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W. Keith Penix

W. Keith Penix, age 89, passed away at his home on Monday, July 20, 2020. Keith was born on February 26, 1931 in Riley Twp. MI the son of Alfonzo and Minnie (Bigelow) Penix and graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in 1950. He served in the U. S. Army and worked at Redwings Lanes Bowling Center for over 60 years. Keith loved bowling, fishing and girls basketball games.

He is survived by his daughters, Karen (Marcus Kozan) of St. Johns and Cheryl (Peter) Erickson of Davison, MI; grandchildren, Gwen Martinez, Jonathon Kelley, Heather Hause, Sarah Lake and Alyssa Erickson; great grandchildren are Keegan, Robert, Jayden, Blake, Logan and Blake special friends John and Kay Bond and his dog, Duke. He was preceded in death by brothers, Lawrence and Kenneth and sister, Hazel Fifield.

Graveside services will be held at Mt. Rest Cemetery on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Military Honors will be provided by St. Johns Honor Guard. Arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home.


Theresa Peggy Metzmaker

Theresa Peggy Metzmaker, 79, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Sensations Memory Care, Charlotte, MI.

A Private Graveside Service will be held at Mt. Rest Cemetery with Chaplain Chris McNeilly officiating.

Theresa was born in Westphalia, MI on April 3, 1941, the daughter of Donald “Uncle Pete” and Veronica “Fronie” (Hoerner) DuMond. She graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School with the class of 1960.

Theresa was the widow of Gerald L. “Jerry” Metzmaker. They were married on December 30, 1972. After 37 years of marriage, Jerry passed away on January 25, 2010.

Theresa loved to crochet and passed that love down to her daughter and granddaughter. Her “scrubbies” were well-known and highly sought-after, as were all of her crafts. Her grandkids always looked forward to “Christmas at Grandma’s” and “Grandma’s Special Jerky.” Theresa loved her family and cherished the time spent with them.

Theresa is survived by her children: Ray (Marcia) Metzmaker of Lansing; Tina (Norm Shaw) Ward of St. Johns; and Brian (Jen) Metzmaker of St. Johns; 9 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandson with one more on the way. She is also survived by her sisters: Elaine Wells and Ellie (Stu) Hebner, and several nieces and nephews. Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry, sister Donna Morrison, 2 brothers: Roy DuMond and Lee “Butch” DuMond, niece Darcy Cypher and nephew Frank “Buzzy” Wells.

The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Amy Ermina McKay

Amy Ermina McKay, age 97, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns, MI.

Cremation has taken place. Burial will take place next to her parents at Duplain Township Cemetery, St. Johns, MI.

Amy was born in Ovid, Michigan on December 22, 1922, the daughter of Chauncey H. and Nellie (Spencer) Green.

Amy was a great lady. She was very kind, cheerful and always singing. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by two sons: David McKay and Ben Green, nephews: John Craig, Bob Craig, nieces: Karline Ike, Rita C. Block, Amy Thomas and many great nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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


Jean Marie Krumm

Jean Marie Krumm, 78, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020 at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor.

Per Jean’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Burial will take place at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, St. Johns, MI.

Jean was born in St. Johns, MI on June 17, 1942, the daughter of Carl J. and Alice M. (Hardtke) Krumm. She graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School with the class of 1960. Jean worked for the State of Michigan as an executive secretary for 37 years, retiring in 2004.

Jean is survived by sister Ruth Krumm of St. Johns, brother Robert (Marty) Krumm of St. Johns, and niece Mary Kolund of Bath. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary, and brother Ralph.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor – 1101 S Scott Rd. St. Johns, MI 48879. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Albert Eugene Moore

Albert Eugene Moore, age 72, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020, at his home.

Funeral Services will be held at Duplain Church of Christ, St. Johns, MI, on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 11:00 A.M., with Mr. Chuck Emmert – Minister officiating. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

Albert was born in St. Johns, MI on May 30, 1948, the son of Emery and Martha (Bancroft) Moore. He graduated from St. Johns High School with the class of 1966. Al married Kathleen “Kelly” Bellinger on July 8, 1967, in Ithaca, MI.

Al was a life long member of the Duplain Church of Christ, St. Johns, MI where he served as a Deacon and an Elder. He retired from General Motors in 1996 after 30 years of service. Al was a farmer at heart and raised livestock for many years. He loved tractors, tilling the soil and talking about the weather. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Kelly Moore of St. Johns; son Martin and Anna Moore of Vestaburg; daughter Roxanne and Robert White of St. Johns; grandchildren: Jared Moore, Gabriel Moore, Cassandra and Richard Perrien, Mary and Timothy Fleischer, Cora Harrington and Robert Sayles, Krista Moore, Brianne Moore; and great grandchildren: Tory, Ellie, and Macie Perrien, and Kassidy, Kaiden, and Sophia Fleischer. He is also survived by sister Ina and James Taylor of Eureka; brother Bruce and Eileen Moore of Laingsburg; and sister in law Aggie Moore of Fowler. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Scott Moore, and brother Tom Moore.

