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Robert S. Landers

January 22, 1940 - May 26, 2016

Robert S. "Bob" Landers, 76, died Thursday, May 26, 2016. Bob was born January 22, 1940 in Twinton, TN to John and Eunice (Ramsey) Landers. One of 10 children, he left school after the 8th grade to help support his family. In his teens he followed older family members to Michigan to find employment. After several moves between Michigan and Tennessee, he settled in Augusta where he met,...
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Frank A. Heyser

March 8, 1950 - April 6, 2016

Frank Anthony Heyser, 66, of Battle Creek passed away April 6, 2016 at his home. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy and is survived by his daughter Alana Heyser , son Anthony Heyser and his brother Giovanni Heyser. He was predeceased by his parents Matthew and Fortuna Heyser. A Memorial service to celebrate Frank's life will be Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery...
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Frederic M. Gillette, Jr.

June 14, 1944 - March 28, 2016

Frederic M. Gillette Jr., 71, of Augusta, died Monday, March 28, 2016, after a short illness. He was born on June 14, 1944, to Frederick Sr. and Jerrine Gillette of Albion. A graduate of Albion High School, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country as an air craft mechanic from 1962-1970, including being deployed to Vietnam for a one year tour of duty. Following his military...
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Sharon Ann (Stroebel) Stewart

September 25, 1937 - March 25, 2016

Sharon Ann (Stroebel) Stewart of Zeeland, MI & formerly Augusta, MI, North Port, FL and Richland, MI Sharon Ann (Stroebel) Stewart, age 78, of Zeeland, MI, formerly of Augusta, MI, North Port, FL and most recently of Richland, MI passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 at Medilodge of Holland, MI following a lengthy illness and with her loving family at her side. ...
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James Lewis "Jim" Rose

December 19, 1946 - March 23, 2016

James Lewis "Jim" Rose of Portage, MI Jim, age 69, died on Wednesday morning, March 23, 2016 at his residence and with his family at his side. Jim, the son of Ora and Ruth (Hybles) Rose, was born in Hillsdale, MI on December 19, 1946. He served his country honorably and nobly during the Vietnam War with the United States Army. He served as a Private...
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Harmon Lee Brady

December 14, 1919 - February 24, 2016

Harmon Lee Brady, 96, of Galesburg, died February 24, 2016 at the Battle Creek VA Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Harmon was born December 14, 1919 in Morgan County, AL to L.H. Brady and Stella (Hammonds) Brady. He joined and served honorably in the U.S. Army and later worked as a machine operator for Georgia Pacific. He also worked at UpJohn for 10 years. Harmon loved fishing,...
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Jo Ann (Lytle) Stephens

August 16, 1941 - January 27, 2016

Jo Ann (Lytle) Stephens of Augusta, MI Jo Ann 74, passed away peacefully Wednesday January 27, 2016 at her son's residence in Galesburg MI following a lengthy illness. Jo Ann, the daughter of Norman D. and Betty H. (Avery) Lytle, was born August 16, 1941 in Detroit MI and was a 1959 graduate of Galesburg-Augusta High School. She was employed by Gibson Guitar in...
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Deborah K. (Keeler) Kellay

August 25, 1956 - January 14, 2016

Deborah K. (Keeler) Kellay, age 59, of Battle Creek, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2016, surrounded by her family at her home. She was born August 25, 1956 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Richard E. and Shirley J. (Shive) Kellay. Deborah attended Harper Creek High School. She was the Postmaster of Hickory Corners for 20 years, leaving in 2011. Deborah is...
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Dr. Richard Nicholas "Nick" Johns

June 26, 1951 - December 30, 2015

Dr. Richard Nicholas "Nick" Johns of East Haddam, Connecticut Nick, age 64, succumbed to a long illness, at home, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. Nick, the son of Robert and Marjorie (Krause) Johns, was born in Eldora, IA on June 26, 1951. Nick is survived by his wife Susan (Suzy), son Landon, daughter Kesha, step-daughter Sarah, step...
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Florence M. Curtiss

June 7, 1922 - August 8, 2015

Florence M. Curtiss, age 93, of Augusta passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, August 8, 2015 at Borgess Gardens, Kalamazoo. She was born in Flushing, Ohio on June 7, 1922, the loving daughter of John W. and Sara B. (Anderson) Evans and faithfully served her country as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Nurse Corps from 1943 to 1946. Florence graduated from Ohio State University with a...
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Brenda L. Sager

December 10, 1942 - April 15, 2015

Brenda L. Sager, 72, of Kalamazoo, died April 15, 2015. Brenda was born December 10, 1942 in Kalamazoo to Frederick and Eva Simonds Emery. She graduated from Delton High School and went on to work for the Brown Company Paper Mill, until her retirement in 1977. Brenda loved horses and enjoyed playing bingo and gardening. She was especially fond of her dog, Fuzzy. Brenda is survived by her...
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Edna L. Branham

