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James H. Augustine

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James “Jim” Harry Augustine, 86, of Bellevue passed away March 13, 2018 at Evergreen Manor Assisted Living Facility in Battle Creek. Jim was born on January 9, 1932 in Battle Creek to Harry L. and Margaret (Burkett) Augustine. He graduated from Bellevue High School with the class of 1950.

Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force on December of 1950 and served our country until his honorable discharge in October of 1954. Jim served during the Korean War and earned many medals throughout his military career, including the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Jim married Elaine Brown on October 10, 1954 in Bellevue. They had four children and spent 63 loving years together. Jim worked at for the Eaton County Road Commission as a Foreman for 37 years. He retired in 2000. Jim was also a farmer throughout his life, raising beef cattle. Jim was a member of the Heritage Hills Bible Church in Bellevue. He enjoyed cutting wood, and hunting deer and squirrel. He as also loved farming and 4H.

Jim is survived by his wife, Elaine Augustine of Bellevue; children, Glenn Augustine of Bellevue, Harry (Louise) Augustine of Bellevue, Dale Augustine of Battle Creek, and Robyn (Bill) Courtney of Bellevue; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Margaret; sister, Marilyn Thornton; and brother Jerry Augustine.

Friends and relatives will be received at the Heritage Hills Bible Church on March 18, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. with family present to greet friends at that time. A funeral service will take place at the church on March 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. Jim will be laid to rest in Ellis Cemetery in Assyria Township following the service.

The family is being served by the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, Bellevue Chapel.

Memorial contributions are requested to Heritage Hills Bible Church, or the Barry County 4H Scholarship Fund. Donations for the church may be sent to 13015 S M-66 Highway, Bellevue, MI 49021. Assistance with memorials for the Barry County 4H is available at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, Bellevue Chapel.

Please leave the family a personal message and sign the online guest book at kempffuneralhome.com.

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Bruce E. Sherman

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Bruce E. Sherman, 80, of Charlotte, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018 at Eaton Community Palliative Care with his family by his side. He was born January 30, 1938 in Charlotte, the son of Allen and Barbara Sherman. Bruce graduated from Lansing Sexton High School with the class of 1956. Bruce loved his family with a fierce devotion and always saw to it that they were taken care of. He worked his entire career in road construction. Bruce was an extremely hard worker who always made sure that the job was done properly. In his younger years Bruce participated in many different sports. He enjoyed bowling, baseball, football, and running cross country. Bruce was also a Golden Glove boxer in Lansing. Bowling was a passion of Bruce’s. He could often be found bowling at many different places across the entire state. In 1990 Bruce was inducted into the Greater Lansing Bowling Hall of Fame. Bruce was a member of First Lutheran Church of Charlotte and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Bruce is survived by his children, Bruce Dean Sherman of Charlotte, Robin Dixon of Texas, Gregory Sherman of Texas, Camila (John) Grider of Vermontville, Julie (Chris) Frank of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Jennifer (Meghan Reese) Sherman, Eric Sherman, Lawrence Julson, Samantha Julson, Audrey Dixon, Kaylin Sherman, Regan Sherman; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Duane (Roberta) Sherman, Douglas (Deanna) Sherman, Dennis (Tawni) Sherman, Joy Sherman-Hunt; special friend, Catherine Christiansen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenyon Sherman; and nephew, William Anderson.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at First Lutheran Church of Charlotte, with Pastor Tim Olson officiating.

Those desiring may make contributions in Bruce’s honor to the Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813.

To view Bruce’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.=

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Dolly Isham

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Dolly Isham was born Zeatha Dolena Smith, the daughter of Allie (McLean) and Joseph “Harry” Smith, on March 11, 1928. Having always preferred the name Dolly, her friends and family remember her by this name.

Dolly passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in the company and comfort of family.

She was preceded in death by both her parents; her sisters, Cherry Michaud and Isabelle Smith; her brothers, William Smith and Frank Smith; her son, Scott Isham; and her granddaughter, Laura Isham.

