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Mike “George” J. Dassance

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Mike “George” J. Dassance of Mason, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2022, at the age of 60. He was born in Owosso, MI on May 15, 1962, the son of Levi and Luella (Eash) Dassance. He attended Eaton Rapids High School. Mike worked for Haas Trucking in Albion for 10 years and plowed snow for Schafer’s Landscaping. He loved riding his Harley. Mike was a jack of all trades and tinkered on anything and everything. He often said, “Why do it, if you’re not going to do it right the first time.” Mike would selflessly go out of his way to help others. He was a well-liked man who will be missed dearly.
Mike is survived by his mom; children, Mindy (Kalvin Thompson) Dassance of Lansing, Shawn Dassance of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Selena, Quincy, Arianna, Amarianna; siblings, Arlene Dassance of Dimondale, Diana Bunker of Eaton Rapids, Barbara (Ron) Adleman of Eaton Rapids, Paul (Connie) Dassance in Cadillac; girlfriend, Charlene McFaul and her daughter, Emma McFaul of Mason; mother of his children, Laura Ohmer of Eaton Rapids. He is preceded in death by his dad; brother, Jerry Dassance, and sister, Patricia Dassance.
Funeral services were held 1 p.m., December 15, 2022, at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s choice of charity. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. To leave condolences or memories, visit our website, millsfuneral.com.

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Roma Jeanne Orr

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Roma Jeanne Orr went to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at the age of 86. Jeanne was born on January 21, 1936, in Eaton Rapids, MI the daughter of Carl and Verna (Gould) Rishel. She was raised in Eaton Rapids, graduating class of 1954 and went on to receive her bachelor’s in nursing from Sparrow School of Nursing. Jeanne worked for the Eaton Rapids Medical Center as a Registered Nurse and retired in 1982. After retirement, Jeanne worked closely with her daughter and other special needs children lending her skills as a nurse to oversee events such as the Special Olympics. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids and married her husband, Carl there in 1958. Jeanne was very gifted musically and enjoyed singing with her sister and the Sunday evening family music night where the entire family would get together and play music. She also sang and played music with the Lansing Choral Society.
Jeanne is survived by her husband, Carl Orr; children, Daryl Orr, Jonathan (Julie) Orr, Julieann Orr; grandchildren, Alex (Rachael) Orr, Abby (Josh) Soper, Mallory Orr, Trey Orr; great grandchildren, Maverick and Elliott Orr, Hope and Lily Soper; sister, Carole Decker and numerous extended family.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heart and Hands in memory of Jeanne. To share memories or leave online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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William Thomas Chaney

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William Thomas Chaney, age 75, of Lansing, MI passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 8, 2022. Bill was born on May 25, 1947, in Eaton Rapids, MI the son of Duncan and Louise (Ferrel) Chaney. He was raised in Eaton Rapids where he graduated class of 1965. Bill went on to proudly serve in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and served from 1966 to 1968. He worked for the US Postal Service in Eaton Rapids as a mail carrier for 35 years. Bill was a car enthusiast and loved working on his 1965 Chevy Impala SS. He enjoyed taking it to car shows and often had it parked on Main Street in Eaton Rapids throughout the summer. After retirement, Bill worked for Shaheen Chevrolet as a car porter which gave him the opportunity to drive all kinds of unique cars. He was also a sports fanatic and enjoyed Michigan State Basketball and the Detroit Lions. Above all, Bill loved his family and especially cherished the time he spent with his two granddaughters.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bruce Chaney.
Surviving is his son, Donavon (Sarah) Chaney; granddaughters, Makenzie and Emily Chaney; companion of 20 years, Carolyn Davis; brother, Art (Cindy) Chaney; sister, Nellie (Jose) Marez and numerous extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 19, 2022, at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roscommon County Veterans Office C/O County Treasurer in memory of Bill. To share memories or leave condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

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Jack “Lon” Overmyer II

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Jack “Lon” Overmyer II of Eaton Rapids, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at the age of 55. He was born in Flint, MI, on September 19, 1967, the son of Leonard II and Betty (Colosi) Overmyer. Jack was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1985. He was passionate about refurbishing antiques, playing the guitar, and fostering cats. Jack was the favorite brother/uncle/friend who was generous, quirky, and passionate. He was a really cool guy who always went out of his way to help friends and family.
Jack is survived by his siblings, Ginger (Dave) Boerkircher of NE, Sherri (TJ) Caster of OK, Leann Owen of Charlotte, Leonard Overmyer III of Traverse City, Bear (Cheri) Overmyer of OH; brother-in-law, Richard Owen of Eaton Rapids; many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister Shannon Overmyer.
Memorial services will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to Saved by Zade, PO Box 27, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. To leave memorial contributions for the family, visit millsfuneral.com.

