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Mr. Ronald F. "Ron" Patton of North Muskegon

Ron Patton, age 79, died April 2, 2014. He was born January 12, 1935, in Battle Creek, to Lyle R. and Fleeta V. (Marshall) Patton. After proudly serving in the US Navy, on December 1, 1962, he married Beverly. Mr. Patton retired as Vice President of Engineering at Cole's Quality Foods after 33 years. He attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, James Patton and Lyle Patton Jr.

FAMILY: His wife, Beverly; daughters, Ronnie Sue (Chris) Gould and Storm (Billy) Atwood; sons, Tim (LouAnn) Patton, Dan (LuAnn) Patton, Ronald Jr. (Shelly) Patton,Thomas (Sue) Patton and Deeon (Barb) Patton; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gerald (Ruth) Patton.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 2 PM, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 4475 Henry St., Muskegon.

VISITING TIME: 1 hour prior to service at the church in Muskegon.

DONATIONS: Harbor Hospice, 1050 W. Western Ave., Suite 400, Muskegon 49441.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) was selected to assist with arrangements.
 

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Mr. Donald W. Schmiedeknecht of New Era

Mr. Schmiedeknecht, age 92, died April 8, 2014. He was born March 15, 1922, in New Era, to Edward and Anna (Grienke) Schmiedeknecht. He proudly served in the US Army during World War II. On April 17, 1948, he married the former Helen Misek, who preceded him in death. He had worked for Uganski Trucking Co. until retiring and was a Communicant member of St. James Lutheran Church in Montague. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Ethan Gray, two sisters, Lois (William) Herbert, and Leona (John) Uganski, and a brother, Ervin (Violet) Schmiedeknecht.

FAMILY: His daughters, Mary Schmiedeknecht, Donna Schmiedeknecht of Muskegon, Carol (Jim) Towne of New Era, Diane (Kip) Cole of Shelby and Nancy (Gama) Soto of Holland; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces & nephews.

SERVICE: Friday, April 11, 2014, at 11:00 AM, at St. James Lutheran Church, 8945 Stebbins St., Montague, with the Rev. John W. Brooks officiating. Interment will be in Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Muskegon.

VISITING TIME: Thursday, 6-8 PM, at CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.

DONATIONS: Memorial Fund of St. James Lutheran Church, 8945 Stebbins St., Montague 49437, Harbor Hospice, 1050 W. Western Ave., Suite 400, Muskegon 49441 or Mercy VNS & Hospice, 888 Terrace St., Muskegon 49441.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) was selected to assist with arrangements.
 

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Mr. John B. Person of North Muskegon

John B. Person, age 76, died March 31, 2014. He was born May 28, 1937, in Broadalbin, New York, to Edward and Georgia (LeBarron) Person. He was married to the former Barbara Ann Crouch on February 28, 1959. John was a contract supervisor for Pennington Brothers, retiring in 2001. He proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam Conflict and was formerly a member of VFW Post #446. He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

FAMILY: His wife, Barbara; a daughter, Sharon Pitts of Muskegon; a son, Ronald (Terri) Person of Rothbury; grandchildren, Michael Pitts, Amber O'Brien, Patricia VanBoglen, Nicole (Josh) Maximuk and Johnathon Person; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Austin O"Brien, Kalib and Blake VanBoglen, Alyssa Pitts and Chasen Maximuk; a brother Stanley Person of NY; a brother-in-law, Robert (Tammy) Crouch of Flint.

SERVICE: Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 4 PM, at CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall. A Military Salute will be conducted at the funeral home at the close of visiting time.

VISITING TIME: Sunday 2-4 PM, at the funeral home in Whitehall.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) was selected to assist with arrangements.
 

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Mr. John W. Boone of Ludington

John W. Boone, age 88, of Ludington, died March 29, 2014. He was born on August 21, 1930, in Campbell, Missouri. He was married to the former Mary Ash, who preceded him in death. He had worked for Whirlpool Corp. in Benton Harbor until retiring and then moved to the Ludington area 27 years ago. Mr. Boone was preceded in death by two sons, John Boone and Jeff Boone, along with a number of siblings.

