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Mrs. Ruth MELLON Read, age 97, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at her daughter Judy’s home near Casnovia. Born on May 14, 1915 in Mears, MI the third of ten children to Reuben and Jennie May Graham. Her parents and eight siblings preceded her in death and she is survived by one brother, Thomas Bud (Helen) Graham.
She married Kenton Howard Mellon on January, 1, 1932. Together they raised four children, Arlene Miller, Marie (Barry) Malone, Judy (Bruce) Rollston, and Max (Mary) Mellon who survive her and all live in the Grant area. As a loving, caring mother Ruth was known for her delicious pies, homemade noodles, canning and making nutritious meals for her family and also giving to others. A hard worker, she helped on the blueberry farm, sewed, served as a 4-H leader, and in Bridgeton Ladies Aid, encouraged with music lessons and horn practices, attended rural Sunday School, an also worked as a clerk at the Bridgeton Store. Kenton died Oct. 3, 1970 at home near Bridgeton with Ruth and Max present.
Later Ruth married Bert Tuinstra on Sept. 20, 1977 at Ashland Center Church with Mr. Conrad Daniels officiating. They enjoyed time in Florida until his death on 1-22-1979. She married Robert Read April 21, 1983 and they also lived in Florida where her families and grandchildren visited. Ruth served as caregiver for all three husbands as they died before her, Robert dying on 1-24-1991.
Over the years Ruth has enjoyed getting together with family and friends – going out for lunch or ice cream. She crocheted afghans for family members, table cloths, and doilies. Until recently she pedaled her stationary bike and lived in her own home in Grant.
Additional survivors are 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. Preceding her in death is son-in-law Kenneth Miller.
Visitation will be from 7-9 PM on Tuesday, July 31 at McKinley Funeral Home in Grant. The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 1, at McKinley Funeral Home in Grant with Mr. Daren Penwell officiating. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Michigan Memorial Fund at the Fremont Area Community Foundation to be matched. Condolences may be expressed online at http://www.mckinleyfuneral.com.
Mrs. Mildred Adeline Bulliss, Age 78 of Newaygo died Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in White Cloud. She was born Mildred Adeline Dorwin in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Doris Lucuall (Perkins) and L. Avery Dorwin on October 20, 1933. She was a homemaker. She was foster Grandma for many years. She is survived by her children Yvonne & Lee Adams of White Cloud, Wayne & Shelley Bulliss of White Pine, Gerald Bulliss of White Cloud, and Keith Bulliss of Newaygo, 10 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren, her brothers Loren & Joy Dorwin of Alabama, John & Nancy Dorwin of White Cloud, and her sisters Donna Scott of Mississippi and Judy Bray of Florida. Visitation will be held 10:00 am to noon on Saturday at McKinley Funeral Home, Newaygo. For memorials please consider the local food pantries. ‑ McKinley Funeral Home, Newaygo 231‑652‑5613. http:\\mckinleyfuneral.com
Mr. Robert E. Covington, age 62 of Grant, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Cedar Springs. He was born Robert Edward Covington in Grant, the son of Charlene Lois (Paulino) and John Edward Covington on May 16, 1950. He was a Laborer for Marquette Fabrication until 2009 retiring after 8 years.
He is survived by his children Randi & Raul Pira of Kapolei, HI; Bobbi Edmond of Kapolei, HI; Rob & Michele Covington of Stratton, PA; Brian Covington of Bailey; Chad & April Covington of Grant; 7 grandchildren; brothers & sister Larry & Chris Covington of Comstock Park; Gerald & Debbie Covington of Grant ; Holly & Joe Gondor of Newaygo.
The family will meet relatives and friends 2‑4 PM Friday, July 27, 2012 at the McKinley Funeral Home Grant Chapel. For Memorials please consider the St. Jude Children’s Hospital and/or Disabled American Veterans. Please leave condolences at www.mckinleyfuneral.com.
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Mr. Charles W. Pummel, Sr., age 73 of Newaygo, died Thursday, July 19, 2012 in Big Rapids. He was born Charles Wilbert Pummel, in Lafayette, Ohio the son of Mildred Irene (Hawk) and Wilbert LeaRoy Pummel on October 16, 1938. He was a Mechanic for Sparta Foundry, owned Chuck’s Full Service in White Cloud, and was employed at Parts Plus in Newaygo.
He is survived by his children Becky & Tracy Johnson of Kent City, Charles Pummel, Jr. of Newaygo, Char & Floyd Butler of Newaygo, his grandchildren Lacy & Chris Perkins, Drew & Derek Curry, Whitney Butler, Weston Butler, great granddaughter: Kaden Perkins, his brother Edwin & Irene Pummel of Newaygo.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM from the McKinley Newaygo Chapel, on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 with Pastor Doug Bennett officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. For Memorials please consider Heartland Hospice. Please leave condolences at www.mckinleyfuneral.com.
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Mrs. Betty Lou (Wildey) Gross, 83, passed away unexpectedly on July 17, 2012 at her favorite hospital Mercy Hospital in Muskegon. Born on July 31, 1928 at the family farm near Newaygo, Betty was the only child of George and Verna (Crispin) Wildey.
