Grand Traverse
County Michigan




Walton, Bruce L, Senior

Bruce L. Walton Senior

died March 11, 2009

Frankfort-Bruce L. Walton Senior, 80, of Frankfort, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 11, 2009. He was born in Pontiac on April 21, 1928, the son of the late Charles L. and Hilda Mae (Frost) Walton.

Bruce married Freda J. Dawson, and they had four children. Early in their marriage, they lived in Troy, where Bruce worked at GM for 18 years as an experimental model maker. He also ran his own lawnmower repair shop and a 5 acre peach and apple orchard.

Bruce started in was scoutmaster of Boy Scout troop 1068, where he saw his two oldest sons become Eagle Scouts.

After vacationing with family old settlers Park at Glenlake, Bruce found the perfect opportunity in a farm near Frankfort. In 1972 they moved to Frankfort where they owned and operated BNF Walton orchard. The firm also produced maple syrup, honey and cider. The firm converted in 1994 to organic and eventually became a certified Demeter and organic grower.

In the mid-70s to early 80s Bruce was a supervisor assessor for Crystal Lake Township. In his later years he became a member of the roundtable with friends at Celia’s, where a lot of the world’s problems were solved. Bruce was an avid Frankfort panther fan and love to cheer on all his grandchildren.

Bruce loved his family and friends and was deeply loved by them! He will be greatly missed!

He is survived by his wife, Freda J.; Children Bruce Junior (Judith) Walton, Jane Y. (Jeffrey) Miller, Frederick Walton and Jeffrey (Lisa) Walton; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Jacob and Joseph Miller, Jeffrey Junior, Gregory, Adam and David Walton; great grandchild, Cameron Jade Miller; and brother Tom (Sharon) Walton.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 PM Saturday, March 21 at the Frankfort American Legion Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the maples are appreciated.

Please share thoughts and memories with the family on their online guestbook at

Jowett family funeral home and cremation services is handling the arrangements.

Traverse City Record-Eagle

Sunday, March 15, 2009

page 3B



Grand Traverse County, Michigan -- Came from Long-Lived Family.
Traverse City, Mich., May 5. "Uncle Dan" Whipple, aged 109 years, died Sunday night from hemorrhage of the brain. One Sunday he seemed as well as usual and took a long walk in the fields. He was a member of Gen. Fremont's trip across the Rockies. He was long a companion of Kit Carson, and later served through the civil war in an Iowa regiment. He never married, being true to the memory of a sweetheart who was tortured to death by Indians before his eyes when he was a young man in the west. Mr. Whipple's grandmother lived to be 133 and his father died at the age of 113.
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 1908 Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, Indiana) Page: 1
Submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy
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Wood, Stanley I.

Stanley I. Wood

died March 12, 2009

Traverse City-Stanley I. What, 79, a lifelong resident of Traverse City of the area, lost his courageous three-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at his home.

He was born March 4, 1932 the late Stanley and Lillian (Lardie) what in Mapleton and graduated from St. Francis high school.

He served in the United States Navy as an electrician on the USS Chanticleer during the Korean War.

Following his service, he returned to the area and married his wife, Lenore (Lindstrom) in 1957.

Stan was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be missed by all those who had the honor and privilege of knowing him.

He was an avid Red Wings hockey fan and a longtime supporter and member of ICE.

After his retirement as a supervisor from United Technologies, he and his wife enjoyed many years of travel with friends and family. He also enjoyed being Traverse City’s downtown Santa Claus for several years, as well as gardening and puttering at his home in fixing things around his children’s homes. In the last years he enjoyed reading and watching the birds and squirrels visiting his feeders. He is survived by his wife, Lenore; three daughters, JoAnne Wood of Traverse City, Cheryl Kissel and Denise Wood, both of Manistee; and daughter-in-law, Jennifer (Bobby) Teal of Traverse City. He was beloved grandfather to 7 grandchildren, Samantha (David) Ashpaugh, Mike Docksey, Candi and Abi Kissel, Christina, Rachel and Darci Wood; a great-grandfather to Curtis Ashbaugh. He is also survived by four brothers, George (Fern) Wood in Texas, Fran (Karen) Wood in Florida, Jim (Pat) Wood in Gaillard and Tom (Shirley) Wood in Traverse City; and two sisters, Betty Fitzgerald and Nell Pitcher, both in Traverse City; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Michael Wood in 2005; his parents; brother in infancy; in two sisters, Donald Lewis and Barbara Scarpeli.

Family and friends may pay their respects at a visitation to be held Monday, March 16, 2009, from 6 to 8 PM it Reynolds-Jonkhoff funeral home. Funeral services with military honors will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 2 PM, with a luncheon to follow at the church. Officiating will be by the Rev. Daniel Deutsh and David Gabel.

Memories may be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or the West Michigan chapter of the ALS Association.

Please share memories with the family on Stan’s online guestbook at

The family is being serviced by Reynolds-Jonkhoff funeral home and cremation services;

Traverse City Record-Eagle

Sunday, March 15, 2009

page 3B

Submitted by Alanna Fitzgerald


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