In Memoriam


“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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Witz, Timothy (Kennedy 1971)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Timothy Alan Witz. Tim passed away October 7, 2017. Age 64. Loving Father of Scott, Dennis, Cheri (Craig) Pohutski, Joe (Anna) Witz and Jake (Teresa) Witz.Dearest Grandfather of Eleven.Precious Brother of Tom, Daniel (Bev), Harry (Nora) and Leslie(Shirley). Dear Cousin of Ron (Diana) Watson, Howard (Brenda) Witz as well as many other Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. Former Husband of Deborah Miller. Tim was the Founder and CEO of Talan Contruction Co
Visitation will be held Thursday October 12, 2017 from 1:00 - 9:00 PM, at the Taylor Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home.
The Funeral Service will be Friday October 13, 2017, 11:00 AM at the Taylor Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home.

Gendron, John (Taylor Center 1973)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of John Gendron. John passed away August 27, 2017. Age 62 Beloved Husband of Lynn. Loving Father of Erika and John Brian (Kelly). Dearest Gampy of Brady and Ella. Precious Son of John C. and the late Patricia. Brother of Jim (Mary Kay), Jan (Dan) McCoy, Joann (Jim), Jeff (Lori), Jay (Vickie), Joe (Trish). Brother-in-law of Vickie Putnam, Ron (Lesley) Putnam. Son-in-law of Jean and the late Dale Putnam.

Visitation will be held Wednesday August 30, 2017, 3:00-8:00 PM at the Taylor Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 9800 S. Telegraph. Funeral Service, Thursday August 31, 2017, Instate 11:00 AM – Service 12:00 Noon at Hope Lutheran Church, 3640 Madison St. in Dearborn.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to:
"Hope Lutheran Church", Please designate one of the following..
* Central United Methodist Church (Lunch for Homeless)
* Trunk or Treat
* Good Samaritan Fund (To help those in need)

Pruitt Francis, Debora (Taylor Center 1980)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Debora Pruitt Francis. Debora passed away August 24, 2017.
Debora Jo Francis, age 55, of Lapeer, formerly of Taylor, died Thursday, August 24, 2017.
Debbie was born June 28, 1962 in Dearborn, to Billy Joe and Delores June (Jennings) Pruitt. She graduated from Taylor Center High School and married William Robert Francis on May 24, 2002 in Lapeer. Mrs. Francis enjoyed binge watching "Law and Order", "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and "Law and Order: SVU". Debora was a "stay at home" wife, mother and grandmother, she loved her family dearly. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Mrs. Francis is survived by her loving husband: Bill Francis of Lapeer; children: Eric Pruitt of Lapeer, David Kochevar of Lapeer, Kyle Francis of Lapeer, Aaron Francis of Lapeer and Anna Francis of Lapeer; 6 grandchildren; parents: Delores and Kenneth Stevens of Lincoln Park, Michigan; brothers: William Joseph Pruitt of Taylor and Michael Stevens of Taylor; and several nieces and nephews. Debbie was preceded in death by her daughter: Jessica Faye Kochevar; father: Billy Joe Pruitt; and sister: Cheryl Ann Vonlinsowe.

Visitation will be Noon-6PM Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, in Lapeer. The family will also receive friends 10-11AM Monday morning, before the funeral service. Debora's funeral service will be 11AM Monday, August 28, 2017, at Muir Brothers in Lapeer. Pastor Drew Jolly will officiate, with burial to follow in Dawn Memorial Cemetery, Elba Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Maynard, Jack (Teacher Taylor Center)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family, friends and former students of Jack Maynard. Jack passed away August 13, 2017.
Jack Maynard, a Paratrooper, Teacher, Father and Fun Seeker, passed away on Sunday August 13th after a long bout with dementia.
Born October 18, 1933 in Petoskey, Michigan, Jack was the son of Eldon and Julia (Booth) Maynard. He faithfully served his country in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. After his time in the Military, Jack then completed his Masters Degree in Education and went on to teach for Taylor public Schools at the Junior High and then at Taylor Center High School, from where he retired. He was a faithful member of the 82nd Airborne Division Association. This outstanding individual will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.
Jack is survived by his 3 children: Kristen Maynard of Hickory, North Carolina, Justin (Stacy) Maynard of Sylvania, Ohio and Carson Maynard of Bailey, Colorado; 5 grandchildren: Devin Maynard, Arwen Mamer, Aylen Mamer, Sonya Maynard and Civil Maynard; as well as his loving girlfriend Brandy Pilla.
Visitation and stories both tall and short will be shared Thursday August 17th at Allore Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 203 E. Elm Ave. from 1pm until 6:30pm. Military Honors will be at 6:30 by the VFW Post 1138, Monroe.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in honor of Jack to the Alzheimer's Foundation Greater Michigan Chapter or the 82nd Airborne Division Association.

