David Paul Kelley
David Paul Kelley, age 60, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Sparrow Carson Hospital, Carson City, MI.
Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 6:00 P.M. Visitation will be held from 4-6 P.M. at the funeral home.
David was born in Lansing, Michigan on March 1, 1962, the son of Robert and Roberta (Hinkley) Kelley. David graduated from St. Johns High School with the class of 1980.
David loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters. David was known for giving special nicknames to those he loved especially his many nieces and nephews. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and golfing with friends. He also liked to bowl, participating in leagues earlier in life. He was known for bringing his famous baked beans to all family functions.
He is survived by his mother Roberta; children: Stephanie (David Graham) Kelley, Erica Kelley, and Patrick (Elizabeth) Kelley; his sisters: Liz (Tom) Pearson, Colleen “Cookie” Pearson, and Kathleen “Kitty” (Mark) Powers; his brothers: Dan Kelley and Jim (Teresa) Kelley. He is also survived by his granddaughters: Evelynn, Charlie, Alice, Breanna, and Chloe. He is also survived by special aunt and uncle Helen and Ed Seczney. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Sr., his brother Robert Jr., sister-in-law Tina Kelley and brothers-in-law: Bill Pearson and Warren McBride.
The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.
Wendell D. Myers
Wendell D. Myers, a long time resident of DeWitt, and Police Chief of the City of DeWitt for twenty-five years, died at his home on June 15, 2022 after a valiant third battle with cancer. He was 88 years old.
Wendell was born in St. Johns, Michigan on November 8, 1933, the son of Ralph and Stella (Coe) Myers. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951- 1954 during the Korean War and returned home to attend the Saginaw Valley Law Enforcement Academy. On July 15, 1955 he married the love of his life, Hazel Jean Argersinger in Eureka Church. After graduation from the police academy he served as a Sergeant with the Alma Police Department from 1962-1968. In 1973 he began his tenure as Chief of the Police for the DeWitt Police Department where he served for the next twenty-five years. Wendell also served on the Clinton County Board of Commissioners from 1992-1996, was a member of the American Legion, and a lifetime member of the DeWitt VFW Post.
Finding retirement boring, he began driving parts for Bud Kouts Chevrolet which he enjoyed for thirteen years. In his spare time he enjoyed his John Deere tractors and entering tractor pull competitions where he earned many trophies and at which he was a local legend. At home he took great pride in the care of his yard and enjoyed being a grandfather—a whole new batch of people he could pick on and make laugh.
Wherever he was, he enjoyed people and carrying great conversations. He was gregarious, had a great sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and an ever present twinkle of mischief in his eye. He will be dearly missed by all.
He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly sixty-seven years, Hazel Myers; his son, Garry (Melanie) Myers; daughter, Rhonda (Randy) Brown, daughter-in-law, Susan Myers; grandchildren, Nathan, Jacob, Makayla, Nikki, Wendy, Amanda, Emily (Bryan), Jennifer; a great grandchild on the way; brothers, Gaylord Myers, Stanley Myers; sisters, Connie, JoAnn and Linda Kay Myers, as well as extended family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by son, William; his parents, Ralph and Stella (Coe) Myers; siblings, Dale Myers, Jean Hefty, Maurice Myers, Marilyn Myers and Janet Brookins.
Visitation will be held at McGeehan Funeral Home, Keck-Coleman Chapel, 1500 Waterford Parkway, St. Johns on Friday, June 17, from 3-8 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, June 18, at 10 AM with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating. Burial and Military Honors will follow at DeWitt Cemetery. Memorial contributions are encouraged to US Naval Ship Building Museum, PO Box 165, Quincy MA 02170.
Barbara Jean Ross
Barbara Jean Ross of Grand Rapids Michigan passed away at home on June 8, 2022. Her medical care was being managed by an incredibly dedicated and compassionate team from Spectrum Health Hospice.
Barbara was born on July 30, 1941. The daughter of Dick and Marie Devereaux, she lived most of her early years in St. Johns, MI before marrying Dennis Ross and moving to Ontonagon in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Though she was hundreds of miles and a world away from everything she had known, she quickly began to forge lifelong friendships, as was her way. In the ‘70s, the family moved to Kingsford, MI, where she realized an important goal of hers, earning a high school diploma. In the mid-1980s Barb, her husband, and her youngest son moved to Jackson Michigan.
Barb had a rich and varied work life. Among those that were most rewarding to her were her work in bookkeeping at Ace Hardware in Kingsford and her involvement in supervisory roles with Kelly Fuels of Jackson. For her it was the people that she enjoyed the most and believed enriched her life. Not surprisingly, she continued to volunteer her time and talents long after retirement, first at the Michigan Theatre in Jackson and, second, serving as a docent at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.
Barbara always had a very generous, accepting, and giving nature, making her a favorite of her grandchildren. Family and friends were very important to her. Barbara lived with her son Craig Ross. He and his brothers, Jeff and John Ross, combined efforts to allow her to stay at home when her health began to fail.
She is survived by her sons Jeff (Dana), John (Shelie), and Craig Ross; foster daughter Brenda Richardson; grandchildren Shannon Bales, Morgan (Chris) Hall, Zach (Marissa) Ross, Erika Ross, Rebecca (Sarene) Felton, Jonathan Ross, and Rachel Ross; great grandchildren Jonah and Jude Hall.
A graveside memorial service will be held for Barbara at Mt. Rest, 600 N Bus 127, St Johns at 11:00 AM on July 9, 2022. A funeral luncheon will be held shortly after at Main Street Cafe, 205 N. Clinton Avenue, St. Johns at 12:00 PM. Memorial Contributions in Barb’s honor are suggested to Frederik Meijer Gardens or Spectrum Health Hospice of Grand Rapids.