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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

Jacqueline J. "Jackie" (Joslyn) Powers

September 24, 1931 - July 18, 2018

Jacqueline J. "Jackie" (Joslyn) Powers, 86, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at her residence with her loving family at her side, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. A full obituary will be published here. If you have any questions prior to that, please call us at 269-962-5526. Friends will be received 1:30–3:00 p.m. Monday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care,...
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Marcia Ruth Yaw

August 30, 1940 - July 17, 2018

Marcia Ruth (Markos) Yaw Grandma Marcia Yaw completed a life well lived and passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the age of 77 years. Marcia was born on August 30, 1940 in Battle Creek, MI to Rosemond (Drew) and Nicholas Markos. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1958 and married David Yaw on March 30, 1963. She worked many...
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William F. Bowers

August 11, 1937 - July 14, 2018

William Furner Bowers, age 80, of Houghton Lake passed away on Saturday July 14, 2018 at home with his loving family by his side. Bill was born on August 11, 1937 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Frederick and Elnora (Hard) Bowers. He grew up and attended school in the Battle Creek Area. Bill was married on June 16, 1957 in Battle Creek to Hazel Bundy. He served as a SSG in the Air Force Reserves...
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Joyce Poll

June 19, 1931 - July 14, 2018

Joyce Rita (Young) Poll, 87, passed peacefully surrounded by loving family at Bronson Hospital, Battle Creek on Saturday July 14, 2018 after a short illness. Born June 19, 1931 to Leslie J. Young and Agnes A. (Witt) in Muskegon, MI. She attended St. Joseph's High School in Muskegon and Mercy School of Nursing Class of '52, working as an RN at the VA Battle Creek, MI. She married Jay F. Poll...
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Patricia Ann (Coghlan) "Pat" Clancy

March 22, 1931 - July 14, 2018

Patricia Ann (Coghlan) Clancy of Augusta, MI Pat died Saturday morning, July 14, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, MI with her family at her side. Pat, the daughter of Lawrence J. and Lucille D. (LaPorte) Coghlan, was born in Milwaukee, WI on March 22, 1931; attended St. Boniface Grade School and graduated from Messmer...
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Marlene Fay Curtis

September 22, 1933 - July 13, 2018

Marlene Fay Curtis, 84, of Battle Creek, died peacefully July 13, 2018 with her family by her side. Marlene was born September 22, 1933 in St. Ignace to Levi and Berniece (Mason) Furlott. Marlene graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Lawrence Curtis, in 1950 and was a devoted wife and mother. She was inventive, creative, and enjoyed a...
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Rebecca Carter DeLoof

November 15, 1941 - July 10, 2018

Rebecca Carter DeLoof went to meet her Lord on July 10th, 2018. Rebecca was born November 15, 1941 at home in Kalamazoo, MI. She grew up on a mountain in Russellville, KY and on a farm in Paw Paw, MI with her two brothers Joe and Harve Carter. She attended the Dayton Country School graduating from Paw Paw High School. She attended KCC graduating as an LPN in 1983. She loved being a nurse...
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Albert G. Johnson

December 12, 1946 - July 9, 2018

Albert G. Johnson, 71, of Battle Creek, died July 9, 2018. Albert was born December 12, 1946 in Pontiac to Loyle and Margaret (Gibbs) Johnson. Albert served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps and fought in the Vietnam War. He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Wrobleski and his ex-wife, Sybil (Michael) Fordos. A graveside service to celebrate Albert's life...
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Patricia R. Miller

July 13, 1953 - July 9, 2018

Patricia Ruth (Steffee) Miller died Monday, July 9, 2018 at the University of Michigan Medical Hospital. She was born July 13, 1953 to Donald Keith Steffee and Marian (Clover) Steffee and lived in Battle Creek. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School ('71) and attended Kellogg Community College. She worked as an administrative assistant for the Fort Custer Veterans Affairs...
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Emma "Jean" Berry

March 6, 1927 - July 9, 2018

Emma "Jean" Berry, age 91, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Monday morning, July 9, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Battle Creek on March 6, 1927, the daughter of John and Virginia "Virgie" (Robinson) Taylor. A great seamstress, Jean enjoyed sewing & crocheting, cooking, riding her bike, camping and spending time at the lake, but her true passion in life was spending...
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Diane Lynn (Arnold) Kievit

November 29, 1953 - July 5, 2018

Diane Lynn (Arnold) Kievit of Kalamazoo, MI Diane, age 64, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 5, 2017 at her residence. Cremation has taken place and a private Celebration of Diane's life will be held at a later date. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Diane's family.
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William "Junior" Akins, Jr.

