William R. ‘Bill’ Abrams


William R. “Bill” Abrams, 93, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 in Muskegon. He was born Feb. 21, 1926 in Detroit to Frank and Mabel (Bloxom) Abrams.

Bill was raised in Detroit. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater where he was awarded a Purple Heart medal. He was a firefighter for the City of Detroit for 25 years before retirement. He was also a partner in Abrams Moving and Storage with his brother, Richard. He married Nancy (Linzell) Oct. 6, 1972. The Abrams moved to Shelby upon retirement in the early 1970s. Nancy passed away Jan. 6, 2014. Bill loved to fish, hunt and snowmobile.

He is survived by his children, Arthur Abrams (Geraldine Alstermark), Kathleen Neal (Hubert deceased), Peggy Hajduk (David) and Patti Banka (David); 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Don Abrams (Doris deceased); and sister, Evelyn Kamas (Peter). He was also preceded in death by his sister, Helen Thrasher and brothers, Frank (Barbara surviving), Richard (Deloris surviving) and George (Dorothy deceased) Abrams.

Visitation was scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the funeral to follow at 1 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home in Shelby www.harrisfhome.com with Pastor Dan Barnum-Steggerda officiating. Interment in Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia. Please consider the City of Detroit Firemen’s Fund Association, 1301 Third St., Suite 329, Detroit, MI 48226 as a memorial.