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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

Harthalean (Land) Casterline

October 21, 2021

Harthalean (Land) Casterline of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at home with her family at her side and in the care of Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan. A complete obituary will be published here. If you have any questions prior to that please call us at 269-962-5527.
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Helen Kay (Winters) McGee

January 9, 1946 - October 21, 2021

Helen Kay (Winters) McGee, 75, of Galesburg, Michigan died October 21, 2021. Helen was born January 9, 1946 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (DePriester) Winters. She grew up in Hickory Corners and graduated from W K Kellogg Consolidated High School. Helen earned her Dental Assistant Degree in Elkhart, Indiana. She worked briefly as a dental assistant. She was a...
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Diana Ruth "Diane" (Avramoff) Caswell

April 13, 1940 - October 21, 2021

Diana Ruth "Diane" (Avramoff) Caswell, 81, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, October 21, 2021. A complete obituary will be published here. If you have any questions prior to that please call us at 269-962-5527. Friends will be received 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where The Rosary will be recited at 7...
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Charlene Mary (Skidmore) Swanson

February 16, 1937 - October 20, 2021

Charlene Mary Swanson, 84, died peacefully at Bronson Battle Creek on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Charlene was born February 16, 1937, in Indianapolis, Indiana to William M. Skidmore and Amelia A. (Hess) Skidmore. Charlene grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1955 graduate of St. Philip Catholic High School. She received an Associate's Degree from Kellogg Community College. Charlene Mary...
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Nelson M. Dull

November 30, 1931 - October 19, 2021

Nelson M. Dull, 89, of Battle Creek, died October 19, 2021. Nelson was born November 30, 1931 in Battle Creek to Guy and Nellie (Joppie) Dull. He went to Lakeview Schools and then went on to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 in Germany. Following his time in the service Nelson worked as a tree trimmer and did masonry work before working at the Kellogg Company for...
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Julie A. Cummins

May 4, 1954 - October 18, 2021

Julie found complete peace on October 18, 2021, surrounded by those closest to her. She had been living with pancreatic cancer for more than two years. Julie, 67, was the beloved daughter of Ruthanne Cummins and dear friend of Carrie, her caregiver, Deb, Margaret, Kathy, Barb and many others. She was preceded in death by her father, Dale Cummins and brothers Jeffery and Michael Cummins. ...
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J.D. Millsap, Sr.

October 18, 1942 - October 17, 2021

J.D. Millsap Sr. of Battle Creek passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at age 78. J.D. was born on October 18, 1942 in Dayton, Tennessee to Theapolis and Alma (Menton) Millsap. He enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He loved making beef jerky and was a long-time member and served on the board of the Andrus Street Church of God. J.D. is survived by...
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Raymond J. Luts III

July 16, 1950 - October 17, 2021

Raymond James Luts III passed on Sunday, October 17, 2021 due to complications of cancer. Ray was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 16, 1950, the son of Raymond James Luts II and Iva Jean Luts (Miles). He was the oldest of the three children. He married his wife of 48 years, Cheryl Ann Swinford, on February 3, 1973 in Philo, Illinois. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Daniel...
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Betty Lou (Badger) Bly

February 26, 1926 - October 12, 2021

Betty Lou (Badger) Bly, 95 of Battle Creek died as a result of COVID-19 at Bronson Battle Creek on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Betty was born February 26, 1926 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Claude and Mary Elizabeth (Eldridge) Badger. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a homemaker most of her life. Betty was formerly employed at General Foods, U. S. Steel & Wire in Battle Creek...
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Marilyn Belle (Dirksen) Hoyt

April 30, 1933 - October 11, 2021

Marilyn Belle Hoyt, (nee Dirksen) age 88 of Dexter, MI beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to sleep in Christ's arms on Monday Oct 11, 2021. Marilyn was born in Minneapolis Minnesota to William and Juanita Dirksen, oldest of four daughters. Marilyn fondly recalled living in Sioux Falls, SD. The home was next to a cemetery which she cut through on her way to and from...
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Sharon Kay (Higdon) Gawlak

October 3, 1942 - October 9, 2021

Sharon Kay (Higdon) Gawlak, 79, of Battle Creek died at home on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Services are pending. A full obituary will be published here. If you have any quesions prior to that please call us at 269-962-5527. Memorial contributions may be made for the Post-Franklin Food Pantry (Please indicate on check) at the Food Bank of South Michigan, 5451 Wayne Rd., Battle Creek, MI...
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Richard Reid "Rick" Zoss

June 5, 1953 - October 9, 2021

Richard Reid "Rick" Zoss, 68, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Rick was born June 5, 1953 in South Bend, Indiana the son of William Charles and Bette Jeanne (Droege) Zoss. He grew up in South Bend and graduated from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. Rick was most recently employed in production and parts assembly...
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Betty Jean (Brown) Knight

April 26, 1927 - October 9, 2021

Betty Jean (Brown) Knight, 94, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at Heritage Assisted Living. Betty was born April 26, 1927 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Clayman Curtis and Helen G. (Voyce) Brown. She attended Battle Creek Central High School. She spent most of her life as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother caring for her family. She worked in the family...
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Charles A. Dinkins

