Warren Lowell DeMond

Mr. Warren DeMond, Age 90 of, Hastings, MI (formerly of Woodland) passed away peacefully with family by his side on February 17, 2024, at his home in Hastings.

Warren was born in the family farmhouse in Woodland, MI, on March 26, 1933, the son of Velma and Claude DeMond. He was raised in the Woodland area. His education started in a one room school near his home and later he graduated from Woodland High School in 1951.

Warren’s love of farming began at a very young age, and he often told stories about working the land with his father and grandfather behind a team of horses and tying wheat bundles by hand. Warren began farming the family farm full time after graduation. He set farming aside on Sundays to honor the Lord, attending Church and visiting with family and friends.

On June 16, 1956, he married Eileen (Mattson) DeMond in Woodland MI on Coats Grove Road not far from the family farm. Warren & Eileen began their lives together in a small house on the edge of their Wellman Road farm, later moving into the main farmhouse in 1967 where they raised their family together. Their house was always open to children of friends and family who needed help and a place to stay, whether it was for a day, a few days or up to two years until they graduated.

Warren also worked as a machinist for EW Bliss in Hastings for over 19 years. His unwavering work ethic provided several opportunities for him to advance his position and was asked several times to join the company’s management team. His passion for farming always took precedence over the factory and preferred to spend his time on the farm rather than in the factory. Warren was a faithful employee for over 19 years with the company.

Warren & Eileen enjoyed spending winters in central Florida, first in their 5th wheel trailer. Later in 1997 they constructed a permanent home directly in front of the clubhouse and the first tee on the Golf Course! Warren was an avid golfer and was very active in operations of the golf course serving on the golf committee. He regularly drove the citizen’s patrol car for the Davenport sheriff’s department.

He was also an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt & fish. He and Eileen were especially fond of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where Eileen grew up. Warren loved camping with his family and friends, and they spent countless hours combing the shores of Lake Superior looking for Agate Stones. Everyone looked forward to a ride in his truck on two track roads in the backwoods of Lake Superior looking for bears and wildlife.

Short summers in Michigan were always filled with many trips to visit family, friends, and of course taking in a casino or two. He always said I just want to be with my girls and whatever they wanted to do was good with him. He took great pride in his girls, grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed watching his grandson completely restore the farm, bringing it back to its original condition.

Warren is survived by his beloved wife Eileen, his children Delana Mead (Charles Boumiea), Linnea (Terry) Staines, his sister Joyce Algate, 8 grandchildren, Kenith, Michael, Amanda, Kari Aaron, Kyle, Kendra, and Corey. And 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Raymond DeMond, brother Kent DeMond, and parents Claude and Velma DeMond.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 12:00 PM at Daniels Funeral Home-Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI. with Pastor Deano Lamphere officiating.

The family will receive visitors, one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 11:00 AM?12:00 PM at Daniels Funeral Home?Hastings

Guests are invited to remain at the funeral home for a time of fellowship and luncheon immediately following the funeral service. Interment will take place at Warner (Stoney Point) Cemetery following the luncheon.

The family request that all donations be made to Operation Smile to help children born with a cleft palate in Warren DeMond's name.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings, MI. for further details please visit our website at

Hollie Barton

Hollie Barton, age 46, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday February 7, 2024.

Hollie was born, June 1, 1977, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to David Haraburda and Christine J. Ash. She grew up in Wyoming, Michigan with her brother, Richard Haraburda.

Hollie and Chris Barton were married in September 2003 in Hastings Michigan. Their
daughter, Abby, was born in 2005 and their son, Andrew, was born in 2010.

Hollie was very instrumental in helping her dad open David Delski’s Prime Meats in Wyoming, Michigan. She learned unique meat, smoking, BBQ, deli, and polish recipes from “Busia” and her dad.

Hollie attended Kellogg Community College where she completed the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification. This opened the door for her to begin a career at Amway Corporation. During her time at Amway, she attended evening classes at Cornerstone University and earned her bachelor’s degree in general business administration. Hollie took a lot of pride in her work and really enjoyed helping improve systems and procedures.

Hollie loved being at home on the lake. She really enjoyed having friends and family come to the house. Spending time in the kitchen, preparing wonderful meals, and a glass of wine with dinner and good company. She loved her dogs, especially Thunder.

Hollie is survived by her beloved husband of 20 years, Christopher Scott Barton, her daughter, Abigail Lynn Barton, and her son, Andrew Scott Barton. She is also survived by her grandmother, “Busia” Rita M. Haraburda, her father, David Haraburda, her mother, Christine Jean Ash, her brother, Richard D. Haraburda, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services for Hollie will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 12:00 PM at the Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings MI.

The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings.

Those who are unable to attend Hollie's memorial service are encourage to join the family in celebrating the life of this dynamic women from 1pm-3pm at the Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings, MI. The event will feature a casual open house environment, where guest can support the family by sharing, stories, memories, a light meal and perhaps a cocktail, all provided by Seasonal Grille.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home - Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway in Hastings, MI. For further details, please visit our website at


Eugene Allen Eldred

Eugene Allen Eldred, known affectionately as Gene, passed away on February 7, 2024, in Hastings, Michigan. Gene was born on June 16, 1937, in Bellevue, Michigan, the son of Verdan Wolf and Dorothy May (Loomis) Eldred.


Gene grew up in the close-knit community of Dowling, Michigan, where he learned the importance of family and the satisfaction of a day's work on the farm. His journey through life was shared with his beloved wife, Earline "Sue" (Sams) Eldred, whom he married on March 1, 1958. Their enduring love was a cornerstone of the family until her passing. Gene was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gaylord Eldred.


A dedicated worker, Gene spent many years at the Angel Street Paper Mill, where he was a respected employee until his retirement in 1999. 


Gene was a man who found solace and excitement in the great outdoors. Farming, hunting, and fishing were not just hobbies but a way of life he embraced wholeheartedly. The art of making maple syrup was one of his many skills, and he took great pride in sharing this tradition with others. Above all, Gene's greatest joy was found spending time with family.


