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December 24, 1999

Obituaries

RONALD J. BREITHUPT, 92, of Traverse City, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Arrangements are pending at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      A memorial service for THAREL T. 'DUTCH' KANITZ, 91, who died Nov. 24, will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
      Memorial contributions in memory of GEORGE FREDRICK STACY, SR. may be directed to Grand Traverse Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program, P.O. Box 131, Traverse City, MI 49685.
     
      Leora M. Bailey
      Died December 23, 1999
      BELLAIRE - Leora M. Bailey, 94, of Bellaire, died Thursday at Boulder Park Terrace in Charlevoix.
      Born May 1, 1905, in Bellaire, she was the daughter of William M. and Louise (Kettler) Robinson. On Nov. 23, 1923, in East Jordan, she married Leonard C. Bailey, who preceded her in death in 1972.
      Leora served the citizens of Antrim County for 25 years as the county treasurer and 13 years as the deputy treasurer, retiring in 1968. She was a past president of the Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility Auxiliary in Bellaire and a charter member of the Bellaire Business and Professional Women's Club. Leora was a 1923 graduate of Bellaire High School and served on the board of education of the Bellaire schools for nine years. She attended Ferris State University and was a life member of the Ferris Golden Eagles Club.
      Survivors include her daughter, Natalie J. Hansen of Bellaire; two brothers, William (Stick) Robinson of Bellaire and Ford (Alberta) Robinson of Rapid City; a sister, Gretchen Marriage of Rapid City; five grandchildren, Leora VanSice of Bellaire, David (Kim) VanSice of Bellaire, Craig (Debbie) VanSice of Tucson, Ariz., Sheryl Ebert of Birmingham, Ala. and Chip (Laura) Hansen of East Jordan; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
      She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Maxine VanSice; two sisters, Betty Trevan and Elnora Eiserman; and a brother, Howard Thomas.
      Graveside memorial services at Lakeview Cemetery in Bellaire will be scheduled in the spring with details to be announced by the family.
      The family suggests memorials to the "Hansen Scholarship," care of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, 115 Park Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.
      Arrangements are being handled by the Bellaire Chapel of the Mortensen Funeral Homes.
     
      Greg L. Dawson
      Died December 22, 1999
      KEWADIN - Greg L. Dawson, 48, of Kewadin, died Wednesday at his home.
      Born Jan. 18, 1951, in Central Lake, he was the son of Ivan and Betty (Hockin) Dawson. On Jan. 30, 1971, in Bellaire, he married the former Oleta Taylor.
      Greg was employed at Gmoser Septic Service in Elk Rapids as a truck driver from 1982 to 1998. Prior to that he worked at Super Tool in Elk Rapids for 17 years. He was a member of the Traverse City Eagles No. 383 and a past member of Elk Rapids Sportsmen's Club. An avid car enthusiast, especially Ford Mustangs, he attended car shows and other motor sporting events. He was also an avid deer hunter and loved his grandchildren.
      He is survived by his wife, Oleta, of Kewadin; one son, Bryant (Vicky) Dawson of Mt. Morris; a brother, Bradley (Marge) Dawson of Kewadin; three sisters, Norma (Duane) Johnson of Kewadin, Lana (Ron) Bentley of Albuquerque, NM and Lucille Arnold of Williamsburg; and two grandchildren, Alexandra and Darek Dawson.
      He was preceded in death by his parents.
      The family will greet friends from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service Monday, Dec. 27, at Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes; Rev. Mary Brown will officiate.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation or the Diabetes Association.
     
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      Fredrick M. Muller
      Died December 21, 1999
      TRAVERSE CITY - Fredrick M. Muller, 62, Rural Fire Chief of Grand Traverse Fire Department died Tuesday at his home in Traverse City.
      Born Aug. 7, 1937, in Brighton, he was the son of Oscar and Margaret (Graham) Muller. On Oct. 10, 1959, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Brighton, he married the former Belva Furister, who survives.
      Fred began his fire career when he implemented the junior volunteer fire department in the City of Brighton at the age of 13. He has over 40 years experience in the fire service and currently served as an adjunct lead instructor at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. He served as chief fire investigator from 1969 to 1982 at Livingston County Sheriff Department and in 1985 became Rural Fire Chief of Grand Traverse Fire Department. Fred has investigated fires in eight states, Puerto Rico and St. Croix Islands. He investigated over 4,000 fires in 53 Michigan counties and presented over 200 educational seminars to more than six thousand participants in topic areas of fire fighting, fire safety arson, fire investigation and fire prevention.
      Fred's education includes a degree in Fire Science, attending over 400 hours of classes on fire investigation subjects, certified Fire Investigator with the International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc. and National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualification Certified Fire Investigator. He was also employed for 24 years with General Motors in plant security and served eight years as a Brighton City councilman, two of which he served as Mayor Pro-Tem. Among his other accomplishments, he was also the owner and operator of Muller Investigations.
      Professional associations include International Association of Arson Investigators, Adjunct Lead Instructor at National Fire Academy, past president of Northern Michigan Fire Chiefs, trustee, first vice president and president of Michigan Fire Chiefs and International Association of Fire Chiefs. He was a former member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton and attended Christ the King Catholic Church in Acme. He enjoyed his family, golf, teaching and traveling.
      He leaves behind many who admired him, many whom he lead, many who emulated him, but most of all his family who all lost their best friend.
      Besides his wife, survivors include three children, Kyle (Randall) Wilson of Brighton, Lisa (Michael) Smith of Ann Arbor and Michael (Janice) Muller of Grand Rapids; two brothers, James (Elizabeth) Muller of Farmington Hills and Robert (Joan) Muller of Toledo, Ohio; a sister, Victoria (David) Sobieski of Brighton; and four granddaughters.
      He was preceded in death by his parents.
      A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Acme; Rev. Edwin Thome will serve as celebrant. Friends may call at the church at the time of service.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Fireman's Memorial, P.O. Box 672, Roscommon, MI 48653.
      Arrangements are being handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
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      Major Eugene W. Reaves III (USAF, Ret.)
      Died December 23, 1999
      MAPLE CITY - Major Eugene W. Reaves III, 77, of Maple City, died Thursday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Born July 1, 1922, in Detroit, he was the son of Eugene W. and Trease (Holmes) Reaves II. On Oct. 19, 1949, in Toledo, Ohio, he married the former Norma Jean Schmunk.
      Eugene was a retired major from the U.S. Air Force and had been a B-52 pilot. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Masonic Lodges in Empire and Tampa, Fla. and a member of Lake Leelanau VFW.
      He is survived by a son, Lt. Col. Eugene W. "Chip" (Lori) Reaves IV of Dothan, Ala.; daughter, Nancy Jo (Harold) Feigel of Cedar; grandchildren, Eugene W. Reaves V of Dothan, Ala., Genel (Robert) Glase of Maple City and Harold E. "Butch" Reaves II of Traverse City; and five great-grandchildren.
      He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean, in February 1994.
      Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, at Grace Episcopal Church with Rev. Catherine Woods Richardson officiating.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to Glen Lake Schools girls athletics.
     
     
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