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Griffith, Ronald* - Mt. Pleasant  
GRIFFITH, RONALD EARL, JR.; age 32; of Mt. Pleasant; passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 14, 2015 in Beaumont, TX. Funeral Services for Ronald will be held at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 1 p.m. with Cheryl Davis officiating. A Luncheon will immediately follow in the Reflections Reception Center. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel on Tuesday, February 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue the day of the service from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel. Ronald was born on May 27, 1982, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Ronald Earl Griffith, Sr. and Sandra Jarvis. Ronald is survived by his children, Trenton, Luka, Savana, and Markus Griffith; parents, Sandra Jarvis, Ronald, Sr.; and step-mother, Teresa Martinez; sisters, Amanda Tupuola, Leilani Tupuola, Angela Vogel-Prout, and Shannon Jarvis. You may view Ronald’s obituary online and send a condolence to the family, light a memorial candle, or place a memorial donation at www.clarkfuneralchapel.com
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Published in Morning Sun on Feb. 20, 2015
Husted, Barbara Ellen (McPhail-VasBinder) (Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory of Barbara Ellen McPhail-VasBinder Husted who passed away on February 21, 2014.
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Published in www.themorningsun.com from Feb. 21 to Feb. 27, 2015
Hutchinson, Donald* - Lake Isabella  
Hutchinson, Donald L.; age 72; of Lake Isabella; passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015 at his home. Funeral Services will be Thursday March 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Berry Funeral Home in Shepherd with Deacon Mike Smith officiating. Burial will be in St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday March 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Berry Funeral Home. Don was born July 20, 1942 in Sheilds. The son of, Gayle and Elizabeth (Kalmar) Hutchinson. He farmed along with working at Alma Products, retiring in 2005. Don had lived in the Shepherd area before moving to Lake Isabella in 2001. Don is survived by his domestic partner, Sue Nault and four children, Donald L. Hutchinson of Bay City, Betty (Jon) Robinette of Midland, Timothy L. Hutchinson of Shepherd and Gayle P. (Julie) Hutchinson of Shepherd; and 11 grandchildren, Jennifer Doan, Donnie Hutchinson, Kyle Hutchinson, Jeffery Hutchinson, Kerri Flores, Ryan Wright, Jared Wright, Steve Hutchinson, T. J. Hutchinson, Tiffany Hutchinson, Tyler Hutchinson; and 19 great grandchildren. His extended family, Mike Nault of Denver, Connie Youngert of Mt. and Christine (James) Ciochetto of Weidman. Along with his 2 sisters, Betty (Tom) Langlois of Elwell and Kathy (John) Richardson of Watters. Don was preceded in death by his parents.
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Published in Morning Sun on Mar. 2, 2015
Kariean, Florence* - Mt. Pleasant  
Kariean, Florence “Flossy” Clarissa; age 87, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away peacefully Friday, February 27, 2015. Florence was born January 17, 1928 in Midland, the daughter of Wilbur Carrier Sr. and Celia Reba (Smith) Carrier. Flossy had resided in the Isabella/Clare County area since 1983, coming from Saginaw. Mrs. Kariean was a member of Mt. Pleasant Community Church, where she devoted much of her time to serving her Lord and volunteering for many tasks. Flossy enjoyed crocheting, arts and crafting, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, playing bingo and cheering on her beloved Detroit Tigers. Flossie’s greatest time was spent with her family. Surviving Mrs. Kariean are her two daughters: Judith Ann Kariean-Black of Mt. Pleasant and Sandra Kaye Elder and husband Richard of Brimley, five grandchildren: Tim Crofoot and wife Kelly of Harrison, Sherry Crofoot of Saginaw, John Black and wife Patti of Clare, Gerald Black of Clare and Edward Black and wife Rhonda of Cookeville, Tennessee, many great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Kariean was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Delvin Hayworth, Earl Carrier, and Wilbur Carrier Jr. A celebration of Flossy’s life will take place Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. from Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison with Pastor Wally Hostetter officiating. Family and friends are encouraged to gather from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Inurnment will be in White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, Troy. Memorial gifts in memory of Mrs. Kariean may be considered to: Clare County Senior Services/Council on Aging. To share an online memory or condolence with Flossy’s family, please visit: www.stockingfuneralhome.com . Arrangements for Mrs. Kariean are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison (989) 539-7810.
