2021-08-26

George Delos Snyder

FREE Died August 27, 2021

George Delos Snyder, age 91, passed away at his home, August 27, 2021. George was born June 17, 1930, to George and Marion (Herendeen) Snyder in Beaverton, Michigan. George lived his childhood in various small Michigan communities including Tawas, Prudenville, Gladwin and Harrison.  George graduated from Harrison High School, joining the Navy in the summer of 1948, where he learned […]

Janet Elaine Sapp

FREE Died August 25, 2021

Janet Elaine Sapp, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, surrounded by her family in Rose City, MI. Janet was born on March 6, 1943, in Charlotte, MI to Amos and Flora (Elaton) Evans.  She lived in West Branch for the past 50 years, formerly of Montrose, MI. Janet was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church.  […]

Warren (Wayne) D. Moore

FREE Died April 27, 2021

Warren (Wayne/W.D.) Moore, 96, of (Lake Ogemaw) West Branch, Michigan passed away peacefully on April 27, 2021, at his lakefront home surrounded by loved ones. Warren was born on November 29, 1924, to Straud Wesley and Florence Edna (Walls) Moore in Poplar Ridge, Arkansas. Warren is survived by his daughters Sandra Kretsch and Debra Moore, son Gary Moore, and daughter-in-law […]

Charles Alvin Gilligan

FREE Died August 25, 2021

Charles Alvin Gilligan, 82, passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at The Brook of West Branch with his family by his side. Charlie was born on September 29, 1938, in Detroit, Michigan to Charles R. Gilligan and Frances P. (Kramer) Gilligan. Charlie married the love of his life, Erlene Ann (Rohlf) Gilligan, on May 16, 1959, in Ann Arbor, […]

Barbara Ann Davis

FREE Died August 23, 2021

Barbara Ann Davis, age 61, passed away on Monday, August 23, 2021, at MidMichigan Medical Center in West Branch.  She lived in West Branch for the past 21 years, formerly of Redford, MI. Barbara was born on January 27, 1960 in Orange County, CA to Larry and Shirley (Harris) Ludtke. Barbara graduated from Allen Park High School in 1978 and […]

Rifle River Drain Commission discussed


Drain commissioner Michael DeMatio met with the Ogemaw County commissioners to discuss an inter-county drain commission at the board’s committee of the whole meeting August 19. DeMatio explained that in 1917 the Rifle River intercounty drain was established. This included Arenac County and the entire Rifle River watershed. Drainage districts are composed of properties or municipalities within the current or […]

Discussion continued on internal investigation


Ogemaw County Sheriff Brian Gilbert and Undersheriff Paul Frechette met with the county board of commissioners to follow up on the internal investigation carried out by the undersheriff concerning Standard Operating Procedures at the board’s committee of the whole meeting August 19. There were several items listed for follow-up of the internal investigation. Frechette researched and put some notes together […]

Garden Art Walk officially open


The Victorian Rose Shoppe, located a few miles outside of Rose City, officially opened their ‘Garden Art Walk’ Thursday, Aug 12. Due to the pandemic, the shop owners decided to expand their business to their yard. They planted flowers, decorated their gazebo, and got statues and fountains from local artists. They set up the area to give people a place […]

Review of Financials and Procedures discussed


The Ogemaw County Board of Commissioners met with CPA Bill Tucker to discuss his review of the financial policies and procedures of the county at the committee of the whole meeting August 19. Tucker brought up high level concerns and recommendations to the board. One his recommendations concerned bank reconciliation. “Bank statements should be retrieved from the bank website and […]

Labor of love


My husband and I scheduled an out-of-state vacation for the second half of August. Perhaps I should say rescheduled; the trip was originally planned for 2020. We planned the trip to attend his niece’s wedding. She married a man from a town in Maine up the coast from the village where my husband’s family regularly spent summer vacations. They celebrated […]