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Lillie May (Knight) Walters


Lillie Walters
Lillie May (Knight) Walters
was born on Aug. 27, 1867 in or near Van Wert, Van Wert County, OH, the daughter of Daniel Harry and Caroline Elizabeth (Llewelyn) Knight.

On March 8, 1889, at the age of 22, Lillie married 28-year-old John Walters (1861-1945) at Scott, Van Wert County. 

John was a native of Kentucky. 

Together, the couple produced a family of three children – Daniel Alexander Walters, Mamie "Mayme" Hawley and Caroline Elizabeth Riley.

The Walterses first lived in Scott and in Cook County, OH, before moving with Lillie's parents and adult siblings to Washington State in 1898. There, they found a home in Puget Sound near Seattle, King County. However, the experience did not meet their expectations, and left them disappointed. Unhappy with the cold, wet climate, they decided to leave after only three months.

Returning to the midwest, Lillie and John and the Knights set down roots near Gladwin, Gladwin County, in the north-central part of Michigan. A flat farming community, Gladwin is located about 30 miles to the west of Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay. Descendants of this large family still continue to live there today.


Unpaved Main Street in Scott, OH


John's business card
Said a typed manuscript, “They resided on the Sugar River between Gladwin and the West Branch [of the Tittabawassee River,] and operated a ‘part-time’ hunting and fishing lodge which was popular with a more or less permanent clientele.” John's business card, seen here, touted the "Best Trout Stream in the State" as well as "cottages for rent ... board by day or week... [and a] fine camping ground."


John and Lillie

The federal census of 1910 shows John, Lillie and their 24-year-old daughter Carrie making their residence together in Butman, Gladwin County. John's occupation that year was recorded by the census-taker as general farming.

By 1920, with their married son Daniel making his home in Nester Township, Roscommon County, MI, Lillie and John moved there, and lived next door to their son and his family. They continue their life's labors as farmers. 

Lillie and John remained in Nester Township for at least 10 years. They are shown there on the 1930 census, again living next door to their married son Daniel and his growing brood of children. 

The couple enjoyed camping on their property along the Tittabawassee River, and used a small log cabin built of sturdy, thick logs as shelter during their "retreats" there. 

They endured the untimely deaths of their granddaughter Maxine Walters Carpenter in 1937, at the age of 18 shortly after her marriage and grandson Bert Hawley Jr. in 1944, at the age of 40.


Lillie at her "camp cabin"

Little else is known of their lives. 

In about 1944, both Lillie and John were admitted to a sanitarium or home in Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, MI, even though they maintained their home in Nester Township.

John passed away at the age of 84 on March 5, 1945, at the sanitarium.

Lillie outlived her husband by five years. 

At the age 83, she died on May 19, 1950, also at the sanitarium. 

They are buried at Butman Township Cemetery. Their graves are marked with small, simple metal plaques. The founder of this website paid his respects at these graves in the summer of 1992, and photographed them for posterity.

A grandson and his wife live today as third generation owners of the Walters farm.



John and Lillie's grave markers in Butman Township Cemetery

~ Daughter Caroline Elizabeth (Walters) Riley ~

Daughter Caroline Elizabeth "Carrie" Walters (1886-1961) was born on June 2, 1885 in Scott or Paulding, Van Wert County. 

On Sept. 30, 1901, she married Thomas B. Riley (Jan. 29, 1872-1935), the son of James and Ruby (Eldredge) Riley. The nuptials were performed in Gladwin, MI by Rev. J.S. DeLong, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. At the time, she was age 15, and he was age 29, a difference of 14 years. On her marriage license she claimed to be 16.

They together bore six children, Lillie "May" Wirtz  and John James Riley Sr. plus four others who were deceased by 1935. 

The Rileys made their home in the early years on the farm of Thomas' widowed father, James Riley, a native of Ireland. The 1910 census shows them all under one roof in Gladwin, Gladwin County. 

By 1920, likely after the death of Thomas' father, the family had moved elsewhere in Gladwin County, living in Sherman Township. Thomas continued his longtime occupation as a farmer. 

Thomas was felled by a stroke and, as a patient in the State Hospital at Traverse City, surrendered to the angel of death on Sept. 17, 1935. The funeral was conducted at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by the hand of Rev. Matthew Umphrey. The Gladwin County Record obituary said he "had been a resident of Gladwin county all his life excepting nine years which he lived in Roscommon County."

Final resting place for the Rileys 
Carrie's final dwelling-place was in Nestor Township. As a resident of the Moody Nursing Home in Harrison, she died on Feb. 4, 1961, at the age of 75. Interment of the remains was in Butman Township Cemetery, with Elder Charles Twining leading the rites. An obituary in the Record said that she "had been a resident of Roscommon for 65 years."

Daughter Lillie "May" Riley (1902-1920) was born on June 2, 1902 in Gladwin. At the age of 17, on July 2, 1919, she entered into marriage with 36-year-old Fred Wirtz (Oct. 1, 1882-1950), son of Theodore and Alvaretta "Alvira" (Southwell) Wirtz of Farwell, MI. Rev. Israel Boheen officiated. Fred stood 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed 170 lbs. Nineteen years apart in age, they settled in Butman Township, Gladwin County, sharing a home with Fred's mother in 1920. May suffered from chronic heart valve disease. Then when she became pregnant at the age of 17, May panicked and attempted an abortion. A septicemia infection followed, and eight days later she died, on Jan. 12, 1920. The widowed Fred survived his bride by many years and wed again in 1931 to Ruby (White) Sutherland (1888-1958), widow of Andrew Sutherland. She brought three stepchildren into the union -- LeRoy Sutherland, Hugh Sutherland and Mrs. Harold Gross. In 1940, when registering for the military draft during World War II, he lived on the Butman-Star Route in Gladwin and was self-employed. He is known to have earned a living as a carpenter in 1950. Fred passed away on Nov. 9, 1950. Burial was in Gladwin's Ridge Cemetery, with the funeral services led by Elder Byron Doty. An obituary in the Gladwin County Record said he "was a resident of Gladwin county for 64 years."

