Our Obituaries

Mona Joy Ferrell

April 12, 1954 - January 24, 2018


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Gary Joseph Werschler

March 11, 1949 - January 9, 2018

Gary Joseph Werschler, age 68, passed away in Traverse City on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. He was born on March 11, 1949, in Detroit, to Joseph and Lillian (Imbier) Werschler. He was a graduate of the University of Detroit and Wayne State University, and started his career at the General Motors Design Center. He had a 40 year career in Computer Software Engineering Design Automation, and ...
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Francis Russell Walker

January 13, 1929 - December 21, 2017

Francis R. Walker, 88 of Elk Rapids, passed away at his home on Thursday December 21, 2017. Francis was born on January 13, 1929, in Litchfield, Minnesota and was raised there.After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he married the former Barbara Link then following he received his MBA from the University of Detroit. After a period of service during the Korean conflict in the US Army,...
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Richard Austin Wagar

July 7, 1926 - December 21, 2017

Richard A. Wagar, formerly of Elk Rapids passed away on December 21, 2017. He was born on July 7, 1926 to Gordon and Violet Wagar in Detroit, MI. Richard, his sister Aileen and parents spent summers at their cottage in Canada on Lake Erie. At 16, he built his first kayak - which he continued to use throughout his life time. Richard attended Cooley High School, he was on the boxing team. He...
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Beatrice Jan Tulpa

September 22, 1935 - December 12, 2017

Beatrice Jan Tulpa, age 82, of Williamsburg, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Visitation was held at the Elk Rapids Covell Funeral Home on Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm, with the funeral following at 5:00 pm. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun...
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Marilyn Curry Curry-Doak

January 31, 1945 - November 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids, MI.
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George Jonathon Gilbert

May 25, 1927 - November 21, 2017

George J. Gilbert, age 90, of Traverse City, passed away on November 21, 2017. He was the loving husband of over 68 years to the late Martha, cherished dad of David (Susie), Dennis, Yvonne (Don) Cunkle, Theresa Shimmel and Colleen (Paul) Kollmeyer, grandpa of Greg, Carol, Kerry, Christopher, Sheri, Elizabeth, Scott and Megan, and great-grandpa of six. He also leaves behind many dear friends...
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Patricia Mary Tellor

June 30, 1920 - November 21, 2017

Patricia Mary Tellor, 97, of Elk Rapids, Michigan, passed away peacefully November 21, 2017, at home,among loved ones.She was born June 30, 1920 in Hibbing, Minnesota, the daughter of the late Myrtle and Frank Milnor. Shewas the oldest, and last surviving, of four siblings.Those who had the pleasure of knowing Patricia delighted in her kind, yet no-nonsense demeanorand her wonderful cooking. She...
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Arthur Robert Send

November 3, 1929 - November 20, 2017

Arthur Robert Send went to his savior on Monday, November 20th, 2017 after a short stay at the Munson Hospice House. We are sure that his wife Florence and their son Mike took his hand into heaven. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather. Arthur was born November 3, 1929 to Martin and Anna Send in Suttons Bay, Michigan. He joined the US Marines and worked at Parsons...
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John A. Berst

March 26, 1928 - November 17, 2017

John A. Berst, age 89, of Elk Rapids passed away Friday, November 17, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are toldBut most of all,...
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Herbert Joseph Mayer

July 7, 1928 - October 23, 2017

Herbert Mayer, born on July 7, 1928, died on October 23, 2017 at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City, MI. Herb was raised in Richmond, Indiana, one of five children and the only son of Herbert Sr. and Henrietta Mayer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in W.W. II. Following WW II, Herb graduated with honors from Purdue University with a B.S. in Electrical...
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Elsie Cardella

May 6, 1918 - October 15, 2017

Elsie Cardella of Elk Rapids, age 99, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Stephen Cardella, beloved mother of Joseph (Betty) of Tecumseh, MI, Sara (Phillip Maag) of Palm Springs, CA, Daniel (Donna) of Warren, MI, Mary of Rochester Hills, MI, and John (Sandi Breeden) of Atlanta, GA, daughter in law Sally Cardella of St. Clair, MI and sister of...
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Leone Beth Appell

August 8, 1933 - October 5, 2017

Leone B. Appell, age 84, passed away unexpectedly on October 5, 2017. She was the loving wife of Ralph Appell for over 30 years and mother of Alisa (Keith) Mullins. She is also survived by Ralph's children; Kathryn (Christopher) Laraway, Nancy Appell and Jane (Scott) Spees, grandchildren; Lauren (Nick) Davaloz, Josh Mullins, Michael (Meredith) Laraway, Bryan Laraway and Trevor Spees, great...
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Paul Anthony Tegel

