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Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that we've lost in our community. We have a list of resources that may be able to help you during the grieving process. They are posted in the right column of this page.

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Milan James Griffes, 87, passed away at Medi-lodge of Okemos, Michigan, on December 25th. Milan was preceded in death by his parents Archie and Genevieve Griffes; his first wife Sylvia Young Griffes; his brothers John (Marge), Melbourne (Mary), and Russell; his brothers and sister in-law Brandt Young, Shirley (Fred) Swegles, Charlotte (Lyman) Hitchcock, Maurice (Beth) Piper, Bonnie (Robert) Smith, Roy Piper, and Sue Griffes; and his stepson Kendall Force.

Milan is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jean, his children James, Michael (Louisa), Edward, Keith, Betsy, and Susan (Jamie) Simons; his brothers Royal (Jan) and Paul; sisters in-law Pat Piper and Anne Young; his stepchildren Kathy (Jaime) Pavlica and Rodney (Laurie) Force; 11 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, 10 step-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Milan was born in Ingham County on December 14, 1931, and lived his entire life in the area. He graduated from Williamston High School. Over the years he worked as a farmer, steel hauler, and car salesman. He enjoyed playing cards and good-hearted pranks. For a number of years he restored antique cars – one of his great memories was traveling from Michigan to San Francisco, California, in a 1930 Packard roadster he had restored. He was never happier than in his Chevy truck, fifth wheel attached, traveling the 48 states, wintering in Florida and Texas. He was a life-long member of the Webberville Lions Club.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. January 5th, at the New Family Life Wesleyan Church, 3720 Rowley Road, Williamston, MI. 48895. Luncheon to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Webberville Lions Club, P.O. Box 615, Webberville, MI. 48892 or Family Life Wesleyan Church.


Richard “Dick” E. Dodson, age 78 of Haslett, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at Grange Acres in Haslett. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday 1 hour prior to the service.

Dick was born November 8, 1940 in Durand to the late Lester and Berniece (Wagner) Dodson. On January 24, 1970 he married Jean Bellgowan in Lansing and they would have celebrated 49 years of marriage in January. Jean passed earlier this year on May 25, 2018.

Prior to his retirement in 1993, Mr. Dodson worked 30 years for General Motors at the Oldsmobile Plant in Lansing. He enjoyed car shows and restoring cars as well as camping and hanging out with friends.

Mr. Dodson is survived by his children: Tammie (Brian) Day, Wayne (Chellie) Goodrich, Lynn (Rob) Stuart, Dyana (Michael Davis) Dodson; grandchildren: Danielle (Rounak) Day Rawal, Nathan Day, Madisyn Goodrich, Ana Goodrich, Alexis Stuart, Parker Stuart, Kelsey Stuart, Hailee Gruden, twins Joe and Jake Thivierge, Erika Davis; 2 great grandsons: Bryson Miehlke and Braxton Ike-Davis; 3 brothers; 2 sisters and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jean and brothers: Bill Dodson and Butch Cross.

Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Donny D. Webb, age 67 of Perry, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, December 28, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel with Pastor Tim Harmon officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to the service.

Donny was born on February 25, 1951 in Flint, Michigan. He attended Perry High School, graduating in 1969. That same year on November 8th he married Vivian E. Hart in Perry and together raised 2 children.

Donny was a lifelong learner and liked to dabble in many things. He worked 25 years for General Motors before retiring in 2005.

Mr. Webb is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vivian; 2 children: Donnavon (Gail) Webb of Washington, Amy (Jeremy) Korzecke; 5 grandchildren: Riley Webb, Domonic, Cameron, Zosha and Japhy Korzecke; siblings: Duane Webb, Patricia (Michael) Lehner, Michael (Jannete) Lester and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Estelle Lester and step-father, Vernon Lester.

Memorial contributions given in Mr. Webb's name are suggested to the Perry Church of the Nazarene. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Dorothy Jean Finger, 77 of Bath, MI passed away on Saturday December 15, 2018 at Brookdale Meridian Nursing Home. Dorothy was born in Hunters Creek, MI on March 13, 1941, the daughter of William & Deloris (Meadows) Snyder. She graduated from Lapeer High School and earned an associates degree to be a Registered Nurse having worked for the State of Michigan at Jackson State Prison. On January 26, 1961 she married Robert C. Finger, Jr. in Saginaw. She was a member of the Lake Lansing Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, land scaping and helping out in her son Bob's shop.

She is survived by her children; Kristine Finger of Perry, Kimberly (Bruce) Zapor of Brighton, and Robert (Christy) Finger, III., 5 grandchildren; Dylan Simons of Grand Rapids, Benjamin Simons of Tacoma, WA, Luke Zapor of Brighton, Robert C. Finger of Fowlerville and Cheyanne Finger of Fowlerville. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband and brother Edward. 

