Obituary of William Spreeman Jr

ADRIAN: William C. Spreeman Jr., age 81 of Adrian passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born on November 28, 1937 in Ridgeway to William C and Adaline (Harvey) Spreeman Sr. On August 24, 1957 he married Brenda L. Beaubien and she survives.


 Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Brenda; a son, Jeffry (Minnie) Spreeman of Onsted; two daughters, Mekilah (Joe) Jenkins of Adrian, Martha Ford of Adrian; three brothers, Gary (Betty) Spreeman, John (Gladys) Spreeman, Harvey-Lee (Micki) Spreeman; three sisters, Jane Lewis, Ellen (Dean) Cubberly, Susan (Carroll) Hawkins; and four grandchildren, Tyler Spreeman, Joby Jenkins, Devan Jenkins and Shelby Spreeman who love him dearly.


He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Kevin Charles Spreeman.

Having lived his entire life in Lenawee County, William is remembered by his loving family and friends as a tremendously compassionate, easygoing, and humorous man. He always strived to put others first and use his hands to fix any problem he encountered. He lived a life of hospitality and good will; his and Brenda's doors were always open to anyone who needed a place to stay, famously allowing "as many as you got" into their RV on family road trips to motocross races.


There was never a dull moment in Bill’s life with Brenda and his family. He wooed Brenda over roller-skating dates and married her in August of 1957. The two enjoyed taking road trips to visit national parks and camping with their grandkids across the Midwest. Bill also enjoyed archiving these fond memories in photography and film. Bill also loved music with a special fondness for country and creating road mix CD’s for everyone.


Bill had as many interesting work projects as he did family adventures; He started his manufacturing career after his retirement from Johnson Controls. Bill, Brenda and son, Jeff founded Adrian Precision Machine. Before his retirement from APM he spent his days in the shop making tambourine jingles and manufacturing parts. He then finished his career with several other machine shops around Adrian, costing him a few bets as to when he would “really” retire (age 80).


A memorial service will be held at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home in Tecumseh on Sunday, December 2, 2018, with visitation from 1-3 p.m. and the service beginning at 3 p.m.  A private burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery on Monday.


You may send condolences to the family at In honor of Bill’s love of all animals and his fur-family Dakota, Daisy, Sam-Sam and Big Guy the faithful cat, memorial contributions may be made to the Adrian Humane Society. Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh.