Former Tecumseh Products CEO dies
Kenneth G. Herrick, former chief executive officer of Tecumseh Products, died Sunday, July 25, 2004. He was 83 years old.
As the head of the Herrick Foundation he funnelled a lot of money into projects in nearby communities. As a benefactor to Brooklyn he donated funds to many area churches, as well as the Brooklyn library.
Tecumseh Products was founded by his father, Ray, who often lunched at The Spot restaurant in Brooklyn with local businessmen, and the family had a cottage at Wamplers Lake.
Kenneth took over as president of Tecumseh Products in 1966 and in 1970 was named chief executive officer. The firm is now headed by his son, Todd.
During Kenneth's career the company grew from annual sales of $426 million to $1.343 billion. While his success as a leader was well documented, he was best known for his philanthropy.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; a son, Todd; and a daughter, Toni Lynn; three grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a sister, Jean Van Wavern. A sister, Catherine Cobb preceded him in death.
Memorial donations may be made to Herrick Memorial Hospital in Tecumseh or to the district library in that community.
Ruth V. Greenwald
Ruth V. Greenwald, age 84 of Marion, Mich. and formerly of McBain, Mich., passed away at the home of her caregiver Teri Fall on July 28, 2004.
She was born in Jackson on July 19, 1920 to Harold and Ruth (Monroe) Shaw. She was married to Theodore Greenwald in Ypsilanti, Mich. on April 9, 1945 and he preceded her in death on July 23, 2003. She had worked as a secretary at NAPA Automotive in Brooklyn for 17 years and retired in 1983. She then moved to the McBain area from the Brooklyn area. She is survived by a sister, Janet Osborn of Brooklyn; brothers, Frank (Sally) Shaw of Jackson and Howard (Lorraine) Shaw of Auburn, Calif.
No service will take place and burial will be made in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Napoleon. Arrangements were made by the Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain.
Monroe E. Krall
Monroe E. Krall, age 88 of Brooklyn passed away Friday, July 23, 2004. He was born January 1, 1916 in Bentley, Mich. the son of William and Iva (Byrd) Krall. He married Helen Garver on December 24, 1940 and she preceded him in death in 1997. He was also preceded in death by his second wife Irene Winningham in 2002 and two brothers, Melvin and Ernest Krall.
He is survived by his daughter, Martha "Marti" (Ed) Weaver of Grand Blanc, Mich. and Irene's children. Mr. Krall was a member of the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church, a life member of the Masons and Order of the Eastern Star. Monroe graduated from Cement City High School and worked as an electrician for 20 years for Consolidated Cement and later worked as a correction officer for the State of Michigan for 15 years retiring in 1978. He also served our country in WW II.
A celebration of Monroe's life took place on Friday, July 30, at the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church with Reverend Christine Barnes officiating. Burial was at Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Michigan Masonic Home in Alma, Mich. or to the favorite charity of the Donor's choice. Envelopes will be available at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel in Brooklyn.
Harley Dewitt Kimerer
Harley Dewitt Kimerer, age 75, of Brooklyn passed away on July 26, 2004 at the Mid Michigan Medical Center in Clare, Mich.
Mr. Kimerer was born in Temperance, Mich., on Sept. 19, 1928, the son of Harley William and Ethel (Schofield) Kimerer. He married Betty Lou Teller in 1947 and she preceded him in death in 1995. He was employed by General Motors for 20 years until his retirement in 1991 and was a farmer.
Harley is survived by his son, Daniel (Cindy) Kimerer of Oscoda, Mich. and daughter, Diana L. (Ed) Spare of Harrison, Mich.; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret and Geneva. Besides his wife he was preceded in death by a son, Dennis in 1999.
A celebration of Mr. Kimerer's life was held on Thursday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel with the Reverend Frank Radcliff officiating. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Clarence P. Jarrett
Clarence P. Jarrett, age 76 of Napoleon, passed away at Countryside Care Center on July 31, 2004.
He is survived by his wife, of 52 years, Adrianne; five children, Dianne (Dennis) Curtis, Ronald (Dawn) Jarrett and Mark (Bonnie) Jarrett all of Napoleon, Richard (Joyce) Jarrett of Brooklyn and Larry Jarrett, of Jackson; fifteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Dale (Virginia) Jarrett of Texas; sister, Gloria (Don) Olson of Minnesota; and sister-in-law Fran Seburg of Jackson.
He was an Army Veteran of World War II, loved to travel and farm and was a retiree of Kelsey Hayes. Services will be held at Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home, 820 Fifth Street, Michigan Center on Wednesday, August 4, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ron Clark from the Manchester Community Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be at Roseland Memorial Gardens. The family would appreciate memorial contributions be made to the Countryside Care Center Activities Fund or the Alzheimers Association.
