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Richard Vernon Gainey-Generou

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Rick left his life on earth in the presence of his loved ones on December 16, 2022, at the age of 52.  His life began on March 11, 1970.  He was born in Newberry Michigan.  His mother, Karen Gainey, did not raise him after he was nine months old.  He was raised by his great uncle “Pug” Vernon Generou, a single man who officially adopted Rick when he was 6 years old.  Rick often joked that he then became his own uncle.
Rick was very interested in books and reading at an early age.  He read Moby Dick and other classics when he was only six years old.   His love for reading remained with him throughout life.  He was also very industrious as a kid growing up in the UP, shoveling roof tops and driveways, cutting firewood and delivering the Grit newspaper.  Rick attended Newberry High School where he played football and graduated in 1988.  After his dad’s passing, Rick moved down state and worked doing asbestos abatement. From then, he worked for Horizon Cable, installing cable and doing cable mapping, which gave him opportunities to travel.  After that he worked for Haney Concrete pouring concrete.  For a time, he worked for Tyco Electronics. Then Rick moved on to working as a cook at Joes Gizzard City, where he had the opportunity to meet Guy Fieri from the Food Network when they were there to make their T.V. Show.  Rick loved to cook and was creative with a deep fryer making things like scotch eggs and deep-fried Twinkie’s. Rick also worked at the Eaton Pub as a bartender.  He had a great sense of humor and Rick loved to make people laugh.  He was very funny and even tried stand-up comedy.  He always loved music and learned to play the guitar with his best friend, John Steward many years ago.  He was in the band “Quitin Time” with his friends including John Steward.  Rick also worked at Meridian in Eaton Rapids and Kish Industries in Charlotte.  He later did small engine repairs privately.  He enjoyed rebuilding motor bikes and biking and remote-control cars. Rick especially loved children and had a way with them and wanted to impart knowledge and help them. Rick was an outdoorsy person and loved fishing and hunting for food as well as foraging. He also loved animals of all kinds and was able to make friends with them easily.  Rick is survived by his girlfriend, Brenda Moulton; his half-brother, Leonard Generou; several cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his dad, Vernon “Pug” Generou; his mother, Karen Gainey; his half-brother, Sam Maddox; and recently by his longtime friend, John Steward.  Rick was extremely generous and helped many people in their time of need and he shared what he had with others. He will be missed.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Richard Generou at the Eaton Pub and Grille on January 14, 2023, at 2 p.m. Memorial services will be held at McMillan Michigan Township Hall at noon on June 3, 2023. Contributions can be made in memory of Rick to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Richard Ralph Kenyon

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Richard Ralph Kenyon, 80, of Charlotte, MI passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Richard “Dick” was born May 31, 1942, in Glennie, Michigan, the son of William and Viola Minnie Martha (Moran) Kenyon. A few years after high school, Dick served in the United States Marine Corps as a radio telegraph operator. In June 1963, when he returned home on his first furlough, he married Nancy Marie Pakosz. They were married for 59 and a half years and raised three sons. Dick cherished time spent with his family and friends and enjoyed countless trips back to Glennie, MI, for family reunions, deer hunting and extended gatherings. He was a Diesel Mechanic for Penske Trucking, retiring after 28 years of service. A perfectionist at heart, Dick was always lending a helping hand and much needed advice on the family’s home and car projects. He was known to be meticulous in his work and enjoyed any challenge that was brought his way. He always seemed to have just what was needed to get the job done.
He is survived by his wife (Nancy Pakosz); three children Richard (Teresa Mauer), Roger (Lisa Laverty), Randy (Ondrea Job); five grandchildren Trevor (April Kammrath) Kenyon, Brittany Kenyon, Cameron (Lexie Nenortas) Kenyon, Lyle Kenyon, and Eli Kenyon. In addition, his siblings Delores (“Bake”) Papp, Don (Lois Krieg) Kenyon, Janet Walker, twin brother Robert (Catherine Sanborn) Kenyon with many wonderful nieces and nephews and countless lifelong friends. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Viola (Moran) Kenyon and siblings Russell, Max, and Melvin.
Friends are encouraged to support Richard’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. The family will receive visitors from 1-2:30 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home on Friday, January 13, 2023. All are invited to stay for a Life Celebration service at 2:30 p.m. The memorial 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 Richard’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Dennis J. Baker

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Dennis J. Baker, PhD, 79, passed unexpectedly on December 18, 2022, at his home in Olivet, Michigan.
Dennis was born June 3, 1943, and was raised in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.  Dennis received his doctorate in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota.  He taught chemistry for many years at Olivet College.  After retiring, he stayed in Olivet.  Dennis was always interested in the sciences.
Dennis is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Mike Bricker of Fort Collins, Colorado.  Dennis is predeceased by his parents, Francis, and Kathryn Baker, and by his little sister, Judy.
Dennis will be buried in the Olivet Cemetery. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Frederick Carl Detering

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Frederick Carl Detering, 81, of Nashville, MI passed away on December 30, 2022. He was a Carpenter/Mechanic with Heart & Truss Engineering. Arrangements are being handled by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

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Emerson Charles Hogan, Jr.

