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Betty J. Heckber

April 14, 1924 - September 28, 2015

Betty J. Heckber, age 91, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully at home in the loving care of her family on Monday, September 28, 2015. Betty was born in Battle Creek on April 14, 1924, the 3rd daughter of Frank and Dessa (McDonald) Cawood. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1943. On May 18, 1947 she was married to Philip Forsyth in Battle Creek. The couple...
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Tamie Jacox

August 8, 1957 - September 23, 2015

Tamie Jacox, age 58, of Battle Creek passed away September 23, 2015 at her home with her hand on her husband's face as a tear rolled down her check. Tamie was born on August 8, 1957 in Lansing, MI, a daughter of Frank E. and Marlene K. (Martens) Buonodono. She graduated from Lakeview High School with the class of 1974. On April 30, 1982 she married her best friend, Jesse Jacox in Battle Creek....
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Shirley P. Blowers

November 23, 1935 - September 23, 2015

Shirley P. Blowers age 79 of Battle Creek passed away on Wednesday September 23, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family. Shirley was born in Gary, IN on November 23, 1935 a daughter of Anna B Belle. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with Class of 1953. On November 24, 1956, Shirley married the love of her life Robert L. Blowers in Battle Creek; He preceded her in death on...
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Alfred L. Murray

September 6, 1933 - September 14, 2015

Alfred "Al" Lawrence Murray Alfred Murray, age 82, of Battle Creek, MI passed away unexpectantly on Monday September 14, 2015 at home. Al was born on September 6, 1933 in Cass City, MI to Paul Alex and Sarah (Ball) Murray. He graduated from Cass City High School and went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. Al spent his entire career with...
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Jean Mathewson

September 12, 2015 - September 12, 2015

Jean Mathewson, age 77, of Bellevue, died at her home in the loving care of her family on Thursday night, September 10, 2015. Jean was born March 3, 1938 in Ada, Hardin County, Ohio to Dwight H. and Opal (Binkley) Musser. She grew up in Hardin County where she graduated from Ada High School. The boys in Bluffton, Ohio tended to drive the short distance to Ada, Ohio to chase the local...
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Jacqueline Davidson

November 4, 1927 - August 26, 2015

Jacqueline Davidson, 87, of Battle Creek, died August 26, 2015 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Battle Creek. She was born November 4, 1927 in Grand Rapids and attended school in Kalamazoo. She worked in the 1960's as a beautician for Ferrari's Hair Salon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Davidson in 2004; two sisters and two brothers. Surviving are son, Thomas (Susan) Segee...
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Joanne L. Bagwell

October 24, 1945 - August 18, 2015

Joanne Louise Bagwell, 69, of Battle Creek, died August 18, 2015 at home with family. She was born October 24, 1945, the daughter of Ray and Dorothy (Mezak) Wolney in Battle Creek. Joanne graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School and worked at Eaton Manufacturing and Kellogg's. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She always enjoyed family gatherings, and her flower garden. ...
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Charles R. VanHuysen, Jr.

July 11, 1949 - August 13, 2015

On August 13, 2015, Charles Robert VanHuysen Jr. (Chuck) died in his home surrounded by his family following a long battle with cancer. He was 66 years old. Chuck was born in Battle Creek, Michigan to Charles (Senior) and Mary Lou VanHuysen. Chuck, Jr. graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. In 1970, he married his high school sweetheart, Sue...
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Nils Strand

September 21, 1937 - August 11, 2015

Nils Kaare Strand, 77, of Battle Creek, died August 11, 2015 at Bronson Commons in Mattawan. He was born September 21, 1937, the son of Edward O. and Anna (Brevik) Strand in Chicago, Illinois. Nils graduated from Roosevelt University and worked as a property manager for the United States government for 50 years. He loved preserving and restoring architectural buildings and was the driving...
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Clyde J. Jenkins

August 22, 1933 - August 11, 2015

Clyde J. Jenkins, 81, of Battle Creek and formerly of Bellevue, died Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. He was born August 22, 1933 in Battle Creek to Arthur C. and Bessie (South) Jenkins at Camp Custer in Battle Creek. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1951. Clyde served in the U. S. Navy on USS Donner from 1953 to 1957 as a Yeoman Third Class where he...
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Barbara M. Larsen

June 14, 1940 - August 1, 2015

Barbara M. Larsen, 75, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence. She was born June 14, 1940, the daughter of George and Virginia (Rakowski) Shaw in Muskegon. Barbara attended Muskegon Catholic Central High School and Muskegon Community College. She was married in 1961 to her husband of 53 years, Roger E. Larsen. After moving to Battle Creek in 1964 and...
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Francis A. Rugg, Sr.

