Obituaries Archives for 2023-01

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.


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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

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