Obituaries

Donald Richard Kruger

Donald Richard “Donny” Kruger age 76, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI.

A Memorial Service will be held at Grove Bible Church, St. Johns, MI, on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 5:00 P.M., with Dr. Brendan “BJ” Holmquist officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 4:00 P.M. until the time of the service at the church.

Donald was born in Francisville, IN on May 2, 1942, the son of Emmet and Laura (Fritz) Kruger. He married Lila Root on March 26, 1966, in Lansing, MI; Lila passed away on January 18, 2015. Donny worked many years with Kruger’s Plumbing and Heating. He enjoyed 4 wheeling, fishing, camping and spending time in Canada. He loved his dachshund Kelli Jo. He looked forward to phone calls with his nephew Stephen. He was a member of Grove Bible Church St. Johns, MI.

He is survived by his children: Joel and Teresa Kruger of San Antonio, TX; Becky and Jay Peterson of St. Johns, MI; Nick and Deanna Kruger of Round Rock, TX; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and one on the way. He is also survived by sister Alvera Rodman of Florida; brother Lawrence Kruger of DeWitt, MI; and sister Marilyn Curtis of St. Johns, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, great granddaughter Adrienne May, brothers: Verlen, and Leland, and sisters: Doris, Louise, and Carolyn.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Camp Barakel, Fairview, MI 48621. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Marie J. Boyd

Marie J. Boyd, age 84 of Croswell, Michigan passed away on November 14, 2018 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. She was born on April 19, 1934 in St. Johns, Michigan to E. O. and Ester May Hyler and step-daughter of Mildred Hyler.

Beloved Wife of the late Walter H. Boyd, Jr. Mother of Raymond, Sr. (the late), Michael, Sr., Joel (the late Diann), Robert, Sr., David (the late), Thomas Boyd and Dianne (Michael) Hall. Mother in law of Jody Boyd. Grandmother of 15, Great-Grandmother of 27 and Great-Great-Grandmother of 9. Sister of Patsy (Corky) Hyler-Root, Bruce (the late Peggy) Hyler and Sandra (James) Hyler-Wager.

Before moving to Croswell, Michigan in retirement, Marie enjoyed ceramics with friends. She loved crocheting, cooking and loved her family.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 18th from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm and the Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 19th at 11:00 am at Hopcroft Funeral Home, 31145 John R. Road, (1 block North of 13 Mile Road, West side of John R. Road), Madison Heights, Michigan. Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan.


Harold Theodore Lietzke

Harold Theodore Lietzke passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the age of 92 in Lowell Mi. He was born on August 17, 1926 in DeWitt MI. Harold farmed and built and operated an alfalfa dehydration mill in the DeWitt MI area for more than 50 years. He and Elizabeth then moved to Lowell MI where he worked as a mechanic for an engineering firm until he suffered a stroke in 1995. The stroke limited his speech and mobility, but he still continued to enjoy family, friends and “touring the country-side.”

He is survived by his wife, of 72 years: Elizabeth (Betty) Louise (Kristofferson) Lietzke; son: Theodore A Lietzke and daughter-in-law Ellen M (Shaver) Lietzke of Lowell MI; daughter: Trudy A (Lietzke) Miller and son-in-law: Ronald K Miller of Zena OK;. his sister: Rachel (Lietzke) Garrod of Lawrence MI; grandchildren: Anna and Howard Hargrave; Christine and Joshua Fisher; Nathan Lietzke and Logan Rayburn; Jeromy Miller; great grandchildren: Madeleine and Zachary Hargrave, Elliott and Meredith Fisher. He was preceded in death by his parents: Theodore and Gertrude Lietzke; two brothers: Alvin and LaVern Lietzke and brother-in-law: Robert Garrod.

A celebration of Harold’s life will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.at the home of Ted and Ellen Lietzke.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to Fountain View – Walsh Courtyard /Landscape Improvement campaign in Harold’s name. Online: www.fountainviewoflowell.com then go to About then Donate. Mail donations referencing Walsh Courtyard/Landscape Improvement / Harold Lietzke to: Lowell Fountain View Assisted Living, 11537 Fulton St E, Lowell MI 49331.


Mark A. Eaton Jr.

Mark A. Eaton Jr. died Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born September 13, 1935 in Lansing, MI the son of Mark and Eugenia (Mehney) Eaton. Mark was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns and is an Army veteran. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time on his John Deere tractor. Mark was an avid sports fan and especially loved Detroit Tiger baseball and most Michigan State University sports. He worked at Federal Mogul in St. Johns for 15 years and retired from there in 1998. On October 24, 1959 he married Edna Wieber and she survives him.

Also surviving is one son, Steve (Angela) of Camden, AR; three daughters, Kelly (Carl) Bashore, Stephanie (Eric) Smith and Karen (Casey) Rapelje all of St. Johns; ten grandchildren, Lindsay Morley, Lisa Mowen, Taryn Keck, Cassie Rapelje, Cody Rapelje, Brandon, Erika and Austin Smith, Jeremy and Desaree Eaton; seven great grandchildren; three brothers, Clare, Gayle and Roger; two sisters, Ella and Janet and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Rev. Fr. Douglas Osborn officiating. Military honors will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard at the funeral home. The family will receive relatives and friends Friday 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM with a Rosary at 7:30 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School.


