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Malone, Virginia (nee Helton), Aug. 13, 1975, beloved mother of Gary and Robert Malone, daughter of Lela Helton, sister of Russell and James Helton, grandmother of Seena Malone, dear friend of Bill Bebout.

Funeral from McLaughlin's, 2301 Fafayette, Sat. 10 a.m. Interment Parklawn Cemetery. Member of Lafayette Park Methodist Church.

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Mrs. Annetta Martin, 55, wife of George Martin of Athens, died at 5:30 p.m. today in a local hospital following a short illness. She had been confined to the hospital since Tuesday, death being caused by pneumonia.

Mrs. Martin and her husband had operated the I.G.A. store in Athens for several years. She was born in Michigan and had spent nearly all of her life as a resident of Athens and vicinity.

A prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the residence in Athens with funeral services at 2:30 p.m. at the Athens Congregational church, conducted by the Rev. W. W. Gadd. Athens Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, of which the deceased was a member, will be in charge of the commital service at the grave in Burr Oak cemetery, Athens.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Martin leaves three sons, Ovid of Battle Creek, Arthur of Detroit and Gordon at home; three grandchildren; and a sister and two brothers residing in northern Michigan.

The body was removed to the Spencer Funeral Home in Athens.

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Arthur D. Martin

Arthur D. Martin, age 94, of Albion, died April 16, 2001 at Trillium Hospital. He was born January 25, 1907 in Athens Township to George A. and Annette (Hosmer) Martin. On March 25, 1943 he married Myrtle F. LaMere in Dowagiac.

Mr. Martin was a former teacher at Benton Harbor School, teaching Industrial Arts. He also taught shop and history, and coached at Brooklyn High School. He was owner-operator of Martin Motor Sales in Albion, retiring in the early 1960s. He later worked at the Secretary of State Office in Detroit, moving to Ypsilanti. He later moved back to Albion in 1945.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle F. Martin of Albion; sons Gordon Martin of Albion, Robert James Martin of Engadine, MI, and Norman Martin; stepdaughter, Sandra (Sid) VanDyke of Battle Creek; brother, Gordon (Kristine) Martin of Albion; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ovid.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels. Funeral services are Friday, April 20, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the chapel with Rev. William Steere officiating. Interment will be in Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens, with graveside prayers Friday at 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurses.

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George A. Martin

ATHENS -- George A. Martin, 79, of Athens died enroute to a Battle Creek hospital last night. Mr. Martin had been in ill health for the past three months. He was a retired grocery store operator here. He was born in Sherwood, the son of William J. and Mary (Miller) Martin. He was married first to Annetta Lillian Hosmer*, September 17, 1902. She died in 1938. He was married October 16, 1943 to Mrs. Bessie Crowell, who survives. Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, Ovid of Athens and Arthur and Gordon of Albion; four step-sons, Elmer Crowell of Kalamazoo, Lon Crowellin Ohio, Phillip and James Crowell of Athens; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Howard (Mary) Roe of Fulton, Mrs. Fred (Mabel) Brunner of Athens and Mrs. Clifford (Bertha) Moyer of Battle Creek; three brothers, Guy of Sherwood, John of Battle Creek and Glenn of Athens.

* Should be Outman.

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Ovid C. Martin, 89, of Athens, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 1994, at home after a long illness. He was born Dec. 26, 1904, in Athens Township to George A. and Annetta A. (Hosmer) Martin and was a lifelong resident of the Athens area.

He graduated from Athens High School in 1923. He was vice president of his class and played baseball and football. He graduated from Western Normal in Kalamazoo and taught in rural schools in the Fulton and Athens areas for 13 years.

He was a farmer and also was employed by Consumers Power Co., Rich Manufacturing Co. and Eaton Corp. in Battle Creek. After retiring from farming, he did remodeling and repair work for many years.

He was an avid fisherman and deer hunter. He was a life member of Athens Lodge 220, F&AM and the Athens Lodge of the Royal Arch Masons. He was a 66 year member of the Masonic Lodge and held all the offices, including master. He served many years on the Athens Area School Board and was a charter member of the Athens Youth Council.

He was a member of the Athens Congregational Church and in 1983 was the Athens honorary citizen.

On Aug. 4, 1929, he married Frances V. Lovin in Wakeshama Township. She died Jan. 21, 1956. On Feb. 14, 1957 he married Pauline (Burke) Moore. She died July 22, 1992.

Surviving are sons, Arnold L. Martin and Stanley L. Moore of Athens, and Gary D. Martin of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Annette R. Borner of East Leroy; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arthur D. and Gordon R. Martin of Albion; and friend, Marian Keagle of Athens.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Elon Martin, in 1914.

Visitation: At Spencer Funeral Home, Athens, where the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Services: Masonic Services will be conducted by the Athens Masonic Lodge at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Becca Kutz Marks officiating.

Burial: Burr Oak Cemetery. Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospice Care, Masonic Home in Alma or Athens Congregational Church.

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Mrs. Phyllis Peet Matejeck, 47, of 835 First St., Merritt Island, Fla., died Saturday, May 13, 1978 in Florida.

Mrs. Matejeck was an employee of Gannett News and also a Gold Star Mother of the Vietnam War.

She was a communicant at St. Mary's Church, Rockledge, Fla.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Matejeck of Merritt Island, Fla.; two sons, Stephen of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Randolph at home; three daughters, Mrs. Bonnie LeBoeuf of Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Luann Spencer of Germany, and Sandra Matejeck, at home; her mother, Mrs. Marjorie Peet of Westfield, Pa.; three brothers, James Peet of Elmira, Robert and Paul Peet, both of Westfield; two sisters, Connie of California and Mrs. Joyce Troccia of Elmira, N.Y.; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Barrett Funeral Home in Elmira Wednesday. A prayer service was held at the funeral home Thursday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Elmira. Burial was in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Elmira, N.Y.

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COCOA -- Walter L. Matejeck, 64, a retired corrections officer, died Monday, March 18, at Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge.

Mr. Matejeck came to Brevard County in 1959 from Elmira, N.Y.

Mr. Matejeck retired from the Brevard Correctional Institute in Sharpes in 1990. He was a former Cocoa police officer and a former owner of the Top Cat Bar in Rockledge.

Survivors include his sons, Stephen Matejeck of West Palm Beach and Randolph Matejeck of Cocoa; daughters Bonnie LeBoeuf of Cocoa, LuAnn Spencer of Rockledge and Sandra Matejeck of Cape Canaveral; sisters Emma Gregory and Helen Sassano, both of Elmira, and Mary Kennell of Wilawana, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

Calling hours and a Mas of Christian burial will be held in Elmira, with burial in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery there. James D. Barrett Funeral Home in Elmira is in charge of arrangements.

