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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

Viriginia Emma (Lemon) "Ginny" Hylton

November 1, 1926 - April 24, 2017

Virginia Emma (Lemon) "Ginny" Hylton of Galesburg, MI Ginny, age 90, died Monday morning, April 24, 2017 at the Laurels of Galesburg, MI. The Memorial Service to celebrate Ginny's life will be held on Friday, July 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Westlake Presbyterian Church 415 S. 28th Street, Battle Creek, MI 49015. Family and friends will continue Ginny's...
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Graham Lee Miner

August 28, 1928 - Unknown

Graham Lee Miner of Battle Creek, MI Graham, age 88, died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence of Battle Creek following a lengthy illness and with his loving family by his side. Graham, the son of Thomas L. and Mary Alice (Walters) Miner, was born in Battle Creek on...
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Alan Stephen "Al" Phillips

April 17, 1964 - April 23, 2017

Alan "Al" Stephen Phillips of Galesburg, MI Al, aged 53, died tragically Sunday evening, April 23, 2017 following an auto accident last Wednesday and with his loving family, close friends at his side. Al, the son of David and Rita (Owen) Phillips, was born in Bebington, United Kingdom on April 17, 1964 and moved to this area in 2011. He was...
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Randy Kirk Horwitz

June 24, 1955 - April 21, 2017

Randy K. Horwitz of Margate City, New Jersey & formerly of Battle Creek, MI Randy, age 61, died Friday, April 21, 2017. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on June 24, 1955 to Larry and Marjorie (Star) Horwitz. Randy graduated from Lakeview High School in 1973 and went on to earn his BS from Michigan State University. Upon graduation, he earned his MBA from...
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Charles S. Rominger

April 3, 1930 - April 21, 2017

Charles S. Rominger, age 87, of Battle Creek, joined his maker on April 21, 2017 while in the care of Glen Arbor Hospice. Chuck was born and raised in Toledo, IL to Martin and Bessie Rominger and graduated from Greenup High School in Illinois. While playing basketball in high school, he met Rosemary White, his future wife of 57 years until her death in 2009. Chuck joined the U.S Air Force...
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Darrell W. Maisner

March 16, 1958 - April 17, 2017

Darrell Wayne Maisner, age 59, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Monday morning, April 17, 2017. He was born in Marshall, Michigan on March 16, 1958, the son of George K. and Helen L. (Hankinson) Maisner, and graduated from Harper Creek High School with the Class of 1976. Darrell served in various capacities at U.S. Lumber Co. in Battle Creek for more than 37 years. Darrell married...
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Harold Richard Cosby

December 24, 1932 - April 17, 2017

Harold R. Cosby, 84, of Battle Creek, Michigan and formerly of Tishomingo, Mississippi went home to his Lord & Savior on April 17, 2017 after receiving wonderful care at Advantage Living Center. Harold was born December 24, 1932 in Tishomingo, Mississippi to John H. and Lois F. (Shackelford) Cosby. He grew up in Tishomingo and was a 1952 graduate of Tishomingo High School. He attended Union...
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Dorothy E. (Stephens) Willbur

March 21, 1920 - April 16, 2017

Dorothy E. (Stephens) Willbur of Battle Creek, MI Dorothy, age 97, died Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Brookdale Assisted Living Residence of Battle Creek with her loving family at her side. Dorothy, the daughter of Carleton W. and Effa F. (Moore) Stephens, was born in Battle Creek on March 21, 1920; was a life time resident and 1937 graduate of Lakeview High School. She...
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Dorothy A. Wood

February 23, 1946 - April 14, 2017

Dorothy A. Wood, age 71, of Augusta went to be with her Lord & Savior on Friday, April 14, 2017. She was born in Kalamazoo on February 23, 1946, the loving daughter of Frank L. and Dorothy S. (Watkins) Drobny Sr.. Dorothy retired from Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo after more than 30 years of faithful service. Dorothy married August V. "Auggie" Wood on August 28, 1965; he sadly preceded her...
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Frances Olive (Fessenden) Iles

January 29, 1919 - April 13, 2017

Frances O. (Fessenden) Iles, age 98, of Battle Creek, Michigan, went to sleep on Thursday, April 13, 2017. She was born in Marion, Michigan, and then raised on a farm in Cannonsburg, Michigan in a family of 13 brothers and sisters. Music started early in her life, with her favorite brother playing the violin, Fran sitting at the piano and learning to play the songs he was working on. Her piano...
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Dennis E. Payne

July 7, 1981 - April 12, 2017

Dennis E. Payne, 35, died April 12, 2017. Dennis was born July 7, 1981 to David and Marilyn (McCann) Payne, Jr. Dennis loved fishing and spending time with family making memories. Music was a big part of his life, as was his drawings and tattoos. Dennis is survived by his parents, his second mother, Bobbie, two sisters, four brothers, many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also...
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Ashleigh Julaine Clark

April 11, 2017 - April 11, 2017

Ashleigh Julaine Clark, infant daughter of Jeffrey R. Clark and Stacie L. McGuire of Battle Creek, MI, died at birth on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Ashleigh is survived by her parents, Stacie and Jeff; a sister, Aubree Jordan Clark of Battle Creek; her brothers, Isaiah John McGuire and Benjamin Cooper Clark of Battle Creek;...
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Jack Wallace Lawrence

