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Robert Brian Fiala

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Robert Brian Fiala, of Charlotte, formerly of Bronx, N.Y., occupation of roofer, passed away on November 23, 2020 at the age of 63.

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Philip B. Palmer

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Philip B. Palmer, age 84, of Charlotte, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, on Thursday, November 19, 2020. He was born May 25, 1936, in Battle Creek the son of Roy and Delphia (Brewer) Palmer. On January 12, 1957, Philip married Eva Joan Huber in Midland. They soon became inseparable and did everything together. Phil worked at Clark Equipment in Battle Creek as a motor assembler for 30 years. Phil was a true minister of the gospel. He loved people and always did his best to witness Christ’s love to anyone he encountered. He served the Church of God in various different ministries for over 50 years. Phil was the Minister of Music at the Capital Avenue Church of God in Battle Creek, Minister at First Church of God in Colon, South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte, Burlington Church of God in Burlington, and numerous other churches. Phil always saw the good in everyone and kept a positive attitude. His family was very important to him and he treasured each and every opportunity he had together with them.
Philip is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Eva of Charlotte; daughter, Rebecca (Douglas) Douglas of LaFayette, Ga.; son, Thomas (Valerie) Palmer of Charlotte; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and sister, Martee (Hank) Bakhuyzen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.
In keeping with Philip’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Philip’s honor to the Church of God Foundation, P.O. Box 2420, Anderson, IN 46018.
To view Phil’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com.
The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.

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Larry E. Ainsworth

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Mr. Larry Edwin Ainsworth, age 79, of Vermontville, Mich. passed away Saturday, November 21, 2020 at The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Beloved husband of Julia and the late Lorelei (1991). Loving father of Brian (Jill) and Steven (Kelly). stepfather of Trinka Jeffery and Clifford (Kristen) Jeffery. Dearest grandfather of Luke, Maria, Kayla, Grace, Stormy, Benjamin and Jack.
Larry was born in Battle Creek, Mich. on February 8, 1941, the son of the late Edwin and Margaret. Larry was raised in Vermontville, Mich. and was a proud graduate of Vermontville High School. While in high school, Larry was a talented athlete finishing as a State Track Champion in the 1/4 mile. After completing high school, Larry continued his education, putting himself through DeVry Tech Institute in Chicago working as a bartender and in construction.
On August 10, 1966 Larry entered the United States Army where he served in the Vietnam War.  Initially, Larry’s original assignment was as a radio operator, but was recategorized as a machine gunner once the military took note of his “country boy” marksmanship. While in Vietnam, Larry was also given charge of building many of the structures of the forward communications base he was assigned to due to his construction experience while attending DeVry. Larry was a proud veteran and was honored with the Vietnam Counter Offensive II Medal, Sharpshooter Rifle Medal, National Service Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and The Purple Heart which he received after being wounded in the Tet Offensive.
When Larry returned home, he returned to General Motors where he worked for over 30 years before retiring at the age of 53. While his children were young, Larry volunteered as the varsity track coach at Maple Valley High School. His commitment to community could be seen through his dedication in assisting local law enforcement as president of the Mounted Division of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department. Larry was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed several big game hunting adventures with his son Brian, including hunting elk in Montana and Wyoming, and nearly all of the family vacations were spent fishing or hunting.
After retiring, Larry and his beloved wife, Julia, enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, visiting The Outer Banks in North Carolina, Vermont, New Orleans, Texas, and North into California, and many other places. They also enjoyed relaxing on Rice Lake in Canada where they fished together.  Larry loved his Nashville Baptist Church family, spending time together in fellowship was something Larry always enjoyed.
Funeral Services will be held at The Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, Mich., at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 with pastor Deano Lamphere officiating.
The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.
Interment will take place immediately following the funeral service at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville. Larry will be interned with full military honors provided by the United States Army, and the American Legion Post 45 – Hastings, Mich.
Memorial contributions may be made in Larry’s name to the Maple Valley High School track program at 11090 Nashville Highway, Vermontville, MI 49096 or the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 1-Blue Activities, 3000 Monroe NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.
For anyone not feeling comfortable attending services at this time, the family is also planning a Celebration of Larry’s life to take place next spring/summer at an outside location when hopefully this pandemic is at bay.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details please visit their website at danielsfuneralhome.net.

