Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home Cremation Care, Richland Chapel

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care was established in 1882. We continue to serve Battle Creek, Augusta, Richland and surrounding communities today.

Our website gives you access to information on Traditional Funerals, Types of Tributes, Cremation Options, Memorials, Monuments and Markers, Obituary Notices, Grief Support, our Schedule of Services, Merchandise (including Video Tributes and Service Folders) and a Directory of Other Services.

We provide our website to help you understand your options, whether you are making funeral arrangements at the time of need “At-Need” or in advance “Preneed ”. It also includes a directory of florists, cemeteries and hotels, and describes our History, where we’ve been and what we offer now. Another important feature of our website, “Submit a Memory”, is located at the end of each individual obituary notice. By clicking on this link, you can relay to the family a fond memory of their loved one or just a simple note of condolence. You can be assured that the family will receive your message and it will be printed and forwarded to them.

Our Obituaries

Viriginia Emma (Lemon) "Ginny" Hylton

November 1, 1926 - April 24, 2017

Virginia Emma (Lemon) "Ginny" Hylton of Galesburg, MI Ginny, age 90, died Monday morning, April 24, 2017 at the Laurels of Galesburg, MI. The Memorial Service to celebrate Ginny's life will be held on Friday, July 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Westlake Presbyterian Church 415 S. 28th Street, Battle Creek, MI 49015. Family and friends will continue Ginny's...
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Alan Stephen "Al" Phillips

April 17, 1964 - April 23, 2017

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

April 11, 2017 - April 11, 2017

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

December 8, 1926 - April 10, 2017

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

February 14, 1925 - March 18, 2017

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

July 27, 1969 - March 13, 2017

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

November 11, 1941 - March 7, 2017

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

May 28, 1946 - February 9, 2017

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

August 30, 1943 - January 28, 2017

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

September 1, 1933 - January 22, 2017

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

January 30, 1933 - January 22, 2017

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

January 31, 1944 - January 22, 2017

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

November 18, 1931 - January 21, 2017

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

February 18, 1925 - January 21, 2017

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

September 2, 2012 - January 18, 2017

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

December 8, 1923 - January 4, 2017

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

December 15, 1962 - January 4, 2017

Laura Ann (Gellinger) Gordon of Galesburg, MI Laura, age 54, passed away after being diagnosed with FrontoTemporal Degeneration (FTD) a few years ago. Laura was a loving mother, wonderful wife, kind friend and beautiful person. Laura was born December 15, 1962 in Joliet, IL to Kathleen (McGinnis) and Terrence Gellinger. Laura grew up in Palatine, IL and graduated from Fremd...
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Marilynn J. Chipman

January 6, 1920 - December 27, 2016

Chipman, Marilynn J. Jan. 6, 1920 – Dec. 27, 2016 At age ninety-six, Marilynn went to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. She is with her beloved husband, Royce and daughter, Sandra Abbott. Marilynn passed away peacefully with family and loved ones around her. Marilynn had three daughters, Tonya, Sandra (deceased), and Char-Lee. She is survived by Tonya Preston, Char-Lee...
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Duane P. Gillespie

June 22, 1932 - December 24, 2016

Duane P. Gillespie, age 84, of Battle Creek died peacefully and went to be with his Lord & Savior on Saturday morning, December 24, 2016. He was born in Galesburg, Michigan on June 22, 1932, the son of Paul O. and Lucille (Shafer) Gillespie. Duane faithfully served his country as member of the United States Army from 1949 to 1953. Duane worked for many years as a machinist at Hydreco in...
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Leona K. Teutsch

June 7, 1914 - December 9, 2016

Leona Katherine Teutsch, age 102, of Richland, passed away peacefully December 9, 2016 at Borgess Gardens in Kalamazoo. Born June 7, 1914, one of 12 children of Center Line farmer and civic leader Edward J. Schoenherr and Cecilia A. Baumgartner Schoenherr, Leona attended St. Clement's Church and Schools in Center Line. She married August P. Teutsch in 1943 and in 1947 they moved to Gull Lake...
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Daniel Norman "Dan" Gibbs

May 9, 1950 - December 6, 2016

Daniel Norman Gibbs of Richland, MI Dan, age 66, died Tuesday morning, December 6, 2016 at Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI following a courageous battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 17th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 12648 East D Avenue, Augusta, MI 49012, with Father John...
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Collin James Rose

November 23, 2016

Officer Collin James Rose, age 29, passed away on November 23, 2016. Collin leaves behind his lovely fiancé, Nicole Salgot, parents; Randy and Karen Rose, brother, Curtis, Grandma, Margaret Rysz, Grandpa, Clifford Rose, Aunts and Uncles; Debbie (Fred) Winkler, Diana (Robert) Shafer and David (Cheryl) Rose, in laws; Cheryl (Steve) Salgot, brothers in law; Mark (Karen Light) Poulter and Matt...
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Eric Lee Anderson

