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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

John "Jack" Schils

April 13, 1928 - February 14, 2020

John (Jack) Schils, 91, of Battle Creek died February 14, 2020. He was born April 13, 1928 in Escanaba, MI, the son of John and Helga Schils. He is survived by his wife, Jo, sons, Gary (Sylvia), Brian (Sheila), Don (Julie) and Dean, three grandchildren, Dane, Tauri and Pari, and a sister, Louvaine. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gordon. Jack graduated from Escanaba High School...
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Colonel N. Winnick

July 7, 1927 - February 14, 2020

Colonel N. Winnick, age 92, died Friday, February 14, 2020. Born July 7, 1927, Colonel was the 5th child and only boy born to parents Nikolai and Stephania Winnick who immigrated from the Ukraine to the United States in 1913. A graduate of Muskegon Heights High School, Colonel served his country in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War conflict. He...
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Jimmie Wayne Essary

June 2, 1945 - February 8, 2020

Jimmie Wayne Essary, age 74, of Springfield passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, February 8, 2020. He was born in Lepanto, Arkansas on June 2, 1945 the son of Reba and Bonnie (Gatlin) Essary and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army. Jimmie is survived by his daughters, Jamie (Bobby) Sims and Tricia (Ryan) Vogt, both of Battle Creek; five grandchildren,...
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Lewis "Luke" Lake

January 30, 1944 - February 7, 2020

Lewis "Luke" Lake, age 76, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. Heaven hang on to your hats, as he was the life of the party everywhere he went! He as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. Luke was a hardworking man who enjoyed his tractors, animals, farming, auctions (Yutzys' was his favorite!), fairs and hanging...
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Darcy Lou Thurber

February 7, 1956 - February 6, 2020

Darcy L. Thurber, 64, of Battle Creek, died February 6, 2020. Darcy was born February 7, 1956 in Battle Creek to Lyal and Germaine (LaFevre) DeGraw. Darcy graduated from Battle Creek Schools and worked for many years as a secretary for Rob's Automotive. Darcy enjoyed a good crossword puzzle, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, having lunch dates with her son and...
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Gary "G-Bob" "Jake" Jacoby

December 15, 1950 - February 6, 2020

Gary L. "G-Bob" "Jake" Jacoby, age 69, of Bellevue tragically passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, February 6, 2020. Gary was born in Battle Creek on December 15, 1950, the son of Jay W. and Phyllis (Webber) Jacoby. Gary was a true "Jake of All Trades", but spent the majority of his life as an over the road truck driver, and in recent years, volunteering hundreds of hours at the...
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James "Jim" Warsop

August 30, 1943 - February 6, 2020

The card party in heaven has begun!! Jim Warsop went peacefully home to our heavenly father on Thursday, February 6, 2020 after a long journey with Lewy Body disease. Jim was born August 30, 1943 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Donald and Elizabeth (Parrish) Warsop. He graduated from Delton High School in 1962. He retired from General Motors in 2005 after 42 years of service. After...
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Cassandra Marie Gallihugh

January 18, 1992 - February 5, 2020

Cassandra Marie Gallihugh, age 28, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday evening, February 5, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on January 18, 1992, the daughter of Dale H. and Nancy M. (Breneman) Elswick. Cassandra married Kenadie R. Gallihugh in Battle Creek on May 12, 2017. She is survived by her wife; Kenadie; her parents; two daughters; two sisters, Jennifer Hiatt and Alicia Kohler; a...
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Cynthia A. Moore

October 26, 1960 - February 5, 2020

Cynthia Ann Kyser Moore, 59, after an extended illness, left this world of pain and suffering to be in the loving arms of God on February 5, 2020. Cindy, as everyone called her, the daughter of Keith and Elaine (Stephens) Kyser was born October 26, 1960 in Battle Creek. As a young woman, she gave her life to Christ, was His devoted follower and, when her health was better, an active...
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Sandra Felton

February 25, 1963 - February 4, 2020

Sandra Dee Felton, age 56, of Fennville and formerly of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday morning, February 4, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on February 25, 1963, the daughter of Donald D. and Marie Ann (Horwath) Felton. Sandra is survived by her children, Kasey Barlond, Andrew Barlond Jr., both of Battle Creek and USAF, E-5 Samantha (Ace Fa'atuai) Barlond of New Jersey; four...
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Ruth A. Mudge

July 26, 1922 - February 4, 2020

Ruth Adele Mudge, age 97, of Battle Creek, formerly of Lacey, died Tuesday evening, February 4, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. Ruth was born in 1922 in Baltimore, Barry County and was the daughter of Otis A. and Bertha O. (Seeley) Ketcham. She grew up in a country grocery store and attended Stevens School. Ruth was a 1940 graduate of Hastings High School and a 1942 graduate of...
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Stephen John "Steve" Galloup

October 4, 1948 - February 3, 2020

Stephen John "Steve" Galloup, 71, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Laurels of Bedford. Steve was born October 4, 1948 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of John Olin and Marilyn Theresa (Eckrich) Galloup. He graduated from St. Philip Catholic Central in 1967 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in General Business, with a minor in accounting. Steve previously...
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Josephine Ann (Cunningham) "Jo" Hopkins

