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MANFRED KAWAELDE

Services for Manfred Kawaelde, 71, of Northville were held June 29 at Our Saviour Apostolic Lutheran Church with the Rev. Shawn E. Miller officiating. Burial was at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Mr. Kawaelde was born Oct. 9, 1930 in Germany and died June 26 in Northville. He lived in Northville for 35 years, previously in Detroit. He was a member of Masons-Signet Star Lodge, Walnut Creek Country Club, SME-Society Manufacturing Engineers, The Eagles Country Club-Florida, German American Culture Center, and the AMBA-American Mold Builders Association, Society Die Cast Engineers. Mr. Kawaelde, a graduate of Lawrence Technological Institute, was the owner of Wixom Products, Inc. for 13 years, and General Manager of Special Machine and Engineering for 31 years. He enjoyed golf, travel, gardening, real estate, cocktails and going up north. He had been a member of Our Saviour Apostolic Lutheran Church for 20 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a successful businessman, loving husband, father and grandfather. 

Survivors include wife, Anna Kawaelde; son, Norman (Ilka) Kalwaelde; daughter, Dorothy (Greg) Carlson; and grandchildren, D'Andra, Mikaela and Mitchell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice-Northville, Michigan 200 N. Center Street, Northville, MI 48167 or the American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile, Southfield, MI. 48076.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

GEORGE W. HOTCHKIN

Services for George Hotchkin, 92, of Plymouth were held July 1 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Klump officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth.

Mr. Hotchkin was born Sept. 30, 1909 in Tecumseh, Neb. and died June 28 in Ann Arbor. He was a tool maker for the Burroughs Corporation, retiring in 1971 after 26 years of service. He also worked at the Plymouth Cultural Center from 1971 to 1996. He and Harriet had been married for 68 years. He came to the Plymouth community in 1930 from Detroit. He was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Plymouth for over 50 years. His family homestead was in Nebraska where he grew up as one of twelve children. He enjoyed woodworking, coin collecting, and gardening. He liked to make pine-cone wreaths and traveling from the east coast to the west coast. He was a great handyman and enjoyed being a "jack of all trades." 

Survivors include wife, Harriet of Plymouth; children, Gene (Misako) Hotchkin of Las Vegas, Nev.; Jerry (Lois) Hotchkin of Plymouth, and Janet (Richard) Blaesing of Westland; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to The First United Methodist Church in Plymouth.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home. 

DOUGLAS ARTHUR DUNCAN

Services for Douglas Duncan, 60, of Plymouth Township were held July 3 at L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, Canton Chapel. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. 

Mr. Duncan was born March 13, 1942 in Detroit and died June 28 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He worked with tool and die in the manufacturing industry. 

Survivors include mother, Mildred Duncan; daughter, Dina (Christopher) McCanney; daughter, Darlene (Randy) Blausey; daughter, Debra Parker; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Arrangements made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

CORA LEE JASINSKI

Services for Cora Jasinski, 85, of Plymouth were held in Florida. Burial will be at The Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Beverly Hills, Fla.

Mrs. Jasinski was born Jan. 24, 1917 in Huntington, W.Va. and died June 30 in Livonia. She was a homemaker. She came to the Westland/Plymouth community in 1998 from Beverly Hills, Fla. She had lived in Detroit before moving to Fla. in 1971. She was a member of the Beverly Hills Community Church, the "Michigan Club" in Flaorida, T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), and she was very active in her church in Fla. She loved to cook, garden and travel.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Edward.

Survivors include daughter, Jeanette Piwonski of Plymouth; son, Steven Jasinski of Oklahoma City, Okla.; brother, Walter Bragg of Pennsylvania.; and grandchildren, Meredith Elliott of Chicago, Mark Jasinski of Austin, Texas, John Jasinski of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Steven Jasinski of Ft. Worth, Texas. 

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

JOHN (JACK) FRANCIS KOLB

A Memorial Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at Our Lady of the Woods in Woodhaven.

Mr. Kolb was born April 30, 1930 in Rochester, N.Y. and died June 28 at Henry Ford Wyandotte after a long illness. Jack grew up in New York state. He served proudly in the Air Force from 1948 to 1952. In 1969, Mr. Kolb and his family moved to the Plymouth/Canton area where they resided for 30 years. He worked for Burroughs of Plymouth and Sycor/Northern Telecom of Ann Arbor.

