Camp Thornapple, Inc. is located on beautiful Thornapple Lake in Barry County between Nashville and Hastings, Michigan.
Lot 37 — BEATY, KATHERINE Mrs. Katherine D. Beaty (Weidenfeller) age 58 of Hastings passed away Friday March 27, 2015. She is survived by her husband Kenneth, her sons: Tim Hoogerhyde and Derek Beaty; 3 grandchildren; mother in law Trudy Beaty; relatives and friends.
Lot 36 — BENNETT, GERALDINE (Geri); age 85; formerly of Trenton, MI, retired in Sun City West, AZ; passed away while under passionate care-giving by her son, Stephen Bennett; on March 6, 2012. Geri worked for DeVilbiss in Belleville; co-founded The Second Time Around consignment shop in Riverview with Bette Nadeau; and retired from J.G. Morris Company in Trenton. Survived by son, Stephen Bennett; daughter, Kristan Bennett, and son-in-law, Donald Bass. Also survived by brother-in-laws, Lynn Dean Bennett and Dale (Pat) Bennett; sister-in-laws, Pat Bennett and Mary Bennett; and many nieces and nephews.
Lot 108 — Michael T. Bennett of Royal Oak died February 2, 2017. He was 71 years old. Michael was born September 30, 1945, in Flint, Michigan, to Julia and William Bennett. Michael is survived by Susan, his beloved wife of 47 years, and children, Jennifer (Brett) Greer, Carrie Bennett, Sheila (Fred) Judd, Adam Bennett, and Andrew Bennett. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Jacob Sheridan, Ben Sheridan, Luke Sheridan, Alexa Greer, Noah Greer, and Grace Greer, and six siblings, Jo (Al) Sova, Harvey (Debbie) Bennett, Laura Bartosiewicz, and Becky (Perry) Bailey. Michael is preceded in death by his brother Wade (Brenda) Bennett and sister Julie Bennett. Michael was passionate about his family and worked hard to make the best possible life for his wife and children. He provided for his family by first driving a truck for Georgia Pacific for 30 years and then safely delivering students by bus to their buildings for Rochester Community Schools for 8 years. Along with these jobs, Michael spent years of Saturday nights telling jokes and pouring drinks for bowlers at North Hill Lanes and Classic Lanes in Rochester. When he was not working, Michael was squeezing every ounce of enjoyment from life. He and Susan, the love of his life, enjoyed camping at Outdoor Adventure with family members and friends and traveling to craft shows, national sites, and anywhere else Susan asked him to point the car. Michael and Susan enjoyed their tradition of celebrating birthdays and anniversaries with chicken dinners at Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan, followed by trips to Bronner’s for annual ornament shopping. Michael was also an avid and accomplished bowler, participating in multiple leagues each week, with teams that often included his brothers and, at one time or another, all of his children, two sons-in-law, and his grandson Ben this year. Over the years, Michael achieved 13 perfect 300-games, three 800-pin series, and dozens of league championships. He also taught bowling to anyone who asked and could often be heard giving advice like, “Hit the damn head-pin!” or “Don’t leave anything you can’t make!” The only game Michael loved as much as bowling was golf. As soon as the weather allowed, he was packing the clubs into the car, making tee times, and recruiting family and friends to join him on the golf course, most often Blackheath in Rochester. Michael, his best friend Hal, and son-in-law Brett looked forward every year to their August trek to West Branch, Michigan, to play rounds at The Nightmare and The Dream. If not bowling, golfing, or camping, Michael looked forward to fishing with his sons, grandsons, good friends, and sons-in-law. He was also fanatical about playing Facebook games like Slotomania, even insisting that someone continue collecting his half-hourly bonuses when he was taken to the hospital for chest pains this past December. Michael loved life, and worked to make it entertaining for himself and everyone who knew him.
Lot 45 — BLAKEMAN – Janet Marie Blakeman died unexpectedly in her home on January 7, 2011. She was born August 23, 1955 in San Diego California, graduated from Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, California in 1973 and moved to the Ada area in 1990 with her husband Dennis and daughter Cheyenne and later Casey was born in Grand Rapids, October 20, 1993. Janet was active in her church and with many of the youth group organizations that her children were involved with throughout the years, her life revolved around her girls. She enjoyed the time spent camping and boating with her family and friends. Janet is survived by her mother, Mary; husband, Dennis; daughters, Cheyenne and Casey; brother, Rusty.
Lot 57 – Monya (Monnie) Lou Brockman , 81, of Battle Creek passed away October 28, 2021.
She was born November 8, 1939 , daughter of V. William and Mary Ellen Romanowski. Monnie graduated from Washington Garden High School in 1957. She married Carl Brockman in 1958. She is survived by her husband Carl Brockman and daughter Vicki (Gary) Linquist, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents and son Scott Brockman.
Private burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetary.
Lot 60 — Scott Carl Brockman, age 58, of Marshall, MI formerly of Battle Creek, passed away suddenly Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at his home. He was born October 29, 1959, the son of Carl and Monya (Romanowski) Brockman. Scott was a Battle Creek Central High School graduate. After high school he attended Kellogg Community College. He then continued his education at Spring Arbor University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. Scott married Lori Carus on September 9, 1988 after years of being friends and coworkers. He was employed with Community and Bronson Battle Creek Hospitals for 34 years.
