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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

Anthony Arthur Sembarski

July 17, 1950 - June 27, 2017

Anthony Arthur Sembarski, 66, of Battle Creek, died June 27,2017 died at home with his wife by his side. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church with a Mass of the Christian Burial following at 10:30 am with Fr. Simon Chummar-Manjooran officiating. Burial will be held at 12 noon at Fr. Custer National Cemetery with full military...
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Jason Edward Hughes

November 14, 1982 - June 25, 2017

Jason Edward Hughes of Battle Creek, MI Jason, age 34, died Sunday afternoon, June 25, 2017 at his residence and following a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Jason, the son of Betty L. Hunsberger and John E. Hughes, was born in Battle Creek on November 14, 1982; was a lifetime resident and 2001 graduate of Harper...
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John Erwin Hadley, Jr.

June 28, 1960 - June 20, 2017

John Erwin "Johnny" "Johnboy" Hadley Jr. from Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, and is in his heavenly home with his savior. He was born on June 28, 1960 in Long Beach, California to John Erwin Hadley Sr. and Judy Lee (Danek). His dad was stationed at the Naval Base and John and three of his siblings were born there before...
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Gerald D. "Jerry" Wedel

December 27, 1935 - June 19, 2017

Gerald D. "Jerry" Wedel, age 81, of Augusta passed away Monday morning, June 19, 2017 at the Evergreen Manor. He was born in Battle Creek on December 27, 1935, the son of John and Imogene (Douglas) Wedel and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Jerry retired as a switchman for the Grand Trunk Railroad after more than 31 years of service. Jerry married the...
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Joseph J. Kirkwood

September 10, 1924 - June 14, 2017

Joseph James Kirkwood Kirkwood, Joseph James, age 92, of Battle Creek, MI died peacefully at StoryPoint Memory Care Center in Portage, MI on June 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by brothers David and Norman, and is survived by his loving wife Barbara (De Otto) Kirkwood. Joe and Barb made their home in Battle Creek for over 55 years raising their family; Lynda Haskins (John) of Portage, MI...
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Elaine E. Van Syckle

October 21, 1932 - June 12, 2017

Elaine E. Van Syckle, age 84, of Battle Creek passed away Monday morning, June 12, 2017. She was born in Walton Township, Michigan on October 21, 1932, the loving daughter of Wayne F. and Bonnie B. (Berkimer) Knoll and graduated from Lakeview High School. Elaine married Donald Duane Van Syckle in Battle Creek on May 11, 1951; he sadly preceded her in death on July 7, 1999. She is...
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Samuel Cloyce Chronister

November 12, 1923 - June 12, 2017

Samuel Cloyce Chronister, 93, of Battle Creek died at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods on Monday, June 12, 2017. Sam was born November 12, 1923 in Lansing, Michigan to Cloyce and Nellie Kathryn (Boroff) Chronister. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He honorably served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army with the 87 Mortar Battalion. He was...
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Loren D. Edwards

November 15, 1928 - June 11, 2017

Loren D. Edwards, 88, of Battle Creek, died June 11, 2017. Loren was born November 15, 1928 in Battle Creek to Burton L. and Maude (Ladley) Edwards. He graduated high school and served his country honorably in the United State Army. Loren held many jobs, but retired from the Kellogg Company in plant services. Loren had many hobbies, including golfing, bowling, hunting, fishing, coin...
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Ruby H. Gregg

October 27, 1924 - June 10, 2017

Ruby H. Gregg, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday evening, June 10, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Battle Creek on October 27, 1924, the daughter of Henry Mason and Mabel F. (Sampel) Soule. Ruby served as an RN at various hospitals in Michigan and Indiana for more than 45 years. Ruby married Robert B. Gregg on December 24, 1967; he sadly preceded her...
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Joyce Ann Nicholls

April 30, 1939 - June 10, 2017

Joyce Ann Nicholls, 78, of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home on June 10, 2017. Joyce was born April 30, 1939 in Battle Creek, MI to Herb and Pauline (Yeomans) Rowse. She graduated with the first senior class at Pennfield High School. She was employed several years, retiring from Leila Hospital. Joyce married Eldon Nicholls on May 4, 1957. Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Eldon;...
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James H. "Jim" Albrecht

February 28, 1930 - June 7, 2017

James H. "Jim" Albrecht, 87, of Bellevue died on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek after a courageous battle with his illness. He was born February 28, 1930 to Harry and Margaret (Hart) Albrecht in Marshall, Michigan. James was a graduate of Marshall High School. He then served honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and proudly served in the Korean War. Jim married...
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Gayle Clayton Askew

February 15, 1926 - June 4, 2017

Gayle Clayton Askew of Battle Creek, MI Gayle, age 91, died Sunday evening, June 4, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. Gayle, the son of Fred and Carrie Ruby (Ryman) Askew, was born in Battle Creek on February 15, 1926 and was a lifetime area resident. He served his Country honorably and nobly...
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Shawn T. Harrington

February 1, 1976 - June 3, 2017

Shawn T. Harrington, 41, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, June 3, 2017. A memorial service will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, starting at 2:00 p.m.
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Donald H. "Don" Chalfant

