William "Bill" Richard Linebaugh

TRAVERSE CITY — William “Bill” Richard Linebaugh, 90, of Traverse City, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.

Bill was born on April 10, 1925, in Detroit, to his parents, the late Park and Elsie (Livingston) Linebaugh. Bill enlisted and proudly served his country as a Naval Medical Corpsman in the U.S. Marine Corps 4th Division on Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinian Islands. He married Marjorie Ann (McElwee) on June 18, 1949, at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills. The couple had five children together and lived in Detroit, Southfield, Fowlerville, Evart and Traverse City.

Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and master's degree in education from Michigan State University and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He was employed in sales and purchasing for J.L. Hudson and Ford Motor Co., and along with owning and running a dairy farm, Bill was a junior and senior high school teacher for 15 years in the Fowlerville School District. During his last 15 years of teaching, Bill was a professor at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

He loved farming, golfing, the Detroit Tigers, cooking, woodworking, singing at church and as a member of the Traverse City barbershop group. Bill was an accomplished speaker and storyteller, and loved listening to all kinds of music but particularly the big bands. He loved sailing, telling jokes and fishing. He was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church.

Bill is survived by his wife, Marjorie Ann Linebaugh, of Traverse City; children, Karl (Cindy) Linebaugh, of Big Rapids, Sue (Chuck) Chapel, of Fenton, and Marshall Linebaugh, of Vicksburg; friends, Andie Lowinski, of Webberville, Melodie Linebaugh, Pam Osborn, of Buckley, and Amy (Craig) Wilber, of Evart; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Margaret Linebaugh and Jeanne McElwee.

Bill was preceded in death by brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Barbara Linebaugh, Robert and Dorothy Linebaugh, and Phillip Linebaugh; and brother-in-law, Richard McElwee.

Per Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place in the spring of 2016.

If you wish, donations may be made to the William and Marjorie Linebaugh Scholarship Fund at Ferris State University or The Grand Traverse Pavilions. These donations can be sent via the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Please share your thoughts and memories with Bill’s family by way of his online guestbook at reynolds-jonkhoff.com. The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.