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

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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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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Frederick Ervin "Fred" Latshaw

November 6, 1943 - July 25, 2017

Frederick E. Latshaw, 73, of Battle Creek died in Grand Rapids at Meijer Heart Center / Spectrum Butterworth on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Fred was born November 6, 1943 in Boise, Idaho to Richard Clyde and Della May (Green) Latshaw. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1962 graduate of Pennfield High School. He then honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy. Fred retired from the...
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Shirley Brizendine, Jr.

May 5, 1929 - July 25, 2017

Mr. Shirley Brizendine, Jr., 88, of Hastings, MI died at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. He was born May 5, 1929 in St. Joseph, Michigan to Shirley and Henrietta June (Smith) Brizendine. Shirley honorably served his country in the U.S. Maritime Service and in the U.S. Navy Seabees. Shirley married Elnor Elaine Schmidt on April 28, 1962 in Berrien Springs,...
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Gerald Lee "Jerry" Straubel

November 25, 1932 - July 24, 2017

Gerald Lee "Jerry" Straubel, 84, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully in his sleep at home on Monday, July 24, 2017. He was born November 25, 1932 in Frankfort, Michigan the son of Willard and Anne (Backus) Straubel. He grew up in Frankfort and was a graduate of Frankfort High School. Jerry honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. Jerry was united in marriage to Antonia A....
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Jazmine Marie Annis

July 23, 2017 - July 23, 2017

Infant Jazmine Marie Annis the daughter of Michael and Sabina (Henderson) Annis in now in the arms of God. She was born with wings at Bronson Battle Creek on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Friends will be received 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017. Personal...
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Arnold Lee "Arnie" Pope

June 12, 1934 - July 23, 2017

Arnold L. Pope, 83, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, was welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Arnie was born in Battle Creek, Michigan to Arnold E. and Trevamae (Robbins) Pope. He was a 1952 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Arnie honorably served his country sixteen months in Korea as a Field Wireman with the U.S. Army 933rd AAA Battalion...
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Ruth E. (Baker) Berlien

February 4, 1937 - July 21, 2017

Ruth E. (Baker) Berlien, age 80, of Battle Creek was released from her earthly life to join her deeply loved husband, David in their eternal home on Friday afternoon, July 21, 2017 at the Oaks at Northpointe Woods. She was born in Sunfield, MI on February 4, 1937, the daughter of Alva and Anna (Benjamin) Baker. She graduated from J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing, MI in 1955. She moved to Battle...
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Wayne John, Smith

September 28, 1927 - July 20, 2017

Wayne John Smith of Battle Creek, MI Wayne, age 89, died Thursday evening, July 20, 2017 at his residence and with his loving family at his side. Wayne, the son of Walter and Marion (Aber) Smith, was born in Battle Creek on September 28, 1927 and was a lifetime resident. He had been employed at Michigan Carton for 42 years. Wayne enjoyed baseball, football,...
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Michael J. "Mikey" Mikolajczyk II.

August 22, 1997 - July 19, 2017

Michael J. "Mikey" Mikolajczyk, II., age 19, of Battle Creek, tragically passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Mikey was born in Battle Creek on August 22, 1997, the loving son of Michael J. Mikolajczyk and Tonya Lee Asher. Mikey is survived by his parents, Michael & Rashele Mikolajczyk and Tonya Lee Asher, all of Battle Creek; seven brothers & sisters, Justice, Zakary, Trajonia, Geonte,...
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Sally Ann (Trowbridge) McCann

June 30, 1935 - July 18, 2017

Sally Ann (Trowbridge) McCann, age 82, of Battle Creek, died peacefully surrounded by her family at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Tuesday evening, July 18, 2017. She was born June 30, 1935 in Battle Creek to Wm. Scott and Sonya (Andersen) Trowbridge. Sally grew up in Battle Creek, graduating from Lakeview High School in 1953. She attended the University of Michigan, which is where she...
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Frederick P. Martin

March 17, 1935 - July 16, 2017

Frederick P. "Fred" Martin, 82, of Battle Creek, died July 16, 2017. Fred was born March 17, 1935 in Bellevue to Ralph and Ellen (Jaquay) Martin. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1954. Fred served his country honorably in the U.S. Army for 6 years. Fred married the former Shirley A. Banks on June 2, 1962. They enjoyed 55 happy years of marriage. Fred worked for the...
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Marguerite C. Eagles

