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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

Joyce Ann (Sutherland) Marshall

September 2, 1936 - August 23, 2016

Joyce Ann (Sutherland) Marshall of Battle Creek, MI Joyce, age 79, of Battle Creek, 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...
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Leon V. Carrier

February 28, 1922 - August 19, 2016

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

August 19, 2016

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

April 24, 1963 - August 15, 2016

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

December 20, 1924 - August 15, 2016

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

July 23, 1929 - August 14, 2016

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

February 17, 1927 - August 13, 2016

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

February 23, 1916 - August 13, 2016

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

June 27, 1931 - August 12, 2016

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

December 27, 1924 - August 12, 2016

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

October 17, 1948 - August 12, 2016

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

December 19, 1931 - August 7, 2016

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

July 12, 1929 - August 6, 2016

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

March 3, 1963 - August 4, 2016

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

July 11, 1927 - August 3, 2016

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

October 20, 1946 - August 2, 2016

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

June 7, 1921 - August 1, 2016

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

August 14, 1932 - August 1, 2016

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

June 28, 2016 - July 29, 2016

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

October 23, 1922 - July 29, 2016

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

January 29, 1958 - July 29, 2016

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

February 7, 1933 - July 29, 2016

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

May 3, 1925 - July 29, 2016

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

January 24, 1931 - July 27, 2016

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

June 5, 1933 - July 26, 2016

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

October 23, 1941 - July 25, 2016

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

October 19, 1946 - July 25, 2016

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

May 21, 1945 - July 25, 2016

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

January 24, 1925 - July 23, 2016

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

April 4, 1967 - July 22, 2016

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

January 13, 1952 - July 20, 2016

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

July 17, 1931 - July 19, 2016

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

January 26, 1943 - July 18, 2016

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

May 28, 1928 - July 13, 2016

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

February 1, 1948 - July 12, 2016

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

October 11, 1928 - July 11, 2016

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

November 5, 1928 - July 11, 2016

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

October 20, 1923 - July 10, 2016

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

March 3, 1948 - July 9, 2016

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

July 9, 1939 - July 7, 2016

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

May 29, 1960 - July 6, 2016

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

June 17, 1931 - July 6, 2016

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

June 22, 1937 - July 6, 2016

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

October 26, 1960 - July 5, 2016

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

April 4, 1921 - June 28, 2016

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

March 25, 1942 - June 27, 2016

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

November 5, 1956 - June 26, 2016

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

September 4, 1941 - June 26, 2016

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

March 14, 1925 - June 26, 2016

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

March 19, 1925 - June 25, 2016

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

May 17, 1931 - June 23, 2016

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

September 23, 1929 - June 22, 2016

Clyde Hubert Collins, 86 of Battle Creek passed away at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital in Jackson, Michigan on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. He was born September 23rd, 1929 in Harold, Kentucky, located in Floyd County to Elijah and Virginia Florence Edna (Gibson) Collins. He grew up in Harold, Kentucky and moved to Michigan around 1958. Clyde was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at...
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Mildred Edna Conners

March 15, 1931 - June 21, 2016

Mildred Edna Conners, 85, born in Standish, Michigan, the daughter of Frank and Nita (Wainwright) Rulason. Married for 53 years to William Ivan Conners of Detroit, Michigan. Lived in Kalamazoo with her husband, 3 daughters and 1 son. Mildred was a hard working housewife and stay-at-home Mom, who took pride in caring for her family. She loved country music and 60's Rock n' Roll, enjoyed...
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Martha R. Stocker

December 16, 1933 - June 21, 2016

Martha R. Stocker, 82, of Augusta, passed away on June 21, 2016. We are sad, but comforted to know that her long struggle with Parkinson's Disease is over. Martha was a caring soul with numerous talents that she shared readily. Martha was born on December 16, 1933, in Bay City, to Eldon & Adeline (Erbel) Jackson. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. While...
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Gladys Jeanne (Loomis) "Jeanne" Frey

