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Trevor Douglas Shepard, of Lennon, passed away at home Thursday, November 8, 2018. Arrangements are pending.
 
The family is being served by the Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.
Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Son of lifelong Durand residents Ellis Bowler and Isabelle King Bowler, Thomas William Bowler passed away peacefully in his sleep last Wednesday, November 7th , just outside of his hometown of Durand Michigan. Tom was the loving (yet protective!) brother of Jane Margaret Bowler and the proud father of Michael William Bowler, Elizabeth Jane Bowler Bond, and Jeffrey Joseph Bowler. He was also, and most importantly to his heart, he was the caring grandfather to seven grandchildren: Nicholas, Amanda, Carolyn, Ellis, Robert, Kyle, and Jeffery.

Born here in Durand in 1936, Tom grew up in the local public school system working on his saxophone skills while earning several varsity letters for football and golf playing for the Railroaders. After later attending St. Aquinas College, Tom started a very successful career in sales representing Hershey, Warner Lambert, and Kraft to name a few. Once a family was started, his career took him to Jacksonville Florida where the children were raised. It was only supposed to be for a couple of years, but times were good – he could sell anything!

In his middle years Tom was the loving partner of Nancy Lewitt of Jacksonville. Since her passing several years ago, Tom often spoke of his dreams to be holding her again in heaven. Dreams do come true, and other than his return to home here to Durand, Tom is now where he has longed to be.

Tom mastered the art of making friends with strangers and helping out anyone with a free hand or a few bucks – bucks that he may have needed himself, but would rather give to others. Tom will be missed greatly by those fortunate enough to have crossed his path. His was his simple life, one of binding friendship, and true love and devotion to those around him. We all would be remise if we did not use those principals of his to help guide us all though our own daily lives.

Mass of the Christian burial will be 10:30 AM, Monday, November 12, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Durand. Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley will be officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you feel free to make a donation to St. Mary’s church in Durand, or a good cause or charity of your own choosing – as he often did himself. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Elmo Thomas age 95 of Durand passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Durand Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services are pending at this time. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.


Josephine Fries age 97 of Durand passed away Monday, November 5, 2018 at the Lodges of Durand. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the First Congregational Church of Durand. Family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Josephine was born April 25, 1921 in Durand, a daughter of Donald and Emma (Nelson) Shenk. On February 14, 1945 she married Dr. Jack H. Fries, DVM. He preceded her in death on November 24, 2010. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Durand. She enjoyed watching the wildlife frolic in her backyard, assisting her husband in running the Fries Veterinary Clinic for many years, baking, sewing, crafting and she loved her family.

Josephine is survived by her children, Janet (Vaughn) Fries Bussell of New Lothrop, Jack D. (Diane) Fries of Montrose, and Lois K. (Charles) Serfozo of Maumee, OH; grandchildren, Dr. William (Dr. Janet) Foster of Durand, Katharine (Ryan) Bruneau of Grand Rapids, Dr. Julie (Joseph) Foster Leslie of Grinnell, IA, Kristina (Neil) Smits of Menasha, WI, Jack P. (Kristin) Fries of Delray Beach, FL, Eric (Jennifer) Fries of Hudson, OH, Dr. Kelsey Serfozo of Ann Arbor, and Emma Serfozo of Honolulu, Hawaii; great grandchildren, Megan Bruneau, Cameron Bruneau, Drew Foster, Nolan Smits, Carson Smits, Porter Smits, Annabelle Fries, Eleanor Fries, and Theodore Fries; several nieces and nephews, Robert Shenk, David Shenk, Jayne Mrakava, James Dallas, Jeri Lynne Butzler and Lyla Spillane. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Jack Fries; brothers, Joseph and Donald Shenk; sister, Helen Dallas; and nephew Donald (Fred) Shenk.

The family would like to send a special thank you to all of the people at the Lodges of Durand and Memorial Hospice for all of your kindness and caring.

Memorial Contributions in Josephine's name are suggested to the First Congregational Church of Durand or the Shiawassee County Humane Society. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Genevieve Mildred Reid, 88, of Lennon, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Medi-Lodge of Howell. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 1pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, Pastor Dana Beland will officiate with burial to follow in Yerian Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 11am until the service. 

Genny was born on July 20, 1930 in Owosso, Michigan to the late Claude Ben and Bernice Mildred (Friend) Rainey. On September 1, 1946 Genny married Wayne Arthur Reid in Juddville (Corunna) Michigan, and together they raised seven children. Genny enjoyed birds, gardening, and spending time with her family.  

Genevieve is survived by her husband of 72 years Wayne, their children; Eugenia Keesler, Duane Reid, Carol (Lonnie) Axtell, and Katherine Francis. Her 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, her sisters; Viola (Wayne) Goodrich, and Rosetta (Don) Harroid. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sons; Michael, Rick and Jeffrey, her brothers; Clyde and Donald, and her sister, Ida Mae. 

Online condolences can be shared with the family at watkinsfuneralhomes.com 


Jack L. Morency, age 82 of Durand, passed away Monday, October 29, 2018 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, November 2, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 700 E. Columbia Dr. Durand, MI 48429. Family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel on Thursday from 4:00-8:00pm and again Friday at the church one hour prior to Mass.

Jack was born on March 16, 1936 in Durand to the late William and Marguerite (Gangraw) Morency. He attended Durand High School, graduating in 1954. Jack served his country in the United States Army, 3rd Armored Division, being stationed in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1961. While still in the service, Jack married Barbara Bowns at St. Mary's in Durand on April 7, 1956 and together would raise 2 daughters. Prior to his retirement, Jack worked almost 48 years for General Motors at the Flint Metal Fab Plant, as a Tin Smith.

Jack was a talented artist, and will be remembered for his beautiful paintings. He was also an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing or even walking through the woods and just enjoying nature. He loved the time spent at his condo in Oscoda and the many trips he and his family took in the states and Europe and Asia with his son-in-law, Greg. Jack was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand, the Durand Eagles Club and the Durand Sportsman's Club. 

Mr. Morency is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara; 2 daughters: Jacklynn (Greg) Kimmer of Durand, Julia Booth of Durand; grandchildren: Matt (Melinda) Kimmer of Durand, Kara Kimmer of Atlanta, GA, Jenna Booth of Savannah, GA, Nicholas (Kristin Hart) Booth of Columbia, SC, Larissa Kimmer of Auburn Hills; great grandchildren: Atlas Jackson Kimmer, Meridian Sue Kimmer, Violet Elizabeth Booth; sister, Lynne (Angelo) Cortopassi of CA; brother, Jim (Dianne Lippstreu) Morency of Swartz Creek; special brothers-in-law: Bob (Char) Bowns, Jim (Sue) Bowns; 2 cousins: Karl Krantz and Kent (Barb) Krantz and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions given in Mr. Morency's name are suggested to St. Mary Altar Society of Durand or the Durand VFW Post #2272. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Janet M. Stone age 69 of Durand passed away Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service. 

