Richard D. “Dick” Van Loocke passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 14, 2015. Dick was born August 30, 1944, to George and Arlene (Knapp) Van Loocke in Blissfield, Michigan. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1963. He had one son, Richard B. “Rik” Van Loocke, and he survives. He married Patty (Knadler) Van Loocke on September 30, 2005, and she also survives. Along with Rik and Patty, Dick leaves behind a daughter-in-law, Sharon; grandsons: Richard Zakary (Emilee Knakiewicz) Van Loocke and Jarik Rigby Walls Van Loocke, all of Ottawa Lake, MI; step-daughters, Stephanie (Ken) Prill of Mt. Hope, Kansas and Krysta (Kurt Snyder) Barron of Blissfield, MI; and step-granddaughters, Jade Williams and Lilly Snyder. Preceding him in death were his parents and his older twin sisters, Susann and Luann. Dick was a lifetime Lenawee County farmer. He … Read More »
LAMBERTVILLE – Patricia Ann Saunders Lemley, age 85, of Lambertville, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015 at her home. She was born May 5, 1930, in Adrian, to Howard Eugene and Ashley Ferne (Ziegler) Saunders. On May 10, 1952, she … Read More »
Loretta Josephine Long, age 88, of Deerfield, died on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at her daughter’s home, surrounded by her family. She was born March 1, 1927, to Ralph Aloysius and Rhea Elizabeth (McCarty) DeShetler. She had been married to Robert Albert Long on June 7, 1947, in Deerfield. He preceded her in death on July 2, 2002. Loretta had been a lifelong member of St. Alphonsus (Light of Christ) parish in Deerfield, where she coordinated funeral dinners for several years and was an active member of the Altar Rosary Society, and a charter member of Women of Prayer. In her early years, she worked for Deerfield Telephone Company and took care of the nuns, cooking, cleaning, etc., while the St. Alphonsus School was operating. Loretta is survived by two daughters, Cindy (Steven) Burnett of Tecumseh and Debra (Michael) Dusseau … Read More »
Arynnleigh Taylor Buehrer went to be with the Lord on October 18, 2015 after losing her battle with cancer. Arynnleigh was born October 17, 2012, to David and Rachael (Howard) Buehrer at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. Arynnleigh loved to play with her stuffed animals, Minnie and Mickey and Elmo, and pretend to read to her little sister, Allison.
Surviving Arynnleigh are her parents and her younger sister, Allison, all of Ft. Hood, Texas. Also surviving are grandparents Keith and Debbie Fischer of Blissfield, Patrick Buehrer of Weston, David and Nancy Howard of Austin, Texas, and great grandparents Charles and Judy Fischer of Deerfield, and Suzanna Howard of Conroe, Texas; Uncle JP Tomasek and Aunt Becky Tomasek and cousins Kelsey, Dathan and Maddie of Blissfield, and Aunt Whitney Howard of Austin, Texas.
Arynnleigh was preceded in death by great grandparents Donald and … Read More »
Max ‘Mike’ McCarty
DEERFIELD — Max “Mike” Howard McCarty, age 86 of Deerfield died Monday, November 16, 2015.
He was born on April 9, 1929, in Adrian to Eugene and Lillian (Long) McCarty.
On December 16, 1950 in Angola, Ind., he married Twyla J. Peavey. She preceded him in death on April 27, 2010.
Mike proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War.
For years Mike worked at Revco in Deerfield and also worked at the U of M in Ann Arbor. Mike then started his own business McCarty Refrigeration before retiring. He was a member of the Deerfield American Legion Post #392 and the Petersburg V.F.W. Post 6509. Mike was a Journeyman Pipefitter and belonged to the Refrigeration Local 190 in Ann Arbor.
Mike is survived by two daughters, Mashelle (James) Converse of Clearwater, Fla., and Roxann (Tim Grassley) … Read More »
Andrew Thomas Jensen, 33 of Blissfield was pronounced dead on Friday, November 20, 2015, in Toledo, Ohio.