Gene's legacy continues through his loving family. He is survived by his children, Joe (Lisa) Eldred, Jill (Mike) Owens, Jeff Eldred, and Jason (Tricia) Eldred, his grandchildren, George, Macie, Myles, Anna, Chelsea, and Mitchell, and his great-grandchildren, Ayden, Zoe, Emma, Arya, Ember, Eli, and Ella. Gene is also survived by his brother, David (Shirley) Eldred, special in-law, Nancy Sams, and several nieces and nephews.


A family gathering to celebrate Gene's life is being planned for later this summer. Contributions in memory of Gene can be made to Corewell Health Hospice, Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit

Donald Richard Thompson

Donald Richard Thompson age 90 of Hastings, MI passed away on January 26, 2024, in Hastings. He was born on June 2, 1933, in Maple Grove Township, Barry County to the late Clifford and Ruth Thompson.

Don grew up in the Nashville area being the youngest of 6 children, his siblings who were Dorothy, Lyle, Clarence, Albert and Robert. In his late teens and early twenties, he worked at the Riverside Elevator in Nashville.

Don married Katherine Hughes in 1960, they had five children together Diane, Danny, David, Darryl and an infant daughter Donna who passed away.

Don was a painter for 35 years and could build and repair just about anything. He loved drivable cars and late in life had a collection of die-cast cars.

For the past 10.5 years he has had a loving companion in Carol Ergang.

Donald is survived by his daughter, Diane (Chris) Cleary, sons Danny Thompson, David (Kellie) Thompson, and Darryl Thompson, along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded by his parents, siblings, wife and infant daughter and great-granddaughter Zoie.

Visitation for Don will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings, MI.

Funeral service for Donald will begin at 12:00 PM on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI. Guests are invited to remain at the funeral home for a time of luncheon and fellowship, immediately following the service.

There will be a graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings, with full military honors provided by the United States Army and American Legion Post 45 in Hastings.

Memorial contributions can be made to Serenity Village (Hospice home to be built in Hastings), at P.O. Box 414, Hastings, MI 49058.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home – Hastings. For further details please visit our website at

Larry Raymond Baum

Larry Raymond Baum passed away on December 11, 2023, at the age of 86 due to surgical complications.  

Larry was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, the son of Lawrence and Ethel Baum.  His father, originally from the Hastings area, had gone to Detroit to seek work during the depression and found employment at the Packard Motor Car Company.  

At the end of World War II, he returned to Hastings with his family who purchased a farm home in the area.  Larry was in the fourth grade at the time and attended the Little Brick Schoolhouse until entering high school in the ninth grade.  

During his years at Hastings High School, he participated in football and track and held the West Central League record for high hurdles for decades.  It was there that he met his future wife, Earlene McMullin. They dated during their high school years but went their separate ways after graduation.  Larry enlisted in the US Air Force for four years, and Earlene entered Albion College. They re-established their relationship shortly thereafter and  married in 1956.

After being discharged from the military in 1959, Larry joined the family business, Hastings Fiber Glass Products, starting out working in production and sales and going on to become president of the company from 1981 until his retirement in 1999.  He then had some time to play golf and had bragging rites for having made three holes-in-one over a three-year period. 

In the earlier years of his life, Larry was a member of the Lion’s Club, the Hastings Flying Club, and the Hastings Masonic Lodge.  He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner as well.  

Larry grew up around antique and classic cars during his teenage years, when his dad was restoring a 1914 Apperson Jack Rabbit.  However, as the years went by, Larry became more interested in the classic cars of 1950 and beyond, and became actively involved with the Gilmore Car Museum, serving on many board positions and making numerous donations to expand or enhance their facilities. 

Larry was also greatly motivated to do what he could to make improvements to the Hastings Schools and community.  He wanted every child to have the opportunity to participate in sports, and he and Earlene covered all the costs to the students as well as paying for improvements to school facilities. 

Larry’s vision was to make Hastings a “go-to” community, and as a part of that, his involvement and financial support made the Thornapple Plaza possible.  He and Earlene also contributed to local healthcare needs, such as the dialysis center and the new hospital surgical center.  He supported many other causes over the years as well.  Larry loved his community and when he saw a need, he did what was necessary to fulfil it. 

Larry’s parents, Lawrence and Ethel Baum, his sisters, Beatrice Baum and Katherine Stolz, all preceded him in death.  

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Earlene, his children Karen (Tim) Pederson, David (Susie) Baum, and Kevin (Tamara) Baum.  Larry’s surviving grandchildren are Jason (Becky) Baum, Brian (Tauri) Baum, Nicholas Baum, Michelle Baum, Kayla Baum, Rachel (Ryne) LaRowe and great-granddaughter Talia LaRowe.  A niece and nephew, Denise and Gary Stolz also survive him.  

There will be a private family service.  A public celebration of Larry’s life is being planned to be held in January.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Larry can be made to the First Presbyterian Church ( or the Gilmore Car Museum (  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.

Valeria Reigler

Hastings, MI- 72 year old Valeria Reigler of Hastings died Friday, Dec. 8th unexpectedly as a result of an auto accident.

Funeral Arrangements are by the Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 14th from 6:00pm to 8pm.

Funeral Services for Val Reigler will be held at the Daniels Funeral home in Hastings Friday, Dec. 15th at 12:00p.m.

Darrell Pifer

90 year old Darrell Pifer of Hastings died Dec. 9th at the University of Michigan Metro Hospital in Byron Center.

Funeral Service arrangements are by the Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 14th from 12:30p.m. to 1:00p.m. at the Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings. The Funeral service will begin at 1:00pm.

Peter J. Straube

Hastings, Michigan - Peter J. Straube, age 80, peacefully departed this world on November 20, 2023. He was born on September 25, 1943, to Esther Shirley Blood and Armond Dominic Agosti. Peter was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many.

Peter led a life filled with love, laughter, and unwavering dedication to his family. He was the beloved husband of Ula Straube, and together they navigated the journey of life hand in hand. Peter and Ula's love story was one for the ages, beginning in their high school years and enduring until her passing on January 26, 2013. Their bond was unbreakable, a testament to the power of everlasting love.

