Community remembering Bill Scofield for his service, leadership

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William “Bill” Scofield, the 1969 Howell Citizen of the Year, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, leaving behind a rich legacy of community service.

A founder of the Howell Area Junior Baseball Association, Scofield was also involved in the building of Bennett Field. He also served on the Howell Recreation Commission for 17 years as a member and chairman.

Scofield himself was a talented baseball player. After graduating from Howell High School in 1945, he went on to earn five letters and be named the most valuable baseball player during his senior year at Albion College.

After graduating from Albion in 1949, Scofield joined the family business of May & Scofield, from which he retired in 1994.

Service to the community was a defining part of his life. Scofield served as a member and chairman of the Howell Community Chest (the predecessor of the Livingston County United Way), as well as the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Livingston County Community Foundation.

A member of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Howell, Scofield served as vestryman and senior warden.

Scofield also served on the board of directors of First of America Bank in Howell and Ann Arbor, and Citizen’s Insurance Co.

Born in Chevy Chase, MD, on Jan. 6, 1928, Scofield moved to Howell with his family, and his father founded May & Scofield in 1934.

Scofield was married for 67 years to Joy (Oddy) Scofield. They had three children: son, Wm. “Rick” (Mary) Scofield; daughters, Rory Scofield Omel and Susan Scofield (Dan) Kaba. He had seven grandchildren: Ryan (Brenda) Scofield, Marta-Kate Scofield (Matt) Jackson, Chelsea Omel, Keegan Omel, Avyn Omel, Kailey Kaba and Kristofer (Danielle) Kaba; and two great-grandchildren, Isiah Omel and Aubrianna Omel.

Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at MacDonald’s Funeral Home in Howell. A memorial service in honor and celebration of Bill’s life is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 504 Prospect St., Howell.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Community Foundation of Livingston County or a charity of your choice.

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