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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

Katherine Cecelia (Pesenecker) "Katie" Reese

February 20, 1926 - October 14, 2018

Katherine Cecelia (Pesenecker) "Katie" Reese of Battle Creek, MI Katherine, age 92, passed away Sunday evening, October 14, 2018. Katherine was born in Detroit, Michigan to William J. and Madeline M. (Flowerday) Pesenecker. Her family relocated to Battle Creek when Katie was a small child. She continued to live in the area her entire life. She...
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Gilbert Magoon

September 30, 1930 - October 11, 2018

Gilbert B. Magoon, 88, of Battle Creek, died Thursday, October 11, 2018. Gilbert was born September 30, 1930 in Mackinaw City, MI to Basil C. and Christine J. (St. Antonie) Magoon. He graduated High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Gilbert worked at the Federal Center as a system analyst before retiring in June of 2011. Gilbert married Jaqueline Stefanski on January...
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James H. Wilson, Jr.

October 17, 1932 - October 11, 2018

James H. Wilson, Jr., 85, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 11, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on October 17, 1932 in Columbus, OH to James (Harry) Wilson and Louise E. Hoepfner. When Jim was 10 his family moved to Sturgis, MI where he attended school, graduating from Sturgis High School in 1950. In July of 1950 he married his high school...
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Bill Leon Fox

December 13, 1934 - October 9, 2018

Bill Leon "Papa" Fox, age 83, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was a very loving, caring husband, father, and grandfather. Bill was born December 13, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and moved to Battle Creek as a child, graduating from Battle Creek...
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Aaron Jay Brummels

February 12, 1976 - October 9, 2018

Aaron Jay Brummels of Bellevue, MI Aaron, age 42, died unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Aaron was born February 12, 1976 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Henry Gordon and Kathy Ann (Collins) Brummels. He has lived most of his life in the Bellevue area and was a 1994 graduate of Bellevue High School, where he was a member of the football and baseball team....
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William Wayne "Lou" Pryor

June 10, 1926 - October 9, 2018

William Wayne "Lou" Pryor of Marshall, MI Lou, age 92, died peacefully at his residence with his family at his side on Tuesday morning, October 9, 2018. Lou was born June 10, 1926 in Jackson, Michigan the son of M.L. and Lottie (Archer) Pryor. He grew up in the Albion area, attended Albion High School and then joined the U.S. Navy, honorably serving his...
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Tara Garcia Richardson

April 25, 1975 - October 8, 2018

Tara L. Garcia Richardson, 43, of Battle Creek, passed away Monday, October 8, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. Tara was born April 25, 1975 in Battle Creek to Reyes and Eva Jean (Henderson) Williams. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and the Ross Dental Assistant Program. Tara loved music, Spanish dances, family reunions and playing softball. She enjoyed...
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Billie Jo (Spangler) Williams

February 4, 1932 - October 8, 2018

Billie Jo (Spangler) Williams of Battle Creek, MI Billie, age 86, died Monday morning, October 8, 2018 at Community Care of Battle Creek following a lengthy illness. Billie, the daughter of Bill and Josephine (Barksdale) Spangler was born in San Antonio, TX on February 4, 1932 and moved to this area in 1976. She had been an active member of Calvary Baptist...
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David Carl Meisterheim

June 7, 1926 - October 7, 2018

David Carl Meisterheim, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday afternoon, October 7, 2018 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 7, 1926, the son of Carl L. and Elsa W. (Sheid) Meisterheim and graduated with the St. Philip High School Class of 1944. David owned & operated Meisterheim & Associates Realty for more than 51 years, retiring in...
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Richard J. Basso

August 29, 1937 - October 6, 2018

Rev. Richard (Dick) J. Basso was born on August 29, 1937 and passed away on October 6, 2018. He joins his parents Richard J. Basso and Caroline (Diljak) Basso in passing. He is survived by his two brothers Tom (Catherine) Basso and Philip Basso. A devoted family man, he gave unending love to his many nieces and nephews, who knew him dearly as "Uncle Dick." Tom (lndre) Basso, Teresa (Robert)...
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Gerry Hope Scheerens

June 24, 1927 - October 4, 2018

Geraldine Hope (Gerry) Scheerens, 91, of Battle Creek, died October 4, 2018. Gerry was born June 24, 1927 in Rochester, NY to Jacob and Jenny (Cambier) Scheerens. She received her Master's Degree in teaching at Hope College. Gerry taught in Venezuela for one year, a short time in South Haven and spent the majority of her career as a kindergarten teacher at Westlake Elementary School. ...
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Edith M. Gray

November 1, 1939 - October 3, 2018

Edith Marie 'Edie' Gray, age 78, of Battle Creek, passed away on October 3, 2018, surrounded by close family members. Edith was born on November 1, 1939, to Pearl and Charles Heacock in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She lived with her 8 siblings, three of which survive her now, Bruce Heacock, Charles Heacock, and Rose Franks, and four of which preceded her into passing Arlene Branch, Joan Anspaugh,...
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George William "Bill" Tuck, Jr.

