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Barbara J. Dahlem


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Barbara Jane Dahlem, 80, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Monday, November 19, 2018. She was born May 17, 1938, in Battle Creek, the daughter of David and Nora (Baker) Sumption. Barb graduated from Olivet High School on May 31, 1956. On June 1, 1956, she married the love of her life, Charles L. Dahlem. Barb was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved spending time together with her family. In her spare time Barb enjoyed bowling and tending to her roses. 

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Charles; children, Nolita (Darrell) Cameron of Columbia, Tenn., Carol (Marion) Schlyer of Bellevue, Darlene Hendrickson of Eaton Rapids, Neal (Alice) Dahlem of Olivet; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and sister, Viola Armstead.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and three sisters.

In keeping with Barb’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Olivet First Assembly of God, located at 4767 Butterfield Highway in Olivet. 

Those desiring, may make contributions in Barb’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association.

To view Barb’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit

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Jean M. Weikel


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Jean Marie Weikel, 81, a kind and giving mother, grandmother, wife and sister, died peacefully on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Lansing. Jean was born December 17, 1937 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Louis Cecil and Mable Helen (Sharp) Rosendahl. She graduated from Portland High School in 1955 before beginning her family.  Jean worked over 30 years for General Motors, where she met the love of her life, Dale Weikel. The two married on October 5, 1972, enjoying 42 years of marriage until his death in 2015. Following retirement, Jean enjoyed bowling, crossword puzzles, and especially crocheting. She created countless crochet pieces, which will be forever treasured by her family. Many will remember Jean’s selfless nature, always putting others first. Above all, she cherished time spent with her grandchildren.

Jean is survived by her daughters, Donna (Gregory) Dufault, Laurie (Alan) Switzer, Deborah (Charles) King, Tina (Mark) Wilton, Barbara (David) Lakes, Melissa (Daniel) Hall and Jennifer (Daniel) Ockert; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her sister, Donna (Ron) Atkinson.  

She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Dale Gordon Weikel; son, Jerome Smith; granddaughter, Morgan Dufault; sisters, Barbara and Genevieve; and her parents.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter. 

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Jean on her tribute page at

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Philip A. Crowner


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Philip Arlan Crowner, 82, an adventurous man who “did it his way,” died Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Lansing.  Phil was born May 8, 1937 in Lansing, the son of Charles A. and Marjorie Elouise (Shaffer) Crowner. At the age of 16, Phil started racing stock cars at Capital City Speedway, a passion that gave birth to a lifelong “need for speed.” Phil’s racing hobby saw him behind the wheel of several cars throughout the years, especially his beloved 1932 Ford Street Rod. He shared his talents as a mechanic in his shop on Lansing Road, even fixing the broken-down tour bus for the The Who. Phil and his brother, Dave were founding members of the local Headers Car Club, and could often be spotted at cars shows, auctions, and checking in on projects at Eaton Auto Body.  Phil also drove trucks for Leaseway, as well as cement trucks, and worked briefly for Oldsmobile.

Phil demonstrated stern love and guidance, not only to his nieces and nephews, but also mentoring countless troubled teens, thus positively impacting many lives.  He enjoyed camping trips up north with family and friends.  Many will remember Phil’s ability to “say it like it is,” and always being a man of his word.

Phil is survived by his sister, Jane (Davide) Crowner-Friedman of Dimondale; sister-in-law, Betty Crowner of Charlotte; nieces and nephews, Larry (Amy) Crowner of Olivet, Catherine Crowner of Charlotte, Mike (Mallory) Crowner of Charlotte, and Christian (Sarah) Smucker of Portage; and several extended family members.  

He was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, David Arthur Crowner.

Friends are encouraged to support Phil’s family at a Memorial Service on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service, from noon to 2 p.m.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children at or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at   

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Philip on his tribute page at  

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Brian S. Hill


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Brian Scott Hill, 55, of Vermontville, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 16, 2019. Brian was born in Lansing on September 9, 1963, the son of the Carl and Mary (Hillis) Hill. Brian was raised in the Vermontville area and attended local schools, graduating from Maple Valley High School in 1981. Brian spent his working career in the manufacturing industry where he specialized in plastic injection molding.

Brian enjoyed being outdoors fishing, hiking and hanging out on the beach. Brain loved being in the gym, lifting weights and competitive boxing. During his time in the ring, Brain was the State of Michigan Golden Gloves state runner up. 

Brian is survived by his parents, Carl (Mary) Hill; his daughter, Christina (Alex) Torres; his son, Logan Hill; his lifelong friend and mother to his children, Wendy James; his sister, Brenda Phenix; brother, Robert (Sandie) Hill; his grandchildren, Belanna, Leilani, and Julian Torres; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019. The family will receive visitors prior to the funeral service on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at The Daniels Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Autism Speaks.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.  For further details, please visit

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Sylvia E. Hamilton


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Sylvia E. Hamilton, 80, of Charlotte, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019, at Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services. She was born September 2, 1938, in St. James, Minn., the daughter of Clifford and Gunarda (Blackstad) Robinson. On April 12, 1958, she married David Hamilton in Minnesota. Together they raised their family on the family farm on Chester Road. Sylvia was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She always took a keen interest in her children and grandchildren. Sylvia was a 4-H leader for many years and volunteered at the children’s school whenever help was needed. She was a devoted long-time member of Peace Lutheran Church, where she served in many different capacities. Sylvia retired after many years of service from Farm Bureau Insurance in Lansing. 

