of Chelsea, Michigan, age 69, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born August 26, 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Junior Raymond & Louise Matilda (Klink) Altenberndt. William graduated from Chelsea High School Class of 1965 and Jackson Community College in 1967. He worked at Chelsea Lumber Company for 40 years and retired in 2009. William was a founding member of the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club in 1971. He worked for the City of Chelsea as a Severe Weather Coordinator starting in 2009. William also worked as a hockey scorekeeper from 2003 until the time of his death. He was a member of First Church of God in Jackson, and had been attending First Nazarene in Ann Arbor. Bill & Sandy enjoyed miniature golf and played in tournaments, and volunteered for Hospice of Jackson.   

On September 8, 1979, he married Sandra Kay Rankin at Kings Chapel in Spring Arbor, MI, where they were both members, and she preceded him in death on February 25, 2017. 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 20, 1:00 pm  at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Pastor Rick Webb officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea.  The family will receive friends Monday, 4-8 pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Youth Haven (PO Box 97, Rives Jct., MI 49277) or Great Lakes Caring Hospice (900 Cooper St, Jackson, MI 49202).


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