Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home Cremation Care, Richland Chapel

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

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

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


Our Obituaries

Carol J. Bowers

December 29, 1939 - December 25, 2022

Carol J. Bowers, 82, of Kalamazoo, died December 25, 2022. Carol was born December 29, 1939 in Saginaw, MI to Eugene and Ann (Wrona) Portwine. She married Stanley F. Bowers on August 19, 1983. Funeral services to celebrate Carol's life will be 12:00 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2023 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to...
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David James Telfer

January 22, 1961 - December 16, 2022

David "Dave" James Telfer, Age 62, of Richland, Michigan Dave passed away on Friday afternoon, December 16, 2022 at Bronson hospital in Kalamazoo with his wife and child by his side. His death followed a tragic vehicle accident that occurred the week before. Dave was born on January 22, 1961 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and was the son of James and Norma (Hazel) Telfer. He was a lifelong resident...
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Patricia A. Vanderpool

July 9, 1957 - December 15, 2022

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Patricia Ann Vanderpool, age 65, died December 15, 2022 at home with her family after a six and a half year battle with ovarian cancer. Patricia, the daughter of Carl and Barbara O'Brien, was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan on July 9, 1957. At the age of 19, Pat married her high school sweetheart, Mark Vanderpool, and they have enjoyed a beautiful marriage...
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Mary Sue Burdick-Hough

December 2, 1953 - December 8, 2022

Mary Sue Burdick Hough, 69, of Battle Creek, died December 8, 2022 at home surrounded by her family. Mary was born December 2, 1953 in Battle Creek to Harold and Vernida (Misiasz) Burdick. She graduated with her Master's Degree from Western Michigan University and was a social worker for many years in local nursing homes. Mary enjoyed cross-stitching, baking, and managed a local bingo...
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Charles E. Seymour

November 2, 1936 - December 7, 2022

Charles E. Seymour, 86, of Richland, died December 7, 2022. Charlie was born November 2, 1936 in Winooski, Vermont to Ernest and Dolores (Dion) Seymour. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force for over 12 years. A graveside service to celebrate his life will be 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Arrangements by the Farley...
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Julianne "Julie" Klein

January 30, 1946 - December 1, 2022

Julianne "Julie" S. Klein, 76, of Hickory Corners, died peacefully surrounded by her family December 1, 2022 at Bickford of Battle Creek. She was born January 30, 1946 in Kalamazoo to Walter and Pauline (Moskalik) Chmiel. She married Michael Klein on December 16, 1966. They were just shy of their 56th wedding anniversary. Julie enjoyed decorating the outside of her house with flowers,...
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John Edward "Jack" Budnick

August 14, 1971 - November 26, 2022

John "Jack" Edward Budnick died unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 after just 51 short years of life. Jack was born to John "Jack" and Merry "Miki" (Dudick) Budnick on Aug. 14, 1971 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He and his siblings had an ideal childhood, spending their formative years in a home and neighborhood filled with ponds and woods to explore. Together, Jack and his brother, Adam,...
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Stephen Eliot Pew

June 17, 1939 - November 3, 2022

Stephen Eliot Pew, age 83, of Gull Lake, MI and Naples, Florida died in his Gull Lake home on November 3, 2022. Steve was born on June 17, 1939 and lived in Birmingham with his parents, Frederic C. Pew and Gladys Duffy Pew, and three brothers, Frederic, Anthony, and David. His years at Birmingham High School were very special, and he kept in contact with his many friends there over the years...
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Donald Dayton "Don" McKean

August 17, 1941 - November 2, 2022

Donald Dayton McKean was born on August 17, 1941 in Alexandria, Virginia and moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan with his parents, Eugene Clayton and Helen Francis (Warren) McKean in 1948. The family eventually made their home on Gull Lake when Don was in 5th grade. He graduated as class President from Richland Community High School in 1959 and went on to Michigan State University Veterinary College...
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Thomas L. Norton

December 29, 1942 - October 29, 2022

Thomas Lee Norton went home to be with the Lord on October 29th, 2022. Tom was born in Rockford, Illinois on December 29th, 1942. He grew up in Dowagiac, Michigan, graduated from Western Michigan University in 1965 and served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1969. Tom was a devoted husband, loving father, and joyful grandfather. Tom married Annelore Birgit Manjura on April 13, 1968,...
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Ann Elise Rawsky

November 16, 1949 - October 27, 2022

Ann Elise (Hartsuff) Rawsky passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2022. She was born in Birmingham, Michigan on November 16, 1949, as the first of three daughters to John and Marian (Jerome) Hartsuff. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master's degree in Education and taught middle school English at Delton-Kellogg Schools for 37 years. On September 12, 1970, Ann was united...
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Rosemarie Taormina Griffith

February 11, 1932 - October 24, 2022

Rosemarie Taormina Griffith, born February 11, 1932, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 24, 2022, with her beloved husband of almost 66 years Richard by her side. Rosemarie grew up in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Philip and Rose Taormina who were first generation Italian Americans. She attended Pershing High School, and then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in...
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Jon D Hamelink

June 26, 1935 - September 29, 2022

Jon D Hamelink, age 87, of DeTour Village, Michigan passed away peacefully in his sleep from natural causes on September 29, 2022. Jon was born June 26, 1935, and raised in Holland, Michigan. He graduated from Holland High School, then went on to obtain B.S. degrees from Hope College and Western Michigan University where he studied paper engineering. Between colleges Jon was drafted into the...
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Russell Eugene "Russ" Gruber

