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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

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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Terry Roger Carpenter

April 21, 1940 - January 19, 2018

Terry Roger Carpenter of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Terry, 77, known for his hard-work and honesty, near-rib-breaking bear hugs, wearing decent khaki pants and button downs for yard work, his loyalty to his country and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, giant bowls of ice cream at bedtime, patient and silent nerves of steel while grandchildren drove him around on learner's permits,...
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Donna M. (Maly) Odar

November 1, 1939 - January 15, 2018

Donna M. (Maly) Odar of Richland, MI Donna, age 78, died peacefully Monday morning, January 15, 2018 at her residence. Donna, the daughter of Charles and Marie (Vrabek) Maly, was born in Gary, IN on November 1, 1939; was a 1957 graduate from Lew Wallace High School and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from DePauw University of Greencastle, IN where she was a...
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Kay Louise Ferguson

August 28, 1940 - December 28, 2017

Kay Louise Ferguson, age 77, of Marshall went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 28, 2017 after fighting Leukemia for many months. She was born August 28, 1940 in Springport, MI to Earl and Lottie Wilburg. Kay graduated from Olivet High School where she was active in the band, the chorus, the debate team and the National Honor Society. Kay was a member of the Lee...
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Judith Ann (Asline) "Judy" Whaley

June 21, 1934 - December 28, 2017

Judith Ann (Asline) "Judy" Whaley of Richland, MI Judy, age 83, died Thursday morning, December 28, 2017 at the Glen Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek, MI with her loving family at her side. Judy, the daughter of Dr. J. Norris and Marion (Hotaling) Asline, was born in Bay City, MI on June 21, 1934. She was a 1953 graduate of Bay City Central High School; attended Albion...
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William H. "Bill" Somers

April 29, 1931 - December 24, 2017

William "Bill" Henry Somers, 86, of Hickory Corners died Sunday, December 24, 2017 at his home where he had lived for 55 years. He was born April 29, 1931 in Kalamazoo, MI. the son of Grant and Tina Somers. Bill graduated from Kalamazoo Central and WMU, with a degree in Paper Science. His schooling at WMU was halted when the Korean War started and he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he...
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Johanna (Verheul) Hirsch

October 10, 1930 - December 18, 2017

Johanna (Verheul) Hirsch of Richland, MI and formerly of Troy, MI Johanna, age 87, died peacefully Monday afternoon, December 18, 2017 at Park Village Pines, Kalamazoo, MI with her loving daughter, Wendy at her side. Johanna, the daughter of Leonardus and Anna (Nederhand) Verheul, was born in Royal Oak, MI on October 30, 1930; was...
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Helen B. Chapman

May 10, 1918 - December 10, 2017

Helen B. Chapman of Kalamazoo, MI Helen B. Chapman, 5-10-1918 to 12-10-2017, age 99, passed away Sunday afternoon, December 10, in Portage, MI. She was born Helen Louise Branch, to John C. and Ruth E. (Garland) Branch, in Grand Rapids, MI. Helen was a 1936 graduate of Godwin Heights High School and Haney Business College in Grand Rapids. ...
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Martin Orla "Orly" Gilcher

July 13, 1953 - November 27, 2017

Martin Orla "Orly" Gilcher of Richland, MI Martin, age 64, died peacefully with his loving family at his side, Monday afternoon, November 27, 2017 following a six month illness. Martin, the son of Gaylen H. and Emma E. (Torrey) Gilcher was born in Battle Creek, MI on July 13...
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Robert G. "Bob" Winer

March 21, 1920 - November 5, 2017

Robert G. "Bob" Winer, age 97, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on Sunday morning, November 5, 2017. Bob was born in Sturgis, Michigan on March 21, 1920, the loving son of Alvin N. and Dora I. (Wimmer) Winer. Bob faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army during WWII from July 1942 to November 1945. He retired in 1982 after more than 40 years as a pressman...
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Ronald Garrison "Ron" Whiting

April 3, 1915 - October 29, 2017

Ronald was welcomed into the loving arms of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, October 29, 2017. During his long life, Ronald was a torch-bearer for Christ and let his light shine brightly before all. (Matt. 5:16) Ronald was born to Ross Whiting and Edna Marie (Hurst) on April 3, 1915 in Frankfort, Ohio. Ronald was an avid storyteller and would relate countless stories of growing up...
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James Gilbert Vantine, Jr. Esq. J.D.

