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FARLEY ESTES DOWDLE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE

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

Francis L. Peake

December 10, 1931 - November 15, 2019

Francis L. Peake, age 87, of Lacey, Michigan, went to be with the Lord with his loving wife Nora by his side on Friday morning, November 15, 2019. He was born in Hastings, Michigan on December 10, 1931, the son of Ernest and Bethel (Hallock) Peake and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Francis retired from Michigan Carton after more than 43 years and then went...
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Dorothy Elizabeth (VanWald) "Dottie" Harris

August 9, 1929 - November 11, 2019

Dorothy Elizabeth (VanWald) "Dottie" Harris, 90, died peacefully at her residence on Monday, November 11, 2019. Dottie was born August 9, 1929 in Ft. Wayne, IN to Oscar and Evelyn (Ellison) VanWald. She also resided in Mpls., MN and Battle Creek, MI. Dottie married Roy Edward Harris on June 16, 1947, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Roy on December 3,...
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Garry Lee Wetherill, Sr.

November 8, 1953 - November 11, 2019

Garry Lee Wetherill, Sr., age 66, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Monday evening, November 11, 2019 with his loving family at his side. He was born in Battle Creek on November 8, 1953, the son of Arthur L.. and Gladys M. (Ellis) Wetherill. Garry graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and worked for many years at Tichenor Roofing. He loved doing wood working and going to the...
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Michelle Brenda Dukes

November 10, 2019

Michelle Brenda Dukes, age 45, of Kalamazoo passed away unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, November 10, 2019. Michelle is survived by her husband, Kevin; her children, Jacob and Megan; her mother, Brenda; a brother, John; and two sisters, Trisha and Ursula. She was preceded in death by her father and her son, William. Michelle enjoyed reading, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her...
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Maria Ernestina "Tina" Rose

April 7, 1915 - November 10, 2019

Maria Ernestina "Tina" Rose, 104, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed on Sun, Nov. 10, 2019. She was born April 7, 1915 in the Republic of Panama to Pablo E. and Petronila (Villareal) Rangel. She was raised in Panama and earned her Master's Degree in Law from the University of Panama. Tina earned a Bachelor's Degree (1938) in Law and Social Sciences and another in Criminology: Dactyloscopy ...
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Robert Walter Schmock

March 4, 1946 - November 7, 2019

Robert Walter Schmock, 73, of Battle Creek died Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Laurels of Bedford, after a long courageous battle with Parkinson's disease and cancer. Bob was born March 4, 1946 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Walter and Evelyn Mae (White) Schmuck. He was raised in Battle Creek and was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. After high school Robert lived...
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Blondell Greer

June 21, 1922 - November 5, 2019

Blondell Greer, went to be with her Lord and Savior early on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in Lansing, Michigan, after 97 years of abundant life. Blondell, "Blondie", as many affectionately called her, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was born June 21, 1922 in Weakley County, Tennessee, one of eleven children of Marion Thomas (Tom) Roberts...
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Alice Louise (Scott) Merrill

July 3, 1926 - November 3, 2019

Alice Louise (Scott) Merrill, 93, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Bickford Assisted Living on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Alice was born July 3, 1926 in Battle Creek the daughter of Wesley B. and Irma A. (Watson) Scott. She was a 1944 graduate of Galesburg High School and then earned an Executive Secretarial Degree from Argubright Business College in Battle Creek. Alice was employed as a...
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Esther Haughey James

April 27, 1916 - November 2, 2019

Esther James died peacefully on November 2 at age 103. Blessed with a long and rich life, she was an amazing super senior who lived independently in her Gull Lake home and drove her own car until age 98. She was a life long resident on Gull Lake, having been one of the original families to live on Crescent Beach. One of two daughters, and with six brothers, she was a member of the...
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Robert Howard Moats III.

February 16, 1962 - November 1, 2019

Robert H. Moats III., age 57, of Battle Creek died after a long battle with Cancer on Friday, November 1, 2019, at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Gary, Indiana on February 16, 1962, the son of Robert H. and Brenda Faye (Dunahoo) Moats Jr. Robert graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1982 and furthered his education at Jackson Community College, graduating with...
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Richard John "Dick" Sherman

September 18, 1942 - October 31, 2019

Richard "Dick" John Sherman of Hickory Corners, MI Dick, age 77, died Thursday evening, October 31, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI following a long battle with cancer. Dick, the son of Gerald L. and Gladys G. (Young) Sherman, born in Flint, MI on September 18, 1942, was a 1960 graduate of Hoover High School of Flint, MI and moved to this area in 1965. He served...
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Harold and Joanne Bartzen

August 11, 1931 - October 30, 2019

Harold D. Bartzen, age 88, of Battle Creek, died October 30, 2019. Harold was born August 11, 1931 in Battle Creek to Charles and Lucille (Palmiter) Bartzen. Harold loved woodworking, fishing and gardening. Joanne J. Bartzen, age 85, of Battle Creek, died December 20, 2018. Joanne was born December 27, 1932 in Battle Creek to Herman and Geneva (Swank) Turley. She graduated from Battle...
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Jared M. McGuire-Waskul

