Obituaries 1999

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OCTOBER 6, 1999
James E. Pritchard
James E. Pritchard, 60, of Coldwater, died Monday, September 27, 1999, at
the Community Health Center of Branch County.
Mr. Pritchard was born in Homer November 6, 1938, to George and Clairabel
(Earl) Pritchard. He graduated from Homer High School in 1956 and attended
Albion College for one year. He was an electrician, retiring from IBEW Local
445 in Battle Creek after 21 years.
Mr. Pritchard enjoyed reading, traveling, wildlife, nature and his two dogs.
He was a member of the Coldwater Eagles Club.
In addition to his mother, Clairabel Thompson of Homer, survivors include
his wife Sally; two daughters, Gina Pritchard of Albion and Jennifer (Steve)
Johnson of Olivet; two sons, James R. (Karma) Pritchard of Meridian,
Indiana, and Timothy (Mary) Pritchard of Ocqueoc; a stepdaughter, SharAnne
(Joe) Carnell of Battle Creek; two stepsons, Steven Snyder of Orange,
California, and Todd (Mari) Snyder of Marshall; a sister, Elizabeth (Chas)
Sleath of Clancy, Montana; and seven grandchildren.
There were no services; cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements were
handled by Putnam Funeral Home of Coldwater.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Branch County Humane Society or
the American Cancer Society.

 

Eva B. Butler
Eva B. Butler, 98, of Albion, died Sunday, September 26, 1999, at Trillium
Hospital in Albion.
Mrs. Butler was born December 2, 1900, in Bryan, Ohio, to Joseph and Mary
(Lewis) Bowlby. She married Justus Burns May 6, 1917, in Litchfield, and he
preceded her in death August 1, 1948. She then married Charles Butler
January 27, 1951, in Greenville. He preceded her in death January 11, 1953.
Mrs. Butler came to this area from Ohio in 1909. She was a homemaker and a
member of the Church of God.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Vivian I. Deforest of Albion; seven
grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a son, Harold W.
Burns, February 28, 1999.
A memorial service was held Saturday, October 2, at the Albion Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, Inc., with the Rev. William Holbrook
officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice.Carl M. Hakes
Carl M. Hakes, 93, of Concord, died Thursday, September 30, 1999, at
Hillsdale Community Health Center.
Mr. Hakes was born September 30, 1906, in Eckford to Ray and Bessie
(Ansterburg) Hakes. He married Eva Raser August 25, 1928, in Concord. She
survives.
Mr. Hakes was a lifelong resident of the Calhoun-Jackson counties area. He
was self-employed as a cabinet maker. He was well-known for making dulcimers
and was also an international champion sheep shearer. He was a member of the
Concord Universalist Church for 71 years, a member of the Concord Heritage
Association and a founding member of Uncle Carl’s Dulcimer Club. He was a
musician all his life.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Carl (Judy) Hakes II of
Onondaga, and Daniel (Kathy) Hakes of Manchester; four daughters, Dr. Judith
Hakes of San Angelo, Texas, Mrs. Stanley (Edith) Chapman of Mosherville,
Trinka Hakes Noble of Bernardsville, New Jersey, and Mrs. Mike (Eva Martin)
Clark of Hillsdale; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four
sisters, Helen Peck of Marshall, Dorothy Root of Concord, Louise Cook of
Stockbridge and Roberta Ross of Berrien Springs.
He was preceded in death by a son Howard; two brothers, Howard and Herbert;
and a sister Catherine Houghton.
Private funeral services were held at the Concord Universalist Church with
John Kinney presiding. Burial was in Fisher Cemetery in Homer Township.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapel of Homer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ruth Keefer Scholarship Fund in
care of Eva Hakes

 

