Marlatt, James

Written by David Green.

James A. Marlatt, 82, of Packard Road, Morenci, died June 4, 2007, at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born June 22, 1924, in Toledo, Ohio, the youngest of Clyde and Lulu (Sindel) Marlatt’s six children. He married Kathryn Sampson on April 22, 1944, in Seneca, Mich., and she survives.

Jim graduated from Sand Creek High School in 1942. He farmed and also worked in Adrian as a tool and die maker. He was unselfish in his active support of both his church, First Baptist Church in Weston, and the Morenci Area Schools.

Jim will be remembered as a generous and loving husband, father, uncle, neighbor and friend.

Besides his wife, Kassy, of 63 years, he is survived by his children, Jeanine Smith, Jerolyn (and Ron) Towne, Michael (and Sharon) Marlatt and their families; and 28 “kids.”

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rachael Hammer; and four brothers, Herman Louis, Sindel and Richard Marlatt.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Robert Farison officiating. Burial will follow at Porter-Packard Cemetery near Seneca. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home.

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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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