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HACKMAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES

We are proud to be one of the only funeral homes owned and operated by life long residents of the area. All of our staff are also local residents and they possess many years of local knowledge, serving every family with care, compassion and concern. At Hackman Family Funeral Homes, we take pride in simple personal touches such as answering the phones 24 hours a day, visitations with owner present and customized funeral and cremation care.

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Our Obituaries

Jerry J Marbaugh

December 22, 1932 - February 23, 2017

Jerry J. Marbaugh, age 84, of Sturgis, MI passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Millers Merry Manor in LaGrange, Indiana. He was born Dec. 22, 1932 in Mercer County, Ohio a son to the late Walter and Marie (Woodruff) Marbaugh. Jerry has been a resident of Sturgis most of his life moving here as a child from Decatur, IN. On Feb. 23, 1963 in Sturgis, MI he married Roselyn Myrle Snider. She...
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John Richard Cary

August 3, 1931 - February 23, 2017

John Richard Cary, age 85, of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at his home. He was born August 3, 1931 in Kendallville, IN a son to the late John Russell and Ruby (Riehm) Cary. John was a veteran of the U.S.Navy, serving from 1951 – 1955, he was stationed with the "Blimp" Navy in Weeksville, NC and was also an air crewman on the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt Air Craft...
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Shirley L. Zarza

January 20, 1926 - February 19, 2017

Shirley L. Zarza, age 91 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday morning, February 19, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born January 20, 1926 in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, Canada daughter of the late George and Anna (Miller) Garside. Shirley resided in Fort St. John, British Columbia until the age of three when the family moved to Albany Georgia where she lived...
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Joseph Leo Thomas Hice

March 23, 1987 - February 16, 2017

Joseph Leo Thomas Hice age 29 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Burr Oak Township due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born March 23, 1987 in Sturgis, Michigan son of Steven and Jane (Cobb) Hice. Joe resided his whole life in the Sturgis, Burr Oak and Bronson area and was a member of the Sturgis High School Class of 2005. He...
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William Edward Sowers

July 14, 1956 - February 15, 2017

William Edward Sowers age 60 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at his home. He was born July 14, 1956 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Jack M. and Thelma (Rambadt) Sowers. On March 13, 2000 he married Rose Frontera in Detroit, Michigan. She died July 11, 2009. Bill was an active member of the Whole Life Christian Fellowship Church in Sturgis. ...
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Kevin Clyde Jones , (KEBA)

May 1, 1960 - February 14, 2017

Kevin Clyde Jones (KEBA), age 56, of Sturgis, MI, a proud member of the Miami Nation of Native Americans, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at his home. He was born May 1, 1960 in South Bend, Indiana, a son to Herbert Clyde and Donna (Smead) Jones. Kevin spent most of his life in Sturgis, MI except for a few years he resided in Texas. He attended Sturgis High School, worked at many places in...
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Dale E. Gerig

November 13, 1929 - February 12, 2017

The Rev. Dale E. Gerig age 87 of Sturgis, Michigan went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday evening February 12, 2017 at the Sturgis Hospital. Dale was born November 13, 1929 in DeKalb County, Indiana the eighth of nine children to Menno and Zula (Sponhower) Gerig. He attended the one room school just down the road from the family farm. He graduated from Spencerville High...
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Randy L. VanDosen

February 2, 1962 - February 9, 2017

Randy L. VanDosen age 55 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday evening, February 9, 2017 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born February 2, 1962 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Donald and Mary E. (Bunge) VanDosen. Randy was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1980. He enjoyed fishing, walking, working and...
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Robert Walter Puckett

April 30, 1923 - February 9, 2017

Dr. Robert Walter Puckett Klinger Lake, White Pigeon, Michigan April 30, 1923 – February 9, 2017 An 80 year love affair ended early Thursday morning, February 9, 2017 when he said "I love you Jean" and passed away at his home. He was born April 30, 1923 in Hampton, Iowa son of the late Bertram and Mary O. (Mitchell) Puckett. Dr. Robert Puckett met Jean Daniels 80 years ago...
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Susan Marsha Gibson

April 26, 1950 - February 6, 2017

Susan "Marsha" Gibson age 66 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday evening February 6, 2017 at the Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville, Michigan. She was born April 26, 1950 in Benton Harbor, Michigan daughter of the late William M. and Phyllis G. (Ragsdale) Hinton. Susan resided most of her life in Sturgis. She was employed as a secretary at Advance Schools in...
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Donald Charles Gruber