Robert L. James
Robert L. James, age 62 of Clarklake, passed away at his home on July 30, 2004 under the loving care of his family and Great Lakes Hospice.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years Sheryl L. James; three children, Jeffery James of Clarklake, Kris (Cash) Wood of Hanover and Tanya (John) Allred of Texas; mother, Emma James of Napoleon; five grandchildren, Heather Wood, Kyle James, Beth Wood, Anna Allred and Karis-Meagan Allred; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend of the family Brad Haligus. He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Leonard James, Sr. and brother, Harvey Leonard James, Jr.
He was a truck driver for 35 years, retiree of Way Baking, worked at Double A products in Manchester, Taylor-Lougheed and the American Backyard in Napoleon, farmed and liked to scuba dive. Services were held on Tuesday, August 3, with Rev. Robert Freysinger officiating. Interment was at Clark Lake Cemetery.
Visitation was held at Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home, 820 Fifth Street in Michigan Center. The family suggests contributions in his memory be made to Great Lakes Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
William D. (Bill) Douglas
William D. (Bill) Douglas, age 54, of Cement City, passed away at his home on Aug. 1, 2004. William was an avid hunter and loved to travel up north with his dog.
He is survived by his father, Harold Douglas; sister, Phyllis (Al) Fullerton; brother, Harold (Chris) Douglas Jr.; daughters, Lori (Duaine) Lindeman and Kare (William) Curtis; five grandchildren, LauraLee, Alyssa and Duaine Lindeman III and Dakota and Jacob Curtis.
William was preceded in death by his mother, Flora Douglas; brother, Bob Douglas; and sister, Connie Douglas. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place.
A memorial ceremony will be held at Cement City Baptist Church on Aug. 6, 2004, at 11:30 a.m. and a private graveside service will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family and William ask that donations be made to Hospice of Jackson & Oaklawn, 1 Jackson Square, Jackson, Michigan, 49201; Norvell Community Baptist Church, 204 E. Commercial St., Norvell, Michigan, 49263; or Mission of Hope Cancer Fund, 209 E. Washington Ave, Suite 370, Jackson, Michigan, 49201.
C. Howard Dewey Sr.
C. Howard Dewey Sr. passed away on July 22, 2004, at the age of 101. He was born at Cambridge Junction, Mich., in the Walker Tavern on December 30, 1902. He lived most his life in Brooklyn, Mich. Howard was a salesman and manager of Hart & Howell Popcorn factory for 42 years and treasurer of Brooklyn School Board for many years. He was a 75-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a Deacon of Brooklyn Presbyterian Church and Senior Citizen Group. He lived four years at the Brooklyn Living Center and ten years at Countryside Care Center. He loved the people and great care he received while at Countryside Care in Jackson. The family of Howard would like to thank them for their thoughtfulness.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel in 1986; brother, Richard; and son-in-law Harry Bammer, Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Gloria J. (Bammer) (John) Haskett of St. Pete Beach, Fla.; son, Charles H. (Mary) Dewey, Jr. of Jackson, Mi.; grandchildren, Reg Bammer, Dr. Craig (Debbie) Bammer of Fla., Bruce (Pat) Dewey of Galesburg, Mich. and Kaylyn (Michael) VanHarn of Caledonia, Mich.; 11 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; brother, Wilford (Mary) Dewey of Brooklyn; sister, Mary Pierce of Arizona and sister-in-law, Edith (Charles) Stephenson of Bear Lake, Mich.; extended family, Judie and Bill Tedder and Cris Vogt and family.
A celebration of Howard's life was held on Monday, July 26, 2004, at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel. Interment was held at Highland Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Elwood Brannock, 93, of Florida, formerly of Brooklyn, died last week in Florida. He was the former owner of Brannock Building Company and is survived by his wife, Gladys, daughter Jennifer Phebus and one grandchild.
Florence M. Zielinski
Florence M. Zielinski, of Brooklyn, passed away July 21, 2004, at the age of 78. She is survived by three daughters, Deborah Cope of Brooklyn, Karen Wright of Brooklyn and Janis Bertuca of Redford; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Vernon Swiatlowski of Brooklyn; and one sister, Theresa Jezowski of Washington.
According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home in Jackson.
Elmer John Carmer
Elmer John Carmer, age 82 of Brooklyn passed away September 25, 2004 at Jackson County Medical Care Facility. Mr. Carmer was born on Sept. 27, 1921 in Columbia Twp., Mich., the son of Frank J. and Nettie (Potts) Carmer.
Elmer was a long-time gas station and restaurant owner in the area. He is survived by his sister, Wilma Cagney of Jackson; nephews, Charles (Susanne) Dermyre of Brooklyn and Frank Robert (Lorraine) Dermyre of Canton; and many great nieces and nephews. Elmer was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold and John Carmer, sister Elizabeth Dermyre.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 9, beginning at 10 a.m. with the Reverend Kelly D. Smith officiating at Oak Grove Cemetery, Napoleon. Arrangements entrusted to the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel.