Lyle Dean Livingston, age 84, was called to heaven in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Lyle was born on February 19, 1929 in Springport Township, Michigan to LD and Madeline (McMurtrie) Livingston.
Lyle is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 65 years, Betty Arlene (Carter) Livingston and three daughters; Sandra Smous of Mishawaka, IN, Sherry (Donald) Natharius of Three Rivers and Susan (Eric) Meyer of Mendon, MI. Four grandchildren; Jeremy Prowett (Laura Armstrong) of Three Rivers, Kristopher Warner (Rachael Falkowski) of Portage, MI, Dustin Smous of Denver, CO and Jessica Warner (Justin Hale) of Kalamazoo, MI. Six great-grandchildren; Jacob Prowett, Lexis Hale, Jlyn Hale, Mason Hale, Sophia Armstrong and Kristopher’s baby girl, due in September. Lyle is also survived by a sister; Thais (Dick) Meyers of Hazel Crest, IL, a Brother; Darwin (Mary Jo) Livingston of Bruce Crossing, MI. and a Brother-in-Law; Robert (Beverly) Tyler of Spring Arbor, MI. A multitude of nieces, nephews and friends morn his loss as well.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, his son; Joe Livingston, two grandchildren; Aron and Jason Smous, a great-grandchild; Alyvya Hale, a son-in-law; (Mason) Bruce Meyer and a sister; Virgia Collier.
After graduating from high school, Lyle enlisted in the United States Army where he served his tour of duty in Japan. After being discharged from the Army he returned to his hometown of Parma, MI and married Betty, went on to study and graduate from RETS School of Electronics in Detroit Michigan and ultimately ended up in the Three Rivers area. Lyle attained the position of Service Manager for the Montgomery Wards Company both in Three Rivers and Grand Rapids, MI. In 1964 Lyle opened his own business “Lyle’s T.V. & Appliance” store on North Main Street in Three Rivers, Michigan where he operated his sales and service business for the next 25 years.
Lyle enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, golfing, water skiing and his vegetable garden but his favorite pastime was spending time with his family, which was always his priority. The years at Clear Lake when his children were growing up were his fondest memories and the stories and tales were always told over-and-over at family gatherings. Laughter was always prevalent at the Livingston house most of the time from the “antics” of Lyle. He will be missed dearly and irreplaceable in our hearts.
Now…Rest….Dear Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend, your battle was tough and fought with ultimate courage – until we meet again!
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Emily Singh and her office staff, Lori B with Bronson Home Health Care, our good friend Kontrina and Southern Care Hospice along with the many friends and very special neighbors who helped us get through this difficult time. Our hearts will always be linked with Dr. Edward Atawi who went above and beyond, on so many different levels, to not only do his medical best for Lyle but to care for his family in a way never before experienced! We will forever be grateful and you will always be considered a member of Lyle’s family.
The family requests donations be made to “Hope for Lincoln” to help support Lincoln Hoffmaster through his journey to fight Leukemia. It would warm Lyle’s heart to know that this is the day of Lincoln’s 6th Birthday, May19th. Please make checks to “Lincoln Hoffmaster” in memory of Lyle Livingston. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home.
A memorial service for Lyle will be held at the Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold Street, Three Rivers on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm with a luncheon immediately following at Belle Epoque, 53 Railroad Drive, Three Rivers.
