BARK RIVER - William Jay Pearl Sr., 2476 M-35, Bark River, passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 2012, at his home in Ford River Township following a courageous battle against cancer.
Bill was born on Feb. 5, 1949, in Alma, Mich., the son of Harold and Dorothy Pearl. He was reared in Elm Hall and was a graduate of Vestaburg High School, a business graduate from Montcalm Community College and took extended classes at Bay de Noc Community College.
Bill was united in marriage to the former Linda Corlew of Vestaburg.
William Jay Pearl Sr.
He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be dearly missed.
He was employed at Oldsmobile in Lansing, Crystal Refinery in Carson City and most recently retired from Delta Area Transit Authority.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing and gardening. Bill enjoyed traveling to visit family and looked forward to his special hunting trips with his sons. He also was a fabulous piano and tuba player. He played for many school and family celebrations.
In addition to his devoted wife, Linda; Bill is survived by their three sons, Jay of Ford River, Marc (Katrina) of Toluca Lake, Calif., Daniel of DuQuoin, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Tessa, Madison, Kaylee, McKenzie, Colton, Brent, Corey, Zeke, and Charlotte; one brother, Jack (Jan) of Sidney, Mich.; one sister, Mary (Keith) Johnson of Vestaburg; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Michael (Johnnie Lou) Corlew of Folsom, Calif., Patrick Corlew of Cape Coral, Fla., Greer Baker of Riverdale, Elizabeth (Gil) DeHoyos of San Lorenzo, Calif. and Helen (Robert) Newman of Petersburg, N.D.; and his mother-in-law, Minnie Corlew of St. Louis. He is also survived by 20 wonderful nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by two siblings; his mother, Dorothy; and father, Harold; and two nieces and nephews.
The family of William Pearl will receive friends after the celebration of life service on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba. A luncheon will be served following the celebration.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill's name may be directed to the First Presbyterian Youth Program or the Delta County Cancer Alliance.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Pearl family.