Archive for the ‘Squires Obituaries’ Category

Jennie E. Christian

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Auburn, Michigan


     Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and sister passed away peacefully Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Auburn Fields Assisted Living, age 94.  She was born February 17, 1920 in Bay City to the late William and Luella (Bartreau) Gillespie.  Jennie married William Denver Christian in 1936 and he predeceased her in 1987.  She loved to play golf and did so until she was 80.  Jennie was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, traveling to the U.P., crossword puzzles, knitting and crochet.

Surviving is a daughter, Lois (Jerry) Krueger, one son Earl “Joe” (Cathy) Christian, fourteen grandchildren: Deb (Tom) Friebe, Harry (Barb) Wallaker, Steve (Kim) Wallaker, Barbara (Jeff) Bowlby, Joyce (Scott) Kellogg, Gar (Ann) Wallaker, Gary (Jody) Krueger, Dawn (Mike) Jeglic, Pam (Brian) Govitz, John (Chris) Christian, Jeff (Mallory) Christian, Shelly Christian, Susie Christian, Dave (Sabrina) Christian, 33 great grandchildren, 22 great great grandchildren, one great great great granddaughter, two sisters, Ruth Thorton and Sarah Russell and two sister in-laws, Joyce Christian and Beulah Mowbray.  Jennie was predeceased by one daughter, Janet (Harry, Sr.) Wallaker, one son, Denver “Bill” Christian and four brother in-laws: Don Thorton, Irvin Christian, Earl Christian and Tony Russell.

The Funeral Service and Rite of Committal will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 11:00am at the Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor Ron Benson will officiate and private interment will be in Gerrish Township Cemetery, Roscommon.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and Tuesday after 10:00am.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Jennie’s family would like to thank all the staff at Auburn Fields Assisted Living for their kind and compassionate care they gave Jennie and her family during her time there. 

Connie A. Rodabaugh

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Bay City, Michigan

(formerly of Flint)


     Connie passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at McLaren Bay Region, age 53.  The daughter of Ronald and Helen (Trobaugh) Rodabaugh she was born January 12, 1962 in Flint.  She was a healthcare provider for 20 years and attended Calvary Community Church in Flint.  Connie loved spending time with her nieces, nephews and family.  She was also fascinated over dolphins and their grace and beauty.

Surviving is her mother, Helen Mann and four siblings: Jona Milner, Timothy (Alisa) Rodabaugh, Ronette (James) Politte and Jimmy (Lori) Rodabaugh.  Connie was predeceased by her father Ronald E. Rodabaugh.

Cremation has taken place.  No services are scheduled at the Squires Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association.

Opal M. Richter (Reno)

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Kawkawlin, Michigan


     Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at McLaren Bay Region, age 82.  She was born July 28, 1932 in Bay City to the late Frank and Pearl (Lavrack) Reno.  Opal married Lyle Glenn Richter, Sr. on October 7, 1950 in Kawkawlin and he predeceased her on August 11, 2008.  She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and their Women’s Circle.  Opal enjoyed crossword puzzles, flowers, birds, cooking, camping and fishing.

Surviving are three children: Lyle Richter, Jr., Lonnie Glenn Richter and Terri Mae Richter, three grandchildren:  Jennifer (Jason) Galloner, Erik Richter and Kyle (Jessica) Richter, two great granddaughters, Autumn and Brianna, one brother, Ronnie (Faye) Reno, three sister in-laws: Sophie Reno, Lois (Edward) Goulet and Marlene K. (Merlin) Goulet and her dog, Lacey.  Opal was predeceased by five brothers: LaVern, Floyd, Francis, Gordon and Archie Reno, four sisters: Betty Jean (Richard) Borchardt, Hazel Reno, Irene (Wesley) Gittens, Louise Reno and one brother in-law, Charles William Richter.

The Funeral Service and Rite of Committal will be held Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 11:00am at the Squires Funeral Home.  Rev. Jeff Temple will officiate and private interment will be in Heavenly Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and Thursday after 10:00am.

The Richter family would like to give a special thanks to Norm and Linda and Nancy for their ongoing love.  They would also like to thank Carol and Janet and the staff at McLaren Bay Special Care and McLaren Bay Region for their kind and compassionate care they gave to Opal and their entire family.  

Orlin Eugene Gingrich

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

gingrich-single photo110Orlin went home to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday January 17, 2015 at the Carriage House of Bay City, age 87 years.  He was born November 30, 1927 in the City of Detroit to the late Isaac and Luella (Fetter) Gingrich. He married Mary Jane McDonald on May 29, 1947 who preceded him in death on November 3, 2012.  Orlin retired from Sargent Sand Co. of Saginaw as a bookkeeper in 1991.  He and Mary Jane spent several years traveling in their motor home and wintering in Florida.  He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bay City and enjoyed singing, playing the organ, camping, reading and spending time outdoors.


Orlin is survived by five children: Carol (Ray) Dolinski, James (Rose Ann), Eugene (Sherry), Byron (Jenny) and Kayla Gingrich, eleven grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one brother, Veron (Lenora) Gingrich.  He was predeceased by a sister, Pauline Rhodes.


Orlin’s wishes was to have his body donated to the University Of Michigan Medical School.  No visitation will be held for Orlin.  Those who would like to express their sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to a charity of their choice in Orlin’s name.

Ronald J. Valley

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

valley-photo771Ronald J. Valley surrounded by his loving family died Wednesday morning January 14, 2015 at the McLaren Bay Region at the age of 60.  He was born April 10, 1954 in Bay City to the late Ernest T. and Opal (Coggins) Valley.  He had worked for Tri-City Cheese and Meats.  Ron truly enjoyed playing golf, cards and darts.


Surviving is a daughter, Jessica Valley and her daughter Kayden, three sisters and a brother; Ruth (Tom) Luptowski, Faye (John) Lipinski, Kay (Ray) Good, Ray (Marge) Valley, two sisters in-law; Carol Jean Valley, Darlene “Taffy” (Sam) Rosenquist and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by three brothers and a sister; Ernest, John, Richard Valley and Rose Wakefield.


Funeral and committal service will take place Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home.  Friends may call on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

Melvin Russell Wells

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

wellnewphotoMelvin Russell Wells of Bay City passed away December 30 at the HenryFordHospital in Detroit at the age of 81. The youngest of 11 children, he was born on March 29, 1933 in Bay City to Nellie (Grover) and Arthur E. Wells, Sr. Mel was very proud of his service in the United States Army during the Korean War. A maintenance man at General Motors for 35 years, he was skilled at fixing just about anything and loved home improvement projects. Mel enjoyed strolling classic car shows, building bird houses, and watching Turner Classic Movies. He had soft spot in his heart for animals – birds, dogs, squirrels, and even a pair of baby skunks once.

Mel is survived by his daughter Alicia (Shane) Rittenhouse of Columbus, OH., step-daughter Carla LaRoche, step-sons Donald (Beth) LaRoche and Robert (Melissa) Stevens, 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, brother Herbert Wells, and numerous other family members. He was predeceased in death by his parents and siblings, most recently Arthur E. Wells, Jr., Aretha Wells, Elmer Wells, and Frances Lansen of Hobart, IN.

The Memorial Service will be Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home followed by military honors by the Bay County Veteran’s Council.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Private interment will be held at Oak RidgeCemetery at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donations to the Bay County Human Society or the Bay County Veteran’s Council.