Miscellaneous Isabella County, Michigan Obituaries

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Bertrand E. "Pete" Beauchamp 
April 28, 1915 - October 15, 2002 
Bertrand "Pete" Beauchamp, age 87 of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant. Pete was born on April 28, 1915 in Escanaba, the son of Ernest and Corrine (Bertrand) Beauchamp. On February 9, 1939, in Escanaba, Pete married Lucille VanHorn. Lucille preceded him in death in July of 1993. Pete was a sales representative for Metropolitan Life in Marquette. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, was a former member of Kiwanis in Florida, and loved playing bridge. He was a resident of the area for the past 12 1/2 years. Pete is survived by his two daughters, Lynne D. and Edwin Peterson of Athens, Ohio, and Bonnie and Michael Metro of Mt. Pleasant; three grandchildren, Michelle Metro, Patricia DeBruin, and Pamela Buitendorp; and three sisters, Elsie VanHorn of Gladstone, Elaine St. Martin of Escanaba, and Mary Winter of Mankato, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister and one brother. Memorial services were held on Sunday, October 20, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, with Deacon Larry Fussman of Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiating. Cremation has taken place with interment of the cremated remains in Memorial Gardens in Mt. Pleasant.
Friends considering a memorial in memory of Pete, may wish to consider the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, or the Isabella County Medical Care Facility.

Bernard A. Esch 
May 28, 1921-October 8, 2002 
Bernard A. Esch, age 81, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died on Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at his home. Bernie was born on May 28, 1921 in Isabella County, the son of Peter and Barbara (Pung) Esch. On November 19, 1948 in Isabella County, he married Geraldine R. Wilson. He was a lifetime resident of the area. Bernie was a clerk for Scott Ace Hardware and Oren's Department store for many years and retired after 10 years of service for Isabella Bank and Trust as a maintenance man. He was a man who could fix anything. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, gardening, and long country drives. Survivors include his children: Jennie Cooper of St. Louis, MI; Barbara and Richard Vozar of Vestaburg; Alicia and David Folsom of Ithaca; Donna and Jarvis Kapplinger of Farwell; and Steven and Connie Esch of Mt. Pleasant; thirteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy and Doyle Esch of Mecosta; and Annie and Earl Borseth of Big Rapids. Bernie was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine on May 22, 1998; three sisters, Mary, Viola, and Ida; and three brothers, Paul, Frank, and Lewis. Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Scott McKee of the Mt. Pleasant Community Church, officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Commission on Aging for the Meals on Wheels program. In memory of our loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, we will miss you dearly. With all our love. Your Family.

Betty J. Perry 
October 3, 1923 - October 24, 2002 
Betty Jean (Spidel) Perry went home to be with the Lord on October 24, 2002. She was 79 years old. Betty was born October 3, 1923 in North Star, Gratiot County, Michigan. Betty became a Midland resident after WWII, moving here with her husband and children. She was a housewife, while raising her family, with outstanding cooking skills. Her homemade cinnamon rolls were always in demand. Her other talents included sewing, crocheting, quilting, houseplants, and gardening. She and her husband, Richard, traveled extensively in the lower 48 states. They were involved in square dancing, snowmobiling, and salmon fishing on Lake Michigan until he died in 1992. She enjoyed meeting new people and established many life long friendships over the years. After 1992, Betty established a summer residence in Kibby Creek Travel Park, Ludington, Michigan, where she continued to fish with friends until the summer of 2002. She received a Master Angler's Award for 2001 for catching a 33 lb. salmon. In the winter, she made quilts for extended family members. She also made many trips to visit them. Surviving are her daughters, Gloria Costley of Midland, Carol (Phil) Ivan of Midland, and Betty (Steve) Call of Soda Springs, Idaho; her sons, Jerold (Tina) Perry of Green Bay, WI, and Richard (Jeanne) Perry of Troy; 16 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Veryl Carroll of Battle Creek and Ruby Ball of Nashville, MI; and brothers, Frank (Zelpha) Spidel of Alabama, and Neil (Gloria) Spidel of Hastings. Betty's death will leave an empty space in the lives of her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. Perry; parents, Vico and Azalia Spidel, a sister, Ruth Barke, a brother, Clarence Spidel; and three grandchildren, Jody Edson Perry, Jeffrey Scott Perry, and Jerry Alan Perry. Memorial contributions were suggested to the American Cancer Society and Mid Michigan Hospice. They provided outstanding and loving care for Betty during her illness and final days.

