Richard R. Cobb
Richard Raymond Cobb, 91, of Vermontville, died peacefully on Monday, November 23, 2020 at his home. Richard was born February 21, 1929, at home in Eaton County. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served during WWII. Upon his return, he married Bertha Faye Wilson on August 22, 1949 and the two started their family. Richard worked 25 years at Diamond Reo in Lansing until its closure in 1975. He then started his own business, Cobb Well Drilling, which he owned and operated over 30 years in the Charlotte area. Throughout his lifetime, Richard also operated his own small farm in Vermontville. In his spare time he loved watching NASCAR and playing three-card poker at the casino. Above all, Richard loved his family.
Richard is survived by his wife of 71 years, Bertha Cobb; son, Richard L. (Belinda Harwood) Cobb; six grandchildren, Shelly (Brent) Rehm, Darren (Monelle) Cobb, Jared (Nicki) Osborne, Christie (Chad) Lutz, Richard (Evelyn) Osborne, and Andrea Cobb; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Margee Sudberry and Virginia Peters; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Janice Cobb; son, David Cobb; brother, Lyle Cobb; and brothers-in-law, Jack Sudbury and John Peters.
Private family services will be held. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Richard on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.
The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
David W. Smith
David Winslow Smith, of Onondaga, passed away November 21, 2020 at the age of 85, after a brief fight with complications from COVID-19. David was born in Saginaw, Mich. on January 3, 1935, the son of Winslow and Helen (Loebs) Smith. He greatly enjoyed shooting from high school on. He was a boy scout and also in the National Guard. David enjoyed fixing things, houses, cars, motorcycles. He worked as a Corrections Officer at Southern Michigan Prison in Jackson for 27 years, retiring in 1991. He was on the Three Weapon Team (Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol) at the prison. There are many trophies and prizes he won at different shoots. After retirement he joined the Rose City Harmonica Club. He played harmonica, was the treasurer for about 15 years, and he moved the equipment for the club for many years. Onondaga Community Church was his home church for about 45 years. He was active at the Swiss Steak Suppers and supporting the church any way he could.
David is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gail; children, Bonnie Myers of Warren, Paul (Deb) Smith of Pinconning, Linda (Earl) Ammon of Georgia, and Leslie (Chris) Zenker of Onondaga; grandchildren, Susan (Tony) Watkins, Amanda (Jonathan) Crandell, C.J. Zenker, Aleca (Patrick) Chenault, and Josh Zenker; three great grandchildren; two siblings, Mark (Anne) Smith, and Joy Zissler; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in the spring. For those desiring, memorial contributions can be made to the Onondaga Community Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 97, Onondaga, MI 49264, or Hillsdale College, 33 E. College St., Hillsdale, MI 49242, in memory of David. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Online condolences and memories may be shared at millsfuneral.com.
Diana Jo Barendregt
Diana Jo Barendregt, age 87 of Springport, after a brief illness complicated by pneumonia was called home to be with her Lord on Wednesday November 18, 2020. Diana was born in Liberty, Ind. in 1933 and graduated from Garth High School in Georgetown, Ky. in 1951. After school she found her way to Washington D.C. where she met and married the love of her life, William in 1952. Diana and Bill made their home in Springport where she remained after Bill’s passing in 2015. In 1971 Diana graduated with her nursing degree and worked in the Albion Hospital system until her retirement in 1995. She continued to be the neighborhood nurse for anyone in need and loved serving others. Bill and Diana loved yard sales and Diana was an avid gardener. In the spring, summer and fall she could be found among her vegetables and many flowers most any given day. During college basketball season Diana loved to watch and cheer on the Michigan State Spartans and the Kentucky Wildcats, unless the score was close and it was near the end of the game, then she would usually turn the channel because the pressure of the game was overwhelming. She also was a huge fan of the Kentucky Derby and would follow the names of the horses and all their history and make a favorite pick to win each year. Diana will be greatly missed by her family, friends and her special kitty, Hunter.
Diana was preceded in death by William, her beloved husband of 63 years; her parents Mary and Joseph Gulley, grandparents Lydia and Asa Griffin, aunts, uncles and various other extended family. She leaves behind Debbie (Gordon) Webb of Springport, William Kevin Barendregt of Colo., and Victoria (Rick) Pierson also of Springport. Bill and Diana had three grandchildren, Desiree (Kenneth) Burcaw of Ga., Kiley (Michael) Harner of Ariz. and Dylan (Nikole) Peyton of Paw Paw, Mich. They were blessed to have nine great-grandchildren Kenny, Alana and Hope Burcaw; Shane Harner and Alaythia, Naomi, Rylee, Zoe and Devan Peyton. Diana also leaves one brother John Gulley of Jonesville, Mich. and nephews Tim (Heather) Gulley of Springport, and Phillip Gulley of Las Vegas, Nev.
A celebration of Diana’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, National Processing Center, PO Box 758589, Topeka KS, 66675-8589 or Cascades Humane Society, 1515 Carmen Drive, Jackson, MI 49202. Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Springport Funeral Home: VickersFuneralHomes.com.
