Michael G. Knisel, 70, of Hernando Beach, Fla., formerly of Ogden Township, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at his home.
Mike grew up and spent the first 58 years of his life in Ogden Township, first as a farmer and then as the owner of The Un-Cable, a satellite dish company. He was devoted to Sharon, his wife of 36 years. They spent the last 12 years enjoying retirement Florida. In his later years, Mike became a dedicated woodworker. He loved playing softball, playing competitively until turning 50. He loved spending time with his kids and playing with his grandkids.
Mike is survived by his wife, Sharon of Hernando Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Kandy (David) Houser of Glenview, Ill., and Tammy Knisel of Addison; two sisters, Pat (Norm) Hinshaw of Temperance, and Karen (Lynn) Koester of Riga; seven grandchildren, Chelsea … Read More »
ADRIAN — Larry K. Sayler, age 64 of Adrian, Michigan passed away Monday, April 18, 2016 with his family by his side. He was born May 27, 1951 to Clyde W. and Louise M. (Gentz) Sayler. On June 5, 1971 he married Judi A. Hunt in Blissfield, Michigan. Larry served in the Army/National Guard from 1970-1976. He retired in 2002 from GM Powertrain of Toledo, OH. He was a member of the A.M.A. Academy of Model Aeronautics, a member of the Classic Car Association and the Antique Tractor Association. Larry’s hobbies included traveling and his annual trip to Shipshewana each year with his wife and three grand-daughters. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather, who adored and loved them all so much.
Surviving Larry is his wife Judi of 45 years, a son, Greg (Amy) Sayler of Blissfield; a … Read More »
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Pearl C. Goll, age 89, formerly of Blissfield, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016 at Estella’s House under the care of Hospice of Marion Co. She was born June 26, 1926 in Sylvania, Ohio, the daughter of George C. and Selma J. (Fink) Goll.
Pearl was a housekeeper for over 30 years, living in the Blissfield area until 2001, when she moved to Florida.
She is survived her brother Lloyd (Sharon) Goll of Summerfield, FL; a sister, Ivadell McCarty of Belleview, FL; and a special cousin, Eleanora Lindsey of Swanton, OH.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Matilda Minster, a brother in law, Richard McCarty and her niece, Karilyn Niemen.
A graveside service for Pearl will be at noon, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Pleasant View Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Leking officiating. … Read More »
Patricia “Patti” E. (Hickok) Emmons, age 77 of Deerfield passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at her home. She was born on April 2, 1939 in Sparta, Michigan to James F. and Frances Mary (Edgerton) Hickok. Patti co-owned and operated the Deerfield Tavern for many years. She was instrumental in using the tavern to commercialize the well-known event in Deerfield known as the “Testicle Festival” which is still going strong today. She enjoyed racing snowmobiles and motorcycles in earlier years. Patti enjoyed traveling, visiting butterfly gardens and her family. Those who knew Patti would often see her sipping her favorite beverage of Pabst Blue Ribbon in social situations.
Surviving is the love of her life, Wave Berry of Deerfield; her 3 children, Tonya Roan of Allegan, MI, Bob Nocis of Las Vegas, NV and Bill (Tracy) Zay of Toledo, … Read More »
RIGA: Vickie (Susie) Sue Knoblauch, 62 years old, of Riga, Michigan passed away
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio.
She was born to John and Joyce Todd in Toledo, OH on April 24, 1953. She
was married to Leroy (Rocky) Knoblauch, November 27, 1976.
She is survived by her husband, Leroy, and kids: Cory (Brian) Hall of
Sylvania, OH; and Cullen (Elizabeth) Knoblauch of Parma, MI, her 5 reasons
for living, her grandchildren: Brandyn, Kaylee, McKenna, Ian, and Quinn;
and her siblings: Chris (Ronnie) VanSteenkiste, Holly (Bob Harwood) Todd,
Skip (Sandy) Todd, Tracy Todd, Jake (Tim) Jensen, Molly (Jamie) Schmidt.
