Gladwin County, Michigan obits:
Robert F. King, 81, of Beaverton, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin. He was born July 11, 1918 in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Robert married Vesta I. Bergman, Nov. 20, 1942. She preceded him in death Jan. 15, 1974. He then married Mildred Bergman, March 18, 1977.
He was retired from The Dow Chemical Company in 1980 after 39 1/2 years of service. Robert was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army.
Besides his wife he is survived by one son, Denny and wife Paula of Beaverton; one daughter, Mary and husband Stan Lorenc of Coleman; five grandchildren, Stefan, Simon Lorenc, and Stacy and Aaron Toth, Lori Jo and Frank Oxford, and Jess King; one great-granddaughter, Tatum Oxford; three stepchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; three sisters, Blanche Jones, Mercedes Watson, and Hazel Rogers.
He was preceded in death by a son, Keith; one brother, Luther; and two sisters, Gladys and Grace King.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sanford with Pastors Leonard Newman and Paul Young officiating. Burial was in Warren Township Cemetery in Coleman.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or the David Reece Community Living Endeavor.
O'Laughlin Funeral Home in Coleman was in charge of the arrangements.
Robie Dean Bentley, 43, of Harrison, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Clare.
Born Oct. 10, 1956 in Clare, he was the son of Ronald and Florence Switzer Bentley.
Robie married Cheryl Joyce Labadie, June 30, 1978 in Clare. He worked as an electrician for Local 692.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Shannon Paulette and Mary Rachelle, both of Harrison; one granddaughter, Taylor Lynn Chrisman; his father, Ronald Bentley of Harrison; his mother, Florence Dawson of St. Johns; seven brothers, Gregory and David, both of Harrison, Ronald II of Farwell, Kevin of Seney, Calvin and Jeffery, both of Springfield, Ga., and Joseph of Clare; and three sisters, Ronda Barber of Harrison, Nevada Kushmaul of Big Rapids, and Dawn Bufford of Newberry.
He was preceded in death by one son, Robie II; and one brother, Roger Bentley.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Sisson Funeral Home in Gladwin with Rev. Robert Marshall officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Albert E. Barnard, 81, of Gladwin, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000 at his home. He moved to Gladwin in 1975.
Born Oct. 22, 1918 in Detroit, he was the son of Frank and Nettie Benaway Barnard. He worked for the Department of Street Railway for the City of Detroit.
Albert married Anne Toner, Feb. 25, 1945. She preceded him in death March 6, 1997. He then married Mary Oliver, Oct. 18, 1997. He was a member of the Redford Twp. Eagles #2265, Harrison Moose Lodge, and was known as 'Barnardo the Great,' for his magical acts.
Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Richard and wife Joann of Howell, Charles and wife Donna of Redford Twp., and Clarence and Lisa of Gladwin; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Albert Jack and one brother, Willis.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Sisson Funeral Home with Dr. Rev. Deane Wyllys officiating. Burial was in Arbutus Cemetery.
Grace S. Linton, 82, of Gladwin, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000 at home in a house fire.
Born Aug. 18, 1917 in Hubble, she lived in Gladwin County 62 years.
Grace married Walter Linton in Detroit. He preceded her in death in 1970. She belonged to the Hockaday Free Methodist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Nancy Carper of Warren, Donna and husband Harold Gittings of Mt. Rose, and Lois and husband Dick McCulloch of Harrison; one son, Earl and wife Jayne of Sheridan; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Bill.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin Chapel, with Pastor Rene Barth officiating. Burial will be in McClure Cemetery in Gladwin. Visitation will be tomorrow (Thursday) from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin.
Joseph Brassinger, 94, of Gladwin and formerly of Brown City, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000 in Gladwin
Born April 16, 1905 in Austria, Hungary, he was the son of Anton and Anna Brassinger.
Joseph married Katherine Buby in Croswell, Sept. 26, 1931.
He was a mechanic for Spreckel Cartage in Detroit. He was also a truck driver and owned and operated a gravel truck for Mostly Independent Company of Detroit.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Gladwin and Brown City. He enjoyed sports and reading.
Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Joseph and wife Rose of Almont, and Mathew and wife Donna of Romeo; one daughter, Mary and husband Fred Schoenberg of Gladwin; one sister, Mary Haupt of Florida; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Anton.
A gathering was held Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at Carman Funeral Home in Brown City. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Carman Funeral Home with Rev. Schmidberger officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Brown City.
Loretta M. Linton-Cripps, 74, of Gladwin, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000 at home after a long illness.
Born Dec. 7, 1925 in Gladwin County, she was a lifetime resident of Gladwin County.
Loretta married Victor Cripps, in 1944 in Gladwin. She was a nurses aid for MidMichigan Regional Medical Center-Gladwin, retiring in 1989 after 14 years.
Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Sharon Diekman of Gladwin and Sandra Cripps of Beaverton; two sons, Roger of Florida, and Richard and wife Sandra of Farmington; one sister, Grace Schroeder of Florida; and three granddaughters, Julie and Paula Cripps, and Melissa Cudney. She was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin, with Rev. Robert Marshall officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association.