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Zelma L. McCrimmon

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Zelma Lorraine (Stickles) McCrimmon, age 77, of Midland died Sunday morning, March 15, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 25,1942 in Lansing, daughter of the late William and Zelma (Kikendall) Stickles. Zelma was a 1961 graduate of Charlotte High School. On May 14, 1977 she married James McCrimmon in Vermontville. Together, they spent 34 years until his passing in 2011.
In 1984, she received a certificate as a respiratory therapy technician and entered a career in Arizona which later took her to Louisiana and that would last 30 years. Zelma had a deep love of animals and gave over 200 dogs a loving home. She was a loving and caring woman that had a deep faith. She was always hard working and enjoyed crocheting, bee keeping and helping others.
She will be missed by her four children, Marvin Jr.(Diane) Humphrey, Darlene (Gene) Faylor, Rebecca Humphrey and Laura Humphrey; stepchildren, Deborah Funk, and Jason McCrimmon; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers: William Stickles, Mervell Stickles, Royal Stickles, David Stickles, Robert Stickles and George Stickles. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her stepson, James “Buzz” McCrimmon.
In honoring Zelma’s wishes and keeping up with her tradition of helping people, her body will be donated to the University of Michigan Anatomical Donations Program. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Humane Society Of Midland County. Services were entrusted to Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Homes in Midland.

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Steven T. Kita

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Steven Thomas Kita, age 52, of Bellevue passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020, as a result of an accident. He was born February 7, 1968, in Marshall, the son of Stanley and Nancy (Key) Kita. Steve graduated from Olivet High School in 1986. Family was of the utmost importance to Steve. He cherished his daughter and loved each and every moment they spent together. Steve enjoyed deer hunting, snowmobiling, riding his quad, fishing and nearly every outdoor activity. He also looked forward to his regular trips to the Upper Peninsula. Above all else, his life with Mallory defined who he was. Steve was a worker in the truest sense of the word. He was always busy working with his hands and always enjoyed what he was doing. Steve worked for over 20 years for the Calhoun County Road Commission.
Steve is survived by his daughter, Mallory Kita of Bellevue; parents, Stan and Nancy Kita of Bellevue; brothers: John (Carla) Kita of Bellevue, Jeff (Jamie) Kita of Olivet; several nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins and close friends, including Lisa Kelley, Mallory’s mother.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: John and Delia Key, Stanley and Lillian Kita; and uncles: Elmer Key, Joseph Kita and Frank Kita.
Due to the new state mandate limiting crowd sizes, a private funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with Jon Doty officiating. There will be a public memorial service held at the funeral home at a later date. Interment took place at Lee Center Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Steve’s memory to the Olivet FFA Alumni or American Diabetes Association. To view Steve’s obituary online, or to leave a condolence for the family, visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

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Daniel L. Smith

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Daniel Lee Smith, age 62, of Mason passed away on March 10, 2020. He was the owner of Sieloff Glass and Screen. Funeral services were held on March 17, 2020 at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

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Galen F. Higdon

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Galen Floyd Higdon, age 79, of Eaton Rapids passed away on March 13, 2020 at Sensations Memory Care in Charlotte due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. Galen was born December 22, 1940 in Eaton Rapids, to Floyd Higdon and Fidema (Starks) Higdon. He spent his childhood in Eaton Rapids along with his brother Arthur where he attended school and worked on the family farm. Growing up, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout alongside many of his classmates and was president of his high school senior class. He had a lifelong love of the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. In later years, he made several salmon fishing trips to Alaska. Galen was very active in the community as a member of the Conservation Club, served as president of the Jaycees and as the co-chairman of the Eaton Rapids Bi-Centennial celebration. He had a passion for antiques, and his wife Faith owned and operated a successful antique restoration appraisal company in Eaton Rapids and Mason. Galen worked as a salesman, first for Paul Auto Parts and then for Road Equipment Parts Center, from which he retired in 2005. After retirement, he took up woodworking, making furniture, but was mostly known for his turkey calls. Galen is survived by his children, Greg Higdon, Mark Higdon and Christine (Danny) Olson-De La Vergne; his stepchildren, Cal (Holly) Hartline and Rachel (David) Rockafellow, as well as seven grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. His ashes will be spread in the woods that he loved so much. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation in his name. To share memories or condolences, visit millsfuneral.com.

