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Frederick Lee Barkley

Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 87, died after a short illness on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born May 14, 1936 in Covington, Indiana, the son of Carl & Mildred (Small) Barkley.
Fred served in the US Navy during the Korean war as a Quarter Master 3 Navigator. He had a lengthy career in public service, culminating in a sixteen-year tenure as Parks & Recreation Director of Washtenaw County, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Michigan University. Fred was an active member of the community. He was a member of the Chelsea Kiwanis in the 70's and 80's, a member of the Caribou Lake Association, a member of Kappa Phi Alpha fraternity at EMU, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Fred was a volunteer handyman for Neighborhood Senior Services for many years. He was an avid coin collector, woodworker, fisherman, boater, golfer, and reader. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage on Caribou Lake, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Alice Leila Talbot

of Grass Lake, Michigan, formerly of Plant City, FL and Ann Arbor, MI
 
Age 94, passed away at Chelsea Hospital with her family by her side Thursday, May 18, 2023. She was born January 31, 1929, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Herbert and Violet (Cooper) Jones.  Alice graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1948. She was raised on Platt Rd. and was part of the "Platt Road Kids" for many years. Alice worked at Gelman Sciences for about 30 years, doing print control and taking care of blueprints. She was an avid bowler for many years, bowling on a league for Gelman at Colonial Lanes and Bel-Mark. Alice enjoyed square dancing at Strawberry Squares in Plant City, FL. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in her later years, but was formerly active with Hope Lutheran Church in Plant City. Alice enjoyed puzzles, was a voracious reader (especially Danielle Steele); and loved the Michigan Wolverines, Tigers, and Red Wings. Alice was known for her faith, her love for her family and children and dogs of all kinds.
 

Robert Eugene Hammig

Robert Eugene Hammig was born on February 8, 1935 and passed away peacefully in his favorite chair at home with his wife, Kathy, of nearly 58 years by his side.  In addition to his wife Kathy Hammig, he is survived by his brother Mike Hammig and sister in law Janie, his children Meredith Hammig and Mark Hammig, and his five grandchildren - Harrison, Chloe, Enzo, Zoe and George.

Bob was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas where his parents lived their entire lives and he took his own family frequently to visit.  As a young man, he moved West - stopping to work at Yellowstone National Park before ending up in Denver, Colorado in 1963.  He and Kathy met at St John's United Methodist Church while working together in the youth program.  They were married during a Sunday morning service on June 12, 1966.

Ezra Joseph David Strait

Newborn son of Benjamin and Ashley Strait, Ezra Joe was born prematurely at 35 weeks on May 2, 2023 at 9:44 pm. He weighed 3 pounds 3.1 ounces and was 17.84 inches long.  He gave us the gift of his life for four days, 14 hours, and 34 minutes. In his brief life, he heard his mommy and daddy sing to him, the sound of his big sister’s voice, passages from the Bible, and experienced the unconditional love of his family. He was baptized and confirmed on May 4, 2023.

He passed from his mother’s arms and into the arms of Jesus, while being sung to by his parents on May 7, 2023 at 12:18 pm at Mott Children’s Hospital. He fought so hard, and now his battle is won. He is healed and whole, with no more pain or suffering.

Margaret Lena "Meg" Heydlauff

Of Dexter, MI

Age 83, died after a brief illness on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 in Sebring, FL. She was born May 31, 1939 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence Edward & Esther Loretta (Reesman) Moore.

Meg attended boarding school at Adelphian Academy in Holly, graduating in 1958. She attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs for 1 year. Meg worked 11 years for Varsity Laundry on Liberty Street in Ann Arbor, then 25 years for UMI/ Bell-Howell. She was a life-long member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed traveling with Jerry. Meg was an avid gardener. She loved crocheting and knitting, and gave away her creations to anyone and everyone.