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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

Todd A. Webber

November 9, 1962 - January 26, 2023

Todd Allen Webber, 60, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at home with family and friends at his side on Thursday, January 26, 2023. Todd was born November 9, 1962, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Russell and Connie (Malcuit) Webber. He was a 1981 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and then graduated from ITT Tech in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Todd was employed as a...
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Imogene Marie Lick

August 6, 1928 - January 25, 2023

Imogene Marie Lick, 94, went home to be with her Lord on January 25, 2023, at the home of her daughter. She was born on August 6, 1928, as the youngest daughter to Glen and Gertrude Gates at Pennock Hospital in Hastings, Michigan, and graduated in 1946 from Kellogg Agricultural High School. On June 16, 1946, she married Mack Lick, Jr., and they were married for 47 years until his death in...
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Victor E. Cowham

May 22, 1938 - January 24, 2023

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Ruthanne (Heselschwerdt) Cummins

September 20, 1928 - January 23, 2023

Ruthanne (Heselschwerdt) Cummins, age 94, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2023. Ruthanne was born September 20, 1928 in Grand Ledge, Michigan to Warren and Rhea (Shane) Heselschwerdt. She was a 1947 graduate of Lakeview High School. In 1948, she married the love of her life, Dale E. Cummins. Ruthanne was an avid fan of Michigan State University Sports and was a bank teller at Security...
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Thomas Clark Sims

October 20, 1953 - January 22, 2023

Thomas Clark Sims, 69, of Climax, MI died at his home on Sunday, January 22, 2023. A complete obituary will be published here. If you have any questions, prior to that please call us at 269-962-5527. Friends will be received 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Cremation Preneed Care, where funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday,...
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James R. "Jim" Steve

August 5, 1943 - January 22, 2023

James "Jim" R. Steve passed away peacefully on January 22, 2023 with his children by his side. He was born in Battle Creek on August 5, 1943 to John E. and Marjorie B. (Pierce) Steve. Jim attended W.K. Kellogg Consolidated schools, graduating in 1961. He worked for Michigan Paperboard Corporation for over 45 years in printing and cutting and then later on as a millwright, retiring in 2007. ...
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Janet Lee (Strong) Frost

January 21, 2023

Janet Lee (Strong) Frost, 70 of Battle Creek died peacefully at home and was pronounced on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Janet was born January 22, 1952, in Cadillac, Michigan, the daughter of Derward and Martha (Ramlow) Strong. Janet has resided in Battle Creek since age four. She was a 1970 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Western Michigan University for two years. Janet was...
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Sharon R. Morgan

December 3, 1936 - January 21, 2023

Sharon R. Morgan, 86, of Battle Creek, went home to be with Jesus on January 21, 2023. She was born in Battle Creek on December 3, 1936 to Helen (Kleckner) Johnson and William Johnson. She was raised most of her life by her grandmother, Ethel Latta. She graduated from Nashville High School in 1954. Sharon met her husband to be, James Morgan from Battle Creek and they married in 1956. She...
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Esther Wolf Lentz

October 2, 1934 - January 18, 2023

Esther Wolf Lentz, 88, of Battle Creek, MI went Home to the loving arms of her Savior on January 18th, 2023, at MediLodge of Marshall. Esther was born October 2, 1934, at Nichols Hospital in Battle Creek, the daughter of Irven E. and Elizabeth (Curtis) Wolf. She attended Joy School in Pennfield Township through eighth grade, and First Pennfield Consolidated School for ninth grade. She...
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Sherri R. Corbin

March 3, 1952 - January 17, 2023

Sherri R. Corbin, 70, of Harbor Springs, died peacefully at home after an 18 month courageous battle with pancreatic cancer under hospice care with her husband by her side on January 17, 2023. Sherri was born March 3, 1952 in Battle Creek to James and Jacqueline (Merriam) Lynn. Sherri graduated from Lakeview High School and married Robert "Bob" Corbin on February 5, 1993. She worked for...
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Antonia "Toni" (Schluter) Straubel

January 26, 1931 - January 15, 2023

Antonia A. "Toni" Straubel, age 91, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at her home on Sunday, January 15, 2023. She was born January 26, 1931 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the daughter of Theodore and Augusta Antonia (Van Gin) Schluter. Antonia worked as a seamstress in Amsterdam and then sold Avon in the United States for many years, while also selling many of her crafts at craft shows...
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Diana L. Jacobs

June 18, 1943 - January 13, 2023

Diana Jacobs (Gray), 79, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children on January 13, 2023. Diana was born June 18, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA to Wesley and Thelma Gray (Cullen). She graduated in 1961 from Onley High School in Philadelphia. On May 18, 1963, Diana married Lawrence "Larry" Jacobs. They were married for 55 years. Diana was a stay at home mom raising four children. In...
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Joyce Ann (Lewis) White

July 5, 1934 - January 13, 2023

Joyce Ann (Lewis) White, age 88, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023 with her family by her side. Joyce was born July 5, 1934 in Marshall, Michigan to Dean and Melva (Huff) Lewis. She graduated from Marshall High School and Ferris State University's Secretarial School. She was a member of the Alpha Phi Beta Sorority. She was formerly a secretary for Dr. Nelson's private practice for fifteen...
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Douglas Lee Tyjewski

