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Robert Tenbusch

Robert Tenbusch

Name: Robert Donald Tenbusch

Age: 84

Hometown: Rapson

Funeral Date: September 21, 2020

Date of Birth: November 07, 1935

Date of Passing: September 17, 2020

Funeral Home: Smigielski Funeral Homes

Funeral Information

Mass of Christian burial for Bob will be at 11:00 am, Monday September 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Hubert Parish in Rapson. Rev. Thomas McNamara will officiate. Bob will then be laid to rest at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly on Sunday from 2:00-8:00 pm and on Monday at St. Joseph Church from 10:00-10:45 am. There will be a rosary recited at 5:00 pm Sunday by Marc Tenbusch and a parish scripture service at 6:30 pm led by Jan Rapson. Bob’s wishes were that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his family, care of Marie, for his favorite charities, the Fr. Solanus Casey Center and the Right to Life of Michigan. Please visit www.smigielskifuneralhomes.com to express your sympathy and sign the guest book for Bob’s family.

Family of the Deceased

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Marie; his children, Wally (Joy) Tenbusch of Bad Axe, Doug (Karen) Tenbusch of Deford, Celine Richards (special friend, Marty Brunner) of Bay City, Mary Jo (Bryan) Chisholm of Rockford,; grandchildren, Jamie (Chris) Pfeffer, Ryan (Keri) Tenbusch, Curt (Emily) Tenbusch, Kelli (Pete) Messing, Jennifer (Jeremy) Kilbourn, Jessica (Chris) Hahn, Randy (Christin) Tenbusch Jeff (Danielle) Tenbusch, Hailey Richards, Taylor Richards, Eric (Kelsey) Chisholm, Alexis Chisholm, 17 great grandchildren; brother, Marc Tenbusch, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gladys Horvett, Shirley Wulbrecht, RoseAnn (Carl) Messing, Pat Dekoski, Terry (Debbie) Dekoski; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by infants Joseph and Mary Tenbusch, sister, Beatrice (Richard) Oswald, father and mother-in-law, Edward and Bertha Dekoski, brother-in-law, Kenneth Dekoski.

Biography

Robert “Bob” Donald Tenbusch, 84 of Rapson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw after complications from surgery with his family by his side. He was born on November 7, 1935 in Ubly, MI son of the late Clarence B. and Helen (Guitar) Tenbusch. He grew up on the family farm and attended McMillan rural school and Ubly High School. He married the love of his life, Marie Dekoski on June 22, 1957 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Parisville. They shared much love and life through their 63 years of marriage. After attending high school, Bob sailed the Great Lakes for one season aboard the S.S. Harvard as a merchant marine. He then returned to resume his life’s work as a Sigel Township farmer with Marie and his family working along side. Bob was a member of St. Hubert Parish (St. Joseph Church) where he served as a past member of the Parish Council and was instrumental with the planning for the renovation of St. Joseph Church in 1988. Christmas was always a very special time for Bob and as a longtime musician he assisted his son Wally, in leading the parish Christmas choir for a couple of years in the 1970’s. This inspired Bob to record an album of Christmas music with Polish and English vocals to share the hard work of the choir with others. Bob thoroughly enjoyed decorating both the inside and outside of their home for Christmas. As a young man, Bob worked to earn enough money to buy himself a trumpet which he played in the Ubly High School band. That start in music led him to play polka music for 32 years beginning with Marshall “Big Daddy” Lackowski. Then, in 1954, he formed his own band, The Melody Makers. In 1966, Bob switched instruments, started playing drums and changed the name of his band to the Michigan Cavaliers. In 1974, he formed the Golden Stars with musicians Benny Prill and his brother-in-law Terry Dekoski. He recorded two polka albums, one with the Michigan Cavaliers and the other with the Golden Stars. Bob always saw to it that his four children took music lessons on many different instruments. It was with great pride Bob was able to join his sons, Wally and Doug, as the drummer in their band, The Tenbusch Brothers in 1982. Over the years Bob assisted by his wife Marie, used his musical talents to sponsor polka dances to raise money to benefit burn and accident victims as well as families who lost their homes or barns to fires. In 1999, his long career in polka music led to Bob being inducted into the Michigan State Polka Music Hall of Fame. He was an honorary member of the Ubly Fox Hunters Club.