January 12, 1927 - October 2, 2018

George William "Bill" Tuck, Jr., 91 of Battle Creek died with his family at his side on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. Bill was born January 12, 1927 in Three Rivers, Michigan, the son of George William and Millicent (Grubb) Tuck, Sr. Bill grew up in Kalamazoo, was a 1945 graduate of Kalamazoo Central, and as a volunteer left for boot camp the day after his...
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Virginia Marian (Penny) Perse

April 29, 1937 - September 30, 2018

Virginia Marian (Penny) Perse of Richland, MI Virginia, age 81, died unexpectedly Sunday, September 30, 2018 at her residence. Virginia, the daughter of Edgar and Virginia (Myers) Penny, was born in Climax, MI on April 29, 1937; was a lifetime area resident and a 1955 graduate of Richland High School. She was an active homemaker raising...
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Thomas "Allen" Smith

June 15, 1957 - September 30, 2018

Thomas "Allen" Smith 61, of Battle Creek, died at his home on Sunday, September 30, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born June 15, 1957 in Dayton, Tennessee, the son of Thomas L. and Cleatus "Juanita" (Hicks) Smith, but he was raised by his step-father, Joe Kowen. He was a 1975 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Allen was a Die Setter employed by Flex-N-Gate in Battle Creek...
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Mona Lee "Molly" (Goodall) Montague

April 17, 1929 - September 30, 2018

Mona Lee "Molly" (Goodall) Montague of Battle Creek and formerly of Marshall went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Molly was born to John and Eva Goodall on April 17th, 1929 in Cass City, Michigan. Molly graduated from Cass City High School in 1947. Molly married her husband, Morris, on September 10th, 1947 in Novesta Township. Surviving are her...
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Carlton Placeway

December 21, 1932 - September 29, 2018

Dr. Carlton Placeway of Richland, Michigan December 21, 1932 – September 29, 2018 Dr. Carlton Placeway, age 85, died Saturday September 29, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo of complications from congestive heart failure and kidney disease. He was born December 21, 1932 in Imlay City, Michigan to Ione W. McKillen Placeway and Arthur Harold Placeway. He graduated from Imlay City...
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Steven Wayne "Steve" Douglas, Jr.

December 6, 1973 - September 27, 2018

Steven Wayne "Steve" Douglas, Jr. of Springfield, M Steve, age 44, died unexpectedly Thursday evening, September 27, 2018 at his residence. Steve, the son of Steven W. and Yvonne (Dean) Douglas, Sr., was born in Kalamazoo, MI on December 6, 1973; was a lifetime area resident and a 1992 graduate of Decatur (MI) High School. He was a Back-Dock Worker at...
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Kathryn Ann (Felder) "Kathy" Kincaid

January 4, 1951 - September 27, 2018

Kathryn A. (Felder) Kincaid, 67, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died at Miller's Adult Foster Care Home in Marshall on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Kathy was born January 4, 1951 in Battle Creek, Michigan at Percy Jones General Hospital, the daughter of Lyle W. and Dorothy Marie (Horrocks) Felder. She was a 1969 graduate of Harper Creek High School. Kathy was a self-employed care giver,...
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Melissa Dee Hughes

November 18, 1971 - September 26, 2018

Melissa Dee Hughes, age 46, of Springfield, sadly passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, September 26, 2018. She was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on November 18, 1971, the daughter of David R. and Brenda S. (Clutter) Woods Sr. and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Melissa was truly a cheerful, loving and giving young lady and was always there to give you one of her...
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Walter Jay Cole

January 22, 1936 - September 26, 2018

Walter Jay Cole, 82, passed away in Battle Creek, Michigan, on September 26, 2018. Walter was born in Battle Creek on January 22, 1936 to parents Walter and Eva (Poirier) Cole. Walter graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1955 and worked as a Switchman for Grand Trunk Railway for 42 years. Walter enjoyed fishing and nature walks at Stuarts Landing in Marshall, MI. He also...
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Ronald Jay "Ronnie" Voelker

April 1, 1938 - September 23, 2018

Ronald Jay "Ronnie" Voelker of Battle Creek, MI Ronnie, age 80, died Sunday September 23, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital following a short illness. Ronnie, the son of Harold and Viola (Rivenburg) Voelker, was born in Battle Creek on April 1, 1938 and was a lifetime area resident. He graduated from...
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Francis B. Wabeke

February 15, 1925 - September 18, 2018

Francis B. Wabeke, 93, of Battle Creek, ascended into heaven on September 18, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Frank was born on February 15, 1925 in Pipestone, Minnesota to parents Cornelius and Helen Wabeke. He served in the United States Army and retired after 37 years from the Federal Center's Defense Logistics Agency. Frank married Juanita (McLain) Wabeke in 1955. He is...
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Doris Jean (Meade) Born

January 28, 1935 - September 17, 2018

Doris Jean (Meade) Born of Augusta, MI Doris passed away peacefully at Glen Arbor Hospice on the seventeenth of September, 2018, at the age of 83. Doris is survived by her children, Becky (Ken) Nuorala, Marty (Cathy) Born, Vickie (Dave) DeLeon, Tim (Penny) Born, as well as 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. ...
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Sharon L. Green

April 17, 1940 - September 12, 2018

On Wednesday, the 12th of September 2018, Sharon Lee Green, age 78, of Battle Creek, Michigan quietly went to be with our Lord Savior. Sharon was born April 17th of 1940 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to June and Henry Hallaxs. She attended Rogers High School in Grand Rapids, lived in California for a while, later moving to Battle Creek, Michigan. Sharon was blessed with three brothers, James,...
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Dennis Michael "Denny" Weigand