Scott and Lori enjoyed camping at their owned campsites in Nashville and Hastings. They also enjoyed camping at State Parks and Camp Thornapple with family. In Scott’s younger years he enjoyed playing Bass Guitar in his rock band. Several years ago the group reunited and started playing together again. In his free time he enjoyed reading. More than anything he loved spending time with his grandchildren and his family.
Grounds Maintenance — Jack L. Bryans, age 69 of Hastings, passed away Monday, August 2, 2010. He was born March 28, 1941 in Hastings, MI the son of Linden and Freda Bryans. Jack graduated from Hastings High School in 1959. He worked in construction and has worked for Camp Thornapple for the past 23 years. Jack served in the US Army from 1960 to 1963 and also in the Reserves until 1966. He married Julia Ann Smith on June 28, 1991. Jack enjoyed going to auctions and flea markets and was a collector of many things. He also enjoyed going to Richie’s for coffee. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Joe Bryans. He is survived by his wife Julia (Smith) Bryans, daughter, Nichole Hamilton, eight grandchildren, two step children, brother, Jim (Carolyn) Bryans of Ohio, sister, Jerrie Davis of Battle Creek, MI, three nieces and one nephew.
Sharon Lee Cain of Nashville Michigan passed away of from complications of Covid-19 on February 8, 2021, at the age of 79. Sharon was born August 1, 1941, in Alma Michigan, to Joseph A and Evelyn L (Berry) Pavlat. She was raised in Ithaca and Lansing Michigan and graduated from St Mary’s in 1959. Sharon married the love of her life, Thomas Cain, on March 17, 1968. In their 53 years together, Tom and Sharon raised 6 children together. Virginia (Joe) Hinojosa, Kathryn Mayhew, Lawrence (Chris) Cain, Daniel Cain, Evelyn Kay Cain, and Candace (Daniel) Carpenter.
In 1992, Sharon retired from the US Postal Service after 26 years of service. During her 28 years of retirement, Sharon and Tom spent the first 10 years traveling the United States full time in their motorhome, the next 10 years in their homes in Surprise Arizona and at Camp Thornapple in Nashville Michigan, and then in 2013, they settled into their home in Nashville Michigan.
Lot 115 — Margaret was born on May 30, 1925 in Bath County, Virginia to the late James and Lucille Shaffier and passed away in New Port Richey, Florida on March 1, 2014 at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 69 years, Charles Corbett. Surviving to cherish her memory, are three daughters, Sheila (Harvey) Wyskowski, Sandra (Tom) Young and Sharon (Jerry) Corbett; two sons, Charles (Nena) and Rick (Eileen) Corbett; ten grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; eleven great great grandchildren; brother Julian (Peggy) Shaffier; sister, Susan (Arlie) Probst; and several in laws.
Lot 115 — Charles C. “Sonny” Corbett, Haslett, MI. Died February 18, 2013 at the age of 90. Charles was born in Highland County, VA. September 25, 1922 to Charles Cleveland and Lottie Mae (Shaffier) Corbett. He retired from General Motors Corporation after 35 years of service in skilled trades. He served in the Army during WWII and was involved in six conflicts during his enlistment. He was a member of the Okemos/Haslett American Legion Post #269, enjoyed traveling and was an avid outdoorsman. His family meant everything to him and he loved them very much. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret; three daughters, Sheila (Harvey) Wyskowski, Sandra (Tom) Young and Sharon (Jerry) Corbett; two sons, Charles (Nena) Corbett and Rick (Eileen) Corbett; ten grand children; twelve great grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren; brother Bert (Sis) Corbett and five sisters, Delana Shaffier, Mercedes Hicks, Daire Waybright, Trevea (Robert) Rankin and Anna Lee (Douglas) Good.
Lot 103 — Frank J. D’Amico, age 71, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Grand Rapids. Born in Detroit, Frank was the son of Joseph and Josephine (DiGiovanna) D’Amico. Frank loved hunting, fishing, and being outdoors, most of his summers were spent at the Thornapple Lake Campground with his family and friends. Frank was an avid cribbage player and played cribbage and cards with many of his family and friends. It was well known that Frank loved and cared deeply for his grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Douglas and Lois Rademacher; sister Anna Vulpetti; and granddaughter Crystal Russo. Surviving is his wife of 49 years, Sheryl (Sherri); children, Joe D’Amico, JoAnn (Mark) Gleason, Doug (Amy Phillips) D’Amico, Angelo Vulpetti, and Joe Vulpetti; sister, Grace (Sam) Macaluso; siblings-in-law, Tom (Sally) Rademacher, JoAnn (Larry Conrad) Rademacher, Laura Burke, Barb (Bob) Bernott, and Teresa (Scott) Palasek; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many nephews and nieces; and two of his best friends, George (Jane Ross) Shough and Bill (Ann) Lundy.
Lot 48 — Mignon Warner Davenport, 61, of Charlotte, passed away December 21, 2012. Mignon was born August 28, 1951, in Lansing, the daughter of James Humphrey and Mignon (Warner) Stephen. She worked in several different occupations, including paralegal, pharmacy technician, Coldwell Banker in Charlotte, and most recently with Keller Williams Real Estate in Charlotte. In a few short years in Charlotte, she became an essential part of the community. She loved her time with her husband, Jim, at their “lake palace” on Thornapple Lake. Her family and friends will remember her fine cooking and famous flank steak. Mignon is survived by her husband of 13 years, Jim Davenport; daughters Carrie (Chris) Reebals, Paula (Pedo) Arellano and Kay Empey; step-sons Justin Davenport and Joel (Jenelle) Davenport; grandchildren David, Kate, Alex, Emma, Elizabeth, Wyatt, Addison, Alaina, Aubrianna, and Mason “on the way”; mother Mignon Stephen; sisters Judy (Don) Blancett, Sarah (Nick) Taylor, and Janet (Tom) McPherson. She was predeceased by her father.
