David Bryers

A long time resident of Sault Ste. Marie, David Bryers departed this earth on the afternoon of December 1st, 2020. He was born in L’Anse Michigan to Faye and Leatha Bryers on August 29, 1928. He was preceded in death by his former wife Helen L. Bryers, son Sam E. Bryers, brothers Verne, James, Alan and sister Betty.  He is survived by sisters Nina, Wilma and Winifred. Surviving children David M. Bryers, Mary M. Pauly and Steven J. Bryers; 9 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Raised in McMillan, Michigan, Dave spent much of his time hunting and fishing with his brothers along the Tahquamenon River. At the age of 14, Dave worked on the construction of the Soo Line Railroad and at the age of 16, as a Great Lakes Sailor shoveling coal into the steam fired engines. The majority of the money that he earned was sent home to his widowed mother to assist with the upbringing of his younger siblings. A veteran of both WWII and the Korean War, Dave served his country in the U.S. Navy, as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Amphibious Group Three, aboard the USS Stone County “Rolling Stone” LST-1141 being awarded the following citations: Combat Action Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal Asia, National Defense Service Medal, China Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation Republic of Korea. In the early 1950s, Dave and his young family located to the Soo where he was employed as an Air Traffic Controller with the Civil Aeronautics Administration, Flight Service Station at Sanderson Field. Some 20 years later, the Flight Service Station in the Soo was scheduled for decommissioning and Dave was faced with relocating his family from the “Soo” that had truely become his home (none of his children wanted to move). In order to remain in the Soo, Dave was able to transfer his government service to the International Bridge where he was employed as an U.S. Costums Inspector until he retired with over 40 years of government service. Over the years, Dave was active in the Sault Amateur Hockey Association, The Fraternal Order of Police International Lodge #115, and a life time member of the VFW Post 3676 and American Legion Post #3. An avid photographer, Dave has taken literally thousands of photographs of sailing vessels passing in front of his home on the beautiful St. Marys River, as he would say “The Gem of North America” A special thank you to John and Terri Ferroni for all of their love. Smooth sailing Dad – Miko, Mary, and Steve.

Until we meet again Due to the current public health crisis, a celebration of Dave’s life will be scheduled at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Wounded Warrior Project or Disabled American Veterans. Arrangements are in the care of C.S. Mulder Funeral Home and Cremation Services.  Condolences may be left online at www.csmulder.com

Roger Lawrence St. Andre

Roger Lawrence St. Andre, 73, of L’Anse, died Saturday November 28, 2020 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Born April 9, 1947 in Manistique, son of the late Lawrence and Marie (Linck) St. Andre, Roger was a graduate of Engadine High School. Roger was employed in the Detroit area as a sprinkler fitter for National Automatic Sprinkler for several years until his retirement.   Roger was a member of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club and the Mac Pac Snowmobile Club both of Naubinway. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and taught muzzle loading shooting at events for the gun club.  He was awarded the North America Tomahawk throwing champion. He also enjoyed wood carving and was known as “Spirit of the Wood” with the National Carving Association. Roger married the former Mary Huhtala on September 5, 1998 in L’Anse and she preceded him in death on September 15, 2020.  Also preceding in death are his parents Lawrence and Marie St. Andre and brother Gary St. Andre on August 19, 2015. Survivors include his sons Scott (Michelle) St. Andre of Holly, Derek St. Andre of Shelby Township and Kevin St. Andre of Naubinway; grandchildren Joshua St. Andre, Justin St. Andre, Isaac St. Andre, Gabrielle St. Andre, Duncan St. Andre and Joey St. Andre; siblings Emmet (Katie) St. Andre of Rockford, Illinois, Myron (Diane) St. Andre of Naubinway and Tina (Mark) St. Aubin of Dubuque, Iowa. A private family visitation will take place Friday December 4, 2020 at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry. A public graveside committal service will be held Friday December 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Naubinway Cemetery with Fr. Marty Flynn, of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, officiating.  Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are required in accordance of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

Shelly M. Allen

Shelly M. Allen of Cadillac passed away Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was 59.  Shelly was born August 29, 1961 in Gaylord to Herb and Jean (Gilbert) Smith and they preceded her in death.  She graduated from Engadine High School in the Upper Peninsula. While in high school she enjoyed playing sports and continued to enjoy golfing and bowling.  Shelly’s love for sunshine matched her sunny personality. She loved going camping, fishing, boating, motorcycle rides and top down drives. Shelly later moved to Cadillac and worked at Peterson Standard and Weidner Ford. Most recently Shelly worked at Meijer in Cadillac. Shelly loved working with people and never met a stranger. Her genuine, caring personality will be remembered by all who met her.  On June 17, 1995 at the United Methodist Church in Cadillac she married Daniel W. Allen and they blended their families. He survives her along with their children: SSG USMC Bradley Smith of Yuma, Arizona, Jason Allen (Amanda) of Fife Lake, Jessica (Scotty) Fredell of Mesick, Joshua (Amanda) Allen of Cadillac; extended daughters: Casie Schepers of Colorado, Misty Schepers of Lake City; grandchildren: Margaret, Scarlett, Brieonna, Sophia and Jadyn; brothers: Herb (Gloria) Smith of Ludington, Tom Smith of Cadillac; in-laws: Sandy (Ken) Wiltzer of McBain, Sue (Roger Monhead of Kalkaska, Gwen (Dustin) Allen of Yaak, Montana, Brian (Cassie) Allen of Big Rapids, Matt (Shannon) Allen of Kalkaska; mothers-in-law, Judy Oudman of McBain and Nancy Allen of Kalkaska; special friend, Beth McCain; her faithful dog, Buddy; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles,   cousins and friends that adored her.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Kenny Allen and fathers-in-law, William T. Allen and Alvin Oudman. Memorial visitation will be held Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac. A private memorial service will be held.  Memorial contributions may be made to the animal shelter of your choice. An online guestbook is available at www.petersonfh.com.