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Published in Morning Sun on Mar. 3, 2015
Linman, Larry (Memoriam) - Grand Rapids  
In Loving Memory of Larry Linman who passed away on February 25, 2014.
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Published in www.themorningsun.com from Feb. 25 to Mar. 3, 2015
Long, Kathleen* - Mt. Pleasant  
LONG, KATHLEEN V.; age 94; of Mt. Pleasant; passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at McLaren Central Michigan. Funeral Services for Kathleen will be held at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Dana Hendershot officiating. A Luncheon will follow in the Reflections Reception Center. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue the day of the service from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Luther Church or to the Isabella County Soup Kitchen. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel. Kathleen was born on October 21, 1920 in New Straitsville, OH, the daughter of William I. and Geneva C. (Dearth) Shultz. She married Jack Long on September 18, 1938 in Shepherd, MI. As a homemaker, she enjoyed holiday dinners with her family. Kathleen was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and then Immanuel Lutheran Church. Kathleen volunteered at Central Michigan Community Hospital in the Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, quilting, reading, and attending sporting events for her children and grandchildren. Kathleen is survived by her children, Jack W. (Markeita) Long, Sandra K. (Robert) Kullman, Sharon A. Long, Susan K. (Ron) Langworthy, David C. (Bridget) Long, Pamela J. (Glenn) Williams, Patricia J. (Kathy Van Zoeren) Long, Nancy J. (Joseph) Lauer, Robert J. (Jeanne) Long, and Kathryn L. (Brian Trisel) Long; 24 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; sister, Martha Jane Emrick; and many nieces and nephews. Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Sr. on January 11, 2003; son, James W. Long; parents; 3 brothers; and 1 sister. Kathleen’s family would like to thank Dr. Shankariah and his office staff, the staff at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility, the staff at Crestwood Village, and the hospital staff in both the ER and the ICU at McLaren Central Michigan Hospital for all of their care. You may view Kathleen’s obituary online and send a condolence to the family, light a memorial candle, or place a memorial donation at www.clarkfuneralchapel.com
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Published in Morning Sun on Feb. 24, 2015
McLellan, William* - Remus  
McLELLAN, WILLIAM ROBERT; age 76; of Remus; passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at his home. Funeral Services for Bill will be held at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on Friday, February 27, 2015, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dean Willard officiating. A Luncheon will follow in the Reflections Reception Center. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 5 to 9 p.m. Visitation will continue the day of the service from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donors choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel. Bill was born on August 24, 1938 in Quebec, Canada, the son of Reginald and Alder (Babcock) McLellan. He married Lucille Cyr on February 26, 1966 in Quebec. Bill and Lucille moved to the United States in 1967. He worked as an electrician for Local 665 IBEW until his retirement in 1999. Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lucille; children, Mike (Rina) McLellan, Linda (Greg) McDonald, Dean (Dottie) McLellan, and Dena (Scott) Galer; daughter-in-law, Mae McLellan; many grandchildren; one great grandchild on the way; brother, David (Vicki) McLellan; and sisters, Betty (Bill) Evely and Margaret (Darrell) Phillips. Bill was preceded in death by his son, Kevin McLellan on October 27, 2014; parents; and sister, Donna Densmore. You may view Bill’s obituary online and send a condolence to the family, light a memorial candle, or place a memorial donation at www.clarkfuneralchapel.com
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Published in Morning Sun on Feb. 24, 2015
Mitchell, James T.* - Novi  
