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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

Rick Coleman

June 28, 2022

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

June 28, 2022

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

February 25, 1936 - June 25, 2022

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

May 18, 1954 - June 25, 2022

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

December 18, 1947 - June 24, 2022

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

March 2, 1958 - June 22, 2022

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

September 4, 1929 - June 20, 2022

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

April 5, 1933 - June 18, 2022

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

June 26, 1931 - June 18, 2022

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

August 8, 1929 - June 17, 2022

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

August 17, 1926 - June 17, 2022

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

March 26, 1925 - June 16, 2022

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

October 8, 1946 - June 13, 2022

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

May 13, 1960 - June 12, 2022

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

August 25, 1941 - June 12, 2022

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

November 9, 1929 - June 10, 2022

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

August 16, 1929 - June 9, 2022

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

September 4, 1949 - June 9, 2022

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

February 24, 1961 - June 8, 2022

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

August 5, 1930 - June 7, 2022

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

May 8, 1950 - June 7, 2022

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

January 9, 1940 - June 6, 2022

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

November 22, 1940 - June 5, 2022

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

September 29, 1931 - June 3, 2022

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

June 2, 2022

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

February 3, 1937 - June 2, 2022

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

November 30, 1931 - June 2, 2022

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

June 1, 2022

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

March 12, 1939 - June 1, 2022

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

January 6, 1935 - May 31, 2022

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

August 29, 1929 - May 31, 2022

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

July 13, 1939 - May 28, 2022

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

September 29, 1950 - May 27, 2022

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

September 20, 1930 - May 25, 2022

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

October 9, 1932 - May 22, 2022

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

July 15, 1980 - May 20, 2022

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

December 20, 1935 - May 20, 2022

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

December 25, 1935 - May 19, 2022

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

March 1, 1942 - May 19, 2022

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

April 26, 1925 - May 18, 2022

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

March 19, 1943 - May 18, 2022

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

December 5, 1941 - May 17, 2022

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

November 26, 1926 - May 14, 2022

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

May 7, 1937 - May 13, 2022

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

March 31, 1933 - May 13, 2022

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

June 1, 1924 - May 13, 2022

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

May 10, 2022

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

September 17, 1929 - May 9, 2022

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

May 4, 2022

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

March 6, 1942 - May 4, 2022

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

February 7, 1927 - May 3, 2022

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

December 30, 1934 - May 1, 2022

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

August 8, 1947 - April 29, 2022

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

May 2, 1930 - April 26, 2022

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

December 8, 1915 - April 26, 2022

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

February 8, 1928 - April 24, 2022

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

October 30, 1934 - April 24, 2022

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

April 24, 2022

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

December 12, 1932 - April 22, 2022

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

September 1, 1927 - April 19, 2022

Claudine Ploehn, age 94, of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at her home with her family by her side. Claudine was born September 1, 1927 in Monterey, TN to Claude and Clara (Buckner) Jones. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1945 and worked for the Kellogg Company for five years. She then worked for Michigan National Bank for 32 years, retiring in 1982. ...
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Floyd D. "Pretty Boy Floyd" "Shorty" Blakney

November 19, 1937 - April 17, 2022

Floyd D. "Pretty Boy Floyd" "Shorty" Blakney, age 84, passed away Sunday morning April 17, 2022 with his family by his side. He was born in Lansing, Michigan on November 19, 1937, the son of Thomas and Marjorie (Rose) Blakney. Floyd proudly & faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1955 -1962. He retired from Walmart in 2019 after more than 10...
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Paul James Mackaluso

December 7, 1927 - April 16, 2022

Paul James Mackaluso was called home by his Heavenly Father on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at the age of 94. Paul was born on December 7, 1927, to Paul D. and Rebecca Mackaluso at Camp Custer in Augusta, Michigan. Paul went to W.K. Kellogg School until he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served for 19 months and was honorably discharged in 1946 as a Seaman First Class. While in the Navy, he...
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Christina A. "Tina" Slayton

