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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

Frances Kay Hennaut

July 8, 1949 - February 15, 2018

Frances Kay Hennaut, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, February 15, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Fort Hood, Texas on July 8, 1949, the loving daughter of Chess C. and Gladys F. (Ross) Ward. Frances has worked as a telephone agent for more than 30 years with Total Communications, Michigan Message Center, and currently with Answer United. A true Matriarch,...
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Mary Lou (Drake) Hellstrom

November 23, 1936 - February 14, 2018

Mary Lou (Drake) Hellstrom of Cadillac, MI, formerly of Battle Creek, MI Mary Lou, age 81, died Wednesday morning, February 14, 2018 at her daughter's residence in Cadillac, MI. Mary Lou, the daughter of Leon and Grace (Pyke) Drake, was born in Battle Creek on November 23, 1936 and was a 1954 graduate of...
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Robert Alan Knight

June 30, 1934 - February 13, 2018

Robert A. Knight, 83 of Battle Creek died peacefully at The Reflections on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Bob was born June 30, 1934 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of George C. and Dorothy M. (Putney) Knight, Sr. He moved with his family to Battle Creek in 1940 and was a 1952 graduate of Lakeview High School. Bob served in the Coast Guard Reserves from 1952-56. He was a graduate of the Dale...
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Benton Joseph "Ben" Halder

February 26, 1953 - February 13, 2018

Benton Joseph "Ben" Halder, age 64, of Battle Creek sadly passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, February 13, 2018. Ben was born in Battle Creek on February 26, 1953, the son of Joseph F. and Beverly E. (Clark) Halder. He proudly and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1970 to 1973. Ben worked as an owner/operator and truck driver for many...
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Niles Wiley

November 5, 2009 - February 13, 2018

Niles L. Wiley, age 8, died suddenly at his home February 13, 2018. Niles was born November 5, 2009 to James and Heather (Coffman) Wiley. He was a very determined boy and also very curious. Niles attended second grade at MarLee School autism class room and loved to watch Toy Story. Niles is survived by his parents, James and Heather Wiley; three brothers, Noah, Nathan and Nolan Wiley; two...
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Jack DeVon Spindler, Jr.

September 5, 1967 - February 11, 2018

Jack DeVon Spindler, Jr., age 50, of Battle Creek and formerly of Tampa, Florida passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening, February 11, 2018 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Elkhart, Indiana on September 5, 1967, the son of Jack D. and Darlene S. (Presswood) Spindler., Sr.. Jack worked for many years as a tile setter, most recently with Battle Creek Tile & Mosaic. Jack...
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Marion K. "Molly" Smith

December 10, 1926 - February 11, 2018

Marion K. "Molly" Smith of Battle Creek, MI Molly, age 91, died Sunday morning, February 11, 2018 at her residence and following a brief illness. Molly, the daughter of Joseph and Mae Adair, was born in London, England on December 10, 1926 and emigrated to this area in 1946. She was an excellent painter and was a Founding Member of the Battle...
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Dale Edward Uldricks

August 30, 1928 - February 7, 2018

Dale E. Uldricks, 89 of Battle Creek died peacefully at Borgess Medical Center on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Dale was born August 30, 1928 in Three Rivers, Michigan to Frank and Ethel (Armour) Uldricks. He moved to Battle Creek with his family as a child, graduated from Lakeview High School and went on to earn a certificate in Business. Dale honorably served his country with the United...
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Robert Henry "Bob" Lajoie

February 19, 1929 - February 7, 2018

Ret. MSgt. Robert Henry "Bob" Lajoie, 88, was welcomed into Eternal Life on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 after leaving this world at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Bob was born February 19, 1929 in Chicopee, Massachusetts to Ernest N. and Florence L. (Benoit) Lajoie. Upon graduation from Chicopee High School, Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served his...
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Kenneth A. "Ken" Everett

February 13, 1963 - February 6, 2018

Kenneth A. Everett, 54, of Battle Creek, went home to be with the Lord February 6, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Ken was born February 13, 1963 in Battle Creek to Toney and Patricia (Latta) Everett. Ken was a very talented worker; and spent many years working as a utility man fixing almost any problem. He married Melissa "Missy" Ives on October 18, 1996. The couple was married 21...
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Eric V. Crippen

October 12, 1970 - February 6, 2018

Eric V. Crippen, age 47, of Battle Creek sadly passed away on Tuesday afternoon, February 6, 2018 at the Laurels of Sandy Creek in Wayland, MI after a lengthy battle with Cancer. Eric was born in Battle Creek on October 12, 1970, the loving son of Robert L. and Shirley K. (Hicks)Crippen. As a young man, Eric enjoyed bowling and playing baseball. An avid Detroit Lions fan, he also enjoyed...
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Robert C. "Bob" Beecher

December 20, 1933 - February 6, 2018

Robert C. "Bob" Beecher of Battle Creek, MI Bob, age 84, died Tuesday afternoon, February 6, 2018 at his residence and with his loving family at his side. Bob, the son of A.E. and Rose (McGovern) Beecher, was born in Chicago, IL on December 20, 1933; moved to Michigan in late 1940's and then back to Illinois. He was a 1950 graduate of Hastings (MI)...
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Beth Ann (Ginsburg) Rupert