January 27, 1934 - February 3, 2020

Josephine Ann (Cunningham) "Jo" Hopkins of Richland, MI Jo, age 86, died unexpectedly Monday morning, February 3, 2020 at her residence. Jo, the daughter of Glenn and Mary Margaret (Daniels) Cunningham, was born in Tekonsha, MI on January 27, 1934; was a 1952 graduate of Homer High School. She retired in 1996 after 20 years of faithful service as a secretary for the Upjohn...
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Joyce Marie (Orrison) Blaskie

February 18, 1930 - February 3, 2020

Joyce Marie ( Orrison) Blaskie, 89, of Sardinia, Ohio and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully at her home on February 3, 2020. She was born February 18, 1930 in Marshall, Michigan the daughter of Jesse and Orpha Z. (Clay) Orrison. Joyce was raised in Marshall and attended Marshall High School. She was employed in the personnel department at K-Mart for 30 years, retiring in...
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Emily "Joan" (McIntyre) Lawrence

November 28, 1933 - January 31, 2020

Emily "Joan" (McIntyre) Lawrence, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away Friday evening, January 31, 2020. She was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on November 28, 1933, the loving daughter of Frederick P. and Helen J. (Dinnebiel) McIntyre. Joan graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School with the Class of 1952. She worked many part-time and temporary jobs while her children were young, and then...
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Cynthia Ann (Weaver) "Cindy" Marko

April 30, 1947 - January 30, 2020

Cynthia Ann (Weaver) "Cindy" Marko of Bellevue, MI Cindy, age 72, died Thursday morning, January 30, 2020 at her residence and with her loving family at her side. Cindy, the daughter of Hubert and Joan (Fairbanks) Weaver, was born in South Bend, IN on April 30, 1947; was a 1965 graduate of Washington High School, South Bend and moved to this area in 1971. She was a very...
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Caroline Ruth (Bryner) Kornoelje

September 27, 1926 - January 30, 2020

Caroline Kornoelje, 93 of Battle Creek went home to be with her Lord after being loved and cared for at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence with her family at her side, on Thursday, January 30, 2020. She was born September 27, 1926 in Elkhart, Indiana the daughter of Ned and Ruth (Reith) Bryner. Caroline grew up in Elkhart and was a 1945 graduate of Elkhart High School and attended college for two...
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Jeffrey John "Jeff" Lovell

January 22, 1970 - January 27, 2020

Jeffrey John "Jeff" Lovell of Hickory Corners, MI Jeff, age 50, died Monday morning, January 27, 2020 at his residence. Jeff, the son of Johnie L. and Judith K. (Summers) Lovell, was born in Battle Creek, MI on January 22, 1970. He was a 1988 graduate of Gull Lake High School and a 1994 graduate from Grand Valley State University with his Bachelor of...
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Martha Frances "Nan" Graves

January 11, 1931 - January 26, 2020

Martha Frances "Nan" Graves, age 89, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, January 26, 2020. She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 11, 1931, the oldest child of Charles and Mary Ruth (Pettyjohn) Hayes. Martha is survived by her grandchildren, Anthony (Melissa) Newman, Sally (Ken) MacPhee and Stacy (Mike) Lightfoot, all of Battle Creek; her great-grandchildren,...
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Gerald L. "Gary" Beard

October 22, 1933 - January 25, 2020

Gerald L. "Gary" Beard, age 86, of Battle Creek died Saturday morning, January 25, 2020 at the Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Gary was born in Peoria, Indiana on October 22, 1933, the son of Glenn and Evelyn Beard. He graduated from Peru High School in Indiana in 1951 and Ball State Teacher's College in 1955. He later received his Master's degree from Western Michigan University. ...
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Steven B. Dragoo

January 18, 1961 - January 23, 2020

Steven "Dragon" Brian Dragoo, 59, passed away January 23, 2020 at his Battle Creek home after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jenny A. (Williston) Dragoo; his father, Steven D. Dragoo; and his sister, Maiya Christensen (Tim). He is survived by his mother, Gayle L. Locke; sisters, Katrina Slager (James) and Ronda Amaya; and many devoted nieces and nephews. Born in...
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Barbara Jean (Strange) Shinevare

November 25, 1932 - January 23, 2020

Barbara Jean (Strange) Shinevare of Hart, MI Barbara, age 87, previously of Knoxville, TN and Monroe, Ludington, and Richland, MI, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Evelyn Strange; husband, Arthur F. Shinevare; son, James Shinevare and sisters, Virginia (Ebby) Hans, Nancy Esslinger and Lynn Garner. Survivors include...
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Andrew Lewis Babick

April 29, 1942 - January 22, 2020

Andrew Lewis Babick, age 78, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on January 22, 2020. Andrew was born in Pontiac, Michigan on April 29, 1942, the son of Lewis and Bernedia (Snyder) Babick. After high school, Andrew married the "Love of His Life", Christine Rothwell in Battle Creek on November 16, 1960. Together they had five children, three daughters and two sons. Andrew is...
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Margaret E. "Peggy" Brumm

January 13, 1944 - January 21, 2020

Margaret E. "Peggy" Brumm, age 76, of Battle Creek entered the Golden Gates and met her Heavenly Father at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on January 13, 1944, the loving daughter of Clyde and Barbara (Shepard) Whitehurst, and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1962. Peggy married the "Love of Her Life", Vernon E. Brumm at...
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Lue Wogomon

