Obituary: William Sterling, Sr., 76, of Ludington.

September 13, 2022

Obituary: William Sterling, Sr., 76, of Ludington.

William J. Sterling, Sr., 76, of Ludington, formerly of Fountain passed away September 10, 2022 at Blodgett Hospital after a three week illness.

Bill was born March 9, 1946 in Ludington, the son of James D. and Gladys M. (Smith) Sterling.  Bill spent most of his life in Fountain. He attended Mason County Eastern Schools and West Shore Community College. He served in the United States Navy for four years. He was very active in Fountain Action coaching many ball teams. Bill was a member of Bachelor Church

Bill was a hard-working man who supported his family at numerous industrial jobs. He landed his dream job as a security guard at the Ludington Social Security Office retiring in 2013.

On May 20, 1972, he married Joanne Hoppe in Carr Settlement. 

Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joanne Sterling; daughter, Kimberly Sterling; son, William J. (Nirmala) Sterling, Jr.; five grandsons: Joseph Sterling, Brandon Thrailkill, Brett Sabby, Charles Sterling, and Tyson Pettinato; three brothers-in-law; one sister in-law; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Lester; daughter, Jennifer; mother-in-law; and two sisters in-laws.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington with visitation starting at 1 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

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Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington. 

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