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December 16, 2000

Obituaries


DR. DAN W. EVERETT, 78, of Caņon City, Colo., and formerly of Traverse City, died Nov. 20, 2000.
      He was born on May 7, 1922, in Indianapolis, Ind. While a resident of Traverse City, he designed and directed the Arnell Engstrom Children's Center. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He retired in 1982 and moved to Colorado.
      Arrangements were handled by the Holt Family Funeral Home in Caņon City.
     
      JACOB WILLIAM FISHER, 73, of Traverse City, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at Munson Medical Center.
      A memorial service, with full military honors conducted under the auspices of VFW Cherryland Post No. 2780, will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald T. Sunman will officiate. Friends may call at the time of the service.
      A full obituary will appear in the Record-Eagle on Sunday.
     
      ALVIN J. GIDNER, 77, of Rapid City, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000.
      Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes, where visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service.
      A complete obituary will be in the Sunday edition of the Record-Eagle.
     
      GEORGE E. LEIKERT, 73, of Cedar, died on Friday, Dec. 15, 2000.
      A Service of Remembrance will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at the Leland United Methodist Church.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
     
      ELBERTA - June Raymond, 75, of Elberta, died on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort.
      June was born on July 31, 1925, in Cadillac. She was the daughter of the late Isaac and Maude (Dudley) Davis.
      June was the loving wife of Al Raymond. They were married in 1949 in Grand Rapids and later moved to Elberta.
      June enjoyed spending time with her family, and loved her two dogs, Muddy and Sam.
      June is survived by her husband, Al; one son, Terry Raymond of New Orleans; one daughter, Patricia (Steve) Mitchell of Kalkaska; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
      She was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth and David.
      A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday from the Frankfort Chapel of McElduff Funeral Homes, where friends may call on Monday from noon until the time of service. The Rev. Richard Stoddard will officiate.
      Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society.
     
      SUTTONS BAY - Lester Evans Bahle, 92, of Suttons Bay, died on Thursday, December 14, 2000, at Leelanau Memorial Health Center.
      Born on Nov. 4, 1908 in Suttons Bay, he was the son of Captain Esten and Laura (Gronseth) Bahle. Lester lived in Ludington until the death of his mother in 1918, at which time the family moved to Suttons Bay.
      He attended Suttons Bay schools, but graduated from the Ludington high school. He attended the University of Michigan School of Architecture, and Detroit Technical College.
      During World War II he served as a technical sergeant topographer in the African and Pacific Theatres. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
      After his discharge, Lester co-owned and operated the Civic Park Cleaners and Men's Shop in Flint with his brother Gordon. He retired in 1982 and returned to Suttons Bay in 1988. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Suttons Bay.
      Lester is survived by two sisters, Realpha (Haakon) Clausen of Suttons Bay, and Thelma (Ike) Hagen of Northport; one brother, Kenneth (Helen) Bahle of Suttons Bay; and many nieces and nephews.
      He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gordon and Orville.
      A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Suttons Bay. The Rev. Paul G. Kuhlman will officiate. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services.
      Memorials may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church building fund.
      Interment will be in the spring in the Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.
     
      BENZONIA - Howard V. Johnson, 70, of Benzonia, passed away Wednesday morning at The Maples in Frankfort.
      Howard was born on September 30, 1930 in Stuttgart, Ark., the son of Charles and Adell (Seymore) Johnson. Howard had been a resident of Benzonia since 1939.
      Howard was employed by Luedtke Engineering as a Tug Boat Captain for 22 years, retiring in 1988. Howard served his country, honorably serving with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He was a former member of the Eagles and the American Legion Post in Frankfort.
      Howard was an AVID card player and he enjoyed refinishing furniture. His greatest joy and priority was his grandchildren.
      On August 11, 1979, he married Sandra Girven, who survives. Howard is also survived by his sons, Dave (Shirley) of Bloomington, Ind., Joe (Kristi) of Benzonia, and Tim of Chicago; daughters Charla Johnson of Eugene Ore., Cheryl Johnson of Frankfort, and Shawna (Todd) Purgeil of Thompsonville; and 11 grandchildren. Howard is survived as well by his brothers, Don of Chicago and Jim (Olga) of South Carolina; and his sisters Nina (Ross) Ghaston of Honor, Ruth Maginity of Benzonia, Betz Paupore and Charlene Kortokrax, both of Traverse City.
      Services will be held today at 2 p.m. from the Benzonia Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes, with Pastor Ken Blair officiating.
      Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider either The Maples or Grand Traverse Hospice.