February 10, 1947 - September 11, 2018

Dennis Michael "Denny " Weigand of Spring Arbor, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Dennis, age 71, died Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI following a lengthy illness. Dennis, the son of Hartwell R. and Lucille E. (Shuben) Weigand, was born in Battle Creek, MI and was a 1963 graduate of Pennfield High School. He...
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Dale C. Sober

February 23, 1931 - September 11, 2018

Dale C. Sober, age 87, of Battle Creek, MI, went to be with His Lord on Tuesday afternoon, September 11, 2018. Dale, the son of Wayne H. and Marian I. (Kuehn) Sober was born in Fowlerville, MI on February 23, 1931 and was a 1949 graduate of Fowlerville High School. Self-employed most of his life, Dale owned & operated Sober's Auto Repair in Homer and Litchfield, Michigan. Dale was a...
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Patricia Ann "Patty" Hiatt

April 18, 1947 - September 10, 2018

Patricia Ann Hiatt, age 71, of Battle Creek finished a long and brave fight against breast cancer on September 10th, engulfed in love from a family that will miss her like crazy. Born on April 18, 1947 in Gunnison, CO, Patricia (or Patty as her family called her) was the oldest of five children to Arthur V. and Velma L. (Langdon) Schmidt. Much of her early life was spent living the Army Brat...
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William T. Collopy

March 11, 1930 - September 10, 2018

William T. Collopy, 88, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018. Known by Bill or Will, he was born on March 11, 1930. Bill grew up in Colorado, Nebraska and Arizona and graduated from The University of Nebraska with a BA in Fine Arts degree. He received a Master of Arts from the University of Wyoming and a Western Michigan Teaching Certificate. Bill and his...
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Phillip Thomas "Phil" Straniero

February 7, 1948 - September 8, 2018

Phillip Thomas "Phil" Straniero of Hickory Corners, MI After a day of golfing and bonding with lifelong friends, Phil peacefully joined the angels on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The son of Nicholas and May (Chiara) Straniero, Phil was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 7, 1948. A devout Catholic, loving grandfather, father, son,...
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Robert Roe "Bob" Pierce

March 27, 1929 - September 7, 2018

Robert Roe "Bob" Pierce, 89, of Battle Creek, died unexpectedly at home the morning of September 7, 2018. Bob was born at Nichols Hospital in Battle Creek, MI on March 27, 1929, to Bessie (Roe) and Clyde Pierce. His father died when Bob was 14 months old. Bessie later married Ed Fuller. Bob attended Fremont Elementary School and WK Kellogg Junior High School. He completed tenth grade at Battle...
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Con Lal

November 30, 1963 - September 3, 2018

Con Lal, age 54, of Springfield passed from this life on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born on November 30, 1963 in Lumbang, Chin State, Myanmar, the son of the late Bawi Thluai and Hlei Sung. He moved to Battle Creek in 2002 and had been a member of Emmanuel Christian Church and truly loved the Lord, his church and served where needed. He...
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Bethia (Hutchieson) "Betty" McCracken

May 14, 1932 - September 2, 2018

Bethia (Hutchieson) "Betty" McCracken of Richland, MI Betty, age 86, went home to be with her Lord on September 2, 2018 at her residence with her loving family by her side. Betty was born in Glasgow, Scotland on May 14, 1932. Coming to the United States at 20 years old, Betty had great courage and strength to build a new life for herself. Within a year or so,...
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Danelle Lynn (Lawrence) "Dani" Sweet

July 6, 1973 - September 1, 2018

Danelle Lynn (Lawrence) "Dani" Sweet of Kalamazoo, MI Danelle, age 45, passed away with all those she loved by her side on Saturday afternoon, September 1, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Danelle was an outstanding example of true strength and fighting for what you love. After being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in November of 2016, Danelle, a loving daughter, mother,...
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Elizabeth Jean "Tootsie" Moss

July 7, 1939 - September 1, 2018

Elizabeth Jean Moss passed peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the age of 79. She was born in Chesaning, MI on July 7, 1939 to James and Mildred Verga. She was known fondly by family and friends as Tootsie. As a young child her family moved to Battle Creek, MI. She graduated from Battle Creek Central and while there met the love of her life Ronnie Moss...
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Marcia Ann (Berger) Worthington

September 28, 1942 - August 29, 2018

Marcia Ann (Berger) Worthington of Augusta, MI Marcia, age 75, died Wednesday evening, August 29, 2018 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo following a two month illness. Marcia, the daughter of Rex and Eleanor (Schwartz) Berger, was born in Lansing, MI on September 28, 1942 and moved to this area in 1986. She was a 1960 graduate of Lansing Eastern...
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Lavonne J. May

January 5, 1941 - August 28, 2018

Lavonne J. (Hewitt) May, 77, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Battle Creek on January 5, 1941 the daughter of William and June (Prentice) Kissinger. Lavonne was a waitress at some of the smaller family restaurants in the area and at the Dairy Queen on VanBuren Street in the early 80's. She was preceded in death by her...
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Carlene Marsena (Plotts) Inman

September 8, 1936 - August 27, 2018

Carlene Marsena (Plotts) Inman, age 81, of Galesburg passed away at her home on Monday, August 27, 2018. Carlene was born in Lansing, Michigan, on September 8, 1936, the daughter of the late Wayne and Leona Plotts. Carlene graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School in 1954. She married Gerald D. Inman in June 1957, and began a family. In addition to raising her three sons, she worked as a sales...
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Robert Gordon "Bob" Wagner