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Leland Shetler

Leland Shetler

Name: Leland H. Shetler

Age: 88

Hometown: Pigeon

Funeral Date: Not Available

Date of Birth: April 10, 1932

Date of Passing: September 16, 2020

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Private funeral services will be held at Pigeon River Mennonite Church with Rev. Dave Maurer officiating. Burial will be in the church Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4pm Saturday, Sept. 19th at the Champagne Funeral Chapel in Pigeon. Memorials may be made to the Huron County Gideons. www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

Family of the Deceased

Leland is survived by his wife Wilma; children Randy of Cass City, Patricia Yoder of Bay Port, Marion (Marlene) Shetler of Pigeon, Ken (Edie) of Harlan, Iowa, and Beth (Ben) Maust of Bay Port; grandchildren Caleb, Shari, Michael, Garret, Derek, Levi, Ethan, Jordan and Kaylee; great-grandchildren Brayden, Maelin, Regan, Mason, Louisa, Willa, Everret, Asa, Harlow, Rowen and Luka; and sister Louise (Harold) Swartzendruber of Bay Port. He was preceded in death by his son Gordon, brothers Leslie and Stanley, and sisters Pauline Mix, Elizabeth Barge and Edna Miller.

Biography

Leland H. Shetler, 88, of Pigeon, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Scheurer Hospital in Pigeon. Leland was born April 10, 1932 in Winsor Twp to the late Henry and Leona (Schrock) Shetler. He married Wilma Troyer on April 26, 1952 in Fairview. Leland was a life-long farmer in Bay Port, retiring in 1990. After retiring he worked for 10 years at McDonald Food and Family in Bad Axe where he was a friend to everyone he met. He was a member of Pigeon River Mennonite Church, Huron County Gideons past Pigeon Rotary Club member and the Thumb Two-Cylinder Club. Leland had a life-long passion for music, he played guitar and harmonica, and sang with many local groups.


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Joan Schmitz

Joan Schmitz

Name: Joan A. Schmitz

Age: 79

Hometown: Ruth

Funeral Date: September 19, 2020

Date of Birth: September 18, 1940

Date of Passing: September 14, 2020

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reeb Funeral Home (5712 Main St., Sylvania, Ohio 43560) on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery in Sylvania, Ohio. Memorials may be offered to be used at the family’s discretion. Condolences can be shared at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Joan is survived by her daughters: Patricia Schmitz (husband, Fabian Manitiu) of Clay, Michigan, Kristen Schmitz of Louisville, Kentucky and Amy Schmitz (husband, Jason Harris) of Ruth, Michigan; her grandchildren: Katherine Rock, Aiden Rock, Theron Harris, Aran Harris and Ian Harris. She is also survived by her sister, Lynne Symons of Petoskey, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Tom Symons.

Biography

Joan A. Schmitz, 79, of Ruth, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2020 at Courtney Manor Nursing Home under hospice care. Joan was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 18, 1940 to the late Harold and Pearl (Filo) Haberstich. She graduated from Libby High School and earned her Master’s in Education at the University of Toledo. On August 3, 1963, she married Robert M. Schmitz in Toledo, Ohio. They were married for 53 years. He preceded her in death on April 23, 2017. Joan worked and retired from Toledo Public Schools as an elementary teacher. Joan and Robert resided in Edgewater, Florida for ten years before moving to Michigan. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church. Joan enjoyed playing bridge in card clubs and was in financial clubs. She also enjoyed cooking. Joan’s favorite thing to do was to spend time with friends and family, especially her grandkids.


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Jeffery Powell

Jeffery Powell

Name: Jeffery Lewis Powell

Age: 13

Hometown: Elkton, MI.

Funeral Date: September 18, 2020

Date of Birth: January 12, 2007

Date of Passing: September 12, 2020

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be outdoors at 12 noon Friday, September 18th at Laker School Football field with Rev. Ean Green officiating. Visitation will be 2-8pm Wednesday and 2-8pm Thursday at the Champagne Funeral Chapel in Pigeon. Memorials may be made to Hunt of a Lifetime. www.huntofalifetime.org

Family of the Deceased

Jeffery is survived by his father Jeffery Powell (Samantha Robinson) of Elkton and mother Tracy Bieri (Paul Adams) of Elkton; siblings J.C. Witherspoon (Kayla) of Decker and Kyle Horn (Mariah) of Caseville; grandparents Ron and Dolores Bieri of Caseville; step-brother Josh Adams (Tiffany) and step-sister Kylie Adams, both of Elkton. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Richard and Sharon Powell.

