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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

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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Jack Thomas Lick

November 1, 1937 - Unknown

Living courageously with cancer for nearly 4 years, Jack Thomas Lick, age 79, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on August 6, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. Jack was born in Tutwiler, MS in 1937 and is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Jack and his wife, Mary Lou, raised their family in Santa Anna, CA, Battle...
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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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Marilyn June Taylor

January 10, 1934 - April 1, 2018

Marilyn June Taylor, age 84, of Battle Creek, passed away Sunday morning, April 1, 2018 at Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 10, 1934 to Edwin and Clara (Priester) Huegli. Marilyn graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1952 and went on to work for the Office of Consul at the Federal Center for 36 years, retiring in 1995, and was inducted into...
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Leona Pauline (Deuel) Gilson

February 3, 1927 - March 30, 2018

Leona Pauline (Deuel) Gilson of the The Villages, FL and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Leona, age 91, died Friday morning, March 30, 2018 at Atria of Lady Lake Assisted Living Facility, Lady Lake, FL with her two loving daughters at her side and following a brief illness. Leona, the daughter of Victor and Irene (Brooks) Deuel, was born...
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Ellen (Huber) Sommerfeld

October 10, 1922 - March 29, 2018

Ellen (Huber) Sommerfeld, 95, of Battle Creek left this world at The Oaks on Thursday, March 29, 2018; to join her Lord & Savior. She was born in Battle Creek on October 10, 1922 and raised by her grandmother Clara A. Huber. Ellen graduated from Lakeview High School in 1941 and went to work at Kellogg's. She married Loren J. Sommerfeld, June 21, 1947 in the First Presbyterian Church. In...
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Willard James Vaughn

December 9, 1929 - March 29, 2018

Willard J. Vaughn, age 88, of Pennfield Township, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo MI. Willard was born December 9, 1929 in Monterey, Tennessee to Curtis and Marie (Wilson) Vaughn. Willard married Jean (McCowan) in 1950 and they moved to Battle Creek in 1951. Willard attended Maple United Methodist Church. Willard retired after 30 plus...
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Thomas M. "Tom" Forward

August 21, 1950 - March 29, 2018

Thomas M. "Tom" Forward, 67 of East Leroy died at Bronson Battle Creek with his family at his side on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Tom was born August 21, 1950 in Battle Creek to Delbert James and Beatrice Bernadine (Bussis) Forward . He graduated from Harper Creek High School, served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves, retired from the Kellogg Company and was a former Calhoun County Deputy...
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LoAnn Marie Bridges

December 4, 1957 - March 28, 2018

LoAnn Marie Bridges, age 60, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, March 28, 2018. She was born in Caro, Michigan on December 4, 1957, the loving daughter of Rudolph & Donna Dadacki, and graduated from Kingston (Michigan) High School with the Class of 1976. LoAnn served as an LPN for more than 25 years at Leila Hospital, Battle Creek Health Systems, Bronson Battle Creek...
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Barbara Jean Miller

April 3, 1963 - March 27, 2018

Barbara Jean Miller, 54, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at home in Kalamazoo. She was born on April 3, 1963 to Eileen (Phil) Goodall and the late Mike (Mason) (June) Miller. Barbara grew up in Richland, and after high school she spent some time in Grand Rapids while attending Kendall Art Institute. There will be no services, at her request, but donations are being accepted for Kalamazoo...
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Barbara J. Neller

April 28, 1929 - March 26, 2018

Barbara Joan Neller passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Glen Arbor Hospice Residence. Barbara was born on April 28, 1929 to Marshall and Dorothy Coulter in Detroit, Michigan. She attended Grosse Pointe High School and graduated with a degree in Music from Albion College in 1951. She continued her post graduate studies at the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University. ...
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Carmen (Juretschke) Bartholomew

March 6, 1956 - March 25, 2018

Carmen (Juretschke) Bartholomew, 62, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on March 25, 2018. Carmen was born March 6, 1956 to the late Fritz and Gertrude (Gollen) Juretschke in Hof, Germany and was one of 10 children. Carmen graduated High School in Hof in 1974 and bravely moved to the United States the following year to establish her roots. Carmen married Scott Bartholomew...
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Jose Cantu "Joe" Tijerina

