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Paul D. Friedrich age 69 of Laingsburg, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 at his home.

A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 26 at 3 P.M. at the Spirit of Christ Church in Haslett, 8170 Coleman Rd. (between Perry and Upton) with Pastor Jessie Still officiating.
arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Laingsburg Chapel.

Paul was born on May 3, 1948 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Ralph and Viola (Schnepp) Friedrich.  He graduated from Midland High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree at Kalamazoo College.  On August 17, 1968 he married Lois J.Piegols in Prudenville, MI.  Paul was a Biologist for the State of Michigan.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years Lois, three daughters; Teresa (Travis) Friedrich Finnern, Janet (Shaun) Roark and Carol( Matthew) Long, three grandchildren, Sonnet, Elizabeth and Jonathan, brothers, Don (Donna) Friedrich and Ron (Geroganne) Friedrich, sisters, Mary (Stan) Hines and Martha (Bill) Torreson.
Memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to: Carol Long Wycliff Bible Translators

: https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/the-longs

On-line condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Harold Leonard Marsh, formerly of Perry, Michigan, passed away November 7, 2017 while residing in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Harold was born June 23, 1919 in Alma, Michigan.  He was a World War II Veteran and married Marjorie Marsh on February 1, 1941.  Marjorie and daughter Linda Fountain preceded Harold in Death.  They have two surviving children, Joann Cole of Perry and son Robert Marsh of Perry, seven grandchildren, eight great grand children. He was also preceded in death by his second wife Ann Bethune. Harold is also survived by wife Betty Bridges-Marsh, 3 step children, Barbara Smith, Tim and Walter Bridges of Fayetteville North Carolina. 

Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM.   Pastor Mike Hixson will officiate with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry.  Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 PM and Friday 2-4 & 6-8 PM.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to  www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Helen L. Ehl, age 74 of Morrice, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Shiawassee County Hospice House.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 2 P.M. at Perry Nazarene Church with Pastor Tim Harmon officiating.  Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel.

Helen was born on November 23, 1942 in Belle Oak, MI, the daughter of Archie and Ethel (Fisher) Duncan.  She was a graduate of Morrice High School.  She worked for Morrice Area Schools for over 40 years.  Someone else will have to patrol the Morrice area now.

She is survived by her two sons; John (Beckie) Ehl and Tod (Kim) Ehl, grandchildren, Taylor and Emily Ehl and Charlie Winemiller, two sisters, Jan (Jim) Sego and Pat (John) Stiff, Her best friend Susie Honsinger and all the people in town she visited with and loved her, many lifelong neighbors and friends.  She was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters.  The family wishes to thank the Shiawassee County Hospice House  for their loving care.   In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Shiawassee County Hospice House. On-line condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Madelynn P. VanDenBerghe, 70 of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  Madelynn was born on July 15, 1947, the daughter of David C. & Dorothy C. (Balcom) Riegelman in White Plains, NY.  She retired as a bookkeeper and is survived by her son David (Stacie) VanDenBerghe of Holt, MI and their children Hadley and Dawson, and her daughter Amy VanDenBerghe of Mason, MI and her son Caleb.
Cremation has taken place and the family will hold a time of celebration at a later date.


James Thomas McKinney, age 58 of Olivet, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at his home. Cremation has taken place and there are no services planned at this time. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.


Ruth Ann Vertz, age 75 of Perry, passed away Thursday October 19, 2017 at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM.  Officiant Jackie Doerfner will officiate.  Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Ruth was born in Kay Jay, KY, the daughter of Oscar B. & Lula Z. (Shelton) Davis.  On October 15, 1965 she married Leonard William Vertz, he predeceased her on June 3, 2009.  Ruth worked for BWAY Corporation in Cincinnati, OH for fifteen years, retiring in 2006.  She was a member of the Ladies AMVETS Auxiliary 4064 of Perry.

Ruth is survived by her daughters; Derelda (Bill) Brown of Perry and Delta (Lainy) Morris of Laingsburg, grandson Bill (Kacie) Brown, 2 wonderful sisters; Floretta Sowders of London, KY and Alice (Bill) Harrell of Orlando, FL, many special nieces and nephews and a very special niece, Margie (Diana) Davis of Union, KY, special sister-in-law Mary Lou Davis.  She was predeceased by 11 brothers and sisters; J.B. & Addie Davis, Bill Davis, Ray Davis, Wanda & Charlie Fuson, Lossie & Gerald Buchanan, Betty & James Brown, Faye & Isom Wilder, Bruce Davis and 3 Davis babies .   Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Mildred (Millie) Prince was born July 11, 1926 and passed away October 18, 2017. Born to Keith and Jessie Smith (Hatt) she grew up in Shiawassee County living in Perry, Morrice, and Owosso. In 1947 Millie married John Edward Prince and settled down as a homemaker on the farm. They had three children.

Millie began her employment career at Sears in 1960 and retired with 29 years of service. While working at Sears she gained many friends, co-workers and customers alike. Her positive attitude and strong work ethic gained her recognition for excellent customer service.

In retirement Millie liked to garden and loved growing flowers of all kinds. In addition she loved to quilt, read, cook and travel. Millie volunteered at the Shaftsburg United Methodist Church and with the Christian organization, King’s Daughters, based in Owosso.

Millie is survived by her three children, Jacklyn Brown (Kevin), Melinda Pope (Wayne), John Prince Jr., and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother and sisters, Keith, Barbara, and Betty, and infant daughter, Candace.

A Memorial Service is planned for Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 11a.m. at Shaftsburg United Methodist Church. Please, no flowers. Donations may be made to Shaftsburg United Methodist Church in memory of Millie Prince. 
The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Myrtle B. Austin, 85 of Perry, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017.  Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Saturday October 21, 2017 at 11:00 am.  Pastor Nancy Powers will officiate with burial to follow at Graham Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Myrtle was born in Perry, MI on September 5, 1932, the daughter of William & Eva (Carlton) Cross.  She graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1951.  Myrtle married Gerald I. Austin in Angola, IN on December 10, 1952.  He predeceased her in 1982.  She was a past member of the Family Christian Church and enjoyed reading her bible, watching movies, cooking and baking.  Myrtle worked for 36 years for Midwest Abrasive and then for IGA as a greeter and bagger.

She is survived by her children; Gerald W. (Libby) Austin of Ovid, Paula Jane (Roger) Hill of Laingsburg, and James Herman (Jeri) Austin of Perry, 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren.   She was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law Lois & George Daniel, Sr.   Memorials are suggested to Heart to Heart Hospice.   Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Josephine Roberts, age 92 of Perry passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at her home.  Cremation has taken place and no services are planned.  Arrangements were handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel.  Online condolences can be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Dora M. Manarky, age 88 of Perry, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel with burial to take place in Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley, MI at 3:00 pm.  Family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 2-8 pm.

Dora was born on July 24, 1929 in Lansing to the late Clarence and Evelyn (Lashaway) Koenders.  She volunteered for Abigayle Ministries for many years.  Dora enjoyed reading magazines and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Manarky is survived by her daughter, Betty Schultz of Perry; grandchildren: Susan (Gary) Lewis of Perry and Norman (Jessica) Schultz of Morrice; great grandchildren: Michael, Angel, Ashley, Gary, Shawn, Kristina, Alexander; sister, Beverly Berry of Flint; brother, Larry Koenders of Arkansas and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, in 1986; daughter, Frances Manarky in 1998; 2 sisters: Mary and Edna; 5 brothers: Robert, Clarence, Dale, Carl and Bill.

Memorial contributions given in Dora's name are suggested to Feed The Children or St. Jude Children's Hospital.  Online condolences may be shared with her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Rudy D. Darling age 67 of Morrice passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 at Sparrow Hospital. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the House of Prayer Church in Haslett. Pastor Dave Cokonaugher will be officiating. Family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.

