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Deanna L. Ruple

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Deanna L. Ruple, age 74, of Palmyra, passed away, July 5, 2014, at home. She was born April 7, 1940, in Wauseon, Ohio, the daughter of Virgil & Josephine (Barrett) Trigg. On September 15, 1957, she married James Ruple, he survives. In addition to her husband James, she is survived by her children; Jobie (Mary) Ruple, Robin (Sandy) Ruple, Jaymie Capetillo, Timothy (Renee) Ruple, Laurie Ruple, Kimberly Ruple, James Ruple, Jr. and Troy (Lynnette) Ruple, 33 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and her sisters; Beverly (Jerry) Pfund, Kay Beesway, Jeanine Koch and Bonnie Weaver. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Leroy Trigg and Tommy Trigg and granddaughter, Tonya Ruple Parker. Funeral services was held noon Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, 2959 N. Adrian Hwy (M-52) Adrian, with Pastor Terry Stoddard officiating. Visitation was … Read More »


Jack Bates Jr.

Posted on July 23rd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Jack Leroy Bates, Jr., age 65, of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at his home. He was born June 11, 1949, in Adrian. On November 30, 1968, he married Jackie Pieh in Adrian and she survives. Jack was employed by PPI in Tecumseh and then later retired from Saxmayer in Blissfield. He was a member of the NRA, the North American Hunt Club and the River Raisin Sportsman Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and taking rides in the woods on his “fun mobile” with his grandkids. In addition to his wife, Jackie, he is survived by one son, David Bates of Blissfield; daughter, Jennifer (Brian Anderson) Bates of Blissfield; brother, Mike (Chris) Bates of Onekama, Mich.; two step-sisters, Chris (Jim) Davis of Iowa and Pam Andrews of Samaria; five grandchildren, Jordan, Austin, Jacob, Megan, and Jack Henry; … Read More »


Dean Porter

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

OGDEN — Dean R. Porter, 90, of Ogden went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at his home under the care of Hospice of Lenawee with his family by his side. Dean was born on February 11, 1924 in their family home in Ogden to William A. and Margaret E. (Bruce) Porter. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1941. Dean married Donna J. Stucker on April 27, 1946; she preceded him in death in 2001. Dean farmed for many years in Ogden Township on his family’s farm. Dean enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Dean could often be seen driving his gator around the farm or his golf cart in Florida. He cherished time with his family, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially making cider with … Read More »


Alice Bauer

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

PALMYRA — Alice A. Bauer, age 84 of Palmyra, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Lenawee Medical Care Facility. She was born August 20, 1929, to Edwin and Edith (Hillman) Clingaman at home in Blissfield Township. After graduating from Adrian High School in 1947, she completed her schooling in nursing at Flower Hospital. On September 9, 1950, Alice married Rollan Seeburger, and he preceded her in death in 1996. Alice was married to Wesley “Keith” Bauer on August 19, 2005, in Palmyra, and he survives. Alice worked as a registered nurse at Stubnitz Greene, Bixby Hospital, Maria Healthcare, and Parkview Hospital in Toledo, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Palmyra Community Presbyterian Church where she was active in the Friendship Class. Alice enjoyed rock collecting, jewelry making and quilting. She was a former member of the … Read More »


Carol McCarty

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Carol Ann McCarty, age 67 of Blissfield passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 16, 2014 at her home. She was born on September 21, 1946 in Adrian, Michigan to Thomas A. and Ruth M. (Forche) McCarty. Carol was a Madison High School graduate and had lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for the past 20 years, before returning to Blissfield in 2013. She enjoyed taking in Mexican cuisine and shopping for bargains at thrift stores, but most of all hanging with her best friend “Lucky,” her German shepherd. Surviving is her mother, Ruth M. McCarty of Saginaw; two daughters, Christine Marie Mackey of Kansas and Carisa Ann Ehlert of Cartersville, Ga.; one brother, Thomas (Kathy) McCarty of Rockford, and her former husband and dear friend, Leland Ehlert of Palmyra. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas A. McCarty. Cremation has … Read More »


