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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

Ray S. Jenney, Jr.

September 12, 1934 - March 27, 2020

Ray S. Jenney Jr., 85, of East Leroy, died peacefully March 27, 2020. Ray was born September 12, 1934, in Battle Creek to Ray and Elsie (Fisk) Jenney Sr. He married Margaret E. Dennis on April 18, 1956. She preceded him in death (2016) after a long battle with MS. Ray was a longtime Battle Creek retailer. He began work in high school at Haig's shoes and eventually became the store's manager...
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Rickey Allen Willavize

May 25, 1952 - March 26, 2020

Rickey Allen Willavize, 67, of Battle Creek died Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. He was born May 25, 1952 in Battle Creek the son of Robert G. and Louise (Brunner) Willavize. Rickey was raised in Battle Creek area and was a 1971 graduate of Harper Creek High School. He was formerly employed at Eaton Corporation in Marshall and prior to that at McGraw...
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Jean Addie (Ruggles) Thurtle

January 8, 1943 - March 25, 2020

Jean Addie (Ruggles) Thurtle, 77, of Burlington passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall with her husband Joseph by her side. She was born January 8, 1943 in Marshall, Michigan the daughter of Earl Clarence and Ruth Ethel (Smith) Ruggles. She originally lived in Ceresco until moving to Burlington at a young age. Jean attended the Oak Grove and Abscota country...
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Patricia Ann "Pat" Stiff

March 14, 1947 - March 25, 2020

Patricia Ann "Pat" Stiff, age 73, of Battle Creek sadly passed away at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo on Wednesday morning, March 25, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on March 14, 1947, the loving daughter of Francis W. and Elizabeth A. (LaForge) Lacey. Pat graduated from Bellevue High School with the Class of 1965 and furthered her education at Davenport University and Kellogg Community...
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Rodney Scott "Rod" Gross

October 30, 1949 - March 20, 2020

Rodney Scott "Rod" Gross of Richland, MI Rod, age 70, died Friday evening, March 20, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI following a brief illness. Rod, the son of Emory B. and Viola M. (Eby) Gross, was born in Elkhart, IN on October 30, 1949; was a lifetime area resident and a 1967 graduate of Portage (MI) Central High School. He retired after 32 years of...
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Frederick "Fred" Sawchuk, MD

October 4, 1938 - March 20, 2020

Dr. Frederick James "Fred" Sawchuk, MD, age 81, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo on Friday morning, March 20, 2020. Fred was born in Albion, Michigan on October 4, 1938, the loving son of Paul M. and Steffenida M. (Zaremba) Sawchuk. Fred graduated from Washington Gardner High School in Albion where he played football and was on...
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Susan "Sue" Day

December 9, 1930 - March 19, 2020

Susan Schaefer "Sue" Day, age 89, of Battle Creek passed away suddenly on Thursday morning, March 19, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan on December 9, 1930 the loving daughter of Christian and Margaret (Chatters) Schaefer. Sue received her BA in Secondary Education at Central Michigan University and served with the Lakeview School District in various roles for many...
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Gerald "Jerry" Johnson

October 21, 1946 - March 19, 2020

Gerald (Jerry) Leroy Johnson age 73, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully after a long hard-fought battle with cancer on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at home surrounded by family. He was born in Battle Creek on October 21, 1946, the son of Clarence and Clara Nelle (Snelling) Johnson. He was a lifelong Battle Creek resident and a member of the Class of 1965 at Battle Creek Academy. After high school...
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Harold "The Kid" Titus

February 29, 1940 - March 18, 2020

Harold D. "The Kid" Titus, age 80, of Springfield died peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. He was born in Battle Creek on February 29, 1940 the son of Dallas and Veva (Baldwin) Titus and graduated from Springfield High School. A very hard & dedicated worker, over the years Harold worked at Sullivan Dairy, Clark Equipment and retired from Post...
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Bryan Ronald (Clayborn) Clutter

October 21, 1964 - March 17, 2020

Bryan R. (Clayborn) Clutter of Marshall, MI Bryan, age 55, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, March 17, 2020 at his residence from apparent heart attack. Bryan was born on October 21, 1964 in Battle Creek, MI; was a 1982 graduate of Marshall (MI) High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University. He worked primarily for Dow Chemical of...
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Marilyn Ann (Wolfersberger) Fox

January 28, 1933 - March 15, 2020

Marilyn Ann (Wolfersberger) Fox of Springfield, MI Marilyn, age 87, died peacefully, Sunday evening, March 15, 2020, at her residence with her loving family by her side. Marilyn, the daughter of Russell and Mary (Schaffer) Wolfersberger was born in Battle Creek, MI on January 28, 1933. She was a lifetime resident and a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Marilyn...
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Donna E. Livengood

July 2, 1925 - March 15, 2020

Donna Ethelyn Livengood, age 94, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully Sunday evening, March 15, 2020. She was born July 2, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Floyd Leslie and Frances Elizabeth (Wilcox) Robinson. Shortly after birth she moved with her family to Battle Creek where she has lived since. She was a 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and worked briefly at Westin...
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Ann Zimmerman

March 9, 1952 - March 13, 2020

Ann Zimmerman of Manistee, Michigan passed away on March 13, 2020 in Kalamazoo, MI. She was surrounded by her family. Ann was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 9, 1952 to parents Gerald and Jane (Bateman) Nabors. When she was 13 years-old her family relocated to Monroe, MI. It was in Monroe that Ann met her life partner and soulmate, James Zimmerman, at a local dance. They quickly fell...
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Patricia "Pat" McKie

