Obituaries and Memorials
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David Edward Arnold, born May 8, 1948 passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. David was born in Jackson, Michigan and raised in Grass Lake, Michigan. David attended Eastern Michigan University and was a member of the football team, 1966-1970. David’s joy of teaching and coaching led him to a long tenure at Clinton Community Schools as a middle school teacher and coach of basketball, football, and track. David was a longtime active member of St John Episcopal Church, and loved outdoor activities lead by biking and farming.
David is preceded in death by parents, Edward and Lorraine Arnold; sister, Patricia Arnold. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; sisters, Linda, Karen, and Cynthia (Shane) Slowinski; children, Nathan (Sarah), Jacob (Suzanne), and Rachel (Dean) Kreuzer; and grandchildren, Abigail, Samuel, Brooks, Claire, Cole, Cullen, Quentin, Amelia, and William. If donations are considered, please contribute to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Dave's name. http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GiftFunds/GiftFunds?px=4279168&pg=personal&fr_id=39300. There will be a memorial open to all November 12, 2016, 2–6 p.m. at Where Friends Meet Banquet Hall, 11701 Tecumseh-Clinton Road, Clinton, Michigan.
Masako “Marty” Simpson, age 83, of Tecumseh, passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, MI. She was born on January 20, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan, the daughter of the late Ichiro and Rin Ito. Masako met and married David Simpson while he was serving in the military at Shiroi Air Force Base in Japan. They wed on May 3, 1958 in Matsudo, Japan.
Masako enjoyed playing golf with the Lock Erin and Raisin Valley Ladies League, loved pottery work, playing bingo and going to casinos. She assisted Japanese families associated with Lenawee Stamping Plant, adjust to life here in America. Masako also worked as a seamstress, a translator and hosted many exchange students. She loved to travel back to Japan to visit and celebrate time with family and friends.
She was especially proud of her four grandsons – the joy of her life.
Masako is survived by her loving husband, David, her children; Sandra L. (William) Waddell of Ada, MI and Robert A. (Laura) Simpson of Plymouth, MI, grandchildren; Grant Waddell, Andrew, Daniel and Joel Simpson, her sister-in-law; Helene Ruhl and a brother-in-law; John P. (Joan) Simpson. At her request cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Riverside Cemetery, Clinton, MI at 12:00 pm. Memorial contributions in Masako’s honor, may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com
Dennis L. Simpson, age 74, of Tecumseh, passed away suddenly on July 31, 2016 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. He was born on September 15, 1941 in Adrian, Michigan, the son of the late Ivan G. and Ardis I. (Mehan) Simpson. On May 3, 1963 he married his sweetheart, Delores Kay Emmons in Lyons, Ohio and they shared 53 years together.
Dennis attended Clinton United Church of Christ. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed shooting sporting clays along with wood working and playing Sudoku. He was very proud of the tradition that he started of buying his grandchildren a fishing pole before they were born. Dennis was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend to many, as he never met a stranger. He adored his time with family especially his grandchildren.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Delores, his children; Matthew J. (Lisa) Simpson of Tecumseh, MI and Monica M. (Christopher) Bauer of Crestwood, KY, grandchildren; Samantha, Nathan and Cynthia Bauer, Kaitlyn and Benjamin Simpson, his sister; Dixie Jeffries of Delta, OH. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister and her husband; Donna (Robert) Frantz.
Memorial visitation for Dennis will be held on Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Clinton Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes from 4-8:00 pm. Memorial service will be held Saturday, August 6th at Clinton United Church of Christ at 11:00 am with Pastor Diane White officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of the service. In accordance to his wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be made to Clinton United Church of Christ.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com
Louis C. Velarde, Sr. age 77, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. Born on March 31, 1939 in Detroit, MI, son of Manuel T. and Mary Lou (York) Velarde. He married Dorothy M. Gaston on December 24, in Detroit, and they shared 57 years together.
