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Daniel William Glinke

Daniel William Glinke, a longtime resident of the Fowler area, died on Thursday, April 8, 2021 after a valiant battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. He was 76 years old.

Dan was born on January 23, 1945 in Alma, Michigan, the eldest of four children born to Roy and Ruth (Dunn) Glinke. Dan enjoyed a long career as a plumber/pipefitter with Union 333 until his retirement in the early 2000’s. Dan and Ann Upton were high school sweethearts, married on December 6, 1969 and together raised two children. They built their dream home in Fowler in 1993 and together enjoyed touring greenhouses for Spring flowers and traveling to watch their favorite band. Dan loved to hunt, bird watch, his John Deere tractor and raise Angora Goats.

Dan will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, his sense of humor and his kind and caring nature.

He will be missed by many, especially his beloved wife of fifty-one years, Ann Glinke; his daughter, Cherie (Ken) Taylor; his son, Shawn Glinke; grandchildren, Ashley (John) Verwey, Brittany Price, Haley Taylor, Oliver Glinke and Elliott Glinke; four great-grandchildren, Frankie, Adrianna, Grayson and Ethan; brothers, Tom (Joann) Glinke and Phil (Karen) Glinke; sister, Barb (Pete) Ondrus; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home in Fowler in the near future.

For further information, phone McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel.


Spencer Alan Brown

Spencer Alan Brown, age 32, died peacefully at home on April 11, 2021.

He is survived by his loving parents, Roger and Vicki Brown; his sisters, Annie and Emily; nieces, Payton and Riley, as well as extended family members and many dear friends from Clinton County RESA.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 4-7 PM at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns.

Memorial contributions are encouraged to an animal shelter of your choice, honoring Spencer’s great love of animals.


Tyler Devin Isbell

Tyler Devin Isbell, age 27, a resident of Mt. Pleasant and a former resident of Lansing and St. Johns, died on April 12, 2021 after a long battle with depression.

He is survived by his father, David G. (Dora) Isbell, Jr. and mother, Stacia Millay; his siblings, Andrelle, Kaleb, Josefina and Zoe Isbell; grandparents, David (Jennifer) Isbell, Valerie Bergey, Beverly Foster, Lorin Beagle, Betty Slepr; step-dad, Adam Pitcher; Aunt Suzie Isbell; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Pkwy, St. Johns on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 2-5 PM.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Sleepy Hollow State Park, 7835 E. Price Road, Laingsburg on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 2-6 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tyler’s family, c/o Dora Isbell.


Ethel M. Flegler

Ethel M. Flegler, 99, born November 21, 1921, in Riley Township, Clinton County to William and Elsie (Sehlke) Horman went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 12, 2021. She graduated from Pratt School, Wacousta 10th Grade and St. Johns High School. She also attended Lutheran Ministries Institute and Lansing Community College. On February 12, 1942, she married Earl J. Flegler, 6 months before he was to begin serving his country in World War II. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1984.

Survivors are, Barry (Deb) Flegler of Lansing, Bill Flegler of St. Johns, Brenda Flegler of Newnan, Georgia, Earlene (Harry) Schaub of DeWitt, Earl Jr. (Laurie) Flegler of St. Johns; grandchildren, Bronson Flegler, Shannon Flegler, Darrick (Mellisa) Flegler, Scott Flegler, Vickie (James) Coon, Kristie (Mike) Fleischmann, Keisha Smith, Katina (Todd) Gibson, Kimberly Close, Kendra Larkins, Ben (Carley) Flegler, Rebecca (Robert) Johnson, Andrew Flegler; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by parents, husband, sister Lorina Sillman and brother Charles Horman.

Ethel was the eldest, life-long member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Riley and Ladies Aide serving in various offices. She travelled on Mission Outreach Short Term (MOST) trip to Guatemala, Panama, Mexico and Brazil. Katina (Schaub) Gibson, granddaughter to Ethel, joined her on the MOST trip to Guatemala; there she met her husband to be Todd who was also on the mission trip.

She retired from State of Michigan, DNR in 1989 after 17 years. She served 8 years as Riley Township Clerk and was a volunteer for Hospice of Clinton County for 12 years, 4-H leader for 25 years. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and was still deer hunted at the age of 99, travelling, visiting friends, reading, crocheting, and baking sugar cookies. She enjoyed childhood during the Roaring 20’s, lived through the Great Depression, drove a team of horses and a Model T (her first car), worked as a Rosey the Riveter during World War II, raised a family of baby-boomers, managed the family farm, learned to use a personal computer, and survived the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. When her kids got into an argument, she made them recite the Golden Rule, “Be you to others kind and true, as you’d have others be to you.”

Ethel once wrote: “The older I get the more I realize my life is in His hands, and I want to serve Him as long as I am able. I am 76 years old so I don’t have many years left on this earth. I look forward to the day that I can be with my Savior in heaven.”

Funeral services will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 8990 Church Rd., St. Johns on Saturday, April 17, at 11:00 AM with Pastor Timothy Bayer officiating. The ceremony may be viewed via livestream from the McGeehan Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be at St. Peter Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns, on Thursday, April 15, from 10AM to 2PM, on Friday, April 16, from 2PM -8PM and in the church fellowship hall on Saturday from 10AM until the time of service. Memorials may be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church or the charity of your choosing. The family wishes to thank the angels at Elara Caring for providing hospice care.


Ivan Raymond Sperry

Ivan Raymond Sperry, age 74, of Dewitt, MI, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 8990 Church Rd., St. Johns, at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, with Rev. Timothy Bayer officiating. Burial will take place at South Bingham Township Cemetery, St. Johns. Visitation will be held 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at the funeral home.

Ivan was born in St. Johns, Michigan on October 18, 1946, the son of Raymond and Norena (Rossow) Sperry. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School with the class of 1965. Following graduation, Ivan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for 3 years. He retired from General Motors after over 35 years of service.

On December 18, 1994, Ivan married Brenda Joyce Smith Hale in Ovid, MI. They were blessed with 26 years of marriage. He was a life long member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Ivan cherished time with his family. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play ball. He and Brenda played pool together. He played and coached softball for many years and was a member of the Sperry Family Softball Team. Ivan also liked to spend time at his cabin on Higgins Lake.

Ivan is survived by wife Brenda, 5 children: Jamie White, Jody Sperry, Deloris Hale, Jason (Alicia) Sperry and Jaymie Cardenas; 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings: Duane (Doris) Sperry, Marvin (Sandy) Sperry, Linda (Joe) Taylor, and Wayne (Kim) Sperry; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to Sparrow Home Hospice, 1200 W. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48915. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan


Divorce decrees filed the weeks of March 29 and April 5, 2021

Wey, Carey B. / Koutsoubos, Larry J. II

Buchholz, Barry C. / Buchholz, Katherine L.

Barnes, Jennifer J. / Barnes, Jerome S.

Grove, Andy L. / Grove, Jenny L.

Prill, Desiree M. / Prill, Lucas E.

Peterson, Lynn A. / Peterson, Thomas C. II

Powell, Ryan R. / Powell, Rebecca S.