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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

Karla Rose Campbell

October 12, 1966 - August 5, 2022

Karla Rose Campbell, 55, of Battle Creek passed away, Friday, August 5, 2022. She was born October 12, 1966 to Walter and Alma (Worley) Hesselink. She loved her family and enjoyed working at her career of over fourteen years at Residential Opportunities Incorporated, selflessly caring for those who could not care for themselves. Karla was fond of country music and the "oldies" and she loved...
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Bernieta Marie (Callahan) Calder

October 19, 1927 - August 4, 2022

Bernieta Marie (Callahan) Calder, 94 of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Heritage Community in Kalamazoo, after combating Alzheimer's disease for several years. Bernieta was born October 19, 1927, in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Herman and Ruth (Shafe) Callahan. She grew up in Pennfield Township, attended the one-room schoolhouse (Hicks School) on...
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Donald Arthur Marvin

April 18, 1933 - August 2, 2022

Donald A. Marvin, 89, of Battle Creek died peacefully August 2. He was born April 18, 1933 in Grand Rapids, MI and was the child of Douglas and Mildred (Smith) Marvin. Don received his elementary and secondary education at Cedar Springs, graduating from high school in June of 1951. He attended Western Michigan University beginning in the fall of 1951 and graduated with an AB degree in...
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Lois Anne (Thompson) Battilana

June 11, 1937 - July 31, 2022

Lois Anne (Thompson) Battilana, age 85, of Augusta died peacefully on Sunday afternoon, July 31, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Staten Island, New York on June 11, 1937 the daughter of Henry and Evelyn (Egbert) Thompson. Lois was employed as an executive secretary for J. Henry Schroeder Bank & Trust Company in New York City. She also traveled the country...
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Deborah A. Crapo

May 1, 1951 - July 29, 2022

Deborah A. Crapo, 71, of Bellevue, died July 29, 2022. Debbie was born May 1, 1951 in Battle Creek to G.C. and Beverly (Hines) Fugate. She worked at Ralston Foods for many years. She loved to make flower arrangements. She also enjoyed reading, playing darts and bowling Debbie married Ronnie Crapo on November 23, 1997, who survives. She is also survived by her sister, Carolyn (Kevin)...
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Danny Lee "Dan" Davis

July 13, 1962 - July 25, 2022

Danny Lee Davis, 60 of Battle Creek died at Henry Ford Hospital in Jackson, Michigan on Monday, July 25, 2022. He also liked to be called Dan. Danny was born July 13, 1962 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Wayne Floyd and Beatrice Lorraine (Russell) Davis. He grew up on the family farm in Lacey and was a 1980 graduate of Hastings High School. Danny was employed for 30 years in auto parts...
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Bertha Stockham

January 18, 1917 - July 25, 2022

Bertha Stockham, 105, of Battle Creek, died July 25, 2022. Bertha was born January 18, 1917 in Glad Valley, S.D. to Johannes and Katharine (Klooz) Janz. Bertha worked for the Kellogg Company for 22 years, before retiring in 1979. Bertha enjoyed golfing, playing cards, bingo and anything social. She also loved to square, round and line dance with her husband and friends. She especially...
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Mary Lee Wright

September 22, 1930 - July 23, 2022

Mary Lee Wright, Age 91 of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, July 23, 2022. She was born on September 22, 1930, the daughter of Lee and Nettie Summers. Mary is remembered as a Momma Bear, fiercely loyal and devoted to her family. She was an excellent cook and made everyone their favorite meal. She once won an apple pie contest for best pie ever....
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Elaine Ickes Drikakis

January 22, 1932 - July 23, 2022

Elaine (Ickes) Drikakis, 90, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died on Saturday, July 23, 2022, with her family at her side at Lakeview Assisted Living. Elaine Ickes was born January 22, 1932 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Charles and Thelma (Rockhill) Ickes. She was a 1950 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and was employed as an executive secretary at Kellogg Company for a short...
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Julia Cid Garcia

June 18, 1933 - July 22, 2022

Julia C. Garcia, age 89, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home with her family at her side on July 22, 2022. Julia married the "Love of Her Life", Gabino Garcia in Edcouch, Texas on July 25, 1948; he preceded her in death on January 22, 2017 after more than 68 years. This union was blessed with 10 surviving children, San Juana (Enrique)Rojas of Edcouch, TX; Armando (Maria de Jesus)...
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Marion Gillette

February 22, 1930 - July 21, 2022

Marion Gillette, age 92, a long-time resident of Battle Creek, MI, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, July 21, 2022. Marion was preceded in death by her mother, Madge Thomas Gillette; two brothers, Art and Dale Gillette; and special aunt, Grace Thomas Treadwell; and many other dear aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Marion is survived by special cousins Joan, Patty, Kaye, Joyce, Jerry and...
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Patricia "Pat" (Warner) Sleeper

July 31, 1938 - July 20, 2022

Patricia "(Pat" (Warner) Sleeper, age 83, of Battle Creek passed peacefully at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, with her brother and niece by her side, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born July 31, 1938, in Perry, Michigan to Robert Henry and Helen Elizabeth (Garrity) Warner. Pat grew up in Albion (Marengo Twp), Michigan, graduating...
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Beverly Burrows

