Gordon Lamar Bickel, Sr., age 83, of Constantine, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at his home. He was born in Three Rivers, MI on February 19, 1930, the son of Ray and Ailene (Hitchcox) Bickel. Gordon graduated from Constantine High School in 1948 and earned an Agriculture Degree from Michigan State University. He served in the US Army from 1954 until 1956. On June 3, 1981 he married Connie (Hartman) Lunger at the Constantine United Methodist Church.
Gordon was a life long dairy farmer on the family farm. He served as a Porter Twp. Clerk and later as Cass Co. Commissioner. Gordon was active in 4H with show cows and was a Junior 4H state leader as well as Junior Farm Bureau Leader. He was a lifetime member of Cass County Conservation Club and the Michigan Bow Hunters. Gordon was a member of the S.A.R in Battle Creek, the Constantine American Legion and the Three Rivers Eagles.
Surviving are his wife Connie Bickel, Constantine, sons Gordon L (Brenda) Bickel, Jr. of Jones, Steven (Laurie) Lunger of Quincy, Gregg Bickel of Vandalia, daughters Dian (Daniel) Warren of White Pigeon, Gayl (Jack Haines) Price of Moorehaven, FL, 9 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant grandson Brian B. Bickel and great grandson Gabriel Warren.
Relatives and friends will be received Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Eley Funeral Home. Religious Services will be held at Constantine United Methodist Church Saturday at 11:00 AM with Reverend Scott Manning officiating. Interment will be at Shavehead Cemetery in Porter Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to the Constantine United Methodist Church Roof Project or Cass County Conservation Club. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.
Marilyn Ann Miller, age 82, of Colon, passed away, Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
In accordance with Marilyn’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled.
She was born May 27, 1931, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Ralph and Louise (Schafer) Black. Marilyn graduated from Fairmont High School in 1949. She married Meryl E. Miller in 1951, and they lived together in Kettering, Ohio, and Southern California for 30 years, before retiring to Michigan in 1992.
In addition to raising two beautiful and talented children, she worked for the Gentile AF Depot and later for the Los Angeles FAA Air Traffic Division, retiring in 1991. She was an active member of Airway Pioneers.
Marilyn was a voracious reader, loved housekeeping and all of her cats. She enjoyed participating in her husband’s hobbies of flying, desert motorcycling and traveling in the U.S., together they visited all 50 states. Her favorite was the island of Maui, where they celebrated their wedding anniversary for many years, and the last being when they celebrated their 50th anniversary and renewed their wedding vows on their favorite Maui beach.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Meryl; two children, Michele of Campbell, Calif., and Marc of Brentwood, Tenn.; a talented and beautiful granddaughter, Megan Ann, of Brentwood; and her two precious cats, Maui and Mocca.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Kairos Dwelling, 2945 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048.
Gary Paul Lockwood, age 59, of Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at his home after a courageous battle with lung disease. He was born on July 18, 1953 the son of Paul and Bernice (Button) Lockwood.
Gary has been a lifelong resident of Three Rivers. He graduated with the class of 1971 where Gary excelled at sports. On April 5, 1975 he was united in marriage to Patty (Castle) Lockwood whom preceded him in death on March 8, 2013. Gary retired after 22 years of service from Peterson Spring Corp. Gary was extremely dedicated to his sons and all of the sports they participated in, including coaching rocked football, little league baseball, and especially freestyle, middle and high school wrestling. Gary was an avid outdoorsman, and loved to fish, canoe and spend days at his Fisher Lake home with his dog, buddy. His true love was his family, especially his grandchildren who loved to visit and spend time there.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Patty, and one sister, Gail.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his four sons, Anthony “Tony” Lockwood, Joseph “Joey” (Casey Pinkerton) Lockwood, Daniel “Danny” (Heather Loomis) Lockwood, and Gary “Garmo” Lockwood; seven grandchildren, Logan and Riley Lockwood, Erish Edmisten and James Bowman, Madison, Maxton, and Savannah Lockwood; sister, Lori Graft; uncles; Dale & Doug Lockwood; cousin, Dale Lockwood; niece and nephews, Matt Mitchell, Derrick and Kelli Schabes.
The family will receive friends from 11:00a.m. until time of services at 1:00p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor John Booko officiating. Interment will be held at Moorepark Cemetery.