Son John James Riley Sr. (1906-1977) was born on Aug. 12, 1906 in Gladwin. On Oct. 3, 1926, when he was 20 years of age, he wed 17-year-old Rose Mae Smith (Dec. 11, 1908-1935) of Nola, MI and the daughter of William and Lena (Good) Smith. The pair lived in Butman Township in early 1928 and then relocated to Flint, MI to a residence at 129 Foss Avenue, where he secured employment with Buick Motors. They are known to have produced three children, Betty Riley, Jacqueline Rose Craine and John James Riley Jr. Sadly, daughter Betty was born with spina bifida andexcess fluid on the brain ("hydrocephalus") which led to acute repiratory failire and death at age seven months on Nov. 9, 1928. Her tender remains were returned home to Gladwin County for burial in Butman Township Cemetery. The couple resided on a farm with John's parents in Nester, Roscommon County in 1930. John apparently rejoined Buick and they returned to Flint, with an address in 1935 of 3751 Lorraine. Further heartache rocked the family with Rose Mae developed appendicitis which led to an abscess. She was admitted to Hurley Hospital in Flint and died there at the age of 26 on Nov. 11, 1935. The remains were interred in Butman Township Cemetery, with services held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Butman, conducted by Rev. M. Umphrey. An obituary in the local newspaper misspelled her name as "Riely." John continued his work for Buick and in the late 1930s relocated to Genesee, MI, where he was a machine operator as shown in the 1940 census. In all, he served the company for 39 years until he retired in 1966. He married again to Mae I. Blake (July 9, 1913-1990) and in about 1938 bore a son with her, Thomas Riley. He passed away at age 70 on May 16, 1977. Interment was under the sod of Butman Township Cemetery. His survivors included 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The Gladwin County Record published an obituary. Mae lived for another baker's dozen. She was cut away by the angel of death in Flint on July 17, 1990.

  • Granddaughter Jacqueline Rose Riley (1931-2017) was born on May 17, 1931 in Gladwin. On May 27, 1950, she married Carl Elmer Craine (May 30, 1928-2021), a native of Flint/Mt. Morris, MI, and the son of Walter and Henora (Frieburger) Craine. To them were born Crystal Carolyn Harman and Steven Richard Craine. Carl served in the U.S. Navy. Said an obituary, "Carl was extremely intelligent and was always a guy that could absolutely fix anything. This is evident in his career..." He went on to work as a machinist in the aerospace field, employed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). They are known to have lived in Barstow, CA in about 1955. After retirement, they relocated to Bartlesville, OK to be near to family. Jacqueline passed away in Oklahoma at age 86 on Oct. 22, 2017. The widowed Carl married again the following year, to Flora (Mann) McCabe, on Aug. 15, 2018 in Eureka Springs, AR. Death enveloped him in Bartlesville on his 93rd birthday on May 30, 2021. Their remains were cremated.

    Great-grandson Steven Richard Craine (1951-2015) was born on March 29, 1951 in Flint, MI. He died at age 64, in Prescott Valley, Yavapai County, AZ, on Sept. 16, 2015. 

    Great-granddaughter Crystal Carolyn Craine (1952-2014) was born on Sept. 6, 1952 in Flint. In childhood, she relocated with her parents to Barstow, San Bernardino County, CA and never left. She wed (?) Harman. Their duo of children were Richard Glore and Kelsey (?). Crystal supported herself through her work at Sleep Inn at Barstow. In her later years she was a companion of Guy Barlow. Crystal passed away at the age of 61 on Jan. 9, 2014. An obituary appeared in the Desert Dispatch. Daughter Kelsey was deceased by 2014, while son Richard lived in Missouri in 2014.

  • Grandson John James Riley Jr. (1933-1999) was born on Aug. 8, 1933 in Nester, Roscommon County, MI. He was only two years of age when his mother died. He grew up in Genesee County, MI with his father and stepmother. When he was 18 years of age, on May 3, 1952, he was united in matrimony with 16-year-old Beverly Ann School (1936-2002), daughter of Jack and Dorothy (Schank) School. Their wedding ceremony was held in Flint. As of 1954, the pair lived in Flint, at 263 East Genesee Avenue, with John earning a living as a machine operator with C.N. Monroe Manufacturing. Sadly, John passed away into the arms of the heavenly host in Flint on Jan. 23, 1999. Beverly lived for another three years and moved to Sault Sainte Marie, MI. There, she died on Nov. 11, 2002.
  • Grandson Thomas Charles Riley (1937-1991) was born on Christmas Eve 1937 in Gladwin. He spent his early years with his parents in Genesee, MI. Thomas married Sally Ann Marie Willson (March 14, 1940-1996). A trio of children they bore together included Rhonda Marie Ostrander, Melody Dawn Parkhurst and Thomas James Riley. Their home in 1991 was in Mount Morris, Genesee County. The angel of death spirited him away in Flint on March 3, 1991. Burial was in Flint Memorial Park. Sally Ann only lived for another five years. When she was age 55, she passed away in Flint on Jan. 31, 1996.

Great-granddaughter Rhonda Marie Riley ( ? - ? ) tied the marital cord with (?) Ostrander.

Great-granddaughter Melody Dawn Riley ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with (?) Parkhurst.

Great-grandson Thomas James Riley ( ? - ? )

~ Daughter Mamie "Mayme" (Walters) Hawley ~

Ridge Cemetery, Gladwin

Daughter Caroline Elizabeth "Carrie" Walters (1886-1961) was born on June 2, 1885 in Scott or Paulding, Van Wert County. 

She married Albert Lee "Bert" Hawley Sr. (March 10, 1882-1966), a native of Michigan, and the son of Lee Andrew and Arena/Irene (McLean/McClain) Hawley. They were wed on Nov. 10, 1903, when Mamie was age 14, and he 20. On her marriage license, she listed her age as 16.

They bore a total of six children -- Albert Lee "Bert" Hawley Jr., Rhea Martess Reinardy, Rita Edna Chisholm, Lester Hawley, Wanda Arena Skarritt and Doris Marie Benmark.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1910, the Hawleys made their home in Gladwin. Bert's occupation was as a laborer at the local grain elevator, serving the community of farmers.

The family appears in the 1920 census of Gladwin, with Bert and Bert Jr. working "out" as laborers. They remained in Gladwin through the decade of the 1920s, and were there in the census of 1930. He is known to have been employed at the Wolohan Elevator and with the Gladwin County Road Commission.

Bert had no occupation in 1950, although Mamie worked as a janitor in the city school and daughter Doris as a linotype setter at the county newspaper.   

