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FARLEY ESTES DOWDLE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care was established in 1882. We continue to serve Battle Creek, Augusta, Richland and surrounding communities today.

Our website gives you access to information on Traditional Funerals, Types of Tributes, Cremation Options, Memorials, Monuments and Markers, Obituary Notices, Grief Support, our Schedule of Services, Merchandise (including Video Tributes and Service Folders) and a Directory of Other Services.

We provide our website to help you understand your options, whether you are making funeral arrangements at the time of need “At-Need” or in advance “Preneed ”. It also includes a directory of florists, cemeteries and hotels, and describes our History, where we’ve been and what we offer now. Another important feature of our website, “Submit a Memory”, is located at the end of each individual obituary notice. By clicking on this link, you can relay to the family a fond memory of their loved one or just a simple note of condolence. You can be assured that the family will receive your message and it will be printed and forwarded to them.


Our Obituaries

Laura Jean Bradshaw

May 14, 1929 - March 20, 2017

Laura "Jean" Bradshaw, age 87, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on the first day of Spring, March 20, 2017. Jean was born in Homer, Michigan on May 14, 1929, the loving daughter of Earnest and Eva (Thompson) Shilling and graduated from Tekonsha High School. She worked for Post Cereals and retired from the Kellogg Co. in 1989 after more than 32 years of faithful service. ...
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Emogene Keeler

February 14, 1925 - March 18, 2017

Emogene I. Keeler, 92, of Hickory Corners, died March 18, 2017. Emogene was born February 14, 1925 in Springport, MI to Adrian and Belle (Hoag) Seger. She graduated from Springport High School and married the love of her life, Ronald Keeler, in 1944. She worked at the MSU Biological Station and Gull Lake Bible Ministries for many years. Emogene enjoyed crocheting, sewing, baking and...
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Loretta Jane Lybarger

October 12, 1928 - March 17, 2017

Loretta "Jane" (Muraski) Lybarger, age 88, of Battle Creek, passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, March 17. 2017. She was born on October 12, 1928, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to the late John and Sophie (Pawlak) Muraski. Jane married Clyde Arthur Lybarger on April 23, 1949, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2011. Jane and her husband owned and...
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Ruth A. Nye

December 11, 1946 - March 15, 2017

Ruth Ann Nye 70, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born December 11, 1946 in Battle Creek to the Jessie and Esther (Bidwell) Yother, and was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She was united in marriage in 1966 to David L. Nye, he preceded her in death in 2003. Ruth was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family....
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Patricia L. (Beebe) Sellers

March 26, 1935 - March 15, 2017

Patricia Louise (Beebe) Sellers, 81, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, Michigan, died peacefully with her family at her side at Pennfield Premier Living on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Pat was born March 26, 1935 in Battle Creek to Harold Don and Floys Nevelyn "Rainey" Beebe. She was a 1954 graduate of Lakeview High School. Patricia was employed for Bostick in Marshall and Visiting Nurse...
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Jim Huysentruyt

July 11, 1954 - March 14, 2017

James "Jim" Huysentruyt, 62, of Battle Creek, died March 14, 2017. A memorial mass to celebrate his life will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2017 at St. Philip Catholic Church. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. www.farleyestesdowdle.com.
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Jeanette Alene Hayes

December 22, 1937 - March 13, 2017

Jeanette Alene (Mosher) Hayes, 79, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away on March 13, 2017 at her home in Emmett Township.  Jeanette was born in Battle Creek to Frank and Wynonia Mosher on December 22, 1937.    Along with her parents, Jeanette is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Sylvester "Syl" Hayes; a son, Jerry A Gates; two granddaughters, April Lynn Gates & Nicole Crystine Gates...
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Jeffrey David "Jeff", Sternburgh

July 27, 1969 - March 13, 2017

Jeffrey David "Jeff" Sternburgh of Kalamazoo, MI Jeff, age 47, died Monday morning, March 13, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Jeff, the son of Barbara J. (Kuilema) Skinner, was born in Kalamazoo on July 27, 1969; was a lifetime area resident and a 1987 graduate of Gull Lake High...
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Jenny Ann Dragoo

August 5, 1972 - March 12, 2017

Jenny Ann Dragoo, 44, was taken too soon. She went into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at home. She was born in Battle Creek, MI on August 5, 1972, the daughter of John A. and Joann C. (Frederick) Williston. She graduated from Pennfield High School in 1990 and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Russian and Linguistics and a minor in English from Western...
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Lillie Mae Nelson

March 29, 1924 - March 12, 2017

Lillie Mae Nelson, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday morning, March 12, 2017. She was born in Slayden, Mississippi on March 29, 1924, the daughter of Irby and Cathleen (Lewellen) Pool. Lillie served as a Nurse Practitioner at the Battle Creek VA Hospital for 35+ years. Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel Nelson on November 27, 1984....
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William Robert "Bill" Johnson, Jr.

