Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

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

Peter Eugene Dyehouse

November 30, 1950 - December 9, 2017

Peter Eugene Dyehouse, 67, of Nashville, died at Medilodge of Marshall on Saturday, December 9, 2017. A complete obituary will be published here. If you have any questions, prior to that please call us at 269-962-5527. A committal service with military honors will be held at Ft. Custer National Cemetery 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017.
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Arnim L. Fox, Jr.

April 25, 1932 - December 6, 2017

Arnim L. Fox, Jr. passed away on December 6, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. Arnie was born in Dayton, TN on April 25, 1932 the son of Arnim L. (Curly) Fox, Sr. and Geneva (Mc Ghee) Fox. He came to Michigan at age 10 and was raised in the Athens/East Leroy area by his mother and step-father, Carl Gross. He graduated from Athens High School, the class of 1950. He joined the U.S. Navy and was a...
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Leonard G. Garrison

November 28, 1930 - December 3, 2017

Leonard G. Garrison, 87, of Union City, died December 3, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Leonard was born November 28, 1930 in Athens Twp. to John and Gladys (Martin) Garrison. He served in the U.S. Army and worked at Post Cereals. Leonard loved being outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and gardening. Leonard is survived by his two daughters, Kimberly (Arnold) Michael...
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Mary "Margaret" (Chambers) Scott

November 5, 1924 - December 3, 2017

Mary Margaret Scott, 93, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. Margaret was born November 5, 1924 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to George William and Eunice (Selby) Chambers. She grew up in Lansing, Michigan and was a 1942 graduate of Lansing Central High School. Margaret attended Michigan State University in...
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Robert L. "Bob" Hutson

August 22, 1947 - December 3, 2017

Robert L. "Bob" Hutson, age 70, of Battle Creek, died Sunday morning, December 3, 2017. He was born in Grand Rapids on August 22, 1947, the son of Russ and Minnie (VanderWeide) Hutson. Bob graduated from Ottawa Hills High School of Grand Rapids in 1965. He joined the United States Navy that same year and served out of Norfolk, VA until 1968. Bob graduated from Western Michigan University with...
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Frank A. Rose

March 10, 1930 - December 2, 2017

Frank A. Rose, former Battle Creek resident, passed quietly December 2,2017. Predeceased by his siblings, Betty (Rose) Humeston, Jim Rose, Margaret (Rose) Sentowski, his wife, Joyce Spyker, and daughter, Susan Rose. Survived by his wife, Mary Rose, natural children, Rand (Gayle) Rose, Jayne (Larry) Rose-Vallee, Gordy Rose, and Jill (Chad) Arnold, and his embraced children, Tom (Sheryl) Stanley,...
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Suzanne S. Sumner

September 24, 1931 - December 2, 2017

Suzanne Sullivan Sumner, age 86, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 2, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek to Ralph and Maxine Sullivan. Suzanne was a graduate of Denison University and Katharine Gibbs School in Boston. After a short stint working in San Francisco, she returned to Battle Creek and in 1958, she married the love of her life, James Packard Sumner. The couple...
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Georgia (Ristoff) "Sassy Pants" Norton

January 13, 1929 - December 2, 2017

Georgia "Sassy Pants" Norton of Battle Creek, MI Georgia, age 88, died Saturday evening, December 2, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI following a two week illness. Georgia, the daughter of Lasor and Christina (Taliva) Ristoff, was born in Battle Creek on January 13, 1929 and was a lifetime resident. She retired in the 1990's as the bartender...
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Pauline Tanksley

May 8, 1934 - November 30, 2017

Pauline Tanksley age 83, of Springhill, FL, died November 30, 2017. She was born May 8, 1934 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of George and Ritabelle Rolffs. She grew up in Battle Creek and was employed as a nurse at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center, until she retired. Pauline was formerly married to Robert C. Tanksley and together they had three sons and a...
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Thomas R. Allan

October 12, 1915 - November 29, 2017

Thomas Richard (Dick) Allan, 102, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at NorthPointe Woods, surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born October 12, 1915 in Battle Creek, the son of Thomas and Annie (Swainston) Allan. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1932. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945 aboard the U.S.S. Fall River as a Boatswain's Mate First Class. Tom married...
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H. Novella (Mayo) MacDonald

February 16, 1920 - November 26, 2017

Novella MacDonald, age 97, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017. She was born February 16, 1920 in Joelton, Tennessee to Willie E. and Ollie M. (Dowlen) Mayo. Novella grew up in Joelton, was a 1937 graduate of Joelton High School and earned a secretarial degree from Nashville Business College. Novella married John R. MacDonald on May 6, 1943 in Jacksonville,...
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Rebecca "Becky" VanVleet

January 20, 1973 - November 25, 2017

Rebecca L. "Becky" VanVleet, age 44, of Battle Creek, sadly passed away at her home on Saturday evening, November 25, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on January 20, 1973, and was the loving daughter of Randy G. and Crystal M. (VanVleet) Mercer. Becky was featured as the 1980-1981 Poster Child for the March of Dimes. Becky is survived by her parents, Crystal & Randy Mercer of Battle Creek;...
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John Clyde Schimmel

July 29, 1944 - November 25, 2017

John Clyde Schimmel, age 73, of East Lansing, Michigan died peacefully with family by his side, Saturday, November 25, 2017. John was born July 29, 1944 in Battle Creek, MI to the late Clyde and Arlene (Best) Schimmel. He was a graduate of Battle Creek High School, Kellogg Community College, and Wayne State University and received his Master's Degree from Michigan State University. John...
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Jason Zenis Loving