December 8, 1953 - July 5, 2018

William P. "Junior" Akins, Jr., age 64, of Battle Creek went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, July 5, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on December 8, 1953, the loving son of William P. and Betty (Lowe) Akins and graduated from Springfield High School with the Class of 1972, where he wrestled and played football. Junior has resided at Calhoun County Medical Care in Battle...
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Violet J. "Dolly" Carl

May 19, 1943 - July 2, 2018

Violet J. "Dolly" (Billings) Carl, 75, of Kalamazoo, passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside at Bronson Methodist Hospital late Monday evening, July 2, 2018, after receiving her last rites by Father James Richardson from St. Mary's Catholic Church. Violet was born May 19, 1943, in the city of Battle Creek, Michigan, to Manley and Marguerite (Brown) Billings. Once home from the...
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Mildred Evelyn "Millie" (Wilbur) Duff

May 15, 1930 - July 2, 2018

Mildred Evelyn "Millie" (Wilbur) Duff, 88, of Battle Creek died Monday, July 2, 2018 at Sue's Loving Care in Kalamazoo. Mildred was born May 15, 1930 in Traverse City, Michigan the daughter of Donald DeVere and Catherine (Terry) Wilbur. Millie grew up in Whitehall and Muskegon then moved to Battle Creek where she attended Battle Creek Central High School. Millie was united in marriage to...
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Walter Lee "Walt" Morgan

September 8, 1938 - June 28, 2018

Walter Lee "Walt" Morgan of Battle Creek, MI Walt, age 79, went to be with the Lord Thursday afternoon, June 28, 2018 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility, Battle Creek, MI. Walt, the son of Melvin D. and Audrey Rose (Newby) Morgan, was born in Dayton, TN on September 8, 1938; moved to the Battle Creek area in 1951 and attended Springfield High...
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Leslie A. Van Geison, Jr.

February 8, 1956 - June 27, 2018

Leslie A. Van Geison, Jr., age 62, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, June 27th after battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) for the past 14 years. He was born February 8, 1956 in Charlotte, Michigan. Following graduation from Battle Creek Central High School he joined the United States Marine Corps. for three years and then transitioned to the United States Army where he was honorably discharged on...
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Rebecca D. Hersha

October 2, 1974 - June 26, 2018

Rebecca Dianne Hersha, beloved daughter, sister, and friend, died peacefully on June 26, 2018 after a long and courageous struggle for her health. She was 43. A 1992 Lakeview High School graduate, Rebecca attended Kellogg Community College, University of Michigan, and Evergreen State College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences in 1999. After living...
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Allison Katherine Ginsberg

August 17, 1978 - June 25, 2018

Allison Katherine Ginsberg of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Allison, age 39, died Monday afternoon, June 25th at her loving parents' home after battling the beast that is ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) for the past 10 years. In telling her own story, Allison wrote, "My goal is to live each day to the fullest, surrounded by my friends and family." With the help of many friends and her family, she...
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Beverly Lou Banks

August 21, 1926 - June 23, 2018

Beverly Lou Banks, age 91, of Kalamazoo and formerly of Marshall, passed away Saturday morning, June 23, 2018 at the Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek on August 21, 1926, the daughter of Damon and Lillian (Hewitt) Banks and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1944. Beverly retired from the Eaton Corporation in 1991 after more than 21 years...
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Ricky Alan "Rick" Henderson

February 20, 1962 - June 19, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Ricky Alan "Rick" Henderson announces his passing after bravely battling cancer for two years, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the age of 56 years. Rick will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Diana, and his children, Jessica (Kalvin) Berner, Stephen (April) Henderson, step-children, Nicholas Yates, Whitney Yates, and Andrew Holdridge. Rick will also...
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Leatrice J. "Tootie" (Warren) Johnson

June 13, 1935 - June 18, 2018

Leatrice J. "Tootie" (Warren) Johnson, 83 of Battle Creek died peacefully on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born June 13, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. As a child, she moved with her family to Battle Creek, where she resided her whole life. Tootie was a 1953 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She was a church administrator at the First...
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Ruth Ann Whipple

July 13, 1948 - June 18, 2018

Ruth Ann Whipple, age 69, of Augusta passed away Monday, June 18, 2018. She was born in Battle Creek on July 13, 1948, the daughter of Clyde F. and Edna C. (Morris) Whipple. Ruth enjoyed playing Solitaire, doing puzzles, and spending time with her family. Ruth is survived by her brothers, William "Bill" (Joy) Whipple Jr. and Fred Whipple, both of Augusta; and several aunts, uncles, nieces &...
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Joseph R. Sessions

February 21, 1936 - June 16, 2018

Joseph Roy Sessions, 82, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his wife and children on June 16, 2018. Joe was born on February 21, 1936, to Colin and Dorothy (James) Sessions. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and stepmother, Leona Sessions. Joe graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1954 and enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He served in...
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Marjorie Ann Goins

August 29, 1937 - June 14, 2018

Marjorie Ann Goins, age 80, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday evening, June 14, 2018. She was born in Battle Creek on August 29, 1937, the daughter of Harold D. and Alma I. (Gillons) Osborne. Marjorie retired from the Kellogg Company in 1995 after more than 32 years of service and had previously worked at Mead Brothers Photography for seven years. ...
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Alec John Borden

October 14, 1940 - June 13, 2018

Alec John Borden of Kalamazoo, MI Alec, age 77, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, June 13, 2018, at his residence. Born in Battle Creek, MI on October 14, 1940, son of Alec E. and Rose (McQuillen) Borden, he was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. ...
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Elaine T. Walter

October 5, 1935 - June 11, 2018

Elaine (Tomchak) Walter, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away Monday morning, June 11, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Albion, Michigan on October 5, 1935, the daughter of Michael and Catherine Tomchak. Elaine graduated from Albion School in 1953 and furthered her education at Western Michigan College, graduating in 1958, and was a teacher in Springport & Jackson. ...
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Helen C. Meyer

