Billy R. Ness

Resided in Ford River, MI
Died October 12, 2021

Billy R. Ness, age 91, of Ford River passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

Billy was born June 8, 1930 in Everett, Washington, the son of Lester and Monica (Rondeau) Ness Sr. He graduated from the Escanaba High School in 1948. He was united in marriage to Shirley Rogers on April 18, 1952. He served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps, was a Korean War Veteran, owned and operated Bill’s Glass and Glazing for several years, was a 2 time Michigan Speedskating State Champion in the 40’s, was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, was an avid lifetime golfer, starting as a caddie in high school and enjoyed spending time with his many grandchildren, outdoor sports including hunting and fishing, painting and building model ships and sailboats.

Billy is survived by his wife, Shirley of Ford River; children, Pat (Mary) Ness of Lewiston, MN, Vicki (Mike) Smith of Plymouth, WI, Kim Lombardi of Ford River and Sandy (Jeff) DeMarse of Ford River; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; brother, Harold (Ruth) Ness of Wilson, sister-in-law, BJ Ness of Ford River and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Betty McLaughlin, Jim Ness and Helen and Moe Ness and a granddaughter, Trina Lombardi.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

8 Tributes for “Billy R. Ness

    I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. We are never ready for this to happen. Please know that you are all in my heart and in my prayers, and find comfort knowing that there is one hell of a party going on in heaven right now! Dad has the chili and bread taken care of, Kathy’s John has the steaks grilling, and my Love, Terry, has the ribs made and the beer brewed!! My love to all of you.

    We are so sorry for your loss. We moved in next door to Shirley and Bill 10 years ago and they were so welcoming to our family. Bill was an extremely kind and funny guy and we are going to miss seeing him. Much love and condolences to the family during this time.

    Craig, Nola, Taylor and Connor Asgaard

    Aunt Shirley, Vicki, Pat, Kim, Sandy and families, we are heartbroken to hear of Uncle Bill’s passing. He was always one of my favorite Uncles and I looked forward to his smiles and laughter. My mom was so much like him, full of humor. May the happy memories you shared together bring you peace throughout your lives. With much love, Cindy and Jack

    Uncle Bill was always a nice guy to all of us growing up and a good brother to my mom. He was blessed to be around you all for 91 years.
    I may not live there anymore but I will never forget him as one of my favorite Uncles.
    Condolances, Prayers for comfort and love to you all.
    Colleen Todd (McLaughlin)

    So sad to hear the news. Thoughts and prayers to my aunt Shirley and cousins. Brought me back to times great times spent on the golf course with him and his brother Jim and son Pat, and my father Bill Rogers. And the collecting of, and or paying out the big money that was on the line. Some of the best days of my young life. Thank you for the memories. There are no bogies in heaven

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