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Wayne Collier

Jan 30, 1962 - Nov 30, 2023

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Wayne Ernest CollierOf Okemos, MI peacefully passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at the age of 61. Wayne was born on January 30, 1962, in Mason, MI the son of Dayton and Betty (Cantwell) Collier. He spent his formative years in Mason, MI where he excelled on the football field culminating in his graduation in 1980. Wayne was a longtime employee of Michigan State University working in the custodial department. He was a sports enthusiast and especially enjoyed the Michigan State Spartans, ...Read More

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Doris Jane Andreau

Jan 15, 1935 - Feb 28, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Doris “Dode” Andreau of Eaton Rapids,Passed away February 28, 2024, at the age of 89. Doris was born in Leslie, MI on January 15, 1935, the daughter of Arthur and Helen (Isham) Smith. She was one of ten children who all remained close throughout their lives and helped one another to raise each other’s children. Dode married the love of her life, Kosta Andreau in 1956 and together they raised five children on their farm. Her house was always messy, but a stray animal or child was always welcomed with open arms to become part of the family, and many came and never left over the years. Her house felt like home to everyone who ever entered it.She grew beautiful flowers and hated weeds. She couldn’t resist a coloring book and spent countless hours filling pages with her grandchildren. Doris was a fiendish collector of rocks and seashells, and never left an establishment without scanning the landscaping for a pretty stone to tuck into her already giant, heavy denim purse. She loved to watch the birds that came to her feeders for dinner and the bird identification book was always on the kitchen table in case a new friend stopped by. Doris knew how to cook “about 10 things really well”, but those staple dishes were always enjoyed. She never missed a Saturday evening “country music show” on TV. Her true pride was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a doting, loving mom and grandma who would drop everything and move the world for the people she loved. Doris was a teacher of important life lessons like how to make anything grow, bake a pie, or sooth a crying baby. She had the patience of a saint for countless children, all of whom adored her. Doris was calm and strong and had no time for flare or drama. Everyone knew to look for her fuzzy white hair when you drove past that big blue house. She would always wave and smile, and greet you with her loving, sing-song, “Hello”. Doris was simply the best, and those who loved her most will miss her forever.Doris is survived by her children, Sandy (Jeff) Waldron, Alex (Maggie) Andreau; daughter-in-law, Jill Andreau; grandchildren, Stacy (Rob) Bryson, Chris (Dan) Brown, Katie (Ryan Osborn) Youngs, Greg (Sarah) Waldron, Eric (Andrea) Andreau, Erica (Josh) Lawrence; great grandchildren, Delayne, Jamison, Nathan, Lucas, Elizabeth, Bryce, Bobby, Porter, Donald, Jocelyn and Kosta; brothers, Gary (Sharon) Smith, Tom (Kathy) Smith; sister, Margaret Abbott; sisters-in-law, Verna Smith and Judy Silsby. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kosta in 2018; sons, Chris in 1978, Nick in 2014, Rick in 2019.A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in loving memory of Doris Jane Andreau. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website www.millsfuneral.com.

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Robert Charles Drewyor

Jul 04, 1929 - Feb 29, 2024

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Eaton Rapids, MI

Robert Charles Drewyor, a resident of Eaton Rapids, MI, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the age of 94. He was born on July 4, 1929, in Plainwell, MI, the third child among seven siblings born to Elmer and Esther (Roberts) Drewyor. Robert spent his youth in Plainwell and Potterville before settling in Eaton Rapids during his teenage years.Robert embarked on his professional journey by operating a stamp press at Motor Wheel before working at the Board of Water and Light, where he was part of the original crew that hand-dug what stands today as the BWL headquarters in Lansing. Later, he found employment in skilled trades at the Oldsmobile plant in Lansing, showcasing his strong work ethic by often juggling multiple jobs to provide for his family. Even during periods of unemployment from General Motors, Robert utilized his carpentry skills to undertake side projects, including the construction of two family homes.Outside of work, Robert found joy in crafting items for his loved ones, such as wicker baskets, displaying his creativity. An avid outdoorsman, he cherished hunting and fishing adventures.Robert is preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Thelma Joyce (Davis) White; granddaughter, Jaime Drewyor; brothers, Elmer Drewyor, Alfred Drewyor; sisters, Esma “Kie” Smith, Esther Mary Shaver, Josephine Champagne.He is survived by his brother, George Drewyor, half siblings, Michael Robinson, and Sharlene Black. Children, Barbara Drewyor, Roxann Drewyor, Kenneth (Betty) Drewyor, Robert Jr. (Lisa) Drewyor, Brian (Jeanine) Drewyor, as well as his grandchildren Carrie (Rick) Brock, Audrey (Brian) Lawson, Travis Drewyor, Katharine (Dylan) O’Dowd, Jeffrey (Damien Bender) Campbell, Danielle Craner, Andrea (Samuel) Sanchez, Nikea (Dion) Chavez, Jesse (Amber) Drewyor, Alaina (Joel) Williamson, and Robert Drewyor III. Additionally, he leaves behind 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with visitation starting at 10:00 AM. Burial will take place at Rosehill Cemetery, followed by a luncheon hosted by the family back at the funeral home. Memories and condolences can be shared online at www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com

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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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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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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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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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