Farley Estes Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Augusta Chapel

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

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

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

Our Obituaries

Leon R. Harris

November 14, 1939 - August 15, 2022

Leon R. Harris, 82, of Battle Creek, died August 15, 2022. Leon was born November 14, 1939 in Olivet, MI to Clifford and Dora Harris. He graduated high school and later worked at Post Cereals for 35 years, retiring as a foreman in 1995. Leon enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding motorcycles. He especially liked to operate Ham Radio. Leon is survived by his two sons, William (Amy) Harris...
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Susan Lee Gordon

March 29, 1948 - January 21, 2022

Susan Lee Gordon, age 73, of Augusta passed away peacefully on Friday evening, January 21, 2022. She was born in Long Beach, California on March 29, 1948, the loving daughter of Richard Lewis and Ruth Florence (Davis) Guernsey. Susan received her Bachelor's degree from Nazareth College and her Master's degree from Western Michigan University. She served as an 8th grade teacher in St. Joe,...
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Christopher J. "Chris" Inman

October 8, 1957 - January 18, 2022

Christopher J. Inman age 64, known to friends and family as Chris, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 18th. A long-time resident of Augusta, Chris was born on October 8th, 1957 in Kalamazoo, Michigan; the loving son of Lyle and Rosemond "Rosie" (Butler) Inman. Chris graduated from Gull Lake High School in the class of 1975 and went on to have a long career as a press operator with Vista...
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Silvija Avis

March 10, 1938 - December 27, 2021

Silvija Avis (nee Zirnitis), March 10, 1938 – December 27, 2021 Silvija Avis' love of America started with an American soldier on a hillside giving her and her friends chocolate from his rations in a displaced persons camp in Germany after World War II. Avis, who died of natural causes at home on December 27, 2021, was deeply moved by the soldier's actions. She and her parents Emils and...
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Riley J. Campbell

July 27, 1993 - October 18, 2021

Riley James Campbell, 28, passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021. Riley was born July 27, 1993 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Rodney Campbell and Kalley McIntyre. He served his country honorably in the Marine Corps for four years. He was much loved and anyone who met him immediately liked him. He was a young man with many admirable qualities and an amazing role model for others. Riley loved to be...
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Sandra Mae Wedel

January 29, 1940 - May 23, 2021

Sandra M. Wedel, 81, of Augusta, died May 23, 2021. Sandra was born January 29, 1940 in Hastings to Ellsworth and Alice (Sebastian) Newton. She attended Hastings Public School and graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School. She then married Gerald (Jerry) Wedel on April 19, 1958. Sandra was an avid, life-long horse lover. She raised and showed POA ponies with her daughters and grand...
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Harvey Charles Beatty, Jr.

May 22, 1942 - May 10, 2021

Harvey Charles Beatty, Jr., age 78 of Augusta passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 10, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on May 22, 1942, the son of Harvey C. and Hilda M. (Sauer) Beatty, Sr. Harvey graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School in 1960 and Michigan State University in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in Food Science. Following graduation, he started his career with...
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Donald E. "Keg" Keglovitz

February 25, 1930 - May 5, 2021

Donald Eugene Keglovitz, age 91, affectionately known to all as "Keg" passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, May 5, 2021. He was born to Helen Louise and Victor Keglovitz on February 25, 1930 in Muskegon, Michigan. Don joined the U.S. Army in January 1949 and was proud of his time served in the US Army Infantry Division as a Forward Observer during the Korean War and received a Korean...
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Alfred Carl "Al" Lofgren

November 23, 1940 - April 15, 2021

Alfred Carl "Al" Lofgren, age 80, of Augusta passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, April 15, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on November 23, 1940, the son of Carl John and Lavinia G. (Webber) Lofgren. Al married the "Love of His Life", Mary C. Hirakis at the First Presbyterian Church, Battle Creek on June 27, 1964; she survives. He is also survived by his children, Jon Lofgren of...
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Leora M. "Lee" Mussulman

July 2, 1926 - March 24, 2021

Leora M. (Mitchell) Mussulman ("Lee"), age 94, of Augusta, MI, passed away on Wednesday morning, March 24, 2021, at Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. She was born in Sherwood, MI, on July 2, 1926, to Grover and Bertha (Wyrick) Mitchell. She was born, raised, and lived her entire life within a 30-mile area of Augusta. She attended Athens high school. On September 11, 1943, Leora married the...
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Roger L. Wedig, Jr.