March 29, 1930 - March 24, 2018

Jose Cantu "Joe" Tijerina, passed away Saturday morning March 24th at the age of 87, at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born March 29, 1930 in Colima, Texas to Pedro and Melquiades (Cantu) Tijerina. He grew up and attended school in McAllen, Texas where he was a rancher, farmer and a trucker. Jose left the Texas Valley at age 19 and came to Battle Creek where he was...
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Joseph George "Joe" Kaywood

September 30, 1968 - March 23, 2018

Joseph "Joe" G. Kaywood of Heyworth, IL Joe, age 49, died unexpectedly, Friday, March 23, 2018 at Advocate Bro-Menn Medical Center of Normal, IL. Joe, the son of Joseph L. and S. Ann (Lumie) Kaywood, was born on September 30, 1968 in Kalamazoo, MI. Joe graduated in 1992 from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business...
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Andrea Perez Vazquez

November 30, 1923 - March 23, 2018

Andrea Perez Vazquez, 94, passed away at home Friday, March 23, 2018 under the loving care of her family, and longtime best friend Maria Chapin. Andrea was born November 30, 1923 in Guatemala Central America. Andrea was preceded in death by her parents, and nephew Carlos Perez whom she loved dearly. She is survived her daughter, Maria Lourdes (Ronald) Carter Sr. of Battle Creek;...
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Donald David Carl, Sr.

November 5, 1944 - March 21, 2018

Donald David Carl, Sr. of Battle Creek, MI Don, age 73, died Wednesday evening, March 21, 2018 with his loving family at his side. Don, the son of Thomas L. and Pauline M. (Morrison) Carl, was born in Battle Creek on Nov. 5, 1944; was a lifetime area resident and a 1963 graduate of Pennfield High School. Don worked briefly at Leila Hospital as an orderly...
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Richard Allan "Rick" Ullrich

August 16, 1954 - March 19, 2018

Richard Allan "Rick" Ullrich, age 63, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Monday evening, March 19, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on August 16, 1954, the son of Richard H. and Eleanor L. (Benner) Ullrich. Rick graduated from Lakeview High School and furthered his education at Western Michigan University. A very simple man, Rick was very dedicated to his family, his work & his...
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Tracy Y. (Woods) Pierce

March 8, 1960 - March 19, 2018

Tracy Y. (Woods) Pierce of Battle Creek, MI Tracy, age 58, died unexpectedly Monday evening, March 20, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, with her loving family at her side. Tracy, the daughter of Paul R. and Jennie L. (Dean) Woods, was born in Battle Creek on March 8, 1960; was a lifetime resident and a 1977 graduate of Battle Creek Central High...
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Glen Eugene Gillette

July 3, 1955 - March 18, 2018

Glen Eugene Gillette of Battle Creek, MI Glen, age 62, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2108 at Walmart of Battle Creek, where he was employed as a Sales Associate. Glen, the son of Harold and Thelma (Wolfe) Gillette, was born in Battle Creek, MI on July 3, 1955. He is survived by his three brothers, Howard L., Gary L. and Daniel R. Gillette, all of...
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Harriet L. Martin

May 10, 1927 - March 16, 2018

Harriet L. Martin, age, 90, of Battle Creek died after a short illness on Friday evening, March 16, 2018 at the Heartland Health Care Center of Battle Creek. She was born in Marshall, Michigan on May 10, 1927, the loving daughter of John E. and Fay M. (Carpenter) Reick, and graduated with the Battle Creek Lakeview High School Class of 1945. Harriet was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother,...
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Dorothy "Jean" Berge

October 11, 1921 - March 16, 2018

Dorothy "Jean" Berge, age 96, of Battle Creek died Friday morning, March 16, 2018 at the PineView Assisted Living at NorthPointe Woods. She was born in Battle Creek on October 11, 1921, to Roy and Grace Wiegand. Jean graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1940 and continued her education at Argubright Business College. Jean married Kenneth H. Berge Sr. at the First...
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Thomas Francis "Tom" Horrocks

January 20, 1953 - March 15, 2018

Thomas Francis Horrocks of Richland, MI Tom, age 65, died Thursday morning, March 15, 2018 at his residence following a gallant battle with cancer. Tom, the son of Harry E. "Bud" and Eleanor E. (Lindsley) Horrocks, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on January 20, 1953; was a lifetime area resident and a 1971 graduate of Kalamazoo Hackett High School. He was the retired Owner,...
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Beth E. Younglove

