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Rex E. Kelley

Died: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Age: 88
Kelley, Rex E.; age 88; of Oxford; Independence Village of Waterstone; and longtime resident of Lake Orion; died peacefully on January 18, 2014.

He was born February 17, 1925 to Archie and Hattie Mae Kelley in Vestaburg, Michigan. He was number 9 of 12 children; loving husband of Lila “Maxine” Kelley; beloved father of 12 children, Rodney Kelley of Gore, OK, Cherie (Robert) Kelley-Hunter of Oxford, MI, Deborah (Bob) Jones of Sacramento, CA, William “Bill” Kelley of Mt. Morris, MI, Cynthia (George) Francisco of Metamora, MI, John Kelley of Goodrich, MI, William “Bruce” (Pat) McCowan of Crossville, TN, Michael (Debbie) McCowan, Waterford, MI, Ellen (Brian) Binke of West Bloomfield, MI, Gary (Kathy) Brown of Oxford, MI, the late Russel McCowan, and the late Mark McCowan; beloved grandfather of 16; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

A special thanks to his staff and friends at the Independence Village of Waterstone. Rex was a Navy veteran of WWII. Rex was an Insurance Agent for American National Insurance Company and later retired from ARA Vending.

He took great pride standing tall in his cowboy hats and handlebar moustache, playing the Jew’s Harp, dancing with pretty ladies and showing off the size of his nice warm hands.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1pm at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, Lake Orion. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11am until the time of service.

Memorials appreciated to Special Olympics Michigan. Reflections may be shared with the family by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com

Georgina L. LEDOUX

Died: Friday, January 17, 2014
Age: 84
LEDOUX, Georgina L. “Gina”; of Waterford; January 17, 2014 peacefully at home while surrounded by family; age 84; preceded in death by mother Yvonne Ledoux and sister Irene Last; survived by lifelong friend Evelyn Micol; sister of Rita Reh, Doll (Joe) Puckett and Moe Ledoux; special aunt of Virginia Last, Kathy (Bob) Bourdage, Tim (Pat) Last, Kevin (Beth) Last and several nieces & nephews; also survived by other special family. The late Shirley Mason, Warren (Linda) Mason, Chris, Kelly, Sandy, Steve and children and special friends Dort, Trish, Sally and Ruth; born in Detroit, raised in Windsor, Canada. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church and was a buyer for 37½ years for Allied Supermarkets, Inc. retiring in 1985. She managed and coached numerous women’s sports, along with mentoring many young girls. Her greatest joy was family. Her passion for life inspired us all. Scripture service Monday 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Monday 4:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; Funeral Mass Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Waterford. Private interment White Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her church or Golden Age Club. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Edward Seger

Died: Friday, January 17, 2014
Age: 70
Edward Albert Seger, a longtime Oxford resident who took great pride in his community, died on January 17, 2014. He was 70.

Ed will always be remembered by those who loved him as a kind, caring man. He was a much-loved husband, father and brother.

Ed is survived by his loving wife Shirley and his son James.

Eugene Sura

Died: Friday, January 17, 2014
Age: 95
Eugene Sura died suddenly of natural causes early Friday evening on January 17, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. He was 95.

Born in Ambridge, Pennsylvania on April 8, 1918, he grew up on the east side of Detroit where he enjoyed sports, iceboating, sailing, dancing to big bands, and caddying which led to his life long affair with the game of golf. He was an Eagle Scout.

He eloped with his high school sweetheart Jean Cassube Martin in 1939 and finished his degree from Western Michigan.

Sura served on a Liberty Ship in the Atlantic during WWII and returned to Detroit and his young family.

His career in education as a high school teacher, led him to a Masters Degree.

In 1952 he and Jeanie and their two boys, Tom and Mike, moved to a log house on Abseguami Trail (That’s how it was spelled in those days) he was finishing on Indianwood Lake in Lake Orion. His later careers as athletic director, principal, and school superintendent led him to an Educational Specialist Degree.

The family were early skiers in Michigan and in the early fifties skied where there were only rope tows run by tractors. Gene and Jeanie were avid golfers and later were both on the National Ski Patrol at local ski “mountains”, Mt Christie and Mt Grampian near Oxford.

In the late 1960s, Gene, and his partner Paul Gunnerfeldt, were notorious champions in the Oxford golf league for their “special” lemonade which somehow caused opponents to lose concentration on the last three or four holes of their matches at Bald Mountain!

Jeanie wrote a weekly column, “Jean’s Jottings” for the Oxford Leader, Lake Orion Review, and Clarkston News. She later became editor of the Clarkston News.

After Gene’s retirement they moved to northern Michigan where they built a house on the Sugarloaf Golf Course near Traverse City. Long gray northern Michigan winters caused them to settle in Mesa, Arizona, for the sunny skies, warmer weather, and beautiful desert golf courses.

After 50 years of marriage, Jeanie died after a long battle with cancer. Gene married Dolores Olsen in 1991. They built two houses together and enjoyed world travel with family and friends. They both enjoyed golf and loved their home in the Las Sendas Golf Colony in Mesa. They stayed in touch with “Snowbird” friends from Oxford who were either visiting or had second homes in Arizona.

