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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

Rosalie Jean (Penny) Phillips

March 15, 1939 - November 30, 2021

Rosalie Jean [Penny] Phillips of Richland, MI Rosalie, age 82, died Tuesday morning, November 30, 2021 at her residence with her loving children at her side. Rosalie, the daughter of Edgar R. and Virginia M. [Myers] Penny, Sr., was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 15, 1939; was lifetime resident and a 1957 graduate of Richland Agricultural High School. She and her husband, Skip, owned...
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Anna Mae (Kraus) Wunderly

October 25, 1933 - November 30, 2021

Anna Mae [Kraus] Wunderly of Kalamazoo, MI Anna, age 88, died Tuesday morning, November 30, 2021 at Beacon Pointe Assisted Living, Richland, MI with her loving family at her side. Anna, the daughter of George and Olga (Bartch) Kraus, was born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 25, 1933; was a 1951 graduate of Shaler High School, Pittsburgh and moved to Kalamazoo in 1967. She was employed...
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Dawn M. Clinton

April 28, 1971 - November 19, 2021

Dawn Marie Clinton, age 50 Dawn Clinton passed away November 19, 2021 at her home in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. Dawn was born April 28, 1971, the youngest child of Richard and Ruth Clinton. She graduated from Gull Lake High School in 1989 then attended Western Michigan University to study Secondary Education, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in 1995. She taught in the English...
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Marquieta D. Lubitz

September 27, 1937 - November 13, 2021

Marquieta D. Lubitz, 84, of Kalamazoo, went to be with her Lord on November 13, 2021. She was born on September 27, 1937 to Owen and Elda (Pemble) McFarlane and graduated from LaSalle High School in St. Ignace, Michigan. She is survived by her children, Cynthia (Robert) Stringer, William (Michele) Lubitz, Charles Lubitz, and Matthew Lubitz (Deanna Hupe) her grandchildren, Michael Hughes,...
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Gerald "Gerry" Evenson

August 14, 1945 - November 2, 2021

Gerald "Gerry" N. Evenson, 76, of Richland, died November 2, 2021. Gerry was born August 14, 1945 in Sac City, Iowa to Edward and Katherine (McMullen) Evenson. Gerry worked as a safety project manager at Pfizer for many years. He is survived by his wife, Mary and his son, Jeff Evenson. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Farley...
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Carl Fred Osterling

October 25, 1927 - October 25, 2021

Carl Fred Osterling, age 94, of Richland passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, October 27, 2021. Carl was born in Ross Township, Michigan on October 25, 1927 the youngest son of Charles M. and Edna L. (Allison) Osterling and graduated from Augusta High School with the Class of 1946 and continued his education at Argubright Business College. Carl faithfully served his country as...
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Donald "Garry" Martin

April 13, 1951 - October 14, 2021

Donald "Garry" Martin, loving father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away on October 14, 2021, at the age of 70. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Greg. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Martin of Grand Rapids; two brothers, Randy Martin of Portage and Rob (Michelle) Martin of Kentwood; sister-in-law, Jan (Greg) Martin of Otsego; two special aunts, Jean ...
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Scott J Bartholomew

March 25, 1971 - October 11, 2021

Scott J Bartholomew, age 50, of Dowling went to be with his Lord & Savior on Monday afternoon, October 11, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Vicksburg, Michigan on March 25, 1971, the son of Jerry and Bonnie (McGowan) Bartholomew. He graduated from Climax-Scotts High School with the Class of 1989 and continued his education at Cornerstone University. Scott worked for 30 years at...
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Frederick S. "Fred" Spencer

September 3, 1924 - October 6, 2021

Frederick "Fred" S. Spencer, 97, of Kalamazoo, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2021. He was born September 3, 1924 in Ottuma, Iowa to Glen and Nellie (Sallee) Spencer, and grew up in the Kalamazoo area, where his family moved when he was a young boy. Fred proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was wounded in the Pacific and received the Purple Heart and...
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Ethel Marie Snyder

September 10, 1930 - October 6, 2021

Ethel Marie Snyder, age 91, of Augusta and formerly of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, October 6, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on September 10, 1930, the loving daughter of Elbert and Elva (Machin) Godde. Ethel was united in marriage to Clinton D. "Clint" Snyder in Augusta, Michigan on September 25, 1948; he sadly preceded her in death on May 11, 2010. ...
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Ruth M. Berry