A Memorial service will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Robert Grimwood will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday 2-4 & 6-8 PM and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lansing. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Mary Ellen Ancel, age 59, of Perry, MI (formerly of Hastings, MI) went to heaven on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Sparrow Hospital after a brief fight with cancer. She was born in Lansing, MI, to Robert and Jerri (Cole) Wardwell. 
Mary was a true friend to anyone in need. She was a great wife, mother, and cook. She was active in her church and loved her family, friends, and her pets Sadie and Stella. 
She is survived by her devoted husband of 31 years Tom Ancel, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, Ancel family in-laws, and a host of long-time friends. She was preceded in death by her son Jason Laux, her parents, brother Robbie Wardwell, father-in-law Darwin Ancel, and sister-in-law Debbie Peake.
The family will welcome friends to celebrate her life on December 15, 2018, at Wayside Baptist Church, 2567 Elm Rd, Webberville, MI. Visitation is at 12:00 p.m., and funeral service is at 1:00 p.m. followed by a luncheon. Condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Betty Irene Britton, 85, of Perry, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at McLaren-Lansing Hospice Center. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.

Betty was born in Owosso, Michigan on March 9, 1933 to the late Howard and Virginia (Neuman) Frazier. She graduated from Owosso High School in the class of 1951, and on August 28, 1953 she married Merle Vance Britton in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Betty enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening, bird watching, music, and baking. 

Betty is survived by her children; Robert (Sharon) Britton, Rodney Britton, Raymond (Tina) Britton, and Joann (Dennis) Velting, also her 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 4 great great-grandchildren. Her brother Ted (Gwen) Frazier, and her sister, Norma Shoup. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Vance in 1992, her sons, Mark and Matthew, her brother John, and her sisters; Nancy and Mary. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donors choice.


Edward Guy Franklin, age 80 of Haslett, MI passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Medi Lodge of Okemos. Edward was born in Lansing, MI on November 19, 1938, the son of Guy & Idela ( Price) Finch. He was a member of the Perry Nazarene Church and enjoyed sports, bowling, softball, his horses and western movies. He served in the Army and was a truck driver.

Edward is survived by his children; Jim (Kathy) Dexter of OK, Kim (Mark) Shipman of Mason, Kelly (DJ) Hart of Perry, Shelly (Phillip) Burch of Lake City, Kathy Franklin of Lansing and Jodi Hudson of Lansing, 21 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Lou (Bill) Perry and Peggy LaClear, brother Ernie (Kathy) Finch. He was predeceased by his wife, Janee, sisters Mona, Mary and Judy, brother Leonard, son-in-law Danny Hudson and his grandson Joshua VanSickle

There will be a funeral service on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Perry Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Timothy Harmon will officiate. Burial will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dimondale, MI. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Dorothy Marie Kever, 86 of Perry, MI passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Meadows in Owosso surrounded by her loving family. Dorothy was born on February 14, 1932 in Lansing, MI the daughter of Virgil & Dorothy (Vaughn) Scholl. She graduated from Perry High School and on April 1, 1950 she married Robert E. Kever. Dorothy worked as a receptionist at MSU for 20 years and then became a fulltime mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Perry Baptist Church where she was extremely involved and loved her Lord. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, crocheting, housekeeping, traveling, singing, cake decorating and baking. She lived for her grand and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert, their children; Randall (Laurita) Kever of Nashville, TN, Dawn (Casey) Grennell of Perry, Karen (Carl) Barber of Perry, Robin (Greg) Church of Owosso, Annette (Jim) Kingsley of Perry and Bobbi (Bill) Brandt of Morrice, 21 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by 2 brothers, Dwight and Virgil and 3 sisters, Ethel, Helen and Ruth. Memorials are suggested to Perry Baptist Church. 

There will be a memorial service at Perry Baptist Church on Saturday December 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Pastors Adam Grass and Desmond Bell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Julia Malitz (Rogers), of Laingsburg, MI, died peacefully in her home on the 9th of December, 2018. She was 89. Born on May 21, 1929 in Lansing, Michigan, daughter of Wadsworth W. and Gladys L. Rogers (Williams). She graduated from Lansing Sexton High School in 1947, going on to attend DePauw University in Indiana, the Arthur Jordan Music Conservatory and Interlochen Music Camp. In 1952 she married Howard Malitz Jr., and together they had 5 children, Dana, Merrie, Marcy, Howard III (Skip) and Michael. They lived happily together until Howard’s untimely death in 1979. Judy was a dedicated homemaker and mother who took enormous pride in her children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She worked as a teacher at Ovid-Elsie Public Schools and for over 13 years as an instructional aide at Laingsburg Elementary School. She was proud of her work as Charter Member and Co-President of the Laingsburg Volunteer Service as well as being the financial secretary for the First Congregational Church in Laingsburg for over 15 years. Later she spent many rewarding years as a docent at the Michigan Historical Museum and the Meridian Historical Village. A caring and giving soul, Judy was loved and known as “Grammy” by several generations of Laingsburgers who will miss her wit and wisdom. Judy requested that no memorial service be held for her, but her family hopes that friends will keep her generous spirit in their hearts. Memorial contributions in Judy’s name would be gratefully appreciated to the Laingsburg Public Library or Memorial Healthcare Hospice of Owosso, from whom she received wonderful care from people who truly became her beloved friends at www.memorialhealthcare.org/donations. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Linda Marlene Slocum, 78, of Perry, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Pastor Tim Harmon will officiate with burial to follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 

