Obituaries

Albery, Mary (Willoughby)

Rev. Mary (Willoughby) Albery, 90, died Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Mary was a retired clergy of the Detroit Conference, and was also a surviving spouse of the Rev. Paul Albery who predeceased her on November 16, 2006. There will be a memorial service for Mary on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at the Chelsea Retirement Community, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI. The phone number there is 734-433-1000.   Memorial gifts may be given to:  United Methodist Retirement...

Rev. Dale Spoor

Rev. Dale D. Spoor died on November 11, 2014.  The Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at the Skinner Funeral Home, 101 West Jolly Road, Lansing, Michigan 48910.  The Service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  Visitation to meet Dale's family will be held on Friday, November 14th, at the Funeral Home from 1-3 PM and 5 - 7 PM. Rev. Spoor was predeceased by his wife, Vera and son, James.  Rev. Spoor was received into the West Michigan...

Lindland, Agnes

Agnes Lindland, 89, died Friday, October 31, 2014 at Clark Retirement Community. She is survived by her spouse of 65 years, Rev. Kenneth Lindland. Pastor Ken and Agnes were the first to serve at Lake Harbor when it was established in the mid-1950's.     A funeral services will be held Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Clark Retirement Community Chapel, with a reception immediately following.   A second Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at 11:00...

Blaker, (Novada) Renee

(Novada) Renee Blaker, 47, died Wednesday, October 29, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Richard Blaker Jr, and their four children.  Renee was the daughter of Revs. Kay & Merlin Pratt.   Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 3, 2014 at Spurgeon Funeral Home, 206 E. Commerce Street, Brownstown, IN 47220, and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Tuesday, November 4, at the church.   A funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, November 4, at...

Dykema, Thomas Michael

Thomas Michael Dykema, age 42, of Muskegon, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy Dykema. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Leah; children Troy and Taylor; step-children, Leanna, Alex and Hunter; nephews Tyler and Tanner, mother, Nancy Boelens; and father, Ken Dykema. The family will meet with relatives and friends on Monday, July 28 from 6-9 pm at the Cook Funeral Home, 4235 Prairie SW, Grandville, MI (West Building). A memorial...

Hubley, Marylin Weston

Marylin Weston Hubley, wife of Pastor Laurence (Larry) Hubley, Ret., died July 21, 2014.  She is survived by her husband, her children, Karen (Brian) Merrow, Janet (Bob) Myers, Brenda (Chris) Garner and Peter (Ursula), 11 grandchildren; and one great-grand-daughter.   A celebration of her life service will be held on Saturday, July 26th, at 10:00am in the Kiva at Friendship Village, 1400 North Drake Rd. Kalamazoo. Visitation will follow immediately after the service until 1:00PM....

Cozadd, Frank A.

Rev. Frank A. Cozadd, age 87, died Saturday, June 28, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Elsie (Fay) Cozadd and his brother-in-law and sister, retired clergy Rev. Dale and Mrs. Esther Brown.   Reverend Cozadd served in both the West and Detroit Conferences in the following appointments: [(RM) T 1952; F 1956]. 1949 Barryton; 1952 Bloomingdale; 1954 Sturgis (assoc.); 1956 Transf. to Detroit Conf., Detroit; Christ (assoc.); 1958 Farmington: Orchard; 1967 Clarkston; 1975 Ann...

Young, Richard M.

Rev. Richard M. Young, age 82, died Saturday, June 7, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Young.   Rev. Young served in the following congregations in the West Michigan Conference: Leonides Sept. 1, 1970; Athens-Leonidas Aug. 16, 1980; Millville 1986; Vermontville-Gresham 1990.   Visitation will take place today, Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Richard Henry Funeral Home. A funeral service is being held Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at...

Duncan, Edward L.

The Rev. Edward L. Duncan died June 7, 2014.    Rev. Duncan was a retired pastor of the Detroit Area Conference, former Director of Mission and Outreach and Editor of the Michigan Christian Advocate.   Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 9, 2014 at the Frankfort United Methodist Church, Grand Traverse District.   Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the following: Alzheimer’s Association (by ph. 1-800-272-3900) P.O. Box...

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...
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