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

Fred Tanner

December 5, 1926 - February 28, 2021

Fred "Fritz" Tanner, 94 of Battle Creek entered heaven on Sunday, February 28, 2021. His family acknowledges the wonderful care provided at Glen Arbor Hospice Residence for Fred and his family. Fred was born in Bellevue, Michigan the son of John and Katherine (Vogeli) Tanner. Both parents were immigrants from Switzerland. Fred attended Bellevue High School and later following odd jobs...
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Ralph Leroy Benedict

September 5, 1929 - February 27, 2021

Ralph Leroy Benedict, 91, of Battle Creek, died February 27, 2021 at 2:45 AM in Kalamazoo Bronson Methodist Hospital after a traumatic fall at home on Feb. 26. He was born September 5, 1929 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Howard E. and Zelma E. (Palmiter) Benedict. He attended elementary school in Grand Rapids, then spent his high school years at Cedar Lake Academy in...
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Arnette Faye "Tiny" (Smith) Silkworth

November 18, 1942 - February 27, 2021

Arnette Faye "Tiny" (Smith) Silkworth, 78, of Battle Creek, Michigan died at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Tiny was born November 18, 1942 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Albert John and Rosemary Irene (Miller) Smith. She grew up in Barry County in the Lacey area and was a 1961 graduate of Hastings High School. Tiny was a waitress most of her life and was...
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Eleanor M. (Chilson) Boston

February 14, 1924 - February 25, 2021

Eleanor M. Boston passed away February 25, 2021 at St. Mary's Mercy Hospital in Livonia, MI. She was 97-years-old. She was a descendent of two pioneer families in Battle Creek, MI. This was the family Gores who settled in West Leroy in the early 1800's and the family Chilsons who settled in Battle Creek around 1867. Eleanor was born on February 14, 1924 to Leon E. Chilson and Ella Lola (Gore)...
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Gerald "Vaughn" Drummonds

January 8, 1932 - February 25, 2021

Reverend G. Vaughn Drummonds Born to Jacob M. and Bertha S. of the Claiborne County Tennessee Drummonds on January 8, 1932 in Monroe, Michigan, Gerald Vaughn Drummonds grew up in Monroe, MI. Vaughn, as he preferred to be known, attended Monroe public schools through the eighth grade—then transferred to the Academy at the Bible Holiness Seminary in Owosso, MI, later becoming known as Owosso...
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Donald Herbert "Don" Farrington

January 29, 1935 - February 24, 2021

Donald Herbert Farrington, 86, a lifelong Battle Creek resident got his first glimpse of Heaven on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Don's family extends their gratitude for the care he received from the team at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Don was born January 29, 1935 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Herbert Ross and Mildred Viola (Long) Farrington. Don attended Post Elementary,...
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Angela "Angie" Edwards

March 22, 1972 - February 23, 2021

Angela "Angie" Edwards Battle Creek, Michigan On Tuesday February 23,2021 at 3:00 a.m., Angela "Angie" Edwards lost her battle to Cancer while surrounded by her loving family. She ascended to Heaven to meet the Lord as the beautiful angel she was. Waiting for her was her dad, Charles Edwards Jr. & her mother, Deborah K (Hassler) Edwards; brother, Michael "Doughboy" Edwards;...
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Carole L. Love

January 5, 1945 - February 23, 2021

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Robert "Bob" Dewey

January 16, 1942 - February 23, 2021

Robert Aaron Dewey was born January 16, 1942, to Raymond and Margaret (Kennedy) Dewey in Chicago, Illinois. Robert passed with grace and peace surrounded by his family into the arms of Jesus, on February 23, 2021. Bob spent 43 years at Albion Machine and Tool Company as a tool and die maker; retiring in May, 2005. He considered himself blessed to work all his life at a job he loved. Bob...
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Keith G. Coller

August 9, 1931 - February 23, 2021

Keith G. Coller Sr., 89, of Bellevue, passed away with his family by his side on February 23, 2021. Keith was born August 9, 1931 in Battle Creek to Edison and Leola (Tooker) Coller. Keith attended Oak Grove School of Lee Lake and Marshall Public Schools. Keith married the former Doris Lawrence on November 18, 1950. They were married for 70 years when she passed in December of 2020. Keith...
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Emily J. Woodman

July 21, 1945 - February 23, 2021

Emily Jean Woodman, age 75, passed away on February 23, 2021 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was born on July 21, 1945 to Ray and Ila Mae (Philips) Woodman. Emily was a lifelong resident of the Battle Creek area and graduated from Springfield High School in 1964. As an adult, Emily sought assistance from the Literary Council of Calhoun County to...
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Kevin John Pattison

November 7, 1957 - February 21, 2021

Kevin John Pattison, 63, of Battle Creek died from lung cancer on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Kevin was born November 7, 1957, in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Jack Edward and Margaret Corinne (Enking) Pattison. He lived in Battle Creek and attended Harper Creek Schools, moving with his family to Germany in 1965, then to Brussels, Belgium in 1967, and returning back to Battle Creek in...
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Arthur William "Art" Angood

February 20, 2021

The life of Arthur Angood began on January 16, 1934 in Battle Creek, MI. He was born the son of S. Bernard and Marguerite (Stevens) Angood. From an early age, the work ethic, caring about individuals and tirelessly giving back to the community he loved was instilled in him by his parents. Art attended Roosevelt Elementary School, Southwestern Junior High School and graduated from Battle Creek...
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Marilyn Y. Sherman