Survivors include wife, Jo; children, Paul Kolb and Candace Smith, John (Susan) Kolb, Margaret (Rick) Schrock, Mary Nichols and Albert Smith, David Kolb, Catherine (David) LaVasseur, George Kolb, Edwin (Monika) Kolb, and Barbara Kolb-Linebarger; grandchildren, Faith, Matthew and Andrew Kolb, Michael and Kristina Kolb, Jonathan, Daniel, Laura and Benjamin Schrock, Brittany Nichols, David and Heather Kolb, Adam LaVasseur, Michael, Joseph, David, John, and James Kolb, Sarkis, and Amber Linebarger; and brother, William Kolb of Tonawanda, N.Y. 

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers, to Focus Hope, St. Vincent DePaul, and the Salvation Army.

JACK B. MURDOCK

A Memorial Service for Jack Murdock, 90, of Chelsea was held July 3 at the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth with the Rev. Dean Klump officiating.

Mr. Murdock was born April 13, 1912 in Mt. Morris and died June 30 in Chelsea. The family's relocation to the northwest section of Detroit resulted in Mr. Murdock graduating with Cooley High School's first graduating class. Following his marriage to Blanche, the couple resided in Detroit and raised three sons. During these years, Mr. Murdock's worked as window trimmer for men's clothiers for a business venture he dubbed "Da-Mar-Crag Displays," after his sons. He was also employed at the Gold Bell Gift Stamp Company, and the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth, where he served as custodian and also helped with many church activities. Jack later resided at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was preceded in death by his wife: a son, Craig; and infant son, Paul.

Survivors include children, Mark (Shirley) Murdock of Ketchikan, Ark., and David (Gail) Murdock of Commerce Township; grandchildren, Josh (Lorna) Murdock of Ketchikan, Ark,, Garth (Andrea) Murdock of Juneau, Ark., Seth Murdock of Ketchikan, Ark., Michelle (Greg) Glover of Oxford, Suzanne (E.J.) Wojtowicz of Ft. Lauderdale, Matthew Murdock of Los Angeles, and Gretchen Murdock of San Francisco; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Riley, Molly, and Jack; brother, Wayne Murdock of Traverse City; and sisters, Joy Peterson of Traverse City and Jeanette (Paul) Cosper of Northville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Retirement Center, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

ROYAL "ROY" D. CLISCH

Services for Roy Clisch, 76, of Nisula, Mich., were held July 3 at the Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Frederick Vanhala officiating. Burial was at Nisula Cemetery. 

Mr. Clisch was born Aug. 30, 1925 in Alston, Mich. and died July 1 in Livonia. 

He was preceded in death by brother, John Clisch.

Survivors include wife, Ellen Clisch; sons, George (Cheryl) Clisch of Flowermound, Texas, Richard (Joyce) Clisch of Canton, James (Linda) Clisch of South Lyon, and Robert (Janet) Clisch of Plymouth; eight grandchildren; and brother, William (Jean) Clisch of Alston, Mich.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Finnish Center Association, 35200 W. Eight Mile, Farmington Hills, Mich.

Arrangements made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home.

CHHABILDAS ASHER

Services for Chhabildas Asher, 84, of Canton Township were held July 3 at the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Canton Chapel. 

Mr. Asher was born Feb. 21, 1918 in India and died July 1 at Annapolis Hospital in Wayne. He worked as an accountant. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Manjula.

Survivors include children, Niranjana Bajaria, Jayshree Asher, Ashwin (Chitra) Asher and Kamlesh (Surekha) Asher; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

FRANCES M. HILL

Services for Frances M. Hill, 61, of Plymouth will be held July 9 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. Drex Morton officiating. 

Mrs. Hill was born Sept. 1, 1940 in Caylor, Va. and died July 3 in Plymouth. She was a retired food service worker for the Plymouth Canton school system. She also was a retired community service officer for the Plymouth Township Police Department. She came to the Plymouth community in the early 1960s from Va. She was a Red Cross volunteer. She loved to visit Las Vegas, enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. 

Survivors include husband, Richard Hill of Plymouth; children, Linda (Albert) Gorski of Canton and Sandra Purcell and her fiancee Andrew Bortell of Plymouth; grandchildren, Jessica and Alexandria; and best friend, Irene Kelley of Livonia.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Hospice, 806 Airport Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or the Cancer Care Center-Outpatient Oncology Clinic, 5301 E. Huron River Drive, Box 995, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

Darlene Marie Houdek

Services for Darlene Houdek, 39, of Canton (formerly of Livonia) were held July 24 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with the Rev. Andy Webster officiating.