December 8, 1926 - April 10, 2017

Jack Wallace Lawrence of Gull Lake (Augusta), MI Jack, age 90, joined his parents, C. Wallace and Beryl (Snyder), in heaven on Monday morning, April 10, 2017 following a brief illness. He left a large, loving family to cherish his life and many wonderful memories. Jack, Dad, our Papa was born December 8,1926 in Kalamazoo and spent most of his life on Gull Lake...
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Denise May (Galvin) Doud

September 21, 1951 - April 10, 2017

Denise May (Galvin) Doud, 65 of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Monday, April 10, 2017. She was born September 21, 1951 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Herbert and Bonnie (Baldwin) Galvin. Denise grew up in Battle Creek and Bellevue. She was a 1969 graduate of Bellevue High School. Denise was employed as the Bar Manager for the Polish National Alliance in Battle Creek for 14 years...
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Nancy Jean (Brondyke) Lester

July 6, 1943 - April 9, 2017

Nancy Jean (Brondyke) Lester of Battle Creek, MI Nancy, age 73, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2017 in Auburn, IN. Nancy, the daughter of Jacob and Arlie (Knight) Brondyke, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 6, 1943; was a lifetime area resident and a 1961 graduate of Berkley High School. She was a stay at...
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E. Duane Lewis

August 8, 1931 - April 9, 2017

E. Duane Lewis of Battle Creek, MI Duane, age 85, died Sunday morning, April 9, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Duane, the son of Kenneth and Frances (Hoover) Lewis, was born in Battle Creek on August 8, 1931; was a lifetime area resident and a 1950 graduate of Lakeview High School. He retired from the Calhoun County...
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Martha J. Corkins

September 10, 1929 - April 9, 2017

Martha J. Corkins, 87, of Battle Creek, died April 9, 2017. Martha was born September 10, 1929 in Brazil, IN to Charles and Hannah (Atkinson) Wallace. Martha graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1946 and married William Robert Corkins on January 12, 1952. She worked as a healthcare aide in homes and worked part time as a receptionist at Royal Funeral Home. She was a dedicated...
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Jimmie Davis Collins

December 11, 1946 - April 8, 2017

Jimmie Davis Collins of Battle Creek, MI Jimmie, age 70, died Saturday evening, April 8, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital with his loving family at his side. Jimmie, the son of James Henry and Maud Mary (Hicks) Collins, was born in Dayton, TN on December 11, 1946; moved to his area at the age of 3 and was a...
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Abel Lam Za-Uk

May 21, 1969 - April 7, 2017

Abel Lam Za-uk, age 47, of Springfield died April 7, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 21, 1969 in Falam, Chin State, Myanmar to Helen Tial Cung and William Phu Tsi. He was the youngest of their three sons, and has a younger sister. He also has many siblings from both paternal and maternal marriage to other people. Abel married his first wife in 1988, and together they had a daughter. He...
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Charles E. "Charlie" Mack

June 27, 1936 - April 6, 2017

Charles E. "Charlie" Mack, 80, of Battle Creek, died suddenly April 6, 2017 in Dayton, TN while vacationing with family. He was born in Battle Creek June 27, 1936 the son of Lloyd and Louise (Chard) Mack. He was a 1954 graduate of White Pigeon High School. He was a 30-year employee of the Kellogg Company, retiring in 1995 as a trainer, but spent most of his career as head operator in packing. ...
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Rex Lee Eddy

November 18, 1940 - April 4, 2017

Rex Lee Eddy of Battle Creek, MI Rex,age 76, died Tuesday afternoon, April 4, 2017 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility of Battle Creek, with his loving family at his side. Rex, the son of Harold L. and Flossie B. (Winchell) Eddy, was born in Homer, MI on November 18, 1940. Several years after leaving high school...
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Crystal Irene (Thompson) Wood

March 1, 1944 - April 3, 2017

Crystal Irene (Thompson) Wood, 73, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully with her family at her side on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born March 1, 1944 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Elmer L. and Dallas Mary (Ellis) Whitmore Thompson. Crystal graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. She was a dedicated, loving wife, mother,...
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Benjamin Richard "Ben" Schlubatis

May 15, 1972 - April 2, 2017

Benjamin Richard "Ben" Schlubatis of Grand Rapids, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Ben, age 44, died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack, Sunday morning, April 2, 2017 at his residence. Ben, the son of Joseph R. Schlubatis and Carla L. (Garrison) Schlubatis, was born in Battle Creek on May 15, 1972. He was a 1990 graduate of Gull Lake...
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Louis C. Glubke

September 22, 1932 - March 29, 2017

Louis Clyde Glubke, 84, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek and longtime executive at The Battle Creek Enquirer; died peacefully surrounded by his family on March 29, 2017. Louis was born on September 22, 1932, in Battle Creek, the son of the late Joseph N. and Teresa A. (Lybarger) Glubke. He was a 1950 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and had taken accounting and business classes...
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Wendell L. Reese

