Sandra D. Tackett

Sandra D. Tackett

Sandy passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born November 11, 1951 in Allegan, the daughter of Merl and Addie (Parsons) Mason. Sandy was a 1970 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, decorating her home for the holidays, playing with her dogs and traveling out west. She was a member and past president of the Gun River Conservation Club and was active with the Allegan County East Relay for Life. What Sandy loved most was spending time with her family and hosting many family gatherings over the years. On October 24, 1970 at the Otsego Church of God, she married Harold “J.R.” Tackett Jr., who survives.

Also surviving are their children, Stephanie Tackett of Otsego and Chad (Andrea Ehlert) Tackett of Portage; her siblings, Roger Mason, Kitty Rop, Ken (Sherry) Mason, and Bob (Deb) Mason along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law, Don Rop and nephew, Jonathan Mason.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Sandy may be made to the charity of your choice.

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  1. Terri (Goodacre) Gott says:

    I am saddened to read this about Sandy. Although I haven’t seen her in a long time, we were friends from high school class of 1969. She was always a friend in school and when I would run in to her in later years, there was always a friendship shown. Sandy was a fun and loving person and I know her family will miss her. To her family, please accept my sincere sympathy.

  2. Gregg and Shelley Pierce says:

    You were a wonderful woman and the best aunt we could have ever asked for, you with be greatly missed and forever a part of our heart. P.S. say hi to my dad for me, I know you too will enjoy catching up.

  3. Larry & Kathi Fuss says:

    SO sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing! She was such a sweet and wonderful lady!! Always enjoyed being with her! Our thoughts and prayers are with you ALL and know memories are very plentiful!

  4. Carolyn Jordan says:

    I am so deeply sorry to have heard of Sandy’s passing. Please know that my prayers are with your family especially during this most difficult time. Though we only met just briefly at the January Gun River Conservation Club Board of Directors meeting I was impressed by the number of years & the level of appreciation the other Board members had for Sandy. I have heard the words of “strong in concern & conviction of the continuance of the importance of the Gun River Conservation Club” & all the Club means to so many people….be it a family gathering, a wedding, a class reunion or a baby shower. She was a bold, strong person who meant so much to many people. May your family be Blessed by all the ways she touched your lives. May God be with you & comfort you all during this very sad time & in the months to come.

  5. Shelley,Dora,and Willard Campbell says:

    Harold,Stephanie and Chad we are so sorry for your loss.You guys are in are thoughts and prayers.Sandy always did a Good Job at decorating your house for the holidays

  6. Walter Dubbeld says:

    Soppy to hear of my cosine Sandy’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. Will never never forget her. So sorry JR and kids Love you,

  7. I am so very sorry to find out about Sandy’s passing. Disbelief and sadness are in my heart and on my mind . A good Soul and nice Lady is gone from Earth but so many memories remain with us all.
    I’m thinking about all of you and if there is anything at all I can do, please don’t hesitate to get ahold of me . Take care everyone. She would want you to.

  8. Joel, Lauri, Hunter and Grace Krueger says:

    JR, Steph and Chad….

    We have had the great fortune of spending alot of time with Sandy over the last 19 years. Most of which while Joel and Chad served on OFD together. She was a strong, wonderful and giving lady that loved her family fiercely!! Her humor and her big heart will be missed by us and many others. We love you all <3

  9. Aunt Bev says:

    All the Family fun your family shared with Uncle Chauncy and I!!
    The Halloween pumpkins was great to see all ages make there happy pumpkins. Oh and the ” food” she was the best.

    And don’t forget the big 40th anniversary party given for her Uncle & I

    Hang on to all your great momenories .

    Aunt Bev

  10. aunt Bev says:


    Rembering the many family times she shared with Her Uncle Chauncy and I.

    The many Halloween pumpkins carved by all ages of the family. And oh yes the ” food ” at those.

    Don’t forget our 40th Anniversary she did for her Uncle and I.

    J R. Stephanie Chad. Hold on to all your great memories

    Aunt Bev

  11. Joan Walters says:

    JR and family. I am so sorry to learn of Sandy’s passing. She was a wonderful, kind and gracious lady. She was so loyal to her friends and family over the years. Sandy and I were classmates. She put so much into our 40th class reunion and made it so very special with all the little extras. She stayed a good friend to my mom and her lodge members over the years and honored them in their passings. I will always remember her smile and twinkle when she was getting into trouble with her good friend Dian. May she RIP.

  12. Michael & Chris VanDenBerg says:

    Our condolences to the Tackett Family. I met Sandy for the first time at the Gun River Conservation Club chicken dinner, she had such a big smile and great laugh. I had the pleasure serving with Sandy on the Gun River Conservation Club Board last year. She will be greatly missed.

  13. Don Underwood says:

    Jr . You have my sympathy for your loss.

  14. Nick Koubaitary says:

    Brother Harold and Family, I am so sorry about the loss of your beloved Sandy. May God give you strength during this hard time. Please, Do not forget I am here if you need any thing.

  15. Diane Boysen says:

    I was very shocked to hear that Sandy had passed. To all of her families and her dear best friend, Diane LePert: Please accept my most sincere sympathies to all of you.

  16. Bill Gallagher says:

    I’m sorry for your loss JR. Words don’t mean much at a time like this, but I’m thinking of you.

