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Obituaries Archives for 2016-03

James Richard Mehlhorn of Canadian Lakes

James Richard Mehlhorn, age 55, of Canadian Lakes passed away Mon., March 28, 2016 at his home surrounded by family. A Funeral Service will be held at Janowicz Family Funeral Home on Sat., April 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM. The family will greet friends on Fri., April 1st from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the funeral home and again on Saturday from 1:00PM to the time of service.

James had an infectious personality, always willing to help others and it showed through by caring for his mother for 15 years. He was loving, giving and never gave up on anyone. He loved a good laugh and developed many special relationships because of his good nature. James worked hard at everything he did, including his job as a personal maintenance man in the Canadian Lakes area. He was know as a “ball of fire” by many of his customers. James played just as hard as he worked. He loved to fish and golf, but spending time with his grandchildren was what gave him the greatest joy in life.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Betsy Ann Mehlborn; one son, Matthew; one daughter, Michelle; two sisters, Susan (Stephen) Taylor and Christine (Dennis) Weiand; eight grandchildren, Bronzen, Brittan, Braxtan, Gracie, Jenna, Erica, Lindsey and Camille.

James was preceded in death by his father, Richard James Mehlhorn; one sister, Paula Bennett and one niece, Amanda Taylor.

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Mary Alice Green (Tripp) of Barryton

Mary Alice Green (Tripp), age 92 of Barryton, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at Transitional Health Services in Fremont. Mary was born on November 11, 1923 in Mecosta County, MI to Sherman and Maude (Sherlock) Kinney. She was a lifelong resident of Barryton and raised her family there. Mary enjoyed ceramics, drawing, sewing and arts and crafts.

 

She is survived by her daughter Judy Johnson of Sand Lake; three sons, James Tripp of Piqua, OH, John and Joe Tripp of Barryton; one sister Luella (Donald) Brown of DeWitt, MI; and seven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

 

Mary was preceded in death by husbands: Mark Tripp in 1965 and Rolland Green in 1997; a son, Jerald J. Tripp; daughter, Jill Newhall; three sisters, Gladys Witbeck, Florence Harris and Cleva Mart.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, April, 1, 2016 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton with Pastor Gary Bryan officiating.

 

The family will greet friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31st at the Daggett Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Friday, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions in Mary’s name can be made to the Barryton Church of God where she was a member for numerous years before her health began to decline.

 

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Flossie Dell Gilland of Wyoming

Flossie Dell Gilland aged 84, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 26, 2016. After a short battle with cancer, she passed away peacefully in her home in Wyoming MI, surrounded by all her children and many of her grandchildren.

 

Flossie was born in Yawkey, West Virginia and at age 5 moved to Reed City MI. She was a loving soul who opened her heart to everyone she knew. She was a blessing on Earth and continues to be in Heaven. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert, daughter Kayla, 1 brother and 3 sisters. She is survived by 5 sons and 2 daughters, Michael (Cheryl) Hobbs, James Robert (Lana) Gilland, Gary (Susan) Gilland, Susan (Joseph) Spica, Mary (Robert) Klumpstra, Richard (Tammy) Gilland and Dennis (Deb) Gilland. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

 

Flossie Dell Gilland aged 84, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 26, 2016. After a short battle with cancer, she passed away peacefully in her home in Wyoming MI, surrounded by all her children and many of her grandchildren.

 

Flossie was born in Yawkey, West Virginia and at age 5 moved to Reed City MI. She was a loving soul who opened her heart to everyone she knew. She was a blessing on Earth and continues to be in Heaven. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert, daughter Kayla, 1 brother and 3 sisters. She is survived by 5 sons and 2 daughters, Michael (Cheryl) Hobbs, James Robert (Lana) Gilland, Gary (Susan) Gilland, Susan (Joseph) Spica, Mary (Robert) Klumpstra, Richard (Tammy) Gilland and Dennis (Deb) Gilland. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Rev. Ron Pinc officiating. Burial will take place at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City. Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. until the beginning of services. A memorial contribution may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Rev. Ron Pinc officiating. Burial will take place at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City. Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. until the beginning of services. A memorial contribution may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Shirley Marie Latin of Chase

Shirley Marie Latin, age 77 of Chase, Michigan, passed away Good Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Spectrum-Health Rehab and Nursing facility in Reed City.

 

She was born April 5 1938 in Reed City to Delbert and Lenora (Besey) Dolley and attended Reed City area schools. On December 1, 1962 she was married to William Latin who survives her. Shirley received her nursing degree from Grand Rapids Community College and went on to work at the Reed City Hospital for over 35 years. She was a longtime member of the St. Philip-Neri Catholic Church in Reed City. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, reading, playing the organ, and spending time with her family.

 

She is survived by her husband William Latin of Chase, children: Karen (Tom) Kienitz, Linda Latin, and Tom (Keri) Latin, all of Chase, sister Erma Jean Martz of Reed City, grandchildren: Andrew, Nathan, Matthew, Benjamin, Eric, Katelynn, Elijah, and Emma, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Delbert and Lenora Dolley, brother Louis Dolley, brothers and sisters in law Anna (Leonard) Pollaski, Pauline Latin, Dolly Courtade, Zorka Latin, John (Edith) Latin, and Violet Latin.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the St. Philip-Neri Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Michael Hodges officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to either the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Michigan (www.mg-mi.org) or to the St. Philip-Neri Catholic Church’s parking lot fund.

 

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Leone Adell Brock of Ashton

Leone Adell Brock, 75, of Ashton, Michigan, passed away on March 24, 2016 surrounded by her family.