April 11, 1923 - March 29, 2017

Wendell L. Reese, age 93, of Battle Creek, passed away Wednesday March 29, 2017. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan to Dr. Kendall and Mrs. Clara Paul-Rees. Shortly after his birth, Wendell's family relocated to Dowling, Michigan where he grew up with his sister and four brothers. He graduated at the age of 16 from Hastings High School. Wendell worked for the Eaton Corporation beginning in...
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Susan Surakomol

September 14, 1939 - March 24, 2017

Susan Surakomol, 77, of Bloomfield, died Friday, March 24, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital B.C. She was born September 14, 1939 in Thailand the daughter of Than and Boonnitt (Piyawoodh) Kakanpolas. Suliporn was the eldest of four in Thailand and grew up near the ocean. She earned a liberal arts degree before being named a Fulbright Scholar to complete a graduate degree in literature in the...
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L. Eileen Grabill

March 16, 1924 - March 23, 2017

L. Eileen Grabill, 93, of Largo, FL and formerly of Battle Creek, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, March 23, 2017. Eileen was born March 16, 1924 in Lapeer County, MI to John and Irene (Moyer) Bossard. She graduated high school and attended Fort Wayne Bible Institute and Bethel College. She was employed by the Kellogg Company for 31 years, retiring in 1984. Eileen was an...
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Beatrice "Bea" Lamphier

November 6, 1918 - March 22, 2017

Beatrice A. "Bea" Lamphier, 98, of Battle Creek, died March 22, 2017. Bea was born November 6, 1918 in Battle Creek to Clyde and Mina (Jones) Lybarger. She worked many jobs including a factory worker at Kellogg's, a clerical clerk at DeNooyer Chevrolet and a cashier at Lakeside Grocery in Cloverdale, MI. Bea was a member of the Community of Christ Church. She enjoyed reading, knitting...
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Henrietta F. (LaBreche) Crim

February 10, 1929 - March 22, 2017

Henrietta F. (LaBreche) Crim, 88, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. She was born February 10, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to Henry and Josephine (Nowicki) LaBreche. Henrietta graduated from St. Benedict High School in Detroit. She was employed briefly, married and spent her life as a dedicated, loving, wife and mother,...
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Raycharles Frederick

November 6, 1953 - March 20, 2017

Raycharles Frederick, age 63, of Battle Creek departed this life on Monday evening, March 20, 2017. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 1953, the son of Irene Frederick and Frank Mitchell. Raycharles was raised by his mom who stood on the words of Proverbs 22:6. He attended Southeastern Junior High, Kellogg Community College and had an Associates Degree in business. Raycharles was a...
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Laura Jean Bradshaw

May 14, 1929 - March 20, 2017

Laura "Jean" Bradshaw, age 87, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on the first day of Spring, March 20, 2017. Jean was born in Homer, Michigan on May 14, 1929, the loving daughter of Earnest and Eva (Thompson) Shilling and graduated from Tekonsha High School. She worked for Post Cereals and retired from the Kellogg Co. in 1989 after more than 32 years of faithful service. ...
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Emogene Keeler

February 14, 1925 - March 18, 2017

Emogene I. Keeler, 92, of Hickory Corners, died March 18, 2017. Emogene was born February 14, 1925 in Springport, MI to Adrian and Belle (Hoag) Seger. She graduated from Springport High School and married the love of her life, Ronald Keeler, in 1944. She worked at the MSU Biological Station and Gull Lake Bible Ministries for many years. Emogene enjoyed crocheting, sewing, baking and...
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Loretta Jane Lybarger

October 12, 1928 - March 17, 2017

Loretta "Jane" (Muraski) Lybarger, age 88, of Battle Creek, passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, March 17. 2017. She was born on October 12, 1928, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to the late John and Sophie (Pawlak) Muraski. Jane married Clyde Arthur Lybarger on April 23, 1949, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2011. Jane and her husband owned and...
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Ruth A. Nye

December 11, 1946 - March 15, 2017

Ruth Ann Nye 70, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born December 11, 1946 in Battle Creek to the Jessie and Esther (Bidwell) Yother, and was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She was united in marriage in 1966 to David L. Nye, he preceded her in death in 2003. Ruth was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family....
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Patricia L. (Beebe) Sellers

March 26, 1935 - March 15, 2017

Patricia Louise (Beebe) Sellers, 81, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, Michigan, died peacefully with her family at her side at Pennfield Premier Living on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Pat was born March 26, 1935 in Battle Creek to Harold Don and Floys Nevelyn "Rainey" Beebe. She was a 1954 graduate of Lakeview High School. Patricia was employed for Bostick in Marshall and Visiting Nurse...
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Jim Huysentruyt

July 11, 1954 - March 14, 2017

James "Jim" Huysentruyt, 62, of Battle Creek, died March 14, 2017. A memorial mass to celebrate his life will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2017 at St. Philip Catholic Church. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care.
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Jeanette Alene Hayes

December 22, 1937 - March 13, 2017

Jeanette Alene (Mosher) Hayes, 79, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away on March 13, 2017 at her home in Emmett Township.  Jeanette was born in Battle Creek to Frank and Wynonia Mosher on December 22, 1937.    Along with her parents, Jeanette is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Sylvester "Syl" Hayes; a son, Jerry A Gates; two granddaughters, April Lynn Gates & Nicole Crystine Gates...
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Jeffrey David "Jeff", Sternburgh

