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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

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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Deborah Ann "Debbie" Calkins

August 23, 1951 - September 13, 2019

DEBORAH ANN "DEBBIE" CALKINS OF BATTLE CREEK, MI Debbie, age 68, died unexpectedly Friday morning, September 13, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, MI following a stroke ten days ago. Debbie's family will greet friends on Wednesday, September 18th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. The Memorial...
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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. A full obituary will be published here. If you have any questions prior to that, please call us at 269-962-5527. Joy's family will receive friends 4:00-8:00 pm Monday, September 23,...
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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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Stanley R. Mann

June 11, 1948 - June 23, 2019

Stanley R. Mann, 71 of Battle Creek, MI, formerly of Burnsville, MN and Luverne, MN died June 23, 2019 in the compassionate care of the Laurels of Bedford Nursing Home after a long battle with dementia. Stan was born June 11, 1948 in Luverne, MN to Robert and Alice (Iveland) Mann. He proudly attended one of the last one room school houses in MN. He received his BS in Physical Education in 1971...
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Wilbur C. Islam

October 3, 1928 - June 22, 2019

Wilbur C. Islam, 90,of Battle Creek, died Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Gull Arbor AFC, Richland. He was born October 3, 1928 in Battle Creek the son of Sam and Alice (Heim) Islam and attended Battle Creek Central High School, graduating in 1946. He started working at Post Cereals after graduation and was drafted into the U.S. Army, a veteran of the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart and...
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Clifford L. Martin

May 1, 1926 - June 22, 2019

Clifford L. Martin, age 93, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, June 22, 2019. He was born at his family home in Battle Creek on May 1, 1926, the loving son of John and Clara (Hendrixson) Martin. Clifford faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy during WWII. He retired from the Kellogg Company in 1988 after more than 27 years of service, and...
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Orma D. Kissinger

May 13, 1935 - June 21, 2019

Orma D. Kissinger, 84, of Battle Creek, died June 21, 2019 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. Orma was born May 13, 1935 in Battle Creek to Luther and Alice (Bailey) Dolphin. Orma loved doing work book puzzles, playing solitaire and crocheting. Orma devoted her entire life to raising her children. She is survived by her five children, Tammy PaPorte, Alice Stanton, Sandra Dubay, Luther...
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Kevin Leo Tourjie

February 9, 1953 - June 21, 2019

Kevin Leo Tourjie of Battle Creek, MI Kevin, age 66, died Saturday morning, June 22, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Kevin, the son of George and Geraldine (Hens) Tourjie, Jr., was born in Kenmore, NY on February 9, 1953. He served his Country honorably and nobly after graduating high school in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War aboard...
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Harley J. Disbrow, Jr.

February 3, 1929 - June 19, 2019

Harley J. Disbrow, Jr., 90, of Augusta, died Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at his residence. Harley was born February 3, 1929 in Battle Creek to Harley and Dorothy (Wing) Disbrow. He graduated from Kellogg High School and went on to work at Clark Equipment as a draftsman engineer for many years until his retirement in 1985. Harley married the former Dorrene Hill in 1948. The couple enjoyed 45...
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Esther E. (Walter) Crail

February 16, 1932 - June 18, 2019

Esther E. (Walter) Crail of Battle Creek, MI Esther, age 87, died Tuesday morning, June 18, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek after a month stay and with her loving family at her side. Esther, the daughter of Wayne A. and Blenn L. (Day) Walter, was born in Battle Creek on February 16, 1932; was a lifelong resident and 1950 graduate of...
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Adeline T. Steffel

June 24, 1921 - June 17, 2019

Adeline (Addie) Therese Steffel, nee Safranski, age 97, Spring Lake resident passed away June 17, 2019. She was born June 24, 1921 to the late John (a.k.a. Jeff) and Josephine Safranski, nee Mankowski, in Chicago, Illinois. Beloved wife of 49 years to the late Vern J. Steffel, Sr. She is survived by her four children; Jeff Steffel (Pam) of Springport, Michigan, Vern, Jr. Steffel (Cindy) of...
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Cicelia Hicks

April 4, 1953 - June 16, 2019

Cicelia Hicks, age 66, of Bellevue passed away unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, June 16, 2019. She was born in Muskegon, Michigan on April 4, 1953, the daughter of Cecelia Lillie Young and graduated from Hastings High School. Cicelia owned and operated Pride & Joy Day Care in Bellevue for more than 18 years and previously had worked at United Steel & Wire and was most recently employed at Dean...
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Sandra Eileen (Ashbaugh) "Sandy" Davis