August 2, 1941 - October 4, 2021

Ruth M. Berry, age 80, of Richland died Monday evening, October 4, 2021 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born in Bloomington, Illinois on August 2, 1941, the daughter of Arthur and Lillian (Jett) Barling. She was a resident of this area since 1972 and worked for more than 30 years in the commercial construction industry, retiring in 2007. Ruth is survived by her...
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Mary Louise "Mary Lou" (Kline) DeRyder

April 12, 1928 - October 4, 2021

Mary Louise "Mary Lou" (Kline) DeRyder of New Tripoli, PA and formerly of Richland, MI Mary Lou, age 93, died Monday morning, October 4, 2021 at her daughter's residence in New Tripoli with her loving family at her side. Mary Lou, the daughter of Harold and Lois (Houts) Kline, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on April 12, 1928 and was a 1946 graduate of Western Michigan High School. ...
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Thurmon Bowker

May 8, 1938 - October 3, 2021

Thurmon Bowker, 83, of Richland, died October 3, 2021 at his residence. Thurm was born May 8, 1938 in Howlandsburg, MI to Loyal and Corabelle (Machin) Bowker. He graduated from Richland High School in 1957. Shortly after high school, Thurm married the former Nancy Ann Buddemeier in 1958. Thurm started Cavalier Electric in Richland in 1978 and ran it for many years, retiring in 2003, and...
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Linda Lee Standish

October 17, 1939 - September 28, 2021

Linda Lee Standish, age 81, of Kalamazoo passed away Tuesday morning, September 28, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. She was born in Allegan, Michigan on October 17, 1939, the loving daughter of Forest Charles and MettaBelle (Hillman) Peabody and graduated from Martin High School in Stuart, Florida. Linda worked for several years at the Ohio Casualty Insurance Company and Western...
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Bret Richard Liggett

January 18, 1962 - September 23, 2021

Bret R. Liggett, 59, of Augusta, passed away on September 23, 2021. Bret was born January 18, 1962 in Kalamazoo to William and Barbara (Ward) Liggett. He was a 1980 graduate of Gull Lake High School, served honorably in the United States Army, and later graduated from Spring Arbor University. He worked for many years as an insurance claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance and also co-owned...
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Sally Elizabeth Byrne

May 18, 1926 - September 22, 2021

Sally Elizabeth Byrne of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Delton, MI Sally, age 95, died Wednesday morning, September 22, 2021 at The Vineyards, Kalamazoo with her two daughters at her side. Sally was born in Kalamazoo on May 18, 1926; was a 1944 graduate of Galesburg High School and was a lifetime area resident. She retired in 1991 after 30+ years of faithful service, finishing her tenure...
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William Kreeger DeMink

November 29, 1992 - September 16, 2021

William Kreeger DeMink, 28, born November 29, 1992, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday evening, September 16, 2021. He was a beloved son to Peter and Nancy DeMink and brother to Kaylee DeMink and Casey DeMink. He was adored by his grandparents Bill and Ruth Woolpert. He was loved very much by his Unlce Mike and Aunt Marty, cousins Cory and Holly Hooper in California, and...
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Erwin C. Kelly , Jr.

April 19, 1922 - September 8, 2021

Loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Erwin went to Heaven Wednesday, September 8, 2021. His life's motto, "anything worth doing is worth doing correctly the first time" was depicted in his life. He was strong, honest, kind and loving to all blessed to know him. He attended WMU before military service called. His love for flying began in the Army Air Corps in 1944 in...
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Frank T. Stratton, Jr.

July 17, 1942 - September 8, 2021

Frank Stratton, age 79, of Marco Island, FL passed on September 8th, 2021. He was the loving husband of Georgia (Trinka) to whom he was married for over 55 years. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to Frank and Myrtle (Soehle) Stratton. An exceptional student, Frank was selected to attend Central High School in downtown Philadelphia and Ursinus College. His passion for helping people led to...
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Robert A. Nash

November 30, 1939 - September 3, 2021

Robert Austin Nash, 81, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2021. He was born as a son to Harold and Katharine (Osborne) Nash in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, on November 30, 1939. After graduating from Media High School in 1957, Bob attended Delaware Valley College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1966. He received a Master's Degree in management from Nazareth...
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Jamieson "Jamie" Petter Michael

