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Robert ‘Rob’ Mueller

Posted on April 15th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Robert ‘Rob’ Mueller

DEERFIELD — Robert “Rob” Mueller, age 91, of Deerfield, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

He was born October 24, 1928, to Henry and Amelia (Schantz) Mueller.

Celebrating almost 70 years together, he married the love of his life Alice Tiede in Deerfield on December 2, 1950.

Rob served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Parish-Deerfield, served on the St. Alphonsus Cemetery Committee, served on the Deerfield Village Council, and a member of the Deerfield American Legion Post 392.

He also served as a Director for Society Bank from 1973-1993. Rob had been self-employed as a farmer.

He enjoyed the great outdoors, especially hunting with his family and friends at the family camp in Gibbs City. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in … Read More »


Lewis ‘Lewie’ Beagle

Posted on April 2nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Lewis ‘Lewie’ Beagle

Lewis J. (“Lewie”) Beagle, 78, of Blissfield, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Ebeid Hospice Center in Sylvania, Ohio.

He was born at Bixby Hospital in Adrian, on August 15, 1941, to Daniel C. and Lucille (Demusky) Beagle.

He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1959 and began his life long career as a farmer in Riga and Ogden Townships.

On June 22, 1963, he married Judy Robertson, who survives. He is also survived by his son, Mike (Regina) Beagle of Blissfield and daughter, Cheryl Mahoney of Fenton; four grandchildren, Phil Mahoney and Luke, Noah and Leah Beagle; brother, Richard (Deborah) Beagle, and sister, Germaine (Fred) Binns both of Blissfield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Daniel E. Beagle and Raymond Beagle, and sister, Alma Page. Lewie enjoyed playing his accordion, driving … Read More »


Marilyn ‘Jean’ Vandenbusche

Posted on March 29th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Marilyn ‘Jean’ Vandenbusche

Marilyn “Jean” Vandenbusche, age 87, of Blissfield,
Michigan, entered into eternal life, Friday morning, March 27, 2020, at Lenawee
Medical Center, under the care of Hospice. 
She was born, September 18, 1932 in Adrian, Michigan to George and Edna
(Greenwald) Baldwin.  Jean was a 1950
graduate of Adrian High School, and on December 27, 1952, she married Henry B.
Vandenbushe.  He preceded her in death on
November 2, 2018.

Jean was a member of Light of Christ Parish in Blissfield,
Michigan.  She was a very supportive
housewife and helped Henry manage the family farm.  Known as a exceptional cook, she kept the
hired hands and family well fed.  She
spent long hours tending to her large garden and the canning of vegetables that
all went along with it.  Jean was an avid
reader, and she looked forward to spending many winters with her husband Henry
in Seminole, Florida, and together they enjoyed boating and fishing. … Read More »


William ‘Bill’ Zilke

Posted on March 27th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on William ‘Bill’ Zilke

DEERFIELD — William “Bill” E. Zilke, age 72 of Deerfield passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at his home.

He was born on August 13, 1947, to Stacy and Thelma (Teal) Zilke in Deerfield, Michigan. Bill was a graduate of Deerfield High School and went on to serve his country with the United States Navy and was stationed in Da Nang, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Bill retired from farming several years ago.

He is survived by brothers, Tim Zilke of Leesburg, VA and Tom (Vicki) Zilke of Milan, MI; sisters, Nancy Malecki of Suttons Bay, MI and Gwen (Gary) Straughan of Lake Park FL; nephews, Scott, Terry, and Ben Zilke; nieces, Karen Gardner, Diane Luxhoj, Shannon Ellis, and Kate Zilke and several great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Stacy and Thelma; brother, … Read More »


Harley Betz Jr.

Posted on March 20th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Harley Betz Jr.

