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

Elsie L. Drummonds

December 17, 1931 - December 12, 2019

Born to Talmadge Charles and Ethel Marie (Angus) Weekley on December 17, 1931 in Ripley, W. VA. on a snowy winter's evening, Elsie L. Weekley was not expected to survive the night. In fact, no birth certificate was issued her until later in life. Her family moved to Ravenswood, W. VA. where she attended public schools through the eleventh grade. Elsie was the second child born to T.C. and Ethel...
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Wesley Charles "Wes" Sonicksen

October 25, 1927 - December 9, 2019

Wesley Charles "Wes" Sonicksen, 92 of Battle Creek passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence with his family at his side. Wes was born October 25, 1927 in Battle Creek to George and Olive Eliza (Darling) Sonicksen. He grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Central High School. During high school he was employed at the Battle Creek Farm Bureau and then as...
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Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Anthony-Hughes

April 2, 1924 - December 7, 2019

Elizabeth Marie Anthony- Hughes of Green Valley, AZ formerly on Kalamazoo, MI. In the early hours of Saturday, Dec. 7, Elizabeth ( Betty) quietly, unexpectedly slipped away from us to be with the Angels. Born April 2, 1924 to Henry and Katie ( Klimp) Eshuis, Betty grew up on Edgemoor Avenue. She attended Kalamazoo Christian High School, graduating in 1942, and went...
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Eugene Edward "Gene" Beasley

September 27, 1929 - December 7, 2019

Eugene Edward "Gene" Beasley of Springfield, MI Gene, age 90, died on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Pineview of Battle Creek, MI with his loving family at his side. Gene, the son of Chester and Florence (Austgen) Beasley, was born in Marion, Indiana on September 27, 1929. He grew up in Indiana and was a 1947 graduate of Dyer (IN) High School. Gene received his master's...
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Janet L. Felter

September 16, 1942 - December 6, 2019

Janet L. Felter, 77, of Battle Creek, died December 6, 2019. Janet was born September 16, 1942 in Battle Creek to Marvin and Mildred (Little) Bates. She loved watching westerns, especially Gunsmoke. She also enjoyed to play dice, crochet and drink coffee. Janet is survived by her daughter, Tammy Kilbourn; two sons, Mike Bates and Jeff Andrews; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;...
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Eleanor L. Bouffard

November 26, 1924 - December 3, 2019

Eleanor L. Bouffard, 95, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Tuesday evening, December 3, 2019 with her family by her side at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas on November 26, 1924, the loving daughter of Roy and Elvie (Beadles) Smith. Eleanor retired from the Federal Center in 1983 after more than 20 years of service with D.L.S.C. (Defense Logistics...
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Calvin James "Jim" Frey

December 25, 1927 - November 28, 2019

Calvin James "Jim" Frey, 91, a resident of Lombard, Illinois and a former resident of Battle Creek passed away on November 28 at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, Illinois. Jim was born on December 25, 1927 in Battle Creek to Fred and Bernice (Halbert) Frey. He was a 1946 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1952. Jim enlisted in the U.S....
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Shirley A. Worthington

July 7, 1938 - November 27, 2019

Shirley A. Worthington, age 81, of Battle Creek died peacefully at her home on Wednesday morning, November 27, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on July 7, 1938, the daughter of James and Lillian (Knowles) Elliott. Shirley graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1956 and retired from Michigan Paper Board in 2000, after more than 18 years of service. Shirley is survived by her...
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Joanne C. Adams

May 16, 1932 - November 26, 2019

Joanne C. Adams, 87, of Battle Creek, died November 26, 2019. Joanne was born May 16, 1932, in Steubenville, OH, to Charles and Helen (Gregory) Camplan. She lived in the Detroit area as a child and graduated from Cooley High School. After high school she went on to receive her teaching degree from Hillsdale College. Joanne taught at public schools in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan in elementary,...
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Christopher Khai Fu Chan

May 19, 1948 - November 25, 2019

Christopher Khai Fu Chan, age 71, of Battle Creek passed away Monday evening, November 25, 2019 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. On May 19, 1948 - Christopher Khai Fu Chan was born in northwestern Burma (Myanmar), in a hillside village called Falam. Khai Fu was the fifth child born to Hlun Thaan Chen and Hluai Yin Lee. His siblings were Khai Ming, Khai Liang, Hlui Moy, and Hlui Len. After...
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Dennis Owen "Bo" Goins

October 26, 1946 - November 25, 2019

Dennis Owen "Bo" Goins, age 73, of Battle Creek unexpectedly went to be with his Lord on Monday evening, November 25, 2019. He was born in Dayton, Tennessee on October 26, 1946 the son of Cornelius "Dade" and Ada (Tilley) Goins. Bo married the "Love of His Life", Carol L. Hammock on July 31, 1965; she survives. He is also survived by his children, David Lee (Jamie) Goins and Melissa Lynne ...
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Marilyn Rose Mossman

November 25, 2019

Marilyn Rose Mossman, 86, of Baltimore, Maryland passed away peacefully on November 25, 2019. Marilyn was a devoted wife of 57 years to her loving husband, Jay; devoted mother of Letetia and her partner, Donna; loving grandmother of Benjamin and Caitlynn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Mossman (2012), her son, Jay Mossman Jr. (1980), her parents, Elmer V. and Ruby C. Hylton; and...
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George W. Danke, Jr.

