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The Bugle Call
In memory of our brothers who answered the final bugle call.

To report the passing of a brother, please use one of the following forms:

You may also email our Department Chaplain, Charles Buckhahn

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." U.S. Army General George S. Patton, Jr. 1885-1945.


2 April 2017

Robert Otto Zimmerman

SUVCW Brother Bertram "Avery" Bruce, age 84 of Blissfield, Michigan passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Lenawee. He had been in failing health for some time. He was a member of Nash-Hodges Camp # 43 of the Department of Michigan SUVCW. His ancestor of record for SUVCW membership was 1st Sgt. Jerome B. Sebring, who enlisted on October 17, 1861 at Adrian, Michigan in Co. A of the 16th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out on October 17, 1864. He died 10 days later on October 27, 1864.  

Bertram was born on December 7, 1932, to Lowell and Eileen (Sebring) Bruce in his grandmother's home in Ogden Township, Lenawee Co., Michigan. On March 4, 1955, he married Loretta Olrich at Zion Lutheran Church, in Ottawa Lake, Michigan. Bertram graduated from Blissfield High School in 1950, and went on to serve in the United States Navy for two years. He was a lifelong farmer and raised hogs for many years on the family farm. Avery also worked at the Simplex and Stubnitz factories, and was a manager at Tote Services in Tecumseh. He was active in Ogden Township as a Constable for 2 years and on the Board of Review. He was a long time member of the Zion United Brethren Church in Ogden Center. Avery also belonged to the Son of the Union Veterans of Civil War and the Boy Scouts. He was an avid hunter and took great pride in teaching his grandchildren how to hunt and shared many hunting trips with them. He enjoyed collecting arrow heads and shared his knowledge with many young students over the years, fishing and camping at Fletcher's Pond with the family and riding motorcycles in his younger days. Avery enjoyed spending time with his best buds Muzzy and Ruger. Grandpa was a role that Avery took seriously and all his grandchildren enjoyed spending time at the farm with him. Avery was a father figure to many during his lifetime and will be missed greatly

In addition to his wife of 62 years, Loretta, Bertram is survived by his children, Pamela (Michael) Feeney, Sherry (Randy) Martolock, Teena (Matt) Snyder, Kellie (Mike) Forche and Luke Bruce; grandchildren, Michael Cory (Heather Anderson), Raquel (Pat) Hulswitt, Erin (Jason) Tomb, TJ Martolock, Kari (Jimmy) Moore, Kurtis Snyder(Krysta Barron), Shane (Paige)Snyder, Bradley (Courtney) Elston, Joshua (Anna) Feeney, Spencer Snyder, Alex Feeney, and Hunter Bruce; great-grandchildren, Tucker, Will, Owen, Jaxon and Brooks Cory, Isaac and Lane Moore, Savannah, Dylan and Addyson Martolock, Phoenix and Mackenzie Hulswitt, Ben Barish and Austin Tomb, Jade Williams and Lilly Snyder, and Gracie Snyder

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eileen and Lowell Bruce and his grandparents, Archie and Velma Bruce. Funeral Services for Avery will be on Saturday April 22, at 1:00 pm at Zion United Brethren Church in Blissfield with Rev. Aden Porter officiating. Burial will follow at Ogden-Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday April 21, from 2-8 pm at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield, and again on Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion United Brethren Church. Online condolences and memories may be shared at

2 April 2017

Robert Otto Zimmerman

Sgt. John S. Cosbey Camp #427, Dearborn, lost Brother Robert Otto Zimmerman on April 2nd. He was 76 years old. His Civil War ancestor was Private Joseph Zimmerman of the 34th Pennsylvania Infantry, Co. B. He was Brother Robert's 2nd Great Grandfather. Brother Robert was a graduate of Wayne High School (1959); served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1963, during which he managed the Fort Devons, Maryland, Dental Clinic; was a Letter Carrier from 1964-1997; was a member of the Wayne Historical Society; and was a member of VFW post 3323 in Wayne, MI. Cards may be sent to his wife, Ann, at 35067 Currier St., Wayne, MI. 48184. He was laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery, Wayne, MI.

3 April 2017

William Charles Steih

SUVCW Brother Wilbur Charles Steih, age 72 of Riga, Michigan, passed away on Monday, April 03, 2017 at Toledo Hospital, in Toledo, Ohio. Although he had been in failing health the past several years, his death came suddenly and unexpectedly. Wilbur was a member of Nash-Hodges Camp # 43 of the Department of Michigan SUVCW. He was a charter member the camp, established in 1993 in the Blissfield, Michigan area, which currently meets in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra, Michigan. His ancestor of record for SUVCW membership was Private Joseph Stull, who served in Co. B of the 33rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry State Militia. Private Stull enlisted on July 4, 1863, and was honorably discharged on June 3, 1865. Wilbur was born May 9, 1944 in Adrian, Michigan to Ernest and Luella (Pieh) Steih. He was a 1963 graduate of Blissfield High School. On April 15, 1966 he married Carol Marks at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palmyra, Michigan. He was a cabinet maker and finisher for Weinlander Kitchen and Bath in Blissfield for 43 years. After his retirement he worked part time at Gilson's Hardware in Blissfield. Wilbur was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and a life member of the River Raisin Sportsman's Club in Blissfield. He enjoyed archery, hunting, fishing, was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving Wilbur, besides his wife Carol of nearly 51 years are three children, Richard (Yvette) Steih of Jackson, MI, Cynthia (Kyle) Gonyer of Petersburg, MI and Jason (Caroline) Steih of Deerfield, MI and four grandchildren, Ethan, Mara, Madeline and Claire. He is preceded in death by his parents, and Uncle Charles Pieh and an Aunt Nadine Pieh.

Funeral services for Wilbur will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Palmyra with Rev. Gary Leking officiating. Burial will follow in Riga Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from 2-8 p.m. at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield. You may send condolences to the family at Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or TACA (Talk about curing Autism, MI Chapter). Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.

Wilbur will be missed by his family, friends, and brothers in Camp # 43.

23 February 2017

Robert Richard Roy

Robert Richard Roy of Portage, a member of General Benjamorn Pritchard Camp #20, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the great age of 95. Robert was born in Kalamazoo on November 12, 1921, the son of the late Bert Richard Roy and Gladys Mary (Daniels) Roy. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post #475 in Schoolcraft. He belonged to the VA Trust Fund and the Civil War Historical Society. He was married to Annette (Clark) Roy; who preceeded him in death in 1976. He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Hyet and Judy (Joseph) Savasta; four grandchildren, Floyd M. "Bob" (Rochell) Hyet IV, Andrew J. (Nancy) Hyet, Cristina Savata and Michele Savasta; one sister, Roma (Jack) Minshall; and three neices, Gloria, Terri and Kate. He was preceeded in death by his sister, Wanda Ganger. Private internement will take place in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park, South.

Robert followed in the footsteps of his Great Grandfather, Private Michael Ryan of the 1st Michigan Calvary, Company G. Please keep our Brothers in Camp #20 and the Roy family in your prayers.

