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William "Carl" Watkins

October 9, 1940 — August 24, 2021

William "Carl" Watkins

William Carl Watkins, 80 of Frederic, passed away at home on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Born on October 9, 1940 in Waters, he was the son of William Paul and Lucy (Cassidy) Watkins.

Carl proudly served his country in the United States Army. For 37 years he worked for Georgia Pacific as a Boiler Operator, retiring in 2005. His pride and joy was his family, he will be forever loved and greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Bonnie (Mertes); his sons, Edward Watkins of PA, William B. Watkins of Frederic; his daughter, Traci (Brad) Howe of Gaylord; special grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sisters, Jean Costello, Janet Rybiski, Cindy Hoover and his brother, Russell Watkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Julia Mertes and best friends, Bernard Atkins.

Visitation will take place from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service. A graveside service will take place at 1:00 PM at Otsego Lake Township Cemetery, also on Saturday.

Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at www.gaylordfuneralhome.com

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