January 24, 1929 - July 19, 2022

Beverly Burrows, 93, of Delton passed away peacefully, July 19, 2022. She was born January 24, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Melvin and Viva (Hopkins) Ferguson. She graduated from Delton-Kellogg High School in 1949. Soon after graduation, on January 28, 1950, she married the love of her life, Louis Burrows, whom she was proudly married to for seventy two years. Beverly was a longtime...
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Sharon Walker

April 19, 1948 - July 19, 2022

Sharon Walker, age 74 ,of Bellevue, Michigan, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 19, 2022. She was born on April 19,1948, the daughter of William and June Kissinger. Sharon is remembered as a loving and caring wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino, playing cards, bowling and most of all, keeping up with the drama in her...
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Bruce N. Bilanow

June 22, 1949 - July 18, 2022

Bruce Nicholas Bilanow, 73, of Battle Creek, MI died on Monday, July 18, 2022 at Centrica Glenn Arbor Place. He was born on June 22, 1949 in South Haven, MI, the son of Walter and Dawn (Maybee) Bilanow. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Thomas, and niece Katie Burnes Rice. Bruce is survived by his wife Kiran (Dhar) Bilanow. They met in Rio de Janeiro Brazil where both...
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Albert R. McKeever

August 23, 1933 - July 17, 2022

Albert R. McKeever, 88, went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2022. Albert was born August 23, 1933 in Battle Creek to Albert and Ruth (Clem) McKeever. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. While serving in Germany, he met his wife, Renate, and the couple were married on December 31, 1954. Albert and Renate were both long-time members of Southside Bible Church. Albert was a...
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Paul Carl Coleman

June 11, 1955 - July 16, 2022

Paul Carl Coleman, 67 of Augusta, Michigan died Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Centrica Navigators Rose Arbor Place in Kalamazoo. Paul was born June 11, 1955 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the son of Walter Carl and Barbara Ellen (Wyman) Coleman. Paul grew up in Augusta and was a lifelong resident. He was employed in construction as a cable puller and also as one of the friendly faces while working at...
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Timothy "Tim" Batterson

September 16, 1956 - July 16, 2022

Timothy W. "Tim" Batterson, age 65, passed away Saturday morning, July 16, 2022 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Battle Creek on September 16, 1956 the son of Jesse and Vi (Saxman) Batterson. Tim graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 1975 and has worked at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek for more than 20 years. Tim married the "Love...
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Betty J. Jex

July 13, 1932 - July 16, 2022

Sweet Betty Jex, age 90, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 16, 2022. She was born July 13, 1932 and lived in Battle Creek. A graveside service will be held for Betty at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Hicks Cemetery with a gathering at the house afterwards. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care.
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Richard W. Rice

November 10, 1934 - July 15, 2022

Richard W. Rice, age 87, of Battle Creek, passed away Friday evening, July 15, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek on November 10, 1934, the son of Clayton and Dorothy (Ashley) Rice. Richard faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard and worked for the Coca-Cola Company for more than 34 years. Richard married the "Love of His Life", Marlene A. Jaeger, at the...
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Daniel Collins

May 13, 1958 - July 15, 2022

Daniel Ray Collins Sr., age 64, of Battle Creek, passed away July 15, 2022 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. He was born May 13, 1958 to Eules Collins and Sally Miller. He loved driving his semi for CCR, which later became Sellco. Daniel is survived by his wife, Pam Collins; his sons, Daniel (Ami) Collins, Scott (Jamie) Collins, Eric (Amber) Collins, Jeremy (Angel) Collins, and a step son,...
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Willard "Mac" McNees

March 7, 1930 - July 13, 2022

Willard J. "Mac" McNees, age 92, formerly of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday morning, July 13, 2022 in Oberlin, Ohio. He was born in Battle Creek on March 7, 1930, the son of Clifton and Alpha (Drake) McNees and graduated from the W.K. Kellogg Agricultural School in Hickory Corners. Mac faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy and retired from the Wonder Bread...
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Steven Ernest "Steve" Cameron

June 7, 1957 - July 13, 2022

Steven Ernest "Steve" Cameron, age 65, of Battle Creek, passed away July 13, 2022 in his home, surrounded by family, after surviving with Parkinson's disease for many years. Steve was born on June 7, 1957 in Port Huron, Michigan. He graduated from Port Huron Central High School and gained an associate's degree from Saint Clair County Community College. Steve maintained jobs in the computer and...
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Charles "Chuck" Bowers

January 21, 1954 - July 12, 2022

Charles "Chuck" Bowers , 68, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed on July 12, 2022. He was born to Frederick William Bowers and Dorthea Mildred Kipp in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 21, 1954. Chuck went to Spring Field High School and received high certificate honors from KCC. Chuck worked at Welder and was passionate about affecting the most positive change in people. He was well known for his...
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Alfred Hoyle

July 2, 1933 - July 11, 2022

"Uncle Sonny" Alfred Hoyle, age 89 went home July 11th, 2022. He was a happy Grandpa, and former employee of Motor Wheel, from which he retired after 26 years of service. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, with his last deployment to Tokyo, Japan in 1954. He was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church, and following the Korean War, during a challenging time in our country...
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Ryan Kenneth Smith