January 22, 1929 - February 19, 2021

Marilyn Y. Sherman, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away on February 19, 2021. She was born January 22, 1929 in Battle Creek to Kenneth and Carma (Dicken) Arnold. She graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1946 and then earned an Associate Degree in Business from Western Michigan University. Marilyn was married in 1948 to Martin B. Coffman, Jr., who preceded her in death in 1975. She married...
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Theresa Yother

November 6, 1957 - February 15, 2021

Theresa A. Yother, age 63, of Battle Creek passed away Monday morning, February 15, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 1957 the daughter of Clyde and Shirley (Parrish) Yother, and was raised by her loving parents, Norm "Red" and Nina Chilton. Theresa worked in several departments at the Federal Center in Battle Creek for many years. Theresa is...
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Renate L. McKeever

January 19, 1935 - February 13, 2021

Renate L. McKeever, 86, of Battle Creek, went to he with the Lord on February 13, 2021. Renate was born January 19, 1935 in Giessen, Germany to Heinrich and Auguste (Depp) Schomber. She met her future husband, Albert McKeever, in Germany while he was serving in the military. The couple would marry on December 31, 1954 and then move to Battle Creek to begin their life together. Renate was a...
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Maxine "Mickey" (Manecke) Long

July 1, 1925 - February 13, 2021

Maxine M. "Mickey" Long On Saturday, February 13, 2021, Maxine "Mickey" Long (Manecke) passed away at the age of 95. Mickey was born on July 1, 1925 in Bemidji, Minnesota to William and Wilhemina (Keso) Manecke. She graduated from Bemidji High School and attended Bemidji Business College. On October 2, 1946, she married Kenneth James Long, Sr. and raised four children, Kenneth...
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Kimberly Faye (Courtright) Phillips

October 19, 1960 - February 11, 2021

Kimberly Faye (Courtright) Phillips, 60, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Kimberly was born October 19, 1960, in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Raymond Boyd and Anne Ruth (Harden) Courtright. She attended Harper Creek High School and spent her life caring for her family. Surviving are her partner...
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Edward James Carden Gibson

August 3, 1981 - February 10, 2021

Edward James Carden Gibson, 39, of Battle Creek was stricken at home and died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Edward was born August 3, 1981 in Tucson, Arizona the son of Scott White and Kim (Gibson) McCann. He was adopted and raised by Billie Lee and June (Carden) Gibson. He attended Battle Creek Central High School and earned his GED Operation Grad. Prior to COVID-19, Edward...
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William Lee Phillips

April 30, 1940 - February 9, 2021

William Lee "Bill" Phillips, 80, of Pennfield Township passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. He was born on April 30, 1940 in Battle Creek to Harold and Pearl (Adrian) Phillips. At age 17, he joined the Air National Guard, serving proudly for many years. He also worked as a computer engineer for Clark Equipment before retiring. Bill loved to fly and was a licensed pilot and flight...
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David Robert Beamish, Jr.

September 14, 1946 - February 8, 2021

David Robert Beamish Jr. age, 74 of Springfield, passed away on Monday morning February 8th, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Aurora, Illinois on September 14,1946, the son of David Robert Beamish & Phillis Marjorie (Kuhn) Moore. He served as a United States Marine. He was wounded in battle and received a Purple Heart for his service that he was proud of. He worked for the School...
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Stanley "Stan" Sherman

August 6, 1934 - February 6, 2021

Stanley "Stan" Everton Sherman, age 86, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born August 6, 1934 in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, the son of Bert Alexander Sherman and Viola Lucina (Bertrand) Sherman. Stan joined Kellogg Company in 1961 as Construction Project Engineer. He held positions as Resident...
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Lawrence "Larry" Akers

October 7, 1928 - February 6, 2021

Lawrence "Larry" Akers, Jr., 92, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Saturday morning, February 6, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on October 7, 1928, the son of Lawrence and Marguerite I. (Heble) Akers, Sr. Larry faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army and retired from the Kellogg Company after more than 42 years. He...
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Fred Charles Cox, Jr.

August 7, 1942 - February 1, 2021

Fred Charles Cox, Jr., age 78, passed away on February 1, 2021. He was born on August 7, 1942 in Stockbridge, Michigan to Fred and Haley Cox. He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl; son Bret Cox; daughters Sandy Dolan (Dean), Debbie Wells (Rick), stepson William Krueger (Angela), grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Kelly, in 2016. Always a...
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Michael Wayne "Mike" Pauzer

April 6, 1951 - February 1, 2021

Michael Wayne "Mike" Pauzer, 69, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died on Monday, February 1, 2021, at Glen Arbor Hospice Residence. Mike was born April 6, 1951 in Battle Creek to Alfred Wayne and Irene Ruth (Manley) Pauzer. He was a 1969 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and was employed in General Construction Work. Mike is survived by; a sister, Linda I. Mellen of Dowling...
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Cyrus "Pete" M Silkworth, Jr.

