Obituaries

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...

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.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Ellen Kintner, who died in 1993. 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...

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...
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