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Elenore Devers

Jan 16, 1930 - Nov 30, 2023

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Elenore June DeversOf Eaton Rapids, MI peacefully passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at the age of 93. Born on January 16, 1930, in Ann Arbor, MI, the second of eight children born to Leland and Verlie (Cady) Curtis. Elenore was raised in Eaton Rapids where she attended a quant one-room school on Plains Road, eventually graduating in 1948. She married Kenneth Devers on January 25, 1949, and together they embarked on a journey that took them to Illinois, Texas, Arizona, Wyoming and even ...Read More

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Jeffery R-Thomas Cripe

Nov 17, 1981 - Feb 18, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Jeffery R-Thomas CripeOf Eaton Rapids, MI passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at the age of 42. Jeff was born on November 17, 1981, the son of John Cripe and Debbie (Morgan) Scarbro. He was raised in Eaton Rapids where he attended high school as part of the class of 2000.Jeff started his professional career in construction where he excelled as a roofer and became very skilled in his craft. He later delved into the growing industry, taking great pride and fulfillment in cultivating his crops.Jeff had a profound love for the outdoors, finding solace in activities such as fishing, kayaking, and rock hunting along the shores of various lakes across the state. He was also an avid sports enthusiast and especially loved the Michigan Wolverines. Jeff was an avid history buff and passionate about politics.He cherished moments with his wife, Melissa, often enjoying scenic drives along country roads to admire the beauty of the surrounding landscape. A true aficionado of music, Jeff found joy in exploring various genres and relished attending concerts whenever possible.Above all, Jeff will be remembered as a caring father, husband, and his fierce loyalty as a friend, brother, and son. He leaves behind a legacy of love and fond memories cherished by all who knew him.Jeff is survived by his son, Brandon Cripe; wife, Melissa Cripe; mother, Debbie Scarbro; special son, Lukus Zarr; brothers, Jeremiah Cripe, and John Cripe II; sisters, Jasmine (Andy) Emerick, Morgan Scarbro, Jill (Alex) Hisler, Janell (Phil) West, and Janie (Justin) Gallimore; mother-in-law, Marla Dennany; father-in-law, John (Dawn) Obuchowski; sisters-in-law, Kristine Obuchowski and Kayla Dennany; brother-in-law, Daniel Obuchowski; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friendsJeff was preceded in death by his father, John Cripe, stepfathers, Lawrence Scarbro, Gary Martin, sister-in-law, Kaitlyn Obuchowski, and close friends, Chris Krawczyk, and Kenneth Mishler.Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Skinner Funeral Home to assist with Jeff’s final expenses. To share memories or leave online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com

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Robert Edward Rach

Sep 10, 1949 - Feb 18, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Robert Edward Rach of Eaton Rapids,Passed away February 18, 2024, at the age of 74. Bob was born in Lansing, MI, on September 10, 1949, the son of Arthur and Edna (Felzke) Rach. He was a proud United States Army Veteran, serving from 1970-1971. Bob worked as a Well Driller for F&W Well Drilling for 15 years. He was generally a homebody and enjoyed fishing and wood cutting.Bob is survived by his loving wife Marcia Rach of Eaton Rapids; brother, John (Janet) Rach, Jim (Kitty) Rach; sister, Helen Sharp; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frederick (Maxine) Rach.Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the family of Robert Edward Rach to help with final expenses. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website www.millsfuneral.com.

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Dana Westley Telfor

Aug 24, 1936 - Feb 18, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Dana Westley Telfor of Eaton Rapids,Passed away February 18, 2024, at the age of 87. Dan was born in Belding, MI, on August 24, 1936, the son of Don and Lillian (LaPekes) Telfor. He joined the Marines at the age of 17 and proudly served his country in Japan. Dan worked as a supervisor for General Motors, retiring in 1988 after 30 years of service. After his retirement, he went to work in the Lawn and Garden Department at Meijer, which was right up his alley as he loved working outside in the yard and in his flower gardens. Dan also enjoyed farming. He always had pigs and his beloved Herefords. Some of his other hobbies included hunting, fishing and was very meticulous about polishing his vehicles.Dan is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Telfor of Eaton Rapids; children, Mark Telfor of Lansing, Danelle (Robert) Eckart of Kenosha, WI, Jamie (Debbie) Telfor of Eaton Rapids, Misty (Scott) Warner of Eaton Rapids; 21 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; siblings, Gary (Roxanne) Telfor of Grant, Josephine (Jack) Reeves of Belding, Connie (Bill) Gregory of Grant. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donald Telfor, Harold Telfor, Harry Telfor, Raymond Telfor; sister, Betty Williams; grandson, Colin Byars.Funeral Services will be held at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 2:00 pm. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm and Thursday from 1-2 pm. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation in loving memory of Dana Westley Telfor. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website www.millsfuneral.com.

