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Selected Families and Individuals


Irvin Dale PARSONS

Oscoda Press, October 28, 1981.
Irvin Dale Parsons, 67, a Navy veteran of World War II and resident of Oscoda since 1951 died Saturday at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital.
Born August 21, 1914 in Plainwell, he was a member of both the Oscoda American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
Surviving are three sons, William and Lyman of Oscoda and Gary, of Tawas City; three daughters Mrs. Jo anne Brohl of Riverton, Wyoming, Mrs. Susan Wojciechowski, from Kalamazoo, and Mrs. Nancy Mulkey, from Woodstock, Georgia.
Also surviving a brother Lawrence, of Cleveland, Ohio and sister Mrs. Pauline Bolyen, from Kalamazoo.
Services with full military honors were conducted at 10:00 a. m. Tuesday from the American Legion Post 274, Rev. Gavin J. Mc Grath, pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church, officiating with burial in Pinecrest Cemetery. Arrangements were by the W. S. Bennett Funeral Home.

Leroy Nelson LAVELLE

BIR-MARR-DEATH: Information on Leroy LaVelle; also known to us as Pierre; came from June LaVelle, Beverly Hills, FLA.

DEATH:Pierre, was cremated in Georgia. Mother (June) and I took his ashes by plane to Cole Camp for burial, where he is buried near his parents in the local cemetery.


MARRIAGE: Bellingham Book, complied by Florence Munn Ullrey, Sept. 1. 1974, pg. 30. Myron was also known as "Jack", he had five daughters, Elizabeth Ann, Mary Jean, Charlene Frances, Ruth Emma (d. Nov. 10, 1994) and Susan Marcia.

MILITARY: World War I: He was a corporal in this war and discharged from service Dec 3, 1918. Service man's discharge, item 2, pg. 355; FHL film 1065213.

OBITUARY: Kalamazoo Gazette, October 10, 1975, Section B, page 6, column 7.
Mr. Myron (Jack) Bellingham passed away suddenly Friday morning at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing. Mr. Bellingham was born Sept. 9, 1894, in Gun Plain Twp., Mich. He was a retired steam fitter, veteran of World War I. Member of VFW Post No. 235 of Lansing and Local No. 388 Plumber & Steam Fitters Union. He graduated from Plainwell High School and played football on the Varsity team; also attended Michigan State University.
On Feb 23 1920, in Allegan, was married to the former Frances Brownell, who survives. Also surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Larry (Ann) Stermer of Scotts, Mrs. Richard (Jean) Osborne of Pottersville, Mrs. Jasper (Charlene) Armintrout of Plainwell, Mrs. Ronal (Ruth) Grosshans of Grand Ledge, Mrs. Dan (Sue) DuBois of Lansing; 19 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one brother, Leslie Bellingham of Kalamazoo; one sister Mrs. Marcia Burrows of Muskegon; several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Marshall-Gren Chapel, Plainwell, where services will be held Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock, PastorJohn F. Padgett officiating. Interment in Hillside Cemetery.

Frances Elizabeth BROWNELL

DELAYED REGISTRATION OF BIRTH-PARENTS: Barry Co. MI. pg. 268; FHL film 1728921. Frances Elizabeth Brownell , born in the Township of Prairieville, Barry Co., Michigan 17 April 1898. Parents are George Brownell and Margaretta M. Doster of Doster, Michigan.

OBITUARY: Kalamazoo Gazette, August 11, 1991, page 2, column 5.
Mrs. Frances E. Bellingham died Friday August 9, 1991 in Plainwell. Mrs. Bellingham was born in Barry County on April 17, 1898 the daughter of the late George and Margaretta (Doster) Brownell. She graduated from Plainwell High School in 1917 and attended Western Normal College. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack in 1975, and 2 grandchildren, Stanley Stermer and Julie DuBois. Survivors include 5 daughters, Mrs. Larry (Ann) Stermer of Scotts, Mrs. Richard (Jean) Osborne of Hastings, Mrs. Jasper (Charlene) Armintrout of Plainwell, Mrs. Ronald (Ruth) Grosshans of Grand Ledge and Mrs. Dan (Sue) DuBois of Lansing; 17 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren; 1 sister and 1 brother, Mrs. Irene Janousek of Plainwell and George Brownell of Lansing; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM, where services will be held on Monday at 1:30 PM with Pastor Robert Rushing officiating. Burial will follow at the Hillside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ransom Public Library or the charity of choice.