  17. Randy and Sharon Watson says:

    So sorry to hear of Sandys passing ,may the lord lay his comforting hand on JR and the family. She will surely be missed. Randy and Sharon Watson

  18. Gary & Deider Brown says:

    It is with great sadness to hear of your loss, Sandy was such a loving and caring person who will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jr, Stephanie, Chad at this time of such loss, if there is anything we can do to help please just ask.

  19. Bill & Brenda Standish says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family.

  20. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Stephanie, Chad, and their Dad. Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with your family at this very, very sad time in your lives. Our boys, Mike and Mark, used to bowl on Saturday mornings with Stephanie and Chad when all of them were still in school and we parents would sit and drink coffee and visit at the Plainwell Bowling Alley. . It was fun to sit and visit with Sandy and family. She was a very caring person. The last time I saw her was after Chad had left the Otsego Fire Department and became Fire Chief in the Kalamazoo area. Chad and Sandy were shopping at the Plainwell Harding’s store and we had not seen each other in a very long time but it was fun to visit with them for a short time and to congratulate Chad on his new position after we had read about it in the paper. The last time we saw Stephanie was at the Conservation Club when she came over and sat down with us at the gathering for Marilyn Welcher Fenner’s retirement. It was so nice to see her and to catch up. 🙂 If I remember right, she said her folks had just left a little while before that so we had just missed seeing them. Please know that all of us are keeping all of you in our thoughts and sending a lot of sympathy and hugs your way. Take care now and may your special memories help to guide you through your grief in the coming days, months, and years.

  21. Dave Crawford says:

    JR Stephanie and Chad. So sorry to read of Sandy’s passing. I know she loved all the roses and other flowers I had the privilege of preparing and delivering to her over the years.

  22. Pete & Kim Olson says:

    Stephanie and family. So shocked to hear this. Please know that we are praying for all of you. We were so blessed to know your mom and love her. What a awesome lady she was. If there is anything we can do please let us know. Love to all of you.

  23. Kevin J. Clark says:

    Chad, Steph, & J.R. So sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.

  24. Nancy Melton (Parsons) says:

    JR, Stephanie and Chad, I’m so so sad to hear about Sandy. We had so much fun together when we were kids she was my bestest cousin and friend. I will keep you all in my prayers and I will never forget her. I am so sorry.

  25. Lauri Rantz Stone says:

    To the entire family:

    This just breaks my heart to hear of the passing of this beautiful lady:( Sandy was such an inspiration to many. I always loved her funny sense of humor! She could alway bring out a smile or laugh when you needed it most.
    I am so blessed to know this beautiful family for so many, many years. You are all in my heart, thoughts and prayers….love you all to the heavens and back….

    We will miss you Sandy…but because of the love you showed and gave to so many…you will live forever in our hearts….

  26. Carmen Moore says:

    Sorry to hear that Sandy passed away. She was a very kind person and I feel blessed to have known her.

  27. Dale and Sandy Morse says:

    We were sorry to hear about Sandy. She was such a kind and thoughtful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  28. Joe & Gail Parker says:

    J.R. Tackett Family, we are so sorry to hear about Sandy. Our thoughts are with you always.

  29. Yvonne Slater says:

    Keeping the family in my prayers. So sorry for your loss. I’ve known Sandy for more years than I can remember. I’m sure she will be sadly missed. My own sister passed at 58 years old, in 1995, and I can still feel her with me. Sandy will be here forever, also.

  30. Dave and Nancy Staal says:

    JR so sorry to hear of Sandys passing. Our sympathy to you JR and also to Steph, and Chad. Please know you and yours are in our prayers, and continue to keep in touch. Dave&Nancy Staal

  31. Mike Higgins says:

    JR, Stephanie and Chad,
    So sorry to hear about your lost. I’ve thought about you guys much more often then I have ever said. With lost of Sandra is a reminder how short life is and I need to tell my love ones how much I love them more often.Your family has had a lasting effect on my life and how I live it, and I’m sure many more of your friends feel the same way. If there’s anything you need please let me know. God Bless You All.
    Always your friends
    Mike and Lou Higgins

  32. Paul Boughton says:

    I am saddened to hear of your loss. My condolences to the Tackett Family.

  33. Trudy Bentley says:

    JR, Chad, and Steph

    I am so sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. She was a wonderful person who would do anything for you. She was so giving, and never wanted any credit for all the great things that she did. My heart is sadden with her passing. Hugs and prayers to you all.

  34. Jack Rantz says:

    Loved and cherished every moment I was lucky enough too enjoy this beautiful lady. She really could make you smile and laugh any time when times were good and bad 🙂 So Glad Too Be Part of the Family! Love You! Jr, Steph, Chad, Kitty, And the Rest of The Family. Love You all .

  35. Jack Rantz says:

    Such a Beautiful and caring,funny women. Always there too make you smile and laugh, when times were good and bad. My heart goes out too you Jr, Steph,Chad, Kitty! Love! Jack Drew, Brody.

  36. Bob & Jill Vernia and Family says:

    So so sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. Though we haven’t seen her for awhile she made a huge impact on us. We are thinking of you all during this time and praying for peace through this difficult time.

  37. Cherry Covault says:

    God’s Blessings to your family. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a sweet person. From me and Wayne and Shannon Stack.

  38. Bill & Sharon Knopf says:

    We’re sad to hear about Sandy. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. She will be missed.

    Bill & Sharon Knopf

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