Recent Obituaries

Norman Laverne Hilts

passed away at age 76, Sunday July 8, 2018 at his home. He was born May 29th 1942 in Ann Arbor MI, the son of Vern and Kathryn (Glushyn) Hilts.

Norm served in the US Air force. He retired after 30 years of service from Ford Motor Co. as an engineer. He also did consulting work for Fords, which abled him to travel to Hungary and Korea. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and his biggest love of all was working on cars. Read more ...

William James Darwin Sr.

of Waterloo, MI, formerly of Ann Arbor & Garden City, age 81, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in his home. He was born February 11, 1937 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of LeRoy F. and Helen (Glushyn) Darwin.

Bill graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1955. He was a member of Waterloo Village United Methodist Church where he was a trustee and active in the building program & development of the Fellowship Hall. Bill was an active Realtor since 1986.  Bill enjoyed gardening, croquet, morel hunting, and they hosted many large family gatherings.

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Michael George Erlacher

Inkster, MI, formerly of Lincoln Park, MI, age 65, died Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Garden City Hospital. He was born June 30, 1953 in Michigan, and grew up in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. He was a son of George William & Mary Jo (Schmidt) Erlacher.

Michael grew up attending the Episcopalian Church and graduated from Aquinas High School in Southgate in 1971, where he excelled on the swim team. His love for water carried over into adulthood. He enjoyed swimming any chance he could get and often did so at the YMCA, campgrounds and water parks around Michigan with his family. He raised his two daughters in Lincoln Park where his wife grew up and had family close by. After 30 years, he retired from General Motors at the Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti. During his career Michael was active in the Union as a Union Steward. He was passionate about making sure everyone was treated fairly and equally in the workplace. He even participated in a few marches such as the Detroit Free Press Strike.
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Earl Robert Hughes Jr.

of Chelsea, MI, age 69, died Monday, June 25, 2018 at his home. He was born September 18, 1948 in Frostburg, Maryland, the son of Earl Robert & Thelma May (Winebrenner) Hughes.

Earl attended Chelsea High School, and was a US Navy veteran. Earl worked for the Washtenaw County Road Commission for 32 years and retired as a Foreman. Earl was a friend of Waterloo Village United Methodist Church. He enjoyed feeding birds, hunting, fishing, and playing poker. Earl loved making moonshine, cooking, and spending time with his grandkids.

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James Richard Line

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 85, died Sunday, June 24, 2018 in South Lyon. He was born February 19, 1933 in Island View, Lakeview, Ohio, the son of Ralph & Dorothy (Fike) Line.  He graduated from Waynesfield High School in Ohio and attended Ohio Northern University. He was a welder, mechanist, and toolmaker all his life, as well as an Army veteran. He served in Hanau, Germany from 1953-1955. Jim loved antique tractors, steam engines, and stationary engines. Mechanically he was very skilled and creative and was always willing to help his neighbors by repairing farm equipment or design some new innovative solution.

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