MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN - William Richard (Bill) Jeeves Jr., age 79, of Marquette, Michigan, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Mr. Jeeves was born on September 21, 1934 in Manila, Philippines Islands, son of William Richard and Winifred Lee (Mahoney) Jeeves. He was a graduate of Detroit University School and Michigan State University with his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Bill was employed both as a loan and liquidation officer for the Small Business Administration stationed in South Bend, Indiana; Detroit, Michigan; and Marquette, Michigan. He was a Medic in the Korean War, a 32nd Degree Mason, a former President of The Marquette Housing Commission, member of the St. Michael's Catholic Church Men's Club and church usher.
In his spare time he loved to laugh and visit with his family and friends, look after his family and pets, go out to camp, hunt and fish, watch movies, watch Tigers Baseball games and Red Wing and Electrician Hockey games, read books, and help people.
William Richard Jeeves Jr.
Bill is survived by his son Rich (Jennifer) Jeeves of Marquette, MI; his daughters Kathy (Ray) Refice of Flint, MI, Lisa (Bobby) Stewart of Plano, TX, and Annie Jeeves of Los Angeles, CA; daughter-in-law Carol Antcliff of Spokane, WA; sister Judith (Conrad) Touhey of Mission Viejo, CA; brother Jerome Jeeves of Fontana, CA; and grandchildren Ricky, Joey and Amanda Jeeves, Lissa, Lauren and G Refice, Matthew, Margaret Ann, Madeline and Tyler Antcliff, Rhys, Quinn, Audra and Gage Stewart as well as many more cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann Jeeves, his parents, William R. and Winifred Jeeves, his son Christopher Kempa Jeeves, his father-in-law Felix Kempa and mother-in-law Elizabeth Kempa, his grandparents William and Babe Mahoney, & William and Agnes Mary Jeeves and nephew Colin Tuohey.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 6 at 12 p.m. in the St. Michael's Catholic Church with the Reverend Larry Van Damme officiating, and a reception will directly follow the mass. Friends may call at the church beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday until the time of the mass.
Pallbearers will be Rich Jeeves, Ray Refice, Bobby Stewart, Ricky Jeeves, Joey Jeeves, G Refice, Ray Peterson, Glen Nottle, Jim DeCorte, Matthew Antcliff, Rhys Stewart, Quinn Stewart and Gage Stewart.
Beloved son, husband, father, brother, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to so very many, he shared with us his amazing legacy of generosity, laughter, love and strength of will. Please come and join us on this day to celebrate his life - all are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorials/donations are preferred to either the St. Michael Church Memorial Fund, 401 W. Kaye Ave., Marquette, MI 49855 (i.e. in form of masses or donations) or to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), 84 Snowfield Road, Negaunee, MI 49866, to aid both organizations in their missions.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bill's obituary can also be viewed at www.canalefuneral.com