Mark Louis Fox

fox_markMark Louis Fox passed away on November 20, 2014, at the age of 96. Mark was born in Fowler, on April 23, 1918, the son of Urban and Dorothy (Feldpausch) Fox. He married Marie Rehmann on July 26, 1943 in St. Johns, MI, and she preceded him in death on December 12, 2010.

Surviving Mark are his children, Don Fox, Bob Fox, Dianne (Patrick Mullins) Fox, Beth (Terry) Kret, and Michael Fox; grandchildren, Nichole, Amy and Sara Adams, Marcus, Jennifer and Andrew Kret, Mark Fox, Joe Mullins and Ann Mullins, great grandchildren, Stella Kraus and Cooper Kret; brothers, John (Shirley) Fox and Louis Fox; step-brothers and sisters, Rosemary (Gideon) Marsal, Jim (Bernie) Fox, Marvin (Sue) Fox, Clare (Nancy) Fox and Marlene (Larry) Kreiger, and sisters in law, Dorothy and Ione Fox. Preceding Mark in death along with his wife Marie, are daughter, Marilyn Adams, his parents, step-mother, Martha (Lenneman), siblings, Paul (Helen), Hugo (Lucille), Claude and Lloyd Fox.

Mark attended Holy Trinity School. At the age of 14 his mother passed away and he left high school to work at home helping care for his father and six brothers. In 1939 and 1940, Mark completed flying lessons at Davis Field in Lansing and, with his buddy Larry Motz, purchased a Taylor Craft, 90 horse power 2-seater aircraft with fabric-covered wings and enjoyed flights over Clinton County and central Michigan. March 1941, World War II broke out and Mark was drafted to the US Army – the first person from Fowler.

Following training in Fort Monmouth, NJ and Camp Bowie and Sherman, TX, Sergeant Fox was assigned to the 92nd Signal Battalion and shipped to Europe in December 1943, where he worked to establish communication systems and operated switchboards as troops marched from Normandy through France, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. Throughout his life he recounted in great detail senses numbing details of things he witnessed during that time – including the hell he witnessed at Dachau concentration camp outside Munich, Germany. May 1945 Victory in Europe was declared and August 1945 Japan surrendered. Shortly thereafter he was honorably discharged and sent home for a joyous reunion with his wife Marie and his 13 month old son Don whom he got to meet for the first time. Mark was issued a “Thank-You-America” certificate from the French government for his role he played in liberating the country from Hitler’s armies.

For a couple of years Mark worked for his father-in-law at Rehmann’s Clothing Store in Saint Johns. In 1947 the family moved to Fowler when Mark joined his brother Paul, where together they purchased Fox Implement, the International Harvester Company franchise owned by their father Urban, and Uncles Martin, and Clements Fox. The business previously was known as Fox Brothers and was located in what today is the Dallas Township Fire station on South Main Street Fowler. The business was franchised to sell International Harvester tractors and farm machinery, Gehl farm equipment, Whirlpool appliances, and propane. In addition, Mark and Paul together worked a farm of 60 acres. In 1985 Paul and Mark sold the business and retired.

There was no higher priority in Mark’s life than his family. He attended kid’s ball games, organized Sunday visits to grandparents and cousin’s homes, picnics at Potter Park Zoo, vacations at Grandpa Rehmann’s cabin on Houghton Lake, and July 4th visits with relatives who lived in Stevensville, at Lake Michigan. He enjoyed hunting with his brothers, sons, and friends, in later years he played golf, and he especially like to play cribbage and found great pleasure winning a round of Euchre or Pinochle.

Mark was active in the community serving as Fowler Village Clerk, Post Commander of Veterans of Foreign War, Post #3733 from 1951-1953, and was active in Knights of Columbus and served as an usher at Most Holy Trinity Church and stay on top of village current events shared with buddies at morning coffee.

In their retirement years he and Marie spent winters in Mesa, AZ with many close friends from Clinton County, traveling throughout the United States and Europe, visiting children and grandchildren, and traveling to Great Britain, France, Germany, and Austria to visit sites he traveled through during WWII.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 24, 2014, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with Fr. Dennis Howard presiding, burial to follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with a rosary being prayed at 3 p.m., and a vigil service at 8 p.m., at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler. Military Services will be provided by VFW Post #3733. Donations may be made in Mark’s memory to VFW Post #3733.

