Harrison Saylor, a man recently featured in The Exponent, died Friday.
Saylor was recently hospitalized when his weight exceeded 750 pounds. Over the following months he lost around 200 pounds and was sent home, but ultimately died from complications stemming from the extreme weight.
Money was raised locally to help the family defray medical expenses.
Robert "Bob " Bublick
Robert "Bob" Bublick age 75, of Onsted, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at his home with his loving wife at his side.
Robert was born on Feb. 18, 1927, in Raisin Township to Albert H. and Martha H. (Pries) Bublick. He graduated from Adrian High School in 1944. Bob served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He married Anna Lou Prockup on Dec., 6, 1952 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Cambridge Township. Bob was a member of St. Mark's and served as an elder and trustee. Bob operated his own bulldozing business for over 20 years and worked at Hubbard's Apiaries for more than 20 years.
Bob is survived by his wife, Anna Lou; their son, Kurt A. (Lori) Bublick of Cedarville, Ohio; three grandchildren, Roberta, Victoria and Joshua; his sister, Dorothy (the Rev. Adolph) Pankratz of Roscommon; brother-in law, Jack Jordan of Roscommon; sister-in-law, Dorothy Bublick of Onsted; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry and Victor Bublick; sisters, Lois Lym and Minetta Jordan; and brother-in-law, Joe Prockup.
Memorial services for Robert will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church of the Irish Hills in Cambridge Junction with Pastor Kelly Smith officiating. Interment of ashes will follow at Maple Shade Cemetery in Onsted with military rites performed by the Durkee-Seager American Legion Post #550. Memorials are suggested to St. Mark's Lutheran Church or to Great Lakes Hospice or to the donor's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown-VanHemert Funeral Home, Onsted.
Greg Morris Hoyt, 41, passed away late last week.
Greg was born on July 6, 1961 in Jackson, the son of Donald L. and Martha J. (Smith) Hoyt. He was a U.S. Army veteran and active in the Army Reserves, a member of the Irish Hills Eagles and a 1980 graduate of Columbia Central High School.
Survivors include his mother: Marsha Hoyt of Marshall, N.C.; father, Don Hoyt of Napoleon; brother, Todd (Linda) Hoyt of Maumee, Ohio; sister: Jana (Dick) Donovan of Killeen, Texas; one uncle, one aunt and three nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his uncle.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Jenter and Braun Funeral Home, Brooklyn Chapel. Cremation has taken place and an Eagle Lodge of Sorrow Memorial Service will be on Thursday at the Irish Hills Eagles Aerie #3689, Brooklyn at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, 5500 Armstrong Rd., Battle Creek, Mich. 49016 or the Jackson Interfaith Shelter, 414 S. Blackstone, Jackson, Mich. 49201.
Douglas Gene Gammon
Douglas Gene Gammon, age 37, of Brooklyn, passed away after a short illness on February 4, 2003. Doug was born in Adrian on September 1, 1965. He married Susan Arnett on December 20, 1995 in Jackson and she survives. He was a devoted and loving father who actively participated in his children's lives.
Mr. Gammon was a machine builder for Gudel Lineartec in Ann Arbor. Doug enjoyed working on and playing at the sand dunes at Silver Lake with his Jeep, as well as being a big Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Red Wings fan. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and received the Navy Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Besides his wife, Doug is survived by his son, Erik and daughter, Holly; his parents, Jay and Judy Gammon of Brooklyn; grandfather, Samuel Beaubien of Florida; brother, Michael Gammon of Norvell; sister Deb (Marty) Wisniewski of Brooklyn; nieces and nephews, Jayme Gammon, Marty and Nicky Wisniewski and Tyler and Alyssa Arnett.
Services were held Friday, February 7, 2003 at the Jenter & Braun Funeral Home, Brooklyn Chapel, with the Rev. Lisa Cole, Deacon, officiating. Memorials may be made to the Douglas Gammon Memorial Scholarship Fund for the children's future education, c/o Standard Federal Bank, Brooklyn.
Neva A. Culbert
Neva A. Culbert, age 71, of Brooklyn, passed away February 4, 2003. Neva was born on October 22, 1931 in Toledo the daughter of Glenn and Emma (House) Kanavel. She married Arthur Culbert on December 11, 1948 in Clinton and he survives.
Neva was very active in bowling and golf and was accomplished in both sports. She enjoyed arts and crafts, and sewing, as well as tending to her garden.
Besides her husband, Art, Neva is survived by her daughters: Sally Jones, Sandra (John) Knibloe, and Ardis Culbert, all of Jackson; her sons, Sam (Carla) of Kalamazoo and Glenn (Shelly) of Grand Rapids; her granddaughter, Lenora Cowling of Brooklyn and 15 other grandchildren; many great grandchildren; sisters, Lois (James) Claus of Manchester and Alfreda Ridgway of Oregon; and her brother, Steve Kanavel of Arizona. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Sue Ann Cowling and Julie Culbert, and one brother, Charles Kanavel.
Services were held Saturday, February 8, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the Jenter & Braun Funeral Home, Brooklyn Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Freysinger officiating. Memorials to the Diabetes Association. Burial in Norvell Twp. Cemetery.