July 24, 1928 - June 19, 2016

Gladys Jeanne (Loomis) "Jeanne" Frey of Richland, MI Jeanne passed away peacefully, Sunday morning, June 19, 2016 at Borgess Gardens of Kalamazoo, MI. She was 87. Jeanne was born July 24, 1928 in Enid, Oklahoma to Loren Samuel and Clara Gladys (Palmer) Loomis. She graduated from Enid High School in 1946 and attended Phillips University. In 1949 she moved to Ann Arbor,...
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Danielle Nadine Miller

October 5, 1987 - June 18, 2016

Danielle Nadine Miller of Richland, MI Danielle, age 28, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Richland. Danielle, the daughter of Michael F. and Kathleen M. (Weinberg) Miller, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on October 5, 1987 and was lifetime area resident. Danielle is survived by her two precious daughters,...
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Jesse R. Morgan

October 13, 1944 - June 15, 2016

Jesse R. Morgan, 71, of Battle Creek, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Bronson Select Specialty Hospital, surrounded by his family. Jesse was born October 13, 1944 in Dayton, TN to Melvin and Audrey (Newby) Morgan. He worked at Sherriff Goslin Roofing and at Michigan Carton Company for many years. Jesse married the former Maxine Brown on October 24, 1981, who...
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Helen J. "Tootie" Kauffman

June 24, 1936 - June 12, 2016

Helen J. "Tootie" Kauffman, 79, of Pennfield Township, died Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Boschway Adult Foster Care with her loving family by her side. She was born June 24, 1936 in Battle Creek the daughter of August P. and Julia E (Poyer) Kauffman who preceded her in death in 2005 and her father in 1945; and a brother, Joseph E. Kauffman in 1994. Helen was a graduate of Battle Creek...
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Andrew "Drew" Pattullo, Jr.

November 25, 1945 - June 11, 2016

Andrew "Drew" Pattullo, Jr., 70, of Battle Creek, died June 11, 2016 at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. Drew was born to Andrew and Jean (Fralick) Pattullo on November 25, 1945 in Battle Creek. During his youth, he attended school in the Battle Creek School system and graduated in 1963 as a Paean. While in high school he played the trumpet in the school band and had planned to attend...
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LuAlice Maple (Smith) Clayman

October 20, 1939 - June 11, 2016

LuAlice Maple (Smith) Clayman, 76, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence on Saturday, June 11, 2016; with her husband at her side. She fought a long battle with Hepatitis C, transmitted through a blood transfusing years ago. LuAlice was born October 20, 1939 in Battle Creek to Hallie A. and Janice M. (Haines) Smith. She was a 1957 graduate of Battle Creek...
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Peggy Lee Thompson

June 10, 1939 - June 10, 2016

Peggy Lee Thompson of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away suddenly at home June 10th, 2016. She was born June 10, 1939 to Cecil and Anne (McFarland) Long. Cecil would eventually move his blossoming family to Michigan for work. They would reside in Vicksburg, where Peggy attended high school until her graduation. From there the family would move to Plainwell. Peggy is survived by her three...
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Dora Jean Romig

May 6, 1932 - June 10, 2016

Dora Jean Romig, age 84, of Battle Creek, passed away suddenly on Friday morning, June 10, 2016 at the Evergreen Senior Care & Rehab Center. She was born in Assyria Twp. On May 6, 1932, the loving daughter of Clyde E. and Carrie L. (Thompson) Marble. Dora had various jobs throughout the area, but her favorite was driving school bus for Harper Creek Schools. Dora married the "Love of Her Life...
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Vance Richard Clute

November 11, 1945 - June 8, 2016

Vance Richard Clute, 70, of Battle Creek died at Borgess Medical Center on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Graveside funeral services will be officiated by Rev. Robert G. Muirhead at Memorial Park Cemetery 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Arrangements are by Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at
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Debra Anne (Maino) "Debbie" Bradley

October 25, 1962 - June 7, 2016

Debra Anne (Maino) "Debbie" Bradley of Augusta, MI Debbie, age 53, died tragically Tuesday evening, June 7, 2016 from injuries sustained during a bicycle run with "The Chain Gang" on N. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI. Debbie, the daughter of Thomas W. and Judy K. (Moore) Maino, was born on October 25, 1962 in...
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Suzanne Jean Sippel

