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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

Roger L. Blain

August 22, 1941 - November 23, 2022

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

October 31, 1932 - November 23, 2022

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

August 6, 1968 - November 20, 2022

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

April 2, 1931 - November 15, 2022

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

May 1, 1983 - November 15, 2022

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

June 11, 1973 - November 14, 2022

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

July 2, 1942 - November 14, 2022

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

November 13, 2022

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

July 31, 1931 - November 12, 2022

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

June 20, 1951 - November 12, 2022

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

September 26, 1985 - November 11, 2022

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

January 20, 1977 - November 11, 2022

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

November 10, 2022

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

April 11, 1933 - November 9, 2022

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

July 31, 1933 - November 7, 2022

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

July 27, 1945 - November 6, 2022

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

February 9, 1952 - November 5, 2022

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

October 31, 1956 - November 4, 2022

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

May 17, 1927 - November 4, 2022

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

August 22, 1949 - November 4, 2022

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

July 8, 1941 - November 4, 2022

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

February 24, 1961 - November 2, 2022

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

April 17, 1956 - October 30, 2022

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

August 2, 1951 - October 29, 2022

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

May 28, 1994 - October 29, 2022

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

March 7, 1926 - October 28, 2022

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

July 9, 1950 - October 27, 2022

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

November 19, 1950 - October 26, 2022

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

April 4, 1937 - October 26, 2022

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

May 7, 1932 - October 26, 2022

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

January 12, 1956 - October 24, 2022

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

August 24, 1936 - October 20, 2022

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

August 22, 1944 - October 16, 2022

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

October 24, 1950 - October 16, 2022

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

January 17, 1936 - October 15, 2022

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

February 11, 1946 - October 15, 2022

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

September 8, 1932 - October 14, 2022

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

October 3, 1940 - October 14, 2022

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

October 8, 2022

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

November 10, 1943 - October 7, 2022

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

November 9, 1942 - October 7, 2022

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

June 28, 1933 - October 7, 2022

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

November 2, 1931 - October 6, 2022

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

May 1, 1946 - October 6, 2022

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

April 14, 1952 - October 5, 2022

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

September 14, 1945 - October 4, 2022

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

November 12, 1959 - October 2, 2022

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

October 13, 1947 - October 2, 2022

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

November 16, 1920 - October 1, 2022

Mary Elizabeth Van Camp, the daughter of Dr. Elijah and Bessie (Gates) Van Camp, died Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, MI. She was born November 16, 1920 in Battle Creek, Michigan, where she lived her entire life. Mary attended Albion College for 3 ½ years but withdrew from school in her senior year because of the unexpected death of her older sister...
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Ann Marie Avery

March 29, 1932 - October 1, 2022

Ann Marie Avery, age 90, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, October 1, 2022. She was born in Winterport, Maine, on March 29, 1932 to Harold K. and Rebecca (Hathaway) Perkins. Ann attended Beal Business College in Bangor, Maine, & worked a variety of jobs throughout her career. After college, she and her cousin left the small-town life to work at the Pentagon in...
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Ronald "Dean" Adkins

December 18, 1944 - September 30, 2022

Ronald "Dean" Adkins, age 77, of Battle Creek went to be with the Lord on September 30, 2022. Dean was born December 18, 1944, the son of Paul Ward and Emma Jane Adkins. Dean was employed for many years at various companies through Connections, some include Goodwill, Summit Point, V.A. Laundry and the Federal Center. He also worked at Walgreens, Subway, Mowing lawns and Peddling Papers. ...
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Ellis Oakes Davis, Jr.

October 24, 1935 - September 29, 2022

Ellis Oakes Davis Jr., age 86 of Battle Creek, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 29, 2022. He was born in Brownsville, Texas on October 24, 1935, the son of Ellis Oakes and Elma (Hannan) Davis Sr. Ellis received his teaching certificate from Ohio State University and his BA and M.Ed. from the University of Michigan. Ellis retired from Battle Creek Public Schools in 1994 after...
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Edward Anthony Smolsky

November 5, 1938 - September 29, 2022

Edward Anthony Smolsky, age 83, of Battle Creek, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Edward was born on November 5, 1938, to the late Anthony & Sophie (Zackrzewski) Smolsky in Gary, Indiana. He grew up as a migrant farm worker, traveling around with his family (parents and surviving older brother, Charles, 85) from farm to farm in California, Oregon, and Washington. As an adult,...
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Robert J Birkholm