December 22, 1926 - March 11, 2017

William Robert "Bill" Johnson, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Bill, age 90, died Saturday evening, March 11, 2017 at the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Hospice Residence. Bill, the son of William R. and Dorothy (Mettler) Johnson, Sr., was born in Bluffton, IN on December 22, 1926 and was a 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He served...
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Donald Calvin "Don" Kleckner

November 24, 1942 - March 10, 2017

Donald Calvin "Don" Kleckner of Battle Creek MI Don passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 10, 2017, in Battle Creek, MI. He was born in Meadville, PA on November 24, 1942, the son of Calvin and Thelma (Andrews) Kleckner, Jr. Don was a 1961 graduate of Cambridge Springs High School. On June 23, 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Alice Ann...
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Dorothy A. Fitzgerald

November 11, 1930 - March 10, 2017

Dorothy A. Fitzgerald, 86, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, March 10 at Rose Arbor Hospice after a courageous, yearlong battle with cancer. Dorothy was born November 11, 1930, the daughter of Ivan and Onalee (Crandell) Niswander. Dorothy was united in marriage on June 25, 2005 to Gordon O. Fitzgerald, he survives. She was a beautiful seamstress, making and...
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Lois "Lucille" Masters

February 18, 1928 - March 10, 2017

Lois "Lucille" Masters, age 89, of Marshall died peacefully at home with her loving family at her side on Friday afternoon, March 10, 2017. She was born in Angola, Indiana on February 18, 1928, the loving daughter of Clyde James and Maude Nina (Waller) Letts. Throughout the years, Lucille worked for Post Cereals and drove school buses for the Union City Schools, but for the majority of her life...
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Jeffrey Charles "Jeff" Miller

December 28, 1983 - March 9, 2017

Jeffrey Charles "Jeff" Miller of Battle Creek, MI Jeff, age 33, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 9, 2017 at his residence. Jeff, the son of Joel and Irene (Cardoza) Miller, was born in Lowell, MA on December 28, 1983 and was a 2004 graduate of Harper Creek High School. He had been employed at Connections, most recently...
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Gloria M. (Hayes) Mather

April 7, 1924 - March 9, 2017

Gloria M. (Hayes) Mather, age 92, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on April 7, 1924, the daughter of Jesse and Margaret (Leininger) Hayes. Gloria was a 1942 graduate of Lakeview High School and was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone Company. In retirement, she pursued the art of oil painting, creating stained glass lamps and line dancing...
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Benjamin Frederick "Bennie" Kiracofe

November 11, 1941 - March 7, 2017

Benjamin Frederick "Bennie" Kiracofe of Portage, MI Bennie, age 75, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, March 7, 2017 at his residence. Bennie, the son of Burley W. and Frances H. (Steinstra/Kiracofe) Winkler, was born in Milwaukee, WI on November 11, 1941; moved to this area in 1952 and was a 1959 graduate of Galesburg-Augusta High School...
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Helen Jane Holcomb

June 4, 1928 - March 5, 2017

Helen Jane Holcomb, age 88, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, March 5, 2017 at the W. Drive Assisted Living in Bellevue. She was born in Battle Creek on June 4, 1928, the loving daughter of Roy and Dorothy (Case) Spaulding. Helen worked as a receptionist for Dr. Harold Anderson's office and then worked in the business office at Leila Hospital until she retired in 1990. ...
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Margaret M. (Himebaugh) Cox

March 14, 1916 - March 3, 2017

Margaret M. (Himebaugh) Cox, 100, of Battle Creek died peacefully at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods on Friday, March 3, 2017. Margaret was born March 14, 1916 in Scotts, Michigan, the daughter of Irvin J. and Mae Elizabeth (Billington) Himebaugh. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Edward E. Cox on October 1, 2016. Margaret is survived by her son and daughter-in-law,...
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Cleo Mikel

February 1, 1923 - March 2, 2017

Cleo Mikel, 94, of Battle Creek died at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Cleo was born February 1, 1923 in Marcellus, Michigan to Elmer and Terracotta (Barber) Mikel. He grew up in Wakelee, Michigan and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Will and Hettie Barber. Cleo served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater of Operations as a...
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Louella McCowey

June 5, 1935 - February 28, 2017

Louella "Lou" McCowey, 81, of Battle Creek, died February 28, 2017. Lou was born June 5, 1935 in Inland Towship, Benzie County, MI to William and Maude (Shipley) McCarry. She graduated high school and married John McCowey in 1961. Lou was a volunteer at the Food Bank for the last 15 years. She also did demonstrations at Feldpausch and worked as a sales clerk at a dress shop in downtown...
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Edith (Hankey) Lockwood

December 15, 1916 - February 28, 2017

Edith (Hankey) Lockwood, 100, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Edith was born December 15, 1916 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Albert Riley and Elizabeth (Leeson) Hankey. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1935 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Edith completed her Registered Nursing Program and...
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Nancy Jane (Barber) Holroyd

March 21, 1930 - February 22, 2017

Nancy Jane (Barber) Holroyd of Richland, MI Nancy, age 86, died Wednesday evening, February 22, 2017 at her residence with her loving family at her side. Nancy, the daughter of Blaine A. and Helen E. (Solomon) Barber, was born in Richland on March 21, 1930; was a lifetime resident and a 1949 graduate of Richland High School. She had...
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Nancy Lee (Miller) (Simonds) Kearn

December 2, 1934 - February 20, 2017

Nancy Lee (Miller) Kearn, 82, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died unexpectedly at home on Monday, February 20, 2017. Nancy was born December 2, 1934 in Battle Creek to Carl August and Edna Mae (Paris) Miller. She was a 1952 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Western Michigan University. Nancy was employed in all aspects of the former family business, Swonk's Flower Shop. She...
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Martha Gilmore Parfet