October 18, 1947 - April 16, 2022

Christina Ann "Tina" Slayton, 74, of Battle Creek, died peacefully with family and close friends by her side, on Saturday, April 16, 2022, after a long battle with dementia. Tina was born October 18, 1947, and raised in Brunswick, ME. Tina received a B.A. degree in sociology from Wheeling College, Wheeling, W.Va. After a nineteen-year career with the Kellogg Company, which brought her to...
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Robert Lee "Bubba" Rodeheaver

May 24, 1982 - April 15, 2022

Robert Lee Rodeheaver "Bubba", 39, of Kalamazoo, MI passed away at his home unexpectedly on Friday April 15, 2022. Born on May 24, 1982 to his loving parents, David Trinkle & Lisa Rodeheaver, Robert immediately filled the lives of those around him with joy. Robert graduated Galesburg-Augusta High School in 2001. During Robert's short life, he was a St. Jude's leukemia survivor and faced...
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Amy June Outman

June 21, 1924 - April 15, 2022

Amy June Outman, age 97 of Battle Creek passed away on Friday, April 15, 2022. She was born in Dowling, Michigan on June 21, 1924, the daughter of John and Mae (Rice) Hammond and graduated from Hastings High School. In 1983, Amy retired from the Kellogg Company after nearly 30 years of service. Amy married Richard Lee "Rich" Outman at the Convis United Methodist Church in Battle Creek on May...
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Thomas Lee Baker

May 21, 1952 - April 12, 2022

Thomas Lee Baker, 69 of Battle Creek, MI, went to be with the Lord on April 12, 2022. He was born on May 21, 1952 in Marshall, MI. Thomas enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1973 and proudly served his country for seven years. Thomas is remembered as a very kind and outgoing guy. He was very giving and would do anything for anyone in need. Thomas loved his trips to South Haven, MI,...
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James Patrick "Jimmy" Dowdle

March 8, 1954 - April 12, 2022

James Patrick "Jimmy" Dowdle, 68 of Detroit and formerly of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly as a result of a sudden cardiac event and went from home to Heaven on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Jim was born March 8, 1954 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the youngest child of John Francis and Mary Louise (Smith) Dowdle. As a kid growing up in Battle Creek, he knew everything that was going on and...
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Lawrence Paul "Larry" Wezensky

September 9, 1936 - April 11, 2022

Lawrence (Larry) Paul Wezensky, 85, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully on April 11, 2022. Larry was born September 9, 1936 at home in Mount Pleasant, Michigan to John Anthony and Ina Mae (Smith) Wezensky. He grew up in Mount Pleasant and was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy High School. Larry attended Aquinas College while working at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids,...
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Larry Vance

April 29, 1977 - April 6, 2022

Larry Vance, age 45 of Battle Creek, Passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. He was born on April 29, 1977 to his parents James and Pearl Vance. He married the "Love of His Life", Marlana Vance in 2014. Larry is known as a hardworking and committed family man. He always did what he had to do to give his family the very best. Larry enjoyed date nights with his wife, taking his family on...
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Margaret M. Jordan

March 12, 1926 - April 3, 2022

Margaret Marie Jordan passed away Sunday April 3 Sharpsburg Georgia. Born March 12, 1926 to Norris and Fern M Burnett, Margaret called Battle Creek her home for most of her life. A Brother Richard Burnett preceded her in death. Margaret married to Wayne Walter Jordan; she was a devoted wife for 58 years. Margaret enjoyed gathering with family and friends as well as traveling the world. ...
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Gracie E. Bradshaw

October 3, 1941 - April 3, 2022

Gracie Ellen Bradshaw, age 80, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday evening, April 4, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on October 3, 1941, the daughter of Lawrence and Alberta (Jacoby) Jacobs. Gracie worked for several years at II Stanley, enjoyed collecting dolls, and loved her dogs and spending time with her family & grandchildren. Gracie is survived by her son, Gerald Belden of Battle...
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Tony France

