William E. Lively

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William E. Lively, age 88 of Tecumseh, died peacefully at Cambrian Assisted Living with his family at his side and under the gentle care of Hospice of Lenawee. He was born on October 9, 1923 in Clay, Ky., the son of Elbert and Mary (Tow) Lively. He married Betty McMahon on November 27, 1946 and celebrated 65 years of marriage this past year.

Bill served as a B29 mechanic in the Army Air Force in WWII. He was a Scoutmaster. He loved to read and authored many writings. He restored a wooden sailboat and built his retirement dream home in Traverse City.

Bill believed he was born a teacher. He taught math, physics, and electronics at the Dunkirk, Ind. High School for six years, Livonia Franklin High School for 31 years (where he also coached tennis), and Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s School for 4 years. He placed his full faith in the Infinite Wisdom and enjoyed camping, cycling, running, golf, cross-country skiing. He loved life and the time he spent with his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife Betty, he is survived by his sons, Mark (Penelope) Lively of Wayne and Brian (Agnes) Lively of Moreno Valley, Cal; his daughters, Maureen (Timothy) Heim of Tecumseh, Beth Lively of Grand Rapids, Carol (Mark) Lively-Gilbert of Ann Arbor; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by one brother Harold.

A memorial service will be held on September 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Tecumseh United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Miller officiating. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or St. Mary’s School, P.O. Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.

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