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X. MEMOIRS A. Associates Members 1. Active None 2. Retired HAROLD R. SIMON, SR. Born June 29, 1929. Died July 30, 2011. Served: Ludington Bethany; Mendon; Middleville/Freeport; Pine River Parish; Reading; Retired 1955. Harold served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from 1951-1955. He was a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1981. Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing and liked playing golf. B. Provisional Members 1. Active None 2. Retired None C. Members in Full Connection 1. Active None 2. Retired BIRT BEERS Born February 7, 1931. Died May 27, 2012. Served: Mancelona/Alba 1956; Transferred to Southern California-Arizona Conf. 1957; Transferred from Southern California-Arizona Conf., Alden/ Kewadin/Kewadin Indian Mission 1958; Albion (Assoc.) 1961; Quincy/Fisher Hill 1963; Otsego 1967; Breckenridge/Wheeler 1972; Breckenridge 1976; Montague 1977; Muskegon: Crestwood 1983; Stockbridge 1990; Harbor Springs/Alanson May 15, 1993; Retired 1995 JOHN L. FRANCIS Born February 27,1927. Died February 20, 2012. Served: White Cloud; Sanford; Ithaca; Battle Creek: Chapel Hill; Eaton Rapids; Hillsdale; Albion District Superintendent; Holland; Conference Council Director; Retired 1989. John was a graduate of Greenville College and attended Asbury Theological Seminary. A former trustee of Albion College, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1971 by the college. His parents Blanche and William both served as Methodist pastors in the Detroit Conference. JOHN S. MYETTE Born July 16, 1925. Died May 5, 2012. Served: Jonesvi||e; Lawrence; Breckenridge; Grand Rapids: St. Paul’s; Muskegon Crestwood; Lansing Asbury; Rockford; Leland/Keswick; Newaygo; Retired 1988; then Served South Wyomlng. John was a selfless man who was devoted to helping others, ministering Where most needed, visiting people in their homes, hospitals, nursing facilities, jails and prisons. He was district youth director, registrar, counselor and dean for many years at youth camps. He was on the Conference Board of Evangelism; taught in District Christian Workers School;


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served on the District Committee on Building and Church Location, and Evangelism Committee. John was an alcoholic rehabilitation counselor and affiliated with correctional facility counseling programs. John was always attentive to family, from playing and attending sports and school activities to making his wife’s breakfast every morning. D. Deacons in Full Connection 1. Active None 2. Retired None E. Local Pastors 1. Active None 2. Retired LEWIS ARTHUR “BUD” BUCHNER Born July 3, 1945. Died May 21, 2012. Served: Freesoil/Fountain (pulpit supply), Kingsley, Grant, Ravenna, Potter Park, Lansing Street Ministry - The Harvest House, Emmanuel (Traverse City), Oakwood (Kalamazoo), Oshtemo, Convis Union (Battle Creek), and Shelby, retiring in 2007. DORIS L. LYON Born August 12, 1930. Died July 11, 2011. Served: Pleasant Valley. Doris was very community and civic minded her whole life. She spent most of her adult life as a member of the Gordonville United Methodist. While she was there, she directed the choir ans was active with the United Methodist Women and the annual conference At the young age of, 65 she was called to the pastoral ministry, and became the pastor of Pleasant Valley UMC for 12 years, until the church was closed and merged with St. Louis United Methodist Church. The children and restaurant wait staff of many local Midland restaurants knew her very well as the lady who passed out hats/mitten ornaments at Christmas and chicks at Easter (all knitted by Doris herself). She was also a member of the Eastern Star and Rebekah’s organizations F. Clergy in good standing from another domonination. None G. Other Clergy BERNARD FETTY Born October 9, 1917. Died January 30, 2011 Served: Lakeview; Riverdale; Elwell; Scottville. CAROL C. FETTY Born December 23, 1922. Died September 6, 2011. Served: Brethren; Coral, Amble; Riverdale; Scottville; Retired 1995. FRANK S. FRICK Born April 2, 1938. Died June 19, 2011 Served: Professor of Religious Studies, Albion College; Retired 2001. H. Missionaries None


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I. Missionaries Spouses None J. Deaconesses None K. Certified Candidate for Ordination None L. Clergy Spouses JULIE BEACH — Wife of Stephen Beach September 7, 1938 – November 29, 2011

