John S. Homer, Ph.D.
John Selby Homer, Ph.D., 81, of Olivet, Michigan passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2021, in a car accident in Charlotte, Michigan.
John was born on March 2, 1940, to Arthur and Florence (Selby) Homer in Hinsdale, Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western Michigan University and his master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Economics from the University of Hawai’i. He has been teaching Economics and various interdisciplinary studies at Olivet College for the past 42 years.
John married Joan Garthe on December 22, 1980. He and Joan were active members of Olivet Congregational Church.
John is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Joan Garthe as well as his children: Anna (Rusty) McBride of Whitehall, Michigan, Arthur (Autumn) Homer of Battle Creek, Michigan, Elizabeth Homer of Washington DC, Andrew Homer of Bellevue, Nebraska, and Katherine Homer of Olivet, Michigan. He is also survived by his grandchildren Sean McBride, Sam McBride, Kirby Homer, Gavin Homer and Easton Homer as well as his sister Mary (Richard) Blackney of Florida.
Dr. Homer’s passion was teaching and the connections he made with students. He touched 1,000’s of lives through the years with his caring personality and his ability to make students feel seen and heard. Dr. Homer was a leader in throwback educational practices and was very well known for requiring his students to hand write essays, always in cursive. He felt it aided in content retention and upon finishing one of his classes it was very hard to argue the point. All of this was done in the age of software that will correct your grammar and spelling.
Dr. Homer won numerous awards at Olivet College and the majority of them were voted on by the students. You would be hard pressed to meet an Olivet College alumni who didn’t know Dr. Homer and usually the conversation was followed up by the words, “he was my favorite professor”.
Besides teaching John was a very active member in the community of Olivet and seemingly knew everyone. He loved to hunt and fish with friends. He was an avid reader who also loved gardening and watching Star Trek. He was affectionately known as “the water boy” to the Olivet College Football Team, “the grill king” during Night on The Town events and was very active with the Olivet High School band and enjoyed these various roles. He also assisted with the long jump on the Olivet High School track team and would go to the state meet every year to “rake the pit”.
Dr. Homer was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation and memorial service to celebrate Dr. Homer’s life will be announced in early 2022.Memorial contributions can be made to the John Homer Memorial Scholarship through Olivet College.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services 723 US Hwy 27 N Marshall, Michigan. Please visit https://kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, to sign the online guest book or to leave the family condolences.
It has been said that a person has succeeded in life if they have made the world a better place through uplifting people and making them better. Dr. Homer fulfilled this role tenfold.
Vada Mae Jones Kenney, Charlotte, Michigan, entered the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at the age of 87. She was born July 2, 1934, in Lansing, MI. to Otto Orval Jones and Noveda Mae (Wood) Jones. True strength doesn’t draw attention to itself, and Vada was the epitome of quiet strength. She was an overcomer from day one and throughout her entire life, overcoming challenges that would stymie the average person. She and husband Merl raised 7 children together and celebrated 61 anniversaries. They both survived a horrible car accident in 1969 by the grace of God. She was unwavering in her faith in her Lord and inspired others with her gentle ways of expressing God’s love to others. Vada was a member of South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte starting in 1955. She volunteered for many positions, taught Sunday School and served on the Board and received the Woman of the Year in 2002. She began working in 1977 for Ingham County MSU Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program as a supervisory aide. After retiring in 1996, she worked for McDonalds in Charlotte for over 7 years. Hobbies included reading, fabric painting, crossword puzzles and baking; going out to breakfast on Thursday mornings with her friends, always having a joke ready to share. She was a Boy Scout Leader, sold Artex paints, Avon products, worked at the youth center and volunteered at the Senior Center in Lansing. She loved to watch Spartan football, the Green Bay Packers, and March Madness when the Spartans were playing. She loved to watch Perry Mason, skating on TV and watching the animals in the woods out her window. She was always noticing an “animal” or some formation in the clouds. She was a collector of giraffes, butterflies and salt & pepper shakers.
