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

Clara E. Hennaut

August 6, 1924 - August 13, 2017

Clara E. Hennaut, age 93, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday morning, August 13, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek with her family at her side. She was born in Dayton, TN on August 6, 1924, the loving daughter of John E. and Edith G. (Schrimpsher) Newby. Clara retired from the Battle Creek Sanitarium in 1985 after more than 27 years of services as a Mental Health Aide and Physical Therapy Assistant....
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James Perry "Jim" Lester, Sr.

October 28, 1934 - August 11, 2017

James Perry "Jim" Lester Sr., age 82, of Battle Creek, died at home surrounded by his loved ones Friday August 11, 2017. James, the son of Shirley Lester and Eula Mae Self was born in Flint, MI on October 28th 1934; he was a life long resident of Michigan and resided in the Battle Creek area for the last 30 years. He served in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961, receiving a medical...
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R. Bruce Sellers

February 21, 1926 - August 7, 2017

R Bruce Sellers, loving husband; father; grandfather; and great-grandfather, died at home on August 7, 2017. Born in Elkhart, IN in 1926, Bruce grew up on the family farm and graduated from Elkhart High School. He lettered in football, basketball, track, and baseball and was inducted into the Elkhart County, Indiana High School, Hall of Fame in 1996. Bruce proudly served his country during...
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Jack Thomas Lick

November 1, 1937 - August 6, 2017

Living courageously with cancer for nearly 4 years, Jack Thomas Lick, age 79, of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on August 6, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. Jack was born in Tutwiler, MS in 1937 and is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Jack and his wife, Mary Lou, raised their family in Santa Anna, CA, Battle...
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Vernon Macy

June 7, 1926 - August 3, 2017

Rev. Vernon L. Macy age 91 of Hastings passed into the loving arms of God on August 3, 2017. Left with memories of Vern are his granddaughter Celeste, nephew John Lawrence Macy with family Bethany Macy, Jenny Valcore and Annabeth Macy. The John Forrest Macy family and niece Joann Elizabeth Macy, the Evaline Koutz Macy family, Hastings Baptist Church and Bibleville friends, Missionary friends...
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Mary I. (Lawrence) Troxel

September 24, 1921 - August 3, 2017

Mary I. (Lawrence) Troxel, 95, formerly of Battle Creek died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at American House Senior Living in Holland, Michigan. Mary was born September 24, 1921 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of George and Emily (Hagle) Lawrence. She was a graduate of Spring Arbor Seminary and Junior College. Mary was united in marriage to Pearl L. Troxel for 54 years before he...
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Clinton F. "Clint" Smith

May 17, 1935 - August 3, 2017

Clinton Frederick "Clint" Smith, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, August 3, 2017 at the Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. He was born in Battle Creek on May 17, 1935, the loving son of Ora and Margaret (Tennyson) Smith and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1954. Clint worked at the LW Robinson Department Store while in high school. ...
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Robert E. King

June 3, 1926 - August 2, 2017

Robert E. King, 91, of Battle Creek, died August 2, 2017. Robert was born June 3, 1926 in Battle Creek to Jesse and Sarah (Cooper) King. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and went on to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 in the Sea Bees in the Pacific Theatre. He briefly worked for the Kellogg Company and retired from the Battle Creek Gas Company in...
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Patrick S. Dugan

March 16, 1967 - July 31, 2017

Patrick Scott Dugan, 50, of Battle Creek, died Monday, July 31, 2017. Patrick was born March 16, 1967 in Portland, OR to Paul and Kathryn (Briggs) Dugan. Patrick fought a long battle with diabetes, facing many surgeries, infections, a transplant, open heart surgery, a pacemaker and ever increasing pain. He collapsed Monday evening at home and was unable to be revived. Patrick moved with his...
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Larry G. Lamphier

April 11, 1941 - July 30, 2017

Larry Glenn Lamphier, age 76, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Sunday, July 30, 2017. He was born April 11, 1941 in Battle Creek to Glenn R. and Beatrice A. (Lybarger) Lamphier. Larry was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, graduating from Springfield High School in 1959. He was employed by Transamerica Insurance and Clark...
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David B. Rouse

May 9, 1936 - July 28, 2017

David Blodgett Rouse, 81, died July 28, 2017 at Fairview Adult Foster Care & Assisted Living in Grand Ledge, Michigan. He was born in Wyandotte, Michigan to Harry Goodman Rouse and Ruth (Blodgett) Rouse on May 9, 1936. He was preceded in death in 2010 by the love of his life for more than 30 years, Carolyn (Dove) Gillespie. David achieved a Master of Social Work from the University of...
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Laurene Ann "Lori" Wilson

May 24, 1960 - July 27, 2017

Laurene Ann "Lori" Wilson of Battle Creek, MI Lori, age 57, passed away suddenly Thursday afternoon, July 27, 2017 at home. Lori was born May 24, 1960 to Judy (Miller) and Lloyd Wilson, Sr. Lori graduated with the Marshall High School class of 1978, where she meet many of the friends she would have her entire life. She attended Kellogg Community College where...
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William Jon "Bill" Figeley

August 7, 1965 - July 27, 2017

William Jon "Bill" Figeley of Bellevue, MI Bill, age 51, died Thursday, July 27, 2017 at his residence following a 1½ year battle with cancer. Bill, the son of William Jacob and Sharon Ruth (Jones) Figeley, was born in South Haven, MI on August 7, 1965 and was a 1984 graduate of South Haven High School. He was employed as a Senior Analyst in the...
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Robert Lewis Gray, Sr.

