4:21 PM PDT, August 31, 2011
William B. Conn, of Harbor Springs and Les Cheneaux Islands, passed away peacefully on Aug. 26, 2011.
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Dec. 14, 1922, he was the son of Norman Conn and Grace Code.
On July 9, 1966, Bill married Diane Blondal, and they lived in Birmingham, Mich., until 1972 when they moved to Harbor Springs.
Bill was father to Robert M. Conn, Catherine Tartaglia and Barbara Jean Conn (deceased); grandfather to Anne Tartaglia (Michael), Amy Tartaglia. Other survivors include brothers, Richard Conn (Margaret), Trevor Blondal (Carey), Ted Blondal, Harold Anderson (Helen); nephews, Richard (Sarah), Robert (Wendy), Jon (Alisa) Anderson, Richard Conn; nieces, Kimberly (Randy) Dunn, Wendy Johnson (Jim), Marcia Rwiney, Leslie Reichlin (Rick) and their children.
Bill graduated from Lincoln High School in Ferndale, Mich., and the University of Michigan.
He served his country as a Navy pilot during World War II. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1948. After a period of private practice, Bill joined Fred Burton Abstract Company, merging with Burton Abstract & Title. Bill continued his career in the title field becoming president of Burton Abstract & Title and St. Paul Title Ins., in 1970. Upon moving to Harbor Springs, Bill bought Emmet County Abstract, Petoskey, continuing his practice of law.
Bill loved the game of life and played it well. He enjoyed many interests. An avid sailor, he raced Port Huron to Mackinac races and summers would find him in the North Channel aboard his boat "Edward Bear." He loved the game of bridge which he played with command. He could be found on tennis courts and ski hills of Nub's Nob. In later years, with his two labs in attendance, he enjoyed observing the outer islands from the deck of his cottage.
At Bill's request, funeral services will not be held. A family gathering will take place in October. Internment will be in Park Cemetery, Marquette.
Friends wishing to honor Bill may send memorial contributions to Christ Child Society Endowment, Box 132, Harbor Springs; or Little Traverse Sailors, P.O. Box 583, Harbor Springs.