Peter was the proud father to Justin Straube and the late Jon Straube. His love for his sons was immeasurable, and he took great joy in watching them grow and thrive. While Jon may have left this world before him, his memory lives on in the hearts of those who loved him.

Peter will be deeply missed by his surviving son, Justin (Ines) Straube; his daughter-in-law, Lori Straube, his grandchildren, Tyler (Samantha) Straube, Kristen Straube, Kali (Jerry) Willavize, and Trista (Adrian) Luna; and five great-grandchildren, Cameron and Bailee Weedall, Liam, Kayde, and Carter Straube. Family meant everything to Peter, and his love and guidance will forever resonate in the generations that follow.

A long-time resident of Hastings, Michigan, Peter found solace and joy in the community he called home. He formed deep and lasting connections with friends, particularly those residing on Middle Lake, who became an extended family to him. The bonds forged on the shores of Middle Lake were a source of comfort and companionship throughout Peter's life.

A celebration of life will be held on November 30, 2023, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. at Seasonal Grille in Hastings, where friends and family can come together to celebrate Peter's life and share memories.

Peter's warm smile and kind heart will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His legacy of love, compassion, and dedication to his family and community will continue to inspire those whose lives he touched.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home - Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI. For further details, please visit our website at

William John "Bill" Hill

William John "Bill" Hill, age 80, of Hastings, MI, dearly beloved father, brother, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2023 after a long hard-fought battle with dementia. Born February 6, 1943, he was a cherished member of the family and leaves behind a legacy of devout faith, tireless work ethic, and boundless love.


Bill was a 1961 graduate of Delton-Kellogg High School. He was a loyal employee of Bradford White for over 38 years.


Bill was active in his community, serving on the Board at Welcome Corners Methodist Church in Hastings. His service to the church was a testament to his deep faith and love for his community. As a hobby, he loved nature - hunting, fishing, and tending to his favorite roses and all kinds of flowers in his garden. He found joy in the simple pleasures of life, his most treasured of all being his propensity to help others.


He is survived by his daughters, Tammy Molette and Teressa (Dennis) Lancaster, siblings, Harold (Julie) Hill, Linda Noyes and Betty (Bill) Rozell, sister-in-law Linda Hill. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren who will miss him dearly. Preceding him in death were his parents Harold Sr. and Agnes (Willison) Hill, brother John Hill, and sister Marcille (Charlie) Prichard.


Bill’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home where his funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 11:00 AM. Burial will take place at Cedar Creek Cemetery. Memorial donation to Alzheimer’s Association will be appreciated. Please visit to share a message or leave a condolence message for Bill’s family.

Billy Ray Maker

Billy Maker, age 84, of Nashville, MI passed away peacefully on August 24, 2023 at his home. He was born in Battle Creek, MI on September 16, 1938, to Thomas and Carma (Brown) Maker.  Bill and his sister Carma Jean, were raised in the Nashville community.


Bill graduated from the W.K. Kellogg High School in Nashville in 1956. He married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Sherman, in 1957.



Bill worked at Paul Automotive Auto Parts in Hastings, later he worked at Reahm’s Motor Sales in the body shop department. In 1964 he was hired at General Motors, retiring after 28 years.


Bill was always interested in old cars. He restored a 1929 Essex in high school shop class. He loved going to sprint car races. After marriage, Bill and Bonnie both enjoyed racing micro-midgets.


In later years they purchased a 1935 Ford pickup, entering it in several car shows for many years. This was Bill’s favorite toy.


The couple had 2 children, Billy Ray Jr. (Bernice) and Becky (Bill) Wilson; 4 grandchildren, Ben (Melissa) Maker, Kelly (Matt) Dunham, Max (Lisa) Wilson and Katelyn (Dale) Laverty; and 10 great-grandchildren, Hartley and Maddie Maker, Allyson, Waylon, Eleanor, and Wilson Dunham, Avery and Addy Wilson, Maxton and Mayleigh Laverty. 


Bill was predeceased by his son Billy Ray Jr., sister-in-law Arloa Wallace and nephew Lee Bennett.


The Family is extremely grateful for the support they received from Interim Healthcare services, especially the love from his nurse Kailey VanEngen.


Paying tribute to a life well lived and Bill’s passion for classic cars, there will be a Celebration of Life/“Cruise In” on September 16, 2023 from 3pm-7pm at the Nashville Church of the Nazarene.  Please feel free to drive your classic car and enjoy a summer afternoon socializing and remembering our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.


Those attending, will be treated to some of Bill’s favorite “delicacies”, including hot dogs, Myers’ Bakery donuts, and of course…………a cup of coffee!


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home - Nashville, conveniently located at 9200 E M79 Highway Nashville, MI. For further details please visit our website at

Bayne Christopher Signeski

Bayne Christopher Signeski, age 18, of Hastings MI passed away unexpectedly on July 08, 2023.

Bayne was born in Kalamazoo MI on November 2, 2004. The son of Shannon Rybiski and Kevin Signeski.

He was raised in the Hastings area and attended Hastings Schools, graduating with the Class of 2023.

As a young athlete, Bayne participated in football and basketball, but eventually followed in his brother Xander’s footsteps and found a home on the soccer field. During the first game of his freshman season, he scored the first goal during a rainy game. He continued to play soccer until his junior year when he suffered a knee injury, mid-season, requiring surgery. Which caused him to lose out on his junior year of track also. He worked hard in physical therapy and returned to soccer his senior season.

Bayne participated and excelled at Track & Field as a sprinter specializing in the 100- & 200-Meter events, receiving the “Guts” award and MVP of sprints during his sophomore year. Due to his knee injury, which prevented him from sprinting his senior year, he still wanted to contribute to the team and refocused his energy on the Shotput and Discus events. This “new path” also gave him the opportunity to mentor and watch his younger sister as she began her high school track & field career.

During his high school years Bayne worked at Mexican Connexion and Culvers in Hastings where he made many friends with co-workers and customers alike.