July 29, 1950 - February 4, 2018

Beth Ann (Ginsburg) Rupert, age 67, of Sebring, FL passed away at Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring, FL on February 4, 2018 with her family by her side. Beth was born July 29, 1950 in Battle Creek, MI, the daughter of Herman and Isabelle (Johnstone) Ginsburg. She married David DeMott in August of 1968; he preceded her in death in March of 1969. Beth was united in marriage to Phillip Rupert on...
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Garry Lee Titus

May 23, 1961 - February 1, 2018

Garry Lee Titus, 56, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at his home with his family at his side on Thursday, February 1, 2018. He was born May 23, 1961 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Gerald Edward and Jenny M. (Hare) Titus. Garry was a 1980 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Garry was employed at Memorial Park Cemetery for 21 years as a mechanic and groundskeeper,...
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James Ray Riffey

December 14, 1923 - January 30, 2018

James R. Riffey, 94, of Battle Creek died at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Jim was born in (basketball country) Washington, Indiana to Theodore "Ted" and Nannie Kay (Morgan) Riffey on December 14, 1923. He grew up in the town of Washington and was a 1942 graduate of Washington High School, where he was a member of the 1941 & 42 Indiana State...
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Stewart Ryan "Mickey" Lowe

June 10, 1929 - January 26, 2018

Stewart Ryan "Mickey" Lowe, 88, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at his residence at NorthPointe Woods, with his family at his side, on Friday, January 26, 2018. Mickey was born June 10, 1929 in Battle Creek the son of Dr. Stanley Tilton and Berenice (Jones) Lowe. He was a 1947 graduate of Lakeview High School. In 1947 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two years. After...
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Patricia Joanne (Stover) "Pat" DePoy

May 5, 1932 - January 23, 2018

Patricia Joanne (Stover) DePoy of Battle Creek, MI Pat, age 85, died Tuesday evening, January 23, 2018 at Glen Cross Hospice Residence, Battle Creek, with her loving family at her side. Pat, the daughter of Emery and Lydia (Loos) Stover, was born in Niles, MI on May 5, 1932. She was a 1950...
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Gary Alton Brown

April 30, 1949 - January 22, 2018

Gary Alton Brown, 68, went to be with the Lord, Monday, January 22, 2018. He passed peacefully with family by his side at the Veterans Affairs Medical Facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. Gary was born April 30, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Berta and Furman Brown. Gary is a veteran of the Vietnam War. After serving in the Marines during Vietnam, Gary came back to Battle Creek to...
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Ethel Ann Habucki

July 31, 1923 - January 22, 2018

Ethel Ann Habucki, age 94, of Battle Creek and formerly of Detroit, Michigan died Monday morning, January 22, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital with her beloved daughter, Sandra, by her side as she slipped quietly and peacefully from this world to join her Savior. Ethel was born in Detroit on July 31, 1923 to John and Angeline (Kapuscinski) Blurok. Ethel grew up in Detroit where she was...
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Jack D. Thomas

April 20, 1938 - January 21, 2018

Jack D. Thomas, 79, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Glen Arbor Hospice of SW Michigan with his family by his side. The youngest of three siblings, Jack was born April 20, 1938 to Ward and Flora Thomas. Jack graduated from Lakeview High School and later took classes at KCC. He served honorably in the Army National Guard of Michigan from 1959-1965. After...
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Betty Jean (Mason) Christ

September 26, 1935 - January 20, 2018

Betty J. (Mason) Christ, 82, of Battle Creek, died peacefully, with her family at her side, at Bronson Battle Creek on Saturday, January 20, 2018. She was born September 26, 1935 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Nels J. "Tobey" & Mary E. (Resser) Mason. Betty was a 1953 graduate of Lakeview High School and earned her Associate Degree from Western Michigan University in 1955. Early in life she...
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Loraine J. "Lori" Mahar

June 29, 1978 - January 18, 2018

Loraine Joyce "Lori" Mahar, age 39, of Battle Creek unexpectedly passed away on Thursday afternoon, January 18, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek on June 29, 1978, the daughter of Wendell H. and Carolyn L. (St. John) Mahar. Lori graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1996 and furthered her education at Michigan State...
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Clayton Richard Rice

April 13, 1960 - January 16, 2018

Clayton Richard Rice, age 57, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, January 16, 2018 at the Advantage Living Center in Battle Creek. He was born in Battle Creek on April 13, 1960, the son of Richard W. and Marlene A. (Jaeger) Rice. Clayton graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1978, where he swam on the swim team, and furthered his education at Western...
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Donald Henry Korten

December 4, 1926 - January 15, 2018

Donald H. Korten, 91 of Battle Creek died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Monday, January 15, 2018. Donald Korten was born on December 4, 1926, in Jackson, Michigan, to Phyllis (Burton) and George Korten. He married the love of his life, Jacqualine (Fleming), in 1961. Together, they shared and raised seven children: Michael Korten, Kristin (John) Brown, Jean Edgar,...
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Jack C. Dunning

April 1, 1922 - January 13, 2018

Jack C. Dunning of Richland, MI Jack, age 95, died Saturday January 13, 2018. He is the son of Clifford and Margorie (Gage) Dunning. Born in Kalamazoo MI on April 1, 1922; was a lifetime area resident and was a 1940 graduate of Richland High School. He served in World War ll, with the Army Air Corps, serving in the Aleutian Islands. He was a...
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Helen Marie Bilson

