Lafe E. Arnett, 87, of Tipton, passed away, January 17, 2009, at Herrick Memorial Hospital. He was born November 21, 1921, in Burkettsville, Ohio, the son of Clarene & Hazel (Reeser) Arnett. On March 20, 1963 he married Eleanor Treat, she preceded him in death in September of 1989.
He served his country during World War II in the 145th infantry.
He is survived by his children, Jone Brighton of Adrian and Tim Arnett of Tipton, his grandchildren, Nina Fletcher of Cement City, Robin Gaitan of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Amy Arnett Smith of Adrian, Nickie (Angie) Griffes of Adrian, David Ward of Lyons, OH, Jason (Jennifer) Ward of Manitou Beach, Eddie (Marcie Emerson) Ward of Adrian, Tonya Ward of Blissfield, fifteen great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, two brothers; Hantzel (Charlene) Arnett of Cement City and Don (Rosemary) Arnett of Adrian, one sister; Mary Warschefsky of Cement City, four step children; Bruce (Cherie) Gifford of Arlington, TX, Pat (Jackie) Miller of Blissfield, Jimmie (Sally) Gifford and Bob (Liz) Gifford of Adrian, eleven step grandchildren and nine step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor, his son; Jon Paul, one daughter, Renetta Gaitan, his parents, Clarence and Hazel, siblings, Paul and Grace and a grandson, Eric Gaitan
The funeral service was held at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home in Adrian, on Wednesday with the Rev. Ned Bernstein officiating. Burial took place on Thursday in North Adrian Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of the Disabled Veterans of Adrian. Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.pursefuneralhome.com