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Jerry L. Cords

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Jerry Lee Cords, a caring, genuine, hardworking and loyal, father, grandfather, brother and friend, died August 25, 2021. Jerry, 79, was born August 24, 1942, in Charlotte, Mich. to Loyd and Florence (Boyd) Cords. He was a graduate of Olivet High School. On September 23, 1961, Jerry married the love of his life Marilyn Serrels and together started their legacy. Working hard was no fear for Jerry, he worked very hard to provide for his family. He worked alongside his father, brother, and in later years his sons for LJT Well Drilling, and as a cash crop farmer and the owner of FML Inc. Jerry was very proud to be able to pass his work ethic down to his children who followed in his footsteps with working on the family farm and well drilling business. When Jerry was not farming or working, he enjoyed hunting, especially hunting trips out west, fishing, horse pulling, going to local tractor pulls, and taking trips around the country in his motorhome. Jerry had the honor of receiving the Honorary Member FFA chapter award for his volunteer work with the FFA over the years. Above all his proudest accomplishments was his family, and his successful farming operations that he created.
Jerry is survived by his sons, Loyd (Angie) Cords, John (Sherry) Cords, Seth (Jill) Cords; grandchildren, Jennifer, Cody (Samantha), Blaine and Allison Cords; great-grandchildren, Jake and Delilah Crowner; siblings, Terry (Emma) Cords, Connie (Jim) Hiatt. Jerry was predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Marilyn; granddaughter, Paige Cords; grandson, JC Cords; brother, Lonnie Cords; and his parents.
Friends are encouraged to support Jerry’s family at visitation and funeral services. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the family farm in Charlotte with Pastor Scott Brood officiating. Visitation is Monday, August 30, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Pray Funeral Home Gardens. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Paige Cords Memorial Fund to benefit local 4-H and FFA projects. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Jerry on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Oscar Wood

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Oscar “Pete” Wood, 87, passed comfortably in his home in Charlotte, Mich. on August 23, 2021, with family. He was born July 24, 1934, in Eaton Rapids, Mich. to Carl and Gladys (Norris) Wood. He joined the Marine Corps after graduating high school. After his time as a marine, he met his sweetheart, Ruth Collin. They married in 1960. He retired from GM/UAW 652 after 31 years. With Ruth, they fostered 85 children. He was an avid bowler and he and Ruth enjoyed traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.
Pete was predeceased by his parents; wife, Ruth Wood; and siblings, Carl Wood Jr., Betty Dilday, Dorothy Carpenter, Lawrence Wood, Sharon McManus, and Jerry Wood. He is survived by his children, David (Tina) Pepera, Kevin (Nancy) Pepera, Julie (Ernie) Kunkel, and Jeffrey (Melinda) Wood; grandchildren, Chase Pepera, Tyler Pepera, Shannon Pena, Chris Day, Chelsea Post, Lexie Shumaker, Devon Wood, Bailey Wood, Marissa Wood, Jason Baker, Amanda Munson, Krystal Day, Amber Banaszak, Brooke Russell, Katie Levering; and several great-grandchildren. Pete is also survived by sister-in-law, Shirley Wood.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Pete on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. Visitation will be Sunday, August 29, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. The funeral will be Monday, August 30, 2021, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. The funeral will be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to PrayFuneral.com, click on Pete’s tribute, then click on photos and videos from your computer (or media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Lansing or Eaton Community Palliative Care. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Thomas E. Orr

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Thomas Eugene Orr, of Eaton Rapids, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family, August 17, 2021, at the age of 55. Tom was born in Jackson, Mich., July 18, 1966, the son of Edmund and Irene (Fitzgerald) Orr. He graduated from Everett High School in 1984 and served with the US Marine Corps. Tom worked for the Board of Water and Light for the past 35 years where he finished his career as a supervisor in the Steam Department. He was an avid Harley rider, owning three of his own, loved working on them, enjoyed listening to rock and roll music and hunting.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Roxy Orr; son, Cody Orr of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Blake Orr of Eaton Rapids; sister, Becky Olson of Traverse City. He was preceded in death by his parents.
No services are planned at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly Rd. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. To leave online condolences please visit their website at millsfuneral.com.

