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RONALD CURTIS
Ronald E. Curtis, 75, of Orion and formerly of Romeo, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, after a long illness with Alzheimer's.
He was the loving husband of Barbara for 19 years, dear father of Diane (Jerry) Markey, Darryl (Sue) Curtis, and stepfather to Jeff LaVoy, proud grandfather of Amy, Joshua, Jeremy and Casey, and brother of the late Richard Curtis.
Ronald graduated from Royal Oak Dondero Class of 1957. He retired after 44 years of service for General Motors. He was a member of the North Macomb Sportsmen's Club and enjoyed traveling.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. John Lutheran Church, 246 Benjamin St., Romeo. The family will receive friends at the church 10 a.m. until time of service.
Suggested memorials to Alzheimer's Association or to a hospice of donor's choice. Arrangements care of Modetz Funeral Home, Orion. Online condolences www.modetzfuneralhomes.com.
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GLADYS PAYNE
Gladys Payne, 90, a longtime resident of Washington, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at Crittenton Hospital.
She was born June 17, 1924, in Detroit, the daughter of Lyle and Lillian (Thrower) Langtry. Gladys graduated from Romeo High School. She married her husband John A. Sewell in 1945 and together they farmed and owned and operated Sewell Ford Tractor Sales in Utica. Gladys supported her husband in the Washington Lions Club as a charter member. She was a member of Romeo Chapter No. 19 O.E.S. Gladys enjoyed gardening and raising show horses. She loved animals and was always willing to support animal organizations. But most of all, Gladys loved her family. 
Gladys is survived by her son, John (Nancy) Sewell of Romeo; a daughter, Barbara Miller of Washington, seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Lila (Howard) Johnson of Boyne City and husband Eugene Payne. Gladys is preceded in death by her beloved husband, John A. Sewell; a daughter, Luann Schubring; and brothers Lewis Langtry and Joseph Langtry.
There will be a memorial service held at a later date. Arrangements by Roth-Muir Funeral Home (296 South Main ­ Romeo, MI 48065.) Guestbook at www.RothMuirFuneralHome.com
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PAUL RIES
Paul A. Ries, 66, a lifelong Macomb County resident, passed away on Oct. 22, 2014.
Paul was born on March 31, 1948, in Mount Clemens, the son of Vincent and Flora (Rosso).
Paul worked for many years at National Twist Drill before starting his own company in 1983 called Ries Well Drilling Inc. He loved golfing, tractors, snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing. 
Paul is survived by his two children, Scott (Jennifer) of Allenton and Cheryl (Carlos) Asturias of Bristow, Virgnia; three brothers, Charlie of Rochester, John of Port Huron, and Mark of Colorado; and seven grandchildren. Paul was predeceased by his parents, Vincent and Flora; two sisters, Marsha and Ellen; and a brother, Martin.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home in Romeo with Pastor Eric Majeski officiating. Burial was at Grand Lawn Cemetery.
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MELVIN TABAR
Melvin M. Tabar, passed away on October 21, 2014 in his home in Gardena, California.
He was 71 years old. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Linda (Boles) Tabar, his children Saundra Ayache, James Tabar (Robin), Pamela Turcotte (Cory), John Tabar, and Michelle Baxter (Steven). He also had five grandchildren, Joseph Ayache (Denise), Nicholas Baxter, Zachary Turcotte, Skylar Herrera, and Jordan Tabar. He is also survived by his four brothers, Clarence Tabar (Deanna), Charles Tabar (Margaret), Raymond Tabar (Chique), and Ronald Tabar (Margaret).
He was born in Romeo, the son of Max and Eldora (Beauprey) Tabar. He married Linda Boles in 1964 while attending Michigan Technological University. After graduating in 1967, he moved his growing family to California to take a job with Hughes Aircraft where he worked for 32 years. He attended Maria Regina Church for 44 years.
Services were held Wednesday, Oct. 29, followed by a reception at Holy Cross Mortuary in Culver City, California. Msgr. Thomas Acton officiated. Condolences can be entered on the Holy Cross Mortuary website. His family would like to thank everyone who has offered their support, love, and prayers.
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Calvin Potter Sr., 89, of Allenton, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Arrangements were by Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, Armada.
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Marjorie Eckert, 93, of Armada, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Arrangements were by Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, Armada.
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RICHARD LOCKE
Richard E. Locke, 87, a resident of Detroit and Sterling Heights, passed away on Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014, at Angelica’s Place in Romeo.
Richard was born March 2, 1927, the son of Hazen and Thelma (King). He married Patricia Walters on May 1, 1949, in Bowling Green, Ohio and she preceded him in death in 1994. He then married Patricia Bedker and she also preceded him in death in 2002.
Richard worked for the family business that was started in 1937 called “Locke Lumber.” He loved to help people, work, and was a very caring person.
Richard is survived by his children, Donna (Tim) O’Hara of Bruce Township, Denise (Joe) Ventimiglia of Bruce Township, and Michael (Laura) Locke of Texas; his daughter-in-law, Candy; 14 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Danny, in 2004.
Visitation: 2-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo. 
Services: 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at the funeral home with Russ Morgan officiating.
Burial will be private at Resurrection Cemetery Clinton Township. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seasons Hospice.
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JOHN DVORAK
John A. Dvorak, 89, of Washington Township, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.
He was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Anton and Mary (Martinek) Dvorak. He married the former Adelyne C. “Ade” Horn on Aug. 30, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 21, 2013.
John graduated from Case Western University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a co-owner of Solaronics in Rochester from 1973 until 1990, when he retired as its executive vice president. Upon retirement, John and Ade loved to travel and attend and host all types of family functions. John  was an avid reader, loved NASCAR racing, football games, yard work, watercolor painting, gardening, wood working, fishing, and history of WW II and the Civil War. John proudly served his country in the Army/Air Force in World War II. During the war, he was a navigator/radar operator where he had the nickname “Mickey Man” on a B-17 with the 8th Air Force, 379 Bomber Group.
John is survived by his children, James (Pam), Jean (Steve), Patricia (Tom), Margaret, Elizabeth (Joe), and Jane; eight grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, and 2-7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo.
Services: 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 3, St. Clement Catholic Church.
Burial: 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, the Great Lakes Veteran Cemetery in Holly.
Donations to the Disabled American Veterans would be appreciated.
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