Gary J. Frace
Gary Joseph Frace died peacefully on December 1, 2018 surrounded by family at his home in Grand Ledge. He was born October 8, 1936 to Joseph N. and Alta Ree (Lawhead) Frace at Hayes Green Beech hospital in Charlotte. Following his graduation from Charlotte High School in 1954, he continued his education at Ferris Institute (Ferris State University), earning a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1960. While at Ferris he was a member of the pharmacy fraternity Kappa Psi. He served his country for two years in the United States Army Medical Division stationed in Missouri, Ill. and Germany. After leaving the Armed Forces with a commendable record, employment awaited his return to Charlotte at Brown’s Pharmacy. He later relocated his young family to Grand Ledge where he was co-owner of Grand Pharmacy. Gary was active in the community in addition to being a member and past president of the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Ledge Parking Authority. He was also a member of the Michigan Pharmacists Association, Arizona Pharmacy Association and past president of the Capital Area Pharmacists Association.
He enjoyed reading, fishing, music, cars, cherry pie, recycling and in 2003, fulfilled a dream of running with the bulls at the fiesta of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain.
Gary is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janiece (Snyder) Frace; children, Marcella (Thomas Alexander), Mercedes and Weston (Beth); and two grandchildren, Liza Josephine and Julius Frace.
A visitation to celebrate Gary’s life will be held Friday, December 14, 2018, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice Services, online at sparrowfoundation.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298, select “Hospice” as the Designation or contact the Sparrow Foundation at (517) 364-3620, or a public library of your choice. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.
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Ellen J. Bishop
Ellen Joan Bishop, 77, of Olivet, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, December 1, 2018, at her home with her family by her side. She was born August 27, 1941 in Jackson, the daughter of Ivan and Eleanor (Coats) Strohm. While growing up, Joan attended school in both Olivet and Charlotte. She went on to graduate from Charlotte High School in 1959. On December 30, 1977, Joan married Alan Bishop in Olivet. They were blessed with 40 years of marriage. Family was very important to Joan. She adored all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Joan loved spending time together with them. She also enjoyed playing cards, fishing, dancing, and singing. Joan was a devoted member of the West Carmel Congregational Church.
Joan is survived by her children, Sharon and Jack Irons of Mendon, Ann and Bill Lundy of Byron Center, Harry and Tracy Reynolds Jr. of Olivet, Michael and Linda Reynolds of Olivet, Lane Bishop of Olivet, Todd Bishop of Olivet, Sheila McLean of Olivet; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Strohm of Vassar; sister-in-law, Cheryl Church of Lewiston; brothers-in-law, Ron and Dianna Bishop, Ted and Judy Bishop, John and Donna Bishop; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alan; daughter, Mary Reynolds; and siblings, Allen Strohm and Carole Scott.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Pastors Darwin Kuhl and Charles Jenson officiating. Inurnment followed at Bosworth Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Joan’s honor to the West Carmel Congregational Church or Great Lakes Caring Hospice.
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Jacob P. Hanley
Jacob Parker Hanley, 31, of Marshall, passed away Monday, November 26, 2018. He was born November 18, 1987, in Lansing, the son of Patrick and Jane (Briggs) Hanley. Jake graduated from Olivet High School in 2006, where he played in the band and on the football team. He worked for Ralston Foods in Battle Creek as a Mill Operator. Jake enjoyed all things outdoors. Whether it was hunting, fishing, disc golf, kayaking, or tubing down the river, Jake enjoyed it all. He also had a passion for music, with a special love for Metallica.
Jake is survived by his parents, Jane (Dennis) Trestain of Millersburg, Mich., Patrick (Anissa) Hanley of Charlotte; sisters, Ally Hanley of Marshall, Samantha (Chad) Crabtree of Potterville; nieces, Lillian and April Mix; nephews, Reece and Wyatt Wilson; step-siblings, Damon Trestain, Leia (Mike) Wilson; grandparents, Glenn and Patricia Briggs.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hubert and Caryl Hanley; and niece, Lana Wilson.
Funeral services were held on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Byrens officiating.