December 7, 1946 - September 28, 2022

Robert John Birkholm, 75, of Scotts, MI passed away peacefully, Wednesday, September 28, 2022. He was born December 7, 1946, to John and Mae (Weichel) Birkholm. He attended and played sports at Portage Central high school where he graduated from in 1966. After high school he served our country in Germany while being in the army. Robert loved to play golf and cribbage. He enjoyed nature...
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Patricia Joan (Freed) Price

June 19, 1939 - September 27, 2022

Patricia Joan (Freed) Price, 83, passed away September 27, 2022. Patricia was born in Battle Creek on June 19, 1939 to Nelson Burnell and Mary Lucille (Edmonson) Freed. She was a 1957 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Patricia enjoyed working 35 years as an administrative assistant, meeting planner, and management consultant to physicians for The PM Group Corporate, retiring in...
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William "Bill" Bender

February 17, 1939 - September 27, 2022

William "Bill" Eugene Bender, 83, of Augusta passed away, Tuesday, September 27, 2022 surrounded by family. He was born February 17, 1939, to Charles and Mattye (Hostetler) Bender. During his lifetime Bill was in the Army Reserves, he owned his own motorcycle business, worked at M&M Cycle Shop and Southern Michigan Equipment Company where he retired from. He loved to hunt and fish and was...
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John R. Davis

September 22, 1931 - September 27, 2022

John R. Davis, 91, of Kalamazoo and formerly of Battle Creek, died at home with his family at his side on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. John Raymond Davis was born September 22, 1931 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Alonzo Judson and Alice Eleanor (Jones) Davis. John was raised in Battle Creek and was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He then honorably served his country...
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Bonnie B. (Sims) Holcombe

May 22, 1934 - September 26, 2022

Bonnie B. Holcombe, 88 of Battle Creek, Michigan went to join her husband, Teddy, family and her Lord on Monday, September 26, 2022. Bonnie was born May 22, 1934 in Sage, Arkansas to Lillian Sims. Bonnie grew up in Arkansas until she came to Battle Creek to marry her childhood sweetheart, Teddy Holcombe. She owned and operated a dog grooming business which her daughter, Jill Coss, took over....
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Gwen R. Pook

September 5, 1926 - September 22, 2022

Gwendolyn R. "Gwen" Pook, 96, of Kalamazoo, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, September 22, 2022 at the Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, surrounded by her family. Gwen was born September 5, 1926 in Chicago, IL to Herbert and Jane (Vollman) Jahnke. Gwen got her L.P.N. and worked as a pediatric nurse for many years in the local area. She loved to garden, bird watch and was actively...
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John Joseph Collins, D.O.

April 21, 1948 - September 21, 2022

Dr. John Joseph Collins, D.O., died peacefully at home on September 21, 2022, with his loving family by his side in Battle Creek, Michigan. John was born April 21, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan to devoted parents Vincent and Elizabeth (Toepher) Collins. John attended Detroit Catholic Central. He continued his education at Wayne State University, graduating in 1971. He received his medical...
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William E. LaMothe

September 21, 2022

William E. LaMothe, 95, of Battle Creek, Michigan and Ave Maria, Florida passed into eternal life Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Bill was born October 23, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York to William J. and Gertrude (Ryan) LaMothe. He grew up on Long Island and graduated from Xavier High School in New York City. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy during the height of WWII. He served on the USS...
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David Ford "Dave" Wygant

March 3, 1941 - September 21, 2022

David Ford "Dave" Wygant, age 81 of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday morning, September 21, 2022. He was born on the way to the hospital in A Model-T Ford (therefore he acquired the middle name, Ford) in Ceresco, Michigan on March 3, 1941, the son of John H. and Vivian B. (Crane) Wygant and graduated from Marshall High School with the Class of 1959. Dave retired from...
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Paul J. Kehoe

February 2, 1925 - September 20, 2022

Paul Joseph Kehoe of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away on September 20, 2022 at the age of 97. Paul was born February 2, 1925, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was a graduate of Queens University in Kingston, Ontario with a degree in Engineering. Prior to university he was a Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1951 Paul was employed at the Canadian Kellogg Co., then transferred to...
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David Henry Gaston

