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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

Irma A. (Lindenfelser) Howard

April 13, 1928 - January 12, 2019

Irma A. Howard, 90, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at her home in Battle Creek surrounded by loved ones following a short illness. She was born on Friday, April 13, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to Arthur F. and Anna K. Lindenfelser, both immigrants from Germany. The family moved to Battle Creek in the early 1930's when her father got a job at the Kellogg Company. They purchased a farm in...
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Dale Wayne Blanchard

February 24, 1951 - January 12, 2019

Dale Wayne Blanchard, age 67 of Battle Creek died Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Battle Creek. Per Dale's wishes, his human cremated remains will be placed near his parents at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens in Battle Creek, Michigan. A private family committal service will be held at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Personal messages for Dale's family may be placed...
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Jane Ann (Brady) Wallner

August 1, 1944 - January 11, 2019

Jane Ann (Brady) Wallner, age 74, of Gull Lake (Richland), died unexpectedly Friday evening, January 11, 2019 in Grand Junction, CO while vacationing with family. Jane, the daughter of Tom and Jane (Cooling) Brady, was born in St. Petersburg, FL on August 1, 1944; was a graduate of Loretto Heights College in Denver Colorado. Jane and her family moved to this area in 1971. Jane was active in the...
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Gail A. (Coon) Schley

May 23, 1948 - January 11, 2019

Gail Ann Schley, age 70, of Battle Creek passed away Friday, January 11, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on May 23, 1948, the daughter of Charles E. and Betty J (Buchfink) Coon. Gail was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles R. "Dick" Coon. She is survived by her son, Aaron T. Schley and his wife, Kathy; and her ex-husbands, Tim Clair and Thomas Schley. Gail attended...
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Krystal Renee "Krystie" Davis

March 22, 1957 - January 11, 2019

Krystal Renee "Krystie" Davis, age 61, of Battle Creek sadly passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, January 11, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on March 22, 1957, the daughter of Dean E. and Kathleen R. (Wallace) Harris and graduated from Pennfield High School and the Calhoun Area Vocational Center in 1975. Krystie retired from Denso in 2017 after more than 32 years of service. She...
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Marilyn Joyce (Vogel) Stadt

April 3, 1930 - January 11, 2019

Marilyn Joyce (Vogel) Stadt of Gull Lake (Hickory Corners), MI Marilyn, age 88, died Friday morning, January 11, 2019 at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo, MI with her loving family at her side. Marilyn, the daughter of Rev. Peter and Alice (Dalman) Vogel, was born in Grand Rapids, MI on April 3, 1930; was a Lee High School graduate, and moved to Gull Lake in 2000. A...
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Alice M. Hoyt

September 4, 1931 - January 10, 2019

Alice M. Hoyt, 87, of Richland, died Thursday, January 10, 2019 at her residence with her family by her side. Alice was born September 4, 1931 in Battle Creek to Joseph and Myrtle (Letson) Mercer. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and married the love of her life, Russell Hoyt in 1949. The couple enjoyed 69 years of marriage. Alice enjoyed sewing, doing various crafts and...
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Judy Kay Gillett

December 11, 1959 - January 8, 2019

Judy K. Gillett, 59, of Battle Creek died Tuesday January 8, 2019. Judy was born December 11, 1959 in Kalamazoo to Harley and Marilyn (Garfield) Gillett. She received her Associate's Degree from Oakland Community College in automotive technology and a Bachelor's Degree from Walsh College of Accounting and Business Administration. Judy is a former pianist and organist at West Leroy Bible...
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Brandon C. Willavize

July 16, 1994 - January 7, 2019

Brandon C. Willavize, age 24, passed away unexpectedly as the result of a seizure on Monday, January 7, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on July 16, 1994, and was the loving son of Julie Willavize and Christopher "Chris" Loman. Brandon is survived by "The Loves of His Life", his son, Brandon Jr. "Bubbie" & his mother, Calee Roth; his mom, Julie; his dad, Chris; two brothers, Ben and...
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Lottie I. Reeves

June 26, 1944 - January 4, 2019

Lottie I. Reeves, age 74, of Springfield died peacefully at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Friday afternoon, January 4, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on June 26, 1944, the daughter of Clarence W. and Sylvia M. (Blodgett) Hicks. Lottie enjoyed cooking, traveling and being outdoors, but her greatest love in life was her family, especially her grandchildren. Lottie is survived by...
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Barbara Jean "Barb" Watkins

September 9, 1931 - January 3, 2019

Barbara J. Watkins of Battle Creek, MI Barbara, age 87, died Thursday evening, January 3, 2019, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Barbara, the daughter of Fred W. and Blanche A. (Thurston) Lusk, was born in Athens, MI, on September 9, 1931, moved to the Battle Creek area in 1940 and graduated from Battle Creek Lakeview High School in 1948. She had worked...
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Charles Arthur "Charlie" Hall

June 17, 1936 - January 3, 2019

Charles Arthur "Charlie" Hall, age 82, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at his home, with his loving family at his side, on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Charlie was born June 17, 1936 in Battle Creek the son of Thomas Clayton and Vivian Loraine (Stoddard) Hall. He grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Public Schools. Charlie retired from the Battle Creek Post Office...
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John E. Zalner