August 20, 1933 - November 22, 2014

Edna L. Branham, 81, of Augusta, died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Borgess Hospital. A visitation will be held 2-4 & 6-8 pm, Tuesday, November 25th, at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle, Augusta Chapel, 307 N. Webster St. Augusta, MI where funeral services will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, November 26, 2014. www.farleyestesdowdle.com.
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Treva Jo (Robbins) Rhoads

September 14, 1936 - November 22, 2014

Treva Jo (Robbins) Rhoads of Augusta, MI, Treva, age 78, died Saturday morning, November 22, 2014 at the Rose Arbor Hospice House in Kalamazoo, MI, following a brief illness. Treva, the daughter of Dallas H. and Emma J. (Handy) Robbins, was born on September 14, 1936 in Crawford, TN and...
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Rosemond Marie (Butler) "Rosie" Inman

April 2, 1930 - October 4, 2014

Rosemond Marie (Butler) "Rosie" Inman of Sherman Lake, Augusta, MI Rosie, age 84, died Saturday morning, October 4, 2014 at the Laurels of Galesburg, MI following a two year illness. Rosie, the daughter of John and Luella (Britton) Butler and the youngest of ten siblings, was born on April 2, 1930 in Three Rivers, MI;...
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Larry E. French

February 20, 1931 - September 19, 2014

Larry French, 83, of Augusta, died Friday, September 19, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. Larry was born February 20, 1931 in Allegan, MI to Harold and Mable (Broughman) French. Larry graduated from Augusta High School in 1948 and went on to serve honorably in the U.S. Army. In 1952, Larry married the love of his life, Margaret Finkey. She sadly preceded him in death in 2010. Larry...
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Nora Christina (Lake) Stafford

May 8, 1925 - September 8, 2014

Nora Christina (Lake) Stafford of Augusta, MI Nora, age 89, died Monday, September 8, 2014 with her family by her side, following a brief illness. Nora, the daughter of Foster and Mae (Sprague) Lake, was born on May 8, 1925 in Muir, MI. She was employed at Shakespeare's, the Kellogg Company,...
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George E. Dowling

August 10, 1934 - July 22, 2014

George E. Dowling, 79, of Hastings, died July 22, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. George was born August 10, 1934 in Augusta to Edmond and Marguriet (Meachin) Dowling. He served honorably in U.S. Army as a Cpl. during the Korean War in the 89th Tank Battalion. He worked at Globe Construction for 31 years as a roller operator. George loved spending time with his family...
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Martha L. (Smith) Mills

December 4, 1934 - July 4, 2014

Martha L. (Smith) Mills of Augusta, MI Martha, age 79, died the afternoon of the 4th of July, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI, following a brief illness. Martha, the daughter of Fred and Edith (Evans) Smith, was born...
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Jaime A. Nichols

October 16, 1974 - April 8, 2014

Jaime A. Nichols, 39, of Augusta, MI, died peacefully, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family, after a long illness. She was born October 16, 1974 in Battle Creek, the daughter of James M. and Edwina H. (Winkowski) Ward and was a 1993 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Michigan State University until illness forced her to quit her studies. In high school...
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Hershel H. Tanksley

January 16, 1938 - March 26, 2014

Hershel H. Tanksley of Augusta, MI Hershel, age 76, died Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014 in Winter Haven, FL, where he and Bettye were wintering and after a courageous battle against cancer. Hershel, the son of Henry L. and Molly M. (Higgins) Tanksley, was born on January 16, 1938 in Moulton, AL and moved to this area in...
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Lucile A. Hoffman

August 5, 1918 - February 14, 2014

Lucile A. Hoffman, 95, of Augusta, died Friday, February 14, 2014 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. She was born August 5, 1918 to Lewis and Goldie (Buxton) McIntyre. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1938 and worked 22 years at the Brook Lodge for the UpJohn Company, retiring in 1979. She was a long time member at the Augusta Fellowship United Methodist Church and...
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Guy L. Waber

December 11, 1943 - October 23, 2013

Guy L. Waber, 69, of Kalamazoo, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. Guy was born December 11, 1943 in Kalamazoo to Guy and Mary (Shafer) Waber. Guy graduated high school and traveled with the carnival for many years. Most recently, he was working for Whitaker Construction. For many years, he was known as the "Popcorn Man" at the Kalamazoo Farmer's Market. ...
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Charles "Charlie" Wayne Curry

