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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

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. The Graveside Service to celebrate Nancy's life will be held on Friday, March 10th at 1:00 p.m. in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Nancy's family will greet friends on Friday...
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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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William Allyn "Bill" Wood

May 4, 1926 - February 9, 2017

William A. "Bill" Wood, age 90, of Bristol Lake, Dowling passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2017. Bill was born in Battle Creek on May 4, 1926, the son of William Jr. and Ruby (Clinton) Wood. Bill was a 1944 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, and attended Michigan State College, Argubright Business College, and graduated from Kellogg Community College in 1969. He served in the...
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Emilio Macedo

April 24, 1996 - February 8, 2017

Emilio Macedo, 20, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at University of Michigan Hospital. He was born on April 24, 1996, Battle Creek, the son of Tammy A. Edwards and Benigno Macedo and he attended Pennfield High School. Emilio had Muscular Dystrophy, but never let it bother him or get in his way if possible. He is survived by his mother and father;...
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Thomas James "Tom" Holmgren

January 26, 1945 - February 7, 2017

Thomas J. Holmgren, age 72, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at home. He was born on January 26, 1945 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Earl J. Ardis and Mary W. Holmgren (Ardis). Leaving high school he joined the US Navy and was honorably discharged. He married Melva Mullins in October 1967 and she is the mother of his son, Thomas J. Holmgren, Jr. That marriage...
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Richard W. Britten, Jr.

March 28, 1947 - February 7, 2017

Richard W. Britten Jr. known as Dick or GM, 69, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on March 28, 1947 the son of Richard W. Sr and Dorothy F. (Eisenhood) Britten in Battle Creek and was a 1965 graduate of Climax-Scotts High School. He served his country honorably for 4 years with the U.S. Air Force. He was employed by GM Company ...
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Jo Ellen Neufeld

April 10, 1955 - February 6, 2017

Jo Ellen Neufeld, age 61, of Battle Creek and formerly of Boise, Idaho, died peacefully on Monday evening, February 6, 2017 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born in Denver, Colorado on April 10, 1955, the loving daughter of Archie W. and Anna "Ruth" (Cutrell) Neufeld. In 2014, Jo Ellen retired as a Department Manager for Wal-Mart after more than 20 years of service. ...
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Dorothy Mae (Ellis) Jollineau

September 27, 1927 - February 3, 2017

Dorothy Mae (Ellis) Jollineau, 89, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility in Battle Creek, Michigan on Friday, February 3, 2017. Dorothy was born September 27, 1927 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Haran and Mabel (Flood) Ellis. She grew up in Sault Ste.Marie and was a graduate of Sault Ste. Marie High School. Dorothy was employed as the office manager at...
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Evelyn VanDongen

August 13, 1924 - February 2, 2017

Evelyn VanDongen was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the age of 92. Evelyn was born on August 13, 1924, to Henry and Cora (LaFleur) Bremer in Grand Rapids, MI. In 1941, the family moved to Battle Creek and she graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1942. She was married to Bruce VanDongen in 1946. After her children were all in school, she worked at...
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Cynthia R. "Cindy" Tuttle

March 29, 1948 - February 1, 2017

Cynthia R. "Cindy" Tuttle, age 68, of Coldwater and formerly of Battle Creek passed away at home Wednesday evening, February 1, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on March 29, 1948 the daughter of Donald N. and Betty M. (Rowden) Estelle. Cindy worked for many years as an RN at Leila Hospital and Battle Creek Health Systems. Cindy is survived by her husband Michael L. "Mike" Tuttle; her...
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Donald W. Thompson

September 10, 1927 - January 31, 2017

Life long Battle Creek resident, Donald Wayne Thompson, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep January 31, 2017. Don graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1945, served honorably in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, and retired from Clark Equipment in 1983. Don had many passions, including his family, gardening, music, wood working and enjoying what life had to offer. ...
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LG Theodore Nelson, Jr.

February 13, 1927 - January 30, 2017

LG Theodore Nelson, Jr., age 89, of Battle Creek left this world to be with his Lord on Monday afternoon, January 30, 2017. LG was born in Battle Creek at the Old Nichols Hospital on February 13, 1927, the loving son of LG and Leota (Lambert) Nelson and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1944. LG served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1944 to...
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Madge L. Benson

May 19, 1927 - January 29, 2017

Madge L. Benson, 89, Floral City, formerly of Inverness, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Citrus Memorial Hospital. Madge was born in Goshen, VA on March 19, 1927, the daughter of the late Ernest and Nora (Smith) Ratliff, and moved to Inverness with her late husband, Ormie Benson, in 1986 from Battle Creek, MI. They were married for 55 years. He passed away August 12, 2016. She retired...
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Sarah Jo Drake-Yore

December 20, 1978 - January 28, 2017

Sarah Jo Drake-Yore, 38, of Battle Creek, died January 28, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. Sarah was born December 20, 1978, the daughter of Jacqueline Chaney and Joseph "Toby" Everett. She graduated from high school and received her Associates Degree from Davenport University. Sarah worked at EPI in Battle Creek and had just been promoted to Customer Service Supervisor. She loved going out...
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Glenn Newton "Buzz" Campbell, Jr.