October 6, 1959 - March 14, 2018

Beth E. Younglove, 58, of Battle Creek, died March 14, 2018. Beth was born October 6, 1959 in Battle Creek to David and Mildred (Mallory) Owen. She graduated from Delton-Kellogg High School and worked at the Federal Center for over 40 years. Beth loved living the "Lake Life" at Fine Lake. She enjoyed reading, flower gardening, and doing crafts at Southern Exposure. Beth is survived...
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Russell E. Gorham

May 21, 1921 - March 9, 2018

Russell Ernest Gorham, 96, of Battle Creek died peacefully in his sleep with his family at his side, Friday, March 9, 2018, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He is now in the loving arms of his Lord & Savior. Russell was born May 21, 1921 in Harlan, Michigan the son of Archie L. and Vera V. (Weller) Gorham. He grew up in Battle Creek and went to Battle Creek Public Schools. Russell...
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Michael Gerald "Mike" McMillan

May 24, 1948 - March 8, 2018

Michael Gerald McMillan of Bellevue, MI Mike, age 69, died Thursday afternoon, March 8, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, following a brief illness. Mike, the son of Robert J. and Catherine I. "Jean" (Harden) McMillan, was born in Macomb, IL on May 24, 1948. He attended Battle Creek Central High School, but left early to enlist in the United...
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Robert John "Bob" Bennett

May 17, 1945 - March 7, 2018

Robert J. "Bob" Bennett, 72, of Battle Creek, MI, ended his journey March 7, 2018, after a long term illness. Bob is survived by his wife of 47 years, M. Lynne (Anderson) Bennett; daughters Anitra (Daniel) Townsend of Wisconsin Dells, WI and Allison (Kurt) Roelofs of Royal Oak, MI; loving grandchildren Vivienne and Owen Bruce Townsend and Kalli, Kolbie and Klara Roelofs; siblings Barbara (Bob...
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Geneva L. "Neva" Hager

May 18, 1941 - March 7, 2018

Geneva L. "Neva" Hager, age 76, formerly of Battle Creek died March 7, 2018. She was born in Logan, West Virginia on May 18, 1941, the daughter of Stollie and Rena (Adkins) Hager. Neva enjoyed cooking and trips to Mackinac, but her true passion in life was spending time with her family & friends, especially her children & grandchildren. Neva is survived by her children, James (Debra) Hager...
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Stanley Earl "Stan" Madry

January 30, 1940 - March 4, 2018

Stanley Earl "Stan" Madry of Battle Creek, MI Stan, 78, retired Grand Trunk Western Railroad Signal Man, former Owner and Operator of the Frog Pond Bar and U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, died Sunday, March 4, 2018. The Graveside Service to celebrate Stan's life will be held on Friday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI...
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Kathryn Eldene "Katie" (Lucas) Jacobs

February 2, 1922 - March 4, 2018

Kathryn Eldene "Katie" (Lucas) Jacobs, 96 formerly of Battle Creek, died peacefully at Masonic Pathways in Alma, Michigan on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Katie was born February 2, 1922 in Burlington, Michigan the daughter of Raymond and Pearl (Finney) Lucas. She was employed at Wolverine Insurance Company, Fort Custer State Home, Lakeview General Hospital and had worked as a Massage Tech in...
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Mary Joann Davis

July 13, 1954 - March 3, 2018

Mary J. Davis, 63, of Battle Creek, died March 3, 2018 at her home. Mary was born July 13, 1954 in Battle Creek to Harold and Marguerite (McKelvey) Davis. She went to Battle Creek Central High School and received her Master's Degree Western Michigan University. Mary had a passion of helping people. She worked as a counselor in social work for many years. She was also very religious...
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Sharon Kay Johnson

February 24, 1945 - March 1, 2018

Sharon Kay Johnson, age 73, of Galesburg passed away peacefully at home on Thursday morning, March 1, 2018. She was born in Anderson, Indiana on February 24, 1945 and was the loving daughter of James and Mary B. (Wilson) Garrett. Sharon retired in 2001 from Western Michigan University after more than 25 years of service. Sharon married Robert L. "Bob" Johnson in Ringgold, Georgia on...
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Julaine Anne (Cavanaugh) Thompson Stovall

August 12, 1925 - March 1, 2018

Julaine Ann (Cavanaugh) Thompson Stovall, 92, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Julaine was born August 12, 1925 in Lansing, Michigan the daughter of Michael J. and Gladys (Heil) Cavanaugh. She grew up in Lansing, graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School and attended St. Mary's College at Notre Dame. Julaine was employed at...
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Gary Richard Goheen

