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Pray Funeral Home Inc.

Helping Families Heal by Celebrating Lives Well Lived

Since 1923, our family-owned firm has served families the way Ernest and Myron Pray, taught us;

"Treat the families we serve as if they were our own family."
"Take care of them as if they were the only family you are going to serve."

We believe a funeral or memorial service should celebrate life's journeys, the relationships shared, and provide a supportive experience to help the family in need .

Our philosophy is simple: Care for the family, tell the story, Remember a Life Well Lived®, and you will help heal their heart.

Pray Funeral Home can help answer many of your questions on funeral and memorial options. Whether you choose cremation or interment as your final dispostion choice you still have the option of having a meaningful memorial memorial service.

Costs range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars for funeral or memorial services. The cost depends on your selections fo services and applicable merchandise.

Funeral home service charges also vary between funeral homes or service providers. Many funeral homes offer only basic services such as basic care for the deceased in preparation for your dispostion selection. Others, such as Pray Funeral Home offer these basic services as well as numerous other services:

These are some of the many services that you should look for when selecting a funeral home to assist your family:

-24 hour availability of trained staff to respond to your call for assistance day or night 7 days a week

-Aftercare services including a trained Grief Counselor to meet with each family

-Aftercare support groups open to all families served on monthly basis

-Professionally maintained facility providing well appointed comfortable rooms for arrangements conferences, visitation, or gathering facility and funeral or memorial service facilities

-Audio-visual equipment to provide for families multi media needs for services

-Web Casting and service recording so you can share the funeral or memorial experience with those who can not attend.

-Ability to arrange creative services utilizing memory items, family photos, and video, backdrops that represent the deceased's interests or hobbies

-Imaginative service options that utilize specialty coaches or means of conveyance to the cemetery or crematory as part of a fitting tribute to the deceased.

Our Obituaries

Harland Junior Nevins

June 14, 1934 - February 13, 2017

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Kayla Marie Barnett

September 4, 1993 - February 9, 2017

Kayla Marie Barnett, 23, of Charlotte, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 9, 2017 in Charlotte. Kayla was born September 4, 1993, in Lansing, the daughter of Vaughn Lee and Angela Maria (Harris) Barnett. She completed her education before working in several jobs in local restaurants. Kayla enjoyed crafting, especially crochet, and photography. Above all, she loved time spent with her...
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Pauline J. Gray

October 29, 1925 - October 4, 2014

Pauline J. Gray, 88, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Pauline was born October 29, 1925 in Charlotte, the daughter of Earl and Loudema (Allen) McUmber. She worked for the Charlotte Shopping Guide for many years and was a member of the Christian Science Church of Charlotte. Pauline is survived by her nieces-in-law; Lois Richardson, Lucille Gay, Frieda Gray, Joyce...
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Florence Louise Tomlinson

December 12, 1949 - September 19, 2014

Florence Tomlinson, 64, of Charlotte, died September 19, 2014. She was born on December 12, 1949 to Paul and Bernice (Garrett) Schwab in Hastings, MI, graduated from Maple Valley High School. Florence was employed by Airway Manufacturing and served as a Union Steward. Later she was the assistant store manager and cashier for Don's Truck stop. Florence enjoyed her family very much. There are...
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Christel Kay Sedore

August 22, 1965 - August 13, 2014

Christel Kay Sedore, of Charlotte, MI, a thoughtful young lady who was always more concerned for others, died August 13, 2014 at the age of 48. Christel was born August 22, 1965 to LeRoy and Bonita (McClure) Sedore in Charlotte MI. Christel was a former Eaton Intermediate Schools student who loved horses and cherished her time in the Eaton Intermediate riding program. She worked for a short...
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Ronald Charles Cleeves

March 16, 1939 - July 10, 2014

Ronald Charles Cleeves, 75, of Charlotte, died in the comfort of his home on Thursday, July 10, 2014, surrounded by family. Ron was born March 16, 1939, in Lansing, the son of Harry and Flora (McGee) Cleeves. Ron proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and remained extremely patriotic throughout his entire life. He worked for the Michigan Department of Corrections as a Prison...
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Jack Lee Bulmer

February 9, 1957 - May 3, 2014

Jack Lee Bulmer, 57, of Charlotte, MI, died May 3, 2014. He was born on February 9, 1957 to Howard and Gertrude (Dedafoe) Bulmer in Lansing, MI. Jack was an outdoorsman, loved motorcycles, especially his Canary yellow Indian model and a mechanic specializing in transmission work. He was a long time Eagles member of Charlotte Aerie #3552. Jack is survived by...
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Sandra Lee Morse