Sylvia is survived by her children, Janet (Dennis) Croff, John Hamilton, Brenda (Larry) Hall, Paul Hamilton; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert (Lilah) Robinson of Wisconsin. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David; and grandson, Tom Hamilton; and sister, Dorothy Harris. 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, with Pastor David Keller officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 19, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday at Peace Lutheran Church. Interment will take place at West Carmel Cemetery. 

Those desiring, may make contributions in Sylvia’s honor to Peace Lutheran Church, 830 N. Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813.

To view Sylvia’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit

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David W. Jackson


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David W. Jackson, 55, a former Charlotte resident, and current Lake Bluff, Ill. resident, passed to his eternal home on May 11 from diabetes complications. David was born in Evansville, Ind. on October 21, 1963 and moved to Charlotte in 1965. Dave graduated from Charlotte High School in 1981, Ferris State University and Illinois College of Optometry. He received his laser training at UCLA. Dr. Jackson married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl Eskew, on July 16, 1987. They made their home in Glenview, Ill., where Dave was a managing doctor for LensCrafters. He then owned his private optometry practice in Highland Park, Ill., later specializing in eye disease. 

Surviving are his loving family, Dr. Cheryl Jackson, wife of 31 years; daughter, Alexis Jackson and special friend, Matt Austin; son, David Benjamin Jackson, all of Lake Bluff. Survivors also include parents, David and Barbara Jackson of Bellevue; mother-in-law, Donna Eskew of Godfrey, Ill.; sister, Debra (Loren) Griffin of Charlotte; brother, John Jackson of Bellevue; sister-in-law, Vicky (Steve) Berghorst of Allendale, Mich.; nieces, Katelin (Blake) Kennedy, Jessica Griffin, and Laurel Griffin; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Robert Eskew.

Dr. Jackson especially enjoyed interacting and caring for his patients. He served more than 10 years as a volunteer firefighter for the Lake Bluff Fire Department. Dave was a member of the Lake Bluff United Methodist Church and was absolute in his faith. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

A celebration of life will be held at the Kalamo United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jerry Bukoski officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. The church is located at 1475 S. Ionia Road in Vermontville. 

Those desiring, may send a memorial to Alexis and Ben’s Education Fund, P.O. Box 254, Lake Bluff, IL 60044.

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Calvon E. Kidder


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Pastor Calvon “Cal” E. Kidder, 91, of Woodland, went into the loving arms of his Savior on May 9, 2019 at his home, with his loving family. Cal was born on January 6, 1928 to Glen and Alice (Pritchard) Kidder in Boone, Mich. Cal married Alice Soderquist on February 21, 1948.  They were blessed with 71 years of marriage and four daughters.  He was an avid wood worker most of his life. In 1950 he was called by the Lord to serve as a minister in the Church of God, pastoring seven churches, spanning many states in his 62 years of service.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Alice; children, Joy (Jerry) Swiger, Janet (Mike) Long, Mary Kidder and Vee (Phil) Grimwood; grandchildren, Kelly (John) Donlin, Michelle (Steve) Crouch, Christy (Jeff) Molenaar, Tiffany Watson, Caleb (Dacia) Watson, David (Melissa) Grimwood, Heather Parrish; great-grandchildren, Shane Willette, Andy Donlin, John Munro, Alley Munro, Brittany Molenaar, Evan Molenaar, Tanner Yanz, Brody Cheesbro, Charlotte Watson, Myles Watson, Devin Grimwood and Dalton Grimwood; siblings, Treva Dewey, Lewis Kidder, Lila (Bob) Rosenburger; along with many nieces and nephews.  

Preceding Cal in death are his parents; siblings, Cylia Bowen, Mark Kidder, Lee Kidder and Larry Kidder.

A funeral service was held on May 14, 2019 at the Kilpatrick U.B. Church. Burial took place in Woodland Memorial Park on May 14. 

Memorials can be made to the family to help with expenses. 

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Lee E. Coltson


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Lee Edward Coltson, 80, of Bellevue passed away May 8, 2019 surrounded by his family. Lee was born September 28, 1938 to Leonard and Verle (Vrooman) Coltson of Olivet. Lee graduated from Bellevue High School in 1956. He began working at Coltson’s Clothing and Shoes and then in the office of Cheney Limestone (both in Bellevue) before starting a 17 ½-year career as a policeman/detective with the City of Battle Creek. He then took a Friend of the Court position with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department. Lee left the Sheriff’s Department in 1991 to start his own private detective business, which he ran until his retirement in 2016 at the age of 77.