Mrs. Houdek was born Aug. 17, 1962 in Davenport, Iowa, and died July 20 at her home. She was a graduate of Wayne State University in 1984. She had been employed at Grant Thornton CPA until 1989 when she retired to be a homemaker. She was a loving wife and mother. She was a champion athlete, enjoying soccer, softball, and downhill skiing, She enjoyed Scrabble, Euchre, Red Wings Hockey and good times with family, friends, and "THE DAVES". 

She was preceded in death by brother, Dale Bowers.

Survivors include husband of 17 years, Tom G. Houdek of Canton; children, Jeffrey, Jamie and Jacqueline; parents, Dr. Leslie (Shirley) Bowers of Livonia; in-laws, Tom (Wanda) Houdek of Canton; brothers, Mark (MaryAnn) Houdek of Livonia, Derick (Sandy) Houdek of Salem, and Dean (Lisa) Houdek of Livonia; sisters, Marilyn (Greg) Melvin of Livonia, Lesley Russell of Livonia, Holly (Tom) Burr of Livonia, and Tina Bowers of Northville. 

Arrangements made by McCabe Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

Paul Edwin Smith

Services for Paul Smith, 93, of Plymouth were held July 22 at St. Catherines of Sienna Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio with the Rev. Gary Walters officiating. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery in Toledo.

Mr. Smith was born April 12, 1909 in Corunna, Mich. and died July 18 in Livonia. He was a freight sales representative for the Canadian National Grand Trunk Western Railroad. He retired in 1971 after 40 years of service. He came to the Plymouth community in 2001 from Toledo. He lived in Toledo from 1943 to 2001. He was a member of St. Catherines of Sienna Catholic Church since 1950. He was a member of The Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus, and he was past secretary-treasurer and honorary member of the Toledo Transportation Club. He enjoyed camping, travel, gardening, carpentry, and reading. He was a member of the Toastmasters of Toledo. 

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred.

Survivors include daughter, Kathleen (Larry) Duggan of Northville; sons, Richard (Margaret) Smith of Waterford, Paul F. (Barbara) Smith of Toledo, and David (Pamela) Smith of Toledo; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Katherine Martin of Jackson; and brothers-in-law, Arthur and Gordon Stoddard of Grand Rapids.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

Gladys M. Cox

A private family service was recently held for Gladys M. Cox, 90, of Plymouth. She died July 16 at Arbor Hospice and Home Care in Ann Arbor.

Mrs. Cox was born Sept. 10, 1911 in Detroit. She came to the Northville community in 1954 and retired to Florida with her husband. They returned to the Plymouth community in 1988. 

Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence.

Survivors include daughters, Ival (Philip) Lang of Plymouth, and Susan (Bill) Grady of Canton; son, Jim (Debbie) Cox of Milford; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arbor Hospice and Home Care in Ann Arbor.

Arrangements made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

Karen E. Clemmons

Services for Karen Clemmons, 33, of Westland, were held July 23 at the First Congregational Church in Wayne with the Rev. Rob Joy officiating.

Mrs. Clemmons was born Nov. 25, 1968 and died July 19 in Wayne, Mich. She was a contract administrator at Compuware.

She was preceded in death by grandfather, Joe Pack.

Survivors include husband, John Clemmons of Westland; daughter, Ryan Ashley Clemmons of Westland; parents, Howard (Joyce) Taylor of Canton; sister, Sandy (Robert) Spence of Fla.; sister, Paula (Peter) Bartlett of Fla.; sister, Kelly (Craig) Timko of Canton; and grandmother, Obsth Pack. 

Arrangements made by Uht Funeral Home.

James K. Burrell

A memorial Service for James Burrell, 64, of Canton will be held July 31 at the Uht Funeral Home in Westland.

Mr. Burrell was born Nov. 14, 1937 and died July 17 in Wayne. He was an engineer with Daimler Chrysler. 

Survivors include wife, Shirley; son, Michael (Stacy) Burrell; daughters, Linda Greer and Amy Burrell; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements made by Uht Funeral Home.

Keith D. Baughman

Services for Keith D. Baughman, 80, of Karlin (formerly of Plymouth) were held July 23 at The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City with the Rev. Dr. Homer Nye officiating. 

Mr. Baughman was born Jan. 24, 1922 in Nesson City. He served his country honorably during World War II as a sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an aviation machinist with Bombing Squadron 611 in the Philippines and still kept in contact with the men in his unit. He was a member of the Copemish American Legion, Read-Osborne Post 531. After earning a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1950, he taught wood shop and welding at Plymouth High School. He led the boys track team to regional and state championships as their head coach for 17 years. His positive influence on so many young men's lives is a legacy which will live on beyond his years. After receiving a master of arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1954, he kept friendships with "the college crowd," a group of men who had studied together. He was always interested in life, enjoying fishing, reading about history and mystery, collecting ancestral photographs and watching the birds and other wildlife that surround his home. He especially loved spending time with his child and grandchildren who will miss his gourmet molasses cookies and stories of the past. 