Louis was a skilled tradesman, retiring from Sheet Metal Workers Local 80 in 1997. "Louie" had a strong, commanding presence who was always in control and held strong convictions. His work ethic was matched by none. He never took the easy way of doing anything; rather the best way. His hardworking drive stayed with him until the end.
There was a gentler side of Louie that few people saw outside of the family; one you could always count on for help and support. He would go out of his way to make sure they were taken care of, or at the very least, share his vast knowledge so they could take care of themselves. His laughter and unique sense of humor will resonate in the hearts of those who knew him.
Louis is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy; his son Louis C. Velarde Jr. and daughters, Dorothy M. Baker and Gloria (Tim Klanke) Velarde, all from Clinton; and daughter, Sheree (Paul) Mazer of Carleton, MI. Additionally, he leaves his grandchildren: Michael, Paul Jr., Paula, Ken, Kolton, Aaron, Angela, Christina, Dan, and Wyatt; his brother, David M. Velarde of Corona, CA; his sisters, Clara Stoker of Rhodesdale, MD and Patricia A. Morgan of Brooklyn, MI; and 18 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dawn Alvedy, a daughter, Manuel J. Velarde, a brother, and Mary Ann Cline, a sister.
Visitation for Louis will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Clinton Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes from 2-4:00 pm & 6-8:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church at 11:00 am with visitation from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Memorial contribution may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.
Suzanne J. Baker Woodward
Suzanne (Suzy) Jane Baker Woodward, age 81, died on August 5, 2016. She was born in Mishawaka, Indiana on August 14, 1934 to Franklin Elias and Frances Genevieve Richardson Baker. Suzy married Carl J. Woodward in Clinton, MI on December 27, 1952. Sadly, Carl preceded her in death on July 24, 2000. She lived most of her life in Clinton and Tecumseh, moving to Concord, MI in 2011 where she made her home with her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Tamy Woodward.
Suzy is survived by her son Chris and his wife Tamy of Concord, MI; her daughter Amy Woodward and her husband Dave Lampson of Holt, MI. She is also survived by her grandchildren Cailen M. Woodward of Sacramento, CA and Alex Woodward and his fiancé Danielle Larson both of Wayland, MI. Suzy was fortunate to have extraordinary friends in Lois Geiger, Shirley Smith Campbell and Teddy Schindler. Lois, Shirley and Suzy’s friendship spanned 75 years. Sisters-in-law Phyllis Baker of Manchester and Sandra Poore-Baker of Clinton also survive as do many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.
She liked to play bridge and poker, loved tulips and antiquing. Suzy was a member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Clinton. Visitation for Suzy will be held on Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Clinton Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes from 4-8:00 pm. Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Clinton at 11:00 am with visitation from 10:00 am until the time of service. Burial to follow at St. Dominic’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clinton Fall Festival/Carl J. Woodward scholarship fund. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.
JAMES JOSEPH SCHULER, age 65, passed away July 6, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with a rare disease (HLH) and cancer.
Jim was born on October 11, 1950 in Tecumseh, MI to John J. & Arlene (Carl) Schuler. On December 18, 1976, he married Patricia J. Smith. Jim has been a lifelong resident of Clinton, MI. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1968, and also from Grand Valley State College receiving his Bachelor of Science degree.
He proudly served as a volunteer firefighter in Clinton for 20 years including 10 years as Assistant Fire Chief. Jim was employed by Lenawee County Road Commission in the Engineering Dept., and then by the Clinton Wastewater Treatment Plant as Superintendent retiring in 2012.
