Obituaries

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...

McConnell, Janilyn

Rev. Janilyn McConnell, 80, died July 14, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Merwin (Mac) McConnell. Rev. McConnell served in the following appointment in the West Michigan Conference: Deacon, Kewadin (LTFT 1/4) 1998; Retired 2003; died 7-14-2013. A memorial service was held Friday, July 19, 2013, at the Kewadin United Methodist Church, 7234 Cairn Hwy., Kewadin, MI, 49648. Memorial donations can be made to Kewadin Methodist Church. Arrangements were handled by the...

Rice, Allen B., II

Rev. Allen B. Rice II, 89, died Sunday, June 16, 2013.  He is survived by his wife, Shirleyann ‘Shan’ Rice.   Rev. Rice served in the Detroit Conference along with the following appointments affiliated with the West Michigan Conference: [Detroit Conf] West Lebanon State Line 1946; Waterford Wesley 1949; Argos/Poplar Grove April 1951; Hammond First (Assoc.) 1953; Nappanee, N Indiana 1956; Alpena 1959; Belleville 1965; Executive Director MICAP 1969; Retired Dec 31,...

Lundquist, Georgia

Georgia Lundquist, 78, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Georgia died peacefully at home surrounded by loving family. She is survived by her husband Mr. David Lundquist. Georgia was a longtime, active member of First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo where she taught Sunday School and was active in the United Methodist Women’s organization. She was also involved in the Wesley Foundation/United Methodist Campus Ministry at Western Michigan University as an office administrator. A...

Miller, John Moore, Jr.

Rev. John Moore Miller, Jr., age 95, [Retired Detroit Annual Conference Clergy] died Sunday, May 19, 2013.  Reverend Miller served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Leaton (1945), Gladwin Circuit (1946), Mesick (1949), Levering / Pelton (1956), East Jordan (1963) and Bear Lake / Arcadia / Pleasanton (1965). He transferred to the Detroit Annual Conference in 1968 where he served in the following appointments: Gaines and Ossineke / Hubbard Lake /...

Van Lente, Lloyd R.

Rev. Lloyd R. Van Lente, age 96, died April 13, 2013 while in hospice care at Clark Retirement Community. He was preceded in death by his wife Marion Van Lente in 2006.  He served the following appointments as pastor in the West Michigan Conference: Ferry 1955, Shepherd/Mt Pleasant Indian Mission 1958, Lakeview/Belvidere 1964, Ganges 1966, Fennville/Ganges 68, Caledonia/Parmelee 71, Lansing Central Associate 1977. He retired in 1982. A service celebrating his life...

Grauer, Rev. Charles D.

Rev. Charles D. Grauer, 68, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013 while in hospice care. He is survived by his spouse, Patricia Grauer and their children and spouses, Kristen Grauer & Tim Warren; Kimberly Grauer; Jordan & Melissa Grauer.   Rev. Grauer served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Frontier/Cambria 1968; Frontier/Osseo Sept 15, 1969; Lansing Central (Assoc.) 1970; In School 1972; Grass Lake Jan 15, 1973; Three Rivers First/Ninth Street 1976; Alma...

Johannides, Mildred Mae

Mildred Mae Johannides, 93, of Penney Farms, FL, died Friday, March 8, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Francis C. Johannides in 2003. She served alongside her husband at Robbins/Grovenburg UMC, Jackson Brookside UMC, Battle Creek Maple UMC, Sparta UMC, Lansing First UMC, St. John’s UMC, and Vicksburg UMC.   A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at the Penney Memorial Church 4465 Poling Blvd, Penney Farms, FL 32079, Pastor Rex...

Marshall, Ray

Raymond Lee (Ray) Marshall, 73, died Monday, February 18, 2013. Ray was a leader of both Lay Speaking Ministries and Boy Scout Ministries in his local congregation and in the Albion District, and was West Michigan Associate Conference Lay Leader from 2006 to 2012. He is survived by his wife, Rosanne Marshall.  Visitation will be Friday, February 22, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Eickhoff Funeral Home, 311 West Main Street, Mendon, MI.   A...

Closson, Nathalie (Chenevert)

Nathalie Closson (nee Chenevert), age 92, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in South Elgin, IL. She was predeceased by her husband, Pastor Frank Closson, who died in 1988.   Nathalie served with her husband, a former EUB pastor, in Michigan. She also assisted him in serving at Garrett Evangelical Seminary and as a missionary in Sierre Leone.   Services were held Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Reed City United Methodist Church.  Arrangements were handled by Countryside Funeral Home...

Grimes, Lynn E.

Rev. Lynn E. Grimes, 69, died Sunday, January 20, 2013. She is survived by her spouse, Mr. Kip Grimes.   Rev. Grimes served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: In School G-ETS 1982; Okemos (Assoc) 1983; Grand Ledge 1989; Central District Superintendent 1993; Holt 1999; Retired 2006.   A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 at Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church, 411 Harrison St., Grand Ledge, MI 48837-1575 with...

Smith, Garth D.

Rev. Garth D. Smith, 95, died Sunday, January 20, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Smith.  Rev. Smith served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: [Northstar 1938; Fulton 1941; Leaton 1944]; White Cloud 1945; Fennville 1950; Coloma 1955; Colon 1957; Ovid/Shepardsville 1963; Climax/Scotts/Fulton 1965; Benton Harbor: Grace 1971; Bellaire 1977; Retired Dec. 31, 1980; Jones 1982-Dec. 31, 1984   A memorial Service will held Thursday, January 24 at...

Barrett, Florence

Florence Barrett, 88. Florence died Saturday, January 19, 2013. Florence was a lay speaker within the West Michigan Conference, participated in UMW, She was at home with hospice and passed peacefully surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Barrett, in 2005.  Florence was a lay speaker within the West Michigan Conference, participated in UMW, recently preached at Niles Wesley UMC, Silver Creek UMC and Keeler UMC.   Visitation will be Tuesday,...

Frevert, Beverly Lou

Beverly Lou Frevert, age 85, of Mt. Pleasant died Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Woodland Hospice House. She was predeceased by her husband Rev. Albert Frevert, December 1, 2012. A Celebration of Beverly and Albert's lives will take place next spring. Beverly will be buried next to her husband in Riverside Cemetery in Alma. Arrangements were handled by the Clark Family Funeral Chapel (989) 775-9943. Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in her honor....

Moore, Eugene B.

Reverend Eugene B. Moore died Friday, December 14, 2012. Pastor Moore served at the Bloomingdale UMC, Kalamazoo District. He is survived by his wife Tammy Moore and their children and grandchildren. Pastor Moore served at the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: [Dimondale 1960; Bear Lake Circuit 1963]; Blanchard/Winn/Pine River/Commer 1966; Three Rivers Ninth Street/Jones 1968; Honorable Location 1972 (Charge Conf: Paw Paw); Bloomingdale (Ad Interim Appointment) Jan...

Pierce, Ward D.

Rev. Ward D. Pierce, 82, died Sunday, December 2, 2012. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan (Holcomb) Pierce and by his second wife, Muriel (Casteel) Pierce.   Rev. Pierce served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Mesick/Brethren/Harrietta 1967; Mesick/Harrietta 1971; Lake City 1972; Grand Rapids Griggs Aug 15, 1976; (Griggs merged with Wesley Park) Wyoming Wesley Park Jan 1, 1979; Buchanan First March 15, 1979; Lake Odessa Lakewood...
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