Linda was born on February 22, 1940 in Lansing, Michigan to the late Lester Lavern and Helen (Stevenson) Larson. She graduated from Eastern High School in Lansing, in the class of 1958 and spent 30 years at Perry Schools as an accountant, retiring in 1999. On March 15, 1985 she married Larry Slocum in Corunna. Linda enjoyed family time, she especially enjoyed her grandchildren and any time she could spend with them. She enjoyed camping, being on the water, fishing, boating, and was a huge sports fan, the game was always on. 

Linda is survived by her husband of 33 years, Larry, her son; Chris (Jenny) Daniher, step-sons; Matt (Jennifer) Slocum, and John (Regina) Slocum. Her grandchildren; Lizzy (Mike) Cary, Logan Daniher, Amanda, Ciara, and Elizabeth Slocum, also her great-grandchildren; Ethan and Rylee, also many cousins and close friends. 

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Gary, and her granddaughter, Caitlyn. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Slocum’s name are suggested to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County, 2005 Copas Rd. Owosso, Michigan 48867. www.HospiceHouseShia.org

Online condolences can be shared with the family at, WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Sharon Kay Dudley, 78, of Howell, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. The family will have a private family burial. The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.


Kelly Deschepper, 55 of Laingsburg passed away at her home on Sunday November 25, 2018. Funeral services will be held at Perry Church of the Nazarene on Thursday November 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Timothy Harmon will officiate. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. 

Kelly was born on August 5, 1963, the daughter of James & Judith (Gardner) Wells. She married Ray Deschepper on August 2, 1982. She enjoyed taxidermy, fishing, hunting, 4-H, quilting and cooking. Kelly was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Ray, children: Jennie (Willie) Heist of Haslett, Missy (Randy) Martin of Laingsburg, Shawn (Chelsea) Deschepper of Perry, Bobbi Jo (Dennis) Wells of Morrice, Dianna (Chad) Deschepper of Webberville and step daughter JoAnn Deschepper of Lansing, many grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, brothers Jimmy (Andrea) Wells and Todd (Karen) Wells, her father James. She was preceded in death by her mother and her son baby Ray. Donations are suggested to the family.


James Dale Woodbury, 67 of East Lansing, passed away on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at McLaren Hospital in Lansing. He was born in Perry, MI on March 7, 1951, the son of Ernest N. & Genevieve (Updyke) Woodbury. He married Terry Lynn Morey on December 5, 1970 in Perry. Jim loved racing cars, off roading at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and had his pilots license. He worked as a machinist for Perry Automotive and later was a truck driver for MDT. Jim was an inventor, a dreamer, a builder and a thrill seeker.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Terry, their two children; Alan Woodbury and his fiancee' Kim Strong and Brandy (David) Knowlton of Schoolcraft, MI, 3 grandchildren; Alex & Alisha Woodbury, Valerie Bauer, 2 step grandchildren; Justene & Gavin Knowlton, great grandson Toby Blakely. He was predeceased by his parents. There will be no services, burial will be at Rose Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Arlene Ruth Carr, 92 of Bath passed away on Tuesday November 20, 2018 at Medilodge of East Lansing. There will be no services, cremation has taken place.

Arlene was born in Flint, MI on January 19, 1926 the daughter of Harry & Margaret (Burr) Spinney. She graduated from Kersley High School in Flint and married William O. Carr. She was a homemaker and mother to 3 children, grandmother to 8 and great grandmother to 15. She was predeceased by a daughter and her husband.


Linda S. Eldridge age 70 of Bath passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Pastor David Voss will be officiating. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

Linda was born September 25, 1948 in Owosso, MI a daughter of Lester and Ethel (Warren) Kosbar. On September 7, 1968 she married David Eldridge. She was a member of the Memorial Lutheran Church in Williamston, Owosso V.F.W. Post 9455 and WomenHeart of Lansing. Linda enjoyed reading, word search, watching movies, traveling and cooking. She retired from the State of Michigan in 2010 after 13 years. 