April 27, 1943 - October 8, 2021

Charles A. "Charlie" Dinkins, 78, of Battle Creek, died October 8, 2021. Charlie was born April 27, 1943 in Dayton, TN to Robert and Rosabelle (Brady) Dinkins. Charlie studied turf management at Michigan State University and was the superintendent/course manager at Binder Park Golf Course for 36 years, retiring in 2000. Charlie married the former Susan Johnson on October 19, 1968, who...
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Geraldine Portia "Jerry" (McCann) Taylor

September 2, 1931 - October 8, 2021

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

April 9, 1976 - October 4, 2021

Melissa Jo Wright-Butler, 45, of Battle Creek, went home to be with her Savior on October 4, 2021, after a courageous battle with EHE cancer. She left this world with her earthly family at her side to join her heavenly family's outstretched arms. Melissa was born on April 9, 1976 in Battle Creek to Mark Louis Wright and Lori (Collins) Kendricks. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High...
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Kay Frances (Etter) Meldrum

October 27, 1939 - October 3, 2021

Kay Frances (Etter) Meldrum, 81, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at The Villa at Winston Court on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Kay was born October 27, 1939 in Battle Creek and was raised by her adopted parent's Milton J. and Flora McDonald (Fettes) Etter. She grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Kay was employed as a waitress at the former Spa...
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Geraldine "Gerry" Adcock

October 2, 2021

Geraldine "Gerry" Adcock, age 103, of Bedford Township passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, October 2, 2021. She was born in Bedford Township, MI in 1918 to Casper and Alice Uldriks. Being one of 9 children, Gerry had to help take care of her younger siblings and work on the farm while attending school. She attended Kirby School, Level Park School and Battle Creek Central. During her...
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Joyce E. Kunz

February 18, 1953 - October 1, 2021

Joyce E. Kunz, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at her home on Friday evening, October 1, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on February 18, 1953, the daughter of Everett L. and Shirley A. (Pickett) Ehle and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1972. Joyce worked for Battle Creek Public and Lakeview School Districts for more than 38 years and continued...
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James L. King

April 1, 1936 - September 28, 2021

James L. King, 85, of Bellevue, Michigan passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family after a brief, courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born April 1, 1936, in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Daisy (Holmes) and Neville King. He was a 1954 graduate of Hastings High School. On April 20, 1957, he was united marriage to Ruth Ann Rhoades in Battle Creek,...
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Dennis Earl Clayman

November 3, 1959 - September 26, 2021

Dennis Earl Clayman, age 61, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday morning, September 26, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. Dennis was born November 3, 1959 in Battle Creek to Arthur E. and LuAlice M. (Smith) Clayman. He retired from II Stanley in April 2018 after more than 30 years of service. Dennis married Debra D. "Deb" Hagan in Battle Creek on October 29, 2004; she survives. He is also...
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Cindy Lee McDonald Evans

January 22, 1958 - September 25, 2021

Cindy Lee McDonald Evans, 63 of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home, with her family and friends at her side on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Cindy was born January 22, 1958 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Oliver Lowell and Margaret Marie (Wildie) McDonald. Other than a short stay in Alaska, Battle Creek has been Cindy's home. She was a 1976 graduate of Springfield High School. ...
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Naomi Ann Becerra-Norton

November 13, 1969 - September 24, 2021

Naomi A. Becerra-Norton, age 51, of Battle Creek, MI passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021. Naomi was a beloved daughter to Claudia Lopez and Gonzalo "Bob" Becerra. She was an amazing mother to her sons, Mike and Nick Becerra. She was employed at Firekeepers until cancer treatments made her too weak to work. She had fond memories of her coworkers and her nickname "Shotgun". Naomi is...
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Linda Marie (Hiatt) Estelle

April 26, 1947 - September 24, 2021

Linda Marie (Hiatt) Estelle, 74 of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glen Arbor Hospice Residence on Friday, September 24, 2021. Linda was born April 26, 1947 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Lee O. and Ida M. (Ganson) Hiatt. She was a 1965 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central, attended Kellogg Community College and Weaver Airline School in Kansas City, Missouri. During high school...
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Harry L. Winch

June 27, 1930 - September 22, 2021

Harry Winch of Bellevue, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Harry was born on June 27, 1930 to Frank and Margaret (Snell) Winch. He had two brothers and a sister, Jimmy Winch, Alice (Winch) West, and Richard Winch, all of whom preceded him in death. He attended school in McClure, Ohio. After school, Harry enlisted in the National Guard and was drafted into the Army, where...
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Dora Janette (Weimer) Drayton

August 29, 1924 - September 20, 2021

Dora Janette (Weimer) Drayton, age 97, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Monday morning, September 20, 2021 at the Laurels of Bedford. She was born in Battle Creek on August 29, 1924, the loving daughter of Ernest J. and Flossie K. (Callender) Weimer. Dora is survived by her two sons, David (Jean) Drayton and John (Charlene) Drayton, both of Battle Creek; her grandchildren, Alan ...
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Corey Patrick Lee