July 28, 1947 - July 18, 2015

Francis Anthony Rugg, Sr., 67, of Bellevue, died July 18, 2015 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born July 28, 1947, the son of Francis O. and Margaret (Sharkey) in Utica, New York. Francis worked at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center in Battle Creek as an electronic specialist until retiring in 2001. He was a member of Eagles Aerie #299, and the Battle Creek Area Bowling Association. He was...
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Michael F. Schmieder

May 17, 1944 - July 14, 2015

Michael "Mike" Frederick Schmieder, 71, of Battle Creek, died July 14, 2015. He was born May 17, 1944, the son of Earl F. and Bettie J. (Wishnewitz) Schmieder in Toledo, Ohio. Mike served in the U. S. Army and attended the University of Toledo. He worked for American Motors in Toledo for 28 years, retiring in 1990 as a Division Superintendent. He was a member of the American Legion, Post...
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Ronald B. LaParl

July 28, 1917 - July 12, 2015

Ronald B. LaParl, 97, of Battle Creek, died July 12, 2015 at The Legacy in Battle Creek. He was born July 28, 1917, the son of Howard and Cassie (Woodworth) LaParl in Charlotte, adjacent to land being developed as Charlotte Country Club where he began his golf career as a caddy. Ron graduated from Lansing Central High School, and played on the State Championship basketball team…but golf...
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Barbara J. Shaw

July 15, 1920 - July 11, 2015

Barbara Jane Shaw, 94, of Battle Creek, died July 11, 2015 at Trudy's Home in Battle Creek. She was born July 15, 1920, the daughter of Albin and Amanda (Backon) Vestling in Ludington. After graduating from Ludington High School Barb attended MacMurray College for Women and then graduated from Albion College. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority while at Albion College. Barb married...
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Gary H. Wallace

February 25, 1936 - July 4, 2015

Gary H. Wallace (CAPT, USAF RET), 79 of Battle Creek, passed away on the 4th of July, 2015 at home. He was born February 25, 1936 in Battle Creek to Hugh and Frona (Bidlack) Wallace. Gary graduated from Hastings High School in 1954. He held degrees from University of Southern Mississippi, San Jose State University, and University of Southern Illinois. Gary served in the United States Air...
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Helen Elkins

December 13, 1927 - July 2, 2015


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Sally B. Haley

February 21, 1929 - June 30, 2015

Sally B. Haley, 86, of NorthPointe Woods in Battle Creek, died June 30, 2015 at Bronson At Home Hospice Residence. She was born February 21, 1929, the daughter of Roger and Lola (Williams) Sturdivant in Hindman, Kentucky. Sally worked at Kellogg's for 38 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Kellogg 25 Year Club and enjoyed gardening and ceramics. Sally was preceded in death by...
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Joyce M. Otto

September 22, 1926 - June 29, 2015

Joyce M. Otto, 88 of Bellevue, died June 29, 2015. She was born September 22, 1926, the daughter of Howard and Athel (Pitt) Oaster in Kalamo Township. Joyce married Bernard Otto in 1946 and he survives. Also surviving are their sons, Mike (Mary) Otto of Charlotte, Don (Marty) Otto of Bellevue; 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sons, Steve...
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Violet Jones

August 4, 1921 - June 28, 2015

Violet Virginia Jones, 93, of Athens died June 28, 2015 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born August 4, 1921, the daughter of Samuel A.and Willie T. (Metts) Farrington in Wylam, Alabama. Violet attended Athens United Methodist Church and served as president of the United Methodist Women; she participated in the exercise group at Burnham Brook Athens; and she enjoyed knitting and crocheting....
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Phillip L. Golyar

February 7, 1942 - June 26, 2015

Phillip L. Golyar, 73, of Battle Creek, died Friday, June 26, 2015 at home. He was born February 7, 1942 in Battle Creek to George and Mary (Spaulding) Golyar. Phillip attended Lakeview High School and later attended Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University and Masters in Education from Michigan State University. He served in the U. S. Army from 1960 to 1962. Phillip worked for...
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Patricia Ann Lussier

April 20, 1933 - June 24, 2015

Patricia Ann Lussier, 82 of Battle Creek, died June 24, 2015. She was born in Pontiac, Michigan to Isaac and Hazel (Bothwell) Loachridge. Pat graduated from Waterford Township High School in 1951. She was a homemaker, raising nine loving children. Pat was known for her kind and generous spirit. She was an expert at crocheting and shared her work by giving away in excess of 50 afghans. Pat...
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Glen Segar

December 20, 1933 - June 23, 2015

Glen "Smokey" Paul Segar, 81, of Bellevue died June 23, 2015 at home. He was born December 20, 1933, the son of Fred E. and Lela E. (Gray) Segar in Olivet. Smokey worked at Marshall Iron and Metal for several years. He is survived by his wife, Rena Fay (Biddle) Segar of Bellevue; daughters, Marion Segar of Battle Creek, Virginia North of Kalkaska, Judy Patterson of Battle Creek; sons,...
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James Kooi

March 3, 1951 - June 22, 2015

James Kooi, Jr., 64, of Pennfield Township, died June 22, 2015 at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence. He was born March 3, 1951, the son of James and Helene (Selles) Kooi in Grand Rapids. Jim graduated from Grand Rapids Central Christian High School and Ferris State University. He retired from Kellogg's in 2013 after 22 years working in Accounts Payable. He is survived by his wife, Karen ...
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Kenneth O. Buck

May 6, 1936 - June 19, 2015

Kenneth O. "Ken" Buck, 79, of Bellevue Township, died Friday, June 19, 2015 at home. No services are scheduled. Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. www.shawfuneralhome.com
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Nathan M. Alverson

