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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

Dorothy R. Seelye

March 3, 2020 - 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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Alvin Lyle Skinner

March 29, 1926 - April 16, 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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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 21, 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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Donald Carlton Snow

April 3, 1939 - November 9, 2018

Donald Carlton Snow, family man, businessman and faithful friend, age 79, of Richland died at Bronson Hospital on Friday, November 9, 2018. Don was born April 3, 1939 the son of Carlton and Marian Snow, and was raised in Milwood. As a teenager, Don worked with his father at Snow's Pharmacy. A 1957 graduate of Kalamazoo Central, he went on to Ferris and graduated from W.M.U. Don served...
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Lois (Johnson) Hendershott

October 1, 1928 - November 3, 2018

Lois (Johnson) Hendershott of Richland, MI and formerly of Charlotte and Hastings, MI Lois, age 90, died Saturday afternoon, November 3, 2018 at the Gull Arbor Adult Foster Care Home, Richland. Lois, the daughter of Maurice and Lillian (Troyer) Johnson, was born in Hastings on October 1, 1928; resided in the Hastings and...
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Charles David "Charlie" Schaap

May 15, 1952 - October 29, 2018

Charles David "Charlie" Schaap of Richland, MI Charlie, age 66, died Monday morning, October 29, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI following a lengthy and courageous battle with Leukemia. Charlie, the son of John W. and Arlene G. (Deur) Schaap, was born in Holland, MI on May 15, 1952; He graduated from Holland High School in 1970 and...
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Thomas L. "TJ" Pearson, Jr.

March 29, 1972 - October 12, 2018

Thomas L. "TJ" Pearson Jr. of Chesapeake, VA, age 46, passed away at his home on Friday morning, October 12, 2018, after an intense, year-long battle with head and neck cancer. Because of the hope that he had in Jesus, we know that the end to this battle was victorious as he entered into the loving embrace of his Savior in heaven. TJ's faith and joy in Christ was an inspiration to every doctor,...
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Virginia Marian (Penny) Perse

April 29, 1937 - September 30, 2018

Virginia Marian (Penny) Perse of Richland, MI Virginia, age 81, died unexpectedly Sunday, September 30, 2018 at her residence. Virginia, the daughter of Edgar and Virginia (Myers) Penny, was born in Climax, MI on April 29, 1937; was a lifetime area resident and a 1955 graduate of Richland High School. She was an active homemaker raising...
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Carlton Placeway

December 21, 1932 - September 29, 2018

Dr. Carlton Placeway of Richland, Michigan December 21, 1932 – September 29, 2018 Dr. Carlton Placeway, age 85, died Saturday September 29, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo of complications from congestive heart failure and kidney disease. He was born December 21, 1932 in Imlay City, Michigan to Ione W. McKillen Placeway and Arthur Harold Placeway. He graduated from Imlay City...
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Phillip Thomas "Phil" Straniero

February 7, 1948 - September 8, 2018

Phillip Thomas "Phil" Straniero of Hickory Corners, MI After a day of golfing and bonding with lifelong friends, Phil peacefully joined the angels on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The son of Nicholas and May (Chiara) Straniero, Phil was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 7, 1948. A devout Catholic, loving grandfather, father, son,...
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Bethia (Hutchieson) "Betty" McCracken

May 14, 1932 - September 2, 2018

Bethia (Hutchieson) "Betty" McCracken of Richland, MI Betty, age 86, went home to be with her Lord on September 2, 2018 at her residence with her loving family by her side. Betty was born in Glasgow, Scotland on May 14, 1932. Coming to the United States at 20 years old, Betty had great courage and strength to build a new life for herself. Within a year or so,...
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Danelle Lynn (Lawrence) "Dani" Sweet

July 6, 1973 - September 1, 2018

Danelle Lynn (Lawrence) "Dani" Sweet of Kalamazoo, MI Danelle, age 45, passed away with all those she loved by her side on Saturday afternoon, September 1, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Danelle was an outstanding example of true strength and fighting for what you love. After being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in November of 2016, Danelle, a loving daughter, mother,...
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Judson Allen "Jud" Knapper

