Jean Douglas Wakfield

Jean Douglas Wakefield of Sunfield passed away September 15, 2015. Jean was born October 11, 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Lester and Mertis (Sawyer) Wakefield Sr. Jean was a Grand Ledge High School graduate Class of 1977 and was formerly employed with Lindberg Heat Treat. He always enjoyed taking trips on his motorcycle with friends. Jean is survived by daughter, Heather Wakefield; siblings, Rick and Diane Keener-Lester Wakefield Jr. According to Jean’s wishes a cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.


Jerry Lynn Gerard

East Lansing

Jerry the man, the myth, the legend.  Men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him.  Born April 3, 1947, passed away March 31, 2015.  He graduated from Eastern High School in 1965.  In 1983, he graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor degree in business, where he became a diehard Spartan fan. He began working at Melling Drop Forge where he started his tool and die career. Then he worked at Olofsson for many years where he was an avid union steward and later retired.  He always knew how to put a smile on everyone's face with his jokes.  In his earlier years, he would spend weekends at various comedy clubs doing his stand-up routines. Jerry was a strong family man that always put his kids first.  He enjoyed taking them camping and fishing.  When he wasn't untangling fishing lines he always had a good story to tell around the campfire. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rolland & Ruth Gerard.  Surviving are his sisters, Betty, Beverly, and Rutheta; brother, Rolland, his children, John Walter, Jerry (Kristine) Gerard, Jr., Jeffrey (Jeannette) Gerard, Heather (Tim) McClain, Jennifer (Lang) Gerard, Justin (Sarah) Gerard, and Holly (Larry) Yardley and 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Jerry's family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Monday with the Celebration of Jerry's Life beginning at 2:00 P.M. Monday, April 13, in the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing with Rev. James E. Robinson officiating.  Interment will follow at Delta Center Cemetery.  A reception will follow at King Arthur's Court Clubhouse, 2201 E. State Rd, Lansing, MI  48906.  Jerry was a strong family man, so in lieu of flowers, please take a day and do something special with your family.  Friends may visit the guest book at
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Jimmy Dean Cowley, Jr.,

brother of RSDC Unit member Lisa Flanders.  Passed away on Febreuary 17, 2015 

Carl Joseph Fox, 

IMPCO retiree passed away on 1-20-2015.

Jason A. Field,

Bridgewater Unit member, pass away on 1-23-2015.

Maxine E. Mills,

mother of UAW Local 724 Financial Secretary Debra Mills passed away on 1-25-2015.