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Campion, Lilian  
Lilian "Shep" Campion Lansing Shep Campion passed away peacefully on February 26, 2015 at the age of 93.  Born Lillian Margaret Shepperdson May 19, 1921, raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of James and Rita Shepperdson.  While a member of a Canadian Women's Traveling softball team in late 1930's, she met her husband-to-be in Lansing, who was playing on a US Men's traveling team. During WWII, she worked in a munitions factory and after the war married Robert Campion Sr., moving to Lansing in 1945 and was married to Bob for 52 years. Shep was preceded in death by her parents; brother Arthur Shepperdson, husband Robert Sr., and daughter Cindy.  Surviving are her sisters, Bernice Zanello, and Patricia Wilson; son Philip (Pat) Campion; daughter Joan (Ken Guillotte) Campion; son Robert Jr. (Lori) Campion; grandchildren Kimberly (Kyle Houston), Kyle (Alexis), Robert (Alyse) Campion; and great granddaughter Mariella Campion. Shep was a Cub Scout den mother, and Brownie Troop leader, member of the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary Post 1654 and State President of the CWVA, volunteered at Loaves and Fishes Ministries, Lansing District Library, and Lansing Sparrow Hospital. She worked as a Media Specialist for the Diocese of Lansing, retiring from Lansing Catholic Central High School as a Media Specialist and Assistant Librarian. Shep was a member of the Church of Resurrection for over 60 years and also a member of their Altar Society. An avid reader, Shep loved to play bingo and excelled in Scrabble and loved to travel, visiting all over the US and Canada, as well as travels in Ireland, Scotland, Greece and the Bahamas. Sadly, she missed visiting Paris. She enjoyed watching all sports especially tennis and golf and was a big fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers and MSU Sports.  She will remain loved and unforgettable. Visitation will be held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI on Wednesday March 4th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm with rosary at 7:30pm. Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Resurrection on Thursday March 5th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Lansing Catholic High School (Chapel Fund) or Loaves and Fishes. Many thanks to the Staff of Grandhaven Living Center in Lansing for the care and compassion Shep and her family received these last four years, as well as to Hometown Health Services (Hospice) in her final hours. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.  Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com .
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 3, 2015
Campion, Lilian "Shep" * - Lansing  
93, of Lansing, formerly of Toronto, Lansing Catholic High School media technician, died Feb. 26. Services 11 a.m. Thursday at Church of the Resurrection, Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 1, 2015
Campion, Lilian "Shep" * - Lansing  
93, of Lansing, formerly of Toronto, former Lansing Catholic High School media technician, died Thursday. Visitation 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Feb. 28, 2015
Cecil, David  
David R. Cecil Laingsburg November 25, 1944 - March 2, 2015 David Cecil, age 70 of Laingsburg, passed away on Monday March 2, 2015 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Laingsburg on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM. Rev. Steven Wood will officiate with burial to follow at Laingsburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Laingsburg on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. David was born in Oneida, TN on November 25, 1944, the son of John R. and Alma Jo (King) Cecil. He graduated from Haslett High School and on January 2, 1965 he married Linda Kay Gessner in Lansing, MI. Since 1978 they have made their home in Laingsburg where David was very active in Laingsburg Sports. He was an assistant coach for the football team, varsity coach for the girls softball team, varsity baseball coach, past president of the Lansing Softball Advisory Board, played and managed in Lansing for 31 years in the men's fast pitch softball league, member of the Michigan High School Football Coach's Association, and a member of the Local UAW 652. David, along with the 1961 Haslett football team will be inducted into the Lansing Sports Hall of Fame in July. He worked for General Motors in Lansing where he retired from in 1995. For the union he was active in community service for 10 years. Working with the youth through the years allowed him to touch many lives and gave his great satisfaction. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda; his children: Kimberly (John) DeBrabander of Laingsburg, and Jon (Bridget) Cecil of Laingsburg; 10 grandchildren: Joshua and Nicole, Zack, Rachel, Jakob, Jon, Thomas, Bryce, Sean, Victoria, and Christopher; brothers John Cecil of Knoxville, TN, Donald (Tammy) Cecil of Lansing; sister Krista (Robert) Johnson of Marion, IN; brothers Rick (Lydia) Cecil of Haslett, John Michael (Jeannie) Cecil of Hartland, Mark Cecil of Knoxville, TN. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Karen Meisner. Memorials are suggested to a scholarship in David's name for Laingsburg High School sports. Online condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 4, 2015
Cochran, William  
William J. Cochran East Lansing William J. Cochran, 92, of East Lansing, Michigan died on Saturday, February 14, 2015.  He was born on August 16, 1922, in Hancock, Michigan, son of the William D. Cochran and Gladys Strobel Cochran.  Bill graduated from Iron Mountain, MI High School in 1940.  He served in US Army in the Transportation Corps in the European Theater of Operations from 1942-1946.  He retired from the US Army Reserves in 1966 as a lieutenant colonel. Bill received a BA from the University of Michigan Business School in 1947, where he met and married Marilyn Holmquist in 1952. He then returned to Iron Mountain where he owned and operated Cochran Motors, a GM automobile and truck dealership and was on the Board of Directors of Commercial National Bank until 1959. In 1959, he returned to the University of Michigan Business School where he received his MBA (finance).  After working for American Cement in Los Angeles and Detroit, he served as Vice President of Business Research Corp. in Birmingham, MI.  In 1966 he began his tenure with the Michigan Department of Commerce where he eventually served as Director of the International Division of the Office of Economic Expansion. He then served as Executive Director of both the Michigan Economic Action Council and the Michigan Job Development Authority.  From 1986-1991 he was a securities broker from First of Michigan, East Lansing, MI. Bill was an original member of the Mackinac Bridge Authority serving 16 years. He was appointed by G. Mennen Williams and reappointed by Governors Milliken, Swainson, Romney and Engler. He was the last surviving member of the original Bridge Authority and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the bridge in 2007. Bill loved history and genealogy and was particularly interested in the Upper Peninsula where he visited every summer. Bill and his wife also loved international travel and skiing. He was a docent at the Michigan Historical Museum and was an active and supporting member of the Rotary. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn in August 2014.  He is survived by his sister Nancy Major (Ann Arbor) and her two daughters, his nieces, Susan Major and Marcia Major, (Ann Arbor), and two grandnieces Whitney McGoram (Detroit) and Victoria Veit (Ann Arbor). Arrangements, Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Feb. 26, 2015
Colbry, Keith Reginald * - Alma  
77, of Alma, former farmer, died Wednesday. Memorial services 3 p.m. Sunday at Forest Hill Church of Christ, Alma. Arrangements by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2015
Cook, Frederick F. "Fred" * - Lansing  
91, of Lansing, retired electrician, died Monday. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 1, 2015
Crissey, Vera M. (Byrnes) * - Lansing  
91, of Lansing, retired public school teacher, died Sunday. Memorial services noon Thursday at Deepdale Memorial Gardens Chapel. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Feb. 25, 2015
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