GRAWN — Bill Kolleth, 71, of Grawn, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at home after a short illness. He was the son of William and Evelyn Kolleth of Saginaw, who preceded him in death.
Bill was active in sports in the Saginaw area for many years, playing city league baseball for Strand Bar-b-que. After graduating from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, Bill signed a minor league baseball contract with the Detroit Tigers and played ball in Montgomery, Ala., and Lakeland, Fla. After his release, Bill attended Bay City junior college and graduated from Central Michigan University with an MA in Education. He taught math for 38 years at Carrollton High School and also taught Driver Ed. and coached baseball there for a period of time. He loved teaching and working with teens, accepting them as the unique people they were.
After spending summers enjoying the fishing on Duck Lake, Bill retired in 2002 and moved there with his wife of 46 years, the former Carole Lyle, a Traverse City native, whom he had met while at CMU.
Bill is survived by his wife, Carole; his daughter, Karyn Grose, son-in-law, Mike, and grandson, Liam, the joys of his life. He is also survived by his sisters, Sandra Krause (John) and Vickie Mahan; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Bob.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Interlochen, followed by a luncheon.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church. Please visit Bill's webpage at www.lifestorynet.com to sign the online guestbook and share a message or memory with his family.
The family is being served by Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.