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William A. “Bill” Dow, Jr.
  • September 01, 1926
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  • March 17, 2022

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Obituary

William A. “Bill” Dow, Jr. passed away peacefully on March 17, 2022 at Freedom Pointe Place in The Villages, FL at the age of 95. 

He was born in Carlinville, IL, the only son of William Sr. and Belle Dow and brother of Mae Lee, before moving to Grand Rapids, MI where he grew up, delivering newspapers on a borrowed bicycle in his youth.  He was a Navy Pharmacists Mate in WWII and followed his father into chemistry with degrees from the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin.  He worked for Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert in Holland, MI where he managed the production of oxytocin to the benefit of expectant mothers everywhere.

He married Dorothy Geegh in 1951, who preceded him in death in 1999.  They lived in Holland, MI for many years.  He and Dorothy loved each other deeply and both treasured family as much as each other, making a warm and loving home for raising their three children. 

He is survived by his children Nancy (Jim) Thompson of The Villages, FL, Susan Dow (Jim Whisenant) of Fountain Valley, CA, and Bob (Martha) Dow of Groton, CT.  His grandchildren are Laura Dow of Pawcatuck, CT, Eric (Kim) Dow of Jamaica Plain, MA, Katie Whisenant (Billy) Pistel of Kennett Square, PA, and Graeme Whisenant of Fountain Valley, CA.  He also treasured being with his seven nieces and nephews and their spouses and children.

Bill’s first love was spending time with his family at home, along Lake Michigan.  Vacations were always focused on family, whether they were driving vacations to show his children this vast and interesting country, or to play on the beaches of Lake Michigan, usually with extended family so the cousins could have the richness of growing up together.  Playtime at the beach was a source of endearing, lasting memories of sand castles and “surfing” on rubber rafts for the entire extended family.  He eventually designed and built, much of it himself, a home on the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan near Holland. 

Always fun-loving at heart, his hobbies included model trains and building and flying remote controlled model airplanes and boats, activities which he enjoyed with friends and family.  He used to say that the only thing more terrifying than taking off was landing! Bill’s dry sense of humor will long be remembered by those who loved him. His grandchildren will remember him as the king of drip sand castles on Lake Michigan, the constructor of the best couch cushion forts, and the keeper of the best squeezes.  He will be remembered for his kind and gentle soul, his quick wit, and, of course, for his love of cookies! 

Expressions of sympathy may be left on this site. A memorial service has not been planned at this time, and will be posted here, if/when there is one.  The family suggests that those who wish to express sympathy make a donation to their favorite charity in Bill’s name or make a contribution in Bill’s name to the Freedom Village Scholarship Fund, Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland, 85 East 8th Street, Suite 110, Holland, MI 49423.  In the memo line: “Freedom Village Scholarship Fund”.  Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-480-5959.  Sentiments may be left at www.baldwincremation.com. 


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  1. Eric & Kim Dow lit a candle:
    07 May 2022
    Lit since May 7, 2022 at 5:12:07 AM

  2. Martha Dow lit a candle:
    06 May 2022
    Lit since May 6, 2022 at 5:12:42 PM

  3. Jody posted an image:
    10 Apr 2022
    This must have been taken after Nancy moved away from Holland. Grandma Dow kept this photo in her living room for many years.
    This must have been taken after Nancy moved away from Holland. Grandma Dow kept this photo in her living room for many years.

  4. Jody posted an image:
    10 Apr 2022
    I don't have the date of this photograph. I found it in my treasure trove of old family photos that Grandma Dow saved.
    I don't have the date of this photograph. I found it in my treasure trove of old family photos that Grandma Dow saved.

  5. Duane and Karmen Kooyers says:
    08 Apr 2022
    Thank you for printing an obituary in the Holland, Michigan Sentinel! We enjoyed reading about Bill and learning more about him. On behalf of the Early Worship community at Hope Church, we celebrate the life of Bill. He and Dorothy attended services with us for many years and they were beloved. Bill had a wonderful sense of ease and humor. A kind spirit. Sympathies and blessings to his family.

    Karmen and Duane Kooyers

  6. Sandy Voss says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Dear Dow Family,
    I left a message on the Tribute Wall but now can't find it. Oh well, saw your dad's obit in the Sunday Sentinel & wanted to say how fondly I remember your parents. What a great couple!

    Sandy (Wybenga) & Bob Voss

  7. Sandy Voss says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Dear Sue & the rest of the Dow family,
    Just a note to say that I saw your dad's obit in the Sunday Sentinel & I remember your parents so fondly. What a great couple! & good friends to my parents as well. Sounds like he had a long & happy life, but I wanna say that his personality was inclined that way, too. Our thoughts are with all of you,

    Sandy & Bob (Wybenga) Voss

  8. Sally Boldman lit a candle:
    03 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 3, 2022 at 4:06:36 AM

  9. Tim Birdsall says:
    01 Apr 2022
    Nancy, Sue and Bob,

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all that knew him, You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Tim Birdsall and Sarah Greenway

  10. Susan Dow lit a candle:
    28 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 28, 2022 at 3:56:16 PM

  11. Linn Gann lit a candle:
    28 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 28, 2022 at 3:51:10 PM

  12. Linn Gann says:
    28 Mar 2022
    Uncle Bill was full of laughter, smiles and a joy to be with at our family get togethers. On behalf of my family, we send our love, heartfelt condolences, thoughts and my cousins and their families.

  13. Jan McKean lit a candle:
    28 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 28, 2022 at 3:56:31 PM

  14. Laura Dow lit a candle:
    28 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 28, 2022 at 3:02:00 PM

  15. Jody lit a candle:
    28 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 28, 2022 at 3:23:06 AM

  16. Trish lit a candle:
    28 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 28, 2022 at 3:44:49 AM

  17. Elizabeth Stoinoff says:
    28 Mar 2022
    We remember Bill as Nancy's sweet Dad .... He always had a warm smile and wonderful Witt! I know he will be missed by his family and friends. We are fortunate that he passed through our lives! Betsy and Pat

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