April 29, 1994 - September 19, 2021

Corey Patrick Lee, 27, of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home. Corey was born April 29, 1994 in Battle Creek the son of Sean Patrick Lee and Jamie Louise Mason. He graduated from Calhoun Community High School in 2013. Corey was employed at several manufacturing plants in Fort Custer Industrial Park. Corey is survived by his mother, Jamie Dentler; father and stepmother, Sean and Bonnie...
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George H Garms

October 9, 1944 - September 17, 2021

George H Garms, age 76, of Battle Creek passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the AC Flower House in Nashville, Michigan. He was born in Battle Creek on October 9, 1944 to Richard and Ruth (Stein) Garms. He graduated from Pennfield High School in 1962 and had college classes later. In the fall of 1962, he joined the United States Air Force, two weeks after meeting his sweetheart,...
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Betty Ann (Johnson) Roberts

September 15, 2021

Betty Ann (Johnson) Roberts, age 87, of Battle Creek was called home on September 15, 2021. She was born in 1934 to Oscar and Edith (Haglund) Johnson in Carlshend, Michigan. Betty Ann graduated from Graveraet High School in 1952 in Marquette, Michigan. Betty worked for the Battle Creek Public Schools and after retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at the hospital. Betty and her husband of...
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Jeannine Doris (Smith) Derks

September 20, 1934 - September 14, 2021

Jeannine Doris Derks passed peacefully in the early morning hours of September 14 at Glen Arbor Hospice in Battle Creek, MI. She was born September 20, 1934, to Stella Reeves Smith and her husband in Michigan Center, MI. A graduate of Jackson High School, she earned her Master of Education at Michigan State University. She was an adventurous, liberated woman—a wild child of her time. She...
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Robert George Randels

February 1, 1949 - September 14, 2021

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

July 22, 1990 - September 14, 2021

Nicholas R. March, 31, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on September 14, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on July 22, 1990, the son of Brian and Michelle (Gibson) March. Nicholas is survived by his parents, Brian (Arnetta) March and Michelle (Greg) Wood; his beloved daughter, Teegan; siblings, Danielle (Wade Anderson) Gibson and Corey Gibson; step-siblings, Tony, Dawn, Ricky,...
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Carroll Brice Sawyer

January 20, 1930 - September 11, 2021

Carroll Brice Sawyer was born on January 20th, 1930 in Battle Creek to Lavon and Vivian (Spriggs) Sawyer. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1948 and began his employment with General Foods, where he remained for 37 ½ years and retiring in 1986. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and was deployed to Korea for 13 months. Carroll married Ruth M. (Wygant) Moser on February 19,...
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Nancy K. Lubking

August 8, 1949 - September 10, 2021

Nancy Kathleen Lubking, age 72, of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 10, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 8, 1949 in Battle Creek to Dora Drayton. On June 6, 1977 she married Catherine Lubking. Nancy was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She never turned anyone away, even the animals outside which she fed often....
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Gregory Brian Purchase, M.D.

April 14, 1946 - September 9, 2021

Gregory B. Purchase, M.D. and software entrepreneur, 75, of Battle Creek, Michigan died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Greg was born April 14, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Willard Allman and Mary Jean (Burlockoff) Purchase. He grew up in Highland Park, Michigan and was a 1964 graduate of Highland Park High School. Greg was fortunate to have his father...
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Eric S. Robbins, Jr.

February 22, 1998 - September 8, 2021

Eric S. Robbins, Jr, age 23, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on September 8, 2021. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on February 22, 1998, the son of Eric S. and Tammy (Rheinsburg) Robbins, Sr. Eric is survived by his parents, Eric & Tammy; his children, Madelynn, Ali Kay and Jaden Robbins; his brothers & sisters, Preston, Crystal, Chance, Erica and Caleb Robbins; his grandparents,...
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James A. "Jim" Rocho

April 1, 1939 - September 8, 2021

James A. "Jim" Rocho, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, September 8, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on April 1, 1939, the son of Hilton and Dorothy (Bailey) Rocho. Jim graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1957 and was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. Jim graduated from Argubright Business College, attended Western Michigan University,...
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Paula Kay Rice

May 25, 1951 - September 3, 2021

Paula Kay Rice, age 70, of Battle Creek passed away Friday morning, September 3, 2021 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. She was born in Battle Creek on May 25, 1951, the daughter of Walter and Dora (Horan) Hutchings. Paula enjoyed her computer, playing Bingo, going to the casino, and loved spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren. Paula is survived by...
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Jalen Christopher-Lee Potter

October 20, 1993 - September 2, 2021

Jalen Christopher-Lee Potter, age 27 of Battle Creek, tragically passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Jalen was born in Battle Creek, MI on October 20, 1993. He was the son of Corey J. Potter and Veronica (Stalhood) Barr. He graduated from Harper Creek High School with the class of 2012. Jalen most recently worked for the family...
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Carole J. Sharp

May 27, 1938 - August 31, 2021

Carole J. Sharp, 83, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. Carole was born in 1938 to C. Lavern and Elizabeth M. Robbins. On the day she was born she became a third generation resident of Battle Creek. Family lore always maintained that at the hour of her birth the bells in the downtown churches were ringing. What a wonderful welcome! However, better yet was...
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Mary Lou (McFadden) Marsh