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Marilee A. (Ulery) Kilbert

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Marilee A. Kilbert, age 92, of Charlotte, formerly of Elkhart passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. Marilee was born on September 3, 1928 (Labor Day!) in Elkhart to Calvin and Ruth Ulery. She married Howard J. Kilbert on August 9, 1947 at Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhart.
Marilee graduated from Elkhart High School where she was a class officer, helping each year with reunion planning. She worked for many years as a nurse’s assistant for the Elkhart Community Schools and for Whitehall Laboratories. She faithfully volunteered for decades at Elkhart General Hospital Emergency Room on Friday evenings and for 60 years was a regular volunteer and instructor of CPR and First Aid Classes for The American Red Cross. Marilee was proud of her EMT certification and happily spent many summers as camp nurse at Singing Hills Girl Scouts Camp. She was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhart and the William Tuffs Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).
Marilee will be greatly missed by her children: Barbara (Scott) Myckowiak of Charlotte, Patricia (Bob) Grimm of Middlebury, Ind., Nancy (Dave) Holderread of Lansing, Mich., and Linda Kilbert of Bargersville, Ind.; four grandchildren: Bob Deaton, Jim (Hannah) Holderread, Jon Holderread, and Becca (Caleb) Hubble; five great-grandchildren; and her brother, Herbert (Joan) Ulery Sr. of Middlebury, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard in 2002 and her son, Jim in 1972.
Marilee lived in Elkhart almost all her life. She loved living there and missed it greatly when she relocated to Michigan in her last few years. She spent many fun-filled days at the family cottage at nearby Stone Lake. She was a great cook and showed her love by cooking wonderful meals for her family. Pies were her specialty and she traditionally made several for Thanksgiving dinner, including her famous Peanut Pie. She also was able to accurately recreate her mother’s famous sugar cookies and shared them often. As family gathered around the table for grace before her special meals, it was almost inevitable that Marilee would realize the rolls or some other dish was left behind in the kitchen. Her standard comment “Let’s pray and then I’ll get it” has become legend in the family. Marilee shared her family’s fondness for popcorn and enjoyed it frequently. Until her decline in recent years, she was an avid seamstress and quilter, gifting many family members with her handiwork. She was a tenacious genealogist, digging deep to find family connections and lineage. She loved to travel and after retirement enjoyed many special trips with Howard or her daughters. Marilee’s generous spirit and loving care will be missed by those who knew and loved her. We are comforted by the knowledge that she is now in heaven, free from pain and confusion, and joyfully reunited with Howard and Jim and others who have gone before her.
Due to COVID-19 there will be no public service at this time. Stemm- Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart IN 46514 is handling the arrangements. A private service will be held for the immediate family with burial following at Rice Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Marilee’s honor to Grace Lutheran Church, 831 West Marion Street, Elkhart, IN 46516, American Red Cross, 1123 South Indiana Avenue, Goshen, IN 46526, or William Tuffs Chapter NSDAR, c/o Treasurer Stephanie Wright, 22532 Winchester Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514.

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Linda Jo Scott

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With deepest sorrow, we regretfully share the passing of Linda Jo Scott (Samuels), Friday, November 20, 2020. Linda was born in Chicago, Ill. on December 3, 1939. She lived in Chicago through high school, received her bachelor’s degree from Yankton College S.D., in 1961, and earned her master’s degree, and PHD in literature from Emory University, Ga. in 1964.
Linda Jo was a lover of the arts and education. She studied and taught literature, poetry, and writing most of her life. She taught English in a prison, taught language in foreign countries, and dedicated her life to helping others learn.  She travelled the world, extensively in Europe and parts of Asia, and even lived in France and South Korea. She was fluent in French, wrote hundreds of poems and published many articles.
Linda Jo was a member of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra for 31 years as second violin. She taught at Olivet College in Olivet Mich. for 20 years, before retiring in 1998. Countless students reflect that she was their favorite teacher and that she touched and changed their lives. She played countless weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, and more as a strolling violinist, often for just a meal.
She is survived by her sons John Randall Banks, Bellevue, Mich., Alan Banks, his wife Dana, and  their children Carter, Rylie, and Emery, Akron, Ohio; her sister Marjorie Buchbinder, Miami Fla.; and brother, Thomas Samuels, Enterprise Ala. Her sweetheart, Andrew Francis Vincent Leat, preceded her in death in 2015. They traveled the world and the states in their 13 years together.
As we remember mom’s life and all the lives she touched, we are thankful that she was ours in flesh and blood, but everyone’s in spirit and friendship. She was kind and caring, warm and inviting, thoughtful yet uncomplicated. Fond memories, poetry, writings and art are what we will always have to remember mom.
We ask that gifts be dedicated to the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra in Battle Creek Michigan.