February 4, 1988 - October 30, 2019

Jared M. McGuire-Waskul, age 31, of Augusta, passed away at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek on Wednesday evening, October 30, 2019 with his parents by his side. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on February 4,1988 the loving son of Terry Waskul and Pamela McGuire. Jared moved to Michigan when he was one year old and graduated from Gull Lake High School with the Class...
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Richard G. Andrews

July 28, 1942 - October 29, 2019

Richard G. Andrews, 77, of Bellevue, died October 29, 2019 at home with his family by his side. Richard was born July 28, 1942 in Coldwater to Harry and Irene (Long) Andrews. He graduated from high school and worked as a journeyman for 38 plus years at Airway Manufacturing. Richard enjoyed being outdoors and liked to cut wood, fish and hunt. Occasionally he liked to gamble at the casino...
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Ruth May Barnhill

July 5, 1922 - October 27, 2019

Ruth May Barnhill, age 97, of Dowling went to be with her Lord on Sunday morning, October 27, 2019. She was born in Paragould, Arkansas on July 5, 1922, the daughter of Ira and Sallie Jarvis and attended Greene County High School. On April 1, 1941 she married her high school sweetheart, Olin A. "Barney" Barnhill in Paragould. Ruth received her license to practice Cosmetology from LaVera...
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Waltraud Brigitte "Traudi" (Lyhs) Werner

September 25, 1926 - October 27, 2019

Waltraud Brigitte "Traudi" (Lyhs) Werner, 93 of Battle Creek died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Traudi was born September 25, 1926 in Treuburg, East Prussia, Germany (now Marggrabowa, Poland) to Gottlieb and Maria (Kowalzik) Lyhs. Upon completion of school and apprenticeship training in merchandising in Treuburg, she attended the National School for...
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Jeanette Iris (Miller) Barve

August 25, 1945 - October 26, 2019

Jeanette Iris Barve, 74, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at her residence, with her caregiver and friend at her side, on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Jeanette was born August 25, 1945 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Henry J.L. and Hazel K. (Bradd) Miller. She graduated from Pennfield High School and was employed as a special needs bus driver for Battle Creek Public...
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Fred L. Shaw

March 29, 1930 - October 24, 2019

Fred L. Shaw, 89, of Battle Creek, died October 24, 2019. Fred was born March 29, 1930 in Battle Creek to Ralph and Bethal (Rose) Shaw. Fred worked at Post Cereals for 36 years before his retirement in 1985. Fred married the former Elizabeth Ann Godsey in 1977. Fred and Ann moved to Arizona after Fred's retirement. There Fred enjoyed golfing and playing music and was a member of the...
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Roseanne Marie (Sayre) Hagerty Heatherly

October 31, 1927 - Unknown

Roseanne M (Sayre) Hagerty Heatherly, 91, of Kalamazoo and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan and South Padre Island, Texas died peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born October 31, 1927 in Battle Creek the daughter of Oscar D. and Grace (Sevine) Sayre. Roseanne grew up in Battle Creek, was a 1945 graduate of...
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Dennis W. Momenee

June 4, 1994 - October 21, 2019

Dennis William "D-Byrd" Momenee of Bellevue, MI. Dennis, age 25, died unexpectedly Tuesday Morning October 22, 2019. Dennis, son of William D. Momenee and Amanda J. Bryant (Taylor) was born on June 4, 1994. Dennis enjoyed spending time with his children and family, fishing, writing music and entertaining friends and fans alike. Dennis would never pass up an opportunity to play paintball...
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Beatrice A. "Bea" Dobos

September 8, 1925 - October 19, 2019

Beatrice A. "Bea" Dobos, age 94, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, October 19, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on September 8, 1925, the loving daughter of Leo and Wilma (Arnold) Bowers and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Along with taking care of her family, Bea was the office manager at Dobos Lawnmower for many years Bea married the "Love...
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Robert Michael Mike Howley

July 5, 1945 - October 18, 2019

Robert Michael "Mike" Howley, 74, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Friday, October 18, 2019. Mike was born July 5, 1945 in Wheeling, West Virginia, the son of James Francis and Eleanor Marie (Goshorn) Howley. He grew up in Wheeling, WV and attended Wheeling Catholic Central through his junior year and was a 1963 graduate of Marist High School...
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Barbara L. Eddinger

November 14, 1928 - October 16, 2019

Barbara Lou Eddinger, 90, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully at The Legacy at Northpointe Woods on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 after a day with family at her side. Barbara was born November 14, 1928, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Glenn William Govier and Jennie (Rousch) Govier. She was a 1946 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended college at...
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John Floyd Lanko, II

January 13, 1971 - October 15, 2019

John F. Lanko, II, 48, of Battle Creek, died suddenly on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. John was born January 13, 1971 in Battle Creek to Johnny and Margaret (Organ) Lanko. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and was a jack of all trades for many years before working at the Fort Custer National Cemetery and the VA Hospital. John was extremely proud of his service in the United...
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Carol Ellen Swaffield

March 5, 1942 - October 14, 2019

Carol Ellen Swaffield It is our time to celebrate the life of Carol Ellen Swaffield, age 77, who passed away peacefully on October 14, 2019 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence of Battle Creek, MI. In the last few weeks of her life, Carol was surrounded by loving family and friends. Carol, the daughter of Helen Cameron and Frank Cameron, was born March 5, 1942 in Coldwater, MI. Carol...
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Forrest G. "Jerry" Parsons, Jr.