Memorials may be left to Three Rivers Sports Boosters for the High School Wrestling Program, the Hazelton Foundation or Hope for Lincoln c/o Lincoln Hoffmanster. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home.
Jay Wolgast, age 80, was born June 9, 1932 in Leelanau County to William and Martha Wolgast. Jay grew up in Traverse City and graduated from Traverse City High School in 1951 After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and spent four years in the South Pacific near the end of the Korean War on the destroyer USS Rodgers. In 1956 he was honorably discharged and returned home to Traverse City. Soon after he met his true love, Patricia Neff, and they were married in December of 1956. In June of that year they moved to Three Rivers to help run the family business, Neff’s Greenhouse. During the ensuing years they raised their three children while Jay was also active with the Lions Club and the First United Methodist Church. After leaving the greenhouse business Jay worked for Clarage Fan in Kalamazoo and spent 10 years at GM in Three Rivers. When he retired Jay found time for a new passion: painting. Together with Patti they enjoyed traveling to Florida, loving their three grandchildren and their one-of-a-kind cat, Rosie. When his wife of 50 years passed away in 2006 Jay moved to the Kalamazoo area.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; his mother and father; a sister and brother; many aunts and uncles. Surviving are his three children, Sara Wolgast Jensen (Gregory), William R. Wolgast (Rebecca) and Mary Wolgast Monk (David). In addition his three grandchildren, William Ryan Wolgast, DeAnna Marija Wolgast and Matthew Jensen; one great-grandson, Max Wolgast.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Eickhoff, Farrand, Halverson Chapel. Services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24 at the First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers with Pastor Robert Nystrom officiating. Interment of cremains will follow at Riverside Cemetery with military rites by the Three Rivers American Legion post. Donations may be directed to the Navy, Marine Corps relief fund or the Carnegie Center for the Arts.
Stanley Ronald Clarren, age 80, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
He was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Chicago, to Salome (Dorothy) Glonek and Stanley Clarren. Ron graduated from Lindblom High School in Chicago and moved to Sturgis with his mother and his stepfather, Steve Kenny, in 1950.
After high school, Ron served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, later becoming a member of the American Legion and a commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1355 in Sturgis.
Ron was very active in local community services, labor issues and politics. His community service included long tenures on the Sturgis City, Housing and Election Commissions and membership on the Hospital and Zoning Boards. His labor activities included seven years as the president of the St. Joseph County Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, and various offices in the United Paper Workers Union Local 1034. In politics, he was a proud lifelong member of the Democratic Party, and was a delegate to the 1980 presidential convention. In his personal life, he was an avid reader, swimmer, golfer and bohemian. He was married to Donna Wood, mother of his children, Donna Clarke and Judith Ann.
He is survived by his three children, Steve (Helen) Clarren of Grosse Pointe Park, Mike (Erin) Clarren of Ypsilanti and Laura (Dale) Furney of Denver; five grandchildren, Angela Furney of Denver, Bob Clarren of Chicago, Sarah Clarren of Yungaburra, Australia, and Ian and Maya Clarren of Ypsilanti; and a brother, George Clarren of Henderson, Nev.
A family gathering will take place at a later date. He has been cremated and will be interred at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek.
Hackman Family Funeral Homes assisted with the arrangements.
Judith Ann Fricker, age 71, of Joplin, Mo., went to her heavenly home Friday, May 3, 2013, at Landmark Hospital in Joplin, after a sudden illness.
Judy was born Aug. 8, 1941, in South Bend, Ind., to Sidney and Verla (Pat) Seburg. She attended Schoolcraft High School in Schoolcraft. She attended Northview Assembly of God Church, was a retired nurse, and loved living on the water.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Jeremy Todd Harder; and her husband of 30 years, Harold Fricker, who passed away Oct. 21, 2012.
She is survived by two sons, Bruce Harder, of Constantine and Todd Harder and wife, Lisa, of Joplin; a stepdaughter, Pamela Darr and husband, Dennis, of Medora, Ill.; five grandchildren, Macy Sicard (Harder), Jared and Jordan Harder, Dennisa Walker and husband, Mack, and Kyle Darr.
Additional survivors include brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and many beloved friends.
There were two memorial services planned. The first was held Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Northview Assembly of God, Joplin, with Pastor Todd Harder officiating. The second will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Three Rivers Bible Church, Three Rivers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Northview Assembly of God, 3531 N. Rangeline Road, Joplin, MO 64801.