Oceana County Death Records
Liber 4 - 1957-1973

Compiled by Sharon Compton Baatz





**Sharon notes that when she first began compiling these records, she was only doing her family, but, has since begun to work on all of them, so this is incomplete at this point. As time permits she will be going to Hart to work on more and as she sends them in, I'll get them online.**

1867-1893/1894-1899/1900-1919/1920-1922/1923-1927/1928-1940/1941-1947/1948-1956/1957-1973/1975-1998/1999/


1957

Liber 4 p.96 #2005 February 10, 1957 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Willard, Willis Sr. 90 widow, born in St. Joseph, Michigan, retired farmer, died from arteriosclerotic heart disease. Parents; Joseph Willard & Martha Hartline.

Liber 4 p.97 #2019 March 21, 1957 Rural Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
Schmieding, Ernest Henry 81, married, born in Ontario Canada, farmer, died from myocardial degeneration with decompensation. Parents: Ernsest G. Schmieding & Anna Green

Liber 4 p.98 #2069 July 22, 1957 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Mitteer, Winfield Knapp Sr. 68, married, born in Mears, farmer, died from coronary thrombosis. Parents: Samuel Mitteer & Mary Knapp.

Liber 4 p.100 #2087 August 17, 1957 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
Ritchie, Andrew Joseph 81, married, born in Winnipeg, Canada, retired brick layer, died from cerebrovascular thrombosis. Parents: Andrew J. Ritchie

Liber 4 p.105 #2198 October 5, 1957 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Putney, Roberta Kaye 11, born in Hart, died from C. N. S. Pathology. Parents: Robert Putney & Phyllis Fessenden

1958

Liber 4 p.107 #2206 February 2, 1958 Shelby Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Adams, Libbie Susan 90, widow, born in Welland County, Ontario, Canada, housewife, died from cerebrovascular thrombosis. Parents: Henry J. Buchner & Anna Morningstar.

Liber 4 p.107 #2210 February 19, 1958 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
Putney, William Henry 82, widow, born in Ferry Twp., employed with E. H. Sheldon Company, died from arteriosclerosis, generalized with myocardial failure. Parents: Ashley C. Putney & Anna Maria Evans

Liber 4 p.107 #2211 February 25, 1958 Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Bowers, Sevilla V. 73, married, born in Walkerville, Michigan, house wife, died from coronary occlusion. Parents: Dunham Ross & Phoebe Fessenden

Liber 4 p.108 #2224 March 16, 1958 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Kidner, Cleve L. 71, married, born in Ohio, farmer, died from coronary occlusion. Parents: Jacob Kidner & Elma Kindle

March 20, 1958
Riddell, Mrs. Otie (Drake) Mrs. George March 20, 1958
Funeral services were held Monday at the Weaver Funeral home for Mrs. Otie Riddell, 77, of Hart, who passed away last Thursday at Portsmouth, Va., where she had been visiting a daughter, Mrs. Frances Ostrander. Buried in Hart cemetery. Mrs. Riddell was born in 1881 at Marshall. She was married to George Riddell in 1899 at Battle Creek and they lived in Wisconsin until coming to Hart in 1913 to make their home. Surviving are two daughters Mrs. Ostrander and Mrs. Ruth Ribe of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons, Clarence of Whitehall and Richard of Warren, Arizona; 8 gr. Children, and three grt grand children. Mr. Riddell passed away in 1949.

*Another notice said she died Thursday where she was visiting a daughter, Mrs. Frances Ostrander for two months.

Liber 4 p.109 #2250 March 27, 1958 Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Poe, Allen H. 85, widow, born in Three Rivers, Michigan, farming, died from cancer of prostate. Parents: William Poe

Liber 4 p.108 #2230 March 31, 1958 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Smith, Edna Mabel 58, married, born in Ferry Township, housewife, died of diabeties mellitus. Parents: John W. Wade & Agnes Josephine Apple

Liber 4 p.109 #2262 April 10, 1958 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
McLouth, Edward Richard 64, married, born in Oceana County, Michigan, factory worker, died from suffocation & burning. Parents: Lyman McLouth & Julia Scribner.

Liber 4 p.109 #2256 April 21, 1958 Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Camber, Mildred May 69, married, born in Oceana Cunty, Michigan, housewife, died from cerebrovascular accident. Parents: Giles Knapp & Alice Hightower

Liber 4 p.114 #2372 October 2, 1958 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Morningstar, Laura Near 90, widow, born in Welland County, Ontario, Canada, housewife, died from cerebral thrombosis. Parents: Abraham Near & Susan Beam.