Donald W. Hazekamp 
June 19, 1929-October 18, 2002 
Donald Wayne Hazekamp, age 73, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2002 at his home with his wife Lucille, and daughters, Jana, and Audrey with him. Don was born on June 19, 1929 in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, the son of Henry and Marie (Christianson) Hazekamp. On July 30, 1961, he married Lucille Warren Haynes at the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. Don was a Professor of Mathematics at Central Michigan University since 1961, retiring several years ago. He received his undergraduate degree from Hope College, a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan, and a Doctoral Degree from Indiana University. Don was a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving in Bordeaux, France. Don taught at McBain High School before coming to Central Michigan University in 1961. He was a Past President of The Michigan Council Teachers of Mathematics. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Kiwanis Club, serving as President and as Lt. Governor for Division 19. He was a master cook and board member of the Mt. Pleasant Soup Kitchen, choir director for the First United Methodist Church, and was a lover of family, music, travel, and an avid fan of CMU athletics. A celebration of music and Don's life was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Boley officiating. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan, the First United Methodist Organ Fund, or the Mt. Pleasant Kiwanis Club Foundation.

Wanda McKerren 
March 6, 1916 - October 15, 2002 
Wanda McKerren, age 85, of Midland died Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at Tendercare of Clare. 
Wanda was born March 6, 1916 in Detroit to Walter and Valentina Chrusciel. She married Thomas McKerren on September 12, 1942 in Ohio. Wanda was employed by the Signal Bureau of West Dearborn as a dispatcher retiring in 1972. She also worked for Michigan Bell in Detroit, for St. Joseph Retreat in East Dearborn, and at Oakwood Hospital. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant and St. Phillips Church in Coleman. Wanda enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting afghans, and traveling through out the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Wanda is survived by her husband of 60 years, Tom; a son, Edward R. Waldanski of Trenton; four grandsons; eleven great grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor and Ted Kordus of Orlando, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Walter; and a sister, Bertie Renkewicz. Celebration of the Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, October 18, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant with Fr. Robert Byrne as the celebrant. Interment was in Memorial Gardens in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to Sacred Heart Academy.

Jacqueline Poland 
August 23, 1930 - October 14, 2002 
Jacqueline Poland, age 72, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, October 14, 2002 in Mt. Pleasant. 
Jacqueline was born on August 23, 1930 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Henry and Agnes French. She was married to Orland A. Poland who preceded her in death on May 11, 1996. She was a lifetime resident of the area. Jacqueline was employed in patient care at the State Home. She was a homemaker. Jacqueline is survived by two sons: Michael and Molly York of Mt. Pleasant, and Thomas and Jane York of Richmond, VA; five grandchildren. Two sisters: Joyce Fish of Mt. Pleasant, and Billie Hubbell of New Orleans. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, and three sisters. Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 17, at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Tom Jones officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at the Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan.

Beverly Arlene Seeley 
April 24, 1935 - October 7, 2002 
Beverly A. Seeley, 67, of Shepherd, died Monday, October 7, 2002 at the Central Michigan Community Hospital. Beverly was born April 24, 1935 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Charles and Mary Margaret (McBride) Clare. She married Henry Seeley on May 14, 1955 in Mt. Pleasant. Beverly was a lifetime resident of the area and was a homemaker who loved her family. Beverly is survived by her husband, Henry of Shepherd; a son, Henry Charles and Cindy Seeley of Midland; a daughter, Marjorie Seeley of Mt. Pleasant; a step-son, Roy (Patricia) Seeley of Shepherd; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a sister, Maren Clare of Remus; four sisters-in-law, Ethel Clare of Barryton, Marion Clare of Mt. Pleasant, Viola Robinson of Shepherd, and Margaret Seeley of Mt. Pleasant; a nephew, Joe Clare of Mt. Pleasant; and several other nieces and nephews; Beverly was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers. Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Fred Becknell officiating. Interment was in the Kelly Cemetery in Midland County, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to the family.

