Kenneth C. Thelen

thelen_kenKenneth C. Thelen, age 69, passed away peacefully at home on October 9, 2014. He was born in Portland, MI, on March 19, 1945, the son of Alvin and Loretta (Smith) Thelen. Ken married Barbara Ward in St. Johns on April 3, 1971 and she survives him.

Also surviving are their children, Pam (Patrick) Stump, Ken (Jaime) Thelen, Becky (Jack) Miller, son-in-law, Chris Tipps, grandchildren, Kendra, Taylor and Kyle Stump, Kenny Thelen, Damien and Holly Miller, Hailey, Emma and Breeann Tipps, five brothers, Alan (Sandy), Chuck, Leon (Grace), Dale (Barb) and Dan, three sisters, Mary Ann (Mike) Schneider, Linda (Bob) Hoppes, Sharon Droste and many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Loretta, daughter, Kerri Thelen Tipps and granddaughters, Jacklynn and Carly Miller.

Ken’s sense of humor kept a smile on the face of all who knew him. His colorful phrases and quick wit will be remembered and allow his spirit to remain close in the hearts of those who loved him. Ken worked as a mason all his life but he wasn’t just a bricklayer, he was a true artist. His talents and physical presence will be missed greatly.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Fr. Dennis Howard officiating, burial to follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler on Sunday from 7-9 p.m., with a rosary at 8 p.m., and on Monday, 2-4 p.m., with a rosary at 3 p.m., and 7-9 p.m., with a vigil service at 8 p.m. Donations may be made in memory of Ken to the Dallas Twp. Fire Dept. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Robert Speidel

speidel_robertRobert “Spider” Speidel, age 71, passed away October 6, 2014. He was born in Clinton Co., on January 20, 1943, the son of R.G. and Ida Mae (Thompson) Speidel. Bob was a loyal friend, loving son, devoted father and caring brother whose heart was filled with humor and joy, he loved the woods and enjoyed making maple syrup.

He is survived by his daughter, Sara (Kirk Anderson) Markman of Grand Rapids, sister, Carolyn (Robert) Bough of West Bloomfield, MI, two brothers, Paul Speidel of Alto, MI, and Roger Speidel of St. Petersburg, FL, his mother, Ida Mae Speidel and two nieces, Kathryn Bough of Northville, and Cynthia (Dennis) Kubert of Livonia. He was preceded in death by his father, R.G. Speidel.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the UAW Hall, 117 W. Walker St., St. Johns at 11:30 a.m. The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Deborah A. Harvey

harvey_deborahDeborah A. Harvey, age 59, passed away October 7, 2014. She was born in Kalamazoo on October 16, 1954 the daughter of Douglas and Joy (Winters) Hart. She married Mark Harvey in Eureka on September 30, 1978 and he survives her.

Also surviving Debbie is her sister, Dawn Hart-Allen of St. Johns, forty-six nieces and nephews, two grandchildren, Aidan and Avelyn and their parents – James and Jennifer Johnson, brothers and sisters-in-law, Karen (Al) Latimer, Mike Harvey, Stephan (Cheryl) Harvey, Keith (Claire) Harvey, Bob (Carol) Harvey and brother, Rick Hart. She was preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Joy Hart, son, Douglas Cole Harvey, brother, Randy Lee Hart, brother-in-law, David Harvey and sister-in-law, Janet Harvey.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns, with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating with burial to follow at Union Home Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Contributions may be made in Deborah’s memory to Sparrow Hospice. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Lillian Marie Bass

bass_lillianLillian Marie Bass daughter of Terry and Brittney (Smak) Bass, passed away on October 3, 2014 at the age of 5 ½ weeks old. She was born in St. Johns on August 25, 2014.

Along with her parents she is survived by her sisters, Kiara Belle Parker and Olivia Lindsey Smak, grandparents, Bill Smak of St. Johns, Carolyn Tokarchick of St. Johns, aunts, Dawn Zepeda, Nichole Smak, Amanda Smak, Erica Call, Megan Tokarchick, uncles, Barney Bass, Donald Zepeda, Dustin Pierce, Corbin Tokarchick, Jacob Tokarchick, Bradley Bullard and Ryan Heinlen, Godfather, Lynn Thelen and great grand mother, Lillian Smak.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 10:00a.m. with Pastor Virginia Wickwire officiating at the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns.