4 January 2017

William R. Hager

William R. "Wild Bill" Hager, age 78, of Woodland passed on January 4, 2017 at Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Bill was born on September 13, 1938 in Sunfield Township to Kenneth and Ila (Munson) Hager. He was a 1956 graduate of Woodland High School and went on to serve in the Army. In 1958 he married the love of his life Elmerna Soules whom preceded him in death. Bill retired after 30 years from Clark Equipment in Battle Creek and then worked part time in "Earls Sportstop". He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching wildlife in the backyard and his westerns on TV, and spending time with friends and family sharing stories over a cold beer. Bill was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles 3782. The family will miss his unique to the point sense of humor and take it or leave it attitude.

He will be dearly missed by; children; Kelly (Rich) Courtney, Gary (Diana) Hager, Tina (Ralph) Livingston, grandchildren; Dustin Courtney, Cassidy (Denny) Kilmartin, Cassaundra (Jake) Goodner, William (Alecia) Hager, Kendra (Rebecca) Hager, Trevin Teike, Kalli (Matt) Mier, great grandchildren; "Bubba" Chanse Courtney, Taryn Teike; sisters Sarah Studt, Jackilyn (James) Hilliker, Ivy Rairigh, good friends Linda (Chuck) Berry, along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceding Bill in death are siblings Nancy Margosian, Dean Hager and Myrna Decker, brother in law Wendel Studt.

Visitation was held on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 2pm until 5pm at Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa, MI. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Koops Funeral Chapel at 11am. Burial took place in Woodland Memorial Park immediately following the service. Donations in Bill's name can be made to Fraternal Order of the Eagles 3782, Woodland MI.


7 October 2016

Gerry Christiansen

Gen. John A. Logan Camp No. 1 has lost a Brother-Gerald A. Christiansen. He was born May 16, 1947, n Greenville, MI. He died on October 7, 2016, also in Greenville.Formerly a charter member of William A. Kent Camp No. 83 of Greenville, MI, serving as Grave Registration Officer. When that Camp disbanded, Brother Gerry transferred to the Russell A. Alger Camp No. 462, Camp-at-Large. Brother Christiansen served as Grave Registration Officer for the Gen. John A. Logan Camp No. 1 after transferring in 2012.

Gerry was an Associate Member.

Brother Gerry and his wife Paula (a Sister in the Champlin Corps No. 41, Woman's Relief Corps) spent considerable time researching the Civil War graves in Montcalm County, especially in Forest Home Cemetery in Greenville. They have compiled a database of over 200 soldiers just in the Forest Home Cemetery but didn't stop there. They formed the Friends of Forest Home Cemetery, a group of dedicated volunteers, who cleaned and reset headstones and ordered new ones when necessary. They instituted an "Adopt a Veteran" program wherein people could sponsor the care of a soldier's headstone with a donation.

One of the highlights of Gerry and Paula's work was the restoration of the William A. Kent Post No. 83 G.A.R. Memorial in Forest Home Cemetery in 2013.

Please send your thoughts and prayers to:

Paula Christiansen
108 W. South St.
Greenville, MI 48838

And please keep our grieving brothers of Logan Camp in your thoughts and prayers.

12 September 2016

David Gosling

David Gosling, the father of Bruce Gosling (Dept. Treasurer), passed on Monday morning, September 12th. He was 83 years old. Brother David held the positions of Senior Vice-Commander and Junior Vice-Commander in Camp #135. His Civil War ancestor was a Great Grandfather, Charles Fanning Lee, a Private in the 166 Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company B.

Brother David was preceded in death by his wife Kay Petruska and is survived by Christopher and Linda Gosling of Roselle, Illinois, and Bruce and Leslie Gosling of Klinger Lake, Michigan, as well as a step-son and daughter in law, Nicholas and Katie Petruska of Mattawan, Michigan, a step-daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Amy and Mike Lin of Kalamazoo, Michigan, two grandchildren, and eight step-grandchildren. Attached is an obituary with a full description of the life of this Brother who was also an accomplished naturalist, writer, and teacher.

Please keep the whole Gosling family and the March to the Sea Camp #135 in your thoughts and prayers.

7 August 2016

Harold Arthur Becker

Mr. Harold Arthur Becker of Rockford, Michigan, age 98, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 7, 2016. He was born to Charles and Barbara (Laesser) Becker in Chicago, Illinois on October 30, 1917. Harold was a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather, and a dear brother and friend. He will be sadly missed yet fondly remembered by his family, friends, and all those who knew him. Harold is survived by his beloved wife Dorothy (Reynolds); children Linda (Gordon) Hinze, Janet (Bruce) Buckwinkler, Kathy (Duane) Decker, James Becker, and John (Sharon) Becker; grandchildren Robin (Steve) Callahan, Deborah (Bradley) Callahan, Cheryl (William) Marcroft, Christian (Ann) Decker, Canyin Decker, George Buckwinkler, and Jeffery Buckwinkler; fifteen great grandchildren; and twenty-three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Charles Becker, Jr., Gene Becker, and Florence Mikkelsen.

Harold was a member of the Gen. John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He was known as a Real Son by virtue of the fact his father, Charles Conrad Becker, from St. John, Indiana, served in the Civil War as a Private in Co. H, 128th Indiana Infantry, 1864-1866. Harold was the last Real Son from Michigan. Performing services are members of the Logan Camp No. 1 and Bruce B. Butgereit, Past Department Commander and Comer Skinner, Chaplain. Harold's family would like to offer a special thank you to Marcia and Bruce Butgereit for all of the help and love they have shared over the years. Harold and Dorothy couldn't have asked for better friends.

A gathering in celebration of Harold's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street, NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Immediately following the service there will be a time of fellowship and visitation until 4:00 p.m.

Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Gen. John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1691 Summerfield Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Here is a Link to an article about Real Son Harold Becker

12 May 2016

John Harold McGarry III

Henry E. Plant Camp #3 has informed me that they have lost a brother, John Harold McGarry III, on May 12th of this year. His Civil War Ancestor was Pvt. George Coin of the 11th West Virginia Inf. Reg., who was Brother McGarry's Great-Great-Grandfather.

Brother McGarry was born on July 25, 1952 in West Virginia.

He was a professional historian at public and private museums in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Florida. He was a National Park Service Ranger and an assistant to Florida treasure-hunter Mel Fisher.

He was married to Susan Kay Elliot in 1975. They had no children.

No funeral or visitation was held due to Brother John's request.

The Camp, however will hold a memorial service for him as part of their July Camp meeting. For further details on this service, contact the Camp's Sec./Treas., Daniel Grable, 104 E. Tolford Street, Apt. 2, Spring Lake, MI. 49456-3201 (Ph. # 616-820-5993).

Here is a Link to an article on Brother McGarry's life.

9 May 2016

Charles "Chuck" Bauer

Chuck was a brilliant man whose contributions benefitted the safety and protection of us all.

An Army veteran, Chuck's career began in a Department of Defense underground bunker during the Cold War. Chuck next joined the Hastings Police Department followed by the Albuquerque Police Department. Returning to Michigan in the mid-60s, Chuck joined the Department of Natural Resources to work on electronic communications. His work led to the position of Director of Michigan's Emergency Medical Systems. As part of an elite group working with NASA, Chuck was integral in the development of the emergency 911 system and established centers in each state. His notable work led to designing the University of Michigan Medical Center communication system. Chuck's final role was with the Lansing Police Department as the Director of 911 for metro Lansing. Chuck was also a proud member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Chuck is survived by daughter Kristen, son Guy, and brothers Ronald and Timothy.