Rudy was born November 20, 1949 in Owosso, a son of Virgil and Phyllis (Ranowsky) Darling. On December 27, 1969 he married Diane Lingerfelt in Morrice. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement he worked for General Motors for many years. Rudy was a head usher at the House of Prayer and a member of the 11th. Armored Cavalry. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, Michigan State football, he loved his family, friends, his dog Lily, church, God and life in general.

Rudy is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Stacie (Joe) Binkley, Ryan (Ashley) Darling and Joshua Darling; grandchildren, Jarrod, Autumn, Madison, Megan, Joshua II, Eva and Kaiden; sister, Terry; and brother, John. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Phyllis; and his sister Karen.

In lieu of flowers  memorial contributions are suggested to the House of Prayer for Prison Ministries.  Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Kevin (Goober) Johnson, 51 of Perry, passed away at his home on Thursday, October 5, 2017.  Funeral services will be at the House of Prayer Church in Haslett on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM.  The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 11:00 am until the time of the service.   Rev. Dave Cokonaugher will officiate.

Kevin was born in Flint, MI on July 3, 1966, the son of Harold Rappley & Sue Emery.  He graduated from Carman Ainsworth High School in Flint in the class of 1985.  He married Sandy Skutt in Flint on April 26, 1986 and was a member of the House of Prayer Church.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles, music and especially spending time with family.  Kevin served his country in the Army and had worked for 28 years as a linesman for Consumers Energy in Lansing and Owosso.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sandy, children; Jessica Worman of Perry, Juston Johnson of FL, and Jaci Johnson of Perry, grandchildren; Jayden, Arthur, Olivia, Aubree, and Karizman, 3 sisters; Sheila (Buck) Sweatland of FL, Tonya (Craig) Smeby of Flushing, and Randee (Sam) Pepitone of Flint, his brother Scott (Veronica) Johnson of FLint, his father Harold Rappley of Flint and his mother Sue Pappley of Flint.   He was predeceased by his brother Jerry Johnson.   Memorials are suggested to the family.   Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Thomas M. VanWormer, 62 of Laingsburg, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
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Funeral services will be held at Perry Baptist Church on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Thomas was born in Owosso, MI on January 1, 1955, the son of Robert M. & Marion (DeFrance) VanWormer.  He graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1973.  On June 21, 1975 he married Jennifer Ann Church at the Perry Baptist Church.  Tom worked at GM in Lansing at the Oldsmobile Plant 2 and then for Fisher Body, retiring in 2006.   He was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed old cars.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jennifer, their children: Gabriel Ryan (Shelley) VanWormer of Perry, Shannon (Michael) Lear of Fredrick, Maryland, and Michael Robert (Megan) VanWormer of Perry, 8 grandchildren, his sisters Joan Vallejo of Tampa, FL and Jill VanWormer of Olympia, WA and his brother Terry (Kelly) VanWormer of Owosso.  He was predeceased by his parents.   Memorials are suggested to the Perry Baptist Church.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Carla Fay Morris, age 55 of Woodhull Twp., passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at her home.

Cremation has taken place and there are no services at this time. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  Online condolences may be shared by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Johanna B. Banker, age 91 of Perry, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  Pastor Timothy Harmon will officiate with burial to follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Perry.  Family will receive friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to the service.

Johanna was born March 28, 1926 in Owosso to the late Herman and Myrtle (Austin) Hoshield.  On September 4, 1943 she married Robert Lynn Banker in Detroit.  He later passed in 2000.  Mrs. Banker was the Co-Owner of Banker's Hardware in Grand Ledge for 40 years, closing the store after her husband's passing in 2000.  She was a member of the Perry Church of the Nazarene.  She was self-taught playing the clarinet and organ and enjoyed cooking and traveling.  She loved her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Banker is survived by 4 children: David Ross Banker of Morrice, Paul James (Esther) Banker of Morrice, Linda (Robert) Kingsley of Drummond Island and Thomas Allen (Tammy) Banker of Olivet; 8 grandchildren and many great and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and son, Robert Banker, Jr.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Perry Church of the Nazarene.  Online condolences may be sent by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Nancy Beth Newell, age 70, of Perry died August 28, 2017. She was born to Charles and Agnes Newell on August 25, 1947 in Mount Pleasant Michigan. Private services have taken place.

She is survived by her brother Thomas (Linda) Newell of Okemos, her sisters: Judy (John) Williams of Shepherd, Ann (Ron) Losey of Mount Pleasant, Sue (Al) Bauman of Remus, MaryLynne Newell of NM and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrice.
Please sign Nancy's guestbook at www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Russell G. VanNortwick, age 57 of Perry, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at his home.  Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.  Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Kathleen Ann Lowrie, 56 of Henderson, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017.  Kathleen was born in Owosso on November 25, 1960, the daughter of Richard E. & Phyllis E. (Holder) Proudfoot.  She earned her associates degree in accounting and owned her own business, Time For Accounting & Taxes.  She was affiliated with AA. 

Kathleen is survived by her son, Aaron of Brighton, sisters; Sarah Miller of Morrice, Mary Parrish of Winter Haven, FL and Jane Perida of Waterford, nieces and nephews; Nick & Jess, Joe & Jenny and Zachary.  She was predeceased by her brother Andrew Proudfoot and her parents.  Cremation has taken place and at this time no services are scheduled.


Joan Elaine Norton, 82, of Mason, passed away at her home on Monday, August 7, 2017.  Per her wishes, a private family service will be held.  The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.


Norman K. Strachan, 74 of Morrice, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.  Norman was born in St. Johns, MI on July 12, 1943, the son of Howard & Jean (Kirtland) Strachan.  He graduated from Ionia High School in 1961.  On October 2, 1965 he married Linda Hankinson and would have celebrated 52 years together this year.  Norman retired from Fisher Body-General Motors in Grand Blanc and was Past Worshipful Master at the Perry Masonic Lodge 350 and a member of the Shriners, a member of the Morrice United Methodist Church, past president of the Morrice Senior Center, served on the Perry Morrice Shaftsburg Ambulance for 12 years, past member of the HOST program in Morrice, enjoyed hunting at Tom's camp with Verlyn and Doc Elsesser.

Norman is survived by his wife, Linda, children; Mary Strachan of Morrice and Robert (Belinda) Strachan of Sperry, Oklahoma, grandchildren; Emma & Mason Strachan and Teilia (Andy) Betz, sister Sandra (Gary) Lummen of Grand Rapids, brother John (Martha) Strachan of Denver, CO, sister Judy Magnay of Toronto, Canada, special friends Bob Beach and Larry Slocum.  He was predeceased by his parents, grandparents Howard & Jean Strachan.  Norm would not want us to forget the staff at the Perry Taco Bell and Morrice Mugg & Bopps shop and their kindness over these last years.

Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Deacon Gary Edington officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 6-8 PM and on Sunday 2-4 & 6-8 PM with a Masonic service to be held at 7:00 PM.  Burial will be at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry.  Memorials are suggested to Owosso Memorial Hospice, Morrice United Methodist Church or the Shriner's Children's Hospital.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Clayton Lloyd Stombaugh, 18 months old, passed away at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing on Sunday July 23, 2017.  Clayton was born in Lansing, MI on January 13, 2016, the son of Lloyd Clayton Stombaugh & Cali Jade Forreider. 

There will be a visitation at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday, July 28, 2017 from 5-7 PM.  Memorials are suggested to the Sparrow Hospital Children's Unit.


Cassandra N. Ray age 26 of Lansing formerly of Perry passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at her home. A memorial service will be 4:00 PM Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Cassandra was born April 4, 1991 in Lansing, MI a daughter of David Ray and Carol Maddox. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, traveling up north, quads and go-carts.

She is survived by her children, MacKenzie, Ronnie, and Audree; fiancé, Don Fisher; Mother, Carol Maddox; Father, David (CaTina) Ray; and siblings, Anthony Ray, Kayla Sue Hutchison, Noah Michael Esch, Anya Howery and Malique Howery.

