William F. ‘Bill’ Degowski

COPPER HARBOR — William F. “Bill” Degowski, 64, a resident of Copper Harbor, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

He was born on May 10, 1954, in Detroit, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Kozlowski) Degowski.

He attended the local Detroit area schools, and graduated with the Class of 1972.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, especially deer, birds, and coyotes.

He was a member of the Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsmans Club, Pheasants Forever, and the U.P. Whitetails Association.

Along with his membership to the Sportsmans Club, Bill was an active member in helping to protect the deer population in the Keweenaw, by raising money and working with state and local officials.

He was a member of Copper Harbor Birding. He enjoyed bird watching, and educating his customers on the migrating birds of the Keweenaw. You could often find Bill, watching the hawks and the eagles up on Brockway Mountain.

In 1996, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Silance in the Keweenaw.

In 2001, he and his wife, Bonnie, purchased the Tamarack Inn, located in Copper Harbor.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Degowski; and his step-daughter, Becky Sharp.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Copper Harbor; his daughters, Sarah Degowski of St. Claire Shores, and Julie (Keith) Swartz of Fenton; his stepdaughter, Amy (Russ) Bengry of Eagle Harbor; his grandchildren, Ava Kelly and Brodie Licata; his brother, Gregory (Ida) Degowski of Detroit; his special cousin, Tom (Jane) Kozlowski of Roscommon; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The funeral service for Bill will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 1 p.m., at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet with Deacon Art Stancher to officiate.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 12 p.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m., at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home.

Online condolences for the family may be left at ericksoncrowleypeterson.com.

The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.