April 1, 1931 - January 17, 2020

Lue Marie Wogomon, 88, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Friday January 17, 2020 surrounded by her loved ones. She was a member of Convis Union Methodist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family as well as cooking, baking and sewing. The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Thursday, January 23rd at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek where...
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David A. Schmitt

June 15, 1935 - January 17, 2020

David Andrew Schmitt, 84, of Battle Creek, died January 17, 2020 at the Legacy of the Oaks. David was born June 15, 1935 in Racine, WI, the son of William and Regina (Poplawski) Schmitt. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's Degree in chemical engineering. David served honorably in the U.S. Army Chemical Corp. from 1959-1962. He graduated from...
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Lynn Eldon Mason

October 10, 1940 - January 15, 2020

Mr. Lynn Eldon Mason of Gull Lake (Hickory Corners), MI Lynn died peacefully Wednesday morning, January 15, 2020 at The Laurels of Galesburg with his daughter at his side. Born in Kalamazoo to Thelma (Meyle) Mason and Robert L. Mason, Lynn was a lifelong resident of the Midland Park community at Gull Lake. He excelled in sports, first as the fastest running back Kellogg...
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Daniel William "Dan" Determann

April 17, 1946 - January 15, 2020

Daniel William "Dan" Determann, 73, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Dan was born April 17, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Albert Gerheart and Alice Mary (McCarthy) Determann. He graduated in 1964 from Notre Dame High School in Niles. IL. Dan honorably served his country in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, serving in Korea...
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Michel Roy Brown

April 6, 1948 - January 14, 2020

Michel "Mike" Roy Brown, 71 of Battle Creek died at home with his family at his side on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Mike was born April 6, 1948 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Charles Archer and Doris Mildred (Walker) Brown. He grew up in the Battle Creek area and attended Olivet High School. At the age of 16, Mike enlisted in the US Army and honorably served his country as a mechanic in...
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Doris Louise Cary

December 18, 1935 - January 14, 2020

Doris Louise Cary, 84, of Battle Creek, Michigan, met her Savior Jesus Christ face to face on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. She was born on December 18, 1935, to Floyd and Ella (Gasser) Langs in Ross Township. She attended Kellogg Agricultural School in Hickory Corners, Michigan, and graduated from Bellevue High School, in Bellevue, Michigan, in 1953. Following graduation, she married Albert Cary...
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James B. McConville

February 12, 1944 - January 12, 2020

James B. McConville passed away on January 12, 2020 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by family who lovingly cared for him. "Jim" was a truly remarkable human. Undeterred by illness, he spent the last of his days using contemporary engineering methods to re-design world war II aircraft and writing engineering texts spanning across a wide range of topics from virtual prototyping to the...
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Autumn Paige Cordova

December 21, 1983 - January 12, 2020

Autumn Paige Cordova, age 36, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening, January 12, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on December 21, 1983, the daughter of Keith and Tammy (Taylor) Vore. Autumn enjoyed cooking, poetry writing and spending time with her family & friends. She loved the summers, swimming and going to the beach. Autumn was always willing to help others...
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Frances Elaine (Reid) Landsberger

February 22, 1930 - January 10, 2020

Frances Elaine (Reid) Landsberger of Plainwell, MI Fran passed away peacefully at Ely Manor of Allegan, MI on Friday, January 10, 2020. Fran was born February 22, 1930 in Temperance , MI and was the daughter of Wayne and Rhuby (Dull) Reid, both of whom preceded her in death. Fran was a gifted LPN, whose career spanned from Kalamazoo, MI,...
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Barbara Louise (Foster) Jeska

April 17, 1926 - January 10, 2020

Barbara Louise (Foster) Jeska of Richland, MI "...Jesus, I've placed my trust in thee." Barbara, age 93, died peacefully Friday morning, January 10, 2020, with her loving family at her side. Barbara, the oldest daughter of Emil W. and Helen B. (Fowler) Foster, was born in Cadillac, MI, on April 17, 1926. Her family moved to Parchment when she was a small child, and...
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Linda Karen Shimmel

April 12, 1953 - January 9, 2020

Linda Karen Shimmel, 66, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side, on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Linda was born April 12, 1953 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Reid and Jeaninne (Myers) Shimmel. She grew up in Battle Creek and the South Bend, IN area. Linda graduated from John Adams High School in South Bend, IN and then earned her Nursing Assistant...
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April M. Birman

April 16, 1982 - January 9, 2020

April M. Birman, 37, died unexpectedly on January 9, 2020. She has gained her angel wings and is now in heaven holding her beloved Julian. April was born April 16, 1982 in Webster, TX to Laurel Birman and Rodney Loomis. April loved to write, play guitar, read poetry and go on shopping trips. She enjoyed her tv shows, especially Criminal Minds and Walking Dead. But most of all, she lived...
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Killian Michael Carter

March 21, 2019 - January 9, 2020

Killian Michael Carter, 9 months old, of Battle Creek tragically passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning, January 9, 2020. Killian was born at Bronson Battle Creek on March 21, 2019, the precious boy of Kaycie Berg and Jason Carter. Killian was absolutely the best little boy in the world. He loved music, bouncing, eating, getting spooked, all animals whether they were stuffed or not, and...
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Carolyn J. Warner

