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Updated: 26 July 2013

Please contact Jim Adams if you have a family web page or know of a link that should be posted here. We encourage visitors to submit birth, marriage, death notices, photographs, etc.

Fleming, Beck, McKenzie and Thompson Family Tree at

Streip Family Tree (traces the McKenzie family back to John McKenzie, 1780 - abt. 1850 and Janet McLaren).

The McKenzie family is connected to the Adams-McKain reunion through the Brown family in two different ways:
1. Lillie Ethel Brown (24 Feb 1880 - 21 April 1969) married Edwin Page McKenzie (1855 - 1938). Lillie was the daughter of Abner Brown's brother, Philo Brown (15 June 1847 - 16 Oct 1923) and Zelia Frances Cox (09 Nov 1852 - aft. 1930) . Edwin and Lillie Ethel (Brown) McKenzie had 8 children:

1. Alfred
2. Albert
3. Fern
4. Beatrice (04 March 1907 - 16 Dec 1982) married Lawrence Lee
5. Philo Edwin  (06 April 1909 - 25 Jan 2003) married Dorothy Elizabeth Bent (20 Jan 1907 - 25 March 1999). She was the daughter of Reuben & Louisa (Miller) Bent.
6. Kenneth (1912 - 2003)
7. Ray (b. 27 Nov 1914 - 12 Jan 1943 in New Guinea). Ray's war letters were collected as Wakelee Boy's War Experience by Marsha McKenzie, wife of Durrell McKenzie (son of Philo & Dorothy McKenzie)
8. Ilah (b. 1917, married Essex)

In addition, Edwin P. McKenzie had several children by his first wife, Emma J. Elsey (1863 - 1905), including Russell Hamilton McKenzie (1890 - 1968), Howard J. McKenzie (1897 - 1992), Elizabeth Clair "Lizzie" (1886 - 1968), Mary Margaret (1898 - 1984), and Elsie Merle (1884 - 1970).

2. Elsie McKenzie (1884 - 1970) married Wilbur Brown (1880 - 1952) on 19 Feb 1902. Wilbur was the son of Abner & Frances "Nora" Brown (and the brother of Emory Brown). Wilbur & Elsie's daughter, Mildred, married (19 Feb 1922) Harry Shannon and both families lived in Volinia Township. After Wilbur Brown died, Elsie married Carl Moorlag on 11 Sept 1955, and they lived on a farm three miles east of Wakelee. (Source: Robert D. Brown)

E (possibly Edward?) McKenzie (b. 1856 in MI) married Emma (b. 1863). They had:

  • Elsie (15 July 1884 - 23 Sep 1970) married Wilbur Brown (19 Feb 1880 - 26 Oct 1952)
  • Russell
  • Lizzie
  • Howard J. (01 Jan 1897 - 14 Aug 1992) married Beulah Belle Stanard (06 Nov 1900 - 21 July 1993)
  • Mary

Edwin P. McKenzie (1855 - 1938) married Lillie Brown (24 Feb 1880 - 21 April 1969).

Edwin Page McKenzie Obituary:

Edwin P. McKenzie, 83, Apple Grower, Expires

  Marcellus - Edwin Pager McKenzie, 83, prominent apple grower, died Tuesday night at his home east of Marcellus. The son of Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie, he was born in Somerset. While he was a child, his parents moved to this locality. Mr. McKenzie was identified with many activities for development of the community. He was a life member of the Masonic lodge and prominent in the M.P. church. He leaves his widow, five sons, four daughters, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The children are: Russell McKenzie, Newberg; Howard and Mrs. Wilber Brown, Volinia; Kenneth, Paw Paw; Ray and Philoh, Marcellus; Miss Ilah, student in Kalamazoo; Mrs. Mary Streip, Mrs. Peter Beck, Jr., San Gabriel, Calif.

Obituary from the Marcellus News, 03 April 2003

Kenneth L. McKenzie, age 91, of W. North Street, Paw Paw, passed away Sunday morning, March 23, 2003 at LakeVIew Continuing Care Center, Lawton. Ken was born August 7, 1912 in Wakelee, the son of the late Edwin and Lillie (Brown) McKenzie. He was a graduate of Marcellus High School Class of 1932 and the Mueller Barber College. He opened a barber shop in Lawton in 1933, and then moved to Paw Paw in 1934. In 1942 he joined the Auxiliary Military Police, moving to Howell, and returning to Paw Paw in 1945, when he started McKenzie Insurance. He was a Village of Paw Paw Council member, and member and past officer of the Lakeland Florida Shuffle Board Club, where was ranked 9th in the world as a shuffleboard player. He was a past dad advisor for the Order of Demolay for Boys. Ken was a member of the Paw Paw United Methodist Church, Past Master of the Paw Paw - Lawton Masonic Lodge #25 F&AM, and member of the Paw Paw Chapter of the O.E.S. On June 18, 1934 in Cassopolis, Ken was united in marriage to the former Leona M. Rifenberg, who preceded him in death on September 31, 2001. His parents, four brothers, Ray, Philo, Russell and Howard, and three sisters Elsie, Lizzie Clair, and Mary, also preceded Ken in death. Surviving are a son and spouse, Tommy L. and Nancy McKenzie, and a daughter, Darlene McKenzie, all of Paw Paw; two grandsons, Bradley L. McKenzie of Paw Paw and Randy L. McKenzie of Naperville, Illinois; sister Ilah Essex of Three Rivers; several nieces and nephews; two brothers-in-law, Eugene Rifenberg and Glenn Rifenberg. The family received friends Wednesday, March 26 fromn 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home in Paw Paw. Funeral services were held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Paw Paw United Methodist Church with Rev. Carolin Spragg officiating. Interment was in Marcellus Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paw Paw United Methodist Church or the Paw Paw - Lawton Mason Lodge #25 F&AM.

