TECUMSEH — Elwyn “Buzz” Charles Gafner, age 91, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016, in Adrian.
He was born in Britton, Michigan on July 24, 1925, the son of the late Charles and Florence (Pickford) Gafner. Elwyn was married to the love of his life, Betty (Jacobs) Gafner for 52 years until her death in 2000.
Elwyn graduated in 1943 from Blissfield High School and was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra, He worked for Tecumseh Products for 40 years and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the Palmyra Masonic Lodge. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Elwyn is survived by his wife, Geraldine (Weinlander) Drefke, his loving children; Cathy (David) Taylor of Lapeer, Keith (Grace) Gafner of Eldoret, Kenya, and Barbara (Daniel) Hacker of Tecumseh, his grandchildren; Michael (Lucy) Taylor … Read More »
LAMBERTVILLE – Elden C. Brieschke, age 93 of Lambertville, passed away Friday, October 21, 2016, at the Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania.
He was born February 19, 1923, in Blissfield, Michigan, to Frederick and Hazel (Coswell) Brieschke. Elden graduated from Blissfield High School and completed his education at Cleary College, now University.
He was very proud of his service in the Air Force as a bomber pilot during World War II.
Elden married Shirlee Foster who preceded him in death in 1999, having celebrated almost 50 years together.
Elden retired from Ford Motor Company in 1984 with 35 years of service at the Rawsonville Plant. Growing up in Blissfield, he was raised in the First United Brethren Church, and later was an active member of the Ward Presbyterian Church while living in Livonia. Elden was an avid golfer and also enjoyed gardening.
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ADRIAN — Rev. Robert (Bob) James DeLoria, age 71, after a long period of declining health was called to his Heavenly Home Tuesday, October 18, 2016. He passed peacefully at home in his sleep and was with his loving wife, Judy.
Robert was born July 3, 1945, in Manistique, Michigan, the son of a lumberjack, Junior Joseph Deloria and his wife Merle (Wharfield) Deloria. His early years were spent in a lumberjack shanty in Gould City. He later moved to Manistique where he completed his elementary years. Robert graduated from Lakeview High School in 1964 and went on to earn his BA in Education from Spring Arbor College/University in 1970. He also earned Masters Degrees in Education and in History from Eastern Michigan University in 1976 and 1980.
He was also an ordained minister with the Free Methodist Church of … Read More »
Barbara Jean Loar, age 87 of Blissfield, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Blissfield Place under the loving care of Hospice of Lenawee. She was born February 15, 1929, in Blissfield, Michigan to Arthur and Estella (Rutherford) Betz, and graduated from Blissfield High School with the Class of 1946.
On March 17, 1948, Barbara married Harold Loar in Blissfield. He preceded her in death in 2012, having been blessed with 64 years together.
In addition to helping on the family farm, Barbara baked and decorated cakes for 25 years.
She and Harold enjoyed many winters in Sebring, Florida and traveling with the Great Lakes Camping Club.
Barbara attended the First United Brethren Church (Element Church) for several years where she was active in the children’s ministry, preparing funeral dinners and the women’s missionary group. She was a member of Solid Rock Church.
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Born to Russell E. Beck and Elaine M. Kutzley Beck on January 7, 1942 in Hudson. Jan grew up on the family farm in Morenci.
She graduated from Morenci High School as Salutatorian, Class of 1960. Jan enrolled in Adrian College where she studied home economics education and met the love of her life Peter E. Durbin. She graduated from Adrian College in 1964 and she and Pete were married that August. They enjoyed 52 years together.
Jan began her teaching career at Blissfield High School where she served as FHA Advisor as well as class advisor. During that time she received the first Michigan FHA Advisor of the Year award. Her love of students and passion for learning served her well in her nearly four-decade career as an educator. Jan also taught in the Evergreen Local School District. She retired in … Read More »
Ruth Alice Schneider (Sheldon), 83 years, of Blissfield, passed away on September 3, 2016. in the Saline Evangelical Home surrounded by her family.
