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Raymond D. Wilcox

October 20, 1924 - October 22, 2019

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Raymond Dewitt Wilcox passed away on October 22, 2019, at the age of 95. Raymond was born to Leo and Edna Wilcox on October 20, 1924. When Raymond was two years old, his mother passed away. A few years later, Leo married Arlene Morehouse who brought her strong faith to the home. Several years later, baby sister Bonnie was born, and Raymond took great joy in having his little sister tag along on his many adventures. It was Raymond’s fun-natured love of his little sister that attracted his future wife, Ardath.
Raymond graduated from Sunfield High School in 1942. He was busy on the family farm and also loved sports, hunting and all things mechanical. He was active in 4-H and had the Michigan State Fair Grand Champion Cow. As a result, he was offered a college scholarship at Michigan Agricultural College (later Michigan State University). He often remarked that he regretted the decision to pass up that scholarship since he always enjoyed learning something new. Thus began his strong desire for his kids and grandkids to attend college of some kind and also his lifelong love of Michigan State University and Spartan basketball.
In 1947, he married Ardath Hynes, who was the love of his life. Naturally outgoing, he brought adventure into Ardath’s life. Ardath, a natural worrier, even was convinced to ride in his motorcycle sidecar, shoot guns and take fun trips to Lake Michigan. They eventually settled in the Sunfield area. They both trusted Christ as Savior, and during this time of life began attending the Sunfield United Methodist Church, where they remained lifelong active members with Raymond serving as a trustee and chairman of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee. He was very generous in supporting his local church and community, many missions and charities.
Raymond worked alongside his dad on the farm. Both he and Ardath knew the value of hard work and family. Soon after establishing their own farm, Kendall and Lorraine were born. At a young age, Kendall joined his grandpa and dad in the farming operation. The entire family’s involvement in agriculture continues to this day.
Raymond began working for Hough Brothers Construction. He learned to fly and loved to travel to jobs around the United States. He was a devoted father and husband, although he sometimes found the balance of work and family difficult. But every night, like clockwork, he called to check in with the family, keeping up on all the activities at home.
When Raymond turned 65, rather than retire as most, he began his own construction company, Specialty Industries, Inc. He loved the challenge of starting a new business, and the company blossomed. During these years, the importance of family began to resonate clearly, as Raymond and Ardath set aside work schedules to attend almost every activity that their grandchildren were involved with. They became well known as grandma and grandpa to kids in Lakewood, Maple Valley and Portland. Most activities were followed by dinner or ice cream to celebrate successes as well as to ease the blow of losses.
Raymond and Ardath enjoyed good health and independent living for over 90 years. Recently, as health issues began to take their toll, the family was assisted by Luminate Home Care. Their loving care allowed Raymond and Ardath the opportunity to enjoy living in their own home. Ardath passed away in May of this year just short of their 72nd anniversary. On October 22, 2019, at the age of 95, Raymond also went to be with the Lord. Their strong commitment to their Lord Jesus Christ, and each other, unconditional love for their family, hard work ethic and fun-loving spirits will be greatly missed.
Raymond is survived by his son, Kendall (Kerry) Wilcox and his daughter Lorraine (Brian) Benedict, seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and brother in-law Lindy (Beth) Hynes. He was preceded in death by his wife Ardath of 71 years, great-granddaughter Kyra Winslow, parents Leo and Edna Wilcox, stepmother Arlene Weeks, siblings Bonnie (Roy) Van Houten, infant brother Donald Wilcox, stepbrother Paul Morehouse, and brother in-laws Glendon (Mary) Hynes, and Cecil Hynes.
A Celebration of Life was held on Oct. 30 at the Sunfield United Methodist Church. A graveside service at the Sunfield Cemetery followed. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sunfield SPYS or the Sunfield United Methodist Monday Night Supper Fund, which provides free meals to the community.
Visit a special page created for Raymond to leave a condolence for the family at The family has entrusted the arrangements to Rosier Funeral Home, the independent, family owned funeral home in Sunfield.

