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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

Burrel Foster Stults

November 27, 1936 - November 25, 2020

Burrel Foster Stults, 83, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home, with his family at his side, on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. A full obituary will be published here. If you have any questions prior to that please call us at 269-962-5527. Personal remembrances or messages for the family may be placed here at
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Earl A. Meier

November 18, 1954 - November 23, 2020

Earl A. "Sparky" Meier III, 66, of Richland, died unexpectedly on Monday at his home. He was born November 18, 1954 in Kalamazoo, the son of Earl A. II and Regina Rose (Arva) Meier. A complete family obituary will appear here at a later date.
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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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Teddy Paul Tomkinson

May 10, 1950 - November 18, 2020

Teddy Paul Tomkinson 70, of Battle Creek, 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 cheering for the Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Tigers...
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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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Gerald "Jerry" Bunce

June 8, 1942 - November 10, 2020

Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Bunce, age 78, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 10, 2020 after a brief illness. Jerry was born on June 8, 1942 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Clair and Audree (Williams) Bunce and twin brother of Charles. He grew up in Battle Creek and, after graduating from Springfield High School in 1960, he proudly joined the United States Air Force. He trained as...
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Beth Anne (Taylor) Junker

May 8, 1968 - November 9, 2020

Beth Anne (Taylor) Junker, 52, of Richland, Michigan died unexpectedly at Ascension Borgess Hospital on Monday, November 9, 2020. Beth was born May 8, 1968 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the daughter of James O. and Betty J. (Poe) Taylor. Beth grew up in Kalamazoo, graduated from Gull Lake High School and earned an Associate's Degree. She was currently employed as a sales administrator in customer...
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Eldon H. "Nick" Nicholls

November 29, 1938 - November 7, 2020

Eldon H. "Nick" Nicholls, age 81, of Battle Creek died at home on Saturday afternoon, November 7, 2020. Nick was born November 29, 1938 in Battle Creek, MI to Lloyd and Amanda Nicholls. He retired from the Battle Creek V.A. Medical Center after more than 25 years of service. Nick married Joyce Ann Rowse on May 4, 1957; she sadly preceded him in death on June 10, 2017. He is survived by...
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Sandra Sue "Sandy" (Hixon) Noteboom Wood

July 3, 1938 - November 7, 2020

Sandra Sue "Sandy" (Hixon) Noteboom Wood, 82, of Galesburg and formerly of Augusta died peacefully at Rose Arbor Hospice with her family at her side. Sandy was born July 3, 1938 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Walter Luzern and Bertha Rose (DeVries) Hixon. She grew up at Gull Lake Franklin Beach and was a 1955 graduate of WK Kellogg Agricultural School. She received her...
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Virginia M. Hensley

January 24, 1923 - November 4, 2020

Virginia M. Hensley, 97, a Battle Creek resident and local educator for 40 years, died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. She was born January 24, 1923 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan the daughter of Lee G. and Edna M. (Fisher) Hensley. She grew up in Mt. Pleasant and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Central Michigan University. She...
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Suzanne Biltz

December 27, 1927 - November 2, 2020

Suzanne Biltz, 92, of Battle Creek, died November 2 at home surrounded by her family. Suzanne was born December 27, 1927 in Paris, France to Maurice and Renee (Tacouni) Guini. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed cooking, dancing and music. Suzanne is survived by her husband, William Biltz; her three children, Renee (Tom) Powers, Roy (Sue) Penney and Kitty (Jay) Patterson;...
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Melodi Ann "Mel" Dulyea

January 22, 1958 - November 1, 2020

Melodi Ann "Mel" Dulyea, age 62, of Athens passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, November 1, 2020 with her loving family at her side. She was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on January 22, 1958, the daughter of Anthony C. and Carol A. (Hansen) Cushman. Mel graduated from Sault Ste. Marie High School in 1976 and received her Masters in Education from Western Michigan University. A...
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Jeffrey M. Lake

October 29, 1976 - October 28, 2020

Jeffrey M. "Jeff" Lake, age 43, of Battle Creek, was taken from us unexpectedly on October 28th. He was born on October 29, 1976 to Terrie Gammons (Mulgrew) and Gordon Gray in Battle Creek. Jeff graduated from Lakeview High School and went on to receive his Master's Degree in Business. Jeff married the "Love of His Life", Melanie Lake (Martens) in 2004 and they have three beautiful daughters...
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Donald D. Carstens