March 6, 1954 - January 27, 2017

Glenn Newton "Buzz" Campbell, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Buzz, age 62, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, January 27, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Buzz, the son of Glenn N. and Clara M. (Bruynooghe) Campbell, Sr. was born in Hastings, MI on March 6, 1954; was a lifetime area resident and a 1972 graduate of Hastings...
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Thomas S. Brown

November 6, 1961 - January 26, 2017

Thomas S. Brown, 55, of Murfreesboro, TN and formerly of Battle Creek, died Thursday, January 26, 2017. Tom was born November 6, 1961 in Battle Creek to Justin "Buddy" and Emma Brown. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1979. Tom worked for Betterly Wood Products and more recently, Concrete Form Erectors in Tennessee. He enjoyed watching football and NASCAR. Tom is survived...
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Jimmie Ruth (McJunkin) Van Nortwick

October 11, 1925 - January 25, 2017

Jimmie Ruth (McJunkin) Van Nortwick, died unexpectedly on 25 January 2017, at age 91 years, 3 months and 14 days, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Jimmie was born number four of nine children on October 11, 1925 in Alabama City, Alabama to Fred Caldwell and Maude Alice (Davis) McJunkin. She grew up in Dayton, Tennessee and came to Battle Creek,...
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William "Bill" Barroso, Jr.

October 1, 1960 - January 23, 2017

Bill came into this world on October 1, 1960 to his loving parents William Barroso, Sr. (1936-1975) and Manuela Elizabeth (Sanchez) Barroso (1943-2015) at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan. Bill left us to be with our Lord on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bill was a lifelong resident of Marshall, MI and attended Mar Lee Elementary School and...
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Gabino M. Garcia

February 15, 1928 - January 22, 2017

Gabino Garcia passed away at home in Battle Creek, MI on January 22, 2017 at the age of 88. Gabino is predeceased by his grandson's Ryan Perish-Garcia, Michael Barroso and Great-granddaughter Lilliana Gwillim. Gabino is survived by the love of his life Julia, whom he married in Edcouch, TX 68 years ago. This union was blessed with 10 surviving children: San Juana (Enrique)Rojas of Edcouch, TX;...
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Flora McDonald (Fettes) Etter

June 12, 1921 - January 22, 2017

Flora McDonald Etter, 95, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Flora was born June 12, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Alexander and Mary (McDonald) Fettes. Flora grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. She retired in the mid 1980's as a lab technician from Michigan Carton Company, where she was employed many years. Flora...
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Gordon Duane "Gordy", Eldred

March 21, 1936 - January 21, 2017

Gordon Duane "Gordy" Eldred of Battle Creek, MI Gordy, age 80, died Saturday evening, January 21, 2017 after a brief illness. Gordy, the son of Harold Donald and Ruby Ellen (Scamp) Eldred, was born in Battle Creek on March 21, 1936; was a lifetime area resident and was a 1955 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He was a...
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Kimberly Sue Towery-Kahler

October 13, 1977 - January 21, 2017

Kimberly Sue Towery-Kahler, 39, of Bellevue, Michigan died Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Kimberly was born October 13, 1977 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Larry E. and Susan D. (Eberhard) Towery. She grew up in Bellevue and received her high school diploma through Battle Creek Public Schools. Kim was currently employed at Marshall Manor & Rehabilitation...
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Marlene A. Rice

January 31, 1937 - January 20, 2017

Marlene A. Rice, age 79, of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday afternoon, January 20, 2017. She was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on January 31, 1937, the daughter of Marshall E. and Ida S. (Kulsuth) Jaeger. Marlene married the "Love of Her Life", Richard W. Rice, at the Lakeview Baptist Church in Battle Creek on August 19, 1955. She is survived by her loving...
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Joseph Henry "Joe", Blaskie, Jr.