September 15, 1992 - June 19, 2015

Nathan M. Alverson, 22, of Athens, died Friday, June 19, 2015 in Pinconning. He was born September 15, 1992 in Battle Creek to Michael and Kathleen (Seibel) Alverson. Nathan graduated from Athens High School in 2011 and from Ferris State University in May 2015 where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Surveying Engineering. He recently began working as a CAD Designer for Surveying Solutions,...
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Alma Jean Wise

March 11, 1937 - June 14, 2015

Alma Jean (Erskine) Wise, 78, of Athens passed away peacefully Sunday, June 14, 2015 at home surrounded by her family. She was born in 1937, the daughter of Paul and Alma (Jenkins) Erskine in Battle Creek. Jean graduated from Athens High School in 1955 and married her high school sweetheart, Stanley M. Wise, on October 7, 1955. He survives. In addition to her husband, she is survived by...
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William E. Fulmer

February 9, 1930 - May 30, 2015

William E. Fulmer, 85, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence. He was born February 9, 1930 in Weaver, Alabama to Arthur L. and Lizzie (Hall) Fulmer. William left high school to enter the U. S. Army in World War II. His last duty station was Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek as a mechanic. He met his wife there, Barbara J. Parks; she died...
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Monroe W. Smith

December 15, 1942 - May 27, 2015

Monroe W. Smith, 72, of Detroit and formerly of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Hamilton Nursing Home in Detroit. He was born December 15, 1942 in Ludington, Michigan to Everette O. and Evelyn W. (Olson) Smith. Monroe served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1964-1966. He worked many years in West Michigan as a truck driver and tiling installer. He loved country music and...
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Betty Blue

February 3, 1925 - May 15, 2015

Betty J. Blue, 90, of Marshall, died Friday, May 15, 2015 at home. She was born February 3, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Leonard and Cora (Ketterer) Wray. She graduated from Marshall High School in Minnesota and married Robert M. Blue, he died December 19, 2012. Betty was a member of the Kellogg's 25 Year Club, a former member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion Auxiliary. Betty...
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Carol Ann Newberry

September 24, 1935 - May 14, 2015

Carol A. Newberry, 79, of Battle Creek, died Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born September 24, 1935 in Assyria to Mark and Alta (Moore) Berry and attended Bellevue Schools. She married Rex D. Newberry; he died February 14, 2004. Carol enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and especially bingo. She also loved going to garage sales looking for bargains. Surviving...
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Lester William Doubleday

January 28, 1951 - May 6, 2015

Lester W. "Bill" Doubleday, 64, formerly of Battle Creek, died April 7, 2015 in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was born January 28, 1951 in Battle Creek to Lester E. and Margaret (Gibbons) Doubleday. Surviving are mother, Margaret Doubleday of Battle Creek and sister, Mary Bissell of Mason. Graveside services, 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Newbre Cemetery. Pastor Kelly Hadlich officiating. ...
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Richard C. Slayton

December 23, 1926 - April 29, 2015

Richard C. "Dick" Slayton, age 88, of Ceresco, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at home. He was born December 23, 1926 in Battle Creek, Michigan to the parents of John and Oramae (Banfield) Slayton. Dick grew up in Wattles Park and attended Battle Creek Central High School. He served his country by joining the US Navy in December 1944. Dick married his sweetie, Ada May Binger and together they...
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Ada D. Johnson

December 24, 1921 - April 25, 2015

Ada Dorothy Johnson, 93, formerly of Milford, Michigan, Harbor Springs, Michigan and Avon Park, Florida, passed away on April 25, 2015 at Trudy's Home, a senior residence home in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was born December 24, 1921, one of nine children, in Hulbert, Michigan to Irene and Stephen Peacock. Ada married Elwood (Bud) Thornton in Hulbert, in 1938. He preceded her in death in...
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Jon D. Holmes

February 18, 1942 - April 16, 2015

Jon D. Holmes, 73, of East Leroy, died April 16, 2015. He was born February 18, 1942 in Battle Creek. Jon graduated from Lakeview High School, and entered his career at Michigan Paperboard as a machine tender. He worked there for forty six years, retiring in 2009. He loved golf, working on his tractor, hunting, and attending classic car shows. Jon married Linda Diane Vice on June 28, 1963....
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Helen M. Adamson

February 1, 1922 - April 14, 2015

Helen M. Adamson, 93, of Battle Creek, died April 14, 2015 at Reflections Memory Care in Battle Creek. She was born February 1, 1922 in Albion to Frank and Sophie (Kowalski) Sidorik. Helen moved to Battle Creek where she graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1941. While working for her parents, she met Charlie Will Adamson who was stationed at Fort Custer. They married March 10...
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Joseph T. Hepp

June 11, 1923 - April 12, 2015

Joseph T. Hepp, 91, of Battle Creek, Michigan, died Sunday April 12, 2015 at Bronson Hospital, leaving behind his wife of almost 71 years, Mary Hepp, his four daughters: Mary Jo Blackwood of St. Louis, MO; Cathy Smith of Battle Creek; Lou Ann Hepp and Beth Herrild, both of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joe was born in White County, Indiana, losing his father at age...
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Patricia Luanne Allen

