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Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care was established in 1882. We continue to serve Battle Creek, Augusta, Richland and surrounding communities today.

Our website gives you access to information on Traditional Funerals, Types of Tributes, Cremation Options, Memorials, Monuments and Markers, Obituary Notices, Grief Support, our Schedule of Services, Merchandise (including Video Tributes and Service Folders) and a Directory of Other Services.

We provide our website to help you understand your options, whether you are making funeral arrangements at the time of need “At-Need” or in advance “Preneed ”. It also includes a directory of florists, cemeteries and hotels, and describes our History, where we’ve been and what we offer now. Another important feature of our website, “Submit a Memory”, is located at the end of each individual obituary notice. By clicking on this link, you can relay to the family a fond memory of their loved one or just a simple note of condolence. You can be assured that the family will receive your message and it will be printed and forwarded to them.


Our Obituaries

Sadie Marie Bauer

October 9, 1932 - May 22, 2022

Sadie Marie (Mohan) Bauer, 89 of Battle Creek died on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Pineview Assisted Living. Sadie was born October 9, 1932 in Cambria, Illinois to James E. and Dorothy L. (Brown) Mohan, Sr. She grew up in Cambria and was a 1947 graduate of Herrin High School. Sadie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University and her Master's Degree in...
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Mitch LaFountain

July 15, 1980 - May 20, 2022

Mitch LaFountain, Age 41 of Battle Creek, MI passed away on May 20, 2022. He was born on July 15, 1980 to his parents, David LaFountain and Jean Sinkler in Allegan, MI. Mitch just loved life. He was an avid fisherman and loved camping, working on cars, cooking, playing with his dog, Beau, and most of all "Talking Smack" to everyone (all in good fun). He enjoyed having a few drinks with his...
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Shirley A. Paulson

December 20, 1935 - May 20, 2022

Shirley Ann Paulson, age 86, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Friday afternoon, May 20, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on December 20, 1935, the loving daughter of Floyd and Charlotte (Reichel) Shay. Shirley married Arthur Edward Paulson in Calhoun County on May 12, 1951, and they raised four daughters in their loving home. She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Lee) Rentz of Shelton,...
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JoAnn Marie Howes

December 25, 1935 - May 19, 2022

JoAnn Marie (Korhonen) Howes, passed peacefully at home with all of her children by her side on Thursday, May 19, 2022. JoAnn was born on Christmas Day 1935 in Grayling, Michigan to Walter and Leelah (Gierke) Korhonen. She grew up in Grayling and graduated in 1954 from Grayling High School. JoAnn married the love of her life, David Pendry Howes, on August 21, 1954 after they met camping on...
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Robert V. "Bob" Wenzel

March 1, 1942 - May 19, 2022

Robert V. "Bob" Wenzel, age 80 of Richland, passed away at home on May 19, 2022. Bob was born March 1, 1942, in Plymouth, IN to Robert I. and Irene (Houin) Wenzel. He lived, attended school, and worked on the family farm in Lakeville, IN until going to work for REA Express in 1963. In 1964, he was drafted into the United States Army and served at Fort Polk, LA until 1966. He then returned to...
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Eileen Ann (Chase) Sheehan

April 26, 1925 - May 18, 2022

Eileen Ann (Chase) Sheehan, 97 of Battle Creek died peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Lakeview Assisted living, with her family at her side. Eileen was born April 26, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan to Ward Neil and Anna Marie (Zimmerman) Chase. She moved to Battle Creek as a child and began attending St. Philip Elementary in third grade. Eileen was a 1943 graduate of St. Philip Catholic...
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Ralph C. Smith

March 19, 1943 - May 18, 2022

Ralph Carl "Smitty" Smith, 79 of Battle Creek, MI, passed away Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 in Kalamazoo, MI. Ralph was born in Battle Creek on March 19th, 1943, the son of Orville C. and Maudie L. Smith. He called Battle Creek his home during his lifetime. Ralph grew up in Battle Creek, graduating from Battle Creek Central in 1961. Following that, he spent some time in the Air National Guard,...
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Alfreeda D. Cross

December 5, 1941 - May 17, 2022

Alfreeda D. Cross, age 80, formerly of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2022. She was born December 5, 1941, the daughter of Alfred and Inez (Ingould) Cross and attended Battle Creek Central High School. Alfreeda worked at several area restaurants and truly enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Alfreeda is survived by her children, Dianna...
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Virginia D'Lamatter

November 26, 1926 - May 14, 2022

Virginia M. (Bartz) D'Lamatter, 95, died on May 14, 2022 at Bickford Senior Living in Battle Creek, Michigan. Virginia spent many years working for the City of Battle Creek Planning Department. Virginia always held a special place in her heart for St. Philip Church and Catholic education in Battle Creek. Virginia has supported the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools Foundation annually for...
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Jean P. Price

May 7, 1937 - May 13, 2022

Bob Seger lost his #1 fan, Jean P. Price, when she passed away on May 13, 2022. She was 85 years old. Jean was born May 7, 1937 in Battle Creek to Earl and Olive (Johnson) Lewis. Jean and her twin sister Joan were raised by their grandparents Cora & Harry and their Uncle OT Johnson. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1957. She married Herbert A. Price on October 2, 1960 in...
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Patricia Ann "Pat" Gettys

March 31, 1933 - May 13, 2022

Mrs. Patricia Ann Gettys, born March 31, 1933 in Allegan, Michigan, daughter of Carl William Bishop and Mizpah Marcella VanKeuren, passed away peacefully at home on May 13, 2022, surrounded by family. Pat married Melvin Duane in 1952 and was widowed in 1962, then was married to Kenneth Gettys in 1965 and widowed in 1997. Pat graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and received certification...
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Jack S. Palmer

June 1, 1924 - May 13, 2022

Jack S. Palmer, 97, passed away May 13, 2022 at StoryPoint Senior Living in Portage with his family by his side. Jack was born June 1, 1924 in Holland, MI to Merle and Jeanette (Scheerhorn) Palmer. He graduated high school and served his country honorably in the U.S Army Air Corps during WWII. While deployed, he was a B-17 Engineer/Gunner in England. Jack was also a P5 Mechanic at the Air...
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William "Duncan" Bailey, Jr.