July 25, 1942 - March 12, 2020

Patricia Y. "Pat" McKie, age 77, of Hickory Corners passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 12, 2020. She was born in Marshall, Michigan on July 25, 1942, the daughter of Harold and Pauline (Newhall) Reverski. Patricia is survived by her children, Greg (Cheryl) Bushell of Texas, Penny Musser of Nashville, and Tony (Tammie)DeRyder of Hickory Corners; her step-children, Deb (Keith)...
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Richard E. "Dick" Nance

April 29, 1933 - March 12, 2020

Richard E. "Dick" Nance, age 86, of Richland passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday morning, March 12, 2020. He was born in Kalamazoo on April 29, 1933, the son of Thomas and Mable (Robinson) Nance, and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. Dick retired as chief of the meter department at Consumers Energy in 1998 after more than 46 years of service. ...
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Florence Owen

April 27, 1932 - March 8, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Florence Owen shares the news of her passing on March 8, 2020. Florence, 87, was born on April 27, 1932, in Manila, Arkansas to John and Sophia (Watson) Toole. She graduated from Misco High School in 1951 and married Paul Owen soon after. Florence spent most of her life in Bellevue until retiring from DeMaagd GMC after 19 years; she then split her...
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Dana Andrew Varga

July 13, 1948 - March 8, 2020

Dana Andrew Varga, age 71, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Sunday evening, March 8, 2020 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia on July 13, 1948, and was the loving son of Frank A. Varga and Betty J. (Rife) Strong. Dana was a badass. He spent his younger days riding his Harley Davidson and painting the...
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Mary Elizabeth (James) "Marybeth" Peters

December 12, 1950 - March 7, 2020

Mary Elizabeth (James) Peters of Richland, MI Mary Elizabeth aka "Marybeth", age 69, died unexpectedly Saturday evening, March 7, 2020, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Marybeth, the daughter of Albert and Edith Ellen (Haughey) James, was born in Freeport, New York on December 12, 1950, but spent time as a child in Wisconsin (10 years) and then Minnesota...
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Patricia Diane (Pomeroy) "Pat" Sangalli

November 21, 1933 - March 6, 2020

Patricia Diane (Pomeroy) "Pat" Sangalli of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Gull Lake and Richland, MI Pat, age 86, died peacefully Friday morning, March 6, 2020 at Park Village Pines, Kalamazoo with her loving family at her side. Pat, the daughter of Howard and Dorothy (Garner) Pomeroy, was born in Hartford, MI on November 21, 1933 and was a 1952 graduate of Paw Paw High School....
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Dorothy Jean (Allen) Heritage

December 14, 1923 - March 6, 2020

Today we honor the life of Dorothy Jean Heritage who passed away Friday, March 6, 2020 at Reflections Memory Care. Jean was a lifelong Christian and a past member of First Assembly of God. Born Dorothy Jean Allen on December 14, 1923, in Battle Creek, Michigan to Earl I. and Mabel (Raser) Allen. She lived in Battle Creek and loved traveling to Florida and Tennessee. She married Richard H....
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Richard A. Derks

January 4, 1933 - March 3, 2020

Richard A. Derks, of Battle Creek, died suddenly at his home, surrounded by loved ones on March 3, 2020. Dick was the second child of three born to Albertus and Josephine (Schipper) Derks in Ann Arbor, MI January 4, 1933, both of whom preceded him in death. Dick was raised in the Detroit area; an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and attended Michigan State University. He wed his bride,...
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Gene Robert Van Rhee

December 2, 1930 - March 3, 2020

Gene Robert Van Rhee, 89, of Richland, Michigan and formerly of Zeeland, Irons & Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born December 2, 1930 in Zeeland, Michigan the son of Edward and Henrietta (Goorman) Van Rhee. Gene or Bob, as he was known grew up in Zeeland and was a 1948 graduate of Zeeland High School. After high...
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Elizabeth D. "Betsy" McInnis

October 10, 1934 - March 1, 2020

Elizabeth (Betsy) Anne Dillard McInnis Betsy peacefully passed away to be with the Lord on March 1, 2020 at Bickford of Battle Creek following a three-year challenge with dementia. Betsy was born on October 10, 1934 in Washington, D.C. to Ralph and Virginia (Hutton) Dillard. She lived her early years in Silver Spring, MD, graduated from Montgomery Blair High School, attended Women's College...
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Patricia Jean (Sullivan) "Patt" Carr

June 16, 1938 - February 29, 2020

Patricia Jean (Sullivan) "Patt" Carr of Battle Creek, MI Patt, age 81, passed away unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, February 29, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Patt, the daughter of William and Madalaine (Farleigh) Sullivan, was born in Battle Creek on June 16, 1938; was a 1959 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and was a lifetime resident. Patt...
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William Edward "Bill" Bassler, Sr.