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MATHEWSON -- Floyd E. Mathewson, aged 72, of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, December 1, 1993 at Home of Hope Hospice. He is survived by several cousins and close friends. Chester and Marilyn Swiontek of Dorr, and Richard Roger of Grand Rapids. Military Graveside Service under the auspices of George Wagner American Legion Post #127 will be 1:30 Friday at the Dorr Cemetery. Visitation 12:00 noon until 1 p.m. Friday at the Archer-Hampel Funeral Home in Wayland.

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Shinglehouse, Pa. --Mrs. Ellen E. Maynard, 91, formerly of Honeoye Haven Apartments, Shinglehouse, died today (Tuesday, June 7, 1988) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born Oct. 29, 1896 in Mills, she was a daughter of Charles F. and Sarah Outman Bailey. On Oct. 17, 1920, in Coneville, she married Arthur B. Maynard, who died Oct. 5, 1963.

Mrs. Maynard attended Hebron Township School and she was a member of the Millport United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Max (Joan) Dunshie of Shinglehouse, Mrs. Jean Welch of Mansfield and Mrs. Franklin (Ann) Wood of Randolph, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four sisters, Mrs. Hazel Lawton, Mrs. Ahava Deloe, Mrs. Ruth Harder and Mrs. Georgia Moran; a brother, Leon Bailey; and a granddaughter.

Friends may call Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, where funeral and committal services will be held Friday (June 10, 1988) at 1 p.m., with David Kemp of Shinglehouse officiating. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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138 S. Francis

Age 67, died Dec. 23, 1971 at the residence. Born January 24, 1904 in Kent County, Mrs. McCally had been a resident of Lansing for 46 years and was a member of the Asbury Methodist Church. She was a member of the Amity Chapter OES. Surviving are the husband, Harold C. and one son, Fred of Pontiac; one daughter, Mrs. Donna Twichell of Lansing; four grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Leone Sulzer of Orosi, Calif.; one aunt, Mrs. Stella Baker of Cedar Springs. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home with Rev. John S. Myette of the Asbury Methodist Church officiating. Interment in Glendale Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Edmore -- Beryl A. Outman McConnell, 83, of Six Lakes passed away Friday, April 21, 2000, at Spectrum Health-Downtown Campus, Grand Rapids.

She was born Oct. 26, 1916, in Edmore, the daughter of Albert Christian and Flossie Fish Hansen.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lloyd Outman and Stanley McConnell; three brothers, Arnold, Max and Kenneth.

Mrs. McConnell is survived by her children, Gerald Outman and his wife, Daun, of Churubusco, Ind., Judy Betz and her husband, Kenneth of Rockford, David Outman and his wife, Rita, of Houghton Lake; grandchildren, Randy Outman, Karina and David Dobberstein, Heidi Betz, David and Jennie Betz, Anne and Jeff Kittendorf, Danae Outman, Danielle Outman, Nicole Outman; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Duane Hansen of Six Lakes.

Mrs. McConnell was a member of Six Lakes Eastern Star and New Life United Methodist Church.

Funeral services for Mrs. McConnell will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Stebbins-McCullough Funeral Chapel, Edmore. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Six Lakes.

Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Life United Methodist Church building fund.

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Burl D. "Mac" McLean
Died October 13, 2003

KALKASKA -- Burl D. "Mac" McLean, 82, of Kalkaska, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at his home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1921, in Kalkaska, the son of James and Gertrude (Baker) McLean. Mac married Nina E. Outman on Jan. 7, 1942, in Boston, Mass.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving our country during World War II. Mac was stationed on the USS Emmons, which sank in Okinawa on April 6, 1945. The USS Emmons was the first ship to be fired upon in the Normandy Invasion.

Mac owned and operated Mac's Barber Shop for 25 years and retired in 1982. He was a member of Kalkaska VFW Post 8684. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed woodworking. Mac also enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mac is survived by Nina, his wife of 61 years; his sons, Gene B. (Doris) McLean and Robert J. (Victoria) McLean, all of Kalkaska; his grandchildren, Jim (Laura) McLean, Julie McLean, Judie Ann (Bernie) Jacobson, Jodie (Jack) Disbrow, all of Kalkaska, Jason (Heather) McLean of Grayling and Stephanie (Matt) Lackey of Coldwater; and five great-grandchildren.

Mac was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn Joan McLean in September 1946; one brother and five sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., today, Oct. 16, at Wolfe Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ted Turanski officiating. The Kalkaska VFW Post 8684 will be providing military honors. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in Mac's name to North County Hospice or Kalkaska County Commission on Aging.

Arrangements were made by Wolfe Funeral Home, Kalkaska.

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Nina E. McLean, 84, passed away on January 2, 2008, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Born on January 27, 1923, in Six Lakes, she is the daughter of the late Albertus and Mary (Marshall) Outman.

Nina graduated from Kalkaska High School when she was 16 in 1939. She married Burl D. "Mac" McLean on January 7, 1942, in Boston, Mass. Together they moved back to Kalkaska in 1957. Nina was instrumental in starting McLean Hardware and worked there until her retirement in 1982. She loved traveling with Mac and Vera and Don Bullard, her sister and brother-in-law. Together they would stay most winters in Wauchaula, Fla. Nina also enjoyed playing cards at the Kalkaska Senior Center. Her biggest enjoyment in life was her children and grandchildren.

Nina is survived by her sons, Gene B. (Doris) McLean and Bob (Vicky) McLean, all of Kalkaska; her six grandchildren, Jim, Julie, Judie, Jodie, Jason and Stephanie; eight great-grandchildren; her siblings, Ronald Outman of Alma, Agnes Wymer of Six Lakes, Vera Bullard of Greenville and Bruce (Doris) Outman of Edmore; and her sister-in-law, Opal Outman of Cadillac.

Nina was preceded in death by her husband Mac in October of 2003, her daughter, Lynn Joan McLean in September of 1946; her brother Leslie "Ike" Outman; her sister Nell Thorington.

Visitation was held on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home. The funeral service was Sunday at the funeral home, with Dan Johnson and Jeff Badgero from the Kalkaska Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in behalf of Nina to the Kalkaska Commission on Aging, PO Box 28, Kalkaska, Mich., 49646.

Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home.

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Infant Dies

Lynn Joan, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Burl McLean was born at the Lakeview Hospital on September 5, 1946 and passed away at the age of 6 days.

She leaves to mourn her passing, besides her parents, one brother Gene, her grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Bert Outman of Six Lakes and Mr. & Mrs. James McLean of Kalkaska, Michigan.

Private funeral services were held at the Casselman Funeral Home in Six Lakes, Thursday, September 12, 1946 with Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery.

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Source: The "Athens Times" newspaper, November 16, 1916 edition:

Geo. W. Mellen, Soldier, Expired Suddenly Last Friday.

