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June 2nd, 2011

Dean Allison Peotter

Dean Allison Peotter, 79, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2011, at his winter home in Phoenix, Ariz., after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.
He will be laid to rest in the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Ariz.

He was born on a small farm on Sutton Road a few miles south of Tecumseh, Mich., on Oct. 12, 1931.

He was the youngest of three sons, but not the youngest of six children born to Ralph W. J. and Lodica B. (Allison) Peotter.

A celebration of life was held on April 15, 2011, at Orangewood Village Mobile Home Park, Phoenix, Ariz. The Rev. Roger Withee officiated. Several anecdotal stories were presented by dear friends and a testimonial to Dean’s early life was given by his brother, Ralph.

A luncheon in honor of Dean followed the service.

After graduating from Tecumseh High School in 1949, Dean worked for the Tecumseh Products Company. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served four years achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. After serving honorably for his country, he returned to the Tecumseh Products Company until retirement in 1993.

Dean and Deanna, his wife of 36 years, were avid hot air balloonists, and enjoyed and attended many hot air balloon festivals, including the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. Both achieved their pilot’s license, and were sponsored by Tecumseh Engines at some of those festivals.

In addition to ballooning he enjoyed farming, riding his Honda touring bike with Deanna, camping, woodworking, mowing their large lawn and having children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren visit.

During his retired years he also enjoyed golfing, organizing and playing bocce ball, working and playing games on the computer, playing cards with friends, playing his washtub bass fiddle in the Orange Peals Band and many other activities.

Wilbur "Red" Miller

Wilbur "Red" Miller, 84 of Brooklyn, passed away on May 12, 2011, at his home under the loving care of his family and Allegiance Hospice.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1926, to Earl and Florence (Talmadge) Miller in Brooklyn.
He married his loving wife of 63 years, Adala Knickerbocker on Nov. 22, 1947, in Jackson and she survives.

Wilbur worked for Tecumseh Products for 42 years and on his farm for over 55 years.
He was known as a great mechanic and machinist, loved farming, snowmobiling and watching Detroit Tigers baseball.

In addition to his wife, Adala, Wilbur will be remembered by his children, Ben (Marlene) Miller, Trudi (Robert) Gallinati and Kasie Miller; grandchildren, Megan, Alexandra, Karleigh, Samson, Rachel, David and Scott, Daniel; five great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews; and good friends, the Richard Schiel family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings and grandson, Paul.

In honor of Mr. Miller, memorial donations may be given to St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel, Brooklyn where the family greeted friends on Saturday, May 14, 2011. A Healing Farewell Service took place on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church with the Reverend Kelly D. Smith, Sr. officiating.

Mr. Miller's guestbook may be signed at or leave a message of comfort for his family by calling 877-231-7900.

May 26th

Anita Hursey

Anita Hursey, 65, of Onsted, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at Herrick Medical Center in Tecumseh. She was born April 1, 1946, in Detroit, to Ronald and Thelma (Settle) Gross. On Sept. 12, 1964 in Trenton, Mich., she married Darryl Melvin Hursey and he survives.

Anita retired from Ford Motor Company in December of 2000, after 32 years of service. She was an active member of Grace Point Evangelical Free Church. Anita was a member of the Christian Women’s Club and Love Inc. She volunteered for the Daily Bread, the Lenawee Mission and sponsored numerous children for years with World Vision. Anita loved tennis, bike riding, and was an avid reader. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband. Anita was a loving mother, grandmother and dedicated wife.

In addition to her husband, Darryl of 47 years, she is survived by two daughters, Susan Humphries of Tecumseh and Teresa Hursey of Howell, Mich.; three brothers, Dale (Judy) Gross of Phoenix, Ariz., Dennis Cole of Lincoln Park, Mich. and Randy (Sheila) Cole also of Lincoln Park, Mich.; and three grandchildren, Patrick, Ethan and Kyle Humphries.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services for Anita were held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Grace Point Evangelical Free Church in Adrian with the Rev. John Trimble officiating. Burial was in Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens, Tecumseh. Visitation was held at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Hursey family to be distributed to her favorite charities. Envelopes are available at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Scott Thomas #60

(Jonathon) Scott Thomas, 43, passed into Heaven peacefully on May 18, 2001, at his home in Asheville, N.C. Scott was a 1986 graduate of Tecumseh High School and a 1991 graduate of Western Michigan University, as well as earning a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan in 1995.

Scott was an all-star football player at Tecumseh High School and also competed in track and wrestling. He was an All-Mid American Conference football player at WMU and played in the National Football League after college with the Houston Oilers. He served one football season as an assistant coach at U of M. He also served as an assistant football coach at Kalamazoo College.

Scott had an entrepreneurial spirit and owned and operated his own ceramic tile business and a restaurant, The Block, and was a person of many skills and talents. He enjoyed reading, trivia, sports, fishing and spending time with his family and his many friends. He particularly enjoyed the climate in Asheville which became his second home.

Scott’s gregarious personality and unconditional generosity were two of his hallmarks. The loyalty of Scott’s friendship was without question and was demonstrated among his many friends.

Scott joins his mother, Karyn Forbes-Thomas at home in Heaven. He is survived by his father, John Thomas; sister, Karianne (Dale Epkey); brothers, Jeffrey (Erica) and Jim (Jen); four nieces, Justine, Quinn, Rebecca and Emma; four nephews, Ian, Jeffrey, Christian and Caleb; several aunts, uncles, cousins; and his close friend, Nicole, in Asheville. Scott will be greatly missed by his family, friends and by all whose life paths intersected with his.

Allen W. "Allie" Luckhardt

Allen "Allie" Luckhardt, 89, of Brooklyn (Wampler’s Lake), passed away Jan. 29, 2011.
Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Manchester with the Rev. Gary Kwiatek officiating. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel United Church of Christ, the Lenawee County Humane Society or the Manchester Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

Condolences to the family may be made online at

May 19th

Estus Ray Wade

Estus Ray Wade, 65, of Tecumseh, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at home under the care of hospice of Lenawee and with his loving family at his bedside. He was born July 11, 1945, in Scottsburg, Ind., the son of Ivel and Arlena (Robison) Wade. He married Crystal Norris on July 27, 1987 and she survives.

Estus was a lifelong farmer, retiring in 2000. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed music, spending time outdoors, either hunting, fishing, or traveling. He also loved riding his motorcycle in years past. His greatest joy was “diggin' in the dirt” and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Crystal, Estus is survived by five sons, Ivel (Tonya) Wade of Fairbury, Ill., Robert (Virginia) Wade of Oklahoma City, Okla., Derek (Marcia) Thornton of Tecumseh, Cody Wade and Levi Wade both of Indianapolis, Ind.; two brothers, Carl Wade of Kentucky and Sam Wade of Pontiac, Ill.; two sisters, Jean (Gerald) Shoemaker of Kentucky and Freida Blair of Pontiac, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements were entrusted to Handler Funeral Homes, Tecumseh. At his request, cremation has taken place. A memorial benefit celebrating the life of Estus will take place May 22, at 2:30 p.m. at High on the Hill, 3729 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222.

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