Member Memorials

John Barnes W. Don Bell Stuart John Benedict Kenneth Leroy Evans Charles Kenneth (Ken) Farley
Norm L'Hommedieu Roger Kallenbach Harry A. Kickery Fred Irwin Masten Marnette Melson
Joe Melson Wylie Hobbs Miller Everett Ray Mitchell Alastair Munro Martin L. "Marty" O'Dell
Donald Miner Reinhardt Clayton P, Robertson Jay C Springfield
Thornton K. "Tony" Ware

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Jay C Springfield  (1932 - 2020)

 Jay C. Springfield , 87, died Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Alfredo Gonzalez Veterans Nusring Home.
Everett Ray Mitchell

Everett Ray Mitchell

Everett Ray Mitchell, son of the late John William and Mary Irene (Whitlock) Mitchell, was born July 23, 1937, in Whiting, Missouri. He passed away May 25, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was 81 years, 10 months, and 2 days of age.

Everett graduated from East Prairie High School in 1955 and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1959 with degrees in Industrial Arts Education and Art. He also received a Master’s Degree in Education and Industrial Arts in 1969.

On June 4, 1961, Everett married Nancy Lee Bollinger and they had four children.

Everett had a career in education that lasted 35 years. Everett started teaching by opening the shop at Morley Van Duser High School where he worked 3 years. He spent the next 11 years as an Industrial Arts teacher at East Prairie High School where he taught wood-working and drafting. He spent the next 6 years as Junior High Principal at Houston (MO) High School, and the remainder of his career as the Director of the Vocational-Technical School at Mountain Grove (MO) High School.

After retiring from the school system Everett had more time to spend enjoying his favorite hobbies which included hunting, fishing, camping, wood-working, gardening, and yardwork. One of his other favorite pastimes was spending time with his grandsons. He and Nancy were often on the road to watch one of the boys running cross country, participating in academic competitions, and/or playing baseball. Everett also enjoyed using his wood-working skills to create items for his grandsons. Everett enjoyed spending his winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where he sang in the Men of Accord – men’s barber shop choir. Bicycling, playing bocce ball and chatting with friends were some of his highlights at the RV Park.

Besides his parents, Everett was preceded in death by an infant son, Everett Scott Mitchell, two brothers, Andy Clayton Mitchell and Jimmie Dale Mitchell, and one sister, Shirley Ann Mitchell.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy Mitchell, of Mountain Grove, one son, Gregory Mitchell of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, two daughters, Penny Berry and her husband, John, of Rogersville, Missouri, and Michelle Pointer and her husband, David, of Gainesville, Missouri, four grandchildren, Derek Berry, Jason Berry, Thomas Pointer, and Benjamin Pointer, and many other relatives and friends who will miss him very much.