July 8, 1924 - August 31, 2021

Mary Louise (McFadden) Marsh, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully on August 31, 2021, at Reflections Memory Care, after a long illness. Mary Lou was born July 8, 1924 in Edinburgh, Indiana to William Randolph and Lenora Corine (Gray) McFadden. Mary Lou grew up in Edinburgh and was a 1942 graduate of Edinburgh High School. During WWII she worked the midnight shift in a plastic factory,...
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Betty F. (Bland) Veenkant

September 6, 1932 - August 30, 2021

Betty F. (Bland) Veenkant, 88, of Richland, Michigan, died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Monday, August 30, 2021. Betty was born September 6, 1932 in Covington, Virginia, the daughter of Earl Pennington and Evelyn Earl (Carson) Bland. Betty grew up in Kalamazoo and was a 1951 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. Betty was employed one year in a business office and then...
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Velma Jane (Langdon) Loftis

May 2, 1929 - August 30, 2021

Velma Jane (Langdon) Loftis, 92, of Battle Creek, peacefully made the journey home on August 30, 2021 while in the care of Glenn Arbor Hospice, with family by her side. She was born on a snowy May 2, 1929, to Fleet and Millie (Troy) Langdon, at their home in Leonidas, Michigan, the second of four children, and only girl. When she was ten years old, the family moved to Athens, Michigan. She...
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Beverly Ann (Borden) Frey

August 25, 1930 - August 29, 2021

Beverly Ann (Borden) Frey peacefully passed away August 29, 2021, a few days after her 91st birthday. She was born August 25, 1930, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to Lang E. and Gertrude (Andrew) Borden. Not long thereafter, the family moved across the river to Detroit, where Bev grew up and graduated from Detroit Southeastern High School, Class of 1948. Bev graduated from Michigan State...
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Virginia M. Olmstead

October 19, 1929 - August 27, 2021

Virginia Martha Olmstead, 91 years of age, entered the presence of her Savior on August 27, 2021. Virginia was the youngest of seven children born to Julius and Elsie Carlson on October 19, 1929. She considered the Christian heritage of her parents and grandparents to be a true privilege. Born and raised in Bellevue, Virginia met the love of her life, Albert Wayne Olmstead at a local ball game...
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Martha I. Hardenburg

October 3, 1926 - August 26, 2021

Martha Hardenburg, age 94, of Battle Creek passed away on August 26, 2021. She was born on October 3, 1926 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Martha's parents, John and Agnes Dale, immigrated from Scotland to America through Ellis Island, New York. Martha has one older sister, Mary Norris Koerner. A lifelong Battle Creek resident, Martha graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. On April...
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Evelyn Marie Lowman

July 26, 1953 - August 22, 2021

Evelyn Marie Lowman, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday morning, August 22, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Multnomah, Oregon on July 26, 1953, the daughter of James E. and Dolores N. (Parker) Brewer, Sr. Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Sara Tebbs of Oregon, Rebecca Shepherd of Battle Creek, and Shannon Munguia of Oregon; her grandchildren, Fawn, Steven,...
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Arnold "Cowboy" Stout

June 26, 1936 - August 22, 2021

Arnold J. "Cowboy" Stout, 85, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on August 22, 2021. Cowboy was born June 26, 1936 in Athens, MI to James and Dorothy (Metzger) Stout. He was a Salvation Army Bell ringer for many years and was a member of CentraCare and the Eagles. Cowboy loved farming and working in his flower garden. He also enjoyed long drives...
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Edward L. "Ed" "Big E" Whipple, Sr.

May 30, 1962 - August 22, 2021

Edward L. "Ed" "Big E" Whipple, Sr., age 59, of Augusta, tragically passed away unexpectedly from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Sunday morning, August 22, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on May 30, 1962 the loving son of William W. and Helen Joy (Garrett) Whipple, Sr. and graduated with the Galesburg-Augusta High School class of 1981. Ed served as a truck driver for KMR and...
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Glen Albert Stevens, Sr.

December 20, 1931 - August 14, 2021

Glen Albert Stevens, Sr., 89 of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Glen was born December 20, 1931 in Eckford Township, Michigan the son of Roscoe C. and Bernice L. (Holt) Stevens and was a 1951 graduate of Bellevue High School. Glen worked for the City of Battle Creek for twenty-five years, in the Water Department. He...
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Steven Richard "Steve" McVeigh

September 23, 1952 - August 11, 2021

Steven Richard "Steve" McVeigh, 68, of Branch County, Michigan and formerly of Battle Creek died at the University of Michigan Hospital on August 11, 2021. Steven Richard McVeigh was born September 23, 1952 in Jackson, Michigan to William Charles and Ruth (Marble) McVeigh. He came to Battle Creek as a child with his family, was active in Scouting, sports, and played Scrabble with his mom. He...
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Gary LaVern Robbins