Mr. Baughman was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Donald Alderman; and daughter, Lisa Valerie Baughman.

Survivors include wife, Louise G. Peck; daughter, Linda Alderman of Traverse City; grandchildren, Marc Alderman and fiance, Dede Cronin of Interlochen, Lara (Jeff) Kelley of Vancouver, B.C.; step-grandchildren, Shan (Todd) Bowens of Battle Creek, Maya (Jeff) Kassab of Traverse City, Chay (Holly) Gray of Grawn; step-great-grandchildren, Trent and Mknzie; brother, Robert Baughman of Frankfort; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City or the Salvation Army.

Arrangements made by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

William Carl Ruland

William Ruland, 77, of Crystal River, Fla. died July 18 in Crystal River under the loving care of Hospice of Citrus County and his family. 

Mr. Ruland was born Oct. 31, 1924 in Philadelphia. He came to Citrus County 10 years ago from Bella Vista, Ark. and was a World War II U.S. Air Force veteran, serving his country for three years as a B-17 combat crew member overseas. He was retired from sales and marketing for Yale & Towne Hoisting Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia and in his career of 38 years in the overhead materials handling industry, he moved and travelled extensively.

Mr. Ruland was preceded in death by his son, James Stacy Ruland.

Survivors include wife of 55 years, Marcelaine Ruland of Crystal River; daughters, Marcelaine Ferguson of Belleville, Ill., Charlaine Bryan of Parker, Colo., Lizbeth Hodson of Graham, N.C. and Jennifer Gurny of Plymouth; son, William F. Ruland of Hudson, Fla.; mother, Mary Elizabeth Ruland, 98 of Doylestown, Penn.; sisters, Mary Reckner, Shirley Gamauf, and Dolores Springsteen, all of Doylestown, Penn.; 15 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Citrus County.

Arrangements made by Fero Funeral Home.

Robert Joseph Kos

Services for Robert Kos, 66, of Plymouth were held July 19 at the Vermeulen Funeral Home with Rev. D.J. West officiating. Burial was at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills.

Mr. Kos was born Feb. 2, 1936 in Detroit and died July 15 in Plymouth. He lived in Plymouth for the past 13 years, after spending several years in Charlotte, N.C. and Atlanta, Ga. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Detroit. He retired from the Ford Motor Company, where he was an accountant. Mr. Kos enjoyed reading and travel, as well as home rebuilding and remodeling. He was the proud father of four children and six grandchildren. 

Survivors include wife, Betty P. Phillips of Plymouth; sons, Philip M. (Kathy) Kos of Livonia, Jeffrey M. (Sheryl) Phillips of Plymouth, and Mark R. (Julie) Phillips of Redford; daughter, Lynn M. (John) Thiry of Whitmore Lake; brothers, Leonard Kos of Los Angeles, Richard Kos of Southgate; sisters, Theresa Kos of Los Angeles and Valerie Routin; granddaughters, Heidi Phillips of Plymouth and Michele Kos of Livonia; grandsons, Jeffry, Brett and Benjamin Phillips of Plymouth, and Daniel Phillips of Redford; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile, Southfield, MI 48076 or Hospice of Washtenaw, 806 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

Darryl Bartlett

Services for Darryl Bartlett, 54, of Wixom will be held July 25 at Phillips Funeral Home in South Lyon.

Mr. Bartlett was born Oct. 6, 1947 in Detroit and died July 21. He lived in Westland before moving to Wixom. He loved sports, spending time at Camp Dearborn in Milford and enjoyed talking to people. One of his favorite sayings was, "He never met a stranger he didn't like." 

Survivors include wife, Jenny Bartlett of Wixom; mother, Patricia Bartlett of California; brother, Michael Bartlett of California; stepchildren, Clyde Findley, Donald (LuAnn) Findley of Westland, Debbie Findley of Canton, and Sheri Thieleman of Canton; grandchildren, Tiana, Donald, Tyler, Amber, Amanda, Austin, Dylan and Danielle; and many loving friends.

Arrangements made by Phillips Funeral Home.