Donald Miner Reinhardt
Donald Miner Reinhardt
Donald Miner Reinhardt, 92, passed away peacefully at PaxVilla Hospice Care Center in McAllen on March 7, 2019.
Donald was born July 18, 1926, in Bazine, Kansas, to Ben and Neta Reinhardt. He was the middle of five children, having an older brother Franklin, and sister Dorothy, plus a younger sister Margaret, and brother, Richard.
Don completed his first five grades of school in Bazine Grade School in the middle of the depression. In 1937 the family moved to Great Bend, Kansas, where Don completed his schooling, graduating in 1944. At school Don was involved in gymnastics, band and choir as well as being active in Scouting.
Don joined the Navy and was off to Boot Camp after he graduated from high school, serving as an Aerial Gunner on a torpedo bomber. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946 and then attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, graduating with his B.S. in Biological Science and Predental in 1950. In August 1949, Don married Bonna Maxfield, his sweetheart at KU. Don went on to Dental School in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1950, graduating in 1954. He opened his dental office in his home town of Great Bend, Kansas.
Don retired from his dental practice in 1995, and he and Bonna moved to Mission, Texas, where they bought a home in Enchanted Valley Ranch. Six months after he retired, Bonna had a severe stroke so he spent the next seven years caring for her until her death in 2004.
Don transferred his membership to the Mission Lions Club in 1996 and has been an active Lion for some 70 years. He was active in all Masonic Bodies and is a Shriner, life Elks Lodge member, American Legion (past Post Commander) and VFW. Also a Barbershopper for over 40 years, sang in a quartet, the Senior Ambassadors and Men of A-Chord; a Gideon for over 10 years, a charter member of the Mission Historical Museum. He helped to start and is still on the Board of the Central Scout Museum in Larned, KS. He is still involved with the Barton County Historical Museum in Great Bend, KS. He has been a life long member of the Methodist Church and has become active in the Mission First United Methodist Church. After serving on many committees, Don served as Chairman of the Church Council. He has worked many hours in the church Prayer Garden and helps with E.S.L.
In 2005, with God’s help, Don got together with another lady, Helen Bentsen. Helen had lost her husband, Tommy, just 3 days before he lost Bonna. They had known each other through the Sunday School class at church as well as seeing each other at Museum meetings. They had each been married 55 years prior to the meeting. They were married on September 24, 2005, with all the family’s blessings. They both enjoyed traveling as well as singing, both singing in the church choir. Both are active on the McAllen Community Concert Board.
Don is survived by his wife, Helen, his five children, Russell (Theresa) Reinhardt, Washington, Utah; Cathy (Norm St. Laurent) Reinhardt, Lawrence, KS; Carol Reinhardt, Manhattan, KS; Jon Reinhardt, Jenks, OK; Cynthia (Kirk) Rettig, Cincinnati, OH. His step-children, Gary (Tanya) Bentsen, San Antonio, TX; Brad (Janet) Bentsen, Mission, TX. Brother Franklin of Great Bend, KS, Richard (Nadith) of Manhattan, KS and sister Margaret Hahn of Los Altos, CA. Grandchildren Jessica, Cassandra and Justin Rettig, Aaron (Kaylyn) Reinhardt, Laura (Josh) Hixson, Matt Reinhardt, Erica Castillo, Alexis (Michael) Moyer, Joshua (Tiffany) Bentsen, Liberty Bentsen, Caleb (Jessica) Bentsen, Nathan Bentsen, Matthew (Jackie) Bentsen, Christian Bentsen, Travis (Kimberly) Bentsen plus great-grans and nieces and nephews as well.
Don has tried to live by his Scout Oath and Law and the Lions Motto “We Serve.”
Memorial services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1101 Doherty, Mission, Texas, on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2pm.
Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to First United Methodist Church.
Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.
Don Bell
Don Bell
 W. Don Bell, 78, passed away January 10, 2019, at his home in Pharr, TX. Internment is at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Lubbock, TX. Don was born in Vernon, TX to the late Milton and Juanita (Meredith) Bell of Abernathy. He and his wife, Lucy Bell, lived in Lubbock for many years and retired in Pharr, TX and Ruidoso, NM. He was a lifelong farmer, loved to travel and played tennis every day. He sang in the J Bar J Country Church choir in Ruidoso, NM, barbershop quartets in Lubbock and Pharr, and with the Gospelleers. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Lee McCall of Shallowater; son, Mark Bell of Austin; daughter and son-in-law Wanda and Craig Alsup of Mission; seven grandchildren: Katy Fann; Amanda McCall; Adam McCall; Ryan & Abi Alsup; Ashley Alsup; Brianna Hagerman; and Kashanna Hagerman; and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marion Wooten; son, Creg Hagerman; and grandson, Jason Fann. 
Charles Kenneth (Ken) Farlely
Charles Kenneth (Ken) Farley
 Charles Kenneth (Ken) Farley January 4, 1927 - March 20, 2018 Ken was born January 4, 1927 in Sedalia, Missouri to parents, Lola and Charles Farley. Ken attended Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia where he met his love, Anita parks. Ken and Anita were married on May 31, 1953 and shortly thereafter moved from Misouri to Arvada, CO, where they raised their four sons, Steve, Terry, David and Jeff. Ken fought for his Country in the U.S. Navy, was a successful realtor and oil landman. Ken had a wonderful tenor voice and loved singing in the church choir and with various singing groups. After retirement, Ken and Anita moved to Weslaco, Texas where they lived for many years. In 2016 they moved back to Arvada. Ken peacefully passed away on March 20, 2018 and is in the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Ken leaves his wife, Anita, his sons and their families, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The full military honors service was held on March 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Ft. Logan national Cemetery.
Joe Melson
Joe Melson
 Joe Melson, 81, passed Monday, June 5, 2017.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Marnette Melson, and son, Al Melson.  Joe is survived by his daughter: Sharon Grinke of Jonestown, TX.  Three grandchildren:  Bonnie (Ryan) Ples of Montana, James (Julie) Woeller and Jack (Melissa) Woeller of Arizona.  And... Eight Great Grands.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the San Juan United Methodist Church, 800 S Nebraska Ave, San Juan, TX 78589.  The Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, June 15th at 10:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the San Juan United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 24, San Juan, TX  78589.
Roger Kallenbach