December 7, 1942 - August 10, 2021

Gary L. Robbins, 78, of Battle Creek died Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at home. He was born in Battle Creek on December 7, 1942, the son of C. Lavern and Betty (Lapham) Robbins. Gary was a 1961 graduate of Lakeview High School as well as a 1966 graduate of Western Michigan University. A great source of pride for Gary was his military service. He was a Second Lieutenant in US Army...
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Judith May "Judi" (Hickman) Gates

January 12, 1949 - August 8, 2021

Judith May "Judi" (Hickman) Gates, 72, of Kalamazoo died peacefully at home, with her family at her side on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Judi was born January 12, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan to John Charles and Beatrice May (Bruce) Hickman. She lived most of her life in Battle Creek and was a 1967 graduate of Pennfield High School. Judi also earned an Executive Secretarial Certificate from...
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Julanne Elizabeth "Julie" Drake

October 30, 1933 - August 4, 2021

Julanne Elizabeth "Julie" (Priska) Drake, 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Julanne was born October 30, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Folding) Priska. She was raised in Detroit and was a 1951 graduate of the old Cass Tech High School. After high school, Julie joined the United States Air Force and...
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Gary D. Freds

March 26, 1938 - August 3, 2021

Gary Daniel Freds, age 83, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away at home on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Gary was born on March 26, 1938 to Cressel and Irene (Delaney) Freds in Battle Creek. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and worked as a Certified Nurse's Aid for the V.A. Gary was a woodworker and enjoyed playing guitar in his spare time. He loved old cars and going to classic...
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Leonardo Garza II

August 3, 1979 - August 1, 2021

Leonardo Garza II, age 41, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on August 1, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on August 3, 1979, the son of Olivia (Solis) Generi (Ricardo) and Leonardo Garza. Leonardo is survived by his mother; his significant other, Sarah Jordan of Battle Creek; his children, Gabriella Santana Marie Eubanks (Jacob), Leonardo Garza III (Madison Beach), Cruz Miguel...
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Wilfred Henry "Bill" Strole

February 9, 1935 - July 27, 2021

Wilfred Henry "Bill" Strole, 86, a lifetime Battle Creek resident died at Evergreen Senior Care after battling multiple medical challenges. Bill was born February 9, 1935 in Battle Creek the eldest son of eleven children of Henry Albert and Mary Genevieve (Gardner) Strole, Sr. He attended St. Philip Catholic Central and was a 1954 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He honorably...
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Karen M. Thurston

July 1, 1970 - July 26, 2021

Karen M. Thurston, age 51, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at her home on Monday morning, July 26, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on July 1, 1970, the loving daughter of Robert and Barbara (Brendum) Boblet. Karen served as a Phlebotomist & Lab Technician at several area hospitals & labs for more than 20 years. Karen married Daniel H. "Dan" Thurston, II in Battle Creek on May 23,...
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Carolyn J. Thomas

December 11, 1933 - July 26, 2021

Carolyn Jeanne Thomas of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on July 26, 2021, surrounded by her family. Carolyn was born on December 11, 1933 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Verne and Evelyn Wiederhold. She graduated from Battle Creek Central and attended Western Michigan University. On January 30, 1954, she married Robert Thomas, the love of her life. They were married for 53 years until Bob's death...
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Jeffrey Thomas Latoszewski

March 1, 1953 - July 25, 2021

Jeffrey Thomas Latoszewski, 68, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Jeff was born March 1, 1953 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Frank Joseph and Jacqueline Ann (Barry) Latoszewski. Jeff is survived by his son, Matt Latoszewski; two brothers, Barry Latoszewski and Timothy Latoszewski; sister, Mary Jo Crumpton...
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Mary Frances Galloup

January 1, 1953 - July 25, 2021

Mary Frances Galloup, 68, of Battle Creek lost her battle with Esophageal Cancer at home, with her family at her side, on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Mary Frances was born a New Year's Day baby January 1, 1953, the daughter of Robert Andrew and Mary Margaret "Mig" (Dugan) Galloup. She attended St. Joseph, St. Philip and Pennfield schools; and was a 1971 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central. ...
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Madelyn "Maddy" Watts

December 2, 1918 - July 22, 2021

Madelyn Rebecca Moore Watts passed away July 22,2021 at the age of 102, having danced her last dance and played her last hand of bridge. Madelyn "Maddy" was born Dec. 2,1918 to Carl and Dorothy (Belfast) Moore. She attended Battle Creek schools and graduated from Lakeview High School. She attended Battle Creek College. Maddy married Howard "Howdy" Watts on July 30, 1937,in the First...
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James M. Curran

March 10, 1950 - July 21, 2021

James Michael Curran, 71, of Battle Creek passed away at home on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. He was born on March 10, 1950 in Battle Creek to Wallace and Barbara Curran, and lived most of his life in the Battle Creek area. He served his country faithfully in the U.S. Marine Corps. Outside of his service, he worked in construction. James loved hunting and football. His favorite teams were the...
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Cathy Dom Marske

July 14, 1947 - July 21, 2021

Cathy Dom Marske, beloved wife, mother, nana, sister, aunt, and friend, died peacefully, July 21, 2021 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan in Battle Creek. Cathy was born July 14, 1947 in Battle Creek, daughter of Domenic and Charlotte Zanotti. She attended St. Joseph Elementary, BCPS, and graduated from Lakeview High School in 1965. Following high school, she attended Kellogg...
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Ruth Louise Pierce

