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Paul Young
Age 70 of Mt. Morris and Niceville, Florida passed away suddenly Wednesday March 29, 2000 in Niceville, FL. Funeral Services will be held Monday April 3, 2000 at 11:00am from the First Baptist Church in Mt. Morris. Pastor Richard Cook officiating. Burial in Mt. Morris Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the Miles Martin Funeral Home in Mt. Morris Saturday from 7-9pm and on Sunday from noon to 9pm. On Monday Mr. Young will be taken to the church where he will lie in state from 10 am until the time of services at 11:00 AM. Memorial donations may be made to the Youth Fund of First Baptist Church of Mt. Morris. Jerry was born July 5, 1929 in Hickman, Kentucky the son of Mr. & Mrs. J.W. & Lucy (Yates) Young. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Niceville, FL. And a former member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Morris. In 1981 he retired from the chevrolet motor division with 32 years of service as a machine repair man. . Jerry was an avid golfer, and a devoted father and grandfather. Surviving are his wife Grace, formerly of Mt. Morris; 5 children: David Young of Mt. Morris; Linda and husband Brian Ross of Clio; Tom and wife Cathy Johnson of Mt. Morris; Bill Johnson of Broussard, LA,; Nancy and husband Mike Foshee of Knightstown, IN.; 6 grandchildren: Tony and Cassie Johnson; Jennifer and Joshua Foshee; Alex and Blake Ross; Brother: Billy R. and wife Jean Young of Mt. Morris. He was preceded in death by his first wife Joyce. 

Ruby Welsch
Of Mt. Moris age79 died Wednesday March 29, 2000 at Fostrian Manor. Funeral services will be Monday, April 3, 2000 at 11:00 am from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Pastor Don Titus to officiate. Burial in Flint Memorial Park. Friends may call from 4-9pm Sunday. Ruby was born October 19, 1920 in Puxico, Missouri the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Ollie (Ross) Rodgers. She and Jefferson Levi Welsch were united in marriage October 13, 1940. Mrs. Welsch was a homemaker. Surviving are husband: Jefferson Levi Welsch; Daughter: Mary Jackson of Flushing; 2 sons: Larry and wife Charlene Welsch of Flint; John Wayne and wife Judy Welsch of California; 5 Grandchildren: Kimberly, April, Jeffrey, Rodney, Theresa Jo; 9 Great grandchildren; Sister: Elizabeth and husband Brian Smith of St. Louis, MO; She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Doris D. Akridge

Of Mt. Morris, age 88, died Tuesday March 28, 2000 at Genesys Health Park. Visitation will take place at Miles Martin Funeral Home in Mt. Morris from 6-9pm Wednesday and 11 am-9pm Thursday. Funeral will take place Friday March 31, at 2:30 pm from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Rev. Walter David to officiate burial at Flint Memorial Park. Mrs. Akridge was born in Flint, Michigan on June 21, 1911 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shelton and Mary (Lanphear) Robinson. She was a homemaker, loving wife ,devoted mother and grandmother. Survivors are Daughters: Barbara Brookshier and husband Darrell; Phyllis and husband Bill Yates; Son: John and wife Connie Akridge; Granddaughters: Teresa and husband Ed Sullivan; Cheryl and husband Bobby Coaster; Karen and husband Jim White; Dori and husband Randy Martinuzzi; Laura and husband Chris Thomas; Grandsons: John and wife Amy Akridge; Rick and wife Tess Tyrrell; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; Sisters: Beatrice Malia; Maxine and husband Glen Wheeler; Margaret and Bob Purdy. Many nieces and nephews. Doris was preceded in death by her husband John, 3 brothers: Jess, Lawrence, and Grant Robinson, 2 grandsons Steven and Brad Brookshier. 