Janet Taylor was born September 7, 1949 in Port Huron, MI a daughter of Charles and Clover (Miller) Taylor. On March 16, 1968 she married Roger Stone. She enjoyed old car shows, deer hunting and spending time with family on the holidays. Prior to her retirement in 2008, she had worked in medical records at Pleasant View, Memorial Healthcare and the Veteran's Hospital in Saginaw for many years.

Janet is survived by her husband, Roger Stone; children, Alicia Stone and Roger Stone Jr.; grandchildren, Makayla Carpenter, Marlee (Nate) Ashton, Megan (Doug) Neel, Lilly Olszewski, Crystal Chapman, Alexis Toppings, Kaylee Toppings, Elijah Stone-Tullar, Justin Welch and Erica Stadler; great grandchildren, Gavin Hylton and Logan Hylton; brothers, Ron Taylor, Don Taylor, Ozzie Taylor and Rich Taylor. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Clover Taylor.

Memorial Contributions in Janet's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Robert "Rob" Fults, age 84 of Vernon, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center. Private family services will be held. Family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Rob was born March 25, 1934 in Flushing, Michigan to the late Floyd R. and Margaret (MacIntosh) Fults. He attended Houghton Lake High School, graduating in 1953. Rob served his country in the United States Army, being stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. On March 15, 1958, Rob married Annette Eberly in Vernon and together raised 4 children.

In 1962, Mr. Fults took over the Vernon Hardware Store and ran it for over 50 years before turning it over to his son and daughter. He stayed very active in the store even after his retirement. Mr. Fults was very involved in his community, having served as Vernon Village President for several terms and on the council for many years. He enjoyed fishing and traveled extensively with his wife, Annette, having visited over 80 countries and all 7 continents.

Mr. Fults is survived by his wife of 60 years, Annette; 4 children: William (Nancy) Fults, Andrew (Dawn) Fults, Elizabeth (Scott) Ethington, Catherine (Paul) Harris; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and his sister, Stephanie (Edward) Bohnsack.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials given in Mr. Fults' name are suggested to the Vernon United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be shared with his family at watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Paul M. Martin age 77 of Vernon passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Genesys Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Pastor Norman Beckwith will be officiating. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Paul was born October 22, 1940 in Flint, MI a son of Alan and Clarisa (Hartman) Martin. From 1957-1963 he served in the United States Marine Corp. On August 4, 1995 he married Nancy Brewer. Paul enjoyed deer hunting, playing in his pool leagues, and talking to people. He may be remembered for sitting on his porch with a point and a whistle at friends who walked by. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by General Motors for 38 years.

Paul is survived by his wife, Nancy Martin; children, Lawrence (Pam) Fields, Theresa (Stewart) Evert and Heather Lindsey; step-son, Matthew (Sue) Dugener; 11 grandchildren; brothers, David (Diane) Martin and Danny (Karen) Martin; and sisters, Becky (Gerald) Thiel, Kathy (Steven) Lowery and Laurie Diener.

Memorial Contributions in Paul's name are suggested to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Donald "Counterfitter" Kimmerer, age 87 of Owosso, passed away Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Ovid Healthcare Center. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Donald was born on March 12, 1931 in Flint to the late Perry and Irene (Mauerman) Kimmerer. He attended Beecher High School in Flint, graduating in 1949. In 1951, Donald enlisted into the United States Army and served his country faithfully during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953. He married Janet Griswold in Flint, MI on February 29, 1956 and together raised 6 children. Janet would pass on November 10, 1982. Donald later married Nancy Slingerland in Bancroft on February 14, 1986 and they remained married until her passing on June 23, 2015.

Donald built and installed countertops for a living and would be given the name "Counterfitter" over the years by his friends and customers. He was a life member of the Corunna VFW Post #4005. He was also a member of the Jeepers Creepers and enjoyed making homemade wine.

Mr. Kimmerer is survived by 5 children: Mary Perry, Carla (Bill) Chrzan, Karl (Kathy) Kimmerer, Neal (Pat) Kimmerer, Carrie (Steve) Bullen; 2 step-children: Brian (Jackie) Barber, Nicholas (Pam) Barber; 17 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Diane Kimmerer and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janet; wife, Nancy; daughter, Paula Bonney, 1 brother; 2 sisters and step-son, Jon Patrick Barber.

Memorial contributions given in Mr. Kimmerer's name are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Irene H. Thick, age 81 of St. Johns, formerly of Bancroft, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018 at her home. A visitation to celebrate Irene's life will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm.

Irene was born on February 6, 1937 in Flint, Michigan to the late Lawrence and Leona (Whitney) Cobleigh. On January 4, 1957, Irene married Thomas Thick in Flint and together raised 4 children. Mr. Thick later passed in 2008.

Irene enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, puzzles, Sudoku, baking, gardening, playing bingo and listening to gospel music. But her greatest love was for her children and grandchildren and the time she had with them.

Mrs. Thick is survived by 2 children: Laura (Shannon) Norton and Matthew (Candy) Thick; 7 grandchildren: Derek, Danielle, Chance, Michelle, Hailey, Raime and Christian; 2 great grandsons: Gauge and Isaiah.

She was preceded in death by her parents: husband, Thomas Thick, Sr.; 3 sons: Thomas Thick, Jr., Eric Thick and Brian Thick.

Online condolences may be sent to Mrs. Thick's family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


David G. Zsigo age 67 of Lennon passed away Friday, September 28, 2018. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

David was born June 5, 1951 in Flint, MI a son of Alexander and Edith (Bennett) Zsigo. He was a member of the AMVETS, Eagles, Eagle Riders, Patriot Guard, and Gold Star Life Member. David enjoyed riding motor cycles, showing off his Vietnam memorial trailer for his brother Alex, working on his jeep, farming, and spending time with friends and family. He worked over 20 years for the Sheriff's Department as a mechanic.

David is survived by his children, Julie (Daniel) Bauer and Jason (Stacey) Zsigo; grandchildren, Dale, Katie, Rachal, Kirsten, Rheanna, Holly, and Tilman; brothers, Dennis, Michael, Frank, and Robert (Tammy); sister, Marian; special friend, Patti Corwin-Perry and mother of his children, Brenda. He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his brother, Alex.

Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Helen O. Reimel age 96 of Bancroft passed away Monday, September 24, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday, September 28, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Burial will follow to Greenwood Cemetery. Pastor Todd Evans will be officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. 

Helen was born January 29, 1922 in Durand, MI a daughter of Mahlon and Orpha (Beal) Reynolds. On October 5, 1940 she married Wilbur Reimel in Durand. She attended the Bancroft Congregational Church, enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Judy (Jerry) Viener of Byron, Rebbecca (Steve) Durling of Bancroft, Sue (Ron) Tomalia of Owosso and Martha (Bill) Gillett of New Lothrop; 12 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; special friend and care giver, Lorri Fraker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Reimel; and a granddaughter.