December 14, 1950 - January 11, 2023

Douglas Lee Tyjewski, 72 of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at Glenn Arbor Place, with his family and loved ones at his side. Doug was born as a twin at Leila Y. Post Montgomery Hospital in Battle Creek on December 14, 1950, the son of Cezar and Marie Agnes (Dickerson) Tyjewski. He was a lifelong Battle Creek resident, a member of the Class of 1969 at Battle...
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Bill George "Billy V" Valleau

November 16, 1955 - January 10, 2023

Bill George "Billy V" Valleau, age 67, of Springfield passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday evening, January 10, 2023. He was born in Allegan, Michigan on November 16, 1955 and graduated from Otsego High School. Bill was a school bus driver for many years and then several more years as a Kalamazoo City Bus Driver. He also had a limousine service (Touch of Class Limousine Service). Bill was an...
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Keith Lynn Burkhead

January 10, 2023

Keith Lynn Burkhead, 68 of Battle Creek, Michigan, died at Marshall Nursing & Rehabilitation Community Tuesday morning, January 10, 2023. Keith was born May 5, 1954 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Laurence Allen and Ethel Jean (Martin) Burkhead. Keith was a 1972 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Michigan State University. Keith was employed by Marathon Oil...
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Henry L. Wells

September 17, 1930 - January 9, 2023

Henry Layton "Hank" Wells, 92, of Marshall, went snowmobiling with Jesus on January 9, 2023. Henry was born September 17, 1930 in Battle Creek to Henry Lavern and Georgia (Edson) Wells. In 1950, he hired in as a mechanic for Consumers Power Company and retired as a supervisor after 39 years. His supervisor hat was hard for him to take off which overflowed to home causing his girls to...
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Valerie Lynn Miller

September 17, 1957 - January 8, 2023

Valerie Lynn Miller, 65, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023. Valerie was born in Battle Creek on September 17, 1957 to Jerry and Constance (Steve) Hubbell. She graduated from Gull Lake High School. She also received a business degree from Ferris State University and nursing degree from Kellogg Community College. She served her community as a registered nurse before retiring. Valerie was...
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James David "Jimmy" Majors

November 5, 1973 - January 7, 2023

James David "Jimmy" Majors, age 49, sadly passed away on Saturday morning, January 7, 2023 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Battle Creek on November 5, 1973, the loving son of James H. and Janet A. (Fox) Majors and attended Battle Creek Public Schools. Jimmy was an avid University of Michigan fan and enjoyed watching football, listening to music, and spending time with...
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Patricia Victoria DePalma

January 1, 1947 - January 5, 2023

Patricia Victoria DePalma, 76, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023. Pat was born January 1, 1947 in Battle Creek to Thomas Augustine DePalma, Sr. and Glendale Marie (Gresly) DePalma. In high school, she worked at Lil's Record Shop. She graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School in 1965. She worked as an administrative assistant at Dana and Eaton. She loved bingo, family...
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Ona S. Lewis

June 5, 1934 - January 1, 2023

Ona S. Lewis, 88, of Battle Creek, died January 1, 2023. Ona was born June 5, 1934 in Battle Creek to Randolph and Elizabeth (Nagel) Russell. She graduated from Lakeview High School and shortly thereafter married E. Duane Lewis on July 10, 1955. Ona enjoyed bowling and spending time with her family. She worked at Meijer for 25 years and was a founding member of the Meijer Retiree Club. ...
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Stephenie Jae Barrett

August 25, 1965 - January 1, 2023

Stephenie Jae Barrett, age 57, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 1, 2023, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on August 25, 1965, the daughter of Roger and Judith L. (Derickson) Anderson. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and took night classes online to advance her career. Stephenie worked at...
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Beverly June (nee Patton) Coleman

June 23, 1928 - January 1, 2023

Beverly June Coleman (nee Patton) passed away January 1, 2023, from complications related to shingles and advanced dementia. She was 94 years old. Born in Battle Creek on June 23, 1928, to Hugh "Scotty" and Mildred Patton, she graduated from Battle Creek Senior High School in 1946. Soon thereafter she married Donald G. Coleman of Augusta, MI, and they had three children. Beverly often spoke...
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Thomas Scott Pritt

December 30, 2022

Thomas Scott Pritt, 60 of Battle Creek, Michigan and formerly of Livonia, Michigan died unexpectedly of natural causes at home on Friday, December 30, 2022. Tom was born August 19, 1962 in Wayne, Michigan the son of Richard Pritt and Jeanette Vogel Pritt. Tom grew up in Livonia, MI graduating from Churchill High School in 1981, where he played numerous sports including football, basketball,...
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Amy Michelle Cotter

August 24, 1983 - December 28, 2022

Amy Michelle Cotter (Baker) aka "Snort", beloved Wife, Mother, Grammy, Sister, and friend, age 39, of Springfield passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on August 24, 1983. Amy was an avid dart player and an active member of the B.U.D.A. Darts Organization. She also enjoyed being in the outdoors, fishing, camping, and floating the river. She also enjoyed...
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Debra L. Cooper-Bradley

June 10, 1960 - December 27, 2022

Debra Lynn Cooper-Bradley "Debbie Cooper", 62, of Battle Creek, MI passed away unexpectedly on December 27th, 2022. Debra was born on June 10th, 1960 in Battle Creek to the late Keith Rayburn and Lorraine Hamilton (Cooper). She graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1978. Debra was employed at the Battle Creek V.A Medical Center for 23 years before retiring and becoming owner and operator of...
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Norma J. Lipscomb