June 2, 1977 - July 10, 2022

Ryan Kenneth Smith, "Kenny" or "Smitty", 45, sadly passed away on July 10, 2022. Ryan graduated from Lakeview High School in 1995. He was a people person with a magnetic personality and a contagious laugh. He was a skilled and adaptable entrepreneur, leaving his customers always happy. Ryan could sell a bald man a comb. He had a love for golf, shoes, traveling, festivals, and most of all,...
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Margie Lee "Marge" Breitbach

December 31, 1939 - July 8, 2022

Margie Lee "Marge" Breitbach, 82, of Battle Creek passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, July 8, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. She was born December 31, 1939 in Caswell County, North Carolina to Everette and Hallie (Scarborough) Lanier. Marge grew up in North Carolina, graduating from Randleman High School in 1957. She graduated with Maurice Petty, longtime crew...
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Elizabeth (Bielsky) Backus

February 13, 1927 - July 7, 2022

Elizabeth "Betty" Backus, 95, of Marshall, died July 7, 2022. Elizabeth was born February 13, 1927 in Hempstead, NY to Joseph and Sophie (Hycsewska) Bielsky. She worked for 38 years at the Kellogg Company, before retiring in 1987. Elizabeth married Eugene Edward "Ed" Backus on September 30, 1961. He sadly preceded her in death in 2020. She is also preceded in death by a son, Harry...
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William Carlton "Bill" Loftis

November 12, 1928 - July 7, 2022

William Carlton "Bill" Loftis, 93, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2022, at Glenn Arbor Hospice. He was born to William A. and Wilma L. (Tharp) Loftis, November 12, 1928, in Salem, Kentucky, the first of four children. Bill grew up on a farm, and attended school in Salem. As soon as he was old enough, he helped work on the family farm. He also sang bass in a southern gospel...
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LaVerne Margaret (Closson) Zebolsky

March 27, 1939 - July 6, 2022

LaVerne Margaret (Closson) Zebolsky, 83, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at home with her family at her side, on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. LaVerne was born March 27,1939 in Coldwater, Michigan the daughter of Leham and Nellie (Yakey) Closson. She grew up in Coldwater and lovingly cared for her family as a young woman. LaVerne Margaret Closson was united in marriage to George Edward...
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David E. Eldridge

November 3, 1927 - July 6, 2022

David E. "Dizz" Eldridge Born November 3, 1927, in Kalamazoo, MI, son of Vernon and Glenora (Garlick) Eldridge. Dizz lived his entire life in this area, graduating from Augusta High School in 1945 and serving in the US Navy from 1945 to 1946 as a Fireman Third Class aboard the U.S.S. Warrick. He served his apprenticeship as a Machinist at the Grand Trunk Shop in Battle Creek. He worked as an...
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Steven J. Shepard

January 13, 1937 - July 5, 2022

Steven J. Shepard, 85, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital of natural causes on July 5, 2022. Steve was born January 13, 1937 in Delton, Michigan the son of Gerald and Helen (Brown) Shepard. He grew up hunting, fishing, and trapping on a small farm in Delton. He was a 1954 graduate of Delton-Kellogg High School. Steve was stationed in Cuba and Texas while honorably...
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Janet Embury

December 6, 1938 - July 5, 2022

Janet (Orrison) Embury, 83, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at the Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. Janet was born on December 6, 1938 to Gilford and Dorothy Orrison. In 1956, Janet graduated from Marshall High School and married the love of her life, Kenneth Embury. Together they had two children and she was a stay at home mom. She was involved in her children's...
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Bernice L. (White) Ferguson

October 29, 1928 - July 5, 2022

Bernice L. (White) Ferguson, age 93, of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 5, 2022. She was born in Harrisburg, Arkansas on October 29, 1928, the daughter of Hollie C.E. and Josie M. (Rodgers) White. Bernice grew up in Arkansas, moved to Marshall, Michigan in 1945 and worked at Michigan Bell Telephone Company for many years. Bernice married Stewart B. Ferguson in 1971; he...
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Linda Susanne (Hard) Bumpus

December 16, 1957 - July 4, 2022

Linda Susanne (Hard) Bumpus, 64 of Battle Creek died Monday, July 4, 2022, under the loving care of hospice. She was born in Germany December 16, 1957 to Dennis and Reingard Hard. After her family moved to the United States, she became a U.S. citizen in March of 1966. She came to Battle Creek from North Carolina and was employed several places including the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs...
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Donna Marie Kleinschmit

July 4, 2022

Donna Marie Kleinschmit, 69, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Monday, July 4, 2022 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Donna was born November 16, 1952 in Berlin, Wisconsin to Adam and Melvina (Werch) Doro. She grew up in Berlin, WI. Donna earned her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Mercy Nursing School in Oshkosh, WI, her Bachelor's Degree in 1974 from...
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Fred H. Hutchings

May 21, 1936 - July 3, 2022

Fred H. Hutchings, 86, of Battle Creek, died July 3, 2022. Fred was born May 21, 1936 in Battle Creek to John and Josephine (Turbal)Hutchings. He started working for Grand Trunk Rail Road in March of 1956, and made a career of it, working as an electrician until retiring in May of 1997, after more than 41 years. Fred loved spending time outside, fishing, hunting, golfing, taking walks and...
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Ross Frederick Fahling

May 23, 1931 - July 3, 2022

Ross Frederick Fahling, age 91, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on Sunday morning, July 3, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek on May 23, 1931 the son of Peter E. and Beatrice L. (Keech) Fahling. Ross graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1949 and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force....
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Sergeo I. Brown

July 10, 1995 - July 2, 2022

Sergeo Ikeem Tramaine Brown, 26 of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on July 2, 2022 Sergeo was born July 10, 1995 in Chicago, Illinois. He came to Battle Creek at the age of seven where he attended Battle Creek Public Schools until 8th grade and then moved to Marshall where he was a 2014 graduate of Marshall High School. While in school Sergeo excelled in sports especially football and track,...
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Michael A. "Mike" Watson, Sr.

