Robert A. Oring
Robert A. Oring
Surrounded by his loving family, Robert Alan Oring, age 79, of Eaton Rapids — devoted, loving husband, dad and grandpa — peacefully went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 13, 2020, after enduring a battle with cancer for over 10 years, with his true “Michigan Wolverines” spirit and fierceness. Bob loved God, family and his fellow man, which was evident through the influence he had in their lives and the impact he had on many others throughout his life and career. Bob was born in Bronx, NY in 1940 to Helen Oring (Greenhut) and Irving Oring, and later grew up in Greenbelt, MD. Bob graduated from High Point High School (Beltsville, MD) and received two degrees in exercise physiology, with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from the University of Toledo. He went on to complete his doctoral degree in health education at the University of Michigan in 1975. Bob was a member of Phi Kappa Tau social fraternity and Phi Epsilon Kappa physical education and health honor society.
Bob began his extensive teaching and coaching career in Anne Arundel County, MD, where he taught for two years. From there, he moved to Jackson and began 33 years of teaching at Jackson Community College (1966-1998). Bob also coached swimming, baseball, hockey, track and cross country for many years, mostly at Jackson Community College and East Jackson High School. Among the thousands of students he taught and hundreds of incredible athletes he coached were three NCAA All-Americans, 13 NJCAA All-Americans, one national champion (swimming), and two national runners up (cross country). Ten of his former athletes became high school coaches, and three former runners became National Coaches of the Year. All of his former athletes and students held a special place in his heart. In addition to coaching, Bob held other volunteer positions for youth sports including league director and Little League President for many years. He was also a water safety instructor trainer for the American Red Cross for several years.
Bob’s passion for helping others through teaching, coaching, community service, and working with youth eventually led him to cross paths with his wife, Marcia, at JCC, and that became the beginning of a long and happy loving marriage. Bob was the bravest, most endearing and sacrificial man in the world, as he knew a commitment to Marcia meant a commitment to her five children as well. Bob joined Marcia in marriage and immediately adopted her five young children, merging his three children with her five, into one loving family. Words cannot adequately describe his greatness, blessing, love, leadership, and strength Bob provided to the family. Bob provided many things to our family, big and small, as he had the biggest heart ever. Bob was so thankful to God and felt very blessed and proud to have seen his children achieve great educational, spiritual, career, and family goals.
Bob loved being outdoors, loved nature, loved his flower gardens, and loved to travel with his wifey, Marcia and the family. Bob and Marcia were blessed to have traveled on over 30 cruises together and have an abundant group of special friends from all of their travels. Bob and Marcia especially enjoyed a great group of winning trivia pals on these cruises, thanks to Bob’s vast array of what he called “worthless knowledge.” Aruba is also a second home to the Orings and Bob and Marcia loved their Aruban family. An avid golfer, Bob would be found in his spare time constantly improving his swing and score, multiple times per week with his Golfing Buddies, at his favorite golf course, Bonnie View, in Eaton Rapids, near his home where he had been a member for many years. Bob would pause his daily golf outings to stop and admire the beauty of God’s creation around him. Bob was passionate about all University of Michigan sports and was known by everyone who knew him as one of the University’s biggest fans. Bob always said he was easy to shop for as most of his wardrobe was maize and blue.
Last but not least; Bob really enjoyed dining out and eating great food. He was a perfect match for Marcia, who just happens to be a great cook and baker. Some of her friends tease calling her Betty Crocker. Marcia made everything home-cooked from scratch, and constantly was cooking and baking for him in their home. Bob was like a child at Christmas when it came to enjoying all the freshly prepared treats. He couldn’t wait to get back home each day to see what surprises he would have waiting and what aroma he would detect walking back in the door from town or a golf game. Among his favorites were sausage gravy and biscuits, turkey with lots of stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy, roast beef, homemade bread, homemade rolls, lots of spaghetti, lasagna, homemade macaroni and cheese (this was a favorite), anything he could grill, beef stroganoff, carrot cake loaded with homemade cream cheese frosting and pecans, homemade chocolate cake with thick frosting, spinach pie, every type of cookie, cashew brittle, every type of homemade soup, apple/rhubarb/custard/pumpkin pie, pastries, pecan cinnamon rolls, pecan tarts, various homemade candies, and treats, Well actually, Bob loved everything foodwise, except olives, so he was very easy to please, as long as it was homemade (which was pretty often!). Bob and Marcia had lots of laughs and love in their home around the dinner table.
