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Obituaries
HOLLY ANN SCOTT-SIMMONDS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 23 2014

Holly Ann Scott-Simmonds

Holly Ann Scott-Simmonds passed away on April 21, 2104 after a long illness, and a short, brave battle with cancer. She was 43.


The impact Holly made on all those who knew her is much too large to express in a short tribute. She was a loving, devoted wife and a nurturing mother who had a strong family value and commitment. Holly was also a warm, caring friend to have. Holly was a gifted artist and earned a degree in graphic design. She was an exceptional soccer player and enjoyed antiquing, being outdoors, hunting and fishing.


She was the wonderful wife of 14 years to Dan Simmonds, and the caring mother to her three daughters, Hannah, Hailey and Hope, and stepson Aaron. Beautiful daughter of R. K. and the late Ann (Eby) Scott, she was the loving sister to the late Dawn Cummings, and sisters Wendy Watson and Jennifer Stall. She was a doting grandmother to Carter. Holly also leaves behind many other family and friends who all loved her dearly. Holly's smile, laugh, and passion for life will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 24 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at Dryer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the funeral home.  Donations may be made to the family at www.youcaring.com or to the family, c/o of Dryer Funeral Home.

 
MARY LOU RICKSGERS PDF Print E-mail
Monday, April 21 2014

Mary Lou Ricksgers of Holly died Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was 85.

 

Mary was born on May 26, 1928 in Fenton, MI.

 

She is survived by her husband George, and four sons Craig (Mary), Gary (Michele), Keith (Marty) and Dale (Cindy); five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers Alvin, Robert, Leslie and her sisters Marion, Dorothy, Virginia, Helen, Ruth, Mildred and Nellie.

 

Visitation will be held from 3-9 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at Dryer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

 
SANDRA KAY DUKE PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, April 19 2014

Sandra Kay Duke

Sandra Kay Duke of Grand Blanc passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was 62.


Sandy was born on Aug. 17, 1951 in Beaverton, MI, the daughter of Ivan and Marjorie Burr.  She was united in marriage to Ronald Duke on May 13, 1972 at the Beaverton United Methodist Church.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Library Science from Central Michigan University in 1973.  After taking time to raise her children, she returned to the workforce and continued her education, receiving a Masters in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in 2003.  Sandy loved her job as the Librarian at Sherman Middle School, combining her passion for books and children.  She worked for Holly Area Schools for over 16 years, retiring in 2011.  Sandy loved to spend time with her children and adored her grandchildren.  She was also a devoted member of the Davisburg United Methodist Church.


 She is survived by her husband, Ronald Duke of Grand Blanc; three children, Dustin Duke of Little Rock, AR, Destiny (Aaron) Hahn of Grand Blanc, and Danielle Duke of Holly; and three grandchildren, Braeden Duke of Little Rock, and Jackson and Cole Hahn of Grand Blanc.  She is also survived by her two brothers; Stephen (Crystal) Burr of Beaverton, and Dennis (Margie) Burr of Pace, FL.  Sandy is preceded in death by her parents, Ivan Benjamin Burr and Marjorie Ann Burr.


 Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at Dryer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23 at the Davisburg United Methodist Church, 803 Broadway, Davisburg.   Memorial donations may be made to the Davisburg United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Davisburg United Methodist Church.

 
TED WAGONER PDF Print E-mail
Friday, April 18 2014

Ted Wagoner passed away peacefully on April 18, 2014. He was 72.  Ted was a generous but humble businessman.

 

He is survived by his wife Diana; 3 children, Shannon, Shelly (Chris), and Shawn (Diane); brother, Bill (Jacqueline) Wagoner; brother-in-law Grant (Marilyn) Luther; sister-in-law Patty Luther; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Lillian Wagoner. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Holly American Legion or Holly VFW.