Roger Keith Kallenbach

 Roger Kallenbach, 81, a loving husband, supportive father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Mission, Texas.
Roger was born April 9, 1935, to Harry and Mildred (Van Vliet) Kallenbach in Niagra, Wisconsin.  He married Carol Jane Hockman on July 3, 1955, at First Baptist Church, Morrison, Illinois.  He enjoyed his summers in Lyndon, Illinois, and his winters in Mission.  Roger always shared his love of the Lord.  He enjoyed many activities including cooking, gardening, singing with a barbershop group, and spending time with family and friends.  Roger truly lived his life to the fullest.  He was an U.S. Army veteran.  As a small business owner, he operated Kallenbach's Conoco Station in Morrison, when gas was 32 cents/gallon.  Carol operated the Hole-In_One doughnut shop.  Together they ran Kallenbach's Food Stand for the annual ISHA Trail Ride and the Whiteside County Fair.  He and his wife enjoyed their last career choice as Over the Road Professional Truck Drivers before he retired at age 79.  At the age of 59, he accomplished a lifelong goal by receiving his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University.  In addition, Roger recently fulfilled his dream of publishing a book about his life titled "Travels with CJ by Rog."
Roger is survived by his loving wife Carol.

Harry Kickery

Harry A. Kickery, 78, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
Survivors include his wife: Patricia "Pat" Kickery of Rapid City, one son: Michael [Lori] Kickery of Colorado Springs, CO; three daughters: Paula [Alan] Johannesen of Rapid City, SD, Lisha [Brian] Hayen of Hill City, SD, and Heather Hickery of Rapid City, SD; eleven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am Wednesday, May 7 at Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, 3500 Canyon Lake Drive, with Rev. Eric Grinager officiating.
Burial will follow at 1:00 pm at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with full military honors provided.
Harry served and retired from the United States Air Force.
Harry was a long time member and very active in the Men of A-Chord barbershop chours in McAllen, Texas.
Harry sang lead in the chorus and sang lead in the Foggy Memory Boys quartet.

Fred Masten

Birth: Oct. 3, 1929 Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 29, 2013 Indiana, USA
 Fred Irwin Masten, 84, of Rochester, IN passed away at 1:42 a.m. Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, IN.
He was born on October 3, 1929 in Mishawaka, IN to the late Fred and Louise (Baldwin) Masten.
On November 24, 1976 in Las Vegas, NV he married the former Lelia (Plummer) Ball.
Mr. Masten is survived by his wife, Lelia Masten; three daughters, Christa Trok of Goshen, IN, Lauralee (Thomas) Nothstine of Kankakee, IL and Maralouise (Lee) Ammerman of Mishawaka, IN; son, Kim (Kathy) Masten of Mishawaka, IN; ten grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren and brother, Rex (Karla) Masten of CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a great granddaughter, Natalia Nothstine.
Mr. Masten served his country honorably in the United States Navy. He retired from AM General as a safety administrator.
Mr. Masten was a graduate of Franklin College, Franklin, IN.
Music was a big part of Fred's life.
Among the many groups he sang with, he was bass in the Brothers Four Barbershop Quartet and Men of A-cord Chorus.
He also loved gospel music and sang with the Gospeliers at their winter resident in Pharr, TX.
Palmer Funeral Home-Lakeville is assisting the family.