December 20, 1941 - January 2, 2019

With his wife, Annette, holding his hand, John E. Zalner, 77, of Battle Creek, went to be with Jesus on January 2, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence. John was born on December 20, 1941 in Jackson, MI to Stanley and Marie (Taylor) Zalner. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1960. He then graduated from Sheet Metal Journeyman School. After working in the business for over 35 years,...
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Charles E. Hook

September 1, 1926 - December 31, 2018

Charles E. Hook, 92, went to be with The Lord on Monday morning, December 31, 2018. He was born in South Bend, Indiana on September 1, 1926, the son of Ruth and Cecil Hook. After finishing high school, Charles served in the US Army, stationed in the Philippines during WWII. While at training camp in Tennessee, Charles met a beautiful young lady (Elsye) and they moved to Battle Creek, Michigan to...
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Linda June (Weddle) Jones Miller

June 3, 1927 - December 31, 2018

Linda June (Weddle) Jones Miller, 91, of Battle Creek died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Monday, December 31, 2018. She was born June 3, 1927 in Girard, Illinois the daughter of Dewey and Mary (Stowe) Weddle. Linda grew up in Virginia and at age 12 moved with her family to Battle Creek, where she attended Battle Creek Public and Central High School. She was employed at the...
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Leann Grace Collins

January 27, 1963 - December 29, 2018

Leann Grace Collins, age 55, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018. She was born January 27, 1963 in Wayne, Michigan, the daughter of Lindell K. Collins and Sherry A. Welton, and was raised in Battle Creek. Leann worked at the Roma Cafe, Cracker Barrel, many other waitress jobs, and also worked at Goodwill and Walmart. She loved to dance, have a good time with family and...
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Leonard A. Reichert

July 14, 1931 - December 29, 2018

Leonard A. Reichert, 87, of Battle Creek, died December 29, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence. Leonard was born July 14, 1931 in Akron, OH to Earl and Opal (Metcalf) Reichert. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and went on to serve his country honorably in the United States Navy. He worked as a steel construction worker for many years and belonged to the Local #340. ...
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Richard Drew "Dick" Shive

August 13, 1937 - December 29, 2018

Richard Drew "Dick" Shive of Augusta, MI Dick, age 81, died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at his residence with his loving family at his side. Dick, the son of Richard and Roberta (Behlke) Shive was born in Battle Creek on August 13, 1937; was a lifetime area resident and a 1957 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He retired in 2000 after 37 years of faithful service...
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Betty L. Martens

September 23, 1937 - December 29, 2018

Betty L. Martens, 81, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Bickford Cottage. She was born September 23, 1937 the daughter of Earl and Dorothy (Garber) Cable in Michigan City, Indiana. She attended Lakeview High School. Betty Cable was united in marriage to Ronald "Ron" Martens on June 30, 1956 in Battle Creek. Betty worked at Weston's Cookie Factory until 1961 and Dunham...
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Gordon Eldon Mead

December 18, 1942 - December 26, 2018

Gordon Eldon Mead, age 76, of Battle Creek passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 peacefully surrounded by family in the Intensive Care Unit at the Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. He was born in Battle Creek on December 18, 1942 to Charles Mead and Mary Bevier, and grew up with 8 brothers and sisters. After serving his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, he returned...
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Shirley (Long) Pinson

October 29, 1964 - December 24, 2018

Shirley (Long) Pinson, 54, of Battle Creek, formerly Sampson, lost her battle with ALS early Dec. 24th. She was born October 29, 1964 in Elkhart, Indiana to William and Beverly (Bernheisel) Long. She attended Southeastern Jr. High, and Battle Creek Central where she met her first husband, Richard Sampson. They had one son Jason Sampson and he survives. Later she met Ron McDonald, and...
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John Marshall Ward

December 13, 1944 - December 23, 2018

John Marshall Ward, age 74, of West Palm Beach, Florida and formerly of Battle Creek, died of natural causes on December 23, 2018. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Frank W. Ward II and Dorothy (Feinauer) Ward. He grew up in Battle Creek where he was a 1962 graduate of Lakeview High School. He received a B.S. in Journalism in 1967 from the University of Michigan where he was Editor of...
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Michael Lynn "Mike" Johnston

October 25, 1948 - December 23, 2018

Michael Lynn "Mike" Johnston, age 70, of Battle Creek died at home and went to be with Jesus and many loved ones on Sunday, December 23, 2018. He was born on October 25, 1948 in Battle Creek, the son of Robert L. and Merry L. (Moser) Johnston. He attended Springfield Schools and then in Junior High began attending Lakeview, until graduating in 1966. He honorably served his country in the U.S....
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Charles K. "Chuck" McCann, Jr.

July 18, 1934 - December 22, 2018

Charles Kingsley "Chuck" McCann, Jr., age 84, of Battle Creek died peacefully surrounded by his family at Reflections Memory Care on Saturday, December 22, 2018. He was born July 18, 1934 in Downers Grove, Illinois to Charles Kingsley and Bernice "Bunny" (Zelms) McCann. Chuck grew up in Downers Grove, graduating from Downers Grove High School in 1952. He graduated from the University of...
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David Merriman

May 26, 1973 - December 21, 2018

David John Merriman, age 45, of Battle Creek sadly passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 21, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on May 26, 1973, and was the son of David George Merriman and Elsa Dawn Campbell. David graduated from Pennfield High School, where he played football, and furthered his education at ITT Technical Institute. He worked in computer networking, and as a carpenter &...
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Joanne Janet (Turley) Bartzen

