Dennis Fountaine

Fountaine, Dennis

6/11/1946 – 1/20/2015Dennis Fountaine

Dennis R. Fountaine, 68, of Stanton, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

The son of Walter and Louise (Phinney), Dennis was born on June 11, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dennis is preceded in death by his father; father-in-law, John Bush; mother-in-law Annette Bush and a sister-in-law Valerie Newman.
On March 3, 1967, Dennis married the former Marilyn Bush and together they have two sons; Derek & Sarah Fountaine of Lowell and Travis & Summer Fountaine of Cumberland, WI all of whom survive him.

In addition, Dennis is survived by four grandchildren, Gavin and Torin Fountaine of Cumberland, WI and Hannah and Holly Fountaine of Lowell; five sisters, Betty & Jack Lewis of Whitehall, Joyce & Ray Winnie of Greenville, Nancy Jenkins, Kathy & Joe Knight and Lori Wiley all of Belding; twelve sister and brother-in-laws, Karen & Art Ritenburgh of Pentwater, Linda & Dave Wheeler of Virginia, Donna & Greg Oestrich of Hancock, John & Terri Bush of Ionia, Janice & Clay Parker of Belmont, Nancy & Jim Schrauben of Portland, Tom & Alice Bush of Lowell, Ted & Therese Bush of Greenville and Lois & Jerry Paulson, Barbara & Tom Fagerlin, Larry & Debbie Bush, Marty & Sheryl Bush all of Belding.

Dennis loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and wilderness canoe trips and will be missed by his friends and family.

Funeral services for Dennis will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Stanton First Congregational Church beginning at 11:00 AM with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating.

Visitation for Dennis will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. For those desiring to make a memorial donation in Dennis’s memory, the family has suggested donations be made to Heartland Hospice and envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.

Patricia Larsen

Larsen, Patricia

3/2/1949 – 1/14/2015Patricia Larsen

Patricia E. Larsen, 65 of Orleans passed away Wednesday night at her home with her family by her side.

Patricia was born on March 2, 1949 in Ionia, the daughter of Elwood and Geraldine (Misner) Larsen both of whom have preceded her in death.

A 1967 graduate of Ionia High School, Patricia worked as a case worker for the Ionia County Department of Social Services until 2004. She loved to travel with nieces and nephews especially to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where she enjoyed viewing the Mighty Mackinaw Bridge. Patricia also served as a volunteer for the Ionia Area Hospice.

She is survived by two sisters; Sue Larsen of Orleans and Kathy & Wayne Geister of Fenwick, one brother; Gerald “Chip” Shellman of Orleans, one nephew; Eric & Lisa Geister, one niece; Sara Cloutier; five great nephews and nieces; Luke Gibson, Tessa Gibson, Eleanor Geister, Walter Geister and Liberty Cloutier and one very special great niece Zoe Geister.

In honoring Patricia’s wishes, cremation has already taken place and there will be a celebration of her life at a later date.

Bob King

King, Robert

09/03/1925 – 01/13/2015Bob King

Reverend Robert D. King, 89 years young, went to his Heavenly home on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Green Acres Retirement Home in Ionia, Michigan, with his loving family at his side.

Bob was born on September 3, 1925 in Wauseon, Ohio to the late Albert and Mary (Bowman) King. On January 10, 1948 he married Marie Plocek who preceded him in death in 1987 after nearly 40 years of marital bliss. In addition, Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Esther Rupp, a brother, Paul King and a great-granddaughter Ashtyn Baker.

Upon graduating from high school in West Unity, Ohio, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy with his buddy, Dick Caulkins, and proudly served 31 months during World War II as a gunner’s mate on the USS Intrepid. After the war, Bob was a farmer in Kunkle, Ohio and an All County All Star fast pitch softball player.

In 1966 he and his family moved to Michigan where he served as a pastor in Sidney and Vestaburg. He and Marie both served as missionaries in Gamerco, New Mexico and he also served as a missionary in Haiti. Bob and Marie enjoyed a few years as dorm parents at Jordan College in Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Bob is survived by his children, Marsha & Ron Baker of Pioneer, Ohio, Alan & Heidi King of Alexandria, Virginia, Greg & Peg King of Greenville and Terry King of Sheridan. In addition, he is survived by 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob loved to sing and in his younger years he was the lead singer in the Galileans gospel quartet. His family is sure he is now rejoicing in being part of the Heavenly choir.
Funeral services for Bob will be on Saturday, January 17, 2015 beginning at 1 PM, at the Shiloh Community church with Pastor Ken Harger officiating. Final Interment will be at the Sidney Cemetery in Sidney, Michigan.

Visitation will be at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 4 PM to 7 PM. For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Pastor Kings memory the family has suggested donations be made to the Ebenezer Glen Orphanage and envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.

Ben Waldron

Waldron, Ben

4/13/1964 – 12/28/2014Ben Waldron

Benjamin R. Waldron, age 50 of rural Sidney passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at his home. He was born on April 13, 1964, the son of Roger & Linda (Drake) Waldron.

