Robert Harmon “Bob” Franks, age 60, of Mendon died Thursday Dec. 5, 2013 at the Three Rivers Health Emergency Room. He was born in Vicksburg, MI on Dec. 26, 1952 the son of Delbert C. and Lois L. (Chapman) Franks. He attended both Vicksburg and Colon Schools. Bob was married to Debra Rosen in Vicksburg on Oct. 25, 1974, and they have lived near Mendon since 1978. He was a truck driver and had worked for Fastener Coatings, Vanguard Industries, Viking R-V, and most recently at Everlast Roofing. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and motorcycling.
Bob is survived by his wife, Debra; three children, Clayton Franks, Shelly (Thomas) Hall, and Crystal Franks; five grandchildren, Trevor Keo, Dorian Franks, Brendan Keo, Jade Hall, and Jarred Keo; two brothers, Delbert (Wanda) Franks, and Terry (Mary) Franks; eight sisters, Jean (Richard) Ellison, Donna (David) Moyer, Sharon Mead, Cheryl (Joe) Ballman, Barb (Don) Kemp, Sherrie (David) Bresson, Debbie Wells, and Nancy (Brent) Alldafer; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Connie; and a son, Steven.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Monday Dec. 9, 2013 at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with David Farrell officiating. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery. Memorials will be directed to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com
Ivan Robert Alexandersen, 43, of Three Rivers, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo following a short illness. He was born on Jan. 11, 1970 in Oslo, Norway to Alex Ram and Inger Victoria (Larsen) Alexandersen.
Ivan was an exchange student in the US, and lived here since 1993. He was employed at Kaiser Aluminum in Kalamazoo as a crew leader. He was a graduate of Western Michigan University. He was bookkeeper for the U.S. Steel Workers Union, Local #2-1011. Ivan enjoyed photography, flowers, motorcycles and antiques.
Ivan married Anne M. Oxender on Nov. 10, 2011 in Centreville. She survives with two sons, Kody and Dylan; three brothers, Einar, Christian and Kareinge; two sisters, Ida Cecilie and Anita. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronny.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Eickhoff, Farrand, Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers. Burial of his cremains will be at a later date in Norway by his wife. Donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Larry Jay Hartzell, 68, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. He was born in Three Rivers on June 18, 1945 to Calvin and Dorothy (Ransbottom) Hartzell. He attended Three Rivers High School. In his earlier years Larry’s favorite pastimes were playing guitar, woodworking and travel. Especially spending time in Florida with his stepfather, Max Moorlag.
Before his early retirement Larry worked as a carpenter, in farming and as an over the road truck driver. More recently he became a Syfi and TV movie fanatic.
Larry is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter Tammy Green; sons David (Sue) Hartzell, Calvin Hartzell; stepdaughter Angela (Harold) Leiby; stepsons Christopher Barrone, Mike (Jackie) Salmen, Mark Salmen, Chip Johnson, Dallas (Malisa) Johnson, Travis (Brandy) Johnson; brother William (Judy) Hartzell; sisters twin Sandra Shalz and Linda (Tom DelVecchio) Towles. Also left to cherish his memory are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Family and friends will be received Sunday, Dec. 15 from 12:30-3 p.m. with a celebration of life service to immediately follow visitation at the First Church of God, 17398 M-86, Three Rivers. Cremation has taken place. Elkhart Cremation Services is entrusted with arrangements.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Three Rivers Hospice for their loving care.
Annie Ruth Forrer, 84, of Three Rivers, passed away on Nov. 24, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 9, 1929 in Griffin, Ga. the daughter of the late John G. and Adelia (Bell) Prittchet.
Mrs. Forrer has been a resident of this area for more than 30 years. Annie was a home health aide with Three Rivers Hospital and later on her own for many years where she made many lasting friendships.
Mrs. Forrer was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory one son, Robert (Karen) Montgomery of Larkspur, Colo.; two daughters, Dee Montgomery of Three Rivers and Kathy (Jon) Montgomery-Orr of Ft. Myers, Fla.
Mrs. Forrer’s family will receive friends from noon until time of services at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Memorials may be donated to the Animal Rescue Fund of St. Joseph County. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.
Dwayne L. Detwiler, 76, of Three Rivers, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo from injuries received in an automobile accident in St. Joseph County. He was born in Three Rivers on Dec. 14, 1936 the son of Stanley and Laura (Halstead) Detwiler. After high school, Dwayne enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for 20 years. After returning to Three Rivers, he established A and Dee’s Bait and Tackle near Fishers Lake, which he has operated for the past 18 years.
Dwayne was married to Anna Medeiros in California on April 21, 1956. She survives along with four children, Dwayne Detwiler, Jr. of Constantine, Dana Detwiler of Three Rivers, Darlene (Donald) Annis of Centreville, and Darrel (Maria) Detwiler of Vicksburg; six grandchildren, Michael, Dannielle, Hollie, and Dylan Detwiler, Erin Macioce, and Robin Annis; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Stanley Detwiler, Jr. of Marcellus; a sister, Marquita Studabaker of Vicksburg; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Melvin Detwiler.
Cremation has been conducted. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 4 at the Eickhoff Farrand Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers. Memorial services will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Bob Anderson, Fire Department Chaplain, officiating followed by military honors. Memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice.
Susan Jane Baker, 58, of Three Rivers, passed away on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center. She was born on Feb. 9, 1955 in Coldwater the daughter of William Darwin Speese and Lucille Marie Rumsey.
Susan has been a lifelong resident of this area. She graduated with honors from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1973. She completed her education by earning an Associate Degree in business and science at Davenport University. She began her working career at the Three Rivers Elias Bros. Big Boy for many years and later worked as an Animal Caretaker at Three Rivers Scidmore Park Petting Zoo, and the St. Joseph County Housing Department. Over the last five years she was employed at Walmart in Three Rivers.
Susan was an avid nature enthusiast and enjoyed watching many nature shows and science fiction. She also enjoyed spending time outdoors, swimming, ceramics, and crafting stained glass. Susan truly loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.
She loves to cherish her loving memory daughters, Blythe Lynn Reed and Megan Lee Reed; sons, Justin (Ashley) Douglas Reed and Miles Robert Baker; former husband, Douglas Reed; companion, Jeff Robinson; sister, Dawn Marie Speese; brother, Tim Halferty; grandchildren, Korbyn Brown Reed and Madison Tuckerman-Raymer; many special nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Hohner Funeral Home with cremation to follow.
Memorials in memory of Susan may be directed to the Scidmore Park Petting Zoo of Three Rivers.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hohnerfh.com.