Mamie passed away on Feb. 18, 1962, at the age of 73. Funeral services were conducted by Allen Parker of the Church of Christ. The Gladwin County Record printed an obituary.

Bert survived Mamie by four years. He died in the Happy Hour Rest Home of Beaverton, MI on Nov. 11, 1966, at the age of 85. Allen Parker again presided over the funeral rites, and an obituary appeared in the Record. They rest together for eternity in Gladwin's Ridge Cemetery.

Highlands Cemetery
Son Albert Lee "Bert" Hawley Jr. (1905-1944) was born on Jan. 5, 1905 in Gladwin, MI. Bert was married and the father of Dwight Burdell Hawley. The marriage ended in divorce by 1944. Circa 1944, he dwelled in Gladwin and was employed as a welder in a defense plant during World War II. For the last six months of his life, Bert suffered with incurable pulmonary tuberculosis. He  was admitted to the Michigan State Sanatorium in Howell. There, after a stay of 16 days, he died on June 18, 1944, at the age of 39. The remains were transported back to Gladwin for funeral services conducted by Elder George White and then interment in Highlands Cemetery. His obituary appeared in the Gladwin County Record.

  • Grandson Dwight Burdell Hawley (1925-1966) is believed to have been born on March 18, 1925. He is known to have joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Evidence in the form of newspaper articles suggest he was convicted of obtaining money under false pretenses in Oregon in 1949 and theft in Michigan in 1954. He again was jailed in Marion County, OR on a Michigan parole violation in June 1965. He died on Nov. 7, 1966, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery in Evart, Osceola County, MI.

Daughter Rhea Martess Hawley (1908-1989) was born on May 9, 1908 in Gladwin, MI. She moved to Pontiac, MI in young womanhood and earned a living as a saleslady. At the age of 21, on Aug. 22, 1929, she wed 24-year-old Minnesota native Michael N. Reinardy (1906- ? ), son of Michael and Barbara (Lent) Reinardy. P.D. Lehman presided over the wedding ceremony, held in Lucas County, OH. Michael was divorced from his first wife. Their pair of offspring included Richard LaVerne Reinardy and Jacqueline Kathryn Olhow. As of 1940, the family made their home in St. Paul, MN, with Michael employed as a mechanic at Fort Snelling, possibly on the payroll of the Works Progress Administration. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1950, the Reinardys lived on a farm in Lent, Chisago County, MN, with Rhea contributing to their stream of income through her work as a store clerk. She remained in Minnesota in 1966. Evidence suggests that she died in Mille Lacs County, MN on Dec. 2, 1989.

  • Grandson Richard LaVerne Reinardy (1930-2011) was born on Valentine's Day 1930 in Pontiac, MI. Richard was twice-wed. With his first wife, he became the father of Michael Reinardy. Then on Christmas Day 1959, in Roswell, NM, he was joined in wedlock with Beth Jorgenson (March 11, 1934-2017), daughter of Fred and Lilly Jorgenson. Together, they bore seven more offspring of their own -- Martha Ann Reinardy, David Reinardy, Daniel Reinardy, John Reinardy, Sharon Singer, Brenda Craw and Richard Reinardy. Richard served for 20 years with the U.S. Air Force. He then joined the University of Utah School of Medicine as a photographer in the medical illustrations department. In retirement, the Reinardys lived in Malad near Pocatello, ID. Stricken with cancer, he died at home at the age of 81 on July 21, 2011. His body was donated to the U of U for medical research. A celebration of his life was held in Malad's Second Ward and an obituary printed in the Idaho State Journal. Beth outlived her spouse by six years and moved to Samaria, ID. She died at home on Oct. 29, 2017. Interment of the remains was in Samaria Cemetery.

    Great-grandson Michael Reinardy ( ? - ? )

    Great-granddaughter Martha Ann Reinardy was deceased by 2011.

    Great-grandson David Reinardy moved to Montana.

    Great-grandson Daniel Reinardy settled in Malad, ID.

    Great-grandson John Reinardy ( ? - ? ) 

    Great-granddaughter Sharon Reinardy wed Jason Singer.

    Great-granddaughter Brenda Reinardy married Andy Craw and put down roots in South Jordan, UT

    Great-grandson Richard Reinardy entered into marriage with Valerie. They have lived in Oregon and in 2017 in Arroyo Grande, CA. 

  • Granddaughter Jacqueline Kathryn Reinardy (1932-2019) was born on Aug. 9, 1932 in St. Paul, MN. Her youth was spent in Lent, Chisago County, MN, and she was a graduate of Chisago City High School. On Nov. 1, 1952, in Chisago County, she entered into marriage with Dr. Wallace Trofini Olhow (1926-2003), also a native of St. Paul and the son of Trofini H. "Harry" and Wanda Pauline (Kretman) Olhow. One known son of the union was Terrence Wallace Olhow. Wallace was an alumnus of Forest Lake High School. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. He attained the rank of pharmacist's mate and was deployed to the South Pacific Theatre. Once the war ended, he returned home and enrolled in the Northwestern College of Chiropractic. Wallace went on to a long career as a chiropractor and operated his own practice for many years. Their first offices were in Belle Plaine and Chaska, and circa 1960 they opened a clinic in Shakopee, MN where they remained for good. They also had a mobile home on the west shore of Lake Mille Lacs. Wallace was charged with murder and manslaughter in an accidental shooting of an Onamia man in the summer of 1977. A jury later believed his claim that "the shooting occurred in self-defense while the two men were scuffling," said the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and ruled him innocent. Said an obituary, "When she was younger she loved her horse. Jackie was artistic and enjoyed painting, crafts, and gardening. She worked part-time for Scott County New Options [and] had a special place in her heart for those with disabilities." Wallace held memberships in a number of professional societies as well as local posts of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Sadly, Wallace passed away on Nov. 24, 2003 at the age of 77. Burial was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. The Pioneer Press published an obituary. Jacqueline lived for another 16 years. With her health in decline, she was admitted to reside at St. Gertrude's, the local Benedictine living community.  Jacqueline died in Shakopee on Feb. 12, 2019. Presiding over her funeral service was Rev. Erik Lundgren, with her remains lowered into eternal sleep next to her husband's.

    Great-grandson Terrence Wallace "Terry" Olhow (1953- ? ) was born in 1953. He is believed to have been born with disabilities. At the age of 45, in November 2019, he received highest honor at the Fall Festival of New Options-ProAct in Shakopee for his appearance in costume as a physician.