Biography

Jeffery Lewis Powell, 13, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Chandler Twp doing what he loved...hunting. Jeffery was born January 12, 2007 in Saginaw to Tracy Ann Bieri and Jeffery Louis Powell. He was an 8th grade student at Laker Middle School where he played on the 7th-8th grade football team and was State Champion on the Laker Archery Team. Jeffery was an accomplished young hunter, fisherman, and archer. He also enjoyed online gaming and Xbox. He was a hard working and hard playing young man.


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Laverne Kaufman

Laverne Kaufman

Name: Laverne Frederick Kaufman

Age: 84

Hometown: Ruth, MI

Funeral Date: September 16, 2020

Date of Birth: April 09, 1936

Date of Passing: September 11, 2020

Funeral Home: Ramsey Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Funeral mass for Laverne will be Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 11 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, on Huron Line Road, with Fr. Matt Federico officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Visitation for Laverne will be on Tuesday, from 2-8pm at the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach. Visitation on Wednesday will be at the cemetery, beginning at 10 am until time of services at 11 am. Please bring a lawn chair for the funeral. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be said at 6:30 pm at the funeral home, followed by a Parish Vigil Service at 7pm. Memories can be shared at www.RamseyFH.com

Family of the Deceased

Laverne is survived by his wife Millie Kaufman of Ruth, children: Steve (Jenny) Kaufman of Harbor Beach, Gary (Sherry) Kaufman of Reese, Brian (Rebecca) Kaufman of Grand Haven, Kevin (Brenda) Kaufman of Bay City, Jeff Kaufman of Mt. Morris, Dean (Tracy) Kaufman of Freeland, 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, his siblings: Gerald (Carol) Kaufman of Elkton, Marilyn (Jim) Pawlowski of Bad Axe, Robert (Jan) Kaufman of Minden City, and sisters-in-law: Jenny Kaufman of Commerce Township and Kathy Kaufman of Troy. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Floyd Kaufman, Marvin Kaufman, Norman (Marge) Kaufman, Ruth Ann (Rick) Barker, and Richard Kaufman.

Biography

Laverne Frederick Kaufman, age 84 of Ruth, passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 at his home, under hospice care, with his family by his side. He was born on April 9, 1936 in Bad Axe to the late Walt and Clara (Reiche) Kaufman. Laverne and Mildred Holdwick were united in marriage on September 14, 1957 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ruth. Laverne believed in a hard days work, working 41 years at the Ruth Farmers Elevator and Pigeon Coop. Laverne served his community in many ways, including: Sherman Township Fire Department for 30 years, was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister for 25 years, a member of the Ruth Knights of Columbus, was a former bowler and softball player, a deer hunter, enjoyed playing blooper ball, dancing to polka and country music, playing euchre and watching the Detroit Tigers. Laverne always enjoyed working at the Mama Ruth Picnic every year, and was always ready to give a helping hand when someone was in need. He loves his wife, family, grandchildren and great grandchildren very much.


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Connie Dubs

Connie Dubs

Name: Connie Diana Dubs

Age: 76

Hometown: Elkton, MI

Funeral Date: September 16, 2020

Date of Birth: March 14, 1924

Date of Passing: September 12, 2020

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Services will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6 pm at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Friends may call for visitation on Wednesday at the funeral home from 12 noon until the service time at 6 pm. Memorials may be offered to the family. If you wish to offer your condolences to the Dubs family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Connie was survived by her husband, Walter Dubs of Elkton. One son, Michael (Cindie) Dubs, and two daughters, Kim (Ben) Werth and Jennifer Dubs. Five grandchildren, Kayla Dubs, Nick Dubs, Rebecca Dubs, Jessica (Chris) Kimble and Amanda (Alex) Ross. Three great-grandchildren, Clark Kimble, Tucker Werth and Jovie Ross. Three sisters, Joanne (Terry) Renn, Janette (Lance) Rumsey and Sally Pearl. Two brothers, Dan Williams and Randy Williams. Three sisters-in-law, Delores (Ellis) Gardner, Erma (Russ) Hazard and Judy Eisinger. Many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Erwin and Wilma Williams. A son, Mark Dubs. Her brother, David Williams. In-laws, Vince Pearl, Wilbur “Jug” Eisinger, and Robert and Eleanor Dubs. A huge thank you to the staff of Compassus Hospice, especially her caregiver, Kelly, for the amazing care given to Connie.