 

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24 at Dryer Funeral Home, with memorial services following at 11:30 a.m.  Military honors and inurnment will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

 
CHANTEL SIERRA MORRIS PDF Print E-mail
Friday, April 18 2014

Chantel Sierra Morris of Flint, formerly of Holly, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was 19.


Chantel was born in Flint on July 1, 1994. She graduated from Holly High School and worked hard after graduating.


She is survived by her mother Melody Morris of Holly; two brothers, Clint Morris of Flint and James Parks of Holly; two sisters Melody Morris II of Wixom and Kayla Morris of Holly; boyfriend Dean Gippert of Flint; and her dog Rosie. She was preceded in death by her son Daniel Isiah, brother Gary, sister Sara, and grandmothers Ruby Morris and Millie Brasher.


Visitation will be held on from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, April 21 at Dryer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the funeral home with Pastor John Rigg officiating. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Holly. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

 
BUD CRAWFORD PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 15 2014

Bud Crawford

Bud Crawford of Holly died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was 73.


Mr. Crawford was born in Indiana, PA on March 29, 1941. He was retired from CSX Railroad. He loved his family and hunting and was a hard worker.


He is survived by his wife Nellie; six children, Ronald (Debra) Crawford of Holly, Robert (Krys) Crawford of GA, Jody (Jerry) Boring of PA, Thomas (Cindy) Crawford of Fenton, Kerry (Joseph) Crawford of Flint, Sarah (Jeffrey) Harp of Holly; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Jim Crawford, Paul Popson, George Woodson, Kenny Snyder, Lyle Popson, Larry Clements, and his sister Linda Cole.  He was preceded in death by his mother Beatrice Crawford.


Visitation will be held from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 18 at Dryer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the March of Dimes.

 
JANICE JAGGER KNISLEY PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 15 2014

Janice Jagger Knisley

Janice Jagger Knisley of Holly died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was 82.


Mrs. Knisley was a born in Flint on June 17, 1931, the daughter of Louis and Laura (Brigham) Jagger. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Holly for 39 years. She loved her Lord and loved to witness her faith. She also loved the newspaper business and all the arts.


She is survived by her son Phillip Knisley IV of Holly; daughter Susie Knisley (David Lindsay) of Flint Twp.; two grandsons, Stephen (Leslie) Timm of Flint and Justin (Andrea) Timm of Flint; three great-grandchildren, Jolie, Stephen Paul, and Miranda; sister Celia Overlander of Portage; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Phillip "Pete" Knisley, daughter Michelle Knisley, son Paul Knisley, and brother Dean Jagger.


Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the First Baptist Church of Holly, 15030 N. Holly Rd., Holly, with memorial services following at 1 p.m. Pastor Ed Pedley will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Holly, Christmas in Action, or the American Red Cross.

 
JOSEPH W. CARNES PDF Print E-mail
Friday, April 11 2014

Joseph W. Carnes

Joseph W. Carnes of Flint went home to be with the Lord on April 11, 2014. He was 59.


 Mr. Carnes was born in Holly on Aug. 12, 1954 the son of Elton and Frances (Kruse) Carnes. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a loving husband and father. He enjoyed collecting model cars and trains.


He is survived by his wife Cheryl; five children, Timothy (Robbie) Carnes of MS, James (Crystal) Reeme of Clio, Natalee Carnes of Alpena, John (Heidi) Reeme of Milford, and Stephen (Danielle) Reeme of Flint; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers and sisters, Elton "Buzz" (Debbie) Carnes of Rhoades, MI, Bill (Lorie) Carnes of Clarkston, Jim (Pam) Carnes of Flint, Connie (Chris) Piascik of Holly, and Matt (Julieann) Lotridge of Flint; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Elton Carnes and Francis Lotridge.


 Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 at Dryer Funeral Home with funeral services following at 12:30 p.m. Military honors and interment will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.  Memorial donations may be given to the family.


 
BRUCE L. DRYER PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 01 2014

Bruce L. Dryer

Bruce L. Dryer passed away suddenly on Monday, March 31. He was 85.


