Gladwin County, Michigan obits:
Clifford Olmstead, 76, of Gladwin, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000 at home following a short illness.
Born Oct. 10, 1923 in Oceola County, he was the son of Roy and Mae (Dervage) Olmstead. He lived in Gladwin County since 1981 and previously lived in Flint.
Clifford married Dorothy (Little), Sept. 5, 1990 in Gladwin. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.
He was a laborer for General Motors Buick Engine Plant in Flint, retiring in 1980 after 30 years. He was a member of the VFW Post 11256.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Mary Little and Debra Guffey, both of Gladwin; one brother, Richard of Detroit one sister, Bonnie Roe of Big Rapids; one half brother, Stan Speck of Big Rapids; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and several stepchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and one brother.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at the VFW Post 11256, Gladwin.
Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin was in charge of the arrangements.
Gloria Graham, 72, of Gladwin, Died Sunday, June 25, 2000 following a lingering illness.
Born Nov. 7, 1927 in Duluth, Minn., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (LeClaire) Auge.
Gloria married Edwin Graham, Aug. 7, 1948 in Detroit. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Gary and wife Dorothy of Oxford; five daughters, Christine and husband Jim Thomas of Warren, Nancee and husband Thom West of Sterling Heights, Renee and husband David Puranen of Algonac, Gail Graham of Memphis, and Gloria Graham of Berkley; two sisters, Blanche Hartman of Shelby and Patricia Nodolski of Detroit; three brothers, Robert Auge of Centerline, Ed Auge of Proctor, Minn., and Charlie Auge of Tacoma, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.
A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) from Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Father Patrick Jankowiak officiating. A vigil prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service today (Wednesday). Memorials may be made to the Sugar Springs Memorial Fund.
Sisson Funeral Home, Gladwin, was in charge of the arrangements.
Herbert W. Brown, 83, of Gladwin, died Saturday, June 24, 2000 at Tender Care Nursing Home-Clare following a short illness.
Born July 22, 1916 in Clare County, he was a lifetime resident of Gladwin County.
Herbert married Ruth G. Loar, July 19, 1959 in Mt. Pleasant. He worked as a machinist for Lyle Industries in Beaverton for 15 years, retiring in 1978.
Besides his wife he is survived by four sons, Gary and wife Joyce of Harrison, Dean and wife Virginia of California, Bill, and Roger and wife Susan, all of Gladwin; one stepson, Lavon and wife Linda Crowl of Coleman; three stepdaughters, Penny and husband Randy Capen of Beaverton, Sonia and husband Ron Johnson of Houghton Lake, and Rita and husband Dan Brasington of St. Johns; three sisters, Helen Smith of Mt. Pleasant, Norma Ferrer of Oregon, and Minnie Morton of Florida; three brothers, Richard of Harrison, Robert of Florida, and Donald of Loomis; and one grandson, Derek Brown of Gladwin.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin with Daniel Sykes officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Gladwin or the Gladwin Jehovah's witness building fund.
John A. Gagne, 72, of Gladwin, died Monday, June 26, 2000 at home following a long illness.
Born Jan. 20, 1928 in Detroit, he was the son of John M. and Marie (Amyott) Gagne. He lived in Gladwin County 27 years and previously lived in Dearborn Heights.
John married Betty (Hoose) July 31, 1954 in Wayne County. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army.
He worked as a sales clerk for Meyers for Tires in Gladwin, retiring in 1990 after 23 years.
Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Ewell of Muskegon, John S. of Gladwin, and John Allen; three daughters, Yvonne and husband Mike Loniecki of Wyandotte, Deanne and husband Randy Lowe of Ecorse, and Vicki Lynn Gagne; two sisters, Yvette Straub of Wayne and Rosalie Thorne of Carlton; two brothers, Robert of California and Peter of Gladwin; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gladwin with Rev. Father Patrick Jankowiak officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin, was in charge of the arrangements.
John Sylvester Walters, 64, of Beaverton, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at MidMichigan Medical Center.
Born June 26, 1935 in Coleman, he was the son of the late Tom and Opal (Macklem) Olds.
John married the former Terry Berry, June 23, 1967 in Midland. He served in the U.S. Army in active duty for 14 years, including the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, and was in the Reserves for 16 years.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the city of Midland for 25 years, retiring in 1992. John was an avid fisherman.
Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Elry and wife Carmen and Chuck and wife Rachel, all of Denver, and Richard and wife Penny of Clare; two daughters, Pam and husband Ed Schwartz of Gladwin, and Cheryl and wife Ralph Flathau of Beaverton; two brothers, Bernard and wife Shirley of Lake and Jim and wife Ruth of Beaverton; one sister, Pat and husband Lloyd Jewell of Sanford; 10 grandchildren, Alejandra, Daniel, Monica, Tom, Ashlee, John, Richie, Kari, Ralph, and Steven; and special aunts, Caroline Fancon, and Marion and husband Floyd Havens. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
Services took place at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home in Midland with Pastor Jim Hoggard of the Church of the Daniel's Band officiating. Burial was in Warren Township Cemetery. Full military honors were presented by Midland American Legion Berryhill Post 165.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the donor's favorite charity.
Patricia A. Cornwell, 67, of Gladwin, died Thursday, June 22, 2000 at home following a short illness.
Born Oct. 14, 1932 in Hollywood, Fla., she was the daughter of Joseph and Francis (McCarthy) Kennedy. She lived in Gladwin County since 1988 and previously lived in Clinton Township.
Patricia married Donald Cornwell, Sept. 3, 1953 in Redford. She was a teacher at Warren Woods Public Schools until 1984 when she became director of training for the Otsakita Council, Girl Scouts of America, until 1988. In 1988, she moved to Gladwin and opened the House of Yarn until 1996.
She was a member of the Gladwin Theatre Group and a member of Northern Notes in Gladwin.
Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Debra and husband Charles Losicki of Clarkston; two sons, Robert J. of Warren and Christopher of Kalamazoo; and three granddaughters, Heather, Lauren and Merideth Losicki.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, James O'Conner; and one son, Joseph Colon in 1994.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gladwin with Rev. Father Patrick Jankowiak officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Gladwin. A wake service was held at 7 p.m. Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gladwin County Industries, Gladwin Theater Group, or the Leader Dog for the Blind.