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Otto Erickson

Nov 27, 1934 - Oct 27, 2023

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Pickford, MI

"Otto Keith Erickson, age 88, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, passed away on October 27, 2023, at home. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie on November 27, 1934, to parents Otto William and Flora Bell (Mitchell) Erickson. Keith grew up on the west side of Sault Ste. Marie graduated with the class of 1953 from Sault High School. He enlisted with the United States Coast Guard following graduation. He married his high school sweetheart, Joanne (Nash) shortly before his discharge. The couple started thei...Read More

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Sandra Kay Wallins

Sep 14, 1944 - Jan 08, 2024

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Pickford, MI

"In Memoriam: Sandra Kay Wallins (September 14, 1944 - January 8, 2024) It is with a profound sense of love and gratitude that we remember Sandra Kay Wallins, who gracefully journeyed through this life from September 14, 1944, until January 8, 2024. At the venerable age of 79, Sandra left an indelible mark on the hearts and lives of those she touched. Sandra\u0027s legacy is cherished by her beloved wife, Beverly Bouschor, and her dear children - William Bouschor of Sault Ste. Marie, Wendy Bouschor, and James Bouschor of Brimley, Michigan. Her memory lives on through her adored grandchildren Ryley Farnquist, Damien Bouschor, Ricky Bouschor, and Raul Bouschor, all of Brimley, Michigan, and her loving brother, Bruce Wallin of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Sandra was a beacon of guidance and love, preceded in life by her parents Carl and Myrt Wallin, who instilled in her the values she carried throughout her life. Professionally, Sandra dedicated her career as an audiologist and speech pathologist to the service of Native American communities in the Great Lakes region. Her work in Indian Country was not just a job but a heartfelt mission, enhancing the lives of countless individuals through her expertise and compassion in hearing and speech therapy. Sandra\u0027s personal life was rich with diverse interests and unwavering kindness. In her younger years, she was an avid enthusiast of the outdoors, often found hunting and fishing in the serene woods of Wisconsin. As time passed, her curiosity led her to become a tinkerer, embracing a plethora of challenges for the sheer joy of learning and problem-solving. Above all, Sandra was known for her profound kindness and an innate desire to uplift those around her, always extending a helping hand to those in need. Her life\u0027s journey in the Great Lakes region led her to the love of her life, Beverly Bouschor. Together, they shared nearly three decades of love and companionship, culminating in a beautiful marriage on October 8th, 2016, in a ceremony by the shores of Waiska Bay. We invite you to join us in celebrating Sandra\u0027s life at the Nigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building. All family members are welcome at 3pm, a public viewing will begin at 5 pm, followed by a feast around 7 pm. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 AM on Thursday, with Cecil Pavlat Sr., a respected pipecarrier, leading the prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Hospice of EUP house. Contributions can be made online at https://www.hospiceoftheeup.com/donate/. Your generosity will support others in their time of need, reflecting Sandra\u0027s lifelong commitment to helping and caring for others. Sandra\u0027s journey through life was a tapestry of dedication, love, and resilience. Her spirit, teachings, and generosity of heart will continue to inspire us all. In remembering Sandra, we embrace the warmth and affection she shared so freely, ensuring her legacy endures in the lives she touched. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www.csmulder.com"

