Patrick Glenn Lewis
Patrick Glenn Lewis, age 69, of Charlotte, formerly of Battle Creek, passed away at home Tuesday, December 10, 2019. He was born July 30, 1950, in River Rouge, MI, the son of Benjamin and Rose (Fidel) Lewis. Pat graduated from Battle Creek Central class of 1968. He served in the U.S. Navy. Pat completed his bachelor’s degree at Central Michigan University and went on to complete his master’s degree at Western Michigan University. He retired from the Battle Creek Public School System as a teacher and drivers-training instructor after 30-plus years of service. He enjoyed movies, eating out, class reunions, music, dancing and traveling. Pat loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a very loyal friend who would go out of his way to help a friend in need.
He leaves to mourn his memory his best friend and partner in life, Michael Krause; half-sister Deborah Proulx; brother, Steven Lewis; sister, Wendy Lewis; one niece and two nephews; special grandniece, Areal Lewis; and dear friend Susan Kelly.
He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles. A memorial service was held at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service in Battle Creek. Visit Patrick’s tribute page at www.bachmanhebble.com. Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or the charity of your choice. “Pay it forward.”
Robert “Bob” William Waite
Robert “Bob” William Waite, of Barrington, NH, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2019, at his home. Bob was born May 16, 1930. He retired from City Garage in Charlotte.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Maxine; daughter Karrie; granddaughter Christina; and brothers, Rex and Don (Pat) Waite. His is survived by his wife Minta; sister Delores; sons, Randy (Bonnie) Waite of Hastings and Ron (Carol) Waite of Texas; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and cousins. Funeral services were held in New Hampshire.
Dwain Lynn Gray
Dwain Lynn Gray of Eaton Rapids passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at the age of 88. Dwain was born on March 28, 1931. in Chickasha, OK, and moved to Lansing with his family, where he attended school and graduated from Everett High School class of 1949. He married his wife Joanne Henrys in 1950 and together they moved to Eaton Rapids, where they raised their family. Dwain was a hard worker; he farmed cattle for many years while also working for General Motors in the paint department, where he retired after 33 years. He was also a founding member of the Eaton Rapids Township Fire Department and served as the dispatcher for 15 years. Dwain was a skilled woodworker, making furniture, cabinets and figurines for his family and friends. He loved to hunt and fish and would make annual fishing trip to Rice Lake in Canada for Memorial weekend.
He is preceded in death by his son, Dan Gray; parents, Tracy and Neva Gray; siblings, Gwen, Gale “Tut”, Tracy Jr. Dale, Garnett, Bonnie, Jerry and Ed.
Surviving are his wife, Joanne Gray; daughter, Kathy Gray; grandchildren, Autumn Rybolt, Thor Taylor; great grandchildren, Sky and Austin Rybolt, brother, Glenn (Betty) Gray and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Munger Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. The family will host a luncheon immediately following the service at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Township Fire Department or the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Dwain. To share memories or condolences, visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Refugio Barragan Luna
Refugio Barragan Luna, age 81, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Refugio was born February 8, 1938, in Uvalde, TX to Manuel and Julia (Barragan) Luna Sr. Refugio worked 30-plus years as a forklift operator for Fisher Body, and after retirement he worked for an asphalt company. Refugio proudly served in the Army and then Army National Guard for 30 years as a helicopter repairman. In his free time, he enjoyed fixing up old cars.
Refugio is survived by his children, Donyaellie (Adam) Wheaton, John (Chris) Luna, and Joe Luna; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; seven siblings, Manuel Luna Jr., Mary Rice, Yolanda Zavala, Raul Luna, Dolores Zagun, Mario Luna and Modesta Whitworth. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Roberto Luna.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Refugio on his Tribute Page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Frances L. Pease
Frances L. Pease, age 88, of Bellevue died Monday afternoon, December 9, 2019, at the Flower House Assisted Living in Nashville, MI.
Mrs. Pease was born on December 31, 1930, in Kalamo Township to Conrad M. and Esther (Beckner) Barker. She was a lifelong resident of the Bellevue area and was a graduate of Bellevue High School, class of 1949. After graduation, she attended Western Michigan University (WMU). On June 23, 1951, she married Harry A. Pease on the family farm in Kalamo Township. She continued her education, graduating from WMU with a BA in elementary education. Frances had been employed as a teacher for Bellevue Community Schools for 20 years, retiring in 1987.
Seeing a need to help students in her community, she, along with her friend and school librarian, June Rabbit, established the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Foundation. In 2004, Mrs. Pease was honored by receiving The Enquirer and News George Award for her work with the scholarship foundation.