Biography

Connie Diana Dubs, age 76, of Elkton, passed away September 12, 2020 at home under hospice care after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Connie was born March 14, 1944 to the late Erwin and Wilma (Murdock) Williams. She graduated from Bad Axe High School and then married Walter Dubs on October 26, 1963, making her home in Elkton. She became a member of the Community of Christ Church and enjoyed being an active member of the priesthood. She loved camping and sitting around the campfire with family and friends. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the loves of her life, and kept her fighting to the very end. She was dearly loved by her family, and her quick wit and sense of humor will be greatly missed.


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Robert Bowersox

Robert Bowersox

Name: Robert C. Bowersox

Age: 71

Hometown: Pigeon

Funeral Date: September 12, 2020

Date of Birth: February 16, 1949

Date of Passing: September 08, 2020

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Funeral services will be 3:00pm Saturday, September 12th at the Champagne Funeral Chapel in Pigeon. Burial will be in Grand Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 Friday. Memorials may be made to Helping Hands in Caseville. www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

Family of the Deceased

Rob is survived by his wife Judy; stepdaughter Samantha Jeckewicz and stepson David (Diane) Jeckewicz; grandchildren Nicole (Steven) LaBane and Timothy Jeckewicz; great-grandson Steven Robert; sisters Deb and Carrie and brother Jeffrey. He was preceded in death by his brother Randy.

Biography

Robert C. Bowersox, 71, of Pigeon, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Autumnwood of Deckerville. Rob was born February 16, 1949 in Reed City to the late Robert A. and Marilyn (Milton) Bowersox. He worked for Wayne State University as a groundskeeper and he loved working in his garden. He moved from Taylor to Pigeon in 2000. Locally he worked as a substitute teacher at several local schools and a security guard at Dow Agrisciences in Harbor Beach. He enjoyed collecting model cars, ships and eagles. He was a 41-year member and high priest of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, currently attending in Bad Axe.


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Dorothy Parks

Dorothy Parks

Name: Dorothy Gettel Parks

Age: 90

Hometown: Port Austin

Funeral Date: September 19, 2020

Date of Birth: September 27, 1929

Date of Passing: September 01, 2020

Funeral Home: Knoblock Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Per Dorothy’s request, cremation has taken place. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 19th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ascension of the Lord Parish-St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Port Austin where Father Craig Carolan will be officiating. A private burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 18th, 2020 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Knoblock Funeral Home in Kinde, Michigan or from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, a luncheon will be held at the Parks’ residence for the immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Port Austin Area Historical Society or the Port Austin Township Library. To offer condolences to the family, visit knoblockfuneralhome.com.

Family of the Deceased

Dorothy is lovingly remembered by her husband of 69 years, Charles I. Parks of Port Austin, her sons: David (Judy) Parks, of Troy, Michigan, Douglas Parks of Sarasota, Florida. Her daughters: Barbara (Greg) Sugg of Troy, Michigan, and Julie (Bill) Parks-Boyle of Birmingham, Michigan. Her grandchildren: Charles Parks and Lyle Parks, Jason (Katie) Sugg, Ryan (Vanessa) Sugg and Dylan Sugg, Conor (Kelsey) Boyle and Lauren Boyle. Her great grandchildren: Hudson and Caroline Sugg and Cora Parks. A brother, Douglas Gettel of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Dorothy was preceded in death by her brothers Clarence (Phyllis) Gettel, Herbert (Doris) Gettel, Loren (Mary) Gettel and sister-in-law Judy Gettel.

Biography

Dorothy Gettel Parks, age 90, of Port Austin, Michigan passed away peacefully at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe, Michigan on September 1st, 2020 following a short illness. She was born on September 27th, 1929 in Pigeon, Michigan, daughter of the late Herbert and Dora Gettel. After graduating from Pigeon High School in 1948, she attended Michigan State University, earning a teaching degree in Home Economics Education in 1951. Dorothy married the love of her life, Charles I. Parks on June 30th, 1951. Dorothy’s teaching career spanning 34 years, included Livonia Bentley, Port Austin, and North Huron High Schools. During her teaching career as FHA advisor at North Huron she received a service award twice as Teacher of the Year for outstanding service by the Michigan Association of FHA-HERO. Throughout this time, she was so proud of her students, many of whom won numerous state and national FHA awards. She was a member of the Jr. Priscilla Club for 60 years. She was also a member of the Port Austin Historical Society, the Huron County American Association of University Women, Friends of the Library, and St. Michael’s Church. In addition to her teaching career, she was actively involved assisting Charlie and their children managing the Lakeside Motor Lodge along with the Harbor View Resort in Port Austin for over 60 years.