Ben is survived by his parents, Roger & Linda Waldron of Stanton, two sons, Gregory Waldron of Grand Rapids, Matthew Waldron of Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter, Kira Bailey-Waldron of Lowell, three sisters, Teresa Waldron of Spring Lake, Michelle & Tom Hocking of Stanton, Caroline & Edward Doyle of Stanton, a brother, Alan Waldron of Grand Rapids, plus aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Ben was preceded in death by his grandparents and also a son, Curtis Waldron in 1985.

Ben has been a longtime resident of the Stanton and Sidney areas and was a very active member of the Sheridan Fire Department. He loved racing and could be found at Crystal Raceway every weekend.

A celebration of life beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015 at the VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan with Rev. Phil VanDop officiating. Friends and relatives will be invited to share remembrances followed by a luncheon. Interment will be at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Stanton.

Visitation will be at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan on Thursday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 PM where the family will meet with friends and relatives.
In lieu of flowers and for those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the Sheridan Fire Department; there will be envelopes available at the funeral home.

To view Ben’s funeral procession, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opeNg6nV8fQ

Donald Draper

Draper, Donald

6/30/1937 – 12/22/2014Donald Draper

Donald J. Draper, age 77 of Fenwick passed away on Monday, December 22, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 30, 1937 in North Shade Township, Gratiot County, the son of Donald J. & Rosetta (Patton) Draper. Both parents have preceded him in death.

On June 6, 1959, Don was married to Barbara Humphrey and she survives in addition to two daughters, Kim Draper of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Kenna & Ron Green of Ionia, three grandchildren, Rebekah, Caleb & Adam, one brother, Pat & Debbie Draper of Sheridan, two sisters in law, Arlene & Bob Bauman of Clare, Phoebe Mosier of Amsden, a brother in law, Gary & Linda Johnston of Lake Havasu City, Arizona plus several nieces and nephews.

Don has been a lifelong farmer and resident of the Fenwick area. He was a member of the Farm Bureau; he served on the Montcalm County Board of Review for Bushnell Township, attended Shiloh Community Church and was a retired member of the US Army National Guard. Don loved the outdoors and whether he was hunting, fishing, camping or just walking in the woods, he was avid about nature.

Funeral services beginning at 12 noon will be held on Friday, December 26, 2014 at the Shiloh Community Church with Pastor Kenneth Harger officiating. Following cremation, final interment will be at the Ferris Center Cemetery.

Visitation will also be at the church on Friday beginning at 11:00 AM, one hour prior to the funeral service where the family will meet with friends and relatives.

For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the Shiloh Community Church. There will be envelopes available at the church.

Gene Studley

Studley, Elmer “Gene”

5/31/1930 – 12/20/2014Gene Studley

Elmer Eugene “Gene” Studley, 84 of rural Hubbardston passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Carson City Hospital. He was born on May 31, 1930 in Greenville, the son of James R. & Faye L. (Wright) Studley.

Gene was married to Patricia Crampton on April 17, 1987 and she has preceded him in death on September 10, 2013. Also preceding him were his parents, two brothers, James & Roland Studley and a sister, Myra DeWeese.

Surviving Gene are three children, Kathy & Marlon Strickler of Connellsville, PA, Roland & Teresa Studley of Hobart, IN, Kevin Studley of Hubbardston, three step children, Rona Bartholomew of Crystal, Amy Barnes-Endres of Mason, Patrick Barnes of Lansing, 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, a brother, Duane Studley of Holt and several nieces and nephews.

Gene was a longtime resident of the Vickeryville/Hubbardston areas and one who enjoyed being outdoors. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean era and a member of the American Legion in Carson City.

A memorial service beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan with Pastor Kenneth Harger officiating. Final interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Sheridan.

In keeping with Gene’s wishes, there will not be any visitation held as cremation has already taken place.

The family has suggested for those desiring to do so that memorial considerations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. There will be envelopes available at the funeral home or you can go online to www.joinwwp.com for more information.

Janice O'Berry

O’Berry, Janice

10/15/1947 – 12/15/2014Janice O'Berry

Janice E. O’Berry, age 67 of Fenwick passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, December 15, 2014.  She was born on October 15, 1947, in Greenville, the daughter of Carl & Dorothy (Frisbie) Greenhoe.  Both parents have preceded her in death along with a brother, a nephew, two sisters in law and three brothers in law.

On September 18, 1965, Janice was married to Merlin O’Berry and he survives in addition to their children, Shelley & Mike Wheeler of Sheridan, Angela & Scott Davis of Ionia, Marcy & Mac McDaniel of Crystal, four grandchildren, one sister, Carlene Tank of Battle Creek, two sisters in law, Eleanor Lane of Sheridan, Colleen Greenhoe of Bellevue, a brother in law, Wayne Young of Dansville, MI and several nieces & nephews.