Ward A. Robinson

Age 73 of Mt. Morris, died Tuesday March 28, 2000 at Mc Laren Regional Medcial Center. Funeral service will take place 11:00 am Friday March 31, 2000 at Messiah Lutheran Church 502 Butler St. Clio, Pastor Erwin Kostizen will officiate with burial in Sunset Hills Cemetery in East Jordan, Michigan. The family will receive friends at the Miles Martin Funeral Home 6-9 Wed. 9-9 Thursday and at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until time of service. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Lung Association or Messiah Lutheran Church. Ward was born August 27, 1926 in Flint the son of Jess and Meta (Porter)Robinson. He married Lorraine Carolee Walker February 20, 1949 in Mt. Morris. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the US Navy Seabees in Okinawa and the South Pacific. He was a member of several Mt. Morris organizations which included the Businessman's Assoc., Lions Club, and Kiwanis Club. He was also a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Clio. He owned and operated several businesses in and around the Mt. Morris area which included; Robinson Shell Service Station, The Beacon Lounge and Restaurant, Pineview Manor Apartments, Investors Real Estate, and Beecher Auto Wash. He retired in 1988 after many years in business. He is survived by his wife Lorraine of Mt. Morris; 1 Son and 2 Daughters: Ronald and wife Gail Robinson of Mt. Morris; Candy and husband Michael Clark of Mt. Morris; Kim and husband Robert Eluskie of Sparta, Mi.; 7 Grandchildren: Mindy, Ryan, Tom. Greg, Kyle, Jordan, and Kamryn. Also 1 Sister Lois and husband Carl Stephen of Mt. Morris; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Allen and Bruce. 

Ward A. Robinson
My Grandfather

"Deference is the instinctive respect which we pay to the great and the good; the unconscious acknowledgment of the superiority of excellence. "-Tyron Edwards (1809-1894). Ward A. Robinson, my grandfather, has been the person whom I have most admired for a long time. He came to town with a dream in his mind, and built upon it. He did so by starting many businesses and becoming a well known and respected businessman in Mount Morris. Another good point is that they can do anything they want, so long as they put their minds to it and try their best. He also passed that philosophy onto his grandchildren. Another thing about him was the way he left people do things the way they wanted to, rather than telling people how to do something, he would give suggestions or advice on the best way, he thought, to do something. One example that I can remember very vividly is the past fall (1999), when we put the cover on his boat. I was tying it down and he suggested that I should go a certain way with the rope, but he never said instead of doing it your way do it mine. Throughout his middle years, he developed emphysema and even though that hindered his ability to do things, it never stopped him. An example of that would be during the summer, he would go outside and mow the lawn, when he wasn't suppose to. Another thing that I really admired is the want to be at church. The cologne and perfume of the church members was hard on his breathing, but he went anyway, and when it got so bad that he couldn't go anymore, he would watch it on TV. The point I am trying to get at, is that he was a excellent role model. I feel very lucky to know him and blessed to be related to him. The things he has taught me will really help me in life. I only wish that everyone could have know and be so close as I was to someone like that. 

By Grandson Thomas Ward Baryo 

William H. Kern
Age 83 of Kennett, Mo., died Sunday March 26, 2000. Funeral service will take place 11:00 a.m. Thursday March 30, 2000 at the Miles Martin Funeral Home with burial in Flint Memorial Park . The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9:00a.m. to 9:00 pm and on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. William was born May 9, 1916 in Ryecove, Va. the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Mary (Waters) Kern. He married Betty Jean Emery Dec. 24, 1949. She preceded him in death in 1972. He then married Rosie Evelyn Davidson. Prior to his retirement he had been employed at Buick Motor Co. for 32 years. He is survived by his wife Rosie Evelyn Kern of Kennett, Mo.; 2 Sons: William H. Kern, Jr. of Los Angeles, California; Bradley S. Kern of Mt. Morris; 2 Daughters Phyllis Newland of Lima, Ohio; Betty Jean Olsey of Mt. Morris; 1 Stepson: Donald A. Barnett of Kennett, Mo.; 7 Grandchildren , 3 Step Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren; 2 Brothers: Ray Kern of Kingsport, Tenn.; Fred Kern of Lima, Ohio; 1 Sister: Jean Begley of Kingsport, Tenn. ; Several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Mr. Kern was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Harding, Robert, George Kern, 1 brother in infancy and by 2 sisters Minne Reed and Corie Carter. 

Evelyn R. Williams

Age 64 of Clio died Monday March 20, 2000 at her home. Funeral services will be 10:30am Thursday from SS Charles & Helena Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Jerry Ploof officiating. Burial in Flint Memorial Park. Mrs. Williams will remain at the Miles Martin Funeral Home where friends may call 6-9pm Tuesday and 11am - 9pm Wednesday. The parish and family will gather at the funeral home 7pm Wednesday to pray the Rosary. Thursday morning Mrs. Williams will be taken to church to lie in state from 9:30am until time of funeral Mass at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers the family has asked memorials be considered for Children's Make A Wish Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Born February 12, 1936 in Mt. Morris the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Veronica (Guidos) Knerr. She and Lloyd L. Williams were united in marriage October 12, 1981. She was formerly employed with Mt. Morris High School Principal's office working for Peter Fusi. She retired from Buick Motor division as secretary for Plant Protection with 11 years service. Surviving are husband: Lloyd; son: John and wife Amy Akridge of Byron; 2 daughters: Cheryl and husband Bob Coaster of Swartz Creek; Karen and husband Jim White of Clio; 3 stepsons: Rick and wife Patti Williams of Flushing; Clark Williams of Flint; Lloyd Williams Jr. of Flint; 9 grandchildren: Tiffany; Cassie; Courtney; Ashley; John III; Paul; Emily; Brandon; and Candi; 4 great grandchildren: Rachael; Jacob; Mark; Ricky. mother: Veronica Knerr of Clio; sister: Delores and husband Larry Pritchard of Arizona; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family wishes to thank Dr. Singh, Dr. Gutscher, and the McLaren Hospice. 