July 27, 1969 - March 13, 2017

Jeffrey David "Jeff" Sternburgh of Kalamazoo, MI Jeff, age 47, died Monday morning, March 13, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Jeff, the son of Barbara J. (Kuilema) Skinner, was born in Kalamazoo on July 27, 1969; was a lifetime area resident and a 1987 graduate of Gull Lake High...
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Jenny Ann Dragoo

August 5, 1972 - March 12, 2017

Jenny Ann Dragoo, 44, was taken too soon. She went into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at home. She was born in Battle Creek, MI on August 5, 1972, the daughter of John A. and Joann C. (Frederick) Williston. She graduated from Pennfield High School in 1990 and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Russian and Linguistics and a minor in English from Western...
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Lillie Mae Nelson

March 29, 1924 - March 12, 2017

Lillie Mae Nelson, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday morning, March 12, 2017. She was born in Slayden, Mississippi on March 29, 1924, the daughter of Irby and Cathleen (Lewellen) Pool. Lillie served as a Nurse Practitioner at the Battle Creek VA Hospital for 35+ years. Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel Nelson on November 27, 1984....
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William Robert "Bill" Johnson, Jr.

December 22, 1926 - March 11, 2017

William Robert "Bill" Johnson, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Bill, age 90, died Saturday evening, March 11, 2017 at the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Hospice Residence. Bill, the son of William R. and Dorothy (Mettler) Johnson, Sr., was born in Bluffton, IN on December 22, 1926 and was a 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He served...
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Donald Calvin "Don" Kleckner

November 24, 1942 - March 10, 2017

Donald Calvin "Don" Kleckner of Battle Creek MI Don passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 10, 2017, in Battle Creek, MI. He was born in Meadville, PA on November 24, 1942, the son of Calvin and Thelma (Andrews) Kleckner, Jr. Don was a 1961 graduate of Cambridge Springs High School. On June 23, 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Alice Ann...
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Dorothy A. Fitzgerald

November 11, 1930 - March 10, 2017

Dorothy A. Fitzgerald, 86, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, March 10 at Rose Arbor Hospice after a courageous, yearlong battle with cancer. Dorothy was born November 11, 1930, the daughter of Ivan and Onalee (Crandell) Niswander. Dorothy was united in marriage on June 25, 2005 to Gordon O. Fitzgerald, he survives. She was a beautiful seamstress, making and...
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Lois "Lucille" Masters

February 18, 1928 - March 10, 2017

Lois "Lucille" Masters, age 89, of Marshall died peacefully at home with her loving family at her side on Friday afternoon, March 10, 2017. She was born in Angola, Indiana on February 18, 1928, the loving daughter of Clyde James and Maude Nina (Waller) Letts. Throughout the years, Lucille worked for Post Cereals and drove school buses for the Union City Schools, but for the majority of her life...
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Jeffrey Charles "Jeff" Miller

December 28, 1983 - March 9, 2017

Jeffrey Charles "Jeff" Miller of Battle Creek, MI Jeff, age 33, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 9, 2017 at his residence. Jeff, the son of Joel and Irene (Cardoza) Miller, was born in Lowell, MA on December 28, 1983 and was a 2004 graduate of Harper Creek High School. He had been employed at Connections, most recently...
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Gloria M. (Hayes) Mather

April 7, 1924 - March 9, 2017

Gloria M. (Hayes) Mather, age 92, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on April 7, 1924, the daughter of Jesse and Margaret (Leininger) Hayes. Gloria was a 1942 graduate of Lakeview High School and was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone Company. In retirement, she pursued the art of oil painting, creating stained glass lamps and line dancing...
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Benjamin Frederick "Bennie" Kiracofe

November 11, 1941 - March 7, 2017

Benjamin Frederick "Bennie" Kiracofe of Portage, MI Bennie, age 75, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, March 7, 2017 at his residence. Bennie, the son of Burley W. and Frances H. (Steinstra/Kiracofe) Winkler, was born in Milwaukee, WI on November 11, 1941; moved to this area in 1952 and was a 1959 graduate of Galesburg-Augusta High School...
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Helen Jane Holcomb

June 4, 1928 - March 5, 2017

Helen Jane Holcomb, age 88, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, March 5, 2017 at the W. Drive Assisted Living in Bellevue. She was born in Battle Creek on June 4, 1928, the loving daughter of Roy and Dorothy (Case) Spaulding. Helen worked as a receptionist for Dr. Harold Anderson's office and then worked in the business office at Leila Hospital until she retired in 1990. ...
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Margaret M. (Himebaugh) Cox

March 14, 1916 - March 3, 2017

Margaret M. (Himebaugh) Cox, 100, of Battle Creek died peacefully at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods on Friday, March 3, 2017. Margaret was born March 14, 1916 in Scotts, Michigan, the daughter of Irvin J. and Mae Elizabeth (Billington) Himebaugh. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Edward E. Cox on October 1, 2016. Margaret is survived by her son and daughter-in-law,...
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Cleo Mikel

February 1, 1923 - March 2, 2017

Cleo Mikel, 94, of Battle Creek died at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Cleo was born February 1, 1923 in Marcellus, Michigan to Elmer and Terracotta (Barber) Mikel. He grew up in Wakelee, Michigan and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Will and Hettie Barber. Cleo served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater of Operations as a...
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Louella McCowey