July 2, 1945 - April 29, 2014

Sandra Sandi Lee Morse, age 68, of Charlotte, MI passed away on Tuesday, April 29 at home surrounded by her family. Born July 2, 1945 in Lansing, MI, she was the middle daughter of Gene and Margaret Derragon. Sandi married her high school sweetheart Grant Morse on September 1, 1963. Together they had two children, Lori and Brad. Sandi always worked and loved the collections field, which...
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Mary Irene Hooghouse

May 2, 1920 - April 26, 2014

Mary Irene Hooghouse, 93, of Bellevue, passed away on April 26, 2014 in Lansing following a short illness. She was born on May 2, 1920 to Earl and Orpha (Ward) Maurer in Potterville, MI. She was a graduate of Charlotte High School, graduating through the adult education program. Mary worked at Wilcox Gay radio manufacturing in Charlotte until they closed, then she went to work at the G.C....
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Virginia Elizabeth Dishman

August 10, 1922 - April 23, 2014

Virginia Ginny Elizabeth Dishman, 91, of Dimondale, formerly of Charlotte, MI, our loving mother and matriarch of five generations, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Mrs. Dishman was born August 10, 1922, in Dugger, Indiana, the daughter of Melvin and Bertha (Sims) Boltz. She and her husband, the late Robert Dishman,...
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Sammie Lee Abernathy

May 17, 1942 - March 15, 2014

Sammie Lee Abernathy, 71, of Holt, formerly of Charlotte, went home on March 15, 2014. He was born on May 17, 1942 to Ralph and Wilma Abernathy in Harrisburg, IL. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and then was employed at Oldsmobile. Sammie enjoyed riding his motorcycle around the countryside, camping and canoeing. He was known for his big heart, and love of life. ...
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David Charles Briggs

May 13, 1961 - March 7, 2014

David Charles Briggs, 52, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 7, 2014. He was born in Charlotte, MI on May 13, 1961 to Jon and Mary JoAnn (Atkins) Briggs. He graduated from Charlotte High School, and then was employed by A.E. Hoover from 1978 until it closed. He then was employed by various sales companies using his charming smile to encourage sales. He was an excellent golfer, and loved sharing...
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Carla Jane Jones

October 28, 1958 - March 7, 2014

Carla Jane Jones, 55, of Charlotte, passed away on March 7, 2014 following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born on October 28, 1958 to her parents, Enos and R. Lorraine (Edwards) Starkweather in Charlotte, MI. She attended Charlotte High School, graduating in 1976. On June 19, 1976, she married Garry Jones and together they raised two beautiful daughters, Mikki and Misti. Carla worked at...
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Linda Sue Steede

November 25, 1945 - March 2, 2014

Linda Sue Peede, 68, of Lansing, formerly of Houston TX, passed away on March 2, 2014, at her son's home in Charlotte following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born on November 26, 1945. Linda was a bus driver for the Aldine Ind. School District in Houston TX for 10 years. She was a wonderfully supportive mother who became known as Mom to all who came to know her. She was a proud...
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William Donald Newland

April 28, 1941 - March 1, 2014

William Newly Donald Newland of Bellevue, died March 1, 2014 following a lengthy illness at the age of 72. William was born April 28th, 1941 Charlotte, Michigan the son of Donald and Dorothy Newland of Charlotte, MI.William served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era. Following his discharge from the Navy he joined the Army National Guard until his retirement in 1979. William...
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Brett Alan Miller

February 28, 1961 - February 20, 2014

Brett Alan Miller, 52 of Riverton WY, formerly of Charlotte, died at his home on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Brett was born on February 28, 1961 in Charlotte, MI to Roger L. Miller and Wendy L Mohler. He grew up and attended school in Charlotte, MI. On December 3, 1983 he married Cynthia Magoon and together they raised two daughters, Neisha and Sara.He worked for Spartan Motors in Charlotte,...
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Wanda Dunning

August 3, 1925 - February 15, 2014

Wanda Dunning, 88, of Ann Arbor, formerly of Dearborn and South Lyon passed awaySaturday February 15, 2014 at Sunrise at North Ann Arbor Assisted Living. Wanda was born toFrederick and Myrtle Dailey McCloy in Lansing on August 3, 1925 and was of Irish and Scottish decent.Wanda married the late William I. Dunning in Lansing on August 31, 1946 and they later divorced. Wanda was very devoted to her...
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Ann Mary Liber