William Kerrison

Age 59 of Gladwin formerly of Mt. Morris died Friday March 17, 2000 at his home. Funeral services will be 11am Tuesday from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Burial in Flint Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home 6-9 Sunday and all day Monday. Memorials may be directed to Helping Hands Hospice of West Branch. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Bill was born December 27, 1940 in Flint the son of Mr. and Mrs. William L. and Nadine Faye (Owen) Kerrison. He was graduate of Mt. Morris High School Class of 1959. He retired from Kerrison Manufacturing and also was formerly employed by Simco pump Co. in Detroit. He moved to Gladwin after his retirement. Surviving are his 4 children: William Jr. and wife Christine Kerrison of Mt. Morris; Barbara and husband Larry Burrows of Flint Twp.; Becky and husband David Beck of Mt. Morris; Betsy Jane Kerrison of Gladwin; 9 grandchildren: Kristi; Misty; William III; Brian; Raechael; David II; Heather; Nathan; and Breanna; sister: Nancy and husband Robert Stimac of Flushing; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father: William, February 21, 1982; mother, Nadine November 10, 1997; 2 daughters, Bethany November 29, 1991 and Brenda September 14 , 1962. 

Josephine L. Best
Age 85 died Sunday March 12, 2000 in the Pine River Health Care Facility of St. Louis. Funeral services will be 11am Wednesday from Martin Funeral Home - Vassar. Burial in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 6-9 Monday and 12noon - 9pm Tuesday. Born January 28, 1915 in Vassar the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. and Bessie (Dumaw) Fox. She and Elmer H. Best were united in marriage and he preceded her in death March 1988. She was a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church Surviving are: Son: Bruce and wife Cheryl Best of St. Louis. Daughter-in-law: Sharon Best of Saginaw; Son-in-law: Thomas Anthony of Millington; Grandchildren: Andrew Best; Jerry and wife Lora Balcer; Suzanne and husband Ron Inman; Bruce and wife Carrie Best; Deborah Anthony; Peggy Anthony; Thomas and wife Cindy Anthony; Carol Anthony; Myra VoorHess; Alice and husband Ed Frazier; Teresa Pack; Richard and wife Shelly Best; Michael and wife Lee Best; Brant and wife Hiedi Best; Rui and wife Regina Gonzales; Debra Best; Michael and wife Tammy Best. Several great grandchildren. Sister: Ilis and husband Charles Winfield of Beaverton; Preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Barbara Anthony, and son Dale Best. 

Lillian Elizabeth McSherry
of Vassar, age 94, died Friday, March 17, 2000 at Tuscola County Medical Care Facility. Mrs. McSherry was born August 22, 1905 in Reese, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Anna (Hanratty) Humpert. She and Michael Mc Sherry were united in marriage in 1928. He preceded her in death December 18, 1959. As a young girl Lillian taught school in Richville for five years. She went on to teach school in Mayville and Vassar for several years. In 1968 she recieved the My Favorite Teacher Award from Central School in Vassar presented by the Detroit News. She was the recipient of the 1995 Alumni Honors Retirees Award in Mayville. Lillian was a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church and the Altar Society. Left to cherish her memory are, son, Patrick and wife Tommie Mc Sherry of Orange, California; 3 daughters, Rosemary Graubner of Vassar, Ann and husband Edward Diegel of Silverwood and Betty LaPorte of Saginaw; 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son Michael, great granddaughter Andrea Hauger and 2 sons-in-law, Andrew Graubner and Donald LaPorte. Mass of the Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Monday, March 20, 2000 at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church in Vassar with Fr. John A. Ederer officiating. Burial at St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Reese. Family will be present to receive friends at Martin Funeral Home in Vassar 6-9 pm Saturday and 1-9pm Sunday. Monday morning Mrs. McSherry will be taken to church to lie in state where friends may call 10am until time of services at 11am. Family, friends and parish will gather at the funeral home 7pm Sunday for a Vigil Service. 

