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Harry Herbert Abrams

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Harry Herbert Abrams
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Harry Herbert Abrams

August 22, 2018

Service Details

In accordance with his wishes cremation has been completed and a private interment of ashes will take place at Marcellus Cemetery. A memorial service will take place at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 7 at the Corey Church of the Nazarene.

                           
                              

Obituary Notice

Harry Herbert Abrams, known by most as Herb, passed from this life on August 22, 2018 at the Battle Creek VA Palliative Care Facility where he had resided since March. He leaves behind two sons, Andrew (Sally) and Jeffrey (Julia) Abrams and his “adopted” daughter Deborah York. He was born on October 6, 1921 to Earl and Amy Abrams and lived most of his life, with the exception for his military service, within the Marcellus / Three Rivers Area. He was an athlete and graduate of Marcellus High School and the first of his family to graduate with a college degree from Western Michigan College. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps along with several other Marcellus residents in December of 1941 and served on Guadalcanal during World War II. He was one of the first noncommissioned officers to receive flight training. He may have made the Corps a career had there been enough airframes available to allow him to fly. It was after his discharge in 1945 that he enrolled at Western Michigan College and after trying his hand at sales with International Harvester and working with his father in law, Glen Van Valkenburg at Van’s Radio, he started Service Window Cleaning (SWC) in the early 60’s. It grew through his own perseverance and employed about a dozen people. SWC was known as the best commercial cleaning company in the Three Rivers area. He ran that until 1994 when he retired and closed it. He felt a responsibility for his employees and assisted them often. His charity was rarely known except by the recipients.

Between 1974 and 1979 he was half of the pit crew for Andy and Jeff’s motocross efforts. They traveled throughout Michigan following the circuit. He could be found trackside during the motos with his movie camera documenting the action. Later during his retirement years, he assisted his children with building and remodeling, putting up hay, and house sitting. While in his 80’s he helped Andy start Marcellus Metalcasters performing work that those one forth his age now have difficulty with. As age took its toll on his body, he became more confined to his home in Three Rivers and was able to do so only with the dedicated assistance of Deborah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Barbara, sisters Ruth, Amy and Lucille, brothers Robert and Chuck. Surviving is one brother Jack, his two sons and Deborah mentioned above, five grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

                                                                                                                                                                            

Additional Information
Memorials made in memory of Harry may be directed to The Domestic Assault Shelter of Three Rivers, MI. Envelopes are available at Hohner 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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1 comments on article "Harry Herbert Abrams"

Neal J Frey

Andrew , Your and your family are being remember as you grieve the passing of your father. You are in my prayers.

Neal

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