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March 22, 2005

Obituaries

      FRANCIS J. "FRANK" MICKLIN, 34, formerly of Traverse City, died suddenly this past weekend in Denver, Colo.
      A full obituary will follow in Wednesday's Record-Eagle.
      Arrangements are being made by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

      SELMA "SALLY" PEPLINSKI, 97, of Maple City, died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at Munson Medical Center.
      Due to Holy Week, funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 29, 2005. A complete obituary will be in a future edition of the Record-Eagle.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Homes.

Shirley Elaine Babcock
Died March 20, 2005
      ELM HALL - Shirley Elaine Babcock, 75, of Elm Hall, formerly of Beulah, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2005, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Shirley was born Nov. 17, 1929, in Beulah, the daughter of Fred and Nellie (Kalb) Schlegel.
      Shirley is survived by three sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and two brothers.
      She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen Engeland; her parents; and two sisters, Ruth Norris and Ruby Fredrickson.
      Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Lux-Moody-Wolfel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 24, 2005, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Vincent H. Buck
Died March 20, 2005
      TRAVERSE CITY - Vincent H. Buck, 69, of Traverse City, after a lengthy struggle with multiple sclerosis, returned to Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior. He passed away at his home in Traverse City overlooking East Bay, where he spent his retirement years.
      He was known to many as "Vince," to his boyhood friends as "Bing" or "Hurley," and to his children and grandchildren as DAD and GRANDPA, but was known to all as a kind and generous man dedicated to God, his family and his friends.
      Vince was a long-time resident of Ypsilanti, where he met and married Suzanne Oakes, raised four children, and founded and ran Buck Realty located at Cross and Washtenaw from 1969 to 1989. He touched many lives with his compassion and tireless work on behalf of others.
      He served his community as a treasurer and member of Session of The First United Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, as a member of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a life member and Chairman of the Ypsilanti Salvation Army Advisory Board.
      He dedicated countless hours supporting organizations that impacted children, including the PTA of Prospect (Adams) Elementary School, Cub and Boy Scout Troops, as president of the Ypsilanti High School Athletic Booster Club and as a member of the Washtenaw County Social Services Board.
      He was active with the local Republican Party, served as Mayor of Ypsilanti and councilman, and was recognized by the Ypsilanti Jaycees as Man of Year.
      Vince will be remembered by many, including the runners on East Shore Road, who often would stop and visit with him in his wheel chair, and those who came to know him in Traverse City. His close friends and family that attended Deer Hunting Camp with him over the past 50 years will especially miss him. Most of all he will be missed by his devoted wife and companion of 57 years, Suzanne, who selflessly cared for him throughout his illness.
      Vince attended Ypsilanti High School, graduated from the St. Augustine Military Academy and served honorably with the United States Navy.
      He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; daughter, Sue Buck Heinz (Karl) of Traverse City; sons, Michael (Sharon) of Brighton, Patrick (Jane) of Traverse City and Gregory (Jean) Buck of Ann Arbor; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth Saines of Pinckney; brothers, Bill Buck of Traverse City and Gordon (Judy) Hoyt of Eagle River, Alaska; sisters-in-law, Gladys Buck of Chelsea, and Catherine Newcomb and Lenny Oakes of Ypsilanti; brother-in-law, Bud Davis of Eagle River, Alaska; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      He was preceded in death by his mother, Glenda Hoyt; grandmother, Amy Smith; sister, Brenda Davis; brother, Carroll Buck; and his grandfather, Herley Baker,
      God's mercy knows no bounds and his Amazing Grace extends to all.
      Please join us in a celebration of Vince's life in Traverse City at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 22, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m., and in Ypsilanti at the Stark Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 23, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti at 2 p.m., Thursday, with internment immediately following at Highland Cemetery.
      In lieu of flowers, please direct all memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti Memorial Fund.

Marjorie Ann "Marge" Gubbins
Died March 19, 2005
      TRAVERSE CITY - Marjorie Ann "Marge" Gubbins, 47, of Traverse City, formerly of Redford Township, died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at home.
      Born April 21, 1957, in Detroit, she was the daughter of John Mathew Winslow and Marjorie Alma Valade.
      Marge was a very caring and nurturing mother and will be truly missed by her loving family.
      Survivors include her twin sons, Ryan M. Gubbins and his finance, Stephanie of Traverse City and Richard A. Gubbins, serving in the United States Marine Corps in Iraq; daughter, Rebecca (Brandon) Williams, both in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas; grandchild, Brandon Williams; father, John M. Winslow of Livonia; brothers, Ronald Winslow of Westland, Kevin (Janice) Winslow of Plymouth, Paul (Carmen) Winslow of Kissimmee, Fla. and Henry (Mary) Winslow of Northville. Also surviving is her children's father, Richard Gubbins of Lansing.
      She was preceded in death by two brothers, John M. Winslow and Vincent Winslow; and her mother, Marjorie Alma Winslow.
      Friends may call Friday, March 25, 2005, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. There will be no formal funeral service. Following cremation, inurnment will take place in Park Lawn Cemetery in Livonia.
      Memorials may be considered to the Father Fred Foundation.

