Robert James Locklear passed away November 13, 2016, at the age of 45.
Rob was a longtime employee of Auto Rail, serving as a manager and union representative at several locations across the country. He loved all sports, excelling as a youth in hockey, baseball and golf. He also enjoyed coaching his son’s hockey team and especially fishing with his kids.
Rob was an artist, an animal lover, as well as a competitive weight lifter and body builder.
Rob is the beloved son of Cathy Newsted, Blissfield, and Brother Michael Newsted, Allen Park, who was a 1997 graduate of Blissfield High School. Son Jordan, daughter Miranda, and wife Andrea Locklear all of Howell, MI. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters in law, nephews Cole and Luke and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father David Newsted, … Read More »
Shirley Jean (Iott) Keller, 67 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016 at UP Health Systems in Marquette, Michigan.
She was born January 13, 1949, in Toledo, Ohio, the oldest child of Phillip and Bernice (Trombly) Iott. After graduating from St. Joseph Academy, Siena Heights High School, she went on to Monroe Community College where she met her future husband. On May 14, 1971, Shirley married Keith Keller at St. Anthony Parish in Temperance, Michigan, and they were blessed with 45 years together.
Shirley worked for Toledo Hospital for 33 years, retiring in 2011. She loved to help others and thoroughly enjoyed activities with her grandchildren, including fishing, gardening, reading, and going on adventures. Shirley was devout in her faith. She grew up in the Saint Anthony Parish and was a member at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Toledo. Wherever she … Read More »
Arthur Walter Brenke, age 72, of Blissfield passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Lenawee.
He was born on July 4, 1944 at home in Blissfield, Michigan to Arthur W. and Irma E. (Papenhagen) Brenke. Art was a 1962 graduate of Blissfield High School and on January 29, 1965, he married Diana Jean Rittner in Ottawa Lake, Michigan. She survives.
Art was a self-employed farmer and also worked as a factory laborer for many years. Along with farming and factory work, he worked in the insurance industry, ending his working years being self-employed and owning Brenke Crop Insurance. Art was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riga. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking, camping and wintering in Mission, Texas. Most of all, he enjoyed being in the … Read More »
Kathryn A. Sheldon, age 62 of Blissfield, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania.
She was born February 27, 1954, in Charlotte, Michigan, the youngest child of Clayton and Edith “Kathryn” (Rozeboom) Wilson.
Kathy graduated in 1972 from Blissfield High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Adrian College in 1995. She also attended Eastern Michigan University.
On February 24, 1973, she married Michael Sheldon in Blissfield, and they have been blessed with 43 years together.
Kathy taught elementary and middle school at Monroe Public Schools and Adrian Public Schools where she retired in 2015. She was very involved with 4-H as a leader and also as Food Superintendent at the fair for over 20 years. Her most treasured time was with her family as a stay at home mom and later, as an actively involved grandmother. Kathy loved fabric, … Read More »
Travis Pierce passed away unexpectedly at his home in Blissfield on October 29, 2016.
Travis was born on June 9, 1990. He was 26 years old.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Services for Travis were privately held.
Condolences can be sent to his mother Lori and family at 214 S. Lane St., Blissfield, Michigan.
Arrangements were made through Anderson Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.
Barbara Anne (Goble) Hueter, age 84, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by love and her family, on October 22, 2016. She was born in Adrian, Michigan on October 12, 1932, to Clayton and Helen (Pries) Goble.
She graduated from Blissfield High School in 1950 as class salutatorian, and attended Siena Heights.
She married Mark J. (Jim) Hueter in Blissfield on December 17, 1950. She was employed as a bookkeeper and office administrator at the University of Michigan and for several Blissfield businesses.
Barbara was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Blessed Savior Lutheran Church in Blissfield. Her steadfast faith in God’s redeeming love, mercy and grace never wavered.
She was a talented and expert seamstress, quilter and knitter who loved music and art. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with members of her quilt club, her regular get-together … Read More »
DEERFIELD – Danny T. MacBeth, age 54 of Deerfield, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at University of Toledo Medical Center.
He was born November 28, 1961, in Adrian, Michigan to Thomas and Joyce (Anthony) MacBeth.
On November 8, 1986, Danny married Tanya Hickman and she preceded him in death in 2013, having enjoyed 26 years together.
Danny was a Jack of all trades who enjoyed working on his ’66 Chevelle, growing and preserving his own food, and loud music.
He was currently working for the Lenawee County Road Commission.
Danny will be greatly missed by his family including his mother, Joyce; children, Tommy of Clarkston, RaeLynne and Matthew of Deerfield; his siblings, Debra (Rick) Nearhood of Blissfield, Diane Kastel of Riga, Douglas MacBeth of Adrian, Darlene (Chad) Winchel and Darcie (Mike) Uckele, both of Blissfield and many nieces and nephews.
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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 »