William Thompson Cheney

September 26, 1942May 7, 2013
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William Thompson “Bill” Cheney, 70, of Williamston died Tuesday, May 7th of heart failure. Bill was born on September 26, 1942 in Richmond, Indiana and was the only child of Oscar T. and Donna Perkinson. His father died when Bill was an infant, and he moved to Williamston when his mother married F.G. “Sky” Cheney in 1951. Bill Cheney was a 1960 graduate of Williamston High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Arizona in 1964. After college, Bill served in the Army Reserves. He was the retired President of F.G. Cheney Limestone Company in Bellevue, MI and the owner and founder of the Admiral Gas Station in Williamston. Throughout his working career, Bill was also the President of Cheney Concrete Company in East Lansing and the Cheney Block Company in Holt. He once served as President of the Michigan Redi-Mixed Concrete Association and as a board member of the Perry Downtown Development Authority. The most important thing in Bill’s life was his family and everything he did centered on them. He was an avid boater having cruised from Michigan to Florida and back on his boat on more than one occasion. Bill also loved cooking for family and friends and traveling. His hobbies included hunting and shooting and an interest in financial planning and politics. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol (Hensz) Cheney, his son, William Sky (Lynne) Cheney, his daughter, Tara (Mike) Peplowski, and 4 grandchildren, Robert Cheney, Rebecca Cheney, Allison Peplowski, and Evelyn Peplowski, all of Williamston. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 2pm at the Gorsline Runciman Williamston Chapel with visitation from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Friday, May10. Interment will be at the Summit Cemetery in Williamston.


  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Funeral Saturday, May 11, 2013

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May 21, 2013

Carol and Family,
Again, we want to express our deepest sympathy over the passing of Bill. He was a dear friend and we are so thankful that he touched our lives.
Even though you have lost a wonderful husband and father, God has gained another kind, loving soul.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all,
Doug and Sandy

Tom & Gerry Egan

May 20, 2013

Carol, Just heard from Doug & Sandy about the loss of your beloved Bill. Our sincere sympathy to you and all your family. God bless!

May 11, 2013

Just heard about Bill, We have you in our prayers,I never seen Bill without a smile even on a bad day.
Steve and Amy Pollok

Becky Chambers

May 10, 2013

Sky, So sorry about your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Deepest Sympathy,
Becky and Mike Chambers

Gary Miller

May 10, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.

Terry Grady

May 9, 2013


Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Abby Camann

May 9, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and sending positive thoughts to the family.

Mark McClenathan

May 9, 2013

Carol- My deepest condolences on your loss of Bill. He and I spent many summer days in his jeep on what was then vacant land and then became Brook Hollow. I enjoyed our friendship and certainly was grieved to read of his passing. His mom and mine went to high school together and they renewed friendship when she and Sky married. Again,my sympathy to you and your family.

Amy (Pierce) Cassiday

May 9, 2013

Sky and Tara,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. He was a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you miss him. May your memories bring you comfort. With Sympathy,

Fred Kayne

May 9, 2013

Tara, sending my sympathy and prayers to you and your family....and letting you know my heart goes out to you at this time of sadness----With Deepest Sympathy.