March 12, 1933 - February 5, 2017

Donald Charles Gruber age 83 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, February 5, 2017 at his home. He was born March 12, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin son of the late A.A. and Edna (Dahlmann) Gruber. Don resided in Sturgis since 2000 coming from Kalamazoo where he lived from 1960 until moving to Sturgis. His early life was spent in Milwaukee where he was a...
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Roland H. Bedard

June 21, 1935 - February 5, 2017

Roland H. Bedard age 81 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday evening February 5, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born June 21, 1935 in Danielson, Connecticut son of the late Joseph Henry and Lillian (DePorche) Bedard. Roland resided in Sturgis since 1957 coming from Connecticut. On February 2, 1957 he married Marion Elizabeth Barr in Oneco, Connecticut. ...
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June Joan McCarthy

April 15, 1936 - February 4, 2017

June Joan McCarthy, age 80, of 1942 Alder Lane, Sturgis, Michigan died Saturday morning Feb. 4, 2017 at her home. She was born April 15, 1936 in Sturgis, Michigan, a daughter of Chalmer Charles and Hazel Irene (Smith) Merriman. She was a resident of Sturgis for 53 years, moving there from White Pigeon, Michigan. She married Michael Terence McCarthy On October 9, 1954, at the Holy Angels...
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Susie Miller

November 5, 1944 - January 31, 2017

Susie (Howard) Miller age 72 of Sturgis, Michigan went to join her Lord and Savior in heaven early Tuesday morning January 31, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family following a 13 month hard fought battle with ALS. She was born November 5, 1944 in Garrett, Kentucky, Son of the late Alf and Virginia (Chaffins) Howard. Susie resided in Sturgis for the past 23 years coming from...
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Brenda Joyce Jackson

November 13, 1944 - January 31, 2017

Brenda Joyce Jackson, age 72, of Sturgis, MI passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning Jan. 31, 2017 at her home. She was born November 13, 1944 in Canton, GA a daughter of the late George Frank and Dorothy (Wall) Sexton. On Sept. 1, 1962 in Atlanta, GA she married Steven Dale Jackson. Brenda was a long time resident of Sturgis and enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, and...
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Kathleen D. Newman

August 21, 1923 - January 30, 2017

Kathleen D. Newman, age 93, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born August 21, 1923 in Sturgis, MI a daughter to the late William and Trilby (Harter) Darby. Kathleen had been a resident of Sturgis most of her life except for a few years living in Arizona and Fort Wayne, IN. On June 12, 1943 in Sturgis, MI she married Harold C. Newman. He...
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Thomas Scott Dobberteen

March 19, 1955 - January 27, 2017

Mr. Thomas Scott "DOBB" DOBBERTEEN age 61 of Sturgis, Michigan. The "Alpha-1" disease and hard fought journey of 21 years ended peacefully for Mr. Thomas S. Dobberteen at his home on January 27, 2017. Thomas was born March 19, 1955, in Sturgis, Michigan the son of the late William and Shirley (Geil) Dobberteen. Tom was a lifelong Sturgis resident and graduate of Sturgis High School...
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James Wilson Bohyer

May 5, 1942 - January 26, 2017

James Wilson Bohyer age 74 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Thursday morning January 26, 2017 at his home. He was born May 5, 1942 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Ralph and Maria (Guerrero) Bohyer. Jimmy resided in Sturgis for most of his life with the exception of the time he lived in California where he worked as a currier. Jimmy was a talented electrician by trade...
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Wayne C. Embler

August 17, 1937 - January 26, 2017

Wayne C. Embler age 79 of Bronson, Michigan skated out of this world late Thursday evening January 26, 2017 at his home. He was born August 17, 1937 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Joseph D. and Alta L. (Summey) Embler. Wayne resided in Bronson since 1957 coming from Sturgis where he was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1955. On September 15, 1956 he...
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Larry Lynn Noragon

September 20, 1948 - January 25, 2017

Larry Lynn Noragon age 68 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday morning January 25, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was born September 20, 1948 in Coldwater, Michigan son of the late Leon and Anna (Ewers) Noragon. Larry had been residing at the Home for Veterans since 2012. From 1987 until his move to Grand Rapids he lived in Sturgis. ...
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Roger Ray Carper

November 25, 1945 - January 25, 2017

Roger Ray Carper age 71 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at his home from Agent Orange exposure he received while serving in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was born November 25, 1945 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Gerald Ray and Wilma May (Fieberkorn) Carper. Roger was a lifelong Sturgis and Burr Oak area resident and a graduate of Burr Oak High...
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Harold "Pat" Dean Krontz, Jr.