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Audie Potter

Sep 13, 1956 - Dec 12, 2023

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Pickford, MI

"Audie M. Potter, age 67, a resident of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and formerly of Pickford, Michigan, entered eternal life on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at his residence. He was born on September 13, 1956, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to Marvin and Kathleen (Batho) Potter. Audie graduated from Pickford High School with the class of 1974. He had worked at Quinnell Funeral Home for ten years, Hovie Funeral Home for seven years, UPS for seventeen years, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, Delta Force Security, DK Security at Soo Locks, and at Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home. He volunteered for the Pickford Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years and the Pickford Ambulance service for 25 years. Audie had served for the Chippewa County Sheriff's Posse. Audie enjoyed spending his time hunting, target and clay shooting (with mixed results), visiting the local bakeries, horse riding, racing snowmobiles, was a Michigan and Michigan State fan (depending which son he was around), and cheered for the Detroit Lions. Audie always enjoyed talking and visiting with anyone - he was never a stranger. He was a kind, jovial, and giving person that above all, enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Audie was a member of the Westshore Sportsman Club and the Michigan International Racing Association. Audie is survived by the love of his life, Sherry, of Manitowoc; daughter, Ashley (Tim) Carty, of Manitowoc; sons, Nick (Kelsey) Potter, of Manitowoc; and Jordan (Amanda) Potter, of North Richland Hills, Texas; 13 grandchildren, Trinity, Tayvia, Breckyn, Hunter, Dylan, Jameson, Camden, Kellen, Eva, Natilie, Wyatt, Jake and Bailey; great-grandson, Lathan; step-father, Richard Newland, of Detour, Michigan; and many other relatives and friends who will all miss him greatly. Audie was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Potter and Kathleen Newland. Visitation will be held at the Fundamental Baptist Church in Kinross on Friday, December 22, 2023, from 12 noon - 2:00 PM. The Funeral Service will begin at 2:00 PM with Pastor Tim Rader officiating. The Final resting place will be at Cottle Cemetery, Pickford. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. csmulder. com. "

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Peter Gianakura

Mar 25, 1922 - Dec 17, 2023

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Pickford, MI

"Peter C. Gianakura March 25, 1922 - December 17, 2023 Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names. - Proverbs Peter Chris Gianakura, (AKA Papa, Papou, Preacher Pete from Carrie Street) Age 101, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, December 17th. To say he will be missed by many is an understatement! He was a blessing to all who knew him, as well as those with whom he had a chance or brief encounter. Peter was born to Katherine (Economou) and Chris Gianakura on March 25, 1922, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He graduated from Sault High School in 1940, and attended Cleary College, in Ypsilanti. He served in WWII in the US Army Medical Corps for over four years, and upon his return attended Soo Tech (Now LSSU). He owned and managed the family restaurant, The American Cafe, for 43 years. On a semi-retired status, he was a guide at the Tower of History and delivered flowers for Co-Ed Flowers and Gifts. He officially retired in 1998 but preferred to call this phase of his life "renewal", rather than retirement. He was a lifetime member of St. George Greek Orthodox church and served as President of the Church Council. He was also a member of the Masonic Order, Bethel Lodge 358 and a 32-degree Mason Scottish Rite. He was president of the original Child Guidance Clinic, and co-chairman with his good friend Lester Oberman of the Red Cross Drive after the war. He and his beloved Georgia were members of LSSU's Elders and the Chippewa County Historical Society. Peter married Georgia (Gianacakos), the love of his life, on September 18th, 1960, who predeceased him on July 1, 2022. Their marriage was a model for all who knew them. He is Papa to his surviving daughters, Catherine Rogg, Joy (Mark) Allen and Anastasia (Victor) Stacey, and Papou to his six grandchildren, Pierce and Blythe Rogg, Christian and Charlotte Harrison, Hunter (Claire) and Hayden (Grace) Stacey. He is also survived by his sisters, Helen Reinkensmeyer and Joy Fife along with many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, and infant brother, John; brother, Samuel Gianakura and sister, Sophie Kephart. Peter owned a successful business, but his heart was with serving others and meaningful conversation, not business itself - people were his business. He had a kind heart, a quick wit, and a love for all. He also had a story for any situation. The true success of Peter's life was engaging with others, making them feel special and being the most amazing husband, father, brother and grandfather, anyone could wish for. His parents and siblings would agree that he was a devoted son and brother. Peter will be remembered for a life well lived and how he made others feel. He wrote a book about his observations and experiences when working at the cafe and about his life growing up in the Soo and eventually taking over his father's business. His daughter Catherine was the catalyst and editor of the project. Friends Chris Roll and Dee Stevens also reviewed the manuscript. Sault Printing was the publisher of the book - Reflections from the Grill, An American Cafe. Peter touched many lives through the customers and employees at the American, but he also made many friends when he relocated in 2014 with Georgia to Grand Rapids to be closer to their daughters. A soul like Peter's should be shared. His family is grateful for the many wonderful friends he made in their Grand Rapids home. So many beautiful and lasting family friendships have been forged. Thank you to all of the Soo friends who showed love and care for Peter and Georgia in the past several years and visited when they were in the area. Over the past few years, many have asked Papa for his secret to a long life. His response usually included having a strong faith, not holding grudges, loving one another, and having a grateful heart, which he had, to the very end. In addition, spend time in nature, read, and include a bit of single malt scotch at 3 PM each day. Good night, Papa. God Bless you. Peter asks that we please seek to forgive others, share our passions with many, spend time with our family in prayer, speak kind words to all, share our faith, and say words that are meaningful to our loved ones. If you feel you must do something, plant a tree, or do something to grow a meaningful life in others. These are Peter's wishes (Thank you Diane Rose Kutchin for the inspiration). If you wish to contribute beyond that of the above, please consider: The Gianakura Scholarship Fund, LSSU (scholarship for a future writer or journalist) lssu. edu/give, and select "Peter and Georgia Endowment". Faith Hospice https://faithhospicecare. org/donate/ to continue their amazing work, and whose loving care over the past year has been unrivaled. Edison Christian Assisted Living Center https://www. edisonchristian. org/give/, whose staff are a blessing to us as and the whole family and provided Papa with love and kindness for the past 18 months. Visitation will take place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 330 Lakeside Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI, on Thursday, January 4th from 10-11 AM followed by Christian Funeral Services at 11 AM. Friends and family are asked to remain at the church following the services for a meal and a toast to Peter's amazing life and passing on to his eternal home. A memorial service and burial will take place in Peter's beloved Sault Ste. Marie at a later date in the spring of 2024. Obituary as submitted by Peter\u0027s loving family. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com"

