Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

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

Hilde Hammer

July 21, 1932 - December 7, 2018

Hilde Hammer, age 86, of Battle Creek, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday morning, December 7, 2018. She was born in Oldenburg, Germany on July 21, 1932 and came to the United States on her own at the age of 19, living in Battle Creek for more than 56 years. Hilde dedicated everything she had to raising and blessing her family, and later in life worked at Hudson's, where she was...
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Marilyn Elaine (Gordon) Jones

September 11, 1930 - December 7, 2018

Marilyn Elaine (Gordon) Jones passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her husband and family on December 7, 2018. Marilyn was born on September 11, 1930 to Clete and Mary Gordon in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated from St. Augustine's High School, and married Desmond Jones on May 6, 1950 at the old St. Augustine church. Marilyn took great joy in her role as wife, mother, grandmother...
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Dorlee Odessa (Liechty) "Lee" Fredy

March 30, 1942 - December 6, 2018

Dorlee Odessa "Lee" (Liechty) Fredy, 76, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Lee was born March 20, 1942 in Wauseon, Ohio the daughter of Vergil and Delphia (Shaffer) Liechty. Battle Creek has been her home since moving here as a child with her family. Lee was 1960 graduate of Battle Creek Central...
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Rosemary Marie (Renshaw) Davidson

August 18, 1930 - December 5, 2018

Rosemary Marie (Renshaw) Davidson, 88, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Rosemary was born August 18, 1930 in Quincy Township / Branch County, Michigan to Fred J. and Gladys N, (Moore) Renshaw. She was raised in Coldwater, Michigan, was a 1948 graduate of Coldwater High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree (Phi...
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Catherine "Kay" Spear

May 8, 1925 - December 2, 2018

Catherine "Kay" Spear, age 93, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at Evergreen Manor on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 8, 1925, the daughter of Frederick and Theresa (VanDemere) Kornoelje. Kay retired from Ralston Purina after more than 36 years of faithful service. Kay married William T. "Bill" Spear at the First Baptist Church of...
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Dianna Lynn (Wilson) Willavize

September 8, 1955 - November 30, 2018

Dianna Lynn (Wilson) Willavize of Battle Creek, MI Dianna, age 63, died unexpectedly Friday morning, November 30, 2018 at her residence. Dianna, the daughter of Edward and Frances "Peggy" (Smith) Wilson was born in Washington, D.C on September 8, 1955; moved to this area in 1963 and attended Pennfield High School. She was the consummate housewife running the daily...
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Jeanette Louise (Amlotte) Martin

November 30, 1942 - November 29, 2018

Jeanette Louise (Amlotte) Martin, of Battle Creek died on her terms, peacefully at home with her family at her side, the day before her 76th birthday, on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Jeanette was united in marriage to George Irving Martin on April 9, 1964 in Battle Creek. Surviving are George, her husband of 54 years; two daughters, Debra (Nick) Mathews and Dawn Rall both of Battle Creek;...
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Claude L. Williams

February 9, 1930 - November 29, 2018

Claude L. Williams, 88, of Battle Creek, died November 29, 2018. Claude was born February 9, 1930 in LaPryor, TX to Buckner and Lillie (Ashley) Williams. Claude graduated from Edison High School and went to San Antonio College. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Claude worked at the Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, the Federal Center...
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Juanita V. Winer

May 5, 1920 - November 28, 2018

Juanita V. Winer, age 98, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at the Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis on Wednesday morning, November 28, 2018. She was born in Decatur, Indiana on May 5, 1920, the daughter of Russell and Viola (Ray) Bowman. Juanita worked at the Kirsch Co. and the Sturgis Journal in Sturgis, Michigan. She enjoyed sewing & crafts, shopping, playing the organ, square-dancing...
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David H. Hurley

December 25, 1930 - November 27, 2018

David H. Hurley, age 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Oaks Retirement Community in Gilbert, Arizona. He was born December 25, 1930 in Battle Creek Michigan, to Hugh M. Hurley and Arlene L. Hurley. His grandparents were Louis and Maude Hurley and Roy and Golda Knepp. He was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He married Barbara Ann Rice on...
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Charlotte Lena Lynd

April 10, 1945 - November 27, 2018

Charlotte Lena Lynd, age 73, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Bronson Battle Creek on Tuesday evening, November 27, 2018. She was born in Wausau, Wisconsin on April 10, 1945 the daughter of Lester and Lillian (Wasmundt) Jaecks. Her family moved to Battle Creek in 1947, where she was raised by foster families. Charlotte attended Davenport University, and served for many years as a records...
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James "Jim" Wiersema

June 26, 1940 - November 26, 2018

James Lyle "Jim" Wiersema, 78, of Richland, died Monday, November 26, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo. He was born June 26, 1940 the son of Hazel Scott Wiersema and Lisle Wiersema, both deceased. Jim was a graduate of Richland High School, attend Whirlpool Institute and WMU. James was united in marriage on December 8, 1963 to former Martha Robyn. Jim is survived by his wife, Martha...
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Jerry Blane Monroe

March 15, 1942 - November 25, 2018

Jerry Blane Monroe, age 76, of Ceresco passed away Sunday evening, November 25, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Battle Creek on March 15, 1942, the son of Merle and Iva (Rouse) Monroe and attended Battle Creek Public Schools. Jerry was employed at American Suzuki of Brea, California for more than 35 years. He was a member of the NRA and the Bellevue...
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Beverly Ann "Bev" Laitila