Liber 4 p.114 #2374 October 17, 1958 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Porenta, Nancy Near 26, married, born in Michigan, housewife, died from ruptured uterus, massive hemorage. Parents: Claud Near & Jennie Ganger

Liber 4 p.114 #2375 October 17, 1958 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Porenta, baby boy 0 age, died from premature separation of placenta. Parents: Frank Porenta & Nancy Near

Liber 4 p.116 #2413 December 2, 1958 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Hasty, Richard Sherman 94, widow, born in Indiana, carpentry, died from arteriosclerotic cardio vascular renal disease, heart failure & uremia. Parents: Rueben Hasty & Sarah L. Berry

1959

Liber 4 p.118 #2454 January 27, 1959 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Wade, William C. 64, married, born in Michigan, realtor, died from stroke, parents: John W. Wade & Agnes J. Apple

February 12, 1959 Liber 4 p.45 #949 City of Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan
Buttleman, George Eddie 87 years old, born in Ferry, Michigan, farmer, died from Adeno carcinoma of Stomach with perforation, parents: Jergen Hermann Buttleman & Wilhelmina Hemschemeyer

February 14, 1959 p.118 #2458 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Baxter, George E. 74, married, born in Michigan, farmer, died of carcinoma of prostate, parents: George W. Baxter & Rowena Powers.

Liber 4 p.120 #2487 May 5, 1959 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Williams, Gertrude L. 67, married, born in Michigan, housewife, died from myelogenous leukemia. Parents: Thomas G. Pickel & Naoma Thompson

Liber 4 p.122 #2548 July 2, 1959 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Mitteer, Floyd Carl 79 married, born in Michigan, farmer, died from acute congestive failure. Parens: Samuel Mitteer & Mary Knapp

Liber 4 p.126 #2823 August 10, 1959 Rural Green Lake Twp., Grand Traverse County, Michigan
Smith, Hannah Elizabeth 74 years of age, widow, born in Illinois, house wife, died from Cerebral Vascular Accident, parents: William Loetsch & Elizabeth Thackeray. *(Hannah was married to Delbert Hamilton Smith of Ferry Twp., Oceana County, Michigan. Hannah came to Interlochen, Michigan to live with her daughter Evelyn Elizabeth Compton and family when Evelyn visited her at her home in Ferry and found Hannah to be very ill

Liber 4 p.126 #2817 October 26, 1959 Hart Township, Oceana county, Michigan
Waidley, William 74, never married, born in Michigan, farm laborer, died from arteriosclerotic heart disease. Parents: Elias Waidley

Liber 4 p.126 #2828 November 7, 1959 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Stever, George F. 66, married, farmer, died from myocardial infarction. Parents: Jerry Stever & Susan McCumber

Liber 4 p.126 #2830 November 23, 1959 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Graham, Mildred R. 78, widow, born in Petoskey, Michigan, housewife, died from arteriosclerotic heart disease. Parents: Jesse B Heath & Clara Chidesten.

Liber 4 p.126 #2826 December 14, 1959 Township of Otto, Oceana County, Michigan
Dodge, Lewis H. 54, married, born in Oceana County, painter, died from myocardial infarction. Parents: Joseph Dodge & Claudia Sumner

1960

Liber 4 p.128 #2846 January 7, 1960 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Wenk, Carl August 66 married, born in Ferry, farmer, died from thrombosis of internal carotid artery. Parents: Theodore Wenk & Emiley Kops

Liber 4 p.129 #2866 February 18, 1960 Greenwood Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Baxter, Charles William 58, married, born in Claybanks Township, Mason, died from pulmonary embolus. Parents: Charles Baxter & Rebecca Young.

Liber 4 p.129 #2872 February 19, 1960 Greenwood Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Woodward, Ralph E. 90, widow, born in Michigan, retired, died from encephalomalacia acute. Parents: Edwin Woodward & Delia Ann Butler

April 14, 1960 Liber 4 p.131 #2909 Hart Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Bragg, Alfred L. 93, widow, born in New York, retired farmer, died from arteriosclerosis with senile cerebral deterioration. Parents: Ezra Bragg & Rhoda Wample

May 7, 1960 Liber 4 p.131 #2927 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Schmeideknecht, August John 67, married, born in Michigan, Manufacturing, died from debility & dehydration. Parents: Henry Schmeideknecht & Catherine Fruend.

June 19, 1960 Liber 4 p.136 #3029 Montague, Michigan
Buttleman, Augusta Wilhemina 87, widow, born in Montague, Michigan, house wife, died from myocardial infarction. Parents: August Lauterberg & Augusta Colman

August 1960 Muskegon Co., Michigan
Compton, Zilpha (Holcomb) 73 of Hesperia, born May 10, 1887, died August 1960 at home of her son Cyrus Compton in Muskegon after a long illness. Born in Golden Township, Oceana County, Michigan, she lived there until August 1, 1909 when she married Charles Compton and moved to Harvey, Illinois. They returned to Hesperia to farm in 1920.