Herbert C. MacClaren 
October 24, 1925 - October 6, 2002 
Herbert C. MacClaren, age 76, of Roscommon died Sunday, October 6, 2002, at Mercy Hospital in Grayling. Herbert was born October 24, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Herbert and Maude Holgate MacClaren. He married Constance R. Laubert on March 13, 1951 in Detroit. Herbert was a produce broker for Seald Sweet Sales in Tampa, Florida from 1951 to 1972 when he started his own business, H. C. MacClaren, Inc. from 1972 to 1990 when he retired. Herbert had been coming to Higgins Lake for 75 years. Herbert and Corky purchased a cottage from his mother in 1956 and moved there after retirement in 1990 from Farmington Hills. He was a member of the Mid Forest Hunt Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Herbert is survived by his wife, Constance "Corky" MacClaren of Roscommon; three children, Michael and Jane MacClaren of Davison, Kim and Randy Mellis of Kalamazoo, and Gregory and Rhonda MacClaren of Livonia; six grandchildren, James, Shanna, Lindsey, and Brandon MacClaren and Michelle and Chad Mellis; and three sisters, Jean Hovarter, Betty Rau, and Trudy Gilmour. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Reba Baden. A memorial service will be held in June of 2003 with interment of the cremated remains in Gerrish Township Cemetery in Roscommon County. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Higgins Lake Foundation, P. O. Box 40, Higgins Lake, MI 48627.

Eva Preston Ridall 
September 6, 1908-October 2, 2002 
Eva Preston Ridall went home to be with the Lord, October 2, 2002, with four generations of her family all around her. Eva was born September 6, 1908, in Wigan, Lancashire, England, to Joseph and Phoebe (Bennett) Preston. She was always most proud of her English heritage. Eva arrived in this country on November 11, 1919. She married John Charles Ridall on September 14, 1929. They resided in Dearborn for 38 years, and in Mt. Pleasant for the past 29 years. Eva's whole life was a labor of love, as she honored the Lord in her service to the church and to her family. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of her life, as were those she "adopted" as family. She left them all a great legacy of generosity and servant hood. Eva is survived by her daughters, Barbara (John) Tousley of Mt. Pleasant and Cora (Larry) VanSlambrook of Sandusky; six grandchildren, Leslie Tousley, Janice (Richard) Driessnack, John (Sandra) Tousley, David (Dawn) VanSlambrook, Daniel (Christine) VanSlambrook, and Amy VanSlambrook; eleven great grandchildren, Julie, Richard, and Christy Driessnack, Katie Chynoweth, Megan Tousley, Katarina, Caleigh, Kiersten, Katelyn, Lauren, and McKenzie VanSlambrook; and one great granddaughter in the Lord, Maria Wooten. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Charles Ridall and a son, David Preston Ridall. The funeral service was held on Saturday, October 5, 2002 at 11:00 AM at the Mt. Pleasant Community Church with Rev. Larry VanSlambrook, Rev. Scott McKee, and Rev. Malcolm Brown officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit on Monday October 7, 2002 at 1:00 P.M. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Mt. Pleasant Community Church.

Ernest Lawrence Fletcher, II 
January 15, 1988-October 2, 2002 
Ernest "Larry" Fletcher, age 14, of Mt. Pleasant died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, in Flint, Michigan. Larry was born on January 15, 1988 in Alma, Michigan to Ernest and Paula Hiveley-Fletcher. He was a lifetime resident of Mt. Pleasant. Larry was a Freshman at Mt. Pleasant High School. He was a member of the MPHS Jr. Varsity Soccer Team, a member of the Skate Park Committee, and attended West Midland Family Center TNT.
Larry is survived by his parents, Ernest and Paula Hiveley-Fletcher; a brother, Curtis Hornbeak in the United States Air Force, stationed at Lakeland Air Force Base; two sisters:Elizabeth Fletcher of Greenville, and Melissa Fletcher of Mt. Pleasant. Paternal grandfather, Charles Fletcher of Prague, OK; maternal grandmother, Diana Hagerl of Mt. Pleasant; maternal grandfather, John Hiveley of Fowlerville, MI; his maternal great grandparents, Edward and Marion Wudyka of Clare; a niece Madison Paige Brown of Greenville; and a cousin, Alissa Mae Jenkins of Clare. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother. Funeral services were held on Sunday, October 6, 2002 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Ives of the Potter's House officiating. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Mt. Pleasant Skate Park, the Optimist Club, the MPHS Athletics Fund, or to the West Midland Family Center.