February 5, 1936 - January 5, 2020

Carolyn Jane Warner, 83, of Battle Creek, quietly passed away in her sleep on Sunday, January 5th at Evergreen Senior Care and Rehab Center in Springfield, MI. She had been battling Alzheimer's disease for several years. Carolyn, the daughter of Maurice L McManus and Jean A. Wollpert, was born in South Bend, Indiana on February 5, 1936. She moved with her family to Battle Creek after World...
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Barbara J. "Buzzy" Tiffany

May 27, 1932 - January 3, 2020

Barbara Jean (Morgan) "Buzzy" Tiffany, age 87, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Friday morning, January 3, 2020. She was born in Battle Creek on May 27, 1932, the daughter of the late Dr. Paul and Kathryn (Abbey) Morgan. Affectionately nicknamed "Buzzy" at the age of two, that name tagged her all her life. She was a cheerleader for and 1950 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School...
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Ella Marie (Donaldson) Reniger

January 21, 1922 - January 3, 2020

Ella Marie (Donaldson) Reniger of Battle Creek, MI Ella, age 97, died Friday morning, January 3, 2020 at the Heritage Assisted Living of Battle Creek. Ella, the daughter of Elgie and Ruth (Guiless) Donaldson, was born in Eckford, MI on January 21, 1922 (Her father and uncle had to shovel snow for ½ mile, so the doctor could make it to their home on the day of her birth!). ...
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Sharon Christine "Chris" Bresett

January 1, 2020

Sharon Christine "Chris" Bresett, 73, of Battle Creek, died on her birthday, January 1, 2020. Chris was born January 1, 1947 in Four Mile, KY to Frank and Sylvia (Payne) Mullins. She graduated from Ferris State with a Bachelor's Degree and then received her Master's Degree from Western Michigan University. She worked as a social worker for many years helping families. Chris enjoyed...
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Joan Elizabeth (Abbott) Shouldice

November 19, 1932 - December 29, 2019

Joan Elizabeth (Abbott) Shouldice, 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at The Legacy at The Oaks. Joan was born November 19, 1932 in Albion, Michigan the daughter of Mark A. and Arlene E. (Woodliff) Abbott. She grew up in Albion and graduated with the Class of 1951 from Washington Gardner High School in Albion. Joan attended Albion College for two years and...
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Charles Howard "Chuck" Chase

February 22, 1954 - December 28, 2019

On Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, Charles "Chuck" Howard Chase passed away in Grand Rapids. He was born on Feb. 22, 1954 in Jackson, to William and Rose Chase. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1972, received his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Michigan State University and administrative license from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Chuck was an educator for...
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Charles Olegar

December 26, 2019

Charles Olegar, 70, of Brunswick, New York and formerly of Battle Creek died on December 26, 2019 at home in the loving care of his life partner Jane Williams, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Akron, Ohio to the late George and Ursula Olegar, he was also preceded in death by his brother George. Charles discovered his life's work and passion playing the organ in church at...
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JoAnn M. Rounds

December 9, 1934 - December 25, 2019

JoAnn M. Rounds, 85, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born December 9, 1934, the daughter of Joseph and Winona DeRose in Lansing, MI. JoAnn graduated from the Kellogg Consolidated High School in Hickory Corners (now Gull Lake Schools) in 1952. After high school, JoAnn was employed by Model Finance before going to...
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Anita Ann (Hahlbeck) Stout

June 30, 1931 - December 24, 2019

Anita Ann (Hahlbeck) Stout, 88, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Reflections Memory Care on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Anita was born June 30, 1931 in Arlington, Nebraska, the daughter of Alfred Albert and Helen Margaret (Warren) Halhbeck. She was raised in Arlington and was a 1949 graduate of Arlington High School. Anita was employed in the office at Teamster's Local #34 in Battle Creek...
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William N. Felter IV

August 31, 1981 - December 23, 2019

William (Bill) Nelson Felter IV, 38, originally of Battle Creek, Mich., passed away Dec. 23, 2019, in Spokane, Wash. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Felter III and Tracy Pierce, both of Battle Creek. He is survived by his children, Haylea (Wyatt) Mattingly and Lexus Felter. He is also survived by his stepfather, Thomas Pierce, and his sister, Jennie Hepler Takens. Bill...
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R. Douglas "Doug" Deaton

September 27, 1947 - December 23, 2019

R. Douglas "Doug" Deaton, 72, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Monday, December 23, 2019. He was born on September 27, 1947 in Battle Creek, the son of James R. "Bob" Deaton and Maxine M. Deaton (Haver). Doug graduated from Battle Creek Public Schools and Western Michigan University. He received a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University in 1970 and was a...
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William P. "Bill" Butler III

November 29, 1938 - December 20, 2019

William P. "Bill" Butler III, age 81 of Battle Creek, died Friday morning, December 20, 2019 following a long illness. He was born in Battle Creek on November 29, 1938, the son of William P. Butler, Jr., and Catherine Morrison. Following his father's death, he was raised by his mother and stepfather, David H. Rathbun. He was preceded in death by them, as well as a half-brother, David Rathbun,...
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Alicia (Alvarez) Hernandez

December 28, 1931 - December 20, 2019

Alicia Alvarez Hernandez went home to be with her Lord on Friday, December 20, 2019, after having wonderful care by the staff at NorthPointe Woods at The Oaks. Alicia was born in Durango, Durango, Mexico to Manuel and Guadalupe (Chavez) Alvarez on December 28, 1931. She grew up in Durango until age 15 when she moved to Juarez, Mexico, where she received a degree in accounting from E.T.C....
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Veda Ocene (Kennedy) Sheppard