April 21, 1949 - September 26, 2017

Paul Tegel, 68, of Elk Rapids, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 26, 2017.Paul was born on April 21, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, to his parents Paul and Virginia (nee Wollenhaupt) Tegel. Paul was raised in Cary, Illinois along with seven siblings. Paul married Janet (nee Holl) on May 20, 1972. In 1978 Paul and Janet built a house on East Bay in Elk Rapids, where they raised four sons...
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Emory Lundy

February 3, 1927 - September 15, 2017

Emory "Skip" Lundy, of Kewadin, passed away September 15, 2017 surrounded by the family he so loved.Skip was born on February 3, 1927 in South Haven to Gertrude Lillian (Treloggen) and Edson Franklin Lundy. He married Theresa Eiseler on June 12, 1948.He is survived by his five children, James (Lisa), Karon, Gregg, David (Maggie) and Barb (Denny); his nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren...
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David Ellis Winch

February 27, 1957 - September 12, 2017

David Ellis Winch, age 60, passed away on September 12, 2017. David was the loving father of Erin (Brian) Carnes (her mother - Kathleen Barnum), grandfather of Garrett and Emmett, and brother to Duane Winch, Robin Allen, Cindy (Ron) Russell and Allyson (Jeff) Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norm and Mary Winch, and his brother, Norman C. Winch.David was a retired Lieutenant for...
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Robert Harley Williams

August 21, 1931 - September 10, 2017

Bob passed peacefully away at age 86 with his loving family by his side on Sept. 10, 2017. Born Aug. 21, 1931 in Hamilton, Ontario.Bob had a passion for rowing and competed as a sculler for Team Canada in the 1952 Olympic Games. He devoted his career to sales in the automotive industry with C/R Industries. Was a lover of all things outdoors and could be found by the water, golf course, or on the...
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Steven Maten

February 17, 1929 - August 16, 2017

Steven Maten Jr., age 88, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 16, 2017. He was born February 17, 1929, in Detroit to Steven Sr. and Elizabeth (Niederlof) Maten.Steven graduated in 1947 in Detroit. He worked as a machinist for his uncle Kovus, followed by working for his father in a cabinet shop, and later went on to do carpentry and fire repair work in Elk Rapids. He loved...
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Marie Irene Tompkins

July 31, 2017 - July 31, 2017

Marie Irene Tompkins aged 96 passed away peacefully on her birthday, July 31st, 2017 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Marie was a long-time resident of Northern Michigan including the last 35 years at Noble Pines in Elk Rapids, Michigan. Born in 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, Marie spent over 30 years serving both patients and staff as a dedicated employee of Munson Medical Center in...
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Glenn LeRoy Neumann

March 31, 1927 - July 24, 2017

Glenn LeRoy Neumann, aged 90 yrs., a resident of Elk Rapids, MI., passed from this life Monday, July 24, 2017 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. Born Mar.31, 1927 at a family home just north of Central Lake, he was the son of William A. and Ethel (Hignite) and was the oldest of five children: sister Jean Blekkenk, brothers William, Don (deceased) and Gail (deceased).He married the love of his life,...
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Mary Ellen Morrison

March 6, 1925 - July 12, 2017

Mary Ellen Morrison, 92, of Elk Rapids and formerly Armada, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 after a long and giving life. Mary Ellen was the beloved wife to Dr. Robert D. Morrison for nearly 65 years. She was a devoted mother to Adele M. (Conrad) Reiter of Elk Rapids, Anne (Tim) Morrison Perry of Traverse City, Dr. Charles E. (Kimberly) Morrison of Elk Rapids, Jane E. M. (Dr....
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Keith Charles Reynolds

October 21, 1932 - July 5, 2017

Keith Charles Reynolds, age 84, of Williamsburg passed away peacefully at his home on July 5, 2017. Keith was born on October 21, 1932 in Hornell, New York. While living in San Diego in 1960, Keith met his future wife, Jan. They were married November 18, 1961.Keith grew up hunting, trapping and fishing. As a young boy, he had his own trap line to earn extra money. Upon graduating from high...
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Kenneth Lee Crampton

October 22, 1939 - July 5, 2017

Kenneth L. Crampton Sr. (KC), 77 of Rapid City was promoted to glory peacefully at his home in the presence of his family on July 5, 2017. Kenneth was born on October 22, 1939 in Battle Creek, MI to Rocho and Ruth (Myers) Crampton. He attended Battle Creek Schools and graduated from Lakeview High School in 1957. He was a gifted metallurgist who worked in Battle Creek at Morse Brother Sheet...
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Alexander Joseph Kloster

June 9, 1925 - June 17, 2017

On June 17th, a week after his 92nd birthday, Dr. Alexander Kloster passed away peacefully in his sleep.One of thirteen children, he was born in Brimley, Michigan, to immigrant parents, Anthony and Anna Kloster. Al, as he was known by friends and colleagues alike, served valiantly in both World War II and The Korean War on the battleship USS Washington and the cargo freighter USS Jupiter...
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Patricia Marie Vizzone

