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October 18, 1999

Obituaries

ESTHER B. BEHRENS, 86, of Arcadia, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, in her home.
      Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Edwards Funeral Home in Bear Lake. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church of Arcadia.
     
      RENA E. GABEL, 90, of Traverse City, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City.
      Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City; funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. A complete obituary will appear in the Tuesday Record-Eagle. Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City is in charge of arrangements.
     
      MARGARET I. WISHART, 78, of Kalkaska, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City. She was born June 1, 1921, in Gladwin.
      Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
     
      OPPIE 'LEN' YOUNG III, 50, of Kalkaska, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      A full obituary will appear in the Tuesday Record-Eagle. Arrangements are by the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      Myrtle Irene Beitz
      Died October 13, 1999
      CROSSVILLE, Tenn. - Myrtle Irene Beitz, 81, of Crossville died Wednesday.
      Born Jan. 6, 1918, in Nebraska, she was the daughter of Fred and Marie Ormond Stahl. Myrtle was a housewife and a member of The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
      She is survived by her husband, Ferde Beitz of Crossville; daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Jim Matuschek of Roseville, Mich., Jean and Jerry Mustin of Oak Ridge, Linda and Bob Bracher of Clinton, and Janet and Jon Steinhoff of Mancelona, Mich.; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Gail Beitz of Brentwood; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
      Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. The Revs. David Wollenberg and Merlin Sepmeyer will officiate.
      The family requests memorial contributions to be made in her memory to The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
      Arrangements are being handled by Burris Funeral Home in Crossville.
     
      Kayle Gilmore Doty
      Died October 16, 1999
      RAPID CITY - Kayle Gilmore Doty, 92, of Rapid City, died peacefully Saturday, at home, surrounded by his family.
      Born Oct. 6,1907, in DeWitt, he was the son of Chester Lee and Myrtle (Gilmore) Doty. On Dec. 9, 1932, in Lansing, he married Agnes A. Harris.
      Kayle was a veteran of World War II and served with the U.S. Army.
      A retired automobile mechanic, Kayle had been a resident of the Torch Lake area since 1972 after moving from Lansing. He was a member of Alden United Methodist Church, the Antique Clock Dealers Association and the Michigan Gas Dealers Association. He and his wife own and operate Doty's Antiques at Shingle Shack on South Torch Lake.
      Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Agnes; daughters, Marilyn Doty Larson of Torch Lake and Lois Doty Guccione (John) of Godfrey, Ill.; grandchildren, Malinda Larson of Haslett, Laura Larson Panganis (Steven) of Okemos, Erik Doty Larson (Kelly) of Haslett, Kayle Benedix of Devor, Calif., and Sara Baker (Ramey) of Collinsville, Ill.; and two great-grandchildren, Madelyn Jae Panganis and Megan Hunt.
      Kayle was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Myrtle Doty; a brother, Loy Doty; a sister, Erma Rounds; and a grandson, Mark Benedix.
      Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Alden United Methodist Church; the Rev. Wayne Gorsline will officiate.
      Memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice or Three Lakes Association, P.O. Box 353, Alden, MI 49612.
      Arrangements are by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City.
     
      John C. Gilmore
      Died October 16, 1999
      GRAND HAVEN - John C. Gilmore, age 71, of Grand Haven, died Saturday at a local hospital.
      He was born July 14, 1928, in Grand Rapids to Earle and Geraldine (Fisher) Gilmore and grew up in Traverse City. On Dec. 28, 1948, in Columbus, Ohio, he married Frances Rowland.
      John served in the US Army during World War II. He earned a bachelor's degree in science from Florida Southern College in 1951. John was part owner of the Century 21 Real Estate Agency in Traverse City and was formerly employed in Detroit by United Technology. He moved to Grand Haven five years ago and was employed by Lake Shore Diversified Products in Spring Lake. He was a member of the American Legion Charles Conklin Post No. 28 in Grand Haven.
      Survivors include his wife of nearly 51 years, Frances; daughter, Nancy (Pat) Reay of Grand Haven; two grandsons, Michael and Scott Reay; and two brothers, Robert (Patricia) Gilmore of Daytona Beach, Fla., and James (Doris) Gilmore of Valatie, N.Y.
      He was preceded in death by his son, Michael, and two sisters, Shirley and Gerry.
      Friends may meet the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at VanZantwick Bartels Kammeraad Funeral Home in Grand Haven.
      There will be no service.
      Those desiring a memorial are asked to consider Ottawa Shores Humane Society, 7982 West Olive Road, West Olive, Ml 49460.
     