Memorial Contributions in Cassandra's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Kathleen B. Canfield, 94 of Perry, formerly of Fowlerville, passed away on Wednesday July 19, 2017 at Pleasant View Medical Care Facility in Corunna.  Kathleen was born in Cohoctah, MI on November 8, 1922, the daughter of Dewey & Birdice (Sober) Jenkins.  On May 13, 1941 she married Ellis Canfield in Fowlerville, MI, he predeceased her July 21, 2005.  Kathleen worked as a babysitter, barmaid, in restaurants but was a dedicated homemaker, raising her children. 

She is survived by her children: Janet (Ernie) Rivers of Perry, Lyle Canfield of Harrison, MI, Gordon (Melody) Canfield of Fowlerville, MI and Robert (Drema) Canfield of MI, 22 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren, 32 great great grandchildren, 2 brothers; Herbert (Sally) Jenkins of Corunna and Raymond (Jeanette) Jenkins of Durand.  She was predeceased by her daughter Nancy Niswonger, 2 sisters; Doris Meade and Maxine, brothers Lyle Jenkins and Harold Jenkins.  Memorials are suggested to Great Lakes Hospice.   A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 12, 2017 at 11:00 at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints on 1588 N. Hickory Rd.  Owosso, MI 48867.


Herbert C. Horton, 66 of Morrice, passed away on Monday evening, July 17, 2017 at his home.  Herbert was born on January 31, 1951, the son of Oscar & Betty Joan (Haynes) Horton.  He has resided in Lansing, Williamston and Perry.  On May 26, 1995 he married Colleen M. Adams in Lansing.  He enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing and working in his barn.  Herbert served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War and retired from General Motors in Lansing in 2005. 

He is survived by his wife, Colleen, 2 daughters; Charlene (David) Taylor of Napoleon, MI, Brandi Nottingham of Midland, 2 step-sons; Benny (Elizabeth) Miller of Dansville and Luke Miller of Holt, MI   17 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, sisters; Amy Miller of Whitmore, MI, Renee Price of KY, Judy (Randy) King of Millington, Kenny Pixley-White of Flint, 2 half brothers; Donald Horton, Flint and Kevin Horton of Iowa.  He was predeceased by his brother Robert Horton and sister Bonnie Kilmer and his parents.  Memorials are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Hospice.   A memorial service will be held at a later date.   Online Condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Jack William Thompson, 57 of Grand Ledge, passed away at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI on Monday, July 17, 2017.  Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM.  Pastor Matt Dowdy will officiate with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Grand Ledge.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Jack was born in Lansing, MI on October 8, 1959, the son of Windfred Jack & Dorothy May (Leonard) Thompson.  He graduated from Lansing Sexton High School and August of 1978 he married Myra Chamberlin.  Jack worked at General Motors in Lansing before retiring.

He is survived by his son Mitchell James Thompson of Lansing and his daughter Michelle Marie Thompson & Travis Barringer of Grand Ledge.  Grandchildren Dominick Camacho, Andreana Thompson, Leigha Barringer,  Ana Rebecca Page and Breana Ladd, his brother Jess (Fran) Thompson of Eaton Rapids.  He was predeceased by his parents and 4 brothers; Dick, Chuck, Tom and Dave and grandson; Porter Alan Ladd.  Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.   Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Cynthia "Cyndy" A. Saxton age 61 of Perry passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Sparrow Hospital. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the Shaftsburg United Methodist Church. Pastor Dave Cokonougher will be officiating. Burial to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.

Cyndy was born October 29, 1955 in Lansing, MI a daughter of Clarence "Russ" and Gertrude (Buck) Robbennolt. Cyndy graduated from Harry Hill in Lansing. On June 26, 1976 she married Walter M. Saxton the III. She was co-founder of Prayers and Squares, Ties that Bind Chapter. Cyndy enjoyed quilting and spending much of her time with her grandchildren.

Cyndy is survived by her husband, Walter Saxton; children, Tami (James) Wood and Angel (Marty) Alchin; grandchildren, Nick (Shawna), Zach (Megan), Kira and Elias; mother, Trudy; sister, Nonda Rock; brother, Greg (Jackie) Robbennolt; and many extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her fathers', Russ Robbennolt and Dave Burk.

Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Dorothy Abel, age 87 of Haslett (Formerly of Prospect Park NJ  passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Sparrow Health Systems.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at the Perry Church of the Nazarene on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 4 P.M. with dinner to follow.   On Friday August 4, 2017 a memorial service will be held in Hawthorne, NJ at the Hawthorne Gospel Church at 6 p.m.  Her family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel

Dorothy was born one of eight children to Jacob and Nellie (Hagens) DenBleyker on January 11, 1930.  From the day she was born she brought love, joy and humor to each life she touched.  Her faith in God got her through the good times and the bad and her wish to all the lives she touched would be to find that faith and cherish it.

She is survived by her loving children, Kenneth (Leeann) Abel of Wayne, NJ, Kathy (Rod) Edwards of Okemos, MI, five grandchildren; Dakota,K.C. and Montana  Abel of Wayne, NJ, Scott (Bridgett) McGraw of Temperance, MI, Kristen (Gabe) Allen of Perry, six great-grandchildren; Zachary, Brett, Madeline and Gabrielle McGraw, Joseph and Koby Allen, one brother; Donald (Grace) DenBleyker, three sisters; Grace Bookstaver, Lois (Don) Botbyl of FL and Joan DenBleyker of MA.
She was predeceased by brothers John and Allen and sister Marie.

In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center 1000 Wall street, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.  On-line condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Diane Marie Crainer, 69 of Owosso, passed away at her residence on Thursday, June 29, 2017.  A memorial gathering will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Monday, July 3, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.
There will be a graveside service at Richland Township Cemetery in Prescott, MI on Thursday July 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  A luncheon will follow at Judson Baptist Church in Prescott.

Diane was born in West Branch, MI on August 22, 1947, the daughter of Richard J. & Lucy (Shepherd) Cole.  She married Kenneth Crainer on January 25, 1969 and for the past 22 years she has lived in the Owosso area.  She was active in the 4-H Rodeo Program and the High School Rodeo Program.   Diane was a homemaker, raising her three daughters.

She is survived by her daughters; Vicki (Chris) Lauer of Owosso, Krista (Chris) LaRue of Ozark, Arkansas, and Jodi (Matt) Buckner of Greenwood, Arkansas, 6 grandchildren; Destry LaRue, Tyler Lauer, Emma LaRue, Tori Lauer, Tessa Lauer, Kenna Ray Buckner, two brothers; Dean (Sheila) Cole of Columbiaville, MI and Denny (Susan) Cole of Whittemore, MI.  She was predeceased by her parents.   

Memorials are suggested to the Michigan High School Rodeo.   Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


James Autry Dempsey, 77 of Perry, passed away on Wednesday June 28, 2017 at his residence.  Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Ray Strawser will officiate with burial to follow at Oak Plains Cemetery in Shaftsburg.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

James was born in Marked Tree, Arkansas on March 24, 1940, the son of James C. & Gladys (Harbison) Dempsey.  He served in the Army after high school and on October 21, 1961 he married Diane May Reish in Colorado Springs, CO.  He enjoyed scuba diving, motorcycles and boating.  James retired from Fisher Body of Lansing in 1993 after 30 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Diane, daughters Diana Marie Dempsey of Laingsburg and Linda Fero of Houghton Lake, 4 grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Arkansas, 3 brothers; Bobby (Marie) Dempsey of Benton, Ark, Sam (Linda) Dempsey of Ark., and Michael (Bev) Dempsey of Clio.  He was predeceased by 3 grandchildren and his parents.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the donor's choice.


Kevin Leroy Eberhart, 62 of Perry, passed away on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at Sparrow Hospital.  A memorial service will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM.   The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until the time of the service.

Kevin was born in Lansing, MI on December 4, 1954, the son of Lewis Bernard & Wanda Elaine (White) Eberhart.  He graduated from Morrice High School in 1973.  He enjoyed automotive work, computers and working on televisions.  He was a mechanic and had worked in automotive part sales, having worked at Paul's Automotive, Dean Transportation, Capital City International and Car Quest.