Those desiring may make contributions in Jake’s honor to the Olivet High School Band or Wounded Warrior Project.Read More
Ravis M. Hampton
Ravis “Ray” Matthew Hampton, 85, of Charlotte, died Friday, November 23, 2018 in Lansing. Ray was born September 30, 1933 in Paragould, Ark., the son of Amsey and Ethel (Morgan) Hampton. He moved to Michigan, where he worked on the line for General Motors for 32 years, retiring in 1988. On April 15, 1971, Ray married Carol Noble, and the two enjoyed travelling together. They lived in Arkansas and Kentucky after retirement, and eventually settled back in Michigan. Ray loved the outdoors. He meticulously cared for the lawn, and enjoyed trips to Montana deer hunting. His greatest passion was fishing. He made many of his own rods and lures throughout the years.
Ray is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol Hampton of Charlotte; daughter, Michelle Hampton-Beard of Tyler, Texas; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his brothers and sisters.
A private interment will take place in Kentucky at a later date. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Ray on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Mary A. Williams
Mary A. Williams, 72, of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018, at the Dimondale Center. She was born September 5, 1946, in Charlotte the daughter of Elmer and Alice (Ward) Conard. Mary graduated from Charlotte High School in 1964 and then went on to graduate from Jackson Business University in 1966. Mary married Allen H. Williams on September 27, 1984. She retired after 19 years of service as a bookkeeper for Quality Dairy in Lansing. Mary spent the last several years of her life living at the Dimondale Center. She was a kind and compassionate lady who always put others first in her life. Mary was an advocate for her fellow residence and took great pride in her position. Mary was a life member of the VFW Maple City Post #2406 Ladies Auxiliary.
Mary is survived by her cousins, Sue Hardy of Kalamazoo, Pat Conard of Eaton Rapids; numerous second cousins; step-children, Suzanne and Mary; step-grandchildren, Veronica and Marty.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Allen; and stepdaughter, Patricia.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Rev. Gary Wales officiating. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, just prior to the service. Interment will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Mary’s honor to the VFW Maple City Post #2406, 695 Lansing Road, Charlotte, MI 48813 or the American Cancer Society.
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Alfred W. Miller, Jr.
Alfred W. Miller Jr., 75, of Charlotte, passed away Monday, November 26, 2018, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He was born October 10, 1943, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the son of Alfred and Geraldine (Eitniear) Miller. He graduated from Northside High School, Ft. Wayne, Ind. in 1962. On January 29, 1966, he married Sandra Jean Taylor. Al was an avid outdoorsman. He had a passion for hunting and fishing. Al was a tremendous husband, father, and grandfather. He adored spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was also very fond of his two shih tzu dogs, Lacey and Blaze. Al proudly served his county in the United States Navy. He retired from Mercy Ambulance, where he worked as an EMT Specialist.
Al is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandra; children, Scott Miller of Vermontville, Michael (Shawn) Miller of Grand Ledge, Tricia (Ken) Mullins of Charlotte; grandchildren, Blake (Nicki) Miller, Cody Mullins, Samantha Mullins; siblings, Larry (Pam) Miller of Charlotte, Jeff (Lisa) Steers of Kokomo, Ind., Pam Wendorf of Polk City, Fla., Lynn (Chuck) Jenson of Sheridan, Mich.; step-mother, Joyce Miller of Polk City, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Anna Kiss, and Darrell Miller.
In keeping with Alfred’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering may take place at a later date.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Al’s honor to the family.
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Shirley (Easey) King, a humble, strong, and joyful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, died Monday, November 26, 2018. Shirley, 55, was born August 3, 1963, in Hastings, to Lewis and Berneda (Campbell) Easey. Following graduating from high school, Shirley went to work for The Carters IGA in Charlotte where she met Fred King. On February 23, 1984, the two married and created their 34-year legacy together. Most recently Shirley worked as a HR Specialist for Dakkota Integrated Systems in Lansing, for over 15 years. Shirley loved planning parties/family get-togethers, it was common for her to have 30-plus people over for Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner. She would prepare a five-course meal. Shirley devoted her life to working and helping others. Her other passions in life were, cooking, crafting, shopping, traveling to Florida, and being a grandma. Above all, Shirley loved her family.
Shirley is survived by her loving family; husband, Fred; sons, Steve (Stephanie) King, Josh King; grandchildren, Tiberius and Malakai King; siblings, Tommy, Gary, Donnie, Carol, Ellen, Bessie, David, Anita, Julie, and Annie; numerous nieces and nephews; and her two Yorkshire Terriers, Emma and Bella.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Mary.