June 3, 1947 - June 7, 2017

Patricia Marie Vizzone, age 70, of Elk Rapids, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Cremation took place. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories...
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Natalie Kolpus Wagner

July 27, 1922 - April 26, 2017

Natalie K. Wagner, 94, of Traverse City, formerly of Kewadin, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Munson Hospice House. Natalie was born July 27, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan to Stanislaus and Barbara (Mielejko) Kolpus. She married Benedict Jacobs on June 5, 1948, in Detroit.Natalie loved the outdoors, spending time with Ben hunting, fishing and skiing. She and Ben also built their first...
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Shirley Ann Jones

March 16, 1926 - April 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids, MI.
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Jack J. Penoza

July 7, 1930 - April 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids, MI.
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Max Roy Merchant

August 1, 1933 - April 7, 2017

Max R. Merchant, age 84, of Elk Rapids passed away Friday, April 7, 2017. He was born August 1, 1933 in Traverse City to Roscoe and Doris (Hayes) Merchant. He married the late Coral L. Hendrick on October 15, 1956 in Angola, Indiana.Max enlisted in the US Army and served during the Korean War. After his service, Max returned home and worked as a lineman for several companies until his retirement...
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Grace Doreen Monk

July 31, 1927 - March 30, 2017

Grace Doreen Monk, age 89, died peacefully the morning of March 30, 2017, at the Villa at the Bay in Petoskey Michigan. She was born July 31, 1927 at the family home on Maplewood Avenue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to parents Edgar Charles and Alice Maude Jones Billett. Being the youngest, she was well looked after by her older siblings Frederick Charles, Vera Alice, Reta Alice, and Victor...
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Barbara Joy Atkinson

November 5, 1925 - March 26, 2017

Barbara Joy Atkinson of Elk Rapids, Michigan, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids, Michigan.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are...
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Mary Lou Bachi

August 20, 1923 - March 19, 2017

Mary Lou Bachi, age 93, of Elk Rapids passed away peacefully Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Munson Medical Center. She was born August 20, 1923 in Alden to Earl and Inez (Baumgardt) Paige. Mary Lou was married to Lloyd Bachi for 60 years. She is survived by her children: Ronald Bachi, Edward (Connie) Bachi, Tillman (Barbara) Bachi, Cynthia (Mike) Hall, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and...
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Barbara Louise Cook

April 28, 1931 - March 11, 2017

Barbara Louise Cook, age 85, of Elk Rapids passed away peacefully, Saturday, March 11, 2017 with her family by her side. The daughter of Sylvester and Sara (Brown) Russell, she was born April 28, 1931 in Philadelphia PA.Barb graduated from High School in Indianapolis in 1949. She was married to the late David W. Selch, and later married the late Dan Cook. Barb spent 30 years with her partner and...
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Don W. Grundel

April 24, 1926 - February 23, 2017

Don Wesley Grundel, age 90, of Elk Rapids, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Munson Medical Center. He was born April 24, 1926 in Elkhart Indiana to Alfred and Gene (Ziegler) Grundel. Don graduated from Traverse City High School in 1944 and enlisted in the US Army. He served his country for two years before returning home. Don married the late Merris Matteson in 1946 and the late...
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Janet Killmar Rowden

January 15, 1922 - February 15, 2017

Janet K. Rowden, age 95, died peacefully on February 14, at her daughter's home with loved ones providing her care. The wonderful Hospice nurses and staff from Munson Hospital Hospice Services of Traverse City also provided support during her illness. Janet was born January 15, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan to Fredrick and Eva (Loshbough) Killmar. On June 20, 1942 she married Frederick C. Rowden Jr....
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Emily Teresa Morrison

July 26, 1940 - February 12, 2017

Emily Teresa Morrison, age 76, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. She was born in Ontario, Canada, on July 26, 1940. Visitation took place February 16, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Kewadin Indian Mission Church. A funeral service was held Friday, February 17, at 1 p.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk...
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Richard Joseph Koloski

June 10, 1934 - February 2, 2017

Richard J. Koloski, age 82, passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 in Greenville, Michigan. He was born June 10, 1934 in Detroit, to Mack and Sarah (Barrach) Koloski. In 1982, Richard married Gisela Pilon in Las Vegas. In 1952, he entered the U.S. Air Force, serving 20 years before retiring. He then served as a deputy for the Antrim County Sheriff's Department, retiring in May 1993. Richard was...
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Victor G. Schwenke

August 15, 1918 - January 29, 2017

Victor G. Schwenke, 98, of Elk Rapids, passed peacefully on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at home with family by his side. A resident of Elk Rapids since 1983, he was born in Detroit to Victor and Harriette (Nootbar) Schwenke. Victor graduated from Northern High School in Detroit in 1936, and attended Detroit Business College and studied advertising at Wayne State University. In 1939 Victor began...
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Walter S. Lasko

