William “Bill” Lee Baucom, Jr.

Eaton Rapids, MI

Born April 13, 1954; passed away June 21, 2019.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Lee Baucom, Sr. and mother Aleatha Mae (Grady) Baucom; his brother, Burler Kim Baucom; and daughter, Danae Rachelle Baucom.  Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Rosanne Kay (Hein) Baucom; daughters, Lisa (Gerardo) Blanco and Tanya (Miguel) Cisneros; his grandchildren, Kobe, Fabiola, Sophia and Libby Blanco, Lavereous and Nichelle Byrd and Esabella Cisneros; his sisters, Brenda Steele and Adah Baucom; brother, Brent Baucom; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was born in Niles, MI, and grew up in Cassopolis, MI.  He graduated from Cassopolis HS in 1972.  He went on to further his education at Anderson College, in Anderson, IN, and Lansing Community College.  Bill was employed, and retired from, the State of Michigan.  He held numerous positions with the State, always ready to take on a new opportunity.  Bill also served his Country in both the Army and the Michigan Air National Guard.  Along with getting his private pilot’s license he was a Weapons System Officer (WSO) in the F-4 Phantom, while serving at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mt Clemons, MI.

Bill wrapped up his career(s) as a Weather Observer at Lansing International Airport, and several other airports throughout Michigan.  He always kept his “eye on the sky,” whether as a Pilot or Weather Observer.

Bill was very active and enjoyed golf, fishing, photography, water skiing, boating and spending time outdoors and at the lake with family and friends.  He excelled at athletics but especially loved to play and watch football.

Bill will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

There will be a memorial service held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Pennway Church of God, 1101 E. Cavanaugh, Lansing, MI 48910. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. To view the full obituary and leave condolences visit: www.EstesLeadley.com

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Gord and Marlene R
June 21, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Praying for all of your family. So sorry Roseanne

Stephanie Decator
June 21, 2019 at 10:55 pm

I’m praying for you all. I like to believe he is with Danae and is at peace. My heart aches for you all during this hard time.

Sharon and Duane
June 22, 2019 at 3:54 am

My heart is so heavy for you and your family Rosanne. I am SO sorry I can’t be with you during this difficult time. I’m praising Jesus that my brother is no longer suffering. I am praying for peace and comfort for your family. I love you so much Sister. Duane and I will continue to pray for you during this difficult time. We love you!

William and Neysa Burns
June 22, 2019 at 4:36 am

We are sending our heartfelt condolences to the entire Baucom Family.
We are praying that God will strengthen and console you during this trying time. Love you.

Mike Curtis
June 22, 2019 at 6:43 am

Praying for the family.

Anthony Molsby
June 22, 2019 at 7:21 am

My condolences to William’s family and loved ones.

Tony Molsby
CHS ’73

Diana Nero West
June 22, 2019 at 8:58 am

Sending prayers and love to the family.

Kristi Pentz Wiebe
June 22, 2019 at 9:33 am

Deepest sympathies and prayers for all your family. May ourGod of comfort wrap His arms around you in this difficult time.

Maurice and Darlene Schmitz
June 22, 2019 at 1:10 pm

My sincere sympathies to the entire Baucom family. May you find peace in knowing he is safely in God’s arms. Praying you find peace and comfort in the coming days.

Su Reeves Clark
June 22, 2019 at 5:31 pm

My deepest sympathy. Bill & I went to school together and he was a great guy.

Leonard Shippy
June 22, 2019 at 9:15 pm

Bill and I played baseball together at Cassopolis High School. He was a good player and had a great sense of humor. My condolences to his family and I pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

June 23, 2019 at 8:57 pm

Our prayers and condolences go out to the Baucom family. Praying you receive the strength of the Lord during this difficult time! Love you all.

Brenda Baucom Steele
June 24, 2019 at 7:19 am

Your struggles here on this earth are over Billy, you accomplished so much in your life here on earth now it’s time to rest in the arms of the Lord. You Danna, Burler, mommy and daddy get to go fishing together. You left us some beautiful gifts, Rosanne, Lisa and Tanya and we know it didn’t stop there. I’m going to miss you so much. I think about our days at the lake where we would have still be swimming or waterskiing if mommy hadn’t made us get out of the water. The good old days, now you been advanced to the never ending days of peace no more pain and love. I love you brother, be seeing you.

June 24, 2019 at 10:32 am

Missing you Hon ……

Donna (and Mitch) Beltz
June 24, 2019 at 11:34 am

I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. We worked together for a short time at the State of Michigan, but I knew Bill for years after as Tanya’s father. Tanya, I am so sorry for your heartache, and for the entire family. I will be praying for you. Your Dad always had a smile on his face, such a friendly guy. God bless you with the kind of deep comfort and peace, hon, that only God can give.

Jerry and Linda Kuepfer
June 24, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Baucom Family at this most difficult time. May God grant you peace and comfort. Bill was a very special person and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

Eddie Johnson
June 24, 2019 at 1:11 pm

I’m so sorry for the Baucom family. I live a quarter of a mile from the old homestead and have memories going back to childhood. I have lost a lifetime friend. We knew how we were to conduct ourselves and Billy, as the oldest, was expected to be, and was the leader. I will miss you my brother, and family, if you need me, I’ve got your back.

June 25, 2019 at 10:52 pm

Brother we will mushroom hunt again this time there will be no falling down. Rest my AWESOMENESS brother, till we meet again. I’ll always love you.

Iris Beathea
June 25, 2019 at 11:30 pm

Baucom Family: Billy will be physically absent from the family unit, but that void will slowly but assuredly be filled with fond memories from childhood. Stay close and love one another. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Billy is at peace. Love to you ALL, Iris

June 25, 2019 at 11:33 pm

To An Old Friend. Rest. Condolences. Bruce B. Steele

Kimberle Danzy-Yeager
June 26, 2019 at 9:40 am

Prayers and condolences to my family may God give you strength, comfort, and peace to make it through your daily lives. RIH big brother

Michael Arntz
June 26, 2019 at 7:28 pm

Sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Bill and I worked at the weather office at Lansing airport and a couple of others over the years, we had some good conversations and a lot of laughs. He always had a good story to tell and upbeat attitude. He will be missed.

Renee Arntz
June 26, 2019 at 7:36 pm

My deepest sympathy for Bill and his family. I worked with him for the State of Michigan and my husband worked with him for weather at the airports. He was always laughing and telling stories and jokes. He will truly be missed and we know he is fishing somewhere beautiful up there. Loved the fishing and the airplanes!!

Renee Arntz

June 26, 2019 at 9:42 pm

Thank you Mike. He enjoyed working with you also.

Joseph Urdzela
June 26, 2019 at 10:53 pm

Rosanne I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a great man. I do not know if you remember me, but Bill and I worked together back in the early 80’s in Pontiac. I would really like to talk to you and catch up. I feel terrible for the fact that I have lived in the Lansing area for 16 years and had no idea you all were in the area. I really enjoyed working with Bill and coming to your home for baked spaghetti. My email will be listed below and I am on Facebook, Again please accept my condolences on your loss of Bill.


Kim Lettau
July 23, 2019 at 8:13 pm

Rosanne I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I met him once and he was a fine man. Praying for you and the girls to have peace, comfort and strength. God is with you and Bill’s walking the streets of gold and keeping his eye on the sky. Prayers for all

Rosanne B
August 8, 2019 at 10:16 am

Thank you Kim!!!

Lynne Breen
August 1, 2019 at 6:01 pm

I am so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. I knew him when I worked for the State and remember him as an extraordinary person—so friendly and helpful. My sincere condolences to his family.


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