June 9, 1962 - October 13, 2019

Forrest G. "Jerry" Parsons, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Jerry, age 57, died unexpectedly after suffering an apparent heart attack on Sunday evening, October 13, 2019 at his residence. Jerry, the son of Forrest G. Parsons, Sr. & Barbara L. Henderson, was born in Battle Creek on June 9, 1962; was a lifetime resident and a 1980 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. ...
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Martin Ross Whiting

August 9, 1957 - October 12, 2019

Martin Ross Whiting, age 62, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on Saturday afternoon, October 12, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on August 9, 1957, the son of Melvin and Joann (Alexander) Whiting. Martin graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 1975 and furthered his education at Michigan State University, where he graduated with a BS in...
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Verne R. Nafziger

March 15, 1925 - October 8, 2019

Verne R. Nafziger of Richland, MI Verne, age 94, died peacefully Tuesday evening, October 8, 2019 at the Heritage Assisted Living of Battle Creek, MI with his loving family at his side. Verne, the son of Walter K. and Leila M. Nafziger, was born in Cleghorn, IA on March 15, 1925 and was a 1943 graduate of Cleghorn High School. Soon after graduation, he was drafted...
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Edith B. Walsh

March 12, 1916 - October 8, 2019

Edith B Walsh 103, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 8, 2019 with her family by her side. Edith was born March 12, 1916 in Alba, Michigan to Charles and Jerusha Bell (Kidder) Bogue. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1935. She loved gardening and was an avid seamstress. She was employed by Willow Run during WW2 wing division of the B 24 Bomber sewing...
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Terry Lee Meyers

June 10, 1951 - October 7, 2019

Terry Lee Meyers, age 68, of Battle Creek died Monday afternoon, October 7, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Kalamazoo on June 10, 1951, the son of Earl and LuLu (Rietkerk) Meyers, Jr. and graduated from Otsego High School. Terry worked as a goldsmith/jeweler in Kalamazoo for 15 years and then went on to retire from Systex in January 2019 after more than 15 years. Terry married...
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Gaylord John Herman Phillips

October 7, 1954 - October 5, 2019

Gaylord John Herman Phillips passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, after a long battle with Emphysema and COPD. Gaylord was born on October 7, 1954 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Herman and Barbara (Willavize) Phillips. He was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek and worked as a painter and construction laborer in the area most of his life. He married Ann Walkinshaw in 1979...
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Shirley E. Trewhella

December 19, 1924 - October 4, 2019

Shirley E. Trewhella, 94, of Battle Creek, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Many knew Shirley as their piano teacher, as she taught piano for 62 years in Battle Creek. Shirley was born in Negaunee, Michigan to John and Emma Kutchie. In 1942, during WWII, she graduated from St Paul's High School in Negaunee, and then attended Marjorie Normal Teacher's...
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Marilyn M. Beronja

May 30, 1927 - October 3, 2019

Marilyn M. Beronja, 92, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Thursday evening, October 3, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on May 30, 1927, the daughter of Kenneth and Vera (Gibson) Minier and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1945. Marilyn worked in various secretarial positions over the years and retired from the Cook Vandervoort Christ & Fisher Law office in...
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Dale R."Randy" Johnson

August 14, 1945 - October 3, 2019

Dale R."Randy" Johnson of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Randy, age 74, passed away on Thursday October 3, 2019 at his home on Gull Lake surrounded by his loving family and friends. Dale was born August 14th, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Dale and Betty (Miller) Johnson. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1963 and received a...
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Lucy Mae (Rohlf) Wise

April 23, 1931 - October 1, 2019

Lucy Mae (Rohlf) Wise of Richland, MI Lucy, age 88, died Tuesday morning, October 1, 2019 at Medilodge of Westwood, Kalamazoo, MI following a long illness. Lucy was born in Bellevue, OH on April 23, 1931; was a 1949 graduate of Bellevue (OH) High School and the family moved to this area in 1973. She was a member of The Sweet Adelines. ...
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Carole Knibloe

June 21, 1936 - September 29, 2019

Carole R. Knibloe of Gull Lake (Augusta), MI Carole Knibloe, aged 83, died Sunday, September 29, 2019 at her home on Gull Lake, Michigan. The daughter of Glen and Vera (Strong) Rice, Carole was born in Traverse City, Michigan on June 21, 1936. Carole married Peter Gilbert Knibloe on December 29, 1957 at Kanley Chapel in Kalamazoo. She is survived by her husband...
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Richard Russell "Dick" Taylor

September 15, 1931 - September 29, 2019

Richard Russell "Dick" Taylor, 88 of Battle Creek died peacefully in his sleep, with his family at his side, on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Bronson Battle Creek. Dick was born September 15, 1931 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Russell B. and Marguerite A. (Rolfe) Taylor. He was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. After graduation from Argubright Business College, he...
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Paul Christopher Sutherland

June 1, 1980 - September 26, 2019

Paul Christopher Sutherland of Richland, MI Paul, age 39, died as a result of a moped accident on Thursday afternoon, September 26, 2019. Paul, the son of David R. and "Peggy" Margaret E. (Finnegan) Sutherland, was born in Lansing, MI on June 1, 1980. Inquisitive in everything, he chased life with an energy only a few could muster. For Paul this was his cruise control. As firstborn son to...
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Elizabeth "Liz" Hay