 

Leone was born on March 7, 1941 to Alexander and Dora (Kinney) Pratt in Ashton, Michigan. Leone attended Pine River Community schools. Leone worked at Evart Products and was the owner/operator of the Evart Dairy Whip for many years. Leone was a member of the Ashton United Methodist Church. Leone enjoyed crocheting, quilting, gardening, baking for grandchildren and most of all spending time with family and friends.

 

She is survived by her husband and childhood sweetheart, Lyle K. Brock and their four children, Lisa (Trevor) Flint of LeRoy; Steve Brock of Big Rapids, Doug Brock of LeRoy and Mark (Shaine) Brock of Ashton. Grandchildren Brittany (Jordan) LaPoint of Rapid City, South Dakota; Brooke Flint of Jackson, Michigan; Andrew Brock of Big Rapids, Michigan; Hailey and Hanna Brock of Big Rapids, Michigan; Derek (Erika) Brock of Ashton, Michigan; Kyle Brock and Kourtney Brock of LeRoy, Michigan; Tyler (Renee) Brock of Ashton, Michigan; Kaleb (Dorcas) Brock of Reed City, Michigan; and Joshua, Ethan, Isaac, Mikah, Luke and Lexon Brock of Ashton, Michigan; and three great-grandchildren, Holly, Weston and Jayce Brock, all of Ashton, Michigan, siblings Earl (Donna) Pratt of Ashton, Joyce Smith of Evart and Roy Pratt of Fremont. She was preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Dora Pratt, sisters- in-law Linda Long, Margaret Boyce and Rosemarie Pratt; brother-in-law Keith Smith and nephew Timothy Pratt.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Pastor Scott Loomis officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to meet together with the family at 10 a.m. for a short visitation prior to the beginning of service. A memorial contribution may be made in Leone’s name to Spectrum Health Hospice or to the Ashton United Methodist Church.

 

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Paul M. Dosenberry of Barryton

Paul M. Dosenberry, age 64 of Barryton, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016 at home.  He was born December 11, 1951 the son of Harry and Alma (Rosser) Dosenberry.  Paul graduated from Chippewa Hills High School in 1970.  He attended Ferris State University until he was drafted into the United States Army.  Following Paul’s service in the Vietnam War, he was honorably discharged and remained in the Army reserves until June of 1977.

 

Paul farmed with his brother for 25 years and drove his own milk truck for over 10 years.

 

He is survived by two daughters, Sarah and Michelle; two brothers, Clyde Dosenberry of Mt. Pleasant, Keith Dosenberry of Sherman Township, Isabella County, a niece Sara Dosenberry and two nephews, Ryan and Alan Dosenberry.

 

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Glenn Dosenberry and a sister-in-law, Pamela R. Dosenberry.

 

Services will be announced at a later date.

 

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Iris Frances Fisher of Mecosta

Iris Frances Fisher, age 97 of Mecosta, passed away March 22, 2016.  She was born November 22, 1918 in Crystal Township, Montcalm County, Michigan to George Wesley and Audry Frances (Eitiniear) Kast. 

 

Iris was married to Alfred Richard Collins on August 30, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan and was married to him until his death on April 9, 1987.  She married James R. Fisher in April 1991 until his death on May 8, 1995.  Her companion for the last several years was Robert Boochard along with his daughter, Paula.

 

Iris was mother to four children; Kaye Irene (Collins) Ferguson-Patton and husband Richard Patton of Mecosta; Virginia Lee (Collins) Ferguson and husband Leo Ferguson of Grand Rapids and Carolyne Ann (Collins) Oeming of Buffalo Grove IL.  Her son, Alfred Richard Collins, Jr., preceded her in death and is survived by his widow, Carolyn of Lansing.

 

She was also preceded in death by her siblings; Susie (Kast) Taylor, Leona (Kast) Bennett, and Marion Kast. 

 

Her grandchildren are Wendy Oeming, Ginger Lomax, Alexandria Oeming, Kris (Craig) Andresky, Kimberly (David) Reid, Kevin (Shelley) Ferguson, Laura (Christopher) VanWyk, Kelley (Allen) Matthews, Carrie (John Goetz) Higbie, Stan (Martha) Ferguson III.  She has eleven great-grandchildren; Collynne Tyer, Stephanie Matthews, Megan and Andrew Oeming, Simon and Abezash VanWyk, Nolan Ferguson, Evan and Elise Andresky, Ryan and Alex Reid and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Iris was a vice president and computer programmer/accountant working for CompuLink and TriCounty Planning in Lansing and at the National Project in Agricultural Communications at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

 

Iris graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1936.  She was a life member of Arbutus Chapter of Eastern Star (Lansing) and a very active member of New Hope United Methodist Church in Mecosta Michigan.  She has lived in the Mecosta area since her retirement in 1972. 

 

A memorial service will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at New Hope United Methodist Church in Mecosta.  Memorial contributions in Iris’s name may be made to Hospice of Michigan or New Hope United Methodist Church.

 

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Thomas Roger Morse of LeRoy

Thomas Roger Morse of LeRoy passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 23, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was 80 years old.

 

He was born April 13, 1935 in Grand Rapids to Verne and Earladean (Duemler) Morse and was a 1953 graduate of Lowell High School. He attended Western Michigan University with a major in Music. On September 21, 1957 he was married in the Lowell United Methodist Church to Vivian Mae Davenport who survives him. Thomas was employed over the years as a millwright with the Dexter-Lock Co., Knapp-Vogt Co., Lacks Industries Inc., and with the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Hospital from where he retired. He was also co-owner of a squab farm and co-owner with his sons of a Morse Tree Farm and operated a Christmas tree lot on Cascade Road. He was a member and trustee of the LeRoy United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing; and was an avid golfer. Thomas was a devoted father, grandfather, and husband who will be dearly missed.