Linda is survived by her husband, David Eldridge; children, Erin Eldridge and April Eldridge; sister, Pam Starkweather; brother-in-law, Doug (France) Eldridge; sister-in-law, Jane Eldridge-Joslin; mother-in-law, Judith Eldridge; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Ethel Kosbar.

Memorial Contributions in Linda's name are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.


Judy Ann Gerard Galbavi, 76 of Perry, passed away on Thursday July 19, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born in Owosso on March 17, 1942, the daughter of Cyrille Blanchard & Mae Louise (Palmer) Gerard. She graduated from Perry High School in 1960 and married Gary L. Galbavi on August 22, 1959 in Morrice. Judy had many pursuits and hobbies. She enjoyed creating and even had her own store to sell her crafty creations. Gardening brought her happiness and was always willing to share her plants with friends and neighbors. Reading was a priority, and though late to technology her kindle was with her at all times.

Judy is survived by her husband of 59 years, Gary, daughter Michelle Burns, son Michael (Theresa), daughter Marcelle Johnson (Kraig) and son Matthew. Grandchildren, Jacob, Robert & Jessica Burns, Brandon, Emily & Adam Galbavi, Derek & Kameron Johnson, numerous great grandchildren.

 Judy was predeceased by her parents, Cyrille & Mae Gerard, brother Gordon Gerard and 
granddaughter Samantha Galbavi.

There will be a private family graveside service. Memorials are suggested to Sparrows Palliative Services Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Harold "Butch" Snell, of Perry, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Monday July 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Aaron Brawner will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Harold was born in Midland, MI on January 19, 1944, the son of Harold & Verlie (Mitchell) Snell. He grew up in Frankfort and later moved to Haslett where he graduated. Harold served in the Navy from 1962-66 and married Peggy Ann Grennell on October 1, 1966 in Bath, MI. He enjoyed camping, fishing, bike riding, walking, and upholstery work. He retired from General Motors in Lansing after 30 years of service.

Harold is survived by his wife of 51 years, Peggy, their daughters; Kimberly (Edward) Bowman of Fowlerville, Kelly Klimek of Haslett and her fiancée Greg Joslin, Kari (Michael) Bushard of Perry, grandchildren; Chelsea, Ashlea, Alicia, Rolande, Courtney, Emily, Kirsten, Robert, Zachary, great grandchildren; Alexander, Connor, Marleigh, Luke, Gunner, sister Linda (Dale) Grennell of Perry and brother Lawrence (Jaquie) Snell of Grand Haven, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Janet Jones. Memorials are suggested to Pleasant View or Veterans of Foreign Wars. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Paul J. Pavlica, age 68 of Leslie, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am Thursday, July 12, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 509 N. Main St. Morrice, MI 48857. Msgr. George C. Michalek will officiate with final rest in Bethany Cemetery, Morrice. Family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel on Wednesday from 5-8 pm. 

Paul was born on October 17, 1949 in Owosso to the late Frank and Mary (Montin) Pavlica. He was raised in Morrice where he would graduate from high school in 1967. Paul served his country faithfully in the United States Air Force, being honorably discharged in 1975. Paul worked as a fork truck operator for several years with General Motors in Lansing. He would later become a Landlord, obtaining several houses through the years and started from the ground up American Auto Sales in Leslie.

Paul was a vintage car and a motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed playing poker, shooting pool, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his 4 children: Amy Pavlica, Dillon (Chelsea) Moore, Michelle DeRoover, Lance Tyler; grandchildren: Devrik, Trystan, Jordyn, Jaidyn and one on the way and sister, Debra Rosbeck.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers: Ernest and Alan.

Memorial contributions given in Paul's name are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrice. Online condolences may be shared by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Baby Miriam King went to be with the lord on Monday, July 2, 2018. A funeral service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the House of Prayer. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Lee E. Gotcher age 75 of Perry, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. A private burial will take place at a later date. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of the service.

Lee was born July 19, 1942 in Monroe, MI a son of Eugene and Virgilene (Buhr) Gotcher. On February 16, 1985 he married Paula Johnson. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, cutting and splitting wood, gardening and working in his yard. Prior to his retirement in 1997 he had been employed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for 25 years.

Lee is survived by his wife, Paula Gotcher; brother-in-laws, Gary (Linda) Johnson and James Johnson and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Virgilene Gotcher and sister-in-law, Charlene Johnson.

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


Dennis Jack Young, 58 of Morrice, formerly of California, passed away on Thursday June 28, 2018 at McLaren Hospital in Flint. He was born in San Francisco, CA on September 1, 1959 the son of Roy & Ann (Anzelc) Young. Dennis was quite artistic with jewelry and with a wood lathe. He is survived by his 2 sisters; Lorraine Young and Kristen Kennedy, both of CA. He was predeceased by brothers Steven & Michael. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel. 