August 15, 1923 - June 3, 2017

Reverend Donald Howard Chalfant, 93, founder of the Haven of Rest Ministries here in Battle Creek, died Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Florida. Don was born in Webb, IA to Silas E. and Willa S. (Caskey) Chalfant on August 15, 1923. He grew up on a farm north of Webb and received his early education at Gillette Grove School in Gillette Grove, IA. He married Wilma J. Meyer on August 17, 1944....
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Vivian House

May 15, 1931 - June 2, 2017

Vivian House, 86, of Portage, died June 2, 2017. Vivian was born May 15, 1931 in Bangor to Herbert and Anne (Behrens) Wellington. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and worked as a bookkeeper at various places before retiring from Floyd Wonser Supply Company. Vivian married Richard House August 5, 1951. He sadly preceded her in death in 2010. Vivian was also preceded in...
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Nancy Ann Thomas

April 14, 1953 - May 31, 2017

Nancy Ann Thomas of Battle Creek, MI We lost our best friend, sister, daughter, aunt, great-aunt, mother, and grandmother on May 31, 2017. Nancy fought pancreatic cancer for seven long months, and she never gave up. But that's the kind of person she was. She was the third child born to John and Carolyn (Dean) Thomas in 1953 and grew up on the family farm in...
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Michael Charles "Doughboy" Edwards

October 17, 1977 - May 30, 2017

Michael Charles "Doughboy" Edwards Battle Creek On Wednesday, May 30 2017, Michael Charles "Doughboy" Edwards lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident at the age of 39. Michael was born in Battle Creek on October 17, 1977, the son of Charles J. and Deborah (Hassler) Edwards (both deceased). He is survived by a wife, Ashley Dawn Edwards; five children, Michael Damian (Shyanne)...
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Thelma M. (Collins) Barney

May 3, 1924 - May 28, 2017

Thelma M. Barney, 93, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Thelma was born in Burr Oak, May 3, 1924, to Vernon L. & ZelIa M. (Neaman) Collins. She was raised in Union City, where she was the 1942 salutatorian of her graduating class at Union City High School. She lived in Bellevue for a short period prior to moving to Battle Creek and has resided here since...
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William A. "Bill" Rhodes

February 24, 1942 - May 25, 2017

William A. Rhodes, 75, of Plainwell, Michigan died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Bill was born February 24, 1942 in Forsyth, Georgia the only child of Clayburn P. and Bernice (Wilkes) Rhodes. He was a 1960 graduate of Mary Persons High School in Forsyth. During his junior year in high school, Bill joined the National Guard. After high school he served his six month...
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Krystal Marie Martens

August 23, 1983 - May 24, 2017

Krystal Marie Martens, age 33, of Battle Creek went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, May 24, 2017 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek on August 23, 1983, the daughter of Bobby J. Welcher and Audrey E. (Martens) Withers. She graduated from Harper Creek High School in 2002 and furthered her education at Kellogg Community College....
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Jeffery L. Keagle

July 4, 1946 - May 22, 2017

Jeffery Lewis Keagle, 70, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 22, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Jeff was born July 4, 1946 in Battle Creek to George and Barbara Keagle. Jeff attended Battle Creek Central High School and graduated in 1964. He married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Wiegand on April 2, 1966 and the couple enjoyed 51 years of wonderful...
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Marjorie (Star) Horwitz

December 31, 1929 - May 21, 2017

Marjorie L. (Star) Horwitz, age 87, died at home on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Marge was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on December 31, 1929 to Julius and Lillian (Feder) Star. Marge graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1948. She attended Michigan State University. On September 12, 1954, Marge married Albert "Larry" Horwitz at the Post Tavern Inn. Marge and Larry stayed in...
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David J. Duval

May 19, 2017

David Joseph Duval age 64 died Friday, May 19, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his family at his side after a long illness. David was born September 28, 1952, one of five children of George William and Lisa Marie (Bonacorsi) Duval. Dave was a 1970 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central High School. He attended Dayton University and graduated from Western Michigan University in...
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Alice May Morgan

June 27, 1940 - May 18, 2017

Alice M. Morgan, 76, of Battle Creek, MI, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Bronson Hospital in Battle Creek. She was born on June 27, 1940, the daughter of William and Helen Johnson. Alice worked at the Clock and Russ' Restaurants and Covance in Battle Creek and was a former member of the First Church of the Nazarene of Battle Creek. She married the "Love of her...
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Keith Lee Morrill, D.D.S.

July 17, 1939 - May 15, 2017

Dr. Keith Morrill, D.D.S., 77, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Monday, May 15, 2017. Keith was born July 17, 1939 in Lake Odessa, Michigan to Clifton A. and Julia M. (Wilson) Morrill. He grew up in Grand Ledge, Michigan and was a 1957 graduate of Grand Ledge High School. Keith attended DePauw University for three years in the pre-dental program,...
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Tamara D. "Tammy" Schaeffer

May 17, 1939 - May 14, 2017

Tamara D. "Tammy" Schaeffer, 77, of Tekonsha, died Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Hospice Care at the Laurels of Coldwater with her family by her side. Tammy was born May 17, 1939 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Paul Alexander and Mary (Sidley) Schaeffer. Tammy was brought into this world with special needs. She will be remembered most for having a kind and gentle soul, her contagious smile...
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Frederic K. Hyde

October 17, 1930 - May 13, 2017

Frederic K. "Fred" Hyde, 86, of Battle Creek, died May 13, 2017. Fred was born October 17, 1930 in Central Lake, MI to Stanley and Gertrude (Whittingham) Hyde. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degrees in Theology and History and served the Seventh-Day Adventist Church as an Ordained Pastor for many years. Fred married Barbara J. Caster, on September 12, 1954, who survives. The couple...
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James Joseph Maurer, M.D.