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Thomas Neil Stanke

October 8, 1956 - October 26, 2019

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Thomas Neil Stanke, a generous neighbor that would give you the shirt off his back, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at home. Tom, 63, of Charlotte, was born October 8, 1956, in Charlotte to Raymond and Mary (Clarke) Stanke. He graduated from Charlotte High School and remained in Charlotte, working on the family farm, for his entire life. He enjoyed talking with his neighbors, cutting wood, taking care of his many barn cats and farming; the family farm was 200 acres. He was a big supporter and former member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) in Charlotte. His family fondly reminisced that “Tom was Tom,” right to the very end.
Tom is survived by his siblings, Lynn A. (Cindy) Stanke, and Bonnie S. (Pete) Raut; nieces and nephews, Mike (Katy) Stanke, Brad (Jen) Stanke, Christie (Nate) Omo, Joshua (Kayla) Raut, Kathryn Raut; and eight great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.
A Celebration of Life was held on Thursday, October 31, at the Chester Township Hall. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Charlotte FFA Alumni Scholarship Fund. Friends and family are asked to share memories of Tom on his Tribute Page at The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

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Michael D. Root

December 27, 1949 - October 27, 2019

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Michael Dee Root, a devoted husband, father and grandfather, died Sunday, October 27, 2019. Michael, 69, of Vermontville, was born December 27, 1949, in Charlotte to Cedric and Kathleen Root. A supervisor at General Motors, Mike was well-respected by everyone he worked with. In addition to his job at GM, Mike enjoyed farming and traveled every year to Mackinaw City for a farm tractor parade. His kids always had to help on the farm, especially the dreaded springtime rock-picking from the fields. Family was very important to Mike. No matter how busy he was, he always found time for his children, and then his grandchildren, attending their events and being there, supporting them in all their activities. He also served as the Chester Township Clerk for several years, as well as being an active member of the Charlotte Church of Christ. After his retirement, he enjoyed spending more time traveling, both to Florida and the Western parts of the U.S. He could often be found watching sports and, as a true Michiganian, he enjoyed the Lions, Tigers and Michigan State Spartans events.
Mike is survived by his wife of 50 years, Vicki; children Lance Root, Dawn (Chad) Crandell, Laura Medina, Jamie Wiggs, and Matthew (Micheala) Root; 12 grandchildren; his siblings, Cindy (Dennis) Walker, Bill (Vickie) Root, and Jim (Evelyn) Root; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, October 30, at the Charlotte Church of Christ. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund. Friends and family are asked to share memories of Mike on his Tribute Page at The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Barbara Jean Putman

February 17, 1940 - October 23, 2019

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Barbara Jean Putman, a spiritual and devoted Baptist, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Barbara, 79, of Charlotte was born February 17, 1940, to Herbert and Annie Seals. On February 17, 1955, Barbara married Jerry Putman and started their family together. Barbara devoted her life to her family and her church.
Barbara is survived by her children, Dennis (Tracy) Putman, Donald Putman, Patricia (Bruce) Cotter, Elizabeth Wolcott, Jerrie (Jeffery) App; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild that is due next month. She was predeceased by her husband, parents and five siblings.
A memorial service was held on October 25, 2019, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Calvary Baptist Church. Friends and family are asked to share memories of Barbara on her Tribute Page at The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Richard L. Andreau

May 27, 1961 - October 27, 2019

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Richard “Rick” L. Andreau, age 58, of Lake Odessa, passed away Sunday afternoon, October 27, at home. Rick was born on May 27, 1961, in Lansing, the son of Kosta and Doris (Smith) Andreau. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School with the Class of 1979. Rick’s pastimes included camping, riding his Harley and spending time with his grandkids. He was always the first to offer help to any one in need of it, however not so quick to accept help.
Rick will be remembered by his wife, Jill, his dear children, Stacy and Rob Bryson and Eric and Andrea Andreau; three grandsons, Bobby, Porter and Donald Bryson, who affectionately referred to Rick as ‘Baa. The three grandsons were Baa’s world. He is also survived by his mother, Doris Andreau; his mother-in-law, Bernie Goodemoot; siblings, Jeff and Sandy Waldron and Alex and Maggie Andreau; in-laws, Jim and Chery Valentine, Kyle and Marilyn Goodemoot, and Randy and Doni Nurenberg and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Kosta Andreau; father-in-law, Donald Goodemoot; and brother, Chris and twin brother, Nick Andreau and his beloved dog, Bristol.
Private services will be held at a later time. For additional information, contact Verdun Family Funeral Home in Belding at (616) 794-1300 or at

