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Karel Topinka

Karel was born in Vienna, Austria to Leopold Topinka and Elizabeth Sotorova and raised in Třešť, Czechoslovakia. He attended Charles University in Prague. In 1943 he met his future wife Erika Damhof in Munich, Germany where he was her Latin Instructor. He immigrated with his family to the U.S. following WWII, where he worked at a sawmill in Halfway, Oregon until 1959. He obtained his BA at University of Idaho, followed by an MA at University of Colorado.
He taught foreign language at Ashland College in Ohio, then German and Russian at CMU in Mt. Pleasant, MI. He retired as an associate professor in 1987. He had a love for language, with education in Czech, Latin, Greek, German, Russian, English, French, and Spanish.

Karel and his wife moved to Ludington, MI in 2004. He had a great love of the outdoors and was an avid recycler long before it became fashionable.

He is survived by his wife Erika, children Dagmar Wolcott, Vera Topinka, Jan (Kay) Topinka, Marcus Topinka (Kelley Zyniewicz), Michaela Topinka (Michael Espeland), Christopher Topinka (Cathy Craven), 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

A private family service will be held on Saturday, August 1st at Clock Funeral Home in Ludington, MI.

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Macie Grace Dierking of Muskegon
06/02/2015 - 07/25/2015

Macie Grace Dierking, infant daughter of Michael and Rebecca(Moon) Dierking, passed peacefully in the arms of her family on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the physicians and amazing nursing staff that cared for Macie during her brief stay.

Macie was born Tuesday June 2, 2015 in Muskegon, MI. Macie is survived by her parents Michael and Rebecca (Moon) Dierking brothers: Clinton and Jackson. Grandparents; Christy Moon and Tom Syers , Curtis and Joyce Dierking; Uncle Nikolas Moon and Aunt Josie Dierking

A Celebration of Macies life will be held at the American Legion of Whitehall on Sunday August 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM
with great uncle Wallace L. Taylor officiating.

A Private Memorial Gathering has been held.

In Lieu of flowers please consider the family. 

Clock Funeral Home of White Lake has been selected to assist with arrangements 

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Mary S. Oaks of Muskegon Heights
07/28/1962 - 07/19/2015

Mary S. Oaks 52, of Muskegon Heights, MI, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday July 19, 2015. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family and helping those in need.
Mary is survived by her daughters; Shari Miller of Twin Lake, MI; Tina (shawn) Pitre of Holton, MI; and Rebeca (keith) Church of NC. A sister Elizabeth Esh and a brother Richard Esh of Muskegon. A very special four legged buddy "Jake" She is preceded in by her parents and a sister Kathy Dempsey. 

In lieu of flowers please consider the family  C/O Clock Funeral Home of Whitehall, MI 49461

According to Mary’s wishes cremation has taken place. 

Clock Funeral Home of White Lake has been selected to assist with arrangements. 

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Mr. Richard E. Kessler of Montague

Richard E. Kessler, age 90, died July 15, 2015. He was born December 21, 1924, in Muskegon, to Walter and Margaret (Alderink) Kessler. He was married to the former Erma Babcock, who preceded him in death. He proudly served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Kessler was self-employed as a farmer and a member of St. James Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Kessler.

FAMILY: His children, June Ann (Gary) Hansen, Nancy (Daniel) Rowe, Richard (Wendy) Kessler and Diane Babcock; son-in-law, Claude Babcock; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marge Babcock; brothers, Edwin Kessler and Gerald Kessler.

SERVICE: Monday, July 20, 2015, at 11:00 AM, at St James Lutheran Church, 8945 Stebbins St., Montague, with the Rev. Walter Teske officiating. Interment will be in Oakgrove Cemetery, Montague.

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

DONATIONS: St. James Lutheran Church and His Arms - Kenya, c/o St. James Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were handled by Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, 231-894-5676.

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Samantha Elliott
2/19/1982 - 7/06/2015

Samantha Aillene Elliott, age 33, of Whitehall, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 6, 2015. She was born on February 19th, 1982, to Carl A. Elliott and April (Moulds) Elliott, in San Diego, California.

Samantha leaves behind two beautiful daughters, Kathleen Versalle and Aillene Versalle, her siblings, C. J. Elliott (wife, Christy) of Alaska, Zoey Elliott and Allie Elliott of Whitehall, and many special aunts, uncles and cousins.
Although born in California, Samantha moved with her surviving parents to Whitehall at the age of 6 months. She attended St. James Catholic School in Montague and Whitehall High School. She was near completion of her degree in social work prior to her passing.

Samantha was a loving mother, daughter and sister. She dedicated her life to her precious daughters, Aillene and Kathleen, whom meant the world to her. She was loved by many. Samantha was a survivor to the very end. She will be greatly missed.

MEMORIAL GATHERING was held on July 12, 2015, at Clock Funeral Home in Whitehall.

DONATIONS: Elliott Family, c/o Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, Box 128, Whitehall 49461.

Arrangements were handled by Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, 231-894-5676.

