William Clifford Addis, known to many as "Gramps", longtime resident of Eastpointe, died peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on October 29, 2019. He fought a courageous battle and has won victory with his Lord and Savior. He was 93 years of age.
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Bill was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania on February 10, 1926, son of the late Clifford and Elise (Walby) Addis. He has always been an avid athlete, beginning with playing Federation and Recreation baseball from 10 years of age through 30 years. He enlisted in the Navy and served our country during WWII in the Pacific from 1943 to 1946. He was married to his beloved Jewell, the love of his life, for 58 years. They had three children, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren of whom he loved and cherished.
Bill's career included working 36 years for the U.S. Army Tank Arsenal as a Quality Controller. It began of January 3, 1949 and he retired in January 1983. In December of 1982, he worked on the Bradley Fighting Vehicles and received several awards. In the early 1990s, he was called back for 14 months during Desert Storm. He traveled throughout the world inspecting Army tanks.
Gramps played semi-professional football with the Windsor Rockets and then the Dearborn All-Stars. His hockey career began in 1962 with the Crusaders, an outdoor hockey team. He continued to coach hockey in St. Clair Shores to help with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's teams. Hockey is in his blood and you can't keep a hockey fan away! He coached with his grandson, David and ran the penalty box for his great-grandson, Will. Gramps was a devoted grandfather who never once missed a game or a recital.
Bill loved the game of golf and was out golfing until the age of 91. He struck a Hole-in-One at the age of 89. Gramps liked to golf at least 3 times a week and would on average put in a over 75 rounds of golf each year. Also, when he was in his 80's, Bill had a paper route where he deliverer newspapers to all his friends.
Bill lived a very productive, happy life and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was always there when you needed him and always had the best advise to give. Gramps will be deeply missed and will continue to glow in our hearts forever.
Bill is the beloved husband of the late Jewell; loving father of Sandra (David) Schelosky, Glenn Addis, and the late Cliff Addis; cherished grandfather of David (Dianne) Schelosky, Matthew (Kayli) Schelosky, Jason Addis, and Matthew Thiel; and dear great-grandfather of William, Molly, Jeremy, Benjamin, and Andrew.
Visitation 2-8pm Friday, November 1, 2019 at Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home, 32814 Utica Road, Fraser, Michigan 48026. Funeral service 10am Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church, 25601 Gratiot Ave., Roseville, Michigan 48066. Instate at 9:00am. Share memories at faulmannwalsh.com