Geo. Mellen, a well known veteran and farmer, expired suddenly on his farm west of town, Friday morning of heart disease. Mrs. J. Filkins and her brother called on Mr. Mellen to rent his farm and it was while he was showing them around the buildings that he suddenly exclaimed that he was dizzy. He started to fall but the man caught him and he died in his arms a moment later, before a physician could even be summoned.

The funeral was held under Masonic auspices Sunday afternoon at the Congregational Church, Rev. Gadd officiating. Burial in Burr Oak cemetery.

The veterans, seven in number--for they are being rapidly mustered out--attended in a body to pay their last respects to a fallen comrade.

Geo. Mellen was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Aug. 1st, 1837, and passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 1916, being 79 years, three months and nine days old. He came to Michigan with his parents when he was eight years old. In 1856 he married Phoebe M. Outman, and six children were born to them-- Alice Viola, Orenda S. (now Mrs. Underwood), William, Phoebe M. (Mrs. Miller), Amelia May, and George. Of the six only Orenda and Phoebe are living. He enlisted in the army on Jan. 7, 1864, joining the 8th Michigan, in which service he continued until the end of the war. He was a member of the G.A.R. and for nearly forty years he has been a member of Masonic Fraternity. He was a good father, neighbor and citizen. Besides the wifeand two daughters he leaves one sister, Cornelia McGann, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

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Source: The "Battle Creek Enquirer & News", Battle Creek, Michigan, May 17, 1926 edition:


Mrs. Phebe M. Mellon*, 85, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Orenda Underwood, 114 Glenwood, Sunday morning at 3 o'clock. Besides the daughter at whose home she died, there is another daughter, Mrs. Phebe Miller, Athens; one brother, Hugh Outman, Athens; Nine Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held from Hebbie's Chapel, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. S.B. Crandall and burial will be made in the Athens Cemetery.

*Surname should be Mellen

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Source: Athens Times Newspaper, Athens, Calhoun Co., MI, November 18, 1899 edition:


William P. Mellen, who has been residing on the farm of his father, George W. Mellen, four miles Northwest of this Village, and who has been confined to the house a number of days from an abscess resulting from an injury, died Wednesday morning from the effects of blood poisoning that followed.

He was born in Athens township April 13, 1863. On June 30, 1886, he married Miss Pearl E. Brown, of this township and she and a little daughter, Izora L., survive him. He also leaves a father and mother and two sisters -- the latter two being, Mrs. Bert Miller of Factoryville and Mrs. Orenda Underwood residing near Union City.

Funeral was from the M.E. Church in this Village, yesterday, at 2 p.m. under the direction of S. & V. and interment was made in the Burr Oak Street Cemetery. Rev. F. Ware officiated. The Funeral was largely attended.

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Frank T. "Bud" Menard, 78, of Belleville, died Saturday, November 10, 1990 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

He was a retired Bi-State bus driver and a member of A.T.U. No. 788 with approximately 30 years of service; member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church; Holy Name Society of the Church.

Preceding in death were his parents, Louis and Christine, nee Albers, Menard; one brother, Oliver Menard; one nephew, Oliver Pat Waeltz; one brother-in-law, Clarence Waeltz.

Surviving are his wife, Mary M. nee Outman, Menard; one step-son, Robert Louis Droesch of Belleville; one sister, Mrs. Esther Waeltz of Belleville; one son Robert Menard of Kansas City, MO.

Funeral procession to leave 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from the George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, with Rev. Msgr. Urban B. Kuhl officiating. Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Belleville.

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MENARD, Mary M., nee Outman, 73, of Belleville died Friday, Aug. 21, 1992. Visitation after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral procession leaves the funeral home 10:40 a.m. Tuesday for an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Augustine off Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville. Burial in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville. George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville.

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Mrs. Virginia Mercier

SOUTHBURY -- Mrs. Virginia R. (Outman) Mercier, 66, of 406 Burr Road, died Friday at Waterbury Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of Francis Mercier.

Mrs. Mercier was born March 14, 1919 in Moline, Ill., daughter of Mrs. Byrdye (Millen) Outman. She was a manager of the Masiello Bus Co., Westport, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church.

Besides her husband and mother, both of Southbury, she leaves three sons, Francis R. Mercier of Newtown, Jonathan L. Mercier of Manchester and David A. Mercier of Bloomfield; a brother, Robert E. Outman of Linthicum, Md., nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, State Street East, Westport. Burial will be private in Saugatuck Congregational Church Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Southbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, Main Street, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newington Children's Hospital, 181 E. Cedar St., Newington.

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MERICA -- Mrs. Ella C. Merica, aged 76, passed away Saturday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Walter Timmerman at Bauer. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Arthur Greenwalt, two sons, Merle John Merica of Warsaw, Ind. and ?Merton of Simpson, LA., twelve grandchildren; one brother, Frank Chrysler of Grand Rapids, one sister, Mrs. Timmerman. Mrs. Merica was removed to the Wolbrink Funeral Home, Hudsonville, where services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The body will be taken to Warsaw, Inidana for further services and burial.

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MEYER - Mrs. Barbara Evanger, age 75, of Denver, Colo, formerly in Independence, passed away Feb. 23rd.; graveside servies 3 p.m. Wed., Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Stanley, Kansas. Family will receive friends from 9 to 10 p.m. Tues. at the Chapel.

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Bertram M. Meyer

Bertram M. Meyer, a Bay District manufacturer for more than 10 years, died suddenly this morning in the Santa Monica Hospital as the result of a stroke. He was 69.

Born in Nashville, Ill., Mr. Meyer came to the Bay District in the early 1940's and made his home at 726 Adelaide Place. He was a member of Masonic organizations in Ordway, Colo., and was affiliated with the Santa Monica masonic Luncheon Club, the Sciots and Al Malaikah Shrine.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Grace B. Meyer, of the home address, and a daughter, Mrs. Betty Lou O'Connor, of Topanga Canyon. He also is survived by two grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Moeller, Murphy & Moeller.

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Dede Meyer

Sheridan native Dede C. Meyer, 70, of Webster Pass, N.H., died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, N.H., is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Sept. 24, 1928, to D.C. and Ida (Caplan) Meyer. He graduated from Sheridan High School and the University of Nebraska and received his master's degree in theater arts from Columbia University.

He worked at the New London Barn Playhouse from 1958-1968 and was co-owner at the time of his death. From 1969 until his retirement in 1993, he worked for Saatchi and Saatchi advertising, recording productions for radio and television commercials in New York. He retired as senior vice president.

Mr. Meyer directed musicals and played the piano. He was involved with four off-Broadway musicals for which he wrote music and lyrics. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He owned property in Springfield, N.H., for 30 years and lived there permanently after 1993. Mr. Meyer was involved with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, raising $1,795 in the MS Walkathon last spring.