Lot 1 — Muriel Davis, age 90 on Wyoming, went to be with the Lord on Tueesday, April 4, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan J. Davis and daughter-in-law, Nita Davis. She is survived by her children, Sandra Jacobs, Ivan Davis Jr., Steven Davis, Charmaine and David T. Boyle; grandchildren, Terry Jacobs, Ivan Davis III, Rick Jacobs, Kerry David, David Jacobs, Sasha and Sandy Stuart, David J. and Fiona Boyle; great-grandchildren, Taya, Raven, Allen and Gavin Jacobs, and Adele, John, David, Josh and Jaden Stuart; sister-in-law, Lois Bowyer, In honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place.
Lot 76 — Felicia Dick, 48, of Westville, Indiana, passed away Nov. 29, 2014, in La Porte. She was born July 30, 1966, in La Porte, to Marvin and Linda (White) Wireman. On May 17, 1986, in La Porte, she married Gary Dick, who survives her. Felicia worked as an office manager in La Porte. She enjoyed being care free and listening to music and singing in the car. She was the type of person who not only enjoyed laughing but loved making others laugh. She is survived by her three children, Brenna, Kaitlyn and Jadon Dick, who all reside in Westville. She also is survived by her parents; and siblings, Jeaniene (Matt) Emerick of La Porte, Carl (Gina) Wireman of Etna Green, Lowell Wireman of La Porte and Austin (Holly) Wireman of La Porte.
Lot 101 — Lelia Frances Edwards of Leesburge, Florida and Nashville, Michigan formerly of Macomb Township died surrounded by her family in Wales Township Thursday morning, October 16, 2014 at the age of 72 years. Lelia was born on May 26, 1942 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. She was one of four children born to Clifford and Elnora (nee James) Bernor. On September 25, 1965, Lelia married Harry Edwards on her sister’s property in Macomb Township. She held many titles from cook, waitress, caregiver but her most important title was domestic engineer. Lelia loved her family, putting their needs before her own. She looked forward to family gatherings, Karaoke and visiting with relatives and friends. Lelia had a remarkable talent of playing piano and accordion by ear, later years she enjoyed Karaoke at Camp Thornapple. Lelia enjoyed crossword puzzles, covered bridges and traveling with Harry, almost covering all 50 states. She was a wonderful caring woman and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Lelia is survived by her beloved husband, Harry; children, Dean Kevin Edwards of California, Laura Edwards of Ray Township, Jennifer Patton of North Carolina and Gary (Reneé) Edwards of Wales Township; grandchildren Konner Edwards, Nicole Behme, Dereck Budzynski, Corey Patton, Joshua Edwards, and Justin Edwards; great grandson, Noah Pitts; brother, Fred (Barbara) Bernor of Auburn Hills; sister, Marion (Floyd) Helsel of Clinton Township; brother-in-law, Richard Roberts of Macomb Township; and many nieces and nephews. Lelia was predeceased by her sister, Shirley Roberts and parents, Clifford and Elnora Bernor.
Lot 49 — Bob R. Fogg Battle Creek Bob R. Fogg went to his rest on July 11, 2012. He was born August 15, 1919 in Elkmont, Alabama to Thomas and Beulah Fogg. He served 4 years in WWII as a Staff Sergeant in the 826th Engineering Aviation Battalion. After the war he established Fogg Motor Co. in September of 1964 selling used cars, trucks and motor homes. He retired in January of 1981 to enjoy his family. He also enjoyed traveling, playing tennis, and fishing. He is survived by his wife Madelyn of 65 years; daughter, Phyllis (Philip) Essex; son, Ron (Linda) Fogg of Battle Creek; daughter, Joyce of Hailey, ID; grandchildren, Todd, Tricia, Ronald, Christine; great-grandsons, Blake and Braden; sisters, Janell Kalvoda of Tennessee and Joy Legg of California. He was a long time member of the Seventh Day Adventist Tabernacle. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Battle Creek Academy, 480 Parkway Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49037.
Lot 49 — Madelyn M. Fogg, age 89, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at her home. She was born June 29, 1924 in Deerfield, Michigan, to Leland and Hulda Tennant. Madelyn was a homemaker and a self employed secretary for their local business. She was a long time member of the Battle Creek Tabernacle and strong supporter of the Battle Creek Academy. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading, and sewing. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Madelyn is survived by son, Ronald (Linda) Fogg of Battle Creek; daughters, Phyllis (Phillip) Essex of Battle Creek, Joyce Fogg of Hailey, Idaho; brothers, Mac (Marion) Tennant, John (Shirley) Tennant both of Michigan; grandchildren, Todd Essex, Tricia Harris, Ron Fogg, Jr., Christine Fogg; great-grandchildren, Blake and Branden Essex. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Fogg in 2012 and her infant twin sister, Margare.
Lot 64 — Ronnie Lee Huver, age 78, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2020. He was born July 27, 1941, in Lansing the son of Gordon and Mary (Welch) Huver. On May 29, 1963, he married the love of his life, Sandra Nihart, in Lansing. Ronnie retired from the Lansing Board of Water and Light after many years of service. He enjoyed spending time at their place at Camp Thornapple. Ronnie was a very social person and cherished the many friends he was able to meet throughout his life. He was a jack of all trades and was always ready and willing to help anyone in need.
