11-02-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries

KENNETH MICHAEL POMEROY

 Kenneth Michael “Mike” Pomeroy passed away Oct. 22, 2017 while a resident of Grace Riverview Nursing Home, Three Rivers. He had been ill for several years. Mike was born December 7, 1951 at Watervliet Community Hospital to Clarence Jr. and Betty (Wood) Pomeroy.

Mike graduated from Hartford High School in 1969 where he participated in football and baseball. He was active in the high school band where he was known for being able to play many different instruments.

Mike joined the Navy after high school graduation and served for five years. During his deployment he was awarded two Bronze Stars, a National Defense Service Medal and a good conduct medal which he proudly displayed. After honorable discharge from the Navy, Mike lived several years in California and Tennessee before relocating back to Michigan.

Mike is survived by his son Eric; daughter Jennifer (Matthew) Jones; two grandchildren Ethan and Avery; two brothers Clarence III “Bud” and Randal “Randy” (Donna) Pomeroy; many cousins, nieces, and nephews; his Aunt Delores “Dude” Kietzer and his Uncle George “Pete” Wood.

Mike is remembered for always having a smile and eager to get his picture taken. He loved going shopping of any kind but especially at Christmas time. Mike loved flying and had the pleasure of taking his beloved mom on a short hop. He also loved hunting, fishing and playing golf. Mike is preceded in death by his parents and his brother John (Sharon) Pomeroy.

RICHARD HAKE

 Richard Hake, 94, of Watervliet began life January 5, 1923 in Toronto, Canada.   Richard grew up in Toronto where he graduated high school and earned a Masters in Engineering from University of Toronto.  He proudly served his country in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.

Richard fell in love with Doreen Edson from Michigan who was working as a secretary at the University of Toronto and they married in 1945.  Richard and Doreen moved to Watervliet where they both worked in the school system, she as a secretary and he was a teacher.  He proudly became a U.S. citizen upon making Watervliet his home. Richard also taught at Lake Michigan College.

Outside of work Richard was active in his church St. Augustine’s of Canterbury Episcopal Church and Past Grand Master of Masonic Lodge #162.

Richard’s greatest love was his family which includes: three daughters Elizabeth (Kenneth) Howell of Jacksonville, Florida, Deborah (John) Steenwyk of Bangor, and Jennifer Stephens of Orlando, Florida; five grandchildren Christine Steffic, Stephanie Olson, Brian Olson, Sarah Kilpelainen, and Kyle Stephens; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters Katherine Hoag and Beverly Dewey both of Toronto, Canada; and many nieces and nephews.

Richard died Sunday, October 29, at his home.  His wife Doreen Hake and parents Richard and Violate (Fraser) Hake precede Richard in death. A memorial service will be celebrated Saturday, November 4, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 1753 Union Street, Benton Harbor.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Masonic Lodge #162.  You may leave a message of comfort for Richard’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

Death Notices

Frances Louise (Webb) Bridgman, formerly of the Tri-City area, died October 21, 2017.

Flossie Ellen Davis, 94, died Oct. 24, 2017 at The Willows. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Maria Antonia Aranda, 84, of Hartford Twp. died Oct. 23, 2017 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Barbara Allen Stair, 84, of Hartford died Oct. 22, 2017 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Lois Hosbein, 88, of Coloma died Oct. 25, 2017. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Niles

Sylvia G. Howell, 96, formerly of St. Joseph died Oct. 24, 2017 at Woodland Terrace, Bridgman. Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, Benton Harbor

Jerold Scoma Jr., 53, of Stevensville died Oct. 27, 2017 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

James Edwin Ratke, 64, of St. Joseph died Oct. 25, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Robert “Bob” Retz, 72, of St. Joseph died Oct. 20, 2017 at Royalton Manor, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Richard “Dick” David Evans, 75, of Coloma died Oct. 28, 2017 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Joyce Ann Cerecke, 81, of St. Joseph died Oct. 28, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Rose (Marsala) Conrad, 95, of St. Joseph died Oct. 29, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Richard Hake, 94, of Watervliet died Oct. 29, 2017 at home. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet

Lanny Joseph Damouth, 66, died Oct. 7, 2017 in Bangor.

Sherman Gene Honea Sr., 75, of Hartford died Oct. 29, 2017. Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan

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