2014-03-06 / Obituaries

Edward Rethman


Edward J. Rethman Edward J. Rethman MANISTIQUE – Edward Junior (Dewey) Rethman, 85, of 998N County Road 440, Manistique, Mich., passed away Monday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2014, at home surrounded by loving family.

Dewey was born June

1928, in Saginaw, Mich., the son of Herman and Alvina (Fobear) Rethman. He was raised and attended school in Saginaw.

He proudly served our country in the Merchant Marines, United States Coast Guard and United States Navy during World War II, seeing action in Guam.

Dewey married the former Donna

Garrison, on April 16, 1949, in Saginaw, where they made their home and raised their family.

In his younger years, he worked a roofer, later becoming employed by General Motors Corporation, retiring in 1992, after 30 years service.

Dewey loved being a race car driver, racing for over 30 years.

2009, he was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame. He enjoyed NASCAR and visiting different NASCAR tracks around the country. He further enjoyed riding on his pontoon boat, hunting, and going to the casino.

He is survived by his loving wife

65 years, Donna R. Rethman of Manistique; his children, Randy L. future daughter-in law Mary Sevarns) Rethman and Catherine A.

Allan L.) (Rethman) Fagan both of Manistique,; daughter-in-law, Beverly

Rethman of Manistique; eight grandchildren, Edward A. (Lisa)

Rethman, Deanna M.

(Jon) Mizer, Dawn M.

(Robert) Smith, Allan

L. Fagan, Jr., Donna F.

(Ronald) Klarich, Danielle L. (John) Johnson,

Randy D. Rethman, and

Holly Ann Rethman;

12 great-grandchildren with one more due in July; and three great-great grandchildren. Dewey is further survived by his sister, Helen Kempter; sister-in-law, Stella Rethman; brother-inlaws, Robert H. (Carol) Garrison and Gerald L. Garrison; several nieces and nephews; many good friends and his faithful dog, Tessie.

Dewey was preceded in death by his parents; son, Edward A. Rethman (Dec. 16, 1988); and brothers and sisters, Dorothy Weigandt, Ruby Smith, Elaine De Caire, Marvin Rethman, Mike Rethman, Donald Rethman, Evonne Daniels, Evelyn Blevins, Amy Sayan, Bill Gerard and Fred Gerard.

In following with Dewey’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

A special “Thank you” is extended to Schoolcraft Memorial Homecare & Hospice, Dr. Olli and Dr. Gowda and Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Outpatient Care for the wonderful care given to Dewey.

Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.

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