August 2, 1925 - December 23, 2022

Norma J. Lipscomb 97, of Climax, Michigan passed away Friday, December 23,2022 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Norma was born on August 2, 1925, the daughter of Vern A. Quick and LaVera A. (Doster) Quick in Banfield, Michigan. Norma was a devoted mother and help mate for her husband Clark E. Lipscomb on their farms. In her early years of their marriage, she worked for Michigan Bell...
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Mary Beth Moody

October 4, 1951 - December 21, 2022

Mary Beth Moody, 71, of Battle Creek, died December 21, 2022. Mary was born October 4, 1951 in Sherwood, MI to George and Barbara (Parks) Guthrie. She worked for the Kellogg Co. & Foundation for many years. Mary was a member of First United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for years. Her faith was very important to her. She enjoyed reading, gardening, photography and baking deserts....
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Ronald M. Robinson

August 31, 1963 - December 20, 2022

Ronald Maxwell Robinson passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio surrounded by his family after a short battle with lung cancer. Ron was born on August 31, 1963 to Ned T. Robinson and Ruth (Baechler) (Robinson) St. John in Big Rapids, Michigan. After his father's college graduation his family returned to their hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan where Ron was raised. ...
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William F. Henderson

May 24, 1925 - December 20, 2022

William F. Henderson, 97, of East Leroy, died December 20, 2022. William was born May 24, 1925, in Phillipsburg, NJ, to William A. and Katherine (Siegfried) Henderson. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He later attended college at Churchman's Business School and worked for the Veterans Canteen Service as a canteen officer and supervisor for many...
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Tina Marie Vogel

August 25, 1957 - December 20, 2022

Tina Marie Vogel, age 65 of Springfield, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Tina was born August 25, 1957, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to Milferd John and Joyce Evalee (Rhode) Vogel. Tina grew up in Mt. Pleasant and was a 1976 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. After graduation she attended Central Michigan University where her studies focused...
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Margaret Hutcheson, Engelhardt, Paul Zelinsky

January 5, 1927 - December 20, 2022

Margaret (Hutcheson) Zelinsky, age 95, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away on December 20, 2022. Margaret was born on January 5, 1927 in Battle Creek to James and Margaret Hutcheson of Dundee and Paisley, Scotland. Margaret was a life-long resident of Battle Creek and attended the Battle Creek schools; graduating from Battle Creek Central High School in 1945. In 1948, she married Donald L....
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Mildred Lee "Millie" Gillette

August 20, 1950 - December 19, 2022

Mildred "Millie" Lee (Rentfro) Gillette, a wonderful Mother, MeMaw, Great-MeMaw, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend and Worshipper of God entered Heaven's gates December 19, 2022. The world was made a brighter place on August 20, 1950 when Millie was born in Battle Creek, MI to her Mother Janithe Rentfro. Millie married Gary Gillette in June of 2000 and together they loved their family. ...
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William V. "Bill" Dereski

August 14, 1933 - December 18, 2022

William V. "Bill" Dereski, age 89, of Galesburg went to be with his Lord & Savior on Sunday evening, December 18, 2022. Bill was born in Aurora, Illinois on August 14, 1933 and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He retired from Denso Manufacturing in 2001 and previously worked at Ralston and Nabisco. Bill married the "Love of His Life", Donna M. Post in East...
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Joseph Lee "Joe" "Joey" Barnes

November 5, 1973 - December 18, 2022

Joseph Lee "Joe" Barnes, age 49, of Battle Creek sadly passed away Sunday evening, December 18, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek on November 5, 1973, the son of Donald W. "Donnie" and Linda Kay (Keown) Barnes and attended Battle Creek Central High School. Joe worked as a CNC Machinist for more than 23 years. Joe is survived by his mother, Linda Kay Barnes of Battle Creek; his daughters,...
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Margit Ellen (Blankenagel) Naesset

June 2, 1936 - December 17, 2022

Margit Ellen (Blankenagel) Naesset, 86, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away after succumbing to Alzheimer's Disease. Margit was born June 2, 1936 in Weilburg an der Lahn, Germany, the daughter of Heinrich and Elsa (Stein) Blankenagel. She grew up in Schupbach, Germany, and graduated from Weilburg Hochschule. Margit was employed as an executive secretary for Clark Equipment Company in...
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Stephen B. Miller

December 17, 2022

The Honorable Stephen B. Miller, of Battle Creek, MI died Saturday, December 17th at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. He was 77 years old. Miller was born to Margaret (O'Dea) Miller of Liscarroll, County Cork, Ireland and Rex Earl Miller of Battle Creek in Hornsey, County Middlesex, England in 1945. He arrived in America at the port of New York aboard the USAT Henry Gibbins with...
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Inci (Karagozlu) Fout

April 15, 1947 - December 17, 2022

Inci Fout, age 75, resident of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away at the University of Michigan Health System following a long and brave fight against cancer. She passed into the Lord's loving care surrounded by her family. She was born on April 15, 1947, in Limassol, Cyprus. After attending school in Istanbul, Turkey, she moved to Wurzburg, Germany where she became employed by the North...
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Lisa G. Kittell

