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Geroge Joseph Keubke

August 2, 1922 - January 31, 2018

George Joseph Keubke of Portage, MI and formerly of Gull Lake (Richland), MI George, age 95, died Wednesday morning, January 31, 2018 at Bickford Cottage, Portage, MI. George, the son of William J. and Anna M. (Schmit) Keubke, was born in Chicago, IL on August 2, 1922 and was a 1939 graduate of Lincoln High School of Manitowoc, WI. He served his Country honorably and...
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Richard V. VandeBunt

February 14, 1928 - January 29, 2018

Richard V. VandeBunt, P.E., of Richland, MI Richard, age 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2018 in McAllen, Texas, after a brief illness and with family by his side. Mr. VandeBunt is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis VandeBunt; his children, Lori Groce (John), of Fairview, NC; Heidi Roof (Ryan), of Climax, MI; Rebecca...
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Eunice (Burgess) Slighly

October 11, 1919 - January 25, 2018

Eunice (Burgess) Slighly of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly Battle Creek and Hickory Corners, MI Eunice, age 98, died on January 25, 2018, at her residence. She remained involved with family and friends throughout her final months, loving and being loved by all who spent time with her. One of her favorite scripture verses was "This is the day that the Lord has...
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Betty June (Sprague) "Bootsie" Keubke

March 20, 1927 - January 25, 2018

Betty June (Sprague) "Bootsie" Keubke of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Betty, age 90, died Saturday evening, December 9, 2017 at Bickford Cottage, Portage, MI. Betty, the daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Jones) Sprague, was born in Battle Creek, MI on March 20, 1927; was 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and...
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Terry Roger Carpenter

April 21, 1940 - January 19, 2018

Terry Roger Carpenter of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Terry, 77, known for his hard-work and honesty, near-rib-breaking bear hugs, wearing decent khaki pants and button downs for yard work, his loyalty to his country and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, giant bowls of ice cream at bedtime, patient and silent nerves of steel while grandchildren drove him around on learner's permits,...
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Donna M. (Maly) Odar

November 1, 1939 - January 15, 2018

Donna M. (Maly) Odar of Richland, MI Donna, age 78, died peacefully Monday morning, January 15, 2018 at her residence. Donna, the daughter of Charles and Marie (Vrabek) Maly, was born in Gary, IN on November 1, 1939; was a 1957 graduate from Lew Wallace High School and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from DePauw University of Greencastle, IN where she was a...
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Kay Louise Ferguson

August 28, 1940 - December 28, 2017

Kay Louise Ferguson, age 77, of Marshall went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 28, 2017 after fighting Leukemia for many months. She was born August 28, 1940 in Springport, MI to Earl and Lottie Wilburg. Kay graduated from Olivet High School where she was active in the band, the chorus, the debate team and the National Honor Society. Kay was a member of the Lee...
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Judith Ann (Asline) "Judy" Whaley

June 21, 1934 - December 28, 2017

Judith Ann (Asline) "Judy" Whaley of Richland, MI Judy, age 83, died Thursday morning, December 28, 2017 at the Glen Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek, MI with her loving family at her side. Judy, the daughter of Dr. J. Norris and Marion (Hotaling) Asline, was born in Bay City, MI on June 21, 1934. She was a 1953 graduate of Bay City Central High School; attended Albion...
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William H. "Bill" Somers

April 29, 1931 - December 24, 2017

William "Bill" Henry Somers, 86, of Hickory Corners died Sunday, December 24, 2017 at his home where he had lived for 55 years. He was born April 29, 1931 in Kalamazoo, MI. the son of Grant and Tina Somers. Bill graduated from Kalamazoo Central and WMU, with a degree in Paper Science. His schooling at WMU was halted when the Korean War started and he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he...
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Johanna (Verheul) Hirsch

October 10, 1930 - December 18, 2017

Johanna (Verheul) Hirsch of Richland, MI and formerly of Troy, MI Johanna, age 87, died peacefully Monday afternoon, December 18, 2017 at Park Village Pines, Kalamazoo, MI with her loving daughter, Wendy at her side. Johanna, the daughter of Leonardus and Anna (Nederhand) Verheul, was born in Royal Oak, MI on October 30, 1930; was...
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Helen B. Chapman

