Evelyn J. (Lockwood) Hrncharik
Evelyn J. (Lockwood) Hrncharik, age 88, of St. Johns, MI passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Grace Haven Assisted Living, St. Johns, MI.
Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes St. Johns, MI on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Mona Kindel officiating. Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery St. Louis, MI. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.
Evelyn was born in St. Louis, Michigan on May 26, 1926, the daughter of Harry and Anna (Clegg) Franks. On February 2, 1952 Evelyn married Amos C. Lockwood. Evelyn was a waitress at Tarpoffs Restaurant in Lansing for 17 years; she also was a hostess for the Automobile Club at the Jack Tar Hotel and worked at the City Club in Lansing for a few years, before retiring and moving to St. Johns, Michigan. Evelyn and Amos farmed 60 acres of fruit and vegetables that they sold to Beck’s Farm Market. She was a wonderful cook; she enjoyed cooking for her family and many friends. Amos died on April 14, 1999. On November 17, 2000 Evelyn married John Hrncharik in St. Johns, Michigan. They enjoyed traveling and casino trips together. John predeceased her on November 20, 2010. Evelyn volunteered at St. Vincent’s in St. Johns for 10 years. She loved polka dances, sewing, quilting and crocheting. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church St. Johns, MI.
She is survived by 2 daughters; Glenda and Rex Ernst of St. Johns, MI, Donna and Bob Rummer of Hillman, MI, grandchildren; Garret and Alice Ernst of Perry, MI, Derek and Angie Ernst of Gilberts, IL, Matthew and Rebbecca Ernst of St. Johns, MI, Lori Semans of Muskegon, MI, Julie and Scott Allen of Ithaca, MI, Molly and Adam Burhans of Clare, MI. She is also survived by 14 great grandchildren; Carl, Claire and Cami Ernst, Jacob and Katelyn Ernst, Michael and Julianna Ernst, Keeghan, Kennedee and Kerrigan Semans, Zach and Jacob Allen, Jalyn and Jace Burhans and 2 sisters; JoAnn Safranski and Virginia “Ginny” and Don Plaxton, brother in law Harold McJilton. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, 4 step-daughters and many step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, 1 brother and sister in law, Hugh and Kay Franks and 1 sister, Margaret McJilton
Memorials may be made to Hospice Advantage, 801 South Waverly Suite 304 Lansing, MI. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes St. Johns, Michigan.
Lloyd D. Duquette
Lloyd D. Duquette died Friday, November 21, 2014 at the age of 72. He was born February 2, 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA the son of Lloyd Sr. and Kathryn (Gibson) Duquette. Lloyd was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed woodworking. He was a retired salesman for Burton Mixer and Manufacturing, Inc. in St. Johns. On September 8, 1973 he married Jean Schulte and she survives him.
Also surviving are two sons, Lloyd Scott (Brenda) Duquette of Lambertville, MI and Todd Alan (Sandy) Duquette of Maumee, OH; one granddaughter, Ashley Marie Duquette; two sisters and three brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Monday, November 24, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church 511 E. Sturgis, St. Johns, MI 48879 with Rev. Dr. Bryan Salminen officiating. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church Building Fund. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.
Karl J. Armstrong
Karl J. Armstrong died Friday, November 21, 2014 at the age of 76. He was born May 6, 1938 in Lansing, MI the son of Carl and Laberta Armstrong. Karl was an Air Force veteran and a long time member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie # 3541 in Harrison, MI. He was also very active in the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #2235 in Harrison, where he served as Administrator for eight years. Karl retired from General Motors (Fisher Body) in 1991 and he loved to play golf. On May 6, 1958 he married Wiltse Stone and she survives him.
Also surviving are three daughters, Debra (Robert) Ruthruff, Jamie (Allen) Boettger, and Pamela (Jody) Peters all of St. Johns; one son, Karl Richard (Janel) Armstrong of CO; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Nancy) Armstrong of FL and Robert (Sherry) Armstrong of Harrison, MI; several beloved sisters and brothers-in-law from Oklahoma; many nieces and nephews and his loving dog, Cleo. He was preceded in death by his parents, one beloved daughter, Karen Hall and two sisters, Lillian and Brenda.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns with Pastor Andy Croel officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. The family will receive relatives and friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, November 24 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mooseheart Child City and School, Inc. Mooseheart, IL 60539.
Mark Louis Fox
Mark Louis Fox passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the age of 96. He was born in Fowler, on April 23, 1918, the son of Urban and Dorothy (Feldpausch) Fox. He married Marie Rehmann on July 26, 1943 in St. Johns, MI, and she preceded him in death on December 12, 2010.