June 5, 1935 - February 28, 2017

Louella "Lou" McCowey, 81, of Battle Creek, died February 28, 2017. Lou was born June 5, 1935 in Inland Towship, Benzie County, MI to William and Maude (Shipley) McCarry. She graduated high school and married John McCowey in 1961. Lou was a volunteer at the Food Bank for the last 15 years. She also did demonstrations at Feldpausch and worked as a sales clerk at a dress shop in downtown...
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Edith (Hankey) Lockwood

December 15, 1916 - February 28, 2017

Edith (Hankey) Lockwood, 100, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Edith was born December 15, 1916 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Albert Riley and Elizabeth (Leeson) Hankey. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1935 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Edith completed her Registered Nursing Program and...
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Nancy Jane (Barber) Holroyd

March 21, 1930 - February 22, 2017

Nancy Jane (Barber) Holroyd of Richland, MI Nancy, age 86, died Wednesday evening, February 22, 2017 at her residence with her loving family at her side. Nancy, the daughter of Blaine A. and Helen E. (Solomon) Barber, was born in Richland on March 21, 1930; was a lifetime resident and a 1949 graduate of Richland High School. She had...
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Nancy Lee (Miller) (Simonds) Kearn

December 2, 1934 - February 20, 2017

Nancy Lee (Miller) Kearn, 82, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died unexpectedly at home on Monday, February 20, 2017. Nancy was born December 2, 1934 in Battle Creek to Carl August and Edna Mae (Paris) Miller. She was a 1952 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Western Michigan University. Nancy was employed in all aspects of the former family business, Swonk's Flower Shop. She...
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Martha Gilmore Parfet

October 1, 1925 - February 20, 2017

MARTHA GILMORE PARFET OF GULL LAKE (HICKORY CORNERS), MI Martha, age 91, passed away on Monday, February 20th, at her home in Hickory Corners, Michigan, following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family. Martha was born on October 1st, 1925, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was the youngest daughter of Donald and Genevieve Upjohn Gilmore, and the granddaughter of Upjohn Company founder...
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Thomas W. "Tom" Morris

May 15, 1940 - February 19, 2017

Thomas William "Tom" Morris, age 76, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday evening, February 19, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. He was born in San Diego, CA on May 15, 1940, the son of Thomas H. and Rachael (Allen) Morris. Tom grew up in Hawaii and Southern California, and lived next to Pearl Harbor Naval Station during the attack on Pearl Harbor at the start of WWII. Tom spent 22...
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Tommy Johnson , Jr.

August 7, 1950 - February 18, 2017

Tommy Johnson, Jr. 66, of Battle Creek died at his home on Saturday, February 18, 2017. He was born August 7, 1950 in Wharncliffe, West Virginia to Tommy and Janice L. (Murphy) Johnson, Sr. He grew up in Wharncliffe and attended Gilbert High School. Tommy proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines and fought in the Vietnam War. Tommy was formerly married to the former Kathy L. ...
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Wayne E. Peterson

August 16, 1958 - February 18, 2017

Wayne E. Peterson, 58, went home to be with his Lord and Savior February 18, 2017. He was born to Roy Allan and Elsie L. Peterson August 16, 1958 in Battle Creek. Wayne was a resident of the local area most of his life. He graduated in 1977 from Battle Creek Central High School and the Area Vo-Education Center. After graduation, he moved to California where he worked for a short time in...
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Monica Thuah Ciang

January 1, 1949 - February 15, 2017

Monica Thuah Ciang, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017 at the Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. She was born in Falam, Chin State, Burma on January 1, 1949, the daughter of Tlun Kap (father) and Hluan Nei (mother). Monica is survived by her daughters, Regina (Jerome) Aung and Banadeth (Steven) Sang, both of Battle Creek; five grandchildren; and several...
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Elizabeth Ann Evans

May 14, 1973 - February 15, 2017

Elizabeth Ann Evans 43, of Battle Creek died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was always known as Aunt Toady or Beth to her family, and Aunt Toady to all of her many Geo-caching friends. She was a source of great entertainment to her many friends and her smile was contagious. Whenever she was around there were pranks to quickly follow. I hope you are all able to find...
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Dorothy Rose (Rolfe) Humes

March 28, 1916 - February 13, 2017

Dorothy Rose (Rolfe) Humes of Battle Creek, MI Dorothy , age 100, died peacefully Monday afternoon, February 13, 2017 at the Care Community of Springfield, MI Dorothy was born on March 28, 1916 to Charles and Alvina Rolfe in Battle Creek, MI. Dorothy graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, class of 1935, and Nichols School of Nursing, class...
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Khuang Zing

February 9, 1943 - February 13, 2017

Khuang Zing, age 74, of Battle Creek passed away Monday evening, February 13, 2017 at the Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. She was born in Falam, Chin Sate, Burma on February 9, 1943, the daughter of Lian Bik-father and Thang Twe-mother. She married the late Than Zam in 1960, and then married the late Tial Ceu in 1981. Khuang Zing is survived by her sister, Khen Sui; her...
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Douglas Stuart "Doug" Hartough

