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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

Mary Jean Neitzel

March 15, 1930 - December 2, 2021

Mary Jean Neitzel age 91, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday evening, December 2, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. She was born in Bremen, Indiana on March 15, 1930. Mary married Rolf K Neitzel in South Bend, Indiana on April 17, 1970. Mary and her husband Rolf owned and operated the "Olde Bakeri Haus" in Battle Creek for twenty years. Mary loved people. She was interested in everyone and...
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Rosalie Jean (Penny) Phillips

March 15, 1939 - November 30, 2021

Rosalie Jean [Penny] Phillips of Richland, MI Rosalie, age 82, died Tuesday morning, November 30, 2021 at her residence with her loving children at her side. Rosalie, the daughter of Edgar R. and Virginia M. [Myers] Penny, Sr., was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 15, 1939; was lifetime resident and a 1957 graduate of Richland Agricultural High School. She and her husband, Skip, owned...
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Anna Mae (Kraus) Wunderly

October 25, 1933 - November 30, 2021

Anna Mae [Kraus] Wunderly of Kalamazoo, MI Anna, age 88, died Tuesday morning, November 30, 2021 at Beacon Pointe Assisted Living, Richland, MI with her loving family at her side. Anna, the daughter of George and Olga (Bartch) Kraus, was born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 25, 1933; was a 1951 graduate of Shaler High School, Pittsburgh and moved to Kalamazoo in 1967. She was employed...
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Jean Ann Rice

March 11, 1956 - November 30, 2021

Jean Ann Rice, age 65 of Bellevue, Michigan died peacefully on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jean bravely battled cancer for many years and was able to enjoy an additional 15 years. Jean was born March 11, 1956 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Albert Rolland and Victoria Louise (Berry) Colvin. She was a 1974 graduate of Lakeview High School,...
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Bi Zet (Vavaltea)

August 11, 1987 - November 29, 2021

Bi Zet (Vavaltea), age 34 of Springfield, Michigan died on Monday, November 29, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Vavaltea was formerly employed as a Team Leader at II Stanley Company. Family and friends will be received 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Michigan MIZO Christian Church, 3003 Gethings Road, Battle Creek, MI 49015. A service...
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Judith Ann "Judy" Palmer

April 4, 1964 - November 28, 2021

Judith Ann (Colwell) Palmer passed away peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence Sunday evening November 28, 2021. Judi was born the youngest of three children to William and Danine (Francisco) Colwell on April 4, 1964. Judi had many lifelong neighborhood friends as a child, one in particular, she found a new connection with as an adult. Judi married the love of her life Jeffrey J....
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Sharon Kay Gripe

December 6, 1943 - November 27, 2021

Sharon K. Gripe, age 77, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 27, 2021. Sharon was born on December 6, 1943, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Charles Edward and Alma Lucille (Snow) Gripe. Sharon grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1962 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, earned an Associate Degree in Education from Kellogg...
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Shirley A. Danin

April 8, 1928 - November 26, 2021

Ms. Shirley Star Danin, 93, of Harbor Springs, MI died Friday, November 26, 2021. Born in Battle Creek to Morris and Celia Star, she moved to Saginaw, MI where she was a longtime resident and spent the past 20 years in Harbor Springs, MI. She was a member of Temple B'nai Israel in Saginaw, a member of the Temple Sisterhood, a clarinetist from Interlochen Center for the Arts, a gourmet cook, a...
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Teddy Roy Holcombe

August 5, 1933 - November 25, 2021

Teddy R Holcombe, 88, of Battle Creek, went home to the Lord on November 25, 2021. Teddy was born August 5, 1933 in Sulphur Rock, Arkansas to Roe and Gertie (Weaver) Holcombe. He served honorably in the U.S. Army and worked his entire career at Clark Equipment, as a machinist and later an expeditor. Teddy was a long-time member of the 20th Street Church of Christ. He enjoyed gardening...
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Michael Wayne Heshelman

January 19, 1949 - November 24, 2021

Michael Wayne Heshelman, age 72, of Battle Creek went to be with his Lord on Wednesday evening, November 24, 2021 in the Cardiac Unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Michael was born in Battle Creek on January 19, 1949, the son of Robert and Eva (Wilkey) Heshelman. Michael graduated from Gull Lake High School as Senior Class President, the Class of 1967, a member of the National...
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Mary Norris Koerner

February 16, 1924 - November 23, 2021

Mary Norris Koerner, age 97, of Battle Creek died Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Pineview Assisted Living. She was born in Battle Creek on February 16, 1924, the daughter of John and Agnes (Scott) Dale and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Mary worked at the Clark Equipment Company as a secretary in Purchasing, her first real job, and retired from the administrative offices of the...
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Earl Ford Snorton

September 22, 1940 - November 21, 2021

Earl Ford Snorton, 81, of Battle Creek, went to be with his Lord on November 21, 2021. He was born on September 22, 1940 to Solomon Snorton and Thelma L. Armstrong in Crofton, KY. After high school, Earl joined the US Army as a Motor Transportation Operator. He served his country in Europe and received an Honorable Discharge. Earl was employed by Clark Equipment Company and the City of...
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John Edward Bradley

