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John T. CHAD

Died: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Age: 92
CHAD, John T.; of Clarkston; March 12, 2014; age 92; preceded in death by his wife Mary; father of Catherine (Frank) Omilian, John (Barbara) Chad, Uranna Greene, James Chad, Paul Chad and Linda (Jeff) Johnson; grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 5. John was a Marine and served in WWII.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Daniel Catholic Church, Clarkston. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery, Waterford. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com.

Robert McKinstry

Died: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Age: 69
Robert Leon “Bob” McKinstry passed away on March 12, 2014 of natural causes. He was 69.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Tia and Douglas Hurt, three grandsons, Justin, Bryan and Daniel Hurt, sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and Larry Dunnigan, sister Grace Butterfield and brothers Gerald McKinstry, Vern Williamson and Fred Williamson. He also had several nieces and nephews.

Bob retired from American Aggregates in Oxford after 30 years of service, and spent his last few years living with Rosemary and Larry, on the family farm in West Branch, MI. He enjoyed all of the local wildlife, especially the birds and deer who visited the feeders outside his window. He was also an avid trivia buff, and loved to solve puzzles.

Bob requested cremation without a public viewing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to The American Lung Association.

Ronald WILLIAM “TRAPPER” McCrumb

Died: Monday, March 10, 2014
Age: 76
Ronald of Ortonville. Born May 12, 1937 in Pontiac, Michigan to Ralph and Beatrice (nee: Grooms) McCrumb. He married the former Traci Pierce in Gaylord, MI on July 26, 1996. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Traci McCrumb; 3 children, Debbie (Michael) Aaron, Tammy (Dennis) Shoner and Greg (Connie) McCrumb; his mother Beatrice McCrumb; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; he was preceded in death by his father and sister, Joanne Gleeson. Ron was retired from Consumers Power, Pontiac. He was a member of Goodrich Country Club and the American Legion Post #3, Sault Ste. Marie. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at COATS VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE. Interment will be at Ortonville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice. To send a condolence, go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

Marjorie Ardella Williamson

Died: Sunday, March 09, 2014
Age: 74
Marjorie of Ortonville was born January 7, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Raymond and Arena (nee: Helwig) LaVigne. She married Arnold Williamson on September 14, 1964 in Warren, Michigan. Survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Arnie; 4 children, Stacey Williamson, Scott (Cynthia) Williamson, Jeffrey Williamson and Danielle Williamson; 3 grandchildren, Cheyanne Marcum, Abbie and Aaron Williamson; brother, Raymond LaVigne and sister Phyllis (Fred) Warren. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at COATS VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE. Interment will be in Elkland Cemetery, Cass City, Michigan. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Genesys Hospice or American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send a condolence to the family go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

Connie Marie MALACE (Leppek)

Died: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Age: 52
MALACE (Leppek), Connie Marie of Clarkston; March 6, 2014; age 52; Wife of Larry for 22 years; mother of Larry W. Malace III and Courtney Malace; Daughter of Leonard and Joyce Leppek; daughter in law of Larry Sr. and Janice Malace; sister of Kenneth (Patricia) Leppek, Daniel Leppek and Michael (Sarah) Leppek; sister in law of Lisa (Joseph) Skupin, Thomas (Jennifer) Malace and Scott (Heather) Malace; also survived by several friends. Connie graduated from All Saints High School, Bay City. Scripture Service Sunday 2 pm at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Saturday 3-5 and 7-9 pm and Sunday 12-6 pm. Funeral Mass Monday 10 am at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. Rite of Committal All Saints Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House, Detroit or Scleroderma Foundation. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

CAIDEN ASH MURRAY

Died: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Age: 3
CAIDEN ASH MURRAY, 3-year-old son of Ashley Rettig Murray and Nicholas S. Murray, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Georgia Regents University Children’s Medical Center, Augusta, GA, after a sudden illness.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Bryce Murray; sister, Kori Murray; brother, Dominick Murray; maternal grandparents, Mark and Terri Rettig, Aiken, SC (formerly of Clarkston, MI); maternal great-grandparents, Jay and Sue Sasse, Butler, PA; paternal grandparents, Johnny and Tammy Spicer, Gilbert, SC; paternal great-great grandmother, Julia "Bela" Murrow, Longs, SC.

A scholarship fund has been established for Bryce Rettig Murray, in memory of his brother, Caiden Ash Murray. Donations may be directed to Bank of America, 167 Laurens Street, SW, Aiken, SC 29801. Please make checks payable to Bryce Rettig Murray.

James Ostrander

Died: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Age: 76
James C. Ostrander, a longtime resident of Leonard, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 surrounded by his family at home. He was 76.

He was born May 19, 1937 in Brockway, and was raised by Charles and Dorothy May (Koebke) Rickett. Jim graduated from Yale High School in 1956.

Jim served his country in the United States Air Force. Jim married his loving wife Janet September 1, 1962 at the Leonard United Methodist Church.

He was a member of the Leonard Community Church. He retired from General Motors Truck and Bus in Pontiac after 34 years.

Jim was a firefighter and EMT for Addison Township Fire Department from 1968-1983, serving as chief from 1979-1983.