May 10, 2022

William Duncan Bailey, age 71, a well-known Barber and Stylist in Battle Creek, died with his family at his side on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Ascension Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Duncan was born September 7, 1950 in Battle Creek to William Duncan Bailey, Sr. and Barbara (Bacon) Bailey. He was a 1968 graduate of Harper Creek High School, attended Ferris State College in the Pharmacy...
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Margaret Ann "Marge" (Cincala) Rysz

September 17, 1929 - May 9, 2022

Margaret Ann "Marge" (Cincala) Rysz, 92 of Battle Creek died at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall on Monday, May 9, 2022. Marge was born September 17, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Heban) Cincala. She grew up in Rossford, Ohio and was a 1947 graduate of Rossford High School. Margaret Ann "Marge" Cincala was united in marriage to Teddy Rysz in 1950. Marge was preceded...
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George Paul "Paul" Flach

May 4, 2022

George Paul Flach, 97, of Augusta, Michigan passed away May 4, 2022. Paul was the ninth of 12 children of Francis and Agnes (Fisher) Flach. He honorably served our country with the U.S. Navy during WWII in the European and Asiatic Pacific Theaters. Paul was a carpenter and builder by trade. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and gardening. ...
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Gretta L. Kitchen

March 6, 1942 - May 4, 2022

Gretta L. Kitchen, age 80 of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday morning, May 4, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on March 6, 1942, the loving daughter of Forrest and Rebekah (Wilkinson) Stamm. Gretta owned & operated her own commercial cleaning business, "GK Cleaning" in the Houghton Lake & Battle Creek areas for more than 40 years and...
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Philip C. Purvis

February 7, 1927 - May 3, 2022

Philip (Phil) Charles Purvis,age 95 of Battle Creek, died peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Phil was born on February 7, 1927 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Charles and Edith (Johnson) Purvis, who preceded him in death. Phil was a 1944 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. After graduating from high school, Phil was drafted in to the U.S. Army...
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Joan Stringer

December 30, 1934 - May 1, 2022

Joan Annette Stringer, passed away at home on May 1, 2022 after battling a long illness. She was born December 30, 1934 in Battle Creek to Frank L. and Pauline (Harrison) Wade. She graduated from Central High School in 1952. She married James F. Stringer in May 1954 at First Baptist Church in Battle Creek, MI. While Jim was in the Navy, they lived in Memphis, TN, Vallejo, CA, and Long Beach,...
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Chaney D. Overholts

August 8, 1947 - April 29, 2022

Chaney D. Overholts, age 74, of Galesburg, Michigan passed away peacefully on Friday evening, April 29, 2022 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. He was born in Düsseldorf, Germany on August 8, 1947, the son of Howard Dale and Dagmar Charlotte (Bauer) Overholts. Chaney faithfully served his country as a Sergeant In the United States Army, retiring in 1979 after more than 12...
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Marjorie Marie Peterson

May 2, 1930 - April 26, 2022

Marjorie Marie (VanDyke) Peterson, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Marjorie was born on May 2, 1930 in Battle Creek to Shirley and Jennie (Talbot) VanDyke. She grew up in Wattles Park and was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. She was formerly employed at Leila Hospital and the Kellogg Company. She also attended the Seventh-day Adventist Church downtown for over 15 years. On...
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Raymond Leroy Malotte

December 8, 1915 - April 26, 2022

Raymond Leroy Malotte, age 106 of Battle Creek passed away peacefully and went to be with his Lord & Savior on Tuesday evening, April 26, 2022. Raymond was born in Ridgeville, Indiana on December 8, 1915, the loving and devoted son of Roe and Bertha (Carrier) Malotte. The family moved to Augusta, Michigan when Raymond was 10 years old. Four years later, the family moved to Battle Creek....
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Alice L. Moore

February 8, 1928 - April 24, 2022

Alice L. Moore, age 94, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday evening, April 24, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on February 8, 1928, the loving daughter of Lawson and Dorothy (Budd) Rule. Alice retired from Norman Foods after more than 20 years of service. She was a member of the Bedford O.E.S. Chapter # 471, the Battle Creek Corvette Club and Bedford Hills Country Club. Alice enjoyed...
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Sally A. (Etter) Turner

October 30, 1934 - April 24, 2022

Dr. Sally A. Turner. Born October 30, 1934 - April 24, 2022 at 87 years old. Beloved mother, aunt, grandmother, community leader, excellent friend and retired veterinarian, Sally Ann Turner, left us after a fierce battle against dementia. On Easter Sunday 2022 Sally had a massive stroke and entered hospice care shortly after. Sally was born to Charles and Mary (Olmstead) Etter in South Bend...
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Jane B. (Brydges) Chappell