Jim was an avid cross country runner in high school and college. He was also very proud of being on the CHS basketball team that finished second in the State Championship. He enjoyed playing golf, brewing beer, reading, and U of M Football. He loved spending time with family and friends, including annual canoe trips with college friends and his best friend Joe Jagielski. Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia (Smith) Schuler; brother, John (Diane) Schuler Jr.; nephews, John Schuler III, Christopher Schuler, Scott Smith & Jay Smith; nieces, Nicole Beazley, Jill Smith, Kim Talarczyk, Coelle Smith Kirkpatrick; sister-in-law, Pamela Goldman; brother-in-laws, Gregg Smith, and Phil Smith.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service was held Monday, July 11, 2016 at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Home at 2:00 pm with Pastor Diane White officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Clinton United Church of Christ or charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com
Roger Lester Proctor, age 67, passed away unexpectedly on July 4, 2016 in Tecumseh. Roger was born on July 8, 1948, in Port Huron, Michigan, to Lester D. and Lucille (May) Proctor. He grew up in Clinton, Michigan, and graduated from Clinton High School in 1966. In 1970, he graduated from Western Michigan University and married his high school sweetheart, Diane Lauer. After teaching middle school science and coaching football in South Lyon, Roger joined his father in the family business, operating Proctor Funeral Homes in Tecumseh and Clinton. In 1983, Roger began a new career as a financial advisor, working for Investor Diversified Services (IDS), American Express Financial Advisors and, for the last 15 years, Hantz Financial Services. Roger was an active member of Kiwanis for many years and served on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Lenawee and Orchard Terrace.
A former athlete and avid sports fan, Roger loved to follow the Tigers and the sports and activities of his children and grandchildren. He also loved to hunt and fish, especially at the family cabin near Atlanta, Michigan. Rog and Diane enjoyed an active social life in Tecumseh with their family and close group of friends.
Roger is survived by his wife Diane (Lauer) Proctor, son Jason (Bethany) Proctor of Bay City; Marisa (Bruce Schlieman) Proctor of Honolulu, Hawaii; grandchildren Kellen, Marin, and Grady Proctor, Charlie and Nora Schlieman, and step-grandchildren Emily and Clara Schlieman; sister Jackie Proctor of Clinton, brother Stuart (Cheryl) Proctor of Clayton, brother-in-law Daniel (Kathy) Lauer of Tipton, sister-in-law Jeanne (Lauer) Heft of Madison, Wisconsin, many loved nieces and nephews, and his loyal hunting buddy, Woody.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation for Roger will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes from 5-8:00 pm. and Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 2-4 pm & 6-8:00 pm. Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton MI., with Pastor Susie Shaefer officiating at 11:00 am with visitation from 10:00 am until the time of the service.
Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Clinton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church of Clinton or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com
Irene M. Hahn, 96, a longtime resident of Clinton, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Hospice of Lenawee. She was born on November 5, 1919 in West Point, Nebraska, the oldest of six daughters, born to Einer and Christina (Meier) Johnson. On October 12, 1943 she married Frank J. Hahn and after his service in WWII, they relocated to Clinton, MI.
Mrs. Hahn was an active member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. She maintained the church altar linens, vestments and was housekeeper for the church rectory. She prepared meals for visiting clergy and her apple pies were a favorite at St. Dominic’s Hall during the fall festivals. Mrs. Hahn's homemaking and gardening skills were exceptional. She loved all creatures great and small, especially their dog Toby. Mrs. Hahn was always there for family and a second mother to many of her children's friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by her family and friends.
Mrs. Hahn is survived by her daughter, Darlene (Robert) Wagner of Irving, TX, her sons; Mark Hahn of Naples FL and Eugene Hahn of Brooklyn MI, her son-in-law; Charles Escott, two sisters; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband, her daughter; Ilene Escott and three sisters.
Visitation for Mrs. Hahn will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Clinton Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes, from 6-8 pm. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Chapel in Clinton at 11:00 am with visitation from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Burial to follow at St. Dominic’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your favorite charity. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.
