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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

James Joseph "Jim" Clancy

December 29, 1960 - October 20, 2016

James Joseph "Jim" Clancy of Richland, MI Jim, age 55, died Thursday evening, October 20, 2016 at the Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI and with his loving family at his side. The Funeral Liturgy to celebrate Jim's life will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home &...
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Carolyn E. Jones

February 26, 1936 - October 19, 2016

Carolyn Esther (Frazier) Jones, 80 years old, passed on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Borgess Hospital. Carolyn was born February 26, 1936 in Battle Creek, MI, as the oldest girl of Mildred C. (Thompson) and John F.L. Frazier. Carolyn was a 1953 graduate of Kellogg Consolidated High School, pursuing her LPN degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Her career involved working at Leila...
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Joyce Elaine (Westerberg) Parker

July 5, 1927 - October 18, 2016

Joyce W. Parker of Gull Lake, Michigan Joyce W. Parker, age 89, passed away on October 18, 2016 after a long fight with Parkinson's disease. Joyce was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 5, 1927 to Melville and Eva (Swenson) Westerberg. A talented student and singer in her youth, Joyce attended Kalamazoo College, later graduating from Western...
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Neil L. Croften

October 8, 1951 - October 15, 2016

It all began 65 years ago when Neil Loyd Croften was born on October 8, 1951 to John and Joyce (Dreamer) Croften in Marshall, Michigan. His parents divorced a few years later and Joyce took her two children and moved to Virginia. Little sister, Cindy and Neil survived that year by Neil stealing a biscuit twice a week for a year from a little store down the street. Neil was responsible for...
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Arthur Richard "Dick" Gross

June 23, 1928 - October 11, 2016

Arthur Richard "Dick" Gross of Richland, MI Dick Gross age 88, died Tuesday morning, October 11, 2016 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence of Kalamazoo, MI, following a brief illness. Dick, the son of Arthur W. and Margaret K. (Schmitter) Gross, was born in Milwaukee, WI on June 23, 1928 and moved with his wife Virginia (Ginny) to Richland in...
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Colleen E. Hamp

October 22, 1932 - October 11, 2016

Mrs. Colleen E. Hamp, died peacefully Oct. 11, 2016 in Sugar Land, TX., having been ill since 2013 from TIA strokes. Born Oct. 22, 1932 in Battle Creek, MI. to William "Mike" P. and Thelma M. Hamlin. She eloped on May 5, 1951 to marry Eugene M. Hamp. This past spring, they joyously celebrated 65 years of marriage. She was Eugene's love of his life. A true love story. As a child she...
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Anthony Sebastian Calderone

April 22, 1930 - October 11, 2016

Anthony Sebastian Calderone, 86, of Battle Creek died peacefully on October 11th after a long illness. He was born April 22, 1930 in Albion, Michigan to Victor and Elvira (Cacciatore) Calderone. Tony grew up in Albion and was a 1949 graduate of Albion High School. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business from Western Michigan University. Anthony also honorably served his country in...
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Theron Ralph Stults

March 31, 1927 - October 10, 2016

Theron R. Stults, 89, of Battle Creek died while fishing at Sonoma Lake on Monday, October 10, 2016. Theron Ralph Stults was born March 31, 1927 in Marshall, Michigan to Ralph and Iva Odessa (Oxby) Stults. He grew up in the Marshall – Olivet area and graduated from Olivet High School in 1945. Theron honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was employed in the Signal...
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Sophie Rose Bremer

July 19, 1927 - October 8, 2016

Sophie R. Bremer, 89, of Battle Creek, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016. She was born in Battle Creek on July 19, 1927, to John and Josephine Kulik and graduated from St. Phillip Catholic High School. She had two sisters, one of which was her twin, who preceded her in death on March 13, 2009. Sophie met the love of her life, Marvin and they married in 1952. The two became faithful...
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William Edgar "Bill" Simpson

September 22, 1943 - October 8, 2016

William E. "Bill" Simpson, 73, of Marshall, Michigan died at home on Saturday, October 8, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. William Edgar "Bill" Simpson was born September 22, 1943 in Battle Creek to Myron and Edna (Wooden) Simpson. He grew up in Hickory Corners and was a 1960 graduate of Kellogg Agricultural School. He honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps 1960-64; and is a...
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Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Neve

July 26, 1921 - October 7, 2016

Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Neve, age 95, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday morning, October 7, 2016. Betty, the loving daughter of Bert "Taw" and Kathryn E. (Guinnee) Flack, was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 26, 1921. Betty married the "Love of Her Life" Colonel Jack C. Neve in Georgia on February 20, 1943; he sadly preceded her in death on February 26, 1997. ...
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Byron Andrew Johnson

June 13, 1921 - October 6, 2016

Byron Andrew Johnson of Battle Creek, MI Byron, age 95, died October 6, 2016, at his residence and in the presence of his loving family. Byron, the son of John and Mable (Butterfield) Johnson, was born in Muskegon, MI on June 13, 1921, and moved to the Battle Creek area from Kalamazoo, MI in 1995. He was a graduate of Ravenna High School, Ravenna, MI and received...
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Rita Mae Ramsdell