October 27, 1931 - May 13, 2017

James Joseph Maurer, M.D., 85 of Battle Creek died peacefully at home Saturday, May 13, 2017, after a long illness. He was born October 27, 1931, in Covington, Kentucky to Joseph L. and Margaret A. (Dolin) Maurer. Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1949 and Xavier University in 1953. After graduating from the University Of Cincinnati College Of...
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Betty Bentley-Mann

September 5, 1927 - May 12, 2017

Betty L. Bentley-Mann, age 89, of Battle Creek passed away Friday evening, May 12, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on September 5, 1927, the daughter of Lawrence and Edna (Gay) Faulk, and graduated from Athens High School with the Class of 1944. Betty retired from Leila Hospital (now Bronson Battle Creek) after more than 33 years of faithful service. Betty married Ralph Bentley on...
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Ralph E. Freds

April 13, 1935 - May 11, 2017

Ralph E. Freds, age 82, of Battle Creek, passed away Thursday evening, May 11, 2017 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Marshall, Michigan on April 13, 1935, the loving son of Cressel and Irene M. (Delaney) Freds. Ralph retired from Grand Trunk Railroad after more than 34 years of faithful service. Ralph married the "Love of His Life", Elsie B. Main in Marshall on January 13,...
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Daniel M. Hanson

February 15, 1959 - May 10, 2017

Daniel Michael Hanson, age 58, died on Wednesday May 10, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Daniel was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma and was raised in California, attending Camarillo High School and participating in Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force and proudly served as a jet mechanic. It was there he met his wife of 31...
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Theresa A. Fike

November 1, 1951 - May 6, 2017

Theresa A. Fike, 65, of Athens, died May 6, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. Committal service will be held at 2:00 am Monday, May 15, 2017 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, where her cremains will be placed along side of her husband's. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Monday, at North Athens Baptist, 2020 M Dr. South, Athens, MI 49011. Funeral arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle...
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Thomas A. Clearwater

September 17, 1988 - May 6, 2017

Thomas Allen Clearwater, 28, of Battle Creek, died tragically in an automobile accident Saturday, May 6, 2017. Thomas was born September 17, 1988 in Battle Creek to Richard L. Clearwater and Ann Dowell Council. He worked as a forklift driver for Asmo Manufacturing. Thomas is survived by his two daughters, Ella Hope and Emma Faith; his son, Connor James; his grandmother, Judy Brown; father,...
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Charles D. Britt

August 1, 1954 - May 6, 2017

Charles D.Britt, 63 of Athens, died Saturday, May 6, 2017 at MediLodge Nursing Home, Marshall. He was born August 1, 1954 in Kalamazoo the son of Carl D. and Marjorie P. (Obien) Britt. He graduated from Athens High School in 1972 and served his country first with the US Army for three years and then with the US Navy for four years. For the last 20 years Charles work for the US Government as...
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Jack William Brown

May 6, 2017

Jack William Brown of Battle Creek, MI Jack, age 80, died Saturday afternoon, May 6, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek, following a six month illness and with his loving family at his side. Jack, the son of Wesley and Luella (Stevens) Brown, was born in Battle Creek on April 30, 1937, was a lifetime resident and...
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Warren J. & Catherine L. "Cathy" Moore

April 22, 1927 - May 6, 2017

Warren J. Moore of Cassopolis, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Warren, age 90, died Saturday evening, May 6, 2017 at Brentwood of Niles, MI. Warren, the son of Jay Scott and Mae Viola (Prine) Moore, was born in Battle Creek on April 22, 1927, was a lifetime area resident and 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He...
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David James Persons

March 19, 1956 - May 5, 2017

David James Persons, age 61, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Friday, May 5, 2017. He was born in Flint, Michigan on March 19, 1956, the loving son of Max W. and Janice C. (Kenewell) Persons. David attended school in Montrose, Michigan and graduated from Hill McCloy High School. David faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1974 to 1976. He spent many...
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Charlotte Ann (Wachtl) Grap

January 31, 1925 - May 5, 2017

Charlotte Ann (Wachtl) Grap, 92, of Battle Creek, died at Boschway Adult Foster Care Home on May 5, 2017. Charlotte was born on January 25, 1925 in Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of James B. and Nora (Hayes) Wachtl. She was raised in Wausau and was a 1943 graduate of Wausau High School. Charlotte was united in marriage to Clarence Leo Grap on January 25, 1949 in Wausau. In 1961, they...
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Elsie L. (Martin) Mazzei