There will be no services. In lieu of flowers donations support the U-M Cancer Center Fund:



28 January 2014

Brother Paul Lyke

Brother Paul Lyke, of the Gen. Benjamin Pritchard Camp 20, Dept. of Michigan, passed away on January 28th. Paul's Civil War ancestor was Lewis Albert Lyke, a Private in Co. L and Co. M of the Ninth New York Cavalry. Paul was a veteran of WWII, United States Navy. He helped start both an American Legion and an AMBUCS Club in downtown Kalamazoo, MI. He was a lifetime Member of the VFW Post 1527,  a member of the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a Plank Owner of the Navy Memorial Foundation. This past summer of 2013 he spent a day in the Capitol with most of it being at the Navy Memorial Foundation. 

He was born November 29, 1917 in Kalamazoo, the son of Lewis and Laura (Dietschler) Lyke. Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth "Bette" J. Lyke in 2006. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


18 May 2013

Brother Rick Greene, PDC

James Richard (Rick) Greene, age 66 of Mayville, MI passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 at home with his family. Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Mayville United Methodist Church with Pastor Charles Buckhahn officiating. Family will receive visitors 3-8 PM Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Avram Funeral Home in Mayville, MI and from 10 AM until time of service Wednesday at the Church. Internment will be at the Watertown Township Cemetery, grave side honors will be conducted by The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Suggested memorials to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Rick was born December 31, 1946 to James Reber and Kathryn (Heusted) Greene. He was a graduate of Mayville High School and attended two years of college. He married Karen Morse on November 12, 1982 in Goodison, Mi. Rick was a Past Department Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of Civil War, and a member the Mayville Museum. He loved antique tractors, Civil War reenactments, and working on his farm. Richard is survived by his wife: Karen, one daughter: Meagan (Anthony) Lyle of Mayville, MI, three grand children: Morgan, Matthew, and Noah. He was preceded in death by his parents. Friends may share an on-line condolence at Arrangements by Avram Funeral Home, 6028 Lincoln St., PO Box 130, Mayville, MI 48744. Telephone 989-843-5441


14 December 2012

Brother Robert K. Hoffman, PCC

Brother Robert K. Hoffman, PCC, of Austin Blair Camp No. 7, a life resident of Eaton Rapids, MI, died December 14, 2012 at the age of 65 at a Lansing hospital following complications after surgery. Born October 16, 1947, Bob was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1965 and also served in the Naval Reserve. He began his career with the City of Eaton Rapids as a full time fire fighter serving more than 20 years with that position. Bob was 2 weeks short of retiring with the city in the Department of Public Works. He was the historian for the Eaton Rapids area not only for the city but also for the local Historical Society. He was a member of the Sons by virtue of his GGGFa, Pvt. John W. Lathrop, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters and his GGGUncle, Pvt. Nicholas I. Archabold, 2d U.S. Infantry. In addition to the SUVCW, he was a member of Amvets and Eaton Rapids Congregational Church. Bob was a former instructor for the Michigan Fire Fighters Council and a former EMT. Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years Jo Hoffman (of 208 Holmes St., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827), 3 children, 2 granddaughters, a great grandson, 2 brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those so desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Austin Blair Camp #7 in memory of Robert K. Hoffman.

19 October 2012

Brother Mitchell L. Minton JVC

Bro. Mitchell L. Minton, Jr. Vice Commander, Lockwood Camp #139, died October 19, 2012 at his home at 2601 Pearl Rd. in Alpena, MI 49707. Mitch had been an Associate SUVCW member for the past 10 years. During that time Mitch was continuous participant in all Camp activities and projects. He brought life to our, meetings with a smile and his positive attitude.

Mitch was the quintessential ”cowboy", hosting the Country Gold radio show, working with the Little Britches Rodeo, the Sherriff's Posse, and the Alpena Fairgrounds.

Mitch was the owner and operator of Floyd Minton Cedar Post Co. This was a family business established by his father, Floyd Minton.

Mitch loved involving himself with children. He was always willing to share his time with his grand children, his nieces and nephews and others.

Mitch is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sherry, his daughter, Patsy, two stepsons, his mother Shirley and two sisters, three brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

There was a Service of Remembrance on October 22.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Michigan. Visit his personal web page at where you may sign the on-line guest book or send your condolences to the family.

11 September 2012

Brother Brian D. MacVean

Brother Brian D. MacVean, Curtenius Guard Camp No. 17, Lansing/Sunfield, died September 11, 2012 at his home, 10572 Benton Road, Grand Ledge, MI 48837. Born May 18, 1963 in Lansing, Brian was a member of the SUVCW by virtue of his Great Grandfather, Pvt. James H. Robinson, Co. H, 2d Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He served two years as Camp Guide. He also was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed fishing. Brian was employed as a supervisor at Molded Plastics in Holt. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Peggy, a sister, a brother, a brother-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services took place Friday, September 14, 2012 at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with interment followed at Union Cemetery, Oneida Township, Eaton County. For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society in his memory.

22 August 2012

Brother Leroy D. Austin

Brother Leroy D. Austin of Albert & James Lyon Camp No. 266 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula died August 22, 2012, in Wallace, MI. Born May 18, 1925 in Sioux Pass, MT, he was a U.S. Navy veteran, member of the VFW and a charter member of Camp No. 266, serving on the Camp Council. He was a member of the SUVCW by virtue of his Great Uncle, Pvt. Joseph H. Sullivan, 7th Illinois Vol. Infantry.

He is survived by his wife and children.

Interment has taken place at Central Baptist Cemetery, Dagget, MI.

20 January 2012

Brother Stanley R. Heldreth

Brother Stanley R. Heldreth, a member of Michigan’s Gen, Benj. Pritchard Camp No. 20 in Kalamazoo, died August 15, 2012 Lawton, MI. He was born January 11, 1942, in Normal (McLean Co.), IL. He lived at 1344 Second Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087, with his wife, Kathryn, who survives.

Brother Heldreth was a member of the SUVCW by virtue of his Great Grandfather, Isaac Heldreth, Co. E, 1st Missouri Engineers. He was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, a member of American Legion Post 207 in Portage and a member of the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club.

He earned an MBA at MSU and had a career as a CPA. Arrangements were by the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Share a memory or condolence online at

Burial was at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI on August 20 with military honors.

24 July 2012

Brother Milo "Chuck" Langworthy

Brother Milo "Chuck" Langworthy, 721 Harris St., Lansing, MI 48906, passed away July 24, 2012 in Lansing, age 90. He was born February 7, 1922, in Alma, MI. Chuck was a veteran of the U.S. Army in WW II, and worked as a machinist at the John Bean Company, retiring in 1971. He was a founding member of the Lansing Muzzle Loading Gun Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. Surviving are: 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 28, 2012, in East Lansing. Arrangements were by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

Chuck was a member of Lansing/Sunfield Curtenius Guard Camp No. 17 by virtue of his Great Grandfather, PVT Barnard Henry Swope, Co. I, 6th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, his Great Great Grandfather, PVT Calvin B. Fisher, Co. H, 11th Michigan Volunteer Infantry and his Great Great Great Grandfather PVT Smith Rhodes, Co. I, 9th Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He served in various camp offices including Color Bearer, Patriotic Instructor, and Council Member. In 1992, he received the Camp #17 Samuel Grinnell Award.