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James Andrew Rivette

Feb 25, 1938 - Feb 15, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

James Andrew Rivette, fondly known as Jim, left us on February 15, 2024, just shy of his 86th birthday. Born on February 25, 1938, in Mt Clemens, Michigan, James spent his life being a beacon of love, loyalty, and adventure to all he met.James's life was marked by his dedication to his family and his faith. He was a devoted husband to Sue, his loving wife of over 62 years, and a doting father to his children, Linda Dale, Vernon (Danna) Rivette, and Cathy (Duane Wilson) Southerly. He cherished every moment spent with his grandchildren, Jessica (Christopher) Lyke, Andrew (Caitlin) Dale, Erika (McKay) Braley, Cole Rivette, Turner (Hannah) Southerly, Madison Southerly, Payton Wilson, Rickey Wilson, as well as 9 great grandchildren with two more on the way. Jim was a man of unwavering faith and served as a custodian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the greater Detroit area, a role he carried out with joy and reverence. A devoted Mormon, he joined the church in 1968, and it played an integral part in his life.James was an adventurous soul who loved the beauty of nature and found serenity in bird watching and tending to fresh flowers. His adventurous spirit led him to the tranquil waters of Tahquamenon Falls, MI, where he cherished flyfishing. Traverse City was another favorite destination for James, and he spent many a joyful day playing golf. His love for life and adventure was contagious, touching everyone he met. James now reunites with those who passed before him; his parents, Arthur and Hazel Rivette, and his siblings Mary, Fidelis, Joan, and Arthur.James Rivette’s life was a testament to love, loyalty and faith. His memory will live on in our hearts and minds forever. A memorial will be held at a later date. We invite you to share your memories and upload photos of James on the memorial page at www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com celebrating the remarkable life of this unforgettable man.

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Mary Helen Marietta

Mar 20, 1928 - Feb 12, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Mary Helen Marietta, a beloved resident of Eaton Rapids, MI, peacefully passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024, at the age of 95. Born on March 20, 1928, in Eaton Rapids, MI, Mary was the daughter of a first-generation Irish immigrant, Margaret (Livingston) Puffenberger, and father, Fred Puffenberger. Following the untimely loss of her parents, Mary assumed the responsibility of raising her brother Henry from the tender age of 13 and maintained a close bond with him until his passing in 2019. In 1946, Mary married Richard Marietta, and together they welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their lives.Mary dedicated herself to various endeavors throughout her life. She spent many years working at Eaton Stamping and devoted over two decades to the Eaton Rapids Flower Garden. Mary and her husband shared a love for travel, often embarking on adventures in their motorhome to destinations such as Arizona and Mexico. Active in her community, Mary was a familiar face at the Jean Bradford Kline Senior Center, where she organized events, sold fundraising tickets, and particularly enjoyed the Saturday evening dances.Renowned for her strong will and spirited demeanor, Mary remained steadfast and directed until her final days. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, cherishing the moments spent with her family.Mary is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Wyckoff; grandchildren, Angela (Dan) Kidder, Matthew Wyckoff; great-grandchildren, Madelyn Kidder, Carson (Maddy) Kidder; as well as special nieces and nephews, Fred Puffenberger, Randy Puffenberger, and Karen Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Richard Marietta; son-in-law, Don Wyckoff; and brother, Henry Puffenberger.The family expresses profound gratitude to Dan Guy and Brian Ross, who provided care for Mary's home over the past decade. Special appreciation is extended to Sharon Corbeil, Jill Skinner, Brenda and Allison Wineman, Diana, June, Kim, and Mary's neighbors for their unwavering support. They also thank Dr. Marissa Miller, Paula, and other staff for their exceptional care. Samantha from Landmark and the compassionate team at Sparrow Eaton, particularly Dr. Hillman and the nurses in Comfort Care, provided compassion during Mary's final hours.A memorial gathering will be held from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids chapel on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Light refreshments will be served. Those wishing to honor Mary's memory may contribute to the First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids or a charity of their choice. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com