GLADYS BEADLE — Widow of Arthur Beadle January 5, 1925 – February 7, 2011

ROBERT BERNTSEN — Husband of Gayle Berntsen October 12, 1927 – April 3, 2012

JAMES BLAKEY — Husband of Dorothy Blakey December 8, 1930 – March 28, 2012

ARRA BUNCE — Widow of Ross H. Bunce September 9, 1921 – December 4, 2011

GLADYS CHURCH — Widow of Lewis Church August 11, 1919 – March 27, 2012

RUTH DEKEMA — Widow of Lawrence Dekema January 22, 1916 – September 3, 2011

EDNA MEY EVERSOLE — Widow of John Eversole 1914 – June 6, 2011

ELBERT ROBINSON — Husband of Beatrice Robinson February 3, 1917 – July 15, 2011

DELORES SIMON — Widow of Harold Simon January 11, 1928 – February 5, 2012

GAYNELL STRADER — Widow of Curtis Strader June 17, 1925 – September 15, 2011

M. Child of the Parsonage ERIKA BLOOMFIELD Child of Emilie and Walt Forward March 13, 1978 – September 10, 2011

TARA PARKER Child of Eugene and Tamara Moore May 28, 1963 – January 7, 2012

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N. Diaconal Ministers None O. Diaconal Ministers’ Spouses None P. Lay Persons (Professionally Related to the Conference) DORIS BRINK April 13, 1925 – November 8, 2011

GLADYS EBELS March 27, 1922 – January 24, 2012

MARION JOAN MURPHY February 10, 1935 – January 14, 2012

BERNARD SHASHAGUAY November 20, 1921 – December 20, 2011

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XI. ROLL OF THE DEAD For Roll of Deceased prior to July 20, 1938, consult Minutes of 1938 and before For Roll of Deceased prior to June 12, 1967, consult Minutes of 1967 and before For Roll of Deceased prior to April 7, 1977, consult Minutes of 1977 and before For Roll of Deceased prior to June 2, 1986, consult Minutes of 1986 and before For Roll of Deceased prior to July 1, 1994, consult Minutes of 1994 and before For Roll of Deceased proir to July 1, 2005, consult Minutes of 2005 and before

Name

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Gordon Showers October 23, 2005 Ralph P. Witmer January 3, 2006 Paul Frederick May 20, 2006 Phillip L. Brown May 25, 2006 Marvin Zimmerman August 20, 2006 George O. Hartmann August 24, 2006 Timothy Boal October 31, 2006 Paul F. Albery November 16, 2006 Robert H. Jongeward, Sr. Jan. 19, 2007 James W. Burgess March 4, 2007 William Foldesi April 7, 2007 William P. Myers, Jr. April 15, 2007 Willard Gilroy April 18, 2007 Harold L. Mann May 4, 2007 C. Robert Carson July 17, 2007 William A. Blanding II July 29, 2007 Linda H. Hollies August 18, 2007 James H. Meines November 3, 2007 George C. Elliott December 21, 2007 Laurence R. Grubaugh Feb. 19, 2008 Theodore F. Cole March 4, 2008 Thomas Peters April 23, 2008 Richard A. Tester April 29, 2008 Walter J. Rothfuss April 30, 2008 Kenneth W. Karlzen June 14, 2008 H. James Birdsall June 19, 2008 Orin Daniels July 28, 2008 Leon E. Dayringer August 31, 2008 Ronald M. Fassett November 1, 2008 D. Michael Maurer November 10, 2008 Sidney A. Short January 16, 2009 John F. Sorensen February 7, 2009 Curtis W. Strader March 11, 2009 Arlo D. Vandlen June 7, 2009 Robert Emory Betts August 8, 2009 Jesse Schwoebell August 10, 2009 Laurence Dekema September 24, 2009 James L. Breithaupt October 9, 2009 Russell M. Garrigus December 16, 2009 Patricia A.Skinner February 16, 2010 John Buker March 12, 2010 Lloyd A. Phillips May 1, 2010 D. Hubert Lowes May 25, 2010

Place of Death

Age

Grand Rapids, MI Concord, MI New Baltimore, MI Columbus, OH Mason, MI Portage, MI Grand Rapids, MI Chelsea, MI Deltona, FL St. Louis, MI Mt. Pleasant, MI Battle Creek, MI Battle Creek, MI Grand Rapids, MI Penney Farms, FL Clearwater, FL Arizona Wyoming, MI Fremont, MI Hartford, MI Chesterfield, MO Potterville, MI Arizona Bridgman, MI – Grand Rapids, MI – Apache Junction, AZ Grand Rapids, MI East Jordan, MI Auburn, IN Grand Rapids, MI St. Petersburg, FL Comstock Park, MI Eaton Rapids, MI Plainwell, MI Plainwell, MI Sears, MI Manistee, MI Mason, MI Pensacola, FL Niles, MI Mattawan, MI

96 94 70 72 87 81 59 90 90 88 55 61 77 84 101 101 64 68 90 82 84 77 69 72 72 95 – 83 75 66 81 85 83 88 84 76 89 58 77 73 78 82 79

