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Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home Cremation Care, Richland Chapel

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

Randall R. Lehrke

March 7, 1946 - April 25, 2021

Randall Ray Lehrke, 75, passed away quietly in his sleep on April 25th, 2021. He was born on March 7, 1946 to his loving parents Elmer and Lucille (Frisbie) Lehrke and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. He is survived by one older brother, Ron Lehrke. Randall was most proud of his four children, June Becerra, John (Davena) Lehrke, Randall Lehrke Jr., and Jennifer Swartz. He had 12...
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Wesley Clair "Wes" Hungerford

December 19, 1925 - April 25, 2021

Wesley C. Hungerford, 95, of Augusta, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family. Wes was born December 19, 1925, to Clair and Fern (VanHorn) Hungerford. He graduated from Kellogg Agricultural School in 1944. He spent most of his life on the Hungerford Centennial Farm in Ross Township, Michigan. Wes held a variety of jobs, including driving the school bus...
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Nancy J. (Hamblin) VanderSalm

June 7, 1934 - April 20, 2021

Nancy J. (Hamblin) VanderSalm, age 86, of Richland passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. She was born in Richland, Michigan on June 7, 1934, the daughter of Harvey and June (Baker) Enzian and graduated from Richland High School and Nazareth College. Nancy served as an Oncology nurse at Borgess Hospital for more than 22 years. Nancy married Robert A. Hamblin on June...
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Shirley A. Hunt

May 14, 1933 - April 5, 2021

Shirley Ann (French) Hunt, age 87, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 at Park Village Pines. She was born on May 14, 1933 in South Haven to Harold Lyle and Anna Winoa (Wilmot) French. She was united in marriage to Orval Hunt Jr. on September 2, 1950. Shirley was a creative and talented woman. She enjoyed cake decorating and cooking for family dinners. She also liked to sketch, paint, play...
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Ronald Monroe "Ron" Jones

August 1, 1960 - March 22, 2021

Ronald Monroe "Ron" Jones, age 60, of Gull Lake passed away on Monday evening, March 22, 2021 at Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo. He was born in Kalamazoo on August 1, 1960, the loving son of Robert G. and Grace (Meints) Jones. Ron and his parents owned and operated the RM Jones Gift Shop in Kalamazoo for many years. On June 27, 1992, Ron married the "Love of His Life", Cheri Rose on the Lady...
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George E. Menne

July 12, 1929 - March 15, 2021

George E. Menne, age 91, of Richland, MI died on Monday evening, March 15, 2021. He was born on July 12, 1929, the son of LeRoy W. and Bess Ina (Walker) Menne. George was born, raised and lived his entire life within a 30-mile area of Kalamazoo. He grew up on the second-generation family farm in Galesburg, Michigan and lived a farm-boy's life. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine...
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Donald Kreinbring

June 21, 1944 - March 13, 2021

Donald E. "Don" Kreinbring, 76, passed away at Oak Lawn Hospital on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Don was born on June 21, 1944 to Edward and Dorothy (Yea) Kreinbring in Cleveland, Ohio. Don graduated and received his Master's Degree from Case Tech/Case Western Reserve. He worked as a mechanical engineer at Eaton and retired in 2008. Don loved to golf and was an active member of the Richland...
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Fred Carl Buhler

March 1, 1933 - March 9, 2021

Fred Carl Buhler, age 88 of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully on March 9, 2021 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo from complications due to head trauma related to a series of falls. He was born in Flint, Michigan on March 1, 1933 to parents who immigrated from Germany in the 1920's to escape the devastation of World War I. He admitted to having a surprisingly happy childhood during...
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Jerry Gordon Bartholomew

September 3, 1946 - March 5, 2021

Jerry Gordon Bartholomew, age 74, of Scotts, Michigan, passed away on March 5, 2021. He was born in Vicksburg, Michigan on September 3, 1946, the son of Russell and Jessie Bartholomew of Scotts, Michigan. Jerry married the "Love of His Life", Bonnie (McGowan) Bartholomew on June 20, 1970; she survives. He is also survived by his three sons, Scott Bartholomew (Carmen), Travis Bartholomew ...
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Melissa Jean "Missey" Ackerman

December 8, 1953 - February 15, 2021

Melissa Jean "Missey" Ackerman, age 67, passed away peacefully on the morning of February 15, 2021 at Hope Hill Elder Care Home of Battle Creek. She was born December 8, 1953 in Charleston, West Virginia the daughter of Robert L. and Ruth E. (Darnell) Cain. Missey graduated from Choctawhatchee High School of Fort Walton Beach, Florida in 1971. She met William C. "Bill" Ackerman, the "Love of Her...
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Kathy Alene Kowall

November 15, 1958 - February 8, 2021

Kathy Alene Kowall, age 62, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 8, 2021. She was born November 15, 1958 in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was the third (and favorite) child born to Allen and June Nickerson. She graduated in 1976 from Plainwell High School. In 1995 she married David Kowall, welcoming their daughter Melissa Kowall in 1996 and their son Nathan Kowall in 1998. ...
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Virginia J. Tustin

August 22, 1929 - January 31, 2021

Virginia June Tustin Our mother made her journey to the "Big Sky" on Sunday January 31, 2021 at the age of 91. Ginny was a Mother, Grand Mother, Great Grand Mother, Great-Great Grandmother, and Friend. Words cannot express our combined sadness and joy. Our Mom was a woman of unmatched energy, passion, and love of people (and a "party"). We will miss her, however you will see her...
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John A. Eshuis

October 12, 1926 - January 31, 2021

John Allan Eshuis, age 94, of Richland, MI passed away peacefully Sunday, the 31st of January, 2021. John was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI and resided at his beloved Gull Lake for the past 63 years. He graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1944 and received a business degree from Parsons Business College. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army where he made his lifelong friends....
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Edmund R. Dudek

November 9, 1924 - January 30, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Edmund (Ed) Dudek announce that he passed away on January 30, 2021. Ed was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 9, 1924 to Michael and Anna Dudek. His early years were met with hardship, as at the age of 6 years old, his mother died unexpectedly. He lived with his father for a few years, however it was in his teens that an incredibly special...
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Vernon Sheppard, Jr.