May 28, 1946 - February 9, 2017

Douglas Stuart Hartough of Delton (Crooked Lake), MI Our great friend, loving husband and father Doug Hartough, age 70, died unexpectedly during surgery on Thursday evening, February 9, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, in Kalamazoo, MI. Doug was the son of Walter and Gretchen (Richards) Hartough, and was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 28...
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William Allyn "Bill" Wood

May 4, 1926 - February 9, 2017

William A. "Bill" Wood, age 90, of Bristol Lake, Dowling passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2017. Bill was born in Battle Creek on May 4, 1926, the son of William Jr. and Ruby (Clinton) Wood. Bill was a 1944 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, and attended Michigan State College, Argubright Business College, and graduated from Kellogg Community College in 1969. He served in the...
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Emilio Macedo

April 24, 1996 - February 8, 2017

Emilio Macedo, 20, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at University of Michigan Hospital. He was born on April 24, 1996, Battle Creek, the son of Tammy A. Edwards and Benigno Macedo and he attended Pennfield High School. Emilio had Muscular Dystrophy, but never let it bother him or get in his way if possible. He is survived by his mother and father;...
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Thomas James "Tom" Holmgren

January 26, 1945 - February 7, 2017

Thomas J. Holmgren, age 72, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at home. He was born on January 26, 1945 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Earl J. Ardis and Mary W. Holmgren (Ardis). Leaving high school he joined the US Navy and was honorably discharged. He married Melva Mullins in October 1967 and she is the mother of his son, Thomas J. Holmgren, Jr. That marriage...
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Richard W. Britten, Jr.

March 28, 1947 - February 7, 2017

Richard W. Britten Jr. known as Dick or GM, 69, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on March 28, 1947 the son of Richard W. Sr and Dorothy F. (Eisenhood) Britten in Battle Creek and was a 1965 graduate of Climax-Scotts High School. He served his country honorably for 4 years with the U.S. Air Force. He was employed by GM Company ...
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Alice Maxine (Arnold) Flach

August 16, 1929 - February 7, 2017

Alice Maxine (Arnold) Flach of Augusta, MI Alice, age 87, died Tuesday morning, February 7, 2017 at the Butterfly Oasis, Kalamazoo, MI with her loving family at her side. Alice, the daughter of William and Alta (Phillips) Arnold, was born in Topeka, KS on August 16, 1929 and moved to Augusta in 1958 from Topeka. She...
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Jo Ellen Neufeld

April 10, 1955 - February 6, 2017

Jo Ellen Neufeld, age 61, of Battle Creek and formerly of Boise, Idaho, died peacefully on Monday evening, February 6, 2017 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born in Denver, Colorado on April 10, 1955, the loving daughter of Archie W. and Anna "Ruth" (Cutrell) Neufeld. In 2014, Jo Ellen retired as a Department Manager for Wal-Mart after more than 20 years of service. ...
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Dorothy Mae (Ellis) Jollineau

September 27, 1927 - February 3, 2017

Dorothy Mae (Ellis) Jollineau, 89, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility in Battle Creek, Michigan on Friday, February 3, 2017. Dorothy was born September 27, 1927 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Haran and Mabel (Flood) Ellis. She grew up in Sault Ste.Marie and was a graduate of Sault Ste. Marie High School. Dorothy was employed as the office manager at...
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Evelyn VanDongen

August 13, 1924 - February 2, 2017

Evelyn VanDongen was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the age of 92. Evelyn was born on August 13, 1924, to Henry and Cora (LaFleur) Bremer in Grand Rapids, MI. In 1941, the family moved to Battle Creek and she graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1942. She was married to Bruce VanDongen in 1946. After her children were all in school, she worked at...
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Cynthia R. "Cindy" Tuttle

March 29, 1948 - February 1, 2017

Cynthia R. "Cindy" Tuttle, age 68, of Coldwater and formerly of Battle Creek passed away at home Wednesday evening, February 1, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on March 29, 1948 the daughter of Donald N. and Betty M. (Rowden) Estelle. Cindy worked for many years as an RN at Leila Hospital and Battle Creek Health Systems. Cindy is survived by her husband Michael L. "Mike" Tuttle; her...
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Donald W. Thompson

September 10, 1927 - January 31, 2017

Life long Battle Creek resident, Donald Wayne Thompson, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep January 31, 2017. Don graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1945, served honorably in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, and retired from Clark Equipment in 1983. Don had many passions, including his family, gardening, music, wood working and enjoying what life had to offer. ...
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LG Theodore Nelson, Jr.

February 13, 1927 - January 30, 2017

LG Theodore Nelson, Jr., age 89, of Battle Creek left this world to be with his Lord on Monday afternoon, January 30, 2017. LG was born in Battle Creek at the Old Nichols Hospital on February 13, 1927, the loving son of LG and Leota (Lambert) Nelson and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1944. LG served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1944 to...
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Madge L. Benson

May 19, 1927 - January 29, 2017

Madge L. Benson, 89, Floral City, formerly of Inverness, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Madge was born in Goshen, VA on March 19, 1927, the daughter of the late Ernest and Nora (Smith) Ratliff, and moved to Inverness with her late husband, Ormie Benson, in 1986 from Battle Creek, MI. They were married for 55 years. He passed away August 12, 2016. She retired...
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Sarah Jo Drake-Yore

