Bill spent most of his adult life in the Muskegon area where he raised his family before retiring.

He served in the U.S Army during World War II and was awarded multiple bronze stars for his efforts. In his spare time he enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and RV’ing.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Florene, of 68 years, son, Larry, and two daughters, Nancy and Cheryl. He is survived by two sons, Daryl of Traverse City and Dan of Chicago, Illinois, son in law, Douglas Baker of Muskegon, four Grandchildren, Meghan and Joshua Baker of Muskegon, Christine Belanger-Krause of Waupun, Wisconsin, and Lori Belanger-Buchanan of Prescott, Arizona along with several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Ever Rest Funeral Home and Chapel on Saturday, April 21 at 11am. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, a luncheon in Bill’s honor will be served in the chapel immediately following the service.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 21, 2018

William J. Belanger

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Reuben & Becky Barnes

April 18, 2018

One summer when Uncle Bill was doing good he asked Reuben and I to go fishing. We went fishing with him on a nice day and we're not catching much. We were talking and laughing and Uncle Bill decided he would cast his line out. Well he was sitting in the middle Reuben was running the motor and I was in front we were stopped and Uncle Bill went to Cast his line out and it hooked into the back of Reuben shirt. Mind you Reuben did not know at first, Uncle Bill got my attention and he was just cracking up laughing he had tears coming out he had me laughing Reuben says what so funny. We finally told him showed him the hook caught his shirt and then he thought it was funny too that was one of the best memories I've had with Uncle Bill RIP uncle Bill you will be greatly missed we love you

Deborah Schmuckal

April 13, 2018

We had so much fun snow mobiling with Uncle Bill and Aunt Florene late 60s to 90s.
We got lost over by Lime Lake one time and ended up on an old hilly dirty road in a blinding snowstorm like 300am.
Uncle bill and I escaped injury when a pickup came over the hill hitting the back of his machine and the front of mine.
Scared the bijeebers out of us all.
That was one morning we were grateful to finally get going across Lake Leelanau to home.
He and Aunt Florene were so much fun.