August 20, 1955 - December 29, 2020

Vernon "Vern" Sheppard, Jr. of Kalamazoo, MI Vern, age 65, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday morning, December 29, 2020. Vern, the son of Vernon and Edna (Kenter) Sheppard, Sr., was born in Covington, KY on August 20, 1955. He graduated from Gibraltar Carlson (MI) High School in 1973 and Western Michigan University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. While at...
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Robert Lynn "Bob" Mason

April 17, 1952 - December 20, 2020

Robert Lynn "Bob" Mason of Augusta, MI Bob, age 68, retired Chief of Maintenance for Denso Manufacturing, Battle Creek, died on Sunday morning, December 20, 2020 at the Vibrant Life Memory Care, Kalamazoo, MI. The Memorial Service to celebrate Bob's life will be held in the summer of 2021 when it's warmer and we can safely gather again. Final interment will follow in Yorkville Cemetery,...
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Donald Joseph "Don" Walbridge

April 13, 1932 - December 18, 2020

Donald Joseph "Don" Walbridge of Gull Lake (Augusta), MI Don, age 88, died peacefully Friday morning, December 18, 2020 at his residence with his loving family at his side. Don, the son of Fred and Virginia (Given) Walbridge, was born in Battle Creek, MI on April 13, 1932; he was a lifetime area resident and a 1950 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School where he excelled in the...
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Jerry Ann "Jerrie" Hilbert

April 10, 1934 - December 16, 2020

Jerrie Ann (Warner) Hilbert of Kalamazoo, MI Jerrie, age 86, passed away Wednesday morning, December 17, 2020 at the New Friends Care Facility (Vibrant Life Senior Living) in Kalamazoo. Jerrie was born April 10, 1934 in Kalamazoo, MI, the daughter of Jerome Warner and Elizabeth (Sergeant) Warner. She grew up in Kalamazoo, and spent summers at Gull Lake since 1948....
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Gary Lee Jennings

December 16, 1943 - December 14, 2020

Gary Lee Jennings of Comstock Township, MI Gary, age 76, was surrounded by family and passed away on Monday morning, December 14, 2020 after an 8-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Gary was born at PIP hospital in Plainwell, Michigan on December 16, 1943. The 2nd of 3 children born to parents Gilbert Leonard Jennings and Sally Massey Jennings. He graduated from Otsego High...
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Romualdas Jonas "Rom" Botyrius

September 15, 1936 - December 10, 2020

Romualdas Jonas "Rom" Botyrius of Richland, MI Rom, age 84, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, December 10, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Rom, the son of Jonas and Marija (Rutkauskaite) Botyrius, was born in Marijampole, Lithuania and immigrated to Bayonne, NJ in 1949. He was a 1955 graduate of Bayonne High School and received his Bachelor Degree in...
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Carol Rose Howes

March 1, 1941 - December 10, 2020

Carol Rose Howes of Richland, MI Carol, age 79, died on Thursday morning, December 10, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Carol, the daughter of Thomas Walter and Lila Marian (Kellogg) Howes, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 1, 1941 and was a 1959 graduate of WK Kellogg High School. Carol earned Master's degrees from Western Michigan University in History and...
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Roger R. Russell

May 25, 1943 - December 6, 2020

Roger Roan Russell, 77, of Richland, passed away on December 6, 2020. Roger was born May 25, 1943, in Decatur, AL to Malcolm and Nettie Ruth (Bolton) Russell. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy, received his Associate's Degree in Business from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and retired from Georgia-Pacific in 2001 after many years with the company. Roger married Christine...
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Alma Mae (Spindlow) Platz

May 31, 1923 - December 5, 2020

Alma Mae {Spindlow} Platz of Otsego, MI Alma, age 97, died Saturday evening, December 5, 2020 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, MI. Alma was born on May 31, 1923 in Marshall, MI. She was raised in Marshall; graduated from Marshall High School and lived and worked in Battle Creek for most of her life. Alma was employed at Bill Knapps and L.W. Robinson's...
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Sally Ann (Mahoney) Waters

June 19, 1942 - December 5, 2020

Sally Ann [Mahoney] Waters of Augusta, MI Sally, age 78, died peacefully Saturday afternoon, December 5, 2020 at her residence with her entire family at her side. Her family are comforted that she is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sally, the daughter of Robert and Patsie {Askew} Mahoney, was born in Battle Creek, MI on June 19, 1942 and was a 1960 graduate of...
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Robert F. "Bob" Hughes

March 12, 1947 - November 27, 2020

Robert F. "Bob" Hughes, age 73, of Hickory Corners, sadly passed away Friday morning, November 27, 2020 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Plainwell, Michigan on March 12, 1947, the son of Rankin and Inez (Rowe) Hughes and graduated from Delton Kellogg High School. Bob faithfully served his country in Vietnam as a member of the United States Army. He worked as a mechanic for Don...
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Patricia K. Anthony