November 23, 1948 - January 30, 2021

Cyrus "Pete" M Silkworth, age 72, of Battle Creek passed away on Saturday morning, January 30, 2021. He was born in Marshall on November 23,1948, the son of Cyrus M and Thelma (Fuller) Silkworth. Pete graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. He worked at Life Ambulance (Marshall), the Battle Creek Public Schools and later operated his own trucking business. Pete married his high...
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Russell Duane "Russ" Bortell

January 29, 2021

Russell Duane "Russ" Bortell, of Battle Creek, at the age of 63, went on to coach again, after losing his battle with cancer at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Friday, January 29, 2021. Russ was born in Hillsdale, Michigan the son of Roland Duane "Ron" and Marian Jean (Norris) Bortell. His childhood was idyllic, growing up on a farm in Jonesville, MI. He was taught manners, values of...
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Fred Edwards, Jr.

January 14, 1950 - January 29, 2021

Fred Edwards, Jr. age, 71, of Dowling passed away peacefully at home on Friday morning, January 29, 2021. He was born in McKenzie, Tennessee on January 14, 1950, the son of Fred and Winona (Bailey) Edwards, Sr. Fred faithfully served his country during the Vietnam Era and Desert Storm as a member of the United States Army and United States Navy, retiring from the United States Navy with the...
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Kirk Osborne Janson

January 22, 1949 - January 23, 2021

Kirk Janson, 72, of Kalamazoo, passed away on January 23, 2021. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on January 22, 1949 to Rama (Kirkwood) Janson and Donald Janson. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lynn Janson, and is survived by sisters Rebecca Janson and Deborah Janson, brother-in-law David Roth, nieces Tristin Janson and Sidonie Roth-Janson, and numerous cousins, step-children, step...
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Julie May James

November 9, 1953 - January 23, 2021

Julie May James, age 67, of Springfield passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, January 23, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on November 9, 1953, the daughter of Dale W. and Audrey Arlene (Klingaman) James and graduated from Lakeview High School. She was employed with the Calhoun Action Agency. Julie loved working with children and served as a Foster Grandma in the early childhood...
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Marshall Lee Hlatko, Sr.

February 8, 1926 - January 23, 2021

Marshall Lee. Hlatko Sr. February 8, 1926-January 23, 2021 Marshall passed quietly in his sleep the morning of Saturday, January 23, 2021. Marshall was born the only son of George and (Catherine) Hlatko in 1926. He grew up in the Battle Creek area and graduated Battle Creek Central High School. Upon Graduation, he attended Tri-State (now Trine) University in Angola, Indiana and obtained...
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Margaret Louise (Ott) Maegli

June 11, 1938 - January 19, 2021

Margaret L. (Ott) Maegli was born to Eternal Life January 19, 2021 at the age of 82 years. Margaret was born in 1938 in Jackson, MI to Louis J. and Mary L. (Klinkhammer) Ott. She moved to Battle Creek, MI at the age of seven, was a 1956 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central, attended Nazareth College for two years and graduated from Marquette University in 1962. She has resided in Milwaukee...
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Carlene Kay Ketchum

February 15, 1936 - January 19, 2021

Carlene Kay (Elbert) Ketchum went to her eternal heavenly home on January 19, 2021 at the age of 84. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan on February 15, 1936 to Carl and Edna (Lash) Elbert. Carlene graduated from Saginaw High School where she met James (Jim) Alger McCracken in 9th grade. She and Jim were married on September 21, 1954 and had three beautiful daughters Pamela, Linda, and...
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Paul Henry "Pete" Dowd

August 14, 1929 - January 16, 2021

Paul Henry "Pete" Dowd, died peacefully Saturday, January 16, 2021, at SKLD Medical Residence in Ionia, Michigan, he was 91 and a resident of Brookdale Senior Living until his death. Pete was born August 14, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Paul Cummings Dowd and Mary Una (Capithorne-Boom) Dowd. He attended St. Philip Catholic Schools, Battle Creek Central High School and joined the...
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Eva Mae (Bartlett) Chapman

January 14, 1920 - January 15, 2021

Eva Mae Chapman of Springfield, 101, sadly passed on Friday, January 15, 2021. She was born in Lawton, Michigan on January 14, 1920 to Leonard Lee and Virginia (Cloud) Bartlett. Eva grew up and graduated from Lawton High School, Lawton, Michigan. On October 6, 1945, Eva was united in marriage to Charles F. "Charlie" Chapman, a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, at the United Methodist...
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Betty Jane Nelson

May 30, 1918 - January 14, 2021

Betty Jane Nelson May 30, 1918 - January 14, 2021 2 Corinthians 5:8 Betty entered into her place in the Body of Christ January 14, 2021 after more than 102 years on this planet. She was born May 30,1918 in Olivet, Michigan in the home of her grandfather Doctor A.H. Burleson, to Silas K Burleson and Ruby Jane (Badger) Burleson. She graduated from Olivet High School in 1936. She married...
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Janet H. Cobb

May 12, 1941 - January 13, 2021

Janet H. Cobb, 79, of Battle Creek, Michigan, died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. She was born May 12, 1941 in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Jack and Noreen Smith. Janet married Thomas L. Cobb at St. Philip Catholic Church on January 27, 1962. Janet was kind hearted, humorous and a great listener who knew the true meaning of loyalty and friendship. She displayed...
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Cherrie L. Nichols

September 6, 1952 - January 13, 2021

Cherrie Lynette (Tobias) (Carl) Nichols, age 68, of Battle Creek, Michigan died January 13, 2021 from complications of cancer. Cherrie was born September 6, 1952 and grew up locally and attended Gull Lake and Springfield High Schools. The majority of her career was as a caterer for Kellogg Company. Those who are familiar with Cherrie know that she is best known for her fantastic dimpled...
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Illa Mae (Harnish) Huff

May 31, 1949 - January 11, 2021

Illa Mae Huff, 71, of East Leroy, MI, went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 11, 2021. Illa was born May 31, 1949 in Kendallville, IN, to Walter and Cordelia Elizabeth (Goodpastor) Harnish. She was a 1967 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Though she held many different jobs over the years, her favorite and most recent was office manager...
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Michael Jacob "Mike" Ambro, Jr.