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Willis Hasler Ottinger

Jul 31, 1927 - Feb 09, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Willis Hasler OttingerEaton Rapids, MichiganBorn on July 31, 1927, in Friendship, Tennessee, and departed this life on February 9, 2024. A man of great heart and intellect, Willis was adventurous, loyal, smart, and creative. He was a beacon of strength and love for his family and friends, and his spirit will live on through the countless lives he touched during his time on this earth.Willis was an interior decorator by trade, self-employed for many years and for the last ten years at Manatte County School in Bradenton, Florida where he retired. However, his true passions lay outside the confines of the traditional work environment. Willis was a jack-of-all-trades, an avid golfer, fisherman, kayaker, and enjoyed camping. His love for the great outdoors was only rivaled by his talent for woodworking and his dedication to spending quality time with his grandchildren. Willis and his late wife, Beatrice, also shared a unique hobby in muzzle loading competitions. Willis's life was a testament to the power of love, adventure, and creativity. He will be deeply missed, but his legacy will continue to inspire and comfort those he left behind.Willis is survived by his loving daughter, Gail (Harry) Mallory, and his son, Terry (Paulette) Ottinger. Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Mary Ottinger, his beloved wife of 64 years, Beatrice Ottinger, his son, Willis “Glenn” (Janet) Ottinger, and grandsons, Aaron Ottinger and Mike Hagerman, great grandson, Chad Hiner as well as four brothers and sisters.A visitation for Willis will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 11:00 am at Skinner Funeral Home - Lansing Chapel, located at 101 West Jolly Road, Lansing, Michigan, 48910. The funeral service will follow at the same location at 1:00 pm. Please consider sharing your memories, photos, and stories about Willis on his memorial page at www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com

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Christopher Charles Clark

Apr 13, 1942 - Feb 08, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Christopher Charles Clark of Eaton Rapids,Passed away February 8, 2024, at the age of 81. Christopher was born in Kinneville, Michigan on April 13, 1942, the son of Leroy and Eleanor (Mudge) Clark. He retired from the State of Michigan after 31 years as a Mechanic and Snow Plow Driver. Christopher was blessed musically. He played the banjo, four-string and five-string guitars, mandolin and piano. Christopher was a member of the Charlotte Assembly of God Church and Child’s Bible Church in Onondaga. He was very mechanically inclined and loved working on cars.Christopher is survived by his wife, Dana Clark of Eaton Rapids; children, Tamera (John Palmer) Robinson of Jackson, Matthew Clark of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Valerie (Steve Mills) Clark, Zachary (Ashley Cooper) Robinson, Benjamin Robinson; brother, Andrew (Vicky) Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Nathan Clark.Funeral Services will be held at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 12:00 pm with visitation from 11-12 pm. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Community Visiting Nurses Association, 2140 University Park Dr, Okemos MI 48864. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website www.millsfuneral.com.