Mitchell, James T.; age 80; February 27, 2015. Dear husband of Virgiline for 57 years; beloved father of James, Jr., Kathy (Karl Weiner) Auger, Patricia, and Carolyn (Alvin); brother of Bud (Bonnie); proud grandfather of 10. Visitation at the O’Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home 41555 Grand River, Novi Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date in Traverse City. Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. www.alz.org Online sympathy message at www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
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Published in Morning Sun on Mar. 3, 2015
Nestle, Benjamin* - Edmore  
Nestle, Benjamin E.; born February 4, 1922 in Detroit, MI to his parents, Ben C. Nestle and Sarah Tow. He went to be with the Lord February 20, 2015 at his home with family at his side. He married the love of his life, Betty Jorgensen September 26, 1942 in Bryan, OH. Benjamin served in the United States Army Signal Corps under General Dwight Eisenhower in WWII. He was wounded in Canaan France and received the Purple Heart and an honorable medical discharge on February 4, 1945. He loved farm life. He was a Rural Mail Carrier out of Edmore for 30 years. He loved traveling, fishing and being with family. Benjamin was a faithful member of the Baptist Church since 1966. He and his wife spent many winters in FL. Benjamin was also a member of the VFW and life time member of the Free & Accepted Masons of Michigan, Lodge 360 in Edmore, MI. Benjamin is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Betty; his two children, Connie and husband, Harry Schultz of Colorado Springs, CO and Ben C. and wife, June Nestle of Riverdale, MI; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mabel and her husband, Elmer Spach of Crystal, MI. Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and three sisters. A Celebration of Benjamin's Life Service will take place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1 p.m. from the Brigham Funeral Chapel-Edmore with Pastor Harry Goldberg officiating. Burial will take place in McBride Cemetery. Visitation will take place Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. also from the Brigham Funeral Chapel-Edmore. Those planning a memorial contribution are asked to consider Mid Michigan Hospice, Gideon’s International, Grace Fellowship Baptist Church or a charity of your choosing. To share an online condolence please visit: www.Brighamfuneralchapel.com
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Published in The Morning Sun on Feb. 23, 2015
O'Boyle, Ward E.* - St. Louis  
O’Boyle, Ward E.; age 91; of St. Louis, Michigan; passed away March 2, 2015 at Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Funeral Services will be held at Coe Church of Christ, St. Louis on March 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. with Lane Hassloch officiating. Burial will follow at the Salt River Cemetery, Shepherd. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Coe Church of Christ. Ward was born January 30, 1924 at home on the family farm located on County Line Rd. only two miles from where he spent the last 46 years. He was the fourth son of John and Lizzie (Robinson) O’Boyle. He sliced off his three fingertips while helping his father and brothers cut wood with the buzz saw. The saw broke down and while they were repairing it he fell asleep in the wrong place. They forgot he was there and started the saw again but his fingers were in the way. This was a story that he always shared with his family. One time while racing the train with his mule he fell off and broke his elbow. After spending several days in the Ann Arbor Hospital to repair it, he could never straighten it again. He and his brothers farmed with horses, always trying to out pull each other. He always had a special bond with his mother and sister Genieve. His older brother, Elmer and he spent many years farming together. As he grew into a young man he attended Coe Church of Christ thanks to Maude Leonard who gave him a ride. That is where he met his wife Lillian Leonard. They were married on June 6, 1942 in Houserville, MI by Preacher Wood. They continued living next door to his parents and had a son who was stillborn. He and Lillian moved to Pontiac where he worked in the factory.Factory work wasn’t his cup of tea so he moved back and helped his dad farm. They had a daughter, Sharon and lived in a little house where the expressway now runs on the Gratiot Isabella County Line Rd. In 1946 they moved to Pleasant Valley where he rented a farm from Wayne Smock. Sharon was his shadow, following him everywhere, even needing to hold his hand as she slept. Two other daughters were born, Bonnie and Brenda. They