June 10, 2018

Helen C. (Lyle) Meyer, former Ottawan, passed away June 10, 2018, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Helen was the daughter of now deceased Earl L. & Grace (Emrich) Lyle of Utica and Ottawa. She married William H. Meyer at the Ottawa Zion Lutheran church and they were married for over 66 years. Helen was a graduate of Ottawa Schools and a life-time member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She served...
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Donna Marie Halbert

May 26, 1947 - June 10, 2018

Donna Marie Halbert, age 71, of Battle Creek went Home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, June 10, 2018. She was born in Bristow, Oklahoma on May 26, 1947, and was the daughter of William R. and Pearl M. (Oxley) Alsbury. Donna married the "Love of Her Life", Dean D. Halbert on July 27, 1974; he survives. She is also survived by her children, Michele (Patrick) Smith and...
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Louella McCowey

June 5, 1935 - Unknown

Louella McCowey, 81, of Battle Creek passed away at her home on February 28, 2017. "Lou", as she was known to everyone and to her family "Tootsie" was born June 5, 1935 in Bendon, MI, the daughter of William and Maude (Shipley) McCarry. Lou graduated from Traverse City Central High School and moved to Battle Creek shortly thereafter. In Battle Creek, Lou met John McCowey and you know the...
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Thomas Martin "Tom" Ryan

June 18, 1930 - June 8, 2018

Thomas Martin "Tom" Ryan of Richland, MI Tom, age 87, died Friday afternoon, June 8, 2018 at Borgess Gardens, Kalamazoo, MI. Tom was born to Leonard and Beulah Ryan in Benton Harbor, MI on June 18, 1930. Tom had an older brother, Jack, and younger brother, James. Tom graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1948 and from Western...
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Charles Thomas

September 9, 1939 - June 8, 2018

Charles "Chuck" Thomas, 78, of Galesburg, died Friday, June 8, 2018. Chuck was born September 9, 1939 in Battle Creek to Edwin and Francis (Johnson) Thomas. Chuck graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1957 and was an apprentice for Albion Tool and Die. He worked at Eaton's and Kellogg's before retiring from General Motors in 2001. Chuck loved woodworking as well as making cradles and benches...
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Craig Matthew Sitton

June 29, 1973 - June 7, 2018

Craig M. Sitton, 44, of Battle Creek, died June 7, 2018. Craig was born June 29, 1973 in Painesville, OH to William Lewis Sr. and Sharon (Miller) Sitton. He graduated high school and went on to be an electrician at various businesses, most recently at the New Electric Company. Craig loved the outdoors, especially fishing and rock climbing. Craig is survived by his wife, Vanlal Lawmi...
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Philip Wendell "Phil" Slayton

October 8, 1940 - June 7, 2018

Philip Wendell "Phil" Slayton, 77 of Battle Creek died peacefully with family and close friends by his side, on Thursday, June 7, 2018, after a two-year battle with cancer. Phil was born October 8, 1940 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Philip E. and Pearl (Clements) Slayton. Phil grew up in Battle Creek, graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, and received his Bachelor...
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Margaret Madalyn (Weaver) Black

December 5, 1923 - June 7, 2018

Margaret Madalyn (Weaver) Black of Hickory Corners, MI Maggie, age 94, died Thursday afternoon, June 7, 2018 in Battle Creek, MI, with her loving family by her side and following a brief illness. Margaret, the daughter of Bernard Franklin Weaver and Mitta Ernestine (nee'Pettit) Weaver, was born in Flint, MI on December 5, 1923. ...
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Mary "Margaret" (Chambers) Scott

November 5, 1924 - Unknown

Mary Margaret Scott, 93, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. Margaret was born November 5, 1924 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to George William and Eunice (Selby) Chambers. She grew up in Lansing, Michigan and was a 1942 graduate of Lansing Central High School. Margaret attended Michigan State University in...
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Marilynn June (DeBoer) Loving

June 22, 1929 - June 5, 2018

Marilynn June (DeBoer) Loving, 88 of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Marilynn had a debilitating stroke on May 24th and her health quickly deteriorated. Marilynn was born June 22, 1929 in Alton, Iowa, the daughter of August and Grace (Scholten) DeBoer. She was the youngest of three girls; they grew up on their parents' dairy...
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Joseph E. "Joe" Simmons

March 9, 1975 - June 4, 2018

Joseph E. "Joe" Simmons, age 43, of Battle Creek, sadly passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 9, 1975, the son of Jeffrey R. and Gloria A. (Sapienza) Simmons. Joe graduated with the Battle Creek Central Class of 1995 and has been employed at II Stanley for more than 12 years. Joe is survived by his estranged wife, Patty (Angus) Simmons; his children,...
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Herbert L. "Scott" Westcott, III

June 3, 1959 - June 1, 2018

Herbert Lee Westcott III, of Battle Creek, MI, known by friends and family as "Scott," passed away June 1, 2018, just 2 days before his 59th birthday. He passed away surrounded by his loved ones, at Select Specialty Hospital of Battle Creek after a long battle with kidney cancer. Scott was born on the 3rd of June, 1959 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was a 1977 graduate of Battle...
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Robert Llewellyn, Sr.