December 8, 1948 - August 27, 2013

Charles "Charlie" Wayne Curry, 64, of Augusta, crossed over to the waiting arms of his loving wife Judy on Tuesday August 27, 2013. Charlie was born on December 8, 1948 in Hampton, Kentucky to William and Verda Curry. At the young age of 17, Charlie began his lifelong career as a concrete finisher, first working with Titus Construction Company and then retiring from Duckworth Brothers. ...
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Charles Eugene "Gene" Stewart

June 19, 1933 - August 13, 2013

Charles Eugene "Gene" Stewart of Richland, MI Gene Stewart, age 80, of Richland, MI, formerly of Augusta, MI and most recently of North Port, FL, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI, after a brief illness and surrounded by his loving family. Gene, the son of Charles W. and Evelyn R. (Arnett) Stewart, was born on...
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Donn Kent

September 17, 1950 - July 29, 2013

Donn E. Kent, 62, of Kalamazoo, died Monday, July 29, 2013 at his residence. Donn was born September 17, 1950 to Earl and Rose (Karker) Kent in Battle Creek. Donn graduated from Galesburg/Augusta High School and went to honorably serve in the U.S. Navy. He later worked as a home health care aid for many years. He was very active in the Countryside Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Kalamazoo. ...
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M. Jean Myers

June 4, 1933 - June 17, 2013

M. Jean Myers, age 80, of Kalamazoo, MI, died Monday morning, June 17, 2013 at her residence, following a brief illness and surrounded by her loving family. Jean, the daughter of Robert and Amanda Evelyn (Slack) Whipple, was born on June 4, 1933 in Augusta, MI; she was a lifetime area resident and a 1972 graduate of Comstock High School. She retired in 1992 as a Library...
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Patricia Pat Stafford

November 14, 1921 - May 7, 2013

Patricia A. Stafford, 91, of Hastings, died May 7, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Pat was born November 14, 1921 in Battle Creek to Burt and Ruth (Exner) Case. She graduated from the Detroit Mercy College of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse for many years, retiring in 1987. Traveling was one the things she enjoyed after she retired, along with drawing, sewing...
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Richard John Born

June 5, 1924 - May 3, 2013

Richard J. Born, 88, of Augusta, died Friday, May 3, 2013. Richard was born June 5, 1924 in Battle Creek to Martin and Clara (Harrington) Born. He served his country honorably in the United States Army as a paratrooper during WWII. He later worked as a repairman in the heating and cooling industry. He took great pride in his membership in the Augusta VFW and enjoyed hunting and fishing. ...
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Barbara Lou Eldridge

May 10, 1928 - April 15, 2013

Barbara Lou Eldridge, age 84, of Augusta, died peacefully at her home on Monday morning, April 15, 2013. She was born in Battle Creek on May 10, 1928 the daughter of Ray and Helen Mae (Phillipson) Harper. Barbara graduated from Lakeview High School and furthered her education, receiving a BSN in Nursing from the Hackley School in Muskegon. She worked as an RN for many years at the Battle Creek...
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Duane R. Moran

April 2, 1937 - April 14, 2013

Duane R. Moran, age 76, of Climax, MI, formerly of Augusta and Lawrence, MI, died Sunday, April 14, 2013 following a lengthy battle with heart disease. Duane, the son of Duane D. and Cline (Frye) Moran, was born on April 2, 1937 in Kalamazoo, MI and was lifetime area resident. He was a 1955 graduate of the W.K. Kellogg Agricultural School (Gull Lake School System) and attended Alma College and...
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Glenn E. Cutler

May 31, 1929 - April 7, 2013

Glenn E. Cutler, age 83, of Augusta died Sunday morning, April 7, 2013 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born in Plainwell, Michigan on May 31, 1929, the son of Glenn M. and Fern Josephine (Norris) Cutler and graduated from Augusta High School. Glenn faithfully served as a Sgt. in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. He retired from General Motors in 1992 after more than...
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Gary W. Myers

July 8, 1951 - April 3, 2013

Gary W. Myers, age 61, of Yuma, AZ, formerly of Comstock Township, MI, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at his home in Yuma after a lengthy battle with cancer. Gary, the son of Richard A. and M. Jean (Whipple) Myers, was born on July 8, 1951 in Battle Creek, MI and he was a 1969 graduate of Comstock High School. He was Honorably discharged as a Sergeant after his tour in Viet Nam...
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Barbara Ellen (LaFountain) Johnson

February 4, 2013

Barbara Ellen Johnson, 82, of Augusta, MI, died Monday afternoon, February 4, 2013 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Orangeville, Michigan on February 26, 1930 the daughter of Dennis and Eva (Reed) LaFountain. Barbara worked for more than 30 years as a Dietary Supervisor at various nursing and adult foster care homes, retiring in 2001. She enjoyed playing cards &...
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