July 12, 1922 - August 26, 2018

Robert Gordon "Bob" Wagner of Kalamazoo and formerly of Gull Lake Bob, age 96, died Sunday morning, August 26, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, following a brief illness. Bob, the son of Donald and Catherine (Vangemert) Wagner, was born in Kalamazoo on July 12, 1922 and was a lifetime area resident. He served his Country honorably and nobly during World...
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Phyllis E. Boyd

October 7, 1928 - August 25, 2018

Phyllis E. Boyd, 89, of Bellevue, Michigan, died peacefully, Saturday, August 25th at her daughters' home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 7, 1928 in Grosse Pointe, the daughter of Richard and Edith (Bruns) Summers. Phyllis was united in marriage on June 21, 1945 to Archie W. Boyd. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband Archie in 1996. Phyllis was...
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Melva (Wright) Wolf

July 1, 1928 - August 24, 2018

Melva (Wright) Wolf of Marshall, MI Melva, age 90, died Friday evening, August 24, 2018 at the Grand Vista Assisted Living, Marshall, MI, with her loving family at her side. Melva, the daughter of Melvin E. and Ellen D. (Kiester) Wright, was born in Whitley County, IN on July 1, 1928 and moved to Marshall in 1955. She was a graduate of Cromwell High...
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Timothy Lee Worden

July 18, 1947 - August 24, 2018

Timothy Lee Worden, 71, died in the care of the hospice nursing staff at Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Monday, August 24, 2018. He was born July 18, 1947 in Saginaw, Michigan. Tim served his country proudly in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army...
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Wesley S. Wilson

July 4, 1958 - August 24, 2018

Wesley S. Wilson, 60, of Battle Creek, died peacefully, Friday, August 24th at his daughter's home, surrounded by his family. He was born July 4, 1958 the son of Donald W. and Doris (Frohm) Wilson and attended Marshall High School. Wesley was a forklift operator, previously for Advanced Special Tools, and recently worked for Adient Inc. (Johnson Controls) until he retired due to...
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David C. "Dave" Rathburn

November 28, 1954 - August 23, 2018

David C. "Dave" Rathburn of Battle Creek, MI David, age 63, died Thursday evening, August 23, 2108 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. David was the son of Charles and Clara (Rugg) Rathburn, born in Coldwater, MI on November 28, 1954 and moved to this area in the early 1990's. He had been a bartender at the former Red Bird Lounge on West...
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Daniel Allen Perry

October 23, 1942 - August 23, 2018

Daniel A. Perry, age 75, of Battle Creek, died Thursday evening, August 23, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on October 23, 1942, the son of Lonnie L. and Ruby K. (Erskine) Perry. Daniel faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army from1961 to 1963. Daniel married the "Love of His Life" Virginia "Anne" (Parsons) Perry at the First United Methodist Church of Battle...
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Richard C. Rugg, Sr.

November 6, 1945 - August 20, 2018

Richard C. Rugg, Sr., 72, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 20, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Richard was born on November 6, 1945, the son of John L. Rugg, Sr. and Verda (Baughman) Rugg in Marshall, Michigan. After graduating High School, he entered the United States Army as an engineer and later became an electrician, which he continued for 40 years. Richard is survived...
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Carol S. Clothier

September 14, 1940 - August 20, 2018

Carol S. Clothier, 77, died Monday, August 20, 2018, at her daughter's home, surrounded by her loving family. Carol, the daughter of Alfred and Genevieve (Strohm) Coy, was born in Battle Creek on September 14, 1940. Carol was united in marriage to Karl L. Clothier on December 13, 1958, he sadly preceded her in death on October 19, 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Lou Ann ...
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Ellen Norine (Baker) Jones

July 15, 1918 - August 18, 2018

Ellen Norine Jones of Battle Creek, MI Ellen, age 100, died at Upjohn Heritage of Kalamazoo, MI on Saturday afternoon, August 18, 2018. Ellen, the daughter of Frank E. and Ellen E. (Webber) Baker, was born on July 15, 1918, in London, Ontario, Canada and emigrated to Battle Creek at the age of 2. She was raised in Battle Creek; was a 1937 graduate...
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Judson Allen "Jud" Knapper

January 6, 1930 - August 18, 2018

Judson Allen "Jud" Knapper of Kalamazoo, MI Jud, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior on 8/18/2018 with his family by his side. Jud was born January 6, 1930 to Madeline and Judson Knapper, the second born of four children. Jud attended Kalamazoo College and graduated from Northwestern University where he met and married his wife Joan Schmidt in October of 1952. They made their...
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Margaret "Peggy" Hogan

December 14, 1923 - August 17, 2018

Margaret A. "Peggy" Hogan, 94, of Richland, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Friday, August 17, 2018 at Kairos Dwelling. Peggy was born December 14, 1923 in Battle Creek to Allison and Marguerite Skaggs. Peggy was a 1942 graduate of St. Philip High School, attended Michigan State College and graduated as a Registered Nurse from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit....
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Edna L. "Biff" Hlatko