Vada was pre-deceased by her parents, Otto Orval Jones (1988) and Noveda Mae Wood Jones (2007); husband, Merl G. Kenney (2013); sons, Orval L. Kenney (2017) and Charles F. Kenney (2020); daughter-in-law, Antonia (Van Belois) Kenney (2019); sister, Ilene Jones (1952); brother, Erwin Otto Jones (2021), granddaughter, Tara Hope (2014), and still-born great grandson, Steven Parmelee (1998).
Surviving are her children, Marilyn (Phil) Parmelee of Charlotte, Virginia (Jesse) Kenney-Sweet of Mason, Merl “George” (Sherry) Kenney of Charlotte, (Tammi) Kenney of Lake Odessa, Paul Kenney of Victoria, Tx, and Noveda (David) Nighbert of Charlotte, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, who will greatly miss her.
The Celebration of Life was held Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. with visitation from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the South Cochran Church of God, 2470 South Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI. Friend and family are encouraged to share memories of Vada on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.
Nancy Jane Cohrs
Nancy Jane Cohrs of Charlotte, Michigan passed away suddenly on December 9, 2021. She was born in Vicksburg, Michigan on October 12, 1957, to Fred Robert and Maxine Muir Cohrs. Nancy graduated from Vicksburg High School, attended Michigan State University, and worked for 41 years at Meijer Distribution Centers in Lansing, Michigan.
Nancy was dearly loved by her family and friends. She expressed her love through loyalty, generous gifts, and volunteering to take on the toughest tasks to help others. Her cheerful sense of humor during even the toughest times made those around her feel important, loved, and special. Nancy was devoted to her nieces and nephews, whom she treated as her own children. We will remember her with love and laughter, and with a commitment to honor her warmth, strength, determination, and work ethic.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother William Robert Cohrs. She is survived by siblings and in-laws Fred and Ann Cohrs, of Springfield, Virginia; Dan Cohrs, of Vancouver, B.C.; Mary Ann (Cohrs) and Phillip Weaver, of Caledonia, MI; Tim and Linda Cohrs, of Kalamazoo, MI; and Susan Cohrs, of Coppell, TX; and by her best friend of 40 years, Charlene R. Crabtree, of Charlotte, Michigan. Nancy’s nieces and nephews include Jeff Cohrs, Laura (Cohrs) Anthony, Philip Cohrs, Suzanne (Cohrs) Rogers, Daniel Cohrs, Mark Cohrs, Phillip Weaver, Matthew Weaver, twelve great nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, and many more loved ones. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Nancy’s life in Summer 2022.
Jerry L. Davids
Jerry Lee Davids, age 57 of Charlotte, a fella who was a kind and generous soul under his rough exterior, died December 17, 2021, in Lansing following a lengthy illness. Jerry was born October 10, 1964, to his parents Larry Lee Davids, Sr., and Marilyn Jean (Heikkila) Davids, in Charlotte. Jerry attended Charlotte High School graduating in 1983. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Jerry was known to many as a strong willed, boisterous, “tell you what was on his mind in no uncertain terms” type of guy. Underneath his roughhewn exterior he had a generous streak that was always willing to help those in need. His work in the Lansing area was in manufacturing and drywall installation. He was a huge fan of Michigan State University sports. Above all he considered his family most important in his life. He was most proud of the fact that after a troubled past he was able to turn his life around.
Jerry is survived by his children Jody Copeland, Danielle (Cass) Escalante, and Jason (Heather) Davids, stepchildren Tiera (Ben) Spitler and Chrissy Fedewa; five grandchildren; his parents Larry Davids Sr, and Marilyn Stiles; and his siblings Larry (Janet) Davids Jr, Ricky Davids, Chad (Heather) Stiles, Connie (John) Hong and Chantel (Frank) Bonilla. He was predeceased by his infant daughter Samantha Marilyn Jean Davids; stepdaughter Suzanne Fedewa, and grandparents Mary and Otto Heikkila and Florence and Bernard Davids.
Friends and family are encouraged to support Jerry’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. Funeral services to celebrate his life were held Monday, December 27, 2021, with Pastor Charles Jenson 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 Jerry’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). Memorial contributions are suggested to Cardboard Prophets. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.