After graduating, Bayne took a job with his father Kevin at Challenge Manufacturing in Holland MI, saving money to begin the next chapter of his life, attending Ferris State University. Following the inspiration of his Uncle Kurt, Bayne aspired to complete a degree in social work as a school counselor.

During his “spare” time, Bayne enjoyed playing online video games with his brother and various friends which often resulted in competitive interactions not only on their headsets, but from as close as their bedrooms! He enjoyed making and editing YouTube videos, drawing and spending time with friends.

Bayne is survived by his mother Shannon (Jay) Rybiski, father Kevin Signeski, brother Xander Signeski, sister Avayla Rybiski, grandparents, many aunts, uncles & cousins. He was preceded in death by his uncle Kurt Signeski, his grandmother Diane Davis, and grandfather Marv Signeski.

The family invites friends and family to celebrate Bayne’s life on Friday, July 14, 2023, from 2:30 PM till 5:30 PM at The Legacy at Hastings located at 1550 North Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hastings High School Boys Soccer Program through the Athletic Boosters.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home – Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI. For further details please visit our website at

Ruth Inga Landon

Ruth Inga Landon

( October 31, 1932 - May 05, 2023 )


Ruth Inga Landon (Moe), 90, of Freeport peacefully passed Friday, May 5, 2023. Born October 31, 1932, in Hastings Michigan, to Sjur and Margot Moe.


In 1950 Ruth took her future husband Wayne to his 1st car race, beginning a passionate racing tradition that would be passed down for generations. 


She married Wayne in 1952, having 5 children Rita, Jerry, Terry, Linda, and Lorie. She worked as a waitress in Hastings also at The Piston ring.


In 1958 she was the winner of a powderpuff race at Lansing speedway using her husband’s race car. 


In 1956 tragedy struck, and daughter Rita, age 3, was lost due to an accident at Hastings speedway. Devastation struck again in 1979, when son Terry age 19 was in a fatal auto accident. Then again in 1989 a racing accident took son Jerry.


Despite the hardship she faced, Ruth held steadfast. Devoted to her husband, and their surviving children, grandchildren, and family business.


In 2000, she won her battle against breast cancer. Despite the harsh chemo treatment, she never missed a race that season. She was awarded “Woman of The Year” by the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.


Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years Wayne Landon, 2 brothers and 7 sisters, her sons Jerry and Terry and daughter Rita.


She is survived by her sister Janice, daughters Linda (Teddy) and Lorie, 6 grandchildren Nick (Katie), Chris (Emily), Tracy (Sky), Stacy, Lydia, Emily (John), Great-granddaughter Inga who helped in caring for her, and Wayne in their final years. She also leaves behind 10 other great-grandchildren.


Ruth was very loved and will be missed terribly. Her family will continue to live her legacy by enjoying car races, rock collecting, frog watching, and cooking big meals together. 


Visitation will be on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 11:00 AM with a Celebration of Life to follow at Noon at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway; Hastings, Michigan 49058. A luncheon will follow at the Woodgrove Church in Coats Grove, Michigan.  Memorial contributions for a monument marker will be greatly appreciated. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit 

Roger Caris

Hastings/BIRCH Fire Chief Roger Caris passed away Wednesday morning, April 19th after suffering a cardiac arrest. Roger served on the Hastings Fire Department for 49 years becoming the Chief in 1981. He loved his family, serving the community and training firefighters across the State.


Mayor Dave Tossava states, “It is a very sad day in the City of Hastings. Roger Caris was an exceptional person, a dedicated firefighter, the type of person that always put his community and its citizens first. I have had the pleasure of working with Roger throughout his career with the City. I would stop at the Fire station and talk to Roger hours at a time. I will miss our conversations, I considered Roger an advisor and a great friend.”


Roger not only served our local community. He was responsible for the many firefighters to take the state written and practical test for over 15 years as the Region Training Coordinator for the Bureau of Fire Service.


Roger Caris also served for 26 years on the Board of Directors at Thornapple Credit Union. Amy Byers, President of TCU says, “We appreciate all the knowledge, guidance, and friendship shared with us.”  In his honor, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will be served at their next meeting.


His family generously shared Roger with the entire community. Son in Law Jim followed him into the Fire Service. Known to the grandkids as Grandpa Chief, they loved spending time at the Fire Station sharing a “Fire Department Sprite.” Grandson Adam Sheldon shares,” I'm just so thankful for the dedicated time he would turn off his phone, wrap his hands over mine on my club, teach me an awesome swing and say, 'see that - now go do it, you won't need me for that much longer - you've got it.' He did that for a lot of us.”


Roger and his family moved to Hastings in 1974 as the new owner of Western Auto. He continued in this business until becoming full time on the Fire Department.


Roger is survived by his children, Kenny Caris, McKenna Caris , Roger (Missie) Jr, Paul (Katie) Skinner, Teresa (Jim) Sheldon, Sue (Ed) McKeough and Bill Skinner, 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchildren and special nephew James Avery.

Earl Furlong

93 year old Earl Furlong of Nashville, Michigan passed away Monday, April 17, 2023 at Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital.  Funeral Arrangements are by the Daniels Funeral Home of Nashville.  At Earl's request, no services are being held at this time.

Marjorie Lorraine Hallifax

Marjorie Lorraine Hallifax

( March 01, 1925 - March 29, 2023 )

Marjorie L. Hallifax passed away March 29, 2023, peacefully at home in the hands of her daughter Leigh Ann and granddaughter Michelle.


Marjorie was born on March 1, 1925, in Hastings, Michigan, the daughter of Burr and Beatrice (Vanderbook) Laubaugh.  She was a 1943 graduate of Hastings High School.  She worked at Hastings Manufacturing Piston Rings over 30 years, retiring in 1984.


Marjorie was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Rebekahs Lodge for over 50 years, and the UAW Local 138.  Marjorie enjoyed working out in her flower beds and yard, which was always so beautiful.  She loved digging in the dirt, but always cleaning and washing everything in her house.  You would never find anything dirty or out of place in her home.  Marjorie, along with her sister Lorraine, would challenge anyone to a good game of Euchre.  But most of all, Marjorie loved putting together family events every year, especially at Easter, cooking all of her homemade goodies and getting an egg hunt together and buying kites for the grandchildren to fly out on the family farm, where she still lived.


Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, sons Michael and Scott Hallifax, brother Dale Laubaugh, sister Lorraine (Lavern) Guthrie, brother Kenneth (Janet) Laubaugh, great-great granddaughter Kaydence Hallifax.


She is survived by her children Robert Hallifax, Jr. of Galesburg, Thomas C. and Susan Hallifax of Grand Rapids, Leigh Ann and Ed Harris of Hastings, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren, and special family friend, Angie.


A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Rutland Township Cemetery. Instead of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit

Marilyn A. Stafford

Marilyn A. Stafford, age 89 of Wayland, formerly of Middleville, passed away on January 25, 2023. 


Marilyn was born on October 27, 1933 in Caledonia, the daughter of William and Florence (Brearley) Lind.  An active member of Parmelee United Methodist Church for many years, Marilyn was employed by The State Bank of Caledonia for forty and a half years, retiring in 1994. Marilyn enjoyed baking, cooking, going to craft shows, traveling, and bus trips, especially to Branson, Missouri to see shows.  She was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and loved to watch them play. While working as a waitress at Gehl’s Restaurant in Caledonia, she met a regular named Harry Stafford who became the love of her life, they married on July 28, 1953. Harry preceded her in death in 2016.


Marilyn is survived by sister, Mary Lou Cisler; several nieces, nephews, brothers in law and sisters in law.  Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Darlene Sisson; brothers in law: Paul Sisson and Robert Cisler Sr. 


Marilyn’s family will receive friends on Thursday, February 2, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home where her funeral service will be conducted on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 1:00 PM, Pastor Tony Shumaker officiating.  Private burial will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Parmelee United Methodist Church or Green Acres of Wayland will be appreciated.


Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Marilyn’s family.

Duane Robert Glasgow

Duane Robert Glasgow, age 85, passed away on January 14, 2023, in Grand Rapids, MI. He had been battling Alzheimer’s for the past several years.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Hope United Methodist Church in Hastings, with the funeral immediately following at 12:00 pm. A luncheon at the church will be held following the funeral. A private family burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings.

Duane was born on December 20, 1937, in Hastings, Michigan to Robert M. and Vivian A. (Kellogg) Glasgow. He was the youngest of two boys. He was a 1956 graduate of Hastings High School.

Born on a farm in Michigan, Duane learned about machinery and electronics at an early age. He built his first car before he was in high school. At age 15 he was repairing televisions and any other electronics he could get his hands on. While in high school, he also trained at the Sylvania Electronics School. After high school he primarily built drag racing engines. He eventually was asked to team up with driver Gordon Johncock to be the chief mechanic on a super modified car owned by Mace Thomas of Hastings in 1957. They had their first race at Galesburg Speedway in Michigan. The team won more than 150 class features in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Eventually, Gordon and Duane branched out on their own. In 1962, the Johncock-Glasgow racing tandem joined the USAC (United States Auto Club).

Duane was the Rookie Mechanic of the Year in the 1965 Indianapolis 500. Two years later he won the overall Mechanic of the Year title. His racing career took him to races all over the country. In October of 1966, the crew and car flew to Japan to race at Fuji Motor Speedway. He went on to be chief mechanic for other drivers before his retirement in 1975. Besides Gordon Johncock, he worked with drivers Bobby Unser, Lee Kunzman, Wally Dallenbach, and Jerry Karl. In 1996 he was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame. After retiring from racing, he began transitioning to a second career as the maintenance supervisor for the Hastings Area School System. He retired after 20 years with the schools. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling across the country in his motorhome. He spent most of his summers at the family cabin in Bitely, MI, and winters in Zephyrhills, FL. He enjoyed the family get-togethers at the cabin.

Duane married Frances Peacock on June 28, 1958, at St. Edwards Church in Lake Odessa, MI. They settled in Hastings and raised six kids, 5 boys and one girl. In 1993, after 35 years of marriage, cancer took the life of Frances, who he had met on a blind date. In 1996, he married Carol Sebastian of Lowell, MI. She passed away from cancer in 2007. In 2009, he married Janet M. Harbar. They enjoyed 13 years together.

Duane is survived by his wife, Janet; children: Don (Carrie) Glasgow, Joe Glasgow, and daughter-in-law Tammy Glasgow, all of Hastings, MI, Jim Glasgow of Sun City, Arizona, Mariann Glasgow of Olivet, MI, and stepdaughter Karla (Mike) Dennis of Gobles, MI; grandchildren: Nicholas (Kayla) Glasgow, Matthew (Emilie) Glasgow, Natasha (Jason) Glasgow, Tabitha (fiancé AJ), Amy (Nick) Glasgow, Angela Glasgow, Ryan Glasgow, Michael Glasgow, step-grandchildren Magen and Mitch, several great-grandchildren, sister-in-laws Jo Glasgow Collins and Betty Carey, and brother-in-laws Harry (Helen) Peacock and Richard (Gayle) Peacock.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Frances, brother Maurice, sons John and Robert, parents Robert and Vivian (Kellogg) Glasgow, and second wife. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Michigan or the Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter 25200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033.

Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, Michigan. To leave online condolences visit

Audrey Ruth Renner

Audrey Ruth Renner passed away on January 8th, 2023, at the age of 94.  She was born December 12, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of George and Esther (Fierk) Hendrian.

She graduated from Wittenberg College in 1950 and received a Master’s degree from Michigan State University in 1964. She was the first of three generations of Michigan State Spartans.

On June 17, 1950, she married the love of her life William D. Renner. They were married for 51 years until his death in 2001. She taught for more than 30 years. She taught in the Hastings Area Schools for 27 years at both Southeastern and Central Elementary. Audrey was an avid reader, Mahjong player, and volunteer. She was very active in book clubs in Michigan and Florida. If you wanted to know about the latest book, she had read it!