November 5, 1960 Liber 4 p.137 #3048 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Baxter, William Benjamin 79, widow, born in Michigan, laborer, died from myocardial infarction. Parents: George Baxter & Mary Morgan

1961

Febuary 9, 1961 p.139 #3090 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Lohman, Debra Joan 3 months 10 days of age, born in Hart, Infant, died of bi fida with rupture of Hydrocephalic of head, parents: Wesley Lohman & Doris Fekken.

Liber 4 p.141 #3123 March 31, 1961 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Gilson, Mae Bearss 86, widow, born in Michigan, house wife, died of arteriosclerosis, generalized. Parents: Jesse Bearss & Elizabeth Morningstar

Liber 4 p.146 #3222 April 17, 1961 Muskegon, Michigan
Adams, Bertha 67, widow, born in Michigan, housewife, died from C. V. A. *(stroke or cerebrovascular accident) parents: Joseph Sherwood & Alice

Liber 4 p.143 #3176 June 28, 1961 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Paige, Frank L. 70, married, born in Michigan, farmer, died from amystrophic lateral sclerosis. Parents: Washington L. Paige & Effie Mae Chellis

Liber 4 p.144 #3191 July 22, 1961 Rural Claybanks Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Lohman, Paul Walter 81, married, born in Oceana County, occupation agriculture, died of C. V. insufficiency *(Cardio or Cerebral Vascular Insufficiency) Parents: August Lohman & Louise Buttleman

Liber 4 p.144 #3178 July 27, 1961 Grant Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Hasty, Dale E. 45, married, born in Mears, Postal Employee, died from ruptured cerebral aneurysm. Parents: Edward Hasty & Blanch Knapp

Liber 4 p.144 #3182 July 30, 1961 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Near, Verna Belle 61, married, born in Marysville, Ohio, housewife, died from lymphoblastoma, generalized. Parents: Elmer Hedges & Ethyl McCloud

Liber 4 p.144 #3192 July 31, 1961 Weare Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Schmeideknecht, Richard C. 87, married, born in Oceana, retired, died from general arteriosclerosis with arteriosclerotic cardiovasculare renal disease and heart failure and uremia. Parents: Margaret Harje & Phillip Schmiedeknecht

August 12, 1961
Link, Glen husband of Meta Russell b. July 27, 1894 d. Aug. 12, 1961
Dies at 66. Glen Link 66 of 1186 Howard Street, retired employee of Continental Motors Corp’s Military Division, died early today at home after a short illness. Mr. Link was employed 8 years in the tool room at the Getty Street plant retiring in 1959. He was born July 27, 1894 at Williamston and attended schools of that city. He moved to Muskegon from Lansing in 1926. Mr. Link was married to the former Meta Russel in Lansing on Dec 23, 1916. He was a member of the 50 member club of the Moose Lodge. He leaves his wife; four sons; Russell, Glen Jr. and William all of Muskegon and Edwyn of Chicago, two daughters; Mrs. Floyd McGahan of Muskegon and Mrs. Thomas Christian of Chicago, a brother Raymond of St. Johns, two sisters, Mrs. Frances Jenkins of Lansing and Mrs. Josie Deakins of Hastings and 20 grand children. (No published date or paper shown)

Link, Glen b. 1894 d. 1961 W. Hesperia Cemetery Newfield Twp. Lot 7 Row 5 Sec. J

September 30, 1961 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Rouse, Charles E. 92, widow, born in Mattawan, Michigan, Retired farmer, died from Carcinoma of Prostate. Parents: Francis O. Rouse & Mary Oliver.

October 17, 1961 p.149 #3296 Traverse City, Michigan
Lohman, Victor E. 75, married, born in Michigan, farmer, died of Lobar Pneumonia, parents: August Lohman & Eliza Buttleman.

Liber 4 p.150 #3320 November 20, 1961 Hesperia, Oceana County, Michigan
Baxter, George Franklin 61, married, of Hesperia, born in Michigan, Mill worker, died from asphyxiation. Parents: George Baxter & Mary Schmiedeknecht

November 20, 1961 Shelby, Michigan
Baxter, George…husband of Ruth Miller
Mr. George Baxter 61 a Ferry man dies Nove. 20, 1961, born August 6, 1900. George 61 a resident of Ferry, died unexpectedly Monday evening @ the home of a daughter Mrs. Ruth Ohman of Hesperia, where he was visiting. Mr. Baxter was born August 6, 1900 @ Ferry Twp. He was employed as a Mill Worker @ Smith Crate Works at Ferry for past 17 years. Previously he farmed in Ferry area. He married the former Ruth Miller March 22, 1941 @ Ferry, attended Ferry M. E. Church. Surviving are his widow, 3 sons Laurence & Richard both at home & George Baxter Jr. of Muskegon Heights, 5 daughter; Mrs. Elizabeth Walker of Muskegon, Mrs. Ohman of Hesperia, Misses Kathleen, Cheryle & Michele Baxter @ home; 2 brothers; Arthur & Edward Baxter both of Flint, 3 sisters; Mrs. Grace Hughes of Tampa, Florida, Mrs. Ethel Kerns of Flint and Mrs. Clara Allen of Pittsford and 7 grand children. Cooper Funeral Home with Rev. Elmer Faust, Ferry Cemetery.

