Kermit Roylance Cartwright of Rudyard was a farmer and a truck driver for the agricultural industry, transporting farmers’ milk to the creamery and hauling hay from the local farms to the railroad. During the 1960s, the farm was a favorite stop for hundreds of sand hill cranes, which attracted many visitors who stopped to see the birds. Mr. Cartwright started planting extra wheat for the large birds to eat. He and his wife, Lena, enjoyed meeting the many people who stopped in to see the birds, and they provided wagon rides so everyone could get a closer look at the cranes.
Mr. Cartwright was 93 when he died Monday, November 7, 2005, at Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care in St. Ignace.
He was born December 28, 1911, in Dryburg, weighing only about 2 pounds, family members recalled. He parents were Hugh and Georgina (nee Joyal) Cartwright.
Mr. Cartwright was a lifelong area resident. He served in the United States Army during World War II.
He married Lena Luepnitz June 21, 1953, in Andover, Illinois. He was regarded as a great storyteller, and was a good handyman who enjoyed fixing farm equipment.
After the Cartwrights retired from farming, they traveled extensively in their fifth wheel camper, visiting many friends and seeing sights throughout the country.
At age 80, he was no longer able to travel, but enjoyed keeping busy, so he built a new home in town and completed most of the work himself.
Mr. Cartwright was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church in Rudyard.
He is survived by his wife, Lena; one stepson, Patrick Lyons of Georgia; one stepdaughter, Kathy Wiebeck of West Virginia; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his brother, Don Cartwright of St. Ignace and Gould City.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Ruby, and three brothers, Vern, Francis, and Royce.
A memorial service was Saturday, November 12, at St. James Lutheran Church in Rudyard. The Reverend Katheryn King officiated.
Interment will be in Oaklawn Chapel Gardens in Bruce Township.
Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford assisted the family with arrangements.