May 5, 1947 - November 22, 2018

Beverly Ann "Bev" Laitila, age 71, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Coldwater, Michigan on May 5, 1947, the daughter of Milford L. and Arla M. (Palmatier) Stockwell. Bev graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1965 and furthered her education at Kellogg Community College. She retired from the Kellogg...
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Keith Leroy Culp

May 22, 1945 - November 21, 2018

Keith Leroy Culp, 73, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Methodist Hospital on Wednesday evening, November 21, 2018, following a heart attack on November 16. His wife and family were with him when he passed. Keith was born on May 22, 1945, in St. Joseph County, Michigan, to Lola Mae (Carpenter) and Keith Culp and grew up on a farm in Mendon, Michigan.. He was a 1963 graduate of Mendon High...
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James Drury "Jim" Schell

December 12, 1927 - November 20, 2018

James Drury "Jim" Schell, 90, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, after having a heart attack earlier in the day. Jim was born December 12, 1927 in Niles, Michigan the son of Otis George and Edna Mae (Wright) Schell. He grew up on a farm in Jones, Michigan, graduated from Three Rivers High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture and...
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Jean Frances (Conrad) Kinney

January 13, 1921 - November 20, 2018

Jean F. (Conrad) Kinney, 97, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Jean was born January 13, 1921 in Wayland, Michigan the daughter of Howard Lo and Helen Marie (Butine) Conrad. She grew up in Gobles, Michigan, graduated from Gobles High School and earned a secretarial degree from a business college in Kalamazoo. Jean was employed...
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Russell J.L. "Russ" Webber

July 10, 1941 - November 19, 2018

Russell J. L. "Russ" Webber, 77 of Delton died peacefully at Borgess Medical Center, with his family at his side, on Monday, November 19, 2018, after having a hemorrhagic stroke on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Russ was born July 10, 1941 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Ernest J. and Irma M. (Miller) Webber. He grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. ...
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Jerry Gipson

December 21, 1959 - November 17, 2018

Jerry Gipson, 58, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly Saturday November 17, 2018. He was born on December 21, 1959 in Salyersville, Kentucky, the son of Squire Gipson and Fannie Emmons (Cole). He lived in Kentucky and Ohio until he moved to Battle Creek in 1982. He is survived by his daughter Jeri Diaz (Jason Jackson). Son-in-law Ramon Diaz of Boston, Ma. fifteen grand kids, one fur grand kid,...
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Norma Jeanne Carl-Baas

December 9, 1926 - November 13, 2018

Norma Jeanne Carl-Baas, age 91, of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018. She was born in Battle Creek on December 9, 1926, the daughter of Merle G. and Dorothy E. (McCarty) Carl. Norma was a 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and retired from Consumers Power in 1990 after 45 years of faithful service. Norma married Orlo John Baas on August 8, 2003; he sadly...
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Ann Margaret (Raganyi) Skertic

January 14, 1918 - November 12, 2018

Ann Margaret Skertic, 100, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Monday, November 12, 2018. Ann was born January 14, 1918 in East Chicago, Indiana the daughter of Victor Geza and Anna (Horvath) Raganyi. She grew up in Hammond, Indiana. Ann M. Raganyi was united in marriage to John F. "Zeb" Skertic on May 14, 1942. Sadly...
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Robert Franklin Adams

January 10, 1940 - November 11, 2018

Robert Franklin "Bob" Adams, 78, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully on Sunday, November 11, 2018, with his wife at his side at Heartland Health Care, where Bob and the entire family received excellent and compassionate care. Bob was born January 10, 1940 in Battle Creek the son of Arthur E. and Alice Ann (Skeba) Adams and cherished his relationship with his parents, three...
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Ralph DiVitto

August 21, 1922 - November 11, 2018

Ralph DiVitto, age 97, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday November 11, 2018, in his home, surrounded by family. He was born August 21, 1921, in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Giovanni DiVitto and Antonette (Gianfrancesco) DiVitto. Ralph grew up in the Detroit area where he attended school and lived with his family. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and served during the Pacific War stationed on...
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Michael William Manson

May 23, 1950 - November 11, 2018

Michael W. Manson, 68, died Sunday, November 11, 2018, at Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. He was born to William and Betty Manson on May 23, 1950 in Battle Creek, MI. Michael attended Gull Lake School, participated in wrestling and band, earning a John Philip Sousa Award, and graduated in 1968. Michael worked at Sears, served as Development Director at a Christian school, served in youth...
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Michael P. Zaleski

October 15, 1947 - November 10, 2018

Commander Michael P. Zaleski passed away on Nov 10, 2018. Michael was born in Detroit, MI, son of John and Margaret (Tucholski) Zaleski. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Catherine; his two children, Julie (Marc) and Mark; stepson, Mike; three grandchildren, Jack, Alessia, and Victor; sister, Patricia, and brother, Mark; and the mother of his children, Joan. Commander Zaleski...
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Michael Jeffery Mackinder

January 5, 1959 - November 9, 2018

Michael Jeffery Mackinder, 59, of Battle Creek died at home and was pronounced by the Medical Examiner on Friday, November 9, 2018. Mike was born January 5, 1959 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Richard Lee and Joyce Ann (Elsie) Mackinder. He grew up in Marshall and Schoolcraft, graduating from Schoolcraft High School. Mike served briefly in the U.S. Navy and was discharged for medical...
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Shannon Joette Dager