 

He is survived by his wife Vivian; children: Leila (Gene) Durffee, Roger (Laura) Morse, Deborah (Brian) McMurray, Robert (Julie) Morse; grandchildren: Thomas Durffee, Jackson Morse, Andrew Morse, Gabriel Morse, Landon Morse, Cole Morse, Brooke Morse, and great granddaughter Chloe Durffee; siblings: Michael (Theresa) Morse and Mary Mulvaney. He was preceded in death by his parents Verne and Earladean Morse, brother Vern Morse, and his nephew Blair Morse.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the LeRoy United Methodist Church with Rev. Scott Loomis officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. Saturday at the church until the beginning of services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made in his name to either the LeRoy United Methodist Church or to the LeRoy Fire Department.

 

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Bruce Allan Fisk of Morley

Bruce Allan Fisk, 58, of Morley, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Spectrum health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.   

 

He was born December 2, 1957, in Sparta, the son of Jasper and Margaret (Lancour) Fisk, and lived most of his life in Kent County until moving to Morley several years ago.  Bruce served honorably with the United States Marine Corp until being medically discharged, and enjoyed his work as a truck driver. 

 

He is survived by his mother Margaret Blake; his children, Jennifer Gutierrez, Jamie Speldrick, Bridget Fisk, Brittany Fisk, and Kohlby Hasselman, his siblings, Rick Fisk, Vicky (Mike) Widmayer, Brian Fisk, and Jackie Duman; and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  Bruce was preceded in death by his father, his brother Arnold, and his step-father Christy Roy Blake. 

 

Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Amble Cemetery near Amble.  Memorial contributions for the wishes of his family may be left in care of the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, where arrangements are entrusted. 

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Thane D. Stout of Stanwood

Thane D. Stout, age 84 of Stanwood, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016. He was born May 22, 1931 in Stanwood the son of George and Frances (Wiltse) Stout. Thane graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1949 and attended Ferris State University earning an associate’s degree in refrigeration. In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1955. Thane returned to Mecosta County and took a job in the oil fields. In 1956, he returned to FSU to further his education, earning an additional degree in Radio and TV repair. Thane married Ruth Arndt on April 18, 1958 in Big Rapids and together they made their home in Stanwood.

Thane owned and operated a cherry orchard in Stanwood from 1958 thru 1963 and also drove bus for the Morley – Stanwood School district. He also owned and operated Stout Sales and Service in Stanwood, selling and repairing televisions and radios for ten years. For over 32 years, he worked as a mail carrier for the United States Postal service, retiring in 1993. He was an active member of the Stanwood community; serving as the Stanwood Village Treasurer for 29 years, serving on the Board of the Stanwood Hospital and he was a member of the Stanwood Lions Club and the V.F.W.

As a devout member of the Northland United Methodist Church of Stanwood, Thane served as their treasurer, as an usher for many years and was a member of the Men’s Club.


Thane is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Ruth now residing at Royal View Retirement Community; three children, Jacquelyn (Clarke) Macy of Saline, Cynthia (Donald) Force of Howard City, Kathryn (Michael) Lake of Stanwood; five grandchildren, Christopher Macy, Clayton (Shannon) Macy, Amy Force, Stacy (Eric) Sours, Andrew Lake; two great grandchildren, Kayla and Pierce; two brothers, Phillip (Joan) Stout of Kalkaska, Terry (Mary) Walker of Florida; aunt, Marjorie Stout of Stanwood and several nieces and nephews.

Thane was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Edward Walker.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 26th at the Northland United Methodist Church in Stanwood with Pastor Gary Bondarenko officiating. Burial will follow at the Stanwood Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the United States Navy. The family will greet friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids and one hour prior to services at the Church on Saturday.

Memorial contributions in Thane’s name may be made to the Northland United Methodist Church in Stanwood.

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Henry Allen Conners of Stanwood

Henry Allen “Bub” Conners , 60, of Stanwood, MI, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016, at Spectrum Health, Big Rapids. He was born in Lakeview, on August 7, 1955, the son of Henry and Hazel (DeMott) Conners.

After graduating from Chippewa Hills High School in 1974, he made his home in the Stanwood area his entire life. He was employed at Michigan Knife for several years and was a member of the Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses.


Henry loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and visiting with friends. He earned his pilot’s license at a young age and loved flying the local area. He also enjoyed flying remote control planes.

Henry is survived by his sister, Margie (Rick) Richards, niece Tracie(Ryan) Bell and nephew Chris Richards all of Stanwood, great nephew Colby Bell of Stanwood, great nieces Nikole (Earl) Place of Barryton, Lexi Bell of Blanchard and Serena Bell of Stanwood, great-great niece Alaina Bott of Blanchard, MI. Also surviving are aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends plus special friends John and Kitsy Simonson, Rogers Heights.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 25th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids, MI with Brother Burton Schoder officiating. Burial will be at the Stanwood Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

Memorial contributions in Henry’s name may be made to the ARC “Animal Rescue Coalition” of Mecosta County.

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Patricia Ann Hickox of East Jordan

Patricia Ann Hickox, 89, of East Jordan, died on Friday, March 18, 2016, in Charlevoix, after a brief illness.