Survivors include his wife, Priscilla (Talcott) Meyer, of Springfield and a nephew, Steven Raish of Dallas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the MS Society, N.H. Chapter, 27 Harvey Road, Bedford, N.H. 03110.

Deed Meyer Dies At 70

Industry Mourns Veteran Music Prod.

NEW YORK -- Longtime Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, music producer and Off-Broadway composer Deed Meyer died Oct. 16, after a long battle with illness. He was 70.

Meyer was born in Sheridan, Wyo., in 1928. He attended the University of Nebraska and then Columbia University, where he received an M.F.A. in theater. Staying true to his love of drama and music, in '58 Meyer became part owner of a summer theatre, The New London Barn Playhouse, New London, N.H. He continued to be involved with the Playhouse throughout his career, and the part ownership has now passed to his wife, Priscilla.

During the 1950s and '60s, he worked as an actor, producer and composer, writing such Off-Broadway musicals as She Shall Have Music, 'Toinette and For the Love of Suzanne. In 1968, Meyer joined Dancer Fitzgerald Sample (now Saatchi & Saatchi) as a musical producer. His background in theatre gave Meyer access to a large pool of theatrical talent in New York, which he put to use in television and radio. "When I met Deed in 1970 he knew every actor. Half of Second City worked for us," said Stan Becker, former chief creatative at Saatchi & Saatchi.

"If there was one thing Deed taught me, it was that there are people who are innately funny and there are people who just have funny voices," said Roger Sturtevant, Meyer's life-long friend and collaborator, now a casting director at Bates USA, New York.

For 25 years, Meyer produced audio tracks, music and voice-overs, and created effects for thousands of campaigns that came through Saatchi's doors. Most notably, he worked on almost all of General Mills' cereal campaigns for television including Licky Charms, Trix, Count Chocula and Cocoa Puffs. He also produced spots for LifeSavers, Peter Paul Almond Joy/Mounds, Tide, Cascade, Luvs and L'eggs. "If it was a people-oriented spot that had a lot of actors in it, they would go to Deed specifically because he was just so good with actors, and children, especially," said Saatchi & Saatchi music department business manager Ely Giner. Russell Horton, an actor and the voice of the Trix Rabbit, remembered Meyer's "professional tenacity." "He was an absolute perfectionist and would not let anything go slipshod no matter how long it took," said Horton. "He had a perfect ear and a perfect sense of rhythm.

Cliff Freeman And Partners, New York, tapped Meyer's talent to produce a lot of its radio spots, including those for Little Caesars and Wendy's. "He was an old craftsman and brillant at comedy and music. He taught me a lot," said Cliff Freeman president/executive creative director Arthur Bijur.

Meyer retired to Springfield, N.H., from Saatchi & Saatchi in September 1993. He is survived by his wife.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Meyer's memory to: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New Hampshire Chapter, 27 Harvey Road, Bedford NH 13110

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Source: The Nashville Journal newspaper, Nashville, Illinois, October 1, 1897 edition:

Crushed Under The Wheels of a Freight Car

Diedrich Meyer, one of Nashville's most esteemed and popular citizens, met with an untimely death last Saturday morning. On that morning at about 11:30 o'clock word was received on Main Street, that he had been caught and crushed by a freight car on the Centralla & Chester railroad switch at Camp Spring Mill where he was employed. Physicians hurried to his relief, but he breathed his last shortly after medical aid reached him.

It is difficult to arrive at the exact particulars in the sad affair; in fact, from the statements at the coroner's inquest held at the court house Saturday night, they are not known, there being apparently no eye-witness. Mr. Meyer held the position of shipping clerk at the Camp Spring Mill and according to the statements of those in the yards at the time, he had been up the track west of the mill a few moments before the accident, conversing with conductor Wing, who was in charge of the train then switching there, in regard to the placing of a car at the mill.

After transacting his business with the conductor he walked back down through the yards toward the mill and this seems to be the last time he was seen until found pinned to the ground under a derailed car. The train crew was engaged in what they term "kicking" the cars in on the switches and while there was a conflict in the statements as to the number thrown in each time, a number of cars thrown in on the switch directly north of the mill struck the cars that had been left standing on the side track and a few moments later it was discovered that a car had been derailed next to the car ordered placed and Mr. Meyer had been caught between the wheels of the last truck on the north side and horribly crushed and mangled. The mill force and the train crew hastily secured jack screws and raised the car from his body. He lived long enough after found to speak only a few words, welcoming death as a relief from his sufferings and dropping into unconsciousness expired at about 11:55 o'clock.

As to what caused the car to leave the track or what Mr. Meyer was doing at the time he was caught under the wheels is a matter of conjecture. From the condition of the ground, at the scene of the accident, which is directly north-east of the mill fire room, it is evident that the body was dragged some eight or ten feet. The car after leaving the track went on to the north-east about thirty feet and while some are inclined to advance the theory that Meyer was walking by the side of the track and was caught after the car left the rails, others consider that idea wrong and advance the theory that he was on or between the cars and the jar caused by the cars thrown in contact threw him under the wheels, but the facts on that poing seem to be shrouded in mystery.

On examination by the physicians it was found that the injuries which proved fatal were about the hips and abdomen where the weight rested. The left foot was also crushed and severed at the ankle. Mr. Meyer being very attentive to business and of a fine and agreeable disposition was a favorite with his employers and among his associate workmen and acquaintences who with the community were horror stricken to learn of his sad fate.

Mr. Meyer was 29 years and 9 months old. He was a splendid specimen of manhood, both physically and morally. He was one of those characters whose many good qualities were recognized and known in every-day life. He was a man whose interests were solely centered on his home and work, with an occasional evening with his fraternities, which was his only diversions and of which he was a valued member.

The Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church, Monday morning at 10 o'clock, Revs. Johnson and Brown officiating. A large concourse of friends followed the remains to the Odd Fellows' Cemetery where the Odd Fellows and Woodmen Lodges performed the last sad rites over all that was mortal of Diedrich Meyer.

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Graveside services for D. Clarence Meyer, long-time Sheridan banker who died Thursday evening at the Sheridan County Memorial Hospital, are scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Elks section at Sheridan Cemetery. The Sheridan Elks Lodge will be in charge of services.

Meyer was born March 2, 1890 in Nashville, Ill. He came west to the Sheridan area in 1909 and worked as a clerk in the CB & Q master mechanics office until Sept. 12, 1912, when he became employed by the First National Bank as a bookkeeper. At that time there were no women working in the bank and bookkeeping was hand-recorded in pen and ink.

In 1914, only two years after joining the staff of the bank, he saw the installation of the city's first posting machine.

In 1949 he was promoted from vice president to president. He continued to hold that post until elected to become chairman of the board in 1965. He was named director emeretis on January 14, 1975.

During his years of active management of the bank he served on many committees and boards including the Sheridan County Library. He was chairman of the library board for 17 years.