November 23, 1929 - August 16, 2018

Edna L. "Biff" Hlatko, age 88, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Legacy at NorthPointe Woods. She was born in Danville, Kentucky on November 23, 1929, the daughter of John and Lyda Howard. Edna grew up in the Battle Creek area and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Edna soon met her husband of 70 years,...
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Jaquelynn Gay (Williams) Large-Nelson

July 5, 1933 - August 16, 2018

Jaquelynn G. Large-Nelson, 85, passed away peacefully at her home in Augusta on August 16, 2018. She was surrounded by her daughters, Sandra (Stephen) Wood, Sally (Michael) Uldriks, and Collynn Pearl. In addition to her daughters she leaves behind, her sister and brother-in-law, Scharlynn and Carlyle Sims; two grandchildren, Lindsay (Rob) Freidhoff, Chuck (Kim) Palumbo; and six great...
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Lawrence John "Larry" Spoor

June 30, 1936 - August 15, 2018

Lawrence John "Larry" Spoor, 82, of Battle Creek died peacefully with his family at his side at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Larry was born June 30, 1936 in Battle Creek the son of Frank D. and Virginia K. (Miller) Spoor. He grew up on a centennial farm in Newton Township and was a 1954 graduate of Lakeview High School. He had an equivalent of a Master's...
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Marilyn Sue (Lawrence) Carpenter

August 21, 1934 - August 15, 2018

Marilyn Sue (Lawrence) Carpenter, 83 of Bellevue, Michigan died peacefully, with her family at her side, at Heartland Health Care Center on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. A private service will be held for Marilyn's family. If you have any other questions, please call us at 269-962-5527.
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Michael Allen "Mike" Karsten

March 17, 1962 - August 14, 2018

Michael Allen "Mike" Karsten, age 56, of Athens passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday afternoon, August 14, 2018. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 17, 1962, the son of Harold and Geraldine (Talsma) Karsten. Mike faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1981 to 1987, and retired from II Stanley for medical reasons in 2012...
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Janis K. Cox

September 14, 1947 - August 12, 2018

Janis K. Cox, 70, of Battle Creek, died August 12, 2018. Janis was born September 14, 1947 in Battle Creek to Melvin and Mildren (McIntyre) Babcock. She loved watching movies and the Young and the Restless. She enjoyed listening to music, especially the Beatles, Elvis and Janis Joplin. But most of all, Janis loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Janis is...
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Beverly Elaine (McKellar) Hendricks

March 2, 1937 - August 12, 2018

Beverly Elaine (McKellar) Hendricks, 81 of Battle Creek and formerly of Saginaw died with her family at her side, at Borgess Medical Center on August 12, 2018. Beverly was born in 1937 in Saginaw, Michigan the daughter of Alvin and Dorothy (Zimmerman) McKellar. She graduated Saginaw High School in 1955 and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Central Michigan University and a...
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Marilyn M. Nelson

January 18, 1936 - August 10, 2018

Marilyn M. Badger-Nelson, 82, of Bellevue formerly of Galesburg, died Friday, August 10, 2018 at Evergreen Manor. She was born January 18, 1936 in Battle Creek the daughter of Lavern Rounds and Margaret (Fettes) Brown and attended Battle Creek Central High School. Marilyn was a waitress for many years until she purchased and was co-owner of the 'Time Out Lounge' in Galesburg for 28 years. ...
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John H. Hallaxs

September 27, 1942 - August 8, 2018

John H. Hallaxs, 75, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 with his family by his side. John was born September 27, 1942 in Battle Creek to Benjamin and Laura (McCandless) Hallaxs. He graduated from Pennfield High School and enrolled in the U.S. Air Force. On June 14, 1963, John married the former Catherine Ridley in New Mexico. The couple enjoyed 55 years of marriage. John retired...
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Frank Rusan

March 21, 1925 - August 5, 2018

Frank Rusan, age 93, a longtime resident of Battle Creek passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the Oaks at Northpointe Woods where he was recovering from a broken hip. He was born in Battle Creek on March 21, 1925 to Katherine and Steve Rusan. Frank enlisted in the United States Army and served valiantly during WWII. He was wounded in Normandy and received a bronze star and purple heart. Frank...
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C. Wayne Neil

December 19, 1943 - August 5, 2018

Clarence "Wayne" Neil, 74, of Battle Creek went to be with the Lord unexpectedly due to cancer complications at Bronson Battle Creek on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Wayne was born December 19, 1943 in Monroe, Michigan, the son of Neldon R. and Dorothea Alice (Stafford) Neil. He was a 1963 graduate of Springfield High School. Wayne first worked briefly for Grand Trunk Western Railroad, then was...
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Lewis Avery "Lewie" Bartow

June 7, 1935 - August 5, 2018

Lewis Avery "Lewie" Bartow, 83 of Battle Creek died peacefully at The Legacy at NorthPointe Woods on Sunday morning, August 5, 2018. He was born June 7, 1935 in Port Huron, Michigan, the son of Omer P. and Marguerite (Dodds) Bartow. Lewie was a 1954 graduate of Marysville High School, earned his Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and his Master's Degree from Western Michigan...
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William H. "Bill" Meyer

November 2, 1927 - August 2, 2018

William H. "Bill" Meyer of Battle Creek, MI Bill, age 90, formerly of Ottawa, IL and now of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away at the Bickford Cottage assisted living facility on Thursday, August 2, 2018. He is survived by his two daughters Rebecca (Jeff) Easton of Berrien Center, Michigan, and Sallie Meyer of...
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Thomas Ram Lian Thang

