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Robert David Knowles, Jr.

Died: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Age: 59
Robert Knowles, Jr. of Holly was born December 22, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Robert and Anne (nee: Chaney) Knowles, Sr. He married Jill A. Busch on August 22, 1987 in Troy, Michigan. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jill; three sisters, Nancy Dahlenberg, Mary Armstrong and Dianne Coil. Bob spent 30 years as a roofing contractor operating Knowles Construction. He received and Associate’s Degree from Oakland Community College. He was involved with National Ski Patrol for 10 years and enjoyed softball for 20 years. Bob went to Boat Racing School APBA and was a spotter and volunteer with the Detroit Race River Regatta working in pit operations. A member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Ging Council, 4th Degree, Eucharistic Minister and Mass Steward. He enjoyed deer hunting, concerts, golfing, boat races, skiing, any sports event and especially the Lions and Tigers. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church (825 S. Ortonville Rd., Ortonville) where Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Gerard Frawley, Celebrant. Family will received friends on Monday from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus at COATS VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE. Visitation also on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the Mass at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Church, Knights of Columbus or Amazing Wings. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send a condolence please go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com .

Billy R. Betts, Sr.

Died: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Age: 76
Billy Betts of Ortonville died surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Loving husband of Barbara for 55 years; beloved father of Tammy (Jim) Suder, Billy Jr. (Judie) and Tonya (Ryan) Gilbert; preceded in death by his son Rob; proud grandpa of Brandi (Clint) Bolinger, Jacob (Hayley) Suder, Aron and Lilly Betts, Kirsten, Natalie and Peyton Gilbert, Kaylee and Megan Betts; great grandpa of Lucas Bolinger and Marley Betts; dear brother of Ed (Betty), Raymond (Jean), Jack (Robin), Shirley (Don) Watson, Ruthann (Gus) Firu and Helen McCellen. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Billy retired from General Motors after 34 ˝ years. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Billy was an avid hunter and fisherman. Funeral Service Monday 12:30 pm at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Saturday 5-9 pm and Sunday 3-5 & 7-9 pm. Interment Ortonville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

James Albert Lantz

Died: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
A 2:30 p.m. service for James Albert Lantz will be held on Tuesday, July 28 at Great Lakes National Cemetery (4200 Belford Rd.) in Holly.

Lantz, who was born in Bay City and raised in Oxford, passed away on Nov. 8, 2014.

A small gathering will take place following the service at American Legion Post 108, located at 130 E. Drahner Rd. in Oxford.

Lantz joined the U.S. Air Force in 1966 and did five tours in Vietnam. During his 23-year Air Force career, he was stationed all over the world, the last place being Madrid, Spain. He retired with the rank of master sergeant.

Following the Air Force, he lived in Mio, Michigan for two years, then settled in Kingman, Arizona in 1991. He worked for Arizona’s Mohave County for 10 years, then retired in 2011.

Lantz was a lifetime member of VFW Post 10386 in Kingman and American Legion Post 108 in Oxford. He was an envoy member of Beta Sigma Phi, which he joined in Spain.

He is survived by his wife Cathleen and children – Patrick, Chris (Michelle), of Las Vegas, and Sheree (Michael), of Lacey, Washington.

Lantz had five stepchildren – Jeff, of Kingman; Brandon (Michelle), of Princeton, Minnesota; Dan Jr. (Andrea), of Pontiac; Bryan (Delani), of Blanchard; and Marcie (Daniel), of Waterford.

His grandchildren included Brooke, Kyle, Shaun, Nicholas, Noah and Jase, all of Las Vegas, and Ethan and Ricky, of Lacey.

Lantz had 17 step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Raeli and Braydan.

He’s also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Lantz was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Rose Lantz, and former spouse, Barbara.

Karen Kay Gregory

Died: Monday, July 27, 2015
Age: 74
Karen Kay Gregory, of Lake Orion, passed away on June 27, 2015. She was 74.

Daughter of the late Laverne and Ina Robinson, Karen was born and raised in Oxford.

She attended Oxford Schools and was a U.S. Postal mail carrier in Oxford for 30 years.

Karen was very loving and was loved by everyone who knew her.

Wife of the late William; preceded in death by her son Anthony Gregory; mother of Darla Kay Gregory, Lynda Lee (Ron) Bernstein, Wesley (Tina Marie) Gregory, and Carla Marie Gregory; sister of Marchia (the late Harold) Hoult, Lynda Lee (the late Bill) Schultz and the late Warner Robinson; grandmother of Louane, Charity, Daniel, Anthony, Joel, Christopher, Jason, Nicole, Jennifer, Danielle, Maygan, Shayna, Hope, Angela, Michael, and Melissa; also survived by several great-grandchildren.

In keeping with Karen’s wishes, no services will be held.

Arrangements care of Modetz Funeral Home, Orion.