He served a chairman of the Red Cross during the second World War, when he was responsible for the local service to the armed forces, handling emergency leaves and other personal matters.

Meyer was a past Exalted Ruler of the Sheridan Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his widow, Ida Caplan Meyer, whom he married July 7, 1922; a son, Dede C. Meyer, New York City; a daughter, Helen Folk, Freeland, Pa.; a grandson, Stephen Raish; and a great grandson.

Champion Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may benefit the Sheridan County Fulmer Library.

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Grace B. Meyer

Services and interment for Mrs. Grace Beatrice Meyer, 72, will be in Nashville, Ill. Moeller, Murphy & Moeller are in charge.

A native of Kansas, Mrs. Meyer came to the Bay Area 18 years ago and lived at 807 2nd St., Santa Monica. She dies Saturday in a Santa Monica rest home.

She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Darrell O'Connor, Reseda.

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Died Suddenly, Saturday, in Florida Where She Was Spending Winter

Mrs. Honah Meyer, widow of the late Will Meyer, died suddenly Saturday morning in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she had gone in early December to spend the winter. Mrs. Meyer had entered St. Petersburg Hospital December 27 for a few days rest and treatment, and her condition was not thought serious.

Mrs. Meyer, who was 73 years of age, was born in Tecumseh and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Heesen, one of a family of five children. She had spent all her life in this community and was an active member of the Presbyterian church and its societies and also a member of Tecumseh chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors are one daughter Mrs. Leon F. Rosacrans of Tecumseh, a son Bert M. Meyer of Wilmette, Ill, two grandchildren, Ned Rosacrans of Tecumseh and Betty Lou Meyer of Wilmette, one sister Mrs. Nellie Adamson of Tecumseh, four sisters-in-law Mrs. R. A. Heesen of Tecumseh, Mrs. A. J. Heesen of Toledo, Mrs. Frances Pence of Macomb, Ill and Mrs. Helen Purdy of Du Quoin, Ill. and a nephew George Adamson of Tecumseh. Her husband's death occurred April 20, 1923. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Dena Trann, and two brothers, R.A. Heesen and A.J. Heesen.

Her grandson Ned Rosacrans was with her in St. Petersburg over the Christmas holiday and accompanied the body here. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Rosacrans residence on North Union Street, Rev. E. M. McGehee officiated and bearers were Elmer Slayton of Adrian, D. C. Heesen, D. F. Wright, Wade L. Jones, Vern Russell and Louis Schneider. Burial was in Brookside cemetery.

Relatives from away who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Bert Meyer and daughter Betty Lou of Wilmette, Ill., Mrs. Charles Rodgers of Du Quoin, Ill., Miss Helen Pence of Macomb, Ill., Miss Marie Boyson of Urbana, Ill., Mrs. A. J. Heesen, Mr. and Mrs. George Heesen, Mrs. Alice Heesen Stecher, Mrs. Gus Schleauddash, Mrs. Harry Rosacrans and daughter Ruth of Toledo, Chris, Henry and Gus Nyland of Cleveland, also many friends from Adrian, Detroit and Jackson.

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BRONSON - Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Thursday, at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Church, Bronson, for Ralph Donald Meyer, 78, of 879 W. Chicago Rd., Bronson, with Rev. Don Matteson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. today, at the Kolcz Funeral Home, Bronson. Burial will be in Matteson Twp. Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Parking Lot Fund of Pleasant Hill Missionary Church.

Mr. Meyer died Monday, December 5, 1994, at the Carriage Inn Convalescent Center, Coldwater, following a long illness.

He was born April 5, 1916 in Matteson Twp., the son of Frank C. and Bessie B. (Bright) Meyer and was a lifelong resident of Branch and St. Joseph Counties. He had lived in Bronson for the past 59 years. He married Doris Outman November 21, 1941, at her parent's home in Leonidas. She survives.

He retired in 1978 after 36 years with the Douglas Division, Scott & Fetzer, (now Douglas Autotech), Bronson, as a master mechanic. He also helped his brothers establish the Meyer Brothers Plumbing and Heating Co. in Bronson.

Ralph was self-educated and thoroughly enjoyed reading. He taught himself several trades including carpentry, plumbing and brick masonry. He was one of the youngest men to pass the exam as an electrician. He and his wife built their own home by hand. He built a van conversion before they were mass produced, a pontoon boat and an ice boat. He also enjoyed photography and liked to restore old cars.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, Doris, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Lynn L. and Jessica L. Meyer of Buchanan; daughter, Linda A. Lance of Germantown, Md.; granddaughters, Michelle Meyer and Malinda Paritz, both of Grand Rapids; brothers Raymond Meyer of Sherwood, Roger Meyer and Randall Meyer, both of Bronson, Robert Meyer of Middleburg Heights, Ohio; sisters, Ruth Meyer of Bronson, Rhea Savchuk of Linonier, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.

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Source: The Nashville Journal newspaper, Nashville, IL, July 31, 1885 edition:

DIED -- On Saturday evening last, Mrs. Sarah E., widow of the late D.R. Meyer, aged 55 years, 1 month and 5 days.

Mrs. Meyer had been unwell during the week, but had recovered sufficiently to be around. She was taken ill very suddenly Saturday afternoon, and by 9 o'clock she was dead.

Her health had been generally good until the winter of 1883, when her husband died. She seemed to fail from that time on, and was often a great sufferer by sickness.

As wife, mother and neighbor, she was one of the best in our community; and as a worker in the M.E. Church she was one of the foremost, always ready to do, in her quiet way, what seemed to be for the best interest of church and society.

As a mother, she was beloved by her children, and home to them was ever a place to which they could go for counsel and sympathy. As troubles came and her head became silvered, her heart expanded towards them. She was ripening for eternity, and her last words were full of pathos to the younger children. "She did what she could," and when her life work was done, the Father kindly took her to Himself.


In another section of the same issue to this newspaper was this:

-- Owing to the death of Mrs. Meyer, the Lawn Festival of the M.E. Church has been postponed to some moonlight night in August, due notice of which will be given.

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Source: The Tecumseh Herald newspaper, Tecumseh, Michigan, April 26, 1923 edition:


Will Meyer was born April 9, 1858 at Nashville, Ill. He was the son of D. R. and Sara E. Meyers. His childhood and early manhood was spent at Nashville and at an early age he entered the mercantile business with his father.

On November 20, 1889 he was united in marriage to Honah Heesen and in the fall of 1899 they moved to Tecumseh where he was connected with different industries.

In the year of 1911 they moved to Detroit where he was connected with the Detroit Creamery Co., up to the time of his death. He was ill but one week, the end coming suddenly, but he was conscious to the last. He passed away April 20, 1923 at his home at 8045 St. Paul Ave., Detroit.