April 24, 2022

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Jane Brydges Chappell. She joined the angels peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday, April 24, 2022. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Julie Chappell Ryan (Tim) of Medina, Ohio; Janet Chappell (Michael Ashton) of East Lansing, Michigan; Jeanine Plushnik (Tony) of Ceresco, Michigan; Jackie Stevens (Mark)...
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Roger Lee Stults

December 12, 1932 - April 22, 2022

Roger Lee Stults, 89, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at Bickford Assisted Living on Friday, April 22, 2022. Roger was born December 12, 1932 in Battle Creek to Leslie "Tim" and Pearl M. (Copeland) Stults. He attended Battle Creek Central High School and graduated from Harper Creek High School. Roger honorably served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Watts, a Fletcher class...
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Claudine Ploehn

September 1, 1927 - April 19, 2022

Claudine Ploehn, age 94, of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at her home with her family by her side. Claudine was born September 1, 1927 in Monterey, TN to Claude and Clara (Buckner) Jones. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1945 and worked for the Kellogg Company for five years. She then worked for Michigan National Bank for 32 years, retiring in 1982. ...
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Floyd D. "Pretty Boy Floyd" "Shorty" Blakney

November 19, 1937 - April 17, 2022

Floyd D. "Pretty Boy Floyd" "Shorty" Blakney, age 84, passed away Sunday morning April 17, 2022 with his family by his side. He was born in Lansing, Michigan on November 19, 1937, the son of Thomas and Marjorie (Rose) Blakney. Floyd proudly & faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1955 -1962. He retired from Walmart in 2019 after more than 10...
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Paul James Mackaluso

December 7, 1927 - April 16, 2022

Paul James Mackaluso was called home by his Heavenly Father on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at the age of 94. Paul was born on December 7, 1927, to Paul D. and Rebecca Mackaluso at Camp Custer in Augusta, Michigan. Paul went to W.K. Kellogg School until he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served for 19 months and was honorably discharged in 1946 as a Seaman First Class. While in the Navy, he...
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Christina A. "Tina" Slayton

October 18, 1947 - April 16, 2022

Christina Ann "Tina" Slayton, 74, of Battle Creek, died peacefully with family and close friends by her side, on Saturday, April 16, 2022, after a long battle with dementia. Tina was born October 18, 1947, and raised in Brunswick, ME. Tina received a B.A. degree in sociology from Wheeling College, Wheeling, W.Va. After a nineteen-year career with the Kellogg Company, which brought her to...
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Robert Lee "Bubba" Rodeheaver

May 24, 1982 - April 15, 2022

Robert Lee Rodeheaver "Bubba", 39, of Kalamazoo, MI passed away at his home unexpectedly on Friday April 15, 2022. Born on May 24, 1982 to his loving parents, David Trinkle & Lisa Rodeheaver, Robert immediately filled the lives of those around him with joy. Robert graduated Galesburg-Augusta High School in 2001. During Robert's short life, he was a St. Jude's leukemia survivor and faced...
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Amy June Outman

June 21, 1924 - April 15, 2022

Amy June Outman, age 97 of Battle Creek passed away on Friday, April 15, 2022. She was born in Dowling, Michigan on June 21, 1924, the daughter of John and Mae (Rice) Hammond and graduated from Hastings High School. In 1983, Amy retired from the Kellogg Company after nearly 30 years of service. Amy married Richard Lee "Rich" Outman at the Convis United Methodist Church in Battle Creek on May...
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Thomas Lee Baker

May 21, 1952 - April 12, 2022

Thomas Lee Baker, 69 of Battle Creek, MI, went to be with the Lord on April 12, 2022. He was born on May 21, 1952 in Marshall, MI. Thomas enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1973 and proudly served his country for seven years. Thomas is remembered as a very kind and outgoing guy. He was very giving and would do anything for anyone in need. Thomas loved his trips to South Haven, MI,...
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James Patrick "Jimmy" Dowdle

March 8, 1954 - April 12, 2022

James Patrick "Jimmy" Dowdle, 68 of Detroit and formerly of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly as a result of a sudden cardiac event and went from home to Heaven on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Jim was born March 8, 1954 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the youngest child of John Francis and Mary Louise (Smith) Dowdle. As a kid growing up in Battle Creek, he knew everything that was going on and...
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Lawrence Paul "Larry" Wezensky

September 9, 1936 - April 11, 2022

Lawrence (Larry) Paul Wezensky, 85, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully on April 11, 2022. Larry was born September 9, 1936 at home in Mount Pleasant, Michigan to John Anthony and Ina Mae (Smith) Wezensky. He grew up in Mount Pleasant and was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy High School. Larry attended Aquinas College while working at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids,...
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Larry Vance

April 29, 1977 - April 6, 2022

Larry Vance, age 45 of Battle Creek, Passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. He was born on April 29, 1977 to his parents James and Pearl Vance. He married the "Love of His Life", Marlana Vance in 2014. Larry is known as a hardworking and committed family man. He always did what he had to do to give his family the very best. Larry enjoyed date nights with his wife, taking his family on...
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Margaret M. Jordan

March 12, 1926 - April 3, 2022

Margaret Marie Jordan passed away Sunday April 3 Sharpsburg Georgia. Born March 12, 1926 to Norris and Fern M Burnett, Margaret called Battle Creek her home for most of her life. A Brother Richard Burnett preceded her in death. Margaret married to Wayne Walter Jordan; she was a devoted wife for 58 years. Margaret enjoyed gathering with family and friends as well as traveling the world. ...
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Gracie E. Bradshaw