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Thomas Hernandez III

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Tomas Hernandez III, of Crossville, Ala. and formerly of Eaton Rapids, Mich. passed away unexpectedly on August 11, 2021, at the age of 59. Tom was born on September 18, 1961, in Raymondville, Texas to Tomas C. Hernandez, Jr. and Porfiria (Ganzaba) Hernandez. He attended Everett High School and went on to work as a rough framer and carpenter. Tom was an avid NASCAR and WWE Wrestling fan and enjoyed fishing, cooking and grilling out. Above all he was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved his family and the time he spent with them.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Tomas C. Hernandez, Jr. and Porfiria (Ganzaba) Hernandez; brother, Juan Hernandez and brother-in-law, Andrew Perkins.
Surviving is his wife of 33 years, Melinda (Main) Hernandez; children, Tomas (Stephanie) Hernandez IV, Christopher Hernandez, Sierra (Aaron) Hernandez, Joseph (Bobbi) Thomas; sisters, Margarita (Arthur) Lilly, Anna Hernandez, Jane Lilly; brother, Cristobal Hernandez; numerous grandchildren, bonus children, Kirk (Savannah) Sherman, Molly (Toby) Brothers and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Skinner Funeral Homes, Eaton Rapids Chapel. The family will receive friends starting at 10:00 a.m. and host a luncheon immediately following the service. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Tom. To share memories or leave condolences please visit skinnerfuneralhomes.com.

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Jaycen A. Glynn

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Jaycen Allen Glynn, 27, from Lansing, Mich., went to be with Papa Warner and Grandpa Glynn on August 19, 2021; doing what he loved most. Jaycen was born March 16, 1994 to Daniel Glynn and Shalon Warner.
Many things could be said about Jay. He was stubborn, endearing, kind and loving. His smile was infectious and would light up a room, taking away any darkness. His love of food, motorcycles, being on the water, and drive for adventure was only outshined by his love for his daughter, Bristol.
As a young child Jay began tinkering and building, from helping his dad work on cars, to building forts in the back yard. His thirst for an adrenaline rush started at a young age. His perseverance drove him to pursue many things in life.
A hard worker, Jaycen built his own fabrication company, JAG Customz, and he was an employee at RAM Construction. In true Glynn fashion he never could stop working. The many trips up north to relax would always be spent tinkering and working. The knowledge he had went beyond any book, whether it was fixing a car or boat, putting in flooring, or working on stereos. Jaycen could do it all, no matter the task at hand; anything was fixable, and nothing stood in his way.
Jaycen Glynn was and will always be the diamond in the rough. While he put on a sarcastic mean front, he was undeniably caring and loving. It only took one time for someone to meet Jay, for him to touch their heart. His heart was pure gold, but he would not hesitate to tell someone to “get over it.” There is no limit to what he would do for the ones he loved. Whether it was the middle of the night, or broad daylight, if you needed anything, he was there to help you with a smile on his face.
Jaycen leaves behind his parents, Daniel Glynn and Shalon Warner; cherished daughter, Bristol Place; his other half, Alyssa Gray; siblings, Jessica Warner Glynn and Joshua Glynn; and many more family members and friends.
A service for Jaycen will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 beginning at 11 a.m. at Vickers Leslie Funeral Home, 109 N. Church Street (PO Box 503), Leslie, MI 49251; (517) 878-6600. The family will be accepting visitors one hour prior to the service on Saturday, and were held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday August 27, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Jaycen’s family to help cover final expenses.

