Walter Robert Tilson, Jr. and Nannette Tilson

Walter Robert Tilson, Jr., 66, of Grayling, passed away on March 25, 2019. He was born on April 17, 1952 in Detroit to the late Walter and Evelyn (Bess) Tilson. 
He married Nannette Huff on March 29, 1996 in Royal Oak. 
Walt graduated with a law degree from University of Detroit Mercy but later pursued a career in education. He first taught English at Kirtland Community College and then taught alternate education and GED completion through Crawford AuSable schools. Walt retired from Crawford AuSable Schools in 2018.
He enjoyed fly fishing and was a guide for many on the Manistee and AuSable Rivers. Walt enjoyed great conversations and eclectic music.
Survived by his children: Shilee (Josh) Taylor of Delton, Bridgette (Jason) Steele of Gaylord, Ethan Tilson of Pleasant Lake; grandchildren Braeden Taylor and Sophie Steele;  sister Elizabeth (Jim) Reid of Royal Oak, brothers Joe (Carolyn) Tilson of Livonia and Chuck (Mary) Tilson of Wixom, as well as many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, wife, Nannette, and sister, Kathy Tilson.
A wake will be held 1:30 p.m. April 6, 2019 at Paddle Hard in Grayling, Michigan. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery. 
Condolences and cards may be sent to www.sorensonlockwood.com or Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home, PO Box 602, Grayling, Michigan  49738. 
Family selected  Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home to walk with them for arrangements.
Nannette Tilson, 62, of Grayling, passed away on March 12, 2019 due to complications of Huntington’s Disease. She was born on April 24, 1956 in Kalamazoo to the late Robert and Joanne (Houghton) Huff and grew up in Mio. 
She married Walter Tilson on March 29, 1996 in Royal Oak. 
She proudly worked as an LPN in Grayling and Grand Rapids and later worked toward her RN degree. 
She cherished being a mother and grandmother and enjoyed helping others.
Survived by her devoted husband Walt of 23 years; children, Shilee (Josh) Taylor of Delton, Bridgette (Jason) Steele of Gaylord, Ethan Tilson of Pleasant Lake; grandchildren, Braeden Taylor and Sophie Steele; brother Greg (Kelli) Huff and niece Amber of Ocala, Florida. Preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Carol and Vicki; and brother Norman.
Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery. 
Condolences and cards may be sent to www.sorensonlockwood.com or Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home, PO Box 602, Grayling, Michigan  49738. 
Family selected  Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home to walk with them for arrangements.
 

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