December 13, 1931 - July 11, 2017

Marguerite Caroline (Stocker) Eagles, 85, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at home with her family at her side, on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. She was born December 13, 1931 in Evanston, Illinois to Oscar and Anna Lydia (Bischoff) Stocker. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1950 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Marguerite earned her Bachelor's Degree...
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John M. Wells

July 21, 1938 - July 11, 2017

John M. Wells, 78 John Melville Wells passed away peacefully on July 11, 2017, surrounded by family and friends at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, after battling long illnesses. John was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Morse M. and C. Ruth (Osborn) Wells on July 21, 1938. He graduated from Austin Catholic High School, Lawrence Institute of Technology, and Detroit College of Law where he earned...
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Mark Edward Petersen

March 24, 1970 - July 8, 2017

Mark Edward Petersen, 47, of Osprey, Florida and formerly of Battle Creek, died Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Mark was born March 24,1970 in Battle Creek to Edward T. and Karen M. (Voigt) Petersen. Mark was a 1988 graduate of Pennfield High School and continued his education at Kellogg Community College. Mark moved to Florida in...
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Achsah E. (Munson) Evrard

April 30, 1919 - July 7, 2017

Achsah E. (Munson) Evrard of Ooltewah, TN and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Achsah, age 98, died Friday, July 7, 2017 in Ooltewah, TN. Achsah, the daughter of John B. and Anna S. (Schreiber) Buck, was born in Hastings, MI on April 30, 1919. She was a 1938 graduate of Hastings High School and...
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Bette M. (Mallernee) Anderson

November 20, 1918 - July 4, 2017

Bette M. (Mallernee) Anderson of Battle Creek, MI Bette, age 98, died Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Born Mary Elizabeth Mallernee on November 20, 1918, to Wynter and Aline Mallernee, she was the fourth of six siblings. Bette graduated from the Battle Creek Academy in 1937 and attended college in Maryland, and Kentucky before graduating in 1944 as a registered...
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Cindy Lee Myers

October 3, 1960 - July 2, 2017

Cindy Lee Myers, age 56, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, July 2, 2017. She was born in San Joaquin, California on October 3, 1960, the loving daughter of Gladwin H. and Alma M. (Susich) Corbin. Cindy worked in Accounts Payable for more than 30 years for Senior Oil, now Corrigan Oil. Cindy was united in marriage to James L. "Jim" Myers in Las Vegas, NV on January...
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Amilyn Katha White

June 25, 1947 - July 1, 2017

Amilyn (Amy) Katha White, 70, of Battle Creek, unexpectedly went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 1, 2017. Amy was born June 25, 1947 to George and Evelyn (Krasny) Stuteville in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated from Dearborn Edsel Ford High School in 1965, received her B.A. Degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University in 1969 and an M.A. in...
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Sandra K. "Sandy" Allen

August 23, 1966 - June 30, 2017

Sandra K. "Sandy" Allen, age 50, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord on Friday evening, June 30, 2017 with her family by her side after a three year courageous battle with ALS. Sandy was born in Battle Creek on August 23, 1966, the youngest of four children born to James and Ellen (Bender) McDermid. She was a 1984 graduate of Pennfield High School and continued her education at Kellogg...
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Gerald E. "Jerry" Barve

December 30, 1944 - June 30, 2017

Gerald E. "Jerry" Barve of Battle Creek, MI Jerry, age 72, died Friday morning, June 30, 2017 at The Manor of Battle Creek following a brief illness. Jerry, the son of David and Agnes (Hale) Barve, was born in Battle Creek on December 30, 1944; was a lifetime resident and a 1963 graduate of Harper Creek High School. He served his...
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Dorothy Leone (Johnson) Estes

September 4, 1916 - June 30, 2017

Dorothy Leone (Johnson) Estes died peacefully in her sleep at Trudy's Home on Friday, June 30, 2017. She was born September 4, 1916 in Belding, Michigan the daughter of Lawrence Lee "LL" and Gladys Ione (Kelly) Johnson. Dorothy grew up in Lansing, graduated from Lansing Central High School and earned an Associate's Degree from Acme Business College in Lansing. She was employed at Estes...
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Marga Tilly (Maischein) Goddard