February 27, 1919 - January 20, 2017

Joseph Henry "Joe" Blaskie, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Joe, age 97, died Friday morning January 20, 2017 at his residence and with his loving family at his side. Joe, the son of Joseph H. and Mary (Kubiak) Blaskie, Sr., was born in Detroit, MI on February 27, 1919 and was a graduate of St. Charles Catholic High...
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Carolyn R. Spedden

December 30, 1943 - January 17, 2017

Carolyn Ruth Spedden, 73, of Battle Creek, MI made an unexpected departure to Heaven January 17, 2017. Carolyn was a devoted Wife, Mother, Ma, Mom-Mom, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was preceded in death by her mother and father William and Lillian VanWuffen. Carolyn is survived by her husband of 53 years, David Wilson Spedden; her son Michael Spedden of Satsuma, Fl.; her son...
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Pauline M. (Morrison) Carl

October 9, 1921 - January 17, 2017

It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Pauline M. (Morrison) Carl, age 95, of Battle Creek announces the passing of our family matriarch who died on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. She was born October 9, 1921 in Saginaw, Michigan to Norman A. and Mary C. (Weiland) Morrison. Pauline grew up in St. Charles and was a graduate of St. Charles High School. ...
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Deanise Lyn Loyd

July 22, 1977 - January 14, 2017

Deanise Lyn Loyd, age 39, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 14, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on July 22, 1977 at attended St. Philip Elementary School before transferring to Lakeview Schools where she graduated with the Class of 1996. Deanise attended Wright Beauty Academy and previously worked at Pablo's in McCamly Place, Applebee's, and Sally's Beauty...
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Manuel Barroso

March 18, 1946 - January 13, 2017

Manuel Barroso of Jackson, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Manuel, age 70, died Friday evening, January 13, 2017 at the Jackson County Medical Care Facility with his loving daughter, Angela at his side. Manuel, the son of Domingo and Cevera (Rodigus) Barroso, was born in Springport, MI on March 18, 1946 and was a lifetime area resident. He was a self...
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Leona "Grace" Duck

January 20, 1928 - January 11, 2017

Leona "Grace" (Leib) Duck, 88, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Battle Creek Manor. She was born January 20, 1928 in Sumner, Illinois, the daughter of Arthur A. and Ruth P. (Phillips) Leib. Grace was a 1946 graduate of Lawrence County Schools in Lawrenceville, IL and Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, where she received her License Practical Nursing certificate...
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Lee Ann Luzius

September 10, 1928 - January 10, 2017

Lee Ann Luzius, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Bronson at Home Hospice Residence, where she had been a patient since December 31st. She was 88 years old. Born September 10, 1928 in Battle Creek, Lee Ann graduated from Battle Creek Central, where she'd been active in Daughters of the American Revolution, debate and high school theatre. She...
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Dorothy Jane (Yurko) Vogel

June 18, 1924 - January 7, 2017

Dorothy Jane (Yurko) Vogel, 92, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Dorothy was the only child born to Frederick J. and Margaret Catherine (Wagner) Yurko on June 18, 1924 in Chillicothe, Ohio. She was a 1942 graduate of Chillicothe High School and dedicated her life to raising her large family. Dorothy married...
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Alice M. McClow

February 27, 1943 - January 4, 2017

Alice Mary McClow, 73, of Battle Creek, Mich., passed peacefully to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, after a four-week severe illness. She was born Feb. 27, 1943, in Leominster, Mass., the daughter of Norman Carlton Sparks and Helen Walker (Pratt) Sparks. Alice married Jerry Ray Berry in Leominster in August 1962. In 1966,...
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Marjorie N. "Margie" (Hughes) Joba

November 18, 1921 - January 3, 2017

Marjorie Nina (Hughes) Joba, 95, of Battle Creek made her transition with her family at her side on January 3rd, 2017. She was born on November 18, 1921, the daughter of Nina E. (Worth) and Ivan W. Hughes in East Leroy, Michigan. A lifelong resident of Battle Creek, Marjorie graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1940 and attended Battle Creek Business College. She worked as a...
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Karen Marie (Galloup) Oliver

May 12, 1953 - January 2, 2017

Karen Marie (Galloup) Oliver, 63, of Durham, North Carolina and formerly of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Monday, January 2, 2017, after a brief illness. She was born May 12, 1953 in Battle Creek, Michigan to John Olin and Marilyn Theresa (Eckrich) Galloup. She went through St. Philip Elementary School, was a 1971 graduate of Pennfield High School and...
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Albert Cornelius "Al" Kleinhuizen

December 2, 1921 - January 2, 2017

Albert C. Kleinhuizen of Battle Creek, MI Al, age 95, died Monday morning, January 2, 2017 at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence, Battle Creek with his loving family at his side. Al, the son of Charles J. and Elizabeth (Van Zanten) Kleinhuizen, was born in Roseland, IL on December 2, 1921 and moved to Michigan in 1931. He was a...
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Lillian Ethel (Burns) Bottom

May 21, 1930 - January 1, 2017

Lillian Ethel Burns Bottom, 86, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Sunday, January 1, 2017. She was born May 21, 1930 in Springfield, Kentucky the daughter of Luther and Florene (Lanham) Burns. Lillian was a well-known and respected member of her community. She was an Avon representative for over 40 years. Lillian was employed for the Battle Creek Public...
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Richard W. Maher