October 1, 1925 - February 20, 2017

MARTHA GILMORE PARFET OF GULL LAKE (HICKORY CORNERS), MI Martha, age 91, passed away on Monday, February 20th, at her home in Hickory Corners, Michigan, following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family. Martha was born on October 1st, 1925, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was the youngest daughter of Donald and Genevieve Upjohn Gilmore, and the granddaughter of Upjohn Company founder...
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Thomas W. "Tom" Morris

May 15, 1940 - February 19, 2017

Thomas William "Tom" Morris, age 76, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday evening, February 19, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. He was born in San Diego, CA on May 15, 1940, the son of Thomas H. and Rachael (Allen) Morris. Tom grew up in Hawaii and Southern California, and lived next to Pearl Harbor Naval Station during the attack on Pearl Harbor at the start of WWII. Tom spent 22...
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Tommy Johnson , Jr.

August 7, 1950 - February 18, 2017

Tommy Johnson, Jr. 66, of Battle Creek died at his home on Saturday, February 18, 2017. He was born August 7, 1950 in Wharncliffe, West Virginia to Tommy and Janice L. (Murphy) Johnson, Sr. He grew up in Wharncliffe and attended Gilbert High School. Tommy proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines and fought in the Vietnam War. Tommy was formerly married to the former Kathy L. ...
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Wayne E. Peterson

August 16, 1958 - February 18, 2017

Wayne E. Peterson, 58, went home to be with his Lord and Savior February 18, 2017. He was born to Roy Allan and Elsie L. Peterson August 16, 1958 in Battle Creek. Wayne was a resident of the local area most of his life. He graduated in 1977 from Battle Creek Central High School and the Area Vo-Education Center. After graduation, he moved to California where he worked for a short time in...
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Monica Thuah Ciang

January 1, 1949 - February 15, 2017

Monica Thuah Ciang, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017 at the Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. She was born in Falam, Chin State, Burma on January 1, 1949, the daughter of Tlun Kap (father) and Hluan Nei (mother). Monica is survived by her daughters, Regina (Jerome) Aung and Banadeth (Steven) Sang, both of Battle Creek; five grandchildren; and several...
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Elizabeth Ann Evans

May 14, 1973 - February 15, 2017

Elizabeth Ann Evans 43, of Battle Creek died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was always known as Aunt Toady or Beth to her family, and Aunt Toady to all of her many Geo-caching friends. She was a source of great entertainment to her many friends and her smile was contagious. Whenever she was around there were pranks to quickly follow. I hope you are all able to find...
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Dorothy Rose (Rolfe) Humes

March 28, 1916 - February 13, 2017

Dorothy Rose (Rolfe) Humes of Battle Creek, MI Dorothy , age 100, died peacefully Monday afternoon, February 13, 2017 at the Care Community of Springfield, MI Dorothy was born on March 28, 1916 to Charles and Alvina Rolfe in Battle Creek, MI. Dorothy graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, class of 1935, and Nichols School of Nursing, class...
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Khuang Zing

February 9, 1943 - February 13, 2017

Khuang Zing, age 74, of Battle Creek passed away Monday evening, February 13, 2017 at the Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. She was born in Falam, Chin Sate, Burma on February 9, 1943, the daughter of Lian Bik-father and Thang Twe-mother. She married the late Than Zam in 1960, and then married the late Tial Ceu in 1981. Khuang Zing is survived by her sister, Khen Sui; her...
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Douglas Stuart "Doug" Hartough

May 28, 1946 - February 9, 2017

Douglas Stuart Hartough of Delton (Crooked Lake), MI Our great friend, loving husband and father Doug Hartough, age 70, died unexpectedly during surgery on Thursday evening, February 9, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, in Kalamazoo, MI. Doug was the son of Walter and Gretchen (Richards) Hartough, and was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 28...
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William Allyn "Bill" Wood

May 4, 1926 - February 9, 2017

William A. "Bill" Wood, age 90, of Bristol Lake, Dowling passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2017. Bill was born in Battle Creek on May 4, 1926, the son of William Jr. and Ruby (Clinton) Wood. Bill was a 1944 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, and attended Michigan State College, Argubright Business College, and graduated from Kellogg Community College in 1969. He served in the...
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Emilio Macedo

April 24, 1996 - February 8, 2017

Emilio Macedo, 20, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at University of Michigan Hospital. He was born on April 24, 1996, Battle Creek, the son of Tammy A. Edwards and Benigno Macedo and he attended Pennfield High School. Emilio had Muscular Dystrophy, but never let it bother him or get in his way if possible. He is survived by his mother and father;...
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Thomas James "Tom" Holmgren

January 26, 1945 - February 7, 2017

Thomas J. Holmgren, age 72, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at home. He was born on January 26, 1945 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Earl J. Ardis and Mary W. Holmgren (Ardis). Leaving high school he joined the US Navy and was honorably discharged. He married Melva Mullins in October 1967 and she is the mother of his son, Thomas J. Holmgren, Jr. That marriage...
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Richard W. Britten, Jr.