May 10, 1918 - December 10, 2017

Helen B. Chapman of Kalamazoo, MI Helen B. Chapman, 5-10-1918 to 12-10-2017, age 99, passed away Sunday afternoon, December 10, in Portage, MI. She was born Helen Louise Branch, to John C. and Ruth E. (Garland) Branch, in Grand Rapids, MI. Helen was a 1936 graduate of Godwin Heights High School and Haney Business College in Grand Rapids. ...
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Martin Orla "Orly" Gilcher

July 13, 1953 - November 27, 2017

Martin Orla "Orly" Gilcher of Richland, MI Martin, age 64, died peacefully with his loving family at his side, Monday afternoon, November 27, 2017 following a six month illness. Martin, the son of Gaylen H. and Emma E. (Torrey) Gilcher was born in Battle Creek, MI on July 13...
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Robert G. "Bob" Winer

March 21, 1920 - November 5, 2017

Robert G. "Bob" Winer, age 97, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on Sunday morning, November 5, 2017. Bob was born in Sturgis, Michigan on March 21, 1920, the loving son of Alvin N. and Dora I. (Wimmer) Winer. Bob faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army during WWII from July 1942 to November 1945. He retired in 1982 after more than 40 years as a pressman...
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Ronald Garrison "Ron" Whiting

April 3, 1915 - October 29, 2017

Ronald was welcomed into the loving arms of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, October 29, 2017. During his long life, Ronald was a torch-bearer for Christ and let his light shine brightly before all. (Matt. 5:16) Ronald was born to Ross Whiting and Edna Marie (Hurst) on April 3, 1915 in Frankfort, Ohio. Ronald was an avid storyteller and would relate countless stories of growing up...
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James Gilbert Vantine, Jr. Esq. J.D.

April 11, 1953 - October 20, 2017

James Gilbert Vantine, Jr. Esq. J.D. of Portage, MI Jim was born in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania in 1953. Always precocious and enterprising, upon learning at the age of 3 that the family would be moving to Royal Oak, Michigan, the tot grabbed a pillowcase and went "Trick or Treating" in July. Jim graduated with a National Honor Society cord from Kimball High School where he...
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Helen Jo Emerson

July 31, 1935 - September 30, 2017

Helen Jo Buckley Emerson passed away at the age of 82 in her home, on September 30, 2017, surrounded by her family. Helen Jo was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 31, 1935, the daughter of the late Clara Heiney Buckley and James Flanders Buckley. Jo was a loving wife and mother and is survived by her husband of sixty years, Theodore P. Emerson of Hickory Corners, her son, Theodore Poindexter...
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Scott T. Mumy

December 9, 1954 - September 29, 2017

Scott T. Mumy, age 62, of Augusta, died peacefully at home on Friday, September 29, 2017. He was born at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo on December 9, 1954 to Roscoe and Patricia (Atkins) Mumy. Scott graduated from Gull Lake High School in 1973. He married Connie (Jansen) Mumy on September 10, 1977. Scott completed the Carpenters Union apprenticeship course and learned fast from the master,...
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Ronald Mark "Ron" Giguere

April 30, 1963 - September 21, 2017

Ronald Mark "Ron" Giguere of Richland, MI Ron, age 54, died unexpectedly Thursday, September 21, 2017 at his residence. Ron, the son of David A. and Pauline G. (LoBaido) Giguere, was born in Flint, MI on April 30, 1963; was 1987 graduate of Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. He was a Pharmacist for the Meijer Store's at the Gull Road Store and most...
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James L. Walker

January 31, 1937 - September 17, 2017

James L. "Jim" Walker, 80, of Richland, died Sunday, September 17, 2017. Jim was born January 31, 1937 in Richland to Frank and Mabel (Barker) Walker. He attended Richland Agricultural School until 1954. Jim never met a stranger and talked to everyone. He played fast pitch softball with the Rorick Bros. team and was noted for his bunting and running abilities. Jim enlisted in the U.S....
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Lavada Lee (Campbell) (Reddick) Brower

October 18, 1938 - September 4, 2017

Lavada Lee (Campbell) (Reddick) Brower of Kalamazoo, MI Lavada, age 78, formerly of Richland, MI, died Labor Day, September 4, 2017 at Hallmark Living of Kalamazoo, after a brief illness and with her loving family at her side. Lavada, the daughter of Freeman and Geneva (Gobel) Campbell, was born in Leachville, AR on October 18, 1938 and moved to this area in...
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Irene Edith Crisman