March 17, 1947 - June 13, 2019

Sandra Eileen "Sandy" Davis of Battle Creek, MI Sandy, age 72, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, June 13, 2019 at her residence. Sandy, the daughter of Donald and Dorothy (Sweitzer) Ashbaugh, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 17, 1947; was a 1965 graduate of Portage High School and was a Battle Creek area resident. She retired in 2007 as a Calibration...
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Steven G. Vaughan

December 12, 1952 - June 12, 2019

Steven G. Vaughan, 66, a lifetime Battle Creek, Michigan resident and co-owner of Safeway Transit, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Steve was born December 12, 1952 in Battle Creek, the son of Richard Earl and Jean Elizabeth (Shell) Vaughan. He was a 1971 graduate of Lakeview High School and received his Associate Degree from Northwood Institute in Automotive...
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James Elmer "Jim" Moorehead, Jr.

January 8, 1962 - June 11, 2019

James Elmer "Jim" Moorehead, Jr. of Springfield, MI Jim, age 57, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday morning, June 11, 2019 from pancreatic cancer. He was born January 8, 1962 to James, Sr. and Nancy (Hornback) Moorehead in Battle Creek, MI. James attended Springfield High School until late in his senior year and graduated from Lakeview Adult Night School. He...
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David Lawrence "Dave" Mahoney

September 29, 1941 - June 8, 2019

David Lawrence Mahoney, 77, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Evergreen Manor, after an 18 year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Dave was born September 29, 1941 in Jackson, Michigan the son of John Herman and Lorna Evelyn (Friday) Mahoney. He grew up in Jackson where Dave was a 1959 graduate of Jackson High School. Dave graduated from Michigan State University...
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Betty Rae (West) Horsfall

December 2, 1922 - June 6, 2019

Betty Rae (West) Horsfall of Kalamazoo, MI Betty was born in Pixley Township, Clay County, IL on December 2, 1922 to Luther and Ruth (Seesengood) Worrell. After her mother's death, she was raised on a farm by her maternal grandparents. In 1940, she married Thurl Eugene West and moved to Michigan to be a farmer's wife. She also worked in the orchards of Wayne Smith and later, worked...
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Joan Elizabeth Towery

September 30, 1930 - June 6, 2019

Joan Elizabeth Towery, age 88, of Homer, Michigan passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, June 6, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on September 30, 1930, the daughter of Robert E. and Genevieve (Rochelle) Gault. Joan received her Bachelor's in Social Service from Western Michigan University and retired from the State of Michigan in 1988, after more than 25 years as a social worker. ...
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Amanda S. Longanecker

July 27, 1979 - June 4, 2019

Amanda S. Longanecker, 39, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Amanda was born July 27, 1979 in Battle Creek to Bruce and Carol (Micklatcher) Longanecker. Amanda is survived by her two children, Breanna Coger and Loren (Hailey Pountain) Coger II; a grandson, Grant Coger; her father, Bruce (Iris) Longanecker; her mother, Carol Micklatcher; her sister, Toni Jo Micklatcher; step...
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Robert Blair "Rob" Lyman, III

December 8, 1966 - June 4, 2019

Robert Blair "Rob" Lyman, III of Battle Creek, MI Rob, age 52, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, June 4, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Rob is survived by his parents, Robert "Blair" and Bertha R. "Bertie" (Ferrari) Lyman, Jr. of Battle Creek; his sister, Lisa Ann (Chris) Mayer of Grand Rapids, MI; his brother, Craig Arthur (Shannon) Lyman of Wheaton, IL and a niece and...
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Harold Lee Collier

February 17, 1937 - June 2, 2019

Harold Lee Collier, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away June 2, 2019 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. He was born in Lincoln, Illinois on February 17, 1937 and was the son of Harold Collier and his wife Lois and Velma Mead and her husband Ken. He spent most of his life in the Battle Creek area with frequent trips to "farm country" throughout his life. Harold had a long career as...
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Tommy E. "Tom" Artis

November 3, 1941 - May 31, 2019

Tom Artis We are heartbroken to say that Tom Artis, 77, of Battle Creek left us on May 31, 2019 with his wife, LaVaune Artis by his side. His first priority was his wife of 56 years and his family and he loved spending time with them. He also enjoyed traveling in the RV with his wife and dogs, perfecting his BBQ techniques and working around the house. Tom was born in Scotts Hill, TN...
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Donna Jean Foster

