Inez Bernice Premo
Inez Bernice Premo of East Lansing, passed away November 17, 2020 at the age of 94. Inez was born in Detroit, November 24, 1925, the daughter of John and Farrel (Graves) Furfaro. She worked for Dodge trucks during WWII as one of the original Rosie the Riveters and later went on to beauty school where she earned her beautician’s license and worked out of her home. Inez was a member of the Lutheran Church and the Red Hat Society. She loved people and loved life. Her hobbies included playing bridge, crafting, and watching old movies so that she could go down memory lane watching her favorite old actors and actresses.
Inez is survived by her daughter, Lynn (Gary) Mitchell; grandchildren, Annetta (Marc) Cooper, Dawn (Christopher) Copeland, Nathan (Stella) Premo; daughter-in-law, Adrienne (Tom) Logsdon; seven great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Premo; son, Thomas Premo; sisters, Catherine Morgan, Jane Wagner and Gloria Bown.
Memorial services will be held at a later date at Columbia Road. Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Columbia Road. Baptist Church. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Please visit their website to place online condolences at MillsFuneral.com.
Krista Lee Vercruysse
Krista Lee Vercruysse, of Eaton Rapids, Mich. passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the age of 57. Krista was born on January 11, 1963 in Lansing, Michigan the daughter of Phillip and Joan (May) Vercruysse. She spent her childhood between Lansing and Houghton Lake. She attended school at Lansing Everett and graduated from Houghton Lake class of 1981. Upon graduation she went to College at Miami of Ohio where she received her Bachelors in Teaching. Krista worked as a daycare provider in Eaton Rapids for many years and also worked as a substitute teacher for numerous school districts over the years. She changed the lives of everyone she met. Krista was a giving and loving woman who had a passion for teaching and gardening.
She is preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Susie.
She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Amber Hensley; son, Richard Hensley; boyfriend and companion for over 20 years, Mitchell Towns; grandchildren, Nick, Easton, Lucas, Rebecca, Bree, and Andrew; sisters, Kelly (Dan) Corl and Kari Hummel; one brother Patrick; “adopted grandchildren,” Angelina, Alicia, Chuckie, Kim and Chad; very close friends, Chelle and Gary, Peter and Ingrid, Michelle and John, Connie, her Houghton Lake family and many friends.
Sentiments of a granddaughter:
“Grandma Krista was like an angel, down to earth
She cooked, she cleaned and was well over worked.
The smell of cigarettes on her clothes made anyone feel at home,
You couldn’t help but feel special by the love that she shown.
Her food was amazing and she made a lot of it,
Losing her is hard and I’m not telling you to ‘tough through it’.
She loved her family and her music too
It wasn’t anything like country or blues.
Kid Rock was her favorite and so were the Spartans.
Her kids meant a lot to her and that was for certain,
She was a big part of our lives and no one can replace her.
Even though she might be gone we will have her memory forever.”
A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2021. To share memories or condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Rev. Stephen Klink
On Thursday, November 12, 2020 at the age of 71, Steve passed from this life into Glory and has met his redeemer and Savior face to face. Born November 17, 1948 in Eaton Rapids the son of Robert and Anna (Howery) Klink, he was raised in rural Eaton Rapids where he attended Eaton Rapids Public Schools. Steve enlisted in the United State Marines just prior to graduation, after basic training he was stationed in Viet Nam during the war. Following his discharge Steve had several occupations but found his calling in the ministry. He ministered to several hundreds of people in his lifetime including the members of his church, The Eaton Rapids Community Christian Church. He was a lover of animals especially exotic birds and Percheron horses. Steve was a great orator and gifted writer who published a life experience article entitled “Sunglasses” in Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul. He also performed in theatrical plays with his good friend George Brown, one of which was the “Madrigals.”Steve was a talented singer and guitarist, and a man of God who truly loved his church family. He was quick witted and was often noted for saying, “Now write this down in the dust on your dash.” A man of the people, Steve will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Surviving are his wife, Joy; six children, Kristy (Nick) Cimino, Steve (Pam) Klink, Amanda (Matt) Miller, Bill (Liz) Hoople, Lesley (Jeff) Sherwood, Paul (Kristie) Hoople; 17 grandchildren,;four great grandchildren; ten brothers and sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Monday, November 16, 2020 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed at the Fowler Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids with full military honors. The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Hospice or to a charity of one’s choice in loving memory of Stephen Klink. For online condolences or to share a memory please go to SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Robert C. Brown
Robert Clyde Brown, 86 of Charlotte, a guy who always said, “I’ll do it myself” and his family affectionately calls “a stubborn ole bastard” died November 8, 2020. He was headstrong with a soft heart, willing to take on tasks for others as well as accomplishing his list. He loved hunting and fishing and three-wheeling with his Kellogg buddies. Bob was a homebody. He was proud of his property, including the barns that he built, his house and his land. He enjoyed his building and refinishing of farm equipment and many other projects. He enjoyed his years at Kellogg as a machine operator. Bob was so proud of his family, and loved to share memories of his sons’ antics.