May 29, 1930 - July 27, 2017

Robert Lewis Gray, Sr. 87, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home, with his family at his side, on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Robert was born May 29, 1930 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Kenneth W. & Mildred (Prolo) Gray. Bob served his country honorably from 1949 until 1952 in the U.S Air Force with the Selfridge Air Force Base Air Police. Bob was the owner, operator and president of The...
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Terrence L. "Terry" Smith

November 3, 1949 - July 26, 2017

Terrence Lee "Terry" Smith, 67, took his final journey on July 26, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. Terry was born November 3, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan the first of three sons to William and MaryLyn (Ham) Smith. Terry was a son, brother, dear friend and an uncle, all titles he took seriously and enjoyed greatly. Dedicated, caring, bright, hardworking and loyal are words that...
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Frederick Ervin "Fred" Latshaw

November 6, 1943 - July 25, 2017

Frederick E. Latshaw, 73, of Battle Creek died in Grand Rapids at Meijer Heart Center / Spectrum Butterworth on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Fred was born November 6, 1943 in Boise, Idaho to Richard Clyde and Della May (Green) Latshaw. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1962 graduate of Pennfield High School. He then honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy. Fred retired from the...
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Shirley Brizendine, Jr.

May 5, 1929 - July 25, 2017

Mr. Shirley Brizendine, Jr., 88, of Hastings, MI died at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. He was born May 5, 1929 in St. Joseph, Michigan to Shirley and Henrietta June (Smith) Brizendine. Shirley honorably served his country in the U.S. Maritime Service and in the U.S. Navy Seabees. Shirley married Elnor Elaine Schmidt on April 28, 1962 in Berrien Springs,...
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Gerald Lee "Jerry" Straubel

November 25, 1932 - July 24, 2017

Gerald Lee "Jerry" Straubel, 84, of Battle Creek, Michigan died peacefully in his sleep at home on Monday, July 24, 2017. He was born November 25, 1932 in Frankfort, Michigan the son of Willard and Anne (Backus) Straubel. He grew up in Frankfort and was a graduate of Frankfort High School. Jerry honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. Jerry was united in marriage to Antonia A....
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Jazmine Marie Annis

July 23, 2017 - July 23, 2017

Infant Jazmine Marie Annis the daughter of Michael and Sabina (Henderson) Annis in now in the arms of God. She was born with wings at Bronson Battle Creek on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Friends will be received 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017. Personal...
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Arnold Lee "Arnie" Pope

June 12, 1934 - July 23, 2017

Arnold L. Pope, 83, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, was welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Arnie was born in Battle Creek, Michigan to Arnold E. and Trevamae (Robbins) Pope. He was a 1952 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Arnie honorably served his country sixteen months in Korea as a Field Wireman with the U.S. Army 933rd AAA Battalion...
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Ruth E. (Baker) Berlien

February 4, 1937 - July 21, 2017

Ruth E. (Baker) Berlien, age 80, of Battle Creek was released from her earthly life to join her deeply loved husband, David in their eternal home on Friday afternoon, July 21, 2017 at the Oaks at Northpointe Woods. She was born in Sunfield, MI on February 4, 1937, the daughter of Alva and Anna (Benjamin) Baker. She graduated from J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing, MI in 1955. She moved to Battle...
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Wayne John, Smith

September 28, 1927 - July 20, 2017

Wayne John Smith of Battle Creek, MI Wayne, age 89, died Thursday evening, July 20, 2017 at his residence and with his loving family at his side. Wayne, the son of Walter and Marion (Aber) Smith, was born in Battle Creek on September 28, 1927 and was a lifetime resident. He had been employed at Michigan Carton for 42 years. Wayne enjoyed baseball, football,...
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Michael J. "Mikey" Mikolajczyk II.

August 22, 1997 - July 19, 2017

Michael J. "Mikey" Mikolajczyk, II., age 19, of Battle Creek, tragically passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Mikey was born in Battle Creek on August 22, 1997, the loving son of Michael J. Mikolajczyk and Tonya Lee Asher. Mikey is survived by his parents, Michael & Rashele Mikolajczyk and Tonya Lee Asher, all of Battle Creek; seven brothers & sisters, Justice, Zakary, Trajonia, Geonte,...
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Sally Ann (Trowbridge) McCann

June 30, 1935 - July 18, 2017

Sally Ann (Trowbridge) McCann, age 82, of Battle Creek, died peacefully surrounded by her family at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Tuesday evening, July 18, 2017. She was born June 30, 1935 in Battle Creek to Wm. Scott and Sonya (Andersen) Trowbridge. Sally grew up in Battle Creek, graduating from Lakeview High School in 1953. She attended the University of Michigan, which is where she...
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Frederick P. Martin

March 17, 1935 - July 16, 2017

Frederick P. "Fred" Martin, 82, of Battle Creek, died July 16, 2017. Fred was born March 17, 1935 in Bellevue to Ralph and Ellen (Jaquay) Martin. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1954. Fred served his country honorably in the U.S. Army for 6 years. Fred married the former Shirley A. Banks on June 2, 1962. They enjoyed 55 happy years of marriage. Fred worked for the...
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Marguerite C. Eagles

