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Beals, Larry W.  
Detective Sergeant Retired Michigan State Police (MSP) Larry Walter Beals passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 in Summerfield, Fla. surrounded by his children and longtime companion Elsie Simi. Larry is survived by wife, Wendy Beals of Grand Blanc; his daughter, Jackie Perry and her husband Mark of Dimondale; his son, Brian Beals and his wife Maryanne of Brentwood, N.H. Larry is also survived by five grandchildren and his brother, Robert Beals of Centreville. Larry, 72, was the son of Stanley Beals and his wife Mamie (James). He joined MSP from Centreville in June 1968 and served at Brighton, East Tawas and Detroit CIS, Undercover Organized Crime, retiring with a duty disability in March 1983. Larry was quite the comedian and had a fond appreciation for practical jokes and humor. He also enjoyed karaoke and vintage automobiles. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held in East Tawas this summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Michigan State Troopers Assistance Fund. (MSTAF) 1715 Abbey Rd. Ste B, E. Lansing, MI 48823 (Care of Larry Beals).
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Feb. 4 to Feb. 16, 2016
Eberhardt, William 'Bill'  
William "Bill" Eberhardt, 71, of Harrisville died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at his home. He was born Aug. 3, 1944, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to William R. and Louise (nee Wyman) Eberhardt. He was baptized in First German Lutheran Church of Manitowoc. He entered military service in September 1962 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam, surviving multiple rocket artillery and ground attacks on his base. Retiring from the military in 1983, he worked in Civil Service for the Department of Defense for 10 years and then for the U.S. Postal Service for 15 years, subsequently retiring in rural Harrisville. Bill was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Lincoln, serving on the church council. He was an avid deer hunter, military rifle competition shooter, gardener and doted on his grandchildren. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and the National Rifle Association and also participated in the Civilian Marksmanship Program at Camp Perry, Ohio. Bill is survived by his wife, Julie; father William (Ruth) Eberhardt Sr. of Janesville, Wisc.; two brothers, Ralph (Marilyn) Eberhardt of Sheboygan, Wisc.and Richard Eberhardt of Racine, Wisc.; two daughters, Norma Spano of Wauwautosa, Wisc.and Jessica (Matt) Keyser of Barton City; stepson Mitch Tanabu of Green Bay, Wisc.; two brothers-in-law, Michael (Emelyn) Ranger of Midwest, Okla.and Douglas (Cathy) Ranger of Carthage, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Jill (Peter) McLaughlin of Wakefield, R.I.and Gail (Mark) Elliott of West Liberty, Ohio; four grandchildren, Ben Spano and Trinity, Brielle, and Jaxen Keyser; a nephew; and eight nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise; stepmother Thelma (Ely) Eberhardt; and much loved feline companions Zeke and Charlie. There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Rev. Jacob Schwartz will officiate. Memorial donations are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church of Lincoln or the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Cremation arrangements were made through Gillies Funeral Home, Lincoln.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9, 2016
Evans, Scott A.  