May 1, 1922 - December 20, 2019

Veda Ocene (Kennedy) Sheppard, 97 of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord on Friday, December 20, 2019, after receiving wonderful care from Lakeview Senior Living associates, her family and Grace Hospice. Veda was born May 1, 1922 in Tishomingo, Mississippi the daughter of James Garner and Hattie (Modennie) Kennedy. She grew up and lived in Tishomingo until 1941, when she and her husband...
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Rita Dorothy Hemmerling

September 29, 1918 - December 19, 2019

Rita Dorothy Hemmerling of Battle Creek, MI & formerly of Chicago, IL Rita, age 101, died Thursday evening, December 19, 2019 at her residence. Rita, the daughter of Paul and Clara (Jantsch) Hemmerling, was born in Chicago, IL on September 29, 1918 and. She moved to this area in 2010 to be with her sister, Therese Nicolaiafter spending most of her life in Chicago. Rita was a...
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Barbara "Barb" Freeman

June 28, 1926 - December 19, 2019

Barbara "Barb" Freeman, age 93, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, December 19, 2019. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 28, 1926, the loving daughter of Carl Henry and Zoe Adele (Rice) Schoetzow. Barb dedicated many years as a music teacher at the Kambly Living Center. Barb married Evan Warren "Benny" Freeman at the First Presbyterian Church, Battle Creek...
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Marilyn Elaine (Wensauer) Cicalo

December 10, 1932 - December 18, 2019

Marilyn Elaine (Wensauer) Cicalo was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on December 10, 1932 to Erwin G. and Dorris M. Wensauer. She moved to Battle Creek with her parents and brother in 1942. Marilyn attended St. Philip Catholic High School through the 10th grade and transferred to Lakeview High School, graduating with the class of 1950. Marilyn, 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully with her family...
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David S. Warner

November 14, 1938 - December 18, 2019

David S. Warner of Hickory Corners, MI David Sergeant Warner, age 81, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 in the arms of his loving wife, Beverly. He was born November 14, 1938 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Jerome and Elizabeth (Sergeant) Warner. David grew up in the Kalamazoo, and spent summers at Gull Lake since 1948. He married the former,...
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Craig E. Wiegand, Jr.

November 27, 2014 - December 18, 2019

Craig E. Wiegand Jr., age 5, of Jackson, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on November 27, 2014 and was the adorable son of Mandi Krutsch and Mark Stutler. Craig attended Pirate's Cove Pre-School in Napoleon, MI where he loved to go to school and seeing his friends & "girlfriends". Craig is survived by his parents; his sisters,...
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Nancy Loy (Beckett) Lee

January 3, 1935 - December 18, 2019

Nancy Loy (Beckett) Lee, 84, of Battle Creek died Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Heritage Assisted Living, after a short illness. Nancy was born January 3, 1935 in Springfield, Illinois the daughter of Loy and Beatrice (Smith) Beckett. She grew up in Springfield, IL, briefly in Arizona and then in San Diego, CA. Nancy was employed at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center,...
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William L. Ferguson , Jr.

June 28, 1949 - December 17, 2019

William L. "Bill" Ferguson, Jr., 70, of Hastings, Michigan passed away on Tuesday afternoon, December 17, 2019. Bill was born June 28, 1949 in Shaw, Mississippi to William and Sadie (Roberts) Ferguson. Bill worked for the OI Glass factory in Charlotte, Michigan for 32 years. He faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Bill enjoyed driving...
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Donald William "Don" Youngs

February 14, 1940 - December 17, 2019

Donald William "Don" Youngs, age 79, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, December 17, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on February 14, 1940, the son of William D. and Dorothy B. (Aldrich) Youngs. Don faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and retired from Post Cereals in 1995 after more than 25 years. Don married the "Love of His...
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Robert Duane "Bob" Jones

April 16, 1930 - December 16, 2019

Robert Duane "Bob" Jones of Battle Creek, MI Bob, age 89, died unexpectedly Monday evening, December 16, 2019 at his residence. Bob, the son of Dewey and Caroline (Marshall) Jones, was born in Barry County, MI; was a lifetime area resident and a 1948 graduate of Nashville (MI) High School. He retired in 1985 after 37 years of faithful service to Kellogg Company, mostly in the...
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Allen Louis Wood, Sr.

February 18, 1954 - December 12, 2019

Allen Louis Wood, Sr. age 65, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday morning, December 12, 2019 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He was born in Battle Creek on February 18, 1954 the son of Guy and Leoda Edith (Squires) Wood. Allen worked at various restaurants in Battle Creek over the years. Allen is survived by his children, Tammy L. Wood of Battle Creek, Allen Wood II of Montgomery,...
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Elsie L. Drummonds

December 17, 1931 - December 12, 2019

Born to Talmadge Charles and Ethel Marie (Angus) Weekley on December 17, 1931 in Ripley, W. VA. on a snowy winter's evening, Elsie L. Weekley was not expected to survive the night. In fact, no birth certificate was issued her until later in life. Her family moved to Ravenswood, W. VA. where she attended public schools through the eleventh grade. Elsie was the second child born to T.C. and Ethel...
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Ray Anthony Acosta