She is survived by her husband, Neil G. Isham (Pete) with whom she celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on February 27, 2018. She is also survived by one brother, Donald Smith; her sons Michael (Don) Isham of Atlanta, Ga., Brian (Barbara) Isham of Traverse City, Gary (Terry) Isham of Charlotte, and Mark (Christine) Isham of Durango, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Joan Isham and Gary (Debbie) Christner who long ago become known as the sixth brother; grandchildren, Jason Isham, Alyssa James, Anne Kuhns, Will Ferguson, Casey Ferguson, Allison Isham, Matthew Isham, Erika Isham, Josh Isham; and two great-grandchildren, Kiera Isham and Zadie James. Many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and family friends will miss Dolly’s loving presence.

Dolly was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and maintained her Canadian citizenship throughout her life. She loved spending time with her family in Canada. It was a highlight to take her boys to visit their cousins in Canada each summer. The family bond that was developed during those years continues with the family reunions that were held at Sand Bay, Ontario and recently moved to the Sylvan Shores Estate near Cheboygan. Dolly and Pete married in 1948. During the early years they resided in different communities, including Charlotte. In 1957 they began construction on their family home in Albion, where they resided for over 60 years.

Pete and Dolly retired 31 years ago and early on they enjoyed traveling. They worked as campground hosts at Pictured Rocks National Park in northern Michigan and Junction Creek USFS campground near Durango, Colo. Both gave time and talents to the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Kentucky as well as dedicating many hours to their own church, Caring Community Church of Albion. Dolly was a person of strong Christian faith and she had a special heart for the children of the church.

Dolly’s family would like to thank the many people who honored her life by helping her through her last days. She was blessed to have received the best and kindest of care from all she came in contact with, but especially of note are the staff and friends at Maplewood of Marshall and at Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services.

Visitations are scheduled at Caring Community Church in Albion on Friday, March 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. The memorial service will be Saturday, March 17 starting at 11 a.m. Condolences can be sent to the family through Kempf Funeral Home of Marshall. The family suggest memorial contributions be sent to the Caring Community Church Building Fund. Dolly and Pete were early members of the church and strong supporters of its growth.

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Robert J. Briggs

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Robert John Briggs, 66, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018 at his home. He was born November 17, 1951 in Lansing the son of Benjamin F. and Ruby Briggs. Bob graduated from Charlotte High School in 1969. On October 26, 1987 Bob married Jennifer Beebe in Las Vegas, N.V. He worked 30 years at the Charlotte Post Office, where he served as a window clerk. Bob and Jen loved taking regular trips to the casino together. You could often see them walking together throughout Charlotte. He enjoyed bird watching, camping, golf, and all sports. Bob was a huge New England Patriots fan. He was usually never too busy to stop and watch the game.

Bob is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jennifer; sons, Randy (Melissa Wieting) Holton of Charlotte, Matthew J. (Heather M.) Briggs of Newago; grandchildren: Tyler Holton, Tahya Briggs, Avy Briggs; brother, Jerry (Joann) Briggs of Sunfield; sister, Phyllis Carr of Albion.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial visitation was held February 19, 2018 at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte.

Those desiring may make contributions in Bob’s memory to the American Cancer Society.

To view Bob’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

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Jacqueline M. Nichols

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Jacqueline Marie Nichols, 88, of Charleston, W.V., formerly of Charlotte, passed away, March 6, 2018, surrounded by her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo C. Nichols.

She was employed by Owens-Illinois Glass Plant in Charleston and was transferred and retired from Owens-Illinois Glass Plant in Charlotte. She attended North Charleston Apostolic Church.

Surviving is her son, Tom Cobb and wife, Peggy, of Anamosa, Iowa; daughter, Patti Ross and husband Jeffrey of Florence, Ky.; sisters, Eloise Gay Barker and Janice E. Kinder; and husband, Robert (with who she made her home) all of Charleston; grandchildren, Justin Ross and wife, Stacy, Lisa Ziehr and husband, Chris, Travis Ross and wife Samantha (Sam), Tammie Klaiber and husband Chris.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at North Charleston Apostolic Church. Friends may call from noon until service time at the church.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Graveside service and burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 1 p.m.  Arrangements in Michigan provided by Pray Funeral Home.