He is survived by his brothers; David (Vickie) Eberhart of Laingsburg and Ricky (Delores) Eberhart of Ogemaw, WI, brother-in-law James DeYoung of Little Lake, MI,  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Karen DeYoung.


Larry Duane Casler, age 65 of Laingsburg, passed away on Tuesday June 20, 2017 at Sparrow Hospital.  A memorial service will be held at the Laingsburg American Legion on Friday June 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Wilfred Baker will officiate.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Larry was born in Owosso, MI on November 8, 1951, the son of Clyde & Betty June (Bolton) Casler, Sr.  He graduated from Laingsburg High School in 1970 and on February 19, 1972 he married Ruby Anna Cook at the Laingsburg Nazarene Church where he is a member.  He liked to hunt, fish, work for the fire department and loved his grandchildren.  He joined the Laingsburg Fire Department in 1975, serving in various officers positions, including chief.  He retired from LSW in 2001.  Larry worked for Michigan National Bank for 30 years as a Computer Operator Supervisor, retiring in 2001.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ruby, 3 sons; David (Tomaro) Casler, Duane Casler, Michael (Angie) Casler, 6 grandchildren; Britney (Justin), Justin, Tylar, Zakary, Hunter and Aiden, great-grandson, Kolten, his brother Clyde (LouAnn) Casler, their son Robert,  as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was predeceased by his parents, grandparents, and a baby brother.  Memorials are suggested to the Laingsburg Fire Department.


Xavier J. Martin, age 20 of Perry, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017 as the result of an accident in Sallisaw, OK.  Xavier was born in Howell, MI.  He graduated from Morrice High School in the class of 2015.  He attended Wildfire Prayer and Ministry Church, loved God, liked to hunt, fish, horses, sports and football, where he played in high school.  He had worked at Royal Stone in Williamston and most recently as a ranch hand in Sallisaw.

Xavier is survived by his parents; Mother Tara (Kevin) Nanasy of Perry, Father Toby (Nichole Woodward) Martin, Sr., sisters Amber & Jade Nanasy of Perry, brothers Matthew Martin, Toby Martin, Jr., and Evan Martin, grandparents Pamela & Philip Kester of Morrice, Kenneth & Joyce Polhemus of Perry, John Martin and Gayla (McDaniels) Martin.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Funeral services will be held at the Graham Church at 7320 W. Beard Road, Shaftsburg, MI on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM.   Pastor John Mills will officiate.   The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday 2-4 & 6-8 PM.


Benjamin (Ben) Harrison Hogan, 94 of Morrice, MI died peacefully Sunday morning on June 18, 2017. Ben was born in Saint Helens, KY on 10/18/1922 to Walker and Mattie Hogan. He is survived by his loving wife, Marian of nearly 67 years. Children: Carol (Alan) Morehead, Jim Daar, Nancy Hogan and Bill (Wendy) Hogan. Grandchildren: David (Hyesu) Morehead, Breanna (Will) Kolar and Katelyn Hogan. Nephews: Michael (Mary Lou) Bowman, David (Denise) Nadler, and Tom (Barb) Nadler. Preceded in death by parents, sisters Eileen (Rufus Lee) Botner and Edith (Edward) Nadler.

Ben loved the outdoors; gardening, fishing and hunting. He served in the US Navy during WWII and retired from Lansing General Hospital as their electrician. Ben served many years as an Elder in the Perry and Durand congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A Memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 9754 E. Lansing Rd. Durand, MI 48429 on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Worldwide Work for humanitarian activities at JW.Org.  Condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Samantha M. Galbavi, age 25 of Perry passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Sparrow Health Systems.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 1 P.M. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel with Pastor Bubba Cook officiating.  Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery in Perry.  Family will receive friends on Sunday From 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Samantha was born on January 21, 1992 in Lansing, the daughter of Michael and Theresa (Lobert) Galbavi.  She was a 2010 graduate of Perry High School.  She worked for the state of Michigan as a courier for the Senate.  She was a bright passionate, caring soul and a loving mother.

Samantha is survived by her daughters, Madilyn and Myla Gall, parents, Michael and Theresa Galbavi, brothers, Brandon and Adam and sister Emily, grandparents, Gary (Judy) Galbavi and Roger (Janice) Lobert, aunt, Marcy (Kraig) Johnson and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by grandmother Mary Lobert. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to her children.  On-line condolences can be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Dieon Elizabeth Massie, age 90 of Owosso, passed away on Friday morning at Durand Senior Care.  Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  Pastor Timothy Harmon will officiate.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday 6-8 PM.

Dieon was born in Flint, MI on September 16, 1926, the daughter of Otter R. & Celia E. (Gohs) Burgess.  She married LeRoy Massie on July 11, 1953 in Bowling Green, OH.  He predeceased her July 19, 2006.  Mrs. Massie was a homemaker and had worked part-time at Hudson's.

She is survived by her two daughters: Deborah (Jay) Hanks of Perry and Susan (Allan) Sehlke of St. Johns, 2 grandchildren; Jamie (Scott) Haddix and Holly Hanks, great grandchildren; Vaughn, Van, and Weslie, her niece Lisa Damitio of WA.  She was predeceased by her brother, Donald Burgess.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gerald Hall, age 72 of Perry, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. 
Arrangements will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Vivian Parmalee, age 92 of Williamston, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, at New Life Assisted Living Center in Haslett.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 11- 1 P.M. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel.
Vivian was born on June 5, 1924 in Williamston, the daughter of Pete and Alma (Wiggins) Warfle.  She was a homemaker who enjoyed flower gardening, and watching the many birds who frequented her feeders.  
Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Allison (Tape) Parmalee; sisters Gladys Richards, Lenegene Brooks, Lois Colby, and Jeanette Richardson; brothers Clarence (Max), Walt, Lloyd (Bud), Bill, Bob, and great grandson Hunter Parmalee.

Vivian is survived by her children Beverly Carter of Perry, Dar (Jody) Parmalee of Rockwood, TN, Richard (Sue) Parmalee of Williamston and Danny (Lori) Parmalee of Perry, ten grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, brother Dennis (Kathy) Warfle of Laingsburg, sister-in-law Carol Warfle, brother-in-law Bob Richardson and many, many nieces and nephews

.The family would like to thank the staff of New Life Assisted Living West for their loving care of Mom over the past eighteen months. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to New Life Assisted Living, 2077 Haslett Road, Haslett Michigan 48840, or Great Lakes Hospice.
ON-line condolences can be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


John M. Foote, age 88 of Perry, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Regency at Lansing West.  Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.  Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Barbara Orr (nee Rountree) passed away peacefully on May 8 at the age of 84, at the Medilodge in Howell, Michigan.

Barb was predeceased by her son, Jeff (1969), and husband of 57 years, Mer Orr (2009), along with siblings Marty (Wayne) and Jerry (Mary). She is survived by sons Craig (Linda) and Mark, daughter Kathi (Joe), sister Joanne Higby, and seven much-loved grandchildren, Daniel, Karen, Jillian, Alex, Kelsey, Thomas, and Taylor.

Barb was a “farm girl” born and raised in Romeo Michigan, who was devoted to her husband and family. Her Sunday pot roasts are an enduring memory for her family. Barb enjoyed many crafts, worked as a secretary for State Farm and as a community club instructor in Tennessee, but is mainly remembered as a good mother, grandmother, sister, and caring wife who faithfully supported her husband Mer’s career in the automobile industry.

Barb’s family wishes to express its gratitude for the excellent care provided to their mom/grandmother by the staff of Medilodge. Donations can be made to a heart foundation, charity or church of your choice. A private service is planned for a later date.


Gloria Darleen Austin of Durand, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at her home, at the age of 72.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11 am, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel, Sallie Franks will officiate with burial to follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm, also from 10am until the time of the service on Monday. 