July 27, 1922 - January 19, 2014

Ann Mary Liber, 91, formerly of Trenton, MI , passed away at her residence in Charlotte on January 19, 2014 . She was born on July 27, 1922 to her parents Albert and Florence (Fogerty) Zinniel in Wyandotte, MI.Ann attended Roosevelt High School and following graduation she joined the United States Coast Guard where she was a Teletype Operator during World War II.Ann worked as a Homemaker and...
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Charles B. Moreland

June 13, 1919 - November 14, 2013

Charles B. Moreland, 94, of Charlotte, MI, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, November 14, 2013 after a long and happy life. Mr. Moreland was born June 13, 1919 in Whitfield County, Dalton, GA. During WWII, he was a Staff Sgt. in charge of the mess hall as a cook, baker and instructor. On November 2, 1940 he married Martha Christine Wilson in Marietta, GA and they were blessed with two...
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David R. Silvas

March 13, 1947 - October 17, 2013

David R. Silvas, 66, passed away on October 17, 2013 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI. He was born March 13, 1947 in New Braunfels, TX, the son of Pedro and Felicitas (Rodriguez) Silvas. The family moved to the Charlotte, Michigan area when David was eight. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1966. David was active in sports, playing football and running track in high school (and...
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Mary Elaine Ritter

September 27, 1950 - October 5, 2013

Mary Elaine Ritter, 63, of Potterville, died October 5, 2013. Mary was born on September 27, 1950, in Jackson, the daughter of Royal and Dorothy (Zimmerman) Ritter. She graduated from Charlotte High School in the class of 1968 before attending Ferris State and receiving a degree in Political Science. She returned to Potterville and worked as an underwriter with the Lansing Insurance Agency and...
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Raymond C. Stanke

October 1, 1924 - September 29, 2013

Raymond C. Stanke, 88, of Charlotte, passed away on September 29, 2013 in Charlotte, MI. He was born on October 1, 1924, to Emil and Blanche (Tingay) Stanke. On December 13, 1952, he married Mary Clarke and they lived in Charlotte. He worked as a farmer on his own farm until he was in his early 80's. Raymond was a member of Eaton County Farm Bureau, Thornapple Special Community Action Group,...
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Joan Lameta Hansen

March 15, 1933 - September 25, 2013

Joan Lameta Hansen, 80, of Vermontville, MI, died September 25, 2013 in Hastings, MI. Joan was born March 15, 1933 in Sunfield Township, the daughter of Alfred and Viola (Baker) Bennett. She lived a very active life, working 14 years for Michigan Magnetics and 7 years with the Eaton and Barry County Health Department WIC program before retiring. She also served on the library board of...
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Linda Joan Fox

December 29, 1946 - September 14, 2013

Linda Fox, 66, of Olivet, MI died Saturday, September 14, 2013. Mrs. Fox was born December 29, 1946, the daughter of Homer and Ruth (Raymond) Bischoff. She grew up on the family farm near Marshall. Linda enjoyed quilting. Her family loved her cooking, especially her buttermilk sugar cookies. Together she and her husband loved traveling to the country's national parks and historic sites. ...
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Marion Elaine Casey

May 20, 1931 - September 11, 2013

Marion Elaine (Griffus) Casey, 82 of Charlotte died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Hope Landing in Charlotte, Michigan. Marion was born May 20, 1931 in Lansing, MI the daughter of Loraine C. and Janette I. (Bound) Griffus. She graduated from Eastern High School in Lansing in January of 1949. She married William E. Casey Jr. on July 15, 1950 at the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in Lansing....
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Gerard Francis Retzer

January 15, 1959 - September 4, 2013

Gerard "Gerry" Francis Retzer, 54, of Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on a layover in Louisville, Kentucky September 4, 2013. He was born on January 15, 1959 to his parents Francis and Ann (Steinhage) Retzer in Beaver Dam, WI. He graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1977 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Accounting and Computer...
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Norman Leigh Wilmore

March 11, 1924 - August 31, 2013

Norman Leigh Wilmore, 89, of Charlotte, died Saturday, August 31, 2013. Norman was born at home on March 11, 1924, the son of Clifford Cleland and Gladys Rix (Davis) Wilmore. He graduated in the Charlotte High School Class of 1941 and farmed a short time until serving during WWII in one of the last mounted cavalry divisions. He served a second tour in the army of occupation in Japan. Upon his...
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Margaret Mary Kelsey

