William Ray Strong, 70, of Bliss (Levering), died Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Hiland Cottage hospice house after his battle with cancer. Bill was born March 1, 1944 at the farm house in Bliss Township, to Violet Mae (Eichler) and William H. Strong. In 1950 the family moved to Taylor, Michigan, where Bill attended school, graduating from Taylor Central High School. He also attended Henry Ford Community College to study metallurgy.
On May 15, 1965, he married Loretta Bulley, and moved to Bliss Township in the summer of 1966. He worked at Control Engineering in Pellston in welding and metal fabrication. He later moved to the Jervis Webb factory in Harbor Springs, completing 37 years with the company.
All his life Bill tinkered with small self-made inventions. A saying on his refrigerator says, “Necessity is the mother of invention”, and he put together many interesting “convenience” inventions. In his later years, he was fascinated by whirly-gigs and solar lights.
Bill is survived by his mother, Violet Strong, of Levering, Michigan; brothers Arnold (Tomi) Strong of Tenakee Spring, Alaska and Robert (Cindy) Strong of Levering, Michigan; sister Verna (Dennis) Fay of Levering, Michigan; ex-wife, Loretta Potts of Johanesburg, Michigan; daughter Teresa (Mike) LaCost, of Carp Lake, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Bliss Missionary Church, Levering, Michigan, on March 26, from 1-2 p.m. with the funeral following at 2:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey, Michigan.
Memorial donations may be made to Little Traverse Hospice of Petoskey or the Salvation Army.