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Archie Gragg, 83

June 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Gragg obitArchie Allen “Bud” Gragg, age 83, of Three Rivers, passed away on Saturday morning, May 31, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Archie was born on August 10, 1930 in Kalamazoo, the son of the late Archie H. and Doris (Olmstead) Gragg. Archie wore many hats during his life. He was a veteran of the National Guard; worked at J.A. Richards Company; owned and operated a gas station, a fuel oil delivery business, a plumbing and heating service; was a farmer; Kalamazoo County Sherriff’s Deputy and the Vicksburg Police Chief until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the Portage-Schoolcraft Eagles Aerie 3531 for 21 years.

Archie loved fishing, going to Las Vegas, horse and dog races and spending winters in Florida with his wife. On August 6, 2004, he was married to his beloved, Rose (Morris) Gragg, who survives. Also surviving are his two sons, Eric Gragg and Archie Howard Gragg; daughter, Alana (Alan) Cowan; step-son, Michael Salisbury; five grandchildren, Blair, Jonathan, Alan, Andrea, and Richard; two great-grandchildren, Molly and Benjamin; siblings, Lila Munson, Howard (Mary Lou) Gragg, Sharon Drake, Pat (Lorraine) Gragg, Patsy Fisher and Helen Luegge; former spouse, Alicia Lethcoe, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and friends; and not to forget Archie’s two shining stars, his puppies, Ginger and Peppermint. Preceding him in death were his wife of 38 years, June Gragg and two sisters, Alice Terry and Yolanda Puterio.

A funeral service for Archie will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Avenue, Portage. Interment will follow in Schoolcraft Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to Animal Rescue Fund or Southern Care Hospice. Please visit Archie’s personalized webpage for directions, his online guestbook or to leave a condolence to his family at www.langelands.com.

Vicky Boughton, 78

June 2, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Yong Tok “Vicky” Boughton, age 78, of Three Rivers passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at her home. Yong was born in North Korea in 1935 the oldest daughter of seven children to Sung Ik Oh and Kwi Nyo Cho. She had fond memories growing up in the city of Pyongyang, the capital city in the north.

When the Korean war broke out in 1951 the family fled on foot to South Korea. Vicky finished her education near Seoul, South Korea and went on to work for the U.S. Government at Osan Air Force Base south of Seoul as a clerk typist. It was there that she met her future husband, Kenneth, who was stationed at that base.

On August 17, 1962 they were united in marriage. It took Yong 9 months to process the necessary paperwork in order to immigrate to the U.S. In April of 1963 Yong had all the proper documents to travel to the U.S. so Kenneth sent a one-way plane ticket for Yong to fly to the U.S., however her family of eight were still struggling from the effects of the war so she cashed in that ticket and bought a two year supply of rice for her family and arranged to sail on a U.S. Navy dependant transport ship across the Pacific for 17 days to San Francisco. Kenneth who was then stationed in San Antonio, TX., met her at the ship and they then drove 2500 miles to Three Rivers for a family celebration. After that they drove back to Lackland AFB to finish out Kenneth’s enlistment for 6 months.

In Sept. 1963 they moved back to Ken’s home town of Three Rivers where she spent the rest of her life. In the early 1970’s she sponsored her 5 living siblings and they immigrated to the U.S. At first she worked during the holidays for the local Newberry Dept. store decorating and gift wrapping. After her children grew up she went on to work for Armstrong International retiring in 1998 after 17 years of service. She enjoyed playing an occasional game of golf and tennis but most of all enjoyed gourmet cooking and tending to her flowers in the summer. She and Kenneth have two daughters, Gail Brady and Debra (Joe) Wilkins; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, as well as many siblings and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Brenda Deily and Chaplain Dan Lane officiating.

Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be donated to the First Presbyterian Church or the Liver Foundation. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com

Ronnie Torres, 46

June 2, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Ronnie R. Torres, age 46, of Three Rivers, died Saturday May 31, 2014 at his home. He was born in Three Rivers on April 13, 1968 the son of Feliciano and Graciela (Garcia) Torres. He was raised in Lansing and attended schools there. He worked at several Lansing area factories, and returned to Three Rivers in 2008.

