Rodney J. Bartlett
Rodney John “Rod” Bartlett, a master of one-liners who loved to make people laugh, died June 6, 2021 at his residence in Charlotte surrounded by his family. Rodney was born February 15, 1945 in London, England to Victor and May (Bates) Bartlett. His family moved to the United States when he was nine-years-old. To this day one of the things he was most proud of was becoming a US citizen.
A hard worker himself, Rod always encouraged his family to do the best they can and instilled good work ethic. He was a journeyman tool and die maker, and retired as a CNC machinist. In his spare time, he enjoyed shooting pool, hunting, fishing and golfing all over Michigan. His pride and joy were always his wife and kids, putting his family number one in his life and openly showing his big heart with grandkids and great-grandkids. The light of Rod’s life, he loved to tease his children and grandkids, and as they got older, they learned to tease right back.
Rod is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet; children, Laura (Keith) Wieber, Mark (Lisa) Bartlett, and John (Kathleen) Bartlett; grandchildren, Cameron, Sydney, Breanne (fiancé Adam), Bryce (Ciara), Karlie, Alexa, Ryan, Sean, and Kyle; great-grandchildren, Evelynn, and Edynn; sister, Rita Bartlett; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, mother, and sister, Gloria Talarczyk.
Friends are encouraged to support Rodney’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The memorial service, held on June 10, was webcast and may be watched from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to PrayFuneral.com, click on Rod’s tribute, then click on photos and videos from your computer, or media from your smart phone. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Sparrow Home Hospice. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Lucille (Lucy) Bulger 84, of Marshall, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Battle Creek Bronson Hospital under the care of hospice. Lucy was a resident of Maplewood of Marshall for the past several years.
Lucy was born on October 10, 1936 in Gibson City, Ill. to Homer H. and Marie B. (Melvin) Bulger. The family moved to Michigan in the early 1940’s.
Lucy graduated from Olivet High School in 1954. She then went on to earn a business degree from Argubright Business College with an associate’s degree. She worked for the Michigan National Bank in Lansing before going to work at General Motors until retiring in 1991. She was a member of the G.M. Girls Club and The Olivet Congregational Church.
Lucy enjoyed traveling with friends, reading, playing cards, putting together jig saw puzzles, going to the casino and attending family functions.
Lucy is survived by a brother, Louis Bulger of Edmond, Okla.; sisters, Janet Mason and Carolyn (Amos) Reagle of Marshall; nieces, Deanna (Todd) Jewell of Tenn. and Darcie (Bob) Kelso of Okla.; nephews, Scott (Ann) Reagle of Marshall and Greg (Angela) Mason of Wis. She is also survived by several great nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Donald Bulger, nephew Steven Mason, and brother-in-law Harlon Mason.
Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US Hwy. 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068, with a funeral service taking place at 12 p.m. Interment will follow at Olivet City Cemetery. Family will gather with friends following the committal services at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services Reception Hall. Memorial contributions are requested to the Olivet Congregational Church, 125 College St, Olivet, MI 49076, or to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 93, 400 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Memorials may be mailed to the Kempf Funeral Home, PO Box 519, Marshall MI 49068 for delivery to the charity. Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guestbook at kempffuneralhome.com.
Wanita I. Clark
Wanita Irene Clark, age 69, of Charlotte, Michigan, was in the comfort of her home when she went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2021, after a long battle with lung cancer. Wanita was born on July 19, 1951, in Charlotte, Mich. Her favorite pastime was hanging out with her family. She filled the rest of her time with her favorite hobbies of reading, fishing, and hunting for treasures at yard sales and thrift shops.
Wanita was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Miller; son, Jim Griffith; and sister-in-law, Kim Miller. She is survived by her father, Chester Miller; husband of 31 years, Arthur Clark; children, Cheri (Brad) Cook, David Griffith, and Travis (Kershana) Griffith; step-children, Travis Clark, Adam (Beth) Clark, and Kelly Clark; grandchildren, Mayme (Keng) Lee, Mandee Griffith-Shade, Ashley Clark, Mackenzie Griffith, Andrew Cook, Mickenzie Leiter, Dallas Griffith, Jennifer Cook, Izaiah Griffith, Skylar Griffith, and Nova Griffith; great-grandchildren, Brody, Harper, Owen, Sophia, Elisia, Lila, Celiah, Adelia, and Jaxtyn; siblings, Irving (Sharon) Smith, Dan (Janette) Miller, Doris (Doug) Ewing, Doug (Betty) Miller, Darlene (Chuck) Cowling, DeWayne Miller, and Dwight (Mary) Miller; honorary daughter, Katrina Willoughby; and many nieces and nephews.
According to Wanita’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bellevue Conservation Club located at 8484 Greenfield Highway in Bellevue, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the family to assist with final and medical expenses. Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Leslie Funeral Home of Leslie.
Linda K. Woodbury
Linda Kay Woodbury, age 69, of Crouse, North Carolina, formerly of Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 7, 2021. She was born July 20, 1951, in Charlotte, the daughter of Paul and Mildred (Wise) Holmes. Linda had a passion for drawing and could often be found with a pencil and paper creating her next work of art. She enjoyed spending time with her family, feeding her many animals, and watching old movies. Linda also enjoyed her work at Childer’s Potato Chip Factory in North Carolina.
Linda is survived by her children, Nora (William) Dean of Hastings, Ronald Daniels of Crouse, North Carolina, William (Ashley) Woodbury of Nashville, Paula Carver of Bessemer City, North Carolina; ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wesley Woodbury in 2007; sister, Marsha Holmes; and brother, John Holmes.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.