February 5, 1924 - May 4, 2017

Elsie L. (Martin) Mazzei, 93, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Thursday, May 4, 2017. She was born on February 5, 1924 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Henry and Elizabeth (Cartledge) Martin. Elsie grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Central High School. Elsie married Harold E. Mazzei on January 25, 1944 in Denver, Colorado. They celebrated...
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Wanda M. Priest

December 2, 1916 - May 4, 2017

Wanda M. Priest, age 100, of Battle Creek, passed away Thursday morning, May 4, 2017. Wanda was born December 2, 1916 in Battle Creek (at the home her grandparent's) located near Piper Park (on the former Maple St., now Capital Avenue NE) to J. Lyle and Margaret Emily (Potter) Sage. Wanda attended Battle Creek Public Schools and was moved ahead in her class twice. Wanda met the love of...
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Vivian May (Bryant) Quibell

July 31, 1922 - May 1, 2017

Vivian May Quibell, 94, of Battle Creek, died May 1, 2017. She was born July 31, 1922 in Martin, MI, the daughter of Arthur and Mary F. (Griffin) Bryant. Vivian grew up in Kalamazoo and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School. She moved to Battle Creek in 1941. Vivian was employed by Walgreen's Drug Stores for 25 years and by Larmour's Drug Store in Urbandale for 15 years. Vivian...
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Marvin K. Richardson

July 21, 1934 - May 1, 2017

Marvin K. Richardson, 82, of Three Rivers, died Monday, May 1, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Marvin was born July 21, 1934 in Augusta, MI, the son of Clare E. and Edna Fern (Pettit) Richardson and was a graduate of Galesburg High School in 1953. As a young man, he worked briefly for Knappen Milling Company and for his family's business Augusta Beacon Newspaper. He...
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Tracy Gail Greenman

November 11, 1966 - April 30, 2017

Tracy Gail Greenman, 50, of Marshall, Michigan, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 30, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. She was born November 11, 1966 in South Haven, Michigan. She is survived by wife Karen Gremillion of Marshall, Michigan, step-daughter Tabatha (Chris) Nedelkos of Columbus, Ohio, Mother Barbara Konrad of South Haven. Siblings – Timothy Greenman of Battle Creek, Michigan, Ted...
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Tine (Pestoor) Mulder

October 28, 1927 - April 30, 2017

Tine (Pestoor) Mulder, 89, of Battle Creek passed away at the Laurels of Bedford on Sunday, April 30, 2017. She was born October 28, 1927 in Uithuizen, Netherlands the daughter of Jan and Jantje (VanDyken) Pestoor. She immigrated to the United States in 1954. Tine married Melvin Mulder on April 1, 1955 in Kalamazoo. Sadly she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin February 1,...
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Earl R. "Pete" Ball

December 24, 1923 - April 28, 2017

Earl R. "Pete" Ball, age 93, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at his home on Friday morning, April 28, 2017. Pete was born on December 24, 1923 in Bellevue, MI and was the son of Jesse C. and Mildred E. (Cooley) Ball. Pete worked at Grand Trunk Railroad and retired from the Kellogg Co. in 1987 after more than 47 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on small engines, helping...
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Marie "Scotty" Gommer

October 3, 1926 - April 25, 2017

Marie "Scotty" Gommer passed away on April 25, 2017 after a brief illness. She was born on October 3, 1926 to Jennie (Critelli) and Dominick Scozzafava of Haverstraw, NY. Marie attended St. Peter's School and graduated from Haverstraw High School in 1944. She was a lifelong parishioner of St. Peter's Parish and a member of the "Catholic Daughters of the Americas". She was a member of...
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Graham Lee Miner

August 28, 1928 - Unknown

Graham Lee Miner of Battle Creek, MI Graham, age 88, died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence of Battle Creek following a lengthy illness and with his loving family by his side. Graham, the son of Thomas L. and Mary Alice (Walters) Miner, was born in Battle Creek on...
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Randy Kirk Horwitz

June 24, 1955 - April 21, 2017

Randy K. Horwitz of Margate City, New Jersey & formerly of Battle Creek, MI Randy, age 61, died Friday, April 21, 2017. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on June 24, 1955 to Larry and Marjorie (Star) Horwitz. Randy graduated from Lakeview High School in 1973 and went on to earn his BS from Michigan State University. Upon graduation, he earned his MBA from...
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Charles S. Rominger

April 3, 1930 - April 21, 2017

Charles S. Rominger, age 87, of Battle Creek, joined his maker on April 21, 2017 while in the care of Glen Arbor Hospice. Chuck was born and raised in Toledo, IL to Martin and Bessie Rominger and graduated from Greenup High School in Illinois. While playing basketball in high school, he met Rosemary White, his future wife of 57 years until her death in 2009. Chuck joined the U.S Air Force...
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Darrell W. Maisner

March 16, 1958 - April 17, 2017

Darrell Wayne Maisner, age 59, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Monday morning, April 17, 2017. He was born in Marshall, Michigan on March 16, 1958, the son of George K. and Helen L. (Hankinson) Maisner, and graduated from Harper Creek High School with the Class of 1976. Darrell served in various capacities at U.S. Lumber Co. in Battle Creek for more than 37 years. Darrell married...
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Harold Richard Cosby