February 8, 1925 - November 25, 2017

Jason Loving, Battle Creek Central teacher and football coach died November 25th, 2017 at the age of 92. Jason was born February 8th, 1925, to Hilda and Albert Loving in Auckland, New Zealand. He grew up in Lamoni, Iowa. The summers after his sophomore and junior years he hitchhiked to Utah and Oregon and worked in packing plants. In 1943 he graduated from Lamoni High School where he...
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Emmajean VandenBerg

May 10, 1931 - November 24, 2017

Emmajean VandenBerg, age 86, of Augusta passed away Friday evening, November 24, 2017. She was born in Augusta, MI at her parents' farmhouse on May 10, 1931, the daughter of James "Jim" and Florence (Greer) Carrigan. Emmajean and her husband, "Gordie", along with their family, have owned and operated the Maple Hills Golf Course in Augusta since 1963. Emmajean married the "Love of Her Life",...
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Elizabeth Kay (Baker) "Beth" Palmatier

November 2, 1951 - November 22, 2017

Elizabeth Kay "Beth" Palmatier of Richland, MI Beth, age 66, sadly passed away on Wednesday afternoon, November 22, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on November 2, 1951, the loving daughter of Albert Earl and Elizabeth Jane (Cranwell) Baker and graduated from Athens High School with the Class of 1969. Beth had a beautiful singing voice, and in her early years she often...
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Thelma Eileen (Everest) Bishop

August 30, 1921 - November 22, 2017

Thelma Eileen Bishop, 96, of Battle Creek passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Evergreen Senior Care and Rehab Center. Thelma was born on August 30, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the oldest daughter of George E. and Luella Everest. Thelma was a graduate of Lakeview High School and the MSU Home Economics Short Course. Thelma married Clair L. Bishop on August 1, 1942. He preceded...
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Ralph Marlin Sleeper

November 28, 1936 - November 21, 2017

Ralph Marlin Sleeper, age 80, of Battle Creek sadly passed away Tuesday morning, November 21, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. He was born in Albion, Michigan on November 28, 1936, the son of Wayne S. and Leota M. (Herriff) Sleeper. Ralph faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1955 to 1959 and retired from the U.A.W./ General Motors in 1993 after...
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Bonnie May (Baldwing) Dowell

February 10, 1933 - November 19, 2017

Bonnie M. (Baldwin) Dowell, 84 of Battle Creek died Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek after a long illness. Bonnie was born February 10, 1933 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of George and Mary Jane (Snyder) Baldwin. She grew up in Battle Creek and attended Lakeview High School. Bonnie was employed at Win Schuler's, and they sent her to bar tending training. Over the...
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Joseph Edward "Joe" Armstrong

April 14, 1932 - November 15, 2017

Joseph Edward Armstrong, 85, of Battle Creek died at Heartland Health Care Center on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Joe was born April 14, 1932 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Joseph F. and Elia Etheldra (Steele) Armstrong. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1950 graduate of Lakeview High School. In 1948 and in high school, Joe began working for Sullivan Dairy in their Dairy Stores. ...
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Marie Cretsinger

September 30, 1940 - November 9, 2017

G. Marie Cretsinger, 77, of Battle Creek, died November 9, 2017. Marie was born September 30, 1940 in Battle Creek to Frederick and Mary (Yurisich) Beisheim. She graduated from high school and married Harold Cretsinger. The couple was blessed with 59 years of marriage. Marie was a stay at home mother and devoted most of her life to her family. Marie enjoyed reading, sewing and traveling....
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Helen Marie (Callahan-MN, Parker, Misner & Vernia) Misner

July 9, 1936 - November 9, 2017

Helen Marie (Callahan, Parker, Misner & Vernia) Misner of Elizabethtown, KY and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Helen, age 81, died Thursday morning, November 9, 2017 at her son, Max's residence following a brief illness. Helen, the daughter of Donald and Geneva (Babcock) Callahan, was born in Hastings, MI on July 9, 1936 and moved to...
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Angela Christine Enos

September 14, 1967 - November 8, 2017

Angela Christine Enos, 50 of Battle Creek died surrounded by the love of her family at Bronson Battle Creek on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Angela was born September 14, 1967 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Richard J. and Mary Ellen (Singleton) Enos. She was a 1985 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Angela was employed at the Valentine Center...
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Nancy Jeannette (Ure) Day

February 19, 1940 - November 8, 2017

Nancy Jeannette (Ure) Day, 77, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side at Bronson Battle Creek on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Nancy was born February 19, 1940 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the daughter of James and Evelyn Viola (MacDonald) Ure. She grew up in Benton Harbor and Battle Creek and was a 1958 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Nancy began her career at...
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Barbara Jean (Knoblock) Gilmore

August 24, 1930 - November 8, 2017

Barbara Jean (Knoblock) Gilmore, 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Barb was born August 24, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to Caryl and Reda (Simon) Knoblock. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1948 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Barb retired in 1992 after 28 years as a secretary at Beadle Lake Elementary for Harper...
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James F. "Jim" LewAllen