February 24, 1965 - July 2, 2022

Michael A. "Mike" Watson Sr., age 57, of Ceresco passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, July 2, 2022 after a courageous battle with Cancer. Mike was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois on February 24, 1965, the son of Arthur and Patricia (Zweck) Watson and graduated from Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, IL with the Class of 1983. In 1985, Mike joined the family business of hauling...
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David Lynn Dake

September 1, 1955 - July 1, 2022

David Lynn Dake, 66, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away July 1, 2022. David was born on September 1, 1955 to James Donald Dake and C. Nadine Coffman in Battle Creek, Michigan. David married Nancy Ann Clapper, in 1978. David was predeceased by his mother in 2021, and his father in 2022. He is survived by siblings, Eugene (Shellie) Dake, Kathy (Gregory) Hoxie, and Brian (Rebecca) Dake. ...
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Rick Coleman

June 28, 2022

Rick Coleman of Waukesha, Wisconsin, passed away at home on January 7, 2022 at the age of 70. Rick was a devoted family man. He is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Leonardi); his daughter, Alaine; his mother, Beverly (nee Patton) his sister, Patricia Mellen (nee Coleman) and mother-in-law, Vira Leonardi (nee Garvey). He is also survived by his cousins, Jerry Coleman (Kim) of Battle Creek,...
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William Allen "Bill" Coleman

June 28, 2022

William Allen Coleman William Allen ("Bill") Coleman, 71, of Monticello, MN, passed away May 18, 2021, after a valiant struggle with kidney failure he developed in later life. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Donald and Beverly Coleman. Bill graduated in 1967 as a decorated member of the Battle Creek Central High School debate team. He briefly attended the University of Michigan, and...
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Joann May (Hickey) Beal

February 25, 1936 - June 25, 2022

JoAnn May (Hickey) Beal, 86, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022. She was born February 25, 1936 in Grand Rapids to Chris and Jo Jacobs. She was a 1954 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Argubright Business College. JoAnn owned and operated Abbey's People Model & Talent Agency for 15 years. Her passion was gardening, as well as movies, jazz music, theatre and traveling,...
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Stephen G. "Steve" "Coop" Cooper

May 18, 1954 - June 25, 2022

Stephen G. "Steve" "Coop" Cooper, age 68 of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side on Saturday evening, June 25, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek on May 18, 1954, the son of Franklin and Helen (Stanton) Cooper. Steve graduated from Springfield High School with the Class of 1972 and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He retired...
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Larry Sisco

December 18, 1947 - June 24, 2022

Larry Jack Sisco beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away in his sleep at home, June 24th 2022. Larry was the son of Jack and Ailene Sisco, raised after birth by his cousin Cissy Reed, of Rosiclare Illinois. Later moving to the Battle Creek area, he graduated from Gull Lake High School in 1966. Larry joined the United States Marine Corps in November of 1966. He served...
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Edwin L Piercy

March 2, 1958 - June 22, 2022

Edwin L. Piercy, 64 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 with both of his children by his side. He was born on March 2, 1958 to his loving mother, Violet Cross. Edwin was a decorated Army Veteran with 30 years of honorable service. He mobilized to Iraq in 2004 with the 1073rd Maintenance Company as a Readiness NCO in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and retired in 2006. He was...
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Glen Eldon Harris

September 4, 1929 - June 20, 2022

Glen E. Harris, 92, of Battle Creek, passed away Monday, June 20, 2022 at Bickford Cottage, with his family at his side. Glen was born September 4, 1929 in Battle Creek to Eldon and Doris (Rogers) Harris. He grew up on St. Mary's Lake and was a 1947 graduate of Pennfield High School. Glen was employed at American Fire Apparatus Company 1948-54. He retired from Clark Equipment Company in 1984...
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Lorena Ann (Bakalar) Mell

April 5, 1933 - June 18, 2022

Lorena "Ann" (Bakalar) Mell, 89, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully Saturday, June 18, 2022. Ann was born April 5, 1933 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Thomas and Margaret Bakalar. She grew up in Ft. Wayne as the youngest of nine children and was lovingly referred to as "Baby Ann." She graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School, where she also met Ronald Mell. Ann and Ron were united in...
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Jean Bremer

June 26, 1931 - June 18, 2022

Jean Bremer, 90 of Battle Creek, Michigan, went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2022. She was born on June 26, 1931, daughter of Milan and Antoinette Kovach. Jean is remembered as a loving and outgoing person. She loved camping, reading and putting together puzzles. Jean was very active in the community with volunteering at the Humane Society and Bibles for Missions. Her faith was very...
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Betty L. (Wertz) Nelson

