In Memoriam

IN MEMORY OF.... OUR CLASSMATES AND FACULTY WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY.

“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet~

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    Knight, Mark (Kennedy 1973)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Mark L. Knight “Red”, 65 of Gaylord. Mark passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 4, 2020. Born in Wyandotte on April 8, 1955, he was the son of Hal and Elva (Schwartz) Knight. Mark proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a truck driver for many years and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting, spending time outdoors, joking around and making people laugh. He loved being around his family and making memories together.
    On June 21, 1985 in Flat Rock, he married the love of his life, Jacqueline Blaser who survives. Also surviving are his sons, Jeremy (Angela), Jack and Wyatt; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; his sisters, Melva (Dennis) Boik and Vicky (Terri) Thigpen and his brother, Randy (Laurie) Knight.
    He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will take place in the near future at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Gaylord. Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at www.gaylordfuneralhome.com
    To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mark L. Knight, please visit our floral store.

    Simms, Michael (Kennedy 1992)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Michael Lee Simms of Taylor, Michigan. Michael passed away on July 4, 2020 at the age of 49.
    Beloved father of Michael Simms II and Rachael Simms. Loving son of Tonna Anderson. Dear brother of Jimmy, Terry and Cathy. Cherished uncle of Zachary Simms.
    Long time friend of Leon. Also survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles. Preceded in death by his father, James Simms; his niece, Jessica Simms; his uncle, Gary Green; his grandfather, Paul Green; and grandmother Simms.
    Visitation on Thursday, July 9th, 2020 from 3:00PM until 9:00PM and Friday, July 10, 2020, from 2:00PM until 9:00PM at the Taylor Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home located at 9800 S. Telegraph Rd.
    In respect to the executive order issued by the governor, the gathering will be limited to 10 people in our gathering space at one time. Please be patient if you are requested to wait before greeting the family. If you will not be in attendance please be sure to sign the guest book and leave an online condolence to comfort the family. The Howe-Peterson staff practice social distancing, we respectfully encourage our guests to do the same. Private committal service will be at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

    Boike, Kenneth (Kennedy 1972)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Kenneth Boike. Kenneth age 65 passed away on June 25, 2020. Beloved Brother of Lenore(the late George) Branham, And Allan(Lorraine) Boike. Loving Son of the Late Clarence Boike and Dorothy Boike. Also, survived by 7 Nieces and Nephews. Kenneth had a zest for life. He was very social and was loved by many family and friends.He loved sports. Kenneth enjoyed Basketball, Football, and Baseball. He was especially fond of Michigan State University sports. Kenneth had an ear for all genres of music. He loved going to music festivals. Kenneth also enjoyed going to art shows. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 from 1P.M.-8P.M. at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services 9800 South Telegraph Rd. Taylor, MI. 48180. Family Eulogies will take place at 7P.M. Monday at the Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Henry Ford Museum or to the Detroit Zoo.

    Trent, John (Taylor Center 1973)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of John Trent. John Edward Trent was born on November 19, 1954 in Ypsilanti, Michigan and died on May 31, 2020 at his home in Taylor at the age of 65. Loving husband of the late Sheila. Beloved dad of Amie (Scott) Mitchell, Melissa (James) Waltereit, Raymond Trent (Rebecca), Amanda Trent and John Trent (Samantha Tucker). Cherished papa of 10 and great grandpa of 1. Dearest brother of Judy (Guy) Cline and David (Sophia) Trent. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Dorothy (nee: Lee) Trent, one sister Shirley Skiver and one brother Jimmy Trent. Painting and detailing cars, hunting, fishing and camping brought John so much joy in his life. Memorial contributions may be made as the donor chooses or plant a tree in his memory.

    Cannon, William "Bill" (Taylor Center 1962)

    The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of William "Bill" Cannon. Bill passed away at his home on May 21st, 2020 at the age of 76.
    Bill was born in Detroit, MI to Bob and Joyce Cannon. He worked as a brick layer for over 20 years and Safety inspector for MI OSHA for 10 years before retiring. He was also a proud Marine and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a motorcycle enthusiast who owned several Harley Davidson’s over the course of his life, but his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren in the backyard. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Euna (Bob) Cannon and Joyce M. Cannon.
    Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Peggy Cannon (TC 66); his 3 sons Darren (TC 88) (Barbara) Cannon, Christopher (TC 92) Cannon and Jeffrey (TC 97) (Kristie) Cannon; his brothers John (TC 65) Cannon, Richard (TC 71) Cannon and Paul (TC 73) Cannon. He was adored by his 6 grandchildren; Christopher, Colin and Conor (children of Shannon Cannon), Riley, Mason and Madeline.

    Grzybowski, Chester "Chet" (Teacher, Coach)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends their condolences to the family and friends of Chester "Chet" Louis Grzybowski. Chester "Chet", 96 years of age, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2020 at the Harvard Square Retirement Community in Denver, Colorado.

    Born on November 26, 1923 and raised in Detroit, the son of Mieczyslaw "Mike" and Eleonora (Pociask) Grzybowski, he was a lifelong and avid resident of the state of Michigan. In his early years, he enjoyed helping his immigrant parents grow and operate a thriving family business, participating in sports, playing the accordion, and celebrating their Polish heritage.