21 May 2012

Brother Robert “Bob” Mulvihill, D.D.S.

Brother Robert “Bob” Mulvihill, D.D.S., died at home (10501 N. Meridian Rd., Pleasant Lake, MI 49272) on May 21, 2012. He had been hospitalized since mid-April following a fall at home. Born in Chicago April 11, 1936, Bob attended Kalamazoo College and WMU before receiving his degree at the University of Detroit. While at Kalamazoo, he met and married his life-long friend and companion, Roxie Lou Linderman. They have four sons, eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Not only did he perform in many community theaters, barbershop choruses, quartets and his church choir, he and Roxie performed living history as Gen. (and President) U.S. Grant and Julia Dent Grant. They were familiar personae at many area Civil War activities.

Bob joined Austin Blair Camp No. 7 March 11, 1998, by virtue of his Great Grandfather Pvt. Charles F. Mulvihill, Co. B, 110th New York Vol. Infantry, who served August 13, 1862-August 28, 1865.

Much can be written about Bob including his service in the U.S. Navy, his work as a dentist at the Southern Michigan Prison and his volunteering at Allegiance Health (formerly Foote Hospital) in Jackson. But his pleasant, hale-fellow-well-met personality made him stand out in any crowd, no matter what role he happened to be playing at the time.

A memorial service will be held later this summer.

Pictures of him in character can be seen at: and and Robert Mulvihill, beloved area stage performer and singer, dies at 76 |

31 January 2012

Associate Brother Albert Harper, Jr.

Associate Brother Albert Harper, Jr.,  SSG USMC, Ret.,  age 71, 1549 Tennyson Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45406, died January 31, 2012. Born in Saginaw, Michigan, he had been a resident of Dayton since 2004. He maintained his associate membership in Michigan’s General Pritchard Camp No. 20 since 2003. A descendant of a slave, he was never able to identify a Civil War ancestor. He was also an active member of the U.S. Colored Troops Living History Association. Brother Harper was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, a baby girl, and a brother. Albert leaves to cherish his memories: the joy and love of his life, Jacqueline Lawrence, two children, a sister, a step-son and -daughter, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. Funeral services were held February 9, 2012 at the House of Wheat Funeral Home, Inc., in Dayton.  Interment was at the Dayton National Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at  Personal condolences may be sent to Ms. Jackie Lawrence and the Harper family at the home address, above.

20 January 2012

Brother Roger E. Church

Brother Roger E. Church, age 85, of 4705 N. 19 Road, Mesick, MI, passed away at his home, Friday, January 20, 2012.  He was born January 20, 1927, in Lansing and he married the former Nita Peterson May 29, 1948.

Roger served U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed at General Motors for 30 years, retiring in 1978. He was a member of UAW No. 652, coached Little League and was a Pioneer leader in the Lutheran Church in Lansing before moving to Mesick. He was an avid fisherman and had traveled to the Arctic Circle for fishing. He was also a deer hunter, an avid bowler, a member of the F&AM Lodge No. 466 in Mesick. 

Brother Church was a member of Robert Finch Camp No. 13, Traverse City by virtue of his G-G-Grandfather, Pvt. William H. Church, Co. F, 7th Vermont Infantry. For two years, he served as Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge, was a member of the Scottish Rite and received a Red Hat. He was a member of the Shriners and the Order of the Eastern Stars, and was Grand Chaplain of Michigan Odd Fellows.

Brother Church is survived by his wife, Nita, three sons, and a daughter, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a brother and a sister. He was preceded in death by a brother.

Funeral services were held January 23, 2012, at the Mesick United Methodist Church. A graveside service was January 24, 2012, at the Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of one's choice.


25 October 2011

Brother Francis L. "Fran" Akins

Brother Francis L. "Fran" Akins, 84, died in Battle Creek on Tuesday morning, October 25, 2011. Fran was born February 17, 1927, in Battle Creek. He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Wanda M. Phillips, two daughters, a son, 3 grandsons, a granddaughter, and two nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, his parents; and 2 brothers.

Fran was an active member of Colegrove-Woodruff Camp No. 22, SUVCW, in Marshall, the Calhoun County Historical Society and the South Side Bible Church. His Civil War ancestor was 2LT Nicholas Devereaux, Co. B., 14th Michigan Vol. Infantry, a Great-Great Uncle. He was an active member of the Honor/Color Guard. Arrangements have been handled by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held October 28, 2011 at the South Side Bible Church 4515 W. Beckley Road, Battle Creek. Entombment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery. Donations may be made to the church. Personal messages for the family may be placed at, or sent to the home address, 22525 Pine Lake Road, Battle Creek, MI 49014.

15 July 2011

Brother Robert H. LaPoint

Brother Robert H. LaPoint, Gen. Benjamin D. Prichard Camp No. 20, Kalamazoo, died July 15, 2011 at his home, 4105 Rivington Street, Kalamazoo 49008. He was a member of the SUVCW by virtue of the service of his grandfather, Sgt. Joseph Gardner, Co. E, 30th Indiana Infantry. Born in Kalamazoo on March 20, 1923, brother LaPoint served in Europe during WW II in an Anti-Aircraft Battalion attached to the 102d Infantry Division, earning two battle stars.

Robert worked for 33 years for Conrail, retiring in 1984. This past October, he and his wife, Minnie, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie, a son, Dennis, a daughter, Yvonne Hackenberg, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Per his wishes, a Memorial Service was held July 20, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South Street. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund or Special Olympics.

18 July 2011

Brother Richard James Beach

Brother Richard James Beach, 13192 US 223, Manitou Beach, MI 49253, passed away July 18, 2011, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility, Adrian, MI. He was born Oct. 9, 1925, in Adrian. On May 30, 1957, he married Liela Marie LaPlaunt, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 19, 1988. On Feb. 17, 1996, he married Gloria Gaige-Hamann in Hillsdale, and she survives. Richard joined SUVCW Nash-Hodges Camp No. 43 in Blissfield in 1993, based on the service of his grandfather, Pvt. James White, Co. B, 11th Michigan Cavalry.

Richard served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1944-1945, during World War II. Richard retired from Wyman Gordon Corporation in Jackson where he was a machine repairman. In addition to the SUVCW, Richard was a member of the Onsted American Legion Durkee-Seager Post #550, the Onsted Kiwanis and the Moose and Eagles in Jackson.

Brother Beach is survived by his wife, Gloria, his children, James Beach of Manitou Beach, Bonnie (Dennis) Gwinnup of St. Charles, Ill., Danniel (Karen) Hamann of Adrian, Cindy Hamann of Jackson and Kevin (Sherry) Hamann of Napoleon; two granddaughters, a great-grandson, and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

Burial was at Maple Shade Cemetery in Onsted with full military rites conducted by the Onsted American Legion Durkee-Seager Post #550.

