Archive - Obituary

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July 15th, 2010

James Eugene “Jim” Marcum, Sr.

James Eugene “Jim” Marcum, Sr., passed away Monday, July 12, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor surrounded by the love of his family.  He was 79. Jim was born in Rowan County, Ky., on Feb. 27, 1931, to William and Chloe (Hall) Marcum, one of six children.  

He attended Fort Gay High School and dreamed of becoming a pilot with the Air Force.  Upon discovering he had severe color blindness he went on to become one of the first very few jet engine mechanics at the time in USAF.  After his honorable military discharge he left for southern Michigan, where he met and married the love of his life, Joyce Dowling, on March 29, 1956, and they began their life together.  

His work career included time as a plumbing apprentice, construction, and working at the Clinton Engine company.  He later retired, in 1992, from the Ford Motor Company after spending 30 years at the Rawsonville facility.

The family spent many fun times at their cabin on Houghton Lake, enjoying snowmobiling, hunting, being with friends, and all the experiences of lake life.  After his retirement he became an accomplished woodworker and shared his creations with all his family members.  Jim did not shy away from the recent technology boom; but rather embraced the creation of new skills on the PC and digital photography.  He was also a member of the Southern Michigan Antique Tractor and Engine Association (SMATEA) and the American Legion, Post # 176, Pieper-Hall-Sparks, Clinton, of which he was the longest continuous member.  Jim cherished the many close friends he came upon in life and always was ready to lend a hand to any and all in need.  He will surely be missed by all who knew and loved him.


Helen L. Schafer

Helen L. Schafer, 83, of rural Pioneer, Ohio, died Thursday evening in her home following an illness. Born March 27, 1927, in Dexter, Mich., to Hazel Campbell and Emil A. Ruhlig, she had been a Montpelier/Pioneer area resident since 1953.

She was married to Howard L. Schafer on Oct.30, 1948 and he survives.

A devoted housewife and mother, she was a 57-year member of St. James Lutheran Church, Archbold, where she was a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Altar Guild, Ladies Society, Happy Club, and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.  Helen was a member of the Montpelier Board of Education and served as President.  She was a member and held the office of President for the Montpelier School Mother’s Club.  She was a member of 4-H while growing up and became a 4-H Club Leader as an adult.  She was a member of the Williams County Fair Board and Fair Foundation, and served each as president.  Helen was inducted into the 2007 Williams County Agriculture Hall of Fame. An avid bowler, she most recently was a member of two bowling leagues at Bryan Lanes.

Also surviving are three sons, Roger Schafer, Leslie (Jan) Schafer, Nelson Schafer (and friend Michelle Boothby), all of Montpelier; five daughters, Carolyn (Forrest) Haverfield, Maplewood, Ohio, Diane (Neil) Rhonemus, Lynchburg, Ohio, Beverly Schafer, Pioneer, Amy (Tim) Sellers, Montpelier, Linda Spathelf, Rio Rancho, New Mexico; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Albert (Madonna) Ruhlig, Dexter, Mich.; two sisters, Alice Gall, Ann Arbor, Mich., Lois (Don) Lutz, Jeffersonville, Ind.;  and two sisters-in-law, Allie Ruhlig, Ann Arbor, Mich. and Karen Ruhlig, Athens, Ill.


July 7th

George E. Downard

George E. Downard, 81, of Tecumseh, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor with his family at his side. He was born on Dec. 30, 1928, in Onsted, Mich., the son of Cecil K. and Nora (Withrow) Downard. He married Betty M. Handy, his bride of 55 years, on Aug. 12, 1950, until she preceded him in death on Nov.1, 2005.

George was a Tecumseh resident since 1950 after moving here from Tipton. He worked for the Tecumseh Products Company for 38 years until he retired in 1984. He also, along with his wife Betty and their family, catered for many festivities and weddings for over 25 years in the Lenawee, Monroe, Hillsdale, Jackson, and Washtenaw county areas. He was an Army Veteran of WWII and was a proud member of the American Legion Post #34 and VFW Post #4187, both in Tecumseh, was a volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Drives and truly enjoyed the outdoors, especially the times he spent hunting and camping. In recent years, when he wasn't at the former Boomers Burgers or Big Boy, you could find him tinkering on “who knows what” and crafting at home. He fondly spoke of the times he spent with his family camping, playing cards, and time spent up north. He will be missed by his family and all those who knew and loved him over the years.

He is survived by his three sons, Douglas (Debra), Gregory (Tanya) and Christopher (Darlene) all of Tecumseh; his daughter, Laura S. Downard of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; one brother, William “Leroy” (Judy) of Gwinn, Mich.; one sister, Juanita Cutchall of Frederic, Mich.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by three brothers, Cecil K. Donald D. and Alvin.


Larry J. Nelson

Larry J. Nelson, 55, of Tecumseh, passed away unexpectedly July 3, 2010.   Larry was born Dec. 25, 1954, in Detroit, Mich., the son of John and Marlene (Schrack) Nelson.  On July 1, 1977, he married Birute Theresa Zubrickas in Livonia, Mich.  

He was a graduate of Stevenson High School and Schoolcraft College.    He had a passion for buying and selling antiques, and loved the thrill of the hunt.  He was involved in the family business for most of his life,  most recently The Hitching Post in Tecumseh.   He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and son.   His generous heart knew no boundaries and will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the antique community.  
Larry is survived by his wife, Theresa; children, Christopher, Julia  and Andrew; granddaughter, Olivia; parents, John and Marlene; brothers, Eric and Ken; sister, Lori; and numerous relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home,  Adrian with the Rev. Fr. Daniel Wheeler officiating.  Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh.  

Condolences to the family may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome.com.


Douglas Warner Osworth I

Douglas Warner Osworth I, 74, of Tecumseh, went home to the Lord on Sunday, July 4, 2010, at St. Joseph Mercy Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

He was born Jan. 25, 1936, in Fairfield, Mich. to Opal (Metz) and Harold O’Haver. He was later adopted by Kenneth Osworth, and was raised by his grandparents, Raymond and Bertha Metz.

He graduated from Adrian High School in 1955 and enlisted in the United States Navy with the Navy Mobile Construction Battalion I Sea Bees from 1955 to 1959. He was a Machine Repairman and later became a Drill Instructor. He married his high school sweetheart, Janet K. Woerner on Oct. 14, 1956. They had the blessing of enjoying many years together, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 14, 2006.

In his earlier years, Doug was a member of the Adrian Moose Lodge #1034, a long standing member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh, a member of the Tecumseh Jaycees, and a Charter member of the Tecumseh Lions Club. He also belonged to the Tecumseh Masonic Lodge #69. He was also on the Raisin Twp. Board of Appeals for many years. Doug worked for Barnes Group Corp. in Saline, Mich. He retired in 1996, but continued as a part time Engineering Consultant for several years. He loved hunting, golfing, John Deere Tractors and classic cars, spending time with his sons and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Janet of 53 years; three sons, Douglas II (Lisa), Jeffrey (Denice) and Kevin (Jennifer) Osworth. He was the loving grandfather of Kayla, Steven, Cameron, Livia, and Maris Osworth. He is also survived by a half-sister, Constance Osworth; cousins, Lowell (Kathy) Metz, and Randy Metz. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Edward Duane Creger

Edward Duane Creger, 64, of Tecumseh, passed away June 30, 2010.

Memorial services were held Saturday, July 3, 2010, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.

Military honors were conducted by the Tecumseh American Legion Underwood-Orr Post # 34.

Condolences may be made to the family online at HYPERLINK "http://www.pursefuneralhome.com" www.pursefuneralhome.com.




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