December 19, 1927 - June 30, 2017

Marga Tilly (Maischein) Goddard, 89, died Friday morning, June 30, 2017, at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born December 19, 1927, in Frankfurt, West Germany and was an only child of Eleonore H. Andres. A very, brave young girl, Marga was 19 when she came to the United States with Master Sergeant Winfred B. Goddard, Sr.; they were married on July 16, 1947...
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Anthony Arthur Sembarski

July 17, 1950 - June 27, 2017

Anthony Arthur "Bruno" Sembarski, age 66, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday morning, June 27,2017 at home with his wife by his side. Anthony was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 17, 1950 to Bruno and Eleanor (Swierczynski) Sembarski. Anthony is survived by his wife, June; his only daughter, Shelly (Nick); six brothers and sisters; countless nieces, nephews and grandchildren on his wife's...
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Jason Edward Hughes

November 14, 1982 - June 25, 2017

Jason Edward Hughes of Battle Creek, MI Jason, age 34, died Sunday afternoon, June 25, 2017 at his residence and following a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Jason, the son of Betty L. Hunsberger and John E. Hughes, was born in Battle Creek on November 14, 1982; was a lifetime resident and 2001 graduate of Harper...
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Raymond "Ray" Lapinski, Jr.

August 21, 1940 - June 23, 2017

Raymond "Ray" Lapinski, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Ray, age 76, died Friday evening, June 23, 2017 at his residence. The Graveside Serice to celebrate Ray's life will be held on Thursday, July 20th at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI with the United States Army Honor Guard and the Fort Custer Honor Guard...
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John Erwin Hadley, Jr.

June 28, 1960 - June 20, 2017

John Erwin "Johnny" "Johnboy" Hadley Jr. from Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, and is in his heavenly home with his savior. He was born on June 28, 1960 in Long Beach, California to John Erwin Hadley Sr. and Judy Lee (Danek). His dad was stationed at the Naval Base and John and three of his siblings were born there before...
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Gerald D. "Jerry" Wedel

December 27, 1935 - June 19, 2017

Gerald D. "Jerry" Wedel, age 81, of Augusta passed away Monday morning, June 19, 2017 at the Evergreen Manor. He was born in Battle Creek on December 27, 1935, the son of John and Imogene (Douglas) Wedel and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Jerry retired as a switchman for the Grand Trunk Railroad after more than 31 years of service. Jerry married the...
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Joseph J. Kirkwood

September 10, 1924 - June 14, 2017

Joseph James Kirkwood Kirkwood, Joseph James, age 92, of Battle Creek, MI died peacefully at StoryPoint Memory Care Center in Portage, MI on June 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by brothers David and Norman, and is survived by his loving wife Barbara (De Otto) Kirkwood. Joe and Barb made their home in Battle Creek for over 55 years raising their family; Lynda Haskins (John) of Portage, MI...
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Elaine E. Van Syckle

October 21, 1932 - June 12, 2017

Elaine E. Van Syckle, age 84, of Battle Creek passed away Monday morning, June 12, 2017. She was born in Walton Township, Michigan on October 21, 1932, the loving daughter of Wayne F. and Bonnie B. (Berkimer) Knoll and graduated from Lakeview High School. Elaine married Donald Duane Van Syckle in Battle Creek on May 11, 1951; he sadly preceded her in death on July 7, 1999. She is...
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Samuel Cloyce Chronister

November 12, 1923 - June 12, 2017

Samuel Cloyce Chronister, 93, of Battle Creek died at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods on Monday, June 12, 2017. Sam was born November 12, 1923 in Lansing, Michigan to Cloyce and Nellie Kathryn (Boroff) Chronister. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He honorably served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army with the 87 Mortar Battalion. He was...
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Loren D. Edwards

November 15, 1928 - June 11, 2017

Loren D. Edwards, 88, of Battle Creek, died June 11, 2017. Loren was born November 15, 1928 in Battle Creek to Burton L. and Maude (Ladley) Edwards. He graduated high school and served his country honorably in the United State Army. Loren held many jobs, but retired from the Kellogg Company in plant services. Loren had many hobbies, including golfing, bowling, hunting, fishing, coin...
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Ruby H. Gregg