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Mr. Dane "Mountain Man" Artman Of Manistee

Dane Artman, age 54, of Manistee, passed away after a long battle with cancer, on Monday, June 29, 2015. He was born September 27, 1960, to John and Dorothy (O'Meara) Artman.

Dane was a former construction worker. He loved building things and helping people. He was a great outdoorsman when it came to hunting and fishing. He was also a great craftsman, and had a love for old vintage cars.

Dane survived by his two daughters, Danielle (Josh) Fernow of Montague and Lily Ann Grace of Manistee; one son, Dane Artman Jr. of Muskegon; siblings, Cheryl (Mike) Jackson, carol, Cindy, Shellie, Darren, David and Jim. He was preceded in death by his father, John and mother, Dorothy.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, will be held Friday, July 10, 2015, from 5-7 PM at Montague Township Hall, 8915 Whitbeck Rd., Montague 49437.

DONATIONS: Artman Family, c/o Clock Funeral Home, Box 128, Whitehall 49461.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) handled arrangements.

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Mr. Thomas W. Binns of Whitehall

Thomas W. Binns Sr., age 78, died June 21, 2015. He was born on March 20, 1937, in Grand Rapids. He lived in the White Lake area all his life and had worked at various jobs. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Hill, a granddaughter, Jamie Lauterberg, his mother, Genevieve Brown and grandparents, Archie and Emma Binns. He was a loving Dad and Grandpa who wanted to help anyone he could in any way he could.

FAMILY: A daughter, Lee Peterson of Montague; a son, Thomas Binns Jr. of Rothbury; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Joyce (Bernard) Church of Brunswick, Susan (Ron) Kroll of Montague, Pam Doorenbos of Whitehall and Christine (Roger) Moore of Muskegon.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: A memorial service will be held Tuesday June 30, 2015, at SHAWL Community Room, 225 E. Hall St., Whitehall, with the Reverend Keith N. Koebel officiating.

DONATIONS: White Lake Congregational Church, 1809 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall 49461, or SHAWL, in Tom Binns' Memory.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) handled arrangements.

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Mr. Orville M. "Smitty" Smith of Whitehall

Born in Muskegon, November 27, 1934, to Charles and Bertha Smith, he lived in the Dalton area most of his childhood, going to grade school in the then, one-room McMillan School , located at Worden and McMillan Roads. He moved to the Wolf Lake area and attended Carr School prior to moving to Lakewood Club in 1947. This is when he became friends with Sheriff Carter. He attended Whitehall High School through the tenth grade, then moved back to the Dalton area to help an aging grandfather on the farm and graduated from North Muskegon High School in 1952. He went to work for Lakey Foundry, then entered the US Air Force in 1953, serving until 1962. He joined the Whitehall Police Department in February 1962 under Chief Robert Vanderlaan. He was a Patrolman for Chief Joseph Tickle, became a Sergeant for Chief James Prow, and was promoted to Chief of the Whitehall Police Department in 1978. He later served as Under-Sheriff to Sheriff Carter. During this time, he attended various police oriented training schools, including Police Management at Michigan State Police Academy.

Smitty's affiliations included Past-President of West Michigan Law Enforcement Association, Past-President of West Michigan Chiefs Association, Past-President of Charles D. Hammond Lodge #99 Fraternal Order of Police, Past-Worshipful Master of the White Lake Lodge #198 of the Free and Accepted Masons, member of Michigan Association of Chief of Police, a member of the Whitehall High School Advisory Board, was appointed to the Muskegon County Right to Know Committee by Governor Blanchard, was Past Chairman of the Muskegon County Highway and Traffic Committee, Past Chairman of Central Operations of Police Services, served as a delegate to state and National FOP Conventions, was a member of Algot Johnson American Legion Post #69 in Whitehall, and was a Past Chairman of the Student Trooper Program. He started the original Child Watch Program in Muskegon County and served as Deputy Director of the Northern Office of Muskegon County Emergency Services.

Awards received during his tenure in law enforcement included the American Legion Distinguished Service Award, Michigan State Police Professional Excellence Award, and Michigan Association Chiefs of Police Distinguished Service Medal.

Orville M. Smith Sr. was devoted Honesty, Integrity, dedication and was a firm believer in training and professionalism in law enforcement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Charles and Norman, grandchildren, Nelson and Christopher Smith, and a great-grandson, Colton Wood.

FAMILY: His family includes his wife Marion "Jean" of 17 years, his children, Kathy (John) Grow of MO, Orville Jr. (Kathy) Smith of Whitehall, Debbie Smith of Twin Lake, Steven (Anita) Smith of Whitehall, Chris (Cheryl) Smith of Montague, Laura (Andy) Townsend of Rothbury, Pat Bob) Wright of Twin Lake, Brenda (Kan) Smith of Muskegon, Sue (Chuck) Smith of Twin Lake; 43 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Ann Braybrook of NC and Beverly Klinger of Casnovia; brothers, Fred (Christine) Smith of FL, David (Cindy) Smith of Twin Lake, Bernie (Monty) Shackelford of Montague, and Bill (Carol) Shackelford of North Muskegon; a sister-in-law, Sharon Smith; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved furry friend, Benji.

