REED CITY — Russell J. Erbes Jr., 78, of Reed City, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.

He was born on March 5, 1937, in Richmond Township, Osceola County, to Russell and Ann (Kailing) Erbes, and attended Reed City Area Public Schools, graduating in 1955.

Russell lived in the Grand Rapids area for 50 years, where he was an installer and manager for Michigan Bell Telephone, and also worked at Holland Hospital for eight years. He was a member of St. Philip Neri Church in Reed City and enjoyed Honda Goldwing motorcycles.

Russell married Sherry Churchill, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Jan Marie (Dave) Guminski, of Leesburg, Fla., and Jamie Erbes, of Byron Center; five sisters, Marie Taylor, of Reed City, Elizabeth (Ronald) Kessler, and Suzanne Erbes, both of Center Line, Frances Postema, of Coopersville, and Joann Erbes, of Ann Arbor. Also surviving are five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Kingsbury; and and granddaughter.

Funeral mass will took place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at St. Philip Neri Church. with the Rev. Fr. Joe Fix officiating. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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