Gloria was born in Durand on December 18, 1944 to the late Hugh Theodore and Katherine M. (Prowant) Warstler.  She graduated from Durand High School in the class of 1963 and spent her life as a homemaker.  On September 3, 1965 she married Lester James Austin at her parents home in Flint.  Gloria enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors, she spent a lot of time sitting with Lester while he was deer hunting, and eventually took up the sport herself, shooting her first deer with a crossbow a few years ago.  She enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, gardening and anything to do with animals.  She was also a weight recorder for the TOPS Club.

Gloria is survived by her husband of 52 years, Lester, their two daughters, Kristine Klatt and Michelle (Russ Bowen) Austin, granddaughters; Chrystal (Matt) Kraiger and Ryanna (Ryan) Levitski, also two great-grandchildren; Alyson Parker and Dayton Kraiger, her brother; Arvid (Sharon) Warstler, and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

She was predeceased by both of her parents, her sister Glenda Hipkins, and her half siblings; Adrian Warstler and Alverna Maggart.

Memorial contributions in Gloria's name are suggested to the family for future designation.


Sharon Jane (Powers) Pollok, age 74 of Williamston, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Sparrow Health System in Lansing following a hard-fought battle with pneumonia.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11 am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel, Pastor Debbie Grazier will officiate with burial to follow in Summit Cemetery in Williamston followed by a meal.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm and also Saturday morning from 10 to 11 am prior to the funeral.

Sharon was born in St. Johns, Michigan to the late Robert Dale and Juanita Elizabeth (Eiseler) Powers on October 12, 1942, she was the oldest of four.  She graduated from Everett High School in Lansing in 1960, and on November 2, 1964 she married Marvin "Dale" Pollok in Williamston, Michigan.  Sharon spent her working career as a loan officer for Communication Services Credit Union, she also worked at the Williamston Elevator.  She and Dale enjoyed camping with their daughter, living on the farm and spending time with their friends from the Draft Horse Club.  Sharon made amazing pies and was a 4-H leader, she even remodeled her kitchen so she could teach cooking.  Sharon was a selfless person, always putting others before herself, and was always there when anyone needed anything.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dale, their only child, daughter Jody (Brett) Pollok-Newsom, and her only grandchild whom she cherished, Rachel Elizabeth-dale Newsom.  Her step-mother, Jeanette Powers, and her siblings; Deb (Gary) Childs, Bob (Michele) Powers, and Terry (Patti) Powers, also many nieces, nephews, and friends. 

She was predeceased by both of her parents.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Pollok's name are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.


Reonika (Higashida) Johnston, age 28 of Perry, passed away at her home on Monday, April 24, 2017.  No services are planned.  The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral homes, Perry Chapel.


Kenneth Jay O'Berry, age 68 of Perry, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at his home.  Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.  Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Joan E. Hubble, age 62 of Perry, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at her home.  Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.  Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Robert Sheehan, "Bob" or commonly referred to as Coach or RT was born to his parents Frank and Mary Sheehan in Port Huron, MI January 17, 1933.  He was the youngest of six children, all of whom are now deceased: Edna, Eileen, Fran, Jim and Joyla.  He attended Catholic School in Port Huron and coached basketball at St. Stephens Catholic School in Port Huron.  He graduated with teaching degree from Central Michigan University and later obtained his masters degree from Michigan State University.  He taught high school government classes at Perry Public Schools from 1961 to 1993 and coached high school boys basketball.  He also served Perry Public Schools as Athletic Director and for one year as the High School Principal.  He was a dedicated teacher, well liked by his students and other staff there.  He had the honor of being chosen to be the Grand Marshal of the homecoming parade his last year of teaching.  He stayed in touch with some of his students and basketball players and formed lifelong friendships with many of them.

He married Helen (Wilson) Sheehan in 1973 and instantly became a father and grandfather as well as father-in-law.  Most of these children and in-laws had been students of his.  He is survived by Helen.  They had retired to Las Vegas, NV and lived there for 22 years before returning to Michigan in Oct. 2015 to be closer to family.  They enjoyed golfing together almost daily for many years and both got holes-in-one.  He actually had two but who is counting.

What a loving husband, caring father and proud grandfather he became.  Family was very important to him and he became very important to them as well.  His step-children are: Beverly Wilson, Ron and Sue Hammond, Mark and Jane Wilson, Beth Wilson.  His grandchildren are: Kurt and Laura Hammond, Mark and Jessica Anderson, Stephanie Wilson, Peter and Belinda Wilson, Nick Grover and Heather Lafave, Natasha and Michael Wilbur II, Zachary Wilson and Alexandria Bushong and John Wilson.  His great grandchildren are: Blake Hammond and Erivae Hass-Vienna, Issabella Anderson, Lilia Grover, Westley Grover, Luke Hammond, Jacob Hammond, Grace Hammond, Michael Wilbur III and Baby girl Wilbur and new baby Wilson.  They love him deeply and he was their father, grandfather and great grandfather wo they could seek counsel from and each of them did.  He positively impacted their life choices and will always be remembered for loving them deeply.  He also has many nieces and nephews who are dear to him.  He had a great sense of humor and contagious laugh.

He was proud of his Irish Catholic Heritage and worked diligently to document family ancestry for both his and Helen's family.  He supported many charities but especially the Catholic Church.

The caring staff at The Olive Branch took wonderful care of him while he lived there and his family thanks them for what they did.  Contributions would be appreciated to Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Research.

He will be missed.

There will be a memorial mass celebrated on Friday May 5, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrice at 2:00 PM.  The Rev. Monsignor George C. Michalek will officiate with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church from 12:00 until the time of the Mass.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Robert L. Ridenour, 76 of Haslett, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Perry Baptist Church.  Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to be held at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Lansing.  The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Robert was born in Lansing, MI on November 10, 1940, the son of Donald & Mary Lou Ridenour.  He graduated from Haslett High School in 1959.  On March 24, 1962 he married Carol Lou Barnard in Lansing.  He enjoyed racing, working and helping others in any way he could.  Robert worked at MSU for 25 years and then started Ridenour Towing in Perry in 1988 until the present.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol, 2 sons; Rick (Lisa) Ridenour of Perry, David Ridenour of Haslett, 6 grandchildren; Kodey, Brandie, Shawna, Taylor, Sheyenne and Chase Ridenour, 3 brothers Richard (Eileen) Ridenour of Lansing,  Robert J. (Doris) Ridenour of Williamston,  Terry (Susie) Longpre of FL, 3 sisters; Danielle (Darrel) Slanker of Farwell, Patricia (Ron) Smith of Lake, MI, and Dolores Vandouser of Webberville.  He was predeceased by his brothers Ronald Ridenour and Tim Longpre.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Shaun Lee Head, 22 of Owosso, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017.   A celebration of his life will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  Pastor John Walworth will officiate.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM.

Shaun was born in Lansing, MI on October 3, 1994, the son of Bruce Alan & Shelly Lee (Langlois) Head, Jr.  He attended Perry Schools and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his little girl.  Shaun worked in construction.

He is survived by his daughter, Maddisyn, his mother Shelly (Jeremy Praay) Head of Owosso, his father Bruce (Dawn) Head of Gaylord, brothers Shayn of Owosso, sisters Sara of Norfolk, VA and Samantha of Grand Ledge, grandparents; Lee & Linda Langlois of St. Johns, Kathy (Dave) Archambeau of Gaylord, great grandmother Elizabeth Quinn of E. Lansing, multiple Aunts, Uncles and cousins.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to his daughter, Maddisyn.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Thomas Eric Green, Sr., 58 of Perry, passed away at his residence on Friday, April 14, 2017.  Tom was born in Lansing, MI on November 13, 1958, the son of Norbert & Jean Green.  He had worked at GM and is survived by his children: Thomas Green, Jr. of Perry, Crystalyn (Steven) Ketchum of Perry, Todd (Janelle) Wisenbaugh of Bad Axe, Richard (Michelle) Wisenbaugh of Bad Axe., his mother Jean of Perry, 11 grandchildren, brothers William, Kenneth, Jim, and Jeffrey Green, sister Ann (Gary) Schultz of Perry. 