September 1, 1957 - January 16, 2021

Roger L. Wedig, Jr., 63, of Augusta, died Saturday, January 16, 2021. He passed on the same day as his father, two years ago. Roger was born September 1, 1957 in Cincinnati, OH to Roger and Donna (Sexton) Wedig, Sr. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and worked in the sheet metal union as a journeyman for many years. Roger was married to his beloved wife of 40 years, the...
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James T. "Tommy" Robbins

February 1, 1932 - November 23, 2020

James T. "Tommy" Robbins Augusta, MI On November 23, 2020, James T. "Tommy" Robbins, a loving husband & father, went to be with the Lord at the age of 88. He was born on February 1, 1932 in Crawford, TN to Dallas and Emma Robbins. At a young age, Jim worked in the coal mines of Tennessee and then enlisted in the United States Army where he earned the rank of Sergeant First Class. Jim...
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Patty L. Garrett

September 28, 1944 - November 3, 2020

Patty L. Garrett, 76, of Galesburg passed suddenly on November 3, 2020. Patty was born in Twinton, TN to John and Eunice Landers. She loved her family, quilting, bingo and going to casinos. Patty is survived by her children, Mike (Lori) Hite of Climax, Marvin (Sherri) Hite of Galesburg and Michelle (Dan) Hite of Galesburg; grandchildren, Greg (Kate) Finton, Chase (Emma) Bruneel, Miranda...
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Samuel LeRoy "Sam" Chrispens

March 24, 1974 - October 18, 2020

Samuel LeRoy "Sam" Chrispens of Delton, MI Sam died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Sam was born in Saginaw, MI on March 24th, 1974 to Donald Chrispens and Penny (Anderson) Gunther Chrispens. From an early age, Sam enjoyed camping and fishing. Sam and his Dad went on many hiking, canoeing and camping trips to remote areas around Michigan, Boundary Waters area...
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Barbara E. Wyman Coleman

July 30, 1929 - October 10, 2020

Barbara Ellen Wyman Coleman of Augusta, MI passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Barbara was born in Coldwater, Michigan on July 30, 1929 to the late Claude and Bertha Wyman. She has resided in Augusta most of her life and until her passing. Married to Walter Carl Coleman Nov. 15, 1947, they had 4 children prior to divorcing. Barbara is survived by her...
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Gary L. Lake

August 4, 1944 - October 4, 2020

Gary Lee Lake, age 76, of Allegan passed away peacefully Sunday morning, October 4, 2020 at Bronson Commons in Mattawan. He was born in Port Huron on August 4, 1944, the son of George and Barbara (Haywood) Lake. Gary graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the class of 1962. In 2004, Gary retired after many years as a respiratory therapist at Allegan General Hospital and several...
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Ricky E. Mason

July 17, 1961 - September 21, 2020

Ricky E. Mason of Augusta, MI Ricky, age 59, died unexpectedly Monday morning, September 21, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Ricky, the son of Robert and Cora (Meyers) Mason, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 17, 1961 and was a 1979 graduate of Otsego High School. He went on to become a certified front-end specialist, later retired from being the Owner/Operator...
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Glen "Buck" Eldridge

July 13, 1926 - August 31, 2020

Glen G. "Buck" Eldridge, age 94, of Augusta, died peacefully on Monday morning, August 31, 2020. He was born in Oshtemo, Michigan on July 13, 1926 the son of Vernon and Glenora (Garlic) Eldridge and graduated from Augusta High School. Glen faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He retired from the Knappen Milling Company after more than 44 years and then served...
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Patricia Eloise "Granny" Worthington