April 11, 1953 - October 20, 2017

James Gilbert Vantine, Jr. Esq. J.D. of Portage, MI Jim was born in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania in 1953. Always precocious and enterprising, upon learning at the age of 3 that the family would be moving to Royal Oak, Michigan, the tot grabbed a pillowcase and went "Trick or Treating" in July. Jim graduated with a National Honor Society cord from Kimball High School where he...
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Helen Jo Emerson

July 31, 1935 - September 30, 2017

Helen Jo Buckley Emerson passed away at the age of 82 in her home, on September 30, 2017, surrounded by her family. Helen Jo was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 31, 1935, the daughter of the late Clara Heiney Buckley and James Flanders Buckley. Jo was a loving wife and mother and is survived by her husband of sixty years, Theodore P. Emerson of Hickory Corners, her son, Theodore Poindexter...
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Scott T. Mumy

December 9, 1954 - September 29, 2017

Scott T. Mumy, age 62, of Augusta, died peacefully at home on Friday, September 29, 2017. He was born at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo on December 9, 1954 to Roscoe and Patricia (Atkins) Mumy. Scott graduated from Gull Lake High School in 1973. He married Connie (Jansen) Mumy on September 10, 1977. Scott completed the Carpenters Union apprenticeship course and learned fast from the master,...
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Ronald Mark "Ron" Giguere

April 30, 1963 - September 21, 2017

Ronald Mark "Ron" Giguere of Richland, MI Ron, age 54, died unexpectedly Thursday, September 21, 2017 at his residence. Ron, the son of David A. and Pauline G. (LoBaido) Giguere, was born in Flint, MI on April 30, 1963; was 1987 graduate of Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. He was a Pharmacist for the Meijer Store's at the Gull Road Store and most...
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James L. Walker

January 31, 1937 - September 17, 2017

James L. "Jim" Walker, 80, of Richland, died Sunday, September 17, 2017. Jim was born January 31, 1937 in Richland to Frank and Mabel (Barker) Walker. He attended Richland Agricultural School until 1954. Jim never met a stranger and talked to everyone. He played fast pitch softball with the Rorick Bros. team and was noted for his bunting and running abilities. Jim enlisted in the U.S....
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Lavada Lee (Campbell) (Reddick) Brower

October 18, 1938 - September 4, 2017

Lavada Lee (Campbell) (Reddick) Brower of Kalamazoo, MI Lavada, age 78, formerly of Richland, MI, died Labor Day, September 4, 2017 at Hallmark Living of Kalamazoo, after a brief illness and with her loving family at her side. Lavada, the daughter of Freeman and Geneva (Gobel) Campbell, was born in Leachville, AR on October 18, 1938 and moved to this area in...
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Irene Edith Crisman

May 20, 1920 - August 31, 2017

Irene Edith Crisman, age 97, of Battle Creek, died at her home on Thursday evening, August 31, 2017. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 20, 1920 and moved to Battle Creek in 2005 from Florida. Irene had previously worked and lived in W. Virginia and Missouri. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and worked for many religious and retirement organizations. Irene is survived...
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Patricia Jane "Pat" Durling

May 18, 1963 - August 21, 2017

Patricia Jane "Pat" Durling of Dowling, MI Pat, age 54, passed away Monday morning, August 21, 2017 at her residence following a courageous fight against cancer with her loving family at her side. Pat was born in Charlotte, MI on May 18, 1963 to Harold D and Virginia M. (Smith) Durling and was a 1981 graduate of Hastings (MI) High School....
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Timmy D. "Tim" Tritsch

July 7, 1950 - August 19, 2017

Timmy D. "Tim" Tritsch, 67, of Richland, passed away peaceful at his home, Saturday, August 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Tim was born July 7, 1950 in Shenandoah, Iowa to Delbert and Yvonne (Michel) Tritsch. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master's and Specialist Degree in Guidance and Counseling. He proudly served in the United State Army for 21 years,...
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Frank V. Bishop

April 19, 1926 - August 6, 2017

Frank Virgil Bishop, age 91, passed away at his son's family home in Paw Paw. He was born in Allegan and lived in this area all of his life, except for when he served his country during WWII in Germany and France. He fought a long battle with Cancer. Frank married Wanda Marie Turcott on May 12, 1956 and they had 4 children together, Dawn Bishop of Nebraska, Daniel (Diane) Bishop of Paw Paw,...
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Jodi Diane (Parker) Reid

