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Kyle Richard Tullar

Kyle Richard Tullar, age 24, went to Heaven on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Kyle was born on November 7, 1992 in Owosso, MI and was a long time resident of Elsie, MI and resided in Bath, MI for the past several months.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel St. Johns, MI on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Rex Webb officiating. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Elsie, MI. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 2-8 P.M. with the family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. and Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 11 A.M. until the time of service.

Kyle is survived by his father Kurt Richard Tullar, and mother Michelle Zevonne (Thomas) Tullar, three brothers; Deric (Kristen) Fox, Aaron Fox (Krysti Shinaver), Cory Tullar (Sydney Schlegel), niece Frankie, nephews; Jack and Lincoln and was excited about meeting his niece Quinn who is due in September. He also leaves behind grandparents Gary and Dorothy Ackels, several aunts and uncles, cousins, and best buddy Skye Alcharaz. Kyle was preceded in death by his Grandpas and Grandmas: John and Kathy Thomas, Ted and Sue Tullar, and Great Grandpas & Grandmas: Paul and Izzetta Coffield, Ralph and Eva Thomas and many great aunts and uncles and cousins.

The one thing that Kyle loved almost as much as his family, was trucking. Jim McClelland (Ovid) took him under his wing and gave him his start driving an old freightliner hauling milk and was hooked from there on. He recently started driving for Simon Brothers (Fowler) hauling alongside his dad and even though his main job was hauling liquid manure, Kyle said he absolutely loved it! Even though he just started, Kyle was passionate about learning every aspect of the trucking business that Simon Brothers was willing to teach him. His trucking career made him many friends and helped him grow in confidence. Kyle would smile and tell how he was happily surprised how much he enjoyed working alongside his dad.

He was a very loyal and loving young man who loved Jesus, his family and friends and loved nothing more than spending time and playing with his nieces and nephews, they lit up with excitement every time he walked in the room. Kyle is so very loved and will be greatly missed by us and so many. Can’t wait to see him again and hug him – he gives the best hugs.

Memorials may be made to the family to help cover funeral expenses. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes -Osgood Chapel, St. John’s, MI.


Alice B. Aldrich

Alice B. Aldrich died on May 19, 2017 at the age of 102. She was born on January 5, 1915, in St. Johns, Michigan. She was the daughter of Clifford and Iva (Wright) Halsted. She graduated from Maple Rapids High School in 1933. Alice lived in Maple Rapids, Elsie, St. Johns and Newaygo, Michigan. She worked for several philatelists in Elsie until 1945 and retired from the State of Michigan in 1975. Alice was an Amateur Radio Operator for 30 years, an avid reader and loved watching the Turner Classic Movies.

Alice was married to Joseph Rando on April 27, 1937. He was killed in WWII in France. They were married for almost eight years prior to his death. On February 14, 1946, she married William Aldrich who was from Maple Rapids. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1997.

Alice is survived by one son, Larry Aldrich and wife, Carolyn Sexton Aldrich from Phoenix, Arizona and one daughter, Lana Aldrich Ford and husband Ron Ford from Newaygo, Michigan. Alice has three grandchildren, Aaron Aldrich and wife Heather from Parker, Colorado; Lacey Aldrich McIvor and husband Ben from Glendale, Arizona and Tyana Ford from Newaygo, Michigan. She has four Great Grandchildren, Voca Ford, Caleb Aldrich, Brock and Lincoln McIvor. Alice also wanted to mention her many nieces and nephews still living in the area.

Alice was preceded in death by her eight brothers and one sister; Carl Halsted (Leona); Vernon Halsted (Edna); Coryll Halsted Henry (Kenny); Valgene Halsted (Mildred); Beth Halsted Dean (Lester); Frank Halsted (Marguerite); Oretha Halsted Bissell (Paul); and Virgil Halsted (Vada), who resides near Maple Rapids). She also was preceded by her brother- in-law, Woodrow Aldrich and his wife Elsie from Spring Lake, Michigan.

Alice wanted to mention the many good friends at Suntree Apartments in St. Johns, Michigan and her special friends, Don Betts and Betty Tanis from Newaygo and Fremont, Michigan, and her neighbors at Bills Lake She had many good memories and a great deal of enjoyment with all of them. She would also like to thank the staff at the Newaygo Medical Care Facility in Fremont, Michigan where she spent her last months.