June 15, 1941 - November 21, 2021

John Edward Bradley, 80 of Battle Creek died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, November 21, 2021. John was born June 15, 1941 in Jackson, Michigan the son of Edward Bernard and Gladys May (Garlick) Bradley. He grew up in Jackson, Michigan and was a 1959 graduate of St. John Catholic High School. John honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany, during the time the Berlin Wall was...
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Dawn M. Clinton

April 28, 1971 - November 19, 2021

Dawn Marie Clinton, age 50 Dawn Clinton passed away November 19, 2021 at her home in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. Dawn was born April 28, 1971, the youngest child of Richard and Ruth Clinton. She graduated from Gull Lake High School in 1989 then attended Western Michigan University to study Secondary Education, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in 1995. She taught in the English...
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Ronald L. Hattis

July 22, 1942 - November 16, 2021

Ronald Leo Hattis, 79, of Athens, MI died at home on November 16th, 2021. Ron was born in Vicksburg, Michigan on July 22, 1942, the son of Stanley and Helena (Shlagor) Hattis. He was a 1960 graduate of Vicksburg High School and honorably served as a flight engineer in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1964. He graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1970. Ron joined the...
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Jan M. Farley

April 10, 1942 - November 16, 2021

It is with great sadness that we have the share the passing of our beloved mother and wife, Jan Marie Farley, age 79. She died peacefully and went in to the Lord's arms on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Jan was born April 10, 1942 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Margaret and Benjamin Hoshal. Jan attended and graduated from Lakeview High School and worked several different jobs, the most recent...
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Sherman Wendell Petersen

November 7, 1927 - November 16, 2021

Sherman Wendell Petersen, 94, of Richland, Michigan and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan died on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Freedom Village in Holland, Michigan. Sherman was born November 7, 1927, in Wakonda, South Dakota to Morten and Mae (Richner) Petersen. He grew up on a farm in Irene, South Dakota, and graduated from Irene/Wakonda High School. During WWII, Sherman honorably...
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Jane E. Campbell

April 12, 1927 - November 15, 2021

Jane E. Campbell, 94, of Battle Creek, died November 15, 2021. Jane was born April 12, 1927 in Doreno, MO to Jesse and Esther (Green) Baker. She was a stenographer before working in physical therapy and retired from teaching at Battle Creek and Springfield Schools. Jane married Richard Campbell on August 24, 1947, who survives. She is also survived by her two daughters, Paula (Jim,...
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Michael William "Mike" Kuhn, Sr.

January 13, 1955 - November 14, 2021

Michael William Kuhn, Sr., 66 of Augusta, died at Bronson Methodist Hospital on Sunday, November 14, 2021, after a three-week battle with COVID 19. Mike was born January 13, 1955 in South Haven, Michigan to Arthur Dean and Dorothy E. (Janosky) Kuhn. As a sixth grader he moved with his family to Galesburg, Michigan, where he was a 1973 graduate of Galesburg-Augusta High School. In 1982, Mike...
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Marquieta D. Lubitz

September 27, 1937 - November 13, 2021

Marquieta D. Lubitz, 84, of Kalamazoo, went to be with her Lord on November 13, 2021. She was born on September 27, 1937 to Owen and Elda (Pemble) McFarlane and graduated from LaSalle High School in St. Ignace, Michigan. She is survived by her children, Cynthia (Robert) Stringer, William (Michele) Lubitz, Charles Lubitz, and Matthew Lubitz (Deanna Hupe) her grandchildren, Michael Hughes,...
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Pietro "Pete" Joseph Mezza

May 2, 1928 - November 13, 2021

Pietro "Pete" Joseph Mezza passed peacefully on November 13, 2021 at 93 years young. He was affectionally known as Superman to his family and close friends. Pete was born May 2, 1928 in New Castle, PA, to Americo and Maria (Bartolino) Mezza. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Giovanni "John" Mezza, Vincenzo "Jimmy" Mezza, Angeline "Angie" (Butch) Martin, and Benito "Benny"...
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William Ora "Bill" Keifer, Jr.

July 8, 1938 - November 12, 2021

William Ora Keifer, Jr., 83 of Battle Creek, Michigan died Friday, November 12, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. Bill was born July 8, 1938 in Nappanee, Indiana to William Ora and Dorothy (Holderman) Keifer. He grew up in Nappanee and was a 1957 graduate of Nappanee High School. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a man of all trades and could fix anything. Most of his...
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Joyce M. McGlocklin

June 5, 1929 - November 11, 2021

Joyce Marie McGlocklin, 92, of Battle Creek, went to be with her Lord on November 11, 2021. She was born on June 5, 1929 to Lula and Vernon Manning. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, class of 1948. Joyce married Willard (Bill) McGlocklin on January 14, 1950. She loved her family. She is survived by her daughters, Rev. Jane Ellen (Chuck) Johnson, Elizabeth (Thomas) Dix...
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Larry L. Marble

March 11, 1946 - November 11, 2021

Larry L. Marble, age 75, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, November 11, 2021 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Battle Creek on March 11, 1946. Larry graduated from Lakeview High School where he was a member of the Swim & Basketball teams, and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. Larry retired from Ralston Foods in 2006 after more than...
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John Richard "Jack" Titus, P.E.