Michael R. Smith

smith_michaelMichael “Mike” R. Smith, passed away October 8, 2014, at the age of 63. He was born in St. Johns, Michigan, the son of Leonard and Bernettia (Roach) Smith. Mike married Mary Lou Mueller on May 20, 1972 in Fowler, Michigan and she survives him. He retired from General Motors after 30 years. He was an active member of the Pewamo Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed his grandkids and yard work that he did around the neighborhood. He was also on the Pewamo Village Council for over 20 years.

Mike is also survived by son, Brian Smith of Pewamo, daughters, Becky (Michael) Yerge of Pewamo and Kim (Derek Wylie) Smith of Rock Hill, SC and son, Patrick (Kerri) Smith of Ionia, three grandchildren, Wyatt Smith, Rylee Smith and Zola Wylie, his sister Sandy Vergeson, several brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, brother Patrick Smith, his father and mother-in-law, Henry (Lucille) Mueller.

Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am, Saturday, October 11, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 126 East Street, Pewamo, Michigan with Fr. Charlon Mason presiding, with burial following at St. Joseph Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm with a Rosary at 8:00 pm, Friday, October 10, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm with a Rosary at 3:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm with a Vigil at 8:00 pm at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mike’s name to the charity of the family’s choice.

Angus Fraser MacKinnon

mackinnon_frazerAngus Fraser MacKinnon passed away October 5, 2014, at the age of 90. He was born in Joliet, IL, on September 17, 1924, the son of Edward and Dolina (Fraser) MacKinnon. Fraser married Barbara Bull on May 16, 1953 in Sparta, MI. Fraser served with the U.S. Navy during WWII, owned E. MacKinnon & Son dry goods store in St. Johns for many years, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of St. Johns. He enjoyed fishing, working with computers, spending time with his grandchildren, and vacationing at his cottage on Pickeral Lake.

Surviving Fraser are his children, Alexander Fraser (Jane) MacKinnon and Elizabeth (James) MacKinnon Eaton; his three grandchildren, Maggie, Duncan and Andrew; brother-in-law, Dr. John Bull; and nine nieces and nephews, Cathy (John) Kish, Rob (Edie) Wilcox, David (Susan) Wilcox, Kathleen Richmond, Ken (Joan) Richmond, Fran (Rick) Saplis, Greg (Julie) Bull, Sean Bull and Kelly (Brian) Rimar. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara; his sister, Catherine (Robert) Wilcox; and his parents.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church of St. Johns at 200 E. State St. with Pastor Ellen Zienert officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Osgood Funeral Home 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns. Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice. To learn more about Fraser and view his Life Story film, please visit his personal webpage at www.lifestorynet.com/memories/102431.

The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

William J. C. Bancroft

bancroft_williamWilliam J. C. Bancroft, age 75, passed away on October 1, 2014. He was born in St. Johns on December 24, 1938, the son of Guy and Helen Bancroft.

Bill is survived by his children, Melissa (Daniel) Rue of St. Johns, Laura (Joe) Harbenski of Maple Rapids, Wenda (Armond) Smith of St. Johns and Debbie (Gary) Shook of Perrinton, 9 grandchildren, Lyle Parkinson, Nicole (Tom) Furlano, Alesha (Jason) Haynie, Noel (Jessica) Smith, Amber (Eric) Martin, Billi Jo (Nic) Ney, Nina (Rick) Dibble, Eddie Parkinson and Cody Smith, 19 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, 2 brothers, Guy Bancroft and Rick (Retha) Bancroft, 1 sister, Kay (Bob) Gladstone and many, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, William J.C. Bancroft, wives, Lois Anderson, Mary Vasilakis and Angie Gossios.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday, October 5th, a viewing and visitation from 6-7 p.m., and a service to follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Jerry Kissling officiating at the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns. Memorials may be made to a charity of the family’s choice.

The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

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