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Vernon R. Bilyeu

October 9, 1926 August 21, 2012
Vernon R. Bilyeu
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Vernon Bilyeu �Bub� was born October 9, 1926 in Russellville, Kentucky. He was the second of eight children born to Vernon and Euva Bilyeu. The family moved to Michigan and Bub attended school in White Lake and Milford High School. As a senior he joined the Army and became a medic in Japan during World War II. After service to his country he finished his GED and went on to college to become a mechanical engineer.

In 1947 he married Jean Ellen Kuechle until her death in 1989, 42 years. They had five children. In 2000 Vern was married to Alice Ann VanLeuven. They had twelve wonderful years together.

After working for 30 years at General Motors as a design engineer Vern retired. He worked on many projects but especially enjoyed working on designs for Pontiac Motors such as the GTO.

Bub was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed pheasant hunting especially with his longtime friend, Ross Gofton. Nebraska was a favorite destination. He also enjoyed gardening and grew enough vegetables to give to family and friends.

Vern was a member of the White Lake Presbyterian Church and belonged to the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Alice VanLeuven Bilyeu; daughters, Bonnie (Harry) Manza and Julie (Don) Kaufman; son, Duane (Patricia) Bilyeu; step-sons, James (Carol) VanLeuven and Paul (Portia) VanLeuven; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Ellen; sons, David and Brian Bilyeu and step-daughter, Deborah and husband Jack Kerr.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, family member, and friend and will be sorely missed by all.

A Funeral Service will be held at White Lake Presbyterian Church, 4805 Highland Rd., White Lake, Friday, August 24 at 11 AM with Rev. Anne Schaefer officiating. Burial Highland Cemetery. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Thursday 2-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, Memorials encouraged to The American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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