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“Mickele, I was just thinking of your Mom and Dad, and came in to goole him.and found his obituary. So sorry, I know I lost touch with you, but had to...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: virginia stevens - canton, GA

“Durward was always one of my favorite customers at Pet Supplies Plus. He took the best care of Suzette. Always had a smile and always took personal...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Chris Brennan - Battle Creek, MI

“I do remember him really nice guy...Like the picture and especially the hat... ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Leonora Keathley - Battle Creek, MI

“Please accept my most sincere condolences in the passing of cousin Dur. As childern; Dur,Daisy,my sister Sally and I were very close and often our...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Richard McCleary - San Antonio, TX

“Mickele, Marty, Jon and Chris,So sorry to hear about your father, but believe he in better place.We have so many memories of both your Mother and...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: John and Karol Wiles - Naples, FL

“ Durward and I were friends ever since junior high school days and then for the many years we both worked for good Old Ma Bell,...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Charlie Monaweck - East Leroy, MI

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Durward Douglas McCleary, Jr., 83 of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at Bickford Cottage on Monday, July 20, 2020.

He was born May 1, 1937 in Battle Creek the son of Durward D. and Dorothy Irene (Miller) McCleary. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Army in Korea. Durward was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone as a lineman and repairman for over 25 years.

Durward was formerly married to Nancy Sue Adams. He was preceded in death by his wife Sydelle (Ellis) Reesman McCleary. Surviving are his children, Mickele (Julia Turlington) of Tucker, GA, Martin (Laila) McCleary, Jon McCleary, and Christopher (Jennifer Brown) McCleary all of Battle Creek, Kristen (Robert) Heuer of Hamilton, MI, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Durward was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Daisy Roebuck Ketchum.

Durward loved being outdoors. He hunted, fished, worked in his vegetable and flower gardens, went mushroom hunting and RV camping. He enjoyed talking about the weather, listening to WBCK and watching old Westerns. He loved his dog and proudly spoke of his family. Durward will be remembered as a devoted husband and father and for his witty sense of humor.

Friends will be received 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2020 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A graveside service to celebrate Durward's life will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Military honors will be presented by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

The service will be LiveStreamed and may be viewed by visiting or the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral home & Cremation Care Facebook Page.

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of South Central Michigan, 2500 Watkins Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49015. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at