    After graduating from Chadsey High School in 1940, he briefly attended the University of Detroit but was then called to duty and served his country in the United States Army-Air Forces during World War II. Upon fulfilling his military obligations, he attended Eastern Michigan University (formerly Michigan State Normal College), graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. During the course of his studies, he met his future wife Ardis, while she was completing her studies at the University of Michigan. They married in 1950 and settled in Taylor, Michigan to pursue his career and raise their family. He later went on to obtain a Master's degree in Education from the University of Michigan.
    Chet had many interests, but his greatest joys were his family, sports, physical fitness, and his 50 year career as a teacher, athletic coach, and volunteer in the Taylor and Detroit Public School Systems.
    He leaves his loving wife of 70 years, Ardis (Scurrah nee), daughter, Paula Grzybowski, sons, Richard (Cathy Voita) Grzybowski and Robert Grzybowski, son-in-law, Michael (Lisa Ragle) Kulwicki, grandchildren, Lauren (Frank) Langston, Michelle Grzybowski, Tessa Ragle, and many nieces, nephews, and their respective families.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Susan Kulwicki, sisters and brothers-in-law, Cecile (William) Stach and Mildred (Eugene) Prais, brother and sister-in-law, Edward (Miriam) Grzybowski, and niece, Patricia Stuart.
    He will be forever missed and remembered as a loving, dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, son, cousin, and friend.
    Memorial Service and Burial - Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak, Michigan - To be held at a later date.

    McMahon, Timothy (Truman 1991)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends their condolences to the family and friends of Timothy Michael McMahon. Tim passed away May 5, 2020. Son of the late, Joseph M. McMahon and Dorothy (Dolly) McMahon has passed away in his home surrounded by his loving life partner and family.
    Tim was a true original. His love for music and grabbing a guitar for an impromptu open mic night could happen anywhere at any time. He loved his hometown of Taylor and was always willing to help make it a really fun place to raise your family. His photography, cars and the great outdoors are known to all that loved him. One of his favorite places is Fayetteville, West Virginia where he would take anyone that wanted to go to Bridge Day weekend and explore the mountain area and walk the trails.
    Tim was also a great instructor for personal safety and photography. He loved getting a group of new photography students and showing them where the real wildlife photos around Michigan can happen. He was a wonderful story teller with an incredible sense of humor. We will miss that the most.

    Tim is survived by, his Mother Dolly McMahon, the love of his life and rock, Cynthia Dixson, his Daughter, Hannah Vogel and his Step Daughters , Brianna, Hannah and Jessie. His Sister JoAnne (Bob), Sister Sharon, Brothers, Stan (Michelle) Al (Char) and Dana. He loved all his nieces & nephews and the countless friends he has made over the years.
    We ask that in lieu of flowers that you think of Cindy to ease the burden of this great loss. Donations can be made to the family.

    Memorial Gathering will be at the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel 9800 Telegraph, Saturday, May 9th from 11:00 - 3:30 PM followed by a Memorial Service at 3:30. Do to State regulations we will have a rotation of Ten People in the Chapel for the gathering and the Memorial Service will be limited to those that the family invites.
    Memorial Limited to those in the Immediate Family Due to Stay Restrictions for Social Distancing

    Kuntz, Jeff (Truman 1975)

    The Taylor Alumni Association extends their condolences to the family and friends of Jeff Kuntz. Jeff passed away April 17, 2020, at his home in Oskaloosa.
    Jeffery Bryan Kuntz, son of William Edward and Marilyn Jean (Young) Kuntz, was born December 8, 1956, in Oskaloosa. As a youngster, Jeff's family moved to Michigan, and he was a 1975 graduate from Harry S. Truman High school in Taylor, MI. He and his twin brother, Greg then attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Distribution in 1980. Jeff returned to Iowa and settled in the Oskaloosa/Sigourney area and began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Jeff continued his education at Iowa State University, and in 2006, he was awarded his Master's Degree in Agriculture from ISU. Throughout his career, Jeff traveled globally to underdeveloped countries to improve their agricultural techniques and methodologies. In addition to working for the USDA, Jeff purchased and operated the family farm near Sigourney and owned and operated Stowit Storage in Oskaloosa. After a brief retirement from a fulfilling career with the USDA in 2014, Jeff began working for the County Bank in Sigourney; he eventually served as vice-president.
    Jeff was a member of the Oskaloosa Elks Club. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing. He was a true and loyal son, brother, uncle and friend and will be fondly remembered by many.
    His family includes his father, William "Bill" Kuntz of Sigourney, his siblings: his identical twin brother, Greg (Sue) Kuntz of Coralville, Mark (Pamela) Siegfried of Mooresville, NC, Vicky (Carl) Kostman of Troy, KS, Clark Kuntz, Preston Kuntz, and Travis Kuntz; and many nieces and nephews.
    Jeff was preceded in death by his mother.
    As was his wish, Jeff's body has been cremated. Burial of his ashes will be in Union Mills Cemetery near New Sharon, Iowa. Due to the restrictions put in place by the Department of Public Health due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, no services will be held at this time. Langkamp Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with Jeff's arrangements.

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