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Rev. Loris A. Allen

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Rev. Loris A. (Disler) Allen, of Eaton Rapids, Mich. was called to her heavenly home on August 21, 2021, at the age of 96. Loris was born on December 7, 1924, in Potterville, Mich. the daughter of Guy and Blanche (Burnham) Disler. She married Gailen P. Allen of Lansing, Mich. on August 20, 1949, and together they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1999 along with their sons. Loris has been a resident of Eaton Rapids for most of her life and joined the Spiritual Episcopal Church in Lansing on April 18, 1954, along with her husband Gailen. She became an ordained minister on October 1, 1982.
Loris is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gailen Allen; brothers, George Disler, Irving Disler; sisters, Glendora Elston, Lillian Lawrence; and sister-in-law, Bernice Disler.
She is survived by her sons, Jimmie Allen of Eaton Rapids, Gary (Ilene) Allen of Bradenton, Fla., John Allen of Charlotte, Mich.; grandchildren, Jeremy (Autum) Allen, Amanda (Jeremiah) Wright, Kyle Allen; special family friend, Kristina Hendrickson-Sherman and Randy Sherman of Texas; ten great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends, Rodger Parker, Roy and Gretchen Kunkel, all the organization of the Spiritual Episcopal Church, I love you all, keep your white light glowing and keep smiling.
A memorial service was held Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to Maplewood Adult Foster Care in memory of Loris. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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Cruz R. Silvas

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Cruz R. Silvas, age 90, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, August 14, 2021. She was born May 2, 1931, in San Antonio, Tex. the daughter of Pedro and Marcelina (Garcia) Rangel. On November 28, 1948, she married the love of her life, Frank R. Silvas. Cruz had a heart of gold and was always concerned about the needs of other. She adored her family and was especially fond of all her grandchildren. She was a lady in the truest sense of the word. Cruz was always polite and courteous towards others. She was a huge baseball fan and could often be found in front of the TV cheering for her team. Cruz was an excellent cook and began making tortillas at the age of seven. Even though she only attended formal school until the third grade she went on to accomplish great things in life. She was a tremendous bookkeeper and was the glue that held the family together.
Cruz is survived by her children, Olga “Augie” Williams of Charlotte, Frank (Barbara) Silvas of Charlotte, Theresa Faust of Charlotte; grandchildren, Ron McConnell, Yvonne (Bill) Sandner, Travis (Carli) Silvas, Ryan (Vanessa) Silvas, Bailey (Alley) Silvas, Brendon (Sarah) Rankin, Amber Faust, Wesley Faust, Arron Faust; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; brothers, Pedro Rangel, Louis (Debbie) Rangel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; son-in-law, D. Kent Williams; grandson, Blake Rankin; sister, Modesta Brown; brother, Martin Rangel and two infant sisters.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 19, 2021. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. Burial followed at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Cruz’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.
To view Cruz’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com.

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Linda Sue (Wright) Kenyon

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Linda passed away on August 13, 2021 after a long and courageous battle with dementia.
Linda was born on January 31, 1952 to DeWayne and Barbara Wright, where she grew up on her beloved family farm.  Linda was a country girl through and through.  Linda graduated from Maple Valley High School in 1970. Linda and Mike Kenyon were married on August 28, 1971, after a romance that began in 8th grade (YES 8th grade!).
Linda was the most genuine person anyone could ever wish to meet. Linda never had an enemy.  She did not like confrontation and would always find the best and gentlest way to resolve the situation.
Linda was gifted with not one but two green thumbs which probably were inherited from her father.  When her aunt Dema opened “Grandma’s Greenery” in Nashville, Linda went to work for her.  After a few pointers from her aunt, Linda went on to become an award-winning floral designer.  Her love and skill for all things floral and plants became legendary in the Mid-Michigan area.
If anyone asked Linda what meant the most to her, it would be her love of family.  Her own immediate family, her family of friends, who are near and far, and the Wright family. she cherished so much being born into the Wright family and the love and memories that she carried with her all of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, DeWayne and Barbara; infant son, J. Patrick; brother-in-law, Rick Rochester.
Linda is survived by her husband, Mike; daughter, Sarah Kopulos; and son, Patrick (Christy) Kenyon; sisters, Debra (Dave) Ressler, Cindy Rochester, Denise (Randy) Kendra; and eight awesome grandchildren, Drew and Cal Kopulos, Annabel, Trey, Lucy, J. Loyal, and Vivian Kenyon.
Goodbye to the most beautiful person, inside and out.
“She is all that I said before and always a little after.
She is all that she can be in everything that is done.
She is all the flowers in the field, and all the jewels in my eyes.
She is a world within myself, which nothing can conceal.”
A celebration of life for Linda will be held September 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Nazarene Church in Nashville.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, MI. For further details please visit danielsfuneralhome.net.