Ronnie is survived by his children: Brian S. (Mary Jo) Huver of Charlotte, Dana Sue (Brook) Daniel of Ithaca, Jamie L. Huver of Charlotte, Chad A. (Veronica) Huver of DeWitt; 12 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Thompson of Big Rapids.
Lot 64 — Sandra Kay Huver, age 75, of Nashville, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born January 22, 1943, in Lansing the daughter of Earl and Ada (Sellers) Nihart. Sandy graduated from Lansing Eastern High School with the Class of 1961. On May 29, 1963, she married Ronnie Lee Huver in Lansing. Sandy retired after many years of faithful service as a receptionist in the emergency room at Ingham Medical. She loved to do Swedish weaving and made many beautiful blankets throughout the years. Sandy enjoyed spending her summers at Camp Thornapple in Nashville and once the snow began to fly they made their way to their winter home in Silver Springs, Florida. She adored her family and always looked forward to coming back to Michigan in the spring.
Sandy is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ronnie; children: Brian (Mary Jo) Huver of Charlotte, Dana Sue (Brook) Daniel of Ithaca, Jamie L. (Bree) Huver of Charlotte, Chad A. (Veronica) Huver of DeWitt; 12 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sisters: Sharon Craney of Missouri, Claudia (Chuck) Clayton of Perry. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Lot 28 — Peggy Jo Janz of Eaton Rapids, MI passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the age of 78. Peggy was born on February 5, 1940 in McKenzie, TN the daughter of Thomas and Pauline (Townsend) Reid. She was raised in McKenzie, TN before moving to Lansing and graduating from Eastern High School. Peggy loved camping and spent most of the past 8 summers at Thornapple Lake Campgrounds. She was above all a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who adored her grandchildren and cherished the time she spent with them. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Larry Janz; children, Pamela Kissane, Tom (Cindy) Pruitt, Tamra (Jim) Clarke, Ty Sisk, Chad (Krissy) Janz, Donnie (Annette) Sisk, Steve (Vicky) Sisk; 25 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and one on the way and numerous extended family and friends.
Lot 98 — Kenneth Ray Jordan, 79, of Battle Creek, went to be with the Lord Monday, June 10, 2013. He was born September 21, 1933 in Evansville, TN the son of Garret Jordan and Della (McClendon) Jordan-Burdette. Ken served as a Corporal in the US Army from 1953-1955, stationed in Germany. He graduated from Michigan Career & Technical Institute. He retired from Clark Equipment Company in 1986 where he worked in International Engineering. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sarah Leona (Gable) Jordan; children, Kenneth (Diane) Jordan, Jr. of New York and Connie Jordan of Battle Creek; grandchildren, Chris Jordan of New York and Sarah Jordan of Oregon; sister, Clovella Marriott of Battle Creek; and brother, Charles Jordan of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant brother, Billy Jordan.
Lot 75 — Jay Edward Lea Jr. of Charlotte, a man with a strong work ethic who knew how to work hard, died March 27, 2019 at the age of 86. Born November 28, 1932 to J.T. and Helen (Kellogg) Lea, Jay grew up knowing what you could accomplish when you worked hard. Jay was married to Patricia (Seamark) Lea, for 33 years and they had five children. After 33 years of marriage, Pat died in 1984 and Jay married Donna Lea in 1987, gaining three wonderful step-children. Jay worked at Oldsmobile for 13 years, and then opened his own business, Jay Lea Builders, from which he retired in 2007. A devoted friend and family man, Jay loved spending time with his many grandchildren, and as a friend to many he made daily phone calls to check on those he cared about. Some of his favorite activities included building (he truly enjoyed his work), woodworking, fishing, camping, time spent at the Thornapple River, and he loved western movies.
Jay is survived by his wife of 32 years, Donna; children, Rick (Becky), Rod (Trudy) Lea, and Tim (Rosanne) Lea, Karen (Kenny) Lea-Freeman; step-children, Chris Florian, Marlene (Jody) Promer, Amy (Jeremy) Nierenberger; daughter-in-law, Jeryl Powers; 28 grandchildren, Ryan, Chris, Lynette, Jenny, BJ, Andrea, Brennaman, Claire, Nick, Thomas, Bryianna, Corey, Heather, Darren, Amari, Brasia, Chavon, Logan, Tyler, Braylee, Timothy, Lawrence, Larenz, Lawrencia, LaRiyiah, Harmonee, Imoni, and Marquan; 16 great-grandchildren, Logan, Ariya, Maryjo, Catherine, Ashley, McKayla, Shelby, Parker, Esa, Oakley, Audrina, Miles, Decklan, Jackson, Mavric, and Charlotte; brothers, Ronald “Sonny,” Albert “Aggie” Lea (Carolyn Toll); brother-in-law, Larry Towe; sisters-in-law, Jean Broskey and Ellie Vaughan; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia; son, Randy Lea; infant grandson, Brent Allen Lea; sisters, Charlotte and Joyce Towe; sister-in-law, Alvetta Lea; and his parents.
Lot 32 — Age 89 of Dimondale, MI passed away June 11, 2022. He was born August 24, 1932 in Lansing MI to Wilford and Jean Leadbitter.