April 23, 1960 - June 7, 2016

Suzanne Jean Sippel of Augusta, MI Suzanne, age 56, died tragically Tuesday evening, June 7, 2016 in a cycling accident near Kalamazoo, MI. Since 1981 Suzanne was married to Stephen Hamilton, who survives. She is also survived by her son, Lucas Hamilton of Augusta; her parents, Robert and Jean Sippel of Dearborn Heights, and a brother, Norman (Muriel) Sippel of Grantham...
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Virginia L. "Ginnie" Davis

April 3, 1929 - June 6, 2016

Mrs. Virginia L. Davis, age 87, of Dowling, passed away on June 6, 2016. She was born in Battle Creek on April 3, 1929, to Milford E. and Lola (Garriott) Pratt. On September 17, 1949, she married Robert L. Davis at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ (where they both were members). Together, "Bob and Ginnie" treasured over 66 years of marriage (with the past 25 years as ...
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Eric Raymond Talbot

November 28, 1929 - June 5, 2016

Eric Raymond Talbot of Battle Creek, MI Eric, age 86, passed away on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at The Oaks at Northpointe Woods. He was born on November 28, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan to father Welbourne Talbot of England and Iva Thorne Talbot of Michigan. Eric is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Norma. Eric is also preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers Philip...
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Marie Jean Burt

May 24, 1929 - June 5, 2016

Marie J. (Nottke) Burt, 87, of Coldwater and formerly of Battle Creek died at Grand Vista Assisted Living in Coldwater on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Marie was born May 24, 1929 in Elkhart, Indiana to Carl and Florence (Seibert) Nottke. As a child she moved to Battle Creek with her family and attended Battle Creek Central High School. Marie was employed in the Kelpaco packaging offices at the...
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Archie Caraway

August 23, 1930 - June 5, 2016

Archie Caraway, age 85, of Battle Creek, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, June 5, 2016 at the Oaks of Northpointe Woods. He was born in Dayton, Tennessee on August 23, 1930, the son of Amos and Lula (Dotson) Caraway. He retired from Wilbert Vault Company in 2001 after more than 30 years of service. Archie married the "Love of His Life" Margie Ellen Hall on April 15,...
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Thomas Edward "Tom" Ruckstaetter

March 12, 1943 - June 5, 2016

Thomas Edward "Tom" Ruckstaetter of Richland, MI and Log Cabin, TX Tom, age 73, died peacefully at his residence and with his loving family by his side on Sunday morning, June 5, 2016. Tom, the son of George A. and Ruth ...
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Joann L. (McMullen) "Jo" Spencer

October 14, 1931 - June 4, 2016

Joann L. (McMullen) "Jo" Spencer of Battle Creek, MI Jo, age 84, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, June 4, 2016 at Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. She was born on October 14, 1931, Bay City, MI to Walter J. and Kathleen (McGrath) McMullen. Her childhood years were spent in Bay City where she graduated from...
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Lyndell Martin "Lyn" Myers, Jr.

August 1, 1956 - June 1, 2016

Lyndell Martin "Lyn" Myers, Jr., 59 of Athens, Michigan and formerly of Battle Creek died at home with his family at his side on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, after a long illness. He was born August 1, 1956 in Battle Creek to Lyndell Martin and Mary T.M. (Pickett) Myers. Lyn grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Central High School and Pennfield High School; and then joined the U.S....
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Mary Wilmurth (Ahart) Barnes

December 13, 1943 - May 31, 2016

Mary Wilmurth (Ahart) Barnes of Battle Creek, MI Mary, age 72, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. She was born December 13, 1943 the daughter of Thomas T. and Hazel (Shaw) Ahart in Hammond, IN. She was a graduate of Hammond Technical High School. She worked as a waitress, and in retail in customer service at K-Mart retiring in 2006. Mary enjoyed...
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Linda Lee Myers

