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Obituaries Archives for 2015-05

Harry Longyear Dodge Jr. of Chippewa Lake

Harry Longyear Dodge Jr., 89, a lifelong resident of Chippewa Lake, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015, after a four-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born May 19, 1926, to Harry and Louise (Bush) Dodge. Harry married Marilyn Joan Mack on July 7, 1951.

Harry attended Barryton Rural Agricultural School until he was drafted into the US Army during his senior year to serve in World War II. He finished his schooling at Ferris State College upon his return from the war in late 1946. Harry was proud to serve in the 77th Division of the 306th Infantry Company in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

After the war, Harry worked at Buick Motors in Flint. Later he was employed at Gibson Appliance Company in Greenville. Then for 40 years he worked as a self-employed licensed builder, building and remodeling homes. Finally, he worked at Hanchett Manufacturing in Big Rapids until his retirement.

Always happiest when he was outdoors, as a young man Harry acted as a guide for pheasant and partridge hunters who camped at his father’s campground on Chippewa Lake. Throughout his life he was an avid deer hunter, fisherman, and fur trapper. Later in life, on just about any day he could be found somewhere on his 80 acres trimming his pine trees. He also enjoyed sharing the abundance of his garden with friends and family.

Known in the community as “Junior,” Harry served on the Chippewa Township board of trustees, was a volunteer fireman with the Chippewa Lake Fire Department, was a life member of VFW Post 2335 in Mecosta, and was a member of the Chippewa Lake Community Church.

Harry will be greatly missed by his loving family, including his wife of nearly 64 years, Marilyn; daughters Dawn (Joe) Kretoski of Evart and Laura (Mark) Weller of Chippewa Lake; grandchildren Betsy (Ben) Covert, Aaron (Jennifer) Weller, Lauren (Clifton) Schneider and Joey (Jessica) Kretoski; seven great-grandchildren: Evan and Caiden Covert; Renanah Weller; Dove Schneider; and Landon, Chase and Rylie Kretoski. Also surviving are two sisters, Emily Sewell and Colleen (Joseph) Ward, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister Beulah who died in infancy; three sisters and their spouses, Eloise and Walter Dawson, Eglah and Garnet Burgess, Mary Ellen and Alton Post and Kevin Bivens (her second husband), and brother-in-law George Sewell.

Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 1, at the Chippewa Lake Community Church with Pastor Roger Bennett officiating. Burial will take place at the Chippewa Township Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

Memorial contributions in Harry’s name may be made to either the Chippewa Lake Community Church or the Holland Park Veterans & Homefront Heroes Memorial Fund.

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Eleanor Astrid Eppley of Big Rapids

Eleanor Astrid Eppley, of Big Rapids, passed away from complications of Trisomy 18 on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at home with family by her side.

She was born on Monday, May 4, 2015, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Jonathan and Megan Eppley, of Big Rapids. Although Eleanor lived for a brief 24 days, she touched the hearts of loved ones across the state, country and around the world.

Most babies with the same diagnosis don’t survive to birth, leaving the parents to expect Eleanor would not come home. After four days in the hospital, she defied the odds and was able to live in the loving care of her family at their home.

The tremendous strength she showed for more than three weeks can be an example to us all.

Eleanor is survived by parents, Jonathan and Megan; big brother, Benjamin Alexander Mumah; grandparents, Robert and Audrey Eppley, of Port Huron, Kathy Welborn, of Big Rapids, and Dale Welborn, of Traverse City; many loving aunts, uncles and cousins; and many family and friends.

A memorial service for Eleanor will be 6:00 pm on Monday, June 1, 2015, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until the time of service on Monday, June 1, 2015. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family or to Hospice of Michigan’s perinatal/pediatric program in Eleanor’s name.

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Lucinda "Cindi" Mae Harvey of Remus

Lucinda “Cindi” Mae Harvey, age 70 of Remus, went home to be with the Lord, on Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Big Rapids. She was born on October 31, 1944 in Grand Rapids, MI. Cindi was the daughter of Floyd and Ollie (Erbes) Riggs and graduated from Evart High School.

Cindi resided in the Remus area and enjoyed 50’s and 60’s music, dancing, spending time at the Mecosta Senior Center, going to the fair, and trips to Vegas. When she was younger she was an avid bowler in Barryton and Clare. Cindi was a talented painter and made signs for various businesses in the area. She had exquisite penmanship and her ornate beaded ornaments, jewelry and other crafts will be treasured by the family and friends who own them.