30 June 2011

Brother Clarence F. Rabach

Brother Clarence F. Rabach, 93 of 7454 Hawthorne Dr. Plainfield, Ind., formerly of Charlevoix County, passed away June 30, 2011. Born November 14, 1917 in Sturgeon Bay, WI, he was a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran of World War II. Clarence worked as the County Clerk in Charlevoix County. In addition to his membership in SUVCW Robert Finch Camp No. 14, Traverse City, he was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Kiwanis. His Civil War ancestor was a Great Grandfather, Pvt. Henry C. Knudson (Knutzen), Co. F., 32d Wisconsin Infantry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Ikens Rabach. Survivors include his daughter, Madelyn (Hugh Delaney) Harwood; two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a brother. Graveside services will take place at a later date in Charlevoix. Online condolences may be offered @

28 April 2011

Brother Weldon Petz

Dr. Weldon Petz. Weldon died April 28, 2011, in Farmington Hills, MI, after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, two children and four grandchildren. He was a member of the SUVCW by virtue of an uncle who was in the 5th NY Art. Band.  The musical gene was passed down to Weldon who served in the 8th USAAC Special Services Band during WW II, then as a musician in the Jimmy Dorsey Band. He recorded with such notables as Ella Fitzgerald and Glen Miller. 

Although a teacher and school principal  in Farmington and Detroit, he as best known as an eminent Lincoln scholar, collector of Lincolnia, writer and lecturer. His enthusiastic stories about touring Michigan and collecting pictures and histories of Lincoln-related sites and monuments fascinated all who heard him speak. His efforts were put into book form in “Seeking Lincoln in Michigan” and “Michigan Remembers Lincoln”. He donated his extensive collection of Lincoln memorabilia to the Plymouth Historical Museum prior to his death.

Brother Petz was a Life Member of Sgt. John S. Cosbey Camp No. 427, having transferred there after US Grant Camp No. 101 disbanded. He was also an Honorary Companion of MOLLUS.   Interment took place May 3 in the Franklin (MI) Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or Franklin Community Church, 26425 Wellington, Franklin, MI 48025

27 March 2011

Brother Richard Floyd Haver

Brother Richard (“Dick”) F. Haver, LeValley-Huested Camp No. 255 at Mayville, MI, died Sunday, March 27, 2011 in Caro, MI.  He was a member of the SUVCW by virtue of the service of his grandfather, Pvt. Edward Haver, Co. H, 1st Michigan Cavalry. 

An Order of Eastern Star and Masonic service followed by a Service of Remembrance was held, Saturday, April 2, 2011, with Pastor Kay Leitelt officiating. Burial at Watertown Township Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Mayville American Legion Post #181 and the Mayville/Vassar VFW Post #10884. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice or the Rebekah Lodge #120 of Fostoria, Order of Eastern Star #390 of Millington, Caro MT Moriah #226 F & AM, or the Fostoria United Methodist Church.

Richard “Dick” was born December 16, 1919 to Floyd and Vera (Culver) Haver in Saginaw, MI. He married Maxine Adams Williams in 1951 in Flint, MI. They were very happily married for 53 years until Maxine's death in 2004. Dick graduated in 1938 from Fostoria High School and served in the United States Marine Corp Second Regiment of Second Marine Division from December 1941 to September 1945. He was a life member of the Second Marine Division Association. Dick had many occupations during his lifetime including working in the General Motors Financial Department, owning a Hardware Store in Fostoria, and working for the U.S. Postal Service. He retired as Postmaster of the Fostoria Post Office in 1980. Dick attended the Fostoria United Methodist Church and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star #390 of Millington, Rebekah Lodge #120 of Fostoria, Caro MT Moriah #226 F & AM, Life Member and Past Master of Mayville Masonic Lodge #394, The LeValley-Heusted Camp #255, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Past Noble Grand Fostoria IOOF Lodge #22, and the Scottish Rite Valley of Bay City. He also enjoyed hunting, gardening, and woodworking. Dick built and carved many beautiful pieces for his family and friends.

He is survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law; Jean (Theodore) Wilson of Wickenburg, AZ, nieces and nephews and their families; Richard Haver of IN, Dorlis Haver of Lapeer, MI, Nan Haver of PA, Craig Wilson of FL, Patti Giovanini of AZ, Eleanore Miller, Garry Adams, David Adams, Larry Adams of Byron, MI, and Mary Ann Adams of Troy, MI. Richard was preceded in death by his wife; Maxine, his parents, brother and sister-in-law; Edward (Hulda) Haver, brother-in-law and sister-in-law; Keith (Geraldine) Adams, and niece; Kay Chapman. The family would like to recognize and thank the Heritage Hill Assisted Living and the Home & Hospice Advantage Caregivers for the loving care they gave Uncle Dick. Friends may share an on-line condolence at Arrangements by Avram Funeral Home 6028 Lincoln St., P.O. Box 130, Mayville, MI

12 February 2011

Ivan "Ike" Lee Rockwell, a new member of Robert Finch Camp No. 14, Traverse City, passed away Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. He was born Nov. 3, 1941, in Battle Creek. Ike joined Camp 14 by virtue of his Great Grandfather, Jerome Spaulding, PVT, Co. H, 8th N.Y. Heavy Artillery.

Ike retired from the Michigan DNR, Parks Division, in 1997 after 36 years service. He was one of the founders of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Foundation.

He earned his Boy Scout Eagle Badge as a young man and continued to serve the Boy Scout Organization throughout his life. He was also a member of the Lions Club and the Michigan Association of Governmental Employees.

Ike is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Ann, three children, and four grandchildren. Condolences may be addressed to 5347 Barney Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City from 2 to 5 p.m. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will take place in the spring at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Ike's name to Scenic Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1499 Business Park Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686-8741, to be used for scout scholarships.

21 January 2011

Carl Becker, D.O., of General Israel B. Richardson Camp # 2 died January 21, 2011.

A resident of Clinton Township, Michigan, he is survived by his wife, Del, three children and two grandsons. He served 34 years on the Board of Trustees of the Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center, as the longest-standing president. In addition to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, he was also a member of the Mt. Clemens Rotary Club and was an avid game hunter. Carl served honorably in the U.S. Army.

Dr. Becker's Civil War ancestor was John Beutel who served 1862-65 in Co. G, 22nd Michigan Infantry. Beutel was wounded at Chickamauga and is buried in the Kukuk Cemetery, Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Condolences can be addressed to 21035 Balfour Street, Clinton Township, Michigan 48036. The funeral service was held Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home, 46530 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb, Michigan. Cremation has taken place.

15 January 2011

Percy Ira Wilson, Jr. of Nash-Hodges Camp No. 43, Department of Michigan, SUVCW, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 15, 2011 following a brief hospitalization. Brother Wilson was born August 15, 1931 in Adrian MI, and, after his marriage, he lived in Blissfield, MI, the rest of his life. Preceded in death by his wife, he is survived by two daughters and two granddaughters. Percy was the father-in-law of Camp No. 43 Secretary/Treasurer Harold F. “Butch” Miller, PCC.

Percy served in Korea at a young age in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. In addition to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, He was also a member of the AmVets, DAV, VFW and American Legion.

His ancestor was Private Ira Wilson who served in Co. F, 1st Michigan Engineers & Mechanics, died April 5, 1862, and was buried in the Lebanon National Cemetery in Kentucky.

