James A. Aldrich

aldrich_jamesJames “Jimmy” A. Aldrich, age 67, passed away on August 31, 2015, after a long illness. He was born in Lansing on March 11, 1948, the son of Fletcher and Gladys (Milbauer) Aldrich. Jim married Diane Mulder on November 10, 1973. He retired from ABF Freight. Jim was one of Michigan’s most active stock car drivers from 1966-1992, winning several championships and MSPA Sportsman of the year. He was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. Jim was an active member of Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor (MMOGTA) Association, County Line Antique Tractor Club and Mid-Michigan Antique Tractor Association (Clio Club). He is survived by spouse, Diane, children, Jamie Aldrich of Ovid and Todd (Heidi) Rozema of Grand Rapids. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Addilynn Aldrich Vincent, Brandon, Ella and Gavin Rozema, Madeline Irland and special children, Nickolas and Taylor Irland, brother, Donavan Aldrich, sister, Eunice Diehl, sister-in-law, Bonnie Aldrich and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Fletcher Aldrich, brother, Lee Aldrich, brother-in-law, David Diehl and nephew, Brian Huff.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at the Houghton Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 232 E. Oak St., Ovid, MI, with Pastor Kirk Brookins officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, September 14, 2015 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Those planning on an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to Great Lakes Hospice Foundation, 900 Cooper St., Jackson, MI, 49202, with special thanks to Courtney and Kathy, or, Ovid Senior Center Lunches, 131 W. Front St., Ovid, MI, 48866, Attn: Brenda Wiegel.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Rae Jean Johnson

johnson_raeRae Jean Johnson, age 79, passed away suddenly on August 19, 2015 in Lansing, Michigan. Rae was born in Caro, Michigan in 1935 to Ray and Grace S. (Clothier) Huffman. She was a graduate of Central Michigan University and Michigan State University and was a teacher and media specialist in the Lansing Public Schools for many years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of St. Johns, Women’s Fellowship Linda Scott Circle, a Friend of the Briggs Public Library, a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, co-founder and past president of Mint Country Garden Club, and a member and judge for the American Iris Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth L. Johnson and her brother Ned Huffman. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Johnson (Ben Strumwasser) of Lafayette, California and her son Christopher Johnson (Julie) of Okemos, Michigan. She is also survived by her grandchildren Kenneth Johnson, Hannah Strumwasser, Katherine Johnson, Seth Strumwasser, and Greg Johnson. In addition to enjoying time with family and friends, Rae enjoyed volunteer work, gardening, genealogy and books.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the First Congregational Church with Pastor William Tate officiating. Burial will follow at the West Burlington Cemetery in Silverwood, Michigan at 3 PM. The family will receive friends at the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns on Friday, August 21, from 6-8 PM. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Briggs Public Library in St. Johns or the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Duane R. Hyatt

hyatt_duaneDuane R. Hyatt, age 42, passed away on August 5, 2015. He was born in Lansing on January 28, 1973, the son of Richard and Barbara (Hoppe) Hyatt.

He is survived by his son, Dustin Hyatt and former spouse and friend, Monique Hyatt of Lansing, his parents, Richard and Barbara Hyatt of St. Johns, sister, Eugenia Hyatt, two nephews, Casey and Dakota Huckaba and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceding him in death are grandparents, August and June Hoppe, Richard and Edith Hyatt and uncle Doug Hoppe. Duane suffered from congenital heart defects from birth but was a warrior at heart and lived life to the fullest. He loved his family, especially his son Dustin.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Duane’s name to the Ronald McDonald House, 121 S. Holmes St., Lansing, MI 48912. The family was served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Lewis E. VanDeusen

Lewis E. VanDeusen, born July 20, 1912 in Fairfield Twp., Elsie, MI, the son of Andrew and Minnie (Webb) VanDeusen passed away at Ovid Healthcare on August 1, 2015 at the age of 103. He worked for Douglas Trucking for 13 years and Cal’s Merchandise of Ovid for 20 years. His marriage to Dorothy F. Good on May 2, 1936 ended with her death July 3, 1986.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda (John) Bona of Webster, N.Y. and Patricia (Bert) Leland of Owosso, four sons, Jack (Georgene) of Kentwood, Calvin (Doris) of Bannister, Jerry and friend Mary Hehrer of Elsie, and Bill (Clara) of Fowler. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great grandchildren and special friend Dorothy J. Phillips of Owosso. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by three sons, Richard, Douglas and Larry VanDeusen, grandsons, Lynn VanDeusen and infant David VanDeusen , two brothers, Glen and Ernest VanDeusen and two sisters, Hattie VanDeusen and Shirley Tomlinson.