August 6, 1925 - January 13, 2017

Walter Stanley Lasko, age 91, of The Village, FL and Elk Rapids passed away peacefully Friday, January 13, 2017 with his family by his side. He was born August 6, 1925 in Smithton Pennsylvania to Vincent and Sophie (Bargiel) Lasko. Walter was both a WWII and Korean War veteran. After the war, Walter attended Wayne State University where he received his bachelors degree. He married Margaret Hanak...
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Lawrence Edwin Rickfelder

April 10, 1933 - January 12, 2017

Lawrence Edwin Rickfelder, age 83, of Elk Rapids passed away peacefully at home, Thursday, January 12, 2017. He was born April 10, 1933 in Detroit to Lawrence and Margaret (Fagan) Rickfelder. Larry grew up in Ferndale and attended St. James School. He graduated in 1951 from Cathedral High in Denver. He served in the Army during the Korean war. After his discharge, Larry married Joanna Clinton on...
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James S. Thomas

March 30, 1943 - January 5, 2017

James S. Thomas, age 73, of Kewadin passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Munson Hospice House surrounded by his family. Jim was born March 30, 1943 in Detroit to Charles and Beatrice (Suszek) Thomas. Jim graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 1961 and enlisted in the US Airforce. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, spending time in Thailand. He married the late Susan Mary...
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Ann Marie Nelson

January 8, 1937 - December 31, 2016

Ann Marie Nelson, age 79, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016. Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids, Michigan.Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember me -In the stories that are toldBut most of all,...
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Veronica M. Hoopfer

May 14, 1915 - December 28, 2016

Veronica M. Hoopfer, age 101, went to join the angels and her departed family on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Veronica came into this world on Friday, May 14, 1915, the only child of Ernest and Lena (Courtade) DuFresne. She was born at her maternal grandparents, Fred and Minnie Courtade's, home. Veronica was raised on the family farm belonging to her paternal grandparents, Adolph and Lydia...
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Helen Bernice Gray

February 22, 1923 - December 14, 2016

Helen Bernice Gray, of Elk Rapids, Michigan, passed away December 14, 2016. She was born February 22, 1923.Arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids. Remember MeRemember me when flowers bloomEarly in the springRemember me on sunny daysIn the fun that summer bringsRemember me in the fallAs you walk through the leaves of goldAnd in the wintertime - Remember...
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Steven Mark Bratschi

April 28, 1957 - November 27, 2016

Steven Mark Bratschi, age 59, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016 at home. Ever the jokester, Steve was known to lovingly tease and pick on the people he loved. His sense of humor and kind heart will be missed by all.Steve was born April 28, 1957 in Traverse City to Clark and Lois (Duell) Bratschi. He attended Elk Rapids Schools, graduating in 1976. On February 17, 1978, Steve married...
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Murl A. Coon

February 25, 1934 - November 27, 2016

Murl "Skip" Coon, age 82, passed away at his home on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Skip was born in Corunna, Michigan on February 25, 1934 to Georgeand Pauline (Randall) Coon. He entered the Army in 1952, and married his sweetheart, Donna House, the same year, on August 23 in Detroit. He servedin Korea, and when he returned home, he met his son David for the first time.Skip and Donna moved their...
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James Guidarini

May 18, 1933 - November 23, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids, MI.
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Raymond James Cook

June 4, 1936 - November 20, 2016

Raymond James "Jim" Cook, 80, of Kewadin, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at his home. Jim was born on June 4, 1936 in Howell, the son of Raymond and Eva (Allbright) Cook. He graduated from Howell High School in 1954, and then received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Michigan State University, a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. Jim was a NCAA National Champion gymnast,...
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Louis Lee Bohstedt

July 30, 1933 - November 14, 2016

Louis Lee Bohstedt, age 83, of Williamsburg, passed away Nov. 14, 2016 at his farm in Benzie County. Louis was born on July 30, 1933 to Ernest and Ruby (Duquette) Bohstedt in Saginaw. In his early 30s he moved to Traverse City, and while there he met and married Carolyn Worden, of Beulah, on July 24, 1965 in Honor. Together they had two wonderful children, Jeffrey and Cheryl. Louis served in the...
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Virginia Ginger Gorno

September 8, 1932 - November 6, 2016

Virginia Elizabeth (Green) Gorno, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2016 in Acme. "Ginger" was born on September 8th 1932 in Detroit to William Clarence and Anna Schultz Green. She was the seventh of eight children, with two brothers and five sisters. She grew up on Dragoon Street and graduated from Holy Redeemer High School. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Dominic Gorno...
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Geneva B. Hanna

July 5, 1927 - November 4, 2016

Geneva Belle "Jeannie" Hanna, age 89, of Williamsburg passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, November 4, 2016. She was born July 5, 1927 in Homestead Township to Marion and Kitty Belle (Hull) Henry.Jeannie married the late William V. Hanna on August 26, 1946 in Traverse City. Together they raised 6 children. Jeannie worked all her life in the health care profession. She...
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Patricia Ann Burch

