Recent Obituaries

Howard William Bauer

of Chelsea, Michigan, age 91, died unexpectedly Friday, August 17, 2018 at his home. He was born March 27, 1927 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the son of Clarence Carl & Ethel (Schock) Bauer.

Howard lived in Chelsea for 30 years, coming from Ypsilanti.  He retired from Ford Motor Company in Ypsilanti. Howard was a long-time member of Tri-county Sportsman's Club in Saline. He loved to visit with everyone he saw.

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Thomas Matthew Ford

of Dexter, Michigan, age 86, passed away on August 10, 2018, at the Cedars of Dexter. He was born September 11, 1931 in Cambridge, Ohio, the son of H. Barton & Grace (Mathews) Ford.

Tom was raised in Battle Creek, MI. He attended Michigan State University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1957 with a M.S. degree in 1959. Tom entered the United States Air Force flight training program in 1953 and was part of the class 55K and the Veterinary Corps. In 1964, he became part of the University of Michigan Animal Care Unit and was granted Diplomate in Laboratory Animal Medicine status. Soon after he was hired by Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL to be Manager of Animal Care and remained there until his retirement in 1995. Tom enjoyed flying, sports, and military history. He was an avid tennis player his entire life and played actively until his death.

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Robert W. Couch

of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Birmingham, Royal Oak, & Spring Hill, FL, age 99, died Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born November 25, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Walter and Grace (Arnold) Couch. Robert graduated from Cass Tech High School with Highest Honors in the science curriculum. After high school, he graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Robert worked as a research chemist for M&T Chemical, American CAN, DOW Chemical, and Union Carbide. Robert then became the Plant Manager for Henkel Corporation in Detroit. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society for 75 years. While living in Florida, he was a tutor in math for the GED program at Spring Hill Schools. Robert was also an AARP safe driving instructor for 15 years in Florida. He was involved in Boy Scouts for 23 years in the Detroit Area Council.

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Gordon D. Campbell

There will be one less funny fellow telling stories at the kitchen table. Lymphoma may have claimed his life at 87, but laughter is his lasting legacy.  This “all around nice guy” grew from a grinning red-headed boy born in New Albany, IN to serve in the Air Force and then settle down as an optician at Monfried Optical in Lexington, KY with his wife, Betty.  They joyously adopted their daughter, Pam, and Gordon raised her with the motto, “Go to college and be sure to get a job!”  Widowed in 1976, he rediscovered his joy in flying by owning a Cessna. He started his own business, Southland Optical.  He loved being “Poppy” to Emily and Rosie, nearly wearing out I-75 driving to Chelsea, MI to visit.  After a stint at Simpson Optical, he retired to Chelsea. He joined his son-in-law, Paul, in his quest of growing lots and LOTS of trees.  He was an early morning fixture at McDonalds, enjoying breakfast with friends. 

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Leslie Sloat

of Manchester, MI, age 49, died Friday, July 27, 2018 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor. She was born September 5, 1968 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of James & Diana (Culp) Sloat.

Leslie graduated from Manchester High School in 1986. She went to school to become a medical assistant. Leslie enjoyed providing home health care for several elderly people in Manchester. She was compassionate, patient, and empathetic to everyone she cared for. She loved to read, and most importantly spend time with her family. Leslie had a contagious laugh, great sense of humor, and bright smile.  Leslie was always willing to support anyone in need and lend a helping hand. She had a strong spiritual belief. She was a loving mother to her children, a devoted daughter, a beloved sister, and a loving spouse. She also loved spending time with her nieces and nephews.

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