Gary D. Underwood
Gary Dean Underwood, a loving father, husband and compassionate man, of Charlotte died on Saturday, April 27, 2019 after a short battle with Cancer. Gary, 68, was born 1950, in Charleston, W.V., the son of Willis and Gladys Underwood. Following graduation from Charlotte High School in 1968, Gary worked for General Motors for 30 years. Gary married his sweetheart, Jean (Groh) and spent the next 36 years creating their legacy together. He loved everything outdoors, from riding his Harley to hunting, fishing, boating, traveling, riding ATVs, rock hunting, and golfing. Gary could always be found enjoying life. Family and friends meant so much to Gary. Family and friends will remember Gary for being a handyman that could fix anything. There was no job too difficult for him.
Gary is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Maggie (Jennifer Tabar) Underwood, Dennis Underwood, Brooke Underwood and Jimmy Underwood; and his dearest friends.
He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Darrel Underwood, Carol Stutler, and Paul Underwood.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 4 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Gary on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Theodore R. Marshall
Theodore Robert Marshall II, 55, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019. He was born September 12, 1963 in Charlotte, the son of Theodore and Margaret (Henderson) Marshall. Theodore was an avid reader throughout his entire life. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.
Theodore is survived by his children, Meghan Marshall, Matthew Marshall; grandchildren, Trenton Wiseley, Winter Wiseley; father, Theodore R. Marshall; siblings, Debra Ethridge, Sindi Marshall, Tammy (Gary) Bower, Lisa Marshall, Beth Peeler; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; mother, Margaret; sister, Lori Henry; niece, Maggie Marshall; nephew, Joshua Meacham.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Theodore’s honor to the family.
To view Theodore’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.Read More
Max L. Bottomley
Max Leroy Bottomley, 96, of Midland, passed away April 25, 2019. He was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Charlotte. Max married his beloved high school sweetheart, Martha Snow. She preceded him in death after 71 years of marriage.
After graduating from Charlotte High School, he entered Michigan State University. While attending Michigan State University, he joined Army ROTC. He was called to active duty to serve in World War II and attended officer candidate school. He served as a Lieutenant in the 65th Infantry Division, a part of Patton’s Third Army in its march across Europe. His unit was in Enns, Austria, when the war ended. He then returned to Michigan State University and graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry.
In 1947, Max started his 39-year career at Dow Chemical Company. He was on the teams that developed latex paint and Methocel. At another time during his career he was a technical expert in a patent infringement case. He was a member of the Midland Jaycees, a founding member of both the Kiwassee Kiwanis Club of Midland and the Midland Jayvesters Investment Club. He was an active member in the community, including treasurer of the Midland Historical Society and served on the Investment Committee of the Midland Center for the Arts.
Above all else, Max was a devoted family man, involving himself in his children’s activities such as Boy Scouts, youth sports, and PTA. He enjoyed traveling to Europe, was an avid golfer, participating in several golf leagues, and was a loyal Spartan fan. He was a longtime member of the Midland First United Methodist Church, serving as an usher and on many committees.
He is survived by his sister Shirley Wahlstrom of Novi; children, Douglas (Jane) of Kalamazoo, Bruce (Sharon) of New Canaan, Conn., Anne (Bruce) Metzdorf of Granger, Ind., Richard (Susan) of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Peggy (Thomas) Carr of Suffield, Conn., and Janice (Peter) Mowry of Carmel, Ind.; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by siblings Don and Marcia, and one grandson, Connor Mowry.
Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider the First United Methodist Church, the Midland Center for the Arts, with a designation to the Historical Society, Bradley Home Restoration Fund. Condolences to the family may be made online at waresmithwoolever.com.
The family is most appreciative of the care and support of the Independence Village staff and Hospice of Mid-Michigan Health Home Care.Read More
Beth A. Malcuit
Beth Anne Malcuit, 55, of Charlotte, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019, at her home. She was born July 8, 1963, in Lansing, the daughter of Bruce and Mikayla (Henry) Malcuit. She went on to graduate from Charlotte High School in 1981. While in school, Beth excelled in golf. It became a lifelong passion for her. Following high school, Beth went on to receive her degree as a dental technician from Ferris State University. Beth adored her family and took a special interest in her nephews and great nieces and nephews. Amid all of her struggles in life, Beth always had a heart for others. She would do anything she could to help anyone in need. Beth was an avid MSU sports fan. She also loved watching the birds and squirrels around her home.
Beth is survived by her siblings, Amy (Richard) Phifer of Allendale, Barbara (Frank) Silvas of Charlotte, Charles Malcuit of Georgia; nephews, Brendon (Sarah) Rankin, Ian Phifer, Bailey Silvas, Jacob Malcuit, Trey Phifer, Travis (Carli) Silvas, and Ryan (Vanessa) Silvas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and nephew, Blake Rankin.