December 27, 1932 - December 20, 2018

Joanne Bartzen, 85, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed peacefully on Thursday, December 20, 2018. She was born December 27, 1932 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Frederick and Geneva (Swank) Turley. She is survived by her husband, Harold; sons, Dale (Sherry) K. of Newark, Ohio and Paul B. (Shelly) of Battle Creek; sisters, Barbara Weed of North Port, FL., Linda Willavize of...
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Gertrude May (Maynard) Unger

December 16, 1922 - December 19, 2018

Gertrude May (Maynard) Unger, 96, of Battle Creek and formerly of Brooksville, Florida died peacefully at Glen Arbor Hospice Residence, with her family at her side, on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Gertrude was born December 16, 1922, the daughter of Curtis and Mida (Cassidy) Maynard in Inez, Kentucky. She grew up in Kentucky and then Dearborn, Michigan graduating as the 1940 Valedictorian of...
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Mickael Ray Burge

August 8, 1966 - December 17, 2018

Mickael Ray Burge, age 52, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly at home on December 17, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on August 8, 1966, the son of Billie L. and Mary Lou (Cotton) Burge, and was employed at AC Foundry for many years. Mickael is survived by his son, Mickael Ray Burge, II.; his sister, Teresa (Ford Antes) Burge; nephews, Billy, Joseph, and Nathan Antes; and several...
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David "Dave" Henry Powell

October 23, 1933 - December 17, 2018

David "Dave" Henry Powell of Kalamazoo, MI & Formerly of Gull Lake, MI David, age 85, died Monday, December 17, 2018 at Heritage Community, Kalamazoo following a brief illness. David, the son of Rudolph C. and Mildred M. (Prange) Powell, was born in Detroit, MI on October 23, 1933 and moved to Gull Lake in 1993. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1955...
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Gordon C. "Gordy" Bishop, Jr.

November 5, 1949 - December 16, 2018

Gordon C. "Gordy" Bishop Jr., age 69, of Battle Creek, passed in peace on his new journey on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at his home. He had recently undergone therapy for Cancer where his best friend and companion, Donald Shive, cared for him while he was undergoing treatment with his Cancer battle. Gordy was born in Battle Creek on November 5, 1949 to Barbara J. (Brown) Bishop and Gordon Bishop...
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Ruby Arlene (Root) Gray

March 31, 1928 - December 15, 2018

Ruby Arlene (Root) Gray of Augusta, MI Ruby, age 90, died Saturday afternoon, December 15, 2018 at her daughter's residence with her loving family at her side following a brief illness. Ruby, the daughter of Roy and Della (DeMoss) Root, was born in Lawrence, MI on March 31, 1928; was a lifetime area resident and was a 1946...
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Rand Lee "Randy" Koetje

January 21, 1954 - December 12, 2018

Rand Lee "Randy" Koetje of Augusta, MI Randy, age 64, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, December 12, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI following complications due to heart failure. Randy, the son of Jack Koetje and Maxine (Postma, Koetje) DeVrou, was born in Grand Rapids, MI...
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Isaac Lee "Ike" McGlothen

February 7, 1955 - December 12, 2018

Isaac Lee "Ike" McGlothen, 63 of Battle Creek, MI died Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, after a valiant battle with cancer with several medical complications with his family at his side. Ike was born February 7, 1955 in Fort Hood, Texas to Homer Lee and Dola Joyce (Howard) McGlothen. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1973 graduate of Battle Creek Central...
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Christopher Daylee "Really Doe" "Charlie Hustle" Guy-Vansyckle

November 15, 1977 - December 7, 2018

Christopher Daylee "Really Doe" "Charlie Hustle" Guy-VanSyckle, age 41, of Battle Creek departed this life unexpectedly at home on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Christopher was born on Nov. 15,1977, the youngest of nine siblings, and attended Battle Creek Public Schools. Chris enjoyed playing football and basketball. He especially enjoyed playing in the Gus Macker tournaments. Chris was employed at...
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Hilde Hammer

July 21, 1932 - December 7, 2018

Hilde Hammer, age 86, of Battle Creek, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday morning, December 7, 2018. She was born in Oldenburg, Germany on July 21, 1932 and came to the United States on her own at the age of 19, living in Battle Creek for more than 56 years. Hilde dedicated everything she had to raising and blessing her family, and later in life worked at Hudson's, where she was...
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Marilyn Elaine (Gordon) Jones

September 11, 1930 - December 7, 2018

Marilyn Elaine (Gordon) Jones passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her husband and family on December 7, 2018. Marilyn was born on September 11, 1930 to Clete and Mary Gordon in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated from St. Augustine's High School, and married Desmond Jones on May 6, 1950 at the old St. Augustine church. Marilyn took great joy in her role as wife, mother, grandmother...
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Dorlee Odessa (Liechty) "Lee" Fredy

March 30, 1942 - December 6, 2018

Dorlee Odessa "Lee" (Liechty) Fredy, 76, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Lee was born March 20, 1942 in Wauseon, Ohio the daughter of Vergil and Delphia (Shaffer) Liechty. Battle Creek has been her home since moving here as a child with her family. Lee was 1960 graduate of Battle Creek Central...
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Rosemary Marie (Renshaw) Davidson