Condolences can be addressed to 311 Jipson St., Blissfield, MI 49228-1333. Services will be held Tuesday, January 18 at the Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel at 301 S. Lane St., Blissfield.


2 August 2010

JOHN G. HANSEN: John passed away Monday evening, August 2, 2010 at his home (37320 22d St., Kalamazoo,, MI 49009) with his family at his side. He was born January 18, 1934 in Rockville Center, NY. John served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. He retired from General Motors in 1993. John joined the Benjamin Pritchard Camp 20, Department of Michigan, SUVCW in 2006 as an Associate so his grandson, Johnny Brewster, could join as a junior member. He was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Mattawan, the U.A.W., and the Sons of Norway - Askeladden Lodge, Kalamazoo. John’s wife, Marlene, survives. Also surviving are three step-children, four sons, two daughters, 17 grandchildren, and a sister. Family will receive friends Sunday, (August 8) 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, 11 AM at St. John Bosco Church, Mattawan with Rev. Fr. Mathew Illikattil celebrant. Memorial contribution may be directed to the family.

28 May 2010

Past Department of Michigan Secretary (PDC) and Gilluly-Kingsley Camp No. 120 Past Camp Commander Richard F. Lee died May 28, 2010 in Fenton, MI, following a lengthy illness. Brother Lee was born in Detroit on Feb. 17, 1931 and spent most of his adult life in the Howell, MI area, where he taught school.

Brother Lee was a veteran of the US Air Force.  He was a charter member of Camp No. 120 and a long term secretary for the Department for which he was awarded the rank of PDC.

Cards may be addressed to his wife, Betty at 304 Pineknoll Ct., Brighton, MI 48116      

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be scheduled  for a later date.

25 May 2010

William E. Lakey, 15483 Dunn Drive, Traverse City, MI 49681, died May 25, 2010 at his home.  Born July 15, 1925 in Muskegon, MI, Brother Lakey was an Associate member of Robert Finch Camp No. 14 in Traverse City.  Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery in Muskegon.

Brother Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Muriel Kooistra. He is survived by his wife, Pat, four children, four stepsons, four grandchildren and one step grandson.

A math professor at Central Michigan University, he was also a dedicated Boy Scout leader, traveler and avid fan for the teams of his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

Memorials may be made to the online guestbook at

29 January 2010

Brother Harry E. Robinson, Gen. John Logan Camp No. 1, died January 29, 2010 in Grant, MI. He was born July 27, 1937 in Fremont, MI. Burial was in the Ashland Twp. Cemetery, Grant, MI. A member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War by virtue of his Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Enos Parrish, Battery E., 1st Michigan Artillery, Brother Robinson served on the Camp Council. Brother Robinson was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of both the Newaygo VFW Post #4249 and the Kent City American Legion. He was also a member of the Sons of the Revolution. He was active in many other local organizations and was elected to the City Council for the City of Grant. The home address is 80 Exchange Street, Grant, MI 49327.

18 January 2010

Ervin H.A. Stahl, Associate Member of Curtenius Guard Camp No. 17, Lansing/Sunfield, died January 18, 2010 in Haslett, MI. Brother Stahl was born in Seymour, IN on September 21, 1924. A retired Professional Engineer, he served in the U.S. Navy on the destroyer “USS Roy O. Hale” during World War II. His remains were interred in the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI.

1 January 2010

Brother Paul Mills MacDonald, Henry E. Plant No.3, died at home in Fremont, MI, on January 1, 2010. Brother MacDonald was born in Fremont on August 26, 1929. He was a member of the SUVCW by virtue of the service of his Great Grandfather, Pvt. George A. Mills, 149th NY Infantry. 

He served in many camp offices, including Patriotic Instructor, JVC, SVC and Camp Council. An engineer for the CSX Railroad, he was also active in the NRA, Nat’l Muzzle Loading Rifles Assoc., New-Ocea Free  Trappers, Muskegon Seaway Gun Club and CW Artillery Re-enactors.

The home address is: 5460 W. 56th Street, Fremont, MI 49412-9259. Cremation has taken place.


10 December 2009

Dwight Clinton Kennard, Jr., PCC

PCC Dwight Clinton Kennard, Jr., died December 10, 2009, in De Bary, FL.  Born 3 September 1913 in Santa Rosa, CA, Brother Kennard served as Camp Secretary/Treasurer 1988-90 in Robert Finch Camp No. 14, Traverse City, MI, before being elected to Camp Commander 1997-99.

He honored his grandfather, PVT Owen Kennard, Co. F, 7th Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

Holding a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from M.I.T., Brother Kennard finished his career with NASA, working on unmanned spaceflights. In addition to the SUVCW, he was a member of several professional and historic associations.
Although his wife of 65 years preceded him in death, he is survived by a son, three daughters, a sister, four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place in Florida, but a memorial service will be planned for the summer in Traverse City. A more detailed obituary was printed in the Traverse City “Record-Eagle” on December 12, 2009.

13 November 2009

Brother Arvis Leroy Dawson

Brother Arvis Leroy Dawson, Russell A. Alger Camp-at-Large No. 462, died November 13, 2009 in West Bloomfield, MI.  Brother Dawson was born May 11, 1925 in Clinton, MS.  He has been a member of the SUVCW  by virtue of his Great Grandfather, 1st Sgt. Oliver Dawson, Co. I, 52d Infantry Regt., USCT.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting his niece,  Ms. Rachel Eickemeyer, 5564 Haverhill, W. Bloomfield, MI 48322, phone 248/538-8973

13 May 2009

Brother John M. McFeters

Brother John M. McFeters of Austin Blair Camp No. 7, Jackson, MI, died May 13, 2009 following a massive heart attack. A member of Camp No. 7 since January 2003, John served as Camp Secretary, Patriotic Instructor, JVC and SVC. He also served as Department Guide in 2008. He was a member of the SUVCW by virtue of being the descendant of 1st Sergeant George Felix Myers, 9th Indiana Light Artillery. Born in Albion, MI May 4, 1947, John and his wife, Karen, reside in Jackson, MI. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on May 16th at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 Hanover St., Concord, MI. Members of the SUVCW are asked to gather at 10:00 a.m., preferably in uniform or appropriate funeral attire. Burial will be in Napoleon, OH. In addition to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, John was a member of the Horton Lions Club and the Cascades Civil War Muster Committee. A Vietnam War Veteran, he was also a Cub Scout Leader and active with MHSSA Girls Volleyball and Soccer. In lieu of flowers or other gifts Karen has requested donations to the Cascades Humane Society.

11 March 2009

Brother James T. Lyons
Past Department Commander

James T. Lyons, formerly of Lansing, age 78 passed away March 11, 2009 in Grand Rapids. He was born March 9, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to James G. and Alice Lyons. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Catherine V. Chapin. Also surviving are daughters, Elizabeth (Marley) Hilts of Sunfield, Susan (Phil) Brunell of Allendale, and Jennifer (Brian) Snover of St. Johns; grandchildren, Jay and Darrin Hilts along with Sarah and Brian Snover; as well as his sister, Pat Krueger of Racine, Wisconsin. James was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict in the Signal Corps of the 25th Infantry Division: Tropic Lightning. He was also a member of the Michigan Society of the Sons of the Revolution, the Michigan Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; and many other historical groups. He was a historian and genealogist. There will be a memorial service held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at the Deepdale Memorial Gardens Chapel, 4110 Lansing Road., Lansing, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Ann’s Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Boy Scouts of America, or Girl Scouts of America.