Daughter Rita Edna Hawley (1910-2005) was born on Aug. 15, 1910. She tied the marital cord with Henry "Jack" Chisholm (1904-1994). The couple's only known son was Jack Lee Chisholm. Their residence for decades was in Clarkston, Oakland County, MI. Rita made news in August 1935 when she assumed management of the Demond Beauty Shop at 19 South Main in Clarkston. Henry in 1940 was as a press operator at an automotive plant. The United States Census record for 1950 shows him earning a living as a die maker for the auto industry and Rita continuing to operate her beauty shop. His employer for 39 years is known to have been Pontiac Motors. Henry belonged to the Cedar lodge of the Masons and the Clarkston United Methodist Church. Sadly, at the age of 90, Henry died on May 16, 1994. Funeral services were led by Rev. Douglas Trebilcock. The widowed Rita survived for another 11 years. She succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 94 on April 2, 2005. Their remains sleep for the ages in Clarkston's Lakeview Cemetery.

  • Grandson Jack Lee Chisholm (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938 and grew up in Clarkston, Oakland County, MI.
General Motors' sprawling plant in Pontiac, MI 

Son Lester Earl "Dutch" Hawley (1913-1991) was born on Feb. 19, 1913 in Gladwin. He completed his sophomore year of high school and moved to Pontiac, where he obtained work as a laborer. He stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall in young manhood and weighed 158 lbs. On Feb. 2, 1935, the 21-year-old Lester exchanged marital vows with 18-year-old Grace Jeanette McMahon (1916-1989), daughter of Louis Stanley and Grace (Barclay) McMahon. His surname as typed on their marriage license application was "Halley." Their wedding was conducted by Rev. W.G. McGesch in Pontiac, with Lester's married sister Rita and her husband Henry Chisholm serving as witnesses. At the time of marriage, Grace dwelled in Bay City, MI. The couple settled in Drayton Plains, Oakland County, MI, and are shown there in 1940, when the federal census count was made. Their only known offspring was Dennis Hawley. Lester worked in 1940 as a final assembler in General Motors' factory in Pontiac, and their address at that time was 3931 Covert Road. During World War II, Lester served in the U.S. Armed Forces with deployment to England. After the war's end,they put down roots in Waterford, near Pontiac. The 1950 federal census shows Lester's occupation as repair in auto manufacturing. Sadly, Grace passed away in St. Clair County, MI at the age of 73 on Nov. 27, 1989. Lester lived for another two years and remained in Waterford. He died on Nov. 7, 1991 with burial beside his wife in Ottawa Park Cemetery in Clarkston.

  • Grandson Dennis Hawley (1947- ? ) was born in about 1947 in or near Waterford, Oakland County, MI. 

Daughter Wanda Arena Hawley (1916-2016) was born in 1916 in Gladwin. When she was 20 years of age, on June 13, 1937, she was joined in matrimony with 22-year-old Frederick "Hawley" Skarritt ( ? - ? ), son of Judd and Idell (McMahon) Skarritt. Their nuptials were conducted in Clarkston, Oakland County, MI, by the authority of justice of the peace John A. Morley. At the time of marriage, Frederick earned a living as a scale counter in Pontiac. The Skarvitts lived in Clarkston for many years and became the parents of Linda Schramski. The Skarritts were both named in the newspaper of Wanda's brother-in-law Henry "Jack" Chisholm in 1994. Remarkably, as a widow, Wanda lived to the age of 99 and remained in Clarkston. She was gathered away by the heavenly host on July 3, 2016. A brief obituary was printed in the Oakland (MI) Press.

  • Granddaughter Linda Skarritt ( ? -2017) - She was a 1972 graduate of Clarkston High School and a 1976 graduate of Mott Community College, having studied dental hygiene. On or about Aug. 2, 1992, she wed Dale Schramski. Two children in this family were Brian Kath and Lori Couzens.  They resided in Waterford, MI and had a beach house at Cape Canaveral, FL.  Linda was employed as a dental hygienist with the Summit Dental Group. She was quoted in a September 2006 Oakland Press article about a visit to their community from President George W. Bush. Evidence suggests that she died in December 2017.

    Great-grandson Brian Kath ( ? - ? ) was employed   with Oakland County Children's Village and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was called to Fort Benning for active duty circa 2006, at age 27, holding the rank of staff sergeant.

    Great-granddaughter Lori Kath ( ? - ? ) wed Rob Couzens. 

Daughter Doris Marie Hawley (1930-1997) was born in made a home on May 5, 1930. She grew to womanhood in Gladwin and in 1950, at the age of 20, helped support her parents by working as a linotype setter at the local county newspaper. She was united in wedlock with Keith C. Benmark (Nov. 26, 1931-2020), son of Howard and Beatrice (Bowers) Benmark. One daughter born to the pair was Janet Marie (Benmark) Rose. They put down roots in Clare, MI. Keith was employed for 39 years by Consumers Energy, primarily as a lineman. News coverage by the Clare Sentinel of the early 1980s indicate that Doris was affiliated with the local chamber of commerce. Sadly, at the age of 67, Doris passed away on April 26, 1997. The widowed Keith wed again to Ann (Elden) Shively ( ? -2014) who brought two adult stepdaughters into the union -- Becky Erickson and Michelle Bott. Their union held fast over 25 years. Said an obituary, "He proudly served the City of Clare and surrounding townships as a Volunteer on the Clare Fire Department for 21 years. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, telling jokes and stories, hunting and was always willing to lend a helping hand." Keith endured the deaths of his second wife Ann on June 29, 2014 and daughter Janet in 2019. Keith was spirited away by the angel of death in his home on Feb. 16, 2020. Rev. Peter Kwokoye led the funeral service at Our Lady of Hope Parish-St. Cecilia. In Keith's obituary, Doris' name was not included.

