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223 North Bedford Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Phone: 269-965-5145
Fax: 269-965-5148
William Johnson

William Athel "Bill" Johnson Sr.

Tuesday, July 6th, 1943 - Saturday, February 1st, 2020
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William Athel “Bill” Johnson, Sr., 76, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence after a long battle with cancer. He was born July 6, 1943 in Battle Creek the son of George and Jennive Johnson. He attended Battle Creek Public Schools. Bill went to work for the City of Battle Creek where he retired in 1998 after 30 plus years. He then went on to work for Ryder Trucking and had to retire again due to health reasons. In 2010, he went to work for Firekeepers Casino where he stayed until May of 2019 before he was forced to retire for good. Bill always made sure that people knew how much he loved them and he loved making people happy. Firekeepers was his second family and he absolutely loved working there and being around everyone. Bill enjoyed watching birds and spending time with his family and friends. He married his life partner of 27 years, Andrew Livingston on October 1, 2015, who preceded him in death in 2017.
Bill is survived by his children, Bill Johnson, Jr., Tina Johnson, Michael Johnson of CA, Stacy (Aaron) Wixson, and step-son, Byron (Sarah) Livingston; grandchildren, Tonie (James) Gazso, Jamie Johnson, Andrew (Daniel) Cocker, Michael Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Madalin Wixson, Taylor Wixson, and step-grandchildren, Ashlynn and Rylan Livingston; Nine great grandchildren; siblings, Jerry (Glenda) Johnson and Terrie (Roger) Vincent; Uncle, Lawrence Johnson; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; special friend, Anna Lutzka; and the Firekeepers EVS crew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; husband, Andrew Livingston; siblings, Leonard and David Johnson, Delores (Lester) Keyes, Georgia Frayer, and step-sister, Connie Poll.
Visitation will be held at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Thursday, February 6th from 2:00-4:00 PM and from 6:00-8:00 PM. A celebration of life service will be held Friday at 11:00 AM at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service with a visitation one hour prior at 10:00 AM. Burial will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Battle Creek, MI. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society, Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, or American Heart Association. Arrangements by Bachman Hebble Funeral Service (269) 965-5145. www.bachmanhebble.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
    Address
    223 North Bedford Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
    Address
    223 North Bedford Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Third Visitation

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, February 7th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
    Address
    223 North Bedford Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Service

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, February 7th, 2020 11:00am
  • Interment

    Location
    Memorial Park Cemetery
    Address
    2435 West Territorial Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49015
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Tom Thompson

Posted at 08:59pm
Bill and I used to be in a lot of bowling tournaments together. I knew him and his family well from our days at the Moose Lodge. He was a good man, always smiling, laughing, and having a bright outlook on things.
I will miss him, but I will treasure knowing Bill and keeping his memories.
GOD Bless you Bill...

Vicki Elkins Deal

Posted at 10:47pm
I got to know Bill when I worked at Firekeepers, and he was always smiling and willing to help anyone. He was a really sweet guy, who loved to laugh, and enjoyed being around people. Rest in Peace Bill, you will be missed.
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clara conner

Posted at 04:23pm
BILL WAS THE HANDSOME GUY ON PARRISH ST,SISTER DEE WAS MY BEST FRIEND WHO LATER BECAME MY SISTER IN LAW,MISS ALL LOVE ALL.SORRY IN MY PRAYERS.R.I.P MY FRIEND SEE YOU SOON
 
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Denise Deer Posted at 09:46pm

Bill was an awesome man always smiles and willing to help us angels in need at fire keepers Evs crew I will miss you so much bill I will cherish the angel pin now more than ever I will see you soon my Charlie love you bill your angel Denise Deer
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