October 23, 1939 - January 9, 2021

Michael Jacob Ambro, Jr. of Gull Lake (Richland), MI, age 81, died Saturday afternoon, January 9, 2021 at his residence with his loving family at his side. Mike, the son of Michael J. and Nora E. (Siwik) Ambro, Sr., was born in Kalamazoo, MI on October 23, 1939; was a lifetime area resident and a 1957 graduate of St. Augustine Catholic High School. He furthered his education at Western...
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Marlene Frances (Leonard) Miller Burnham

June 28, 1944 - January 7, 2021

Marlene "Mar" Frances (Leonard) Miller Burnham, 76, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021, after complications from COVID-19. Marlene was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on June 28, 1944, to Bernard and Nellie (Lawson) Leonard. She was a graduate of North Hills High School in Pittsburgh and worked for Blue Cross in PA. On a blind date, through extended family, in Muskegon, Michigan, she met Melvin...
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Lori Diane Oleksyn

February 9, 1963 - January 5, 2021

Lori Diane Oleksyn, age 57, of Lawton, Michigan passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021. She was born in Hastings, Michigan on February 9, 1963, the daughter of George W. Born Jr. and Lenna L. (Latta) Born. Lori had an amazing love for her daughter, her family, and all animals, but especially rescued cats & dogs. She is the most beautiful Angel and will be sorely missed. ...
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Patricia Ann "Patt" (Mapes) Brown

November 22, 1927 - January 3, 2021

Patricia Ann "Patt" (Mapes) Brown, 93, of Battle Creek died January 3, 2021 at home in the arms of her loving husband of 73 years, Robert L. Brown. Patt was born November 22, 1927 in Battle Creek the daughter of Paul Leander and Cereda Irene (Sykes) Mapes. She was a lifelong member of the community, graduating in 1946 from Battle Creek Central High School followed by a career at the Kellogg...
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Jacqueline I. "Jackie" Auer

March 8, 1940 - January 2, 2021

Jacqueline I. "Jackie" Auer, age 80, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Jackie was born in Battle Creek on March 8, 1940 to Gerald "Ty" and Sylvia (Myers) Jones. Growing up, Jackie enjoyed spending time with siblings and cousins especially at the Myers' Farm in East Leroy. In 1958 she graduated from the original Marshall High School (which was at the...
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Barbara Jean (Adams) Geib

October 14, 1944 - December 30, 2020

Barbara Jean (Adams) Geib, 76, of Mount Clemens, Michigan died peacefully on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Henry Ford Hospital in Clinton Township. Barb was born October 14, 1944 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Richard Orwin and Cathryn Ida (Harrison) Adams. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1962 graduate of Harper Creek High School. Barb was a member of Cross Point Church...
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David Johnson

October 4, 1942 - December 29, 2020

David Johnson, age 78, of Richland Michigan died peacefully with family by his side, on Tuesday evening, December 29, 2020. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 4, 1942, David (Dave) Johnson was the son of Reuben C. Johnson and Anita Sheridan. In his high school years, he liked to play sports and drive cars, always having an interest in automobiles and motorcycles. After joining the Army...
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John E. Auer

May 12, 1934 - December 27, 2020

John E. Auer, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 27, 2020. John was born in South Bend, Indiana on May 12, 1934. John was raised on the family farm by parents Jerry and Mary (Early) Auer. He graduated from Lakeville High School and the Indiana Institute of Technology. He retired from Eaton Manufacturing after several years of service as an engineer and...
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Frances Elaine (Shackelford) Brouse

January 10, 1943 - December 24, 2020

Frances E. (Shackelford) Brouse, age 77, of Coldwater passed away Thursday evening, December 24, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on January 10, 1943, the daughter of Daniel E. and Betty A. (Bowers) Nail. Over the years. Frances worked as a bus driver for the Reading School District & owned Fran's Variety Store in Reading, MI and a...
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Jaylen Worthington

February 21, 2014 - December 23, 2020

Jaylen M. Worthington, age 6, passed away unexpectedly December 23, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Jaylen was born February 21, 2014 in Marshall to Markus Worthington and Sierra Traylor. Jaylen was a very special young boy who loved to play outside, video games, dinosaurs and basketball. He was a Kindergartener at Woods Lake Elementary School and loved to eat his oranges. Jaylen is...
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Mary Helen Spitz

October 12, 1932 - December 22, 2020

Mary Helen Spitz, age 88, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. She was born October 12, 1932 in Woodman Twp., WI to Raymond and Eva (Lostetter) Cull. Family and friends knew her as Mary Ellen, Helen and Mary, but to all, as a sweet soul. Mary graduated from St. Philip High School in 1952 and met the love of her life, Albert W. Spitz, at the Battle Creek...
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Samantha Layne (McCleary) Moore