Robert married his lovely wife Betty Jean Medler on April 4,1953. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War from 1952 – 1954 and was a member of the Lansing Eagles for 60 years. He served as a fire fighter for the City of Lansing and retired in 1986. Robert also was owner of B&L Truck Caps for 52 years. He sponsored several race cars at Spartan Speedway. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends; camping at Lake Thornapple and planning bus trips to various places -especially casinos. Robert will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years; son Ronald ( Debbie ) Leadbitter; daughter Becky ( Phil) Wright; adopted daughter Jill ( Gordie ) LaMacchia; 5 grandkids; 9 great grandkids; several nephews and nieces and special friends Ken ( Patty ) Carter and Patsy Glossop.
Lot 99 — Michael E. Ledyard, Age 71, of Lansing, MI, passed away January 17, 2016. He was born July 30, 1944, in Lansing, to Edward and Mary Ledyard. He was a graduate of Everett High School, Michigan State University and Officer Candidate School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam. He retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation after a 30-year career. Over the years Mike generously gave his time and talents to Old Newsboys, the American Legion, the American Red Cross, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Camp Thornapple Inc., Everett High School Marching Band, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Reo School PTA, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Rusty. Mike is mourned by his wife Sue, children Laura Ledyard-Zarb and Stephen Ledyard, son-in-law Matthew Zarb, granddaughter Rowan, sisters Penny Harrington and Roberta Webber, and all who knew him. His kindness, generosity, and wit will be long remembered.
Lot 127- James Henry Loughan, 88, of Kaufman, TX, passed away on May 25, 2019 in Grand Prairie, TX. Jim was born in Eaton Rapids, MI on January 28, 1931 to James and Suzanne Loughan. Jim was married to Noreen Cooper Loughan on August 16, 1953 in Charlotte, MI and they were together for 65 years before her passing on October 13, 2018. Noreen was the love of his life. Jim was raised in Michigan and moved to Texas with his family in 1966. He spent 2 years serving in the Army and 30 years with the Dallas Power and Light company. Jim loved spending time cycling and he was able into his 80’s, cycling 5 – 7 thousand miles a year. He also liked kayaking, traveling cross county and was an accomplished wood carver. He was an all around outdoorsman. Jim was a past president of the Civitan Club in Dallas. His parents James and Suzanne and his brother John Loughan preceded him in death. Those left to cherish his memory are his sons: Patrick Loughan and wife Dora and Mike Loughan, and a grandson Dale Loughan who will miss him dearly.
Lot 127 — Noreen Cooper Loughan, 85, of Kaufman, TX, passed away on October 13, 2018 in Grand Prairie, TX. Noreen was born in Battle Creek, MI on May 17, 1933 to Frank and Carol Bell Copper. Noreen was married to James Loughan on August 16, 1953 in Charlotte, MI. She has been retired for the past 30 years but worked for Arco has an executive secretary before that. Noreen spent time in her younger years riding horseback, she also sewed and would make custom clothes. James and her would travel together in their RV all over the place. Noreen was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kaufman. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother James Cooper. Those left to cherish her memory are her sons: Patrick Loughan and wife Dora and Mike Loughan, and a grandson Dale Loughan who will miss her dearly.
Lot 54 — Ronald Lee Lynema, age 69, of Grandville, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 after a courageous six month battle with cancer. He has joined his Heavenly Father and his son, Tim in heaven. He was a Vietnam Veteran and retired from General Motors. He loved God and his church, Faith Community Christian Reformed Church, where he was very active until his illness. He loved his family and his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He was preceded in death by his son, Tim Lynema; brother, Gerrit Lynema; sister, Janet Stremler. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn; his children and grandchildren, Brenda and Todd Bystra (Katelyn, Logan); Brent and Bridget Lynema (Austin, Vienna, Jacob, Gabriel, Noah, Levi), Tasha Lynema (Jay, Aaron); sisters and brothers, Hilda Lynema, Bud and Nancy Lynema, Ken and Linda Lynema, George and Marilyn Palinski, Betty Sutton, Ken Stremler; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Fred and Barb Goorhouse, Ron and Joyce Goorhouse; several nieces and nephews.
Lot 21 — Passed away Friday, February 17, 2012. He was born October 26, 1950 in Kalamazoo, the son of William J. and Delores D. (Dideriksen) McMeekan and was a lifelong resident of the area. Tim graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1969 and was employed by the Upjohn Company for over 25 years. He was a member of the Fidelity Lodge, #513, F. & A.M., served as the Past Worshipful Master, member of the Past Master Club, the Masonic Retirees Club, was honored as the Mason of the Year, member of the Saladin Shrine Temple of Grand Rapids, the Kalamazoo Shrine Club, was the Past President of the Shrine Clowns of Kalamazoo, member of the Tall Cedars, the Corinthian Chapter #123 of the O.E.S., where he served as the Past Worthy Patron, the Past Second Vice-President of the Kalamazoo County Association, was a Life Member of the Harley Owners Group (HOG), Southwestern Michigan-Kalamazoo Chapter and was a Charter Member of the Elks Lodge, #1965 of Hastings. On December 27, 1994, he married Cheryl Hayes, who survives. Tim is also survived by their sons, Timothy J. (Katie) McMeekan, II, of Kalamazoo and Corey McMeekan of Galesburg; two grandchildren, Peyton and Olivia McMeekan; and a sister, Dawn D. Dean of Portage. Tim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Samuel Dean.
