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Ronald E. Campbell

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Ronald Eugene Campbell, 75 of Olivet – famous for his “Ron-isms,” sayings like “This is your nosey neighbor,” – died December 10, 2021. Ron was born in Lansing on April 1, 1946 to Orville and June (Holton) Campbell. While Ron was very stubborn, he was also extremely thoughtful and humble with lots of stories to share. An animal lover and dog whisperer, he loved to feed the birds and the animals, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, too. Mornings were always started with a walk, afternoons were perfect for long motorcycle rides through the country, and weekends found Ron at the short tracks enjoying races. Ron was a materials handler at General Motors, working there for over 40 years before his retirement.
A devoted family man, Ron always made sure his wife had yellow roses for her birthday. He taught his kids how to drive on the ice and how to fix a car; and he passed on lots of his knowledge to his grandkids while he enjoyed time with them too. Ron and Carolyn enjoyed finding good restaurants in the middle of nowhere, especially enjoying a good cup of coffee.
Ron is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Kim (Casey) Mulvany, Tina (David) Churches, Ann (Steve) Osgood, Kim (Ray) Juergen, and Paula (Steven) Wathen; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sister, Kay (Michael) Iiams. He was preceded in death by great-grandson, Zyler; and brother, Clarence “Bud” Whaley.
Friends are encouraged to support Ron’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com. Funeral services are Sunday, December 19, at 3:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Keith Capman officiating. Visitation is two hours prior to the service, from 1 to 3:00 p.m. on December 19 at the funeral home. 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 Ronald’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 American Cancer Society or the Eaton County Humane Society. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Ronald E. Campbell

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Ronald Eugene Campbell, 75 of Olivet – famous for his “Ron-isms,” sayings like “This is your nosey neighbor,” – died December 10, 2021. Ron was born in Lansing on April 1, 1946 to Orville and June (Holton) Campbell. While Ron was very stubborn, he was also extremely thoughtful and humble with lots of stories to share. An animal lover and dog whisperer, he loved to feed the birds and the animals, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, too. Mornings were always started with a walk, afternoons were perfect for long motorcycle rides through the country, and weekends found Ron at the short tracks enjoying races. Ron was a materials handler at General Motors, working there for over 40 years before his retirement.
A devoted family man, Ron always made sure his wife had yellow roses for her birthday. He taught his kids how to drive on the ice and how to fix a car; and he passed on lots of his knowledge to his grandkids while he enjoyed time with them too. Ron and Carolyn enjoyed finding good restaurants in the middle of nowhere, especially enjoying a good cup of coffee.
Ron is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Kim (Casey) Mulvany, Tina (David) Churches, Ann (Steve) Osgood, Kim (Ray) Juergen, and Paula (Steven) Wathen; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sister, Kay (Michael) Iiams. He was preceded in death by great-grandson, Zyler; and brother, Clarence “Bud” Whaley.
Friends are encouraged to support Ron’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com. Funeral services are Sunday, December 19, at 3:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Keith Capman officiating. Visitation is two hours prior to the service, from 1 to 3:00 p.m. on December 19 at the funeral home. 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 Ronald’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 American Cancer Society or the Eaton County Humane Society. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Jeffrey L. Carrick

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Jeffrey Lynn Carrick, 59, a man who enjoyed the outdoors and his classic cars, died Saturday, December 11, 2021. Jeff was born January 8, 1962, in Lansing, the son of Elwin Ray and Janet Elaine (Drake) Carrick. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1981 before starting his own trucking business, which he owned and operated until 2014. Jeff married the love of his life, Vickie Lynn Hicks, on June 7, 1980. Other than Vickie, Jeff’s lifelong passion was classic cars. He was known to flip, restore, and collect anything and everything, but especially 1955-57 Chevys and 1966-67 Chevelles. He loved fishing and hunting, although in later years he was known to enjoy watching deer up close to his house, an experience that led him away from actively hunting. Jeff was also known to enjoy a good sunset, especially over water. In fact, his family will always remember when the clouds opened up to reveal a stunning sunset at the very moment of his passing.
Jeff is survived by his wife of 41 years, Vickie Carrick; brother, Mark (Sandy) Carrick; sister, Julie (Gary) Baum; mother-in-law, Louanne Heinze; sisters-in-law, Jane (Phil) Lemon, Tammie (Mike) Selzer, and Christine Hicks; brothers-in-law, James Heinze and Marty Heinze; 17 nieces and nephews; 23 great-nieces and nephews; several aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his parents, Elwin and Janet Carrick; his father-in-law, John Hicks, Sr.; and brother-in-law, John Hicks, Jr.
Friends and family are encouraged to support Jeff’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor John Bailey officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service on Friday. The funeral was webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to www.prayfuneral.com, click on Jeff’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). Memorial contributions are suggested to Helping Hands Food Pantry in Charlotte. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.