February 18, 1935 - November 8, 2021

John R. "Jack" Titus, P.E., 86, of Richland, Michigan died peacefully on Monday, November 8, 2021, at the Laurels of Galesburg. Jack was born February 18, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois to Leo and Agnes H. (Neustifer) Titus. As a child, he moved to Decatur, Michigan, where he was a 1953 graduate of Decatur High School. He received his Mechanical Engineering Degree from Western Michigan...
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Marvin Richard Munn

October 14, 1962 - November 8, 2021

Marvin R. Munn, 59, of Battle Creek, passed away November 8, 2021 at Ascension Borgess Hospital. Marvin was born October 14, 1962 in Lakeview, MI to Phillip and Veronica (Johnson) Munn. He received his Associate's Degree from Kellogg Community College and worked as a Facilities Maintenance Technician for CLM Midwest. Marvin married the former Kathleen Clark, who survives. Marvin is also...
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Joyce Annese (Copeland) Shaffer

July 7, 1941 - November 7, 2021

Joyce Annese (Copeland) Shaffer, age 80, of Battle Creek, MI died peacefully Sunday morning, November 7, 2021 at The Legacy at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods following a lengthy battle with dementia. Joyce, the daughter of James R. and I. Verdon (Stout) Copeland, was born on July 7, 1941 in Livingston, Tennessee. Her family later moved to Calhoun County, MI. Joyce was a 1959 graduate of Battle...
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Carlene Diane Myers

December 14, 1947 - November 7, 2021

Carlene Diane Myers, age 73 of Battle Creek died peacefully on Sunday evening, November 7, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on December 14, 1947, the daughter of Bernard and Amy June (Hammond) Church. Carlene graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1966 and received a Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University. She retired from Kellogg Community College on June 30, 2010...
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Dorothy Marie (Cook) Frey

March 26, 1931 - November 6, 2021

Dorothy Marie (Cook) Frey, 90, a resident of Lombard, Illinois and a former resident of Battle Creek passed away on November 6 under the care of hospice at her assisted living facility. She had been in the care of hospice for 8 weeks. Dorothy was born on March 26, 1931 in Lake Odessa to Grover and Reva (Watkins) Cook. She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1949. Dorothy graduated from...
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Marion Louise (Standley) Nash

September 23, 1933 - November 4, 2021

Marion Louise (Standley) Nash, 88, of Battle Creek, Michigan died Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Bronson Battle Creek. Marion was born September 23, 1933 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Vern and Margaret (Reniger) Standley. She attended a one-room schoolhouse and Battle Creek Central High School. Marion was employed as a waitress at the former Grant's Department Store in the...
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Gerald "Gerry" Evenson

August 14, 1945 - November 2, 2021

Gerald "Gerry" N. Evenson, 76, of Richland, died November 2, 2021. Gerry was born August 14, 1945 in Sac City, Iowa to Edward and Katherine (McMullen) Evenson. Gerry worked as a safety project manager at Pfizer for many years. He is survived by his wife, Mary and his son, Jeff Evenson. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Farley...
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Brenda E. Erway

September 24, 1941 - November 2, 2021

Brenda Elaine Erway (80) of Battle Creek passed on November 2, 2021. Brenda was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was born on September 24, 1941 in Marshall, Michigan to Walter and Maxine Venn. Brenda graduated high school in Marshall and attended Western Michigan University. She met her husband Roger while at university. They married in 1963. In addition to being a wise and...
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Harold K. Cosgrove

August 28, 1932 - October 31, 2021

Harold K. Cosgrove, 89, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at Bronson Battle Creek on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Harold was born August 28, 1932 in South Haven, Michigan the son of Floyd and Lillian Thursa (Marr) Cosgrove. As a child, he moved to Battle Creek with his family from Allegan. Harold attended Southeastern Junior High and then during his senior year was drafted into the U...
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George Edward McKay, Jr.

April 28, 1941 - October 26, 2021

George Edward McKay, Jr., 80, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. George was born April 28, 1941 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of George Edward and Mary Louise (Gordon) McKay, Sr. He was a 1959 graduate of Lakeview High School. George received his Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Education, with a teaching certificate from the...
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Donald Paul "Don" Eldridge

June 12, 1945 - October 26, 2021

Donald Paul "Don" Eldridge, 76, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died, fighting to the end, on October 26, 2021, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. Don was born June 12, 1945 in Battle Creek the son of Dewey Esto and Carrie Estelle (Pettit) Eldridge. He was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Kellogg Community College for two years. Don honorably served his...
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Carl Fred Osterling

October 25, 1927 - October 25, 2021

Carl Fred Osterling, age 94, of Richland passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, October 27, 2021. Carl was born in Ross Township, Michigan on October 25, 1927 the youngest son of Charles M. and Edna L. (Allison) Osterling and graduated from Augusta High School with the Class of 1946 and continued his education at Argubright Business College. Carl faithfully served his country as...
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Harlan Floyd Jones

July 22, 1941 - October 24, 2021

Harlan Floyd Jones, age 80, of Battle Creek passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2021, after a brief illness. Harlan was born on July 22, 1941 to Floyd Arthur Jones and Mildred Bernice (Adams) Jones in Roseville, California. He graduated in 1959 from Roseville Union High School and continued his education at La Sierra College in Rocklin, California. In 1964, Harlan enlisted with the United...
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Gilbert John "Gil" Rizor

