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June 23rd, 2011

Ethelyn Lorene Claxton

Ethelyn Lorene Claxton, 104, passed away peacefully at her home on June 14, 2011. She was born Nov. 21, 1906, in Quincy, Mich., to Frank and Lulu (Weber) Harger. Ethelyn married Dr. Wilbert T. Claxton May 28, 1927. They had a medical practice in Britton, Michigan for over 40 years.

A graduate of Jackson High School, Ethelyn enrolled in the Nursing Program at Mercy Hospital in September of 1926 where she met her husband to be, Dr. Wilbert T. Claxton, M.D., while caring for a burn case. After eloping on May 28, 1927, she was suspended from her nurse's training because at that time married women were not allowed in the nursing program. As Ethelyn enjoyed confiding “We tried to keep it a secret, but somebody snitched on us.” In 1928 they moved to Britton, Michigan where they set up her husband's medical practice.

Ethelyn was a full partner in this practice and ran a tight ship taking the roles of receptionist, bookkeeper, X-ray and obstetrics assistant, nurse and sympathetic ear. It was she who dealt with the pharmaceutical companies and maintained the in-office pharmacy.

The couple continued the practice for over 40 years until 1967, interrupted only when her husband was called up to serve in World War II. For four years the family lived near various military camps in Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Palacios, Texas and Austin, Texas until they were warmly welcomed back to Britton by their many grateful patients. In 1963 Dr. Claxton was honored with a testimonial dinner attended by over 300 people. He was presented with a plaque that would be placed on the Chapel in Herrick Memorial Hospital and was dedicated to him for his work in the community.

After building a cottage at Vineyard Lake in 1937 the couple spent many happy times relaxing there with family and friends. Following her husband's death in 1967 Ethelyn moved to the cottage where she lived until her death.

Richard Dean Covell

Richard Dean Covell, 72, of Tecumseh, passed away unexpectedly June 19, 2011, with his loving family at his side. Richard was born July 14, 1938 in Tecumseh the son of Clement and Ruth (Peotter) Covell. On Sept. 18, 1965, he married Georgianna Gogolin in Tecumseh and she survives.

For 40 years he was a Tool Grinder at Tecumseh Products retiring in 1999.
Richard belonged to the Lenawee Conservation Club and the Adrian Street Cruisers. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, Tiger baseball, putt-putt golf and most of all, spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Georgianna, he is survived by his daughters, Beth (Mark) Wiemer and Dina (James) Roberts; granddaughters, Atlanta Roberts and Brianna Wiemer; sisters, Mary Jane Stokes, Joyce Dauber and Ruth Drews; brother, James (Phyllis) Covell; and was a father figure to many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl and Paul; and sisters, Margretta, Arvilla, Maxine and Shirley.

A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2011, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with the Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Friday until the time of service at 1 p.m. At his request, cremation has taken place and burial will be in Brookside Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Covell family. Condolences to the family may be made online at

Roy A. Lundquist

Roy A. Lundquist, 83, of Oshkosh, Wis., former Champion resident passed away on Monday June 13, 2011, at the Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wis., where he had been a patient for the past day. Roy had resided in Britton, Mich. for the main portion of his life, and in Oshkosh, Wis. for the past 11 months.

Roy was born on April 1, 1928, in Erwin, S.D., the son of the late Arthur and Minnie (Heintz) Lundquist. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from September of 1946 to March of 1948, serving in an engineer surveying battalion from which he was honorably discharged. Roy worked for the Ford Motor Company as a tool and die welder for 22 years in Lower Michigan. His hobbies included flying, motorcycling, target shooting, wood working, and tinkering in his shop. He was an active member of the EAA since 1958, along with memberships in the American Legion Post 0070, and the NRA.