June 13, 1936 - May 30, 2019

Donna Jean (Tooke) Foster, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday evening May 30, 2019 with her family at her side. She was born in Battle Creek on June 13, 1936, the daughter of Donald and Margaret (Craw) Tooke. Donna graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1954 where she was a cheerleader and on the homecoming court. As of most recent, Donna enjoyed volunteering at Bronson...
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Eileen Mary Hudon

October 20, 1943 - May 29, 2019

Eileen Mary (McCaherty) Hudon, age 75, of Battle Creek went peacefully to be with her Creator on Wednesday evening, May 29, 2019 at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. She was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on October 20, 1943, the loving daughter of Patrick and Louise (Fournier) McCaherty. Eileen worked for many years as a manager at the Countryside Inn and Waterfront Restaurants. ...
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Norman C. Hood , Jr.

December 13, 2007 - May 28, 2019

Norman C. "Norm" Hood, Jr., age 11, passed away tragically Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Norm was born December 13, 2007 in Kalamazoo to Norman Hood, Sr. and Christina Valadez. He attended the 5th grade at Verona Elementary School. Norm is survived by his parents and three siblings, Regina Hale, Nevaeh Hale and Jaylone Porter. Norm loved being outside. He enjoyed fishing, climbing trees and...
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Robert M. "Bob" Colburn

February 23, 1946 - May 28, 2019

Robert M. "Bob" Colburn, age 73, of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 28, 2019. He was born in Middlesex, England on February 23, 1946, the son of the late Richard F. and the late Joan D. "Penny" (Heidler) Colburn. Bob graduated from Lakeview High School and retired from the City of Kalamazoo after more than 25 years of service. Bob was united in marriage to Carol Lee Pugh in...
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Brent William King

May 23, 1977 - May 27, 2019

Brent William King, age 42, of Battle Creek tragically passed away on Monday morning, May 27, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on May 23, 1977, the son of Rolena King. Brent enjoyed playing pool, going to the races, and hanging with friends. Brent had a lot of friends and they enjoyed being around him. Brent is survived by his daughter, Jasmine; his mother, Rolena; his sister, Nikki;...
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Bradley "Brad" Dean Older

April 14, 1982 - May 26, 2019

Bradley Dean Older, 37, of East Leroy died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Brad was born April 14, 1982 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Robert Eugene and Cindy Lee (Vogt) Older. Brad earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 13. He was a 2000 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, where he was a member of the Bearcat Swim Team. Brad proudly served our country as a member...
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Sara Elizabeth "Bette" Hinton

March 6, 1942 - May 25, 2019

Sara Elizabeth "Bette" Hinton, age 77, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday morning, May 25, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek on March 6,1942 the daughter of Francis and Mildred (Yetter) Davis. Bette retired on April 30, 2004 after more than 33 years of faithful service as an RN at the Battle Creek and Marion, Indiana VA Medical Centers. Bette is...
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Bertice William "Bert" Miller

July 3, 1922 - May 25, 2019

Bertice William "Bert" Miller of Battle Creek, MI Bert, 96 years, ten months, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 25 after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of nearly 75 years, Marian E. (Paeske) Miller, daughter Lynn Miller, and daughter Jean (m. George) Wells, both of Battle Creek, and son Kurt Miller, (m. Judith) of Bay City, Michigan. He...
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Louetta N. (Simpson) Kier

December 20, 1926 - May 24, 2019

Louetta N. (Simpson) Kier of Battle Creek, MI Louetta, age 92, died Friday morning, May 24, 2019 at her residence. She was born December 20,1926, the daughter of Tom and Irene Simpson in Rae, Missouri. She was united in marriage to Clifford E. Kier on August 11, 1945. Clifford was in the U.S. Navy, and they lived at several duty stations before finally settling in Battle...
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Gloria Joan (Skidmore) Olin

October 4, 1930 - May 23, 2019

Gloria J. Olin (October 4, 1930 - May 23, 2019) Gloria Olin's life was truly glorious!! With limitless enthusiasm, positivity, and gratitude, she was a red-headed ray of sunshine in the lives of everyone she met. Gloria Joan Skidmore was born on October 4, 1930, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Gloria was the daughter of Stanley and Vivian Skidmore. Her father and grandfather were...
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Dorothy Karen Ray