May 25, 1935 - October 28, 2020

Donald D. Carstens passed away with quiet dignity at his home on October 28, 2020. Don was born May 25, 1935, the youngest of eight children to William and Gertrude (Duden) Carstens (both deceased) in Williams, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn; brothers, Herman and William; sisters, Agnes, Evelyn and Dorothy. His surviving brother, Harold resides in Iowa and sister,...
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John Wheeler "Jack" Raseman

February 26, 1930 - October 27, 2020

Jack Raseman of Gull Lake (Augusta), MI Jack, age 90, passed away peacefully with family at his bedside on Tuesday evening, October 27, 2020 Jack was born in Kalamazoo and graduated from Kalamazoo Central. After college, he joined the United States Air Force, where he met the love of his life, Gwen, in Germany and they were married on St. Patrick's Day in 1956. Jack & Gwen owned...
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Donald Wilson "Don" Shive

March 21, 2020 - October 26, 2020

Donald Wilson "Don" Shive of Battle Creek, MI Don, age 79, died unexpectedly Monday morning, October 26, 2020 at his residence. Don, the son of Richard Wilson and Juanita Marie (Long) Shive, was born in Goshen, IN on March 21, 1941; moved to this area shortly after birth and was a 1958 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He served his Country honorably and nobly during...
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Roger Dale Boyer

July 21, 1950 - October 25, 2020

Roger Dale Boyer of Battle Creek, MI Roger, age 70, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, October 25, 2020 at his son, Dwayne's residence. Roger, the son of James M. and Erma J. (Hendricks) Boyer, III was born in Quincy, IL on July 21, 1950 and moved to this area in 1972. He served his Country honorably and nobly during the Vietnam War (1969-1972) in the United States Army. Roger retired in...
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Linda L. Potter

July 23, 1948 - October 24, 2020

Linda L. Potter, 72, of Battle Creek, died October 24, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek. Linda was born July 23, 1948 in Battle Creek to Paul and Hazel (Kinney) Potter. She graduated high school and worked at various businesses across the area as a secretary. When Linda was younger, she enjoyed roller skating and most recently liked to crochet, do puzzles and work with plastic canvas. She...
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John Tedrow, Jr.

January 5, 1925 - October 23, 2020

John Tedrow, Jr., 95, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Brookdale Memory Care. John was born January 5, 1925 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of John and Mary Ellen (Thoms) Tedrow, Sr. he attended Battle Creek Central High School. He then honorably served our country in the U.S. Army from March of 1943 until December of 1945. He served in the...
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Larry Sulgrove Anderson

March 6, 1941 - October 21, 2020

Larry Sulgrove Anderson, 79, died on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 with his wife and daughter at his side in their Battle Creek home. Larry was born March 6, 1941 in Chicago, Ill. to Earl D. and Mary Lucille (Sulgrove) Anderson. Larry graduated from Grosse Ile High School in 1959, where he began a life-long friendship with a Japanese exchange student, Yoshiko. He then earned his BA in Political...
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Nelson Eddy Weaver, Jr.

February 16, 1968 - October 21, 2020

Nelson Eddy Weaver Jr. died October 21, 2020 unexpectedly at home. He was born February 16, 1968 the son of Nelson E. Weaver, Sr. and Mary (Wood) Davis, in Battle Creek. He is survived by his three children, Amber Erskine (Eric Collins), Benjamin Bax, Nelson Eddie Weaver III and three grandchildren. Nelson loved to go camping, playing with his grandchildren, playing games, being outdoors...
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John S. Golda

September 3, 1957 - October 20, 2020

John S. Golda passed away on October 20th 2020, at the age of 63, following a battle with chronic health conditions. John leaves behind the members of his immediate family: brothers Tony, Fred and Mike, daughter Kelly, Kelly's mother Ellen; as well as many dear family and friends. Born September 3rd, 1957 in Hamtramck, Michigan, John was the third of four brothers born to Anthony Golda and Stella...
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David Mark Finney

December 18, 1970 - October 20, 2020

David Mark Finney, 49, of Battle Creek died suddenly at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Dave was born December 18, 1970 in Whitesburg, Kentucky the son of Richard L. and Sandra Jean (Harnish) Finney. He was currently employed as a Tugger for FedEx Ground in their Kalamazoo facility. Surviving are his son, Nicholas Richard "Nick" Finney of Battle Creek; a...
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Sang Kip

March 6, 1953 - October 20, 2020

On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, (Monica) Sang Kip, 67, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend to many went to be with her Lord and Savior. Sang passed away unexpectedly from a car accident this morning. Sang, daughter of Hluan Lian and Tial Hngel, was born on March 6, 1953 in Lumbang Village, Falam, Myanmar (Burma). She is survived by her mother, Tial Hngel, three sisters, May Yu, Veronica...
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Donna and Jerry Castleberry