November 29, 1972 - April 2, 2022

Tony France, age 49 of Battle Creek, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2022. He was born on November 29, 1972 to his parents Ronald and Molly France. Tony married the "Love of His Life" in 1998 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Tony is remembered as a very goofy and loving man. He always knew how to make people laugh. He was a very hard worker and a perfectionist. He took great pride in everything he...
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Doris L. Reichert

May 26, 1937 - April 2, 2022

Doris L. Reichert, 84, of Battle Creek, died April 2, 2022. Doris was born May 26, 1937 in Hillsdale, MI to Lee and Gertrude (Turner) Cook. She graduated high school and married Leonard Reichert June 24, 1956. Doris worked as a nurse's aide for many years at Community Hospital while her first two children were young and then went to Nursing School. She had to quit halfway through because of...
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Douglas Wray "Doug" Marshall

August 28, 1944 - March 31, 2022

Douglas Wray "Doug" Marshall, age 77, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, March 31, 2022. Doug was born in Ottawa Ontario, Canada on August 28, 1944, the son of the late Wray Irwin and June (Paul) Marshall. Moving to the United States as a small boy, he graduated from Portage Central High School in 1963. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and...
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Robert George Randels

February 1, 1949 - March 31, 2022

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

April 23, 1977 - March 29, 2022

Terri Ann White, age 44, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 29, 2022 after a brief illness. She was born on April 23,1977, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Rebecca Cady. Terri Ann was very generous and loving, considering everyone family. She was always willing to lend a helping hand in any way that she could to someone in need. Terri Ann was also a gifted...
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Julian Mansfield

November 19, 2013 - March 25, 2022

Julian Michael Mansfield, age 8, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 25, 2022. He was born on November 19, 2013 to loving parents, Kelsey Cronkite and Travis Haskins. Julian was and forever will remain the absolute best big brother to his siblings, Urijah, Giovanni, Nova and Khloe. Not only did he love being a big brother but he loved being a son, a grandson, a cousin, and a great...
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Jerry L. McGhan

April 25, 1946 - March 25, 2022

Jerry L. McGhan, 75, of Battle Creek, was born April 25, 1946 and passed away in Battle Creek, MI on March 25, 2022 peacefully at home in the care of his niece Tania Titus. He was preceded in death by his mother, Emmajean Bigelow and his father, Nial McGhan; a brother, Arthur McGhan and a sister, Alice Damon. Jerry is survived by two brothers, William and Melvin McGhan, several nieces and...
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Angela Kay (Smith) Clear

September 15, 1970 - March 24, 2022

Angela Kay (Smith) Clear, age 51, of Battle Creek, passed away suddenly on March 24, 2022. Angie was born in Battle Creek on September 15, 1970 to William Cornwell and Kathrine Smith. She is survived by her daughters, Ashley Gaw, Kristina Torres, Brittney Gerber, Kaitlynn Brust and her son, Brandon Smith; grandchildren, Alexandria, Michael, Monica, Arya, Sabrina, Kaylee, Adrian, Alliana,...
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Robin Rae Ivens

November 16, 1964 - March 24, 2022

Robin Rae Ivens, age 57, of Hastings, MI passed away unexpectedly on March 24, 2022. Robin was born in Battle Creek on November 16, 1964, the daughter of Scott and Judy (Long) Orr and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. She is survived by her two children, Bill (Ashley) Orr, Abby (Brenden Vaden) Ivens, her sisters Rhona (Jerry Lynch) Moody and Renee (Jerry) Tomky, Long time friend...
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Mary Lou VanHuysen

June 3, 1929 - March 24, 2022

Mary Lou VanHuysen, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Mary Lou was born in Battle Creek on June 3, 1929, the daughter of Miles and Marjorie E. (Hope) Campbell. She had a great love for children and was lovingly known as "Miss Mary Lou" by the children she adored at Westlake and St. Joseph Elementary Schools where she served as a teacher's...
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Sandra K. Holstrom