20 Jan 2009

Brother Ray E. Shedd
Charter Member of General Israel B. Richardson Camp No. 2

Ray E. Shedd Age 88, of West Bloomfield, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2009. Beloved husband of the late Pauline for 49 years. Loving father of Lawrence (Linda) Shedd, and Cynthia (Roy) Itami. Loving and proud gramps of Ryan Shedd. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Graduated from Michigan State University and member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Ray was a proud WWII Army Veteran, stationed in England. Retired from Manufacturers Bank as Senior Vice President, he remained active in the retiree's breakfast group. Ray was a charter member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He enjoyed coin collecting, reading, the Spartans, travel, golf and tracing his family history. Ray touched many lives and will live on in our hearts. Funeral Friday 11 a.m. at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Visitation Thursday 2-8 p.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.



21 Aug 2008

Brother Fred L. Knoodle

Fred L. Knoodle, 68, of Harbor Springs and formerly of Mount Morris, died Aug. 21, 2008, while bicycling near Harbor Springs.

The funeral service was 1 p.m. today, Monday, Aug. 25, at the First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs. The Rev. James Pollard officiated and interment followed in Lakeview Cemetery in Harbor Springs. Visiting hours were 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey.

Fred was born March 27, 1940, in Flint, to Fred D. and Margaret (Lawrence) Knoodle. He grew up in Mount Morris where he attended school. He also attended Mott Community College for several years.

On June 24, 1961, he married the former Jimmie Wordlaw in Mount Morris and the couple made their home in Clio.

Fred worked as a materials manager for the Service Parts Organization division of General Motors for 30 years, retiring in 1997.

He was a member of the  First Baptist Church, and a member of the Jaycees and Big Brothers of Mount Morris.

In 1997, Fred and Jimmie moved to Harbor Springs.

He was a member of the Civil War Roundtable and the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War-Traverse City Chapter. He enjoyed genealogy, gardening and bicycling and was a member of the League of Michigan Bicyclists. He was a former marathon runner and had run in the Boston Marathon on two occasions. One of his latest projects was being on the committee to restore and dedicate the Confederate Civil War cannon recently placed in Petoskey.

Fred is survived by his wife Jimmie; his daughter, Shelley Knoodle, of Troy; and his son, David and his wife, Sharon, of Harbor Springs. Also surviving are his two granddaughters, Sarah and Abbey, of whom he was very proud and who were extremely dear to him; a sister, Kathleen Irish, of Mount Morris; a brother, Jerry and his wife, Pam, of Davison; an uncle, Russell Knoodle, of Oscoda; and many close friends in the Flint area and Northern Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the Petoskey Confederate Cannon Fund, c/o Neal Breaugh, 10230 E. San Remo Blvd., Traverse City, Mich. 49684.

See the following article courtesy of the Petoskey News-Review

7 July 2008


Bud was a very active Life Member in Austin Blair Camp No. 7 since 1998. He also was a veteran of WWII serving in the Pacific Theater. Bud retired from Consumers Energy and was a long time member of the Napoleon Lions Club. During the 1980's Bud and his wife Barb volunteered for the National Parks Service in Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore. Brother Bud served Camp No. 7 as Treasurer and was a current member of the Council. He was also the recipient of the Thayne LaBanta Award in 2003 and the Austin Blair Award in 2007. Surviving are his wife Barb of 57 years. Three sons; Tom Tallman of Muskegon, Jim (Mary) Tallman of Jackson and Rick (Kathy) Tallman of Jackson. Twin daughters; Sally (Bob) Shaughnessy of Jackson and Pat (Mark) Heath of Jackson. Ten grandchildren; Liz, Michael, Greg, John, Christopher, Matt, Chrissy, Darius, Sabrina and Joe. One great grandson; Luke. A sister; Jean Spencer of Howell and many nieces and nephews. Bud was preceeded in death by his parents Clair and Elma Tallman and brother Dean.


23 August 2007

Brother John H. Peck of the William A. Kent Camp No. 83 in Greenville, MI passed away on August 23, 2007

29 April 2007

Brother John Porterfield of Wa-Bu-No Camp No. 250 passed away April 29th. Brother Porterfield was 82 had held several posts, including Camp Commander. John had served in the European theater during WWII.

14 Feb 2007

Brother Leo Cohoon passed away February 14th at the Masonic Home in Alma. He was 93. He had helped charter Wa-Bu-No Camp #250 and held all offices in the camp, most recently serving as Camp Chaplain.

2 Feb 2007

Brother Dale F. Calder, member of the Russell A. Alger Camp #462, Michigan Camp at Large, passed away February 2, 2007 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Brother Calder joined the Curtenius Guard Camp #17 on September 27, 1994 and served as Camp Chaplain from 1996 - 2000. He transferred to the Major Henry F. Wallace Camp #260 in 2001 and subsequently to the Russell A. Alger Camp #462, Michigan Camp at Large.

Brother Calder was decended from his Great Grandfather, Private (Johann) Martin Lerg, who enlisted into Company E, 6th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry on September 6, 1862 and was honorably discharged November 24, 1865.

22 Jan 2007

Brother Michael Dean Mitchell died in Angola, IN on Monday, January 22, 2007 after a lengthy illness. He was born April 25, 1940, in Howard City, Michigan. Brother Mitchell was a Charter Member of Curtenius Guard Camp #17, joining in 1983 as a Great Grandson of PVT Jason C. Bradeen, Co. D, 2d Maine Vol. Inf. He served as camp Sr. Vice Commander, Chairman on several camp committees, and Senior Vice Commander of the Department of Michigan. Mike received the Department of Michigan Abraham Lincoln Award in 1987. A veteran of the U.S. Army and Navy, he retired from General Motors in 1998. His wife, Carol of 723 S. 650 W., Angola, IN 46703, survives him. Also surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, two adopted daughters and their husbands, two brothers and sisters-in-law, three sisters and brothers-in-law, and 11 grandchildren.

Brother Mitchell was also a member of the Sons of the Revolution, the North-South Skirmish Association and several other related associations, including being a Charter Member of the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Inc., a reenactment group from 1983. The funeral was held in Stroh, IN on Friday, January 26 at the Stroh Church of Christ.

The funeral service took place on Saturday at the Okemos, MI Christian Center, with burial at Dimondale Cemetery. Memorials are to Cameron Hospice, Angola, or Fort Wayne Medical Oncology, P.O. Box 15099, Fort Wayne, IN 46885.

15 Jan 2007

Brother James B. Pugsley III, Carpenter-Welch Camp 180, Department of Michigan, died suddenly on January 15, 2007. He was born in Ann Arbor on August 4, 1953. Brother Pugsley is survived by his son, Jimmy, and his ex-wife, Darcy. The funeral took place on January 19 at the Stark Funeral Home in Ypsilanti, followed by burial in Highland Cemetery.