July 7, 1939 - October 21, 2016

Patricia Ann Burch, age 77, of Central Lake, passed away Friday, October 21, 2016 at Munson Medical Center following an auto accident. Pat was born July 7, 1939 in Ann Arbor to Kenneth and Clara (Bruckner) Burch. She graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1957; she went on to attend Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in education. Pat taught at La Mesa schools in San Diego, CA...
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Stuart C. Merillat

November 11, 1932 - October 18, 2016

Stuart C. Merillat, age 83, of Elk Rapids passed away peacefully, Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Cherry Suites Assisted Living. Stu was born November 11, 1932 in Traverse City to Floyd and Elizabeth (Bessie Ballentine) Merillat. Stu graduated from Elk Rapids high School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1952 to 1955. He was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany and was honorably...
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Georgina E. Holdorf

December 3, 1919 - October 9, 2016

Georgina E. (Betty) Irelan Holdorf, age 96, of Elk Rapids passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. She was born December 3, 1919 in Sandusky, MI to George and Erna (Weber) Jones. She graduated from East Jordan High School in 1937 and went on to attend CMU, MSU, and U of M, ultimately receiving her Masters Degree in Education from Michigan State...
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Anne M. Starr

April 21, 1920 - October 4, 2016

Anne McCabe Starr of Elk Rapids, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. She was born April 21, 1920 in Philadelphia, PA to Thomas J. and Victoria (Budzen) McCabe . While a young adult Anne was the church organist for St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Ambler, PA. She later was a volunteer for the Ladies Auxiliary of the church and collected for the...
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Ivan Bruce Hoopfer

February 12, 1919 - September 27, 2016

Ivan B. Hoopfer, age 97, of Williamsburg passed away peacefully, Tuesday, September 27, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was born February 12, 1919 in Milton Twp. to William J. and Mabel (Shearer) Hoopfer. After graduating high school, Ivan attended Michigan Agricultural College (MSU) and received his certificate from the Agricultural Short Course. After college, he worked a dairy farm with his...
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Kenneth Louis Cress

February 24, 1972 - September 1, 2016

Kenneth Louis Cress Jr., age 44 of Elk Rapids, passed away suddenly on September 1, 2016. He is the loving son of Kenneth Sr. and Lois Cress. Cherished brother of Carolyn Fuller (Michael) Hiner. Uncle to Katherine (Nick) Pillsbury, Elizabeth Hiner, Jennifer (Sam) Neal and Stephan Hiner. Great uncle to Oliver Pillsbury. Nephew of Larry Beauchamp and Julie Beauchamp. Cousin of Lyle Beauchamp,...
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Stephanie Louise Dean

March 26, 1966 - July 27, 2016

On a bright and sunny afternoon, July 27, 2016, Stephanie Louise Sanford Dean was unexpectedly called to heaven where she will start another journey beyond life as we know it. May she rest in peace by the side of her Lord, Jesus Christ. Stephanie Louise Sanford was born on March 26, 1966 in Kalkaska Michigan to Harold and Alice (Ottgen) Sanford. She graduated from Elk Rapids High School in June...
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Larry Steven Shoaff

June 30, 1945 - July 25, 2016

Larry Steven Shoaff, age 71, long-time resident of Elk Rapids, passed away July 25, 2016 at home following a brief battle with cancer. Larry was born on June 30, 1945, to Grace and Clyde Shoaff in Highland Park, Mi. He was a 1963 graduate of Mumford High School in Detroit, and later received an Asssociates Degree from Oakland Community College. He was a proud Veteranof the United States Army,...
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Dorothy Evelyn Hayes

July 27, 1935 - July 24, 2016

After a prolonged battle with lymphoma cancer, Dorothy Evelyn Hayes went home to be with her Savior on July 24, 2016, at the age of eighty. Dorothy was born to Major Anthony Brannan and Olive Irene Salle on July 27, 1935, in Denver, Colorado, where she resided for seventy of her eighty years. The Colorado Rocky Mountains were her favorite place of enjoyment, and she was well known for having a...
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Jean E. Mensing

August 3, 1941 - July 8, 2016

Jean E. Mensing (nee: Braun), age 74 of Rapid City, passed away on July 8, 2016. She was the loving wife of almost 56 years to Gerald. Adored mom of Jacki Musto, Virginia (Eric) Austin and Vicki (Kevin) Roy. Dear grandma of Donald (Beth) Musto, Jennifer (John) Lintemuth, Amanda (Ryan) Atkinson, Katherine (Aaron) Carpenter, Alexander Roy, Sarah Austin, Brian Roy and Samantha Austin. Great grandma...
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Robert Wayne Peterson

November 21, 1928 - July 4, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids, MI.
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Philip Duane LaFave

