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Audrey Phyllis Truckey

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Audrey Phyllis Truckey
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Audrey Phyllis Truckey

March 17, 2018

Service Details

As per her wishes, a cremation has taken place and a Native American ceremony will follow next summer.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the time of Catholic Scripture Services beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Deacon David Guido officiating. 


                                   

Obituary Notice

 Audrey Phyllis Truckey, “Audie”, 78, of Mendon, passed away March 17th, 2018, while having conversations with angels of those who preceded her. Audrey was born March 2, 1940, the daughter of John and Arbutus (Byron) Hoffman at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Growing up in “the Soo”, Audrey attended St. Mary’s Catholic Schools until moving to St. Joseph County in 1957, when she  was the military bride of Jim Truckey, her former husband, who survives. Beginning married life in Leonidas, Michigan, Audrey’s work ethic and catholic faith sustained her with the day-to-day caring for seven children.  During these years, Audrey worked at IGA Pizza, of Mendon, and later at Research Molding. After the completion of construction of a new home they built, the family moved to the small farm west of Mendon to raise their family. It was at this time Audrey went to work for T & H Plastics of Mendon, where she worked for several years before seeking employment at Kirsch Company in Sturgis. Audrey worked at Kirsch Company for a decade prior to retirement.  Audrey was a lifelong member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, a member of the National Rehabilitation of Animals-Humane Society, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a longstanding member of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Mendon. 

 In addition to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Audrey found great joy in loving and nurturing all animals.  Lifelong lessons of generosity, strength, and kindness are remembered by her children, especially to dogs, preferably mutts. Many a pet phrase she would use including, “Help those who cannot  help themselves,” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” were words she not only spoke, but lived in the treatment of those she cared about,  always including her pets. 

Audrey was proceeded in death by her son, James D. Truckey  Jr., six brothers: Bernard Hoffman, Dutch Hoffman, John Hoffman, Charles Hoffman, George Hoffman, Herman Kempf  Jr. and her parents, Arbutus and Herman Kempf Sr.  Also proceeding Audrey in death were two sisters: Kathryn Struckman, and Sheila Wolfe, and a sister-in-law/best friend, Mary Hoffman. 

Audrey is survived by brothers Joe Hoffman, Robert Hoffman, and Gary Kempf, three sons: Mike (Leanne) Truckey,  Jerry Truckey, and Bill “Fonz” Truckey, three daughters: Deb  (Barry Reber) Crouch, Kathy (Roger)Crosthwaite, and Marianne Truckey.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a dear cousin, Myrna Benson of Sault Ste. Marie. 

Audrey especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren—all who survive her including grandchildren: Dana Truckey, Jason (Lindsey) Truckey, Luke (Aubrey) Crosthwaite, Travis Crosthwaite, Joshua (Jenn) Crouch, Hannah (Kyle) Goldberg, and Courtney (Jimmy) Ruh. 

Audrey was affectionately known as GG to great-children: Kyron Truckey, Calvin Crouch, Kasen Truckey, Cameron Crouch, and Emersyn Ruh. 

                                                                                                            

Additional Information

  In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to the St. Joseph Animal Rescue Fund (A.R.F.).  Envelopes available at the funeral home                                            


James “Jim” Lemuel Bippus of Three Rivers, 85, passed away in his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Jim had recently been admitted to Borgess Hospital due to complications related to kidney dialysis. When treatments became unsuccessful he determined he would leave this world on his own terms and in his own way. He was an ordinary man that lived an extraordinary life.

Jim was born in Bucyrus, Ohio on September 14, 1932, the youngest child of the late James and Blanch Bippus. When he was seven, his father died and Jim and his five sisters were then raised alone by Blanch, a resilient and strong woman who devoted her life to serving in the Salvation Army.

Jim enlisted into the United States Army. During his service, he earned The National Service Defense Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army in September of 1955.

Jim attended Ohio State University taking advantage of the G.I. Bill and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. During a six month internship at Essex Wire in Fort Wayne, Jim met and fell in love with Vera H. Mohre; they married in 1958. Jim became employed full time at Essex and took a transfer to Three Rivers, with Vera, and his now six children in tow.

The Essex position didn’t work out the way Jim had imagined, so he quit. After a few months of soul searching he saw the for rent sign in the closed Standard Service Station on Michigan Avenue. So Jim took the test to become a certified mechanic and passed it easily with no formal training. He and Vera opened the station and people started coming.

In 1987 he purchased what would become the Bippus Shell Station on the corner of 131 and Michigan Avenue. Many in the community came to know him for his trustworthy service in auto repair. But more than that, people admired the Bippus family: Vera at the cash register and their children pumping gas, helping to fix cars, or doing inventory on New Year’s Day. In 1997 the station was renovated and instead of offering car repair, now had a restaurant called Vera’s, another sign of Jim’s great love for his wife. Over the years Jim’s business became a cornerstone of the community: a place people met for coffee or lunch and were greeted with warmth and hospitality.

In 2012 Jim and Vera were voted Three River’s Citizens of the Year by the Lion’s Club for their many contributions to the town. Jim made doughnuts on Sunday mornings for the Immaculate Conception Church, read to children at Andrews School, mentored a young student, participated in the County Infrastructure Committee, collected turtles for the Lion’s Club Turtle Derby, and taught auto shop to adults. With his snow plow he kept the Immaculate Conception Church and the Lion’s Club parking lot plowed for free, and also routinely plowed out driveways for others.

Jim was a great lover of classical music. He enjoyed reading books by Thomas Clancy, John Grisham, and James Patterson. He also was a great fan of The Wall Street Journal. Jim loved to play cards and was part of a monthly poker group that met for over 30 years. He and Vera also played in a weekly bridge group for about the same number of years. Equally remarkable, Jim and Vera hosted weekly Sunday dinners for family members and anyone else that wanted to stop by. New people in town were warmly welcomed to the table.


Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

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3 comments on article "Audrey Phyllis Truckey"

Michelle Fambro

I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for strength and comfort for all of you. Cherish all of your memories. Your mom always had a smile whenever I saw her.


Courtney Benson

So sorry to hear about Audie,s passing. As young cousin,s growing up in the Sault we were quite close. In fact Audie always said we were best friends untill I starred playing baseball. I,ll always remember picking blue berries along the beach at Pendills creek with our Grammie. RIP Aud


Waneta Truckey

I am so sorry for the loss of Audrey. She and I were as close as sisters-in-law could be. We shared so much about the family and friendships.. Audrey was a kind and giving person. I fondly remember sister-in-law lunches and travels when the other sister-in-laws came to visit. She loved family get togethers especially at Christmas. Audrey lover her shildren unconditionally and was so proud of each of them. She also loved to go back to the “Soo” to see family. I loved Audrey and will miss that beautiful smile , as well as, her quick humor and opinion remarks. RIP my friend. “Death ends a life; Not a relationship.”

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