May 25, 1934 - May 31, 2018

Robert "Bob" Lewis Llewellyn was born on May 25th, 1934, in Sherwood, Michigan, to Gladys Mae Llewellyn (nee Larrabee), and Orville Llewellyn. He was 84 years old. He lived at Bedford Manor Apartments in Battle Creek. Bob died at Bronson Hospital in Battle Creek, on May 31st, 2018 of complications from pneumonia. Bob joined the United States Air Force, and when he returned to Battle Creek, he...
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Rev. Dr. Murray M. Cooper

September 11, 1948 - May 31, 2018

Rev. Dr. Murray M. Cooper of Richland, MI Murray, age 69, died Thursday evening, May 31, 2018, at Pipp Hospital in Plainwell, MI, following a 6-month illness. Murray, only child of William and Adelaide (Thompson) Cooper, was born in South Bend, IN on September 11, 1948. He was a 1967 graduate of Niles High School. He attended Michigan Technological University and...
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Elizabeth A. "Liz" Hoffman

April 2, 1934 - May 31, 2018

Elizabeth A. "Liz" Hoffman, age 84, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, May 31, 2018 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Battle Creek on April 2, 1934, the loving daughter of Winston F. and Margaret J. (Nunn) Allen. Liz graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1952, and furthered her education at Western Michigan University. Liz...
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Nadine R. Gifford

February 2, 1921 - May 30, 2018

Nadine R. Gifford, 97, of Battle Creek, passed away May 30, 2018 at Drew's Assisted Living in Coldwater. Nadine was born February 2, 1921 in Delhi, Iowa to Clifford and Elizabeth (Michels) Jackson. She graduated from high school and worked at various places, including Rex Movie Theatre, Montgomery Wards, Duplex, the Bronson Battle Creek Gift Shop and Post Cereals. Nadine was a member at...
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John M. McCowey

August 18, 1933 - May 29, 2018

John M. McCowey, 84 of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at his home on May 29, 2018 with his family at his side. He was born August 18,1933 in Whitley Bay, England, the son of Wilfred and Martha (Dodds) McCowey. John completed his schooling from Gosforth Modern School, in England and joined the British Royal Navy serving eight years at multiple bases in England, Scotland and Singapore. In...
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William D. "Bill" Ackley

January 19, 1937 - May 29, 2018

William D. "Bill" Ackley, 81, of Barryton, MI died May 29, 2018 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. Bill was born January 19, 1937 in Battle Creek, the son of Donald A. and Mabel E. (Shafer) Ackley. Bill received a degree in welding from Kellogg Community College and worked for over 10 years as a general labor for Rieth-Riley Construction. Bill married his wife Bobbie J....
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Bill R. Carr

September 20, 1933 - May 28, 2018

Bill R. Carr, age 84, passed away at home on May 28, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, after a 2 ½ year battle with cancer. Bill was born on September 20, 1933 in Tishomingo, Mississippi, the son of Linton Waldron and Erma Violet (Pennington) Carr. He and his family moved to Battle Creek in 1943. After graduating from Battle Creek Central High School in 1952, Bill went on to serve...
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Mary Gothard

February 10, 1931 - May 27, 2018

Mary F. Gothard, 87, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the Laurels of Galesburg. Mary was born February 10, 1931 in Dayton, TN to Earl and Lucille (Poole) Gothard. She was a member of the Salvation Army and worked at Gallagher Uniform for many years. Mary is survived by her three sisters, Bobbie Ward, Laura Wedl and Pat Gothard and two brothers, Ron and Jack Gothard. She was...
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Joyce E. (Curtis) Geiger

November 14, 1933 - May 27, 2018

Joyce E. (Curtis) Geiger of Hopkins, MI and formerly of Richland, Ml Joyce, age 84, passed away on Sunday, May 27th, 2018, at Railside Living Center in Byron Center, MI. Joyce was born on November 14,1933 to the late Bill & Dorothy Curtis of Kalamazoo. Joyce graduated from Delton High School in 1951. On April 16,1955, she married Donald D. Geiger, Sr....
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Matthew S. Pierce

March 7, 1963 - May 26, 2018

Matthew S. Pierce, age 55, of Battle Creek died Saturday, May 26, 2018. Matthew was born in Battle Creek on March 7, 1963, the son of Fred and Alice (Palmer) Pierce. Matthew is survived by his daughter, Grace Pierce and her mother, Gaynell Gilbert-Pierce; brother, Steve (Judy) Pierce; sister, Suzanne (Ron) Cady; brother, Stan (Marianne) Pierce and brother, Grady Pierce. He was also survived...
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June Ann Squires

March 17, 1930 - May 25, 2018

June Ann Squires, age 88, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at her home on Friday afternoon, May 25, 2018. She was born in Battle Creek on March 17, 1930, the daughter of Jesse J. and T. Merle (Bradshaw) Eagles. June Ann graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1948 and furthered her education at Michigan State University and the Mullinex Business School. Over the...
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Catharine E. Boyer

January 2, 1932 - May 22, 2018

Catharine E. Boyer (Ziolkowski), age 86, passed away on May 22, 2018 at her home in Battle Creek, MI. Catharine was born on January 2, 1932 in Battle Creek to Simon and Ruth Ziolkowski. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1950. She married Robert L. Boyer on September 25,1957. Catharine worked at Transamerica Insurance for 30+ years. She began her career as a claims adjuster and...
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William C. Garratt

