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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

Arthur Earl Clayman

September 14, 1938 - November 30, 2016

Arthur Earl Clayman, 78, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Arthur was born September 14, 1938 in Eckford, Michigan to Lester and Martha (Reagle) Clayman. He attended high school in Florida, returned to Michigan and went to work. He retired as a printer from St. Regis Paper Company, where he was employed for 33 years. Art then worked as a manager...
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Louis G. Sari

March 16, 1924 - November 29, 2016

Louis G. Sari, age 92, of Bellevue, NE, and formerly of Battle Creek died Tuesday, November 29, 2016. He was born in Bellevue, MI on March 16, 1924, the loving son of Louis and Julia (Folenta) Sari and attended St. Philip Catholic High School. Louis served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1943 – 1946, and retired from the Kellogg Co. in 1987. In 1948, Louis married...
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Charles T. "Charlie" Stocker

September 2, 1935 - November 28, 2016

Charles T. Stocker, affectionately known as Charlie, passed away on November 28, at the age of 81, following a recurrence of bladder cancer. While we are saddened by his passing, we are comforted to know that he is now at peace and reunited with his beloved wife, Martha, who died in June. Charlie was a bright, kindhearted soul. He was a man of many actions and very few words. Charlie was born...
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Ruth E. O'Dell

June 17, 1923 - November 26, 2016

Ruth Elizabeth O'Dell passed away peacefully on the morning of November 26, 2016, at the age of 93. Ruth was born June 17,1923, in Bellevue, Ml, to Faith and Howard Moon, and grew up in Marshall, Ml as the oldest of nine children. She was preceded in death by siblings Richard, Charles, Lucille, Cecil and June; she is survived by Kent Moon of Marshall, Janet Walker of Battle Creek, and Robert ...
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Collin James Rose

November 23, 2016

Officer Collin James Rose, age 29, passed away on November 23, 2016. Collin leaves behind his lovely fiancé, Nicole Salgot, parents; Randy and Karen Rose, brother, Curtis, Grandma, Margaret Rysz, Grandpa, Clifford Rose, Aunts and Uncles; Debbie (Fred) Winkler, Diana (Robert) Shafer and David (Cheryl) Rose, in laws; Cheryl (Steve) Salgot, brothers in law; Mark (Karen Light) Poulter and Matt...
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Braxton Avery James VanSoder

November 22, 2016 - November 22, 2016

Infant Braxton Avery James VanScoder, of Battle Creek, was stillborn on Thursday, November 22, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was the adored son of Sheena Marie Metzger and Timothy James VanScoder. In addition to his parents Braxton is also survived by two sisters, Alyssa and Alicia VanScoder; a brother, Blake VanScoder; maternal grandparents, Greg and Tammy Metzger; paternal grandmother,...
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Eric Lee Anderson

June 2, 1989 - November 21, 2016

Eric Lee Anderson was called Home to eternal peace on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the age of 27. Eric was born in Kalamazoo, MI on June 2, 1989 to Mark and Patty (Dembczynski) Anderson. Eric graduated from Gull Lake High School in 2008. He attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and George Washington Community College in Chicago. He lived in Chicago, IL and recently moved back home to...
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Fredrick Lee "Fred" Murray

November 24, 1943 - November 18, 2016

Fredrick Lee Murray of Kalamazoo, MI Fred, age 72, died Friday, November 18, 2016. Fred was born on November 24, 1943 in Battle Creek, MI, to Mike and Mary (Day) Murray. He worked for thirty two years at General Motors in Kalamazoo. He was known to many as a kind and gentle man. He loved to watch his children and grandchildren's sporting events,...
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Suzanne DiVitto

November 17, 1918 - November 15, 2016

Suzanne (Triana) DiVitto, 97, of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday November 15, 2016 in her home surrounded by family. She suffered complications brought on by Polycythemia Vera, a rare blood disorder. She was born November 17, 1918 in Battle Creek, MI. Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents Lazor and Krista Risteff and her son, Robin Joseph DeRushia. Suzanne lived her entire...
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Carol Ann (Wrench) Healy

October 21, 1934 - November 15, 2016

Carol Ann (Wrench) Healy of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Richland, MI A loving Wife and Mother, Carol, age 82, died Tuesday afternoon, November 15, 2106 at Borgess Gardens, Kalamazoo after a courageous 4-month battle with cancer. Carol, the daughter of Alfred and Isabelle (Sauve) Wrench, was born in Kalamazoo on October 21,...
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Eric J. Cornell