Terry Smith of Olivet, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away November 21, 2020 at the age of 76. Terry was born in Eaton Rapids on February 8, 1944, the son of George and Roberta (Barker) Smith. He enlisted with the US Coastguard as a radar technician during the Vietnam War, finishing out his military career with the reserves. Terry was a deputy and detective with the Eaton County Sherriff Department and part of the Mounted Posse for many years. He was a member of the Michigan Bass Chapter in Eaton Rapids and a former member of the Olivet Lions Club serving as president. Terry owned and operated the Smith Insurance Agency in Eaton Rapids for 25 years and coached youth softball. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and playing poker with his children and grandchildren.
Terry is survived by his wife, Cindy Smith; sons, Jeffery (Kathi) Smith of Olivet, Timothy (Becky) Smith of Olivet, Jarrod Smith of Olivet; daughter, Stacia (Paul) Smith-Temple of Bellevue; 12 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; brother, Greg (Mistell) Smith of Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Larry Smith.
Graveside services were Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Rosehill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Terry’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 230 W. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60606. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Please visit our website to place online condolences at millsfuneral.com.
Cheryl L. Moss
Cheryl Lee (Johnson) Moss, age 76, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in Bushnell, Fla. Cheryl previously lived in Eaton Rapids and Springport, Mich. She was born June 4, 1944 in Gladwin, Mich. to Roy and Marian (Lange) Johnson. The family moved to Eaton Rapids in 1960. Cheryl graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1962 and married Kent Moss in 1963.
Cheryl had several jobs throughout her life. In Eaton Rapids she worked at Holcott Bakery, Eaton Stamping, and Sessions Ford. In Springport, Cheryl worked at Hoag Book Bindery, was a cafeteria assistant for Springport School System, and was the treasurer of the Springport Sports Boosters. She worked at Meijer in Jackson for 13 years as a security advisor and retired in 2005.
Undoubtedly, Cheryl’s favorite job was raising her three children with Kent and helping out on the family hog farm.
In 2005, Cheryl and Kent moved to Bushnell, Fla. and she was employed for one and one half years at WalMart and volunteered at a local hospice home.
Cheryl so enjoyed riding her bike, walking and working jigsaw puzzles. She also enjoyed traveling in their motor home and attending NASCAR races in Homestead and Daytona Beach each year.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bob, Jim, and Tom Johnson; in-laws, Victor and Marjory Moss; sister-in-law, Karen Johnson; brother-in-law, Kenneth Dack; and step father, Fred Van Der Bos.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ronald “Kent” Moss; daughter, Cathy (Alan) Wood of Mason; two sons, Ronald Roy Moss of Springport, and Steven Moss of Toledo, Ohio. Cheryl is also survived by three sisters, Randi Colestock of Charlotte, Penny Johnson of Dimondale, and Sue (Tom) Wilson of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister-in-law, Kaye Dack of Hickory Corners; and aunt, Janet Strohkirch of Gladwin. She is also survived by nieces, Becky (Tim) Swix of Remus, Dr. Jessica Wilson-Chan of Tampa, Fla., Heather (Eric) Mergener of Eaton Rapids, and Misty Horton of Springport; nephews, Jeff Horton of Charlotte, Tim Horton of Jackson, Kevin (Sandy) Dack of Battle Creek, Kenny (Debra) Dack of Augusta, Alex (Trish) Carris of Port Orchard, Wa., Bob (Laura) Wilson of Cape Coral, Fla., Jared (Jessica) Wilson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Adam (Noelle) Wilson of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Arrangements are being handled by Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory-Purcell Chapel of Bushnell, Fla. A memorial service will be held graveside at Griffith Cemetery in Springport in the spring of 2021.
Carol E. Ottney
Carol Ellen (Tooker) Ottney, of Eaton Rapids, passed away at the age of 85 on November 20, 2020. Carol was born in Eaton Rapids on May 5, 1935 to Earl & Helen (Whipp) Tooker. She graduated Eaton Rapids High School class of 1954. She worked at Eaton Stamping, WR Thomas, and Family Fare in the deli department for 16 years.
She is survived by her children Brenda (Tracy) McGuirt of Hudson, N.C., Bruce Ottney of Eaton Rapids, Kimberly Dillion of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren Amanda Bartlett of Eaton Rapids, Samantha (Daryl) Joehlin of Charlotte, Ryan (Michelle) McMaster of Eaton Rapids; great grandchildren Troy Beem, Hunter Beem (Maya Hadley), Maxwell Lee, Addison Joehlin, and Corbin McMaster. Brother Dale (Judy) Tooker of Montrose, Colo. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, brother Gerald Tooker & sister in law Sharon Tooker, and ex-husband Frank Ottney. She loved her family and all the time she got to spend with them
Thank you to Heartland Hospice. No services will be held. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Mary Jean Ross
Mary Jean Ross, age 76, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully Monday, November 9, 2020. She was born August 14, 1944, in Lansing the daughter of John and Wilma (Cornell) Hutchens. Mary had a heart of gold and was always concerned about the needs of others. She appreciated the little things in life and looked on the bright side in every situation. Mary was a devoted Christian that found comfort in reading the scriptures. In her spare time Mary enjoyed crocheting and watching television. Mary adored her family and loved spending time together.