February 22, 1955 - December 10, 2019

Ray Anthony Acosta, age 64, of Battle Creek passed away December 10, 2019. He was born February 22, 1955 in Pembroke, North Carolina and was the son of John A. and Flora (Acosta) Lowery. Ray graduated from Pembroke Senior High School with the Class of 1974 and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. He enjoyed the outdoors and collecting various things. Ray...
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Wesley Charles "Wes" Sonicksen

October 25, 1927 - December 9, 2019

Wesley Charles "Wes" Sonicksen, 92 of Battle Creek passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence with his family at his side. Wes was born October 25, 1927 in Battle Creek to George and Olive Eliza (Darling) Sonicksen. He grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Central High School. During high school he was employed at the Battle Creek Farm Bureau and then as...
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Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Anthony-Hughes

April 2, 1924 - December 7, 2019

Elizabeth Marie Anthony- Hughes of Green Valley, AZ formerly on Kalamazoo, MI. In the early hours of Saturday, Dec. 7, Elizabeth ( Betty) quietly, unexpectedly slipped away from us to be with the Angels. Born April 2, 1924 to Henry and Katie ( Klimp) Eshuis, Betty grew up on Edgemoor Avenue. She attended Kalamazoo Christian High School, graduating in 1942, and went...
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Eugene Edward "Gene" Beasley

September 27, 1929 - December 7, 2019

Eugene Edward "Gene" Beasley of Springfield, MI Gene, age 90, died on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Pineview of Battle Creek, MI with his loving family at his side. Gene, the son of Chester and Florence (Austgen) Beasley, was born in Marion, Indiana on September 27, 1929. He grew up in Indiana and was a 1947 graduate of Dyer (IN) High School. Gene received his master's...
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Janet L. Felter

September 16, 1942 - December 6, 2019

Janet L. Felter, 77, of Battle Creek, died December 6, 2019. Janet was born September 16, 1942 in Battle Creek to Marvin and Mildred (Little) Bates. She loved watching westerns, especially Gunsmoke. She also enjoyed to play dice, crochet and drink coffee. Janet is survived by her daughter, Tammy Kilbourn; two sons, Mike Bates and Jeff Andrews; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;...
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Eleanor L. Bouffard

November 26, 1924 - December 3, 2019

Eleanor L. Bouffard, 95, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Tuesday evening, December 3, 2019 with her family by her side at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas on November 26, 1924, the loving daughter of Roy and Elvie (Beadles) Smith. Eleanor retired from the Federal Center in 1983 after more than 20 years of service with D.L.S.C. (Defense Logistics...
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Calvin James "Jim" Frey

December 25, 1927 - November 28, 2019

Calvin James "Jim" Frey, 91, a resident of Lombard, Illinois and a former resident of Battle Creek passed away on November 28 at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, Illinois. Jim was born on December 25, 1927 in Battle Creek to Fred and Bernice (Halbert) Frey. He was a 1946 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1952. Jim enlisted in the U.S....
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Shirley A. Worthington

July 7, 1938 - November 27, 2019

Shirley A. Worthington, age 81, of Battle Creek died peacefully at her home on Wednesday morning, November 27, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on July 7, 1938, the daughter of James and Lillian (Knowles) Elliott. Shirley graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1956 and retired from Michigan Paper Board in 2000, after more than 18 years of service. Shirley is survived by her...
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Joanne C. Adams

May 16, 1932 - November 26, 2019

Joanne C. Adams, 87, of Battle Creek, died November 26, 2019. Joanne was born May 16, 1932, in Steubenville, OH, to Charles and Helen (Gregory) Camplan. She lived in the Detroit area as a child and graduated from Cooley High School. After high school she went on to receive her teaching degree from Hillsdale College. Joanne taught at public schools in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan in elementary,...
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Christopher Khai Fu Chan

May 19, 1948 - November 25, 2019

Christopher Khai Fu Chan, age 71, of Battle Creek passed away Monday evening, November 25, 2019 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. On May 19, 1948 - Christopher Khai Fu Chan was born in northwestern Burma (Myanmar), in a hillside village called Falam. Khai Fu was the fifth child born to Hlun Thaan Chen and Hluai Yin Lee. His siblings were Khai Ming, Khai Liang, Hlui Moy, and Hlui Len. After...
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Dennis Owen "Bo" Goins

October 26, 1946 - November 25, 2019

Dennis Owen "Bo" Goins, age 73, of Battle Creek unexpectedly went to be with his Lord on Monday evening, November 25, 2019. He was born in Dayton, Tennessee on October 26, 1946 the son of Cornelius "Dade" and Ada (Tilley) Goins. Bo married the "Love of His Life", Carol L. Hammock on July 31, 1965; she survives. He is also survived by his children, David Lee (Jamie) Goins and Melissa Lynne ...
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Marilyn Rose Mossman

November 25, 2019

Marilyn Rose Mossman, 86, of Baltimore, Maryland passed away peacefully on November 25, 2019. Marilyn was a devoted wife of 57 years to her loving husband, Jay; devoted mother of Letetia and her partner, Donna; loving grandmother of Benjamin and Caitlynn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Mossman (2012), her son, Jay Mossman Jr. (1980), her parents, Elmer V. and Ruby C. Hylton; and...
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George W. Danke, Jr.

August 12, 1933 - November 24, 2019

George W. Danke Jr., age 87, of Ceresco passed away Sunday evening, November 24, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Battle Creek on August 12, 1933 the son of George W. Sr. and Christine L. (Brown) Danke and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army, stationed at Fort Custer. He served as an instructor and Conservation Officer. George started his business in...
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Charles Jeffrey Brown, Sr.

