THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: July 31, 2019
William "Bill" Guffey, 79, of Coleman, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 at home. He battled many heath issues for years before succumbing to renal cancer.
Born July 25, 1939 in Newburg, Mo., to the late Mildred Freeman and Edwin Guffey, in 1955 he moved to Trenton, Mi., with his mother Mildred and step-father, Richard J. Freeman and graduated from Trenton High School in 1957 as Senior Class President.
He attended Wayne State University for two years and then attended Naval Training at Great Lakes Training Center. He was proud of being a Recruit Leader of his Naval Academy Class. He left the Navy after four years of service with an honorable discharge and received four service medals. He married Shirley K. Kley of Trenton on July 25, 1964.
He worked at Dana Corporation which started his career in the Manufacturing Industry. He was known as a turn-around specialist and held many managerial positions at various locations in the Mid-West. In 1993 he graduated from UWGB with a degree in Business Administration. An inquisitive mind, he believed in a person's ability to improve themselves through education.
He was an avid outdoorsman, nature lover, loved spoiling his grandchildren and his "happy place" was at the family property on the Peshtigo River.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; a son, Sean (Emily) Guffey; a daughter, Corinne Rose; five brothers, Richard Guffey, Ronald Guffey, Jim (Sara) Guffey, Joe (Dora) Guffey and Steve (Nikki) Guffey; two sisters, Marilyn (Rodney) Hoke and Darlene (Mark) Bramel; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Belle and Homer Guffey; Uncle Homer "Junior" (Barbara) Guffey and a brother, Albey (Connie) Guffey.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coleman. Private family burial will be held at a later date. Newcomer Funeral Home of Green Bay assisted the family with arrangements.