Liber 4 p.148 #3286 December 5, 1961 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Barrett, Mabel Wolting 51, married, born in Michigan, housewife, died from coronary thrombosis. Parents: Arthur Race & Emma Hunter

December 10, 1961 p.148 #3276 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Buttleman, Emory A. 76, married, born in Michigan, farmer, died of acute hemorrhage pancreatitis with pancreatic necrosis, parents: William Buttleman & Laura Anderson.

1962

January 18, 1962 p.150 #3312 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Wheeler, Lucy Jane 81, never married, born in Shelby, @ home, died of Carcinoma of Breast, parents: Rufus H. Wheeler & Sarah J. Bailey

Liber 4 p.150 #3321 February 22, 1962 Elbridge Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Mitteer, Charles E. 67, married, born in Mears, machinist, died from myocardial infarction. Parents: Samuel Mitteer

April 2, 1962 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
Certificate of Death #3327 file # 10 Recorded April 3, 1962
Smith, Clare LaMont died April 2, 1962 age 65, married, white male. Date of birth December 12, 1896 in Michigan. Usual residence; Ferry Township, Michigan. Usual occupation; Owner (retired) Crate Manufacturing. Husband of wife Gertrude Smith. Paarents: Herbert T. Smith and Mary Converse. Social Security number; 370-34-7342. Informant: Mrs. Gertrude Smith of Ferry, Michigan. Cause of death; Coronary Thrombosis with 12 hrs. between onset and death. Coronary Arteriosclerosis for 5 years. Pulmonary Emphysema 5 years duration. No autopsy done. April 2, 1962 death occurred at 3:15 p.m. Attended by Dr. Linford J. Davis M.D. Hart, Michigan. April 5, 1962 Burial at Ferry Cemetery, Ferry, Michigan. Burton H. Cooper Funeral Director in Shelby, Michigan

Obit: Clare L. Smith of Ferry Expires April 2, 1962
Smith, Clare L. born December 12, 1896, died April 1962, husband of Lillie Gregoryre & Gertrude Sprunger. He was active for many years in sawmills here and at Hesperia, died at him home in Ferry, Monday following a short illness. He was 65. Mr. Smith was born in Ferry December 12, 1896. He followed his father, Herbert T. Smith in the crate works, the later had founded. In 1933 he bought his father’s interest and became sole owner. He purchased the Hesperia mill in 1957. Mr. Smith turned operation of the enterprises over to his four sons in 1959. Mr. Smith was active in the Ferry Methodist Church and in the Oceana Conservation League. He had served on the Oceana County draft board for the past 15 years. He was married in March 1915 to Lillie Gregoire. She died in May 1921. Mr. Smith then married Gertrude Sprunger in Bern, Indiand July 5, 1924. He is survived by his widow, four sons, Lamont of Hesperia, Lawrence of Hart, Bradley & Roger of Ferry, three daughters Mrs. Donna Simms of Pentwater, Mrs. Verl Sanderson of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Mary Glover of Ionia, a brother Mark of Plainwell, 2 sisters Mrs. Grace Mason & Mrs. Ruth Hinds of Ferry and 17 grand children. Funeral service @ Cooper Funeral Home in Shelby @ 2 p.m. Thurs. with burial in Ferry.

Liber 4 p.150 #3327 April 2, 1962 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
Smith, Clare LaMont 65, married, born in Michigan, crate manufacturing, died from coronary thrombosis. Parents: Herbert T. Smith & Mary Converse

Liber 4 p.150 #3330 April 16, 1962 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Decker, Adria B. 72, widow, born in Ferry, house wife, died from lymphosarcoma, retroperitoneal. Parents: Fred Chalker & Sylvia Bearss

Liber 4 p.156 #3442 September 8, 1962 Hart Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Poe, Alfred 86, widow, born in Muskegon, Michigan, farmer, died from coronary occlusion. Parents: William H. Poe & Mary Weaver

Liber 4 p.156 #3457 October 31, 1962 Rural Ferry Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Hedges, Elmer Carl 90 years of age, widow, farmer, born in Union County, Ohio, died of Cerebral Thrombosis, parents: Sylas Hedges & Elizabeth Smith.