 

Patricia was born on March 21, 1926, to Pearl and Alexander Sinclair, of Ellsworth. She entered school in East Jordan at the age of four and later graduated from East Jordan High School in 1943.

 

As a young woman growing up in Eat Jordan, Patricia was an enthusiastic participant in civic life. She won first place at the state fair for her dressmaking skills. Her winning entry feature appliqued cherries and was widely admired, so much so though that it was stolen by a fruit-loving fair-goer.

 

Patricia also was known for her contributions to the war effort. She industriously joined in metal collections and, as a member of the Aircraft Warning Service, earned a merit commendation for spending more than 100 hours diligently watching the skies for enemy planes. It was in this capacity that she received significant local acclaim and the distinguished title of “Snowplow Annie,” for alerting the town to the danger of a seemingly very, very low-flying aircraft.

 

In 1943, Patricia enrolled at what is now Wayne State University, where she spent three years before leaving school to marry and raise a family. Many years later, she would return to her studies and went on to earn a BFA from Central Michigan University. She was a skilled artist and continued to paint throughout her life.

 

Patricia married Leland A. Hickox, also of East Jordan, on Aug. 31, 1946. After Dr. Hickox completed his medical studies at the University of Michigan, Patricia and he moved to Big Rapids in 1954, where they lived for the better part of the next six decades.

 

Patricia was active in the Big Rapids community. Among her many activities, she notably served on the school boards of Big Rapids Public Schools and the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District. She was a member of the hospital auxiliary, a longtime supporter of Artworks and a congregant of the United Church of Big Rapids.

 

In October 2015, Patricia moved away from Big rapids to reside in East Jordan. She often expressed her deep gratitude for her family, friends and her life in Big Rapids and considered herself fortunate for the time she was able to enjoy at her home on Lake Charlevoix.

 

Patricia is survived by five children and 13 grandchildren, including her daughter, Susan Zatolokin, of Malibu, Calif., her husband, James, and their sons, James and Alexander; her son, Todd Hickox and his wife, Carmen Ventocilla, of Okemos, and their children, Geoffrey, Kathryn, Christine and Gregory; her son, John, of East Jordan, and his children, Ian and Zoë; her son, Fred and his wife, Sharon, of Grand Rapids and their daughters, Lauren and Alexandra; and her daughter, Jane Halstead and her husband, Jeff, of Boyne City, and their sons Thomas, Steven and Benjamin.

 

Patricia also is survived by her two sisters, Shirley Barton, of Brighton, and Kay Hughes and her husband Russell, of East Jordan; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

Patricia was preceded in death by Dr. Leland Hickox, her husband of 65 years; her parents, Pearl and Alexander Sinclair; and her brother, Daniel Sinclair.

 

A memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the United Church of Big Rapids. A visitation with family beginning at 11 a.m. in the church parlor will precede the service. The service will be followed at 1 p.m. by a luncheon, also at the church.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Artworks and the United Church of Big Rapids.

 

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Donna Rhea Gydesen of Reed City

Donna Rhea Gydesen of Reed City passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was 58 years old.

 

She was born February 3, 1958 in Goodlettsville, Tennessee to Mr. & Mrs. Freddie Powell. She was raised in Tennessee and attended Hendersonville, TN high school. On December 28, 1993 she was married in Hopkinsville, KY to Paul Charles Gydesen and they moved together to the Reed City area in 1994. She was employed with Flynn Enterprises, a blue jeans manufacturer, until the family moved to Michigan. She volunteered time to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids knitting caps for the children there receiving treatment. Donna enjoyed computers and was an avid outdoorswoman who enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and morel mushroom hunting. She also donated countless hours aiding and helping the community wherever needed.

 

She is survived by her husband Paul Gydesen, children: Donald Davenport, Tracy Powell, Josh (Amanda) Gydesen, Mella Liane Mitchell, 13 grandchildren, brothers-in-law Gregory (Dawn) Gydesen, Johnny Gydesen, sisters-in-law Mary Jane Gydesen and Jackie (Willie) Mixon, father-in-law John Gydesen, and mother-in-law Anita Jobes. She was preceded in death by her parents Mr. & Mrs. Freddie Powell.

 

Funeral services will be held 4:00 P.M. Monday, March 28, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Pastor Darryl C. Johnson officiating. Visitation with the family will take place at the funeral home Monday from 2:00 P.M. until the beginning of services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made in her name to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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Caleb Joseph Martin of Stanwood

Caleb Joseph Martin, 29, was a dedicated fisherman, sensational chef, skilled wood worker, and a man gifted with the most loving of hearts. Caleb died quickly but peacefully on March 16, 2016 in Stanwood, Michigan.
 

From a young age, Caleb had a fighters spark in him, it was in his blood. Born on September 30th, 1986 to Joseph Martin, a pastor, and Mary (Mehlberg) Martin, a pastor & worship leader, Caleb would fight for whom and what he loved no matter how tough the battle may have been.


A carpenter and craftsman by nature, Caleb worked a multitude of jobs, all the way from mowing the Mesick Church lawn and selling Christmas Trees in Detroit, to finish carpentry on million dollar yachts in Swansboro, North Carolina. There was no shortage of skills when it came to Caleb; and for those who know construction, he would even do the jobs that many avoided - drywall installer and taper. When it came to completing a job, you would never hear the words “I can’t do that”; instead, what you would hear and see was the broken car running, the jammed saw mill turning, the house frame built, and the biggest fish in the river hooked.
 