Bob is survived by his wife, Susan Myers; and his step-children, Keven Myers and August Mellios; ten grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dean (Sheila) Brown of Olivet. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Steve Brown, Stan Brown, Donn Brown; grandson, Chad Brown; and brother, Larry Brown.
Funeral services are Saturday, November 14, 2020, 11 a.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with celebrant Joseph E. Pray officiating, and interment to follow at Perry Cemetery. Visitation is prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Mask, group capacity, and distancing guidelines will be practiced. 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 Bob’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 Charlotte Food Pantry. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Robert on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Shirley A. Collins
Shirley Ann Collins, 90, of Charlotte, a self-sacrificing, caring woman of great character and independence, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Shirley was born July 25, 1930 in Charlotte. She worked as a telephone operator for Michigan Bell (later AT&T), retiring with perfect attendance – a tribute to her flawless work ethic. Shirley always made sure things were done right. She enjoyed antiquing, especially collecting furniture, glass works, and books. She was an avid reader of mystery novels, and loved time spent playing cards and socializing with grandchildren, family and friends; chief among them was Susan Collins, her former daughter-in-law, whose relationship was treasured. Above all, she loved her role as matriarch of the Collins family. Shirley’s family will always be proud of her care of them even when resources were limited. The family has donated her many books and belongings to the local library in keeping with her spirit of generosity.
Shirley is survived by her sons, Mark, Gary (Eileen), and Jeff Collins; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; siblings, Bruce (Tonja) Hicks, Phyllis Moore, and Jeannette Hicks, Bobby Hicks, Jerry (Evelyn) Hicks, and Dale (Carole) Hicks; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sons, Steve and Kyle Collins; and her brothers, Jack, Tink and Richard Hicks.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Charlotte Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3552. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Shirley on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Ruth A. Aagaard
Ruth Ann Aagaard, age 72, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully at her home November 9, 2020. She was born April 11, 1948, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of George and Maude (Vandersteel) Kik. Ruth graduated from Creston High School in Grand Rapids in 1966. On February 21, 1979, she married Richard Aagaard in Crystal, Mich. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She was always smiling and never had a bad word to say about anyone. She adored her family and was always there to support them. Ruth worked at the Eaton Place in Charlotte for 18 years and enjoyed the comradery she had with her coworkers. The family would like to thank the caring staff of McLaren Hospice, MSU Healthcare, and her favorite EMT Roy for their loving care during Ruth’s illness.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Richard; sons: Don Miller of Charlotte, Rick Aagaard of Charlotte; granddaughter, Vanessa Carroll; great grandson, Jace Carroll; and brother, Dan Kik of Grand Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Bob Kik.
A graveside service was held on Friday, November 13, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Center Eaton Cemetery in Charlotte.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Ruth’s memory to McLaren Hospice 2815 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 4, Lansing, Mich. 48910.
To view Ruth’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com.
Charles H. Miller
Charles “Chuck” H. Miller, a helper of people, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family in the early morning on November 8, 2020, after a four-year battle with health issues. Chuck was born August 7, 1939 in Manitowoc, Wisc. to Cecil and Ruth (Tomaschefsky) Miller. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1956 to 1958 and then continued his service to his country in the National Guard from 1973 to 1981.