August 25, 1953 - November 9, 2018

Shannon Joette Dager, 65 of Battle Creek and formerly of Muskegon died peacefully on Friday, November 9, 2018 after 3 years of a steady decline with Alzheimer's combined with her Downs' Syndrome that she was born with. Shannon was born August 25, 1953 in Muskegon, Michigan and was the daughter of Neal Norman and Darlene Lorraine (Pettit) Dager. She grew up in Muskegon, where she...
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Wanda Marie Tessmer

July 19, 1922 - November 7, 2018

Wanda Marie Tessmer, age 96, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday afternoon, November 7, 2018. She was born in Fayette, Ohio on July 19, 1922 the daughter of Elgie and Elsie (Esterline) Robnolt. In 1935, Wanda's family moved to Albion, Michigan where she graduated from Albion High School (Washington Gardner) with the Class of 1940, and then furthered her education at Cleary Business College in...
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Earl Leslie Green

October 7, 1937 - November 6, 2018

Earl Leslie Green, age 81, of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday evening, November 6, 2018 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He was born in Hillsdale County, Michigan on October 7, 1937, the son of Allen Wayne and Josephine (McEvoy) (Darling) Green. Earl was a Boy Scout, played the baritone in his high school band, and belonged to the First Presbyterian Church of Jonesville where he sang in...
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Ross Leroy "Doc" Ellis

November 17, 1936 - November 5, 2018

Ross Leroy "Doc" Ellis of Battle Creek, MI Ross, age 81, died Monday afternoon, November 5, 2018 at the Care Community of Springfield, MI. Ross, the son of Harry Levine and Helen Louise (Headlee) Ellis, was born in Battle Creek on November 17, 1936; lived in the area until 1994, then moving to Florida and back to the Care Community in 2017 and was a 1956 graduate of...
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Fern I. Preston

June 24, 1908 - November 4, 2018

Fern I. Preston, age 110, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, November 4, 2018. Fern was born in Lorain, Ohio on June 24, 1908 to Hugo and Fern Kikstadt. Fern was among the third graduating class from Lakeview High School in 1926. Fern married G. Herbert Preston who sadly preceded her in death in 1996. Throughout her life Fern worked for Squire Music making violin strings; in Lakeview High...
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Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Wiegand

January 22, 1958 - October 31, 2018

Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Wiegand of Battle Creek, MI Betty, age 60, died unexpectedly Sunday, October 21, 2018 at her residence. Betty, the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Orr) Neil, was born in Battle Creek on January 22, 1958 and a lifetime area resident. She attended Marshall Schools and graduated from Wright Beauty Academy. Betty had been employed at...
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Ardell L. Torres

September 19, 1926 - October 31, 2018

Ardell L. (Pierce) Torres, age 92, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday morning, October 30, 2018 at her home in Pennfield. Ardell was born September 19, 1926 in Bellevue, Michigan to Elston and Jessie (Morris) Pierce. She was a 1944 graduate of Bellevue High School, where she was a cheerleader and a majorette in their first marching band. She grew up attending Bellevue Baptist Church and loved...
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Phyllis I. Croften

January 26, 1931 - October 31, 2018

Phyllis I. Croften, 87, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. Phyllis, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, was born to Ray and Ila Mae (Philip) Woodman on January 26th, 1931. She graduated from what is now Battle Creek Central in 1949 and went on to receive her LPN, in 1956, from Battle Creek Practical Nursing Education Center. Phyllis worked at Elm Street Hospital, which...
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Wilma Rae "Willie" Dzioba

September 19, 1936 - October 29, 2018

Wilma Rae (Barber) Dzioba, age 82, formerly of Athens, went home to her loved ones on October 29, 2018, with her daughter at her side, at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. Wilma, known as "Willie" to her family and friends, was born in Battle Creek on September 19, 1936, to Franklin W. & Mildred P. (Bailey) Barber, the youngest of three daughters. Willie graduated from Lakeview High...
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Delbert Leroy "Del" Holroyd

November 19, 1921 - October 28, 2018

Delbert L. "Del" Holroyd of Kalamazoo, MI Del, age 96, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2018, at his home. Del was born November 19, 1921 in Foley, MN, the son of Milo and Emma (Bigelow) Holroyd. A lifelong resident of Cooper Township, Delbert attended Richland Schools and served his Country honorably and nobly in the United States Army during World War...
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James "Jim" Barlow, Sr.

