2010-06-26 / Obituaries

Paul Rearick

Paul R. Rearick, 85, was active in the community and government of Durand, serving three times as the town’s mayor. Mr. Rearick died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, following a brief stay at Cleveland Clinic. He was a longtime vacationer in the Straits area.

He was born March 6, 1925, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to John Ray and Maurine (nee Lewis) Rearick.

He was a graduate of Eaton High School in Indiana in 1943. Mr. Rearick served his country in the United States Navy during World War II in the South Pacific from March 1943 through March 1946.

He married Bonnie Totems August 8, 1949 in Owosso. She died August 9, 1999.

After her death, he married Patti Gilliland in December 2001 in Clearwater, Florida.

He lived most of his life in Durand, and spent winters in Largo, Florida.

Mr. Rearick worked all of his life in sales. He was a member of the Durand City Council from 1968 through 1987, serving three terms as mayor of Durand. June 17, 2010 was proclaimed Paul R. Rearick Day in the city of Durand in recognition of his leadership and support to his community.

He was a member of the Durand Rotary Club, Durand Union Station, Shiawassee County Historical Society, Durand United Methodist Church, Durand VFW, and the American Legion.

In 1988 he published the book “Durand - Its Heritage 1887- 1987.” In 2003, the Paul Rearick Golf Complex was dedicated in his name at Michigan State University. Rotary International honored him with the Paul Harris Fellow award in 2010.

Mr. Rearick is survived by a son and his family, Doug and Carol Rearick of Brighton; a daughter, Sharon Rearick of Owosso; a granddaughter, Katie Rearick of Brighton; a sister, Martha Binger of Flint; a sisterin law, Marjorie Rearick of Durand, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Bonnie; his second wife, Patti, and a brother, Bobbie Gene.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 23, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home. Services will be Thursday, June 24, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home’s Durand Chapel with Reverend John Walworth officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Owosso.

Memorials may be made to the Durand Union Station, Shiawassee County Historical Society, or the Durand United Methodist Church.

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