September 25, 1940 - February 27, 2020

William Edward Bassler, Sr., 79 of Battle Creek, MI died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Bill was born September 25, 1940 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Donald Bradley and Lillian (Costen) Bassler. He was a lifelong Battle Creek resident, was a member of the Class of 1959 at Battle Creek Central High School, but received his high school diploma from Lakeview High...
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David Allen Bowne

July 7, 1944 - February 24, 2020

David Allen Bowne, 75 originally of Battle Creek, MI died Monday, February 24, 2020 in Oceanside, California. He had been suffering from COPD and vascular disease. David was born July 7, 1944 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Harold E. and Martha J. (Lytle) Bowne. David is survived by two brothers, James Bowne of Joshua Tree, CA, Gary Bowne of Santa Ana, CA; two sisters, Deborah...
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Kenneth "Ken" Groves

February 7, 1930 - February 23, 2020

Kenneth G. "Ken" Groves, age 90, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on Sunday evening, February 23, 2020. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 7, 1930, the son of Elton and Grace (Yates) Groves and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy aboard the USS Boxer. Ken retired from Clark Equipment in 1985 after more than 20...
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Patricia Ann "Pat" (Latta - Everett) Stout

September 20, 1940 - February 23, 2020

Patricia Ann (Latta) Stout, 79, of Battle Creek died peacefully at her residence, with her family at her side, on Sunday, February 23, 2020. "Pat" was born September 20, 1940 in Boyne City, Michigan the daughter of Kenneth and Nellie (Labdell) Latta. Pat was employed in the bakery at Ryan's Family Steak House. Surviving are her husband, Arnold J. Stout; daughter, Tammy Lynn Everett...
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Jeff E. Spanninga

April 12, 1958 - February 23, 2020

Jeff E. Spanninga, age 61, of Ceresco passed away peacefully at home on Sunday evening, February 23, 2020. He was born in Battle Creek on April 12, 1958, the son of Russell and Marie (Bekkering) Spanninga. Jeff graduated from Bronson High School and worked as a salesman at Henkel Automotive for more than 30 years. Jeff is survived by a sister, Sandra Hildenbrand of Battle Creek; three...
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Issaac Edward Fletcher

February 2, 2019 - February 21, 2020

Issaac Edward Fletcher, age 1, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, February 21, 2020. He was born in Three Rivers, Michigan on February 2, 2019, the adorable son of Cody Fletcher and Lindsey Fambro. He enjoyed trying new foods, laughing, dancing, and cuddling. But most of all, Issaac loved watching & spending time with his dad & step-mom. Issaac is survived by his...
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Bridget Vickery

February 23, 1972 - February 21, 2020

Bridget Vickery, age 47, of Battle Creek passed away Friday February 21, 2020. She was born in Burlington, Michigan on February 23, 1972, the daughter of Philip Batterson and Pansy (Osborne) Batterson. Bridget attended Harper Creek High School. For years she worked in the entertainment industry and for a short time operated and owned her own tanning salon. Bridget is survived by her three...
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Patsy L. "Pat" Dixon

April 15, 1954 - February 20, 2020

Patsy Lee "Pat" Dixon, age 65, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, February 20, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Battle Creek on April 15, 1954 the daughter of Frank J. and Lula Mae (Sweet) Horwath. Pat married Ronald G. Dixon in Battle Creek on December 22, 1984; he survives; She is also survived by her children, Lisa (Joseph) Nelson and Gerald Heath, both of...
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Clarence C. "Billy" Halder, Jr.

May 27, 1952 - February 18, 2020

Clarence Carl "Billy" Halder Jr., age 67, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday morning, February 18, 2020. He was born in Battle Creek on May 27, 1952, the son of Clarence C. and Delores I. (Barlond) Halder Sr. and graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 1970. Billy worked as a mechanic for nearly his entire life and truly enjoyed working on cars and...
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Mary Beth Brandli

April 24, 1949 - February 16, 2020

Mary Beth Brandli, age 70, of Delton passed away Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2020 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek on April 24, 1949, the daughter of Philip M. and Mary Elizabeth (Rowden) Colles. She worked as a nurse at various hospitals for more than 49 years, including Lakeview General, Pennock, Leila, and Community (Bronson Battle Creek) Hospitals. Mary...
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Tammy Sue Watt

January 2, 1966 - February 16, 2020

Tammy Sue Watt, 54, of Battle Creek, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, February 16, 2020. She was born on January 2nd, 1966, in Chattanooga, TN, to Dorothy (Howard) and Charles Watt. Tammy was a photographer and an accountant, but her favorite role was being Grammy to her only grandchild, Naya. She was a life-long student, holding degrees in Accounting and Criminal Justice. She loved to...
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Jacob Isaac "Jake" Scott

December 23, 1980 - February 14, 2020

Jacob Isaac "Jake" Scott of Kalamazoo, MI Jacob, age 39, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at his residence. Jacob, the son of Jeffrey F. and Peggy O. (Oakes) Scott, was born in Kalamazoo on December 23, 1980. He was a lifetime Richland area resident and graduated with honors from Gull Lake High School in 1999. He was an...
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John "Jack" Schils

April 13, 1928 - February 14, 2020

John (Jack) Schils, 91, of Battle Creek died February 14, 2020. He was born April 13, 1928 in Escanaba, MI, the son of John and Helga Schils. He is survived by his wife, Jo, sons, Gary (Sylvia), Brian (Sheila), Don (Julie) and Dean, three grandchildren, Dane, Tauri and Pari, and a sister, Louvaine. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gordon. Jack graduated from Escanaba High School...
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Colonel N. Winnick

