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William (Bill) D. Whittington, 74, of Coleman, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at MidMichigan Medical Center. He was born in Midland on October 6, 1946 to the late John and Helen (Sandow) Whittington.


Bill worked as a boilermaker/welder, the youngest journeyman boilermaker at the age of 22, and craft services supervisor for the Dow Chemical Company. His career with Dow spanned over 30 years. He enjoyed softball, bowling and music, but his love and passion was racing. He started racing at the age of 16 was a proud member of the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame.


William is survived by his children Christine Whittington, Caryn (Phil) Stubblefield, Catherine (Brad Schwartz) Grubb, Brianna (James) Rhynard, very special friend Ellen Boyce and his stepchildren, Tammy Fitzek and Alycia Dunn; his grandchildren Erica, Emily, Lauryn (Zack), Jacob, Dane, Lucas, Cara; and his great-grandchildren, Adyson and Oliver. He is also survived by his siblings Wade (Paula) Whittington, Diane (Steven) Hilliker; his best friend/cousin Roger Florey and also friends John (Anna) Goodrich and Leo Pego. He was predeceased by a great-granddaughter Gracie and sister Carleen VonEitzen.


Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date this summer. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Woodland Hospice or Floyd Church of God.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Whittington family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.


Condolence Messages

  1. Will

    07 February 2021 6 months ago

    Bill I’m glad I had the time I did have with you. You taught me so much. Some about living, a lot about work ethic and racing. You also taught me valuable skills at a young age to be able to build on and stay working even in hard times. I wish I could have learned more from you. I’ll miss our phone calls and looking around for you at the track. The world isn’t as good as it was with you in it. Thank you for all you have taught me and all you have done for me. I’ll miss you buddy.

  2. Tammy Fitzek

    15 January 2021 7 months ago

    My dear sweet dad, i am so sad! I have been missing you for a long time, being so far apart and, i miss you more now knowing i can’t even talk to you. I thank god i got that last conversation with you Thursday! I have so many great memories and i thank you! Our most recent times together sadly were few and far between but great. Jayden and I with you in Houghton Lake and when you came to Daytona. We drove over to watch races with you. My luck I blew a tire on the way. I had to change my tire on the side of the highway but, if it wasn’t for you i wouldn’t have known how to do it. We got to there, so happy to see you. That night Florida broke a record for freezing temperatures. We all froze but it was so worth it! I will cherish every memory I have and there are so many! Thank you for being you. I love you!

  3. Kristi Skym

    13 January 2021 7 months ago

    I have great memories of Uncle Bill growing up, from going to the race track, to staying in Houghton Lake , just a great time always when I was a kid. He will surely be missed. We would always see him at the race track during the summers but now he will be racing in heaven. Uncle Bill thanks for being you. I will miss you.

  4. Daniel S. Van Koevering

    13 January 2021 7 months ago

    Bill was a great guy and will be missed at our annual Hall of Fame ceremony and banquet. Always enjoyed seeing and speaking with Bill at that event and also seeing him at race tracks. Sincere condolences to his entire family. Daniel S. Van Koevering, Past President, (1995-2015) Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame

  5. Ray Gittins

    13 January 2021 7 months ago

    Rest in Peace Bill, We sure had fun with the Florida runs. And chasing that Dodge around Mt Pleasent Speedway.
    Ray & Gloria Gittins

  6. Steve Bis

    13 January 2021 7 months ago

    Good luck in all races you will now have in heaven Uncle Bill. I will always remember our trips to the race tracks with you as a kid. Prayers to everyone.

  7. Carolyn Bryan

    12 January 2021 7 months ago

    Had alot of special memories of bill from our raceing families.RIP join that raceing family in the sky.

  8. Brian VonEitzen and Tonya Coty

    12 January 2021 7 months ago

    We are very saddened at the news, that Uncle Bill has passed away. He will most likely be up there telling his silly jokes, to the rest of the family in heaven! We will pray that the family finds some peace, during this very difficult time of bereavement and may your memories of him comfort you, in time.

  9. Heather ODea

    12 January 2021 7 months ago

    “Whit” was a gem and will be missed❤️“. Always turn left

  10. Peg and Jim Jones

    12 January 2021 7 months ago

    Gone too soon. Bill was a good friend thru high school. We spent many a night playing cards and eating tomato sandwiches with him. Even got to go to the pits with him at the stock car races occasionally. Those were fun days. Condolence’s to his family and friends.

  11. Debbie Bis

    12 January 2021 7 months ago

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Bill’s family and friends. RIP Bill

  12. Jim and Tina Rhynard

    12 January 2021 7 months ago

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the Whittington family!! So sorry for your loss!

  13. Darcy Von Eitzen

    12 January 2021 7 months ago

    You will be missed Uncle Bill 😢💔 much love and prayers for our family🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️🙏

  14. Vickie Hagley

    12 January 2021 7 months ago

    Fond memories of playing euchre with you Bill. Sorry you had to leave so soon.

  15. Don Killey

    12 January 2021 7 months ago

    So sorry for your loss family. Prayers that God’s great grace and peace and comfort us with you.

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