John Farrell Scott
John Farrell Scott, age 70, of Eckerman, Michigan went home to the Lord, July 13, 2020, from McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, in Petoskey Michigan. John was born on November 8, 1949, in Newberry, Michigan to the late Harold and Dorothy (Zimmerman) Scott. He graduated from Brimley High School with the class of 1967. He married Susan D. Lamoreaux on November 23, 1968, in Strongs, Michigan. John was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Strongs Community Bible Church, and a former member of the Chippewa Lions Club. He enjoyed working at the Lions food trailer at the Chippewa County Fair. John had a long work history. He was a dredge operator in Dubai, he was an over the road truck driver, he ran the rock crusher at the Mather B Iron Mine, and he retired from the Chippewa County Road Commission as a mechanic. John loved to help others whenever possible. He truly cared about people. John leaves behind three sons: Pete (Shellie) Scott, Jeremy Scott, and Michael Scott; grandkids: Jarrett, Rose, McKenzie, Lilly, Skyler, Wylie and Griffin; a daughter-in-law: Julie (Rick) Blackburn; and a brother: Paul (Charleen) Scott. John is also survived by his mother-in-law: Doris Lamoreaux; a brother-in-law: Kenny (Linda) Lamoreaux; a sister-in-law: Lois (Kevin) Kenney; and many extended family and friends. John as preceded in death by his parents: Harold and Dorothy (Zimmerman) Scott; his wife: Susan (Lamoreaux) Scott: a son: David Scott; his sisters: Janet Pomeroy and Virginia Schnurer; and his father-in-law: Melvin Lamoreaux The celebration of John’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 17, 2020, at Strongs Community Bible Church with Benjamin Pent officiating. A visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Burial will be at Coburn Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by C.S. Mulder Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at www.csmulder.com.
John Leroy Houseman
John Leroy Houseman, 81, of Portage Township, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Thursday July 9, 2020 at his residence. John was born June 8, 1939 in Fulton Township, son of the late John and Agnes (Huntley) Houseman. John proudly served in the United States Navy. He was employed as a millwright for Fridgedaire Corporation in Greenville until his retirement. Believing the U.P. was God’s country, John and Mary moved to the Curtis area in 1994. John enjoyed collecting coins, unusual lighters, and eagles. He loved to fish and hunt, and tinker around. John built many model ships back in the day. In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his son Johnni Houseman, siblings David Houseman, Russel Houseman, Beverly Houseman, and step-son Woody Moore. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Mary Houseman of Curtis; daughters Conni Houseman of Winn, Kimberli Houseman of Grand Rapids, and son David Houseman of Rhode Island; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, sister Patricia Sewell Johnson of Perry; step-sons Ricky (Susan) Womble of Maple Rapids, Randy Womble of Lansing and Greg (Bert) Moore of Curtis. Per request, cremation services were accorded. A family graveside service will take place at a later date at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Curtis. Memorials may be directed to the Calvary Bible Church of the EUP, PO Box 123, Engadine, Michigan 49827. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Elmer Francis Hetrick
Elmer “Buddy” Francis Hetrick, 69, of Kalamazoo, died suddenly Sunday morning July 12, 2020 in Thompson Township, Manistique. Buddy was born October 26, 1950 to Elmer and Mary Jo (Beaudin) Hetrick in Newberry, Michigan. Upon graduation from Newberry High School in 1969, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy. Buddy returned to Newberry after receiving a medical discharge from the Navy, and he was then employed at the Newberry State Hospital until its closing. He transferred to the Kalamazoo State Hospital where he worked until his retirement after 30+ years of service. Shortly after moving to Kalamazoo, Buddy met Virginia, the love of his life. They were married for 24 years. After his retirement, Buddy worked as a security guard at Kalamazoo Valley Community College for 10 years and then as a custodian at St. Michael’s Lutheran School for 10 years. He also assisted the football program at Kalamazoo Hackett for 5 years, was involved in missionary work with Lutheran Area Missionary Pilots (LAMP) at a camp in northern Canada, and was trained as a Stephen Minister. Buddy was also a member and Eucharistic minister at St. Catherine’s of Sienna in Portage, the Eagles Club Aerie #3531, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post #007 and the Newberry Elks Lodge #1705. Buddy was a passionate University of Michigan fan. He will be remembered for always having a smile on his face, his warm “Hi chum” greeting, and his ability to make friends with everyone he met. Buddy never knew a stranger. He was generous, loved without limits, and will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his wife, the former Virginia Anders, whom he married December 29, 1996 in South Bend, Indiana; sons Richie Hetrick and Jamie (Barb) Andrews; daughters Jeannie (Carol) Hetrick and Kari (Rex) Scare; grandchildren Jonathan Scare, Cole Hetrick, Richard Scare, and Megan Hetrick; great grandson Chance Scare; brothers Jim (Diana), Bill (Jean), and Bob (Lisa); sister Linda (Cecil) Sevarns; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and several cousins. Donations to LAMP are requested in lieu of flowers and can be sent to St. Michaels Lutheran Church, 7211 Oakland Dr., Portage, MI 49024. Cremation has already taken place. A graveside committal service will take place Friday July 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry with Fr. Marty Flynn officiating. Military honors conducted by the United States Naval Honor Guard and the American Legion Post #74 will follow. There will also be a memorial service held Saturday August 15, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Michaels Lutheran Church in Portage. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Elizabeth “Liz” Fraser passed away on July 21, 2020, at the age of 92 in Greenville, Michigan. She was born Elizabeth Amy Riley in Bloomington, Illinois, on January 17, 1928 to Guy and Geneveive Riley. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Henry Morley Fraser Jr., in June of 2004, a son David Fraser in 1966, and Grandson Steven Gilbert in 1993. She was also preceded in death by her mother, father, brothers Tommy and Bob, and sister Mary. She is survived by her five children: Linda Fraser (Al Worrell) of Milford, Michigan; Diane Fraser of Emporia, Kansas; Kathy (Dan) Maguire of Greenville, Michigan; Morley (Susan) Fraser of Bay City, Michigan; and Doug (Carrie) Fraser of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was especially proud of her 12 Grandchildren and 20 Great-Grandchildren, who brought her so much joy. Liz loved and lived well all her days, especially her 66 years invested in the Albion community. As the wife of coaching legend Morley Fraser, she was an Albion College Briton through and through, and was an active supporter of the college both in word and deed, even after her husband passed away 16 years ago. She continued attending sports games, meeting each new college president, encouraging the recipients of the Morley Fraser scholarship, and staying in touch with former Albion College baseball and football players. She dedicated her life to helping others. One of her most proud accomplishments was earning the designation of a 20 gallon blood donor and volunteer of the year from the American Red Cross for organizing blood drives for 20 years. She lived a life of faithfulness and kindness to God, family, and friends. She was a champion for social causes upholding life, health, justice, and love. Some of her notable efforts include: helped create the Learn to Swim Program in Albion, successfully moved legislation to save the mourning doves, worked to eliminating smoking in the dorms at Albion College, was an active member of the fundraising committee for the Calhoun County Humane Society, helped establish the Albion recycling program, wrote for the Journal of Albion for many years, was Grand Marshall for the Festival of the Forks in Albion, and was a member of Philanthropic Women. She will be missed by so many who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the J Kevin Tidd Funeral Home in Albion, MI. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toward two funds at Albion College. They are the Morley Fraser Scholarship endowment fund and the Steve Gilbert Scholarship Fund for future teachers. Liz would also want to encourage and challenge people to make a difference in your own circles of influence and live your life to the full! To leave online messages of condolence, please visit www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com