April 24, 1932 - October 24, 2021

Gilbert John "Gil" Rizor, 89, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Sunday, October 24, 2021. Gil was born April 24, 1932 in Battle Creek, Michigan to John Preston and Elsie Ellen (Root) Rizor. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and then joined the U.S. Air Force. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force for two...
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Kalli Lynette Green

November 2, 2020 - October 23, 2021

Kalli Lynette Green, age 11 months of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, October 23, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Marshall, Michigan on November 2, 2020, the beautiful daughter of Duane "Bub" Green III. and Aleigha Ramos. Kalli loved to dance and listening to music, with her favorite song being "Baby Shark", and watching "Puppy Dog Pals". She also loved...
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Laura E. Latowski

September 6, 1929 - October 22, 2021

Laura Latowski, died Friday, at age 92. Laura was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Joseph and Mary (Jantosh) Skwarski. Laura graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and received a teaching certificate from Western Michigan University. She worked for Oldsmobile for 35 years. She is survived by her husband and love of her life, Dan Latowski. Laura and Dan lived on a farm in Charlotte...
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Harthalene (Land) Casterline

October 21, 2021

Harthalene (Land) Casterline of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at home with her family at her side and in the care of Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan. Harthalene was born June 15th in Hazard, Kentucky the daughter of Herbert and Grace (Ferguson) Land. She grew up in Cincinnati and Battle Creek, attending Battle Creek Central High School, where she completed her GED and then two years of...
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Helen Kay (Winters) McGee

January 9, 1946 - October 21, 2021

Helen Kay (Winters) McGee, 75, of Galesburg, Michigan died October 21, 2021. Helen was born January 9, 1946 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (DePriester) Winters. She grew up in Hickory Corners and graduated from W K Kellogg Consolidated High School. Helen earned her Dental Assistant Degree in Elkhart, Indiana. She worked briefly as a dental assistant. She was a...
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Diana Ruth "Diane" (Avramoff) Caswell

April 13, 1940 - October 21, 2021

Our loving mother, Diana Ruth "Diane" (Avramoff) Caswell, 81, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Diane was born April 13, 1940 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Avram Elia "Al" Avramoff. She was raised by her loving father in a very old-fashioned way, as Al was an immigrant from Greece. She would proudly and regularly share...
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Charlene Mary (Skidmore) Swanson

February 16, 1937 - October 20, 2021

Charlene Mary Swanson, 84, died peacefully at Bronson Battle Creek on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Charlene was born February 16, 1937, in Indianapolis, Indiana to William M. Skidmore and Amelia A. (Hess) Skidmore. Charlene grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1955 graduate of St. Philip Catholic High School. She received an Associate's Degree from Kellogg Community College. Charlene Mary...
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Nelson M. Dull

November 30, 1931 - October 19, 2021

Nelson M. Dull, 89, of Battle Creek, died October 19, 2021. Nelson was born November 30, 1931 in Battle Creek to Guy and Nellie (Joppie) Dull. He went to Lakeview Schools and then went on to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 in Germany. Following his time in the service Nelson worked as a tree trimmer and did masonry work before working at the Kellogg Company for...
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Riley J. Campbell

July 27, 1993 - October 18, 2021

Riley James Campbell, 28, passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021. Riley was born July 27, 1993 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Rodney Campbell and Kalley McIntyre. He served his country honorably in the Marine Corps for four years. He was much loved and anyone who met him immediately liked him. He was a young man with many admirable qualities and an amazing role model for others. Riley loved to be...
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Julie A. Cummins

May 4, 1954 - October 18, 2021

Julie found complete peace on October 18, 2021, surrounded by those closest to her. She had been living with pancreatic cancer for more than two years. Julie, 67, was the beloved daughter of Ruthanne Cummins and dear friend of Carrie, her caregiver, Deb, Margaret, Kathy, Barb and many others. She was preceded in death by her father, Dale Cummins and brothers Jeffery and Michael Cummins. ...
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Crystyl Arnita Rucker

December 23, 1951 - October 17, 2021

Crystyl Arnita Rucker was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 23, 1951. She is the daughter of Amos and Agnes Rucker. She was a 1970 graduate of John J. Pershing High School. She attended Michigan State University and received her Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Education. She moved to Battle Creek, Michigan to begin her teaching career in 1974 at Northwestern Junior High School,...
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J.D. Millsap, Sr.