May 10, 1932 - April 11, 2015

Patricia Luanne (Warner) Allen, 82, of Battle Creek, left to be with our Lord, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Surrounded by her family who loved her dearly, she passed peacefully at home after a brief illness. She was born in Rives Junction, a small village near Jackson, Michigan on May 10, 1932. A graduate of Leslie High School, she received her RN certificate from Henry Ford Hospital School of...
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Vaughn James Van Sickle

June 14, 1940 - April 11, 2015

Vaughn James "Jim" Van Sickle, 74, of Bellevue, went to be with our Lord, Saturday, April 11, 2015 at home. He was born June 14, 1940, the son of Vaughn E. and Nellie G. (Turner) Van Sickle in Charlotte, Michigan. Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan Ann (Vliek) Van Sickle; daughter, Jill (Chris) Brauer of Bellevue; son, Jack Van Sickle of Colorado; daughter-in-law, Diane Van...
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Helen Johanna Day

September 16, 1931 - April 10, 2015

Helen J. Day, 83, of Bellevue, died Friday, April 10, 2015 at home. She was born September 16, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York to John W. and Helen C. (Smith) Kiefer. She married Richard G. Day on August 31, 1955 in Pennsylvania. Surviving are daughters, Patricia Day and Helen (Julius Kortively) Jones of Bellevue; sons, Michael (Tammie) Day of Bellevue and Thomas Day of Marshall; 8 grandchildren...
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Florence DePew Plummer

March 4, 1934 - April 3, 2015

Florence (Olds) DePew Plummer, 81 of Springfield, died Friday, April 3, 2015 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born March 4, 1934 in Battle Creek to L. Z. and Margaret (Cunningham) Olds. She attended Battle Creek Central High School and worked for the Eaton Corporation. She was also employed by the Battle Creek Public Schools in food services for many years. Florence was also active in the...
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Virginia C. Darlington

April 8, 1926 - April 2, 2015

Virginia C. Darlington, 88, of Bellevue, died Thursday, April 2, 2015 at home surrounded by those who loved and cared for her. She was born April 8, 1926 in Florence, Alabama to Henry and Della (Tank) Peden. She came to Battle Creek in 1951 and moved to Bellevue in 1984. She worked in Packaging at the Kellogg Company for 31 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Kellogg 25 Year...
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Irwin M. Jacobson

October 6, 1940 - April 2, 2015

Jake was a father, grandfather, brother, husband and friend to all. He was a celebrity of a different kind...wherever he went he was greeted with huge smiles. It would make people passing by wonder, 'hey, who is this guy!? Jake made friends with the world. He was a cowboy at heart and dream t always of being a country singer. He loved karaoke and could play his spoons like a true musician. Jake...
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David Lee Hewitt

August 26, 1933 - April 1, 2015

David Lee Hewitt, 81, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at home. He was born August 26, 1933 in Battle Creek to William Earl and Viola Marietta (Camburn) Hewitt. David graduated from Bellevue High School and served in the U. S. Army in Korea. He worked as a line and repairman for more than thirty years with Michigan Bell and AT&T. In retirement, he devoted a great deal of time to...
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E. Marie Alexander

December 1, 1921 - March 28, 2015

E. Marie Alexander, 93, of Battle Creek, died March 28, 2015 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born December 1, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Harold and Marie (Russell) Manby. After graduating from Battle Creek High School, she attended Argubright Business College. She worked at Sears credit department and Great Lakes Bankcorp as a receptionist-teller. Marie...
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William H. Reel

November 21, 1927 - March 27, 2015

William H. Reel, 87, of Battle Creek, died Friday, March 27, 2015 at home. He was born November 21, 1927 in Soddy, Tennessee to Dexter and Vergie (Brown) Reel. He served as a mechanic in the U.S. Army in World War II and in Korea. He was stationed in Cividale and Cortina, Italy. He enjoyed skiing in the Swiss Alps in his time off. He later served in a Bridge Company in Korea. During a...
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Liam Robert Abbott

September 5, 2013 - March 25, 2015

Liam Robert Abbott, 1, of Nashville, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at home. He was born September 5, 2013 in Marshall to Eric L. and Sarah E. (Bivens) Abbott. Surviving are parents, Eric and Sarah Abbott and sister Dallas Abbott, of Nashville; maternal grandparents, David and Sally Bivens of Bellevue; paternal grandparents, Aaron and Deborah Abbott of Battle Creek; maternal great...
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Ann Couch

June 30, 1918 - March 18, 2015

Ann Couch, 96 of Battle Creek, died Wednesday March 18 2015 at Reflections in Battle Creek, Michigan. Ann was born on June 30, 1918 in Orange, New Jersey to Warren and Alice (Muller) Denton. She graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, on June 23, 1936. She attended Greenbrier College for Women in Lewisburg, West Virginia, and graduated in 1938. She then went to work at...
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Donald J. Minier

November 1, 1928 - March 17, 2015

Donald J. Minier passed away, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at his home in East Leroy, MI. He was born Nov. 1, 1928 in Battle Creek, graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1946 and retired from Clark Equipment in 1985. Don is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lola Mae (Sellers) whom he married in 1948. Their children are Martin (Linda) Minier, Judy (James) Delamarter, and Deborah (Stan) Hargus. ...
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Leonard C. Peters

