William Kimerly

August 6, 1946 - January 27, 2014
Traverse City, MI



Thursday, January 30, 2014
11:00 AM to 11:45 AM EST
Grace Episcopal Church


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

House of Doggs Homeless Fund
120 S. Union St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 922-1348

or at the Northwestern Bank, 203 S. Union St., Traverse City, MI 49694 designate, House of Doggs Homeless Fund


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Cherryland Floral
1208 S. Garfield
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-5761
Driving Directions
Web Site

Flower Station
341 W. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 946-1742
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Web Site

Life Story / Obituary


William Mitchell Kimerly, 67 known as "Back Pack Bill", of Traverse City born, August 6, 1946, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014 at his home.

He was well known and well loved by the homeless community.

He was raised in Gross Pointe, Michigan and Leland, Michigan. He traveled extensively.

In 1996, he became a permanent Traverse City resident.

Bill loved the beauty of the outdoors and was in the planning stages of building his retirement home in Leelanau County with his loving daughter.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte Lynn Mitchell Kimerly Gittner and his father, Harvey Kimerly who lived in Grosse Pointe.

Bill is survived by two daughters, and two grandchildren.

Cremation will take place. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 am, Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Grace Episcopal Church. Memorial Contributions may be made to the House of Doggs Homeless Fund. Donations may be made at the House of Doggs or Northwestern Bank, both on Union Street.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City to handle the services.