Memorials may be made to Duplain Church of Christ, St. Johns, MI. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Forrest Alexander Swatman

Forrest Alexander Swatman passed away peacefully with his family by his side on July 17, 2020 in Chelsea, Michigan. He was born on February 16, 1921, the son of Forest and Ruey (Cory) Swatman. There wasn’t a person he didn’t like nor one that didn’t thoroughly enjoy him. He was a kind-hearted, loving, honorable, positive, funny and hard working man that left a lasting legacy on this world.

Forrest was the 7th of 9 children in the Swatman family. He was born in Ecorse, MI but moved to the Cory farm on Kinley Rd. in St. Johns, MI when he was 8 years old. He attended Greenwood Country School through the 8th grade. Growing up on the farm Forrest learned to work on cars from his brother, Dick, who was a mechanic at the Ford Garage. As a teenager he worked on the family cider mill on their farm. They would press the apples for Beck’s Cider Mill. Beck’s would then sell the cider in Lansing and other areas. Forrest attended Rodney B. Wilson High School where he played the drums in the band. As a teenager he met his future wife, Doris Heathman, at Christian Endeavor through the Congregational Church, the church he joined and where he remained a member throughout his life. Forrest graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in 1939 on a Wednesday and started work the next morning at Packard DeSoto Plymouth Garage as a mechanic. He worked there until he left for the service in 1942.

Forrest was a veteran of World War II. He was in the Army Air Force for almost 4 years, spending three of those in England, France, Belgium and Germany as a Tech Sergeant crew chief of B26 bombers with the 450th Bomb Squadron and the 322nd Bomb group. He was part of battles and campaigns for Air Offensive-Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe, and the Battle of the Bulge. Forrest received the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 6 Bronze Stars.

Forrest was always a dependable, hard worker. He was discharged on a Friday night in Pennsylvania, got home on Saturday night and on Monday he rode to work with his dad and was running a lathe at Saylor Beal in St. Johns by 6:50 a.m. One of his happiest moments was getting out of the service and returning to St. Johns to Doris and his family. Forrest and Doris were married on December 2, 1945 and were married for 73 years. Together they enjoyed reunions over the years with his Army Air Force buddies. They met all over the country as well as where they had served. One of the planes that Forrest took care of, Flak Bait, has been on display at the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Forrest prepped that plane for its final flight to Washington. When Forrest went to Washington to see his plane, Flak Bait, people overheard him talking and soon a large crowd gathered to hear stories of the War and the history of the plane.

Forrest owned and operated Swatman Standard Service Station on the corner of M-21 and US-27 for 25 years. He was dedicated and determined to take good care of the public by doing an excellent job servicing their cars. He took great pride in his work and expected that from his employees. Over the years he had many kids working and learning from him. Many have come back and thanked him for teaching them. When he retired from the gas station, he continued to work with cars becoming a salesman at Bee’s Chevrolet and Olds in St Johns for more than 17 years. Many customers followed him there because they trusted him.

Forrest was also a family man. He and his wife Doris worked together to build their first home at 408 S. Prospect Street in St. Johns. There he was a kind, caring and devoted father to his son, Brian, and daughter, Lexa. Many happy moments took place in that home. Family was important to Forrest and he worked hard each day to make sure he provided for his family. Large family gatherings at holidays often took place in the Swatman home with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all in attendance.

In his spare time Forrest had many hobbies. He became an accomplished carver making many ducks, Santas, and other Christmas items. He and Doris enjoyed dancing twice a week; he played golf and was still on a league at age 96, and he enjoyed playing cards with friends and family. He and Doris could also be seen enjoying daily walks around town, usually traveling 2 miles each day. He always took time to talk to anyone he met, showing genuine care and interest in their lives, and was known to always have a joke ready to tell. Forrest also loved following the stock market and instilled this love into his grandson. Another grandson took on his love of working with wood, and his granddaughter teaches others and makes everything fun for those around her. You will always see glimpses of Forrest in the qualities he passed on to the grandchildren who loved him. Forrest spent his final ten months in Chelsea, Michigan near his daughter where family could be with him and love him every day.

Surviving is his daughter Lexa (John) O’Brien of Chelsea, MI, daughter-in-law Linda Swatman of Owosso, MI., three grandchildren, Chad (Shannon) Swatman of Corunna MI, Bekah (Jason) Lantis of Saline MI, Matthew (Jenny) Knight of Canonsburg PA., three step grandchildren Erin, Shannon and Kelly O’Brien and 9 great grandchildren, Devin Swatman-Stewart, Rachel and Tyler Swatman, Kalle and Jack Kargel, Trevor Lantis, Joshua, Drew, and Benjamin Knight. Also surviving are Brothers-in-law Roger (Jean) Heathman of Dansville, MI, Orval Chambers of Wixom, MI, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Doris and son Brian in June of 2019. He was also predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers, Paul, Russell, and Richard, 5 sisters, Thelma Swatman, Eileen McGee, Effie McGee, Gladys Chambers, and Joan Zimmerman; his grandson, Devin Swatman, and grandson-in-law Andrew Kargel.

