William James Ptashnik (June 21, 1940 - January 23, 2023)

In loving memory of
William James Ptashnik
  • June 21, 1940
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  • January 23, 2023

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Devoted husband to Donna, loving father to Andrew (Julie), Brian (Martha) and Gregory. Proud grandpa to David (Claire), Sarah, Kathleen, and Rachel, passed away January 23, 2023. Also survived by brother John (Jack) (Maryann) preceded in death by brother Robert (Bob) (Phyllis), and nieces and nephews.

Bill was an engineer and retired from General Motors in 2001. He graduated from Michigan State University in the spring of 1963 and earned his MBA from Wayne State University years later. He was dedicated to the automotive industry and belonged to a professional society in a leadership capacity.

Bill was a Mason and was a member of Birmingham Masonic Lodge #44. He was also a member of Pellston Masonic Lodge #440 and New Smyrna Lodge #149. Bill and Donna spent their winter in Florida where Bill enjoyed golfing, and scuba diving. He volunteered at Habitat for Humanity in both Michigan and Florida.
As a couple they enjoyed cruising.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 11:00 am at Birmingham First, 1589 W. Maple Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to:

Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation
1200 Wright Avenue
Alma, MI 48801-1133


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  1. Cherry Wiitanen lit a candle:
    07 Mar 2023
    Lit since March 7, 2023 at 3:33:04 AM

  2. Bud Casler says:
    07 Mar 2023
    So sorry for your loss Donna and family. With our mother and Bill in the past weeks, we all are carrying heavy hearts. Love to all.

  3. Deanna Williams says:
    06 Mar 2023
    My deepest sympathy to Donna and her family....we loved all our travels with you and Bill, our travel guide. These memories will be with me forever. Thanks for all the good times.

  4. Barbara Vehige lit a candle:
    03 Mar 2023
    Lit since March 3, 2023 at 3:22:15 PM

  5. Barbara Vehige says:
    03 Mar 2023
    Our love and prayer to your family. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Barbara Vehige lit a candle:
    03 Mar 2023
    Lit since March 3, 2023 at 3:18:26 PM

  7. Joe and Louise says:
    01 Mar 2023
    Our deepest condolences to the Ptashnik families. Bill was a great man that loved his family. I knew him more as a Grandpa that doted on all his grandkids. May he rest in eternal peace.

    Love,

    The Buslow family

  8. Louise lit a candle:
    01 Mar 2023
    Lit since March 1, 2023 at 3:55:30 AM

  9. Andy Ptashnik lit a candle:
    28 Feb 2023
    Lit since February 28, 2023 at 2:22:50 PM

  10. Andy Ptashnik lit a candle:
    28 Feb 2023
    Lit since February 28, 2023 at 2:17:54 PM

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    28 Feb 2023


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