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Sue Bowen

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Sue Ellen Bowen, a caring and loving mother, grandmother, and friend, 79, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Thursday, June 30, 2022, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Sue was born January 23, 1943, in Lansing, the daughter of Welton and Marguerite (Goyt) Davis. Sue married the love of her life, Larry Bowen on April 6, 1960, and the two started their family. She worked at Arnold’s Pharmacy in Charlotte, but devoted most of her life to the love and care of her children and grandchildren and the many camping trips South, North, and to Cedar Point. The Senior Center in Charlotte and surrounding B!NGO halls sure are going to miss Sue. She would travel across the state and on some occasions into Canada to play B!NGO. Sue was a huge fan of B!NGO, and enjoyed her time playing. She loved eating out at different restaurants. Sue also bowled in a Tuesday night women’s league at Char Lanes, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren by her pool, wintering in Ruskin, Florida, and browsing through flea markets. Throughout her lifetime Sue was very faithful, she devoted her life to the Lord. She was a longtime member of the Charlotte Assembly of God. Above all Sue loved her family and the memories that they created over the years.
Sue is survived by her sons, Kevin (Lori) Bowen of Charlotte and Kraig (Lisa) Bowen of Charlotte; daughter, Kelli Bowen-Kelley of Vermontville; grandchildren, Kalyn Schneckenberger, Ryan Schneckenberger, Shantell Bowen, Dustin Bowen, Shance Bowen, Kaileb Bowen; great-granddaughter, Kinsli Rae Bowen; siblings, Terry (Lloyde) Davis, and Bob (Sherrie) Davis; brothers-in-law, Mel (Judy) Bowen, and Mike (Patty) Bowen; sister-in-law, Bonita (Gary) Bowen; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members; special friend, Tina Hart; and many other longtime friends.
She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Larry; son-in-law, Kyle Kelley; parents; step-father, Bob “Barney” Barnhart; mother and father-in-law, Richard (Lupe) Bowen and Doris Watkins; brother, Lee Davis; and sister-in-law, Anna Davis.
Friends are encouraged to support Sue’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Charlotte Assembly of God Church with Pastor Shane Bryant officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Lansing, MI. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com. 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 Sue’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 Charlotte Assembly of God or the Senior Center. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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David Slocum

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David Earl Slocum, 72, of Dowling, formerly of Charlotte, Michigan, died February 3, 2022. David was born February 22, 1949, in Lansing, Michigan, to Kenneth R. and Esther Mae (Hunt) Slocum.
David is survived by his wife, Caroline Elaine (Felder) Slocum; son, David (Shannon) Slocum II; daughter, Victoria (Dan) Alt; daughter-in-law, Rachel Slocum; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Tyann (Bob) Drake; brother, Jerry Slocum; and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; son, Robert Slocum; and his brothers, Robert Burman and Kevin Slocum.
A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at 2 p.m., at Pray Funeral Home Gardens. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.

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Leland Williamson

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Leland Howard Williamson, age 88, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing. He was born at the family farm in rural Vermontville on July 12, 1933, the son of Merrell and Erma (VanDeventer) Williamson. Lee graduated from Charlotte High School in 1951. He then went on to honorably serve his country in the United States Army. Lee worked his entire career as a rural letter carrier with the United States Post Office, retiring after 30 years of service. After his retirement he enjoyed spending time at his home on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. Lee’s other passions were golfing and fishing. He loved golfing and especially enjoyed spending time on the links with his brother, Neil. Lee was also a huge MSU fan and enjoyed watching their games whenever possible.
Lee is survived by his children, Randy (Carey) Williamson of Dorr, Cindy (Michael Wright) Boehmer of Eaton Rapids, Steve (Stephanie Hahn) Williamson of Port Orchard, Washington, Tim (Sue) Peterson of Lansing, Brian (Karen Liebeck) Williamson of Jackson, Brad Williamson of Florida; 13 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; and brother, Neil (Sandra) Williamson of Charlotte.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Yvonne; grandson, Travis Peterson; daughter-in-law, Ann Williamson; and brother, Gayland Williamson.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. Burial took place at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.
Those desiring may make contributions in Lee’s memory to City on a Hill Community Church, 206 N. Main St., Olivet, MI 49076.
To view Lee’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com.