Lot 134— Oscar Mejia age 80 passed away December 13, 2021. Oscar was born to Abraham and Braulina Mejia on January 20, 1941 in Eagle Pass TX. He was part of the 1961 graduation class at Eastern High School. He worked at General Motors for 40 years. Oscar enjoyed traveling and camping with his family. He was very well liked by all.
Surviving are his children Linda (John) Beirwagon, Joan (Scott) Phillips, Oscar (Nora) Mejia, Jerry (Joan) Mejia, Gary (Kelly) Mejia; 11 grand children; 8 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sharon Kay Mejia, his loving wife of 50 years; and brother Ishmile Mejia.
Lot 54— Sharon Kay Mejia Age 68, of Lansing, passed away November 1, 2012. She was born in Detroit on April 28, 1944, to Harry and Barbara (Butler) Davis. She was a 1962 graduate of Eastern High School. Surviving are: her husband of 50 years, Oscar; daughters, Linda (John) Bierwagen, Joan (Scott) Phillips; sons, Oscar (Nora) Mejia, Jerry Mejia and Gary (Kelene) Mejia; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and sister, Glenna (Phil) Morris. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Lavern Davis.
Lot 117 — Ronnie Mitchell passed away on May 7, 2010. He was born on December 24, 1949 in Virgie, Kentucky. Loving husband of Bernadette. Dear father of Mark (Daisy) Mitchell, Gary (Andrea) Mitchell, Amanda (Daryl) Ratajski, Sharon (Paul) Miller, Pam (the late Tony) Ali and Michelle (Derek) Berry. Loving and proud “Pa-Pa” and grandfather of 17 grandchildren. Ronnie was also survived by his brothers, Jack and Danny; and sister, Julie.
Lot 130 — Robert Charles Mountney, age 72 of Greenville, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was born August 3, 1944 in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Charles and Ruth (Thurber) Mountney, and was raised in Providence. Bob was a very proud veteran, retiring as a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force after almost 25 years of service to his country. After his retirement from the Air Force, Bob and family moved to Greenville, where he was employed by the State of Michigan’s Department of Human Services until his retirement. He enjoyed collecting coins, and was blessed to spend much of his time with his grandchildren, who he adored. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Sherry (Rivard) Mountney of Greenville; son, Robert C. (Connie) Mountney, Jr. of Greenville; grandchildren, Kaitlynn Mountney and Derick Kent; sister, Carol Kelly of Tucson, Arizona; sister-in-law, Janess Sue (Bruce) Braman of Belding; and several nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Lot 48 — Jerry W. Poole, 76, of Battle Creek, died at home on October 3, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born on November 19, 1943 in Stuttgart, Arkansas, the son of Bennie and Marie (Boyd) Poole. Jerry graduated from Benicia High School in Benicia, California in 1962. On May 9, 1978 he married Patricia K. Poole at Chapel Hill Methodist Church in Battle Creek. She survives. He is preceded in death by his Parents; a baby son, John Poole; Sister, Pam Bussard and Brother-In-Law, Walt Bussard. Jerry is survived by his Daughter, Stephanie Poole of Lutse K’, Northwest Territory, Canada; Grandchildren, Sierra Morris, Morning Star Silas, Dacho Poole, twins Anna Marie and Isabella Madeline Catholique-Nataway, 1 Great-Grandchild and his Nephew, Michael Bussard. Jerry served in the Army from 1962 to 1965, stationed in Germany. He worked for many years at the Battle Creek Federal Center, retiring in 1999. He also served as the President of the local union at the Federal Center during the latter part of his career. Jerry was an avid collector and spent many hours at local auctions and barn sales expanding his inventory. He enjoyed playing Santa Claus at the Bedford Township children’s party for the past several years and is now known fondly as “Santa” to the staff at the township offices. Jerry and Pat had downsized to their “little house” in Bedford 5 years ago and liked the friendly people in the Bedford area. Jerry also enjoyed fishing and he and Pat had a permanent “fish camp” at Camp Thornapple Lake.
Lot 16 — Sherri Jean Piercefield, age 53, of Lake Odessa, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday evening, October 13, 2010. Sherri was born in Hastings, MI on October 4, 1957. She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1975, and had worked at Carl’s Super Market in Lake Odessa for over 20 years. Sherri loved spending time at Camp Thornapple with Rick and Kim Carpenter, and all the other friends she had made there. She is survived by Ron Piercefield, her husband of 31 years; daughter, Darcy (Joe) Quisenberry; son, Wade Piercefield; grandchildren, Alec, Griffin and Will Quisenberry; brothers, Mike (Debbie) Barnes and Denny Barnes; sisters, Vicki Benham (Jeff Lackey), Debra (Erhard) Freitel, Dawn (Steve) Pifer, and Dawnette (Dale) Michael; “special Mom”, Beverly Erb; many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly; and step-mother, Marie Barnes. Sherri was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Mary Jean French; father, Jack Barnes; nephew, Darren Mesecar; niece, Amy Cruz; brother-in-law, Dan Benham; and parents-in-law, Floyd “Roy” and Blanche Piercefield. Memorial contributions may be made to an educational fund for Sherri’s son, Wade, or to the Lakewood United Methodist Church.
