William D. Putnam, a lifelong resident of Caro, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018, at the age of 56. Bill was born September 1, 1962, in Caro, the son of the late David W. and Betty Jane (Wilber) Putnam. He graduated from Caro High School with the class of 1980 and took a position at Caro Plastics shortly after. He was later employed with Detroit Edison on their line clearance team where Bill became a journeyman tree trimmer. While with Detroit Edison, he attended Delta College in Saginaw, and graduated with an associate degree in criminal justice. Following his graduation, Bill began a 24 year career in corrections, first with Macomb Correctional Facility, then Camp Tuscola, St. Louis Correctional Facility, Tuscola Residential Reentry Program, and finally Saginaw Correctional Facility, retiring earlier this year. He was united in marriage with his longtime partner, the former Jeanette Kloc on May 17, 2005, in Caro. Bill will be best remembered as a fun and caring husband, father and grandfather. The safety and happiness of his family always came first, followed by a few well-planned pranks. Bill had a passion for the outdoors, and could often be found hunting, fishing and golfing. He was known for pouring his heart and soul into whatever he did and was always willing to sacrifice himself for others. This compassion even extended to strangers and he was recognized for heroism with two life-saving awards.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette Putnam of Caro; four children and their spouses: Jessica and Gary Goss of Plato, Missouri, Amanda Ertman of Ansbach, Germany, Benjamin and Jordan Ertman of Silverwood, Thomas and Shayna O’Connor of Caro; eight grandchildren: Jacob Smith, Alaina Smith, William Moery, Jade Michael, Kimberly Michael, Isabelle Ertman, Caleb Ertman, Lillian O’Connor; five siblings and their spouses: Cheri and David Lich of Kingston, Robert and Barbara Fox of Detroit, Teri Ward of Waterford, Greg and Jennette Putnam of Caro, Scott and Heidi Putnam of Caro; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro with Fr. Adam Maher officiating. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Putnam Family Discretionary Fund, c/o Jeanette Putnam, 205 West Sherman Street, Caro, MI 48723. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.