January 20, 1920 - August 29, 2013

Margaret Mary Kelsey, 93, passed away on August 29, 2013 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born January 20, 1920 to Thomas and Margaret (Diamond) Ferguson in Saginaw, Michigan. On February 27, 1943, Margaret married the love of her life, Leon Kelsey, and together they raised a son, Art. Following a move to Charlotte, Margaret became very active at St. Mary's Church as a reading...
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Rolland Duane Eishen

June 30, 1930 - August 26, 2013

Rolland "Duane" Eishen, 83, of Olivet, passed away on August 26, 2013 at his home with his family by his side. Duane was born on June 30, 1930 to Orville and Minnie (Sharp) Eishen in Albion, MI. On July 2, 1949, Duane married Genevieve Marie Adrianson and together they raised 1 son and 3 daughters in Olivet, MI. Duane worked as a Maintenance Leader for Olivet College for 21 years until his...
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Johnny Mack Arrington

August 10, 1936 - August 11, 2013

Johnny Mack Arrington, 77, of Charlotte, died Sunday, August 11, 2013, surrounded by his family. Mack was born August 10, 1936, in Huntington, WV, the son of Noah Harold and Alah Noreen (Overby) Arrington. He graduated high school in Huntington before taking a job sweeping the floors at Owens-Illinois. He married the love of his life, Barbara Ruth Bias and the two started their family. In the...
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Zion Jesus Maldonado

April 18, 2007 - August 11, 2013

Zion Jesus Maldonado, 6, of Lansing, MI died Sunday, August 11, 2013 of natural causes. Zion was born April 18, 2007 in Lansing, MI, the son of Isaac Maldonado and Michelle Malloy. He is survived by his parents, his grandparents Jodie and Patrick Malloy, Luis Maldonado and Valerie Morgan; aunts, Crystal Campbell, Sierra Kuehn, Aby Maldonado, Ary Maldonado; uncles, Clifford Malloy, Izzy...
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Shirley Lou Bruce

May 15, 1926 - August 9, 2013

Shirley Lou (Mate) Bruce, 87, of Charlotte, MI died Friday, August 9, 2013. Mrs. Bruce was born May 15, 1926 in Charlotte, the daughter of Theron and Beulah (Huntoon) Mate. She is survived by her daughter, Julie Shaver of Charlotte; grandchildren; Kristen Parker of Eaton Rapids, Jessica (Derek) Combs of Eaton Rapids, Robert Matthew (Angela) Shaver of Twin Lake; great-grandchildren, Caden...
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Roger Alden Heald

February 13, 1929 - August 5, 2013

Roger Alden Heald, 84, of Charlotte, formerly of Vermontville, died Monday, August 05, 2013. Roger was born February 13, 1929, in Ionia, the oldest son of Alden and Ilda (Blystone) Heald. Roger worked 42 years for General Motors, mostly in receiving. Many will remember Roger as a quiet man who loved his family. His children recall the hours Roger spent in games in the yard with them and his...
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Maurine Maurine Dimond

February 27, 1922 - August 3, 2013

Maurine (Lutz) Dimond, 91, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Charlotte, MI, died Saturday, August 3, 2013. Maurine was born February 27, 1922, in Potterville, MI, the daughter of Dawes and Sylvia (Sechman) Bodell. She graduated from Potterville high school before contributing to the war effort as a Rosie the Riveter at Fisher Body in Lansing and later worked for the Grand Ledge Public Schools food...
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Steven Wayne Meeder

October 11, 1949 - August 3, 2013

Steven Wayne Meeder, 63, of Charlotte, died Saturday, August 03, 2013 at Eaton Community Palliative Care in Charlotte. Steve was born October 11, 1949, in Charlotte, the son of Richard Heath and Barbara Jane (Sayles) Meeder. In his youth, he lived briefly in California, before returning to Charlotte and working with A.E. Hoover, Oldsmobile and 15 years as a cross-country truck driver. He is...
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Dolores June Herman

January 8, 1936 - July 27, 2013

Dolores J Herman, 77, of Vermontville, passed away on July 27, 2013. She was born on January 8, 1936 to Loran and Laura (Eno) Hollister at Maple Grove, MI. She attended school in Bellevue and graduated from Hastings High School in 1953. On June 20, 1953 she married Ernest Herman at the Vermontville Bible Church. Dolores was a member of Vermontville Bible Church, the Bellevue Alumni...
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Fidel Delgado Martinez