July 12, 1927 - November 7, 2017

James Frank "Jim" LewAllen, age 90, of Battle Creek went to be with his Lord & Savior on Tuesday evening, November 7, 2017. He was born July 12, 1927 in Jackson, Michigan to Charles Walter and Erma Onieta (James) LewAllen. At age three he moved from Jackson to Hanover and to Battle Creek at age nine. Jim attended Ann J. Kellogg and Battle Creek Central. He earned his graduation certificate...
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Barbara L. Bennett

February 17, 1927 - November 2, 2017

Barbara Lucille Bennett, 90, died November 2, 2017 at Laurels of Galesburg. She was born February 17, 1927 the daughter of Harry and Peral (Remington) Cutler at home on Portage Rd. Kalamazoo. She was united in marriage to James Q. Bennett on February 10, 1951. Jim preceded her in death on June 7, 2001. Barbara is survived by a daughter, Julie A. Bennett; two sons, Ed A. Bennett of Galesburg,...
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Ronald Martin "Ron" Smith

October 10, 1949 - October 30, 2017

Ronald Martin "Ron" Smith, 68, of Battle Creek and retired President of United States Lumber Company, died at home with his family at his side on Monday, October 30, 2017, after a short, courageous battle with Sarcoma. Ron was born October 10, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Stanley Earl and Gladys (Olson) Smith. He was a 1967 graduate of Pennfield High School, where he lettered in four...
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Christopher Allen Bennett

March 14, 1970 - October 30, 2017

Christopher A. Bennett 47, died Sunday, October 29, 2017 at his home in Bedford. He was born March 14, 1970 the son of William "Bill" Galovich and Sue Ann Bennett. He was a graduate of Doris Klaussen Development Center. He loved being outside and running. He is survived by his mother; half sister; an aunt; uncle; nieces and nephews. A graveside memorial will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday,...
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William L. Drake

November 3, 1938 - October 29, 2017

William L. Drake, 78, of Wyoming, and formerly of Battle Creek, died October 29, 2017. Bill was born November 3, 1938 in Battle Creek. He graduated high school and worked as a machinist for General Motors. Bill, often called "Slick Willy" by his friends, enjoyed playing golf, softball, shuffleboard, horseshoes and beanbags. He also enjoyed bowling and was a great jokester. Most of all,...
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Henry Lee "Hank" Uldriks

November 5, 1933 - October 27, 2017

Henry Lee "Hank" Uldriks, 83, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 27, 2017. Henry was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on November 5, 1933 to Casper and Alice Elizabeth (Reynolds) Uldriks. He grew up in the Bedford area and graduated from Kellogg High School. Hank married the love of his life, Audrey Noteboon Uldriks and had 65 beautiful years together. ...
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Dawn Ellen Heath

January 19, 1949 - October 26, 2017

Dawn Ellen Heath, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday afternoon, October 26, 2017 at the Select Specialty Hospital, Battle Creek, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Battle Creek on January 19, 1949, the loving daughter of Jack O. and Margaret M. (Clair) Heston and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Dawn retired from the Lakeview School District in 2013...
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Dolores T. (Myers) Powers

May 4, 1933 - October 26, 2017

Dolores Teresa Powers, born in Battle Creek, Michigan May 4,1933 to Victor Henry Myers and Teresa Louise (Weimer) Myers was taken from this earth to a restful, peaceful place on October 26, 2017 after suffering thru a hip surgery due to a fall. "Dee" met "HER FIRST LOVE" and father of her 3 children, William (Bill) Wolfe and moved to Arkansas. There she learned about farming, raising chickens...
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Maxine C. Brown

March 8, 1926 - October 25, 2017

Maxine C. Brown, age 91, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, October 25, 2017. She was born March 8, 1926, the loving daughter of Claude A. and Muriel R. (Wright) Brown. Maxine retired from Michigan Carton after more than 44 years of faithful service. Maxine is survived by her two sisters, Arlene (Robert) Moore and Ardith Rastoskey; her special caretaker and...
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Deborah "Debbie" Haines

August 14, 1951 - October 22, 2017

Deborah Kay "Debbie" Haines, 66, of Battle Creek, passed away October 22, 2017. Debbie was born August 14, 1951, the daughter of John Richard Haines and Dorothy Stillwell (Hinman) Haines. Debbie graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1969. She worked for many years with Federal Home Life Insurance Company, and transitioned to physicians insurance work for many years after that....
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Dr. Russell G. "Russ" Mawby

February 23, 1928 - October 20, 2017

Dr. Russell G. "Russ" Mawby of Augusta, MI Russ died at the age of 89 on Friday, October 20, 2017. Russ was born February 23, 1928 in Kent County Michigan to Wesley G. and Ruby A. Mawby, fruit growers on their Orchard View Farm near Grand Rapids. From a two-room school, Russ attended Creston High School playing the tuba for the Creston Polar Bears. He continued...
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Harold Thomas "Robbie" Robbins

May 5, 1940 - October 20, 2017

Harold Thomas "Robbie" Robbins of Fine Lake (Battle Creek), MI Robbie, age 77, died peacefully Friday morning, October 20, 2017 at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo, MI, with his loving family at his side. Robbie, the son of Robert and Marion (Sowles) Robbins, was born in Battle Creek on May 5, 1940; was a lifetime area resident and a 1958 graduate of Marshall High School. He...
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S. James "Big Jim" Payson