June 26, 1947 - November 23, 2019

Charles Jeffrey "Grizzly" Brown, Sr., age 72, of Richland passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2019 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. He was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on June 26, 1947, the son of the late Ronald and Lillian (Dickow) Brown and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and worked at National Gypsum Corp. and James River Corp. for more...
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Raymond Charles "Ray" Jones

November 20, 1928 - November 23, 2019

Raymond C. Jones, 91, of Battle Creek died on November 23, 2019 at Countryside Senior Home. He was born November 20, 1928, in Battle Creek to Abe and Mable (Decker) Jones. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1946 after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corp. He was stationed at Corpus Christi, TX, Pensacola, FL and Norfolk, VA, attaining the rank of Petty Officer 3rd...
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Marceline Frances "Marcy" (Prill) Robertson

February 2, 1928 - November 23, 2019

Marceline Frances "Marcy" (Prill) Robertson, 91, a lifelong Battle Creek resident died peacefully with her family at her side at Glen Arbor Hospice Residence on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Marcy was born February 2, 1928 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Harry E. and Mary G. (McHale) Prill. Marcy grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from St. Philip High School in 1945. First, she...
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David Eugene McGuffey

December 20, 1940 - November 23, 2019

David Eugene McGuffey, 78, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home on Saturday, November 23, 2019. David was born Dec 20, 1940 in St. Elmo, Tennessee to Claude Eugene and Dixie Marie (Turner) McGuffey. As a child, he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan with his family, where he has lived for the majority of his life. David worked at General Motors and then had a long career as a roofer. He...
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Larry Edward Shouldice

May 25, 1929 - November 22, 2019

Larry Edward Shouldice, 90, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully on Friday, November 22, 2019 at The Legacy at The Oaks. Larry was born May 25, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Willard H. and Dorothy M. (Watson) Shouldice. He was a 1948 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, and received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State...
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Ella M. Palmer

December 28, 1931 - November 22, 2019

Ella M. Palmer, 87, of Kalamazoo, died November 22, 2019. Ella was born December 28, 1931 in Kalamazoo to Charles and Jenny (Hoogakker) Wortinger. She graduated from Galesburg High School in 1951 and married Allen L. Palmer later that year, on November 1. She worked at J.C. Penny for 25 years before her retirement in 1990. Ella was a member of Northeastern Baptist Church and enjoyed baking...
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Marilyn Ann (Rogers) Hicks

September 18, 1931 - November 22, 2019

Marilyn Ann (Rogers) Hicks of Battle Creek, MI Marilyn, age 88, died Friday morning, November 22, 2019 at the Laurels of Bedford, Battle Creek, following a lengthy illness. Marilyn, the daughter of George and Nettie (Mills) Rogers, was born in Marshall, MI on September 18, 1931; was a lifetime area resident and a 1949 graduate of Tekonsha High School. She was an...
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Virginia A. Aumaugher

December 12, 1927 - November 22, 2019

Virginia A. Aumaugher, 91, of Battle Creek, died Friday, November 22, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence after a short illness. Virginia was born December 12, 1927 in Battle Creek to Edward and Thyrza (Jellife) Goold. She graduated from Lakeview High School and went on to serve her country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as part of the Navy Wave. She married Arnold L....
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Donald Philip "Phil" Malpass

September 20, 1932 - November 20, 2019

Donald Philip "Phil" Malpass of Kalamazoo, MI Son of Theodore Malpass and Phyllis (Graves) Malpass. Preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Fredrick (Bruce) Malpass, Theodore (Ted) Malpass, a sister Mary Lou Shinn, two grandchildren, Elizabeth Albright and Theodore (Teddy) Malpass, and son-in-law Curtis O'Shock. Philip lived a full life, loved by his family, his wife...
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Simmie L. Hicks, Sr.

August 23, 1947 - November 18, 2019

Simmie L. Hicks Sr., age 72, of Springfield passed away peacefully at home on Monday afternoon, November 18, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on August 23, 1947, the son of Jesse and Lucille (Harrod) Hicks. Simmie retired from the City of Battle Creek in 2002 after more than 22 years of service. Simmie married Cindy Horwath on May 28, 1966; she survives. He is also survived by his son,...
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Beverly Jane Siefke

July 12, 1931 - November 18, 2019

Beverly J. Siefke, 88, of Indianapolis, IN and formerly of Battle Creek, died November 18, 2019. Jane was born July 12, 1931 in Battle Creek to James and Candace (Jarvis) Shirlaw, Jr. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1949 and then married Marvin Siefke on September 30, 1950. She worked as a budget analyst at the Federal Center for many years before her retirement in 1978....
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Viatt Love

August 12, 1943 - November 18, 2019

Viatt (Vi) Love, 76, of Battle Creek, passed away November 18, 2019 at The Laurels of Bedford. She was born to Philip and Vivian Crane II in Fenton, MI on August 12, 1943. Viatt graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1961 and received a B.S. in Education from Eastern Michigan University in 1963. She married her first husband Patrick McCann in 1963. She married her second husband, Joseph...
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Sheila P. Scheick