She was proceeded in death by her father, John and mother, Joyce and
She worked many years at Dave Knapp Motors and Borchardt Brothers Market
where she interacted with so many in the community. Susie enjoyed
getting her nails done, shopping, traveling and scratch off lottery
At Susie’s … Read More »
DEERFIELD – Robert “Bob” Lee Diver, age 78 of Deerfield, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2016, at ProMedica Bixby Hospital, Adrian.
He was born on July 21, 1937, in Deerfield, the son of Wilson and Audrey (Stark) Diver.
On April 28, 1959, Bob married the former Charlotte Mae Kuhlman at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield. She preceded him in death on April 29, 2015.
Bob was employed by General Motors at Hydromatic in Toledo, Ohio, as a fork lift operator for 35 years before retiring. He then obtained his builder’s license in 1979 and began working alongside his son for Dan Diver Builder’s, eventually becoming a partner. Bob was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He loved to play golf and, in earlier years, softball. He was undoubtedly the Detroit Lions biggest fan, paying tribute to his favorite … Read More »
BLISSFIELD: Matthew Richard Smith, age 41 of Blissfield died on Monday, April 4, 2016 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI after a short illness. Matt was born on July 26, 1974 in Adrian, Michigan to Fred and Linda (Kuhn) Smith. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1992. He continued with a 4 year apprenticeship and became a journeyman sheet metal worker out of Local 33 in Toledo, Ohio. Matt will be missed by many friends and family.
In addition to his parents, Matt is survived by the love of his life, his daughter, Bristol Ray Smith; grandparents, N. Richard Smith and Delilah “Mickey” Kuhn O’Connor, both of Blissfield; aunts and uncles, Ted (Sharon) Smith of Blissfield; Bonnie (Mike) Hayes of Jackson and Tim (Leta) Kuhn of Onsted; cousins, Jason (Sue) Smith of Dundee, Justin (Sarah) Smith … Read More »
DEERFIELD – Elva J. Rau, age 75 of Deerfield passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on November 25, 1940 in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania to Robert and Pearl (Nitterwrit) Blackburn. On September 4, 1965, she was married to Albert Rau in Flint and he survives. Elva was a member of Light of Christ (St. Alphonsus Catholic Church) in Deerfield. She enjoyed gardening, shopping and cleaning, as she was a meticulous housekeeper. She had worked at the Lenawee County Courthouse, retiring on December 21, 1996.
In addition to her husband, Albert, she is survived by a daughter, Stacey (Carl) Ulrich of Deerfield; a daughter-in-law, Nilda Rau of Deerfield; three brothers, Robert (Kathy) Blackburn of Florida, Barry (Linda) Blackburn of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, and Tim (Denice) Blackburn of Irwin, Pennsylvania; and three … Read More »
Harvey “Parker” Tagsold, Jr., age 80, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
He was born May 24, 1935, the only son of Harvey “Parker” and Doris (Hawkins) Tagsold Sr., and was a 1953 graduate of Blissfield High School where he was co-captain of the “Sugar Boys” basketball team. After two years at Albion College he transferred to Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science and graduated with the Class of 1956.
On February 24,1978, Parker married Patricia Nighswander at the First United Methodist Church in Blissfield.
Parker was a partner in the family business, Tagsold Furniture and Funeral Home with his father, and later with his son, Douglas, until his retirement in 1984. He then became an independent contractor, transporting hazardous waste and later delivering motor homes.
Parker held a commercial pilot’s license for over 60 years accumulating 3,000 hours of safe flying. He … Read More »
Gary Alan Houghtby, 82, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away Friday March 11, 2016, in Raleigh. He was born January 17, 1934, in Adrian, Mich., raised in Blissfield, Mich., fourth child of Earl and Edith Drinkwater Houghtby.
Gary graduated from Blissfield High School in 1951 and from Michigan State University in 1956 with a BS in Microbiology. He then received his Master’s degree from Michigan State University in 1959. Furthering his education he went on to receive his PhD in Food Science\Microbiology in 1964 from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Gary served in the US Army, doing research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, for 2 years.
He worked for the Food and Drug Administration in Seattle, and in Cincinnati, OH, where he certified state milk laboratories in all US states and territories. Gary taught certification courses to state officials, … Read More »