June 2, 1989 - November 21, 2016

Eric Lee Anderson was called Home to eternal peace on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the age of 27. Eric was born in Kalamazoo, MI on June 2, 1989 to Mark and Patty (Dembczynski) Anderson. Eric graduated from Gull Lake High School in 2008. He attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and George Washington Community College in Chicago. He lived in Chicago, IL and recently moved back home to...
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Fredrick Lee "Fred" Murray

November 24, 1943 - November 18, 2016

Fredrick Lee Murray of Kalamazoo, MI Fred, age 72, died Friday, November 18, 2016. Fred was born on November 24, 1943 in Battle Creek, MI, to Mike and Mary (Day) Murray. He worked for thirty two years at General Motors in Kalamazoo. He was known to many as a kind and gentle man. He loved to watch his children and grandchildren's sporting events,...
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Carol Ann (Wrench) Healy

October 21, 1934 - November 15, 2016

Carol Ann (Wrench) Healy of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Richland, MI A loving Wife and Mother, Carol, age 82, died Tuesday afternoon, November 15, 2106 at Borgess Gardens, Kalamazoo after a courageous 4-month battle with cancer. Carol, the daughter of Alfred and Isabelle (Sauve) Wrench, was born in Kalamazoo on October 21,...
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Connie Lynn Schoonard

April 5, 1958 - November 12, 2016

Connie Lynn Schoonard, 58, of Delton, passed away suddenly on November 12, 2016 in Kalamazoo County. She was born Connie Thiessen in Battle Creek, Michigan on April 5, 1958 to Chester and Donna Thiessen of East Leroy. Connie and her husband of 34 years, Timothy L. Schoonard, also of Delton were parents of seven children. Connie worked together with her husband Timothy in their family...
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Harry "Skip" Bowker

December 31, 1933 - November 10, 2016

Harry R. "Skip" Bowker, 82, of Richland, died November 10, 2016. Skip was born December 31, 1933 in Charleston Township to Loyal and Cora (Machin) Bowker. He graduated from Richland High School. Skip went to work immediately in the electrical business. He became a master electrician and contractor, eventually owner and operator of Bowker & Sons Electric. Skip had many hobbies. He was...
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Molly Grace Matthews

February 14, 2013 - November 5, 2016

Molly Grace Matthews of Portage, MI Purple. Our little Princess loved purple. Anything PURPLE! Purple toys, purple clothes, purple juice! And now she plays in the folds of the royal purple robes of her Super Hero and best friend, Jesus. Our precious angel, Molly Grace went to Heaven early on Saturday morning, November 5, 2016 at the age of 3 ½...
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Colleen P. (Powers) Koestner

October 1, 1931 - October 31, 2016

Colleen P. (Powers) Koestner of Portage, MI Colleen, age 85, died Monday afternoon, October 31, 2016 at her residence with her loving family by her side. Colleen, the daughter of Harry J. and Gay B. (Conroy) Powers, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on October 1, 1931. She faithfully served her church and community for many years. ...
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Ross Thomas Griffith

August 4, 1925 - October 28, 2016

Ross Thomas Griffith, age 91, of Hickory Corners unexpectedly passed away Friday evening, October 28, 2016  He was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 4, 1925, the son of Edwin T. and Sarah (Temme) Griffith.  Ross faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, and served the Richland community as co-owner of The Cabinetry Store in Richland for...
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Paul E. Rice

March 28, 1923 - October 28, 2016

Paul E. Rice, age 93, of Augusta, died Friday afternoon, October 28, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living in Battle Creek. He was born March 28, 1923 to Harry B. and Chloe (May) Rice in Paintsville, Kentucky. After graduating High School, Paul enlisted in the United States Army and served during WWII in the Panama Canal Zone. After being discharged from the service, he attended Western Michigan...
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Stanley E. "Skip" Phillips

May 1, 1936 - October 28, 2016

Stanley E. "Skip" Phillips of Richland, MI Skip, age 80 and former Richland Township Fire Chief, died Friday morning, October 28, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI with his loving family at his side. Skip, the son of Dan A. and Lena (Boven) Phillips, was born in Richland on May 1, 1936; was a lifetime resident and 1955 graduate of...
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Kenneth H. "Ken" Pritchard

February 21, 1955 - October 25, 2016

Kenneth H. "Ken" Pritchard of Delton, MI Ken, age 61, died Tuesday morning, October 25, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, following a brief illness and with his loving wife, Keri at his side. Ken, the son of William and Gertrude (De Mink) Pritchard, was born in Kalamazoo on February 21, 1955, and a 1973...
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James Joseph "Jim" Clancy