July 27, 1929 - July 20, 2021

Ruth "Louise" (Coyle) Pierce, 91, of Battle Creek, MI passed away at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek on July 20, 2021. Louise was born July 27, 1929 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Delphus C. Coyle & Stella Vivian (Bruce) Coyle. She is predeceased by her husband, Richard "Dick" Neil Pierce (married 52 years), brother Dr. Darce C. Coyle, sisters, M. Maree (Coyle) Purtell & E. Lorene...
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Mary Jo Fruin

October 27, 1957 - July 19, 2021

Mary Jo Fruin passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 19th, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Albion, MI on October 27th, 1957, to James and Bonnie (Nelson) Tuyls, Mary Jo, to all who know her, was a unique, and caring individual and touched many lives. She married Martin (Marty) Fruin on November 14th, 1981. Mary Jo was a devoted Daughter, Wife, Mother, and Grandmother, who...
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Marlene Rae Lucas

March 14, 1965 - July 17, 2021

Marlene Rae Lucas, age 56, of Battle Creek sadly passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, July 17, 2021. She was born in Hillsdale, Michigan on March 14, 1965, the loving daughter of Richard C. And Ella F. (Wadsworth) Lowe, Sr. Marlene graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1983 and furthered her education at Kellogg Community College. She was employed by the Calhoun County...
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Linnea Kay Hetz

October 4, 1938 - July 14, 2021

Linnea K. Hetz, 82, of Battle Creek, died July 14, 2021. Linnea was born October 4, 1938 in Battle Creek to Harold and Floris (Rainey) Beebe. Shortly after graduating high school, Linnea married Darrell Hetz on April 29, 1961. In addition to raising their children, Linnea worked for the Kellogg Company, retiring in 1992. Linnea enjoyed crocheting, making baby blankets for her grandchildren...
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Janet C. Gallagher

June 26, 1949 - July 13, 2021

Janet Christine (Guenther) Gallagher born June 26, 1949, passed away on July 13th, 2021 at age 72. Janet was known for her love of animals and never being on time. She had a kind, gentle soul and often became a mother and friend to those without. In her younger years, Janet enjoyed horseback riding and spending time with her friends. As an adult, Janet enjoyed gardening, watching her favorite...
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Catherine "Cathy" (Calderone) Basso

September 16, 1943 - July 10, 2021

Catherine Basso, 77, of Vicksburg, MI, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on July 10, 2021. Catherine was a Battle Creek native who was especially proud of her Italian heritage. She is preceded in death by her parents, Santo and Apollonia (Beulah) Calderone and her siblings Anthony Calderone and Marianne Sztengel. The spirit of her late family was kept alive...
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Chastity D. DeWalt

August 16, 1985 - July 9, 2021

Chastity D. DeWalt, age 35, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away unexpectedly July 9, 2021. She was born in Marshall, Michigan on August 16, 1985, the daughter of Danny and Beverly Kay (Stewart) Newsome. Chastity was extremely talented. She loved to sing, enjoyed painting, fishing and was devoted to God. Chastity was previously married to Ian Wilkerson and Charles DeWalt, both ending in...
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James Paul "Jim" Mackaluso

November 24, 1949 - July 6, 2021

James Paul "Jim" Mackaluso, 72, of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home with his girlfriend, Era Kapitsyna at his side, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Jim was born January 24, 1949 in Kalamazoo County to Paul James and Waneta (Twomey) Mackaluso. He grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from high school and earned an Associate's Degree from Kellogg Community College. He honorably served his...
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Dennis Edward Overkleeft

April 28, 1955 - July 6, 2021

Dennis Edward Overkleeft, age 66, of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday morning, July 6, 2021. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 28, 1955, the son of Leo M. and Betty J. (Fehrlen) Overkleeft. Dennis is survived by his daughter, Denise M. Overkleeft; two grandchildren, Celes and Sawyer; a brother, Leo Overkleeft; a sister, Kathy (Bob) Crawley; two half-brothers, Cliff and Robert...
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Jack A. Hagist

May 3, 1955 - July 5, 2021

Jack A. Hagist, age 66, of Bellevue passed away peacefully at home on Monday morning, July 5, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on May 3, 1955 to Jack Emsley Hagist and Vincenza "Synne" Elizabeth (Volpe) Hagist. Jack grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1973 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Once Jack completed his undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University, he...
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Robert Cecil "Bob" Ludlow

November 27, 1940 - July 3, 2021

Robert Cecil Ludlow, age 80, passed away on July 3, 2021 in Arcadia, California. Bob was born on November 27, 1940 in Muskegon, Michigan to Cecil and Norma G Ludlow. He spent most of his childhood in the Gull Lake and Augusta area. As a young man, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Following his service, he lived in Manhattan, New York for 30 years and built a career in real estate...
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Luke E. Wedl

November 8, 1958 - July 1, 2021

Luke E. "Luke Duke" Wedl, 62, of Sault Sainte Marie, died July 1, 2021. Luke was born November 8, 1958 in Battle Creek to James and Laura (Gothard) Wedl. He graduated from Lakeview High School in 1980. Luke did asbestos removal and lead abatement for about 20 years through both Detroit and Michigan Laborer's Unions, as well as several private companies. At times he was able to work with his...
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Fred S. "Jocko" Burbank, Jr.