October 3, 1941 - April 3, 2022

Gracie Ellen Bradshaw, age 80, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday evening, April 4, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on October 3, 1941, the daughter of Lawrence and Alberta (Jacoby) Jacobs. Gracie worked for several years at II Stanley, enjoyed collecting dolls, and loved her dogs and spending time with her family & grandchildren. Gracie is survived by her son, Gerald Belden of Battle...
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Tony France

November 29, 1972 - April 2, 2022

Tony France, age 49 of Battle Creek, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2022. He was born on November 29, 1972 to his parents Ronald and Molly France. Tony married the "Love of His Life" in 1998 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Tony is remembered as a very goofy and loving man. He always knew how to make people laugh. He was a very hard worker and a perfectionist. He took great pride in everything he...
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Doris L. Reichert

May 26, 1937 - April 2, 2022

Doris L. Reichert, 84, of Battle Creek, died April 2, 2022. Doris was born May 26, 1937 in Hillsdale, MI to Lee and Gertrude (Turner) Cook. She graduated high school and married Leonard Reichert June 24, 1956. Doris worked as a nurse's aide for many years at Community Hospital while her first two children were young and then went to Nursing School. She had to quit halfway through because of...
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Douglas Wray "Doug" Marshall

August 28, 1944 - March 31, 2022

Douglas Wray "Doug" Marshall, age 77, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, March 31, 2022. Doug was born in Ottawa Ontario, Canada on August 28, 1944, the son of the late Wray Irwin and June (Paul) Marshall. Moving to the United States as a small boy, he graduated from Portage Central High School in 1963. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and...
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Robert George Randels

February 1, 1949 - March 31, 2022

Robert G. Randels On September 14, 2021, Robert George Randels' spirit soared to the heavens. Left behind to mourn and to recall wonderful memories of times together are his wife and life partner of 44 years, Ginger Hentz, son David Randels (Sara), grandchildren Auden and Oliver of Williamston, sisters Barbara Cooper (Jack) of Interlochen and Joan Miller of Tecumseh, brother Richard...
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Terri Ann White

April 23, 1977 - March 29, 2022

Terri Ann White, age 44, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 29, 2022 after a brief illness. She was born on April 23,1977, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Rebecca Cady. Terri Ann was very generous and loving, considering everyone family. She was always willing to lend a helping hand in any way that she could to someone in need. Terri Ann was also a gifted...
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Julian Mansfield

November 19, 2013 - March 25, 2022

Julian Michael Mansfield, age 8, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 25, 2022. He was born on November 19, 2013 to loving parents, Kelsey Cronkite and Travis Haskins. Julian was and forever will remain the absolute best big brother to his siblings, Urijah, Giovanni, Nova and Khloe. Not only did he love being a big brother but he loved being a son, a grandson, a cousin, and a great...
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Jerry L. McGhan

April 25, 1946 - March 25, 2022

Jerry L. McGhan, 75, of Battle Creek, was born April 25, 1946 and passed away in Battle Creek, MI on March 25, 2022 peacefully at home in the care of his niece Tania Titus. He was preceded in death by his mother, Emmajean Bigelow and his father, Nial McGhan; a brother, Arthur McGhan and a sister, Alice Damon. Jerry is survived by two brothers, William and Melvin McGhan, several nieces and...
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Angela Kay (Smith) Clear

September 15, 1970 - March 24, 2022

Angela Kay (Smith) Clear, age 51, of Battle Creek, passed away suddenly on March 24, 2022. Angie was born in Battle Creek on September 15, 1970 to William Cornwell and Kathrine Smith. She is survived by her daughters, Ashley Gaw, Kristina Torres, Brittney Gerber, Kaitlynn Brust and her son, Brandon Smith; grandchildren, Alexandria, Michael, Monica, Arya, Sabrina, Kaylee, Adrian, Alliana,...
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Robin Rae Ivens

November 16, 1964 - March 24, 2022

Robin Rae Ivens, age 57, of Hastings, MI passed away unexpectedly on March 24, 2022. Robin was born in Battle Creek on November 16, 1964, the daughter of Scott and Judy (Long) Orr and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. She is survived by her two children, Bill (Ashley) Orr, Abby (Brenden Vaden) Ivens, her sisters Rhona (Jerry Lynch) Moody and Renee (Jerry) Tomky, Long time friend...
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Mary Lou VanHuysen

June 3, 1929 - March 24, 2022

Mary Lou VanHuysen, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Mary Lou was born in Battle Creek on June 3, 1929, the daughter of Miles and Marjorie E. (Hope) Campbell. She had a great love for children and was lovingly known as "Miss Mary Lou" by the children she adored at Westlake and St. Joseph Elementary Schools where she served as a teacher's...
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Sandra K. Holstrom

August 6, 1954 - March 23, 2022

Sandra K. Holstrom, age 67, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022. She was born in Alexandria, Virginia on August 6, 1954, the daughter of Dale R. and Ruby B. (Williams) Antes. Sandra retired in 2009 after more than 30 years with Calhoun County. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Holstrom; her son, Bobby Turner; her daughter,...
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Harley Gillett

August 28, 1931 - March 22, 2022

Harley E. Gillett, age 90, of Battle Creek went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. He was born on August 28, 1931 to parents Forrest and Grace Gillett. Harley married the "Love of His Life" on August 6, 1955 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He made a life for his family as a College professor at Macomb County Community College where he retired from in 1988. Harley and his wife, Marilyn...
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Darrell D. Crose, Sr.

