William Ellis Doederlein

December 19, 1977 - December 25, 2009

William Ellis Doederlein

December 19, 1977 - December 25, 2009


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Obituary for William Ellis Doederlein

William E. Doederlein was born at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan on December 19, 1977. He was the son born from the union of James Doederlein and JoAnn (Hughes) Doederlein. Will as his friends and family called him graduated from Cornerstone Academy in Riverview in 1996.

He married his high school sweetheart the former Alicia Williams at the Heritage Park Chapel in 1998.

Will worked as a Rail Loader for Auto Rail Logistics for the past few years. He had attended the Living Water Church.

Will had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed being the life of the party and he liked to make others laugh. He especially valued the time that he spent with his four beautiful children, and playing video games or just cuddling with them. Will seemed to get his second wind at night. His family stated he was a “night owl”. In the middle of the night is when he would fish, bake, or cook.

He was a talented mechanic and an adept handyman. He had the patience to fix anything, taking the necessary time to figure out what he didn’t know, and the ability to teach others. He enjoyed music and he recently had rejoined a band and the bass guitar.

He had an affinity with Superman; he even had the tattoo.

William “Will” Ellis Doederlein age 32 of Lincoln Park passed away at his home on Friday, December 25, 2009.

He is survived by his loving wife Alicia of Lincoln Park; his mother: JoAnn (Vince) Odom of Gross Ile; father: James Doederlein and his partner (John Knecht) of Taylor; his children: Logan, Aidan, Connor, and Ava all at home; one sister: Audrey (Scott) Schatzer of Lincoln Park; one brother: Joe Doederlein of Lincoln Park. He is also survived by his mother-in-law: Debbie (Bill) McKenzie of Flat Rock; sisters-in-law: Danielle (Chris) Shover of Huron Township, Michele (Jim) Grunow of Woodhaven, Renate McKenzie of Brownstown; and brothers-in-law: Ryan (Sirena) Williams of Woodhaven and Christian McKenzie of Southgate; a dear friend: Adam Coffman of Southgate; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may gather from 12:00pm until 8:00pm, Monday, December 28, 2009 at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street (734) 384-5185 where a Celebration of His Life will take place at 11:00am, Tuesday, December 29 with the Rev. Dave McCormer of Living Water Church officiating.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Doederlein family. Those desiring to assist the family with a monetary gift have two options: For those desiring to assist Alicia with current financial obligations can make donations payable to Alicia Doederlein. For those wishing to assist the children with future goals; four separate funds have been established through their grandfather James Doederlein:

Ava C Doederlein:
American Funds
PO Box 6007
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6007
Acct #: 83734745

Connor L Doederlein
American Funds
PO Box 6007
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6007
Acct #: 83734741

Aidan W Doederlein
American Funds
PO Box 6007
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6007
Acct #: 83734726

Logan E Doederlein
Putnam Investment
PO Box 8383
Boston, MA 02266-8383
Acct #: 0212-0550339211

These accounts have been established through:
Brent E Blackburn
Sigma Financial Corporation
20257 Ecorse Rd
Taylor, MI 48180-1956

Online words of inspiration and comfort can be made by visiting www.merklefuneralservice.com; Life Stories page.

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