December 31, 2016

Richard Wendell Maher, 90, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully on Saturday December 31, 2016. He was born in Battle Creek on April 20, 1926, the son of James and Amelia (Lorig) Maher. The families were lifelong residents of Battle Creek and Richard was a 1943 graduate of St Philip Catholic Central High School. Richard began his college education at Western Michigan University...
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Daryl Ray Manning

April 23, 1957 - December 30, 2016

On December 30, 2016 Daryl Manning , age 59, decided that he was ready to go home with God and the love of his life, Betty. Although He left three very heartbroken children and four grandchildren that loved their Papa more than words can say, he is now in the arms of his true love, Betty. To be honest, there is no way to write this about Daryl and not mention the crazy love story of Daryl and...
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Walter F. "Wally" Ludwa

June 20, 1920 - December 30, 2016

Walter F. "Wally" Ludwa, 96, of Battle Creek died at the Legacy at The Oaks with his family at his side on Friday, December 30, 2016. Wally was born June 20, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois to Walter and Nellie (Kontrek) Ludwa. He grew up in Detroit, attended St. Augustine School until 7th grade; in 1932 moved to Battle Creek and was a 1938 graduate of St. Philip Catholic High School. Wally...
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Michael J. Babick

November 2, 1951 - December 28, 2016

Michael J. "James" Babick, 65, of Battle Creek, died December 28, 2016. Mike was born November 2, 1951 in Battle Creek, to Lewis and Bernedia (Snyder) Babick. He graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School in 1969 and received his nursing degree in 1992. He worked as a registered nurse at the Calhoun County Jail and Allegence Hospital in Jackson, among other places. Mike is survived by...
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Sa Tin (Lal Te) Lay

January 18, 1978 - December 24, 2016

Sa Tin Lay (Lal Te), age 38, of Battle Creek, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 24, 2016. He was born in Falam, Chin State, Burma on January 18, 1978. Sa Lay immigrated to United States from Burma in 2000. He married Ally Lay (Hlawn Nei Par) on February 9, 2008; she survives. Sa Lay is also survived by 2 children, Lydia Lay and Osteen Lay, and 4 sisters. Two of his sisters are currently...
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David P. Skarp

April 22, 1942 - December 23, 2016

David P. Skarp, 74, of Battle Creek, unexpectedly left his earthly family on December 23, 2016 to live with his Heavenly Father. He and his entire immediate and extended family had just arrived in Sarasota, FL for the Holidays. His family had enjoyed a two-and-a-half day car caravan ride together, during which Dave enjoyed the exchanging of grandchildren riding with him at every stop. Daughter...
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Roysten E. "Rusty" Stewart

August 14, 1928 - December 22, 2016

Roysten "Rusty" Stewart, 88, of Battle Creek died at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence in Battle Creek on Thursday, December 22, 2016. Rusty was born August 14, 1928 in Clinton, Missouri to Elmer Bartow and Goldie Ellen (Edicott) Stewart. He grew up in the Clinton, Michigan area, graduated from high school and attended Community College later in life. Rusty retired after 35 years of...
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Graham Lee Miner

August 28, 1928 - December 22, 2016

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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Jerry Lynn Vandeburg

October 2, 1937 - December 21, 2016

Jerry Lynn Vandeburg 79 of Battle Creek Michigan passed away Wednesday December 21, 2016 at his home. He was born October 2, 1937 to Hubert and Thelma (Sheldon) Vandeburg. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1955. He worked for Michigan Carton Company, and then became a professional painter. He had three children; Jerry Vandeburg Jr. Julie Vandeburg, and Rebecca Vandeburg. He was...
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Agnew D. Keener

April 25, 1948 - December 21, 2016

Agnew (Chubby) Keener 68 of Battle Creek MI., passed away Wednesday Dec 21st 2016 he was a loving Husband & Father papa & great papa. He was preceeded in death by his father James Keener and a sister, Vicky Harden. He is survived by his wife Sandra Keener, sister Doris (Mike) Rose from Michigan, a sister Judy Goud from Hixson, Tennessee, his mother Ruth Keener also from Hixson, Tennessee,...
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Frances "Lucille" Hibbard

July 7, 1929 - December 21, 2016

Frances "Lucille" Hibbard, 87, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Frances was born July 7, 1929 at home in Overton County, Tennessee to Joe and Nancy Brown. She married Leo E. Hibbard on August 26, 1950. He sadly preceded her in death in 2005. Frances loved being with her family, playing cards, spending time with her cats and being outdoors. Frances is survived by...
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Georgina R. Woolner