Scott A. Evans of Battle Creek, formerly of the Sand Lake area and a graduate of Tawas Area Schools, died Jan. 23, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; parents, Barb and Jerry; and brothers, Steve and Terry. A memorial service was held Jan. 28.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Feb. 5 to Feb. 16, 2016
Foster, Robert “Bob” Karl  
Robert "Bob" Karl Foster of Whittemore, formerly of Oscoda and Standish, passed away Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Tawas City, age 90 years. He was born on Aug. 8, 1925 in Deep River Township to Robert E. and Eva (Losie) Foster. Bob served Iosco County in law enforcement as a police officer for many years. He was later promoted to Chief of Police for Oscoda Township. For a long time, Bob was very active in his community. He served as a chairman for Iosco County Board of Commissioners, Oscoda Township supervisor, and he served on the State Board of Mental Health, while also being involved in many other various state committees. Bob was also a successful independent business owner. He is survived by his two sisters, Thelma Stuttz and Esther (Dale) Poling, both of Michigan; two loving daughters, Kathy (Rick) Ferrebee of Sun City Center, Fla. and Shirley (Dan) Miccolis of Hendersonville, N.C.; two grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, Jessie Foster and Charles "Terry" Foster. His family will welcome friends at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon for visitation. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday at noon at the funeral home with Deacon Mike Sadler officiating. Interment will take place in Sterling Cemetery. An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Feb. 1 to Feb. 9, 2016
Hatcher, Jim  
Jim Hatcher, age 85, of Tawas City died on Jan. 22, 2016 in Clermont, Fla. He was born on June 12, 1930 in Pinconning to the late Frank and Emma Hatcher (Badour). Jim married Bunny Hatcher (Adrian) in 1949 in Standish. They moved to Tawas City in 1962 where Jim worked as a switchman for Michigan Bell for 35 years until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of the Tawas Elks and Holy Family Catholic Church. Jim was an avid golfer and a building contractor. He had recorded six hole-in-ones and when Jim was 80 years old, he golfed his age. Jim is survived by his wife Bunny Hatcher; daughter, Judy (Craig) Wilkins of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Janet (Paul) Cohen of Traverse City; son, Jim (Linda) Hatcher of DeWitt; daughter, JoAnn (Roger) Warner of Houghton Lake; son, Jeff Hatcher of Tawas City; three sisters, Lucille Beyer of East Tawas, Leona Deering of East Tawas and Audrey Rogers of Bay City; 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Joyce Trybus; and daughter-in-law, Cindy Hatcher. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas, MI. Condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Feb. 5 to Feb. 16, 2016
Pendred, Ruth C.  
Ruth C. Pendred, age 79, of Tawas City, former resident of AuGres, died on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility in Tawas City. She was born the daughter of Charley and Eugenie (Amend) Peacock on Dec. 31, 1936 in Dayton, Ohio. Ruth was raised in Dayton, Ohio as a young girl. Her family moved to AuGres in 1952, and she attended AuGres Sims High School, where she graduated in the Class of 1954. After high school, she continued her education and received her business degree from Northeastern School of Commerce in Bay City, Michigan. Ruth lost her first husband, Arnold Dewald, in February 1963. She married Ted Pendred on June 27, 1964 and shared over 40 years of marriage. Ruth was a very hard worker and loved all her jobs, she was a secretary for D & M Railroad, a bookkeeper for Heinrich Lumber in AuGres and was the restaurant manager at H & H Bakery in AuGres. She took great pride in all her jobs but the most rewarding job she had was being a foster grandma to the children at Clara Bolen Elementary School, she loved spending time with all the children through the years. After retiring, Ruth and Ted managed Happy Days TV Park in Zephyrills, Fla. Ruth was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she loved to sing in church and sang loud for all to hear her beautiful voice. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in AuGres. Ruth was also an avid bowler, and over her years, she won numerous trophies! She enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing but most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren and being with family. Ruth is survived by her four loving children, Roger (Lorri) Dewald, Judy Dewald, Walter Ted (Sue) Pendred II and Paula (Paul) Kauffman; two brothers, Charley (Carole) Peacock and Harry Peacock; and six adored grandchildren, Braden, Brittany, Adam, Cheyenne, Kassidy and Emili; and many nieces and nephews and dear friends. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and husbands and her sister, Dorothy Allen. Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Tawas City. The family received friends on Sunday, Jan. 31 at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Helping Hands in West Branch. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Feb. 1 to Feb. 9, 2016
Procunier, Dorothy E.  