.John A. Evans
John A. Evans, 79, of Litchfield, died Wednesday, September 29, 1999, at the
Hillsdale Community Health Center.
Mr. Evans was born December 12, 1919, in Jerome to Evan and Julia (Bird)
Evans. He graduated from Addison High School in 1939 and worked on several
farms in the area, then worked for the Hillsdale County Road Commission for
30 years.
Mr. Evans married Wanda Whalton May 7, 1941, in Hillsdale, She survives. He
was a member of the IOOF Lodge #555 and Rebekah Lodge #134 of Litchfield,
the Fred Rogers Encampment #25, Patriarchs Militant #43 and a long-time
member of the Litchfield Congregational Church. He loved to fish.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Robert (Ginger) Evans
of Del Ray Beach, Florida, Thomas (Maudie) Evans of The Woodlands, Texas,
and Donald (Lyle) Evans of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Sally Young of
Rolland, and Juanita Kies of Hillsdale; five grandchildren; and one
great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and six brothers.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 2, at the Litchfield
Congregational Church with the Rev. Clyde Wonders officiating. Burial was in
Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the George White Funeral Home in
Litchfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Roxie Risner
Roxie Risner, 92, of Homer, died at her residence, Monday, October 4, 1999,
following a long illness.
Mrs. Risner was born February 28, 1907 in Prestonburg, Kentucky, to Charles
and Lula (Dotson) Hackworth. She married Sherman Risner November 30, 1926,
and he preceded her in death in 1986.
Mrs. Risner was a homemaker and a member of Christ Apostolic Church in
Albion. She enjoyed quilting and gardening.
She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Vinetta Hackworth of Homer, Mrs.
Joyce (Loretta) Miller of Florida, Mrs. Kenneth (Juanita) Brown of Parma,
Mrs. Roberta Owens of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, Mrs. Maxine Yeager and Mrs.
Doris Owens, both of Homer; 19 grandchildren; several great- and
great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Oma Manns of Indiana; and six bothers,
Wayne Hackworth, Charles Hackworth Jr. and Thurman Hackworth, all of
Kentucky, Elmer Hackworth and Vernice Hackworth, both of Stockbridge, and
Vernal Hackworth of Indiana.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Risner was preceded in death by two
sisters, Maxine Patrick and Thelma Hackworth, and a brother, Herman
Hackworth.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Christ
Apostolic Church, with the Revs. David Trammell and Ron Hackworth
officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Homer.
The George White Funeral Home in Litchfield handled the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christ Apostolic Church.Dorothy P. Root
Dorothy P. Root, 82, of Albion, died Monday, October 4, 1999, at Trillium
Hospital in Albion.
Mrs. Root was born January 12, 1917, in Homer, to Vernon and Lula (Hoyt)
Warner. She married A.I. Root August 29, 1949, in Angola, Indiana, and he
preceded her in death April 29, 1982.
Mrs. Root was a lifelong resident of the Albion-Homer area. She was a
homemaker and a member of the Albion Eagles and Albion Moose. She loved
people.
She is survived by her brother Howard (Ida) Warner of Homer; a half-brother
William Warner of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Root was preceded in death by two brothers,
Charles Warner and Louis Warner, and four sisters, Onabelle Mortzfeldt,
Altha Dennis, Mable Root and Adelia Radee.
Graveside services will be held today (Wednesday) at noon at Albion Memory
Gardens with the Rev. Greg Martin officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
The Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels handled the arrangements.

 

Leola M. Wirebaugh
Leola M. Wirebaugh, 88, of Albion, died Sunday, October 3, 1999, at Albion
Manor Care Center in Albion.
Mrs. Wirebaugh was born January 5, 1911, in Tekonsha, to Herbert and
Winifred (Snyder) McMurtrie Sr. She first married Leo H. Derhammer in 1926,
and he preceded her in death April 14, 1974. She then married John Wirebaugh
May 10, 1975, in Albion, and he survives in Marshall.
Mrs. Wirebaugh was a lifelong resident of the Calhoun County area. She was a
homemaker, and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Albion since 1958.
She was also a member of the Marengo Extension Club. She loved sewing,
crocheting, knitting and quilting.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wirebaugh is survived by three daughters,
Mrs. Fred (Dolas) Warners of Grand Rapids, and Mrs. Ralph (Irma) Piske and
Mrs. Jerry (Carol) Posey, both of Albion; several stepchildren; 12
grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Reha Takacs of Beaverton;
and two stepsisters, Lucille Chaney of Marshall and Glenna Sanford of
Jonesville.
In addition to her first husband, Mrs. Wirebaugh was preceded in death by a
son, Douglas L. Derhammer; a brother, Herbert McMurtrie Jr.; and a half
brother, Virgil Wirebaugh.
Friends may call at the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels today
(Wednesday) from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church in Albion, with the Rev. James Waddell presiding. Burial will follow
in Oakridge Cemetery in Marshall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the
American Cancer Society or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

 

OCTOBER 13, 1999
Leona Margaret Sommer
Leona Margaret Sommer, 82, of Coldwater, died Monday, October 11, 1999, at
the Community Health Center of Branch County.
Mrs. Sommer was born July 29, 1917, in Kalamazoo, to Edward Theron and
Flossie I. (O’Dell) Rustenholtz. She married Oscar (J.E.) Sommer August 21,
1938, in Albion. He preceded her in death in 1981.
Mrs. Sommer lived most of her life in the Homer-Albion-Tekonsha areas. She
was a self-employed beautician for more than 30 years. She moved to
Coldwater in 1995. She was a former member of the Clarendon Extension Club.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed oil painting,
garage sales, playing the piano and playing cards.
Survivors include a son, Stanley Sommer of Albion; three daughters, Mrs. Joe
(Sandra) Dorer of Quincy, Justin (Wanda) Mears of Sturgis, and Ken (Sue) Bir
of Bronson; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother Arnold
Rustenholtz of Albion.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Sommer was preceded in death by a sister,
Reta Thurston.
Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the
Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels.
The funeral will be Thursday, October 14, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with
the Rev. James Waddell officiating.
Burial will be in Albion Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