October 18, 2020

Donna and Jerry Castleberry, passed away hand in hand, Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital due to complications from Covid-19. They were married at a young age, spent a lifetime together and entered into eternal rest together. Donna was born February 2, 1938 in Battle Creek to Donald and Alice (Cross) McConnohie. Jerry was born October 29, 1941 in Battle Creek to Lennie and...
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Jason Adam Park

February 17, 1971 - October 17, 2020

Jason Adam Park, 49 of Battle Creek died on Saturday, October 17, 2020, due to injuries sustained in a single car accident on Uldricks Road in Bedford Township. Jason was born February 17, 1971 in Battle Creek the son of John Joseph and Sheila Gale (Hayes) Park. He grew up in Battle Creek, was a 1989 graduate of Springfield High School and attended Kellogg Community College briefly. He was...
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Patricia Ann Bartow

June 6, 1937 - October 17, 2020

Patricia Ann "Pat" (Kidder) Bartow, 83 of Battle Creek, MI died peacefully at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Pat was born June 6, 1937, in Port Huron, MI the daughter of Chester B. and Mildred F. (Moak) Kidder. She grew up on a family farm near Marysville, MI was a 1955 graduate of Marysville High School and earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from Central...
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Virginia "Anne" Perry

October 11, 1937 - October 16, 2020

Virginia "Anne" Perry, age 83, of Battle Creek, died Friday evening, October 16, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Battle Creek on October 11, 1937, the daughter of Paul and Esther (Wiles) Parsons and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. At the age of 16, Anne began working as an administrative assistant in the accounting department at Consolidated Packaging...
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Kathleen Rita (Wallace) Harris

July 19, 1935 - October 15, 2020

Kathleen Rita (Wallace) Harris, 85, of Battle Creek died peacefully, with family at her side, at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Kathleen was born July 19, 1935 in Jackson, Michigan to Harold and Erma (Bunker) Wallace. She grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1953. Kathleen was employed briefly at the Ralston...
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John E. Vaughn

March 24, 1953 - October 12, 2020

John E. Vaughn, age 67, of Battle Creek, passed away Monday evening October 12, 2020 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. He was born in Battle Creek on March 24, 1953, the son of Frederick E. and Laurene E. (Badger) Vaughn and attended Battle Creek Public Schools. John retired from the Kellogg Company in 2006 after more than 36 years of service. John is survived by his...
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Clyde "John" Logan

October 13, 1930 - October 12, 2020

Clyde "John" Logan, age 89, of Battle Creek died just minutes short of his 90th birthday on Monday evening, October 12, 2020. He was born in Grover Hill, Ohio on October 13, 1930, the son of Clyde and Anna Hazel (Blackmore) Logan. John grew up in Emmett Township and attended the old one-room Redbrick School House, was a 1949 graduate of Marshall High School and attended Western Michigan...
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Carol Ann (King) Spoor

December 21, 1938 - October 11, 2020

Carol Ann Spoor, 81 died peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Bronson B.C. Carol was born December 21, 1938 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Charles and Margaret (MacLennan) King. She was a 1951 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended WMU, as well as KCC where she received her Associates Degree. Later she returned to work for the...
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Gary William Bleyer

May 26, 1945 - October 10, 2020

Gary William Bleyer of Richland, MI Gary, age 75, was born in Grand Rapids, MI and died in Richland, MI on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Gary served his Country honorably and nobly during the Vietnam War in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He was a Sergeant assigned to the 72nd Field Maintenance Squadron (SAC). He married Lyndell in 1972 and received his BSW from...
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Richard J. Church

December 27, 1918 - October 10, 2020

Richard J. Church, 101, died October 10, 2020 in Battle Creek. Richard was born December 27, 1918 in Marshall, MI., the son of Clem C. and Edna S. Church. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1936. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II with overseas tours of duty in Saipan and Iwo Jima. In 1946 he married Frances C. Ford of Battle Creek. He was co...
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James Michael "Mike" Bateman

May 1, 1966 - October 9, 2020

James Michael "Mike" Bateman, 54, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at Bronson Methodist Hospital on October 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Mike was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on May 1, 1966 to Lloyd and Anne (Holtzclaw) Bateman. He was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, graduated from Pennfield High School, Kellogg Community College, and would have completed his...
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Nancy Ellen (Donham) Gossner

February 3, 1941 - October 6, 2020

Nancy E. (Donham) Gossner, age 79, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo after a long battle with cancer. She was born February 3, 1941 in Charlotte, Michigan to Loren (Bud) and Ellen (Bruch) Donham. Nancy grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan, graduating from Battle Creek Central High School in 1959. She left Battle Creek to live and...
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Gary Kalvin "Skeeter" McCrimmon