January 6, 1930 - August 18, 2018

Judson Allen "Jud" Knapper of Kalamazoo, MI Jud, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior on 8/18/2018 with his family by his side. Jud was born January 6, 1930 to Madeline and Judson Knapper, the second born of four children. Jud attended Kalamazoo College and graduated from Northwestern University where he met and married his wife Joan Schmidt in October of 1952. They made their...
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Margaret "Peggy" Hogan

December 14, 1923 - August 17, 2018

Margaret A. "Peggy" Hogan, 94, of Richland, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Friday, August 17, 2018 at Kairos Dwelling. Peggy was born December 14, 1923 in Battle Creek to Allison and Marguerite Skaggs. Peggy was a 1942 graduate of St. Philip High School, attended Michigan State College and graduated as a Registered Nurse from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit....
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Dr. Luke Samuel Albert, P.E.

February 19, 1927 - July 23, 2018

Dr. Luke Samuel Albert, P.E of Richland, MI and formerly of Kingston, RI Luke, age 91, died peacefully Monday evening, July 23, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, MI. Luke, the son of Grant and Mary (Fox) Albert was born in Palmyra, PA on February 19, 1927. He attended Palmyra High School and Lebanon Valley College from which he graduated in 1950....
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Joyce Poll

June 19, 1931 - July 14, 2018

Joyce Rita (Young) Poll, 87, passed peacefully surrounded by loving family at Bronson Hospital, Battle Creek on Saturday July 14, 2018 after a short illness. Born June 19, 1931 to Leslie J. Young and Agnes A. (Witt) in Muskegon, MI. She attended St. Joseph's High School in Muskegon and Mercy School of Nursing Class of '52, working as an RN at the VA Battle Creek, MI. She married Jay F. Poll...
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Patricia Ann (Coghlan) "Pat" Clancy

March 22, 1931 - July 14, 2018

Patricia Ann (Coghlan) Clancy of Augusta, MI Pat died Saturday morning, July 14, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, MI with her family at her side. Pat, the daughter of Lawrence J. and Lucille D. (LaPorte) Coghlan, was born in Milwaukee, WI on March 22, 1931; attended St. Boniface Grade School and graduated from Messmer...
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Margery Davis Romberger

October 9, 1929 - July 12, 2018

Margery Davis Romberger, age 88, of Richland, Michigan, died July 12, 2018 at the home of her daughter in Richland. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 9, 1929, the daughter of Cameron and Irene Finlay Davis. She attended State High School and Kalamazoo College, and graduated from Swarthmore College. In 1951, Margery married John Albert Romberger, who died in 2014. They lived in...
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Diane Lynn (Arnold) Kievit

November 29, 1953 - July 5, 2018

Diane Lynn (Arnold) Kievit of Kalamazoo, MI Diane, age 64, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 5, 2017 at her residence. Diane, the daughter of Wayne H. and Dorothy I. (Stell) Arnold, was born in Kalamazoo on November 29, 1953; was a 1971 graduate of Gull Lake (Richland) High School and earned her Master's Degree in Education from Central Michigan University of Mt....
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Allison Katherine Ginsberg

August 17, 1978 - June 25, 2018

Allison Katherine Ginsberg of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Allison, age 39, died Monday afternoon, June 25th at her loving parents' home after battling the beast that is ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) for the past 10 years. In telling her own story, Allison wrote, "My goal is to live each day to the fullest, surrounded by my friends and family." With the help of many friends and her family, she...
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Alec John Borden

October 14, 1940 - June 13, 2018

Alec John Borden of Kalamazoo, MI Alec, age 77, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, June 13, 2018, at his residence. Born in Battle Creek, MI on October 14, 1940, son of Alec E. and Rose (McQuillen) Borden, he was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. ...
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Margaret Madalyn (Weaver) Black

December 5, 1923 - June 7, 2018

Margaret Madalyn (Weaver) Black of Hickory Corners, MI Maggie, age 94, died Thursday afternoon, June 7, 2018 in Battle Creek, MI, with her loving family by her side and following a brief illness. Margaret, the daughter of Bernard Franklin Weaver and Mitta Ernestine (nee'Pettit) Weaver, was born in Flint, MI on December 5, 1923. ...
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Rev. Dr. Murray M. Cooper

