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Betty Lee Wheat

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Betty Lee Wheat
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Betty Lee Wheat

April 4, 2018

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. at The Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, April 7, 2018 with Pastor Bob Anderson officiating.

Interment will be held following the service at The Lower Flatbush cemetery.


                              

Obituary Notice

Betty L. Wheat, age 94, of Three Rivers passed away on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 18th, 1923 to Charlie and Glenice Harrington.

Betty was united in holy matrimony to her late husband, Verle H. Wheat, in Byron, Ohio on the 26th of April in 1941. Betty and Verle made Three Rivers their home.  Betty worked for many years at the American Bank later (Old Kent Bank) where she was a proud member of the “moles” making lifelong friendships.  Betty and Verle shared cherished memories at Clear Lake and Christmas Holiday was always a special time at the Wheat household.

Betty is preceded in passing by her husband, Verle Wheat, daughter, Terry and son, Jim Wheat; and two brothers, Leland and Robert Harrington.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory her children: Tom, Rick (Sue), Jeff, and David all of Three Rivers, Michigan; daughters in-law: Nancy and Vicki Wheat; a very special sister, Sue Wolfe and best friend Betty Livingston of Three Rivers;  grandchildren: Anita (Jack) Keene of South Carolina, Rich (Lainie) Wheat, of Three Rivers, Lisa (Todd) Skyrzpek of Three Rivers, Lori (Tony) Skyrzpek of Schoolcraft, Amy (Tony) Page of Georgia, Chip (Sarah) Wheat of North Carolina, and Mysty Wheat of Arizona; great grandchildren: Hunter and Dawson Skyrzpek, Ryan and Alyx Wheat, Jenna, Jaxon, and Jordyn Keene, Meggan, Hannah, and Mia Skyrzpek, Hannah, Hayden, and Jude Wheat, Casen and Clayton Page; and a multitude of friends of all ages.

                                                                                                

Additional Information
Memorial donations may be directed to The Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene’s Youth Group or The Three Rivers Hospice.                                              
                                                    

           


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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6 comments on article "Betty Lee Wheat"

Tom & Deb Harrell

A beautiful soul and a life beautifully lived. So glad to count ourselves among those who knew her and enjoyed her kindness and her smile...


Susie

My heart and prayers are with you all.


Suzanne Cleveland

Will miss not seeing her on the riding lawn mower and her smiling face. The best neighbor you could ever wish for.


Elwin And Bev Ruggles

Betty was one of the sweetest person we ever new, She also had a great husband in Verll, they were great friends.


David and Sue Norton

What a gracious lady. Our sympathies to the family. Enjoyed working with Verle at the Johnson Corp.


Ron and Nancy Sult

Our prayers are with your family.

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