July 30, 1953 - March 20, 2022

Darrell D. Crose, Sr., 68, of Battle Creek, died March 20, 2022. Darrell was born July 30, 1953 in Detroit, MI to Richard and Barbara (Bennett) Crose. He served his country honorably in the United States Army before working various jobs, his favorite being a truck driver. He loved fishing, building model cars, working on cars, but most of all, spending time with his family. Darrell is...
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Tom Hudon

May 18, 1951 - March 17, 2022

Tom Hudon, age 70, of Battle Creek passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek on May 18, 1951, the son of Jerry Hudon and Marye Davis. Jerome worked most of his life as a machinist for Union Pump for 33 Years then at Schupan, where he retired from in 2018. Jerome was an avid Harley Davidson motorcycle rider. He enjoyed taking long trips on the Harley with his beloved...
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William J. Stout, Jr.

January 28, 1954 - March 17, 2022

William J. "Billy" Stout, Jr., 68, of Battle Creek, died March 17, 2022. Billy was born January 28, 1954 in Albuquerque, NM to William and Helen Stout. He graduated high school and worked as a tool and die maker for many years. Billy loved anything to do with cars. He also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and watching old westerns. Billy is survived by his...
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James Beadle

August 9, 1935 - March 17, 2022

James E Beadle, 86, Passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Jim was born on August 9, 1935, in Augusta, Michigan, the son of Lewella and James Lindemuth (Stepfather). On February 7, 1959, Jim married Jacqueline (Jackie) Buck. Jim was a lifelong resident of the Augusta area. Jim attended Galesburg-Augusta High School and graduated in 1954. After high school Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army and...
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Thomas C. Poyer

July 1, 1958 - March 17, 2022

If you are reading this, it means my life's journey has come to an end. Hastened by "The Big C". I was a lifelong resident of Bellevue. I was born to Eugene "Jeep" and Betsy (nee Hall) Poyer on July 1, 1958. I attended Bellevue Schools and hold degrees from Kellogg Community College. I married my beautiful wife, Denise (Brush) on June 14, 1986. I was employed in engineering and research &...
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Irma Yager

October 17, 1921 - March 16, 2022

Irma Yager, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Born October 17, 1921, to loving parents, Dayton & Tillie Bunce of Edmore, Michigan, Irma was an identical twin and one of 16 siblings. On New Year's Eve 1946 she wed N. Gordon Yager and they were married nearly 67 years, until Gordon's death in 2013. Irma lived a purpose-driven life, dedicating over 50 years to Borgess Hospital...
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Christine Ann Berridge

July 11, 1942 - March 16, 2022

Christine Ann (Diamond) Berridge, 79, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Chris, or "Grams" as she was known to her grandchildren, was born on July 11, 1942 in Cheboygan, Michigan to Lyman "Gene" and June (Muschell) Diamond. She was a 1961 graduate of Lakeview High School, where she was a member of the Future Nurses Club. In 1983, she graduated from Kellogg Community College...
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Sharon K. Hoyt

September 24, 1938 - March 16, 2022

Sharon K. Hoyt, 83, of Battle Creek, died March 16, 2022. Sharon was born September 24, 1938 in Battle Creek to Bryson and Irene (Stringham) Dean. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and later went on to work at the Kellogg Company for 23 years. Sharon loved animals of all kinds. She especially enjoyed feeding and watching the birds. Her TV was often on the Animal Planet...
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Lester A. "Les" Miller

August 31, 1938 - March 14, 2022

Lester "Les" A. Miller, 83, passed away on March 14, 2022. He was born on August 31, 1938, in Battle Creek, Michigan to his parents, Lester and Beverly Miller. He married the "Love of His Life", Pamela M. Snitchler (McMullin), on October 26, 1985. Les was a loving father, grandfather, and papa. Les is survived by his loving wife, Pam; his brother, Patrick (Joan) Miller; his children,...
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Sherri K. Sutherland

August 5, 1965 - March 14, 2022

Sherri Kay Sutherland, age 56, of Battle Creek passed away Monday, March 14, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on August 5, 1965, the daughter of Roger Allen and Vera "Faye" Horner. Sherri graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1983 and worked for the United States Postal services for many years. Family meant everything to Sherri and she truly lived for her kids. She enjoyed...
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Edward M. "Papa" Forward

July 18, 1947 - March 13, 2022

Edward M. Forward, 74, of Ceresco, Michigan died peacefully at home, after fighting a rare form of Lymphoma since November of 2021. Ed was born July 18, 1947 in Battle Creek to Delbert James and Beatrice B. (Bussis) Forward. He was a 1965 graduate of Harper Creek High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Ed honorably served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He began his career at Hanger...
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Candace Kay "Candy" Cline

March 26, 1954 - March 12, 2022

Candace Kay "Candy" Cline, age 67, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday, March 12, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on March 26, 1954, the daughter of Richard D. and Lori L. (Staffeldt) Beltz. Candy graduated from Pennfield High School in 1972 and worked for several years at the Federal Center in Battle Creek. She loved her cats and enjoyed bowling, taking pictures and listening to music. ...
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Joseph A. Dronchi

February 28, 1930 - March 11, 2022

Joseph A. Dronchi Sr., 92, of Battle Creek, died March 11, 2022. Joseph was born February 28, 1930 in Albany, NY to Thomas and Rose (Castellito) Dronchi. He graduated from Philip Schuyler High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served a professional apprenticeship and worked as a pipe steam fitter for Grand Trunk for 10 years, and then worked at Post, General Motors...
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Michael Arthur Russell