July 3, 1929 - September 17, 2022

Russell Eugene Gruber, age 93, of Richland passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, September 17, 2022. He was born on July 3, 1929, in South Haven, Michigan, the son of Harold J. Gruber and Carra (Kreigh) Gruber. Russ was raised on the family farm during the depression with eight brothers and sisters: Grace (Barry) Cushman, Paul (Leilanii) Gruber, and Glenda Emmons. Deceased siblings are...
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James W. "Jim" Westcott

May 4, 1926 - September 12, 2022

James W. "Jim" Westcott, age 96, of Hickory Corners passed away peacefully on Monday evening, September 12, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek on May 4, 1926, the son of Carl P. and Bessie M. (Whiting) Westcott and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1944. Jim faithfully served his country as a Fireman First Class in the United States Navy during WWII on the USS LSM...
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Kalvin E. Kalkowski

March 6, 1960 - August 22, 2022

Kalvin Kalkowski, 62, of Pine Lake, Plainwell, Michigan passed away August 22, 2022. Born March 6, 1960, in Sault St. Marie, Kalvin and his family moved to Hickory Corners where he attended Gull Lake Schools. Kalvin was an athlete and star basketball player. He loved to fish, golf, bowl and spend time on the lake, especially with his loving wife Kimberly, sister and brother-in law, Kim and Steve...
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Gloria Culp

January 16, 1951 - August 18, 2022

Gloria P. Culp, age 71, of Richland passed away peacefully on August 18, 2022. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 16, 1951, the daughter of Zephine (Simpson) Culp and Robert Culp and graduated from Loy Norrix High School and Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Gloria was a longtime member of the Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Chapter of the Daughters of the...
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Ronald "Ronnie" Orrego

September 18, 1940 - August 15, 2022

Ronald "Ronnie" Orrego It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Ronald "Ronnie" Orrego. A beloved husband, uncle, and friend. Ronnie passed away while he was vacationing at Gull Lake in Michigan. Ronnie is survived by Ellen, his wife of 48 years and his nieces Wendi and Robin. Ronnie was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 18, 1940, to parents...
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Joseph Robert "Joe" Stanton

October 25, 1942 - August 15, 2022

Joseph Robert "Joe" Stanton, age 79, of Kalamazoo passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, August 15, 2022. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 25, 1942, the son of Robert J. and Sophie (Mikonczyk) Stanton. He was also raised by his step-mother, Mary (Ballard) Stanton. A tremendously gifted athlete, Joe starred in baseball, basketball, football and track at Jonesville High School...
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Walter F. Schmidt, Jr.

September 3, 1949 - August 13, 2022

Walter F. Schmidt, age 72, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2022. Walter was born September 3, 1949 in Kalamazoo. He was a great man that enjoyed golf, fishing and the casino. He worked for General Motors in Kalamazoo and surrounding areas. He was always there for anyone that needed a hand with whatever needed. He loved visiting and reminiscing with friends and family also. Walter is...
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Barbara L. Blondia

March 12, 1940 - August 12, 2022

Barbara Louise Hurtekant Blondia, 82, of Richland, passed away August 12, 2022 at Gull Arbor Senior Living. Barbara was born on March 12, 1940 in Mishawaka, IN to the late Madeline and Rudolph Hurtekant. Barbara grew up in the Mishawaka area and attended St. Bavos Catholic School through 8th grade. She graduated from Madison Township High School in 1958. She attended Holy Cross School of...
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Douglas Walker

August 11, 2022

Douglas Walker, age 95, of Richland passed away Thursday, August 11, 2022. Doug was born to George and Anne Walker in Liverpool, England. He moved to Canada with his mother, and a year later, they settled in Buffalo, New York. In 1957, Doug's career in finance led him to various cities and states, but he eventually ended up moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1960. After 20 years at Omni Credit...
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Dennis D. Hill

October 31, 1946 - August 8, 2022

Dennis D Hill, age 75, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away on August 8, 2022. He departed peacefully as he took his morning meal in the UpJohn Rehabilitation Facility, near the neighborhood in which he was raised. He worked for over 30 years at the U.S. Post Office facility both on Milham and on 9th street. A constant contributer to the Union Flash, Dennis was prolifically literary. Survived...
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Richard "Dick" Kik III

August 8, 1945 - August 8, 2022

Richard "Dick" Kik, III of Richland, MI Dick, age 77, died unexpectedly Monday morning, (his birthday) August 8, 2022 at his residence. Dick, the son of Dr. Richard and Betty Mae (Jackson) Kik, Jr., was born in Kalamazoo, MI on August 8, 1945; was a lifetime area resident and a 1963 graduate of Richland High School. He retired in 2007 after 19 years at Jarvis-Pemco, Inc....
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Lois I. (Swanson) Nafziger

November 8, 1925 - August 3, 2022

Lois I. (Swanson) Nafziger, age 96, of Richland, died peacefully Wednesday evening, August 3, 2022 at the Heritage Assisted Living of Battle Creek, MI with her loving family at her side. Lois, the daughter of Andrew and Edna (Shellenger) Swanson was born in Sioux City, IA on November 8, 1925 and attended schools in Sioux City and Cleghorn, Iowa. She was a dedicated wife and mother, but also...
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JoAnn E. Vrobel