January 21, 1952 - May 23, 2019

Dorothy Karen Ray, age 67, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on January 21, 1952, the daughter of Wylie Marion and Phyllis May (Wright) Tilley. Dorothy graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 1970. Her career with Pennfield Schools began in 1984 where she was a noon Supervisor for Purdy Elementary. In 1987, she then became a teacher's...
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Richard W. "Speed" Eddinger

July 26, 1928 - May 22, 2019

Richard W. "Speed" Eddinger, 90, of Battle Creek, died May 22, 2019. Speed was born July 26, 1928 in Battle Creek to LaVerne and Myrtle (Fields) Eddinger. After graduating from Lakeview High School, Speed joined the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1956. A long-time business owner, Speed owned the Speed's Coffee Shop in Battle Creek, Lakeview, Verona Rd., Kalamazoo, Urbandale...
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Albert William "Deacon Al" & "Deacon Patrick" Patrick

May 30, 1934 - May 21, 2019

Albert W. Patrick, peacefully passed away May 21, 2019 while surrounded by family. Albert was born in New York, NY to Albert William and Truth Eleanor (Henderson) Patrick on May 30, 1934. He graduated from St. Emma Industrial and Agricultural Institute in 1953. He earned his Law Degree from LaSalle University in 1969. Albert attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit MI for three...
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Grant & Jean (Healey) Babcock

September 16, 1924 - May 2019

Grant & Jean (Healey) Babcock, formerly of Richland, MI Grant was born on June 2, 1922 and died on May 2012. Jean was born on September 16,1924 and died on February 4, 2019. The Graveside Service to celebrate their lives together will be held on Friday, May 31st at 2:00 p.m. in Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland with the Rev. Todd J. TerAvest, Pastor of the Living Hope...
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Richard Clifford "Dick" Brookins

May 10, 1926 - May 19, 2019

Richard Clifford "Dick" Brookins of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Dick, age 93, died Sunday afternoon, May 19, 2019 at Heritage Assisted Living of Battle Creek, MI and with his loving wife, Nancy at his side. Dick, the son of George and Glendora (Clifford) Brookins, was born in Detroit, MI on May 10, 1926 and was a 1944 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He...
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Bonnie Kay (Walker) McKeever Peck

May 16, 1954 - May 19, 2019

Bonnie (Walker) McKeever Peck, age 65, passed away at home, May 19, 2019, with family by her side. In her final days, she was taken care of by Olivia and Eric McKeever, Oaklawn Hospice and various other relatives. She was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, May 16 1954 and was a 1972 graduate of Pennfield High School. Bonnie worked at Meijer Thrifty Acres for over 30 years. She was...
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Christy L. Ames-Bauer

December 25, 1953 - May 18, 2019

Christy L. Ames-Bauer, age 65, of Springfield passed away suddenly at Bronson Battle Creek on Saturday morning, May 18, 2019. She was born in Coldwater, Michigan on December 25, 1953, the daughter of Harry O. and Elsie L. (Smith) Ames, and graduated from Coldwater High School. Christy enjoyed sharing her strong Faith in the Lord with others. She also enjoyed shopping, reading, and spending...
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Richard H. "Dick" Steele, Sr.

July 12, 1934 - May 17, 2019

Richard Hubert "Dick" Steele, Sr., age 84, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Friday, May 17, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on July 12, 1934, the son of Richard McKee and Vivian Meryl (Hamp) Steele. Dick was a lifelong Battle Creek "Verona" resident, attending Verona Elementary, W.K. Kellogg Junior High and was a 1952 graduate of Battle Creek Central High...
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Frederick John "Fred" Brenner

November 23, 1929 - May 15, 2019

Frederick John "Fred" Brenner, 90, of Battle Creek died on May 15, 2019. Fred was born November 23, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of George Paul and Helen A. (Gustke) Brenner. He was a 1948 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Fred honorably served in the U.S. Army overseas in Germany. He retired in 1985, as an electrician in the Experimental Machinery Department from...
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Raymond Arthur "Ray" Anderson

May 3, 1933 - May 13, 2019

Raymond A. "Ray" Anderson, 86 of Battle Creek died at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence with his family at his side on Monday, May 13, 2019, after being ill for a number of years. Ray was born May 3, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Elmer C. and Margaret (Elliott) Anderson. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Ray served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was the co-owner and operator...
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Ronald J. Denardo

