Obituaries

Betty Jane Minsky

Betty Jane Minsky, 86, of St. Johns died July 5.

Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Robert A. Curtis

Robert A. Curtis went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the age of 80. He was born December 26, 1937 in Victor Township, Clinton County, MI the son of Arthur and Neva (Moore) Curtis. Robert was a member of First Baptist Church in St. Johns for 55 years and was the sexton at South Bingham Cemetery for several years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing especially his yearly fishing trip to Canada. Robert also enjoyed spending time outside in nature and traveling but most precious to him was spending time with his family. He retired from General Motors in 1995 with 30 years of service. On July 26 1958 he married Marilyn Kruger, and she survives him.

Also surviving are his children, Sherry Curtis, Lisa (Martin) Maurer, Timothy (Wendy) Curtis and Dawn (Patrick Jr.) Lenon; seven grandchildren, Trevor Maurer, Austin (Taylor) Maurer, Beau Maurer, Hannah Curtis, Brandon Frechen, Caleb Curtis and Kyle Lenon; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Beverly (Melvin) Crowell and Rosemary Stevens; one brother Larry Curtis and one brother-in-law, John Coffman. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lorna Coffman; a sister-in-law, Judy Curtis and a brother-in-law, Neil Stevens.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 14, 2018 at First Baptist Church 512 S. US 27 St. Johns with Pastor Ron Sischo officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends from 10:00 AM until service time at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or The Gideons International. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.


Eugene Woodard Dunkel

Eugene Woodard Dunkel passed away surrounded by his loving children on July 8, 2018 at the age of 75.

Eugene was born to parents Rollin and Helen Dunkel on September 21, 1942 in Owosso, MI. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns, MI in 1960. Eugene married Nancy Dershem on May 19; 1962. He lived in St. Johns, MI as a plumber, truck driver, and limousine chauffeur until 1998, when he and Nancy relocated to Zephyrhills, Fl.

Eugene is survived by his sister Maureen (Alan) Miller of Ovid, MI, sons Jay Dunkel (Monica Stump) of St. Johns, Steven (Judi) Dunkel of Wilton, NY, Rex Dunkel of Zephyrhills, FL, and daughter Nicole Dunkel of St. Johns, MI. He is also survived by 7 wonderful grandchildren: Jessica Dunkel, Tanner and Carson Dunkel, George and Kayleigh Glidden, and Cordelia and Trevor Dunkel. Eugene is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Dunkel and his parents Rollin and Helen Dunkel. Eugene will be missed greatly by his family and his English bulldog and best friend Princess.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date in St. Johns, MI. The family is extremely grateful for the condolences, but declines flowers or donations.


Mary Ellen Gallagher

Mary Ellen Gallagher age 76, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018, at her home.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI, on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid, MI. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Mary was born in St. Johns, MI on November 1, 1941, the daughter of Lloyd and Alberta (Thomson) Myers. She graduated from St. Johns High School. Mary went on to attend Alma Beauty College, graduating in 1971. She married James Arden Gallagher on March 23, 1968. They were married 33 years before Jim’s passing in 2001.

Mary owned and operated Mary’s Country Kitchen in Ovid, MI since 1979. She previously owned and operated beauty shops in Middleton and Carson City. Mary enjoyed playing Keno, going to the races, and spending time with her friends. She loved her cats.

She is survived by son Randy Grubaugh of Maple Rapids, MI; daughter Robin and David Wood of Eaton Rapids, MI; daughter Suzanne Grubaugh and Randy Elwood of Ovid, MI; son Jimmy Gallagher of St. Johns, MI; 7 grandchildren: Jeremy Price, Chara Johnson, Matthew Grubaugh (Kristin White), Nathaniel Harlacher, Amanda and Ryan Babcock, Mandi and Brad Harden, Korie and Tony Strachota; 9 great grandchildren; brother Gary Myers; and sisters; Barb and Gary Warner, and Joyce and Maynard Failing. She also leaves behind many close friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Richard Myers, sister Donna Rueckert and sister in law JoAnne Myers.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Ovid Lions Club. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI.


Tomothy M. Havens

Timothy M. Havens of Grand Ledge passed away July 8, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Tim was born May 11, 1967 in Lansing, Michigan. He graduated from Grand Ledge High School Class of 1986 and was a veteran of the United States Army. Tim was a talented athlete in high school competing in wrestling, football and track. Tim enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a great cook and will be remembered for his chili and chop suey.

He is survived by his children, T.J. Havens and Emily Armstrong; grandchildren, Leilah and Jordan and parents, Bonnie and Lysle Finney. He was preceded in death by father, Gerry Havens and sisters, Michelle and Andrea Havens.

A funeral service with military honors will be held Thursday, July 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at the Holihan-Atkin-Barclay Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8:00 p.m. at the funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be given to Great Lakes Caring Hospice Foundation, 900 Cooper Street, Jackson, Michigan 49202.


Lewis Richard (Dick) Brace

Lewis Richard (Dick) Brace, age 88, of St. Johns, passed away July 7, 2018. He was born in Lansing and graduated from Diamondale, Dick was an electronics technician for the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a plasterer for 37 years retiring in 1992.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and subjected his family and friends to many road kill meals. He loved his garden and feeding the birds and various critters, most of all he loved spending time with his large family and of course a good joke.

Dick is survived by Patricia his loving wife of 64 years; his brother, Robert Brace, and sisters, Lois Bailey, Carol Hunner, and Linda Cottenham; his son David Brace and 5 daughters; Maggie (Jerry) Gate Marie Brace, Susie Brace, Sherry (Larry) Haeck, Laurie (Sam) Bass, and his 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Rhonda and Grandson Jack.

He was a good man, always there for his family and friends. We will miss his fake grouchiness, his comforting arms and his smirky smile.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Wednesday July 11, 2018 beginning at 11:00 AM with a memorial service at 12:00 P.M. with Pastor Tom VanDyke officiating. Military honors will be provided by St. Johns Honor Guard. A luncheon will follow at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johns Honor Guard or a local humane society.


Audrea Elaine DeYoe Brownlee Mills

Audrea Elaine DeYoe Brownlee Mills, 81, passed away while surrounded by her loved ones. Audrea enjoyed spending time with her large family, including annual camping trips to Long Lake, large family parties, where all were welcome and Sunday dinners. She enjoyed making gifts, this past year making over 100 blankets for family, friends, and those in need. She loved riding horses with her family, even making matching Western shirts for annual parades. She was an avid motorcyclist, who enjoyed cross-country trips. Audrea had a heart for those in need and volunteered her time for many causes. After retiring from General Motors she could be found at garage sales, searching for something a great grandchild would love. She spent winters in Zephyrhills, Florida where she enjoyed playing bingo with her sisters and friends.

Surviving Audrea are her children Peg (Mike) Schneider, Luann (Joe) Smith, Dale, Dennis, David and Darren (Lisa) Brownlee, 23 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, brother-in-law Virgil Yanz, sister-in-law Marilyn (John) Hiatt and Gerald Mills. Audrea was preceded in death by her husband Harley Brownlee, parents Duane and Doris DeYoe, siblings Darwin (Maureen, Joyce) and Doyle DeYoe, Darlene (Melvin) Brownlee and Jean Yanz.

Audrea will be remembered for her kind heart, welcoming nature and for her sassiness. We will miss you Mother Nature.

A Public Memorial will be held on Sunday, July 15 at 1:00 PM at the K of C Hall in St. Johns. Condolences can also be sent to : foreverloveourmom@gmail.com.