September 17, 1980 - October 4, 2020

Gary Kalvin "Skeeter" McCrimmon, age 40, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 4, 2020. He was born in Battle Creek on September 17, 1980, the son of Gary C. and Paula J. (Newburn) McCrimmon. Gary graduated from Pennfield High School and worked for several years at Denso Manufacturing. Gary loved his dogs who greeted him at Heaven's gates (Gibby, Dom, Rufus, and Kalvin). ...
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Jimmie Lee Woods

February 5, 1951 - October 1, 2020

Jimmie Lee Woods of Anchorage, Alaska passed away unexpectedly on October 1, 2020. He was 69 years old. At a very young age, Jimmie, his mother, and siblings moved to Hamilton, Ohio. After the death of his mother, at the age of 15, Jimmie moved to Muskegon, Michigan to be with his aunts and uncles, who all stepped in to care for him and his brother like their own children. There, he attended...
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Winston Hrangthawng

February 15, 1942 - October 1, 2020

Winston Hrangthawng, age 78, of Springfield, unexpectedly went to be with his Lord & Savior on Thursday morning, October 1, 2020. He was born in Lumbang, Chin State, Burma on February 15, 1942, the loving son of Suak Lian and Ngun Thluai. Winston was a founding member of the Gospel Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and helping others in need. Winston is survived by his...
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Gladys Holstrom

March 28, 1914 - September 29, 2020

Gladys Holstrom, age 106, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, September 29, 2020. She was born in Newfoundland on March 28, 1914, the second of eight children. She came to the United States at age seven and lived in many states before settling in Battle Creek in 1936 with her husband, Arthur. Gladys worked at Shane's Ladies Apparel for 25years until they closed. She then became a hospital...
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Gene Russell Phillips

July 26, 1931 - September 29, 2020

Gene Russell Phillips of Battle Creek, MI Gene, age 89, died Tuesday morning, September 29, 2020 at his residence with his loving family at his side following a lengthy illness. Gene, the son of Glenn G. and Eva M. (VanOrden) Phillips, was born in Battle Creek on July 26, 1931 and was a lifetime resident. He served his Country honorably and nobly during the Korean War...
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Margaret Ann "Maggie" or "Ann Magg Parsons" Parsons

June 27, 1946 - September 28, 2020

Margaret Ann (Organ) Parsons, 74, a lifelong Battle Creek, Michigan resident, died peacefully at her residence on Monday, September 28, 2020. Margaret or Maggie, or Ann Magg Parsons as she was known on Facebook, was born June 27, 1946 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Keith V. and Marjorie E. (Perkins) Organ. She was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended...
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Mary M. Clark

October 31, 1927 - September 28, 2020

Mary M. Clark, age 92, of Battle Creek, went to be with the Lord on September 28, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on October 31, 1927, the daughter of Bertram and Alma (Crockett) King. Early in life she and her parents moved to Evanston, Illinois and later to Davenport, Iowa. Due to her father's illness they moved to Blissfield, Michigan where she graduated from Blissfield High School. She...
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Summer Lynn Woodin

August 29, 1998 - September 28, 2020

Summer Lynn Woodin, age 22, died unexpectedly at her home on Monday morning, September 28th after having a seizure. She was born in Battle Creek on August 29, 1998, to Richard "Rich" Woodin and Sandra "Sandi" (Cox) Woodin. Summer is survived by her beautiful 4-year old daughter, Aubree Marie Antes; her parents; her brother, Taylor; her sister, Jessica; her grandparents, Linda and Robert ...
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James Burton DeKam

December 30, 1942 - September 26, 2020

James Burton DeKam, 77, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Saturday, September 26, 2020. James was born December 30, 1942 in Portage, Michigan, the son of Burton and Helen (Jurgenson). He grew up in Portage and joined the U.S. Air Force. He trained in electronics and worked on aeronautical electrical systems, serving in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Jim...
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Victor Rafael "Vic" Carattini

February 15, 1928 - September 23, 2020

Victor Rafael Carattini, age 92, formerly of Battle Creek, and now of Southport, NC, passed peacefully in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept 23, 2020. Victor was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, February 15th, 1928, to Rafael Carattini Gonzalez and Ana Virginia Orozco(Najarro). Victor was the eldest and last remaining survivor of five siblings. Although never enlisted, Victor grew up in...
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Joseph Richard "Joe" Domenico

