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Reddin, Robert  
Robert Theodore Reddin Leesburg, FL Formerly from Portland, MI, passed away on President's Day Feb. 16th at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by wife and teenage sweetheart, Arleta (Dolly) whom he happily married June 11, 1949. They are now finally together again. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Neva Reddin. Bob was a US navy veteran. He served on the Sub-Tender USS Bushnell and was stationed in Hawaii. He had fun attending navy reunions and talking to others who served on the Bushnell.He enjoyed traveling. Bob and Arleta took a 50th wedding anniversary trip to Alaska for three months and then drove through Canada taking their pickup camper. They liked traveling through the four corners area with their motor home and camping on Navajo reservations. They traveled throughout England and Germany and took many trips around the United States. Bob was a history enthusiast and enjoyed collecting phonographs, lanterns, clocks and telephones. He was one of the founding members of the Michigan Antique Phonograph Society. Looking for more treasures for his collections at antique markets and shows, was one of Bob's favorite things to do. He liked shows both in Michigan and Florida often getting up as early as 4am to attend. Bob is survived by his children, Pamela Reddin Luttig and Kenneth Robert Reddin both of whom will miss him very much. He leaves three grandchildren behind: Ryan (Shari) Reddin; Brian (Jessica) Reddin; and Amber (Tony) Luttig-Buonodono. He had six great grand children: Drew, Cory, and Riley Mae Reddin; Alexandria and Andromeda Bounodono; and Joshua Reddin. All of them really loved their "great grandpa". He is also survived by his siblings, Retha Davis and Lyle Reddin and his antiquing friend, Gary Lyon.Bob's passing is a sad loss to all of his family and many friends, but he is now with the Love of his Life, his wife ArletaHe will be interred beside Arleta in the North Eagle Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later announced date at the Portland Methodist Church.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 1, 2015
Rock, Charlene - Portland  
Charlene Joan (McCrumb) Rock Portland Age 82, passed away on February 23, 2015. She was born on October 4, 1932 in Berlin Twp., Ionia Co. the daughter of Roy and Carrie (Parks) McCrumb. Joan worked at the school cafeteria and drove school bus for several years. She had her own antique shop called "Hilltop Collectables", loved going to garage sales and spending time with her family. Joan had a love for music and musical instruments, she would play and teach her grandchildren in her special music room which they all loved. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ronald C. Rock; daughter, Ronalda Kay (Rock) Tucker; brothers Herbert McCrumb, Glen "Bud" McCrumb and Raymond McCrumb; sister, Elaine (McCrumb) Baker. Surviving are her children: two daughters Carolyn (Tom) Snyder of Ionia and Debra Vincent of Portland; son, John (Patty) Rock of Portland; son-in-law, Richard Tucker of Regina, Sask., Canada; grandchildren Brian Snyder of Portland, Carrie (Mark) Todd of Comstock Park, Autumn Rock of Portland, Justin Vincent of Grand Ledge, Amy (Zac) Warren of Boston, John and Ryan Rock of Portland; great grandchildren Trevor and Alexys Todd; siblings Maxine Beebe and Esther Summers of Portland, Katie Mastrionia of Denver, CO and Dennis (Lucy) McCrumb of Polson, MT; brother-in-law, Duane Rock of Battle Creek; sister-in-law, Betty Sharp of Ionia;. many special nieces and nephews The Memorial Service will be conducted by Pastor Fred Lab, Outreach Christian Church at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Lehman funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge St., Portland. Interment will be at a later date at Portland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. On line condolences may be made at http://www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com/ .
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 1, 2015
Rutledge, Gretel Geist * - East Lansing  
73, of East Lansing, Michigan State University theatre department professor, died Sunday, Jan. 11. Memorial services 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Arrangements by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.
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Ryan, Nellie  
Nellie B. Ryan St. Johns Nellie B. Ryan, age 94, passed away February 19, 2015.  Born July 21,1920 in Essex Twp., the daughter of Carl and Castella (Mesevery) Ryan.  Nellie worked at MacKinnon & Son Fabric Store until she retired and the store closed in 1984.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and volunteered at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, Clinton Memorial Hospital, the Senior Center and was the Kiwanis Layperson of the year in 2001.  Surviving is sister, Margaret Ann Swanchara of Bannister and several nieces and nephews. Nellie was preceded in death by her brothers, Carl "Kenneth" Ryan and John Ryan, sisters-in-law, Mary "Kay" Ryan and Kathleen Wickiser Ryan and brother-in-law, Edward Swanchara. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 27, 2015 at First Baptist Church, with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating, burial at Payne Cemetery.  The family will receive friends, Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at the Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.  The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.