September 22, 1941 - May 31, 2016

Linda Lee (Moore) Myers, age 74, of Battle Creek, MI, died Tuesday morning, May 31, 2016 at University Hospital of Cleveland, OH, following a courageous battle with cancer. Linda, the daughter of Jess and Minnie (Stone) Moore, was born in Beckley, West Virginia on September 22, 1941; moved to the Battle Creek area in 1952 and was a 1959 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She had...
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Robert William "Bob" Traut

August 30, 1929 - May 31, 2016

Robert William "Bob" Traut of Novi, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Bob, age 86, died Tuesday morning, May 31, 2016 at his home with his loving family at his side. Bob, the son of Neil and Ruby (Hender) Traut, was born in Battle Creek on August 30, 1929 and was a 1947 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He...
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John Olin Galloup

November 24, 1925 - May 28, 2016

John O. Galloup, 90, of Naples, Florida, died Saturday, May 28, 2016. His children take great comfort in knowing he is finally reunited with his sweetheart of all time, and wife of 57 years, Marilyn, who preceded him in death September 26, 2005. John was born November 24, 1925 in Battle Creek to John Andrew and Vivian M. (Hammer) Galloup. He grew up in Battle...
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Michael Paul Cody

November 10, 1992 - May 28, 2016

Michael Paul Cody 11/10/92-5/28/16 Michael Paul Cody, age 23, of Augusta, left this earthly home on Saturday, May 28, 2016 to fly with the angels in his heavenly home. He is gone way too soon and will be forever missed. Michael leaves behind his parents, Kellie and Jan Cody; brother, Brian (Miranda); sister, Laura (Phil); niece, Riley; nephews, Bentley and Hudson, and special friend,...
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Robert S. Landers

January 22, 1940 - May 26, 2016

Robert S. "Bob" Landers, 76, died Thursday, May 26, 2016. Bob was born January 22, 1940 in Twinton, TN to John and Eunice (Ramsey) Landers. One of 10 children, he left school after the 8th grade to help support his family. In his teens he followed older family members to Michigan to find employment. After several moves between Michigan and Tennessee, he settled in Augusta where he met,...
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Daniel Wesley Nelson

March 25, 1957 - May 25, 2016

Daniel Wesley Nelson, 59, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Dan was born March 25, 1957 in Battle Creek, Michigan to L.G. and Betty L. (Wertz) Nelson. He grew up in Battle Creek through 5th grade and moved with his family to Marion, Indiana and then to Pekin, IL. Dan was a 1975 graduate of Pekin High School in Pekin, IL; attended Kellogg Community College,...
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Joseph O. Bach, Jr.

May 4, 1924 - May 24, 2016

Joseph O. Bach, Jr., 92, of Burlington, formerly of Eustis, FL., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Bronson At Home Hospice Residence. He was born May 4, 1924, the son of Mary (Brown) and Joseph Bach, Sr. Joseph was married to Jeanie Waite on September 24, 1946. They were married 65 years. Joseph graduated from Eastern High School in Lansing, MI. He was all state in...
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Michael A. Tobias

July 8, 1945 - May 23, 2016

Michael A. Tobias, 70, of Battle Creek, died May 23, 2016 with his family by his side. Michael was born July 8, 1945 in Battle Creek to Arthur and Helen (Babic) Tobias. He worked for the VA, Union Pump and at the Urbandale Bar. Michael loved golfing, hunting, fishing, playing cards, working on cars and playing pool. But most of all, Michael's main passion was being a father and grandfather....
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Viola Marie (Bridenstine) "Vi" Kellogg

November 25, 1921 - May 23, 2016

Viola "Vi" Marie Kellogg, 94¸ of Battle Creek, died at Bronson Battle Creek on Monday, May 23, 2016. Vi was born in Springport Township on November 21, 1921 to Omar and Frances (Davidson) Bridenstine. Viola was raised on the family farm along with her four brothers where she attended a rural school and graduated with the class of 1940 at Springport High School. After graduation, Vi moved...
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Barbara Jean (Hainline-Beech) Szczesney