Bob is dearly loved and survived by his wife, Marcia Anderson Oring of Eaton Rapids, MI; eight children: Andy (Mariann) Oring, Larry (Sherrie) Oring Anderson, Chadwick (Sarah) Oring Anderson, Darin (Cassie) Oring, Kady Jo (Andrew) Hofer, Brady (Elizabeth) Oring, Scott (Leslie) Oring, and Bobby (Lynn) Oring, as well as Bob’s 14 adoring grandchildren: Addison, Jace, Sophie, Jaeda, Madelyn, Ruby, Phoebe, Jackson, Parker, Micah, Savannah, Olivia, Isaac, and Lilah Jo. Also surviving are Bob’s brothers: Lewis (Kay) Oring of Eagle Lake, CA and Stuart (Alena) Oring of Owings, MD and cousin Russell (CA). In addition, Bob is survived by loving in-laws, nieces, and a host of wonderful supportive friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to offer our most sincere appreciation for the compassionate and amazing care of Oncologist Dr. Daniel Isaac with his caring nurses and staff at the MSU Breslin Cancer Center (Go Blue!).
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 17th from 3-7pm at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 18th at 11 a.m. at Skinner Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Bonnie View Golf Course to set up a memorial fund for underprivileged youth golfers in memory of Robert Oring. To share memories or condolences visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Robert L. Getter
Robert Lee Getter, age 85 — a family man, outlaw, snappy dresser, ladies’ man, and Eaton Rapids resident — passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home on July 12, 2020. This was in stark contrast to the wild, loud and often mildly inappropriate way he lived his life. Robert worked for Fisher Body for over 37 years before retiring in 1991. He was known for being smart, creative, accepting, kind, loving, unintentionally hilarious and generous. Despite his dirty, and often stinky, outward appearance, Robert rightfully believed all the ladies wanted him. This included, but was not limited to, his doctors, meal delivery ladies, nurses, and most recently his 47-year-old caretaker. He knew they all loved his sexy legs and his dapper appearance. Perhaps Robert’s dearest legacy is how deeply he loved his kids, making each of them feel like they were the favorite. But, to be completely honest, it was always Laura (the author of this obituary) who was the true favorite. No matter the task, Robert loved to, and even insisted on helping. He would give the shirt off his back if it would make someone’s life better. Robert always looked for ways to improve the lives of everyone he knew. It is not an exaggeration to say that 99.99% of the people that knew him, loved him. And then there is Beverly Crawford, the mother of his children, who refused to admit she was still secretly in love with him after all these years. Robert had a life-long love affair with any food he was not supposed to eat and loved sneaking snacks into the house. Much to the dismay of this author, he was a Spartan fan and loved to argue with the Michigan fans about why MSU fans are better (even though we all know that is not the case). Always full of wisdom, his favorite statement was “buy only what you need and not what you want.” Yet somehow his house is full of things he did not need. Robert enjoyed shopping for gadgets in hopes his family would want or need them and even treated it like a sport. And although Robert said consistently that he did not care for sweets, we’re told that manufacturers of ice cream and fancy chocolates are simply devastated by this loss. You will never find a more a beautiful soul as a father, friend, confidante. He will be deeply missed.
Robert was preceded in death by his sons, Robert Lee Getter Jr. and Rodney Lee Getter; siblings, Herby Getter, Harvey Getter, Donnie Getter, and Carol Dillin; father, Harold Lee Getter; and mother Bertha Elston. Robert is survived in legacy by daughter, Laura (Mike) DeLong; sons, Scott (Lisa) Getter, Ted (Nicky) Getter, sister, Doris Goddard; grandchildren, Joshua DeLong, Kyle DeLong, Leslie Getter, Jeffery Getter, Stephen Getter, Jennifer Bahmer, Krystin Hoag, Austin Harmon, Coty Harmon, Chase Getter, Kallie Getter; 19 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and copious amounts of people who considered him to be their father/ uncle/ grandfather. A celebration of Robert’s life was scheduled to be held at Mill’s Funeral Home, Shelly Odell Chapel at 518 S. Main St. in Eaton Rapids on Friday, July 17, 2020 beginning at 11 a.m. Visitation hours were to be held beforehand starting at 10 a.m. in the same location. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Salvation Army. Visit millsfuneral.com to place online condolences.
