Donald E. West
Donald West of Eaton Rapids joined his wife in a heavenly choir and dancing on October 1, 2020. He was born August 5, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio and was able to work his way through college (GMI) for an engineering degree in Flint, Michigan. He then earned his MBA at Central Michigan University. He was conscious early in his life what his purpose was on earth: to make this world a better place, especially for young folk. While commanding American Legion Post 165 in Midland, he founded a Sons of the American Legion squadron. Living in Bullock Creek, while president of Southtown Little League for two years, he spearheaded a goal to build two regulation diamonds so that 200 boys would have a good place to play baseball.
Serving on the board of Lansing Community Credit Union for 14 years, he pushed for many rules making it easier and cheaper for members to get loans. In Mason he coached a Babe Ruth for a couple of years and even the Mason baseball team for a couple of games. During winters in Harlingen, Texas, he volunteered to teach fifth grade students, for over 15 years, how to read and comprehend stories. For a couple of years, he was a greeter at the local airport welcoming incoming travelers to Lansing and helping outgoing fliers with any issues.
He helped direct and sing on the Eaton Rapids Senior Center chorus where his best enjoyment was when they sang at rehab centers. His role for several years as an impersonator of a departed person on cemetery tours allowed him to bring that person’s role to life in a positive way. Don also made popcorn at a local hospital for over 20 years and was volunteer of the month for October of 2017.
He enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of the customer. He always bought a few bags of popcorn to distribute to patients where he sang. As a wood carver, he personally carved over 40 whimsical walking canes and gave them to family and friends who needed them. He was an optimist and really enjoyed life and living.
His beautiful wife, Jackie, died in January 2019. They were married for over 64 years. His brother, Jerry died in 2013 and sisters, Betty Mason in 2016 and Patti Westland in 2019. He is survived by his four sons; Kerry (Barbara), Brian (Cindy), Dana, and Don Bo (Kelly). He has five grandchildren and onegreat-grandson. He also is survived by two sisters, Helen Marie Lawer, and Phyllis Shaw.
Funeral services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 162 Bridge St., Dimondale, MI 48823 or the Eaton Rapids Senior Center, 201 Grand St., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. To share online condolences or memories, please visit millsfuneral.com.
Mary J. Standley
Mary June Standley, of Brighton, Mich., formerly of Eaton Rapids and Marshall passed away on April 7, 2020 at the age of 75. Mary was born on October 13, 1944 in Marshall, the daughter of Donald and Agnes (Creps) Heath. She attended Marshall public school and graduated the class of 1962. Mary moved to Eaton Rapids where she raised her two girls, worked and retired from the Eaton Rapids Hospital in 1984. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoyed years of volunteering at Eaton Community Palliative Care in Charlotte. Mary and Ron were huge MSU fans and held season tickets for basketball and hockey for over 30 years. After the love of her life’s passing she moved to Brighton where she lived with her daughter and grandchildren for the past 17 years.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Kris Hill, Kelly Parks; grandchildren, Travis Hill, Emily Hill, Nicole Kapff; and great grandson, Logan Kapff. A special mention to her doctor and friend of many years, Dr. Carol Beals, and her special niece, Sandy Drumm.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ron Standley; sister, Peggy Drumm and brother-in-law, Richard Drumm.
A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 1 – 4 p.m. with a service at 2 p.m. at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. The family request that no black be worn and that you wear green and white or Michigan State University apparel. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Palliative Care in Charlotte, Mich.
To share condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.
Nicole E. Geahan
Nicole Elizabeth Geahan, a friend that loved to make others laugh with her bubbling personality, died unexpectedly September 25, 2020 in Jackson at the age of 33.
Nicole was a wonderful person that made lifelong friends easily. As she grew up, she would throw herself into activities that interested her and would proceed full throttle at all times.
Nicole is survived by her son Conner Powelson, her daughter Kaleigha Johnson, and her parents Kenneth and Martha Powelson.
Private graveside services were held at West Carmel Cemetery. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Nicole on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.
Cerel Merritt Fritz, Jr.