March 20, 1962 - September 18, 2022

David Henry Gaston, age 60, formerly of Livonia, Michigan, died Sunday, September 18, 2022. He was a kind and generous person who cared deeply about people. Children and dogs always liked David and were attracted to his playful nature. He was devoted to his goldendoodle who he walked faithfully and kept supplied with treats. In his last year, suffering from Alzheimer's and living in a care...
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Michael "Mike" Lambeth

June 28, 1951 - September 16, 2022

Michael L. Lambeth died at home, after a long battle with Parkinson's, on September 16th 2022. He was born June 28, 1951 to Frank and Pearl (DeVries) Lambeth. Mike married Cathy Shaw Lambeth on June 29, 1974 and together they had two children. He graduated from Gull Lake Schools and went on to graduate from Western Michigan University. His passion was music and golf. Mike played guitar,...
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Arlene Mabel Livingston

January 26, 1939 - September 12, 2022

Arlene Mabel Livingston, 83, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2022 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born on January 26, 1939, in Nashville, Michigan, the loving daughter of Robert and Mabel (Kinne) Ayres. Arlene married "The Love of Her Life", Eugene Livingston, on August 25, 1956 and built a life together for the next 66 years. Arlene worked...
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Ronald Burdette

April 11, 1956 - September 11, 2022

Ronald Dean Burdette, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, September 11th, 2022. He was born on April 11, 1959, to his parents James Burdette and Joann Dishman. He lived to be 63. Ronald is remembered fondly as "Ron," "Dad," "Brother," "Grandpa," "Popeye/Pie-Pie," "Friend," and as a handful of other names that he proudly owned but would be impolite to note here. He joyfully showed...
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Jean Beverly (Phelps) Krohn

June 7, 1932 - September 11, 2022

Jean Beverly Krohn, 90, of Battle Creek passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Jean was born on June 7, 1932 in New Haven, Michigan to Walter and Eleanor (Swailes) Phelps. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree from University of Kentucky and went on to receive her Master's from Western Michigan University. On June 14, 1956, Jean was united in marriage to Kenneth Krohn. She taught at...
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Melva Jane Zaharion

August 14, 1930 - September 11, 2022

Melva Jane Zaharion, 92, of Battle Creek passed away with her family at her side on September 11, 2022. Melva was born on August 14, 1930 in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Henry and Helen (Langs) Webster. Melva resided in Battle Creek all her life and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1948. She was employed by Calhoun Federal Savings and Loan from 1948 to 1952 and worked for...
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Alice Katherine (Shirlaw) Montague

October 8, 1928 - September 11, 2022

Alice Katherine (Shirlaw) Montague, age 93, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away on Sunday afternoon, September 11, 2022. Alice was born October 8, 1928, in Battle Creek, Michigan to James G. and Candace A. (Jarvis) Shirlaw. She was a 1946 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Alice was united in marriage to James Raymond Montague on May 17, 1947, in the First Baptist Church,...
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Jean "Merrilynn" (Misner) Gay

February 3, 1931 - September 8, 2022

Jean M. "Merrilynn" (Misner) Gay, age 91, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2022. She was born in Sparta, Michigan on February 3, 1931, the loving daughter of Jason Lynn and Emma R. (Schmidt) Bradford. Merrilynn graduated from Albion College in 1953 and worked as a first-grade teacher with the Lakeview School District for several years. Merrilynn had an incredible...
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Ross Douglas Hargett

February 21, 1961 - September 6, 2022

Ross Douglas "Doug" Hargett, 61, of Battle Creek, died September 6, 2022. Douglas was born February 21, 1961, in Adrian Michigan to Ross and Mary Ellen (Davis) Hargett. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1979 and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His career was in outdoor advertising. He started in the family business and continued to work with...
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Erna Seiss

July 15, 1920 - September 4, 2022

Erna Volkmann was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, on July 15, 1920 to Gustav (Adolph) and Frieda Volkmann and died peacefully in her sleep on September 4, 2022. She was 102 years old. Erna earned her nursing diploma at the Barnes Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis and became a U.S. Navy nurse during WWII. She was stationed in Oklahoma, Great Lakes Naval Base and San Francisco. ...
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Nicholas A. "Nick" Probol

June 9, 1990 - September 4, 2022

Nicholas A. "Nick" Probol, age 32, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek tragically passed away Sunday afternoon, September 4, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek on June 9, 1990, the loving son of Frederick and Elizabeth "Liz" (Mohlman) Probol and graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 2008. Nick then received a Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan...
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David Allen Barnell

August 10, 1946 - September 3, 2022

David Allen Barnell, age 76, of Battle Creek went to be with his Lord & Savior on Saturday morning, September 3, 2022. He was born in Sturgis, Michigan on August 10, 1946, the son of Paul H. and Maxine J. (Klopfenstein) Barnell. He graduated from Constantine High School with the Class of 1964. A Vietnam Era veteran, David faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army, and...
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Roy M. Van Loo, Jr.

July 5, 1942 - September 2, 2022

Roy M. Van Loo, Jr., age 80 of Battle Creek went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 2, 2022. He was born on July 5,1942 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Roy M. and S. Elaine (Foster) Van Loo. He was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, where he graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1960. He attended Kellogg Community College and graduated from Western Michigan University with a...
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Carol Lou Mead

March 9, 1942 - September 1, 2022

Born March 9, 1942, Carol grew up in the small town of Standish, MI. After graduating high school she went on to Central Michigan University where she obtained her teaching degree. Carol taught second graders for twenty five years and totally loved her job! Carol married the love of her life, Arden Mead, shortly after graduating college and together they raised their boys, Tony and Trent, in...
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David E. Swafford

August 16, 1943 - August 31, 2022

David E. Swafford, age 79, of Marshall, Michigan passed away on Aug 31, 2022, at Glen Arbor Hospice Care facility, after losing his battle with heart disease. David was born Aug 16, 1943, in Battle Creek Michigan, the son of Robert and LoRetta Swafford. David graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1961 and proudly enlisted in the US Navy. He was assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction...
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Richard Lynn Geno

June 7, 1966 - August 30, 2022

Richard Lynn Geno, 56, of Battle Creek, lost his battle with cancer on the morning of August 30, 2022, at 2:30 am, in the comfort of his home. Richard was born June 7, 1966, in Nashville ,TN, the son of Harold and Ivy (Hall) Geno. He enjoyed spending as much time as he possibly could with his grandson's. He absolutely adored his dogs. He was a hardworking man and had started his own painting...
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James Roy "Jim" Keller

February 17, 1946 - August 28, 2022

James Roy Keller, cherished husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2022, surrounded by his family. James was born to James L. and Barbara Keller on February 17, 1946 in Benton Harbor's Mercy Hospital. In October of 1965, James joined the United States Air Force, in which he was extremely proud to serve his country. Stationed in Japan at Fuchu Air Station, James met...
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Joseph H. Laurinec

August 27, 2022

Joseph H. Laurinec, age 98, died as he wished at his residence at Northpointe Woods in Battle Creek, Michigan, Saturday, August 27, 2022. This was made possible because of the dedication and compassion of the staff and residents, his daughter Leslie and Careline Hospice Services. He was born April 5, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to immigrant Slovak parents Joseph and Elizabeth A. (Sopocy)...
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Sally Jo Lunt

March 9, 1940 - August 27, 2022

Sally Jo Lunt, 82, of Battle Creek, died August 27, 2022 with her family by her side. Sally was born March 9, 1940 in Battle Creek to William and Geraldine (Bostock) Roderick. She graduated high school and worked as a cashier at local stores for many years. Sally enjoyed bowling, playing pool and cards and dancing. She loved spending time with her family and cherished her dogs Moses and...
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Rodney "Scott" Wilson II

March 31, 1972 - August 26, 2022

Rodney "Scott" Wilson II, age 50, of Battle Creek, passed away Friday, August 26, 2022. Scott was born on March 31, 1972 in Battle Creek to Rodney Scott Wilson I and Sharon (Davison) Tenney. He received his Bachelor's Degree in business management. Scott loved football, his favorite team being whoever Tom Brady played for. He was a card shark and enjoyed talking smack and playing video games....
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Marilyn A. (Fitzgerald) Ewing

July 23, 1935 - August 26, 2022

Marilyn Anne (Fitzgerald) Ewing, 87, a lifelong Battle Creek, Michigan resident died peacefully with her family at her side on Friday, August 26, 2022 at Glen Arbor Place. Marilyn was born July 23, 1935 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Samuel A. and Florence (Olson) Fitzgerald. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1953 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Marilyn was employed at the...
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Beverly Mackie

