Obituaries for Robert G Tronge

-Rex P. Ballard

-Robert G Tronge

-Sander "Sandy" Kushner

-Charles J. Hatton

-Larmie Hamilton

-Medford William Sattler

-Gerald W. "Grizz" Arlt


robert g trongeRex P. Ballard

, 54, of Benzonia, prayed "God, grant that I may fish until my dying day." And he did. Rex passed away after a successful fishing trip on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Rex loved to be on any body of water in any sort of vessel as long as he had a fishing pole in his hand. Whether targeting barracuda in the gulf or pulling bluegill out of Glover's Lake, he was happiest with a line in the water.

He shared his pastime and his heart his wife of almost 22 years, Brenda, and their blended family, Josh, Jacob, Aaron and Nathaniel.

Rex loved deep, and he loved strong. If you were lucky enough to be his friend you know he would do anything for you.

He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be today, July 26, at 4 p.m., at Crystal Mountain Resort in the James Bay Room. A memorial service will follow at 5:30 p.m., with Pastor Nick Toomey officiating.

Donations beyond final expenses will be forwarded to the Outdoor Dreams Foundation, an organization that gives terminally ill children an opportunity to go on a guided hunting or fishing trip. Thank you for being a part of his life.

Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service.


Robert G Tronge

Robert Tronge, 37 of Paducah Kentucky, passed away at Hiland Cottage in Paducah KY, September 12, 2015.  Born in Kalamazoo Michigan on January 12, 1978, Robert was the son of Bob and Linda Tronge.

Robert was preceded in death by both of his parents. He was raised by his uncle, Robert Tronge in Detroit and graduated from Detroit Central School in 1996.

After attending trade school in Merion for a couple of years, Robert moved to Grnad Rapids to work for Goodwill.

An avid football fan and he also enjoyed spending many days riding “big Red”, his ATV around his property listening to his favorite music Robert Tronge


robert g trongeDr. Sander "Sandy" Kushner

, age 81, passed away July 25, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband of Kathy (late Elinor Kushner); devoted father of Dr. Marla Kushner (Robert Sawyer), of Chicago, Illinois, Wendy Weckstein (Dr. Sander), of Traverse City and Dr. David Kushner (Stefanie) of Middleton, Wisconsin; loving stepfather to Michelle Gerard (Christian) and T.J. Swoveland (Dr. Laura Susick); and loving grandfather of Jordan and Noah Sawyer, Ethan, Devin and Taylor Weckstein and Alex, Rachel and Emily Kushner; dear brother of Eilene Gerofsky (Merrill), of London, Ontario, Karen Roth, of New York, New York; beloved uncle to Steven Gerofsky (Heather), Robert Gerofsky and Keith Gerofsky and Jonathon Roth (Lisa Price), Mathew Roth (Stephanie King).

Adored and respected by his family and countless friends, colleagues and patients, Sandy was a pillar of the medical community in Detroit and Suttons Bay for more than 55 years. He graduated from Des Moines Osteopathic Medical School in 1960.

After graduating he owned and ran a flourishing family practice in the Detroit area. He then moved to Suttons Bay where he practiced Urgent Care Medicine. He was a clinical professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the recipient of prestigious honors and awards for his teaching and contributions to the field of Osteopathic Family Medicine.
When he was not spending quality time with his family and dear friends, you would find him on his sailboat, Celestial, on the tennis court or pruning his roses in his garden. He loved classical music, jazz and Barbara Streisand!

Services will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. at The Ira Kaufman Chapel, 18325 W. Nine Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48075. Telephone 248-569-0020. Additional memorial service will be held in Suttons Bay at a later date.

Donations may be sent to the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice education and research foundation, restricted fund for Sander A. Kushner, DO, FACOFP, 330 E. Algonquin Rd., Suite 1, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 or go to and select Memorial Giving.

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Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Leelanau.

robert g trongeCharles J. Hatton "Charlie"

 passed away at the Grand Traverse Pavilions Friday, July 22, 2016. He was 87 years old.

Charlie was a kind and gentle man, who enjoyed the simple things in life, like Moomer's Ice Cream, the Detroit Tigers, hunting and fishing.

A World War II veteran, he was a prisoners' guard, guarding some of Hitler's top officials at the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich Germany.

Charlie was a locksmith by trade. He owned Powder Horn Safe and Lock in Traverse City for many years and retired in 2015 from Home Depot.

Charlie is survived by his grandson, James Hatton; and his sisters-in-law, Evelyn Leeman, Dianne Socha, Maxine Socha, Joan Hart; and several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Linda Enger who lovingly cared for him through his illness.

He was preceded in death by his three sons, Scott, Ricky and Jeff; and his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara (Socha).

Charlie was laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Barbara. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Interlochen. Family will greet friends beginning at 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions in Charlie's name may be directed to the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1896 Rogers Rd., Interlochen.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

photo of robert g trongeLarmie Hamilton

, 78, of Bear Lake, died Sunday, July 24, 2016, at his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1937, in Springdale Township, the son of Harry and Violet (Jones) Hamilton.

Larmie was a veteran of the United States Army.

Following his time in the service he went on to become a mechanic.

In his spare time Larmie loved to hunt and fish. He could often be found tinkering on cars and was known to offer mechanical work free of charge to his family and friends.

Most of all, Larmie loved to spend time with his family, and he will be remembered as a great man with a loving heart.