A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.
Those desiring may make contributions in Beth’s memory to the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906, or Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary, 8935 Thompson Rd., Lake Odessa, MI 48849.
To view Beth’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.Read More
Donna M. Harrison
Donna Marie Harrison, a funny, smart, and God-loving mother, grandmother, sister and best friend, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Center. Donna, 74, was born on January 15, 1945, in Phoenix, Ariz. to Jack and Gloria (Tripp) Cox. She held numerous administrative assistant jobs at the Federal and County levels. In her younger years, Donna’s biggest passion was traveling around the world with her travel buddy, Rhonda. One of Donna’s proudest achievements in her life was becoming certified as a First Responder. In her later years she enjoyed relaxing, playing Bingo, and watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Family was everything to Donna. Her family will cherish their memories of their Mema forever.
Donna is survived by her daughter, JoAnne (Mike) Dedman; grandchildren, Kevin (Andrea Kingsbury) Harrison, Dallas (Jackson Johnson) Dedman; great-grandchild, Raegan Marie; sister, Julie Brown; best friend for over 40 years, Rhonda (David) Roberts-Turner, and Devora (Blake) Torrence; and her nieces and nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Hunter Dedman; and sister, Kim Matson.
The family will be holding a memorial service at a later date.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Donna on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Bryan Richard James Howlett, born in Great Yarmouth, England on January 16, 1934, met his Savior Jesus on February 12, 2019 at home, surrounded by family.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 25 years, Barbara (Doty); five stepchildren, Frank Badgley, Brenda (Cor) Toncray, Jeffrey (Judy) Badgley, Monte (Susie) Ferris, and Stanford (Tina) Ferris; two sisters, Avril Smith and Shirley Hurren, both of England; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and dear dog, Muffi.
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Ellen Howlett; sister, Brenda Senior; and dog, Dusti Rose.
Bryan was an exceptional man, one worthy of four names. As a 5 year-old boy, he was evacuated during WWII and frequently told stories of meeting American soldiers preparing for D-Day. Later in life, he was an engineer by trade, which began with an apprenticeship with Vickers-Armstrong Aircraft Company when he was 17 years old. His passion of aviation led him to the Royal Air Force, where he served as an officer in the 50s in the Far East. After his service to queen and country, he returned to engineering, demonstrating his competency in not only aviation, but also designing bridges, buildings and automobiles. His vocation was not his only passion; he was a model husband who loved to travel and spend time with his wife dancing and antiquing. She became known on local airwaves as “The Penguin Lady” as he would call from overseas to request songs devoted to her, the trans-Atlantic romance capturing the attention of media outlets. He was an awesome stepfather, consummate gentleman and had many interests and talents. He was a competitive ballroom dancer, loved gardening and also his little girl, Muffi.
Bryan was so much to so many, and he will be greatly missed until the day we are reunited in Heaven.
Memorial services will be Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, located at 245 S. Cochran Avenue in Charlotte.
Donations can be made in memorium to Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care, 801 S. Waverly, Ste. 200, Lansing MI 48917.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Please visit millsfuneral.com to place online condolences.Read More
Carole A. Townsend
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Carole Ann (Curtis) Townsend lost her fight with gallbladder cancer. She died at home surrounded by family and supported by Faith Hospice. Carole was born in Monroe, Mich. on August 31, 1942.
She is survived by her mother, Ruth Curtis; husband, Robert Townsend; children, Todd Townsend, Timothy (Kathryn) Dawson-Townsend, and Amy (Todd) Smith; sister, Christine (Robert) Smith; and brother-in-law, Donald Maron; grandchildren, McKenna and Brianna Smith, Charlotte and Trevor Dawson-Townsend; numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Carole was preceded by her father, Robert M. Curtis, and her brother, Bob.
She was a loving, compassionate lady who worked with special needs children around the State of Michigan and was always recognized as “Grammy” to the kids in every town and neighborhood in which she lived. Carole could talk to anyone and easily made friends wherever she went. She and Robert traveled around the State taking many pictures, specializing in sunsets, breaking surf, sailboats, and Michigan lighthouses. They also traveled to visit grandchildren in Chicago, Scotland, and Switzerland.
A memorial service will be held this summer for Carole.
The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guest book at cookcares.com.Read More
Evelyn (June) Montague, 83, of Charlotte, an extremely generous and loving woman who literally gave someone the shirt off her back once, passed away April 17, 2019 in Lansing. She was born June 25, 1935 to Forrest and Inolene (Harris) Willis in Memphis, Tenn. A graduate of Charlotte High School, June then married Gerald Montague in Hastings on December 26, 1952. Generous, even beyond her means, Evelyn saved money so she could give to others. Weather also fascinated her and she became known as the family weatherperson. All things historical were interesting to Evelyn, including learning about American History, reading historical fiction and antiquing to find treasures. She worked as a medical office secretary for Drs. Joseph and Leeser, and later as an office manager for Action Warehouse. A loving person, kind to everyone, June had an amazing ability to focus on the good in others.