Cindi loved and is loved greatly by the family she leaves behind, Husband Ronald; three daughters, Tami (Brad) Decker, Lory Fate and Diana Person all of Blanchard; eleven grandchildren, Sabra, Joshua (Brittany), Lucas (Cristen), Sarah, Gabriel, Robi, Cassie Mae, Geoffrey, Zachary, Kerianna and Gavin; eight great-grandchildren, Kaiser, Kylie, Mason, Gage, Blake, William, Aiden and Aloura Mae; and many step and extended family members and friends who knew Cindi as “mom”.
Cindi is welcomed home by her Lord and Savior, her Parents, her Sister Roni Rice, her Grandson Dakota Decker and many more relatives and friends.

A celebration of Cindi’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Millbrook Free Methodist Church (5751 7th Street) with Pastor Patricia Tefft officiating. The family will greet friends on Saturday two hours prior to the service from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church.

In honor of her compassion for animals, contributions in Cindi’s name can be made to A.S.P.C.A (Animal Rescue).

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Kenneth J. Schoenborn of Morley

Kenneth J. Schoenborn, age 75 of Morley, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015 at home surrounded by his family and friends. He was born June 14, 1939 in Big Rapids, the son of Joseph and Lenabelle (Dare) Schoenborn. Kenny graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1958, while attending school he joined the Michigan National Guard and was honorably discharged after six years of service. He married Judy A. Wilber on September 6, 1958 in Stanwood; together they made their home in the Big Rapids area. Kenny’s working career began at the Citizens State Bank in Big Rapids, then Ferris State University, he later worked for MichCon for over 18 years; and finally established “Hydrogen Sulfite Operation Service” in Mt. Pleasant as well as the “Clothing Barn, for the working man”. He successfully operated those businesses for over 17 years until retiring in 2000.

Kenny’s professional memberships included Past Chairman of the Michigan Chapter American Petroleum Institute and a member of the Michigan Oil and Gas Safety Association. As a contributing member of his community he served as a past president for the Big Rapids Jaycees, a member of the Big Rapids Elks Lodge #974, the Eagles Club in both Big Rapids and Stanwood and the Moose in Mt. Pleasant. He was a life member of Masonic Lodge 171 F.&A.M. of Big Rapids, life member Dewitt Clinton Consistory, Saladin Shrine of Grand Rapids, Jesters Court 11, a charter member of El Hajj #7, past National Emir - El Hajj, past director of the Saladin Shrine Color Guard and a member of St. Michael Parish in Remus and St. Paul’s Campus Parish in Big Rapids.

Kenny is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Judy Schoenborn of Morley; three children, Kimberly Roebuck of Rodney, Kristi (Douglas) Robins of Cedar Springs, Charles (Julie) Schoenborn of Anchorage, AK; five grandchildren, Jonathon (Jessie) Couch of Allegan, Christopher (Shawna) Schoenborn of Mecosta, Ashley (Jimmy) Schoenborn of Palm Harbor, FL, Adam Schoenborn of Morley, Matthew (Elyse) Robins of Belding; five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Bailey, Logan, Jayden, Devin; two sisters, Marilyn (Lew) Doughtery of Broman, Joan Bitner of Grayling; sister-in-law, Marsha Schoenborn of Big Rapids; brother-in-law, Wayne Farnham of Wyoming, MI and many nieces and nephews.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, William Schoenborn, a grandson, Brendon Schoenborn; two brothers Paul and Alfred Schoenborn; a sister Nina Farnham; his father-in-law, Roy Wilber; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Sundell.

Funeral services will take place 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015 at St. Paul’s Campus Parish, 1 Damascus Road, Big Rapids with Father Joe Fix officiating with Military honors under the auspices of the Michigan National Guard. The family will greet friends on Thursday, May 28th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Masonic Memorial service at 7:30 p.m. that evening.

Memorial contributions in Kenny’s name may be made to either the Saladin Shrine Foundation for Children or Spectrum Health Hospice.

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Theodore Charles Lintemuth of Rodney

Theodore Charles Lintemuth, age 75 of Rodney, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Spectrum Health Big Rapids. He was born December 9, 1939, in Martiny Township to Kennard and Gertrude (Jehnzen) Lintemuth.