August 6, 1954 - March 23, 2022

Sandra K. Holstrom, age 67, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022. She was born in Alexandria, Virginia on August 6, 1954, the daughter of Dale R. and Ruby B. (Williams) Antes. Sandra retired in 2009 after more than 30 years with Calhoun County. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Holstrom; her son, Bobby Turner; her daughter,...
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Harley Gillett

August 28, 1931 - March 22, 2022

Harley E. Gillett, age 90, of Battle Creek went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. He was born on August 28, 1931 to parents Forrest and Grace Gillett. Harley married the "Love of His Life" on August 6, 1955 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He made a life for his family as a College professor at Macomb County Community College where he retired from in 1988. Harley and his wife, Marilyn...
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Darrell D. Crose, Sr.

July 30, 1953 - March 20, 2022

Darrell D. Crose, Sr., 68, of Battle Creek, died March 20, 2022. Darrell was born July 30, 1953 in Detroit, MI to Richard and Barbara (Bennett) Crose. He served his country honorably in the United States Army before working various jobs, his favorite being a truck driver. He loved fishing, building model cars, working on cars, but most of all, spending time with his family. Darrell is...
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Tom Hudon

May 18, 1951 - March 17, 2022

Tom Hudon, age 70, of Battle Creek passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek on May 18, 1951, the son of Jerry Hudon and Marye Davis. Jerome worked most of his life as a machinist for Union Pump for 33 Years then at Schupan, where he retired from in 2018. Jerome was an avid Harley Davidson motorcycle rider. He enjoyed taking long trips on the Harley with his beloved...
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William J. Stout, Jr.

January 28, 1954 - March 17, 2022

William J. "Billy" Stout, Jr., 68, of Battle Creek, died March 17, 2022. Billy was born January 28, 1954 in Albuquerque, NM to William and Helen Stout. He graduated high school and worked as a tool and die maker for many years. Billy loved anything to do with cars. He also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and watching old westerns. Billy is survived by his...
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James Beadle

August 9, 1935 - March 17, 2022

James E Beadle, 86, Passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Jim was born on August 9, 1935, in Augusta, Michigan, the son of Lewella and James Lindemuth (Stepfather). On February 7, 1959, Jim married Jacqueline (Jackie) Buck. Jim was a lifelong resident of the Augusta area. Jim attended Galesburg-Augusta High School and graduated in 1954. After high school Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army and...
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Thomas C. Poyer

July 1, 1958 - March 17, 2022

If you are reading this, it means my life's journey has come to an end. Hastened by "The Big C". I was a lifelong resident of Bellevue. I was born to Eugene "Jeep" and Betsy (nee Hall) Poyer on July 1, 1958. I attended Bellevue Schools and hold degrees from Kellogg Community College. I married my beautiful wife, Denise (Brush) on June 14, 1986. I was employed in engineering and research &...
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Irma Yager

October 17, 1921 - March 16, 2022

Irma Yager, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Born October 17, 1921, to loving parents, Dayton & Tillie Bunce of Edmore, Michigan, Irma was an identical twin and one of 16 siblings. On New Year's Eve 1946 she wed N. Gordon Yager and they were married nearly 67 years, until Gordon's death in 2013. Irma lived a purpose-driven life, dedicating over 50 years to Borgess Hospital...
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Christine Ann Berridge

July 11, 1942 - March 16, 2022

Christine Ann (Diamond) Berridge, 79, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Chris, or "Grams" as she was known to her grandchildren, was born on July 11, 1942 in Cheboygan, Michigan to Lyman "Gene" and June (Muschell) Diamond. She was a 1961 graduate of Lakeview High School, where she was a member of the Future Nurses Club. In 1983, she graduated from Kellogg Community College...
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Sharon K. Hoyt

September 24, 1938 - March 16, 2022

Sharon K. Hoyt, 83, of Battle Creek, died March 16, 2022. Sharon was born September 24, 1938 in Battle Creek to Bryson and Irene (Stringham) Dean. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and later went on to work at the Kellogg Company for 23 years. Sharon loved animals of all kinds. She especially enjoyed feeding and watching the birds. Her TV was often on the Animal Planet...
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Lester A. "Les" Miller