August 12, 1933 - November 24, 2019

George W. Danke Jr., age 87, of Ceresco passed away Sunday evening, November 24, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Battle Creek on August 12, 1933 the son of George W. Sr. and Christine L. (Brown) Danke and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army, stationed at Fort Custer. He served as an instructor and Conservation Officer. George started his business in...
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Charles Jeffrey Brown, Sr.

June 26, 1947 - November 23, 2019

Charles Jeffrey "Grizzly" Brown, Sr., age 72, of Richland passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2019 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. He was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on June 26, 1947, the son of the late Ronald and Lillian (Dickow) Brown and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and worked at National Gypsum Corp. and James River Corp. for more...
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Raymond Charles "Ray" Jones

November 20, 1928 - November 23, 2019

Raymond C. Jones, 91, of Battle Creek died on November 23, 2019 at Countryside Senior Home. He was born November 20, 1928, in Battle Creek to Abe and Mable (Decker) Jones. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1946 after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corp. He was stationed at Corpus Christi, TX, Pensacola, FL and Norfolk, VA, attaining the rank of Petty Officer 3rd...
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Marceline Frances "Marcy" (Prill) Robertson

February 2, 1928 - November 23, 2019

Marceline Frances "Marcy" (Prill) Robertson, 91, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully with her family at her side at Glen Arbor Hospice Residence on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Marcy was born February 2, 1928 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Harry E. and Mary G. (McHale) Prill. Marcy grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from St. Philip High School in 1945. First, she...
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David Eugene McGuffey

December 20, 1940 - November 23, 2019

David Eugene McGuffey, 78, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home on Saturday, November 23, 2019. David was born Dec 20, 1940 in St. Elmo, Tennessee to Claude Eugene and Dixie Marie (Turner) McGuffey. As a child, he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan with his family, where he has lived for the majority of his life. David worked at General Motors and then had a long career as a roofer. He...
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Larry Edward Shouldice

May 25, 1929 - November 22, 2019

Larry Edward Shouldice, 90, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully on Friday, November 22, 2019 at The Legacy at The Oaks. Larry was born May 25, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Willard H. and Dorothy M. (Watson) Shouldice. He was a 1948 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, and received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State...
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Ella M. Palmer

December 28, 1931 - November 22, 2019

Ella M. Palmer, 87, of Kalamazoo, died November 22, 2019. Ella was born December 28, 1931 in Kalamazoo to Charles and Jenny (Hoogakker) Wortinger. She graduated from Galesburg High School in 1951 and married Allen L. Palmer later that year, on November 1. She worked at J.C. Penny for 25 years before her retirement in 1990. Ella was a member of Northeastern Baptist Church and enjoyed baking...
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Marilyn Ann (Rogers) Hicks

September 18, 1931 - November 22, 2019

Marilyn Ann (Rogers) Hicks of Battle Creek, MI Marilyn, age 88, died Friday morning, November 22, 2019 at the Laurels of Bedford, Battle Creek, following a lengthy illness. Marilyn, the daughter of George and Nettie (Mills) Rogers, was born in Marshall, MI on September 18, 1931; was a lifetime area resident and a 1949 graduate of Tekonsha High School. She was an...
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Virginia A. Aumaugher

December 12, 1927 - November 22, 2019

Virginia A. Aumaugher, 91, of Battle Creek, died Friday, November 22, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence after a short illness. Virginia was born December 12, 1927 in Battle Creek to Edward and Thyrza (Jellife) Goold. She graduated from Lakeview High School and went on to serve her country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as part of the Navy Wave. She married Arnold L....
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Donald Philip "Phil" Malpass

September 20, 1932 - November 20, 2019

Donald Philip "Phil" Malpass of Kalamazoo, MI Son of Theodore Malpass and Phyllis (Graves) Malpass. Preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Fredrick (Bruce) Malpass, Theodore (Ted) Malpass, a sister Mary Lou Shinn, two grandchildren, Elizabeth Albright and Theodore (Teddy) Malpass, and son-in-law Curtis O'Shock. Philip lived a full life, loved by his family, his wife...
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Simmie L. Hicks, Sr.

August 23, 1947 - November 18, 2019

Simmie L. Hicks Sr., age 72, of Springfield passed away peacefully at home on Monday afternoon, November 18, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on August 23, 1947, the son of Jesse and Lucille (Harrod) Hicks. Simmie retired from the City of Battle Creek in 2002 after more than 22 years of service. Simmie married Cindy Horwath on May 28, 1966; she survives. He is also survived by his son,...
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Beverly Jane Siefke

July 12, 1931 - November 18, 2019

Beverly J. Siefke, 88, of Indianapolis, IN and formerly of Battle Creek, died November 18, 2019. Jane was born July 12, 1931 in Battle Creek to James and Candace (Jarvis) Shirlaw, Jr. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1949 and then married Marvin Siefke on September 30, 1950. She worked as a budget analyst at the Federal Center for many years before her retirement in 1978....
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Viatt Love

August 12, 1943 - November 18, 2019

Viatt (Vi) Love, 76, of Battle Creek, passed away November 18, 2019 at The Laurels of Bedford. She was born to Philip and Vivian Crane II in Fenton, MI on August 12, 1943. Viatt graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1961 and received a B.S. in Education from Eastern Michigan University in 1963. She married her first husband Patrick McCann in 1963. She married her second husband, Joseph...
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Sheila P. Scheick

