Glenn LeRoy Neumann
Glenn LeRoy Neumann, aged 90 years, a resident of Elk Rapids, Michigan, passed from this life on Monday, July 24, 2017 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. Glenn was born on March 31, 1927 at a family home just north of Central Lake. He was the son of William A. and Ethel (Hignite) and was the oldest of five children: sister Jean Blekkenk, brothers William, Don (deceased) and Gail (deceased).
Glenn married the love of his life, Marie L. Bathke on August 5, 1950 in East Jordan, Michigan. She preceded him in death in 1994. He is survived by their three children: Stephan G. (Glenda Van Oosten), of West Branch, Michael L. (Laura Larys), of Traverse City and Melinda J. (Christopher) Weinzapfel, of Kewadin, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He married Irene W. Bush on July 18, 1998, who died in 2008.
Christian faith was important to him throughout his life and he was a long-time member of Feast of Victory Lutheran Church in Acme.
He began his working life as a woodcutter in the Antrim area and later worked as a draftsman and product designer of punches and dies for the pharmaceutical industry.
In his retirement, he enjoyed researching local history and was a member of the Elk Rapids Historical Society. He gave many public presentations on local history to the youth and general community. He self-published a series of four books entitled “Bay Breezes,” based on the collection of Elk Rapids Progress newspapers. He wrote and self-published an autobiography titled “Penney Pencils; Memories of a Country Boy,” detailing his experiences while growing up in northern Michigan. He also collaborated with Glenn Ruggles in the publication of the book “Elk Rapids, the first 100 years, 1850-1950.”
Glenn was a veteran of the Navy Sea Bees, having served during WWII in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations; New Guinea, Biak, Mios Woendi Island (aka Windy Island).
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 12 at 11 a.m. at Feast of Victory Church in Acme. Cremation has taken place and interment will be in the family plot at Maple Grove Cemetery, Elk Rapids.
Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Glenn to local community food cupboards or Feast of Victory’s youth group.
Marie Irene Tompkins
Marie Irene Tompkins, age 96, passed away peacefully on her birthday, July 31, 2017, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
Marie was a long-time resident of northern Michigan including the last 35 years at Noble Pines in Elk Rapids, Michigan. Born in 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, Marie spent over 30 years serving both patients and staff as a dedicated employee of Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
Marie was blessed with a large family including five surviving children; Frank (Carolyn) and Dick (Bobbie) of Wisconsin, Judy (Jim Standerfer) of Elk Rapids, Marge of Saginaw, and Pat (Brent Grouleu) of Rapid City. Marie has an amazing legacy of 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death in 1976 by her husband Franklin Tompkins after 36 years of marriage. Also preceding is her son, James Tompkins, her parents Chandler and Margaret (Topp) Bither, two brothers, Rodney and Chandler, sister, Jean (Kozlowski), and a granddaughter Angela Standerfer.
“Grandma T”, as she was known by many, enjoyed spending time with family the most. She particularly loved family picnics at the park. In her earlier days, she enjoyed painting and ceramics. Marie was an avid reader. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and especially playing games. Grandma T was an expert Yahtzee player! She also enjoyed her many trips to Wisconsin visiting family and cheering on her Green Bay Packers. Grandma T never missed a loved one’s birthday or an anniversary. Getting a card from her was something to look forward to. Marie was dedicated and loving to everyone in her life. This special lady will truly be missed.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Margo for all her care and companionship she gave to their mother.
Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life and visitation which will be held at the Covell Funeral Home at 312 Pine St. Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629 on Sunday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with services to follow immediately at 1 p.m. Interment will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 7 at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens in Traverse City, Michigan.
Memorial contributions appreciated to Grand Traverse Commission on Aging.
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