Archive for the ‘Squires Obituaries’ Category

Pearl R. Drayer

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Bay City, Michigan


Pearl R. Drayer passed away Monday July 9, 2012 at Brian’s House age 76 years.  Daughter of the late Severin & Pearl (Kleinert) Arnesen she was born November 5, 1935 in Bay City.  She married William Drayer March 12, 1955.  He predeceased her February 1, 2008.  Pearl was a member of Faith Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, going camping, watching all kinds of wildlife and working in her garden.


Surviving are six sons: David Drayer, Daniel (Ashley) Drayer, Gregory Drayer, William Jr., (Amy) Drayer, Stephen (Yvonne) Drayer, Paul (Michelle) Drayer, twelve grandchildren; Summer, Aaron (Danielle), Bill, Kellie Drayer, Amanda (Joel) Hall, Nicole, Tyler, Kevin, Alyssa, Jordan, Jacob & Katelyn Drayer, five step-grandchildren; Jesse, Cassidy, Ally, Brock & Taylor and three great-grandchildren; Erik, Kaiden and Elijah.  Also surviving are three sisters and one brother; Beth Patterson, Marion Priem, Jean Carrier, Fred (Carol) Arnesen, a sister in-law; Jean (Jim) Eager, a brother in-law; Herman (Lucy) Drayer and many nieces, nephews and special friends.  She was predeceased by two brothers’ in-law; Herb Patterson and Elmer Priem.


Funeral Service will take place Friday July 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from Faith Lutheran Church.  Rev. Daniel Meckes will officiate with burial in Elm Lawn Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Friday after 10:00 A.M.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Faith Lutheran Church Building Fund or Brian’s House.

Richard McPeak

Saturday, July 7th, 2012


The Democratic Party and the Budweiser Brewing Co. are mourning the loss of one of their biggest supporters. Richard McPeak, a lifetime resident of Bay City, MI passed away on July 2, 2012. He was 88 years old.  He was born January 26, 1924 in Bay City. Richard is the husband of the late Marian Selley and the father of the late Joseph Lester McPeak. He is survived by his sons Brian and Rich McPeak and daughters Melissa and Patrice McPeak.


Although Dick was known for his sense of humor, he was adamant that his family follow through with his long-time wish and leave his remains in a trash bag out at the curb on garbage pick-up day. Instead they chose to honor him as a veteran of the U.S. Army and will be placed at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.


He served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army from February 1943 to December 1945. His unit landed on Omaha Beach on D+1, June 7, 1944. His job was to build bridges ahead of the infantry while many times under fire. The Mosel River, Saar River and Rhine river crossings were 3 of the major operations he was part of. The Battle campaigns listed on his honorable discharge are Normandy, Rhineland and Central Europe. The decorations listed are the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon and the Bronze Star Victory Medal.


Dick worked over 30 years for Eaton Manufacturing as a laborer in Vassar, MI until his retirement. In later years he was a fixture at the River Walk in Bay City where he walked miles everyday with his dog Trapper. So, cheers Dick! We hope you’re somewhere right now, cracking open a cold one & listening to Ernie Harwell broadcast the Tigers game with Trapper by your side.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.  A memorial service is scheduled for a later date.

Robert M. Schuler

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Bay City, Michigan


Robert passed away Friday, July 06, 2012 at McLaren Bay Region, age 95.  He was born May 3, 1917 in Bay City to the late Joseph and Emily (Beechman) Schuler.  Robert married Margaret M. Burgeson on May 10, 1941; she predeceased him on December 17, 1999.  He was a lifelong member of Visitation Catholic Church.

Surviving is one daughter, Janice A. (Rick) Culler, one son, James A. (Misty) Schuler, six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.  Robert was predeceased by a daughter, Judith A. Ralph, six brothers and sisters.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 10:00am at Visitation Catholic Church.  Fr. Stephen Fillion will celebrate Mass and private interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Monday from 5:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Tuesday after 9:00am.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes.”

Donald H. Reno

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Saginaw, Michigan

Donald H. Reno son of the late Henry & Irene (Hagley) Reno passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 3, 2012.   He is survived by a son, Craig A. (Jackie) Reno, a daughter, Pamela Satkowiak , his sisters Elaine M. Cardinal and Sharon (Mick) Veitengruber along with many grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and there will be a private service at a later date.

Dale L. Rechsteiner

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Kawkawlin, Michigan


     Dale passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012 at his home, age 52.  The son of Louis and Arlene (Reinhardt) Rechsteiner, he was born September 26, 1959 in Bay City. 

     Dale is survived by his father, Louis, one sister, Karen and Mark Goss, one brother, Paul and Julie Rechsteiner, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Dale was predeceased by his mother, Arlene Rechsteiner.

     The Funeral Service will be held Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 12:00pm at Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor Joe Atchinson will officiate and private inurnment will be in Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Kawkawlin.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00am until the time of services.

Grant P. Gerhardt

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012


Grant passed away Monday June 25, 2012 age 30 years.  He was born December 8, 1981 in Bay City.  Grant worked at Friday’s, Hooters and Famous Dave Restaurants.  He loved spending time with family and friends.  Grant enjoyed line dancing, fishing, working out and listening to country music.  He was a member of Peoples Baptist Church and was currently attending Delta College.


Surviving is his mother; Pamela (McGivern) and Gary Scharich, one sister; Courtney McGivern, a brother; Matti Jylha and his grandfather; Joseph McGivern Jr.  Also surviving are two aunts and a uncle; Nancy Mayhew, Laurie (Tom) Hudson, Joseph (Jennifer) McGivern III., special cousin; Nicole (Rick) Causley, special friend; Brendan Reed and many other cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandmother; Beatrice McGivern.


Funeral Service will take place Thursday June 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from Peoples Baptist Church.  Pastor Daniel R. Hester will officiate with burial in Elm Lawn Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 – 9 p.m. and at the church on Thursday after 10:00 a.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Peoples Baptist Church.