Samuel Decarlos Toliver
Samuel Decarlos Toliver of Eaton Rapids passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 6, 2020 after a short illness. Sammy was born on February 28, 1991 in Lansing, the son of Willie Toliver and Michelle Garcia. He was raised in Eaton Rapids by his grandparents, Sammy and Marilyn Garcia, where he attended school and was a part of the Eaton Rapids High School class of 2009. Sammy was a diehard U of M fan and especially loved football and basketball. He was friendly, outgoing, funny and a true pleasure to be around. Sammy had many friends and family that cared about him deeply, and he will be greatly missed by all who are left to cherish his memory.
Surviving are his mother, Michelle; father, Willie; grandmothers, Marilyn, Maria Garcia; brothers, Willie (Tiffany) Toliver, Jr., Lexus Toliver, Isiah Gingles, Marcus Gingles; best friend Ethan Baker and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Sammy Garcia and grandmother, Shirley Toliver.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Make a Wish Foundation in memory of Sammy. To share memories or leave condolences, please visit skinnerfuneralhomes.com.
Donna R. Barker
Donna Rose Barker, age 59, of Eaton Rapids passed away July 13, 2020. Donna was born in Flint on August 26, 1960, the daughter of Donald and Rose (Dushon) Peters. She retired from Family Fare in 2013 after 15 years of service. Donna loved animals; her cats, Ellie and Gracie, provided companionship and joy. She loved to birdwatch, especially hummingbirds and orioles. The spring birds always made her excited for a new year of camping and outdoor activities.
Donna is survived by her husband, Steven Barker of Eaton Rapids; daughters, Heather (Cody Balfanz) Barker of Lansing and Rachel (Anthony Guizzetti) Barker of Lansing. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister and two brothers.
No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heart & Hands, 9220 Kinneville Rd., Eaton Rapids MI 48827 in memory of Donna. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel, Eaton Rapids. To share memories or online condolences, visit, www.millsfuneral.com.
Barbara J. Main
Barbara Joan Main, age 85, passed away unexpectedly July 11, 2020. Born January 18, 1935 in Grand Rapids to Leland and Eula (Hedglen) Perrine. Barbara graduated from Dansville High School Class of 1952. She married her husband Dale Main in 1954 and worked doing data entry, retiring from the State of Michigan in 1997. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids for 30 years, the Michigan State Employee Retirees Association and The Capitol City Old Car Club. Barbara was also a member of the Jean Bradford Kline Senior Center where she was very involved and attended many events, lunch programs, Third Thursday Trivia and Bingo. She participated in and won several “bake off” competitions and was known for her homemade cookies, cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats. She loved playing cards; you would find her playing Euchre and a variety of card games at the “center” on most Mondays. But more than anything she loved her family; she proudly spoke of them and was always anxious to show photos of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Barbara was proceeded in death by her parents, husband, Dale and brother Leland Jr. Left to celebrate her life are her children, Diana (Steve) Foster, Irene (Dave) Pena, Melinda (Tom) Hernandez and Ralph Main; grandchildren, Amanda (Tony) Parker, Ryan Foster (Nickie), Alisha (Dan) Johnson, Aimee (Derrick) Nelson, Ashlee Pena (Frankie), Christopher Hernandez (Heather), Sierra Hernandez (Aaron); 16 great grandchildren, sister, Louise (Art) Pylar and her faithful dog Muffy.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 16 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed at Fowler Cemetery Aurelius Township. For those desiring, memorials may be given to the Jean Bradford Kline Senior Center in memory of Barbara. For online condolences, visit skinnerfuneralhome.com.
Richard Lowe, Sr.
Richard “Duane” Lowe, Sr., age 83, of Vermontville died peacefully on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 in Charlotte. Duane was born December 10, 1936 in Lansing, the son of Albert and Evelyn (Porter) Lowe. Duane made a career at General Motors working as a machine repairman, retiring in 1979. He enjoyed horse pulling and country western music. Duane is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia May Lowe; sons, Richard Duane “Bud” Lowe, Jr. and Patrick Dean “Charlie” Lowe; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Larry Lee Lowe; sisters, Vivian Jean Schultz and Connie Kay Garrison; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Duane on his tribute page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.Read More
Joann L. Sebolt
Joann Louise Sebolt, age 80 of Charlotte, a woman with strong grace, love and patience, died Wednesday, July, 8, 2020. Joann was born October 29, 1939, in Charlotte, MI, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Maxson) Hamilton. On October 5, 1957 at the age of 17, Joann married Almon Sebolt and together created their legacy of 62 years together. She devoted her life to helping others. Joann owned and operated the Lone Pine Adult Foster Care in Charlotte. She did not treat it like a job, Joann treated the residences like they were her own family members. She was very strong in her faith, she was a leader of a Women’s Ministry. When Joann was not working she enjoyed making body puppets, cooking, gardening, going on car rides and being with her family. Above all Joann will be remembered by others for being an amazing woman with such a loving heart.