OCTOBER 20, 1999
Lucinda Kay Compton
Lucinda Kay Compton, 11, of Angola, Indiana, died Monday, October 11, 1999,
at the University of Michigan Mott’s Children’s Hospital.
Lucinda was born August 1, 1988, in Albion, to Tracy and Vickie (Fletcher)
Compton. They survive, in Kentucky and Angola, respectively.
Lucinda attended Prairie Heights School in Angola. She enjoyed swimming,
flashlight tag and roller skating. She attended Harrington School in Albion
before moving to Indiana. She also loved attending Apostolic Church of
Christ.
In addition to her parents, survivors include a stepfather, David W. Brown
of Angola; two sisters, Cora Fletcher of Albion and Samantha Compton of
Angola; one brother, Johnny Kendrick of Angola; one stepbrother, Larry Brown
of Jackson; grandparents Murlene Fletcher of Angola, Charles Fletcher of
Battle Creek and Linda Compton and Ed and Joan Brown, all of Albion; a
nephew, Anthony Fletcher of Albion; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a great-grandfather, Millis Perkins of Homer.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 15, at the Albion Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. Abe Prater officiating. Burial
was in Albion Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

OCTOBER 27, 1999
Robert D. Folk
Robert D. Folk, 78, of Homer, died Monday, October 25, 1999, at his
residence.
Mr. Folk was born June 18, 1921, in Coldwater, to Louis Henry and Bessie
Jane (Byers) Folk. He married Doris J. Shaffer July 4, 1943 in Decatur. She
survives.
Mr. Folk was a life resident of the area and graduated from Homer High
School. He was a World War II Air Force veteran and was a prisoner of war.
He was the president of Folk Oil Company until his retirement. He was a
member of the First Presbyterian Church in Homer, the Lions Club, the VFW
and American Legion. He enjoyed his woodworking, his time in Florida and
especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Michael J.
(Susan J.) Linton of Lapeer; a son, Richard D. (Jan) Folk, of Homer; five
grandchildren, Brett, James and Keri Linton of Lapeer, and Thyra and Deanne
Folk of Homer; six sisters, Lorene Yost of Leesburg, Florida, Lucille Miller
of Homer, Mrs. Samuel (Elizabeth) Neufer of Albion, and Mrs. Vernon (Glenna)
Fast, Mrs. Harry (Jeanne) Cutcher and Mrs. Donald (Charleen) Streets, all of
Coldwater.
Mr. Folk was preceded in death by a sister, Eloise Griffiths.
Visitation is today (Wednesday) after 9 a.m. at the Homer Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels. Funeral services are Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
at the First Presbyterian Church in Homer with the Revs. Charlotte
Poetschner and Larry Fulton officiating. Burial will be in Fairview
Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Homer Area Community Foundation or
the donor’s choice.

 

Easter Irene King
Easter Irene King, 58, of Homer, died Monday, October 18, 1999, at Foote
Hospital in Jackson.
Mrs. King was born April 10, 1941, in Breathitt County, Kentucky, to Rollie
and Mossie (Ketchum) Hollon. She married Robert King in Jackson, Kentucky,
in 1956. He survives.
Mrs. King lived in the Homer area since 1974. She worked in various nursing
homes in the area.
In addition to her husband, survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Dave
(Donna) Barlond of Marshall, Mrs. Timothy (Teresa) Collins of Albion, Glenda
Moore of Albion, and Mrs. Dottie (Sherry) Hall of Homer; one son,
Christopher (Patricia) King of Albion; 13 grandchildren; one brother,
Timothy Hollon of Olivet; four sisters, Mrs. Odell (Betty) Hall of Homer,
Mrs. James (Mary Ann) Wright of Homer, Mrs. Danny (Martha) Rowe of Olivet,
and Mrs. Glen (Pamela) Bentley of Albion.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Mildred Louise Hollon.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 22, at the Albion Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels. Burial was in Albion Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Varlin Nichols
Varlin Nichols, 81, of Hillsdale, died Thursday, October 21, 1999, at the
Laurels of Coldwater.
Mr. Nichols was born October 16, 1918, in Salyersville, Kentucky, to Amos
and Sarah Nickles. He had worked for several farmers in the Homer area and
was also a custodian at Hillsdale High School for a few years. He loved
fishing and watching TV westerns and wrestling. His wife Vicie (Clemens)
preceded him in death in 1977.
Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Ann Johnston of Albion; three sons, David
Ackerman of Texas and Allen and Bennie Nickles, both of Hillsdale; three
sisters, Eva Jordan of Hillsdale, Evie Whattie of Ohio and Shirley Cole of
Coldwater; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 25, at the George White Funeral
Home in Litchfield with the Rev. Clyde Wonders officiating. Burial was in
Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield.