Audrey believed in community service. She spent many hours volunteering with Hastings Public Library, Pennock Hospital, GFWC Hastings Women’s Club and in the Hastings schools.


She was predeceased by her parents, brother Howard Hendrian, sister-in-law Betty Hendrian, and sister Doris Hendrian. 


Audrey is survived by her children William (Raeanne) Renner, Ellyn (Bob) Main and Andrea (David) Butler. She is also survived by her grandchildren, William (Marji) Renner, Stephanie (Aaron) Renner, Scott (Hilary) Renner, Thomas (Amy) Renner, Cody (Katie) White, Kyle (Franki) White, Caitlin Main, Sarah (Aaron) Powers, Dillon Butler, and Taylor (Casey) Debien. She was a GG to Liam, Joe and Matt Renner, Evelyn, Owen and Amelia Renner, Ella, Elijah and Isabelle Renner, and Kelby, Tova and Imrie White.


A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held in the Narthex of the First Presbyterian Church 405 M-37, Hastings, MI 49058 on Saturday, January 14, 2023 from 1-3pm.


Memorial contributions may be made in Audrey’s memory to the Hastings Public Library. Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave online condolences visit

Helen Marie Vaught

Helen Marie Vaught

( December 13, 1930 - December 29, 2022 )

Helen Marie Vaught, age 92 of Hastings, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Thursday, December 29, 2022.


She was born on December 13, 1930, in Seymour, Indiana, the daughter of Clyde and Mildred (Helt) Montgomery.


Helen was a 1948 graduate of Corydon High School in Corydon, Indiana, followed by two years of business college. She worked for 40 years at Pennock Hospital in the business office and reception desk.


Helen married Kenneth Vaught in Terre Haute, Indiana on August 26, 1955. They were blessed with 62 years of marriage until his passing in 2017.


She was well known for being a terrific cook and homemaker. In her earlier years, Helen directed church choirs. She loved chocolates, peanut butter and ice cream – almost daily!


Helen was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Kenneth R. Vaught, her parents, mother and father-in-law, and brother Luther (Luke) Montgomery.


Helen is survived by her son, Timothy Vaught of Hastings, daughter, Melinda (Mindy) (Thomas) Deckard of Centerville, IN, grandsons, Joel (Alicia) Deckard of Leesburg, VA, Adam (Emily) Deckard of St. Louis, MO, great-grandson Silas Deckard, brother Robert (Joyce) Montgomery of Battle Ground, IN, sister Delores Montgomery of Watseka, IL, sister, Brenda Spencer of Frankfort, KY, several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews, and numerous friends of all ages.


Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Visitation will be on Friday, January 6, 2023, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM and again from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Noon with a visitation one hour prior at Hope United Methodist Church, 2920 S. M-37, Hastings, MI 49058. Arrangements by the Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit



Dic I Craven

Dic I Craven, age 96 of Hastings, MI went to be with his Lord on December 9, 2022.

Dic was born May 14 th , 1926, the first child of Russel and Irene Kaiser Craven. Dic
attended school in Hastings. On September 4, 1948, Dic was united in marriage to
Alice Hanford at the Free Methodist parsonage in Big Rapids, MI. They celebrated
68 years of marriage before her passing in January 2017.

Dic grew up on the homestead where he lived his entire life, moving only once,
across the driveway to the home Dic and Alice built using timber from the
homestead. He was a very passionate woodsman. He was most at peace in the
woods. He could tell you the kind of tree most every leaf came from, helping many
students with their fall school projects. He cut down trees, making them into boards
with his small sawmill and cutting thousands of cords of wood in his lifetime. His
cords were perfectly stacked, and each piece of wood was perfectly measured and
cut. He was somewhat of a perfectionist like that. Dic was also a longtime crane
operator beginning with the Baldwin brothers in the late 1940’s and then later with
the Barry County Road Commission serving 26 years until his retirement in 1988.

Dic and Alice were longtime members of the Hastings Free Methodist Church. They
served in many capacities, wanting to do their part for the kingdom of God. They
also cared for many foster children and took in many family members over the
years. They were passionate in helping others with food from the garden or
firewood from the woods, serving others however they could. They were also
passionate supporters of the Free Methodist missionaries their entire married lives.
After retirement, Dic and Alice did some traveling, traveled to nearly all of the 50
states including Alaska and Hawaii as well as overseas to Central and South

Dic will be deeply missed by his children, John (Marlene) Craven and Patricia (Rev.
Garry) Cruce of Hastings, Debra Mills of Austin, TX, Robert (Leslie) Craven of Fair
Haven, MI; 13 grandchildren, Martha (Scott) Chipman, Melissa (Chris) MacCreery,
Mary Craven, Sarah Cruce, Rebecca Gorbena, Ivan (Molly) Mills, Joshua (Danita)
Orsborn, Kevin, Brandon, Jacob (Miranda), Trevor, Liliana and Nicholas Craven; 11
great-grandchildren, sibling Lawson (Linda) Craven; and many nieces and nephews.

Dic was preceded in death by his wife, parents; siblings Doris Lumbert, and Rose
(Bud) Hale; and son-in-law Gaylord Mills.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Flower House of Nashville, MI,
for four years of their wonderful care and comfort to Dad and to us. Also, a special
thank you to Hospice of Lansing for their care and comfort this last year.

A celebration of Dic’s life will be celebrated on Friday, December 16th at 11 a.m. at
the Hastings Free Methodist church, 2635 N. M-43 Hwy. Services will be preceded
by a visitation at 10 a.m. Attendees are invited to honor Dic’s life by wearing relaxed
attire of plaid flannel shirts with jeans.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dic Craven may be made to Southwest
Michigan Land Conservancy or a tree planted in his honor.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home-Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI. For further details please visit our website at

Alma Joann Ranger Christensen

Mrs. Alma Joann Ranger Christensen, Age 87 of, Hastings, MI passed away on December 09, 2022, at 1872 East Mill Street in Hastings.


Joann was born in Newaygo MI, on August 07, 1935, a daughter of Claude and Emily Ranger. 


