05-21-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries


JR’s life began January 16, 1946, in Bald Knob, Arkansas.  He grew up in Arkansas and proudly served his country in the United States Army.  After returning home JR split his time between Michigan and Arkansas until making Michigan his home.  JR worked as a carpenter for Cook Nuclear Plant, LW Lamb, and he was self-employed in construction for a bit.  When JR wasn’t working you could find him on the golf course or playing cards.

His greatest joy was his family which includes: the love of his life for 30 years Janet Guthrie; three children Ashley Guthrie, David (Julie) Guthrie, and Charlene “Charlie” Watson; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three siblings Jerry Guthrie, Gerry Guthrie, and Phyllis Boyd; and many nieces and nephews.

JR died Saturday, May 16, 2020.  His parents Everett and Edith (Davidson) Guthrie and a brother Dale Guthrie precede JR in death.  Visitation with JR’s family was held Wednesday, May 20, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet.  His life was celebrated with a private service following visitation. Donations may be made in JR’s memory to the American Cancer Society.  You are invited to leave a message of comfort for JR’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.


Clarence Schroeder Jr., 81, of Coloma, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph.

A private graveside service was held Friday, May 15, 2020 at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma with Pastor Christine Beaudoin officiating. Memorials may be made to Coloma United Methodist Church. Those wishing to share a memory of Clarence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Clarence was born July 5, 1938 in Munising, MI to Clarence & Ruby (Hill) Schroeder Sr. He graduated from Muskegon Catholic Central in 1956. Clarence then served his country in the United States Air Force. On March 11, 1995 he married Judy Baker in Coloma. Clarence worked as Chief Grounds Keeper for Whirlpool Corporation for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, spending his winters in Florida with Judy and was also known as Mr. Fix It always tinkering on many projects.

Clarence is survived by his wife Judy Schroeder; son Steven Schroeder; daughters Theresa Schroeder and Amy (Phil) Osborn; grandchildren Patricia (Rick) Bosse, Veronica Baker, Amanda (Steven) Busch, Theresa “Tomi” Rodriguez, Hilary (Doug) Hageman, Jake (Ali) Osborn and Sam (Jesslyna) Osborn; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings Virginia (Joseph) West, Barbara Schroeder, David (Char) Schroeder, James Schroeder and Marcella (Steve) Anderson. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Daniel Schroeder.


Gertrude “Trudy” (Cross) Rowe, 98, Lawrence, MI, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2020 at home surrounded by her family.

Trudy was a lifelong resident of Lawrence and she was loved by all who knew her. Graduating as the Lawrence High School Class of 1940 Valedictorian, she went on to attend County Normal (Now Western Michigan University) and fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher.

In 1946, she married Paul U. Rowe and together they become a staple in the farming community.

One of Trudy’s passions was being a 4-H leader for over 30 years for the Corwin Crackerjacks as a cooking, sewing and club head. She was also a member of the Stitch and Chat Club, making quilts and donating proceeds to various local organizations.

Trudy loved being a homemaker for Paul and their children. She loved cooking / baking, sewing and traveling, fulfilling a lifelong dream of visiting Germany. She was an avid reader of mystery and history, especially that of Michigan.

Those who preceded her in death include her husband Paul, he