May 20, 1920 - August 31, 2017

Irene Edith Crisman, age 97, of Battle Creek, died at her home on Thursday evening, August 31, 2017. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 20, 1920 and moved to Battle Creek in 2005 from Florida. Irene had previously worked and lived in W. Virginia and Missouri. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and worked for many religious and retirement organizations. Irene is survived...
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Patricia Jane "Pat" Durling

May 18, 1963 - August 21, 2017

Patricia Jane "Pat" Durling of Dowling, MI Pat, age 54, passed away Monday morning, August 21, 2017 at her residence following a courageous fight against cancer with her loving family at her side. Pat was born in Charlotte, MI on May 18, 1963 to Harold D and Virginia M. (Smith) Durling and was a 1981 graduate of Hastings (MI) High School....
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Timmy D. "Tim" Tritsch

July 7, 1950 - August 19, 2017

Timmy D. "Tim" Tritsch, 67, of Richland, passed away peaceful at his home, Saturday, August 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Tim was born July 7, 1950 in Shenandoah, Iowa to Delbert and Yvonne (Michel) Tritsch. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master's and Specialist Degree in Guidance and Counseling. He proudly served in the United State Army for 21 years,...
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Frank V. Bishop

April 19, 1926 - August 6, 2017

Frank Virgil Bishop, age 91, passed away at his son's family home in Paw Paw. He was born in Allegan and lived in this area all of his life, except for when he served his country during WWII in Germany and France. He fought a long battle with Cancer. Frank married Wanda Marie Turcott on May 12, 1956 and they had 4 children together, Dawn Bishop of Nebraska, Daniel (Diane) Bishop of Paw Paw,...
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Jodi Diane (Parker) Reid

February 1, 1967 - July 30, 2017

Jodi Diane (Parker) Reid, age 50, of Richland, Michigan, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jodi was born on February 1, 1967 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Carl and Eugenia Parker. Jodi was a graduate of Gull Lake High School, class of 1985. Jodi taught for 25 years in the Lakeview...
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Thomas Paul "Tommy" "Tom Tom" Anders

June 9, 1996 - July 22, 2017

Thomas Paul Anders of Battle Creek, MI Tommy, age 21, died unexpectedly and tragically due to a homicide on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in Kalamazoo, Ml. Tommy was born on June 9,1996 in Kalamazoo and was a 2014 graduate of Gull Lake High School of Richland, MI. He had been employed at Landscape Forms of Comstock. Tom Tom was an avid snow and skate boarder,...
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Gail F. Petersen

May 4, 1945 - July 17, 2017

Gail F. Petersen, age 72, of Galesburg passed away at her home on Monday morning, July 17, 2017. She was born in Kalamazoo on May 4, 1945, the loving daughter of Richard "Dick" and Freda (Modderman) Wilson. Gail truly loved all animals and served for many years as a Veterinary Assistant and bookkeeper with the Galesburg and Beadle Lake Large Animal Clinics. Gail married Peter Edward...
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Daniel A. Turluck

March 8, 1958 - June 26, 2017

Daniel A. Turluck of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Daniel, age 59, died Monday evening, June 26, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Daniel, the son of George and Esther (Weber) Turluck, was born in Sheboygan, WI on March 8, 1958, and grew up on a dairy farm near Five...
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Terry Faye (Dick) Sander

March 31, 1939 - June 14, 2017

TERRY FAYE (DICK) SANDER OF KALAMAZOO, MI Terry went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age 78. She died Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. Terry, was the daughter of William and Sarah (Dick) Knoll and was born in Grand Rapids, MI on March 31, 1939 and was a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School and Calvin College. She...
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Jerry James Hope

March 7, 1944 - June 14, 2017

Jerry James Hope of Richland, MI Jerry, age 73, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Jerry, son of LaVerne and Agnes (Duke) Hope was born on March 7, 1944 in South Bend, IN. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 15, 2017 at home in Richland, MI. Jerry went on to serve his Country honorably in the United States Air...
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Stanley Michael "Stan" Hurn

January 25, 1954 - June 12, 2017

Stanley Michael "Stan" Hurn of Hickory Corners, MI Following a courageous two-year battle with cancer, Stan went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 12, 2017. His loving family was by his side at his home in Hickory Corners as he slipped peacefully into eternity. Stan, son of William M. and Virginia A. (King) Hurn, was born in Idabel, OK, on...
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Lois Jane Hudson