Sheeler, Mark (Truman 2004)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Mark Sheeler. Mark passed away on August 2, 2017. Age 31. Beloved husband of Jessica. Loving son of Ron Sheeler and Dorothy (Charles) Decker. Cherished brother of Carrie Decker, Stacie Decker, Kat (Anthony) Turner, Ronny Sheeler Jr. and Rachel Sheeler. Loving uncle of Gavin, Taylor, Kelsey, Jaden and Ty. Cherished Godfather to Connor and McKenna Richards. Mark was a retired U.S. Army Staff Sargent who served in Iraq. Visitation at Hackett-Metcalf Funeral Home, 2640 Monroe Blvd. (near West Outer Drive) Dearborn 48124, on Thursday, August 3, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Friday, August 4, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The funeral service will be on Saturday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Gym and Veterans Health Club, 23156 King Road, Brownstown, Michigan 48183. 734-984-7040.

Myers, Jerry (Taylor Center 1961)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Jerry Myers.
Jerry L. Myers, TCHS class of 1961, age 75 of Commerce Township was born on December 5, 1941 and died on July 25, 2017.
Loving husband of Dorothy “Dottie” (Atamanchuk) Myers, TCHS class of 1964. Beloved son of Elizabeth and the late Robert Myers. Dearest father of Timothy (Sheryl) Myers, Marc Myers and the late Lisa. Dear step father of David (Deanna) McCullough and Greg (Andrea) McCullough. Adored Grandfather of 6. Brother of Karen Bisio, James and Daniel. Also survived by sister in law and brother in law, Paulette & Bill McKay. Jerry… is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Jerry was a retired police lieutenant having served 25 years with the Taylor Police Department. Jerry and Dottie traveled extensively including Hawaii, numerous cruises and trips to their Florida home.
Jerry had many interest including gardening, his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, his collection of guns and riding with his bicycle club. He was also passionate about western novels and has a very large collection.

Funeral service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 N. Pontiac Trail Walled Lake, Michigan 48390 on Saturday July 29, 2017 at 11:00 am (Visitation 10am until start of service). Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake (3 blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Friday, July 28, 2017 from 2pm-9pm. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Kidney Fund & American Diabetes Association.

Jones, Jeffery (Kennedy 1976)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Jeffery Jones. Jeffery passed away July 20, 2017.
Jeffery Jones, 59, of Hardin County. He is survived by his wife, Belinda Jones of Fort Knox; three children, Crystal, Christopher Skaggs and Peggy (Bryan) Jones; four grandchildren and five siblings. No formal service is planned. Burial with military honors will be in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff. Visitation is from 11:00 until 1:30 pm Friday, July 28, at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff, Kentucky.

Leich, Rodney (Truman 1980)

The Taylor Alumni Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Rodney Leich. Rodney passed away on July 15, 2017.
Leich, Rodney Stephen Age 54. July 15, 2017 of Taylor. Beloved husband of 8 years to Lemie. Cherished dad of Victoria and Isabella. Dearest brother of Bill (Patricia), Shirley (Bob) Doty, Jack (Cathy), Raymond (Joanie) and Charlie (Erin). Also survived by his nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Erwin and Shirley. Visitation Thursday 3–8 p.m. at The Allen Park Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 10915 Allen Road, (Corner of Goddard). Rodney will lie instate on Friday 10 a.m. at Gilead Baptist Church, Taylor until service at 11 a.m. Interment Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery. To share a memory visit:

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