November 6, 1960 - November 14, 2016

Eric Joseph Cornell, 56, died Monday, November 14th, 2016 in his hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan. Eric was born in Battle Creek in 1960 to the late Joe and Ann Cornell. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Cornell. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1979, where he was a standout wrestler winning a city championship. He was employed by Regional...
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Connie Lynn Schoonard

April 5, 1958 - November 12, 2016

Connie Lynn Schoonard, 58, of Delton, passed away suddenly on November 12, 2016 in Kalamazoo County. She was born Connie Thiessen in Battle Creek, Michigan on April 5, 1958 to Chester and Donna Thiessen of East Leroy. Connie and her husband of 34 years, Timothy L. Schoonard, also of Delton were parents of seven children. Connie worked together with her husband Timothy in their family...
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Harry "Skip" Bowker

December 31, 1933 - November 10, 2016

Harry R. "Skip" Bowker, 82, of Richland, died November 10, 2016. Skip was born December 31, 1933 in Charleston Township to Loyal and Cora (Machin) Bowker. He graduated from Richland High School. Skip went to work immediately in the electrical business. He became a master electrician and contractor, eventually owner and operator of Bowker & Sons Electric. Skip had many hobbies. He was...
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Florence Irene (Fromme) Keitel Weller

August 26, 1926 - November 10, 2016

Florence Keitel Weller, age 90, passed away on November 10, 2016 at Bickford Cottage, after a long journey through Alzheimer's disease. Named after her two maternal aunts, Florence Irene Fromme was born August 26, 1926 in Dayton, KY to Herbert H. and Elma L. (Osborn) Fromme. Known as Flossie to family and childhood friends, she was the adored first grandchild and niece on both sides of the family...
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Jack M. Smith

November 22, 1940 - November 9, 2016

Jack M. Smith, 75, of Battle Creek, the former longtime owner/operator of Smith Trucking died Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Jack was born November 22, 1940 in Monterey, Tennessee to Orville C. and Maudie L. (McCowan) Smith. As a small child, he moved with his family to Battle Creek. Jack grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Central High School. Jack honorably served his country...
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Annie S. (Chilton) Uldriks

September 22, 1919 - November 9, 2016

Annie S. Uldriks, 97, of Battle Creek died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on November 9, 2016. Annie was born September 22, 1919 in Allons, Tennessee to Elba Ettis and Nanny May (Glidewell) Chilton. In 1922 Annie moved with her family to Mangum, OK, then back to Allons, TN in 1925; and in 1941 she moved to Battle Creek, MI, where she has resided since. She was employed by Post...
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Molly Grace Matthews

February 14, 2013 - November 5, 2016

Molly Grace Matthews of Portage, MI Purple. Our little Princess loved purple. Anything PURPLE! Purple toys, purple clothes, purple juice! And now she plays in the folds of the royal purple robes of her Super Hero and best friend, Jesus. Our precious angel, Molly Grace went to Heaven early on Saturday morning, November 5, 2016 at the age of 3 ½...
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Jeffrey Philip Kerwin

September 28, 1950 - November 3, 2016

Jeffrey Philip Kerwin, 66, of Bellevue, Michigan died at Bronson Battle Creek on Thursday, November 3, 2016. He was born September 28, 1950 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Richard and Patricia (Harvey) Kerwin. Jeff grew up on Battle Creek's west side, was a 1968 graduate of Gull Lake High School and earned two Associate Degrees from Kellogg Community College. Jeff retired in 2010 from Sears,...
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June E. Conklin

June 21, 1924 - November 3, 2016

June E. Conklin, 92, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility early in the morning on November 3, 2016. She was born in Battle Creek on June 21, 1924, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Chantrenne) Wygant. June was a 1942 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She married Frank B. Conklin on June 24, 1943 in Monterey, California where Frank was stationed...
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George Ernest Finney

July 12, 1932 - November 2, 2016

George Ernest Finney, 84, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died in South Haven in the care of Heartland Hospice on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. George was born July 12, 1932 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Harlo and Lulu May (Collyer) Finney. He retired as an in-town truck driver for Post Division of General Foods, where he was employed for 36 years.. George was formerly married to...
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Edwin Hugh Stiles

October 21, 1942 - November 2, 2016

Edwin Hugh Stiles passed on November 2nd at his home in Howell, Michigan surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 21st 1942 in Franklin, NC and moved to Battle Creek, Michigan as a young boy. Hugh was the oldest of six children. His parents Edwin Thomas and Willa Mae Stiles preceded him in death. He is survived by the love of his life, Susan (Munster) Stiles. They were married...
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Diana Joy Perry