July 7, 1927 - February 14, 2020

Colonel N. Winnick, age 92, died Friday, February 14, 2020. Born July 7, 1927, Colonel was the 5th child and only boy born to parents Nikolai and Stephania Winnick who immigrated from the Ukraine to the United States in 1913. A graduate of Muskegon Heights High School, Colonel served his country in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War conflict. He...
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Jimmie Wayne Essary

June 2, 1945 - February 8, 2020

Jimmie Wayne Essary, age 74, of Springfield passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, February 8, 2020. He was born in Lepanto, Arkansas on June 2, 1945 the son of Reba and Bonnie (Gatlin) Essary and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. Jimmie is survived by his daughters, Jamie (Bobby) Sims and Tricia (Ryan) Vogt, both of Battle Creek; five grandchildren,...
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Mark Richard Nieboer

December 19, 1968 - February 7, 2020

Mark Richard Nieboer of Richland, MI Mark, age 51, died unexpectedly on Friday evening, February 7, 2020 at his residence. Mark, the son of John H. & Janet R. (Miller) Nieboer, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on December 19, 1968; was a lifetime area resident and 1987 graduate of Gull Lake High School. He was known for his outstanding cooking skills and used those at Kellogg's in Battle Creek,...
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Lewis "Luke" Lake

January 30, 1944 - February 7, 2020

Lewis "Luke" Lake, age 76, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. Heaven hang on to your hats, as he was the life of the party everywhere he went! He as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. Luke was a hardworking man who enjoyed his tractors, animals, farming, auctions (Yutzys' was his favorite!), fairs and hanging...
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Darcy Lou Thurber

February 7, 1956 - February 6, 2020

Darcy L. Thurber, 64, of Battle Creek, died February 6, 2020. Darcy was born February 7, 1956 in Battle Creek to Lyal and Germaine (LaFevre) DeGraw. Darcy graduated from Battle Creek Schools and worked for many years as a secretary for Rob's Automotive. Darcy enjoyed a good crossword puzzle, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, having lunch dates with her son and...
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Gary "G-Bob" "Jake" Jacoby

December 15, 1950 - February 6, 2020

Gary L. "G-Bob" "Jake" Jacoby, age 69, of Bellevue tragically passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, February 6, 2020. Gary was born in Battle Creek on December 15, 1950, the son of Jay W. and Phyllis (Webber) Jacoby. Gary was a true "Jake of All Trades", but spent the majority of his life as an over the road truck driver, and in recent years, volunteering hundreds of hours at the...
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Loretta A. "Lori" Kerman

March 3, 1944 - February 6, 2020

Loretta A. "Lori" Kerman of Gull Lake (Augusta), MI Lori, age 75, passed at her home on Thursday, February 6, 2020 after years long battle against Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Born Mar. 3, 1944, in Bay City, MI, Lori was the daughter of the late George and Albina (Dmoch) Kaczynski. She graduated from TL Handy High School in Bay City before attending and graduating from...
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James "Jim" Warsop

August 30, 1943 - February 6, 2020

The card party in heaven has begun!! Jim Warsop went peacefully home to our heavenly father on Thursday, February 6, 2020 after a long journey with Lewy Body disease. Jim was born August 30, 1943 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Donald and Elizabeth (Parrish) Warsop. He graduated from Delton High School in 1962. He retired from General Motors in 2005 after 42 years of service. After...
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Cassandra Marie Gallihugh

January 18, 1992 - February 5, 2020

Cassandra Marie Gallihugh, age 28, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday evening, February 5, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on January 18, 1992, the daughter of Dale H. and Nancy M. (Breneman) Elswick. Cassandra married Kenadie R. Gallihugh in Battle Creek on May 12, 2017. She is survived by her wife; Kenadie; her parents; two daughters; two sisters, Jennifer Hiatt and Alicia Kohler; a...
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Cynthia A. Moore

October 26, 1960 - February 5, 2020

Cynthia Ann Kyser Moore, 59, after an extended illness, left this world of pain and suffering to be in the loving arms of God on February 5, 2020. Cindy, as everyone called her, the daughter of Keith and Elaine (Stephens) Kyser was born October 26, 1960 in Battle Creek. As a young woman, she gave her life to Christ, was His devoted follower and, when her health was better, an active...
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Randall Earl "Randy" Johnson

July 15, 1947 - February 4, 2020

Randall Earl "Randy" Johnson of Richland, MI Randy, age 72, died Tuesday evening, February 4, 2020 at his residence with his loving family at his side. Randy, the son of Myrland K. Johnson and Norma G. (Hudson) Walters was born in Lansing, MI on July 15, 1947; was a 1965 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School and completed several educational certifications during his...
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Sandra Felton

February 25, 1963 - February 4, 2020

Sandra Dee Felton, age 56, of Fennville and formerly of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday morning, February 4, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on February 25, 1963, the daughter of Donald D. and Marie Ann (Horwath) Felton. Sandra is survived by her children, Kasey Barlond, Andrew Barlond Jr., both of Battle Creek and USAF, E-5 Samantha (Ace Fa'atuai) Barlond of New Jersey; four...
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Ruth A. Mudge

July 26, 1922 - February 4, 2020

Ruth Adele Mudge, age 97, of Battle Creek, formerly of Lacey, died Tuesday evening, February 4, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. Ruth was born in 1922 in Baltimore, Barry County and was the daughter of Otis A. and Bertha O. (Seeley) Ketcham. She grew up in a country grocery store and attended Stevens School. Ruth was a 1940 graduate of Hastings High School and a 1942 graduate of...
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Stephen John "Steve" Galloup

