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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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Jason "J" Andrew AtLee

of Ypsilanti, Michigan, age 43, died Monday, May 13, 2024, from injuries due to a motorcycle accident. He was born August 7, 1980, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Cyrus “Cy” & Rowena May (Beebe) AtLee.

Jason graduated from Chelsea High School in 1999. He worked for 17 years as Zingerman's Mail Order Manager. Jason earned his motorcycle mechanics license and was looking forward to starting his own business. He loved dogs, enjoyed photography, pinstriping, playing in several bands, and especially found joy in motorcycle riding. He considered the Washtenaw Alano Club his family. J always made himself available to help others with an open hand and loved to be funny and make people laugh.

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Kirk P. Hansen

Kirk Pitman Hansen of Ann Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Lake Isabella, age 49, passed away on May 14, 2024. He was born August 5, 1974, in Columbia, Missouri, the son of John Christian and Elizabeth Ann (Hornyak) Hansen.

Kirk graduated from Chippewa Hills High School in Remus in 1994. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Central Michigan University in 1998. In 2000, he received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In recent years, he lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and did contract technical writing.

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Janice Carol Moore


of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Pinckney. age 88, died Monday, May 13, 2024, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born April 7, 1936, in Plymouth, Michigan, the daughter of Russell Henry & Virginia (Berner) VanGilder.  Jan graduated from Fenton High School in 1954, earned her Bachelors degree in education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master’s degree from University of Michigan. She taught Physical Education and English at Garden City East High School, and later was a counselor. She coached basketball, softball, and track, and was Michigan's first woman High School Athletic Director. She taught for 38 years before her retirement in 1994. After her retirement, she enjoyed riding her bicycle, and was a member of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society. She has been active at Faith Baptist Church in Chelsea, since 2005, including traveling on overseas missions.

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Robert Lee Rose

of Dexter, Michigan, age 89, died Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at Trinity Health in Ypsilanti. He was born June 25, 1934, in Milford, Michigan, the son of Cleo G. and Leola (Sackett) Rose.
 
Bob lived in Dexter all of his life. He graduated from Dexter High School in 1952.  He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. Bob worked for Federal Screw Works in Chelsea for many years, retiring in 1989. Bob also worked along-side his in-laws, Robert and Eunice Murphy, at the Dexter Food Lockers (which was located on Main Street where the Painted Trout is located) where they butchered and packed meat for local farmers. He was a lifetime member of St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ in Dexter. He was a lifetime Freemason with the Dexter Lodge, and later with Ann Arbor.