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William Carl Kitchen, 73, of Elmira and Boyne City passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on Lake Charlevoix, Sept. 25, 2017.
Bill was the proud owner of Kitchen Farms, Inc. in Elmira, a family owned and operated farm for over 100 years.
Bill was born on Nov. 20, 1943, at his homestead in Elmira to Eva (Davis) and Robert M. Kitchen. He graduated from Alba High School and immediately went to work on the family farm.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janet (Allen), the mother of his children; and his son, Gary.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Shari (Peters) Kitchen; his daughter, Roxann (Rick) Smith, Bellaire; his son, Donald (Sarah) Kitchen, Elmira; and step-daughter, Joey (Chris) Stearns, Ann Arbor; eight grandchildren, Tracy, Jessica, Katie, Dylan, Kadin, Hailey, Anna May, and Edwin; great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brothers, Melvin and Robert; and his sisters, Florence and Mary.
Bill will be remembered for his passion for potatoes, his love of Kitchen Farms, Inc., his stewardship to the land that he so loved, his business acumen, his mechanical aptitude, his work ethics, his civic duty and his unwavering commitment to producing the best potato product.
Bill will also be remembered for his love of dancing, his beloved dogs, Elvis Presley, playing any type of card game, downhill skiing, fishing, snowmobiling and RVing; and his staunch political views.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. from the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church in Gaylord.
Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
Interment will be at the William C. Kitchen Family Cemetery, 3098 S. US 131, Star Township, Elmira, MI.
To honor Bill, donations can be made to the Michigan Republican Party, the National Rifle Association or the Neurology Department at Mayo Clinic, Minnesota.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.
Family and friends may leave condolences online at www.nelsonsfuneralhome.com
Published on September 28, 2017
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