December 29, 1960 - October 20, 2016

James Joseph "Jim" Clancy of Richland, MI Jim, age 55, passed away Thursday evening October 20, 2016 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI with his loving family at his side. Jim, the son of Harry K. and Patricia A. (Coghlan) Clancy, was born in Battle Creek, MI on December 29, 1960 and was a lifetime resident of the area. ...
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Joyce Elaine (Westerberg) Parker

July 5, 1927 - October 18, 2016

Joyce W. Parker of Gull Lake, Michigan Joyce W. Parker, age 89, passed away on October 18, 2016 after a long fight with Parkinson's disease. Joyce was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 5, 1927 to Melville and Eva (Swenson) Westerberg. A talented student and singer in her youth, Joyce attended Kalamazoo College, later graduating from Western...
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Arthur Richard "Dick" Gross

June 23, 1928 - October 11, 2016

Arthur Richard "Dick" Gross of Richland, MI Dick Gross age 88, died Tuesday morning, October 11, 2016 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence of Kalamazoo, MI, following a brief illness. Dick, the son of Arthur W. and Margaret K. (Schmitter) Gross, was born in Milwaukee, WI on June 23, 1928 and moved with his wife Virginia (Ginny) to Richland in...
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Charlene R. Keiser

April 11, 1930 - October 6, 2016

Charlene R. Keiser, age 86, of Hickory Corners, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016. She was born in Plainwell, Michigan on April 11, 1930, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy (Cave) Howard. Charlene retired from the Mead Company in Kalamazoo after more than 44 years of service. Charlene married Clare Keiser on June 3, 1957; he sadly preceded her in death on November 3, 1992. She is...
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Lila Marion (Kellogg) Howes

January 21, 1915 - October 1, 2016

Lila Marion (Kellogg) Howes of Galesburg, MI Lila, age 101, died Wednesday evening, October 12, 2016 at her residence. Lila, the daughter of John and Belle (Grodavent) Kellogg, was born in Calhoun County, MI on January 21, 1915; was a lifetime area resident and 1935 graduate of W.K. Kellogg High School in Hickory Corners, MI. She had been a...
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Bonnie Mae (O'Brien) Mellema

October 6, 1935 - September 27, 2016

Bonnie was born October 6, 1935, in Traverse City, MI to Jerry and Leona (O'Brien) Vrany. In 1942, after both of her parents died of tuberculosis, Bonnie and her brother Jerry were adopted by her aunt and uncle, Julius Joseph and Dorothy T. (Kohler) O'Brien. Bonnie spent her childhood in Sutton's Bay where she would spend many summer days picking cherries at the Kohler cherry farm with her...
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Alfonso R. "Chito" I Balboa, II

June 22, 1995 - September 10, 2016

Alfonso R. "Chito" Balboa, II of Galesburg, MI Chito, age 21, died unexpectedly as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Indiana on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Chito was born in Kalamazoo, MI on June 22, 1995. He was a construction worker for Christian Construction of Kalamazoo, MI and a member of Radiant...
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James Arnold "Jim" Fish, Sr.

February 21, 1927 - August 25, 2016

James Arnold "Jim" Fish, Sr. of Hickory Corners, MI Jim, age 89, died Thursday morning, August 25, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI and in the presence of his family. Jim was born the son of Robert and Margaret (Lowe) Fish, in Scranton, PA on Feb. 21, 1927. He attended Scranton Country Day School and the Choate School in CT. In 1950, Jim...
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Linnea Eloise Saffell

August 19, 2016

Linnea E. Saffell, age 86, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 19, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was born and raised in Washington state, but lived the majority of her life in Michigan. Linnea was an elementary and art teacher who was enthusiastic about learning and experiencing various cultures and people. She is survived by two daughters, Jennifer (George)...
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Mary Jane Stewart-Yonkers

July 11, 1927 - August 3, 2016

Mary Jane Stewart Yonkers of Portage, MI Mary, age 89, died Wednesday morning August 3, 2016 at her daughter's residence, with her loving family at her side. Mary Jane Stewart Yonkers, the beloved daughter of Ralph and Florence (Daniels) Stewart, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 11, 1927 and was a lifetime area resident. She was a 1945 graduate of Nazareth Academy, received...
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Helen Louise (Cogswell) Bosier

June 7, 1921 - August 1, 2016

Helen Louise (Cogswell) Bosier of Richland, MI Helen, age 95, died peacefully in her home, Monday, August 1, 2016. Helen, the daughter of Frank Daniel and Helen Josephine (Noeldner) Cogswell, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on June 7, 1921; was a lifetime area resident and a 1939 graduate of St. Augustine (Kalamazoo) High School. She...
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Barbara J. "Barb" Pleyte

