Bill Machan, 76

William Glenn Machan, age 76, of Sturgis, passed away early Monday morning, July 2, 2018, at his home.
He was born Jan. 30, 1942, in Sturgis, a son of the late C. Glenn and Phyllis (French) Machan.
Bill was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1960. Following graduation, he had been employed by Sturgis Electric Motor and installed and removed lake docks.
In 1962, he married J. Dale Tibbots. In later years, the couple divorced.
Bill had a love and passion for boats that began when he was a teen, when he built a hydroplane. He followed his passion to New Buffalo, where he took a job with Oselka Marina and also did some work on his own. In 1978, he made a move to San Diego to work at Mission Bay Marina. He later established his own business as a ship carpenter doing custom woodworking on boats and yachts and lived on his sailboat. He returned to Sturgis in 1994 and retired from Parma Tube.
Bill loved most anything involving water, especially fishing and boating. He was a talented wood-carver and family was always very special to him.
He is survived by a son, Nicholas W. Machan of Kalamazoo; three sisters, Margaret Adams of New Carlisle, Ind., Judith (Duane) Hollister of Niles and Jean (Frank) Kulpinski of Sturgis; a sister-in-law, Lori McClish of Sturgis; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and a sister-in-law, James and Paula Machan and Richard “Rick” Machan; and a brother-in-law, Douglas Adams.
A graveside service and burial will take place at 1 p.m. Friday at Sturgis Memorial Gardens in Sturgis.
Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial donations to the funeral home would be appreciated, to help with expenses.
His obituary is also atĀ, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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