She is survived by her children: Connie (Jeff) Cuccia of Colo., Michelle Shipman of Charlotte, David (Tammy) Ross of Charlotte, Amy Rodriguez of Charlotte; nine grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; siblings: Susan Wilson of Ludington, Jon Hutchens of Fremont, Donald (Melissa) Hutchens of Middleville; and ex-husband, Gary Ross of Arizona.
Mary was preceded in death by her father, John Hutchens; mother, Wilma Hutchens; step-father, Howard Saums; sister, Judith Bulemore; and step-sisters: Lois Smith and Joan Brown.
Funeral services were held on Friday, November 20, at 11 a.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment took place at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Mary’s honor to the family.
To view Mary’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit Burkhead-Green-Kilgo.com.
James Patrick Burgie
James ‘Jim’ Patrick Burgie, 63 of Charlotte, a quiet man with a great sense of humor, died November 18, 2020. Jim was born in Battle Creek on March 17, 1957 to Robert and Mary Ellen ‘Meg’ (Gibbs) Burgie, one of seven children. Growing up with a large family, Jim learned to stand out in a crowd with his athletic abilities during high school. From 1973-1975, he earned many awards and recognition in football, baseball and wrestling, and continued through college and is a member of the Hall of Fame there. A 1975 graduate of Charlotte High School, Jim then went on to Olivet College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
Jim was a rock for his family. A humble man, Jim could be counted on and would eagerly jump in to help whenever he was able. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially opening day of deer season with the boys. Jim also enjoyed traveling with his family. He continued his passion for sports his entire life, even making trips to Notre Dame and Green Bay to cheer for his favorite teams. Jim met his wife while working at A & E Hoover, and then later worked for Flex-n-Gate in Battle Creek for 12 years until his retirement in 2019.
Jim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sheila; sons, Brian (Heidi) Sutton, Jason (Angelina) Sutton, Jared (Jenny) Sutton, and William (Mandie) Burgie; two granddaughters, Skyler and Emma Sutton; siblings, Sue (Frank) Dunham, Tom (Lyn) Burgie, Mike (Jan) Burgie, Peggy Mrowca, Mary (Byron) Baumbach, and Terri Waterman; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.
Friends are encouraged to support Jim’s family. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service, from 1-2 p.m. at St. Mary Church. Mask, group capacity, and distancing guidelines will be practiced. The funeral will also be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to www.prayfuneral.com, click on Jim’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). Just prior to the beginning of the service, a link will appear on this page to watch the webcast.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Jim on his tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Priscilla Newell Potter
Priscilla Newell Potter of Charlotte, was called home to Heaven on November 18, 2020, at Hospice House of Mid- Michigan in Lansing. She was born August 23, 1931, in Hudson Mich., to Marshall and Mygleetus (Newell) Goodrich, graduated from Hudson High School and attended Adrian College where she played basketball. On September 30, 1950, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard Potter, at First Methodist Church of Hudson, and they were married for 67 years until his death in 2017. Their wedding fell on the day of the Michigan-Michigan State football game, and she remembered their guests going outside to check the score. Their four children all attended those schools- Julie (U of M) and Bill, Linda and Michael (MSU).
They raised their family in Monroe, and both were employed by Monroe Public Schools, and were long time members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Monroe.
Richard and Priscilla were huge sports fans their entire lives, playing golf for years. Priscilla played softball and tennis until she was 50 years old. Her family was the most important part of her life, enjoying vacations, camping with the grandchildren, family reunions, hundreds of meals around the dining room table, and friendly poker games. Her family will most remember her love of laughter.
In addition to her husband, Richard, she was preceded in death by her son, Michael, brother, Richard Goodrich and sister, Nancy Fellows.
She leaves behind her children, Julie (Jim) Keenan, William Potter (Barb Bialko) and Linda (Jon) Dickinson; seven grandchildren, Melissa Hooper, Sarah Skrobosinski (Jim), Jeffrey Keenan (Kristen), Marcia French (Marty), Scott Matwiejczyk (Melanie), Nathaniel Potter, and Emily Potter, and 13 great-grandchildren; Jackson Hooper, Preston Hooper, Charlotte Hooper, Elizabeth Skrobosinski, Addison Keenan, Evelyn Keenan, Greyson Keenan, Ethan Miars, Lola Miars, Weston Miars, Mason Miars, Madison Matwiejczyk and Garrett Matwiejczyk, and her sisters, Sally Goodrich and Lois (Dick) Sayre, and sister-in-law Betty Lou Potter, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Due to Covid concerns, a memorial service will be planned for the future.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Pricilla’s honor to First Baptist Church, 1110 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813 or Michigan Abolitionist Project, P.O. Box 180603, Utica, MI 48318.
To view Priscilla’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit Burkhead-Green-Kilgo.com.
The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Donald Dean King
Donald Dean King, of Charlotte, a Maintenance Mechanic, died on November 12, 2020 at the age of 61. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17 at the Charlotte Assembly of God Church. Arrangement were made by Pray Funeral Home.Read More