September 11, 1956 - November 21, 2020

Dr. Patricia Kay Anthony, 64, formally of Kalamazoo, recently passed away unexpectedly at her home in Tucson, AZ. Born on September 11, 1956, she was the daughter of the late William C. Anthony and Elizabeth Anthony Hughes, both formerly of Kalamazoo. Patricia attended Kalamazoo Public schools. A member of the First Presbyterian church of Kalamazoo, she sang in the choirs under Thomas Kasdorf...
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Mary Marguerite (Haselton) Pazderka

December 15, 1931 - November 8, 2020

Mary Marguerite [Haselton] Pazderka of Kalamazoo, MI & formerly of Omaha, NE Mary, age 88, died Sunday evening, November 8th, 2020 at Friendship Village with her loving family at her side. Mary, the daughter of William R. and Marguerite M. (McSweeney) Haselton, was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 15th, 1931. She was a 1949 graduate of Omaha's Duchesne...
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Linda Jean Dunn

January 12, 1949 - November 5, 2020

Linda Jean Dunn, age 71, of Hickory Corners, Michigan passed away Thursday morning, November 5th at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 12, 1949, the daughter of Willard and Janet (Hibbard) Gray and graduated from Frankford High School in Phaldelphia. Linda is survived by her husband, Darrell Crose Sr.; her sons, Jerome (Susan)...
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Aden H. Francis

November 22, 1927 - October 30, 2020

Aden H. Francis, formerly of Comstock Township, died October 30, 2020 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. Aden was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 22, 1927 to Aden G. and Mary (Schaar) Francis. He was a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School. Immediately following graduation, Aden served as a medic in the Army during World War II. He graduated from Penn State University School of Forestry....
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Donna Lucile (Reed) Grubius

October 14, 1931 - October 28, 2020

Donna Lucile (Reed) Grubius of Richland, MI Donna passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 exactly two weeks after her 89th birthday at the Alamo Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Kalamazoo, MI. Donna battled both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease for the past five years. Donna, the daughter of Harold and Helen (Silcox) Reed, was born in...
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Edward Burgess "Ed" Harvey

May 2, 1946 - October 4, 2020

Edward Burgess "Ed" Harvey St. Peter called Edward Burgess Harvey, aged 74, to the big Mansion on the Hill, October 4, 2020. Ed was not meant for an ordinary life. He was born on May 2, 1946 to the infamous Virgil Harvey, a West Virginia coal miner that survived being thrown through a plate-glass saloon window, became the WWII lightweight Army boxing champ, escaped a German POW camp...
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Mary Mozelle (Spruill) Coult

March 8, 1922 - September 23, 2020

Mary Mozelle (Spruill) Coult of Augusta, MI Mary, age 98, died Wednesday morning, September 23, 2020 at The Oaks of NorthPointe Woods, Battle Creek, MI with her loving family at her side. Mary, the daughter of Zacariah and Josey (Thompson) Spruill, was born in Heard County, GA on March 8, 1922; was a 1942 graduate of Centralhatchee (GA) High School and moved to this area...
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Annetta "Ann" Pearson

August 20, 1923 - September 12, 2020

Annetta M. "Ann" Pearson, 97, of Richland, died September 12, 2020 at Parkview Pines. Ann was born August 20, 1923 in Kalamazoo to Kobe and Henrietta (VanDyke) VanderMolen. She graduated from Kellogg High School and Argubright Business College. Ann was a realtor in the Battle Creek area for many years. Ann attended the former Trinity Reform Church in Battle Creek, Day Bible Church and...
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Mary Elizabeth Goldsmith (Betty) McCarty

April 22, 1915 - August 29, 2020

Mary Elizabeth Goldsmith McCarty (Betty) "Wahoo!" Let's take a boat ride! The children of Mary Elizabeth Goldsmith McCarty (Betty) tearfully but joyfully announce that their dear mother completed her 105-year mission to spread joy. From her home on Gull Lake, Richland, Michigan, with her family on hand, Betty passed from this earth to a new experience of love and remembrance. To family and...
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Judy K. Kohler

January 6, 1945 - August 7, 2020

Judy K. Kohler, age 75, of Richland passed away peacefully at home on Friday morning, August 7, 2020. She was born in Kalamazoo on January 6, 1945, the loving daughter of Earl and Evelyn (Fleckenstein) Meier and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School. Judy retired from Gull Lake Community Schools in 2000 after 25 years of service. Judy married Ronald E. "Ron" Kohler Sr. in Big Rapids,...
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Wanda C. Suterko

October 19, 1921 - August 4, 2020

Our dear mother and grandmother, Wanda Catherine Suterko, passed away on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020. She was born on October 19, 1921, in Chicago, one of nine children born to Frank and Agata Barabas. Wanda was a first sergeant in the Women's Army Corps during WWII. Following her service, in 1948, she wed her beloved husband Stan; he preceded her in death in 2008. Wanda and Stan raised...
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David "Dave" Renz

March 21, 1951 - July 29, 2020

David (Dave) Renz, 69, of Hickory Corners, MI and Miromar Lakes, FL, died at home surrounded by his loving family on July 29th after a brief battle with cancer. Dave grew up in Muncie, IN and graduated from Ball State University. He worked at Eaton Corporation in Galesburg, MI for more than 30 years, retiring in December 2009 from the role of VP Sales and Marketing for the Vehicle...
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Preston Seiter "Pete" Parish