August 22, 1933 - September 26, 2019

Elizabeth A. "Liz" Hay, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday evening, September 26, 2019. She was born in Alpena, Michigan on August 22, 1933, the daughter of Glennard H. and Mary Frances (Rommel) Faber and graduated with the Battle Creek Central High School Class of 1951. Liz was employed for many years at the Kellogg Co. and Battle Creek Office Supply. Liz is survived by her...
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Jack Harrison Durren

September 11, 1925 - September 25, 2019

Jack Harrison Durren of Kalamazoo, MI Jack was born September 11,1925. He passed away September 25, 2019 at Upjohn Care and Rehab Center, where he resided for 6 years. He passed away peacefully with family at the bedside. The nursing staff was great and much appreciated. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Crystal, brother Richard, sister Joanne and his...
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Beulah Marie Hankey

April 4, 1925 - September 25, 2019

Beulah Marie Hankey, 94, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, September 25, 2019 at the Heritage Assisted Living. She was born in Battle Creek on April 4, 1925, the daughter of Leslie A. and Mary G. (James) Fisher and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1943. Beulah furthered her education at Kellogg Community College, and was employed six years at U.S....
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Donna Marie (Nye) Squires

October 27, 1929 - September 25, 2019

Donna Marie (Nye) Squires, 89, a lifelong Battle Creek, Michigan resident died peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at The Reflections. Donna was born October 27, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Frank and Marjorie (Soules) Nye. She was raised in Battle Creek and was a 1948 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Donna retired in 1991...
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Thomas C. West

July 18, 1947 - September 24, 2019

Thomas C. West, 72, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Tom was born July 18, 1947 in Battle Creek to Claude and Neta (White) West. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. He then started to learn his trade with his father's company before beginning his career as a plumber, working in the Battle Creek area for many years. Tom loved to fish and golf. He loved to...
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Jason John McCormick

May 14, 1974 - September 22, 2019

Jason John McCormick, age 45, of Springfield tragically passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 22, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on May 14, 1974, the son of Michael "Mike" and Glenda (Rexford) McCormick and graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1992. Jason worked at the Kellogg Co. for more than 15 years, was previously employed at Hayes Lemmerz, and was a member of...
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Jon Lee Miller

March 25, 1947 - September 22, 2019

Jon L. Miller, 72, of Battle Creek, died September 22, 2019. Jon was born in Coldwater, MI on March 25, 1947 to Keith Albert and Lila Marie (Cooper) Miller. In 1956, he moved to Marshall, where he was a 1966 graduate of Marshall High School. Jon was employed by the Eaton Corporation for 17 years and retired in 2009 from Johnson Controls, where he was employed for 19 years. Jon married...
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Hilda Mae Smith

March 17, 1924 - September 20, 2019

Hilda Mae Smith, age 95, of Kalamazoo passed away Friday afternoon, September 20, 2019 at the Plainwell Pines Nursing Center. She was born in Lake City, Michigan on March 17, 1924, the daughter of Hill and Henrietta (Denison) VanRiper. Hilda retired from Gull Lake Community Schools in 1984 after serving more than 23 years as school secretary at the Kellogg Elementary School. Hilda married...
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Ruby Ellen Edwards

March 10, 1927 - September 17, 2019

On September 17, 2019, Ruby Ellen Edwards, age 92, of Battle Creek went to be with her Heavenly Father and the "Love of Her Life", William Harold Edwards who preceded her in death on May 6, 2010, after 63 years of marriage. Ruby was born March 10, 1927 in Battle Creek to Fahm and Dorothy Mahmat and lived in Battle Creek her entire life. She was a machine operator and inspector at HB Sherman...
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Douglas Clayton Rodgers II.

August 14, 1948 - September 14, 2019

Douglas Clayton Rodgers, II., age 71, of Kalamazoo passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. He was born in Kalamazoo on August 14, 1948, and was the son of Douglas C. and Mary Rodgers. Douglas faithfully served two tours in Vietnam with the United States Army, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment "Tomahawks". During his service career, he was awarded...
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Eugene F. "Gene" Scullion

April 11, 1950 - September 14, 2019

Eugene F. "Gene" Scullion, 69, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at home with his family there to comfort him. Gene was born April 11, 1950 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Harry R. and Pauline ( Paulson) Scullion. He was a lifelong Battle Creek resident and a 1969 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central and was an accounting student at Western Michigan University for four years. At...
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Sheila Rae (Pratt) Cannatti

December 25, 1944 - September 13, 2019

Sheila Rae (Pratt) Canatti of Battle Creek, MI Sheila, age 74, died Friday morning, September 13, 2019 at the Marshall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Sheila was born December 25, 1944 in Northwood, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Ray & Mary (Landman) Pratt. She was raised in Grand Forks ND where she graduated from St. James High School and attended the University of North Dakota,...
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Deborah Ann "Deb" Calkins