He is survived by his wife, one son, B. M. Meyer of Atlanta, Ga., one daughter, Mrs. Leon Rosacrans of Tecumseh, three sisters, Mrs. Mary E. Sawyer of East St. Louis, Ill, Mrs. Francis Pence of Indiana, Pa, Mrs. C. W. Purdy of Du Quoin, Ill., and by a score of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Rosacrans on North Union Street, Monday afternoon at three o'clock, Rev. Kiskaddon officiating. Burial was made at Brookside. R. A. Heesen, a brother-in-law of the deceased delivered the Masonic service at the grave.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were; Mr. and Mrs. R. M.Meyer of Atlanta, Ga; Mrs. Robert Pence and daughter Miss Hellen of Indiana, Pa; R. E. Pence of Harvard, Ill.; Will M. Sawyer and D. M. Purdy of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. J. L Trann of Peoria, Ill.; Geo Heesen, Mrs. Louise Engfer; Mrs. Grace Baldwin; Mrs. Arthur Hall of Toledo and Mrs. George Adamson of Chicago.

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Bert A. Miller was born March 11, 1867, at Leonidas, Mich., and died Tuesday morning, August 1, 1928, at his farm home north and west of Athens, Mich., aged 61 years, four months and 20 days. He was the youngest of eleven children born to Perry & Roxanna Miller. When 16 years old he came to the Beckett district, in this township, and was a resident of that vicinity for the remainder of his life, except 3 years spent in the Walker district and 3 years at Factoryville. On December 13, 1888, he was married to Phebe Mellen at Fulton, Mich. To them seven children were born. Nearly 20 years of his life were spent on the George Mellen farm, just west of the Beckett school house, but about 15 years ago he purchased the pleasant farm home just at the "turn in the road," a little more than a half mile west of the Pine Creek bridge. Here the light from his window has shown far down the road and on dark nights has lighted many a traveler on his way. He rejoiced in this idea, for he delighted in doing little kindly acts for others; especially was this true in his own family, leaving his wife, five sons and two daughters a golden legacy of happy memories. In this vicinity Mr. Miller was known as an honest, upright citizen, a good farmer and was generally liked throughout the community. For over two years he has been a sufferer from Parkinson's disease. During the past three months his suffering at times was intense, but for only two weeks was he confined to his bed. The end came peacefully at 10 a.m., August 1 and another of the Beckett pioneers joined their rapidly increasing ranks in the "land immortal." His neighbors will miss him from his accustomed haunts and the people of his home town, to which he was always loyal, will miss his quiet, unassuming presence; his brothers of the Masonic order will miss his faithful attendance, but, most of all, will he be missed by his own family, who were the recipients of his love and sacrifice. Those who mourn this first break in the family circle are his wife, Mrs. Phebe Miller; his children, Howard, of Athens; Herbert, of Renton; Mrs. Hazel Rench, of Athens; Mrs. Fern Kahler and Rollo, of Battle Creek; George, at home, and Lyle of Athens and 16 grandchildren, beside a host of nephews and nieces and many acquaintances who are glad to have called him friend.

The funeral was held at the Athens Congregational church last Friday, .........
(last portion of the obituary not available)

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E. Amelia Miller, 74, Marseilles, died Tuesday morning at Pleasant View Luther Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Seals-Campbell Chapel in Marseilles with the Rev. Oliver Perish of the Grace Baptist Church in Ottawa officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 3 p.m. Thursday at the chapel.

Mrs. Miller was born Dec. 3, 1904 in Marseilles to William and Alzoa (Brownrigg) Outman. She married John Miller in 1937, who preceded her in death in 1965. She was employed as a secretary to the manager at the Marseilles Certain Teed Plant and later worked for the Internal Revenue Service in the Chicago area.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. William (Evelyn) Perkins of Marseilles and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother.

Memorials may be directed to Pleasant View Luther Home.

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Elon Wayne Miller, son of Howard and Jennie Miller, was born April 19, 1911 in Athens and departed tis life August 16, 1950, at the age 39 years, 3 months and 27 days. His entire life was spent in this community until three years ago when he moved to a farm 6 miles southwest of Union City.

On Oct. 20, 1934 he was united in marriage to Miss Vera Button of Athens and they established their home here. While living in Athens he operated a garage and built for himself a good business which he conducted until ill-health forced him to give it up.

He leaves to mourn, besides his wife and parents, one son, Howard Wayne at home; one sister, Mrs. Irene Masters of Colon; three brothers, Laurence of Burlington, Everett of Sherwood and Roy of Athens, besides a host of aunts, uncles and cousins and a great many friends in surrounding communities.

Services were held from the Spencer Funeral Home, Sunday, with the Rev. John D. Perrin officiating. Burial in Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens.

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George R. Miller

Nashville - George R. Miller, 67, of Route 1 and formerly of Athens, was pronounced dead on arrival at Pennock Hospital in Hastings Friday after being stricken at his home.

Miller was born in Athens Township and lived in the Athens area until about 1938. Most recently, he lived in Nashville where he worked as a Farmer.

He is survived by sisters, Mrs. Don (Hazel) Rench of East Leroy and Mrs. Garnett (Fern) Shannon of Battle Creek and brothers, Rollo Miller of Battle Creek and Lyle "Ted" of Vicksburg.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Spencer Funeral Home.

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Gertrude V. Miller

Battle Creek - Gertrude V. Miller, 87, died February 10, 1991 at Riverside Manor, following a long illness.

She was born January 21, 1904, in Bellevue, a daughter of Vern and Harriett Blanche (Manzar) Harry.

She was married to Rollo Miller. He died in 1986.

She was a lifelong Battle Creek resident and was employed 23 years at Post Cereal. She retired in 1964. She and her husband had lived during the winters for 20 years in Punta Gorda, Fla. She enjoyed fishing and traveling.

Surviving are two daughters, Wanda J. Ashby, Athens and Joan L. Willison, Battle Creek; two sisters, Madline Wilber, Battle Creek and Alice Travis, Vermontville; six grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Vernard B. Miller, in 1982.

The Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Spencer Funeral Home, Athens, where services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. LaRue Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens.

Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation or the charity of one's choice.

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MILLER, Mr. Herbert J.
Formerly of Fulton

Age 75, passed away Tuesday. Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Lura; one daughter, Mrs. Claude (Mary) Rounds of Battle Creek; 3 granddaughters; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Don (Hazel) Rench of East Leroy and Mrs. Fern Kahler of Battle Creek; 3 brothers, Rollo Miller of Battle Creek, George Miller of Kalamazoo and Lyle Miller of Fulton. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Spencer Funeral Home, Athens. Dr. L. D. Funk officiating. Interment in North Fulton Cemetery.