May 18, 1933 - August 3, 2022

Whoever first used the words kind and caring must have just met our mother. Our mom, JoAnn E. (Banker) Vrobel passed away peacefully on August 3, 2022. JoAnn was born May 18, 1933 in Kalamazoo, MI. She lived her entire life, before marriage, in her much beloved Milwood. For many decades she met regularly with her cherished lifelong friends that she started kindergarten with at Milwood Elementary...
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Richard "Dick" Duane Slagell

January 29, 1937 - August 1, 2022

Richard "Dick" Duane Slagell died August 1, 2022, following a stroke one week earlier. He was born January 29, 1937, in St. Johns, Michigan, to Earl and Dorothy (Sharick) Slagell. At the age of 9 he was involved in an automobile crash that claimed the lives of his mother and grandmother. Several years later his father married Annabell (Kauffman) Slagell. Dick earned his BA in music from Goshen...
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Deborah Marie "Dr. Deb" Frett, D.C.

September 8, 1951 - August 1, 2022

Dr. Deborah Marie Frett, D.C., age 70, of Gull Lake and longtime Kalamazoo Chiropractor, passed away Monday morning, August 1, 2022. Deb's vision for her life was to "…Live, Live, Live - until it's my time to go - and then simply go to sleep and wake up on the Other Side" with God. A believer in Positive Thinking and Concept Therapy, she always looked for the good in people - knowing...
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Gloria Fern Osterling

October 25, 1931 - July 19, 2022

Gloria Fern Osterling, age 90, of Richland passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, July 19, 2022. Gloria was born in Plainwell, Michigan on October 25, 1931, the daughter of Glenn M. and Fern J. (Norris) Cutler and graduated from Augusta High School with the Class of 1949 and also graduated from the Bronson Methodist School of Nursing in 1952. Over the next 60 years, Gloria served as an RN...
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Nicholas DeAnda, Sr.

April 22, 1979 - July 17, 2022

Nicholas DeAnda was born in Kalamazoo, MI on April 22, 1979. He grew up surrounded by family that adored him and cousins that became best friends. Nick met his future wife, Beth (Marcus) at Gull Lake High School and had been inseparable since. They started their family in 1999 when their daughter Sydney Lissette was born. From the moment he saw her he spent every moment making sure she was...
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Richard Furst Newell

October 16, 1931 - July 14, 2022

Richard Furst Newell passed away on July 14th, 2022 at the age of 90. Some may remember him by his dapper seersucker suits, horn-rimmed glasses, and Panama hat- he was more than that. He was a tireless advocate for what is just, an adored husband, father, grandfather, and brilliant attorney. He left behind three daughters for whom he had the utmost care and compassion–giving them his most...
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Robert H. "Bob" Mabey

November 24, 1926 - July 6, 2022

Robert H. "Bob" Mabey, age 95, of Richland passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, July 6, 2022 at the Glenn Arbor Place in Battle Creek. Bob was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 24, 1926, the son of Royal Henry and Freda Ann (Pratt) Mabey. He faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy and retired from the United States Postal Service in 1986 after more...
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Zachary Wisniewski

September 30, 1999 - June 19, 2022

Zachary Wisniewski, 22 of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 19, 2022. He was born on September 30, 1999 to loving parents, Rodney and Heidi Wisniewski. He graduated from Gull Lake High School, Class of 2018 and went on to earn his associates degree at the University of Northwestern Ohio. After graduation he worked for Zeigler Chrysler Dodge for a year until he was...
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Judith E. Geary

October 4, 1945 - June 19, 2022

Judith Ellery (McHugh) Geary died June 19, 2022, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Judy was born October 4, 1945, in Highland Park, Michigan, the eldest child of Patrick Jerome "Jerry" and Barbara Jean (Smith) McHugh. Her family moved frequently in her early childhood, following her father's rise as an engineer in the automotive industry. She spent her high school years near Ann Arbor,...
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David S. Ticknor

December 23, 1941 - June 18, 2022

David S. Ticknor, 80, of Hickory Corners, died June 18, 2022. David was born December 23, 1941 in Battle Creek to Jack and Betty (Sherriff) Ticknor. He graduated from W.K. Kellogg Agricultural High School (Part of the Gull Lake Community School System) in 1960 and then he graduated from the University of Arizona with his undergraduate degree in 1965 and was a proud member of the Sigma Nu...
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Martha A. Kuch

February 22, 1940 - June 14, 2022

Martha A. Kuch, 82, of Hickory Corners, passed away June 14, 2022. Martha was born February 22, 1940 in Hudson, MI to John and Lorraine (Jugle) Walters. She grew up in the Otsego area and helped with the kindergarten music class and volunteered in the school library. This helped develop her love for music and education, which would shape the course of the rest of her life. Martha...
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Margaret R. Alford

November 2, 1937 - June 2, 2022

Margaret R. Alford, 84, of Richland, and formerly of North Port, FL., died June 2, 2022. Margaret was born November 2, 1937 in Jamestown, NY to Joseph and Gertrude (Covey) Bessey. She worked as a fashion consultant/sales for Gantos Boutique in Muskegon for many years. She won many sales awards and had clients user her services over and over. She later help the same position at Dillard's...
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Joyce L. Stacey

February 15, 1938 - June 1, 2022

Joyce Lee Stacey, age 83, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2021 with her family by her side after a short battle with cancer. Joyce was born February 15, 1938 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Meredith W. and Freda W. (Yonker) Vind. During her high school years, she was a camp counselor at the YWCA and worked at Woolworth's during the holiday season. She was a 1956...
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David R. Balcom