November 10, 1919 - July 1, 2020

Preston (Pete) Seiter Parish of Hickory Corners, MI Pete passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. He was born in Chicago, Illinois November 10, 1919 to parents, Preston and Louise Seiter Parish. Pete's childhood was divided between living in Illinois and schools in New York State. In 1937, he enrolled at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and graduated...
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Alvin Lyle Skinner

March 29, 1926 - July 1, 2020

Alvin Lyle Skinner of Kalamazoo, MI Lyle, age 94, died on Thursday evening, April 16, 2020 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo. Lyle, the son of Valdine G. Nutting, was born in Three Oaks, MI on March 29, 1926. He left school in the 9th grade to enlist in the United States Navy and served his Country honorable and nobly during World War II as a Seaman First Class in the Asiatic...
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Amy Louise Alleshouse

December 12, 1974 - June 30, 2020

Amy Louise Alleshouse of Battle Creek, MI Amy, age 45, died Tuesday afternoon, June 30, 2020 at Glenn Arbor Hospice, Battle Creek after a long, courageous fight with cancer. Amy, the daughter of Dennis L. and Diane M. (Keller) Alleshouse, was born in Battle Creek on December 12, 1974; was a lifetime resident and attended the Doris Klausen Developmental Center. She was a member of...
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Dorothy R. Seelye

March 3, 1920 - May 30, 2020

Dorothy R Seelye, 100, of Richland and Battle Creek, MI, and Jensen Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2020, at Legacy at The Oaks in Battle Creek, MI. Shortly before passing, she was able to visit with all her family members both in person and thru Facetime. Most of the family had gathered together in early March to celebrate her 100th birthday with cake, ice cream and lots of...
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Debra Diane (Bloomquist) Waldorf

September 22, 1952 - May 18, 2020

Debra Diane [Bloomquist] Waldorf of Richland, MI Deb, age 67, died Monday evening, May 18, 2020 at Borgess Place, Kalamazoo, MI following a lengthy illness. Deb, the daughter of Charles "Jerry" Bloomquist and Sue (Curtis) Jackson, was born in Kalamazoo on September 22, 1952; was a lifetime area resident and a 1970 graduate of Parchment (MI) High School. ...
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Norma G. Walters

January 16, 1923 - May 14, 2020

Norma G. Walters, 97, of Kalamazoo, died May 14, 2020 at Borgess Gardens. Norma was born January 16, 1923 in Toledo, OH to Irvin and Maxine (Bland) Ladd. She was later adopted by Howard and Gennie Hudson. Norma is survived by her two sons, Leroy (Diane) Johnson and Michael (Sandra) Johnson; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by...
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Benjamin "Ben" Whitney

February 20, 1992 - May 13, 2020

Benjamin ("Ben") Michael Whitney was born in February of 1992 in Galesburg, Illinois and returned to the arms of Jesus on May 13, 2020 in Portage, Michigan. He is survived by his parents, Craig and Judy Whitney of Richland, Michigan; his sister and nephew, Ashley and Grant Fair of Elkhart, Indiana; his sister, Bianca Whitney and her fiancé, Jeff Kammerman, of Madison, Wisconsin; his Grandfather,...
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Edena "Shirley" Nance

March 24, 1944 - May 8, 2020

Edena "Shirley" Nance, age 76, of Richland passed away peacefully at her home on Friday afternoon, May 8, 2020. She was born in Kalamazoo on March 24, 1944, the daughter of Richard and Edena (Marston) Carrier. Shirley owned & operated "The Hair Affair" in Augusta then Galesburg for several decades. Shirley married her beloved husband, Dick in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 30, 1971; he...
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Roger Nelson Turner, Jr.

December 19, 1944 - April 21, 2020

Roger Nelson Turner, Jr. of Gull Lake (Hickory Corners), MI Roger Turner, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and sailor died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, April 21, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer, he was 75. Roger, the son of Roger Nelson and Frances S. (Stobie) Turner, was born in Chicago, IL on...
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Ronald Joseph "Ron" Carl

January 4, 1933 - April 8, 2020

Ronald Joseph "Ron" Carl of Kalamazoo, MI Ron, age 87, died Wednesday evening, April 8, 2020 at his residence with his loving children at his side. Ron, the son of Joseph H. and Marie T. (Stirner) Carl, was born in Kalamazoo on January 4, 1933; was a lifetime resident and a 1951 graduate of St. Augustine Catholic High School. He retired in 1997 from Hammond Machinery of...
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Lucille Elizabeth (Smeding) "Betty" Askew

December 20, 1924 - April 5, 2020

Lucille Elizabeth (Smeding) "Betty" Askew of Battle Creek, MI Betty, age 95, died Sunday morning, April 5, 2020 at the Advantage Living Center, Battle Creek. Betty, the daughter of Bernard and Clara (Piefer) Smeding, was born in Chicago, IL on December 20, 1924 and was a 1942 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She retired in 1982 after 31 years of faithful...
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Elizabeth "Buffy" Marie Somers Ferguson

December 16, 1967 - April 1, 2020

Elizabeth "Buffy" Marie Somers Ferguson, 52 years old, of Hickory Corners, MI, went to be with her Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ on April 1st, 2020, from the home on Gull Lake where she was born and raised, surrounded by her loving family. Buffy, as she was known by her friends and family, was born on December 16, 1967 in Kalamazoo, MI, to Bill and Jan Somers. She graduated from Gull Lake High...
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Mary Jane "Jari" Elizabeth Foster Pulford