October 12, 1927 - June 11, 2017

Lois Peterson Hudson, age 89, of Richland passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, June 11, 2017. She was born in Oak Park, IL on October 12, 1927, the daughter of Harry and Evangeline (Anderson) Peterson. Lois moved with her parents to Wheaton, Illinois after WWII, later graduating from Denison University in 1949, where she met and married, Richard G. Hudson Jr. in 1950, the day the Korean...
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Sawyer Mark Baliff

May 9, 2006 - June 9, 2017

Sawyer Mark Baliff of Galesburg, MI Sawyer, age 11, died Friday afternoon, June 9, 2017 from injuries sustained in an accident at home. Otherwise strong and healthy, he was able to donate five organs so that others may live. His parents chose the Gift of Life in order to help prevent others and their families from experiencing the anguish his family is feeling. ...
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Charles Michael Johnson

July 16, 1970 - June 6, 2017

Charles Michael Johnson of Battle Creek, MI Charles, age 46, died Tuesday morning, June 6, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, MI, following a courageous battle with cancer and Multiple Sclerosis and with his loving family at his side. Charles, the son of James F. and Patricia F. (Kubicek) Johnson, was born in...
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Eleanor Van Streain

July 18, 1921 - May 23, 2017

Eleanor VanStreain, 95, of Hickory Corners, died peacefully Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Eleanor was born July 18, 1921 to Laurence and Irene (Buckingham) Verdon. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in Library Science. Eleanor married Frederic C. VanStreain on February 12, 1944. The couple enjoyed 50 years of marriage. She had many...
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Emmett J. "Speedy" Hawley

July 15, 1923 - May 22, 2017

Emmett J. "Speedy" Hawley, 93, of Augusta, Michigan died 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017, after suffering a heart attack about 9:00 a.m. Therefore he had the pleasure of spending the last night of his life at home. He was born July 15, 1923 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the son of Emmett and Florence (Egan) Hawley. Emmett was a lifelong area resident and honorably served his country during WWII...
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Douglas Earl "Doug" Weiser

November 1, 1925 - May 10, 2017

Douglas Earl "Doug" Weiser of Richland, MI Doug, age 91, died on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Battle Creek (MI) Veterans Administration Medical Center Hospice Residence. Doug, the son of Earl and Marian (Roberts) Weiser, was born in Iron Mountain, MI on November 1, 1925; moved to the Richland area in 2004 from Plymouth, MI and had spent...
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Gerald Gerard "Jerry" Bissonette

February 6, 1952 - May 6, 2017

Gerald Gerard "Jerry" Bissonette of Hart, MI and formerly of Richland, MI Jerry, age 65, died Saturday evening, May 6, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, Muskegon, MI, with his loving family at his side. Jerry, the son of Jack E. and Irene R. (Danner) Bissonette, was born in Wyandotte, MI on February 6, 1952; was a 1971 graduate of Taylor (MI) High School and lived...
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Paul Edward Rogers

April 15, 1927 - April 28, 2017

Paul Edward Rogers of Augusta, MI Paul, age 90, died Friday evening, April 28, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI, with his loving daughter, Ginger at his side. Paul, the youngest son of Frank H. and Elsie Mae (Revalee) Rogers, was born in Wayne County, IN and retired to this area from Pinellas Park, FL. He served his country...
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Viriginia Emma (Lemon) "Ginny" Hylton

November 1, 1926 - April 24, 2017

Virginia Emma (Lemon) "Ginny" Hylton of Augusta, MI Ginny, age 90, died Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Laurels of Galesburg. After being silenced by Alzheimer's for so many years, it is refreshing to remember her vitality. Ginny, the daughter of Marquis and Christine Lemon, was born in Battle Creek, MI on November 1, 1926 and was a life...
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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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Teresa A Riddle

January 10, 1977 - April 22, 2017

Teresa A. Riddle, age 40, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Teresa enjoyed spending time with her daughter and going to Lake Michigan in the Summer. Teresa is survived by her daughters, Bailey Wilkins, "Mimi", and Allison Krievins; her mother, Kathy Head; her father, Jim Riddle; her sisters, Kimberly Robinson and Manda Harvey; and her younger brother...
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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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