FAMILY: His daughter, Sharon Mott; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a brother, Delbert Boone.

INTERMENT SERVICE: Will be held later in the spring at the graveside.John Boone,

CLOCK Funeral Home of Ludington (231-843-2531) was selected to assist with arrangements.
 

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Clyde Edward LeTarte of Saint Simons Island Georgia (formerly of Whitehall)

Clyde Edward LeTarte, 75, of Whitehall, Michigan and Saint Simons Island Georgia died peacefully in the early morning hours, surrounded by his wife and family Friday, March 28th, 2014.

He was born to the late Harold and Ellen LeTarte, Aug. 22, 1938 in Muskegon MI.
He graduated from Muskegon High School, attended Muskegon Community College, received his Bachelors from Hope College, his Masters & Doctorate from Michigan State University.

Clyde was a junior high school teacher, Dean of Graduate School - Eastern Michigan University; Vice President of Academics - Triton College, River Forest, IL; President - Jackson Community College, Jackson MI; Michigan House of Representatives; Founder - National Community Education Association, Mott Fellow, Chairman of United Way - Jackson MI, Past National President- Continuous Quality Improvement Networks , Served on the board of Starr Commonwealth, Albion, MI; Director of Adult Education - Michigan Department of Education, Director of Community Education, Muskegon, MI; Co-Author of “Community Education: from Program to Process” & “Reforming Public Schools through Community Education.”

Clyde was an active member of Wesley Methodist Church at Frederica, St Simons Island, GA, and Ferry Memorial Reformed Church, Montague, MI. He was an avid golfer, woodworker, reader, and love spending time with his family and friends. He played golf with the Hampton Golf Club “Pete’s Group”, St Simons Island, GA; and the “Old Guys” in Whitehall, MI. He faithfully attended his Monday night bible study. He was a Brunswick Schools Mentor and President Elect of the Coastal Youth Symphony.

Clyde is survived by his wife of 48 years Kathy LeTarte, two children: Rick LeTarte (Laura) and Rhonda Fiero of Jackson, MI; He also is survived by his Sister Carol (Don) Herrgord, Sister in-law Charlene (Dave) Neblett, 6 grandchildren - Karissa, Jordan, Madison, Jacob, Caleb & Kyle, and his loving dogs Oscar & Hope.

He was a man of quiet faith who was loved and admired by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to:

Starr Commonwealth
13725 Starr Commonwealth Road
Albion, MI 49224
Or
Ferry Memorial Reformed Church
8637 Old Channel Trail
Montague, MI 49437

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 11:00 AM, at Ferry Memorial Reformed Church, 8637 Old Channel Trail, Montague, MI 49437

VISITING HOURS: Friday, April 4th, 2-4PM and 6-8PM at Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall, MI 49461.

 

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Mrs. Emma A. Vanhorn of Grand Rapids (Formerly of Ludington)

Emma Alice Shafer VanHorn, age 91, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Ludington, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014, at Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids. She was born October 8, 1922, in Summit Township, the daughter of William and Rose (Stafford) Shafer. She was married to Frederick Bender VanHorn, who preceded her in death in 1961, and later married Clem Gerhard, who also preceded her in death. Earning a Bachelor's Degree in Education, Mrs. VanHorn was a teacher in the Lapeer Community Schools and Ludington Public Schools for 33 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of AAUW and Ludington United Methodist Church for many years. She was preceded in death by sisters, Mary (Jerry) Bennett, Blanche (John) McCumber and Phyllis (Richard) Peterson, brothers, Harvey Shafer, Larry Shafer and Clarence Shafer, and a grandson, Benjamin Teverbaugh. The family thanks Clark Home for their excellent care of their mother the last 14 years.