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Donald G. Ells

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Donald Gary Ells, 81, of Charlotte, passed away at home on March 5, 2018, surrounded by his family.  Don was born June 15, 1936, in Charlotte, one of five children born to William and Aletha (Root) Ells. He married Katherine Ditchfield on September 15, 1962 and they enjoyed 55 years of marriage.

Don’s brothers, Mickey (Joyce) Ells and Bill (Sharon) Ells have gone before him to be with the Lord. Don will forever be remembered by his brother, Ted (Ann) Ells and loving sister, Marilyn (Carroll) Briggs; his beloved children, Donny Joe, Allen (Colleen) Ells, Linda (Scott) McDiarmid, Michael (Carmen) Ells, and Sandy (Robert) Wehr.  Don will also be missed by all of his treasured grandchildren, Deanna, Tanya, Victoria, Mark (Stephanie) Wehr, Matt (Timara) Wehr, Nichoal (Trevor) Kirkendall, Sarah McDiarmid, Amanda Ells, Ashley (Shawn) Smith, and great-grandchildren, Sadie Kirkendall, Ericka Smith, and Conner Wehr, a great-granddaughter on the way, and countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him.

Don loved his farm. He was often seen riding his quad around the farm perimeter daily and enjoyed watching deer and turkey cross over the farm from one woods line to the other. He loved mushrooming, visiting with family and friends on the porch while watching the birds and traffic go by. He also enjoyed playing Michigan Rummy with his children and grandchildren, going to the casino, motorcycle, and hunting.  Don never missed his grandchildren’s many sporting events. He was an active member of the Eagles Club in Charlotte and he will be missed by all his friends at the Club. He was also a member of the Moose Club and going to auctions.  Don was known to find four-leaf clovers, even on a wagon loading hay.  His bible holds hundreds of four-leaf clovers.  Don worked 36 years at General Motors in machine repair and served 9 years in the Michigan Army National Guard Charlotte Charlie Battery 1st of the 119th FA.

A celebration of life was held Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. Don will be laid to rest in West Carmel Cemetery alongside Ells ancestors dating back to 1852.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Arie #3552 in Charlotte.  Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Don on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.

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Samuel Vosovic

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Samuel “Cyclops” Vosovic, 64, of Lowell, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018.

He is survived by his parents, Sava and Dolores Vosovic; brother, Michael (Mary) Vosovic; twin brother, Daniel (Sharon) Vosovic; step-daughters; grandchildren; and several beloved nieces and nephews, who also loved Sam dearly.

In 1976, Sam lost his eye in a serious accident, in which he could have died. The 42 years since that accident have been a great gift to all those who knew him. Though he was bitter at first about the loss of his eye, he experienced a life-changing moment as he exited the hospital elevator one day on the wrong floor. He walked out into the children’s burn unit, and it forever changed him. Sam went out of his way to befriend those around him, overcoming judgment about his appearance. He was compassionate and would never hesitate to help those around him. Sam’s great love for his Harley Knucklehead was well-known. He was a great friend to many, and will be incredibly missed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in the summer. Memorial contributions may be made to Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Cancer Center, 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI 49519.

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Beverly A. Smith

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Beverly Ann Smith, 82, of Charlotte, died on March 5 of 2018. She was born July 20, 1935 in Harrison, Mich. to Paul and Laura Catron. She graduated from Charlotte High School class of 1953. Bev worked for Fowler’s Chevy-Olds for 26 years as office manager, and then stayed on with the family handling their affairs for an additional 10 years. Afterward she worked in the accounting office for the Charlotte Wal-Mart for 15 years. In between all of that she sold Avon products for 25 years.

Bev belonged to the local chapter of American Business Women’s Association, and was the business woman of the year twice, and was awarded business woman of the decade once. Bev was a member of the Hayes-Green Beach auxiliary for 15 years, and volunteered in the gift shop at the hospital. She especially liked the used book sales.

