Ruth M. Coyne
Ruth M. Coyne, age 80, of Lake City passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Samaritas Living Center in Cadillac.
Ruth was born January 12, 1940 in Traverse City to Daryl and Emma (Lichty) Anderson. She was united in marriage October 28, 1960 to Ronald L. Coyne at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
Ruth was an avid photographer. Her collection includes her keen eye of capturing many details of wildlife and nature. She loved to fish and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and buying items for them. She was a good grandmother and was very giving of herself. Ruth volunteered at Friends Ministry, was vice president of the Lake City Senior Citizens Center, and a longtime member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Ronald, of Lake City, and children, Ronald Coyne Jr., of Kewadin, and Robin (Bob) Crandall, of Byron Center, as well as four grandchildren, Chasserae Coyne, Marcilla McDonald, Justin Crandall and Meghan (Matt) Slotman, and three great grandchildren, Zoe Coyne and Levi and Natalie McDonald. She is also survived by her four brothers, Jack Anderson and Lawrence (Margaret) Anderson, both of Traverse City, Ken Anderson of Williamsburg, Junior (Sue) Anderson, of Acme, and four sisters, Arlene (Richard) Hall, Lucille Conley, and Margaret Deveneau, all of Elk Rapids, and Caryl (Wayne) Stites, of Williamsburg.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Bud, Jim and Bill; a sister, Shirley; four sisters- in-law, Marge, Judy, Karon, and Virginia; and two brothers-in-law, Duane and Fred.
Funeral services for Ruth will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020 at the Young-Holdship Funeral Home in Lake City with Rev. Russell Logston officiating. A time of visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. prior to services.
Burial will take place at the Milton Township Cemetery in Kewadin in the spring.
Memorial contribution may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Friends Ministry in Lake City.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.Young-Holdship.com.
The family is being served by the Young-Holdship Funeral Home in Lake City.
Keith F. Hubbell
Surrounded by loved ones, Keith F. Hubbell of Williamsburg, Michigan passed away peacefully on February 7, 2020 at the Villages of Florida. Keith was born March 6, 1934 to Ivan and Evelyn Hubbell in Acme, Michigan. He attended Elk Rapids High School, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Rosanne (Butler), in 1953. Together, they shared 65 years of endearing marriage. He is survived by his wife, Rosanne, and their five children, Penny, Kirk (Debbie), Jennifer (Greg) Bratschi, Chris (Janet), and Paul (Susan) Hubbell. He is also survived by his two sisters, Joyce Hoopfer, Margaret Grelick and brother, Gary (Edna) Hubbell. Keith’s greatest joy in life was his family. He was the proud “Bompa” of 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and the loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.
After marrying Rosanne, Keith was employed at Chef Pierre as a plant manager. He later became a partner with Wanigan Corporation where he built custom homes in the Elk Rapids area. Raised on a cherry farm, Keith’s lifelong love for farming was instilled at a very young age. Keith purchased his first cherry orchard in the 1960s and established his business of Orchard View Farms. While working for Wanigan Corporation, Keith spent his spare time farming until he was able to grow his business into a full-time career. In addition to his career, Keith was an active member of the Elk Rapids Rotary club for 62 years, where he maintained perfect attendance and received the Paul Harris Fellowship award.
Keith was known for his infectious smile and his heart of gold. Those who knew him best know nothing inspired that contagious grin more than his family and farming. A cherished family man, a beloved husband, and a passionate farmer, Keith has forever imprinted love, accountability and sacrifice in the hearts of his family.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Elk Rapids. Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated on Friday, February 28 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Nicholas Cooper and Rev. Robert J. Zuchowski presiding.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Elk Rapids Rotary Club, PO BOX 814, Elk Rapids, MI 49627, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 143 Charles Street, Elk Rapids, MI 49627, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
Arrangements have been handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
Mary Catherine Francis
Mary Catherine Francis went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 13, 2020. Mary was the youngest child of 14 children born to the late John and Mary Francis of Rapid City.
She attended schools in Elk Rapids and was part of the Class of ’83. She loved her classmates very much and spoke of them often “by name” throughout the rest of her life. If you were lucky enough to know Mary, you will likely remember her most for her warm, affectionate smile.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary, as well as four brothers, William, Michael, Patrick and Kevin. She is survived by brothers and sisters, John, Thomas, Teresa, Coleen, Harriet, Margaret, David, Denisa and Lawrence, along with many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Friday, February 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, February 22 at 9 a.m. with a funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. where friends of Mary Catherine are encouraged to attend and share stories and memories with her family. Visitation and services will be hosted by Covell Funeral Home, 312 Pine Street in Elk Rapids. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mary Catherine’s memory to Munson Hospice House.
Thomas “Tom” Archie Prather
Thomas “Tom” Archie Prather, 88, of Traverse City, formerly of Elk Rapids, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Tom was born on February 3, 1932 in Cass County, Michigan to the late Thomas Eston and Nell (Gleason) Prather. He married the love of his life Virginia “Ginny” Leach on August 14, 1955 in Cassopolis, Michigan.
Tom had been employed in the fishing tackle industry, which provided him the opportunity to live in different areas of the country. He was a vice president with James Heddon and Sons and Bass Pro Shops and also the president of Glen L. Evans Company. Tom also worked in radio for many years, including KIHR, WTUB and WDOW. He lived in Elk Rapids and Traverse City for over 20 years.
In his spare time, Tom enjoyed photography, history and researching genealogy. Tom always valued his many friendships, particularly close friends made through his morning coffee group. Above all, spending time with his family was his greatest joy. He will be remembered for the love, care and devotion he shared with his wife, Ginny.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ginny; two daughters, Ginny (David) MacDonald and Gwen Prather; five grandchildren, Allie (Blake) Becker, Spree (Tsibishi) MacDonald, Alden (Joshua) Griffus, Morgain MacDonald, and Eston Prather; and eight great-grandchildren, Nthabeleng, Bohlale, Phaledi, Otho, Leslie, Harlow, Josie and Amelia. Tom is also survived by his two sisters, Jane (Robert) Deal and Ann (Larry) Keller, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service honoring Tom will take place at 11:00 a.m., with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, Michigan 49684. Tom’s friend, Max Girder will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, https://alz.org.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Tom’s family at his tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.