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Lyle H. French

Lyle H. French died Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the age of 90. He was born April 21, 1930 in Saginaw County, MI the son of Ray and Myrtle (Albaugh) French. Lyle was a lifelong farmer and served on the St. Johns Police Department for 34 years, 17 of those years as Chief, retiring in 1990. On April 22, 1950 he married Beverly Ballinger and they recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Surviving is his wife Bev; one daughter, Cathy (Bill) Ommen; two sons, William (Debra) and Tom (LeaAnn); grandchildren, Chad (Jessica) Hettler, Bill (Carey) Ommen Jr., Brad (Karla) Gurski and Shannon (Matt) Nobis; great grandchildren, Carter and Spencer Nobis, Archer Gurski and Corbin Hettler; one brother, George French and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Monday, July 6, 2020 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. A private graveside service will be held. Memorials may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society or to Sparrow Hospice.


Marcia Joan Heskett

Marcia Joan Heskett, age 89, of Holland, MI, formerly of St. Johns passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Appledorn Assisted Living South, Holland, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 1:00 P.M., with Rev. Matthew Olson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Friday for one hour before the service from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M.

Marcia was born in St. Johns, MI on October 5, 1930, the daughter of Olney B. and Frances G. (Granger) Moore. Marcia graduated from St. Johns High School in 1948; she played the clarinet and piano. She also went on to graduate from MSU in 1952. She graduated with an interior decorating degree and was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She grew up in St. Johns, lived in Grand Rapids, MI, Danville, IL, and Bradenton FL. She returned to St. Johns for a period of time before moving to Grand Haven, MI.

Marcia won the American Legion Award for Citizenship for God & Country. She was a missionary for God for most of her life. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of St. Johns and she was also a lifelong member and worker for the Salvation Army. She was a member of PEO. There will be a lot of excitement in her family in heaven because she is coming home.

She is survived by her daughter Tenley and Dr. David Lippie of Fort. Wayne, IN; and 3 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Caroline, and Harrison Lippie.

Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church of St. Johns 100 East Maple Street St. Johns, MI 48879. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Eric Phillip Perry

Eric Phillip Perry, age 47, of Ovid, MI, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI, on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Andy Croel officiating. Burial will take place at Fairfield Township Cemetery, Fairfield Township, MI. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Eric was born in St. Johns, MI on October 10, 1972, the son of Phillip Perry and Cynthia LaFountain. He graduated from St. Johns High School with the class of 1991. He went on to Lansing Community College to obtain his journeyman in machine repair.

Eric was a loyal employee at Meridian Magnesium in Eaton Rapids for 18 years. Eric’s life revolved around his sons, Eric and Gavyn, and he took great pride in raising them. He loved spending time with them, watching their sporting events and supporting them in any way possible. Eric enjoyed riding his Harley with his cousin Matt and uncles. He liked being outdoors, cooking, grilling and entertaining friends and family. Eric also enjoyed attending car shows and working on cars and his motorcycle. Eric took a lot of pride in his dream truck, a 2019 F250 Super Duty Diesel. He loved his dogs Izzy and Max. Eric would stop by his dad’s house everyday to check in on him and spend time together doing projects.

Eric will be remembered as a giving selfless person. He would give the shirt off his back to someone in need and was known for always putting others before himself. He was an amazing father, brother, son, uncle and friend. He was the rock for his family. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his sons: Eric K. Perry and Gavyn Perry, father Phillip Perry, mother Cynthia LaFountain, siblings: Amy and Robert Fraker, Chad and Jessica Perry, Heidi Ruppert and Pat McGee, Kyle and Denise Fullhart, and grandfather Ronald Gallagher. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. He was preceded in death by his step mother Sally Perry, grandmother Edna Gallagher, grandfather Delmont LaFountain, and grandparents Ralph and Joyce Whittaker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his sons. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI.


Howard R. Kimball

Howard R. Kimball died unexpectedly Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the age of 68. He was born March 9, 1952 in St. Johns, MI the son of Keith and Ruby (Acre) Kimball. Howard graduated from St. Johns High School, Class of 1970 and attended St. John’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting and worked for Mahle Engine Components USA in St. Johns retiring in 2015 with 41 years of service. On February 10, 1973 he married Joyce Zell and she survives him.

Also surviving are two sons, Kevin Kimball (fiancée Jeannie Cassaday) and Jason (Mary) Kimball; three grandchildren, Parker, Aiden and Anfield; a sister, Bonnie (Tim) Stine and two nieces, Aimee and Megan Stine.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church 511 E. Sturgis St. Johns with Pastor Jim Pearl officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Those in attendance are asked to keep their time brief and to follow the COVID-19 protocols and practice social distancing and to use a face covering. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.


Theodore J. Bedell

Theodore J. “Ted” Bedell Sr. died Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the age of 73. He was born March 12, 1947 in St. Johns, MI the son of Theodore and Thelma (Beattie) Bedell. Ted was a graduate of Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns, Class of 1965. He is a proud Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War and a member of the American Legion Post # 153 in St. Johns.

Ted was also a member of the St. Johns Honor Guard providing funeral military honors to fellow veterans. He worked for Meijer Inc. for 37 years retiring in 2005 as a store manager. Ted was an active member of First Baptist Church in St. Johns. On August 12, 1967 he married Karen Moinet and she preceded him in death on March 24 of this year.

Surviving are two daughters, Kimberly (Mike) McCurley and Rebecca (Greg) Bemis; one son Ted (Sonia) Bedell Jr.; nine grandchildren; one brother Robert (Cindy) Bedell; one sister Sally Bailey. He was preceded in death by his sister Christine Bowman in 2019.

A graveside service for Ted will be held 11:00 AM on Friday, July 3, 2020 at Mt. Rest Cemetery in St. Johns with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating. Military honors will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, July 2 from 6-8 PM at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Those in attendance are asked to keep their time brief and to follow the COVID-19 protocols and practice social distancing and to use a face covering. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.


Divorce decrees filed the weeks of June 15 and 22, 2020

Nicholas, KayLee R. / Nicholas, Cody K.

Peters, Heidi J./Peters, Edward L.

Kerschner, Ronda L./Kerschner, Kirby D.