October 18, 1942 - October 17, 2021

J.D. Millsap Sr. of Battle Creek passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at age 78. J.D. was born on October 18, 1942 in Dayton, Tennessee to Theapolis and Alma (Menton) Millsap. He enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He loved making beef jerky and was a long-time member and served on the board of the Andrus Street Church of God. J.D. is survived by...
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Raymond J. Luts III

July 16, 1950 - October 17, 2021

Raymond James Luts III passed on Sunday, October 17, 2021 due to complications of cancer. Ray was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 16, 1950, the son of Raymond James Luts II and Iva Jean Luts (Miles). He was the oldest of the three children. He married his wife of 48 years, Cheryl Ann Swinford, on February 3, 1973 in Philo, Illinois. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Daniel...
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Donald "Garry" Martin

April 13, 1951 - October 14, 2021

Donald "Garry" Martin, loving father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away on October 14, 2021, at the age of 70. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Greg. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Martin of Grand Rapids; two brothers, Randy Martin of Portage and Rob (Michelle) Martin of Kentwood; sister-in-law, Jan (Greg) Martin of Otsego; two special aunts, Jean ...
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Betty Lou (Badger) Bly

February 26, 1926 - October 12, 2021

Betty Lou (Badger) Bly, 95 of Battle Creek died as a result of COVID-19 at Bronson Battle Creek on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Betty was born February 26, 1926 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Claude and Mary Elizabeth (Eldridge) Badger. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a homemaker most of her life. Betty was formerly employed at General Foods, U. S. Steel & Wire in Battle Creek...
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Marilyn Belle (Dirksen) Hoyt

April 30, 1933 - October 11, 2021

Marilyn Belle Hoyt, (nee Dirksen) age 88 of Dexter, MI beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to sleep in Christ's arms on Monday Oct 11, 2021. Marilyn was born in Minneapolis Minnesota to William and Juanita Dirksen, oldest of four daughters. Marilyn fondly recalled living in Sioux Falls, SD. The home was next to a cemetery which she cut through on her way to and from...
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Scott J Bartholomew

March 25, 1971 - October 11, 2021

Scott J Bartholomew, age 50, of Dowling went to be with his Lord & Savior on Monday afternoon, October 11, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Vicksburg, Michigan on March 25, 1971, the son of Jerry and Bonnie (McGowan) Bartholomew. He graduated from Climax-Scotts High School with the Class of 1989 and continued his education at Cornerstone University. Scott worked for 30 years at...
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Sharon Kay (Higdon) Gawlak

October 3, 1942 - October 9, 2021

Sharon Kay (Higdon) Gawlak, 79, of Battle Creek died at home on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Sharon Kay Higdon was born October 3, 1942 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Harold and Maude (Wright) Higdon. She was a 1960 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. The Higdon Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Sharon Gawlak in honor of her parents, Maude and Harold Higdon. Sharon's...
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Richard Reid "Rick" Zoss

June 5, 1953 - October 9, 2021

Richard Reid "Rick" Zoss, 68, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Rick was born June 5, 1953 in South Bend, Indiana the son of William Charles and Bette Jeanne (Droege) Zoss. He grew up in South Bend and graduated from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. Rick was most recently employed in production and parts assembly...
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Betty Jean (Brown) Knight

April 26, 1927 - October 9, 2021

Betty Jean (Brown) Knight, 94, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at Heritage Assisted Living. Betty was born April 26, 1927 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Clayman Curtis and Helen G. (Voyce) Brown. She attended Battle Creek Central High School. She spent most of her life as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother caring for her family. She worked in the family...
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Charles A. Dinkins

April 27, 1943 - October 8, 2021

Charles A. "Charlie" Dinkins, 78, of Battle Creek, died October 8, 2021. Charlie was born April 27, 1943 in Dayton, TN to Robert and Rosabelle (Brady) Dinkins. Charlie studied turf management at Michigan State University and was the superintendent/course manager at Binder Park Golf Course for 36 years, retiring in 2000. Charlie married the former Susan Johnson on October 19, 1968, who...
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Geraldine Portia "Jerry" (McCann) Taylor

September 2, 1931 - October 8, 2021

Geraldine Portia "Jerry" (McCann) Taylor passed away peacefully on Friday, October 8, 2021 in Manistee, Michigan, where her family gathered to be with her. Jerry was born in Hibbing, Minnesota on September 2, 1931 to Ralph & Helen (Leino) McCann. She lived in Battle Creek most of her life but spent her summers in Hibbing until after High School. She loved going to Minnesota where she had many...
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Frederick S. "Fred" Spencer

September 3, 1924 - October 6, 2021

Frederick "Fred" S. Spencer, 97, of Kalamazoo, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2021. He was born September 3, 1924 in Ottuma, Iowa to Glen and Nellie (Sallee) Spencer, and grew up in the Kalamazoo area, where his family moved when he was a young boy. Fred proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was wounded in the Pacific and received the Purple Heart and...
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Ethel Marie Snyder

September 10, 1930 - October 6, 2021

Ethel Marie Snyder, age 91, of Augusta and formerly of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, October 6, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on September 10, 1930, the loving daughter of Elbert and Elva (Machin) Godde. Ethel was united in marriage to Clinton D. "Clint" Snyder in Augusta, Michigan on September 25, 1948; he sadly preceded her in death on May 11, 2010. ...
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Melissa Jo Wright-Butler

April 9, 1976 - October 4, 2021

Melissa Jo Wright-Butler, 45, of Battle Creek, went home to be with her Savior on October 4, 2021, after a courageous battle with EHE cancer. She left this world with her earthly family at her side to join her heavenly family's outstretched arms. Melissa was born on April 9, 1976 in Battle Creek to Mark Louis Wright and Lori (Collins) Kendricks. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High...
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Ruth M. Berry