Surviving Mark are his children, Don Fox, Bob Fox, Dianne (Patrick Mullins) Fox, Beth (Terry) Kret, and Michael Fox; grandchildren, Nicole, Amy, and Sara Adams, Marcus, Jennifer and Andrew Kret, Mark Fox, Joe Mullins and Ann Mullins, great grandchildren, Stella Kraus and Cooper Kret; brothers, John (Shirley) Fox and Louis Fox; step-brothers and sisters, Rosemary (Gideon) Marsal, Jim (Bernie) Fox, Marvin (Sue) Fox, Clare (Nancy) Fox and Marlene (Larry) Kreiger, and sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Ione Fox. Preceding Mark in death along with his wife Marie, are daughter, Marilyn Adams, his parents, step-mother, Martha (Lenneman), siblings, Paul (Helen), Hugo (Lucille), Claude and Lloyd Fox. Mark especially engaged with small children and loved to tease and joke with neighbor kids and those of special friends. He even had 2 “adopted grandchildren” Carolyn and Madi whose grandpas had passed away.
fox_mark2Mark attended Holy Trinity School. At the age of 14 his mother passed away and he left high school to work at home helping care for his father and six brothers. In 2004 Fowler Board of Education awarded Mark a Fowler High School Diploma. In 1939 and 1940, Mark completed flying lessons at Davis Field in Lansing and, with his buddy Larry Motz, purchased a Taylor Craft, 90 horse power 2-seater aircraft with fabric-covered wings and enjoyed flights over Clinton County and central Michigan. March 1941, World War II broke out and Mark was drafted to the US Army – the first person from Fowler.
Following extensive training, Sergeant Fox was assigned to the 92nd Signal Battalion and shipped to Europe in December 1943, where he worked to establish communication systems and operated switchboards as troops marched from Normandy through France, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. Generals Patton and Eisenhower knew him by name because of his switchboard responsibilities. Throughout his life he recounted in great detail senses numbing details of things he witnessed during that time – including the hell he witnessed at Dachau concentration camp outside Munich, Germany. May 1945 Victory in Europe was declared and August 1945 Japan surrendered. Shortly thereafter he was honorably discharged and sent home for a joyous reunion with his wife Marie and his 13 month old son Don whom he got to meet for the first time. Mark was issued a “Thank-You-America” certificate from the French government for his role he played in liberating the country from Hitler’s armies.
For a couple years Mark worked for his father-in-law at Rehmann’s Clothing Store in Saint John’s. In 1947, the family moved to Fowler when Mark joined his brother Paul, where together they purchased Fox Implement, the International Harvester Company franchise owned by their father Urban, and Uncles Martin and Clements Fox. The business previously was known as Fox Brothers and was located in what today is the Dallas Township Fire station on South Main Street Fowler. The business was franchised to sell International Harvester tractors and farm machinery, Gehl farm equipment, Whirlpool appliances, and propane. In addition, Mark and Paul together worked a farm of 60 acres. In 1985 Paul and Mark sold the business and retired.
There was no higher priority in Mark’s life than his family. He attended kid’s ball games, organized Sunday visits to grandparents and cousin’s homes, picnics at Potter Park Zoo, vacations at Grandpa Rehmann’s cabin on Houghton Lake, and July 4th visits with relatives who lived in Stevensville, at Lake Michigan. He enjoyed hunting with his brothers, sons, and friends, in later years he played golf, and he especially like to play cribbage and found great pleasure winning a round of Euchre or Pinochle.
Mark was active in the community serving as Fowler Village Clerk, Post Commander of Veterans of Foreign War Post #3733 from 1951-1953, and was active in Knights of Columbus and served as an usher at Most Holy Trinity Church.
In their retirement years he and Marie spent winters in Mesa, AZ with many close friends from Clinton County, visiting children and grandchildren, and traveling to Great Britain, France, Germany, and Austria to visit sites he traveled through during WWII.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 24, 2014, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fowler with Fr. Dennis Howard presiding; burial to follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with a rosary being prayed at 3 p.m., and a vigil service at 8 p.m. at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler. Military Services will be provided by VFW Post #3733.
For years Dad talked about the joy and challenge, the freedom and thrill of flying and seeing Fowler from the air. Six years ago, April 2008, on his 90th birthday, he went up with an instructor for a ride over Fowler in a single engine plane for the first time in 68 years. As Dad’s plane flew low and slow over rural central Michigan and the village of Fowler family and friends waved to him from the backyard and he was overcome with waves of joy and wonder and peace.
The song “Soar like an Eagle”, from the album “A voice cries out”, by Dianne Stough, says it all. “ . . . I’ll soar like an eagle . . . the Lord is my strength. He gives rest to the weary . . . and power to the weak. He fills my life with goodness . . . He blesses me with peace . . . He blesses me with peace.” Once again, Mark, Dad, Papa, Brother, Friend, Comrade may you soar like an eagle.
The family is being served by Osgood Funeral Homes.
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