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Dale Muether

Dale Muether

Name: Dale William Muether

Age: 47

Hometown: Caseville

Funeral Date: September 12, 2020

Date of Birth: August 18, 1973

Date of Passing: August 31, 2020

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

A memorial service will be 11:00am Saturday, September 12th at the Champagne Funeral Chapel in Pigeon with Rev. Karen Bouverette officiating. Memorials may be made to the family.

Family of the Deceased

He was a loving husband to Stacey Muether and a loving father to Jacob (10) and Alexander (8). He is survived by his wife Stacey, two sons, Jacob and Alexander, his mother Kathie (Muether) Blakley, his father Lawrence Muether, his brothers Jeffery (Deidre) Muether and Alan Muether, his nieces Sarah, Allison, Alexis, and Abigail, and his nephew Michael. He was preceded in death by his grandparents William and Helen Hurren, and William and Yvonne Muether.

Biography

Dale William Muether, 47, of Otter Lake, formerly of Caseville, passed away Monday, August 31, 2020. Dale was born to Kathie (Muether) Blakley and Lawrence Muether on August 18, 1973. Dale graduated in 1992 from Laker High School and studied some courses at Ferris State Universtiy. He worked in the construction field, where he spent a lot of his time out of state before joining the Local 1098 Laborers Union of Saginaw and making his home in Otter Lake. Dale loved spending time with his family and friends, working with his wife on their home projects, playing fantasy football, watching NASCAR, playing poker, and enjoying the lake. In 2018, he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) which slowly took him away from us. He will always be remembered as a fighter and he fought to the very end. He was a great friend and mentor to many, and memories of him will forever be cherished. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.


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Willard Schmitt

Willard Schmitt

Name: Willard Schmitt

Age: 92

Hometown: Bad Axe

Funeral Date: September 12, 2020

Date of Birth: December 19, 1927

Date of Passing: August 23, 2020

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A memorial service for Willard will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1 pm at the Popple Trail Blazers on Wadsworth Road, Bad Axe. The family will receive guests for visitation on Saturday from 12 noon until the service time at 1 pm. Masks and social distancing will be required. Memorials may be offered to St. Hubert Religious Education or Food Pantry. If you wish to offer your condolences to Willard’s family, please go to www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Willard is survived by five daughters – Nancy (Leo) Gusa of Bad Axe, Linda (Bob) Koroleski of Filion, Julie Deman of Bad Axe, Vicki (Michael) Affholter of Bad Axe and Connie Schmitt of Bad Axe. Step children – Roger (Shelley) Homewood, Rhonda (Daniel) Prill of Bad Axe, Stacey Homewood (Paul Shaw) of Pigeon and Steve (Stephanie) Wood of Bad Axe. Sister-in-laws – Ruthann Schmitt of Bad Axe, Carol Lehnhardt and Tammy (Dan) Felderman of Debuque, Iowa. Twenty-three grandchildren and thirty-great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers – William, Courtney, Franklin and Lawrence Schmitt, and Brother- in- law Louis (Sonny) Wilcox. Three sisters – Gertrude Bredow, Lucy Talaski and Agnes Ross.

Biography

Willard (Smitty )Schmitt, age 92, of Bad Axe, passed away on Sunday August 23, 2020. Willard was born December 19, 1927 in Bad Axe, son of the late Mathias and Nellie (Ritter) Schmitt. He married Esther Wood on December 30, 1992. She preceded him in death on August 20, 2019. Willard was born on a farm and had farming in his blood. He worked on the family farm until 1951 when he left to serve in the US Army in Germany. He was a Corporal when discharged in 1953. Having his 5 girls to raise he thought he should go to work at Active for “a while” for extra money. He retired from Active 35+ years later as a superintendent in 1992. He continued farming throughout his career at Active, he loved everything about it. Willard loved spending time with family and friends. Most of his brothers and sisters were within a 5 mile radius of his home farm. He made the rounds often for a visit over coffee. He loved family parties and never missed a Schmitt Family Reunion where he could be found playing a fist pounding game of Euchre or telling great stories of the past. Family and friends were also included in other favorite things: Heck’s for Burgers, Green Mill for “one”, coaching and playing softball/blooper ball, the daily lottery tickets and scratch offs for the grand kids...Especially his granddaughter-best bud-and care taker, Melissa Prill. When at home there was shelling corn for the critters, John Wayne Westerns, and Tiger Ball Games for entertainment. Willard was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church in Pinnebog and later a member of Sacred Heart of Bad Axe.


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