July 4, 1927 - August 14, 2020

Patricia Eloise "Granny" Worthington of Battle Creek, MI Granny, age 93, died Friday evening, August 14, 2020 at her residence with her loving family at her side. Pat, the daughter of William and Ida Mae (McRoberts) Pearson, was born in Battle Creek on July 4, 1927 and was a lifetime resident. She embodied the true meaning of "Housewife," for all aspects of raising their...
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William David "Bill" Evans

March 7, 1944 - August 11, 2020

William David "Bill" Evans of Augusta, MI Bill, age 76, died Tuesday evening, August 11, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital following a brief illness. Bill, the son of William Owen and Marion (Erickson) Evans, was born in Battle Creek, MI on March 7, 1944; was lifetime area resident and a 1962 graduate of Gull Lake High School. He served his Country honorably and nobly...
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Marion David "Dave" Smith

March 18, 1935 - June 18, 2020

Marion David "Dave" Smith of Richland, MI Dave, age 85, died Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI with most of his family at his side. Dave, the son of Marion C. and Rhea E. (Porter) Smith, was born in Parchment, MI on March 18, 1935; was a lifetime area resident and graduated in 1953 from the Richland Rural Agricultural School. He was...
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Helen I. Meeuwse

February 24, 1932 - April 8, 2020

Helen I. Meeuwse, 88, of Vicksburg, died April 8, 2020. Helen was born February 24, 1932 in Kalamazoo to Edward and Edna (Miles) Stacey. On February 19, 1949 she married Engbert Meeuwse. Helen worked for The Gibson Guitar Company for 17 years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and weeding. Helen is survived by her three children, Kay (George) Kucinich, Brenda (Mike)...
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Arthur Ray "Doc" "Art" Standley

May 29, 1917 - January 3, 2020

Arthur Ray "Doc" "Art" Standley of Augusta, MI Art, age 102, died peacefully Friday evening, January 3, 2020 at his residence with many loving family members at his side. Art, the son of Seth J. and Lenna C. (Brooks) Standley, was born in Augusta, MI on May 29, 1917 and was a lifetime resident. His first love was being a farmer, whether share cropping or raising cows, goats...
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Gene Wendell Worthington

September 5, 1938 - December 30, 2019

Gene Wendell Worthington of Augusta, MI Gene, age 81, died peacefully Monday morning, December 30, 2019 at his residence in Portage, MI with his daughter, Julie and son, Greg at his side. Gene, the son of Henry S. and Ila C. (Summers) Worthington, was born in Ann Arbor, MI on September 5, 1938; was a 1956 graduate of Mason (MI) High School and moved from Tulsa, OK to...
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Jared M. McGuire-Waskul

February 4, 1988 - October 30, 2019

Jared M. McGuire-Waskul, age 31, of Augusta, passed away at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek on Wednesday evening, October 30, 2019 with his parents by his side. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on February 4,1988 the loving son of Terry Waskul and Pamela McGuire. Jared moved to Michigan when he was one year old and graduated from Gull Lake High School with the Class...
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Roland H. Jefferson

April 21, 1930 - August 29, 2019

Roland H. Jefferson, 89, of Galesburg, died August 29, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Susan; four children, Stephen Bradt, Orlanda Jefferson, Jennifer (Matt) Parker and Jon (Joanne) Jefferson; 7 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Galesburg United...
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Peggy Ann Michael

October 23, 1952 - July 2, 2019

Peggy Ann Michael, age 66, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, July 2, 2019 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Battle Creek on October 23, 1952, the loving daughter of Floyd R. and Evelyn R. (Craw) Palmer and graduated from Harper Creek High School with the Class of 1970. Peggy worked for many years at Nottke's Bowling Alley and retired from Sam's Club....
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Harley J. Disbrow, Jr.