July 17, 1931 - July 19, 2016

Barbara J. "Barb" Pleyte, age 85, of Galesburg, MI, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Barb, the daughter of John and Hattie (Kruithoff) DeYoung, was born July 17, 1931 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was a 1949 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. Barb married Richard G. "Dick" Pleyte in Kalamazoo on February 4, 1954; he preceded her in death on December 5, 2015. Surviving are her...
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Cullen Elwyn Mandeville

July 9, 1939 - July 7, 2016

Cullen Elwyn Mandeville of Delton, MI Elwyn, age 76, died Thursday afternoon, July 7, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI Elwyn, the son of LeRoy E. and Bettie Lou (Bloodworth) Mandeville was born in Miami, FL on July 9, 1939. He lived in Miami until he was 9 and then moved to Dorr, Michigan. Elwyn was a 1957 graduate of Wayland...
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Lory Ann (Dodgson) Fish

May 29, 1960 - July 6, 2016

Lory Ann (Dodgson) Fish of Hickory Corners, MI Lory, age 56, died unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, July 6, 2016 at her residence. Lory, the daughter of Lewis A. and Sally J. (Clancy) Dodgson, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on May 29, 1960; was a lifetime area resident and a 1978 graduate of Kalamazoo Hackett High School. ...
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Betty Lou (Elizabeth Louise Brumbaugh) Levene

April 4, 1921 - June 28, 2016

Betty Lou Levene (Elizabeth Louise Brumbaugh) of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Betty Lou, age 95, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday evening, June 28, 2016. She was born on April 4,1921 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Prof, and Mrs. M.M Brumbaugh. Betty was a graduate of Augustana College, where she was a soloist with the choir, violin...
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Gary Lee Bishop

March 25, 1942 - June 27, 2016

Gary Lee Bishop of Sherman Lake (Richland), MI Gary, age 74, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday evening, June 27, 2016. Gary, the son of Stanley and Dorothy (Roelof) Bishop was born in Kalamazoo, MI, on March 25, 1942 and was a graduate of Galesburg-Augusta High School (1960) and Western Michigan University. He retired in 1996 after...
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Mark Anthony "Markie" Wyman

November 5, 1956 - June 26, 2016

Mark Anthony "Markie" Wyman of Delton, MI Markie, age 56, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, June 26, 2016 at his residence. Markie, the son of Carl M. and Nellie D. (Stacey) Wyman, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on November 5, 1956 and was a lifetime area resident. Markie is survived by two...
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Gladys Jeanne (Loomis) "Jeanne" Frey

July 24, 1928 - June 19, 2016

Gladys Jeanne (Loomis) "Jeanne" Frey of Richland, MI Jeanne passed away peacefully, Sunday morning, June 19, 2016 at Borgess Gardens of Kalamazoo, MI. She was 87. Jeanne was born July 24, 1928 in Enid, Oklahoma to Loren Samuel and Clara Gladys (Palmer) Loomis. She graduated from Enid High School in 1946 and attended Phillips University. In 1949 she moved to Ann Arbor,...
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Debra Anne (Maino) "Debbie" Bradley

October 25, 1962 - June 7, 2016

Debra Anne (Maino) "Debbie" Bradley of Augusta, MI Debbie, age 53, died tragically Tuesday evening, June 7, 2016 from injuries sustained during a bicycle run with "The Chain Gang" on N. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI. Debbie, the daughter of Thomas W. and Judy K. (Moore) Maino, was born on October 25, 1962 in...
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Suzanne Jean Sippel

April 23, 1960 - June 7, 2016

Suzanne Jean Sippel of Augusta, MI Suzanne, age 56, died tragically Tuesday evening, June 7, 2016 in a cycling accident near Kalamazoo, MI. Since 1981 Suzanne was married to Stephen Hamilton, who survives. She is also survived by her son, Lucas Hamilton of Augusta; her parents, Robert and Jean Sippel of Dearborn Heights, and a brother, Norman (Muriel) Sippel of Grantham...
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Thomas Edward "Tom" Ruckstaetter

March 12, 1943 - June 5, 2016

Thomas Edward "Tom" Ruckstaetter of Richland, MI and Log Cabin, TX Tom, age 73, died peacefully at his residence and with his loving family by his side on Sunday morning, June 5, 2016. Tom, the son of George A. and Ruth ...
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Michael Paul Cody

November 10, 1992 - May 28, 2016

Michael Paul Cody 11/10/92-5/28/16 Michael Paul Cody, age 23, of Augusta, left this earthly home on Saturday, May 28, 2016 to fly with the angels in his heavenly home. He is gone way too soon and will be forever missed. Michael leaves behind his parents, Kellie and Jan Cody; brother, Brian (Miranda); sister, Laura (Phil); niece, Riley; nephews, Bentley and Hudson, and special friend,...
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Paul E. Kuchenbuch