FAMILY: She is survived by her children, Kathryn Teverbaugh of Newaygo, William (Sara) VanHorn of Sparta and Dave (Judy) VanHorn of SC; grandchildren, Allison (Dennis) Scheuneman, Lisa (Hank) Montgomery, Jonathan (Rachel) VanHorn and Nathanael (Elizabeth) VanHorn; great-grandchildren, Madison Scheuneman, Ethan, Nolan, Sophia and Hudson Montgomery, Nora, Ellery and Clara VanHorn, Samari VanHorn and Logan VanHorn, with 1 more expected any day
; surviving brothers, Tom Shafer of Scottville and Art Shafer of Ludington.

SERVICE: Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 1 PM, at Ludington United Methodist Church, 5810 W. Bryant Rd., Ludington, with the Rev. Dennis B. Bromley officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Summit Township Cemetery, Mason County.

VISITING TIME: Friday, March 28, from 6-8 PM, at CLOCK Funeral Home of Ludington, 309 S. Washington Ave., Ludington.

DONATIONS: Clark Community Retirement Community Benevolence Fund, 1551 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids 49506 or the Memorial Fund of Ludington United Methodist Church, 5810 W. Bryant Rd., Ludington 49431.

CLOCK Funeral Home of Ludington (231-843-2531) was selected to assist with arrangements.
 

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Geraldine "Gerry" Schoo of Ludington

Geraldine Schoo, age 79, died March 4, 2014. She was born May 11, 1934, in Chicago, and moved with her family to Hamlin Township in 1942. Gerry graduated from Ludington High School in 1953.

She started her waitress career at Stearns Hotel during her high school years. She was employed over the years at Wren's Roost, Lincoln Hills Country Club, the Ludington Elks and Gibbs Restaurant, along with Ludington Area School System and the S. S. Badger.

She was a past-volunteer of COVE, a member of the Women's Auxiliary of Ludington Eagles and a member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary. Gerry enjoyed the many years bowling with the girls and the tournaments they went on. She also loved to travel, read and was an avid walker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ida (Smith) and a brother, Henry "Duke" Schoo.

FAMILY: Her children, Cheryl (John) Larson, Roxann Roth and David (Kelly) Hankwitz; grandchildren, Stephanie (Jon) Stowe, Bryan Roth, Jordan, Blake and Matthew Hankwitz, and Melissa Larson; great-grandchildren, Steele, Hestyn and Solger Stowe; niece, Linda Pavledes; nephew, Richard Schoo.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 2 PM, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 209 N. Rowe St., Ludington, with Rev. Boehne officiating.

VISITING TIME: April 6, 1:00 PM until service time at the church.

DONATIONS: Memorial Fund of St. John's Lutheran Church, 209 N. Rowe St., Ludington 49431 or Harbor Hospice, 1050 W. Western Ave., Suite 400, Muskegon 49441.

CLOCK Funeral Home of Ludington (231-843-2531) was selected to assist with arrangements.
 

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Mrs. Dorothy J. Myers of Jefferson, GA (formerly of Ludington)

Dorothy J. Myers, age 96, died March 18, 2014, in Jefferson, GA. She was born Dorothy Jean Sytek in Manistee, on December 20, 1917, to Ladislaw and Catherine (Grahek) Sytek. She graduated from Manistee High School in 1935 and moved to Ludington, living there until 2010, when she moved to Georgia. In August of 1940, she married Shirley G. Myers, who preceded her in death in 1982. Mrs. Myers was a homemaker and also worked at Star Watch Case Co. and Shillinger's Gifts of Ludington. She was a 70+ year member of St. Simon Catholic Church, loved to play golf and was an avid card player. She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Peter LaRocque, a daughter, Nancy A. Bentz, sisters, Genevieve Lyon and Virginia Cartier, brothers, Anthony Sytek and Richard Sytek, 3 nieces and 3 nephews.

