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Jerry Lee Reynolds
May 2, 1947 – September 7, 2022

Jerry Lee Reynolds, 75, of Naubinway, died Wednesday afternoon September 7, 2022 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

Born May 2, 1947 in Lapeer, son of the late Tresil and Mary (Driscoll) Reynolds, Jerry was a graduate of Lake Orion High School.

On October 14, 1966, Jerry enlisted in the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge on October 13, 1972, attaining the rank of Sergeant.  Jerry was a recipient of the Purple Heart of Valor from injuries sustained in Vietnam.

On May 17, 1980, Jerry married the late Carolyn F. (nee Miller) Reynolds in Lapeer, Michigan.

Jerry was employed as a Fork Truck Operator for General Motors for several years until his retirement in 1991.

A resident of Naubinway since 1991, Jerry enjoyed the outdoors hunting and fishing with his wife, Carolyn.

In addition to his parents, Jerry is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn on April 4, 2015; siblings Billy Reynolds, Linda Reynolds and Daniel T. Reynolds.

Survivors include his children, John Reynolds of Grand Rapids, Jaclyn (Rebecca) Reynolds of Gaylord, Kimberly (Todd) Johnston of Lake Orion, Cynthia (Rick) Norman of Waterford and Timothy (Mary) Carrick of Naubinway; nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren; sister Kathy (Terry) Frizzle of Kingston.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday September 15, 2022 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry.  Military honors conducted by the United States Army Honor Guard and the American Legion Post #74 will follow at 12:00 noon at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com.

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

 

Richard V. Almy Jr.
March 5, 1950 – September 3, 2022

Richard Vene Almy Jr., 72, of Newberry, died Saturday morning September 3, 2022 at U.P Health Systems-Marquette.

Born March 5, 1950 in Ionia, son of the late Richard Sr. and Helen (Tingley) Almy, Richard was a 1968 graduate of Portland High School.

On August 27, 1969, Richard enlisted into the United States Air Force serving during the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge on August 13, 1971 attaining the rank of Airman First Class.

Richard was employed as a Nurse’s Aide in the health care industry for several years until his retirement.  He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing, listening to rock music, watching wrestling, baseball and softball sporting events and “resting his eyes”.   In his earlier years, Richard enjoyed spending time with family on the Almy family farm.  Richard was a member of the American Legion Post #74 in Newberry.

In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his brother Doug Almy.

Survivors include his sons Richard Almy III of Omaha, Nebraska and Trevor Almy of Roseville; siblings Deb DePue of Ionia, Lynn Almy-Baker of Portage, Randy Almy of Portland, Kip (Jean) Cameron of Newberry and Kevin (Jennifer) Cameron of Newberry; several nieces and nephews including Jason (Stacey) Cameron of Newberry; special friend Roy Whitman of Newberry.

Per his request, cremation services were accorded with no public services scheduled.

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

 

Peter Tazelaar
May 30, 1950 – September 10, 2022

Peter Tazelaar, 72, of Sanford, formerly of Newberry, died Saturday evening, September 10, 2022 at MyMichigan Medical Center in Midland.  He was born on May 30, 1950 in Grand Rapids, the son of the late Dr. Myron and Virginia (Richardson) Tazelaar.  He was a 1968 graduate of Marshall High School and Alma College in 1972 where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from Cooley Law School in 1987.

Pete was employed at Eaton Proving Grounds and Union Pump before moving to Newberry in 1976 where he worked, and later owned, Cummings-McCraney Real Estate until 1984.  Upon completion of his law degree he opened his private law practice.  Pete became Luce County Prosecutor in 2000 and held that office until his retirement in 2012.  He then moved to Sanford, MI in 2017 to spend time with his children and grandchildren.

Pete was active in Kiwanis, Ducks Unlimited, Tahquamenon Sportsmen’s Club, Elks Club, and many other community projects and organizations.  He served on the Newberry Village Council, Luce County Board of Commissioners, and was active in All Saints Episcopal Church in Newberry and, more recently, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Midland.  In death, Pete continued his legacy of helping others by donating organs to the Gift of Life – Michigan.

Pete was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman.  He found solace on his 750 acre farm in Mackinac County where he rested and hunted.  Pete loved his many hunting and fishing trips to Canada, the Western U.S., and his beloved Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  In his retirement, he enjoyed his 40-acre hunting land in Gladwin County with his children and grandchildren.

Pete became a pilot at the age of 16.  He loved flying and inspiring young pilots.  He was a member of EAA and enjoyed the companionship of fellow pilots in both Newberry and Midland.

Pete was married on August 19, 1972, to Barbara A. McCraney in Newberry.  Surviving are his wife of 50 years, sons Mat (Rana) Tazelaar of Howell and Jeff (Ashley) Tazelaar of Midland; his precious grandchildren, Allie and Ryan Tazelaar and Ella and Sydney Tazelaar.  He is also survived by his sisters, Sally Tazelaar of Williston, FL and Linda (Larry) Klope of Gladstone.  Pete is also survived by his sister-in-law Mary Mattson and nieces Dana Klope, Erica (Reed) Wuttke, Megan White and nephew Greg Mattson.  He leaves behind his faithful friend and beloved Lab, Blueberry.

A service of Holy Eucharist to celebrate Pete’s life will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 405 N. Saginaw Road in Midland.  On Wednesday, September 21, 2022 family and friends will gather from 1-3 p.m. at the Beaulieu Funeral Home, 110 W. Truman Boulevard in Newberry.  Internment will take place in the Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Cancer Services of Midland or the Tahquamenon Sportsmen’s Club of Newberry.

Condolences may be expressed at http://www.beaulieufuneralhome.com.  Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family with local arrangements.

 

Robert W. Couturier
February 7, 1928 – September 2, 2022

Longtime McMillan resident, Robert William Couturier, 94, of McMillan, died Friday evening September 2, 2022 at Newberry Assisted Living Community.

Born February 7, 1928 in Leelanau County, son of the late Lester and Edith (St. John) Couturier, Robert married the former Joanne Hoig on July 22, 1960.

Robert has been a resident of McMillan since 1962, owning Couturier IGA, Couturier Sales and Service Sports Shop, and Couturier Logging Company for several years until his retirement.  His hobbies included Gardening, crafting wooden lawn ornaments, following his children’s Softball games, and wintering in Florida

In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by his wife Joanne on September 7, 1999, son Marlin “Cat’ Couturier on April 29, 2004 and sister Phyllis in 2020.

Survivors include his daughters, Pam (Fred) Watson of Newberry, Julie (Tim) Mason of Norton Shores, Robyn Couturier Pooley of CoCoa, Florida and Terri (John) Brown of Phillips, Wisconsin; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.

Per request, cremation services were accorded.  A graveside service of family and friends celebrating the life of Robert will be held Tuesday September 27, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Columbus Township Cemetery in McMillan with Pastor Paul Williams officiating.

Memorials may be directed to the Tahquamenon Area Sports Boosters Boys Baseball in his loving memory.

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