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Willard "Bill" L. Drumm

December 20, 1939 — October 12, 2023

Battle Creek

Willard “Bill” LaVern Drumm, 83, of Battle Creek passed away suddenly on October 12, 2023, at his home. Bill was born in Homer, Michigan on December 20, 1939, to Clarence and Mabel Drumm. On December 9, 1978, Bill married the love of his life Robin, and she proceeded him in death.

Bill was a truck driver for more than 30 years using the CB handle “Drummer Boy”. When he wasn’t working, he was traveling with his wife, Robin. Together they enjoyed several cruises and visited almost all 50 states. Bill restored a 1930’s Ford Model A. He loved showing off his Model A at car shows - winning multiple First Place awards. Bill was also a man of many hats which he enjoyed showing off too. His goofy collection included many ballcaps, visors with hair attached to them, bucket hats, and even a dancing Christmas hat. Bill was a great story teller and had a laugh that lit up the room. Time spent with his family and friends was always considered, time well spent!

Bill is survived by two sisters, Ruth, and Stella; four children, Cindy Wolff, Kathy Allwardt, Doug Drumm, and Jill Potter; nine grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Through his marriage to Robin, Bill was blessed with two additional children, Susan, and Aaron; as well as four more grandchildren. As well as his wife, Robin, he was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and sisters, and his loyal dog Lucky.

Visitation will be held Sunday, October 15, 2023, from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Monday, October 16, 2023, from 10:00 am until the time of the funeral service beginning at 11:00 am at Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068, Pastor Steve Olmstead officiating. A graveside service will follow at Oakridge Cemetery, 614 Homer Road, Marshall, MI 49068.

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Visitation

Monday, October 16, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services

723 US Highway 27 North, Marshall, MI 49068

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Funeral Service

Monday, October 16, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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723 US Highway 27 North, Marshall, MI 49068

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Monday, October 16, 2023

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