Melissa Ann Marie (Johnson) Kelly, 39, an amazing one in a million wife to Jacob Kelly from Bellevue, MI passed on Saturday, December 25, 2021 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, early Christmas morning. A holiday that she cherished along with it being her favorite time of the year. Melissa was born January 11, 1982, in Battle Creek, MI. She married Jacob Kelly on September 15, 2012. They soon founded Kelly Farms & Club Lambs of which she was very proud of and totally vested in. She served on the Executive committee as a 3rd year member of the Eaton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, a past Eaton County Fair Board member, and a leader of the Junior Fair Board. Over the past 15 years Melissa was employed at Jackson National in Lansing, Michigan where she continually progressed throughout the company. Melissa was promoted to a Senior Compliance Analyst in March of 2021 spending her last few years with the compliance team who loved and adored her.
She was a stranger to no one, was the life of the party, cherished her friends and brought the best out in everyone. With a smile on her face you would find her mentoring children involved in 4-H and FFA, where she was a huge help with the Bellevue FFA program. Within the FFA program she helped plan from its inception, to getting the room ready, working the fund raisers and serving on the advisory committee. She absolutely loved all those kids! Melissa’s love for shopping and giving were like no other, she would give you the shirt off her back or earrings out of her ears – she was such a giving soul. When time allowed Melissa enjoyed traveling with Jake whether it be to a weekend getaway after harvest was done, or a road trip to pick up a new lamb. Spending time in the sheep barns and attending the sheep shows was a passion for her. She and Jake were rising stars in the sheep industry with Kelly Farms & Club Lambs and are very proud of what they have accomplished.
Melissa is survived by her husband, Jacob; parents, Randy Johnson & Suzanne (Lynch) Johnson; brother, Jarrod (Ronda) Johnson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Diane and Dennis Kelly; sister-in-law, Amber (Treg) Bryan; nephews, TC and Riggin Bryan. And her beloved fur babies Stryker and Lucy. Melissa is preceded in death by her grandparents Richard L. and Harriet Louise Johnson and Thomas and Mary Lynch as well as her favorite dog Wyatt.
Friends and family are encouraged to support Melissa’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation will be held Monday, January 3, 2022 from 5-8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Bellevue United Methodist Church, Bellevue, MI, with Reverend Virginia Heller officiating. The funeral will also 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 Melissa’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Melissa Kelly Scholarship Fund at Eaton Community Bank (checks payable to Jacob Kelly). The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.
Tracey A. Goodenough
Tracey Ann Goodenough, of Charlotte, an outgoing person who happily lived for the day, died unexpectedly on December 26 in Lansing at the age of 58. Tracey was born September 10, 1963, the daughter of Bernard and Mary Jane (Matt) Kramp.
Tracey was a 1981 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School. Following high school, she earned a Medical Assistant Degree from Ross Medical School and worked as a Pharmacy Technician for over 20 years. She was currently employed as an Optical Technician at WalMart in Battle Creek. Tracey loved the company of others She was a generous spirit and a great friend who could always be counted on to help others in any way needed. Tracey was loved dearly by her family.
Tracey is survived by her mother Mary Jane Kramp, her children, Cody Ray (Shanna) Goodenough of Mason, and Krystle Marie Goodenough of Lansing; grandsons Conner Ray Goodenough and Lucas Kretzinger; brothers Kevin John Kramp and Mark Anthony Kramp both of Henderson NV; Sister Dawn Marie (Brian) Jensen of Germantown MD.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated for Tracey at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte Friday, December 31, at 11:00 a.m. Interment followed in Maple Hill Cemetery. The funeral was webcast so you may watch it from any computer or smartphone. Go to www.prayfuneral.com, click on Tracey’s Tribute Page, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone).
Ralph W. Leigon
Ralph W. Leigon Jr., 71, of Vermontville, passed away on December 25, 2021.
He was born in Battle Creek, on September 12, 1950, to the late Ralph Leigon Sr. and Harriet (Harrison) Harris. Ralph worked as a truck driver for many years. On August 21, 1976, he married Connie Lutz at Ceresco Baptist Church. Connie preceded him in death on March 16, 2013.
Ralph loved working with his hands, refurbishing furniture, spending time with his grandchildren and his animals, and he loved to help people out where he could. He was active in the Cub Scouts, when his son was younger. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to hunt & fish.
