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April 10, 2002

Obituaries

**FLAG** **PHOTO** Kenneth Walter Gest
      Died April 4, 2002
      TRAVERSE CITY - Kenneth W. Gest, 65, of Traverse City, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at Munson Medical Center, with his family by his side.
      He was born in Detroit, Nov. 14, 1936, the son of German descent parents, Walter H. and Ruth L. (Kalis) Gest.
      Kenneth graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn in 1954, and received both his bachelor's and master's degree from Michigan State University's School of Education in 1962. While at Fordson, he was a national record-holding high school All-American Swimmer, coached by Gus Stager, who went on to coach the U.S. Olympian swimming team. At Michigan State University, he also was honored as an All-American Swimmer, holding collegiate individual and relay event national records. His team, recently honored at a Jack Breslin Life Achievement award banquet, and coached by Charles McCaffree, was the only team to ever win a Big Ten Championship for Michigan State.
      He served his country with honor in the United States Army. During his military service he was stationed in Germany and at the end of his term was assigned to swim with the Army's team in the Pan American games.
      Kenneth was president of Vaunt Courier, Inc., a company he formed in 1996 with his son, Scott. The company was created to plan residential and recreational land developments that enhance the aesthetics of Northwestern Michigan. He felt that the best hope for safeguarding the area's beauty, which he had enjoyed throughout his life, was to work cooperatively to address the area's population growth.
      Ken's determination to beat the odds of pancreatic cancer with courage and humor was an inspiration to his family and friends. Never complaining, his positive and optimistic outlook on life made his last months with his family an inestimable gift. A man of generous spirit with a zest for life and incredible sense of humor, he put a smile on everyone's face who met him. His story telling will be missed.
      He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, Detroit Athletic Club, Traverse City Golf and Country Club and the MSU Varsity Alumni "S" Club.
      In Traverse City on June 18, 1960, at the First Congregational Church, he married the former Kathleen A. Bellaw, who survives.
      In addition to his wife, Kathleen, he is survived by a son, Scott W. Gest of Traverse City; a daughter, Kelly Gest (Otto Muller) of Grand Rapids; and a grandson, Zachary Muller of Grand Rapids; and his brother-in-law, Richard (Helen) Bellaw of Northville.
      His parents preceded him in death.
      An open house celebrating Kenneth's life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2002, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the family residence on Long Lake.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Department of Radiation Oncology of the University of Michigan, 1331 East Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0582, Attention, Scott Wood, for the Kenneth W. Gest Memorial for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
      Arrangements are being handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
      **FLAG** **PHOTO** Hugo J. Huck
      Died April 7, 2002
      FRANKFORT - Hugo J. Huck, 76, of Frankfort, passed away Sunday evening, April 7, 2002, at his home.
      Hugo was born Jan. 2, 1926, in Frankfort, the son of Hugo T. and Christine (Mathieson) Huck. Hugo graduated from Frankfort High School in 1944 and then was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in the infantry in France and Germany.
      After his discharge from the service, he attended Michigan's Veteran's Vocational School in Dexter, studying mechanical drawing. He then attended Ferris Institute where he studied refrigeration for two years. He returned to Frankfort and worked at the A&P, followed by employment as a draftsman at Pontiac Millwork, and later worked for the Frankfort Post Office for 12 years.
      Hugo's favorite interests were gardening, hunting, fishing, playing cards and especially writing songs. In the late 1980s, Hugo wrote "A Hurting Memory" which was performed by Reesa Kay Jones, a new country singer. She performed this song in several awards shows at the 10th Annual International Country Music Fan Fair in Nashville. Ms. Jones recorded five of Hugo's songs. Both Hugo and the singer received separate mention in the Country Music Association and Nashville Songwriters Association newsletters. Hugo's songs were also performed in Manistee and Traverse City by Rose Miller, Don Daugherty and Harold Casey.
      On Jan. 3, 1953, in Frankfort, Hugo married Eleanor Fresch, who survives.
      He was preceded in death by a sister, in infancy.
      Services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, from Trinity Lutheran Church, with Pastor Rick Stieve officiating. Interment will be in Crystal Lake Township Cemetery East. Friends may call at the church at the time of the services.
      Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Benzie County Animal Welfare League.
      The family was served by the Frankfort Chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes.
      **FLAG** **PHOTO** Donald J. "Deputy Don" Melvoin
      Died April 8, 2002
      TRAVERSE CITY - "Deputy Don" Melvoin was born in Chicago, Oct. 26, 1922. He died in Traverse City, April 8, 2002, at the age of 79.
      He served in the U.S. Navy, but was most well known for his career in show business. He spent much of his life performing, from playing his drums to his big break in TV as "Deputy Don" in Traverse City. He hosted the "Fireman Freddy" show in Grand Rapids as well as the "Don Melvoin Show." He lived in Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Hollywood where he acted in popular shows such as "Bonanza," "Mayberry RFD," "Marcus Welby, MD" and "Night Gallery." He later returned to Traverse City and hosted a horror movie show as "Count Zappula." Don retired as "Deputy Don" and spent his final years in Traverse City with his favorite acting partner, his dog, Lover.
      Don was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Marion (Lauter) Bertram, and his brother, Herbert.