December 24, 1932 - April 17, 2017

Harold R. Cosby, 84, of Battle Creek, Michigan and formerly of Tishomingo, Mississippi went home to his Lord & Savior on April 17, 2017 after receiving wonderful care at Advantage Living Center. Harold was born December 24, 1932 in Tishomingo, Mississippi to John H. and Lois F. (Shackelford) Cosby. He grew up in Tishomingo and was a 1952 graduate of Tishomingo High School. He attended Union...
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Dorothy E. (Stephens) Willbur

March 21, 1920 - April 16, 2017

Dorothy E. (Stephens) Willbur of Battle Creek, MI Dorothy, age 97, died Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Brookdale Assisted Living Residence of Battle Creek with her loving family at her side. Dorothy, the daughter of Carleton W. and Effa F. (Moore) Stephens, was born in Battle Creek on March 21, 1920; was a life time resident and 1937 graduate of Lakeview High School. She...
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Frances Olive (Fessenden) Iles

January 29, 1919 - April 13, 2017

Frances O. (Fessenden) Iles, age 98, of Battle Creek, Michigan, went to sleep on Thursday, April 13, 2017. She was born in Marion, Michigan, and then raised on a farm in Cannonsburg, Michigan in a family of 13 brothers and sisters. Music started early in her life, with her favorite brother playing the violin, Fran sitting at the piano and learning to play the songs he was working on. Her piano...
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Dennis E. Payne

July 7, 1981 - April 12, 2017

Dennis E. Payne, 35, died April 12, 2017. Dennis was born July 7, 1981 to David and Marilyn (McCann) Payne, Jr. Dennis loved fishing and spending time with family making memories. Music was a big part of his life, as was his drawings and tattoos. Dennis is survived by his parents, his second mother, Bobbie, two sisters, four brothers, many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also...
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Denise May (Galvin) Doud

September 21, 1951 - April 10, 2017

Denise May (Galvin) Doud, 65 of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Monday, April 10, 2017. She was born September 21, 1951 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Herbert and Bonnie (Baldwin) Galvin. Denise grew up in Battle Creek and Bellevue. She was a 1969 graduate of Bellevue High School. Denise was employed as the Bar Manager for the Polish National Alliance in Battle Creek for 14 years...
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Nancy Jean (Brondyke) Lester

July 6, 1943 - April 9, 2017

Nancy Jean (Brondyke) Lester of Battle Creek, MI Nancy, age 73, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2017 in Auburn, IN. Nancy, the daughter of Jacob and Arlie (Knight) Brondyke, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 6, 1943; was a lifetime area resident and a 1961 graduate of Berkley High School. She was a stay at...
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E. Duane Lewis

August 8, 1931 - April 9, 2017

E. Duane Lewis of Battle Creek, MI Duane, age 85, died Sunday morning, April 9, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Duane, the son of Kenneth and Frances (Hoover) Lewis, was born in Battle Creek on August 8, 1931; was a lifetime area resident and a 1950 graduate of Lakeview High School. He retired from the Calhoun County...
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Martha J. Corkins

September 10, 1929 - April 9, 2017

Martha J. Corkins, 87, of Battle Creek, died April 9, 2017. Martha was born September 10, 1929 in Brazil, IN to Charles and Hannah (Atkinson) Wallace. Martha graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1946 and married William Robert Corkins on January 12, 1952. She worked as a healthcare aide in homes and worked part time as a receptionist at Royal Funeral Home. She was a dedicated...
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Jimmie Davis Collins

December 11, 1946 - April 8, 2017

Jimmie Davis Collins of Battle Creek, MI Jimmie, age 70, died Saturday evening, April 8, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital with his loving family at his side. Jimmie, the son of James Henry and Maud Mary (Hicks) Collins, was born in Dayton, TN on December 11, 1946; moved to his area at the age of 3 and was a...
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Abel Lam Za-Uk

May 21, 1969 - April 7, 2017

Abel Lam Za-uk, age 47, of Springfield died April 7, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 21, 1969 in Falam, Chin State, Myanmar to Helen Tial Cung and William Phu Tsi. He was the youngest of their three sons, and has a younger sister. He also has many siblings from both paternal and maternal marriage to other people. Abel married his first wife in 1988, and together they had a daughter. He...
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Charles E. "Charlie" Mack

June 27, 1936 - April 6, 2017

Charles E. "Charlie" Mack, 80, of Battle Creek, died suddenly April 6, 2017 in Dayton, TN while vacationing with family. He was born in Battle Creek June 27, 1936 the son of Lloyd and Louise (Chard) Mack. He was a 1954 graduate of White Pigeon High School. He was a 30-year employee of the Kellogg Company, retiring in 1995 as a trainer, but spent most of his career as head operator in packing. ...
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Rex Lee Eddy

November 18, 1940 - April 4, 2017

Rex Lee Eddy of Battle Creek, MI Rex,age 76, died Tuesday afternoon, April 4, 2017 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility of Battle Creek, with his loving family at his side. Rex, the son of Harold L. and Flossie B. (Winchell) Eddy, was born in Homer, MI on November 18, 1940. Several years after leaving high school...
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Crystal Irene (Thompson) Wood