Thornton K. "Tony" Ware

 Thornton K. "Tony" Ware, 88 of Westport, N.Y. passed away at home, Saturday, June 1, 2013 of cardiac arrest.He was born August 20, 1924 in Fitchburg, Mass. to Thornton and Susan (Lee) Ware.
He graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Mass. in 1943. He then enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he met his future wife Ardyce "Andy" who was also serving her country in the Army Air Corps. They began their married life in New Haven, Conn. where he attended Yale University. Their first child Roger Alan was born May 21, 1947. Tony graduated with a degree in architecture in 1949.
They then moved to Berkeley, Calif., and he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters degree in City Planning.
The twins Patricia Lynn and Stephen Lee were born May 21, 1950.
Tony had several positions in City Planning including Seattle Wash. Planning Commission, Northeastern Ill. Planning Commission (at which time Bruce was born March 7, 1957), Kane County Ill. Planning Commission, Rensselaer County N.Y. Department of Planning and the Tug Hill N.Y. Commission which he retired from. When he retired, he moved to Westport, N.Y. He had spent many summers on the North Shore and finally became a permanent resident. He served on the select board of the Village of Westport and was elected Mayor of the village in 1989, a position he held until the dissolution of the village in 1992. Tony loved to sing and was a lifelong member of SPEB SQSA. He sang in groups wherever he lived and in his later years in groups in both Plattsburgh, N.Y. and Pharr, Texas. He was a valued member of the Men of A-Chord in Pharr, Texas. He also was a member of the Federated Church of Westport, N.Y. and an avid member of its choir.
He was predeceased by Andy, his wife of 58 years in 2004; and his son, Roger, in 1967.
Survivors include Patricia of East Thetford, Vt., Stephen (Pat) of Sycamore, Ill., Bruce (Carolyn) of Westport, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Madeline Van der Voort (Tim) and Alan.
He was predeceased by a brother, Robert; and survived by two siblings, Marion Jolliffe of Chico, Calif. and David of Key Colony Beach, Fla. He is also survived by many cousins and extended Ware and Lee family members.
A gathering in his memory will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday July 7th at the Heritage House in Westport, N.Y.
Burial will take place in St. Charles, Ill. at a later time.

Kenneth Evans

Kenneth Leroy Evans, 83, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 8, 2013, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson, Kansas.
Ken moved to McPherson in 2000, he formerly lived in St. Louis, MO and Bella Vista, AR. Ken was a retired industrial arts teacher at Affton High School in Affton, MO.
Ken was born on March 7, 1929, in Holmesville, NE, the son of Robert and Alma (Overleese) Evans.
He graduated from McPherson College in 1954.
On August 11, 1954, he was united in marriage to Ruth A. Peckover in McPherson.  She died December 4, 1984.  Ken married Hazel Pauline (Castleberry) Shafer on August 17, 1989, in High Ridge, MO.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, McPherson, and The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
Survivors include: wife, Pauline of the home; daughter, Denise Schectman and husband, Hal, of Palo Alto, CA; brother, Jack Evans and wife, Dale, of Springfield, OR; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Ruth, son, Bruce Evans, and sisters, Marion Mares, Mildred Hardenbrook, and Eileen Stewart.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Karen Rice Ratzlaff officiating.
A private graveside service will precede the memorial service at McPherson Cemetery.
Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson, Kansas was in charge of the services.  Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church McPherson, Kansas.
Ken was a long time member of the Men of A-Chord Chorus and sang in the Brothers Four Quartet.
Ken & Pauline Evans purchased a home in Pharr South Park in Pharr Texas Aprox. 2003 and shortly after he joined the Men Of A-Chord barbershop Chorus.
Ken had a good lead voice and also joined the Brothers Four Quartet approx 2004. The Brothers Four quartet, originally the Pharr City Four quartet lost our lead singer and was joined by Ken and he fit right in.
We changed the name to Brothers Four since we all were members of the Masonic Lodge in our home towns.
Ken shared some pictures with us of his High school and college days where he sang with make up quartets but really enjoyed the Brothers Four Quartet most as we sang for many of the Churches, nursing homes, and special functions where we were requested to sing.
One very memorable person we sang for was when we sang for a lady in John Knox Village who was 100 plus years old and was on the Titanic when it sank.   She was a small little girl and was rescued from the sea's.
Ken always enjoyed singing and carried the lead part very well.  The Brothers Four with Ken sang together until the fall of 2012 when Ken's health caused him to withdraw from the Men of A-Chord and the Brothers Four quartet.
He will be greatly missed by all the barbershoppers.   He was a great guy.

Alastair Munro

Alastair Munro

Date of death: February 22, 2012

On February 22, 2012 at the age of 70, Alastair Munro died peacefully at home with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Mary (Seabrook). Treasured father of Alexandra (Mano Della-Vedova) and Amy. Cherished grandfather of Maximus.
Predeceased by his brother, Dr. Ian C. Munro (Jayne) and his parents Frank and Dorothy Munro.
Alastair enriched the lives of his family and many friends. His zest for life was reflected in his abundant interests and his love of the outdoors. A devoted and inspirational father to his girls who truly adored him and a tender, loving husband. We will dearly miss his presence but will hold the memory of him in our hearts forever.
Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Rd. Nepean, Ontario, Canada on Saturday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Memorial service will be held in the chapel on Monday at 1 p.m. followed by a reception.

