William “Bill” Siemen, age 76, of Imlay City and formerly of Harbor Beach passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021 surrounded by his family at Henry Ford Hospital in Clinton Township. He was born February 23, 1945, the son of Sylvester and Lena (Essenmacher) Siemen in Harbor Beach. Bill graduated from Our Lady of Lake Huron in Harbor Beach in 1963. After high school, he began his career as a die caster, working his way up to Die Cast Supervisor and then changed careers to CNC Machinist. Bill retired in 2006. He met the love of his life, Betty Rutkowski, and they were married September 17, 1966 in Parisville.
Bill really enjoyed woodworking and cabinetmaking, while his wife Betty would help with staining and finishing. He frequently played euchre and pinochle with family and friends. Bill liked to watch college football and Tigers baseball. Most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Bill leaves his loving wife, Betty Siemen of Imlay City; and his four children, Jackie (Thurston) Matthews of Farmington Hills, Rick (Kristen) Siemen of Shelby Twp., Tammy (Michael) Vondra of Downingtown, PA and Brian (Michele) Siemen of Washington. He also leaves his grandchildren, Theresa (Ian Miller) Matthews of Hayward, CA, Krystal (Zack) Waldrup of Royal Oak, Ian Matthews of Auburn Hills, Nicole Matthews of Farmington Hills; Jacob, Nathan, and Nicholas Siemen of Shelby Twp., Alex, Claudia and Erica Vondra of Downingtown, PA, and Kayla and Sarah Siemen of Washington. He also leaves his siblings, Marilyn (Pete) Klama of Richmond, Marie (Ken) Helmreich of Minden City, Pam (Rick) Sochaki of Gladwin, Sherry (Dick) Learman of Gladwin and Julie (Gary) Booms of Harbor Beach; and in-laws, Tony Rutkowski of Ubly, Bernie (Delphine) Rutkowski of Kinde, Dorothy Kolar of Ubly, Jo Essenmacher of Birch Run and Sue Rutkowski of Harbor Beach.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Lena Siemen; his wife’s parents, Sylvester and Anthonette Rutkowski; his brother, Ron (Clarice) Siemen; and brothers-in-law/sisters-in-law, Jim Gentner, Alita Rutkowski, Albert Kolar, Larry and Lucy Rutkowski, George Essenmacher, Marge and Art Zalewski and Bob Rutkowski.
The Funeral Mass was said on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, 3834 North Mill Rd., Dryden, with Father Mike Gawlowski officiating. Burial was made at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 800 S. Blacks Corners Rd., Imlay City.
Memorial donations can be made in Bill’s name to St. Cornelius’ CSA.
Be sure to share a story on Bill’s Memory Page at www.muirfh.com Muir Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, 2650 South Van Dyke, Imlay City.