June 30, 1940 - October 6, 2016

Rita Mae Ramsdell, 76 of Scotts, died Thursday, October 6, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 30, 1940 in Battle Creek, Michigan to her parents Cecil A. and Oella G. (Jackson) Vosburg. She was a 1985 Climax-Scotts Adult Education Graduate, and she drove a school bus for 14 years with the Climax-Scotts School District. She also worked for the Cowcatcher Restaurant...
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Charlene R. Keiser

April 11, 1930 - October 6, 2016

Charlene R. Keiser, age 86, of Hickory Corners, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016. She was born in Plainwell, Michigan on April 11, 1930, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy (Cave) Howard. Charlene retired from the Mead Company in Kalamazoo after more than 44 years of service. Charlene married Clare Keiser on June 3, 1957; he sadly preceded her in death on November 3, 1992. She is...
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Betty J. "Jean" Farley

October 22, 1929 - October 5, 2016

Betty J. "Jean" Farley, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016. She was born in Battle Creek on October 22, 1929, the daughter of David A. and Velma (Kiefer) Daley and graduated from Bellevue High School. Jean married LaVerne Robert Farley in Bellevue, Michigan on October 21, 1950; he sadly preceded her in death on August 30, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her...
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Betty J. Tinskey

June 10, 1940 - October 5, 2016

Betty J. Tinskey, 76, of Battle Creek, died October 5, 2016. Betty was born June 10, 1940 in Monterey, TN to Boyd and Pearl (Tudor) McCowan. She attended Battle Creek Central and lived in Detroit and Battle Creek where she was a waitress at Russ Restaurant and Nankins Mills. Betty enjoyed shopping, traveling, going to the casino, going out to eat and spending time with family. She...
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Margaret Anne (Behnke) Campbell

January 4, 1941 - October 4, 2016

Margaret Anne (Behnke) Campbell of Battle Creek, MI Margaret died on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at her residence. Margaret, the daughter of Anthony and Margaret (Neff) Behnke, was born in Buchanan, MI on January 4, 1941. She was a 1959 graduate of Lakeview High School; attended KCC for nurse's aide and EKG tech training; had been employed at Leila Hospital and at...
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Richard H. "Dick" Jones

October 2, 1932 - October 3, 2016

Richard (Dick) Harold Jones, Sr., 84 years old, passed on Monday, October 3, 2016. Richard was born October 2, 1932 in Lansing, MI, as the only child of Teresa M. (Hall) Jones and William L. Jones. Richard graduated from Sandusky High School in 1951 and joined the Air Force; serving as Airmen First Class in the Korean War from 1952 until 1956, receiving the National Defense Service Award. He...
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Carl Raymond Miller

October 13, 1937 - October 3, 2016

Carl Raymond Miller, age 78, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, October 3, 2016 at the Bronson at Home Hospice Residence. He was born in Battle Creek on October 13, 1937, the loving son of Carl A. and Edna M. (Paris) Miller. Carl graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1955, and furthered his education, graduating from the Ferris State Institute. Carl...
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Kolten Patrick Fullenkamp

February 1, 1998 - October 3, 2016

Kolten Patrick Fullenkamp, age 18, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Monday morning, October 3, 2016 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Sunday afternoon, October 2, 2016. Kolten was born in Battle Creek on February 1, 1998 and was currently a Senior at Pennfield High School, and also studied graphic design at KCC and the Calhoun Area Career Center. Kolten is survived by...
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Lila Marion (Kellogg) Howes

January 21, 1915 - October 1, 2016

Lila Marion (Kellogg) Howes of Galesburg, MI Lila, age 101, died Wednesday evening, October 12, 2016 at her residence. Lila, the daughter of John and Belle (Grodavent) Kellogg, was born in Calhoun County, MI on January 21, 1915; was a lifetime area resident and 1935 graduate of W.K. Kellogg High School in Hickory Corners, MI. She had been a...
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Leo Michael Kuliczkowski

June 1, 1933 - September 30, 2016

Leo Michael Kuliczkowski, age 83, of Battle Creek, died peacefully on Friday evening, September 30, 2016 at the Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 1, 1933, the loving son of Stanley & Stephanie (Stachowska) Kuliczkowski. Leo faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army & the Merchant Marines. He worked as a barber and in machine...
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Clairice K. LeBreton

October 12, 1948 - September 28, 2016

Clairice Kathleen LeBreton, age 67, of Battle Creek died Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Clairice, the daughter of Edwina Seelke and the late Joseph Gallek, was born October 12, 1948 in Cicero, Illinois. She graduated from La Mirada High School in California and studied Criminal Justice at Cerritos College. She was married to Norman Joseph LeBreton Jr. on April 19, 1975. This marriage was...
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Lawrence "Larry" Jensen

November 7, 1927 - September 27, 2016

Lawrence "Larry" Albert Jensen, 88, of Delton, died peacefully in his sleep September 27, 2016 in Hastings. Larry was born November 7, 1927 in LaPorte, IN to Lawrence and Gertrude (Kraft) Jensen. He was drafted during his senior year at LaPorte High School and went on to serve honorably in the U.S. Army. Following his time in the military, Larry attended Western Michigan University and...
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Bonnie Mae (O'Brien) Mellema

