Juanita (Garcia) Martinez, 58, of Three Rivers, died Feb. 27, 2014. Eickhoff, Farrand, Halverson Chapel is handling arrangements.
He was born Jan. 15, 1948, in Springfield, Tenn., a son of the late Fred Kelton and Eva (Crawford) Jackson.
Ronnie had been a resident of the Sturgis area most of his life, moving here from Tennessee.
He graduated high school and attended Tri-State University, studying mechanical engineering.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving and becoming injured in Vietnam.
In Dec. of 1973, he married Robyn Wood. This marriage ended in divorce in June 1989. On May 5, 1993, he married Dollie Smallwood, and she preceded him in death Feb. 2, 2014.
He was an owner/operator truck driver most of his life and enjoyed stock car racing, waterskiing, scuba diving, playing pinochle, watching professional bull riding, rabbit hunting, working on cars and had his pilot license, owning a plane at the Sturgis airport for many years.
Surviving are a son, Ronnie L. Jackson of Sturgis; a stepdaughter, Julie Oliver of Hartford; two granddaughters, Janie and Kaitlyn Jackson; a brother, William Jackson; three sisters, Ramona Jacobs, Judy Parish and Peggy Davis; and special friends Robyn (John) Cochensparger of Sturgis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dollie; brothers Earl “Wayne,” Ired “Jack,” Terry, and Howard Jackson; sisters Ruth and Dorothy; and an infant sister, Margaret Lou.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.
Full military honors will be conferred at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home by the U.S. Army Honor Guard and Capt. John J. Kelley V.F.W. Post #1355.
Memorial donations may be directed to the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
A 44-year-old Edwardsburg man was treated for minor injuries Thursday after he was involved in a snowmobile accident in Penn Township.
Cass County Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said deputies were called around 4:15 p.m. to Dutch Settlement Street and Decatur Road. The victim, Robert Frick, told police he was traveling on a snowmobile trail when he lost control and his snowmobile overturned.
Frick, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to Memorial Hospital of South Bend.
The grand reopening of Curly’s in downtown Colon was met with an enthusiastic and steady crowd throughout the course of the day Thursday.
A line of patrons had formed by the time the newly rebuilt restaurant and bar opened at 11 a.m. Co-owner Kathy Earl said business was steady all day. Many guests, she said, expressed their best wishes for success and appreciation for rebuilding.
The original Curly’s and an adjacent business were destroyed by a fire March 8 last year. The new Curly’s now extends all the way west to the corner of State and Blackstone.
Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released.
Following several months of compiling and analyzing data, the two health centers are spreading word of the survey results.
According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, issues associated with mental health were a concern for 53 percent of survey respondents.
Other findings include:
*Methamphetamine labs and meth lab clean-up efforts were included as a mental health concern among survey respondents.
*St. Joseph County has a higher age-adjusted rate for suicide on average than the state of Michigan. Between 2007 and 2011, St. Joseph County’s age-adjusted suicide rate was 14.9 per 100,000 population compared to Michigan’s age-adjusted rate of 11.8 per 100,000 population.
* Data from the Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services/MDCH reveals that St. Joseph County has the highest rate of individuals presenting for substance-use-disorder treatment who indicate meth as their primary substance of abuse.
*In 2010, 104 of the state’s 760 Meth labs identified by the Michigan State Police were in St. Joseph County.
Charles Harold (Chuck) Taylor, age 79, of Branch, MI passed away at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on July 9, 1934, a son of Harold and Dexter (Hunter) Taylor in Sturgis. On April 18,1953 Chuck married Joyce Kipker in LaGrange, IN. He served in the Michigan National Guard from 1953 to 1983. He worked as a Superintendent at Michigan Gas Company for 42 years retiring in 1994.
Chuck was a member of Sturgis Eagles and American Legion. He was an avid baseball and softball fan playing fast pitch for 30 years and coaching in Little League and Sturgis High School. Chuck and Joyce loved to travel.
Surviving are his wife Joyce Taylor, Branch, MI, daughters Rhonda (Bradley) Harper, Sturgis, Raenell (Douglas) Staples, Centreville, sons, Randy (Alice) Taylor AR, Ryan (Katha) Taylor, Sturgis, Rodney (Gail) Taylor, Big Rapids, MI, Charles (Kate) Taylor, Burr Oak, sister Maxine Mains, Coldwater, brother George Taylor, Centreville, 13 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, John, Henry and Edwin Taylor, and sister Ethlyn Faulkenstein.
Relatives and friends will be received on Saturday from 4 to 7 pm at Eley Funeral Home in Centreville. Religious services will be held 2 pm Sunday at the funeral home with Pastor Larry Wallman officiating. Interment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Motts Children’s Hospital. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com