July 6, 1918 - October 27, 2018

James "Jim" C. Barlow Sr., 100, of Battle Creek, passed away Saturday, October 27th, 2018, at the Legacy at the Oaks. Jim was born on July 6th, 1918 in Ripley, Tennessee to Charles and Margaret (Halfacre) Barlow. Jim attended Battle Creek Central High School. Jim served in the US Army during WWII and went on to work for Clark and eventually retired from Kellogg Cereal after more than 30 years. ...
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Edward Henry VanVleet

November 15, 1949 - October 26, 2018

Edward Henry VanVleet, age 68, of Battle Creek sadly passed away on Friday evening, October 26, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on November 15, 1949, the son of Edward and Pauline (Little) VanVleet. A true outdoorsman, Edward enjoyed fishing, hunting, and driving around watching the deer. He was a member of the P.N.A. and most of all loved spending time with his family, especially his...
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Eugene L. Bender

November 15, 1928 - October 24, 2018

Eugene L. "Gene" Bender, 89, of Battle Creek, died October 24, 2018. Gene was born November 15, 1928 in Battle Creek to L.J. and Marie (Healey) Bender. He served honorably in the U.S. Army and worked at Battle Creek Rendering, retiring in 1989. Gene enjoyed working in his yard, and especially his rose garden. He received the "Most Beautiful Yard" award from the city of Battle Creek. He...
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Ruth Marie Ritter

December 23, 1954 - October 23, 2018

Ruth Marie Ritter, age 63, of Springfield died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, October 23, 2018. She was born in Sturgis, Michigan on December 23, 1954, the daughter of John H. and Sylvia M. (Blodgett) Ritter. In her early years, Ruth enjoyed making several types of arts & crafts, and going to the races. Ruth is survived by her children, Donnie (Susan) Ritter of Battle Creek, Stephanie ...
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Donald Ray "Whitey" Petty

April 27, 1924 - October 23, 2018

Donald Ray "Whitey" Petty, 94, of Battle Creek died peacefully with his family at his side at Evergreen Senior Care & Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Whitey was born April 27, 1924 in Sparta, Tennessee the son of Thomas "Eugene" and Anna "Ethel" (Vinson) Petty. He was raised in Sparta and Hopkinsville, Kentucky and then joined the U.S. Army proudly serving his country...
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Donald H. "Don" Smith

September 16, 1943 - October 22, 2018

Donald H. "Don" Smith, 75, of Battle Creek collapsed and died unexpectedly on Monday, October 22, 2018. Don was born in a rustic log cabin on September 16, 1943 in Rawdon, Quebec, Canada, the son of Wesley Copping Donald and Dorothy Mabel (Dixon) Smith. He grew up in Canada and worked for Canadian Tire Company. Don was also employed working on roads and installing underground piping in...
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Richard James "Dick" Fate

September 28, 1933 - October 21, 2018

Richard James "Dick" Fate, age 85, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday evening, October 21, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on September 28, 1933, the son of Frederick and Naomi Fate and served his country as a member of the United States Army and United States Air Force. Dick retired from Smith & Graham Roofing after more than 40 years of service and was a member of the RWAW Local 70. Dick...
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David Michael "Dave" Hamblin

April 18, 1957 - October 19, 2018

David Michael "Dave" Hamblin of Richland, MI David passed away at his home in Richland, surrounded by his loving family, in the late afternoon on Friday, the 19th of October, 2018. David was born on April 18th, 1959 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He attended Barbour Hall Boys Military School and was employed at the Gull Road Meijer's as a greeter...
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Alyce Virginia (Howard) McDonagh

July 21, 1935 - October 18, 2018

Alyce Virginia (Howard) McDonagh of Battle Creek, MI Alyce, age 83, died Thursday morning, October 18, 2018 at her residence after a long battle with cancer. Alyce, the daughter of Kenneth O. and Elizabeth D. (Miller) Howard, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 21, 1935 and was a lifetime area resident. Her early years were spent with her grandparents, the Miller...
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Sharon Carol Mason

March 22, 1938 - October 18, 2018

Sharon C. Mason, 80, of Hickory Corners, Michigan died peacefully at New Friends Memory Care & Assisted Living Facility on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Born March 22, 1938 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sharon Carol Mason grew up in the Midland Park community on Gull Lake, sharing her family's two-bedroom cottage with her parents and three younger siblings. A natural athlete, she spent summers...
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Katherine Cecelia (Pesenecker) "Katie" Reese

February 20, 1926 - October 14, 2018

Katherine Cecelia (Pesenecker) "Katie" Reese of Battle Creek, MI Katherine, age 92, passed away Sunday evening, October 14, 2018. Katherine was born in Detroit, Michigan to William J. and Madeline M. (Flowerday) Pesenecker. Her family relocated to Battle Creek when Katie was a small child. She continued to live in the area her entire life. She...
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Gilbert Magoon

September 30, 1930 - October 11, 2018

Gilbert B. Magoon, 88, of Battle Creek, died Thursday, October 11, 2018. Gilbert was born September 30, 1930 in Mackinaw City, MI to Basil C. and Christine J. (St. Antonie) Magoon. He graduated High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Gilbert worked at the Federal Center as a system analyst before retiring in June of 2011. Gilbert married Jaqueline Stefanski on January...
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James H. Wilson, Jr.

