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Ralph Duane "Buck'' Glenn

Age 98, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He was born on August 3, 1925, in Gregory, Michigan, in the family farmhouse on Dutton Road, to Ralph E. and Clarabell (Robards) Glenn.

Buck was a dynamic presence throughout his 98 years, known for his sage advice delivered through colorful language and captivating storytelling. An avid reader, sports enthusiast, and local historian, he possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of names, facts, figures and stories, enriching conversations with his wealth of experience and humor. Buck also loved his dogs, and many may remember Perkins, an English bulldog, who was a socialite around town and high school sporting events.

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James "Jim" Stevens

Age 80, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at Wellbridge of Pinckney. He was born July 19, 1943 in Manistee, Michigan, the son of Joseph A. and Alice B. (Swanson) Stevens.

Jim graduated from Buckley High School in 1961, and then served in the United States Air Force from 1961-1965, in Italy and Crete. He earned his Bachelors Degree from Owosso Bible College. Jim and Judy fostered 32 boys between 1965-1980. He was very involved with serving within the Church of the Nazarene. He served as youth pastor from 1972-1974, at the Lansing South Church of the Nazarene and was a Sunday School teacher over the years in many locations. He later attended Chapman Memorial Church in Vicksburg, and most recently was a member of the Chelsea Church of the Nazarene. Starting in 1974, Jim worked for the Federal Prison System in: Marion, Illinois; Oxford, Wisconsin, Lake Placid, New York; Oakdale, Louisiana, and retired as a Safety Manager in Milan, Michigan. 

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Mildred Eeles

Of Venice, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, Michigan, age 93, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at Cambrian Senior Living in Tecumseh. She was born December 20, 1930, in Dearborn, Michigan, the daughter of James E. and Leona S. (Kripner) Hood.

Mildred attended Sacred Heart High School, then graduated at Robichaud High School in Dearborn in 1948. Later in life she took classes at Washtenaw Community College. Mildred worked as a secretary at Inkster Bus, then at Dearborn Township, where she was secretary in charge of elections. She quit in 1957 to raise a family, and was a full-time wife and mom for years. Mildred was a Girl Scout Leader when Donna was young. She sold Avon and worked at Rick’s Market to make a little money. Later, she became the receptionist/secretary at the St. Louis Center for over a decade. She and David moved to Florida in retirement. She volunteered extensively at the Catholic Churches she attended. She was President of the Altar Society at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea and an Usher at Epiphany Cathedral in Florida. Mildred served on the board for Venice Ranch Estates for many years. She was a card shark who loved Bridge most and enjoyed teaching others. Mildred had a sharp mind and was a loving person. She was a woman of strong faith and had a direct prayer line to St. Joseph.

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Susan Taylor

Age 67, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2024. She was born April 26, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan. She was the family’s baby, the last daughter of Raymond and Rose (Wojciechowski) Kress.

Susan attended St. Mary of Redford in Detroit, where she made her first communion and her confirmation. Later, when the family moved, she attended and graduated from Thurston High School. It was at Thurston, through her co-op class, that she began working at DTE. She stayed with them until she retired in 2019. At DTE, Sue met her husband, Dennis Taylor. Because they loved being near the water, they eventually bought a home on Union Lake. She loved jet skiing, entertaining, and cruising the lake on their pontoon. Many happy years were spent there. Sue loved her golden retriever, Daisy, and loved collecting Polish pottery. Sue attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in White Lake Township.

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Donald L. Coward, Sr.

of Cement City, Michigan, formerly of Texas; Japan; Spring Arbor, Ann Arbor, and Clinton, Michigan, age 87, died Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Lynwood Manor in Adrian. He was born July 22, 1936, in Port Arthur, Texas, the son of Clyde and Lisette Esther (Kessel) Coward.
 
Donald was the son of a dairy farmer. He served in the US Army in Japan as a Signal Supply Specialist and was awarded commendations. Donald briefly pastored a church; and then worked in automotive sales, earning Top Salesman numerous times. He was also a small business owner for several years. Donald was a lifetime member of the Free Methodist, United Brethren, and Evangelical Friends churches. He was part of the Band of Brothers and other Bible study groups and the Spring Arbor Golf League. Donald went on 11 Jamaican mission trips and 4 Hurricane Katrina Relief mission trips. He was a Sunday school teacher, an Elder, and a Bible study leader. Donald loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a voracious reader. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, picking berries and making jelly, barbecuing, and gardening. Donald grew veggies, pumpkins and flowers, and made pies and cookies all in excessive quantities to share. He had fun attending, and cheering loudly at, his kids, grandkids, great-grandkids (and all their friends) sporting events.
 
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David O'Neil Curtis

of Adrian, Michigan, formerly of Manchester, Chelsea, and Gladwin, age 84, died Friday, May 17, 2024, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian. He was born January 6, 1940, in Manchester, Michigan, the son of Amos Charles and Minnie Bell (O'Neil) Curtis.

David graduated from Manchester High School. He served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1966. He worked for Grossman Heuber Oil, and James Schnearle in Manchester. He retired from Chelsea School District where he worked as a custodian. He was also a substitute bus driver for Gladwin schools. David was a member of the National Threshers Association. He loved steam engines. David never met a stranger and could talk to anyone about anything.

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Julia Katharine Luckritz

of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Solomans Island, MD, and Mountain Lakes, NJ.  Age 77, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2024 at her home in Chelsea. She was born October 12, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Arthur J. and Jessalyn D. (Cairns) Walters. She was a loving wife and mother who was dedicated to her children.

Julia and her husband were founding members of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of United States (MHAUS) in 1981. She was a volunteer for the National Association for Child Development in Mountain Lakes, NJ, where she raised her two children. Julia was a home room mom for both of her children, as well as a Girl Scout troop leader and Den mother. She was a volunteer EMT with both of her children for the Boonton Kiwanis Ambulance in Boonton, NJ for nearly 10 years.  Julia was an avid dog lover, breeding and showing Samoyeds.

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