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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

Jean Ann Rice

March 11, 1956 - November 30, 2021

Jean Ann Rice, age 65 of Bellevue, Michigan died peacefully on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jean bravely battled cancer for many years and was able to enjoy an additional 15 years. Jean was born March 11, 1956 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Albert Rolland and Victoria Louise (Berry) Colvin. She was a 1974 graduate of Lakeview High School,...
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Bi Zet (Vavaltea)

August 11, 1987 - November 29, 2021

Bi Zet (Vavaltea), age 34 of Springfield, Michigan died on Monday, November 29, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Vavaltea was formerly employed as a Team Leader at II Stanley Company. Family and friends will be received 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Michigan MIZO Christian Church, 3003 Gethings Road, Battle Creek, MI 49015. A service...
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Judith Ann "Judy" Palmer

April 4, 1964 - November 28, 2021

Judith Ann (Colwell) Palmer passed away peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence Sunday evening November 28, 2021. Judi was born the youngest of three children to William and Danine (Francisco) Colwell on April 4, 1964. Judi had many lifelong neighborhood friends as a child, one in particular, she found a new connection with as an adult. Judi married the love of her life Jeffrey J....
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Sharon Kay Gripe

December 6, 1943 - November 27, 2021

Sharon K. Gripe, age 77, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 27, 2021. Sharon was born on December 6, 1943, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Charles Edward and Alma Lucille (Snow) Gripe. Sharon grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1962 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, earned an Associate Degree in Education from Kellogg...
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Shirley A. Danin

April 8, 1928 - November 26, 2021

Ms. Shirley Star Danin, 93, of Harbor Springs, MI died Friday, November 26, 2021. Born in Battle Creek to Morris and Celia Star, she moved to Saginaw, MI where she was a longtime resident and spent the past 20 years in Harbor Springs, MI. She was a member of Temple B'nai Israel in Saginaw, a member of the Temple Sisterhood, a clarinetist from Interlochen Center for the Arts, a gourmet cook, a...
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Teddy Roy Holcombe

August 5, 1933 - November 25, 2021

Teddy R Holcombe, 88, of Battle Creek, went home to the Lord on November 25, 2021. Teddy was born August 5, 1933 in Sulphur Rock, Arkansas to Roe and Gertie (Weaver) Holcombe. He served honorably in the U.S. Army and worked his entire career at Clark Equipment, as a machinist and later an expeditor. Teddy was a long-time member of the 20th Street Church of Christ. He enjoyed gardening...
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Michael Wayne Heshelman

January 19, 1949 - November 24, 2021

Michael Wayne Heshelman, age 72, of Battle Creek went to be with his Lord on Wednesday evening, November 24, 2021 in the Cardiac Unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Michael was born in Battle Creek on January 19, 1949, the son of Robert and Eva (Wilkey) Heshelman. Michael graduated from Gull Lake High School as Senior Class President, the Class of 1967, a member of the National...
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Mary Norris Koerner

February 16, 1924 - November 23, 2021

Mary Norris Koerner, age 97, of Battle Creek died Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Pineview Assisted Living. She was born in Battle Creek on February 16, 1924, the daughter of John and Agnes (Scott) Dale and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Mary worked at the Clark Equipment Company as a secretary in Purchasing, her first real job, and retired from the administrative offices of the...
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Earl Ford Snorton

September 22, 1940 - November 21, 2021

Earl Ford Snorton, 81, of Battle Creek, went to be with his Lord on November 21, 2021. He was born on September 22, 1940 to Solomon Snorton and Thelma L. Armstrong in Crofton, KY. After high school, Earl joined the US Army as a Motor Transportation Operator. He served his country in Europe and received an Honorable Discharge. Earl was employed by Clark Equipment Company and the City of...
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John Edward Bradley

June 15, 1941 - November 21, 2021

John Edward Bradley, 80 of Battle Creek died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, November 21, 2021. John was born June 15, 1941 in Jackson, Michigan the son of Edward Bernard and Gladys May (Garlick) Bradley. He grew up in Jackson, Michigan and was a 1959 graduate of St. John Catholic High School. John honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany, during the time the Berlin Wall was...
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Ronald L. Hattis

July 22, 1942 - November 16, 2021

Ronald Leo Hattis, 79, of Athens, MI died at home on November 16th, 2021. Ron was born in Vicksburg, Michigan on July 22, 1942, the son of Stanley and Helena (Shlagor) Hattis. He was a 1960 graduate of Vicksburg High School and honorably served as a flight engineer in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1964. He graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1970. Ron joined the...
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Jan M. Farley

April 10, 1942 - November 16, 2021

It is with great sadness that we have the share the passing of our beloved mother and wife, Jan Marie Farley, age 79. She died peacefully and went in to the Lord's arms on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Jan was born April 10, 1942 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Margaret and Benjamin Hoshal. Jan attended and graduated from Lakeview High School and worked several different jobs, the most recent...
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Sherman Wendell Petersen

November 7, 1927 - November 16, 2021

Sherman Wendell Petersen, 94, of Richland, Michigan and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan died on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Freedom Village in Holland, Michigan. Sherman was born November 7, 1927, in Wakonda, South Dakota to Morten and Mae (Richner) Petersen. He grew up on a farm in Irene, South Dakota, and graduated from Irene/Wakonda High School. During WWII, Sherman honorably...
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Jane E. Campbell

April 12, 1927 - November 15, 2021

Jane E. Campbell, 94, of Battle Creek, died November 15, 2021. Jane was born April 12, 1927 in Doreno, MO to Jesse and Esther (Green) Baker. She was a stenographer before working in physical therapy and retired from teaching at Battle Creek and Springfield Schools. Jane married Richard Campbell on August 24, 1947, who survives. She is also survived by her two daughters, Paula (Jim,...
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Michael William "Mike" Kuhn, Sr.