There will be a memorial service announced at a later date by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the family.


Gale F. Kingsley, 86 of Perry, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County.  Funeral services will be held at the Perry Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  Pastors Desmond Bell and Adam Grass will officiate with burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Gale was born in Laingsburg, MI on January 15, 1931, the son of Wilton T. & Leona T. (Lobdell) Kingsley.  He attended Morrice High School and married Lillian Fouts, the mother of his children, on February 17, 1948.  She predeceased him June 9, 1998.  He married Nancy Sue Hettinger at the Perry Baptist Church on September 9, 1999.  Gale was a member of the Perry Baptist Church, enjoyed antique cars, hunting, fishing, softball, and woodworking.  He was a carpenter and owned his own business, Kingsley Construction, having built over 100 homes in Shiawassee County.

Gale is survived by his wife, Nancy, his children: Susan (Robert) Marble, David (Connie) Kingsley, Karen (Danny) Denman, James (Annette) Kingsley, Michael (Susan) Kingsley, honorary daughter Janice Lenahan, 18 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, his brother Charles (Ruth) Kingsley, sisters-in-laws Joyce Kingsley and Cathy (Mel) Thorne.  He was predeceased by his brothers Fay and Clifford and his parents.  Memorials are suggested to the Perry Baptist Church or Hospice House of Shiawassee County.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Our beloved gentle giant, Harold "Jim" Nyquist of E. Lansing, formerly of Escanaba and Perry, died on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Lansing, MI.  He was born on March 28, 1933 in Escanaba, MI to John and Gertrude (Johnson) Nyquist.   Jim graduated from Escanaba High School in the class of 1951 and went on to graduate from Michigan Tech with an engineering degree in 1955, where he was an All-American football player.  He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and rose to the rank of Captain.  Jim retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation in 1995 after 39 years of service.  He was proud to have a State of Michigan Roadside Park named in his honor, located just outside of St. Ignace, MI.

He was proud of his U.P. roots, his Swedish heritage and fiercely loved his Packers and Cubbies.  Jim is survived by his son, Jim (Shelly) Nyquist; brother, Don (Fay) Nyquist; grandchildren, Kelley (Aaron) Goldberg, Thomas (Ashley) Nyquist, and Katey (Brent) Balkema; great grandchildren, Addison, Ellie, Reese, Scarlett, Lucas and Soren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents; beloved wife, Judy, son, Michael; sisters Margaret Morin, Grace Seidl and infant sister, Marie; brothers, John (Bud) and Clyde.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Marquette and Riverwind Assisted Living for their friendship and compassionate care.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Memorials can be sent to the Perry United Methodist Church, 131 S. Madison St. P.O. Box 15, Perry, MI 48872.  Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhome.com


David Mervin Shirey, age 60 of Perry, passed away into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Sparrow Health System in Lansing. A memorial service to honor and celebrate David's life will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Perry Baptist Church at 1pm, Pastor Adam Grass and Pastor Desmond Bell will officiate, with a lunch to follow. The family will receive friends at the church from 11am until the time of the service.

David was born on June 22, 1956 in Owosso to the late Mervin Grant and Ruth Winona (Scholl) Shirey. He graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1974, and on April 10, 1976 David married Lori Jean Slocum at the Perry United Methodist Church and together they would raise two children. David graduated from Michigan State University in 1981 with a masters degree in accounting, and spent his life's work as a Certified Public Accountant. He worked for Henderson, Miller, & Robbins P.C. in Lansing as a CPA and Senior Manager for 12 years, Kaleidoscope Industries in Howell as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations for 15 years, and most recently as the Controller for IMPCO Machine Tool in Lansing. David was a true family man and enjoyed each moment spent with them. He was a member of Perry Baptist Church and he served the Lord faithfully in several capacities there including, Sunday school teacher, superintendent, Deacon and treasurer. David was a loyal Spartan fan. He also enjoyed sports, baking, fishing, and loved music.  David also served on the City of Perry Planning Commission for many years. 

David is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lori (Slocum) Shirey, his children; Andrew (Jami) Shirey and Elizabeth (Steve) Stoutenburg. His siblings; Sharon (Joseph) Goodman, Judy (Mike) Cullen, and Ben (Diana) Shirey and also his grandson, James Bellar. 

He was predeceased by both of his parents. 


Cindy J. Ejak, age 60 of Haslett, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing.  A prayer service will be held at 5:00 pm Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  Family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 12-5 pm.

Cindy was born December 12, 1956 in Monroe, MI to the late Glen and Carole (Dunbar) Heck.  She attended Perry High School, graduating in 1975.  She enjoyed gardening and her work as a Florist.

Cindy is survived by her 3 sons: Matthew Ejak of Royal Oak, Nicholas Ejak of Holly and Lucas Ejak of Lansing; 2 sisters: Dianna Koller of Perry and Julie (Phillip) Anderson of Laingsburg; niece, Jessica (Paul) Houle; nephew, Jonathan (Lindsey) Anderson; great-nephew, Harrison Anderson; step-sisters, Lisa and Julie and step-brother, Jeff.

She was prceded in death by her parents and infant sister, Victoria.

Memorial contributions given in Cindy's name are suggested to the American Kidney Foundation.  Online condolences may be shared with her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Walter John Dippold went home to be with the Lord March 26, 2017.  Walt was born October 21, 1926 to Walter & Bertha Dippold in Perryville, MO where he grew up on a farm until he left for the service on September 14, 1944 in Jefferson, MO and received his diploma through the USAF.  He was in the US Army Air Corp photography school, worked at the Perryville movie theatre 1943-45, delivery truck driver 1947-48 for groceries and coal, USAA Corp Sept. 44-October 1946, Photographer for USN April 18, 1948 through April 18, 1952, trained in TV and electronics and helped build a TV station in Billings, MT and helped operate it.  1957-1961 at Milwaukee School of Engineering, instructor to Professor Nuckas Energy Institute, 1959 Lecturer in instrumentation, 1961-1966 Westinghouse-Engineer to Senior Engineer, 1966-1972  Bendix Senior Engineer, light amplification tech, 1972-1975 ITT Senior Engineer light amplification, Starlight Management Recruiters-head hunter, built a house, 1980-1992 DOE electric car development manager, 1990 Judge of GM Sunrayce Florida to M1, 1977 IUE International Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite, 1992-2006 Assisted running Airservice Enterprise with son, 1969-1973 Pinckney School Board President.

Walt is survived by his brother Les (Mary Dippold) of MO, children: Randal (Lois) Dippold of Perry, Debra (Chaz) Gates of TN, Sheri (Gordon) Marshall of Pinckney, Brian (Sharon) Dippold of AZ, Armond (Martha) Oleski of Pinckney, Walt's grandchildren: Adam (Lacey) Dippold of WY, Andrew (Becka) Dippold of Brighton, Anna Dippold of Perry, Arisa (Theo) Handrich of Fairview, Donald (Sally) Oleski of Pinckney, Sherelyn (Mark) Garland of Gregory, Luis (Jen) Ahumada of AZ, Branden (Megan Curtis) Dippold of Tecumseh, Tony (Joan) McDaniel of Fowlerville, Matt (Melissa Chronister) McDaniel of Brighton, Susie (Terry Franks) McDaniel of AZ, Shanea Bode of AZ, Justin Oleski of Pinckney, Harlan Oleski of Pinckney, Walt Dippold has 16 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Graham Community Church in Shaftsburg on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 3:00 PM.  Pastor Mike Hixson will officiate.  The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Wednesday from 5-8 PPM and at the church one hour before the service.  Memorials are suggested to Graham Church Missions.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Alice N. Church, 91 of Perry,  passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Ingham County Medical Care Facility in Okemos.  Alice was born in Howell, MI on August 13, 1925, the daughter of Enos & Inez (Benjamin) Cole.  She graduated from Fowlerville High School, was a member of the Perry Garden Club and attended West Locke Wesleyan Church.