Following Mark and his friend Larry’s induction in the US Army they sold their single engine plane and for years Dad talked about the joy and freedom and thrill of flying and seeing Fowler from the air. Six years ago, April 2008, on his 90th birthday, he went up with an instructor for a ride over Fowler in a single engine plane for the first time in 68 years. As Dad’s plane flew low and slow over the village family and friends waved to him from the backyard and he was overcome with waves of joy and wonder and peace.

The song “Soar like an Eagle”, from the album “A voice cries out”, by Dianne Stough, says it all.
“ . . . I’ll soar like an eagle . . . the Lord is my strength. He gives rest to the weary . . . and power to the weak. He fills my life with goodness . . . He blesses me with peace . . . He blesses me with peace.”
Once again, Mark, Dad, Papa, Brother, Friend, Comrade, may you Soar like an eagle.

The family is being served by Osgood Funeral Homes. Memories and condolences may be shared with family, relatives, and neighbors at osgoodfuneral.com..

Lorraine Salters

salters_lorraineLorraine “Lori” Salters of Lansing, MI died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the age of 59. Born January 13, 1955 to Stewart and Mary Ann (Eisler) Salters, Lori worked as a FARS Analyst for the Michigan State Police for 33 years before her retirement in 2010. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns.

Lori is survived by her twin sister, Lynette (Lee) Grubaugh of Elsie; sister, Valerie Muckle of Lansing; brother, Richard Salters of Gulfport, MS; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Lori was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary Jane Larsen.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11:00 AM Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns with Fr. Michael Williams presiding. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI 48879. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Lori’s name to Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Clyde John Hoerner

hoerner_clydeClyde John Hoerner passed away on November 11, 2014, at the age of 71. He was born in Ingham County, MI, the son of John and Lucille (Martin) Hoerner. Clyde worked as a team leader at General Motors until his retirement. Clyde cherished his wife of 46 years, Sharon Fedewa Hoerner, his family, and God. He was known for his sense of humor, his kind heart, and gift of gab. He made pancakes for the grand dogs whenever they visited. Clyde never met a stranger and would talk longer than anyone cared to listen about how proud he was of his three daughters. He was there for his wife through her trials; she was there for his.

He made the best bacon, knew the location of every thrift store in a 60 mile radius, loved westerns, and kept spare parts to every lawn mower he ever owned. He hated to throw anything away and would spend hours repairing things. No one wanted to be the first to try the toaster after it was just fixed. He loved the Fowler Eagles; he cheered their wins and felt deeply their losses. The only thing he loved more was family.

Clyde is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Kellie Hoerner of Grand Rapids, Kristen Hoerner of Petoskey and Sara Hoerner of Fowler; brothers, LaVerne (Linda) Hoerner and Thomas (Claudia) Hoerner; sisters, June (Fred) Mason, Marlene (Thomas) Seigo; brother-in-law, James Schrauben; sister-in-law, Patricia (Joe) Klein; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Lou Buckner and Katherine Schrauben; brothers, Martin Hoerner and John Hoerner, Jr. (infant).

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Friday, November 14, 2014 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler. The concelebrants will be Fr. Duane Pamment and Fr. Dennis Howard. The family will receive friends Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a rosary being prayed at 7 p.m. at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Clyde’s name to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311 or www.diabetes.org. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Doris V. Plaza

plaza_dorisDoris V. Plaza, age 89, passed away on the bright and sunny morning of November 7, 2014. She was born June 5, 1925 in Carson City, the daughter of Lyle and Ruby Ann (Allison) Dunn. Doris was a house wife and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Ladies Altar Society, St. Patricia Guild and was involved with the Clinton Co. Extension. She married Frank Plaza on November 16, 1946 and he preceded her in death on October 21, 2003.