January 13, 1955 - November 14, 2021

Michael William Kuhn, Sr., 66 of Augusta, died at Bronson Methodist Hospital on Sunday, November 14, 2021, after a three-week battle with COVID 19. Mike was born January 13, 1955 in South Haven, Michigan to Arthur Dean and Dorothy E. (Janosky) Kuhn. As a sixth grader he moved with his family to Galesburg, Michigan, where he was a 1973 graduate of Galesburg-Augusta High School. In 1982, Mike...
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Pietro "Pete" Joseph Mezza

May 2, 1928 - November 13, 2021

Pietro "Pete" Joseph Mezza passed peacefully on November 13, 2021 at 93 years young. He was affectionally known as Superman to his family and close friends. Pete was born May 2, 1928 in New Castle, PA, to Americo and Maria (Bartolino) Mezza. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Giovanni "John" Mezza, Vincenzo "Jimmy" Mezza, Angeline "Angie" (Butch) Martin, and Benito "Benny"...
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William Ora "Bill" Keifer, Jr.

July 8, 1938 - November 12, 2021

William Ora Keifer, Jr., 83 of Battle Creek, Michigan died Friday, November 12, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. Bill was born July 8, 1938 in Nappanee, Indiana to William Ora and Dorothy (Holderman) Keifer. He grew up in Nappanee and was a 1957 graduate of Nappanee High School. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a man of all trades and could fix anything. Most of his...
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Joyce M. McGlocklin

June 5, 1929 - November 11, 2021

Joyce Marie McGlocklin, 92, of Battle Creek, went to be with her Lord on November 11, 2021. She was born on June 5, 1929 to Lula and Vernon Manning. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, class of 1948. Joyce married Willard (Bill) McGlocklin on January 14, 1950. She loved her family. She is survived by her daughters, Rev. Jane Ellen (Chuck) Johnson, Elizabeth (Thomas) Dix...
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Larry L. Marble

March 11, 1946 - November 11, 2021

Larry L. Marble, age 75, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, November 11, 2021 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Battle Creek on March 11, 1946. Larry graduated from Lakeview High School where he was a member of the Swim & Basketball teams, and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. Larry retired from Ralston Foods in 2006 after more than...
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John Richard "Jack" Titus, P.E.

February 18, 1935 - November 8, 2021

John R. "Jack" Titus, P.E., 86, of Richland, Michigan died peacefully on Monday, November 8, 2021, at the Laurels of Galesburg. Jack was born February 18, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois to Leo and Agnes H. (Neustifer) Titus. As a child, he moved to Decatur, Michigan, where he was a 1953 graduate of Decatur High School. He received his Mechanical Engineering Degree from Western Michigan...
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Marvin Richard Munn

October 14, 1962 - November 8, 2021

Marvin R. Munn, 59, of Battle Creek, passed away November 8, 2021 at Ascension Borgess Hospital. Marvin was born October 14, 1962 in Lakeview, MI to Phillip and Veronica (Johnson) Munn. He received his Associate's Degree from Kellogg Community College and worked as a Facilities Maintenance Technician for CLM Midwest. Marvin married the former Kathleen Clark, who survives. Marvin is also...
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Joyce Annese (Copeland) Shaffer

July 7, 1941 - November 7, 2021

Joyce Annese (Copeland) Shaffer, age 80, of Battle Creek, MI died peacefully Sunday morning, November 7, 2021 at The Legacy at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods following a lengthy battle with dementia. Joyce, the daughter of James R. and I. Verdon (Stout) Copeland, was born on July 7, 1941 in Livingston, Tennessee. Her family later moved to Calhoun County, MI. Joyce was a 1959 graduate of Battle...
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Carlene Diane Myers

December 14, 1947 - November 7, 2021

Carlene Diane Myers, age 73 of Battle Creek died peacefully on Sunday evening, November 7, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on December 14, 1947, the daughter of Bernard and Amy June (Hammond) Church. Carlene graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1966 and received a Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University. She retired from Kellogg Community College on June 30, 2010...
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Dorothy Marie (Cook) Frey

March 26, 1931 - November 6, 2021

Dorothy Marie (Cook) Frey, 90, a resident of Lombard, Illinois and a former resident of Battle Creek passed away on November 6 under the care of hospice at her assisted living facility. She had been in the care of hospice for 8 weeks. Dorothy was born on March 26, 1931 in Lake Odessa to Grover and Reva (Watkins) Cook. She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1949. Dorothy graduated from...
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Marion Louise (Standley) Nash

