Date of Death:  March 9, 2022

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A memorial will be held for family in the spring where his ashes will be spread on the property that he so loved.

Obituary Notice

William “Bill” Sanford Northrop, 92, of Marcellus, Michigan, passed away on March 9, 2022. Bill was born on March 26, 1929 to Howard and Doris Northrop in Lansing, Michigan.

After graduating from Eastern High School in 1947 he went on to work at Michigan Millers Insurance where he met his wife, Jean, going on to raise 6 children in Vicksburg, Michigan.

Bill was a successful insurance man and achieved the honor of “Man of the Year” and had the privilege to be a guest speaker at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in 1968.

Bill loved to hunt, fish, golf, bowl and played softball into his 50’s. He enjoyed playing cards and had quite the sweet tooth.

He built a life doing what he liked best. After retiring he moved to a farm and cared for almost 100 head of cattle and 240 acres.

Bill is survived by 5 of his 6 children, Bill, Cheri (Steve) Ryan, Sandy (Bob) Jones, Robin (Dick) Engel, and Joel. He is also survived by a sister, Connie, 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean, son David and daughter-in-law Karen.

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  1. I am so sorry for the loss of your father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great great-grandfather. I did not know him well but often drove by his house and saw him outside with his cows and kitties. He appeared to be a hard worker and loved the outdoor life. In 2010, he attended my mother’s funeral at nearby Cranberry Lake when I first met him. My mother had lived at Cranberry Lake and eventually in Vicksburg and apparently had met Bill at some point in time. I am sadden by his tragic death and I am sorry that I didn’t get to know him better. My sympathies to your entire family.

    • June 14, 2022
      Thanks for sharing❤️
      Dad loved his animals & being a farmer.
      Enjoyed taking him to Cranberry Lake Campground to visit.
      Stop sometime to meet family & friends…he left his farm in a Trust.
      Middle Daughter, Sandra Jean Northrop Jones
      Vicksburg, MI

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