August 23, 1951 - September 13, 2019

Deborah Ann "Deb" Calkins of Battle Creek, MI Deb passed away peacefully on September 13, 2019, surrounded by friends and family following a brief illness. Deb was born August 23, 1951, to Maurice (Bill) and Verbena Calkins, both of whom preceded her in death. Deb is survived by her sister Pamela Calkins, nephew Shane Thompson, and countless loving friends. Deb graduated from Battle...
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Norman Edward "Norm" Gapske

July 31, 1932 - September 13, 2019

NORMAN E. 'NORM' GAPSKE OF BATTLE CREEK, MI Norm passed away on Friday, September 13th, 2019. He was born in Alpena, Michigan on July 31, 1932 to parents, Emil and Alma (Hartman) Gapske. He was preceded in death by one sister at birth, both parents and one sister, Betty Gapske Keen. He is survived by his wife, Barbara L. (Blashill) Gapske, whom he married on July 3, 1958 in Gaylord,...
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Sharon Lorraine "Sherry" Dove

March 1, 1952 - September 13, 2019

Sharon Lorraine "Sherry" (Adrian) Dove, 67, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence after a brief illness. Sherry was born March 1, 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of William and Lorraine (Matlock) Adrian. She grew up in St. Louis and Battle Creek. Sherry graduated from Battle Creek Lakeview High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Until her...
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Joy Eileen (Lampman) Miles

February 13, 1929 - September 12, 2019

Joy E. Miles, 90 a lifelong Battle Creek resident went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 12, 2019, after her death at Fieldstone of Tecumseh Place, with her family and Hospice of Lenawee at her side. Joy was born Feb. 13, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Charles and Bertha (Mumford) Lampman. She was a 1947 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Joy was employed...
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Betty Ann (Rohrbacher) Mercer

August 26, 1920 - September 12, 2019

Betty Ann (Rohrbacher) Mercer, 99 of Battle Creek passed away September 12, 2019 at the Heritage Assisted Living. Betty was born August 26, 1920 in Buckland, Ohio the daughter of
 Clarence A. and Edith Opal (MacDonald) Rohrbacher. As a child, growing up in the Depression, her family relocated to various locations in Ohio and 
Michigan as employment directed. Her family eventually ended up...
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Marilyn J. Moody

July 4, 1935 - September 7, 2019

Marilyn Jean (Brown) Moody, 84, of Battle Creek passed away on September 7th 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family Marilyn was born July 4, 1935, the only daughter of Oris A. Brown and Elsie Elisabeth Springer (Brown) (Rogers). She was a 1954 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. While in high school, Marilyn worked at the S.S. Kresge Store in downtown Battle Creek. Marilyn...
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Mary Alice Smith-Stokes

December 12, 1944 - September 3, 2019

Mary Alice (Reighard) Smith-Stokes, 74, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Mary was born in Rhode Island on December 12, 1944 the daughter of Robert and Josephine Reighard. She grew up in Coldwater, Michigan since childhood and was a graduate of St. Charles Catholic School. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Siena Heights University. Mary retired from...
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Lola Evelyn (Rizor) Cosgrove

August 12, 1918 - September 1, 2019

Lola Evelyn (Rizor) Cosgrove, 101, died peacefully with family at her side at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Lola was born August 12, 1918, in Osceola County, the daughter of T. Clifton and Estella (Robinson) Rizor. She was raised in Battle Creek and was a 1937 graduate of Battle Creek High School. Lola attended Western State Teachers College (now...
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Roland H. Jefferson

April 21, 1930 - August 29, 2019

Roland H. Jefferson, 89, of Galesburg, died August 29, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Susan; four children, Stephen Bradt, Orlanda Jefferson, Jennifer (Matt) Parker and Jon (Joanne) Jefferson; 7 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Galesburg United...
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Frances Louise Van Wuffen

October 28, 1921 - August 29, 2019

Frances Louise Van Wuffen, age 97, of Battle Creek went to her Lord and Savior on Thursday afternoon, August 29, 2019. Frances, the daughter of James Edgar and Berl Bessie (Tasker) Cole, was born in Battle Creek on October 28, 1921. She was a lifetime resident, a 1939 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, and was employed at the Kellogg Company for more than 17 years. Frances...
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Roland Eugene "Rollie" Eckhart

January 31, 1934 - August 27, 2019

Roland Eugene "Rollie" Eckhart of Marshall, MI Roland passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI with his wife, Bonnie, at his side. Roland was born on January 31, 1934 to John and Helen (Russell) Eckhart in Battle Creek, MI and he graduated from W.K. Kellogg High School in 1952. After graduation, Roland...
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Sheri Lee Sedlacek

November 15, 1977 - August 24, 2019

God called his Angel, Sheri Lee (Lanko) Sedlacek home on Saturday August 24, 2019. She was 41, born November 15, 1977 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Johnny L. and Marjorie A. (Hardy) Lanko. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1997. She was currently employed by II Stanley as a Lab Technician. Shortly after high school Sheri married Greg Lovett which ended in...
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Treasa (Matsunalga) Pope

September 2, 1926 - August 24, 2019

Treasa Pope of Battle Creek, MI Treasa, age 92, died Saturday, August 24, 2019 with her loving family at her side. Treasa, was born in Japan and emigrated to the US in the mid-1950's. She was a member of the North Avenue Church of God, Battle Creek and a former member of the Y. Treasa enjoyed bowling; ceramics, sewing, and cake decorating for all and any...
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Theresa Julia (Sittig) Buckingham