Elijah David Arrington, 33 of Laingsburg passed away suddenly on Wednesday June 27, 2018. Elijah was born in Lansing, MI on November 10, 1984, the son of David & Nancy (Bowers) Arrington. He graduated from Morrice High School in 2003 and most recently worked at Van Attas Greenhouse. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and cooking.
Elijah is survived by his father, David of Laingsburg, sisters; Echo (Brent) Braden of Vermontville and Lacey Arrington of Laingsburg, his grandmother Corabelle Arrington of Laingsburg. He was predeceased by his mother. Donations are suggested to Shatterproof.
A memorial service will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends one hour before the service.


Lloyd Allen Ripley, age 57 of Bath, passed away due to a motorcycle accident on June 18, 2018 in North Carolina. Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the House of Prayer, 9974 Old M-78 Haslett, Michigan 48840 with Pastor Dave Cokonougher officiating. Family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 11am-12pm with an open casket and then from 12-1pm with the casket closed until the time of service. 

Lloyd was born in Ingham County on September 11, 1960 to Gary and Margarita (Klingenmeier) Ripley. At the age of 18, Lloyd went to work for General Motors at the Oldsmobile Plant in Lansing for 28 years, retiring in 2002. After General Motors, Lloyd started up his own lawn care business that he ran for several years. 

Lloyd was hardworking and a very talented man. He built all of his homes, including a log cabin from trees that he cut down up north. He had a passion for motorcycles but above all, loved his family. 

Lloyd is survived by his 3 daughters: Lindsey (Todd) Nelson of Perry, Kayla (Jarrod) Smith of Morrice, Tabitha Million of Lansing; his long-time spouse, Julie Ripley; 6 grandchildren; mother, Margarita Hicks; sister, Suzanne Falsetta; 2 brothers: Gary (Tyann) Ripley, Paul (Angie) Ripley as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Gary. 

Memorial contributions given in Lloyd's name are suggested to the House of Prayer. Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Mark Bozzo of Dewitt, MI was born on August 22, 1958 in Lansing, MI to the late Victor and Ann Bozzo, Mark passed away peacefully in his sleep, on June 13, 2018 in Dewitt, MI. He graduated from Everett High School in 1976. Mark was married to the love of his life, Angelique Bozzo. He is survived by his son, Mark Bozzo, Jr.; daughters, Heather Bozzo (Mike Kaspar), Ann Embree (Scott), Chelsea Bozzo (Jared Vandermoere), Nina Bozzo, and Enrica Bozzo; brother, Victor Bozzo; sisters, Judy Bozzo and Christine Doolittle; granddaughter, Hayley Embree. He also leaves behind his faithful dog, Kong Bozzo. Mark was a member of House of Prayer, and was the Founder of Lansing City Outreach. He is remembered as a Hero to those who loved him; known for acts of selflessness with the homeless. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the House of Prayer, 9974 East Old M-78 Haslett, MI 48840. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mark Bozzo Memorial Fund, payable to Angelique Bozzo, 605 South Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI 48933.


Troy Eddy Schroeder, 45, of Swartz Creek, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at his home. A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 3pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2pm until the service. Also a Memory of Troy's life will be held on Sunday, June 24 at 2pm at Jan's Bar in Swartz Creek.
Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Sara Jane Smith, 27 of Vermontville, MI passed away on Tuesday June 5, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born on January 4, 1991 in Charlotte, MI the daughter of Robert J. & Kelly (Dickie) Smith. Sara Jane loved music, tattoos, had the best friends, a very excitable girl who was a free spirit and her own person. She is survived by her father, Robert of Madisonville, TN and step father, Tom Williams of Vermontville, MI. She was predeceased by her mother. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.


Leo M. Willett, 95 of Morrice, passed away on Monday June 4, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Saturday June 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6-8 PM and on Saturday from 9 am until the service. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry. Leo was born on August 27, 1922 in Ann Arbor, MI the son of Sidney & Mary (Cain) Willett. He graduated from Morrice High School and on November 23, 1946 he married Glenda A. Turner. Leo served on the Morrice Area School Board of Education from 1980-86. He was a member of Morrice United Methodist Church and worked for General Motors for 37 years at the Oldsmobile Plant in Lansing, he also farmed.

Leo is survived by his daughters; Deborah (Bruce) Cadwallender of Perry and Lisa (Steven) Freeland of Rochester Hills, MI, grandchildren: Heather Nevicato & Steven Brown, Scott Cadwallender, Ryan, Paige and Emily Freeland, great grandchildren: Parker & Faith Nevicato, sister-in-law Donna Willett. He was predeceased by his wife, Glenda, brother Charles, sister Jean Kostoff. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's Foundation in memory of his beloved wife, Glenda. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Clyde Edward Wilder, 75 of Shaftsburg passed away on Tuesday May 22, 2018 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County. He was born in Lansing, MI on May 15, 1943, the son of Theo & Laura (Warner) Wilder, Sr. He served in the Navy for 20 years and was a semi-truck driver. He is survived by 3 daughters, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.