Mrs. Pease was a very active member of the community. She was a member of the Kalamo United Methodist Church, the Kalamo Chapter #399 Order of the Eastern Star, the 21st Century Club, the Bellevue Lioness Club and the Kalamo Area Extension. She also enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time with family.
Following the death of her husband in 2000, she began volunteering with hospice, the Eaton County Palliative Care and Hayes Green Beach Hospital.
She is survived by children, Constance (Thomas) Campbell of Wolfeboro, NH, Kathryn (Mark) Jarvie of Lake Odessa, Carl (Anne) Pease of Bellevue, Edward (Leslie) Pease of Middleville and Jacqueline (Thomas Dyszkiewicz) of Anderson, SC; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Dane of Troy, OH. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; son, Joseph Pease; great-granddaughter, Jasmine Dennis; and sister, Carolyn M. Salisbury.
A funeral service to celebrate the gift of her life was held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at the Bellevue Chapel of the Kempf Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.
Friends, who wish, may make memorial contributions to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Grace Hospice or Kalamo United Methodist Church. Assistance with memorials is available at the funeral home. To leave a personal message and sign the online guest book, visit www.kempffuneralhome.com.
Robert “Bob” L. Dockey
Robert “Bob” L. Dockey, age 74, a hardworking man of generosity (and a little bit of mischief), died peacefully on December 11, 2019, at his home with his best friend and wife of 35 years, Cindy, at his side. Bob was born April 10, 1945, in Detroit. He grew up in Owosso, the son of Clyde and Sarah (Wooten) Dockey. As a young man, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served two years. Following his return, he went to work for General Motors in Flint. He eventually transferred to Lansing, serving as a committee man and later, as an ergonomics representative. Following retirement in 1999, Bob continued working hard to play hard, always helping friends and neighbors with anything and everything. He was always there for those in need, and he had a special, soft place in his heart for children and animals. Bob and Cindy lovingly cared for many horses and pets throughout the years. He enjoyed time outdoors riding motorcycles, playing softball, fishing and riding horses. He had a notorious sense of humor, always pulling elaborate pranks on Cindy and his friends. Many will remember Bob as a man of kindness and patience, even if he presented himself as a little rough around the edges.
Bob is survived by his wife, Cindy; son, Scott (MaryAnn) Beebe; three grandchildren, Chase, Harper, and Grayson Beebe; close friend, Deo Wells; and countless friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by his infant son, Jeffrey Lynn Dockey; son Robert Lynn Dockey; and his parents.
A private memorial service has taken place. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family in the care of Pray Funeral Home. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Bob on his Tribute Page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Ila M. Burnett
Ila M. Burnett, age 93, of Olivet, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at Golden Days AFC in Charlotte. She was born April 28, 1926, at the family home in Charlotte, the daughter of Ira and Vera (Rolfe) Halsey. Ila graduated from Charlotte High School in 1944. On October 27, 1945, she married Jack Burnett. Together, they farmed and raised their family in rural Olivet. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Ila cherished her family and was proud of each and every one of them. She also loved flowers and enjoyed watching birds.
Ila is survived by her children: Sherry (Steve) Landers of Centralia, MO; Nona Walker of Carsonville, MI; Toby (Cindy) Burnett of Charlotte; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and sister-in-law, Shirley Halsey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack Burnett in 1995; son-in-law, Daryl Walker; and 17 siblings.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 22, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 23, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with Rev. Dave Burnett officiating. Interment will take place at Bosworth Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Ila’s memory to Grace Hospice, 2205 Jolly Rd. Suite C, Okemos MI 48864. To view Ila’s obituary online, or to leave a condolence for the family, visit www.burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.
Eleanor Kay Mott
Eleanor Kay Mott, age 77, of Olivet passed away at her home on December 12, 2019.
Eleanor was born January 18, 1942, to Beryl and Ormand Sine at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. She attended her first eight years of schooling at Lee Center Country school and remaining four at Olivet High, graduating in 1960.
She married her high-school sweetheart, Laurel D. Mott, on April 15, 1962, at the Lee Center Methodist Church. Their first and only home remains the family farm, where they have lived the entirety of their marriage. The couple were both instrumental in running the family farm. While Laurel was the heavy lifter, Eleanor was the hands-on assistant wherever she was needed and kept things moving. She was also known to be on a first-name basis with the cows.
Eleanor was employed by Kellogg’s for six years prior to becoming the much-loved, well-known and respected “Mrs. Mott,” special ed and kindergarten bus driver for Olivet Community Schools for 33 years. She not only transported “her kids,” as she always referred to them, but went above and beyond to make sure they knew she cared about them. Many years later, she is still fondly remembered by the students and parents. Of the 33 years she drove bus, for eight of those, she was also the bus garage supervisor. And while Eleanor may have retired from her love of driving, her zest for life and love of serving never retired.
