Sunday, August 10, 2008

Michigan Daily Obituaries 08/10/08

  • Brendon Lee Webster

    Brendon Lee Webster, age 2 days, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at the Bronson Methodist Hospital Neo-Natal Care Unit in Kalamazoo, Mich. He was born Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, in Sturgis, a son of Joshua Webster and Tiffany Gose of Sturgis. Surviving are his parents, one sister, Nevaeh Webster; grandparents, Missy Webb, Bobby and Tina Reed, Dean Menetee, and Kyle Draime; great-grandparents; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family will receive friends and relatives from noon-2 p.m. Thursday at…

    • Brian D.L. McNealy

      Brian D.L. McNealy, age 32, of Bronson, Mich., died early Wednesday morning Aug. 6, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 25, 1975, in St. Joseph, Mich., a son of David T. & Dianna (Cote) McNealy Simmons. Brian had resided in the Sturgis and Bronson area his whole life. He was an electrician by trade and had been employed by Penguin and Victorian Trailer Company, both in Sturgis, and Four Seasons in Middlebury, Ind. Brian enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR. His favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.…

      • Catherine Sheffield

        Catherine Sheffield, age 74 of Adrian, went to be with her Lord on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at Tendercare Nursing Home. Catherine was born on Jan. 1, 1934, in Meridian, Mississippi, the daughter of Price and Ann Liza (Edwards) Silas. Catherine was married to Elmo Moses Lewis who passed away in 1965. On March 11, 1982, she married Albert Sheffield, Jr. He preceded her in death in 2004. Catherine’s life revolved around her family and the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church where she was an active member.…

        • Charles ‘Chuck’ Valentine Komon

          Charles “Chuck” Valentine Komon, age 65, of Britton passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at his home. He was born October 27, 1942, in Detroit to Charles and Anne (Prochaska) Komon. He was married to Marilyn Gerych. Chuck graduated from St. Elizabeth’s Catholic School in 1956 and then from Britton-Macon School in 1960. He then went on to play basketball at Adrian College. Chuck earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Eastern Michigan University. He was employed at Addressagraph Multi-Graph…

          • Clarence A. Nayor

            Clarence A. Naylor, 90, of Columbus, Ohio, and formerly of LaGrange, Ind, died Aug. 7, 2008 at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 13, at the Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange until the funeral service at 3 p.m. with Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange . Memorials may be given to LaGrange American Legion Post # 215. 

            • David Burgess

              David Burgess, age 34, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at Flower Hospital. Cremation will take place and there will be no public visitation or services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.

              • Don A. Schulthess

                Don A. Schulthess, 84, of 5055N - 290W, Howe, Ind., died Aug. 6, 2008, at his residence. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Carney-Frost Funeral Home in LaGrange where services are at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Howe, Ind., with military honors performed by the American Legion Post #215.   

                • Duane Kuipers, 72

                  Duane Kuipers, age 72, of Holland, passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2008, in Hospice House of Holland after a brief struggle with cancer. He was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell Kuipers, in 1994. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.  He retired from Hydro Aluminum after 40 years of service.  He was a member of Central Park Reformed Church and an avid golfer and bowler. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce Kuipers, of Holland; his son and daughter-in-law, Craig and…

                  • Ethel L. Phillips, 87

                    Ethel L. Phillips, 87, of Holland, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, in Holland Hospital.   Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Mulder Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes, 188 W. 32nd St. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery in Allegan.   Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the Mulder Chapel.

                    • Frank Richard ‘Dick’ Lenz

                      Dick Lenz, 82, formerly of Clayton, died at his home on June 22, 2008. Funeral services were held in Eau Claire on June 26. Dick was born July 24, 1925, to Frank and Olvie Lenz of Clayton. He lived in Eau Claire since the late ’60s and worked for Berrien County as a building superintendent. Dick is survived by his wife of 25 years, Billie Jean; two sons, Terry (Pam) Lenz of Saginaw and Tom (Gretchen) Lenz of Edwardsburg; four stepsons and one stepdaughter; four grandchildren and eight stepgrandchildren; a…