Patricia Jean Edington, 83, of Owosso, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 At McLaren Hospital, Flint. A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel, Deacon Gary Edington will celebrate, with burial to follow in Bethany Cemetery in Morrice. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 5-8pm. the rosary will be prayed at 7pm. 

Patricia was born March 20, 1935 in Montrose, Michigan the daughter of Ralph and Ella (Huggins) Markell. She retired from Johnson Control, Owosso, MI.

Patricia is survived by her sons, Douglas (Brenda), Jeffrey (Sharon) and Timothy (Carron); grandchildren, Lindsey, Michael, Nicholas, David, and Bryan; great grandchildren, Riley and Wesson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents, her daughter Pamela and son Rod.
  
 In lieu of flowers memorial are suggested to St. Paul's. Online condolences can be shared with the family at, WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Robert Youmans, Sr. 65, of Byron, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Funeral services will be held at Perry Baptist Church on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Adam Grass will officiate. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Robert was born in Detroit, MI on September 10, 1952, the son of Robert E. & Geraldine A. (Zaryac) Youmans. He attended Plymouth High School and on October 3, 1970 he married Lula D. Heinrich in Westland, MI. Robert worked for Ford Motor Company for 38 years as a material handler and retired in 2008 where he then went to work for R & F of Morrice. He enjoyed hunting, golf, camping, snowmobiling, and baseball.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lula, their children: Vicki (Ken) Aubuchon of Fowlerville, Bobby (Jennifer) Youmans of Wayne, Dawn Leech of Howell, Renee (Kevin) Aubuchon of Webberville and Rachel (Brian) Denman of Fowlerville, 12 grandchildren, sisters Lorraine (Joe) Griffin, Denise Hussain, Debbie Dean and brother Chuckie (Sandy) Youmans. He was predeceased by his parents. Memorials are suggested to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Roger D. Cook, age 71 of Perry, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel with Pastor John Walworth officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6-8 pm and again Saturday one hour prior to the service.

Roger was born on December 6, 1946 in Lansing to the late Robert and Dorothy (Ulrey) Cook. He attended Everett High School in Lansing, graduating in 1965. On May 26, 1988 he married Elaine Helps in Lansing.

Roger was a mechanic for many years, retiring from Penske in 2001. He was a member of the Looking Glass River Sportsman Club and enjoyed hunting.

Mr. Cook is survived by his wife, Elaine, of almost 30 years; children: Thomas Cook of Perry, Jody (Ken) Dilday of Pickford, Duane (Amanda) Helps of Perry, Jason (Michelle Davis) Helps of Swartz Creek, Karen Kalmar of Fowlerville; daughter-in-law, Katherine "Kat" Cook; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 3 siblings: Susan (Michael) Roberts, Wesley (Rae Clise) Cook, Richard (Phyllis) Cook.
He was preceded in death by both parents and son, Wesley who passed on November 1, 2017.
Memorial contributions given in Mr. Cook's name are suggested to the American Liver Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Vicki Ann Williams, 75 of Bancroft, passed away on Monday May 14, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday May 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Aaron B. Kesson will officiate with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

Vicki was born in Perry, MI on September 23, 1942, the daughter of Russell & Ruby (Beebe) Colby. She graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1960. On December 8, 1961 she married Dale E. Williams and together celebrated 56 years of marriage this past December. Vicki enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking, reading and watching movies. She was a member of the Across the Fence Post Garden Club of Perry. She was a homemaker for her husband and children.

She is survived by her husband, Dale, children Valerie (Kevin) Hart of Bancroft, Daryll (Tracie) Williams of Bancroft and Vanessa (Mark) Decker of Durand, 6 grandchildren; Joshua, Amanda, Lily, Rose, Blake and Marilynn, brothers; Bill Colby of Perry, Greg Colby of Shaftsburg, Rory (Sue) Colby of Perry, sisters Debbie Strachan of Laingsburg and Marie (James) Fike of Morrice. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Junior Colby and sister Connie Hubbard. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Allen A. Hempstead
of Perry, MI passed away on May 10, 2018 in Lansing, MI. Allen is survived by his beloved wife, Judie. Three children: Teresa (Larry) Campbell, Robert Hempstead, and Victoria (Craig) Howery. Three step sons: Mark (Kelly) Schmidt, Billy (Valerie) Schmidt, and Kevin (Sandy) Schmidt. Five adoring grandchildren: Curt (Sarah) Campbell, Katie (Ryan) Powell, Alicia Campbell (John Vitkuske), Gabriel and Bronson Howery. Six step grandchildren: Nathan, Brittney, Bergin (Ian), Rachel (Bobby), Derek and Broque. Eight great grandchildren: Abrianna, Ava, Carter, Jay, Myles, Shaun, Jackson, and Madelyn. Three step great grandchildren: Zola, Cameron, and Brandon. Allen is preceded in death by his mother, Vermilda Hempstead (Allen), his father, Elisha Benjamin Hempstead and all of his siblings, Max Hempstead, Alberta Dubendorf, Eleanor Anderson, and Norman Jean Dreysse.