Eleanor was an avid gardener and green thumb and was thrilled this summer when her tulip tree finally bloomed with its first-ever flowers. She was known for her genuine happy spirit, smile and laugh, not to mention her macaroni and cheese, Texas sheet cake and cinnamon rolls.
Not only was she an excellent cook and gardener, she was a talented seamstress and did many do-it-yourself projects, including tiling, painting, and wall-papering for her home and others. If you needed help for anything, you need only ask. She never did anything half-heartedly, and telling her she couldn’t do something wasn’t an option.
Eleanor was a collector of owls and bells, loved watching birds, kept daily diaries for years and was always working on a craft or two. She and her husband were long-time sports enthusiasts and cheered and attended many, many Olivet Eagle sporting events over the years. She was also a huge, loyal supporter and big-time fan of the Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Tigers. But her greatest love was of that for her family, of which they are the blessed recipients. She was lovingly known as “GG” and found great joy in doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
To know Eleanor was to love her. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed and remembered always.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 58 years, Laurel Dwight Mott of Olivet; two children, Scott (Dawn) Mott of Allen, TX, Christine (Rob) Bramer of Olivet. Grandchildren: Calen (Jessica) Bramer, Cameron (Erin) Bramer, Kiler (Tiffany) Bramer, all of Olivet, Peyton (Cory) Scheibner, Trevor Mott, Jaclyn (Charlie) Smith, Macy (Chris) Middleton, Caitlan (Jon) Ropson , all of Texas; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and Greg Darrow.
She is also survived by brothers, Robert A. Sine and Richard O. Sine. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Helen. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is being arranged.
Please consider a gift to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in her memory.
Bettie Denton, age 76, of Bellevue, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.
Bettie was born in Dayton, TN, on November 6, 1943, the daughter of the late Lester and Mattie (Mooneyham) Webb. She was raised in Bellevue area and attended local schools, graduating in 1961.
She was the wife of Kermit Denton. The couple was married July 15, 1961.
Bettie worked as a manager of the Ritzee Hamburger Restaurant in Urbandale for 10 years, where she invented BJ Chili Cheese Fries. She also worked at PAC Uniforms in Battle Creek, where she prepared uniforms for several different industries before they were shipped to customers.
Bettie loved her family and especially enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren play sports, never missing a game. Along with her beloved husband Kermit, they spent countless hours traveling all over the United States. It was not uncommon for them to load up the pickup truck and just take off, sometimes with only a direction and no actual destination. On one trip to the western United States, Kermit and Bettie covered over 9,000 miles in three weeks. During the summer months, Bettie enjoyed spending time with Kermit while he was fishing. Bettie would bring a good book and sit quietly in the boat, reading and enjoying a day on the water. Bettie and Kermit attended Nashville Baptist Church for over 40 years and always loved the music and the people.
Bettie is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Kermit, her daughter, Lisa (Bill) Hartman, two sons Lynn (Lori) Denton, Larry (Denise) Denton, her sister, Joyce Randall, brother, Gary (Judy) Webb, sister in-law Jill Webb, brother in law Gilbert Douglas, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded by her brother Bill Webb and sister Wanda Douglas.
The family will receive visitors on Saturday, December 21, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, MI. The funeral service will take place at 2 p.m., with Nashville Baptist Church pastors Lester DeGroot and Deano Lamphere officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America at hdsa.org Great Lake Region. Funeral services have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details, visit the website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net.
Leona Lucille Barker
Leona Lucille Barker of Eaton Rapids, passed away December 11, 2019, at the age of 78. Leona was born in Eaton Rapids on October 27, 1941, the daughter of J.E. and Estina (Bunker) Disbrow. She was a bus driver for the Eaton Rapids Public School system and, after 21 years of service, she was able to enjoy retirement. Leona loved to cook, work on word-search puzzles and watch soap operas, but her greatest love was in spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Janice (Dan) Lambrix of Muskegon, Everett (Vivian) Hillard of Eaton Rapids, William Hillard of Flint; stepchildren, John (Sandy) Barker of Holt, Joe Barker of Lansing, Tom (Phyllis) Barker of DeWitt, Francy Onley of Florida; 14 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Leona was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Barker in 2013; son, Robert Hillard; brother, Ellsworth (Marge) Disbrow; and sister, Viola Blaine.
Funeral services were held December 16, 2019, at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids with Pastor Jim Riley officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Visit the website at millsfuneral.com to place online condolences.