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Howard “Dean” Clarke

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Howard “Dean” Clarke, age 85, of Bellevue, Michigan passed away Sunday, December 5, 2021, at Sparrow Eaton Hospital in Charlotte, Michigan.
Dean was born in Eaton Rapids, Michigan on March 22, 1936, a son of the late Velma (Harshey) and Laurence Clarke. He was raised in the Eaton Rapids area and attended a one-room country schoolhouse. Dean was diligent with his studies, graduated early and purchased his first farm at the age of 17 from his grandfather.
In December 1955 Dean joined the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany for the majority of his service time. During his time in Germany, Elvis Presley was also stationed there.
On April 22, 1961 he married the love of his life, Linda Stadel, in Charlotte. They began their lives together on a small family farm in the Eaton Rapids area. After a short time at the Eaton Rapids farm, the couple purchased a farm in the Bellevue area where they raised their family together.
Dean spent his working career as a Fork Truck Operator at General Motors. Dean’s true passion was farming; he was a farmer at heart, and loved being outdoors tending to the livestock and crops, which he actively did until a barn fire in 1983. When Dean’s farming days had drawn to an end, he still loved being active around the property. His passion for being outdoors extended beyond his love of hunting and fishing. Dean loved to cut firewood! Dean took every opportunity to spend a day cutting firewood, which he often gave to family and friends to help get through a cold winter.
Each Sunday, at the conclusion of church service Dean wasted no time getting to the local restaurant, often being the first to be seated. If you wanted to talk to Dean after church, you would have to do that at the restaurant! Each week, Dean enjoyed playing at the local casinos. He absolutely loved the “free” gifts that he received for being a valued customer.
Dean is survived by his children, Scott Clarke, Kevin (Susan) Clarke, Brad (Tiffany) Clarke, Brian (Nicole) Clarke, Deanna (Roger) Ladd, Brent (Kara) Clarke; four brothers, Alan Clarke, Gary (Ruth) Clarke, Maynard (Kathy) Clarke and Morris Clarke; 20 grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Linda; brothers, Keith and Don; and his sister, Marie.
Services were held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville, Michigan with pastors Lester DeGroot and Deano Lamphere officiating.
Interment took place following the funeral luncheon at Hillside Cemetery – Kalamo Hillside Cemetery.
The family is being served by Daniels Funeral Home, www.danielsfuneralhome.net.

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Eva Sanders

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Leaving a legacy of love, our kind spirited Eva Sanders, of Eaton Rapids, Michigan passed away on December 11, 2021, at the age of 86. Her battle with multiple medical conditions in recent years showed us her courage in facing life’s challenges with a smile and positive attitude. Eva is now reunited with her parents, Gordon and Alice (Rood) Twitchell and sisters Irene Twitchell, Ellie Shaw and Jeannie Lampman.
Eva started her beautiful life on March 1, 1935, in Dimondale, Michigan. Her family moved to Eaton Rapids where she graduated from Eaton Rapids High School. Eva furthered her education graduating from Lansing Business University, then advanced her career to become Business Manager for the Eaton Rapids Medical Clinic, a position she held for numerous years. There was nothing Eva liked better than meaningful conversations with good friends and offering a helping hand in whatever way she could. Her love of family, friends and the Eaton Rapids community were evident to all.
In 1952, Eva met the love of her life, Army Corporal, Ellis Sanders. They married and enjoyed a caring and collaborative relationship for over 68 wonderful years. Eva was a woman with many passions and gifts. An avid reader, tournament bowler, sports and country music enthusiast, expert card player, board game challenger and family recipe collector. She shared her passions with those she loved the most–her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren (or as Eva would call them- Honyocks). They were her pride and joy! She loved traveling to be with her family and friends. Always ready for a road trip, she adventured to Tallman and Loon Lakes, Florida, multiple places out West and even a trip to Europe. Eva’s zest for life will live through many of us for years to come.
In addition to Ellis, Eva will be lovingly remembered by her children: Steve (Ann) Sanders and Julie (Jim) Hannon of Eaton Rapids, Rick (Jackie) Sanders of Henderson, NV. Grandchildren: Allison (Josh) Hummel of Palm Harbor, FL, Jessica (Erik) Smith, Kelsey (Aaron) Look and Zach (Kasidy) Hannon of Eaton Rapids, Stephanie (Jimmy) Wood of Van Alstyne, TX, Grant (Hayley Standage) Sanders of Portland, OR and Gabrielle (Tyler Witte) Sanders of Bend, OR, and nine beautiful great grandchildren who she adored. How thankful she was for her sister-in-law Evelyn (Doug) Stall, brother-in-law Norm Sanders, niece Rosa Hector and numerous other cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends along with the special women of her Red Hatters Group.
Family and friends are encouraged to share memories on Eva’s tribute page at www.vickersfuneralhome.com. A Celebration of Life will be held on January 29, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 600 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made in Eva Sanders name to Sparrow Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, 1210 W. Saginaw Street, Lansing, MI 48915. You can make donations online at www.sparrow.org/give. Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Leslie Funeral Home, 109 N. Church Street/P.O. Box 503, Leslie, MI 49251. 517-878-6600.