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Prentiss Brown Jr

Dec 05, 1925 - Dec 03, 2023

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Pickford, MI

"Prentiss Marsh "Moey" Brown Jr. , age 97, of St. Ignace, Michigan, died on December 3, 2023, at Evergreen Living Center. He was born in St. Ignace on December 5, 1925, to Prentiss Sr. and Marion (Walker) Brown. Moey attend the public schools in St. Ignace and Washington D. C. He was drafted in 1944, while still a senior at LaSalle High School in St. Ignace. He was honorably discharged in 1946 from the United States Navy. In the Fall of 1946, he attended Albion College. While he was there, he became the MIAA Champion in the half mile. Spring of 1948, he graduated from Albion College and married Margaret Alice Dolese. He then went on to attend the University of Michigan Law School in late 1948. He graduated from the UofM Law School in June of 1951 and went on to join Brown \u0026amp; Brown Law Office with his father, Prentiss M. Brown, and brother, James J. Brown. Moey was the Democratic candidate for 11th U. S. Congressional Seat 1952, 1956, 1958, and 1960. He was the City of St. Ignace Attorney from April 22, 1957, thru May of 2012. He was a Board Member of the First National Bank of St. Ignace from 1953 to present date and Chairman of the Board of the First National Bank of St. Ignace 1964 to present date. He was also a board member of Union Terminal Piers/Arnold Line from 1953 thru 2010, Trustee of Albion College 1966 thru 1996, and St. Ignace Kiwanis Club charter member from 1951 thru present date. He was a lifelong devoted member of the United Methodist Church and avid fan of St. Ignace LaSalle High School and University of Michigan sporting events. He was on the original Michigan Title Standards Committee of the State Bar of Michigan for more than ten years. Moey had been on the Board of the Mackinac Straits Hospital \u0026amp; Health Care Center from its inception and has served on its legal counsel for many years. He served as a Board Member for over 30 years for The St. Ignace Golf \u0026amp; Country Club. Prentiss and his brother, James, were also co-owners of Whiteside Abstract \u0026amp; Title Insurance Company for over 50 years. Moey was the City Attorney for the City of Mackinac Island for many years and has been the attorney for many townships in the surrounding area over many years. Moey had always been willing to give of his time to help others out and would often say "is there anything I can do to help". He was very devoted to his local community and had poured his heart and soul into the St. Ignace area. He will be forever missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. In his free time, Moey enjoyed gardening, golfing, tennis, skiing, and spending time with his family. Moey is survived by three sons and a daughter; Stephen (Jan), Charles (Nancy), Benjamin (Claudette), and Mary Margaret "Diggy" (Scott); brother, Paul (Meg) Brown; ten grandchildren; and twelve great- grandchildren with another on the way. Moey was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; parents, Prentiss Sr. and Marion; siblings, Mariana Rudolph, Ruth Evashevski, Barbara Laing, Patricia Watson, and James brown Jr. Visitation will be held at the United Methodist Church in St. Ignace on Thursday, December 7, 2023, from 10 AM - 12 PM with the Funeral Service beginning at 12 noon with the burial to follow. The Final resting place will be at Lakeside Cemetery, St. Ignace. Memorial donations in Moey's memory may be made out to the St. Ignace Methodist Church, the Mackinac Straits Hospital, Michilimackinac Historical Society, or another charity of your choice. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com. "

