Dale Buskirk

July 5, 2013

Dale Buskirk

Dale Buskirk of Martin, Michigan passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. Dale was born January 29, 1933 in Hopkinsburg to Howard and Alma (Belton) Buskirk, the youngest of 13 children. Dale had been employed with Michigan Bell Telephone, First Tel Communications, and Hidden Valley. He served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict; was a member of the Martin Lions Club, Past District Governor and on the Board of Directors of Leader Dogs for the Blind.

On October 19, 1956 in Otsego he was married to Shirley Curry who survives. Also surviving are his children Randy (Patricia) Buskirk, Michael (Linda) Buskirk and Lisa (Mark) Brooks; 9 grandchildren, Brandi, Michelle, Jessica, Justin, Wesley, Travis, Megan, Tiffany and Gunner; 7 great grandchildren, Karlee, Karson, Kamryn, London, Hunter, Bentley and Grant; extended grandchildren, Kyra, Ben, Jennifer and Stacy, and several nieces and nephews.  Preceding him in death were his parents and 12 siblings.

Friends may meet with his family from 6 to 9 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held Monday at 10:00 A.M., with Pastor Jason Thiel officiating.  Burial will follow at South Martin Cemetery with Military Honors by VFW Post 3030.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations for Dale may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind of Rochester Hills.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com


Laura Lewis

December 3, 2012

Laura Lewis

Laura M. “Sis” Lewis of Shelbyville, MI passed Saturday, December 1, 2012 at home with her family at her side. Laura “Sis” was born September 27, 1940 in Plainwell to Clifton and Laura (Root) Holmes and had been a lifelong resident of the area. She had been employed at the Otsego Theatre, the Otsego Inn, Metron of Allegan and for 20 years she was employed with the Kalamazoo State Hospital. Sis enjoyed golf, gardening, bowling, pool, going to casinos, road trips to Sault Ste. Marie, Torch Lake and Las Vegas. She especially enjoyed time with her family and grandchildren; reading, spending time on the lake and fishing. On December 31, 1960 in Otsego she married Ronald Lewis, who preceded her in death in 2004.

Surviving are two sons and a daughter, Ronald Wayne (Deborah Werner) Lewis of Otsego, Betsy Lewis of Otsego and Kenny Lewis of Kalamazoo; five grandchildren, Terri Ann (Jason Sinkler) Lewis, Lindsey (Tyler) Budge, Lauran (James) Brazier, Steevi Etherton, James Werner and Brittany Simkins; a great grandson, Jason Samuel Sinkler;a great granddaughter, Madison Werner; a sister, Ruth Holmes of Grand Junction; two brothers, Tom Holmes of Texas and Jack (Linda) Holmes of Otsego; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother and sister-in-law, William (Betty) Holmes.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, Bill Rose, Celebrant officiating. Cremation will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to V.F.W. Post #3030 or Borgess VNA & Hospice.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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