He worked at the Oxford Public Library for 16 years.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Janet Ostrander of Leonard, children; Kim (Chris) Terry of Leonard, Jim Ostrander of Rochester, David (Becky) Ostrander of Almont, Ami (Tim) Strong of Attica, Bryan Ostrander of Leonard and Juli Ostrander of Almont.

He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his sister Hannah Rowe of Carsonville.

Jim is preceded in death by his granddaughter Stacy Terry, brother George Ostrander and sister Barbara Greenman.

The family will be having the Graveside Service on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:00pm at Lakeville Cemetery with the Rev. Stephen E. Porter of the Leonard Community Church officiating.

Memorial Donations can be made in Jim’s name to the Family of James Ostrander (P.O.box 62 Leonard MI 48367). Arrangements by Roth-Muir Funeral Home (296 South Main – Romeo, MI 48065.) Guestbook atwww.RothMuirFuneralHome.com

James Ostrander

Died: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Age: 76
James C. Ostrander, a longtime resident of Leonard, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 surrounded by his family at home. He was 76.

He was born May 19, 1937 in Brockway, and was raised by Charles and Dorothy May (Koebke) Rickett.

Jim graduated from Yale High School in 1956. He served his country in the United States Air Force.

Jim married his loving wife Janet September 1, 1962 at the Leonard United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Leonard Community Church.

He retired from General Motors Truck and Bus in Pontiac after 34 years.

Jim was a firefighter and EMT for Addison Township Fire Department from 1968-1983, serving as chief from 1979-1983. He worked at the Oxford Library for sixteen years.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Janet Ostrander of Leonard, children; Kim (Chris) Terry of Leonard, Jim Ostrander of Rochester, David (Becky) Ostrander of Almont, Ami (Tim) Strong of Attica, Bryan Ostrander of Leonard and Juli Ostrander of Almont. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his sister Hannah Rowe of Carsonville.

Jim is predeceased by his granddaughter Stacy Terry, brother George Ostrander and sister Barbara Greenman.

A 1 p.m. memorial service will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Leonard Community Church (4391 Whitehead St.) in Leonard.

Rev. Stephen E. Porter will officiate.

Internment at Lakeville Cemetery.

Memorial donations made be made to the family. Please send them to P.O. Box 62 Leonard, MI 48367.

James Hedrick Ashley

Died: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Age: 54
ASHLEY, JAMES HEDRICK; died on March 4, 2014; survived by his wife Leslie; sons Nick, Ben (Rachel) and Jordan; granddaughter Shannon; mother Sue; sister Edna; brothers Mike, Tom and Carl; and countless others whose lives he had a profound impact on through his kindness and generosity. He was preceded in death by his father Grady Ashley. Hedrick, (as he was known by most who knew him) was the type of man that made an impact in your life whether you had known him for 20 seconds or 20 years. He always made sure you knew exactly where you stood with him. If he didn’t like something you did he was quick to let you know but he was even quicker to let you know when you had done well. Hedrick worked at General Motors for 24 years, was a H.O.G. member, Waterford Chapter, a member of the Patriot Riders, and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 - 1981. After his time in the Marines he came home to Michigan to marry the love of his life Leslie (though he never actually proposed), they had 40 years together and the kind of love for each other and their family that others only dream of. They had 3 sons, Nick, Ben, and Jordan and they raised them the best they knew how. Even though sometimes lessons had to be learned the hard way the boys never had to wonder if they were loved or if their parents were proud of them; they were told daily (sometimes to exhaustion). Hedrick also had a 6 year old granddaughter and if you ask her, he was the greatest Grampee in the world. He worked midnights so that he could spend as much time with her as possible. She would never let him skip their breakfast together when he got home in the morning or milk and cookies and a piggy back ride to bed before he left for work (not that he would have missed it for the world). He will be greatly missed by a great deal of people. He was the rock for so many to lean on. We will carry on, continue to live our lives as he would want us to, and continue to make him proud. We miss him more than words can say. If I turn out to be half the man that he was, I'd say I did alright. We love you, Dad; we'll see you again someday. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion. Inurnment (May 2014) Great Lakes National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leslie Ashley for Shannon’s Education Fund. Reflections may be shared with the family by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com

Thomas Daniel KELL

Died: Sunday, March 02, 2014
Age: 65
KELL, Thomas Daniel; “Danny”; of Oxford; formerly of Clarkston; March 2, 2014 after a long courageous battle with cancer; age 65; loving husband of Sandy; devoted father of Patrick (Michelle) Rouse, Shannon (Justin) Hanson, Nicole (James) England, Ryan Kell and Stephanie Flanagin; adored papa of Isabel, Samantha, Riayn, Preslea, Daniel, Kennedy, Nathan, Addyson, Emma & Thomas; brother of Brenda (Rod) Dosch, Linda Tucker, Vicky (Gary) Spivy, Curt (Linda) Kell & Debbie (the late Tony) Smith; preceded in death by his parents Porter & Dorothy; son in law of Rosa (the late LaRue) Collier; also survived by many nieces & nephews; Danny graduated from Pontiac Northern and was a State Champ wrestler. He served as a Green Beret in the Special Forces during the Vietnam Conflict. He retired from General Motors and was a respected UAW Local 594 Zone Man/Committee Man. Danny was a faithful deacon at Mt. Zion Church. Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Thursday 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. and Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Funeral service Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Zion Church. Interment Christian Memorial Cemetery; Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com
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