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Coy Kirk Morton, Jr.

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Coy Kirk Morton, Jr., 92, of Charlotte, a hardworking man of integrity and love for his family, died peacefully on Sunday, December 4, 2022, in Lansing. Coy was born December 1, 1930, in Lansing, the son of Coy Kirk and Nettie Pearl (Mick) Morton. He graduated from Everett H.S. in 1950, where he loved playing football, before enlisting in the National Guard during the , Korean Conflict. Coy married his lifelong love, Norma Jean Young on November 5, 1955, and the two settled into family life. He worked over 30 years as an Operating Engineer, setting steel with a crane for various companies throughout the years. He was a proud member of Operating Engineers Union Local 324 in Lansing. Coy and Jean moved to their farm in Eaton Township in 1965, where they raised cattle, most recently Longhorns. Coy loved life on the farm. He was also a founding member of the Eaton County Sherriff’s mounted posse and enjoyed parades throughout the county and the relationships he developed along the way. Throughout his life, Coy was a deeply devoted Republican. He served on the executive committee of the Eaton County Republicans and was Volunteer of the Year as well as a recipient of the Frank M. Fitzgerald Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a proud Spartan Fan, attending MSU football games for years. Above all, Coy lived a life devoted to his family.
Coy is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jean Morton; three sons, Brian (Tracy) Morton, Bradley (Teresa) Morton and Brent (Kelly) Morton; 11 grandchildren, Christopher (Carissa) Morton, Rachelle Miller, Douglas (Sarah) Flanagan, William (Crystal) Ashley, Adam (Ciara) Ashley, Renae Morton, Shawna Morton, Kay Morton, Kaeden Maynard, Carly Morton, and Audrey Morton; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his infant granddaughter, Cara Ann Morton; and sister, Linda Garrett.
Friends are encouraged to support Coy’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Garry Fisher officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2022, at Pray Funeral Home and on Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. just prior to the service. Interment will take place at Center Eaton Cemetery. 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 Coy’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Center Eaton Historical Committee. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Beverly Jean Kesson

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Beverly Jean Kesson passed away November 30, 2022. Born March 14, 1938, she was a long-time resident of Windsor Township, Dimondale, Michigan.
Beverly graduated in the top ten in her class of 1956 in Dimondale. She married and had four children. After the divorce, she went to work at The Ledges Shopping Guide. In 1980 she went to work for the US Post Office, where she made some valuable and life-long friends. She retired in 1999 and began traveling across the United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. With Aunt Wilda and a small group of travel companions, they traveled for over ten years. She loved to travel. Over the last 15 years she also met up with high school friends once a month for a luncheon at different establishments. She always looked forward to that.
Beverly was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and a true friend to those who knew her. Caring and giving; if in need, she would give indeed. She always stated she had a wonderful life! She will be missed by us who love her.
She is preceded in death by her son, Craig A. Kesson; parents, Russ and Mary Decess; and brothers, Junior (Russ) and Richard Decess.
Surviving are her children, Kerry Kesson, Laurie (Gary) Spiekhout, and Tommy (Dana) Kesson; siblings Peggy Henderson, Monte (Mona) Decess and Scott Decess; nine grandchildren: Aaron, Amy, April, Erica, Karisa, Katrina, and Jared, and Jolene and Amanda of Texas; thirteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
To share memories with the family, join us on December 18, 2022, from 2-5 p.m. at Tony M’s banquet room, 3420 South Creyts Road, Lansing, MI 48917.