February 3, 1929 - June 19, 2019

Harley J. Disbrow, Jr., 90, of Augusta, died Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at his residence. Harley was born February 3, 1929 in Battle Creek to Harley and Dorothy (Wing) Disbrow. He graduated from Kellogg High School and went on to work at Clark Equipment as a draftsman engineer for many years until his retirement in 1985. Harley married the former Dorrene Hill in 1948. The couple enjoyed 45...
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Julia A. Taylor

February 12, 1936 - March 10, 2019

Our most beloved Mother, Julia Ann Taylor, passed away to be with the Lord on March 10, 2019. Julia was born on February 12, 1936 to Leon and Lucille Greer of Augusta where she was raised on the family farm, and in the same home raised her own family where she lived until her passing. She cherished the land she called home where her mornings were spent on the back swing sipping coffee, listening...
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Barbara Janett Lake

November 1, 1922 - February 7, 2019

Barbara Janett Lake, age 96, of Augusta passed away peacefully Thursday evening, February 7, 2019 at the Brookdale Assisted Living in Battle Creek. She was born in Battle Creek on November 1, 1922, the daughter of Allan and Bonnie (Holcomb) Haywood. Barbara graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1941 and retired from Leila Hospital in 1978. Barbara married George J...
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Dorothy Jean Garrett (Taylor) Dunithan

March 3, 1947 - October 21, 2018

Dorothy Jean Garrett (Taylor) Dunithan of Augusta, MI Dorothy, age 71, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, October 21, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI with her loving family at her side. Dorothy, the daughter of Mervin Garrett and Georgia (Mensch) Taylor, was born in Battle Creek, MI on March 3, 1947 and was raised and lived her whole...
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Doris Jean (Meade) Born

January 28, 1935 - September 17, 2018

Doris Jean (Meade) Born of Augusta, MI Doris passed away peacefully at Glen Arbor Hospice on the seventeenth of September, 2018, at the age of 83. Doris is survived by her children, Becky (Ken) Nuorala, Marty (Cathy) Born, Vickie (Dave) DeLeon, Tim (Penny) Born, as well as 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. ...
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Marcia Ann (Berger) Worthington

September 28, 1942 - August 29, 2018

Marcia Ann (Berger) Worthington of Augusta, MI Marcia, age 75, died Wednesday evening, August 29, 2018 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo following a two month illness. Marcia, the daughter of Rex and Eleanor (Schwartz) Berger, was born in Lansing, MI on September 28, 1942 and moved to this area in 1986. She was a 1960 graduate of Lansing Eastern...
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Carlene Marsena (Plotts) Inman

September 8, 1936 - August 27, 2018

Carlene Marsena (Plotts) Inman, age 81, of Galesburg passed away at her home on Monday, August 27, 2018. Carlene was born in Lansing, Michigan, on September 8, 1936, the daughter of the late Wayne and Leona Plotts. Carlene graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School in 1954. She married Gerald D. Inman in June 1957, and began a family. In addition to raising her three sons, she worked as a sales...
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Ruth Ann Whipple

July 13, 1948 - June 18, 2018

Ruth Ann Whipple, age 69, of Augusta passed away Monday, June 18, 2018. She was born in Battle Creek on July 13, 1948, the daughter of Clyde F. and Edna C. (Morris) Whipple. Ruth enjoyed playing Solitaire, doing puzzles, and spending time with her family. Ruth is survived by her brothers, William "Bill" (Joy) Whipple Jr. and Fred Whipple, both of Augusta; and several aunts, uncles, nieces &...
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Arthur Caball

July 27, 1945 - May 8, 2018

Arthur Caball, 72, died May 8, 2018 at his home. Art was born in Waukegan, IL in 1945, son of the late Edward and Marie Caball. Art served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and received the Bronze Star for heroism and was a welder/pipefitter aboard ship. Art started his own successful welding business in 1970, Custom Metal Work, retiring in 2006. From a young age, Art...
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KC Burson

March 1, 1950 - May 7, 2018

KC Burson of Vicksburg, MI KC, age 68, died Monday morning, May 7, 2018 at the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Medical Center-Hospice, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. KC, the son of Milton Terry and Doris Elaine (Williams) Burson, was born in Three Rivers, MI; was a lifetime area resident and 1968 graduate of...
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Milo M. McKie