September 23, 1933 - November 4, 2021

Marion Louise (Standley) Nash, 88, of Battle Creek, Michigan died Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Bronson Battle Creek. Marion was born September 23, 1933 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Vern and Margaret (Reniger) Standley. She attended a one-room schoolhouse and Battle Creek Central High School. Marion was employed as a waitress at the former Grant's Department Store in the...
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Brenda E. Erway

September 24, 1941 - November 2, 2021

Brenda Elaine Erway (80) of Battle Creek passed on November 2, 2021. Brenda was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was born on September 24, 1941 in Marshall, Michigan to Walter and Maxine Venn. Brenda graduated high school in Marshall and attended Western Michigan University. She met her husband Roger while at university. They married in 1963. In addition to being a wise and...
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Harold K. Cosgrove

August 28, 1932 - October 31, 2021

Harold K. Cosgrove, 89, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at Bronson Battle Creek on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Harold was born August 28, 1932 in South Haven, Michigan the son of Floyd and Lillian Thursa (Marr) Cosgrove. As a child, he moved to Battle Creek with his family from Allegan. Harold attended Southeastern Junior High and then during his senior year was drafted into the U...
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George Edward McKay, Jr.

April 28, 1941 - October 26, 2021

George Edward McKay, Jr., 80, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. George was born April 28, 1941 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of George Edward and Mary Louise (Gordon) McKay, Sr. He was a 1959 graduate of Lakeview High School. George received his Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Education, with a teaching certificate from the...
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Donald Paul "Don" Eldridge

June 12, 1945 - October 26, 2021

Donald Paul "Don" Eldridge, 76, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died, fighting to the end, on October 26, 2021, at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. Don was born June 12, 1945 in Battle Creek the son of Dewey Esto and Carrie Estelle (Pettit) Eldridge. He was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Kellogg Community College for two years. Don honorably served his...
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Harlan Floyd Jones

July 22, 1941 - October 24, 2021

Harlan Floyd Jones, age 80, of Battle Creek passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2021, after a brief illness. Harlan was born on July 22, 1941 to Floyd Arthur Jones and Mildred Bernice (Adams) Jones in Roseville, California. He graduated in 1959 from Roseville Union High School and continued his education at La Sierra College in Rocklin, California. In 1964, Harlan enlisted with the United...
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Gilbert John "Gil" Rizor

April 24, 1932 - October 24, 2021

Gilbert John "Gil" Rizor, 89, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Sunday, October 24, 2021. Gil was born April 24, 1932 in Battle Creek, Michigan to John Preston and Elsie Ellen (Root) Rizor. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and then joined the U.S. Air Force. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force for two...
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Kalli Lynette Green

November 2, 2020 - October 23, 2021

Kalli Lynette Green, age 11 months of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, October 23, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Marshall, Michigan on November 2, 2020, the beautiful daughter of Duane "Bub" Green III. and Aleigha Ramos. Kalli loved to dance and listening to music, with her favorite song being "Baby Shark", and watching "Puppy Dog Pals". She also loved...
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Laura E. Latowski

September 6, 1929 - October 22, 2021

Laura Latowski, died Friday, at age 92. Laura was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Joseph and Mary (Jantosh) Skwarski. Laura graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and received a teaching certificate from Western Michigan University. She worked for Oldsmobile for 35 years. She is survived by her husband and love of her life, Dan Latowski. Laura and Dan lived on a farm in Charlotte...
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Harthalene (Land) Casterline

October 21, 2021

Harthalene (Land) Casterline of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at home with her family at her side and in the care of Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan. Harthalene was born June 15th in Hazard, Kentucky the daughter of Herbert and Grace (Ferguson) Land. She grew up in Cincinnati and Battle Creek, attending Battle Creek Central High School, where she completed her GED and then two years of...
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Helen Kay (Winters) McGee

January 9, 1946 - October 21, 2021

Helen Kay (Winters) McGee, 75, of Galesburg, Michigan died October 21, 2021. Helen was born January 9, 1946 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (DePriester) Winters. She grew up in Hickory Corners and graduated from W K Kellogg Consolidated High School. Helen earned her Dental Assistant Degree in Elkhart, Indiana. She worked briefly as a dental assistant. She was a...
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Diana Ruth "Diane" (Avramoff) Caswell

April 13, 1940 - October 21, 2021

Our loving mother, Diana Ruth "Diane" (Avramoff) Caswell, 81, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Diane was born April 13, 1940 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Avram Elia "Al" Avramoff. She was raised by her loving father in a very old-fashioned way, as Al was an immigrant from Greece. She would proudly and regularly share...
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Charlene Mary (Skidmore) Swanson

February 16, 1937 - October 20, 2021

Charlene Mary Swanson, 84, died peacefully at Bronson Battle Creek on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Charlene was born February 16, 1937, in Indianapolis, Indiana to William M. Skidmore and Amelia A. (Hess) Skidmore. Charlene grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1955 graduate of St. Philip Catholic High School. She received an Associate's Degree from Kellogg Community College. Charlene Mary...
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Nelson M. Dull

November 30, 1931 - October 19, 2021

Nelson M. Dull, 89, of Battle Creek, died October 19, 2021. Nelson was born November 30, 1931 in Battle Creek to Guy and Nellie (Joppie) Dull. He went to Lakeview Schools and then went on to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 in Germany. Following his time in the service Nelson worked as a tree trimmer and did masonry work before working at the Kellogg Company for...
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Julie A. Cummins