October 17, 1932 - October 11, 2018

James H. Wilson, Jr., 85, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 11, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on October 17, 1932 in Columbus, OH to James (Harry) Wilson and Louise E. Hoepfner. When Jim was 10 his family moved to Sturgis, MI where he attended school, graduating from Sturgis High School in 1950. In July of 1950 he married his high school...
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Bill Leon Fox

December 13, 1934 - October 9, 2018

Bill Leon "Papa" Fox, age 83, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was a very loving, caring husband, father, and grandfather. Bill was born December 13, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and moved to Battle Creek as a child, graduating from Battle Creek...
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Aaron Jay Brummels

February 12, 1976 - October 9, 2018

Aaron Jay Brummels of Bellevue, MI Aaron, age 42, died unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Aaron was born February 12, 1976 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Henry Gordon and Kathy Ann (Collins) Brummels. He has lived most of his life in the Bellevue area and was a 1994 graduate of Bellevue High School, where he was a member of the football and baseball team....
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William Wayne "Lou" Pryor

June 10, 1926 - October 9, 2018

William Wayne "Lou" Pryor of Marshall, MI Lou, age 92, died peacefully at his residence with his family at his side on Tuesday morning, October 9, 2018. Lou was born June 10, 1926 in Jackson, Michigan the son of M.L. and Lottie (Archer) Pryor. He grew up in the Albion area, attended Albion High School and then joined the U.S. Navy, honorably serving his...
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Tara Garcia Richardson

April 25, 1975 - October 8, 2018

Tara L. Garcia Richardson, 43, of Battle Creek, passed away Monday, October 8, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. Tara was born April 25, 1975 in Battle Creek to Reyes and Eva Jean (Henderson) Williams. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and the Ross Dental Assistant Program. Tara loved music, Spanish dances, family reunions and playing softball. She enjoyed...
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Billie Jo (Spangler) Williams

February 4, 1932 - October 8, 2018

Billie Jo (Spangler) Williams of Battle Creek, MI Billie, age 86, died Monday morning, October 8, 2018 at Community Care of Battle Creek following a lengthy illness. Billie, the daughter of Bill and Josephine (Barksdale) Spangler was born in San Antonio, TX on February 4, 1932 and moved to this area in 1976. She had been an active member of Calvary Baptist...
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David Carl Meisterheim

June 7, 1926 - October 7, 2018

David Carl Meisterheim, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday afternoon, October 7, 2018 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 7, 1926, the son of Carl L. and Elsa W. (Sheid) Meisterheim and graduated with the St. Philip High School Class of 1944. David owned & operated Meisterheim & Associates Realty for more than 51 years, retiring in...
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Richard J. Basso

August 29, 1937 - October 6, 2018

Rev. Richard (Dick) J. Basso was born on August 29, 1937 and passed away on October 6, 2018. He joins his parents Richard J. Basso and Caroline (Diljak) Basso in passing. He is survived by his two brothers Tom (Catherine) Basso and Philip Basso. A devoted family man, he gave unending love to his many nieces and nephews, who knew him dearly as "Uncle Dick." Tom (lndre) Basso, Teresa (Robert)...
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Gerry Hope Scheerens

June 24, 1927 - October 4, 2018

Geraldine Hope (Gerry) Scheerens, 91, of Battle Creek, died October 4, 2018. Gerry was born June 24, 1927 in Rochester, NY to Jacob and Jenny (Cambier) Scheerens. She received her Master's Degree in teaching at Hope College. Gerry taught in Venezuela for one year, a short time in South Haven and spent the majority of her career as a kindergarten teacher at Westlake Elementary School. ...
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Edith M. Gray

November 1, 1939 - October 3, 2018

Edith Marie 'Edie' Gray, age 78, of Battle Creek, passed away on October 3, 2018, surrounded by close family members. Edith was born on November 1, 1939, to Pearl and Charles Heacock in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She lived with her 8 siblings, three of which survive her now, Bruce Heacock, Charles Heacock, and Rose Franks, and four of which preceded her into passing Arlene Branch, Joan Anspaugh,...
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George William "Bill" Tuck, Jr.

January 12, 1927 - October 2, 2018

George William "Bill" Tuck, Jr., 91 of Battle Creek died with his family at his side on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. Bill was born January 12, 1927 in Three Rivers, Michigan, the son of George William and Millicent (Grubb) Tuck, Sr. Bill grew up in Kalamazoo, was a 1945 graduate of Kalamazoo Central, and as a volunteer left for boot camp the day after his...
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Thomas "Allen" Smith

June 15, 1957 - September 30, 2018

Thomas "Allen" Smith 61, of Battle Creek, died at his home on Sunday, September 30, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born June 15, 1957 in Dayton, Tennessee, the son of Thomas L. and Cleatus "Juanita" (Hicks) Smith, but he was raised by his step-father, Joe Kowen. He was a 1975 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Allen was a Die Setter employed by Flex-N-Gate in Battle Creek...
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Mona Lee "Molly" (Goodall) Montague

April 17, 1929 - September 30, 2018

Mona Lee "Molly" (Goodall) Montague of Battle Creek and formerly of Marshall went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Molly was born to John and Eva Goodall on April 17th, 1929 in Cass City, Michigan. Molly graduated from Cass City High School in 1947. Molly married her husband, Morris, on September 10th, 1947 in Novesta Township. Surviving are her...
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Steven Wayne "Steve" Douglas, Jr.