October 6, 1935 - September 27, 2016

Bonnie was born October 6, 1935, in Traverse City, MI to Jerry and Leona (O'Brien) Vrany. In 1942, after both of her parents died of tuberculosis, Bonnie and her brother Jerry were adopted by her aunt and uncle, Julius Joseph and Dorothy T. (Kohler) O'Brien. Bonnie spent her childhood in Sutton's Bay where she would spend many summer days picking cherries at the Kohler cherry farm with her...
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Milo Dennis Martens

January 21, 1935 - September 25, 2016

Milo Dennis Martens, age 81, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at the Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. He was born in Battle Creek on January 21, 1935, the son of Victor J. and Evay T. (Morrison) Martens and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1954. Milo faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. He then...
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B.C. Page

September 27, 1917 - September 23, 2016

Deacon B.C. Page of Battle Creek, MI B.C., went home to be with the Lord Friday evening, September 23, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. B.C. was 98 years old. B.C. the son of Zeb and Addie Lee (Loving ) Page was born in Marvel, Arkansas on September 27, 1917. He moved to Battle Creek, Ml in 1956. ...
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Marguerite Leila (Jevert) Weber

August 2, 1932 - September 22, 2016

Marguerite Leila (Jevert) Weber of Richland, MI Marguerite passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Naperville, IL at the age of 84. She was born in Chicago, IL on August 2, 1932 to the late Joseph Axel and Marion Barbara (Wibblesman) Jevert. As a vital member of the Richland Business Community, Marguerite along with her husband Jack, owned and operated Weber's...
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Susan Lynn Martin

October 26, 1952 - September 22, 2016

Susan Lynn Martin (Taylor) was released from her ten-year battle with Alzheimer's disease on September 22nd, 2016. Susan was born to Marilyn June Huegli and Charles Wilson on October 26th 1952 at the Federal Center in Battle Creek. A graduate of Pennfield High School Susan was involved in drama and yearbook. Susan married Park Martin at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in July of 1975, together they...
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Erin Michelle Carey

June 28, 1983 - September 18, 2016

Erin Michelle Carey, 33, of Battle Creek, passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at home. Erin was born June 28, 1983, the daughter of Craig S. and Sherida A. (Hover) Carey. She was a 2001 graduate of Pennfield High School where she enjoyed volleyball and theatre. She also attended the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center. After high school, she attended Kellogg Community College and...
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Margaret R. Brayne

June 10, 1914 - September 16, 2016

Margaret Inez Ragla Brayne, 102, of Battle Creek passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at The Oaks. Mrs. Brayne was born in Ottumwa, Iowa on June 10, 1914, the eldest of the six children of Mary Inez (Cole) Ragla and Harley G. Ragla. Her family returned to Michigan when she was ten years of age. Margaret then began decades of faithful attendance at the First Methodist Church of Battle...
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Marian M. (Cochran) Dowdle

February 8, 1936 - September 13, 2016

Marian M. Dowdle, 80, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly at Bronson Battle Creek on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Marian May Cochran was born February 8, 1936 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Harold and Grace (Edwards) Cochran. She grew up in Kalamazoo and attended the Kalamazoo Public Schools. She also took classes at Michigan State University as part of her work in food handling, service and...
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Theresa Ann (Wilson) Price Dos Santos

August 18, 1939 - September 12, 2016

Theresa Wilson Price Dos Santos slipped peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 12, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Theresa was born on Friday, August 18, 1939 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the fourth of five girls in a household of transplanted Tennesseans. Beautiful, active, vivacious, and popular throughout her school years, she was a cheerleader, was...
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Bernard Francis Mileski

April 28, 1948 - September 12, 2016

Bernard Francis "Bernie" Mileski, 68 of Battle Creek died at Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center with his family at his side on Monday, September 12, 2016, after a long illness. Back in the days before Ionia had a hospital, Bernie was born in Grand Rapids, MI on April 28, 1948, to Francis Leon and Yolanda (Smith) Mileski. Bernie grew up in Ionia and was a 1967 graduate of Sts. Peter ...
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Alfonso R. "Chito" I Balboa, II

June 22, 1995 - September 10, 2016

Alfonso R. "Chito" Balboa, II of Galesburg, MI Chito, age 21, died unexpectedly as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Indiana on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Chito was born in Kalamazoo, MI on June 22, 1995. He was a construction worker for Christian Construction of Kalamazoo, MI and a member of Radiant...
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Stephanie R. (Shepard) Stone

June 14, 1938 - September 8, 2016

Stephanie Ruth Stone, 78, of The Villages, Florida died September 8, 2016 at The Villages Hospice House. She was born June 14, 1938, the daughter of Ralph and Georgia Shepard in Battle Creek, Michigan. She and her husband, Joseph Roy Stone, lived in Florida during the winter starting in 1997. They moved to Florida full time in 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister,...
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Maynard Raymond Cummings

October 5, 1939 - September 7, 2016

Maynard Raymond Cummings of Battle Creek, MI Maynard, age 76, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, after being stricken at home. Maynard, the son of Willis and Myrtle (Hood) Cummings, was born in Manistee, MI on October 5, 1939 and came to the Battle Creek area as a young man. He...
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Adelfa Perez