March 17, 1918 - May 10, 2016

Paul E. Kuchenbuch, 98, of Gull Lake, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center. Paul was born March 17, 1918 in Connersville, IN to Albert and Mary (Mae)Kuchenbuch (Pritchard). He married the former Kathleen "Kay" McClimon in 1948 and the couple bought a home on Gull Lake where they resided their entire lives. He worked as a Staff Manager for The Prudential Insurance Company for 37...
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Victoria Louise "April" Boyer

April 1, 1940 - May 2, 2016

Victoria Louise "April" Boyer of Richland, MI April, age 76, went to be with her Lord, Monday morning, May 2, 2016 at Kairos Dwelling of Kalamazoo, MI. April, the daughter of Arthur C. and Petronella A. (Kasinskas) Boyer, Sr., was born in Baltimore, MD on April 1, 1940; she was a 1958 graduate of Western Senior High School, Baltimore. She retired in...
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Ilene D. Raymond

May 4, 1926 - May 1, 2016

Ilene D. Raymond, age 87, of Galesburg, MI went to be with her Lord & Savior on Sunday morning, May 1, 2016. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 4, 1928, the loving daughter of Harold and Gladys (Strong) Hope. Ilene worked as an executive secretary for many years at I.C.E.A. in Detroit. Ilene married the "Love of Her Life", Clayton E. Raymond in Detroit on September 20, 1958; he...
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Betty Lou Greer

January 22, 1929 - April 26, 2016

Betty Lou Greer, age 87, of Augusta, passed away Tuesday evening, April 26, 2016. She was born on January 22, 1929 in Hastings, Michigan, the loving daughter of Harold R. and Velma E. "Dick" (Otis) Harmon, and graduated from the W.K. Kellogg Agricultural School. Over the years, Betty was employed at the Augusta Telephone Company, Clark Equipment Company, Blue Diamond Lumber, and retired from...
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Margaret Catherine (Hooper) "Peg" Flach

April 20, 1921 - April 8, 2016

Margaret Catherine (Hooper) "Peg" Flach of Boulder, CO & formerly of Gull Lake, MI Peg, age 94, died Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Boulder, CO. Peg, the daughter, of John and Iva Mae (Phillips) Hooper, was born in Detroit, MI on April 20, 1921; was a Gull Lake resident; a 1938 graduate of Kellogg High School in Augusta, MI...
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Mary Buckley Messerly

October 15, 1956 - April 5, 2016

Mary Buckley Messerly of Richland, MI Mary, age. 59 died peacefully Tuesday evening, April 5, 2016 at her residence with her loving family at her side. Mary, the daughter of Spencer L. and Cleopha G. (Flannery) Buckley, was born in Bad Axe, MI on October 15, 1956; a 1975 graduate of Bad Axe High School and received her Bachelor in Accounting from Michigan State University. She...
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James Karl "Jim" Buckhout

March 23, 1948 - April 4, 2016

James Karl "Jim" Buckhout of Richland, MI Jim, age 68, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon, April 4, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Jim, the son of Wilfred J. and Jeanette L. (Thomsen) Buckhout, was born in Kalamazoo on March 23, 1948; was a lifetime area resident and a 1966 graduate of Comstock, MI. He served his Country honorably and nobly during the...
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Lorraine A. Squires

May 20, 1926 - April 1, 2016

Lorraine A. Squires, age 89, of Crossroads Village in Portage and formerly of Hickory Corners, died on Friday evening, April 1, 2016 at the Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. She was born in Kalamazoo on May 20, 1926, the daughter of Dowd D. and Irene (Root) Doubblestein. Lorraine owned & operated Squires Grocery on Gull Lake for more than 17 years. She was a life-member of the Gull Lake View...
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Bruce N. "Neal" Bartlett

February 10, 1955 - March 31, 2016

Bruce N. "Neal" Bartlett of Augusta, Michigan Neal, age 61, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday morning, March 31, 2016. Neal, the son of Bruce H. and Ann E. (Zeller) Bartlett, was born in San Antonio, Texas on February 10, 1955; was a lifetime area resident and was a 1973 graduate of Pennfield High School. Neal was employed as a machinist for 10 years...
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Clara (Edema) Alkema

November 27, 1927 - March 18, 2016

Clara (Edema) Alkema of Hickory Corners, MI Clara, age 88, died peacefully Friday morning, March 18, 2016 at the Boschway Adult Foster Care Home, Battle Creek, MI, surrounded by her loving family. Clara, the daughter of August and Rena (Potter) Edema, was born in Grand Rapids, MI on November 27, 1927 and moved to this area in 1967. She was a dedicated wife and mother...
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Patricia Ann (Davis) "Pat" Snyder