May 18, 1991 - December 20, 2020

Samantha Layne (McCleary) Moore, 29, of Battle Creek died Sunday, December 20, 2020, after a long battle with addiction. She was born May 18, 1991 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the daughter of Christopher C. McCleary and Julianne K. Perry. Samantha worked in retail sales and especially liked cosmetics. Samantha was married to Cory Moore. Surviving are her daughter, Maddilyn Joy Moore; two...
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Michael J. Reneau

September 28, 1957 - December 20, 2020

Michael J Reneau, 63, of Battle Creek, passed away away on December 20, 2020. Mike was born September 28,1957, in Battle Creek to William and Elaine (Brown) Reneau. Mike loved the outdoors spent many years camping with his kids and the rest of his family. He enjoyed hunting with his sons, and enjoyed fishing as well. Mike was a NASCAR fan and loved to attend the races in person or watch them...
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Franklyn Clare Lindauer

March 21, 1928 - December 18, 2020

Franklyn Clare Lindauer of Battle Creek, MI Franklyn, age 92, passed away on December 18, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born on March 21, 1928 to Clare L. and Ethel I. (Day) Lindauer in Battle Creek, MI and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1947. Franklyn served his country honorably in the Air National Guard until 1952. He worked for American Fire Apparatus, New York...
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James L. Zimmerman

January 9, 1950 - December 18, 2020

James Leonard Zimmerman of Manistee, Michigan passed away peacefully on December 18, 2020 in Battle Creek, MI. Jimmy was born in Toledo, OH on January 9, 1950 to parents Clyde and Ila (Romaine) Zimmerman. He grew up in Monroe, MI. James graduated from Monroe High School, Class of 1968, and then went on to earn his Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University in 1972. He earned his...
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Helen M. Beecher

September 15, 1932 - December 17, 2020

Helen M. (Campbell) Beecher, 88, of Battle Creek, passed on Thursday morning, December 17, 2020. Helen was born on September 15, 1932 in Chicago, IL to Glenn and Gertrude Campbell. She graduated from Jones Commercial High School. She later worked in the business office of Leila Hospital. Helen was an avid reader and liked to knit and crochet. She also enjoyed solving crossword puzzles. She...
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Ruth Ann Lynd

December 2, 1948 - December 16, 2020

Ruth Ann Lynd, age 72, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on December 2, 1948, the daughter of Chester A. and Lucinda (Annis) Lynd. Ruth is survived by her husband, Henry Mayo; her children, Joylene Waller and Christina Waller; her grandchildren, Andrew Waller, Johnna Waller, Samantha Easey, Benjamin Waller, and Jack...
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Everett Guy Ehle

December 3, 1958 - December 16, 2020

Everett Guy Ehle, age 62, sadly passed away on Wednesday morning, December 16, 2020 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born in Battle Creek on December 3, 1958, the son of Everett L. and Shirley A. (Pickett) Ehle. Everett faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army for more than 20 years and also worked as a truck driver for many companies over the years. ...
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Nina M. Randall

July 24, 1918 - December 15, 2020

Nina Mae Randall, age 102, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. She was surrounded by family as "Benediction" by People and Songs played softly in the background. Nina was born July 24, 1918 in Lansing, Michigan to Maude (Scott) and Montie Hutson during the Spanish Influenza epidemic; she was the middle of three children. After the Great Depression, Nina and her late husband...
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Rebecca Lynn (Walter) Comport

December 15, 2020

Rebecca Lynn "Becky" (Walter) Comport, 71, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully and unexpectedly at Bronson Battle Creek on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Becky was born in Battle Creek to John Robert and Edythe I. (Whitney) Walter. She was a 1967 graduate of Harper Creek High School and later enrolled in accounting classes at Kellogg Community College. Becky retired in 2015 from the...
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Carl E. Cameron

May 27, 1949 - December 14, 2020

Carl E. Cameron, 71, of Battle Creek, died December 14, 2020. Carl was born May 27, 1949 in Battle Creek to Dorr and Ruth (Kellogg) Cameron. Carl proudly served in the United States Navy and worked for Grand Trunk as a diesel mechanic for a brief time. He was a member of the American Legion Oscar Brady Post. 298 for 51 years and DAV Chapter 7. Carl loved studying history particularly WWII. ...
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Mary Ellen (Goodrich) McAlvey

December 4, 1928 - December 14, 2020

Mary Ellen McAlvey, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully Monday, December 14, 2020 at Pennfield Premier Living. She was born in Battle Creek on December 4, 1928 to Frank N. and Clara (Lehmann) Goodrich. Mary Ellen was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Most of her life Mary Ellen worked at home as a seamstress and had also owned and operated Marie's Tailoring...
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Mary "Marie" Josephine Collopy

September 8, 1926 - December 12, 2020

Mary "Marie" Josephine (Kobza) Collopy aged 94, passed away on December 12, 2020, due to complications of Covid-19. Born to Emil and Elizabeth (Duhon) Kobza, Marie was raised on a Nebraska farm near the Czech community of Brainard. She was the sixth of twelve siblings: Rose, Alice, Emil, Margaret, Agnes, Marie (Mary), Bette, Gabriella, Helen, Bernard, Benedict, and Dorothy. There were so many...
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Jeffrey Joseph "Jeff" Wiseman

