In Remembrance

Member Name: Robert McClain
Passed away: 06/12/2022
Funeral Details:

We will update if funeral arrangements are made.


Remarks:

Brother McClain was initiated into Local 98 on February 14, 1963 and retired on January 1, 2002. Brother McClain became a life member on February 14, 2013 and was a 59 year member.


Member Name: Jack T. Duncan II
Passed away: 05/29/2022
Funeral Details:

Visitation is on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 3-6pm at Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2125 Twelve Mile Road, Berkley, MI 48072. Funeral Service is immediately following at 6 pm.

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Remarks:

Brother Duncan was initiated into Local 98 on January 1, 1968 and retired on April 1, 2009. Brother Duncan was a 54 year member and the father of Brother Frank Duncan


Member Name: David E. Turner
Passed away: 05/11/2022
Funeral Details:

The family is still making arrangements at this time.


Remarks:

Brother Turner was initiated into Local 98 on February 28, 1974 and retired on May 1, 2010. Brother Turner was a 48 year member.


Member Name: Edward O. Gay
Passed away: 04/17/2022
Funeral Details:

At this time no arrangements are planned for.


Remarks:

Brother Gay was initiated into Local 98 on September 28, 1967 and retired on March 1, 2002. Brother Gay became a life member on September 28, 2017 and was a 54 year member.


Member Name: Bruce D. Wichlacz
Passed away: 04/12/2022
Funeral Details:

Visitation Thursday, April 21 from 2-9pm with a 7pm Sharing of Memories at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile), Sterling Heights, MI. Instate 9am until the time of 9:30am Mass at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 40501 Hayes Rd, Sterling Heights, MI.

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Remarks:

Brother Wichlacz was initiated into Local 98 on February 22, 1990 and was a 32 year member.


Member Name: Richard McKenney
Passed away: 04/11/2022
Funeral Details:

Please join us as we celebrate his life
July 24, 2022, from 1 pm – 4 pm,
Buffet lunch at 2 pm

Blossom Heath Inn
24800 Jefferson Ave,
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

All are welcome for sharing memories, refreshments and
buffet lunch.

Kindly respond by July 13th with number of persons attending to:

Rmckenneymemorial@outlook.com or text/call 586-996-9811

The family is not asking for flowers or gifts, only your presence at the service.

If you wish to honor Richard with a donation in his name, please do so to the charity that means
most to you.

Remarks:

Brother McKenney was initiated into Local 98 on November 12, 1964 and retired on October 1, 2009. Brother McKenney became a life member on November 12, 2014 and was a 57 year member.


Member Name: Andrew E. Weinrauch
Passed away: 04/06/2022
Funeral Details:

Visitation Friday, April 8, 2022 from 2-7 pm and Funeral Service Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 11 am at the

Charles R. Step Funeral Home located at 18425 Beech Daly, Redford, MI 48240.

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Remarks:

Brother Weinrauch was initiated into Local 98 on August 5, 1948 and retired on June 1, 1992. Brother Weinrauch became a life member on August 5, 1998 and was a 73 year member. Brother Weinrauch proudly served his country during the Korean War.


Member Name: Joseph Pitts
Passed away: 03/02/2022
Funeral Details:

Burial for Joseph will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly, Michigan 48442.

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Remarks:

Brother Pitts was initiated into Local 98 on September 21, 1950 and retired on January 1, 2022. Brother Pitts was a 72 year member and a served in the US Army. Brother Pitts was the brother of Brother William E. Pitts.


Member Name: Terry W. Harmer
Passed away: 03/01/2022
Funeral Details:
Remarks:

Brother Harmer was initiated into Local 777on November 24,1965 and merged with Local 98 on December 1, 1972. Brother Harmer retired on June 1, 2002 and became a life member on November 24, 2015. Brother Harmer was a 57 year member and is the brother of Brother Robert Harmer.


Member Name: Cliford F. Board
Passed away: 02/25/2022
Funeral Details:

Visitation Tuesday, March 1, 2022 from 1:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Allen Park Chapel of Voran Funeral Home, 5900 Allen Rd. (313) 928-2300. Funeral service Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Entombment Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Remarks:

Brother Board was initiated into Local 98 on October 23, 1969 and retired on February 1, 2010. Brother Board became a life member on October 23, 2019 and was a 52 year member.


Member Name: Robert E. Zube
Passed away: 02/25/2022
Funeral Details:

Memorial Visitation Wednesday, March 9, 200 at 2:00 pm until the 7 pm Memorial Service located at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 N. Inkster Rd., Garden City, MI 48135.

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Remarks:

Brother Zube was initiated into Local 98 on January 12, 1995 and was a 27 year member. Brother Zube was the son of Brother Robert D. Zube, and the brother to Brother Craig Zube.


Member Name: Edwin “Chief” Tostige
Passed away: 02/15/2022
Funeral Details:

A Memorial Service will be at 12:00 pm on February 28, 2022, at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FL.

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Remarks:

Brother Tostige was initiated into Local 98 on September 21, 1950 and retired on September 21, 1975. Brother Tostige became a life member on September 21, 2000 and was a 71 year member. Brother Tostige was a proud Marine Corps Sergeant who served in WWII and was the father of Brother Thomas Tostige.


Member Name: John L. Wathen
Passed away: 02/15/2022
Funeral Details:
Remarks:

Brother Wathen was initiated into Local 98 on September 23, 1965 and retired on October 1st, 1997. Brother Wathen became a life member on September 23, 2015 and was a 56 year member.


Member Name: Eugene Bear
Passed away: 02/03/2022
Funeral Details:

Visitation for Gene will be at 2:00 pm and a Memorial Service will be at 2:30 pm on March 5, 2022, at Meadowbrook Commons located at 25075 Meadowbrook Rd. Novi, MI 48375.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gene’s name to one of his favorite charities (Disabled American Veterans, Forgotten Harvest, Paws for Life Rescue) or any charity of donor’s choosing.

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Remarks:

Brother Bear was initiated into Local 98 on January 12, 1967 and retired on January 1st, 2009. Brother Bear was a 55 year member and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Brother Bear is the father of Brother Donald Bear.


Member Name: Richard D. Smith
Passed away: 02/01/2022
Funeral Details:

obituary: Richard David Smith, 83, of Lexington, Michigan passed away Tuesday morning the 1st of February 2022 in his home after a battle against lung cancer. Richard was born January 28, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. Richard leaves behind his beloved wife Gwendolyn (Pitre) of 61 years. Together they had four children Kelly (Vella) and husband Joe, Shawn and wife Cindy, Tracey (Schmidt) and husband Mike, and Adam and wife Trish. Richard had nine grandchildren Kyle, Nikki, Arcadia, Shelby, Jesse, Makena, Chase, Gabriel and Gwendolyn, and two great grandchildren Levi and Payton that he loved so much. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerry, sister Babs and son, Shawn Patrick Smith. He served his country in the US Navy and spent the majority of his life working as a licensed journeyman plumber with Local 98. During his retirement, Rich loved to golf with his buddies, fish, hunt, and travel with his wife. He was a dedicated, hard-working family man who served as a glowing example of a father and husband.


Remarks:

Brother Smith was initiated into Local 98 on July 13, 1978 and retired on May 1st, 2000. Brother Smith was a 43 year member and is the father of Brother Adam Smith. Brother Smith proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.