January 27, 1937 - January 25, 2017

Harold Dean "Pat" Krontz, Jr. age 79 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning January 25, 2017 at his home. He was born January 25, 1937 in Weidman, Michigan son of the late Harold D. and Gertrude L. (Phillips) Krontz. Pat resided most of his life in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area. His early life was spent in Vicksburg. On May 22, 1954 he married Laura Lee...
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Kaniesh Sheri Armster

July 16, 1986 - January 23, 2017

Kaniesh Sheri Armster age 30 of Kalamazoo, Michigan and formerly of Sturgis passed away Monday January 23, 2017 in Kalamazoo. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M., Thursday, February 9th at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, February 10th at the funeral...
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Orpha Amelia Palmer

February 17, 1927 - January 21, 2017

Orpha Amelia Palmer age 89 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away late Saturday evening January 21, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born February 17, 1927 in Munising, Michigan daughter of the late Albert Nathaniel and Rachel Rebecca (Wilbur) Ketchum. Mrs. Palmer's early life was spent in Detroit and Elsie, Michigan. She moved to Sturgis in 1951 and resided in Burr Oak...
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Wanda Irene Fennell

October 4, 1931 - January 21, 2017

Wanda Irene Fennell age 85 of Sturgis, Michigan, passed peacefully into the arms of Our Lord, surrounded by her loving family, early Saturday afternoon, January 21, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She endured a lengthy illness, throughout which her grace, faith, and courage never wavered. Wanda, the oldest of twin daughters, was born October 4, 1931, in a farmhouse in Burr Oak...
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John Andrew Cook

December 29, 1941 - January 14, 2017

John Andrew Cook age 75 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday evening, January 14, 2017 at his home with his family at his side. He was born December 29, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois son of the late Frederick and Ruth (Grimes) Cook. John resided in Sturgis since 1970 coming from Schoolcraft. His early life was lived in Niles where he was a graduate of Niles High School with the...
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Robert Russell Schrader

June 6, 1941 - January 12, 2017

Robert Russell Schrader age 75 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday evening January 12, 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born June 6, 1941 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Wilmer "Jake" and Rachel (Gross) Schrader. Robert was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On January 25, 1960 he married Patricia JoAnn Jordan in Sturgis. She died December 7, 2012. ...
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Janice I. Girton

June 19, 1932 - January 11, 2017

Janice I. Girton age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening January 11, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born June 19, 1932 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Clement and Frances (Hibbard) Bothamley. Janice was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On October 16, 1954 she married David Lee Girton. Janice attended the Hibbard Country School from...
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Faye L. Harris

June 10, 1935 - January 10, 2017

Faye L. Harris age 81 of Howe, Indiana was called home by her heavenly Father late Tuesday afternoon January 10, 2017 at Miller's Merry Manor in Lagrange, Indiana in the company of her family following a short illness. She was born June 10, 1935 in Millington, Michigan daughter of the late Lewis and Vera (Sheridan) Osborn-Kinney. Faye moved from Michigan to Florida and resided in...
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Daniel I. Beery

August 4, 1944 - January 4, 2017

Daniel I. Beery age 72 of Battle Creek, Michigan and a former longtime resident of Sturgis and Bronson passed away Wednesday evening January 4, 2017 at the Parkview Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born August 4, 1944 in Branch County, Michigan son of the late Leo and Eleanor (Lilly) Beery. Dan resided in Battle Creek for the past 8 years. Before moving to Battle Creek...
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Joan E. Vezeau

October 31, 1941 - January 3, 2017

Joan E. Vezeau, age 75, of Sturgis, MI, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at her home. She was born Oct. 31, 1941 in Findlay, OH a daughter to the late Marion and Virginia (Geib) Parker. Joan has been a resident of Sturgis since 1981 previously living in Ohio and California. On August 20, 1961 in Findlay, OH she married William E. Vezeau. He preceded her in...
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Arthur Wayne Bowman