March 3, 1949 - November 2, 2016

Diana Joy Perry, 67, of Ceresco, died November 2, 2016 at her home after a lengthy illness. Diana was born March 3, 1949 in Battle Creek to Robert and Donelda (Winans) Petts. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and went on to work as a credit manager at G.H.S. Corporation for 34 years, before her retirement in 2012. Diana enjoyed doing crafts and had various collections of...
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Barbara J. Cook

April 24, 1933 - November 1, 2016

Barbara J. Cook, 83, of Battle Creek, died November 1, 2016. Barbara was born April 24, 1933 in Newark, OH to Harry and Florence (Loy) Crist. She graduated high school and worked as a food manager at K.F.C. for a lengthy time and also Battle Creek Public Schools for a number of years. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, reading and going to the casino. Barbara is survived by her daughter,...
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Colleen P. (Powers) Koestner

October 1, 1931 - October 31, 2016

Colleen P. (Powers) Koestner of Portage, MI Colleen, age 85, died Monday afternoon, October 31, 2016 at her residence with her loving family by her side. Colleen, the daughter of Harry J. and Gay B. (Conroy) Powers, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on October 1, 1931. She faithfully served her church and community for many years. ...
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Betty J. Duncan

November 20, 1921 - October 29, 2016

Betty J. Duncan, age 94, of Battle Creek, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016. She was born on November 20, 1921, the first baby born at Culbertson Hospital in Rushville, IL. Betty was the daughter of Lee J. and Eva Mae (Herche) McClelland and grew up in Mt. Sterling, IL. Betty married her high school sweetheart, Richard K. Duncan in Mt. Sterling, IL on December 24, 1940; he sadly...
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Ross Thomas Griffith

August 4, 1925 - October 28, 2016

Ross Thomas Griffith, age 91, of Hickory Corners unexpectedly passed away Friday evening, October 28, 2016  He was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 4, 1925, the son of Edwin T. and Sarah (Temme) Griffith.  Ross faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, and served the Richland community as co-owner of The Cabinetry Store in Richland for...
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Paul E. Rice

March 28, 1923 - October 28, 2016

Paul E. Rice, age 93, of Augusta, died Friday afternoon, October 28, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living in Battle Creek. He was born March 28, 1923 to Harry B. and Chloe (May) Rice in Paintsville, Kentucky. After graduating High School, Paul enlisted in the United States Army and served during WWII in the Panama Canal Zone. After being discharged from the service, he attended Western Michigan...
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Harold James March

January 3, 1946 - October 28, 2016

Harold James March, 70, of Ceresco, Michigan died Heartland Health Care on Friday, October 28, 2016. Harold was born January 3, 1946 in Jackson, Michigan to Clifford Henry and Betty Jean (Goodman) March. Harold grew up in Marshall and lived in the area his entire life. He was employed at Sackrider Farms for 43 years. Harold married Mary Jo Courtright on March 17, 1972. Sadly he was...
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Evelyn Marie Ruble

July 30, 1923 - October 28, 2016

Evelyn Marie Ruble, 93, of Battle Creek, MI peacefully passed away on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Pennfield Premier Living in Battle Creek, MI. She was born July 30, 1923 in Milford, Iowa to Everett Boyd and Florence Opal (Ferguson) Neil. Evelyn grew up in Iowa, attended school and then attended a business college for a secretarial degree. Evelyn married Manley Eugene Ruble on October 2,...
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Stanley E. "Skip" Phillips

May 1, 1936 - October 28, 2016

Stanley E. "Skip" Phillips of Richland, MI Skip, age 80 and former Richland Township Fire Chief, died Friday morning, October 28, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI with his loving family at his side. Skip, the son of Dan A. and Lena (Boven) Phillips, was born in Richland on May 1, 1936; was a lifetime resident and 1955 graduate of...
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Christopher A. "Chris" Craft

November 4, 1942 - October 27, 2016

Christopher A. "Chris" Craft, age 73, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, October 27, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek after a short battle with Cancer. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan on November 4, 1942, the son of Bruce and Grace (Klein) Craft. Chris was raised by his maternal grandmother, Isabel Klein in Battle Creek, where he lived his entire life, and graduated...
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Mary Kay (Baker) Rimkus

October 20, 1942 - October 27, 2016

Mary Kay Rimkus, 74, of Battle Creek died at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Mary was born October 20, 1942 in DeKalb, Illinois to Maurice Matteson and Margaret (Holliday) Baker. She grew up in DeKalb and was a 1960 graduate of DeKalb High School. Mary swept a young man, Robert Frank Rimkus, attending Northern Illinois University off his feet. Mary and Bob...
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Kenneth H. "Ken" Pritchard