November 9, 1938 - September 23, 2020

Joseph Richard Domenico passed away peacefully on September 23, 2020 at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born in Rome, New York on November 9, 1938 to Philip and Lucy (Mack) Domenico. Joe was raised in Rome, New York. Joe honorably served his country in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960. After his service he returned to Rome and met the love of his life Mary Elizabeth. ...
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Gloria Elaine (Bowers) Allen

September 15, 1931 - September 22, 2020

Gloria Elaine (Bowers) Allen of Battle Creek, MI Gloria, age 89, died Tuesday afternoon, September 22, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Gloria was the daughter of Philip and Alice (Rocho) Bowers. She was born in Marshall, MI on September 15, 1931. She was a long-time area resident and a 1949 graduate of Marshall High School. Gloria was united in marriage to Wendell...
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Francis Howard Lordson

October 2, 1939 - September 22, 2020

Francis H. Lordson, 80 of Vermontville and formerly of Pickford MI died peacefully at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Francis was born October 2, 1939 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan the son of Alfred and Agnes Lordson Francis was employed as a laborer in the Laborer's Union Local 998/499 from 1960-1998. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and...
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Christopher A. "Chris" Vogt

January 30, 1960 - September 20, 2020

Christopher A. Vogt, 60, passed away at home on Sunday, September 20, 2020 as the result of an accidental gun discharge. Chris was born January 30, 1960 in Battle Creek, the son of Floyd Duane and Marie Ann "Nancy" (Keating) Vogt. He attended St. Philip Elementary and was a 1978 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Chris was a skilled mechanic who enjoyed fixing anything with an...
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Daniel Louis "Dan" Wolney

December 31, 1946 - September 20, 2020

Daniel Louis "Dan" Wolney, 73 of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at home on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Dan was born December 31, 1946 in Battle Creek the son of Raymond Joseph and Dorothy Eva (Mezak) Wolney. He attended St. Joseph Elementary and was a 1965 graduate of Lakeview High School. Dan was drafted in 1967 and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was...
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Shelby Jean (Ryan) Cowham

September 15, 1942 - September 20, 2020

Shelby Jean (Ryan) Cowham of Battle Creek, MI Shelby Jean (Ryan) Cowham, age 78, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday evening, September 19, 2020, at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. She was born September 15, 1942 in Crawford, TN, the daughter of Ross Austin and Pearl Margaret (Wright) Ryan. The family moved to the Battle Creek area in 1955. She...
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Judyann "Judy" Hewkin

October 29, 1946 - September 19, 2020

Judyann "Judy" Hewkin, age 73, of Kalamazoo and formerly of Richland went Home to her Heavenly Father on Saturday afternoon, September 19, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on October 29, 1946, the daughter Charles E. and Gladys E. (Whaley) Grace. Judy graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1965 and furthered her education at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She...
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Gentry Ray Hammons

August 27, 1943 - September 16, 2020

Gentry Ray Hammons, 77, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. He fought cerebral palsy bravely all of his life. Gentry was born August 27, 1943 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Owen R. and Virginia M. (Chase) Hammons. He was a 1962 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, graduated from Argubright...
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C. Maxine (Williams) Rupert

March 8, 1923 - September 14, 2020

C. Maxine (Williams) Rupert, 97, of Battle Creek died peacefully Monday evening, September 14, 2020, at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. Clora Maxine Williams was born March 8, 1923 in Springfield, Missouri to Luther and Georgie (White) Williams. Maxine grew up in Springfield Missouri where she graduated from high school. She also met the love of her life there. C. Maxine...
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Ruth Marie (Burton) Smothers

October 19, 1931 - September 13, 2020

Ruth Marie (Burton) Smothers of Battle Creek, MI Ruth left this life on Sunday morning, September 13, 2020. Ruth was born to Thomas and Mildred Burton in Bellevue, Michigan on October 19, 1931, where she grew up and attended school with her 7 siblings. Ruth met and married the love of her life, Roy Smothers and married in 1948. The Battle Creek area became their home....
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Debra Sue Hammock

June 12, 1953 - September 12, 2020

Debra Sue "Debbie" Hammock, age 67, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday morning, September 12, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on June 12, 1953, the daughter of Levi A. and Eleanor (Wygant) Hammock and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Debbie retired from Mercy Pavilion where she worked as a CNA for several years and then worked as a security guard at 40 Cal Kennels. ...
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Bernard Thomas "Bernie" Youngblood

October 13, 1941 - September 11, 2020

Bernard Thomas "Bernie" Youngblood of Richland, MI Bernie, age 78, died Friday afternoon, September 11, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI with his loving family at his side. Bernie, the son of Bernard A. & Virginia (Doughtery) Youngblood, was born in Blue Island, IL and moved to this area in 1948. He began his work at Southern Paper Company; became...
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Shawn Michael Dougherty