February 1, 1967 - July 30, 2017

Jodi Diane (Parker) Reid, age 50, of Richland, Michigan, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jodi was born on February 1, 1967 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Carl and Eugenia Parker. Jodi was a graduate of Gull Lake High School, class of 1985. Jodi taught for 25 years in the Lakeview...
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Thomas Paul "Tommy" "Tom Tom" Anders

June 9, 1996 - July 22, 2017

Thomas Paul Anders of Battle Creek, MI Tommy, age 21, died unexpectedly and tragically due to a homicide on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in Kalamazoo, Ml. Tommy was born on June 9,1996 in Kalamazoo and was a 2014 graduate of Gull Lake High School of Richland, MI. He had been employed at Landscape Forms of Comstock. Tom Tom was an avid snow and skate boarder,...
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Gail F. Petersen

May 4, 1945 - July 17, 2017

Gail F. Petersen, age 72, of Galesburg passed away at her home on Monday morning, July 17, 2017. She was born in Kalamazoo on May 4, 1945, the loving daughter of Richard "Dick" and Freda (Modderman) Wilson. Gail truly loved all animals and served for many years as a Veterinary Assistant and bookkeeper with the Galesburg and Beadle Lake Large Animal Clinics. Gail married Peter Edward...
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Daniel A. Turluck

March 8, 1958 - June 26, 2017

Daniel A. Turluck of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Daniel, age 59, died Monday evening, June 26, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Daniel, the son of George and Esther (Weber) Turluck, was born in Sheboygan, WI on March 8, 1958, and grew up on a dairy farm near Five...
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Terry Faye (Dick) Sander

March 31, 1939 - June 14, 2017

TERRY FAYE (DICK) SANDER OF KALAMAZOO, MI Terry went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age 78. She died Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. Terry, was the daughter of William and Sarah (Dick) Knoll and was born in Grand Rapids, MI on March 31, 1939 and was a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School and Calvin College. She...
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Jerry James Hope

March 7, 1944 - June 14, 2017

Jerry James Hope of Richland, MI Jerry, age 73, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Jerry, son of LaVerne and Agnes (Duke) Hope was born on March 7, 1944 in South Bend, IN. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 15, 2017 at home in Richland, MI. Jerry went on to serve his Country honorably in the United States Air...
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Stanley Michael "Stan" Hurn

January 25, 1954 - June 12, 2017

Stanley Michael "Stan" Hurn of Hickory Corners, MI Following a courageous two-year battle with cancer, Stan went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 12, 2017. His loving family was by his side at his home in Hickory Corners as he slipped peacefully into eternity. Stan, son of William M. and Virginia A. (King) Hurn, was born in Idabel, OK, on...
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Lois Jane Hudson

October 12, 1927 - June 11, 2017

Lois Peterson Hudson, age 89, of Richland passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, June 11, 2017. She was born in Oak Park, IL on October 12, 1927, the daughter of Harry and Evangeline (Anderson) Peterson. Lois moved with her parents to Wheaton, Illinois after WWII, later graduating from Denison University in 1949, where she met and married, Richard G. Hudson Jr. in 1950, the day the Korean...
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Sawyer Mark Baliff

May 9, 2006 - June 9, 2017

Sawyer Mark Baliff of Galesburg, MI Sawyer, age 11, died Friday afternoon, June 9, 2017 from injuries sustained in an accident at home. Otherwise strong and healthy, he was able to donate five organs so that others may live. His parents chose the Gift of Life in order to help prevent others and their families from experiencing the anguish his family is feeling. ...
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Charles Michael Johnson

July 16, 1970 - June 6, 2017

Charles Michael Johnson of Battle Creek, MI Charles, age 46, died Tuesday morning, June 6, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, MI, following a courageous battle with cancer and Multiple Sclerosis and with his loving family at his side. Charles, the son of James F. and Patricia F. (Kubicek) Johnson, was born in...
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Eleanor Van Streain

July 18, 1921 - May 23, 2017

Eleanor VanStreain, 95, of Hickory Corners, died peacefully Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Eleanor was born July 18, 1921 to Laurence and Irene (Buckingham) Verdon. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in Library Science. Eleanor married Frederic C. VanStreain on February 12, 1944. The couple enjoyed 50 years of marriage. She had many...
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Emmett J. "Speedy" Hawley