August 2, 1941 - October 4, 2021

Ruth M. Berry, age 80, of Richland died Monday evening, October 4, 2021 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born in Bloomington, Illinois on August 2, 1941, the daughter of Arthur and Lillian (Jett) Barling. She was a resident of this area since 1972 and worked for more than 30 years in the commercial construction industry, retiring in 2007. Ruth is survived by her...
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Mary Louise "Mary Lou" (Kline) DeRyder

April 12, 1928 - October 4, 2021

Mary Louise "Mary Lou" (Kline) DeRyder of New Tripoli, PA and formerly of Richland, MI Mary Lou, age 93, died Monday morning, October 4, 2021 at her daughter's residence in New Tripoli with her loving family at her side. Mary Lou, the daughter of Harold and Lois (Houts) Kline, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on April 12, 1928 and was a 1946 graduate of Western Michigan High School. ...
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Thurmon Bowker

May 8, 1938 - October 3, 2021

Thurmon Bowker, 83, of Richland, died October 3, 2021 at his residence. Thurm was born May 8, 1938 in Howlandsburg, MI to Loyal and Corabelle (Machin) Bowker. He graduated from Richland High School in 1957. Shortly after high school, Thurm married the former Nancy Ann Buddemeier in 1958. Thurm started Cavalier Electric in Richland in 1978 and ran it for many years, retiring in 2003, and...
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Kay Frances (Etter) Meldrum

October 27, 1939 - October 3, 2021

Kay Frances (Etter) Meldrum, 81, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at The Villa at Winston Court on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Kay was born October 27, 1939 in Battle Creek and was raised by her adopted parent's Milton J. and Flora McDonald (Fettes) Etter. She grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Kay was employed as a waitress at the former Spa...
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Geraldine "Gerry" Adcock

October 2, 2021

Geraldine "Gerry" Adcock, age 103, of Bedford Township passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, October 2, 2021. She was born in Bedford Township, MI in 1918 to Casper and Alice Uldriks. Being one of 9 children, Gerry had to help take care of her younger siblings and work on the farm while attending school. She attended Kirby School, Level Park School and Battle Creek Central. During her...
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Rosemarie "Rommie" (Schnepf) Schuetz

October 7, 1927 - October 1, 2021

Rosemarie "Rommie" (Schnepf) Schuetz, 93, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Lakeview Assisted Living on Friday, October 1, 2021. She was born Rose Marie Schnepf on October 7, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Joseph and Theresa (Stemmer) Schnepf. Rosemarie grew up in Detroit and was a 1945 graduate of Edwin Denby High School, and later attended Wayne State University. Rosemarie was...
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Joyce E. Kunz

February 18, 1953 - October 1, 2021

Joyce E. Kunz, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at her home on Friday evening, October 1, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on February 18, 1953, the daughter of Everett L. and Shirley A. (Pickett) Ehle and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1972. Joyce worked for Battle Creek Public and Lakeview School Districts for more than 38 years and continued...
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Linda Lee Standish

October 17, 1939 - September 28, 2021

Linda Lee Standish, age 81, of Kalamazoo passed away Tuesday morning, September 28, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. She was born in Allegan, Michigan on October 17, 1939, the loving daughter of Forest Charles and MettaBelle (Hillman) Peabody and graduated from Martin High School in Stuart, Florida. Linda worked for several years at the Ohio Casualty Insurance Company and Western...
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James L. King

April 1, 1936 - September 28, 2021

James L. King, 85, of Bellevue, Michigan passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family after a brief, courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born April 1, 1936, in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Daisy (Holmes) and Neville King. He was a 1954 graduate of Hastings High School. On April 20, 1957, he was united marriage to Ruth Ann Rhoades in Battle Creek,...
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Dennis Earl Clayman

November 3, 1959 - September 26, 2021

Dennis Earl Clayman, age 61, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday morning, September 26, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. Dennis was born November 3, 1959 in Battle Creek to Arthur E. and LuAlice M. (Smith) Clayman. He retired from II Stanley in April 2018 after more than 30 years of service. Dennis married Debra D. "Deb" Hagan in Battle Creek on October 29, 2004; she survives. He is also...
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Cindy Lee McDonald Evans

January 22, 1958 - September 25, 2021

Cindy Lee McDonald Evans, 63 of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home, with her family and friends at her side on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Cindy was born January 22, 1958 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Oliver Lowell and Margaret Marie (Wildie) McDonald. Other than a short stay in Alaska, Battle Creek has been Cindy's home. She was a 1976 graduate of Springfield High School. ...
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Naomi Ann Becerra-Norton

November 13, 1969 - September 24, 2021

Naomi A. Becerra-Norton, age 51, of Battle Creek, MI passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021. Naomi was a beloved daughter to Claudia Lopez and Gonzalo "Bob" Becerra. She was an amazing mother to her sons, Mike and Nick Becerra. She was employed at Firekeepers until cancer treatments made her too weak to work. She had fond memories of her coworkers and her nickname "Shotgun". Naomi is...
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Linda Marie (Hiatt) Estelle

April 26, 1947 - September 24, 2021

Linda Marie (Hiatt) Estelle, 74 of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glen Arbor Hospice Residence on Friday, September 24, 2021. Linda was born April 26, 1947 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Lee O. and Ida M. (Ganson) Hiatt. She was a 1965 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central, attended Kellogg Community College and Weaver Airline School in Kansas City, Missouri. During high school...
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Bret Richard Liggett