Chuck was one of those generous people who cheerfully gave his time and his talent to others. Many will remember Chuck from his countless hours that he spent at the Potterville Sod Slingers racetrack where he manicured the grass to make sure the lawn mower races could proceed each weekend during the season.
Chuck loved the outdoors, and especially enjoyed the many years at deer camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with his buddy Jim Ness, his nephews, his son Bob, and son in-law Patrick.
Chuck was also a fan of family and friends gathering for chili cookout parties in the backyard of the family home. Above all he was loved by everyone he met. He will be remembered for his quick wit and memorable one-liners he would share with a smile, his favorite one being “Don’t tell me what to do.”
Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Jackie; their children, Teri (Patrick) Daniels, Bob Miller, Greg Miller and John (Dena) Miller. He also leaves behind his 14 cherished grandchildren including the youngest, born June 30, 2020, and named Charlie Benjamin after his grandfather; as well his sister, June Ely; brother, Richard Miller; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Miller; his father, Cecil Miller; granddaughter, Kayla Daniels; brother, David Miller; and special brother-in-law, Jim Ness.
Friends are encouraged to support Chuck’s family at a chili cookout and memorial service at the family residence Saturday, November 14, at 2 p.m. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Chuck on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Elora Sylvia May Haigh
Elora Sylvia May Haigh, of Eaton Rapids, died at age zero on November 6, 2020. Funeral service was held on Nobember 13 at 1 pm at the Pray Funeral Home Gardens.Read More
Judith K. Hansen
Judith Kay (Nellis) Hansen, of Eaton Rapids, passed away at the age of 83 on November 9, 2020. Judy was born in Jackson on February 1, 1937, to Frederick and Gertrude (Voice) Nellis. She was a teacher with the Fremont and Lansing public schools before retiring in 1994. As a teacher, she also was a physical education teacher, enjoyed swimming and taught swimming classes at the YMCA for several years. Judith’s hobbies included antiquing, reading, travel and restoring old houses. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church and the Friends of the Eaton Rapids Area District Library. Judy was an excellent organizer enjoying planning social events and attending reunions.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Hansen; daughter, Julia (Scott) Barningham of Eaton Rapids; son, Eric (April) Hansen of Battle Creek; grandchildren, Jenna (Shane) Schnepp of Eaton Rapids, Mathew (Savahna) Hansen of Battle Creek, Kaitlynn (Joseph) Echevarria of Battle Creek, Caleb Hansen of Battle Creek and Bradley Barningham of Eaton Rapids. Judy was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Sandra (Nellis) Corr Jordan.
Graveside services will be held at a later date in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church. 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.
Kevin L. Drummond
Kevin Lee Drummond, 57, of St. Clair, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Thursday November 5, 2020. He was born February 28, 1963 in Jackson to Lendora (Lynn) Berry and Robert Drummond. Kevin grew up in Eaton Rapids and graduated in 1981 from Eaton Rapids High School. He married Kelly Drummond on June 4, 1988 and they enjoyed 32 years of close friendship, love, and adventure. Kevin graduated from Western Michigan University in 1986 with a degree in accounting. He worked as a CPA before attending John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Ill. After graduating and passing the bar, he worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission for several years. Kevin and his young family then moved back to Michigan where Kevin worked for Michigan Packaging Company until 1997, when he purchased Butler Plastics Co. in Marine City. He was a dedicated owner, and treated every coworker and employee as family. He was invested in his community and cared deeply for his employees and friends. His sense of humor and quick wit will be deeply missed by them all. Kevin is survived by his wife, Kelly Drummond (Blashill), his mother, Lynn (Bill) Berry, his brother Mark (Brenda) Drummond, and his three children Sarah (Michael) Hubbard, Andrew Drummond, and Scott Drummond. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Drummond. Kevin was a dedicated son, husband, uncle, and father, and was very proud of the family he had. He was excited to become a grandfather for the first time in the spring of 2021. A memorial to celebrate his life will be scheduled at Young Funeral Home in St. Clair. The date will be announced in spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Blue Water Hospice in Marysville in Kevin’s name. To leave the family a message of comfort please visit: colonialchapel.com.Read More