December 1, 2010 - August 1, 2018

Thomas Ram Lian Thang, age 7 died in Indianapolis, IN August 1, 2018. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 1, 2010 the son of William and Mary (Sui) Duh. Thomas would have been a second grade student this fall at St. Joseph Elementary. Thomas is survived by his loving parents, William and Mary (Sui) Duh; two brothers, Robert Duh and Timothy Bawi; a sister, Rita Sui; three...
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Noah Aaron Nichols

April 1, 1999 - July 30, 2018

Noah Aaron Nichols, age 19, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home and was guided to heaven by angels on Monday, July 30, 2018. Noah was born April 1, 1999, in Battle Creek the son of Elizabeth Michelle Miller Hubbart. His curiosity helped him reach milestones beyond what anyone thought possible. Noah was the most loving, patient, kind, gentle soul; and his mother's angel on earth, who...
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David McPeters

November 15, 1958 - July 30, 2018

David Allan (Pete) McPeters, 59, of Battle Creek, died Monday, July 30, 2018. Pete was born Novemebr 15, 1958 in LaPorte, IN to David and Marie Louise (Dubbert) McPeters. Pete attended Battle Creek Central High School and worked at Ralston Cereal Company for 21 years before retiring in 1995. Pete enjoyed bowling, basketball, baseball and hunting. He wrestled and coached his children's...
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Robert McClellan "Bob" Riegel

July 11, 1922 - July 29, 2018

Robert M. "Bob" Riegel, age 96, of Bellevue, Michigan died Sunday, July 29, 2018 after a brief stay at the Battle Creek VA Hospice facility. Bob was born July 11, 1922 in Schoolcraft, Michigan the son of Nicholas and Helen (Pufpaff) Riegel. Bob has resided at his home in Bellevue for the past 90+ years. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and then honorably served his country...
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Lane William Botimer

June 4, 2018 - July 28, 2018

Lane William Botimer, a seven week old premature infant who fought a courageous battle with lung infections, was guided to heaven by angels on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Lane was born June 4, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, the son of Andrea Lynn Krieg and Daniel Vincent Botimer. Surviving are his parents; three brothers, Parker and Jackson Krieg, Zander Botimer; three sisters, Ashlynn...
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Karen DeAnn Britten

January 5, 1947 - July 27, 2018

Karen DeAnn Britten, 71, of Battle Creek, died Friday, July 27, 2018, at her home. She was born January 5, 1947 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Donald A. and Rosemary B. (Cosgrove) Pyatt. Karen was a 1965 graduate of Durand High School and attended Ferris State University. Karen was a social worker for State of Michigan, retiring in 1997. After her retirement she worked at the former...
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Dr. Luke Samuel Albert, P.E.

February 19, 1927 - July 23, 2018

Dr. Luke Samuel Albert, P.E of Richland, MI and formerly of Kingston, RI Luke, age 91, died peacefully Monday evening, July 23, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, MI. Luke, the son of Grant and Mary (Fox) Albert was born in Palmyra, PA on February 19, 1927. He attended Palmyra High School and Lebanon Valley College from which he graduated in 1950....
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Joanne Kay (Vind) Hassan

July 8, 1936 - July 21, 2018

Joanne Kay (Vind) Hassan of Sherman Lake (Augusta), MI Joanne, age 82, died unexpectedly Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Joanne, the daughter of Meredith W. and Freida W. (Yonker) Vind, was born in Kalamazoo on July 8,1936; was a lifelong area resident and a 1954 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. She retired in 1994 after over 20...
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William Allen "Bill" Rich

November 10, 1938 - July 21, 2018

William "Bill" Allen Rich William Allen Rich was "Promoted to Glory" on July 21, 2018, after a long battle against Asbestosis related illness. He was 79. Wm. Allen Rich was born on November 10, 1938, to William K. and Estella (Barber) Rich in Battle Creek. He attended Post Elementary, Southeastern Junior High, and Battle Creek Central High Schools. On January 17, 1959, he married...
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Jack C. "Papa" Heston

January 8, 1943 - July 20, 2018

Jack C. "Papa" Heston, age 75, of Battle Creek passed away Friday afternoon, July 20, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on January 8, 1943, the loving son of Jack O. and Margaret M. (Clair) Heston and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Jack retired from the Battle Creek Gas Company in 1998 after more than 30 years of faithful service. Jack married the "Love of His Life",...
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Stanley Ralph Belden

August 1, 1935 - July 18, 2018

Stanley Ralph Belden 82, of Battle Creek Ml passed peacefully Wednesday July 18,2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, after heroically battling Parkinson's Disease for 5 years. He was laid to rest knowing he was loved surrounded by his three children and grandchildren. The wonderful staff at Rose Arbor showed true love and tender care for both Stan and his family. Stan's family truly thanks...
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Terri Lynn Seymore

February 2, 1960 - July 18, 2018

Terri Lynn Seymore, 58, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Terri was born February 2, 1960 in Corpus Christi, Texas the daughter of Everett and Inez (Glen) Seymore. As a child she moved from Texas to Battle Creek. Terri was a 1978 graduate of Lakeview High School and earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Kellogg Community College. She was...
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William Arthur "Bill" Wells