Ronnie is survived by five children, Allyana, Aaliyah, Bobby, Emilio, and Santiago; two sisters, Maria (Keith) McLeod and Yvonne (Dana) Hammon; a brother, Felix Torres; and nieces and nephews all of Three Rivers. He was preceded in death by his parents; and by a sister, Bobbi Jo Etheridge.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday June 7, 2014 at the Eickhoff Farrand Halverson Chapel, 305 Rock River Avenue in Three Rivers. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and cremation will follow services. Donations will be directed to the family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.efhchapel.com

Dorothy Plank, 89

June 1, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

DorothyPlankDorothy F Plank, age 89, of Sturgis, passed away Friday May 30, 2014 peacefully at her home with her loving daughter by her side. Dorothy was born on May 19, 1925 a daughter of the late Hal and Thelma (Herrick) Lego in Pulaski, IN. She moved to Constantine , MI with her family in 1945. Dorothy married the love of her life Marion G. Plank on February 19, 1949 he preceded her in death on October 26, 1991. She worked at Continental Can Co. in Three Rivers for 31 years retiring in 1983. Dorothy fought the good fight. She will be missed so very much by all who knew and loved her, especially her immediate family. Dorothy’s generosity and doing for others went above and beyond, always there for everyone who needed her.

Dorothy is survived by a daughter, Phyllis (John) Dudley of Howe, IN. grandchildren Bryan Kuenzel of Sturgis, Dusty (Amy) Plank of Adrian, MI Jaime (Chris) Romanyk of Sturgis. Shanna (Ryan) Gabelman of White Pigeon, 8 great grandchildren, nieces Julia Scott of Chicago, IL Margaret Mead of Three Rivers, nephews Dick Scott of Millville, NJ Gary Scott of Chicago, IL, Mike Lego of Three Rivers, and Mark Lego of Three Rivers, sister in law Mary Lego of Three Rivers, daughter in law Linda Plank of Fort Wayne, IN , 3 step Grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Marion , beloved son Steve Plank beloved grandson Michael, sister Merna Scott, brothers Robert Lego, Donald Lego.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place . A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Eley Funeral Home in Constantine. Memorial contributions may be directed to Sturgis Hospice P.O. Box 126 Sturgis, MI, 49091. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com

Gladys LaCounte, 96

May 31, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

LaCounte obitGladys P. LaCounte, 96, of Three Rivers, died Thursday afternoon, May 29, 2014 at her home. She had been in failing health the past four years.

She was born April 30, 1918 in Detroit to Earl and Ethel (Paff) Roderick. On Oct. 25, 1936 she married Delbert LaCounte. He preceded her in death on July 11, 2001.

She is survived by one son, Earl Lewis (Jane) LaCounte of Goshen, Ind.; three grandchildren, Marc (Lori) LaCounte, Shayne (Karen) LaCounte and Ryan Moore; and four great-grandchildren, Slade, Austin, Jacob and Brendan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a son, Sheldon Ray LaCounte.

Mrs. LaCounte lived the last 36 years at Corey Lake, in the home she built with her husband. She had previously resided on Harwood Lake and Elkhart, Ind.

She was a longtime member at Jones United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer. She retired after working many years as a secretary and bookkeeper for Nu-Day Paint and Best Realty, both of Elkhart, Ind.

Gladys will be well remembered for her large family meals; canning and freezing fruits and vegetables; and for the many gloves, mittens, and clothes she sewed and knitted for any child in need.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, June 2, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, Ind. Pastor Carolyn Fischer will officiate.

Burial will follow in Brown Cemetery, Millersburg, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Camp Eberhart or Camp Wakeshma, both of Three Rivers.

Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

Tracey Butler, 43

May 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Tracey Lynn (Lewis) Butler, age 43, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Borgess Medical Center. She was born in Vicksburg, MI.; the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas and Linda (Foster) Lewis.

Tracey graduated from Vicksburg High School with the class of 1988. She then furthered her education at Davenport College and Cooley Law School. On May 30, 1998 she married Mr. Patric Butler. Tracey worked for the St. Joseph County Child Protective Services as a Special Investigator and Friend of the Court for many years until her illness. Her first love is her family, and she also enjoyed gardening, reading, the outdoors especially hiking, canoeing, camping, Bronco trail riding, and fishing. She fought tirelessly for children’s rights throughout her career.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband, Patric “Pat” Butler, of Three Rivers and their daughter, Diana Butler; parents, Douglas and Linda Lewis, of Scotts, MI.; two brothers, Russell (Elaine) Lewis, of Vicksburg, MI. and their children Kyle & Jamie Lewis, and Richard “Rick” Lewis, of Kalamazoo, MI.; mother-in-law, Gloria Butler of Portage, MI, one brother-in-law, Mike (Dee) Butler, and their daughter, Michele (David) Rigozzi and their son David V, of Vicksburg, MI.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

Private interment will take place Sunday, June 1, 2014 in Moorepark Cemetery, Three Rivers, MI.

Memorials may be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home. Online Condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com

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