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    Person ID I63054  Sackett | Descendants of John Sackett the Colonist
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2021 

    Father Sackitt, Clifford Duane,   b. 23 Oct 1927, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1959, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Mother Walkinshaw, Wava,   b. 15 Jun 1931, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 2002, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1949  Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 3 children 
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    +2. Sackitt, Randall Duane,   b. 22 Sep 1953, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 2014, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
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    Family ID F25753  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F25760  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 20 Mar 2021.
      Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan), 6 Dec 1959, Section 4. Page 7

      Count Your Blessings

      Christmas Brings Hope To a Courageous Family
      By CARL SKIFF

      Linda, Phyllis and Randy Sackitt haven't seen their father since July 4th.

      On that holiday afternoon, on the M-78 highway eight miles north of Battle Creek, the father, Clifford Sackitt, now, 32 , of 95 W. Fountain st., was seriously injured, in a car-truck, head-on collision in which his brother-in-law, Glen Walkinshaw, and cousin, Kenneth Walling, both of Bellevue, were killed.

      The driver of the other vehicle, a Kalamazoo man, also was killed. Mr. Sackitt was the lone survivor.

      Since the accident, Mr. Sackitt has been hospitalized first at Community Hospital for four months, then at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Ft. Custer for about a month, and since about three weeks ago,, at the VA Hospital at Ann Arbor.

      Mr. Sackitt had been a cement mason for Walker Homes for five years. Following the accident he was unconscious for two weeks. He suffered severe head injuries, fractures of both legs, of the right wrist and of the jaw.

      Now, five months after that tragic holiday, Mr. Sackitt is seriously ill in failing condition at the Ann Arbor hospital, his wife, Wava, reports. She said infection has set in his left leg- and that there is a possibility it might have to be amputated.

      "He has lost about 60 pounds (150 to 90) since the accident . . . he never has made any definite improvement . . . and the head injuries seem to have affected his speech he speaks incoherently at times," Mrs. Sackitt said.

      Courageous Mother

      Because of his condition, doctors have advised that he not be allowed to see his three young children Linda, age 10, Randy, 6, and Phyllis, 3.

      Adding to the Sackitt family plight, Randy underwent an operation Friday at Community Hospital for the removal of his adenoids and of excessive mucous that had lodged in his middle ear. The blockage had hampered his hearing, but the boy's doctor said Bandy should be able to hear normally now.

      Following her husband's highway accident, Mrs. Sackitt went to work as a nurses' aid at Community Hospital for eight weeks. This $35-a-week job "helped out a little, but not much," Mrs. Sackitt said. She has taken time off from her job now, owing to her son's operation. She has managed to visit her husband in Ann Arbor at least twice a week.

      "Our friends and relatives have been very helpful," she explained. Mr. Sackitt's fellow employes at Walker Homes pitched in an average of $75 a week to help the family, she said, gratefully.

      Insurance and a now-gone $1,200 bank account had taken care of all but $600 medical and hospital expenses. In addition, Mrs. Sackitt clears about $25 a month from renting a four-room apartment in their two-story home and about $117 a month from ADC is expected to begin next month, she said.

      One Wish: Health

      As for Christmas, Mrs. Sackitt has managed to buy each of her three children one toy apiece.

      "The children had a happy Thanksgiving, thanks to a holiday basket donated by the Practical Nurses' Assn." Mrs. Sackitt said.

      On another holiday. New Year's Day, 1949, the Sackitts were married. This New Year's Day will be their 11th anniversary.

      Despite the financial plight, the hardships and the lost companionship of a father, the Sackitt family is hopeful of the future. "I'm very hopeful that some day, very soon, my husband's condition will i improve so that Linda, Randy and Phyllis can see him," Mrs. Sackitt said.


      Photo caption: Mrs. Clifford Sackitt comforts her son, Randy, age 6, following minor ear surgery at Community Hospital. Randy's father is seriously ill at the VA Hospital, Ann Arbor. The boy and his two sisters haven't seen their father since be was injured in a traffic accident July 4th.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    2. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 20 Mar 2021.
      Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan), 2 Jan 1949, Page 6

      Miss Wava Walkinshatc, Clifford Sachitt Married Miss Wava Walkinshaw, daughter of Charles Gerald Walkinshaw of 286 South Wattles road and the late Mrs. Walkinshaw, was married Saturday at 11 o'clock in the Central Christian church to Clifford Sackitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sackitt of Convls township. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. C. Bernard Lyon.

      For her wedding the bride chose a light blue dress with black accessories and a corsage of red roses. Her attendant. Mrs. Flin Hillis, wore a black suit with white accessories and also had red roses.

      Best man was Flin Hillis.

      A reception at the1 home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Frank Wilcox, at 103 Euclid avenue, followed the service. Refreshments of wedding cake and fruit punch were served.

      The bride attended Wattles Park school and the groom attended school in Convis township. He is employed as a carpenter.

      The couple will reside with the groom's parents.

      Guests from out of town were the bride's brothers, Burrell and Donald Walkinshaw of Lansing; the brlde's sisters, Mrs. Seth Flory of Holt and Mrs. Milo Eastman of Lyons; and Harry Wilcox of Ypsilanti.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith


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