August 3, 1932 - August 24, 2022

Beverly "Bev" Mackie passed away peacefully on August 24, 2022. She was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 3, 1932, the daughter of Ann and Frank Zar. She graduated from Ashland High School. She was a devoted mother to her children and a loving wife. She received a Masters Degree from Western Michigan University. She previously worked as a counselor at WK Kellogg Junior High school and was...
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Roger D. Riddle

February 21, 1950 - August 24, 2022

Roger D. Riddle, 72, of Battle Creek, died August 24, 2022. He was born February 21, 1950 in Albertsville, AL to Elbert and Alphie (Noles) Riddle. He served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Roger is survived by his two children, Leland Riddle and Angel Rochelle Riddle. He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Charlotte in 2009. ...
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Joan R. (Robbins) Creekmur

January 1, 1933 - August 21, 2022

Joan R. (Robbins) Creekmur, 89 of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully Sunday, August 21, 2022 at Centrica Glenn Arbor Place Hospice. Joan was born January 1, 1933 in Louellen, (Harlan County) Kentucky to Mallalu C. and Elizabeth L. (Stickley) Robbins. Joan grew up in Louellen, a coal mining camp, where her father was a coal mining engineer. She graduated from Harlan High School in 1951. In...
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Frank R. Shive

May 12, 1932 - August 13, 2022

Frank Shive, 90, born on May 12, 1932 went to be with the lord on August 13,2022. He was born in Canton, Ohio to the parents of Roy and Anna (Shiltz) Shive. After finishing high school, he went on to earn his B.S. degree from Kent State University (OH) and an MA degree from Peabody College (Vanderbilt). Frank spent his first 29 years in Canton teaching in the public schools and was very active in...
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Jackie Struble

March 31, 1941 - August 13, 2022

Mother, daughter, sister and friend, Jacqueline "Jackie" Ann Burgoyne Struble, 81, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away on August 13, 2022. She was born to parents John and Mabel Burgoyne, on March 31, 1941 in Freeland, MI. Jackie graduated from Arthur Hill High School, Saginaw, MI in 1959. She completed her teaching degree at Michigan State University, and later obtained her law degree from...
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Karen L. Brookmyer

October 3, 1941 - August 12, 2022

Karen L. Brookmyer, 80 of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, August 12, 2022. She was born on October 3, 1941, the daughter of Dale and Vera Rowe. She graduated from Marshall High School 1959. Karen is remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed gardening, shopping, spending time with her family, entertaining on her...
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Lois "Jeanne" Callen

August 22, 1949 - August 11, 2022

Lois Jean Callen (Jeanne) was born in Butler, Pennsylvania on August 22, 1949 and went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 11, 2022. She moved with her family to Michigan in 1970 and after that lived with them in Nevada, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and then back to Michigan. Jeanne loved her family and she loved the Lord. Her interests changed over the years, but they...
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Virginia "Ginny" Gross

August 15, 1928 - August 11, 2022

Virginia "Ginny" Thomson Gross, 93, died Thursday evening, August 11, 2022 at Beacon Pointe Assisted Living in Richland just days before she would have celebrated her 94th birthday. A Richland village resident since 2007, she was preceded in death by her husband A. Richard Gross who passed away in 2016 at the age of 88. Ginny's story began on August 15, 1928, the first child born to Mabel ...
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Elizabeth Vincenza "Synne" (Volpe) Hagist

August 30, 1926 - August 8, 2022

Elizabeth Vincenza "Synne" (Volpe) Hagist, 95, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at Stone Ridge Assisted Living in Bellevue, Michigan on Monday, August 8, 2022. Elizabeth was born as Vincenza Elizabeth Volpe on August 30, 1926, in Manistee, Michigan to James and Elizabeth (Fewins) Volpe. She was known by most as Synne, a nickname bestowed upon her by her many younger siblings who...
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Michael Carl "Mike" Angelo

October 16, 1954 - August 8, 2022

Michael Carl Angelo, 67 of Battle Creek went to heaven to play music with angels on Monday, August 8, 2022. Mike was born October 16, 1954 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Carl Kris and Betty Jeanne (Elwood) Angelo. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1972 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central, where he was a star basketball player. After graduating Mike followed in his Grandfather Naum "Kris"...
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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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