May 9, 1934 - May 21, 2022

David Richard Balcom, age 88, of Richland passed away Saturday, May 21, 2022. David was born May 9, 1934 in Coldwater to Horace and Marjorie (Baggerly) Balcom. He attended Western Michigan University and received his Master's degree in education. He was a public schools science teacher for over 30 years, primarily in the Kalamazoo Public Schools. He coached a variety of sports,...
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Sally J. Dodgson

November 6, 1932 - May 14, 2022

Sally Jean Dodgson Sally Jean (Clancy) Dodgson, of Richland, MI passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. She was born November 6, 1932 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to William L. and Bernice Clancy. Sally led a fulfilling life as a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend Sally's best times were spent with her family creating rituals and traditions that she enjoyed hosting. She...
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Carol J. Fleming

March 9, 1936 - May 6, 2022

Carol Jean Fleming, age 86, went onto her eternal home on Friday, May 6, 2022. Carol was born March 9, 1936 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Joe and Henrietta (Harmens) VanWerden. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1953 and went right into the workforce as the personal secretary for the Kalamazoo City Attorney. She retired as the office manager of Merchants Publishing Company in...
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John A. Pazderka

August 10, 1932 - May 4, 2022

John A. Pazderka of Kalamazoo, MI, and formerly of Omaha, NE August 10, 1932 - May 4, 2022. John, age 89, passed away May 4th, 2022, in Kalamazoo, MI after a brief illness. John will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather that loved to tease. He liked to have a beer (or two) and trap shoot (generally not at the same...
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Mary Marguerite (Haselton) Pazderka

December 15, 1931 - May 4, 2022

Mary Marguerite [Haselton] Pazderka of Kalamazoo, MI & formerly of Omaha, NE Mary, age 88, died Sunday evening, November 8th, 2020 at Friendship Village with her loving family at her side. Mary, the daughter of William R. and Marguerite M. (McSweeney) Haselton, was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 15th, 1931. She was a 1949 graduate of Omaha's Duchesne...
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William G. "Bill" Carley

January 24, 1942 - May 1, 2022

William G. "Bill" Carley, 80, of Hickory Corners, died May 1, 2022 at home with his family by his side. Bill was born January 24, 1942 in Battle Creek to R. Dale and Winnie (Betts) Carley. He graduated high school and eventually received his electrician license. Bill proudly served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy, sailing on the U.S.S. Saratoga. Bill married the former Bonnie Lackie...
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Deanne "Deanna" Lunardini

June 14, 1938 - April 30, 2022

Deanne "Deanna" Armstrong Lunardini Deanna Lunardini, age 83, passed away peacefully Saturday April 30, 2022 at Alamo Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family. Born, on June 14, 1938 in Monroe, Deanna was daughter of the late Percy J. Armstrong and Eudora (Bates) Armstrong DuRocher. She graduated in 1955 from St. Mary Academy in Monroe. Deanna's strong faith, love of family, feistiness...
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Dale David Stiemsma

February 8, 1940 - April 22, 2022

Dale David Stiemsma, age 82, of Richland died at home on April 22, 2022. He was born February 8, 1940 in Delton, Michigan and graduated from Delton Kellogg Schools and Western Michigan University. Dale married Mary Ann Love on April 21, 1961. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; son, Jeffery; daughter, Julie (Craig) Kragt; grandson, Mason Kragt; granddaughter, Josie Kragt; sisters-in-law,...
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Karen Jean (Lotts) Cody

June 12, 1960 - April 21, 2022

Karen Jean (Lotts) Cody went to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 21, 2022. Karen was born in Battle Creek on June 12, 1960 to William and Phyllis (Bruce) Lotts. She grew up on Sonoma Lake and attended Harper Creek High School. She was united in marriage to Steven Cody on September 19, 1996. She and her husband, Steve lived in Augusta for many years before moving back to Battle Creek. She...
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Donald R. "Don" Grubius

September 13, 1930 - April 20, 2022

Donald "Don" R. Grubius, age 91, of Richland, MI passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. He was born in Woodland, MI on September 13, 1930 the son of Ralph and Beula (Barnum) Grubius. Don graduated from Richland High School and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Naval Reserve. He retired from Consumers Power Company in 1990 after 40 years and then went...
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Florabelle "Belle" Samfilippo

January 20, 1927 - April 9, 2022

Florabelle "Belle" Samfilippo, age 95, of Hickory Corners passed away peacefully at home on Saturday morning, April 9, 2022. She was born in Hysota, Pennsylvania on January 20, 1927, the daughter of Martin and Rose (Jelsomeno) Busatti. Over the years, Belle worked at Knopp's Pharmacy, Norton Surgical Supply and the Hamburg Senior Center. Belle married the "Love of Her Life", Samuel "Sam"...
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John F. Kandler

May 15, 1964 - April 7, 2022

John F. Kandler, age 57, of Kalamazoo passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, April 7, 2022. He was born at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo on May 15, 1964, the loving son of Frederick "Fred" A. and Beverly "Bev" A. (Adams) Kandler. John graduated from Comstock High School and furthered his education at KVCC. He owned & operated Specialty Blasting in Kalamazoo for many years. John enjoyed...
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Anna "Marie" Wendzel

