William "Bill" Hugh Leach, Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Left this earth to rejoice with the Lord on Thursday, November 5, 2009, following a long illness. Age 87 years. William Hugh Leach was born March 2, 1922 in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of the late Hugh and Mabel (Craig) Leach. He married Joanne Wagoner, June 20, 1947. They shared 62 years together; she survives him. William (Bill) was a long time member of First Church of God, singing in the choir for many years, and more recently the Praise Team. He joined the Temple Theatre Organ Club in 1981 and was a current member. He was an excellent violinist. He played with the Saginaw Symphony under the direction of William Boos, but was especially recognized and admired for his unique jazz styling. He was a hard and faithful worker. He was honored by Saginaw Machine Systems for being employed there for more than 50 years. He seldom missed a day’s work. Bill was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Army in several foreign countries. He was a member of the American Legion. Surviving besides his wife, Joanne, he leaves a son, Michael (Kimberly) Leach; a daughter, Shelley (Phil) Harris; three granddaughters, Krystal (Daniel) Peterson, Katherine Leach, and Wendy Rueger; two grandsons, Evan Leach and Brent Phillips; two great-granddaughters, Melissa and Ashley Rueger; a brother-in-law, Marvin Hyatt, a wonderful sister-in-law, Jean Cook, a special niece, Carol Spann, a special former daughter-in-law, Annette Hamberg and her husband John, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His beloved cat, Tigger, also survives him. An infant son, William Charles, a sister, Marguerite Hyatt, an infant granddaughter, Rebecca Eileen Leach, five uncles and their spouses; Bernard (Beatrice), Fendon (Martha), Edgar (Dorothy), Dale (June), Leon Beebee, two aunts Edith Greenwald and Thelma Youmans, and a caring brother-in-law, Harold Cook, all predeceased him. The family would like to express our appreciation to the staff of 4 South HealthSource, and Heartland Hospice for the excellent care Bill received during his lengthy residence there. Funeral Service will take place at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 9, 2009 at First Church of God, 1834 N. Charles. Rev. David L. VanNorman will officiate with military committal at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the W.L. Case and Company, Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday and then at church on Monday from 12:00 noon until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the First Church of God, Temple Theatre Organ Club Scholarship Award or Maintenance Fund, or the wishes of the family. www.casefuneralhome.com