David Timothy Elliott
David Timothy Elliott, 29, of Litchfield, died Friday, October 22, 1999, at
University Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Mr. Elliott was born July 29, 1970, in Lima, Ohio, to Herman and Sally
(Meeks) Marshall. They survive in Litchfield.
He graduated from Albion High School in 1988.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Elliott is survived by three sisters,
Michelle Bryant and her fiancee Robert Burlew of Tekonsha, and Brenda Kidd
and Cheryl Marshall, both of Owosso; two brothers, Tim Marshall of Tekonsha
and Phil Kidd of Owosso; his grandfather, George Meeks of Litchfield; and
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Marshall.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the George White Funeral Home in
Litchfield, with the Rev. Clyde Wonders officiating. Interment was in Mt.
Hope Cemetery, Litchfield.

 

NOVEMBER 3, 1999
Alton Lee “Butch” Neal, Sr.
Alton Lee “Butch” Neal, Sr., 54, of Tekonsha, died Monday, October 25, 1999,
at his residence.
Mr. Neal was born September 19, 1945, in Albion, to Clarence John and Vera
(VanDyke) Neal. He married Loretta Blair March 7, 1964, in Homer. She
survives.
Mr. Neal was a resident of the Calhoun County area his entire life. He
worked at Alfab, Union Steel, Albion Malleable, Althaver Chevy and Brookside
Auto, retiring in 1986. He was a former volunteer fireman for Tekonsha and a
former coach for the Demon fastpitch softball team of Marshall. He was a
member of the Marshall Moose Lodge and the Horseshoe League of the Moose,
and the Albion Eagles. He enjoyed bowling and stock car racing.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Alton (Karlene) Neal II
of Union City, and Larry (Shondel) Neal of Tekonsha; two daughters, Mrs.
Larry (Penny) Parker of Gaylord, and Mrs. Brian (Pamela) Edwards, of Homer;
seven grandchildren; five brothers, Clarence J. Neal of Alabama, Robert Neal
of Albion, James Neal of Marshall, Harold Neal of Burr Oak, and Donald Neal
of Alabama; and three sisters, Loretta Maynard of Niles, Lucille Roberson of
Kalamazoo and Linda Stafford of Alabama.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Irene Williams, Frances Donke,
Caroline Neal and Edith Neal.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 28, at the Albion Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. Daryl Dexter officiating.
Burial was in Albion Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the
American Diabetes Association.

 

Basil W. Sizemore
Basil W. Sizemore, stillborn son of Estill and Celestia (Marshall) Sizemore
of Homer, died Tuesday, October 26, 1999, at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.
In addition to his parents, survivors include his maternal grandparents,
Paul and Hermalinda Marshall of Hillsdale; maternal great-grandmother Bertha
Rosales of Hillsdale; paternal grandparents James and Juanita Sizemore of
Homer; and paternal great-grandparents Keen and Madge Sizemore of Hyden,
Kentucky.
Graveside services were held Thursday, October 29, at Whig Center Cemetery
in Butler Township, with Pastor Richard Braman officiating.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the George White Funeral Home in
Litchfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillsdale Christian Center.

Gertrude E. Martin
Gertrude E. Martin, 77, of Homer, died Thursday, October 28, 1999, at Foote
Hospital in Jackson.
Mrs. Martin was born September 28, 1922, in Sharon, to Raymond and Esther
(Anderson) Barber. She married Eldon Lee Martin July 21, 1941, and he
preceded her in death September 13, 1980.
She enjoyed walking, needlework and spending time with her children and
grandchildren.
Mrs. Martin is survived by three sons, Larry (Janet) Martin and Roger (Fran)
Martin of Homer and Steven (Ann) Martin of Albion; two daughters, Carolyn
(Larry) Thomas of Tekonsha and Susan Martin of Homer; a brother, Clifford
Barber of South Boardman; a sister, Marie Tinker of Grand Rapids; nine
grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Eloise
Densmore.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Martin was also preceded in death by a
daughter, Sandra Martin.
Graveside services were held Saturday, October 30, at Fairview Cemetery in
Homer with the Rev. Larry Fulton officiating.
The Homer chapel of the Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapel handled the
arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or
the American Heart Association.

