Phyllis Jean (Dilts) Rhynard July 23, 1933 - April 30, 2020 (age 86)
Phyllis Jean Rhynard, age 86, of Lansing, MI passed away after a
courageous battle with dementia on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the
Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, Lansing, surrounded by her family.
A Private Graveside Service
will be held at Gunnisonville Cemetery, DeWitt, MI with Pastor Matt
Kreh officiating and a Public Memorial will be held at a later date.
Phyllis was born in St. Johns, MI on July 23, 1933, the daughter
of Clare and Ella (Blunt) Dilts. She graduated from Rodney B.
Wilson High School with the class of 1951.
On July 9, 1955,
Phyllis married Marvin Lawrence Rhynard at the First United Methodist
Church of St. Johns. They were blessed with 64 years of
marriage. Phyllis was a devoted wife and a loving mom. Most of
all, her grandchildren were her greatest joy in life. She made
countless Halloween costumes for them, baked with them, attended all
their sports and music activities, and was the best Gram any kid could
Phyllis was a member of Gunnisonville United Methodist
Church for over 56 years. During those years, she was always involved
in many activities, Caring Hearts Sewing Circle, singing in the choir,
teaching Sunday school or wherever she was needed. She enjoyed
any opportunity to have lunch with "The '51 Lunch Bunch" classmates or
retirees from Citizens Bank. Phyllis and Marvin enjoyed
traveling around the country in their classic cars as members of the
National Buick Club of America and the Central Michigan Buick Club.
Phyllis is survived by her loving husband Marvin, and 2 daughters:
Kathy (David) Hundt of DeWitt, and Sharon (Jack) Terrill of St. Johns.
She is also survived by 4 grandchildren: Michael (Krystal) Hundt,
Emily (Philippe) Ledent, Jordan (Danielle) Terrill, and Sarah Hundt;
one great-grandson Logan Hundt; sister-in-law Jean Dilts and many
nieces and nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her
parents, granddaughter Allison Kay Hundt, one brother Richard Dilts,
one sister Alice (Robert) Cole, and sisters-in-law: Thelma (Robert)
Beck, Hazel Oehler, and Doris (Bernward) Thorsch.
be made to Gunnisonville United Methodist Church - 2031 Clark Rd,
Bath, MI 48808 or Hospice House of Mid-Michigan - 1210 W Saginaw Hwy,
Lansing, MI 48915. To leave an online condolence for the
family, please visit Phyllis' obituary at
www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.
Loren M Rhynard died at home on August 16th 2019 in Fullerton, CA, he
Loren was born on January 16th, 1925 in rural Michigan
to Gerald and Esther Rhynard. He joined the Marines and was
Honorably discharged in 1947. He earned a degree in Psychology
in 1950 from the University of Michigan. He continued his
education with a teaching credential from Michigan State University in
1952. Loren met and married Ruth Martens in the mid fifties, and they were happily married for 65 years. Loren taught in the
Fullerton School District for several decades before retiring.
While teaching, Loren earned a Masters Degree in Education from Long
Loren has been a long time member of Placentia
Presbyterian Church. Loren served as an elder, helping with
various projects around the church. He was a devoted husband,
and father to three children, Cheryl, Duane, and Robert.
Note from Gary Heath:
I'm Gary Heath, duane (Bum) Heath's
son. My son Derek passed away at home on 9/11/18. He was
32 years old and was a life long cook, working at many different
restaurants. He graduated from Napoleon, Ohio High School, and
was a big Red Wings and Lions fan, alsong with the Spartans, and
Wolverines. We rooted for all Michigan schools, since we lived
Sincerely, Gary Heath
Dennis Wayne "Den" Cooper, age 85 passed away Thursday April 21st,
2016 at his home in Ithaca, MI with his family by his side. Den
was the son of Hollis and Louise (Rhynard) Cooper.. He is
survived by his children Douglas Cooper, Deborah (Ted) Komperda, Daryl
(Denise Reese) Cooper, K-j (Michael) Krum, Step-Daughter Pat Dixon.