Lot 83 — Richard “Dick” Earl Roberts of Macomb Township passed away November 3, 2018 at the age of 85. Richard was born December 30, 1932 in Ferndale, MI to the late John and Ethel Roberts. He later married Shirley Ann on February 25, 1956 in Roseville, MI and spent many wonderful years together until her passing in 2002. Dick served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed camping and spending time outdoors. He especially enjoyed making trails on his property and naming them after family members. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Dick is survived by his children John, Ken (Kelly), Steve (Ken), Laura (Dale) Stade and daughter in laws Joann and Ella; grandchildren Tina, Ashley (Rob), Cameron, Jacob, Edward, William and Veronica; sister Betty and sister in laws Elsie and Dottie. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Ethel; wife Shirley; grandson James; siblings Louise, Katie, Mary, Dot, Chuck, Jack and Ralph.
James Roberts, age 26, of Macomb Township, died August 21, 2012. James is survived by his parents, Ken Roberts and Joann Roberts; sister, Tina Roberts; grandparents, Richard Roberts and Linda English; aunts and uncles, John Roberts, Steve (Ken) Roberts, Laura (Dale) Stade, Donnie (Rebecca) English and Michael English; girlfriend, Amanda Douglas; several great-aunts and great-uncles; and many cousins.
Lot 8 — Valerie Ramey passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at the age of 81. Born October 23, 1938 to Vachel and Margaret (Bartlett) Greenwood in Dallas, Texas. Valerie was the owner/ operator of the Itty-Bitty Daycare in Lansing. She also worked Falsetta’s Casa Nova as a waitress for many years. Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Jack Greenwood, Hue Morrison, Richard Morrison, Gene Morrison and daughter, Patricia Embry. Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Walter Ramey; children, Cheryl Corp, Mike Noe, Linda (Larry) King, Tim (Christy) Noe, Christina Scott, Suzanne Croston as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Wayne Greenwood, Denny (Ginger) Greenwood; sisters, Vivian (Mike) Wentworth, Connie (Mike) Jackson, Bonnie Middleton, Ethel Whitcomb as well as many extended family and friends.
Lot 79 — Donald Joseph Roy, age 71 of Middleville, MI passed away at Pennock Hospital in Hastings on Monday, June 20, 2011. He was born in South Norwalk, CT on January 29, 1940 son of Louis and Alice (LeTarte) Roy. He attended St. Mary Magdalen, Holy Redeemer, and Melvindale High School. He joined the Navy right out of school where he served as a Seamans Apprentice on the USS Tulare. He was honorably discharged on March 12, 1958. After the Navy he achieved his PGA membership and was the assistant head-pro under Ron Laparl at Battle Creek Country Club. On December 2, 1967 he was married to Clara Jean Shorter in Battle Creek, MI. Don retired from Meijers Distribution Center as a Hi-Lo Maintenence Superintendent in 2001. Don was involved in so many things, as a young boy he enjoyed being a stickboy for the Detroit Redwings, during the Gordie Howe Era. He was always actively involved in the Youth Athletics, establishing HYAA in 78-79, which is still an active organizations for Hastings Youth today. This was his single greatest accomplishment outside of his children and grandchildren. Don loved the game of golf, he enjoyed teaching and playing, after retirement he enjoyed being an advisor to the operations of Mulberry Fore Golf Course. Don is survived by his children’s mother, Clara Roy of Nashville, MI, Charlie – Moose (Abbie) Roy, Alice – SiTun’ (Shawn) Gahan, Paul – Boomer (Mary) Roy, Jeannette – GiGi (Doug) Healy, all of Middleville. Brother-in-laws: Edward Shorter and Kenny (Rosie) Shorter of Battle Creek. Lastly his Pride and Joy: Holly, Erik, Jalyn, Mitchell (Kaylie), Cole, Logan, Andrew (Nicole), Alexander, Ashley and Austin. Being the 7th of the 7th of the 7th son, there are many more relatives and friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents: Louis and Alice Roy, brothers: Normand Ulric, Normand Maurice, (surviving Eleanor) Paul Emile, Robert, Paul Jean and Joseph Edward (surviving Rosemary) and one grandson, Joshua Paul Roy. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital, 2215 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 or American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, FL 34110.
Lot 86 —SIMS, LARRY C. aged 77 of Comstock Park passed away Friday, March 23, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Caryle and Bernadean Sims; mother-in-law and father-in-law, George and Donna Smith brother-in-law, Gerald Cole; sisters-in-law, Georgia Bennett and Jeri Smith. Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Bonnie; children, Kari (Craig Frederick) Sims, Melissa Goehring, Christopher “Crit” (Karen) Goehring; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren, Larry retired from The Rapid after 27 years of service.
Lot 44 — Kenneth Carl Smith, age 74, of Portland, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020. He was born in Lansing, Michigan to Elgin and Mable (Koelzer) Smith. Ken was a graduate of the St. Patrick High School Class of 1964. He then joined the US Marine Corp, serving in the Vietnam War. Ken worked for several years in the electrical union #665 and then went on to work for many years as an electrician at General Motors. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing euchre. Ken also liked to work in his garage and help his family with their projects. Most of all he loved his family, especially the time he spent playing with his grandchildren.
Lot 30 — Patricia Irene Stadler, a resident of Northville, passed from this life on March 15, 2017, at the age of 59. Patricia was the beloved wife of Robert. She was the loving mother of Justin, and the dear sister of Debbie (Steve) Garrett, Mary (Don) Getschman, Candace (Russell) Belanger, and Carol DuCharme. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Romayne and brother Rich Miller.
