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“I LOVE YOU DAD, I THINK OF YOU DAILY,I DO WHAT I DO BECAUSE OF YOU, YOU ARE MY ROCK, AND YOU ARE THE GREATEST MAN I EVER MET,YOUR SON. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: BRIAN R. GAWNE - OSTEEN, FL., FL

“I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I always enjoyed visits with him at family reunions over the years. May the God of peace give you comfort...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Larry & Bethany [Dues] Taylor - MI

“Cheryl,Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so glad you were able to spend time with your Dad over these past few weeks. ...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Sara Simonds - Muskegon, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. Please, remember the good things about William and think about him...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Dyan Sowles - Muskegon, MI

“Dear Betty and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. We will not be able to attend the service Saturday but you will be in our thoughts and prayers....Read More »
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William T. Gawne, age 84 years, passed away on September 11, 2014, at his home. He was born in Midland, Michigan on March 26, 1930, one of seven children born to Grafton and Gladys (Dues) Gawne. Bill served in the United States Army and worked 30 years for the Buick Division of General Motors, retiring in 1980. He loved restoring antique cars, especially his Model T, and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and spending time with family and friends. Bill was a life-long and valued member of the Vassar Eagles No. 2380.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Betty J. Craig, four children: William E. Gawne, Richard Gawne, Cheryl (Rick) Olsen and Brian (fiancé, Canemi) Gawne, a very special family supporter, Pennie Schoenow, his grandchildren: T.J., Candi (Josh), Richard, Jon, Michael (Kristi), Chad (Danely) Matt (Alicia) and Victoria, his great-grandchildren: Garrett, Taylor, Grant, Alyssa, Makenzi, Natalie, Isabella, Mallory, Lily Anna and Ariana, his brothers: Cy (Bonnie) and Jerry (Pat), and a sister, Margaret. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, George and his sisters: Betty and Bernice.

Funeral service will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, 149 N. Main St., Vassar. The Rev. Cathy Christman will officiate. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Saginaw. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the family for a memorial fund to be established in Bill's name.

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