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Arseneau, Dale Gerald  
Dale Gerard Arseneau, age 69, of Oscoda died Dec. 9, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Karen L. (nee Staggs) Arseneau and by a former wife, RoseMarie (nee Manderochio) Rumball. He was the dear father of Maribeth (John) Ruedisueli, Audra (Adam) Holt and three stepchildren; also the loving grandfather of Maria and Samantha Ruedisueli, Sydney Holt and four step grandchildren. He was the brother of Carol (Robert) Arend and Ross (Erika) Arseneau. Mr. Arseneau retired from Prudential Insurance and Financial in 2001 as a commercial insurance underwriter in Oscoda. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda, where he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 5083. Among his other interests was playing pool and playing cards. Services were held on Friday, Dec. 12. Interment was at Cadillac Memorial Gardens-East in Clinton Township. The family suggests memorials to the National Brain Tumor Society or St. Vincent DePaul Society of Detroit. Share memories with the online guestbook at www.pricefunelhome.net.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 12 to Dec. 23, 2014
Hartman, Donald Henry  
Donald Henry Hartman, age 76, of Oscoda died on Dec. 7, 2014 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Tawas City. Don was born to Henry and Dorothy Hartman on April 3, 1938 in Reese. He was preceded in death by both Henry and Dorothy; and his sister, Sally Alex. He is survived by his brother, Ted Hartman of Spokane, Wash. Don had many jobs in his life, but farming and raising livestock were his passion. He was an avid Tigers and Red Wings fan, enjoyed playing euchre and he had a love of the great outdoors shown in both his hunting and fishing. He was a veteran who served in the Michigan National Guard. He always gave to those who had less than him, he was generous and big of heart with a wonderful sense of humor. Any donations in his name should be sent to the Lutherans Children's House in Saginaw. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 11 to Dec. 23, 2014
Jakobi, Stacey Lynne  
Stacey Lynne Jakobi (nee Campbell), age 53, of Grant Township, former resident of Pinconning, died peacefully under the loving care of her husband, family and hospice on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. She was born the daughter of Earl and Della (nee Willert) Campbell on Oct. 13, 1961 in Bay City. Stacey graduated from Pinconning High School, Class of 1980. On Sept. 9, 2006 Stacey married William Jakobi, a special day that her grandmother could share with them. On July 7, 2007 Stacey and William renewed their vows on the beach surrounded by their family and loved ones. Together they shared eight years of marriage. Stacey was a certified nursing assistant for Tendercare Nursing Home in Tawas City and worked at Leelin Home Health Care in West Branch. Stacey loved her job and cared for her residents and patients as if they were her own family members. In 2010 she decided to share her love and beauty for flowers and gardening and opened Stacey J's Silk Flowers and Creations. She loved spending quiet time in her garden and tending to her flowers and enjoyed camping trips and especially camping in Mackinac with her husband, children, grandchildren and special friends. She loved being surrounded by her family and friends. Stacey was a member of Divine Shepherd Church in Standish. She is survived by her husband, William; and children, Tiffany (Darrell) Lutze, Jason (Nicole) Jakobi and Shawn Jakobi; her mother, Della Dora; brothers, Barry (Karen Phillips) Campbell, Keith (Sharon) Campbell and Kevin (Cherri) Campbell; her grandchildren, whom she adored, Owen, Preston, Liam, Kayleigh and Kaitlin; many nieces and nephews; her adopted daughter, Amanda Patterson; and other special family members, Keith (Geananne) Jakobi, Connie (Dave) Finley and Arnie Jakobi. Stacey was preceded in death by her father, Earl Campbell; step father, Ed Dora; and her grandparents, Ezra and Doris Willert. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at Hemlock Road Baptist Church in Tawas City. The family will welcome friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 12 to Dec. 23, 2014
King, Esther Ellen  
Esther Ellen King, age 94, of Oscoda passed away at Jamieson Nursing Home in Harrisville on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. She was born in Saginaw to the late Terrence and Elizabeth (neé Lokinski) Perkins on May 30, 1920. Esther was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Kelly King, who passed away in 1992. She is survived by one brother, Edward (Joyce) Perkins of Saginaw. Children are Linda (Fred) Champagne of Harrisville, Donna (Donnie) Milwrick of Lincoln, James King Sr. and Dale (Yvonne) King, both of Oscoda. Esther leaves eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Gillies Funeral Home of Lincoln. A graveside service at Mikado Cemetery will be in the spring.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 19 to Dec. 30, 2014
Orr, Robert Elwin  
Robert Elwin Orr, age 88, of East Tawas, former resident of Sandusky, died on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw. He was born the son of Allen and Pearl (nee Parsons) on July 18, 1926 in Charlotte. Robert graduated from Charlotte High School, Class of 1944. He worked for Jensen Bridge & Supply Company in Sandusky for 44 years before retiring in 2000. Bob loved his job, his colleagues and the people he encountered every day in his travels throughout the state. He was a master storyteller who relished a good game of golf with friends and enjoyed travel (as long as he could be the person behind the wheel). Most of all he loved time spent with his wife, kids and grandchildren. Robert is survived by his best friend and high school sweetheart, Beverly (nee Martin), whom he married on July 20, 1946. They were blessed with 68 years of marriage and raised five loving children whom survive him, Susan Orr of East Tawas, Deborah (Jerry) May of Ann Arbor, Randy (Kathie) Orr of Harrisville, Robin (James) Tubbs of Tawas City and Kelly (James) Nuttall of South Lyon. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and his nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Carrol Orr; and his sister, Marilyn Manicom. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15 at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas. Memorial contributions may be made to the City of East Tawas Library Construction Fund, P.O. Box 672, East Tawas, MI 48730.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 11 to Dec. 23, 2014
Patterson, Shirley Joanne  
Shirley Joanne Patterson of Oscoda, age 59, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. The loving and caring daughter of Shirley and the late Tommy Blankenship, she grew up in Wheeling, Ill., a carefree and happy child. She attended Wheeling High School and went on to try new adventures that carried her through many different states. She faced several hardships and heartbreak along the way but never lost her passion for finding happiness and helping others. An avid animal lover, she was always surrounded by her pets throughout her life no matter where she may have roamed. In 1994, she was reunited with Jerry Spanley who gave her the best years of her life, filled with love and companionship to the end. Joanne was preceded by her infant son, Damien La Due, and is survived by her son, Thomas (Lisette) Ray, her daughter Molly Runyon, her two grandchildren Sadie and Edward Runyon, her three brothers Tony (Brenda), Earl (Jane), and John (Dawn) Blankenship, also by loving nieces, nephews, in-laws and a host of other family and friends. No services will be held. "I love you Mom, rest in peace from all of us."