August 23, 1962 - December 14, 2022

Lisa G. Kittell, age 60, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday evening, December 14, 2022 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Battle Creek on August 23, 1962, the daughter of Leon and Evelyn (Lane) Richey. Lisa enjoyed watching her "Soaps" and listening to music. She also enjoyed feeding her animals in the backyard and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. ...
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Elmer Junior Egelkraut

December 22, 1933 - December 14, 2022

Elmer J. Egelkraut, 88, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at home at NorthPointe Woods on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. Elmer Junior Egelkraut was born on December 22, 1933 in Bronson, Michigan to the parents of Elmer and Myretta (Boyle) Egelkraut. At an early age the family moved to Battle Creek. Elmer's work ethic began by delivering newspapers and shining shoes on the street corners...
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Darrell Gene Starbuck

August 24, 1949 - December 10, 2022

Darrell Gene Starbuck, age 73, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Saturday evening, December 10, 2022 at ProMedica in Three Rivers. He was born in Marion, Indiana on August 24, 1949 to Mary (Swafford) and Gene Starbuck. Darrell will be missed by everyone including his friends he has met at the American Legion over the past couple of years. Darrell is survived by his sons, John...
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Rhea Gwendolyn "Gwen" (Jones) Wright

September 22, 1933 - December 8, 2022

Rhea Gwendolyn "Gwen" (Jones) Wright, 89 of Bellevue, Michigan died unexpectedly at Ascension Borgess in Kalamazoo on Thursday, December 8, 2022. Gwen was born September 22, 1933 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Albert E. and Glenna Fern (Van Blarcom) Jones. She was raised in Assyria Township, where she attended elementary school and was a 1951 graduate of Bellevue High School. Gwen...
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Linda Jean (Staib) Medich

September 1, 1951 - December 6, 2022

Linda Jean (Staib) Medich, age 71, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, December 6, 2022, in Battle Creek. She was born in Battle Creek on September 1, 1951, the loving daughter of James Alfred and Elinor Jean (McCauley) Staib. She graduated from St. Philip High School with the class of 1969. Linda worked at Keiper Recaro for 21 years and then served as a school bus...
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James P. "Jim" Woodman

December 27, 1935 - December 4, 2022

James P. "Jim" Woodman, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday evening, December 4, 2022. Jim was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on December 27, 1935, the son of Ray and Ila Mae (Philips) Woodman. He faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force reserves and retired from Eaton Manufacturing. Jim married the "Love of His Life", Ilene C. Osborn in Battle Creek on...
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Laura Kay Bradford

December 12, 1959 - December 4, 2022

Laura Kay Bradford, 62, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday, December 4, 2022. Laura was born December, 12, 1959 in Battle Creek to Richard and Shirley (Dale) DePew. She graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School. She loved needlework, reading, crochet and donated what she made to various charities. She was always happy to help anyone in need. Before starting a family, she loved to ride on...
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Charles "Chuck" Philp

December 31, 1941 - December 3, 2022

Charles "Chuck" Philp, age 80, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Chuck was born on December 31, 1941 in Battle Creek to Palmer and Pearl (Covert) Philp. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, then married the love of his life, Sharon. They celebrated 61 wonderful years together. When his country called, Chuck went to Vietnam. Chuck enjoyed...
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Donna Mae (Brown) James

December 12, 1931 - December 2, 2022

Donna Mae (Jolliff) James, 90, of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home after a lengthy illness. Donna was born December 12, 1931 in Holmes County, Ohio the daughter of Ralph E. and Dorothy J. (Brown) Jolliff. Donna graduated from Wooster High School and from Aultman School of Nursing. Donna was employed as a registered nurse at the former Leila Y. Post Montgomery Hospital in Battle Creek. ...
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Durwood "Woody" Duane Booher

June 5, 1943 - December 1, 2022

Durwood "Woody" Duane Booher, loving husband, father, and grandpa passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Woody was born on June 5, 1943, in Lake Odessa, MI to Russell and Mabel (Van Blarcom) Booher. He was united in marriage to Jeanne E. Zemke on August 15, 1964, in Vermontville, MI. He was the proud father of Doug and Dee Dee. Woody attended Sunfield and Vermontville Schools and was a...
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Michael Joseph "Mike" Buckley

June 19, 1951 - November 27, 2022

On Sunday, November 27, 2022, the world lost a great man when Michael Joseph Buckley succumbed to Lewy Body Dementia. Mike was born in Reading, Pennsylvania to Francis Joseph and Marjorie Elizabeth (Funk) Buckley on June 19, 1951. Mike married his beloved wife, Diane C. (Thornton) Buckley in Battle Creek on October 27, 2006; she survives. He is also survived by their children, Marc (Lexi)...
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Margo S. Ruiz-Jones

January 1, 1961 - November 27, 2022

Margo S. Ruiz-Jones, age 61, of Battle Creek passed away at home on Sunday morning, November 27, 2022 with her loving family at her side. She was born on January 1, 1961 to Albert Jones & Glory Ruiz-Jones. She grew up and attended schools in Arima, Trinidad. Margo then got married and gave birth to her first child, Fanon. She moved to New York in 1993 to start a new life working for American...
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Roger L. Blain