John Barnes

John Barnes, 91, passed away Monday, May 17, 2010 at his residence in Weslaco.
He was born September 7, 1918 in Eagle Grove, Iowa.
He is survived by his daughter Vira Lybarger and her husband Dan; three grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Kenneth married Lillian Miller in March of 1960. She preceded him in death in November of 2005.
He retired from Illinois Central Railroad where he was an Office Manager for Freight Rates. He retired in Fort Dodge, Iowa in the late 70's.
He moved to the Valley in 1982.
For 59 years Kenneth enjoyed being a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and was an active member of the Men of A-Chord barbershop chorus for many years.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at St Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco.
Interment of ashes will take place at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home 900 W. 4th Weslaco, Texas 78596

Marnette Melson

Marnette Melson

Marnette Melson

Birth: Apr. 17, 1937 Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 6, 2010 Weslaco Hidalgo County Texas, USA
 Marnette Melson went to be with the Lord on February 6, 2010, at at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.
Marnette was born April 17, 1937 at the home of her grandparents, F. W. Bormann.
Her parents Anna L. & Charles Michael and son Alfred Melson preceeded her in death.
Survivors include, her husband Joe Melson of San Juan Texas to whom she was married for 53+ years, daughter Sharon Grinke of Jonestown, Texas, grandson James R. (Julie) Woeller of Mesa, Arizona, granddaughter Bonnie (Ryan) Ples of Red Lodge, Montana, brothers George (Leonore) Michael of Edinburg, Texas and Neal (Helga) Michael of Springfield, Colorado, four great-grand children and many cousins, Nieces and Nephews.
Marnette had a green thumb and could get anything to bloom. Tending her flower beds brought her a sense of joy and peace.
Another love was traveling. She and Joe visited 41 states of our U. S. and visted Canada on three different occasions.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date and McCaleb Funeral Home of Weslaco is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Marnette is the wife of Joe Melson.

Stu Benedict.
Just for Kicks
Stuart John Benedict
 Stuart John Benedict, age 82 of Gun Lake passed away in McAllen, Texas.

He was born May 4, 1927 in Hastings, Michigan the son of Harold and Viola Norton Benedict.
He attended school at Hastings High School and graduated in 1945.
Stuart was the owner/operator of the Acme Bedding Co in Kalamazoo (1961-1987). It is still owned and operated by the family.
He was the owner/operator of Northside Grocery in Hastings (1955-1961).
Stuart was a member of and sang with the Kalamazoo Barbershop Chorus, "Senior Ambassadors" in Mission, Texas, "Men of A-Chord" Chorus, in McAllen, Texas, quartet "Just 4 Kicks" of McAllen, Texas and the "Johnny Appleseed Barbershop Chorus. He traveled around the world singing with the "Johnny Appleseed Barbershop Chorus".
Stu and Joyce resided in Gun Lake and spent the winters in McAllen, Texas.
Stuart was preceded in death by his parents, Harold & Viola Benedict, brother, Donald Benedict, son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Dawn Benedict and two new born sons, Thomas and John.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce, sons, Tim (Donna) Benedict of Mishawaka, IN, David (Kris) Benedict of Fennville, MI, Todd Benedict of Shelbyville, MI, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at 11:00 at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Charles Wilson will be officiating the service.
Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.

Norm L'Hommedieu
Norm L'Hommedieu
 Norm L'Hommedieu, a past Director of Men of A-Chord died.   He was the seventh or eighth man to join the chorus.

The Memorial Service for Norm L'Hommedieu will be held at the Rick Brown Funeral Home in Mission at 2:00 PM, Sunday, November 30th, 2008. Pasha Buck will officiate. The Rick Brown Funeral Home is at 621 E Griffin Parkway (Pecan).
Norman Lee L'Hommedieu, age 79, passed away November 26, 2008 at Rio Grande Regional Medical Center in McAllen, Texas.
He is survived by his wife Audrey L'Hommedieu, children Brian (Elizabeth) L'Hommedieu of St. Louis, Missouri; Craig L'Hommedieu of Macomb, Illinois; Diane L'Hommedieu Little of Watkinsville, Georgia; Jon (Rachelle) L'Hommedieu of Las Vegas, Nevada, grandchildren Matthew L'Hommedieu, Michael L'Hommedieu, Meredith Little, Alix Little, Ryann L'Hommedieu, Justin L'Hommedieu, 1 brother and 3 sisters.
Norm was a former director of the Magic Valley Men of A-Chord Barbershop Chorus in McAllen, Texas.