Harley Peter Betz, Jr., 68, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 26, 1951, in Adrian, Mich., son of the late Harley Peter Betz, Sr. and Melva Jean Koester. Harley proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He retired from Exterior Expressions as a Construction Superintendent. Quiet by nature, Harley was always ready with a quick one liner to put a smile on your face. He enjoyed yardwork and was an avid NASCAR fan. A loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, he took great pride in his family and taking care of them. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen M. Betz; son, Michael T. Betz (Jennifer Smith) of Charlotte, NC; step-mother, Shirley … Read More »


Barbara Prielipp

Posted on March 17th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Barbara Prielipp

ADRIAN—Barbara Prielipp, 82 of Deerfield, passed away peacefully at Lenawee Medical Care Facility on Friday, March 13, 2020, with her loving family present. On October 25, 1980, she married Marvin Prielipp at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra; they celebrated 39 years of marriage. Barbara worked at Faraday for many years and retired from there as well. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, enjoyed camping and was a NCHA member; enjoyed crafting and knitting and most of all, loved spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great- great grandchild. In addition to her husband, Marvin, she is survived by her daughter, Susan (Richard) Allen; grandchildren, Heather (Thomas) Bass, Ashliegh (Evan) Bruneau, Cameron Allen, Collin Allen; great-grandchildren, Travis Marsh, Gauge Bass and Nicolette Bruneau; and a great, great grandchild, Dax Marsh. Barbara was preceded in death by … Read More »


Dwight Kastel

Posted on March 13th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Dwight Kastel

Dwight Noah Kastel, age 59, of Blissfield, Michigan, passed away March 13, 2020, at his home in Blissfield. Dwight was born December 16, 1960 in Adrian, Michigan to Dale and Bonnie (Anteau) Kastel. Dwight enjoyed making potholders, loved the holidays and family get-togethers.

Dwight is survived by his mother, Phyllis Kastel; two brothers; Steven (Judy) Kastel of Blissfield, Kevin Kastel of Blissfield; two sisters; Debra (John) Shields of Blissfield, Karen (Chuck) Tessaro of Jos, Nigeria; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Dwight is preceded in death his parents Dale and Bonnie Kastel; grandparents; Ernie and Marcella Kastel, Eligius Anteau, Dorothy McClellan and Edward and Edith McMullin; one brother; Darrel Kastel; and a nephew Joshua Gates.

Visitation will be held Monday, March 16, 2020, from 1-7 p.m. at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home in Blissfield, with a service beginning at 7 … Read More »


Robert Ogden

Posted on December 18th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Robert Ogden

ADRIAN – Robert D. Ogden, age 70, of Adrian, passed away on December 16, 2018. He was born on September 8, 1948, in Adrian to Richard and Jeanette (Brown) Ogden. He married Cindy Liechty and she preceded him in death on October 16, 2017. He worked for Kuhlman’s Concrete Company as a truck driver for over 30 years retiring in 2013. Robert enjoyed anything farm related and watching cowboy shows. He especially enjoyed socializing with friends over a cup of coffee.
Robert is survived by his sister, Deborah (Robert) Pooley of Blissfield; step children, Mike (Tracy) Erchler of Tenn. and Margo Miller of Adrian; half-brother, James (Laura) Marsh of Toledo, Ohio; and half-sister, Jacqueline O’Neill of Sarasota, Fla. In addition to his wife, Cindy, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no public … Read More »


Fern McMunn

Posted on December 18th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Fern McMunn

JASPER- Fern Louise McMunn , age 90, of Jasper, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home with her family by her side.
Fern was born on September 4, 1928, to William and Dorothy (O’Haver) Thompson at the family home in Riga Township.   She graduated from Blissfield High School and beauty school.   On February 22, 1947, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield, Fern married Vernon McMunn. Over the next 69 years they created many memories by working on the family farm and raising a family.
Fern was a lifelong member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield, and was involved with the Deborah Circle.  Vern and Fern spent many years volunteering with Meals on Wheels and the Red Cross along with donating blood.  Family was a priority to Fern and it showed in all that she … Read More »


Earl Kelley

Posted on December 18th, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off on Earl Kelley

ADRIAN – Earl Dean Kelley, age 93 of Adrian, died Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Brookdale of Adrian under the care of Hospice. He was born on November 24, 1925, in Waldron, Michigan to Leland and Emily (Ford) Kelley. Earl was a graduate of Adrian High School in 1943. On March 28, 1948, Earl married Virginia Kodelman in Riga, Michigan. Earl was owner of Twin Curves Dairy Farm for 60 years. Earl was also an auctioneer for many years with Mitchell and Kelley. He enjoyed pulling tractors and operated “My Last Excuse” super farm tractor. He was past member of the National Tractor Pulling Association and Wolverine Pullers Association. He served on the Agricultural Society of Lenawee County for 47 years and President for 10 years. He exhibited livestock at the Lenawee County Fair for 80 years and served on … Read More »



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