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Sandra Kuhns

Jul 02, 1940 - Nov 29, 2023

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Pickford, MI

"Sandra "Sandy" Kay (Stauffer) Kuhns, age 83, of Goetzville, Michigan, passed away at Harbor View Assisted Living in DeTour Village, Michigan, on November 29, 2023. She was born on July 2, 1940, in Muncie Indiana, to Hubert and Mildred (Garringer) Stauffer. Sandy grew up in Albany, Indiana, and graduated in 1958 from Albany High School. She started her career in banking at Mutual Home and then later moved to work at Industrial Trust. She enjoyed spending time at Oliver Lake with friends, crafting, and bowling leagues. It was at the bowling alley where she met the love of her life, Don Kuhns. They married on July 24, 1964, and had their daughter, Stacy, who was the absolute light of their lives. Not long after Stacy was born, Sandy devoted her time to activities that she could do from the comfort of her home. She began collecting antique furniture, refinishing pieces, sewing, and crafting. She found her passion in these projects and traveled all over Indiana on weekends to visit antique malls, auctions, and craft shows. It wasn't long before she became a vendor at those very same places she loved visiting. In the early 2000s, Don and Sandy moved to Raber, Michigan, to be closer to Stacy and their grandchildren. This was a highlight of Sandy's life as she could spend hours watching freighters pass on the St. Mary's River, sneak onto her back porch to hand-feed the wandering deer, and watch her grandchildren grow up - she loved being "Nana" the most. In the hearts of family and friends who will dearly miss her, she leaves behind cherished memories. Sandy is survived by her daughter, Stacy (Ken) Wilkie, of Goetzville; grandchildren, Madison and Jaxon; sister-in-law, Ellen Graves of Muncie; brother-in-law, Gail Kuhns of Muncie, as well as many other loved ones. Sandy was preceded in death by her husband Don Kuhns; parents, Hubert and Mildred Stauffer; in-laws John and Mildred Lake; sister-in-law, Marilyn Kuhns; brother-in-law, Bob Gaves; brother and sister-in-law Earl and Lesta Etchison; and nephew, Bret Etchison. A Celebration of Life for both Don and Sandy will he held at Fountain Square Church (4405 S. Madison St. , Muncie, IN) on December 27, 2023. Friends and family are invited to gather at 1:00 PM with a Memorial Service to follow officiated by their nephew, Steve Graves, at 2:00 PM. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of the EUP, 308 W. 12th Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com. Obituary as submitted by family. "