May 4, 1954 - October 18, 2021

Julie found complete peace on October 18, 2021, surrounded by those closest to her. She had been living with pancreatic cancer for more than two years. Julie, 67, was the beloved daughter of Ruthanne Cummins and dear friend of Carrie, her caregiver, Deb, Margaret, Kathy, Barb and many others. She was preceded in death by her father, Dale Cummins and brothers Jeffery and Michael Cummins. ...
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Crystyl Arnita Rucker

December 23, 1951 - October 17, 2021

Crystyl Arnita Rucker was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 23, 1951. She is the daughter of Amos and Agnes Rucker. She was a 1970 graduate of John J. Pershing High School. She attended Michigan State University and received her Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Education. She moved to Battle Creek, Michigan to begin her teaching career in 1974 at Northwestern Junior High School,...
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J.D. Millsap, Sr.

October 18, 1942 - October 17, 2021

J.D. Millsap Sr. of Battle Creek passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at age 78. J.D. was born on October 18, 1942 in Dayton, Tennessee to Theapolis and Alma (Menton) Millsap. He enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He loved making beef jerky and was a long-time member and served on the board of the Andrus Street Church of God. J.D. is survived by...
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Raymond J. Luts III

July 16, 1950 - October 17, 2021

Raymond James Luts III passed on Sunday, October 17, 2021 due to complications of cancer. Ray was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 16, 1950, the son of Raymond James Luts II and Iva Jean Luts (Miles). He was the oldest of the three children. He married his wife of 48 years, Cheryl Ann Swinford, on February 3, 1973 in Philo, Illinois. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Daniel...
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Betty Lou (Badger) Bly

February 26, 1926 - October 12, 2021

Betty Lou (Badger) Bly, 95 of Battle Creek died as a result of COVID-19 at Bronson Battle Creek on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Betty was born February 26, 1926 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Claude and Mary Elizabeth (Eldridge) Badger. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a homemaker most of her life. Betty was formerly employed at General Foods, U. S. Steel & Wire in Battle Creek...
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Marilyn Belle (Dirksen) Hoyt

April 30, 1933 - October 11, 2021

Marilyn Belle Hoyt, (nee Dirksen) age 88 of Dexter, MI beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to sleep in Christ's arms on Monday Oct 11, 2021. Marilyn was born in Minneapolis Minnesota to William and Juanita Dirksen, oldest of four daughters. Marilyn fondly recalled living in Sioux Falls, SD. The home was next to a cemetery which she cut through on her way to and from...
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Sharon Kay (Higdon) Gawlak

October 3, 1942 - October 9, 2021

Sharon Kay (Higdon) Gawlak, 79, of Battle Creek died at home on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Sharon Kay Higdon was born October 3, 1942 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Harold and Maude (Wright) Higdon. She was a 1960 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. The Higdon Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Sharon Gawlak in honor of her parents, Maude and Harold Higdon. Sharon's...
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Richard Reid "Rick" Zoss

June 5, 1953 - October 9, 2021

Richard Reid "Rick" Zoss, 68, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Rick was born June 5, 1953 in South Bend, Indiana the son of William Charles and Bette Jeanne (Droege) Zoss. He grew up in South Bend and graduated from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. Rick was most recently employed in production and parts assembly...
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Betty Jean (Brown) Knight

April 26, 1927 - October 9, 2021

Betty Jean (Brown) Knight, 94, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully at Heritage Assisted Living. Betty was born April 26, 1927 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Clayman Curtis and Helen G. (Voyce) Brown. She attended Battle Creek Central High School. She spent most of her life as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother caring for her family. She worked in the family...
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Charles A. Dinkins

April 27, 1943 - October 8, 2021

Charles A. "Charlie" Dinkins, 78, of Battle Creek, died October 8, 2021. Charlie was born April 27, 1943 in Dayton, TN to Robert and Rosabelle (Brady) Dinkins. Charlie studied turf management at Michigan State University and was the superintendent/course manager at Binder Park Golf Course for 36 years, retiring in 2000. Charlie married the former Susan Johnson on October 19, 1968, who...
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Geraldine Portia "Jerry" (McCann) Taylor

September 2, 1931 - October 8, 2021

Geraldine Portia "Jerry" (McCann) Taylor passed away peacefully on Friday, October 8, 2021 in Manistee, Michigan, where her family gathered to be with her. Jerry was born in Hibbing, Minnesota on September 2, 1931 to Ralph & Helen (Leino) McCann. She lived in Battle Creek most of her life but spent her summers in Hibbing until after High School. She loved going to Minnesota where she had many...
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Melissa Jo Wright-Butler

April 9, 1976 - October 4, 2021

Melissa Jo Wright-Butler, 45, of Battle Creek, went home to be with her Savior on October 4, 2021, after a courageous battle with EHE cancer. She left this world with her earthly family at her side to join her heavenly family's outstretched arms. Melissa was born on April 9, 1976 in Battle Creek to Mark Louis Wright and Lori (Collins) Kendricks. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High...
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Kay Frances (Etter) Meldrum