December 22, 1950 - May 11, 2019

Ron Denardo's life recently came to an end on May 11, 2019. Ron was 68 years old and a husband, father, and grandfather. Ron will be remembered for his service to Special Olympics. For the last 15 years he served as head coach for Kalamazoo's Powerlifting team. While volunteering, he had the opportunity to take two of his athletes to Puerto Rico for a competition and to see his son, Mark,...
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Evelyn E. Williams

September 19, 1933 - May 10, 2019

Evelyn E. Williams, 85, of Richland, died May 10, 2019 at her home. Evelyn was born September 19, 1933 in Kalamazoo to Roy and Elizabeth (Williams) Taylor. In her younger years, she loved to knit and crochet. She enjoyed fishing and working in her flower garden. She was an attendee of the Northeastern Baptist Church. Evelyn is survived by son, Donald (Shelly) Conrad; two granddaughters;...
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David Payne Owen

May 14, 1940 - May 9, 2019

David Payne Owen, 78, passed Thursday, May 9, 2019 at his residence in Ft. Myers, FL. He was born May 14, 1940, in Battle Creek, the son of Dale A. and Donna (Payne) Owen, was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and received his Bachelor's Degree in engineering from Western Michigan University. David was employed for over 40 years at the Kellogg Co. and retired from the scheduling...
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Carl Dean "Deano" Carpenter

July 22, 1960 - May 8, 2019

Carl Dean "Deano" Carpenter, age 58, of Athens died Wednesday, May 8, 2019. He was born in Coldwater, MI on July 22, 1960, the son of to Arthur and Elma (Wisnieski) Carpenter. Dean graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1978. He attended MSU and studied in their electrical program and then completed his apprenticeship locally to earn his journeyman status. Dean...
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Lucas Lee "Luke" Stafford

August 4, 1987 - May 8, 2019

Lucas Lee "Luke" Stafford, age 31, of Battle Creek, tragically passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, May 8, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on August 4, 1987, the son of Robert L. and Denise A. (McDonald) Stafford and graduated from Battle Creek Central high School with the Class of 2005. Luke is survived by his children, Hunter, Aleah, and Averlee Stafford; his fiancee', Becca...
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Anna Mae Damren

August 9, 1940 - May 8, 2019

Anna Mae Damren, 78, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at her residence. Anna was born August 9, 1940 in Jackson, MI to Warren and Goldie (Boulenbough) Sellers. She married William Damren on June 14, 1958. The couple enjoyed 60 years of marriage. Anna enjoyed flower arranging and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Anna is survived by her loving husband, William...
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Marcia Jane (Hays) Kuepfer

July 12, 1931 - May 7, 2019

Marcia Jane (Hays) Kuepfer of Battle Creek, MI Marcia, age 87, died Tuesday morning, May 7, 2019 at Pennfield Premier Living of Battle Creek. Marcia, the daughter of James and Pearl (Stoner) Hays, was born in Canton, OH on July 12, 1931 and was a 1949 graduate of Lehman High School of Canton. She had been employed with Ohio Bell Telephone Company before...
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Maxine Marie (Troub) Rudd Ayres

August 23, 1924 - May 5, 2019

Maxine Marie Ayres, 94, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully at Cornerstone Living Center in Hastings, Michigan on Sunday, May 5, 2019. She was born August 23, 1924 in Middleton, Michigan the daughter of Harry and Eva (Wiles) Troub. She was a 1942 graduate of Carson City High School. Maxine lived in Middleton until 1947 when she moved to Battle Creek. Maxine was employed at the...
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Veroneze LaVelle (Kellogg) "Kel" Strader

June 15, 1940 - May 5, 2019

Veroneze LaVelle (Kellogg) Strader (age 78) of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed onward on May 5, 2019. Veroneze was born June 15, 1940 in Petoskey, Michigan, the daughter of Sculptor/Potter Stanley P. Kellogg and Barbara Kellogg Blackmore. She married her college sweetheart, Richard (Dick) Strader in 1965 and they celebrated 53 amazing years together. She is the mother of Eric (Laura) Strader of...
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Beverlee Ann Howell

September 21, 1929 - May 4, 2019

Beverlee Ann (Silcock) Howell, age 89, of Richland, passed away Saturday morning, May 4, 2019 at the Story Point Senior Living in Portage. Beverlee was born September 21, 1929 in Cloverdale, MI to Ted and Vesta Silcock. She was raised by her mother, Vesta and her beloved step-father, Harold Hazel. Beverlee graduated from Richland High School and furthered her education at Western Michigan...
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