Joann is survived by her husband, Almon; children, Almon Sebolt III, Franklin Sebolt, Lou A. Sobleskey, Jerome Sebolt; grandchildren, Virginia Sebolt, Rosalynn Sebolt, Courtney Sobleskey, Blair Sobleskey, and Ryan Sobleskey; great-grandchildren, Hayden, Kailie, Elysia, Ellia, and Abbey. She was predeceased by her grandson, Lance Sobleskey; and her parents
Friends are encouraged to support Joann’s family. Memorial services are Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Fred McGlone officiating. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service from 2-4:00 p.m. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Dementia and Alzheimer’s Association. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Joann on her Tribute Page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Due to current COVID restrictions, it is requested that visitors wear masks and the number of people is limited during visitation and funeral services at the funeral home. The funeral service will 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 Joann’s tribute, and then click on Photos & 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.
Daniel C. Witt
Daniel C. Witt, age 59, passed away at Sparrow Hospital on Saturday, June 20, 2020. He was born on April 2, 1961 the son of Cari and Dorothy (VanElls) Witt. Daniel graduated from St. Johns High School in 1979 and worked in construction.
He is survived by his fiancé, Jan Powers (Witt); son, Kory (Melissa) Witt; grandchildren, Kaila, Karii, Kayden and Kyra; mother Dorothy Witt; and siblings, Diane Witt, Terry (Joanie) Witt, David (Sally) Witt and Debra (Gordon) Carman.
He was preceded in death by his father Cari in 2019. At his request there will be no services and donations are suggested to the family for expenses. Mail to Diane Witt, 9753 W. Lehmann Rd., DeWitt Ml 48820.
The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.
Christopher A. Whitmore
Christopher Alan Whitmore, age 31, of Potterville, a gentle and caring soul, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 3, 2020. Chris was born November 9, 1988 in Lansing, the son of Orval O. and Robin K. (Mannor) Whitmore. Growing up, Chris was known as the “baby of Potterville,” as he loved to socialize with his parents’ many friends and colleagues around town. He was beloved by his teachers, and at an early age demonstrated great intelligence, especially with computers. Following school, he was blessed with a daughter, MaKayla Whitmore, whom always was number one in his heart. He will be missed by a large host of friends, and forever loved by his family.
Chris is survived by his daughter, MaKayla; parents, Orval and Robin Whitmore; brothers, Robert C. Guy, Billy Jo (Kelly) Guy, and Keith R. (fiancé Shelby Morey) Whitmore; nephews, Kaine Buletza and Ezekiel Whitmore; niece, Kaylani Guy; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Bernard and Betty Whitmore, and Robert and Marilyn Mannor; uncle, Timothy Mannor; and cousin, Jennifer Whitmore.
Services took place graveside on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Benton Twp. Cemetery with Kathy Doby officiating. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Chris on his tribute page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Donald A. Karn
Donald Alan Karn, age 57 of Hastings, a man who loved deeply in his own way, died unexpectedly June 27, 2020. Born in Lansing on September 16, 1962 to Wayne and Anna Mae (Jansen) Karn, Don grew up in Charlotte and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1980. He was a man that always completed what he started and was always there for his kids. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting deer (which gave him meat for his famous venison jerky) and fishing for salmon on Lake Michigan. He was also a handyman, learning as early as his junior high school days that he could fix anything. Don also enjoyed camping excursions with his family as he was growing up, NASCAR races with his kids, cooking and baking and his church, Nashville Baptist.
Don is survived by his daughter, Lindsay (Bradley) Horton; sons, Nathan Karn, Nicholas Karn, and Matthew Karn; parents, Wayne and Anna Mae Karn; siblings, Ken (Tammy) Karn, Jerry (Julia) Karn, Ryan (Lana) Karn; and his former wife, Melissa Karn. He was predeceased by his grandparents, George and Caroline Karn, and Peter and Wilma Jansen.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 6, 2020 at the Pray Funeral Home Garden, in Charlotte, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Donald on his tribute page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.