Dorothy E. Procunier, 99, of Greenbush passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at Lincoln Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Born Oct. 9, 1916, to William and Ida (nee Schnidt) Boehme in Detroit, she lived there until 1926, when she moved to Alcona County. Dorothy served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1943. On June 5, 1948, she married Leslie 'Lynn" Procunier in Greenbush, where they resided. She was very active in her community, participating in fire department activities, including the chicken BBQ. Dorothy was an avid golfer and enjoyed working at the Seed Growers and at the Lamplighter. She is survived by her husband, Lynn; son, Mike (Diane Kaub) Procunier of Bangor; one grandson, Jeremiah (Pryca) Procunier; one great grandson, Caine Procunier; and two nephews, Gary Martin of Greenbush and David (Marilyn) Martin of Arizonia. She was preceded in death by her sister, Shirley (Oscar) "Shorty" Martin. Mrs. Procunier is at Gillies Funeral Home, Harrisville, where friends may call Friday, Feb. 5, from 3 p.m. until the funeral at 4 p.m., which will be held at the funeral home, with Rev. A.C. Caincross officiating.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Feb. 4 to Feb. 16, 2016
Storm, Jesse John  
Jesse John Storm, age 34, a resident of East Tawas, died at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. He was born on Jan. 9, 1982 in Tawas City. Jesse graduated from Tawas Area High School Class of 2000. He worked for many local builders in the community. Jesse married Stephanie Laura Dessinger on Feb. 21, 2007, and together they had four boys. Jesse enjoyed fishing but most of all spending time with his boys and being a loving father to them. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and four boys, Evan, Hunter, Chase and Jaxon Storm; his father, Michael Storm; his mother, Jo Ellen (Jim) Cano; and his best friend and brother, Justin Storm. Also surviving family members including Grandma Doris Tomlinson, his very special Great Aunt Deanie and Uncle Lowell and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Jesse will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his Grandpa Tink Tomlinson, his Aunt Mary and Uncle Roger and his niece Haylea Storm. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at East Tawas Assembly of God Church. The family will gather at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9, 2016
Sumeracki, Ronald S.  
Ronald S. Sumeracki, age 74 of Hale, formerly of Sterling Heights, passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. He was born on March 29, 1941 in Detroit to Stanley and Mary (Rogaczewski) Sumeracki. Ronald served his country in the United Stated Army during the Vietnam War. Ronald retired from working for Chrysler after 30 years of employment. The family moved to northern Michigan after retiring. He was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Fraternal Order of Eagles. Ronald enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Ronald is survived by his wife, Christine Sumeracki; children, Brian (Abby) Sumeracki and Rhonda Sumeracki; grandchildren, Angelo Stell and Dominick; brothers, Gary and Michael Sumeracki; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Holly at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, followed by committal service held at 2 p.m. at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Those wishing to make condolences to the family may do so at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Feb. 4 to Feb. 16, 2016

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Backus, Barbara J.  
Barbara J. Backus, 79, of Tawas City passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at her home. Barb was born April 15, 1936 in Coloma to the late Frances L. and Elaine B. (Seeley) Bennett. She married Richard Backus on Oct. 11, 1954 in Flint. Barb was head waitress for many years at the Holland House Hotel. She was also a secretary for John Henry Construction. Barb was a devout Emanuel Lutheran Church member. She enjoyed cross word puzzles, playing cards, and spending great amounts of time with her grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her. Barb is survived by her children, Donald (Cynthia) Backus, Richard (Nora) Backus, Brenda (Billy) Wilson, Bonnie (Johnie) Jordan, David (Sandy) Backus and Daniel (Amy) Backus; grandchildren, Lindsay Warriner, Joseph Johnson, Heather Dear, Charles Backus, Scott Backus, Cody Jordan, Tyler Jordan, Keaton Backus, James Backus, Holly Backus, Allison Backus, Brady Backus, Zachary Watson, Dana Jordan and Sarah Jordan; and two great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Richard, and parents, Barb was preceded in death by grandchildren, Colby and Rilley; and brothers, John Bennett and Ray Bennett. Visitation for Barb will take place 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 at Buresh Funeral Home – Tawas City. Funeral service will take place 11 a.m. (in state at 10 a.m.) Friday, Jan. 29 at Emanuel Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family wishes. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press from Jan. 25 to Feb. 2, 2016
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