She attended local schools graduating from Newaygo High School in 1953.  After completing her education Joann began working at the Rural Electric Association in Newaygo were spent two years before being married to Mr. James Christensen on July 22, 1955. 


Shortly after being married, Jim accepted a position with the State of Michigan developing the interstate highway systems, which led the family to the Hastings area. Jim and Joann established their home in Hastings, where they raised their family together.


Joann was employed with the Hastings Area Schools for over 25 years, serving primarily in the cafeteria.  Her career offered the opportunity to be close to her kids during the day, which meant she was always “in the know”, with her children’s friends and activities. She & Jim loved attending their kids’ sporting events, and later the grandchildren’s events.  It was not uncommon for them to pack up the 5th wheel camper and travel the country following the grandchildren’s sporting events.


Joann was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, and over the years has collected many players autographs, attended several training camps in Florida, and was recognized in the Detroit Free Press wearing her unique Tigers hat.  


She is survived by her beloved husband James, her sons Joel (Amy) Christensen, Jon (Jean) Christensen, James (Valerie) Christensen, her sisters Gail Grandon, & Charlene Corrigan, brother Allen Ranger, 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.   


She was preceded in death by her daughter Jami, son in law Ron.


The family will receive on Friday, December 16, 2022, from 2-4 PM and again from 6-8PM at Daniels Funeral Home Hastings.


Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Daniels Funeral Home Hastings with Pastor Tod Clark officiating. Immediately following the funeral service friends and guests are invited to remain at the funeral home for a time of fellowship and luncheon.  


Interment will take place following the funeral luncheon at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings, MI


In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Boy Scouts of America, The Hastings Band & Athletic Boosters, or a children's charity of donor's choice.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home-Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI.  For further details please visit our website at

Patrick A. Cusack

Patrick A. Cusack, born October 4th, 1951 lost his battle with cancer on December 3, 2022 surrounded by his family. He fought a great fight just as he lived his life being a wonderful husband, caring and devoted father and Grandpa Mustache to his grandchildren whom he adored.

He graduated from Lakewood High School in 1969 and went on and attended LCC and worked at the State Capitol building in Lansing with the State Police. In 1975, he started working at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia. That same year he went to a bingo game at St. Rose of Lima Church and met the love of his life, Sherry (Tobias) Cusack. They were married October 10th 1975 at St. Rose of Lima Church. At the Michigan Reformatory he held many positions as officer, small engine instructor, and maintenance instructor. He always enjoyed helping the inmates better their lives and finding their purpose. He was a man of his word with a great sense of humor and always had a story to tell. He retired from the Michigan Reformatory after 30 years in 2004, but sitting around was not his thing. He went to work as the maintenance director at Woodlawn Meadows in Hastings for 9 years. He ended his working years at the Barry County YMCA as the No. 1 maintenance man until health forced him to retire in 2019. He enjoyed camping with Sherry, garage sales, fixing lawn mowers and could fix anything he set his mind to. The most important was spending time with family and his grandchildren, which he truly enjoyed.

After finding out he had cancer, he found a love of buying toy tractors and doing minor clean-up or fixing them. He soon realized he had way too many and Grandpa C’s Toys was born. He would attend a few toy shows and enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids getting their new toy.

He is survived by Sherry (wife) of 47 years; Children Jenny (Matt) Williams, Randy (Amber) Cusack, Katie (Kyle) Batts. Grandchildren Ava, Liam, Henry, Ella, Adi, Emersyn. Bonus Grandchildren Chloe, Alyssa, Jayme, and foster granddaughter. He is also survived by his siblings: Bill (Ann) Cusack, Ken (Mary Jo) Cusack, Beckie Cusack, Jan Williams, Mary Endres, Colleen Cusack, Jim Cusack, Peg Cusack and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Estelle Cusack, Basil and Fern Tobias, brothers Herb Cusack and Dan Cusack along with sister-in-law Mary Carol Cusack and brother-in-law Lawrence Endres. Funeral Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home of Hastings, MI.

Donations can be given to St. Ambrose Church (Delton) or Renucci Hospitality House Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.

The Cusack family has lost a great man but heaven has gained an angel.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday December 8, 2022 from 4-8pm with Rosary service at 7:30pm at the Daniels Funeral Home - Hastings conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Friday December 9, 2022 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Delton MI. There will be a time of fellowship and luncheon immediately following the funeral mass at St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

Interment will take place privately at Cedar Creek Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home - Hastings conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI. For further details please visit our website at

Charles P. McCabe III

Charles P. McCabe III, 69, (formerly of Hastings) died early Wednesday morning, November 2, at home in Naperville IL.  Chuck was born October 16, 1953 in Charleston WV to Charles P. McCabe Jr. and Lois Stanard McCabe. 


He is a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston, Marshall University in Huntington, WV and earned his Masters in Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. 


He was ordained a priest in 1987 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, WV where he served as assistant rector.  He then served as rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hastings, MI in the Diocese of Western Michigan from 1990-2007. 


While in Hastings, Chuck was very involved in, and committed to, the community.  He served on the Barry County Mental Health Board, the Hastings Ministerial Association and was Chair of the Eastern  Deanery of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. 


Chuck met his wife of 49 years, Frankie Winfree, at Peterkin Conference Center in Romney WV when they served as camp counselors at the Episcopal church camp in the summer of 1973.


Chuck and Frankie have one son Jason (Nicole) and two grandsons, Oliver (Ollie) and Owen.  Chuck is the oldest of 5 brothers including Bert (Cyndy), Stan, Jim (Mary) and Marshall (Lane).  He is also survived by Frankie’s siblings Mickey (Domenic) Pellillo, Woody (Cynthia) Winfree and Marti (Carl) Grainger and many nieces and nephews on both sides of his family.  His brother Stan and both his parents preceded him in death. 


It was Chuck’s wish to be cremated. A memorial service will be held in Hastings sometime next spring. 

Elsie Nora (Edwards) Sage

Elsie Nora (Edwards) Sage passed from this earth on October 24, 2022.  She was born in Coldwater Mi on July 8, 1924, to Melvin and Anna (Waldren) Edwards and moved to the Barry County area later that year.