October 4, 1948 - February 3, 2020

Stephen John "Steve" Galloup, 71, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Laurels of Bedford. Steve was born October 4, 1948 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of John Olin and Marilyn Theresa (Eckrich) Galloup. He graduated from St. Philip Catholic Central in 1967 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in General Business, with a minor in accounting. Steve previously...
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Josephine Ann (Cunningham) "Jo" Hopkins

January 27, 1934 - February 3, 2020

Josephine Ann (Cunningham) "Jo" Hopkins of Richland, MI Jo, age 86, died unexpectedly Monday morning, February 3, 2020 at her residence. Jo, the daughter of Glenn and Mary Margaret (Daniels) Cunningham, was born in Tekonsha, MI on January 27, 1934; was a 1952 graduate of Homer High School. She retired in 1996 after 20 years of faithful service as a secretary for the Upjohn...
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Joyce Marie (Orrison) Blaskie

February 18, 1930 - February 3, 2020

Joyce Marie ( Orrison) Blaskie, 89, of Sardinia, Ohio and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at her home on February 3, 2020. She was born February 18, 1930 in Marshall, Michigan the daughter of Jesse and Orpha Z. (Clay) Orrison. Joyce was raised in Marshall and attended Marshall High School. She was employed in the personnel department at K-Mart for 30 years, retiring in...
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Emily "Joan" (McIntyre) Lawrence

November 28, 1933 - January 31, 2020

Emily "Joan" (McIntyre) Lawrence, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away Friday evening, January 31, 2020. She was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on November 28, 1933, the loving daughter of Frederick P. and Helen J. (Dinnebiel) McIntyre. Joan graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School with the Class of 1952. She worked many part-time and temporary jobs while her children were young, and then...
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Cynthia Ann (Weaver) "Cindy" Marko

April 30, 1947 - January 30, 2020

Cynthia Ann (Weaver) "Cindy" Marko of Bellevue, MI Cindy, age 72, died Thursday morning, January 30, 2020 at her residence and with her loving family at her side. Cindy, the daughter of Hubert and Joan (Fairbanks) Weaver, was born in South Bend, IN on April 30, 1947; was a 1965 graduate of Washington High School, South Bend and moved to this area in 1971. She was a very...
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Caroline Ruth (Bryner) Kornoelje

September 27, 1926 - January 30, 2020

Caroline Kornoelje, 93 of Battle Creek went home to be with her Lord after being loved and cared for at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence with her family at her side, on Thursday, January 30, 2020. She was born September 27, 1926 in Elkhart, Indiana the daughter of Ned and Ruth (Reith) Bryner. Caroline grew up in Elkhart and was a 1945 graduate of Elkhart High School and attended college for two...
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Jeffrey John "Jeff" Lovell

January 22, 1970 - January 27, 2020

Jeffrey John "Jeff" Lovell of Hickory Corners, MI Jeff, age 50, died Monday morning, January 27, 2020 at his residence. Jeff, the son of Johnie L. and Judith K. (Summers) Lovell, was born in Battle Creek, MI on January 22, 1970. He was a 1988 graduate of Gull Lake High School and a 1994 graduate from Grand Valley State University with his Bachelor of...
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Martha Frances "Nan" Graves

January 11, 1931 - January 26, 2020

Martha Frances "Nan" Graves, age 89, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, January 26, 2020. She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 11, 1931, the oldest child of Charles and Mary Ruth (Pettyjohn) Hayes. Martha is survived by her grandchildren, Anthony (Melissa) Newman, Sally (Ken) MacPhee and Stacy (Mike) Lightfoot, all of Battle Creek; her great-grandchildren,...
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Gerald L. "Gary" Beard

October 22, 1933 - January 25, 2020

Gerald L. "Gary" Beard, age 86, of Battle Creek died Saturday morning, January 25, 2020 at the Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Gary was born in Peoria, Indiana on October 22, 1933, the son of Glenn and Evelyn Beard. He graduated from Peru High School in Indiana in 1951 and Ball State Teacher's College in 1955. He later received his Master's degree from Western Michigan University. ...
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Steven B. Dragoo

January 18, 1961 - January 23, 2020

Steven "Dragon" Brian Dragoo, 59, passed away January 23, 2020 at his Battle Creek home after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jenny A. (Williston) Dragoo; his father, Steven D. Dragoo; and his sister, Maiya Christensen (Tim). He is survived by his mother, Gayle L. Locke; sisters, Katrina Slager (James) and Ronda Amaya; and many devoted nieces and nephews. Born in...
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Barbara Jean (Strange) Shinevare

November 25, 1932 - January 23, 2020

Barbara Jean (Strange) Shinevare of Hart, MI Barbara, age 87, previously of Knoxville, TN and Monroe, Ludington, and Richland, MI, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Evelyn Strange; husband, Arthur F. Shinevare; son, James Shinevare and sisters, Virginia (Ebby) Hans, Nancy Esslinger and Lynn Garner. Survivors include...
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Andrew Lewis Babick

April 29, 1942 - January 22, 2020

Andrew Lewis Babick, age 78, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on January 22, 2020. Andrew was born in Pontiac, Michigan on April 29, 1942, the son of Lewis and Bernedia (Snyder) Babick. After high school, Andrew married the "Love of His Life", Christine Rothwell in Battle Creek on November 16, 1960. Together they had five children, three daughters and two sons. Andrew is...
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Margaret E. "Peggy" Brumm