March 22, 1941 - September 6, 2016

Adelfa Perez, 75, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence. Adelfa was born March 22, 1941 in Pawneee, TX, the daughter of Jose and Porfidia (Martinez) Perez. She worked various jobs during her working career, but she was mainly in Social Work. Adelfa met and married Jesse Moreno in December 1959 and they lived in Sweetwater, TX before relocating...
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Elizabeth J. Baker

September 5, 2016

In Loving Memory of Elizabeth J. (Liz) Baker, 93, who passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, parents - Ray and Evelyn George, brother, Edward George and daughter-in-law Carol Baker; grandsons, Joseph Burk and Matthew Palmatier; great-grandson Joshua Baker. Elizabeth and Al raised five children, Ken (Sue) Baker, Doug (Jane) Baker, Keith ...
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Anna L. Wright

October 5, 1921 - September 4, 2016

Anna L. Wright, 94, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the Manor of Battle Creek. She was born October 5, 1921 in Union City to Edward and Vera (Coger) Halstead. She married Forest L. Wright in 1940. They were married for 50 years before he sadly preceded her in death in 1990. Anna was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and worked at Weston Biscuit for 30 years. ...
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Ruth S. (Swartz) Horn

December 13, 1918 - September 3, 2016

Ruth S. Horn, 97 of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side, at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Ruth was born December 13, 1918 in Kansas City, Missouri to Henry and Fannie (Studna) Swartz. She grew up in Trenton, Missouri and was a 1936 graduate of Trenton High School. She earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of...
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Donald L. "Don" Messenger, Sr.

November 26, 1958 - August 31, 2016

Donald Lee "Don" Messenger, Sr., age 57, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday evening, August 31, 2016. He was born in Battle Creek on November 26, 1958, the son of Clarence and Viola (Mohr) Messenger. Don was a member of the P.N.A. (Polish National Alliance) of Battle Creek. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool, watching NASCAR and spending time with his family and friends. Don is survived by his...
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Jerry Lee Donihue

October 21, 1935 - August 30, 2016

Jerry L. Donihue, 80, of Battle Creek died at Borgess Medical Center on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Jerry was born October 21, 1935 in Coldwater, Michigan to Leon and Mildred (Parker) Donihue. He grew up in Coldwater and the Gull Lake area. Jerry was a 1953 graduate of Kellogg Agricultural School, and then signed up to serve in the Navy. He honorably served his country from 1953-56 and served...
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Ward Os Mathews

September 21, 1921 - August 29, 2016

The Honorable Ward Os Mathews, 94 of Battle Creek and formerly a 30 year resident of Rialto, CA died in his sleep at his daughter's residence on Monday, August 29, 2016. He was born September 21, 1921 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Asa A Lee and Mary Ver (Van Busker) Mathews. Ward grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from Virginia Tech. During...
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John Maury Keedy

August 16, 1929 - August 29, 2016

John Maury Keedy, 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Monday, August 29, 2016, after a long battle with heart disease and dementia. John was born August 16, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan to David C. and Hazelle Marie (Wilson) Keedy. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1947 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. John honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Charles...
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Maxine M. Jiran

March 14, 1925 - August 28, 2016

Maxine M. Jiran, 91, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Fountain View Assisted Living. Maxine was born March 14, 1925 in Detroit, the daughter of Earl and Justine (Gould) Armour. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1943 and married Richard Jiran the following year. A dedicated homemaker, Maxine spent the majority of her adult years raising their five children. ...
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Doris Pearl Hutchings

July 15, 1923 - August 26, 2016

Doris Pearl Hutchings, 93 of Battle Creek, died Friday, August 26, 2016 at Stoneridge Adult Foster Care Home, Bellevue. She was born July 15, 1923 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Ray W. and Bertha (Palmiter) Heckman. Doris was a 1941 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She also enjoyed playing cards and bingo. ...
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James Arnold "Jim" Fish, Sr.

February 21, 1927 - August 25, 2016

James Arnold "Jim" Fish, Sr. of Hickory Corners, MI Jim, age 89, died Thursday morning, August 25, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI and in the presence of his family. Jim was born the son of Robert and Margaret (Lowe) Fish, in Scranton, PA on Feb. 21, 1927. He attended Scranton Country Day School and the Choate School in CT. In 1950, Jim...
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William G. Milligan

January 2, 1963 - August 23, 2016

William G. Milligan, 53, of Battle Creek, died August 23, 2016. A graveside service to celebrate William's life will be 2:30 p.m., Monday, September 12, 2016 at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at
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Joyce Ann (Sutherland) Marshall

September 2, 1936 - August 23, 2016

Joyce Ann (Sutherland) Marshall of Battle Creek, MI Joyce, age 79, MI, died Tuesday evening, August 23, 2016 at Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence, Battle Creek, in the presence of her family. Joyce, the daughter of Joseph and Bernice (Gustas) Sutherland, was born in Davenport, IA on September 2, 1936. She was a 1954 graduate from Moorhead (MN)...
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Leon V. Carrier

February 28, 1922 - August 19, 2016

Leon V. Carrier, age 94, of Bedford, New Hampshire and formerly of Battle Creek died peacefully on Friday, August 19, 2016. He was born in Ingham County, Michigan on February 28, 1922, the son of Cornelius L. and Louise M. (Maurer) Carrier. Leon graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, the Argubright Business College in Battle Creek and faithfully served his country as a member of the United...
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Linnea Eloise Saffell