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Sherwood - Howard J. Miller, 76, of Route 1, died at 1:15 p.m. at a Battle Creek Hospital after one day's illness. He had been a prominent Branch County farmer most of his life. He was born on April 18, 1890, in Athens. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Irene Mosser of Sherwood; 19 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Don (Hazel) Rench of East Leroy and Mrs. Leo (Fern) Kahler of Battle Creek; four brothers, Ted of Vicksburg, George of Kalamazoo, Rollo of East Leroy and Herbert of Route 1, Ceresco.

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Lawrence W. Miller, 87, of Burlington died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, in Tendercare of Marshall. He was born March 27, 1913, in Lansing to Howard and Jenny (Miller) Miller. He grew up in Athens and moved to Burlington with his parents. He was a farmer all of his life. He worked for the railroad for a short time and then at Union Steam Pump Co. in Battle Creek for several years. He retired as a foreman of Midwest Foundry in Coldwater after 30 years.

He married Mildred Minniear of Ceresco on July 18, 1934. She died in October 1999 after 65 years of marriage. He also was preceded in death by two brothers.

Surviving are a daughter, Lillian Woodruff Hanson of Burlington; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.

Community involvement, hobbies: Enjoyed his dogs, watching birds out of the window and growing roses and other flowers.

Service: To be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place.

Memorials: Parkinson's Foundation.

Arrangements: Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens.

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Battle Creek

Lillian Ruth (Barton) Miller, 67, of 10450 6-Mile Road, Battle Creek, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 1991, at Battle Creek Health System/Community Site after a single-car accident Friday on M-66.

Mrs. Miller was born Sept. 4, 1924, in Shoshone, Idaho, daughter of the late Joshua and Lena (Dorset) Barton.

She came to the Battle Creek area in 1944 from Seattle, Wash. She graduated from Arlington High School in Arlington, Wash.

She worked in the clerical department of Post Division of Kraft General Foods for 30 years before retiring in 1981. For the past 10 years, she was treasurer of Sonoma United Methodist Church, where she was a member.

She also was a member of the Post 25-Year Club, Leila Hospital Auxiliary, and volunteered for the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. She bowled in several leagues and enjoyed gardening and helping others.

She married Vernard B. Miller on July 22, 1944 in Seattle, Wash. He preceded her in death in 1982.

Surviving are a son, Vernard B. Miller Jr. of Saginaw; a sister, Madeline Bernard of Seattle, Wash.; and a special friend with whom Mrs. Miller made her home, Benjamin L. Wood; stepchildren, Cheryl Vincoli and Suanne Whittaker, both of Battle Creek and David L. Wood of Venezuela; five stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Visitation; After 3 p.m. today at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Services: 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Gary Kintigh officiating. Burial: Memorial Park Mausoleum. Memorials: Humane Society/Calhoun Area.

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Lyle E. Miller

Lyle E. "Ted" Miller, 89, of Climax and formerly of Fulton, died Sunday, September 21, 1997, at home.

He was born July 1, 1918 in Calhoun County near Athens to Bert and Phebe (Mellen) Miller and was a lifelong resident of the Fulton and Climax areas.

A Farmer, he also was employed as a Switchman by Grand Trunk Western Railroad Co. for 32 years, retiring in 1979. After retiring, he wintered in Florida for 23 years.

He married Ruth Chapman on January 8, 1927. She died July 17, 1970. On December 29, 1973, he married Helen Tobey. She survives.

Also surviving are sons, Harold and Lloyd Miller of Fulton; a stepson, Franklin Jr. Davis of Holmes Beach, Fla.; daughters, Dorothy Voss of Athens, Donna Perkins of Scotts and Arlene Orchel of Fulton; 20 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; eight great great grandchildren; and two step great great grandchildren.

Also preceding him in death were a granddaughter; brothers, Howard, Herbert, Rollo and George Miller; and sisters, Hazel Rench and Fern Shannon.

Community Involvement/hobbies: Ushered at the Cleveland United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda, Fla., and was a member of its Men's Club. Attended the Wakeshma Community Church and Maple United Methodist Church. Life member of the Athens Masonic Lodge 220, F&AM.

Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Services: 2 p.m. Thursday in the Langeland Family Funeral Home, Climax, with the Rev. Lynn Wagner officiating.

Burial: Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens.

Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospice Care & The American Cancer Society.

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Norma J. Miller

COLON - Norma J. Miller, age 74, of 300 Lakeview, Colon, Mich., died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at Sturgis Hospital.

Norma was born Aug. 22, 1928, in Leonidas, a daughter of the late Scott and Fern (Outman) Culp. She graduated from Colon High School with the class of 1946 and had lived most of her life in the Sherwood and Colon area and at her present address for the past 11 years.

On Oct. 4, 1947, she married Wilfred "Willie" A. Miller in Leonidas. She was a member of the Colon United Methodist Church and a homemaker who loved and enjoyed her family. She was also a high school and college sports fan.

Surviving are: her loving husband of 54 years, Willie Miller of Colon; a daughter, Karen and Wayne Miller of Union City; a son, Gary S. and Cathy Miller of Colon; four grandchildren, Steve, Matt, Andrew and Jessica Miller; four sisters-in-law, Lola Mae Culp, June Culp, Evelyn Swift and Helen Culp; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Charlene Miller; four brothers, Gaylord, Gordon, Kenneth and Keith Culp; and a special aunt, Mildred Camp.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Schipper Funeral Home Ltd. of Colon. Funeral services celebrating the life of Norma J. Miller will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Colon United Methodist Church with David J. Farrell officiating. Burial will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery in Colon. If desired, memorials may be made in memory of Norma to the Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation or the Colon United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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Mrs. Phebe M. Miller was born May 30, 1868 at Athens, Michigan and died at her home northwest of the village Thursday morning, January 1, 1931, at the age of 62 years, 7 months, and one day. She was the third child born to George and Phebe Mellen. When nine months old she moved with her parents to what is known as the Kahler Farm where she lived for 15 years when the family moved to what has since been known as the George Mellen Farm, west of the Beckett School House. At the age of 20 years she was married to Bert A. Miller at Fulton, Michigan, on December 13, 1888. To this union was born seven children, all of whom survive her. All her life was spent in the Beckett district, except three years when she lived in the Walker district and three years spent in Factoryville. Mrs. Miller was a highly esteemed citizen and was loved by all who knew her. She lived a good, useful life and was deeply devoted to her family, and always lent a helping hand to those in need. About four years ago she submitted to a very serious operation which left her in exceedingly poor health, but never once did she complain. On August 1, 1928, she suffered a great sorrow in the death of her husband, from the effects of which she never recovered. Since that time she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Leo Kahler, who cared for her until her death which came very suddenly after a New Years Party for her children which she had so much enjoyed. Shortly after retiring she was taken with a severe chill and suffered intense pain until the end came. She leaves to mourn her death seven* children; Howard, Lyle and George of Athens; Herbert of Vicksburg; Mrs. Hazel Rench and Mrs. Fern Kahler of Athens; Twenty Grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Orenda Underwood of Battle Creek; an aged Uncle and Aunt, beside other relatives and friends.

