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Dennis Donald Ziehm

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Dennis Donald Ziehm
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Dennis Donald Ziehm

August 2, 2018

Service Details
   

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with Rosary Services beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Hohner Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 645 S. Douglas Ave, Three Rivers with Fr. Antony Rajesh as celebrant.

                              

Obituary Notice

Dennis Donald Ziehm, age 73, of Three Rivers passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born in Mt. Clemens, MI on October 28, 1944 the son of Donald and Ann (Waitkus) Ziehm.

Dennis has been a resident of Three Rivers for twenty five years coming from Shelby Township.  He was united in marriage to Marjorie “Pixie” Lee Oehmke on June 12, 1965. Dennis was employed at Peterson Spring for many years as a tool and die designer.  He was a member of the Three Rivers Car Club and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Dennis cherished his time spent with family and friends which included camping, fishing, and going to the casino.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in passing by his parents and one brother, Alan Ziehm.

Dennis is survived by his wife of fifty three years, Marjorie “Pixie” Ziehm of Three Rivers; son, Todd (Michelle) Ziehm; daughter, Tracy (Jason) Nichols; grandchildren, Shonna Keyes, Vincent Ziehm, Christopher Sawyer, Hailey Nichols, and Rylee Collier; brothers, James Ziehm and Fritz (Linda) Ziehm.


                    

                                                                                                           

Additional Information
Memorial donations may be directed to Immaculate Conception Church c/o Future Mary’s Garden.  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.


He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm.

Memorial donations made in Bob’s memory can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm.

Memorial donations made in Bob’s memory can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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5 comments on article "Dennis Donald Ziehm"

Tracy M Nichols

Always my hero. I will love you forever Dad! Rest Easy, you are finally free. Allmt love, Tracy


Scott Zull

A friend to everyone that he met. Dennis could always make me laugh. Love and Prayers to the Ziehm family.

Scott and Julie Zull


Bunny Ziehm

So sorry to hear this sad news. Dennis was a year ahead of me in high school. In all the years I knew Dennis I cannot remember even one small unkind word ever come from his mouth. He was always sweet, kind, and humble and the nicest brother-in-law a girl could have asked for. John 5:28 - Until then .... My love to you all, Bunny


Jeffrey Smith

I've known Dennis and his family since they moved here 25 years ago. I worked with him for many years and they were some of the best times at work. He made the work day go by quickly because of the fun and great conversations during the day. I had the pleasure of spending time outside of work with him on a few thirsty Thursdays and other times as well. Always a good time with Dennis. A great man and a wonderful, kind and caring person. My life has been enriched and blessed by knowing him and his family. He will be forever missed but never forgotten! Till we meet again dear friend! Rest in peace!


Diane (Michel) Gettner

Hi Pixie~ Very sorry for you sending Dennis home. Even when you are prepared "You're not" Love you..Take care to my old neighborhood friend.

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