March 28, 1947 - February 7, 2017

Richard W. Britten Jr. known as Dick or GM, 69, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on March 28, 1947 the son of Richard W. Sr and Dorothy F. (Eisenhood) Britten in Battle Creek and was a 1965 graduate of Climax-Scotts High School. He served his country honorably for 4 years with the U.S. Air Force. He was employed by GM Company ...
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Alice Maxine (Arnold) Flach

August 16, 1929 - February 7, 2017

Alice Maxine (Arnold) Flach of Augusta, MI Alice, age 87, died Tuesday morning, February 7, 2017 at the Butterfly Oasis, Kalamazoo, MI with her loving family at her side. Alice, the daughter of William and Alta (Phillips) Arnold, was born in Topeka, KS on August 16, 1929 and moved to Augusta in 1958 from Topeka. She...
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Jo Ellen Neufeld

April 10, 1955 - February 6, 2017

Jo Ellen Neufeld, age 61, of Battle Creek and formerly of Boise, Idaho, died peacefully on Monday evening, February 6, 2017 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born in Denver, Colorado on April 10, 1955, the loving daughter of Archie W. and Anna "Ruth" (Cutrell) Neufeld. In 2014, Jo Ellen retired as a Department Manager for Wal-Mart after more than 20 years of service. ...
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Dorothy Mae (Ellis) Jollineau

September 27, 1927 - February 3, 2017

Dorothy Mae (Ellis) Jollineau, 89, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility in Battle Creek, Michigan on Friday, February 3, 2017. Dorothy was born September 27, 1927 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Haran and Mabel (Flood) Ellis. She grew up in Sault Ste.Marie and was a graduate of Sault Ste. Marie High School. Dorothy was employed as the office manager at...
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Evelyn VanDongen

August 13, 1924 - February 2, 2017

Evelyn VanDongen was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the age of 92. Evelyn was born on August 13, 1924, to Henry and Cora (LaFleur) Bremer in Grand Rapids, MI. In 1941, the family moved to Battle Creek and she graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1942. She was married to Bruce VanDongen in 1946. After her children were all in school, she worked at...
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Cynthia R. "Cindy" Tuttle

March 29, 1948 - February 1, 2017

Cynthia R. "Cindy" Tuttle, age 68, of Coldwater and formerly of Battle Creek passed away at home Wednesday evening, February 1, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on March 29, 1948 the daughter of Donald N. and Betty M. (Rowden) Estelle. Cindy worked for many years as an RN at Leila Hospital and Battle Creek Health Systems. Cindy is survived by her husband Michael L. "Mike" Tuttle; her...
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Donald W. Thompson

September 10, 1927 - January 31, 2017

Life long Battle Creek resident, Donald Wayne Thompson, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep January 31, 2017. Don graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1945, served honorably in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, and retired from Clark Equipment in 1983. Don had many passions, including his family, gardening, music, wood working and enjoying what life had to offer. ...
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LG Theodore Nelson, Jr.

February 13, 1927 - January 30, 2017

LG Theodore Nelson, Jr., age 89, of Battle Creek left this world to be with his Lord on Monday afternoon, January 30, 2017. LG was born in Battle Creek at the Old Nichols Hospital on February 13, 1927, the loving son of LG and Leota (Lambert) Nelson and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1944. LG served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1944 to...
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Madge L. Benson

May 19, 1927 - January 29, 2017

Madge L. Benson, 89, Floral City, formerly of Inverness, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Madge was born in Goshen, VA on March 19, 1927, the daughter of the late Ernest and Nora (Smith) Ratliff, and moved to Inverness with her late husband, Ormie Benson, in 1986 from Battle Creek, MI. They were married for 55 years. He passed away August 12, 2016. She retired...
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Sarah Jo Drake-Yore

December 20, 1978 - January 28, 2017

Sarah Jo Drake-Yore, 38, of Battle Creek, died January 28, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. Sarah was born December 20, 1978, the daughter of Jacqueline Chaney and Joseph "Toby" Everett. She graduated from high school and received her Associates Degree from Davenport University. Sarah worked at EPI in Battle Creek and had just been promoted to Customer Service Supervisor. She loved going out...
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Joseph Clarence "Joe" Brookmyer

August 30, 1943 - January 28, 2017

Joseph Clarence "Joe" Brookmyer of Battle Creek, MI Joe, age 73, died Saturday evening, January 28, 2017 at The Oaks of NorthPointe Woods, Battle Creek, following a two-year illness. Joe, the son of Clarence and Zora (Aussets) Brookmyer, was born in Perrysburg, OH on August 30, 1943; was a 1961 graduate of Fremont (OH) High School...
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Glenn Newton "Buzz" Campbell, Jr.

March 6, 1954 - January 27, 2017

Glenn Newton "Buzz" Campbell, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Buzz, age 62, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, January 27, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Buzz, the son of Glenn N. and Clara M. (Bruynooghe) Campbell, Sr. was born in Hastings, MI on March 6, 1954; was a lifetime area resident and a 1972 graduate of Hastings...
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Thomas S. Brown

November 6, 1961 - January 26, 2017

Thomas S. Brown, 55, of Murfreesboro, TN and formerly of Battle Creek, died Thursday, January 26, 2017. Tom was born November 6, 1961 in Battle Creek to Justin "Buddy" and Emma Brown. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1979. Tom worked for Betterly Wood Products and more recently, Concrete Form Erectors in Tennessee. He enjoyed watching football and NASCAR. Tom is survived...
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Jimmie Ruth (McJunkin) Van Nortwick

October 11, 1925 - January 25, 2017

Jimmie Ruth (McJunkin) Van Nortwick, died unexpectedly on 25 January 2017, at age 91 years, 3 months and 14 days, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Jimmie was born number four of nine children on October 11, 1925 in Alabama City, Alabama to Fred Caldwell and Maude Alice (Davis) McJunkin. She grew up in Dayton, Tennessee and came to Battle Creek,...
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William "Bill" Barroso, Jr.

