Stephen Layson, 50

Stephen Dean Layson, 50, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Sept. 7, 2010, at his home.

He was born Nov. 27, 1959, in Trenton, a son of Milton Dean and Roberta (Walberg) Layson.

Steve had resided in Sturgis since 1984, coming from Melvindale.

On July 19, 1985, he married Debra Holderman in Sturgis. This marriage ended in divorce.

He was a welder by trade and a member of the Eagles Lodge #1314. He enjoyed fishing and camping, and was an avid fan of NASCAR and the Earnhardts.

Steve is survived by two sons, Brad Layson and Brandon Layson, both of Sturgis; a daughter, Sheree Ohmart of Hart; four granddaughters; his mother, Roberta Layson of Sturgis; two sisters, Laura (Larry) Johnson of Sturgis and Karen (Dave) Cormier of Florida; a brother, Joseph (Frances) Layson of Melvindale; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial graveside service and burial of the ashes will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, where full military rites will be conferred by the Fort Custer Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

The Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial donations to the family would be appreciated, c/o: Roberta Layson, 214 McKee St., Sturgis, MI 49091.

His obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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