Gladwin County, Michigan obits:
Ernest E. Martin, 68, of Midland, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland.
Born Oct. 11, 1931 in Billings Township, Gladwin County, he was the son of the late Irven and Aletha (Chamberlin) Martin.
Ernest married the former Ann D. Alexander, June 1, 1950 in Hope.
He was employed as an electrician by The Dow Chemical Company, retiring in March 1985. He then owned and operated Martin Electric from 1985 until 1992.
Ernest served as Lincoln Township's electrical inspector for 10 years. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and the Sanford Chamber of Commerce.
Besides his wife he is survived by one son, Raymond and wife Linda; five daughters, Janet and husband Clem Gruen, Connie and husband Mike Champagne, Peggy and husband Paul Percha, Ellen Martin and husband Ignacio Prado, and Heidi and husband Roger DeMeyer; one brother, Richard; two sisters, Goldie Morse and Gladys Clark; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Calvary Baptist Church with Pastors Paul Murphrey and Nelson Swinehart officiating. Burial was in the Midland Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund or the American Heart Association of Michigan.
Harold Everett McAllister, 93, of Gladwin, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at the Gladwin Pines Nursing Home.
Born Aug. 4, 1906 in Temperance, he was the son of the late John and Frances (Lamb) McAllister.
Harold married the former Leah Rippherger, Nov. 13, 1926 in Detroit. He was a retired minister in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Harold and his wife operated a sales and service appliance business in Royal Oak, Ferndale, and Beaverton, and he also drove school bus for the Beaverton School District.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Joanne Gibson of Harrisville and Ellen Marie Klein of Gladwin; five grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Charles Klein and Leonard DeMoines; one grandson, Leonard Kirk DeMoines in March 1991; four brothers; and two sisters.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Sisson Funeral Home, Inc. with Elder Donn Pendleton officiating. Burial was in Beaverton City Cemetery.
Lorraine M. Krider, 71, of Gladwin, died Friday, May 19, 2000 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born Aug. 8, 1928 in Lansing, she was the daughter of Emil and Martha (Niesel) Karkau. She graduated from Lansing Sexton High school in 1946.
Lorraine married Arley Ray Krider, Aug. 27, 1953 in Indiana. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed crocheting and gardening.
Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, David and Darrel, both of Marion; two daughters, Barbara and husband Milan Lemmenes of Florida, and Linda Farr of Lansing; one sister, Pauline of Bradenton, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Martin Karkau.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fosnaught Funeral Home in Marion. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Mildred B. Ragle, 81, of Gladwin, died Monday, May 22, 2000 at the Gladwin Living Centre in Gladwin.
Born Jan. 19, 1919 in Detroit, she lived in Gladwin County since 1980 and previously lived in Whitmore Lake.
Mildred was a dietitian for Livingston County Nursing Home in Howell. She was also a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Surviving are one son, Allen and wife Carol of Gladwin; two daughters, Judy and husband Johnny Huggins of Mississippi, and Marlene Comfort of Florida; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Jerry in 1958, George in 1994, and Wayne in 1998.
Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery in Whitmore Lake.
Sharon L. Prahin, 47, of Beaverton, died Friday, May 19, 2000 at home with friends and loved ones, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born March 10, 1953 in Warren, she lived in Gladwin County since 1992 and previously lived in Holly.
Sharon, along with her husband Steve, and son Shawn Kukuk, established the S & S Dairy Farm, formerly the Lang farm on Bard Rd., in Beaverton in 1996.
Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Shawn Kukuk of Beaverton; one daughter, Jessica and husband Scott Hensley of Linden; father and stepmother, Joseph and Mary Brinn of Lake Orion; mother and stepfather, Theda and John Nowaczewski of Beaverton; one brother, Joseph and wife Pam Brinn of Oscoda; three sisters, Karen Maxwell and friend Charles Taylor of Bay City, and Becky Little and Susan and husband Rich Roll, all of Beaverton; two grandsons, Justin and Logan; and one granddaughter, Maise.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Hall Funeral Home, Beaverton with Pastor Kim Lewis of Heartland Hospice in Bay City, officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Merrill.
Memorial contributions may be made to be used according to the wishes of the family.