January 31, 1924 - January 13, 2018

Helen Marie Bilson, 93, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, died Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. Helen was born in Battle Creek on January 31, 1924, the daughter of Martin and Mary (Ozanich) Jereck. Helen's life was founded in St. Philip Roman Catholic Church. Not only was she a 12-year student and a 1942 graduate of St. Philip High School, she was...
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Brandon Richard Burge

January 20, 1983 - January 12, 2018

Brandon Richard Burge, age 34, of Battle Creek unexpectedly passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born in Battle Creek on January 20, 1983 and attended Harper Creek Schools and played football on the Harper Creek High School football team. Brandon was sadly preceded in death by his little brother, Billy Travis Burge on May 30,...
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Susan Lee (Bame) Berry

December 13, 1952 - January 10, 2018

Susan Lee (Bame) Berry, 65, of Battle Creek and formerly of Chicago, died with her husband at her side on Thursday, January 10, 2018 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek, Michigan. Susan was born December 13, 1952 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Tony and Faye (Walker) Bame. She was raised in the Centre County, Pennsylvania area and was a 1970 graduate of Penns Valley...
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Wilberta F. "Bert" Wixson

January 8, 1937 - January 10, 2018

Wilberta F. "Bert" Wixson, 81 of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Celina, Ohio the daughter of Aubrey and Hazel (Kemerling) Disher. Wilberta was united in marriage on March 20, 1953 to Melvin "Gene" Wixson in Battle Creek. Sadly, he preceded her in death in 2003. She was a homemaker and is survived by two daughters, Debbie Morey,...
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Mary Star (Morgan) "Star" Shive

January 17, 1951 - January 9, 2018

Mary Star (Morgan) "Star" Shive of Battle Creek, MI Star, age 66, died Tuesday evening, January 9, 2018 at her residence and with her loving family at her side. Star, the daughter of Charles Lowell and Constance Jean (Hicks) Morgan, was born in Albion, MI on January 17, 1951. She was a 1969 graduate of Albion High School; moved to Battle Creek in 1972 and...
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Michael P. "Mike" Hart, Jr.

September 2, 1948 - January 9, 2018

Michael P. "Mike" Hart, Jr., age 69, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, January 9, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on September 2, 1948, the loving son of Michael P. and Ruth H. (Richmond) Hart. Mike graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School with the Class of 1966. Throughout the years, Mike worked for Hydreco, the Eaton Corporation and then drove vehicles for...
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Roger F. Seymour

September 3, 1934 - January 8, 2018

Roger F. Seymour- 1934- 2018 Born September 3, 1934 in Battle Creek Michigan to Collin and Wilma Seymour. He is survived by his wife, Dee (Deloris) A. Seymour, daughters, Jayne M. Seymour, Prudon, Raleigh SC, Linda S. Joel, Milwaukee, WI, Amy H. Oesterreich, Crown Point, IN, and stepson, James A. Hoffmaster, St. Joseph, MO, eight grandchildren and four great-grand children. Roger was a very...
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Richard E. "Dick" Kellay

April 5, 1931 - January 8, 2018

Richard E. "Dick" Kellay, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family at his side on Monday morning, January 8, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on April 5, 1931, the son of Clyde and Myrtle (Pluff) Kellay. Dick faithfully served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army and retired from Post Cereals in 1986 after more than 35 years. Dick...
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Betty Jane (Brandau) Hendricks-Hoffman

July 18, 1920 - January 7, 2018

Betty (Brandau) Hendricks-Hoffman, 98, died on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Glenn Arbor Hospice with her family at her side. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan July 18, 1920 to Christian and Jennie (Oudersluys) Brandau. Betty graduated from Creston High School in Grand Rapids with honors. She worked as Timekeeper for Keeler Brass Co. She moved to Kalamazoo in 1955 where she worked as a...
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Sharon K. Perkins-Vasquez

November 28, 1961 - January 6, 2018

Sharon K. Perkins-Vasquez, age 56, of Battle Creek, passed away shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6th at Bronson Battle Creek surrounded by her loved ones. Sharon was born on November 28,1961 and was one of five children to Dennis and Barbara (Motter) Perkins. Sharon first attended Battle Creek Central and would later graduate from Miller Stone in Battle Creek. A few years...
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Margaret "Peggy" Tuck

July 29, 1928 - January 6, 2018

Margaret "Peggy" Lucile (Lieb) Tuck, age 89, a long-time Battle Creek resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at The Laurels of Bedford. She was born on July 29, 1928, to Jean Paul Lieb, DDS and Wava Deal Lieb in Sturgis, Michigan, and grew up in LaGrange, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with a BS degree in 1950 and worked as an Executive Secretary for the...
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Preston Jay "Pres" Kool

December 7, 1931 - January 5, 2018

Preston Jay "Pres" Kool, age 86, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, January 5, 2018. He died at the Legacy at the Oaks at Northpointe Woods in Battle Creek, his home for the last three years as he struggled with dementia and a failing body. Preston was born to William and Christine Kool on December 7, 1931, in Holland, MI. He attended Holland Christian Schools and Calvin College,...
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Russell Arthur "Russ" Zaharion

August 30, 1928 - January 5, 2018

Russell Arthur "Russ" Zaharion, 89 of Battle Creek died with his family at his side, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Friday, January 5, 2018. Russ was born August 30, 1928 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Thomas and Angela (Englebritzen) Zaharion. Russ grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, earned an Associate Degree from Cleary Business College...
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Richard Lee