December 15, 1972 - September 7, 2020

In the early morning of September 7, 2020 Shawn Michael Dougherty was tragically taken from his family and friends. He was born on December 15, 1972 and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. He attended Harper Creek Community Schools from elementary through high school. After high school he attended Kellogg Community College & Western Michigan University earning an associates and bachelor's degree. ...
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Robert D. "Curly" Bolinger

July 4, 1932 - September 5, 2020

Robert D. "Curly" Bolinger, 88, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2020 at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods in Battle Creek, MI. He was born July 4, 1932, to Sanford and Margaret Bolinger, in Battle Creek, MI where he grew up. He was a 1950 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Robert worked at Michigan Carton Company for 44 years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of the 25-Year...
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Ralph Enoch Calladine

August 7, 1935 - September 5, 2020

Ralph Enoch Calladine, 84 of Battle Creek, Michigan died on May 16, 2020 in North Port, Florida. Ralph Calladine was born on August 7, 1935 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Harold Calladine and Mildred E. (Lacy) Calladine. After graduating from Lakeview High School in 1953, he joined the United States Air Force as an aircraft electronic technician. In 1955, Ralph married the former Elaine...
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Linda Mozelle (Coult) Lauderdale

May 17, 1950 - September 4, 2020

Linda Mozelle (Coult) Lauderdale of Augusta, MI Linda, 70, passed away peacefully, on September 4, 2020, at home with her family present. Linda was born May 17, 1950 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Duane and Mary (Mozelle) Coult. She grew up in the Hickory Corners/Augusta area of Michigan. Linda graduated from Gull Lake High School (GLHS) in 1968 and attended...
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Audrey Evay Martens-Withers

August 27, 1966 - September 3, 2020

Audrey Evay Martens-Withers, age 54, of Battle Creek went home to see the Lord unexpectedly on September 3, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Battle Creek on August 27, 1966, the daughter of Milo D. and Mildred "Midge" (Hale) Martens and graduated from Harper Creek in 1984. Audrey was sadly preceded in death by her daughters, Krystal Marie Martens and Stephine Nichole Welcher;...
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Arnold A. "Arnie" Linke

September 27, 1923 - September 3, 2020

Arnold A. "Arnie" Linke Arnie Gram: If you're reading this you know I've joined my parents Art and Sophie Linke, brother Wayne and his wife Helen Linke, youngest brother (and avid Detroit Tiger fan) Leonard Linke, sister Sylvia and her husband John Willett, grandson Austin Linke, father-in-law Jewell Boles, brother-in-law Walter Schuelke, and son-in-law George Lavdiotis. I was born...
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Dora K. Niemann

February 9, 1965 - September 2, 2020

Dora Kay "Dori" (Richar) Niemann, age 55, a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, step-mother, aunt and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The world was made brighter on February 9,1965 when Dori was born to her parents, Henry and Arletta (Mead) Richar at Battle Creek Community Hospital. She graduated from Kellogg Community College. Dori married Richard...
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Raymond Louis Shippell

July 20, 1943 - September 2, 2020

Raymond Louis Shippell, 77 of Battle Creek and formerly of Marshall died peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. Raymond Louis Shippell was born July 20, 1943, in Big Rapids, Michigan the son of Louis Howard and Lena Elzina (Denniston) Shippell. He graduated from Marshall High School and proudly served his country in the U.S....
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John David Tuitt

May 7, 1929 - September 1, 2020

John David Tuitt, formerly of Hickory Corners, Michigan, age 90, passed away Wednesday April 15, 2020 following a lengthy illness. John, or Jack as he was known to his family and friends, resided at a Memory Care facility in Bradenton, Florida at the time of his death. Jack, the son of Frank and Virginia (Simonds) Tuitt, was born on May 7, 1929 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He and his wife Barbara...
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Marianne Blanchard

June 8, 1931 - September 1, 2020

Marianne Blanchard, age 89, of Cedar Springs, Michigan and formerly of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, June 11, 2020 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born June 8, 1931 in Sand Lake, Michigan to George Arthur and Isabel (Moyle) Blanchard. She grew up in Sand Lake and was Valedictorian of the Sand Lake High School Class of 1949. She attended Michigan State...
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Aubry Marie Maronek

May 20, 2014 - August 31, 2020

Aubry Marie Maronek, age 6, of Battle Creek passed away on Monday August 31, 2020. She was born with epilepsy and lost the battle with a severe seizure. Aubry was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 20, 2014 to parents Adam and Amanda Maronek. She was a happy child, so full of life. She would scoot all over on her little bottom and get to where ever she wanted to go and she was quick too. Aubry...
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Morris Stanley Montague