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Walter Daniel Ottney

June 6, 1940 - October 28, 2019

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Walter Daniel Ottney — our wonderful husband, father, grandfather, papa, and friend to many — passed from this earth October 28, 2019, at the age of 79. Walter was born June 6, 1940, in a small farmhouse on Spicerville Highway just outside of Charlotte, the son of Daniel and Lilly (Little) Ottney. On October 21, 1961, Walter married Judith K. Davis at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte. Walter and Judy began their lives together and would raise their daughter and two sons in the very same house he was born in. Walter had a passion for building life with his hands and imagination. He never had something done that he could or would do himself. Simply put, Walter took care of people. He did the right thing above all else and made sure at the end of the day it was done right. Because if it wasn’t, he could not go to bed until it was corrected. His legacy is carried on through those who survive him and possess the same tenacity for life and hard work as he did. Walter’s love for a good Clint Eastwood movie was second to none. He enjoyed family, friends and the many wonderful memories that they created together.
Walter is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith; sons: Jimmy (Monica Nichols) Ottney, Slade (Jill) Ottney; daughter, Kristina (Allen) Bland; grandchildren: Jessica (Chris) Bouvier, Tyler (Alexanna McKessy) Bland, Kylie Ottney, Ashley Wilkins; great grandchildren: Logan Bouvier, Carson Bouvier, James Ottney, Amare Ottney.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Bosworth Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Walter’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
To view Walter’s obituary online, or to leave a condolence for the family, visit

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Joy Ann Angel (Crothers)

April 28, 1938 - June 22, 2019

Funeral Services: June 27, 2019

Visitation: 5-8pm Wednesday June 26, 2019 and 4-5 pm Thursday June 27, 2019 Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa, MI

Joy Ann Crothers Angel died June 22, 2019 of dementia. She was born April 28, 1938 in Wyandotte, MI, to Bruce and Edna (Gould) Crothers. Joy moved to the “farm” in Sunfield Township in 1945 where she grew up and graduated valedictorian of the class of 1956 from Woodland High School. She went to college in Kalamazoo where she met and married Clair L. Angel in 1960. Joy and Clair moved to Eaton Rapids, MI, in 1970 where they operated the Western Auto Store and raised their three children. After her divorce, Joy returned to college and graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in science and later retired from the State of Michigan in 2011. Joy was a gregarious woman and was very involved with her community and church, becoming a lay leader and was on many committees. She was a voracious reader and had a lovely voice. Joy sang with the Eaton Rapids Women’s Chorus for decades, sang with the Lakewood Choral Society for many years and of course, her church choir. The family would like to thank the staff of Stone Ridge Adult Foster Care, Loving Hands Home Care and Great Lakes Hospice.
Left to cherish her memory is her son, David C. Angel; daughter, Ellen J. (Michael Williams) Angel; daughter-in-law, Cheryl (Bryce) Angel; grandchildren, Bryce T. Angel, Claire Angel-Williams, Jacob (Nikki) Angel-Williams, Morgan J. Angel and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Roy Crothers; sister-in-law, Vera Crothers; niece, Ruth Ann Crothers; nephew, Bruce A. Crothers and her beloved son, Bryce L. Angel.
Funeral services will be held at 5 pm Thursday June 27, 2019 at the Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 pm and Thursday one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodland United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left online at

Funeral Arrangements by: Koops Funeral Chapel

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Mrs. Dawn Thomas (Devers)

September 20, 1949 - July 27, 2019

Funeral Services: August 4, 2019

Visitation: Visitation will be held Friday, August 2nd from 4pm to 7pm: Cartmell Funeral home, 126 Court St., Plymouth, MA.

Mrs. Dawn Thomas, 69, Manomet, Massachusetts.

