William Robert “Bill” Chaliman passed away at his home in Haslett on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 71. Bill was born on November 1, 1944, in Lansing, Michigan, and was a lifelong resident. He was the first child and only son of Patricia McGill and Willie Chaliman. Bill was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister Carla Bayne, and grandparents Wasily and Mary Chaliman.
Bill is survived by his three daughters, Anastasia Chaliman, Rebecca Thompson and Jamie Schrenk; five grandchildren and one great-grandson; his aunt, Eva Chaliman; two sisters, Jenny Poor and Cathy Ovenhouse; his life partner, Jil Gahsman; and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was an all-city and all-state football receiver for Eastern High School. He graduated from Michigan State University. He retired from the State of Michigan, where he worked as a policy writer for Adult Protective Services. Bill loved to travel and play cards. He was a voracious reader, lifelong learner, music enthusiast, and an avid runner who loved the outdoors. Bill was a brilliant man who found beauty in life and love.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 11:00 a.m.