Caleb enjoyed some of the finer foods in life, and if you ever asked him to make a pot of coffee, he would ensure that it was strong enough to keep you up for the next couple of days. He was a chef of alldifferent tastes, but his true passion was catching and preparing Steelhead fish out of the Manistee, Muskegon, & Boardman rivers. At family gatherings, when you walked into the kitchen and saw every burner on the stove cooking, the oven baking, the microwave rotating, and the bread machine kneading, there was never a question of who was in charge of the kitchen madness. Knowledge was power to Caleb. He was fascinated with psychology and the human mind, which led him to always be the center of attention without ever trying, and he knew just how to cheer anyone up.
 

He was a loving son, dedicated brother, loyal friend, and a passionate uncle to all his nieces & nephews. Caleb will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. Caleb is survived by his parents Joseph & Mary, his Grandmother Mary, his sisters Hannah & Naomi, and his brothers Josiah, Amos & brother-in-law Alex, his girlfriend Shelby Douglas, his nieces Celina, Kiera, Liana, Talitha, & Shiloh, his nephews Brendan and Liam.
 

Memorial services for Caleb will be 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 2016, at The Woods Free Methodist Church in Stanwood, with his uncle, Pastor Dave Martin, officiating. His cremains will be interred in the Highland Park Cemetery in Ionia. Caleb’s family will greet friends at the church beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Memorial contributions for the wishes of the family may be left in care of the church, or the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

 

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Wade D. Weller of Morley

Wade D. Weller, age 38 of Morley, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 15, 2016. He was born April 17, 1977 in Big Rapids, the son of Ron Weller and Bonnie Hietikko. Wade married Lisa Russell on July 20, 2007 and began raising their three daughters in Morley.

 

He enjoyed watching older movies and shows, music, camping, and the outdoors. Wade was a talented meat processor. He loved playing and spending time with his daughters.

 

Wade is survived by his wife, Lisa Weller of Morley and their three daughters, Brianna, Bethany, and Skye; father, Ron (Lee) Weller of Big Rapids; mother, Bonnie Hietikko of Big Rapids; four brothers, Jeremy (Amanda) Weller of Ypsilanti, Anthony (Stacy) Weller of Ann Arbor, Ronald (Michele) Weller of Big Rapids, and Joshuah Schofield of Lansing; three sisters, Sarah (Carl) Blakemore of Lansing, Amanda Weller of Big Rapids, and Shannon Weller of Big Rapids; paternal grandparents, Daniel and Helen Corey of Big Rapids; maternal grandparents, Jack and Barb Maus of White Cloud; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jared Weller.

 

A memorial service will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.   

 

Memorial contributions may be given to his family for the future of his three minor daughters.

 

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John Thomas LaLonde of Big Rapids

John Thomas LaLonde, Jr. age 60 of Big Rapids, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 at his home. He was born December 15, 1955 in Bedford, MI the son of John T. and Brima L. (Owens) LaLonde Sr. John graduated from Bedford High School in 1974 and later moved north to Luther. He married Nancy Clark in 1982 and she survives. John worked as a specially wrought iron welder with jobs and projects in both Florida and Michigan.  John was an avid NASCAR fan, often traveling to Daytona to attend races.

 

He is survived by his two daughters, Jamie S. LaLonde of Paris, Shelby (Brad) Fulkerson of Big Rapids; a granddaughter, Jayda Tirado; a grandson, Harper Fulkerson; his father, John (JoAnn) LaLonde of Temperance; three brothers, Jim (Diane) LaLonde, Randy Hutting, Craig Mcalery; four sisters, Roxanne (Denny) Mockensturm, Robin Hill, Kim (Dave) Geer, Lori (Dave) Froah and many nieces and nephews.

 

John was preceded in death by his mother, Brima LaLonde.

 

John had been confined to a wheelchair for the past 25 years of his life and his family takes comfort in the knowing he is now free.

 

There will be no public services and memorial contributions in John’s memory may be given to his family.

 

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Dean L. Ensing of Big Rapids

Dean L. Ensing, 55, of Big Rapids, passed away Monday, March 14, 2016, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

 

He was born May 3, 1960, in Big Rapids, the son of Gilbert and Evelyn (Doyle) Ensing, and lived here his entire life. For many years, Dean proudly worked for Michigan Northern Railroad Company until ill health forced his retirement. Dean was an avid fisherman and hunter, and could sniff out morel mushrooms like nobody else.

 

He is survived by his mother Evelyn of Quartzlite, AZ; a sister Karen (Glen McGorman) Van Syckle of Big Rapids; 3 brothers, Terry (Kathy French) Ensing, and Donald (Carolyn Murphy) Ensing, of Big Rapids, and Randy Ensing of Kalkaska; and many nieces and nephews. Dean was preceded in death by his father Gilbert in 2010.

 

A memorial gathering for Dean will be from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Memorial contributions in his name may be made for Spectrum Health Hospice, with envelopes available at the funeral home. 

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Wenona June Pratt of Reed City

Wenona June Pratt of Reed City passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Spectrum Health-Reed City Hospital Rehab and Nursing Center. She was 85.

 

She was born June 12, 1930 in Flint to Frederick and Effie (Grandy) Morris and was educated at the Sleigh Ball School in Cedar Township. On September 25, 1950 she was married in Reed City to Fritz Pratt who passed away in 1994. Wenona was employed for over 20 years with Wolverine World Wide at the glove factory in Reed City working as a training instructor. She retired to care for her husband when he suffered a debilitating illness.

