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.