January 18, 1962 - September 23, 2021

Bret R. Liggett, 59, of Augusta, passed away on September 23, 2021. Bret was born January 18, 1962 in Kalamazoo to William and Barbara (Ward) Liggett. He was a 1980 graduate of Gull Lake High School, served honorably in the United States Army, and later graduated from Spring Arbor University. He worked for many years as an insurance claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance and also co-owned...
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Sally Elizabeth Byrne

May 18, 1926 - September 22, 2021

Sally Elizabeth Byrne of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Delton, MI Sally, age 95, died Wednesday morning, September 22, 2021 at The Vineyards, Kalamazoo with her two daughters at her side. Sally was born in Kalamazoo on May 18, 1926; was a 1944 graduate of Galesburg High School and was a lifetime area resident. She retired in 1991 after 30+ years of faithful service, finishing her tenure...
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Harry L. Winch

June 27, 1930 - September 22, 2021

Harry Winch of Bellevue, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Harry was born on June 27, 1930 to Frank and Margaret (Snell) Winch. He had two brothers and a sister, Jimmy Winch, Alice (Winch) West, and Richard Winch, all of whom preceded him in death. He attended school in McClure, Ohio. After school, Harry enlisted in the National Guard and was drafted into the Army, where...
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Dora Janette (Weimer) Drayton

August 29, 1924 - September 20, 2021

Dora Janette (Weimer) Drayton, age 97, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Monday morning, September 20, 2021 at the Laurels of Bedford. She was born in Battle Creek on August 29, 1924, the loving daughter of Ernest J. and Flossie K. (Callender) Weimer. Dora is survived by her two sons, David (Jean) Drayton and John (Charlene) Drayton, both of Battle Creek; her grandchildren, Alan ...
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Corey Patrick Lee

April 29, 1994 - September 19, 2021

Corey Patrick Lee, 27, of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home. Corey was born April 29, 1994 in Battle Creek the son of Sean Patrick Lee and Jamie Louise Mason. He graduated from Calhoun Community High School in 2013. Corey was employed at several manufacturing plants in Fort Custer Industrial Park. Corey is survived by his mother, Jamie Dentler; father and stepmother, Sean and Bonnie...
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George H Garms

October 9, 1944 - September 17, 2021

George H Garms, age 76, of Battle Creek passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the AC Flower House in Nashville, Michigan. He was born in Battle Creek on October 9, 1944 to Richard and Ruth (Stein) Garms. He graduated from Pennfield High School in 1962 and had college classes later. In the fall of 1962, he joined the United States Air Force, two weeks after meeting his sweetheart,...
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William Kreeger DeMink

November 29, 1992 - September 16, 2021

William Kreeger DeMink, 28, born November 29, 1992, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday evening, September 16, 2021. He was a beloved son to Peter and Nancy DeMink and brother to Kaylee DeMink and Casey DeMink. He was adored by his grandparents Bill and Ruth Woolpert. He was loved very much by his Unlce Mike and Aunt Marty, cousins Cory and Holly Hooper in California, and...
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Betty Ann (Johnson) Roberts

September 15, 2021

Betty Ann (Johnson) Roberts, age 87, of Battle Creek was called home on September 15, 2021. She was born in 1934 to Oscar and Edith (Haglund) Johnson in Carlshend, Michigan. Betty Ann graduated from Graveraet High School in 1952 in Marquette, Michigan. Betty worked for the Battle Creek Public Schools and after retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at the hospital. Betty and her husband of...
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Jeannine Doris (Smith) Derks

September 20, 1934 - September 14, 2021

Jeannine Doris Derks passed peacefully in the early morning hours of September 14 at Glen Arbor Hospice in Battle Creek, MI. She was born September 20, 1934, to Stella Reeves Smith and her husband in Michigan Center, MI. A graduate of Jackson High School, she earned her Master of Education at Michigan State University. She was an adventurous, liberated woman—a wild child of her time. She...
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Robert George Randels

February 1, 1949 - September 14, 2021

Robert G. Randels On September 14, 2021, Robert George Randels' spirit soared to the heavens. Left behind to mourn and to recall wonderful memories of times together are his wife and life partner of 44 years, Ginger Hentz, son David Randels (Sara), grandchildren Auden and Oliver of Williamston, sisters Barbara Cooper (Jack) of Interlochen and Joan Miller of Tecumseh, brother Richard...
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Nicholas Ryan March

July 22, 1990 - September 14, 2021

Nicholas R. March, 31, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on September 14, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on July 22, 1990, the son of Brian and Michelle (Gibson) March. Nicholas is survived by his parents, Brian (Arnetta) March and Michelle (Greg) Wood; his beloved daughter, Teegan; siblings, Danielle (Wade Anderson) Gibson and Corey Gibson; step-siblings, Tony, Dawn, Ricky,...
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Carroll Brice Sawyer

January 20, 1930 - September 11, 2021

Carroll Brice Sawyer was born on January 20th, 1930 in Battle Creek to Lavon and Vivian (Spriggs) Sawyer. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1948 and began his employment with General Foods, where he remained for 37 ½ years and retiring in 1986. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and was deployed to Korea for 13 months. Carroll married Ruth M. (Wygant) Moser on February 19,...
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Nancy K. Lubking

August 8, 1949 - September 10, 2021

Nancy Kathleen Lubking, age 72, of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 10, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 8, 1949 in Battle Creek to Dora Drayton. On June 6, 1977 she married Catherine Lubking. Nancy was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She never turned anyone away, even the animals outside which she fed often....
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Gregory Brian Purchase, M.D.

