Obituaries

Miles, Daniel E.

Rev. Daniel E. Miles, 68, died Monday, May 26, 2014 in Howell, MI. Daniel was the son of the late Rev. Richard and Pearl Miles. He is the brother of retired clergy, Rev. David Miles. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Rev. Philip Miles. He is survived by his wife, Louise K. Miles.  Private family services will be held at a later date.   He served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Concord 1969; East Lansing Chapel...

Nader, Merry Ann

Merry Ann Nader, 58, died Thursday, May 22, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Pastor Vince Nader, who is newly assigned to Harrison: The Gathering and soon to be assigned to The Gathering/Wagarville (June 2014). Merry was a 1st Lieutenant Chaplain for the 1st Responders Chaplain Association. She also was a Prayer Intercessor for the First United Methodist Church.   A Memorial Service was held Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the William Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W 11 Mile...

Staser, Carl W.

Rev. Carl W. Staser, age 85, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Florida.  He is survived by his wife, Helen (Teddy) Staser. Rev. Staser served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: In school 1952; Lansing Maple Grove 1956; Jonesville 1958; Frankfort/Elberta 1961; East Lansing: People's Church (Assoc.) 1964; Leave of absence 1978; Horton Bay 1979; Ovid 1980; Middleville/Parmelee Oct. 16, 1983; East Lansing: Chapel Hill/Gunnisonville 1988; Retired Jan. 1,...

Curtis, Rev. Mary Ellen

Rev. Mary Ellen Curtis, age 85, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Alton Curtis.  She is survived by her son, Richard (Linda) Curtis; grandchildren, Ryan (Samantha) Curtis and Kelly Curtis; sisters, Maxine Kushmaul and Juanita (Everett) Beemer; several nieces and nephews. Mary was a graduate of Foote Hospital School of Nursing and worked as an RN for many years.  After her nursing career, she became a United Methodist Minister, serving...

Entenman, June

June Entenman, age 79, died Saturday, March 1, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Ronald Entenman in 2000. They are survived by three children: Robin Entenman, Scott Entenman and Mark Entenman. June served alongside her husband at Climax; Keeler; Parma; Lansing Potter Park; Buchanan First; Sparta; and Lakeview/Belvidere UMCs. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Sunnyside UMC, 2800 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048-1384 (269)...

Richards, Charles W.

Rev. Charles W. Richards 78 of Bronson MI died Wednesday February 26, 2014 at his residence. Charles was born August 29, 1935 in St Johns MI. He married Ruth Ann White January 1, 1956 in Jamestown, New York. Charles was a member of camping in United Methodist Church, and on the board of Holy Spirit Conference and Branch Co. Ministerial Association. He served at the following United Methodist Churches: Bronson/Snow Prairie 1972; Bronson 1975; Kalamazoo: Stockbridge Avenue 1977; Lake Odessa:...

Bowen, (nee Ranger, nee Walkinshaw), Ruth E.

Ruth E. Walkinshaw-Bowen, 108, of Marshall formerly of Battle Creek died Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Verona Adult Foster Care Center. Ruth was a member of Convis Union UMC in Battle Creek. She was predeceased by two husbands. Ruth’s first husband, Francis Walkinshawn died in 1966. Ruth then married Rev. Milford E. Bowen in 1980, he died in 1988. Her husband, Rev. Milford E. Bowen, served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: (R., 1927; D., 1929; E....

Shields, Rev. Dr. Charles McLean

Rev. Dr. Charles McLean Shields, 77, died Monday, November 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Ida M. Shields.  Rev. Dr. Shields served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Elk Rapids/Kewadin 1988; Battle Creek: Sonoma/Newton 1993; Galesburg 1995-1997; Kalamazoo: Oakwood/Oshtemo 1997; Lake Odessa: Central Feb. 1, 2000; Lincoln Road 2000; Retired 2002.   A Memorial Service will take place, Friday, November 29, at 2:00 p.m. at the Congregational...

Short, Alice

Alice Short, 74, died on Sunday, November 17, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Sidney Short, who died in 2009.   Rev. Short served at the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Sonoma/Newton 1951; Battle Creek: First (Assoc.) March 1958; Jackson: First (Assoc.) 1961; South Haven 1966; St. Joseph Feb. 1968; Hastings: First Jan. 15, 1973; Lansing: Central 1982; Retired 1993 A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at...

Rickard, Joan B.

Joan B. Rickard, 66, died Friday, November 8, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Rev. O'Ryan Rickard. Joan served on the staff of Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Portage, MI, where she was a ministry assistant and was active at the many churches where her husband served. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Hoven Funeral Home, 414 East Front Street, Buchanan, MI 49107 (269) 695-2363.   A celebration of life...