During his life Lee was a Cub Scout Master, active in the Bellevue Athletic Boosters, President of the Bellevue Whirl-a-ways square dance club, and served on the Bellevue School Board when the new high school on Love Road was built. In addition, he was a three time past president of the Bellevue Lion’s Club, served as president of the Bellevue Alumni Association, and was elected President of the Village of Bellevue. In 2013, Lee was placed in the Bellevue High School Hall of Fame for his activities in the community during his life. 

Lee is survived by, in his words, “his very lovely wife,” Sharon (Tew) Coltson of 59 years; their three sons, Thomas (Vicky) and Timothy (Kris) of Bellevue and Patrick (Dawn) of Hastings; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jacob, Joe, Janice, Clay, and Garrett Coltson, Stasia Swiger and Betsey Smith; great-grandchildren, Skylar, Railys, and Kairi Mulkey, Hayes Coltson, Paige Smith, Evan Willis, Zachary, Matthew and Abigail Beard.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents and sister Caroline Howard.

Services will be held on May 22, 2019 at United Methodist Church in Bellevue. Family will be available for visitation starting at 10 a.m. Memorial services will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon.

Memorials may be made to the Bellevue United Methodist Church or Bellevue Lions Club.

Family and friends that wish to leave condolences, may do so by visiting

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Kim Bruce


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Kim Renae Bruce, 60, of Charlotte, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born January 24, 1959, in Beeville, Texas the daughter of Frederick and Angie (Wertz) Earl. Kim graduated from Charlotte High School in 1977. On August 11, 1979, she married her beloved soul mate and best friend, Randy Bruce, at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte. Kim was a fiercely devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was the hub of her family and always saw to it that everyone was well cared for. She was especially proud of her grandchildren and loved watching them grow as individuals. Kim had many things that she enjoyed during her life. Randy and Kim built their house in 1986 and planted almost every tree on the property. She loved her magnificent flower gardens and landscaping that she created and the nature it supports. She could be found every morning with a cup of coffee and Clancy Dog at her side, having her daily coffee talk with her mom, enjoying the sights, smells, and sounds from her front porch. Kim also enjoyed cooking, boating, golfing, bowling, Detroit Tigers, MSU athletics, traveling, and spending time in nature. Kim and Randy spent many summers on the water together beginning in 1978. They cherished many special moments together, years using their jet boat, and later cruising the Great Lakes in their bigger boats.  Kim worked at Char Lanes, General Motors, drove school bus for Charlotte Public Schools, and was a devoted employee for over 27 years at the Barry/Eaton County Health Department as the hearing and vision technician, working with great people over the years and helping many children. She was also a member of the Charlotte branch of the GFWC (Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs), and Mobile Meals.

Kim is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, Randy; daughters, Angie Marie Bruce of Charlotte, Alicia Renae Bruce of East Lansing; grandchildren, (grand)daughter Alyvia Renae Bruce, grandson, J.C. (Jason) Carroll Lea, Jr.; parents, Fred and Angie Earl of Cadillac; brothers, Mark F. Earl of Dimondale, Thomas L. Earl of Charlotte; mother-in-law, Myra Bruce of Charlotte; sisters-in-law, Johanna (Jeff) Stolowski, Diana (Geoff) Riddle, Lisa Bruce; aunts and uncles, Denny Wertz, Darry and Dee Wertz, Donny and Linda Wertz; many cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Duane and Martha Wertz, Harold and Ruth Earl; father-in-law, Wally Bruce; brother-in-law, Jeff Bruce; nephew, Grant Bruce; Aunt Marsha and Uncle Thomas Dewey, Aunt Carla Wertz, and Aunt Carolyn Piersma.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the First Congregational Church, with Pastors Curtis Demars-Johnson and Andy Shaver officiating. 

Those desiring, may make contributions in Kim’s honor to First Congregational Church, 106 S. Bostwick, Charlotte, MI 48813, Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813, or Siren/Eaton Shelter, 520 Robinson St., Charlotte, MI 48813, Journey’s Dream,

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Roy L. Brooks


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Roy Lawrence Brooks, born January 3, 1958, passed away May 2, 2019, following a several month’s illness. A lifelong resident of the Charlotte area, Roy graduated from Charlotte High School in 1976, then commenced to develop his talent for inventing and repairing all things mechanical. His enjoyment of, and skill with building and racing cars evolved, over time, into a hobby as he focused more and more on developing his business, Roy’s Welding Fabrication and Repair. His wife, Mary, described him as a “jack of all trades,” but as a skillful welder and inventor of solutions to mechanical problems, he had no peer. No one ever left his shop at 3483 Island Highway unhappy with the work done or miffed about the price paid. A big job or little job, Roy gave it his undivided attention, creative solution, and high-quality result.

Roy is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary (Klatt) Brooks; brother, Jon Brooks; sister, Gail Twork; daughter, Tammy Perleberg; grandchildren, Rusty and Harley Perleberg; great-granddaughter, Ava Moore; special buddies, Jerry Clay and Mike Carter; extended family members; plus countless friends, business associates, and satisfied customers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Donald.

Having celebrated the life of Roy Brooks at Riedy’s on May 11, the family plans no further service. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Roy’s family would be appreciated.

A jack of all trades, but one of a kind: Roy Brooks will be missed by all who knew him.

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