Survivors include his children, Lauri (Kim) Van Osdol of Appleton, Wis., Terry (Robbin) Lundquist of Grass Lake, Mich., Sandra (Calvin) Puttbrese of Brainerd, Minn., Elaine (Scott) Linke of Princeton, Wis.; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Alexandra (Peter) Larsen, Stephanie (Vipin) Arora, Tabitha (Andy) Uitenbroek, Ryan (Trima), Michael Linke, Nathan Puttbrese, Anna Linke, Hannah Puttbrese, Grace Linke; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth (Barb), Stanley, Bob (Anne), Harlo (Annette), Larry, Raymond (Lisa); sisters, Gladys (Burton), Horsted, Joyce (Virgil) Jensen; a sister-in-law, Elaine (Dixon) Holmgren of Champion along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Larry Allen.

Ruth Ellen Green

Ruth Ellen Green, 87, of Tecumseh, passed away June 20, 2011, under the loving care of both Cambrian Assisted Living and Hospice of Lenawee. Ruth was born Dec. 10, 1923, in Clinton, Mich., the daughter of Lawrence and Sarrah (Sprowll) Escott. On Dec. 26, 1941, she married Lyle Reinhart who preceded her in death March 21, 1964. She later married Leon Green who also preceded her in death July 19, 2001.

Affectionately known as Grandma Green, Ruth was an exceptional woman, mother, grandmother and sister as well as a special friend to all who knew and loved her and will be greatly missed by all. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and particularly enjoyed watching her birds.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Tamara Allison.

Ruth is survived by a daughter, Sara (Dave) Rafferty of Woodruff, SC; son, Terry (Janice) Reinhart of Clinton; three grandsons, Dave (Marc) Rafferty of Stockbridge, Terry (Karin) Reinhart of Brighton and Todd Reinhart of Manchester; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard Escott of Clinton, Robert (Asoko) Escott of Junction City, Kan. and Ronald (Liechen) of Saline; sister, Rena (Herb) Davis of Newton Fall, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Following Ruth's wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Clinton at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee.

Condolences to the family may be made online at

John Darwin Shafer

John Darwin Shafer, 73, of Tecumseh, died Saturday, June 18, 2011. He was born April 21, 1938, in Midland, Mich., to Gordon and Ethel (Gotham) Shaffer. On March 11, 1967, he was married to Stella Swilper in Dearborn, Mich. and she survives.

He served in the U.S. Navy. John had been employed by Detroit Edison, retiring in 1994. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He enjoyed being outdoors, working on cars and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Stella, he is survived by four daughters, Corinne Shafer of Orange, Calif., Trisha (Jim) Young of Laingsburg, Mich., Angie (Kurt) Trombley of Loveland, Ohio, and Ruth (Bart) Kirk of Clinton, Mich.; and grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris) Olivares, Nicole, Grant, Collin, Olivia, Nadia, Emily and Jacob.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Vicki.

The funeral service was held Tuesday at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Webb officiating. Cremation followed the service. Condolences may be made to the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Tecumseh. Envelopes are available at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Diane M. White

Diane M. White, 66, of Nettle Lake, Montpelier, Ohio, formerly of Toledo, Ohio, passed away June 18, 2011, at her residence. She was born July 5, 1944, in Ann Arbor, Mich. She was the daughter of Richard and Francis (Bolden) Roe and they preceded her in death.
She married Robert J. White on July 17, 1965, in Toledo, Ohio, he survives.

Diane was a homemaker. She graduated from Tecumseh High School and attended the Clear Lake Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, Ind.

She enjoyed painting, crafts, fishing, gardening, collecting cow figurines, her neighbors, and the lake.

She is survived by her husband, Robert J. White of Montpelier, Ohio; one daughter, Adrienne Hill of Dillsboro, Ind.; one son, Robert Jeffrey of White -Montpelier, Ohio; two grandchildren, Megan Hill and Jessica Hill; two great-grandchildren, Kelliann and Xander; two brothers, Barry and Yvonne Roe of Adrian, John and Janet Roe of Tecumseh.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation was held Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Ind.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Ind. Burial was in Clear Lake Lutheran Church Cemetery of Fremont, Ind. The service was officiated by the Rev. Mark Gaertner.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Condolences may be sent online to

Arrangements were made by Beams Funeral Home of Fremont, Ind., (260) 495-2915.

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