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MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI – William Arvi Taipale, 93, of Marquette Township, entered Eternal Life on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Mill Creek Assisted Living.

Bill was born December 10, 1928 in Marquette, son of Arvi Isaac and Ellen Lydia (Kauppila) Taipale. He grew up in Marquette where he graduated from Lycée Graveraet in 1946 and for the next two years he worked as a production painter at Munising Wood Products in Marquette. In 1949 he began an electrical apprenticeship and was a residential, commercial, industrial and service truck electrician for 44 years, first with John Downs Electric, then with J and H Electric and Rogers Electric in Marquette until retired in 1990. During these years Bill married former Nancy Beaudoin on May 26, 1956, helped raise his two daughters, built his own home, and devoted all of his time and energy to causes community.

Bill’s civic affiliations were plentiful and he approached each task with determination, while also earning the nicknames. “The wild beak” and “Sweet Guillaume”. Over the years, he sat on the Township of Marquette Planning Commission for 22 years, as a member and chairman. He also served on the Electoral Council of the Township of Marquette, as Township Treasurer and was a founding member of the Marquette Township Volunteer Fire Department, where he was dispatcher and treasurer. In addition, he was a founding member and treasurer of the new Township Beautification Committee, a member of the Township Recreation Committee, the Little Presque Isle State Forest Recreation Area Committee and, with his wife, Nancy , helped to organize the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the canton.

He has been a member of many organizations to which he has also devoted more time and energy, including Moose Lodge # 1059 since 1962 and Legion of Moose for 10 years, as well as, serving on many committees, United Commercial Travelers # 186 for 50 years and was Senior Advisor for three (3) terms, President and was also a member of various committees including Seeds of Hope, Wishing Wells, Retarded Citizen, Executive Council member and participated in the Grand Convention as previous adviser or delegate for 20 years. Bill was a member of the Hiawathaland Snowmobile Club as President for two (2) years, as well as other committee assignments, a member of IBEW Electricians Union Local 906, where he was Treasurer for 30 years and of the Marquette Regional History Center (Historical Society) participating in many of their sponsored historical events. In his spare time, Bill enjoyed traveling with Nancy, hunting, especially bird hunting, snowmobiling with club members and his family, gardening, tinkering and fixing just about anything he approached. He was an avid Detroit Red Wings and Green Bay Packer hockey fan and was one of the last surviving members of one of the infamous Big Boy restaurants. “Breakfast clubs” where local and global events were discussed and “resolved”.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Susan E. Rolf of Creal Springs, IL and Marcanne K. Hanbaum of Marion, IL; his grandchildren, Will A. Ellis of Albuquerque, NM, Jillian L. Hanbaum of Dongola, IL, and Zachary T. Hanbaum of Marion, IL; one sister, Mary J. Peterson of Benson, AZ; and his brother, James M. (Robbie) Taipale of Emmet, ID; and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Nancy.

Friends can call Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services on Saturday, January 8, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 12:30 p.m. Reverend Greg Heikkala will officiate. A reception will follow in the reception hall of the funeral home. Interment will be in the park cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice, 914 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855, the Marquette Regional History Center, 145 W. Spring Street, Marquette, MI 49855, The Army du Salut de Marquette, 1009 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855, or UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelf), PO Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855.

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services are at the service of the family, where condolences can be expressed online at fassbenderswansonhansen.com.

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