August 22, 1941 - November 23, 2022

Roger L. Blain, 81, of Battle Creek, died November 23, 2022. Roger was born August 22, 1941 in Zeeland, MI to Milo and Julia (Huizenga) Blain. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and went on to work for the City of Battle Creek for many years before his retirement. Roger loved racing cars when he was younger and was a huge NASCAR fan. He enjoyed doing puzzled in the winter,...
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Ivan "Ike" Mellema

October 31, 1932 - November 23, 2022

Ivan (Ike) Mellema, age 90, died peacefully in his Gull Lake home on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Ike was born in Merion, North Dakota on October 31, 1932, to Charles and Alice Mellema. His mother died at a young age so Ike and his older sister, Beatrice, went to live with their aunt and uncle on a farm in Iowa. Their father, Charles, moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to find employment. Ike...
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William "Scott" Hay

January 15, 1955 - November 22, 2022

William "Scott" Hay, age 67, of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2022. Scott was born in Battle Creek on January 15, 1955, the son of William and Elizabeth (Faber) Hay. He was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek and a graduate of Lakeview High School. Scott faithfully served his country in Vietnam in the U.S. Army. He worked for Canadian National Railroad as a machine operator...
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Geraldine "Gerry" Mann

February 17, 1935 - November 21, 2022

Geraldine "Gerry" Maier Mann (87) was born near Jamestown, Missouri, on February 17, 1935, to Joe W. and Frieda J. (Opel) Maier. She received her diploma from California High School, in California, MO, her Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Missouri State College (now University of Central Missouri), and her Master's Degree from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Geraldine...
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Joseph Richard "Joe" Wilder

August 6, 1968 - November 20, 2022

Corporal Joseph Richard "Joe" Wilder, age 54, of Portage, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, November 20, 2022. Joe was born to Bernard Joseph and Mary Ada (Johnson) Wilder on August 6, 1968 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a child, Joe moved with his family from Parchment to Portage, where he grew up and graduated in 1987 from Loy Norrix High School. Joe received his...
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Conrad A. Semmelroth

April 2, 1931 - November 15, 2022

Conrad A. Semmelroth 91, of Battle Creek died Tuesday November 15, 2022. He was born April 2, 1931 in Coldwater, MI to Albert and Dena (Brandt) Semmelroth. Conrad grew up in Coldwater and was a 1949 graduate of Coldwater High School. In 1954 he earned his BA in Education from the University of Michigan. Conrad served with the U.S. Army Infantry as a First Lieutenant during the Korean War. ...
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Diego Vincentè Garcia

May 1, 1983 - November 15, 2022

Diego Vincentè Garcia, 39, of Lexington, Kentucky died on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 in an industrial accident while working. Diego was born May 1, 1983 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Guadalupe and Lucy Jane (Burns) Garcia. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 2001 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Diego also attended Western Michigan University. He was employed for 13 years at the...
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Thomas E. "Tommy" Taylor

June 11, 1973 - November 14, 2022

Thomas E. "Tommy" Taylor, age 49, of Battle Creek passed away Monday evening, November 14, 2022. Tommy was born in Battle Creek on June 11, 1973, and was the son of Gene & Vicki Taylor and Gail Gwillim. He graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1992 and worked at Adient in Battle Creek for several years. Tommy married the "Love of His Life", Amanda Allen in Battle Creek on...
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LaVaune K. Artis

July 2, 1942 - November 14, 2022

LaVaune Kathryn Artis, 80, of Battle Creek, MI peacefully left this world on November 14th, 2022 at Glenn Arbor Hospice to be reunited with our Lord and the Love of her Life, Tom. LaVaune was born in Bellevue, MI to June (Pierce) Stewart and Herman Kifer on July 2, 1942. She married her best friend, Tom on March 11, 1963, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2019. LaVaune was a...
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JoAnn (French) King

November 13, 2022

JoAnn (French) King, 93, formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at Borgess Place in Kalamazoo on Sunday, November 13, 2022. JoAnn was born February 13, 1929 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Leslie D. and Mamie R. (Steve) French. Her family returned to Michigan when she was an infant and JoAnn mainly resided in the Battle Creek area throughout the remainder of her life. JoAnn attended...
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James Douglas Nelson

July 31, 1931 - November 12, 2022

James D. Nelson, a lifelong Battle Creek resident passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 91 on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Heritage Assisted Living. Jim was born July 31, 1931 to James D. and Doris (Handley) Nelson. He was a 1949 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Michigan State University and Kellogg Community College. James D. Nelson and Gayla Joyce Conklin were...
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Cecil Ramsey

June 20, 1951 - November 12, 2022

Cecil Victor Frank Ramsey, 71, of Battle Creek, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2022 with his loving wife, Barbara, by his side. Cecil was born June 20, 1951 in Battle Creek to John and Lilah (Cameron) Ramsey. After graduation from Battle Creek Central High School in 1969, Cecil joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. He served his country proudly during the Vietnam War and always loved...
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Dean Alan "Dino" Worden II

September 26, 1985 - November 11, 2022

Dean Alan "Dino" Worden, II, 37, of Battle Creek, Michigan went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 11, 2022. Dean was born September 26, 1985, in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Dean Worden and Vicky Lee (Edwards/Worden). Dean grew up in Battle Creek, attended St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, and graduated from Calhoun Community High School. Dean was self-employed in...
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Timothy M. "Tim" Ellis