On April 14, 1952, Allen enlisted in the US Air Force Reserve. While enlisted as private first Class, Allen received a National Defense Service Medal, along with a Navy Occupation Service Medal. In September 1956, Allen left the US Air Force to join the United States Marine Corps. While serving 9 years in the USMC as a Corporal, Allen achieved 8 medals of Honor. Those honors included: Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, European Occupation, National Defense, Cold War Commemorative, Over Sea Service Commemorative, US Marine Corps Commemorative, and Honorable Service Commemorative.

After leaving the Marine Corps in 1963, Allen started working for Pepco, a public utility company in Washington D.C. In the early 1970's, Allen left Washington D.C. to move to Leslie, Michigan where he served as The Chief of Police for 16 years. Allen left the city of Leslie to move to Perry, Michigan where he served as the Chief of Police for 7 years. For the last 8 years, up until his passing, Allen was employed as a Security Officer for the Aldi Warehouse in Williamston, MI.

A military Memorial Service will be held on May 25, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry, MI. Visitors are invited to come between 12:00 and 1:00 with the service beginning at 1:00. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Helen Grabowski, age 91, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to follow in Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6-8 pm.

Helen was born on November 21, 1926 in Lansing to the late John and Ruth (Wheelock) Fellows. On September 30, 1944 she married Edward J. Grabowski in Howell. He later passed on January 4, 2000. Prior to her retirement in 1985, Mrs. Grabowski worked for Stanley Tools in Fowlerville for 25 years. She enjoyed playing cards, board games and spending time out in her yard.

Mrs. Grabowski is survived by 3 daughters: Jeannette Walton of Lennon, Charlotte Nanasy of Perry, Cathy (Larry) Allen of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Gloria Fellows, Betty (Robert) Kleinschmidt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward and 2 sons: Gerry and Jimmy.
Online condolences may be shared with Helen's family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Kenneth "Turk" B. Turkington, Jr., age 73 of Arizona, formerly of Perry, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. Prior to his recent retirement, Ken was the owner of Turk's Mini Storage in Perry. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Family will receive at the funeral home Sunday from 12:00 pm until the time of service.
   
Turk is survived by his wife Pat Turkington, son Ken (Michelle) Turkington, granddaughters Kennedy and Kaylee Turkington, sister Sharon (Tom) Ryan, and niece Kelly (John) Makarewicz.
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Darla Jean Brown, 72 of Williamston, formerly of Charlotte, MI passed away on Friday May 4, 2018 at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital. She was born in Charlotte, MI on August 19, 1945, the daughter of Bennie & Ida B. (Oesterle) Hooghouse. She graduated from Charlotte High School in the class of 1965. On June 25, 1965 Darla married William L. Brown in Charlotte, MI and have lived in the Webberville & Williamston areas since 1980. Darla loved to bake, cook, paint and spend time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons: William (Derelda) Brown, II of Perry, Christopher (Michelle) Brown of S. Lyon, 4 grandchildren: Bill (Kacie) Brown, III, Zoe, Tyler, and Sierra, brothers Dan (Sandra) O'Shay of Ithaca, Fred Hooghouse of FL, Dale (Linda) Oesterle of Webberville, sisters; Coleen (Jim) Sommer of Jackson and Kay (Gordon) Branch of Webberville. Many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, William in 2016, brother Leland Oesterle and sister Mary Esch.

There will be a private graveside service on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to the humane society. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gene Elmer Erickson, 80, of Haslett, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Burcham Hills Rehabilitation Center. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Glendale Cemetery in Okemos for family and friends. Gene was born in Lansing, MI on October 24, 1937, the son of Abert L & Hilda (Swanson) Erickson. He graduated from Haslett High School in 1956 and served in the United States Army and he lived in the Lansing area most of his life. On September 26, 1964 he married Carol Spalding in E. Lansing.

Gene worked in construction as a heavy machine operator, he enjoyed camping, his dog Jackie, country music, reading Louis L'Amour books, crossword puzzles and hanging out with his family.

He is survived by his children: Brian (Lawna) Erickson of Kendallville, IN and Lisa Erickson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his dog, Jackie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol in 2015 and his sister Marilyn Ryder. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Lorraine Schafer of Lansing, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 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


Pamela L Davis age 67 of Perry passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel. Burial to follow to Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Pamela was born December 13, 1950 in Owosso a daughter of William and Edna (Daniels) Weller. On June 6, 1981 she married Paul Davis. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, traveling and spending time with her family.