July 4, 1948 - January 2, 2017

Arthur Wayne Bowman age 68 of Sturgis, Michigan past away unexpectedly Monday evening, January 2, 2017 at his home. He was born July 4, 1948 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Virgil E. and Pauline (Dunham) Bowman. Arthur was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1967. In his senior year he earned the Golden Hammer Award, the highest...
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Diane E. Heitger

June 28, 1940 - December 30, 2016

Diane E. Heitger age 76 of Bronson, Michigan went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday morning December 30, 2016 at the home of her daughter in Sturgis. She was born June 28, 1940 in Sherwood, Michigan daughter of the late Elwood "Jack" and Ruth (Frederick) Johnson. Diane returned to the family farm in Bronson in 1995 where she lived her early life until her marriage in 1958. Before...
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Roger K. Hutchins

July 18, 1943 - December 26, 2016

Roger K. Hutchins age 73 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday afternoon, December 26, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born July 18, 1943 in Hillsdale, Michigan son of the late Wendell and Chlois "Betty" (Center) Hutchins. Roger resided in Sturgis for the past 52 years coming from Angola, Indiana. On November 28, 1964 he married Janet Washburn at the...
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Peggy Marie DeVries

July 25, 1952 - December 24, 2016

Peggy Marie DeVries, age 64, of Sturgis, MI passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Borgess Pipp Hospital in Plainwell, MI. She was born July 25, 1952 in Norway, MI a daughter to the late Carl and Thelma (Califf) Warner. On November 13, 1976 in Niles, MI she married Ronald L. DeVries. He preceded her in death November 1, 2002. Peggy grew up in Amberg, WI, graduated from High School in...
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Patricia J. Bellaire

May 31, 1934 - December 23, 2016

Patricia J. (Dean) Bellaire age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan went home to be with her Lord early Friday morning December 23, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her loved ones after a seven month battle with cancer. Patricia was born May 31, 1934 in St. Patricia's hospital in Aylesbury, England, the daughter of Thomas and Annie (Coppock) Dean. She married Paul W. Bellaire on August 7, 1954...
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Norma Jean Snyder

March 28, 1923 - December 21, 2016

Norma Jean Auten Snyder age 93 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening December 21, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born March 28, 1923 in Garrett, Indiana daughter of the late Clair E. and Dora (Wilson) Snyder. Norma was a longtime Sturgis resident. She was first married to Captain Kynard R. Auten of the 11th Airborne and later Marvin L. Snyder. ...
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Don H. Smith

April 24, 1941 - December 21, 2016

Don H. Smith, age 75 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centreville, Michigan after a longtime illness. He was born April 24, 1941 in Dunlop, Tennessee son of Glenn Henson and Ova Lee (Cain) Smith. Don married Ida Jane Sanford in September of 1970. He resided in Burr Oak, MI for the majority of his life. Don could...
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Billie Yvonne Reeg

November 12, 1928 - December 21, 2016

Billie Yvonne Reeg age 88 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening, December 21, 2016 surrounded by her loving family at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville, Michigan. She was born November 12, 1928 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Bryant and Clara (Francisco) Beckwith. Billie was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with...
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Donna Dawn Woods

November 19, 1932 - December 18, 2016

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS HACKMAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES P.O. BOX 9 STURGIS, MI 49091 Hackman Chapel ~ 269-651-2331 Rosenberg Chapel ~ 269-651-3284 Donna Dawn Woods age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Sunday morning, December 18, 2016 at Matthew 7:7 Adult Foster Care Home in White Pigeon. She was born November 19, 1932 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Oral and Mabel ...
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Sheila D. Larsen

October 28, 1946 - December 16, 2016

Sheila D. Larsen age 70 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away peacefully early Friday evening, December 16, 2016, at her son Michael (Jodie) Perrin's home in Kalamazoo. She was born October 28, 1946, in Coldwater, Michigan a daughter of the late Dale and Amelia (Wittendorf) Peters. Sheila was a long time Sturgis resident and worked for the Sturgis Journal for 37 years. At the time of...
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Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Robertson

May 5, 1936 - December 14, 2016

Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Robertson, age 80, of Sturgis, MI passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital after a long struggle with A.L.S. She was born May 5, 1936 in Ann Arbor, MI and was adopted by Henry and Freda Bowen of Adrian, MI. Upon graduating from Adrian High School, Cindy attended Stephens College in Missouri and then transferred to Michigan State University, where she...
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Gordon Dale Krontz