September 10, 1933 - July 24, 2013

Fidel went to start his next journey on July 24, 2013. FidelDelgadoMartinez was born on September 10, 1933 in Brownsville , Texas to Trinidad and Fidel Martinez, brother of Kenneth and who have survived him. Those who knew him knew of his dedication to his family and friends and his willingness to help them. Fidel's legacy is left to his Father Fidel and Mother Trinidad , his older brother and...
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Frank Elliott Bowles

June 5, 1918 - July 24, 2013

Frank Elliott Bowles, 95, of Charlotte, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Frank was born June 5, 1918 in Clarksville, TN to Marcus James and Etta Mae (Williams) Bowles. He and his wife Dorothy were married July 7, 1935 and moved to Eaton County in 1937 working for a local farmer. Three years later, he went to work for Farmer's Elevator in Charlotte, which later became Farm...
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Carolyn Frances Mahon

May 23, 1947 - July 5, 2013

Carolyn Frances Mahon, 66, of Charlotte, died Friday, July 5, 2013. Carolyn was born May 23, 1947 in Marlette, MI, the daughter of Francis and Betty Jane (Bates) Senko. She worked at Carters Bakery and Wal-Mart in the Fabric Department. She loved to cook, especially Hungarian pastries, and was always the hostess for annual family reunions. Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Lisa (Don)...
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Gary Lee Morrison

March 31, 1944 - July 4, 2013

Gary went to start his next journey on July 4, 2013. GaryLeeMorrison was born on March 31, 1944 in , to and , brother of Jean and who have survived him. Those who knew him knew of his dedication to his family and friends and his willingness to help them. Gary's legacy is left to his Father and Mother , his older brother and little sister Jean who mourn the loss of a son, brother, and...
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William Nowlin

August 12, 1937 - June 30, 2013

William Herbert Nowlin, 75, of Vermontville passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013. He was born August 12, 1937 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Merle and Pauline (Sipe) Nowlin. Mr. Nowlin was an honorably discharged Army Veteran who liked Country Western Music and horses. He was known for his craftsmanship. He is survived by his son, Scott Nowlin of Nashville; and six grandchildren; and his...
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Lester Vachel Kelley

June 17, 1923 - June 30, 2013

Lester Vachel Kelley, 90, of Charlotte passed away June 30, 2013 at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek. Lester was born June 17, 1923 to John and Anna Kelley in Grand Ledge, MI. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, being honorably discharged in August 1946. In 1948, he married Dorothy Horn and together they raised 3 sons and 3 daughters. Lester loved to work with his hands and started his own...
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Glenn Alan Williams

June 5, 1960 - June 28, 2013

Glenn Alan Williams, 53, of Charlotte, MI died Friday, June 28, 2013. Mr.Williams was born June 5, 1960 in Charlotte, MI, the son of Arlo and Edee (Delaney) Williams. Glenn attended Charlotte High School and was employed by Spartan Motors for 25 years. He served as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He enjoyed hunting, his grandkids, sports, cutting wood and spending time with his family at...
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Miss Krisen Grace Lison

January 23, 1993 - June 28, 2013

Krisen went to start his next journey on June 28, 2013. KrisenLison was born on January 23, 1993 in Rock Springs, Wyoming to Katherine and Eric Lison, brother of Eric and Katherine who have survived him. Those who knew him knew of his dedication to his family and friends and his willingness to help them. Krisen's legacy is left to his Father Eric and Mother Katherine , his older brother Katherine...
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Margaret Ella Bacon

December 25, 1916 - June 24, 2013

Margaret Ella Bacon, 96, of Charlotte, MI died peacefully on Monday, June 24, 2013 in Lansing. Margaret was born December 25, 1916 in Pleasant Valley, Iowa, the daughter of John Baumbach and Ruth Phillips. During her early years, she met a young man studying to be a chiropractor, William Bruce Bacon. The two married and moved back to William's home state of Michigan, where he practiced and she...
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Benny Donald Witham

August 22, 1948 - June 22, 2013

Benny went to start his next journey on June 22, 2013. BennyDonaldWitham was born on August 22, 1948 in Kendallville, Indiana to Ister and Benjamin Witham, brother of Debbie and who have survived him. Those who knew him knew of his dedication to his family and friends and his willingness to help them. Benny's legacy is left to his Father Benjamin and Mother Ister , his older brother and little...
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