She is survived by her children: Raymond (Mary) Church of Perry, Steven (Karen) Church of Perry, Ann Church (Carl) of Pinconning, and Jeffery (Christine) Church of Williamston, 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, sister Margaret of Las Vegas, NV, brother Stanley of Kansas City, KS.  She was predeceased by her husband Harry, son David and daughter-in-law Judy Church.

Funeral services will be held at West Locke Wesleyan Church, 2652 Haslett Road in Williamston, on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Michael Black will officiate.  Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry.  Memorials are suggested to the Ingham County Medical Care Facility.  The family would like to thank them at the facility for all of their wonderful care for Mom.


William Bond Hargrove, age 81 of Bancroft, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at his home. Following his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will be announced at a later date.

Bond, as he was known to his family and friends, was born on August 24, 1935, in Athens, Alabama to parents James Fred Hargrove and Dovie Ann (Downs) Hargrove. After working as a farm laborer from the time he was a young child, he eventually came to Michigan. In 1954 he found work in the auto industry and became a journeyman machine repairman. He retired 41 years later from Buick Motor Division in Flint. He also served in the United States Army, spending much of his time of service in post-war Korea.

Bond is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Beulah Hargrove. He is also survived by his sons Jeffrey (Laurie) Hargrove, James (Janet) Hargrove and John (Lea Ann) Hargrove; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and many siblings. The family requests any memorial contributions be made to Heartland Hospice Services of Flint (www.heartlandhospice.com/Flint).


Stephen (Steve'o) J. Michels, 55 of Laingsburg, passed away at McLaren Hospital in Lansing on Saturday, March 11, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.  Steve was born in Lansing, MI on April 30, 1961, the son of Francis & Loretta (Welch) Michels.  He graduated from Eastern High School in 1979 and for the past 26 years has lived in Laingsburg.  After being together for 10 years, he married Angie C. Collins on April 29, 2016.  Steve enjoyed hunting, riding his dune buggy, Nascar, being a Spartan fan and most of all you would find him in his man cave, his garage.  He worked for 34 years for University Foreign Car as a mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, Angie, 5 step children; Page (Ray) Waldowski of Perry, Michael Allen of Laingsburg, Marcus Allen of Laingsburg,  Mollee Allen of Laingsburg, and Paiton Allen of Laingsburg, his brother Brent (Laura) Michels of Laingsburg and his sister Kimberly (Ron) Dunn of Laingsburg, step Mother Mary Michels of Laingsburg, 4 nieces and a nephew.  He was predeceased by his parents.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

There will be a private memorial at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Donald A. Keillor, age 74 of Tucson, AZ formerly of Roscommon, MI passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 in AZ. A graveside service will be held  at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Roselawn Cemetery, Perry, MI. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry chapel.

Donald was born on April 9, 1942 to Ward and Rhoba Keillor. He was a graduate of Walled Lake High School class of 1961.

Don is survived by his daughters; Lori Webster, Barbara Keillor and Jennifer Moreno, grandchildren; Brandy and Patrick Webster, Zoe Stockwell and Vicente Moreno, great grandson Keegan Maclin-Shlosser. He was preceded in death by his parents; Ward and Rhoba Keillor,  son Richard Steele and brother Edwin Keillor.


Connor J. Forbes, age 19 of Mason, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing.  Private services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements through Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Robert John McGowan, 65 of Okemos, MI passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI.  Mr. McGowan was born in Boston, MA on July 8, 1951, the son of Gerard E. & Joan (Adler) McGowan.  He graduated from Xaverian Brothers High School in Denham, MA.  On January 3, 1987 he married Diane Duane in Las Vegas, NV.  Robert was a member of St. Martha Catholic Church in Okemos and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Toastmasters, St. Vincent DePaul Society, was very charitable and active in the business community.  Robert was a Business Development Manager for Everstream with his office in East Lansing.  He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Diane, his children; Robyn Van Tassel of Middleboro, MA, James (Jessica) McGowan of Holliston, MA, Michael (Rachel) McGowan of Lansing, MI, Megan McGowan of Okemos, MI and Christopher McGowan of Okemos, MI, siblings; Thomas (Sara) McGowan of Temecula, CA, Mary (Paul) Sullivan of Dedham, MA, Jerry (Beverly) McGowan of Missoula, Montana, Steven (Judy) McGowan of Flower Mound, TX, and Richard (Barbara) McGowan of Dedham, MA and his 7 grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his parents and his nephew, Matthew.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Martha Catholic Church in Okemos on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 12:00 Noon.  The Rev. Fr. Jonathan Wehrle will officiate.  The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 4-6 and 7-9 PM.  A Knights of Columbus rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM.  The family will receive friends on Thursday at the church one hour before the mass.  Memorials are suggested to St. Martha Parish Boiler Fund.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Lillian Emma-Frye Leach, age 80 of Perry returned to her heavenly home on Thursday, February 9, 2017 after a short battle with Cancer.  Her devotion to her family and belief in God gave her peace in her last days.  Lillian was born on April 20, 1936 in Perry, the daughter of Clark & Marjorie (Hoeppner) Jarrad.  She loved spending time with her family and friends, loved God and her church.  She enjoyed walking, watching deer and spending time at the Lake.  She is survived by her husband, William Leach, children; Kim (Anna) Thomas, Terrina (Bill) Parker, Danny (Raedeane) Thomas, Lora (Jae) Ruark, Duane Leach (Louri Miller), JoAnn (Greg) Weinert, Amy Little (Tom Martin).  31 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her parents and husbands, Zane Thomas and Loren Frye.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice House of Shiawassee County.

A memorial service will be held at the Assembly of God Church on S. M-52 in Perry on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  Visitation will be one hour before the service at the Church.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Beverly Ann Scribner, 80 of Perry, passed away at Olive Branch Assisted Living on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Beverly was born in Morrice , MI on May 31, 1936, the daughter of Warren L. & Hilda A. (Young) Scribner.  She attended the Bethel Evangelical Church in Owosso and the Morrice United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by her sisters; Juanita F. Martin of Corunna and Donna (Robert) Godfrey of Perry, many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  Pastors Dean Rhine and Bob Forsythe will officiate.  Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4-8 PM.

Memorials are suggested to her churches.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Janice Elaine Nash passed away peacefully in her home on 2/6/2017 in Owosso, MI at the age of 65.

Jan is survived by her husband William Burtell Nash along with her son Jonathan, her brother Randall Greene, daughter-in-law Abigail Nash, and granddaughter Alexa Nash.

Jan was born on 10/18/1951 in Lansing, MI to Charles Nathan Greene and Dorothea Exene Brown. She was the middle child with older sister Judith Haines (Greene) and younger brother Randall Greene. Jan was a 1969 graduate of East Lansing High School. She then graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Education. While attending MSU she earned varsity letters in Field Hockey and Basketball and was a member of the MSU Varsity S Club and attended many Spartan events throughout the years.
She married William Nash on 6/25/1977. She worked as a school teacher in Goodrich, MI and then as a preschool teacher in Laingsburg, MI. Jan then made the decision to stay home and work alongside her husband running Nash Nurseries, the family business in Owosso, MI.

Jan was an incredible gardener. She was a lifetime and founding member of the Owosso Garden Club and worked tirelessly on numerous community gardening events. As an accredited Master Gardener, the gardens at Nash Nurseries were a great sense of pride and enjoyment for Jan. She designed and maintained several acres of gardens around the property and loved her vegetable garden.

Jan loved to travel. She took numerous trips to world-wide destinations with her family and friends. She enjoyed amateur photography of all the different locations and gardens she visited.