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Jeanette Snyder

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Dora “Jeanette” Snyder, age 94, of Charlotte passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020, at Golden Days AFC in Charlotte. She was born March 4, 1925, in Charlotte, the daughter of Ernest and Gretchen (Gutchess) Gardner.
Jeanette graduated from Charlotte High School in 1943. On June 6, 1946, Jeanette married Philip E. Snyder. Together they raised two children. Shortly after graduation, Jeanette went to work for Michigan Bell Telephone Company in Charlotte until the Charlotte office closed. She went to work for Michigan National Bank in Charlotte for several years before returning to Michigan Bell Telephone Company (AT&T) in Lansing. Jeanette retired after 30 years of service. After retirement, Jeanette and husband Philip spent winters in Palmetto, Fla. and summers in Michigan. She enjoyed playing trumpet in the Bradenton Community Band, playing shuffleboard, bicycling with her husband Philip, working at the clubhouse, dining out and playing board games with friends. Jeanette and Philip square danced year-round, being members of several clubs. They were members of the Lansing Capital Totems Holiday Ramblers Travel Club and traveled to almost every state in the United States, including Alaska. Jeanette and Philip also traveled a large part of Canada and Mexico. Jeanette was a tremendous cook, and she liked to walk. Jeanette walked a mile a day until she was 92 years old.
Jeanette is survived by her children, David P. Snyder (Patricia) and Kristie S. Snyder; grandchildren, Jon D. Snyder, Brenda (Todd) Supica, and Cindy (Brian) Kane; five great- grandchildren; and brother John Gardner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Philip E. Snyder; and brother, Gaylord Gardner.
Those desiring may make contributions in Jeanette’s honor to the charity of their choice. There will be no service held at this time. A graveside memorial will be held this spring.

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Hazel E. Satterly

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Hazel Elaine Satterly, age 75, of Charlotte passed away March 6, 2020, with her family by her side. Hazel was born to the late Fay and Cortha (Torbet) Gilson on August 14, 1944, in Eaton Rapids.
She graduated from Mason High School in 1962. She married the late Leonard D. Satterly on March 9, 1963. Hazel drove a school bus for 16 years for Lakewood Public Schools and retired to take care of her six grandchildren, which she enjoyed. She loved to go to Rice Lake and fish. She loved camping and going on road trips. She was an active bowler ,and she loved to crochet and do scrapbooking.
Hazel is survived by her loving family; children; Leonard D. (Tara) Satterly Jr., Dawn E. (Ronald P.) Kauffman, Michael F. Satterly; grandchildren, Stephan Satterly, Sean (Brittany) Satterly, Brian (Kristin) Satterly, Ronald D. (Danielle) Kauffman, Cassandra (Timothy) Haney, Jalesa (Zachary) Raymer; great-grandchildren, Drake Campbell, Deegan Campbell, Dayne Campbell, Emerson Satterly, Brezlyn Satterly, Kamden Satterly, Brinley Haney, Ashlyn Manshum, Jackson Manshum, Ryleigh Raymer, Rhys Raymer, Rozlynn Raymer; sisters, Mary (Bob) Gilson- Batten, Vernice VanNess; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Norris (Hazel) Satterly, Byron (Pam) Satterly, Chris (Linda) Satterly and Larry (Jan) Mahan.
Hazel was predeceased by her husband, Leonard D. Satterly, parents and in-laws. Hazel’s family is planning a celebration of her life sometime this summer

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Donald E. Otto

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Donald E. Otto, age 69, of Bellevue died on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at home, surrounded by his loving family and friends, following a long battle with lung cancer.
Don was born on February 8, 1951 in Battle Creek to Bernard and Joyce (Oaster) Otto. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1969. Don served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1971-1977. On December 28, 2001 he married Martha “Marty” Lennon.
Don worked for Grand Trunk railroad for many years, and he retired in 1991. He also served on the Bellevue Fire Department for 16 years and eight of those years as assistant fire chief. Don enjoyed the outdoors, golfing, hunting and fishing. He was the assistant coach for the Bellevue High School girls softball team for several years. Don also enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He loved family get-togethers, especially time spent with his nieces and nephews.
Don is survived by his wife Marty of Bellevue; father Bernard Otto of Bellevue; son Dan Otto of Bellevue; two granddaughters; brother Michael (Mary) Otto of Delton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Joyce; and siblings Gary Otto and Steve Otto.
A memorial service took place on March 12, 2020 at the Bellevue United Methodist Church in Bellevue. A private family interment took place at Bellevue Riverside Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Bellevue Fire Department or to Eaton Community Palliative Care. Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guestbook at kempffuneralhome.com.