Weikart, Phyllis Saxton
Formerly of Clinton and Ypsilanti, MI
Age 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Saline Evangelical Home—The Redies Center. She was born on April 22, 1931 in Poughkeepsie, NY, the daughter of Randall P. and Dorothy Vail Saxton. On August 24, 1957 in Shelton, CT, she married David P. Weikart. He preceded her in death on December 9, 2003. Phyllis received her bachelor’s degree from Beaver College in 1952 and her master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1957. Phyllis was Associate Professor Emeritus in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. The School honored her with the Lifetime Achievement award in 2004. She was also a visiting Associate Professor for the Hart School of Music in Hartford, CT. Early in her career, Phyllis was involved with women’s field hockey at both the local and US levels. She started and coached the first women’s field hockey team at the University of Michigan. She was herself a top US goalie, playing on the US international touring and Great Lakes Regional, and Ann Arbor teams. She served as President for the women’s Unites States Field Hockey Association for 5 years. In 1979, Phyllis was inducted into Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to her role in teaching sport skills and physical education, she created and directed the University of Michigan Adult Lifestyle Program. She was also the creator of "Fitness Over Fifty," an exercise program for older adults. Phyllis developed "Education through Movement: Building the Foundation" certification program for school educators. She was the first Director/Developer and then Senior Advisor to the Movement and Music Division of High Scope Educational Research Foundation. In 2010, High Scope awarded her a Lifetime achievement award, dedicated to the “lifetime of teaching children and adults the value of movement and music and its impact on education.” She has authored numerous books, videos and CDs on movement, music, and International folk dance. She holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Dance Council. Her most recent honor was bestowed in 2014 when she was inducted into the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA) Hall of Honor. Phyllis’ life’s work centered around creating and refining a process approach to teaching, which ensured that everyone would be successful. She was an astute observer of learners. She intuitively knew how to meet students where they were, and how to teach others this process. Her ultimate goal was to provide the most exciting, inviting educational environment that anyone could ever hope to experience. Sharing the Education through Movement program, Phyllis changed every person she encountered for the better. Her influence will continue for generations to come. Survivors include Phyllis and David’s children: Cynthia (Dale) Embry, Catherine (Mark) Yeckel, Jennifer (Vince) Danko, and Gretchen. Other survivors include their grandchildren Brian and Steven (Sara) Embry, Zachary, Jacob, Nathan, and Allison Danko, and her brother Richard (Janice) Saxton. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Gathering will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. at Clinton United Methodist Church 10900 Tecumseh-Clinton Hwy, Clinton, MI 49236 with Rev. Orval Willimann officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Brecon Village Wellness Program, Development Office, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline, MI 48176 and envelopes will be available at the service. To sign Phyllis’ guestbook, to leave a memory, or for more information please visit www.rbfhsaline.com
Joanna B. Lancaster, 94, of Clinton, passed away on Tuesday, March 08, 2016 at her home with her family at her side. She was born on February 27, 1922 in Metamora, OH, the daughter of Clyde and Florence Gormley. She graduated from Metamora High School and Cleary College in Ypsilanti, MI.
Joanna married George E. Lancaster on December 27, 1945 in Metamora and they shared 55 years together before his death in 2000.
Joanna was a long time member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clinton. She worked as a bookkeeper at various locations, and many years with Lancaster Insurance Agency. Joanna enjoyed her participation in the Smile Reading Program at Clinton Elementary School and was a past Cub Scout Leader. Her hobbies included reading, playing bridge, cross stitch and knitting, and she enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers. Joanna’s greatest joys were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spending time with them.
Joanna is survived by her children, George (Kathy) Lancaster of Key Colony Beach, FL, Jeanne (Robert) Ford of Blissfield, JD (Joyce) Lancaster of Clinton; grandchildren, Christine Lancaster, George (Karen) Lancaster, Brian (Janira) Ford, Kelly (Brandon) Bollin, Jonathon (Samantha Young) Lancaster, Tommy Lancaster, Jacinda (John Grabo) Lancaster, James (Deanna) Lancaster, Juliana and Jared Lancaster; great-grandchildren, Timothy Parker George, James and Jack Lancaster, Jacob, Tyler, and Brianna Ford, Avery Joanna and Emma Bollin; many nieces and nephews; and her sisters-in-law, Louise Gormley and Milly Gormley of Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her brothers, John and Prentiss Gormley; sisters, Meredith (Virgil) Gobba, Winifred (John) Shelton and Alice (Walter) Schafer; her in-laws, Hutter (Frank) Jeannette, Minota (Joe) Fleming, Lois Lancaster, Jack Lancaster, Sallie (Edward) Mack and Laura (Ken) Koch.
Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Clinton Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes from 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm. Memorial service will be on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at St. John’s Episcopal Church of Clinton at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
Burial will be private at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions in honor of Joanna may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church. A special thank you to her caregivers, Linda Marcum; Hospice of Lenawee nurse, Rochelle; and aide, Carmen and the many contacts at Hospice. Your love and support made this journey with mom comforting. Condolences may be made to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com
Barry L. Heimerdinger, 63, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 3, 1953 in Adrian, MI, the son of George and Margaret (Zick) Heimerdinger.
On December 21, 1998, he married Martha Ann Ellison and she survives.
Barry retired from Ford Motor Company in 2002 after many years as a Line Repairman. He was a member of the Clinton United Church of Christ, a volunteer for the Clinton Fire Department for ten years, part of the Manchester Men’s Club and Barry’s Coffee Club. He loved bowling, softball, hunting, fishing and watching Clinton High School football. Barry helped deliver Pioneer Seed and he helped on the dairy farm with his uncle and father. He treasured spending summers at his home at Heimie’s Hideaway but what gave him greatest pleasure, was spending time with family and friends.
Barry is survived by his wife; Martha, mother-in-law; Monetta Ellison of Waynesboro, TN, his children; Heather Heimerdinger, Heidi Heimerdinger, Brian Heimerdinger, Holly Heimerdinger, all of Clinton, MI, Melinda (Randle Dugger) Coker of Waynesboro, TN, Elizabeth (Jeremy) Sullivan of Clinton, MI, grandchildren; Kelsey, Tenerra, Carol Ann, Alissa, Ben, Tyler, Patrick, Ragan and Braden, great-grandchildren; Kylie and Lincoln, his brother; Walter (Paula) Heim of Valrico, FL, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and numerous cousins, also a very special Uncle; Uncle Dave Heimerdinger of Clinton, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation for Barry will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Clinton Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes from 4-8 pm and again on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Clinton United Church of Christ, 300 Tecumseh Rd., Clinton, MI at 11:00 am with Pastor Diane White officiating with visitation from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Clinton, MI. Memorial Contributions may be made to Clinton UCC or Al-Anon. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com
Elizabeth E. (Betty) Brockman, age 69 of Clinton, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at her home.
She was born November 4, 1946, in Ypsilanti, Mich., to Alfred and Faunchon Hubbard) Hanson. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Ypsilanti, Mich. in 1965.
Surviving are two sons, Keith (Ginger Talbot) Hanson of Ypsilanti, Hal (Lisa) Brockman of Ohio; one sister, Shelly Trolz of Arizona; one brother, Tim (Penny) Hanson of Brooklyn; one sister-in-law, Ruth Hanson of Grand Haven; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Kevin Brockman; two brothers, Jim Hanson and Cliff Hanson; one sister-in-law, Helen Hanson and one brother-in-law, Chuck Trolz.
Per Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 4pm Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Clinton Baptist Church. Memorial dinner and time of sharing will follow in the church fellowship hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Gale Charles Patterson (aka "Bear") 58,of Clinton, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday May 19th, 2016.
Gale was born on January 10th, 1958 in Tecumseh, MI to parents Betty (Tirb) Patterson and Charles Lindenberg and was a lifelong resident of Clinton. Gale was an alumni of Clinton High School, where he was active in the Student Government and had earned a Varsity letter with basketball and baseball.
As an adult, he met his wife Kathy in 1997 (along with her two children) and were later married in 2001. They resided together in Clinton.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years (Kathy) two step-sons (Brian Ettlich and Kevin Ettlich) and their three grandchildren (Kaylin Sposite) (Jaxson Ettlich and Mason Ettlich). He also leaves behind two siblings, (Dondi Patterson and Pat Patterson), as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother (Ronnie Patterson).
