Bill was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on February 9, 1934. He attended a military school for part of his elementary schooling and was raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where he graduated from high school. He then graduated from Denison University in Ohio and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. From 1951 through 1965 he worked at Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake in Michigan as a camp counselor and Waterfront Director. He spoke often of the special times at camp and was fortunate to visit and reconnect several times before he died. Camp Westminster always held a special place in his heart and will be remembered fondly by his children.
He married Ruth Geis on his birthday in 1957. Needless to say, Ruthie was the most precious “birthday” gift. Ruthie was the love of his life and they were married for 57 years before she went to be with the Lord on April 5, 2014. Bill is survived by two children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Bill was a believing Christian and his family was the center of his life.
Bill’s working life started as a probation officer, but two years later teaching junior high youth became his passion. He got “his feet wet” in a public school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (six years), where he had gone to school. In 1965, the family moved to Rancho Bernardo near San Diego. Bill taught at La Jolla Country Day School for 11 years. He went on to teach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, CA, for 15 years, Pacific Palisades Christian Church in Pacific Palisades, CA (4 years), and Mariners Christian School in Costa Mesa, CA (5 years).
In all of these locations, his love of the Lord enabled him to love and guide children, faculty, and parents. He was a teacher, coach, Assistant Headmaster, Dean of Students, Headmaster, Vice-Principal, and Principal. However, he loved being with the children a great deal more than “running the show.”
After “retirement,” Bill served as a Pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine. His “flock” was in a ministry called Fellowshippers, which had about 200 55+ senior adults. Fellowshippers had 13 ministries reaching out under it. Bill retired from his position as Pastor in 2015. He passed away April 20, 2016.