March 14, 1952 - November 16, 2019

Sheila P. Scheick, age 67, of Ceresco passed away peacefully with her loving family at her side on Saturday evening, November 16, 2019. She was born in Tampa, Florida on March 14, 1952, the daughter of Thomas L. and Nina A. (Spurr) Powers. Sheila graduated from Biloxi High School in Biloxi, Mississippi with the Class of 1970 and furthered her education at Jefferson Davis Junior College. In...
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Francis L. Peake

December 10, 1931 - November 15, 2019

Francis L. Peake, age 87, of Lacey, Michigan, went to be with the Lord with his loving wife Nora by his side on Friday morning, November 15, 2019. He was born in Hastings, Michigan on December 10, 1931, the son of Ernest and Bethel (Hallock) Peake and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Francis retired from Michigan Carton after more than 43 years and then went...
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Dorothy Elizabeth (VanWald) "Dottie" Harris

August 9, 1929 - November 11, 2019

Dorothy Elizabeth (VanWald) "Dottie" Harris, 90, died peacefully at her residence on Monday, November 11, 2019. Dottie was born August 9, 1929 in Ft. Wayne, IN to Oscar and Evelyn (Ellison) VanWald. She also resided in Mpls., MN and Battle Creek, MI. Dottie married Roy Edward Harris on June 16, 1947, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Roy on December 3,...
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Garry Lee Wetherill, Sr.

November 8, 1953 - November 11, 2019

Garry Lee Wetherill, Sr., age 66, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Monday evening, November 11, 2019 with his loving family at his side. He was born in Battle Creek on November 8, 1953, the son of Arthur L.. and Gladys M. (Ellis) Wetherill. Garry graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and worked for many years at Tichenor Roofing. He loved doing wood working and going to the...
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Wanda M. Yaudes

February 1, 1940 - November 10, 2019

Wanda May Yaudes of Cary, NC, age 79, passed Sunday, November 10, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at Transitions LifeCare, Raleigh, NC. She was born in Battle Creek, Michigan to Lester and Leah (Klingman) Hand on February 1, 1940. Wanda graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1958. She married Ronald Yaudes in 1961, he survives. Wanda was a loving mother to four daughters and...
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Michelle Brenda Dukes

November 10, 2019

Michelle Brenda Dukes, age 45, of Kalamazoo passed away unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, November 10, 2019. Michelle is survived by her husband, Kevin; her children, Jacob and Megan; her mother, Brenda; a brother, John; and two sisters, Trisha and Ursula. She was preceded in death by her father and her son, William. Michelle enjoyed reading, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her...
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Maria Ernestina "Tina" Rose

April 7, 1915 - November 10, 2019

Maria Ernestina "Tina" Rose, 104, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed on Sun, Nov. 10, 2019. She was born April 7, 1915 in the Republic of Panama to Pablo E. and Petronila (Villareal) Rangel. She was raised in Panama and earned her Master's Degree in Law from the University of Panama. Tina earned a Bachelor's Degree (1938) in Law and Social Sciences and another in Criminology: Dactyloscopy ...
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Robert Walter Schmock

March 4, 1946 - November 7, 2019

Robert Walter Schmock, 73, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Laurels of Bedford, after a long courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Robert was born March 4, 1946 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Walter and Evelyn Mae (White) Schmock. He was raised in Battle Creek and was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. After high school Robert...
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Blondell Greer

June 21, 1922 - November 5, 2019

Blondell Greer, went to be with her Lord and Savior early on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in Lansing, Michigan, after 97 years of abundant life. Blondell, "Blondie", as many affectionately called her, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was born June 21, 1922 in Weakley County, Tennessee, one of eleven children of Marion Thomas (Tom) Roberts...
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Alice Louise (Scott) Merrill

July 3, 1926 - November 3, 2019

Alice Louise (Scott) Merrill, 93, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Bickford Assisted Living on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Alice was born July 3, 1926 in Battle Creek the daughter of Wesley B. and Irma A. (Watson) Scott. She was a 1944 graduate of Galesburg High School and then earned an Executive Secretarial Degree from Argubright Business College in Battle Creek. Alice was employed as a...
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Robert Howard Moats III.

February 16, 1962 - November 1, 2019

Robert H. Moats III., age 57, of Battle Creek died after a long battle with Cancer on Friday, November 1, 2019, at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Gary, Indiana on February 16, 1962, the son of Robert H. and Brenda Faye (Dunahoo) Moats Jr. Robert graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1982 and furthered his education at Jackson Community College, graduating with...
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Harold and Joanne Bartzen

August 11, 1931 - October 30, 2019

Harold D. Bartzen, age 88, of Battle Creek, died October 30, 2019. Harold was born August 11, 1931 in Battle Creek to Charles and Lucille (Palmiter) Bartzen. Harold loved woodworking, fishing and gardening. Joanne J. Bartzen, age 85, of Battle Creek, died December 20, 2018. Joanne was born December 27, 1932 in Battle Creek to Herman and Geneva (Swank) Turley. She graduated from Battle...
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Richard G. Andrews