May 20, 1931 - March 25, 2022

Anna "Marie" (VanDrasek) Wendzel, age 90, of Richland reached her heavenly home on March 25, 2022, with her family by her side. She was born in Watervliet, Michigan, on May 20, 1931, the daughter of Adolph "Ake" and Marien (Yates) VanDrasek. Marie graduated from Watervliet High School with the class of 1949. As a wife, mother, and homemaker, she loving served her family with the joy of cooking...
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Virginia Mae Yancey

April 30, 1924 - March 14, 2022

Virginia Mae Yancey, age 97, of Kalamazoo passed away peacefully on Monday evening, March 14, 2022. She was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on April 30, 1924, the loving daughter of Simon Henry and Emma Margaret (Hoelscher) Hager. Virginia served as a seamstress at Fort Leonard Wood during WWII and then worked at Oberman & Company in Jefferson City. Virginia married Willie Frances...
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Caroline S. Lewis

August 29, 1946 - March 12, 2022

Caroline was born August 29, 1946 in Hastings, Michigan to H. Lowell & Lois M. (Clouse) Hofmeister. During her lifetime Caroline resided in Yorkville, South Haven, Richland, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Galesburg, Michigan as well as, Dayton, Ohio. Caroline attended Richland Schools, graduating from Richland High School in 1964. While growing up, Caroline was active in 4-H Club and won...
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Frances M. "Frannie" Higdon

January 16, 1955 - February 17, 2022

Frances Muriel (Kessler) "Frannie" Higdon of Richland, MI , age 67, died Thursday morning February 17, 2022 at her residence with her loving husband, Scott, at her side. Frannie, the daughter of George and Reba (Sisk) Kessler, was born in Indianapolis, IN on January 15, 1955 and moved to this area in 1990 from Pensacola, Fl, where her daughters were born. She was a 1973 graduate of Triton...
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Brian Carl Osterling

December 15, 1955 - February 14, 2022

Brian Carl Osterling, age 66, of Galesburg passed away peacefully at home on Monday evening, February 14, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on December 15, 1955, the son of Carl Fred and Gloria Fern (Cutler) Osterling. Brian graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School with the Class of 1974 and furthered his education at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Brian faithfully...
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Saylor Irene Scott

October 21, 2021 - February 5, 2022

Saylor Irene Scott was born on October 21, 2021 to her parents Betsy and Evan Scott and departed this world to live with Jesus on February 5, 2022. Saylor was their precious firstborn child and was dearly loved. Saylor passed peacefully at home surrounded by more love than any baby has ever received. Saylor was more than special. According to her doctors, she was the only little girl like...
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Arlene D. Gates

March 3, 1936 - February 4, 2022

Arlene D. Gates, age 85, of Richland passed away Friday, February 4, 2022. She was born in Plainwell, Michigan on March 3, 1936 and graduated from Plainwell Schools with the Class of 1954. On April 18, 1957, Arlene married Robert W. Gates; he sadly preceded her in death on September 25, 2003. She is survived by her children, Gary Gates of Richland, Laura (Larry) Bowen of Richland, Linda ...
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Franklin "Frank" Woodward

June 10, 1934 - February 3, 2022

Franklin "Frank" Lee Roy Woodward passed in his sleep on February 3, 2022. He was born June 10, 1934 to W. Jerry and Marion (Thompson) Woodward in Battle Creek. As a youth, Frank would spend his summers working on his grandfather's farm. Frank graduated in 1953 from Kellogg Agricultural High School. After graduation he started working for the American Fire Apparatus Company in Battle Creek,...
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Peter G. Knibloe

March 26, 1935 - January 23, 2022

Peter G. Knibloe, of Gull Lake, Michigan died Sunday, January 23, 2022, age 86. The son of John and Ruth (Dabbert) Knibloe, Pete was born in Jackson, Michigan on March 26, 1935. Pete married his college sweetheart, Carole Rice, on December 29, 1957 at Kanley Chapel in Kalamazoo. He is survived by a daughter, Jill (Richard) Wright of Idaho Falls, Idaho; two sons, Daniel Knibloe of Las Vegas,...
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Tammi S. Mallos

January 17, 1963 - January 22, 2022

Tammi S. Mallos, 59 of Richland, MI passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022 after a nearly 8-year battle with cancer. Tammi was born in Caledonia, MN, on January 17, 1963 to Duane and Marlene Howard. She grew up in Fountain, MN and attended high school in Rochester, MN. Following high school, Tammi graduated with a dual degree in Marketing and Music from Mankato State University. She moved...
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Samuel Samfilippo

May 18, 1921 - January 13, 2022

Samuel Samfilippo, age 100, of Hickory Corners passed away peacefully at his home on January 13, 2022. He was born in Jerome, Pennsylvania on May 18, 1921 the son of Louis and Margaret (Agnello) Samfilippo. Sam faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy during WWII and owned and operated Sam & Joe's Barber Shop in Lincoln Park, Michigan for nearly 60 years. He was...
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Harriette Ruth Griffith

April 29, 1928 - January 8, 2022

Harriette Ruth Griffith, age 93, of Hickory Corners, Michigan passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022. She was born to Harry and Ruth (Phelps) Kaier on April 29, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan. Harriette was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. She graduated with a Home Economics Degree from Michigan State University, where she met the love of her...
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Robert Walter Doral

