William Schaaf

May 18, 2019


William “Bill” Schaaf, age 100, of McBain passed away on May 18, 2019, at Autumnwood of McBain. He was born on Nov. 10, 1918 to John & Jennie (Newenhuis) Schaaf in Clam Union Township of Missaukee  County. He married Marian Pluger on April 25, 1942 at McBain and she preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 1988. He married Ruby Friend on Sept. 10, 1994 at the Rollins Community Church and she preceded him in death on Jan. 10, 2013. Bill had been a mechanic for 13 years before working as the bus maintenance person at the McBain Public High School. He also drove bus for many years. He was a member of the Lucas Rehoboth Reformed Church where he had served as a deacon and sang in the church choir. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, and softball. He was an avid Detroit Tiger fan. Bill and his wife had wintered in Arizona for 8 years and in Florida for 13 years. His biggest joy was being with his family.

He is survived by his children, Gordon (Nancy) Schaaf of Cadillac, Terry (Jeanie) Schaaf of Grand Ledge and Vivian Schaaf of Midland. There are five grandchildren surviving, Zachary Schaaf, Joshua Schaaf, Abraham Schaaf, Lindsey Schaaf, and Julie (T.J.) Fetterley, also there are four great grandchildren, Jackson Fetterley, Winston and William Pelloski, and Evalyn Schaaf. He has one brother in law, Andrew Pluger of Lansing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Jennie Schaaf, son, Alvin Jay Schaaf, Siblings and in-laws, Klaas & Liz  Schaaf, Minnie (Fred) Brock, Cornelius Schaaf, Lucy (Fred) Hoeksema, Anna (Neal) Bigman, George (Jewel) Schaaf, Martin (Jeanette) Schaaf, Ren (Katy) Schaaf, Marie (Ralph) Brinks, and Ernest (Alida) Pluger.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 1:00 P.M. at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain with Rev. Bart Glupker officiating. Burial will take place in the Lucas Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and one prior to the services on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rehoboth Reformed Church, Rollins Community Church, or Hospice of Michigan. Thoughts and prayers may be left at

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May 20, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Burkholder Family Funeral Home
211 North Pine Street, P.O. Box 38,
McBain, MI 49657

Funeral Service
May 21, 2019

1:00 PM
Burkholder Family Funeral Home
211 North Pine Street, P.O. Box 38,
McBain, MI 49657

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