Lyle Robert Merriam
Lyle Robert Merriam, 64, passed away on December 14, 2020 from Leukemia and COVID-19 complications at the University of Michigan ICU in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Due to current visitation restrictions at Michigan hospitals, only his wife Jane and daughter Jeanette were allowed at his bedside, so son Mitchell and other relatives were able to be present over a zoom meeting to provide additional love and support during his passing. Lyle touched many, many lives with his outgoing personality, smile, and laughter. In honor of his memory please take a pause to shift your thoughts from how much you will miss him to all the good times, funny jokes, and many laughs that were had with him. So many already have, and we cherish the outpouring of loving memories helping carry us through this tough time. Lyle is survived by wife Jane Merriam of Marquette, Michigan; daughter Jeanette (Spenser) Cantu of Las Vegas, Nevada and son Mitchell Merriam of Sturgis, Michigan; siblings: Louise Harris of Rexton, Michigan, Barbara Wood of Naubinway, Michigan, Merle (Becky) Merriam of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Leona (Steve) Skongberg of Faquay, North Carolina; and many other family and friends. Due to COVID restrictions there will be no funeral or memorial service at this time. We will notify everyone at a later date when we will be having a memorial service and a big celebration party in remembrance of Lyle’s life. Janowiak Funeral Home, Geer-Logan Chapel, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Jack William Tippett
Jack William Tippett, 83, of Naubinway, died Friday morning January 1, 2021 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital. Born June 22, 1937 in Pontiac, son of the late John and Mary (Shankus) Tippett, Jack married the former Janet Kinney on September 22, 1956 in Pontiac and had been a resident of the Rexton/Naubinway area since 1975. Jack was employed as a heavy equipment operator for over 25 years until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the Operator Engineers Local #324 of Escanaba and was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, Jack is preceded in death by his sister Rosemary Carlson and son-in-law John Lukens. Survivors include his loving wife, Janet, of Naubinway; sons Gary Tippett of Springfield, Missouri, John (Beverly) Tippett of Clarkston and Patrick Tippett of Curtis; daughters Robin Lukens of Naubinway and Mary (Rich) Lewallan of Rogers, Arkansas; 13 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; brothers Robert Tippett of Farmington Hills and Gary Tippett of Holly. Due to the present COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services will be held in the spring at Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry with interment at Maplewood Cemetery in Rexton. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.