March 1, 1944 - April 3, 2017

Crystal Irene (Thompson) Wood, 73, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully with her family at her side on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born March 1, 1944 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Elmer L. and Dallas Mary (Ellis) Whitmore Thompson. Crystal graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. She was a dedicated, loving wife, mother,...
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Benjamin Richard "Ben" Schlubatis

May 15, 1972 - April 2, 2017

Benjamin Richard "Ben" Schlubatis of Grand Rapids, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Ben, age 44, died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack, Sunday morning, April 2, 2017 at his residence. Ben, the son of Joseph R. Schlubatis and Carla L. (Garrison) Schlubatis, was born in Battle Creek on May 15, 1972. He was a 1990 graduate of Gull Lake...
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Louis C. Glubke

September 22, 1932 - March 29, 2017

Louis Clyde Glubke, 84, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek and longtime executive at The Battle Creek Enquirer; died peacefully surrounded by his family on March 29, 2017. Louis was born on September 22, 1932, in Battle Creek, the son of the late Joseph N. and Teresa A. (Lybarger) Glubke. He was a 1950 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and had taken accounting and business classes...
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Wendell L. Reese

April 11, 1923 - March 29, 2017

Wendell L. Reese, age 93, of Battle Creek, passed away Wednesday March 29, 2017. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan to Dr. Kendall and Mrs. Clara Paul-Rees. Shortly after his birth, Wendell's family relocated to Dowling, Michigan where he grew up with his sister and four brothers. He graduated at the age of 16 from Hastings High School. Wendell worked for the Eaton Corporation beginning in...
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Susan Surakomol

September 14, 1939 - March 24, 2017

Susan Surakomol, 77, of Bloomfield, died Friday, March 24, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital B.C. She was born September 14, 1939 in Thailand the daughter of Than and Boonnitt (Piyawoodh) Kakanpolas. Suliporn was the eldest of four in Thailand and grew up near the ocean. She earned a liberal arts degree before being named a Fulbright Scholar to complete a graduate degree in literature in the...
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L. Eileen Grabill

March 16, 1924 - March 23, 2017

L. Eileen Grabill, 93, of Largo, FL and formerly of Battle Creek, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, March 23, 2017. Eileen was born March 16, 1924 in Lapeer County, MI to John and Irene (Moyer) Bossard. She graduated high school and attended Fort Wayne Bible Institute and Bethel College. She was employed by the Kellogg Company for 31 years, retiring in 1984. Eileen was an...
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Beatrice "Bea" Lamphier

November 6, 1918 - March 22, 2017

Beatrice A. "Bea" Lamphier, 98, of Battle Creek, died March 22, 2017. Bea was born November 6, 1918 in Battle Creek to Clyde and Mina (Jones) Lybarger. She worked many jobs including a factory worker at Kellogg's, a clerical clerk at DeNooyer Chevrolet and a cashier at Lakeside Grocery in Cloverdale, MI. Bea was a member of the Community of Christ Church. She enjoyed reading, knitting...
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Henrietta F. (LaBreche) Crim

February 10, 1929 - March 22, 2017

Henrietta F. (LaBreche) Crim, 88, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. She was born February 10, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to Henry and Josephine (Nowicki) LaBreche. Henrietta graduated from St. Benedict High School in Detroit. She was employed briefly, married and spent her life as a dedicated, loving, wife and mother,...
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Raycharles Frederick

November 6, 1953 - March 20, 2017

Raycharles Frederick, age 63, of Battle Creek departed this life on Monday evening, March 20, 2017. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 1953, the son of Irene Frederick and Frank Mitchell. Raycharles was raised by his mom who stood on the words of Proverbs 22:6. He attended Southeastern Junior High, Kellogg Community College and had an Associates Degree in business. Raycharles was a...
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Laura Jean Bradshaw

May 14, 1929 - March 20, 2017

Laura "Jean" Bradshaw, age 87, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on the first day of Spring, March 20, 2017. Jean was born in Homer, Michigan on May 14, 1929, the loving daughter of Earnest and Eva (Thompson) Shilling and graduated from Tekonsha High School. She worked for Post Cereals and retired from the Kellogg Co. in 1989 after more than 32 years of faithful service. ...
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Loretta Jane Lybarger

October 12, 1928 - March 17, 2017

Loretta "Jane" (Muraski) Lybarger, age 88, of Battle Creek, passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, March 17. 2017. She was born on October 12, 1928, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to the late John and Sophie (Pawlak) Muraski. Jane married Clyde Arthur Lybarger on April 23, 1949, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2011. Jane and her husband owned and...
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Ruth A. Nye

December 11, 1946 - March 15, 2017

Ruth Ann Nye 70, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born December 11, 1946 in Battle Creek to the Jessie and Esther (Bidwell) Yother, and was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She was united in marriage in 1966 to David L. Nye, he preceded her in death in 2003. Ruth was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family....
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Patricia L. (Beebe) Sellers

March 26, 1935 - March 15, 2017

Patricia Louise (Beebe) Sellers, 81, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, Michigan, died peacefully with her family at her side at Pennfield Premier Living on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Pat was born March 26, 1935 in Battle Creek to Harold Don and Floys Nevelyn "Rainey" Beebe. She was a 1954 graduate of Lakeview High School. Patricia was employed for Bostick in Marshall and Visiting Nurse...
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Jim Huysentruyt