William Edward Hill 
July 20, 1941-October 1, 2002 
William Edward Hill, age 61, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 in Grayling, Michigan. Bill was born on July 20, 1941 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Harold and Zelpha (Axtell) Hill. On August 27, 1966 in the Chapel of the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, Bill married Margo Wold. A resident of the area for most of his life, he was employed as a medical technologist for Central Michigan Community Hospital for 18 years, and for Gratiot Community Hospital for the past 16 years. Bill was an avid golfer and bowler, and enjoyed fishing. Survivors include his wife, Margo; a son, John, serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Fort Drum, New York. A special adopted grandson, Ryan Mogg. 3 sisters: Annie Mogg of Shepherd, Judy and Jim Stienman of Westland, MI, and Kathy and Tim Leiter of Mt. Pleasant. Bill's mother-in-law, Marian Wold of Clearwater, Florida, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both parents; a nephew Tony DeLorenzo; and a brother-in-law, Ron Mogg. Memorial services were held on Friday, October 4, 2002 at 3 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Michael Leiter officiating. Cremation took place at Sunset Valley Crematory with interment of the cremated remains in Salt River Cemetery. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan or to the wishes of the family.

Alta E. Tillotson 
May 31, 1918-October 1, 2002 
Alta E. Tillotson, age 84, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant. Alta was born on May 31, 1918 in Gilmore Township, Isabella County, the daughter of Andrew Edgar and Gertrude Louise (Graham) Freeman. On January 19, 1935, she married Oscar A. Tillotson in Mt. Pleasant. As an avid golfer, she played for many years on the gold leagues at Riverwood Golf Course. She enjoyed her family and enjoyed watching her children play high school sports. Survivors include her children, Andrea and Robert (Kim) Swan of Caro, Michigan, Graham and Cathy Tillotson of Mt. Pleasant, and Kim and Marcia Tillotson of Mt. Pleasant. 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Alta was preceded in death by her husband Oscar on March 18, 1990, a brother, Clarence Freeman, and both parents. Funeral services were held on Friday, October 4, 2002 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Dr. Stephen Shugert officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were made to the Isabella County Medical Care Facility or the Alzheimer's Association. 

Darryl F. Johnson 
October 29, 1933 - November 4, 2002 
Darryl F. Johnson, 69, of Englewood, Florida, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, November 4, 2002 at the Lee County Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida.
Darryl was born October 29, 1933 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of William and Florence Bidlack Johnson. On August 15, 1959, he married Jeanette Lentner in Saginaw. He was a resident of the area until 1999, when he and Jeanette moved to Florida.
Darryl enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, he enjoyed flying and restoring planes at their farm/airstrip. He had his private, commercial and instructor's licenses and taught many people in the area to fly. He was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol, and often assisted the Sheriff's Department in aerial searches. Darryl was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association for more than 20 years, and often attended the EAA International Convention in Oshkosh, WI. He could be found on many a Sunday morning flying formation with local pilots, John Benzinger, and Frank Varga. In later years, he enjoyed touring the nation as a crewmember with the Collings Foundation B-24 and B-17 bombers. As a veteran of the USAF, Darryl served from 1951-1955 in Korea and Okinawa. He was a member of the Isabella North East Firefighters for more than 30 years. Darryl was retired from the Mt. Pleasant Post Office as a letter carrier with 34 years of service. He enjoyed traveling, warm weather, and living in Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette; a daughter, Renee and David Weston of Rockford, Michigan; a son, Scott and Heather Johnson of Ypsilanti, Michigan; two grandchildren, Matthew and Kelly Weston; and a sister, Constance "Elsie" Wert of Alma, Michigan.
Friends desiring to make a memorial contribution may wish to consider the American Diabetes Association or a charity of the donor's choice.

Elinar Rubici Alaverdian 
February 18, 1987-April 14, 2000 
Elinar Rubici Alaverdian, age 13, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, formerly of Armash, Armenia, died Friday, April 14, 2000 at her aunt and uncle's home in Mt. Pleasant .
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2000 at the Helms Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Fr. Abraham Ohanesian of St. John's Armenian Apostolic Church officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends called at the Helms Funeral Home on Monday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to the time of the service.
Elinar was born February 18, 1987 in Armash, Armenia, the daughter of Rubic and Yerazik (Martoian) Alaverdian.    
Elinar was the top student in her class in Armash. She enjoyed artwork, drawing, and was an accomplished artist. She was well liked by everyone in her town and had a lively interest in new things and the world.
Elinar is survived by her parents, Rubic Alaverdian of Mt. Pleasant and Yerazik of Armash, Armenia; her aunt and uncle, Ahahit and Michael Lynch of Mt. Pleasant; her paternal grandparents, Karapet Alaverdian and Shogik Avagian of Armenia; and maternal grandparents, Bagrat and Seda Martoian of Armenia.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Telle Martoian. 