November 8, 1928 - October 19, 2017

Seth James "Big Jim" Payson, 89 of Battle Creek, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Seth James Payson was born November 8, 1928 in Downers Grove, Illinois to Gilbert Trowbridge and Isabel (Melcher) Payson He grew up in South Haven, Michigan and was a 1946 graduate of South Haven High School. Jim earned his Bachelor's Degree in History with a Teaching Certificate from...
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Carl Eugene Beasley

September 14, 1958 - October 17, 2017

Carl Eugene Beasley of Marshall, MI Carl, age 59, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, October 17, 2017 at his residence. Carl, the son of Eugene E. and Rosemary A. (Blume) Beasley, was born in Dowagiac, MI on September 14, 1958; was a 1976 graduate of St. Philip High School and received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western...
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Constance Mildred (Carroll) "Connie" Parsons

September 10, 1921 - October 17, 2017

Constance Mildred (Carroll) "Connie" Parsons of Battle Creek, MI Connie, age 96, died peacefully Tuesday morning, October 17, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Connie was born on September 10, 1921 in Battle Creek to Richard and Florence (White) Carroll. She married Forrest H. "Junior" Parsons on March 25, 1939 and he sadly preceded her in death on...
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Russell E. Hakes

July 26, 1939 - October 14, 2017

Russell went home to fish on Saturday, October 14, 2017. He is preceded in death by both his parents. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Shirley (Moody) Hakes; his four children; David and his sons Aaron and Scott; Cheryl (Robert) and her children Samantha and Michael; Dawn (Brian) and her children Kelly, Jessica and Kevin; Cathy (David) and her daughters Nicole and Abigail (stepdaughters...
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Eileen Sheler

October 16, 1943 - October 13, 2017

Eileen Joy (Burgett) Sheler, 73 of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Friday, October 13th, 2017. She is now resting with her parents, Victory and Dorothy Burgett. She was an alumna of Battle Creek Central and worked for RGIS Inventory for 20 years. Eileen is survived by her brother, Lee Burgett; sister, Eilane & Enlow Hargis; brother, Lynn and Sue Burgett; and seven children; Terry,...
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Logan James & Kade Riley Ibaigin

October 9, 2017 - October 12, 2017

Logan James & Kade Riley Ibaigin, beautiful infant sons of Carlos Ibaigin and Ashton Morgan tragically passed away on Thursday, October 12th 2017 at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. They were born at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital on October 9th and fought with everything their little bodies could to survive. Logan & Kade are survived by their mommy & daddy, Ashton & Carlos...
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David Ramsdell

March 7, 1937 - October 12, 2017

David Ramsdell, 80 of Scotts, died Thursday, October 12, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving daughters. He was born March 7, 1937 in Kalamazoo to his parents Howard E. and Mildred P. (Wyble) Ramsdell. David retired from Graphic Packaging (fka Fort James Corp) in Kalamazoo after 44 years of loyal service. After his retirement, he worked for Pease Packing Corporation in Scotts. In addition to...
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Ronald Jack Crandell

August 12, 1951 - October 12, 2017

Ronald Jack Crandell, 66, of Kalamazoo, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at his residence. He was born August 12, 1951 in Lakeview, MI, the son of Walter J. and Eleanor J. (Utter) Crandell. Ron enjoyed singing, listening to music, especially country music, going for walks and watching TV. He loved traveling and had been on at least four cruises, Caribbean Islands, and Jamaica. He also had...
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Luis J. "Bud" Volpe

May 2, 1924 - October 11, 2017

Luis J. "Bud" Volpe Battle Creek, MI Luis J. "Bud" Volpe, age 93, of Battle Creek MI passed away on October 11, 2017. He was born on May 2, 1924 in Benzie County, MI the son of James and Elizabeth (Fewins) Volpe. Luis, commonly known as "Bud", was the second oldest of twelve children. He was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. Bud graduated from Western Michigan University and...
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Christina Lynne "Chris" (Quada) "O'Connell

January 18, 1949 - October 10, 2017

Christina Lynne (Quada) "Chris" O'Connell of St. Johns, MI, and formerly of Battle Creek and Marshall, MI, died Tuesday afternoon, October 10, 2017 at her residence and with her loving family at her side. She was born in Marshall, MI on January 18, 1949, the daughter of John H. and Marjorie J. (Cooley) Quada. Chris graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1967 and furthered her...
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Cathy Sue Pahl

June 16, 1957 - October 5, 2017

Cathy Sue Pahl, age 60, of Battle Creek sadly passed away on Thursday evening, October 5, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on June 16, 1957, and was the daughter of Duane and Orma (Dolphin) Kissinger. Cathy received a business degree from Davenport University and faithfully served at Denso Manufacturing for more than 17 years. She enjoyed sewing, gambling, and most of all loved spending time...
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Irene Helen (Prior) Wing

March 11, 1919 - October 5, 2017

Irene Helen (Prior) Wing of Battle Creek, MI Irene, age 98, died Thursday evening, October 5, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living of Battle Creek following a brief illness. Irene, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Coyer) Prior, was born in Battle Creek on March 11, 1919, the youngest of five children; was a 1937 graduate of St. Philip...
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Robert "Bob" McCulfor

May 3, 1924 - October 5, 2017

Robert L. McCulfor, 93, of Richland, died Thursday, October 5, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Bob was born May 3, 1924 in Kalamazoo to Roy and Irene (Laing) McCulfor. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Bob graduated from the University of Michigan and worked as an engineer for Checker Motors, retiring in 1986. Bob married Roberta...
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Timothy "Pops" Wilson