A special thank you to Kindred Hospice for their loving care and compassion.

Memorial Contributions in Helen's name are suggested to the Bancroft Congregational Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Daniel K. Hoover, age 66 of Byron, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2018 at his home. Arrangements will be announced by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Gerald W. Cole age 82 of Bancroft passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare Center surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Durand First United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Kenneth R. Canfield, age 69, of Bancroft, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 at his home. A celebration of life will be held at the Durand VFW, 923 N. Saginaw St., on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 10 p.m. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Kenneth was born May 3, 1949 in Flint, a son of Edward and Agnes (Densmore) Canfield. He was married to Nina (Root) Canfield for 20 years. Ken enjoyed working, history, politics, cooking, and watching Michigan sports and Detroit Lions football. For 50 years Ken owned many different types of businesses. His most recent was My Can, which he started with his sons and nephews more than 10 years ago.

Known affectionately as “Big Ken” and “Senior” by his many friends and professional colleagues, Ken possessed a strong belief in Christianity. He also regularly donated to a number of charitable organizations and causes throughout out his life, though he never sought recognition.

Ken is survived by his children, Tricia Orozco-Ramirez, Ken Canfield Jr., Ryan Canfield, Kristen Pletcher, Scott Canfield, Dean Ellenburg, Patti Hansen and Mike Novak; many grandchildren; and nephews, Steve, Tony and Ron Myers.

Memorial contributions in Ken's name are suggested to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be submitted online at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.


Anson J Newman Sr. age 62 of Durand passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018. A memorial service will be 11;00 AM on Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Shiawassee Harvest Church. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Anson was born March 17, 1956 in Durand, MI a son of Roy and Margaret (Vargp) Newman. He enjoyed photography, fireworks, motorcycles and helping out his friends. For the past 5 years he has been employed by Meijer as a Truck Driver.

Anson is survived by his sons, Jason (Rebecca) Anderson and Anson Joel Newman Jr. He was preceded in death by his brother, Pirl Newman.

Memorial Contributions in Anson's name are suggested to the Shiawassee Harvest Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Patricia A. Post age 76 of Durand passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital. Funeral service will be 11 AM on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the First Congregational Church of Durand. Pastor Steven Wood will be officiating. Family will receive friends on Friday, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Patricia was born October 3, 1941 in Flint, MI a daughter of Lloyd and Irene (Whitney) Eicher. She was a graduate of Durand Area High School, U of M and Central Michigan University. Prior to her retirement, she had worked for the Grand Trunk Western CN RR for 44 years.

Patricia is survived by her sons, Jerry (Maureen) Post and Mark Post (Dawn); grandchildren, Adam and Regan; great grandchildren, Makayla and Kenadi; brother, Robert (Lynne) Eicher; Deb (Isaac) Catt; brother-in-law, Les Hildbrandt; niece, Teresa; nephews, David, Jayme, Jason, Ty and Zachary; and former mother-in-law, Theo Post. She was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Hildbrandt.

Memorial Contributions in Patricia's name are suggested to the Durand Union Station or the First Congregational Church in Durand. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


It is with great sadness that the family of Stephen Joseph Doyle, Sr. announces his passing on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at the age of 65 years. Steve was born on February 28, 1953, the son of Maitland and Margaret (Paradise) Doyle. He graduated from Durand High School in 1971 and went on to work for General Telephone & Electronics Corporation, later known as Frontier, retiring after over 40 years. Steve married Robin Klein at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on October 4, 1974. He enjoyed many activities, including playing softball, golf, and bowling well into his later years. Coaching held a special place in his heart. He enjoyed coaching countless sports teams for all his six children. Most of all, he loved spending time and vacationing with his family, especially traveling to Disney with his wife. 

Steve will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 43 years, Robin and his children, Stephen Jr. (Shannon), Matthew (Amanda), Rebecca (Corey) Shehan, Hannah, Jonathan (Holli), and Daniel (Ashley). Steve will also be fondly remembered by his ten grandchildren, Josilyn, Kayla, Brady, Lucas, Carter, Matthew Jr., Eloise, Claire, Micah, and Rosella, by his sister, Kathleen (Fred) VanAlstine, his brothers, Christopher (Sue) and Thomas (Nancy) and by sister-in-law Deborah Doyle. Steve was predeceased by his brother, Timothy, and his parents.

The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel on Thursday, September 6 from 2-8 pm with a scripture service at 7:30pm. A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand on Friday, September 7 at 10:30 am. Fr. Jonathan Perrotta will celebrate with final rest in Greenwood Cemetery, Vernon.

Memorial contributions given in Steve’s name are suggested to his family for future designation. Online condolences may be shared with Steve’s family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Diana L. Morse, age “29” of Durand, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2018 at McLaren-Flint. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 am until the time of service.

Diana was born on April 4, 1944 in Flint to the late Kenneth and Dorothy (Dasen) Bellinger. She graduated from Central High School in Flint in 1962 and on August 24, 1963, she married Donald F. Morse in Flint. Diana loved her family more than anything in the world and enjoyed playing cards. Any chance she could get away, you could find her at a casino.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Don; 2 daughters, Paula Nations of Vernon, Kimberly (Danny) Harris of Lennon; 3 grandsons, Tyler (Shannee) Perkins, Jacob Harris and Jordan Harris; extended grandchildren, Kelsey, Justin, and Kourtney; 2 sisters, Sandy (Kenny) Walker and Pat (Randy) Hagensen and many special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Linda Hagensen.

Memorial contributions given in Diana’s name are suggested to the family for her grandson's college fund. Online condolences may be sent to her family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Linda D. Lancaster age 71 of Durand passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at her home. There are no services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Jimmye June Behnke, 85 of Durand, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Tawas City at the Iosco Couny Medical Care Facility. Jimmye was born in Indian Territory, OK on March 15, 1933 the daughter of James A. & Bessie (Johnson) Panter. She was a graduate of Durand High School in the class of 1951. On June 22, 1950 she married Kenneth Wayne Behnke at the Durand United Methodist Church. Mrs. Behnke was a school bus driver for Durand Schools for 18.9 years. She enjoyed singing, having performed with the Taylor Tones, Tapestry and the Arenac Choraleers. She was a member of the Eagles, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Order of Eastern Stars and past member of Durand United Methodist Church. Jimmye loved music of any genre.

She is survived by her children; Kenneth (Karen) Behnke of Durand, Dr. Lyn Behnke and Anissa Emery of Tawas, and Tracee (Doug) Lentz of Tawas, 4 grandchildren; Paige Lentz, Kalvin Lentz, Gabriel Lentz and Austin (Sara) Schmidt, great granddaughter Jacqueline Sanders. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth in 2001 and her sister Mozelle Norman.

Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Durand on Friday August 17, 2018 at Noon with Rev. John Walworth officiating with burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Memorials are suggested to Durand Band Boosters. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Larry L. Hargrave Jr. age 52 of Corunna passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at his home. There will be no funeral services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Delores Tyler, age 85 of Durand, MI, passed away on Friday August 10, 2018 at the Shiawassee County Hospice House, Owosso, MI. Per her wishes, cremation has already taken place. A graveside service and memorial observance will be held later with information provided in the Argus Press.

Delores was born in Pontiac, MI on December 10, 1932, the daughter of Harold and Evelyn (Hoppman) Whitcomb, graduating from Durand High School in 1950. On September 28th, 1952, Delores married Roger David Tyler at the Durand United Methodist Church and went on to enjoy 62 years of marriage.

During her life, Delores worked in the office of U.S Representative, Alvin M. Bentley III and as a clerical employee for the former Grand Trunk Western Railroad. In the 1980's, she obtained a license in Cosmetology and enjoyed interacting with her many clients until finally retiring to life as a full-time homemaker. She attended the Durand United Methodist Church for 60 years and was a member of V.F.W. Post 2272 Women’s Auxiliary.

Delores enjoyed travelling, bowling, motorcycling and her extensive doll and wedding dress collections. She was happiest spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially when attending any and all events involving her loved ones.

Delores is survived by her sons, Timothy D. Tyler and Marty J. Tyler, sister Alice (Wayne) Nichols, grandchildren Sarah (Dan) Zick and Kristen Tyler, great grandchildren Luke and Tyler Zick as well as several special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 6 brothers Harold, George, Paul, Jim, Robert, Kenny Whitcomb and sister Ada Mae Storm.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff at Durand Senior Care and Shiawassee County Hospice House for their attentive care to Delores prior to her passing .
Memorials are suggested to the Shiawassee County Hospice House, 2005 Copas Rd. Owosso, MI 48867.

Online condolences may be made at watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Jo Ann Ryan, 65 of Durand, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso. Private services will be held.

Jo was born on July 13, 1953 in Reed City, Michigan to the late Wayne Ronald Ryan and Lilian Anita Radassi. Jo completed her Associates Degree from Grand Rapids Junior College and worked as a baker specializing in cake decorating.

Jo is survived by her sons; Stacy (Andrea) Ryan and Cory Ryan, her greatest loves, her grandchildren; Kayla, Haylee, Hunter, Mason, Gianna, Gabby, and Ellie, her sisters; Judy Jaynes, Joyce (Fred) Jewell, Jeanette Ryan and Jerry (Michael) Portz and brother Jim (Mary Jo) Ryan. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister; Jill Rodenburg, nieces; Yvonne and Shelia and nephews; Shane and Brendon.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Jack D. Hopper, 87 of Durand, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Meadows in Owosso. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 1pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8pm on Thursday, August 9, 2018, and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday.

Jack was born on February 18, 1931 in Durand, Michigan to the late Charles E. and Jessamine M. (Eames) Hopper. Jack graduated from Flint Northern High School, he attended Michigan State University for two years and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Trade School for four years. Jack served his country faithfully in the United States Air Force and the United States Marine Corps. Jack spent 37 years as an electrician at John Miller Electric and was a lifelong farmer.

Jack is survived by his wife Pamera Hopper, his children; Debbie (Joe) Hulik, Michael (Kayla) Hopper, and Marilee (Greg) Kwilinski. His grandchildren; Jessica (Eric) Janssen, Michelle (Eric) Wikstrom, Karen Weekley, and Scott Weekley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Gerald and his sister, Phyllis.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com


Frances C. Domby, age 90 of Durand, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018 at her daughter's home in Vestaburg. Funeral services will be 1:30 PM Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Burial will follow to Lovejoy Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Frances was born April 3, 1928 in Durand, MI a daughter of Anthony and Mary (Kovalik) Kolman. On February 16, 1946 she married Alex Domby Jr. She loved animals and had a great sense of humor.
Frances is survived by her daughter, Coleen Domby; grandchildren, Angela Escamilla, Tawny Brewer-Roper and Rebecca Leppard; great grandchildren, Marcella, Santino, Luisa, Jessica, Amanda and Emily; and great great grandson, Henry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Domby; daughter, Sally Ann Domby and son, James Domby.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Janice M. Urbanski, 77, of Durand passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. As per the family's wishes cremation has taken place. 

Janice was born on January 23, 1941 in Everett, Massachusetts the daughter of William E. and Doris (Lundgren) DiVenuti. 

Janice is survived by her children, Lynne (Tom) Traub of FL. and Zane (Shane) Urbanski of FL. grandchildren, Rowe Schlosser, Kimmy Traub and William Traub all of FL. sister Nancy (Bob) Quirk of MI. She was preceded in death by her husband Gale in 2009 and her partner Kenneth Mikkola in 2017.

Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Kathleen A. Snyder age 78 of Durand passed away, Monday, July 23, 2018 at her home. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Beryl A. Woodin age 71, a devoted wife, and mother has left us to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Wellbridge of Grand Blanc. A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements will be handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.
Beryl is survived by her husband of 50 years, Randy Woodin; children, Randy (Sue) Woodin and Shawn Woodin; grandchildren, Nathan, Natalie, Noah and Felicia; great grandchildren, Amyah and Colton; 4 sisters and 1 brother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Emma Leonard; sisters, Leona and Janice.
Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Jack A. Rathbun age 52 of Durand, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, July 20, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. A private burial will take place at a later date to Great Lakes National Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday, from 4-8 PM and one hour prior to the service. 

Jack was born October 30, 1965 in Owosso, MI a son of Jerry and Wanda (Louch) Rathbun. On September 16, 1995 he married Mary Chadwell. Jack enjoyed NASCAR, golf, deer hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Durand AMVETS. For the past 4 years he worked for Truck Hero.

Jack is survived by his wife, Mary Rathbun; children, Ryan (Kandice) Chadwell, Nicholas Kolm, Shelbie (Brent) Perrin, and Erika (Josh) Springs; grandchildren, Lahana Chadwell, Dakota Chadwell, Sophia Chadwell, Gabriella Kolm, Jacob Kolm, Quinn Perrin, Ella Perrin, Taggart Perrin, Damien Keesler, Hailey Springs, and Vanessa Springs; and sisters, Jill (Mark) Horton and Jenny Rathbun. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Wanda Rathbun; and grandson, Benjamin Perrin.

Memorial Contributions in Jack's name are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to Shiawassee County Hospice. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Maria Masner, 87, of Durand, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Lodges of Durand. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Patricia Jean Webb, 87, of Swartz Creek, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at McLaren - Flint. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Durand Chapel as well as one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Chief T. graded his last papers and sailed his last US Navy ship on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Manor Care.