August 18, 1930 - December 5, 2018

Rosemary Marie (Renshaw) Davidson, 88, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Rosemary was born August 18, 1930 in Quincy Township / Branch County, Michigan to Fred J. and Gladys N, (Moore) Renshaw. She was raised in Coldwater, Michigan, was a 1948 graduate of Coldwater High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree (Phi...
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Joseph Lee "Joe" Kaywood

March 14, 1942 - December 3, 2018

Joseph Lee "Joe" Kaywood of Richland, MI Joe, age 76, died Monday afternoon, December 3, 2018 at Pipp Hospital, Plainwell, MI, following a lengthy illness. Joe, the son of Joseph Thomas and Gladys Lillian (Held) Kaywood, was born in Grand Rapids, MI on March 14, 1942; was a 1960 graduate of Grand Rapids Central High School and moved to the Richland/Kalamazoo area...
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Catherine "Kay" Spear

May 8, 1925 - December 2, 2018

Catherine "Kay" Spear, age 93, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at Evergreen Manor on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 8, 1925, the daughter of Frederick and Theresa (VanDemere) Kornoelje. Kay retired from Ralston Purina after more than 36 years of faithful service. Kay married William T. "Bill" Spear at the First Baptist Church of...
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Dianna Lynn (Wilson) Willavize

September 8, 1955 - November 30, 2018

Dianna Lynn (Wilson) Willavize of Battle Creek, MI Dianna, age 63, died unexpectedly Friday morning, November 30, 2018 at her residence. Dianna, the daughter of Edward and Frances "Peggy" (Smith) Wilson was born in Washington, D.C on September 8, 1955; moved to this area in 1963 and attended Pennfield High School. She was the consummate housewife running the daily...
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Anne Elizabeth Thompson

May 28, 1942 - November 29, 2018

Anne Elizabeth Thompson, age 76, of Richland passed away Thursday afternoon, November 29, 2018 at Friendship Village. She was born in Kalamazoo on May 28, 1942, the loving daughter of Robert M. and Francis (deKoning) Sorlie, and was a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area. Anne graduated from University High School in Kalamazoo and received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Western...
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Jeanette Louise (Amlotte) Martin

November 30, 1942 - November 29, 2018

Jeanette Louise (Amlotte) Martin, of Battle Creek died on her terms, peacefully at home with her family at her side, the day before her 76th birthday, on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Jeanette was united in marriage to George Irving Martin on April 9, 1964 in Battle Creek. Surviving are George, her husband of 54 years; two daughters, Debra (Nick) Mathews and Dawn Rall both of Battle Creek;...
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Claude L. Williams

February 9, 1930 - November 29, 2018

Claude L. Williams, 88, of Battle Creek, died November 29, 2018. Claude was born February 9, 1930 in LaPryor, TX to Buckner and Lillie (Ashley) Williams. Claude graduated from Edison High School and went to San Antonio College. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Claude worked at the Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, the Federal Center...
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Juanita V. Winer

May 5, 1920 - November 28, 2018

Juanita V. Winer, age 98, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at the Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis on Wednesday morning, November 28, 2018. She was born in Decatur, Indiana on May 5, 1920, the daughter of Russell and Viola (Ray) Bowman. Juanita worked at the Kirsch Co. and the Sturgis Journal in Sturgis, Michigan. She enjoyed sewing & crafts, shopping, playing the organ, square-dancing...
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David H. Hurley

December 25, 1930 - November 27, 2018

David H. Hurley, age 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Oaks Retirement Community in Gilbert, Arizona. He was born December 25, 1930 in Battle Creek Michigan, to Hugh M. Hurley and Arlene L. Hurley. His grandparents were Louis and Maude Hurley and Roy and Golda Knepp. He was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He married Barbara Ann Rice on...
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Charlotte Lena Lynd

April 10, 1945 - November 27, 2018

Charlotte Lena Lynd, age 73, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Bronson Battle Creek on Tuesday evening, November 27, 2018. She was born in Wausau, Wisconsin on April 10, 1945 the daughter of Lester and Lillian (Wasmundt) Jaecks. Her family moved to Battle Creek in 1947, where she was raised by foster families. Charlotte attended Davenport University, and served for many years as a records...
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James "Jim" Wiersema

June 26, 1940 - November 26, 2018

James Lyle "Jim" Wiersema, 78, of Richland, died Monday, November 26, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo. He was born June 26, 1940 the son of Hazel Scott Wiersema and Lisle Wiersema, both deceased. Jim was a graduate of Richland High School, attend Whirlpool Institute and WMU. James was united in marriage on December 8, 1963 to former Martha Robyn. Jim is survived by his wife, Martha...
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Jerry Blane Monroe

March 15, 1942 - November 25, 2018

Jerry Blane Monroe, age 76, of Ceresco passed away Sunday evening, November 25, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Battle Creek on March 15, 1942, the son of Merle and Iva (Rouse) Monroe and attended Battle Creek Public Schools. Jerry was employed at American Suzuki of Brea, California for more than 35 years. He was a member of the NRA and the Bellevue...
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Eleanor L. Teeter

February 5, 1922 - November 22, 2018

Eleanor L. Teeter, age 96, of Gun Lake in Shelbyville, Michigan (formerly of Battle Creek), quietly passed away at home Thanksgiving morning, November 22, 2018. Eleanor was born February 5, 1922 in Traverse City, MI, the daughter of Henry and Grace (Coburn) Pfeiffer. Grace later married William Kenfield. Eleanor spent most of her life in Battle Creek until moving with Bob to Gun Lake in 1971. ...
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Beverly Ann "Bev" Laitila

