Archive for the ‘Squires Obituaries’ Category

Dennis Duane Albertson, Jr.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

dennis_albertsonDennis passed away suddenly Sunday August 19, 2012 at his home age 45 years. He was born March 30, 1967 in Bay City. Dennis worked for Fire Protection System for many years and later worked for Lake Painting Company. He was a member of New Bethel Temple Church. Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and was known as “Papa” to his granddaughter.

Surviving is his fiance; Stephanie Ann Wahr,three children; Dennis Duane Albertson III., Ryan Jean Albertson & Erin, Malarie Justine Albertson & her fiancee, Salvador and a son due in December, David Duane Albertson. Also surviving is a granddaughter; Montana Marie, two step-children; Gabby & Jacob, his mother: Sherry (Ballard) Albertson, the children’s mother: Debora Blossey, two sisters and three brothers: Judy (Louis) Hayes, Brian (Angie) Albertson, Mike Albertson & his friend Joanne, Randy (Jodie) Albertson, Shelly (Craig) Hebert, his best friend, Darren Rosengard and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father: Dennis D. Albertson Sr.

Funeral Service will take place Friday August 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from the Squires Funeral Home. Rev. Dusty Ballard will officiate with burial in Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Thursday from 3 – 8 p.m. and on Friday after 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

Robbyn J. Lumbert

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Bay City, Michigan


     Robbyn passed away Monday, August 13, 2012 at her home, age 34.  She was born May 23, 1978 in Bay City.  Robbyn graduated from Pinconning High School in 1997.  She loved gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

     Surviving are two children, Jess Henry Fenstermaker-Allen and Kaylynn Marie Storm Lumbert, her mother, Mary (Michael) Bachman, three sisters and one brother: Krystalina (Charles) Schmidt, Jamison (Molina) Allen, Jeanine and Jeanelle Allen, grandparents, George (Ruth) Allen and several other members of her extended family.  Robbyn was predeceased by her father, Michael Allen and grandparents, Jerry (Jacquelyn) Spencer.

     A Memorial Service for Robbyn will be held Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:00pm at Bay Valley Christian Church.  Pastor David Ferranti will officiate.  Friends may call at the church only on Thursday from 11:00am until the time of service.

Corey Ann Stringer

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

stringerphotoCorey passed away suddenly Tuesday August 7, 2012 at McLaren Bay Region age 32 years.  Daughter of the late Fred & Sandra (Ballard) Johnson she was born June 29, 1980 in Payson, Utah.  She married David Stringer and he survives her.

Surviving besides her husband David she leaves a step-son; Derek Stringer of UT., three grandchildren, her mother in-law; Connie Stringer of WA. and her grandparents; Fred & Faye Johnson.  Also surviving are five brothers; Ric (Jolene) Johnson, Jeff (Terri Lynn) Trujillo, Troy (Sharon) Trujillo all of Utah, Kim (Nancy) Barney of PA., Chris Johnson of UT., a brother in-law; Gary Stringer of CA., sister in-law; Donna (Phillip) Beasley-Gibson of WA. and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces ,nephews and friends.  She was predeceased by a brother; Kelly Barney, father in-law; Wayne Stringer and a niece; Whitney Johnson.

Cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service that is being planned in Payson, Utah at a later date.

James D. Leland, Sr.

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Bay City, Michigan


     James passed away Friday, July 20, 2012 at his residence, age 86.  He was born August 6, 1925 in Kalamazoo.  He married Eva Mae Charbonneau in Visitation Catholic Church on August 6, 1949; she predeceased him on April 3, 2010.  James was a WWII veteran and served his country with the US Army.  In 1945 he received the Purple Heart Medal after being wounded in France.  He retired from Dow Chemical Company on May 29, 1981 and was a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church.  James was a member of the DAV Chapter #9; he loved watching the Detroit Tigers and was a true sportsman. 

     Surviving are four children: Susan (Eugene) DeLong, James (Brenda) Leland, Jr., Donna (Richard) Scheffel and Stephanie (Ken) Cieslinski, twelve grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, one daughter in-law, Mary Leland, one brother in-law,  Jack Matuszewski and one sister in-law, Isabelle Ruegsegger.  James was predeceased by a son, Patrick Leland, foster parents, Walter and Sylvia Ruegsegger, two sisters, Marie (Lawrence) Socia and Irene Matuszewski and one brother, Leo Ruegsegger.

     The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church.  Fr. Craig Albrecht will celebrate Mass and private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.  Military Honors, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council will be held immediately after Mass outside of church.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Wednesday after 10:00am.  A Parish Vigil Service for James will be held Tuesday at 7:00pm at the funeral home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes”, Mid-Michigan Hospice or St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church.

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.