Janice has been a lifelong resident of the Fenwick area and was a member of the Evergreen Free Methodist Church.  She enjoyed gardening and was an avid listener of audio books.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Evergreen Free Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Vandewarker officiating.  Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Sheridan.

Visitation with the family will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan where the family will meet with friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial considerations be made to either the Mel Trotter ministries or to the Evergreen Free Methodist Church.

Darryl Brooks

Brooks, Darryl

4/20/1948 – 12/15/2014Darryl Brooks

Darryl W. Brooks, age 66, formerly of Sheridan and Fenwick, passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida. He was born on April 20, 1948 in Ionia, the son of Asa & Vergelene (Webb) Brooks.

On November 23, 1972, Darryl was married to Sue Ann Smith and she survives in addition to one daughter, Angela & Rick Edmister of Fenwick, two granddaughters, Ashley and Breanna Merritt of Fenwick, the granddaughters father, Chad Merritt of Sidney, four sisters, Dar & Vic Simon of Sumner, June & Joe Patton of Hessel, Ellen & Garry Lepley of Sumner, Jill & Dan Schneider of Ashley, one brother, David & Brenda Smith of St. Johns.

Darryl was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, Tom & Beulah Webb, his in-laws, Dale & Marilyn Smith and a sister-in-law, Donna Smith.

A lifelong resident of the Sheridan and Fenwick areas, Darryl worked at Frigidaire for 40 years and also on the family farm before retiring in 2006. He enjoyed camping, playing cards, country music, traveling and going to the races with his daughter. Recently, he purchased a winter home in Florida to enjoy the warmer weather. Darryl enjoyed spending time with his twin granddaughters and the rest of the family.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 19th will be held at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan with Mr. Larry Austin officiating. Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Sheridan.

Visitation with the family will also be at the funeral home on Thursday, December 18th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM where the family will meet with friends and relatives. For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial donations can be made in Darryl’s memory to the Vickeryville Methodist Church and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Gail Ravell

Ravell, Gail

11/28/1955 – 12/15/2014Gail Ravell

Gail A. Ravell, age 59 of Fenwick passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born on November 28, 1955 in Carson City, the daughter of Louis “Bud” & Alice (Demenov) Spaniolo. Her father, Louis (Bud) Spaniolo has preceded her in death.

On January 15, 1977, Gail was married to Mark A. Ravell and he survives in addition to their children, Renae & David Simpson of Grand Rapids, Amanda & Jason Bricker of Rockford, Hilary & Bryce Butler of Ionia, Spencer Ravell of Fenwick, 3 grandchildren, Cole & Aubrey Simpson, Nolan Bricker, her mother, Alice Spaniolo of Carson City, her siblings, Jean Cullimore of Grand Ledge, Jill Spaniolo of Ypsilanti, Anne Havens of Carson City, John Spaniolo of Kentwood, Tom & Jean Spaniolo of Cedar Springs, Chris Spaniolo of Charleston, SC, her in-laws, Ken & Becky Ravell of Belding and several nieces and nephews.

Formerly of Carson City, Gail has been a resident of the Fenwick area where she and her husband, Mark own and operate the Ravell Orchards. Gail graduated from Ferris State University in Big Rapids with an associate degree and formerly worked for the Sheridan Clinics.

A Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 AM will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carson City. Interment will be at the Palo Cemetery in Palo.

Visitation with the family will be at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan on Tuesday, December 16th from 2:00 until 4:00 and 6:00 until 8:00 PM where the family will meet with friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the Greenville Cancer Center Services, 615 S. Bower Street, Greenville, MI 48838. There will be envelopes available at the funeral home.

Evelyn Pritchard

Pritchard, Evelyn

2/4/1918 – 11/30/2014Evelyn Pritchard

Evelyn V. Pritchard, age 96 of Stanton passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at the Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing Center in Greenville. She was born on February 4, 1918 in Stanton, the daughter of Olaf & Christina (Johnson) Anderson.

On December 30, 1939, Evelyn was married to Roy C. Pritchard and he preceded her in death on December 6, 2000. Also preceding her were four brothers, Arthur, Clarence (Pete), Martin and William (Bill) Anderson and two sisters, Esther Martin and Hildur Gredin.

Surviving Evelyn is one daughter and her husband, Christa & Richard Baldwin of Stanton, one son, David Pritchard of Centennial, Colorado, one granddaughter, Brandy & Ken Bunting and two great granddaughters, Braelyn and Brylee.

Evelyn has been a lifelong resident of the Stanton area where she and her late husband, Roy were dairy farmers. She was also a member of the Faith Lutheran Church and the Faith Women’s Fellowship.

Funeral services beginning at 1:00 PM will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Faith Lutheran Church, Sidney with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating. Interment will be at the North Sidney Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be held at the church on Thursday beginning at 12 Noon; one hour prior to the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, for those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church. There will be envelopes available at the funeral home and also at the church.