October 1, 1960 - January 23, 2017

Bill came into this world on October 1, 1960 to his loving parents William Barroso, Sr. (1936-1975) and Manuela Elizabeth (Sanchez) Barroso (1943-2015) at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan. Bill left us to be with our Lord on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bill was a lifelong resident of Marshall, MI and attended Mar Lee Elementary School and...
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Mary Patricia "Pat" Gioia

September 1, 1933 - January 22, 2017

Mary Patricia "Pat" Gioia Augusta, Michigan Mary "Pat" passed away peacefully, at home, on January 22, 2017. She can now join her beloved husband Anthony "Tony", who preceded her. Pat was a beautiful and generous woman who was blessed with a great sense of humor and a sharp mind. She was the person you called when you needed legal counsel, her advice was on point and her wisdom appreciated by...
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Gabino M. Garcia

February 15, 1928 - January 22, 2017

Gabino Garcia passed away at home in Battle Creek, MI on January 22, 2017 at the age of 88. Gabino is predeceased by his grandson's Ryan Perish-Garcia, Michael Barroso and Great-granddaughter Lilliana Gwillim. Gabino is survived by the love of his life Julia, whom he married in Edcouch, TX 68 years ago. This union was blessed with 10 surviving children: San Juana (Enrique)Rojas of Edcouch, TX;...
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Mary Lou Rose

January 30, 1933 - January 22, 2017

Mary Lou Rose, age 83, of Kalamazoo passed away on January 22, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice facility. Mary Lou is now in heaven, pain free, with all of her beloved family. Mary Lou was born in Kalamazoo on January 30,1933, to Frank and Bertina (Watson) Allworth. Mary Lou met the "Love of Her Life" & "Her Soulmate", Harold Rose. They married on June 2, 1951, at the Fort Custer Chapel. Harold and...
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Flora McDonald (Fettes) Etter

June 12, 1921 - January 22, 2017

Flora McDonald Etter, 95, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Flora was born June 12, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Alexander and Mary (McDonald) Fettes. Flora grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. She retired in the mid 1980's as a lab technician from Michigan Carton Company, where she was employed many years. Flora...
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Richard L. Leep

January 31, 1944 - January 22, 2017

Richard L. Leep, 72, of Otsego, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 22, 2017 after a long illness. Richard was born January 31, 1944 to Charles and Ann (Aneweer) Leep. He graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1962 and went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman First Class. He received an Associate's degree from the University of Michigan and would later become...
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Gordon Duane "Gordy", Eldred

March 21, 1936 - January 21, 2017

Gordon Duane "Gordy" Eldred of Battle Creek, MI Gordy, age 80, died Saturday evening, January 21, 2017 after a brief illness. Gordy, the son of Harold Donald and Ruby Ellen (Scamp) Eldred, was born in Battle Creek on March 21, 1936; was a lifetime area resident and was a 1955 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He was a...
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William A. "Bill" Weemes

November 18, 1931 - January 21, 2017

William A. "Bill" Weemes, age 85, of Richland, MI passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, January 21, 2017 at the Lakewood Assisted Living in Augusta, MI. He was born in Old Hickory, TN on November 18, 1931, the son of Frank C. and Julia (Winnett) Weemes. Bill faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Bill married the "Love of His...
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Kathleen M. Kuchenbuch

February 18, 1925 - January 21, 2017

Kay Kuchenbuch, 91 Kathleen M. Kuchenbuch, of Gull Lake died peacefully on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Laurels of Galesburg. Kay was born February 18, 1925 in DeWitt Iowa, daughter of John and Catherine Mc Climon. Kay was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents and 5 brothers. She is survived by her sister, Eileen Poth (Steve) of Bloomfield HIlls, Michigan. In 1948, Kay...
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Kimberly Sue Towery-Kahler

October 13, 1977 - January 21, 2017

Kimberly Sue Towery-Kahler, 39, of Bellevue, Michigan died Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Kimberly was born October 13, 1977 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Larry E. and Susan D. (Eberhard) Towery. She grew up in Bellevue and received her high school diploma through Battle Creek Public Schools. Kim was currently employed at Marshall Manor & Rehabilitation...
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Marlene A. Rice

January 31, 1937 - January 20, 2017

Marlene A. Rice, age 79, of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday afternoon, January 20, 2017. She was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on January 31, 1937, the daughter of Marshall E. and Ida S. (Kulsuth) Jaeger. Marlene married the "Love of Her Life", Richard W. Rice, at the Lakeview Baptist Church in Battle Creek on August 19, 1955. She is survived by her loving...
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Joseph Henry "Joe", Blaskie, Jr.