Bev leaves behind her daughter, Lynn Ann (Mark) Zimmerman; son, Ray Smith; three grandchildren, Andrew (Sarah) Zimmerman of Omaha, Neb., Melissa (Jonathan) Timm of Tecumseh, Mich., and William (Candice Lonzer) Zimmerman of Adrian; and three great-grandchildren. Bev also leaves two surviving sisters, Ann (Robert) O’Brien, and Mary Krotcsky; as well as two step-sisters, Beva Lee Smith of Grand Ledge, and Jean Berryhill of Charlotte; two special cousins, Judy Hamp of Lansing, and Sylvia Speer of Traverse City.

Bev is preceded in death by her sister, Ruth (Dean) Carey.

Special thanks to friends and neighbors, Vanda Warren, and Bob and Pam Curtis. A big thank you to special friends, Pat Misler and family, and Betty Rosenbrook and family.

“Love you guys.” –Bev

Donations may be made directly to the family.

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Larry H. Bates

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Larry Herbert Bates, a loving father, grandfather, husband, son and brother, 60, of Lansing, died on Sunday, March 4, 2018. He was born on February 22, 1958 to Roy “Jerry” and Dorothy (Roper) Bates in Lansing. Larry graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1976. Larry worked at Motor Wheel and later as a truck driver for Coolidge Glass before his retirement in 1997.

Larry was a family man. He adored spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was the grandpa that was known for spending quality time with his grandchildren, whether it was getting down to their level to play with their toys or simply passing his knowledge onto them. Larry was an avid archery and gun hunter, as well as a woodworker. He loved building things with his hands. Camping was also a passion for Larry. A memory that his family will always cherish is camping in the infield at MIS during a NASCAR race. His favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Sr. Larry is known for his keen sense of direction while traveling. Above all, Larry will be remembered as being a doer who was always willing to help out, and for his love for his family.

Larry is survived by his children, Tim Bates, Christina Gentilozzi, Victoria (Anthony) Singleterry, Ricky (Fiancé Skylar Hunt) Bates, Chase Bates, Paris Bates, Dimere Bates and Heavenly Bates; wife, Corrina “Cory” Bates; grandchildren, Trenton Bates, Sedric Bates, Jeremiah Maurer, Logan Maurer, Paige Allen, Emmalee Bates, Gabriella Gentilozzi, Oliver Singleterry, Alyssa Singleterry and Esmeralda Singleterry; mother, Dorothy; sister, Robin (Ken) Hill; sister in-law and brother in-law, Wanda and Jeff Bancroft, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be held Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Eaton Area Senior Center in Charlotte, with Pastor Mike Arnold officiating.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Windsor Township Fire and Ambulance Services. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Larry on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.

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Merle L. Willis

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Merle L. Willis, 94, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018. He was born March 24, 1923 in Bellevue to Guy and Mary Pearl (Cosgrove) Willis. Merle graduated from Bellevue High School in 1940 and worked as a machinist for the Grand Trunk Railroad before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1943, serving in WW II and the Korean conflict.

He married Arlene (Hendershot) April 16, 1948. Over the years they lived in Battle Creek and Charlotte, retiring to the cottage he built on Marble Lake in Quincy. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and spent winters in Florida for over 20 years.

Merle was a loving husband, father, poppa, uncle, and friend to many. He was a skilled tool and die maker and a handyman, always tinkering with some project in his garage. He was a member of the VFW and the First Congregational Church in Charlotte.

Merle is survived by his beloved wife of almost 70 years, Arlene; daughters, Joyce (Stan) Otto of Otsego, and Jan (John) Simonsen of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Melissa McPherson of Hawkinsville, Ga., Matthew (Elizabeth) McPherson of Otsego, Christine (Darin) DeCator of Nunica, Mich., and Paula (Greg) Falcon of Bryan, Texas; 7 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Leo G. Thrall of Hale, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Meda Ellen Thrall.

Special thanks are extended to his loving caregiver Amanda Johnson-Hegel, the nurses at Oaklawn Wound Clinic in Marshall, and the doctors and staff at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, 371 E. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787 or Hospital Hospitality House, 1800 Henson, Kalamazoo, MI 49048.

A celebration of life will be held at later date.

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