August 19, 2016

Linnea E. Saffell, age 86, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 19, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was born and raised in Washington state, but lived the majority of her life in Michigan. Linnea was an elementary and art teacher who was enthusiastic about learning and experiencing various cultures and people. She is survived by two daughters, Jennifer (George)...
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David T. Kennedy

April 24, 1963 - August 15, 2016

Colonel David T. Kennedy Battle Creek, Michigan Dave departed to be with the Lord on 15 August 2016 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born in April 1963 in Texas to his cherished parents, Thomas and Janice Kennedy. Dave earned the distinction of being an Eagle Scout at the age of 13. He was a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central and the University of Michigan. Dave entered the...
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Earl Clifford Willerick

December 20, 1924 - August 15, 2016

Earl Clifford Willerick, age 91, of Marshall passed away peacefully on Monday morning, August 15, 2016. He was born in Fredonia Township, Michigan on December 20, 1924, the loving son of Daniel C. and Hazel L. (McFadden) Willerick. Over the years, Earl had been employed at Woodland Metal Company, Eaton Corporation, spent many years farming and was a volunteer fireman for Fredonia Township for...
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Donald "Don" Phillips

July 23, 1929 - August 14, 2016

Don's journey on earth began on July 23, 1929 and ended on Sunday, August 14, 2016, after a lengthy illness. Don was surrounded by family. Don began his life in West Virginia with parents, Stella Marie and Frank Charles. Don married Dorothy (Hopkins) on October 17, 1956, to whom he was married for 59 years, parted by his...
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William E. Bender

February 17, 1927 - August 13, 2016

William E. "Bill" Bender, son of L.J. and Marie (Healy) Bender passed away at home August 13, 2016 at the age of 89. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on February 17, 1927. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. Bill was united in marriage to Barbara J. Higbee in 1949. They made their home in Lacey, Michigan. He is survived by his wife of 67 years,...
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Mabel H. (Harrison) Lindsey

February 23, 1916 - August 13, 2016

Mabel (Harrison) Lindsey of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Vicksburg, MI Mabel, age 100, died Saturday morning, August 13, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, with her family at her side following a brief illness. Mabel, the daughter of Wayne and Ruby (Curtis) Harrison was born in Climax Township of Kalamazoo County on February 23,...
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Ormie A. Benson

June 27, 1931 - August 12, 2016

Ormie A. Benson, 85, of Inverness, Florida passed away August 12, 2016 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. A native of Battle Creek, he was born June 27, 1931 to the late Harry and Ruth (Cady) Benson. He retired from the Kellogg Company with over 35 years of service. He also served our country honorably in the United States Navy. Following retirement, he and his wife, Madge moved to Inverness, FL in...
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R. Gene Dobbertien

December 27, 1924 - August 12, 2016

R Gene Dobbertien, 91, died Friday, August 12, 2016, Omaha, NE. She was born December 27, 1924, in Fairbury, NE, and was the only child of Erwin and Ruth (Snyder) Schroeder. After graduating Fairbury High School, she graduated Nurses Training at St Luke's in Denver, Colorado and graduated Nebraska Wesleyan University where she was a sister of Phi Mu sorority. Gene was a member of the P.E.O....
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Carole Lee (Pugh) Colburn

October 17, 1948 - August 12, 2016

Carol Lee (Pugh) Colburn of Battle Creek, MI Carol, age 67, died Friday afternoon, August 12, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Carol, the daughter of Myron E. and Mary E. (Miller) Pugh, was born in Battle Creek on October 17, 1948, was a lifetime area resident, 1966 graduate of Lakeview High School and member of Beta Sigma Phi...
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MaryEllen Burdick

December 19, 1931 - August 7, 2016

MaryEllen Burdick, 84, of Battle Creek, Michigan died at Boschway Adult Foster Care Home on Sunday, August 7, 2016. MaryEllen was born December 19, 1931 in Madison, Wisconsin, the daughter of Wesley and Camilla Cory. She was raised in Madison and was a 1949 graduate of East High School. While in high school she met the love of her life, Spencer Alan Burdick, during a youth dance at The...
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Robert Anthony "Bob" Hatch

July 12, 1929 - August 6, 2016

Robert Anthony Hatch was born July 12th, 1929 in Queens, New York to Winfield Scott Hatch and Josephine Sklenka Hatch, the second of three children. He died in Battle Creek, Michigan on August 6th, 2016 at age 87. He passed peacefully in the presence of his children. Robert grew up in Astoria, Queens, and graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School, a child fascinated with airplanes and running...
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Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" (Koelsch) Presley

March 3, 1963 - August 4, 2016

Elizabeth Ann (Koelsch) "Betsy" Presley of Augusta, MI Betsy, age 53, died unexpectedly Thursday evening, August 4, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, with her family at her side. Betsy, the daughter of Philip G. and Lorraine G. (Reetz) Koelsch, was born in Lansing, MI on March 3, 1963, was a 1981 graduate of Gull Lake High School and Argubright Business College. She was...
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Mary Jane Stewart-Yonkers