June 2, 1935 - August 23, 2019

Theresa Julia (Sittig) Buckingham, 84, of Battle Creek died peacefully at her home Friday, August 23, 2019 surrounded by family, under the compassionate care of Southern Care Hospice. Theresa was born June 2, 1935 in Three Oaks, Michigan the daughter of Paul F. and Frances T. (Stuppi) Sittig. She was raised in Three Oaks and was a 1953 graduate of Three Oaks High School, moving to Battle Creek...
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Richard Frank "Rich" DeRuiter

March 27, 1942 - August 22, 2019

Richard Frank "Rich" DeRuiter, co-founder of Scene Magazine, of Battle Creek passed on Thursday evening, August 22, 2019 surrounded by his children at Elkhart General Hospital at the age of 77. He was born March 27, 1942 in Grand Rapids, MI to Tony and Verna E. (Strang) DeRuiter. Richard grew up in Grand Rapids. His post-graduate studies were completed at Kendall School of Design. ...
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June Coleen (Shasky) Simmons

August 20, 2019

June Coleen (Shasky) Simmons, 88, of Delton and Battle Creek died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. June was born in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Charles David and Helen O. (Fairchild) Shasky. A lifelong musician, June (Shasky) Simmons was born with perfect pitch and has played the piano from an early age, taking piano lessons from Pearl (Fairchild) Sprague,...
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Billy Keeler

October 29, 1942 - August 19, 2019

Billy Dewayne Keeler was born October 29, 1942 in Vestaburg, Michigan to Floyd Wayne Keeler and Sarah Genetta Synder Keeler. He was preceded in death by his father and mother and his older brother Bruce Wayne Keeler. Surviving are one brother, Edward Leroy; two sisters Suzie Heinrich (Ray) and Irene Tomas; his two sons Larry and Billy; two grandchildren Virginia and Steven and numerous nephews...
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Gregg Lee McChesney

June 10, 1955 - August 19, 2019

Gregg Lee McChesney of Richland, MI Gregg, age 64, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon, August 19, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI following a nine-day illness and with his loving family at his side. Gregg, the son of Clifton M. and Jane E. (Kauffman) McChesney, was born in Gary, IN on June 10, 1955 and moved to this area in 1980. He was a 1974...
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Susie Ann Lewis

February 8, 1933 - August 16, 2019

Susie (Fleming) Lewis of Battle Creek, MI Susie, age 86, died Friday morning, August 16, 2019 at her residence with her loving family at her side. Susie (Fleming) Lewis was born in Luxora Arkansas, the daughter of Fred and Lulaner Atkins. After the loss of her father, she and her mother moved to Illinois where Lulaner met and married Johnny Fleming who adopted Susie, moved the family to...
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Jerry Allen Baird

May 31, 1939 - August 15, 2019

Jerry Allen Baird, 80, of Springfield MI passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Battle Creek, MI on May 31, 1939 to Gates M. and Eugenia F (Baker) Baird. He attended WK Kellogg Agricultural High School in Hickory Corners, and later received his GED from Springfield High School. Jerry served in the Air...
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Bob N. Burt

March 18, 1927 - August 14, 2019

Bob N. Burt of University Park, IA and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Bob, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Bob was born on March 18, 1927 in Battle Creek, the son of George and Edith (Green) Burt. He married Betty Forman in 1946 and they divorced in 1959. Bob then married Rachel Guest in 1963 and they were married 43 years...
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Helen Mary Lajoie

June 9, 1930 - August 14, 2019

Helen Mary (Lapointe) Lajoie, 89, passed away Wednesday evening August 14, 2019 in Battle Creek. Helen was born on June 9, 1930 in Chicopee, Massachusetts to Edward and Lillian LaPointe. She graduated in 1947 from The Holy Name of Jesus (All Girls) High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Helen was united in marriage to Robert "Bob" Henry Lajoie (deceased 2018) on December 30, 1950 in...
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Kenneth "Ken" Edwin Lukavsky

October 21, 1941 - August 12, 2019

Kenneth "Ken" Edwin Lukavsky, age 77, of Holt, Michigan passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019. Ken was born October 21, 1941 in Washington, Iowa to Edwin and Anna (Harbit) Lukavsky. Left to cherish his memory are his sons Joseph (Sandy) of Montebello, New York; Thomas (Heidi) of St Louis, Missouri; Timothy (Stacie), of Charlotte, North Carolina; Robert (Lindsay) Lukavsky of Mason, Michigan;...
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Alfred Hamady, M.D.

