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William A. BechillWilliam A. Bechill III, age 68, ended his courageous fight on November 6, 2017 surrounded by his wife and children. He was born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan on June 22, 1949, the son of William A. Bechill Jr. and Jean (nee Kafka) Bechill. Bill graduated from Lakeview H.S. in St. Clair Shores, MI, where he played in the marching band. He joined the United States Air Force during Vietnam and was honorably discharged. He retired from the Warren Police Department after 22 years of service, following 11 years with the Macomb County Sheriff Department. Bill grew up in St. Clair Shores on Ardmore Park. He helped his dad build their home, shingle their roof, and built ice skating and hockey ponds on what is now known as I-696, before it was built. After joining the Air Force he was stationed in San Bernardino, CA where he made highly confidential training videos for service members and worked with many movie industry producers. After two years of life together he married his life partner and love of his life, Cynthia M. Risley, on June 3, 1979. They blended their families, his two daughters and her one, whom he legally adopted. They had two more children together. He then put himself through college obtaining two degrees from Macomb Community College. He was a recipient of several Departmental Citations and Merits, including a life-saving award from the Macomb County Prosecutors Office. He enjoyed traveling with his loving wife, especially to the British Virgin Islands, St. Thomas U.S.V.I, IL, WI, LA, NY, FL, PA, CA, OH, NV, HI, Canada, and a Caribbean cruise to name a few. He enjoyed his peaceful retreat with great neighbors at The Beech Retreat, cottage on Lake Wheeler. He was proud that there were five generations on the paternal side; all named William A. Bechill that will carry on his legacy. He was also proud of his brothers in blue! He was an avid collector of just about everything, enjoyed antiquing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and traveling. He loved to burn everything in the fireplace or bonfires and was an avid recycler. He was a jokester and always made you laugh, cheer you up, or make you believe in yourself. He raised thousands of dollars through his Purple Stride walks for finding a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. He was a passionate conversationalist, history buff, and political commentator. He had service at heart, was a loving partner, husband, father, grandpa, son, brother, uncle, cousin, co-worker, friend, and an inspiration to many. He was highly respected for being loyal, helpful, ethical, moral, and always put family first. Beloved husband of Cynthia (nee Risley) for 38 years. Loving father of Suzanne (Aaron) Hickman, Lynn (Brian) Dujardin, Shannon (Steve) Lyons, Erin (Lance) Laquiere, and William A. (Laura) Bechill IV. Dearest grandfather of Kyle and Brandon Maxson; Andrew, Lauren, Kaitlin Kerr, and Adam Hickman; Kyleigh and Alaina Dujardin; William A. Bechill V (his namesake), Paul and Emma Jean Bechill (named for his mother). Dear brother of Richard (Rosie) Bechill, Cathy (Brian) Shaw, Elizabeth (Dan) Nagy, and Jeannie (Steve) Fowler. Son-in-law of Charles Risley. Brother-in-law of Larry (Debbie) Risley and Carrie (David) Conklin. Bill was predeceased by his parents William A. Bechill Jr. and Jean Bechill; and his mother-in-law Gloria Risley. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and "fur" babies. Visitation Friday, November 10, 2017 from 2-8 pm with a Scripture service and sharing of memories at 6:45 pm, followed by Warren Police Honor Guard Ceremony at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes, Clinton Township. Instate Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:30 am until time of Mass at 11 am with Military Honors to follow at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, 48115 Schoenherr, Shelby Twp. with Father David Bechill officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Warren Police Honor Guard.

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