 

She loved spending time with family, gardening, and cooking. She is survived by her children: Leona (Dennis) Bateman, Wayne (Dawn) Pratt, and Joy Pratt; 6 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; and a brother Walt (Mary) Morris. She was preceded in death by her husband Fritz Pratt, parents Frederick and Effie Morris, siblings: Grace Morris, Andy (Doris) Morris, Clyde Morris, and Gilbert (Bea) Morris.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Pastor Gordon Tower officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 3:00-7:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Hospice of Michigan.

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Max Sawyer of Remus

Max Sawyer, age 86 of Remus passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Medilodge in Mt. Pleasant. A memorial dinner will be held at the Mecosta VFW on Saturday, March 19th, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Max was born May 19, 1929 in Blanchard, the son of Stanley and Wealthy (Guy) Sawyer. He was locally educated through Blanchard High School where he played Basketball. After moving to Detroit at the age of 19, Max worked for Detroit Edison for 37 years before retiring. He was a quiet, private person who could spend the entire day watching CNN. He loved music, taking pictures, watching Tiger Woods and the Williams sisters and was a huge NASCAR fan; he even raced motorcycles himself in his younger days. His favorite pastime was getting together with family and friends at the “Old Settler’s Picnic” every year.

Max is survived by his son, Gary Sr. (Lori) Todd; grandchildren, Gary Jr. (Kathy) Todd, Terrence Todd, and Sherri Todd; three great-grandchildren and two sisters, Ione Todd and Peggy Williams.

Max is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert, Lyle and Worthy Sawyer and one sister, Donna Nelson.

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Darold Steig of Reed City

Darold (Dean) Steig, 77, of Reed City, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

 

He was born July 6, 1938 to Herald and Mary (Rowley) Steig. Dean started driving truck when he was just 17 years old. He had driven for 60 years, and loved every minute of it. Trucking was his passion, life, and his livelihood. He loved seeing all the different states and scenery. Also, he enjoyed going to a restaurant or truck stop for some coffee, and nine times out of ten there was always someone he knew from trucking. He loved sitting there and shooting the breeze with whomever, swapping trucking stories, and Lord knows, he had thousands of them. He enjoyed having friends and family over, especially his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. He was quick to tell stories about his younger years, and oh boy could he tell you one heck of a story. He could definitely brighten up a room for sure.

 

Dean is survived by his sister, Darlene Norris, his children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, also by his furry pal Shadow. He was preceded in death by his parents Herald and Mary (Rowley) Steig, his brothers Harold and Ted, and his sister Vivian.

 

Per Dean’s request, no memorial services will be held. We would like to say a special thanks to Hospice of Michigan in Big Rapids, and ask that any donations be sent there.

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Margaret Ann Kidder of Paris

Margaret Ann Kidder, age 82 of Paris, Michigan, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 with her family by her side.

 

Margaret was born on March 26, 1934 to the late Ernest and Ruth (Carr) Gossel in Mount Morris, MI. Margaret worked at Hillcrest Children’s Home in Hot Springs, Arkansas before receiving her LPN certification and working at Hurley Hospital in Flint, MI. She later retired from working at the Reed City Hospital’s Extended Care facility. She always performed her duties with a high level of competence and compassion. Margaret enjoyed traveling, music, and was an extensive reader of books. She was a member of the Harvest Assembly of God Church in Reed City, Michigan. Margaret will be greatly missed.

 

She is survived by her siblings: Paul Matthews of Brandy Wine, MD, Jean (Tom) Nicholas of Clio, Ernest (June) Matthews of Iron Mountain, Mildred (William) Haack of Clio, Dorothy Taylor of Clio, and Max (Carol) Gossel of Flushing; sisters-in-law Joy Matthews of Conneaut, OH and Katie Matthews of Mt. Morris; brother-in-law Jerald Poehl of Grand Haven; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Ruth Gossel; brothers Donald Matthews and Edward Matthews; sister Marilyn Poehl, and sister-in-law Elsie Matthews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Pastor Phil Wimmer and Pastor Anne-Marie Poehl officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to meet together with the family at 11:00 A.M. for a short visitation prior to the beginning of services. A memorial contribution may be made in her name to Hospice of North Ottawa Community.

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Arthur J. Roberts of Reed City

Arthur J. Roberts, age 85, passed away Thursday March 3, 2016 at Spectrum Health-Reed City Hospital.

 

He was born March 16, 1939 in Detroit to Arthur and Bernice (Gould) Roberts. He is survived by his wife Violet, "The Love of his Life", daughter Barbara (Ray) Szymanski. Grandchildren: Shannon (Brad) Keillor, April (Dave) Szymanski, and Matthew (Andrea) Szymanski, six great grandchildren: Brian, Joshua, Carly, Molly, Raymond, and Matthew, and his brother David (Delores) Roberts.

 

The family would like to say a special thank you to all the staff at Spectrum Health-Reed City Skilled Nursing Department for taking such great care of Art.

 

A celebration of life service will be held at St Paul Lutheran Church, Reed City at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 15, 2016 with Pastor Dawn Pooley officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to RC SNF Activities Memorial Fund.

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Gerald Flory of Mecosta

Gerald (Jerry) Flory, age 74 of Mecosta, passed away Monday, March 7, 2016 at his home.

