William Graham Mather

ESCANABA – William Graham Mather, 96, of E4685 Hwy. M-35, Escanaba (Ford River), passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. He was born Dec. 12, 1917, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and was the son of William and Elizabeth (Graham) Mather. Bill graduated from Escanaba High School in 1934, Michigan Technology University with a bachelor’s degree in 1938, Stephens Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in 1949.

He married the former Lillian Schmit, of Wells, on June 28, 1941, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 2011. Bill was employed with United States Steel Company in Chicago, Ill., for 41 years as a metallurgical engineer until his retirement in 1980. In 1981 Bill and his wife Lil moved back to Ford River. Since 1963 Bill joined and remained an active and dedicated member of the Lions Clubs International. He also followed in his father’s footsteps joining the Masonic Lodge, becoming Worshipful Master of the lodge and also being active in the Scottish Rite. He was a community supporter holding memberships in the Delta County Historical Society, the Delta Shrine Club, Bonifas Fine Arts Center, the Michigan Tech Huskies Club, the Michigan Tech Alumni Association, the Highland Golf Club, Bay de Noc Community College Foundation, Bay Sages, Friends of the Escanaba Library, and the U.S. Steel Retirees. Bill was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church. He also was a devoted husband and a respected friend of many. Bill was a quiet man with a wry wit and generous nature.

William G. Mather is survived by: daughter, Marcia (Allen) Montgomery of Columbia, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Mary Schmit of Atlanta, Ga., Ruth Schmit of Daytona Beach, Fla.; nieces, Barbara VanDusseldorp, Judy Baker, Bron Gayna Schmit and Andrea Sullivan; nephew, Michael Motyko.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sister, Elizabeth Kintziger, and nephew, Ted Schmit.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of William G. Mather will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Scott White officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the West Ford River Cemetery. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the Mather family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.