December 6, 1973 - September 27, 2018

Steven Wayne "Steve" Douglas, Jr. of Springfield, M Steve, age 44, died unexpectedly Thursday evening, September 27, 2018 at his residence. Steve, the son of Steven W. and Yvonne (Dean) Douglas, Sr., was born in Kalamazoo, MI on December 6, 1973; was a lifetime area resident and a 1992 graduate of Decatur (MI) High School. He was a Back-Dock Worker at...
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Kathryn Ann (Felder) "Kathy" Kincaid

January 4, 1951 - September 27, 2018

Kathryn A. (Felder) Kincaid, 67, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died at Miller's Adult Foster Care Home in Marshall on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Kathy was born January 4, 1951 in Battle Creek, Michigan at Percy Jones General Hospital, the daughter of Lyle W. and Dorothy Marie (Horrocks) Felder. She was a 1969 graduate of Harper Creek High School. Kathy was a self-employed care giver,...
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Melissa Dee Hughes

November 18, 1971 - September 26, 2018

Melissa Dee Hughes, age 46, of Springfield, sadly passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, September 26, 2018. She was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on November 18, 1971, the daughter of David R. and Brenda S. (Clutter) Woods Sr. and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Melissa was truly a cheerful, loving and giving young lady and was always there to give you one of her...
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Walter Jay Cole

January 22, 1936 - September 26, 2018

Walter Jay Cole, 82, passed away in Battle Creek, Michigan, on September 26, 2018. Walter was born in Battle Creek on January 22, 1936 to parents Walter and Eva (Poirier) Cole. Walter graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1955 and worked as a Switchman for Grand Trunk Railway for 42 years. Walter enjoyed fishing and nature walks at Stuarts Landing in Marshall, MI. He also...
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Ronald Jay "Ronnie" Voelker

April 1, 1938 - September 23, 2018

Ronald Jay "Ronnie" Voelker of Battle Creek, MI Ronnie, age 80, died Sunday September 23, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital following a short illness. Ronnie, the son of Harold and Viola (Rivenburg) Voelker, was born in Battle Creek on April 1, 1938 and was a lifetime area resident. He graduated from...
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Francis B. Wabeke

February 15, 1925 - September 18, 2018

Francis B. Wabeke, 93, of Battle Creek, ascended into heaven on September 18, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Frank was born on February 15, 1925 in Pipestone, Minnesota to parents Cornelius and Helen Wabeke. He served in the United States Army and retired after 37 years from the Federal Center's Defense Logistics Agency. Frank married Juanita (McLain) Wabeke in 1955. He is...
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Sharon L. Green

April 17, 1940 - September 12, 2018

On Wednesday, the 12th of September 2018, Sharon Lee Green, age 78, of Battle Creek, Michigan quietly went to be with our Lord Savior. Sharon was born April 17th of 1940 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to June and Henry Hallaxs. She attended Rogers High School in Grand Rapids, lived in California for a while, later moving to Battle Creek, Michigan. Sharon was blessed with three brothers, James,...
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Dennis Michael "Denny" Weigand

February 10, 1947 - September 11, 2018

Dennis Michael "Denny " Weigand of Spring Arbor, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Dennis, age 71, died Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI following a lengthy illness. Dennis, the son of Hartwell R. and Lucille E. (Shuben) Weigand, was born in Battle Creek, MI and was a 1963 graduate of Pennfield High School. He...
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Dale C. Sober

February 23, 1931 - September 11, 2018

Dale C. Sober, age 87, of Battle Creek, MI, went to be with His Lord on Tuesday afternoon, September 11, 2018. Dale, the son of Wayne H. and Marian I. (Kuehn) Sober was born in Fowlerville, MI on February 23, 1931 and was a 1949 graduate of Fowlerville High School. Self-employed most of his life, Dale owned & operated Sober's Auto Repair in Homer and Litchfield, Michigan. Dale was a...
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Patricia Ann "Patty" Hiatt

April 18, 1947 - September 10, 2018

Patricia Ann Hiatt, age 71, of Battle Creek finished a long and brave fight against breast cancer on September 10th, engulfed in love from a family that will miss her like crazy. Born on April 18, 1947 in Gunnison, CO, Patricia (or Patty as her family called her) was the oldest of five children to Arthur V. and Velma L. (Langdon) Schmidt. Much of her early life was spent living the Army Brat...
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William T. Collopy

March 11, 1930 - September 10, 2018

William T. Collopy, 88, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018. Known by Bill or Will, he was born on March 11, 1930. Bill grew up in Colorado, Nebraska and Arizona and graduated from The University of Nebraska with a BA in Fine Arts degree. He received a Master of Arts from the University of Wyoming and a Western Michigan Teaching Certificate. Bill and his...
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Robert Roe "Bob" Pierce

March 27, 1929 - September 7, 2018

Robert Roe "Bob" Pierce, 89, of Battle Creek, died unexpectedly at home the morning of September 7, 2018. Bob was born at Nichols Hospital in Battle Creek, MI on March 27, 1929, to Bessie (Roe) and Clyde Pierce. His father died when Bob was 14 months old. Bessie later married Ed Fuller. Bob attended Fremont Elementary School and WK Kellogg Junior High School. He completed tenth grade at Battle...
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Con Lal

November 30, 1963 - September 3, 2018

Con Lal, age 54, of Springfield passed from this life on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born on November 30, 1963 in Lumbang, Chin State, Myanmar, the son of the late Bawi Thluai and Hlei Sung. He moved to Battle Creek in 2002 and had been a member of Emmanuel Christian Church and truly loved the Lord, his church and served where needed. He...
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Elizabeth Jean "Tootsie" Moss

July 7, 1939 - September 1, 2018

Elizabeth Jean Moss passed peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the age of 79. She was born in Chesaning, MI on July 7, 1939 to James and Mildred Verga. She was known fondly by family and friends as Tootsie. As a young child her family moved to Battle Creek, MI. She graduated from Battle Creek Central and while there met the love of her life Ronnie Moss...
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Lavonne J. May