August 16, 1925 - December 21, 2016

Georgina (nee Ross) Woolner, age 91, of Battle Creek, Michigan, formerly of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, passed away on December 21, 2016 in the Bronson At Home Good Samaritan Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. Georgina was born at Tom's Forest Cottage, Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on August 16, 1925, the daughter of Robert W. and Georgina S. Ross. She was preceded in death by her...
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Elaine Marilyn (Thiem) Wooderson

May 26, 1931 - December 21, 2016

Elaine Marilyn Wooderson, age 85 of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away at home on December 21, 2016. Born on May 26, 1931 in Flint, Elaine was the daughter of Edmund A. Thiem and Gladys Eda (Kohllmorgen) Thiem of Lansing. She was married in Lansing on March 28, 1952 and was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William Alva Wooderson. Elaine attended Michigan State University, studied...
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Steven S. Taylor

January 21, 1976 - December 20, 2016

Steven Scott Taylor, age 40, of Battle Creek, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Saginaw, MI on January 21, 1976. Steven graduated from the Doris Klaussen Developmental Center in 2002. He has been active with CIR (Community Inclusive Recreation) and the ARC of Calhoun County. Steven loved to bowl, dance, swim, shopping, and going to the...
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Lois M. Sutton

April 13, 1927 - December 20, 2016

Lois M. Sutton, 89, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility with her family by her side. Lois was born April 13, 1927 in Battle Creek to Arthur and Elsie (Dunn) Hess. She graduated from Lakeview High School and worked at the Kellogg Company for many years before leaving to raise her children. Once her children were older, she returned to Kellogg...
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Chad Christian Wells

March 8, 1973 - December 19, 2016

Chad Christian Wells, 43, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away with peace and grace on December 19th, 2016 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was born on March 8, 1973 in Battle Creek, Michigan to parents George and Jean Wells. A decorated high school student-athlete at Battle Creek Central, Chad excelled in both baseball and football. As a pitcher, he was fortunate enough to strike...
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Emily Elizabeth Galloup

September 19, 1985 - December 18, 2016

Emily Elizabeth Galloup, 31, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly and was pronounced on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Emily was born September 19, 1985 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Stephen and Janelle (Bryant) Galloup. She grew up in Battle Creek, attended Lakeview High School, Wright Beauty Academy, KCC in the nursing program and KVCC studying human medicine and psychology. Emily had been employed...
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Shirley Diann Clouse

March 9, 1948 - December 14, 2016

Shirley Diann Clouse, passed away at home peacefully Wednesday, December 14th. Shirley was preceded in death by her father Arnold Stacy Clouse and a sister, Joanne Smith both of Tennessee. She is survived by her mother Betty Jo Baird of Battle Creek; husband, Norman Lytle and children SuAnn L. (John P.) Dayhuff, Tommy L. Latshaw, M. David Latshaw, Sara D. (Matthew Lucas) Beard, Starla...
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Betty Lee (Niccum) Howard

January 5, 1921 - December 11, 2016

Betty Lee (Niccum) Howard, 95 formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan died at the Palms of Sebring, Sebring, Florida on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Betty was born January 5, 1921, in Moore Park, Michigan, to Glenn and Edna (Vinck) Niccum. She grew up near Moore Park, MI and was a 1938 graduate of Three Rivers High School. Betty was employed as a statistician at Federal Home Life Insurance Company...
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Linda Marie (Bilbia) Winstone

September 6, 1949 - December 9, 2016

Linda Marie (Bilbia) Winstone, 67, of Battle Creek went to be with the Lord while at Masonic Pathways in Alma, Michigan on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:20 a.m. Linda was born September 6, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan to Peter and Lucille (Armour) Bilbia. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1967 graduate of Lakeview High School. Linda earned her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree at Kellogg...
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Kathy L. Rothwell

August 11, 1959 - December 7, 2016

Kathy L. Rothwell, age 57, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. She was born in Battle Creek on August 11, 1959, the daughter of Clarence R. and Sharon M. (Arnett) Osborne. Kathy married the "Love of Her Life", Elwin E. "Elvis" Rothwell in Battle Creek on August 16, 1975; he sadly preceded her in death on November 19, 2015. She is survived by her daughters,...
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Charlene Elaine Brinker

November 15, 1925 - December 5, 2016

Charlene Elaine (Thomas) Brinker, 91, of Battle Creek, died December 5, 2016 at the Caretel Inns of St. Joseph, MI. Charlene was born November 15, 1925 in Hastings, MI to Sylvester and Margaret (Flynn) Thomas. She married Edward Brinker on November 15, 1947 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Hastings. She was a former member of St. Philip and St. Rose Catholic Church. Charlene graduated from...
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Arthur Earl Clayman

September 14, 1938 - November 30, 2016

Arthur Earl Clayman, 78, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Arthur was born September 14, 1938 in Eckford, Michigan to Lester and Martha (Reagle) Clayman. He attended high school in Florida, returned to Michigan and went to work. He retired as a printer from St. Regis Paper Company, where he was employed for 33 years. Art then worked as a manager...
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Louis G. Sari