Colt DesRosier Thompson
Infant son of Nicole and Justin became an Angel March 16, 2000 form McLaren hospital. Family will receive friends 6pm-9pm Sunday at Miles Martin Funeral Home . Funeral service will Monday 11 am from the Funeral Home. Rev Gerald St. Cin to officiate, with burial at Flint Memorial Park. Survivors are, Parents: Nicole Thompson, Justin DesRosier, Grandparents: Eugene and Denise Thompson, Terri and Arthur DesRosier, Greatgrand Parents: Don and Lois Thompson, Mark and Florence Harvey, Jerry and Ida Daniels, Robert and Janice Farris. Several Nieces and Nephews, aunts and uncles 

Paul Whitehead Jr.

Age 42, of Mt. Morris died Sunday March 12, 2000 at home. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Family will recieve friends from 5-9 pm Wednesday. He was born Decmeber 15, 1957 in Flint the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Geraldine (Willar) Whitehead Sr. He and Robin Marie Riley were united in marriage December 30, 1987. Mr. Whitehead was a long haul trucker for several years. Surviving are wife: Robin; father: Paul Whitehead Sr. of Tenesee; brother: Edward Niemi; sister: Christine Moore; several nieces and nephews. 

Thomas Cleon Corcoran
age 65, Of Mt. Morris died Wednesday March 8, 2000 at Genesys Hospice Center. Funeral Services will be 10am Friday from Mt. Morris St. Mary Catholic Church Rev Fr. Raymond Urbanek will officiate. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Corcoran will remain at the Miles Martin Funeral Home where friends may call 6-9pm Wednesday and all day Thursday. At 7pm Thursday evening the family friends and parish will gather to pray the Rosary. The Auto City Eagles will gather for a memorial service at Thursday 6:00 pm . Friday morning he will be taken to church to lie in state from 9:00 am until time of Holy Mass at 10:00 am. Memorials may be directed to Corcoran House or St. Marys. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Thomas was born December 31, 1934 in Mt. Pleasant the son of Mr. & Mrs. George and Mary (Flynn) Corcoran. He and Alice Cameron were united in marriage on January 2, 1960. She preceded him in death September 12, 1977. He and Joyce Matheson united in marriage January 13, 1978. She preceded him in death March 17, 1998. Thomas retired from Wolverine Fire Protection as a Journeyman sprinkler fitter with several years service. Veteran of the U.S. Army serving as heavy equipment operator in Germany. Member of Fraternal Order Eagles Auto City Aerie #3485, Member American Legion Fisher Body Post #342, Member of Universal Association of Plumber and Pipefitters. Surviving are his 8 children: Ruth Ann "Sr Patricia" O.S.F. of St. Louis, MO; Craig Thomas Corcoran of Detroit; Kathleen Marie Corcoran of Mt. Morris; Randy Ford of Interlochen; Larry and wife Linda Ford of Clio; Lisa and husband Nick Heath of Grawn; David and wife Kellee Ford of Salem, Or; Tammy Ford of Grawn; 13 Grandchildren; 7 Brothers and Sisters: Edward and wife Faith Corcoran of Mt. Morris; George and wife Mary Corcoran of Clio; Jim and wife Barb Corcoran of Grand Rapids; Dan and wife Diane Corcoran of Montrose; Mary Ellen and husband Arch Rousseau of Clio; Sharon and husband Dan Pfeiffer of Grand Blanc; Shirley Corcoran of Mt. Morris. Numerous Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 wives, 2 Grandchildren: Christopher, and McKenzie, 3 brothers: Raymond, Francis, and Michael and his sister Theresa. 

Arlene L. Rauschert

Age 85, of Mt. Morris was taken to her heavenly home on Monday March 6, 2000 at Heartland Manor after a lenghty illness. Funeral services will be held March 15, 2000 at the Miles Martin Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Schultz officiating. Burial in Flint Memorial Park. The family will recieve friends at teh funeral home 6-8 pm Monday, 2-4 pm and 6-8pm Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hurley Hospice, Alzheimers Association or Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund in Davison. Arlene Lydia Nitschke was born August 19, 1914 in Bay County, Michigan the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph and Margaret (Kolb) Nitscheke. She was confrimed in the Lutheran faith in 1928. She married Edwin Otto Rauschert August 8,1936. The couple moved to the Flint area residing in Mt. Morris untill 1992. She was a memeber of Trinity Lutheran Church in Davison. Arlene was a devoted wife and mother and also enjoyed baking and traveling. Surviving are husband: Edwin of Crestmont Center in Fenton; daughter: Joyce and husband Donald Lehman of Davison; 2 grandson: John Lehman of Davison; Donald Lehman of Davison. Also several nieces and nephews. She was preeded in death by her parents, sister Adeline, brother Edwin and many dear friends and relatives. The family wishes to thank the Staff of Heartland Manor and Hurley Hospice workers Donna, Brenda, and Judy for their care and support. Death and life's memories are once again hers. 