September 17, 1946 - January 8, 2022

Robert W. Doral, 75 of Richland, MI passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Bob grew up in Rochester, MI and served honorably in the U.S. Navy (Vietnam War veteran). He married his beloved sweetheart Brenda Buban on August 23, 1975 and built a beautiful life for his family working as an automotive engineer. Bob was an avid fisherman, handyman, and cat lover. You could typically find him...
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Marilyn G. Rutherford

May 24, 1939 - December 26, 2021

Marilyn G. Rutherford, 82, of Galesburg, died peacefully Sunday, December 26, 2021 in her home. Marilyn was born May 24, 1939 in Boon, MI to Howard and Louise (Ostrander) Batt where she was the youngest of 9 siblings. Marilyn came to the Galesburg-Augusta area with her family in her senior year of high school where she met the love of her life, Marion Rutherford. They were united in marriage...
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Betty J. Kelly

January 4, 1928 - December 20, 2021

Betty J. Kelly, age 93, joined the love of her life in Heaven on December 20, 2021. Betty met her love in Gobles, MI, was married, and began life together in Niles. She devoted herself to her family, raising three daughters to emulate her in faith, courage, independence and kindness. She was generous and selfless, always putting others first, exemplifying humility. Betty became a...
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Helen A. Gault

February 12, 1926 - December 16, 2021

Helen A. Gault, age 95, of Kalamazoo and formerly of Richland passed away Thursday, December 16, 2021. She was born in New York City, New York on February 12, 1926, the daughter of Nathan and Sarah (Newburg) Perelstein. Helen graduated from Walton High School and attended the Drake Business School. She met her future husband, Robert "Bob" Gault on a beach in Miami, Florida and they were...
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Rosalie Jean (Penny) Phillips

March 15, 1939 - November 30, 2021

Rosalie Jean [Penny] Phillips of Richland, MI Rosalie, age 82, died Tuesday morning, November 30, 2021 at her residence with her loving children at her side. Rosalie, the daughter of Edgar R. and Virginia M. [Myers] Penny, Sr., was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 15, 1939; was lifetime resident and a 1957 graduate of Richland Agricultural High School. She and her husband, Skip, owned...
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Anna Mae (Kraus) Wunderly

October 25, 1933 - November 30, 2021

Anna Mae [Kraus] Wunderly of Kalamazoo, MI Anna, age 88, died Tuesday morning, November 30, 2021 at Beacon Pointe Assisted Living, Richland, MI with her loving family at her side. Anna, the daughter of George and Olga (Bartch) Kraus, was born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 25, 1933; was a 1951 graduate of Shaler High School, Pittsburgh and moved to Kalamazoo in 1967. She was employed...
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Dawn M. Clinton

April 28, 1971 - November 19, 2021

Dawn Marie Clinton, age 50 Dawn Clinton passed away November 19, 2021 at her home in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. Dawn was born April 28, 1971, the youngest child of Richard and Ruth Clinton. She graduated from Gull Lake High School in 1989 then attended Western Michigan University to study Secondary Education, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in 1995. She taught in the English...
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Marquieta D. Lubitz

September 27, 1937 - November 13, 2021

Marquieta D. Lubitz, 84, of Kalamazoo, went to be with her Lord on November 13, 2021. She was born on September 27, 1937 to Owen and Elda (Pemble) McFarlane and graduated from LaSalle High School in St. Ignace, Michigan. She is survived by her children, Cynthia (Robert) Stringer, William (Michele) Lubitz, Charles Lubitz, and Matthew Lubitz (Deanna Hupe) her grandchildren, Michael Hughes,...
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Gerald "Gerry" Evenson

August 14, 1945 - November 2, 2021

Gerald "Gerry" N. Evenson, 76, of Richland, died November 2, 2021. Gerry was born August 14, 1945 in Sac City, Iowa to Edward and Katherine (McMullen) Evenson. Gerry worked as a safety project manager at Pfizer for many years. He is survived by his wife, Mary and his son, Jeff Evenson. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Farley...
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Carl Fred Osterling

October 25, 1927 - October 25, 2021

Carl Fred Osterling, age 94, of Richland passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, October 27, 2021. Carl was born in Ross Township, Michigan on October 25, 1927 the youngest son of Charles M. and Edna L. (Allison) Osterling and graduated from Augusta High School with the Class of 1946 and continued his education at Argubright Business College. Carl faithfully served his country as...
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Donald "Garry" Martin

April 13, 1951 - October 14, 2021

Donald "Garry" Martin, loving father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away on October 14, 2021, at the age of 70. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Greg. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Martin of Grand Rapids; two brothers, Randy Martin of Portage and Rob (Michelle) Martin of Kentwood; sister-in-law, Jan (Greg) Martin of Otsego; two special aunts, Jean ...
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Scott J Bartholomew

March 25, 1971 - October 11, 2021

Scott J Bartholomew, age 50, of Dowling went to be with his Lord & Savior on Monday afternoon, October 11, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Vicksburg, Michigan on March 25, 1971, the son of Jerry and Bonnie (McGowan) Bartholomew. He graduated from Climax-Scotts High School with the Class of 1989 and continued his education at Cornerstone University. Scott worked for 30 years at...
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Frederick S. "Fred" Spencer

September 3, 1924 - October 6, 2021

Frederick "Fred" S. Spencer, 97, of Kalamazoo, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2021. He was born September 3, 1924 in Ottuma, Iowa to Glen and Nellie (Sallee) Spencer, and grew up in the Kalamazoo area, where his family moved when he was a young boy. Fred proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was wounded in the Pacific and received the Purple Heart and...
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Ethel Marie Snyder

