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Frederick Orval Dunkeld, Jr.

Frederick Orval Dunkeld Jr., affectionately known as Fred, suddenly passed onto his final destination on Tuesday March 23, 2021 at the age of 81. Fred had quite a reputation as a fun loving, adventurous, unique, quirky and loveable friend.  He was known for the love he had for his family, especially his four children. He spent 48 years committed to the restoration and operation of the Tahqualand Theatre in Newberry. His remarkable photography decorated the real Estate office and captured his love for the outdoors. Fred started his life in Southern Africa, initially in Swaziland moving to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) as a toddler where he completed his schooling.  It is in Rhodesia that his love for nature developed which lead to expertise in capturing it on film through his photography.  He moved to the United States in 1955 and spent a few years in Pontiac, Michigan where he worked for GMC and also earned his pilot’s license.  In the mid 1960’s, Fred landed in the Upper Peninsula and stayed forever. He enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, fishing, hiking, walking through the woods, and photographing the beautiful outdoors. His annual summer traditions included attending the Experimental Aircraft Association event and Grand Marais days.  In 1973, he purchased the historic Tahqualand Theatre and continued to operate the business to the present.  During this time, he also operated as a real estate agent. Fred was a member of the B.P.O.E. #1705 and a contributor to various organizations including Newberry Goodfellows.  For the last several years he has given back to the community by providing discounted private movie viewings to the local churched and students at Tahquamenon Area Schools. Fred is preceded in death by his parents Fred Sr. and Helen; brothers Richard and Leonard. He leaves behind his beloved children Karen, Shannon, Rick and Brooke; wife Shirley; grandchildren Catlin, Connor, Declan, Brandon, Summer and Connor; siblings Muriel, Lois, Ron and a multitude of friends. A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Fred will take place Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Tahqualand Theatre in Newberry.  A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 pm with Pastor James Duflo officiating. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required in accordance to the State of Michigan DHHS. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

Dale John Miller

Dale John Miller, 85, of Newberry, died Sunday morning March 28, 2021 at his residence in the presence of his loving wife, Regina, and North Woods Hospice. Born March 5, 1936 in Sturgis, son of the late Henry and Minnie (Teet) Miller, Dale resided in Lake County and was a self-employed carpenter for many years until his retirement.  A resident of Newberry for the past 21 years, Dale enjoyed the outdoors, camping and hunting. In addition to his parents, Dale is preceded in death by his daughter June Miller.

Survivors include his loving wife, the former Regina Durham, who he married June 6, 1983, and son John Miller of Ludington. Per request, cremation services were accorded.  Interment will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

Ronald Melvin Dutton

Ronald Melvin Dutton, 88, of Curtis, passed away Wednesday evening March 24, 2021 at his residence in the presence and of his loving wife, Virginia, and niece, Joby Pastell, and the care of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospice.  Ronald was born December 28, 1932 in Franklin Township, Ohio, son of the late Melvin and Reva (Borror) Dutton. On April 25, 1951, Ron enlisted in the United States Navy serving during the Korean War until his honorable discharge on April 13, 1955 attaining the rank of Seaman. On March 3, 1956, Ron married the love of his life, the former Virginia Work, in Columbus, Ohio.  Ron was a firefighter for the Prairie Township Fire Department and an EMT-A until his retirement.  In 1985, Ron and Virginia moved from New Rome, Ohio to Curtis, Michigan living out his days. Survivors include his loving wife, Virginia, of Curtis; several nieces and nephews. Per his request, cremation services were accorded with no public services scheduled,  A private family graveside service with military honors will take place in the spring at Woodlawn Cemetery in Curtis. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.