1963

Liber 4 p.159 #3510 January 16, 1963 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Seager, Charles William 66, divorced, born in Ferry, Engineer, died from pneumonia. Parents: Charles W. Seager Sr. & Angeline Baxter

Liber 4 p.160 #3520 February 10, 1963 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Hotelling, Alfred L. 80 years of age, married, Mason & Plasterer, born in Michigan, died of Myocardial Infarction, parents: David H. Hotelling & Elizabeth Conklin.

Liber 4 p.161 #3552 March 15, 1963 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Abbott, Judson W. 78, married, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, realtor, died from pulmonary infarction & stasis. Parents: Walter Gordon Abbott & Alice A. Alcott

April 15, 1963
Draft, John C. 72 of 519 Johnson Street, Hart, Michigan, died early today @ Hackley Hospital, Muskegon, Michigan, after 6 weeks illness. Mr. Draft was born November 6, 1890 in New Era and attended schools there. He spent most of his life at Hart, where he was a meat cutter. In later years he owned a meat market at Hart, and was employed at Hart Gamble Store. He was a member of the Congregational Church. Surviving are four brothers: Rollie of Newport Richey, Florida, Bert of New Era, Andrew of Grand Rapids, Dick of Grand Haven. Funeral is at 1:30 p.m. Weds. at Clock funeral Chapel, Muskegon. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Muskegon.

April 20, 1963 “date of notice”
Talmadge, John D. Mr. Obituary Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan, 20 April 1963, Page 20
J. D. Talmadge, Crane Worker 23 Years, Dies. John D. Talmadge, 64, of 71 N. Muskegon Drive, Egelston Township, who had been employed 23 years as a machinist at Shaw-Box Crane Division, died Friday night at home after a heart attack. Mr. Talmadge was born Oct. 24, 1898, in Algoma, Wis. He lived in Frankfort before moving to Dalton Township, and spent most of his life in Muskegon County. He married the former Ruth H. Stitt June 16, 1922, in Hesperia. He was a member of the union at Shaw-Box Crane. Surviving are the widow; two sons, Tom of Muskegon and Ted of Nunica; two daughters, Mrs. Richard Seabrook of Grant and Mrs. Richard Ritz of Conklin; five brothers, George Talmadge of Muskegon, and Carl Talmadge of Moline, Ill., George Richmond of Beach, N.D., and Harry and James Richmond of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; three sisters, Mrs. Nina Russell of Flint, and Lucille and Mabel Richmond of Sturgeon Bay, and 14 grandchildren.

Death notice
Talmadge, John D., 71 N. Muskegon Drive, Egelston Twp. Mr. John D. Talmadge, age 64 yrs., passed away suddenly Friday evening at the residence. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Sytsema Chapel, Rev. Lowell Betts officiating and the interment will be in the Fruitland Twp. Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 7:00 p.m. this evening. —Sytsema.

Liber 4 p.163 #3595 April 21, 1963 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Sumner, Lydia 73 years of age, married, born in Ferry Township, Oceana County, Michigan, house wife, died from generalized Arteriosclerosis. Parents: Ira Putney & Daisy Converse

Liber 4 p.162 #3576 April 25, 1963 Ferry Township, Oceana County, Michigan
Abbott, Daisy 74, widow, born in Michigan, house wife, died from carcinoma of cervix. Parents: Samuel Huston

Liber 4 p.165 #3635 June 23, 1963 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Glover, Logan Nelson 69, married, born in Pentwater, laborer, died from Rt. Subdural hematoma. Parents: John M. Glover *(Mark) & Louise Chadwick *(Logan was married to Janie Baxter)

Obit in part: died Sunday, June 23, 1963 Shelby
Glover, Logan died Sunday of a heart attack while @ work as night watchman @ Oceana Canning Company. Logan was born June 6, 1894 in Pentwater.

Liber 4 p.167 #3681 September 2, 1963 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Gonser, John Edwin 66 years of age, married, born in Elbridge Township, Oceana County, Michigan, general Laborer-wood products, died from Concussion & Brain Hemorrhage, parents: Edwin Gonser & Mary Levengood.

Liber 4 p.166 #3664 September 9, 1963 Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Fekken, Jacob Jr. 81, married, born in Netherlands, canning industry, died from cerebral vascular thrombosis. Parents: Jacob Fekken & Jennie Efting

Liber 4 p.167 #3687 September 12, 1963 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Abbott, Alta Beatrice 77, widow, born in Newfield Township, Oceana County, Michigan, housewife, died from myocardial infarction. Parents: Frank Chellis & Addie Ash

Liber 4 p.170 #3737 Sept. 17, 1963 Rural Sherman Township, Newaygo County, Medical Facility, Newaygo, Michigan
Fish, Irving Eugene 87 years of age, never married, born in Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan, farmer, died from Carcinoma of Prostate, parents: Charles Edmond Fish & Elizabeth _____

