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Kenneth C. Oakes, 83, of Rue Bossuet
[Indiana] died at 3:50 a.m. Saturday [31
December 31, 1994] in St Joseph’s
medical Center after an illness.
Mr. Oakes retired from South Bend Sobenite Plastics Co.
as plant manager after 37 years. He was born Sept.
27, 1911 in Hartford [MI] and lived in this area for 39
years, coming from Benton Harbor.
On June 23, 1937, in Michigan City, he married Jennie E.
Stokes. She survives with two stepdaughters, Ellen
J. Johnston of Fort Lauderdale, Fla, and Jenette
Spaulding of South Bend; two grandchildren, three
great-grandchildren, two sisters, Ardath Prell of
Marcellus and Margaret Funk of Trenton, Mich; and a
brother, Neal of Three Rivers. He was a member of
Clay United Methodist Church, Optimists Club and past
exalted ruler of BPOE 235.
services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the church.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park,
Granger. There will be no visitation. Memorial
contributions may be made to the church. Welsheimer Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, is
in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth was a
1930 Hartford High School graduate.
He was the son of Roy & Lula Shafer Oakes.
Daniel L. Link,
Mattawan MI, formerly of Hartford MI,
Monday, December 19, 1994 at home, He was born July 6,
1946 in Kalamazoo, MI, and was formerly a
for Skyline Travel Trailers, Elkhart, IN, and Simplex
Industries, Adrian, MI.
He was a member of the Hartford Federated Church
and a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Surviving are his wife, the former Merry Lou Weeden;
3 daughters, Janie Gulp, JoAnn Link and Jennifer Link,
all of Cape Coral, FL; mother and step-father, Helen
Link Richter and
Paul Richter of Hartford, MI; sister,
Ann Link of Dowagiac; brother, Tim Link of Lawrence, MI;
step-brother, James Richter of Holt, MI; step-sister,
Paula Madarik of Hartford; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Grant W. Link in
1965 and a brother, William Link in 1951.
Friends may call after 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the
Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford MI, where funeral services
will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Maple
Hill Cemetery, Hartford, MI.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hartford Federated
Church or the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, Michigan Chapter.
J. Hammond, 82, formerly of Hartford, Michigan, died
Sunday, December 18, 1994, at his home in Sebastian,
Graveside services were held at Glenn Abbey Memorial
Gardens in Auburndale, Florida. Funeral
arrangements were by Glen Abbey Funeral Home.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at
Hartford Federated Church. Memorial may be made to the
church or WLVF Landmark Voice of Faith program in Haines
Mr. Hammond was born November 14, 1912, in Lawrence,
Michigan. He was a retired crane operator.
Survivors include: his wife, the former Elizabeth
"Betty" Bisbee; daughters – Gail Kemp of Sebastian and
Martha Wright of Hartford; a son, Ralph Hammond II of
Hartford; brothers and sisters – Harold Hammond of
Brohman, Michigan, Clyde Hammond, Florine Traver, Ruth
Haney and Myrtle Hanbey, all of Hartford; 15
grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by a son, Boyd Hammond.
Virgil Williamson – The funeral for Virgil Williamson, 83, of
Bangor, formerly of Hartford, who died Tuesday, (Jan. 11, 1994)
will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Keeler General Baptist Church. Burial will be in
Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet. Friends may call from 6
to 9 p.m. today at Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford. Memorials may be made to the church, of which he was
a member and deacon.
Mr. Williamson was born Jan. 20, 1910, in
Dell, Ark. He retired in 1970 from Clark Equipment Co., where
he was employed for 19 years and was a retired farmer.
Survivors include: his wife, the former
Jonell Summerhill; two
sons, Darryl Williamson and Robert Williamson, both of Hartford;
a daughter, Mrs. Mavis Pankey of Benton Harbor; seven
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Vina
Martin of Benton Harbor and Mrs. Lillian Yow of Las Vegas, Nev.
Also surviving are stepchildren, Bobbie Summerhill of Hartford,
Terry Summerhill of Benton Harbor, Randy Summerhill of
Kalamazoo, Rev. Ronald Summerhill of Bangor and Donald
Summerhill of Panama City, Fla., Mrs. Marsha Dagun of Santa
Clara, Calif., Mrs. Linda Parkhurst of Morgan Hill, Calif., and
Mrs. Annetta Huffman of Bangor; 21 stepgrandchildren; and six
preceded in death by his first wife, the former
in 1989 and by a stepdaughter, Patricia Summerhill, in 1965.