October 27, 1924 - June 10, 2017

Ruby H. Gregg, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday evening, June 10, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Battle Creek on October 27, 1924, the daughter of Henry Mason and Mabel F. (Sampel) Soule. Ruby served as an RN at various hospitals in Michigan and Indiana for more than 45 years. Ruby married Robert B. Gregg on December 24, 1967; he sadly preceded her...
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Joyce Ann Nicholls

April 30, 1939 - June 10, 2017

Joyce Ann Nicholls, 78, of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home on June 10, 2017. Joyce was born April 30, 1939 in Battle Creek, MI to Herb and Pauline (Yeomans) Rowse. She graduated with the first senior class at Pennfield High School. She was employed several years, retiring from Leila Hospital. Joyce married Eldon Nicholls on May 4, 1957. Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Eldon;...
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James H. "Jim" Albrecht

February 28, 1930 - June 7, 2017

James H. "Jim" Albrecht, 87, of Bellevue died on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek after a courageous battle with his illness. He was born February 28, 1930 to Harry and Margaret (Hart) Albrecht in Marshall, Michigan. James was a graduate of Marshall High School. He then served honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and proudly served in the Korean War. Jim married...
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Gayle Clayton Askew

February 15, 1926 - June 4, 2017

Gayle Clayton Askew of Battle Creek, MI Gayle, age 91, died Sunday evening, June 4, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. Gayle, the son of Fred and Carrie Ruby (Ryman) Askew, was born in Battle Creek on February 15, 1926 and was a lifetime area resident. He served his Country honorably and nobly...
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Shawn T. Harrington

February 1, 1976 - June 3, 2017

Shawn T. Harrington, 41, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, June 3, 2017. A memorial service will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, starting at 2:00 p.m.
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Donald H. "Don" Chalfant

August 15, 1923 - June 3, 2017

Reverend Donald Howard Chalfant, 93, founder of the Haven of Rest Ministries here in Battle Creek, died Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Florida. Don was born in Webb, IA to Silas E. and Willa S. (Caskey) Chalfant on August 15, 1923. He grew up on a farm north of Webb and received his early education at Gillette Grove School in Gillette Grove, IA. He married Wilma J. Meyer on August 17, 1944....
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Vivian House

May 15, 1931 - June 2, 2017

Vivian House, 86, of Portage, died June 2, 2017. Vivian was born May 15, 1931 in Bangor to Herbert and Anne (Behrens) Wellington. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and worked as a bookkeeper at various places before retiring from Floyd Wonser Supply Company. Vivian married Richard House August 5, 1951. He sadly preceded her in death in 2010. Vivian was also preceded in...
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Kiley Elizabeth Wiegand

July 30, 1997 - May 31, 2017

On May 31, 2017 our beautiful angel was called home. Kiley was born July 30,1997 in Decatur, Alabama. She was born to Kimberly Nielsen and Craig Wiegand. Kiley loved her family more than anything else in the world. Kiley was growing into an amazing young woman. Kiley found her reason on December 1, 2016. She called him Joshua. Kiley and Joshua's dad, Micheal "Doughboys" Edwards loved Joshua...
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Nancy Ann Thomas

April 14, 1953 - May 31, 2017

Nancy Ann Thomas of Battle Creek, MI We lost our best friend, sister, daughter, aunt, great-aunt, mother, and grandmother on May 31, 2017. Nancy fought pancreatic cancer for seven long months, and she never gave up. But that's the kind of person she was. She was the third child born to John and Carolyn (Dean) Thomas in 1953 and grew up on the family farm in...
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Michael Charles "Doughboy" Edwards

October 17, 1977 - May 30, 2017

Michael Charles "Doughboy" Edwards Battle Creek On Wednesday, May 30 2017, Michael Charles "Doughboy" Edwards lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident at the age of 39. Michael was born in Battle Creek on October 17, 1977, the son of Charles J. and Deborah (Hassler) Edwards (both deceased). He is survived by a wife, Ashley Dawn Edwards; five children, Michael Damian (Shyanne)...
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