August 8, 1929 - June 17, 2022

Betty L. (Wertz) Nelson, age 92, of Battle Creek died peacefully on June 17, 2022 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Betty was born in Battle Creek on August 8, 1929, the daughter of William and Ethel (Miles) Vaughan. At the age of 3, Betty was adopted by T.J. and Evva (Redmond) Wertz. Betty graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1947. She retired in 2007 after many...
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Wayne B. Clark

August 17, 1926 - June 17, 2022

Wayne B. Clark, age 95, of Battle Creek went to be with the Lord on June 17, 2022. Wayne was born on August 17, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Wellington B. and Florence A. (Stevens) Clark. He grew up in Blissfield, Michigan, where he graduated from Blissfield High School in 1944. He decided to further his education by attending Michigan State University and graduated in 1949 with a...
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Kenneth Eugene Rabbitt

March 26, 1925 - June 16, 2022

Kenneth Eugene Rabbitt, 97, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Eaton Community Palliative Care. Ken was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on March 26, 1925 to Carl David and Esther Susie (Stroud) Rabbitt. He was a 1943 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and earned his A&E Associate's Degree from Western Michigan...
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Kathleen Coffman

October 8, 1946 - June 13, 2022

Kathleen Frances (McVeigh) Coffman, 75, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2022 at Glenn Arbor Hospice after a short illness. Kathy was born October 8, 1946 in Jackson, MI, the 5th of 14 children to William C and Ruth (Marble) McVeigh. The family moved to Battle Creek when she was a young child. Kathy attended St Philip School and graduated from Lakeview High School. As a...
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Leslie L. Ayers

May 13, 1960 - June 12, 2022

Leslie Lavern Ayers, 62, of Battle Creek, passed away June 12, 2022. Leslie was born May 13, 1960 in Kingsley, MI to Leon and Lily (Cable) Ayers. He was a true family man; nothing was more important than spending time with his family. He also loved to watch and play sports. He enjoyed camping, watching the news and following politics. Leslie is survived by his daughter, Melissa Ayers;...
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Jerry L. Wilson

August 25, 1941 - June 12, 2022

Jerry L. Wilson, age 80, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, June 12, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek on August 25, 1941, the son of Gail and Leo (Ovenshire) Wilson and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1959. Jerry furthered his education at Kellogg Community College, and received a BA from Western Michigan University. He served his...
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Dorothy Pauline "Pauline" (Boyd) Phelps

November 9, 1929 - June 10, 2022

Dorothy Pauline (Boyd) Phelps, 92, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Friday, June 10, 2022. Dorothy Pauline Boyd was born November 9, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Milo Glen and Beatrice B. (Balsley) Boyd. She was a 1947 graduate of Kellogg Consolidated Schools. "Pauline" was employed for two years at Consumer's Power Company and in the...
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Robert Moore

August 16, 1929 - June 9, 2022

Robert Frank Moore, son of the late Frank L. Moore and Gladys Lewis Moore, passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on June 9, 2022. He was born on August 16, 1929 in Battle Creek. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1947 and earned a Tool & Die Makers Certificate at Pine Lake Vocational Institute in Plainwell. He served in the Air Force National Guard and on active duty during...
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Richard W. "Rick" Juhnke, DMD

September 4, 1949 - June 9, 2022

Dr. Richard W. "Rick" Juhnke, DMD, age 72, of Burlington, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, June 9, 2022. He was born in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on September 4, 1949, the son of LeRoy W and Anna L. (Dietrich) Juhnke, MD. Rick faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He received a P.A. degree from Alderson Broaddus University and his D.M.D....
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Susan E. Rush

February 24, 1961 - June 8, 2022

Susan E. Rush, age 61, of Battle Creek went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was born in Battle Creek on February 24, 1961 to Marvin R. and Joyce G. (Craig) Rush. Susan lived 59 of her 61 years in Battle Creek, attended Lakeview Schools, and graduated from WMU and MSU. She loved all things sports...
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Louis Frederick "Lou" Guerra

August 5, 1930 - June 7, 2022

Louis F. "Lou" Guerra, 91 of Battle Creek, Michigan died Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Lou was born August 5, 1930 in Lancaster, New York to Victor and Rose (Queeno) Guerra. He grew up in Lancaster and graduated from Lancaster High School. Lou honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received a Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation. Lou...
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Charles "Chuck" Drouillard

May 8, 1950 - June 7, 2022

Charles "Chuck" Drouillard, age 72, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. He was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on May 8, 1950, the son of Herbert W. and Marian (Crabbe) Drouillard. A very decorated war hero, Chuck faithfully served his country as a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army & Reserves for more than 28 years. He retired...
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Thomas W. McLiechey III

January 9, 1940 - June 6, 2022

Thomas Walter McLiechey III, age 82, of Battle Creek, passed away Monday, June 6, 2022. Thomas was born January 9, 1940 in Battle Creek, the son of Thomas Walter and Oleada (Huges) McLiechey. He enjoyed volunteering weekends at the Battle Creek Historical Museum and Historic Adventist Village. He loved estate sales, cooking, Motown music and spending time with his family. Thomas was very proud...
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Kim S Clark