  • Granddaughter Janet Marie Benmark (1955-2019) was born on July 17, 1955 in Mount Pleasant, Isabella County, MI. Said an obituary, she "worked as a sales associate for both the Giant Store and Ashcraft Supermarkets. She loved spending time gardening and reading." On Sept. 25, 1999, when she was 44 years of age, she entered into marriage with Franklin Delano Rose (July 17, 1940-2003), son of Henry L. and Mabel P. (Warn) Rose of Auburn Hills, MI. Their nuptials were held in Mount Pleasant. They did not reproduce. Franklin brought two stepdaughters to the union from a previous marriage -- Pamela Rupple and Deidra Frantz. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and spent his working career in parts logistics with General Motors. Said an obituary in the Clare County Review, "After moving to Farwell from Auburn Hills, he had worked for Ashcraft’s Market in Clare. He was a member of the Clare and Pontiac Eagles Clubs and the Clare-Harrison Men’s Bowling Association." Their union lasted for nearly four years until his death. The Roses dwelled in Farewll, MI. With his health in decline, FRanklin was admitted to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. There, he succumbed to the spirit of death on Sept. 18, 2003 at the age of 63. Janet as a widow remained in Clare for the balance of her life. At the age of 64, the angel of death cleaved her away in Clare on the next-to-last day of 2019. Her remains were cremated. 

Daniel, Delilah and 3 of their children

~ Son Daniel Alexander Walters ~

Son Daniel Alexander Walters (1893-1982) was born on May 12, 1893 in or near Scott, Van Wert County, OH. 

As an adult, he was of medium height and build, with blue eyes and light brown hair.

On March 2, 1915, when he was age 22, and she 18, Daniel was united in holy matrimony with Delilah Bradley (1896-1992), a native of Michigan,

Daniel and Delilah became the parents of six children -- Zarold D. Walters, Wayne J. Walters, Ward A. Walters, Maxine E. Carpenter, Betty J. Klemach and Francis J. Walters.

During World War I, in 1917, Daniel registered for the military draft at age. He told the draft registrar that he was age 26, when in reality he was only 24. He stated that he was a self-employed farmer, and had a wife and two children at the time.

The United States census of 1920 shows this family residing in Nester, Roscommon County, MI, with Daniel working as a general farmer. His parents had migrated there also, from Gladwin, and lived right across the road that year. 

Butman Township Cemetery
They continued to make their respective homes in Nester for decades.

Daniel later was employed as a fire warden by the Conservation Department, and as a supervisor of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was one of the ways President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the federal government tried to overcome unemployment during the Great Depression. It's widely considered one of the Roosevelt's largest and most ambitious undertakings of his "New Deal" to get the nation back on sound economic footing. Over the years, the WPA hired millions of out-of-work individuals to build public works projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and buildings.

He also was a truck driver for the Roscommon County (MI) Road Commission and State Highway Department. 

Later in life, the family returned to Gladwin, residing at 10997 Dunham Lake Road. 

Obituary, 1982
Daniel died at the age of 91 on Oct. 23, 1982, in the Tolfree Memorial Hospital in West Branch, MI. He was laid to rest in Butman Township Cemetery, where many of their offspring also repose in eternity. 

At his death, a newspaper reported that he was survived by 21 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. 

Delila spent her final years in Nester Township. After 10 years as a widow, she passed away on Jan. 10, 1992.

Son Zarold D. Walters (1915-2002) was born on March 1, 1915, in Gladwin. When he was 21 years of age, on Sept. 22, 1936, he married Helen J. Hollenbaugh (June 11, 1921-2010), daughter of John and Mary (Carpenter) Hollenbaugh of Butman Township. The pair produced five children -- Zarold "James" Walters, Leslie Gale Walters, Helen June Walters, Richard Allen Walters, Annette Walters and Daniel Timothy Walters. Sadly, newborn daughter Annette died in 1937, at the age of one day. For 25 years, until retirement in 1981, he worked on the assembly line of General Motors Fisher One in Flint. In her own right, said an obituary, Helen "was employed with A&P Supermarket in Flint, Michigan for 22 years, retiring in 1981. She had lived in Nester Twp. her entire life and loved reading & bingo." They were plunged into grief in 1972 when their son Richard was electrocuted while climbing a power pole and again in 1984 when son Leslie died suddenly at the age of 44. Zarold surrendered to the angel of death on Feb. 13, 2002 at the Tolfree Memorial Hospital in West Branch. His remains were lowered under the sod of Butman Township Cemetery. He was survived by 18 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Rev. Jim Walters presided over the funeral solemnities, with interment in Butman Township Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Gladwin County Record. Helen outlived her husband by eight years and dwelled in Midland, MI. She passed away two days after Christmas in 2010 in Gladwin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

  • Grandson Richard Allen Walters Sr. (1944-1972) was born on May 2, 1944 in Flint, MI. At the age of 16, on Aug. 13, 1960, he entered into marriage with Carol L. Yaxley ( ? - ? ). Seven children born into this family were Richard Walters, James Walters, Mary Ann Walters, Shelly Walters, Kelly Walters, Teresa Walters and Kimberly Walters. The brood lived in Clement Township, and Richard was self-employed. Grief cascaded over the family when, at the age of 28, Richard was killed in a freak accident on Sept. 5, 1972. Although not an employee of Consumers Power, reported the Gladwin County Record, he climbed one of its poles on Dunham Lake Road in Rosscommon County and was electrocuted when touching a hot wire leading into a transformer. Elder Harold McAllister officiated the funeral service. Interment of the remains was in Butman Cemetery.

    Great-grandson Richard Walters ( ? - ? ) spent his childhood in Clement Township, MI.

    Great-grandson James Walters ( ? - ? )

    Great-granddaughter Mary Ann Walters ( ? - ? )

    Great-granddaughter Shelly Walters ( ? - ? )

    Great-granddaughter Kelly Walters ( ? - ? )

    Great-granddaughter Teresa Walters ( ? - ? )

    Great-granddaughter Kimberly Walters ( ? - ? )

  • Aerial view of Flint, MI 
  • Granddaughter Leslie Gale Walters (1940-1984) was born on March 20, 1940 in Flint, MI. When he was 20 years of age, on Nov. 5, 1960, in Flint, he was joined in the rite of wedlock with Nancy Brick ( ? - ? ). They produced four children together -- John Walters, Daniel Walters, David Walters and Ann Marie Walters. Leslie earned a living in the maintenance department of Fisher Body No. 1 in Flint, and held a membership in Local 581 of the United Auto Workers. Their address in the 1980s was at 4206 North Linden Road in Flint. He died without warning on Sept. 2, 1984, at the age of 44. Burial was in the Butman Township Cemetery following services conducted by Pastor James Walters. 

