December 19 • 08:50 AM

William "Bill" E. Kapustka

Died: Saturday, March 03, 2018
Age: 77
William “Bill” E. Kapustka, 77, passed away unexpectedly in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Bill is survived by his life partner, Patricia Salk (Metamora, MI); cousin, Edward Kapustka (Whitewater, WI), sons, Tim (Durango, CO) and Nick (Lakewood, CO); Daughter-in-Law, Rachel: and Grandson, Noah. He is preceded in death by his mother, Irene Kapustka (Imlay City, MI) and father, William B. Kapustka (Chicago, IL).

Bill was born on February 22, 1941 in Chicago, IL to Irene and William Kapustka. He graduated from St. Rita High School in 1958, and Western Michigan University in 1964 with a degree in Education. He married Janice Schoff in 1971 (divorced, 1987) and was committed to his life partner Patricia Salk since 1996. He had two sons, Tim (1975) and Nick (1978); and a grandson, Noah (2009).

In 1965 he moved to Imlay City, MI to work at Imlay City Junior High School, where he taught Science and served as the guidance counselor for 34 years. In his time there, he became known as “Mr. K” and was a widely beloved figure. He was known for his storytelling, passion for weather, and flamboyant “test ties.” He also spent many years coaching little league baseball and complaining about the Detroit Tigers bullpen.

Bill loved his family beyond compare. Before his death, he was tremendously devoted to the care of his mother, Irene. However, the undeniable center of his universe was his sons, Tim and Nick. He spent their entire lives teaching, loving, and offering them free advice with a devotion rivaled by few earthly things.

A man of nature, Bill enjoyed being in the outdoors. He was a lifelong fisherman, who spent time each year exploring the wilderness of Northwest Ontario fishing for muskie. He was an avid collector of coins, stamps and tall tales. Later in life he was passionate about hybridizing daylilies and won many awards for the flowers he created. This was a love that he shared with his partner, Pat. The two kept immaculate gardens on the grounds of their home in Metamora, MI.

Bill was an active member of the Imlay City Lions Club, Southern Michigan Daylily Society, Eastern Michigan Hosta Society and Lapeer Pond Club.

Since Bill was a man who loved nature and flowers, we ask that in lieu of flowers, you send more flowers - the overflow of which will be distributed to local nursing homes in his name.

A funeral is scheduled for later this week at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City, MI.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill’s life.
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