Loyal Maynard Cobb
Loyal Maynard Cobb passed away peacefully on December 21, 2017 at Meadowbrook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire, Michigan after a short illness.
Loyal was born in Hinkley, Illinois on November 19, 1926 to Clarence and Bernice Cobb. Loyal was preceded in death by his parents and sister Carol (Cobb) Last of Kenosha, Wisconsin. He leaves his wife of 71 years, Leone Cobb, his son Gary Cobb, daughter Wendy (Cobb) Baumgartner, four granddaughters and two great grandchildren.
Loyal graduated from Muskegon Heights High School in 1945 and enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was stationed at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. He met the love of his life, Leone at a USO dance in Chicago and they were married on July 5, 1946. Shortly after, they moved to Muskegon, Michigan where he was hired by Norge Division as a draftsman and attended Muskegon School of Business. In 1952, he was hired by Kaydon Engineering as a Design Engineer and during his employment with them designed one of the largest tool and die lathes existing at that time. In 1972, he moved to Elk Rapids, Michigan with his wife Leone and daughter. He started his own industrial machine and tool brokerage business that continued until retirement.
Loyal was very active in the community - Rotary, served on Village Council, elder at the First Presbyterian Church and active in AMVETS. He loved to hunt and fish, build furniture but what he enjoyed the most was sitting on the deck with family and friends watching the grandchildren and their friends swim, waterski and sail.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the staff at Meadowbrook for all their loving care. In lieu of flowers, Loyal would be honored to have memorial contributions made in his name to the AMVETS Post #114, P.O. Box 144, Elk Rapids, Michigan
49629. A celebration of life at the AMVETS in Elk Rapids is being planned for the spring. Arrangements have been handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
Kenneth R. Weitschat
Kenneth R. Weitschat, 88, of Elk Rapids, began the first hole of his eternal game on January 11, 2018 joining his wife, Margaret.
Ken was the son of the late Alfred and Mary (Hyne), born on February 6, 1929 in Detroit. On March 10, 1951, he married the woman of his dreams and together raised three wonderful children and spent many days on the course together playing their favorite game.
Ken honorably served in the United States Naval Air Reserve for six years. He retired from General Motors in 1991, where he worked as a Benefits Administrator. Ken was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elk Rapids, Elk Rapids Golf Club and a board member of the Historical Society at the Con Foster Museum. He sang with the Heart of the Hills Barber Shop Chorus in Rochester Hills and after retiring to the Traverse City area, he joined the Cherry Capital Barber Shop Chorus in Traverse City. He enjoyed both music and golf.
Ken is survived and missed dearly by his three children; Kimberly Pratt (Dan), Kristin Knight and Jeffrey (Pauline). He is also survived and missed by his grandchildren; Justin, Ryan (Meagan), Amanda, Matthew (Joyce), Christopher (Amy), AJ, Jacob and Cody. Also surviving are his great grandchildren; Liam, Emily, Kenzie, Kendal, Brooke, Mayce, Jace, Adeline, Brantley, Caitlin and Joey, as well as many beloved family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his beautiful bride and favorite golf companion, both of his parents and his brother Willard “Bill.”
A memorial service to honor Ken’s life will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Elk Rapids on January 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation and greetings one hour prior. Both Ken and Marge will be interred at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Elk Rapids.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your condolences and memories with Ken’s family on his tribute page.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy may do so to either the Boy Scouts of America; 1499 Business Park Dr., Traverse City, Michigan 49686 or The First Presbyterian Church of Elk Rapids; 404 Spruce St, Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629 in Ken’s name. The family is being compassionately cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.