July 11, 1927 - August 3, 2016

Mary Jane Stewart Yonkers of Portage, MI Mary, age 89, died Wednesday morning August 3, 2016 at her daughter's residence, with her loving family at her side. Mary Jane Stewart Yonkers, the beloved daughter of Ralph and Florence (Daniels) Stewart, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 11, 1927 and was a lifetime area resident. She was a 1945 graduate of Nazareth Academy, received...
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Mary L. Poeller

October 20, 1946 - August 2, 2016

Mary Lynn Poeller, nee Reurink, 69, an area business woman and life long gardener died Tuesday at her Battle Creek home while enjoying morning coffee with her beloved husband, Michael Poeller. Born the 20th of October, 1946, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mary was the daughter of the late Henry and Charlotte Reurink. She grew up in the Hopkins area and received a bachelor's degree in English with...
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Helen Louise (Cogswell) Bosier

June 7, 1921 - August 1, 2016

Helen Louise (Cogswell) Bosier of Richland, MI Helen, age 95, died peacefully in her home, Monday, August 1, 2016. Helen, the daughter of Frank Daniel and Helen Josephine (Noeldner) Cogswell, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on June 7, 1921; was a lifetime area resident and a 1939 graduate of St. Augustine (Kalamazoo) High School. She...
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Herschel Henry Klueter, P.E.

August 14, 1932 - August 1, 2016

Herschel Henry Klueter, 83, of Battle Creek and formerly of Beltsville, Maryland died peacefully at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence after a four year battle with dementia on Sunday, July 31, 2016. He was born August 14, 1932 in Edwardsville, Illinois the ninth of ten children to John Henry and Rosa Bernadina (Rohrkaste) Klueter. Herschel grew up on a farm near Edwardsville, IL and was a...
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Kaden Bates

June 28, 2016 - July 29, 2016

Kaden Jonathon Lee Bates, born June 28, 2016, passed away unexpectedly on July 29, 2016. His death was followed by the death of his grandfather, Jonathon Coger. He left the loved ones of his mother, Kaylen Karaba; father Kais Bates; grandparents, Jennifer Payne, Charlotte Bashaara, John Karaba, Jon Coger, Ali Bashaara and Mohsin Saeed; great-grandparents, Robin Torrance, Leonard Bates,...
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Louise C. Fuld

October 23, 1922 - July 29, 2016

Louise Caroline Fuld was born October 23, 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan and passed away peacefully on July 29, 2016. She was born to William and Goldie (Phillips) Carnes. Her mother died in 1924 and Louise was adopted by her uncle Emery Phillips and his wife Jennie. She was preceded in death by her brother Benjamin and her adopted parents. She attended Roosevelt, Southwestern, and graduated...
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Randy Eugene Clearwater

January 29, 1958 - July 29, 2016

Randy Eugene Clearwater of Battle Creek, MI Randy, age 58, died Friday evening, July 29, 2016, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, after a short illness and with his mom and brother at his side. Randy, the son of Richard S. and Judith I. (Tripp) Clearwater, was born in Battle Creek on January 29, 1958. He had lived...
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John Wallace Hreha

February 7, 1933 - July 29, 2016

John Wallace Hreha of Battle Creek, MI John, age 83, died Friday evening, July 29, 2016 at Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. John, the son of John and Helen Hreha, was born in Scranton, PA on February 7, 1933; graduated high school in Scranton, PA and moved to this area in the early 1950's. He served his country...
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Gladys Elizabeth (Lang) Miller

May 3, 1925 - July 29, 2016

Gladys Elizabeth (Lang) Miller of Battle Creek, MI Gladys, age 91, went to be with her Lord Friday morning, July 29, 2016 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Gladys, the daughter of Robert and Mamie (Brown) Lang, was born in Decatur, AL on May 3, 1925. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and thoroughly enjoyed...
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Patricia Snyder

January 24, 1931 - July 27, 2016

Patricia Ann (Garriott) Snyder, age 85, died peacefully, surrounded by family, at her son, James' home in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. She was born January 24, 1931 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the daughter of Julian and Hazel (Shields) Garriott. Pat moved to Battle Creek, Michigan at the age of 8, and was a 1949 National Honor Society graduate of Battle Creek Central High...
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Helen B. "Polly" Morgan

June 5, 1933 - July 26, 2016

Helen B. "Polly" Morgan, age 83, of Springfield went to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday morning, July 26, 2016 at Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo. She was born in Dayton, Tennessee on June 5, 1933, the loving daughter of Jess and Reecie (Hall) Eakins. Polly married James Richard Morgan on February 15, 1952; he sadly preceded her in death on January 23, 1994. She was also...
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George Ernest Ladley

October 23, 1941 - July 25, 2016

George Ernest Ladley, born October 23,1941 passed away during a visit to his hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan on July 25th, 2016. George was surrounded by his wife, Bonnie and daughters, Kimberly Ferris, Kristine Yost and Stacey Skelton, his son George "Eric" Ladley was overwhelming missed. George was born in Battle Creek, Michigan to John and Nellie Funk-Ladley-Orton and was raised in Union...
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Linda J. Craddock