Liber 4 p.169 #3730 November 15, 1963 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Fessenden, Fred Austin 74, general laborer, died from carcinoma of lung. Parents: Edmond Fessenden & Madora Frees

December 24, 1963 Obituary
Puffer, Lottie (Mrs.) Frees
Puffer, Lottie (Widow of Ira) 2843 S. Madison Mrs. Lottie M. Puffer, age 66, passed away Tuesday afternoon at Hackley Hospital. The funeral service for Mrs. Puffer will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from The Clock Chapel. Interment will be made in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the Clock Funeral Home beginning at 7 o’clock this evening. Puffer Rites Set Saturday Funeral services for Mrs. Lottie M. Puffer, 66, of 2843 Madison St. will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Clock Funeral Home with the Rev. A.C.Gunst officiating. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Puffer died Tuesday in Hackley Hospital after a short illness.

December 24, 1963 Obit.
Puffer, Lottie M. (Frees) 66, of 2843 S. Madison St. died Tuesday at Hackley Hospital after an illness of three days. The former Lottie May Frees, she was born June 20, 1897, in Oceana County, where she attended schools. She came to the Muskegon area from ferry more than 10 yrs ago. She was married to Ira Puffer at Ferry in April, 1915. Mr. Puffer died in 1934. Mrs. Puffer was a member of Trinity Reformed Church. She leaves three sons, R.E Puffer, Raymond and Max, all of Muskegon area, four daughters, Mrs. William Knighton, Tucson, Ariz., Mrs. Clark McQueen, Mrs. A.J. Hughes, and Mrs. John Policka, all of Muskegon; three brothers, LaVerne, Glennie, and Edward Frees, all of Ferry, two sisters, Mrs. Joe Miller of Muskegon and Mrs. Malon Isley of Shelby; 19 grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.

1964

Liber 4 p.171 #3769 March 4, 1964 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Cartwright, Clarence Harvey 70 years of age, married, born in Michigan, farmer, died from Myocardial Degenerative Disease with Sinus Tachycardia, parents: Thomas Cartwright & Elizabeth Wolfe

Liber 4 p.171 #3772 March 26, 1964 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Isteen, Ila S. 35 years of age, married, born in Michigan, Nurses Aid, died from cerebral vascular Accident (Hemorrhage), parents: John Wheeler & Edith Holcomb.

Liber 4 p.173 #3812 May 1, 1964 City of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
Mathews, Herbert Baumann 78, married, born in Michigan, Railroad Road Station Agent, died from myocardial infarction. Parents: Commodore Mathews & Amelia Baumann/Bouman?

Liber 4 p.177 #3890 August 27, 1964 Village of Pentwater, Oceana County, Michigan
O’Brien, Robert F. 82 years, married, born in Michigan, Grocer, died of Coronary Artery Occlusion, parents: Christopher O’Brien & Maria Bainton

Liber 4 p.181 #3982 November 29, 1964 Muskegon, Michigan
Baker, Arthur J. 67 years of age, married, born in Minnesota, Machinist, died from Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease, parents: George Baker & Martha Tesnow.

Liber 4 p.180 #3964 December 27, 1964 Village of Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan
Morrison, Helen Elizabeth 51 years of age, widow, housewife, born in Michigan, died from Pulmonary Embolism, parents: Emory Van Vleet & Olive M. Sherwood. August 27, 1964, Pentwater, Oceana, MI.
O’Brien, Robert Jennings b. April 24, 1882, Pentwater, Oceana, MI; d. August 27, 1964, Pentwater, Oceana, MI.

1965

1965 obit.
Payne, Warren 87 of Elbridge, Oceana County, Michigan, died in 1965 (not date given). Born July 24, 1877 in Canada. December 6, 1899 married Minnie Peterson. Buried in Elbridge Cemetery.

February 9, 1965 Death Certificate #53
Cartwright,Harvey M. 66 years of age, widowed, Laborer, born in Oceana County, Michigan, died February 9, 1965 from Coronary Thrombosis. His current residence was Maple Ridge Twp., Delta County, Michigan. Parents: Marick Cartwright & mother unknown, informant: Joseph Cartwright of Perkins, Delta County, Michigan. Doctor Otto Hult.Burial at Fernwood Cemetery.

April 29, 1965 Obituary
Puffer, Irving C. 9455 Walsh Rd., Montague Twp. Services for Mr. Puffer will be conducted by Rev. Arthur Cunningham from White Lake Baptist Church Friday at 2 p.m. Friends may call at the Gee Memorial Chapel until 9 p.m. this evening and at the church beginning 10:30 a.m. Friday until the time of service. Interment in the family plot Rothbury Cemetery.