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Richard R. Cobb

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Richard Raymond Cobb, 91, of Vermontville, died peacefully on Monday, November 23, 2020 at his home. Richard was born February 21, 1929, at home in Eaton County. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served during WWII. Upon his return, he married Bertha Faye Wilson on August 22, 1949 and the two started their family. Richard worked 25 years at Diamond Reo in Lansing until its closure in 1975. He then started his own business, Cobb Well Drilling, which he owned and operated over 30 years in the Charlotte area. Throughout his lifetime, Richard also operated his own small farm in Vermontville. In his spare time he loved watching NASCAR and playing three-card poker at the casino. Above all, Richard loved his family.
Richard is survived by his wife of 71 years, Bertha Cobb; son, Richard L. (Belinda Harwood) Cobb; six grandchildren, Shelly (Brent) Rehm, Darren (Monelle) Cobb, Jared (Nicki) Osborne, Christie (Chad) Lutz, Richard (Evelyn) Osborne, and Andrea Cobb; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Margee Sudberry and Virginia Peters; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Janice Cobb; son, David Cobb; brother, Lyle Cobb; and brothers-in-law, Jack Sudbury and John Peters.
Private family services will be held. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Richard on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.
The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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David W. Smith 

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David Winslow Smith, of Onondaga, passed away November 21, 2020 at the age of 85, after a brief fight with complications from COVID-19. David was born in Saginaw, Mich. on January 3, 1935, the son of Winslow and Helen (Loebs) Smith. He greatly enjoyed shooting from high school on. He was a boy scout and also in the National Guard. David enjoyed fixing things, houses, cars, motorcycles. He worked as a Corrections Officer at Southern Michigan Prison in Jackson for 27 years, retiring in 1991. He was on the Three Weapon Team (Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol) at the prison. There are many trophies and prizes he won at different shoots. After retirement he joined the Rose City Harmonica Club. He played harmonica, was the treasurer for about 15 years, and he moved the equipment for the club for many years.  Onondaga Community Church was his home church for about 45 years. He was active at the Swiss Steak Suppers and supporting the church any way he could.
David is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gail; children, Bonnie Myers of Warren, Paul (Deb) Smith of Pinconning, Linda (Earl) Ammon of Georgia, and Leslie (Chris) Zenker of Onondaga; grandchildren, Susan (Tony) Watkins, Amanda (Jonathan) Crandell, C.J. Zenker, Aleca (Patrick) Chenault, and Josh Zenker; three great grandchildren; two siblings, Mark (Anne) Smith, and Joy Zissler;  and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in the spring. For those desiring, memorial contributions can be made to the Onondaga Community Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 97, Onondaga, MI 49264, or Hillsdale College, 33 E. College St., Hillsdale, MI 49242, in memory of David. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Online condolences and memories may be shared at millsfuneral.com.

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Diana Jo Barendregt

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Diana Jo Barendregt, age 87 of Springport, after a brief illness complicated by pneumonia was called home to be with her Lord on Wednesday November 18, 2020. Diana was born in Liberty, Ind. in 1933 and graduated from Garth High School in Georgetown, Ky. in 1951. After school she found her way to Washington D.C. where she met and married the love of her life, William in 1952. Diana and Bill made their home in Springport where she remained after Bill’s passing in 2015. In 1971 Diana graduated with her nursing degree and worked in the Albion Hospital system until her retirement in 1995. She continued to be the neighborhood nurse for anyone in need and loved serving others. Bill and Diana loved yard sales and Diana was an avid gardener. In the spring, summer and fall she could be found among her vegetables and many flowers most any given day. During college basketball season Diana loved to watch and cheer on the Michigan State Spartans and the Kentucky Wildcats, unless the score was close and it was near the end of the game, then she would usually turn the channel because the pressure of the game was overwhelming. She also was a huge fan of the Kentucky Derby and would follow the names of the horses and all their history and make a favorite pick to win each year. Diana will be greatly missed by her family, friends and her special kitty, Hunter.
Diana was preceded in death by William, her beloved husband of 63 years; her parents Mary and Joseph Gulley, grandparents Lydia and Asa Griffin, aunts, uncles and various other extended family. She leaves behind Debbie (Gordon) Webb of Springport, William Kevin Barendregt of Colo., and Victoria (Rick) Pierson also of Springport. Bill and Diana had three grandchildren, Desiree (Kenneth) Burcaw of Ga., Kiley (Michael) Harner of Ariz. and Dylan (Nikole) Peyton of Paw Paw, Mich. They were blessed to have nine great-grandchildren Kenny, Alana and Hope Burcaw; Shane Harner and Alaythia, Naomi, Rylee, Zoe and Devan Peyton. Diana also leaves one brother John Gulley of Jonesville, Mich. and nephews Tim (Heather) Gulley of Springport, and Phillip Gulley of Las Vegas, Nev.
A celebration of Diana’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, National Processing Center, PO Box 758589, Topeka KS, 66675-8589 or Cascades Humane Society, 1515 Carmen Drive, Jackson, MI 49202. Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Springport Funeral Home: VickersFuneralHomes.com.