    Great-grandson John Walters ( ? - ? ) grew up in Flint.

    Great-grandson Daniel Walters ( ? - ? ) grew up in Flint.

    Great-grandson David Walters ( ? - ? ) grew up in Flint.

    Great-granddaughter Ann Marie Walters ( ? - ? ) grew up in Flint.

  • Granddaughter Helen "June" Walters (1942-2013) was born on Feb. 4, 1942 in Flint, MI. She was an alumna of Houghton Lake High School. She tied the marital cord with Donald (?) Hoppe ( ? - ? ). The duo of sons borne by this union were Bradley Hoppe and Douglas Hoppe. They lived in Midland, MI in 1972-1984, with her employed by Dow Corning. Their marriage concluded, possibly in divorce, and she took back her maiden name. Said an obituary, "Helen enjoyed walking, reading and traveling, but most of all watching over her grandson.... Helen was always a caregiver of someone or something, be it a stray cat or a family member. She loved the outdoors." June continued to make her dwelling-place in Midland for most of the rest of her life, although at the end she lived in Grayling, MI. She was cleaved away by the angel of death at the age of 71 on April 2, 2013. Some of her ashes may rest for all time in Butman Township Cemetery, although one source states that most were scattered in Sedona, AZ. An obituary in the Midland Daily News said that she was survived by a "close friend, Donald Hoppe," possibly her former husband.

    Great-grandson Bradley Hoppe wed Sandra. They dwelled in Midland, MI in 2013.

    Great-grandson Douglas Hoppe made his home in 2013 in Grayling, MI.  

  • Grandson Zarold "James" Walters (1938-1997) was born on March 11, 1938 in Butman Township and spent his life in Gladwin County. He served in the U.S. Army. On May 5, 1956, he was united in holy matrimony with Carol Yeager ( ? - ? ). Their union held firm over the ebbs and flows of 41 years. Together, they bore a family of three -- Zarold James Walters Jr., Scott Walters and Rebecca Walblay. James was employed as a manager with Fargo Gas in Beaverton and retired in 1984. Suffering from cancer, he died in MicMichigan Regional Medical Center in Midland on May 31, 1997. Funeral rites were led by George Villarreal, followed by burial in Butman Cemetery. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial gifts be made to the Beaverton Church of God or the American Cancer Society.

    Great-grandson Zarold James Walters Jr. was joined in wedlock with Cindy. They settled in Beaverton, MI.

    Great-grandson Scott Walters wed Ingrid. They put down roots in Beaverton, MI.

    Great-granddaughter Rebecca Walters married Robert Walblay. Their home in 1997 was in Gladwin. 

  • Grandson Daniel "Timothy" Walters was joined in wedlock with Elaine. They settled in Harrison, MI and were there in 1997-2010. 

Ridge Cemetery near Gladwin
Son Wayne J. Walters (1916-1999) was born on July 8, 1916 in Gladwin, Gladwin County, MI. On Sept. 9, 1935, in West Branch, MI, when he was 19 years of age, he married 21-year-old Evaleen C. Bowers (1914-1998), daughter of William and Lula "Maude" (DeLaurie) Bowers. He was two years younger than his bride. The two families were close, and Wayne's brother Arnold Ward Walters married Evaleen's sister Lula Belle. They resided in the Gladwin area. Their six children were Marcella Ann Walters, Rodney Wayne Walters, Onalee Gail Walters, Terry Lee Walters, and twins Dixie Lee Walters and Darla Kay Walters. Said the Gladwin County Record, Wayne "worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction and for the Gladwin County Road Commission. He also worked for AC Spark Plug, and as a millwright for Buick Motors." Evaleen liked to crochet and tend her garden. Sadness cascaded over the family when she died in their residence at the age of 83 on Feb. 20, 1998. Her funeral was preached by Pastor Richard Hamilton. Wayne outlived her by nearly a year. He surrendered to the angel of death in Gladwin Living Center on Feb. 15, 1999. Wayne and Evaleen are buried together in Ridge Cemetery near Gladwin.

  • Granddaughter Marcella Ann Walters (1936-2013) was born on Aug. 2, 1936. She wed Richard Edward Tanks (Jan. 30, 1930-2015). The offspring of the pair were Richard Henry Tanks, Roxanne Christele Tuller, Kevin Edward Tanks and Ronda Buell. Richard was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a corporal in the U.S. Army and airman in the U.S. Air Force. For his service, he was awarded a Bronze Star. They lived in Henderson, MI in 1972 and later Oakley, Saginaw County, MI in 1996-1999. The family was plunged into grief at the deaths of son Kevin in infancy on March 6, 1962 and son Richard in an automobile accident in 1972. Marcella surrendered to the angel of death at the age of 76 on Feb. 17, 2013. Her burial took place in Ridge Cemetery in Gladwin. Richard suffered a stroke and went to live with his married daughter Ronda in Perry, MI. He followed his bride to the grave on May 26, 2015. His remains were lowered into honored rest in Great Lakes National Cemetery. His name also adorns the stone marking Marcella's grave, with his year of death inscribed. No obituary was published for either.

    Great-grandson Richard Tanks (1953-1972) was born in about 1953. He lived in Owosso in the early 1970s. Tragedy shook the family when he was killed on Jan. 16, 1972 after his vehicle collided with a wrecker truck along Michigan Route 21 in Caledonia Township, Shiawassee County. The United Press International reported that he was among "at least 14 persons [who] were killed in weekend traffic accidents in Michigan." 

    Great-granddaughter Roxanne Christele Tanks (1960-living) was born in 1960 in West Branch, MI. She wed Mark Tuller.

    Great-granddaughter Ronda Tanks (1963-living) was born in 1963 in West Branch, MI. She entered into marriage with Scott Buell. They have dwelled in Perry, MI.

  • Grandson Rodney Wayne Walters ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Donna. They lived in Harrison, MI in 2017.
  • Burial site of Walters generations 
    Granddaughter Onalee Gail Walters (1942-2017) was born on June 5, 1943 in Flint, MI. On June 2, 1961, she married Rollin B. Greer (Jan. 29, 1937- ? ). Their union endured over the ups and downs of a remarkable 55 years. They became the parents of four -- Kirk Greer, Kim Greer, Katrina Shearer and Kristy Skutt. For more than three decades, Onalee served as clerk of Gladwin Township. Said an obituary, "her life was very active in the township and county service. She enjoyed gardening and especially being with her family." Sadly, at the age of 73, Onalee passed away in MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland on Feb. 23, 2017. Pastor Ron Ives and Chaplain Phil Maxwell jointly led the funeral rites. Burial was in Ridge Cemetery. In an obituary, the family requested that any memorial donations be made to the Pardee Cancer Center in Gladwin.

