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September 22, 2000

Obituaries

ARTHUR RAYMOND COX, 74, of Lake Ann, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Munson Medical Center. A retired plumber, he was born April 7, 1926, in Lincoln Park.
      Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Rita-St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maple City. Burial will be at St. Rita Cemetery. A full obituary will appear in Saturday's Record-Eagle.
     
      HARRIET R. HOWELL, 86, of Manistee; died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Heritage Baptist Church in Manistee. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church until the time of service. Burial will be in Flint Memorial Park. Arrangements are being handled by Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee.
     
      Debra S. Barth
      Died September 20, 2000
      FRANKFORT - Debra S. Barth, 45, of Frankfort, died Wednesday at her home.
      Debra was born Feb. 22, 1955, in Frankfort, the daughter of Paul and Frances (Straubel) Leask.
      Debra enjoyed native American arts and crafts. She worked for the Grand Traverse Band Newsletter.
      She is survived by two daughters, Christy Leask-McCary of Traverse City and Cassandra Barth of Traverse City; grandchildren, Jordan, Rachel and Morgan; a brother, Paul (Liz) Leask of Kalkaska; and four sisters, Lillian Marchand of Frankfort, Arlene Lett of Ada, Nancy (John) Volpe of Ada and Emily Bower of Allegan.
      Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday from the Benzonia Chapel of McElduff Funeral Homes, where friends may call from 10:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of service. Robert Bodell will officiate.
      Memorials may be made to the Debra Barth Memorial Fund for her grandchildren.
     
      Otto Hampel
      Died September 20, 2000
      TRAVERSE CITY - Otto Hampel, 81 of Traverse City, died Wednesday at home.
      Born Dec. 5, 1918, in Copemish, he was the son of Oscar and Anna (Samcova) Hampel. On Dec. 28, 1944, in Lawton, Okla., he married the former Dorothy E. Wischer, who survives.
      A lifelong resident of Traverse City, Otto served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was the former owner of Hampels Key and Gun Shop where he was a lock and gunsmith. Mr. Hampel still enjoyed working at the shop helping his friends. Otto enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf. He also enjoyed round, square and ballroom dancing with his wife.
      Besides his wife, survivors include two sons, Karl (Sandra) Hampel of Traverse City and Gerald (Gwen) Hampel of Grand Rapids; a daughter, Nancy Hampel of Traverse City; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
      He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Herman; and a sister, Olga Lee.
      Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City, where friends may begin calling at 12 noon. The Pastor Ted Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
      Memorials may be directed to the Cherryland Humane Society or the American Cancer Society.
     
      Lyle A. Kibbe
      Died September 20, 2000
      MANTON - Lyle A. Kibbe, 79, of Manton, died Wednesday at his home after a one year illness.
      Born Jan. 11, 1921, in Cadillac, he was the son of Harold and Ida (Anderson) Kibbe. On Jan. 5, 1943, in Cadillac, he married the former Ruth Coleman.
      Mr. Kibbe was a lifelong resident of Manton. He graduated from Manton High School in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Southern France and Central Europe. After returning to Manton, he owned and operated Kibbe's Service Station for 32 years and later a car repair and wrecker business, retiring four years ago. He was a charter and life member of Manton VFW Post No. 7806, past master and life member of Manton Masonic Lodge No. 347, 32nd Degree Mason, a member of Scottish Rite Valley of Traverse City, life member of the DAV in Cadillac, charter member of the Manton Snowmobile Club, member of the Manistee/Benzie Snowmobile Club and he served on the Manton City Commission and as Mayor Pro-tem. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, trapping, snowmobiling, camping, traveling and building things out of wood for his grandchildren.
      He is survived by his wife, Ruth; two sons, Dennis (Lucy) Kibbe of Lake City and William (Mary) Kibbe of Manton; a daughter, Doris (Jeff) Ayres of Richland, Wash.; two sisters, Ione (Orman) Bishop of Manton and Marilyn (Gordon) Peek of Traverse City; a sister-in-law, Marian Kibbe of Manton; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
      He was preceded in death by a brother, Leo, in 1987.
      Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Manton with a Masonic memorial service at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rollins Church in Manton with Rev. Verta Giddings officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Liberty Township Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Hospice, Manton VFW or Manton Masonic Lodge.
     
      Dennis Edward LeJeune
      Died September 20, 2000
      GLEN ARBOR - Dennis Edward LeJeune, 58, of Glen Arbor, died Wednesday at Munson Medical Center.
      Born Feb. 25, 1942, in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of Edward George and Eileen Marie (Donnellan) LeJeune. On July 24, 1965, in Flint, Mich., he married the former Barbara Katharine Benson.
      Dennis had been an executive vice president at the Harris Bank in Chicago, Ill. prior to moving to Traverse City in 1988. He then established his own business, LeJeune Investment Counsel. He was an avid golfer, enthusiastic family geneologist, devoted Notre Dame alumnus and he maintained a keen interest in politics. Dennis also received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Reserves.
      His memberships include Traverse City Rotary, Traverse City Golf and Country Club serving on the finance committee, a board member of City Opera House Heritage Association, a member of the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association and Sorin Society, a member of University Club of Chicago and the Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill. Alumni Association. He was active in the Glen Lake Association, the Glen Lake Yacht Club, a past trustee of the Village of Glen Arbor and a member of St. Philip Neri parish in Empire.
      He is survived by his wife, Barbara LeJeune of Glen Arbor; daughter, Angela Puetz of Traverse City and her husband John Puetz and their two children, Jack and Bridget; daughter, Katharine Otteson of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and her husband James and their three children, Victoria, James and Joseph; a daughter, Amy LeJeune of Chicago, Ill.; three sisters, Maureen Harty of Boise, Idaho, Shannon LeJeune of Salt Lake City, Utah and Kathleen "Kitty" Schecter of Traverse City; three brothers, Timothy LeJeune of Traverse City, Brian LeJeune of Las Vegas, Nev. and Terrence LeJeune of San Francisco, Calif.; nine nieces; and ten nephews.
      Dennis was preceded in death by his mother and father; and a sister, Shiela McGee.
      Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City and from 6 to 8 p.m. today at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Empire, where a rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Empire with Rev. Father Chad Zielinski serving as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Philip Neri Cemetery.
      Memorials may be directed to St. Philip Neri Church or the charity of one's choice.
     
