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William C. Robins, age 88, passed away peacefully on Nov. 18, 2017.
He is survived by his adored wife of 60 years, Ann (DeMeritt) Robins; daughters, Susan and John Raetz, Jill and Jeff Durtschi; grandchildren, Jason, Lindsay, Jeremy, Heidi, Nicole, Mikayla and Thomas; seven great-grandchildren; and brother, James Robins.
Bill grew up in the Detroit area and attended McKenzie High School. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War then attended Wayne State University.
Bill worked with his brothers at Robins Printing Company, a business their father started in the basement of their home. He served as president of the company for over 50 years and it became one of the most respected printing companies in the Detroit area.
Bill's passions were skiing, sailing and biking. In retirement Bill and Ann moved from Farmington Hills to Boyne City and became year-round residents for 25 years. He made many life long friends that shared his love for the outdoors. Bill was a season ticket holder at Boyne Mountain and skied everyday in the winter until the age of 84.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with family in Arizona, where he spent his last years.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Published on November 25, 2017
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