Obituaries

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Donald J. Jones, age 93 of Perry passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. A Graveside Service will be held at 12:00 PM at Oak Plains Cemetery, Shaftsburg, Michigan on Friday, August 21, 2020. Pastor Michael Waters will officiate. The family will receive friends at the cemetery one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.
Donald was born September 11, 1926 in Owosso, Michigan to James O. and Julia "Bea" (Eaton) Jones. He attended Mason High School until his entry into The United States Army to serve in WWII. Upon his return, he married Ola Fay (Prince) and they moved to Perry to raise their family in 1946. Ola and Donald celebrated over 52 years together prior to her passing in 1999. He retired from General Motors after more than 30 years of service. He enjoyed farming, fishing, and playing cards with his family. He was a lifetime member for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4063 in Perry, Michigan; where he was the Post Commander for 14 years and continued his service as the Quartermaster there until his death. With all his achievements throughout his life, he always felt his family was his greatest achievement, especially his grandchildren.
Donald is survived by his children; Steve (Karen) Jones, Sherry Lee Waters, and Michelle (Greg) Orlowski, his grandchildren; Steven (Elizabeth) Jones, Lisa (Billy) Tatrai, Michael (Angie) Waters, Christopher Waters, Emily Orlowski, and Jenny Orlowski, his numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren, his brother Paul (Shirley) Jones, his sister; Betty Wilhelm, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife; Ola, his parents; James and Julia "Bea" Jones, his son-in-law; Mike Waters, his sister; Virginia Hall, his brothers; Jr. Jones and J.E. Jones, and his brother-in-law; Ray Wilhelm.
The family wishes to express their deepest love and admiration to his neighbors, who always kept a watchful eye out for their parents over the many years, to the V.F.W. Post 4063 for their support and last but not least, to Residential Hospice for their care and professionalism.
Memorials are suggested to: V.F.W. Post 4063, 601 N. Main Street, Perry, Michigan 48872-9704 or to Residential Hospice Foundation, 5440 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Troy, MI 48098.

Dale E. Williams, age 82 of Bancroft, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2020 at his home. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Roselawn Cemetery in Perry, Michigan. Pastor Aaron Kesson will officiate. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, 214 South Main Street, Perry, MI. 48872.
Dale was born October 4, 1937 to the late Clifford and Verne (Haueisen) Williams in Bancroft, Michigan where he resided throughout his life. He graduated from Morrice High School and married Vicki Ann (Colby) on December 8, 1961, celebrating 56 years of marriage before her passing on May 14, 2018. He worked for Universal Electric/Magnatek, retiring in 1999. Dale loved farming, gardening, camping, and traveling with family and friends. Dale enjoyed participating and attending his grandchildren’s events. He loved spending his winters in Florida camping with his sister and brother in law.
He is survived by his children; Val (Kevin) Hart, Daryll (Tracie) Williams and Vanessa (Mark) Decker, his grandchildren; Josh Hart, Amanda Hart (Stephen), Lily (Taylor) Auguston, Rose Williams, Blake Williams, and Marilynn (Kam) Brooks, great grandchildren; Lucas Auguston and Raegan Brooks, his sister; Kaye Tiedt.
Memorials are suggested to Memorial Hospice, 1975 W M 27, Owosso, MI 48867.

Jerry Perkins, age 82, was promoted to Heaven on August 5, 2020. He passed peacefully, with Sondra (Sandy), his devoted wife of 52 years, at his side.
Jerry was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 11, 1937 to Alfred and Thelma (Fitchett) Perkins. Jerry served in the United States Army from 1963 - 1966. Jerry then resided in Lansing, Michigan where he met his wife Sandy Maurer and they married in 1967. They built a home in Williamston, Michigan where they raised their family, 1 son and 4 daughters. Jerry worked at General Motors as a millwright for 34 years when he retired in 1996. Jerry loved making many things in his wood shop for his family, his church, and friends; we all have his handiwork in our homes. He was a member of House of Prayer in Haslett, where he faithfully served in various ministries.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; son David (Amy) Perkins, daughters Sue (Jason) Kime, Jodie Perkins, Amy (Randy) Pollock, and Amber (Shane Spalding) Perkins; Grandchildren - Abigail Kime, Brandyn Perkins, Jacob Kime, Chelsi Perkins, Joshua Kime, Mariah Adolf, Dominick Adolf, Joseph Pollock, Sean Pollock, Brianna Pollock, Heather Pollock, Dakota Pollock and James Pollock.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August11, 2020 at House of Prayer, 9974 Old M-78, Haslett, with Pastor Dave Cokonougher officiating. Family will receive friends at the church from10:30 am until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Ministry at House of Prayer. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

Shirley Mae West, 84, of Perry, passed away at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Private family burial will be held at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Perry, a public memorial service will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Perry Chapel.
Shirley was born on April 1, 1936 in New Lothrop, Michigan to the late Orville and Francis Josephine (Lacina) McKone. She graduated from Perry High School in the class of 1954 and on August 4, 1956 she married William G. West at the Perry Church of the Nazarene. Shirley spent her life as a dispatcher for Emergency Services, she was the last dispatcher in Michigan to dispatch from her home. Shirley enjoyed bingo and puzzles, she was a babysitter for many years and loved time spent with her family, she was also an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Perry.
Shirley is survived by her sons; William (Lisa) West, Michael (Faith) West, and Christopher (Lisa) West. Her grandchildren; Geremy (Peris) West, Amanda (Noah) Hardwick, Jennifer (Scott) Klein, Catherine (Tim)Maxwell, and Cameron West, also her four great-grandchildren, and her sister Nancy Cox.
She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, William, her sister, Marlene Tresscot and her brothers, Jimmy and Larry.
Memorial contributions can be directed to; Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3333 W. Britton Rd. Perry, Michigan 48872

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