Dorothy Zdan

Services for Dorothy Zdan, 61, of Canton were held July 31 at the Neely-Turowski Funeral Home with Mr. Dan Weideman officiating.

Mrs. Zdan was born June 18, 1941 in Detroit and died July 27 at Arbor Hospice. She was a secretary. 

Survivors include husband, William; daughters, Jeanni (Shawn) Munday, and Andrea (Ryan) Nowak; brother, William (Kat); granddaughter, Alison; brother, Robert (Ruth) Bollinger, and sister, Robin (Alan) Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home.

Laura Elizabeth Weir

Services for Laura Weir, 28, of Canton were held July 29 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with the Rev. Andrew Webster officiating. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Ms. Weir was born May 29, 1976 in Ypsilanti and died July 25 at Angela Hospice. She lived in Canton for 26 years. She was an elementary school teacher at St. Mary School in Wayne, All Saints School in Canton, Tonda Elementary in Canton, plus numerous substitute positions in Plymouth-Canton and Livonia School districts. She held a bachelor of arts degree and Michigan teaching certificate from Grand Valley State University. She was a member of the Girl Scouts, Huron Valley Council troop leader, camp counselor, member of St. John Neumann Praise Choir and St. John Newmann Young Adult Group. She was awarded Outstanding Leader in 2001-G.S.H.V.C. She enjoyed reading, dance (ballet), and collecting doll house miniatures. 

Survivors include parents, Robert (Barbara) Weir of Canton; sisters, Jennifer (Kenneth) Meyers of Lake Orion and Kelly Weir of Canton; brothers, Rob Weir of Canton and Kevin Weir of Canton; grandmother, Elizabeth G. Weir of Redford; grandfather, James Owen Fagan of Redford; and several cousins, aunts and uncles.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

Pamela A. Forrestall

Services for Pamela Forrestall, 52, of Canton were held July 25 at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerald V. Bechard officiating.

Mrs. Forrestall was born Nov. 8, 1949 in Detroit and died July 22 in Southfield. She was an information operator with AT&T. She was a member of St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church.

Survivors include husband, Michael Forrestall of Canton; daughter, Felecia Forrestall of Canton; brother, Richard (Beth) Harvey of Grand Junction, Colo.; brother, Kenneth (Barbara Jo) Harvey of Davisburg; and brother, Robert (Jessie) Harvey of Weedsport, N.Y. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Nash Syndrome or American Liver Research.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

Mary Ellen Harvie

Services for Mary Harvie, 76, of Utah were held Aug. 3 at Cadillac Memorial West Cemetery.

Mrs. Harvie was born Dec. 19, 1925 in Detroit and died July 28 at Utah Valley Reg. Medical Center. She worked as an administrative clerk for Ameritech.

She was preceded in death by husband, Roy A. Harvie, Jr.; son, Michael S. Harvie; and daughter, Kathy Harvie.

Survivors include son, Robert B. (Sunday) Harvie; daughters, Pamela K. Baker and Carol L. (Philip) Heineman; son, Richard J. (Kathleen) Harvie of Canton; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

John Louis Andrews

Services for John Andrews, 61, of Canton were held Aug. 2 at the Vermeulen Funeral Home-Westland with the Rev. Leonard Partensky officiating.

Mr. Andrews was born July 27, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio and died July 27 in Canton. He was self-employed. 

Survivors include sons, Jeffrey R. Andrews of Clearwater, Fla. and Chris (Wendy) Andrews of Queensbury, N.Y.; brothers, Gary Andrews of Cleveland, Ohio and Collins Andrews of St. Petersburgh, fla.; grandson, Kyle Andrews; and former wife, Susan Andrews of Clearwater, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, Ill. 60678-3968.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home-Westland.

John Van Gorder

Services for John Van Gorder, 72, of Canton were held July 31 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church with the Rev. Doc Ortman officiating. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mr. Van Gorder was born June 21, 1930 in Detroit and died July 28 at St. Mary Mercy Hospital. He was married for 49 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Campaign, earning the Japan Occupational medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Japan Clask, and Combat Medic Badge, having served in the Medical Company, 32nd Infantry. Mr. Van Gorder was past President of Senior Elks, the Plymouth Knights of Columbus #3292, VFW Mayflower Lt. Gamble Post #6695, and the American Legion Post #32.

Survivors include wife, Caroline F. Van Gorder of Canton; sister, Katherine Self of Pinellas Park, Fla.; sister, Mary Lou Vestrang of Prudenville; and brother, William Van Gorder of Warren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Michigan, 26555 Evergreen, Ste. 375, Southfield, MI 48076.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.


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