Friends are encouraged to support Shirley’s family at visitation and memorial services. Memorial services are Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Steve Olmstead officiating. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service, from noon to 2 p.m.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Shirley on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
J.W. Carroll, 77, of Vermontville, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018, at his home. He was born April 25, 1941, in Chumuckla, Fla., the son of Buster and Cecil (Spicer) Carroll. On June 26, 1961, he married the love of his life, Cathy Husted, in Belding, at the family home. J.W. was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved spending time with those he loved most. When J.W. wasn’t busy with family or work, he enjoyed spending time on the water fishing or gardening. He and Cathy also loved traveling throughout the United States in the motorhome. J.W. retired after 30 years of service from General Motors in Lansing.
J.W. is survived by his children, Annette (Terry) Frith, Jeremy (Erin) Carroll, Josh Carroll, Becky (Ed) Bruce; 10 grandchildren; eight-and-a-half great-grandchildren; and one spoiled Bella.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 56 years, Cathy; son, Jim Carroll; daughter, Diane Sue Carroll; grandson, Jacob Carroll; siblings, Wayne Carroll, Sybil Telfer, and Sue Wolf.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Pastor Shane Bryant officiating. Burial will take place at the Evergreen Township Cemetery in Sheridan, Mich. at a later date.
Those desiring may make contributions in J.W.’s memory to Charlotte Assembly of God or the charity of their choice.
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Ronald Johnson, 75, passed away Friday, November 16, 2018 in his home in Okemos. He will be sorely missed by his loving family and friends. Ron will be remembered for his dark, witty sense of humor along with his dedication to his family. He was a musical genius (borderline fanatic) who never left home without his camera. A beloved brother, uncle, father and grandfather he was also a devoted animal lover whose kindness and gentle soul enriched all who knew him.
Ron graduated from Charlotte High School in 1961. While attending MSU, he joined Phi Sigma Kappa and earned his B.A. in 1965. In 1967 he was drafted into the Naval Reserves at Great Lakes and served as Company Clerk 2nd Class Petty Officer until the Vietnam war ended. In 1976, he earned a Master of Public Administration degree from WMU, which led to a career working for the State as an Assistant Director in the Department of Social Services.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, John (J.D.) and Sybil Johnson, along with numerous aunts, uncles and grandparents.
Ron is survived by his sister, Janice Wiltshire of Charlotte; his sons Jeffrey Johnson Hall (Rebecca) of Charlotte, Chris Johnson (Rebecca) of Grand Rapids and daughter Rebecca Johnson (Ben) of Berkeley. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date, please check dignitymemorial.com for updates.
Ron respectfully requests six Michigan State athletes as pallbearers so the Spartans can let him down one last time.
In lieu of flowers contributions be made to, AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) affew.org PO Box 177 Ludington 49431…Another would be his church…People’s Church 115 W. Loomis St. Ludington, or The Ludington Area Center for the Arts 107 S. Harrison, Ludington.
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Gary L. Stults
Gary Lee Stults, 74, of Bellevue, a maintenance man who could fix or build anything, was taken from us by the only thing in his life he couldn’t fix on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at his home with his family by his side. He was born April 18, 1944 in Charlotte, the son of Paul and Erma (Walters) Stults. Gary graduated from Charlotte High School. He retired after many years of service from Care-Free General Aluminum Products in Charlotte. Gary enjoyed hunting, working on cars in his shop, and demolition derby. He was a math genius and could figure out any formula or problem. He was a passionate family man, who was especially fond of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne; children, Jeff (Carla) Stults of Lake Odessa, Jerry Bracy of Battle Creek, Laura (Russ) Crosslan of Bellevue, Vicki (Dominic) Stasi of Florida; grandchildren: Scott (Jessica) Stults, Brooke Bracy, Kerstin (Chris) Smith, Olivia Rushmore, RJ Crosslan, Jakob Crosslan, Jenna Stasi, Gauge Linn; great-grandchildren, Chyenne Stults, Scott Stults Jr., Madison Stults, Jaylinn Smith, Colton Smith, and a baby Smith due in May; siblings, Joan (Dave) Harris, Jean (Paul) Dodds, Ken Stults, Bob Stults; stepsister, Paula Wylie; stepbrothers, Craig Wylie and Mark Wylie; half-sister, Eileen Stults; and in-laws, Lyle and Shirley Royston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Melvin Royston; and sister-in-law, Diane Stults.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. Interment took place at Bosworth Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Gary’s honor to the charity of their choice.
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