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McNeilRichard A. McNeil, Jr.

November 24, 1981 – December 27, 2014

 

Richard A. McNeil Jr. (Chopper) age 33 of Erie passed away unexpectedly on Saturday December 27th 2014 at the home of his grandparents in Rose City, MI.

Family and friends may call at Rupp Funeral Home on Friday January 2nd from 2pm – 8pm. Services will be held at Rupp Funeral Home Saturday January 3rd at 11:00 am.

Born November 24th 1981 in Monroe, Richard was the son of Richard and Lora (Eads) McNeil.

A dedicated father of two, he worked as a painter the majority of his career. Recently he found a job he loved and enjoyed working at Trappers Bar and Grill in Rose City, MI.

Most of all Richard loved spending time with his two beautiful children, his daughter Cheyenne, his son Riley and his brother and best friend Jeremy Russell Roy McNeil (Worm). The most important thing in his life was spending time with his family whom he loved with all of his heart. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time up north. His biggest passion in life other than his children and his brother was his love of music. He was a singer/songwriter. He was co-founder of the band 12th-n-Bakin along with his Uncle Bub and brother Worm.

Richard leaves to cherish his memory. His children Cheyenne Marie and his son Riley Allen from Petoskey/Erie. His parents Richard and Lora (Eads) McNeil, a brother Jeremy RR McNeil and Amanda Crutchfield. His longtime friend and mother of his children Danette (Burfield) Burkhart. His Grandparents Myron and Carmella (Volpi) Eads, his grandfather Gary McNeil. Many special Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends.

 Richard was preceded in death by grandmothers, Delores (Peetie) McNeil and Rita McNeil, a special aunt, Brandie Sue McNeil and many other dearly loved family members.

 Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Margaret Viola Swinkey

October 29, 1920 – December 30, 2014

 

SwinkeyMargaret Viola Swinkey (Burt), age 94, of Monroe Michigan passed away December 30, 2014 at the Wellspring Lutheran Home.

Born October 29, 1920 in Monroe, Mich., Margaret was the oldest daughter of the late George W. and Lydia M. (Wittkop) Burt. Margaret attended school in Monroe and later graduated through Monroe Adult Education program, she continued taking classes that interested her. She traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Europe. Margaret became a member of Saint Michael’s Catholic Church when she married Jerry J. Swinkey 1938.

Margaret was mother of 12 children, worked at Wies Factory during WWII and later at K-Marts of Monroe. She volunteered throughout her whole life at St. Michael’s Church for the altar society, Bingo, and Saint Michal’s School for the many decades her children attended. She also volunteered many years at the Monroe Mercy hospital gift shop, Monroe Court House, French Town Center and Monroe Hospice. Margaret was always on the go, when she sat down she was doing cross word puzzle, reading a book or knitting. She was an advid fan of Detroit Tigers and Michigan Football.

She was an inspiration for everyone who knew her.

Margaret is survived by four daughter; Barbara (David) Nunez of Carleton, MI, Geraldine Imo of Aurora, CO, Nancy (Steve Martin) Swinkey of Ypsilanti MI and Karen Swinkey (Thomas)Mirowski of Wolverine Lake MI, four sons: Jerome (Judy) Swinkey of Newport MI, Larry (Marsha) Swinkey of Riverview MI, Jon Swinkey and Gregory Swinkey both of Monroe; one brother, Alfred Burt of Monroe; and two sisters, Bonnie (Dale) Kregel of Monroe and Evelyn Richardson of Onley, MO.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by daughters, Christine Swinkey, Beverly Schreiber and Judy Fenley of Aurora CO; son, Robert Swinkey of Maybee MI; three brothers, Howard, Arthur and George Burt; three sisters, Bernice Giamanco, Marie McElya and Thelma Siterlet; and husband Jerry Swinkey.

Margaret is also survived by Twenty-nine Grandchildren, Thirty-three Great-Grandchildren, four Great-Great-Grandchildren and one Great-Great-Great-Grandchild.

Family and friends may gather from 2 to 6 pm Saturday January 3, 2015 at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 6 pm. Rev. John Schinkel, chaplain of the Lutheran Home will officiate. Cremation will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Online condolances may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

HayesCharles E. Hayes, Jr.

December 17, 1946 – December 19, 2014

 

Charles E. Hayes, Jr., 68, of Newport, passed away unexpectedly Friday December 19, 2014 in his home.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday January 9, 2014 at Grace Pointe Church, 2535 N. Monroe St., Monroe, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Bruce Leaman, pastor of the church, will officiate. In accordance with Charles’ wishes cremation has taken place. The Rupp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

 

Charles was born December 17, 1946 in Dearborn. He was the son of Charles E. and Virginia Barbara (LaForge) Hayes, Sr. He married Rosemary Jane Newton November 26, 1966; she preceded him in death June 11, 1999. He then married Terry (Guthrie) Watterson October 7, 2002.