November 7, 1942 - January 4, 2018

Richard Lee, 75, of Harrison, AR, and formally of Battle Creek, MI, died on Thursday January 4th, 2018 at Cox Health Systems South in Springfield, MO after a long illness. Richard was born on November 7, 1942 in Kennett, MO, the son of Marie Erma (Lowe) Lee and adopted by Frederick V. Lee. His adopted father served with the U.S. Navy, so Richard grew up in various places. Richard also served...
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Marcia (Gustke) Harbert

June 27, 1928 - January 3, 2018

Marcia (Gustke) Harbert, age 89, passed away peacefully at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo on January 3rd with her three children at her bedside. After a stroke in 2008, she staged a long, feisty battle with dementia. Marcia, the daughter of Chris and Myrtle Tucker, was born on June 27, 1928. Up until her stroke, Marcia had a very rich life. She graduated from Battle Creek Central...
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Thomas Michael "Tom" Lower

July 18, 1977 - January 2, 2018

Thomas Michael "Tom" Lower, age 40, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on January 2, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on July 18, 1977, the son of Michael T. and Mary E. (Andrews) Lower. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and continued his education at Kellogg Community College. Tom worked as an automotive mechanic at various locations over the years. Tom is survived...
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Tamara Mae (Acker) Hammock

November 13, 1940 - January 2, 2018

Tamara Mae (Acker) Hammock, 77 of Battle Creek died at The Oaks on January 2, 2018. She was born November 13, 1940 at the former Lakeview General Hospital to Ned and Helen (Wilkins) Acker. Tamara was raised at Mill Lake by Grandma Maude Aker and was a 1959 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, where she was a member of the synchronized swimming team. She was employed at Ralston's,...
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Melinda June Bentley

June 9, 1952 - December 31, 2017

Melinda June Bentley, age 65, passed away on December 31, 2017 at Glenn Arbor Hospice after a lengthy illness. Melinda, the daughter of Donald L. and Charlene M. (Watkins) Bentley, was born in Battle Creek on June 9, 1952, was a lifelong resident and 1970 graduate of Harper Creek High School. She went on to continue her education at Western Michigan University graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor...
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Charlie Ernest Waychoff

November 8, 1933 - December 31, 2017

Charlie Ernest Waychoff of Climax, MI Charlie, age 84, died Sunday morning, December 31, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI, following a brief illness. Charlie, the son of Paul E. and Virginia E. (Phillips) Waychoff, was born in Washington, PA on November 8, 1933 and moved to this area in the late 1980's. He served his Country...
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Charles Bartha

October 23, 1923 - December 30, 2017

CHARLES BARTHA OF BATTLE CREEK, MI Charles, age 94, passed away at home alongside his beloved wife on December 30, 2017. Charles, the son of Lajos and Borbála (Karakó) Bartha, was born on October 23, 1923 in Viss, Hungary. He married his wife, Ilona (Asbóth) Bartha on July 5, 1958 in Detroit. Charles and his wife were inseparable. Charles lived a full and active life. He received a...
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Vernena "Nena" Wright

December 23, 1937 - December 30, 2017

Vernena "Nena" (Warwick) Wright, 80 of Battle Creek died at her home with her family at her side on Saturday, December 30, 2017. She was born December 23, 1937 in Fairmont, North Carolina the daughter of Charles and Sarah (Jacobs) Warwick and as a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Vernena was raised in Pembroke and was a 1957 graduate. In 1961 she received her Bachelor's degree in...
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Richard Bruce Geiger

October 15, 1935 - December 29, 2017

Richard B. Geiger 82, of Sebring, FL and formerly of Marshall, Michigan died Friday, December 29, 2017. Richard was born October 15, 1935 in Kalamazoo, MI to June and Kathrynn (Grace) Geiger. After high school, Richard served honorably in the United States Marine Corps in which he was active for three years, and was a reservist for seven years. He graduated from Ferris State University...
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Maria "Maggie" Smyth

September 2, 1921 - December 28, 2017

Maria M. "Maggie" Smyth, 96, of Battle Creek, died Thursday, December 28, 2017. Maggie was born September 2, 1921 in Raguhn, Germany to Hermann and Hildegard (Elben) Richter. Maggie married Rothwell "Smitty" Smyth in 1956 in Germany. Later that year the couple moved to the United States. While still in Germany, Maggie worked as a bookkeeper at the town hall in her hometown before escaping...
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Theodore A. "Ted" Carbine

February 24, 1939 - December 24, 2017

Theodore A. Carbine, age 78, of Battle Creek passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He was born February 24, 1939 in Memphis, TN to Ione Sweet Bryce and Theodore P. Carbine. Ted was a graduate of the Lakeview High School, Class of 1957, and worked his way through college as a conductor on the Grand Trunk Western Railroad. Ted was honorably discharged...
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Richard J. Pickard

November 5, 1947 - December 22, 2017

Richard J. Pickard, 70, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully December 22, 2017. Richard was born November 5, 1947, in Detroit, the only child of the late Maurice H. and Edwarda Sophie (Horosko) Pickard. He graduated from Roseville High School in 1966. For a brief time, he worked at Montgomery Ward in Roseville and at Chrysler. He completed Radio Electronic School and was hired by...
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Margaret Mary "Peg"(McMullen) Bettencourt

