Deputy, who lived in New Buffalo, Mich., was a lifelong boater and worked in and around the industry for more than 40 years. He recently served as COO of Godfrey Marine until the sale of the company in November 2005.
Subsequently, he served on the board of directors of Nautic Global Group.
"Bill built lifelong relationships with dealers, suppliers and employees. Like an extended family, Bill surrounded himself with others that envisioned an expansion of Godfrey into the mission that we live by today: `A Boat for Every Passion'," said Bob Moran, CEO of Nautic Global Group.
Deputy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University in 1967 and his Master of Business Administration in 1970 from the University of Chicago.
He was a member of New Buffalo Yacht Club, New Buffalo Harbor Commission, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Elcona Country Club, Sunset Ridge Country Club, Admiral's Club "Air Transportation," Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers, Who's Who in Finance and Industry and John Purdue Club.
Deputy is survived by five brothers: Robert J. (Mary Pat) Deputy of Elkhart, Peter J. (Lisa) Deputy of Granger, Lawrence P. (Sherrod) Deputy of Bristol, Thomas M. (Peggy) Deputy of Dumfries, Va., and Richard A. Deputy of Sarasota, Fla.
Donations in his memory may be given to the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, Leukemia Research, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 1140, Chicago, IL 60637, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Visit www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com to send online condolences.