William “Bill” Shine

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died March 14, 2024

Gladstone, MI

William “Bill” Shine, age 81, of Gladstone, entered into his Heavenly home on Thursday, March 14, 2024, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Bill was born October 12, 1942, in Detroit, MI, the son of William and Mary (Stimac) Shine. He was raised in Houghton and was a 1960 graduate of Houghton High School. Following graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a Medical Corpsman until his honorable discharge in 1963.

On May 8, 1965, Bill was united in marriage to the former Kathleen Kilpela and together the couple eventually made their home and raised their family in Gladstone. Bill was an officer with the Michigan State Police from 1964 to 1991. He went on to serve as the Delta County Magistrate until his retirement in 2005.

Bill was a member of First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. He loved the game of baseball and was a Gladstone Baseball Coach and mentor for many years. His hobbies included playing slow-pitch softball, hunting at the Tuskan Camp and cheering for several professional sports teams. Bill could often be found on Wednesday afternoon eating lunch with his life-long buddies at the Family Inn Restaurant in Wells. He will be deeply missed.

In addition to his loving wife Kathleen, Bill is survived by:

Daughter: Laurie (Greg) Hallock

Son: William “Butch” (Mari) Shine

Grandchildren: William and Andrew Shine

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary:

Brother: Jim Shine

Sister: Dianne Shine

Funeral services for Bill will be held at the convenience of his family. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements.

13 Tributes for “William “Bill” Shine

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you, Kathy and family. May the memories you have and hold dear make you smile in the days and years to come.
    Ann Streichert

    It’s been years, but Bill always came to visit me when I worked at Grain N Grape. We would talk about our beloved Red Wings all the topics of the day. I just loved him and my heart goes out to Kathy and the family.

    My condolences to the whole family. Kathleen, your husband is awesome and I will miss him so much Lori and Billy. You know how much your father loved you guys again I’m so sorry.

    Bill was a friend and mentor as well as a former basketball teammate. I always enjoyed spending time with him and talking sports. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Rest in peace my friend!

    So sorry Kathy. You and Bill were the first neighbors I had when moving to the UP. Bill married my daughter. I remember Bill has a kind gent. A role model for youth and adults alike.

    Bill was my magistrate when I was first elected and more importantly my pitcher for many years on our “Oldtimers” softball team. What a great friend and teammate. Rest in peace buddy.

    Our hearts are broken to hear that Bill has left us. I always looked forward to seeing him on Saturday’s when he picked up his paper at the Grain n Grape when I worked there. He was always ready with a smile and a little bit of teasing me about my “poor choice of football teams!” (I’m a Vikings fan lol!)
    He was good friends with my father-in-law Paul Wedell and we used to see him occasionally at different events. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and I pray you all find comfort in your good memories of him. He was one of the really good ones and will be fondly remembered, but sadly missed.

    My condolences. Bill was nothing but a good man, friend, teacher and mentor. Truly Bill will be missed by all. God be with you.

    I met Billy and Kathy in 1978. He was my training officer and friend. Billy made work fun and interesting. Taught me Cribbage and Euchre and how to properly pull a practical joke on fellow Troopers. Our prayers to Kathy and the family.

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