Per Alice’s wishes, there will be no public services. Alice will be put to rest at the Sowle Cemetery in Maple Rapids, Michigan beside her husband William Aldrich. Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes Foundation in honor of Caleb Aldrich at www.marchofdimes.org

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


Reynold E. Goerge

Reynold E. Goerge, age 92, died May 19, 2017 surrounded by his family at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing, MI. He was born December 16, 1924 in Fowler, MI, the son of John and Eleanor (Thelen) Goerge. He formerly farmed and worked at Sealed Power, Gambles, and Fowler Public Schools. Reynold was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church where he volunteered for many church activities. He was a charter member of Knights of Columbus Msgr. Esper Council #3027, serving as Grand Knight, Financial Secretary, and District Deputy and he also was a member of Fr. Godez 4th Degree Assembly. Reynold was a Life Member of V.F.W. Edward J. Werner Post #3733, having served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Philippines and Korea.

Reynold married Rita E. Thelen May 7, 1947 and she predeceased him on March 30, 2002. Reynold is survived by his children, Hilary (Jane) Goerge, Marie Lisle, both of Lansing, Richard (Becky) Goerge of Eaton Rapids, Agnes (Ladd) Doolittle of Stanton, and Joseph (Gayla) Goerge of Louisa, Virginia, 16 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, brothers Henry (Marcia) Goerge of St. Johns, Donald (Doris) Goerge and Gene (Agnes) Goerge, both of Fowler, two sisters-in-law, Helen Thelen of Fowler and Clarita (Robert) Fedewa of Dewitt. In addition to his parents, Reynold was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Anthony Goerge, and three sisters, Adeline (William) Rademacher, Arlene (Ray) Griffin, and Janet Martin and a step-granddaughter Kerry Anne Engdahl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI, on Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard officiating. Burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in Fowler, MI. The family will receive friends and family at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI, on Monday, May 22, 2017 from 2-8 P.M. with the rosary being prayed at 7:00 P.M.

Donations in Reynold’s memory may be made to Sparrow Hospice Services or the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Goerge Chapel Fowler, MI.


Robert T. Spear

Robert T. Spear, 80 of St. Johns, MI died on May 18, 2017 in East Lansing. Robert was born on May 26, 1936 in Ithaca, MI the son of R. T. and Doris (Bordine) Spear. He graduated from Ovid High School and married Dessie Cooper. Bob was a truck driver for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Dessie, sister Edith Lytle of Flint, MI, children, Robert S. (Vicky) Spear, Rodney (Anna) Spear and Kevin Spear; 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; Step-children, Dennis (Carol) Wright, Douglas Wright and Barry Wright. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, son Billy Spear, grandchildren Karen and Deann Wright, brother Allen and sister Sharon.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home.


Albert Flak

Albert Flak age 91, of St. Johns, MI, went home to be with his Heavenly Father and was reunited with the love of his life, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, St. Johns, MI, on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Quentin Nuttmann officiating. Burial will take place at St. Peter Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 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 Middleton, MI on January 31, 1926, the son of John and Mary (Misovic) Flak. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson with the class of 1944. He married Neva L. Marten on June 25, 1947 in St. Johns, MI; they celebrated 63 years of marriage together. Neva passed away on October 6, 2010.

Albert retired from Motor Wheel in 1976. Albert and Neva spent many years as sextons at the Riley Township Cemeteries. They also were janitors and performed the lawn maintenance at the St. Peter Lutheran Church. Albert enjoyed his summers spent at family cottages in Evart, MI and Harrison, MI. He loved gardening, being outdoors, time spent in the Upper Peninsula, and tinkering with his lawn mowers and vehicles. He enjoyed listening to his old country music and eating sweets. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his children; Charlene Kennedy of St. Johns, MI, Phyllis and Vincent Moran of Lansing, MI, Rita and Thomas Hollis of St. Johns, MI, Joanne and Ronnie Montgomery of Lansing, MI, grandchildren; Joshua and Shannon Kennedy, Matthew Kennedy, David Kennedy, Michelle Moran, Renee and James Terpening, Leslie Rue, Lindsay Rue, Ashlie Hollis, great grandchildren; Ashley, Chandler, Clair, Ethan, Evan, Danielle, Logan, Kaden, Payton, Anthony, Amare and Darian, brother Paul and Betty Flak and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Neva, son in law Dennis Kennedy, grandsons; Charles Moran and Derek Hollis, sister Anne and Frank Adamski, brother John and Dorothy Flak, and sister in law Virginia and Leonard Jastram.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church and School. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.