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William "Bill" C. Hydorn

October 27, 1951 ~ August 7, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old


William “Bill” Hydorn, 71, of South Bend, passed away on Monday, August 7, 2023, at Memorial Hospital.  

Bill was born on October 27, 1951, in Niles, Michigan, to the late Bill L. and Doris L.  (Hamrick) Hydorn.  On June 26, 1971, in Niles, he married Carla Townsend, who survives.  They remained lifelong residences to the area, where they raised their two beautiful daughters together.

 Bill worked as an Institutional Sales Manager at the Alpha Baking Company for 40 years.  In his spare time, he liked to enjoy the outdoors, whether it was hunting and fishing or swinging his clubs at the golf course.   He enjoyed target practice and was a member of the NRA.  He also had a passion for classic cars and for his Harley, which he loved to ride.  Bill’s true joy was when he was spending time at home with his family and his loving fur baby, Lucy, who followed him everywhere he went. 

Bill is survived by his wife, Carla (Townsend) Hydorn of South Bend, and by his two daughters, Melissa (Chris) Kronewitter of Walkerton, and Trisha (Jake) Wood of Lancaster, CA, and by his four loving grandchildren, Alyssa Emenheiser, Josey Kronewitter, Hailey Wood, and Colton Wood.  He is also survived by a sister, Terrie (Ed) Smith of Cassopolis, MI, and by a brother, Dennis (Kathy) Hydorn of Versailles, KY.

The family is following his wishes to be cremated.  There will be a celebration of Bill’s life on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Orchard Hills Country Club, 2841 Niles Buchanan Road, Buchanan, MI 49107.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in honor of Bill to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County, 2506 Grape Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545 and to Pet Refuge, 4626 Burnett Dr., South Bend, IN 46614.

The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home “Southwest Chapel” and Cremation Service is handling arrangements and extends our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Hydorn family and friends.  To leave an online condolence or to share a memory, please visit

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Celebration of Life
August 16, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Orchard Hills Country Club
2841 Niles Buchanan Road
Buchanan, MI 49107


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