Elsie graduated with the Hastings High school class of 1942 and loved to follow the comings and goings of her classmates. She was one of the last members of her class to pass away. When asked, "What do you do if you are the last one?", she would say, "I guess you shut off the lights."


She married her high school sweetheart Russell Keith Sage on New Year’s Day of 1944, and they were married for 69 years until his death in 2013. Her real passion was music, and she shared her gift of music for 45-years as a Thornapple Manor volunteer, entertaining residents with the piano, organ, and sometimes the accordion.  A regular contingent of Barry County area musicians was always on hand as she played the piano or organ for the Friday afternoon cavalcade of song and merriment.  It's hard to say who had more fun– the residents or the musicians! In addition to entertaining at Thornapple Manor, she played at Tender Care, Barry County Commission on Aging, Hastings HI Nooners, and provided music for the Kiwanis travel series.  She provided music for weddings, even playing the old pump organ at Charleton Park.


In August of this year, she donated a Steinway grand piano plus furnishings for the lounge in the new Harvest Pointe Assisted Living facility located on the campus at Thornapple Manor. She dedicated the piano and furnishings to those musicians who for dozens of years filled Thornapple Manor’s halls with the sound of music, and to future musicians who will continue to bring the magic of music to the Thornapple Manor community. 


She served on the Hastings High School Alumni Board for over 70 years sending out invitations to her class. She was a member of the Barry County Historical Society and a member and an organist for the Hastings Chapter of the Eastern Star.


She told many a story to anyone that would listen about growing up in the depression and living through WWII.  She was not one to complain so when asked how she was doing would usually respond with an energetic, "I'm fine."! And she was too. At the age of 98 she was still playing her piano. Her love of music and her volunteering spirit was passed on to her family. 


Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Russell Keith Sage, January 27, 2013, and two brothers and two sisters.  Surviving are her daughters, Cindy Winters (Rand), Lola Tyler, Joyce Sage, Jackie Barwin, and Janice Mascho (Doug). Grand children Todd Sattler, Renae Sattler, Grace Marvin, Laura Potter, Rebecca Barwin and great grandsons, Kolby Sattler and Wyatt Sattler.


A private witness burial was held Friday, October 28, 2022, at the Hastings Township Cemetery.


Many people knew her and were touched by her music and stories. Please feel free to leave condolences, memories, or stories of Elsie on the Girrbach Funeral Home page at

Larry Eugene Allen, Sr.

Larry Eugene Allen, Sr.

( November 09, 1943 - October 03, 2022 )

Larry Eugene Allen, Sr, “Bear”, age 78, of Wayland, Michigan, passed on October 3, 2022.  Larry was born on November 9, 1943, in Hastings, Michigan, the son of Clinton and Rosina (Martz) Allen.


He Attended grade school in Freeport and graduated from Lake Odessa in 1962. Larry briefly drove ambulance in Hastings and worked at Girrbach Funeral Home before starting at Hastings Piston Ring. After many years as a Foreman, he was asked to open a plant out of state. In 1984 he moved to Yankton SD where he worked and opened Hastings Filters. After over 40 years with Hastings, he retired in 1999.


In 1965 Larry married Valery Varney, and they shared 3 children together. He later married Mary Vibbert in 2003.


Larry was an avid sports lover, with his favorite football teams being the Raiders and MSU Spartans. He also had a love of baseball with his team being the New York Yankees. Throughout his growing up years he played baseball, and in 1961 & 1962 Larry was invited to play in the Detroit Tigers annual all-star game in Detroit. In the two innings that Larry pitched he gave up zero hits. When it was Larrys turn to hit, he recorded a homerun, being the youngest player to hit a home run at Butzel Field. He played football all through high school. He was a golden glove boxer. As an adult, he played lots and lots and lots of golf and was also on a bowling league. He loved to rebuild vintage cars and went to many car shows. His pride and joy was a 1956 chevy that he found on a farm that had a tree growing out of the trunk and he rebuilt everything on it. He played the drums in a band and loved to sing. He was always up for a party with his many friends and family. He was a lover of all music from CCR, ZZ Top, Beach Boys and Elvis to Gene Watson, Travis Tritt and George Jones. He enjoyed his TV as well, watching all the latest thrillers, true crime stories and just about any comedy with John Candy or Chevy Chase. As he aged and it was harder for him to get around, he found solace in his PS and loved playing video games. He was always up for a cookout, family gathering or any sporting event.


Larry is preceded in death by his parents Clinton and Rosie Allen, brother Gerry Allen, nephews John and Randy Allen, and wife Mary Joyce Allen.


He is survived by his daughter Stacy Uff (Sioux Falls, SD), sons Larry Allen Jr (Yankton, SD), David Allen Sr (Yankton, SD), grandchildren- Alicia and (Reggie) Gadsden (Yankton, SD), David Allen Jr. (Yankton, SD), Zoie Uff (Sioux Falls, SD), and Emerson Allen (Yankton, SD), great-grandchildren Tayven, Kamren and Jayla Gadsden (Yankton, SD), brother Robert (Helen) Allen (Wayland, MI), sisters Donna (Gene) Lambert (Abbeville, AL.), Darlene (Phil) Honeysett (Middleville, MI), nieces/nephews Deb (Sonny) Hartman (Hastings, MI), DeAnna Kulikowski (Hastings, MI), Amy (Jack) Rosenburg (Middleville, MI), Kim Lambert (Brooksville, FL), Chad (Selena) Lambert (Hudson, FL), Catherine (Matt) Kuipers (Middleville, MI), Tracy (Rob) Dutcher (Wayland, MI), and many great nieces/nephews.


In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Village of Freeport, Department of Public Works, ATTN: BOB RICHARDSON. PO BOX 10, FREEPORT, MI to help maintain the ball fields. Please make checks payable to Village of Freeport, please note in memo: Larry Allen memorial.


A celebration of life will be held Sunday October 9, 2022, at 2PM with a meal at the VFW, 735 S. Main St, Wayland MI 49348. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit

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