His brother Dee (Bonnie) Cooper, His sister June Smith, and
brother-in-law Richard Abbott as well as many grandchildren, great
grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Dennis and his family
hosted the Rhynard Reunion for many years in the 1990s, always making
them very special events!
Duane G. Heath (Bum), Saginaw, Mighigan, Passed away Wednesday, June
25, 2014. Age 95 years.
The son of the late Charles E. and Myrtle
Z. (Rhynard) Heath was born December 10, 1918, in Northstar, Michigan.
He graduated from Ithaca High School, Class of 1938. He served
with the U.S. Army Infantry, 13th replacement depot in the Pacific
during WWII. He married Shirley Baker VerVoort, October 20,
1951. She passed away September 13, 1964. He was connected
with the Heath Meat Company for many years, employed by Dunn Tile and
Block supply for three years, and later, by Morley Brothers Industrial
Division as a sales rep. He was also employed as a greeter at
W.L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel. He was a member of the Eagles
Club #497, a life member of the B.P.O.E. #47 and was Elk of the year
in 1968-69. He was also an active sponsor in association with
the St. Vincent's Orphan bowling league and also acted as Santa Claus
for the orphans. He was a member and past President of the
S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., Inc. Chapter #6 (Barbershop Quartet), and a past
member of the Saginaw Home Builders Association. He was a life
member of American Legion Post #439 was a member of the D.A.V. #117.
Bum was also an active sportsman and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting,
golf and bowling to name a few.
Surviving are two sons, Michael C.
Heath and his wife, Lorrie, Greensboro, GA, Gary W. Heath, Napoleon,
Ohio, three grandchildren, Jason, Derek, and Erin, three great
grandchildren, two nieces and four nephews. He was predeceased
by a granddaughter, Ashley Heath, sister, two brothers, Maxine Cheney,
Howard and Cloyd (Dan) Heath.
Military committal service was
Monday, June 30, 2014, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the
auspices of American Legion Post #439. Those planning an
expression of sympathy may wish to consider the charity of their
Information has been received of the passing
of Clare Rhynard on Nov. 6, 2004 in Arizona. It is also
reported his sister, Mable of St., Louis died previously. More
information as it becomes available.
Rhynard, Victor Haslett, MI Age
94, died May 31, 2004. Born August 22, 1909 in Edmore, Michigan
the son of Nancy and Ervin Rhynard. He was preceded in death by
his parents, sister, Merna and brothers, Lyle and Wayne. He is
survived by his wife, Anna M.; sister, Mabel Crawford; brother,
Clare Rhynard; many aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He
was owner and manager of Rhynard Truck Sales for 50 years. He
retired October 19, 1993. He was President of Michigan GMC Truck
Dealers Association. The Funeral Liturgy will be held Thursday,
June 3, 10 AM at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. East Chapel, 1730 E.
Grand River Avenue, East Lansing. The Rite of Committal will
follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. The family will
receive friends at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. East Chapel Wednesday
from 6-8 PM.
(Obituary from the Lansing State
Graham passed away on January 30, 2004.
is the daughter of John and Elvah (Rhynard) Gott.
Rhynard, 76, of Manistique, died Friday, April
4th, 2003, at Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique.
He was born January 12, 1927, in Flint,
Mich., the son of the late Earl and Ethel (Lewis) Rhynard and was a
graduate of Alma High School. He attended Alma College and
later received a football scholarship from and was a graduate of
Michigan State University.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World
War II, in the Asiatic Pacific area and served in the U.S. Navy
again during the Korean War.
On September 29, 1956, he married the
former Mary Ann Walters in Manistique. They lived in the Lower
Michigan area for several years and returned to Manistique in 1981
following his retirement.