May 3, 1938 - April 9, 2018

Milo M. McKie, 79, of Hickory Corners, died Monday, April 9, 2018. Milo was born May 3, 1938 in Otsego, MI to Milo and Carolyn (Titus) McKie. He graduated high school and went on to serve in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He worked many years for Kalamazoo Vending. Milo was a life-time member of the V.F.W. and also belonged to the American Legion and the Eagles. He loved life on the...
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Doloris M. Goostrey

May 9, 1929 - January 5, 2018

Doloris M. Goostrey, 88, of Augusta, died January 5, 2018. Doloris was born May 9, 1929 in Kalamazoo to Otis and Maude (Stratton) Holston. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and shortly thereafter married Lewis Goostrey on September 3, 1949. Doloris always devoted her time to her family. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing with her sister, Lula Jane. She was a great...
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Mildred L."Millie" Forrest

April 4, 1918 - October 22, 2017

Mildred L. "Millie" Forrest, age 99, of Augusta, passed away on Sunday morning, October 22, 2017. She was born in Waterford, Connecticut on April 4, 1918, the daughter of Henry C. and Louise (Pray) Heron. She graduated from a private school, "The Women Memorial Institute". Mildred was married and had six children, several grandchildren, including five generations. She had an interesting...
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Vivian P. Pierce

November 21, 1919 - October 10, 2017

Vivian P. "Vicky" Pierce, 97, of Kalamazoo, died October 10, 2017. Vicky was born November 21, 1919 in Manhattan, KS to Charles and Elaine (Curtis) Gable. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1937 and married Forest C. "Fuzz" Pierce in 1940. Vicky worked as a secretary for the Federal Government until she retired in 1980. Vicky enjoyed traveling, bowling, golfing and reading...
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Virginia R. Lemmien

June 28, 1921 - October 1, 2017

Virginia R. Lemmien of Augusta, Michigan passed away October 1, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek at the age of 96. She was born June 28,1921 the daughter of Vernon and Nettie (Livingston) Judevine in Palo, Ml. Virginia was a graduate of Palo High School, and attended Ferris State College. On October 6,1940, she married Walter Lemmien. Virginia and Walt made their...
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Anita I. Howes

January 11, 1921 - July 26, 2017

Anita I. Howes, age 96, formerly of Plainwell, passed away July 26, 2017 in Middleville, Michigan. She was born in Cairo, Illinois to John E. and Ora A. (Johnson) DeWees and spent her childhood in Anna, Illinois and Pontiac, Michigan, graduating from Pontiac High School in 1939. Anita married Jack A. Howes in October 1945, having corresponded with him during the war. He predeceased her in...
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Sue Ann Hostetler

September 20, 1943 - June 1, 2017

Sue Ann Hostetler, age 73, of Elkhart passed away peacefully at her son's home in Augusta, Michigan on Thursday morning, June 1, 2017. She was born in Indianapolis on September 20,1943, the loving daughter of Edward F. and Jane (Dunning) Dirks. Sue graduated from Purdue University and retired from the St. Joseph Public Library in 2016 after nearly 20 years of faithful service. Sue is...
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Jacqulyn Lee Barrons-Cody

June 22, 1987 - May 18, 2017

Jacqulyn Lee Cody, age 29, died unexpectedly on May 18, 2017. She was born June 22,1987. Jacqulyn left many people behind, she had many friends and a large family as well. She was a loving mother to her daughter, Leiahna, age 11, and her son, Lukus age 7. Jacqulyn was a mother, daughter, cousin, niece, aunt, and friend to many. She left behind her two beloved sisters, Nicole Morse...
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Dorothy A. Wood

February 23, 1946 - April 14, 2017

Dorothy A. Wood, age 71, of Augusta went to be with her Lord & Savior on Friday, April 14, 2017. She was born in Kalamazoo on February 23, 1946, the loving daughter of Frank L. and Dorothy S. (Watkins) Drobny Sr.. Dorothy retired from Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo after more than 30 years of faithful service. Dorothy married August V. "Auggie" Wood on August 28, 1965; he sadly preceded her...
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Alice Maxine (Arnold) Flach