Doris and Frank had four children, Carolyn (Tom) Hoover of St. Johns, Michael (Deborah) Plaza of Henderson, NV, Patricia (Carl) Gewirtz of Owosso and Delores Bednarz of Lewis Center, OH. Seven grandchildren, Lisa Knapp, Jeremy (Rhonda) Hoover, Mitchell Plaza, Chrell (Chad) Hoffman, Megun Gewirtz , Dan Bednarz and Chris (Lauren) Bednarz, twelve great grandchildren, brothers, Lyonne Dunn, James (Sue) Dunn, Ralph Dunn and William Loomis, sisters, Barbara Youngs, Donna (Arnold) Schmidt and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband Frank, she was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Maxine Youngs, Norma Hunsacker, brothers, Kenneth Dunn, Lester Dunn, Donald Dunn and Keith Dunn.

A Memorial Service will be at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, November 14, 2014, at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, with Fr. Michael Williams presiding. Burial will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens at 1:30 p.m. The family will receive friends on Thursday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice Advantage. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

William Henry Richards

richards_williamWilliam Henry Richards, 78, went home to his Lord on October 30, 2014 while hunting in South Dakota. He was preceded in death by wife Karol (Barrett) Richards of St. Johns, brother and sister-in-law Clyde and Thelma Richards of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, sister and brother-in-law Bernadine and Leon Wilson of Canton, Ohio.

He is survived by wife Mary Ellen (Seekell) Richards of St. Johns, son, Lieutenant Colonels (ret.) Jay and Maureen Richards of Grand Rapids, daughter, Laura and Dr. Paul Rasmussen of Mitchell, South Dakota, step-daughter, Lori and Darryl Brown of Allendale, step-daughter Cathy and Orv Sanke of Grandville, step-son, Scott and Denise Zimmerman of Columbus, Ohio, step-daughter Donnie and Jim Akins of Richland, step-son Barry Zimmerman of Grand Rapids, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 6 step-great-grandchildren, and special friends, Jerry and Tammy Hine of DeWitt.

Bill was born in Akron, Ohio to Clyde Austin and Verna Viola (Baldwin) Richards. A graduate of St. Johns High School, he worked and retired from the Clinton County Road Commission. As a member of First Baptist Church of St. Johns, he regularly served as an usher. Bill was extremely proud of his Native American heritage and took the nom de guerre of Tiewash to honor his Indian ancestry. His family delighted in referring to him as “Grandpa Tiewash.” Serving in the U.S. Air Force, Bill participated as a weather observer for the 22 detonations of the Hardtack I nuclear tests in the South Pacific in 1958. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and archery. He was also a life-long pigeon fancier, raising, flying and showing Birmingham Roller pigeons. Tiewash had a passion for the incarcerated, donating many hours to programs under the auspices of the Forgotten Man Jail Ministries. He also supported numerous Veterans’ charities and Christian missions, including his niece Nancy and Birney Boyd, currently serving as Wycliffe missionaries in Nigeria.

Funeral Services will be Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at First Baptist Church of St. Johns with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating, burial to follow at Union Home Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Forgotten Man Ministries, 3940 Fruit Ridge Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, MI, 49544. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Gene Arthur Gall

gall_geneGene Arthur Gall of Bannister, MI died Friday, October 31, 2014 at the age of 86. Born July 29, 1928 to Herman and Clara (Vorndan) Gall in Norfolk, NE, Gene served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He married Delores Gall in 1961 and she preceded him in death on July 31, 2007.

Surviving are his children; Allan (Becky) Gall of St. Johns, Stacy Gall of Bannister, Randy Gall of Bannister; grandchildren, Jeremy, Ashley, Carly, Chad, and Kyle Gall; great grandchildren, Madilyn, Myla, and Nolan Gall; sister, Geraldine (Lumir) Buresh; brother-in-law, Marvin Stoneman; sisters-in-law, Carol (Roger) Campbell, Carolyn (Jeff) Brown; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Delores, Gene was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, Colleen Rae Gall, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 PM Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the First Church of God with Pastor Chris Bones officiating. Burial will follow at Northstar Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, MI 48879.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family to help defer funeral costs.

Agatha A. Mankey

Agatha A. Mankey, age 86, passed away on October 29, 2014. She was born on June 27, 1928 in Fowler, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Pohl) Witgen. She married Bernard Mankey on January 12, 1949 and he preceded her in death in August of 1986. Agatha was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son Larry (Val) Mankey of Maple Rapids, three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two sisters and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, Bernard, she was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, David and Dale Mankey.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Williams presiding. The family will receive friends Friday, 6-8 p.m., at Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Educational Trust Fund in memory of Agatha.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

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