June 8, 1951 - March 16, 2016

Patricia Ann (Davis) Snyder of Augusta, MI Pat, age 64, died peacefully at home Wednesday afternoon, March 16, 2016 after a courageous battle against cancer and with her loving family at her side. Pat, the daughter of Robert and Jacqueline (Hillis) Davis, was born Kalamazoo, MI on June 8,...
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Josephine J. (Guarisco) Crawford

August 7, 1924 - March 15, 2016

Josephine J. (Guarisco) Crawford of Galesburg, MI Josephine, age 91, died Tuesday evening, March 15, 2016 at Woodlands Cottage of the Borgess Gardens, Kalamazoo, MI. Josephine, the daughter of Ottavio and Maria (Cuilluffo) Guarisco, was born in Kalamazoo on August 7, 1924; had been a lifetime area resident and a 1942 graduate of...
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Laura Belle (Brooks) Marr

February 2, 1938 - March 8, 2016

Laura Belle (Brooks) Marr of Kalamazoo, MI Laura, age 78, died Tuesday evening, March 8, 2016 at Kairos Dwelling of Kalamazoo and with her loving family by her side. Laura, the daughter of Joseph Milton and Helen Irene (Roop) Brooks, was born in Baltimore, MD on February 2, 1938. She had been employed at Production Plates Plastics of Richland,...
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David Randall Hewkin

October 26, 1944 - March 5, 2016

David R. Hewkin, age 71, of Richland went Home to his Heavenly Father on Saturday evening, March 5, 2016. He was born in Effingham, Illinois on October 26, 1944, the loving son of Harold F. and Alena Grace (Goen) Hewkin and graduated from Effingham High School with the Class of 1962. David faithfully served his country during the Vietnam Era as a member of the United States Air Force from 1962...
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John Ehlich, Jr.

March 30, 1936 - March 1, 2016

John Ehlich, Jr., of Richland, MI., age 79, died March 1, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. John was a carpenter who loved woodworking. He loved to build furniture and bird houses when he wasn't supervising the building and remodeling of Jacobson's Stores in many states. While living in Detroit, he had his own business and also worked for Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Company. He was...
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Eric Harold Moran

February 14, 1965 - February 25, 2016

Eric Harold Moran of Richland, MI Eric, age 51, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, February 25, 2016, at his residence. Eric, the son of Janet M. (Allen) and Duane R. Moran and Gregory M. and Elaine L. Kearney, was born in Whittier, CA; moved to this area in 1966 and was a 1983 graduate of Galesburg-Augusta High...
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Brenda Marie (Nemedi) Carl

March 18, 1933 - February 20, 2016

Brenda Marie (Nemedi) Carl of Kalamazoo, Michigan Brenda, age 82, died peacefully at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo on Saturday evening, February 20, 2016, with her entire family at her side. The daughter of Arthur J. and Iva M. (Cramer) Nemedi, Brenda was born in Kalamazoo on March 18, 1933. She was a lifelong area resident and a 1951 graduate...
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Hilde Ulbrich

September 28, 1940 - February 7, 2016

Hilde Dykstra Ulbrich, 75, passed away on February 7 in Kalamazoo, MI. She was born in Sint Jacobiparochie, Friesland in The Netherlands on September 28, 1940. Hilde immigrated to the United States in 1953 and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1958. She worked for the Sutherland Paper Company after graduation. She loved to read, and spent many wonderful visits with friends...
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Scott Franklin Jeffrey

October 31, 1953 - February 5, 2016

Scott Franklin Jeffrey of Delton, MI Scott, age 62, died unexpectedly early Friday morning, February 5, 2016 at The University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor following a brief illness with his family by his side. Scott, the son of Jimmie and Helen (Harbour) Jeffrey, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on October 31, 1953 and was a lifetime area resident. He...
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Florence E. (Grover) Gould

January 27, 1934 - February 2, 2016

Florence E. (Grover) Gould of Richland, Michigan Florence, age 82, died Tuesday morning, February 2, 2016 at Heartland of Kalamazoo, MI, following a prolonged illness. Florence, the daughter of Leslie and Eva (Garn) Grover, was born in Scotts, MI on January 27, 1934. After graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1952, she was a lifetime area resident. She was a faithful secretary...
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Kevin Jon Swarms

November 15, 1966 - January 25, 2016

Kevin Jon Swarms of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Hickory Corners, MI Kevin, age 49, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Kevin, the son of Robert L. and Judith K. (Rabbitt) Swarms, was born in Lompoc, CA on November 15, 1966. He moved to Michigan with his family in 1977, and was a 1984 graduate of Gull...
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Ruth Louise (Snow) Lanteigne

December 1, 1939 - January 25, 2016

Ruth Louise (Snow) Lanteigne of Augusta, MI Ruth, age 76, died Monday morning, January 25, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, following a lengthy illness having battled COPD for several years, many back surgeries and a neck fusion. Ruth, the daughter of Dudley and Mildred (Heron) Snow, was born in New London...
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Louise Elizabeth "LuLu" (Darkey) Walbridge

