Barbara Babby, Beloved Friend of Asbury, aged 74, passed peacefully from this world into heaven on April 4, 2020. This also marked the end of a 10-year battle with early onset Alzheimer’s. For 10 years it has looked like she was on the losing end of that battle, but she won. Barbara is now whole and celebrating with her Savior.
Pastor Kenneth “Ken” John Bremer, aged 66, was resurrected to new life on Friday, April 3, 2020, in Grand Rapids, MI after fighting a six year battle with prostate cancer.
Ken was born on September 10, 1953, in Hastings, MI, to Tom and Lois (Ruiter) Bremer. He was raised in Middleville, MI and graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School in 1971. Ken trained to be an electrician and worked in the skilled trades division of GM. When he was called to a second career as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, he moved his family to Wilmore, KY to attend Asbury College and Theological Seminary. Upon returning to Michigan, he faithfully served congregations in Holton, St. Johns, and Rockford.
Ken will be remembered for his love of the Lord, his fondness for the outdoors, and his investment in the lives of his family and those he served.
Ken will be sadly missed by his wife of 46 years, Vicky (Idema) Bremer, their three children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His son, Bill (Dawn) Bremer and their children, Max Bremer, Cameron Bremer, Alex (Lindsay) Kronemeyer and children Jackson and Lincoln, Nick Kronemeyer and Trent Kronemeyer. His daughter, Christina (Paul) Salscheider and their children, Ellie Salscheider and Bethany Salscheider. His son, Nick (Stephanie) Bremer and their children, Kyle Bremer, Abby Bremer, and Kenzy Hogan. Ken is survived by his mother, Lois Bremer, his parents-in-law, Warren and Lee Idema, and their children and families: Mike (Janette) Bremer, Dave (Colleen) Bremer, Sue (Dave) Enders, Francy (Dann) Tobin, Tom (Brenda) Bremer, John (Kellie) Bremer, Steve (Jean) Idema, Thom (Ann) Idema, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Bremer and a nephew.
Rev. David Arthur Cheyne, MDiv., aged 77, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 11, 2020. David was born on December 7, 1942, to Daniel & V. Louise Cheyne in Grand Rapids Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree from Owosso College and his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. As a pastor, he led many to Christ as serving in many Michigan churches starting at Newberry Wesleyan and then at many United Methodist churches including: Mullikan; Sand Lake / South Ensley; Hersey / Grant Center; Alden / Central Lake; Webberville; Hillside (Horton); Three Oaks; Baldwin / Luther; Pine River Parish (LeRoy / Ashton); Sodus Chapel Hill. He retired in 2005.
In addition to his duties as a pastor, David was an emergency medical technician and served on the volunteer fire departments in Hersey, Alden and Webberville, MI. After retirement, he resided in the Lansing and then Grand Rapids areas where he frequented his grandson’s band, choir and sporting events. He took up oil painting and was a member of the Grand Valley Artists and painted with En Plein Air in the Lansing area. He loved attending performances, sometimes with his grandsons, at the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and Michigan State University jazz students and Jazz Tuesdays at Moriarty’s Pub, was a founding member of Jazz JAMM (Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan).
David also enjoyed traveling visiting with his grandchildren in Florida and hauling his camper to various camping locations, his favorite in Maine. The times when his grandchildren from Florida would visit Michigan were his favorite times of the year. David was known as a kind and generous person who loved visiting with everyone he met.
He is survived by his children Deborah (James) Webster of Williamston, MI and Philip (Sally) Cheyne of Oviedo Florida, the grandchildren he adored, Nicholas & Zachery Webster; Anna, Graci, Evan & Sophia Cheyne and his former wife Paulette Cheyne of Williamston, MI.
Ann Gleo (Costin) Jones, aged 90, died at her home in Cody, Wyoming on Saturday, April 11. She was 90 years old. Ann was born in Putnam County, 30 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 17, 1930, to Hughie and Myrtle Costin, one of five children.
After graduating from Cloverdale High School, Ann married Estel Jones in 1949. Estel had served in WWII and afterward trained in Chicago on the GI Bill as an electrician and TV repairman. The couple made their home in Indianapolis and started a business, Jones Radio and Television Service.
Ann and Estel raised two sons, Rex and Richard, putting both boys as well as five grandchildren through college. Rex graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. Rex had a career as a pastor in the Methodist Church. Richard graduated from Hanover College in Hanover Indiana, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He worked as a backcountry ranger for the National Park Service and the US Forest Service, and in law enforcement with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Ann’s grandchildren and great-grand children were the light of her life. When she was not cooking or caring for them or others, Ann liked to walk her dogs or hunt Morel mushrooms in the woods of rural Indiana. She also enjoyed flower gardening, a little gambling at casinos, attending family reunions, and watching the Indianapolis Indians baseball team. Ann was an active Christian woman and a devoted member of the Methodist church.
Ann is survived by her sons Rex Jones (Luanne) of Indianapolis, Richard Jones (Mary Robinson) of Cody, five grandchildren Brian (Beth) Felker-Jones, Kirsten (Jay) Knox, Devin (Kari Gilmore) Jones and Ethan (Megan) Jones, Chicody (Rachel Young) Mayes and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Robert (Barbara) Costin. She was preceded in death by sister Eva Jean Costin, brothers Noble (Lois) Costin, and Jim (Norma/Wanda) Costin.
Margaret Louanna (Chambers) White, aged 89, was born on May 19, 1930 in Alliance, Ohio, the second child of Frederic James Chambers, Sr. and Nora Chambers. She passed away Monday, March 30, 2020 at Spring Cypress Assisted Living in Cypress, Texas.
Peggy, as she was known to her friends, was a lifelong member of Damascus Friends Church in Damascus, Ohio. She attended grade school and high school in Damascus. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Houghton College in Houghton, NY and graduated from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. In the interim between the two colleges, she served as children’s librarian at the Carnegie Free Library in Alliance, Ohio.
It was while attending William Penn, Peggy met her lifelong love, Almon White, and after one year, they were married on August 21, 1953. Immediately after their marriage, they moved to Portland, Oregon, where Al attended seminary and she worked as the assistant librarian at the school. From there they moved to Wilmore, KY where she again worked as an assistant librarian at Asbury Theological Seminary while her husband finished his degree. She then returned to college and finished her degree.
Upon graduation, she accepted a position as third grade teacher in Richland, Iowa, where her husband was pastor of the Friends Church. She was the first elementary teacher in that school who had received a college degree. After one year they moved to Wheaton, IL, where she became a first grade teacher in the Wheaton School District. Again Al was in Grad School at Wheaton College.
From there they returned to Damascus and Peggy taught first grade in the West Branch School District and assisted in the management of the Friends Book Store where Al was the manager. Their two children were born while they were living in Damascus. During 1976, Peggy served as the Executive Secretary of the Damascus Historical Society and planning committee for the Bicentennial Celebrations.
In 1977, the family moved to the Houston area. Here Peggy became active in Bible Study Fellowship where she was a leader for a number of years. She was also active in the Leah Circle of Lakewood United Methodist Church. Along with those activities, she again assisted her husband in the management of Mills Bible Store.
Preceded in death by her mother, father, brother, Frederic James Chambers, Jr. and son, James Brian White, Peggy is survived by her husband of 66 years, Almon White; daughter, Robyn Burns; grandchildren, Rachel Burns-Sevilla (husband Elvis), Richard Burns, Randall James Burns (wife Dawn); and her great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Burns, along with niece, Stephanie Chambers and nephew, Scott Chambers.
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