William E. Flickinger

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William “Bill” Flickinger, age 89, loving husband and father of two children, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023.

Bill was born on February 26, 1934, in Wolverine, Michigan, to Homer and Edith Flickinger. He graduated as valedictorian from Vanderbilt High School in 1952. He served in the National Guard and on July 4, 1954, he married Vivian Dunham. They raised two children, Julie and Craig. Bill acquired many skills throughout his life. He was a surveyor, supervisor of a heat-treating plant, and truck driver for an asphalt company, to name a few. He owned a gas/service station in Pontiac, Michigan for 25 years and managed several other stations until he retired in 1997. Bill was excited to start this new chapter of his life and had a home built in Vanderbilt, on property he bought when he first got married. It was always his dream, to move from Waterford back to Vanderbilt.

Bill loved camping, fishing, hunting, welding, repairing and painting automobiles, building a go-cart, snowmobiling, and gardening. He took pride in his canning skills, which he often shared with family and friends. He also loved eating cherry pie and playing pinochle. He enjoyed woodworking, building, and fixing things. He was known for his quick wit, jokes, storytelling, and positive outlook on life. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was humble, kind, and generous. He loved people, he dearly loved his family, but above all, he loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Homer; his mother, Edith; his brother, Pearl; his son, Craig; his daughter-in-law, Jackie; and his granddaughter, Shannon.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian; his daughter, Julie (Ron) Koshewitz of Stuart, Florida;  seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Kenny) Hmaydani of San Pedro, California, David (Laura) Koshewitz of White Lake, Michigan, Sam (Alexis) Flickinger of Hemlock, Michigan, Jonathan (Carson) Koshewitz of Lake Orion, Michigan, Megan (Larry) Hernandez of Lincoln Park, Michigan, Tyler Flickinger of Saginaw, Michigan, and Elise Flickinger of Brighton, Michigan;  two great-grandchildren, Bryce Hernandez of Lincoln Park, Michigan, and Timothy Koshewitz of White Lake, Michigan; his sister, Ruby Soper of Gaylord, Michigan; his brother, Gerald Flickinger of Vanderbilt, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Community Church, 455 W. Main Street, Vanderbilt, Michigan. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Vanderbilt Community Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Vanderbilt Community Church.

16 comments on “William E. Flickinger”

  1. Vivian, Julie, Jerry, Ruby, Phyllis, Edie and all of your families. My heart hurts for the loss of Bill in your life. I am so glad he did not suffer. He was a sweet, kind, intelligent, funny person. Best of all he loved Jesus and He loved you all. I am praying. Hugs and keep the faith…..

  2. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aunt Vivian and family, we will miss Uncle Bill and his occasional visits to checkup on us.
    Butch and Debbie Dunham

  3. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I have such good memories of visiting with him and the family. My mom, Barbara Jordan, always referred to him as a brother she never had. Her being an only child, your family was the closest thing to a family that she had until she married and had a family of her own. Thoughts and prayers for the family. Diane Minks.

  4. So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Bill from my younger days; Memories of snowmobiling in Vanderbilt and Brighton with the church group, working at the Shell Station in Pontiac, Motorcycle rides with Bill, Craig, and my dad, working on the old bus/camper, and several Sunday dinners in Utica. Bill always had a big smile on his face and was available to help out a friend. He will be missed, but always fondly, by all that knew him. Rest with your Father in heaven my friend.

  5. David/Carolyn Sharkey

    What a great person that we were able to spend many hours with. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to Vivian and the rest of his family.

  6. sandy & don messerschmidt


  7. My heart is heavy for Vivian and the rest of the family. . Bill was always a happy person to be around, fun, always smiling. He and Vivian show me the meaning of true love, I feel blessed to have known Bill and Vivian. He will be dearly missed.

  8. Bev Schuster & Alberta Dunham

    Dear Vivian and Julie
    Mom and I are so very sorry to hear about Bill.we stopped at his garage sales all the time we mainly visited.

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