August 18, 1952 - August 12, 2021

In the early morning of August 12, 2021, Jamieson Petter Michael 68, lost her long brave battle with cancer dying in her Richland home of 43 years, surrounded by her husband Phil and their loyal cat Ninja. Jamie was born August 18th. 1952 and raised in Holland MI, the eldest of three amazing daughters of Jay Petter and Carol (TenBroek)Petter (deceased). Her sisters, Stephanie (Rick) Garrett...
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James M. Deal

August 4, 1971 - July 21, 2021

James M. Deal, age 49, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Texas on July 21, 2021. James is survived by his children, Caroline, Jackson, and Olivia; his parents, James R. "Bob" and Gloria (Serbu) Deal of Plainwell, MI; and sister, Terri (Dustin) Johnson and their children, Aiden and Ansley of Atlanta, GA. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James W. & Mary E. Deal and Eli & Anna...
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Todd W. Polmanteer

July 16, 1964 - July 21, 2021

Todd W. Polmanteer, age 57, of Hickory Corners passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday morning, July 21, 2021. He was born in Kalamazoo on July 16, 1964 and graduated from Comstock High School with the Class of 1983. Todd owned & operated Polmanteer Construction for many years and recently retired from the Skywood Recovery Center in March 2021. Todd married...
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Jack Donald Salisbury

February 18, 1934 - July 20, 2021

Jack Donald Salisbury, age 87, of Kalamazoo passed away Tuesday evening, July 20, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. He was born in Battle Creek on February 18, 1934, the son of Leon and Gertrude (Hawkins) Salisbury and graduated from Comstock High School with the Class of 1955. Jack faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army and retired from James River...
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William Edward "Bill" Kanthack

September 21, 1970 - July 9, 2021

William Edward "Bill" Kanthack, age 50, of Kalamazoo passed away Friday afternoon, July 9, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital after a long fought battle with Cancer. He was born in Port Huron, Michigan at Mercy Hospital on September 21, 1970, the son of Steve and Glazier "Gay" (Weakland) Kanthack. Bill served in the United States Navy and then worked as a CDL Truck Driver for more than 20 years...
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David Lee Fox

January 16, 1940 - June 27, 2021

David Lee Fox passed away suddenly on June 27, 2021. He was born January 16, 1940 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Ira Lee and Ruth (Bury) Fox. Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He married the love of his life, Barbara Grant, on June 20, 1964. He retired from Schawk Graphics in Kalamazoo in 2005. ...
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Lorence "Larry" Huggett

May 31, 1922 - June 21, 2021

Lorence "Larry" Huggett, 99, of Kalamazoo, MI, died peacefully Monday June 21, 2021, with his family at his side. Larry the son of John & Florence (Huggett) Chenery was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 31, 1922. He was raised by his grandparents Charles & Sarah Huggett. In 1941 he graduated from Richland Agriculture School and enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and honorably served...
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Camille Irene Lawrence

May 25, 1929 - June 15, 2021

Camille Irene Lawrence of Gull Lake (Augusta), Michigan was the first child born to Claude and Ruth Smith, in Kalamazoo, MI on May 25, 1929. Two siblings followed, Sherry (Miller) and Daniel. She was raised in the Episcopal Church and carried those beliefs throughout her life. All members of her childhood family have been waiting for her in heaven. Camille was a social butterfly. Everyone who...
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Edgar Lee Smith

April 22, 1945 - June 6, 2021

Edgar L. Smith, 76, of Richland, died June 6, 2021 at Borgess Medical Center. Eddie was born April 22, 1945 in Kalamazoo to Aaron and Geneva (Underwood) Smith. Eddie served his country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps and then went to Western Michigan University where he received his engineering degree. He worked as an engineer for the UpJohn Company until his retirement in 2001. Eddie...
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Robert Lynn "Bob" Mason

April 17, 1952 - June 1, 2021

Robert Lynn "Bob" Mason, age 68, of Augusta, Michigan passed away on December 20th, 2020 after losing his battle with Alzheimer's. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Bob was a graduate of Gull Lake High School, class of 1970, where he excelled in athletics, playing basketball, football, and track. He grew up in the Midland Park area on Gull Lake and loved to spend time on the lake with friends...
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Nathan Murphy-DuBay