February 16, 1923 - December 22, 2017

Margaret Mary "Peg" (McMullen) Bettencourt, 94, of Battle Creek and formerly of Adrian died peacefully with her family at her side on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Heritage, where she resided since October 2016. Peg was born February 16, 1923 in Taunton, Massachusetts to John and Mary (Orpen) McMullen. She grew up in Taunton, Massachusetts and was a Taunton High School graduate. In addition...
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Mildred Louise Rueckert

October 22, 1920 - December 18, 2017

Mildred Louise Rueckert, age 97, of Battle Creek passed away Monday morning, December 18, 2017 surrounded with love. She was born in Minneapolis, MN on October 22, 1920, the daughter of Emil and Louise (Brown) Rueckert. Mildred is survived by her sweetheart and companion of 46 years, Donna Gene Hodges of Battle Creek; two special friends, Kim Harrington and Denise Jones of Battle Creek; her...
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Harold Arthur Tower

August 2, 1923 - December 17, 2017

Harold Arthur Tower, 94, of Battle Creek died at Brookdale Assisted Living in Portage on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Harold Arthur Tower, 94 of Battle Creek, passed away on 17 December 2017 after a short illness. He was born on 2 August 1923 in Barryton, Michigan to the late Guy and Elizabeth (Geedy) Tower. Harold graduated high school in 1941 and married his wife Valentine Julia (Mezyk) Tower...
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Gregory Allen "Greg" Smith

November 20, 1959 - December 16, 2017

Gregory Allen Smith, 58, a lifelong Battle Creek area resident died at home prior to the Christmas Holiday. He was born November 20, 1959 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Billy C. and Elizabeth Ann (Godsey) Smith. Greg grew up in Battle Creek and attended Pennfield High School. He was a hard-working, dedicated employee, who traveled extensively for Wikoff Color Corporation, retiring seven...
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Blane Larry Tacia, M.D.

September 26, 1956 - December 16, 2017

Blane Larry Tacia, M.D., age 61 of Battle Creek and formerly of Three Rivers and Jackson died at his residence on Saturday, December 16, 2017, after a courageous four year battle with cancer. Blane was born September 26, 1956 in Gross Pointe, Michigan to Harold Eugene and Virginia Marion (Shefke) Tacia. He was raised in Roseville and was a graduate of Roseville High School. Blane attended...
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Eric J. Ernsberger

February 20, 2003 - December 13, 2017

Eric J. Ernsberger, age 14, died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Eric was born February 20, 2003 to Lonnie and Vanessa (Rosadio) Ernsberger. He had a great sense of humor and was always smiling. Eric attended Doris Klaussen, where he was loved by everyone, especially his teachers. Eric enjoyed playing with his toys and spending time with his family...
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Donovan W. Walling

May 2, 1930 - December 12, 2017

Donovan W. Walling, 87, of Battle Creek died Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. Donovan was employed at Federal Mogul Corporation and later for Battle Creek Public Schools as a custodian. He was born May 2, 1930 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Monroe and Henriette (Jones) Walling. Donovan grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek...
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Oliver Wesley Norton, Jr.

October 11, 1941 - December 11, 2017

Oliver "Wesley" Norton, Jr., 76, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Monday, December 11, 2017. Wesley was born October 11, 1941 in Battle Creek to Oliver W. and Anne E. (Ivey) Norton, Sr. He grew up in Battle Creek, was a 1959 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Kellogg Community College. After honorably serving his country, Wesley retired in 1980 from US...
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Stacey Lyn Wheeler

February 20, 1968 - December 10, 2017

Stacey Lyn Wheeler of Battle Creek, MI Stacey, age 49, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, December 10, 2017 at her residence. Stacey, the daughter of Lowell "Joe" (Cora Ann Wheeler) and Catherine "Cathy" (Smith) Wheeler, was born in Battle Creek on February 20, 1968 and was a lifetime resident. ...
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Peter Eugene Dyehouse

November 30, 1950 - December 9, 2017

Peter Eugene Dyehouse, 67, of Nashville, died at Medilodge of Marshall on Saturday, December 9, 2017. He was born November 30, 1950 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Walter Eugene and Roberta C. Sinclair. Pete was a graduate of Madison Heights High School in Anderson, Indiana and attended West Shore Community College. Peter honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam 1969 - 1973. ...
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Arnim L. Fox, Jr.

April 25, 1932 - December 6, 2017

Arnim L. Fox, Jr. passed away on December 6, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. Arnie was born in Dayton, TN on April 25, 1932 the son of Arnim L. (Curly) Fox, Sr. and Geneva (Mc Ghee) Fox. He came to Michigan at age 10 and was raised in the Athens/East Leroy area by his mother and step-father, Carl Gross. He graduated from Athens High School, the class of 1950. He joined the U.S. Navy and was a...
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Leonard G. Garrison

November 28, 1930 - December 3, 2017

Leonard G. Garrison, 87, of Union City, died December 3, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Leonard was born November 28, 1930 in Athens Twp. to John and Gladys (Martin) Garrison. He served in the U.S. Army and worked at Post Cereals. Leonard loved being outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and gardening. Leonard is survived by his two daughters, Kimberly (Arnold) Michael...
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Mary "Margaret" (Chambers) Scott

November 5, 1924 - December 3, 2017

Mary Margaret Scott, 93, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. Margaret was born November 5, 1924 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to George William and Eunice (Selby) Chambers. She grew up in Lansing, Michigan and was a 1942 graduate of Lansing Central High School. Margaret attended Michigan State University in...
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Robert L. "Bob" Hutson