                      • Fritzi Sennett, 85

                        Fritzi Sennett, age 85, of Holland passed away Friday August 8, 2008.   She was an active member of Hope Church in Holland.   Fritzi was preceded in death by her husband, Lincoln Sennett, in 1978.   She is survived by her sister, Lucille Holland of Allegan; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.   A memorial service to celebrate Fritzi’s life will be held 1 o’clock, Wednesday August 13, 2008 at Hope Church, 77 W. 11th St., Holland. The Reverend Gordon Wiersma will officiate. Private…

                        • Gary Reed Whisman

                          Gary Reed Whisman, age 53, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. He was born March 6, 1955, in Jackson, the son of Worley and Alice (Heckaman) Whisman. He married Penny Wardwell in Brooklyn on July 18, 1976. In addition to his loving wife of 32 years, Gary is also survived by his mom, Alice, of Somerset Center; son, Brandon Whisman of Cement City; daughter, Karri Whisman of Sault Ste Marie; brothers, Allen Whisman of Burlington, Colo., Clifford Whisman of Onsted; sister, Debbie Erlitz of Trenton,…

                          • Gertrude ‘Peggy’ Yunker

                            Gertrude Ellen “Peggy” Yunker, 94, of Sturgis, Mich. passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at Thurston Woods Village. She was born Sept. 8, 1913, in Perry, Mich., the daughter of Clarence W. and Berna L. (Anderson) Polley. Peggy graduated from Pontiac Central High School in 1932 and moved to Sturgis shortly thereafter. On Aug. 7, 1938, she married Robert F. Yunker in Sturgis. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1987. Peggy was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend who enjoyed life and loved the Lord.…

                            • Harold S. Cline

                              Harold Samuel Cline, age 90, of Sherwood, Mich., passed on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.  He was born Oct. 18, 1917, on the Cline Family Homestead in Sherwood Township, a son of the late Glenn and Inez (Wagner) Cline.  Harold graduated from Sherwood High School with the Class of 1935.  On Sept. 4, 1943, he married his wife of 65 years, Virginia E. Alexander.  He continued working the family homestead with his father Glenn, then with his son, Robert until retiring. …

                              • Jack D. Wetzel

                                Jack D. Wetzel 38, Colon Jack Duane Wetzel, age 38, of Colon, Mich., and formerly of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at his home.  Jack was born Feb. 28, 1970, in Sturgis, a son of the late Robert L. and Jane C. (Beers) Wetzel. He grew up in Sturgis, graduating from Sturgis High School with the class of 1990.  On July 15, 2005, Jack married Buffi Bauman in Centreville.  He had worked for the former Parker Ambulance Co. of Sturgis for 12 years as a first responder and was presently employed…

                                • James Kramer, 87

                                  James J. Kramer, age 87, of Holland, died Thursday, August 7, 2008, at Holland  Hospital. Born in Hubbell, MI, following high school he worked for the mining companies in the upper penninsula until 1951 when he moved with his family to Muskegan where he worked as a machinist. In 1961 he moved to Holland and was employed by Ex-Cello until his retirement in 1986. He was a former member of the Holland Moose Club.  His wife, Ruth, preceded him in death in 1986. He is survived his children, Mary (Allen)…

                                  • Jeanette Kooiker, 89

                                    Jeanette Kooiker, age 89 of Holland and formerly of Hamilton, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday August 9, 2008 at Oak Crest Nursing center.   She was born on September 3, 1918 in Holland to George and Maggie (Brink) Genzink.  Jeanette married Jay Kooiker in 1945. She was a member of Overisel Reformed Church.    Jeanette is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jay Kooiker, a daughter, Sandy and Gary Meeuwsen of Zeeland, sons Glenn and Jan Kooiker of West Olive, and Grady and Sandy Kooiker…

                                    • Joseph E. Hamm, 56

                                      Joseph E. Hamm, 56, of Holland, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008.   Services are 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at First Presbyterian Church, 659 State St.   Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at  Dykstra Lifestory Funeral Homes, Northwood Chapel, 295 Douglas Avenue. Burial will take place at Lakewood Cemetery.