October 27, 1939 - October 3, 2021

Kay Frances (Etter) Meldrum, 81, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at The Villa at Winston Court on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Kay was born October 27, 1939 in Battle Creek and was raised by her adopted parent's Milton J. and Flora McDonald (Fettes) Etter. She grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Kay was employed as a waitress at the former Spa...
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Geraldine "Gerry" Adcock

October 2, 2021

Geraldine "Gerry" Adcock, age 103, of Bedford Township passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, October 2, 2021. She was born in Bedford Township, MI in 1918 to Casper and Alice Uldriks. Being one of 9 children, Gerry had to help take care of her younger siblings and work on the farm while attending school. She attended Kirby School, Level Park School and Battle Creek Central. During her...
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Rosemarie "Rommie" (Schnepf) Schuetz

October 7, 1927 - October 1, 2021

Rosemarie "Rommie" (Schnepf) Schuetz, 93, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Lakeview Assisted Living on Friday, October 1, 2021. She was born Rose Marie Schnepf on October 7, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Joseph and Theresa (Stemmer) Schnepf. Rosemarie grew up in Detroit and was a 1945 graduate of Edwin Denby High School, and later attended Wayne State University. Rosemarie was...
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Joyce E. Kunz

February 18, 1953 - October 1, 2021

Joyce E. Kunz, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at her home on Friday evening, October 1, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on February 18, 1953, the daughter of Everett L. and Shirley A. (Pickett) Ehle and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1972. Joyce worked for Battle Creek Public and Lakeview School Districts for more than 38 years and continued...
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James L. King

April 1, 1936 - September 28, 2021

James L. King, 85, of Bellevue, Michigan passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family after a brief, courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born April 1, 1936, in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Daisy (Holmes) and Neville King. He was a 1954 graduate of Hastings High School. On April 20, 1957, he was united marriage to Ruth Ann Rhoades in Battle Creek,...
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Dennis Earl Clayman

November 3, 1959 - September 26, 2021

Dennis Earl Clayman, age 61, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday morning, September 26, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. Dennis was born November 3, 1959 in Battle Creek to Arthur E. and LuAlice M. (Smith) Clayman. He retired from II Stanley in April 2018 after more than 30 years of service. Dennis married Debra D. "Deb" Hagan in Battle Creek on October 29, 2004; she survives. He is also...
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Cindy Lee McDonald Evans

January 22, 1958 - September 25, 2021

Cindy Lee McDonald Evans, 63 of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home, with her family and friends at her side on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Cindy was born January 22, 1958 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Oliver Lowell and Margaret Marie (Wildie) McDonald. Other than a short stay in Alaska, Battle Creek has been Cindy's home. She was a 1976 graduate of Springfield High School. ...
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Naomi Ann Becerra-Norton

November 13, 1969 - September 24, 2021

Naomi A. Becerra-Norton, age 51, of Battle Creek, MI passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021. Naomi was a beloved daughter to Claudia Lopez and Gonzalo "Bob" Becerra. She was an amazing mother to her sons, Mike and Nick Becerra. She was employed at Firekeepers until cancer treatments made her too weak to work. She had fond memories of her coworkers and her nickname "Shotgun". Naomi is...
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Linda Marie (Hiatt) Estelle

April 26, 1947 - September 24, 2021

Linda Marie (Hiatt) Estelle, 74 of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glen Arbor Hospice Residence on Friday, September 24, 2021. Linda was born April 26, 1947 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Lee O. and Ida M. (Ganson) Hiatt. She was a 1965 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central, attended Kellogg Community College and Weaver Airline School in Kansas City, Missouri. During high school...
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Harry L. Winch

June 27, 1930 - September 22, 2021

Harry Winch of Bellevue, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Harry was born on June 27, 1930 to Frank and Margaret (Snell) Winch. He had two brothers and a sister, Jimmy Winch, Alice (Winch) West, and Richard Winch, all of whom preceded him in death. He attended school in McClure, Ohio. After school, Harry enlisted in the National Guard and was drafted into the Army, where...
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Dora Janette (Weimer) Drayton

August 29, 1924 - September 20, 2021

Dora Janette (Weimer) Drayton, age 97, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Monday morning, September 20, 2021 at the Laurels of Bedford. She was born in Battle Creek on August 29, 1924, the loving daughter of Ernest J. and Flossie K. (Callender) Weimer. Dora is survived by her two sons, David (Jean) Drayton and John (Charlene) Drayton, both of Battle Creek; her grandchildren, Alan ...
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Corey Patrick Lee

April 29, 1994 - September 19, 2021

Corey Patrick Lee, 27, of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home. Corey was born April 29, 1994 in Battle Creek the son of Sean Patrick Lee and Jamie Louise Mason. He graduated from Calhoun Community High School in 2013. Corey was employed at several manufacturing plants in Fort Custer Industrial Park. Corey is survived by his mother, Jamie Dentler; father and stepmother, Sean and Bonnie...
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George H Garms

October 9, 1944 - September 17, 2021

George H Garms, age 76, of Battle Creek passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the AC Flower House in Nashville, Michigan. He was born in Battle Creek on October 9, 1944 to Richard and Ruth (Stein) Garms. He graduated from Pennfield High School in 1962 and had college classes later. In the fall of 1962, he joined the United States Air Force, two weeks after meeting his sweetheart,...
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Betty Ann (Johnson) Roberts