SERVICE: Will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 11 AM, at Whitehall High School, 3100 W. White Lake Dr., Whitehall. MILITARY SALUTE and MASONIC MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at the time of the service at the high school.

VISITING TIME: Friday, 2-4 and 6-8 PM. at the high school on White Lake Dr.

DONATIONS: Charles Hammond FOP Lodge 99.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) handled arrangements.

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Mrs. Joann, F. Engler of Montague

JoAnn F. Engler, age 78, died June 14, 2015. She was born in Muskegon on April 2, 1937, to Francis and Wilamena (VanWesten) McMillan. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Mrs. Engler had taught school for Montague Area Public Schools. On April 8, 1957, she was married to Bobbie L. Engler. Her hobbies included camping, bird watching, rock collecting, needlepoint, reading, the occasional theatrical show and hiking.

FAMILY: Her husband, Bobbie; a son, Brian Engler; a daughter, Lori (Bill) Gibson; grandchildren, Christopher Gibson, Michelle (Larry) Weaver and Staci Gibson; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dennis (Wayla) McMillan.

MEMORIAL GATHERING: Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 2-4 PM, at Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.

DONATIONS: Public Television, Public Radio or National Association for the Blind.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) handled arrangements.

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Casimira Walley, March 9th, 1923-June 9th 2015

Casimira, or Carrie as she was known to her friends, died peacefully in her sleep at the Oceana County Medical Care Facility in Hart, Michigan at approximately 2:30 AM on June 9th at the age of 92. She had been a resident there for 14 years. She spoke kindly of the staff and how well they treated her.

Casimira was a member of the quickly fading “Greatest Generation” as Tom Brokaw termed those who grew up during the Great Depression and lived through World War II. She exhibited in life so many of the characteristics that he praised and we now see, unfortunately, becoming scarcer. She had an unflagging optimism, no matter what challenges life threw at her. She had grit, determination, and an unassailable belief that education, hard work and integrity would see you through.

Her husband, Roman, served in both WWII and in the Korean War as an Army dentist. She gave birth to eight children, kept the home in order, meals on the table, bedsheets ironed and the children in line with a loving hand, while he served his country.

Before it became widely accepted, she was a self-made businesswoman. She owned Anderson’s Luggage and Casimira’s Full-Figured Fashions in Ludington, Mi. She enjoyed the business immensely and always had a discerning eye for the right fashion trends. Her practical sensibilities, learned through the Depression years and further forged through the travails and travels of being an Army wife served her well in business.

She is preceded in her death by her husband of 49 years, Roman, her daughters Antoinette and Mary, her son Gregory, her brother Zigmund, sister Helen, two daugthers-in-law, Marla and Theresa and one great-grandaughter, Madelyn. Surviving are her brother John, her daughters Christi and Cassie and her sons, Steven, David and Roman as well as 11 grandchildren.

Although she always had a kind word for everyone, her legacy was and will continue to be her actions rather than her words. Her deep faith, boundless love, unfailing wit, beautiful voice/face and smile will be missed by all who have had the privilege to have known her.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to either The Wounded Warrior Project found at or Oceana County Medical Facility at 701 E Main Street, Hart, MI 49420. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM at St. Simon Church in Ludington, MI on Monday, June 29th. Lunch will be served immediately afterward in the Parish Hall adjacent to the church. She will be laid to rest the following day, beside the love of her life, her husband Roman, at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

CLOCK Funeral Home of Ludington (231-843-2531) handled arrangements.

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Mr. Wendell I. Anderson of Whitehall

Wendell I. Anderson, age 92, passed away June 8, 2015. He was born October 21, 1922, in Whitehall, Michigan, to Archie and Minnie (Chumney) Anderson. He graduated from Whitehall High School and went on to attend Hope College, during which time he was drafted into the United States Army and served three years during World War II. He became a medic and was wounded in Belgium. Upon his discharge from the army, Wendell attended and graduated from Michigan State University, and soon after earned his CPA certificate. During his career, he worked in public accounting, taught many years at Muskegon Business College, did accounting and tax work for many area clients, and eventually retired as the Business Manager at Whitehall Public Schools. All of these endeavors brought him many good friends. He had the good fortune of living in Whitehall for nearly his entire life. He was very proud of his Swedish heritage and was devoted to his beloved Whitehall. He enjoyed golf and gardening and treasured time spent with family and friends at his Betsie River property.

Wendell was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Anderson Grady, and brother, Dudley Anderson. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Jo (Lee), son Wendell Jr. (Andy), daughter Sandra, his beloved grandsons, Dylan and Logan Anderson, brothers-in-law Lawrence Lee (Joyce), Terrence Lee (Judy), sister-in-law Doris Anderson, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at later date.

CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676) handled arrangements.

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