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July 1st, 2010

Richard Claude Gregory

Richard Claude Gregory, of Tecumseh, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2010, of natural causes following a struggle with chronic illness.  He was born June 24, 1940.  He was a UAW retiree with 30 years of service at Ford Motor Company in Saline, Mich.  

Richard, a loving father, is survived by five children, Richard, Jr,  Julie, Scott, Kevin and Jill;  11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Joseph Gregory
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vergil and Icyle (McCaulley) Gregory and a sister, Virginia Moore (Gregory).

His zest for life and heartfelt love of family and friends serve to remind us all to live in the moment and love each other openly.  He will be missed.

Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2010, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with the Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating.    Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery.  Visitation will also be on Thursday  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service.  Condolences to the family may be made online at

Robert Gaines Wilbar

Robert Gaines Wilbar, 66, of Adrian, formerly of Tecumseh, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, in Bixby Hospital, Adrian, Mich.  He was born on May 21, 1944, in Lake City, Tenn., the son of William and Gladys Webb) Wilbar.  He married Judy Pinter April 6, 1968, in Tecumseh.

Bob came to the Tecumseh area in 1951 from Lake City, Tenn. He was an avid runner on the track team for Tecumseh High School, attaining many medals while there. He was a member of the Berean Baptist Church, Adrian, was very dedicated to Christian Education, and enjoyed singing. Bob was a Veteran of the United States Army, then worked as a custodian in the Tecumseh Public School System for over 20 years and was a very successful salesperson for West Bend Cookware. Bob was also a dedicated fundraiser for Jerry's Kids, Muscular Dystrophy. He was a loving father who enjoyed bragging about his family and was a very kind and gentle man and will be missed by his family and all those who knew him.

He is survived by one son, William (Susan) Wilbar of Adrian; two daughters, Jeannine (Frank) LaVoy of Tecumseh and Laura (Mark) Gilbert of Valparaiso, Ind.; one brother, James (Maria) Wilbar of Fullerton, Calif.; two sisters, Barbara (Melvin) Scheffler of Clinton, Mich. and Liza Phairow of Shoreline, Wash.; and four grandchildren, Zach, Kendra, Alexis and Andrew.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Janice Wilbar-Machan and Julie Parrish.

Alice Van Valkenburg

Alice Van Valkenburg, 75, of Tecumseh, passed away June 30, 2010.  Services will be held Saturday, July 3, at 11 a.m. at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.  Visition will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 2, at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens.  A complete obituary will appear in next week’s issue of the Herald.

June 23rd

Elizabeth Lorraine Radant

Elizabeth Lorraine Radant, 88, of Tecumseh, passed away Saturday, June 19, 2010, at the Charlotte Stephenson Manor.  She was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Tecumseh, to Herbert J. and Lois Charity (Brockway) Johnson Haviland.  On March 22, 1941, Elizabeth Lorraine married Rhineheart P. Radant.  He preceded her in death on February 4, 2007.  She was a Cub Scout Den Mother.  She loved cooking, baking and bird watching.

Elizabeth is survived by two sons, Phillip (Judy) Radant of Chelsea, Mich., and David (Mary) Radant of Tecumseh; one daughter, Barbara (Bob) Burns of Adrian; two sisters, Linda (Ashley) Chase of Tecumseh and Shirley Martin of Adrian; one brother, Herbert “Butch” (Bonnie) Haviland of Adrian; nine grandchildren, Melinda (Chris) Pierce, Stephen and Mike (Lisa) Radant, Dawn (Adam) Hosler, Brian (Cari) Radant, Kevin Radant, Dennis (Leann) Parker, Jacob and Rebecca Munger; and 12 great-grandchildren.  

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Geraldine Chapman.

Funeral services for Elizabeth Lorraine were held on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Tecumseh, with Father Pat Lowery officiating.  Burial was in Brookside Cemetery.  

You may send condolences to the family at   

Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Stephenson Manor Foundation.  Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Tecumseh.

June 17th

Eleanor M. Hanson

Eleanor M. Hanson, 94, of Tecumseh, passed away on June 12, 2010, in Jackson, Mich., surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on Sept. 23, 1915, in Lonaconing, Md., to Floyd and Margaret (Eichorn) Frizzell.  

She attended college and received her teaching certificate, and taught school until marrying her beloved husband, Lt. Col. Harry B. Hanson, USMC, on Nov. 9, 1943, in Pensacola, Fla.  Sadly, he preceded her in death on June 2, 1994.

Upon her husband’s retirement they moved to Tecumseh in 1983 from Long Island, NY, they joined the United Methodist Church, Tecumseh, and she was a member of Wit and Wisdom, and the Tecumseh Garden Club.  Eleanor was an avid reader, who enjoyed painting, gardening, and golfing with her husband.   A proud homemaker, she especially enjoyed time spent with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.  

She leaves to cherish her memory, a son, Robert (Bonnie) B. Hanson of Jackson; grandchildren, Rob (Tammy) Hanson, Jennifer (Tim) Tingley, James Hanson, Harry Hanson III, Melissa Hanson, Heather (Bryce) Zoch, Amy Hanson, and Leo (Jessica) Hanson; great-grandchildren, Cree, Bailey, Brianna, Riley, Logan, Dakota, Kendall, Landon, and Robbie; a brother, Floyd (Joan) Frizzell of Fla.; and three sisters, Margaret Ann (Victor) Metz of Colorado, Dorothy Lee Hannon of Florida, and Barbara Jean (James) Hunt of Virginia; sister-in-law, Betty Frizzell of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.  

As well as her husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, Harry B. “Jim” Hanson Jr.; a brother, Gustave Frizzell; and a sister, Julia Frizzell.

Glenn A. Medos

Glenn A. Medos, 80,  of Tecumseh, formerly of Dearborn, passed away June 12, 2010.
He was the beloved husband of Frances, father of Mark (Donna), Diane (Jim), Joanne (David); six grandchildren; and one great- grandson.  

Visitation  was held Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.   According to his wishes there will be no funeral services.  

Memorial contributions may be made the Lenawee Humane Society or the American Cancer Society.

Condolences to the family may be made online at

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