July 15, 1923 - May 22, 2017

Emmett J. "Speedy" Hawley, 93, of Augusta, Michigan died 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017, after suffering a heart attack about 9:00 a.m. Therefore he had the pleasure of spending the last night of his life at home. He was born July 15, 1923 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the son of Emmett and Florence (Egan) Hawley. Emmett was a lifelong area resident and honorably served his country during WWII...
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Douglas Earl "Doug" Weiser

November 1, 1925 - May 10, 2017

Douglas Earl "Doug" Weiser of Richland, MI Doug, age 91, died on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Battle Creek (MI) Veterans Administration Medical Center Hospice Residence. Doug, the son of Earl and Marian (Roberts) Weiser, was born in Iron Mountain, MI on November 1, 1925; moved to the Richland area in 2004 from Plymouth, MI and had spent...
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Gerald Gerard "Jerry" Bissonette

February 6, 1952 - May 6, 2017

Gerald Gerard "Jerry" Bissonette of Hart, MI and formerly of Richland, MI Jerry, age 65, died Saturday evening, May 6, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, Muskegon, MI, with his loving family at his side. Jerry, the son of Jack E. and Irene R. (Danner) Bissonette, was born in Wyandotte, MI on February 6, 1952; was a 1971 graduate of Taylor (MI) High School and lived...
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Paul Edward Rogers

April 15, 1927 - April 28, 2017

Paul Edward Rogers of Augusta, MI Paul, age 90, died Friday evening, April 28, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI, with his loving daughter, Ginger at his side. Paul, the youngest son of Frank H. and Elsie Mae (Revalee) Rogers, was born in Wayne County, IN and retired to this area from Pinellas Park, FL. He served his country...
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Viriginia Emma (Lemon) "Ginny" Hylton

November 1, 1926 - April 24, 2017

Virginia Emma (Lemon) "Ginny" Hylton of Augusta, MI Ginny, age 90, died Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Laurels of Galesburg. After being silenced by Alzheimer's for so many years, it is refreshing to remember her vitality. Ginny, the daughter of Marquis and Christine Lemon, was born in Battle Creek, MI on November 1, 1926 and was a life...
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Alan Stephen "Al" Phillips

April 17, 1964 - April 23, 2017

Alan "Al" Stephen Phillips of Galesburg, MI Al, aged 53, died tragically Sunday evening, April 23, 2017 following an auto accident last Wednesday and with his loving family, close friends at his side. Al, the son of David and Rita (Owen) Phillips, was born in Bebington, United Kingdom on April 17, 1964 and moved to this area in 2011. He was...
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Teresa A Riddle

January 10, 1977 - April 22, 2017

Teresa A. Riddle, age 40, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Teresa enjoyed spending time with her daughter and going to Lake Michigan in the Summer. Teresa is survived by her daughters, Bailey Wilkins, "Mimi", and Allison Krievins; her mother, Kathy Head; her father, Jim Riddle; her sisters, Kimberly Robinson and Manda Harvey; and her younger brother...
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Ashleigh Julaine Clark

April 11, 2017 - April 11, 2017

Ashleigh Julaine Clark, infant daughter of Jeffrey R. Clark and Stacie L. McGuire of Battle Creek, MI, died at birth on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Ashleigh is survived by her parents, Stacie and Jeff; a sister, Aubree Jordan Clark of Battle Creek; her brothers, Isaiah John McGuire and Benjamin Cooper Clark of Battle Creek;...
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Jack Wallace Lawrence

December 8, 1926 - April 10, 2017

Jack Wallace Lawrence of Gull Lake (Augusta), MI Jack, age 90, joined his parents, C. Wallace and Beryl (Snyder), in heaven on Monday morning, April 10, 2017 following a brief illness. He left a large, loving family to cherish his life and many wonderful memories. Jack, Dad, our Papa was born December 8,1926 in Kalamazoo and spent most of his life on Gull Lake...
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Emogene Keeler

February 14, 1925 - March 18, 2017

Emogene I. Keeler, 92, of Hickory Corners, died March 18, 2017. Emogene was born February 14, 1925 in Springport, MI to Adrian and Belle (Hoag) Seger. She graduated from Springport High School and married the love of her life, Ronald Keeler, in 1944. She worked at the MSU Biological Station and Gull Lake Bible Ministries for many years. Emogene enjoyed crocheting, sewing, baking and...
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Jeffrey David "Jeff", Sternburgh

July 27, 1969 - March 13, 2017

Jeffrey David "Jeff" Sternburgh of Kalamazoo, MI Jeff, age 47, died Monday morning, March 13, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Jeff, the son of Barbara J. (Kuilema) Skinner, was born in Kalamazoo on July 27, 1969; was a lifetime area resident and a 1987 graduate of Gull Lake High...
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Benjamin Frederick "Bennie" Kiracofe