February 21, 1955 - October 25, 2016

Kenneth H. "Ken" Pritchard of Delton, MI Ken, age 61, died Tuesday morning, October 25, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, following a brief illness and with his loving wife, Keri at his side. Ken, the son of William and Gertrude (De Mink) Pritchard, was born in Kalamazoo on February 21, 1955, and a 1973...
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Dennis Dean Giver

June 8, 1948 - October 23, 2016

Dennis Dean Giver, age 68, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, October 23, 2016. Dennis was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 8, 1948, the son of Kenneth W. and Marilyn J. (Smith) Giver and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. Throughout the years, Dennis enjoyed working on many types of cars & trucks. He also enjoyed playing practical...
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Betty A. Masters

April 19, 1921 - October 21, 2016

The ever-jubilant Betty A. Masters of Battle Creek, Ml sadly passed away on Oct 21, 2016 at Bickford Cottage. After 95 years, and still sharp, she'll now be with the Lord and playing cards with her husband Charlie in heaven. Betty was born in Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on April 19,1921, the daughter of Cecelia (Pennell) and Samuel George Hodgson. She graduated from Murrum...
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James Joseph "Jim" Clancy

December 29, 1960 - October 20, 2016

James Joseph "Jim" Clancy of Richland, MI Jim, age 55, passed away Thursday evening October 20, 2016 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI with his loving family at his side. Jim, the son of Harry K. and Patricia A. (Coghlan) Clancy, was born in Battle Creek, MI on December 29, 1960 and was a lifetime resident of the area. ...
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Carolyn E. Jones

February 26, 1936 - October 19, 2016

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

July 5, 1927 - October 18, 2016

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

October 8, 1951 - October 15, 2016

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

June 23, 1928 - October 11, 2016

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

October 22, 1932 - October 11, 2016

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

April 22, 1930 - October 11, 2016

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

March 31, 1927 - October 10, 2016

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

July 19, 1927 - October 8, 2016

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

September 22, 1943 - October 8, 2016

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

July 26, 1921 - October 7, 2016

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

June 13, 1921 - October 6, 2016

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

June 30, 1940 - October 6, 2016

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

April 11, 1930 - October 6, 2016

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

October 22, 1929 - October 5, 2016

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

June 10, 1940 - October 5, 2016

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

January 4, 1941 - October 4, 2016

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

October 2, 1932 - October 3, 2016

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

October 13, 1937 - October 3, 2016

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

February 1, 1998 - October 3, 2016

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

January 21, 1915 - October 1, 2016

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

June 1, 1933 - September 30, 2016

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

October 12, 1948 - September 28, 2016

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

November 7, 1927 - September 27, 2016

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

October 6, 1935 - September 27, 2016

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

January 21, 1935 - September 25, 2016

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

September 27, 1917 - September 23, 2016

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

August 2, 1932 - September 22, 2016

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

October 26, 1952 - September 22, 2016

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

June 28, 1983 - September 18, 2016

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

June 10, 1914 - September 16, 2016

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

February 8, 1936 - September 13, 2016

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

August 18, 1939 - September 12, 2016

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

April 28, 1948 - September 12, 2016

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

June 22, 1995 - September 10, 2016

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

June 14, 1938 - September 8, 2016

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

October 5, 1939 - September 7, 2016

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

March 22, 1941 - September 6, 2016

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

September 5, 2016

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

October 5, 1921 - September 4, 2016

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

December 13, 1918 - September 3, 2016

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

November 26, 1958 - August 31, 2016

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

October 21, 1935 - August 30, 2016

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

September 21, 1921 - August 29, 2016

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

August 16, 1929 - August 29, 2016

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

March 14, 1925 - August 28, 2016

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

July 15, 1923 - August 26, 2016

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

February 21, 1927 - August 25, 2016

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

January 2, 1963 - August 23, 2016

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

September 2, 1936 - August 23, 2016

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

February 28, 1922 - August 19, 2016

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

August 19, 2016

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

April 24, 1963 - August 15, 2016

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

December 20, 1924 - August 15, 2016

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

July 23, 1929 - August 14, 2016

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

February 17, 1927 - August 13, 2016

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

February 23, 1916 - August 13, 2016

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

June 27, 1931 - August 12, 2016

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

December 27, 1924 - August 12, 2016

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

October 17, 1948 - August 12, 2016

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

December 19, 1931 - August 7, 2016

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

July 12, 1929 - August 6, 2016

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

March 3, 1963 - August 4, 2016

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

July 11, 1927 - August 3, 2016

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

October 20, 1946 - August 2, 2016

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