August 31, 1938 - March 14, 2022

Lester "Les" A. Miller, 83, passed away on March 14, 2022. He was born on August 31, 1938, in Battle Creek, Michigan to his parents, Lester and Beverly Miller. He married the "Love of His Life", Pamela M. Snitchler (McMullin), on October 26, 1985. Les was a loving father, grandfather, and papa. Les is survived by his loving wife, Pam; his brother, Patrick (Joan) Miller; his children,...
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Sherri K. Sutherland

August 5, 1965 - March 14, 2022

Sherri Kay Sutherland, age 56, of Battle Creek passed away Monday, March 14, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on August 5, 1965, the daughter of Roger Allen and Vera "Faye" Horner. Sherri graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1983 and worked for the United States Postal services for many years. Family meant everything to Sherri and she truly lived for her kids. She enjoyed...
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Edward M. "Papa" Forward

July 18, 1947 - March 13, 2022

Edward M. Forward, 74, of Ceresco, Michigan died peacefully at home, after fighting a rare form of Lymphoma since November of 2021. Ed was born July 18, 1947 in Battle Creek to Delbert James and Beatrice B. (Bussis) Forward. He was a 1965 graduate of Harper Creek High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Ed honorably served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He began his career at Hanger...
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Candace Kay "Candy" Cline

March 26, 1954 - March 12, 2022

Candace Kay "Candy" Cline, age 67, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday, March 12, 2022. She was born in Battle Creek on March 26, 1954, the daughter of Richard D. and Lori L. (Staffeldt) Beltz. Candy graduated from Pennfield High School in 1972 and worked for several years at the Federal Center in Battle Creek. She loved her cats and enjoyed bowling, taking pictures and listening to music. ...
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Joseph A. Dronchi

February 28, 1930 - March 11, 2022

Joseph A. Dronchi Sr., 92, of Battle Creek, died March 11, 2022. Joseph was born February 28, 1930 in Albany, NY to Thomas and Rose (Castellito) Dronchi. He graduated from Philip Schuyler High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served a professional apprenticeship and worked as a pipe steam fitter for Grand Trunk for 10 years, and then worked at Post, General Motors...
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Michael Arthur Russell

July 9, 1960 - March 10, 2022

Michael Arthur Russell, age 61, from Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully on March 10, 2022 in Pinellas Park, Florida. He was born in Battle Creek on July 9, 1960 to Virginia and Norman Russell. Michael received his GED from Lakeview Adult Education and went on to Kellogg Community College where he received a Computer Science Degree. Michael was self-employed and owned a hobby shop...
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Mark William Anderson

March 27, 1984 - March 8, 2022

Mark William Anderson, age 37, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly at Bronson Battle Creek surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday evening, March 8,2022 from an undiagnosed medical condition. Mark was born on March 27, 1984 in Grand Rapids, the son of Mr. Kim Anderson and Cindy (Horner) Anderson. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 2002 graduate of Lakeview High School. Mark attended...
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David Lawrence Green

January 3, 1959 - March 8, 2022

David Lawrence Green, age 63, of Battle Creek, passed away on March 8, 2022. David was born on January 3, 1959 in Riverside, California to Donald and Mary (Sanders) Green. He grew up around the racetrack, where his dad worked on hotrods and dragsters. He enjoyed fast cars and especially loved fishing. David is survived by his children, Cynthia, David Jr., Steven, and Breann; grandchildren,...
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Della Latshaw

April 12, 1924 - March 6, 2022

Della May Latshaw, age 97, of Battle Creek, went to be with the Lord on March 6, 2022. She was born on April 12, 1924, the loving daughter of Frederick and Stella Green. Della married the "Love of Her Life", Richard C. Latshaw in 1942 in Battle Creek, Michigan. She made a life working at Gallagher Industrial Laundry for 23 years, retiring in 1986. Della served as the score keeper of her sons...
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