May 5, 1947 - November 22, 2018

Beverly Ann "Bev" Laitila, age 71, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Coldwater, Michigan on May 5, 1947, the daughter of Milford L. and Arla M. (Palmatier) Stockwell. Bev graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1965 and furthered her education at Kellogg Community College. She retired from the Kellogg...
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Keith Leroy Culp

May 22, 1945 - November 21, 2018

Keith Leroy Culp, 73, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Methodist Hospital on Wednesday evening, November 21, 2018, following a heart attack on November 16. His wife and family were with him when he passed. Keith was born on May 22, 1945, in St. Joseph County, Michigan, to Lola Mae (Carpenter) and Keith Culp and grew up on a farm in Mendon, Michigan.. He was a 1963 graduate of Mendon High...
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James Drury "Jim" Schell

December 12, 1927 - November 20, 2018

James Drury "Jim" Schell, 90, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, after having a heart attack earlier in the day. Jim was born December 12, 1927 in Niles, Michigan the son of Otis George and Edna Mae (Wright) Schell. He grew up on a farm in Jones, Michigan, graduated from Three Rivers High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture and...
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Jean Frances (Conrad) Kinney

January 13, 1921 - November 20, 2018

Jean F. (Conrad) Kinney, 97, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Jean was born January 13, 1921 in Wayland, Michigan the daughter of Howard Lo and Helen Marie (Butine) Conrad. She grew up in Gobles, Michigan, graduated from Gobles High School and earned a secretarial degree from a business college in Kalamazoo. Jean was employed...
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Russell J.L. "Russ" Webber

July 10, 1941 - November 19, 2018

Russell J. L. "Russ" Webber, 77 of Delton died peacefully at Borgess Medical Center, with his family at his side, on Monday, November 19, 2018, after having a hemorrhagic stroke on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Russ was born July 10, 1941 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Ernest J. and Irma M. (Miller) Webber. He grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. ...
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Jerry Gipson

December 21, 1959 - November 17, 2018

Jerry Gipson, 58, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly Saturday November 17, 2018. He was born on December 21, 1959 in Salyersville, Kentucky, the son of Squire Gipson and Fannie Emmons (Cole). He lived in Kentucky and Ohio until he moved to Battle Creek in 1982. He is survived by his daughter Jeri Diaz (Jason Jackson). Son-in-law Ramon Diaz of Boston, Ma. fifteen grand kids, one fur grand kid,...
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Norma Jeanne Carl-Baas

December 9, 1926 - November 13, 2018

Norma Jeanne Carl-Baas, age 91, of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018. She was born in Battle Creek on December 9, 1926, the daughter of Merle G. and Dorothy E. (McCarty) Carl. Norma was a 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and retired from Consumers Power in 1990 after 45 years of faithful service. Norma married Orlo John Baas on August 8, 2003; he sadly...
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Ann Margaret (Raganyi) Skertic

January 14, 1918 - November 12, 2018

Ann Margaret Skertic, 100, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Monday, November 12, 2018. Ann was born January 14, 1918 in East Chicago, Indiana the daughter of Victor Geza and Anna (Horvath) Raganyi. She grew up in Hammond, Indiana. Ann M. Raganyi was united in marriage to John F. "Zeb" Skertic on May 14, 1942. Sadly...
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Jill Stacy (Puvogel) Adamski

August 13, 1965 - November 11, 2018

Jill Stacy (Puvogel) Adamski of Hickory Corners, MI Jill, age 53, died Sunday morning, November 11, 2018 at her residence after a courageous battle against cancer and with her loving family at her side. Jill, the daughter of Jeffrey P. and Jane C. (Lundy) Puvogel, was born in Royal Oak, MI on August 13, 1965 and was a 1983...
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Robert Franklin Adams

January 10, 1940 - November 11, 2018

Robert Franklin "Bob" Adams, 78, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully on Sunday, November 11, 2018, with his wife at his side at Heartland Health Care, where Bob and the entire family received excellent and compassionate care. Bob was born January 10, 1940 in Battle Creek the son of Arthur E. and Alice Ann (Skeba) Adams and cherished his relationship with his parents, three...
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Ralph DiVitto

August 21, 1922 - November 11, 2018

Ralph DiVitto, age 97, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday November 11, 2018, in his home, surrounded by family. He was born August 21, 1921, in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Giovanni DiVitto and Antonette (Gianfrancesco) DiVitto. Ralph grew up in the Detroit area where he attended school and lived with his family. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and served during the Pacific War stationed on...
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Michael William Manson

May 23, 1950 - November 11, 2018

Michael W. Manson, 68, died Sunday, November 11, 2018, at Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. He was born to William and Betty Manson on May 23, 1950 in Battle Creek, MI. Michael attended Gull Lake School, participated in wrestling and band, earning a John Philip Sousa Award, and graduated in 1968. Michael worked at Sears, served as Development Director at a Christian school, served in youth...
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Michael P. Zaleski

October 15, 1947 - November 10, 2018

Commander Michael P. Zaleski passed away on Nov 10, 2018. Michael was born in Detroit, MI, son of John and Margaret (Tucholski) Zaleski. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Catherine; his two children, Julie (Marc) and Mark; stepson, Mike; three grandchildren, Jack, Alessia, and Victor; sister, Patricia, and brother, Mark; and the mother of his children, Joan. Commander Zaleski...
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Michael Jeffery Mackinder