May 7, 1947 - March 31, 2020

Mary Jane "Jari" Elizabeth Foster Pulford, age 72, of Augusta sadly passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. She was born in Hibbing, Minnesota on May 7, 1947, the loving daughter of Arthur I. and Margaret C. (Le Claire) Foster. She graduated from Hibbing High School with the class of 1965 and went on to study Social Psychology at St. Olaf College, where...
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Rodney Scott "Rod" Gross

October 30, 1949 - March 20, 2020

Rodney Scott "Rod" Gross of Richland, MI Rod, age 70, died Friday evening, March 20, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI following a brief illness. Rod, the son of Emory B. and Viola M. (Eby) Gross, was born in Elkhart, IN on October 30, 1949; was a lifetime area resident and a 1967 graduate of Portage (MI) Central High School. He retired after 32 years of...
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Ann Zimmerman

March 9, 1952 - March 13, 2020

Ann Zimmerman of Manistee, Michigan passed away on March 13, 2020 in Kalamazoo, MI. She was surrounded by her family. Ann was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 9, 1952 to parents Gerald and Jane (Bateman) Nabors. When she was 13 years-old her family relocated to Monroe, MI. It was in Monroe that Ann met her life partner and soulmate, James Zimmerman, at a local dance. They quickly fell...
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Patricia "Pat" McKie

July 25, 1942 - March 12, 2020

Patricia Y. "Pat" McKie, age 77, of Hickory Corners passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 12, 2020. She was born in Marshall, Michigan on July 25, 1942, the daughter of Harold and Pauline (Newhall) Reverski. Patricia is survived by her children, Greg (Cheryl) Bushell of Texas, Penny Musser of Nashville, and Tony (Tammie)DeRyder of Hickory Corners; her step-children, Deb (Keith)...
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Richard E. "Dick" Nance

April 29, 1933 - March 12, 2020

Richard E. "Dick" Nance, age 86, of Richland passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday morning, March 12, 2020. He was born in Kalamazoo on April 29, 1933, the son of Thomas and Mable (Robinson) Nance, and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. Dick retired as chief of the meter department at Consumers Energy in 1998 after more than 46 years of service. ...
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Mary Elizabeth (James) "Marybeth" Peters

December 12, 1950 - March 7, 2020

Mary Elizabeth (James) Peters of Richland, MI Mary Elizabeth aka "Marybeth", age 69, died unexpectedly Saturday evening, March 7, 2020, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Marybeth, the daughter of Albert and Edith Ellen (Haughey) James, was born in Freeport, New York on December 12, 1950, but spent time as a child in Wisconsin (10 years) and then Minnesota...
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Mark Richard Nieboer

December 19, 1968 - February 7, 2020

Mark Richard Nieboer of Richland, MI Mark, age 51, died unexpectedly on Friday evening, February 7, 2020 at his residence. Mark, the son of John H. & Janet R. (Miller) Nieboer, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on December 19, 1968; was a lifetime area resident and 1987 graduate of Gull Lake High School. He was known for his outstanding cooking skills and used those at Kellogg's in Battle Creek,...
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Loretta A. "Lori" Kerman

March 3, 1944 - February 6, 2020

Loretta A. "Lori" Kerman of Gull Lake (Augusta), MI Lori, age 75, passed at her home on Thursday, February 6, 2020 after years long battle against Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Born Mar. 3, 1944, in Bay City, MI, Lori was the daughter of the late George and Albina (Dmoch) Kaczynski. She graduated from TL Handy High School in Bay City before attending and graduating from...
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Randall Earl "Randy" Johnson

July 15, 1947 - February 4, 2020

Randall Earl "Randy" Johnson of Richland, MI Randy, age 72, died Tuesday evening, February 4, 2020 at his residence with his loving family at his side. Randy, the son of Myrland K. Johnson and Norma G. (Hudson) Walters was born in Lansing, MI on July 15, 1947; was a 1965 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School and completed several educational certifications during his...
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Merna I. (Partington) Francis

August 22, 1933 - January 17, 2020

Merna I. (Partington) Francis formerly of Comstock Township Merna died Friday afternoon, January 17, 2020 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo, MI. Merna was born in Cairo, IA on August 22, 1933 to Royce and Ruby (Main) Partington. She was a graduate of Wapello High School and attended Iowa State Teachers' College. Merna met Aden Francis while working as a secretary at...
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Gerald E. "Gerry" Lacey, Jr.

November 30, 1959 - December 18, 2019

Gerald E. "Gerry" Lacey Jr., age 60, of Richland, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, December 18, 2019. He was born in Jacksonville, Illinois on November 30, 1959, the loving son of Gerald E. and Norma J. (Berndt) Lacey and graduated from Jacksonville High School with the Class of 1977. Gerry has worked for Consumers Energy for more than 20 years and was a member of the...
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Judith Lee Metzger

May 10, 1937 - November 16, 2019

Judith Lee Metzger, age 82, of Richland went to be with her Lord on Saturday morning, November 16, 2019. She was born in Bay City, Michigan on May 10, 1937, the daughter of Charles and Orise (Goulet) Pennell. Judith graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and retired from the Kellogg Company in 1995 after more than 20 years of service. Judith married Theobald "Dutch" Metzger II in...
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Esther Haughey James

April 27, 1916 - November 2, 2019

Esther James died peacefully on November 2 at age 103. Blessed with a long and rich life, she was an amazing super senior who lived independently in her Gull Lake home and drove her own car until age 98. She was a life long resident on Gull Lake, having been one of the original families to live on Crescent Beach. One of two daughters, and with six brothers, she was a member of the...
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Richard John "Dick" Sherman

