Miscellaneous Benzie County, Michigan Obituaries - 2001


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BEULAH -- Carl Jack Kohn, 79, of Beulah, died Wednesday, Feb. 7 in Webster, FL. 

Carl worked as a Ford auto dealer. He enjoyed hunting and spending time in Canada and he served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a POW of that war. 

Born Oct. 22, 1921 in Cedar Run, he was the son of Carl L. and Doris (Conkright) Kohn. On Feb. 9, 1944 in Onawa, IO he married Agnes J. Ingram who preceded him in death in 1993. 

Carl is survived by his sons, Larry (Beverly) Kohn and James (Cynthia) Kohn, both of Benzonia; his daughter, Beverly (Ronald) Stubner of Honor; grandchildren, Brian Kohn, Lara Bishop, Jamie Sheehan, Jacqueline Stubner, Lisa Kohn, Jennifer Kohn, Kevin Kohn and Eric Kohn; five great-grandchildren; half-sisters, Phyllis Seenstra and Donna Evans; and a very special companion, Dorie Witzke. 

Services were held Sunday, Feb. 11 at Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah with Rev. Marvin Rosa officiating. Burial will be in Champion Hill Cemetery. 

Memorials may be directed to the Benzie Area Habitat or the American Lung Association. 

Arrangements were handled by Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, Beulah. 


BEULAH -- Bruce Isherwood, 81, of Beulah, died Thursday, Feb. 8 at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in Frankfort.
Bruce was born on Dec. 1, 1919 in Geneva, IL the son of Paul A. and Hazel (Clements) Isherwood.
Bruce moved to Beulah in 1972 coming from Wayne, IL. He was a real estate broker for the past 27 years, most recently with Sleeping Bear Realty. Prior to this, he owned his own company. Bruce was one of the individuals instrumental in forming the Benzie County Board of Realtors, of which he was a member.
Bruce served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.
On Jan. 11, 1964 in Wheaton, IL he married Janice Taglia who survives. Bruce also is survived by his son, Paul B. (Kimberly) Jr. and four grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.
The family requests that individuals wishing to leave lasting memorials consider Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Long Term Care.
The Benzonia Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes, handled arrangements.


ARCADIA -- Richard Marion Gilbert, 74, went to be with his Lord Monday, Feb. 5. He was born July 27, 1926 in Arcadia, the son of Claude and Leona (Kawczinski) Gilbert. 

Richard was a member of the Arcadia United Methodist Church and the Arcadia VFW. He spent all of his life in Arcadia, except for two years in the U.S. Army, Nov. 28, 1944 to Nov. 23, 1946, serving in the Pacific Theater. Upon returning from World War II, he married his beloved Yvonne Weidman, Nov. 14, 1946. To this union were born four children. 

Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; two sons, Gregory S. Gilbert of Arcadia and Leslie C. (Roxanne) Gilbert of Frankfort; two daughters, Debra Gilbert (Gary) Lantz of Traverse City and Rebecca L. (Gregg) Selander of Grandville; 21 dearly loved grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a beloved adopted daughter, Barbara; one brother, Claude Jr. (Angie) Gilbert of Onekama; many nieces and nephews and a host of cousins. 

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Alister; his sister, Bonnie; his two half-brothers, Edwin and Chester; and a half-sister, Violet. 

Richard's favorite verse was: "I will lift up my eyes to the hills - From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2. 

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Arcadia United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Spring burial will be in the Blaine Township Cemetery. 

Memorials may be directed to the Gilbert Family. 

Arrangements were handled by the Edwards Funeral Home, PC, Bear Lake.


 FRANKFORT -- Lucile Leith Ehman, 95, of Frankfort, and a lifelong resident of Benzie County, died Saturday, Feb. 10 at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, Frankfort. 

Lucile was an elementary school teacher, retiring in 1971 after having taught 27 years at Crystal Lake Elementary School. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Benzonia and the Benzie Area Retired School Personnel Association. She earned her BS degree in teaching in 1927 from Central Michigan University. 

Born Oct. 16, 1905 in Boyne City, she was the daughter of Hugh Alexander and Jennie (Leith) Rankin. On March 12, 1929 in Benzonia she married Philip Pettitt Ehman who preceded her in death in May of 1981. 

Lucile is survived by her sons, Douglas Richard (Shirley) Ehman of Stevensville and Frederick Philip (Carol) Ehman of Lapeer; her sister, Elizabeth (Edward) Anderson of Spring Hill, FL; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Lucile was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Philip; her daughter, Margaret Hicks; and her brother, Donald Rankin. 

Services will be held later this spring at the First Congregational Church of Benzonia with Rev. Stephen Davidson officiating. Interment will take place at the Benzonia Township Cemetery. 

Memorials may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Special Olympics or the First Congregational Church of Benzonia. 

Arrangements were handled by Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, Beulah.

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