Emma Gladys Downing 
February 14, 1918 - December 7, 2001 
Emma G. Downing, age 83, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died Friday, December 7, 2001 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. 
Emma was born on February 14, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of John and Johanna (Lasko) Kasper. She married Othel E. Downing on December 10, 1936 in Indiana. Emma lived in the area for 45 years.
Emma and Othel owned and operated Hillside Cabins in Mt. Pleasant. She was a member of the First Church of Christ. 
Emma is survived by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; and four sisters. 
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 2:00 P.M. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, with Mr. Ivan C. Odor officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to the First Church of Christ, or to East Michigan Wings of Mercy.

Jack Adams 
June 22, 1912-December 7, 2001 
Jack Adams, age 89, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away at his home on Friday, December 7, 2001. 
Jack was born on June 22, 1912 in Cadillac, Michigan, the son of Frank and Alice (McGoveren) Adams. He married Edith McLaughlin. He lived in the area for the past seven years.
Jack was a custodian for the Owosso Public Schools and retired in 1977. He was a member of the Eagles in Alma, Michigan and was a certified coach with the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Jack is survived by his wife, Edith of Mt. Pleasant; two sons, Dennis and Barbara Adams of Mt. Pleasant and Dean Adams of Lansing; four grandchildren, Joshua, Jason, and Jesse Adams, and Denyse and Gordon Ferguson; two great grandchildren, Victoria and McKenzie Ferguson.
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with Mr. Harry Plouff officiating. Cremation took place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Mid-Michigan Hospice.

Donald E. "Bill" Courtney 
July 25, 1922 - December 9, 2001 
Donald E. (Bill) Courtney, 79, of Mt. Pleasant died Sunday, December 9, 2001 at the Ingham Medical Center in Lansing. 
Bill was born on July 25, 1922 in Marietta, Ohio to Homer and Area (Miller) Courtney. He married Jeanne Huber in Mt. Pleasant on December 29, 1951.
A resident of the area for the last 73 years, he served in the U. S. Army during active combat in WWII from 1942 to 1945. He retired from Central Michigan University in 1985. His favorite pastimes were fishing and hunting.
Donald is survived by his wife, Jeanne; four children, Julie Courtney of Mt. Pleasant, Janice Landon of Dayton, Ohio, Jodi Courtney of Mt. Pleasant, and Linda Fate of Remus; and one sister, Glenda McNeal of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Orah; and four sisters, Gertrude Pugh, Pauline Mumy, Ruth Cisler, and Marie Grubb.
A military service was held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Samuel Reith of the Zion Lutheran Church officiating. Interment was in Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant, with Military Honors conducted by the V. F. W. Post #3033.

Richard Lawrence Rowley 
April 1, 1923 - December 11, 2001 
Richard Lawrence Rowley, age 78, of Lake, and formerly of DeWitt, Michigan, died Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland.
Richard was born on April 1, 1923 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Jesse Jacob and Grace Elizabeth (Annis) Rowley. He married Mary Alma Paden on August 31, 1946 in Lansing, Michigan. Richard lived in Lake since 1986 moving there from DeWitt, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard a submarine. He was a life member of #3039, Sparta-Esterline VFW Post, member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Assoc. and the Carpenters Union Local 1449 and attended the Trinity Baptist Church in Farwell. Richard was a master craftsman and enjoyed working in his workshop where he spent many happy hours. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Richard is survived by his wife, Mary of Lake; children, Christine (Howard) Reist of Charlotte, Sherman (Shirley) Rowley of Mt. Pleasant, and Timothy (Lucy) of Jacksonville, NC; grandchildren, Arthur (Lachelle) Reist, Sarah Rowley, Ann (Chad) Hill, Jacob Rowley, Matthew Krueger and Lori Beth Rowley; great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Lucas and Alaura Reist; and brother, Lester Rowley.
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Funeral services were held on Friday, December 14, 2001 at 2:00 P.M. at the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home in Lansing with Rev. Larry Foster officiating. Interment was in Glendale Cemetery in Okemos.