February 22, 1928 - July 3, 2016

Philip Duane LaFave, 88, of Williamsburg passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016, with family by his side. Philip was born in Detroit, Michigan, February 22, 1928, to May and Joseph LaFave. He was one of 14 children. Philip graduated from St. Mary's of Redford High School and furthered his education at the University of Detroit where he graduated with a degree in Business Management.Philip served...
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Flach Flach Douglas

May 17, 1931 - July 1, 2016

Flach Douglas, 85, a Cincinnati native, most recently living on Torch Lake, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016. Flach was born on May 17, 1931 in Cincinnati, the only child of John and Laura W. Douglas. He graduated from The Choate School in 1949 and earned his law degree from University of Cincinnati. In 1952 Flach married Angela "Noki". They raised their four daughters in Terrace Park...
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Bernice Louise Serrell

October 23, 1921 - June 27, 2016

Bernice Louise Serrell (nee: Struntz; Findley), age 94 of Elk Rapids, passed away on June 27, 2016. She was the loving wife of 59 years to the late Sam. Cherished mother of Sharon Knight of Central Lake, Larry (Barbara) of Beaverton and Gary (Beth) of Midland. Dear grandmother of Danielle (Ron) Fillmore of Hope, Timothy Knight of Midland, Michael (Sherry) Knight of Central Lake, Stacey Serrell of...
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Roxiana Rose

October 18, 1921 - June 3, 2016

Roxiana Bernice Rose, 94, of Hollywood, Florida passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on June 3rd, 2016.Roxie was born in Detroit on October 18, 1921, to parents George & Cora Goodman whom were settlers in Elk Rapids, married in Sacred Heart Catholic Church before moving to Detroit. Roxie graduated from Denby High School where she played baseball & basketball. In 1941 she...
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Inez E. Clay

December 20, 1930 - June 1, 2016

Inez E. (Matteson) Clay, age 85, of Kewadin, died at home on June 1, 2016. Inez was born December 20, 1930 in Benzonia, MI to Albert J. and Elsie (Kracht) Matteson. She graduated from Traverse City Central in 1950. Inez was always a hard worker starting on the family farm and at Deluxe Laundry as a teenager. On December 22, 1950, she married Charles M. Clay. Inez worked at Oleson's in the early...
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Marilyn Ann Turner

July 25, 1925 - May 11, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids, MI.
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Joanne Cecile Melnick

January 18, 1942 - May 9, 2016

Joanne Cecile Melnick, age 74, of Elk Rapids and Dearborn Heights, passed away Monday, May 09, 2016 at Munson Medical Center. She was born January 18, 1942 in Pontiac to Charles Dwain and Ariel Leone (Boughner) Young. Joanne worked in administration for B.B.D.O. Advertising, Arizona State University, and Ford Motor Company. She worked as a volunteer for many years for the Detroit Grand Prix. She...
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Juana Maria Gomez-Gutierrez

November 8, 1949 - May 8, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids, MI.
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Anna Laura Waterson

November 1, 1935 - May 7, 2016

Anna Laura Waterson, age 81, of Elk Rapids passed away at home on Sunday, May 8, 2016. She was born November 1, 1935 in Buckley to David and Blanche (Dunham) Egan.Anna graduated from Copemish High School and went on to attend NMC. She married the late Harold Waterson in 1955 in Flint. Together they raised 4 children.Anna worked for Cherokee and Great Lakes Packaging for over 20 years. In her...
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Phyllis Ann Sprague

June 20, 1958 - April 25, 2016

Phyllis Ann Sprague, age 57, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Traverse City passed away Monday, April 25, 2016. She was born June 20, 1958 in Traverse City to Francis and Barbara (Smith) Sheahan Johns. Phyllis was a loving mother and grandmother. In her last years, she was a care taker for several of her grandchildren. She loved spending time with family. She also enjoyed being outdoors, working in...
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Martha May Gilbert

July 15, 1925 - April 24, 2016

Martha May Gilbert, age 90 of Traverse City, passed away on April 24, 2016. She was the loving wife of over 68 years to George. Cherished mom of David (Susie), Dennis, Yvonne (Don) Cunkle, Theresa Shimmel and Colleen (Paul) Kollmeyer. Dear grandma of Greg, Carol, Kerry, Christopher, Sheri, Elizabeth, Scott and Megan. Great grandma of 6. Martha also leaves behind many dear friends. She was...
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Dorothy M. Kay

January 23, 1927 - March 14, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids, MI.
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Raymond Lee Banwell

October 24, 1931 - March 10, 2016

Raymond Lee Banwell of Elk Rapids passed away March 10, 2016. He was born October 24, 1931.Raymond met his wife, Beverly (Beattie) of 63 years, at their Alma Mater, Alma College. They went on to have five children, 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren whom Ray loved and cherished.Ray is survived by his wife Beverly, children: Bruce, (Cindy), Richard, (Valencia), Katherine, (Al), John, ...
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Cisca Jo Sheahan