Visit the online guestbook at www.modetzfuneralhomes.com

Gerald Owen Baxter

Died: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Age: 69
Gerald Owen Baxter, 69, of North Branch, and formerly of Lake Orion, died Saturday, July 25, 2015. Jerry was born August 8, 1945 in Lapeer to Ray and Winifred (Ford) Baxter.

Jerry graduated from Lake Orion High School, class of 1964. He was a diesel mechanic, working for over 30 years with the Lake Orion Community School District. Jerry was very passionate about gardening. He believed deeply in a self-sustaining lifestyle which included their own orchards, grape vines, cattle, chickens, as well as producing maple syrup and canning each year. He will be dearly missed.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Sue Baxter; daughter, Courtney (Cory Simpson) Johnston of Lapeer; brother, Rex (Kathy) Baxter of Oxford. He is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Donald and Larry Baxter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Seven Ponds Nature Center, 3854 Crawford Rd, Dryden, MI 48428. Family and friends are invited to a pot luck gathering from 3-5PM on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Upland Hills Farm to celebrate Jerry’s life and share memories. Upland Hills is located at 481 Lake George Rd, Oxford 48370. Arrangements have been entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer.

Gerald Baxter

Died: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Age: 69
Gerald Owen Baxter, of North Branch and formerly of Lake Orion, died Saturday, July 25, 2015. He was 69.

Jerry was born August 8, 1945 in Lapeer to Ray and Winifred (Ford) Baxter. He graduated from Lake Orion High School, class of 1964. Jerry was a diesel mechanic, working for over 30 years with the Lake Orion Community School District. Jerry was very passionate about gardening. He believed deeply in a self-sustaining lifestyle which included their own orchards, grape vines, cattle, chickens, as well as producing maple syrup and canning each year. He will be dearly missed.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Sue Baxter; daughter, Courtney (Cory Simpson) Johnston of Lapeer; brother, Rex (Kathy) Baxter of Oxford. He is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Donald and Larry Baxter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Seven Ponds Nature Center, 3854 Crawford Rd, Dryden, MI 48428.

Family and friends are invited to a pot luck gathering from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Upland Hills Farm to celebrate Jerry’s life and share memories. 

Upland Hills is located at 481 Lake George Rd, Oxford 48370. Arrangements have been entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. www.muirbrotherslapeer.com

MARY C. APLEY

Died: Friday, July 24, 2015
Age: 82
APLEY, MARY C. of Davisburg; went to be with the Lord July 24, 2015; age 82; preceded in death by her husband Charles; loving mother of Larry (Tammy) Underburger, Deborah (Tony) DiLorenzo and Diana (Kevin) Gardner. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Funeral Service Thursday 3 pm at Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Thursday 12 noon until time of service. Memorials may be made to Waterford Church of Christ. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Sheila Taylor

Died: Friday, July 24, 2015
Age: 50
TAYLOR, SHEILA; of Lake Orion; July 24, 2015; age 50. Beloved wife of William;

dear mother of Courtney Baize of Oxford, Amber (Michael) Berger of Oxford and Chad Baize of Oxford; loving grammy of Aiden, Hunter, Adisen, Averie and Evan; and sister of Lynn Wallace, Dennis Yahner, Robin Soule, Barney Yahner, and the late Leslie Nichols. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11am at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion (248-693-8336). The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4-8pm. Interment Square Lake Cemetery. Memorial reflections may be shared at www.sparksgriffin.com

Laurence "Larry" J. Achten

Died: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Age: 72
Laurence Achten of Ortonville was born in Pontiac, Michigan October 31, 1942, the son of the late Harry Achten and the late Elizabeth Stone. Beloved husband of Ruthmary Achten (nee. Hiser) for 39 years; loving father of Stacey (Ralph) Everett, Larry (Buffy) Achten, Kelly Achten, Kerry Engler and Andrea Achten; dearest grandfather of Crystal, Mary, Kimberly and the late Cory; dear brother of Richard Achten. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Larry worked for many years with Dalton Industries. He had a love for old cars, old music but most of all his family. A funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday July 27, 2015 at COATS VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE. Pastor Dave Gerber officiating. Burial will follow at Ortonville Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 2-9 p.m. To send a condolence please visit www.CoatsFuneralHome.com .

Lorri M. GEETER

Died: Thursday, July 23, 2015
GEETER, Lorri M. Departed this life July 23rd to be joined with her Savior, Jesus Christ. Predeceased by her mother, Linda Ingham. Left to mourn her passing is her husband, Mark; 5 sons, Robert and Victor Grunwald, Curtis Turner, Myles and Nathaniel Geeter; Grandsons Kayden and Elijah; her father, Billy Ingham. Lorri had 3 sisters, Liz (Pat) Clarno, Shawn and Heather Ingham; 1 brother Billy (Maria) Ingham, Jr. Several nieces, nephews and numerous friends. Lorri will be remembered for her love, humor and caring nature. ‘Til we meet again. Funeral Service Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 10 am at Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Wednesday 3:00 – 5:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Memorials may be made to the family. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com
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