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Richard H. Abler
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Birth: Nov. 29, 1922
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Aug. 21, 2009
Branch County
Michigan, USA

Richard H. "Dick" Abler, age 86, formerly of Mendon, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009 at Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility in Coldwater, Michigan following a long illness. He was born in Detroit on Nov. 29, 1922 the son of Alexander A. and Elba (Howard) Abler, and attended schools in Detroit.

He was married to Olive Turner on Jan. 15, 1944 in Detroit. They resided in Detroit until 1951 before moving to Coloma, and later to Mendon in 1967.
Dick was a longtime employee of Michigan Bell Telephone Co. working from the Benton Harbor office and retired from the Kalamazoo offices in 1988. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and travel. He was especially active in the Elks Lodge and was a Life Member. He was an Exalted Ruler of the St. Joseph Elks Lodge and served as State President in 1974. He was a Ritualistic Team Leader and Trainer for several years, and continued to support the Major Projects Fund of the Elks Lodge.

Dick is survived by 4 children and their spouses, Bill & Eileen Abler of Wyoming, MN, Wes & Jane Abler of Douglas, GA, Claudia & Dan Davenport of Bronson, MI, and Alex & Nancy Abler of Pasadena, MD; 13 grandchildren, Brian, Tim, and Bill "Taters" Abler, Rob, Josh, and Andrea Abler, Erin Wood, Wes, Joel, and Emily Abler, Jonathan Davenport, Angela Neubauer, and David Davenport; 14 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister Carolyn Renton (Bill) of Livonia. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Phyllis Shoemaker and Elaine Moor; and by his wife, Olive in 1988.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 7p.m. Tuesday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon followed by Elks Rites at 7:05 p.m. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Crossroads Missionary Church, west of Mendon with Revs. Cory Weatherton and Dale Walterhouse officiating. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery.

Memorials will be directed to the Major Project Fund in care of Sturgis Elks Lodge #1381. Online register is available and condolences may be left at

Published by 08/24/09 
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  Olive A. Turner Abler (1924 - 1988)
Mendon Township Cemetery
St. Joseph County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Jean(C.J.Vought)Green
Record added: Aug 24, 2009
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Richard H. Abler
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