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William Carl Kitchen, 73, of Elmira, Michigan and Boyne City, Michigan passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on Lake Charlevoix, September 25, 2017.

Bill was the proud owner of Kitchen Farms, Inc. in Elmira, Michigan, a family owned and operated farm for over 100 years.

Bill was born on November 20, 1943, at his homestead in Elmira, Michigan 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, Michigan; 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, September 30, 2017 at 11 AM from the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church in Gaylord, Michigan.

Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 5 PM – 8 PM and on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the church from 10 AM 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 NRA or the Neurology Department at Mayo Clinic, MN.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

20 comments on “Kitchen, William”

  1. Deepest condolences to the Kitchen family and staff. Always enjoyed my conversations with Bill – from potatoes to politics!

    • Tim & Laurie Bingham

      So Sorry to hear about Bill, Our Deepest Sympathy to the Family. He touch the lives in the Elmira/Alba in many ways. We have been neighbors for many years, I’ll miss his Hummer driving by!

      • Michelle Reichenbacher

        Our deepest sympathy to Bill’s family and friends. We’ve known Bill for many years and always enjoyed our many conversations with him. A truly nice person, may he Rest In Peace. You’re all in our hearts and prayers during this sad time. George and Michelle

        • We are truly broken, over the news of Bill’s sudden passing! We cannot wish him back, and give many thanks for his swift passing. Those of us who are left to treasure our memories with him, and the privilege of having called him ‘FRIEND’. To all of his family, we wish peace and understanding for their loss. Cherish all the good times.

          • Our deepest sympathy to Bill’s family. We know he will be missed dearly. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work & ingenuity. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

            God bless you,
            Rod & Sue Aldrich

            • I was sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. I always enjoyed my interaction with Kitchen Farms during my work in Antrim county. Condolences to the family.

              • Christine Hoogerhyde

                My thoughts and prayers to Bill’s family. He will be missed dearly. He has touched so many lives. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

                Sincerely,
                Christine Hoogerhyde

                • My sincere condolences to the family of Bill Kitchen as you mourn his passing. Kitchen Family’s century of involvement in growing and packing fresh market potatoes is well know across the country. Bill’s passion for growing and marketing potatoes will be missed by the industry.

                  • Calvin Hoogerhyde jr

                    Sending my deepest condolences to the Kitchen family I grew up knowing Bill and had the pleasure of working with Bill. He was a great man and I can say I was lucky to known him. I will always remember he told me that if you put your mind to something you want to achieve, don’t let anything stand in your way.
                    RIP BILL you will be missed.

                    • Jacquelline Somerville

                      I’m so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. I enjoyed working with him on a professional level as a USDA staff member. He was a very respectful man and a true gentlemen. In 1984 someone dropped off a little kitty at the Kitchen Farm and since a Kitten and a Potato Farm don’t mix I was the glad recipient of this precious little kitty. I loved Bill’s philosophies and appreciated going to him for advice on agriculture concerns. My sympathies to his entire family. You will be in my continued prayers through this difficult time. May the Lord give you peace and comfort and wrap his loving arms around you.

                      • Dear Shari,
                        I remember your gleaming face when you told us you were engaged to Bill. You were living up at Windy Knob in Northport and you, Jim and I were standing out on the hill. Happiness (and giggles galore) poured out of you.You obviously knew you were in for a wonderful life with Bill. I’m so happy you two had the years together that you did. I’m sorry for your loss of such a loving husband. May that strong inner spirit you have help you get through these rough days. Thinking of you,

                        • Dear friend Shari and family,

                          So very, very saddened to know of Bill’s passing. May strength and peace walk with you as you miss him by your side.

                          Keeping you in thought and prayer.

                          With our love,

                          Carol and Dave Coffin

                          • Wayne and Judy Miller

                            Sari and all of the Kitchen family. We are truly saddened by the news of Bill’s passing. Our prayers and sympathy go out to you during this sad time.

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