December 17, 1993 - March 9, 2016

Cisca Sheahan, 22, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at her home in Mt. Pleasant. Cisca was born on December 17, 1993 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Jaime Escalante and Phyllis Sheahan. She was raised in Mt. Pleasant where she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. Cisca was an old soul and wise for her age. She spent many hours beside her elders, listening and learning. ...
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Doris Jeanette Breece

March 29, 1935 - February 26, 2016

Doris Jeanette Breece, age 80, of Williamsburg passed away peacefully at home Friday, February 26, 2016. She was born March 29, 1935 in Flint to Lewis F. and Hazel P. (Parcher) Lanning. Doris graduated from Beecher High School in 1953. On March 6, 1954, Doris married the late Gary Jay Breece in Flint. Together they raised 5 children.Doris worked for Munson Medical Center for 43 years, retiring at...
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Dolly Rae Brimmer

September 20, 1927 - February 16, 2016

Dolly Rae Brimmer, age 88, of Elk Rapids, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016. She was born September 20, 1927 in Brooksville, FL to Horace and Mary Frances (Allen) Ryals.Dolly married the late Melvin Delbert Brimmer on July 5, 1947 in Birch Run, Michigan. Together they raised four children.Dolly was a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Elk Rapids Baptist Church. In her spare time, she...
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James Heydenburg

April 6, 1941 - January 2, 2016

James Lee Heydenburg, age 74 of Kewadin, MI, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 2, 2016. Jim was born in Grand Rapids, MI. At the age of 18, Jim met Janice, the love of his life, and married her at the age of 21. They were happily married for 53 years. They resided in Grand Rapids, and then Rockford, MI until 1999. They have resided in Kewadin, MI since 1999.Jim...
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Dolores Jean Ford

December 3, 1923 - December 24, 2015


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M. Catherine Boals

September 9, 1920 - December 13, 2015

M. Catherine Boals, age 95 of Kewadin, passed away on December 13, 2015. She was the loving wife of the late John H. Boals. Cherished mother of Ron (Kay), John W. (Karen), Marilyn (Hal) Smith, Tim (Dana) and Kathy (Dale) Deveneau. Dear grandmother of Brian (Kate) Boals, Jean ( Aaron ) Meyers, Patrick Boals, Brent (Christie) Smith, Andrew (Rita) Smith, Connor Boals,Clare Boals, Katie (Kyle...
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Florence Marie Send

October 1, 1928 - December 9, 2015

Florence Marie Send went to her savior, Wednesday, December 9, 2015. We are sure that her son Mike took her hand into heaven. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. Florence was born October 1, 1928 to Blanford and Edith Laming in Bellaire, Michigan. She worked at Michigan Bell until she married her sweet-heart, Arthur Send on May 1, 1954. Together she and Arthur ran a...
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You Kue

March 20, 1914 - December 5, 2015


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Patricia Kaye Kaiser

March 14, 1956 - November 14, 2015

Patricia Kaiser, age 59, of Kewadin, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Kewadin United Methodist Church, with visitation starting at noon. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Please share your condolences and fond memories of Pat by clicking the link below.Arrangements have been entrusted to...
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George A. Percha

March 22, 1931 - October 23, 2015

George A. Percha, age 84 of Rapid City, passed away on October 23, 2015. He was the loving husband to the late Mary Jo Percha. Cherished father of Carol (Jim) Mulcahy, Donna (Mick) Dunn and Laura (Tim) Youtsey. Dear Papa of Danielle (Brian) Dunn-Bopp, Michael D. Dunn and Chelsea Deschaine. Brother of Ray and Louise (Bob) Bourke. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death...
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Robert Marsh Brugger

May 27, 1922 - October 16, 2015

Robert Marsh Brugger, age 93, of Elk Rapids passed away Friday, October 16, 2015 at Munson Medical Center with his family by his side. He was born May 27, 1922 in Flint to Charles and Lillian Brugger. Bob graduated from Durrand High School in 1940. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served in the Pacific during WWII. He had 5 landings while on duty in the Pacific. Bob was discharged in 1946...
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Mary Relyea

August 28, 1918 - October 7, 2015

Mary Kay Relyea, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, died at home on October 7th. Her heart, after 97 years of loving life finally surrendered. She was surrounded by the love of her family. Born August 28, 1918 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, she was the first of Alexander MacLean and Emee DesRosiers five children. In 1924, the family emigrated to Trenton...
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Stan Scarborough

June 25, 1939 - October 6, 2015

James Stanley Scarborough, 76, of Elk Rapids, passed away October 6, 2015. Born June 25, 1939, in Marietta, Georgia, he was the son of the late Mattie Louise (Kay) and Edgar McLeod Scarborough, Jr. Stan graduated from Campbell High School, Smyrna, GA in 1957. A proud veteran, he served his country with the United States Army. He held the rank of Staff Sergeant E6 and fondly recalled his...
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Victor M. Bogdan