July 28, 1942 - October 29, 2019

Richard G. Andrews, 77, of Bellevue, died October 29, 2019 at home with his family by his side. Richard was born July 28, 1942 in Coldwater to Harry and Irene (Long) Andrews. He graduated from high school and worked as a journeyman for 38 plus years at Airway Manufacturing. Richard enjoyed being outdoors and liked to cut wood, fish and hunt. Occasionally he liked to gamble at the casino...
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Ruth May Barnhill

July 5, 1922 - October 27, 2019

Ruth May Barnhill, age 97, of Dowling went to be with her Lord on Sunday morning, October 27, 2019. She was born in Paragould, Arkansas on July 5, 1922, the daughter of Ira and Sallie Jarvis and attended Greene County High School. On April 1, 1941 she married her high school sweetheart, Olin A. "Barney" Barnhill in Paragould. Ruth received her license to practice Cosmetology from LaVera...
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Waltraud Brigitte "Traudi" (Lyhs) Werner

September 25, 1926 - October 27, 2019

Waltraud Brigitte "Traudi" (Lyhs) Werner, 93 of Battle Creek died at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Traudi was born September 25, 1926 in Treuburg, East Prussia, Germany (now Marggrabowa, Poland) to Gottlieb and Maria (Kowalzik) Lyhs. Upon completion of school and apprenticeship training in merchandising in Treuburg, she attended the National School for...
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Jeanette Iris (Miller) Barve

August 25, 1945 - October 26, 2019

Jeanette Iris Barve, 74, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at her residence, with her caregiver and friend at her side, on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Jeanette was born August 25, 1945 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Henry J.L. and Hazel K. (Bradd) Miller. She graduated from Pennfield High School and was employed as a special needs bus driver for Battle Creek Public...
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Fred L. Shaw

March 29, 1930 - October 24, 2019

Fred L. Shaw, 89, of Battle Creek, died October 24, 2019. Fred was born March 29, 1930 in Battle Creek to Ralph and Bethal (Rose) Shaw. Fred worked at Post Cereals for 36 years before his retirement in 1985. Fred married the former Elizabeth Ann Godsey in 1977. Fred and Ann moved to Arizona after Fred's retirement. There Fred enjoyed golfing and playing music and was a member of the...
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Roseanne Marie (Sayre) Hagerty Heatherly

October 31, 1927 - Unknown

Roseanne M (Sayre) Hagerty Heatherly, 91, of Kalamazoo and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan and South Padre Island, Texas died peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born October 31, 1927 in Battle Creek the daughter of Oscar D. and Grace (Sevine) Sayre. Roseanne grew up in Battle Creek, was a 1945 graduate of...
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Beatrice A. "Bea" Dobos

September 8, 1925 - October 19, 2019

Beatrice A. "Bea" Dobos, age 94, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, October 19, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on September 8, 1925, the loving daughter of Leo and Wilma (Arnold) Bowers and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Along with taking care of her family, Bea was the office manager at Dobos Lawnmower for many years Bea married the "Love...
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Robert Michael Mike Howley

July 5, 1945 - October 18, 2019

Robert Michael "Mike" Howley, 74, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Friday, October 18, 2019. Mike was born July 5, 1945 in Wheeling, West Virginia, the son of James Francis and Eleanor Marie (Goshorn) Howley. He grew up in Wheeling, WV and attended Wheeling Catholic Central through his junior year and was a 1963 graduate of Marist High School...
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Barbara L. Eddinger

November 14, 1928 - October 16, 2019

Barbara Lou Eddinger, 90, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully at The Legacy at Northpointe Woods on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 after a day with family at her side. Barbara was born November 14, 1928, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Glenn William Govier and Jennie (Rousch) Govier. She was a 1946 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended college at...
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John Floyd Lanko, II

January 13, 1971 - October 15, 2019

John F. Lanko, II, 48, of Battle Creek, died suddenly on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. John was born January 13, 1971 in Battle Creek to Johnny and Margaret (Organ) Lanko. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and was a jack of all trades for many years before working at the Fort Custer National Cemetery and the VA Hospital. John was extremely proud of his service in the United...
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Carol Ellen Swaffield

March 5, 1942 - October 14, 2019

Carol Ellen Swaffield It is our time to celebrate the life of Carol Ellen Swaffield, age 77, who passed away peacefully on October 14, 2019 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence of Battle Creek, MI. In the last few weeks of her life, Carol was surrounded by loving family and friends. Carol, the daughter of Helen Cameron and Frank Cameron, was born March 5, 1942 in Coldwater, MI. Carol...
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Forrest G. "Jerry" Parsons, Jr.