January 5, 1959 - November 9, 2018

Michael Jeffery Mackinder, 59, of Battle Creek died at home and was pronounced by the Medical Examiner on Friday, November 9, 2018. Mike was born January 5, 1959 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Richard Lee and Joyce Ann (Elsie) Mackinder. He grew up in Marshall and Schoolcraft, graduating from Schoolcraft High School. Mike served briefly in the U.S. Navy and was discharged for medical...
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Donald Carlton Snow

April 3, 1939 - November 9, 2018

Donald Carlton Snow, family man, businessman and faithful friend, age 79, of Richland died at Bronson Hospital on Friday, November 9, 2018. Don was born April 3, 1939 the son of Carlton and Marian Snow, and was raised in Milwood. As a teenager, Don worked with his father at Snow's Pharmacy. A 1957 graduate of Kalamazoo Central, he went on to Ferris and graduated from W.M.U. Don served...
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Shannon Joette Dager

August 25, 1953 - November 9, 2018

Shannon Joette Dager, 65 of Battle Creek and formerly of Muskegon died peacefully on Friday, November 9, 2018 after 3 years of a steady decline with Alzheimer's combined with her Downs' Syndrome that she was born with. Shannon was born August 25, 1953 in Muskegon, Michigan and was the daughter of Neal Norman and Darlene Lorraine (Pettit) Dager. She grew up in Muskegon, where she...
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Wanda Marie Tessmer

July 19, 1922 - November 7, 2018

Wanda Marie Tessmer, age 96, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday afternoon, November 7, 2018. She was born in Fayette, Ohio on July 19, 1922 the daughter of Elgie and Elsie (Esterline) Robnolt. In 1935, Wanda's family moved to Albion, Michigan where she graduated from Albion High School (Washington Gardner) with the Class of 1940, and then furthered her education at Cleary Business College in...
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Earl Leslie Green

October 7, 1937 - November 6, 2018

Earl Leslie Green, age 81, of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday evening, November 6, 2018 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He was born in Hillsdale County, Michigan on October 7, 1937, the son of Allen Wayne and Josephine (McEvoy) (Darling) Green. Earl was a Boy Scout, played the baritone in his high school band, and belonged to the First Presbyterian Church of Jonesville where he sang in...
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Ross Leroy "Doc" Ellis

November 17, 1936 - November 5, 2018

Ross Leroy "Doc" Ellis of Battle Creek, MI Ross, age 81, died Monday afternoon, November 5, 2018 at the Care Community of Springfield, MI. Ross, the son of Harry Levine and Helen Louise (Headlee) Ellis, was born in Battle Creek on November 17, 1936; lived in the area until 1994, then moving to Florida and back to the Care Community in 2017 and was a 1956 graduate of...
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Fern I. Preston

June 24, 1908 - November 4, 2018

Fern I. Preston, age 110, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, November 4, 2018. Fern was born in Lorain, Ohio on June 24, 1908 to Hugo and Fern Kikstadt. Fern was among the third graduating class from Lakeview High School in 1926. Fern married G. Herbert Preston who sadly preceded her in death in 1996. Throughout her life Fern worked for Squire Music making violin strings; in Lakeview High...
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Lois (Johnson) Hendershott

October 1, 1928 - November 3, 2018

Lois (Johnson) Hendershott of Richland, MI and formerly of Charlotte and Hastings, MI Lois, age 90, died Saturday afternoon, November 3, 2018 at the Gull Arbor Adult Foster Care Home, Richland. Lois, the daughter of Maurice and Lillian (Troyer) Johnson, was born in Hastings on October 1, 1928; resided in the Hastings and...
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Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Wiegand

January 22, 1958 - October 31, 2018

Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Wiegand of Battle Creek, MI Betty, age 60, died unexpectedly Sunday, October 21, 2018 at her residence. Betty, the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Orr) Neil, was born in Battle Creek on January 22, 1958 and a lifetime area resident. She attended Marshall Schools and graduated from Wright Beauty Academy. Betty had been employed at...
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Ardell L. Torres

September 19, 1926 - October 31, 2018

Ardell L. (Pierce) Torres, age 92, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday morning, October 30, 2018 at her home in Pennfield. Ardell was born September 19, 1926 in Bellevue, Michigan to Elston and Jessie (Morris) Pierce. She was a 1944 graduate of Bellevue High School, where she was a cheerleader and a majorette in their first marching band. She grew up attending Bellevue Baptist Church and loved...
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Phyllis I. Croften

January 26, 1931 - October 31, 2018

Phyllis I. Croften, 87, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. Phyllis, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, was born to Ray and Ila Mae (Philip) Woodman on January 26th, 1931. She graduated from what is now Battle Creek Central in 1949 and went on to receive her LPN, in 1956, from Battle Creek Practical Nursing Education Center. Phyllis worked at Elm Street Hospital, which...
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Wilma Rae "Willie" Dzioba

September 19, 1936 - October 29, 2018

Wilma Rae (Barber) Dzioba, age 82, formerly of Athens, went home to her loved ones on October 29, 2018, with her daughter at her side, at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. Wilma, known as "Willie" to her family and friends, was born in Battle Creek on September 19, 1936, to Franklin W. & Mildred P. (Bailey) Barber, the youngest of three daughters. Willie graduated from Lakeview High...
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Charles David "Charlie" Schaap