September 18, 1942 - October 31, 2019

Richard "Dick" John Sherman of Hickory Corners, MI Dick, age 77, died Thursday evening, October 31, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI following a long battle with cancer. Dick, the son of Gerald L. and Gladys G. (Young) Sherman, born in Flint, MI on September 18, 1942, was a 1960 graduate of Hoover High School of Flint, MI and moved to this area in 1965. He served...
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Dennis W. Momenee

June 4, 1994 - October 22, 2019

Dennis William "D-Byrd" Momenee of Bellevue, MI. Dennis, age 25, died unexpectedly Tuesday Morning October 22, 2019. Dennis, son of William D. Momenee and Amanda J. Bryant (Taylor) was born on June 4, 1994. Dennis enjoyed spending time with his children and family, fishing, writing music and entertaining friends and fans alike. Dennis would never pass up an opportunity to play paintball...
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Dale R."Randy" Johnson

August 14, 1945 - October 3, 2019

Dale R."Randy" Johnson of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Randy, age 74, passed away on Thursday October 3, 2019 at his home on Gull Lake surrounded by his loving family and friends. Dale was born August 14th, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Dale and Betty (Miller) Johnson. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1963 and received a...
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Lucy Mae (Rohlf) Wise

April 23, 1931 - October 1, 2019

Lucy Mae (Rohlf) Wise of Richland, MI Lucy, age 88, died Tuesday morning, October 1, 2019 at Medilodge of Westwood, Kalamazoo, MI following a long illness. Lucy was born in Bellevue, OH on April 23, 1931; was a 1949 graduate of Bellevue (OH) High School and the family moved to this area in 1973. She was a member of The Sweet Adelines. ...
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Hilda Mae Smith

March 17, 1924 - September 20, 2019

Hilda Mae Smith, age 95, of Kalamazoo passed away Friday afternoon, September 20, 2019 at the Plainwell Pines Nursing Center. She was born in Lake City, Michigan on March 17, 1924, the daughter of Hill and Henrietta (Denison) VanRiper. Hilda retired from Gull Lake Community Schools in 1984 after serving more than 23 years as school secretary at the Kellogg Elementary School. Hilda married...
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Douglas Clayton Rodgers II.

August 14, 1948 - September 14, 2019

Douglas Clayton Rodgers, II., age 71, of Kalamazoo passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. He was born in Kalamazoo on August 14, 1948, and was the son of Douglas C. and Mary Rodgers. Douglas faithfully served two tours in Vietnam with the United States Army, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment "Tomahawks". During his service career, he was awarded...
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Ruth Lucille Lenardson (Brown) Runyan

October 3, 1920 - July 16, 2019

Ruth Lucille Lenardson (Brown) Runyan formerly of Venice, FL Ruth, age 98, passed away peacefully July 16, 2019, having lived a life of faithfulness and devotion to family and friends. Born October 3, 1920 in Gobles, Michigan where she married Frank James Lenardson, her husband of 37 years, until his passing in 1977. Together, they owned and operated The Good Design Shop...
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Dewey Eugene Taylor

March 27, 1943 - July 1, 2019

Dewey Eugene Taylor of Richland, MI Dewey, age 76, died Monday morning, July 1, 2019 at his residence and with his loving family at his side. Dewey , the son of David C. and Junie (Stephens) Taylor, was born in Jewell Ridge, VA and moved to this area in 1971. He served his Country honorably and nobly during the Vietnam War in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant with...
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Dorothy Karen Ray

January 21, 1952 - May 23, 2019

Dorothy Karen Ray, age 67, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on January 21, 1952, the daughter of Wylie Marion and Phyllis May (Wright) Tilley. Dorothy graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 1970. Her career with Pennfield Schools began in 1984 where she was a noon Supervisor for Purdy Elementary. In 1987, she then became a teacher's...
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Grant & Jean (Healey) Babcock

September 16, 1924 - May 2019

Grant & Jean (Healey) Babcock, formerly of Richland, MI Grant was born on June 2, 1922 and died on May 2012. Jean was born on September 16,1924 and died on February 4, 2019. The Graveside Service to celebrate their lives together will be held on Friday, May 31st at 2:00 p.m. in Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland with the Rev. Todd J. TerAvest, Pastor of the Living Hope...
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Richard Clifford "Dick" Brookins

May 10, 1926 - May 19, 2019

Richard Clifford "Dick" Brookins of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Dick, age 93, died Sunday afternoon, May 19, 2019 at Heritage Assisted Living of Battle Creek, MI and with his loving wife, Nancy at his side. Dick, the son of George and Glendora (Clifford) Brookins, was born in Detroit, MI on May 10, 1926 and was a 1944 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He...
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Ronald J. Denardo

December 22, 1950 - May 11, 2019

Ron Denardo's life recently came to an end on May 11, 2019. Ron was 68 years old and a husband, father, and grandfather. Ron will be remembered for his service to Special Olympics. For the last 15 years he served as head coach for Kalamazoo's Powerlifting team. While volunteering, he had the opportunity to take two of his athletes to Puerto Rico for a competition and to see his son, Mark,...
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Evelyn E. Williams

September 19, 1933 - May 10, 2019

Evelyn E. Williams, 85, of Richland, died May 10, 2019 at her home. Evelyn was born September 19, 1933 in Kalamazoo to Roy and Elizabeth (Williams) Taylor. In her younger years, she loved to knit and crochet. She enjoyed fishing and working in her flower garden. She was an attendee of the Northeastern Baptist Church. Evelyn is survived by son, Donald (Shelly) Conrad; two granddaughters;...
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Beverlee Ann Howell