February 10, 1932 - January 20, 2016

Louise Elizabeth (Darkey) "LuLu" Walbridge of Gull Lake (Augusta), MI, Louise, age 83 and affectionately known as "LuLu," died Wednesday afternoon, January 20, 2016, at the Amber Way Heritage Community, Kalamazoo. Her loving family was by her side. The daughter of Karl and Louise (Watts) Darkey, Louise was born in Akron, OH on February 10, 1932. She was a 1950...
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Howard Norman Hoeksema

October 31, 1930 - January 16, 2016

Howard Norman Hoeksema of Richland, MI Howard, age 85, died peacefully with his loving wife at his side on Saturday morning, January 16, 2016 at his home. Howard, the son of Peter and Dorothy (Chapman) Hoeksema, was born in Kalamazoo, Ml on October 31,1930. He was a lifetime area resident and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High...
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William Joseph Lotts III

December 31, 1956 - January 15, 2016

William Joseph "Bill" Lotts III Age 59 Of Ceresco, MI William Joseph Lotts III, (known to his friends as Bill) went to be with the Lord January 15, 2016. Bill was born on December 31, 1956 in Battle Creek, MI; the only son of the late William J. and Phyllis R. (Bruce) Lotts II. As lifelong resident of Battle Creek, Bill attended Harper Creek High School graduating in 1975. Thereafter, he...
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Richard Lee "Dick" Tewell

March 24, 1935 - January 15, 2016

Richard Lee "Dick" Tewell of Richland, MI Dick, age 80, died unexpectedly Friday morning, January 15, 2106 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dick, the son of Ira "Tex" and Blanche (Pricer) Tewell, was born in Dayton, OH on March 2, 1935. He had been employed at Allied Paper and retired in 1980 from...
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Rosemary Kay (Sherman) Woodward

October 12, 1943 - January 11, 2016

Rosemary Kay (Sherman) Woodward of Richland, MI Rosemary, age 72, died Monday evening, January 11, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI and with her loving family at her side. Rosemary, the daughter of Rex and Mary (Lamson) Sherman was born in Kalamazoo on October 12, 1943; was a 1961 graduate of Portage High School and a...
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William Scott "Scott" Peter

July 1, 1981 - January 11, 2016

William Scott "Scott" Peter of Kalamazoo, MI Scott, age 34, died unexpectedly Monday morning, January 11, 2016 at his residence. Scott, the son of William Alan and Cindy Sue (Lucas) Peter, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 1, 1981 and was a lifetime resident. He was a 1999 graduate of Delton (MI) High School and was the Owner and Operator of Pro Gutter Services of...
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Timothy "Tim" Anthony

December 16, 1960 - January 8, 2016

Timothy R. "Tim" Anthony, age 55, of Galesburg unexpectedly passed away on Friday, January 8, 2016. He was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky on December 16, 1960, the loving son of Raymond and Darlene (King) Anthony. Tim owned & operated Integrity Consulting for many years and had previously served as General Manager in the packaging industry. Tim married the "Love of His Life", Jane...
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Anthony Alfred "Tony" Gioia

April 7, 1934 - January 4, 2016

Anthony Alfred "Tony" Gioia of Augusta, MI Tony, age 81, died Monday January 4, 2016, at his residence and with his loving family at his side. Tony, the son of Patrick and Eugenia (Mencuccini) Gioia, was born in Torrington, CT on April 7, 1934. He graduated from Torrington High School in 1951 and married Kathleen...
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Mary Elizabeth (Fisher) Gore

February 4, 1914 - January 2, 2016

Mary Elizabeth (Fisher) Gore of Richland, MI Mary went into the presence of the Lord on Saturday, January 2, 2016, four weeks shy of her 102nd birthday at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, MI. Mary was born in New Brighton, PA on February 4, 1914, the daughter of Alfred and Leva (McCoy) Fisher. On October 20, 1931, Mary...
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David C. Holdridge

February 13, 1936 - December 29, 2015

David C. Holdridge, age 79, of Richland died Tuesday morning, December 29, 2015 at the Plainwell Pines Nursing Centre in Kalamazoo. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on February 13, 1936, the loving son of Maurice and Gladys (Chilson) Holdridge, and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. David retired from Zimmerman Service in 1998 after more than 30+ years of...
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Bruce Thomas Gleesing

March 12, 1944 - December 14, 2015

Bruce Thomas Gleesing of Richland, MI Bruce, age 71, died Monday morning, December 14, 2015 following an unexpected diagnosis of cancer. Bruce, the son of Herbert and Loretta (Lambeseder) Gleesing, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 12, 1944; was a lifetime...
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Dorothy E. Howes

