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Lynn N. Mockridge

Lynn N. Mockridge, age 71 of Harrison, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant. Lynn was born the son of the late Niles E. and Margaret K. (VanAlstine) Mockridge on October 7, 1942 in Ithaca. He was united in marriage to Doris Harlow on November 27, 1975 with her predeceasing him on January 6, 2004. Lynn had served his Country from 1960 to 1964 in the National Guard; he had worked General Motors, Fisher Body.

Lynn is survived by his children Lynette (Eric) Brock and Kurt (Tami) Mockridge; grandchildren Nick Brock, Hunter Brock, Kayla Mockridge, Dylan Mockridge and Kylyn Mockridge; a great grandson Cooper Brock; siblings Larry (Marilyn) and Dan; his niece and great nephew Jill Genow and C.J. Genow; many other nieces and nephews and friends Sue, Betsy, Jim and Susie.

In keeping with Lynn’s wishes cremation has taken place with services to take place at a later time. Arrangements were handled by the Farwell Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home.


Lawrence E. Howell

Lawrence E. Howell age 71 went peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. Lawrence was born in Carson City, MI on September 22, 1942 the son of Lester and Irma (Blem) Howell. He was united in marriage to Wanda Carlson August 2, 1975. Lawrence worked for Glaser Lumber as a lumber salesman. His biggest joy in life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Skylar, Chase, Kaydence, Cheyenne, Oliver, Alyssa and Hunter. He also enjoyed fishing, trapping, hunting, and bee keeping. He could usually be found at various farmers markets around the area selling his local honey or around the card table playing euchre. He also loved to visit the Houghton Lake area.

Larry is survived by his wife, Wanda, daughters Tammy (Doug) Kline, Amy (Jason) Bowen and son Jonathan (Jenny) Howell. 7 grandchildren, 2 sisters, Betty (Tom) Putz and Joanne (Rick) Pierson.

Funeral services will be held at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Mona Kinndel officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home on Thursday, July 31, 2014, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice for Clinton County, C/O Sparrow Clinton Hospital Foundation, 805 S Oakland, St. Johns, MI


Brian Laurence Sklapsky

After a prolonged illness Brian Laurence Sklapsky lost his battle and passed away July 25, 2014. Brian was born May 1, 1968 to Larry and Frances (Day) Sklapsky in Lansing, Michigan. He was a dedicated manager at Sparrow Hospital for over 20 years. He enjoyed cooking, trying new foods, boating and traveling. Most of all Brian loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be truly missed.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 19 years, Melissa; sons, Joshua Mericle, Collin Sklapsky, Joseph Sklapsky; parents, Larry and Frances; brothers, Matthew (Molly) Sklapsky, Martin Sklapsky; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Graveside services for Brian will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, 4108 Lansing Rd., Lansing, MI. After the Graveside services the family will be having a luncheon in Brian’s memory. Contributions in his memory may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel St., Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458 and the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 West Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.


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