The daughter of Ithamer and Loa (Clough) Sheldon, she was born on September 13, 1932, in Palmyra. A loving mother, her greatest joy in life was being with her family.
Ruth is a graduate of Blissfield High School and attended Lenawee County Normal. April 9, 1952 she married Leonard J. Schneider, he preceded her in death in 1993. Ruth worked at Just Rite Bakery until the age of 22. She then worked for Brockway Photography and Kohlman International all while selling Avon for over 20 years.
Ruth worked as a bookkeeper for Knapp Motors for over 15 years retiring in 1997. After retiring she volunteered for Hospice of Lenawee County for 15 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran … Read More »
Johanna L. Riggs, 83, of Adrian, passed away, Thursday, September 1, 2016, at the Gaslight Village Assisted Living Center.
She was born July 26, 1933, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to parents James and Katherine (Brown) Pickard.
Johanna was employed as a Naturalist with the Toledo Metroparks for many years, prior to that she worked with the A.O. Smith Company. Johanna served as a Whiteford PTA President, Campfire Girl Leader, Cub Scout Leader, and Sunday School Teacher at Pilgrim Congregational Church, as her children were growing up.
She is survived by her daughter Karen (David) Finn; sons Darrell (Julie) and James (Liesel) Riggs; grandchildren Jennifer (Eric) Compton, Rebecca (Bradley) Perry, and Andrew (Cheryl) Riggs; great-grandchildren Alana, Katie, Nathan, Jack, Caleb, Isaac, and Adalyn. Johanna was preceded in death by her loving husband Darius Riggs and brother James Pickard. Friends called at the Reeb Funeral Home, … Read More »
Richard ‘Ted’ Delzeith Richard Theodore Delzeith, passed away on September 9, 2016 surrounded by his family at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Ted was born on October 6, 1927, in New York City, NY to Aloysius and Nell (Desnoyer) Delzeith. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Jackson, Mich. Ted served in the U.S. Army in Guam and the Philippines under General MacArthur. Upon his honorable discharge, he used his GI bill to attend Ferris State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Ted was the charter president of the Gamma Chi chapter of the Kappa Psi fraternity.
Ted spent his career as a pharmacist in Jackson, Blissfield and even after retirement in Florida. Ted was married to his beloved wife, Mildred, for 59 years and was a proud father, grandfather and great-papa. An avid boater, … Read More »
F.D. Ricker, age 69, of Blissfield, died Friday, August 12,
2016 in Adrian. He was born August 20, 1946,
in Adrian to Lawrence and Gayle (Scott) Ricker. F.D. was drafted to
serve his country in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968 during the
Vietnam War. He had been a farmer all of his life. He also had been
employed by the Johns Manville Company in Waterville, Ohio. F.D.
enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, and fishing. He had been a Hunter
Education instructor since 1970. He was a member of the Palmyra Masonic
Lodge #184, the Scottish Rite in Toledo, the Zenobia Shriners, the
Marine Corp League, and the Blissfield American Legion Post #325.
F.D. is survived by a cousin, Janice (David) Wood of Blissfield; a
second cousin, Troy (Alicia) Wood; his companion, Nellie Lentz of
Blissfield, and her daughters, Dawn Butts and Yvette Smith. He was
preceded in death by his parents.
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James “Jim” W. Tibbs, age 82, of Blissfield, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
James Walter Tibbs was born on May 24, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan, to Jack and Teresa (Cissell) Tibbs. On September 14, 1958, Jim married the love of his life, Evelyn “Jeanette” Rigdon in Jackson, Michigan.
Jim’s family moved from Detroit to the Manitou Beach area in 1942. He attended Addison Schools, graduating in 1952, where he was very active in football and basketball. He proudly served in the Army during the late 50’s in Germany. Jim and his brother Jack took over the family business, Tibbs IGA grocery store in Manitou Beach. When the family later expanded their business to Blissfield, Jim and Jeanette moved there to manage the store. Although Jim and Jeanette lived in Blissfield, they were very close to their … Read More »