Graveside services will be held at Mt. Rest Cemetery on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 2:30 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, simply honor Forrest’s memory by supporting a Veteran with a random act of kindness.

Arrangements are entrusted to Keck-Coleman Funeral Home.


Todd R. Bertee

Todd R. Bertee age 33 died as the result of an auto accident in Kent County, MI on his commute to work.

He was born on May 19, 1987 in Grand Haven, MI the son of Robert J. and Therese M. (Scrimger) Bertee. Todd graduated from St. Johns High School in 2005 and continued on to graduate with honors from Western Michigan University with a BA in communications. He worked as an Account Manager for Wash Multifamily Laundry Services. Todd loved snowmobiling, snowboarding, snowshoeing and helping others learn to do all of these. He also enjoyed gardening and basketball. Todd was an avid deer hunter who loved camping. He also loved having coffee with his girlfriend Bri and spending quality time with family and friends. Todd truly loved being an uncle to his nephew Hudson (best known as Hudsonator by Uncle Todd.) Even in death, Todd was able to help others, by donating to the Gift of Life.

Todd is survived by his parents, Robert and Therese Bertee of DeWitt, sister, Stefanie (Nicholas) Klaver, nephew, Hudson of Bath, brother, Ryan (Jenna) Bertee of Chicago, and the love of his life, Bri Baker. He is also survived by his grandmother, Thelma Bertee of Columbiaville, MI. He was preceded in death by grandparents James Bertee and Lewis and Mary Kaye Scrimger, along with uncles, Bob Scrimger and Bob Butterfield, and a cousin, Tim Scrimger.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home in St. Johns, MI on Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and on Monday, July 20, 2020 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. There will then be a Memorial service at 11:00 A.M for family and close friends. At this time Memorials may be given to St. Johns High School Football Program, care of Head Coach Andy Schmitt.


Marilyn S. Dixon

Marilyn S. Dixon, age 67 of Sheridan, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter in Grand Rapids, on Thursday, July 17, 2020 under the loving care of her family and Emmanuel Hospice.

Marilyn was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, mother, and grandmother. She was a stabilizing and reliable force that everyone knew could be counted on. Her kindness and compassion for others was demonstrated in all that she did. She spent 40 years working at Carson City Hospital where many of her colleagues became like family. She was married to William Dixon for 37 years until his passing in 2014. She had three children and nine grandchildren who kept her busy with sports, music, and theater. Marilyn was one of 11 siblings; she enjoyed the annual sisters-day-out and playing pranks on the brothers.

Surviving Marilyn are her daughters, Tracie (Chad) Coffman of Grand Rapids; Jennifer (Bob) Williams of Greenville; son, William IV (Molly) Dixon of Kent City; grandchildren, Andrew Bunce; Jase Bunce; Jeremiah Williams; William Dixon V; Eden Dixon; Nathaniel Dixon; Indyah Dixon; Alden Coffman and Roman Coffman; sisters, Anne (Rick) Auger of Manson, Washington; Jan (Dale) Simon of St. Johns; Mary (Bill) Fitzpatrick of Fowler; Sharon Simon of Grand Ledge; Rose (Brian) Thelen of Fowler; brothers, Dennis (Diane) Simon of Fowler; Dan (Linda) Simon of Fowler; George (Cindy) Simon of Fowler; Steve (Denise) Simon of Fowler; Jim Bunce and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Roman and Rita (Miller) Simon; husband, William Dixon III; and a brother, Jerry Simon.

Visitation for Marilyn is being held on Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 4 to 8 PM at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan, 246 S. Main Street. Due to the Executive Orders issued by the Governor, no more than 10 people are allowed in the funeral home at one time and face masks must be worn by all guests.

A Mass of Christian Burial is being held on Friday, July 24, 2020 at St. Bernadette of Lourdes church in Stanton, 911 E. Main Street beginning at 11 AM with Father Dominic Tirkey officiating. Due to the Executive Orders issued by the Governor and rules issued by the Catholic Diocese a maximum of 60 people will be allowed in the church.

Graveside services for Marilyn will be held after the funeral, starting at 1 PM at the Evergreen Township Cemetery. Due to the Executive Orders issued by the Governor, a maximum of 100 people are allowed to be at the cemetery.


Erma J. Burk

Erma J. Burk died Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the age of 87. She was born May 25, 1933 in Grady County, OK the daughter of Jay and Kay (Kayser) Kees. Erma enjoyed quilting and sewing and was a former member of the Mint City Quilters. She loved spending her summers at Bass Lake and especially loved spending time with family and friends. On January 10, 1953 she married Dean Burk and he survives her.

Also surviving are her children, Larry (Jackie) Burk, Doreen (Nolan) Johnson and Darlene (Vaughn) Simpson; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren, one great great grandchild; one sister and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and four brothers.

Following Erma’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation and service. Memorials may be made to Elara Caring Hospice. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.