Entered Joined Reg. West Mich. Ministry Conference 1940 1934 1958 1953 1960 1954 1985 1943 1942 1984 (LP) (OF) 1960 1957 1957 1925 1996 – 1939 1959 1959 1958

1940 1941 1990 1958 1958 1950 1978 1941 1939 1981 (LP) (OF) 1954 1952 1958 1925 1996 – 1939 1959 1959 1960

1961 1966 – – 1950 1959 (FL) 1951 1962 1954 – – – – – – – – – –

1962 1966 – – 1967 1959 (FL) 1951 1962 1980 – 1951 – – – – – 1977 1951 1963


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Harry R. Johnson June 6, 2010 Bernard W. Griner 1/2/2010 R. Paul Doherty 7/26/2010 Howard A. Lyman 10/24/2010 David Yoh 12/8/2010 Donald D. McLellan 12/12/2010 Joseph Sprague, Sr. 6/1/2011 Frank S. Frick 6/19/2011 Bernard Fetty 1/30/2012 Doris L. Lyons 7/11/2011 Harold R. Simon, Sr. 7/30/2011 Carol Fetty (nee Cotton) 9/26/2011 John L. Francis 2/20/2012 John Myette 5/5/2012 Lewis Arthur “Bud” Buchner 5/21/2012 Birt Beers 5/27/2012

Place of Death Santee, CA Interlochen, MI Rockford, MI Marshall, MI Holland, MI Harrisville, MI Wayland, MI Quincy, MI Scottville, MI Midland, MI Belding, MI Sccottville, MI Grand Rapids, MI Traverse City, MI Ovid, MI Grand Haven, MI

Age 68 95 72 90 – 85 87 73 93 80 82 88 84 86 66 82

Entered Joined Reg. West Mich. Ministry Conference – – – 1945 1953 – – – – – – – – – – –

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XII. HISTORICAL SESSIONS OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE For information regarding previous sessions of the former Conferences of Evangelical United Brethren Church, refer to the Journal of the 107th Annual Session of the Michigan Conference (EUB) Pages 25 and 26 dated May 20-23, 1968. For the Listing of previous Sessions of the West Michigan Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, please refer to the Journal of the West Michigan Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Pages 240-241, dated June 12-15, 1974. (Note: Session no. 28 in 1996 refers to the 28th session of the United Methodist Church, as formed with the merger of the Methodist and EUB churches in 1968.) No. 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44

Date Began June 4, 1968 June 18, 1969 June 18, 1970 June 17, 1971 June 14, 1972 June 13, 1973 June 12, 1974 June 11, 1975 June 9, 1976 June 2, 1977 June 14, 1978 June 13, 1979 June 11, 1980 June 10, 1981 June 9, 1982 May 31, 1983 May 29, 1984 June 11, 1985 June 10, 1986 June 9, 1987 June 14, 1988 June 13, 1989 June 12, 1990 June 11, 1991 June 9, 1992 June 15, 1993 June 14, 1994 June 13, 1995 June 11, 1996 June 10, 1997 June 8, 1998 June 2, 1999 June 1, 2000 May 31, 2001 May 31, 2002 June 6, 2003 June 3, 2004 June 2, 2005 June 1, 2006 May 31, 2007 June 5, 2008 June 4, 2009 June 3, 2010 June 1, 2011 June 6, 2012

Place Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Albion, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids. MI Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids, MI

Bishop Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Edsel A. Ammons Edsel A. Ammons Thomas M. Pryor Edsel A. Ammons James S. Thomas Edsel A. Ammons Edsel A. Ammons Edsel A. Ammons Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Linda Lee Linda Lee Linda Lee Linda Lee Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton

Secretary H. A. Kirchenbauer H. A. Kirchenbauer H. A. Kirchenbauer H. A. Kirchenbauer L. R. Taylor L. R. Taylor L. R. Taylor L. R. Taylor L. R. Taylor L. R. Taylor E. K. Eldred E. K. Eldred E. K. Eldred E. K. Eldred E. K. Eldred Paul E. Patterson Paul E. Patterson Paul E. Patterson Paul E. Patterson Paul E. Patterson Ronald B. Grant Ronald B. Grant Ronald B. Grant Ronald B. Grant John H. Hice John H. Hice John H. Hice John H. Hice Gail L. Friedrick Gail L. Friedrick Gail L. Friedrick William C. Johnson William C. Johnson William C. Johnson William C. Johnson William C. Johnson William C. Johnson Kathryn S. Cadarette Kathryn S. Cadarette Laura B. Clark Laura B. Witkowski Laura B. Witkowski William W. Chu William W. Chu William W. Chu

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