July 3, 1922 - May 20, 2018

William C. Garratt, 95, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, May 20, 2018. William was born July 3, 1922 in Detroit to Harold and Alene (Heath) Garratt. William served honorably in the United States Navy during WWII. After his discharge from the military in 1947, William, along with his father, opened Garratt Office Machines in Battle Creek. William was a member of the Antique Car Club and was a...
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Elaine M. Knox

April 29, 1925 - May 14, 2018

Elaine M. Knox, age 93, of Battle Creek peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday evening, May 14, 2018. She was born in Battle Creek on April 29, 1925 the daughter of Floyd and Hattie (VanAsperen) Niles and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Elaine married the "Love of Her Life", Wilber "Bill" Knox in Battle Creek on March 3, 1943; he sadly preceded her in death...
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Iris Loraine (McWilliams) McCleery

September 25, 1923 - May 12, 2018

Iris Loraine (McWilliams) McCleery, age 94, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, May 12, 2018. She was born in Nashville, Michigan on September 25, 1923, the loving daughter of Howard P. and Effie Mae (Hanes) Jones. Iris enjoyed sewing, gardening, golfing with her friends, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Iris was preceded in death by two...
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James Paul "Jim" Stouffer

February 12, 1937 - May 11, 2018

James Paul Stouffer of Columbus, OH and formerly of Kalamazoo, MI Jim, age 81, died Friday evening, May 11, 2018 at the Mother Angeline McCrory Manor of Columbus, OH and with his loving family at his side. Jim, the son of Howard and Katherine (Murnan) Stouffer, was born in Wabash, IN on February 12, 1937 and grew up in Pierceton, Indiana. He was president...
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Arthur Caball

July 27, 1945 - May 8, 2018

Arthur Caball, 72, died May 8, 2018 at his home. Art was born in Waukegan, IL in 1945, son of the late Edward and Marie Caball. Art served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and received the Bronze Star for heroism and was a welder/pipefitter aboard ship. Art started his own successful welding business in 1970, Custom Metal Work, retiring in 2006. From a young age, Art...
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Clifford "Lee" Hoffman

April 5, 1947 - May 8, 2018

Clifford "Lee" Hoffman, age 71, a lifelong master mechanic, from Augusta, MI, died suddenly on Tuesday morning, May 8, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on April 5, 1947 to Clifford B. and Marian (Armour) Hoffmann. Lee graduated from Gull Lake High School with the Class of 1965, and then faithfully served his country as a SP4 in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968. Lee married the ...
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Le Anne "Le" Vocke

June 9, 1933 - May 8, 2018

Le Anne "Le" Vocke, age 84, of Battle Creek passed away on Tuesday morning, May 8, 2018. Le Anne was born in Newport, KY on June 9, 1933, the loving daughter of Helen Dorothy (Breeden) and James Calvin Curd. She worked with her parents in their delicatessen until she graduated from Holmes High School. She went on to attend Beauty School and work as an Administrative Assistant at Wright-Patterson...
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Wanda (Gerkins) Halsey

June 28, 1926 - May 8, 2018

Wanda Halsey of Battle Creek, MI Wanda, age 91, passed away May 8, 2018. She was born June 28th, 1926 in Bartles, Kentucky, to Walter and Jessie (McCoy) Gerkins. She attended schools in Kentucky and graduated from Western Michigan University School of Librarianship in 1973 with her master's degree. She was employed at the Battle Creek Enquirer from 1974 to 1987 as the Librarian. On...
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KC Burson

March 1, 1950 - May 7, 2018

KC Burson of Vicksburg, MI KC, age 68, died Monday morning, May 7, 2018 at the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Medical Center-Hospice, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. KC, the son of Milton Terry and Doris Elaine (Williams) Burson, was born in Three Rivers, MI; was a lifetime area resident and 1968 graduate of...
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Sharon M. Kobs

December 31, 1962 - May 4, 2018

Sharon Merkel Kobs, 55, left this life on May 4, 2018, at Glen Arbor Hospice in Battle Creek, MI, following a 30-month-long struggle with cancer. She is now reunited with her loving mother, Barbara Joan Merkel, in the flowering fields of heaven where pain and sorrow cannot reach. Sharon was born on New Year's Eve 1962 in Cleveland, OH, to Barb and Gene Merkel. After graduating from Lakeview...
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Larry Richard Lillback

August 6, 1946 - May 3, 2018

Larry Richard Lillback, 71, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Thursday, May 3, 2018. He was born August 6, 1946 in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of Joel and Lorraine Elizabeth (Robarge) Lillback. As a child he moved with his family from Minnesota to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school. After high school Larry honorably served his country for three years in...
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Dewey M. Clark

July 6, 1928 - May 3, 2018

Dewey M. Clark, age 89, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday evening, May 3, 2018 at the Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. He was born in Lebanon, Virginia on July 6, 1928, the son of Harvey and Mable (Ball) Clark, and moved to Michigan in 1963. Dewey was sadly preceded in death by his wife, Esther L. (Snyder) Clark on May 21, 2006. He is survived by his daughter, Pauline Smith of Battle...
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Hazel Ann (Dillard) Belcher McFadden