September 9, 1961 - July 1, 2021

Fred Styles "Jocko" Burbank, Jr., age 59, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, July 1st at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Battle Creek on September 9, 1961 to Fred Styles Burbank, Sr. and Katherine Marie (Walker) Banks and attended Athens schools. Fred worked at Community Hospital in Battle Creek, Tidy Tires and Main Street Market. Fred enjoyed the outdoors right up until the...
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Russell James "Jim" Beach

November 16, 1933 - July 1, 2021

Russell James "Jim" Beach, 87 of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully, with his family at his side, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Jim was born November 16, 1933 in Flint, Michigan the son of Russell Eugene and Delene (Derby) Beach. He grew up in Flint and graduated from Flint Northern High School. Jim honorably served his country in the U.S. Army from...
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Carolyn L. Wiegand

January 20, 1923 - July 1, 2021

Carolyn L. Wiegand, 97, passed away on July 1, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona. Carolyn was born on January 20, 1923 in Battle Creek, Michigan and was the daughter of Grant W. and Blanche (Onsted) Smith. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1940 and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University in 1944. After graduating, Carolyn was employed at the Percy...
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William B. "Bill" Sullivan, Jr.

April 28, 1932 - June 24, 2021

William B. "Bill" Sullivan, Jr., age 89, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday afternoon, June 24, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on April 28, 1932, the loving son of William "Will" and Madiline (Farleigh) Sullivan, Sr. and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1950. Bill faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1951 – 1955,...
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Sharon L. Smith

July 12, 1937 - June 23, 2021

Sharon L. Smith, 83, of Battle Creek, died June 23, 2021. She was born in Portland, Indiana on July 12, 1937 to Donald and Martha (Wyrick) Steed. She attended college in Elkhart, IN where she met Marvin Holstein. They married and moved to Battle Creek where they raised 5 children. The marriage ended in divorce and she later married William J. Smith, who passed away in 2008. She worked as a...
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Ardyn Ronald Dempsey, Jr.

September 26, 1942 - June 22, 2021

The family of Ardyn Dempsey of Colbert, Georgia and formerly of Battle Creek invites you to celebrate his life at a memorial gathering from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2021, at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Battle Creek. While Ardyn passed in June 2020, we delayed this gathering due to COVID. Now that restrictions have eased, we welcome family and friends to...
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Jennett Marie Dyer

May 11, 1984 - June 20, 2021

Jennett Marie Dyer passed away unexpectedly Sunday June 20, 2021 at the age of 37 in Battle Creek, MI. Jennett was born on May 11, 1984 to parents Joanie Moquist and Richard Dyer. Jennett was an amazing mother to two beautiful children, Alex and Ana'lynn. She loved capturing any moment she spent with her babies. Her kids were her life. She lived her life to the fullest and never took her life...
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Randall J. "Randy" Stout

September 16, 1956 - June 20, 2021

Randall J. "Randy" Stout, age 64, of Springfield passed away peacefully at home on Sunday evening, June 20, 2021 with his loving family at his side. He was born in Battle Creek on September 16, 1956, the son of Jearld and Elaine (Boyer) Stout. Randy graduated from Union City High School with the Class of 1974. He then faithfully served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Marine...
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George Irving Martin

January 2, 1942 - June 19, 2021

George I. Martin, age 79, of Battle Creek went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday afternoon, June 19, 2021, in the presence of his new bride and loving daughter, after a very short battle with cancer. He was born in Milford, Michigan on January 2, 1942, the son of Harold and Mildred Martin. He graduated from Milford High and served in the United States Air Force. Through the years,...
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Joyce West

June 18, 2021

Joyce West, age 85, of Battle Creek passed away Friday morning, June 18, 2021. She was born in Meriden, Connecticut, attended Meriden High School and graduated with a communications degree from Boston College. Joyce worked at IBM in West Hartford, CT until she moved to Michigan. While in Michigan, she worked for Well's Chiropractic and Circle West Realty. Joyce married Don West in...
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Heather M. Burrett

August 21, 1988 - June 16, 2021

Heather M. Burrett, age 32, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on June 16, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on August 21, 1988, the daughter of Gregory and Michelle (Bonnell) Burrett. Heather was truly a selfless and caring young lady, and was always willing to help those in need. She was also very social and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved being outdoors...
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Mardell A. Hawthorne

June 23, 1937 - June 15, 2021

Mardell A. Hawthorne, age 83, of Bellevue passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday morning, June 15, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on June 23, 1937, the daughter of Arthur J. and Mary "Mae" C. (England) Waltz. Mardell spent many years as a home maker, raising her children, and then worked for several years at the Grizzly Bar and the Sports Page in Battle Creek. Mardell married Rex...
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Philip D. "Phil" McPherson