June is survived by her daughter, Mitzi L. (Rex) Montague-Bauer; grandchildren, Justin Cain, Jerrad Thomson, Elijah Cain, Breaha (Zachary) Wallin, and Joshua (Sandy) Bauer; great-grandchildren, Caleb Cain, Domonic Thomson, Noah Cain, MacKenzie Cain, Brittney Vaugh, Neil Vaugh, Haleigh Dies, Jacob Dies, Shaylee Wallin, Lyra Wallin, Kai Bauer, and Jude Bauer; and sister, Dorothy Steiner.
She was preceded in death by her daughters, Lana Soto and Dawn Cain; husband, Gerald; her parents; brother, James (Bud) Willis; granddaughter, Brandi Dies; and grandson, Journey Montague-Bauer.
A Life Celebration will be held at Valhalla Park, located at 4030 Keller Road in Holt on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m.
In Evelyn’s memory, memorial donations may be made to The Mother Teresa Hospice House in Lansing.
Friends and family are encouraged to share remembrances and condolences on June’s tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
(Gerald J. Starr)
Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Starr, 89, a hardworking husband, father, and horseman, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Eaton Rapids. Jerry was born March 11, 1930 in Grand Ledge, the son of Wilbur and Marcella (Batsche) Starr. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1948, where he ran track under Coach Mac Gobel. Following graduation, he went to work alongside his father as a carpenter, shortly after taking ownership of the family business at the age of 26. He owned and operated Jerry Starr Building and Remodeling for more than 50 years and passed the trade on to his sons. Throughout the years, Jerry built countless homes and important landmarks of Charlotte, including the altar at St. Mary Catholic Church, which is still in use. Many will remember Jerry’s wagon and team of ponies, especially as a fixture of the Charlotte Frontier Days Parade, of which he and his wife, Eilene, were Grand Marshals in 1995. He was a founding member and President of the Eaton County Sheriff Mounted Division, and Superintendent of the Open-Class Showing at the Eaton County Fair. He touched the lives of thousands through his lifetime involvement in 4H, earning him the Emerald Award. He was also a devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.
Jerry was proud of providing for his family. They took family vacations as often as possible, especially to Horseshoe Lake. He loved opening day of Pheasant season, because it meant spending the day with his sons and grandsons, and a family dinner of baked beans and corn bread to follow. Jerry could also “kick em up” on the dance floor, square dancing and doing the polka at countless barn dances.
Jerry is survived by his wife of nearly 14 years, Fern Starr; children, Denis (Karen) of Olivet, Kathy (Jim) Pion of Olivet, Tim (Sherry) of Charlotte, Mark (Cheryl) of Charlotte, Karen (Tony) Southward of Charlotte, Daniel (JoAnn) of Adrian, Chris (Shelly) of Charlotte, Mary (Doug) Campbell of Olivet, and Jimmy (Lisa) of Eaton Rapids; 28 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; sister, Jeannette Sommer of Charlotte; and brother, David Starr of Charlotte; step-children, Glen Burkett, Helen (Gary) Vedder, Kenneth (Debby) Burkett, David (Barbara) Burkett, Sally (David) Bivens, Mary (Jeff) McKillop, and their children and grand-children.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Eilene (Tanner) Starr; sister, Laurel Pray, and brother, Arthur Starr.
A Funeral Mass of Celebration was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. Interment took place at West Carmel Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St Mary Catholic Church and The CareTeam Home Health and Hospice.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Jerry on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Jon A. Woodworth
Jon A. Woodworth, 51, of Royal Oak, died peacefully surrounded by his family at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Jon had a zest for life and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, sitting around bonfires, watching Tigers baseball, golfing and bowling (he bowled one perfect 300 game).
Jon was born in Charlotte on April 17, 1967 to James A. Woodworth, Sr., and the late Joanne I. Woodworth (Edwards). He graduated from Lansing Sexton High School in 1985. He was a master electrician, most recently working for the City of Livonia.
In 2004 he married Tammy Lea, and she survives him. Also surviving are his two stepsons, Eric (Lisa) Reichelt, and Bradley Reichelt; two granddaughters, Raelyn and Jolene Reichert; his father, James A. Woodworth, Sr.; brother, James A. Woodworth, Jr.; sisters, Ami (Jacqueline) Woodworth, and Anissa (Patrick) Hanley. Jon had numerous nieces and nephews he enjoyed spending time with, Trey and Caden Woodworth, Jenna Woodworth, Emily, Foster, Halen, and Griffon Rice.
He was predeceased by his mother, Joanne in 2016; his grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Gramer Funeral Home in Clawson, Mich.Read More
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