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Ryan, Robert  
Robert W. "Bob" Ryan East Lansing, Michigan Age 68, passed away February 13, 2015. He was born October 17, 1946, in Lansing, the son of William and Mary Ryan. Bob received his associate's degree from LCC and his bachelor's from Eastern Michigan University. He had a long career with the City of Lansing in the human resources department as a licensed social worker, working as a champion for the disabled. He went to work for United Cerebral Palsy and then started his own company, R&D Disability Consultants. Bob was on the board of the Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, and served as vice-chair of the Michigan Medical Care Advisory Committee, Recipient Rights Committee, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition and the Local Advisory Committee for CATA. He is survived by his daughter, Shawna (John) Bellamy; brothers, Richard (Kate) Ryan and Steven (Cheri) Ryan; sister, Susan (Jack) Rarick; and his mother, Mary Ryan. He was preceded in death by his father William. A memorial gathering will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to United Cerebral Palsy or Easter Seals.
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Shadrick, William E. * - Fowlerville  
83, of Fowlerville, Great Scott Supermarkets produce manager, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday at Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel, Fowlerville.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2015
Shonkwiler, James - Lansing  
James Shonkwiler Grand Ledge James Shonkwiler, loving husband, father and grandfather died peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, of congestive heart failure.  Jim was born April 9, 1935, and grew up in Kalamazoo.  He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1953.  After high school, Jim served as a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol and, through radio training, became interested in broadcasting.  Seeking G.I. Bill funding to study broadcast journalism in college, he joined the Army in January 1955.  His service was the source of many adventures. Following the army, Jim attended the University of Illinois, where he was active in Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity and Student Senate.  During his senior year, Jim took a class on business law that was required for his degree in business administration and marketing.  It inspired a new interest, leading him to the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated in August 1963.  Jim first developed a passion for criminal law by serving as court-appointed counsel for indigent criminal defendants.  In 1967, he accepted appointment as Associate Director of the Michigan Crime Commission.   One of the Commission's early actions was to create the first state-level office in the nation to train and support county prosecutors.  In 1970, Jim was hired as Executive Secretary of the new service, the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council.  He served in that capacity for 27 years, simultaneously serving as Executive Director of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. Jim's work led him to travel widely, and helped lead to the creation of similar services for prosecutors in other states.  In 1995, at the request of Vietnam, the United Nations sent Jim to Hanoi as part of a three person international team whose mission was to help improve the country's criminal justice system. For decades, Jim edited and wrote a monthly newsletter for the Criminal Law Section, summarizing developments in state and national law.  Jim also served on the Standing Committee for State Bar Character and Fitness, and helped train new members.  In retirement, he was active in the ultimately successful effort to reform Michigan's indigent criminal defendant system.  As a teenager, Jim attended church camp for several summers in Riverside, where he first met Dorothy (Dotti) Fleming, whom he married years later.  Jim was active in the life of the church.  For 25 years, he led an adult education forum at University United Methodist Church, to discuss what it means to live as a Christian in our time.  He served as a Stephen Minister, and also organized and helped coach church softball and youth basketball teams.  As a fan, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the Detroit Tigers and the Michigan Wolverines. Mr. Shonkwiler leaves a wife of 49 years, Dotti, and sons Daniel (Lisa) and John (Stacey), five grandchildren, Garrett, Tai, Reagan, Trip and Nate, brothers and sisters-in-law, George Fleming (Edna), Ann Vermillion, Tom Fleming (Dorann) and Floyd Fleming. The family wishes to thank Dr. Appa Bandi for his compassionate care. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorials to University United Methodist Church or the Refugee Development Center, 122 South Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI. Visitation:  Sunday, March 1, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Palmer Bush & Jensen Delta Chapel, 6020 W. Saginaw Hwy. Memorial service:  Monday, March 2, 11:00 a.m., University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison, East Lansing.   The family invites everyone to a luncheon at the church following the ceremony.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Feb. 26 to Mar. 1, 2015