November 5, 1930 - March 8, 2015

LEONARD C. PETERS Leonard C. Peters, 84, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence. He was born November 5, 1930 to John C. and Marcella (Thomas) Peters in Wanamie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from high school in Pennsylvania and attended Princeton University and served in the U. S. Navy. He worked as an engineering supervisor for 37 years with General...
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Ruth L. Whitmore

March 23, 1928 - March 5, 2015

A joyful reunion has taken place as Ruth L. Whitmore, of Battle Creek Michigan was reunited with her Savior on March 5, 2015. Ruth was born March 23, 1928 in Cordova, Nebraska to Christian and Ada (Jones) Nielsen. She graduated from Nebraska City High School and the University of Nebraska. After receiving her education, Ruth taught in a one room school house and Walton Nebraska Middle School....
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JoAnne Bishop

July 24, 1933 - March 1, 2015

JoAnne M. Bishop, 81, of Athens, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born July 24, 1933 to Lester and Beulah J. (Bell) Swartz in Athens and attended Athens High School. She worked at Jacobson's in Battle Creek and at Altrusa Nursery for many years. She enjoyed shopping, bingo, reading cookbooks as well as cooking and being with her grandchildren. JoAnne...
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Constance VandePolder

April 3, 1947 - March 1, 2015

Constance S. "Connie" VandePolder, 67, of Kalamazoo and formerly of Battle Creek, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at home. She was born April 3, 1947 in Oahu, Hawaii to Edmund B. and Helen (Simpson) Eaman. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School and earned a B.S. and M.S. in Education from Western Michigan University, she also earned certification from Oakland University and an MA in...
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Frances Cunic

March 13, 1923 - March 1, 2015

Frances Cunic, 91, of Athens, passed away March 1, 2015 at Yarnell Adult Foster Care Home in Battle Creek. She was born March 13, 1923, the daughter of Jay and Maude (Avery) Hayes in Leroy Township, Michigan. She married M. Richard "Dick" Cunic on January 31, 1942. She was employed at Kelloggs and also Athens Rexall Drug Store as a retail clerk for 12 years. Frances was a member of the Athens...
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Anna Rose

October 12, 1925 - February 26, 2015

Anna "Betty" Rose, 89, of East Leroy, passed away Thursday, February 26, surrounded by her loving family at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born October 12, 1925, the daughter of Stanley and Yvonne (Chabot) Evans in Battle Creek, Michigan. Anna was employed at Post General Foods for 37 years, retiring in 1985. She attended Battle Creek Central High School and was a lifelong resident of Battle...
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Roger E. Smith

December 15, 1932 - February 23, 2015

Roger E. Smith, 82, of Bellevue, passed away Monday, February 23, at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. He was born December 15, 1932, the son of John and Maude M. (Satterlee) Smith in Lansing, Michigan. Roger married Etta Mae Johnson on September 17, 1954. He served in the U.S. Army and was employed as a signman in the steel industry. He loved tinkering on cars, welding and painting them and...
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Susan Christine Babcock

July 30, 1955 - February 19, 2015

Susan Christine Babcock, 59, of Battle Creek passed away February 19, 2015 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born July 30, 1955 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Carl Roger Gwillim and Marilyn Dorothea (Miller) Gwillim. Susan graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1974 and was employed as a custodian for Kellogg Community College. She was an avid reader of Danielle Steele novels, was...
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Letha Rosetta Osten

July 3, 1924 - February 16, 2015

Letha Rosetta Osten, 90, of Union City and formerly of Battle Creek, died Monday, February 16, 2015. She was born July 3, 1924 in Battle Creek, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (David) Spencer. Letha was a homemaker, a member of the Salvation Army and Home League, and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and bingo. She also loved playing her Hawaiian guitar. Surviving are daughter, Christine Beam...
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Donald J. Harrison

January 30, 1922 - February 10, 2015

Donald J. Harrison, 93, a lifelong resident of Athens, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence. He was born January 30, 1922, the son of Clarence and Myrtle Mae (Jones) Harrison in Wakeshma Township, Michigan. Donald graduated from Athens High School and was a mechanic for John Deere and a builder and contractor, building homes and remodeling. He married Martha J....
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Maurice L. Swan, Jr.

July 30, 1927 - February 9, 2015

Maurice L. Swan Jr., 87, of Battle Creek, died Monday, February 9, 2015 at home. He was born July 30, 1927, the son of Maurice and Geraldine (Carswell) Swan in Union City, Michigan. Maurice attended Athens High School. He served in the Merchant Marines and later in the U.S. Army. Maurice worked at Post Cereal more than 30 years as a steel laborer in the Sheet Metal Department. He attended...
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Phyllis Ann Tasker

June 9, 1919 - February 8, 2015

Phyllis Ann Tasker, 95, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born May 9, 1919, the daughter of Lloyd John Tasker and Caroline Louise (Wagner) Tasker in Assyria Township, Michigan. Phyllis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1960. She was an ambitious woman, working at Excello Corporation during World War II, Johnson...
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Sherri Lynn Hills

December 15, 1954 - February 1, 2015

Sherri Lynn Hills, 60 of Battle Creek, died February 1, 2015 in Bronson at Home Hospice Residence. She was born December 15, 1954 in Santa Ana, California, the daughter of Norman Bowers Campbell and Irene Ann (Scrim) Campbell. Sherri attended high school in California and came to Michigan where she was employed as an Administrative Secretary for many years at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center...
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John A. Braden

