, 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.comLorraine 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.comPamela 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