FAMILY: Her daughter, Linda (Gus) Backelant of Jefferson, GA; granddaughters, Jennifer Kolodsick and Laura (Bill) Douglas; grandsons, Joel (Samantha) Kolodsick and Patrick (Annette) Bentz; great-grandchildren, Amelia Kolodsick, Logan Kolodsick, Michaela Nyp, Tyler Douglas, Nicholas Douglas and Nathan Bentz; nieces, Barb Lyon of Ludington and 3 other nieces; 1 nephew.

FUNERAL LITURGY: Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 11 AM, at St. Simon Catholic Church, 702 E. Bryant Ave., Ludington, with the Rev. Fr. Wayne B. Wheeler Jr. presiding. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery at a later date.

CLOCK Funeral Home of Ludington (231-843-2531) was selected to assist with local arrangements. EVANS Funeral Home of Jefferson, GA, was selected to assist with arrangements in Georgia.
 

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Mrs. Loraine M. Raschke (widow of Al) of Whitehall 

Loraine Raschke, age 88, died March 16, 2014. She was born July 25, 1925, in Chicago to Charles and Rena (Adams) Twigg, and had lived in the White Lake area the past 65 years. On August 31, 1946, she married Alfred C. Raschke. He preceded her in death in 2002. Mrs. Raschke was a devoted member of St. Peter's By-the-Lake Episcopal Church in Montague, where she served on the Episcopal Women's Guild and received the Bishop's Distinguished Service Cross for her service to the congregation. She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Chambers.

FAMILY: Her children, Charles (Rebecca) Raschke of Grand Haven and Loral Fuller of Whitehall; granddaughters, Hillary (Paul) Sibary of Twin Lake and Karissa Raschke and Kayla Raschke of Grand Haven; a sister-in-law, Jane Buthman.

SERVICE: Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 12:00 PM (Noon) at St. Peter's By-the-Lake Episcopal Church, 8435 Old Channel Trail, Montague 49437, with Rev. Fr. Everett Klein officiating.

VISITING TIME: Thursday, 11:00 AM until service time at the church in Montague.

DONATIONS: Memorial Fund of St. Peter's By-the-Lake Episcopal Church, 8435 Old Channel Trail, Montague 49437 or Harbor Hospice, 1050 W. Western Ave., Suite 400, Muskegon 49441.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) was selected to assist with arrangements.
 

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Myrtie M. Campeau of Ludington 

Myrtie M. Campeau, age 94, of Ludington, died March 14, 2014. She was born March 27, 1919, in Victory Township, to Ervin and Alice (Stuck) McVicker. In 1944, she married Benjamin "Dolly" Campeau, who preceded her in death in 1995. She had worked at Atkinson's Manufacturing (Vermont American), beginning her career as a clerk at Moomey's Grocery Store. Myrtie was an original member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Altar Society and was well known for her cooking, baking, gardening, embroidery and crocheting. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Ella North, Eunice Cobb and Nioma Silvis.

FAMILY: Her children, Benita Walters of Ludington and Larry (Bonnie) Campeau of Sugar Island; grandchildren, Gregory Walters of Ludington and Christopher (Cindy) Campeau of Whitehall; great-grandchildren, Sean Walters, DebiAnne Walters and Christian Walters; special grandchildren, Samantha & Kaitlyn Hanley and their parents and Kelsey & Ethan Koss and their parents; a brother, Mervin (Donna Jean) McVicker; special niece, Jean (Wayne) Aber of WI; a cousin, Gloria Abshire of Ludington; many nieces & nephews; several special friends.

MEMORIAL GATHERING: This evening, Monday, March 17, 2014, from 5-7 PM, at CLOCK Funeral Home of Ludington, 309 S. Washington Ave., with closing prayer service to begin at 7 PM. Interment will be in North Victory Cemetery at a later date.

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CLOCK Funeral Home of Ludingon (231-843-2531) was selected to assist with arrangements.
 

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