August 21, 1953 - January 31, 2015

John Austin Braden, 61, of Battle Creek, surrounded and held by the love of his wife, stepchildren, and friends, died Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. He was born August 21, 1953 in Jackson, Michigan, to parents Avon "Duke" and Catherine Austin Braden. After studying art and music at Olivet College, John worked as a machine design engineer for and with the...
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Ann E. Spranger

May 25, 1933 - January 31, 2015

Ann E. Spranger, 81 of Battle Creek, went home to be with the Lord on January 31, 2015 at Evergreen Manor. She was born May 25, 1933 in Sturgis, the daughter of Albert R. Petter and Antonie (Koehl) Grove. Ann attended Kellogg Community College, and was a member of the Fulton Christian Church. She enjoyed reading, bingo, flowers, and her cat, Charlie. She is survived by her daughter Kathy ...
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Trudy Lee Lehman

April 22, 1952 - January 29, 2015

Trudy Lee Lehman, 62, of Bellevue, died Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Eaton Community Palliative Care in Charlotte. She was born April 22, 1952, the daughter of Gerald and Donna (Palmer) Smith in Hastings, Michigan. Trudy attended Bellevue High School. She married the love of her life Ronald S. Lehman on January 17, 1969 and enjoyed being a homemaker at their Bellevue home. Trudy was a...
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Robert Mason Beardsley

May 23, 1940 - January 27, 2015

Robert Mason Beardsley, 74, of Gull Lake, died Tuesday, January 27, 2015. He was born May 23, 1940, the only son of O.L. and Ethel Beardsley in Birmingham, Michigan. Bob grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, and attended Western Michigan University where he received a B.B.A. He began his business career at Doubleday Brothers in Kalamazoo as a sales representative and ad manager. He proceeded to...
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David Carl Buonodono

October 1, 1959 - January 23, 2015

David C. Buonodono, 55, of Burlington, died Jan. 23, 2015 at home. He was born October 1, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Frank and Marlene (Martens) Sternberg. After graduating from Lakeview High School, he worked in the H.V.A.C. department at Post Cereals for many years. David was an intelligent man who was accomplished in many areas. He was a sharp technician, highly skilled at...
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Jeanine C. Hutchinson

May 3, 1945 - January 17, 2015

Jeanine "Jean" Carole Hutchinson, 69, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, January 17, 2015. She was born May 3, 1945, the daughter of Newell and Helene (Fosjord) Hutchinson in Dickinson, North Dakota. After graduation from Taylor (North Dakota) High School, Jean moved to Battle Creek to visit her Aunt Grace and Cousin June, and ended up staying in Michigan. Jean worked as an electrician for Post...
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Martin Joseph Clark

December 6, 1936 - January 17, 2015

MARTIN JOSEPH CLARK Martin Joseph Clark, 78, of Battle Creek, died January 17, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital, Battle Creek. Martin was born December 6, 1936 in Grand Ledge, Michigan to Priska (Delaney) and James Clark. He served honorably in the U. S. Army to the rank of Sp4. Martin worked as a plumber at Clyde Hanger Plumbing & Heating, Hunter-Prell Plumbing & Heating and then self...
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Robert Leroy Lambka, Sr.

September 17, 1937 - January 10, 2015

Robert Leroy Lambka, Sr., 77, of Olivet, died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at home. Robert was born September 17, 1937 in Battle Creek to Roy and Sydonna (Jennings) Lambka. He attended Bellevue High School then served 8 years in the U. S.A.F attaining the rank of TSGT, he received an honorable discharge. He was then employed by Kellogg Company in Battle Creek and later General Motors in Lansing...
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James Daniel Lee Rinearson

June 3, 1995 - January 8, 2015

James Daniel Lee Rinearson, 19, of Battle Creek, died Thursday, January 8, 2015 at home. He was born June 3, 1995 in Kalamazoo to Rena K. Rinearson and Daniel F. Struble. He attended Lakeview Schools and was active in Boy Scouts and played football. Surviving are mother, Rena Rinearson of Battle Creek and father, Daniel F. Struble of Kalamazoo; grandparents, Phillp and Becky Rinearson of...
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Barbara A. Goff

October 17, 1928 - January 7, 2015

Barbara Ann Goff – Gull Lake Barbara Ann Goff, 86, of Gull Lake was called back to heaven January 7, 2015. She was born October 17, 1928 in Charleston, West Virginia, the daughter of Clifford and Ila (Carson) Bower. She moved to Battle Creek as a young adult with her husband, Dr. W. Howard Goff, where they raised four children. Barbara was a beautiful woman inside and out. She loved...
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Julia J. Elliget

December 15, 1939 - January 6, 2015

Julia J. Elliget, 75, of Portage and formerly of Battle Creek, died January 6, 2015 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Julia died, comforted by sister Kathryn, of an enduring respiratory illness. She was born December 15, 1939 in Coldwater to Edwin J. and Josephine (Barlet) Elliget. She graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School in 1958 and attended Kellogg Community...
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Julia J. Elliget

December 15, 1939 - January 6, 2015

Arrangements are pending at Shaw Funeral Home. www.shawfuneralhome.com
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Lynford F. Liebum