Gene is survived by his sister Dorothy Thomson, of Costa Mesa, CA, his two sons Tom Sura and his wife Jan Sura, from Boulder, and Mike Sura and Marla Welch from Snowmass, Colorado, four grand children, seven great grand children, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. His wife of twenty two years, Dolores Sura has two children Julaine Olsen Wildish and her husband Gary of Eugene, Oregon, Bob Olsen of Sacramento, CA, and five grand children and nine great grand children.

Gene was proceeded in death by his wife Jean Martin Sura, his parents Andrew and Maria Bybel Sura, and his brother Ted Sura.

Gene is remembered for his love of working with young people, his sense of humor, fairness, and his positive “can do” way of looking at life. He always had time for family and friends and led by example. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him. He taught, influenced, and inspired those around him and tried to leave the world a better place than he found it. He was the true meaning of what has been called “The Greatest Generation”. We celebrate and honor the long life he lived. From all of us who knew him, we smile and say, “Thanks for the memories”.

Contributions or donations in Gene’s memory can be made to Banner Hospice, 275 E. Germann #110, Gilbert, AZ, 85297. The family plans a private memorial service at a later date. Feel free to visit on-line and write in a Guest book at the Legacy.com web page for Eugene Sura.

Dorothy Pearl Parker

Died: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Age: 87
Dorothy and family had been longtime residents of Brandon Townhip. She died with her family surrounding her at home in Twining, Mich.

Dorothy was born on April 24, 1926, the daughter of James and Ella Lawson. She married Robert Parker, and the together the couple raised 13 children.

Dorothy spent her life as a homemaker, tending to the needs and care of her children and family. Her family meant the world to her, and she was blessed to live and share five generations of life in her family.

Dorothy enjoyed music, movies, flowers and animals - put simply she loved anything with life.

Dorothy will be deeply missed by her entire family, including her children, Mae “Fran” Long, Robert (Dolores) Parker, James (Linda) Parker, William (Sheila) Parker, Mary (James) Vettese, Nancy (George) Thompson, Theresa (Charles) Miller, Daniel “John” Parker, Carol “Tootie” Goodman, Joseph “Joe” (Marva) Parker, Lisa (Edward) Spencer and Amy Klopf; sister, Mary Behnke; more than 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and her companion dog, Dooley.

Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ella Lawson; husband, Robert; and son, Roger Parker.

Visitation for Mrs. Parker will be held from 1-8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at C.L. Forshee & Sons Funeral Homes, Inc., Twining Chapel. Mrs. Parker will lie in state from 10-11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20 at St. Mark Catholic Church, Au Gres. Mass will begin at 11 a.m. with Father Edward Konieczka officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Valley Cemetery, Twining

Terry Atwood

Died: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Age: 50
Terry Donald Atwood, of Holly, formerly of Dryden, died at home on Thursday January 16, 2014. He was 50.

He was born March 10, 1963 in Lapeer to parents Donald and Carol (Rose) Atwood. Terry worked in landscaping out of the Ortonville area, for Steve Weir. Fishing was a lifelong passion of Terry's and he always said the BEST fishing was at Seven Ponds in Dryden. Terry was a great cook and has always been into darts. He has been in dart competitions and was a member of the North Oakland Darting Association.

Terry is survived by his mother: Carol Atwood of Unionville, sister Tanya (Carl) Drew of Grand Rapids, niece & nephew: Marissa and Evin, many aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. Atwood was preceded in death by his Father: Donald Atwood.

His funeral was held Monday, January 20, 2014 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer. It was officiated by Pastor Fred Leuck.

Burial will be in Metamora Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Died: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Died: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Nancy Elizabeth Bennett

Died: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Age: 68
Nancy was born November 1, 1945 in Port Huron, Michigan to the late Edgar and Lottie Mae (nee: Lashbrook) Rich. She is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Jones and Nicole Jones-Vargo; three grandchildren, Natasha Winchester, Cody Jones and Mackenzie Vargo; one sister, Mary Lou (Tom) Wagar; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Nancy formerly owned the Village Book Store in Clarkston and was formerly employed at the Brandon Library. Memorial luncheon will be 12:00 noon, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at MacPhees Restaurant, Ortonville. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Assn. (300 Galleria Officentre, Southfield, MI 48034) www.diabetes.org/donations or the American Liver Foundation (39 Broadway, Suite 2700 New York, NY 10006) www.liverfoundation.org

7) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8) Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8 Arrangements were entrusted to COATS VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE. To send a condolence, go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

Nancy Elizabeth Bennett

Died: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Age: 68
Nancy Elizabeth Bennett of Ortonville died January 15, 2014. She was 68. Born November 1, 1945 in Port Huron, Michigan to the late Edgar and Lottie Mae (nee: Lashbrook) Rich. She is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Jones and Nicole Jones-Vargo; three grandchildren, Natasha Winchester, Cody Jones and Mackenzie Vargo; one sister, Mary Lou (Tom) Wagar; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Nancy formerly owned the Village Book Store in Clarkston and was formerly employed at the Brandon Library. Memorial luncheon will be 12:00 noon, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at MacPhees Restaurant, Ortonville. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Assn. (300 Galleria Officentre, Southfield, MI 48034) www.diabetes.org/donations or the American Liver Foundation (39 Broadway, Suite 2700 New York, NY 10006) www.liverfoundation.org.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8 Arrangements were entrusted to COATS VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE. To send a condolence, go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries
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