June 5, 1924 - August 11, 2019

Dr. Alfred Hamady, M.D., age 95, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, August 11, 2019 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia on June 5, 1924 to Emil and Adela Hamady and came to the U.S. in 1935 at the age of 10. Alfred attended school in Peekskill, N.Y., graduated from Columbia University, served in the Navy in WWII in a neuropsychiatric unit...
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Charles W. Watt

June 19, 1944 - August 10, 2019

Charles W. Watt, 75, of Battle Creek, died August 10, 2019. Charles was born June 19, 1944 in California to Wayne and Dorothy (Newson) Watt. He graduated from high school and went on to work in the Local #333 as a pipefitter for more than 45 years. Charles was a black belt in karate in his younger years. He loved to tinker and work on things in the garage and was a big Harley Davidson...
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Floyd "Art" Mabus

March 15, 1934 - August 1, 2019

Floyd A. "Art" Mabus, age 85, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, August 1, 2019. He was born in Union City, Michigan on March 15, 1934, the loving son of Guy and Charlotte (McCracken) Mabus. Art graduated from Union City High School and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. He retired from the...
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Arthur D. "Art" Williams

August 24, 1973 - July 31, 2019

Arthur D. "Art" Williams, age 45, of Galesburg died Wednesday evening, July 31, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on August 24, 1973, the son of Arthur and Bertha (Murray) Williams. Arthur graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School. As a child, he ran Galesburg Septic with his dad. After graduating high school, he went to work at Merco's in Plainwell and then at Hi-Lex in Fort Custer and...
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Keith Clair Kyser

August 30, 1937 - July 30, 2019

Keith Clair Kyser, 81, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died at home on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Keith was born August 30, 1937 in Battle Creek, the son of Milton and Eva (Palmer) Kyser. He was a 1955 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Keith was employed for 43 years in the ink (printing) business and retired from IPI after 23 years on August 31, 1999 Keith Clair Kyser married...
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Brandon Tyler Harris

December 4, 1988 - July 28, 2019

Brandon Tyler Harris, 30, of Battle Creek left this world on Sunday, July 28, 2019, when an accident claimed his life. This happened while he was doing what he loved most, spending time with his family and friends. Brandon was born December 4, 1988 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Dean Edwin and Alesha Corinne (Stout) Harris, Jr. He was a 2007 graduate of Harper Creek High School where...
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Linda Sue Darr

December 26, 1947 - July 27, 2019

Linda Sue (Robertson) Darr Dec. 26, 1947 - July 27, 2019 On July 27, 2019, surrounded by her loving family, Linda was finally able to rest after a long, hard, well fought battle with cancer. Linda will be remembered by many for her huge, loving heart. Her kind and gentle soul. Her unbreakable strength, strong faith, bright blue eyes and beautiful smile. On most sunny days, you could...
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Bryon Lynn DeRushia

August 12, 1964 - July 26, 2019

Bryon Lynn DeRushia, age 54, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Bronson Hospital in Battle Creek. He was born in Battle Creek on August 12, 1964, the son of Lynn and Mary Ann DeRushia. Bryon graduated from Lakeview High School in 1982 and began his long and successful career in the electrical trades. He was employed for many years...
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Danette DeLove (Lind) Birch

July 22, 1940 - July 26, 2019

Danette DeLove (Lind) Birch, age 79 of Leonidas, MI died on July 26th at Bronson Hospital in Battle Creek after a brief illness. Danette was born July 22, 1940 to Harold Gust and Wilma DeLove (Rizor) Lind. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1958, married Elwood Martin "Woody" Bowers on July 6, 1958 and started a life as a Navy wife. Together Danette and Woody had eight...
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Melissa M. Gaw

August 9, 1965 - July 22, 2019

Melissa Mae Gaw, 53, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. She was born on August 9, 1965, daughter of Lewis Lake and Sharon (Gibson) Lake. Melissa graduated from Bellevue High School in 1984. After high school she joined the workforce but she found her passion with photography at the Meijer and Walmart photo centers. Melissa...
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Dale William Aldrich

May 25, 1930 - July 20, 2019

Dale William Aldrich of Battle Creek, MI Dale, age 89, died Saturday morning, July 20, 2019 at Heritage Assisted Living, Battle Creek, MI. Dale, the son of Bernal L. and Leona M. (Hayes) Aldrich, was born in Battle Creek on May 25, 1930; was a lifetime area resident and a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He served his Country honorably and nobly...
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Ruth Lucille Lenardson (Brown) Runyan

October 3, 1920 - July 16, 2019

Ruth Lucille Lenardson (Brown) Runyan formerly of Venice, FL Ruth, age 98, passed away peacefully July 16, 2019, having lived a life of faithfulness and devotion to family and friends. Born October 3, 1920 in Gobles, Michigan where she married Frank James Lenardson, her husband of 37 years, until his passing in 1977. Together, they owned and operated The Good Design Shop...
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Dale Douglas Greene

December 9, 1945 - July 15, 2019

Dale Douglas Greene of Richland, MI Dale, age 73, died on July 15, 2019. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on December 9, 1945 to the late Donald Greene and Mildred (Mitchell) Greene. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1964, thereafter he went on to get several associates degrees in different professions, as he was a man of many trades who loved to learn. Dale served his...
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Daniel James "Dane" Varga

November 3, 1968 - July 15, 2019

Dan was born November 3, 1968 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Dana Andrew and Christine Kay (Kipp) Varga. He was a graduate of Harper Creek High School. He was formerly employed at Koyo, where he took a medical retirement. He recently enjoyed doing small engine repair for a local hardware store. Surviving are his son, Tyler James Varga (23); daughter, Areell M. Varga (19); brother,...
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Julie Mae Wells