December 13, 1931 - July 11, 2017

Marguerite Caroline (Stocker) Eagles, 85, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at home with her family at her side, on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. She was born December 13, 1931 in Evanston, Illinois to Oscar and Anna Lydia (Bischoff) Stocker. She grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1950 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Marguerite earned her Bachelor's Degree...
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John M. Wells

July 21, 1938 - July 11, 2017

John M. Wells, 78 John Melville Wells passed away peacefully on July 11, 2017, surrounded by family and friends at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, after battling long illnesses. John was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Morse M. and C. Ruth (Osborn) Wells on July 21, 1938. He graduated from Austin Catholic High School, Lawrence Institute of Technology, and Detroit College of Law where he earned...
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Mark Edward Petersen

March 24, 1970 - July 8, 2017

Mark Edward Petersen, 47, of Osprey, Florida and formerly of Battle Creek, died Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Mark was born March 24,1970 in Battle Creek to Edward T. and Karen M. (Voigt) Petersen. Mark was a 1988 graduate of Pennfield High School and continued his education at Kellogg Community College. Mark moved to Florida in...
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Achsah E. (Munson) Evrard

April 30, 1919 - July 7, 2017

Achsah E. (Munson) Evrard of Ooltewah, TN and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Achsah, age 98, died Friday, July 7, 2017 in Ooltewah, TN. Achsah, the daughter of John B. and Anna S. (Schreiber) Buck, was born in Hastings, MI on April 30, 1919. She was a 1938 graduate of Hastings High School and...
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Bette M. (Mallernee) Anderson

November 20, 1918 - July 4, 2017

Bette M. (Mallernee) Anderson of Battle Creek, MI Bette, age 98, died Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Born Mary Elizabeth Mallernee on November 20, 1918, to Wynter and Aline Mallernee, she was the fourth of six siblings. Bette graduated from the Battle Creek Academy in 1937 and attended college in Maryland, and Kentucky before graduating in 1944 as a registered...
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Cindy Lee Myers

October 3, 1960 - July 2, 2017

Cindy Lee Myers, age 56, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, July 2, 2017. She was born in San Joaquin, California on October 3, 1960, the loving daughter of Gladwin H. and Alma M. (Susich) Corbin. Cindy worked in Accounts Payable for more than 30 years for Senior Oil, now Corrigan Oil. Cindy was united in marriage to James L. "Jim" Myers in Las Vegas, NV on January...
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Amilyn Katha White

June 25, 1947 - July 1, 2017

Amilyn (Amy) Katha White, 70, of Battle Creek, unexpectedly went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 1, 2017. Amy was born June 25, 1947 to George and Evelyn (Krasny) Stuteville in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated from Dearborn Edsel Ford High School in 1965, received her B.A. Degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University in 1969 and an M.A. in...
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Sandra K. "Sandy" Allen

August 23, 1966 - June 30, 2017

Sandra K. "Sandy" Allen, age 50, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord on Friday evening, June 30, 2017 with her family by her side after a three year courageous battle with ALS. Sandy was born in Battle Creek on August 23, 1966, the youngest of four children born to James and Ellen (Bender) McDermid. She was a 1984 graduate of Pennfield High School and continued her education at Kellogg...
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Gerald E. "Jerry" Barve

December 30, 1944 - June 30, 2017

Gerald E. "Jerry" Barve of Battle Creek, MI Jerry, age 72, died Friday morning, June 30, 2017 at The Manor of Battle Creek following a brief illness. Jerry, the son of David and Agnes (Hale) Barve, was born in Battle Creek on December 30, 1944; was a lifetime resident and a 1963 graduate of Harper Creek High School. He served his...
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Dorothy Leone (Johnson) Estes

September 4, 1916 - June 30, 2017

Dorothy Leone (Johnson) Estes died peacefully in her sleep at Trudy's Home on Friday, June 30, 2017. She was born September 4, 1916 in Belding, Michigan the daughter of Lawrence Lee "LL" and Gladys Ione (Kelly) Johnson. Dorothy grew up in Lansing, graduated from Lansing Central High School and earned an Associate's Degree from Acme Business College in Lansing. She was employed at Estes...
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Marga Tilly (Maischein) Goddard

December 19, 1927 - June 30, 2017

Marga Tilly (Maischein) Goddard, 89, died Friday morning, June 30, 2017, at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born December 19, 1927, in Frankfurt, West Germany and was an only child of Eleonore H. Andres. A very, brave young girl, Marga was 19 when she came to the United States with Master Sergeant Winfred B. Goddard, Sr.; they were married on July 16, 1947...
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Anthony Arthur Sembarski

July 17, 1950 - June 27, 2017

Anthony Arthur "Bruno" Sembarski, age 66, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday morning, June 27,2017 at home with his wife by his side. Anthony was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 17, 1950 to Bruno and Eleanor (Swierczynski) Sembarski. Anthony is survived by his wife, June; his only daughter, Shelly (Nick); six brothers and sisters; countless nieces, nephews and grandchildren on his wife's...
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Jason Edward Hughes

November 14, 1982 - June 25, 2017

Jason Edward Hughes of Battle Creek, MI Jason, age 34, died Sunday afternoon, June 25, 2017 at his residence and following a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Jason, the son of Betty L. Hunsberger and John E. Hughes, was born in Battle Creek on November 14, 1982; was a lifetime resident and 2001 graduate of Harper...
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Raymond "Ray" Lapinski, Jr.

