John “Bill” Peterman, age 71, of Belding, passed away at his home on Monday, August 9, 2021.
Bill was the kind of guy who never saw things as a problem, but rather an opportunity to make something better. As a lifelong hunter, Bill loved being outdoors and hunting for anything and everything. Over 25 years ago Bill lost his leg and became dependent on a wheelchair but managed to still be able to hunt. However, Bill noticed that others with handicaps were not so fortunate and often didn’t have those same opportunities, so Bill got to work. In 2008, Bill started the Wheelin’ Hunters program here locally, thereby giving disabled hunters the chance to hunt. Bill also retired from General Motors and served as the Chair of the UAW Retiree’s committee for many years.
Surviving Bill is step-daughter, Tina Miller of Portland; granddaughters, Shelby (Jacob) Miller of Springfield, Tennessee; Chelsea Miller of Bay City; brother, Bob Peterman of Howard City; sisters-in-law, Judy Peterman of Grand Rapids and Brenda Peterman of Sheridan; many nieces and nephews; and lots of lifelong friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Howard & Lucille Peterman; brothers, Rich Peterman and Jim Peterman; sister-in-law, Betty Peterman and his canine companion of many years, Peanut.
Bill’s life is being celebrated on Saturday, August 14th. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 AM, with the funeral ceremony starting at 11 AM with Pastor Phil VanDop officiating. A graveside ceremony will be held at Sidney Cemetery.
For those wanting to make a memorial donation in Bill’s memory the family asks you direct them to Wheelin’ Hunters. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.