June 9, 1962 - October 13, 2019

Forrest G. "Jerry" Parsons, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Jerry, age 57, died unexpectedly after suffering an apparent heart attack on Sunday evening, October 13, 2019 at his residence. Jerry, the son of Forrest G. Parsons, Sr. & Barbara L. Henderson, was born in Battle Creek on June 9, 1962; was a lifetime resident and a 1980 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. ...
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Martin Ross Whiting

August 9, 1957 - October 12, 2019

Martin Ross Whiting, age 62, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on Saturday afternoon, October 12, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on August 9, 1957, the son of Melvin and Joann (Alexander) Whiting. Martin graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 1975 and furthered his education at Michigan State University, where he graduated with a BS in...
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Verne R. Nafziger

March 15, 1925 - October 8, 2019

Verne R. Nafziger of Richland, MI Verne, age 94, died peacefully Tuesday evening, October 8, 2019 at the Heritage Assisted Living of Battle Creek, MI with his loving family at his side. Verne, the son of Walter K. and Leila M. Nafziger, was born in Cleghorn, IA on March 15, 1925 and was a 1943 graduate of Cleghorn High School. Soon after graduation, he was drafted...
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Edith B. Walsh

March 12, 1916 - October 8, 2019

Edith B Walsh 103, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 8, 2019 with her family by her side. Edith was born March 12, 1916 in Alba, Michigan to Charles and Jerusha Bell (Kidder) Bogue. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1935. She loved gardening and was an avid seamstress. She was employed by Willow Run during WW2 wing division of the B 24 Bomber sewing...
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Terry Lee Meyers

June 10, 1951 - October 7, 2019

Terry Lee Meyers, age 68, of Battle Creek died Monday afternoon, October 7, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Kalamazoo on June 10, 1951, the son of Earl and LuLu (Rietkerk) Meyers, Jr. and graduated from Otsego High School. Terry worked as a goldsmith/jeweler in Kalamazoo for 15 years and then went on to retire from Systex in January 2019 after more than 15 years. Terry married...
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Gaylord John Herman Phillips

October 7, 1954 - October 5, 2019

Gaylord John Herman Phillips passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, after a long battle with Emphysema and COPD. Gaylord was born on October 7, 1954 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Herman and Barbara (Willavize) Phillips. He was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek and worked as a painter and construction laborer in the area most of his life. He married Ann Walkinshaw in 1979...
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Shirley E. Trewhella

December 19, 1924 - October 4, 2019

Shirley E. Trewhella, 94, of Battle Creek, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Many knew Shirley as their piano teacher, as she taught piano for 62 years in Battle Creek. Shirley was born in Negaunee, Michigan to John and Emma Kutchie. In 1942, during WWII, she graduated from St Paul's High School in Negaunee, and then attended Marjorie Normal Teacher's...
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Marilyn M. Beronja

May 30, 1927 - October 3, 2019

Marilyn M. Beronja, 92, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Thursday evening, October 3, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on May 30, 1927, the daughter of Kenneth and Vera (Gibson) Minier and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1945. Marilyn worked in various secretarial positions over the years and retired from the Cook Vandervoort Christ & Fisher Law office in...
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Carole Knibloe

June 21, 1936 - September 29, 2019

Carole R. Knibloe of Gull Lake (Augusta), MI Carole Knibloe, aged 83, died Sunday, September 29, 2019 at her home on Gull Lake, Michigan. The daughter of Glen and Vera (Strong) Rice, Carole was born in Traverse City, Michigan on June 21, 1936. Carole married Peter Gilbert Knibloe on December 29, 1957 at Kanley Chapel in Kalamazoo. She is survived by her husband...
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Richard Russell "Dick" Taylor

September 15, 1931 - September 29, 2019

Richard Russell "Dick" Taylor, 88 of Battle Creek died peacefully in his sleep, with his family at his side, on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Bronson Battle Creek. Dick was born September 15, 1931 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Russell B. and Marguerite A. (Rolfe) Taylor. He was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. After graduation from Argubright Business College, he...
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Paul Christopher Sutherland

June 1, 1980 - September 26, 2019

Paul Christopher Sutherland of Richland, MI Paul, age 39, died as a result of a moped accident on Thursday afternoon, September 26, 2019. Paul, the son of David R. and "Peggy" Margaret E. (Finnegan) Sutherland, was born in Lansing, MI on June 1, 1980. Inquisitive in everything, he chased life with an energy only a few could muster. For Paul this was his cruise control. As firstborn son to...
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Elizabeth "Liz" Hay

August 22, 1933 - September 26, 2019

Elizabeth A. "Liz" Hay, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday evening, September 26, 2019. She was born in Alpena, Michigan on August 22, 1933, the daughter of Glennard H. and Mary Frances (Rommel) Faber and graduated with the Battle Creek Central High School Class of 1951. Liz was employed for many years at the Kellogg Co. and Battle Creek Office Supply. Liz is survived by her...
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Jack Harrison Durren

September 11, 1925 - September 25, 2019

Jack Harrison Durren of Kalamazoo, MI Jack was born September 11,1925. He passed away September 25, 2019 at Upjohn Care and Rehab Center, where he resided for 6 years. He passed away peacefully with family at the bedside. The nursing staff was great and much appreciated. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Crystal, brother Richard, sister Joanne and his...
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Beulah Marie Hankey

April 4, 1925 - September 25, 2019

Beulah Marie Hankey, 94, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, September 25, 2019 at the Heritage Assisted Living. She was born in Battle Creek on April 4, 1925, the daughter of Leslie A. and Mary G. (James) Fisher and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1943. Beulah furthered her education at Kellogg Community College, and was employed six years at U.S....
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Donna Marie (Nye) Squires

October 27, 1929 - September 25, 2019

Donna Marie (Nye) Squires, 89, a lifelong Battle Creek, Michigan resident died peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at The Reflections. Donna was born October 27, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Frank and Marjorie (Soules) Nye. She was raised in Battle Creek and was a 1948 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Donna retired in 1991...
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Thomas C. West

