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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.

     Memorial 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.

NOTE:  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, died Monday, December 19, 1994 at home, He was born July 6, 1946 in Kalamazoo, MI, and was formerly a salesman 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.
Ralph J. Hammond, 82, formerly of Hartford, Michigan, died Sunday, December 18, 1994, at his home in Sebastian, Florida.
     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 City, Florida.
     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 stepgreat-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Virgie Harkey, in 1989 and by a stepdaughter, Patricia Summerhill, in 1965

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