Ralph is survived by his son, Ralph (Denise) W. Leigon III; grandchildren, Shania (Cameron) Reed and Derick Leigon; two great-grandchildren, Flora Betz and Serena Reed, and another great-grandchild arriving soon, Aurora Reed; four sisters, Orlanda (Steve) O’Connor, Julie Douglas, Tracy (Adam) Wheeler, and Cristy King.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Connie Leigon; his parents, Ralph Leigon Sr. and Harriet Harris; his stepfather, Brooks Harris; and his sister, Robin Leigon.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 22 at First Baptist Church, 1110 S Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Please go to https://kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, sign the guest book, or leave messages for the family.
Vicki L. McCarn
Vicki Lee McCarn, age 69, of Olivet, passed away Monday, December 20, 2021, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born November 16, 1952, in Charlotte, the daughter of Vern and Katherine (Wright) Howard. On December 6, 1969, she married Gary Lee McCarn. Vicki was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her family with a fierce devotion and did her very best to ensure they were loved and cared for. Vicki was a tremendous cook and her family loved spending time around her table. She had a passion for fishing. Every opportunity she had she was out on the water with her pole in hand. Vicki enjoyed taking care of all animals. Whether they were wild or domestic she cared for them all. She also enjoyed trips to the casino with Gary and shopping for the next best deal. Vicki was known to have a way with words and you never had to wonder where you stood with her.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gary; children: Dana (Connie) McCarn of Battle Creek, Tim (Sandy) McCarn of Olivet, Eric McCarn of Olivet, Beth (Dan) Frisbie of Olivet; 12 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and sisters: Sandy, Sharon, and Linda.
Vicki was preceded in death by her parents.
In keeping with Vicki’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Vicki’s memory to her family at 7940 S. Ainger Road, Olivet, MI 49076.
To view Vicki’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.
Keith M. French
Keith Maynard French, age 93, of Narrow Lake, passed away Saturday, December 25, 2021. He was born June 13, 1928, in Bellevue, the son of Clare and Laura (Black) French. On June 27, 1948, he married Barbara Ione Parr at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte. A few years after Keith and Barbara were married, he was drafted into the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. Keith was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed his yearly trips to Wyoming to hunt mule deer. He also loved spending time on Narrow Lake with family and friends.
Keith is survived by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; children: Patti (Bill Ruxton) French of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kirk (Tammy) French of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; grandchildren: Tiffany (Jeff) Pfeiffer of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian (Brittany) Hochradel of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Tyler (Jenna) French of Mason, Ashley (Trent) Vance of Vicksburg, Mandy (Joey) Loveall of Monticello, Arkansas; and 4 great-grandchildren: Zack, Ethan, Natalie, and Hayes.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In keeping with Keith’s wishes, cremation has taken place.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Keith’s memory to the charity of their choosing.
To view Keith’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.
Alice R. Brehm
Alice Rose Brehm passed away peacefully December 22, 2021, at Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines, IA. She was 80 years old. Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 31, 2021, at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, IA.
Rose was born January 28, 1941, to Elmer and Lucille Malloy in Keokuk, Iowa. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1959. She met and married Lynnwood Brehm in 1961 and they enjoyed 60 happy years together. Rose lived in Charlotte, MI for 28 years before returning to Iowa. Rose was a fulltime homemaker and spent countless hours volunteering her time as a counselor and child advocate. Rose was a CASA volunteer and a visitation supervisor for the Friend of the Court. She was a jewelry lover and creator of beautiful designs. She loved her grandchildren and her dogs.
Left to mourn her loss is her husband, Lynnwood Brehm; her sons, Todd (Andrea) and Kevin (Charity) Brehm; daughter, Kaitlyn Brehm; six grandchildren, Alix, Dustin, Tyler, Danielle, Erik and Kaylee; four great-grandchildren, Jodi, Bowe, Dom, Addie, and one due January 3, 2022; and brother-in-law, Dennis Brehm.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Lucille Malloy and stepmother, Louise Malloy and daughter, Jodi Lynn Boily (Brehm).
Memorial contributions may be directed to Every Step Hospice and online condolences expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.