Theodore was honorably discharged from the United States Army serving during the Vietnam era. In his spare time he enjoyed puzzles and crossword puzzles. Theodore was a lifelong resident of the area and lived and worked on his farm in Martiny Township.

Theodore is survived by his siblings, Ronald (Carol) Lintemuth of Rodney, Arlene (Gary) Grosbeck of Rodney, Donna (Ronald) Truesdell of Chippewa Lake and Alvah (Diane) Lintemuth of Stanwood; two aunts, Ada Morden of Rodney and Adeline Jehnzen of Mecosta; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Theodore was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew Sam Oaks.
Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with his niece Pastor Angela King officiating. The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27th at the funeral home. Interment will be at Martiny Township Cemetery near Rodney.

Memorial contributions in Theodore’s name may be given to the Relay for Life or the American Heart Association.

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Jason Matthew Beck of Big Rapids

Jason Matthew Beck, 37, formerly of Big Rapids, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

 

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with visiting hours beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

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Brian LaVerne Tapling of Cadillac

Brian LaVerne Tapling passed away Monday evening, May18, 2015 at Munson Medical Center in Cadillac. He was 61 years old. He was born May 1, 1954 in Detroit to Arnold and Rhoda (Chastain) Tapling.

 

He was formerly employed with the Bob Evans restaurant in Cadillac. Brian had been living a quiet life at the Serenity AFC Home in Cadillac with beloved caregivers and friends. Most will remember him as a fine gentleman with a soft smile and keen sense of humor. He is survived by his brother Douglas Tapling and his sister Pamela Vernacki. He was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Rhoda Tapling and his brother Thomas Tapling.

 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the Chase Township Cemetery.

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Carl Leon Schmitt of Morley

Carl Leon Schmitt, age 29 of Morley, formerly of Indiana, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was born March 27, 1986 in Merrillville, Indiana.

Carl is survived by his mother, Cathy Ellsworth of Morley; father, Rick Ellsworth of Indiana; daughter, Caydence Ann Marie Schmitt and her mother, Tiffiany Marie Burgstrom of Indiana; grandmother Anna Marie Oakes of Morley; grandfather, Larry E. Oakes Sr. of Columbus, MI step-grandmother, Marie E. Oakes of Columbus, MI and many aunts, uncles and cousins, especially Carl Leon Oakes of Morley, Larry E. Oakes Jr., Nathan Ellsworth and Kevin Oakes all of Indiana.

Carl was preceded in death by his beloved aunt, Cora Oakes.
Funeral services will take place 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23rd at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Father James Wyse. The family will greet friends two hours prior to services on Saturday, beginning at 12:00 p.m. noon.

Memorial contributions in Carl name may be given to his family.

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Diane M. Hazen of Barryton

Diane M. Hazen, age 60 of Barryton went home to the Lord on Tuesday May 19, 2015 after a seven year courageous battle against Alzheimer’s. She was born on August 9, 1954 to Loren Jr. and Evelyn Hazen in Clare MI. Diane grew up on the family farm and loved animals especially dogs and horses . She was always finding strays of all sorts to bring home and care for. Diane graduated from CHHS in 1972, being part of the first class to graduate from the newly consolidated school.

Diane spent the majority of her life working with animals, she was a licensed horse appraiser and worked on many large horse farms in Kentucky. She became the head of Scott County Animal Control where she took classes and received many awards for her outstanding devotion to the job and her genuine caring for animals. She later started her own ornamental Iron business where she fabricated beautiful metal art work and signs. Diane was most content on her farm in Kentucky with her friend Susan. She was also a very talented musician and song writer. She had been invited 3 times to play at the Blue Bird Café in Nashville TN. She will be fondly remembered by many for her beautiful voice and outstanding talent for playing the guitar.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and a nephew Loren E. Hazen.
Diane’s love for music and animals will not be forgotten by the family she leaves behind. She is survived by three sisters, Linda (Gary) LaLonde, Katie (Brent) Bazaire all of Barryton, Melanie (Stacey) Hazen of Mt. Pleasant and a brother, Larry (Cathy) Hazen of Barryton; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Diane’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton with the family greeting friends two hours prior from Noon until 2PM.


Memorial contributions in Diane’s name can be made to Hospice of Michigan or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Leo Eugene Wolfe Jr. of Evart

Wolfe, Leo Eugene Jr.- Age 66, born Jan 21, 1949, of Evart, died at his home on May 5, 2015 from his battle with cancer.

