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“A great friend who I enjoyed fishing and hunting with will be missed. ”
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“Rest in peace Bill the Muskies will miss your luers overhead. Bob DIvico ”
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William Maertens, "Bill" age 97 died Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Michigan. Bill was born May 15, 1920, in Detroit, Michigan the son of the late Silvere Maertens and the late Suzanne (nee: Baert) Maertens.

Bill served in the United States Army during World War II, where he was awarded the Bronze Star along with an honorable discharge. Following his military service, Bill worked as a bricklayer for many years before retiring. He was a proud member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Local #2. Bill achieved the 75-year service membership award while being a member of the union.

Whenever not working Bill was passionate to outdoors either hunting or fishing. His love of hunting took him to many locations however he held a specific love for the upper peninsula of Michigan. Additionally, fishing kept him out on Lake St. Clair aboard his boat alongside his best buddies. Bill was an avid Muskie fisherman who was acclaimed and awarded the top honor for some of the biggest Muskellunge fish ever caught on Lake St. Clair. He capped the honor at age 83 catching a 40lbs 11oz, 51 inch Muskie. Bill was honored over and over again by the Michigan Ontario Muskie Club, of which he was a member since 1959.

William Maertens was predeceased by his parents and siblings; the late Agnes DeMunter, the late Marie Maertens and twin brother, the late George Maertens.

Visitation for Mr. Maertens will be held Wednesday from 5-9pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. Mr. Maertens will lie in State Thursday 9:30 St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church until the time of the Funeral Mass 10am. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

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