William Trail Tuesday, May 18, 1948 - Sunday, February 5, 2017

William Leo Trail, 68, of Eau Claire, died early Sunday morning, February 5, 2017, at his home.

Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday, February 9, at Bright Star Tabernacle in Eau Claire, with Pastor Mike Fields officiating. Burial will be in Caldwell Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, at Bowerman Funeral Home in Eau Claire, and leave online messages at www.bowermanfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to Berrien County Cancer Service or Hospice at Home.

Bill was born May 18, 1948, in Benton Harbor, the son of William Oscar and Helen (Zech) Trail. He had been a truck driver and equipment operator for Rieth-Riley Construction Company. He also loved farming, particularly cutting and bailing hay with his grandchildren. He enjoyed going to farm auctions, and he cared for his dogs and other animals. His special enjoyment was time spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Miller) Trail; his mother, Helen Trail; two sons, Greg (Kristin) Trail and Bill (Pamela) Trail; two daughters, Dina (Larry) Layman and Charity (Jeff) Hackett; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dick (Kathy) Trail and Henry Trail; and a sister, Vickie (Bob) Storick.

He was preceded in death by his father; and two sisters, Shirley (Gene) Sapp and Ruth Ann (Jim) Modro.

Join us on February 8, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday

Bowerman Funeral Home, 6635 East Main Street, Eau Claire, MI 49111

Join us on February 9, 2017, Thursday at Noon

Bright Star Tabernacle, 5130 Old Pipestone Road, Eau Claire, MI 49111

Thank you. From the entire Trail Family for everything that everyone has done for our family.....Bill/Happy/Papa Trail was one of the greatest men we ever knew and will be greatly missed by many lives that he has influenced.  Remember to hug your loved ones every chance you get and tell them as much as possible how much you love them, tomorrow in a blink of an eye, they could be gone forever.    R.I.P.  Daddy    You are very missed by many people. 

  My father and Bill's father were good friends until his death in 1968.  Bill would often accompany his father, and visit my dad's garage. He was most kind in life, and a gentleman, and liked by many. My friends and i, tried to pay our respects at the funeral home, but the crowd was too large, and we weren't able to attend the viewing. I would like to pay my deepest condolences to Bill's wife, family, mother,brothers,sisters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  May God sustain them though this difficult time.   -Bob Karchunas-

Our deepest condolence to Bills family.I met Bill many years ago working on his dads truck.I liked him from the start.He will be missed dearly by all.

So sorry for your loss. We always liked Bill and enjoyed his stories. He had a gift to make people laugh. Prayers to Nancy and the family. We did go to the funeral home but the turn out was so large we were not able to stay. He was loved and known by many.

To the entire Trail Family, we are very sorry for your loss, Bill was truly one of the Great Ones, we considered it an honor to have known him as a friend and co-worker.RIP Bill "Happy" Trail.

Rick & Dinah

Good Morning Charity and Family,

You are all in our thoughts this morning over the loss of your dad. It was amzing to see so many people last night celebrating his life. Clearly, he is much loved. God bless your family.

Ms. Bledsoe, Mr. Bogue, Mr. Coleman and Mr. Struss

Greg, Kristin, Matt & Doug, we wanted to send condolences to you for the passing of your Father, Grandfater... we are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this time.

Charity and family,  My thoughts  and prayers go out to you.   I never had the opportunity to meet Bill but felt that I knew him well based on our daily conversations.   I know Bill as a hard worker and a family man.   I know his Grandchildren meant the world to him.   God's blessings

I remember Bill from school days in E.C.  His father and mine were good friends for many years and his sister, Shirley, was my friend and classmate.  I got into trouble for cutting across the field and "jumping the creek" with Shirley and Bill on the way to their house instead of going straight home.  Mom caught us and chastised me in front of them and then I got spanked when I got home.  Bummer.  One year they took me to the orchard to pick fruit.  Thought that having picked berries when I was younger meant I could also handle a fruit sack and a ladder.  I was wrong!  I was quite inept and probably slowed them down.  But they were, as always, very kind and non judgemental and at the end of the day, all still friends.  I lost touch with everyone back home when I moved out of state, but have fond memories from our youth.  Rest in Peace Bill.  Condolences to the family.

Nancy and the rest of the Trail family.  So sorry to hear about Bill's passing.  I have some fond memories of time spent with him from years past.  My deepest condolences to you all.  Bob Repar

Vicki & Bob and the rest of the Trail Family.  We are sorry to hear about your loss and just want you to know that you and your entire family are in our Thoughts and Prayers.  God Speed!  John & Ashley Mock

Nancy and Family, I will always remember what wonder friends and neighbors you all were when we lived in Eau Claire. God Wrap his arms around you all during this rough time. Bill was more than just a tall guy, he had a really big heart and a smile to go along with it.  

From the employees at Clossons 3D - Sorry for your loss, Bill will be missed. 

Nancy,Charity,and entire family. So sorry for your loss. Papa Trail was a good man with a warm heart. I will miss his hugs. Julie,Rob,Rori,Julian, the Wrights',and the Hunts'

 Nancy, Charity, and entire family. So sorry for your loss. Papa Trail was a nice man with a warm heart. I loved and will miss his hugs. Love to all of you! Julie, Rob,Rori,Julian,the Wrights', and the Hunts'


Nancy and family,

Aunt Ellie and I are so sorry to hear the news about Bill's passing.  Please know that we will miss him greatly, so enjoyed talking with him at the reunions.  We trust that God will comfort you all during this time.  Lean on Him!

God bless the whole family,

Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Gene T.



So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Billy when I came up there. 

Gonna miss you bill you we're one of the most kindest man I have met. Gonna miss seeing ya around. Rest easy up there

So sorry to hear this. He seemed like a very nice man.
I will be praying for all of you. May the Lord comfort you during this very sad time. So sorry :(

Nancy, I an so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. God be with you and give you comfort

Nancy & Family--So sorry for your loss. Prayers are coming your way. I always loved his smile & friendliness. He will be missed by a lot of people. Linda Storick Pososki & family

So sorry for your loss, praying for your family


I am so sorry to hear about Bill. My heart goes out to you.  Bill was always such a happy and friendly person to be around. He will be greatly missed.