January 5, 1941 - August 28, 2018

Lavonne J. (Hewitt) May, 77, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Battle Creek on January 5, 1941 the daughter of William and June (Prentice) Kissinger. Lavonne was a waitress at some of the smaller family restaurants in the area and at the Dairy Queen on VanBuren Street in the early 80's. She was preceded in death by her...
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Robert Gordon "Bob" Wagner

July 12, 1922 - August 26, 2018

Robert Gordon "Bob" Wagner of Kalamazoo and formerly of Gull Lake Bob, age 96, died Sunday morning, August 26, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, following a brief illness. Bob, the son of Donald and Catherine (Vangemert) Wagner, was born in Kalamazoo on July 12, 1922 and was a lifetime area resident. He served his Country honorably and nobly during World...
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Phyllis E. Boyd

October 7, 1928 - August 25, 2018

Phyllis E. Boyd, 89, of Bellevue, Michigan, died peacefully, Saturday, August 25th at her daughters' home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 7, 1928 in Grosse Pointe, the daughter of Richard and Edith (Bruns) Summers. Phyllis was united in marriage on June 21, 1945 to Archie W. Boyd. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband Archie in 1996. Phyllis was...
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Melva (Wright) Wolf

July 1, 1928 - August 24, 2018

Melva (Wright) Wolf of Marshall, MI Melva, age 90, died Friday evening, August 24, 2018 at the Grand Vista Assisted Living, Marshall, MI, with her loving family at her side. Melva, the daughter of Melvin E. and Ellen D. (Kiester) Wright, was born in Whitley County, IN on July 1, 1928 and moved to Marshall in 1955. She was a graduate of Cromwell High...
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Timothy Lee Worden

July 18, 1947 - August 24, 2018

Timothy Lee Worden, 71, died in the care of the hospice nursing staff at Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Monday, August 24, 2018. He was born July 18, 1947 in Saginaw, Michigan. Tim served his country proudly in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army...
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Wesley S. Wilson

July 4, 1958 - August 24, 2018

Wesley S. Wilson, 60, of Battle Creek, died peacefully, Friday, August 24th at his daughter's home, surrounded by his family. He was born July 4, 1958 the son of Donald W. and Doris (Frohm) Wilson and attended Marshall High School. Wesley was a forklift operator, previously for Advanced Special Tools, and recently worked for Adient Inc. (Johnson Controls) until he retired due to...
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David C. "Dave" Rathburn

November 28, 1954 - August 23, 2018

David C. "Dave" Rathburn of Battle Creek, MI David, age 63, died Thursday evening, August 23, 2108 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. David was the son of Charles and Clara (Rugg) Rathburn, born in Coldwater, MI on November 28, 1954 and moved to this area in the early 1990's. He had been a bartender at the former Red Bird Lounge on West...
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Daniel Allen Perry

October 23, 1942 - August 23, 2018

Daniel A. Perry, age 75, of Battle Creek, died Thursday evening, August 23, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on October 23, 1942, the son of Lonnie L. and Ruby K. (Erskine) Perry. Daniel faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army from1961 to 1963. Daniel married the "Love of His Life" Virginia "Anne" (Parsons) Perry at the First United Methodist Church of Battle...
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Richard C. Rugg, Sr.

November 6, 1945 - August 20, 2018

Richard C. Rugg, Sr., 72, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 20, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Richard was born on November 6, 1945, the son of John L. Rugg, Sr. and Verda (Baughman) Rugg in Marshall, Michigan. After graduating High School, he entered the United States Army as an engineer and later became an electrician, which he continued for 40 years. Richard is survived...
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Carol S. Clothier

September 14, 1940 - August 20, 2018

Carol S. Clothier, 77, died Monday, August 20, 2018, at her daughter's home, surrounded by her loving family. Carol, the daughter of Alfred and Genevieve (Strohm) Coy, was born in Battle Creek on September 14, 1940. Carol was united in marriage to Karl L. Clothier on December 13, 1958, he sadly preceded her in death on October 19, 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Lou Ann ...
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Ellen Norine (Baker) Jones

July 15, 1918 - August 18, 2018

Ellen Norine Jones of Battle Creek, MI Ellen, age 100, died at Upjohn Heritage of Kalamazoo, MI on Saturday afternoon, August 18, 2018. Ellen, the daughter of Frank E. and Ellen E. (Webber) Baker, was born on July 15, 1918, in London, Ontario, Canada and emigrated to Battle Creek at the age of 2. She was raised in Battle Creek; was a 1937 graduate...
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Edna L. "Biff" Hlatko

November 23, 1929 - August 16, 2018

Edna L. "Biff" Hlatko, age 88, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Legacy at NorthPointe Woods. She was born in Danville, Kentucky on November 23, 1929, the daughter of John and Lyda Howard. Edna grew up in the Battle Creek area and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Edna soon met her husband of 70 years,...
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Jaquelynn Gay (Williams) Large-Nelson

July 5, 1933 - August 16, 2018

Jaquelynn G. Large-Nelson, 85, passed away peacefully at her home in Augusta on August 16, 2018. She was surrounded by her daughters, Sandra (Stephen) Wood, Sally (Michael) Uldriks, and Collynn Pearl. In addition to her daughters she leaves behind, her sister and brother-in-law, Scharlynn and Carlyle Sims; two grandchildren, Lindsay (Rob) Freidhoff, Chuck (Kim) Palumbo; and six great...
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Lawrence John "Larry" Spoor