July 18, 1947 - September 24, 2019

Thomas C. West, 72, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Tom was born July 18, 1947 in Battle Creek to Claude and Neta (White) West. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. He then started to learn his trade with his father's company before beginning his career as a plumber, working in the Battle Creek area for many years. Tom loved to fish and golf. He loved to...
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Jason John McCormick

May 14, 1974 - September 22, 2019

Jason John McCormick, age 45, of Springfield tragically passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 22, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on May 14, 1974, the son of Michael "Mike" and Glenda (Rexford) McCormick and graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1992. Jason worked at the Kellogg Co. for more than 15 years, was previously employed at Hayes Lemmerz, and was a member of...
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Jon Lee Miller

March 25, 1947 - September 22, 2019

Jon L. Miller, 72, of Battle Creek, died September 22, 2019. Jon was born in Coldwater, MI on March 25, 1947 to Keith Albert and Lila Marie (Cooper) Miller. In 1956, he moved to Marshall, where he was a 1966 graduate of Marshall High School. Jon was employed by the Eaton Corporation for 17 years and retired in 2009 from Johnson Controls, where he was employed for 19 years. Jon married...
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Ruby Ellen Edwards

March 10, 1927 - September 17, 2019

On September 17, 2019, Ruby Ellen Edwards, age 92, of Battle Creek went to be with her Heavenly Father and the "Love of Her Life", William Harold Edwards who preceded her in death on May 6, 2010, after 63 years of marriage. Ruby was born March 10, 1927 in Battle Creek to Fahm and Dorothy Mahmat and lived in Battle Creek her entire life. She was a machine operator and inspector at HB Sherman...
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Eugene F. "Gene" Scullion

April 11, 1950 - September 14, 2019

Eugene F. "Gene" Scullion, 69, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at home with his family there to comfort him. Gene was born April 11, 1950 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Harry R. and Pauline ( Paulson) Scullion. He was a lifelong Battle Creek resident and a 1969 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central and was an accounting student at Western Michigan University for four years. At...
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Sheila Rae (Pratt) Cannatti

December 25, 1944 - September 13, 2019

Sheila Rae (Pratt) Canatti of Battle Creek, MI Sheila, age 74, died Friday morning, September 13, 2019 at the Marshall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Sheila was born December 25, 1944 in Northwood, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Ray & Mary (Landman) Pratt. She was raised in Grand Forks ND where she graduated from St. James High School and attended the University of North Dakota,...
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Deborah Ann "Deb" Calkins

August 23, 1951 - September 13, 2019

Deborah Ann "Deb" Calkins of Battle Creek, MI Deb passed away peacefully on September 13, 2019, surrounded by friends and family following a brief illness. Deb was born August 23, 1951, to Maurice (Bill) and Verbena Calkins, both of whom preceded her in death. Deb is survived by her sister Pamela Calkins, nephew Shane Thompson, and countless loving friends. Deb graduated from Battle...
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Norman Edward "Norm" Gapske

July 31, 1932 - September 13, 2019

NORMAN E. 'NORM' GAPSKE OF BATTLE CREEK, MI Norm passed away on Friday, September 13th, 2019. He was born in Alpena, Michigan on July 31, 1932 to parents, Emil and Alma (Hartman) Gapske. He was preceded in death by one sister at birth, both parents and one sister, Betty Gapske Keen. He is survived by his wife, Barbara L. (Blashill) Gapske, whom he married on July 3, 1958 in Gaylord,...
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Sharon Lorraine "Sherry" Dove

March 1, 1952 - September 13, 2019

Sharon Lorraine "Sherry" (Adrian) Dove, 67, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence after a brief illness. Sherry was born March 1, 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of William and Lorraine (Matlock) Adrian. She grew up in St. Louis and Battle Creek. Sherry graduated from Battle Creek Lakeview High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Until her...
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Joy Eileen (Lampman) Miles

February 13, 1929 - September 12, 2019

Joy E. Miles, 90 a lifelong Battle Creek resident went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 12, 2019, after her death at Fieldstone of Tecumseh Place, with her family and Hospice of Lenawee at her side. Joy was born Feb. 13, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Charles and Bertha (Mumford) Lampman. She was a 1947 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Joy was employed...
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Betty Ann (Rohrbacher) Mercer

August 26, 1920 - September 12, 2019

Betty Ann (Rohrbacher) Mercer, 99 of Battle Creek passed away September 12, 2019 at the Heritage Assisted Living. Betty was born August 26, 1920 in Buckland, Ohio the daughter of
 Clarence A. and Edith Opal (MacDonald) Rohrbacher. As a child, growing up in the Depression, her family relocated to various locations in Ohio and 
Michigan as employment directed. Her family eventually ended up...
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Marilyn J. Moody

July 4, 1935 - September 7, 2019

Marilyn Jean (Brown) Moody, 84, of Battle Creek passed away on September 7th 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family Marilyn was born July 4, 1935, the only daughter of Oris A. Brown and Elsie Elisabeth Springer (Brown) (Rogers). She was a 1954 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. While in high school, Marilyn worked at the S.S. Kresge Store in downtown Battle Creek. Marilyn...
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Mary Alice Smith-Stokes