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David Dickinson

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David Allen Dickinson, 84, of Greenville, South Carolina passed away on June 9, 2022.
David is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann; his three children, Beth (Brent) Honshell, Dave (Ellen) Dickinson, and Steve (Cindy) Dickinson; his nine grandchildren and their spouses; and nine great-grandchildren.
David was seriously and actively involved in the churches he and his family attended throughout his life. His passion for his faith and his love for the body of Christ was evident in all that he did. He led youth groups, was active in music ministry, was often a deacon and taught adult Sunday School for 65 years.
David (Mr. D) retired from Charlotte Publich Schools (Charlotte, Michigan) in 1997 after 38 years of teaching English. He loved teaching, his coworkers and his students, many of whom describe him as a teacher who was always kind and who saw more in them than their academic achievements.
David’s love for his family, church and his students was based in his deep faith in God. He lived his life serving others with his time, talents and money. He leaves a legacy of kindness, integrity and generosity.
A memorial service for David will be held at Hampton Park Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina on July 16, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

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Mary Stadel

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Mary Ethel Stadel, 74, of Bellevue, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 30, 2022, just three months after her husband Norman. Mary was born October 1, 1947, in Charlotte, MI, the daughter of William and Ida (Hall) French Sr. She was known for being a mother to her younger siblings, and her many cousins. Mary attended Olivet High School and graduated in 1966. Soon after graduating from high school, she married the love of her life, Norman Stadel and together they began their family living on the family farm. Mary worked for Michigan Magnetics and Carefree, but she primarily worked as a homemaker. Every spring Mary could be found preparing her garden for the summer. She would then be busy canning her harvest from the year. Other hobbies that Mary enjoyed were reading, doing puzzles, Dominos with her sister, Charlotte, knitting, and crocheting. She made many kids clothes for her children and friends.
Mary is survived by her children, Donna Robinson, Norman (Vanessa Jeffers) Stadel, Jr., Debra (Daniel) Glasscock, and Michael (Spring) Stadel; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings, Charlotte Donaldson, Georgia Farr, Ruth French, Wilma Ketchum, Chuck French, Marty French, Sr., Rick French, and Bill French, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Norman; brother-in-law, Tom Donaldson; her parents, and parents-in-law.
Friends are encouraged to support Mary’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Funeral services were Friday, July 8, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Visitation was held just prior from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. If desired, please plant a tree or hang a bird feeder in memory of Mary. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Joni Kruse

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Joni (Adams) Kruse was born August 21, 1955, in Phoenix, Arizona, and passed on February 26, 2022 at Sparrow Health System in Lansing.  She graduated from Saguaro High School.  Joni raised three sons, Sean Hults, Kenneth Thompson and Kevin Thompson.
In Arizona, Joni drove a school bus, had a daycare business, and later started a career in retail management.
Two plus decades ago, Joni, along with her son Kevin Thompson, decided a life change was needed and moved to the farm country in Michigan, to reunite with Greg Kruse.
Joni spent the next 20 years as a Retail Manager at convenience stores and Dollar Tree. She also worked at Home Depot and Walmart. She said, “To really experience retail, one must work at Walmart for at least a year.” I am guessing those that have worked for Walmart must understand truly what she was saying.
As her husband, I watched Joni grow in the retail business, while learning to run a small farm with horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and of course two dogs, her personal Old McDonald Farm.  She became bonded with the farm, the animals, and Mother Nature. Each year, I watched her grow in the retail business and soon she was able to wisely help run the farm, with many ideas that even I, as an old farmer was impressed and proud of her understanding of farm life.
Joni loved her arts and crafts! She loved to fill her booth at the Route 66 Antique Shop in Nashville with items she would find at yard sales. One of her true favorites were the Amish auctions.
Many people have reached out to me, expressing how much Joni did for them. She not only grew to be very self-confident, but she always was helping her co-workers, friends, neighbors, and business owners to learn and grow with her.
Joni is survived by her husband, Greg Kruse, her son Kevin Thompson, and last and certainly not least, her new granddaughter, Shyanne Lee Marie Thompson, that was such a pleasure to Joni in her last several months.
Joni was preceded in death by her sons, Sean Hults and Kenneth Thompson, along with her parents, DW Adams and Cleo (Green) Adams.
Joni will be missed but her smile will not be forgotten.  The family has requested for you to smile when you think of Joni, for that is what makes this world a brighter, better place!
A quote from one of many friends: “I know that in these last 20 years or so, Joni was a happy woman living life to its fullest.”  Another quote, “I feel so privileged to have known Joni.  She was everything you said and more!”
A celebration of life with wine, beer, pop and assorted snacks will be held from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10th at The Vermontville Opera House, 237 S. Main Street, Vermontville, MI 49096.  This celebration of life will be an opportunity for so many folks that had paths in life that connected or crossed the trail of Joni’s life to visit once again.  Everyone is welcome!
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, MI.  For more information, please visit www.danielsfuneralhome.net.