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Leonard F. Barnhill, Jr.

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Leonard Frank Barnhill Jr., of Rives Junction, passed away December 9, 2021, at the age of 83. Leonard was born in Muskegon, Michigan on May 22, 1938, the son of Leonard and Rose (Hutta) Barnhill. He served with the U.S. Army for two years in Germany, stationed at the Berlin Wall. Upon returning home, he worked as a painter for General Motors for 30 years before retiring in 1991. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, decorative woodworking, and his flowers. Leonard was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church for 56 years and served as an usher for numerous years. He loved to tell jokes and laughed well with a beautiful twinkle in his eye.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Mary Barnhill; sons, Leonard Barnhill and Thomas Barnhill, both of Rives Junction; daughter, Roseann Barnhill of Washington; grandchildren, Cody Barnhill of Leslie, Allisen (RJ) Wells of Holt; great grandchildren, Aubrey and JR Wells; brothers, Larry Barnhill of Baldwin and Robert (Barbara) Barnhill of Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Emilie Barnhill.
Memorial services will take place at a later date at St. Peter Catholic Church. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the church. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. To leave online condolences for the family, please visit our website, www.millsfuneral.com.

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Gary L. McCune

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Gary Lee McCune age 73 of Charlotte, Michigan passed away on December 5, 2021. He was an assembly worker at General Motors. Arrangements are being handled by Pray Funeral home.

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Heather M. Contreras

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Heather Marie Contreras, age 38 from Charlotte, Michigan passed away on December 3, 2021. She was a homemaker. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

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Melissa L. Bliesener

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Melisa Lynn Bliesener, age 49, from Charlotte passed away on December 6, 2021. Melisa worked as a server. Arrangements are being handled by Pray Funeral Home.

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Norma J. Howser

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Norma Jane (Amos) Howser, First Lady of Wickwire House, died December 4, 2021. Norma, 85, of Charlotte, was born September 14, 1936 in Olean, Missouri, to Clinton and Eula (Martin) Amos. Norma’s mother died shortly after her birth so she was raised by her aunt Freda Lane in Olean, Missouri. Norma completed high school in 1954 in Eldon, Missouri. She attended William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, where she received an Associate Degree. Norma then enrolled at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She married Earl L. Howser on February 2, 1957 and transferred to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, formerly an all-black institution until it was integrated via the Supreme Court in Brown vs. Topeka. Norma worked at Jacobsons Department store in Jackson for 18 years managing the suits, coat, and fur department. She also enjoyed volunteering; she volunteered for 15 years at the Courthouse Square and for 10 years at the Clothing Center. Norma collected birdhouses and had a collection of 95. She was a member of the Antiques Club in Charlotte for 20 years, was a fair and animal exhibitor, and part of the Princes at American Royal for 18 states.
Norma is survived by her husband of 64 years, Earl; children, Christopher Lee of Traverse City, Steven Daniel of Jackson, and Julie Ann of Charlotte; grandchildren, Ryan Howser of Jackson, Nathan Kimmer of Charlotte, Michael Howser of Traverse City, and Addison Kimmer of Charlotte; and great-grandchildren, Zander, Avery, and Ryleigh Howser of Jackson. She was predeceased by her parents.
Friends and family are encouraged to support Norma’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation is Wednesday, December 22, 2021 from noon – 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. 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 Norma’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). Memorial contributions are suggested to Courthouse Square Association or Eaton County Humane Society. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.

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