Joseph E. Tortoriello, 89, of Kenosha, Wis. was born in Newark, N.J. on Feb. 25, 1929. The son of the late William J. Tortoriello and Shirley Tortoriello. He served 21 and a half years in the Navy and retired in May of 1969.

He came home to Bancroft, Mich. and went to work for a year. He then went to Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Education and a Master Degree in Education Administration. He taught in the Durand Area Schools at the elementary school level and he also was a principal in the Junior High. After 15 years of teaching he retired in 1989.

He was involved with MidMichigan Medical Center Gladwin as a volunteer for many years at the reception desk, where he also managed the gift shop for 12 years. He was also very active in MARSP (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel) at the local and State level and active in Gladwin VFW post #11256.

He is survived by two sons, Edward of Flint, Mich. and Shawn of Kenosha, Wis., two grandsons; Anthony and Nicolas both of Kenosha. 

He is preceded in death by his wife Edna.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and he will be interred at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI with his wife.

He requested that in lieu of flowers or memorials that a donation be made to Durand Area Schools Education Foundation at P.O. Box124 Durand, MI 48429. In memory for Edna and Joe. 


Christopher M. Peterson, 35 of Durand passed away on Saturday June 30, 2018 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. Chris was born on December 15, 1982, the son of Karl & Margo (Karrer) Peterson. He attended Durand High School and on August 27, 2017 he married Shannon O'Hara at her parents home. Chris loved anything to do with sports along with hanging out with friends and spending quality time with his wife and children.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon, children Emily, Chance and Royce Peterson, his brother Karl (Jeannie) Peterson of Owosso, mother Margo (Edward) of Buchanan, TN and father Karl Peterson & Margie Krueger of Marine City, MI. He was predeceased by his grandparents.
There will be a memorial gathering on Monday, July 2, 2018 from 1-3 pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Durand Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Charles Allan Fisher
, 86, of Gaines, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at St. Mary's of Michigan. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11am at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, Pastor Jeff Jaggers will officiate with burial to follow in Union Plains Cemetery in Byron. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 5-8pm and on Saturday from 10am until the service. 

Charles was born on January 28, 1932 in Durand, Michigan to the late Clayton and Ethel (Lahring) Fisher. He graduated from Durand High School in the class of 1950 and Michigan State University in 1961 with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. Charles served his country faithfully in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. On August 27, 1960 he married Esther Dorothy Szakal in Bancroft, and together raised three children. Charles worked for General Electric and retired from the United States Department of Defense as the manager of the engineering branch. Charles and Esther are members of the Fenton United Methodist Church. Charles enjoyed woodworking, gardening, mowing the lawn, and spending time with his family.  

Charles is survived by his wife of 57 years, Esther, their children; Christopher (Kim) Fisher, Craig (Susan) Fisher and Elizabeth (Scott) Bontekoe. His grandchildren; Clayton (Priscilla) Fisher, Jack Bontekoe, Emily Bontekoe, Faye Bontekoe, Calvin Bontekoe, Cole Fisher, and Catherine Fisher, also his great-grandchildren; Caleb and Calix. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his only sibling, Robert Fisher.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Fisher's name are suggested to the Fenton United Methodist Church (Truran Hall) or St. Jude Children's Hospital.  

A luncheon will follow the graveside service. 


Susan Louise Smith (Grant) was born on May 28th, 1944 in Alma, MI to Wayne and Alice Grant. She passed away at home June 24th, 2018 after a well fought battle with cancer and surrounded with love.

Susan moved to Flint in 1958 and graduated from Southwestern High School in 1962. She was one of a kind, a play by your own rules kind of woman. She worked hard in the printing industry for more than 30 years mostly in the Flint area. They say it takes a village to raise a child. As a single parent our mother she was our village. She enjoyed living her life, bowling, playing euchre at the local bars, going to concerts, golf, crafting and even bought and taught herself how to ride a motorcycle while living in North Carolina until retirement in 2002 when she returned to Michigan and settled in Durand.

Sue leaves a legacy of 3 Loving daughters, Jennifer Dillon (Bill), Debbie (Mike) Osburn, Denise Smith-Vogt (Paul). 10 Amazing Grandchildren, 3 bonus grandchildren, and 12 beautiful Great-Grandchildren. She also leaves 2 sisters, 2 brothers, many other family, friends and loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob, and her Great-Granddaughter Sadie Lynn.

In lieu of flowers, our Mother request donations are made to Susan.downthevent.com all money raised through Down the Vent is given directly to Children's Miracle Network via Extra Life.
A very special heartfelt thank-you to The Medical Team Hospice team for taking such loving care of our mother. A memorial service will be 1:00 PM Friday, June 29, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


William H Brooks age 73 of Lennon passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital. Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand. Rev. Fr. Jonathan Perrotta will be officiating. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church. A rosary will be prayed on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.

William was born on December 1, 1944 in Durand, MI a son of Hazen and Dorothy (Cole) Brooks. He served his country in the United States Navy. On June 24, 1989 he married Deborah Culver. William was a member of the Boy Scouts of America as a scout master, the Durand V.F.W. and St. Mary's Catholic Church of Durand. He enjoyed rock collecting, traveling to the U.P., taking care of his lawn, road races and sports. Prior to his retirement he had been employed by General Motors for 37 years.

William is survived by his wife, Deborah Brooks; children, Sarah (Ivan) Espinoza, Jennifer (Rob Williamson) Brooks, Jennifer (Paul) Seeley and Andrew (Patty) Cochrane; and his grandchildren, Jake, Alec and Lily. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Memorial Contributions in William's name are suggested to the Durand V.F.W. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Conlin Q. Smith age 81 of Branch, MI formerly of Durand passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at his home. A mass of the Christian burial will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand. Burial will follow to Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 2-8 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 PM.

Conlin was born November 3, 1936 in Crystal Falls, MI a son of Michael and Evelyn (Conlin) Smith. On December 28, 1962 he married Judith Hatt. He enjoyed all outdoor activities. Prior to his retirement in 1995, he was a teacher, coach and administrator at Durand Area Schools for 32 years.
 
Conlin is survived by his wife, Judith Smith; children, Michael Smith, Kelly (Christopher) Flood, Scott (Stacie) Smith and Jeffrey (Donna) Smith; grandchildren, Bryan, Jessica, Rachael, Branden, Ashley, Krystal and Sophia; sister, Jan Scott and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Michael and Evelyn Smith and his sister, Evelyn Ramseier. Memorial Contributions in Conlin's name are suggested to Hospice of Michigan, 5177 US-10 B Ludington, MI 49431 or Spectrum Health of Ludington, Oncology Department. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Nicholas A. Heiser, 31 of Madison Heights, formerly of Corunna, passed away on Friday June 8, 2018. A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Fr. Dennis Spitzley will officiate.