Born in Coldwater, MI on Aug. 28, 1928, he was the son of Paul and Harriette (Lind) Dryer. He was a graduate of Holly High School where he was credited with helping to write the school’s fight song. He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U. S. Army, and was the former owner of Dryer Funeral Home where he continued to work until the day he died. He was a member of the Holly Presbyterian Church, Amel Schwartz Post 149 American Legion, the Holly Kiwanis Club, and was a lifelong member of the Holly Masonic Lodge. He was a former Holly Village Council, where he also served in the capacity of village president.  He was devoted to his faith, family, his profession, and the village of Holly.


He is survived by his wife  Beth; four children, Lori (Chuck) Keefer of Holly, Gordon (Peggy) Dryer of Holly, Jane (Thom) Watkins of NC, and Nancy (Michael) Deeb of Ann Arbor; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Paula, and his brother Keith Dryer.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 3 and Friday April 4 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at Dryer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at the funeral home with Rev. Sharlyn Gates officiating. Military honors and burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Holly Presbyterian Church.

 
MARION E. VAN CAMP PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 31 2014

Marion Van Camp

Marion E. Van Camp of Holly died Monday, March 31, 2014. She was 89.


Mrs. Van Camp was born on Sept. 28, 1924 the daughter of Walter and Ethel (Rock) Simmons. She was a former employee of General Motors and was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church. She was a loving grandma and great-grandma.


She is survived by her three children, Jean Tucker of Holly, Sharon (Robert) Dixon of Holly, and John (Marty) Van Camp of Holly; 8 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 sister and 2 brothers.


Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Dryer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Fenton, with Pastor Dean Dumbrille officiating. Burial will be in Hadley Cemetery, Holly. Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Fenton.

 
MICHAEL WILLIAM ROWE PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 31 2014

Michael William Rowe passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Houston, TX. He was 62.

 

He lived the life he always imagined, on his boat near the Gulf of Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Georgetta Rowe, and his brother Patrick.

 

He is survived by his siblings, Wayne Rowe, Linda Connell, Jesse Rowe, and Jeff Rowe, as well as his two daughters, Natalee Rowe and Alyson Mansfield. The family will be holding a memorial in Michael’s honor later this summer in Petoskey, MI.

 
MARGARET G. STEWART PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 28 2014

Margaret G. Stewart

Margaret G. Stewart of Holly died Wednesday, March 26, 2014. She was 89.


Mrs. Stewart was on a cotton farm northwest of Hope, AR on April 25, 1924. She married Rex Stewart on Aug. 3, 1946, and they moved to Holly in 1948. She was a member of the Holly Seventh-Day Adventist Church.


Margaret is survived by her son Donald Stewart of Holly; two grandchildren, Shaun Stewart of Sarasota, FL and Sharlene Stewart of Marietta, GA; and great-granddaughter Charity Stewart. She is also survived by the remaining five of seven siblings; Ina Neal Bryeans of Blytheville, AR, Wesley Neal of Kansas City, KS, Wayne Neal of Antioch, CA, Patricia Neal Harp of Springfield, MO, and Joy Neal Brown of Springfield, MO; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was s preceded in death by her husband Rex Stewart, daughter Linda Hill, and sister Lois Berry.


Visitation will be held from 2-9 p.m. Sunday, March 30 at Dryer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31 at the funeral home with Pastor David Salazar officiating. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Holly.

 
VIVIAN F. AUTEN PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 28 2014

Vivian F. Auten of Holly died Wednesday, March 26, 2014. She was 87.

 

Mrs. Auten was born in Holly on April 28, 1926 the daughter of Millard and Mary (Horton) Green. She was a member of the Halsey United Methodist Church for over 40 years and was a member of Topps of Fenton. Her family was the center of her life.