Gale was a kind and giving soul and a great friend to those fortunate enough to know him. He had a passion for animals and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren more than anything. Gale has touched the lives of many people and will forever be loved and missed.
Since Gale has never been a traditional person, as respect to him the family will be holding a "Celebration of Life" gathering on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at Where Friends Meet in Clinton from 4pm to 10pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his surviving family.
Smith, Harry Neal
Harry Neal Smith, 72, of Tecumseh, died Friday June 24, 2016 at his home. He was born September 15, 1943 in Tecumseh, MI the son of the late Jessie Wade and Dorothy Eva Smith. Harry served his country proudly and was an Air Force veteran. He was a member of the Tecumseh VFW Post #4187 Hall Slater, Tecumseh American Legion Underwood-Orr Post #34 and the Brooklyn Eagles. Harry’s love of his life was riding his Harley and visiting with his grandkids, and for many years he enjoyed playing golf.
Harry is survived by a daughter, Jessica (Chris) Lee Smith Meyers of Glenview, IL; two sisters, Shirley (Norman) Campbell of Clinton, MI and Linda Porter of Tecumseh, MI; three grandchildren, Kensie, Clara and Hudson Meyers and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Curtis Wade Smith; brother-in-law, Patrick Porter and a cousin, Jack Smith.
At his request cremation has taken place. A memorial service for Harry was held on Wednesday June 29, at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes with full military honors under the auspice of the Tecumseh American Legion Post #34. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Clinton at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tecumseh VFW or U of M Cardiovascular Center. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.
Pamela Jo Pray, 61, of Clinton, died Thursday, July 7, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born August 6, 1954 in Marion, Indiana a daughter of Joan Frye of Clinton, MI and the late Desmoine Frye.
Pam loved crafting, cooking and was very creative. Christmas was her favorite time of the year and she loved having family over, along with spending time with her dog, Frankie and late Sarah. Pam also loved spending time at her lake cottage, with family, in North Webster Indiana.
Along with her mother, Pam is survived by her husband, David P. Pray; children, Mark (Richelle) Baylis of Sault St. Marie, MI, Katie (Matt) Dorr of Clinton, MI, Kelly (Michael Tongel) Baylis of Lancaster, PA, Kristin (Vince) Vescelius of Tecumseh, MI, Robyn (Chad) Olson of Livonia and Lauren Pray of Livonia, MI. A sister, Barb Frye of Clinton, MI and five grandchildren, Wyatt and Dillan Baylis and Marlena, Ben and Lila Olson.
A memorial service was held at 11:11 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016 at the Clinton United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jon Turner officiating. In lieu of flowers the family would like memorial contributions to be made to: Hospice of Lenawee or Lenawee Co. Humane Society. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.
Frances Weigle Kuthe Westfall, age 89 of Tecumseh, Michigan passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016 at her home surrounded by friends and family while under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. She was born on November 4, 1926 in Fulton, Missouri, the daughter of Otis and Grace Weigle. Frances graduated from William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri.
Frances was a member of Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor, MI. In her third career she owned a small business where she received many honors and raised award wining Norwich Terriers. She was a member of the Terrier Club of MI and was on the board of directors for The Norwich Terrier Club of America. Frances enjoyed sewing, gardening, collecting teddy bears, coffee and chocolate in all its forms, golfing and traveling. She delighted in taking care of her puppies, being both a grandmother and great-grandmother and being a loyal friend. Frances was a kind, elegant, and hard working woman who will be remember by all the people she touched and loved.
Frances is survived by her step-son, John David (Pamela) Kuthe of Silver City, NM, step-daughter; Karen (John) Gibson of Atlanta, MI, Grandchildren; Valerie S. Kuthe of Salem, MA, Charles B. (Erin) Kuthe of Mansfield, TX, Daniel (Caitlin McDonough) Kuthe of Madison, CT, three great-grandchildren; Naomi Kuthe, Hannah Kuthe and Gus Kuthe. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, Charles Kuthe and Tomas Westfall.
Memorial service for Frances was held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes at 11:00 am with visitation from 10:00 am until the time of the service.