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Mary J. Workman

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Mary Joyce Workman, “Aunt Mary” to all, died August 13, 2021. Mary, 60, of Charlotte was born on May 23, 1961, in Lansing to James and Vernal (Atwell) Workman. Mary graduated from Charlotte High School in 1979 and spent most of her career at the Collins Road Post Office front window. She retired in 2020 from the Dimondale Post Office after many dedicated years to the U.S. Postal Service. She will always be remembered as a loving, thoughtful, and generous woman who baked the best cinnamon rolls. Every Easter, the congregation at Peace Lutheran Church could count on a special cinnamon roll treat. Mary was so proud of her nieces and nephews and was very involved in their lives. Mary’s greatest loves were her fur babies. She would dress them up for special occasions, such as cowboy outfits at Frontier Days.
Mary is survived by her siblings, Roger (Marcia) Workman, Jim (Kim) Workman and Cheryl (Robert) White; nephews Michael Warren and Matt Pfeifer; best friend, Pamela Ochoa-Rodriguez. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends are encouraged to support Mary’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at prayfuneral.com. Visitation is Saturday, August 21, 2021, 2 to 4 p.m. with the funeral immediately following in the Pray Funeral Home Gardens in Charlotte with Pastor Neil Brady officiating. The family invites attendees to a luncheon after the service at Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Howard E. Griffin Jr. “Griff”

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May 8, 1951 – July 5, 2021
On May 8, 1951, Howard was born to Howard Griffin Sr. and Dorothy (Smutek), growing up in the Pennifield area. As a boy he was a dedicated Boy Scout and loved getting into mischief – especially when it involved the one he knew as dad, Wink and uncles, or on the Ashcraft farm in Olivet where he quickly became family.
He spent as much of his life as he could in nature – in the woods or on the water – camping, hunting, fishing, farming or just listening; or even racing and riding anything with a motor. A life-long believer in happiness, he knew no matter the situation or how bad he was hurting, he needed others happy. He was known for being goofy and funny, knowing how to make anyone smile.
He attended Pennifield High School where he loved playing sports, earning him a scholarship to U of M. In 1969 he graduated, turning down college to proudly join the Marine Corp. He left for San Diego, California for training and then traveled the world where needed most. Though a well-trained, high ranked, honorable Marine, he loved telling stories of pranks and mischief he and his brothers would do.
After returning home he married Kim Gallihugh and started his family shortly after, settling in Olivet where he was a loving, devoted father. He taught his children morals, honor, humor, the love of all nature and how to survive from her, and the basic needs to stay strong in life.
He married his partner in life, Sally, in the early 90’s, shortly after they purchased their little piece of heaven in Blaney Park, spending as much free time as they could there. That became easier after his retirement from Air Way Manufacturing in Olivet. They spent every spring and summer there in the tranquility of the woods, enjoying sitting on the deck and feeding the wildlife, especially the chipmunks.
Griff loved spending time with family and friends, telling stories over a hot cup of black coffee. He also enjoyed scratching scratchers or wearing cards out playing solitaire while keeping score.
Our proud Marine passed July 5, 2021, close the beautiful shores of Lake Superior while in the U.P. for the summer; it was one his favorite places on earth to be.
Griff was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Leah Smutek; parents, Wink and Dorothy Brewer; biological father, Howard Griffin Sr.; along with many, many, friends and family members.
Surviving him are his wife, Sally; his son, Bridger; precious granddaughter, Dezeray; daughter and on-in-law, Charity and Pete; Godchildren, Chris, YoYo, and Lizzy; sister, Evelynn; brother, Wayne; his favorite uncle and aunt, Frank and Peg; his two best friends, Mike Schriner and Mike Rigelman; many nieces and nephews and friends; plus, a half-sister and –brother whom he was never able to meet, Michelle and Mike Griffin.
There was a private family viewing, respectfully arranged by the very caring and professional people of Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services in beautiful Marquette, MI, (906)-228-3040.
Any thoughts, memories or family contributions can be sent to Howard’s daughter, Charity Griffin, P.O. Box 293, Olivet, MI 49076.

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