July 11, 1954 - March 14, 2017

James "Jim" Huysentruyt, 62, of Battle Creek, died March 14, 2017. A memorial mass to celebrate his life will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2017 at St. Philip Catholic Church. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. www.farleyestesdowdle.com.
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Jeanette Alene Hayes

December 22, 1937 - March 13, 2017

Jeanette Alene (Mosher) Hayes, 79, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away on March 13, 2017 at her home in Emmett Township.  Jeanette was born in Battle Creek to Frank and Wynonia Mosher on December 22, 1937.    Along with her parents, Jeanette is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Sylvester "Syl" Hayes; a son, Jerry A Gates; two granddaughters, April Lynn Gates & Nicole Crystine Gates...
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Jenny Ann Dragoo

August 5, 1972 - March 12, 2017

Jenny Ann Dragoo, 44, was taken too soon. She went into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at home. She was born in Battle Creek, MI on August 5, 1972, the daughter of John A. and Joann C. (Frederick) Williston. She graduated from Pennfield High School in 1990 and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Russian and Linguistics and a minor in English from Western...
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Lillie Mae Nelson

March 29, 1924 - March 12, 2017

Lillie Mae Nelson, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday morning, March 12, 2017. She was born in Slayden, Mississippi on March 29, 1924, the daughter of Irby and Cathleen (Lewellen) Pool. Lillie served as a Nurse Practitioner at the Battle Creek VA Hospital for 35+ years. Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel Nelson on November 27, 1984....
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William Robert "Bill" Johnson, Jr.

December 22, 1926 - March 11, 2017

William Robert "Bill" Johnson, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Bill, age 90, died Saturday evening, March 11, 2017 at the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Hospice Residence. Bill, the son of William R. and Dorothy (Mettler) Johnson, Sr., was born in Bluffton, IN on December 22, 1926 and was a 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He served...
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Donald Calvin "Don" Kleckner

November 24, 1942 - March 10, 2017

Donald Calvin "Don" Kleckner of Battle Creek MI Don passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 10, 2017, in Battle Creek, MI. He was born in Meadville, PA on November 24, 1942, the son of Calvin and Thelma (Andrews) Kleckner, Jr. Don was a 1961 graduate of Cambridge Springs High School. On June 23, 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Alice Ann...
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Dorothy A. Fitzgerald

November 11, 1930 - March 10, 2017

Dorothy A. Fitzgerald, 86, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, March 10 at Rose Arbor Hospice after a courageous, yearlong battle with cancer. Dorothy was born November 11, 1930, the daughter of Ivan and Onalee (Crandell) Niswander. Dorothy was united in marriage on June 25, 2005 to Gordon O. Fitzgerald, he survives. She was a beautiful seamstress, making and...
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Lois "Lucille" Masters

February 18, 1928 - March 10, 2017

Lois "Lucille" Masters, age 89, of Marshall died peacefully at home with her loving family at her side on Friday afternoon, March 10, 2017. She was born in Angola, Indiana on February 18, 1928, the loving daughter of Clyde James and Maude Nina (Waller) Letts. Throughout the years, Lucille worked for Post Cereals and drove school buses for the Union City Schools, but for the majority of her life...
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Jeffrey Charles "Jeff" Miller

December 28, 1983 - March 9, 2017

Jeffrey Charles "Jeff" Miller of Battle Creek, MI Jeff, age 33, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 9, 2017 at his residence. Jeff, the son of Joel and Irene (Cardoza) Miller, was born in Lowell, MA on December 28, 1983 and was a 2004 graduate of Harper Creek High School. He had been employed at Connections, most recently...
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Gloria M. (Hayes) Mather

April 7, 1924 - March 9, 2017

Gloria M. (Hayes) Mather, age 92, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on April 7, 1924, the daughter of Jesse and Margaret (Leininger) Hayes. Gloria was a 1942 graduate of Lakeview High School and was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone Company. In retirement, she pursued the art of oil painting, creating stained glass lamps and line dancing...
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Helen Jane Holcomb

June 4, 1928 - March 5, 2017

Helen Jane Holcomb, age 88, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, March 5, 2017 at the W. Drive Assisted Living in Bellevue. She was born in Battle Creek on June 4, 1928, the loving daughter of Roy and Dorothy (Case) Spaulding. Helen worked as a receptionist for Dr. Harold Anderson's office and then worked in the business office at Leila Hospital until she retired in 1990. ...
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Margaret M. (Himebaugh) Cox

March 14, 1916 - March 3, 2017

Margaret M. (Himebaugh) Cox, 100, of Battle Creek died peacefully at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods on Friday, March 3, 2017. Margaret was born March 14, 1916 in Scotts, Michigan, the daughter of Irvin J. and Mae Elizabeth (Billington) Himebaugh. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Edward E. Cox on October 1, 2016. Margaret is survived by her son and daughter-in-law,...
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Cleo Mikel

February 1, 1923 - March 2, 2017

Cleo Mikel, 94, of Battle Creek died at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Cleo was born February 1, 1923 in Marcellus, Michigan to Elmer and Terracotta (Barber) Mikel. He grew up in Wakelee, Michigan and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Will and Hettie Barber. Cleo served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater of Operations as a...
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Louella McCowey