February 27, 1919 - January 20, 2017

Joseph Henry "Joe" Blaskie, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Joe, age 97, died Friday morning January 20, 2017 at his residence and with his loving family at his side. Joe, the son of Joseph H. and Mary (Kubiak) Blaskie, Sr., was born in Detroit, MI on February 27, 1919 and was a graduate of St. Charles Catholic High...
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Kinsley Ann Markle

September 2, 2012 - January 18, 2017

Kinsley Ann Markle of Richland, MI and Battle Creek, MI Our sweet Kinsley went to Heaven early Wednesday morning, January 18, 2017 in Battle Creek, MI. Kinsley was born a miracle and with her bright eyes, smile and contagious laugh she would light up a room. Kinsley touched many lives in her short time here. Kinsley, the daughter...
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Carolyn R. Spedden

December 30, 1943 - January 17, 2017

Carolyn Ruth Spedden, 73, of Battle Creek, MI made an unexpected departure to Heaven January 17, 2017. Carolyn was a devoted Wife, Mother, Ma, Mom-Mom, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was preceded in death by her mother and father William and Lillian VanWuffen. Carolyn is survived by her husband of 53 years, David Wilson Spedden; her son Michael Spedden of Satsuma, Fl.; her son...
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Paul R. Robbins

January 21, 1943 - January 17, 2017

Paul R. Robbins of Augusta, MI, age 73, died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at his home. Paul the son of Dallas H. and Emma J. (Handy) Robbins, was born in Crawford, TN. He retired from Hydreco. He loved the Barn Theatre and the Ragotzy family. He housed many "Barnies" for decades - including Tom Wopat. Paul was known for his storytelling in his smooth southern voice. He knew and was known by...
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Pauline M. (Morrison) Carl

October 9, 1921 - January 17, 2017

It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Pauline M. (Morrison) Carl, age 95, of Battle Creek announces the passing of our family matriarch who died on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. She was born October 9, 1921 in Saginaw, Michigan to Norman A. and Mary C. (Weiland) Morrison. Pauline grew up in St. Charles and was a graduate of St. Charles High School. ...
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Deanise Lyn Loyd

July 22, 1977 - January 14, 2017

Deanise Lyn Loyd, age 39, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 14, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on July 22, 1977 at attended St. Philip Elementary School before transferring to Lakeview Schools where she graduated with the Class of 1996. Deanise attended Wright Beauty Academy and previously worked at Pablo's in McCamly Place, Applebee's, and Sally's Beauty...
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Manuel Barroso

March 18, 1946 - January 13, 2017

Manuel Barroso of Jackson, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Manuel, age 70, died Friday evening, January 13, 2017 at the Jackson County Medical Care Facility with his loving daughter, Angela at his side. Manuel, the son of Domingo and Cevera (Rodigus) Barroso, was born in Springport, MI on March 18, 1946 and was a lifetime area resident. He was a self...
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Leona "Grace" Duck

January 20, 1928 - January 11, 2017

Leona "Grace" (Leib) Duck, 88, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Battle Creek Manor. She was born January 20, 1928 in Sumner, Illinois, the daughter of Arthur A. and Ruth P. (Phillips) Leib. Grace was a 1946 graduate of Lawrence County Schools in Lawrenceville, IL and Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, where she received her License Practical Nursing certificate...
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Lee Ann Luzius

September 10, 1928 - January 10, 2017

Lee Ann Luzius, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Bronson at Home Hospice Residence, where she had been a patient since December 31st. She was 88 years old. Born September 10, 1928 in Battle Creek, Lee Ann graduated from Battle Creek Central, where she'd been active in Daughters of the American Revolution, debate and high school theatre. She...
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Dorothy Jane (Yurko) Vogel

June 18, 1924 - January 7, 2017

Dorothy Jane (Yurko) Vogel, 92, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Dorothy was the only child born to Frederick J. and Margaret Catherine (Wagner) Yurko on June 18, 1924 in Chillicothe, Ohio. She was a 1942 graduate of Chillicothe High School and dedicated her life to raising her large family. Dorothy married...
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Alice M. McClow

February 27, 1943 - January 4, 2017

Alice Mary McClow, 73, of Battle Creek, Mich., passed peacefully to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, after a four-week severe illness. She was born Feb. 27, 1943, in Leominster, Mass., the daughter of Norman Carlton Sparks and Helen Walker (Pratt) Sparks. Alice married Jerry Ray Berry in Leominster in August 1962. In 1966,...
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Doris L. Gay

December 8, 1923 - January 4, 2017

Doris L. Gay, age 93, of Richland, MI, died peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 2017 at the Butterfly Oasis in Kalamazoo. She was born in Detroit, MI on December 8, 1923, the loving daughter of Heber and Eula (Merrifield) Badger and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School. Doris worked for the Kalamazoo Public Schools, where she served as a secretary and also a sewing instructor...
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Laura Ann (Gellinger) Gordon

December 15, 1962 - January 4, 2017

Laura Ann (Gellinger) Gordon of Galesburg, MI Laura, age 54, passed away after being diagnosed with FrontoTemporal Degeneration (FTD) a few years ago. Laura was a loving mother, wonderful wife, kind friend and beautiful person. Laura was born December 15, 1962 in Joliet, IL to Kathleen (McGinnis) and Terrence Gellinger. Laura grew up in Palatine, IL and graduated from Fremd...
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Marjorie N. "Margie" (Hughes) Joba

November 18, 1921 - January 3, 2017

Marjorie Nina (Hughes) Joba, 95, of Battle Creek made her transition with her family at her side on January 3rd, 2017. She was born on November 18, 1921, the daughter of Nina E. (Worth) and Ivan W. Hughes in East Leroy, Michigan. A lifelong resident of Battle Creek, Marjorie graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1940 and attended Battle Creek Business College. She worked as a...
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Karen Marie (Galloup) Oliver