                                      • Kenneth Korhorn, 41

                                        SSG Kenneth Eugene Korhorn, 41, of Elgin, IL formerly of Big Rapids, MI, passed away suddenly at Porter County Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack while traveling from Michigan to Illinois.   He was born on August 23, 1966 in Big Rapids, MI to Kenneth E. Korhorn, Sr, and the late Betty Lou (Wittenbach) Korhorn.  S.Sgt. Korhorn graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1984 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Hope College.  The past eighteen years he has served his country in…

                                        • Letha R. Ruple

                                          Letha Ruby Ruple, age 92, of Three Rivers, Mich., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, at Heartland Health Care Center. She was born Feb. 11, 1916, in White Pigeon, a daughter of Earl W. and Edna (Martin) Parrish. In 1934 she married the late Howard B. Ruple in White Pigeon. Mrs. Ruple was a wonderful homemaker who spent her entire life in the St. Joseph County area. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She leaves to cherish her memory: one daughter, Jeannine (Lee) Mohney, Three…

                                          • Lorain ‘Jim’ Shandley

                                            Lorain “Jim” Shandley, age 75 of Adrian passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Lynwood Manor. The funeral service for Jim will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at Wagley Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Beck officiating. Burial will follow at Raisin Valley Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Annis-Fint VFW Post #1584.  Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or the…

                                            • Mary Britton

                                              Mary Britton, age 93 of Alpena, Mich., formerly of Tecumseh, died Friday, August 8, 2008. Arrangements are pending with Handler Funeral Homes.

                                              • Paul L. Fenwick

                                                Paul Lester Fenwick, age 74, of Three Rivers, Mich., passed away suddenly at Three Rivers Health. He was born March 4, 1934, in Kalamazoo, Mich., a son of Lester Elmer and Ethelyn Dorothy (Bradford) Fenwick. Mr. Fenwick was a lifelong resident of this area. On June 3, 1956, he married the love of his life, Shirley Lash. They made Three Rivers their home since that time where Paul has enjoyed farming with his brother, Walter, fishing, watching Tiger’s Baseball and especially spending time with his…

                                                • Paul Tieman, 88

                                                  Paul Tieman, age 88, of Holland died on Friday, August 08, 2008 at his home.   Paul was a member of the Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran serving in the Dutch Navy. He had worked for Koning and JamesWay Tool& Die. He was preceded in death by a son Peter F. Tieman in 1978.   He is survived by his wife Johanna and children, Susan Tieman of Grand Rapids, and Earl and Debra Tieman of Holland; 2 grandchildren; Several family members in the Netherlands.   A private family…

                                                  • Robert Kauffman

                                                    Robert Kauffman, age 76 of Adrian, passed away at his home on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, under the care of his family and Hospice. Robert was born Nov. 22, 1931, in Adrian to Albert and Jean Kauffman. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hillsdale College in 1953. In 1956 he obtained his Master of Divinity from Oberlin Seminary. On June 16, 1956, Robert married Kathleen Ruesink in Adrian. Kathleen, his wife of over 52 years, survives. Robert served United Church of Christ parishes in Wisconsin, Ohio,…

                                                    • Ted Friedgen, 43

                                                      Mr. Ted Friedgen, age 43 of Grand Haven died from accidental injuries Wednesday evening.   Ted was born August 23, 1964 in Belton, Texas to Theodore R. and Charlene (King) Friedgen. He married the former Nancy Boyd on September 10, 1994 in Grand Haven. Ted worked for Ottawa Gage in Holland for 19 years and the last 3 years at Pro-Tool.  He is survived by his wife; Nancy, two children, Nikki and T. J.;  His mother; Charlene Mc Kee, Grand Haven and his in-laws; John and Sylvia Boyd of Holland. 1 brother;…

                                                      • Valerie Ann Talbott

                                                        Valerie Ann Talbott, age 72, of Three Rivers, Mich., died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.  She was bon in Three Rivers on Dec. 2, 1935, a daughter of Drexel and Catherine (Hanley) Lamb.  Ann was a graduate of Three Rivers High School and went to Europe as a foreign exchange student.  On March 1, 1958, she married William B. Talbott  in Three Rivers.  Ann received her teacher’s degree from Western Michigan University and first taught at Hannah-McClure Elementary in…

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