Elizabeth L. Kurtz
Elizabeth L. Kurtz, age 90, passed away February 6, 2003. Elizabeth was born in Rome Center, MI on June 22, 1912, the daughter of William B. and Luella (Baker) Newell. She was married to Lloyd C. Kurtz on January 1, 1934 at her parents' home and he preceded her in death.
She lived in Michigan until moving to Arkansas for nine years. She returned to Onsted about two years ago and lived at the Wexford Manor. Mrs. Kurtz cared for her invalid mother for 20 years and farmed the Newell farm, which was a Michigan Centennial Farm. She and her husband operated a Supermarket in Onsted for nearly 20 years. After his death, she worked as an aide at the Lenawee County Library. Elizabeth loved Africa and traveled there many times to visit her niece, Barbara Boydston Dundas, and her husband who operated a safari business in Nairobi, Kenya. She was a 1930 graduate of Onsted High School and was valedictorian of her class. Elizabeth was a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, Past President of PTA, member of the North Rome Grange, the Onsted Women's Club and the Lenawee Historical Society, and belonged to the Imboden Arkansas Methodist Church and the Springville United Methodist Church. Her love of reading and books led her to be active in libraries all her life. In addition to her work at the Lenawee County Library, she was a member of the Onsted Library Board for many years, a member of the Lawrence County Arkansas Library Board and started a "Friends of the Library" Association in Imboden, Arkansas.
Mrs. Kurtz is survived by her children: Carol Ann (Gerald) Metty of Ravenden, AR, Mary Lou (Jay Tom) Holley of East Tawakoni, TX, Susan Kurtz of Jackson, William L. (Gerry) Kurtz of Scottsdale, AZ; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Wyona Boydston.
Funeral services were Monday, February 10, 2003 at the Jenter & Braun Funeral Home, Brooklyn Chapel with Pastor Melany Chalker officiating; burial in North Rome Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Lenawee, the Lenawee County Library, the Springville United Methodist Church, or the Lenawee County Historical Society.
Reva Jane Walker
Reva Jane Walker, 87, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2003 at Grand Court in Adrian. She was born October 25, 1915, the daughter of Frank and Mabel Feight. Reva married William "Bill" Walker on May 25, 1940 and he preceded her in death in 1994.
Reva was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of TOPS in Onsted. In 1968 she and Bill opened Walker's Sanitary Landfill in the Irish Hills. They retired from the business in 1976 and moved to Manitou Beach. Reva was loved and adored by many friends and family members. The family wishes to thank the staff at Grand Court, caregivers Chris Palmer and Janet Glisson, and Hospice for their loving attention.
Reva is survived by one son, Tom (Linda) Walker of Clinton; one daughter, Nancy (Larry) Wibbeler of Onsted; two sisters, Frances (Paul) Schramm of Grass Lake and Thelma Jean "TJ" McDurman of Adrian; seven grandchildren, Terry Barrows, Christine (Ken) Caligiuri, Tonia (Bob) Olson, Angela (Brad) Price, Tim Baker, Larry Wibbeler, Jr., and Josh Readicker; and seven great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Jackie Riffel, two brothers, and two sisters.
Following visitation at the Clinton Chapel of Couture-Handler Funeral Homes on Monday, February 10, 2003, cremation took place and burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Peter E. Darrigrand
Peter E. Darrigrand, age 78 of Onsted, died on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at Provincial House in Adrian.
Delores K. Glancy
Delores K. Glancy, age 83, of Onsted, died on Wedneday, Feb. 5, 2003 at Lynwood Manor in Adrian.
Frank Proskie, age 82, of Brooklyn passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003. Mr. Proskie was born July 8, 1920, in River Rouge, Mich., to Frank and Katherine (Nowak) Proskie.
Frank is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ruth (Mallow) Proskie; one son, Allen Proskie and his friend Claudia Francis of Brooklyn; stepson, Donald (Carol) Phelps of Ludington; two grandchildren, Robin (Keith) Gretz of Pleasant Lake and James Phelps of Jackson; eight great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two brothers, Wallace (Marcelle) Proskie of Monroe and Gerald (Rosalie) Proskie of Mesa, Ariz. Mr. Proskie was preceded in death by his grandson, Donald Phelps Jr. in December of 2000.
Frank was a supervisor at Ford Motor Company in Monroe for 34 years. He also served in the Air Force and was a veteran of WW II. He was a member of the Wilber-Bartlett American Legion Post #315 in Brooklyn for 22 years and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus # 7945 of Clark Lake and St. Rita Catholic Church.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jenter & Braun Funeral Home, Brooklyn Chapel. Prayers from the funeral home will be Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 at 10:15 a.m. with a Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church. A scripture service will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a charity to be selected at a later date.
Mary G. Lopez
Mary G. Lopez, age 83, of Norvell, passed away at W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital on Feb. 6, 2003. Mary was born in Murphysboro, Ill., on Jan. 1, 1920, to Elsa and Gladys (Spencer) Baumgartner. She married Constantino Lopez and he preceded her in death.
Mary was a member of the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her son, John White or Warren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ernest McCoy. Cremation has taken place and there are no services. Arrangements entrusted to the Jenter & Braun Funeral Home, Brooklyn Chapel.