September 11, 1948 - May 31, 2018

Rev. Dr. Murray M. Cooper of Richland, MI Murray, age 69, died Thursday evening, May 31, 2018, at Pipp Hospital in Plainwell, MI, following a 6-month illness. Murray, only child of William and Adelaide (Thompson) Cooper, was born in South Bend, IN on September 11, 1948. He was a 1967 graduate of Niles High School. He attended Michigan Technological University and...
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Joyce E. (Curtis) Geiger

November 14, 1933 - May 27, 2018

Joyce E. (Curtis) Geiger of Hopkins, MI and formerly of Richland, Ml Joyce, age 84, passed away on Sunday, May 27th, 2018, at Railside Living Center in Byron Center, MI. Joyce was born on November 14,1933 to the late Bill & Dorothy Curtis of Kalamazoo. Joyce graduated from Delton High School in 1951. On April 16,1955, she married Donald D. Geiger, Sr....
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James Paul "Jim" Stouffer

February 12, 1937 - May 11, 2018

James Paul Stouffer of Columbus, OH and formerly of Kalamazoo, MI Jim, age 81, died Friday evening, May 11, 2018 at the Mother Angeline McCrory Manor of Columbus, OH and with his loving family at his side. Jim, the son of Howard and Katherine (Murnan) Stouffer, was born in Wabash, IN on February 12, 1937 and grew up in Pierceton, Indiana. He was president...
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George Joseph Keubke

August 2, 1922 - Unknown

George Joseph Keubke of Portage, MI and formerly of Gull Lake (Richland), MI George, age 95, died Wednesday morning, January 31, 2018 at Bickford Cottage, Portage, MI. George, the son of William J. and Anna M. (Schmit) Keubke, was born in Chicago, IL on August 2, 1922 and was a 1939 graduate of Lincoln High School of Manitowoc, WI. He served his Country honorably and...
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Betty June (Sprague) "Bootsie" Keubke

March 20, 1927 - Unknown

Betty June (Sprague) "Bootsie" Keubke of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Betty, age 90, died Saturday evening, December 9, 2017 at Bickford Cottage, Portage, MI. Betty, the daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Jones) Sprague, was born in Battle Creek, MI on March 20, 1927; was 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and...
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Shirley Ann Peters

July 19, 1931 - April 27, 2018

Shirley Ann Blish Peters, 86, of Richland, passed away peacefully Friday, April 27, 2018 with her children by her side. The daughter of Harold M. and Madelyn M. (Noel) Blish was born July 19, 1931. She was preceded in death by her parents and the love of her life, Fred Peters, in 2017. Mom loved to work puzzles, paint ceramics, camp with her family, bake sweet treats, golf and celebrate...
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Ira Alonzo Cutler

December 3, 1922 - April 10, 2018

Ira Alonzo Cutler of Kalamazoo, MI Ira, age 95, died Tuesday morning, April 10, 2018 at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo after a brief illness. Ira, the son of Arthur Alonzo and Vera (Bunker) Cutler, was born in Benzie County, MI on December 3, 1922. He had been employed by Rheem Manufacturing Company of Kalamazoo for 27 years configuring...
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Gaylord Lee "Gay" Thoman

January 30, 1935 - April 7, 2018

Gaylord Lee "Gay" Thoman of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Grand Rapids, MI Gaylord "Gay", age 83, died unexpectedly April 7, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center, in Kalamazoo. Preceded in death by parents Kenneth and Bernice Thoman of Grand Rapids; wife of nearly 60 years, Bernice (Knoll) Thoman; and son-in-law Chip Welling. Survived by children, Barb...
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Dolores Mary (Borton) Smith

September 11, 1928 - April 4, 2018

Dolores Mary (Borton) Smith of Richland, MI Dolores, age 89, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, with her loving family at her side. Dolores was born on September 11,1928 in Decatur, MI to Leonard and Erma (Martin) Borton. She was raised with her five sisters and one brother; Ardith, Wanda, Fern, Marilyn, Charlyn and Verlyn....
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Donald F. "Pete" Peters

June 11, 1933 - April 2, 2018

Donald F. "Pete" Peters of Kalamazoo, MI Pete, age 84, died unexpectedly Monday morning, April 2, 2018 at his residence. Pete, the son of Herman and Frances Peters, was born in Parchment, MI on June 11, 1933; was a lifetime area resident and a 1952 graduate of Schoolcraft High School. He retired in 1990 after 30 years of faithful service for the Upjohn Company as...
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Barbara Jean Miller

