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Clayton H. Seder
September 20, 1939 – May 10, 2022

Clayton H. Seder passed away on May 10, 2022.  Clayton was the son of the late Harold & Lillian Seder.  He was born on September 20, 1939.

Clayton graduated Saginaw High School in 1957 and went on to attend Concordia & Delta Colleges. He served 4 years in the United States Air Force.

In 1965 he married his former wife, Willa Newville of Newberry.  He moved to the Eastern Upper Peninsula in 1970 with his small family.  They started Seder’s Pizza Chalet in Engadine and soon opened another location in Newberry.  He was passionate about cooking and baking and also had a bakery for many years.  Clayton operated the business for over 30 years.

In 1975 he became a Jehovah’s Witness and was a faithful and diligent servant to the end of his life.  Clayton’s hobbies included photography, computers & electronics, grinding grain and making bread.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold & Lillian (Magnus) Seder; his former wife, Willa (Newville) Seder; an aunt and many uncles.  He is survived by his three children: Jennifer (Jason) Lasslett, Sarah Shrader, & Stephen (Dena) Seder; as well as 5 grandchildren: Dakota, Marissa, Kaiya, Tes, & Seth; and 3 great grandchildren: Keyonna, Hunter & Declan.  He is also survived by his uncle, Robert Magnus.

A memorial will be held at the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Newberry via Zoom at 11 a.m. on June 4, 2022. Those who would like the Zoom link may contact the Kingdom Hall.


Clifford Basil Fair

February 7, 1930 – May 10, 2022

Longtime Newberry resident, Clifford Basil Fair, 92, died Tuesday morning, May 10, 2022 at his residence in the presence of his family and North Woods Home Care and Hospice.  Clifford was born February 7, 1930 in Rexton, son of the late Curtis and Barbara (Robinson) Fair.

On July 30, 1949, Clifford married the love of his life, the former Dorothy Yeadon.  Clifford was employed as a woodsman for several years until his retirement.  He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and his hobbies included any kinds of puzzles and rides in the woods.

In addition to his parents, Clifford is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy on February 7, 2022; sons George Fair and Clifford Fair; brothers Ed Fair and William Fair.

Survivors include his son David (Gail) Fair of Newberry; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; brother Dale (Alma) Fair of Newberry; nieces and nephews that were special to him.

Per request, cremation services were accorded.  A service celebrating the life of Clifford will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

 

Kevin Glen Ford
January 28, 1956 – April 17, 2022

Kevin Glen Ford, 66, of Tehachapi, CA, passed away at his home early Easter Sunday morning, April 17, 2022, of what had been diagnosed as multiple system atrophy.  His loving wife, Kristine, was at his side as she had been throughout his lengthy illness.

Born on January 28, 1956, in Newberry, MI, to Clayton and Elizabeth Ford, Kevin was the youngest of four children.  He attended the local schools and graduated from Newberry High School with the Class of 1974.  During his younger years he was active in the Boy Scout program and then played both football and basketball in high school.  He enjoyed a variety of outdoor recreational pursuits with family members, friends and relatives.

After high school he went on to Michigan State University to earn a degree in criminal justice.  He remained a fan of Spartan athletics throughout his life.

His first full-time job after college was as a correctional officer at the Marquette Prison.

After working there for a relatively brief period, he decided to move to southern California and live with a friend from Newberry who had relocated there. Kevin was employed at a General Motors factory in Van Nuys for a short time, then got a job in plant security with the Lockheed Corporation in Burbank.  When the Burbank operation closed, he was transferred to the company’s facility in Palmdale where he worked until forced to resign because of illness.

Perhaps after moving to California, Kevin found the Baptist faith which proved to be a pivotal part of his life from there on.  He attended church very regularly.  And at some point around the closing of Burbank and the transfer to Palmdale, he met Kristine in connection with a church-related function.  They discovered they had similar values and aspirations.

Marrying on September 10, 1995, they became the parents of twins – Brett and Ryan – of whom they were both very proud.

Kevin was definitely a traditionalist when it came to parental roles.  He believed that the husband should be the breadwinner while the wife maintained the home.  As such he worked long hours providing for his family, making whatever personal sacrifices he felt necessary.  Recreation time and travel were very limited and were usually built around school-related activities in which the boys were engaged

Kevin was predeceased by his parents, Clayton and Elizabeth.  He is survived by his wife, Kristine, and sons, Brett and Ryan, at home; brother Ivan of Lady Lake, FL; brother Steven (Cheri) of Ellenton, FL; sister Janet Clark (Ron) of McMillan, MI; and various nephews, nieces and in-laws.

