William A. Mahaney

William Andrew “Hawkeye” Mahaney, age 86, of Lansing, MI, was born July 23rd, 1935 in Owosso, Michigan, the youngest child of John L. Mahaney and Pearl M. (Kyte) Mahaney. He passed away August 26th, 2021.

A born adventurer, Bill spent his youth traveling the world. He spoke most fondly of his years in the U.S. Virgin Islands where he bartended on the beach. In 1977, Bill joined General Motors as a lineman, from which he retired in 2000. Bill married the love of his life, the former Pamela Quarles, on November 23rd, 1994 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bill and Pam were avid Spartan fans and held season tickets for several years.

Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife; his parents; brothers, James, John and Robert Mahaney; and sister, Donna Wenzlick.

Survivors include his stepson, Robert Vargas (Ranee) of Holt; granddaughters, Kayleigh Vargas of Lansing and Josie Vargas (Jeremy) of Haslett; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Averie, and Alexis; nephew, Mark Candy (Phyllis), who lovingly referred to Bill as Uncle Bull; great-nieces, Ashley Candy and Molly Langguth (Scott); devoted friends, Leslie Vargas, Mike Martinez, and Rose McCrumb; as well as a large extended family.

A toast to Bill will be held Friday, October 1, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Brookshire Inn & Golf Club, 205 W. Church St., Williamston, MI 48895. Interment was at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Owosso, MI. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.

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Robert Vargas
September 13, 2021 at 6:37 pm

Rest easy old friend, a wonderful life lived!

mike none martinez
September 14, 2021 at 10:59 am

Bill was a GREAT FRIEND, We had a lot of good laughs and a lot of good BEERS together. This one SPARTAN FAN that I will miss a lot this year. SATURDAYS were FOOTBALL DAYS. GO GREEN. REST IN PEACE ,MY FREND.

Josie Vargas
September 15, 2021 at 1:01 am

Bill lead an extraordinary life – the kind you read about in stories. He was also an incredible grandfather and my lifelong hero. I will miss him dearly.

Bill Began
September 18, 2021 at 6:48 pm

I will miss you Bill, we had a great time working together at Sargent Construction Co. back in the sixties


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