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William Todd “Bill” Juengel

May 04, 1953 - February 01, 2020



William Todd “Bill” Juengel of Luther passed away, Saturday, February 1, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. He was 66.

Bill was born May 4, 1953 in Pigeon, Michigan to Richard Charles and Harriet Elizabeth (Pacholka) Juengel and they preceded him in death.

He graduated from Sebewaing High School in 1971 and worked at Michigan Sugar for two years before beginning his career with Michigan Bell. Bill worked in Bad Axe for two years until transferring to Cadillac where he retired from AT&T after 35 years.

Bill was a man of few words, but when he spoke you listened. A lot of thought went into what he had to say. He loved his children and delighted in his grandchildren. Bill loved his dogs and cats and every dog loved him. Nothing seemed to rile him, except injustice. He was the most laid back man, who enjoyed his quiet life in the woods in the cabin he built. A man of many projects, he was an expert at both building and repairing just about anything around the house. He was gifted at crossword puzzles and dates and could remember details of times past in an uncanny way. Bill was an avid reader and historian. He read most of Clive Cussler’s novels and was a docent for Wexford County Historical Museum this past year. His cousin and friend, James Maxson shared his loved of history and the two enjoyed spending time together.

He created a beautiful Michigan map garden plot, complete with the Mackinac Bridge for his wife in their beautiful back yard. Bill was quite the pool shark; he enjoyed being involved in the local pool league. He was an exceptional tenor saxophone player; he played in the Clam Lake Band, along with his daughters and granddaughters and also was a key player in Pair O’ Jacks Band for seven years. In Sebewaing, Bill played with The Oink Band and The Pickle Band for many years. He played with such emotion that he added depth to any band that he played with.

On September 22, 2003 at the Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada he married Janet Susan O’Dell and she survives him along with his daughters, Bridget (Paul) Johnson of Tustin and Heather (Martin) Nicklas of Leroy; step-children: Sarah (Jamie) Parker of Howard City, Brian Belleville of Cadillac, Joel (Kelsey) Belleville of Grand Rapids; grandchildren: Madeline, Tyler, Kendra, Luciana, Jenna, Brayden, Luca and Asa; a brother, Warren (Sandy) Juengel of Sanford and an aunt, Geraldine Edler of Columbiaville, Michigan; nephew and niece: Todd (Karie) Juengel of Reed City and Kathryn (Ray) Strieter of Sebewaing and several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Peterson Funeral & Cremation Services in Cadillac with Pastors Russ Atherton and John Martek officiating. Friends may meet the family from 4-7 PM Tuesday at the Funeral Home and from 12 noon until services Wednesday. Burial will take place at Burdell Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clam Lake Band. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Jill Mitchell - Feb 3rd, 2020 11:35 am

    "Bill was always fun to be around. A great sense of humor if you get the sly way he made the joke. He will be missed. Very sorry for your loss "

  • Gia Gremel - Feb 3rd, 2020 2:32 pm

    "My deepest sympathies to the family. Bill was always kind and helpful when visiting the Sebewaing area. He will be missed."

  • Laurie Cross - Feb 3rd, 2020 4:28 pm

    "Bridget, Heather- My deepest condolences to you during this time and the days/years ahead without your dad on this side of heaven. The love you all shared cannot be taken away. Share that as well with others in his honor! My love, thoughts and prayers for you! Laurie Cross "

  • Mark W Rummel, formerly of Sebewaing - Feb 3rd, 2020 5:27 pm

    "We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We grew up together, our brothers were friends and we were in school at the same time (I'm a few years older.) When my family owned The Newsweekly (formerly The Sebewaing Blade-Crescent) in Bill's and my hometown of Sebewaing, I drove to Luther in about 1993 and spent a day with Bill to do a story about his many hobbies. He was a very interesting guy with a wonderful sense of humor. His family has our sympathies, and you all are in our good thoughts and prayers."