A memorial service and interment have already taken place in California. Nothing further is planned.

 

Robert Henry Klein
January 31, 1957 – May 9, 2022

Robert Henry Klein, 65, of Paradise, died Monday evening, May 9, 2022 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry.

Born January 31, 1957 in Muskegon, son of the late Henry and Beverly (Stark) Klein,  Robert was employed as a manager/engineer for Boeing for over 30 years until his retirement in 2022.

Robert was a member of the Strongs Community Bible Church and was an avid reader along with all things aviation related.

Survivors include his brother Don Klein of Franklin, Tennessee, sister Nancy Jensen of Salt Lake City, Utah and his entire church family at the Strongs Community Bible Church.

A gathering of family and friends will take place Wednesday May 18, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at  the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Robert will follow at 3:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Ben Pent officiating.  Interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Muskegon, Michigan.

Memorials may be directed to the Strongs Community Bible Church in his loving memory.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

 

Jill B. Hutchinson
March 15, 1937 – May 9, 2022

Jill Browning Hutchinson, 85, of Newberry, died Monday, May 9, 2022 at her residence.

Born March 15, 1937 in Flint, daughter of the late John and Laura (Dell) Gibson, Jill was a 1955 graduate of Lapeer High School.  On October 22, 1955, Jill married Harold “Sonny” Hutchinson in Lapeer, Michigan and has been a resident of the Newberry/McMillan area since 1972.  Jill was a devoted homemaker raising her family, a member of the First Baptist Church in Newberry and enjoyed fishing, birdwatching and flower gardening.

In addition to her parents, Jill is preceded in death by her husband Sonny on November 7, 2010, son Gerald, grandchildren Tiffany and Christie Hutchinson and several siblings.

Survivors include her children Harold Hutchinson of Newberry, Tina Hutchinson of Newberry, Malinda (Jim) Prather of Gladwin and John (Lena) Hutchinson of Hot Springs, Arkansas; step-children Jill Wright of Brown City, Kathy (William) Ream of Fruitport and Don Hutchinson of Florida; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Monday May 16, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Newberry.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Jill will follow at 2:00 pm at the church with Pastor Jon Michael officiating.  Interment will take place at the Epoufette Cemetery in Epoufette.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

 

David R. Fleischmann
October 18, 1952 – May 10, 2022

David Roger Fleischmann, 69, of Curtis, died Tuesday evening, May 10, 2022 at his residence in the presence of his loving family and the care of North Woods Home Care and Hospice.

Born October 18, 1952 in Grand Rapids, son of the late Henry and Barbara (Foecke) Fleischmann, David married the former Susan Gehl on May 25, 1973  in Ada, Michigan.

David was a commercial insulator for Union Local #47 for 30 years until his retirement in 2009 and also owned and operated Northern Exposure Resort on Big Manistique Lake for 27 years.  He was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Curtis and enjoying hunting, fishing, trapping, golfing, travelling and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

David is preceded by his parents, Henry (Margaret) Fleischmann and Barbara (Clair) Waite; in-laws Ralph (Thelma) Gehl; granddaughter Lauren Wiegand.

Survivors include his loving wife, Susan, of Curtis; children Luke (Lori) Fleischmann of Middleville, Jessie (Greg) Barnaby of Hastings and Julie (Eric) Wiegand of Curtis; grandchildren Abbie (Colt) Nichols, Hunter Wiegand, Anna Wiegand, Corbin Fleischmann, Isaac Fleischmann, Katie (Marshal) Ross and Michaela Barnaby; great-grandchildren LenaMae Nichols, Gavin Ross and Hadley Ross; brother Fredrick (Shirley) Fleischmann and Karen Hahn all of Caledonia.

A gathering of family and friends will take place on Saturday May 14, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church Fellowship Hall in Curtis.  A Memorial Mass will follow at 2:00 pm at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Curtis with Fr. Phil Witkowski officiating.

Memorials may be directed to North Woods Home Care and Hospice or to Marcy’s Pantry in his loving memory.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.