 

Ella M. Draper
Ella M. Draper, 100, of Homer, died Saturday, October 30, 1999, at the
Litchfield Nursing Centre in Litchfield.
Mrs. Draper was born May 6, 1899, in Mobile, Alabama, to George and Flora
(Schutt) Shanaberger. She first married Cloyd Williams, and then Melvin W.
Draper, both of whom preceded her in death.
Mrs. Draper came to the Homer area in the 1940s from Jackson. She was a
housewife, helping on the farm. She belonged to the Free Methodist Church at
Pulaski and had been a member of the Jackson Sweet Adelines. She was a Gold
Star Mother and belonged to the Willing Workers Club at Fisher’s Corner.
She is survived by two daughters, Marcella Bronson of Homer and Berneice
Warner of Tucson, Arizona; a son, Charles R. Williams of Brookston, Indiana;
and several grand-, great-grand-, and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, Mrs. Draper was preceded in death by a son,
Jack Williams, and a daughter, Irene Windle.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 2, at the Homer Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels. Burial followed in Fisher Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund, the Free
Methodist Church in Pulaski or the United Methodist Church in Homer.

 

NOVEMBER 10, 1999
Lois McKeel
Lois McKeel, 90, of Bradenton, Florida, and formerly of Homer, died Monday,
November 1, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. McKeel was born May 25, 1909, in Puryear, Tennessee, to John Henry and
Sallie (Taylor) McCormick. She married William W. McKeel August 4, 1934, and
he preceded her in death November 26, 1995.
Mrs. McKeel was a former resident of Ferndale, Northville and Homer, and
wintered in Bradenton from 1973 until she became a permanent resident of
Florida in 1993.
She was a member of the Manitee Methodist Church, and a homemaker who loved
to spend time with family. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, square
dancing, traveling and entertaining. She was a former sales clerk for the
J.L. Hudson Corporation, a Girl Scout leader and a member of the O.E.S.
Survivors include a daughter, Ann Lois McKeel; a grandson, Chuck (Lisa)
Pratt; and two great-grandchildren, Gregory and Michael Pratt, all of
Milan.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant brother,
Joe Denver McCormick; her twin brother, Louis McCormick; and a grandson,
Timmy Pratt.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 7, at Peoples Presbyterian
Church in Milan, with the Rev. Frank Dunbar officiating. Private burial
followed on Monday in Marble Park Cemetery in Milan.
The Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home in Milan handled the funeral arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Peoples Presbyterian Church Children’s
Christian Education Fund.

 

Clayton Alexander Hopp Jr.
Clayton Alexander “Skip” Hopp Jr., 54, died Wednesday, October 20, 1999, in
Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Hopp was born August 8, 1945, in Detroit, to Clayton and Monica
(Williams) Hopp. They survive in Homer. He was married to Susan Parent, and
she also survives.
He graduated from Ann Arbor High School and was a Vietnam veteran, serving
in the United States Army. He then graduated from Cleary College with a
degree in business.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Hopp is survived by a daughter,
Megan Elizabeth; a grandmother, Louise Williams; a brother, Daniel Hopp; two
sisters, Elizabeth Heller and Emily Salvette; and nieces, nephews, aunts,
uncles and many cousins.
Memorial services were held at Northminster Presbyterian Church in
Cincinnati, Sunday, October 24. A commital service will be held at 11 a.m.
at Fairview Cemetery, Homer, Saturday, November 13.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Finneytown Music Parents, in which
he was active, 8916 Fountainebleau Terr., Cincinnati, OH 45231, and, if
possible, donations of blood/platelets to University of Michigan Med Center.

 

Josie S. Carranza
Josie S. Carranza, 70, of Homer, died Sunday, November 7, 1999, at Foote
Hospital in Jackson.
Mrs. Carranza was born December 3, 1928, in Lockhart, Texas, to Domingo and
Maria Soledad (Partida) Guzman. She married Juan R. Carranza January 16,
1950, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and he preceded her in death April 23, 1994.
Mrs. Carranza worked at the Fort Wayne sanitarium before coming to Albion in
1956. She also worked at area potato and onion farms. She was a member of
St. John Catholic Church in Albion. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting and
watching television. She loved being with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Carranza is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Juan Manuel (Juanita) Vasquez
of Homer; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Sandy Ortiz
of Albion; two brothers, Eristeo E. Guzman of Saginaw and Esi Guzman of
Marshall; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Johnnie and Tony; a brother, Joe
Guzman; and a sister, Petra Flores.
Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from noon-5 p.m. and Thursday from
10 a.m. - noon at the Homer Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels. There
will be a rosary service at 4 p.m. today at the funeral chapel. Funeral
services will be held graveside at Albion Memory Gardens Thursday at 1 p.m.,
with the Rev. Gordon Greene officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

