VanArsdalen, William

William Douglas “Bill” VanArsdalen, 88, of Hillsdale, Mich., died Feb. 6, 2018, at MacRitchie Skilled Nursing Facility in Hillsdale. 

He was born Oct. 25, 1929, in Morenci, Mich., to Hugh and Alice (Fancher) VanArsdalen.  Bill married Joan Guss on July 8, 1956, and she survives.

Bill graduated from Morenci High School in 1947 and from Albion College in 1951.  He served his country in the United States Army as a cryptanalysist stationed in Tokyo, Japan, and Vint Hill Farms Station, Va., from 1951 to 1954.  He later received a master’s degree in counseling from Michigan State University. 

Bill taught mathematics at Hillsdale Community Schools and was the principal at David Middle School for 15 years.  While teaching, he enjoyed coaching, directing plays and teaching drivers education.  Bill worked for 40 years as a statistician and scorekeeper for the Hillsdale College basketball and football teams and he was also an assistant swim coach. He was a member and former president of the Kiwanis Club of Hillsdale. Bill served on the Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation Board, served as governor of Kiwanis Michigan District from 2006-07 and served in many other offices within Kiwanis. 

He was a member of the Hillsdale United Methodist Church, Hillsdale Elks Lodge #1575 and the Hillsdale Township Zoning Board of Appeals. Bill formerly served on the Senior Center board and the  United Way board, and he volunteered at the Hillsdale Hospital Auxiliary gift shop. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, needlepoint, bowling and spending time with his family whom he dearly loved.

In addition to his wife of nearly 62 years, Bill is survived by two children, Douglas (and Susan) VanArsdalen of Jackson and Dee Anne VanArsdalen-Blair of Jonesville; five granddaughters, Ashleigh Peterson, Shanna (and Adam) Baldwin, Meghan VanArsdalen, Molli (and Dallen) Reber and Madelyn VanArsdalen; and one great-granddaughter, Averee Baldwin. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Iva Masters and James VanArsdalen.

Memorial services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Hillsdale United Methodist Church, with Rev. Pat Brook officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the William VanArsdalen Memorial Scholarship, c/o the Hillsdale County Community Foundation.