October 19, 1946 - July 25, 2016

Linda J. Craddock, 69, of Battle Creek, died Monday, July 25, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. Linda was born in Battle Creek October 19, 1946 the daughter of Arnold and Caroline (Duston) Bush. She was a 1965 graduate of Pennfield High School. Linda was employed by Lawson Printing as a bookbinder until 1999, having to retire due to health. Linda J. Bush was united in marriage...
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Jeanne Elizabeth (Zemke) Booher

May 21, 1945 - July 25, 2016

Jeanne Elizabeth (Zemke) Booher of St. Mary's Lake (Battle Creek), MI The Lord has called an Angel home. Jeanne, age 71, went to be with the Lord, Monday morning, July 25, 2016 after valiant struggle against esophageal cancer. She passed away peacefully at her beloved home at St. Mary's Lake. Jeanne was born May 21, 1945 to Reinhart and Polly (Jones) Zemke in Battle Creek, MI and...
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James A. Gault

January 24, 1925 - July 23, 2016

James A. Gault, 91, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, July 23, 2016. James was born January 24, 1925 in Mancelona, MI to Robert an Genevieve (Rochelle) Gault. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and served honorably in the U.S Navy during WWII. As a signalman. As a jack-of-all trades, James had many jobs, but he mainly worked as a farmer for many years. James loved to tinker...
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Susan Jane "Susie" Colby

April 4, 1967 - July 22, 2016

Susan "Susie" Jane (Berry) Colby, of Black Oak, AR and formerly of Battle Creek died Friday, July 22nd in Jonesboro, AR, at the age of 49 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Susan is survived by her husband, Ernest F. Colby III and daughter, Samantha Jane Colby of Black Oak, AR. Also surviving are her mother, Arlene (Weever) Berry of Springfield and two brothers, Paul Berry of...
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Steven J. "Tootie" Conklin

January 13, 1952 - July 20, 2016

Steven J. Conklin, 64, of Coldwater, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Steven was born January 13, 1952 in Battle Creek to Richard and Marion (Philley) Conklin. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1970 and went on to attend Western University and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a mechanical engineering degree. He worked at General Motors first before taking a job...
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Barbara J. "Barb" Pleyte

July 17, 1931 - July 19, 2016

Barbara J. "Barb" Pleyte, age 85, of Galesburg, MI, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Barb, the daughter of John and Hattie (Kruithoff) DeYoung, was born July 17, 1931 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was a 1949 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. Barb married Richard G. "Dick" Pleyte in Kalamazoo on February 4, 1954; he preceded her in death on December 5, 2015. Surviving are her...
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Patricia Ann "Pat" Augustine

January 26, 1943 - July 18, 2016

Patricia Ann "Pat" Augustine, age 73, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Monday morning, July 18, 2016. She was born in Kalamazoo on January 26, 1943, the daughter of Frank and Madeline (Arnold) Paradine. Pat truly enjoyed going to the Casino, crocheting & knitting, fishing, camping & spending time with her family. Pat married the "Love of Her Life", Thomas L. "Tom" Augustine in...
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Joann Elaine (Green) Riess Reynolds

May 28, 1928 - July 13, 2016

Joann E. Riess Reynolds, 88, of Battle Creek and formerly of Ellenton, Florida died at NorthPointe Woods / Pineview Assisted Living on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Joann Elaine Green was born May 28, 1928 in Rantoul, Illinois to Lloyd and Ruth (Gordon) Green. She was a 1945 graduate of Vicksburg High School and received her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University. Joann retired from...
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Mardith "Mardie" Wilson

February 1, 1948 - July 12, 2016

Mardith J. "Mardie" Wilson, 68, of Kalamazoo, died July 12, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center. Mardie was born February 1, 1948 in Plainwell to Quentin and Wanda (Shurlow) Colvin. She graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School in 1966 and went on to marry the love of her life, Keith Wilson, later that year, on October 15th. Mardie dedicated her life to her family, staying at home and raising...
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James Harte Siemers

October 11, 1928 - July 11, 2016

Jim Siemers died on 7-11-16 at 87 years old and left a deep, rich story full of love, laughter, and faith. He was born to Roy and Irma Siemers in Evansville, IN surrounded by a large extended family. Their family was the first to move from the hometown when they came to Battle Creek in 1939. During his summer job at Glacier National Park in 1945, he got word that his father had died. His...
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Lauren King Sackrider

November 5, 1928 - July 11, 2016

Lauren King Sackrider, age 87, of Battle Creek, Ml passed away on Monday morning, July 11, 2016 at the Flower House Care Home in Nashville, Michigan. Lauren was born to Ard and Bernice Sackrider in St. Petersburg, Florida on November 5, 1928. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, and went on to earn a degree in Agriculture from Michigan State University. At MSU he was a member of...
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Dorothy Jean (Billings) Huston

October 20, 1923 - July 10, 2016

Dorothy Jean Huston, 92, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at Miller AFC Home in Marshall, Michigan on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Dorothy was born October 20, 1923 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Benjamin Harrison and Leota (Alexander) Billings. She was a 1941 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and remained active with her high school class reunion committee. Dorothy was a...
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Mark E. Haskins

March 3, 1948 - July 9, 2016

Mark Edward Haskins, age 68, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 9, 2016. He was born March 3, 1948 in Rochester, Minnesota to Edward L. and Eleanor M. (Zellman) Haskins. After living for short periods of time in Denver, Iowa, Berea, Ohio, and Cadillac, Michigan, Mark and his family relocated to Battle Creek, where he resided for the remainder of his life. He attended Urbandale...
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Cullen Elwyn Mandeville