November 22, 1940 - June 5, 2022

Kim S. Clark, age 81 of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away on June 5, 2022. She was born on November 22, 1940, daughter of George and Bertha Hall. Kim is remembered as a loving wife and mother. She loved studying the Bible, going for rides with her husband, and visiting family in Kentucky. She also loved watching T.V., especially her favorite show "I Love Lucy". Kim is loved by many and...
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Shirley Eugene (Coash) Palmer

September 29, 1931 - June 3, 2022

Shirley Eugene Palmer, 90, of Battle Creek, passed away Friday June 3, 2022 in Portage, Michigan. Shirley was born in Battle Creek, Michigan to Norman L. Coash and Helen (Crapo) Coash on September 29, 1931. She went to school and graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1949. She married Paul Lee Palmer on February 19, 1949, in Battle Creek, Michigan. She worked various jobs while raising her...
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William H. Griessel

June 2, 2022

William H. "Bill" Griessel, 91, a 65 year resident of Richland, Michigan died on June 2, 2022 at Bronson Methodist Hospital after having taken a fall. Bill was born in Detroit Michigan to Ray and Lillian Griessel. He and his wife Jane attended and graduated from Western Michigan University in the early 1950's. Bill married Jane B. Adams on June 20, 1953 on Western's Campus. Sadly, she...
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Herbert A. Price

February 3, 1937 - June 2, 2022

Herbert A. Price, 85, of Battle Creek, went home to be with his loving wife, Jean on June 2, 2022. Herbert was born February 3, 1937 in Battle Creek to Dewitt and Bernice (Carr) Price. He worked as a Millwright at Ralston Foods for 33 years, before retiring in 1993. Herbert enjoyed having breakfast at Mr. Don's and having a Sunday afternoon coffee with Zelda Dawn the cat at Penny and Kris'...
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Stella Goodacre

November 30, 1931 - June 2, 2022

Stella Goodacre, age 91, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, June 2, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on November 30, 1931, the daughter of Eli and Sophia (Durockvich) Opich and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Stella served as a Teacher's Aide with Battle Creek Public Schools for many years and enjoyed puzzle books and shopping. Stella is survived by her daughter...
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Patricia Ann "Patti" (Hoque) Stetler

June 1, 2022

Patricia Ann Stetler, 84 of Battle Creek passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. "Patti" was born in Harvey, Illinois to M. Gordon & Harriett (Hoque) Bull of Benton Harbor. She graduated from Benton Harbor High in 1955 and went to Michigan State University where she met her husband John F. Stetler. They graduated together in 1961 and moved to Lancaster, Ohio with their daughter Susan....
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Josephine Angeline "Jo" (Capovilla) Lauck

March 12, 1939 - June 1, 2022

Josephine Angeline Lauck passed away on June 1st, 2022 at the age of 83. She lived her last 24 years in Battle Creek, Michigan close to her two sons and granddaughter. She was born in Bloomingdale, Michigan on March 12, 1939 to Primo Capovilla and Angeline (Budzinski) Capovilla. Josephine graduated from Hartford High School in 1957. She loved spending time with her only granddaughter...
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Marvin E. Bliss

January 6, 1935 - May 31, 2022

Marvin E. "Marv" Bliss, 87, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Marv was born January 6, 1935. He was the co-owner of River Lake Inn with his loving wife Anita. A graveside service to celebrate Marv's life will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at Memorial Park Cemetery, in the chapel. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care.
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William Chandler "Bill" Phelps, Jr.

August 29, 1929 - May 31, 2022

William Chandler "Bill" Phelps, Jr., 92, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully at home on May 31, 2022 and went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bill was born August 29, 1929 in Petoskey, Michigan to William Chandler and Frances (Kuberski) Phelps, Sr. He grew up in Winslow, Arizona and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He later earned an Associate...
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Beverly J. "Bev" Grimes

July 13, 1939 - May 28, 2022

Beverly J. "Bev" Grimes, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 28, 2022 after a determined and courageous eleven-year battle with cancer. She was born in Dearborn, MI on July 13, 1939, the daughter of Christopher and Alice (Asquith) Edwards. Bev graduated from Dearborn Fordson High School with the Class of 1957 and furthered her education at Western Michigan University...
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Larry E. Howlett

September 29, 1950 - May 27, 2022

Larry E. Howlett, 71, died May 27, 2022. Larry was born September 29, 1950 in Niles, MI to Saturni and Myrtle (Hayes) Howlett. He worked as a mechanic for many years. He was generally a stubborn man, but found a way to make everyone around him laugh. Larry is survived by his two sons, Shane and Mario Howlett; his grandchildren, Nautica, Rayonna, Smara, Xavier and Thayet and his sister,...
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Marilou Mitchell

September 20, 1930 - May 25, 2022

Marilou Mitchell, age 91, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on September 20, 1930, and was the loving daughter of Orrin J. Leveiller and Dorothe (Grover) Leveiller Baker. Marilou was raised by her grandparents, Charles & Marie Grover, and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1948. Marilou married the...
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Sadie Marie Bauer

October 9, 1932 - May 22, 2022

Sadie Marie (Mohan) Bauer, 89 of Battle Creek died on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Pineview Assisted Living. Sadie was born October 9, 1932 in Cambria, Illinois to James E. and Dorothy L. (Brown) Mohan, Sr. She grew up in Cambria and was a 1947 graduate of Herrin High School. Sadie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University and her Master's Degree in...
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Mitch LaFountain

