Millard Von Root
Millard Von Root, a man who knew his Bible inside and out and shared his love for his Lord with many, went to meet his Lord and Savior on September 27, 2022. Millard was born February 11, 1932, in Chester Township, Michigan to William and Iva Boyer (Root), the youngest of 11 children in the family. With a kind heart and a powerful voice, Millard often said, “Let me tell you a little story.” In his early years he was a pitcher for the American Legion baseball club, but he hung up his mitt for a Bible and lived to preach and share the Word with others. His favorite verse leading him in all he did, 1 Peter 2:5, “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Millard worked for 30 years at General Motors, was a union representative and also farmed 210 acres. With over 67 years as a minister, Millard helped start eight congregations, preached at 88 different churches and he memorized most of the Bible.
Family meant everything to Millard. His children say he was the best dad anyone could ask for. In 1952 he married Phyllis Griffin and together they had six children and a house filled with love. There were always family adventures and special times at their cottages in Michigan and at their winter home in Florida. Fishing, hunting, learning about everything history, reading to expand his knowledge, and traveling around the country to share the gospel were things that Millard enjoyed.
Millard is survived by his wife of 70 years, Phyllis; his children, Duonna (Tom) Worstell, Kevin (Teresa) Root, Tim (Doreen) Root, Sheila (Bob) Veitch, and Curt (Connie) Root, daughter-in-law, Jodi Root; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Mark Root; his parents; and ten siblings.
Friends are encouraged to support Millard’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation is Monday, October 3, 1-3:00 p.m. with funeral services following at 3:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Steve Doty officiating. The funeral 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 Millard’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Kevin J. Edington, age 64, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 19, 2022. He was born June 27, 1958, in Lansing the son of Max and Thelma (Bailey) Edington. On February 12, 1999, he married Donna V. Oakley. Kevin enjoyed watching NASCAR, scratching off lottery game tickets, visiting various casinos and collecting coins. He loved fishing on Duck Lake, thanks to his friend Glenn.
Kevin is survived by his children: Melissa (Jim) Falk of Onondaga, James (Kathy) Robins of Charlotte, Matthew (Tasia) Robins of Charlotte, Amanda (Robert) Pierce of Bellevue; 12 grandchildren; sister-in-law Rosemary Newell of Kentwood; brothers: David (Pat) Edington of Tennessee, Earl Edington of Jackson; and special friends: Glenn, Steve, and Roger.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna; sister, Julie Ann Johnson.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 2 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with the Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Burial will take place at Kalamo Hillside Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Kevin’s memory to Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813.
To view Kevin’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com.
Evalyn “Annette” Alderson, 94, of Bellevue, Michigan passed away on Monday, September 19, 2022, surrounded by her loving family at home.
She was born on October 22, 1927, to Clarence and Flossy (Dunn) Knowles in Genoa, Ohio. She was a 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High school. On January 15, 1950, she married Glenn Alderson in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Annette worked at Ft. Custer State Home-Battle Creek as a caregiver aide for many years and she had also worked at Eaton Corporation in Battle Creek on the assembly line. She was a longtime member of Bellevue Christian Church and active lifetime member of the VFW Post # 565-Battle Creek. Annette was a well-known Mary Kay representative; she even received a Pontiac Red Sunbird for her successful sales. She loved her church, where she was active in teaching Sunday school and helping with services and dinners. She loved gardening, her flower and vegetable gardens were always bountiful. She was an avid oil painter and crafter. Annette enjoyed going for rides with her family and stopping for coffee or ice cream. She will be missed for her love of God, children and animals, especially her Yorkie, Bailey.
Evalyn “Annette” is survived by her children; Karen Johnson of Bellevue, Michigan and William (Pam) Alderson of Leesburg, Florida; her grandchildren: Mark (Amanda) Tooker, Charity Alderson, Jeremiah Alderson, Tember Johnson, Logan (Charity Grace) Alderson, Lance Weaver and Dylan Johnson and her seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Dawn Alderson; her sister, Mary Jo Bowen; her brother, William Knowles and her sister, Claris Charameda.
Visitation for Annette will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Bellevue Christian Church with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Danesh Manik officiating. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Pawsibilities, 2200 W. Bellevue Hwy., Olivet, MI 49076.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 205 N. Elizabeth St., Bellevue, Michigan 49021. Please visit www.kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, to sign the online guest book or to leave the family condolences.
Cirildo “Sid” Silvas, age 86, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of his Savior on Thursday, September 15, 2022. He was born July 7, 1936, in New Braunfels, Texas, the son of Pedro and Felicitas (Rodriguez) Silvas. On June 21, 1958, he married Dora Inez Cardenas in Eaton Rapids. Family was everything to Sid. He was the happiest when surrounded by those he loved. His grandchildren all held a special place in his heart. His church family at Charlotte Assembly of God was also very important to him. Both he and Dora enjoyed working on hotrods throughout their life. Sid retired after many faithful years of service from Fisher Body in Lansing.
Sid is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Dora; children: Adela (Guy) Gutos of Grand Rapids, Armando (Stephanie) Silvas of Lansing, Alex Silvas of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brother, Pete (Maria) Silvas of Potterville; and sister-in-law, Theresa Silvas of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings: Juan (Mela) Silvas, Frank (Cruz) Silvas, David Silvas, Matt (Linda) Silvas, Bruce (Sherry) Silvas, Jobie (Bill) Moist, Mary (Leonard) Cruz.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Charlotte Assembly of God with Pastor Shane Bryant officiating. Burial took place at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Sid’s honor to Charlotte Assembly of God, 1100 E. Clinton Trail, Charlotte, MI 48813.