Rev. James Emory Cook 
May 22, 1930 - December 12, 2001 
Rev. James Emory Cook, age 71, of Lake Isabella, Michigan, died on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 in Detroit, Michigan. 
Rev. Cook was born on May 22, 1930 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the son of Emory N. and Rosa Hosbein Cook. He married Anne Gurr on June 28, 1958 in Benton Harbor. They have resided at Lake Isabella for the past six years.
The Rev. Cook was a pastor for the United Methodist Church. He served 11 churches in the Western Michigan Conference: Burnips-Monterey Center UMC from 1982-85: Dowling-Banfield UMC from 1985-86; Fenwick-Vickeryville-Palo UMC from 1986-91; Trinity-Countryside UMC from 1991-95; and Barryton-Chippewa Lake UMC from 2000-01. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1950-54. He was a member of the Western Michigan Conference, a former Sunrise Rotarian, a member of the Isabella County Soup Kitchen Board starting when the Kitchen moved to the Trinity UMC, and the Wesley Foundation Board.
He is survived by his wife, Anne of Lake Isabella, children, James Cook of Traverse City, MI, Cynthia (Rick) McClure of Eaton Rapids, MI, and Marsha Cook of Milwaukie, OR; four grandchildren, Robert Grimes, Branden, Michael, and Christina McClure; four brothers, Charles (Nancy) Cook of Stevensville, MI, Don (Debbie) Cook and Ray Cook of Benton Harbor, MI, and Tom (Joann) Cook of Holiday, FL; and a sister, Donna Thomas of Benton Harbor, MI. He was preceded in death by one brother, Timothy, and a sister, Thelma.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 17, 2001 at 11 a.m. from the Weidman United Methodist Church with Rev. Craig Adams, Rev. Joseph Huston, and Rev. Ronald A. Houk officiating. Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were made to the Isabella County Soup Kitchen or to the Pardee Cancer Fund. Arrangements were by the Helms Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Tomas Major Solosky 
April 13, 1934-December 14, 2001 
Tomas Major Solosky, age 67, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away at Central Michigan Community Hospital on Friday, December 14, 2001.
Tomas was born on April 13, 1934 in Midland, Michigan, the son of Leo L. and Hazel L. (Major) Solosky. He lived in the area since 1979. Tomas was a self employed musician.
Tomas is survived by his twin brother, Douglas of Midland, and brothers, Richard of Auburn and, Ethan of Gladwin. 
Tomas was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Weslie Leo "Bill" Solosky. 
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas Jones officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Tony James Musil 
October 17, 1957-December 14, 2001 
Tony James Musil, age 44, of Clare, Michigan passed away near Clare on Friday, December 14, 2001. 
Tony was born on October 17, 1957 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Jerry and Shirley (Acker) Musil. 
Tony was a repairman for Ackerman Plumbing and Heating for the past 8 years. 
Tony is survived by his son, James; parents, Jerry and Shirley Musil; and 3 sisters, Connie Bartshe, Debra Robinson and Victoria Monroe.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas Jones officiating. Interment was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were suggested to an education fund for Tony's son, James.

Kent Albert Ward 
March 7, 1933-December 22, 2001 
Kent Albert Ward, age 68, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away at The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, December 22, 2001.
Kent was born on March 7, 1933 in Indiana, the son of Lee and Louise (Kruse) Ward. He resided most of his life in the Mt. Pleasant area. Kent owned and operated the Ward and Broadway Theaters in Mt. Pleasant.
Kent is survived by his daughter, Deb Barnard of Mt. Pleasant; step-children, Daneen Lippard of Mt. Pleasant, Michael Lippard of Florida, and Richard Lippard of Whitmore Lake, MI; grandchildren, Christopher Barnard of California, Breanna McClain-Lippard, Brenden McClain-Lippard both of Mt. Pleasant, Rachel Lippard and Shannen Lippard; and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a step grandson. 
Funeral services were held on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Jones officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery.

Donna Jane Goodwin 
April 12, 1932 - December 30, 2001 
Donna Jane Goodwin, age 69, of Lake, Michigan, died Sunday, December 30, 2001 at her home. 
Donna was born on April 12, 1932 in Saginaw, Michigan, the daughter of Andrew and Lucille Ott. She married Robert Goodwin on March 30, 1951 in Saginaw, Michigan. Donna was a resident of Littlefield Lake since 1971, moving there from Saginaw. She was a homemaker who enjoyed water activities and was a member of the St. Joseph the Worker Church in Beal City.
Donna is survived by her husband, Robert of Lake; children, Michael Goodwin of Saginaw and Linda (Richard) Lamont of Saginaw; grandchildren, Michael, Bobbie and Thomas Goodwin and Richard Lamont; and great grandchildren, Jayden, Chelsea, Bradley, Rebecca and Tabatha Goodwin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Cherie; 2 brothers and 2 sisters. 
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 10:30 A.M. at the St. Joseph the Worker Church with Fr. John Cotter officiating. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Beal City.


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