He served in the Michigan State Police
for 31 years, seeing duty in Ypsilanti, Manistique, Munising and Bay
City Posts. He retired in 1981 as a sergeant after working as
a civil defense coordinator for the State Police in Bay
He was a life member of the Alma
Masonic Lodge, a member of the Lakeside Lodge 371 of Manistique, and
was a past president of the Exchange Club in Auburn, Michigan.
He enjoyed scuba diving, operating ham radios, fishing, hunting and
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Ann
Rhynard of Manistique, two sons, Mark (Cindy) Rhynard of Auburn,
Michigan, and Kurt (Michele) Rhynard of New Berlin, Wisconsin; five
grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, one sister,
Geraldine Currie, preceded him in death.
Friends may call from call from 4-6
p.m., Monday April 14, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in
Manistique. A veteran's memorial service will be held at 5
p.m. Services celebrating the life of Ken will be held at 6
p.m. at the funeral home with Celebrant Carole Cooper
officiating. Burial will be held in the Fairview Cemetery in
Memory of Leslie Rhynard
was born in Middleton, MI on March 7, 1924, the only child of Frank
and Beatrice (Counsellor) Rhynard.
He graduated from Ashley High School in 1941.
He entered the United States Marine Corp in December of 1942.
Les served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
He retired in 1971 after 28 years of military service, having
attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.
moved to Phoenix, AZ with his family, where he lived the remainder
of his life. After a
long illness he passed away on August 1, 2002.
He was a dedicated member of Galilee Baptist Church beginning
was an avid bowler. In
his final years, he participated in three bowling leagues: Galilee
Baptist Church, Retired Bowlers, and Non-Smokers.
He was a founding member of the Western Rhynard Reunion held
annually in California.
was devoted to his family and was very active in their lives.
He will be dearly missed by: Gracie, the mother of his
children; daughter Barbara, her husband Dave, and their children,
David and Rebecca; daughter
Sherri, her husband Karl, and their daughters, Meghan and Korey;
daughter Wanda, her husband Johnnie, and their sons, Shelby and Chase:
son Leslie, his wife Beckey, and their children, Jayde,
Wilson, Mason, and Easton; and
sons, Adam and Paul.
Les greatly enjoyed his ten grandchildren.
|Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of
Ashley Heath. Ashley, Gary Heath's daughter, was killed in an automobile accident on Saturday, June
1, 2002 in Napoleon, Ohio. Ashley was to have graduated from high school in
June and was looking forward to starting college at Bowling Green University this coming fall.
Our heartfelt condolences to the Heath family. Gary is the son of Duane "Bum" Heath, who is the son of Myrtie
(Rhynard) Heath, who is the daughter of Jasper and Melvina Rhynard.
Nona Maxine (Heath) Cheney, 79, of Ithaca, died Wednesday,
May 16, 2001, at Schnepp Health Care Center in St. Louis.
She was born March 22, 1922,
in Ithaca, the daughter of Charles E. and Zyllie Myrtie (Rhynard)
Heath. On May 27, 1961 she married Carl Cheney, in Ithaca.
She is survived by her
husband, Carl Cheney of Ithaca; son, Mike Armstrong of Oakton, VA.;
daughter, Sydney (Teryl) Studer of Millington; grandchildren, Matt
(Ruth Anne) Studer of Columbus, Ohio, Marc (Priscilla) Studer of
Fitchburg, Mass., and Meredith Studer of Millington;
great-granddaughter, Riana Studer of Columbus, Ohio; sister-in-law,
Marjorie Heath of Saginaw; and brother, Duane "Bum" Heath
She was preceded in death by
her parents; and two brothers, Howard Heath and Cloyd
"Dan" Heath. Funeral services were Friday, May 18,
at the Dodge Funeral Home in Middleton, with Pastor George Showers
of the New Haven Church of God officiating. Interment was in
the New Haven Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be
made to the New Haven Church of God Building Fund.