September 6, 1926 - June 13, 2021

Philip D. "Phil" McPherson, age 94, of East Leroy, passed away Sunday morning, June 13, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Barry County, Michigan on September 6, 1926. Phil faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army and retired from Post Cereals in 1984. Phil married the "Love of His Life", Dale "Irene" Horton in Bellevue, Michigan on October 26, 1945;...
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Sharon Kay (Carlson) Boudeman

March 19, 1940 - June 10, 2021

Sharon (Carlson) Boudeman, 81, of Richland, Michigan passed away on June 10, 2021. She was born on March 19, 1940, in Rockford, Illinois to Curtis and Katherine (Gerdausky) Carlson. In 1962, Sharon earned a bachelor's degree in education from Drake University. She was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and was a Little Sister of Minerva with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Sharon was...
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Heriberto Bonilla-Tavera

May 7, 1965 - June 10, 2021

Heriberto Bonilla-Tavera, 56, died June 10, 2021. Heriberto was born May 7, 1965 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to Alfonso and Altagracia Bonilla. Francisca Hidalgo de Bonilla, his son, Erickson Bonilla Hidalgo, his daughter, Denis Bonilla Hidalgo and his grand daughter, Dafne Sarahi Castillo Bonilla. Funeral services to celebrate Heriberto's life will be Friday, June 18, 2021 at 3:00...
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Jo Ann (Ramos) Banning

March 23, 1949 - June 10, 2021

JO ANN (RAMOS) BANNING Jo Ann Banning, 72, of Battle Creek, MI passed away at home and went to be with her Lord and Savior, surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Jo Ann was born March 23, 1949, in Lansing, MI. She was the daughter of Alfredo Ramos, Sr. and Dominga (Trevino) Ramos. She and her family moved around in the state of MI but lived most of her life in Battle...
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Gerald D. "Jerry" Buskirk

July 20, 1938 - June 8, 2021

Gerald D. "Jerry" Buskirk, Sr. age 82, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, June 8, 2021 at the Laurels of Bedford. He was born in Battle Creek on July 20, 1938, the son of Curtis and Ellen (Bishop) Buskirk. Jerry faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army in Korea from 1955 to 1963 and then served with the United States Air Force from 1978 until...
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Barbara Lucille (Bratch) Kerr

January 31, 1940 - June 7, 2021

Barbara Lucille (Bratch) Kerr, 81 of Battle Creek died due to COVID at Bronson Battle Creek on Monday, June 7, 2021. She was born January 31, 1940 in Winchester, Illinois, the daughter of Gene and Marjorie (Dillon) Bratch. Barb grew up in Illinois and moved to Battle Creek in 1969, when her children were young. She earned a Registered Nursing Degree, but decided early on that was not the job...
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Joanne E. Fales

January 4, 1931 - June 6, 2021

Joanne E. Fales, age 90, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, June 6, 2021. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 4, 1931, the loving daughter of Joseph T. and Cleo B. (Evens) Amann. Joanne graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and Western Michigan University. She retired in 1993 after more than 30 years as an Elementary School teacher in St. Joseph, Grand...
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Cynthia W. "Cindy" Hart

January 28, 1947 - June 5, 2021

Cynthia W. "Cindy" "Winnie" "Grandma" Hart, age 74, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday evening, June 5, 2021 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Battle Creek on January 28, 1947, the loving daughter of Willard F. and Marjorie L. (Perry) Hibbard. Cindy graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1965 and furthered her education at Kellogg Community...
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Gregory VanNortwick

April 10, 1968 - June 4, 2021

Gregory Wynn VanNortwick, 53, died June 4, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. Greg was born April 10, 1968 in Battle Creek to Milo and Donna (Boden) VanNortwick. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Greg started working at EPI Printing, then A&B Janitor Service for 3 years, and then Metaldyne Litchfield factory for 17 years. Greg loved bowling since he was a child. He also...
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Brian E. Spencer

June 4, 2021

Pastor Brian Spencer went to be home with the Lord on June 4th, 2021. Pastor Brian Eugene Spencer was born in Jackson, Michigan on September 8th,1937 to Clarence and Marion (Cogswell) Spencer. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon (Oberg) Spencer. He is survived by his sister Anita Anderson, three children, Lynn, Jill and Dan, and six grandchildren Kassie, Kallan, Pierson, Garrett,...
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Audra Marie (Hatch) Nickerson

October 28, 1926 - June 3, 2021

Audra M. Nickerson, 94, of Battle Creek died Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Maplewood of Marshall. She was born October 28, 1926 in Marshall, Michigan to Blaine W. and Mabel Adah (Borradaile) Hatch. She grew up in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School and in 1948 from Michigan State College (now University). Audra was employed at the Power Shop in Marshall 1943-44; and in the 1950's...
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Lewis W. "Lew" Tysman

January 7, 1954 - June 2, 2021

Lewis Tysman, age 67 of Richland, Michigan, died June 2, 2021, at Ascension Borgess Hospital, unexpectedly after an accidental fall at home. Lew was born in Grand Haven, Michigan, the son of Robert and Nancy Tysman. Lew was a 1972 graduate of Grand Haven High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University. For 42 years he built his career at Borgess Medical...
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