July 4, 1953 - October 3, 2017

Timothy James "Pops" Wilson, age 64, of Battle Creek died Monday evening, October 2, 2017 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Lansing, Michigan on July 4, 1953, the son of James H. "Jim" and Janet E. (Bradford) Wilson Jr. and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. He retired from the Battle Creek VA Hospital after more than 31 years of service. Pops...
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Lee Jeffrey McKay

February 7, 1955 - October 1, 2017

Lee Jeffrey McKay, 62, of Middleburg, Florida went to be with our Lord on October 1, 2017. He passed from traumatic brain injuries resulting from an accident in Florida. Lee was born in Battle Creek on February 7, 1955. He attended the Pennfield School System graduating in 1973. He attended Central Michigan University, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor's in Music Education. He moved in...
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Maxine E. Sowers

December 29, 1919 - September 28, 2017

Maxine Etta (McConnohie)(Hover) Sowers December 29, 1919- September 28, 2017 She allowed her daughters the peace of mind to complete their journey in October to see her baby brother in Mexico. Now it is time to allow our Mom to complete her journey. Maxine, 97, died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility where she had resided since November, 2015. She was born in Battle...
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Kathleen Anne "Kathy" (Krueger) Boucher

September 11, 1958 - September 27, 2017

Kathleen Anne "Kathy" (Krueger) Boucher, 59, of Battle Creek passed away at University of Michigan Hospital on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 surrounded by her children and sister. Kathy was born September 11, 1958 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to Robert Herman and Margaret Mary (Horan) Krueger. In 1963, she moved with her family from Chicago to Battle Creek, where she was a 1976 graduate of...
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Jerry Jean (Tom) Fuller

March 25, 1934 - September 25, 2017

Jerry Jean (Tom) Fuller, 83, of Battle Creek, was at home being cared for by her family and Hospice Care of SW Michigan, when she was called to her eternal home by her Lord & Savior. Jerry was born March 25, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Lucius Virgil and Jeanette (Ewing) Tom. She grew up in Auburn Heights and was a 1952 graduate of Avondale High School. She attended Wayne State...
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Rose Mary (Blackman) Newman

November 7, 1960 - September 24, 2017

Rose Mary Newman, 56, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord & Savior on Sunday, September 24, 2017. She was born November 7, 1960 in Albion, Michigan to Russell Daniel and Mary Ethel (Gaddis) Blackman, Sr. Rose grew up in Albion and attended Albion High School. She was employed for Walker's Mufflers in Marshall; Horrock's in Battle Creek; Citgo and Big Lots. Rose was united in...
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Nattaly M. Brown

November 8, 2009 - September 24, 2017

Nattaly Marie Brown, age seven (eight in our hearts and hers) passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 as a courageous, intuitive, sassy, loving, strong, and beautiful little girl. Nattaly's life was filled with inspiration, hope, bold actions, and above all else a binding love that always left you thankful she was in your life. She was quickly becoming a practical jokester who enjoyed a...
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Clarice Marilyn Ellsworth

September 28, 1932 - September 22, 2017

Clarice Marilyn Ellsworth of Battle Creek, MI Clarice, age 84, went to be with her Lord on Friday evening, September 22, 2017, following a brief illness and loving care at Select Specialty of Bronson Battle Creek. Clarice, the daughter of Walter and Helen (Smith) Ellsworth, was born in Battle Creek on September 28, 1932 and was a 1950 graduate of Battle...
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Heather Renee DeForest

August 7, 1972 - September 20, 2017

Heather Renee DeForest, age 45, of Battle Creek sadly passed away early Thursday morning, September 21, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Gobles, MI on August 7, 1972, the loving daughter of Ronald DeForest and Lynn Hunt. Heather had a best friend and home companion dog named "Moo Moo", which was like her child she loved so very much. She worked many jobs, such as taking...
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Gisele Ann (Green) Czajka

July 25, 1964 - September 18, 2017

Gisele Ann (Green) Czajka of Gull Lake (Richland), MI A beautiful Wife, loyal Companion and a loving Mother passed peacefully alongside her caring husband, Craig on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence of Kalamazoo, MI. Gisele was born on July 25, 1964 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of...
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Pearl "Pat" Akins

March 28, 1928 - September 18, 2017

Pearl I. "Pat" Akins, 89, left her earthly home and winged her flight beyond the starry sky, to meet her Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ, face to face on Monday morning, September 18th. Mrs. Akins was born March 28, 1928, to Arthur and Pearl (Collins) DuPree, in Battle Creek Michigan, where she resided all of her life, until moving to Maple Ridge Living Center in Lake City, MI in 2015 to be...
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April Renee Hicks

October 16, 1979 - September 14, 2017

April Renee (Hall) Hicks, age 37, of Richmond, KY and formerly of Battle Creek died Thursday, September 14, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on October 16, 1979 and was the daughter of William Torrance and Laura Hall. April attended Battle Creek Public Schools and worked at Denso for 8 years and Hitashi for 3 years. April is survived by her husband, David L. Hicks; her three daughters,...
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Donald Raymond "Don" Burns