January 20, 1930 - December 13, 2016

Gordon Dale Krontz age 86 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Tuesday morning, December 13, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Elkhart, Indiana. He was born January 20, 1930 in Burr Oak Township, Michigan son of the late Aaron Wallace and Mary Grace (Malchi) Krontz. Gordon resided in the Burr Oak and Sturgis area his entire life. On May 8, 1976 he married Roberta "Bobbie"...
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Ruth L. Holmes

July 13, 1934 - December 12, 2016

Ruth L. Holmes age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday morning, December 12, 2016 at Adult Nu Care in Sturgis. She was born July 13, 1934 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Walter H. and June A. (Murray) Snyder. Ruth resided most of her life in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area. She attended White School a one room school house and also Sturgis High School. She was...
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Theodore Edward Tischler

August 4, 1941 - December 5, 2016

Theodore Edward Tischler age 75 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Monday afternoon, December 5, 2016 at his home. He was born August 4, 1941 in Reading, Pennsylvania son of the late William and Ella (Kiwak) Tischler. Ted resided in Burr Oak for the past 16 years coming from Reading, Pennsylvania. On November 25, 1967 he married Mildred Meck in Reading. Ted was employed as...
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Richard Earle Kane

June 27, 1934 - December 4, 2016

Richard Earle Kane age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Sunday morning, December 4, 2016 at his home. He was born June 27, 1934 in Amherst, Ohio son of the late Raymond W. and Mary Edith (Hile) Kane. Dick resided in Sturgis since 1958 coming from Birmingham, Ohio. He had a love for Arizona and truly enjoyed the 13 years he and Shirley wintered there. On September 3,...
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Eleanore J. Laughry

April 15, 1941 - November 29, 2016

Eleanore J. Laughry age 75 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday morning, November 29, 2016 at the Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange, Indiana. She was born April 15, 1941 daughter of the late Jeremiah and Florence (Smith) Bupp. Eleanore resided most of her life in Sturgis. On September 23, 1960 she married John E. Laughry in Angola, Indiana. Eleanore retired from...
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Michael J. Cox

July 10, 1941 - November 28, 2016

Michael J. Cox age 75 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday evening November 28, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born July 10, 1941 in Kalamazoo, Michigan son of the late Kenneth James and Dorothy Elizabeth (Rich) Cox. Mike resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1960. On May 9, 1994 he married Lou Ann James in...
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Ruben Garcia

May 8, 1956 - November 25, 2016

Ruben Garcia, age 60, of Sturgis, MI passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born May 8, 1956 in Zinapcuaro, Mexico a son of Jose Luis and Magdalana Garcia. Ruben has been a resident of the Sturgis area since 1993. He previously lived in California and Mexico. On Dec. 14, 1985 he married Blanca E. Garcia. He had been employed at Sturgis Iron & Metal and then...
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Phyllis T. Brown

June 26, 1923 - November 23, 2016

Phyllis Catherine (Tschumy) Brown age 93 of Klinger Lake, Sturgis, Michigan passed from this world early Wednesday morning November 23, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born at Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio on June 26, 1923, the oldest of two children born to Herbert Paul and Catherine (Stull) Tschumy. Phyllis was a 1941 graduate of Ross High School in Fremont. ...
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Rita Jo Zerbe

March 13, 1952 - November 23, 2016

Rita Jo Zerbe age 64 of Schoolcraft, Michigan began her heavenly walk peacefully after a "beautiful fight" with ALS on November 23, 2016. Although the fight was difficult, her last breath was pain-free surrounded by her immediate family; her greatest joy. She was born to her earthly journey on March 13, 1952 in Muncie, Indiana daughter of the late Herbert Lowell and Ellen (Bidgood) Shroyer....
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Burrett "Buster" M. Allabach

October 14, 1934 - November 21, 2016

Burrett M. "Buster" Allabach age 82 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday evening November 21, 2016 at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home in LaGrange, Indiana. He was born October 14, 1934 in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania son of the late Charles and Lillian (Dauberman) Allabach. Buster resided most of his life in Sturgis, coming from Mill Hall Pennsylvania at the age of 5. On...
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Marjorie K. DeWitt