January 13, 1944 - January 21, 2020

Margaret E. "Peggy" Brumm, age 76, of Battle Creek entered the Golden Gates and met her Heavenly Father at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on January 13, 1944, the loving daughter of Clyde and Barbara (Shepard) Whitehurst, and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1962. Peggy married the "Love of Her Life", Vernon E. Brumm at...
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Merna I. (Partington) Francis

August 22, 1933 - January 17, 2020

Merna I. (Partington) Francis formerly of Comstock Township Merna died Friday afternoon, January 17, 2020 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo, MI. Merna was born in Cairo, IA on August 22, 1933 to Royce and Ruby (Main) Partington. She was a graduate of Wapello High School and attended Iowa State Teachers' College. Merna met Aden Francis while working as a secretary at...
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Lue Wogomon

April 1, 1931 - January 17, 2020

Lue Marie Wogomon, 88, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Friday January 17, 2020 surrounded by her loved ones. She was a member of Convis Union Methodist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family as well as cooking, baking and sewing. The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Thursday, January 23rd at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek where...
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David A. Schmitt

June 15, 1935 - January 17, 2020

David Andrew Schmitt, 84, of Battle Creek, died January 17, 2020 at the Legacy of the Oaks. David was born June 15, 1935 in Racine, WI, the son of William and Regina (Poplawski) Schmitt. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's Degree in chemical engineering. David served honorably in the U.S. Army Chemical Corp. from 1959-1962. He graduated from...
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Lynn Eldon Mason

October 10, 1940 - January 15, 2020

Mr. Lynn Eldon Mason of Gull Lake (Hickory Corners), MI Lynn died peacefully Wednesday morning, January 15, 2020 at The Laurels of Galesburg with his daughter at his side. Born in Kalamazoo to Thelma (Meyle) Mason and Robert L. Mason, Lynn was a lifelong resident of the Midland Park community at Gull Lake. He excelled in sports, first as the fastest running back Kellogg...
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Daniel William "Dan" Determann

April 17, 1946 - January 15, 2020

Daniel William "Dan" Determann, 73, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Dan was born April 17, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Albert Gerheart and Alice Mary (McCarthy) Determann. He graduated in 1964 from Notre Dame High School in Niles. IL. Dan honorably served his country in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, serving in Korea...
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Michel Roy Brown

April 6, 1948 - January 14, 2020

Michel "Mike" Roy Brown, 71 of Battle Creek died at home with his family at his side on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Mike was born April 6, 1948 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Charles Archer and Doris Mildred (Walker) Brown. He grew up in the Battle Creek area and attended Olivet High School. At the age of 16, Mike enlisted in the US Army and honorably served his country as a mechanic in...
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Doris Louise Cary

December 18, 1935 - January 14, 2020

Doris Louise Cary, 84, of Battle Creek, Michigan, met her Savior Jesus Christ face to face on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. She was born on December 18, 1935, to Floyd and Ella (Gasser) Langs in Ross Township. She attended Kellogg Agricultural School in Hickory Corners, Michigan, and graduated from Bellevue High School, in Bellevue, Michigan, in 1953. Following graduation, she married Albert Cary...
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James B. McConville

February 12, 1944 - January 12, 2020

James B. McConville passed away on January 12, 2020 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by family who lovingly cared for him. "Jim" was a truly remarkable human. Undeterred by illness, he spent the last of his days using contemporary engineering methods to re-design world war II aircraft and writing engineering texts spanning across a wide range of topics from virtual prototyping to the...
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Autumn Paige Cordova

December 21, 1983 - January 12, 2020

Autumn Paige Cordova, age 36, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening, January 12, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on December 21, 1983, the daughter of Keith and Tammy (Taylor) Vore. Autumn enjoyed cooking, poetry writing and spending time with her family & friends. She loved the summers, swimming and going to the beach. Autumn was always willing to help others...
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Frances Elaine (Reid) Landsberger

February 22, 1930 - January 10, 2020

Frances Elaine (Reid) Landsberger of Plainwell, MI Fran passed away peacefully at Ely Manor of Allegan, MI on Friday, January 10, 2020. Fran was born February 22, 1930 in Temperance , MI and was the daughter of Wayne and Rhuby (Dull) Reid, both of whom preceded her in death. Fran was a gifted LPN, whose career spanned from Kalamazoo, MI,...
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Barbara Louise (Foster) Jeska

April 17, 1926 - January 10, 2020

Barbara Louise (Foster) Jeska of Richland, MI "...Jesus, I've placed my trust in thee." Barbara, age 93, died peacefully Friday morning, January 10, 2020, with her loving family at her side. Barbara, the oldest daughter of Emil W. and Helen B. (Fowler) Foster, was born in Cadillac, MI, on April 17, 1926. Her family moved to Parchment when she was a small child, and...
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Linda Karen Shimmel

April 12, 1953 - January 9, 2020

Linda Karen Shimmel, 66, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side, on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Linda was born April 12, 1953 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Reid and Jeaninne (Myers) Shimmel. She grew up in Battle Creek and the South Bend, IN area. Linda graduated from John Adams High School in South Bend, IN and then earned her Nursing Assistant...
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April M. Birman