May 15, 1952 - October 29, 2018

Charles David "Charlie" Schaap of Richland, MI Charlie, age 66, died Monday morning, October 29, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI following a lengthy and courageous battle with Leukemia. Charlie, the son of John W. and Arlene G. (Deur) Schaap, was born in Holland, MI on May 15, 1952; He graduated from Holland High School in 1970 and...
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Delbert Leroy "Del" Holroyd

November 19, 1921 - October 28, 2018

Delbert L. "Del" Holroyd of Kalamazoo, MI Del, age 96, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2018, at his home. Del was born November 19, 1921 in Foley, MN, the son of Milo and Emma (Bigelow) Holroyd. A lifelong resident of Cooper Township, Delbert attended Richland Schools and served his Country honorably and nobly in the United States Army during World War...
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James "Jim" Barlow, Sr.

July 6, 1918 - October 27, 2018

James "Jim" C. Barlow Sr., 100, of Battle Creek, passed away Saturday, October 27th, 2018, at the Legacy at the Oaks. Jim was born on July 6th, 1918 in Ripley, Tennessee to Charles and Margaret (Halfacre) Barlow. Jim attended Battle Creek Central High School. Jim served in the US Army during WWII and went on to work for Clark and eventually retired from Kellogg Cereal after more than 30 years. ...
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Edward Henry VanVleet

November 15, 1949 - October 26, 2018

Edward Henry VanVleet, age 68, of Battle Creek sadly passed away on Friday evening, October 26, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on November 15, 1949, the son of Edward and Pauline (Little) VanVleet. A true outdoorsman, Edward enjoyed fishing, hunting, and driving around watching the deer. He was a member of the P.N.A. and most of all loved spending time with his family, especially his...
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Eugene L. Bender

November 15, 1928 - October 24, 2018

Eugene L. "Gene" Bender, 89, of Battle Creek, died October 24, 2018. Gene was born November 15, 1928 in Battle Creek to L.J. and Marie (Healey) Bender. He served honorably in the U.S. Army and worked at Battle Creek Rendering, retiring in 1989. Gene enjoyed working in his yard, and especially his rose garden. He received the "Most Beautiful Yard" award from the city of Battle Creek. He...
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Ruth Marie Ritter

December 23, 1954 - October 23, 2018

Ruth Marie Ritter, age 63, of Springfield died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, October 23, 2018. She was born in Sturgis, Michigan on December 23, 1954, the daughter of John H. and Sylvia M. (Blodgett) Ritter. In her early years, Ruth enjoyed making several types of arts & crafts, and going to the races. Ruth is survived by her children, Donnie (Susan) Ritter of Battle Creek, Stephanie ...
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Donald Ray "Whitey" Petty

April 27, 1924 - October 23, 2018

Donald Ray "Whitey" Petty, 94, of Battle Creek died peacefully with his family at his side at Evergreen Senior Care & Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Whitey was born April 27, 1924 in Sparta, Tennessee the son of Thomas "Eugene" and Anna "Ethel" (Vinson) Petty. He was raised in Sparta and Hopkinsville, Kentucky and then joined the U.S. Army proudly serving his country...
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Donald H. "Don" Smith

September 16, 1943 - October 22, 2018

Donald H. "Don" Smith, 75, of Battle Creek collapsed and died unexpectedly on Monday, October 22, 2018. Don was born in a rustic log cabin on September 16, 1943 in Rawdon, Quebec, Canada, the son of Wesley Copping Donald and Dorothy Mabel (Dixon) Smith. He grew up in Canada and worked for Canadian Tire Company. Don was also employed working on roads and installing underground piping in...
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Richard James "Dick" Fate

September 28, 1933 - October 21, 2018

Richard James "Dick" Fate, age 85, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday evening, October 21, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on September 28, 1933, the son of Frederick and Naomi Fate and served his country as a member of the United States Army and United States Air Force. Dick retired from Smith & Graham Roofing after more than 40 years of service and was a member of the RWAW Local 70. Dick...
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Dorothy Jean Garrett (Taylor) Dunithan

March 3, 1947 - October 21, 2018

Dorothy Jean Garrett (Taylor) Dunithan of Augusta, MI Dorothy, age 71, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, October 21, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI with her loving family at her side. Dorothy, the daughter of Mervin Garrett and Georgia (Mensch) Taylor, was born in Battle Creek, MI on March 3, 1947 and was raised and lived her whole...
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David Michael "Dave" Hamblin

April 18, 1957 - October 19, 2018

David Michael "Dave" Hamblin of Richland, MI David passed away at his home in Richland, surrounded by his loving family, in the late afternoon on Friday, the 19th of October, 2018. David was born on April 18th, 1959 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He attended Barbour Hall Boys Military School and was employed at the Gull Road Meijer's as a greeter...
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Alyce Virginia (Howard) McDonagh

July 21, 1935 - October 18, 2018

Alyce Virginia (Howard) McDonagh of Battle Creek, MI Alyce, age 83, died Thursday morning, October 18, 2018 at her residence after a long battle with cancer. Alyce, the daughter of Kenneth O. and Elizabeth D. (Miller) Howard, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 21, 1935 and was a lifetime area resident. Her early years were spent with her grandparents, the Miller...
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Sharon Carol Mason