Emory E. Dailey, age 87, of Three Rivers died Saturday May 11, 2013 at Three Rivers Health following a one-month illness. He was born on Nov. 6, 1925 in Three Rivers the son of John Preston Dailey and Cecile (Jones) Dailey and has been a Three Rivers resident for most of his life. He served in the Pacific Theater with the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. Emory was employed as a police officer for the City of Three Rivers for 13 years, and as an investigator of welfare fraud for St. Joseph County for 11 years. He was a member of Hice-Shutes American Legion Post #170, and helped establish the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Little League program in Three Rivers. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida, living at Corey Lake, and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
Emory was married to June A. Willemin on April 4, 1947 in Centreville. She survives along with two daughters, Ruth Ann (James) Awe, and Diane Lynn (Peter) Leverentz; son Michael Eugene (Patricia) Dailey all of Three Rivers; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey (Julia) Awe, Jason (Laura) Awe, Jessica (Jaymes) MacDonald, Michelle (Richard) Konik, Craig (Rachel) Dailey, Paul, John, and Mary Leverentz; three great-grandchildren, Madison and Mason Awe, and Zak Konik; a sister, Mary (Harold) Wahl of Three Rivers; half-sister, Kathleen Dailey; half-brother, Patrick (Norma) Dailey; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Jack, Dean, Keith, and Robert; and an infant sister.
Cremation has been conducted. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday May 14, 2013 at the Eickhoff Farrand Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers with Pastor Kyle Foster of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church officiating. The family is requesting casual dress and anything with a Detroit Tiger logo while attending. It is also suggested that memorials be directed to either The Thin Blue Line, or to Hice-Shutes American Legion Post #170. An online register is available and condolences may be left for the family at www.efhchapel.com
Frederick Homer “Woody” Woods, age 83 of Three Rivers died Saturday May 11, 2013 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Little Egypt, Ohio on April 15, 1930 the son of Rollen Henry Woods and Rose (Julian) Woods. Fred was married to Elizabeth “Betty” Dokey in 1949 while living in Vicksburg. Fred was a butcher for many years and later worked at Nagel Gladiola Farm. He enjoyed wood-working, gardening, and hunting, and was a big country music fan.
Fred is survived by five children, Linda (Jay) Crabtree of Three Rivers, Deb (Frank) Cerny of Leonidas, Rick Woods and Joseph Woods of Three Rivers, and Bill (Shirley) Woods of Centreville; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty in 1998; two daughters, Sandra Dentler and Pam Dare; son Frederick A. Woods; grandsons, Jason Woods and Joey Woods; two sisters; and one brother.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday May 14, 2013 at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with David Farrell officiating. Burial will be in Vicksburg Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials be directed to Three Rivers Health Hospice. Condolences may be left for the family at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com
Barbara Joann Huftile, age 78, of Sturgis, went to be with her Lord and Savior early Wednesday morning, May 8, 2013, at her home, with her husband at her side.
She was born Dec. 2, 1934, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Samuel E. and Helen (Tennent) Large.
Barbara was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1953.
On May 29, 1953, she married Kenneth Huftile in Sturgis.
Barbara was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Before having children, she had been employed by Harold Walters Insurance Company and the Sturgis Journal.
She was an active member of the White Pigeon Church of Christ. Being one who loved children, she served in the nursery and participated with Vacation Bible School.
She was an honorary member of the Sturgis Kiwanis Club and a dedicated fan of the Detroit Tigers. She enjoyed playing golf, bowling, gardening, watching birds and crocheting, especially the blankets she would crochet and give to others. Over the years she donated many blankets to Thurston Woods Village. Barbara had several interests and hobbies, but what she truly cherished was time spent with her family she so dearly loved, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband of 60 years, Ken; four daughters, Rebecca (Roger) Evilsizor of Sturgis, Pamela (Michael) Fischer of Cumming, Ga., Amy (Jeff) Masterman of Bakersville, N.C., and Jeanie (Rob) Goldner of St. Joe, Ind.; nine grandchildren, Colby Evilsizor, Kirby Evilsizor, Calico (Mike) Schrader, Rachel (Travis) Brown, Barbara Fischer, Holly (Will) McClure, Tiffany (Cliff) Riser, Aaron Goldner and Simon Goldner; six great-grandchildren, Travis Brown, Rayna Brown, Ivy Rose Pagels, Daniel McClure, Ezra McClure and Parker Goldner; three sisters, Gloria Ware of Indianapolis, Wava Jean Watson of Sturgis and Margaret Ford of Sturgis; a brother, David (Carol) Large of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a sister-in-law, Rosie Large of Sturgis; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Kenneth Large.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. A memorial service celebrating the life of Barbara J. Huftile will be held at
1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Barry Edds of White Pigeon Church of Christ will officiate.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Huftile’s memory consider Great Lakes Christian College, 6211 W. Willow Hwy., Waverly, MI 48917 or White Pigeon Church of Christ, 70428 S. Kalamazoo St., White Pigeon, MI 49099.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Gordon Bruce Bart, age 70, of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Tuesday evening, May 7, 2013 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room.