July 23, 1963 - May 1, 2018

Hazel A. (Dillard) Belcher McFadden, 54, of Battle Creek passed peacefully at her home with her best friend at her side and in the loving care of Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Hazel was born July 23, 1963 in Battle Creek the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Jane (Howard) Dillard. Hazel was employed as an administrative professional for several companies. Prior to her...
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Joyce Evelyn (Holley) Clifton

June 29, 1948 - April 30, 2018

Joyce Evelyn (Holley) Clifton of Battle Creek, MI Joyce, age 69, died unexpectedly Monday morning, April 30, 2018 in Hickory Corners, MI with her loving husband, Roy at her side. Joyce, the daughter of Leonard V. and Doris C. (Freeman) Holley, was born in Battle Creek on June 29, 1948; was a lifetime resident and 1966 graduate of Pennfield High School. ...
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George Joseph Keubke

August 2, 1922 - Unknown

George Joseph Keubke of Portage, MI and formerly of Gull Lake (Richland), MI George, age 95, died Wednesday morning, January 31, 2018 at Bickford Cottage, Portage, MI. George, the son of William J. and Anna M. (Schmit) Keubke, was born in Chicago, IL on August 2, 1922 and was a 1939 graduate of Lincoln High School of Manitowoc, WI. He served his Country honorably and...
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Betty June (Sprague) "Bootsie" Keubke

March 20, 1927 - Unknown

Betty June (Sprague) "Bootsie" Keubke of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Betty, age 90, died Saturday evening, December 9, 2017 at Bickford Cottage, Portage, MI. Betty, the daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Jones) Sprague, was born in Battle Creek, MI on March 20, 1927; was 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and...
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James E. "Jim" Krievins

May 10, 1963 - April 28, 2018

James E. "Jim" Krievins of Battle Creek, MI Jim, age 54, tragically passed away suddenly on Saturday evening, April 28, 2018. Jim leaves to mourn, his mother, Diana Jennings of Jackson, Michigan and two daughters, Erica Page & her family, and little Allison "Allie" Krievins. Jim resided with Robert Moore who was a dear friend and mentor. Jim worked at Denso...
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Shirley Ann Peters

July 19, 1931 - April 27, 2018

Shirley Ann Blish Peters, 86, of Richland, passed away peacefully Friday, April 27, 2018 with her children by her side. The daughter of Harold M. and Madelyn M. (Noel) Blish was born July 19, 1931. She was preceded in death by her parents and the love of her life, Fred Peters, in 2017. Mom loved to work puzzles, paint ceramics, camp with her family, bake sweet treats, golf and celebrate...
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Robert L. "Bob" Davis

May 26, 1927 - April 27, 2018

Robert L. "Bob" Davis, age 90, of Dowling, passed away on Friday evening, April 27, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on May 26, 1927 to Clayton A. and Ellen (Martin) Davis. On September 17, 1949, Bob married Virginia L. "Ginnie" Pratt at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ (where they both were members). Together, "Bob and Ginnie" treasured 67 years of marriage (with the...
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Marvin Paul Leask

August 4, 1946 - April 26, 2018

Marvin Paul Leask of Battle Creek, MI Marvin, age 71, went to be with the Good Lord, free and in peace, on Thursday, April 26th, 2018. He had been ill suffering for some time. Through his many trials and tribulations in life, he came to know the Lord, which gave him great love for the whole family, which was received and reciprocated. Marvin was...
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Terry Grant Thurman

October 28, 1949 - April 24, 2018

Terry Grant Thurman, 68, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Terry was born October 28, 1949 in Battle Creek to Elder and Gladys (Houston) Thurman. He graduated from Springfield High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy. Terry retired from the Federal Center as a boiler technician in 2003. Terry loved the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, caring for animals and...
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Barbara L. Rowse

February 27, 1935 - April 23, 2018

Barbara L. Rowse, 83, of Bellevue, died April 23, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek. Barbara was born February 27, 1935 in Charlotte, MI to Charles and Hattie (Briskie) Sealock. Barbara was a member of the First Congregational Church in Battle Creek. She loved to cook, and always made large portions. Most of all, Barbara loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great...
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Richard Herbert Allen, M.D.

August 4, 1926 - April 22, 2018

Dr. Richard Herbert "Dick" Allen M.D. of Battle Creek, Michigan, age 91, left to be with our Lord on April 22, 2018. As he passed peacefully, he was surrounded by his children who loved him dearly. Dick was extremely fond of his hometown Janesville, Wisconsin where he was born on August 4, 1926 to Herbert William and Helen (Taylor) Allen. Upon graduating from Janesville High School in 1944,...
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Leila "Lee" Westcott

April 11, 1918 - April 22, 2018

Leila B. "Lee" Westcott, age 100, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on April 11, 1918, the loving daughter of Earl C. and Nellie (Burrel) Wilson. Lee spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, but in the early years worked in the Pharmacy at Community Hospital and also...
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Charles Ernest "Charlie" Waychoff

November 8, 1933 - Unknown

Charles Ernest "Charlie" Waychoff of Climax, MI Charlie, age 84, died Sunday morning, December 31, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI, following a brief illness. Charlie, the son of Paul E. and Virginia E. (Phillips) Waychoff, was born in Washington, PA on November 8, 1933 and moved to this area in the late 1980's. He served his Country...
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James L. "Jim" Newman