 

He worked for Ford Motor Company at the Wayne Assembly Plant for 42 years; retiring in 2008.

 

Charlie was an avid fisherman.  He loved the Detroit Tigers and baking.  He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and small electronics. The most important thing to him was his family whom he loved with all his heart.

 

He is survived by his wife Terry Hayes of Newport; a son, Bill Hayes of Taylor; three step sons, Ty (Wendy) Guthrie of Monroe, Jeff (Maria) Watterson of Monroe and Norm (Angela) Watterson of Flat Rock; five brothers, Jerry (Sue) Hayes of Bellevue, Rex (Sundae) Hayes, Philip (Cathy) Hayes, Raymond (Cindy) Hayes and Keith Hayes all of Battlecreek, seventeen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

 

In addition to his first wife, he is preceded in death by his parents, two children, Teri Freels and Robert Hayes; a granddaughter, Tina Hayes; three brothers, Robert Hayes, David Hayes and Frank Hayes and a sister, Nancy Orr.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Monroe Salvation Army.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Willard Rice

February 22, 1927 – December 24, 2014

 

RiceWillard Rice, age 87 of Monroe, died 10:27 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He had been in declining health for 8 years and seriously ill for the past 2 years.

Friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. Rev. B.J. McDaniel, Pastor of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born February 22, 1927 in Tazewell, Tennessee, he was the son of Arthur and Perlie (Ellison) Rice. He married Helen Moore on June 14, 1947 in Monroe.

Willard worked for Consolidated Paper Company in Monroe at their Southside plant for 28 years and was then employed by Jefferson Smurfit for 10 years before retiring on March 1, 1989.

Willard was a member of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was generous with his time and skills and genuinely liked helping others in need. He was liked by all and will be sadly missed.

Willard is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen Rice of Monroe; three sons, David, Daniel, and Douglas, all of Monroe; two brothers, Edgar Rice of Monroe and Luther Rice of Morristown, Tennessee; a sister, Shirley Lambert of Rockwood; eight grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Hastell, Boyd, and Cecil Rice; and sister, Hazel Rice.

Memorial donations may be made to Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church.

Online condolences can be made through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

SzaboLawrence J. “Jack” Szabo

January 28, 1923 – December 23, 2014

 

Lawrence J. “Jack” Szabo, 91, of Maybee, passed away Tuesday in his home.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 12 noon to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 1138, Monroe. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Maybee.

 

Jack was born January 28, 1923 in Milan. He was the son of John and Mary (Balog) Szabo. He married Audrey Quillin June 25, 1947 and they had 50 years together before she passed away December 20, 1997.

 

He served his country during World War II as a Marine.

 

He was a lifelong farmer and had also worked at Webster Duvall Lincoln Mercury and a body mechanic.

 

Jack was a life member of the VFW Post 1138 and a former member of the Moose Lodge in Milan.

 

Jack loved to farm, garden and was a great storyteller.

 

He is survived by two sons, Larry A. Szabo of Maybee, Philipe H. Szabo of Newport; four daughters, Kathy Szabo of Monroe, Irene Szabo of Swanton, Ohio, Rosalie Szabo of Monroe and Cindy Szabo-Alsobrooks of Taylor; two sisters-in-law, Betty Secord and Lou Ann Quillin; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild; his best friend Jessie Gonzales and his dog Bailey (Toby).

 

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Szabo February

7, 2010 and two brothers, Robert Szabo and John Smith.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

MasonDavid T. Mason

September 30, 1926 – December 25, 2014

 

David T. Mason, 88, of Monroe, formerly of Toledo, passed away Thursday at 3:08 a.m. At Mercy Memorial Hospital.

 

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Rev. Larry Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, under the auspices of VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

 

David was born September 30, 1926 in Grafton, West Virginia. He was the son of Hugh and Mildred (Warden) Mason, He married Joyce Noble October 24, 1959 in Toledo. They had celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this past October.

 

He served his country during World War II in the US Army.

 

David was employed by Teledyne for 32 ½ years; retiring in 1989.

 

He was a graduate of Vale Technical Institute in 1950 and the Embry Riddle School of Aviation in 1950.

 

He was a man who enjoyed his retirement years. He loved to fish and tried to watch every University of West Virginia football game. He gained the most enjoyment from spending time with his family and grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife Joyce Mason of Monroe; a son, David F. (Judy) Mason of Monroe; a daughter, Andrea (Brian) Bachli of Monroe; a brother Jack (Salli) Mason of Fairmont, West Virginia; a sister Barbara (Joe) Coe of Fairmont, West Virginia and four grandchildren, Ian, Rebecca, Brandon and Ryan and several nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by a brother Hugh Mason and his beloved dog Addie.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Bernard E. Bodell

August 8, 1926 – December 25, 2014

 

Bernard E. Bodell, age 88 of Monroe, died 12:48 a.m. Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Fountain View of Monroe.