April 25, 1981 - May 27, 2021

Nathan Murphy-DuBay April 25, 1981 – May 27, 2021 Nathan Murphy-DuBay, recently of Richland, Michigan, was born in Kalamazoo on April 25, 1981. He died in Kalamazoo County on May 27, 2021. He leaves behind his wife Kristin and a young child. He is survived by his father, Mark DuBay and his wife, Cece Walbridge, of South Haven Michigan; two brothers, Nicholas Murphy-DuBay, of Rochester,...
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Margaret L. (Afman) Bostwick

January 14, 1932 - May 22, 2021

Margaret L. (Afman) Bostwick, age 89, of Augusta went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, May 22, 2021. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 14, 1932, the daughter of Martinus and Martha (Ritsema) Afman. Margaret graduated from Plainwell High School with the Class of 1949 and furthered her education at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. She retired from Knappen...
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Randall R. Lehrke

March 7, 1946 - April 25, 2021

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

December 19, 1925 - April 25, 2021

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

June 7, 1934 - April 20, 2021

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

May 14, 1933 - April 5, 2021

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

August 1, 1960 - March 22, 2021

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

July 12, 1929 - March 15, 2021

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

June 21, 1944 - March 13, 2021

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

March 1, 1933 - March 9, 2021

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

September 3, 1946 - March 5, 2021

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

August 11, 1923 - February 23, 2021

summers and was active on the board. Ladies of the Lake, Gull Lake, Michigan was another group in which she held membership. She had been an active member of the Gull Lake Community Church and Yorkville Community Church. Hobbies were cooking and entertaining. Roberta loved her family; she was preceded in death by her sister, Donna DeRyke, January 2009. She leaves nieces and nephews, Walter and...
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Melissa Jean "Missey" Ackerman

December 8, 1953 - February 15, 2021

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

November 15, 1958 - February 8, 2021

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

August 22, 1929 - January 31, 2021

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

October 12, 1926 - January 31, 2021

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

November 9, 1924 - January 30, 2021

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

August 20, 1955 - December 29, 2020

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

April 13, 1932 - December 18, 2020

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

April 10, 1934 - December 16, 2020

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

December 16, 1943 - December 14, 2020

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

September 15, 1936 - December 10, 2020

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

March 1, 1941 - December 10, 2020

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

May 25, 1943 - December 6, 2020

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

May 31, 1923 - December 5, 2020

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

June 19, 1942 - December 5, 2020

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

March 12, 1947 - November 27, 2020

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

September 11, 1956 - November 21, 2020

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

December 15, 1931 - November 8, 2020

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

January 12, 1949 - November 5, 2020

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

November 22, 1927 - October 30, 2020

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

October 14, 1931 - October 28, 2020

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

May 2, 1946 - October 4, 2020

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

March 8, 1922 - September 23, 2020

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

August 20, 1923 - September 12, 2020

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

April 22, 1915 - August 29, 2020

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

January 6, 1945 - August 7, 2020

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

October 19, 1921 - August 4, 2020

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

March 21, 1951 - July 29, 2020

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

November 10, 1919 - July 1, 2020

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

March 29, 1926 - July 1, 2020

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

December 12, 1974 - June 30, 2020

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

March 3, 1920 - May 30, 2020

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

September 22, 1952 - May 18, 2020

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

January 16, 1923 - May 14, 2020

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

February 20, 1992 - May 13, 2020

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

March 24, 1944 - May 8, 2020

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

December 19, 1944 - April 21, 2020

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

January 4, 1933 - April 8, 2020

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

December 20, 1924 - April 5, 2020

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

December 16, 1967 - April 1, 2020

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

May 7, 1947 - March 31, 2020

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

October 30, 1949 - March 20, 2020

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

March 9, 1952 - March 13, 2020

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

July 25, 1942 - March 12, 2020

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

April 29, 1933 - March 12, 2020

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

December 12, 1950 - March 7, 2020

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

December 19, 1968 - February 7, 2020

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

March 3, 1944 - February 6, 2020

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

July 15, 1947 - February 4, 2020

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

August 22, 1933 - January 17, 2020

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

November 30, 1959 - December 18, 2019

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

May 10, 1937 - November 16, 2019

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

April 27, 1916 - November 2, 2019

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

September 18, 1942 - October 31, 2019

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

June 4, 1994 - October 22, 2019

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

August 14, 1945 - October 3, 2019

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

April 23, 1931 - October 1, 2019

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

March 17, 1924 - September 20, 2019

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

August 14, 1948 - September 14, 2019

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