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Fort Custer National Cemetery

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Visitation

Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society
Sunday August 23rd, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Sunday August 23rd, 2020
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William Martin Bothwell

William Bothwell, of Kalamazoo formerly Vicksburg passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the age of 74. William was born on October 6, 1945 in Three Rivers. He was the son of William and Beryl (Stephenson) Bothwell. Bill graduated with the Class of 1963 from Vicksburg High School. After high school he served his country in the United States Air Force. Bill enjoyed playing tennis, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He is described by his family as patient, gentle, kind, selfless, generous, loving and a bit sarcastic and spunky. He is survived by his three children: Jon Bothwell, of Kalamazoo; Jeff (Jennifer) Bothwell, of VA; Lisa (Carl) Purdiman, of Vicksburg; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his three siblings: Brian (Kathy) Bothwell, of TX; Carolyn Mainone, of MI; and Cynthia (Michael) Aleman, of IN. He is preceded in death by his parents: William and Beryl Bothwell. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 1pm at the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage, MI 49002. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 12 noon. While at William’s webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign his guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with his family. Those who wish may make contributions to Twelve Baskets in Portage https://twelve-baskets.org/. The family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage, MI 49002 269-344-5600.

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Lots of good times together in our youth,rest in peace see you on the other side.

Doug Loker Aug 24 2020 8:06 PM

Bill had a keen sense of humor. I remember him holding baby Brian on his lap while going through the encyclopedia, When Bill reached the section with the frog anatomy, he pointed at the pictures and said "Froggy guts, froggy guts"!

Rose Moore Aug 24 2020 11:02 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Bothwell

Rose Moore Aug 24 2020 10:53 AM

Bill was always part of that wonderful Stephenson family that shared and cared for everyone. We send our deepest sympathy to his immediate family. Frank and Jackie Chapin

Frank and Jackie Chapin Aug 22 2020 9:41 AM

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Aug 21 2020 5:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William Bothwell

Patricia Jones Aug 21 2020 5:36 PM

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Aug 21 2020 2:05 PM

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Aug 21 2020 8:18 AM

Bill was always a kind and generous person. He was especially good at listening. In a room full of people, he would the one smiling in the corner. When a need arose, he would be the first to volunteer his assistance. He never said an unkind word of anyone. Bill adored his children and grandchildren. Even when they were babies he would sit and adoringly watch them play. His quiet presence will stay with us. My condolences to the family, especially Jon, Jeff and Lisa. Losing your father is like giving a piece of your heart away. Peace and prayers for you all. Lois Ribner

Lois Ribner Aug 21 2020 8:04 AM

Thinking of my Bothwell cousins and their families, wishing much comfort in the days ahead and always. Elaine Giacobone

Elaine Giacobone Aug 20 2020 10:22 PM