Jerry was born June 6, 1941 in Grand Rapids, MI. He proudly retired from Lennox Industries as a Territory Manager. He loved his family and the Ferris State University Hockey Program family. Grandpa loved to play cards with his grandsons, family & friends. He loved to deer hunt, golf and fish. He was a creative wood worker, which showed when he made birdhouses and bird feeders. His last project was making table lamps from rocks for his Children. Jerry loved family & life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tug and Curly and his brother, James. Jerry is survived by his wife Joan (Cheslock) from Grand Rapids; Children, Patrick (Tammy), Catherine (Gary), Michael (Jennifer); Grandchildren, Steven Meverden, Alex Meverden, Jacob Flory, Sean Flory and Marcella Warren; one great-grandson, Chase Warren; brother Jack (Linda); Goddaughter J.J. (Flory) Poehlman and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to:

Spectrum Health Hospice & Palliative Care
100 Michigan ST. NE I MC004
Grand Rapids, MI 49502
Or to
Solid Ice-Hockey Ice Arena Fund
Ferris State University
PO Box 1012 C
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Funeral Services will be at:
11:00 a.m. on March 16, 2016 at
Saint Michael Catholic Church
8929 50th Ave
Remus, MI 49340
Visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church

 

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Stanley Gerhard Jungck of Big Rapids

After a short battle with cancer, Stanley Gerhard Jungck died in his home on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Big Rapids, MI. He was 81 years old.

 

Stanley was born on November 11, 1934 in St. Francis, KS. He earned a BA in English from Luther College in 1956, and a MA in counseling from Purdue University in 1966. He married Annette Evangeline Hardie on August 20, 1955, and in 1966, the couple moved to Big Rapids, MI, where Stanley and Annette shared 57 years of marriage. After her passing in 2012, Stanley was fortunate to find love again. He married Carol Ann Wilson on August 15, 2014.

 

Stanley profoundly impacted others as a guidance counselor, both at Ferris State University and at gas stations around the country (the future is in plastics!). Among other philanthropic efforts, he served Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer and board member, and was a dedicated parishioner of Immanuel Lutheran Church. While frugal with himself, Stanley was known for his extravagant generosity toward others. He was an avid craftsman, gardener, and outdoorsman.

 

Stanley is survived by his wife Carol Wilson Jungck and her loving family; his brother Gerald Jungck; Annette’s siblings Diane (Robert) Kraemer, Robert (Marcie) Hardie, and Margaret (Russell) Young; his daughter Heidi Pickett and granddaughters Heather and Pearl Pickett; his son Mark (Lori) Jungck and grandchildren Anja (Miles) Drogseth, Hans (Jill) Jungck, and Ren (Mary) Jungck; his son Paul (Valerie) Jungck and grandson Hudson Jungck; his unofficially adopted daughter Tracy (Robert) Robbins; and five great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife Annette Evangeline Jungck and grandson Zion Jungck.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave., Big Rapids, MI 49307. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Stanley’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Healing Garden or Social Concerns Outreach of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

 

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Nancy I. Turner of Morley

Nancy I. Turner age 75, of Morley, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Grand Rapids. She was born on September 25, 1940 in Pontiac to Vernon and Hazel (Wismer) Simer.  Nancy was actively involved with the Knox-Helms Unit 554, Morley American Legion Auxiliary, where she was the former past District President and the Bingo Chairman for 33 years.

 

Nancy is survived by her children, Mary (James) Gunn of Paris, Diane E. Jones of Columbia, TN, John (Carmen) Radcliff of Germany and Roger (Yong) Radcliff of Bossier City, LA; daughter at heart, Vickie Lindsey; close friend, Yvonne Bean, 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson; and many extended family members and friends who will hold the memories they have close to their hearts.

 

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Hazel and one brother, James Simer.

 

The family will greet friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. A luncheon will follow at the Morley American Legion (2560 Northland Dr., Morley).

 

Memorial contributions in Nancy’s name can be made to, the Children and Youth Program at the Morley American Legion.

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Robert James Dyer of Richmond Township

Robert James Dyer, age 61 of Richmond Township, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Spectrum Health-Reed City Hospital.

 

He was born December 28, 1954 in Highland Park to James Woodrow and Sharolyn Alice (Leech) Dyer and was a 1973 graduate of Denby High School. He was employed with Ford Motor Company at both the Sterling and Van Dyke automotive assembly plants over 35 years of service. He retired from Ford in 2008. He was a member of the Royal Oak Police Auxiliary, a member of the Royal Oak Historical Society, and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and was a past Grand Knight and had achieved the 4th degree. He will be missed by his many friends and family.

 

He is survived by his wife Kathleen Dyer, children: Theresa (Robin) Hiselman, Roy (Krystal) Dyer, Jason (Shannon) Dyer, and Robert Dyer, his mother Sharolyn Dyer, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, brothers Thomas (Deb) Dyer and Jonathan Dyer, sisters Susan Hills, Julie Dyer, and Alice (Steve) Hall, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father James Woodrow Dyer, and a brother Christopher Dyer.

 

A celebration of life mass will take place at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the St. Philip-Neri Catholic Church in Reed City with Rev. Fr. Michael Hodges officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 P.M until 6:00 P.M. Friday, March 11, 2016 at the St. Philip-Neri Catholic Church. A memorial contribution may be made in his name to Hospice of Michigan.

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Donald L. Ellison of Stanwood

Donald L. Ellison, age 68 of Stanwood, passed away Friday, March 4, 2016. He was at home, surrounded by his family. Don was born March 9, 1947 in Lakeview, the son of Donald E. and Darlene J. (Crame) Ellison. He graduated from Morley - Stanwood High School in 1965 and later that year enlisted in the Army National Guard; Don served over ten years before he was honorably discharged.

He married Sandra Kay Hall on September 25, 1971 and together they made their home in Stanwood. Don began his working career in construction and truck driving before taking a job at the Mecosta County Road Commission, retiring after 24 years.