 

Leo went home to heaven to be with his parents Leo Sr. and Jean Wolfe and son Jason Wolfe. Leo is survived by 3 children; Matthew, Elizabeth, and Christian, 12 grandchildren, sister Paula Weber, brother Paul (Fred) Wolfe, and special friends Ron Morgan and Alice Gillett.

 

Cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

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Sharon Marie Masse of Morley

Sharon Marie Masse, age 72 of Morley, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, May 18, 2015. She was born June 17, 1942 in Livonia the daughter of Aaron and Mildred (Kindlle) Archbold. Sharon was a retired supervisor for Canteen Services. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 554 of Morley, where she held the post of Second Vice for several years.

Sharon is survived by two sons, John (Debra) Masse of Howell, Jim Masse of Howard City; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister Linda (J.J.) Nastos of Morley and several nieces and nephews.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Jeffrey Masse and a sister, Janice Caudle.

A memorial luncheon will take place 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23rd at the Morley American Legion.

Memorial contributions in Sharon’s name may be made to either Hospice of Michigan (Big Rapids) or American Legion Post #554 of Morley.

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Heather Lyn Sorum – VanVlerah of Morley

Heather Lyn Sorum – VanVlerah, age 36 of Morley, went to be with her Lord on Friday, May 15, 2015. She joined her grandparents, Marvin and Janet Bateman and Robert Sorum, who preceded her in death.

She was born November 3, 1978 in Lakeview. Heather was a 1997 graduate of Morley – Stanwood High School. She met the love of her life, Jeramy VanVlerah and together they have made their home in Morley for the past 13 years.

Heather will be forever missed by her loving family including her fiancé, Jeramy VanVlerah of Morley; parents, Angela (Bob) Seaman, David Sorum; paternal grandmother, Bernice Sorum all of Morley; Jeramy's parents, Dan and Gail VanVlerah of Lakeview; brothers, Justin (Megan) Sorum of Morley, Trevor (Tianna) Seaman currently stationed with the United States Army at Eglin AFB, Florida, Tyler Seaman of Morley; sisters, Bethany (Joshua) Carey of Stanwood, Rebecca Stanton of Big Rapids; nine nephews, Drake, Marrick, Garrett, Blake, Beau, Asa, Calder, Emerson, Reese and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor David Bongard officiating. The family will greet friends on Monday, May 18th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Aetna Township Cemetery.

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Carmetta Marie Shepherd Kutzbach of Reed City

Carmetta Marie Shepherd Kutzbach, 75, of Reed City, went to her heavenly home on Friday, May 15, 2015.
She was born on September 15, 1939 in West Branch, the daughter of John and Lucille (Bisbing) Hutchinson.
Carmetta graduated from Reed City High School in 1956.
She worked several years as a legal secretary and for the Michigan State Police and five cap. She was a hard worker and enjoyed trips to Florida, her dogs and family.

She is survived by her son Dave (Barbie) Shepherd, her brother, Ray (Nancy) Hutchinson of Reed City , two nieces, one nephew, one grandson, Jonathan and his wife.

Carmetta was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands and a grandson, Jason Shepherd and two step sons.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.
Visitation will be Sunday at the funeral home from 6-8:00 p.m.
Final resting place will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Reed City.
Memorial contributions may be made in Carmetta’s name to Heartland Hospice Care.

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Noah G. Stauffer of Mecosta

Noah G. Stauffer, age 17 of Mecosta, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015. He was born April 25, 1998 in Grand Rapids the son of Jeffrey D. and Deborah A. (Blaisdell) Stauffer.

Noah was a junior at Big Rapids High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society and he ran cross country. Noah had just been granted the honor of attending Michigan Boys State at Northwood University in Midland.

Noah had many interests; he loved music and especially enjoyed collecting vinyl records. He liked everything about the outdoors; hunting, fishing, golf, boating and even being a partner in his own lawn care business. Noah could fix anything and if he couldn’t fix; he reinvented it.

Noah is survived by his loving parents, Jeff and Deb Stauffer; a brother, Sam Stauffer all of Mecosta; maternal grandparents, Alice and Lyle Blaisdell of Stanton; two aunts, Kim Brundage of Sheridan, Jen Blaisdell of Stanton and a cousin, Jake Winnie of Stanton.

Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. The family will greet friends Tuesday, May 12th at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the Stauffer family has asked that loved ones make a donation to the Noah Gregory Stauffer Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by going to: www.afsp.donordrive.com/campaign/noahStaufferMemorialFund

Share a memory or sign the guestbook at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com

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Eulalia L. Hagenbaugh of Stanwood

Eulalia L. Hagenbaugh, age 74, of Stanwood passed away on Friday, May 8, 2015. She was born on May 13, 1940 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Sanjo J. and Eulalia L. (Rice) Macurio.

She is survived by three children, Pam (Kirk) Scarbrough, Bill (Karen) Hagenbaugh, and Tom (Jessica) Hagenbaugh; five grandchildren, Brad Bergman, Jennifer (Bergman) Noah, Ashley Scarbrough, Daniel Scabrough, and Whitney Scarbrough; plus nine great grandchildren.

Eulalia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell Hagenbough; one daughter, Jeanne Hagenbaugh; and one brother, Daniel Macurio.

A memorial gathering will be 1:00 pm Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Fairview Cemetery near Stanwood.

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Helen Jean Varcoe

Helen Jean Varcoe, age 91, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015 at Vista Spring in Wyoming, MI. She was born May 31, 1923 in Big Rapids the daughter of Charles and Ilau (London) Pfistner. Helen was honorably discharged from the United States Army serving during World War II. She made her home in Middletown, NY (just outside of New York City) for over 65 years. Helen was employed as a supervisor for Avon Products Incorporated and retired after 30 years of service.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband Allen Varcoe who passed away on November 26, 1992.

Helen is survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Bruce Peterson officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to services on Tuesday. Burial will be at Martiny Township Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the United States Army.

Memorial contributions in Helen’s name may be made to Gentiva Hospice Foundation, 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30339

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Karen Elizabeth Walter Mondrella of Big Rapids

Karen Elizabeth Walter Mondrella, 30, of Big Rapids, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on May 6, 2015. She leaves behind many family members and friends. Karen was born in Big Rapids on February 20, 1985. After graduating from Big Rapids High School in 2003, she completed the Ferris State University’s Dental Hygiene Program in 2008, becoming a dental hygienist.
Her bright smile matched her glowing and bubbly personality.

One of Karen’s major loves in life was animals. She loved animals of all kinds, sizes and shapes, and her main love was her basset hound Abby. She loved the outdoors including boating, kayaking, and skiing, but her main joy was spending time with her family and friends.
Karen will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.  She was the kind of young woman that anyone would be proud to call wife, daughter, granddaughter, and friend.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Karen will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at St. Paul's Campus Parish in Big Rapids, with Father Michael Burt celebrant. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Big Rapids. Visitation times will be at the Mohnke Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 13, from 6-8 p.m., with a Rosary Service beginning at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Karen's name to Mecosta County Animal Rescue Coalition, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Bruce C. Hampel of Martiny Township

Bruce C. Hampel, age 89, a lifelong resident of Martiny Township, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was born June 6, 1925 in Martiny Township, the son of Theodore and Goldie Marie (Miller) Hampel.

Bruce married Evelyn May Maguire on December 23, 1945 and together they made their home on the family farm in Martiny Township. Bruce was a farmer his entire life; raising beef cattle and award winning horses. He also worked as a rough neck on the oil rigs and worked in construction.

Bruce was a member of the Chippewa Lake Community Church, Eagles Aerie #2535 of Big Rapids, the Michigan Draft Horse Association and he was a leader for the Mecosta County 4-H for many years. Together, Bruce and Evelyn enjoyed many years of dancing; Polka, Waltz, Square dance and even danced on roller skates.

Bruce will be remembered as a well-respected, fair and hardworking man and a vital member of his community. He will be forever missed by his beloved family, including his wife of 69 years, Evelyn Hampel of Rodney; children, Kay (John) Reid of Rodney, Rex (Barbara) Hampel of Rodney, Kathy (Douglas) Carroll of Barryton; grandchildren, Jamie (Frank) Bissett, Justin (Amy) Hampel, Aaron (Jamie) Hampel, Nicole (Eric) Damveld; great-grandchildren, Hayven and Westyn Hampel and two great-grandchildren to join the family in June 2015; a sister, Joy Blakely; a brother, Keith (Priscilla) Hampel, all of Lake Odessa and many nieces and nephews
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Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, June Morlock, Linda Bergerow; three brothers-in-law, Clare Blakely, Richard Morlock and Chuck Bergerow; Eddie and MaryDale Herbenar and John Miller II.