June 30, 1937 - September 14, 2017

Donald Raymond "Don" Burns, age 80, of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, September 14, 2016, at his daughter's residence. Don, the son of James and Mariam (Cable) Burns, was born in Elmhurst, IL on June 30, 1937; moved to Chappaqua, NY; was a 1956 graduate of Horace Greeley High School of Chappaqua, NY and moved to the Battle...
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Patricia Joan "Pat" (Chamberlain) Payson

January 9, 1931 - September 14, 2017

Patricia Joan "Pat" (Chamberlain) Payson, 86 of Battle Creek, died peacefully at The Legacy at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods, with her family at her side on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Pat was born January 9, 1931 in Hastings, Michigan to John Felix and Gladys Marie (Smith) Chamberlain. She grew up in the Hastings-Delton area and learned to work hard on the family farm. Pat was the...
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Jack D. Hunn

January 1, 1946 - September 10, 2017

Jack D. Hunn, age 71, of Battle Creek died Sunday, September 10, 2017. Graveside services with full military honors will be held 11:30 a.m., Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Southwest Michigan Veterans Relief Fund P.O. Box 2528 Battle Creek, MI 49016.
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Roger Allen Horner

June 21, 1939 - September 10, 2017

Roger Allen Horner of Battle Creek, MI Roger, age 78, died Sunday morning, September 10, 2017 at his residence with his loving family at his side. Roger, the youngest of nine children born to Faroline (Ryal) Horner and James H. Horner. He was born in Mancelona, MI (Antrim) and lived there until the age of 16. He moved to Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School...
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Maurice C. "Bill" Calkins, Jr.

January 1, 1926 - September 9, 2017

Maurice C. "Bill" Calkins, Jr. of Augusta, MI Bill, age 91, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital following a brief illness. Bill, the son of Mae (Green) Calkins and Maurice Calkins Sr., was born on January 21, 1926 in Battle Creek. He had been residing at the Heritage Assisted Living since October 2015. Bill was a...
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Girts Berzins

October 8, 1934 - September 8, 2017

Girts Berzins of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Girts, age 82, died at the Heartland Health Care Center of Battle Creek, MI Girts, the son of Janis and Laima (Petersons) Berzins, was born in Riga, Latvia and immigrated to the United States as a child. He served his country honorably and nobly during the Korean War as a member of the United States Army as a Sp3 with an artillery...
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Reva E. Lutz

December 31, 1914 - September 2, 2017

Reva Eleanor Lutz, 102, died Saturday, September 2, 2017. She was born December 31, 1914 in Kalkaska, MI and would later move with her parents to Petoskey, MI. Reva was preceded in death by her parents, John and Enid (Groner) McCool; a brother, Marion McCool; a daughter-in-law, Louise Doxtator and a daughter, Sandra Kerr. Reva married Allen Doxtator in 1935; he passed away in 1968. ...
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Barbara Ann (Horn) Stults

November 24, 1929 - August 31, 2017

Barbara Ann (Horn) Stults, 87, of Battle Creek died at Borgess Medical Center on Thursday, August 31, 2017. She was born November 24, 1929 in Olivet, Michigan to Elmer and Irene (Gorman) Horn. Barb grew up in Olivet and graduated from Olivet High School, where she met a young man by the name of Theron. Barbara Ann Horn married Theron R. Stults on May 8, 1948 in Marshall, Michigan. Sadly she...
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James M. "Jim" Cleveland

October 7, 1948 - August 30, 2017

James M. "Jim" Cleveland, age 68, of Battle Creek died peacefully at the Glenn Arbor Hospice in Battle Creek on Wednesday morning, August 30, 2017. He was born in Battle Creek on October 7, 1948, the loving son of Richard H. and Donna E. (Sherman) Cleveland. Jim was a 1966 graduate of Harper Creek High School and furthered his education at Western Michigan University, graduating with a BA in...
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Lucile R. Zimbelman

April 1, 1924 - August 29, 2017

Lucile R. Zimbelman, 93, of Carson City, formerly of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the Laurels of Carson City. Lucile was born April 1, 1924 in St. Francis, KS to George and Julia (Orth) Holzworth. She married Albert Zimbelman in 1945 and had two children together. Lucile was a lifetime member of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church where she was actively involved. She...
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Meneta Jean (Croope) "Men" West

October 18, 1925 - August 28, 2017

Meneta J. (Croope) West, 91, of Battle Creek died peacefully, with her family at her side, at Maplewood of Marshall on Monday, August 28, 2017. She was born October 18, 1925 in Williamston, Michigan to Gerald W. and Julia A. (Austin) Croope. Men grew up in Lansing, graduated from Lansing Eastern and attended Michigan State University. Early in her marriage she was a TV weather reporter for...
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Kathleen M. (Pryer) "Katie" Weesner

February 6, 1927 - August 24, 2017

Kathleen M. (Pryer) "Katie" Weesner of Michigan Center, MI Katie was 90 when she went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 24, 2017. She was born in Marshall on February 6, 1927, to LaVerne and Frances (Stewart) Pryer. Both preceded her in death. She had four brothers: Gray, Stewart, David, and Richard, all of whom preceded her in death. Katie married Melvin G. "Jerry" Weesner on August 3,...
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Todd Edward Crane

July 16, 1979 - August 23, 2017

Todd Edward Crane of Battle Creek, MI Todd, age 38, died unexpectedly on Wednesday afternoon, August 23, 2017. Todd, the son of Edward H. VanVleet and Cathy S. Pahl was born in Battle Creek, MI ON July 16, 1979 and was a lifetime resident. He was a handyman in the area and was an active racer at the Galesburg Raceway in the...
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Robert Hazen "Bob" Carroll