Don was an active member of his Community. He served on the Mecosta - Austin Fire Department; he was a Michigan First Responder for Mecosta County; he led the Tri-State Medical Dive Rescue Team for the American Power Boat Association; and he enjoyed working staff for bull riding events. Don loved everything about nature and the great outdoors; he was also a talented woodworker.
Don had attended the Woods Free Methodist Church in Stanwood for many years.

He is survived by his beloved family including his wife Sandie Ellison; son Chad (Jessie) Ellison of Lambertville, MI; three daughters, Marcie Ellison, Monica (Ed Clemons) Ellison, Melissa Ellison all of Stanwood; grandchildren, Malick Clemons, Daja’nai Huxtable, Elijah Houston, DeShawn Graves, Aniyah Graves, Alayah Graves; brother, Larry Ellison of Stanwood, Mother-in-law, Eleen Hall of Morley and several nieces, nephews and cousins including Sandy Carey of Stanwood.

Don was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Woods Free Methodist Church in Stanwood with Pastor Ron White officiating. The family will greet friends on Sunday March 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids and one hour prior to services at the Church on Monday.

Burial will be at the Stanwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Don’s name may be given to his family to help with the many medical bills.

 

 

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Earl Arthur Witt of Reed City

Earl Arthur Witt of Reed City passed away Monday, February 29, 2016 at Spectrum Health-Reed City. He was 88 years old.

 

He was born June 18, 1927 in Osceola County to Martin and Lorna (Kage) Witt and was a 1947 graduate of Reed City High School. He served his country in the United States National Guard from 1949-1953. On March 3, 1951 he was married in Reed City to Vivian June Hoogerhyde who survives him. Earl was employed with ANR Pipeline Co. for 25 years from 1964 until his retirement in 1989. He was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Reed City where he served as a member of the Board of Christian Day School and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He enjoyed fixing old tractors, repairing his Ford Model T, woodworking, and tinkering.

 

He is survived by his wife Vivian, children: Dawn (Greg) Gydesen, John (Jodi) Witt, and Ron (Susan) Witt, 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and numerous members of his extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Lorna Witt, his son Dean Witt, his brothers Karl (Audrey) Witt, Bernard (Frances) Witt, and Eugene (Helen) Witt, his sisters Madeline (Eugene) Howe, Ivy (Hugh) Wilkin, and Ruth Kanouse.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reed City with Rev. Paul Tonn officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. until the beginning of services. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Judy Ann Elenbaas of Barryton

Judy Ann Elenbaas went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at her home in Barryton at the age of 73. Judy was born on January 6, 1943 in Grand Rapids, MI to Henry and Gertrude (Lundin) Sprik. Judy was raised in Grand Rapids and graduated from Creston High School in 1961. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University. Judy married James C. Elenbaas on August 20, 1966 at Algoma Baptist Church in Rockford. Judy spent her life working with children in various areas. She enjoyed gardening, and collecting penguins and recently snowman.

Judy is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years Jim of Barryton; children, James C. Elenbaas of Negaunee, Tammy L. Elenbaas of Comstock Park, Thomas D. Elenbaas of Apopka, FL; “adopted” daughter, Tina Closson; a brother Paul Sprik; sister at heart, Laurie VanderMeulen and numerous cousins, extended family members and children whose lives she touched along the way.

 

Judy’s parents, Henry and Gertrude; and sons, Martin D. and Donald E. Elenbaas have preceded her in death.

 

Funeral services for Judy will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Chippewa Hills Baptist Church (9166 25th Ave., Remus, MI) with Pastor Charles Richardson officiating.

 

The family will greet friends on Friday, March 4th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton and on Saturday at Chippewa Hills Baptist from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

 

Interment will be at a later date at Algoma Township Cemetery in Rockford. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Judy’s name would be preferred to the Chippewa Hills Baptist Church where she was a member.

 

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Ronald R. Ranshaw Sr. of Chippewa Lake

Ronald R. Ranshaw Sr., age 83, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at his home in Chippewa Lake, MI. He was born on March 20, 1932 in Barryton to Gerald and Helen (Shank) Ranshaw. Ron married Jerry Mansfield on July 8, 1953 in Covington, KY and entered into the United States Navy on July 14th of that same year. Ron and Jerry made their home and raised their family in Lansing where he worked as a supervisor at GM. He retired in 1981 and was proud to have been retired longer than he worked. In 1980 they moved to Chippewa Lake where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He had a passion for fun and worked relentlessly to make the lake a fun place to visit.  Ron was a talented builder and helped several people in the area with their construction needs.

 

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Jerry; 6 children, Debbie (Dave) Suty, Ronald (Charlene Kohl) Ranshaw Jr. (AKA Butch), Ronda (Gary) Vorce, Tammy (Al) Dionise, Michelle (Doug) Eash and Todd (Connie) Ranshaw; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, William and Duane (Martha) Ranshaw; 1 sister Elouise (Ron) Pohl and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that will continue to treasure the memories they have.

 

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Helen; brothers, Gary and Lowell and an infant sister, Betty Ranshaw.

 

The family will greet friends for a celebration of Ron’s life from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at New Hope United Methodist Church, 7296 9 Mile Rd. Mecosta. A luncheon will be served.

 

In lieu of flowers, Ron asked that memorial donations be made to MYHEC (a youth hunting organization) or Hospice of Michigan.

 

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John C. Jelinski of Big Rapids

John C. Jelinski, 86, of Big Rapids, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Altercare.

 

A memorial mass and burial will take place at a later date in Wyandotte, Michigan.

 

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