July 9, 1960 - March 10, 2022

Michael Arthur Russell, age 61, from Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully on March 10, 2022 in Pinellas Park, Florida. He was born in Battle Creek on July 9, 1960 to Virginia and Norman Russell. Michael received his GED from Lakeview Adult Education and went on to Kellogg Community College where he received a Computer Science Degree. Michael was self-employed and owned a hobby shop...
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Mark William Anderson

March 27, 1984 - March 8, 2022

Mark William Anderson, age 37, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly at Bronson Battle Creek surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday evening, March 8,2022 from an undiagnosed medical condition. Mark was born on March 27, 1984 in Grand Rapids, the son of Mr. Kim Anderson and Cindy (Horner) Anderson. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 2002 graduate of Lakeview High School. Mark attended...
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David Lawrence Green

January 3, 1959 - March 8, 2022

David Lawrence Green, age 63, of Battle Creek, passed away on March 8, 2022. David was born on January 3, 1959 in Riverside, California to Donald and Mary (Sanders) Green. He grew up around the racetrack, where his dad worked on hotrods and dragsters. He enjoyed fast cars and especially loved fishing. David is survived by his children, Cynthia, David Jr., Steven, and Breann; grandchildren,...
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Della Latshaw

April 12, 1924 - March 6, 2022

Della May Latshaw, age 97, of Battle Creek, went to be with the Lord on March 6, 2022. She was born on April 12, 1924, the loving daughter of Frederick and Stella Green. Della married the "Love of Her Life", Richard C. Latshaw in 1942 in Battle Creek, Michigan. She made a life working at Gallagher Industrial Laundry for 23 years, retiring in 1986. Della served as the score keeper of her sons...
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Geryl Denise "Jewel" Warner

January 20, 1954 - March 6, 2022

Geryl Denise "Jewel" Warner, age 68, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, March 6, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on January 20, 1954, the loving daughter of Charles R. and Lois H. (Burns) Roberts. Jewel graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and continued her education at Kellogg Community College. She assisted in the rehabilitation of veterans at her parents Adult foster...
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Virginia Patricia Moody

June 7, 1927 - March 4, 2022

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother & friend to all whose lives she touched, Virginia Moody on March 4, 2022. She passed peacefully at the age of 94. Virginia was born in Battle Creek on June 7, 1927 to John C. and Eugenia B. (Berles) Lampas and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Virginia witnessed and...
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William Pearlman

January 14, 1953 - March 4, 2022

William "Bill" Pearlman died peacefully at home on March 4, 2022. He was 69 years old. Bill graduated from Howe Military School, attended Northern Michigan University, and the prestigious Gemology Institute of America (GIA) in Los Angeles, where he earned his Graduate Gemologist in Residence diploma. He took over the family business, Pearlman's Jewelers, in the 1970's. Bill was a...
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Theodora Brust "Teddi" (Fox) Garratt

November 15, 1936 - March 3, 2022

Theodora Brust Garratt, 85 of Battle Creek, Michigan died Thursday, March 3, 2022 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Theodora was born November 15, 1936, and grew up in Toledo and Ottawa Hills, Ohio. She moved to Battle Creek in 1958 and was employed as an English teacher at Lakeview High School in the early 1960's. She was an avid outdoor enthusiast, loved nature, Michigan scenery and...
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M. Pearl Hickey

July 29, 1920 - March 2, 2022

M. Pearl Hickey, age 101, of Battle Creek, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022. She was born on July 29, 1920, the loving daughter of Archibold and Ada Otis. Pearl married the "Love of Her Life", Donald Paul Hickey in 1943 in Boston, Massachusetts. They moved to Battle Creek, Michigan in 1967 where they raised their family and created a life together. Pearl was a long-time...
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Marla Ann Miller

February 10, 1948 - February 28, 2022

Marla Ann Miller, age 74, of Jackson, Michigan and formerly of Battle Creek, left this world for a better place on February 28, 2022, peacefully, after a brief illness. Marla was born in Battle Creek on February 10, 1948, the only child of Glen D. and Dorothy M. Aldridge. She attended Springfield schools, graduating as class Valedictorian in 1966. Marla was a very proud graduate of Western...
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Patsy Jean Voelker

April 21, 1931 - February 27, 2022

Patsy Jean (Orphan) Voelker, 90, of Battle Creek died on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at Bronson Battle Creek. Patsy was born April 21, 1931 in Douglas, Arizona, and was the loving daughter of Samuel and Odessa (Thompson) Orphan. Patsy grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and came to Battle Creek at the age of ten. She attended Battle Creek Central High School. She grew up working for her dad,...
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Marjorie L. Pearlman

February 28, 1921 - February 26, 2022

Marjorie Louise Humphrey Pearlman danced her way to Heaven on February 26, 2022 just 2 days shy of her 101st birthday. Marjorie was born February 28, 1921 in Washington, Indiana. She was the daughter of the late John Ennis Humphrey and Helen Irene Wildridge Humphrey. The family later moved to Attica, IN where Marjorie graduated from high school in 1939. She began dance lessons at the age of...
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Scott Jason Misner

November 5, 1982 - February 25, 2022

Scott Jason Misner (Evans), age 39 passed away peacefully on February 25th, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. Scott was born on November 5th, 1982 in Mishawaka Indiana, son of Patricia Garcia-Misner and Leo Garcia. Scott has always been a brave courageous fighter, from the very beginning of his life; weighing in at only 2lbs 9 oz. to being a survivor of a Widow Maker Heart attack at the age...
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Shirley Jean Broughton

