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Howard E. Hay

Howard E. Hay
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Howard E. Hay

January 3, 2018

Service Details

Howard’s services will be held at Hohner Funeral Home on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 with visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. followed by a 1:00 p.m. funeral service with Pastor Robert Bartz officiating.

Internment will take place at Riverside Cemetery 



Obituary Notice

Howard E. Hays, age 97, of Three Rivers, MI passed away at Grace Health Care Center on Wednesday, January 03, 2018. Howard was born April 12th, 1920 to Clarence and Alice (Pierce) Hay in Three Rivers, MI.

He worked as a Paper Mill Supervisor for Weyerhaeuser Corporation for over 40 years. He enjoyed golfing at Sauganash Golf Course and Bowling.  In his spare time Howard loved to cane chairs.  He was a longtime member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the Three Rivers American Legion Post #170. Most of all Howard loved his family especially his grand, great-grand, and great great-grandchildren

Howard is preceded in death by his wife Alberta Hay, four brothers: Richard, Allen, Roland, and Robert, and one granddaughter Janet Craig.

 He leaves to cherish is memory his daughters: Dorothy (Walt) Woodbury of Three Rivers, MI and Barbara Beatty of Marshall, MI; sister: Joyce (Maynard) Rumsey; grandchildren: Charles (Sue) Beatty, Brett (Donna) Beatty, Greg (Kay) Trattles, Lynn (Scott) Turner, and Joseph Woodbury; great grandchildren: Gregory, Matthew, Andrew, Elizabeth, Sarah, Zachary, Jacob, Alec, Conner, and Erik; great great grandchildren: Isabella, Robert, and Eleanore.



Memorial Donations made in Howard’s memory may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Envelopes available at the funeral home. 

James “Jim” Lemuel Bippus of Three Rivers, 85, passed away in his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Jim had recently been admitted to Borgess Hospital due to complications related to kidney dialysis. When treatments became unsuccessful he determined he would leave this world on his own terms and in his own way. He was an ordinary man that lived an extraordinary life.

Jim was born in Bucyrus, Ohio on September 14, 1932, the youngest child of the late James and Blanch Bippus. When he was seven, his father died and Jim and his five sisters were then raised alone by Blanch, a resilient and strong woman who devoted her life to serving in the Salvation Army.

Jim enlisted into the United States Army. During his service, he earned The National Service Defense Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army in September of 1955.

Jim attended Ohio State University taking advantage of the G.I. Bill and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. During a six month internship at Essex Wire in Fort Wayne, Jim met and fell in love with Vera H. Mohre; they married in 1958. Jim became employed full time at Essex and took a transfer to Three Rivers, with Vera, and his now six children in tow.

The Essex position didn’t work out the way Jim had imagined, so he quit. After a few months of soul searching he saw the for rent sign in the closed Standard Service Station on Michigan Avenue. So Jim took the test to become a certified mechanic and passed it easily with no formal training. He and Vera opened the station and people started coming.

In 1987 he purchased what would become the Bippus Shell Station on the corner of 131 and Michigan Avenue. Many in the community came to know him for his trustworthy service in auto repair. But more than that, people admired the Bippus family: Vera at the cash register and their children pumping gas, helping to fix cars, or doing inventory on New Year’s Day. In 1997 the station was renovated and instead of offering car repair, now had a restaurant called Vera’s, another sign of Jim’s great love for his wife. Over the years Jim’s business became a cornerstone of the community: a place people met for coffee or lunch and were greeted with warmth and hospitality.

In 2012 Jim and Vera were voted Three River’s Citizens of the Year by the Lion’s Club for their many contributions to the town. Jim made doughnuts on Sunday mornings for the Immaculate Conception Church, read to children at Andrews School, mentored a young student, participated in the County Infrastructure Committee, collected turtles for the Lion’s Club Turtle Derby, and taught auto shop to adults. With his snow plow he kept the Immaculate Conception Church and the Lion’s Club parking lot plowed for free, and also routinely plowed out driveways for others.

Jim was a great lover of classical music. He enjoyed reading books by Thomas Clancy, John Grisham, and James Patterson. He also was a great fan of The Wall Street Journal. Jim loved to play cards and was part of a monthly poker group that met for over 30 years. He and Vera also played in a weekly bridge group for about the same number of years. Equally remarkable, Jim and Vera hosted weekly Sunday dinners for family members and anyone else that wanted to stop by. New people in town were warmly welcomed to the table.

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6 comments on article "Howard E. Hay"

Richard and Bonnie Boughton

May God Bless your family. We think that Howard was a very kind man and treated Reich's mom like a queen. We were able to visit him in Nov. when we were in Mich.


John Mohney

I remember Howard from my years at St Peters when I was growing up. He always had a nice smile and friendly words.

Gail Brady/ Kenneth, Vicky &Orlean Boughton Family

My Deepest Condolences To All Of Howard's Family. Howard Was Such A Kind Hearted Gentleman "Always" Had A Smile Or Joke To Tell & Was So Very Kind & A "Very" Good Friend To My Grandmother Orlean (Boughton) (My Fathers Mother "Ken") & To All Of My Family Including My Parent's (Ken & Vicky) & My Children Who Adored Howard (My Children Knew Howard As "Uncle Howie & Called Him This To This Day") . Howard Will Be Missed By Many And May He Rest In Peace.....

Brian K Williams and Kaye (Kaiser) Williams

Kaye and I wish to extend our sympathies in the passing of your father on Jan 03. ( Barbara was in my class and Kaye in Dorothy's.) Your father outlasted all of our parents.

Brian K Williams

I forgot to mention: Dorothy, Kaye may be reached at 719-566-6748 for at She does not know how to get in touch with you.

Theresa Sussdorf

Sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.

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