There will be a private Graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 15, 2015 with Pastor Scott Seelhoff officiating. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Mildred Roof

root_mildredMildred Roof passed away at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital on July 24, 2015 at the age 88. She was born on May 31, 1927 in Greenbush Township, the daughter of Frederick and Edna (Bartlett) Schavey. She married William Roof on March 10, 1948 and he preceded her in death in 1994.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Anna Roof of Elsie, MI, her sons, James (Lynda) of St. Johns, Thomas (Denise) and Roger Roof both of Elsie; eight grandchildren,17 great grandchildren; brother, Lewis Schavey; sister, Mabel Beck; sister-in-law, Coralee Roof and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Mildred was preceded in death by sisters Vera Ward, Viola Overfield and Dorothy Whittaker; infant brother, Theodore and brother, Gaylord Schavey.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Monday, July 27, 2015 at Osgood Funeral Home, 104 East Cass Street, St. Johns, MI with Rev. Phil Beavers officiating. Burial will follow at the Eureka Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, July 26 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. Contributions will be made to a charity of the family’s choice.

Richard Jerome Cram

cram_richardRichard Jerome Cram, age 66, died on July 22, 2015. He was born in Traverse City, MI, on October 31, 1948, the son of Howard and Clare (Kingscott) Cram. He was a dedicated 38 year employee of General Motors and a loyal Spartan fan. Go Green!

He is survived by his wife, Carol Jean Catlow, children, Jennifer Lynn Cram of Breckenridge, CO, Stephanie Ann (John) Cieszkowski Jr., of Cleveland, OH, Clarissa Kay (Mitchell) Czubak of Lansing, MI, granddaughter, Dilana Jean Czubak, step-children, Lori Lynn Catlow of Colgate, WI, Eric Leslie (Suzana) Catlow of Rochester Twp., MI, Angela Lyn Garza of St. Johns, step-grandchildren, Sage Maxim Catlow, Amilija Menka Catlow, Anthony Enrique Garza, his siblings, Nicholas (Denyce) Cram, Bruce Cram, Kim (Dave) Tompkins, Patricia (Jeff) Jennings and many loved nieces and nephews. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Clare Cram.

Memorial services will be Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., at Greenbush United Methodist Church (corner of Scott and Marshall Rd., St. Johns) with Pastor Mona Dye officiating. Visitation from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, as they will make a donation in Rick’s memory to the Heifer Project International.

The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.

Gertrude A. Schueller

schueller_gertrudeGertrude A. (Miller) Schueller, 95, of Jenison, Michigan, formerly of Fowler, Michigan passed away Monday, July 20, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Edith (Feldpausch) and Fredrick Miller of Fowler, and her husband Ronald Schueller.

She is survived by her sons and their families, Bill (Linn) Schueller of Jenison, Tim (Shirley) Schueller of New Hampton, Iowa; grandchildren Ross (Krista) Schueller, Brooke (Jason) Sikkema both of Jenison, Amanda Schueller of Iowa; great grandchildren Haley Schueller, Davis Schueller and Paige Sikkema; one sister Theresa (George) Fox of Lansing, several sister in laws and nieces and nephews.

She retired from General Motors Alpine plant, where she met her best friend Lorilee Hull. The family would like to thank American House (formerly Oakcrest) Cottonwood Manor in Jenison for their loving care of mother for the last four years.

Visitation will be at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler Michigan on Friday July 24, 2015 at 9:30 to 11:30 with graveside services to follow officiated by Father John Klein.

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