He was born in Adrian Michigan at Bixby medical hospital on June 16, 1982, to Tom and Connie Jensen of Blissfield.
Andrew grew up in Blissfield Michigan graduating from Blissfield High School in 2001. His interests in school were theater, and playing the trombone. He was a natural singer, and performer. He danced for years at Daryl Jervis Studios in Toledo, Ohio, and played piano by ear, he loved the arts. He sang at times at his church, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed.
He studied hospitality at Lenawee Vo-tech in Adrian and won the top of his class award, and he also attended Jackson community college for two years where he studied business.
He worked at his Dad’s store the … Read More »
ADRIAN — Susan M. Ellis, age 71, of Adrian, died on Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Hospice of Lenawee’s Hospice Home, Adrian.
She was born October 24, 1944, in Tecumseh to Albert and Anna (Frye) Dettman.
She had been employed by the Handleman Company in Troy for 28 years. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Blissfield. Susan compassionately cared for her 104 year old mother, Anna for the past seven years. Susan enjoyed playing cards, going on casino trips and was a member of the Pinochle Club and a bowling league.
She is survived by her mother, Anna Dettman of Britton; a brother, Donald Dettman of Adrian and several nieces and nephews, Rick (Penny) Ebright, Leslie Ebright, Penny (Jeremy) Filber, Donald Dettman, Jr., David (Amy) Dettman. Great nieces and nephews, Melissa, Brandon, Caitlin, Ashtyn, Connor, Dylan and Anah. … Read More »
Clemmie Elizabeth Butts, age 68, of Blissfield died Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Genesis Healthcare Center.
She was born December 24, 1946 in Dover, TN to Leslie and Clemmie (Page) Porter.
On October 7, 1966, in Dover, Tenn., she married David Butts and he survives. Clemmie enjoyed going to yard sales, but most enjoyed the time she spent with her
In addition to her husband, David, she is survived by her son, Roger (Michelle) Butts of Blissfield; a sister, Christine Boone of Tennessee; eight grandchildren, Trista Blain, Erica, Erin and Dylan Barron, Brandon, Serenah, Stephanie and Torri Butts; six great grandchildren, Liam and Stormie McDonnell, Malachi Hensley, Vivian, Logan and Christian Blain.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Steven in infancy, two
sisters and one brother.
Funeral services for Clemmie is scheduled for Friday, September 25, … Read More »
Litchfield Park, Ariz.— Leon E. Brown was born June 7, 1945, to Glenn and Audrey (Dings) Brown. He died Sept. 13, 2015 at home in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Leon graduated in 1963 from Blissfield High School as co-salutatorian and went on to college at Michigan Technical University with a masters degree in the Science of Nuclear Engineering.
He went on to work in the nuclear industry including at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Phoenix, Ariz. as a start-up manager. He also started his own business, Leeda Enterprises, where he did consulting work. He worked for A.L.A.R.A. Engineer where he wrote decommissioning procedures for nuclear power plants in California, Michigan, Tennessee and Florida, and teaching procedures at seminars in France and Germany.
Leon and his wife Rheda enjoyed scuba diving in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, Mexico and Jamaica. He also enjoyed … Read More »
Ronald Myron Jacob, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, Sept.16, 2015, at his home in Blissfield, in the care of his family and close friends.
Ron was born on March 27, 1937, in Adrian to Evadna (Maierle) and Myron Jacob, both of whom precede him in death.
Surviving him are his loving wife of 47 years, Sallie (Berry) Jacob, his adoring daughters, Sarah (John) DeCaro of Ellwood City, Pa., and Rachel (Bruno Monnier) Jacob of Chicago, Ill., his grandson, John DeCaro III of State College, Pa., and the son he never had, Tom (Dana) Peltcs of Tecumseh.
Also surviving are his sister, Marilee Purse and nephews, Barry and Gary Purse of Tecumseh.
His education began with eight years in a one-room schoolhouse, with his mother as the teacher, and continued in Blissfield High School until 1955. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in … Read More »