Funeral services will take place 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Roger Bennett officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 11th at the Martiny Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Bruce’s name may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association or Spectrum Health Hospice.
Share a memory or condolence for the family at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com

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Phillip "Phil" James Coon of Big Rapids

Phillip “Phil” James Coon, age 73, lifelong resident of Big Rapids, passed away Monday May 4, 2015 surrounded by family at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was born on November 3, 1941 in Big Rapids to Elma Sample-Rouse Grabowski Coon Eddy and Alfred Grabowski. Phil graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1960. He married Kathleen Lawrence on June 23, 1962.

Phil was a handy man and jack of all trades. His first job was at Stanwood Hospital; he also worked at the Big Rapids Theater, Wolverine Shoe, Hitachi, Admiral Petroleum and "the wrecker guy" for Curries Towing.
Phil loved being outdoors and recently got to try out his new zero turn lawnmower. He loved spending time outdoors; from hunting and fishing to camping and gardening. Phil found every reason to be surrounded by nature, including a dream trip for Katie's and his 50th wedding anniversary across country and enjoying the nature of Alaska on a cruise. Phil had great love for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, instrumental in passing on his traditions, stories and history to his posterity. He was a man who worked with his hands. Phil's humor was infectious, bringing smiles and laughter to those he came across. His profound life and presence have left a lasting impact on his beloved family and friends. He will always be in our hearts but mostly by the love of his life Katie.

Phil is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathleen Coon of Big Rapids; a son Mike (Dawn) Coon of Big Rapids; daughters, Sharon (Greg) Dagon of Cadillac and Nancy (Jim) Gigowski of Mecosta and his beloved labradoodle Max; grand-daughters, Savanna (Rob) Pontz of Big Rapids, Brittany (Shy) Deb of Omaha, Nebraska, Amanda and Megan Gigowski of Mecosta; great-granddaughters, Riley, McKenna, Abigale, Maddison, Avah and Adalyn. Phil is also survived by his sisters; Ruthann Rogers, Mary Cox and Elaine (Bruce) Rose; brothers, Bruce Coon and Seth (Vicki) Coon; special nephew, Jim Lawrence along with many other nieces and nephews. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, a brother in law Russ Lawrence and his beloved niece Robin.

Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Elder Bill Routley officiating. The family will greet friends on Wednesday, (today) at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be at Pine Plains Cemetery, Big Rapids.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Mecosta County Animal Rescue Coalition or the American Heart Association.

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Mabel M. (Ranshaw) Horning of Barryton

Mabel M. (Ranshaw) Horning, 95 of Barryton, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Mabel and her twin sister, Maudie, were born on August 23, 1919 in Stecker, Oklahoma to Elmer and Maude (Ray) Barr. She also had a sister, Inez and a brother, JT. All have preceded her in death.

From her marriage to Ilford Ranshaw there were four children, Arden (Paula) Ranshaw of Mecosta, Allen (Kathy) Ranshaw of Clifton, TN, Leonard (Jeanie) Ranshaw of Traverse City and Carol (Larry) Benjamin of Barryton; 19 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. After Ilford’s death she married Leroy Horning and acquired a step family.

Mabel came to know Jehovah God and her service to Jehovah was very important to her. She enjoyed attending meetings at the Kindom Hall and all of the many friends she had there. Mabel enjoyed embroidery, often giving embroidered tea towels or pillowcases for wedding gifts. She also enjoyed traveling and brought home a coffee cup from every state she visited.

A memorial service will take place 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Kindom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Remus (14550 30th Ave.) with the family greeting friends two hours prior from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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Charlotte B. Jones of Reed City

Charlotte B. Jones, 84, of Reed City, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015 at her home.

 

She was born June 24, 1930 in Mt. Pleasant to Donald and Jessie (Bell) Spencer. Charlotte attended school in Reed City and was a 1949 graduate of Reed City High School. She was a resident of the Reed City area much of her life, and had worked at Gardner-Denver for many years. She married Arthur Jones on June 15, 1949 in Reed City. He preceded her in death on December 2, 1978.

 

Surviving are 2 sons: Douglas and Donald, both of Reed City, and 1 daughter, Carol (Darlynn) Shoemaker of Chase; 12 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Powers and 1 sister Diane.

 

She enjoyed crafts, her class reunions, and her grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Woodland Cemetery at a later date

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James Edward LaPrise II of Big Rapids

James Edward LaPrise, II, 37, of Big Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 1, 2015, at his residence.