September 15, 2021

Betty Ann (Johnson) Roberts, age 87, of Battle Creek was called home on September 15, 2021. She was born in 1934 to Oscar and Edith (Haglund) Johnson in Carlshend, Michigan. Betty Ann graduated from Graveraet High School in 1952 in Marquette, Michigan. Betty worked for the Battle Creek Public Schools and after retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at the hospital. Betty and her husband of...
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Jeannine Doris (Smith) Derks

September 20, 1934 - September 14, 2021

Jeannine Doris Derks passed peacefully in the early morning hours of September 14 at Glen Arbor Hospice in Battle Creek, MI. She was born September 20, 1934, to Stella Reeves Smith and her husband in Michigan Center, MI. A graduate of Jackson High School, she earned her Master of Education at Michigan State University. She was an adventurous, liberated woman—a wild child of her time. She...
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Robert George Randels

February 1, 1949 - September 14, 2021

Robert G. Randels On September 14, 2021, Robert George Randels' spirit soared to the heavens. Left behind to mourn and to recall wonderful memories of times together are his wife and life partner of 44 years, Ginger Hentz, son David Randels (Sara), grandchildren Auden and Oliver of Williamston, sisters Barbara Cooper (Jack) of Interlochen and Joan Miller of Tecumseh, brother Richard...
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Nicholas Ryan March

July 22, 1990 - September 14, 2021

Nicholas R. March, 31, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on September 14, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on July 22, 1990, the son of Brian and Michelle (Gibson) March. Nicholas is survived by his parents, Brian (Arnetta) March and Michelle (Greg) Wood; his beloved daughter, Teegan; siblings, Danielle (Wade Anderson) Gibson and Corey Gibson; step-siblings, Tony, Dawn, Ricky,...
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Carroll Brice Sawyer

January 20, 1930 - September 11, 2021

Carroll Brice Sawyer was born on January 20th, 1930 in Battle Creek to Lavon and Vivian (Spriggs) Sawyer. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1948 and began his employment with General Foods, where he remained for 37 ½ years and retiring in 1986. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and was deployed to Korea for 13 months. Carroll married Ruth M. (Wygant) Moser on February 19,...
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Nancy K. Lubking

August 8, 1949 - September 10, 2021

Nancy Kathleen Lubking, age 72, of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 10, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 8, 1949 in Battle Creek to Dora Drayton. On June 6, 1977 she married Catherine Lubking. Nancy was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She never turned anyone away, even the animals outside which she fed often....
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Gregory Brian Purchase, M.D.

April 14, 1946 - September 9, 2021

Gregory B. Purchase, M.D. and software entrepreneur, 75, of Battle Creek, Michigan died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Greg was born April 14, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Willard Allman and Mary Jean (Burlockoff) Purchase. He grew up in Highland Park, Michigan and was a 1964 graduate of Highland Park High School. Greg was fortunate to have his father...
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Eric S. Robbins, Jr.

February 22, 1998 - September 8, 2021

Eric S. Robbins, Jr, age 23, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on September 8, 2021. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on February 22, 1998, the son of Eric S. and Tammy (Rheinsburg) Robbins, Sr. Eric is survived by his parents, Eric & Tammy; his children, Madelynn, Ali Kay and Jaden Robbins; his brothers & sisters, Preston, Crystal, Chance, Erica and Caleb Robbins; his grandparents,...
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James A. "Jim" Rocho

April 1, 1939 - September 8, 2021

James A. "Jim" Rocho, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, September 8, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on April 1, 1939, the son of Hilton and Dorothy (Bailey) Rocho. Jim graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1957 and was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. Jim graduated from Argubright Business College, attended Western Michigan University,...
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Paula Kay Rice

May 25, 1951 - September 3, 2021

Paula Kay Rice, age 70, of Battle Creek passed away Friday morning, September 3, 2021 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. She was born in Battle Creek on May 25, 1951, the daughter of Walter and Dora (Horan) Hutchings. Paula enjoyed her computer, playing Bingo, going to the casino, and loved spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren. Paula is survived by...
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Jalen Christopher-Lee Potter

October 20, 1993 - September 2, 2021

Jalen Christopher-Lee Potter, age 27 of Battle Creek, tragically passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Jalen was born in Battle Creek, MI on October 20, 1993. He was the son of Corey J. Potter and Veronica (Stalhood) Barr. He graduated from Harper Creek High School with the class of 2012. Jalen most recently worked for the family...
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Carole J. Sharp

May 27, 1938 - August 31, 2021

Carole J. Sharp, 83, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. Carole was born in 1938 to C. Lavern and Elizabeth M. Robbins. On the day she was born she became a third generation resident of Battle Creek. Family lore always maintained that at the hour of her birth the bells in the downtown churches were ringing. What a wonderful welcome! However, better yet was...
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Mary Lou (McFadden) Marsh

July 8, 1924 - August 31, 2021

Mary Louise (McFadden) Marsh, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully on August 31, 2021, at Reflections Memory Care, after a long illness. Mary Lou was born July 8, 1924 in Edinburgh, Indiana to William Randolph and Lenora Corine (Gray) McFadden. Mary Lou grew up in Edinburgh and was a 1942 graduate of Edinburgh High School. During WWII she worked the midnight shift in a plastic factory,...
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Betty F. (Bland) Veenkant