September 10, 1930 - October 6, 2021

Ethel Marie Snyder, age 91, of Augusta and formerly of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, October 6, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on September 10, 1930, the loving daughter of Elbert and Elva (Machin) Godde. Ethel was united in marriage to Clinton D. "Clint" Snyder in Augusta, Michigan on September 25, 1948; he sadly preceded her in death on May 11, 2010. ...
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Ruth M. Berry

August 2, 1941 - October 4, 2021

Ruth M. Berry, age 80, of Richland died Monday evening, October 4, 2021 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born in Bloomington, Illinois on August 2, 1941, the daughter of Arthur and Lillian (Jett) Barling. She was a resident of this area since 1972 and worked for more than 30 years in the commercial construction industry, retiring in 2007. Ruth is survived by her...
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Mary Louise "Mary Lou" (Kline) DeRyder

April 12, 1928 - October 4, 2021

Mary Louise "Mary Lou" (Kline) DeRyder of New Tripoli, PA and formerly of Richland, MI Mary Lou, age 93, died Monday morning, October 4, 2021 at her daughter's residence in New Tripoli with her loving family at her side. Mary Lou, the daughter of Harold and Lois (Houts) Kline, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on April 12, 1928 and was a 1946 graduate of Western Michigan High School. ...
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Thurmon Bowker

May 8, 1938 - October 3, 2021

Thurmon Bowker, 83, of Richland, died October 3, 2021 at his residence. Thurm was born May 8, 1938 in Howlandsburg, MI to Loyal and Corabelle (Machin) Bowker. He graduated from Richland High School in 1957. Shortly after high school, Thurm married the former Nancy Ann Buddemeier in 1958. Thurm started Cavalier Electric in Richland in 1978 and ran it for many years, retiring in 2003, and...
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Linda Lee Standish

October 17, 1939 - September 28, 2021

Linda Lee Standish, age 81, of Kalamazoo passed away Tuesday morning, September 28, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. She was born in Allegan, Michigan on October 17, 1939, the loving daughter of Forest Charles and MettaBelle (Hillman) Peabody and graduated from Martin High School in Stuart, Florida. Linda worked for several years at the Ohio Casualty Insurance Company and Western...
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Bret Richard Liggett

January 18, 1962 - September 23, 2021

Bret R. Liggett, 59, of Augusta, passed away on September 23, 2021. Bret was born January 18, 1962 in Kalamazoo to William and Barbara (Ward) Liggett. He was a 1980 graduate of Gull Lake High School, served honorably in the United States Army, and later graduated from Spring Arbor University. He worked for many years as an insurance claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance and also co-owned...
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Sally Elizabeth Byrne

May 18, 1926 - September 22, 2021

Sally Elizabeth Byrne of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Delton, MI Sally, age 95, died Wednesday morning, September 22, 2021 at The Vineyards, Kalamazoo with her two daughters at her side. Sally was born in Kalamazoo on May 18, 1926; was a 1944 graduate of Galesburg High School and was a lifetime area resident. She retired in 1991 after 30+ years of faithful service, finishing her tenure...
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William Kreeger DeMink

November 29, 1992 - September 16, 2021

William Kreeger DeMink, 28, born November 29, 1992, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday evening, September 16, 2021. He was a beloved son to Peter and Nancy DeMink and brother to Kaylee DeMink and Casey DeMink. He was adored by his grandparents Bill and Ruth Woolpert. He was loved very much by his Unlce Mike and Aunt Marty, cousins Cory and Holly Hooper in California, and...
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Erwin C. Kelly , Jr.

April 19, 1922 - September 8, 2021

Loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Erwin went to Heaven Wednesday, September 8, 2021. His life's motto, "anything worth doing is worth doing correctly the first time" was depicted in his life. He was strong, honest, kind and loving to all blessed to know him. He attended WMU before military service called. His love for flying began in the Army Air Corps in 1944 in...
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Frank T. Stratton, Jr.

July 17, 1942 - September 8, 2021

Frank Stratton, age 79, of Marco Island, FL passed on September 8th, 2021. He was the loving husband of Georgia (Trinka) to whom he was married for over 55 years. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to Frank and Myrtle (Soehle) Stratton. An exceptional student, Frank was selected to attend Central High School in downtown Philadelphia and Ursinus College. His passion for helping people led to...
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Robert A. Nash

November 30, 1939 - September 3, 2021

Robert Austin Nash, 81, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2021. He was born as a son to Harold and Katharine (Osborne) Nash in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, on November 30, 1939. After graduating from Media High School in 1957, Bob attended Delaware Valley College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1966. He received a Master's Degree in management from Nazareth...
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Jamieson "Jamie" Petter Michael

August 18, 1952 - August 12, 2021

In the early morning of August 12, 2021, Jamieson Petter Michael 68, lost her long brave battle with cancer dying in her Richland home of 43 years, surrounded by her husband Phil and their loyal cat Ninja. Jamie was born August 18th. 1952 and raised in Holland MI, the eldest of three amazing daughters of Jay Petter and Carol (TenBroek)Petter (deceased). Her sisters, Stephanie (Rick) Garrett...
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James M. Deal