May 14, 1928 - August 29, 2020

Morris Stanley Montague, 92 of Battle Creek and formerly of Marshall, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Morris was born to Clark and Myrtle (Bullock) Montague on May 14, 1928 in Cass City, Michigan. Morris grew up in the Thumb area and was a 1945 graduate of Cass City High School. He attended Detroit Bible College and had a lifelong journey...
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June Florence (Wilson) Filipowicz

June 7, 1929 - August 28, 2020

June Florence Filipowicz of Richland, MI, June went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 28, 2020 with her family by her side. She was born to the late Leo and Florence Wilson, June 7, 1929 in West New York, New Jersey and was raised in Cliffside Park, NJ. June married Leo Filipowicz in 1947 and they lived together in NJ for 27 years before relocating to...
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Alice Belin Fish

June 25, 1930 - August 24, 2020

Alice Belin Fish of Hickory Corners, MI Alice, age 90, died peacefully at home in the presence of her family on Monday morning, August 24, 2020. Alice, the daughter of Henry Belin III and Katherine Hoffman Belin was born on June 25, 1930, in Scranton, PA. She grew up in Wavery, PA; attended boarding school at The Masters School at Dobbs in Ferry NY and attended...
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Carlene Roberta (Raquet) Zollner

September 14, 1948 - August 24, 2020

Carlene Roberta (Raquet) Zollner, 71, passed away peacefully at home with her family at her side on April 4, 2020. Carlene was born September 14, 1948 in Columbus, Ohio the daughter of Carl and Roberta Raquet. She grew up in Birmingham, Michigan and was a 1966 graduate of Birmingham Groves High School. Carlene earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama at Eastern Michigan...
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Dorothy Frances "Dot" Duggan

September 18, 1930 - August 22, 2020

Dorothy Frances "Dot" (Harper) Duggan, 89, passed away on August 22, 2020 at her home in Augusta, Michigan. She was born on September 18, 1930 at Nichols Hospital in Battle Creek to Ray and Helen (Phillipson) Harper. Dorothy grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Lakeview High School in 1950. She worked for the Regent Theatre in downtown Battle Creek as an usher and Eaton Corporation in...
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Jane Louise Tomlin

March 16, 1950 - August 22, 2020

Jane Louise Tomlin, age 70, of Galesburg passed away Saturday morning, August 22, 2020 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek on March 16, 1950 the daughter of Henry and Wilma (Siefke) Tomlin. Jane retired from Western Michigan University in 2012 after more than 22 years of service. She loved her pets and enjoyed playing on the computer and gardening. Jane is...
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Wendell Forrest Allen

May 10, 1932 - August 20, 2020

Wendell Forrest Allen of Battle Creek, MI Wendell F. Allen, age 88, died peacefully Thursday evening, August 20, 2020 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek following a brief illness. Wendell, the son of Winston and Margaret (Nunn) Allen, was born in Battle Creek on May 10, 1932. He was a 1949 graduate of Lakeview High School. Except for several recent years...
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Paulette Carmelita (Chimot) Campbell

July 16, 1931 - August 20, 2020

Paulette Carmelita (Chimot) Campbell, 89, of Jackson and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at Jackson County Medical Care Facility. Paulette was born July 16, 1931 in Pontiac, Michigan the adopted daughter and only child of Emile Henry and Louise L. Chimot. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1949 graduate of St. Philip High School. She...
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David Kirk Woodworth

July 9, 1931 - August 18, 2020

David Kirk Woodworth has been welcomed into the eternal presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at the age of 89. He has joined his parents, William and Mildred Woodworth, his sister Marylin Woodworth and brother Thomas Woodworth, his first wife Ruby Oleta Woodworth, and his granddaughter Lindsay Woodworth. Kirk is now survived by his children, David Woodworth (Cindi), Rodney Woodworth...
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Benjamin L. Sherriff

January 18, 1977 - August 16, 2020

Benjamin LaFever "Ben" Sherriff, 43 of Saline, MI and his beloved Gull Lake passed away peacefully with the lapping of the shoreline at his doorstep. Ben was born January 18, 1977 at Community Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Robert Craig "Skip" and Susan Elizabeth (Busch) Sherriff. Ben grew up in Hickory Corners and was a 1995 graduate of Gull Lake High School. He received his...
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Mary A. "Mickey" Gladych