December 2, 1951 - April 17, 2018

James L. "Jim" Newman, age 66, of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 17, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on December 2, 1951, the loving son Louis E. and Margaret Ann Newman. Jim graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1970, and then faithfully served as a volunteer firefighter with Battle Creek Township and as a Master Electrician with the IBEW Local ...
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Ellen Sarah (Stone) Rhodes

April 25, 1926 - April 15, 2018

Ellen Sarah (Stone) Rhodes of Battle Creek, MI Ellen, age 91, died peacefully at Boschway AFC Home on Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10 days shy of her 92nd birthday. She was born in Shady Valley, TN on April 25, 1926, the daughter of Lee Roy Stone and Ada Bateman Stone. Ellen was married to Claude Stone in North Wilkesboro, NC in 1946 after he was discharged from the Navy...
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Karen Lynn (Podgorny) Napier

April 1, 1965 - April 14, 2018

Karen Lynn (Podgorny) Napier, 53, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home on April 14, 2018. Karen was born April 1, 1965 in Harvey, Illinois to Michael J. and Ruth Anne (Jackson) Podgorny. In 1975, Karen moved with her mother Ruth (Podgorny) Zentera and step-father Edward Zentera from Illinois to Michigan. She graduated from Pennfield High School in 1983 and then attended Kellogg Community...
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Jackie A. Allen

November 18, 1930 - April 14, 2018

Jackie A. Allen, age 87, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday morning, April 14, 2018. She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 18, 1930, the daughter of Jess R. and Iris N. (Scoggins) Morgan. Jackie helped many people over the years as a nurses aide, and faithfully served her family as a wife, mother and grandmother. Jackie married the "Love of Her Life", Frank M. Allen...
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Brenda M. Hicks

May 15, 1968 - April 11, 2018

Brenda Michelle Hicks, born May 15, 1968, of Ceresco, passed away April 11, 2018 after a lengthy illness. Brenda loved to help others. She took in many kids and loved and treated them like her own. She was loved by many. Brenda is survived by her special friend, Robert Antes; her mother, Wanda (John Karker) Hicks; sisters, Fay Felter, Billie Slack and Tonia Hunsicker; brothers, Tim (Tonia...
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Joyce E. Ramsdell

October 5, 1938 - April 11, 2018

Joyce E. Ramsdell, 79, of Battle Creek, died April 11, 2018. Joyce was born October 5, 1938 in Battle Creek to Oliver and Virginia (Williams) Strole. Joyce was an accomplished, well-known business woman in Battle Creek and owned Ferrari's Hair Salon in partnership with Joe and Carol Ferrari for over 50 years. Joyce is survived by her husband of 48 years, Louis; three daughters, Susan (Roger...
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Ira Alonzo Cutler

December 3, 1922 - April 10, 2018

Ira Alonzo Cutler of Kalamazoo, MI Ira, age 95, died Tuesday morning, April 10, 2018 at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo after a brief illness. Ira, the son of Arthur Alonzo and Vera (Bunker) Cutler, was born in Benzie County, MI on December 3, 1922. He had been employed by Rheem Manufacturing Company of Kalamazoo for 27 years configuring...
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Richard "Ric" Riegel

May 15, 1953 - April 10, 2018

Richard A. "Ric" Riegel, 64, of Olivet, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Ric was born May 15, 1953 In Battle Creek to Richard N. and Irene (Mulvaney) Riegel. He received an Associate's Degree in Electronics from Kellogg Community College and worked as an electronic technician for over 6 years at Neogen Corp. in Lansing, MI. Ric loved raising Rottweiler dogs, watching movies, listening to music...
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Milo M. McKie

May 3, 1938 - April 9, 2018

Milo M. McKie, 79, of Hickory Corners, died Monday, April 9, 2018. Milo was born May 3, 1938 in Otsego, MI to Milo and Carolyn (Titus) McKie. He graduated high school and went on to serve in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He worked many years for Kalamazoo Vending. Milo was a life-time member of the V.F.W. and also belonged to the American Legion and the Eagles. He loved life on the...
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Jeffrey Alan Wellington, Sr.

May 1, 1969 - April 8, 2018

Jeffrey Alan Wellington Sr. May 1, 1969 - April 8, 2018 Jeffrey Alan Wellington, Sr., age 48, of Battle Creek, sadly passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on...
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Gaylord Lee "Gay" Thoman

January 30, 1935 - April 7, 2018

Gaylord Lee "Gay" Thoman of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Grand Rapids, MI Gaylord "Gay", age 83, died unexpectedly April 7, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center, in Kalamazoo. Preceded in death by parents Kenneth and Bernice Thoman of Grand Rapids; wife of nearly 60 years, Bernice (Knoll) Thoman; and son-in-law Chip Welling. Survived by children, Barb...
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Evelyn Mae Schmuck

April 22, 1924 - April 7, 2018

Evelyn Mae Schmuck, 93, of Battle Creek, passed away with family by her side Saturday, April 7, 2018. Evelyn was born April 22, 1924 in Beloit, WI to Langdon and Blanche Mae (Gower) White. She graduated from high school and then moved to Michigan where she worked at the defense plant in Augusta for many years. She also worked at the VA hospital in Fort Custer, where she married shortly after....
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Charles Norman "Chuck" Gilmer