      Brenda E. Porter
      Died September 20, 2000
      TRAVERSE CITY - Brenda E. Porter, 41, a lifelong resident of Traverse City, died Wednesday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Born April 13, 1959, in Traverse City, she was the daughter of E. Wayne and Hazel (Hutchinson) Porter.
      Brenda had been employed by Americall as a customer service manager prior to her illness. She was a member of Fellowship Church and enjoyed crafts and photography. Brenda also loved her dogs.
      She is survived by her mother, Hazel Porter of Traverse City; a sister, Marian (David C.) Keeder of Traverse City; a brother, Wayne F. Porter of Sault Ste. Marie; a nephew, Kevin (Michelle) Keeder of Traverse City; a niece, Julie (Noah) Flores of Traverse City; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Jessie, Taylor, Jacob and Isaac.
      Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the funeral home with Pastor Jon DeBruyn officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lake Leelanau.
      Memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice or the American Humane Society.
     
      Bernard C. Rademaker
      Died September 20, 2000
      WILLIAMSBURG - Bernard C. Rademaker, 86, of Williamsburg, died Wednesday at home.
      Born Sept. 2, 1914, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of James and Christina (Gallitz) Rademaker. On Nov. 24, 1938, in Cleveland, Ohio, he married the former Alice F. Belmont.
      Bernard, formerly of Rocky River, Ohio, was a retired commercial printer. Prior to moving to the Traverse City area, he enjoyed vacationing in northern Michigan and fishing on Lake Leelanau. He also enjoyed listening and dancing to big band music.
      Survivors include a daughter, Susan (Tom) Schmidt of Traverse City; two grandsons, Wayne (Kathleen) Schmidt of Traverse City and Matthew (Kate) Schmidt of Traverse City; and several nieces and nephews.
      He was preceded in death by his wife Alice on Jan. 29, 1998.
      Family services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Burial will take place at a later date in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      Memorials may be directed to Hope Village or to the Carmelite Monastery.
     
      George B. 'Pete' Wilson
      Died September 18, 2000
      TRAVERSE CITY - On Sept. 18, 2000, surrounded by his family and friends at Grand Traverse Pavilions, George B. "Pete" Wilson left this world to enter one free of pain.
      George was born on Jan. 5, 1923, to Benjamin and Daisy (Milks) Wilson of Kingsley. Drawn in by her ever present smile, he married the love of his life, Rose Marie Ockert, on Aug. 2, 1941. In their 59 years together, they raised seven daughters and two sons.
      George loved spending time outdoors, working with his hands, growing beautiful flowers and feeding wild life. Animals also piqued his interest, and he spent many years of his life raising, breeding and showing Arabian horses. He was especially interested in the 4-H horse program to which he donated breeding and foals. But above all, George was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather whose pride and joy were his children and grandchildren.
      George lived and gave back to the Grand Traverse area all of his life, except ten years which he spent in Port Orchard, Wash. where he worked as a carpenter and also worked as a logger. During World War II, he worked at a naval ship yard in Bremerton, Wash., as well as other military installations in the area. And, in 1955, George and his growing family returned home where he continued to spread his warm ways; kindness, honesty, generosity and strong work ethic. George retired in 1983 as chief engineer at Traverse City Area Public Schools after working there 28 years.
      George will be greatly missed by his wife, Rosie; all of his children, Beverly Causey of Longs, SC, Barbara and Rob Trevena of Athens, Ga., Gary and Christine Wilson of Kalkaska, Carol and Kip Newell and Kay and Greg Lyon - all of Kingsley; from Traverse City, Linda and Dave Bugai, Wenda and Gary Warren and Deb and Dave Sexton, and Benjamin Wilson and his fianc‚e Meg Peterson of Evart; 32 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; plus many others who also lovingly called him Grandpa; three nieces, two nephews; one sister, Minetta Neitzel of Elkhart, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Fern Luper, of Traverse City; and a special aunt, Sadie Milks, of Buckley.
      George will join both his parents; a sister, Xena Cunningham; a brother, Irvin Luper; a grandson, Cory Wilson; two nephews; one niece; two infant sisters; and two beloved companions, Lexi and Laddie, who all predeceased him.
      Services will be at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, with Rev. Char Minger of Kingsley United Methodist Church officiating, with interment in the Evergreen Cemetery in Kingsley. Visitations will be Friday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
      If you would like, please send memorials in George's name to St. Jude's Hospital, the Father Fred Foundation or the charity of one's choice.