To leave a condolence for Sid’s family or to read his obituary online please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com
Morris “Buster” Edgerly of Charlotte, Michigan, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife and daughters on September 15, 2022, at the age of 80. Buster was born in Lakeview, Michigan, on April 14, 1942, to Hugh and Gladys (Fairbrother) Edgerly. Despite complications and additional health issues, he battled cancer for the last two years with courage and strength until the end. Buster was a retiree of Fisher Body as well as a farmer. He enjoyed mowing his lawn and taking care of his farm. He also enjoyed serving others by mowing their lawns, plowing driveways, and keeping busy doing small, odd jobs. Buster enjoyed spending time at the Moose Lodge #2565 in Charlotte and had many friends there. He was also a member of the Eagles Aerie #3552 and the American Legion in Charlotte. He proudly served his country in the United States Army National Guard.
Buster enjoyed hunting deer, elk, and bear. He loved riding his motorcycle with Karen and traveling to many states and National Parks. He loved animals and was especially fond of horses. Buster loved watching his daughters show their horses with the local 4-H club. Family meant everything to Buster. He lived life to its fullest fulfilling the words, “Life’s short, eat dessert first.”
Buster is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen Edgerly; his daughters, Denise (Brian) Quaderer of St Johns, and Dawn (Mike) Coval of Bryon Center. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Mikayla Quaderer, Lauren Quaderer, Breanna Coval, Adam Coval and Cassidy Coval. Buster also has two surviving sisters: Marie Knapp of Reed City and Donna Bailey of Charlotte. He also had many nieces and nephews that he enjoyed visiting with.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Charlotte Moose #2565 or a charity of your choice.
To view Buster’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com.
Mary June Harvey, age 99, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. She was born October 9, 1922, in Marlow, Oklahoma the daughter of Junia and Laura Dell (Philbrook) Stevenson. Mary graduated from Enid High School in Enid, Oklahoma in 1940. Soon after graduating she enrolled at the Enid Business College. It was there that she met the love of her life, Max Harvey. They were married on January 5, 1942. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Order of the Eastern Star, Blanche Moyer Circle, and the Charlotte Country Club. While in the Eastern Star, Mary held every office including Worthy Matron. Bowling and golfing were two hobbies she greatly enjoyed.
Mary is survived by her children: Michael (Linda) Harvey of Wacousta, Cindy (Tim) Francis of Charlotte, Susan (Dennis) Barnett of Charlotte, Richard (Nancy) Harvey of Charlotte; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Max in 2003; three sisters; one brother; and granddaughter, Lindsay Nakfoor.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Jody Betten officiating. Burial immediately following at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Mary’s memory to the First Congregational Church, 106 S. Bostwick St., Charlotte, MI 48813 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org.
To view Mary’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com.
Steven John Cochran ended his journey on September 16, 2022, in the comfort of his home and loved ones both human and animal. He was born in Allegan, Michigan on July 4, 1968, to Doris Ann Smith and James Lee Cochran. His life was not an easy one, but he made the best of it with his wicked sense of humor. Steve’s favorite pastime was hunting. To him, opening day was better than Christmas. Steve had the biggest heart. To him, no one was a stranger just a friend he had not met yet. He was always willing to befriend stray animals and people. He had many adventures in Allegan with his sister from another mister, Sue Revor and his brother from another mother, Todd Beardsley and his family, Jodie, Logan and Austin. On October 10, 2015, he married Sherrie Armstrong and joined a ready-made family with two sons, Ian and Kyle Wilson in Charlotte. He became a father to them and loved them like his own children. A few years later, he was blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law, Alanna Peterson and two beautiful grandchildren. Layela and Lorelei. Both girls had “Papa Steve” wrapped around their fingers and they were the light of his life.
Steven was preceded in death by his mother and father, his best dogs, Savage, Buzz and Coda. Surviving is his wife, Sherrie; sons, Ian and Kyle (Alanna) and granddaughters, Layela and Lorelei; his second mother, Hope Cochran; sister, Bonnie Kronemyer (Doug); brother, Mike Cochran (Rhonda) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his very special friends, Susan Revor, Todd Beardsley (Jodie, Logan and Austin), Bob Converse (Michaelle), Rex and Deb Todd, and his family at Rose Pest Solutions.
A Celebration of Life and a luncheon will be held on October 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary #3552 at 116 Lansing Street, Charlotte, MI. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter in Steve’s name.
Mark S. Johnson
Mark Steven Johnson, 65, of Charlotte MI passed away September 7, 2022. Mark was born January 23, 1957, in Lansing Michigan.
Survived by, parents Marilyn (Duane) Phillips, Lyle (Jacqueline) Johnson, daughter Megan M. Puma, and grandson Gavin Puma, sister Beth (David) Ziegler. Memorial will be held in honor of Mark on September 27th, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home DeWitt Michigan.
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John Mark McLane, age 63, of Charlotte, passed away at his home. He was born July 28, 1959, in Charlotte the son of Carroll and Elberta (Luce) McLane. John graduated from Charlotte High School with the Class of 1977. John was an outdoorsman in the truest sense of the word. He loved hunting, fishing, and off-roading. He also enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and was an avid gun collector. John will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
John is survived by his sister, Mary (Tom) Lobdell of St. Louis, Michigan, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at West Carmel Cemetery with Pastor Todd McLane officiating.
Those desiring may make contributions in John’s memory to Faith Assembly of God, 9600 S. Cochran Road, Olivet, MI 49076.
To view John’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com.
The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.