Nicholas was born in Owosso, MI on September 1, 1986, the son of Joseph & Lorraine (Plashek) Heiser. He graduated from Corunna High School in 2005 and went on to earn his bachelor's degree in architecture. He was a craftsman, musician, guitar player, singer, liked carpentry and was an artist. A very talented young man.

Nicholas is survived by his mother, Lorraine Plashek of Durand, father Joseph Heiser of Durand, brother Matthew of Owosso, grandmother Frances Plashek of Owosso, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfather Frank Plashek, and grandparents Michael & Emma Heiser. Memorials are suggested to Corunna High School Arts and Music Departments. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements By Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.


Mildred Joslin, 95, of Owosso, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11am, at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, Rev. Chris Higgins will officiate with burial will follow in Pine Tree Cemetery in Corunna. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 2-6pm. 

Mildred was born March 1, 1923 in St. Johns, Michigan to the late Frank and Elizabeth (Ricic) Spaniel. She attended Corunna Schools and worked at Redmonds in Owosso for five years. Mildred met her husband Francis through a pen-pal type program during WW II, Mildred and Francis Joslin married in 1945. Mildred became a homemaker and enjoyed gardening while living on her mothers farm with her husband and children. 

Mildred is survived by her two daughters; Billie (Ron) Marshall and Betty Ann Joslin, her sister, Mary Domby, her nieces, Cindy (Bill) Domby-Withers, and Jeanne Mandoki and several children, her nephews, Bartholomew Domby Jr., and Steve Domby.

Mildred was predeceased by her parents and her husband Francis Joslin. 

Online condolences can be shared with the family at, WatkinsFuneralHomes.com 


Stanley E. Godley age 71 of Swartz Creek passed away Friday, May 25, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Pastor Shawn Eicher will be officiating. Burial will follow to Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Stanley was born December 11, 1946 in Durand a son of Stanley G. and Gertrude (McCaslin) Godley. On February 3, 1967 he married Janet Bahr. Stanley was a member of the Swartz Creek Masons 458. He enjoyed wood carving, working on old clocks, family history, photography, and old cars. He dressed up as Santa Clause for the holidays for over 45 years. Prior to his retirement in 1995, he had been employed by General Motors for 30 years. 

Stanley is survived by his wife, Janet Godley; children, Barbara (Don Simpson) Wisley, Brenda (Jim) Austin, Greg (Marcia) Godley and Gerrad Godley; grandchildren, Andrew, Justin, Rose, Rachel (Tim), Joshua, Krista (Richard), Kayleigh (Noah), Kyle and Chaz; great grandchildren, Ivan and Alex; and his sister, Sheryl Dye. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Gertrude Godley.

Memorial Contributions in Stanley's name are suggested to the Old News Boys. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Ronald H. Kent Jr. age 69 of Lennon passed away Thursday, May 24, 2018 at his home. A gathering of friends will take place 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 7331 East Lansing Rd., Durand, MI 48429. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Ronald was born November 11, 1948 in Flint, MI a son of Ronald Kent Sr. and Theo Shelp. He served in the United States Army from 1967-1970. Prior to his retirement he had been employed by the Canadian National Railroad for 32 years.

Ronald is survived by his children, Toni Townsend, Janel (Shelley) Kenney, Kyley (Krystal) Kent and Nick (Heather) Taylor; grandchildren, Cami, Raegan, Avery, Hadley, Laklynn and Ace; sisters, Jane (John) Plashek and Nancy (Jack) Steele; brother, Dennis (Rebecca) Shelp; and significant other, Lori Grumley. He was preceded in death by his parents Ronald Kent Sr. and Theo Shelp.

Memorial Contributions in Ronald's name are suggested to the Purple Heart Foundation. They may be sent at www.purpleheartfoundation.org. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Herbert Eschendal, Jr., age 89, of Durand and Port Richey, FL, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Olive Branch Assisted Living in Perry. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI.

Born to Herbert and Ardella (Reynolds) Eschendal on August 26, 1928. Herb served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War from October 1950 - July 1956, being honorably discharged with the rank of Sgt.

He married Nora Cook in June of 1953 in Pontiac, MI. He was a retired teamster with numerous years driving trucks.

Herb lived a happy life, devoting his time to his friends and family. He was a master at whistling which continued well into his 80's, whistling happy songs with every task. He was accomplished in using his hands and never walked away from a challenge. These include building his and Nora's first home, building from scratch an inboard/outboard wooden boat and later coming up with an early version of a snowmobile. He loved the outdoors and ensured his daughters had all they wanted or needed.

He is survived by his wife, Nora; daughters: Linda (Terry) Socia of Durand and Susan (Jim) Grohowski of Battle Creek; sister, Cheryl (Terry) Lewis of Waterford; 6 grandchildren: Renee Socia, Cory (Angela) Socia, Aaron Socia, Nicholas (Vanessa Paquin) Brietzke, James Brietzke, Casey Brietzke; great grandchildren: Hannah, Fawn, Carson, Braylon, Stella, Eva and Kai.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Herbert and Ardella Eschendal; step-mother, Iris Eschendal; brother, Jerry (Delores) Eschendal; sister, Alice (LJ) Westover.

Memorial contributions given in Herb's name are suggested to Grace Hospice of Lansing or the Olive Branch Assisted Living. Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Mark Gene Robertson, 63 of Durand, passed away suddenly on Thursday May 17, 2018. Mark was born in Flint, MI on August 13, 1954 the son of Miller & Edith (Welch) Robertson. He graduated from Clio High School in the class of 1973 and on August 31, 1974 he married Debra Ann Blake in Mt. Morris. He enjoyed hunting, fishing or anything to do with the outdoors. Mark retired from General Motors in 2006 where he was a test driver.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Debra, sons: Matthew (Kelly) Robertson of Elwell, MI and Jesse (Lisa) Robertson of Shepard, MI, 4 grandchildren: Emily, Megan, Kaydin, and Noah, brother Tony (Michaelene) Robertson of Spring Hill, FL. He was predeceased by his parents.

There will be a visitation at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Durand on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Juanita E. Doefer age 78 of Durand passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, May 18, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Burial will follow to Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Juanita was born October 15, 1939 in Taylor, MI a daughter of Russell and Mildred (Stroub) Boelter. On January 10, 1959 she married Bill Doefer. Juanita was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Durand, and the Jaycees. She enjoyed bowling, traveling, spending weekends up north, playing cards with friends, B.I.N.G.O. and spending time with her family. Prior to her retirement she had been employed by Durand public schools as a bus driver for 26 years.

Juanita is survived by her children, Doug Doefer, Brian (Cathleen) Doefer, Deborah Doefer and Karla (Marc) Macelli; grandchildren, Alina, Amy, Jacob, Josie, Nicole, and Nico; brother, Dennis Boelter and sister, Trish Boelter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Doefer; infant daughter, Lisa Doefer; and both of her parents, Russell and Mildred Doefer.