November 15, 1938 - November 16, 2016

Marjorie K. DeWitt, age 78, a lifelong Sturgis resident, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village. Marjorie was born Nov. 15, 1938 in Sturgis, MI a daughter to the late Lowell K. and Beulah M. (Lehman) DeWitt. She had worked at the ARCH Workshop, the Sturgis High School Dietary Dept., and Thurston Woods Laundry Dept. She also enjoyed volunteering for the activities...
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William J. Schuler

November 13, 1921 - November 14, 2016

William J. Schuler age 95 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Monday morning, November 14, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born November 13, 1921 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania son of the late James Guy and Agnes (Smith) Schuler. Bill was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1939. On June 15, 1944 he married Lois P....
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Paul "Skip" Douglas Fergeson, Jr.

November 12, 1959 - November 14, 2016

Paul "Skip" Douglas Fergeson Jr., age 57, of Sturgis, MI passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on Monday evening Nov. 14, 2016. He was born Nov. 12, 1959 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late Paul D. and Patricia J. (Bridges) Fergeson Sr. Skip had been a resident of the Sturgis area all of his life except for a few years he lived in Colorado. On June 22, 1984 he married Debora Ann ...
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David William Sprister

July 18, 1952 - November 10, 2016

David William Sprister, age 64, a lifelong resident of Sturgis, MI passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. He was born July 18, 1952 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late William David and Marlene Lou (Kisseberth) Sprister. David was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1970. After high school he was employed by several local grocery...
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Thomas Wellington Bradley

December 29, 1918 - November 9, 2016

Thomas Wellington Bradley age 97 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016 at his home. He was born December 29, 1918 in Decatur, Indiana son of the late Wellington and Lulu (Smith) Bradley. Tom resided in Sturgis since 1969 coming from LaGrange County, Indiana. On September 24, 1942 he married Mary E. Willhite in Bowling Green, Ohio. She...
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Herbert S. Ledyard

April 25, 1942 - November 9, 2016

Herbert S. Ledyard age 74 of Sturgis, Michigan went home to be with his Lord and Savior late Wednesday morning November 9, 2016 at his home. He was born April 25, 1942 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Arthur and Blanche (Pridgeon) Ledyard. Herb was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a truck driver by trade for all of his working life. He was a member of the LaGrange Church of...
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Audrey Wilson Ledyard

September 19, 1935 - November 9, 2016

Audrey Wilson Ledyard age 81 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born September 19, 1935 in Manchester, England. Audrey resided in the Sturgis area since the 1950s and lived in Kalamazoo from 1965-1976. In 1960 she married David Wilson. This marriage ended in divorce. On August 23, 1981 she...
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Lois P. Schuler

September 24, 1925 - November 8, 2016

Lois P. Schuler age 91 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday morning November 8, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born September 24, 1925 in Sherman Township, Michigan daughter of the late Dwight and Mary (Haifley) Crosbie. Lois was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1943. On June 15, 1946 she married...
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Lenore Forrest

March 4, 1915 - November 7, 2016

Lenore Forrest age 101 passed away peacefully Monday morning, November 7, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born March 4, 1915 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Vern and Emma (Wisler) Free. Lenore was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1934 and continued her education and graduated from the International...
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Timothy C. Kennard

May 25, 1954 - November 5, 2016

Timothy C. Kennard age 62 of Chesterfield, Michigan and a former resident of Sturgis passed away early Saturday morning, November 5, 2016 at the McLaren Macomb Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born May 25, 1954 in Elmhurst, Illinois son of Donald L. and Phyllis J. Kennard. Tim resided in Chesterfield since 2003 going there from Sturgis and his early life was lived in Glen...
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Cathy A. Wells

June 29, 1957 - November 2, 2016

Cathy A. Wells age 59 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away late Wednesday evening, November 2, 2016 at her home. She was born June 29, 1957 in Mexico, Indiana daughter of Elbert Earl "Bud" and Mary Gervase (Anderson) Mygrant. Cathy resided in Burr Oak since 1978 coming from Peru, Indiana. On April 8, 1978 she married Daniel Wells in Mexico, Indiana. Cathy was a licensed...
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Alita D. Peerbolte

May 8, 1914 - October 30, 2016

Alita D. Peerbolte, age 102, passed away late Sunday night, October 30, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born May 8, 1914 in South Holland, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), daughter of the late Henry and Anna (Jonkman) Dykema. She graduated from Thornton High School and Junior College in 1932. She began her working career as a dental assistant working for Script (paper...
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Rosemary Currier