August 4, 1971 - July 21, 2021

James M. Deal, age 49, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Texas on July 21, 2021. James is survived by his children, Caroline, Jackson, and Olivia; his parents, James R. "Bob" and Gloria (Serbu) Deal of Plainwell, MI; and sister, Terri (Dustin) Johnson and their children, Aiden and Ansley of Atlanta, GA. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James W. & Mary E. Deal and Eli & Anna...
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Todd W. Polmanteer

July 16, 1964 - July 21, 2021

Todd W. Polmanteer, age 57, of Hickory Corners passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday morning, July 21, 2021. He was born in Kalamazoo on July 16, 1964 and graduated from Comstock High School with the Class of 1983. Todd owned & operated Polmanteer Construction for many years and recently retired from the Skywood Recovery Center in March 2021. Todd married...
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Jack Donald Salisbury

February 18, 1934 - July 20, 2021

Jack Donald Salisbury, age 87, of Kalamazoo passed away Tuesday evening, July 20, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. He was born in Battle Creek on February 18, 1934, the son of Leon and Gertrude (Hawkins) Salisbury and graduated from Comstock High School with the Class of 1955. Jack faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army and retired from James River...
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William Edward "Bill" Kanthack

September 21, 1970 - July 9, 2021

William Edward "Bill" Kanthack, age 50, of Kalamazoo passed away Friday afternoon, July 9, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital after a long fought battle with Cancer. He was born in Port Huron, Michigan at Mercy Hospital on September 21, 1970, the son of Steve and Glazier "Gay" (Weakland) Kanthack. Bill served in the United States Navy and then worked as a CDL Truck Driver for more than 20 years...
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David Lee Fox

January 16, 1940 - June 27, 2021

David Lee Fox passed away suddenly on June 27, 2021. He was born January 16, 1940 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Ira Lee and Ruth (Bury) Fox. Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He married the love of his life, Barbara Grant, on June 20, 1964. He retired from Schawk Graphics in Kalamazoo in 2005. ...
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Lorence "Larry" Huggett

May 31, 1922 - June 21, 2021

Lorence "Larry" Huggett, 99, of Kalamazoo, MI, died peacefully Monday June 21, 2021, with his family at his side. Larry the son of John & Florence (Huggett) Chenery was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 31, 1922. He was raised by his grandparents Charles & Sarah Huggett. In 1941 he graduated from Richland Agriculture School and enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and honorably served...
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Camille Irene Lawrence

May 25, 1929 - June 15, 2021

Camille Irene Lawrence of Gull Lake (Augusta), Michigan was the first child born to Claude and Ruth Smith, in Kalamazoo, MI on May 25, 1929. Two siblings followed, Sherry (Miller) and Daniel. She was raised in the Episcopal Church and carried those beliefs throughout her life. All members of her childhood family have been waiting for her in heaven. Camille was a social butterfly. Everyone who...
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Edgar Lee Smith

April 22, 1945 - June 6, 2021

Edgar L. Smith, 76, of Richland, died June 6, 2021 at Borgess Medical Center. Eddie was born April 22, 1945 in Kalamazoo to Aaron and Geneva (Underwood) Smith. Eddie served his country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps and then went to Western Michigan University where he received his engineering degree. He worked as an engineer for the UpJohn Company until his retirement in 2001. Eddie...
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Robert Lynn "Bob" Mason

April 17, 1952 - June 1, 2021

Robert Lynn "Bob" Mason, age 68, of Augusta, Michigan passed away on December 20th, 2020 after losing his battle with Alzheimer's. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Bob was a graduate of Gull Lake High School, class of 1970, where he excelled in athletics, playing basketball, football, and track. He grew up in the Midland Park area on Gull Lake and loved to spend time on the lake with friends...
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Nathan Murphy-DuBay

April 25, 1981 - May 27, 2021

Nathan Murphy-DuBay April 25, 1981 – May 27, 2021 Nathan Murphy-DuBay, recently of Richland, Michigan, was born in Kalamazoo on April 25, 1981. He died in Kalamazoo County on May 27, 2021. He leaves behind his wife Kristin and a young child. He is survived by his father, Mark DuBay and his wife, Cece Walbridge, of South Haven Michigan; two brothers, Nicholas Murphy-DuBay, of Rochester,...
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Margaret L. (Afman) Bostwick

January 14, 1932 - May 22, 2021

Margaret L. (Afman) Bostwick, age 89, of Augusta went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, May 22, 2021. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 14, 1932, the daughter of Martinus and Martha (Ritsema) Afman. Margaret graduated from Plainwell High School with the Class of 1949 and furthered her education at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. She retired from Knappen...
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Randall R. Lehrke

March 7, 1946 - April 25, 2021

Randall Ray Lehrke, 75, passed away quietly in his sleep on April 25th, 2021. He was born on March 7, 1946 to his loving parents Elmer and Lucille (Frisbie) Lehrke and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. He is survived by one older brother, Ron Lehrke. Randall was most proud of his four children, June Becerra, John (Davena) Lehrke, Randall Lehrke Jr., and Jennifer Swartz. He had 12...
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Wesley Clair "Wes" Hungerford

December 19, 1925 - April 25, 2021

Wesley C. Hungerford, 95, of Augusta, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family. Wes was born December 19, 1925, to Clair and Fern (VanHorn) Hungerford. He graduated from Kellogg Agricultural School in 1944. He spent most of his life on the Hungerford Centennial Farm in Ross Township, Michigan. Wes held a variety of jobs, including driving the school bus...
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