August 21, 1940 - June 23, 2017

Raymond "Ray" Lapinski, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI Ray, age 76, died Friday evening, June 23, 2017 at his residence. The Graveside Serice to celebrate Ray's life will be held on Thursday, July 20th at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI with the United States Army Honor Guard and the Fort Custer Honor Guard...
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John Erwin Hadley, Jr.

June 28, 1960 - June 20, 2017

John Erwin "Johnny" "Johnboy" Hadley Jr. from Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, and is in his heavenly home with his savior. He was born on June 28, 1960 in Long Beach, California to John Erwin Hadley Sr. and Judy Lee (Danek). His dad was stationed at the Naval Base and John and three of his siblings were born there before...
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Gerald D. "Jerry" Wedel

December 27, 1935 - June 19, 2017

Gerald D. "Jerry" Wedel, age 81, of Augusta passed away Monday morning, June 19, 2017 at the Evergreen Manor. He was born in Battle Creek on December 27, 1935, the son of John and Imogene (Douglas) Wedel and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Jerry retired as a switchman for the Grand Trunk Railroad after more than 31 years of service. Jerry married the...
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Joseph J. Kirkwood

September 10, 1924 - June 14, 2017

Joseph James Kirkwood Kirkwood, Joseph James, age 92, of Battle Creek, MI died peacefully at StoryPoint Memory Care Center in Portage, MI on June 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by brothers David and Norman, and is survived by his loving wife Barbara (De Otto) Kirkwood. Joe and Barb made their home in Battle Creek for over 55 years raising their family; Lynda Haskins (John) of Portage, MI...
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Elaine E. Van Syckle

October 21, 1932 - June 12, 2017

Elaine E. Van Syckle, age 84, of Battle Creek passed away Monday morning, June 12, 2017. She was born in Walton Township, Michigan on October 21, 1932, the loving daughter of Wayne F. and Bonnie B. (Berkimer) Knoll and graduated from Lakeview High School. Elaine married Donald Duane Van Syckle in Battle Creek on May 11, 1951; he sadly preceded her in death on July 7, 1999. She is...
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Samuel Cloyce Chronister

November 12, 1923 - June 12, 2017

Samuel Cloyce Chronister, 93, of Battle Creek died at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods on Monday, June 12, 2017. Sam was born November 12, 1923 in Lansing, Michigan to Cloyce and Nellie Kathryn (Boroff) Chronister. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He honorably served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army with the 87 Mortar Battalion. He was...
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Loren D. Edwards

November 15, 1928 - June 11, 2017

Loren D. Edwards, 88, of Battle Creek, died June 11, 2017. Loren was born November 15, 1928 in Battle Creek to Burton L. and Maude (Ladley) Edwards. He graduated high school and served his country honorably in the United State Army. Loren held many jobs, but retired from the Kellogg Company in plant services. Loren had many hobbies, including golfing, bowling, hunting, fishing, coin...
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Ruby H. Gregg

October 27, 1924 - June 10, 2017

Ruby H. Gregg, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday evening, June 10, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born in Battle Creek on October 27, 1924, the daughter of Henry Mason and Mabel F. (Sampel) Soule. Ruby served as an RN at various hospitals in Michigan and Indiana for more than 45 years. Ruby married Robert B. Gregg on December 24, 1967; he sadly preceded her...
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Joyce Ann Nicholls

April 30, 1939 - June 10, 2017

Joyce Ann Nicholls, 78, of Battle Creek, Michigan died at home on June 10, 2017. Joyce was born April 30, 1939 in Battle Creek, MI to Herb and Pauline (Yeomans) Rowse. She graduated with the first senior class at Pennfield High School. She was employed several years, retiring from Leila Hospital. Joyce married Eldon Nicholls on May 4, 1957. Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Eldon;...
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James H. "Jim" Albrecht

February 28, 1930 - June 7, 2017

James H. "Jim" Albrecht, 87, of Bellevue died on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek after a courageous battle with his illness. He was born February 28, 1930 to Harry and Margaret (Hart) Albrecht in Marshall, Michigan. James was a graduate of Marshall High School. He then served honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and proudly served in the Korean War. Jim married...
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Gayle Clayton Askew

February 15, 1926 - June 4, 2017

Gayle Clayton Askew of Battle Creek, MI Gayle, age 91, died Sunday evening, June 4, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek. Gayle, the son of Fred and Carrie Ruby (Ryman) Askew, was born in Battle Creek on February 15, 1926 and was a lifetime area resident. He served his Country honorably and nobly...
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Shawn T. Harrington

February 1, 1976 - June 3, 2017

Shawn T. Harrington, 41, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, June 3, 2017. A memorial service will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, starting at 2:00 p.m.
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Donald H. "Don" Chalfant