January 29, 1944 - October 30, 2016

Rosemary Currier, age 72, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 30, 2016 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo after an extended illness. Rosemary was born on January 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois to James and Elizabeth (McDonnell) Hora. Rosemary moved from the Chicago area to Centreville, Michigan at the age of seven. She graduated with the class of 1962. She met the...
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Robert Leroy Wilson

February 22, 1948 - October 28, 2016

Robert Leroy Wilson, age 68, of Sturgis, MI passed away Friday evening October 28, 2016 at home with his family by his side. He was born Feb. 22, 1948 in Sturgis, MI a son to the late Henry and Twyla (Howe) Wilson. Robert has been a resident of the Sturgis area all of his life and graduated from Sturgis High School before being drafted by the U.S. Army and serving in Vietnam earning the Bronze...
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Irene Carrie Parker

April 21, 1917 - October 26, 2016

Irene Carrie Parker age 99 of White Pigeon Township, Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning, October 26, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born April 21, 1917 in Sherman Township, Michigan daughter of the late Fredrick W. and Carolyn "Carrie" Marie (Walters) Pagels. Irene was a longtime White Pigeon Township resident. On July 3, 1937 she married Louis...
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Evelyn Mae Baker

July 12, 1920 - October 24, 2016

Evelyn Mae Baker, age 96, of Sturgis, MI passed away Monday Oct. 24, 2016 with family near her side at Thurston Woods Village. She was born July 12, 1920 in a log cabin in Lehigh, Montana a daughter to the late Henry and Luetta (Compton) Jones. Evelyn moved to Bronson at the age of 3. She graduated from Bronson High School with the class of 1938 and attended Tri State College in Angola, IN. ...
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Hilda Joyce (Hawkins) Osmun

January 27, 1936 - October 23, 2016

Hilda Joyce (Hawkins) Osmun, age 80 of Sturgis, MI passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born Jan. 27, 1936 in Sturgis, MI a daughter to the late Claude and Erna (Koehl) Hawkins. Hilda worked at Transogram, Wheelers Market, and retired from Freeman Mfg. She belonged to the ladies Aux. of the Moose where she was on their bowling league, and also the ladies Aux....
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Carlene Fisher

November 23, 1946 - October 22, 2016

Carlene Fisher age 69 of Brighton, Michigan passed away Saturday evening October 22, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born November 23, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan daughter of the late Sidney and Mildred (Boven) Visser. Carlene had resided in the Brighton area since 1991 coming from Columbus, Indiana. Her early life was lived in Grand Rapids where she was a...
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Verna I. Phillips

March 15, 1936 - October 19, 2016

Verna I. Phillips age 80 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday morning October 19, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born March 15, 1936 in DeKalb County, Indiana daughter of the late Daniel and Elsie (Morgan) Pierson. Verna resided most of her life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1954. On September 26, 1953 she...
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John Stackman

December 21, 1941 - October 17, 2016

John Stackman age 74 of Sturgis, Michigan went to be with his Lord and Savior early Monday evening October 17, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born December 21, 1941 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late P. Donald and Violet (Stevens) Stackman. John graduated from Centreville High School with the class of 1959. While in high school he was active in the Future Farmers of America. ...
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David Edward Horstman

November 4, 1958 - October 13, 2016

David Edward Horstman age 57 of Sturgis, Michigan went home to be with his Lord and Savior unexpectedly Thursday morning October 13, 2016 at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. He was born November 4, 1958 in Austin, Texas son of the late John and Anna (Burke) Horstman, Sr. For the past 4 years David had been employed by Medilodge of Portage. He also had been employed by the Kirsch...
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Fred Mandigo, Jr.