September 6, 1932 - August 30, 2021

Betty F. (Bland) Veenkant, 88, of Richland, Michigan, died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Monday, August 30, 2021. Betty was born September 6, 1932 in Covington, Virginia, the daughter of Earl Pennington and Evelyn Earl (Carson) Bland. Betty grew up in Kalamazoo and was a 1951 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. Betty was employed one year in a business office and then...
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Velma Jane (Langdon) Loftis

May 2, 1929 - August 30, 2021

Velma Jane (Langdon) Loftis, 92, of Battle Creek, peacefully made the journey home on August 30, 2021 while in the care of Glenn Arbor Hospice, with family by her side. She was born on a snowy May 2, 1929, to Fleet and Millie (Troy) Langdon, at their home in Leonidas, Michigan, the second of four children, and only girl. When she was ten years old, the family moved to Athens, Michigan. She...
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Beverly Ann (Borden) Frey

August 25, 1930 - August 29, 2021

Beverly Ann (Borden) Frey peacefully passed away August 29, 2021, a few days after her 91st birthday. She was born August 25, 1930, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to Lang E. and Gertrude (Andrew) Borden. Not long thereafter, the family moved across the river to Detroit, where Bev grew up and graduated from Detroit Southeastern High School, Class of 1948. Bev graduated from Michigan State...
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Virginia M. Olmstead

October 19, 1929 - August 27, 2021

Virginia Martha Olmstead, 91 years of age, entered the presence of her Savior on August 27, 2021. Virginia was the youngest of seven children born to Julius and Elsie Carlson on October 19, 1929. She considered the Christian heritage of her parents and grandparents to be a true privilege. Born and raised in Bellevue, Virginia met the love of her life, Albert Wayne Olmstead at a local ball game...
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Martha I. Hardenburg

October 3, 1926 - August 26, 2021

Martha Hardenburg, age 94, of Battle Creek passed away on August 26, 2021. She was born on October 3, 1926 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Martha's parents, John and Agnes Dale, immigrated from Scotland to America through Ellis Island, New York. Martha has one older sister, Mary Norris Koerner. A lifelong Battle Creek resident, Martha graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. On April...
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Evelyn Marie Lowman

July 26, 1953 - August 22, 2021

Evelyn Marie Lowman, age 68, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday morning, August 22, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Multnomah, Oregon on July 26, 1953, the daughter of James E. and Dolores N. (Parker) Brewer, Sr. Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Sara Tebbs of Oregon, Rebecca Shepherd of Battle Creek, and Shannon Munguia of Oregon; her grandchildren, Fawn, Steven,...
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Arnold "Cowboy" Stout

June 26, 1936 - August 22, 2021

Arnold J. "Cowboy" Stout, 85, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on August 22, 2021. Cowboy was born June 26, 1936 in Athens, MI to James and Dorothy (Metzger) Stout. He was a Salvation Army Bell ringer for many years and was a member of CentraCare and the Eagles. Cowboy loved farming and working in his flower garden. He also enjoyed long drives...
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Edward L. "Ed" "Big E" Whipple, Sr.

May 30, 1962 - August 22, 2021

Edward L. "Ed" "Big E" Whipple, Sr., age 59, of Augusta, tragically passed away unexpectedly from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Sunday morning, August 22, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on May 30, 1962 the loving son of William W. and Helen Joy (Garrett) Whipple, Sr. and graduated with the Galesburg-Augusta High School class of 1981. Ed served as a truck driver for KMR and...
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Glen Albert Stevens, Sr.

December 20, 1931 - August 14, 2021

Glen Albert Stevens, Sr., 89 of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Glen was born December 20, 1931 in Eckford Township, Michigan the son of Roscoe C. and Bernice L. (Holt) Stevens and was a 1951 graduate of Bellevue High School. Glen worked for the City of Battle Creek for twenty-five years, in the Water Department. He...
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Steven Richard "Steve" McVeigh

September 23, 1952 - August 11, 2021

Steven Richard "Steve" McVeigh, 68, of Branch County, Michigan and formerly of Battle Creek died at the University of Michigan Hospital on August 11, 2021. Steven Richard McVeigh was born September 23, 1952 in Jackson, Michigan to William Charles and Ruth (Marble) McVeigh. He came to Battle Creek as a child with his family, was active in Scouting, sports, and played Scrabble with his mom. He...
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Gary LaVern Robbins

December 7, 1942 - August 10, 2021

Gary L. Robbins, 78, of Battle Creek died Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at home. He was born in Battle Creek on December 7, 1942, the son of C. Lavern and Betty (Lapham) Robbins. Gary was a 1961 graduate of Lakeview High School as well as a 1966 graduate of Western Michigan University. A great source of pride for Gary was his military service. He was a Second Lieutenant in US Army...
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Judith May "Judi" (Hickman) Gates

January 12, 1949 - August 8, 2021

Judith May "Judi" (Hickman) Gates, 72, of Kalamazoo died peacefully at home, with her family at her side on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Judi was born January 12, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan to John Charles and Beatrice May (Bruce) Hickman. She lived most of her life in Battle Creek and was a 1967 graduate of Pennfield High School. Judi also earned an Executive Secretarial Certificate from...
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Julanne Elizabeth "Julie" Drake