April 14, 1946 - September 9, 2021

Gregory B. Purchase, M.D. and software entrepreneur, 75, of Battle Creek, Michigan died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Greg was born April 14, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Willard Allman and Mary Jean (Burlockoff) Purchase. He grew up in Highland Park, Michigan and was a 1964 graduate of Highland Park High School. Greg was fortunate to have his father...
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Eric S. Robbins, Jr.

February 22, 1998 - September 8, 2021

Eric S. Robbins, Jr, age 23, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on September 8, 2021. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on February 22, 1998, the son of Eric S. and Tammy (Rheinsburg) Robbins, Sr. Eric is survived by his parents, Eric & Tammy; his children, Madelynn, Ali Kay and Jaden Robbins; his brothers & sisters, Preston, Crystal, Chance, Erica and Caleb Robbins; his grandparents,...
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Erwin C. Kelly , Jr.

April 19, 1922 - September 8, 2021

Loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Erwin went to Heaven Wednesday, September 8, 2021. His life's motto, "anything worth doing is worth doing correctly the first time" was depicted in his life. He was strong, honest, kind and loving to all blessed to know him. He attended WMU before military service called. His love for flying began in the Army Air Corps in 1944 in...
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James A. "Jim" Rocho

April 1, 1939 - September 8, 2021

James A. "Jim" Rocho, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, September 8, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on April 1, 1939, the son of Hilton and Dorothy (Bailey) Rocho. Jim graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1957 and was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. Jim graduated from Argubright Business College, attended Western Michigan University,...
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Frank T. Stratton, Jr.

July 17, 1942 - September 8, 2021

Frank Stratton, age 79, of Marco Island, FL passed on September 8th, 2021. He was the loving husband of Georgia (Trinka) to whom he was married for over 55 years. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to Frank and Myrtle (Soehle) Stratton. An exceptional student, Frank was selected to attend Central High School in downtown Philadelphia and Ursinus College. His passion for helping people led to...
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Robert A. Nash

November 30, 1939 - September 3, 2021

Robert Austin Nash, 81, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2021. He was born as a son to Harold and Katharine (Osborne) Nash in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, on November 30, 1939. After graduating from Media High School in 1957, Bob attended Delaware Valley College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1966. He received a Master's Degree in management from Nazareth...
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Paula Kay Rice

May 25, 1951 - September 3, 2021

Paula Kay Rice, age 70, of Battle Creek passed away Friday morning, September 3, 2021 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. She was born in Battle Creek on May 25, 1951, the daughter of Walter and Dora (Horan) Hutchings. Paula enjoyed her computer, playing Bingo, going to the casino, and loved spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren. Paula is survived by...
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Jalen Christopher-Lee Potter

October 20, 1993 - September 2, 2021

Jalen Christopher-Lee Potter, age 27 of Battle Creek, tragically passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Jalen was born in Battle Creek, MI on October 20, 1993. He was the son of Corey J. Potter and Veronica (Stalhood) Barr. He graduated from Harper Creek High School with the class of 2012. Jalen most recently worked for the family...
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Carole J. Sharp

May 27, 1938 - August 31, 2021

Carole J. Sharp, 83, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. Carole was born in 1938 to C. Lavern and Elizabeth M. Robbins. On the day she was born she became a third generation resident of Battle Creek. Family lore always maintained that at the hour of her birth the bells in the downtown churches were ringing. What a wonderful welcome! However, better yet was...
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Mary Lou (McFadden) Marsh

July 8, 1924 - August 31, 2021

Mary Louise (McFadden) Marsh, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully on August 31, 2021, at Reflections Memory Care, after a long illness. Mary Lou was born July 8, 1924 in Edinburgh, Indiana to William Randolph and Lenora Corine (Gray) McFadden. Mary Lou grew up in Edinburgh and was a 1942 graduate of Edinburgh High School. During WWII she worked the midnight shift in a plastic factory,...
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Betty F. (Bland) Veenkant

September 6, 1932 - August 30, 2021

Betty F. (Bland) Veenkant, 88, of Richland, Michigan, died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Monday, August 30, 2021. Betty was born September 6, 1932 in Covington, Virginia, the daughter of Earl Pennington and Evelyn Earl (Carson) Bland. Betty grew up in Kalamazoo and was a 1951 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. Betty was employed one year in a business office and then...
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Velma Jane (Langdon) Loftis

May 2, 1929 - August 30, 2021

Velma Jane (Langdon) Loftis, 92, of Battle Creek, peacefully made the journey home on August 30, 2021 while in the care of Glenn Arbor Hospice, with family by her side. She was born on a snowy May 2, 1929, to Fleet and Millie (Troy) Langdon, at their home in Leonidas, Michigan, the second of four children, and only girl. When she was ten years old, the family moved to Athens, Michigan. She...
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