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William J. Maynard
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Obituary for William J. Maynard

William J. Maynard, 75 years, of Sanford died early Tuesday morning at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center after an illness. He was born on January 25, 1942 in Mt. Pleasant, son of the late Dr. William A. and Mildred C. (Bruskotter) Maynard. Bill attended Coleman schools graduating from Coleman High School and Ferris State University with a B.S. degree in Biology. He married the former Carolyn Bigelow on January 22, 1966 at Sanford United Methodist Church. Bill worked for Dow Corning Corporation for 9 years in Chemical Research and also worked for Design Craftsman for 10 years as a Museum Exhibit Engineer. Most recently, he owned his own business called Custom Wood Crafting in Sanford. Bill was an avid reader especially of science fiction and enjoyed cowboy action shooting where he was a member of the Single Action Cowboy Shooting Society and was known as “Red Keg Will”. Bill enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in their sporting events and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed airplanes and flying, woodworking, and hunting. He was a former member of the Jerome Township Fire Department and had been a volunteer at Senior Services.



Bill is survived by his wife Carolyn; two sons William H. (Shelly) Maynard of Sanford and James G. (Sonjia) Maynard of Appleton, WI; grandchildren Zachary Maynard, Haley Maynard, Mallory Maynard, and Logan Maynard. Also surviving is his brother Dr. James E. (Carol) Maynard of Seattle, WA, and brother-in-law Gregory Bigelow of San Francisco.



Funeral services for Bill will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018 from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. Reverend Lisa Cook of Sanford United Methodist Church will officiate. Bill’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Cowboys please wear your cowboy attire. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Heart Association or the Single Action Shooting Society or The New Mid-Michigan Heart Unit.


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Visitation

Friday

26

Jan

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Visitation

Friday

26

Jan

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Visitation

Saturday

27

Jan

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Service

Saturday

27

Jan

2:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

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