January 20, 1977 - November 11, 2022

Timothy M. "Tim" Ellis, age 45, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Friday afternoon, November 11, 2022. Tim was born in Battle Creek on January 20, 1977, the loving son of Clare and Mary (Jones) Ellis and graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 1995. Tim married the "Love of His Life", Christina L. Smith at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Battle...
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John Ernest Bennett

November 10, 2022

John Ernest Bennett, age 60, passed away unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, November 10, 2022 in his childhood home in Battle Creek, MI. John was born Christmas Eve, December 24th,1961, the youngest of four to James G. and Grace (Davis) Bennett. He graduated from Pennfield High School in 1980. John fit a lot of life into his short time on earth and was loyal to what he loved. John was a...
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Greta Lou (Trumbull) Berry Nesseth

April 11, 1933 - November 9, 2022

Greta Lou (Trumbull) Berry Nesseth, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on November 9, 2022. She was a resident of Battle Creek, currently residing at Northpointe Woods Independent Living. Greta was born April 11, 1933, in Battle Creek to Truman "Arch" and Hazel (Williams) Trumbull. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1951. She was employed by the W.K....
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Frederick Arnold "Fred" Bowman

July 31, 1933 - November 7, 2022

Frederick Arnold "Fred" Bowman, age 89, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully surrounded by family and faithful caregivers at home on Monday evening, November 7, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek on July 31, 1933, the loving son of Harold L. and Estella M. (Hepler) Bowman. Fred graduated from W.K. Kellogg of Hickory Corners, in 1951. Fred faithfully served his country as a member of the United...
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Ronald D. "Ron" Brown

July 27, 1945 - November 6, 2022

Ronald D. "Ron" Brown, age 77, of Climax passed away Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Morganfield, Kentucky on July 27, 1945, the son of William Henry and Rosaura (Bauzo) Brown. Ron faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. He retired in 2007 from Avery Leasing in Marshall after more than 20 years in the trucking/transportation...
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Margaret Mary Katherine (LaForge) Sarber

February 9, 1952 - November 5, 2022

Margaret Mary Katherine (LaForge) Sarber, 70 of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022 while under the care of Hospice Services at Centrica Care Navigators Glenn Arbor Place in Battle Creek, Michigan. Her family had spent many hours by her side during her final battle with a terminal illness. Margaret Mary Katherine LaForge was born February 9, 1952 in Battle Creek,...
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Robert David Jones

October 31, 1956 - November 4, 2022

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our father, Robert Jones. He passed away peacefully at the age of 66 on November 4, 2022. Our dad enjoyed hunting fishing and the lord. He leaves behind his three sons, Robert, Richard, and Tyler and daughter Bobbie and seven grandchildren. The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Tuesday, November 15th at Farley Estes Dowdle...
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Priscilla Ann Marvin

May 17, 1927 - November 4, 2022

Priscilla Ann Marvin, age 95, of Battle Creek, passed away Friday, November 4, 2022 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born in Battle Creek, MI on May 17,1927 to Fred and Sadie Marvin (Murray). She was the youngest of 4. Priscilla graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1945. She received her BA in History and Political Science from Michigan State College of...
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Carole A. Moore

August 22, 1949 - November 4, 2022

Carole A. Moore, 73, of Battle Creek, died November 4, 2022 at Bronson Battle Creek. Carole was born August 22, 1949 in Battle Creek to Lester and Violet (Finney) Lyon. Carole was involved in many church activities and enjoyed adult coloring books and doing crafts. She loved butterflies, especially the purple ones. But most of all, she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren. ...
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James Hughes Baker

July 8, 1941 - November 4, 2022

James Hughes Baker, 81, of Battle Creek, died November 4, 2022 at Bronson Battle Creek. Jim was born July 8, 1941 in Battle Creek to Edwin and Rachael (Wedel) Baker. He graduated from Michigan State University and Brooks Institute of Photography. Along with his father, Edwin, Jim was the owner and operator of Hamblin Ave. Body Shop. He later worked in sales and retired from HYLEX. Along...
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Michael Louis Guerra

February 24, 1961 - November 2, 2022

Michael Louis Guerra, 61 of Battle Creek, Michigan and formerly of Marietta, Georgia died at home peacefully with his family at his side, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. His family had spent many hours by Michael's side during his final battle with a terminal brain illness. Michael was born February 24, 1961 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Louis Frederick and Sheila Marie (Peppler) Guerra...
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Mark Steven Chaney

April 17, 1956 - October 30, 2022

Mark Steven Chaney, 66 of Battle Creek, died Sunday, October 30, 2022. He was born on April, 17, 1956 in Battle Creek, the son of Ada and Laurence Chaney. He is survived by his 4 children, Douglas (Lisa) Chaney, Jessica (Robert) Schmitt-Marcellus, Bryan Chaney, and Ashley Chaney; 8 grandchildren; two sisters; and a special friend, Charyl Brierly. Mark is preceded in death by his parents, a...
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Gail Ann Waterman

August 2, 1951 - October 29, 2022

Gail Ann Waterman, age 71, passed away October 29, 2022. Gail was born in Battle Creek, the daughter of Leon and Samona Jean (Marth) Hepler, on August 2, 1951. She graduated from Lakeview High School and Spring Arbor University and was a teaching assistant and playground supervisor at Bedford Elementary and then at Battle Creek Public Schools. She was known for her creativity and enjoyed...
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Tyler James Welch