March 16, 1924 - November 29, 2016

Louis G. Sari, age 92, of Bellevue, NE, and formerly of Battle Creek died Tuesday, November 29, 2016. He was born in Bellevue, MI on March 16, 1924, the loving son of Louis and Julia (Folenta) Sari and attended St. Philip Catholic High School. Louis served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1943 – 1946, and retired from the Kellogg Co. in 1987. In 1948, Louis married...
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Charles T. "Charlie" Stocker

September 2, 1935 - November 28, 2016

Charles T. Stocker, affectionately known as Charlie, passed away on November 28, at the age of 81, following a recurrence of bladder cancer. While we are saddened by his passing, we are comforted to know that he is now at peace and reunited with his beloved wife, Martha, who died in June. Charlie was a bright, kindhearted soul. He was a man of many actions and very few words. Charlie was born...
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Ruth E. O'Dell

June 17, 1923 - November 26, 2016

Ruth Elizabeth O'Dell passed away peacefully on the morning of November 26, 2016, at the age of 93. Ruth was born June 17,1923, in Bellevue, Ml, to Faith and Howard Moon, and grew up in Marshall, Ml as the oldest of nine children. She was preceded in death by siblings Richard, Charles, Lucille, Cecil and June; she is survived by Kent Moon of Marshall, Janet Walker of Battle Creek, and Robert ...
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Braxton Avery James VanScoder

November 22, 2016 - November 22, 2016

Infant Braxton Avery James VanScoder, of Battle Creek, was stillborn on Thursday, November 22, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was the adored son of Sheena Marie Metzger and Timothy James VanScoder. In addition to his parents Braxton is also survived by two sisters, Alyssa and Alicia VanScoder; a brother, Blake VanScoder; maternal grandparents, Greg and Tammy Metzger; paternal grandmother,...
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Suzanne DiVitto

November 17, 1918 - November 15, 2016

Suzanne (Triana) DiVitto, 97, of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday November 15, 2016 in her home surrounded by family. She suffered complications brought on by Polycythemia Vera, a rare blood disorder. She was born November 17, 1918 in Battle Creek, MI. Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents Lazor and Krista Risteff and her son, Robin Joseph DeRushia. Suzanne lived her entire...
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Eric J. Cornell

November 6, 1960 - November 14, 2016

Eric Joseph Cornell, 56, died Monday, November 14th, 2016 in his hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan. Eric was born in Battle Creek in 1960 to the late Joe and Ann Cornell. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Cornell. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1979, where he was a standout wrestler winning a city championship. He was employed by Regional...
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Florence Irene (Fromme) Keitel Weller

August 26, 1926 - November 10, 2016

Florence Keitel Weller, age 90, passed away on November 10, 2016 at Bickford Cottage, after a long journey through Alzheimer's disease. Named after her two maternal aunts, Florence Irene Fromme was born August 26, 1926 in Dayton, KY to Herbert H. and Elma L. (Osborn) Fromme. Known as Flossie to family and childhood friends, she was the adored first grandchild and niece on both sides of the family...
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Jack M. Smith

November 22, 1940 - November 9, 2016

Jack M. Smith, 75, of Battle Creek, the former longtime owner/operator of Smith Trucking died Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Jack was born November 22, 1940 in Monterey, Tennessee to Orville C. and Maudie L. (McCowan) Smith. As a small child, he moved with his family to Battle Creek. Jack grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Central High School. Jack honorably served his country...
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Annie S. (Chilton) Uldriks

September 22, 1919 - November 9, 2016

Annie S. Uldriks, 97, of Battle Creek died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on November 9, 2016. Annie was born September 22, 1919 in Allons, Tennessee to Elba Ettis and Nanny May (Glidewell) Chilton. In 1922 Annie moved with her family to Mangum, OK, then back to Allons, TN in 1925; and in 1941 she moved to Battle Creek, MI, where she has resided since. She was employed by Post...
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Jeffrey Philip Kerwin

September 28, 1950 - November 3, 2016

Jeffrey Philip Kerwin, 66, of Bellevue, Michigan died at Bronson Battle Creek on Thursday, November 3, 2016. He was born September 28, 1950 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Richard and Patricia (Harvey) Kerwin. Jeff grew up on Battle Creek's west side, was a 1968 graduate of Gull Lake High School and earned two Associate Degrees from Kellogg Community College. Jeff retired in 2010 from Sears,...
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June E. Conklin

June 21, 1924 - November 3, 2016

June E. Conklin, 92, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility early in the morning on November 3, 2016. She was born in Battle Creek on June 21, 1924, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Chantrenne) Wygant. June was a 1942 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She married Frank B. Conklin on June 24, 1943 in Monterey, California where Frank was stationed...
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George Ernest Finney