September 3, 1935 - July 18, 2018

William Arthur "Bill" Wells of Kalamazoo, MI Bill, age 82, died Wednesday afternoon, July 18, 2018 at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo. Bill, the son of Orie and Alice (Coster) Wells, was born in Kalamazoo on September 3, 1935 and was lifetime resident. He served his Country honorably and nobly during the Korean War in the United States Air Force. Bill...
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Jacqueline J. "Jackie" (Jones) Powers

September 24, 1931 - July 18, 2018

Jacqueline Jean "Jackie" (Jones) Powers, 86, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, died peacefully at home with her loving family at her side, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Jackie was born September 24, 1931, in Battle Creek, the daughter of Russell and Dorothy (Joslyn) Jones. She was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central and in 1951 graduated from Elkhart (Indiana) Business University. ...
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Marcia Ruth Yaw

August 30, 1940 - July 17, 2018

Marcia Ruth (Markos) Yaw Grandma Marcia Yaw completed a life well lived and passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the age of 77 years. Marcia was born on August 30, 1940 in Battle Creek, MI to Rosemond (Drew) and Nicholas Markos. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1958 and married David Yaw on March 30, 1963. She worked many...
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Rogelio "Roy" Ramon

November 18, 1947 - July 14, 2018

Rogelio Ramon, better known a "Roy" (70) was born November 18, 1947 to Ismael Ramon and Amelia Cavazos in Pearsall, Texas. He left TX as a young man to migrate to Battle Creek, MI with his family. It was in Battle Creek where Roy grew to become the man of his house providing for his family. He promised to never leave his family and kept that promise, by being the best father he could be. Roy...
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Mary Donafae "Donna" Daam

July 19, 1923 - July 14, 2018

Mary Donafae "Donna" Daam of Galesburg, MI Donna, age 94, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, July 14, 2018 with family by her side. Donna, the daughter of Joseph and M. Viola (Fitzsimmons) Fischer, was born in St. Edward, NE on July 19, 1923. She had been employed for over 40 years as a dental assistant for Dr. Dan Kavanaugh of Galesburg and enjoyed the...
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William F. Bowers

August 11, 1937 - July 14, 2018

William Furner Bowers, age 80, of Houghton Lake passed away on Saturday July 14, 2018 at home with his loving family by his side. Bill was born on August 11, 1937 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Frederick and Elnora (Hard) Bowers. He grew up and attended school in the Battle Creek Area. Bill was married on June 16, 1957 in Battle Creek to Hazel Bundy. He served as a SSG in the Air Force Reserves...
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Joyce Poll

June 19, 1931 - July 14, 2018

Joyce Rita (Young) Poll, 87, passed peacefully surrounded by loving family at Bronson Hospital, Battle Creek on Saturday July 14, 2018 after a short illness. Born June 19, 1931 to Leslie J. Young and Agnes A. (Witt) in Muskegon, MI. She attended St. Joseph's High School in Muskegon and Mercy School of Nursing Class of '52, working as an RN at the VA Battle Creek, MI. She married Jay F. Poll...
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Patricia Ann (Coghlan) "Pat" Clancy

March 22, 1931 - July 14, 2018

Patricia Ann (Coghlan) Clancy of Augusta, MI Pat died Saturday morning, July 14, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, MI with her family at her side. Pat, the daughter of Lawrence J. and Lucille D. (LaPorte) Coghlan, was born in Milwaukee, WI on March 22, 1931; attended St. Boniface Grade School and graduated from Messmer...
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Marlene Fay Curtis

September 22, 1933 - July 13, 2018

Marlene Fay Curtis, 84, of Battle Creek, died peacefully July 13, 2018 with her family by her side. Marlene was born September 22, 1933 in St. Ignace to Levi and Berniece (Mason) Furlott. Marlene graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Lawrence Curtis, in 1950 and was a devoted wife and mother. She was inventive, creative, and enjoyed a...
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Margery Davis Romberger

October 9, 1929 - July 12, 2018

Margery Davis Romberger, age 88, of Richland, Michigan, died July 12, 2018 at the home of her daughter in Richland. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 9, 1929, the daughter of Cameron and Irene Finlay Davis. She attended State High School and Kalamazoo College, and graduated from Swarthmore College. In 1951, Margery married John Albert Romberger, who died in 2014. They lived in...
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Ivah F. (Rees) Nigg

October 21, 1921 - July 11, 2018

Ivah F. Nigg (Rees), 96, passed away July 11, 2018. She was an Owner/Operator of Needle Craft and Baby Shop-Battle Creek, MI. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxillary-Augusta MI. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert P. Rees and second husband, Frederick F. Nigg. She is survived by her son, Stanley Rees; daughters, Sandra Dingledine and Paula (Robert)...
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Rebecca Carter DeLoof

November 15, 1941 - July 10, 2018

Rebecca Carter DeLoof went to meet her Lord on July 10th, 2018. Rebecca was born November 15, 1941 at home in Kalamazoo, MI. She grew up on a mountain in Russellville, KY and on a farm in Paw Paw, MI with her two brothers Joe and Harve Carter. She attended the Dayton Country School graduating from Paw Paw High School. She attended KCC graduating as an LPN in 1983. She loved being a nurse...
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Albert G. Johnson