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 11 to Dec. 23, 2014
Ratliff, James T.  
James T. Ratliff, age 65, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Hale. He has lived in Hale for the past 12 years, formerly from California. James was born to William and Mary Ratliff in Pontiac on July 25, 1949. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served during Vietnam. James was a member of the USMC Raiders where he was the sergeant at arms. He was part of a family Marine Corps legacy that stretched five generations, including his father who was a Raider during World War II. He worked as an art director and sign artist for Warner Brother, Disney, Paramount Studios and Universal Studios in California, where he retired from the motion picture industry in 1994. He always loved going to the movies. He made his kids a priority with every decision and he was generous with his time and talent throughout his life. He strove to be a light to those in darkness and to always love and honor God. "Love one another" and "Sharing is Caring." James is survived by his children, James (Lori) Hotary of Holland, Mich., Sarah (Andrew) Benson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Christopher (Nichole) Ratliff of Gaylord, and David Ratliff of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Evan, Connor, Harvey and Maximus; and siblings, William "Bill" Ratliff, Christina Collard, Diana Jorissen, Sheila Turbett, Robert Ratliff, Theresa Morris and Karla Mason and families. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary. No service is scheduled at this time. His wishes are to be buried at a national cemetery at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch, www.steuernolmclaren.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 11 to Dec. 23, 2014
Shelton, Varylynn "Dee Dee"  
Varylynn "Dee Dee" Shelton of Long Lake passed away Dec. 15, 2014 at 67 years of age. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Donald Shelton; her mother, Vida St. Louis Hebert of Tecumseh Ontario, Canada; and her three children, Joyce (Allen) Farley of Belfast, Tenn., Tammy (Thomas) Baltrusaitis of Clarkston and Randy Estrada of Waterford. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren along with many nephews and nieces. Private cremation has taken place and Dee Dee will be laid to rest at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Hospice Advantage in West Branch. Arrangements entrusted to the Hale Chapel of Buresh Funeral Home, www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23, 2014
Smith, Janet M.  
Janet M. Smith of National City passed away Dec. 8, 2014 at Iosco Medical Care Facility at 74 years of age. Janet was born to Wendel and Lucille Black on June 29, 1940 in Saginaw. She married Rogers S. Smith on July 8, 1961, her survives her. Mrs. Smith worked for Chamberlain Drugs while in high school. Upon graduation she began work at Saginaw Community Chest and worked there for three years. In 1963 she began work with Midland Hospital in the pharmacy. Later she moved to Midland Hospital Family Practice medical records. She remained with Midland Hospital well into the 1990s before retiring. After retirement she worked for Sav-Mor Drugs in Tawas. She leaves one brother, James Black of Midland; and two sons, Trayton Smith of Gladwin and Brett Smith of Jackson; along with four grandchildren, Jasmin, Danella, Ronan and Toryn Smith. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Roderick. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at the Hale Chapel of Buresh Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington. The family will receive friends Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place in Pioneer Cemetery.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 11 to Dec. 23, 2014

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Bean, Terry Van  
Terry Van Bean of East Tawas passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, age 61 years. Terry was born on June 22, 1953 in Tawas City to Nelson and June (VanSickle) Bean. He graduated from Tawas Area High School, Class of 1971, then continued on to study at both Delta University and Olivet University. Terry joined the United States Navy, proudly serving for six years, stationed aboard the USS Nimitz in Norfolk, Va. Thereafter he worked as a postal carrier for nearly two full decades. He married his best friend, Mary Kay (Dupuis), on Jan. 19, 1977 at the chapel on Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Oscoda. Together they have celebrated nearly 38 beautiful years of marriage. Terry was very crafty with his hands and enjoyed woodworking and building many different things. He had a passion for radios and was training to be a certified HAM operator. Terry loved people and giving back to his community. He was an active member of the Tawas Moose Lodge No. 2400, he belonged to the Free & Accepted Masons and was a member of the Tawas Masonic Lodge. Terry was also a member of Tawas United Methodist Church He and Mary enjoyed traveling all over and visiting the many wonderful places our country has to offer. Most importantly, Terry absolutely adored and cherished his family and spoiling his grandchildren. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. Terry is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Bean of East Tawas; his two loving children, Cameron (wife, Gayla) Bean of Watertown, N.Y. and Christine (fiance Edward Entwistle) of Owosso; two grandchildren, Emily Trusty and Emil Tamm III; his sister, Rancy Beuthin of Auburn, his nephew, Scott Bode; and so many very special friends. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and June Bean; and his brother-in-law, William "Bud" Beuthin. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at Tawas United Methodist Church in Tawas City with Pastor Dan Gonder officiating. Military honors will take place to honor his service to our country. His family will welcome friends at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to give to Tawas United Methodist Church in his name. An on-line guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com. Cremation arrangements are by Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, 2014
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