      He is survived by his three children, Brooks (Nick) Filonow, of Newaygo, Donna (Dale) Dozeman, of Grand Rapids, and Cam "CJ" (Karen) Melvoin of Lake City; his grandchildren, Ginny Mikita (Bob) Kruse of Grand Rapids, Tim (Rachel) Mikita of Las Vegas, Mandy Mikita of Miami, Kenneth (Cherish) Melvoin Berg of Chicago, Wendy (Rick) Berg Jones of Dallas, Bethany Herman of Lake City and several great-grandchildren.
      Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 11, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with the Rev. Michael Riggins of Northern Lakes Community Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
      Visitation will take place at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Medical Center to benefit children.
      Craig Steven Denham
      Died April 5, 2002
      GRAWN - Craig Steven Denham, 41, of Grawn, passed away Friday, April 5, 2002, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
      Craig was born July 30, 1960, in Detroit, the son of Frederick and Martha (Panek) Denham.
      Craig married Linda S. Benak on July 30, 1988, in Elk Rapids Lutheran Church. Craig and Linda moved from Traverse City in 1992 to Grawn. Craig was self-employed installing mobile homes. He enjoyed his family, fishing and horseback riding.
      Craig is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Linda; his children, Casey Steven, Crystal Marie and Chelsea Ann; his parents, Frederick and Martha Denham; and his brothers, Mark (Mary) Denham and Tim Denham, all of Traverse City.
      Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska.
      The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the funeral home, with Pastor Gary Gladfelter from the Elk Rapids Baptist Church officiating.
      Memorial contributions may be made in behalf of Craig to the Education Fund for the children of Craig Denham.
      Arrangements by Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska.
      William J. Bowden
      Died April 7, 2002
      MONTAGUE - William J. Bowden, 59, of Montague, and formerly of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2002.
      Local survivors include one sister, Linda (Bruce) Newman of Kalkaska.
      A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, at White Lake Congregational United Church of Christ, 1809 S. Mears Avenue, Whitehall, with Pastors Pam and Keith Koebell co-officiating.
      Memorial contributions may be made to White Lake Congregational United Church of Christ.
      Arrangement by Achterhoff Funeral Home in Muskegon, (231) 722-6717, www.heritagefuneralservice.com.
      DAVID C. STREHLKE, 49, of Beulah, died Monday, April 8, 2002, at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort.
      Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah.
      Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 13, at the funeral Home. The time is not confirmed as yet.
      A full obituary will appear in the Thursday edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
      Arrangements by the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah.
      **PHOTO** Maxine F. Steinebach
      Died April 8, 2002
      HANNAH - Maxine F. Steinebach, 68, of Hannah, and a lifelong resident of the Traverse City area, died Monday, April 8, 2002, surrounded by her loving family.
      Maxine was born January 10, 1934, in Traverse City, the daughter of Anton and Helen (Bieber) Hansen. She married Francis L. "Bud" Steinebach on May 14, 1955, in Traverse City.
      Maxine worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company as a young woman and left that position to raise her family. She later rejoined the work force as a unit clerk at Munson Medical Center, where she retired after 18 years of service.
      Maxine was a long time member of St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church, where she spent many hours volunteering for school and church functions. She was also an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society. Following her retirement, Maxine also volunteered for the Service With Love program.
      Maxine enjoyed gardening and attending programs at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
      Maxine is survived by her husband of 46 years, Bud of Hannah, and their four children, Laura (Tim) Sorg of Springboro, Ohio, Ellen (Brian) McManus of Midland, Donna Steinebach (Tom Lipps) of Port Orange, Fla., and Brian (Kelly) Steinebach of Grawn; and eight grandchildren, Jonathan, Matthew and Brandon Sorg, Valerie, Julie and Bradley McManus, and Rebecca and Megan Steinebach.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; and her three brothers, Eugene, Arnold and Ralph Hansen.
      Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at the Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley, with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m.
      A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, April 12, at St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church, with Father Wladyslaw Marczynski as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
      Memorial contributions may be made to either Munson Hospice, or the Children's Leukemia Foundation.
      Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley.
      Helen Sarah Terhune
      Died April 5, 2002
      TRAVERSE CITY - Helen Sarah Terhune, 91, of Traverse City, died Friday at Munson Medical Center.
      Helen was born in Flint on March 12, 1911, and resided in Traverse City since 1950.
      She loved to tend her flower garden and sew. She was employed by Milliken's Department Store for several years in the alteration department. Helen always remembered Nov. 15, (the opening day of firearms deer season), as a special day that was pursued passionately by most of the family members.
      She is survived by her daughter, Sarah "Sally" (Josua) Rutz of Cameron Park, Calif.; her son, Joseph (Hannah) Terhune of Traverse City; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
      She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al D. Terhune; her sister; and two brothers.
      A private family service is planned at a later date.
      Memorial contributions may be directed to the Father Fred Foundation.
      Arrangements are by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
     
     

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