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Kimberly Marie Boucher

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Kimberly Marie Boucher, 64 of Charlotte Michigan passed away Sunday, July 3, 2022, at her home after a year-long battle with cancer.
Kim was born on October 21, 1957, in Lansing, Michigan to Dale and Nancy (Rosendall) Peters, and was a lifelong resident of Charlotte. She managed her father’s business office in Olivet for many years prior to his retirement.
Kim married her husband of 40 years, Daniel Edmond Boucher on October 16, 1981. They raised their family in Charlotte, son Quinn Michael (Nikki) Boucher now of Portland Oregon and daughter Elyse Danielle Boucher of Charlotte. She is also survived by her grandson Logan Michael Boucher of Charlotte. Kim is survived by father Dale Peters of Duck Lake, brother Mark Peters of Charlotte, and sister Theresa (Jay) Goering of Newaygo Michigan, and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Kim was preceded in death by her mother Nancy Peters.
In keeping with Kim’s wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, feel free to make a donation to your favorite charity.
The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.

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Charles Hugh Cartwright

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Charles Hugh Cartwright, age 93, died on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Eaton Rapids. Chuck was born on November 24, 1928, to Ward and Lurene (Morrow) Cartwright in Piqua, Ohio. He married Betty Ann Hulsmeyer of Anna, Ohio, on May 1, 1949. In 1951, he joined the Air Force as a photographer and served four proud years, including one year in the Korean War, until he was honorably discharged in 1955. He earned several honors, including the Korean Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He then attended Elkhart University and became a medical lab technician. Chuck and Betty moved to Eaton Rapids in 1957 when Chuck began work at Eaton Rapids Community Hospital (now Eaton Rapids Medical Center). He became an administrator at the hospital a few years later, and in 1966, he became the first administrator of the Eaton County Medical Care Facility (now Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services). He worked there until he retired in 1990.
In his younger days, Chuck enjoyed riding his tandem bicycle with Betty around town, swimming in the family pool on summer evenings after work, taking car trips to visit relatives in Ohio, and doing chores outside around his home. In his golden years, he played golf at Bonnie View Golf Course as often as he could, spent winters in Alabama and Florida, and visited family around the country. Eaton Rapids held a special place in his life, where he served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, attended parades and holiday celebrations, and was always ready to help his neighbors. He was a staunch supporter of Eaton Rapids athletics, even after his children grew up and finished school. He enjoyed playing many spirited games of Euchre and Hasenpfeffer with friends; he and Frank Bonta faced off against their wives, Betty and Pat, each week for many years. Saturday nights always meant watching Lawrence Welk on TV, and every day was good for watching birds, especially cardinals. The greatest sources of pride in his life were his military service and his family. His collection of Air Force baseball caps was extensive and his favorite conversation starter, and he could recite his service number without a moment’s pause. Having grandchildren softened him in a way that nothing else could, and his granddaughters and grandson never failed to make him laugh and smile.
Chuck is survived by his wife Betty (Hulsmeyer) Cartwright, of Eaton Rapids; his daughter Lori (Eric) Maxey, of Grand Rapids; his son Bruce (Deb) Cartwright, of Littleton, Colorado; his son-in-law Andrew Curtin, of North Yarmouth, Maine; his daughter-in-law Peggy Cartwright, of Mason; his sister Sara Lou and his half-brother Carl (Linda); ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cynthia Cartwright, his son Craig Cartwright, and his siblings Daniel, Martha, and Joseph.
A memorial service for Chuck will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, 600 S. Main St., with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., a celebration of life service beginning at 11 a.m., and a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids or the Eaton Rapids Senior Center.