June 22, 1970 - December 11, 2020

Jeffrey Joseph "Jeff" Wiseman, age 50, of Battle Creek, passed away at home on Friday, December 11, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Amelia "Nichole" Wiseman. He was born in Battle Creek on June 22, 1970, the Son of Alan Wiseman and Katherine (Jim) Barnes. Jeff was a very loyal, knowledgeable, and compassionate man. He met Amelia in high school and they were married on July 17, 1993....
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Katherine Ann "Kathy" (Vasel) Latty

October 11, 1950 - December 11, 2020

Katherine "Kathy" Ann (Vasel) Latty, 70, a life-long Battle Creek resident, died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Friday, December 11, 2020. Kathy was born October 11, 1950 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Naum and Petrulla (Christ) Vasel. She was a 1968 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Kathy was employed for 48 years at Leila...
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Marian Elnora (Paeske) Miller

April 17, 1923 - December 10, 2020

Marian Elnora (Paeske) Miller of Battle Creek, MI Marian, age 97, died peacefully Thursday, December 10, 2020 after a brief illness. She is survived by daughter Lynn Miller, and daughter Jean (m. George) Wells, both of Battle Creek, and son Kurt Miller, (m. Judith) of Bay City, Michigan; four grandchildren, Todd Wells of Battle Creek, Seth Wells of Lafayette Indiana, Sara...
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Boyd Junior "Peanut" Miller

November 25, 1940 - December 10, 2020

Boyd Junior "Peanut" Miller, 80, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Pennfield Premier Living on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Boyd was born November 25, 1940 in Prestonburg, Kentucky the son of Cleve and Liddie (McGuire) Miller. He lived in Kentucky, Indian and Florida, prior to making Battle Creek, Michigan his home, in his 20's. Boyd was employed as a foreman for Priest Tools, Polymer...
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Edward Franklin Case

February 8, 1931 - December 9, 2020

Edward Franklin Case, 89, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Heritage Assisted Living on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Ed was born February 8, 1931 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Clifton Franklin and Charlotte (Holt) Case. He was a 1949 graduate of Bellevue High School. After high school, he was employed at Clark Equipment Company. Ed honorably served his country 1952-1954, in the U.S. Army,...
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Sandra Lee (Wilson) Gant

March 26, 1971 - December 9, 2020

Sandra Lee (Wilson) Gant, 49, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly at the Laurels of Bedford on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. A complete obituary will be published here. If you have any questions, prior to that please call us at 269-962-5527. Private family services will be held for Sandra. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the...
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Doris M. Coller

August 1, 1930 - December 8, 2020

Doris M. Coller, 90, of Bellevue, died December 8, 2020 at home with her family by her side. Doris was born August 1, 1930 in Battle Creek to Fred and Lillian (Disler) Lawrence. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and worked at a dime store from 1945-1949, and as a surgery clerk at Leila Hospital, and Community Hospital for many years. She married Keith Coller on November 18,...
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Joyce A. Wielinski

June 21, 1945 - December 8, 2020

Joyce A. Wielinski, 75, of Battle Creek, died December 8, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek. Joyce was born June 21, 1945 in Saginaw to Harold and Geraldine (Scheffler) Blackmer. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and adult coloring books. Her main priority was her family, and there was nothing more she loved than being around them. Joyce is survived by her two children, Donald Letson and...
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Reba Evelyn (Wilson) Hammons

July 5, 1924 - December 8, 2020

Reba Evelyn Hammons, our very loving mother and grandmother, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at The Oaks at Northpointe Woods in Battle Creek, Mich. She was born July 5, 1924 to Willis Rosco Wilson and Margaret (Maggie)Ellen Spurling at Obey City near Lovejoy, Overton County, TN. She retired from the Battle Creek Public School System, working at Central High Field House, W.K. Jr....
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Julie Ann Darling Piper

June 5, 1952 - December 5, 2020

Julie Ann Darling Piper, of Bangor and formerly of Marshall, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Julie was born June 5, 1952 at Community Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Francis Terry "Jack" and Joyce Elaine (Taylor) Darling. She grew up in Marshall and was a 1970 graduate of Marshall High School. She worked in finance her entire career, retiring from Hi...
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Austin Leroy Crawford

December 20, 2001 - December 4, 2020

Austin Leroy Crawford, age 18, of Marshall went to be with the Lord on December 4, 2020. He will be missed by all of his family and friends. He was born at Oak Lawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan on December 20, 2001, the son of Misty Crawford and Brandon Burge. Austin was preceded in death by his dad, Brandon Burge; his uncle, Billy Burge; and his great-grandmothers, Shirley Bechtol and...
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Donald Leroy Chrispens

April 1, 1948 - December 3, 2020

Donald LeRoy "Don" Chrispens of Delton, MI died unexpectedly at Ascension Borgess hospital on December 3, 2020. Don was born in Sheridan, MI on April 1, 1948 to Samuel and Cordelia (Williams) Chrispens. From an early age, Don learned to appreciate nature and being outside. As he grew up, he continued his love of the outdoors. He spent much time year-round camping, hiking, and canoeing. Don...
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Michael Lee "Mike" Miller

February 1, 1944 - December 3, 2020

Michael Lee "Mike" Miller of Battle Creek, MI Mike, age 76, died Thursday evening, December 3, 2020, at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Mike was born on February 1st, 1944, in Battle Creek, to John A. and Juanita J. (Tungate). Miller, after graduating from Springfield High School, in 1962, joined the United States Army, where he served as a Public Information Officer. Following the...
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George L. Wentz