Irving Puffer Montague Irving C. Puffer, 68 of Hart Township, Oceana County, a former long time resident of Montague, died unexpectedly Wednesday at the Gebhart Farm, where he had worked seven years. He also resided at the farm. The cause of death was not determined as of this morning. Mr. Puffer was born at Crystal Valley, Sept. 17, 1896 and married Edna Mae Webster June 27,1917 in Hart. she died Jan. 18, 1956 Mr. Puffer lived in Montague Township for 18 yrs, and formerly worked in foundries in Muskegon. Surviving are four sons, Niley of Ferry, Gerald and Elgie, both of Montague, and Harold of Twin Lake: five daughter’s. Mrs. Geraldine Jackson and Mrs. Shirley Beckwith, both of rural Whitehall, Mrs. John Lavere of Crawford, Mrs. Bertha Picard of Muskegon, and Miss Betty of Coldwater: four sisters, Mrs. Kitty Makin of Muskegon, Mrs. Angie Fouts and Mrs. Mary Dillingham of Hart, and Mrs. Mina Zimmerman of Grand Rapids; 33 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at White Lake Baptist Church, here. Burial will be at Rothbury Cemetery. The body is at Gee Funeral Home.

October 19, 1965 Death Certificate #238
Cartwright, baby boy 11 hrs. old, male, St. Francis Hospital, Escanaba, Delta County, Michigan. Cause of death, prolonged cerebral anoxia. Parents: Roy Allen Cartwright & Marilynn Mae Long of Rt. 1 Gladstone, Michigan. Burial at Lakeview cemetery. Registered date: 10-20-1965.

1966

July 26, 1966
Morley, Elsie Ruth married 7/30/1910 in Mears, Michigan to Theodore Edwin Flood born 8/16/1899 Castlewood, South Dakota, died 7/26/1966. Their children were: Paul Edwin b.7/13/1912 d.7/13/1912, Oren Robert b.9/12/1914, Louis Fredric b.1/25/1916 d.5/14/1997, James Elwood b.8/1/1918, Maurice Eugene b.5/31/1920, Leonard David b.10/4/1924.

September 9, 1966 “date of obit”
Tozer, Margaret (Mrs.) McGowan Obituary: Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, MI Friday, September 9, 1966, page 13
Mrs. Margaret Tozer of Whitehall– Mrs. Margaret Tozer, 77 of Grand Rapids, died Wednesday in Shelby Hospital. She was visiting her daughter, Mrs. Charles Moelhman in Whitehall when she became ill. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gee Funeral Home, Whitehall, with burial in Hesperia East Cemetery. She was born Dec 29, 1888 in White Cloud and received her education there. The former Margaret MCGowan was married to Loran Tozer in 1903. He died in 1951. Mrs. Tozer was a retired practical nurse. Besides her daughter, she leaves three sisters, Mrs. Gladys Driscoll, Detroit, Mrs. Flossie Stout, Muskegon and Mrs. Elizabeth Dellaven, White Cloud; two brothers, Patrick McGowan, Fremont and Edward, White Cloud; 17 grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.

October 13, 1966 Obit.
Wolf, Floyd died Oct. 13, 1966 in Muskegon, Michigan. He was born September 4, 1895 in Mears, Oceana County, Michigan. He married Nettie Morley on December 12, 1914.

1967

April 22, 1967
Holcomb, Porter W. born November 18, 1888 in Hesperia, died April 22, 1967 in Hesperia, Michigan.

Link, Meta
b. 1899 d. 1967 West Hesperia Cemetery Newfield Township Lot 7 Row 5 Section J.
*The following is what I was able to make out from Meta Links obit. The obit was a poor quality photo copy which was blackened on the left side and no date was listed.

Link, Meta L. (Russell) wife of Glen Link Sr.
Mrs. Link dies at 68 years of age. Meta Link of 3087 ___ Rd., Fruitland, Michigan, died Tues. in _____ Hospital. Born in Hesperia May 16, _____ and spent almost all her adult life in the Muskegon area. She married Glen Link Dec. 23, 1916 in Lansing. Mr. Link died 1961. She was a member of the Fruitland Covenant Church. She is survived by 4 sons: Edwyn, Glen J., Russel and William, all of Muskegon. Daughters: Mrs. Thomas ____ of Chicago, Mrs. Floyd McGahan of Muskegon, sister Mrs. Theron Buys of Muskegon, two brothers Maurice Russell of Worth, Illinois.

1968

May 15, 1968
Holcomb, Leo A. of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan, born March 26, 1891, died May 15, 1968 at the age of 77 years old. Leo was a Rural Mail Carrier between Hart and Mears. Leo was married to (1) Ida Reid (2) Beulah Hunter, married December 4, 1954. Leo served in W.W. I. in Barrack 44. He is survived by Beulah and a sister Edith (Holcomb) Wheeler of Hart, Oceana County, Michigan.