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Geraldine “Gerry” Smith

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Geraldine “Gerry” (Morrow) Smith, age 92, of Eaton Rapids, MI passed away peacefully on July 3, 2022, at Hospice House of Lansing due to complications from Arterial Stenosis. Gerry was born on November 1, 1929, in Lansing, MI the daughter of Stanley and Edna (Bondurant) Morrow. She raised her family in Eaton Rapids while living on Narrow Lake and working in the loan department for Michigan National Bank. After retirement, Gerry moved to Manistee where she spent 28 wonderful years crafting, caring for her flower gardens, watching and feeding wild birds and enjoying her time with the love of her life, Louie. She also enjoyed her 28 years of wintering in Arizona.
Gerry is preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Louie Smith; brother, Bob Morrow; four brothers-in-law and her parents.
Surviving are her children, which she referred to as her bright and shining stars, Jimmy (Jan) Smith, Reggie (Pam) Smith, Dusty Sue (Reg) Hamilton; grandchildren, Joshua (Tracey) Smith, Jacob (Rachel) Smith, Chuck (Shannon) Ranney, Randi (Scott) Bassett, Annie (Cheyne) Locke, Jason (Dianne) Hamilton, Tammy (Woody Smith) Hamilton; 25 great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren; sisters, Betty Smith, Thelma Leece, Carol (Stan) Bell, Linda (Ernie) Warner; sister-in-law, Lorraine Morrow and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2022, at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids Chapel. The family received friends starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Lansing Stoneleigh Residence or to a charity of your choice. To share memories or leave condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com

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Karson Klont

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Karson Lynn Klont, 18 of Charlotte, a fun-loving, considerate, and wonderful young man, died unexpectedly June 26, 2022. Karson was born August 19, 2003, to Peter and Lauri (Converse) Klont in Lansing, Michigan, and grew up in Charlotte. A 2021 Charlotte High School graduate, Karson was always ambitious and driven in school, receiving many honors during his high school career, but never liked to be the center of attention. He was very proud of his first car, a 1995 Corvette. Karson was a talented woodworker, making mostly furniture. Any time outdoors was a good time for Karson; he enjoyed fishing whenever the opportunity arose, riding his motorcycle, as well as working outdoors for R & D Landscaping. Creativity and vision were also strengths of Karson’s; he was always eager to help and with his natural mechanical abilities was able to figure out how to fix almost anything, including motorcycle restoration.
Karson will be deeply missed by his friends and family. He is survived by his parents, Peter and Lauri (Converse) Klont; sister, Kelsey Klont; grandparents Ron and Harriet (Shaw) Converse; aunts and uncles, Bob and Michaelle Converse, Doug Converse, Jeff and Deb Klont, Sondra Klont, and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Peter and Judith Klont; and uncle, Terry Klont.
Friends are encouraged to support Karson’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation is Thursday, July 7 from 1 to 3:00 p.m. in the Pray Funeral Home Gardens in Charlotte. Funeral services are on Thursday, July 7, 3:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home Gardens with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. The family invites guests to stay after his Celebration of Life for a luncheon. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Charlotte Relay For Life or plant a tree in his honor. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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