June 30, 1936 - August 15, 2018

Lawrence John "Larry" Spoor, 82, of Battle Creek died peacefully with his family at his side at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Larry was born June 30, 1936 in Battle Creek the son of Frank D. and Virginia K. (Miller) Spoor. He grew up on a centennial farm in Newton Township and was a 1954 graduate of Lakeview High School. He had an equivalent of a Master's...
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Marilyn Sue (Lawrence) Carpenter

August 21, 1934 - August 15, 2018

Marilyn Sue (Lawrence) Carpenter, 83 of Bellevue, Michigan died peacefully, with her family at her side, at Heartland Health Care Center on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. A private service will be held for Marilyn's family. If you have any other questions, please call us at 269-962-5527.
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Michael Allen "Mike" Karsten

March 17, 1962 - August 14, 2018

Michael Allen "Mike" Karsten, age 56, of Athens passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday afternoon, August 14, 2018. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 17, 1962, the son of Harold and Geraldine (Talsma) Karsten. Mike faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1981 to 1987, and retired from II Stanley for medical reasons in 2012...
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Janis K. Cox

September 14, 1947 - August 12, 2018

Janis K. Cox, 70, of Battle Creek, died August 12, 2018. Janis was born September 14, 1947 in Battle Creek to Melvin and Mildren (McIntyre) Babcock. She loved watching movies and the Young and the Restless. She enjoyed listening to music, especially the Beatles, Elvis and Janis Joplin. But most of all, Janis loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Janis is...
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Beverly Elaine (McKellar) Hendricks

March 2, 1937 - August 12, 2018

Beverly Elaine (McKellar) Hendricks, 81 of Battle Creek and formerly of Saginaw died with her family at her side, at Borgess Medical Center on August 12, 2018. Beverly was born in 1937 in Saginaw, Michigan the daughter of Alvin and Dorothy (Zimmerman) McKellar. She graduated Saginaw High School in 1955 and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Central Michigan University and a...
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Marilyn M. Nelson

January 18, 1936 - August 10, 2018

Marilyn M. Badger-Nelson, 82, of Bellevue formerly of Galesburg, died Friday, August 10, 2018 at Evergreen Manor. She was born January 18, 1936 in Battle Creek the daughter of Lavern Rounds and Margaret (Fettes) Brown and attended Battle Creek Central High School. Marilyn was a waitress for many years until she purchased and was co-owner of the 'Time Out Lounge' in Galesburg for 28 years. ...
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John H. Hallaxs

September 27, 1942 - August 8, 2018

John H. Hallaxs, 75, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 with his family by his side. John was born September 27, 1942 in Battle Creek to Benjamin and Laura (McCandless) Hallaxs. He graduated from Pennfield High School and enrolled in the U.S. Air Force. On June 14, 1963, John married the former Catherine Ridley in New Mexico. The couple enjoyed 55 years of marriage. John retired...
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Frank Rusan

March 21, 1925 - August 5, 2018

Frank Rusan, age 93, a longtime resident of Battle Creek passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the Oaks at Northpointe Woods where he was recovering from a broken hip. He was born in Battle Creek on March 21, 1925 to Katherine and Steve Rusan. Frank enlisted in the United States Army and served valiantly during WWII. He was wounded in Normandy and received a bronze star and purple heart. Frank...
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C. Wayne Neil

December 19, 1943 - August 5, 2018

Clarence "Wayne" Neil, 74, of Battle Creek went to be with the Lord unexpectedly due to cancer complications at Bronson Battle Creek on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Wayne was born December 19, 1943 in Monroe, Michigan, the son of Neldon R. and Dorothea Alice (Stafford) Neil. He was a 1963 graduate of Springfield High School. Wayne first worked briefly for Grand Trunk Western Railroad, then was...
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Lewis Avery "Lewie" Bartow

June 7, 1935 - August 5, 2018

Lewis Avery "Lewie" Bartow, 83 of Battle Creek died peacefully at The Legacy at NorthPointe Woods on Sunday morning, August 5, 2018. He was born June 7, 1935 in Port Huron, Michigan, the son of Omer P. and Marguerite (Dodds) Bartow. Lewie was a 1954 graduate of Marysville High School, earned his Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and his Master's Degree from Western Michigan...
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William H. "Bill" Meyer

November 2, 1927 - August 2, 2018

William H. "Bill" Meyer of Battle Creek, MI Bill, age 90, formerly of Ottawa, IL and now of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away at the Bickford Cottage assisted living facility on Thursday, August 2, 2018. He is survived by his two daughters Rebecca (Jeff) Easton of Berrien Center, Michigan, and Sallie Meyer of...
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Thomas Ram Lian Thang

December 1, 2010 - August 1, 2018

Thomas Ram Lian Thang, age 7 died in Indianapolis, IN August 1, 2018. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 1, 2010 the son of William and Mary (Sui) Duh. Thomas would have been a second grade student this fall at St. Joseph Elementary. Thomas is survived by his loving parents, William and Mary (Sui) Duh; two brothers, Robert Duh and Timothy Bawi; a sister, Rita Sui; three...
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