WILLIAMSTON, Mich. – Wilbur “Mr. Bill” McNinch of Williamston, formerly of Rock Falls, passed peacefully Wednesday, April 2, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 23, 1936, in Rock Falls. Wilbur earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering at Tri State University, and went on to work for Cincinnati Gas and Electric and the state of Michigan in the public service commission. Wilbur served in both the Army and Air Force reserves. He was proud to be a member of the Illinois Free Masons, Rock Falls Lodge 936. He was honored as a Master Mason for 50 years of service in 2010. As appointed, he served as chairman of the Williamstown Township Compensation Commission since 2010.
Wilbur was a passionate sports fan, cheering on Michigan State, the Chicago Cubs, the Detroit Tigers, and NASCAR. He held Michigan State University football and basketball season tickets for 35 years, and was a member of the MSU Downtown Coaches and Rebounders clubs. Wilbur enjoyed theater through his involvement with the Okemos Barn Theatre and trips to Stratford, Canada. Other hobbies included bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, working on classic cars, and spending time with his family, friends, and pets. He was extremely proud of “his three beautiful girls,” Micki, Nichole, and Rachel.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elise Dugan McNinch; daughters, Micki (Jeff) Stout, Nichole (Maurizio) Conigliaro, and Rachel McNinch; stepson, Lee Haynor (Kathy Garrison); and grandchildren, Hayley and Emily Stout, and Elizabeth and Michael Garrison.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur G. and Lillian M. Alexander McNinch; and a son, Alex, in infancy.
Donations may be made in Wilbur’s honor to the Old Newsboys of Greater Lansing (www.lansingoldnewsboys.org) or Project F.I.S.H. (www.projectfish.org).