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Remembering those cowboys that are no longer with us.

We have received word that one of the previous Wolverine Rangers Secretary/Treasurers has passed. Our thoughts and prayers to the Mail Order Annie, aka Patsy Green family.

She created the membership program still in use today.  Information, including visitation and funeral can be found:  www.pedersenfuneralhome.com



Michael Albert Ward - aka Cody Billings

Lynch & Sons Obituary

Michael Albert Ward passed away peacefully June 11, 2020, at his home in Oakland Township, Michigan. Born May 15, 1942, in Billings, Montana, Michael was the devoted son to late Stephen Donald Ward and Lyllis Grant Ward.

Michael enlisted in the United States Air Force and served 1960-1966. He was stationed in the United States, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. He received the Air Force Commendation Medal and was Honorably Discharged as a Staff Sergeant.

After his military service, he landed in Birmingham, Michigan, where his interest in real estate began. In 1966, he started a company with the Gershenson brothers which would be known as Ramco-Gershenson. In 1996, the Company became a public REIT. Michael was appointed the Executive VP/COO of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust and served on the Board as a trustee.

Throughout Michael's lifetime he was a passionate collector of George Custer memorabilia, antique firearms, and Indian War artifacts; he loved acquiring historically important objects in American history. He was competitive in all of his interests and won the 2013 World Skeet Championship, qualified for the World Championships in Barrel Horse Racing from 1996 to 1999, and participated in the Single Action Shooting Society from 1998 to 2020. His hobbies included horseback riding, hunting game birds, painting, driving sport cars, and golfing. He even made a hole-in-one at Shadow Wood Country Club in his primary home in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Michael will be forever cherished by his wife Lynne Pestru Ward and their rescued dog, Angel; he is also survived by Lynne's children, Kimberly and Chris (Terri), and step-grandchildren, Camryn, Caden, and Caitlyn of Windsor, Ontario.

Dear Brother to Pamela Reed of Huntington Woods and Stephen David Ward of Chicago.

He is lovingly remembered by his children, Kathy Ward Darin (Mark) of Atlanta, Georgia, Jennifer Ward Forbes of Bloomfield Hills, David Ward (Julie) of West Bloomfield, and their mother, Kimiko Ward.

He remains the beloved grandfather to his seven grandchildren, Courtney Darin Rouleau (Tom), Alyse Darin, Stephanie Forbes Mermell (Dillon), Bradley, Matthew, and Spencer Forbes, and Michael David Ward. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and dear friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, 2100 Twelve Mile Road, Royal Oak, Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 10am. All are welcome, but masks and social distancing will be required.

Immediately following Mass, the Ward family invites you to join them for a celebratory reception at the home of Michael's daughter, Jennifer Forbes: 1081 Country Club Road, Bloomfield Hills. Masks required.

Memorials appreciated to the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.




News from J. A. Wilder

William "Bill" Felice died May 1, 2020 at the age of 75. Bill was a long time member of the Lapeer County Sportsman Club and a member of the old Oxford Sportsman Club, which later moved to Lapeer County when Oxford lost the property they were using to development.

But more importantly to the Wolverine Rangers, Bill Felice, aka "Ricochet Bill", was one of the original 7 founding members of the Wolverine Rangers.

The organization was started at the Oxford Sportsman Club in 1996, by Ed Smith (Dakota Doc), Paula Smith (Cactus Kay), Bill Felice (Ricochet Bill), Phillis Felice (Tender Foot Tess), Andy Moir (Rusty Steele), Wallace Liiley (Wall-Man) and myself Jim Malcolm (J.A. Wilder). Oxford was the only place in the state at that time shooting SASS.

Bill and Phillis married in 1966. He retired from the City of Pontiac. Bill was a veteran of the United States Army.

Our thoughts and prayers to Ricochet Bill and his family.


News from a Member

We have learned that Beer Belly Willie passed away on March 27th. Our condolences to his family. (click image for larger image)



News from the Facebook Page

With deepest sorrow, I report the passing of PocoLoco. He was a pleasure to shoot with, and seemed to always have a smile. He will be missed. Please keep his family and pards in your prayers as we all go through this difficult time.



News from J.J. Longley at DSC Utica

With deepest sorrow, I report the passing of Bob Brossia, AKA Nine Finger Bob, on January 18, 2020. Nine Finger Bob suffered a cardiac arrest while shoveling snow at his home. Nine Finger Bob was a member of the Rocky River Regulators at the Detroit Sportsmen’s Club in Utica, Michigan. Nine Finger Bob was a frequent competitor at monthly Cowboy Action matches, Wild Bunch matches, Silhouette matches, Military Service Rifle matches, and 3-Gun matches on our range. Nine Finger Bob was also one of our RO/TO at our CAS and Wild Bunch monthly matches. Bob was an integral part of our cowboy family and he will be missed.


More sad news

It is with regret to inform you that Big Duke (AKA: Henry Jedrzejek) passed away on December 10th, 2019.   We received his membership renewal letter back with a note from his wife.   He was a Charter Member of Wolverine Rangers.

 “Please be advised that my wonderful husband Henry passed away 12-10-2019.   He loved this club.”


News from the SASSnet Wire

Brad Wallace, aka Colonel Blaze rode onto his last sunset on January 7, 2020. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.

According to the Wire, he had a big influence on Cowboy Shooting in Michigan.


We have news from the Plymouth Johnson Creek Regulators that we lost another partner.

Tom Russette, aka Bird Dog Jesse passed to the big rodeo on December 28th. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.

Visit his Obituary

Visitation is Thursday, Jan 2nd at 4:00pm at Vermeulan-Sajewski Funeral Home.
46401 Ann Arbor Road West, Plymouth, MI 48170 (Directions)



We learned recently that James Tierney, aka Catlow, passed away on December 13 at his home in Arizona.

Our thoughts and prayers to his family.

Update: Arizona services for Catlow will take place on Saturday, January 25, 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 19002 N. 128th Street, Sun City West, Arizona 85375

They will be having a funeral mass for Catlow in Arizona sometime after December 30 once his wife Janet receives his cremains.  Janet will remain in Arizona for the winter as planned.  For the time being she is planning on keeping Catlow’s cremains on a shelf in the garage for the winter – she says that’s where he spent most of his time, so she doubts he would mind spending the winter there.

In the spring, Catlow’s brother, Two Guns Tim (Tim Tierney), his wife Kris and his son Rowdy Ryan (Ryan Tierney) will travel to Arizona to bring Janet back to Ohio.  There will be a funeral mass here in Ohio sometime in the spring.  The date is not yet decided.

For of you wishing to send a sympathy card to Janet, her address is:

Janet Tierney 28024 N. 151st Avenue Surprise AZ 85387-6196

 If you would like to send a sympathy card to Catlow’s brother Tim, his address is:

 Tim Tierney 2816 107th St. Toledo, OH 43611

We will keep you posted once there is a date set for the funeral mass in Toledo.