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Edward R. Goostrey

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Edward Robert Goostrey, age 91, of Olivet, Mich., passed away on March 10, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born on January 6, 1930, in Battle Creek, Mich., to Howard and Ida (Nowland) Goostrey. He graduated from Battle Creek High School with the class of 1948. Ed married Betty Lou Dahlem on August 11, 1973, at the Olivet Congregational Church.
Ed was a man of many talents and spent many years dairy farming, which he truly enjoyed. After retiring from the farm, he kept busy driving truck. Ed also worked for several years as the maintenance man at Emily Andrus Home in Battle Creek. Ed was a family man in the fullest sense of the word. He loved his family above all else. His many grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to him.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of almost 48 years, Betty Lou Goostrey; children, Lynn Goostrey of Hastings, Karen (Randy McConnell) Morehouse of Charlotte, Ronald (Laura) Goostrey of Charlotte, Lori (James) Audie of Huntsville, Ala., Doug Hammond of Detroit; daughters-in-law, Karen Hammond-Schriner, Nancy Wilson, Sandra Hammond; brother, Charles (Louise) Goostrey of Kalamazoo; 16 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Steven Hammond, Dawn Hammond, and Gayle Hammond; sisters, Evelyn White and Betty Lewis; brothers, Louis and Jack Goostrey.
In keeping with Ed’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time.
Those desiring may make contributions in Ed’s honor to: Oaklawn Hospice, 13444 Preston Drive, Marshall, MI, 49068. The family wishes to thank Oaklawn Hospice for the wonderful and loving care they provided Ed in the days prior to his passing.
The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Nancy Shipman

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Nancy Shipman, 69, of Charlotte, a woman who was here to help everyone, died March 13, 2021. Nancy was born August 20, 1951 in Pontiac, Mich., to Lloyd and Hyacinth “Wanda” Whitaker. Nancy “enjoyed the party” when gathering with friends and family. She was someone that really cared, and who loved her grandkids very much. She loved crocheting afghans and doing crossword puzzles. Nancy was a manager at Burger King on the closing shift, she also worked at 21st Century Plastics in Potterville, and retired as a baker at Walmart. While employed at Walmart she received Employee of the Month recognition.
Nancy is survived by her husband Duane; sons Duane Scott and Annie Shipman and Kelly Lynn Shipman of Charlotte, and William Keith and Mariah Shipman of Potterville, and daughter Lesa Ann and Dennis Shipman of Sault Ste. Marie; six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Gage, Kyra, Max, Quinton, Cody, and Gracelyn; sisters Claire Herr and Eddrie Anderson, Helen Lang and brother Andy Whitaker; and mother-in-law Lucille Shipman of Tawas. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Randall, and sister Sharon.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Nancy on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Carl B. Rial

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Carl B. Rial, Sr., age 70, died on March 14, 2021. There are no services planned at this time. Memories and condolences can be shared in Carl’s online guestbook at VickersFuneralHomes.com.

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Margo E. Lamoreaux

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Margo Ellen Lamoreaux, age 71, died on March 11, 2021. A celebration of Margo’s life is being planned for a later date. Memories and condolences can be shared in Margo’s online guestbook at VickersFuneralHomes.com.

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Richard A. Verhelle

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Richard Allen Verhelle, of Eaton Rapids, went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 10, 2021 at the age of 80. Dick was born in Charlotte, Mich. on November 13, 1940, the son of Albert and Mary (VanDeMoortel) Verhelle. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1958. Dick served his country in the US Navy during Vietnam War. He then went to work for Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent as an Operations Area Manager for 34 years before retiring in 1995. Dick was a charter member of St. Peter Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.
Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois (Manchester) Verhelle; daughter, Janene (Terry Mitchell) Rowe of Ohio; grandchildren, Chelsea (Nicholas) Sicillian, Terry “Trey” Mitchell III and Alissa (Jeremy Neff) Rowe; great-grandchildren, Kennedy Neff and Taylor Sicilian; sister, Margaret (Roger) Creighton. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Denise Verhelle Coats and brother, Robert Verhelle.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. A Rosary was prayed at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent De Paul – St. Peter’s Chapter, 515 E. Knight St., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Please visit the Mills Funeral Home website to place online condolences at millsfuneral.com.