April 11, 1932 - December 28, 2014

Lynford F. "Lyn" Liebum, 82, passed away December 28, 2014 at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence. He was born April 11, 1932 in Lansing, the son of Clarance T. Liebum and Eleanor J. (Cooper) Liebum. Lyn earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957 as Personnel Officer, he returned to Lansing and was employed at...
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Carolyn K. Lonk

March 17, 1941 - December 27, 2014

Carolyn K. Lonk, 73 of Allen and longtime resident of Jonesville, entered into eternal peace on December 27, 2014 after a brief illness at Borgess Medical Center. Carolyn was born on March 17, 1941, to the late Adelma and Dorothy Englehart, the youngest of 8 children. She married Helmut Lonk on September 22, 1962 who preceded her in death earlier this year. Surviving are her children,...
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Twila Oneice Udell

January 30, 1918 - December 21, 2014

Twila Oneice Udell, 96, of Bellevue died December 21, 2014 at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Florida. She was born January 30, 1918 in Bellevue, Michigan to Lealand and Twila Lottie (Mulvaney) Thompson. Twila was valedictorian of her graduating class from Bellevue High School in 1936. She worked in the processing department at the Kellogg Company, retiring in 1975. She married Francis in...
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George E. Burch

December 28, 1914 - December 18, 2014

George E. Burch, 75, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Heartland Health Care Center in Battle Creek. No services will be held.
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Martin L. Bunce

November 5, 1943 - December 18, 2014

Martin L. Bunce, of Battle Creek, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 Bronson -Battle Creek Hospital. Services at Fort Custer at a later time.
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John Calvin Flanders

June 11, 1933 - December 17, 2014

John C. Flanders, 81, of East Leroy, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at home after a long illness. John was born June 11, 1933 in Battle Creek to Morris and Kathleen (Walker) Flanders. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1952. He was always called "Jack" by his family. On March 14, 1953 he was united in marriage with Lois Perry. He was a lifelong Battle Creek...
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Dorothy Elaine Greenawalt

May 13, 1922 - December 16, 2014

Dorothy Elaine Greenawalt, 92, of Bellevue passed away December 16, 2014 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility. She was born May 13, 1922 in Beaverdam, Ohio to William and Golda (Rumbaugh) Fett. Dorothy graduated from Beaverdam High School in Ohio. She was a homemaker and an excellent seamstress. Dorothy was a lifelong member of the Eastern Star (Past Worthy Matron), attended Bellevue Baptist...
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Teddy J. Fuller

January 17, 1964 - December 13, 2014

Teddy Jay Fuller, 50, of East Leroy, went home to be with the Lord December 13, 2014. He was born January 17, 1964, in Coldwater, MI, to Gary and Rosemary (Lozier) Fuller of East Leroy. Ted graduated from Athens High School in 1982 and worked as a Journeyman Plumber/Pipefitter for UA Plumber/Pipefitters Local 333 for 22 years. He married Patricia A. Holcomb on June 21, 1985; she survives Teddy...
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Linda L. Goodman

December 13, 1950 - December 9, 2014

Linda L. Goodman, 63 of Assyria Township passed away December 9, 2014 at home. She was born December 13, 1950 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Jack and Barbara (Grant) Walters. Linda worked at Sistos Restaurant in Rome, N.Y., Dare Products, American Fibrit, drove school bus for Bellevue Community Schools and worked at Ralston's in Battle Creek retiring in 1996 because of health problems. She was a...
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Helen May Banfield

January 19, 1922 - December 2, 2014

Helen May (Face) Banfield, 92, of Marshall died surrounded by four generations of family Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. She was born January 19, 1922 at home on a cold winter day near Homer. She weighed only three pounds and was two months premature…so they wrapped her up, placed her on the back of the wood stove and called the family to come and see her...
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Bonnie E. Medland

August 28, 1931 - November 30, 2014

Bonnie E. Medland, beloved wife of the late Douglas A. Medland and daughter of the late Frederick W. and Florence V. Severson, all of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2014. A private family service will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Battle Creek. `
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Robert Allen Leach, Jr.

January 26, 1939 - November 26, 2014

Robert (Bob) Allen Leach, Jr., 75, of Athens, died on November 26, 2014, at home with his family, following a long illness. Bob was born January 26, 1939 in Jackson, Michigan to the late Robert and Helen (Burkhead) Leach and graduated from Napolean High School in 1957. Bob served as a medic in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis in Bad Kreuznach, where he was a physician's assistant in...
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Barbara J. Aldrich

October 29, 1922 - November 24, 2014

Barbara June Aldrich, 92, of Leroy Township died Monday, November 24, 2014 at home. Barbara, was born October 29, 1922 in Battle Creek to Sidney E. and Meda M. (Minges) Everest. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1940 married Nelson (Mike) Aldrich and together they had 5 beautiful children. She worked at K-Mart in Battle Creek for 17 ½ years, retiring in 1984. Barbara enjoyed...
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Larry W. Arbogast

January 22, 1948 - November 24, 2014

Larry W. Arbogast, 66, of Battle Creek, died Monday, November 24, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. He was born January 22, 1948 in Battle Creek to William H. and Olive E. (McMillan) Arbogast. Larry graduated from Athens High School and attended Northern Michigan University before serving with the U. S. Navy in 1968. He served as a Navy Corpsman attached to a U. S. Marine Corps unit...
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Gregory Paul Muma