NOVEMBER 17, 1999
Larry C. Martin
Larry C. Martin, 56, of Homer, died suddenly Wednesday, November 10, 1999,
at Trillium Hospital in Albion.
Mr. Martin was born November 24, 1943, in Coldwater, to Eldon and Gertrude
(Barber) Martin. He married Janet Dale September 17, 1966, in Paris,
Michigan. She survives.
Mr. Martin lived in Homer for 55 years and worked for the Village of Homer.
He was a past volunteer fireman for the village and enjoyed hunting,
fishing, camping and people.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd
(Victoria “Vicky”) Kenyon of Albion, and Mrs. Stanton (Melissa) Friedrick of
Concord; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Roger (Fran)
Martin of Homer and Steve (Ann) Martin of Albion; two sisters, Mrs. Larry
(Carolyn) Thomas of Tekonsha and Susan Martin of Homer.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1980, his mother in October of
1999, and a sister, Sandra Martin
A memorial services was held Saturday, November 13, at the Homer Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. Phillip Friedrick officiating.
According to his wishes, cremation has taken place.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

NOVEMBER 24, 1999
Floyd H. “Brownie” Campbell
Floyd H. “Brownie” Campbell, 65, of Litchfield, died Wednesday, November 17,
1999, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
Mr. Campbell was born October 27, 1934, in Calhoun County to Jimmie and
Mabel (Wintersteen) Campbell. His first wife, Mildred Patterson, preceded
him in death in 1983. He married Shirley Listemann in 1985. She survives.
Mr. Campbell lived most of his life in the Litchfield area. He retired from
Jackson Iron & Metal where he had been a truck driver for 12 years. He was a
veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a former member of the Moose and Eagles
lodges, and he enjoyed his grandchildren, fishing and hunting.
In addition to his second wife, survivors include seven daughters, Sarah
Pratt and Betty Campbell of Jonesville, Carol (Dave) Neff of Flora,
Illinois, Ferrel Spieth of Jonesville, Patt Cline of Litchfield, Chris
(Kevin) Moran of Reading, and Jan (Aaron) Staten of Litchfield; one son,
Chuck (Cindy) Campbell of Milan, Tennessee; three sisters, Vergie (Bob)
Moran of Clearwater, Florida, Marge (Jim) Olney of Hanover, and Carol Rucker
of Litchfield; six brothers, Forrest Campbell of Ocala, Florida, Homer
(Judy) Campbell of Petersburg, Harry Campbell of Monroe, North Carolina,
Bill (Mary Lou) Campbell of Russellville, Missouri, Sam (Debbie) Campbell of
Clark Lake and Mark Campbell of Waterloo, Iowa; and several grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife, Mr. Campbell was preceded in death by a son,
Larry VanDorn, three brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were Saturday, November 20, at the Litchfield United
Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Fulton officiating. Interment was in
Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield.
The George White Funeral Home in Litchfield handled the arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the Diabetes Association.

DECEMBER 1, 1999

Steven L. Ladd
Steven L. Ladd, 47, of Litchfield, died Saturday, November 27, 1999, at the
Hillsdale Community Health Center.
Mr. Ladd was born February 26, 1952, in Hillsdale, to Burton and Lorene
(Foulk) Ladd. They survive in Litchfield. He was a 1971 graduate of
Litchfield High School and was an area factory employee for years.
In addition to his parents, survivors include a sister, Mrs. Russ (Marcia)
Gauger of Hillsdale; three brothers, Phil Ladd of Litchfield, Larry Ladd of
Jonesville and Dennis Ladd of Litchfield; three nieces and three nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, December 1) at 11 a.m. at
the Litchfield United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Clyde Wonders
officiating.
Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield.
Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of Hillsdale County.Catelyn Dillion
Catelyn Dillion, daughter of Ronnie and Eileen (Chamberlain) Dillion, of
Homer, was stillborn Sunday, November 28, 1999, at Oaklawn Hospital in
Marshall.
In addition to her parents, Catelyn is survived by her brother Casey Dillion
(at home); paternal grandmother Zelleree Dillion and maternal grandparents
Mr. and Mrs. Clair Chamberlain, all of Homer; and several aunts, uncles and
cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather Charles Dillion, a sister
Emily, and a bother Mitchell.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at Fairview Cemetery in Homer with the
Rev. Linda Burson officiating.
Donations may be made to any children’s charity.
Arrangements were made by George White Funeral Home, Litchfield.