May 28, 1994 - October 29, 2022

Tyler James Welch, 28, of Battle Creek, died unexpectedly on October 29, 2022. Tyler was born May 28, 1994 in Battle Creek to Gary Welch and Mary Pace "Bouck". Tyler was loved by many; and was always very generous person. Anything that he had he would share it with those around him. He loved animals, playing video games and being outdoors. Tyler is survived by his father, Gary (Misty)...
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Louis Halbert "Lou" Frey

March 7, 1926 - October 28, 2022

Louis H. Frey, age 96, passed away October 28, 2022, at NorthPointe Woods. He was born on March 7, 1926, in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Fred and Bernice (Halbert) Frey. Except for time in the military and attending college, the Battle Creek area was his lifelong home. Lou had not quite completed his senior year at Battle Creek Central High School when he received notice to report for induction...
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Irene Jennett (Keeler) Toman

July 9, 1950 - October 27, 2022

Irene Jennett (Keeler) Toman was born July 9, 1950 in Vestaburg, Michigan to Floyd and Sarah (Snyder) Keeler. Irene was married in 1971 to Roger Toman who died in 2009. They have two sons, Alex (Teone) and Greg. She has one grandson, Ryker- The "Light of Her Life". She has one granddaughter, Lindsey (Mark) and a great-granddaughter, Mackenzie. Six years ago, she came to live with her sister,...
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Larry Mac Carlton

November 19, 1950 - October 26, 2022

Larry Mac Carlton, 71, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Larry was born in Dayton, Tennessee on November 19, 1950 to Wilbur Andrews and Willie Grace (Hancock) Carlton. He was a construction worker, roofing and building houses. He loved fishing and hunting, dogs and his cat, Stubby. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Larry is survived by his...
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Robert G. "Bob" Muirhead

April 4, 1937 - October 26, 2022

Rev. Robert G. "Bob" Muirhead, age 85, peacefully went to be with his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. He was born in Hayti, Missouri on April 4, 1937, the son of Jesse H. and Rosie (Matheny) Muirhead. Known as "Pastor Bob" began ministerial training at North Central Bible College, Minneapolis, MN, then Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri. His pastorates...
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Loretta A. Gold

May 7, 1932 - October 26, 2022

Loretta Ann Gold (nee Wheeler), aged 90, was born May 7, 1932 in Elkhart, IN to Donald P. and Mildred H. Wheeler. She entered Eternal Life on October 26, 2022 at Glenn Arbor Place, Battle Creek. Following graduation from high school in Elkhart, Loretta moved with her parents to Battle Creek. During a marriage to Peter D. Gold in 1951, a son, Gary was born in 1952. They were later divorced....
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David Mario Haley

January 12, 1956 - October 24, 2022

David Mario Haley, 66, of Battle Creek, died at Bronson Methodist Hospital with his family at his side on Monday, October 24, 2022. David was born on January 12, 1956 in Detroit to John "Jack" Haley and Celestine Martena (Gambaro) Haley. Growing up in an Italian household in Downriver Detroit on the island of Grosse Ile, David enjoyed the values of faith, family and food. As a high school...
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Nancy Macomber

August 24, 1936 - October 20, 2022

Nancy Macomber, 86 of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 20, 2022. She was born on August 24, 1936 to her parents, Harold and Vesta Hazel. Nancy is remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She loved reading books, going to garage sales with her daughter and grandson, listening to gospel music, especially her favorite CD "Alan Jackson:...
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Betty Jane (Imel) Keifer

August 22, 1944 - October 16, 2022

Betty Jane (Imel) Keifer, 78, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly at her residence on Sunday, October 16, 2022. Betty Jane Imel was born August 22, 1944 in Florence Township Michigan, the daughter of Leonard and Stella (Burke) Imel. Betty grew up in Three Rivers, Michigan, where she was a 1962 graduate of Three Rivers High School. Betty owned and operated "Betty's Poodle Grooming" in Three...
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Helen Louise Dean

October 24, 1950 - October 16, 2022

Helen Louise Dean, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2022. Helen was born October 24, 1950 the daughter of James William "Bill" and Mae Belle (Angell) Jenkins. She received her G.E.D. from Lakeview High School. Helen was employed for 11 years at the Federal Center in Battle Creek until she was disabled and retired due to health complications. Helen was...
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Wayne D. Chapman

January 17, 1936 - October 15, 2022

Wayne Douglas Chapman, 86, peacefully passed away on October 15, 2022 surrounded by his loved ones. He was a well-loved man who loved well. On January 17, 1936, Wayne was born to parents Dale and Marian Chapman. In 1953, Wayne met his high school sweetheart Nancy, and they were married in 1958. An All-State athlete, Wayne graduated from Homer High School in 1954. Continuing as a student...
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Nancy Susan Mathews (VandyBogurt) Welch

February 11, 1946 - October 15, 2022

Nancy Susan Mathews (VandyBogurt) Welch, age 76 passed away on October 15, 2022 at Glenn Arbor Hospice after a battle with bone cancer. Nancy was born on February 11, 1946 to William R. and Geraldine (Powell) Mathews in Battle Creek. She was a 1964 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Northern Michigan University and Kellogg Community College before her marriage to Walter VandyBogurt....
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Young Jung