Larmie is survived by his children, Steven Hamilton, of Bear Lake, Larmie (Elke) Hamilton, of Oklahoma, Letha (Rick) Hamilton, of Georgia, and Mike (Sarah) Hamilton, of Grand Rapids; his grandchildren, Rachelle (Brianna) Hamilton, Ariana (Brent) Spafford, David Dankowski, Samantha Hamilton, Danae Hamilton, Michael Hamilton and Jacob Hamilton; his great-granddaughter, Aaralyn, and one great-grandchild on the way; his siblings, Marjorie Hamilton, Louis (Marion) Hamilton, Caroline (Duane) Adams, Larry Hamilton, Rose Cain, Lloyd (Roberta) Hamilton, Bert Hamilton, David (Patricia) Hamilton and Terry Hamilton; his siblngs-in-law, Evelyn (Harley) Thies, Charles (Rose) Burns and Bill Burns; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Larmie was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Harry Hamilton, Lorraine Knudson and Lee Dawn Hamilton; his friends and ex-wife, Betty Hamilton; and his siblings-in-law, Jean Gutowski, Jerry Burns and Jim Burns.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

The Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva is in charge of arrangements;

robert g tronge photoMedford William Sattler

, 82, of the Village at Bay Ridge, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Grand Traverse Pavilions. Born in Cedar on Dec. 17, 1933, he was the son of the late John and Harriett (Stanton) Sattler.

A 1951 graduate from Leland High School, Med worked for and later managed the family business (Leelanau Telephone Co). After the company was purchased in 1966 he continued in a variety of technical and management positions with Continental Telephone Company. Med's telephony career spanned 41 years and involved many moves east with his growing family, eventually settling in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where he lived for the 40 years.

Med was a longtime member of Telephone Pioneers of America, Knights of Columbus and the Lions and Rotary clubs, in both of which he served as local president. He devotedly supported his local parish and served as commissioner for the Tilton, New Hampshire, Sewer Commission.

Medford was a loving husband and family man. He enjoyed spending time with friends, especially playing golf, Dominos and bridge. In his declining years he could still beat all comers at pool.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 43 years, Lenore (Novak) Sattler, with whom he loved to travel, dance and host big family events.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Geraldine (Novak) Sattler; children, Lane M. Sattler (Marcia), of Warminster, Pennsyvania, Lynn-Marie D. Wozniak (Paul), of Rochester, New York, Lonn M. Sattler (Jo-Anne), of Barrington, New Hampshire, LeeAnn M. Hauck (Dennis), of Interlochen, Timothy P. Sattler, of Tilton, New Hampshire, Leslie J. Sattler (Nancy), of Dedham, Massachusetts, and Sara L. Swart (Michael), of Vandenberg AFB, California; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, John (Margaret), of Waterford, and the Rev. Rozell (Norma), of Marion, Ohio; sister, Iva Dzuirkiewicz, of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Spencer and Carroll; and sisters, Priscilla McConnell and Virginia Arnold.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lenore Sattler Memorial Scholarship may be made to Saint Gabriel's - Sattler Scholarship, 16 Chestnut St., Tilton, NH 03276.

An informal gathering will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Life Story Funeral Home. A scripture service will be held at 7 p.m. A memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Cedar.

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new photo of robert g trongeGerald W. "Grizz" Arlt, of Kingsley, kicked the bucket on the 20th of July, 2016, when his tired and worn out body finally gave out at age 76.

He lasted a lot longer than the doctors thought he would after his five-way heart bypass back in 1995. Vicky, his wife of 41 years, reminded him regularly how lucky he was to have all those extra years with his four children and then later with his 14 grandchildren.

Unfortunately, he got bit by the dementia bug shortly after his retirement and ended up with a slew of health problems in his twilight years. Though he beat the odds several more times over the past few years, this last time finally did him in. He passed on quite peacefully between one breath and the next with Vicky and his youngest daughter at his side.

He often complained to Vicky and his daughters, Ginger, Miranda, Jessica and Shana, that they "should just take him out back, shoot him, and dump him in a hole." Though once in a while tempted, they never actually considered it. Instead they each worked hard in their own way to keep him safe and healthy and living at home for as long as they possibly could. They did their best to make his last years good ones - without a lot of help from him.

You might think after all that they would be glad to be done with him, but in fact while they are glad he isn't suffering, in pain or confused any longer, they already miss having him around and wish he could have had just a little more good time left in him.

In addition to Vicky, Ginger, Miranda, Jessica, Shana and his sons-in-law, Jim, James, John and Tino, Papa will be missed by his grandchildren, Desirae, Dayzee, Jayde, Sunny, Samantha, Ciarra, Shamus, Izarra, Dominic, Treyvor, Logan, Violet, Zebastian and Xander.

Since he never much liked a crowd, there won't be any special services, but later this summer he will get his final wish when the family gets together to put his ashes in a hole out back while we remember the good ole days together, such as how he loved to travel and go on camping trips, the way he made sure his kids knew their way around basic auto maintenance, how he served his country in the U.S. Army and came home to build his own home on the farmstead, where he was born and raised. We will talk about how he enjoyed holding the babies and laugh about how many times he filled the freezer with venison by hitting a deer with his car. We might even enjoy his favorite meal of hot beef with potatoes and gravy - hold the vegetables! All in all, he had a pretty good run and we sure will miss him.

In lieu of any memorials, Gerald's family asks that you make a contribution to those around you by supporting, encouraging and sharing of yourself, time and love with them every day. Make the most of every moment you have.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Service.