Obituaries

Gary R. Gross

Gary R. Gross died Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the age of 67. He was born December 28, 1950 in Alma, the son of Ronald and Patricia (Ayris) Gross. Gary earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University in Industrial Electronics/Data Processing. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, enjoyed traveling and collecting license plates. Gary was a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran, a member of the Marine Corps League #841 in Owosso, MI and a lifetime member of the American Legion. Gary was retired from the State of Michigan where he worked in data processing. On December 28, 1974 he married Carol McGillis and she survives him.

Also surviving are two sons, Jeffrey (Katie) and Anthony (Lisa); four grandsons, Michael, Ethan, Corbin and Caleb; two sisters, Mary (Barry) Freed and Sherry Harkness and one brother, Jerry “Pete” (Sandy). He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Terry and a sister, Wendi Gross.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM Friday, December 28, 2018 at the American Legion Post # 57 201 E. Mason St. Owosso, MI 48867. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research or the Marine Corps League. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.


Scott A. Jewell

Scott A. Jewell, age 54 of St. Johns passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Scott was born on April 3, 1964 in Lansing, MI the son of Clayton L. and Anna B. (Goodrich) Jewell. He graduated from Mason High School in 1982 and worked for the last 10 years as Sexton at Mt. Rest Cemetery in St. Johns. On January 14, 2006 he married Jamie S. Contreras in Holt, MI. Scott loved hunting, fishing and watching the kids play sports.

He is survived by his wife, Jamie, children; Samantha (Braiden) Hurt of Mulliken, Mitchell Jewell of St. Johns, Marena Contreras of St. Johns, Hannah Jewell of Lansing, Brennen Contreras of Eaton Rapids, Emmett Jewell at home; his Mother, Anna Jewell of Lansing, and siblings, Lynn (Amy) Jewell of Plainwell, Sherrie (Dan) Pawluk of Lansing, and Kevin (Alex) Jewell of Jackson.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at which time a memorial service will begin with Pastor Andy Croel officiating.


Ralph E. Zamarron

Ralph E. Zamarron, 87, went to be with his Lord on December 1, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born April 12, 1931 in Ashley, MI the son of Trinidad and Amelia Zamarron. Ralph graduated from Fulton High School in 1949. He was a medic in the Navy from 1949 to 1952 and played on the Navy traveling baseball team. He coached baseball for over 25 years, including women’s softball. He was a purchasing agent at Fisher Body retiring in 1991. On June 6, 1953 he married Sarah Lee Abbott and they had six children. Ralph was a devoted man of God, his family and country. He and “Sal” danced ballroom and western for 30 years. The family camped every summer. He was always happiest when family was together. Ralph was a member of First Baptist Church for 20 years.

Surviving is his wife of 65 years, Sarah Lee; children, Vicki Lee (John) Wieber, Kathy Rae (Toby) Bresnahan, Jill Ann (Ted) Loznak, Buz Edward (Trish) Zamarron, Kari Lyn Zamarron, and Brub Michael (Vickie) Zamarron; twenty grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; two brothers, Dan Zamarron and Ted (Carol) Zamarron; three sisters-in-law, Pat and Mary Zamarron and Fran Abbott along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Ben, George, Tom, Robert and Dave; four sisters, Emily, Juanita, Mary Ann Zamarron and Louise Wing; two brothers-in-law, Ernest Wing and Norman Abbott; four sisters-in-law, Lillian, Dalice, Jean and Donnavere Zamarron.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, December 8, 2018 at First Baptist Church 512 S. US 27, St. Johns with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating. Military honors will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. Interment will take place at 2:30 PM at Eureka Cemetery. Visitation is 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, December 7 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association 912 Killian Hill Rd. S.W., Kilburn, GA 30047. Ralph’s family extends a special thanks to Rosewood Adult Foster Care for their excellent care and love shown to Ralph this past year.


Kathryn Irene Peck

Kathryn Irene Peck, age 97, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018, at her home.

Funeral Services will be held at Pilgrim United Methodist Church, St. Johns, MI, on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Andy Croel officiating. Burial will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery Holly, MI. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church.

Kathryn was born in St. Johns, MI on October 8, 1921, the daughter of William Benjamin and Mabel Viola (Hicks) Heibeck. She graduated from Old Central High School, in St. Johns, MI. On September 29, 1939 Kathryn married Robert Eugene Peck in St. Johns, MI. Robert predeceased her on June 23, 2011. She worked for McKinnons in St. Johns for 32 years. Kathryn enjoyed playing cards, shuffle board, and crocheting. She resided most of her life in St. Johns and was a member of Pilgrim United Methodist St. Johns, MI.

She is survived by her son Douglas and Betty Jo Peck of Ashley, MI; daughter Dianna and Robert Honeywell of Lansing, MI; 6 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and sister Frances Halitsky of Indian River, MI. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, grandson Brendon, and 7 brothers and sisters.

Memorials may be made to Pilgrim United Methodist Church 2965 W. Parks Road St. Johns, MI 48879. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.