Cerel M. Fritz, Jr., age 74 died on September 27, 2020. He was a resident of Charlotte, Mich. and a tool and die operator. Funeral services will be at a later date.Read More
James E. Davy
James Edward Davy, 70, of Charlotte, died Thursday, September 24, 2020 in Lansing. Jim was born November 24, 1949 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the son of Jack and Marion (Sayre) Davy. In his youth, the family moved to Walled Lake, Mich., where he graduated from Walled Lake Central in 1967. Shortly after, on a visit to the beach, he asked if he could sit alongside a pretty young lady, Jean. This started their journey together. Jim left for basic training and was eventually stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. Jean followed him to Germany, and in 1971 the couple got married in Basil, Switzerland. He proudly served in the U.S. Army as a firefighter during the Vietnam War. Upon their return, they started a family and Jim took a job in Walled Lake working for Dedoes. In 1990, Jim and Jean moved their family to Charlotte, where Jim worked in Sales with AdTech Plastics. He retired from Cass Polymers in 2015. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, and following the Wolverines, Detroit Tigers, and Lions. His pride in life was his grandchildren, Jack and Mya. Jim followed their sports and activities, and treasured every moment spent together as a family. Many will remember him as an all-around great person with a happy smile and a kind heart.
Jim is survived by his wife, Jean Davy; son, Jeff (Stephanie) Davy; daughter, Jessica Davy; grandchildren, Mya and Jack Davy; brothers, Richard Davy, John Davy, and Brian Davy; and his nieces and nephews.
A private memorial gathering will take place at Jeff and Stephanie’s home. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Jim on his tribute page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.
Ronda L. Tuckey
Ronda Lorraine Tuckey, a woman always thinking of others, and loved by all who knew her, of Charlotte, Michigan died Thursday, September 24, 2020. Ronda, 56, was born in Newberry, Michigan to Ronald and Karalee (Nickerson) Holt. The family moved to Grand Rapids before settling in Charlotte, where Ronda graduated from Charlotte High School in 1981. On June 26, 1982, Ronda married Brian Tuckey and together they built a loving family and home. Ronda was most proud of her marriage and family. Everyone knew how much Ronda and Brian loved each other. Their relationship was admired and was one that most people envied. Ronda would reply, “just care more about your partner than yourself.” The family will remember Ronda as a “true Mema,” making her home an oasis for her family, and everybody else’s Aunt Ronda or Mema.
Ronda was a stay-at-home mom while her children were growing up. When she started working outside the home, she worked for the SIREN-Eaton Shelter, the Union Bank and as a teller for 17 years at LAFCU, where she received the Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Teller. Ronda enjoyed being with her family, and making the best bloody Marys by the pool. She enjoyed traveling with her kids to Punta Cana, Mexico, and many other places. She was also a wonderful home decorator. Her artistic talent gave her many ideas, she’d tell Brian about them, and he would build it. Together they discovered antique treasures they could fix and sell, creating a business that they loved.
Ronda is survived by her devoted husband, Brian; her son, Trent (Brandie) Tuckey; and daughter, Neisha (Todd) Trowbridge (Uriah Hammond); four grandchildren, Jazzlynn, Brylee, Deegan and Brayson; her mother, Kara (Robert) Morales; and her soul “sista,” Chris (Scott) Volz. She was predeceased by her father, Ronald Holt in 1995.
Friends are encouraged to support Ronda’s family. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 1, at 4 p.m. in the Pray Funeral Home Garden, in Charlotte, with Ed Tuckey officiating. Visitation was Wednesday, September 30th.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Ronda Tuckey Memorial Fund at LAFCU. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Ronda on her tribute page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
The funeral service 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 Ronda’s tribute, and then click on Photos & Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). Just prior to the beginning of the service, a link will appear on this page to watch the webcast.