Mary E. Jordan
Mary Elizabeth Jordan, of Eaton Rapids, passed away May 15, 2021 at the age of 86. Mary was born in Lansing, July 7, 1934, the daughter of Harold and Elizabeth (Melenik) Houghtaling. She retired from Dart Container in 2008 with 30 years of service. Mary attended St. Peter Catholic Church and was a huge Elvis Presley fan. She loved to watch television, especially, the Food Channel and Hallmark movies, work on puzzle books, read and listen to old country music.
Mary is survived by her son, Bruce Tobi of Travelers Rest, South Carolina; daughter-in-law, Violet Jordan of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Mary Bartlett, Andria Seelinger, David (Lori) Jordan, Theresa (Mickey) Watson, Chase Jordan, Helena Jordan, Crystal (Benjamin) Geddie; 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Richard Jordan and Phil Houghtaling; son, David Jordan.
No services are planned at this time. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. To place online condolences please visit MillsFuneral.com.
Maida R. Hawley
Maida Ruthe Hawley, of Onondaga, Mich. passed on June 2, 2021, at the age of 85. Maida was born on July 23, 1935, in Manton, Mich., the daughter of Beacher T and Beatrice (Stewart) Raymond. She moved to Onondaga and graduated from Eaton Rapids High School class of 1953. Maida worked for the State of Michigan in the Treasury Department for three years before leaving to stay home and raise her family and take care of the home. She received a 60-year pin for the Associated County Women of the World and attended seven conventions. She was also a 40-year member of the TOPS club, long time member of Griffith United Methodist Church, 4-H leader and a dedicated MSU women’s basketball season ticket holder and fan. Maida attended Big Ten tournaments, Final Fours and traveled to watch them in Puerto Rico and across the U.S.A. She also enjoyed word puzzles, basket weaving and collecting antiques.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Myrl Hawley; daughters, Mari Jo Hawley, Marjorie Hawley, Melissa “Missy” (Troy) Russell; son, M. Steven (Diana) Hawley; grandchildren, Ryan (Wendy) Hawley, Amber Hawley, Matthew (Brandy) Collier, Victoria “Tori” Hawley, T.M. (Melissa) Russell, Ace (Lindsay Coats) Russell, Tyler Hawley; nine great-grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends.
Maida is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Rosamond Mead.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Skinner Funeral Homes, Eaton Rapids Chapel. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Pope Church in memory of Maida.
Henry E. Mire Jr.
Henry Ervin Mire Jr., age 67, of Eaton Rapids, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 4, 2021, at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. Henry was born May 14, 1954, in Lansing, the son of Henry and Anna Mae (Lance) Mire. Henry was a farm boy at heart. At a young age he enjoyed his time spent working with his family on their dairy farm. Henry had a passion for cattle and prided himself on their record keeping, nutrition, and comfort. Henry also worked for Wohlert Corporation in Lansing for many years. He enjoyed harness horse racing and playing softball. Henry faithfully served his country in the United States Army.
Henry is survived by his siblings, Jerry (Jackie) Mire of Potterville, Connie (David) Berkimer of Nashville, Max (Sheila) Mire of Onondaga, Harlow (Tammy) Mire of Eaton Rapids; sister-in-law, Anita Mire of Eaton Rapids; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Elias J. Mire, P. Joe Mire of Hastings, and Penny (Steve) Oberlin of Eaton Rapids.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 12:45 p.m. at the Markham Cemetery in Delhi Township. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Henry’s memory to the Eaton Rapids FFA.
To view Henry’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit Burkhead-Green-Kilgo.com.
Harold D. Becker
Harold Duane Becker, of Eaton Rapids, Mich. passed away peacefully surrounded by his lifelong friends and family on July 9, 2020, at the age of 85. Harold was born on June 24, 1935, in Lansing, Mich., the son of George and Mary (King) Becker. He was raised in Eaton Rapids but attended school in Olivet until he left to help his family and work on the farm. Harold proudly served in the United State Army from 1956 to 1958. He worked for Oldsmobile as a forklift operator for 25 years retiring in 1979. Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and loved vacationing to Arizona where he spent many winters with his wife, Gladys. He was also very active at the Jean Bradford Kline Senior Center in Eaton Rapids where he enjoyed playing cards, listening to the live music, and socializing with friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; daughters, Cheryl Shook, Kathy Leikhem; son, Garry Becker and his parents.
Surviving are his children, Nancy Becker, Mike Becker; grandchildren, Sharla (James) Barr, Kristen Pardo, John McCarthy, Adam Becker, Paul Riner, Michelle Quick; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Larry (Beverly) Becker; sister-in-law, Marcella Becker; good friends, Bob (Connie) Bolyard, Ron (Connie) Hoag, Chris Hoffman and numerous extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund in memory of Harold. To share memories or condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Michael W. Lyon
Michael Wayne Lyon, of Eaton Rapids, passed away June 3, 2021, at the age of 56. Michael was born in Eaton Rapids, October 25, 1964, the son of Jerry and Janice Lyon. He was a 1983 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School. Michael was a member of the Michigan Milk Production Association, the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and Farm Bureau. He devoted his life to his dairy farm working from graduation till the day the Lord called him home. Michael won many awards for being the top production herd in Eaton and Barry County.
Michael is survived by his parents; brothers, Eric Lyon of Springfield, Mo., David Lyon of Mason, Russell (Shelley) Lyon of Mason; his beloved dogs Harley and Willey.
Funeral services took place on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Wildside Rehabilitation and Education Center, 8601 Houston Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 or to the donor’s choice of charity. To place online condolences, please visit millsfuneral.com.
Robert Dale Milbourn
Robert “Bob” Dale Milbourn, age 84, of Republic, Missouri, formerly of Michigan, died May 30, 2021. The family is in the care of Meadors Funeral Home (meadorsfuneralhome.com).Read More