August 15, 1923 - June 3, 2017

Reverend Donald Howard Chalfant, 93, founder of the Haven of Rest Ministries here in Battle Creek, died Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Florida. Don was born in Webb, IA to Silas E. and Willa S. (Caskey) Chalfant on August 15, 1923. He grew up on a farm north of Webb and received his early education at Gillette Grove School in Gillette Grove, IA. He married Wilma J. Meyer on August 17, 1944....
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Vivian House

May 15, 1931 - June 2, 2017

Vivian House, 86, of Portage, died June 2, 2017. Vivian was born May 15, 1931 in Bangor to Herbert and Anne (Behrens) Wellington. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and worked as a bookkeeper at various places before retiring from Floyd Wonser Supply Company. Vivian married Richard House August 5, 1951. He sadly preceded her in death in 2010. Vivian was also preceded in...
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Kiley Elizabeth Wiegand

July 30, 1997 - May 31, 2017

On May 31, 2017 our beautiful angel was called home. Kiley was born July 30,1997 in Decatur, Alabama. She was born to Kimberly Nielsen and Craig Wiegand. Kiley loved her family more than anything else in the world. Kiley was growing into an amazing young woman. Kiley found her reason on December 1, 2016. She called him Joshua. Kiley and Joshua's dad, Micheal "Doughboys" Edwards loved Joshua...
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Nancy Ann Thomas

April 14, 1953 - May 31, 2017

Nancy Ann Thomas of Battle Creek, MI We lost our best friend, sister, daughter, aunt, great-aunt, mother, and grandmother on May 31, 2017. Nancy fought pancreatic cancer for seven long months, and she never gave up. But that's the kind of person she was. She was the third child born to John and Carolyn (Dean) Thomas in 1953 and grew up on the family farm in...
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Michael Charles "Doughboy" Edwards

October 17, 1977 - May 30, 2017

Michael Charles "Doughboy" Edwards Battle Creek On Wednesday, May 30 2017, Michael Charles "Doughboy" Edwards lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident at the age of 39. Michael was born in Battle Creek on October 17, 1977, the son of Charles J. and Deborah (Hassler) Edwards (both deceased). He is survived by a wife, Ashley Dawn Edwards; five children, Michael Damian (Shyanne)...
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Thelma M. (Collins) Barney

May 3, 1924 - May 28, 2017

Thelma M. Barney, 93, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Thelma was born in Burr Oak, May 3, 1924, to Vernon L. & ZelIa M. (Neaman) Collins. She was raised in Union City, where she was the 1942 salutatorian of her graduating class at Union City High School. She lived in Bellevue for a short period prior to moving to Battle Creek and has resided here since...
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William A. "Bill" Rhodes

February 24, 1942 - May 25, 2017

William A. Rhodes, 75, of Plainwell, Michigan died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Bill was born February 24, 1942 in Forsyth, Georgia the only child of Clayburn P. and Bernice (Wilkes) Rhodes. He was a 1960 graduate of Mary Persons High School in Forsyth. During his junior year in high school, Bill joined the National Guard. After high school he served his six month...
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Krystal Marie Martens

August 23, 1983 - May 24, 2017

Krystal Marie Martens, age 33, of Battle Creek went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, May 24, 2017 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek on August 23, 1983, the daughter of Bobby J. Welcher and Audrey E. (Martens) Withers. She graduated from Harper Creek High School in 2002 and furthered her education at Kellogg Community College....
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Fred James Peters

December 25, 1934 - May 23, 2017

Fred J. Peters, 82, of Richland, died May 23, 2017. Fred was born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of John J. and Clara E. (Dykstra) Peters. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He retired after 20 years of service from National Water Lift. Fred shared 60 years of marriage to his beloved...
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Jeffery L. Keagle

July 4, 1946 - May 22, 2017

Jeffery Lewis Keagle, 70, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 22, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Jeff was born July 4, 1946 in Battle Creek to George and Barbara Keagle. Jeff attended Battle Creek Central High School and graduated in 1964. He married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Wiegand on April 2, 1966 and the couple enjoyed 51 years of wonderful...
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Marjorie (Star) Horwitz

December 31, 1929 - May 21, 2017

Marjorie L. (Star) Horwitz, age 87, died at home on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Marge was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on December 31, 1929 to Julius and Lillian (Feder) Star. Marge graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1948. She attended Michigan State University. On September 12, 1954, Marge married Albert "Larry" Horwitz at the Post Tavern Inn. Marge and Larry stayed in...
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David J. Duval

May 19, 2017

David Joseph Duval age 64 died Friday, May 19, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his family at his side after a long illness. David was born September 28, 1952, one of five children of George William and Lisa Marie (Bonacorsi) Duval. Dave was a 1970 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central High School. He attended Dayton University and graduated from Western Michigan University in...
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Alice May Morgan

June 27, 1940 - May 18, 2017

Alice M. Morgan, 76, of Battle Creek, MI, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Bronson Hospital in Battle Creek. She was born on June 27, 1940, the daughter of William and Helen Johnson. Alice worked at the Clock and Russ' Restaurants and Covance in Battle Creek and was a former member of the First Church of the Nazarene of Battle Creek. She married the "Love of her...
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Keith Lee Morrill, D.D.S.