March 22, 1938 - October 18, 2018

Sharon C. Mason, 80, of Hickory Corners, Michigan died peacefully at New Friends Memory Care & Assisted Living Facility on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Born March 22, 1938 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sharon Carol Mason grew up in the Midland Park community on Gull Lake, sharing her family's two-bedroom cottage with her parents and three younger siblings. A natural athlete, she spent summers...
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Katherine Cecelia (Pesenecker) "Katie" Reese

February 20, 1926 - October 14, 2018

Katherine Cecelia (Pesenecker) "Katie" Reese of Battle Creek, MI Katherine, age 92, passed away Sunday evening, October 14, 2018. Katherine was born in Detroit, Michigan to William J. and Madeline M. (Flowerday) Pesenecker. Her family relocated to Battle Creek when Katie was a small child. She continued to live in the area her entire life. She...
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Thomas L. "TJ" Pearson, Jr.

March 29, 1972 - October 12, 2018

Thomas L. "TJ" Pearson Jr. of Chesapeake, VA, age 46, passed away at his home on Friday morning, October 12, 2018, after an intense, year-long battle with head and neck cancer. Because of the hope that he had in Jesus, we know that the end to this battle was victorious as he entered into the loving embrace of his Savior in heaven. TJ's faith and joy in Christ was an inspiration to every doctor,...
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Gilbert Magoon

September 30, 1930 - October 11, 2018

Gilbert B. Magoon, 88, of Battle Creek, died Thursday, October 11, 2018. Gilbert was born September 30, 1930 in Mackinaw City, MI to Basil C. and Christine J. (St. Antonie) Magoon. He graduated High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Gilbert worked at the Federal Center as a system analyst before retiring in June of 2011. Gilbert married Jaqueline Stefanski on January...
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James H. Wilson, Jr.

October 17, 1932 - October 11, 2018

James H. Wilson, Jr., 85, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 11, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on October 17, 1932 in Columbus, OH to James (Harry) Wilson and Louise E. Hoepfner. When Jim was 10 his family moved to Sturgis, MI where he attended school, graduating from Sturgis High School in 1950. In July of 1950 he married his high school...
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Bill Leon Fox

December 13, 1934 - October 9, 2018

Bill Leon "Papa" Fox, age 83, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was a very loving, caring husband, father, and grandfather. Bill was born December 13, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and moved to Battle Creek as a child, graduating from Battle Creek...
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Aaron Jay Brummels

February 12, 1976 - October 9, 2018

Aaron Jay Brummels of Bellevue, MI Aaron, age 42, died unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Aaron was born February 12, 1976 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Henry Gordon and Kathy Ann (Collins) Brummels. He has lived most of his life in the Bellevue area and was a 1994 graduate of Bellevue High School, where he was a member of the football and baseball team....
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William Wayne "Lou" Pryor

June 10, 1926 - October 9, 2018

William Wayne "Lou" Pryor of Marshall, MI Lou, age 92, died peacefully at his residence with his family at his side on Tuesday morning, October 9, 2018. Lou was born June 10, 1926 in Jackson, Michigan the son of M.L. and Lottie (Archer) Pryor. He grew up in the Albion area, attended Albion High School and then joined the U.S. Navy, honorably serving his...
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Tara Garcia Richardson

April 25, 1975 - October 8, 2018

Tara L. Garcia Richardson, 43, of Battle Creek, passed away Monday, October 8, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. Tara was born April 25, 1975 in Battle Creek to Reyes and Eva Jean (Henderson) Williams. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and the Ross Dental Assistant Program. Tara loved music, Spanish dances, family reunions and playing softball. She enjoyed...
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Billie Jo (Spangler) Williams

February 4, 1932 - October 8, 2018

Billie Jo (Spangler) Williams of Battle Creek, MI Billie, age 86, died Monday morning, October 8, 2018 at Community Care of Battle Creek following a lengthy illness. Billie, the daughter of Bill and Josephine (Barksdale) Spangler was born in San Antonio, TX on February 4, 1932 and moved to this area in 1976. She had been an active member of Calvary Baptist...
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David Carl Meisterheim

June 7, 1926 - October 7, 2018

David Carl Meisterheim, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday afternoon, October 7, 2018 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 7, 1926, the son of Carl L. and Elsa W. (Sheid) Meisterheim and graduated with the St. Philip High School Class of 1944. David owned & operated Meisterheim & Associates Realty for more than 51 years, retiring in...
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Richard J. Basso

August 29, 1937 - October 6, 2018

Rev. Richard (Dick) J. Basso was born on August 29, 1937 and passed away on October 6, 2018. He joins his parents Richard J. Basso and Caroline (Diljak) Basso in passing. He is survived by his two brothers Tom (Catherine) Basso and Philip Basso. A devoted family man, he gave unending love to his many nieces and nephews, who knew him dearly as "Uncle Dick." Tom (lndre) Basso, Teresa (Robert)...
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Gerry Hope Scheerens

June 24, 1927 - October 4, 2018

Geraldine Hope (Gerry) Scheerens, 91, of Battle Creek, died October 4, 2018. Gerry was born June 24, 1927 in Rochester, NY to Jacob and Jenny (Cambier) Scheerens. She received her Master's Degree in teaching at Hope College. Gerry taught in Venezuela for one year, a short time in South Haven and spent the majority of her career as a kindergarten teacher at Westlake Elementary School. ...
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