September 10, 1932 - May 21, 2016

Barbara Jean Szczesney, 83, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born September 10, 1932 in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Ralph and Margaret E. (Beach) Hainline. Her mother was remarried to Fred Beech. Barbara was preceded in death by all of her parents. Barbara married John F. Szczesney on October 6, 1963. Sadly he preceded her in death on...
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Jordan Edward Woudstra

November 14, 1995 - May 15, 2016

Jordan Edward Woudstra, age 20, of Battle Creek passed away at his home on Sunday , May 15, 2016. He was born in Battle Creek on November 14, 1995, the loving son of William A. and Wanita K. (Britt) Woudstra. Jordan loved to go fishing and camping, and playing his guitar. He loved to listen to country music, write and sing songs. He is survived by his...
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Amy Louise Hill

May 31, 1960 - May 14, 2016

Amy L. Hill, 55, of Battle Creek, died May 14, 2016 at Bronson Select Specialty Hospital. She was born May 31, 1960 in Battle Creek to Elmer and Marguerite (Pickle) Cary. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and worked as an insurance adjuster for many years. Amy enjoyed doing puzzles and crocheting. She had a special bond with her four dogs. But most of all, Amy loved to...
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Andrew Phillips Titus III

February 11, 1950 - May 14, 2016

Andrew Phillips "Andy" Titus, III, age 66, of Battle Creek, died with his family at his side, after a short battle with colon cancer on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Andy was born February 11, 1950, in Louisville, Kentucky to Andrew P. and Elsie "Mae" (Buckles) Titus, Jr. Andy honorably served his country in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam Era in Germany. He is survived by his...
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Stella A. Morgan

June 13, 1918 - May 13, 2016

Stella A. Morgan of Laureldale, PA and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Stella passed away at age 97 on Friday, May 13, 2016. Stella, the daughter of Arthur and Anna Teryzcak, was born in Passaic, NJ on June 13, 1918. She was predeceased by her husband, Cecil Morgan; her beloved son, Ronald Lee Morgan; her parents; her brothers, Andy and Felix, and sister, Mary. She retired from...
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Thang Lek

December 6, 1985 - May 12, 2016

Thang Lek, 30, of Springfield died at Bronson Trauma Care on Thursday, May 12, 2016, from injuries sustained in an accident at home. He was currently employed at Denso Manufacturing in assembly and as a machine operator. Surviving is his wife, Suan Z. Niang; two sons, Pau Muan Sian Mung, Nang Sian Muan; a daughter, Cing Lem Nuam; and many close relatives and friends. Friends may call 4...
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Paul E. Kuchenbuch

March 17, 1918 - May 10, 2016

Paul E. Kuchenbuch, 98, of Gull Lake, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center. Paul was born March 17, 1918 in Connersville, IN to Albert and Mary (Mae)Kuchenbuch (Pritchard). He married the former Kathleen "Kay" McClimon in 1948 and the couple bought a home on Gull Lake where they resided their entire lives. He worked as a Staff Manager for The Prudential Insurance Company for 37...
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Fredrick Lawrence "Rick" Shook

June 28, 1946 - May 9, 2016

Fredrick Lawrence "Rick" Shook of Battle Creek, MI Rick, age 69, died Monday morning, May 9, 2016 at his residence with his loving family at his side and following a courageous battle with cancer for the past seven weeks. Rick, the son of Fredrick A. and Anita F. (VanAlstien) Shook, was born in Charlotte, MI on June 28, 1946 and was a 1965 graduate of...
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William E. "Willie" Long

August 28, 1943 - May 8, 2016

William E. "Willie" Long, age 72, of Battle Creek died Sunday, May 8, 2016. He was born on August 28, 1943, in Dayton, Tennessee, his Father, Noah Daniel Long, was 27 and his Mother, Louise (Patterson) Long, was 23. He was raised in Bartlebaugh, Tennessee until about his teens.The family then moved here to Battle Creek, where he met and married his wife of 55 years, Beverly Joan Bernheisel on...
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Jonathan E. Coger

