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Donald Edward Prentiss of Portage, Kalamazoo, MI

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Donald Edward Prentiss of Portage, Kalamazoo, Michigan
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2004 and Revised 26 Feb 2004

1. Donald Edward Prentiss was b. 30 Oct 1875. There is some confusion about his birth place:

  • the 1910 census identifies his birth place as Scotland, as were his parents. He was then living in Milton Pct., Snohomish Co., WA. Living with his family in 1910 was Wesley W. Middleton, step son, b. c. 1902, MI.

  • the 1920 census says he was b. Minnesota (with both parents b. in Scotland) and he was then living in Orleans, Ionia Co., MI.

  • The 1930 census says he was b. in Vermont and he was living in Alpena, Alpena Co., MI

He d. Dec 1971 in Portage, Kalamazoo, MI. at the age of 96 years (per SSDI).

At the time of his death, he was living with his son, Donald, Jr., at 5204 Regay, Portage, Michigan. Services were held from the Halverson Chapel, Three Rivers, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas Pace, First Assembly of God, Kalamazoo, officiating. Interment, at Belding. (Source: Kalamazoo Gazette Sun 12 Dec 1971).

He m. Viola M., b. c. 1871, MI (per 1910 census) and/or Capitola M. b. c. 1871, MI (per 1920 and 1930 census). Children:

  1. Donald Edward Prentiss Jr., b. c. 1911, Washington. He resided at 5204 Regay St., Portage in 1971. He is probably the Donald E. Prentiss who appears in the SSDI as b. 18 Jun 1910 and d. 15 Oct 1992 in Portage, Kalamazoo Co., MI. He might have had a wife, Margaret M. Prentiss, who appears in the SSDI as b. 5 May 1910, obtained her SS# in MI, and d. 27 Sep 1992, Portage, Kalamazoo Co., MI.

  2. Wesley Prentiss, b. c. 1902, MI, per the 1910 census. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . b>[2]

  3. Mrs. Harold Kaiser of Petoskey, MI in 1971. She, or her sister, below, is likely the "Minnie Prentiss" shown in the 1930 census as b. c. 1910, English Canada.

  4. Mrs. Vernon Herrington, Rochester, MI in 1971.

At the time of his death, Donald left 12 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

2. Wesley Prentiss, b. c. 1902, MI, per the 1910 census. He is the Wesley W. Middleton, age 8, stepson, who appears in the 1910 household, called a stepson of Donald, and probably a son of Donald's wife, Viola, by a prior marriage.He lived in Hesperia, MI in 1971.

He m. Isabel F. Rose on 22 Aug 1935, South Bend, IN. She was b. 4 Sep 1915, Keweenaw Bay, MI, and d. 21 Mar 20088 Hesperia, MI. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Muskegon Chronicle, The (MI) - Monday, March 24, 2008.

    Hesperia: Isabel F. Prentiss, age 92 of Hesperia, passed away Friday, March 21, 2008 at her home. Isabel was born on Sept. 4, 1915 in Keweenaw Bay, MI to Arthur and Vernie (Draper) Rose and moved to Muskegon in 1929.

    She married Wesley Prentiss on August 22, 1935 in South Bend, Indiana and moved to the Hesperia area in 1946 from Muskegon.

    Isabel was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Muskegon and had been a nurse's aid at the Newaygo Medical Care Facility in Fremont for several years. Isabel also enjoyed working on the farm where she raised chickens, enjoyed gardening, crocheting, quilting, and knitting.

    She is survived by her children, Marilyn F. Allison of Muskegon; Gary (Carol) Prentiss of Fremont; 11 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren; her sister, Margaret "Nish" (Neil) Lux of Twin Lake; her brother, Raymond Rose of Muskegon.

    She was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and John Uganski on Oct. 23, 2001; her sister, Eileen Rainwater and by her brothers, Ralph, Eldred, and Arthur Rose; her son-in-law, Harold Allison.

    VISITATION: Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8 at Crandell Funeral Home - Fremont Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICES: Thursday at 10:30am at the Crandell Funeral Home - Fremont Chapel. INTERMENT: Jewell Cemetery. MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS : Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired or Hospice of Michigan. CRANDELL-FREMONT 7193 W 48th Street www.crandellfh.com 231-924-0800; 1-888-464-7837

Children of Donald ad Isabel:

  1. Marilyn F. Prentiss. She m. Mr. Allison and in 2008 lived in Muskegon, MI.
  2. Gary Prentiss. He m. Carol and in 2008 lived in Fremont, MI.
  3. Sandra Prentiss. She m. John Uganski. She d. on Oct. 23, 2001.

Who are Donald Edward Prentiss' Parents?

Donald Edward Prentiss, b. 1875, does not appear in the 1880 or 1900 census.

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