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J.D. Bartley

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J.D. Bartley, of Albion, left his wife and family to be with his Lord and Savior, March 13, 2021 at the age of 88. J.D. was born in Penny, Pike County, Ky., February 4, 1933, the son of Kennis and Alafair (Newsome) Bartley. He worked in the coal mines in Kentucky and at Atlas Drop Forge in Lansing. J.D. was a proud member at the Little Vineyard Church in Eaton Rapids, loved to walk, listen to Blue Grass music, play the guitar, fish and coon hunt.
He is survived by his wife, Easter (Shepherd) Bartley; daughters, Lou Cinda Bartley of Albion, Cathy (Melvin “Jake”) Stone of Bellevue; 13 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren. J.D. was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Barbara Jane; daughter, Patrisha Ann Rolison; grandson, Brandy Shannon Rolison; and 14 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held at 11 am on Friday, March 19, 2021 at the Little Vineyard Church, 1687 S. Royston Road, Eaton Rapids with ministers Estill Hamilton, Zach Collins and Sean Hicks officiating. Visitation took place at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel on Friday one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Little Vineyard Church. Please visit the funeral home website to place online condolences at millsfuneral.com.

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James A. Field, Jr.

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James Alford Field, Jr., 84, a tinsmith by trade and tinkerer by hobby, died peacefully March 2, 2021 at his home in Potterville. Born September 18, 1936 to James and Beryle (Page) Field Sr., James grew up learning about the importance of family, working hard, and being a good neighbor and friend. He graduated from Potterville High School in 1956, then enlisted in the Army and served in Germany where he met his future wife, Hildegard. They were married in 1959 and spent many wonderful years together, raising their family and enjoying life to the fullest.
During his career as a tinsmith, James started at Diamond REO, and later helped establish Spartan Motors in Charlotte. Over the years, James worked on some very notable projects, including rebuilding the Wright barn in Potterville, masonry work on the Charlotte Junior High School pool, building a dune buggy for his family from scrap parts of cars, and most notably to his family, tinkering to create helpful conveniences for his wife to help around the house. James and his father also built a family cottage on Silver Lake, where the family spent every weekend for many years.
A great friend and neighbor, James enjoyed building pig roasters for Fred Spears and giving them interesting names…ranging from Petunia’s Delight to Kermit’s Last Love. There were many local pig roasts prepared on Jim’s creations. James was a kind man, if you were in need, he would always find a way to help. He was an early adopter of the “pay it forward” philosophy. James also enjoyed Friday night bowling leagues, loved to golf, and time spent woodworking to make furniture for their home, as well as working on their cars in his garage.
James is survived by his children, Edward (Sheila) Field, and Pam (Bill) Haviland; grandchildren, Edward Field Jr., and Jennifer (Will) Haviland-King; great-grandchildren, Carter James Field and “Little Bean” who is on the way; siblings, John (Robin) Field, Judy (Wayne) Calnan; sister-in-law Judy Field; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Hildegard in 2005; brother, Jack Field in 2021; father, James Field Sr. in 1980; and mother, Beryle (Page) Field in 1958.
Friends are encouraged to support James’s family at visitation and funeral services, or by sharing memories on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, March 5, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte with Father Dwight Ezop officiating. The funeral was webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to PrayFuneral.com, click on Jim’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 Eaton Community Palliative Care.
The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Douglas L. Henney

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Douglas Larry Henney, 68, a loved member of his family and dedicated grandfather, died at his home on Duck Lake after a long battle with cancer, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Doug was born January 10, 1953, in Lansing, the son of Larry William and Jennie Mae (Hector) Henney. He graduated valedictorian from Potterville High School in 1971 before earning his undergraduate at Michigan State University and a law degree at Cooley Law School. Doug went to work as a stock-broker and financial planner in the Lansing area at various institutions, including Merrill Lynch, EF Hutton, Paine Webber, Prudential, and most recently Wells Fargo. Doug enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren, especially boating on Duck Lake, waterskiing, and taking in movies. He was a car enthusiast and fan of all sports, especially watching his grandchildren play and following MSU. Doug coached recreational basketball for many years, including his children.
Doug is survived by his daughter, Carissa (Jason) Miller; sons, Kyle Henney and Troy Henney; five grandchildren, Gracelynn Miller, Landon Miller, Conner Henney, David Bennett, and Faith Henney; sister, Sonya Henney; brother, Steven (Kathy) Henney; and his former spouse, Sharon Henney. He was predeceased by his parents.
A private memorial service will take place this summer at Duck Lake. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Multiple Myeloma Society. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Doug on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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