Pratt, Helen Pauline (Frey)

Helen Pauline (Frey) Pratt, age 88, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Chelsea Retirement Community. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Ralph C. Pratt, in 2006. Rev. Pratt served in both the West Michigan and Detroit Conferences before he retired in 1986.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel, 805 W Middle St  Chelsea, MI 48118. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A private...

Merrill, Rev. Don

Rev. Don Merrill died on October 29, 2013, peacefully in his sleep with family around him. He was predeceased by his wife, Ardis Merrill, in 2012. Rev. Merrill served at Ravenna 1955; Muskegon: Central (Assoc.) 1959; Kalamazoo: Westwood 1961; Lansing: Mt. Hope 1967; Petoskey, 1975; Retired 1986. After retirement he served as a Lake Louise Campground Trustee. The Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 17th at 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 227 Fulton SE, Grand...

Horton, Beatrice (Bea)

Beatrice (Bea) Horton, 84, died Friday, October 18, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) Horton, who served in both the West Michigan and Detroit Conferences as the Clergy Assistant to the Bishop. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in the Chapel at Clark Retirement Community, 1551 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.  A time of visitation with the family will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Memorial...

Bourns, David, Edward

Pastor David Edward Bourns, age 73, of Clare, died Monday, October 14, 2013.  He is survived by his wife, retired clergy, Rev. Carol Lynn (Phillips) Bourns, who served at North Evart/Sylvan UMCs in the West Michigan Conference. Pastor David Bourns served as a local licensed pastor in the following appointment in the Detroit Conference: Geneva Hope United Methodist Church, 2001.  A Celebration of his life was held Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Faith United Methodist Church in...

Matson, Richard L.

Rev. Richard L. Matson, 73, died Sunday, October 6, 2013. He is survived by his spouse, Jacqueline Matson. Rev. Matson served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference:  Silver Creek 1963; Jonesville/Moscow Plains 1966; Cadillac: Selma St.-South Community 1968; Bear Lake Circuit Oct. 15, 1969; Whitehall/Claybanks 1971; Kalamazoo: Oakwood March 1, 1975; Harbor Springs Alanson 1979; Stockbridge 1987; Reed City 1990; Ovid 1993; Alden/Central Lake 1995; Retired...

Murphy, Arthur C.

Rev. Arthur C. Murphy, 68, died Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Ocala, Florida. He is survived by his spouse, Patricia Murphy.    Rev. Murphy served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: [Brandywine Trinity, Aug. 16, 1987;] Barryton/Chippewa Lake 1991; Bear Lake/Arcadia Dec. 1, 1993; Colon 1999; Retired Jan. 15, 2007.   Memorial Services will be held Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s UMC, 800 SE 41st Ave., Ocala FL ...

Felker, Bruce W.

Rev. Bruce Felker, 76, died September 17, 2013 in The Woodlands, TX. He is survived by his wife, Jeanie Felker. Rev. Felker served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: New Mexico Conf. 1962; Northwest Indiana Conf. 1965; Detroit Conf. 1968. Wesley Foundation Director, West Michigan University 1969; transferred from Detroit Conf. May 25, 1970. In school 1974. Supernumerary 1976   A service was held October 12, 2013 at St. Paul’s...

Garrod, Marcile Carol

Marcile Garrod, 83, died Saturday, September 7, 2013. She is survived by her spouse, Rev. Chuck Garrod.  Visitation will be held Friday, September 13, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Grand Rapids Trinity UMC 1100 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 3:00 pm, also at Grand Rapids Trinity UMC.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Clark Retirement Community Benevolent Fund or to the Trinity United Methodist Memorial and...

Doten, Dorothy (Dottie) A.

Dorothy (Dottie) A. Doten died Friday, August 16, 2013 at Clark Retirement Community. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Donn Doten, a clergy elder of the West Michigan Conference and editor of the Michigan Christian Advocate, who died in 1982. Dorothy was the mother of Pastor Dianne Doten Morrison of Traverse City Christ UMC. A memorial service will be held September 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Traverse City Central UMC, 222 Cass Street, Traverse City, MI 49684 (231) 946-5191. A...

Kidder, Richard A.

Richard A. Kidder, 94, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carol Lee Kidder. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret in 1965. Mr. Kidder served as a local pastor in the West Michigan Conference in the following appointments: E. 1965; Casnovia, 1955; Lyons, 1957; Grand Rapids, Epworth, 1960; Cedar Springs, 1962; Constantine, 1965.   A service was held Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Cedar Springs UMC.  Arrangements were...
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