Arthur L. Lincoln Sr.
Age 83, of Mt. Morris, died Saturday March 4, 2000 at his residence. Funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday at Miles Martin Funeral Home. Family will receive friends 11-9pm on Tuesday and 9-10:00 AM the time of service on Wednesday. Burial in Flint Memorial Park with Rev. Ben H. Dixon and Leonard Marks officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Kidney Association, Childrens International or Hospice envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arthur was born August 6, 1916 in Harrisville, Michigan the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. and Alcora (LaRush) Linclon. Arthur retired from GM. He was appointed Deputy State President of F.O.E. 1983-1984. Mr. Lincoln was currently a member of Auto City Aerie #3485, co-organized with Bob Myers. Arthur and Brenda were united in marriage March 16, 1991. A member of Mt. Morris Christian Faith. Survivors include Wife: Brenda of Mt. Morris; Sons: William and wife Carol of Muskegon; Arthur Jr.; Robert and wife Melody of Arlington, TX; James and wife Amy of Burton; Daughters: Virginia (Judy) and husband Tom Walker of Apache Junction, AZ; Sheila and husband Norman Wilson of Alpine, TX; Cynthia and husband Harry Kahn of Fenton; Joy Lynn and husband Roger Beamer of Davison; Step-daughter: Sharon Wagenknecht of Mt. Morris; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; Brother: William Lincoln of Birch Run; Sisters: Virginia Anthony of Otisville; Joyce Shaffer of Marylandl; Very Best friends forever Bob and Mary Myers of Genesee. He was preceded in death by Stepson Robert Wagenknecht, Parents, grandson Paulie, 1 brother Joe and 2 sisters Maxine and Rose. 

Eloise M. Tabbert
Of Mt. Morris age 93 died March 2, 2000 at Fostrian Manor. Funeral Service will take place at Miles Martin Funeral Home on March 6, 2000 at 11:OO A.M. Mr. Vernon Lawrence to officiate. Burial at Flint Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 6pm to 9pm Saturday, and Sunday 2 pm to 7pm, Monday 9am until service. Memorials may be directed to Children Leukemia Fund, envelopes are available at Funeral Home. Eloise was born October 30, 1906 in Alpena, Mi. The daughter of Jay and Mabel (Seaman) Thomson. She married Emil Tabbert on November 26, 1926 in Ann Arbor. He preceded her in death in 1957. Survivors : Son: Donald Tabbert; Daughter: Jean and husband William Slattery; 2 Brothers: William and wife Barbara Thomson; Jack and wife Helen Thomson; 4 Sisters: Virginia Price; Beverley Walkam; JoAnn Cosentino; Ida Mae Roberts; Several Nieces and Nephews; 10 Grandchildren; 18 Great Grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 sons: Robert Tabbert and Jerry Tabbert, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandchildren: Edward Dodge and Jerry Tabbert. 

Kenneth D. Shriner
Of Mt. Morris age 51 died Thursday March 2, 2000 at Hurley Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held Monday March 6, 2000, 2:00 pm at Miles Martin Funeral Home. Pastor Dale Lewis will officiate with burial at Stanley Oakwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends Saturday 6-9 pm, all day Sunday, Monday 9am until service time. Kenneth was born February 8, 1949 in Caraway, Arkansas. The son of Mr. & Mrs. William and Mildred (Otte) Shriner. He was a Vietnam Veteran serving with the U.S. Army. He enjoyed the out of doors and gardening. He retired from Buick Local 599 with 29 years. He was a member of Ambassador Baptist Church and loved garage sales. Surviving: Wife: Sandy; Daughters: Jody and husband William Paling; Heidi Shriner and boyfriend Michael Wilkinson; Brothers: Jeffery and Doug Shriner; Sister: Linda Mead; Sister and Brother-in-Law: Barbara and Mike Perry; Parents: William and Mildred Shriner; Serveral nieces and nephews. Special Friends: Eddie and wife Chee Chee McFadden; Michael Woodard; Buck Cline; Miles O'Hare; Lanny Owens; Dennis and Beth St. James; Ernie Rison; Alice Whitley and many others.


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