July 9, 1939 - July 7, 2016

Cullen Elwyn Mandeville of Delton, MI Elwyn, age 76, died Thursday afternoon, July 7, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI Elwyn, the son of LeRoy E. and Bettie Lou (Bloodworth) Mandeville was born in Miami, FL on July 9, 1939. He lived in Miami until he was 9 and then moved to Dorr, Michigan. Elwyn was a 1957 graduate of Wayland...
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Lory Ann (Dodgson) Fish

May 29, 1960 - July 6, 2016

Lory Ann (Dodgson) Fish of Hickory Corners, MI Lory, age 56, died unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, July 6, 2016 at her residence. Lory, the daughter of Lewis A. and Sally J. (Clancy) Dodgson, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on May 29, 1960; was a lifetime area resident and a 1978 graduate of Kalamazoo Hackett High School. ...
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Roy William Healy

June 17, 1931 - July 6, 2016

Roy William Healy of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Richland, MI A loving Husband, Father and Pop, Roy, age 85, died Wednesday afternoon, July 6, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo following a brief illness. Roy, the son of Sidney and Ruby (Monaghan) Healy, was born in Montgomery, IN and moved to this area in 1948. ...
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Robert Glenn Riddle

June 22, 1937 - July 6, 2016

Robert Glenn Riddle, 79, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away at the Bronson Battle Creek, on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 of complications due to pneumonia. Bob was born June 22, 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina, to Glenn William and Wilma Elizabeth Fox Riddle. He joined the U.S. Navy upon graduating from North Buncombe High School. In 1962 he married Virginia Lee Babcock, of Battle Creek,...
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Alan L. Egelkraut

October 26, 1960 - July 5, 2016

Alan L. Egelkraut, 55, of Hilham, Tennessee, and formerly of Battle Creek, died July 5th, 2016 in Tennessee. Alan was born October 26, 1960 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Richard and Sandra (Meek) Egelkraut. He was very proud to serve in the U.S. Army. Alan was engaged to Irene Bright. His father, Richard, preceded Alan in death in 1992. His mother, Sandra Meek survives. He is also...
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Betty Lou (Elizabeth Louise Brumbaugh) Levene

April 4, 1921 - June 28, 2016

Betty Lou Levene (Elizabeth Louise Brumbaugh) of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Betty Lou, age 95, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday evening, June 28, 2016. She was born on April 4,1921 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Prof, and Mrs. M.M Brumbaugh. Betty was a graduate of Augustana College, where she was a soloist with the choir, violin...
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Gary Lee Bishop

March 25, 1942 - June 27, 2016

Gary Lee Bishop of Sherman Lake (Richland), MI Gary, age 74, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday evening, June 27, 2016. Gary, the son of Stanley and Dorothy (Roelof) Bishop was born in Kalamazoo, MI, on March 25, 1942 and was a graduate of Galesburg-Augusta High School (1960) and Western Michigan University. He retired in 1996 after...
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Mark Anthony "Markie" Wyman

November 5, 1956 - June 26, 2016

Mark Anthony "Markie" Wyman of Delton, MI Markie, age 56, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, June 26, 2016 at his residence. Markie, the son of Carl M. and Nellie D. (Stacey) Wyman, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on November 5, 1956 and was a lifetime area resident. Markie is survived by two...
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Larry Eugene Johnson

September 4, 1941 - June 26, 2016

Larry E. Johnson, 74, of Hickory Corners, Michigan died at Bronson at Home Hospice residence on Sunday, June 26, 2016. Larry was born September 4, 1941 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Burton W. and Cressie W. (Einhardt) Johnson. He was a 1959 graduate of Lakeview High School and a lifelong area resident. Immediately after high school Larry joined Hunter-Prell Co. as a steamfitter apprentice. ...
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Betty Jane Jackson

March 14, 1925 - June 26, 2016

Betty Jane Jackson, age 91, of Battle Creek, died Sunday morning, June 26, 2016 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born March 14, 1925 in Niles, MI to Gerald and Verna (Hall) Rinehart. Betty graduated from Lakeview High School in 1943. Betty married Louis L. Jackson in Battle Creek on May 6, 1945; he preceded her in death on November 28, 2012. She was employed part-time...
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Winifred A. "Winnie" Cory

March 19, 1925 - June 25, 2016

Winifred A. "Winnie" Cory, age 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, June 25, 2016 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born in Kalkaska, Michigan on March 19, 1925, the daughter of Arthur and Bethel (Vipond) Anderson. Winnie is now enjoying the ultimate flower garden with her Savior Jesus. She enjoyed gardening, watching birds, playing Bingo with friends in Marshall...
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Gary Dean Hicks, Sr.

May 17, 1931 - June 23, 2016

Gary "Bud" D Hicks Sr, age 85, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at his home. Born on May 17, 1931 in Vermontville, Michigan to James Ezra Hicks and Dorothy Shellenberger. On his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Providence CL82 from 1948-1949 and was honorably discharged May 1, 1950. Bud worked for CN/Grand Trunk Railroad as a machinist...
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