December 20, 1978 - January 28, 2017

Sarah Jo Drake-Yore, 38, of Battle Creek, died January 28, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. Sarah was born December 20, 1978, the daughter of Jacqueline Chaney and Joseph "Toby" Everett. She graduated from high school and received her Associates Degree from Davenport University. Sarah worked at EPI in Battle Creek and had just been promoted to Customer Service Supervisor. She loved going out...
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Joseph Clarence "Joe" Brookmyer

August 30, 1943 - January 28, 2017

Joseph Clarence "Joe" Brookmyer of Battle Creek, MI Joe, age 73, died Saturday evening, January 28, 2017 at The Oaks of NorthPointe Woods, Battle Creek, following a two-year illness. Joe, the son of Clarence and Zora (Aussets) Brookmyer, was born in Perrysburg, OH on August 30, 1943; was a 1961 graduate of Fremont (OH) High School...
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Glenn Newton "Buzz" Campbell, Jr.

March 6, 1954 - January 27, 2017

Glenn Newton "Buzz" Campbell, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Buzz, age 62, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, January 27, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Buzz, the son of Glenn N. and Clara M. (Bruynooghe) Campbell, Sr. was born in Hastings, MI on March 6, 1954; was a lifetime area resident and a 1972 graduate of Hastings...
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Thomas S. Brown

November 6, 1961 - January 26, 2017

Thomas S. Brown, 55, of Murfreesboro, TN and formerly of Battle Creek, died Thursday, January 26, 2017. Tom was born November 6, 1961 in Battle Creek to Justin "Buddy" and Emma Brown. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1979. Tom worked for Betterly Wood Products and more recently, Concrete Form Erectors in Tennessee. He enjoyed watching football and NASCAR. Tom is survived...
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Jimmie Ruth (McJunkin) Van Nortwick

October 11, 1925 - January 25, 2017

Jimmie Ruth (McJunkin) Van Nortwick, died unexpectedly on 25 January 2017, at age 91 years, 3 months and 14 days, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Jimmie was born number four of nine children on October 11, 1925 in Alabama City, Alabama to Fred Caldwell and Maude Alice (Davis) McJunkin. She grew up in Dayton, Tennessee and came to Battle Creek,...
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William "Bill" Barroso, Jr.

October 1, 1960 - January 23, 2017

Bill came into this world on October 1, 1960 to his loving parents William Barroso, Sr. (1936-1975) and Manuela Elizabeth (Sanchez) Barroso (1943-2015) at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan. Bill left us to be with our Lord on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bill was a lifelong resident of Marshall, MI and attended Mar Lee Elementary School and...
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Mary Patricia "Pat" Gioia

September 1, 1933 - January 22, 2017

Mary Patricia "Pat" Gioia Augusta, Michigan Mary "Pat" passed away peacefully, at home, on January 22, 2017. She can now join her beloved husband Anthony "Tony", who preceded her. Pat was a beautiful and generous woman who was blessed with a great sense of humor and a sharp mind. She was the person you called when you needed legal counsel, her advice was on point and her wisdom appreciated by...
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Gabino M. Garcia

February 15, 1928 - January 22, 2017

Gabino Garcia passed away at home in Battle Creek, MI on January 22, 2017 at the age of 88. Gabino is predeceased by his grandson's Ryan Perish-Garcia, Michael Barroso and Great-granddaughter Lilliana Gwillim. Gabino is survived by the love of his life Julia, whom he married in Edcouch, TX 68 years ago. This union was blessed with 10 surviving children: San Juana (Enrique)Rojas of Edcouch, TX;...
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Mary Lou Rose

January 30, 1933 - January 22, 2017

Mary Lou Rose, age 83, of Kalamazoo passed away on January 22, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice facility. Mary Lou is now in heaven, pain free, with all of her beloved family. Mary Lou was born in Kalamazoo on January 30,1933, to Frank and Bertina (Watson) Allworth. Mary Lou met the "Love of Her Life" & "Her Soulmate", Harold Rose. They married on June 2, 1951, at the Fort Custer Chapel. Harold and...
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Flora McDonald (Fettes) Etter

June 12, 1921 - January 22, 2017

Flora McDonald Etter, 95, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Flora was born June 12, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Alexander and Mary (McDonald) Fettes. Flora grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. She retired in the mid 1980's as a lab technician from Michigan Carton Company, where she was employed many years. Flora...
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Richard L. Leep

January 31, 1944 - January 22, 2017

Richard L. Leep, 72, of Otsego, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 22, 2017 after a long illness. Richard was born January 31, 1944 to Charles and Ann (Aneweer) Leep. He graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1962 and went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman First Class. He received an Associate's degree from the University of Michigan and would later become...
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Gordon Duane "Gordy", Eldred

March 21, 1936 - January 21, 2017

Gordon Duane "Gordy" Eldred of Battle Creek, MI Gordy, age 80, died Saturday evening, January 21, 2017 after a brief illness. Gordy, the son of Harold Donald and Ruby Ellen (Scamp) Eldred, was born in Battle Creek on March 21, 1936; was a lifetime area resident and was a 1955 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He was a...
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William A. "Bill" Weemes