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Terry Smith

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Terry Smith of Olivet, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away November 21, 2020 at the age of 76. Terry was born in Eaton Rapids on February 8, 1944, the son of George and Roberta (Barker) Smith. He enlisted with the US Coastguard as a radar technician during the Vietnam War, finishing out his military career with the reserves. Terry was a deputy and detective with the Eaton County Sherriff Department and part of the Mounted Posse for many years. He was a member of the Michigan Bass Chapter in Eaton Rapids and a former member of the Olivet Lions Club serving as president. Terry owned and operated the Smith Insurance Agency in Eaton Rapids for 25 years and coached youth softball. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and playing poker with his children and grandchildren.
Terry is survived by his wife, Cindy Smith; sons, Jeffery (Kathi) Smith of Olivet, Timothy (Becky) Smith of Olivet, Jarrod Smith of Olivet; daughter, Stacia (Paul) Smith-Temple of Bellevue; 12 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; brother, Greg (Mistell) Smith of Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Larry Smith.
Graveside services were Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Rosehill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Terry’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 230 W. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60606. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Please visit our website to place online condolences at millsfuneral.com.

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Cheryl L. Moss

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Cheryl Lee (Johnson) Moss, age 76, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in Bushnell, Fla. Cheryl previously lived in Eaton Rapids and Springport, Mich. She was born June 4, 1944 in Gladwin, Mich. to Roy and Marian (Lange) Johnson. The family moved to Eaton Rapids in 1960. Cheryl graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1962 and married Kent Moss in 1963.
Cheryl had several jobs throughout her life. In Eaton Rapids she worked at Holcott Bakery, Eaton Stamping, and Sessions Ford. In Springport, Cheryl worked at Hoag Book Bindery, was a cafeteria assistant for Springport School System, and was the treasurer of the Springport Sports Boosters. She worked at Meijer in Jackson for 13 years as a security advisor and retired in 2005.
Undoubtedly, Cheryl’s favorite job was raising her three children with Kent and helping out on the family hog farm.
In 2005, Cheryl and Kent moved to Bushnell, Fla. and she was employed for one and one half years at WalMart and volunteered at a local hospice home.
Cheryl so enjoyed riding her bike, walking and working jigsaw puzzles. She also enjoyed traveling in their motor home and attending NASCAR races in Homestead and Daytona Beach each year.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bob, Jim, and Tom Johnson; in-laws, Victor and Marjory Moss; sister-in-law, Karen Johnson; brother-in-law, Kenneth Dack; and step father, Fred Van Der Bos.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ronald “Kent” Moss; daughter, Cathy (Alan) Wood of Mason; two sons, Ronald Roy Moss of Springport, and Steven Moss of Toledo, Ohio. Cheryl is also survived by three sisters, Randi Colestock of Charlotte, Penny Johnson of Dimondale, and Sue (Tom) Wilson of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister-in-law, Kaye Dack of Hickory Corners; and aunt, Janet Strohkirch of Gladwin. She is also survived by nieces, Becky (Tim) Swix of Remus, Dr. Jessica Wilson-Chan of Tampa, Fla., Heather (Eric) Mergener of Eaton Rapids, and Misty Horton of Springport; nephews, Jeff Horton of Charlotte, Tim Horton of Jackson, Kevin (Sandy) Dack of Battle Creek, Kenny (Debra) Dack of Augusta, Alex (Trish) Carris of Port Orchard, Wa., Bob (Laura) Wilson of Cape Coral, Fla., Jared (Jessica) Wilson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Adam (Noelle) Wilson of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Arrangements are being handled by Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory-Purcell Chapel of Bushnell, Fla. A memorial service will be held graveside at Griffith Cemetery in Springport in the spring of 2021.

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