September 9, 1920 - December 3, 2020

George L. Wentz, age 100, of Battle Creek, died due to natural causes at 10:30 a.m. on December 3, 2020 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. He was born in Tedrow, Ohio on September 9, 1920, the son of Clyde and Myrtle (Losure) Wentz and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1942 to 1946. George will be best remembered for his work at the...
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Janet A. "Jan" Stevenson

January 3, 1936 - December 3, 2020

Janet A. "Jan" Stevenson, age 84, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday evening, December 3, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Battle Creek on January 3, 1936, the daughter of Gerald and Mildred (Madison) Sage. Over the years, Jan worked several retail jobs, but her favorite job and the job from which she retired was as the baker at Lakeview School District, where she loved working...
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Lucille Ann (Bonke) Lindauer

October 29, 1931 - December 1, 2020

Lucille Ann [Bonke] Lindauer of Battle Creek, MI Lucille, age 89 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at her residence with her loving family at her side. Lucille, the daughter of William and Freda (Ohlrich) Bonke, was born in Detroit, MI on October 29, 1931. She moved with her family to Battle Creek in 1942 and graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School in...
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Janet Marie Schwarz Miller

October 30, 1927 - November 30, 2020

Janet Marie Schwarz Miller, aged 93, passed away peacefully at home on November 30, 2020. Janet was born in Port Deposit, MD on October 30, 1927 to Helen Brennan Schwarz and Dr. Frank W. Schwarz. Dr. Schwarz was Chief of Psychiatry at the VA Medical Center in Perry Point, MD, then in Coatesville, PA. The Schwarz family moved to Battle Creek in 1935. Janet's father was Chief of Psychiatry at the...
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Robert A. Grover

August 9, 1960 - November 30, 2020

Robert Grover, 60, of Battle Creek, died November 30, 2020. Robert was born August 9, 1960 in Battle Creek to Robert and Shirley (Beeman) Grover. Robert served honorably in the United States Army for two years. He worked as a garage door repairman for Overhead Door for many years. Robert loved his job at Overhead Door; he also enjoyed hunting and working with gadgets. He had an extensive...
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Susan Lynn (Thompson) Scheick

August 25, 1953 - November 30, 2020

Susan Lynn Scheick, age 67, of Battle Creek, died Monday afternoon, November 30, 2020 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility, Battle Creek. She was born the daughter of Melvin and Betty (Carr) Thompson, August 25, 1953 in Battle Creek. She was a graduate of Harper Creek High School. Susan was a homemaker, but had worked for the Battle Creek Public Schools and Triple S Plastics,...
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Sharon Lee (Steinmetz) Harris

December 29, 1953 - November 30, 2020

Sharon Lee (Steinmetz) Harris, 66, of Battle Creek died peacefully with family at her side, at Reflections Memory Care on Monday, November 30, 2020. Sharon was born December 29, 1953 in Milan, Indiana to Harold and Margaret (Noppert) Steinmetz. She grew up in Columbus, Indiana and graduated from Columbus North High School in 1972. Sharon attended Indiana State University, where she was a...
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Teddy Paul Tomkinson

May 10, 1950 - November 30, 2020

Teddy Paul Tomkinson of Battle Creek, MI Teddy, age 70, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at is home. He was born May 10, 1950 in Flint, Michigan the son of Paul L. and Lucille A. (Ozanich) Tomkinson. Teddy was a 1970 graduate of Pennfield High School and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Teddy enjoyed watching and...
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William E. "Bill" Stevenson

August 18, 1934 - November 29, 2020

William E. "Bill" Stevenson, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday morning, November 29, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Battle Creek on August 18, 1934, and was the son of Cecil and Sylva (Vick) Stevenson. Bill faithfully served his country as a decorated Marksman in the United States Army from 1960 – 1962. He worked as an automotive mechanic and later retired from Cello...
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Virginia S. (Matus) Laurinec

May 8, 1928 - November 28, 2020

Virginia S. Laurinec, age 92, died on Saturday, November 28, 2020 in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was born in Chicago, Illinois to immigrant parents Andrew and Valeria (Skwarek) Matus. She is survived by husband of 72 years of marriage Joseph H. Laurinec, , by daughters Linda L. (John) Nelson and Leslie A. Gernon, by grandson Dustin E. Gernon, by nieces and nephews and by sister, Lorraine ...
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Burrel Foster Stults

November 27, 1936 - November 25, 2020

Burrel Foster Stults, 83, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home, with family at his side, on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 just 2 days shy of his 84th birthday. Burrel was born on November 27, 1936 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Foster Alvin and Alma Janie (Ward) Stults. At age 4 his family moved to Johnstown Township where Burrel attended the one room King School through the 8th grade. He...
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Kathleen Cissie Reed

September 21, 1927 - November 23, 2020

Kathleen Cissie Reed, age 93, of Battle Creek died Monday evening, November 23, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on September 21, 1927, the daughter of John and Agnes (Henderson) McGinness of Paisley, Scotland. Her parents came to the United States in 1923 and returned to Scotland in 1924. They returned to the US again in 1927 of which Kathleen was born in Battle Creek. They returned to...
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Earl "Sparky" Austin Meier III