    Great-grandson Kirk Greer married Tina. Greer

    Great-grandson Kim Greer wed Carmen.

    Great-granddaughter Katrina Greer exchanged marital vows with Marty Shearer.

    Great-granddaughter Kristy Greer was joined in marriage with Tony Skutt. 

  • Grandson Terry Lee Walters ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with Mary. Circa 2017, they resided in Gladwin. Research is underway to confirm whether he is the same "Terry L. Walters" who at one time was county sheriff, in 2018 was chairman of the Gladwin County Commissioners and in August 2020 was elected as the Gladwin County Drain Commissioner, responsible for maintaining the county's 60 drainage facilities. In a related article, the Midland Daily News said that in his role as as chair of the county commissioners, "Walters spearheaded the Four Lakes Task Force to involve residents on the lakes – thus giving them a voice, while also being involved in the 'chats' with the former Department of Environmental Quality to negotiate to lower fines from millions to $37,000."
Generations of the family have lived in Gladwin since the late 1890s 
  • Granddaughter Dixie Lee Walters 1953- ? ) was born on Sept. 17, 1953 in West Branch, MI, a twin with her sister Darla Kay. She tied the marital cord with Stephen Dent ( ? - ? ), believed to be the son of Duane Erwin and and Nancy (Milliman) Dent, owners of Midland Iron Works. They put down roots in Midland, MI.
  • Granddaughter Darla Kay Walters (1953-2020) was born on Sept. 17, 1953 in West Branch, MI, a twin with her sister Dixie Lee. She appears not to have married. Darla is known to have been in Gladwin in 1998. At the age of 66, as a patient in MidMichigan Medical Center, she passed into the arms of the angelic host on May 8, 2020. Her remains were cremated.

Son Arnold "Ward" Walters (1918-1972) was born on May 17, 1918 in Nester, Roscommon County. On Nov. 21, 1936, at the age of 18, he married Lula Belle Bowers (July 23, 1918-2012), a native of Butman, Gladwin County, and the daughter of William Lewis and Lula "Maude" (DeLaurier) Bowers. Their nuptials were made in West Branch, MI. The two families were close, and Arnold's brother Wayne Walters married Lula Belle's sister Evaleen. They put down roots in Flint and produced a brood of five children, including Cleo Maxine Walters, Marilyn Kaye Walters, Jo Ann Walters, Jerry Ward Walters and Bonnie Lynn Walters. Ward was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. For 35 years, they lived in Flint where he was employed as a coordinator for AC Spark Plug Company. The family was plunged into grief when Ward died at the age of 53, on Feb. 3, 1972. Elder Harold McAllister officiated the wedding. Burial took place in Butman Township Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Gladwin County Record. Lula Belle survived her husband by four decades and moved back to Gladwin. Said an obituary, she "worked at Goldbergs Department Store until it closed. Lula Belle then worked at Gettlemans and Jeans & Things, both in Gladwin. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, and a long time member and past District 20 President for the Rebekah's." Death swept her away at the age of 93, in Gladwin, on April 20, 2012. The headcount of her survivors was 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. Pastor Timothy Verity oversaw the funeral rites, with interment following in Butman Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Cleo Maxine Walters ( ? - ? ) wed Ward Heath. In 1972-2012, the Heaths were in Gladwin. Sadly, Ward was deceased by 2017. Cleo has been a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gladwin and volunteered her time as a greeter.
  • Granddaughter Marilyn Kaye Walters (1938-2017) was born on Dec. 18, 1938 in Butman Township, Gladwin County. On Dec. 18, 1954, she married Walter "Don" Yeager ( ? - ? ). The wedding was held in the Hockaday (MI) Free Methodist Church. Three children raised in this family were Jeffrey Yeager, Denise Murray and Debra Bovee. Their home in the early 1970s-2017 was in Coleman, MI. Marilyn liked to bake and cook. For many years, they spent their winters in Arizona and Florida, and also traveled across the nation in their motor home. They also apparently owned a small airplane and few to the Upper Peninsula where they had a cabin near the Cut River Bridge with an overlook to Lake Michigan. Said an obituary, "Marilyn looked forward to going on their annual Christmas shopping weekend with her sisters, daughters, daughters-in-law, granddaughters and nieces. Christmas and the holidays were very special to her, the time spent with all of her family and friends. She lived her life always thinking of others before herself, and she always said if you can't speak nice of someone don't speak of them at all." Marilyn died at home at the age of 78 on May 13, 2017. Rev. Jack Steenberg presided over the funeral service held at the Coleman Wesleyan Church. An obituary was published in the Midland Daily News.

    Great-grandson Jeffrey Yeager was joined in wedlock with Deanna. They have dwelled in Coleman, MI.

    Great-granddaughter Denise Yeager was united in matrimony with Marlin "Moose" Murray. The couple planted themselves in Coleman, MI. 

    Great-granddaughter Debra Yeager entered into marriage with Daniel Bovee. In 2017, their home was in Coleman, MI. 

  • Granddaughter Jo Ann Walters ( ? - ? ) exchanged marital vows with Sherman Fassett ( ? - ? ), believed to be the son of Sherman and Cora (Ingalls) Fassett. They established a longtime residence in Beaverton, MI. They were the parents of Neil Fassett and Lynn Branch. In 1999, they endured the heartache of the tragic death of their son Neil in an automobile accident.

    Great-grandson Neil Sherman Fassett (1964-1999) was born on Nov. 30, 1964 in West Branch, MI. He was a 1983 graduate of Beaverton High School and then served in the U.S. Army in 1984-1986. During Operation Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War, he served in the National Guard. Neil was employed by Packagign Direct in Beaverton as a product manager. On Aug. 25, 1995, in Gladwin, he tied the marital cord with Beth Calhoun ( ? - ? ). She brought a stepdaughter to the marriage, Tara Adams, Neil was the father of Kasey Fassettt and Laura Fassett. Tragically, at the age of 34, he died in an automobile accident in Gladwin on Nov. 19, 1999. Following funeral rites led by Robert Schnepp, the remains were laid to rest in Beaverton's Dale Cemetery in Tobacco Township. Inscribed on his grave marker is this epitaph: "Infinite are spare and time. Therefore, this is not the end... so, sweetheart, leave us a path of moondust and stars and we will find you again."