DECEMBER 8, 1999
Evelyn M. Butters
Evelyn M. Butters, 81, of Homer, died Wednesday, December 1, 1999, at Battle
Creek Health System’s Leila Site.
Mrs. Butters was born November 17, 1918, in Traverse City to Leon C. and
Inez (Hoxie) Hammontree.
She married Francis S. Butters July 24, 1937. He preceded her in death in
1989.
She worked at Doris Grocery, Bascom Grocery, Young’s IGA and Felpausch in
Albion for 25 years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the West
Eckford Missionary Church. She was a foster grandparent at Homer Elementary
School for several years and enjoyed crafts and gardening.
Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Purucker of Battle Creek; a son,
Frederick (Joyce) Butters of Homer; 11 grandchildren; 23
great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Hammontree of Boyne City and Jerry
Hammontree of Homer; and six sisters, Phyllis Winnick, Betty Parker and Jean
Rauch, all of Homer, Margaret Carolan of Sage Lake, and Marcia Butters and
Doris McWatters, both of Homer.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Butters was preceded in death by a brother,
Jack Hammontree, and a son, Richard F. Butters.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 4, at the West Eckford
Missionary Church, with the Rev. David Nichols officiating. Interment was in
Albion Memory Gardens.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the George White Funeral Home in
Litchfield.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association or the
American Heart Association.

 

Maurice E. McCullough
Maurice E. McCullough, 69, of Homer, died Sunday, December 5, 1999, at his
residence.
Mr. McCullough was born December 28, 1929, in Eckford Township, to Carleen
and Elsie (King) McCullough. He married Mary Lou Machin July 22, 1951, in
Homer. She survives.
Mr. McCullough was a 1948 graduate of Homer High School. He was formerly
employed by Union Steel Products in Albion, and later worked for Cal-Bay
Farm Equipment, along with Howard Andrews. He also worked for Wonser Farm
Equipment in Battle Creek, retiring in 1992.
He was a member of the Homer United Methodist Church, a former National
Guard member in Albion, a member of the Homer Lions Club, a former Cub Scout
master, and a member of the Homer Parks and Recreation Committee. Mr.
McCullough enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting and golf, and was very
interested in Homer history. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Mr. McCullough is survived by his daughter-in-law
Sheri McCullough and two grandsons, Josh McCullough and Matt McCullough, all
of Homer.
He was preceded in death by his son Jeffery in February of 1999; two
brothers, Earl and William; and a sister, Lillian.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 7, at the Homer Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. Linda Burson officiating.
Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery, Homer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Homer Community Foundation.DECEMBER 15, 1999

 

Willis F. Owens
Willis F. Owens, 58, of Homer, died Tuesday, December 7, 1999, at home.
Mr. Owens was born January 9, 1941, in Bell County, Kentucky, to Nathaniel
and Reda Owens. He married Judy Patrick December 8, 1968. She survives.
Mr. Owens lived most of his life in Homer. He was a collector of model cars
and knives, and he enjoyed walking, bicycling and woodworking.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Mary Owens of Albion;
two sons, Bob (Melissa) Owens of Homer and Mark Owens of Albion; one sister,
Elizabeth Stevens of Albion; three brothers, Luther Owens of Albion, John
Owens of Concord and Nathaniel Owens of Albion; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 10, at Faith Community Church in
Albion, with the Rev. Melvin Howard officiating.
Funeral arrangements were handled by George White Funeral Home in
Litchfield.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Howard Earl Dunham
Howard Earl Dunham, 84, of Pulaski, died Sunday, December 12, 1999, at
Albion Care Centre.
Funeral services will be today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at the George White
Funeral Home in Litchfield, with the Rev. Bob Marston officiating. Interment
will be in Pulaski Cemtery.
A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Index.

DECEMBER 22, 1999
Howard Earl Dunham
Howard Earl Dunham, 84, of Pulaski, died Sunday, December 12, 1999, at
Albion Care Centre.
Mr. Dunham was born October 5, 1915, in Pulaski Township, to Floyd and
Bertha (Bates) Dunham. He married Louise Mansfield February 16, 1946. She
preceded him in death in 1997.
Mr. Dunham was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a farmer and served
in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed cutting wood and dancing.
He was engaged in custom combining.
Survivors include a son Charles (Penny) Dunham of Hanover; and several
nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Dunham was preceded in death by a brother,
Albert, and a sister, Mary DeForest.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 15, at the George White
Funeral Home in Litchfield, with the Rev. Bob Marston officiating. Interment
was in Pulaski Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Pulaski
Free Methodist Church.