      Mildred E. Potrafka
      Died October 16, 1999
      TRAVERSE CITY - Mildred E. Potrafka, 84, of Traverse City, died Saturday at Bortz Health Care of Traverse City.
      Born Jan. 15, 1915, in Sentinel Butte, N.D., she was the daughter of Pat and Emma (Durga) Throop. On Aug. 24, 1940, in Traverse City, she married Orvy Potrafka.
      Mildred was employed as a proof reader by R.L. Polk for many years. She also assisted in the kitchen at Northwestern Michigan College. She loved to bake, especially bread and pies, and she enjoyed playing the piano. Mildred was a member of First Christian Church in Traverse City.
      She is survived by a son, Philip (Janice) of Traverse City; daughter, Shirley (Mike) Weiglein of Traverse City; two grandsons, Chad Weiglein and Josh (Terrie) Potrafka - both of Traverse City; and a granddaughter, Michelle (Jim) Snyder of Nashville, Tenn.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Orvy, in 1955.
      Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church; Pastor Larry Ross will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to First Christian Church.
     
      Earl A. Ramey
      Died October 16, 1999
      KINGSLEY - Earl A. Ramey, 87, of Kingsley, died Saturday at his home, surrounded by his family.
      Born Jan. 27, 1912, in Detroit, he was the son of Albert E. and Mary (Donner) Ramey. On Nov. 12, 1940, in Detroit, he married Wanda D. Dean.
      Earl was the owner and operator of Ramey Tool & Die in Dearborn Heights prior to his retirement. He was past president of the Garden City Rotary Club and was currently a member of the Traverse City Rotary Club. Between the two clubs he had 42 years of perfect attendance. Earl was also a member of St. Johannes Lutheran Church of Kingsley and the Summit City Grange.
      Survivors include his wife, Wanda, of Kingsley; a daughter, Sandra (Ronald) Lemelin of Livonia; a granddaughter, Jennifer (Robert) Krompatic of St. Clair Shores; and a grandson, Sean (Cristy) Boylan of Montclair, N.J.
      Earl was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Francis Ramey; and a sister, Violet Salzwedel.
      Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home; Vicar Kelly Todd will officiate.
      Burial will be in Evergreen Cemeteryin Kingsley.
      Memorials may be directed to St. Johannes Lutheran Church.
     
      Edgar Charles Worden
      Died October 16, 1999
      BENZONIA - Edgar Charles Worden, 84, of Benzonia, died Saturday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      He was born Jan. 24, 1915, in Beulah, the son of Charles Monroe and Pearl (Miner) Worden.
      Edgar was an electrical engineer and had worked for the Bureau of Minds in Tennessee from 1946 to 1954; and then at the Mycalex Corporation in New Jersey from 1954 until his retirement in February of 1980. Shortly after retirement, Edgar and his wife, Violet moved back to the Benzie area.
      He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Benzonia where he was in the church choir. He played French Horn in the Benzie Symphonette and had been a member of the Crystal Lake Kiwanis Club for almost 20 years. Edgar also enjoyed helping with the Special Olympics, working with computer technology and solving crossword puzzles.
      On Oct. 18, 1945, in Benzonia, Edgar married Violet Rose Call who survives him. Also surviving are his children, Joann Worden of Benzonia, and Charles M. (Elaine) Worden of Cedar Grove, N.J.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      He was preceded in death by his sisters, Myrtle Rice, Ruby Loew, and Dorothy Rice; and his brokers, Paul Worden and Donald Worden.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Benzonia; the Rev. Stephen J. Davidson will officiate.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Benzonia or to a charity of one's choice. Envelopes are available at Bennett-Barz Funeral Home.
     
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