March 12, 1940 - October 1, 2015

Williamsburg, Michigan -- Victor Mircea Bogdan, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on October 1, 2015 following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.Born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, he was the only child of Romanian parents, Nicholas and Sylvia (Wrsoin) Bogdan. At age 8, Victor and his parents immigrated to the United States, and settled in Metro-Detroit, Michigan, where...
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LaVern Charles Buck

January 9, 1936 - September 27, 2015

LaVern Charles Buck, 79, of Kewadin, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 after a brief illness.Vern was born on January 9, 1936 in Bates, the son of Delmer and Lucy (Baynton) Buck. He graduated from Traverse City High in 1955 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1955. On July 15, 1961, Vern was wed to Sharon Libbers in Elk Rapids. Vern and Sharon raised four sons while living on...
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Sally Jo Montroy-Watt

September 24, 1937 - September 21, 2015

ELK RAPIDS - Sally Jo Montroy-Watt passed away on Sept. 21, 2015 after a short battle with lung cancer and dementia.She was born on Sept. 24, 1937. Sally worked at Shamrock Real Estate for many years and at Super Tool. She was supervisor at Nish-A-Nobbee and retired from Silicone Fabrications at age 68.Sally and her sister, Becky, loved to sing and they performed at many events back in the day...
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Marie M. Moulds

March 19, 1927 - September 7, 2015

Marie May Moulds, 88, completed her journey of life on September 7, 2015. Marie, born on March 19, 1927, was preceded in death by her loving husband, Francis George Moulds, her parents, Lauretta Viola Fry and Herschel Roy Fry Sr., and her siblings Roy, Verna, Lester and June. Marie is survived by her children Linda Wayne (with two children Adam and Annette) and Doug (Jane) Moulds (with three...
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Maxine Lee Adams

June 18, 1940 - September 5, 2015

Maxine Lee Adams, 75, of Kewadin, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.Maxine was born on June 18, 1940 in Owosso MI, the daughter of Clifford and Margaret (Carl) Tunnacliff. After graduating from St. Paul's High School in 1958, she was wed to the late Leroy Adams. They lived in California where she stayed home to raise their 4 children. She was a strict mother, but also caring. She spoke...
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Harriet Anna Pellow

September 17, 1924 - September 3, 2015

Harriet A. Pellow, age 90, of Kewadin, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2015. Services may be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.
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Lee H. Welch

June 10, 1947 - August 11, 2015

Lee H. Welch, age 68, of Elk Rapids passed away peacefully at Munson Hospice House Tuesday, August 11, 2015 with his family by his side. Lee was born June 10, 1947 in Pontiac to Harold and Harriett (Crouch) Welch.Lee graduated from Walled Lake High School and went on to receive his Bachelors of Science Degree in Music Education from Moorhead State College in Moorhead, MN. He received his Master's...
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Bruce W. Barnes

August 27, 1930 - August 10, 2015

Bruce W. Barnes, age 84 of Kewadin, passed away on August 10, 2015. Loving husband of 40 years to Mary. Cherished father of Bruce (Kathy) Barnes, Mark (Lori) Barnes, Sharon (Ross) Klapp, Michael (Kathy) Ross, Mark (Barbara) Ross, Chuck Ross, Jack Jr. (Kathy) Ross and Michelle (Robert) Loranger. Dear grandpa to many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Brother of Leon Barnes and Jane Allen....
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David William Parish

August 13, 1950 - July 31, 2015


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Emery A. Savage

November 30, 1931 - July 27, 2015

Emery A. Savage, age 83 of Williamsburg, passed away on July 27, 2015. He was the loving husband of 60 years to Paulina. Cherished father of Mike, Mark (Suzanne) and Brian (Linda). Dear grandfather of Maggie, Sam, Jennifer, Nicole, Braden and Trey and many great grandchildren. Brother to Al, Glen, and Betty. Preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Amy and siblings, Chuck, Fred and Delores....
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Owen James Anderson

June 11, 1994 - July 14, 2015

Owen James Anderson, 21, of Williamsburg, passed away following an automobile accident on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Owen was born on June 11, 1994 in Rhinelander, WI, the son of Jonathan and Cathy Anderson. He graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 2012 and attended Ferris State University and Northern Michigan College, working on his degree in Construction Management. Owen was an avid...
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Russell S. Lamoreaux

March 28, 1935 - June 26, 2015

Russell S. Lamoreaux, age 80, of Elk Rapids went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 26, 2015 surrounded by his family.Russ was born March 28, 1935 in Central Lake to Raymond and Hazel (Arnold) Lamoreaux. He graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1953 and went on to work for Super Tool from which he retired after 38 years. He married Lois Ann Wagner on October 2, 1954 in East Jordan....
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