May 12, 1953 - January 2, 2017

Karen Marie (Galloup) Oliver, 63, of Durham, North Carolina and formerly of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Monday, January 2, 2017, after a brief illness. She was born May 12, 1953 in Battle Creek, Michigan to John Olin and Marilyn Theresa (Eckrich) Galloup. She went through St. Philip Elementary School, was a 1971 graduate of Pennfield High School and...
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Albert Cornelius "Al" Kleinhuizen

December 2, 1921 - January 2, 2017

Albert C. Kleinhuizen of Battle Creek, MI Al, age 95, died Monday morning, January 2, 2017 at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence, Battle Creek with his loving family at his side. Al, the son of Charles J. and Elizabeth (Van Zanten) Kleinhuizen, was born in Roseland, IL on December 2, 1921 and moved to Michigan in 1931. He was a...
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Lillian Ethel (Burns) Bottom

May 21, 1930 - January 1, 2017

Lillian Ethel Burns Bottom, 86, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Sunday, January 1, 2017. She was born May 21, 1930 in Springfield, Kentucky the daughter of Luther and Florene (Lanham) Burns. Lillian was a well-known and respected member of her community. She was an Avon representative for over 40 years. Lillian was employed for the Battle Creek Public...
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Richard W. Maher

December 31, 2016

Richard Wendell Maher, 90, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully on Saturday December 31, 2016. He was born in Battle Creek on April 20, 1926, the son of James and Amelia (Lorig) Maher. The families were lifelong residents of Battle Creek and Richard was a 1943 graduate of St Philip Catholic Central High School. Richard began his college education at Western Michigan University...
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Daryl Ray Manning

April 23, 1957 - December 30, 2016

On December 30, 2016 Daryl Manning , age 59, decided that he was ready to go home with God and the love of his life, Betty. Although He left three very heartbroken children and four grandchildren that loved their Papa more than words can say, he is now in the arms of his true love, Betty. To be honest, there is no way to write this about Daryl and not mention the crazy love story of Daryl and...
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Walter F. "Wally" Ludwa

June 20, 1920 - December 30, 2016

Walter F. "Wally" Ludwa, 96, of Battle Creek died at the Legacy at The Oaks with his family at his side on Friday, December 30, 2016. Wally was born June 20, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois to Walter and Nellie (Kontrek) Ludwa. He grew up in Detroit, attended St. Augustine School until 7th grade; in 1932 moved to Battle Creek and was a 1938 graduate of St. Philip Catholic High School. Wally...
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Michael J. Babick

November 2, 1951 - December 28, 2016

Michael J. "James" Babick, 65, of Battle Creek, died December 28, 2016. Mike was born November 2, 1951 in Battle Creek, to Lewis and Bernedia (Snyder) Babick. He graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School in 1969 and received his nursing degree in 1992. He worked as a registered nurse at the Calhoun County Jail and Allegence Hospital in Jackson, among other places. Mike is survived by...
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Marilynn J. Chipman

January 6, 1920 - December 27, 2016

Chipman, Marilynn J. Jan. 6, 1920 – Dec. 27, 2016 At age ninety-six, Marilynn went to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. She is with her beloved husband, Royce and daughter, Sandra Abbott. Marilynn passed away peacefully with family and loved ones around her. Marilynn had three daughters, Tonya, Sandra (deceased), and Char-Lee. She is survived by Tonya Preston, Char-Lee...
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Sa Tin (Lal Te) Lay

January 18, 1978 - December 24, 2016

Sa Tin Lay (Lal Te), age 38, of Battle Creek, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 24, 2016. He was born in Falam, Chin State, Burma on January 18, 1978. Sa Lay immigrated to United States from Burma in 2000. He married Ally Lay (Hlawn Nei Par) on February 9, 2008; she survives. Sa Lay is also survived by 2 children, Lydia Lay and Osteen Lay, and 4 sisters. Two of his sisters are currently...
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Duane P. Gillespie

June 22, 1932 - December 24, 2016

Duane P. Gillespie, age 84, of Battle Creek died peacefully and went to be with his Lord & Savior on Saturday morning, December 24, 2016. He was born in Galesburg, Michigan on June 22, 1932, the son of Paul O. and Lucille (Shafer) Gillespie. Duane faithfully served his country as member of the United States Army from 1949 to 1953. Duane worked for many years as a machinist at Hydreco in...
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David P. Skarp

April 22, 1942 - December 23, 2016

David P. Skarp, 74, of Battle Creek, unexpectedly left his earthly family on December 23, 2016 to live with his Heavenly Father. He and his entire immediate and extended family had just arrived in Sarasota, FL for the Holidays. His family had enjoyed a two-and-a-half day car caravan ride together, during which Dave enjoyed the exchanging of grandchildren riding with him at every stop. Daughter...
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Roysten E. "Rusty" Stewart

August 14, 1928 - December 22, 2016

Roysten "Rusty" Stewart, 88, of Battle Creek died at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence in Battle Creek on Thursday, December 22, 2016. Rusty was born August 14, 1928 in Clinton, Missouri to Elmer Bartow and Goldie Ellen (Edicott) Stewart. He grew up in the Clinton, Michigan area, graduated from high school and attended Community College later in life. Rusty retired after 35 years of...
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Graham Lee Miner