April 16, 1982 - January 9, 2020

April M. Birman, 37, died unexpectedly on January 9, 2020. She has gained her angel wings and is now in heaven holding her beloved Julian. April was born April 16, 1982 in Webster, TX to Laurel Birman and Rodney Loomis. April loved to write, play guitar, read poetry and go on shopping trips. She enjoyed her tv shows, especially Criminal Minds and Walking Dead. But most of all, she lived...
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Killian Michael Carter

March 21, 2019 - January 9, 2020

Killian Michael Carter, 9 months old, of Battle Creek tragically passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning, January 9, 2020. Killian was born at Bronson Battle Creek on March 21, 2019, the precious boy of Kaycie Berg and Jason Carter. Killian was absolutely the best little boy in the world. He loved music, bouncing, eating, getting spooked, all animals whether they were stuffed or not, and...
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Carolyn J. Warner

February 5, 1936 - January 5, 2020

Carolyn Jane Warner, 83, of Battle Creek, quietly passed away in her sleep on Sunday, January 5th at Evergreen Senior Care and Rehab Center in Springfield, MI. She had been battling Alzheimer's disease for several years. Carolyn, the daughter of Maurice L McManus and Jean A. Wollpert, was born in South Bend, Indiana on February 5, 1936. She moved with her family to Battle Creek after World...
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Barbara J. "Buzzy" Tiffany

May 27, 1932 - January 3, 2020

Barbara Jean (Morgan) "Buzzy" Tiffany, age 87, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Friday morning, January 3, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on May 27, 1932, the daughter of the late Dr. Paul and Kathryn (Abbey) Morgan. Affectionately nicknamed "Buzzy" at the age of two, that name tagged her all her life. She was a cheerleader for and 1950 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School...
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Arthur Ray "Doc" "Art" Standley

May 29, 1917 - January 3, 2020

Arthur Ray "Doc" "Art" Standley of Augusta, MI Art, age 102, died peacefully Friday evening, January 3, 2020 at his residence with many loving family members at his side. Art, the son of Seth J. and Lenna C. (Brooks) Standley, was born in Augusta, MI on May 29, 1917 and was a lifetime resident. His first love was being a farmer, whether share cropping or raising cows, goats...
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Ella Marie (Donaldson) Reniger

January 21, 1922 - January 3, 2020

Ella Marie (Donaldson) Reniger of Battle Creek, MI Ella, age 97, died Friday morning, January 3, 2020 at the Heritage Assisted Living of Battle Creek. Ella, the daughter of Elgie and Ruth (Guiless) Donaldson, was born in Eckford, MI on January 21, 1922 (Her father and uncle had to shovel snow for ½ mile, so the doctor could make it to their home on the day of her birth!). ...
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Sharon Christine "Chris" Bresett

January 1, 2020

Sharon Christine "Chris" Bresett, 73, of Battle Creek, died on her birthday, January 1, 2020. Chris was born January 1, 1947 in Four Mile, KY to Frank and Sylvia (Payne) Mullins. She graduated from Ferris State with a Bachelor's Degree and then received her Master's Degree from Western Michigan University. She worked as a social worker for many years helping families. Chris enjoyed...
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Gene Wendell Worthington

September 5, 1938 - December 30, 2019

Gene Wendell Worthington of Augusta, MI Gene, age 81, died peacefully Monday morning, December 30, 2019 at his residence in Portage, MI with his daughter, Julie and son, Greg at his side. Gene, the son of Henry S. and Ila C. (Summers) Worthington, was born in Ann Arbor, MI on September 5, 1938; was a 1956 graduate of Mason (MI) High School and moved from Tulsa, OK to...
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Joan Elizabeth (Abbott) Shouldice

November 19, 1932 - December 29, 2019

Joan Elizabeth (Abbott) Shouldice, 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at The Legacy at The Oaks. Joan was born November 19, 1932 in Albion, Michigan the daughter of Mark A. and Arlene E. (Woodliff) Abbott. She grew up in Albion and graduated with the Class of 1951 from Washington Gardner High School in Albion. Joan attended Albion College for two years and...
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Charles Howard "Chuck" Chase

February 22, 1954 - December 28, 2019

On Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, Charles "Chuck" Howard Chase passed away in Grand Rapids. He was born on Feb. 22, 1954 in Jackson, to William and Rose Chase. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1972, received his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Michigan State University and administrative license from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Chuck was an educator for...
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Charles Olegar

December 26, 2019

Charles Olegar, 70, of Brunswick, New York and formerly of Battle Creek died on December 26, 2019 at home in the loving care of his life partner Jane Williams, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Akron, Ohio to the late George and Ursula Olegar, he was also preceded in death by his brother George. Charles discovered his life's work and passion playing the organ in church at...
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JoAnn M. Rounds

December 9, 1934 - December 25, 2019

JoAnn M. Rounds, 85, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born December 9, 1934, the daughter of Joseph and Winona DeRose in Lansing, MI. JoAnn graduated from the Kellogg Consolidated High School in Hickory Corners (now Gull Lake Schools) in 1952. After high school, JoAnn was employed by Model Finance before going to...
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Anita Ann (Hahlbeck) Stout

June 30, 1931 - December 24, 2019

Anita Ann (Hahlbeck) Stout, 88, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Reflections Memory Care on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Anita was born June 30, 1931 in Arlington, Nebraska, the daughter of Alfred Albert and Helen Margaret (Warren) Halhbeck. She was raised in Arlington and was a 1949 graduate of Arlington High School. Anita was employed in the office at Teamster's Local #34 in Battle Creek...
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William N. Felter IV

