ELKHART - William (Bill) A. Fackelman of Elkhart, Indiana passed away on Monday, June 12, 2021, at the age of 72. Bill was born in Elkhart, Indiana on July 19, 1949, to Fred and Carol Fackelman. He was one of nine children. Bill enlisted in the United States Army where he was stationed in Vietnam 2 yrs. After his tour in Vietnam, Bill was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas where he met the love of his life, Jody M. Schellhase. They were married June 19, 1971. After he served his time in the military, Bill and Jody came to reside in Kerrville, Texas.
During his time in Kerrville, Bill attended Schreiner University where he received an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. In July 1976 Bill became a police officer with Kerrville Police Department where he served and protected his community for nearly 20 years until March of 1996. In August 1996, he and his family moved to Edwardsburg, Michigan. The couple recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June of this year.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Marlene Crosby and Madeline (Midge) Houghton, and his brother Michael Fackelman. He is survived by his wife Jody Fackelman and their three children: Daughter Traci (Roger) Reed and their children Kaitlyn (Andy) Morris (and children Brody, Ryder, Mavryk and Layne), Travis McGehee, and Tristyn McGehee; Son William "Trey" (Melissa) Fackelman and their children Braelyn, Treyten, Avery, and Cadyn Fackelman; daughter Toni (Bobby) Masterman and their children Taylar ,Ty,and Skyler. Bill is also survived by siblings Richard Fackelman, Don (Judy) Fackelman, LouAnn (Carl) Higley, Anita (Terry) Proffitt, and Jim (Jackie) Fackelman as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held on August 14, 2021, with a military funeral honor ceremony.
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