Pamela is survived by her husband, Paul Davis; children, Nicholas (Tracy) Davis and Keely (Chad) Cunningham; grandchildren, Abby and Spencer Davis and soon to be born, Cash Cunningham. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, William and Edna Weller.

Memorial Contributions in Pamela's name are suggested to the American Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Joyce Celeste (Teller) Kirkland, age 90 of Haslett, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Hospice of Lansing, Stoneleigh Residence. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 11am at Perry Baptist Church. Burial will take place at Sanford Cemetery in Howell at 3pm. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6-8pm.

Joyce was born October 25, 1927, the third daughter of R.C. and Ruth (Gilland) Teller. After her mother’s passing when she was 2 years old, she was raised by her grandparents, Ed and Ella Teller, in the small community of Cohoctah, Michigan.

She married George Kirkland on June 22, 1945, and they were blessed with three children, Donald, Denise, and Darci. George and Joyce were active members of Perry Baptist Church, and their faith in Christ defined them, both individually and as a married couple. Joyce exemplified the love of Christ and was always willing to overlook a person’s flaws because she was more concerned about whether that person had a relationship with Jesus Christ. It was her caring and compassionate spirit that made her a wonderful medical assistant, and she faithfully served the Perry community in the offices of Dr. Dale Figg and Dr. James Morgan for many years. Joyce was full of joy, always pointing out the good in every person or circumstance, and always singing praises to her Father in Heaven. She was devoted to her family and friends, and anyone who knew Joyce couldn’t help but love her.

She is survived by her daughters, Denise Kirkland and Darci (Todd) Brooks; her grandchildren, Melissa (Doug) LaVoie, Amy (Lars) Carlson, Matt (Wendy) Kirkland, Brittany (Nick) Nyboer, Breanne Mason, Blake (Lauren) Mason, and Nicholas Brooks; her sisters, Alice Sholtz, Georgia Yordy, and Norma Jean Phelps; nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild on the way, also many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband George, brother James Teller, sister Juanita Barton, son Donald, and daughter-in-law Norma. She will be dearly missed.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Kirkland's name are suggested to the Youth Haven Ranch, Camp Barakel, or Hospice of Lansing, Stoneleigh Residence.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com 


John David Haas, 83 of Morrice, passed away on Wednesday March 14, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare. Funeral services will be held at Perry Baptist Church on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM. Pastor Desmond Bell will officiate. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.

John was born in Perry on April 18, 1934, the son of John & Ruth (Britten) Haas. He was born and raised on a 136 acre farm. On June 12, 1976 he married Gertrude Disbrow in Perry. He was a member of Perry Baptist Church and an avid sportsman, hunting and fishing. John worked 29 years at General Motors before retiring.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Gertrude, children: David (Nancy) Haas of Morrice, Gordon (Dawn) Haas of Bancroft, Tracey (Thomas) Sims of Laingsburg, Theresa Jo (Patrick) Rainey of TX, Kevin Morey of AZ, Kelli (Andy) Markell of Farwell, MI, and Kay (John Patterson) Morey of Eaton Rapids, 20 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, sisters Janet (Dick) Bixler, Portland, OR, Ann Voorhees of Lakeland, FL, Sandra (David) Dempsey of Lakeland, FL, and Joan (Terry) Sauer of Washington. He was predeceased by daughter Kitti Morey, daughter Tammy Hamper, grandsons Bradley Haas, Dylan Sykes & Adam Haas, granddaughter Grace, sister Ardis Haas and his parents. Memorials are suggested to the Morrice High School Field of Dreams. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Tyler J. Jones, 31 of Perry, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service.

Tyler was born in Lansing, MI on August 14, 1986, the oldest son of Vinton & Sandra (Smith) Jones. He graduated from Perry High School in the class of 2005, liked to skeet shoot, fish, woodworking, model cars and his dog, Ruger. Tyler was supportive of Suicide Awareness Watch.

He is survived by his parents: father Vinton (Denise) Jones of Perry, mother Sandra (Terry) Shauver of Perry, brother Michael Shauver of Bath, sister Amanda (Tom) Gwilt and their daughter Emery of Keego Harbor, special friend Brianna Edwards, grandmothers Colleen Smith of Lansing and Mollie Long of NV. Lots of cousins, aunts and uncles who loved him. He was predeceased by his brother Ryan Joseph Jones in 2003, grandfathers Neil Jones and James Smith, grandmother Laura Jones, cousin Ethan Smith. Memorial donations are suggested to the Troy Eaton Memorial Skeet Shoot. The family suggests casual attire please. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

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