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William Eugene Althouse

Posted By jim starks On March 30, 2021 @ 6:05 pm In Obituaries | 11 Comments

William “Bill” Althouse Sr., 78, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021, after a long illness. In lieu of a traditional funeral, the family will come together at a later date for a private time of sharing and celebrating his life.

After graduating from Benton Harbor High School, Bill served his country in the US Army. During his service he was slated as an Olympic contender in boxing and on one occasion he sparred with Muhammad Ali. His civilian occupations ranged from a Benton Harbor Police Officer to a bridge tender for MDOT.

Bill loved fishing, fishing and more fishing. When he wasn’t fishing he loved traveling, watching the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame football, and was active in the FOP and Elks Club. Through the Elks Club, he coordinated several annual veterans fishing events.

His is survived by his brother, Rick Althouse, his aunt, Joyce Dennison, and his three children, Deb (Aaron) Wimbush, Denise (Terry) Beilman, and William (Tracy) Althouse. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Alex (Emily), Ellie, Emma, Raven, Angel, Hunter and his great grandchildren, Grace and Avery.

His favorite quote was, “You win some, you lose some, and some just get rained out.” For those that knew him and loved him, please raise a glass and toast in his memory.

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Condolence from Nancy Steele Butzbach on April 1st, 2021 11:57 am

Spent weekends from age 6 to 10 with Bill attending parades with our fathers who were members of the Twin Cities Drum & Bugle Corp. The members kids & spouses got to see other communities and enjoy the companionship of other kids, we enjoyed ourselves. RIP Bill.

Condolence from Clint black on April 3rd, 2021 4:25 pm

I am sorry for you loss, I worked with bill several years, he was my friend a long time he will be missed.

Condolence from mark &Debbie DeBiak on April 4th, 2021 4:44 pm

Sorry for your loss, me and Debbie worked with Bill at the Nuclear Plant Was allways good to us.Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers

Condolence from Susana Hagan on April 6th, 2021 12:10 pm

Worked with Bill at the nuclear Plant. Occasionally was at his house to watch the Bears games! Bill was a great guy. Rest In Peace 🙏🏻

Condolence from Fran on April 7th, 2021 8:01 pm

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was my former brother-in-law and was always fun and welcoming. Condolences to his family. Prayers for his eternal peace.

Condolence from John J Tengelitsch on April 7th, 2021 8:09 pm

Sorry for your Loss Bill was a great man. He loved Fishing. I remember when we were coming in one day, he said I /we Have a snag. with 6 rods out we started pulling the in (being we were in between the piers). Then he said it moved, fish on. It was the big Walleye he Mounted and hung on the wall. Yep he kept my Lure Also. R I P Bill you will be missed

Condolence from Josephine Smith on April 8th, 2021 1:43 pm

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We are praying for his family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Linda Hurst on April 9th, 2021 8:58 pm

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a wonderful person. Condolences to his family. R.I.P. Bill.

Condolence from Deb Althouse Wimbush on April 12th, 2021 2:07 pm

Thank you for taking care of him when you did. I know he was a handful. I appreciated all your help.

Condolence from Barb OBrien on April 10th, 2021 2:56 am

Bill was a great friend to some of the elders at the HSSM. He took in some of them where they happily enjoyed life until it was time to cross the Rainbow Bridge. For that we will be forever grateful. God speed Bill. Prayers, hugs and love to the family.🙏.
I’m sure Grandpa was there full of kisses and tail wags.

Condolence from Deb Althouse Wimbush on April 12th, 2021 2:03 pm

Thank you for your kind words. My Dad was a big softy when it came to animals, especially dogs.

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