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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI

OBITUARY

Arkie Risenhoover

2 June, 19334 January, 2020
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"Arkie" Harold Risenhoover of Williamston, Michigan, passed away January 4th, 2020. Arkie was born June 2, 1933 in Hoxie, Arkansas. In 1965 he opened up "Arkie's Barber Shop" in East Lansing. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and gardening. Arkie is survived by his wife, Helen Kerekes; daughter, Karen Hand; son, Kerry and wife Lisa; granddaughters, Casey and Rob LaFay, Ashley and Evan Huver; grandsons, Matt Gorney and Michael Gorney. Arkie was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Shirley, his parents, all three siblings, and son-in-law, Bob Hand. Visitation will be held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Williamston Chapel, 205 E. Middle St. in Williamston on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 3pm until 5pm, with a time of sharing at 4pm.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Gathering Thursday, 9 January , 2020
  • Time of Sharing Thursday, 9 January , 2020

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Eric Larson

January 9, 2020

To the Risenhoover family, I was deeply saddened to see the passing of Arkie and I wish to extend my sincere sympathies to his family.

I was once a customer at his barbershop. My mother took me there for haircuts as a small child as we lived just off Park Lake Rd. As I got older she would occasionally send me on my bicycle, but made me ride to Hagadorn Rd and cross Grand River at the stoplight because in those days there wasn't a stoplight at Northwind Dr. We moved to Detroit for two years in the late 1960's returning in mid 1970 and I returned to Arkie's Barber Shop for haircuts for many years, including during my adult life. Arkie, Bill and Duane all cut my hair over the years until appointments became popular and then I always setup a time with Duane. I never had a bad haircut at Arkie's. I haven't been in the shop in many years, since maybe the early 2000's as it just became more convenient to get my haircut on my side of town instead of driving to East Lansing, along with the simple fact I just don't have much hair left to cut.

I miss the conversations and the people and thinking back and looking at Facebook brings back many memories. Arkie was such an inviting and outgoing and customer oriented person; always smiling and wanting to know what was new and what was going on. I don't recall when he retired, but I know it's been a while ago and hopefully he enjoyed every minute of his time outside of the barber shop. He was a really great person in the shop and no doubt he reflected those same qualities and values as a spouse, parent and grandparent. I pray your family finds peace and comfort in the memories of his past and that you hold those close to your heart in the days and weeks ahead.

Eric Larson
Eaton Rapids, MI

Linda Sjolund

January 9, 2020

He was such a wonderful neighbor and always kept a beautiful garden. Many, many memories Gary and I shared with Shirley and Arkie especially the “Arkie Open” golf outing. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Joyce Whipple

January 7, 2020

So sorry to read of Arkie's death. He and his wife Shirley belonged to our couples bridge group of 12 many years ago. He always kept us laughing. There are very few of us left - he will be missed. Joyce Whipple

Ice Amiss

January 7, 2020

It's been a long time since you cut my hair, but I always had looked forward to coming to see you. RIP, Arkie. Tom Amiss

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