  • Robyn, Tam a& Chuck - Feb 3rd, 2020 5:52 pm

    "Praying for you Bridget and the whole family. It is so hard to lose your Dad! May the good Lord bless you at this most difficult time. Love, your friends, the Swanbergs"

  • Gordon and Anita Rook Mueller - Feb 3rd, 2020 6:40 pm

    "So sorry to hear this sad parents Art and Dorothy Rook were Bill's godparents. Many happy memories with Bill, his parents, brother Warren and the Juengel family. RIP Bill...…."

  • Dave Wiltse - Feb 3rd, 2020 7:31 pm

    "Grew up with Bill a couple blocks away. Had numerous overnite stays. First time I ate toast dunked in hot chocolate was on their kitchen table served by his mom "Pokey". Still do that. Bill has a great smile and laugh. God bless you Billy. Thank you."

  • Rose Fowler - Feb 3rd, 2020 7:39 pm

    "So sorry for your loss our hearts are sad for you ❤️ "

  • Bob Fournier - Feb 4th, 2020 4:26 am

    "Did not know Bill well put went with Dick once to visit him at his house in the woods. I could see he had taken on many of Dicks machanical and musical traits. Prayers for the family "

  • Sandi slagle - Feb 4th, 2020 5:12 am

    "Bill was a very kind caring talented funny guy. So thankful I had the pleasure of knowing him. Will never forget the girls weekend we had Jan Patti & I . We were in the hot tub late at night & out of the darkness came Bill in a gorilla suit... I about jumped out of my skin!"

  • Shari (Schnitker) Phipps - Feb 4th, 2020 6:43 am

    "So sorry for your loss. I went to school with this kind funny guy. God bless you all."

  • Janet “Ellis” Elling - Feb 4th, 2020 7:04 am

    "To my dear friend, Janet, and the family. May the dear Lord be with you on this new journey that you will be on without your sweet Bill on earth. One day longer since you’ve seen him, one day closer to when you will see him again. This is His comfort that He gives us. With love from Minnesota, I will be praying for peace for you, Janet. Hugs. "

  • Brian Wakeman - Feb 4th, 2020 7:24 am

    "Our deepest sympathies to the entire Juengel Family and especially to Warren and Sandy. Brian Wakeman Wakeman Funeral Home, Saginaw, MI "

  • Shirley Hesselrode - Feb 4th, 2020 7:35 am

    "What an amazing life! I have heard many wonderful things about Bill from my friend Shirley Odell, Janet's Mother. Shirley enjoyed Bills sense of humor and how he loved and cared for her daughter. He will b greatly missed. Tomorrow my husband and I will hold a little memorial service for Bill with Shirley in her hospital room . Our thoughts and prayers are with you Janet and all the family."

  • Lonnie Burkett-Kempher - Feb 4th, 2020 8:16 am

    "Jan, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing! I always enjoyed the times spent together at the Escape! You are all in my thoughts."

  • Ray and Debbie Garcia - Feb 4th, 2020 9:03 am

    "Remember always having a good time with Bill and his family in Sebewaing. Thoughts and prayers to all."

  • Matt Wohlfeill - Feb 4th, 2020 9:19 am

    "Bill was such a wonderful man and loyal friend. I had the honor of playing music with him for seven years and so very much enjoyed the times we all shared together. Bill was kind, giving and would always be there if you needed a helping hand. His upbeat attitude and sense of humor always made him fun to have around. He will so, so very much be missed"

  • Brian Belleville - Feb 4th, 2020 4:04 pm

    "Bill was a very kind genuine person with alot of talent in many areas. More then anything I appreciate how he loved and treated my Mom with the utmost respect. Thanks for all the memories and maybe in the next life you might actually let me beat you in pool. Good bye my friend."

  • Betsy Leavell - Feb 5th, 2020 3:29 am

    "Jan and family- So sorry to hear of your loss. Find peace in your memories and remember the love. Hugs"

  • Steven & Joyce Cinco - Feb 10th, 2020 6:49 am

    "Our deepest sympathies to the Family. I knew Bill for long time at the phone company as well as the Pioneer breakfast. Bill always had a kind word for everyone. We will miss him our prayers are with you."

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