September 21, 1929 - May 4, 2019

Beverlee Ann (Silcock) Howell, age 89, of Richland, passed away Saturday morning, May 4, 2019 at the Story Point Senior Living in Portage. Beverlee was born September 21, 1929 in Cloverdale, MI to Ted and Vesta Silcock. She was raised by her mother, Vesta and her beloved step-father, Harold Hazel. Beverlee graduated from Richland High School and furthered her education at Western Michigan...
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Ruth Elaine (Griffore) "Dolly" Brogger

February 2, 1924 - April 5, 2019

Ruth Elaine (Griffore) "Dolly" Brogger of Gull Lake (Hickory Corners), MI Dolly, age 95, went home to our Lord and Savior Friday evening, April 5, 2019. Dolly, the daughter of Thomas and Tillie (DeCaire) Griffore, was born in Saginaw, MI on February 2, 1924 and moved to this area in 1957. She earned her BA degree in Speech and Drama from Mercy College in...
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Anthony Gene "Tony" Rice

February 10, 1961 - March 20, 2019

Anthony Gene "Tony" Rice of Richland, MI Tony, age 58, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, March 20, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, with his loving family at his side. Tony, the son of James Rice and Ann (Dennany) Brown was born in Kalamazoo on February 10, 1961 and was a lifetime area resident. He was the Owner and...
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Norma J. Easler

September 22, 1931 - March 15, 2019

Norma Jean (Dauber) Easler, 87, of Ceresco went home to be with her Lord and Savior with her family by her side on March 15, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. Norma was born September 22, 1931 to Jesse and Pearl (McClish) Dauber in California Corners, MI. She was the youngest of 7 children. On September 4, 1948, Norma married Burton J. Easler who preceded her in death...
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David James MacBeth

November 27, 1967 - March 14, 2019

David James MacBeth, age 51, of Plainwell went to be with his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday evening, March 14, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on November 27, 1967, the loving son of Richard E. and Victoria L. (MacBeth) Grant and graduated from Plainwell High School with the Class of 1986. David worked for more than 18 years at Marshall Plastic Film in Martin and in 2016, retired...
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Evelyn Louise (Rigsby) (Keith) Bean

January 2, 1929 - March 11, 2019

Evelyn Louise (Rigsby) (Keith) Bean of Kalamazoo, MI Evelyn, age 90, who loved the Lord Jesus with all her heart is now dancing before him in Heaven as of Monday, March 11, 2019. While those she left are grieving her loss, they celebrate her lifetime love of singing before her Lord. Her journey included marriage, raising 5 children and the pursuit of diverse...
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Leslie H. Capron Juhnke

August 28, 1945 - March 1, 2019

Leslie H. Capron Juhnke of Hickory Corners, MI Leslie, age 73, died Friday afternoon, March 1, 2019 in Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI. Leslie, daughter of Dr. Manley J. and Louise M. (Hale) Capron, was born in Battle Creek, MI on August 28, 1945. She was a 1963 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education...
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Paul Wen-Shan Wang, M.D.

October 14, 1929 - February 25, 2019

Paul Wen-Shan Wang MD, of Richland, Michigan, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids, on February 25, 2019. Born on October 14, 1929 to Shang-Yi and Harriet Shin-Yin (Yuen) Wang in Canton, China, Paul recounted tales of his boyhood village home with earthen floor and lychee trees in the front garden. During the Second Sino-Japanese war, he and...
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Rebecca Lyn (Roberts) Noteboom

September 10, 1964 - February 22, 2019

Rebecca Lyn (Roberts) Noteboom of Kalamazoo, MI My Wonderful Daughter, Becky passed away with family at her side on Friday morning, February 22, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo. Becky, the daughter of Raymond and Mary (Rector) Roberts, Sr., was born in Kalamazoo on September 10, 1964 and lived in Richland for a short while. She was a "Free...
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Betty Jeanne (Shannon) Kirch

April 26, 1926 - February 14, 2019

Betty Jeanne (Shannon) Kirch of Portland, OR and formerly of Richland, MI Betty Kirch, age 92, died Thursday morning, February 14, 2019 at West Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center, Portland, OR. Betty, the daughter of Harry and Mildred (Brown) Shannon, was born in Volinia, MI on 4/26/1926. She was a 1944 graduate of Marcellus High School. In 1948, she...
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Richard Dean "Dick" Wank

June 8, 1934 - February 7, 2019

Richard Dean "Dick" Wank of Augusta, MI Dick, age 84, died Thursday afternoon, February 7, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek, MI with his loving family at his side. Dick, the son of William A. and Alta L. (Kline) Wank, was born in Leroy Township, Calhoun County, MI on June 8, 1934; was a lifetime area resident and a 1953 graduate of Athens High School. He...
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Dale Allen Newhouse

June 10, 1955 - February 3, 2019

Dale Allen Newhouse of Richland, MI Dale, age 63, died Sunday morning, February 3, 2019 at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo, MI following a lengthy illness. Dale, the son of John and Elaine (Doxey) Newhouse, was born in Kalamazoo on June 10, 1955; was a lifetime area resident and a 1973 graduate of Gull Lake High School. He retired in 2014 after 35 years of faithful...
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Dale Lee Van Luven

June 20, 1949 - February 2, 2019

Dale Lee Van Luven of Parchment, MI Dale, age 69, died Saturday morning, February 2, 2019 at Medilodge of Marshall, MI following a courageous battle with Agent Orange-related cancer. Dale, the son of Milo and Donna (Spitler) Van Luven, was born in Owosso, MI on June 20, 1949. He served his Country honorably and nobly as a SP5 in the United...
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Victor "Bruce" Vreeland