June 16, 1939 - February 23, 2022

Shirley Jean Broughton, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday evening, February 23, 2022. She was born in Athens, Michigan on June 16, 1939, the daughter of Glenn A. and Ethel N. (Deal) Bigelow and graduated from Athens High School with the Class of 1958. She loved animals and liked reading murder mystery books and going to church at the Potter's House Church. Shirley married June...
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Jean Ann Rice

March 11, 1956 - February 23, 2022

Jean Ann Rice, age 65 of Bellevue, Michigan died peacefully on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jean bravely battled cancer for many years and was able to enjoy an additional 15 years. Jean was born March 11, 1956 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Albert Rolland and Victoria Louise (Berry) Colvin. She was a 1974 graduate of Lakeview High School,...
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John Martin Jereck

March 27, 1936 - February 21, 2022

John Martin Jereck, 85, of Augusta, Michigan died peacefully on Monday, February 21, 2022. John was born March 27, 1936 at home in Battle Creek, Michigan to Martin and Mary (Ozanich) Jereck. He grew up in Battle Creek, was a 12-year student and 1954 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central. John earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Detroit; and his Juris Doctorate from...
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Julie Christine Strieff-Hancock

August 20, 1947 - February 21, 2022

Julie Christine Strieff-Hancock, 74, of Battle Creek died at home after a six year battle with Multiple Myeloma. Julie was born August 20, 1947 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Henry Andrew and Florence Louise (Brockway) Strieff. She was a 1965 graduate of Harper Creek High School and Homecoming Queen. Julie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Central Michigan University. ...
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Emmri Lanea Tullis

December 21, 2010 - February 20, 2022

Emmri Lanea Tullis was born on December, 21st 2010 in Marshall MI to Chelsey Tullis and Mitch Holwerda. February 20th, 2022 she was called home and set free from the earthly struggles she endured. She was described by those who knew her as brave, bold, gentle, patient, and exuberant with a fierce love for life and those around her. Emmri attended Doris Klaussen for many years, where she loved...
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Joyce Louise (Weaver) Wentworth

April 11, 1929 - February 20, 2022

Joyce Weaver Wentworth, Battle Creek & Montague, MI passed away on February 20, 2022. Born in Detroit, MI on April 11, 1929 to Charles C. and Frances Wilson Weaver, both of whom preceded her in death. She graduated from Wheatland High School in Wheatland, IN in 1946. After attending Purdue University for one year, she entered Indiana University and graduated in 1950 with a B.S. degree in...
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Ronald J. Canfield

January 31, 1950 - February 19, 2022

Ronald J. "Ron" Canfield, 72, of Battle Creek, passed away February 19, 2022 at home, surrounded by his family. Ron was born January 31, 1950 in Battle Creek to James and Betty (Freeman) Canfield. He married Margaret Smith on June 13, 1970. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage. Ron worked at Post Cereals for many years, retiring in 1995. Ron loved animals and enjoyed fostering pets through...
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Constance Jean Siegel

June 8, 1944 - February 19, 2022

Constance Jean Siegel, age 77, of Battle Creek passed away on Saturday, February 19, 2022. She was born on June 8, 1944 in Albion, Michigan to Duane and Lois (Fauser) Bowersox. Constance assembled brake pads for Dana Inc. in Tekonsha. After retirement, she helped serve free meals at Cherry Hill for over ten years and made many good friends there. She enjoyed crocheting, as well as doing...
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Jane F. Klein-Shelven

November 7, 1931 - February 15, 2022

Jane F. Klein-Shelven, 90, lifelong resident of Battle Creek, died February 15, 2022. Jane was born November 7, 1931 in Battle Creek to William and Marie (Kessler) Scanlan. Jane was the owner/operator of Klein Gun Club and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. After she sold the gun club, Jane was a caretaker for several years. Jane is survived by her four sons, Gary Klein, Kelley...
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Doris Ruth "Dodie" (Smith) Crumpton

April 19, 1930 - February 14, 2022

Doris Ruth "Dodie" (Smith) Crumpton, 91 of Battle Creek, peacefully went home to be with her Valentine on Monday, February 14, 2022. Dodie was born April 19, 1930 in Port Washington, Ohio to Elvin Ronald and Maud Elnora (Sherer) Smith. She grew up in Port Washington and came to Battle Creek in 1942. Dodie was a 1948 graduate of Lakeview High School. She worked with her husband and brother...
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Christen Coulon

May 8, 1976 - February 13, 2022

Christen Coulon, loving husband and father of three, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022 in Battle Creek, Michigan, at the age of 45. Christen was born Christen Craig Coulon in Lansing, Michigan on May 8, 1976. When Christen was 5 years old he and his parents moved to Auburn, Indiana where Christen spent most of his childhood years. He joined boy scouts and played summer and winter...
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Michael John Dyas , Sr.

