Thomas Baggs, 81, of Williamsburg, peacefully left us on April 2, 2014 at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christie, Texas after suffering a stroke. He lived a long and fulfilled life where he was a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather, and mentor to many. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Mary Lou Baggs, children: Christal Frantz, Gina White, and John Baggs, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Tom was born on May 28, 1932 and raised in Barker Creek, Michigan where he worked on a farm until he enlisted in the military in 1948. He spent 23 years in the Army, stationed in both the U.S. and Germany. He participated in the Berlin Airlift from June 1948 to May 1949, served in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968 and retired from the military in 1969 at the rank of Master Sergeant. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star for his fearlessness as a helicopter pilot during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam as well as being both a pilot, and the First Sergeant of a helicopter company.
After a brief retirement he went on to become a bus driver and CDL trainer for Elk Rapids Schools in 1970 where he also retired after 20 years of service. Additionally, in 1970, he re-opened his father’s business on Lake Skegemog; Baggs Landing Boats and Bait, where he rented fishing boats and sold bait and tackle in summer months. He made countless friends and loyal customers until he closed shop in 1994 and decided to travel the U.S. with the love of his life, his wife, Mary Lou.
Tom was a large part of the Elk Rapids Masonic Lodge #275 where he was a 32nd degree Master Mason and dedicated member totaling a span of over 50 years. He was a member of the Local American Legion #289 in Williamsburg, Michigan, and he was also an avid fisherman and hunter.
He was very well known, liked, and respected by members of the communities and across the globe.
His brothers and sisters, Gene Baggs, Joan Skipski, Nancy Rozumny, and Richard Baggs also survive him, and he is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jerry and Vernon Baggs, and sisters Imogene Baggs and Maxine Bolton.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at The New Hope Community Church at, 5169 Bethesda Court, Williamsburg, Michigan. Please share your fond memories of Tom at www.CovellFuneralHomes.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids, (231) 264-5666.
Kimberly S. Monthei
Kimberly S. Monthei, 42, of Indian River, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.
Kim was born April 6, 1972 in Ann Arbor. She was the daughter of Robert and Martha (Hoey) Schneider. She grew up in Elk Rapids, graduating from Elk Rapids High School in 1990. Kim earned a Bachelors degree in elementary education from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, where she was a member of the basketball team. In 1999, she earned a Masters degree from M.S.U.
On Aug. 12, 2000 Kim married Scott Monthei in Petoskey. The couple made their home in Indian River. She had been employed as a fifth grade teacher at Inland Lakes Elementary School since 1995.
Kim loved all out of door activities and sports, especially boating and walking with her sister. She loved to bake and spend time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Cross in the Woods Parish.
She is survived by her husband, Scott; children, Olivia, Katelyn and Molly; stepdaughter, Amanda Monthei; parents, Bob and Marty Schneider of Indian River, mother-in-law, Crystal Monthei of Indian River; siblings, Tricia Schneider of Elk Rapids, Terri (Jason) Vizina of Indian River, Bobby (Maria) Schneider of Elk Rapids, MI; sister-in -law, Kristi (Tim) Ninke of Indian River; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mass of the Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Cross in the Woods Catholic Church in Indian River. Fr. Mike Haney, O.F.M. will celebrate the mass. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 4 – 7 p.m. A Prayer Service will be held at the church at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Inland Lakes Educational Foundation.
Lintz Funeral Home in Indian River served the Monthei family. Online condolences may be made at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.