He was born March 2, 1978, in Lakeview, the son of James and Tena (Robinson) LaPrise, and graduated from Morley Stanwood High School in 1996. Jim was currently the maintenance supervisor for the Campus Creek Apartments. He loved his truck, his guns, and hunting.

Jim is survived by his parents James LaPrise of Stanwood, and Tena Wright of New Bern, NC; his domestic partner, Heather (Aaron) Forshee; daughter Kailey; siblings, Jamie (Terry) Smith of Howard City, Tena LaPrise of Grand Rapids, Austin (Katie) Main of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, and Rachelle (David) White of Wilson, NC; best friends John (Sarah) Chadra III, and Kevin Dard; 9 nieces and nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services for Jim will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with Dr. David Routley officiating. Burial will be in the Blythefield Memorial Garden in Rockford. Jim’s family will greet friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 6, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and prior to services on Thursday. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the “Jim LaPrise II Memorial Fund” at www.gofundme.com or using envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Steven C. Hall of Big Rapids

Steven C. Hall, age 68, of Big Rapids passed away Monday, May 4, 2015 at home. He was born in Big Rapids on May 9, 1946, the son of Charles J. and Kathleen (Mehl) Hall. He was a lifelong resident of Big Rapids, graduating from high school in 1965. He earned an associate’s degree in Welding Technology from Ferris in 1967. Steve married Delores Dalziel in 1978. He owned and operated Hall’s Texaco Gas Station on Third Avenue for many years. Later he managed and owned apartments. Steve was a member of the local Elks Club 974, Eagles 2535, Amvets 1941, Reed City Moose Lodge 705, Morley American Legion Post 554, and VFW Post 7968 in Arizona.

He enjoyed playing his guitar, pontoon rides on the river, playing cards with friends and family, golfing, pool, hunting, fishing, camping, and travel.

Steve is survived by his wife, “Dee;” on son, Randy Hall of Maple City; one sister, Sherrie (Wayne) Vaughn of Big Rapids; aunts and uncles, Marge and Dave Hall of Big Rapids, Bonnie and Douglass Randolph of Spring Arbor; plus several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Cindy.

A celebration of life in Steve’s honor will begin at 4:00 pm, Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Eagles Club with the Elks Club Tribute. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer Foundation or directly to Steven’s wife, Dee.

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Barbara J. Sirrine of Big Rapids

Barbara J. Sirrine, 93, formerly of Big Rapids, died Sunday May 3, 2015 at Clark Community Home in Grand Rapids. Funeral arrangements are pending., died Sunday May 3, 2015 at Clark Community Home in Grand Rapids. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Gerald Clifton Mars of Big Rapids

Gerald Clifton Mars-Jerry Mars aka “JC”, 72, of Big Rapids passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 peacefully at his residence.

Jerry was born January 27, 1943 in a barn in Coopersville, Michigan. He was honestly the only one we knew of that was allowed to leave doors open wherever he went. Jerry joined the Marines as a teenager and was the ultimate Marine where the saying goes, Once A Marine, Always A Marine held true with him his whole life. Ooh Rah! He retired from General Motors on 36th street in Wyoming after many years of employment. Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, tall tales, hot rods and his beloved PBR. He was quick to make friends with about everyone he met. His great sense of humor and certain coolness to him will be missed by many.

Jerry is survived by his children, Dianne Mars, Dawn Mars and Anthony (Tony) Mars, four Grandchildren, Ryan House, Destinee Gulledge, Corey House and Shelby Chamberlain and one Great Granddaughter, Elowynn Welch. Also by his sister, Carol (Don) Sutton, brothers, James (Lorraine) Mars and Denny (Lori) Mars; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Jerry is also survived by many that loved him and simply called him Uncle Jerry.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Dorothy (Dennis) Mars, sister Maxine Mars and his wife, Starlene Williams Mars.