Martin L. "Marty" O'Dell
 Martin L. "Marty" O'Dell, age 77 of Republic died Friday Oct. 26, 2007 at Marquette General Hospital.

Marty was born in Albion, Michigan March 17, 1930 to the late Delmar and Clara (Chandler) O'Dell. He graduated from Albion High School in 1948 and Albion College in 1952. He retired in 1985 from teaching and coaching after 2 years at Springport High School and 31 years at Anderson Middle School in Berkley Michigan.
He married Janet (Nordstrom) on Dec. 23, 1950. He and his wife retired to their summer cabin on the Michigamme River in 1986.
Marty loved to dance, especially square and round dancing, hunt, sing, travel, and garden. His dog went everywhere with him. He was a Life time member of the Masons, belonged to the NRA, Sagola Gun Club, Pharr, TX Gun Club, R-NEA, Wawonowin Golf Course, Magic Valley Men of Accord Barber Shop group in Texas, the choir of the First United Methodist Church in McAllen TX, and the Republic United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife Janet, his 2 sons, Alan (Deann) O'Dell of Escanaba, MI, and Brian (Doris) O'Dell of Rosemount, MN, 4 granddaughters, 2 step-grandchildren, 2 step-great grandchildren and his sister, Virginia Reed of Florida. Interment will take place at the Republic Cemetery.
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Wylie Miller.

Just 4 Kicks
Don Reinhardt, Stu Benedict, Bob Lemkuil and Wylie Miller.
Wylie Hobbs Miller

 Wylie Hobbs Miller passed away December 23, 2006, in Weslaco, Texas. He was born in Lucas, Kansas, May 19, 1924, and lived in various Kansas towns during his childhood. He spent his adult life in Hutchinson and Wichita (Kansas) until moving to Weslaco in 1994.
He was employed by Farmland Industries for 33 years, and after 2 years of 'retirement' he opened his own computer forms design business, and then re-retired 5 years later.
He loved to travel, and at that time he and his wife, Phyl, left behind their permanent home and moved into a fifth-wheel trailer and set out to see this marvelous country. After 5 years of the nomad life, they settled in Weslaco, Texas.
Wylie was introduced to Barbershop music in 1975, and was immediately hooked. He sang baritone with the Hutchinson Salt Minors Chorus, the Wichita Air Capitol Chorus, and the Magic Valley Men of A'Chord. He was in several quartets over the years. Soon after starting to sing barbershop, he entered a state contest with his first quartet, the Bored of Education. They won the novice quartet award, and after that he never quit singing. He also sang with All the King's Men in Kansas, and with Just 4 Kicks in McAllen.
In his later years, Wylie developed an interest in wood-carving, and became an award-winning carver.
Wylie was survived by his wife of 48 years, Phyl, two daughters, Kathy in Kansas, and Mel in Oklahoma, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Clayton P. Robertson
April 12, 1911 March 2, 2004. The Heavenly Choir has a new bass singer today! Clayton is home with the Lord. He was born April 12, 1911, on a farm near Mediapolis, Iowa, to the late John and Lena Mabel Robertson — the 7 th of 10 children.
He died March 2, 2004, in McAllen. He was active in the church choir of St. Mark United Methodist Church in McAllen, Texas, for 34 years. He was also a founding member of the barber shop harmony group known as the Magic Valley Men of A Chord, and sang with them for about 15 years.
Clayton’s greatest delight was as a volunteer librarian at Taylor Christian School where he would read to the children during the library hour. Mr. Robertson is survived by his son, Dwight Robertson; daughter-in-law, Becky Cantu Robertson, both of McAllen; two daughters, Linda J. Robertson of Alameda, Calif. and Carol Green; son-in-law, Douglas Green, both of Fairfax, Va.; three granddaughters, Amy Pettus of San Jose, Calif., Lisa (Bill) McCrory of Coeuer D`Alene, Idaho and Erin Robertson of Bloomington, Ill.; three grandsons, Jason (Michelle) Green, Jeremy Green both of Fairfax, Va., and Steve Robertson of Los Angeles, Calif.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2004, at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 301 W. Pecan Avenue, McAllen, Texas. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in McAllen.