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William Edward Malcolm

• Dec 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM

William Edward Malcolm, aka “Wild Bill,” of Spring Lake passed away November 28, 2018. Born on February 17, 1935, in Grand Rapids.

Survived by his wife of 29 years, Colleen; son, Jeff Malcolm; daughter, Julie Smith; daughter, Patti (Todd) Johnson; and son, Michael (Jen) Malcolm; step-children: David (Carol) Martin, Rick (Connie (Martin) and Bill Martin; and eight grandkids and three great-grandkids. Also survived by sisters: Carol Marshall (Paul) Hastings, Sue McNitt and Jean Mosher; and brothers, Jim (Cathelyn) Barnoske and Fred (Lisa) Barnoske.

Preceded in death by his mother, Agnes Forbes; brother, Jack Barnoske; and brother-in-law, Albert Marshall.

Bill was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War. He owned Arrow Crane Service as an “erection specialist” for 49 years. He was also a co-owner operator of Northview Dry Cleaners, which he built with his brother-in-law, Albert Marshall.

Wild Bill, as he was known to his friends, considered himself a JaMerican, having traveled to Jamaica for 28 consecutive years. He was an avid drummer. Wild Bill threw six Giant Beer, Brats and Blues Blast parties. He was an outdoorsman who loved boating and the water. Bill loved Jesus and was a proud American; most of all he loved his family. He was a strong presence who will be dearly missed.

Memorial visitation for Bill will be on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 1 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 3 p.m. at Reyers North Valley Chapel Funeral Home. Military honors will be accorded to Bill by the Kent County Honor Guard and the U.S. Army.

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