January 19, 1938 - August 16, 2020

Mary Ann "Mickey" Gladych, age 82, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2020. She was born on January 19, 1938 to Anthony Joseph Jacob and Violet Elizabeth Wojcinski in Detroit Michigan. Mary was married to Norman Albert Gladych on November 5,1955 in Detroit Michigan. The couple raised five children; Brenda, Tony, Norman, Robert and Heather. Mary was a housewife who loved spending time with...
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Roger Lee Hodge

July 22, 1949 - August 15, 2020

Roger Lee Hodge of Battle Creek, MI Roger, age 71, died Saturday afternoon, August 15, 2020 in Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Roger, the son of Lonnie F. and Abbie J. (Thurman) Hodge was born in Hot Springs, VA on July 22, 1949; moved to this area as an infant and was a 1967 graduate of Springfield High School. He served his Country honorably and nobly in the...
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Nicholas Allen "Nick" Messenger

October 13, 1982 - August 14, 2020

Nicholas Allen "Nick" Messenger, age 37, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 14, 2020. He was born in Battle Creek on October 13, 1982 the son of Donald Lee and Dawn M. (Stager) Messenger. Nick married Brandy M. Diehl in Battle Creek on November 17, 2018; she survives. He is also survived by his children, James Freeze, Jason Freeze, Kaylee Messenger, Aiden Messenger...
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Mark Schenkelberger

November 20, 1946 - August 14, 2020

Mark Schenkelberger, 73 of Battle Creek passed peacefully at home on August 14, 2020. He was born November 20, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of Frank and Midge (Perris) Schenkelberger. Mark grew up in Battle Creek, was a 1965 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Ferris State University and Kellogg Community College. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. ...
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Ernest David "Ernie" "ED" Varga

May 10, 1934 - August 14, 2020

Ernest David "Ernie" "Ed" Varga, 86, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with his family at his side and the beauty and serenity of nature just outside his window on May 14, 2020. Ernie was born May 10, 1934 in Bellevue, Michigan, the son of George and Gizella (Seran) Varga. He grew up in Battle Creek, attended Post School, St. Philip Junior High, and Battle Creek Central High School. ...
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Justin Parker Noel

March 6, 2001 - August 12, 2020

Justin Parker Noel, age 19, passed away unexpectedly from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Wednesday evening August 12, 2020. He was born in Battle Creek on March 6, 2001, the loving son of Clarence R. and Jackie M. (Fox) Noel. Justin graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 2019 and had also taken Early Childhood Education at the Calhoun Area Career...
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Larry Raymond Englert

April 13, 1956 - August 11, 2020

Larry Raymond Englert ,64, of Battle Creek, MI passed away May 11, 2020. Larry was born April 13, 1956 in Hollis, New York, the son of Kenneth Earl, and Teresa (Borkowski) Englert. A 1974 graduate of BC Lakeview. Larry proudly served in the Air National Guard Reserves for 25 years. He also worked as an Ironworker for Local #340 Battle Creek and #292 South Bend, IN. His many hobbies...
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Roy Warren Albers

December 1, 1921 - August 10, 2020

Roy Warren Albers of Battle Creek, MI Roy, age 98, died Monday evening, August 10, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, following a brief illness. Roy, the son of Walter and Elizabeth (Meinheit) Albers, was born in Falls City, NE on December 1, 1921, and was a 1940 graduate of Falls City High School. He moved to Detroit 1940. He served his Country honorably and...
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Richard Vern Thurtle

August 14, 1940 - August 9, 2020

Richard Vern Thurtle of Battle Creek, MI Richard, age 79, peacefully passed away on Sunday morning, August 9, 2020. Richard was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on August 14, 1940, the son of Cecil William and Leona Elizabeth (Wessels) Thurtle. He was a lifelong Battle Creek resident and a 1958 graduate of St. Philip High School. He earned an Associate's Degree in...
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Diane Wood

July 12, 1944 - August 9, 2020

Diane Margaret Wood, age 76, passed away on August 9, 2020 to be with her Lord and Savior in Heaven. Born in 1944, the daughter of Marion and Vernon Benfield, Diane lived in the Battle Creek area throughout her years. She attended Lakeview High School before meeting the love of her life, Thurman Leon Wood, at the Midway skating rink. They began their journey of marital bliss on August 25, 1961. A...
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Frederick Leon Culp

July 24, 1942 - August 7, 2020

Frederick Leon Culp Fred Culp, age 78, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away on August 7, 2020 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 24, 1942 in Grand Rapids, MI to Helen Tilton and Leon Culp. Fred was raised by his mother and stepfather Herbert Sootsman in Battle Creek. He attended Battle Creek Public Schools and graduated from...
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