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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.

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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.

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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 www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ 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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Mr. Alan L. Raab of Whitehall

Alan L. Raab, age 60, died January 5, 2015, at his home. He was born January 16, 1954, in Muskegon, to Carl L. and Loretta (Koch) Raab. A graduate of Whitehall High School and Central Michigan University, Al had worked at Howmet Corp. for 24 years. He was preceded in death by his father and his mother.

FAMILY: His brother, William Raab; nephews, Adam Collins and Matthew (Heather) Raab.

MEMORIAL GATHERING: A Memorial Gathering will be held Sunday, June 14, 2015, from 2-4 PM, at Clock Funeral Home, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.

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

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Mrs. Loretta K. Raab of Whitehall

Loretta K. Raab, age 93, died May 31, 2015. She was born February 16, 1922, in Campbell, Nebraska, to Reuben and Marie (Frickle) Koch L. and Loretta (Koch) Raab. She was married to Carl L. Raab in 1949. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two brothers. Loretta was a homemaker and had a lifelong love of music and taught piano to many students in the White Lake area. She was a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, was organist and pianist at Evangelical Covenant Church in Whitehall for 47 years and had worked at Clock Funeral Home as organist for many years. She had been involved in Child Evangelism Fellowship of Muskegon County. Mrs. Raab was preceded in death by a son, Alan, in January of this year.

FAMILY: Her brother, William Raab; grandsons, Adam Collins and Matthew (Heather) Raab.

MEMORIAL GATHERING: A Memorial Gathering will be held Sunday, June 14, 2015, from 2-4 PM, at Clock Funeral Home, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.
DONATIONS: Child Evangelism Fellowship of Muskegon Co., 1274 Shettler Rd., Muskegon 49444.

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

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Rosemary Frost of Ludington

Rosemary Frost was born September 14, 1921, to Frank and Mamie (Miller Brad in Ludington and was a lifelong resident. She attended St. Simon school and was a member of the graduating class of 1939. She also attended Ferris State.
Rosemary married David Frost on March 9, 1943, in Harrisburg, PA. He preceded her in death in January 1952. She was also preceded in death by her two sons, Donald (Lanna) in 2002 and Richard (Beth) in 2014.

Rosemary was a homemaker and loving mother. She enjoyed her family and friends, was a lifetime member of St. Simon Church, a charter member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, a member of St. Simon Altar Society and the Little Flower Circle. she was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a volunteer worker at St. Simon Bargain Center and was employed for several years at Ludington Photo Center and later at Todd Reed Photo.

She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Kirk) Knapp of Pentwater and grandchildren, Kelly (Brad) Chojancki of Gobels, Brenda Frost of Holland, David Frost of Kalamazoo, Benjamin (Kelly) Knap of Grand Rapids, Sara (Joseph) Stanul of Grand Rapids, Andria Knapp of White Cloud, Rachel (Jeremy) Frank FL and Sadie Frost of Pinellas Park, FL; twelve great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Our dear sweet Rosie will be sadly miss by all of her family.

FUNERAL LITURGY: Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 11 AM, at St. Simon Catholic Church, with the Rev. Fr. Wayne B. Wheeler Jr. presiding. Interment wiRaab Raab and WendellAndersonll be at Pere Marquette Cemetery.

VISITING TIME: Wednesday, 10 AM until service time at the church on Bryant Rd.

DONATIONS: C.O.V.E.

Arrangements by CLOCK Funeral Home of Ludington, 231-843-2531.
 
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Mr. Steven Edward Lorenson of Montague

Steve passed away June 6, 2015, following a short illness. Born March 30, 1955, to loving parents, Morrey and Jean (Bower) Lorenson in Shelby, who raised him to be warm kind and generous to everyone he met. He graduated from Whitehall High School in 1973 and attended MCC. On December 27, 1980, he married Gina Major. Together they achieved their dream having four amazing beautiful children they loved and adored and were very proud of. Jared (Rochelle ) Lorenson of Rockford, Philip (Toni Plummer) Lorenson of Spring Lake, and Amanda and Jessica Lorenson, both of Montague. Four precious grandchildren, Maddy Nunn, Dayton Blohm, Nola Lorenson ("Sweet Pea") and Lincoln Lorenson ("Linky Roo"). He is also survived by one sister, Vicki (Bob) Quintilliano, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean, and a sister, Debby Lorenson. Steve worked at Hooker Chemical, Sun Chemical and over 20 years at Bayer Crop Science, retiring in 2013.

Steven enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, water sports, traveling and spending time with his family, especially at their property in Irons. He was in Demolay and a member of White Lake Eagles.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 11 AM, at White Lake Congregational UCC, 1809 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall, with the Rev. Pam Koebel and Rev. Keith Koebel officiating. VISITING TIME will be from 10 AM until service time at the church. Luncheon will follow the service at the church.

CLOCK Funeral Home (231-894-5676) handled arrangements.
 
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Mrs. Roberta R. Cederquist of Montague

Roberta R. Cederquist, age 90, died May 29, 2015. She was born March 22, 1925, in Montague, to Charles and Louise (Pederson) Mikkelson. A homemaker all her life, she was married to Lynn Cederquist on December 15, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Cederquist was a member of Montague United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by 7 sisters, Eleanor, Marian, Lorraine and Shirley, Margie, Mirabel and Annabelle and by 6 brothers, Melvin, Garfield, Kenneth, Carl, Paul and Donald.

FAMILY: Her children, Dennis (Beverly) Cederquist, Gary (Mary) Cederquist and Carol (Lyle) Beyerlein; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.

SERVICE: Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 2 PM, at Montague United Methodist Church, 8555 Cook St., Montague, with the Rev. Mary Brown and Mr. James Tanis officiating.

VISITING TIME: Sunday, 1-2 PM, at the Church.

DONATIONS: Memorial Fund of Montague United Methodist Church, 8555 Cook St., Montague 49437.

Arrangements by Clock Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676)
 

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