John A. Bedunah
John Arther Bedunah of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. (formerly of Charlotte), died on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Fla. Services will be announced at a later date.Read More
Barbara J. Rieben
Barbara J. Rieben, age 70, peacefully passed away at her Swanton home surrounded by the comfort of her loving family. She was born in Charlotte, Mich. on February 21, 1950 to the late Leland Wendel and Jean (Riddle) Oberlin. Barb was a 1968 graduate of Charlotte High School and on September 12, 1970 she married James E. Rieben. Together Barb and Jim took their only daughter, Tina to upstate New York; where Jim pursued a career with Owens Illinois. The three of them remained in New York for over 20 years before moving and settling in Swanton in 1998. Barb was a breast cancer survivor, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend to many. She lived for her grandchildren and spent as much time as possible with them. Barb especially enjoyed being a snowbird with her husband and friends in Ruskin, FL. She also loved to “get away for the weekend” to go crafting with the girls. Barb enjoyed playing bingo with friends and watching her three grandchildren show their livestock at the Fulton County Fair. She was loved and will be deeply missed. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 50 years, James E. Rieben; daughter, Tina Jo (Alex) Tedrow of Wauseon; grandchildren, Jolyssa M. (Garrett Cass) Tedrow, Ashlynn R. Tedrow and McCoy J. Tedrow; sisters, Karol Bartlett and Denise Riddle; brothers, Geoff (Diana) Riddle and Dale (Amber) Wendel all of Charlotte; along with many dear friends. Family and friends were received from 10 a.m. – 12 noon on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 St Hwy 109 in Delta; where a memorial service honoring Barb’s life began at 12 noon. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, those attending are asked to follow CDC guidelines by wearing a facial mask and observe six-foot distancing when possible. Pastor Maryann Reimund will be officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at barnesfuneralchapel.com.Read More
Francis H. Lordson
Francis H. Lordson, 80 of Vermontville and formerly of Pickford, Mich., died peacefully at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
Francis was born October 2, 1939 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan the son of Alfred and Agnes Lordson. Francis was employed as a laborer in the Laborer’s Union Local 998/499 from 1960-1998. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in the 37th Field Artillery Unit from 1962 to 1965.
Francis was preceded in death by his wife, Joy on October 27, 2005. Surviving are his daughter, Andrea H. Perry of LaGrange, Ind.; grandchildren, Raeleen Hapeman of Battle Creek, Eric Hapeman of Vermontville and Robert Hapeman of Ypsilanti. In addition to his wife, Francis was also preceded in death by his parents; his brother Norman Lordson, his sister and her husband, Mae and Clifford Anderson, his brother-in-law, Max Waun and many other family members and friends.
Per Francis’ wishes his cremated remains will be interred at Donaldson Cemetery, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be placed at farleyestesdowdle.com.
Our loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Ray Hackworth, went to be with his heavenly father on September 26, 2020. Ray was born December 26, 1934 to Johnnie and Effie (Williams) Hackworth in Kentucky.
Ray loved his family, friends and church family. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1958-1959 in the Signal Corp. After returning from the service he worked as an electrician for 30 years at General Motors until his retirement in 1985. While working at General Motors Ray also owned and operated a grocery store and laundry mat in Potterville. He never had just one job. After his GM retirement he became a financial advisor for Waddell-Reed, a Real Estate agent, and managed several rental properties until 2019.
Ray also enjoyed maintaining their beautiful property surrounding their residence which included a large pond and garden where many family gatherings and celebrations were held. Ray liked planting and watching sunflowers grow taller than him, riding his tractor and four-wheeler and following the stock market. In the winter, he and Joan spent time at their Florida seasonal home where he loved the warmth of the sun
Ray was married for 61 years to his wife Joan (Collins). Ray and Joan were blessed with five loving children; Beverly (Ed) Lira, Cheri (Jeff) Elston, Annette Robinson, Dana Converse and Eric Hackworth; three grandsons, Nathan Robinson, and Joel and Jared Converse; Seven granddaughters, Ashley (Matt) Carpp, Elizabeth (Brian) Colopy, Faye (Jacob) VanSickle, Jana Converse, Rachael (Rob) Dulebon, Madison and Makayla Lira; two great grandsons, and five great granddaughters. Ray is also survived by his sister Sharon (Aaron) Collins and brother Bob (Dee) Hackworth, many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Ray always wanted everyone in his family to succeed and was always there to provide his words of wisdom and advice. We will miss him dearly but know he is surrounded by his loving parents, friends and Heavenly Father. We are comforted knowing that we will be together again.
The Hackworth family will be receiving guests during visitation Monday 6 – 8 p.m. at the Pray Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Tuesday September 29, at 10 a.m. in the Pray Funeral Home Gardens with John Coakley officiating. In recognition of the Executive Orders for the State of Michigan Mask and Social Distancing guidelines will be practiced both indoors and outdoors.
The funeral service will be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to prayfuneral.com, click on Ray’s tribute, and then click on Photos & Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). Just prior to the beginning of the service, a link will appear on this page to watch the webcast.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Ray on his tribute page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.