June 5, 1935 - February 28, 2017

Louella "Lou" McCowey, 81, of Battle Creek, died February 28, 2017. Lou was born June 5, 1935 in Inland Towship, Benzie County, MI to William and Maude (Shipley) McCarry. She graduated high school and married John McCowey in 1961. Lou was a volunteer at the Food Bank for the last 15 years. She also did demonstrations at Feldpausch and worked as a sales clerk at a dress shop in downtown...
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Edith (Hankey) Lockwood

December 15, 1916 - February 28, 2017

Edith (Hankey) Lockwood, 100, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Edith was born December 15, 1916 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Albert Riley and Elizabeth (Leeson) Hankey. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1935 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Edith completed her Registered Nursing Program and...
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Nancy Jane (Barber) Holroyd

March 21, 1930 - February 22, 2017

Nancy Jane (Barber) Holroyd of Richland, MI Nancy, age 86, died Wednesday evening, February 22, 2017 at her residence with her loving family at her side. Nancy, the daughter of Blaine A. and Helen E. (Solomon) Barber, was born in Richland on March 21, 1930; was a lifetime resident and a 1949 graduate of Richland High School. She had...
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Nancy Lee (Miller) (Simonds) Kearn

December 2, 1934 - February 20, 2017

Nancy Lee (Miller) Kearn, 82, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died unexpectedly at home on Monday, February 20, 2017. Nancy was born December 2, 1934 in Battle Creek to Carl August and Edna Mae (Paris) Miller. She was a 1952 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Western Michigan University. Nancy was employed in all aspects of the former family business, Swonk's Flower Shop. She...
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Martha Gilmore Parfet

October 1, 1925 - February 20, 2017

MARTHA GILMORE PARFET OF GULL LAKE (HICKORY CORNERS), MI Martha, age 91, passed away on Monday, February 20th, at her home in Hickory Corners, Michigan, following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family. Martha was born on October 1st, 1925, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was the youngest daughter of Donald and Genevieve Upjohn Gilmore, and the granddaughter of Upjohn Company founder...
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Thomas W. "Tom" Morris

May 15, 1940 - February 19, 2017

Thomas William "Tom" Morris, age 76, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday evening, February 19, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. He was born in San Diego, CA on May 15, 1940, the son of Thomas H. and Rachael (Allen) Morris. Tom grew up in Hawaii and Southern California, and lived next to Pearl Harbor Naval Station during the attack on Pearl Harbor at the start of WWII. Tom spent 22...
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Tommy Johnson , Jr.

August 7, 1950 - February 18, 2017

Tommy Johnson, Jr. 66, of Battle Creek died at his home on Saturday, February 18, 2017. He was born August 7, 1950 in Wharncliffe, West Virginia to Tommy and Janice L. (Murphy) Johnson, Sr. He grew up in Wharncliffe and attended Gilbert High School. Tommy proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines and fought in the Vietnam War. Tommy was formerly married to the former Kathy L. ...
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Wayne E. Peterson

August 16, 1958 - February 18, 2017

Wayne E. Peterson, 58, went home to be with his Lord and Savior February 18, 2017. He was born to Roy Allan and Elsie L. Peterson August 16, 1958 in Battle Creek. Wayne was a resident of the local area most of his life. He graduated in 1977 from Battle Creek Central High School and the Area Vo-Education Center. After graduation, he moved to California where he worked for a short time in...
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Monica Thuah Ciang

January 1, 1949 - February 15, 2017

Monica Thuah Ciang, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017 at the Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. She was born in Falam, Chin State, Burma on January 1, 1949, the daughter of Tlun Kap (father) and Hluan Nei (mother). Monica is survived by her daughters, Regina (Jerome) Aung and Banadeth (Steven) Sang, both of Battle Creek; five grandchildren; and several...
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Elizabeth Ann Evans

May 14, 1973 - February 15, 2017

Elizabeth Ann Evans 43, of Battle Creek died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was always known as Aunt Toady or Beth to her family, and Aunt Toady to all of her many Geo-caching friends. She was a source of great entertainment to her many friends and her smile was contagious. Whenever she was around there were pranks to quickly follow. I hope you are all able to find...
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Dorothy Rose (Rolfe) Humes

March 28, 1916 - February 13, 2017

Dorothy Rose (Rolfe) Humes of Battle Creek, MI Dorothy , age 100, died peacefully Monday afternoon, February 13, 2017 at the Care Community of Springfield, MI Dorothy was born on March 28, 1916 to Charles and Alvina Rolfe in Battle Creek, MI. Dorothy graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, class of 1935, and Nichols School of Nursing, class...
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Khuang Zing

February 9, 1943 - February 13, 2017

Khuang Zing, age 74, of Battle Creek passed away Monday evening, February 13, 2017 at the Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. She was born in Falam, Chin Sate, Burma on February 9, 1943, the daughter of Lian Bik-father and Thang Twe-mother. She married the late Than Zam in 1960, and then married the late Tial Ceu in 1981. Khuang Zing is survived by her sister, Khen Sui; her...
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