August 5, 1957 - November 24, 2014

Gregory Paul Muma, 57, of Augusta, died November 24, 2014 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born August 5, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio to Edgar and Catherine (Barry) Muma. He graduated from St. Phillip Catholic Central High School in Battle Creek a bachelors degree from Michigan State University and a masters degree from University of Phoenix. Greg served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps...
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Gary Arthur Hughes

November 16, 1929 - November 17, 2014

Gary A. Hughes, 85, of Battle Creek, died Monday, November 17, 2014 unexpectedly at home. He was born November 16, 1929 at Nichols Hospital in Battle Creek to Kenneth and Florence (Fruin) Hughes. Gary graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1948 where he played the trumpet in the Bearcat band. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during the Korean War. He enjoyed trains...
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James R. Marlette

February 7, 1956 - November 10, 2014

James R. Marlette, 58, of Battle Creek, died Monday, November 10, 2014 at home. He was born February 7, 1956 in Big Rapids to James F. and Beatrice (Sack) Marlette. Jim graduated from Marshall High School and worked for Union Pump Company for 23 years. He also co-owned Tender Touch Studio with his sister. He was a member of Local 798, Plumbers and Pipefitters and the Machinists' Union. ...
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Alice Helen Trayer

June 13, 1935 - November 10, 2014

Alice Helen Trayer, went to be with her heavenly Father on Monday, November 10, 2014. She was born June 13, 1935 to her loving parents, Clinton Van Noty and Evonne (Parry). Alice attended Lakeview High School until the 11th grade, and went to work in the restaurant industry. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping and bike riding. She is survived by children, Michael (Char) Trayer of Jackson, Janet...
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Timothy John May

July 15, 1953 - November 10, 2014

It would be hard to meet someone who touched more lives than Tim May, who passed away suddenly on November 10, 2014. He was larger than life and never met a person he didn't consider a friend. Tim spent his life caring for his family, his staff, his students, his athletes, his friends, and his community. He was a consummate story teller who turned everyday experiences into hilarious stories....
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Patricia J. Moore

November 26, 1932 - November 7, 2014

Patricia J. Moore, went to be with her heavenly Father on Friday, November 7, 2014. She was born in Cadillac to her loving parents, Rev. H. Howard and Beulah E. (Hartley) Fuller November 26, 1932. Patricia graduated salutatorian from Delton-Kellogg High School in 1950 and continued to keep in touch with her dear classmates her entire life. She married John D. Moore at the age of 18 on a...
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Patricia Kay Newsum

September 18, 1958 - November 4, 2014

Patricia Kay Newsum, 56, of Battle Creek died Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born September 18, 1958 in Battle Creek to Harold and Gladys (Bailey) Newsum. Patricia was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. She worked in the retail-convenience store business for many years. Patricia is survived by daughter Lori (Mike)Wheeler, of Battle Creek and son,...
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Terry I. Galbraith

January 20, 1938 - October 29, 2014

Terry I. Galbraith, 76, of Battle Creek died Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Oaklawn Hospital. He was born January 20, 1938 in Gaylord to Wilber and Nina (Bowen) Galbraith. Terry attended grade school in Gaylord before moving to Battle Creek and attending Pennfield and Battle Creek Central. He graduated from Albion Washington Gardner High School before attending Albion College. He served eight...
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Lorna Jean Nisbet

March 22, 1926 - October 17, 2014

Lorna Nisbet, 88, of Battle Creek passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at home. Lorna, the daughter of Benjamin and Louise (Lipke) Siebert was born March 22, 1926 in Lansing, MI. She enjoyed playing bridge, going to casinos, golfing and gardening. Lorna was a former member of the Battle Creek Country Club. She is survived by her son, John (Sandy) Nisbet of Battle Creek; three grandsons; one...
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Jean Edith Brown

July 2, 1921 - October 16, 2014

Jean Edith Brown, 93, beloved wife, sister and mother passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 16, 2014. Jean, the daughter of Waldemer L. and Edith (Campbell) Richter was born in Lansing, MI on July 2, 1921. Following her high school graduation Jean went on to receive her Master's Degree in Science from Olivet College. She worked as a registered nurse for Leila Hospital retiring after 40...
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Harold L. Miller

September 16, 1931 - October 10, 2014

HAROLD L. MILLER Harold LaVerne Miller, 83, of Fulton, died Friday, October 10, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. He was born September 16, 1931 in Athens to Lyle E. and Ruth I. (Chapman) Miller. Harold graduated from Athens High School in 1951. He married Carol L. Oswalt on February 1, 1951, she survives. Harold was a lifetime farmer and was also employed by the Kellogg Company for...
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Helen Marie Lothamer

September 10, 1918 - October 8, 2014

Helen M. Cox Lothamer, 96, of Bellevue, our dear mother, died peacefully surrounded by her children and great grand children. Helen was born in Coldwater, Michigan on September 10, 1918. She was the daughter of William and Rachel Ladd Cox. She married John Lothamer in 1939 and together they farmed in the Coldwater area for many years and raised fourteen children. In 1965 the Lothamer family...
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