July 17, 1939 - May 15, 2017

Dr. Keith Morrill, D.D.S., 77, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Monday, May 15, 2017. Keith was born July 17, 1939 in Lake Odessa, Michigan to Clifton A. and Julia M. (Wilson) Morrill. He grew up in Grand Ledge, Michigan and was a 1957 graduate of Grand Ledge High School. Keith attended DePauw University for three years in the pre-dental program,...
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Tamara D. "Tammy" Schaeffer

May 17, 1939 - May 14, 2017

Tamara D. "Tammy" Schaeffer, 77, of Tekonsha, died Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Hospice Care at the Laurels of Coldwater with her family by her side. Tammy was born May 17, 1939 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Paul Alexander and Mary (Sidley) Schaeffer. Tammy was brought into this world with special needs. She will be remembered most for having a kind and gentle soul, her contagious smile...
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Frederic K. Hyde

October 17, 1930 - May 13, 2017

Frederic K. "Fred" Hyde, 86, of Battle Creek, died May 13, 2017. Fred was born October 17, 1930 in Central Lake, MI to Stanley and Gertrude (Whittingham) Hyde. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degrees in Theology and History and served the Seventh-Day Adventist Church as an Ordained Pastor for many years. Fred married Barbara J. Caster, on September 12, 1954, who survives. The couple...
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James Joseph Maurer, M.D.

October 27, 1931 - May 13, 2017

James Joseph Maurer, M.D., 85 of Battle Creek died peacefully at home Saturday, May 13, 2017, after a long illness. He was born October 27, 1931, in Covington, Kentucky to Joseph L. and Margaret A. (Dolin) Maurer. Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1949 and Xavier University in 1953. After graduating from the University Of Cincinnati College Of...
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Betty Bentley-Mann

September 5, 1927 - May 12, 2017

Betty L. Bentley-Mann, age 89, of Battle Creek passed away Friday evening, May 12, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek on September 5, 1927, the daughter of Lawrence and Edna (Gay) Faulk, and graduated from Athens High School with the Class of 1944. Betty retired from Leila Hospital (now Bronson Battle Creek) after more than 33 years of faithful service. Betty married Ralph Bentley on...
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Ralph E. Freds

April 13, 1935 - May 11, 2017

Ralph E. Freds, age 82, of Battle Creek, passed away Thursday evening, May 11, 2017 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Marshall, Michigan on April 13, 1935, the loving son of Cressel and Irene M. (Delaney) Freds. Ralph retired from Grand Trunk Railroad after more than 34 years of faithful service. Ralph married the "Love of His Life", Elsie B. Main in Marshall on January 13,...
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Daniel M. Hanson

February 15, 1959 - May 10, 2017

Daniel Michael Hanson, age 58, died on Wednesday May 10, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Daniel was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma and was raised in California, attending Camarillo High School and participating in Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force and proudly served as a jet mechanic. It was there he met his wife of 31...
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Theresa A. Fike

November 1, 1951 - May 6, 2017

Theresa A. Fike, 65, of Athens, died May 6, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek. Committal service will be held at 2:00 am Monday, May 15, 2017 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, where her cremains will be placed along side of her husband's. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Monday, at North Athens Baptist, 2020 M Dr. South, Athens, MI 49011. Funeral arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle...
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Thomas A. Clearwater

September 17, 1988 - May 6, 2017

Thomas Allen Clearwater, 28, of Battle Creek, died tragically in an automobile accident Saturday, May 6, 2017. Thomas was born September 17, 1988 in Battle Creek to Richard L. Clearwater and Ann Dowell Council. He worked as a forklift driver for Asmo Manufacturing. Thomas is survived by his two daughters, Ella Hope and Emma Faith; his son, Connor James; his grandmother, Judy Brown; father,...
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Charles D. Britt

August 1, 1954 - May 6, 2017

Charles D.Britt, 63 of Athens, died Saturday, May 6, 2017 at MediLodge Nursing Home, Marshall. He was born August 1, 1954 in Kalamazoo the son of Carl D. and Marjorie P. (Obien) Britt. He graduated from Athens High School in 1972 and served his country first with the US Army for three years and then with the US Navy for four years. For the last 20 years Charles work for the US Government as...
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Jack William Brown

May 6, 2017

Jack William Brown of Battle Creek, MI Jack, age 80, died Saturday afternoon, May 6, 2017 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, Battle Creek, following a six month illness and with his loving family at his side. Jack, the son of Wesley and Luella (Stevens) Brown, was born in Battle Creek on April 30, 1937, was a lifetime resident and...
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Warren J. & Catherine L. "Cathy" Moore

April 22, 1927 - May 6, 2017

Warren J. Moore of Cassopolis, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI Warren, age 90, died Saturday evening, May 6, 2017 at Brentwood of Niles, MI. Warren, the son of Jay Scott and Mae Viola (Prine) Moore, was born in Battle Creek on April 22, 1927, was a lifetime area resident and 1945 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He...
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David James Persons

March 19, 1956 - May 5, 2017

David James Persons, age 61, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Friday, May 5, 2017. He was born in Flint, Michigan on March 19, 1956, the loving son of Max W. and Janice C. (Kenewell) Persons. David attended school in Montrose, Michigan and graduated from Hill McCloy High School. David faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1974 to 1976. He spent many...
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Charlotte Ann (Wachtl) Grap

