William Thaddeus Wardwell

Holt, Michigan.

Age 67, passed away October 27, 2016. He was born in Lansing, Michigan on December 20, 1948 son of U. Dale and Ruth (Lane) Wardwell.

Bill received his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and his Master’s Degree from Western Michigan University and retired from MSU Police Department following 42 years of loyal service.

Bill enjoyed traveling but first and foremost in his life was his family, especially his grandchildren whom he adored. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Nancy Wardwell; three children, Matthew (Kathryn) Wardwell, Tammi Wardwell, and Kelly (Matthew) Moyer; five grandchildren, Jonathan, Maranda, and William “Dale” Wardwell, and Delaney and Lleyton Moyer; mother, Ruth Wardwell; sister, Diane (Charlie) Dittenber; sisters-in-law, Marilu (Michael) Anglebrandt and Judy Ostrander; nephews, Chuck and Mike Dittenber along with niece, Treena Carpenter. He was preceded in death by his father, U. Dale Wardwell.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church of Holt, 2021 N. Aurelius Rd. Interment will follow at Maple Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel on Monday, October 31, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hundred Club of Greater Lansing to help family members of fallen police and firefighters in the Lansing area or a charity of one’s choice.


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Dennis/Sharon Whipple
October 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Nancy; Ruth & Family, Our love and prayers are with all of you in Bill’s loss. We have known all of you for so many years and been friends for as long. R>I.P. Bill

Marene & Marvin
October 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm

Thoughts & Prayers are with you Nancy & family.

Bill is no longer suffering, he will be watching over all of you with his
BIG smiles. Another angel in heaven!

Love to all of you.

Dennis and June Krumm and family
October 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Our condolences to your family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Penny Fischer
October 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Your grin and laugh will be sorely missed and your great restaurant suggestions in any city you could imagine as well. My prayers for Nancy and the rest of those you leave behind. Rest In Peace Bill.

Tres Brooke
October 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm

On behalf of myself and the entire CEMA family, I am so terribly sorry. Bill was and is a great man who will be deeply missed. May your sorrow be mitigated by knowing he is surely at peace again.

Byron Callies
October 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

I was blessed to share some of life’s journey with Bill. Our prayers are with family and friends. May God grant comfort as we celebrate Bill’s life.

Scharley Hale Barry
October 28, 2016 at 10:15 pm

Rest in peace ,I am sorry for your loss Nancy .

Thomas J. Campbell
October 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm

My most sincere condolences to the Wardwell family on the loss or your wonderful husband and father. Bill and I graduated together from Everett High School, class of 1967. We also played football together and were in classes there together fairly often. What a great sense of humor he had and a very inquiring mind. I pray that God now has Bill in His loving arms and that the pain of your loss will be lessened knowing he is at peace forever.
Tom Campbell

Laureen (Getts) Westbrook
October 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm

He will be greatly missed. He was always such a gentleman & very friendly. I will always remember him!

Maureen Kennedy
October 29, 2016 at 7:59 am

It is with such sadness I find the loss of such a great man and Police Officer, Captian Wardwell -and to know of such a loss to his loving family
My regard to you Nancy, Tammi, Kelly, and Matt and all of the Wardwell family in this time of loss My heart full of love to you all – with prayers and thoughts extended

Cheryle Lynch Bartynski
October 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed along with that great smile.

Christine Whipple Hnatiw
October 29, 2016 at 2:21 pm

May you find comfort and strength together remembering the wonderful man Bill was to everyone in his large circle of family and friends.

A Face Among The Stars ….. © Rebecca Ginns-Published June 2011

I looked for you this morning,
I looked for you last night,
I looked for you everywhere,
But you were not in sight.
I looked up to the night sky above,
And saw your face in the stars.
It was then I realized,
You’re not here anymore
But you’ll always be with me…..
You will always be in my heart.
Life is something all of us must borrow
Returning it in time, to whence it came.
Good-bye doesn’t mean you’re gone,
So long as I still love you,
Your memory will live on.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/a-face-among-the-stars

Sue Smeltzer
October 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm

I am so sorry to see this Nancy and family. Our sincere sympathies are with you and the family. May god help you through these difficult times. I remember the good times we had when you lived across the street. God bless you, Sue and Bruce

Kathy Broker
October 31, 2016 at 10:11 am

My deepest condolences to Nancy and family. Just know when we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. Bill will be missed in the hearts of everyone he has ever known.

Gary Beaudoin and Jane Hopkins Beaudoin
October 31, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Gary and I are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We enjoyed seeing him on duty at MSU games for many years. He was a wonderful man who lived great values and served others. He has left the legacy of his impact on MSU students, and more importantly, his wonderful family. Our thoughts are with you, Nancy and kids.


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