July 15, 1980 - May 20, 2022

Mitch LaFountain, Age 41 of Battle Creek, MI passed away on May 20, 2022. He was born on July 15, 1980 to his parents, David LaFountain and Jean Sinkler in Allegan, MI. Mitch just loved life. He was an avid fisherman and loved camping, working on cars, cooking, playing with his dog, Beau, and most of all "Talking Smack" to everyone (all in good fun). He enjoyed having a few drinks with his...
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Shirley A. Paulson

December 20, 1935 - May 20, 2022

Shirley Ann Paulson, age 86, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Friday afternoon, May 20, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on December 20, 1935, the loving daughter of Floyd and Charlotte (Reichel) Shay. Shirley married Arthur Edward Paulson in Calhoun County on May 12, 1951, and they raised four daughters in their loving home. She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Lee) Rentz of Shelton,...
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JoAnn Marie Howes

December 25, 1935 - May 19, 2022

JoAnn Marie (Korhonen) Howes, passed peacefully at home with all of her children by her side on Thursday, May 19, 2022. JoAnn was born on Christmas Day 1935 in Grayling, Michigan to Walter and Leelah (Gierke) Korhonen. She grew up in Grayling and graduated in 1954 from Grayling High School. JoAnn married the love of her life, David Pendry Howes, on August 21, 1954 after they met camping on...
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Robert V. "Bob" Wenzel

March 1, 1942 - May 19, 2022

Robert V. "Bob" Wenzel, age 80 of Richland, passed away at home on May 19, 2022. Bob was born March 1, 1942, in Plymouth, IN to Robert I. and Irene (Houin) Wenzel. He lived, attended school, and worked on the family farm in Lakeville, IN until going to work for REA Express in 1963. In 1964, he was drafted into the United States Army and served at Fort Polk, LA until 1966. He then returned to...
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Eileen Ann (Chase) Sheehan

April 26, 1925 - May 18, 2022

Eileen Ann (Chase) Sheehan, 97 of Battle Creek died peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Lakeview Assisted living, with her family at her side. Eileen was born April 26, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan to Ward Neil and Anna Marie (Zimmerman) Chase. She moved to Battle Creek as a child and began attending St. Philip Elementary in third grade. Eileen was a 1943 graduate of St. Philip Catholic...
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Ralph C. Smith

March 19, 1943 - May 18, 2022

Ralph Carl "Smitty" Smith, 79 of Battle Creek, MI, passed away Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 in Kalamazoo, MI. Ralph was born in Battle Creek on March 19th, 1943, the son of Orville C. and Maudie L. Smith. He called Battle Creek his home during his lifetime. Ralph grew up in Battle Creek, graduating from Battle Creek Central in 1961. Following that, he spent some time in the Air National Guard,...
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Alfreeda D. Cross

December 5, 1941 - May 17, 2022

Alfreeda D. Cross, age 80, formerly of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2022. She was born December 5, 1941, the daughter of Alfred and Inez (Ingould) Cross and attended Battle Creek Central High School. Alfreeda worked at several area restaurants and truly enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Alfreeda is survived by her children, Dianna...
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Virginia D'Lamatter

November 26, 1926 - May 14, 2022

Virginia M. (Bartz) D'Lamatter, 95, died on May 14, 2022 at Bickford Senior Living in Battle Creek, Michigan. Virginia spent many years working for the City of Battle Creek Planning Department. Virginia always held a special place in her heart for St. Philip Church and Catholic education in Battle Creek. Virginia has supported the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools Foundation annually for...
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Jean P. Price

May 7, 1937 - May 13, 2022

Bob Seger lost his #1 fan, Jean P. Price, when she passed away on May 13, 2022. She was 85 years old. Jean was born May 7, 1937 in Battle Creek to Earl and Olive (Johnson) Lewis. Jean and her twin sister Joan were raised by their grandparents Cora & Harry and their Uncle OT Johnson. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1957. She married Herbert A. Price on October 2, 1960 in...
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Patricia Ann "Pat" Gettys

March 31, 1933 - May 13, 2022

Mrs. Patricia Ann Gettys, born March 31, 1933 in Allegan, Michigan, daughter of Carl William Bishop and Mizpah Marcella VanKeuren, passed away peacefully at home on May 13, 2022, surrounded by family. Pat married Melvin Duane in 1952 and was widowed in 1962, then was married to Kenneth Gettys in 1965 and widowed in 1997. Pat graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and received certification...
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Jack S. Palmer

June 1, 1924 - May 13, 2022

Jack S. Palmer, 97, passed away May 13, 2022 at StoryPoint Senior Living in Portage with his family by his side. Jack was born June 1, 1924 in Holland, MI to Merle and Jeanette (Scheerhorn) Palmer. He graduated high school and served his country honorably in the U.S Army Air Corps during WWII. While deployed, he was a B-17 Engineer/Gunner in England. Jack was also a P5 Mechanic at the Air...
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William "Duncan" Bailey, Jr.