January 31, 1925 - May 5, 2017

Charlotte Ann (Wachtl) Grap, 92, of Battle Creek, died at Boschway Adult Foster Care Home on May 5, 2017. Charlotte was born on January 25, 1925 in Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of James B. and Nora (Hayes) Wachtl. She was raised in Wausau and was a 1943 graduate of Wausau High School. Charlotte was united in marriage to Clarence Leo Grap on January 25, 1949 in Wausau. In 1961, they...
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Elsie L. (Martin) Mazzei

February 5, 1924 - May 4, 2017

Elsie L. (Martin) Mazzei, 93, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Thursday, May 4, 2017. She was born on February 5, 1924 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Henry and Elizabeth (Cartledge) Martin. Elsie grew up in Battle Creek and attended Battle Creek Central High School. Elsie married Harold E. Mazzei on January 25, 1944 in Denver, Colorado. They celebrated...
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Wanda M. Priest

December 2, 1916 - May 4, 2017

Wanda M. Priest, age 100, of Battle Creek, passed away Thursday morning, May 4, 2017. Wanda was born December 2, 1916 in Battle Creek (at the home her grandparent's) located near Piper Park (on the former Maple St., now Capital Avenue NE) to J. Lyle and Margaret Emily (Potter) Sage. Wanda attended Battle Creek Public Schools and was moved ahead in her class twice. Wanda met the love of...
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Vivian May (Bryant) Quibell

July 31, 1922 - May 1, 2017

Vivian May Quibell, 94, of Battle Creek, died May 1, 2017. She was born July 31, 1922 in Martin, MI, the daughter of Arthur and Mary F. (Griffin) Bryant. Vivian grew up in Kalamazoo and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School. She moved to Battle Creek in 1941. Vivian was employed by Walgreen's Drug Stores for 25 years and by Larmour's Drug Store in Urbandale for 15 years. Vivian...
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Marvin K. Richardson

July 21, 1934 - May 1, 2017

Marvin K. Richardson, 82, of Three Rivers, died Monday, May 1, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Marvin was born July 21, 1934 in Augusta, MI, the son of Clare E. and Edna Fern (Pettit) Richardson and was a graduate of Galesburg High School in 1953. As a young man, he worked briefly for Knappen Milling Company and for his family's business Augusta Beacon Newspaper. He...
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Tracy Gail Greenman

November 11, 1966 - April 30, 2017

Tracy Gail Greenman, 50, of Marshall, Michigan, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 30, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. She was born November 11, 1966 in South Haven, Michigan. She is survived by wife Karen Gremillion of Marshall, Michigan, step-daughter Tabatha (Chris) Nedelkos of Columbus, Ohio, Mother Barbara Konrad of South Haven. Siblings – Timothy Greenman of Battle Creek, Michigan, Ted...
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Tine (Pestoor) Mulder

October 28, 1927 - April 30, 2017

Tine (Pestoor) Mulder, 89, of Battle Creek passed away at the Laurels of Bedford on Sunday, April 30, 2017. She was born October 28, 1927 in Uithuizen, Netherlands the daughter of Jan and Jantje (VanDyken) Pestoor. She immigrated to the United States in 1954. Tine married Melvin Mulder on April 1, 1955 in Kalamazoo. Sadly she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin February 1,...
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Earl R. "Pete" Ball

December 24, 1923 - April 28, 2017

Earl R. "Pete" Ball, age 93, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at his home on Friday morning, April 28, 2017. Pete was born on December 24, 1923 in Bellevue, MI and was the son of Jesse C. and Mildred E. (Cooley) Ball. Pete worked at Grand Trunk Railroad and retired from the Kellogg Co. in 1987 after more than 47 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on small engines, helping...
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Marie "Scotty" Gommer

October 3, 1926 - April 25, 2017

Marie "Scotty" Gommer passed away on April 25, 2017 after a brief illness. She was born on October 3, 1926 to Jennie (Critelli) and Dominick Scozzafava of Haverstraw, NY. Marie attended St. Peter's School and graduated from Haverstraw High School in 1944. She was a lifelong parishioner of St. Peter's Parish and a member of the "Catholic Daughters of the Americas". She was a member of...
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Graham Lee Miner

August 28, 1928 - Unknown

Graham Lee Miner of Battle Creek, MI Graham, age 88, died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Bronson @ Home Hospice Residence of Battle Creek following a lengthy illness and with his loving family by his side. Graham, the son of Thomas L. and Mary Alice (Walters) Miner, was born in Battle Creek on...
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Randy Kirk Horwitz

June 24, 1955 - April 21, 2017

Randy K. Horwitz of Margate City, New Jersey & formerly of Battle Creek, MI Randy, age 61, died Friday, April 21, 2017. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on June 24, 1955 to Larry and Marjorie (Star) Horwitz. Randy graduated from Lakeview High School in 1973 and went on to earn his BS from Michigan State University. Upon graduation, he earned his MBA from...
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Charles S. Rominger

April 3, 1930 - April 21, 2017

Charles S. Rominger, age 87, of Battle Creek, joined his maker on April 21, 2017 while in the care of Glen Arbor Hospice. Chuck was born and raised in Toledo, IL to Martin and Bessie Rominger and graduated from Greenup High School in Illinois. While playing basketball in high school, he met Rosemary White, his future wife of 57 years until her death in 2009. Chuck joined the U.S Air Force...
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Darrell W. Maisner