June 10, 1951 - February 28, 2018

Gary Richard Goheen of Richland, MI Gary, age 66, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, February 28, 2018 at his residence. Gary, the son of Richard and Marilyn Jeanne (Reithel) Goheen, was born in Gladwin, MI on June 10, 1951 and was a 1969 graduate of Gladwin High School. He then entered the United States Marines Corp during the Vietnam War and served in Okinawa...
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Dennis James Little

August 1, 1954 - February 28, 2018

Dennis James Little of Kalamazoo, MI Dennis, age 63, died Wednesday morning, February 28, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. He enjoyed working at Bronson Methodist Hospital, in Facilities Maintenance for the past 9 years and spent over 25 years prior to that at James Rivers Paper Company. Dennis was preceded in death by his...
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Betty Louise (Woodmansee) Crane

August 5, 1923 - February 28, 2018

Betty Louise Crane, 94, of Burlington, Michigan died peacefully at her home with her family at her side on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. She was born August 5, 1923 in Dowling, Michigan to Bessie Woodmansee. Betty grew up in Dowling, Michigan and was a 1941 graduate of Hastings High School. After high school she was employed at the S.S. Kresge Store in downtown Battle Creek and then for the...
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Mary Lou Burbank

October 24, 1944 - February 28, 2018

Mary Lou Burbank, age 73, of Battle Creek sadly passed away on Wednesday morning, February 28, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Wayland, Michigan on October 24, 1944, the daughter of Elmer J. and Katherine (Marsman) Bronkhorst. Mary enjoyed many types of arts & crafts, playing cards & Bingo, puzzles, and watching Investigation Discovery T.V. Mary is survived by her four...
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Theresa L. Gooding

October 21, 1953 - February 27, 2018

Theresa L. Gooding, 64, of Battle Creek, died suddenly Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Theresa was born October 21, 1953 in Owosso, MI to Kenneth and Helen (Durham) Gooding. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and worked at various restaurants as a hostess in the Battle Creek area for many years. Theresa was a servant of God and loved to read the Bible. She truly enjoyed...
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Craig Lee Dolbee

October 13, 1987 - February 24, 2018

Craig Lee Dolbee, 30, passed away suddenly February 24, 2018. Craig was born on October 13, 1987, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Lakeview High School and Western Michigan University. He was most recently employed by All You Need Grand Rental. He enjoyed playing and coaching tennis and spending time with friends and family, especially at the family...
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Barbara Jean (Wendt) "Barb" Rogers

April 21, 1928 - February 23, 2018

Barbara Jean (Wendt) Rogers of Kalamazoo, MI Barb, age 89, died Friday morning, February 23, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Barb was born on April 21, 1928 in Hope Township, Midland County, to Gordon and Nina (Howe) Wendt. She graduated from Midland High School, Class of 1945. On September 20, 1947 she was married to Robert W. (Buck)...
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Raymond Edmund Schmitzer

August 2, 1922 - February 22, 2018

Raymond E. Schmitzer, 95 of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence with his loving family at his side on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Ray was born August 2, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Harry Frank and Florence Catherine (Burfening) Schmitzer. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1941 graduate of St. Philip High School. Immediately after high school, Ray proudly...
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James Edward "Jim" Wunderly

September 29, 1931 - February 22, 2018

James Edward "Jim" Wunderly of Kalamazoo, MI Jim, age 86, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, February 22, 2018, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Jim, the son of Edward and Edith (Lampus) Wunderly, was born in New Castle, PA on September 29, 1931. He earned a BS in Pharmacy at Pitt University, an MBA from Western Michigan University, and a JD from Cooley...
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Ivan Duane Head

February 11, 1947 - February 22, 2018

Ivan D. Head, 71 of Battle Creek passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday Feb. 22, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 11, 1947 in Battle Creek, Michigan to William T. and Dalores V. (Crawford) Head. Ivan grew up in Battle Creek and attended Harper Creek High School. He retired from the Calhoun County Justice Center in 2012 after 21 years of...
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Austin Michael Scott

December 7, 1995 - February 18, 2018

Austin Michael Scott of Richland, MI Austin, age 22, died unexpectedly Sunday evening, February 18, 2018. Austin was born in Kalamazoo, MI on December 7, 1995 and was a lifetime area resident. Surviving is his mother, Michelle M. (Dave) Greve of Richland; his brother, Lucas J. Simmons of Richland; his maternal grandparents...
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Frances Kay Hennaut