remember always being there to help their dad with outside work, like picking up stones, hoeing the beans, exercising the horses and helping their mother with fixing meals, and housework. Ward worked hard through the years, he cut timber, raised calves, gathered eggs and sold them to Reichard’s Hatchery in St. Louis. There was always time for horses. He exercised them so he could take them to horse pulls and win a few extra dollars. He won $25 at a pull in Winn, which paid the hospital bill for Sharon. He bought and sold horses, always waiting to find that special one, which he did with “Jerry”. The daughters remember sleigh rides to school, trips to fairs, and visits to grandmother’s house on the weekend and a pony, Chester. There were family gatherings, hard work, Sunday School at Pleasant Valley Church, food on the table and a trip to St. Louis on Saturday after the house was cleaned and the work was done. Ward had rules and his daughters knew they must follow them. He walked each of them down the aisle even if their chosen partner didn’t quite make the grade. They blessed him with six grandchildren, which made family celebrations special. In 1970, Maynard Wiebe built a new home for Ward and Lillian on Remick Rd. on the property that he purchased from Clyde and Joy Fisher. This was the first property he owned. Together they began to feed cattle and develop their cattle operation. Building fences, mangers, leans, planting corn and making silage. Many individuals assisted them in the growth of one of the largest outside cattle feeding operations. O’Boyle Feedlot fed 3,500 beef cattle in 1993. Ward and Lillian enjoyed traveling to South Dakota in the fall to replenish the stock. The ranchers became their best friends and they would talk on the phone often or make trips to see each other. For 25 years he purchased cattle from the same ranches. They enjoyed traveling from sale barn to sale barn and shipping many semi loads home to Remick Rd., St. Louis. He enjoyed pulling horses for over 70 years. He loved his horses and they were always in top shape, well groomed, and well behaved. He attended many county fairs during the summer months and filled the grandstand at the Gratiot County Fair for years. Highlight for the pulling season would be to attend the Michigan State Fair in Detroit on Labor Day and return home to begin the corn chopping season. To his credit many horsemanship, best dressed, and first place trophy’s grace his home. He owned the horse “Big Jim” who tipped the scales at 3010 and lacked only a few pounds of being the largest horse in the world and listed in the Guiness World Record book. Many horse photos grace his wall; Queenie and Barney; Tom and Jerry; Prince and Fred; Rowdy and Roger; Rock and Jerry. In 2006, he was inducted into the “Horse pullers Hall of Fame”.Ward lost his wife, Lillian in May 1996 to Cancer. He never recovered from her absence and four months later had a paralyzing stroke. The fighter Ward was determined to walk again and he did. He was driving a pair of horses a year later and competed at county fairs and continued to drive his horses for several years. Failing health over the last four years took its toll and now he has been reunited with his Wife, Lillian. May God bless them. Preceding him in death includes his wife Lillian (Leonard); infant son; parents, John and Lizzie O’Boyle; sister, Genieve (O’Boyle) Rice-Banks; brothers, Elmer, Virgil and Cecil O’Boyle; granddaughter, Amy Fenton; grandson, Billy Courter; great grandson, Joshua Brown; and several brother and sister-in-laws; nieces and nephews. He is survived by daughters, Sharon (John) Fenton of St. Louis; Bonnie (Roger) Richardson of Alma; Brenda (Daniel) Reinsmith of Ithaca; grandchildren, Julie (Richard) Sayles, Jennifer Courter, Clark and Travis Richardson, Aaron (Jane) Reinsmith, Thomas Reinsmith; great grandchildren; Ashley (Dan), Kolby, Jentry, Josey and Gracey Brown; Jami, Johnathan, Jessica, and Jeorge Courter; Kayden Richardson; Dr. Jessica (Michael) Brown, Julius Widman, and Kyle Humphrey; great great grandchildren, Bryce and Lillian Foster; a sister, Nellie Torpey of Ohio; and several brother and sister-in-laws. Memorials can be made to Coe Church of Christ, the Ward and Lillian Memorial Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Berry Funeral Home in Shepherd.
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Published in Morning Sun on Mar. 3, 2015
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