March 16, 1958 - April 17, 2017

Darrell Wayne Maisner, age 59, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Monday morning, April 17, 2017. He was born in Marshall, Michigan on March 16, 1958, the son of George K. and Helen L. (Hankinson) Maisner, and graduated from Harper Creek High School with the Class of 1976. Darrell served in various capacities at U.S. Lumber Co. in Battle Creek for more than 37 years. Darrell married...
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Harold Richard Cosby

December 24, 1932 - April 17, 2017

Harold R. Cosby, 84, of Battle Creek, Michigan and formerly of Tishomingo, Mississippi went home to his Lord & Savior on April 17, 2017 after receiving wonderful care at Advantage Living Center. Harold was born December 24, 1932 in Tishomingo, Mississippi to John H. and Lois F. (Shackelford) Cosby. He grew up in Tishomingo and was a 1952 graduate of Tishomingo High School. He attended Union...
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Dorothy E. (Stephens) Willbur

March 21, 1920 - April 16, 2017

Dorothy E. (Stephens) Willbur of Battle Creek, MI Dorothy, age 97, died Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Brookdale Assisted Living Residence of Battle Creek with her loving family at her side. Dorothy, the daughter of Carleton W. and Effa F. (Moore) Stephens, was born in Battle Creek on March 21, 1920; was a life time resident and 1937 graduate of Lakeview High School. She...
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Frances Olive (Fessenden) Iles

January 29, 1919 - April 13, 2017

Frances O. (Fessenden) Iles, age 98, of Battle Creek, Michigan, went to sleep on Thursday, April 13, 2017. She was born in Marion, Michigan, and then raised on a farm in Cannonsburg, Michigan in a family of 13 brothers and sisters. Music started early in her life, with her favorite brother playing the violin, Fran sitting at the piano and learning to play the songs he was working on. Her piano...
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Dennis E. Payne

July 7, 1981 - April 12, 2017

Dennis E. Payne, 35, died April 12, 2017. Dennis was born July 7, 1981 to David and Marilyn (McCann) Payne, Jr. Dennis loved fishing and spending time with family making memories. Music was a big part of his life, as was his drawings and tattoos. Dennis is survived by his parents, his second mother, Bobbie, two sisters, four brothers, many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also...
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Denise May (Galvin) Doud

September 21, 1951 - April 10, 2017

Denise May (Galvin) Doud, 65 of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Monday, April 10, 2017. She was born September 21, 1951 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Herbert and Bonnie (Baldwin) Galvin. Denise grew up in Battle Creek and Bellevue. She was a 1969 graduate of Bellevue High School. Denise was employed as the Bar Manager for the Polish National Alliance in Battle Creek for 14 years...
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Nancy Jean (Brondyke) Lester

July 6, 1943 - April 9, 2017

Nancy Jean (Brondyke) Lester of Battle Creek, MI Nancy, age 73, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2017 in Auburn, IN. Nancy, the daughter of Jacob and Arlie (Knight) Brondyke, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on July 6, 1943; was a lifetime area resident and a 1961 graduate of Berkley High School. She was a stay at...
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E. Duane Lewis

August 8, 1931 - April 9, 2017

E. Duane Lewis of Battle Creek, MI Duane, age 85, died Sunday morning, April 9, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Duane, the son of Kenneth and Frances (Hoover) Lewis, was born in Battle Creek on August 8, 1931; was a lifetime area resident and a 1950 graduate of Lakeview High School. He retired from the Calhoun County...
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Martha J. Corkins

September 10, 1929 - April 9, 2017

Martha J. Corkins, 87, of Battle Creek, died April 9, 2017. Martha was born September 10, 1929 in Brazil, IN to Charles and Hannah (Atkinson) Wallace. Martha graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1946 and married William Robert Corkins on January 12, 1952. She worked as a healthcare aide in homes and worked part time as a receptionist at Royal Funeral Home. She was a dedicated...
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Jimmie Davis Collins

December 11, 1946 - April 8, 2017

Jimmie Davis Collins of Battle Creek, MI Jimmie, age 70, died Saturday evening, April 8, 2017 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital with his loving family at his side. Jimmie, the son of James Henry and Maud Mary (Hicks) Collins, was born in Dayton, TN on December 11, 1946; moved to his area at the age of 3 and was a...
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Abel Lam Za-Uk

May 21, 1969 - April 7, 2017

Abel Lam Za-uk, age 47, of Springfield died April 7, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 21, 1969 in Falam, Chin State, Myanmar to Helen Tial Cung and William Phu Tsi. He was the youngest of their three sons, and has a younger sister. He also has many siblings from both paternal and maternal marriage to other people. Abel married his first wife in 1988, and together they had a daughter. He...
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Charles E. "Charlie" Mack

June 27, 1936 - April 6, 2017

Charles E. "Charlie" Mack, 80, of Battle Creek, died suddenly April 6, 2017 in Dayton, TN while vacationing with family. He was born in Battle Creek June 27, 1936 the son of Lloyd and Louise (Chard) Mack. He was a 1954 graduate of White Pigeon High School. He was a 30-year employee of the Kellogg Company, retiring in 1995 as a trainer, but spent most of his career as head operator in packing. ...
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