December 12, 1944 - September 3, 2019

Mary Alice (Reighard) Smith-Stokes, 74, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Mary was born in Rhode Island on December 12, 1944 the daughter of Robert and Josephine Reighard. She grew up in Coldwater, Michigan since childhood and was a graduate of St. Charles Catholic School. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Siena Heights University. Mary retired from...
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Lola Evelyn (Rizor) Cosgrove

August 12, 1918 - September 1, 2019

Lola Evelyn (Rizor) Cosgrove, 101, died peacefully with family at her side at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Lola was born August 12, 1918, in Osceola County, the daughter of T. Clifton and Estella (Robinson) Rizor. She was raised in Battle Creek and was a 1937 graduate of Battle Creek High School. Lola attended Western State Teachers College (now...
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Frances Louise Van Wuffen

October 28, 1921 - August 29, 2019

Frances Louise Van Wuffen, age 97, of Battle Creek went to her Lord and Savior on Thursday afternoon, August 29, 2019. Frances, the daughter of James Edgar and Berl Bessie (Tasker) Cole, was born in Battle Creek on October 28, 1921. She was a lifetime resident, a 1939 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, and was employed at the Kellogg Company for more than 17 years. Frances...
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Roland Eugene "Rollie" Eckhart

January 31, 1934 - August 27, 2019

Roland Eugene "Rollie" Eckhart of Marshall, MI Roland passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI with his wife, Bonnie, at his side. Roland was born on January 31, 1934 to John and Helen (Russell) Eckhart in Battle Creek, MI and he graduated from W.K. Kellogg High School in 1952. After graduation, Roland...
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Sheri Lee Sedlacek

November 15, 1977 - August 24, 2019

God called his Angel, Sheri Lee (Lanko) Sedlacek home on Saturday August 24, 2019. She was 41, born November 15, 1977 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Johnny L. and Marjorie A. (Hardy) Lanko. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1997. She was currently employed by II Stanley as a Lab Technician. Shortly after high school Sheri married Greg Lovett which ended in...
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Treasa (Matsunalga) Pope

September 2, 1926 - August 24, 2019

Treasa Pope of Battle Creek, MI Treasa, age 92, died Saturday, August 24, 2019 with her loving family at her side. Treasa, was born in Japan and emigrated to the US in the mid-1950's. She was a member of the North Avenue Church of God, Battle Creek and a former member of the Y. Treasa enjoyed bowling; ceramics, sewing, and cake decorating for all and any...
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Theresa Julia (Sittig) Buckingham

June 2, 1935 - August 23, 2019

Theresa Julia (Sittig) Buckingham, 84, of Battle Creek died peacefully at her home Friday, August 23, 2019 surrounded by family, under the compassionate care of Southern Care Hospice. Theresa was born June 2, 1935 in Three Oaks, Michigan the daughter of Paul F. and Frances T. (Stuppi) Sittig. She was raised in Three Oaks and was a 1953 graduate of Three Oaks High School, moving to Battle Creek...
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Richard Frank "Rich" DeRuiter

March 27, 1942 - August 22, 2019

Richard Frank "Rich" DeRuiter, co-founder of Scene Magazine, of Battle Creek passed on Thursday evening, August 22, 2019 surrounded by his children at Elkhart General Hospital at the age of 77. He was born March 27, 1942 in Grand Rapids, MI to Tony and Verna E. (Strang) DeRuiter. Richard grew up in Grand Rapids. His post-graduate studies were completed at Kendall School of Design. ...
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June Coleen (Shasky) Simmons

August 20, 2019

June Coleen (Shasky) Simmons, 88, of Delton and Battle Creek died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. June was born in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Charles David and Helen O. (Fairchild) Shasky. A lifelong musician, June (Shasky) Simmons was born with perfect pitch and has played the piano from an early age, taking piano lessons from Pearl (Fairchild) Sprague,...
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Billy Keeler

October 29, 1942 - August 19, 2019

Billy Dewayne Keeler was born October 29, 1942 in Vestaburg, Michigan to Floyd Wayne Keeler and Sarah Genetta Synder Keeler. He was preceded in death by his father and mother and his older brother Bruce Wayne Keeler. Surviving are one brother, Edward Leroy; two sisters Suzie Heinrich (Ray) and Irene Tomas; his two sons Larry and Billy; two grandchildren Virginia and Steven and numerous nephews...
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Gregg Lee McChesney

June 10, 1955 - August 19, 2019

Gregg Lee McChesney of Richland, MI Gregg, age 64, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon, August 19, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI following a nine-day illness and with his loving family at his side. Gregg, the son of Clifton M. and Jane E. (Kauffman) McChesney, was born in Gary, IN on June 10, 1955 and moved to this area in 1980. He was a 1974...
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Susie Ann Lewis

February 8, 1933 - August 16, 2019

Susie (Fleming) Lewis of Battle Creek, MI Susie, age 86, died Friday morning, August 16, 2019 at her residence with her loving family at her side. Susie (Fleming) Lewis was born in Luxora Arkansas, the daughter of Fred and Lulaner Atkins. After the loss of her father, she and her mother moved to Illinois where Lulaner met and married Johnny Fleming who adopted Susie, moved the family to...
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Jerry Allen Baird