Lot 30 — Robert E. Stadler, a resident of White Lake, passed from this life on October 2, 2018 at the age of 62.Robert was the beloved husband of the late Patricia and loving father of Justin. He was the dear brother of Bruce (Diane). Robert proudly served our country in the United States Army. Robert will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Lot 72 — Billy M. Stansbury age 81 of Bellevue, Michigan, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at his residence. Billy was born Feb. 20, 1932 in Fairview, MO the son of Justin and Elizabeth (Mills) Stansbury. He was a retired 20 year veteran of the U. S. Navy and had worked for Post Cereals in Battle Creek for 10 years. He was a champion pistol shooter and had many trophies for his accomplishments. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, hunting and playing cards (especially Euchre)
Lot 121 — Roy Stansbury passed away Saturday, August 25, 2012 in Florida. Roy is survived by his wife Carol Stansbury.
Lot 25, 14 — Merle Robert Swanson, 76, of Battle Creek, MI, Died, Friday, January 7, 2011 at his home. Bud is survived by his wife Charleen Swanson. Bud & Charleen Swanson were members of CTI for years and Bud will be really missed. Memorial tributes may be made to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Care.
Lot 4 — Evetta M. Thayer Lansing Passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the age of 62. Born November 30, 1947 in Mecosta County to Frank and Emily Bauer. Evetta worked as head teller at Fifth Third Bank in Lansing. She then went on to work as manager at Quality Dairy in Lansing. Preceding her in death were her parents and grandson, Joseph Ball. Surviving are her husband, Terry Thayer; daughters, Theresa Boyd, Cynthia (Charles) Pruitt; sons, Mike Neumann Sr., Frank Goodsell; grandchildren, Heather Williams, Amanda Stuber, Shane Neumann, Brennan Iiams, Bethanie Beech, Joseph Price, Mike Neumann Jr.; great-grandchild, Rolando Gonzalez Jr., Patience Oversmith, Zoey Oversmith, Layla Haines.
Lot 15 — TOTTEN, ELWOOD EUGENE “AL” Elwood Eugene “Al” Totten, age 71, of Hastings, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings. Al was born on October 1, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Antone Elwood and Rosie Arlene (Nelson) Totten. Al attended Hastings High School. He worked as a truck driver for most of his life, driving for Trieb Trucking out of Indianapolis, Indiana until 1993. Al married Barbara Ann Schepers on May 26, 1969. He enjoyed watching any kind of sports on television. Al was a NASCAR fan and he also enjoyed playing pool and darts. Al especially enjoyed FISHING. He was a member of the Indy 500 Moose Lodge. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Antone and Rosie Totten; and his son, Daniel Eugene Totten in 2003. Al is survived by his wife, Barbara Totten of Hastings; four children, Jackie M. Lusby, Brenda S. Stillman, Barbara L. Livingston all of Hastings, and Shelly R. Totten of Grand Rapids; fifteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother, Elgin (Delphia) Totten; sisters, Joy Farah and Janet Decker, all of Hastings; and several nieces and nephews.
(2007-2015) Lot 106 – James Martin Trawinski, age 78, of Summerfield, Florida passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2022. James was born December 7, 1943.
He is survived by his spouse Joan Trawinski.
Lot 17 — Robert L.”Bob” Weers, 78, of Bellevue August 29, 2019, at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall after being stricken suddenly at home. His loving family was with him at the time. Bob was born on October 6, 1940 in Marshall to Lester and Doris (Whitscell) Weers. He just recently attended his 60th Olivet High School class reunion. In 1989 he retired from the Eaton Corporation in Marshall with 30 years of service. On August 24, 1963 he married Mary Sue Masters in Marshall. Three years into their marriage, Bob was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served from 1966-1968. During his tour of duty, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooter-Rifle honors. Bob and Mary loved to travel, traveling all over the U.S. and spending their 25th wedding anniversary in Yellowstone National Park. When they weren’t working or traveling they were usually fishing. Some of his other hobbies were deer hunting, and baking cookies. The cookie jar was never empty! On May 3, 2000, Mary passed away after 36 years of marriage. On October 13, 2001, Bob married Shirley A. (Stansbury) Link in Convis Township. They also enjoyed traveling and going to the U.P. to visit his aunt and sight seeing, especially waterfalls. For their first date, Bob took Shirley to Flat River Covered Bridge at Fallasburg Park near Lowell. This became an annual picnic trip for them. Fishing was also a part of their enjoyment and during their marriage, he discovered his love for golf. He would golf with Shirley and the rest of the family “for practice”, and eventually joined a league. Bob cherished Sundays spent with his new-found family. He always made the goodies and if he didn’t get around to it, he had “store-bought quality” around! Everybody joined at the kitchen table to learn, catch up, reminisce, and enjoy Bob’s jokes. He could tell you a joke with a straight face and then start quietly giggling from everyone’s laughter. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Shirley Jean Weers; brother, Richard (Dick) Weers; and first wife, Mary Sue. He is survived by his wife Shirley; Children: Teri (Dave) Saxman, Sue (Ted) King, Mark (Brenda) Link, all of Bellevue. Grandchildren: Jesse (Mike Fowler) King, Wade King, David (Toni) Saxman, Troy Saxman, Sara Link, Andrew Link amd Megan Holmes. Great-grandchildren: Madison, Olivia, Emma, and Seth Fowler; Karley, Kourtney, and Karter King, Skylar, Adriana, and Syra Saxman; and Brittie and Adaline Whitney. Sisters, Janet (Dennis) Morgan of Fort Wayne, and Ruth Ann Watson of Gobles; Numerous nieces and nephews.