March 27, 1980 - May 8, 2016

Jonathan E. Coger, 36, of Battle Creek, passed away May 8, 2016. Jon was born March 27, 1980 in Battle Creek. He worked for Cereal City Window Cleaning. Jon is survived by his two sons, Tyler E. Coger and Isiah T. Coger; his fiancé, Jennifer Payne; four step-children, Kaylen Karaba, James Payne, Joshua Hoffman and Miley Payne; his father, Arden Coger Jr., mother, Valerie Abercrombie and...
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Leland Dean "Buzz" Bacon

September 3, 1951 - May 7, 2016

Leland Dean "Buzz" Bacon, Jr., 64 of Battle Creek, died at Bronson Battle Creek on Saturday, May 7, 2016. He was born September 3, 1951 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Leland Dean and Mary Ann (Boone) Bacon. Buzz grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1969 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central. He was employed for Clark Equipment Company, EPI, and Quality House Brewing Company, prior to receiving...
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Richard Earl Rowe

February 2, 1947 - May 6, 2016

Richard E. "Dick" Rowe, Sr., age 69, of Battle Creek died Friday morning, May 6, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born at Community Hospital in Battle Creek on February 2, 1947, the son of Earl Raymond and Esther B. (Ball) Rowe. Dick attended Battle Creek Public Schools, graduating from Battle Creek Central High in 1965. He then furthered his education at Kellogg Community College for one...
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Steven Douglas Fox

May 12, 1951 - May 5, 2016

Steven D. Fox, 64, of Battle Creek died at the Manor of Battle Creek on Thursday, May 5, 2016. He was born May 12, 1951 in Marshall, Michigan to Harry Reuben and Margie (Watson) Fox. Steven grew up in Marshall, was a 1970 graduate of Marshall High School and attended Olivet College for two years. He was employed as a clerk at the Post Office, for Keyes Davis, Coles Clothes, Robert Hall,...
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Victoria Louise "April" Boyer

April 1, 1940 - May 2, 2016

Victoria Louise "April" Boyer of Richland, MI April, age 76, went to be with her Lord, Monday morning, May 2, 2016 at Kairos Dwelling of Kalamazoo, MI. April, the daughter of Arthur C. and Petronella A. (Kasinskas) Boyer, Sr., was born in Baltimore, MD on April 1, 1940; she was a 1958 graduate of Western Senior High School, Baltimore. She retired in...
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Loretta Jane "Granny" Granfors

November 26, 1934 - May 2, 2016

Loretta Jane "Granny" Granfors, 81, of Battle Creek died peacefully Bronson at Home Hospice Residence on Monday, May 1, 2016, with her family at her side. She was born November 26, 1934 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Clarence and Cecil (Briggs) Wilson. She was a 1952 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Loretta retired from Clark Equipment Company, where she was employed in the...
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Ilene D. Raymond

May 4, 1926 - May 1, 2016

Ilene D. Raymond, age 87, of Galesburg, MI went to be with her Lord & Savior on Sunday morning, May 1, 2016. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 4, 1928, the loving daughter of Harold and Gladys (Strong) Hope. Ilene worked as an executive secretary for many years at I.C.E.A. in Detroit. Ilene married the "Love of Her Life", Clayton E. Raymond in Detroit on September 20, 1958; he...
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Nina Lovisa (Anderssen) Renstrom

May 14, 1921 - April 30, 2016

Nina Lovisa (Andersson) Renstrom, 94, of Battle Creek passed away at The Reflections on Saturday, April 30, 2016, with her family at her side. Nina was born May 14, 1921 in Holmsvattnet, Sweden to Erik and Emma Lovisa Andersson. She grew up in Sweden, where she attended school. She then worked as a caretaker, for an elderly person, preparing meals, baking and doing household work. She met...
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Glennice Joan "Tootie" "Nana" (Geib) Hock

February 5, 1931 - April 30, 2016

Glennice J. (Geib) "Tootie" Hock (known as "Nana" to her family), 85, of Battle Creek, died at Mercy Health St. Mary's in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday, April 30, 2016. She was born February 5, 1931 in Parchment, Michigan to Sam and Mae (Larabee) Geib. Glennice, grew up in Cloverdale, attended a one room schoolhouse and graduated from Delton High School. She owned and operated X...
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