May 31, 1939 - August 15, 2019

Jerry Allen Baird, 80, of Springfield MI passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Battle Creek, MI on May 31, 1939 to Gates M. and Eugenia F (Baker) Baird. He attended WK Kellogg Agricultural High School in Hickory Corners, and later received his GED from Springfield High School. Jerry served in the Air...
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Bob N. Burt

March 18, 1927 - August 14, 2019

Bob N. Burt of University Park, IA and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Bob, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Bob was born on March 18, 1927 in Battle Creek, the son of George and Edith (Green) Burt. He married Betty Forman in 1946 and they divorced in 1959. Bob then married Rachel Guest in 1963 and they were married 43 years...
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Helen Mary Lajoie

June 9, 1930 - August 14, 2019

Helen Mary (Lapointe) Lajoie, 89, passed away Wednesday evening August 14, 2019 in Battle Creek. Helen was born on June 9, 1930 in Chicopee, Massachusetts to Edward and Lillian LaPointe. She graduated in 1947 from The Holy Name of Jesus (All Girls) High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Helen was united in marriage to Robert "Bob" Henry Lajoie (deceased 2018) on December 30, 1950 in...
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Kenneth "Ken" Edwin Lukavsky

October 21, 1941 - August 12, 2019

Kenneth "Ken" Edwin Lukavsky, age 77, of Holt, Michigan passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019. Ken was born October 21, 1941 in Washington, Iowa to Edwin and Anna (Harbit) Lukavsky. Left to cherish his memory are his sons Joseph (Sandy) of Montebello, New York; Thomas (Heidi) of St Louis, Missouri; Timothy (Stacie), of Charlotte, North Carolina; Robert (Lindsay) Lukavsky of Mason, Michigan;...
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Alfred Hamady, M.D.

June 5, 1924 - August 11, 2019

Dr. Alfred Hamady, M.D., age 95, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, August 11, 2019 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia on June 5, 1924 to Emil and Adela Hamady and came to the U.S. in 1935 at the age of 10. Alfred attended school in Peekskill, N.Y., graduated from Columbia University, served in the Navy in WWII in a neuropsychiatric unit...
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Charles W. Watt

June 19, 1944 - August 10, 2019

Charles W. Watt, 75, of Battle Creek, died August 10, 2019. Charles was born June 19, 1944 in California to Wayne and Dorothy (Newson) Watt. He graduated from high school and went on to work in the Local #333 as a pipefitter for more than 45 years. Charles was a black belt in karate in his younger years. He loved to tinker and work on things in the garage and was a big Harley Davidson...
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Floyd "Art" Mabus

March 15, 1934 - August 1, 2019

Floyd A. "Art" Mabus, age 85, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, August 1, 2019. He was born in Union City, Michigan on March 15, 1934, the loving son of Guy and Charlotte (McCracken) Mabus. Art graduated from Union City High School and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. He retired from the...
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Arthur D. "Art" Williams

August 24, 1973 - July 31, 2019

Arthur D. "Art" Williams, age 45, of Galesburg died Wednesday evening, July 31, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on August 24, 1973, the son of Arthur and Bertha (Murray) Williams. Arthur graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School. As a child, he ran Galesburg Septic with his dad. After graduating high school, he went to work at Merco's in Plainwell and then at Hi-Lex in Fort Custer and...
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Keith Clair Kyser

August 30, 1937 - July 30, 2019

Keith Clair Kyser, 81, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died at home on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Keith was born August 30, 1937 in Battle Creek, the son of Milton and Eva (Palmer) Kyser. He was a 1955 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Keith was employed for 43 years in the ink (printing) business and retired from IPI after 23 years on August 31, 1999 Keith Clair Kyser married...
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Brandon Tyler Harris

December 4, 1988 - July 28, 2019

Brandon Tyler Harris, 30, of Battle Creek left this world on Sunday, July 28, 2019, when an accident claimed his life. This happened while he was doing what he loved most, spending time with his family and friends. Brandon was born December 4, 1988 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Dean Edwin and Alesha Corinne (Stout) Harris, Jr. He was a 2007 graduate of Harper Creek High School where...
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Linda Sue Darr

December 26, 1947 - July 27, 2019

Linda Sue (Robertson) Darr Dec. 26, 1947 - July 27, 2019 On July 27, 2019, surrounded by her loving family, Linda was finally able to rest after a long, hard, well fought battle with cancer. Linda will be remembered by many for her huge, loving heart. Her kind and gentle soul. Her unbreakable strength, strong faith, bright blue eyes and beautiful smile. On most sunny days, you could...
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Bryon Lynn DeRushia

August 12, 1964 - July 26, 2019

Bryon Lynn DeRushia, age 54, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Bronson Hospital in Battle Creek. He was born in Battle Creek on August 12, 1964, the son of Lynn and Mary Ann DeRushia. Bryon graduated from Lakeview High School in 1982 and began his long and successful career in the electrical trades. He was employed for many years...
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Danette DeLove (Lind) Birch

July 22, 1940 - July 26, 2019

Danette DeLove (Lind) Birch, age 79 of Leonidas, MI died on July 26th at Bronson Hospital in Battle Creek after a brief illness. Danette was born July 22, 1940 to Harold Gust and Wilma DeLove (Rizor) Lind. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1958, married Elwood Martin "Woody" Bowers on July 6, 1958 and started a life as a Navy wife. Together Danette and Woody had eight...
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