Jim joined the SUVCW in 2002 by virtue of being a grandnephew of SGT Stephen H. Clayton, Co. F, 6th Tennessee Cavalry. He served various offices in the camp, including Chaplain, Jr. Vice Commander and Sr. Vice Commander. He has also been an active member of the Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.


2 Dec 2006

Brother Merle J. "Sie" Hagerman died Saturday December 2, 2006 at his home at in Kalamazoo. He was the grandson of Charles F. Hagerman, Co. M, 1st Michigan Cavalry and was a member of the Gen. Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20 in Kalamazoo. Brother Hagerman was born September 20, 1921 in Kalamazoo. During WW II, he served in the U.S. Army. He was a 32-Degree Mason. He is survived by four of his five children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

28 Oct 2006

Brother James C. Wood died October 28, 2006 in Grand Rapids, MI. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Alma. Brother Wood was born February 15, 1935 in Big Rapids. He was a member of Alexander French Camp No. 28 based on his Great Grandfather, PVT. William Dix Everdon, 3rd PA Heavy Artillery. Brother Wood served his camp as Historian, Jr. Vice Commander, Secretary and a member of the Camp Council. He will be remembered for organizing and implementing the placement of Civil War and Spanish-American War panels at the Veterans' Memorial, Mecosta County Court House in Big Rapids.

22 October 2006

Brother George V. Holland

Life Member George V. Holland, Russell A. Alger Camp No. 462, Michigan Camp-at-Large died Oct. 22, 2006 in Macomb Twp. Brother Holland was born in Detroit, MI, on May 13, 1918. He served in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of Lieutenant Sr. Grade (LT). A Ford Motor Car retiree, George was active in Boy Scouts, receiving the coveted Silver Beaver Award for his years of dedicated service. He was also an avid stamp collector, co-founding the Great Lakes chapter of Scouts on Stamp Society, International.

Brother Holland is survived by his wife, Marjorie Holland-Wyss (7031 Carriage Creek Drive, Washington, MI 48094), two sons, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a brother and a sister. The family requested donations be sent to either Hospices of Henry Ford or Christ Lutheran Church in Warren. Interment was at Glen Eden Memorial Park, Macomb Twp.


21 May 2006

The Department of Michigan regrets to announce the death of its oldest member, both by age AND membership, Past Department of Michigan Commander (1949) DONALD E. HOCH. PDC Hoch joined Austin Blair Camp No. 7 in 1937 and was a Life member of the SUVCW. His membership honored his Grandfather, Samuel E. Bailey, a private in Co. H., 15th Michigan Infantry. During Camp 7's lean years, he and PDC Thayne LaBanta kept the camp alive and both were able to see it resurrected to a very high degree of membership and activity.

Brother Hoch was born in Jackson, MI, on August 14, 1908 and died there May 21, 2006. He was buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park. He resided at 1080 Pringle Ave., Jackson, MI 49203. He is survived by three daughters, 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren, a brother and a sister. His wife of 66 years and a son preceded him in death.

Brother Hoch's life accomplishments and his dedication to our Order only add to our appreciation of the man whom we now honor at the time of his passing into eternity.



Nov. 3, 2005 Mr. Douglas Freeman Colley, 68, of Lake Wales, FL, died Thursday, November 3, 2005, at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital in Tampa, FL. He was born December 7, 1936, in Grand Rapids and moved to Lake Wales five years ago from Grand Rapids. A charter member of the Gen. John A. Logan Camp No. 1 of Grand Rapids, Doug will always be remembered each time the Camp’s flags fly as both the United States and Camp flags were purchased by him and presented to the Camp. Doug also supported the restoration of the Kent County Civil War Monument by having $50 of his veterans’ pension transferred to the restoration fund each month for over three years. Doug honored his Civil War ancestor, Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Pvt. Samuel C. Colley, Co. G, 78th New York Infantry.

Brother Colley was a longtime resident of Portland, Oregon, where he managed a printing business, which employed disabled veterans. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from January 1955 until January 1959. He volunteered at Veterans’ Hospitals counseling patients with spinal cord injuries and was a volunteer at the Lake Wales Care Center. Doug belonged to several veterans' service organizations: the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, and the American Legion. He was active in the Marine Corps League and was named Marine of the year in 2004. He was a member of the Central Avenue Baptist Church in Lake Wales.


Oct. 5, 2005 Harold Hodges of Blissfield, MI, died October 5, 2005 in Adrian, MI. Born in Hillsdale, MI, on April 9, 1924, he was 81 years old. Brother Hodges had been the Patriotic Instructor for Nash-Hodges Camp since its start in 1993. His Great Grandfather was Sgt. Addison Hodges, Co. B., 47th Ohio Infantry, a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Harold Hodges was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in France and Germany during World War II with the 343rd Engineers. He participated in church and grange activities.

May 5, 2005 Floyd E. Wallace, Gov Crapo Camp #145, Flint. Brother Floyd was the father of Brother David F. Wallace, PDC, grandfather of Brother Patrick Wallace, and a life member of the SUVCW.

February 10, 2005 Robert Metcalf, Austin Blair Camp No. 7, Jackson.

January 22, 2005 Thomas E. LeFurge, General John A. Logan Camp No.1, Grand Rapids.


Sept. 10, 2004 Brother Herbert Everett, Colegrove-Woodruff Camp No. 22, Marshall

June 4, 2004 Charles "Chuck" Brandell, Russell A. Alger Camp No. 462, Michigan Camp-at-large

28 May, 2004 Brother Wayne A. Gleason, Charter member of Gen. Pritchard Camp No. 20, Department of Michigan, died on 28 May 2004. Brother Gleason had been residing in an assisted living facility in Marshall, MI. Born 12 Nov 1912, he is survived by a niece, Sharon Rial, of Marshall, MI. His wife preceded him in death. He was buried in Houston Cemetery, Fredonia Twp., Calhoun Co., MI.

Before his health began to fade because of his advanced age, he marched with the camp in the Allegan Memorial Day parades and attended camp meetings faithfully.

January 24, 2004 Brother Merle (Pete) Carlson, Robert Finch Camp No. 14,
Traverse City

January 4, 2004 Brother Del Farnsworth, Commander, General Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20, Kalamazoo


October 28, 2003 True Son, Brother Edward Blakely - Gen. John A. Logan Camp No. 1, Grand Rapids

June 15, 2003 Brother Leo L. Cuyler - Colgrove/Woodruff Camp No. 22, Marshall

May 6, 2003 Brother Byron E. Weed II - Carpenter - Welch Camp No. 180, Ann Arbor

February 25, 2003 Brother Donald B. Culp - General Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20, Kalamazoo

January 2, 2003 Brother Alan Couling - George W. Anderson Camp No. 58, DeWitt


October 19, 2002 Brother Vernon Lee Pease - Albert and James Lyon Camp No. 266, Upper Peninsula

October 1, 2002 Brother Paul Bachmann - Gov. Crapo Camp No. 145, Flint

July 28, 2002 Brother Joseph S. Rippey, Past C-in-C SUVCW

July 25, 2002 Brother Hubert Williams - General Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20, Kalamazoo

June 14, 2002 Brother Boyd A. Veenkant - General Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20, Kalamazoo

May 3, 2002
Brother Layton Aves - Curtenius Guard Camp No. 17, Lansing - Sunfield
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