Mary E. Hyatt

Mary E. Hyatt, age 75 of St. Johns, MI, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018, at her home in St. Johns, Michigan.

Mary was born in Piney Flats, TN on September 23, 1943, the daughter of Richard and Willie Edith (Goodman) Hyatt.

She attended and graduated from Lansing Eastern High School with the class of 1963. She was a visiting nurses aide of McLaren Hospitals and a member of Capital City Church of God in Lansing. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by one sister Linda (Richard) Jones; and brothers: Richard (Barbara) Hyatt, Bill Hyatt, and Dennis (Lavanda) Hyatt. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, and her nephew Duane Hyatt.

The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Johns, Michigan.


Beverly J. Ditmer

Beverly J. Ditmer, age 90 of St. Johns, Michigan, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Gunnisonville Meadows Senior Assisted Living.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan, at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, November 19, 2018. Burial will take place at Eureka Cemetery in Eureka, Michigan. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

Beverly was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on May 5, 1928, the daughter of Arthur and Alma (Harstad) Wainwright. She graduated from Central High School in Detroit in 1946, and attended Bethel College in Indiana.

On January 22, 1948 Beverly married Robert Dean Ditmer Sr. in Detroit, Michigan. Robert passed away on June 21, 2005. Beverly was a career telephone operator, and worked for several companies including General Telephone in St. Johns, Michigan. She retired from Jackson National Life Insurance Company in 2007 after 20 years of service. She resided most of her life in the St. Johns area. She was a member of Eureka Christian Church Eureka, Michigan, which her husband Robert pastored, and where she ministered and played piano and organ for many years.

She is survived by 3 daughters: Renae Ditmer of Washington, DC; Judy Ditmer of Phoenix, AZ; Jeanette and Freeman Ward of Lansing, MI; 1 son Robert and Denise Ditmer II, of Monument, CO; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Darlene and Parker Seiler; Marcia and Norman Pike; 1 brother Arthur and Dortha Wainwright Jr. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents.

Memorials may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice 3100 West Road, East Lansing, Michigan 48823. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.


Margaret T. (Peg) Lehnen

Margaret T. (Peg) Lehnen passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the age of 87. She was born on June 21, 1931, in Birmingham, Michigan, to Dorritt E. Thompson and Timothy Thompson. Her brother, Carleton Thompson, was killed in Combat in July, 1944. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church of St. Johns. She was a graduate of Stephens College of Columbia Missouri, with a specialty in Interior Design and attended Michigan State College. She enjoyed working with design, color, fabrics and furniture, and used her talents while working at Mark Roberts Furniture in St. Johns and also for family and friends. On September 5, 1953, she married David Lehnen, and he survives her.

She is also survived by three daughters, Susan (Bill) Dewar, Diane Lehnen, Barbara (Randy) Jacques; 11 Grandchildren, Sasha, Erika, Alex, David, Benjamin, Samuel, Paul, Anna, Jeff, Rachelle and Maggie; and 9 Great Grandchildren, Tyler, Ashtin, Myles, Julia, William, Adalae, Tucker, Max and Delilah.

She was an active member of the Mint Country Garden Club and the Clinton County Arts Council. She loved gardening, birdlife, canoeing, camping, music, her church bell choir, and traveling with good friends and her husband. She was a kind, compassionate person, with empathy for all she met and knew.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 16, at First Congregational Church, 100 Maple Street, St. Johns, Michigan, with Pastor Matt Olson officiating. The family will receive friends and family at 10:00 A.M. at the church. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation of Michigan, 888 W. Big Beaver Rd, Suite 305, Troy MI 48084. The family was assisted with the arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.


Fern M. Waggoner

Fern M. Waggoner passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the age of 89. She was born Christmas Day, 1928 in Clinton County, MI to Algurtha Munson Clark. Fern was an active member of the Eureka Christian Church for many years, teaching Sunday school vacation bible school and held several offices within the church. During her working career she was employed at several jobs such as Clinton Memorial Hospital and Wheel Inn Restaurant. Fern was mostly known for her 30 plus years with the St. Johns Public Schools, especially Eureka Elementary School where she was known as the “lunch lady” or “Grandma Waggoner”. On November 24, 1949, Thanksgiving Day, she married Gordon Waggoner and he preceded her in death in 1990.

Surviving are two daughters, Gloria (David) Dunkel and Linda Devereaux; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Angela (Joe) Bennett and Tate and Zoe, Eric (Brandi) Dunkel and Jace, Blake and new baby, Joshua (Nicole) Devereaux and Sunni and Trey, Jesse Devereaux and Easton Devereaux, Ellie Spitzley and Dominic, Noah, Aleah and Bailey Spitzley, a very special granddaughter, Laura Campari of Italy; a sister, Shirley (Gale) Wood; a brother, Stanley Clark and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, November 12, 2018 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00PM Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Camp Barakel 1798 Shear Lake Rd. Fairview, MI 48621.