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Frederick Thomas "Fritz" Kehr, 92, of Paris

Frederick Thomas “Fritz”  Kehr, 92, of Paris, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born February 21, 1931, in Bay City, the son of Lewis and Nellie (Hartley) Kehr. Fred attended school in Bay County, at the “one room country Cherry School”, then the Flint schools, before moving with the Russell and Geneva Gilchrist family to Mecosta county where he attended Stanwood Elementary and Big Rapids High School.

On February 7, 1952, Fred was drafted into the US Army, and served his basic training at Camp Gordon in Georgia. He was assigned to the 29th Signal Corp and was shipped to Germany and France, where they secured the ammunition fields left from World War II. Fred was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of Cpl E-4. 

On December 31, 1954, he married Noreen Battle in Reed City. In 1958 they bought a farm west of Paris, where they still live, raising cattle and horses. 

Fred worked for General Motors in Flint before moving to Paris.  In 1958, he joined the Physical Plant staff at Ferris State College, where he remained for 35 years, retiring as the Paint Supervisor in 1993. 

Fred was a longtime member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Paris, and currently a member of St. Mary – St. Paul Parish. He remained busy in the Farm Community and the Paris Antique Business.

Fred is survived by his wife Noreen; their children, Randall (Marsha) Kehr, Gregory Kehr, and Kimberly (Robert) Kleeves; grandchildren, Andrew and Adam Kehr, Shayla (Sam) Olmstead, David Saivdes, and Raymond and Joshua Kleeves; great granddaughter Paige Kehr; his brother Gerald Kehr; his sister Ilene Hamel; many nieces and nephews; and the extended Battle family. Fred was preceded in death by his brother Donald Kehr and sister Margaret Scott.

The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2024, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Big Rapids, with Father Dan DePew as celebrant. Burial will follow at the Saint Anne’s Cemetery in Paris. Fred’s family will greet friends from 3-6 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2024, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, and beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday at the church. Memorial contributions in Fred’s name may be made to  St. Vinny’s Ministry. Share a memory or express condolences at mohnkefuneralhome.com.

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CSAA Basketball (Boys)

3/1/24

 District 35 Championship @Manistee

  Ludington @ Reed City - 7:00pm

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2/28/24

 District 35 Tournament @Manistee

  Hart 42 @ Reed City 57

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  Manistee 38 @ Ludington 67

 District 36 Tournament @Gladwin

  Chip Hills 38 @ Clare 50

 District 41 Tournament @Fremont

  Newaygo 61 @ Grant 57

 District 74 Tournament @Hesperia

  Ravenna 50 @ White Cloud 53

 

CSAA Basketball (Girls)

2/26/24 - 7:00pm

Tri County @ Montabella

2/27/24 - 7:00pm

 CSAA Tournament

  Grant @ Kent City

  Reed City @ Morley Stanwood

  Chip Hills @ White Cloud

2/29/24 - 7:00pm

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CSAA - Boys

  1. Reed City 18-3 (10-0)
  2. White Cloud 16-5 (8-2)
  3. Big Rapids   15-6 (8-2)
  4. Grant   13-6 (8-2)
  5. Newaygo 13-8 (6-4)
  6. Central Montcalm 8-12 (4-6)
  7. Kent City 7-14 (4-6)
  8. Tri County 6-15 (3-7)
  9. Chip Hills 5-16 (3-7)
  10. Morley Stanwood 2-17 (1-9)
  11. Lakeview 5-16 (0-10)

CSAA - Girls

  1. Morley Stanwood 15-3 (8-1)
  2. Grant 13-4 (8-1)
  3. Kent City 15-4 (7-2)
  4. Reed City 11-8 (7-2)
  5. Big Rapids 10-8 (6-3)
  6. Lakeview 10-9 (4-5)
  7. Central Montcalm 8-11 (4-5)
  8. Newaygo 10-9 (3-6)
  9. White Cloud 7-13 (2-8)
  10. Tri County 3-14 (1-8)
  11. Chip Hills 1-18 (0-9)

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