 

Patsy J. Drumm
Patsy J. Drumm, 67, of Addison and formerly of Homer, died Friday, December
17, 1999, at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.
Mrs. Drumm was born July 13, 1932, in Ray, Indiana, to Harry and Helen
(Wagoner) Armstrong. She graduated from Homer High School in 1952. She
married Donald E. Drumm June 20, 1959. He survives.
Mrs. Drumm enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, bingo and spending time with
her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of “The Chubs
Club” in Addison.
In addition to her husband, survivors include five daughters, Mrs. David
(Sheila) Frost of Mt. Home, Arkansas, Mrs. Mike (Wendy) Wheeler of Homer,
Sheryl Fulton of Angola, Indiana, Mrs. David (Louise) Boehlke of Albion, and
Julie Jeffrey of Homer; two sons, Donald E. Drumm, Jr. and Michael (Paula)
Drumm, both of Homer; two brothers, Robert (JoAnn) Armstrong of Tennessee
and Donald L. Armstrong of Homer; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
and two special nephews, Jack and Anthony Armstrong.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Darlene Ann.
Funeral services were Monday, December 20, at the George White Funeral Home
in Litchfield, with the Rev. Harris Hoekwater officiating. Interment was in
Fairview Cemetery in Homer.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Thomas Scott Wilmer
Thomas Scott Wilmer, 55, of Litchfield, died Sunday, December 19, 1999, at
his home.
Mr. Wilmer was born July 12, 1944, in Hillsdale, to Thomas E. and Genevieve
C. (Reader) Wilmer. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1962 and
served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Wilmer married Pamela Smith in Litchfield August 19, 1967. She survives.
Mr. Wilmer was employed by the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department for
more than 25 years, and currently was the undersheriff. He was a member of
the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, Litchfield Athletic Boosters, was a
former member of the Litchfield Community Schools Board of Education, served
as an assistant junior varsity football coach for many years, was a hunter
safety instructor, a 911 Emergency Dispatch Board alternate and was a
Sheriff’s Posse Liaison.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Kristine M.
(Wilmer) Blonde and Mrs. Bruno (Kelly A.) Baermann, both of Litchfield; two
sons, John and Joseph Wilmer, both of Litchfield; one brother, James M.
Wilmer of Stanton; two grandchildren, Joshua and Elli Blonde; a
mother-in-law, (Anita) Pat Smith of Litchfield, and cousins, nieces and
nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Visitation was Tuesday from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the George White Funeral
Home in Litchfield. Funeral services are today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m in the
Litchfield High School gymnasium, with the Revs. Kathy Brown and Clyde
Wonders officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield.
Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of Hillsdale County or the Tom Wilmer
Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

Jan Mary Butler
Jan Mary (Kalanquin) Butler, 37, of Flushing, died unexpectedly Sunday,
December 19, 1999, at Mc-Laren Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Butler was born April 5, 1962, in Flint, to John and Phyllis Kalanquin.
They survive. She was a lifelong resident of the Flint area. She was a 1980
graduate of Grand Blanc High School and of Central Michigan University. She
married Lyndol Butler August 4, 1984, in Flint. He survives.
Mrs. Butler was a member of the St. Robert Catholic Church, where she taught
CCD, and was a member of Mother’s Together. She was a licensed social worker
for Genesee County. She was a loving wife, mother and daughter.
In addition to her husband and parents, survivors include two sons, Matthew
and Samuel, and a daughter, Cathryn, all at home; and her mother-in-law,
Marie Butler, of Homer.
Visitation is today (Wednesday) from 1-9 p.m. at Swartz Funeral Home in
Flint. A vigil service will be held at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. The body
will be at the church from 9 a.m. Thursday until the time of the mass.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Robert Catholic
Church in Flushing, with Father Steve Makranyi officiating.
Burial will be in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Michigan Special Olympics.DECEMBER 29, 1999

Paul Smeltzer, Jr.
Paul Smeltzer, Jr., 33, of Homer, died Sunday, December 26, 1999, at
Trillium Hospital in Albion.
Mr. Smeltzer was born April 7, 1966 in Albion to Paul and Cora (Edler)
Smeltzer. His mother survives him in Homer, while his father preceded him in
death.
Mr. Smeltzer was a graduate of Homer High School and Davenport Business
College. He was employed at Bob Frahm Chevrolet in Albion. He formerly owned
and operated Chicago Joe’s Video in Litchfield and had been a distribution
manager for the Battle Creek Enquirer & News for several years.
Mr. Smeltzer enjoyed bowling and was a member of the 300 Club and several
area leagues. He was also a fan of car racing.
In addition to his mother, survivors include four sisters, Diane Cline of
Pana, Illinois, Dorene Love of Molino, Florida, Barbara Smeltzer of Bankers
and Cora Angell of Flushing; a brother, Larry “Buddy” Smeltzer of Homer; and
special friends, Jeff and Deb Peters, of Jackson.
Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the
George White Funeral Home in Litchfield. Funeral services will be Thursday,
December 30, at 1 p.m. at the funeral, with the Rev. Larry Fulton
officiating. Interment will follow in Albion Memory Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to the Youth Bowling Association.


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