There will not be a funeral service for Jerry, rather the family will host a celebration of life gathering at a later date to be announced to loving family and friends. The family also asks that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in helping veterans in need. www.woundedwarriorproject.org SEMPER FIDELIS

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Robert John Bull of Kalkaska

Robert John Bull, age 88, a long-time resident of Kalkaska, Michigan, passed away with his family by his side, Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

The son of John Sydney and Encie (Mead) Bull, he was born August 30, 1927 in Luther, MI. He was married to Alice Hannon on August 19, 1949. A graduate of Reed City High School, Bob worked for the Consolidated Gas Company as an instrument mechanic. He was a union supporter and worked as a union steward for several years. He retired from MichCon in 1992 after 40 years of employment. A passionate outdoorsman, Bob enjoyed all types of hunting and fishing. He was an avid reader and a 32nd degree Mason. Bob is survived by his two children, daughter Terri (Don) Kleinshcmidt of Ann Arbor, son Gary (Debbie) Bull of South Boardman and two grandsons, Mark Kleinshcmidt of Chicago and Brian Kleinschmidt of Ann Arbor. He is survived by one sister, Jeanette Whitman of Reed City and three brothers, Jack (Twila) Bull of Mooreland, OK, Dale (Norma) Bull of Reed City, and Johnny (Judy) Bull of Newaygo. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice in 2013, his grandson David Bull, his sister Joan Miller, and his brother David Bull.

 

A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home 225 W. Upton Ave. in Reed City, Michigan at 2:00 P.M. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to North Country Hospice, P.O. box 1087, Kalkaska, MI 49646.

 

 

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Daniel Michael McShane of Big Rapids

Daniel Michael McShane, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at his home in Big Rapids. He was born on February 20, 1953 in Grosse Pointe, MI to Michael and MaryJane (Pranger) McShane. During delivery MaryJane passed away which led to Daniel being adopted by his grandparents Louis C. and Myrtle I. (Vollbach) Pranger. He was raised in St. Clair Shores until his early 40’s when he made his home in Big Rapids.


Daniel enjoyed several jobs in the area but most recently looked forward to time spent at MOARC. He was athletic and loved bowling, playing golf and basketball. Daniel was learning to play horseshoes and was always eager to go out to eat. Anyone that spent any time with Dan also knew he liked to clean things.
 

Daniel touched the hearts of many and was the beloved nephew of Helen and the late Louis H. Pranger and their family, and the late Jerry Pranger and his family. He will be sadly missed by his caregivers Donna Switzer and her family; caregiver Nicole and his roommates’ at the Duplex where he resided the last 10 years.
 

A time of remembrance will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with a time of sharing at Noon.
Daniel will be instate at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, May 4th at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church (21120 Benjamin St.) St. Clair Shores with Mass starting at Noon on Monday.
Memorial donations in Dan’s name can be made to God’s Helping Hands in Remus.

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Scot Michael Martin of Stanwood

Scot Michael Martin, age 30 of Stanwood, passed away Monday April 27, 2015.
Scot will be forever remembered as a kind and loving man with a good soul.

He will be greatly missed by his friends and family including his son, Matthew Allen Hillis of Morley; his devoted parents, Lee Ann and Roger Martin of Stanwood; his brother, Brandon Lee Martin of Stanwood; maternal grandparents; Remona Abberton of Big Rapids and Henry Abberton of Oklahoma City; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A gathering and celebration of Scot’s life will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Morley American Legion beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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Harry E. Peterson of Grant Township

Harry E. Peterson, 88, of Grant Township, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at his residence.

He was born April 12, 1927, on the family farm in Grant Township, the only son of Elmer and Grace (Teeter) Peterson, and lived there his entire life. During WWII, Harry served with the US Army in the European Theatre.

Following his discharge, he returned to the farm, and on June 2, 1956 he married Betty Buxton. He continued to actively farm, was a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau, and attended both the Grant Center United Methodist Church and the Old Country Church. Harry loved God, his family, and his farm!

Harry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; three children, Barbara (Ray) Seaman of Jenison, Peter John (Brenda) Peterson of Big Rapids, and Joan (Jeff) McCrory of Big Rapids; eight grandchildren, Andrea (James) Kennedy, Nathan Seaman, Ryan (Jenna) Bull, Jason Bull, Amanda (Matt) Currie, Cory (Kim) Peterson, Makenzi (Adam) Currie, and Michael Peterson; nine great grandchildren, Jonathan, Benjamin, Samantha, Madilyn, Grace, Curt, Kay, Jack and Preslee; his very special sister Lois Schroeder; two brothers-in-law, Dr. Alpha Clark and Bruce Bryde; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marlene Clark and Vivian Bryde and one brother in law, Allen Schroeder.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Grant Center United Methodist Church, with Pastor Lyle Ball officiating. His cremains will be interred in the Grant Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Youth Haven Ranch.

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