August 22, 1947 - December 3, 2017

Robert L. "Bob" Hutson, age 70, of Battle Creek, died Sunday morning, December 3, 2017. He was born in Grand Rapids on August 22, 1947, the son of Russ and Minnie (VanderWeide) Hutson. Bob graduated from Ottawa Hills High School of Grand Rapids in 1965. He joined the United States Navy that same year and served out of Norfolk, VA until 1968. Bob graduated from Western Michigan University with...
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Frank A. Rose

March 10, 1930 - December 2, 2017

Frank A. Rose, former Battle Creek resident, passed quietly December 2,2017. Predeceased by his siblings, Betty (Rose) Humeston, Jim Rose, Margaret (Rose) Sentowski, his wife, Joyce Spyker, and daughter, Susan Rose. Survived by his wife, Mary Rose, natural children, Rand (Gayle) Rose, Jayne (Larry) Rose-Vallee, Gordy Rose, and Jill (Chad) Arnold, and his embraced children, Tom (Sheryl) Stanley,...
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Suzanne S. Sumner

September 24, 1931 - December 2, 2017

Suzanne Sullivan Sumner, age 86, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 2, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek to Ralph and Maxine Sullivan. Suzanne was a graduate of Denison University and Katharine Gibbs School in Boston. After a short stint working in San Francisco, she returned to Battle Creek and in 1958, she married the love of her life, James Packard Sumner. The couple...
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Georgia (Ristoff) "Sassy Pants" Norton

January 13, 1929 - December 2, 2017

Georgia "Sassy Pants" Norton of Battle Creek, MI Georgia, age 88, died Saturday evening, December 2, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI following a two week illness. Georgia, the daughter of Lasor and Christina (Taliva) Ristoff, was born in Battle Creek on January 13, 1929 and was a lifetime resident. She retired in the 1990's as the bartender...
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Pauline Tanksley

May 8, 1934 - November 30, 2017

Pauline Tanksley age 83, of Springhill, FL, died November 30, 2017. She was born May 8, 1934 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of George and Ritabelle Rolffs. She grew up in Battle Creek and was employed as a nurse at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center, until she retired. Pauline was formerly married to Robert C. Tanksley and together they had three sons and a...
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Thomas R. Allan

October 12, 1915 - November 29, 2017

Thomas Richard (Dick) Allan, 102, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at NorthPointe Woods, surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born October 12, 1915 in Battle Creek, the son of Thomas and Annie (Swainston) Allan. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1932. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945 aboard the U.S.S. Fall River as a Boatswain's Mate First Class. Tom married...
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H. Novella (Mayo) MacDonald

February 16, 1920 - November 26, 2017

Novella MacDonald, age 97, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017. She was born February 16, 1920 in Joelton, Tennessee to Willie E. and Ollie M. (Dowlen) Mayo. Novella grew up in Joelton, was a 1937 graduate of Joelton High School and earned a secretarial degree from Nashville Business College. Novella married John R. MacDonald on May 6, 1943 in Jacksonville,...
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Rebecca "Becky" VanVleet

January 20, 1973 - November 25, 2017

Rebecca L. "Becky" VanVleet, age 44, of Battle Creek, sadly passed away at her home on Saturday evening, November 25, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on January 20, 1973, and was the loving daughter of Randy G. and Crystal M. (VanVleet) Mercer. Becky was featured as the 1980-1981 Poster Child for the March of Dimes. Becky is survived by her parents, Crystal & Randy Mercer of Battle Creek;...
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John Clyde Schimmel

July 29, 1944 - November 25, 2017

John Clyde Schimmel, age 73, of East Lansing, Michigan died peacefully with family by his side, Saturday, November 25, 2017. John was born July 29, 1944 in Battle Creek, MI to the late Clyde and Arlene (Best) Schimmel. He was a graduate of Battle Creek High School, Kellogg Community College, and Wayne State University and received his Master's Degree from Michigan State University. John...
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Jason Zenis Loving

February 8, 1925 - November 25, 2017

Jason Loving, Battle Creek Central teacher and football coach died November 25th, 2017 at the age of 92. Jason was born February 8th, 1925, to Hilda and Albert Loving in Auckland, New Zealand. He grew up in Lamoni, Iowa. The summers after his sophomore and junior years he hitchhiked to Utah and Oregon and worked in packing plants. In 1943 he graduated from Lamoni High School where he...
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Emmajean VandenBerg

May 10, 1931 - November 24, 2017

Emmajean VandenBerg, age 86, of Augusta passed away Friday evening, November 24, 2017. She was born in Augusta, MI at her parents' farmhouse on May 10, 1931, the daughter of James "Jim" and Florence (Greer) Carrigan. Emmajean and her husband, "Gordie", along with their family, have owned and operated the Maple Hills Golf Course in Augusta since 1963. Emmajean married the "Love of Her Life",...
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Elizabeth Kay (Baker) "Beth" Palmatier

November 2, 1951 - November 22, 2017

Elizabeth Kay "Beth" Palmatier of Richland, MI Beth, age 66, sadly passed away on Wednesday afternoon, November 22, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on November 2, 1951, the loving daughter of Albert Earl and Elizabeth Jane (Cranwell) Baker and graduated from Athens High School with the Class of 1969. Beth had a beautiful singing voice, and in her early years she often...
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Thelma Eileen (Everest) Bishop