November 11, 1941 - March 7, 2017

Benjamin Frederick "Bennie" Kiracofe of Portage, MI Bennie, age 75, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, March 7, 2017 at his residence. Bennie, the son of Burley W. and Frances H. (Steinstra/Kiracofe) Winkler, was born in Milwaukee, WI on November 11, 1941; moved to this area in 1952 and was a 1959 graduate of Galesburg-Augusta High School...
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Douglas Stuart "Doug" Hartough

May 28, 1946 - February 9, 2017

Douglas Stuart Hartough of Delton (Crooked Lake), MI Our great friend, loving husband and father Doug Hartough, age 70, died unexpectedly during surgery on Thursday evening, February 9, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, in Kalamazoo, MI. Doug was the son of Walter and Gretchen (Richards) Hartough, and was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 28...
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Joseph Clarence "Joe" Brookmyer

August 30, 1943 - January 28, 2017

Joseph Clarence "Joe" Brookmyer of Battle Creek, MI Joe, age 73, died Saturday evening, January 28, 2017 at The Oaks of NorthPointe Woods, Battle Creek, following a two-year illness. Joe, the son of Clarence and Zora (Aussets) Brookmyer, was born in Perrysburg, OH on August 30, 1943; was a 1961 graduate of Fremont (OH) High School...
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Mary Patricia "Pat" Gioia

September 1, 1933 - January 22, 2017

Mary Patricia "Pat" Gioia Augusta, Michigan Mary "Pat" passed away peacefully, at home, on January 22, 2017. She can now join her beloved husband Anthony "Tony", who preceded her. Pat was a beautiful and generous woman who was blessed with a great sense of humor and a sharp mind. She was the person you called when you needed legal counsel, her advice was on point and her wisdom appreciated by...
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Mary Lou Rose

January 30, 1933 - January 22, 2017

Mary Lou Rose, age 83, of Kalamazoo passed away on January 22, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice facility. Mary Lou is now in heaven, pain free, with all of her beloved family. Mary Lou was born in Kalamazoo on January 30,1933, to Frank and Bertina (Watson) Allworth. Mary Lou met the "Love of Her Life" & "Her Soulmate", Harold Rose. They married on June 2, 1951, at the Fort Custer Chapel. Harold and...
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Richard L. Leep

January 31, 1944 - January 22, 2017

Richard L. Leep, 72, of Otsego, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 22, 2017 after a long illness. Richard was born January 31, 1944 to Charles and Ann (Aneweer) Leep. He graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1962 and went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman First Class. He received an Associate's degree from the University of Michigan and would later become...
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William A. "Bill" Weemes

November 18, 1931 - January 21, 2017

William A. "Bill" Weemes, age 85, of Richland, MI passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, January 21, 2017 at the Lakewood Assisted Living in Augusta, MI. He was born in Old Hickory, TN on November 18, 1931, the son of Frank C. and Julia (Winnett) Weemes. Bill faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Bill married the "Love of His...
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Kathleen M. Kuchenbuch

February 18, 1925 - January 21, 2017

Kay Kuchenbuch, 91 Kathleen M. Kuchenbuch, of Gull Lake died peacefully on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Laurels of Galesburg. Kay was born February 18, 1925 in DeWitt Iowa, daughter of John and Catherine Mc Climon. Kay was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents and 5 brothers. She is survived by her sister, Eileen Poth (Steve) of Bloomfield HIlls, Michigan. In 1948, Kay...
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Kinsley Ann Markle

September 2, 2012 - January 18, 2017

Kinsley Ann Markle of Richland, MI and Battle Creek, MI Our sweet Kinsley went to Heaven early Wednesday morning, January 18, 2017 in Battle Creek, MI. Kinsley was born a miracle and with her bright eyes, smile and contagious laugh she would light up a room. Kinsley touched many lives in her short time here. Kinsley, the daughter...
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Doris L. Gay

December 8, 1923 - January 4, 2017

Doris L. Gay, age 93, of Richland, MI, died peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 2017 at the Butterfly Oasis in Kalamazoo. She was born in Detroit, MI on December 8, 1923, the loving daughter of Heber and Eula (Merrifield) Badger and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School. Doris worked for the Kalamazoo Public Schools, where she served as a secretary and also a sewing instructor...
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