May 10, 2022

William Duncan Bailey, age 71, a well-known Barber and Stylist in Battle Creek, died with his family at his side on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Ascension Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Duncan was born September 7, 1950 in Battle Creek to William Duncan Bailey, Sr. and Barbara (Bacon) Bailey. He was a 1968 graduate of Harper Creek High School, attended Ferris State College in the Pharmacy...
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Margaret Ann "Marge" (Cincala) Rysz

September 17, 1929 - May 9, 2022

Margaret Ann "Marge" (Cincala) Rysz, 92 of Battle Creek died at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall on Monday, May 9, 2022. Marge was born September 17, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Heban) Cincala. She grew up in Rossford, Ohio and was a 1947 graduate of Rossford High School. Margaret Ann "Marge" Cincala was united in marriage to Teddy Rysz in 1950. Marge was preceded...
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George Paul "Paul" Flach

May 4, 2022

George Paul Flach, 97, of Augusta, Michigan passed away May 4, 2022. Paul was the ninth of 12 children of Francis and Agnes (Fisher) Flach. He honorably served our country with the U.S. Navy during WWII in the European and Asiatic Pacific Theaters. Paul was a carpenter and builder by trade. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and gardening. ...
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Gretta L. Kitchen

March 6, 1942 - May 4, 2022

Gretta L. Kitchen, age 80 of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday morning, May 4, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on March 6, 1942, the loving daughter of Forrest and Rebekah (Wilkinson) Stamm. Gretta owned & operated her own commercial cleaning business, "GK Cleaning" in the Houghton Lake & Battle Creek areas for more than 40 years and...
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Philip C. Purvis

February 7, 1927 - May 3, 2022

Philip (Phil) Charles Purvis,age 95 of Battle Creek, died peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Phil was born on February 7, 1927 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Charles and Edith (Johnson) Purvis, who preceded him in death. Phil was a 1944 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. After graduating from high school, Phil was drafted in to the U.S. Army...
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Joan Stringer

December 30, 1934 - May 1, 2022

Joan Annette Stringer, passed away at home on May 1, 2022 after battling a long illness. She was born December 30, 1934 in Battle Creek to Frank L. and Pauline (Harrison) Wade. She graduated from Central High School in 1952. She married James F. Stringer in May 1954 at First Baptist Church in Battle Creek, MI. While Jim was in the Navy, they lived in Memphis, TN, Vallejo, CA, and Long Beach,...
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Chaney D. Overholts

August 8, 1947 - April 29, 2022

Chaney D. Overholts, age 74, of Galesburg, Michigan passed away peacefully on Friday evening, April 29, 2022 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. He was born in Düsseldorf, Germany on August 8, 1947, the son of Howard Dale and Dagmar Charlotte (Bauer) Overholts. Chaney faithfully served his country as a Sergeant In the United States Army, retiring in 1979 after more than 12...
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Marjorie Marie Peterson

May 2, 1930 - April 26, 2022

Marjorie Marie (VanDyke) Peterson, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Marjorie was born on May 2, 1930 in Battle Creek to Shirley and Jennie (Talbot) VanDyke. She grew up in Wattles Park and was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. She was formerly employed at Leila Hospital and the Kellogg Company. She also attended the Seventh-day Adventist Church downtown for over 15 years. On...
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Raymond Leroy Malotte

December 8, 1915 - April 26, 2022

Raymond Leroy Malotte, age 106 of Battle Creek passed away peacefully and went to be with his Lord & Savior on Tuesday evening, April 26, 2022. Raymond was born in Ridgeville, Indiana on December 8, 1915, the loving and devoted son of Roe and Bertha (Carrier) Malotte. The family moved to Augusta, Michigan when Raymond was 10 years old. Four years later, the family moved to Battle Creek....
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Alice L. Moore

February 8, 1928 - April 24, 2022

Alice L. Moore, age 94, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday evening, April 24, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on February 8, 1928, the loving daughter of Lawson and Dorothy (Budd) Rule. Alice retired from Norman Foods after more than 20 years of service. She was a member of the Bedford O.E.S. Chapter # 471, the Battle Creek Corvette Club and Bedford Hills Country Club. Alice enjoyed...
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Sally A. (Etter) Turner

October 30, 1934 - April 24, 2022

Dr. Sally A. Turner. Born October 30, 1934 - April 24, 2022 at 87 years old. Beloved mother, aunt, grandmother, community leader, excellent friend and retired veterinarian, Sally Ann Turner, left us after a fierce battle against dementia. On Easter Sunday 2022 Sally had a massive stroke and entered hospice care shortly after. Sally was born to Charles and Mary (Olmstead) Etter in South Bend...
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Jane B. (Brydges) Chappell

April 24, 2022

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Jane Brydges Chappell. She joined the angels peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday, April 24, 2022. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Julie Chappell Ryan (Tim) of Medina, Ohio; Janet Chappell (Michael Ashton) of East Lansing, Michigan; Jeanine Plushnik (Tony) of Ceresco, Michigan; Jackie Stevens (Mark)...
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Roger Lee Stults

December 12, 1932 - April 22, 2022

Roger Lee Stults, 89, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at Bickford Assisted Living on Friday, April 22, 2022. Roger was born December 12, 1932 in Battle Creek to Leslie "Tim" and Pearl M. (Copeland) Stults. He attended Battle Creek Central High School and graduated from Harper Creek High School. Roger honorably served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Watts, a Fletcher class...
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