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Diane Elaine Sedlar

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Diane Elaine Sedlar, age 58, of Olivet, Michigan, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 4, 2022. Diane was born on July 11, 1964, to Nelson and Janice (Houseman) Gates in Fort Benning, Georgia. She graduated from Owosso High School with the class of ’82. On April 8, 1989, Diane married David Sedlar in Owosso.
Diane was an outdoors gal! She loved the summertime when as a family they would enjoy camping and boating together. When winter rolled around and the snow began to fall, Diane had a blast snowmobiling. She was always ready for a game of cards in the evening. Diane adored her family and lived for them. She will be deeply missed by all.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, David; sons, Brandon Sedlar of Battle Creek, MI, Jamie (Marsha) Sedlar of Taylor, MI, Jason (Steven) Sedlar, Charlotte, North Carolina; grandchildren, T.J. Cousino, Jaylin Sedlar, Maddix Sedlar; great grandchild, Marissa Cousino; brother, Tom Gates of Owosso, MI; sister, Nicole (Casey) Clifford; nieces, Kimberly Gates, Kya Clifford; and many cousins in Sabina, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Mark Gates; and parents-in-law, Martin and Irene Sedlar.
Funeral services were held on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with Brian Roberts officiating. Burial will take place at Bosworth Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Diane’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
To view Diane’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com.

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Lyle Lanson Lincoln

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Lyle Lanson Lincoln, 60, of Springport, Michigan passed away December 3, 2022. Services for Lyle were held Wednesday, December 7, 2022 and was laid to rest at Springport Cemetery directly following the service. Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Springport Funeral Home, P.O. Box 235, Springport, Michigan 49284, 517-857-4848.

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Norman Joseph Simpson

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Norman Joseph Simpson of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at the age of 88. He was born in Bath, MI on September 14, 1934, the son of Raymond and Josephine (Trayer) Simpson. Norm worked for the State of Michigan as a groundsman for several years before retiring. He was a member of the Capital City Old Car Club. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and the car club.
Norm is survived by his daughter, Cherly (Jeff) Donley of Potterville, Ronnie (Debra) Simpson of Ovid, Connie Rohrer of Lansing and Randy Rohrer of WA; grandchildren, Kristina, Stasi, Matthew, Jeremy, Jennifer, and Rebecca; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann; siblings, Barbara Marier, Ray Simpson, Dale Simpson, Cecil Simpson; daughter-in-law, Sue Simpson.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. To leave condolences or memories for the family, please visit, www.millsfuneral.com.

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Sheila May Gilpin

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Sheila May Gilpin passed away Monday, November 28, 2022, at the age of 84. She was born in Hastings, Michigan on December 22, 1937, the youngest of five children to Max and Leila (Wolfe) Gooch. She was a spunky child growing up, never afraid to catch wild animals, run barefoot through the neighborhood or jump off chicken coops. She, along with her sisters and brother, grew up in a loving and caring home. During her childhood, she and her family moved from Charlotte to Eaton Rapids, graduating from Eaton Rapids High School in 1956. After graduating, she met James (Jim) Gilpin and fell in love. She and Jim were married on February 15, 1958. They welcomed two children; a daughter, Toni and a son, Troy. In 1980, they completed the build on their very own home and moved in. Throughout the last 42 years, Sheila and Jim landscaped, tended, and cared for their seven-acre paradise. She loved her gardens, saving every sapling she ever came across. She was an avid rock hunter, adventurous traveler, and antique queen. She enjoyed painting and teaching others how. She was a rebel of sorts, even becoming one of the first women in the area to ride her very own motorcycle. Her nickname was “Yama-hama-mama.” She retired from the Eaton Rapids bus garage after 22 years. After her retirement, she devoted her time to her passions: gardening, decorating, and most importantly, her family. She spent as much time as she could with her four grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson. Their “GG” held a special connection to each and every one of them. She was always there teaching them and encouraging them to blaze their own path through life. Her motto was, “Keep it simple- just like me.”
Sheila is survived by her husband of 64 years, James Gilpin; children, Toni Matthews of Eaton Rapids, Troy Gilpin of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren: Jessica Seguin of Eaton Rapids, Meagan (Randy) McLouth of Eaton Rapids, Nikolas Matthews of Eaton Rapids, Kelsey (Brandon) Matthews-Trosper of Eaton Rapids; ten great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson; sisters, Mickey Schnepp of Lansing, Kay Love of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Joyce Elston; brother, Larry Gooch.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, December 22, 2022, at the Mills Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will take place one hour prior. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wildside Rehabilitation & Education Center, 8601 Houston Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. To leave condolences for the family, please visit our website, millsfuneral.com.

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