October 30, 1933 - August 4, 2021

Julanne Elizabeth "Julie" (Priska) Drake, 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Julanne was born October 30, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Folding) Priska. She was raised in Detroit and was a 1951 graduate of the old Cass Tech High School. After high school, Julie joined the United States Air Force and...
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Gary D. Freds

March 26, 1938 - August 3, 2021

Gary Daniel Freds, age 83, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away at home on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Gary was born on March 26, 1938 to Cressel and Irene (Delaney) Freds in Battle Creek. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and worked as a Certified Nurse's Aid for the V.A. Gary was a woodworker and enjoyed playing guitar in his spare time. He loved old cars and going to classic...
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Leonardo Garza II

August 3, 1979 - August 1, 2021

Leonardo Garza II, age 41, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on August 1, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on August 3, 1979, the son of Olivia (Solis) Generi (Ricardo) and Leonardo Garza. Leonardo is survived by his mother; his significant other, Sarah Jordan of Battle Creek; his children, Gabriella Santana Marie Eubanks (Jacob), Leonardo Garza III (Madison Beach), Cruz Miguel...
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Wilfred Henry "Bill" Strole

February 9, 1935 - July 27, 2021

Wilfred Henry "Bill" Strole, 86, a lifetime Battle Creek resident died at Evergreen Senior Care after battling multiple medical challenges. Bill was born February 9, 1935 in Battle Creek the eldest son of eleven children of Henry Albert and Mary Genevieve (Gardner) Strole, Sr. He attended St. Philip Catholic Central and was a 1954 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He honorably...
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Karen M. Thurston

July 1, 1970 - July 26, 2021

Karen M. Thurston, age 51, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at her home on Monday morning, July 26, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek on July 1, 1970, the loving daughter of Robert and Barbara (Brendum) Boblet. Karen served as a Phlebotomist & Lab Technician at several area hospitals & labs for more than 20 years. Karen married Daniel H. "Dan" Thurston, II in Battle Creek on May 23,...
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Carolyn J. Thomas

December 11, 1933 - July 26, 2021

Carolyn Jeanne Thomas of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on July 26, 2021, surrounded by her family. Carolyn was born on December 11, 1933 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Verne and Evelyn Wiederhold. She graduated from Battle Creek Central and attended Western Michigan University. On January 30, 1954, she married Robert Thomas, the love of her life. They were married for 53 years until Bob's death...
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Jeffrey Thomas Latoszewski

March 1, 1953 - July 25, 2021

Jeffrey Thomas Latoszewski, 68, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Jeff was born March 1, 1953 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Frank Joseph and Jacqueline Ann (Barry) Latoszewski. Jeff is survived by his son, Matt Latoszewski; two brothers, Barry Latoszewski and Timothy Latoszewski; sister, Mary Jo Crumpton...
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Mary Frances Galloup

January 1, 1953 - July 25, 2021

Mary Frances Galloup, 68, of Battle Creek lost her battle with Esophageal Cancer at home, with her family at her side, on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Mary Frances was born a New Year's Day baby January 1, 1953, the daughter of Robert Andrew and Mary Margaret "Mig" (Dugan) Galloup. She attended St. Joseph, St. Philip and Pennfield schools; and was a 1971 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central. ...
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Madelyn "Maddy" Watts

December 2, 1918 - July 22, 2021

Madelyn Rebecca Moore Watts passed away July 22,2021 at the age of 102, having danced her last dance and played her last hand of bridge. Madelyn "Maddy" was born Dec. 2,1918 to Carl and Dorothy (Belfast) Moore. She attended Battle Creek schools and graduated from Lakeview High School. She attended Battle Creek College. Maddy married Howard "Howdy" Watts on July 30, 1937,in the First...
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James M. Curran

March 10, 1950 - July 21, 2021

James Michael Curran, 71, of Battle Creek passed away at home on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. He was born on March 10, 1950 in Battle Creek to Wallace and Barbara Curran, and lived most of his life in the Battle Creek area. He served his country faithfully in the U.S. Marine Corps. Outside of his service, he worked in construction. James loved hunting and football. His favorite teams were the...
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Cathy Dom Marske

July 14, 1947 - July 21, 2021

Cathy Dom Marske, beloved wife, mother, nana, sister, aunt, and friend, died peacefully, July 21, 2021 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan in Battle Creek. Cathy was born July 14, 1947 in Battle Creek, daughter of Domenic and Charlotte Zanotti. She attended St. Joseph Elementary, BCPS, and graduated from Lakeview High School in 1965. Following high school, she attended Kellogg...
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Ruth Louise Pierce

July 27, 1929 - July 20, 2021

Ruth "Louise" (Coyle) Pierce, 91, of Battle Creek, MI passed away at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek on July 20, 2021. Louise was born July 27, 1929 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Delphus C. Coyle & Stella Vivian (Bruce) Coyle. She is predeceased by her husband, Richard "Dick" Neil Pierce (married 52 years), brother Dr. Darce C. Coyle, sisters, M. Maree (Coyle) Purtell & E. Lorene...
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