Memorial Contributions in Juanita's name are suggested to the First United Methodist Church building fund. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Cynthia R. Wonch age 54 of Corunna passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, May 11, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Pastor Ray Strawser will be officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Cynthia was born May 11, 1963 in Livonia a daughter of Melvin and Charlene (Williams) Schneider. On August 25, 2001 she married Michael Wonch. She enjoyed gardening, swimming, camping and playing with her grandchildren.

Cynthia is survived by her husband Michael Wonch; children, Theresa (Russell) Andersonning, Trisha (Jeremy) Stanchina, David (Jessie) Dunning, Brian (Anna) Dunning, Stephanie (Matthew) Dunning, Makayla Wonch, and Michael Wonch Jr.; 12 grandchildren; mother, Charlene Schneider; brother, Mark Schneider; and sister, Carolyn VanNewkirk. She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin Schneider; and brother, Mike Schneider.

Memorial Contributions in Cynthia's name are suggested to M.Y.O.I. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Linda M. Morse age 69 of Durand passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. There are no services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Linda was born July 9, 1948 in Durand a daughter of Stanley and Reva (Melear) Morse. She was a frequent patron of the Durand Public Library. Linda enjoyed reading, walking and spending time with her family. Prior to her retirement in 2005, she had been employed by Modern Bookkeeping for many years.

Linda is survived by her children, Shelley Tomlinson, Michael (Gina) Wadsworth, Melinda (Mike) Shoops and Melissa (Dan) Rutty; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 sisters and 1 brother. She was preceded in death by 1 sister and 4 brothers.

Memorial Contributions in Linda's name are suggested to the Durand Public Library. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Roy Bochur, age 76 of Durand, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 at his home. There will be no services at this time. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Brian Edward Thick age 51 of Swartz Creek passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday, April 20, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Burial to follow to Fremont Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Brian was born November 18, 1966 in Flint, MI a son of Thomas and Irene (Cobleiah) Thick. Although he was born the littlest brother to Tom, Matt and Laura, he came out weighing a whopping 11 pounds. Brian graduated from Morrice High School in 1985 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. Brian loved to hunt, fish, watch Nascar, and work on automobiles. He would take them apart and then try to put them back together. He also took great pride in his job at Atrium in Howell where he had been employed for the last 21 years. Of all his journeys, his last path led him to his home in Swartz Creek where he spent his days with his wife and family.

Brian leaves behind his wife of 8 years, Jessica Thick; his son, Christian Thick of Fowlerville; step-daughter, Christina Buckner; stepsons, Christopher Hernandez of Fowlerville and Jeffrey Asmus of Swartz Creek; brother, Mathew (Candis) Thick of Bancroft; sister, Laura (Shannon) Norton of Bancroft and his mother, Irene Thick of Bancroft. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas L. Thick Sr.; and eldest brothers, Thomas L. Thick Jr. and Eric Allen Thick. Rest in peace Brian. You are loved.

Memorial Contributions in Brian's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Frieda E. Brothers, age 71 of Durand, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Owosso. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the time of service.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Eugene Friend, age 83 of Durand, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Durand Nazarene Church. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. 

Eugene was born September 30, 1934 in Owosso, MI a son of Ivan and Rachel (Ware) Friend. On February 20, 1954 he married Bonnie McKone. Eugene was a member of the Durand Nazarene Church. He enjoyed gardening, building homes and carpentry. Prior to his retirement in 1990 he had been employed by General Motors Truck and Bus for 38 years.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Bonnie Friend; children, Danny (Darlene) Friend, Leane (Michael) Hoskins and Kristine (Dennis) Dagen; 8 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; sister, Janet (Dale) Carsten; and brothers, Bernard (Diane) Friend and Ronald (Shirley) Friend. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Memorial Contributions in Eugene's name are suggested to Heart to Heart Hospice or the Durand Nazarene Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Glen A. Widner age 81 of Burt, MI passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. A graveside service will be announced at a latter date. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel.

Glen was born September 20, 1936 in Bell City, MO a son of Samual and Marie (Fisher) Widner. He enjoyed fishing, watching baseball and football games, and spending time with his family. 

Glen is survived by his brother, Jerry (Georgia) Widner of Linden; sister, Karen (Rodger) Stone of Clinton Township; and special friend, Joe Dunning of Owosso. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samual and Marie Widner; and brother, Max (Jan) Widner.

Memorial Contributions in Glen's name are suggested to the Parkinson's Foundation. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Norman Fredrick Williams, 89, of Durand, passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Shiawassee County on Friday, April 6, 2018. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 1pm at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel, Pastor John Walworth will officiate with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11am until the time of the service.

Norman was born on August 26, 1928 in Bancroft, Michigan to the late HN Williams and Frances “Frankie” Scott. He graduated from Durand High School in the class of 1947. Norman entered the United States Army on October 4, 1950 and served his county faithfully during the Korean War until July 3, 1952. While in the Army Norman earned the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars, and the United Nations Service Medal. On August 16, 1952 he married Mary Ann Gomos at the St. Mary Catholic Church Rectory in Durand.  

Norman spent his life in the fuel and lumber business. He owned the Sunoco station on M-21 and Chipman St. in Owosso, and he was part-owner of Byron Lumber and Fuel. He was a talented woodworker, making many different things for his family, and even built the home where he resided until his passing.  

Norman is survived by his wife of 65 years, MaryAnn, his daughters; Paula Jo (Keith A.) Johnson and Lenora Kay (Delbert) Goodrich. His grandchildren; Heather (Harold) Morris, Tiffany (Duane) Johnson, and Chrystal (David) Cooley. His great-grandchildren; Alyssa Goodrich, Airica Morris, Brayden Johnson, and Connor Morris, and also his sisters; Sue (Roe) Weinshenk, Janet (David) Ward, and Penny (Harry) VanWoert.  

He was preceded in death by his, parents, sister, Yvonne Williams and his half brother, Gordon Scott. 

The family requests that no flowers be sent to the funeral home, and that you consider monetary donations to the Hospice House of Shiawassee County. 

Online condolances can be shared with the family at WatkinsFuneralHomes.com 


Sharon Anne Neubecker, age 86, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Lynn Home Sweet Home Senior Living in Farmington Hills, MI. She was born on May 10, 1931 in West Branch to Russell and Agnes (Gorman) Bohlinger. Sharon had lived in West Branch since 1993, formerly of Durand. She graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in West Branch in 1949. Sharon went on to receive her Master’s Degree in education from Michigan State University and taught in Durand Public Schools for the majority of her teaching career. She also taught CCD at St. Mary’s in Durand and belonged to the Teachers Union, MEAR (Michigan Education Association Retired) and MARSP (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel). Sharon enjoyed cooking, writing, and children’s literature. 