Obituary from Marcellus News, 24 April 2008

Maynard R. McKenzie, age 92, of Elkhart, IN passed away on Friday, April 18, 2008 at Riverside Village in Elkhart. Maynard was born on May 15, 1915 in Marcellus the son of Russell and Ethel (Underwood) McKenzie. In October of 1936 he married Jeanette Freese who preceded him in death in 1980. In March 1981 he married Gladys Wood, who survives. He was a retired, self-employed, farmer and was a member of the Northside Church of the Nazarene in Elkhart, Farm Bureau and past president of the Marcellus School Board. He received the Cass County Conservation Award in May 1981. Surviving are one daughter, Gail (Leon) Lehnus of Marcellus; 2 sons, Terril (Betty) McKenzie of Cassopolis, John (Linda) McKenzie of San Antonio, Texas; 2 step daughters, Carol (Larry) Moyer of California and Judi Zilm of Elkhart; one step son, Clinton (Debbie) Wood of Elkhart; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 6 step-grandchildren; and 4 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Emmamae Romig and a brother, Donald McKenzie. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Northside Church of the Nazarene, with the Reverend Lane Fosnaugh officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to services at the church. Graveside services were held at 4:30 p.m., Monday, at the Marcellus Township Cemetery. Arrangments were by the Hartzler-Guterman-Inman Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to (NOTE: connection to the Adams family not known at this time.)

Howard J. McKenzie Obituary from the Decatur Republican, 20 August 1992

Howard J. McKenzie dies; was on board for 45 years. (Note: born 1897 and buried in Bly Cemetery)

DECATUR -- Services for Howard J. McKenzie, 95, of 16701 Parker St., will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Wakelee United Methodist Church. Mr. McKenzie died at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Lee Memorial Hospital, Dowagiac. Mr. McKenzie was a retired farmer. He served as Volinia Township supervisor for 16 years and as a member of Marcellus School Board for 45 years. He also served three terms on the Michigan State Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Board, and was a former chairman of the Cass County Republican Party. He was a charter member of Michigan Farm Bureau and was inducted into the Michigan Agricultural Hall of Fame. He was also a member of Marcellus Rotary Club. He was born Jan. 1, 1897, in Wakelee, Mich., and lived in Decatur most of his life. On Nov. 6, 1919, in Marcellus, he married Beulah B. Stanard. She survives with three daughters, Berdeen Poe of Niles, Carol J. Bainbridge of Marcellus and Sharon Cotterman of Boca Raton, Fla.; a son, Keith of Cassopolis; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Iliah Essex of Marcellus; and two brothers, Philo of Marcellus and Kenneth of Paw Paw. Burial will be in Marcellus Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today in Romig Funeral Home, Marcellus. Memorial contributions may be made to the church building fund.

(Found in Bess Britton One Room Schoolhouse Collection, Decatur, Van Buren, MI)

Dr. Dale McKenzie, DVM Obituary

MCKENZIE, DR. DALE Dr. Dale McKenzie, age 67, of Caledonia, MI, after a long struggle with lung cancer went to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Dale dedicated his life to God, family, church and community. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald McKenzie, his son, Mark Russell McKenzie and his brother, Gary McKenzie. Dale will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 42 years, Diana McKenzie (Vander Ark); his children, Kerri (Brian) Nitz, Katie (Matthew) Weening, Kent (Rachelle) McKenzie; his grandchildren, Carson, Brady and Lily Nitz, McKenzie, Cooper and Sawyer Weening, Alivia and Cohen McKenzie; his mother Oydean McKenzie; his siblings, Carol (Jim) Churchill, Dean (Nancy) McKenzie, Ray (Debbie) McKenzie, Scott (Andrea) McKenzie; his in-laws, Dan (Judy) Vander Ark, Ron (Alison) Vander Ark, Mary (Fred) Taylor; and many nieces and nephews. As a large animal veterinarian, Dale served the West Michigan farming community for over 43 years. Dale was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dale was a partner of South Kent Veterinary Hospital and an adjunct professor for the Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He received the MSU Food Animal Practitioner Award in 2007. Dale served as President of West Michigan Veterinary Association, President of Michigan Veterinary Board of Nutrition, Councilman at Caledonia CRC, Dutton Christian School Board and Dutton Christian School Foundation Member. A time for relatives and friends to visit with Dale's family will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 PM Friday at Cook Funeral Home in Byron Center, 2067 - 84th St. SW. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Saturday, July 20, at Caledonia Christian Reformed Church, 9957 Cherry Valley Ave. SE. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Caledonia. Rev. Merle Buwalda will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dutton Christian School Foundation or Spectrum Health Hospice. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guestbook online at

Published in Grand Rapids Press on July 18, 2013



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