Karen Amstutz

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Karen E. A. Amstutz, age 65 of Blissfield passed away suddenly on Monday, June 16, 2014 at ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian.  She was born on February 27, 1949 in Pensacola, Florida to Richard and Mary (Ford) Graham.  On November 11, 1972 she married Donald “Butch” Amstutz in Blissfield.  He preceded her in death on July 5, 1996.  Karen retired from Blissfield Community Schools.  She loved to scrapbook and enjoyed gardening and shopping online.  Karen’s greatest love was for her grandchildren and her time spent with them.   Karen is survived by one son, Ryan Amstutz of Temperance; two daughters, Malisa (Andy) Fetzer and Molly (Gerald “Levert”) Jackson both of Blissfield; two brothers, Steven Graham and David Graham both of Blissfield; two sisters, Melinda Pagel of Blissfield and Jennifer (Mark) McCauley of Brighton; six grandchildren, Harley Warner, Bailey Warner, Aleigha … Read More »


Harley Sharrock

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

DEERFIELD — Harley G. Sharrock, age 75, of Deerfield died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. He was born December 21, 1938 in Ypsilanti to Lester and Helena (Perry) Sharrock. On October 18, 1961, in Monroe he married Gaynell Witt and she survives. Harley was a graduate of Deerfield High School. He worked in management with Seaway Food Town from 1960-2000. Harley was a former School Board President and served on the Parish Counsel at Light of Christ Catholic Parish (St. Alphonsus). His favorite pastimes included playing cards, bowling and watching his beloved Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions. Harley had a love for gardening, animals and flowers and he enjoyed playing softball and held the position of coach for the Iott Insurance softball team. Harley truly embraced life and was at his happiest surrounded by family … Read More »


Richard Delzeith

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Richard Delzeith Richard Theodore Delzeith, Jr, 59, passed away June 6, 2014. Rick was born to Richard “Ted” Delzeith, Sr., and Mildred Delzeith July 21, 1954. After graduation from Blissfield High School in 1972, he attended Grand Valley State College. Rick spent much of his life as a tradesman, making his living in the vinyl siding installation business in Southeastern Michigan and Northwestern Ohio. He was a very creative person, adding his touches to many residential properties and making many a vinyl starburst which graced the front roofline of many area homes. He loved fishing, collecting and tinkering. His survivors are children William (Mollie Monroe) Delzeith, Toledo; his daughter Lauren Delzeith, Adrian; his father Ted, Punta Gorda, Florida; sisters Becky (Brian) Tejkl, Liberty Center, Ohio; Sarah (Ron) Rudland, Jackson, Michigan; Lisa (Mike) Jordan, Clarklake, Michigan; Anne (Rick) Ryan, Sylvania, Ohio; … Read More »


Townsend Porter Sr.

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

Townsend Porter Sr. Townsend Henry Porter, Sr., known to his family and friends as Tom, he was born in Blissfield, on September 26,1918, the son of Stanley Porter and Ethel Loar Porter. He had three siblings, Merland “Mike” Porter, Carroll “Ike” Porter, and Faith Porter Bohs. He passed away at age 95, on June 5, 2014, in Sarasota, Florida, which was his home with Betty for the last 12 years. He is survived by his wife Betty Jane Girard Porter, his son Townsend “Tom” Porter, and his son David Porter. He was also blessed with a large and caring extended family. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Ann Porter McCullough. Tom’s career as a chemist spanned 55 years, and included research, production, and sales of polyurethanes and fine chemicals. The majority of his career was spent with … Read More »


Cecil Marsh

Posted on July 22nd, by Marcia Loader in Obituaries. Comments Off

RIGA — Cecil Eldene Marsh was born the 1st of March, 1933, in Adrian, and was relieved of his fight with cancer the 11th of June, 2014 at Provincial House in the care of Hospice of Lenawee and surrounded by his family and the caring staff. He proudly served his country as Private First Class in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict where he earned the National Defense, Korean Service and the United Nations Service medals. He was always proud of his service and spoke highly of anyone who had served. On Christmas Day in 1958 he wed the love of his life, Jacqueline Faust, in Toledo, Ohio. They were married for 51 wonderful years, and she preceded him in death on the 14th of March, 2010. He was also preceded in death by an infant son … Read More »