March 4, 1925 - August 23, 2017

Robert H. "Bob" Carroll, 92, of Battle Creek, Michigan died Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living. Bob was born March 4, 1925 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Richard and Florence (White) Carroll. He grew up in Battle Creek, where he attended school, worked several years and then joined the U.S. Army. He honorably served his country during WWII at Normandy, in Northern France,...
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Marie Anne (Geist) Weaver

May 30, 1980 - August 22, 2017

Marie Ann (Geist) Weaver, 37, of Battle Creek died at 3:09 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. Marie was born May 30, 1980 in Battle Creek, Michigan to David J. and Arla J. (Miller) Geist. She grew up in Battle Creek attending Franklin Elementary, Southeastern Junior High and Battle Creek Central High School. Marie was employed as a manager for four years at Taco Bell in...
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Philip "Phil" Brian Edwards

May 27, 1968 - August 22, 2017

Philip Brian Edwards, age 49, of Battle Creek unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday morning, August 22, 2017. He was born in Battle Creek on May 27, 1968, and was the loving son of Mary & Vic Willerick and Christopher Alan Edwards. Phil graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1986 and faithfully served his country as a member of the Old Guard with the United States Army serving as a...
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Jody M. Calbaugh

August 3, 1962 - August 20, 2017

Jody M. Calbaugh, age 55, of Battle Creek passed away suddenly on Sunday morning, August 20, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on August 3, 1962, and was the loving daughter of James W. Jones and Linda Mae (David) McClelland. Jody graduated from Delton-Kellogg High School, where she was elected head-cheerleader all four years. She served as a baker at Felpausch grocery for many years, and...
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Betty E. Rose

October 3, 1925 - August 19, 2017

Betty Emeline Rose, 91, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, August 19, 2017 at her home. She was born October 3, 1925 in Cleveland Ohio the daughter of Jabez Samuel and Dorothy (Weyrsin) Ekey. She graduated from Antelope Valley College in 1961 and received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Indiana State in 1964. Betty taught at Mojave Junior Senior High in Mojave Calif. for over 25 years. ...
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Edward Jasper

May 7, 1924 - August 19, 2017

Edward Jasper of Coldwater, Michigan went home to be with Lord on Saturday, August 19, 2017 after a brief stay at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was born May 7, 1924, in Orland, IN, son of William and Verba Jasper. He grew up in Bronson, MI until he was inducted into the Army in 1943. Spending 2 years, 8 months and 26 days serving his country in France, Berlin and...
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Jean Marie Reynolds Blanck

July 31, 1928 - August 18, 2017

Jean Marie (Wellever) Reynolds Blanck, 89, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away Friday evening, August 18, 2017. Jean was born July 31, 1928 in Jackson, Michigan to Herold Charles and Crystal Almira (Pennock) Wellever. As a child, she moved to Battle Creek with her family and attended Post Elementary, Southeastern Junior High and was a 1946 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. ...
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Linda Mae McClelland

October 19, 1943 - August 18, 2017

Linda Mae McClelland, age 73, of Dowling passed away Friday morning, August 18, 2017 at the Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. She was born in Battle Creek on October 19, 1943, the loving daughter of Harold E. and Mary Marie (Dustman) Rupright. Linda married the "Love of Her Life", David R. McClelland on December 18, 1981; he survives. She is also survived by her children, Wendy (Ron) Gates of...
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Rosemary Ann (Blume) "Rosie" Beasley

August 2, 1935 - August 17, 2017

Rosemary Ann (Blume) "Rosie" Beasley of Springfield, MI Rosie, age 82, died Thursday morning, August 17, 2017 at Evergreen Manor of Battle Creek, MI, following a lengthy illness and with her loving family at her side. Rosie, the daughter of August and Martha (Gramelspacher) Blume, was born in Huntingburg, IN on August 2, 1935; was a 1953...
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Ivy Lorraine Geno

June 5, 1937 - August 14, 2017

Ivy Lorraine Geno, 80, of Kalamazoo, died Monday, August 14, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center. She was born June 5, 1937 in Lexington TN the daughter of Vera S. and Vera J. Williams. She was a homemaker and is survived by three sons. Cremation has taken place and a family memorial service will be held at a later date. Personal messages may be left at www.farleyestesdowdle.com
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Clara E. Hennaut

August 6, 1924 - August 13, 2017

Clara E. Hennaut, age 93, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday morning, August 13, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek with her family at her side. She was born in Dayton, TN on August 6, 1924, the loving daughter of John E. and Edith G. (Schrimpsher) Newby. Clara retired from the Battle Creek Sanitarium in 1985 after more than 27 years of services as a Mental Health Aide and Physical Therapy Assistant....
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James Perry "Jim" Lester, Sr.