August 28, 1928 - December 22, 2016

Graham Lee Miner of Battle Creek, MI Graham, age 88, died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence of Battle Creek following a lengthy illness and with his loving family by his side. Graham, the son of Thomas L. and Mary Alice (Walters) Miner, was born in Battle Creek on...
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Jerry Lynn Vandeburg

October 2, 1937 - December 21, 2016

Jerry Lynn Vandeburg 79 of Battle Creek Michigan passed away Wednesday December 21, 2016 at his home. He was born October 2, 1937 to Hubert and Thelma (Sheldon) Vandeburg. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1955. He worked for Michigan Carton Company, and then became a professional painter. He had three children; Jerry Vandeburg Jr. Julie Vandeburg, and Rebecca Vandeburg. He was...
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Agnew D. Keener

April 25, 1948 - December 21, 2016

Agnew (Chubby) Keener 68 of Battle Creek MI., passed away Wednesday Dec 21st 2016 he was a loving Husband & Father papa & great papa. He was preceeded in death by his father James Keener and a sister, Vicky Harden. He is survived by his wife Sandra Keener, sister Doris (Mike) Rose from Michigan, a sister Judy Goud from Hixson, Tennessee, his mother Ruth Keener also from Hixson, Tennessee,...
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Frances "Lucille" Hibbard

July 7, 1929 - December 21, 2016

Frances "Lucille" Hibbard, 87, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Frances was born July 7, 1929 at home in Overton County, Tennessee to Joe and Nancy Brown. She married Leo E. Hibbard on August 26, 1950. He sadly preceded her in death in 2005. Frances loved being with her family, playing cards, spending time with her cats and being outdoors. Frances is survived by...
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Georgina R. Woolner

August 16, 1925 - December 21, 2016

Georgina (nee Ross) Woolner, age 91, of Battle Creek, Michigan, formerly of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, passed away on December 21, 2016 in the Bronson At Home Good Samaritan Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. Georgina was born at Tom's Forest Cottage, Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on August 16, 1925, the daughter of Robert W. and Georgina S. Ross. She was preceded in death by her...
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Elaine Marilyn (Thiem) Wooderson

May 26, 1931 - December 21, 2016

Elaine Marilyn Wooderson, age 85 of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away at home on December 21, 2016. Born on May 26, 1931 in Flint, Elaine was the daughter of Edmund A. Thiem and Gladys Eda (Kohllmorgen) Thiem of Lansing. She was married in Lansing on March 28, 1952 and was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William Alva Wooderson. Elaine attended Michigan State University, studied...
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Steven S. Taylor

January 21, 1976 - December 20, 2016

Steven Scott Taylor, age 40, of Battle Creek, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Saginaw, MI on January 21, 1976. Steven graduated from the Doris Klaussen Developmental Center in 2002. He has been active with CIR (Community Inclusive Recreation) and the ARC of Calhoun County. Steven loved to bowl, dance, swim, shopping, and going to the...
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Lois M. Sutton

April 13, 1927 - December 20, 2016

Lois M. Sutton, 89, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility with her family by her side. Lois was born April 13, 1927 in Battle Creek to Arthur and Elsie (Dunn) Hess. She graduated from Lakeview High School and worked at the Kellogg Company for many years before leaving to raise her children. Once her children were older, she returned to Kellogg...
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Chad Christian Wells

March 8, 1973 - December 19, 2016

Chad Christian Wells, 43, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away with peace and grace on December 19th, 2016 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was born on March 8, 1973 in Battle Creek, Michigan to parents George and Jean Wells. A decorated high school student-athlete at Battle Creek Central, Chad excelled in both baseball and football. As a pitcher, he was fortunate enough to strike...
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Emily Elizabeth Galloup

September 19, 1985 - December 18, 2016

Emily Elizabeth Galloup, 31, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly and was pronounced on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Emily was born September 19, 1985 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Stephen and Janelle (Bryant) Galloup. She grew up in Battle Creek, attended Lakeview High School, Wright Beauty Academy, KCC in the nursing program and KVCC studying human medicine and psychology. Emily had been employed...
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Clyde Leroy Whipple

March 11, 1942 - December 16, 2016

Clyde Leroy Whipple Jr., age 74, of Augusta died Friday morning, December 16, 2016 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Battle Creek on March 11, 1942, the son of Clyde F. and Edna (Morris) Whipple. Clyde worked on the family farm in Augusta for many years. A true outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, farming, and taking care of animals. Clyde is survived by his children, Penny...
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Frederick Lee "Jaimie" Wright

March 6, 1943 - December 16, 2016

Frederick Lee "Jaimie" Wright of Augusta, MI Jaimie, age 73, died Friday morning, December 16, 2016 at his residence and following a lengthy illness. Jaimie, the son of Vernon F. and Virginia J. (De Korte) Wright, was born in Otsego, MI on March 6, 1943. He served his country honorably and nobly during the Vietnam War...
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Shirley Diann Clouse

March 9, 1948 - December 14, 2016

Shirley Diann Clouse, passed away at home peacefully Wednesday, December 14th. Shirley was preceded in death by her father Arnold Stacy Clouse and a sister, Joanne Smith both of Tennessee. She is survived by her mother Betty Jo Baird of Battle Creek; husband, Norman Lytle and children SuAnn L. (John P.) Dayhuff, Tommy L. Latshaw, M. David Latshaw, Sara D. (Matthew Lucas) Beard, Starla...
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