August 30, 1921 - November 22, 2017

Thelma Eileen Bishop, 96, of Battle Creek passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Evergreen Senior Care and Rehab Center. Thelma was born on August 30, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the oldest daughter of George E. and Luella Everest. Thelma was a graduate of Lakeview High School and the MSU Home Economics Short Course. Thelma married Clair L. Bishop on August 1, 1942. He preceded...
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Ralph Marlin Sleeper

November 28, 1936 - November 21, 2017

Ralph Marlin Sleeper, age 80, of Battle Creek sadly passed away Tuesday morning, November 21, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. He was born in Albion, Michigan on November 28, 1936, the son of Wayne S. and Leota M. (Herriff) Sleeper. Ralph faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1955 to 1959 and retired from the U.A.W./ General Motors in 1993 after...
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Bonnie May (Baldwing) Dowell

February 10, 1933 - November 19, 2017

Bonnie M. (Baldwin) Dowell, 84 of Battle Creek died Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek after a long illness. Bonnie was born February 10, 1933 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of George and Mary Jane (Snyder) Baldwin. She grew up in Battle Creek and attended Lakeview High School. Bonnie was employed at Win Schuler's, and they sent her to bar tending training. Over the...
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Joseph Edward "Joe" Armstrong

April 14, 1932 - November 15, 2017

Joseph Edward Armstrong, 85, of Battle Creek died at Heartland Health Care Center on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Joe was born April 14, 1932 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Joseph F. and Elia Etheldra (Steele) Armstrong. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1950 graduate of Lakeview High School. In 1948 and in high school, Joe began working for Sullivan Dairy in their Dairy Stores. ...
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Marie Cretsinger

September 30, 1940 - November 9, 2017

G. Marie Cretsinger, 77, of Battle Creek, died November 9, 2017. Marie was born September 30, 1940 in Battle Creek to Frederick and Mary (Yurisich) Beisheim. She graduated from high school and married Harold Cretsinger. The couple was blessed with 59 years of marriage. Marie was a stay at home mother and devoted most of her life to her family. Marie enjoyed reading, sewing and traveling....
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Helen Marie (Callahan-MN, Parker, Misner & Vernia) Misner

July 9, 1936 - November 9, 2017

Helen Marie (Callahan, Parker, Misner & Vernia) Misner of Elizabethtown, KY and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Helen, age 81, died Thursday morning, November 9, 2017 at her son, Max's residence following a brief illness. Helen, the daughter of Donald and Geneva (Babcock) Callahan, was born in Hastings, MI on July 9, 1936 and moved to...
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Angela Christine Enos

September 14, 1967 - November 8, 2017

Angela Christine Enos, 50 of Battle Creek died surrounded by the love of her family at Bronson Battle Creek on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Angela was born September 14, 1967 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Richard J. and Mary Ellen (Singleton) Enos. She was a 1985 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Angela was employed at the Valentine Center...
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Nancy Jeannette (Ure) Day

February 19, 1940 - November 8, 2017

Nancy Jeannette (Ure) Day, 77, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side at Bronson Battle Creek on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Nancy was born February 19, 1940 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the daughter of James and Evelyn Viola (MacDonald) Ure. She grew up in Benton Harbor and Battle Creek and was a 1958 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Nancy began her career at...
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Barbara Jean (Knoblock) Gilmore

August 24, 1930 - November 8, 2017

Barbara Jean (Knoblock) Gilmore, 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Barb was born August 24, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to Caryl and Reda (Simon) Knoblock. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1948 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Barb retired in 1992 after 28 years as a secretary at Beadle Lake Elementary for Harper...
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James F. "Jim" LewAllen

July 12, 1927 - November 7, 2017

James Frank "Jim" LewAllen, age 90, of Battle Creek went to be with his Lord & Savior on Tuesday evening, November 7, 2017. He was born July 12, 1927 in Jackson, Michigan to Charles Walter and Erma Onieta (James) LewAllen. At age three he moved from Jackson to Hanover and to Battle Creek at age nine. Jim attended Ann J. Kellogg and Battle Creek Central. He earned his graduation certificate...
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Barbara L. Bennett

February 17, 1927 - November 2, 2017

Barbara Lucille Bennett, 90, died November 2, 2017 at Laurels of Galesburg. She was born February 17, 1927 the daughter of Harry and Peral (Remington) Cutler at home on Portage Rd. Kalamazoo. She was united in marriage to James Q. Bennett on February 10, 1951. Jim preceded her in death on June 7, 2001. Barbara is survived by a daughter, Julie A. Bennett; two sons, Ed A. Bennett of Galesburg,...
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Ronald Martin "Ron" Smith

October 10, 1949 - October 30, 2017

Ronald Martin "Ron" Smith, 68, of Battle Creek and retired President of United States Lumber Company, died at home with his family at his side on Monday, October 30, 2017, after a short, courageous battle with Sarcoma. Ron was born October 10, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Stanley Earl and Gladys (Olson) Smith. He was a 1967 graduate of Pennfield High School, where he lettered in four...
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Christopher Allen Bennett

March 14, 1970 - October 30, 2017

Christopher A. Bennett 47, died Sunday, October 29, 2017 at his home in Bedford. He was born March 14, 1970 the son of William "Bill" Galovich and Sue Ann Bennett. He was a graduate of Doris Klaussen Development Center. He loved being outside and running. He is survived by his mother; half sister; an aunt; uncle; nieces and nephews. A graveside memorial will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday,...
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William L. Drake