November 18, 1943 - April 7, 2018

Charles "Chuck" Norman Gilmer, 74, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, April 7, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He fought a long battle with MDS with great courage. Chuck was born on November 18, 1943 in Battle Creek, the oldest of four sons born to the late Howard and Genevieve (Raymer) Gilmer. He grew up on the family farm: Hillcrest Orchards in Augusta. He graduated from Kellogg...
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Rosemary Claypool Kimball

August 3, 1925 - April 6, 2018

Rosemary Kimball, 92 of Battle Creek died at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo on Friday, April 6, 2018. She was born August 3, 1925 in Battle Creek the daughter of Floyd and Mabel (Koch) Claypool. She grew up in Battle Creek, graduated from Lakeview High School and earned her Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University. She was a dedicated wife & mother. After her children were...
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Carl E. Anderson

May 29, 1925 - April 5, 2018

Carl E. Anderson of Battle Creek, MI Carl, age 92, died Thursday afternoon, April 5, 2018 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek, with his loving family at his side. Carl, the son of Carl V. and Kathryn (Dansard) Anderson, was born in Battle Creek on May 29, 1925 and was a life time resident. Carl was united in marriage to the "Love of his...
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Jon Ernest Wheaton

October 23, 1938 - April 5, 2018

Jon E. Wheaton, 79, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully at home with his wife at his side on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Jon, the son of Levi E. and Bessie I. (Weaver) Wheaton, was born October 23, 1938 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Jon was employed as a letter carrier for the United States...
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Elmer Duane Allen

January 25, 1960 - April 5, 2018

Elmer Duane Allen, 58, of Battle Creek died peacefully at his home, with his family at his side, on Wednesday, April 5, 2018. Elmer was born January 25, 1960 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Henry and Daisy (Palmiter) Allen. He was employed in several area factories in maintenance and assembly. Elmer married Bonnie Sue Bronkhorst on New Year's Eve, January 31, 1992, in Battle Creek. ...
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Becky Ann (Miller) Arms

May 3, 1960 - April 4, 2018

Becky A. (Miller) Arms, 57, sang "Hail! Hail! to Michigan" at many University of Michigan football games. She loved to tailgate and spent many Saturdays with family and friends. Now we sing "Hail! Hail! to Becky'' who fought a long battle with breast cancer and showed strength and courage that inspired everyone who knew her. She was born May 3rd, 1960, the daughter of Robert and Mary Jane...
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Dolores Mary (Borton) Smith

September 11, 1928 - April 4, 2018

Dolores Mary (Borton) Smith of Richland, MI Dolores, age 89, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, with her loving family at her side. Dolores was born on September 11,1928 in Decatur, MI to Leonard and Erma (Martin) Borton. She was raised with her five sisters and one brother; Ardith, Wanda, Fern, Marilyn, Charlyn and Verlyn....
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Mary H. Drake

March 4, 1935 - April 3, 2018

Mary Helen (Stock) Drake, age 83, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully on April 3, 2018. She was born March 4, 1935 in Cambridge, Ohio to the late Albert E. and Sara Kathrin (Costello) Stock. Mary was sadly preceded in death by her husband, Carl E. Drake Sr. on October 7, 1999, whom she married on November 10, 1955 at Kirkland Air Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mary spent many...
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James Marcell Ryan

June 20, 1931 - April 2, 2018

James M. Ryan, 86, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long fight with Lewy Body Dementia on April 2, 2018, with his family by his side. James, known as Jim or Mr. Ryan to his students, was born June 20, 1931, in Monroe, Mich., to Thomas and Lezetta (Saum) Ryan. He was the third of five children, with Rosemary, Thomas, Patricia and John. Jim went to high school at Monroe Catholic...
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Harry Gurnee Conway

July 14, 1919 - April 2, 2018

Harry G. Conway, 98, of Battle Creek died peacefully at his home on Monday, April 2, 2018. He was born in Hackensack, New Jersey to William J. and Anna (Gurnee) Conway on July 14, 1919. He graduated from Hackensack High School and attended Rutgers University before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1941. Mr. Conway was commissioned a lieutenant, and served as commander of a military police...
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Donald F. "Pete" Peters

June 11, 1933 - April 2, 2018

Donald F. "Pete" Peters of Kalamazoo, MI Pete, age 84, died unexpectedly Monday morning, April 2, 2018 at his residence. Pete, the son of Herman and Frances Peters, was born in Parchment, MI on June 11, 1933; was a lifetime area resident and a 1952 graduate of Schoolcraft High School. He retired in 1990 after 30 years of faithful service for the Upjohn Company as...
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Larry Arthur Titus

August 29, 1954 - 2018

Larry A. Titus, 63, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died at home on Saturday, January 20, 2018. He was born August 29, 1954 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Gerald Edward and Jenny M. (Hare) Titus. Larry was employed at Memorial Park Cemetery and Meijer's. Larry is survived by his mother, Jenny M. (Hare) Titus; a sister, Mary (Jim) McLeod; six brothers, Jeff Titus, David Titus, Gerald (Carol)...
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Frederick Lee "Fred" Hayes

September 17, 1946 - April 1, 2018

Frederick Lee "Fred" Hayes, age 71, of Battle Creek passed away, Sunday, April 1, 2018. He was born in Albion, Michigan on September 17, 1946, the son of Frederick W. and Margaret (Curtis) Hayes. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Fred worked for many years with his family, who owned and operated Qualtek...
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