July 12, 1932 - November 2, 2016

George Ernest Finney, 84, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died in South Haven in the care of Heartland Hospice on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. George was born July 12, 1932 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Harlo and Lulu May (Collyer) Finney. He retired as an in-town truck driver for Post Division of General Foods, where he was employed for 36 years.. George was formerly married to...
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Edwin Hugh Stiles

October 21, 1942 - November 2, 2016

Edwin Hugh Stiles passed on November 2nd at his home in Howell, Michigan surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 21st 1942 in Franklin, NC and moved to Battle Creek, Michigan as a young boy. Hugh was the oldest of six children. His parents Edwin Thomas and Willa Mae Stiles preceded him in death. He is survived by the love of his life, Susan (Munster) Stiles. They were married...
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Diana Joy Perry

March 3, 1949 - November 2, 2016

Diana Joy Perry, 67, of Ceresco, died November 2, 2016 at her home after a lengthy illness. Diana was born March 3, 1949 in Battle Creek to Robert and Donelda (Winans) Petts. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and went on to work as a credit manager at G.H.S. Corporation for 34 years, before her retirement in 2012. Diana enjoyed doing crafts and had various collections of...
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Barbara J. Cook

April 24, 1933 - November 1, 2016

Barbara J. Cook, 83, of Battle Creek, died November 1, 2016. Barbara was born April 24, 1933 in Newark, OH to Harry and Florence (Loy) Crist. She graduated high school and worked as a food manager at K.F.C. for a lengthy time and also Battle Creek Public Schools for a number of years. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, reading and going to the casino. Barbara is survived by her daughter,...
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Betty J. Duncan

November 20, 1921 - October 29, 2016

Betty J. Duncan, age 94, of Battle Creek, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016. She was born on November 20, 1921, the first baby born at Culbertson Hospital in Rushville, IL. Betty was the daughter of Lee J. and Eva Mae (Herche) McClelland and grew up in Mt. Sterling, IL. Betty married her high school sweetheart, Richard K. Duncan in Mt. Sterling, IL on December 24, 1940; he sadly...
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Harold James March

January 3, 1946 - October 28, 2016

Harold James March, 70, of Ceresco, Michigan died Heartland Health Care on Friday, October 28, 2016. Harold was born January 3, 1946 in Jackson, Michigan to Clifford Henry and Betty Jean (Goodman) March. Harold grew up in Marshall and lived in the area his entire life. He was employed at Sackrider Farms for 43 years. Harold married Mary Jo Courtright on March 17, 1972. Sadly he was...
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Evelyn Marie Ruble

July 30, 1923 - October 28, 2016

Evelyn Marie Ruble, 93, of Battle Creek, MI peacefully passed away on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Pennfield Premier Living in Battle Creek, MI. She was born July 30, 1923 in Milford, Iowa to Everett Boyd and Florence Opal (Ferguson) Neil. Evelyn grew up in Iowa, attended school and then attended a business college for a secretarial degree. Evelyn married Manley Eugene Ruble on October 2,...
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Christopher A. "Chris" Craft

November 4, 1942 - October 27, 2016

Christopher A. "Chris" Craft, age 73, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, October 27, 2016 at Bronson Battle Creek after a short battle with Cancer. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan on November 4, 1942, the son of Bruce and Grace (Klein) Craft. Chris was raised by his maternal grandmother, Isabel Klein in Battle Creek, where he lived his entire life, and graduated...
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Mary Kay (Baker) Rimkus

October 20, 1942 - October 27, 2016

Mary Kay Rimkus, 74, of Battle Creek died at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Mary was born October 20, 1942 in DeKalb, Illinois to Maurice Matteson and Margaret (Holliday) Baker. She grew up in DeKalb and was a 1960 graduate of DeKalb High School. Mary swept a young man, Robert Frank Rimkus, attending Northern Illinois University off his feet. Mary and Bob...
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Dennis Dean Giver

June 8, 1948 - October 23, 2016

Dennis Dean Giver, age 68, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, October 23, 2016. Dennis was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 8, 1948, the son of Kenneth W. and Marilyn J. (Smith) Giver and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. Throughout the years, Dennis enjoyed working on many types of cars & trucks. He also enjoyed playing practical...
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Betty A. Masters

April 19, 1921 - October 21, 2016

The ever-jubilant Betty A. Masters of Battle Creek, Ml sadly passed away on Oct 21, 2016 at Bickford Cottage. After 95 years, and still sharp, she'll now be with the Lord and playing cards with her husband Charlie in heaven. Betty was born in Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on April 19,1921, the daughter of Cecelia (Pennell) and Samuel George Hodgson. She graduated from Murrum...
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Carolyn E. Jones

