James “Jim” Arthur Lawes
James “Jim” Arthur Lawes, age 65, of Rapid City, passed away on May 11, 2016 at home surrounded by his wife and children.
Jim was born on March 11, 1951 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He earned a diploma from Rogers City High School and was a 4.0 collegiate of English at Northern Michigan University. He was a licensed builder and designer while President of East Bay Services, Inc. He was a true family man and an avid follower of sports, pop-culture, and politics. He is best described as a fun-loving, passionate and intelligent man who loved and was loved deeply.
He was the devoted husband of Connie (Felax), married since 1973, proud father of Jason (Amanda) Lawes and Carmen (Steve) Ingrao, and loving grandfather to Jacob, Zander, Oliver, and Enzo. He was the son of Irene (Balteau) Lawes and the eldest brother to Janie (John) Stoner, R. Michael Lawes, Steven Lawes, Suzanne (Joseph) Bur, Brenda (Doug) Snapp, John Lawes, and Timothy (Tonya) Lawes. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lawes, and brother, William Lawes.
A Celebration of Life took place on May 14, 2016 at the Kalkaska Funeral Home. Arrangements were entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Leon “Lee” R. Barnes, Jr.
Leon “Lee” R. Barnes, Jr., age 66, of Nashville, Tennessee passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
He was born on August 17, 1949 in Traverse City, Michigan to Leon R. Barnes, Sr. and S. Marie (Sutter) Barnes.
Leon graduated from Elk Rapids High School and continued his studies at Northwestern Michigan College. He went on to marry his soul mate and best friend Yvonne Y. Bowman on February 10, 1979. Together they moved to Nashville, TN where he started his own business, General Service Contractors. He had a great passion for the Lord’s work and became a Deacon after which he and his wife Yvonne began a music ministry, “Living Water Christian Ministry.” After 30 years, he semi-retired from GSC. He then took on a part time position with Turenne PharMedCo delivering medications to nursing facilities, finding ways to minister as he made his deliveries.
Leon set the example for his family, putting the needs of others before his own, sharing everything he owned with anyone in need. He easily gained everyone’s respect and was a natural born leader. He was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love. This all translated into years of service as God’s hands and feet. Along with his unique sense of humor and excellent cooking skills he literally took “feed my sheep” to a whole other level. His favorite quote was “It’s not about you or me-it’s about Jesus.”
His hobbies included woodworking, cooking, running sound for music, gardening, feeding wildlife (and people), fishing, and bird watching.
Leon is survived by his wife, Yvonne; daughters Tanya (Paul) Smiszek; Mindy (Shannon) White; and Tiffany Kittrell; son, Mark (Jennifer) Barnes; grandchildren, Brian T. Butts, Amanda L. Butts, Jasmine (Stevens) Hiland, Jacob D. Barnes, Andrew J. Kittrell, Kaylee M. Morgan, Angela G. Smiszek, Joshua R. Barnes and Alexis P. Burr; sisters, Judy (Don) Haller and Char (Doug) Gusha; and brother, Brad (Polly) Barnes.
A service to celebrate Lee’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on June 4, 2016 at Madison Christian Church, 605 W. Old Hickory Blvd, Madison, Tennessee with Greg Matthews and Tim Baines officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Madison Christian Church.
Charles “Charlie” Arthur Weitschat
Charles “Charlie” Arthur Weitschat, 76, of Suttons Bay and Surprise, Arizona passed peacefully away on May 7, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving wife, Sally, and his loving children. He had a genuine sparkle in his eye and he left it in those he loved dearly and left behind and will be carried on for many years to come.
Charlie was born on a chilly day on February 25, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Arthur and Hilda (Purdy) Weitschat. After graduating high school in the small town of Lake Orion Michigan, Charlie proudly enlisted in the United States Navy and served his great country aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Intrepid. Charlie was a true Patriot, as a daily tribute to the love of his flag and country he raised the flag at dawn and lowered it dutifully at dusk. He told many stories of his days in service.
After his serving his country, Charlie worked at General Motors for many years, but corporate America and the auto industry was just not for him. He knew he had a different calling, one that would create lasting memories in those he encountered on a more intimate and daily basis. Charlie was a person that you just simply could not help wanting to be near. He was a master storyteller, a consummate host and a deep and loving soul. Charlie would do just about anything for you and if he was having a good time, then by golly… you should be too. He was incredibly funny (he was a master at telling jokes) and his engaging personality allowed him to strike a conversation with just about anyone. He purchased a grocery store and very appropriately named it “Charlie’s Market,” in Wilmot, Michigan where he would spend many years as a butcher and neighborhood grocer. A trip to the store would almost certainly include time spent talking with Charlie. He also spent many years working in the oil industry in southern California, where once again he would make a lasting impression on those he met along the way. He was loving and compassionate with his friends, acquaintances and customers, but his true love was his family and his sweet wife Sally. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing (and winning) his favorite game dominos with his family and his loyal friends, sharking at pool, reading mysteries and westerns, playing (and winning) card games, listening to music, playing the ukulele and singing traditional songs and of course hosting welcoming barbeque parties, where he made you feel as though you were in fact, the most important guest. His sparkle will carry on.
He is survived by his wife, Sally of Suttons Bay; daughters Lisa (Scott) Otto of Houston, Texas, Sarah Ward of Elk Rapids; sons Mike (Chris) Weitschat of Elk Rapids, Chuck Weitschat of Marquette; stepsons Tom Fleury of East Lansing and Brad (Sara) Fleury of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is also going to be missed by his grandchildren (who carry that sparkle in their eyes) Riley Weitschat, Taryn Otto, Jack Otto, Ava Otto, Ellie Ward, Charlie Ward, Max Ward, and Kendal Fleury. He is also survived by his sister Elise McGraw of Ventura, California and Susan Schauer of Shelbyville, Michigan. His parents preceded him in death.
The family will hold a private party and barbeque in his honor at a later date, where songs will be sung, games will be played and his life and sparkle will be celebrated.
In memory of Charlie, the family requests that memorial donations be directed to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (OOX)-D, 2002 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030. Or to the Family Motorcoach Association (Medevac Unit), 8291 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH, 45244-2796 or www.fmca.com.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Charlie by way of his online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.