Carolyn A. Koenigsknecht

k13_carolynCarolyn A. Koenigsknecht, of Fowler, MI died February 21, 2015 at the age of 74. Born March 10, 1940 to Joseph and Antoinette (Schneider) Trierweiler, Carolyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an avid gardener, especially loved her flowers, loved playing cards, and most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren. Carolyn was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and Catholic Order of Foresters. In 1962 Carolyn married John Koenigsknecht and he preceded her in death in 2002.

Surviving are her children; Randy (Carol) Koenigsknecht, Jeff (Kris) Koenigsknecht, Kurt (Patty) Koenigsknecht, Dana (Dale) Schafer, Neil (Wendy) Koenigsknecht; 17 grandchildren; several great and great great grandchildren; brother; Matt (Maggie) Trierweiler; sisters, Mary Jane (Gene) Schoendorf, Kay Huston, Jean Thelen and twin sister, Marilyn (Bernard) Thelen; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, John, Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Joan (Ray) Thelen and Ernestine (Warren) Dolan; brothers-in-law, Murv Huston and Bruno Thelen.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with Fr. William Koenigsknecht presiding. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM with a rosary being prayed at 8:00 PM Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Goerge Chapel of the Osgood Funeral Home, 11112 W. Ionia, Fowler.

Harvey P. Darling

darling_haveyHarvey P. Darling, age 91, of Ovid, MI passed away peacefully at home on February 21, 2015. Harvey was a vibrant citizen, local businessman and civic leader of Ovid for nearly all his life. He was the eldest son of Vern and Gladys (Thompson) Darling. Drafted at eighteen, Harvey served for almost three years as head electrician with the 233rd Army Engineer Combat Division in the Pacific theater during World War II. His division was tasked with building roads and supplying equipment to the Marines and infantry units seeking to recapture Japanese held Guam, Leyte in the Philippines and Okinawa, Japan.

After his return home, he married his wife, Doris (Pickering) Darling, originally of Flint, in 1947 and raised three children, Ronald, Pamela and Rosemary. He and his brother, Oliver, owned and operated Darling’s Inc., a hardware, electrical, plumbing and heating business in Ovid and Elsie until 1996.

Always active in the community, he served as a councilman and Ovid’s village president throughout the 1960’s, securing federal funding for the village’s first waste water management facility. He was also a volunteer fireman for thirty years. Harvey was a long standing member of the Masonic Lodge #105 of St. Johns-Ovid, the VFW #8964 of Ovid and the American Legion #502 of Elsie.

Even in the last year of his life, he was elected a trustee to the Ovid City Charter Commission, hoping to see his hometown achieve the status and benefits of a city. Along with Doris, his beloved wife of 63 years, he was also an active church member for the United Church of Ovid. He will be greatly missed by his family, who will always remember his dedication to service, his quiet optimism and his open heart.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Ronald Darling (Terry) of Florissant, MO, Pamela Tyner (Joseph) of Grafton, WI, and Rosemary Baese (Kirk) of Ovid, MI. He was a cherished grandfather to Ryan Baese (Jessica), Nicholas Darling (Erin), Breanna Baese Recker (Branden), and Kathryn Tyner Engler (Zachary), and great-grandfather to Jack Baese, Lucy Darling and Sadie Darling. He is also survived by his brother, Ivan Darling (Ruth) of Engadine, MI. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris, in 2010 and his brother, Oliver, in 2007.

The family would like to thank all the friends who have given so generously of their time to wish Harvey well, including the caring staff at Memorial Healthcare Hospice in Owosso for their kindness and compassion.

A gathering of family and friends will be held 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Houghton Chapel, 232 E. Oak Street, Ovid, MI 48866. To learn more about Harvey and view his Life Story film, visit his personal webpage at

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the United Church of Ovid, 131 W. Front Street, Ovid, MI 48866 with Pastor Paul Damkoehler officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Ovid-Elsie Community Fund or the United Church of Ovid are appreciated.

Nellie B. Ryan

ryan_nellieNellie 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.

Rev. Robert E. Prange

prange_robertRev. Robert E. Prange, affectionately known as “Pastor Bob”, 85, of St. Johns, MI entered the gates of heaven on February 18, 2015, following an extended illness.