He was born February 23, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan son of the late Daniel and Esther (Schumaker) Bart.
Gordon resided in Sturgis since 1964 coming from Grand Rapids.
On September 12, 1964 he married Christina Marie Carter in Grand Rapids.
Gordon’s move to Sturgis in 1964 was to assume an engineering position with Marvel Industries. He also worked at Vent Line Industries in Bristol, Indiana and Ram Products in Sturgis before moving on to the Battle Creek Equipment Company in Battle Creek where he retired following 28 years of dedicated employment as a Head Engineer. While at Battle Creek Equipment he was responsible for several pattons in the health care industry.
Gordon was a member of the Holy Angels Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Deacon Jerry Mix Council #2508 and Eagles Lodge #1314. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, pontooning and spending time at the lake house on Omena Lake with friends and family. Gordon was truly dedicated to his friends and family and was always ready to help others in any way he could and expecting nothing in return.
He is survived by two sons: Bruce (his fiancée Cora Davis) Bart of Sturgis and Damon Bart of Grand Rapids; one daughter: Stacy (Matthew) Linihan of Sturgis; five grandchildren: Brandon Bart, Brooke Bart, Cassandra Bart, Jozi Bart and Jenna Bart; two sisters: Marcella (Ed) Maddox and Virginia Schweitzer both of Grand Rapids; two brothers: Don (Connie) Bart and Jerry (Nan) Bart both of Jenison and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two sisters: Florence Robinson and Helen Drazkowski and one brother: Russell Bart.
The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 P.M. Monday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284. The Funeral Mass celebrating the life of Gordon Bruce Bart will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Father Richard Fritz will officiate. In accordance with his wishes cremation will follow the Mass. Private burial of the ashes will take place at Oak Lawn cemetery in Sturgis at a later date.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Bart’s memory consider the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Karen Marie Truckenmiller, age 64, of Centreville, passed away Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at her home following a long illness with A.L.S /Lou Gehrigs disease. She was born in Sturgis, MI on March 21, 1949, the daughter of John and Glenna (Abbott) Jones. Karen graduated from White Pigeon High School in 1967 and from Warner Beauty School in Ft. Wayne in 1966. On September 13, 1969 she married James E. Truckenmiller in White Pigeon. Karen worked as Deputy and Account Clerk at St. Joseph Co. 3B District Court in Centreville from February 24, 1975 until her retirement June 18, 2010. She enjoyed reading and traveling, especially to the casinos in the U.P.
Surviving Karen are her husband James Truckenmiller of Centreville, daughter Jennifer (Jon) Stasiuk of Three Rivers, MI, son Daniel (Erica) Truckenmiller of Three Rivers, MI, grandchildren Matthew and Benjamin Truckenmiller, Luke, Emma and Jack Stasiuk, and brother Eric (Lynn) Jones of Sturgis, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents.
According to her wishes, cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends will be received at Eley Funeral Home in Centreville on Monday from 11am to 1 pm. A Memorial Service will immediately follow vistation at 1 pm. Pastor David Peterson of Centreville Baptist Church will officiate. Interment of ashes will be in Prairie River Cemetery Centreville. Memorial contributions may be made to Centreville Lions Club or Three Rivers Hospice. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.