December 10, 1928 - February 2, 2019

V. Bruce Vreeland, 90, of Richland, Michigan passed away on February 2, 2019 at home, after a long illness, with family at his side. Bruce was born to Clara (Seller) and Wendell Vreeland on December 10, 1928 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He grew up in the Detroit area and spent summers at Wall Lake, Delton, Michigan. Bruce earned 3 degrees at the University of Michigan, a Bachelor's degree in...
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David Staley "Dave" Creamer II

July 1, 1932 - January 23, 2019

David Staley "Dave" Creamer II of Richland, MI Dave, age 86, passed away in his home on January 23, 2019, after a valiant battle with cancer, surrounded by his faithful wife of sixty-four years and loving family. He was born on July 1,1932 in Columbus. Ohio, where he lived until joining the Air Force in 1950. Stationed in Belleville. IL. and serving with...
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Joanne Marie (Lascala) Ginter

June 4, 1955 - January 21, 2019

Joanne Marie (Lascala) Ginter of Kalamazoo, MI Joanne, age 63, died Monday morning, January 21, 2019 at Plainwell Pines Nursing Center, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. Joanne, the daughter of Nathan Joseph and Patsy Lou (Richer) Lascala, was born in Kalamazoo on June 4, 1955, and was a lifelong resident. She was a 1973 graduate of Kalamazoo...
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Helen Mae (Forbush) Wagner

March 28, 1932 - January 18, 2019

Helen Mae (Forbush) Wagner of Englewood, FL and Gull Lake, MI Helen, age 86, died on Friday evening, January 18, 2019 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo following a brief illness and with her loving family at her side. Helen, the daughterof Belden and Octava (McGowan) Forbush, was born on March 28, 1932 in Stevens Point, WI and was a 1950 graduate...
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Jane Ann (Brady) Wallner

August 1, 1944 - January 11, 2019

Jane Ann (Brady) Wallner of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Jane, age 74, died unexpectedly Friday evening, January 11, 2019 in Grand Junction, CO while vacationing with family. Jane, the daughter of Tom and Jane (Cooling) Brady, was born in St. Petersburg, FL on August 1, 1944; was a graduate of Loretto Heights College in Denver Colorado. Jane and her family moved to this area in...
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Marilyn Joyce (Vogel) Stadt

April 3, 1930 - January 11, 2019

Marilyn Joyce (Vogel) Stadt of Gull Lake (Hickory Corners), MI Marilyn, age 88, died Friday morning, January 11, 2019 at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo, MI with her loving family at her side. Marilyn, the daughter of Rev. Peter and Alice (Dalman) Vogel, was born in Grand Rapids, MI on April 3, 1930; was a Lee High School graduate, and moved to Gull Lake in 2000. A...
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Alice M. Hoyt

September 4, 1931 - January 10, 2019

Alice M. Hoyt, 87, of Richland, died Thursday, January 10, 2019 at her residence with her family by her side. Alice was born September 4, 1931 in Battle Creek to Joseph and Myrtle (Letson) Mercer. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and married the love of her life, Russell Hoyt in 1949. The couple enjoyed 69 years of marriage. Alice enjoyed sewing, doing various crafts and...
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Ruby Arlene (Root) Gray

March 31, 1928 - December 15, 2018

Ruby Arlene (Root) Gray of Augusta, MI Ruby, age 90, died Saturday afternoon, December 15, 2018 at her daughter's residence with her loving family at her side following a brief illness. Ruby, the daughter of Roy and Della (DeMoss) Root, was born in Lawrence, MI on March 31, 1928; was a lifetime area resident and was a 1946...
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Joseph Lee "Joe" Kaywood

March 14, 1942 - December 3, 2018

Joseph Lee "Joe" Kaywood of Richland, MI Joe, age 76, died Monday afternoon, December 3, 2018 at Pipp Hospital, Plainwell, MI, following a lengthy illness. Joe, the son of Joseph Thomas and Gladys Lillian (Held) Kaywood, was born in Grand Rapids, MI on March 14, 1942; was a 1960 graduate of Grand Rapids Central High School and moved to the Richland/Kalamazoo area...
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Anne Elizabeth Thompson

May 28, 1942 - November 29, 2018

Anne Elizabeth Thompson, age 76, of Richland passed away Thursday afternoon, November 29, 2018 at Friendship Village. She was born in Kalamazoo on May 28, 1942, the loving daughter of Robert M. and Francis (deKoning) Sorlie, and was a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area. Anne graduated from University High School in Kalamazoo and received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Western...
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Eleanor L. Teeter

February 5, 1922 - November 22, 2018

Eleanor L. Teeter, age 96, of Gun Lake in Shelbyville, Michigan (formerly of Battle Creek), quietly passed away at home Thanksgiving morning, November 22, 2018. Eleanor was born February 5, 1922 in Traverse City, MI, the daughter of Henry and Grace (Coburn) Pfeiffer. Grace later married William Kenfield. Eleanor spent most of her life in Battle Creek until moving with Bob to Gun Lake in 1971. ...
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Jill Stacy (Puvogel) Adamski

August 13, 1965 - November 11, 2018

Jill Stacy (Puvogel) Adamski of Hickory Corners, MI Jill, age 53, died Sunday morning, November 11, 2018 at her residence after a courageous battle against cancer and with her loving family at her side. Jill, the daughter of Jeffrey P. and Jane C. (Lundy) Puvogel, was born in Royal Oak, MI on August 13, 1965 and was a 1983...
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