Betty grew up in Newaygo and received her education at Newaygo Public Schools graduating in 1946. She married William (Bill) Franklin Gross on October 4, 1947. Bill preceded her in death on June1, 2008. She is survived by her only son Steven and His wife Susan of Newaygo and Bill’s brother Douglas and his wife Lola of Three Rivers.
Betty spent her career as a secretary for Newaygo Public Schools. She began as the elementary school secretary and retired from Newaygo Public School as the principal’s secretary in 1986 after 30 years of service in the district. Many Newaygo graduates will remember her as the office lady.
Recently, Betty resided at the Newaygo Medical Care Facility in Fremont where she was well-looked after by their caring staff and volunteers. She enjoyed playing bingo, attending musical shows, making crafts, watching the Game Show Network, visiting with friends, and participating in various activities provided by the Facility. Her favorite team was the Detroit Tigers. She was also a fan of basketball and loved watching games on TV.
Funeral Services will be held 1 PM, Monday, July 23, 2012 at the McKinley Funeral Home – Newaygo Chapel with visitation 3-5 PM Sunday, July 22, 2012. Interment will be in the Newaygo Cemetery and for Memorials please consider the Salvation Army.
Betty will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
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Mrs. Ethel Mae DeWitt, Age 95 of Newaygo, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at home. She was born Ethel Mae Pixley in Georgetown Twp., Michigan the daughter of Nora D. (Ames) and James Frederick Pixley on April 17, 1917. She married Ray DeWitt on June 3, 1959 in Indiana and he preceded her in death on April 10, 2007. She was an assembler for Kelvinator Inc. for 30 years until her retirement in 1978. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Interment in Georgetown Township Cemetery.
Mrs. Marilyn Mae Robinson, Age 80 of Ada, Michigan, Formerly of Newaygo, died Sunday, July 15, 2012 in Grand Rapids. She was born Marilyn Mae Senft in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Amalia (Bloss) and Theodore Senft on May 25, 1932. She married Volyn Rex Robinson on February 6, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois and he preceded her in death on August 25, 2004. She was a Dance Instructor in Newaygo and a Ward Clerk at Gerber until her retirement. She was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. She is survived by her daughter Susan & Daniel Drumm of Ada, her grandchildren Christopher Drumm, Capt. Mollie Drumm of Dayton, OH and Kevin Drumm of Ada. She was also preceded in death by her son Ted Volyn Robinson. The Funeral Liturgy will be held at 11:00 AM from the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Newaygo on Thursday, July 19, 2012 with Father Peter Omogo officiating. Interment will be in St. Bartholomew Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church the hour before mass on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, please consider St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be left online at www.mckinleyfuneral.com.
Thelma McCoy, 97, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012 after a long illness. She was born in Grant on October 15, 1914. A graduate of Grant High School, Obcie School of Nursing in Virginia and served her country as an Army WAAC during WWII. She is survived by her sister in law Char Campbell, nieces Ellen (Gary) Moore, Deb Campbell (Charles Swanson), nephews Tom (Lila) Muma, Spin (Shirley) Krause, Dave (Joy) Campbell, Don Campbell, and her great nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Mac McCoy, her parents Art & Eva Campbell, brother Moe Campbell and sister Lois Muma. There will be private family services with interment in Shippy Cemetery near Grant. For memorials please consider the Grant Area District Library and/or the charity of your choice. The family is being served by the McKinley Funeral Home – Grant Chapel.
Denton – Larry Denton, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away in his home surrounded by his family on July 12. Larry was born on June 2, 1938 in his family home in Ensley Center where he lived his entire life.
He married Joanne Voss in 1959 and they had a wonderful 53 years together. Also left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Tamara Fish (Rick), Teresa Denton (Doug), and Allison Angelucci (Nick); eleven grandchildren Ryan Fish (Lisa), Emily Baxter (Gabe), Abigail Fish, Riley Fish, Rory Fish, Andrew Duncan, Jeremiah Duncan, Tess Duncan, Tyler (Allison) Timmerman, Katey Angelucci, and Olivia Angelucci, and four great grandchildren Brody and Macy Fish, Hayden Timmerman, and Denton Baxter. In addition to his family he leaves behind a multitude of friends, including his many coffee shop buddies.
Larry was the fourth generation owner of Denton’s Water Well Drilling. Larry spent his final years working as a volunteer driver for the Area Commission on Aging of Newaygo County where he continued to share his sense of humor and kind way with others.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 15, at 3 P. M. at the Grand Wesleyan Church. The family will greet visitors prior to the service at 2 P. M. at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Grant Wesleyan Church and/or Love INC of Newaygo County.
Mr. Gene Aaron Hills, Age 87 of Croton Twp, Michigan died Saturday, July 07, 2012 in Sherman Twp. He was born Gene Aaron Hills in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Vena (Gerken) and Terry Hills on July 22, 1924. He married Patricia Y. Howard on January 15, 1969 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and she preceded him in death on January 2012. He was a Mechanic for Good GMC until 1991. He is survived by his children Dawn Lewis of Howard City, Marlene & Kevin Oswald of Holland, Karen & Bill Preble of Fremont, Patrick & Mellissa Hills of White Cloud, 9 grandchildren, his nephew Bruce & Rhonda Vanoeveren and his dog Brody. Interment will be in Newaygo Cemetery. For memorials please consider the VFW Post #4249, 9075 S. Mason Dr. Newaygo, Michigan 49337.