August 16, 1929 - February 7, 2017

Alice Maxine (Arnold) Flach of Augusta, MI Alice, age 87, died Tuesday morning, February 7, 2017 at the Butterfly Oasis, Kalamazoo, MI with her loving family at her side. Alice, the daughter of William and Alta (Phillips) Arnold, was born in Topeka, KS on August 16, 1929 and moved to Augusta in 1958 from Topeka. She...
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Paul R. Robbins

January 21, 1943 - January 17, 2017

Paul R. Robbins of Augusta, MI, age 73, died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at his home. Paul the son of Dallas H. and Emma J. (Handy) Robbins, was born in Crawford, TN. He retired from Hydreco. He loved the Barn Theatre and the Ragotzy family. He housed many "Barnies" for decades - including Tom Wopat. Paul was known for his storytelling in his smooth southern voice. He knew and was known by...
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Clyde Leroy Whipple

March 11, 1942 - December 16, 2016

Clyde Leroy Whipple Jr., age 74, of Augusta died Friday morning, December 16, 2016 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Battle Creek on March 11, 1942, the son of Clyde F. and Edna (Morris) Whipple. Clyde worked on the family farm in Augusta for many years. A true outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, farming, and taking care of animals. Clyde is survived by his children, Penny...
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Frederick Lee "Jaimie" Wright

March 6, 1943 - December 16, 2016

Frederick Lee "Jaimie" Wright of Augusta, MI Jaimie, age 73, died Friday morning, December 16, 2016 at his residence and following a lengthy illness. Jaimie, the son of Vernon F. and Virginia J. (De Korte) Wright, was born in Otsego, MI on March 6, 1943. He served his country honorably and nobly during the Vietnam War...
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Rita Mae Ramsdell

June 30, 1940 - October 6, 2016

Rita Mae Ramsdell, 76 of Scotts, died Thursday, October 6, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 30, 1940 in Battle Creek, Michigan to her parents Cecil A. and Oella G. (Jackson) Vosburg. She was a 1985 Climax-Scotts Adult Education Graduate, and she drove a school bus for 14 years with the Climax-Scotts School District. She also worked for the Cowcatcher Restaurant...
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Donald "Don" Phillips

July 23, 1929 - August 14, 2016

Don's journey on earth began on July 23, 1929 and ended on Sunday, August 14, 2016, after a lengthy illness. Don was surrounded by family. Don began his life in West Virginia with parents, Stella Marie and Frank Charles. Don married Dorothy (Hopkins) on October 17, 1956, to whom he was married for 59 years, parted by his...
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Mardith "Mardie" Wilson

February 1, 1948 - July 12, 2016

Mardith J. "Mardie" Wilson, 68, of Kalamazoo, died July 12, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center. Mardie was born February 1, 1948 in Plainwell to Quentin and Wanda (Shurlow) Colvin. She graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School in 1966 and went on to marry the love of her life, Keith Wilson, later that year, on October 15th. Mardie dedicated her life to her family, staying at home and raising...
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Mildred Edna Conners

March 15, 1931 - June 21, 2016

Mildred Edna Conners, 85, born in Standish, Michigan, the daughter of Frank and Nita (Wainwright) Rulason. Married for 53 years to William Ivan Conners of Detroit, Michigan. Lived in Kalamazoo with her husband, 3 daughters and 1 son. Mildred was a hard working housewife and stay-at-home Mom, who took pride in caring for her family. She loved country music and 60's Rock n' Roll, enjoyed...
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Andrew "Drew" Pattullo, Jr.

November 25, 1945 - June 11, 2016

Andrew "Drew" Pattullo, Jr., 70, of Battle Creek, died June 11, 2016 at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. Drew was born to Andrew and Jean (Fralick) Pattullo on November 25, 1945 in Battle Creek. During his youth, he attended school in the Battle Creek School system and graduated in 1963 as a Paean. While in high school he played the trumpet in the school band and had planned to attend...
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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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