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James Buckland

Apr 21, 1959 - Nov 02, 2023

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Pickford, MI

"James "Jim" Arthur Buckland, age 64, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, died Thursday, November 2, 2023, in Sault Ste. Marie. He was born on April 21, 1959, to Wendell and Anita (Johnson) Buckland. Jim was a proud member of the Portage Central High School Class of 1977. While attending Portage Central, he was part of the baseball and hockey teams. After high school, Jim went on to attend Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, following the tradition of his father Wendell Buckland. Jim was an electrical engineer and started his career at Texas Instruments then Martin Systems. Jim went on to co-found his own company, Insight Integration. In his free time, he enjoyed watching the boats at the Soo Locks and enjoying nature in Rotary Park with his daughter, Kate. Jim loved the outdoors and any activity that brought him outside including skiing, hiking, golfing, and biking. He loved any and all types of music and was an avid University of Michigan football fan. Jim also had a green thumb and enjoyed growing his own herbs. Jim was an amazing cook and spent time learning how to make his own bread and experimenting with different recipes. Jim was a member of the Lutheran Church. He was a loving father, brother, and uncle and will be immensely missed by his family and friends. Jim is survived by his daughter, Katharine "Kate" Buckland of Atlanta, Georgia; sisters, Karin Buckland-Van Dyke of Houghton, Michigan, and Julie (Rodney) Buckland-Patrick of Irving, Texas; nephew, Andrew Van Dyke of Marquette, Michigan; niece's, Sarah Van Dyke-Golus of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Emma Barnes of St. Paul, Minnesota. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Anita Buckland. A memorial service for Jim will be announced at a later date. Final resting place will be at the Gardens of Rest Memorial Park in Escanaba, Michigan. Family Life Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www. galerfuneralhomes. com"

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Herbert Kriesche

Jun 15, 1948 - Nov 21, 2023

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Pickford, MI

"Herbert Michael Kriesche, age 75, of St. Ignace, Michigan (formally of Hessel, Michigan), passed away on November 21, 2023. He was born on June 15, 1948, to Jack and Lucille Kriesche. Michael attended the third ward school in St. Ignace and went on to graduate from Northern Michigan University with a certificate in welding. He worked for Pettibone Company in Baraga, Michigan, for six years until moving home for a few years to help his dad with his logging business. He then moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, where his sister lived, for the next seven years before moving back to Michigan. Michael was involved with the Community Action Agency in St. Ignace and attended the St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in St. Ignace. Michael is survived by his brother, Harold Kriesche of St. Ignace; sister, Jackie Lou McCormick of Katy, Texas; nephews, Mark and (Linda) McAllister of Katy, Dean (Nancy) McAllister of New Braunfels, Texas, and Dale Kriesche of Rudyard, Michigan; and nieces, Debra (Jeff) Andrews of Gaylord, Michigan, and Dorothy Kriesche of St. Ignace. Also, his special friend, Judy Caskey of St. Ignace. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Lucille; sister-in-law, Sally Kriesche; and brother-in-law, Donald McCormick. Per Michael's wishes there will be no services at this time. The final resting place will be at the Carp River Cemetery next to his parents. Family Life Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com Obituary as submitted by family. "

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Virginia Macdonald

Apr 21, 1942 - Nov 20, 2023

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Pickford, MI

"Virginia "Ginny" A. MacDonald, age 81, loving and devoted wife and mother, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 20, 2023, at Cedarbrook Senior Care \u0026amp; Rehab in Allentown while holding the hand of her husband. She was born April 21, 1942, in Rocky Ridge, Ohio, the daughter of Emery and Minnie (Wohlfiel) Hebner. Ginny graduated in the Class of 1960 from Oak Harbor High School. While working as a waitress in Port Clinton, Ohio she met her husband, Paul. Over the course of their 55-year marriage, they shared a deep devotion to raising their family. Ginny modeled how to be a godly wife and mother, devoting herself to a life of service to others. She was known for her cheerful countenance and gentle spirit. She was quick to offer help wherever she saw a need and loved to bless others by giving gifts or sending a kind note. She was a faithful and active member of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church in Center Valley. She enjoyed baking, gardening, reading and serving alongside the women of her church. She delighted in spending time with children - especially her own grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Paul G. MacDonald of Bethlehem; two daughters, Angela (Steven) Marzuoli of Kutztown; Sue Anne (David) Engle of Fogelsville; four grandchildren, Emily of Lynchburg, VA, Roger of Albany, NY, Benjamin (Jennifer) of Bath, PA and Jordan Engle of Fogelsville, PA; a dear cousin, Irene VanNess of Elmore, OH; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Debbie Lynn; her sister, Rose Peterson; and brother, Al Hebner. Professional Services are entrusted to Norcross-Weber Funeral Home, Inc. in Coopersburg, PA. Calling hours will be held starting at 10:00 A. M. on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 AM. all at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2451 Saucon Valley Rd, Center Valley, PA 18034. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer's Association. Obituary Submitted by Family"