April 3, 1963 - March 27, 2018

Barbara Jean Miller, 54, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at home in Kalamazoo. She was born on April 3, 1963 to Eileen (Phil) Goodall and the late Mike (Mason) (June) Miller. Barbara grew up in Richland, and after high school she spent some time in Grand Rapids while attending Kendall Art Institute. There will be no services, at her request, but donations are being accepted for Kalamazoo...
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Joseph George "Joe" Kaywood

September 30, 1968 - March 23, 2018

Joseph "Joe" G. Kaywood of Heyworth, IL Joe, age 49, died unexpectedly, Friday, March 23, 2018 at Advocate Bro-Menn Medical Center of Normal, IL. Joe, the son of Joseph L. and S. Ann (Lumie) Kaywood, was born on September 30, 1968 in Kalamazoo, MI. Joe graduated in 1992 from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business...
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Thomas Francis "Tom" Horrocks

January 20, 1953 - March 15, 2018

Thomas Francis Horrocks of Richland, MI Tom, age 65, died Thursday morning, March 15, 2018 at his residence following a gallant battle with cancer. Tom, the son of Harry E. "Bud" and Eleanor E. (Lindsley) Horrocks, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on January 20, 1953; was a lifetime area resident and a 1971 graduate of Kalamazoo Hackett High School. He was the retired Owner,...
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Gary Richard Goheen

June 10, 1951 - February 28, 2018

Gary Richard Goheen of Richland, MI Gary, age 66, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, February 28, 2018 at his residence. Gary, the son of Richard and Marilyn Jeanne (Reithel) Goheen, was born in Gladwin, MI on June 10, 1951 and was a 1969 graduate of Gladwin High School. He then entered the United States Marines Corp during the Vietnam War and served in Okinawa...
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Dennis James Little

August 1, 1954 - February 28, 2018

Dennis James Little of Kalamazoo, MI Dennis, age 63, died Wednesday morning, February 28, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. He enjoyed working at Bronson Methodist Hospital, in Facilities Maintenance for the past 9 years and spent over 25 years prior to that at James Rivers Paper Company. Dennis was preceded in death by his...
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Barbara Jean (Wendt) "Barb" Rogers

April 21, 1928 - February 23, 2018

Barbara Jean (Wendt) Rogers of Kalamazoo, MI Barb, age 89, died Friday morning, February 23, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Barb was born on April 21, 1928 in Hope Township, Midland County, to Gordon and Nina (Howe) Wendt. She graduated from Midland High School, Class of 1945. On September 20, 1947 she was married to Robert W. (Buck)...
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James Edward "Jim" Wunderly

September 29, 1931 - February 22, 2018

James Edward "Jim" Wunderly of Kalamazoo, MI Jim, age 86, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, February 22, 2018, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Jim, the son of Edward and Edith (Lampus) Wunderly, was born in New Castle, PA on September 29, 1931. He earned a BS in Pharmacy at Pitt University, an MBA from Western Michigan University, and a JD from Cooley...
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Austin Michael Scott

December 7, 1995 - February 18, 2018

Austin Michael Scott of Richland, MI Austin, age 22, died unexpectedly Sunday evening, February 18, 2018. Austin was born in Kalamazoo, MI on December 7, 1995 and was a lifetime area resident. Surviving is his mother, Michelle M. (Dave) Greve of Richland; his brother, Lucas J. Simmons of Richland; his maternal grandparents...
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Richard V. VandeBunt

February 14, 1928 - January 29, 2018

Richard V. VandeBunt, P.E., of Richland, MI Richard, age 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2018 in McAllen, Texas, after a brief illness and with family by his side. Mr. VandeBunt is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis VandeBunt; his children, Lori Groce (John), of Fairview, NC; Heidi Roof (Ryan), of Climax, MI; Rebecca...
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Eunice (Burgess) Slighly

October 11, 1919 - January 25, 2018

Eunice (Burgess) Slighly of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly Battle Creek and Hickory Corners, MI Eunice, age 98, died on January 25, 2018, at her residence. She remained involved with family and friends throughout her final months, loving and being loved by all who spent time with her. One of her favorite scripture verses was "This is the day that the Lord has...
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