*Her son, Rollo Miller's name was left out of the obituary.

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Vernard B. Miller, 56, of 10450 6-Mile Road, died Monday in Leila Hospital, where he had been a patient since Thursday. He had been seriously ill since last November.

He was born in Bellevue and moved to Battle Creek as a child with his family. He graduated from Lakeview High School in 1943 and then served in the U.S. Navy as an electrician's mate in the South Pacific during World War II.

He was employed by the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Co. as a car inspector for 30 years and retired in 1976.

He was a bowler in the Grand Trunk League and also played in the Grand Trunk Retirees Golf League.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lillian Ruth Barton; a son, Vernard B. Miller Jr. of Houston; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rollo Miller of Battle Creek; and sisters, Mrs. Donald (Wanda) Ashby of Athens and Mrs. William (Joan) Willison of Battle Creek.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Emmett Rescue Squad.

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Source: The Fulton Patriot newspaper, Fulton, Oswego County, NY, Wednesday, May 19, 1920

Monta -- On Friday, May 14th, occurred the death of Charles H. Monta at his late home, 620 Cayuga Street. On April 25th Mr. Monta suffered a stroke of apoplexy from which he never rallied, but slowly sank to his death.

He was a life-long resident of Fulton and vicinity.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Helen A. Monta who is a bed-ridden cripple; one daughter, Mrs. Leon E. Harrington; three grandchildren, Douglas, Helen and Theodore Harrington; one brother, Frederick Monta of Fulton; three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Wood, Mrs. Emma France and Mrs. Mary Dumott; one half-sister, Mrs. Margaret Wallace, all of Fulton, and one half-brother, John Gretto of the Dominion of Canada.

The funeral was held from his late home at 2:30 p.m. Monday and interment was made on the family plot in Mount Adnah.

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Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Louise Moore, 55, local resident for 26 years who died at an Aberdeen hospital Sunday, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Pinnick-Coleman chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial park.

Mrs. Moore who resided at 814 First Street, Hoquiam, was born at Manistique, Mich.

Survivors are her husband, Harry, Hoquiam; stepson, Max Moore, Quinault; brother, E. J. Presley, Portland; and niece; Mrs. Gordyce Roberts, Caldwell, Idaho.


Christian Science services for Mrs. Betty Louise Moore will be read at 1:30 today in the Pinnick-Coleman chapel with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial park. Pallbearers will be L. M. Warrne, Albert Sherar, William Pickens, Sidney Edwards, H. D. McKinney and Ben Klock.

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MOORE, Betty J.

- Of Perry, age 72, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at Genesys Regional Medical Center at Health Park. A Funeral service will be held at 1PM on Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Brown Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Kennedy officiating. Interment will take place at Butterfield Cemetery in Lake City, MI. Visitation will be held from 5-9PM on Friday. Mrs. Moore was born on June 22, 1926 in Cadillac, MI, the daughter of Clarence and Hazel (Outman) Kregear. She had resided in the Perry area for 14 years. Mrs. Moore loved her grandchildren dearly. She enjoyed camping, crocheting and needle point. She is survived by: 2 sons, Carl R. Anderson and wife Susan of Birch Run, MI and Steven Anderson of Flint, MI; special son, Harry James Fourney of Flint, MI; god-daughter, Crystal Marie Welch; 5 grandchildren, Kenneth, Jeffrey and Kevin Anderson, Illa Jean Smith, and Israel Anderson; 9 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters, Stella Oram of Manton, MI, Sheryl Omell and husband William of Houghton Lake, MI, Carol Ann Roys and husband Richard of Morritt, MI and Letha Bake of Ft. Myers, FL; 2 brothers, Lester Kregear and wife Beverly of Morritt, MI and Alfred Kregear and wife Mary Ann of Oklahoma; special friend, Gerald Mallewski of Flint, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Moore on September 8, 1993.

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Burlington -- Clarence R. Moore, 69, of Route 1, died Thursday in the Branch Community Health Center at Coldwater. He had been ill about one year.

Born in Calhoun County, he had been a farmer and machinist. He owned and operated Moore's Iron and Metal Co.

Survivors include his widow, the former Lila Wellington; sons, Lavern, Ted and Richard Moore, all of Burlington; a sister, Mrs. Irene Briggs of Coldwater; 18 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Spencer Funeral Home.

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Gilbert D. Moss, 81, of Farmington, died February 25 (1993) at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center. He was born May 23, 1911 to the late William Henry and Alma Buster Moss.

Mr. Moss was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle F. Moss of Farmington; one daughter, Betty Fogg of Gillette, Wy.; one sister, Thelma Rollins of St. Louis; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday at 7 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service in Farmington. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Steve Lovelass officiating. Burial will be in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Funeral services for Gillette resident Myrtle Irene Moss will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Blanche Beck Chapel at Pioneer Manor in Gillette with the Rev. Tim Tyler of the Douglas Baptist Church officiating.

Private cremation services have taken place at the Black Hills Crematory in Sturgis, S.D. Burial will be at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

Mrs. Moss died Thursday, August 11, 1994, at Pioneer Manor following a short illness. She was 83.

She was born May 9, 1911, in Elvins, MO, to Charles and Nora (McIntire) Fortner. She was raised and attended schools in Elvins.

On November 14, 1933, she married Gilbert Moss in Elvins, MO. In 1964, they moved to Wyoming and lived in several towns across the state. In 1993, after her husband's death, Mrs. Moss moved to Gillette.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Fogg of Gillette, six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Besides her husband, parents and stepmother, she was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Noecker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy O. Age 83, of R.R. #2, Knoxville, PA, died Wednesday, December 3, 2003, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. She was born November 1, 1920 in Westfield, PA, the daughter of Carl and Hazel George Outman. She retired after teaching for 25 years in Wellsboro, Westfield, and Troupsburg. She taught Secondary English, French, and History. She worked as a Guidance Counselor in the Troupsburg school system. She received her undergraduate and master's degrees from Bucknell University. She started and was involved in Literacy Volunteers for over 14 years in Tioga and Potter counties. She was a charter member of River Valley Country Club. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, and a member of the church's "Altar Guild." She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John D. Murdock; sons and daughters-in-law, Eric J. and Lynn Lawrence, Ridgewood, NJ, David C. and Lynne Murdock, Knoxville, PA; daughter, Randi H. Lawrence, Coudersport, PA; seven grandchildren, several cousins; dear friend, Laurie Shear, Coudersport, PA; and hundreds of beloved students. There will be no prior visitation. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Westfield, PA. Burial will be in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Sabinsville Vol. Ambulance Assn. and St. John's Episcopal Church in Dorothy's memory.

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