Born August 8, 1926 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Elden and Alba (Hale) Bodell. He married Elizabeth A. Conlisk on May 10, 1949 in St. Michael Catholic Church.

Bernard honorably served his country during World War II in the United States Navy from July 10, 1944 to July 13, 1946. He served in the Pacific Theater and received the American Area Ribbon.

Bernard was employed by Detroit Stoker for 40 years before retiring as a Supervisor in 1991. He was a member of St. Michael Church, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 1138 Monroe, and Monroe Council 1266 Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed golfing and was a volunteer for many years for the St. Vincent De paul Society.

Bernard is survived by his wife Elizabeth; two sons, Brad Bodell of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Brian (Penny) Bodell of Monroe; a brother, Harry (Lois) Bodell of Monroe; two step-brothers, Jim and Scott Siewert of Ohio; and four grandchildren.

No visitation or services are being planned in accordance with his wishes. Cremation and interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

Dean C. “Andy” Anderson

September 17, 1937 – December 23, 2014

 

Anderson1Dean C. “Andy” Anderson, age 77 of Carleton, died Tuesday, Dec. 23rd at Magnum Care of Monroe. He had been in declining health for two years.

Born September 17, 1937 in Monroe, he was the son of Howard and Rosetta (Lytle) Anderson. He married Sally L. Sanford on June 10, 1972 in Milan, Michigan. She preceded him in death on February 20, 2008.

Andy was a graduate of Monroe High School and served in the United States Navy from February 7, 1955 to February 1, 1962. He was employed by Ford Motor Company, Wayne Truck Plant, as a Forklift Operator and a Gunwell Repairman, retiring in 2001.

Andy was a member of Michigan Regional 18 ABATE and H.A.R.T. Club. He enjoyed mowing his lawn and yard work, bowling at Monroe Sports Center, and camping with his family and friends.

He is survived by a son, Richard (Tina) Anderson of Carleton; daughter, Rebecca Anderson of Indianapolis, Indiana; two brothers, Ben (Winnie) Anderson of Monroe and Charles (Barb) Anderson of Jackson; three grandchildren, Travis, Olivia, and Anna Anderson; three brother’s in law, Larry (Eunice) Sanford of Howell, Leonard Sanford of Maybee, and Lonny (Sue) Sanford of Milan; nieces and nephews, Bev, Chrissy, Cindy, Rachel, Lonny, and Steven; great-nephew Hudson; and his two beloved Siberian Huskies, Akeno and Gracie.

In addition to his wife Sally, Andy was preceded by his parents; infant sister Amy; brother, Eugene Anderson; and nephew, John Anderson.

Cremation will take place in accordance with his wishes. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 10th at the Milan Free Methodist Church; 950 E. Arkona, Milan, MI. The church pastor, Rev. John White will officiate.

The family would like to thank Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe and Magnum Care of Monroe for the compassionate care given to Andy during his illness.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

 

James A. Barton

December 15, 1923 – December 21, 2014

 

BartonJames A. Barton, 91, of Monroe died at 3:55 am Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday January 3, 2015 at the Norman Towers Community Room.

Born December 15, 1923 in Monroe he was the son of James J. and Bertha (Overmeyer) Barton. He married Violet M. Bosenbark on September 25, 1950. and they were blessed with over sixty four years of marriage.

James was employed for twenty eight years by the Consolidated Paper Company, Monroe and then by Goodwill Industries of Toledo, Ohio as supervisor of rehabilitation; retiring in 1983.

He served his country during World War II in the United States Army from February 26, 1943 to December 6, 1945.  He served in the European Theater with the 113th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion.

James went to school in Lincoln Park and Monroe and he and Violet moved to Florida in 1984 and returned to Monroe in 2009.

Surviving are his wife, Violet; two sons, Terry Barton of Roseville and Glen Barton of Newport; two granddaughters, Brittany Barton and Brandi Barton both of Monroe and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents sisters, Helen Carroll, Shirley Grosteffan, Jeannette Navarre and Iris Burkett.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

 

 

Floyd R. McBee Jr.

September 19, 1949 – December 14, 2014

 

McBeeFloyd R. “Richie” McBee Jr., of Monroe passed away on Sunday December 14, 2014 at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center.

Friends may gather on Monday December 29, 2014 from 2 to 6 pm at the Rupp Funeral Home where memorial services will be held at 6 pm. Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate.

Born September 19, 1949 in Monroe he was the son of Floyd R. and Margaret E. (Broom) McBee Sr.

Richie was a 1967 graduate of Monroe High School  and was at one time employed by La Z Boy and the City of Monroe.

Surviving are his brother Roy McBee of Monroe; sisters, Betty Cole of Cookville, Tennesse and Carol Angerer of Severville, Tennesse and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Buddy and Kenneth McBee.

The McBee family would like to thank Roy McBee, Jr. and Ashley Cloum for their help caring for Richie during his last days.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.