    Great-granddaughter Lynn Fassett wed (?) Branch. She made her home in 1999 in Gaylord, MI.

  • Grandson Jerry Ward Walters ( ? - ? ) relocated to Flint, MI. He tied the knot with Sandy. By 2012, they had returned to Gladwin.
  • Granddaughter Bonnie Lynn Walters ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Douglas Bosman ( ? -2021), a native of Trenton, MI and the son of Leo and Adeline Bosman. They dwelled in Gladwin, MI for decades. Together they produced two children -- Todd Bosman and Tracy Clark. Sadly, Douglas died at the age of 74 on Nov. 12, 2021.

    Great-grandson Todd Bosman married Kelley.

    Great-granddaughter Tracy Bosman wed James Clark Jr.

Butman Township Cemetery
Daughter Maxine Elizabeth Walters (1919-1937) was born on Nov. 22, 1919, either in Gladwin or in Rosscommon County. She was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Charles Edwin Carpenter (Dec. 27, 1908-1975). Tragically, in the Tolfree Memorial Hospital in West Branch, Ogemaw County, MI, Maxine died at the age of 17 on Aug. 30, 1937. An obituary in the Gladwin County Record said she had suffered "an illness of a month." The funeral was conducted at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Butman, led by Elder George White. Her earthly remained were lowered into the sacred soil of  Butman Township Cemetery near Gladwin. The widowed Charles outlived his bride by some 38 years and reputedly married again to Saloma Belle Cissna (1908-1977). The pair settled in Birch Run, MI. He is said to have died March 6, 1975, with his funeral service attended by cousins Mrs. David Anderson, Faith Griffin, Harriet Schindler and Elizabeth Tenwalde.

Daughter Betty J. Walters (1921-1980) was born on Dec. 14, 1921 in Gladwin. On Sept. 18, 1943, in Georgia, she entered into marriage with Max Edward Klemach (Sept. 14, 1919-1990). They did not reproduce. Betty went on to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Max was employied for 30 years as a machinist in Saginaw for Chevrolet Manufacturing. He held a membership in Local 467 of the United Auto Workers in Saginaw. He also belonged to the Bridgeport lodge of the Masons, the Elf Khurafeh Shrine of Saginaw and Consistory in Bay City. For many years, they resided in Saginaw. Then in about 1979, they returned to Gladwin and made a home at 770 Point Lane. Sadly, burdened with a long illness, Betty died on Aug. 1, 1980 in Provincial House in Midland. Leading her funeral service was Rev. Bert Benjamin. The Gladwin County Record appears to have published an obituary. Max outlived her by a decade. His final residence was in Gladwin at 2560 North Bard Road. With his health in decline, Max was admitted to the MicMichigan Regional Medical Center in Midland, where he passed away at the age of 71 on Dec. 3, 1990. Rev. Joel Hurley led the funeral rites. Their remains sleep for the ages in Butman Township Cemetery.

Son Francis J. "F.J." Walters (1924-1997) was born on Oct. 27, 1924 in Roscommon County, MI. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. F.J. was joined in wedlock with Norma Jean Benmark ( ? - ? ). Their five children were Valerie Jean Walters, Francis J. Walters Jr., Michael Lee Walters, Crystal Ann Walters and Gale Lynn Walters. They settled in Gladwin. Francis earned a living with General Motors in Flint and retired in 1972. In 1991, they relocated to their final dwelling-place at Lake, MI. At the age of 73, Francis died in MidMichigan Regional Medical Center in Clare on Dec. 9, 1997. Burial was in Butman Township Cemetery, with Elder Dean Beavers presiding over the rites. An obituary in the Gladwin County Record said that his survivors included 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Valerie Jean Walters ( ? - ? ) married Michael Woods. Their home in 1997-2020 was at Lake, MI.
  • Grandson Francis J. "Frank" Walters Jr. (1950-2013) -- nicknamed "Sonny" -- was born on Sept. 7, 1950 in West Branch, MI. On Nov. 9, 1968, he wed Beverly Ritchie ( ? - ? ). They put down roots in Gladwin. Their trio of sons were Jeremy Walters, Troy Walters and Terry Walters. Said an obituary, he "loved being outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman." After a short illness, he died in MidMichigan Medical Center in Gladwin at the age of 62 on April 1, 2013.

    Great-grandson Jeremy Walters was deceased by 2013.

    Great-grandson Troy Walters married Georgette and put down roots in Gladwin.

    Great-grandson Terry Walters was wed to or a companion of Jeanine Beaty. Their home in 2013 was in Beaty, MI. 

  • Grandson Michael Lee Walters ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with Pamela. They settled in Beaverton, MI. He was deceased by 2013.
  • Granddaughter Crystal Ann Walters ( ? - ? ) tied the marital cord with James Gifford ( ? - ? ), son of James C.B. and Marjorie Gifford. They planted themselves at Coldwater, MI and by 2007 in Harrison.
  • Grandson Gale Lynn Walters (1960-2020) was born on Dec. 7, 1960 in West Branch, MI. On Oct. 28, 2000, in Coldwater, MI, he tied the knot with Brooke Ann Record ( ? - ? ). Gale was in Homer, MI in 1997 and later in Saginaw. He earned a living for years as a tree trimmer for power companies and tree trimming businesses. He relocated once more to Gladwin in 2013. Said an obituary, he "was an avid fisherman, finding his happiest moments in life fishing on a lake or river for Trout, Steelhead and Salmon.In all, Gale was the father of five -- Mellaney DeForest, Amber Walters, Daniel Walters, Anthony DeForest and Mikel Hunsicker. He died at the age of 59 on May 14, 2020.

    Great-granddaughter Mellaney DeForest lived in Lansing in 2020.

    Great-granddaughter Amber Walters has dwelled in Gladwin.

    Great-grandson Daniel Walters was in Coldwater, MI in 2020.

    Great-grandson Anthony DeForest established a home in Muskegon, MI.

    Great-grandson Mikel Hunsicker ( ? - ? ).  


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Grave marker photographs by Mark A. Miner, July 1993