November 3, 1938 - October 29, 2017

William L. Drake, 78, of Wyoming, and formerly of Battle Creek, died October 29, 2017. Bill was born November 3, 1938 in Battle Creek. He graduated high school and worked as a machinist for General Motors. Bill, often called "Slick Willy" by his friends, enjoyed playing golf, softball, shuffleboard, horseshoes and beanbags. He also enjoyed bowling and was a great jokester. Most of all,...
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Henry Lee "Hank" Uldriks

November 5, 1933 - October 27, 2017

Henry Lee "Hank" Uldriks, 83, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 27, 2017. Henry was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on November 5, 1933 to Casper and Alice Elizabeth (Reynolds) Uldriks. He grew up in the Bedford area and graduated from Kellogg High School. Hank married the love of his life, Audrey Noteboon Uldriks and had 65 beautiful years together. ...
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Dawn Ellen Heath

January 19, 1949 - October 26, 2017

Dawn Ellen Heath, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday afternoon, October 26, 2017 at the Select Specialty Hospital, Battle Creek, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Battle Creek on January 19, 1949, the loving daughter of Jack O. and Margaret M. (Clair) Heston and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Dawn retired from the Lakeview School District in 2013...
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Dolores T. (Myers) Powers

May 4, 1933 - October 26, 2017

Dolores Teresa Powers, born in Battle Creek, Michigan May 4,1933 to Victor Henry Myers and Teresa Louise (Weimer) Myers was taken from this earth to a restful, peaceful place on October 26, 2017 after suffering thru a hip surgery due to a fall. "Dee" met "HER FIRST LOVE" and father of her 3 children, William (Bill) Wolfe and moved to Arkansas. There she learned about farming, raising chickens...
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Maxine C. Brown

March 8, 1926 - October 25, 2017

Maxine C. Brown, age 91, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, October 25, 2017. She was born March 8, 1926, the loving daughter of Claude A. and Muriel R. (Wright) Brown. Maxine retired from Michigan Carton after more than 44 years of faithful service. Maxine is survived by her two sisters, Arlene (Robert) Moore and Ardith Rastoskey; her special caretaker and...
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Deborah "Debbie" Haines

August 14, 1951 - October 22, 2017

Deborah Kay "Debbie" Haines, 66, of Battle Creek, passed away October 22, 2017. Debbie was born August 14, 1951, the daughter of John Richard Haines and Dorothy Stillwell (Hinman) Haines. Debbie graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1969. She worked for many years with Federal Home Life Insurance Company, and transitioned to physicians insurance work for many years after that....
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Dr. Russell G. "Russ" Mawby

February 23, 1928 - October 20, 2017

Dr. Russell G. "Russ" Mawby of Augusta, MI Russ died at the age of 89 on Friday, October 20, 2017. Russ was born February 23, 1928 in Kent County Michigan to Wesley G. and Ruby A. Mawby, fruit growers on their Orchard View Farm near Grand Rapids. From a two-room school, Russ attended Creston High School playing the tuba for the Creston Polar Bears. He continued...
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Harold Thomas "Robbie" Robbins

May 5, 1940 - October 20, 2017

Harold Thomas "Robbie" Robbins of Fine Lake (Battle Creek), MI Robbie, age 77, died peacefully Friday morning, October 20, 2017 at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo, MI, with his loving family at his side. Robbie, the son of Robert and Marion (Sowles) Robbins, was born in Battle Creek on May 5, 1940; was a lifetime area resident and a 1958 graduate of Marshall High School. He...
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S. James "Big Jim" Payson

November 8, 1928 - October 19, 2017

Seth James "Big Jim" Payson, 89 of Battle Creek, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Seth James Payson was born November 8, 1928 in Downers Grove, Illinois to Gilbert Trowbridge and Isabel (Melcher) Payson He grew up in South Haven, Michigan and was a 1946 graduate of South Haven High School. Jim earned his Bachelor's Degree in History with a Teaching Certificate from...
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Carl Eugene Beasley

September 14, 1958 - October 17, 2017

Carl Eugene Beasley of Marshall, MI Carl, age 59, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, October 17, 2017 at his residence. Carl, the son of Eugene E. and Rosemary A. (Blume) Beasley, was born in Dowagiac, MI on September 14, 1958; was a 1976 graduate of St. Philip High School and received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western...
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Constance Mildred (Carroll) "Connie" Parsons

September 10, 1921 - October 17, 2017

Constance Mildred (Carroll) "Connie" Parsons of Battle Creek, MI Connie, age 96, died peacefully Tuesday morning, October 17, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Connie was born on September 10, 1921 in Battle Creek to Richard and Florence (White) Carroll. She married Forrest H. "Junior" Parsons on March 25, 1939 and he sadly preceded her in death on...
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Russell E. Hakes

July 26, 1939 - October 14, 2017

Russell went home to fish on Saturday, October 14, 2017. He is preceded in death by both his parents. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Shirley (Moody) Hakes; his four children; David and his sons Aaron and Scott; Cheryl (Robert) and her children Samantha and Michael; Dawn (Brian) and her children Kelly, Jessica and Kevin; Cathy (David) and her daughters Nicole and Abigail (stepdaughters...
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