December 12, 1946 - July 9, 2018

Albert G. Johnson, 71, of Battle Creek, died July 9, 2018. Albert was born December 12, 1946 in Pontiac to Loyle and Margaret (Gibbs) Johnson. Albert served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps and fought in the Vietnam War. He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Wrobleski and his ex-wife, Sybil (Michael) Fordos. A graveside service to celebrate Albert's life...
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Patricia R. Miller

July 13, 1953 - July 9, 2018

Patricia Ruth (Steffee) Miller died Monday, July 9, 2018 at the University of Michigan Medical Hospital. She was born July 13, 1953 to Donald Keith Steffee and Marian (Clover) Steffee and lived in Battle Creek. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School ('71) and attended Kellogg Community College. She worked as an administrative assistant for the Fort Custer Veterans Affairs...
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Emma "Jean" Berry

March 6, 1927 - July 9, 2018

Emma "Jean" Berry, age 91, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Monday morning, July 9, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Battle Creek on March 6, 1927, the daughter of John and Virginia "Virgie" (Robinson) Taylor. A great seamstress, Jean enjoyed sewing & crocheting, cooking, riding her bike, camping and spending time at the lake, but her true passion in life was spending...
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Diane Lynn (Arnold) Kievit

November 29, 1953 - July 5, 2018

Diane Lynn (Arnold) Kievit of Kalamazoo, MI Diane, age 64, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 5, 2017 at her residence. Diane, the daughter of Wayne H. and Dorothy I. (Stell) Arnold, was born in Kalamazoo on November 29, 1953; was a 1971 graduate of Gull Lake (Richland) High School and earned her Master's Degree in Education from Central Michigan University of Mt....
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William "Junior" Akins, Jr.

December 8, 1953 - July 5, 2018

William P. "Junior" Akins, Jr., age 64, of Battle Creek went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, July 5, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on December 8, 1953, the loving son of William P. and Betty (Lowe) Akins and graduated from Springfield High School with the Class of 1972, where he wrestled and played football. Junior has resided at Calhoun County Medical Care in Battle...
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Violet J. "Dolly" Carl

May 19, 1943 - July 2, 2018

Violet J. "Dolly" (Billings) Carl, 75, of Kalamazoo, passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside at Bronson Methodist Hospital late Monday evening, July 2, 2018, after receiving her last rites by Father James Richardson from St. Mary's Catholic Church. Violet was born May 19, 1943, in the city of Battle Creek, Michigan, to Manley and Marguerite (Brown) Billings. Once home from the...
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Mildred Evelyn "Millie" (Wilbur) Duff

May 15, 1930 - July 2, 2018

Mildred Evelyn "Millie" (Wilbur) Duff, 88, of Battle Creek died Monday, July 2, 2018 at Sue's Loving Care in Kalamazoo. Mildred was born May 15, 1930 in Traverse City, Michigan the daughter of Donald DeVere and Catherine (Terry) Wilbur. Millie grew up in Whitehall and Muskegon then moved to Battle Creek where she attended Battle Creek Central High School. Millie was united in marriage to...
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Walter Lee "Walt" Morgan

September 8, 1938 - June 28, 2018

Walter Lee "Walt" Morgan of Battle Creek, MI Walt, age 79, went to be with the Lord Thursday afternoon, June 28, 2018 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility, Battle Creek, MI. Walt, the son of Melvin D. and Audrey Rose (Newby) Morgan, was born in Dayton, TN on September 8, 1938; moved to the Battle Creek area in 1951 and attended Springfield High...
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Leslie A. Van Geison, Jr.

February 8, 1956 - June 27, 2018

Leslie A. Van Geison, Jr., age 62, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, June 27th after battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) for the past 14 years. He was born February 8, 1956 in Charlotte, Michigan. Following graduation from Battle Creek Central High School he joined the United States Marine Corps. for three years and then transitioned to the United States Army where he was honorably discharged on...
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Rebecca D. Hersha

October 2, 1974 - June 26, 2018

Rebecca Dianne Hersha, beloved daughter, sister, and friend, died peacefully on June 26, 2018 after a long and courageous struggle for her health. She was 43. A 1992 Lakeview High School graduate, Rebecca attended Kellogg Community College, University of Michigan, and Evergreen State College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences in 1999. After living...
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Allison Katherine Ginsberg

August 17, 1978 - June 25, 2018

Allison Katherine Ginsberg of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Allison, age 39, died Monday afternoon, June 25th at her loving parents' home after battling the beast that is ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) for the past 10 years. In telling her own story, Allison wrote, "My goal is to live each day to the fullest, surrounded by my friends and family." With the help of many friends and her family, she...
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Beverly Lou Banks

August 21, 1926 - June 23, 2018

Beverly Lou Banks, age 91, of Kalamazoo and formerly of Marshall, passed away Saturday morning, June 23, 2018 at the Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek on August 21, 1926, the daughter of Damon and Lillian (Hewitt) Banks and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1944. Beverly retired from the Eaton Corporation in 1991 after more than 21 years...
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Ricky Alan "Rick" Henderson

February 20, 1962 - June 19, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Ricky Alan "Rick" Henderson announces his passing after bravely battling cancer for two years, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the age of 56 years. Rick will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Diana, and his children, Jessica (Kalvin) Berner, Stephen (April) Henderson, step-children, Nicholas Yates, Whitney Yates, and Andrew Holdridge. Rick will also...
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