March 14, 1952 - November 16, 2019

Sheila P. Scheick, age 67, of Ceresco passed away peacefully with her loving family at her side on Saturday evening, November 16, 2019. She was born in Tampa, Florida on March 14, 1952, the daughter of Thomas L. and Nina A. (Spurr) Powers. Sheila graduated from Biloxi High School in Biloxi, Mississippi with the Class of 1970 and furthered her education at Jefferson Davis Junior College. In...
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Francis L. Peake

December 10, 1931 - November 15, 2019

Francis L. Peake, age 87, of Lacey, Michigan, went to be with the Lord with his loving wife Nora by his side on Friday morning, November 15, 2019. He was born in Hastings, Michigan on December 10, 1931, the son of Ernest and Bethel (Hallock) Peake and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Francis retired from Michigan Carton after more than 43 years and then went...
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Dorothy Elizabeth (VanWald) "Dottie" Harris

August 9, 1929 - November 11, 2019

Dorothy Elizabeth (VanWald) "Dottie" Harris, 90, died peacefully at her residence on Monday, November 11, 2019. Dottie was born August 9, 1929 in Ft. Wayne, IN to Oscar and Evelyn (Ellison) VanWald. She also resided in Mpls., MN and Battle Creek, MI. Dottie married Roy Edward Harris on June 16, 1947, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Roy on December 3,...
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Garry Lee Wetherill, Sr.

November 8, 1953 - November 11, 2019

Garry Lee Wetherill, Sr., age 66, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Monday evening, November 11, 2019 with his loving family at his side. He was born in Battle Creek on November 8, 1953, the son of Arthur L.. and Gladys M. (Ellis) Wetherill. Garry graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and worked for many years at Tichenor Roofing. He loved doing wood working and going to the...
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Wanda M. Yaudes

February 1, 1940 - November 10, 2019

Wanda May Yaudes of Cary, NC, age 79, passed Sunday, November 10, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at Transitions LifeCare, Raleigh, NC. She was born in Battle Creek, Michigan to Lester and Leah (Klingman) Hand on February 1, 1940. Wanda graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1958. She married Ronald Yaudes in 1961, he survives. Wanda was a loving mother to four daughters and...
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Michelle Brenda Dukes

November 10, 2019

Michelle Brenda Dukes, age 45, of Kalamazoo passed away unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, November 10, 2019. Michelle is survived by her husband, Kevin; her children, Jacob and Megan; her mother, Brenda; a brother, John; and two sisters, Trisha and Ursula. She was preceded in death by her father and her son, William. Michelle enjoyed reading, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her...
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Maria Ernestina "Tina" Rose

April 7, 1915 - November 10, 2019

Maria Ernestina "Tina" Rose, 104, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed on Sun, Nov. 10, 2019. She was born April 7, 1915 in the Republic of Panama to Pablo E. and Petronila (Villareal) Rangel. She was raised in Panama and earned her Master's Degree in Law from the University of Panama. Tina earned a Bachelor's Degree (1938) in Law and Social Sciences and another in Criminology: Dactyloscopy ...
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Robert Walter Schmock

March 4, 1946 - November 7, 2019

Robert Walter Schmock, 73, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Laurels of Bedford, after a long courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Robert was born March 4, 1946 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Walter and Evelyn Mae (White) Schmock. He was raised in Battle Creek and was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. After high school Robert...
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Blondell Greer

June 21, 1922 - November 5, 2019

Blondell Greer, went to be with her Lord and Savior early on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in Lansing, Michigan, after 97 years of abundant life. Blondell, "Blondie", as many affectionately called her, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was born June 21, 1922 in Weakley County, Tennessee, one of eleven children of Marion Thomas (Tom) Roberts...
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Alice Louise (Scott) Merrill

July 3, 1926 - November 3, 2019

Alice Louise (Scott) Merrill, 93, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Bickford Assisted Living on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Alice was born July 3, 1926 in Battle Creek the daughter of Wesley B. and Irma A. (Watson) Scott. She was a 1944 graduate of Galesburg High School and then earned an Executive Secretarial Degree from Argubright Business College in Battle Creek. Alice was employed as a...
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Robert Howard Moats III.

February 16, 1962 - November 1, 2019

Robert H. Moats III., age 57, of Battle Creek died after a long battle with Cancer on Friday, November 1, 2019, at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Gary, Indiana on February 16, 1962, the son of Robert H. and Brenda Faye (Dunahoo) Moats Jr. Robert graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1982 and furthered his education at Jackson Community College, graduating with...
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Harold and Joanne Bartzen

August 11, 1931 - October 30, 2019

Harold D. Bartzen, age 88, of Battle Creek, died October 30, 2019. Harold was born August 11, 1931 in Battle Creek to Charles and Lucille (Palmiter) Bartzen. Harold loved woodworking, fishing and gardening. Joanne J. Bartzen, age 85, of Battle Creek, died December 20, 2018. Joanne was born December 27, 1932 in Battle Creek to Herman and Geneva (Swank) Turley. She graduated from Battle...
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Richard G. Andrews

July 28, 1942 - October 29, 2019

Richard G. Andrews, 77, of Bellevue, died October 29, 2019 at home with his family by his side. Richard was born July 28, 1942 in Coldwater to Harry and Irene (Long) Andrews. He graduated from high school and worked as a journeyman for 38 plus years at Airway Manufacturing. Richard enjoyed being outdoors and liked to cut wood, fish and hunt. Occasionally he liked to gamble at the casino...
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