December 23, 1925 - December 13, 2015

Dorothy E. Howes (Boyd), age 89 of Portage, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, Mich. Dorothy was born December 23, 1925 in Pontiac, IL to Hugh and Dora (Richeson) Boyd. She grew up in Flanagan, IL and graduated from Flanagan High School and Nursing School. She moved to Augusta, MI to work in Dr. Spear's office where she met her future husband, Harry...
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Edwin "Ed" Cohen

July 20, 1936 - December 13, 2015

Edwin Cohen, long-time Kalamazoo area resident and former CEO of Allen Testproducts, dies at 79. After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Edwin Cohen, the former CEO of Allen Testproducts in Kalamazoo, MI, died with his family at his side on December 13, 2015. He was 79. Ed was born July 20, 1936 in Fond du Lac, WI to Nathan and Ann Cohen. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in...
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Nicholas Adam "Nick" Weemes

October 6, 1981 - December 6, 2015

Nicholas Adam "Nick" Weemes of Richland, MI Nick, age 34, died Sunday, December 6, 2105 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer and with his loving family at his side. Nick, the son of William Dean and Andrea Lynn (Wertz) Weemes was born in Battle Creek, MI on October 6,...
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Richard Gerard "Dick" Pleyte

November 2, 1932 - December 5, 2015

Richard Gerard "Dick" Pleyte of Galesburg, MI Dick, age 83, of Galesburg, MI, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015, surrounded by family. Dick, son of Gerard and Laura (France) Pleyte, was born November 2, 1932, in Hart, Michigan. He was a 1949 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Michigan...
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Lee Delton Williams

November 29, 1947 - December 2, 2015

Lee D. Williams, age 68, of Portage passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 29, 1947, the son of Lee Delton and Ruth P. (Howell) Williams Sr. Lee faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. Lee married LuAnn "Lu" Barnes on June 26, 2002; she sadly preceded him in death on September 18, 2008. He was also...
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Stanley B. "Stan" Hill

November 20, 1943 - December 1, 2015

Stanley B. "Stan" Hill of Dowling, MI Stan, age 72, died Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital and surrounded by his loving family. Stan, the son of Dewey S. and Lucy L. (Dishman) Hill, was born in Livingston, TN on November 20, 1943. He served his country honorably and nobly in the United States Army as a SP5 with the 7th Infantry. Stan had been employed at...
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Glenn E. Rhodes

November 18, 1929 - November 22, 2015

Glenn E. Rhodes, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, November 22, 2015. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois on November 18, 1929. Glenn worked for 27 years as an architect for the Upjohn Company Engineering Department. Glenn spent his early years living in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois until graduation from the University of Illinois. After marrying his...
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Clara Louise (Smith) "Clare" English

October 6, 1933 - October 20, 2015

Clara Louise (Smith) "Clare" English of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Clare, age 82, died Tuesday evening, October 20, 2015 at the New Friends Memory Care & Assisted Living Community of Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born October 6, 1933 in Jackson, Michigan to Charles and Claribel (Jeffery) Smith. She graduated in 1951 from St. John High School in Jackson,...
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Marsha Ann (Lewis) Boekeloo

October 22, 1958 - October 15, 2015

Marsha Ann (Lewis) Boekeloo of Rio Rancho, NM Marsha, age 56, passed away unexpectedly Thursday October 15, 2015 while vacationing in Puerto Rico. She was born October 22, 1958 to Eugene and Patricia Ann (Loveless) Lewis in Albion, MI. Marsha graduated from Gull Lake High School of Richland, MI in...
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Floris A. Andrews

January 21, 1927 - August 26, 2015

Floris A. Andrews, age 88, of Battle Creek died Wednesday evening, August 26, 2015 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Howell, Michigan on January 21, 1927, the loving daughter of Alva A. and Lillian J. (Buhl) Dickson. Floris married Robert A. "Bob" Andrews on June 29, 1948 in Howell, MI; he sadly preceded her in death on November 27, 2010. She is survived by her three children, Pam...
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Norma J. (Smith) Beguhl

February 18, 1937 - August 24, 2015

Norma J. (Smith) Beguhl of Richland, MI Norma, age 78, passed away Monday evening, August 24, 2015 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence of Kalamazoo, MI, following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer, exactly 3 months to the day of the death of her beloved husband, Dean, who succumbed to the same malady. Norma, the...
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Robert Seth "Bob" Allwardt

May 13, 1949 - August 16, 2015

Robert Seth "Bob" Allwardt of Kalamazoo, MI Bob made his transition August 16, 2015 after a courageous fight with cancer. He was born May 13, 1949 in South Bend, Indiana to the late Robert Knaupp and Barbara Allwardt. He attended public schools in Grand Rapids and Battle Creek, Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University. Known for his quick wit...
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