September 8, 1932 - October 14, 2022

Young Jung died on October 14, 2022 after a brief illness in Battle Creek, Michigan. Young was born on September 8, 1932, in Gyeongnam, Hapcheon-gun, Yaro-myeon, South Korea. He is remembered for his "family discounts" at the local convenience store (Pursley's Market), his one-liners, and his appreciation for mindfulness and meditation. He was hard-working, resilient, and contemplative. He...
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Barbara J. Hagelshaw

October 3, 1940 - October 14, 2022

Barbara J. "Barb" Hagelshaw, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Friday morning, October 14, 2022.  She was born in Battle Creek on October 3, 1940, the loving daughter of Alva and Leone (Dolan) Harmon.  Barbara retired from the Battle Creek Federal Center on September 30, 2000 after more than 25 years as an executive secretary and wintered in Alva, Florida from 2003 to 2018.   ...
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Samuel Henry Turner

October 8, 2022

SAMUEL HENRY TURNER On October 8, 2022, Sam Turner of Battle Creek, Michigan died unexpectedly following a cardiac event in Pasadena, MD while visiting his son's family. He was born in Battle Creek, MI to Clarence and Lucy Turner. He attended Battle Creek Central, Southern Illinois University, and received his master's degree in Occupational Education at Western Michigan University. Sam...
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Larry "Moose" McAllister

November 10, 1943 - October 7, 2022

Larry "Moose" McAllister, 78, passed away October 7, 2022 at his family farm as his ultimate wish. He always believed the farm was the greatest place on Earth. For many years he enjoyed watching over the fields and meadows and all the wildlife that would visit or call it home. Sunrises were enjoyed at the dining room table with a cup of black coffee looking out the window as the deer grazed. The...
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James C. Spindler

November 9, 1942 - October 7, 2022

James Charles Spindler, Battle Creek, Michigan and Naples, Florida James Charles Spindler was born on November 9, 1942, in Saginaw, Michigan. He spent his early years on the family farm in Freeland and later moved to Toledo, Ohio where he attended Thomas A. DeVilbiss High School. He was very active in music performance, was a member of the DeVilbiss marching, concert and pit bands, and was...
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Jean E. Fugate

June 28, 1933 - October 7, 2022

Jean E. Fugate, age 89, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Friday morning, October 7, 2022 at Heritage Assisted Living. She was born in Battle Creek on June 28, 1933 the loving daughter of Lawson and Dorothy (Budd) Rule. Jean retired from the Kellogg Company in 1993 after more than 36 years of faithful service. She was a member of the Kellogg 25-Year Club, and a former member of the...
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Ingeborg B. Clissold

November 2, 1931 - October 6, 2022

Ingeborg B. Clissold, 90, of Battle Creek, died October 6, 2022. Ingeborg was born November 2, 1931 in Berlin, Germany. She owned and operated Silhouette Beauty Shop for over 30 years, retiring in 1985. She belonged to the Battle Creek German Club and was an active member at Hope Lutheran Church in Florida and St. Paul and Redemption Lutheran Churches in Battle Creek. She met Wallace in...
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Harold Eugene Beers

May 1, 1946 - October 6, 2022

Harold Eugene Beers, age 76 of Battle Creek, MI passed away on October 6, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer. Harold was born on May 1, 1946 to Maynard Ellis and Jessie Nora (Heath) Beers in Charlotte MI. He grew up in the Olivet area and attended Olivet Public Schools. Harold had been employed for a long time as a truck driver and previously worked for D&J Excavating in Olivet, Interstate...
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Janice Mary "Jan" Ashby

April 14, 1952 - October 5, 2022

Janice Mary "Jan" Ashby, age 70, of Battle Creek died Wednesday evening October 5, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on April 14, 1952, the daughter of Harry and Lois (Blackburn) Landreth and graduated from Lakeview High School. A true sales person, Jan could talk to anyone. She owned & operated JAR Associates for many years. Jan was sadly preceded in death by her loving partner, David Hunt...
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Norman Porter

September 14, 1945 - October 4, 2022

Norman Porter, 77, of Battle Creek, died October 4, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family. Norman was born September 14, 1945 in Stockbridge, MI to Silas and Leona (Banks) Porter. He worked as a ultrasonographer at Albion Community Hospital and Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital for many years. Norman loved to work in the yard and be outside. He also enjoyed woodworking and the...
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Linda Karaba

November 12, 1959 - October 2, 2022

Linda Karaba, age 62, of Marshall, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2022 surrounded by her family. Linda was born on November 12, 1959 in Cheboygan, Michigan the daughter of Albin and Audrey (Stewart) Rabideau. Linda had the biggest heart and was always optimistic even when times were hard. She was the life of every party, enjoyed playing cards, drinking beer and socializing. She...
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Steven "Steve" Doty

October 13, 1947 - October 2, 2022

Steven "Steve" Charles Doty, age 74, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 2, 2022. He was born October 13, 1947, the son of Charles and Clara (Jordan) Doty. Steve graduated from Lakeview High School and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy in Vietnam. He retired from the Kellogg Co. in 2000 after a career of over twenty-five years. Steve...
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