May 10, 1945 - February 8, 2022

Michael John Dyas, Sr., 76, of Battle Creek, died at home on February 8, 2022, surrounded by his family. Michael was born May 10, 1945 in Ohio to John and Georgianna (Morse) Dyas, moving to Battle Creek as a young child. Michael worked at Clark Equipment for over 20 years, before retiring in 1986. Michael was a man of great faith and attended church regularly. He enjoyed 50's and 60...
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Robert L. "Bob" Johnson

September 15, 1936 - February 6, 2022

Robert L. "Bob" Johnson, age 85, of Galesburg passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, February 6, 2022. He was born in Lufkin, Texas on September 15, 1936, the loving son of Robert and Vera Johnson. Bob grew up in Tennessee and graduated from the Kirkman Vocational School in Chattanooga, Tennessee with the Class of 1955. Bob worked at Hydreco in Kalamazoo for more than 24 years and then...
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Kathy V. Barbree

October 4, 1949 - February 3, 2022

Kathy V. Barbree, 72, of Battle Creek, died February 3, 2022. Kathy was born October 4, 1949 in Battle Creek to Keith and Marjorie (Perkins) Organ. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and married Roy Barbree on October 20, 1967. Kathy was a dedicated employee and cashier at Meijer in Battle Creek for over 30 years. She was also very active in the union. She enjoyed baking...
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Charles "Chuck" Crail

July 2, 1943 - February 2, 2022

Charles "Chuck" Crail, age 78, of Battle Creek, passed away in Haines City, Florida on February 2, 2022. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and at five years old, his family moved to Battle Creek, Michigan. Chuck was employed in the maintenance department at Transamerica until he went to work for the Kellogg Co. in 1963, and retired from there in 1996. While working at the Kellogg Co., he...
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Jean M. (Smith) Sackrider

April 27, 1925 - February 2, 2022

Jean M. (Smith) Sackrider, 96, of Battle Creek died on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at Bronson Battle Creek, due to COVID-19. Jean was born April 27, 1925 in Jackson, Michigan to Leland and Mildred (Latson) Smith. She grew up in Jackson and was a 1943 graduate of East Jackson High School. Jean was employed as a bookkeeper and an accountant and retired from Michigan National Bank after 27 ½...
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Roger E. Fosdick

January 27, 1932 - February 1, 2022

Roger E. Fosdick, 90, passed away February 1, 2022 at the Laurels of Bedford. Roger was born January 27, 1932 in Grand Rapids to Donald and Margaret (Weber) Fosdick. He graduated from Lakeview High School in 1950 and married the former Patricia Eldridge on September 28, 1957. Roger was an auto parts salesman at DeNooyer/Heritage Chevrolet for over 50 years. Roger honorably served his...
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Geraldine Portia "Jerry" (McCann) Taylor

September 2, 1931 - February 1, 2022

Geraldine Portia "Jerry" (McCann) Taylor passed away peacefully on Friday, October 8, 2021 in Manistee, Michigan, where her family gathered to be with her. Jerry was born in Hibbing, Minnesota on September 2, 1931 to Ralph & Helen (Leino) McCann. She lived in Battle Creek most of her life but spent her summers in Hibbing until after High School. She loved going to Minnesota where she had many...
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Sandra K. Cooper

December 19, 1958 - January 31, 2022

Sandra K. Cooper, age 63, of Hudson, Florida passed away on Monday, January 31, 2022. She was born in Naples, Florida on December 19, 1958, the daughter of Jimmy and Sondra (Ball) Smith. Sandra was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Michigan and enjoyed crocheting, crafts, coloring, games, mini adventures, the mountains and of course, shopping trips. Sandra met...
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Edward James Taylor

March 11, 1964 - January 31, 2022

Edward James Taylor, age 57 of Battle Creek, MI went home to be with the Lord on January 31, 2022, with his wife by his side. He was born March 11, 1964 in Cleveland, OH the son of Hortense (Holloway) and late Steve Taylor. Edward was raised in Niles, MI and graduated from Niles High School, where he played basketball and baseball. He attended Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan where he also...
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Mark Randall "Randy" Rheynard

June 2, 1956 - January 31, 2022

Mark Randall "Randy" Rheynard, 65, a lifelong Battle Creek, Michigan resident died unexpectedly at home on Monday, January 31, 2022. Randy was born June 2, 1956 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Charles Joseph and Coralee Grace (Greenfield) Rheynard. He was a 1974 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and also was a graduate of the Welding Program at the Calhoun County Technology Center. ...
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Martha Strumpfer

October 25, 1925 - January 29, 2022

Martha E. Strumpfer passed away January 29th, 2022 in her sleep. She was 96 years old. Martha was born October 25th, 1925 and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She met and grew up with Robert Strumpfer whom later married in 1948. Martha, along with Robert, came to Kalamazoo, Michigan to attend and graduate from Kalamazoo College. Martha worked for Gull Lake Community Schools in administration...
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Audrey L. Wolfersberger

September 20, 1930 - January 29, 2022

Audrey L. Wolfersberger, 91, of Battle Creek, died January 29, 2022. Audrey was born September 20, 1930 in Battle Creek to Emerson and Ethel (Sheldon) Doud. Audrey enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards and bingo. Audrey is survived by three children, Russ (Pidge) Wolfersberger, Sue (Tim) Herpin and Teri (Chirs) Neblo; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great great...
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Mark Lawrence Scharping

June 6, 1952 - January 28, 2022

Mark Lawrence Scharping, 69, of Battle Creek, MI, died peacefully at home on January 28, 2022. He was born June 6, 1952, the son of Vernon and Gladys (Robbins) Scharping. Mark grew up in the East Leroy area and was a 1970 graduate of Athens High School. Raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, he was one of many among the third generation of Witnesses in his family line. Mark married Alyce Faye...
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Laurel Lynn (Watts) Thwaites

August 8, 1956 - January 27, 2022

Laurel Lynn Thwaites, age 65, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 27, 2022. She was born August 8, 1956 to Charles and Joyce (Seybert) Watts in Scotts, MI. In 1974, Laurel graduated from Climax-Scotts High School, going on to earn an Associate's degree from Argubright Business College and a Bachelor's Degree from Davenport University. Laurel worked at the Hart-Doyle-Inouye Federal...
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