September 20, 1949 – July 27, 2019

Caregiver, loyal wife of 52 years, adoring mother of four, and dedicated friend to many, she may be gone, but her loving spirit lives on; the “Little General” was feisty, blunt, and honest to a fault; endlessly generous and giving to loved ones and strangers alike, she died with her children at her side. She is predeceased by her sister, Diane Snow, father Ken Devers, husband Arthur Thomas; and is survived by her mother, Elenore Devers, sisters Debi Dinkel and Dale McNabb; her sons Ron, Ken and Rick Thomas and daughters: Tammi Thomas and Jill Barbehenn-Thomas; granddaughter, Lauren Thomas, godson, Erik Thomas; and 73 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 2nd from 4pm to 7pm: Cartmell Funeral home, 126 Court St., Plymouth, MA.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, August 3rd at 12pm: Brewster Chapel, Church St., Plymouth, MA.

In addition, join us for a Celebration of Life following the Funeral Service: that gathering will be held at her home: 34 Presidents Lane, Plymouth, MA.

Funeral Arrangements by: Cartmell Funeral Home, 126 Court Street, Plymouth, MA

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James Frederick Adams

September 30, 1967 - September 25, 2019

Funeral Services: September 30, 2019

Visitation: Visitation will be Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 4-7 pm at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street in Rockford with a Praying of the Rosary at 7pm

James Frederick Adams, age 51 of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday September 25, 2019 with his beloved wife Gloria by his side. Jim was born in 1967 in Jackson, MI, the first child of Sharon and Larry Adams of Charlotte, MI. Jim was loved by so many people and impacted many lives with his welcoming smile and ready laughter. His sense of humor was legendary, and carried him through a difficult illness. He was a loyal and generous friend to many. He had an international view of the world, which grew from his childhood in Brazil. Jim was an avid collector, and loved comics, the Hulk, his Jeeps, and of course his Legos. He will be lovingly missed by Gloria, his wife of 21 years; and his 14 year old daughter, Raquel (his “Peanut”); his parents, Sharon and Larry Adams; and sisters, Kate Buchanan and Sarah Adams; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and friends all over the world. His family wishes to express special thanks to all of the nurses and staff of Blodgett Hospital, and especially the staff of 3D. They also want to thank Paul Grabiel, Bob Courtade, Jim Wisnewski and Diane Maion for their invaluable assistance and a special thanks also to the University of Michigan Hospital liver transplant team. Visitation will be Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 4-7 pm at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street in Rockford with a Praying of the Rosary at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday, September 30, 2019 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Avenue NE, Belmont, MI 49306. Burial will take place in Saints Cyril and Methodius Church Cemetery in Wayland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the educational fund for his daughter Raquel. Contributions can be directed to her mother, Gloria Adams. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home, or can be mailed to: 1149 Worcester Dr. NE Grand Rapids, MI, 49505.

Funeral Arrangements by: Pederson Funeral Home - Rockford, MI

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Donald Robert Tyler

January 26, 1946 - September 25, 2019

Funeral Services: October 3, 2019

Donald R. Tyler, 73, of Grand Ledge died on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Eaton Community Palliative Care. Don was born on January 26, 1946 in Detroit, MI and was adopted on August 15, 1946 to Mallie and Donna Tyler.

Don graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 1964 and entered the U.S. Navy the same year where he took basic training at Great Lakes U.S. Naval Training Camp. Upon completion, Don served in Vietnam for 13 months as a medic. On September 22, 1973 he married Nancy (Harrison) Tyler in Kalamazoo, MI.

While living in Battle Creek, Don helped run the Little League football program. After moving to the Charlotte / Grand Ledge area, Don became involved with many Boy Scout activities with his son, Curtis. He and Derek frequently hunted together in Yankee Springs. Don enjoyed bowling, golfing and family vacations throughout the years. Don was an over the road truck driver and local truck driver for many years. He retired from Meijer transportation after 24 years of service.

Don is survived by his wife, Nancy, sons, Derek (Jeni) and Curtis, and two grandchildren, Cody and Abigail. Don is preceded in death by his parents. Don was interred at Fort Custer National Cemetery on October 3, 2019 with Full Military Funeral Honors.

Memorial Donations can be made to the Eaton Community Palliative Care; 2675 S. Cochran Rd.; Charlotte, MI 48813.

Funeral Arrangements by: Bachman Hebble Funeral Service

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