Jan was able to be a part of the marriage of her son Jonathan to his wife Abigail in summer of 2013. She took it upon herself to oversee all the floral arrangements for the wedding. In the fall of 2015, Jan was able to meet her first granddaughter Alexa Grace Nash. She loved watching Alexa grow and playing with her over the last year. Nothing made Jan smile more than being with Alexa.

A memorial service will be announced at a later time for Janice to be held at Nash Nurseries. Announcements will be posted on the Watkins Funeral Home website watkinsfuneralhomes.com. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Janice, the family would appreciate either:

Owosso Garden Club – www.owossogardenclub.org OR facebook.com (search Owosso Garden Club)

University of Michigan Cancer Center – www.mcancer.org/giving

If you would like join in the celebration of Janice’s life, please visit facebook.com/groups/CelebrateJanNas


Ardis Haas, age 81 of Owosso, formerly of Morrice, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 3pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel, burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.  The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 2pm until the service.


Harold A. Dunn age 93 of Brighton, formerly of Perry, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Brighton.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am Friday, January 27, 2017 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.  Family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Harold was born May 28, 1923 in Perry, Michigan to the late Roy and Pauline (Khiin) Dunn.  He served his country faithfully in the United States Army during World War II, being honorably discharged in 1946.  On December 27, 1947 he married Melva O. Russell in Lansing and together raised 4 children.  Mr. Dunn attended Michigan State University where he graduated with his Masters Degree.  He went on to teach Agriculture in Morley and later taught Science, Math and Driver's Education in Redford Township before retiring in 1988.

Mr. Dunn is survived by his wife of 69 years, Melva; 3 children: Cheryl (Ed) Babas, Mike (Linda) Dunn, Mark (Joyce) Dunn; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Rene Dunn in 1965 and 3 siblings.

Contributions given in Mr. Dunn's name are suggested to his family.  Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Joyce Glee Miller nee Arnold, age 87, of Perry, died Saturday January 21, 2017 at her home. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday January 28th at 3PM with visitation 1 hour prior at Perry Congregational Church, interment will be at a later date.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 69 years, Donald; her daughters, Carole (David) Lowrey of Perry, Debra Auble of Perry, her 4 grandchildren, Julie C. (David) Lothamer, Chad (Jameelah) Lowrey, Heather (Mike) Auble-Nolen, Ron Douglas Auble; 8 great grandchildren, Jacob, Ellie, Abby, Philip, Abby, Noah, Briana, Blake, nephew Matt (Kay) Arnold, her dogs Toby, Cindy and Bing.

Joyce loved her family, her Church family and just being with people. She loved watching her grandchildren play as well as expressing her creativity through painting, drawing and crocheting. Joyce had worked as a secretary for Miller Insurance, Farm Bureau Insurance and at Perry High School for 26 years. She is the 7th generation life- long Perry resident and a member of Perry Congregational Church. She is preceded in death by her brother Glenn Arnold and her son-in-law Ron Auble. Memorials are suggested to: Perry Congregational Church and Perry Athletic Department.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Richard M. McDevitt age 74 born in Perry, MI on February 25, 1942 to Joseph and Eleanor McDevitt passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 in Lansing. A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Morrice. Deacon Gary Edington will be officiating. Family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Richard graduated from Perry High School in 1960. On October 27, 1962 he married Chris Bemiss. They have two daughters, Kelly McDevitt (Margaret Pratt) of Mt. Pleasant and LeAnn (Eddie) Gerard of Owosso. Dick retired from General Motors in 1999 after 35 years of service. He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting, but took the most joy from working in his yard and garden.

Dick was one of seven siblings. Kay Ann (Al) Schmid  of Bath, Mary Jo (Bob) Weise of Saginaw, Peggy DeLau (Deceased), Jerry (Jerry) McDevitt of Williamston, Larry McDevitt of Mt. Pleasant and Marilyn (Wray) Mattice of South Carolina. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Mike Bemiss of Perry, many nieces and nephews and he was friends with Bill W.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice House of Lansing or Respite of Shiawassee County


Lillian M. Dust, 98, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the home of her daughter, surrounded by family.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11am at the Perry Church of the Nazarene, Pastor James Franklin and Pastor Craig Goodlock will officiate with burial to follow in Roselawn Cemetery.   The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 4pm-8pm. 

Lillian was born June 27, 1918 in Watertown, South Dakota, the fifth of nine children born to George W and Minnie C (Merrill) Bailey.  As a youngster the family moved several times finally settling in Missouri.  It was there that she met William R (Dick) Dust.  She and Dick were married December 15, 1937 in Monticello, Missouri in a double ceremony with her brother Marvin and Dick’s sister, Genevieve.  Dick and Lillian had two children before they moved to Michigan in January of 1947 and only returned to Missouri to visit.

Lillian is survived by her children; Wayne (Connie) Dust of Manistique, MI and Carolyn (Duane) Schoonover of Stockbridge, her sister Ellen Markva of Durand, MI and brother Marion “Bud” (Shirley) Bailey of Owosso, MI. Sisters-in-law Barbara Bailey of Arlington, Ohio and Vanetta Dalton of Kahoka, MO. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

Dick preceded Lillian in death in 2003. She was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law Donna (Sackner) Dust, her grandson Richard Dust, her granddaughter Janet Dust, two sisters Evelyn Gutting and Fern Hittle and their spouses, four brothers Marvin, Alvin, Vernon and their spouses and Merlin “Sonny” Bailey.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to

City of Lansing Rescue Mission.
www.BeARescuer.com
                                                                                                                         
Great Lakes Hospice.
www.GreatLakesHospiceFoundation.org                                                                                                                       

Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.    
www.MichaelJFox.org/Donate                                                    
                                        
Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Winton M. Watkins, 85 of Bancroft, formerly of Lansing, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  Pastors Mike Hixson and John Walworth will officiate with a private burial at Fremont Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. 

Win was born in Grand Rapids, MI, the son of Perry & Alma (Heckert) Watkins.  He grew up in Lansing, graduating from Holt High School in 1949.  On June 27, 1953 he married Mary Ann Hager at Miller Road Bible Church in Lansing.  For nine years he sang in the Lansing based religious quartet, the Capitalaires, enjoyed bowling, golf, fast pitch softball, and working in his garden.  Win worked for Consumers Power Company for 43 years as a welder, retiring in 1993.  Since retiring, he has worked at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes with his wife in the Bancroft Chapel the past several years.  He attended Graham Community Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Ann, sons; Stephen (Vickie) of Perry, Kurt (Krisan) of Laingsburg, and Andrew (Michelle) of Perry, 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his son, Brian, brothers Leo and Woody, sisters June DeView, Shirley Oliver and Diane Sharp.  Memorials are suggested to Graham Community Church.


Marilyn Kay Waters, 81 of Perry, passed away at Sparrow Hospital on Monday, December 26, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at Perry Congregational Church on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  Pastor John Walworth will officiate.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service.

Marilyn was born in Lansing, MI on December 15, 1935, the daughter of Arthur LeRoy & Gladys Irene (Harrington) Davis. She graduated from Lansing Sexton High School and on September 10, 1955 she married William Richard Waters.  Marilyn was a member of West Locke Wesleyan Church and past member of Perry Congregational Church.  She started the preschool at Perry Congregational Church, started the Grief Share Group, loved her Lord, life, angels and her grandchildren.

Marilyn retired from MSU where she was a secretary at Child Development Laboratory.

Marilyn is survived by her son, Andrew (Glenna) Waters of Bath, daughter Talaina (Jerry) Cummins of Portland, grandchildren; Ginger (Marc) Gonzales of Jackson, Katie Jackson of Jackson, Mara Waters of Battle Creek, Mandi Waters of Bath, Madison Waters of Bath, Cassandra Cummins of Portland, great grandchildren; Claude, Clara, and Anthony, her sister Barbara Hamilton of State College, PA.  She was predeceased by her husband, William, children, Keanne, Matthew and Kahlia, brother Irving Davis, sisters Virginia Edgett and Marjorie Waters.  Memorials are suggested to Make a Wish Foundation.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com