Billy Maker

Billy Maker, age 84, of Nashville, MI passed away peacefully on August 24, 2023, at his home. He was born in Battle Creek, MI on September 16, 1938, to Thomas and Carma (Brown) Maker. Bill and his sister Carma Jean were raised in the Nashville community.
Bill graduated from the W.K. Kellogg High School in Nashville in 1956. He married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Sherman, in 1957.

Bill worked at Paul Automotive Auto Parts in Hastings, later he worked at Reahm’s Motor Sales in the body shop department. In 1964 he was hired at General Motors, retiring after 28 years.

Bill was always interested in old cars. He restored a 1929 Essex in high school shop class. He loved going to sprint car races. After marriage, Bill and Bonnie both enjoyed racing micro-midgets.

In later years they purchased a 1935 Ford pickup, entering it in several car shows for many years. This was Bill’s favorite toy.
The couple had two children, Billy Ray Jr. (Bernice) and Becky (Bill) Wilson; four grandchildren, Ben (Melissa) Maker, Kelly (Matt) Dunham, Max (Lisa) Wilson and Katelyn (Dale) Laverty; and ten great-grandchildren, Hartley and Maddie Maker, Allyson, Waylon, Eleanor, and Wilson Dunham, Avery and Addy Wilson, Maxton and Mayleigh Laverty.

Bill was predeceased by his son Billy Ray Jr., sister-in-law Arloa Wallace and nephew Lee Bennett.

The family is extremely grateful for the support they received from Interim Healthcare Services, especially the love from his nurse, Kailey VanEngen.

Paying tribute to a life well lived and Bill’s passion for classic cars, there will be a Celebration of Life/Cruise In on September 16, 2023, from 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the Nashville Church of the Nazarene. Please feel free to drive your classic car and enjoy a summer afternoon socializing and remembering our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Those attending will be treated to some of Bill’s favorite “delicacies,” including hot dogs, Myers’ Bakery donuts, and of course a cup of coffee!

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home – Nashville, conveniently located at 9200 E M79 Highway Nashville, MI. For further details please visit our website at