In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made to the Norwich Terrier Club of America and their Health fund in support of Dr. Bryden Stanley’s study on Norwich Terrier Upper Airway Syndrome (NTUAS). Donations can be done at www.akcchf.org/NTUASdonate. Condolences may be offered for the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com
Katherine P. Jordan, 84, entered the peace of her Lord in the morning hours of July 13, 2016. She was born to Albert and Beulah (Napier) McCall, being the second of four children, in Stanton, Kentucky where she grew up before moving to Michigan after high school.
She married Henry Jordan in 1956, who preceded her in death after only 18 years of life together. A devoted Christian, mother and grandmother, she never missed a chance to tell of how her Lord has supplied her every need. That was who she was, never fainting, though her life was filled with challenges. She taught Sunday school at Clinton Assembly of God and spent her days driving a bus for Manchester Community Schools, retiring in 1994 after almost 27 years. She called them “my kids, ” and was quick to correct, or give a hug as though they were. She loved them all.
Surviving are four children; Doris (Gary ) Lee of Manistique, Mi., Henry Jordan Jr. of Clinton, Mi., Danny ( Connie) Jordan of Pellston, Mi. and Donna Jordan of Clinton, Mi; six grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral services will be 4:00 P. M. Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Clinton Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be 1:00 - 4:00 P. M. preceding the funeral service.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome.com
Colton Eric LaGore, age 20, of Clinton, passed away July 9, 2016 as the result of a traffic accident. Colton was born March 15, 1996 the son of Kurt and Bobbie (Logan) LaGore.
Colton was a graduate of the Britton/Deerfield High School where he was active in sports. He was active in the Solid Rock Church, Clinton.
Colton is survived by his parents; siblings, Scott Logan, Breanna LaGore, Felicia LaGore, and his twin brother, Dillon LaGore; grandparents, Carl and Sharon LaGore, Bob and Donna Logan and John and Lyla Iveson and a niece and a nephew.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with Rev. Tim Richmond officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Clinton, Visitation will be 4:00 - 8:00 P. M. Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the funeral home.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome.com.
It is with a sad and heavy heart that Geoffrey (Geoff) Lewis Day, age 51, of Azle, Texas was called home to be with his Lord on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016. He was born on April 13, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, son of Edward and Janet (Whitcher) Day. He attended Clinton High School through his Senior year in 1983 then attained his GED in Ellijay, Georgia in 1998. Geoff was a Heavy Equipment Operator for 33 years on the eastern sea board and many of the southern states including Texas.
Aside from his work, Geoff enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson with his good friends and he participated in the Toys for Tots program with The Brotherhood of Azle. He loved to cook for family and friends over the years and was also a music lover. Geoff listened to many genres yet Rock and Roll (especially the 1970's and early 1980's), Country and Classical were his favorites.
Geoff is survived by his Dad, Edward Day of Azle; sister, Kitty Day-Guidry and niece, Sarah Guidry of Butte, Montana; special caregivers and close friends - Doug & Sissy (Jean) Holt of Springtown, Texas; longtime close friends - JR & Linda Allen of Hudson, Florida; close friends - Washa Rainwater and Duane Brookins of Azle and several aunts, uncles and cousins of California, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, Texas and Virginia.
Geoff was preceded in death by his mother, Janet Lee (Whitcher) Day and his brother-in-law, J.J. Guidry and all of his grandparents, Price and Alma Day of Adrian and Lewis and Thelma Whitcher of Somerset.
At Geoff's request there was not a visitation. Cremation has taken place and the interment was held at the Ash Creek Cemetary in Azle under the direction of White's Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 and it will be a time of sharing memories of Geoff's love of life, his generous and caring spirit and his ability to make us laugh.
A Benefit Ride sponsored by The Brotherhood of Azle, in his name will also take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Azle. In lieu of flowers, donations for The Brotherhood of Azle benefit fund in memory of Geoff may be sent to:
Sissy Jean 621 Saddle Ridge Court, Springtown, TX 76082
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