October 16, 1960 - July 13, 2019

Julie Mae Wells, age 58, Battle Creek, departed this life to be with her Lord on Saturday
, July 13, 2019. Julie was born in Battle Creek on October 16, 1960, the daughter of Rufus P. Wines and his beloved wife Flora M. (McClain) Wines. Julie, known by most as Mama Julie or Aunt JuJu, touched the lives of everyone she met. She will be remembered by all, as the woman that could accomplish...
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Dean Thomas "Tom" Johnson

October 23, 1943 - July 13, 2019

Dean Thomas "Tom" Johnson, 75, of Dowling, MI passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, July 13th, 2019 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and entertained those who knew him with his unique humor. Tom was born in Milwaukee, WI, October 23, 1943, the son of William and Beatrice Johnson. After graduating from Nicolet High School in Fox...
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Mary Margo (Grose) Lepper

May 12, 1938 - July 11, 2019

Mary Margo (Grose) Lepper, 81, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at her home, with her family at her side, on Thursday, July 11, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on May 12, 1938, the daughter of Russell J. and Emma V. (Dell) Grose. Mary graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and received an RN Degree from Kellogg Community College. She was employed as a nurse at the...
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Earl Henry Smith, Jr.

February 19, 1955 - July 9, 2019

Earl Henry Smith, Jr. age 64, of Marshall passed away Tuesday morning, July 9, 2019. He was born in Oakland, California on February 19, 1955 the son of Earl Henry II. and Mary E. (Bare) Smith. Earl was preceded in death by the "Love of His Life", his wife, Debra L. (Sommers) Smith on January 8, 2017; and his father, Earl Smith II. He is survived by his children, Earl (Mary) Smith, III. of...
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Helen Margaret (Gries) Walker

September 27, 1930 - July 9, 2019

Helen M. Walker, 88, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer's / Dementia problems. Helen was born September 27, 1930 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of William F. and Hannelia (Halloran) Gries. She graduated from Wayland High School and attended Davenport Business College. She met the love of...
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Michael Ray "Mike" Clayborn

February 18, 1947 - July 8, 2019

Michael Ray "Mike" Clayborn of Marshall, MI Mike Clayborn, age 72, died Monday afternoon, July 8, 2019, at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall following a brief illness. Mike was born in Marshall on February 18, 1947, to William and Georgia (Olds) Clayborn. He was a lifetime resident of Marshall and a 1965 graduate of Marshall High School. Mike was united in marriage to...
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Joseph Crockett "Joe" Wharton, III

September 5, 1946 - July 7, 2019

Joseph Crockett "Joe" Wharton, III of Battle Creek, MI Joe, age 72, died unexpectedly Sunday Morning, July 7, 2019 at his residence. Joe, the son of Joseph Crockett and Thelma Maxine (Davis) Wharton, II, was born in Chicago, IL September 5, 1946 and moved to this area in 1956. He served his Country Honorably and Nobly during the Vietnam War as a...
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Ann F. Lemaire

March 12, 1937 - July 5, 2019

Ann F. Lemaire passed away peacefully on July 5. Ann spent her 82 years spreading graciousness, joy and good cheer to all that she met, wherever they were. Ann was born on March 12, 1937 in Fall River, Massachusetts, the daughter of Rita Lord Rapoza and Horace Rapoza. She married Normand Lemaire in Holy Name Church in Fall River on September 7, 1957. They were married just shy of 62 years. ...
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Peggy Ann Michael

October 23, 1952 - July 2, 2019

Peggy Ann Michael, age 66, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, July 2, 2019 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Battle Creek on October 23, 1952, the loving daughter of Floyd R. and Evelyn R. (Craw) Palmer and graduated from Harper Creek High School with the Class of 1970. Peggy worked for many years at Nottke's Bowling Alley and retired from Sam's Club....
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Dewey Eugene Taylor

March 27, 1943 - July 1, 2019

Dewey Eugene Taylor of Richland, MI Dewey, age 76, died Monday morning, July 1, 2019 at his residence and with his loving family at his side. Dewey , the son of David C. and Junie (Stephens) Taylor, was born in Jewell Ridge, VA and moved to this area in 1971. He served his Country honorably and nobly during the Vietnam War in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant with...
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Chloe Marie Woodward

June 4, 2019 - June 29, 2019

Chloe Marie Woodward was born June 4, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital and passed away peacefully in her parents' arms at home in Portage, MI on June 29, 2019. In her brief time here on Earth she was loved by everyone who met her, and many who didn't get the chance. Chloe is the beloved daughter of Brandon and Rebecca Woodward, sister to Olivia Woodward, granddaughter to William and Michele...
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Ruth V. Brown

May 9, 1928 - June 27, 2019

Ruth Vada (Pieper) Brown, died Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Bickford Cottage. She was born on May 9, 1928, in Toledo, Ohio to Alvin H. and Hazel G. Pieper. The youngest of five children, Ruth graduated from Libby High School, during which time, she studied music at the Toledo Conservatory of Music. After graduation, she attended Spring Arbor College, where she would meet her future husband,...
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Larry "Blue" Williams

July 12, 1954 - June 24, 2019

Larry "Blue" Williams age 64, of Lansing, Michigan departed this life and went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 24, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on July 12, 1954, the son of Beulah Mae Williams. Larry was a strong and caring person who loved his family dearly. He greatly loved and admired his niece, nephews, and his special nieces, Coriah Williams and Tracy LeBlanc. Larry would...
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