William A. “Bill” Dore
William “Bill” Dore died peacefully on January 8, 2021, in Bay City, Michigan at the age of 85, with his last days surrounded by four generations of his loving family. Bill was born on July 16, 1935, to William and Rosalle (Lapan) Dore on the family farm next to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. During those years, the Dore family farmed with horses, raised pigs, worked hard, and ate well - blessed by a mother whom Bill often recalled was a wonderful cook. The family had only outdoor plumbing until Bill organized the building of a new home in the late 1950’s. One of his fondest memories was lighting the wood boiler in the basement of the old church each day. Bill would play with his cousins while his father and Uncle Art played cards, waiting for the fire to burn steadily and be banked for church services the next day. Bill went to the Bedell School for 9 years. The 2-room school was a short half-mile walk away. He went on to T.L. Handy High School. He was the president of the Future Farmers of America and graduated as part of the Class of 1953. He became only the second member of his family at that time to obtain a high school diploma. Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959 in the 82nd Airborne Division. Once home, he returned to work at Kawkawlin Stone Sales where he met the love of his life, Lamoyne Schieber, the oldest daughter of the owner. Their union lasted over 60 years and was blessed with four children and a lifetime of memories that our family will cherish forever. Bill went to work at Bay City Chevrolet in 1964 where he became a journeyman millwright until his retirement in 1996. He was a proud member of UAW 362. Over the years, Bill also worked many side jobs building fireplaces and pouring concrete and took as much overtime as was offered. In fact, one year, he worked every day for a year-long stretch. His strong work ethic lives on in his children and 7 grandchildren. Over the years, Bill maintained an interest in farming, and he enjoyed traveling. He often marveled over being able to travel and winter in Florida, activities he never dreamed he would be able to do. Bill was an avid fan of baseball, football, and hockey at all levels. He especially enjoyed his time as president of the Kawkawlin Youth Ball Club. He was a member of the Crump Conservation (Fox) Club and the Kawkawlin Twp. Fire Department for over 25 years. Above all, Bill was a faithful, lifetime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Christian Service Funeral Luncheon Committee. Bill loved to camp with friends and family on the 4th of July fireworks festival and campgrounds all over the state. He enjoyed traveling and exploring in his later years going to South Korea, California, Alaska, and out west.
Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Rosalle Dore, sisters Rita Tippman, Therese LaLonde, brothers Robert Dore, Frank (Duke) Dore, and John Dore. Bill is survived by his wife, Lamoyne (Lee), his brothers Dan (Gayle), Paul (Terri), and sisters’ in-law Liz and Theresa and his four children: Annette (Larry) Carbary, Carrie Dore, Jennifer (Bob) Geneseo, and Bill Dore III. He was especially proud of his seven grandchildren James (Katie) Dore, Donald Carbary, Colleen (Andrew) Hanson, Elisabeth, Anna, Laura, and Thomas Geneseo. He was happy to meet his first great grandchild, Lyle Dore. Bill will lie in state from 10 AM until 11 AM funeral service on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Prince of Peace, Sacred Heart campus. Due to Covid restrictions, Funeral mass on Wednesday is restricted to invitation only. Please consider attending via Zoom by going to the Rivertown website at ramsaygroupfs.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your local food pantry and/or the Bay City Fireworks Festival.
Rivertown Funeral Chapel, Kawkawlin, MI, was in charge of arrangements.