October 28, 1934 - August 11, 2017

James Perry "Jim" Lester Sr., age 82, of Battle Creek, died at home surrounded by his loved ones Friday August 11, 2017. James, the son of Shirley Lester and Eula Mae Self was born in Flint, MI on October 28th 1934; he was a life long resident of Michigan and resided in the Battle Creek area for the last 30 years. He served in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961, receiving a medical...
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R. Bruce Sellers

February 21, 1926 - August 7, 2017

R Bruce Sellers, loving husband; father; grandfather; and great-grandfather, died at home on August 7, 2017. Born in Elkhart, IN in 1926, Bruce grew up on the family farm and graduated from Elkhart High School. He lettered in football, basketball, track, and baseball and was inducted into the Elkhart County, Indiana High School, Hall of Fame in 1996. Bruce proudly served his country during...
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Jack Thomas Lick

November 1, 1937 - August 6, 2017

Living courageously with cancer for nearly 4 years, Jack Thomas Lick, age 79, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on August 6, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. Jack was born in Tutwiler, MS in 1937 and is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Jack and his wife, Mary Lou, raised their family in Santa Anna, CA, Battle...
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Vernon Macy

June 7, 1926 - August 3, 2017

Rev. Vernon L. Macy age 91 of Hastings passed into the loving arms of God on August 3, 2017. Left with memories of Vern are his granddaughter Celeste, nephew John Lawrence Macy with family Bethany Macy, Jenny Valcore and Annabeth Macy. The John Forrest Macy family and niece Joann Elizabeth Macy, the Evaline Koutz Macy family, Hastings Baptist Church and Bibleville friends, Missionary friends...
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Mary I. (Lawrence) Troxel

September 24, 1921 - August 3, 2017

Mary I. (Lawrence) Troxel, 95, formerly of Battle Creek died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at American House Senior Living in Holland, Michigan. Mary was born September 24, 1921 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of George and Emily (Hagle) Lawrence. She was a graduate of Spring Arbor Seminary and Junior College. Mary was united in marriage to Pearl L. Troxel for 54 years before he...
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Clinton F. "Clint" Smith

May 17, 1935 - August 3, 2017

Clinton Frederick "Clint" Smith, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, August 3, 2017 at the Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. He was born in Battle Creek on May 17, 1935, the loving son of Ora and Margaret (Tennyson) Smith and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1954. Clint worked at the LW Robinson Department Store while in high school. ...
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Robert E. King

June 3, 1926 - August 2, 2017

Robert E. King, 91, of Battle Creek, died August 2, 2017. Robert was born June 3, 1926 in Battle Creek to Jesse and Sarah (Cooper) King. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and went on to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 in the Sea Bees in the Pacific Theatre. He briefly worked for the Kellogg Company and retired from the Battle Creek Gas Company in...
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Patrick S. Dugan

March 16, 1967 - July 31, 2017

Patrick Scott Dugan, 50, of Battle Creek, died Monday, July 31, 2017. Patrick was born March 16, 1967 in Portland, OR to Paul and Kathryn (Briggs) Dugan. Patrick fought a long battle with diabetes, facing many surgeries, infections, a transplant, open heart surgery, a pacemaker and ever increasing pain. He collapsed Monday evening at home and was unable to be revived. Patrick moved with his...
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Larry G. Lamphier

April 11, 1941 - July 30, 2017

Larry Glenn Lamphier, age 76, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Sunday, July 30, 2017. He was born April 11, 1941 in Battle Creek to Glenn R. and Beatrice A. (Lybarger) Lamphier. Larry was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, graduating from Springfield High School in 1959. He was employed by Transamerica Insurance and Clark...
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David B. Rouse

May 9, 1936 - July 28, 2017

David Blodgett Rouse, 81, died July 28, 2017 at Fairview Adult Foster Care & Assisted Living in Grand Ledge, Michigan. He was born in Wyandotte, Michigan to Harry Goodman Rouse and Ruth (Blodgett) Rouse on May 9, 1936. He was preceded in death in 2010 by the love of his life for more than 30 years, Carolyn (Dove) Gillespie. David achieved a Master of Social Work from the University of...
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Laurene Ann "Lori" Wilson

May 24, 1960 - July 27, 2017

Laurene Ann "Lori" Wilson of Battle Creek, MI Lori, age 57, passed away suddenly Thursday afternoon, July 27, 2017 at home. Lori was born May 24, 1960 to Judy (Miller) and Lloyd Wilson, Sr. Lori graduated with the Marshall High School class of 1978, where she meet many of the friends she would have her entire life. She attended Kellogg Community College where...
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William Jon "Bill" Figeley

August 7, 1965 - July 27, 2017

William Jon "Bill" Figeley of Bellevue, MI Bill, age 51, died Thursday, July 27, 2017 at his residence following a 1½ year battle with cancer. Bill, the son of William Jacob and Sharon Ruth (Jones) Figeley, was born in South Haven, MI on August 7, 1965 and was a 1984 graduate of South Haven High School. He was employed as a Senior Analyst in the...
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Robert Lewis Gray, Sr.

May 29, 1930 - July 27, 2017

Robert Lewis Gray, Sr. 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home, with his family at his side, on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Robert was born May 29, 1930 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Kenneth W. & Mildred (Prolo) Gray. Bob served his country honorably from 1949 until 1952 in the U.S Air Force with the Selfridge Air Force Base Air Police. Bob was the owner, operator and president of The...
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Terrence L. "Terry" Smith

November 3, 1949 - July 26, 2017

Terrence Lee "Terry" Smith, 67, took his final journey on July 26, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. Terry was born November 3, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan the first of three sons to William and MaryLyn (Ham) Smith. Terry was a son, brother, dear friend and an uncle, all titles he took seriously and enjoyed greatly. Dedicated, caring, bright, hardworking and loyal are words that...
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