 

She is survived by her three children, Darlene Ostrom of Holly, Darrel Auten of Nadeau Twp., and Dale (Janice) Auten of Holly; seven grandchildren, Jim Ostrom, Renee Ostrom, Bill Auten, Amy Mazurek, Andrea Hilton, Katie Auten, and Cody Auten; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd "Jim" Auten, daughter Loretta Auten, sister Maxine Beardsley, and brother Ronald Weaver.

 

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014 at the Halsey United Methodist Church, with Pastor Hal Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Holly.

 
MARY HABA PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 27 2014

Mary Haba

Mary Haba of Grand Blanc died Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She was 92.


Mrs. Haba was born in Czechoslovakia on Sept. 16, 1921, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Krompack) Ihnat. She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church of Grand Blanc and a former member of the Amvets Auxiliary of St. Clair Shores. She was a woman of faith who was devoted to prayer. She loved her family and enjoyed her home up north and going for walks.


She is survived by her two children , Alexis (Chuck) Ruby of Holly, Anthony (Barbara) Haba of SC; nine grandchildren, Charlie (Lisa) Ruby, Mike Ruby, Rob (Corrie) Ruby, Ricky (Amy) Haba, Sherry (Duane) Stein, Ronnie (Christia) Haba, Adam (Lisa) Haba, Stefanie (Mike) Nelsen, and Austin Haba; and 11 great-grandchildren, Heather, Kayla, Tyler, Amberly, Dakota, Megan, Sam, Madison, Makenzie, Isabella, and Stellar. She was preceded in death by her husband Anthony Haba Sr. and her son Richard Haba.


Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, March 28 at Dryer Funeral Home, and at 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at Faith Lutheran Church, 12534 Holly Rd., Grand Blanc, with funeral services immediately following. Rev. Joe Cattam will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church of Grand Blanc or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 
ARDALE SCOTT PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 24 2014

Ardale Scott

Ardale M. Scott of Punta Gorda, FL, formerly of Holly, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 7, 2014. She was 93.


Born on Sept. 26, 1920, she was the daughter of Claude and Mildred Bush. She loved to attend church, and enjoyed seweing doll clothing and doing crafts of all sorts. She grew up in Holly and had many fond memories of her time spent swimming in Bush Lake with her three sisters, Donna, Arlene, and Rosemary. She was a helpful and positive person, always able to find the good in people and circumstance.


She is survived by her four sons, James Scott, Daniel Hancock, David Hancock, and Edward Scott; eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.


 
JACKIE GLENN ARMSTRONG PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 24 2014

Jackie Glenn Armstrong of Linden died Saturday, March 22, 2014. He was 63.

 

Mr. Armstrong was born in Jonesboro, AR on Feb. 9, 1951, the son of Aubrey and Virgie (Wallace) Armstrong. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Marine Corp, and he was a member of the Curtis-Wolverton Post 3243 VFW of Fenton. He lived his life to the fullest and especially loved his grandchildren, and the Detroit Tigers.

 

He is survived by his four children, Angelia (Ron) Makin of Linden, Jackie (Jennifer) Armstrong II of Burton, Crystal (Robert) Crowe of Holland, MI, and Kevin (Tina) Armstrong of NY; 12 grandchildren, Jessica, Kyle, Justin, Calob, Samantha, Alexis, Kaylee, Kacie, Aubrey, Brianna, Brendan, and Ryan; and his sister Shirley Paris. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Buford and Buddy Gene.

 

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26 at Dryer Funeral Home with funeral services following at 12:30 p.m. Military honors and burial will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

 
CAROLE ANNE TRIBBY PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, March 22 2014

Carole Anne Tribby of Holly died Friday, March 21, 2014. She was 60.

 

Born in Holly on Dec. 19, 1953, she was the daughter of Sidney and Helen (Jarrette) Rosell. She was a member of the Holly Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She liked landscaping, gardening, her cats, and was always willing to help others.

 

She is survived by her husband, Gordon; brothers and sisters, Sidney Rosell of CA, Glenn Rosell of FL, Charles Rosell of Holly, Susan McEwen of TN, Richard Rosell of Marquette, and Lynda Harris of CA; many nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

 

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at the Holly Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3300 S. Holly Rd., Holly. Burial will be in Rose Center Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.