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Emerson Charles Hogan, Jr., 92, of Charlotte died peacefully at his home on Friday, December 9, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born November 8, 1930, in Dunkirk, IN, the son of Emerson and Ada (Bishop) Hogan. Emerson married Phyllis Lou Simmons on March 17, 1956. They were married for 64 years before her passing in 2020. He voluntarily enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country from 1951-1959 before his honorable discharge. Emerson worked as a Mold Maker for Indiana Glass in Dunkirk, IN before he was relocated to Owens Illinois in Charlotte, MI. He enjoyed his life, family, and friends. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing, tinkering on cars, gardening, and spending time with his grandkids.
Emerson is survived by his daughters, Cheryl (Jim) McPherson of Montpelier, IN, Deb Hogan of Charlotte; son, Bill Hogan of Charlotte; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Della Gregory of Yorktown, IN. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Phyllis.
Hogan was a character and will be missed by many. His wishes were to be cremated and no services will be held at this time. A graveside service for Emerson and Phyllis will be held at a later date at the Gardens of Memory in Muncie, IN. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Harold Palmer Gray

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Harold Palmer Gray, 90, of Charlotte, a man greatly respected for his integrity and honor, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Born in Kawkawlin, MI on October 11, 1932, to Glen and Pearl (Jonas) Gray, Harold graduated from Eastern High School in 1950 and married the love of his life, Lauralyn Puffer, in December of 1951. An excellent Tool and Die maker, he crafted his skill over the years as he worked for Oldsmobile, GM, Fisher Body, Demmer Tool & Die, Olofsson’s Machine Tools Inc., and Cameron Tool & Die. The Grays spent eight years as Managers of Tecumseh Woods Lutheran Church Camp in Tipton, MI. Team One Chevrolet was his most recent employer, retiring from there at the age of 80. A member of Peace Lutheran Church for 30 years, Harold spent lots of time there volunteering for different projects and enjoying time with his church family.
While Harold was a skilled tool and die maker, he was also adept at many other things and a “jack of all trades,” which was great since he always liked to be busy. He was very proud of his 1929 Oldsmobile 2-door sedan that he restored. Other activities that kept him busy included woodworking (making jewelry armoires for his girls and toy boxes for all his grandchildren), playing pool, working on plumbing and electrical, he loved to hunt, and enjoyed the outdoors and long bike rides. His sense of humor was very quiet, he had a lifelong affliction with paronomasia (go look it up).
Harold is survived by his wife of 71 years, Lauralyn; his daughters, Jan (Randy) Bruce, Sue (Richie) Johnson, both of Charlotte, and Amy (Stephen) Arneric’ of Leander, TX; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 830 N. Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI on Friday, January 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Peace Lutheran Church in honor of Harold Gray. Memories on Harold may be shared on his tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Samantha Mary Thomas

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Samantha Mary Thomas, 44, of Charlotte, a caring and loving mother, sister, daughter, and friend, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 22, 2022. Sam was born July 11, 1978, in Lansing, the daughter of John Sheldon and Carol Lyn (Uchitel) Little. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1996 before enlisting in the U.S. Army as a chemical weapons specialist. Upon her return, she worked in various jobs, including two years at Hope Landing in elder care, and, most recently, one year at the Eaton Pub. She had a profound love of animals and was known to rescue many and find them homes. Above all, Sam loved her family.
Sam is survived by her daughter, Rylee Lynn; son, Connor Jaymes Thomas; her parents, John and Carol Little; andbrothers, John Little, Jr. and David Little.
Friends are encouraged to support Sam’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 3:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, with visitation from 1-3:00 p.m. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Dorleen Wells

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It’s with sorrow that we announce the passing of Dorleen Ann (Richardson) Wells of Vermontville, MI. Born on July 22, 1948 in Hart, MI. She passed away on Thursday December 22, 2022 at age 74. She was married on October 31, 1970 to her husband and lifelong love Jack Wells. She enjoyed traveling, (AKA Queen of the road or MeMee) spending time with friends and family, photography, and party planning along with baking treats. Dorleen is survived by her husband of 52 years Jack Wells; son, Russell; daughter, Janell and husband Thomas Smith; grand-daughter, Karlee; great granddaughter, Emelia Martinez; cousin, Connie Ames; and lifelong best friend, Linda Sams; and many nieces and nephews and Richardson and Wells family members. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Richardson and mother, Geraldine Richardson along with father-in-law, Kenneth Wells and mother-in-law, Marianna Wells. Visitation will be Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 1 p.m. The memorial service is scheduled to start at 2 o’clock directly after visitation at New Hope Community Church in Charlotte, MI located at 436 W. Harris St. A dinner will be served directly after the service. The family asks for any memorial contributions to be given to New Hope Community Church for their generosity and help with the service.

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Gracie “Sue” May Hayward

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Gracie “Sue” May Hayward of Eaton Rapids, MI passed away on December 23, 2022, at the age of 84. Sue was born on May 1, 1938, in Ramsey, England, the only child of George and Grace (Payne) Hunt. She was proud of her English heritage and retained her English citizenship throughout her life. Sue worked as a civilian switchboard operator on the Royal Air Force Alconbury base in Cambridgeshire, England, where she met her future husband, Kenn Hayward, who was stationed there during his time in the U.S. Air Force and was also working as a switchboard operator. They married on January 1, 1960, at the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene, and together lived in Eaton Rapids for their entire married lives. Along with Kenn, Sue was the owner and operator of the Basket Case antique shop in downtown Eaton Rapids for 25 years, and a longtime member of Mt. Hope Church in Lansing. She loved traveling and especially enjoyed her trips to England and annual motorhome camping trips in destinations with water. She was an avid birdwatcher and always found time to enjoy a great cup of tea. Above all, Sue was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who cherished her family and the time she spent with them.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Michelle “Shelly” Hayward. Surviving is her husband, Kenn Hayward; sons, Wayne (Tracy) Hayward, Darren Hayward; daughter, Yvette Hayward; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m.. on Friday, December 30, 2022, at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. The family received family and friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. To share memories or leave online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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Emerson Charles Hogan

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Emerson Charles Hogan, 92 of Charlotte, passed away on December 9, 2022. He was a Mold Maker at Owens Illinois. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

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