2018-12-06 / Local News

Maple City family mourns father, just a month after son

IN A one-month span, Daniel and son Anthony Case, from left, have died. IN A one-month span, Daniel and son Anthony Case, from left, have died. A Maple City family who lost a 20-year-old son in a car accident last month is mourning the loss of another family member this week.

Daniel Case, 39, died at home Sunday, from what’s believed to have been complications after knee surgery — one month to the day after the death of his son, Anthony.

This leaves Kristyn Case and her two children Hunter, a senior at Glen Lake and daughter, Lilly, a middle schooler at Glen Lake.

Robin Vilter, a family friend with children the same the Case family, said the Maple City community has stepped up to help the family just as it did last month.

“This is what make Leelanau County special,” she said. “When someone is in need, the community comes together to help.”

Vilter was behind a crowd-sourcing effort last month, establishing a GoFundMe account which helped raise money for Anthony’s funeral expenses. The response was great; $12,500 was raised, surpassing the goal of $10,000.

A second account was set up Monday and in one day alone, $13,905 had been raised toward a $30,000 goal.

Donations have ranged from $20 to $500.

In addition to funeral expenses, donations will be applied to the mortgage on the home the Case’s were building between Maple City and Glen Lake School on Burdickville Road.

The family has been living in a camper on the site of the new home, which is nearly complete.

“I think they are waiting on an inspection and should be getting the occupancy permit soon,” Vilter said. “But without Daniel’s income, I don’t know what will happen.”

In addition to monetary donations, the community has set up a “meal train,” an online effort to organize the delivery of meals to the family.

“I got a call from someone who said they couldn’t donate money, but offered to plow their driveway this winter,” Vilter said.

Anthony Case was a passenger in a car involved in a Grand Traverse County high speed chase that ended in a crash in Nov. 2.

The driver of the car, Michael A. Greenshields, 20, of Maple City, has been charged with fleeing and eluding causing death and Operating While Impaired Causing Death.

Donations can be mailed directly to Kristyn Case, 2543 W. Burdickville Rd., Maple City, MI 49664.

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