July 8, 1949 - February 15, 2018

Frances Kay Hennaut, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, February 15, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Fort Hood, Texas on July 8, 1949, the loving daughter of Chess C. and Gladys F. (Ross) Ward. Frances has worked as a telephone agent for more than 30 years with Total Communications, Michigan Message Center, and currently with Answer United. A true Matriarch,...
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Mary Lou (Drake) Hellstrom

November 23, 1936 - February 14, 2018

Mary Lou (Drake) Hellstrom of Cadillac, MI, formerly of Battle Creek, MI Mary Lou, age 81, died Wednesday morning, February 14, 2018 at her daughter's residence in Cadillac, MI. Mary Lou, the daughter of Leon and Grace (Pyke) Drake, was born in Battle Creek on November 23, 1936 and was a 1954 graduate of...
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Robert Alan Knight

June 30, 1934 - February 13, 2018

Robert A. Knight, 83 of Battle Creek died peacefully at The Reflections on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Bob was born June 30, 1934 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of George C. and Dorothy M. (Putney) Knight, Sr. He moved with his family to Battle Creek in 1940 and was a 1952 graduate of Lakeview High School. Bob served in the Coast Guard Reserves from 1952-56. He was a graduate of the Dale...
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Benton Joseph "Ben" Halder

February 26, 1953 - February 13, 2018

Benton Joseph "Ben" Halder, age 64, of Battle Creek sadly passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, February 13, 2018. Ben was born in Battle Creek on February 26, 1953, the son of Joseph F. and Beverly E. (Clark) Halder. He proudly and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1970 to 1973. Ben worked as an owner/operator and truck driver for many...
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Niles Wiley

November 5, 2009 - February 13, 2018

Niles L. Wiley, age 8, died suddenly at his home February 13, 2018. Niles was born November 5, 2009 to James and Heather (Coffman) Wiley. He was a very determined boy and also very curious. Niles attended second grade at MarLee School autism class room and loved to watch Toy Story. Niles is survived by his parents, James and Heather Wiley; three brothers, Noah, Nathan and Nolan Wiley; two...
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Jack DeVon Spindler, Jr.

September 5, 1967 - February 11, 2018

Jack DeVon Spindler, Jr., age 50, of Battle Creek and formerly of Tampa, Florida passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening, February 11, 2018 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Elkhart, Indiana on September 5, 1967, the son of Jack D. and Darlene S. (Presswood) Spindler., Sr.. Jack worked for many years as a tile setter, most recently with Battle Creek Tile & Mosaic. Jack...
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Marion K. "Molly" Smith

December 10, 1926 - February 11, 2018

Marion K. "Molly" Smith of Battle Creek, MI Molly, age 91, died Sunday morning, February 11, 2018 at her residence and following a brief illness. Molly, the daughter of Joseph and Mae Adair, was born in London, England on December 10, 1926 and emigrated to this area in 1946. She was an excellent painter and was a Founding Member of the Battle...
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Barbara J. (Walters) "Barb" Gray

February 16, 1933 - February 10, 2018

Barbara J. (Walters) Gray of Battle Creek, MI Barb, age 84, one week shy of her 85th Birthday, died Saturday morning, February 10, 2018 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility, Battle Creek. Barb, the daughter of Nels J. "Tobey" and Mary E. (Resser) Mason, was born in Battle Creek on February 16, 1933 and was a lifetime area resident. She worked as a travel...
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Dale Edward Uldricks

August 30, 1928 - February 7, 2018

Dale E. Uldricks, 89 of Battle Creek died peacefully at Borgess Medical Center on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Dale was born August 30, 1928 in Three Rivers, Michigan to Frank and Ethel (Armour) Uldricks. He moved to Battle Creek with his family as a child, graduated from Lakeview High School and went on to earn a certificate in Business. Dale honorably served his country with the United...
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Robert Henry "Bob" Lajoie

February 19, 1929 - February 7, 2018

Ret. MSgt. Robert Henry "Bob" Lajoie, 88, was welcomed into Eternal Life on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 after leaving this world at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Bob was born February 19, 1929 in Chicopee, Massachusetts to Ernest N. and Florence L. (Benoit) Lajoie. Upon graduation from Chicopee High School, Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served his...
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