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Lendon Hedger

Jun 07, 1924 - Nov 09, 2023

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Pickford, MI

"Lendon Thomas Hedger, age 99, died November 9, 2023, at his home in Detour Village, Michigan. He was born June 7, 1924, in Flint, Michigan to Lloyd Charles and Ruby Ethel (Thomas) Hedger. After graduating from Northern High School in Flint he served in India with the 444th Bomb Group Army Air Force 20th Air Force during World War II. After the war he attended GMI and was an electrician at Buick for 34 years. He married Erdeen Glenna Visnaw April 12, 1947, in Flint. Upon retirement they moved to Detour Village where he built their retirement home. They traveled extensively to all 50 states both while their children were young and after retirement. Lendon is survived by his children, Doreen (Lee) Evans of Holt, Michigan, Dennis (Sue) Hedger of Detour Village, Linda Hutchins of Mt. Morris, Michigan, Debra LaBelle Kmiec of Detour Village, and Dale (Mary) Hedger of Swartz Creek, Michigan; grandchildren, Kristen Nice, Andrew (Paige) Hedger, Megan Hedger, Stacey Hutchins, Kyle Hutchins, Jason LaBelle, Nicholas Hedger, Alexander (Cassandra) Hedger and Daniel Hedger; half-brother, Chester (Bonnie) Little of York Town, Indiana; great grandchildren, Alison, Catherine, Emily, Faith, Isaiah, and Rowan; great great grandchildren, Kamden, Cooper, Henry, Bella, and many nieces and nephews. Lendon is preceded in death by his wife, Erdeen Glenna (Visnaw) Hedger; parents, Charles and Ruby (Thomas) Hedger; brother, Donald Lloyd Hedger; half-sisters, Mary Ellen Smith and Shirley Jean Harger; half-brothers, Richard Lee Hedger, Leo Dean Hedger, and Lloyd James Hedger; great grandson, Christopher Space; and sons in law, Joseph Kmiec and Kevin Hutchins. Visitation will be held on Sunday November 19, 2023, from 2:00pm until 5:00pm at Galer Funeral Homes, 24549 S. M-129 Pickford, Michigan 49774. The Funeral Service will be Monday November 20, 2023, at 1:00pm at Galer Funeral Home with Rev. Jeri Baker officiating. Final resting place will be Cedar Cemetery in Cedarville, Michigan. Online condolences may be left at www. galerfuneralhomes. com"

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David Bishop

Feb 11, 1954 - Nov 05, 2023

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Pickford, MI

"David "Dave" John Bishop, age 69, of Pickford, Michigan, died at home on November 5, 2023. He was born in Carson City, Michigan, on February 11, 1954, to John Charles and Geraldine Marie (Beebee) Bishop. Dave graduated from St. John's High School with the class of 1972. After graduating, he drove his truck, hauling livestock and farmed. His family moved to Pickford in 1976, where he continued farming and transporting. In 1977, he met Jane Kronemeyer, and they started dating in 1978, marrying on June 2, 1979. When he moved to the EUP, he started with 80 acres of land and ended with 1600 acres. Dave was a member of the State FFA in high school, was a board member of the United Producers Association for more than six years, board member for the Farm Service Agency for five years in the 1980's, and he received an award from the Michigan Sheep Producers Association for his commercial sheep flock in 2005. Dave was an avid outdoorsman. He loved rifle hunting with dogs, hunting deer and coyotes. He also enjoyed going to livestock auctions. Dave is survived by his wife, Jane; sons, John "JD" David (Erika) Bishop and Jesse Robert (Shelli) Bishop; daughters, Amanda Jane (Luke) Munger, Ashley Marie (Matt) Bailey, and Judith "Judy" Ann (Paul) Holmes; and grandchildren, Luke Munger, Isabella Bishop, Mark Munger, Madison Bishop, Jaylin Bishop, Channing Bishop, Charlie Bishop, Taylor Bishop, David Bailey, and Andrea Bailey. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, John and Geraldine; and father-in-law, John Kronemeyer. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the Galer Funeral Homes in Pickford, Michigan. The Funeral Service will immediately follow at 1:00 PM. Final Resting Place will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Pickford, Michigan. Condolences may be left to the family at www. galerfuneralhomes. com"

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