August 31, 1981 - December 23, 2019

William (Bill) Nelson Felter IV, 38, originally of Battle Creek, Mich., passed away Dec. 23, 2019, in Spokane, Wash. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Felter III and Tracy Pierce, both of Battle Creek. He is survived by his children, Haylea (Wyatt) Mattingly and Lexus Felter. He is also survived by his stepfather, Thomas Pierce, and his sister, Jennie Hepler Takens. Bill...
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R. Douglas "Doug" Deaton

September 27, 1947 - December 23, 2019

R. Douglas "Doug" Deaton, 72, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Monday, December 23, 2019. He was born on September 27, 1947 in Battle Creek, the son of James R. "Bob" Deaton and Maxine M. Deaton (Haver). Doug graduated from Battle Creek Public Schools and Western Michigan University. He received a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University in 1970 and was a...
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William P. "Bill" Butler III

November 29, 1938 - December 20, 2019

William P. "Bill" Butler III, age 81 of Battle Creek, died Friday morning, December 20, 2019 following a long illness. He was born in Battle Creek on November 29, 1938, the son of William P. Butler, Jr., and Catherine Morrison. Following his father's death, he was raised by his mother and stepfather, David H. Rathbun. He was preceded in death by them, as well as a half-brother, David Rathbun,...
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Alicia (Alvarez) Hernandez

December 28, 1931 - December 20, 2019

Alicia Alvarez Hernandez went home to be with her Lord on Friday, December 20, 2019, after having wonderful care by the staff at NorthPointe Woods at The Oaks. Alicia was born in Durango, Durango, Mexico to Manuel and Guadalupe (Chavez) Alvarez on December 28, 1931. She grew up in Durango until age 15 when she moved to Juarez, Mexico, where she received a degree in accounting from E.T.C....
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Veda Ocene (Kennedy) Sheppard

May 1, 1922 - December 20, 2019

Veda Ocene (Kennedy) Sheppard, 97 of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord on Friday, December 20, 2019, after receiving wonderful care from Lakeview Senior Living associates, her family and Grace Hospice. Veda was born May 1, 1922 in Tishomingo, Mississippi the daughter of James Garner and Hattie (Modennie) Kennedy. She grew up and lived in Tishomingo until 1941, when she and her husband...
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Rita Dorothy Hemmerling

September 29, 1918 - December 19, 2019

Rita Dorothy Hemmerling of Battle Creek, MI & formerly of Chicago, IL Rita, age 101, died Thursday evening, December 19, 2019 at her residence. Rita, the daughter of Paul and Clara (Jantsch) Hemmerling, was born in Chicago, IL on September 29, 1918 and. She moved to this area in 2010 to be with her sister, Therese Nicolaiafter spending most of her life in Chicago. Rita was a...
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Barbara "Barb" Freeman

June 28, 1926 - December 19, 2019

Barbara "Barb" Freeman, age 93, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, December 19, 2019. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 28, 1926, the loving daughter of Carl Henry and Zoe Adele (Rice) Schoetzow. Barb dedicated many years as a music teacher at the Kambly Living Center. Barb married Evan Warren "Benny" Freeman at the First Presbyterian Church, Battle Creek...
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Marilyn Elaine (Wensauer) Cicalo

December 10, 1932 - December 18, 2019

Marilyn Elaine (Wensauer) Cicalo was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on December 10, 1932 to Erwin G. and Dorris M. Wensauer. She moved to Battle Creek with her parents and brother in 1942. Marilyn attended St. Philip Catholic High School through the 10th grade and transferred to Lakeview High School, graduating with the class of 1950. Marilyn, 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family...
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Gerald E. "Gerry" Lacey, Jr.

November 30, 1959 - December 18, 2019

Gerald E. "Gerry" Lacey Jr., age 60, of Richland, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, December 18, 2019. He was born in Jacksonville, Illinois on November 30, 1959, the loving son of Gerald E. and Norma J. (Berndt) Lacey and graduated from Jacksonville High School with the Class of 1977. Gerry has worked for Consumers Energy for more than 20 years and was a member of the...
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David S. Warner

November 14, 1938 - December 18, 2019

David S. Warner of Hickory Corners, MI David Sergeant Warner, age 81, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 in the arms of his loving wife, Beverly. He was born November 14, 1938 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Jerome and Elizabeth (Sergeant) Warner. David grew up in the Kalamazoo, and spent summers at Gull Lake since 1948. He married the former,...
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Craig E. Wiegand, Jr.

November 27, 2014 - December 18, 2019

Craig E. Wiegand Jr., age 5, of Jackson, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on November 27, 2014 and was the adorable son of Mandi Krutsch and Mark Stutler. Craig attended Pirate's Cove Pre-School in Napoleon, MI where he loved to go to school and seeing his friends & "girlfriends". Craig is survived by his parents; his sisters,...
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Nancy Loy (Beckett) Lee

January 3, 1935 - December 18, 2019

Nancy Loy (Beckett) Lee, 84, of Battle Creek died Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Heritage Assisted Living, after a short illness. Nancy was born January 3, 1935 in Springfield, Illinois the daughter of Loy and Beatrice (Smith) Beckett. She grew up in Springfield, IL, briefly in Arizona and then in San Diego, CA. Nancy was employed at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center,...
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