Traverse City Record-Eagle

Deaths in the Region

May 12, 2013

Deaths in the Region: 05/12/2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a list of deaths reported during the past week by funeral directors in the 13-county northwest Michigan region.


• Marlyn S. Hart, 76, of Mancelona, died May 5; Mortensen Funeral Home, Mancelona.

• Billy E. Hanel, 91, formerly of Kewadin, died May 7; Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing.

• Robert Francis Koontz, 80, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Elk Rapids, died May 7; Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, Mo.

• Beverly M. Willson, 64, of Central Lake, died May 7; Mortensen Funeral Home, Central Lake.


• James Gifford Searls, 83, of Beulah, died May 4; Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, Beulah.

• George Earl Felt, 85, of Frankfort, died May 6; Jowett Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Frankfort and Benzonia.

• Arthur William Gorden, 65, of Beulah, died May 6; Sharp Funeral Home, Linden.

• Celia Doris Rust, 104, of Frankfort, died May 8; Jowett Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Frankfort and Benzonia.

• Wilfred H. Frixen, 86, of Beulah, died May 9; Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, Beulah.

• Oretha Valena (Harper-Ciliax) Ham, 87, of Grand Blanc, formerly of Honor, died May 9; Swartz Funeral Home, Flint.

• William Earl Beechraft, 77, of Honor, died May 10; Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, Beulah.


• Norman E. Probert, 75, of Charlevoix, died March 1.

• Brian F. Slattery, 43, of Maple Lake, Minn., formerly of Charlevoix, died April 18; Winchester Funeral Home, Charlevoix.

• Marie N. Leaman, 91, of Charlevoix, died May 3; Mortensen Funeral Home, Mancelona.

• Hartwell “Joe” Austin Olmstead, 78, of Charlevoix, died May 4; Winchester Funeral Home, Charlevoix.

• Richard Brown, 95, of Boyne City, died May 5; Stone Funeral Home, Petoskey.

• Helen (Friend) McGeorge, 87, of Boyne City, died May 5; Stackus Funeral Home, Boyne City.

• Mary C. Finkbeiner, age 81, of Boyne City, died Thursday, May 9; Stackus Funeral Home, Boyne City.


• William Thomas James, 76, of Wolverine, died April 28; Nelson Funeral Home, Gaylord.

• William E. Good, 60, of Cheboygan, died May 6; Nordman-Christian Funeral Home, Cheboygan.


• Lloyd Bigford, 88, of Lovells, died May 5; Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home, Grayling.

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