Smith, Sammie - Lansing  
Sammie Jerome Smith Lansing Sammie Jerome Smith, 63, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 16, 2015. Born in Baytown, Texas he was the youngest child of Madonia (Hurst) and Kermit T. Smith, Sr. Jerome graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and attended Lee College before moving to Lansing. He worked at the G.M. Proving Grounds in Milford from 1972 until retiring in 2008 and made many life-long friends while there. He also worked part-time at Toys R Us in his retirement and truly enjoyed the young children he encountered on his job. Jerome loved sports and was always involved whether; playing (football, baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, golf), coaching, officiating, or attending. He followed all MSU sports and faithfully supported Spartan football ever since his brother played under Duffy Daugherty. Jerome believed in the character-shaping value of sports for youth and enjoyed his involvement as he coached youth football teams; officiated floor hockey; helped with the First Tee program; and volunteered for Special Olympics. Jerome was well known for his love of golf. He played as often as possible on the many beautiful Michigan courses and especially loved the courses at Shanty Creek and Forest Akers. He also played the courses of other states whenever he traveled but, unfortunately, is now unable to complete his goal of playing in all fifty states. Jerome is most recently preceded in death by his parents and niece, Leticia Grevenberg. He is survived by his partner of 39 years, Judith Libby; his brother Kermit T Smith, Jr. (Jane Hanna); his sisters, Annetta Smith Grevenberg and Ethel C. Smith; 9 nieces and nephews and many extended family members. He is also survived by Judith's sons Glenn Libby and Gregg Libby and their families. A celebration of his life is being planned for early summer. Contributions may be made in his memory to The American Heart Association.  The family is being served by Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.  Condolences to the family may be made at www.palmerbush.com .
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Southwell, David  
David Roger Southwell Eaton Rapids Passed away peacefully February 25, 2015 at the age of 76. He was born in Eaton Rapids, May 29, 1938, the son of David and Merle (Battley) Southwell. David was a 1956 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School and enlisted with the United States Air Force serving from 1956 to 1960. David retired from General Motors after 33 years. He loved animals and music, played the baritone and enjoyed tennis, golf and bowling. David is remembered by many as helping coach little league baseball. He was a member of United Methodist Church, sang in the choir for many years and the Kiwanis Club. David was awarded the Hixon Honor for his service with the Kiwanis Club. David is survived by his wife Sharon Southwell; sons, Gregery (Sandy) Southwell of Eaton Rapids, Geoffrey Southwell of Huntersville, NC; grandchildren, Samantha Southwell of Troy, Andrew Southwell of East Lansing, Ryan (Jenelle) Southwell of NC, Kirsten Southwell of OR, Robbie Southwell of NC. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Katherine O'Neal, Marjorie Squires and Ruth Ann Vincent. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made in David's memory to the Eaton Rapids Band Boosters, 800 State St. or the Alzheimer's Association, 2111 University Park Dr., Suite 200 Okemos, MI 48864. Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Please visit our website to place online condolences or to sign the guest register, www.shellyodell.com . 
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2015
Strang, Alberta  
Alberta Lois "Penny" Strang Alberta Lois "Penny" Strang passed away February 20, 2015.  Born in Vermontville, MI on January 9, 1942 to Albert J. and Lois M. (Wyble) Rich, Penny attended Eaton Rapids High School, graduating in 1960 as Salutatorian.  She received her associate's degree from Pasadena (CA) City College where she marched in the Rose Parade in 1961 and 1962.  She returned to Michigan and received her bachelor's and master's degree from Michigan State University in education.  She began her teaching career at Ells School, a one room country school, and after more than 45 years of teaching, she retired from Morrice Area Schools in 2010. Penny is survived by her daughter, Heather Strang; her sister, Pat (PT) MacMillan; her brother, Al (Kathy) Rich; her nephews and their wives and children, Thad, Charamy, Camden Cleary and Kyler Butterworth and Ty, Camille, Taylor, Caleb and Sydney Cleary. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Doug Strang, Jim (Sue) Cleary and lifetime friend, David Bone.  She was preceded in death by her husband Neil S. Strang; her father; her mother; and her brother-in-law, Andy MacMillan. She will be missed by so many because she touched so many during her life.  A memorial service for Penny will be announced at a later date.  Contributions may be made to Capital Region Community Foundation 330 Marshall St. Suite 300, Lansing, MI 48912, designated to the Penny Strang Memorial Fund. Friends may visit the guest book at www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com .   Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home, Lansing.
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