Born in a farmhouse to William Henry and Clara Elizabeth (Herbruck) Prange on January 20, 1930, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Pastor Bob graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1948 and went on to graduate from Piedmont Bible College in Winston Salem, NC in 1954 with a Bachelor of Theology (THB) degree.

On July 25, 1954, Pastor Bob, with his family and the work ethic nurtured on that Ohio farm both in tow, began a journey that would have a positive, lasting impact on St. Johns, Clinton County and beyond. Building on a Sunday School started by his cousin Harry Herbruck Jr. and a missionary, Burl Rood, Pastor Bob started what grew to become Grove Bible Church. His vision and dedication to Christian education eventually led to the creation of Grove Christian School in 1973.

Pastor Bob loved people and had a compassionate heart for both youth and adults. Both foreign and home missions were a large part of his personal life and teaching ministry, so he started Pastor Bob’s Ministry (“PBM”) for the purpose of creating a source for funding the special needs of missions and missionaries in their respective fields of service. A memorial fund for “PBM” has been established to continue this ministry.

Pastor Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Darlene (Cochran) Prange, his children, R. Byron (Lianne) Prange of St. Johns, MI and Bethany Faith (Brad) Buser of San Diego, CA, 8 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and a brother William Prange Jr. of Stow, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Lois Allphin and Jane Woods.

A service of celebration will be held at Grove Bible Church, 6990 E. Price Rd., St. Johns, MI, on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Calling hours will also be at Grove Bible Church on Friday, February 20th from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, February 21st from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and on Sunday one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to “PBM” through Grove Bible Church and/or Great Lakes Hospice.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Carol A. Spencer

spencer_carolCarol A. Spencer, age 75, went home to be with the Lord after a long hard battle with cancer on February 9, 2015 in Lansing, Michigan. Carol was born April 14, 1939 in Lansing, the daughter of Kenton and Doris (Billeter) Bissonette. She was married to Delbert P. Spencer, Jr for 35 years and he survives her.

Carol is also survived by five children, Mark (Pauline) Singer of Carriere, MS, Christine (Tim) Simpson of Laingsburg, MI, Terie (Greg) Smith of Holt, MI, Julie (Hugh) Brayton of Mason, MI and Leon (Shirley) Manko of West Palm Beach, FL; eighteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister, Marilyn (Larry) Sehlke; one brother, Randall (Chris) Bissonette and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Cari Jones and great grandson, Mark Stephen Singer.

A celebration of her life will be held in the spring, when the flowers are in full bloom.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Charles R. “Dick” Rees

Charles R. “Dick” Rees, age 88, died February 6, 2015 in Ovid, Michigan. Dick was born June 5, 1926 in Holly, Michigan the son of John and Beryl (Miller) Rees. He married Louise Walimaki on March 19, 1949 and she survives him.

Dick is also survived by his sons, Richard (Kathy) Rees of Beaverton, Michigan and James (Martha) Rees of Lexington, Illinois and his daughter, Mary Ann Lyons (Tammy Logan) of Ovid, Michigan; seven grandchildren, Katherine (Matthew) Roedel, Jessica (Bryan) Partaka, Jason (Samantha) Witer, Jazmyne and Jiayi Rees and Daniel and Elizabeth Rees; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Joselyn and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Rees.

Funeral services will take place at 11:00 am, Monday, February 9, 2015 at St. Philip Lutheran Church, 219 West Oliver Street, Owosso, Michigan with Pastor Brian Heidt officiating. The family will receive family and friends Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2:00–4:00 pm and 6:00–8:00 pm at the Houghton Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Ovid.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lutheran Social Service of Michigan, Dept 771048, P.O. Box 77000, Detroit, Michigan 48277-1048 or Heartland Hospice, 6211 Taylor Drive, Flint, Michigan 48507-4665.

The family is served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Hubert “Hub” Becker

becker_hubertHubert “Hub” Becker, age 90, passed away in Lansing, MI.

A memorial service will take place, Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses., 1210 N. Lansing St, St. Johns, MI. 48879.


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