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December 29th

Eugene Francis Patterson

Eugene Francis Patterson, age 84, of Tecumseh, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 5, 1926, in Monroe, Mich., to James and Lucile (Shanaway) Patterson. On Nov. 1, 1947, he married Marcella Woelmer in Ida, Mich. She preceded him in death. Eugene had been employed by Fisher Body in Tecumseh for 24 years. He served in the U.S. Navy in Panama and South America. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Tecumseh American Legion Post #34, and the G.M. Retirement Chapter.

Eugene is survived by two daughters, Nancy Dart of Adrian and Beth Ann Patterson of Shepherd, Mich.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Zipporah Bean of Monroe. In addition to his wife, Marcella, he was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; a brother, James Patterson; and a son, James Patterson.

Funeral services for Eugene were held on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Philip Krieger officiating. Burial was in Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens, Tecumseh. Visitation was held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Tecumseh.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Hospice of Lenawee or to Habitat for Humanity. Envelopes are available at Anderson Funeral Home, Tecumseh.

Lynn Amos Lewis

Lynn Amos Lewis, age 59, of Tipton, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Libertywest in Toledo, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 20, 1951, in Tipton, to Charles J. “CJ” and Dolores R. “Dot” (Yuetter) Lewis Jr. Lynn had attended Porter School.

His survivors include two brothers, Lanny Lewis and his wife, Darlene of Adrian and Vaughn Jo Lewis of Tipton; one niece, Colleen Munro and her husband, Kevin of Laingsburg, Mich.; one nephew, Charles “Chuck” Lewis and Rachelle of Adrian; one great-niece; and three great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Reverend Jim Yeutter officiating. Burial was in Tipton Cemetery. Visitation was held on Monday, Dec. 27, from 6-8 p.m. and also on Wednesday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Memorial contributions may be made to Erie West Hospice. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.

Lottie R. Haggerty

Lottie R. Haggerty, 94, of Tecumseh died on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010.  She was born August 26, 1916 in Scranton, Pa., to Adolph and Maryann (Holtzman) Klimach. She married Elmer Haggerty on Dec.12, 1949 in Benton Harbor, Mich. He preceded her in death in 1992.

Lottie was a resident of the area for the past 22 years. She loved to cook, putter around the house, and was an avid gardener – doing so well into her 90s. She loved animals, particularly dogs. Lottie also enjoyed playing the mandolin, something she had been doing since she was 7 years old.

Lottie is survived by her daughter Lorraine (Laurence Jr.) Van Alstine of Tecumseh; one grandson, Laurence (Shayna) Van Alstine III of Adrian; and two great grandsons, Joel and Laurence IV.

Arrangements have been made through Handler Funeral Home in Tecumseh, Mich. At her request, cremation has taken place. Inurnment will take place at Brookside Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lenawee County Humane Society. Condolences may be offered at

December 22nd

Douglas F. McDowell

Douglas F. McDowell, age 78, of Tecumseh passed away Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at Tecumseh Place II under the care of Hospice of Lenawee after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Douglas was born in Plainwell, Mich., the son of James and Jane (Brown) McDowell.  On June 3, 1961, he married Judy Seidel and she survives.

Doug was a graduate of Tecumseh High School, class of 1950. He attended the University of Michigan for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. After serving his country, he attended Western Michigan University and graduated in 1957. Upon graduation, he began his teaching and coaching career at Addison High School. He coached junior high and ninth grade basketball until 1964 when he obtained the varsity head coaching position. For the next eighteen years, he built a basketball dynasty. His team was league champions in ’65-’66, ’71-’72, and again in ’74-’75. He earned the All County Coach of the Year Award as his teams won the league and district championships. Through his leadership and commitment to excellence, he was instrumental in building individual character and the making of young men. In addition to basketball, he coached football and track at Addison Public Schools before retiring in 1992. Doug was a loving husband, father and devoted grandfather. He was an avid golfer and Michigan fan whose witty sense of humor will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife, Doug is survived by his sons, Mark (Lori) McDowell and Mike (Julie) McDowell both of Tecumseh; and three grandchildren, Ryan, Alex, and Abbie.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bruce.

Willis E. Butts, III

Willis E. Butts, III, age 54, of Adrian, died on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Magnum Care of Adrian. He was born on Sept. 16, 1956, in Adrian to Willis E. and Lila (Spaulding) Butts, Jr. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1975. He had been employed by Blissfield L & W. Willis loved his family, his church family, and AMC Cars. He enjoyed refinishing antiques and liked to work on electronic sound systems, radios and computers.

Willis is survived by his parents, Willis and Lila Butts, Jr., of Adrian; a son, Jason (Monica) Butts of Adrian; a daughter, Jadelynn Butts at home in Clayton; two brothers, Jeffery (Maida) Butts of Hephzibah, Ga., and Gregory (Holly) Butts of Blissfield; and two sisters, Vicki (Terry) Clark of Adrian and Linda Orel of Northwood, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Mildred Spaulding and Willis and Esther Butts, Sr.

Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Adrian Church of God with Pastor David King officiating. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery. Visitation was held on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m., and 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. Visitation was also held on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Adrian Church of God.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Memorial contributions may be made to the Adrian Church of God. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.

December 15th

Dr. Gordon (Gordy) Wuethrich

Dr. Gordon (Gordy) Wuethrich, 62, of Adrian, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010.  He was born July 18, 1948, in Olean, NY, the son of Ralph and Pat Wuethrich. He graduated from Olean High School in 1966.

On Sept. 6, 1969, he married Deborah Freer in Olean, NY, and she survives. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Michele, his father, and a nephew.

Besides his wife, Gordy is survived by his mother, Pat; 2 brothers, Gary Wuethrich of Olean, NY, and Dan (Marie) Wuethrich of Syracuse, NY; a sister, Robin Wuethrich of Olean, NY; his mother-in-law, Joan (Andy) Gaudet, as well as his brothers and sister-in-laws, and several nieces and nephews.

Gordy operated his own consulting business, the Gordy Wuethrich Company, with clients including the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee for whom he conducted annual visits to Michigan first purchasers of Soybeans each year; the Lenawee Conservation District, for whom he wrote many successful grant proposals; and many individual farmers.   

He previously taught agriculture at the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology where he was awarded the 2001 Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award by his students, and at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. He was most recently on staff at Owens as an adjunct instructor of Economics.

For ten years, Gordy also worked as the MSU Extension agent for Lenawee County and also served for a time as Extension Director in West Pottawatamie County for the Iowa State University Extension Service. He also worked as a rural agricultural appraiser.  
He holds agricultural degrees from Alfred State Technical College in Alfred, NY; Michigan State University (B.S., M.S.), and the Ohio State University (M.S.) and a Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Michigan State University.  

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