May 1968 no day given
Payne, Minnie (Peterson) 91 of Elbridge, Michigan, died May 19968. Minnie was born December 6, 1877 in Bangor. She married December 6, 1899. *(she was married to Warren Payne). Buried in Elbridge Cemetery.

1970

September 28, 1970
DePeel, Harvey 85, a lifelong resident of Kalkaska County, Michigan, died September 28, 1970 at Meadowbrook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire, Michigan. Mr. DePeel was born in Oceana County, Michigan to Charles Benjamin and Lucinda (Moist) DePeel. On August 6, 1905, he married Rosa McPherson of Kalkaska, Michigan, who preceded him in death in 1934. Mr. DePeel was a retired farmer. Surviving are two sons: Ben DePeel of Mancelona and Archie DePeel of Niles, Michigan; four daughters: Cora Misner of Battle Creek, Michigan; Addie Long and Lila James of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Clara Vender of Loma Linda, California. He was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters, and one daughter.

Obit: died on October 21, 1970 Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan (part)
Glover, Donald K. 75 of New Era, Oceana County, Michigan, born April 29, 1895 in Mears. He married Pearl Marne on December 3, 1938.

Obit: died November 26, 1970 in Grand Haven, Michigan
Glover, Carolyn wife of Jack Glover. Carolyn was born March 22, 1922 and died November 26, 1970 in Grand Haven, Mich.

1971

November 5, 1971 Muskegon, Michigan
Cartwright, Willis Wayne 53 years old, born April 3, 1918 in Michigan, divorced, ss#379-01-2371, died of acute Coronary Thrombosis and Arterio sclerotic Heart Disease, parents: Clarence Cartwright & Ruth Christian

December 13, 1971
Holcomb, Earl born May 10, 1902, died December 13, 1971, burried in Olivet Cemetery in Olivet, Michigan, August 1973 Honor, Benzie County, Michigan

1972

January 10, 1972 Kalamazoo, Michigan
Smith, Mark H. born November 10, 1895 in Ferry Township, died January 10, 1972 at the age of 76 @ Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mark was the son of Herbert T. & Mary P. Smith of Ferry, Michigan. He was married to Joyce. He is survived by his wife Joyce, 1 daughter Mrs. Norman (Jean) Russell of Kalamazoo, 1 son Lt. Col. Howard H. Smith stationed in Thailand, 2 sisters: Mrs. Ruth Hindes and Mrs. Grace Mason of Ferry. One sister Florence Sumner and one brother Clare preceded him in death. Buried in West Cooper Ceme

1973

August 1973
Baker, Floyd died in Honor, Michigan, and burried in Laketon Township near Horton and Center, Muskegon, Michigan on the North side of Muskegon. Floyd born July 2, 1891 Michigan, died August 1973 in Honor, Benzie County, Michigan. Floyd married 1922 Lib.7 p.67. Floyd was a Cabinet Maker. Parents: William Baker and Cora Belle Smith. He married 19 year old Hazel Gould born in Michigan. Hazel’s parents were: James Gould and Addie Moore.

November 1, 1973 “date of obit” Obituary Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan, 1 November 1973, Page 37
Battice, Letois L., 3227 Whitehall Rd. The Funeral Service for Mrs. John Battice will be held Saturday at 1 o’clock from the Young Funeral Home, with Rev. James Coldwell, officiating. Interment will be in Fruitland Twp. Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Born at Pentwater, Michigan on August 15, 1914, she moved to Muskegon in 1932 from Ludington and married Mr. John Battice in 1955. She is a member of the Pentecostal Church. Surviving are her husband; two sons; Eddie Dusenberry of Muskegon and Norman Davis of Whitehall. Two daughters Mrs. Less (Betty) Ingram of Florida and Connie Battice at home. One brother, Mr. Bud Hart of Muskegon and a sister, Mrs. Victor (Alberta) Noel of Shelby. Mrs. Battice is the grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of one. —Young

December 20, 1973 (date of obit) Obituary: Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan, 20 December 1973, Page 43
Wirt, Mr. Kenneth P., 1925 Continental. Mr. Kenneth P. Wirt, age 51, passed away suddenly, Wednesday afternoon, at home. He was born Feb. 17, 1922 in Pentwater, Mich., coming to Muskegon in the late 20’s. He was employed in the inspection Dept. at C.W.C. Surviving are two brothers Clinton of Twin Lake Lake and George of Muskegon, two sisters Hazel Wirt of Muskegon and Ruth Wirt of Ravenna. The funeral service for Mr. Kenneth P. Wirt will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at the Lee Funeral Home, Rev. Robert Savage, officiating. Mr. Wirt will be laid to rest in Fruitland Cemetery, Dalton, Mi. Friends may call at the Lee Funeral Home beginning this evening at 7 o’clock.

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