November 18, 1931 - January 21, 2017

William A. "Bill" Weemes, age 85, of Richland, MI passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, January 21, 2017 at the Lakewood Assisted Living in Augusta, MI. He was born in Old Hickory, TN on November 18, 1931, the son of Frank C. and Julia (Winnett) Weemes. Bill faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Bill married the "Love of His...
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Kathleen M. Kuchenbuch

February 18, 1925 - January 21, 2017

Kay Kuchenbuch, 91 Kathleen M. Kuchenbuch, of Gull Lake died peacefully on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Laurels of Galesburg. Kay was born February 18, 1925 in DeWitt Iowa, daughter of John and Catherine Mc Climon. Kay was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents and 5 brothers. She is survived by her sister, Eileen Poth (Steve) of Bloomfield HIlls, Michigan. In 1948, Kay...
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Kimberly Sue Towery-Kahler

October 13, 1977 - January 21, 2017

Kimberly Sue Towery-Kahler, 39, of Bellevue, Michigan died Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Kimberly was born October 13, 1977 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Larry E. and Susan D. (Eberhard) Towery. She grew up in Bellevue and received her high school diploma through Battle Creek Public Schools. Kim was currently employed at Marshall Manor & Rehabilitation...
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Marlene A. Rice

January 31, 1937 - January 20, 2017

Marlene A. Rice, age 79, of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday afternoon, January 20, 2017. She was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on January 31, 1937, the daughter of Marshall E. and Ida S. (Kulsuth) Jaeger. Marlene married the "Love of Her Life", Richard W. Rice, at the Lakeview Baptist Church in Battle Creek on August 19, 1955. She is survived by her loving...
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Joseph Henry "Joe", Blaskie, Jr.

February 27, 1919 - January 20, 2017

Joseph Henry "Joe" Blaskie, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Joe, age 97, died Friday morning January 20, 2017 at his residence and with his loving family at his side. Joe, the son of Joseph H. and Mary (Kubiak) Blaskie, Sr., was born in Detroit, MI on February 27, 1919 and was a graduate of St. Charles Catholic High...
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Kinsley Ann Markle

September 2, 2012 - January 18, 2017

Kinsley Ann Markle of Richland, MI and Battle Creek, MI Our sweet Kinsley went to Heaven early Wednesday morning, January 18, 2017 in Battle Creek, MI. Kinsley was born a miracle and with her bright eyes, smile and contagious laugh she would light up a room. Kinsley touched many lives in her short time here. Kinsley, the daughter...
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Carolyn R. Spedden

December 30, 1943 - January 17, 2017

Carolyn Ruth Spedden, 73, of Battle Creek, MI made an unexpected departure to Heaven January 17, 2017. Carolyn was a devoted Wife, Mother, Ma, Mom-Mom, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was preceded in death by her mother and father William and Lillian VanWuffen. Carolyn is survived by her husband of 53 years, David Wilson Spedden; her son Michael Spedden of Satsuma, Fl.; her son...
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Paul R. Robbins

January 21, 1943 - January 17, 2017

Paul R. Robbins of Augusta, MI, age 73, died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at his home. Paul the son of Dallas H. and Emma J. (Handy) Robbins, was born in Crawford, TN. He retired from Hydreco. He loved the Barn Theatre and the Ragotzy family. He housed many "Barnies" for decades - including Tom Wopat. Paul was known for his storytelling in his smooth southern voice. He knew and was known by...
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Pauline M. (Morrison) Carl

October 9, 1921 - January 17, 2017

It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Pauline M. (Morrison) Carl, age 95, of Battle Creek announces the passing of our family matriarch who died on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. She was born October 9, 1921 in Saginaw, Michigan to Norman A. and Mary C. (Weiland) Morrison. Pauline grew up in St. Charles and was a graduate of St. Charles High School. ...
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Deanise Lyn Loyd

July 22, 1977 - January 14, 2017

Deanise Lyn Loyd, age 39, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 14, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on July 22, 1977 at attended St. Philip Elementary School before transferring to Lakeview Schools where she graduated with the Class of 1996. Deanise attended Wright Beauty Academy and previously worked at Pablo's in McCamly Place, Applebee's, and Sally's Beauty...
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Manuel Barroso

March 18, 1946 - January 13, 2017

Manuel Barroso of Jackson, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Manuel, age 70, died Friday evening, January 13, 2017 at the Jackson County Medical Care Facility with his loving daughter, Angela at his side. Manuel, the son of Domingo and Cevera (Rodigus) Barroso, was born in Springport, MI on March 18, 1946 and was a lifetime area resident. He was a self...
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Leona "Grace" Duck

January 20, 1928 - January 11, 2017

Leona "Grace" (Leib) Duck, 88, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Battle Creek Manor. She was born January 20, 1928 in Sumner, Illinois, the daughter of Arthur A. and Ruth P. (Phillips) Leib. Grace was a 1946 graduate of Lawrence County Schools in Lawrenceville, IL and Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, where she received her License Practical Nursing certificate...
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Lee Ann Luzius

September 10, 1928 - January 10, 2017

Lee Ann Luzius, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Bronson at Home Hospice Residence, where she had been a patient since December 31st. She was 88 years old. Born September 10, 1928 in Battle Creek, Lee Ann graduated from Battle Creek Central, where she'd been active in Daughters of the American Revolution, debate and high school theatre. She...
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