 
BILLY GENE SPICER PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, March 22 2014

Billy Gene Spicer of Davisburg died Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 78.

 

He was the husband of Carol (Hanson) Spicer; father of Michael Spicer and Mark (Jaime Ehlo) Spicer; grandfather of Tracie, Michael, and Matt Spicer; brother of Albert (Barbara) Spicer and Martin (Joyce) Zarnick; and he had four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Pansy Zarnick, and sisters JoAnn Zarnick and Rosalie Cox. He was a member of the Chief Pontiac American Legion Post, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 2370, and Fraternal Order of Eagles, Post 2460.

 

Burial will be at noon on Tuesday, March 25 in Andersonville Cemetery.

 
FLOYD LAMONT “MONTIE” GREVE PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 20 2014

Floyd Lamont "Montie" Greve

Floyd Lamont “Montie” Greve of Holly died Monday, March 17, 2014. He was 87.


Mr. Greve was born on May 29, 1926, the son of Edward and Ellen (Rose) Greve. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army. He was retired from the GM Proving Grounds in Milford after 51 years of service and was a member of the Holly Seventh Day Adventist Church. He had a heart of gold and was always available to help others.


He is survived by two children, Lana (Kevin) Semenuk of AZ and Charles (Brenda) Greve of FL; three step-children, Lori (Rova) Thorne of Holly, Linda Cansler of TX, and Bob (Tiffany) Potter of Grand Blanc; two grandchildren, Courtney (Brent) Schinbeckler of AZ and Danielle Semenuk of CA; step-grandchildren, Kolby Cansler, Kolton Cansler, Stephanie (Andrew) Laughlin, Robert Potter, and Elena Potter; sister Donna (Chuck) Scofield of FL; and two brothers, David (Mary Lou) Greve of MD and Robert (Nancy) Greve of TN. He was preceded in death by his wife Karen Greve, brother Raymond and his wife Jean Greve, and step-son Ronald Potter.


Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Sunday, March 23 at Dryer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 24 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Linden. Donations may be made to the Holly Seventh Day Adventist Church, Holly Herons Pathfinders.

 
GEORGE CLAIR SWANEY, SR. PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 18 2014

GEORGE CLAIR SWANEY, SR.

George Clair Swaney, Sr. of Midland, formerly of Holly, died March 17, 2014. He was 86.


Mr. Swaney was born in Dunbar, PA on Nov. 6, 1927, the son of George and Sadie Mae (McNett) Swaney. He attended East Bethlehem High School in Fredericktown, PA.  He then proudly served in the US Navy and took part in the battle of Okinawa during WII and was honorably discharged in 1946. He worked as an overhead crane operator for 30 years at Fisher Body in Grand Blanc, MI and was a 32nd degree Mason and served as the Worshipful Master of the Holly Masonic Lodge, was a member of the Hulet-Bravender Post 5587 VFW, Amel Schwartz Post 149 American Legion, and the Holly Moose Lodge.


He is survived by his children, Georgina (Dan) Bates, Marcy (Randall) Skipper, and George (Lanis) Swaney Jr; grandchildren, Dan (Suzanne) Bates Jr., Jason (Danielle) Bates, Chris (Nicole) VanWagoner, Jeremy Swaney, and Melissa (Todd) Sirrine; great-grandchildren, Drew Bates, Olivia Bates, Noah Bates, Evan Bates, Austin Bates, Riley VanWagoner, and Harley Van Wagoner; sisters Dorothy Sadlek and Betty Burke; and brother Lester Swaney. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally on Sept. 17, 2013; sisters Ida Mae Ulicne and Henrietta Gregory, and brother Jim Swaney.


Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at Dryer Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at noon Friday, March 21 at the funeral home with Pastor Chuck Jacobson officiating. Interment will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

 
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