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James L. Greenman

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James Levi Greenman, age 78, of Olivet passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing with his family by his side. He was born April 2, 1941, in Kalamazoo, the son of Leslie and Dorothy (Roberts) Greenman. Jim graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1959. He then studied agriculture at Michigan State University. On September 7, 1969, Jim married Noreene Stearns in Galesburg, Mich. Jim worked many different jobs throughout his life but his heart was always on the farm. He had a love for horses, and he was especially fond of his draft horses. You could often find him winning, or near the top of, many different plowing competitions. Jim was a social man who thoroughly enjoyed visiting with others. He would often hand out $2 bills or silver dollars to someone just to strike up a conversation. Jim also enjoyed reading books about the Old West. From ranching, the pioneers, to the history of the American frontier, Jim enjoyed them all. He enjoyed watching college basketball but supporting his grandchildren in their school sporting events, and 4-H was of an utmost importance.
Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Noreene; daughter, Rachael (Tony) Eye of Charlotte; son Chad Greenman of Olivet; grandchildren: Levi Greenman, Morgan Ann Greenman, Madison Eye, Abigail Eye, Ryder Greenman; sister, Jeanette Ridgley of Three Rivers.
He was preceded in death by his parents and parents- in-laws, Frank and Margaret Stearns.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at noon at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Those desiring, may make contributions in Jim’s honor to the Michigan Draft Horse Breeders Association. To view Jim’s obituary online, or to leave a condolence for the family, visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

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Jim Martin, Jr.

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Charles “Jim” James Martin, Jr., age 78, of Eaton Rapids passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Jim was born on November 2, 1941 in Okemos, the son of Charles and Zola (Cooley) Martin. He graduated from Okemos High School class of 1958 and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Hissem during the Cuban Blockade and played football for the Newport Navy Islanders while stationed in Newport, R.I. Jim retired from General Motors as a die maker after 32 years. His great passion in life was raising and breeding race horses. Jim would regularly have 20 horses, and upwards of 50, that he would race all over Michigan and into Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Betty King and Sue Newland.
Surviving Jim are his children, Timothy (Toni) Martin, Chuck (Sue) Martin, Beth Martin, Krista (Rock) Gervais; grandchildren, Kyle Martin, Tyler (Gina) Martin, Bronson Martin, Erin Whitely, Veronica (Jason) Schmidt; great-grandson, Liam Martin; brothers, Duff (Nancy) Martin, Ralph (Jan) Martin; sister, Zoanna (Robert) Riley; special friends, Jim and Shirley Rhodes and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with visitation starting at noon. Jim will be laid to rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Humane Society. To share memories or condolences, visit skinnerfuneralhomes.com.

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Linda L. Cook

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Linda Lou Cook, age 65, passed away on March 7, 2020 of health issues. She was born on April 6, 1954, the daughter of James Paul and Lorene Opal (Snodderly) Kreischer. Linda devoted her life to being a wife and homemaker for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 42 years, Kenneth A. Cook; great-grandchild, Maia; siblings, Robert, Leonard and Richard Kreischer; and sister-in-law, Mabel Kreischer and niece, Uytovia Kreischer.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her partner of four years, Donald L. Smith; children, Stacy L. (Travis) Bristow, Kenneth A. Cook Jr., and Sarah L. McGillis; grandchildren, David, Travis Jr., Troy, Kayla, Savanah, Desmond, Kelli, Mercedes, Hailey and Jasmine; great-grandchildren, Aria, Malia, Emma, and Maddox; siblings, Milo (Inez) Kreischer, John Kreischer; sisters-in-laws, Evelyn, Margaret and Grace Kreischer; special nephews, James Ross and Doug Kreischer; and many other nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
A luncheon to celebrate Linda’s life will be held Saturday, April 11, 2020, at 2 p.m., at the American Legion, 1000 Lawrence Highway in Charlotte. Arrangements are entrusted to Vickers Springport Funeral Home.

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