Sharon is survived by her children, James (Jill) Neubecker of Bancroft, David Neubecker of West Branch, Michael (Susan) Neubecker of Waterford, and Anne Neubecker of Franklin, TN; grandchildren, Robert, Jonathan, Kristen, Chelsea, and Alexandria; great grandchildren, Renee and Landon; brother, Charles “Skip” Bohlinger of Mio, MI; sister, Jane (George) Miller of Ponte Verda Beach, FL; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Neubecker; sons, Robert, Joseph, and John; and siblings, Jackie Bashaw, Michael Bohlinger, and Mary Sue Jackson. 

The Funeral Mass will be at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation starting at 12:00p.m. and a Rosary at 11:45 a.m. Father Patrick Maher will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the St. Joseph School Endowment Fund.

Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch. Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com


Edward A. Dorrance Sr., age 66 of Durand, formerly of Corunna passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and on hour prior to the service.

Edward was born September 25, 1951 in Durand a son of George Dorrance and Elizabeth Wickenhiser. On May 23, 1975 he married Elizabeth Blair. He was a member of the Lions Club, North American Hunting Club and the Cooking Club. Edward enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars and riding motorcycles. Prior to his retirement in 2013 he had been employed by the Durand Milling Company for 4 years, Harrelson Chevrolet for 2 years and Toledo Commutator Company for 35 years.

Surviving Edward is his wife, Elizabeth Dorrance; children, Edward Dorrance Jr.(Maddy), Robert (Pam) LaMar Jr., Lucanda Hawkins (Andrew) and Bobbie LaMar; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; half brother, George Dorrance; half sister, Verna (Steve) Grosso; aunt, Frances Stickler; brother-in-laws, Robert (Nancy) Blair, Fredrick (Donna) Blair, Raymond (Sharon Marie) Blair and Benjamin (Sharon Ann) Blair; sister-in-law, Judy (Bill) Bowers; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Dorrance and Elizabeth Libbey; sister, Alice; brother, Jerald and step-father, Jake Libbey.

Memorial Contributions in Edward's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Mary Elizabeth (Labb) Brown, age 86, died peacefully on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan.

Mary was born on March 6, 1932 in Durand, Michigan, to Floyd and Mildred (Hynes) Labb. She graduated from Durand High School in 1950 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education from Michigan State College in 1954.

After graduation, Mary taught Model Business Office at Kimball High School in Royal Oak. She retired from teaching in 1963 to raise her children. Later in life, she and her husband had a second career as franchise owners of Fantastic Sam’s in Dearborn Heights and Inkster, Michigan.

Mary married her high school sweetheart, Robert James Brown, on November 10, 1956. She and Bob built a wonderful life together. They enjoyed traveling, theatre, golf, and many friendships. Mary’s pride and joy were her children and grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Allyson (Steve) Hillman of Bonita Springs, Florida, and son Ted (Deanna) Brown of Birmingham, Michigan; four grandchildren, Jacob Hillman, Bridget Hillman, Marlena Brown, and Audrey Brown; her brother James Labb, and sister-in-law Ardis McLaren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; sisters-in-law Jean Labb and Donna Varblow, and brother-in-law Don Varblow.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24th at St. Anselm Parish in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. The family will receive friends at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday until the time of the service. There will be a luncheon honoring Mary immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Mary’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter 25200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033. Funeral arrangements made by Voran Funeral Home 23701 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126. Please share memories or leave condolences on Mary’s guestbook at www.voranfuneralhome.com


Linda P. Domby age 70 of Durand passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. A memorial service will be 12 noon on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Linda was born June 26, 1947 in Owosso a daughter of Clyde and Gloria (Jackson) Gulick. She enjoyed traveling, walking, bicycling and cooking.

Linda is survived by her children, Lisa Domby and Kevin (Sara) Domby; granddaughter, Katie Domby; and brother, Larry (Connie) Gulick. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Gloria Gulick.

Memorial Contributions in Linda's name are suggested to the family at this time. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Robert Marks age 83 of Owosso, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Pleasant View. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service.

Robert was born November 26, 1934 in Owosso, MI a son of Justin and Marjorie (Herring) Marks. On May 12, 1978 he married Rosetta Hopkins. Robert enjoyed woodworking, boating, fishing, and being a handyman. Prior to his retirement in 1988, he had been employed by General Motors for 35 years.
 
Robert is survived by his wife, Rosetta Marks; children, Barry (Debra) Marks, Kevin (Jackie) Marks and Kurt Marks; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Marks and sisters, Maxine Bohnsky and Jane Kirkman. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Memorial Contributions in Robert's name are suggested to The First Baptist Church of Durand. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com 

Helen Therese Clair Folsom was born October 3, 1926 in Guelph Ontario, Canada. She attended Marygrove College in Detroit, MI where she received her degree as a dietitian in 1947. After interning at Harper Hospital in Detroit she secured a position at Hurley Hospital in Flint. She married Russell Folsom from Flint at Fort Benning, Georgia May 12, 1956. Helen and Russ lived in Flint most of their married life where Helen continued to work at Hurley until January 1984.

Helen was spiritual, faithful and very devoted to her family. She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, reading and making special birthday cards for her children and grandchildren.

For the last 6 years, Helen was lovingly taken care of by Jodi Miller, until Helen was peacefully raised up on Angels wings on February 27, 2018 surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her children, Diane Folsom, Edward (Julie) Folsom, Virginia (Paul) Williamson and Barbara Deering; grandchildren, Carl (Tonya) Trimble, Angela (Steven) Schultz, Sara Folsom, Anna Folsom, Katy Deering and Courtney Deering; and 4 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Folsom, grandson, Joel Trimble, both of her parents; and 7 siblings.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Friday, March 2, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Durand. Rev. Fr. Jonathan Perrotta will be officiating. Family will receive friends on Thursday at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Durand from 1-3 and 5-7 PM with a Rosary prayed at 6:00 PM.

Memorial Contributions in Helen's name are suggested to Heart to Heart Hospice of Swartz Creek. Online condolences may be sent at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com


Aiden B. Walters, 13 of Durand, died Saturday, February 24, 2018 due to an accident. Aiden was born in Flint, MI on March 3, 2004, the son of Bradley Walters and Denese (Plaschek) Franks. He was a student at Corunna High School.  

Aiden is survived by his father, Bradley, half-brothers Brandon & Andrew, half-sister Erin, Grandparents Margo & Bradley Walters, Danny Franks, aunt Stephie, great grandmother Fran Plaschek, cousins Chelsi & Lance, aunts Dawn & Ronald Jake, Tami & Kenneth Smith.

Aiden was preceded in death by his mother in 2010.

There will be no services at this time. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

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