February 26, 1936 - October 19, 2016

Carolyn Esther (Frazier) Jones, 80 years old, passed on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Borgess Hospital. Carolyn was born February 26, 1936 in Battle Creek, MI, as the oldest girl of Mildred C. (Thompson) and John F.L. Frazier. Carolyn was a 1953 graduate of Kellogg Consolidated High School, pursuing her LPN degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Her career involved working at Leila...
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Neil L. Croften

October 8, 1951 - October 15, 2016

It all began 65 years ago when Neil Loyd Croften was born on October 8, 1951 to John and Joyce (Dreamer) Croften in Marshall, Michigan. His parents divorced a few years later and Joyce took her two children and moved to Virginia. Little sister, Cindy and Neil survived that year by Neil stealing a biscuit twice a week for a year from a little store down the street. Neil was responsible for...
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Colleen E. Hamp

October 22, 1932 - October 11, 2016

Mrs. Colleen E. Hamp, died peacefully Oct. 11, 2016 in Sugar Land, TX., having been ill since 2013 from TIA strokes. Born Oct. 22, 1932 in Battle Creek, MI. to William "Mike" P. and Thelma M. Hamlin. She eloped on May 5, 1951 to marry Eugene M. Hamp. This past spring, they joyously celebrated 65 years of marriage. She was Eugene's love of his life. A true love story. As a child she...
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Anthony Sebastian Calderone

April 22, 1930 - October 11, 2016

Anthony Sebastian Calderone, 86, of Battle Creek died peacefully on October 11th after a long illness. He was born April 22, 1930 in Albion, Michigan to Victor and Elvira (Cacciatore) Calderone. Tony grew up in Albion and was a 1949 graduate of Albion High School. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business from Western Michigan University. Anthony also honorably served his country in...
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Theron Ralph Stults

March 31, 1927 - October 10, 2016

Theron R. Stults, 89, of Battle Creek died while fishing at Sonoma Lake on Monday, October 10, 2016. Theron Ralph Stults was born March 31, 1927 in Marshall, Michigan to Ralph and Iva Odessa (Oxby) Stults. He grew up in the Marshall – Olivet area and graduated from Olivet High School in 1945. Theron honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was employed in the Signal...
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Sophie Rose Bremer

July 19, 1927 - October 8, 2016

Sophie R. Bremer, 89, of Battle Creek, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016. She was born in Battle Creek on July 19, 1927, to John and Josephine Kulik and graduated from St. Phillip Catholic High School. She had two sisters, one of which was her twin, who preceded her in death on March 13, 2009. Sophie met the love of her life, Marvin and they married in 1952. The two became faithful...
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William Edgar "Bill" Simpson

September 22, 1943 - October 8, 2016

William E. "Bill" Simpson, 73, of Marshall, Michigan died at home on Saturday, October 8, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. William Edgar "Bill" Simpson was born September 22, 1943 in Battle Creek to Myron and Edna (Wooden) Simpson. He grew up in Hickory Corners and was a 1960 graduate of Kellogg Agricultural School. He honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps 1960-64; and is a...
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Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Neve

July 26, 1921 - October 7, 2016

Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Neve, age 95, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday morning, October 7, 2016. Betty, the loving daughter of Bert "Taw" and Kathryn E. (Guinnee) Flack, was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 26, 1921. Betty married the "Love of Her Life" Colonel Jack C. Neve in Georgia on February 20, 1943; he sadly preceded her in death on February 26, 1997. ...
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Byron Andrew Johnson

June 13, 1921 - October 6, 2016

Byron Andrew Johnson of Battle Creek, MI Byron, age 95, died October 6, 2016, at his residence and in the presence of his loving family. Byron, the son of John and Mable (Butterfield) Johnson, was born in Muskegon, MI on June 13, 1921, and moved to the Battle Creek area from Kalamazoo, MI in 1995. He was a graduate of Ravenna High School, Ravenna, MI and received...
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Betty J. "Jean" Farley

October 22, 1929 - October 5, 2016

Betty J. "Jean" Farley, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016. She was born in Battle Creek on October 22, 1929, the daughter of David A. and Velma (Kiefer) Daley and graduated from Bellevue High School. Jean married LaVerne Robert Farley in Bellevue, Michigan on October 21, 1950; he sadly preceded her in death on August 30, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her...
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Betty J. Tinskey

June 10, 1940 - October 5, 2016

Betty J. Tinskey, 76, of Battle Creek, died October 5, 2016. Betty was born June 10, 1940 in Monterey, TN to Boyd and Pearl (Tudor) McCowan. She attended Battle Creek Central and lived in Detroit and Battle Creek where she was a waitress at Russ Restaurant and Nankins Mills. Betty enjoyed shopping, traveling, going to the casino, going out to eat and spending time with family. She...
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