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  • Wilbur Adolphus Carrier

  • Wilbur Adolphus Carrier, age 96, of Mt. Morris, died Monday, June 11, 2012.

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  • Wilbur Adolphus Carrier, age 96, of Mt. Morris, died Monday, June 11, 2012. He was born on July 1, 1915 on the family farm in Hodgeman Co., Kansas to Floyd and Frances (Kimball) Carrier. He graduated from Dodge City High School and attended Dodge City Junior College before coming to Michigan to seek work during the Depression. After establishing himself here, he asked Helen Florence Birzer, daughter of Frank and Mollie (Schiffner) Birzer to be his wife. Wilbur and Helen met when they both worked at the hospital in Dodge City. They were married on June 15, 1937. During World War II, Wilbur served with the U.S. Army Air Corps, 5th Air Force, 81st Air Depot Group as an electrician. He helped modify an airplane used by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Wilbur thought he would be a farmer but was instead employed by among others, Fred Harvey, Davison-Applegate, S.S. Kresge, F.W. Woolworth, General Motors Grand Blanc, Prudential Life Insurance and General Motors VanSlyke from which he retired. He was a member of the United Commercial Travelers and UAW Local 659. Wilbur is survived by children John of Flint, Katheryn (Rick Ranville) of Traverse City, and Susan (Bill) Reardon of Mt. Morris, grandsons John William II and William Joseph Reardon III of Mt. Morris, brother Irl (Ann) Carrier of Saginaw and sister Edith Black of Dodge City; many nieces and nephews, especially Carol Jean (Wayne) Jackson of Dodge City, and his Faith Tabernacle Church family and friends. In death Wilbur joins his grandparents Jeduthan and Lucy (Kimball) Carrier, Frederick and Elizabeth (Davis) Kimball, his parents, brothers Maurice, Russell and Nolan, sisters Irene, Rachel and Nina, uncles Roy Carrier, Jay Beard, and Wilber Sheely, aunts Edith (Kimball) Beard and Carrie Sheely, along with “Uncle Harry” Lighty and his beloved wife Helen. According to his wishes, Wilbur gave his earthly body as an anatomical gift to the University of Michigan. The family wishes to thank Teresa Pray for her loving care, Sister Bernice Matejcek for spiritual care and support, and Pam Isham. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 2, 2012 at Faith Tabernacle Church, 1225 South Center Road, Burton, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to the Faithway Charitable Endowment Fund at Faith Tabernacle Burton Mi. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.brownfh.com.

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