November 18, 1954 - November 23, 2020

Earl "Sparky" Austin Meier, III, 66, of Richland, Michigan, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2020 at his home. He was born in Kalamazoo on November 18, 1954 and moved to Gull Lake in 1962. He was a Graduate of Gull Lake High School and attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He was married to Brenda L. Adams on October 22 1994. He worked as an electrician for many years, but his...
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Kay T. Phares

June 21, 1947 - November 22, 2020

Kay T Phares, age 73, of Battle Creek, passed away at home on November 22, 2020. She joined her mother, Marjorie J. Polcik and siblings Brenda A. Cronk, Vicki S. Knapp, and Robert E. Knapp in Heaven. We will remember Kay especially for her patience, generosity, love and devotion for her family. Kay was born in Owosso and lived most of her life in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 2005, she retired...
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Russell James "Jim" Beach

November 16, 1933 - November 21, 2020

Russell James "Jim" Beach, 87 of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully, with his family at his side, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Jim was born November 16, 1933 in Flint, Michigan the son of Russell Eugene and Delene (Derby) Beach. He grew up in Flint and graduated from Flint Northern High School. Jim honorably served his country in the U.S. Army from...
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Mary G. Butler

September 23, 1940 - November 20, 2020

Mary G. Butler, 80, of Battle Creek, died unexpectedly Friday, November 20, 2020. She was born September 23, 1940 in Wilmington, Delaware to James and Marjorie (Parsons) Gilruth. Mary received her undergraduate degree with Honors from Swarthmore College and her M.A. from the Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware Early American Studies Program. Before coming to Battle Creek she served as...
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Peter Richard "Pete" Brady

November 27, 1952 - November 20, 2020

Peter Richard "Pete" Brady, 67, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully while riding his bike on the trails at Fort Custer Recreational Park on Friday, November 20, 2020. Pete was born November 27, 1952 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Peter H. and Violet Marjorie (Adams) Brady. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1971 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central. Pete attended Kellogg...
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Joyce M. Graham

May 14, 1926 - November 19, 2020

Joyce M. Graham, age 94, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, November 19, 2020. She was born in Springfield, Ohio on May 14, 1926, the daughter of Joyce and Mildred (Boyer) Moul. Joyce married the "Love of Her Life", Myron A. "Choke" Graham in Pontiac, Michigan on November 30, 1946; he sadly preceded her in death on August 25, 1997. She was also preceded in death by her son,...
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Gloria K. McLaughlin

October 11, 1958 - November 19, 2020

Gloria K. McLaughlin, 62, of Burlington, died November 19, 2020. Gloria was born October 11, 1958 in Battle Creek and graduated from Athens High School in 1977. She married her best friend, Joseph McLaughlin on April 14, 1984. Together, Gloria and Joe adopted a very special little girl, Lacey. She has given them two wonderful grandchildren, Sage and Jade. Gloria starter her government...
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Shirley Ann Eccles

September 27, 1932 - November 18, 2020

Shirley Ann Eccles, 88, of Battle Creek, went to her home in heaven on November 18, 2020, while at Bronson Battle Creek, after contracting Covid-19. She was born in Battle Creek to Nellie and Elbert Eplee on September 27, 1932. Shirley graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1950. She married Richard Eccles and they had five children together before being divorced. She attended the KCC...
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Darrell W. Samis

June 9, 1954 - November 17, 2020

Darrell W. Samis, 66, of Paw Paw, died November 17, 2020 at his residence with his family by his side. Darrell was born June 9, 1954 in Kalamazoo to Dean and Sally (Arnette) Samis. He graduated from Iron County High School and worked as an autobody repairman. He worked at the Dowling Body Shop with his father where he was a painter. Darrell was a true outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing...
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Robert Harold "Bob" Bertelson

August 8, 1947 - November 16, 2020

Robert (Bob) Harold Bertelson, age 73, of Battle Creek left us on Monday morning, November 16, 2020. Bob spent more than 33 years serving the country he loved. During the Vietnam war, he served in the United States Air Force as a SSgt. He later continued his service by working at the Battle Creek Federal Center until he retired in 2004. Bob was a member of the Pennfield Exchange Club and the...
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Chris Tocky Christ

October 1, 1929 - November 16, 2020

Chris Tocky Christ, 91, of Battle Creek, MI passed away peacefully in the early morning of Monday November 16, 2020. Chris was born in Battle Creek, MI on October 1, 1929 to Greek immigrants John and Ellen (Nitsas) Christ. He was a retired attorney from the law firm of Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, PC in Battle Creek. As a man of family and faith, he was well known for his community service,...
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Hazel Gertrude Walter

September 23, 1922 - November 13, 2020

Hazel Gertrude (Wilkins) Walter, 98, of Battle Creek, died Friday, November 13, 2020 at Boschway Adult Foster Home on Meachem Road. Hazel was born August 23, 1922 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Vern and Anna Wilkins. She grew up in Urbandale and was a 1940 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Before she married, Hazel was employed at the Kellogg Company where she worked at the soda...
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Duglas Ray "Dug" Belcher

June 1, 1977 - November 13, 2020

Duglas Ray "Dug" Belcher, age 43, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Friday evening, November 13, 2020 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He was born in Lake Wales, Florida on June 1, 1977 the son of Ray and Christine (Potter) Belcher. Dug married the "Love of His Life", April R. Godbehere on March 22, 2016; she survives. He is also survived by his step-children, Brian, Jace, Gage...
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