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Elizabeth Jean Bushnell

Oct 22, 1929 - Feb 07, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Elizabeth Jean Bushnell, known affectionately as "Betty" to all who loved her, passed away on February 7, 2024 at the age of 94. Born on October 22, 1929 in Lansing, MI, to Bernard and Vanessa (Bush) Stevens. Betty moved to California when she was a teenager and that is where she finished her schooling and graduated high school. She later met Carl Bushnell, also from Lansing, and the two of them later married and moved back to Lansing, Michigan. Betty spent her professional years employed in the Media Department of Lansing Public Schools, where she touched countless lives with her dedication and love for education. Her commitment extended beyond her work, as she was also a devoted member of the Moose Lodge of Lansing. Yet, it was the simple pleasures that she cherished the most. Summers spent on Higgins Lake, afternoons spent crocheting or playing pinochle, spending her days with her Schnauzers, Willie and Wilson, and her daily reading of the Lansing State Journal were her favorite pastimes. Betty was loved by many and will be missed dearly by all who remember her. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 64 years, Carl Bushnell; her parents, Bernard and Vanessa Stevens; her son, Michael Bushnell; brother, Ronald Stevens; and her sister, I. Marie (Arey) Acker.Betty is survived by her loving children, Lynne Baird, Carl (Joseph Aspiras) Bushnell, Dean (Kathleen) Bushnell; 5 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren as well as many extended family and friends.A memorial service for Betty will be held at a later date and later she will be interred with her husband at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing. As we celebrate the life and legacy of Elizabeth “Betty” Bushnell, we invite you to share your cherished memories and photographs on her memorial page at www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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Hal Gordon Zenker

Nov 09, 1956 - Feb 03, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Hal Gordon Zenker of Eaton Rapids,Passed away February 3, 2024, at the age of 67. He was born in Eaton Rapids, Michigan on November 9, 1956, the son of Basil and Ella (Tompkins) Zenker. Hal proudly served with the Army National Guard for 16 years on the Sharpshooter Team. He devoted 22 years to his son Justin, caring for him until his passing in 2022. Hal had many hobbies, hunting, fishing, cooking, photography, traveling, working in the garden and planting flowers. He had a 1969 Mercury Cougar that he enjoyed working on as well.Hal is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; children, Brandon (Katie) Zenker of Illinois, Mike Norton of Hastings, Dustin (Heather) Schlichter of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Aidan Zenker, Tyler Norton, Preston Schlichter, Blake Schlichter; in-laws, Dale (Jain) Brecht, Paulette Vance, Kathy Brecht; siblings, Lyle (Debbie) Zenker, Greg Zenker, Beth Moser. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Justin Zenker; brothers; Wade Zenker, William Carother.Funeral Services will be held at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids on Thursday, February 8 at 12:00 pm with visitation one hour prior as well as the night before from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Interment will follow the funeral service in Clarence Township Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website www.millsfuneral.com.

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Ruth Caroline Webb Smith

Jul 19, 1926 - Feb 02, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Ruth Caroline Webb Smith; July 19, 1926-February 2, 2024Devoted to and survived by her children: Patricia Anders, Sue Betcher, Lawrence Smith, and Margaret Anderson; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 2 great, great grandchildren. She also helped to shepherd stepson Ronald Lynn through adolescence. Proceeded in death by brothers Wesley William Webb (2004) and Lee Lawrence Webb (2018) and husband Howard Raymond Smith (2000).Ruth was born in North Aurelius Township; loved the township and liked to be identified as being from North Aurelius. She Lived on the same farm for her whole life; first settled by her great, great, great, great grandfather in 1837, George B. Webb and Anna Maria Cately. Her parents were Lawrence Guy Webb (1947) and Florence Townsend Clark.She was active in the township Farm Bureau serving as secretary; the Robbins Methodist Church; Michigan Centennial Farm Organization; Stanton First Congregational Church; and the Derby Lake Association. She served on the Aurelius Township Planning Commission and was the Vice President of the township board.Ruth worked alongside her husband on the farm for many years, catered farm auction sales, and worked for 33 years as a seed analyst for Michigan Crop Improvement. She was capable of feeding hundreds of people and loved to plan events. Ruth said, "I liked my job, the people and the money."She loved to do projects. Rebuilt the log house originally built by the pioneers; moved a house across the county; remodeled the cottage at Derby Lake; and made a beautiful home. Built the farm shop, and two barns in the last twenty years.As a girl, she loved to play softball, as a young adult to water ski, and to drive any vehicle, machinery included. As an adult, she idolized Donald Duck and thought she was a lot like him.Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 8, 2023, at Robbins United Methodist Church with Pastor Janet Shaffer and Pastor Caroline Spragg Officiating. The family will receive friends at Skinner Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to Robbins United Methodist Church, the First Congregational Church of Stanton, or Aurelius Township 4H Club. To share memories or leave online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com

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