Jane Lew Huffman
Died March 19, 2005
      TRAVERSE CITY - Jane Lew Huffman, 69, of Traverse City, died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at home.
      She was a 1954 graduate of Adrian High School. In Traverse City she had been employed by the Osteopathic Hospital, Alfie Embroidery, and for the past four years had been demo clerk at Sams Club.
      Jane belonged to Eastern Star for thirty years. She enjoyed cross stitch, sewing and crafts. Jane was named by her parents after the town of Jane Lew, Wis.
      Born Feb. 26, 1936, in Adrian, she was the daughter of Edgar and Carmel Ilene (Richards) Shepherd.
      Survivors include her son, Timothy Alan Donahey of Traverse City; daughter, Jackie (Paul) Wohlfeil of Traverse City; brother, Hugh (Barb) Shepherd of Beulah; three granddaughters, Amber Rogers, Stephanie Puckett and April Puckett; former husband, Jack Sisco; and three nieces.
      She was preceded in death by her parents.
      Friends may call Wednesday, March 23, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, where services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Judith Grimes officiating.
      Memorials may be directed to either the American Cancer Society or to the Jane Lew Huffman Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Ward Clayton Liebler
Died March 18, 2005
      INTERLOCHEN - Ward Clayton Liebler, 83, of Interlochen, passed away Friday, March 18, 2005. Ward was born June 21, 1921, in Northport, the son of William Clayton Liebler and Gertrude Harriet Schlicter.
      Ward was raised in Northport, where his father owned and operated the first Gasoline station.
      After graduating from Northport High School, Ward enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1942 during World War II. Ward was stationed in Chicago for training, where he met his wife to be, Iverna Margaret Thompson.
      Ward and Iverna were married Oct. 6, 1943. After the war, Ward and Iverna returned to northern Michigan and began selling cars. Ward was the owner operator of Ward Liebler Buick at the time of his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Elks Club, as well.
      Ward is survived by his wife of 61 years; four children, his daughters, Mrs. Hossein Gharajanloo (Bonnie), Mrs. Sanford Blumenfeld (Maxine), Mrs. Jerry Hinds (Eileen); and son, Walter Liebler (Leslie Goff); seven grandchildren, Tyler Blumenfeld (Mandy), Rahmon Gharajanloo (Karen), Jeannine Hinds, Walter Hinds (Diedra), Manejahea (Chris) Worrell, Patrick Liebler and Rachel Liebler; two great-grandsons, Justin Worrell and Ryan Gharajanloo; as well as his sister, Maxine Batdorff; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      Ward's desire for a simple private family burial has been honored by his family.
      In remembrance of Ward, memorials may be directed to Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St. N.W., Washington, D.C., 20036.
      Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City.

Ruby Jean McCleary
Died March 19, 2005
      TRAVERSE CITY - Ruby Jean McCleary, 94, passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday, March 19, 2005, at Bortz Health Care. She was the daughter of Chester and Alice Barnes, born Oct. 2, 1910.
      She is survived by her son, Dale (Dorothy) McCleary; two grandchildren, Pam (Ken) Snow and Beth (Bob) Sangalli; three great-grandchildren, Elissa, Tony and Mary Catherine Sangalli; also many nieces and nephews.
      She was preceded in death by her husband, Forest; daughter, Faye Zinter; two brothers, Mervyn and Lloyd Barnes; and two sisters, Vera Pederson and Fern Grammer.
      Visitation will be held at the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids today, March 22, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Kewadin United Methodist Church Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at 11 a.m. A spring burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Elk Rapids.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the Kewadin United Methodist Church or the Antrim County Commission on Aging, 308, E. Cayuga, PO Box 614, Bellaire, 49615.
      Arrangements are entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids.

Robert L. "Bob" Waldo
Died March 21, 2005
      TRAVERSE CITY - Robert L. "Bob" Waldo, 77, went to be with his Lord Monday, March 21, 2005, at Munson Medical Center. His family was at his side.
      He was born May 20, 1927, to Lester and Myrtle (Wiggins) Waldo in Traverse City. On July 8, 1950, he married his beloved wife of 54 years, Dolores Chapman.
      Bob was a life-long resident of Traverse City. When Bob was sixteen, he worked on a car ferry on Lake Michigan.
      He served as a Prisoner of War Guard in the United States Army during World War II, and worked for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier for over 26 years.
      One of his true passions in life was buying, working on, and selling old cars and motorcycles. He loved to travel, especially driving on long trips out west. He enjoyed watching stock car racing and spending time with his family. Bob was a long-time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
      He is survived by his wife, Dolores; five children, Larry Waldo of Traverse City, Diane (Bob) Walters of Hudsonville, Rick (Mary Beth) Waldo of White Lake Township, Linda (Dan) Jennings of Johannesburg and Kim (Jerry) Riley of Kingsley; two sisters, Betty Waldo of Prescott, Ariz., and Jean Brown of Glenwood, N.M.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Verna Hall of Traverse City.
      Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brothers, Donny and Dale Waldo; and brothers-in-law, Jim Brown and Dick Hall.
      Visitation will be held today, March 22, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes, where a rosary to be prayed at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where the family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Father James Hayden will officiate. Burial will take place in the Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of to the Alzheimer's Association.
      Arrangements were entrusted to the Covell Funeral Homes of Traverse City.
     
     

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