August 3, 1922 - October 13, 2016

Fred Mandigo, Jr. age 94, of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday evening, October 13, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born August 3, 1922 in Sturgis, Michigan, son of the late Fred and Ida Charlotte (Grant) Mandigo. He grew up in Klingers, MI where his family had a general store. He took guitar lessons from Jay Stacy for several years in the 1930s. Fred attended and...
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Lemoyne H. Patterson

February 18, 1922 - October 12, 2016

Lamoyne H. Patterson age 94 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning October 12, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born February 18, 1922 in Burr Oak, Michigan only child of Ray and Mable (Hollister) Bowdish. Mrs. Patterson was a lifelong Burr Oak resident and a graduate of Burr Oak High School with the class of 1939. On December 15, 1940 she...
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Arthur W. Hopkins

November 23, 1944 - October 7, 2016

Arthur W. Hopkins age 71 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday evening, October 7, 2016 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born November 23, 1944 in Fawn River Township, Michigan son of the late Paul Dale and Helen Mae (Snook) Hopkins. Art had been employed in the restaurant of the Holiday Inn in Sturgis and was a member if the First Baptist Church in...
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Edwin Morseau

October 8, 1935 - October 5, 2016

Edwin Morseau age 80 of Portage, Michigan passed away Wednesday October 5, 2016 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born October 8, 1935 in Silver Creek Township, Michigan son of the late Edward and Hazel (Ambrose) Morseau. Edwin resided in the Portage and Kalamazoo area most of his life and was a graduate of the University High School in Kalamazoo. ...
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Joseph Wayne Hittler

June 23, 1950 - September 30, 2016

Joseph Wayne Hittler, age 66, of Sturgis, MI passed away in the loving comfort of family at his home on Friday, September 30, 2016. He was a dignified man, who died as he lived. He was born in Toledo, OH on June 23, 1950, a son of Joseph and Josephine (Lasko) Hittler. He graduated from Bedford High School of Temperance, MI in 1968. After high school, he attended Ferris State University and...
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Martha Jane Pant

February 24, 1928 - September 28, 2016

Beloved mother and grandmother Martha Jane Pant, age 88, of Sturgis, MI passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village. She was born February 24, 1928 in Sturgis, MI a daughter of the late William "Pete" and Dorothy (Lough) Krontz. Martha has been a resident of the Sturgis area all of her life and on Sept. 29, 1945 she married Raymond...
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Wayne McLauchlin

May 30, 1931 - September 27, 2016

Wayne McLauchlin age 85 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday afternoon, September 27, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family following an extended illness. He was born May 30, 1931 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Garnard and Myrtle (Wittenberg) McLauchlin. Wayne was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1949. On...
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Christopher Phillip Calhoun

January 20, 1977 - September 24, 2016

Christopher Phillip Calhoun age 39 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday morning September 25, 2016 in Sturgis. He was born January 20, 1977 in Palos Hills, Illinois son of Joseph Glen and Cheryl Ann (Hoessler) Calhoun. Chris resided in the Sturgis and LaGrange, Indiana area since 2003 coming from Chicago, Illinois. He had been employed by Grumman Olson in Sturgis and also in...
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Terry Lee Saddison

March 2, 1948 - September 24, 2016

Terry Lee Saddison age 68 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, September 24, 2016 at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds in Centreville, Michigan. He was born March 2, 1948 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Vern and Dorothy Saddison. Terry was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1967. In April of 1983...
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David Christopher Lee Gosling

May 1, 1933 - September 12, 2016

David Christopher Lee Gosling Three Rivers, Michigan Died at 9:00 a.m. on September 12, 2016. David was the youngest son of John Gwynne and Nell (Lee) Gosling, and was born in Cleveland, Ohio, 1 May 1933. He grew up near Klinger Lake, Michigan, where he lived until he moved to Three Rivers in 2000. David is survived a sister-in-law, Enid Gosling; a brother and sister-in-law, Drs. Peter and...
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Charlie M. Richardson

January 26, 1925 - September 11, 2016

Charlie M. Richardson, age 91, of Sturgis, MI passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. He was born January 26, 1925 in Overton County, Tennessee a son to the late Eddie and Georgie (Dennis) Richardson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII. On April 27, 1943 in Brotherton, TN he married Callie L. Dishman. She preceded him in death on April 1, 2016. ...
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William Glyde Blatter

October 29, 1939 - September 10, 2016

William Glyde Blatter age 76 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday evening September 10, 2016 at his home. He was born October 29, 1939 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late Hershel and Pauline (Bramen) Blatter. Bill had lived in Bronson and Coldwater but resided in Sturgis most of his life and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1957. He retired in 2008...
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Michael Miller

November 2, 1949 - September 8, 2016

Michael Miller age 66 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2016 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born November 2, 1949 in Hazard, Kentucky son of the late Robert and Geneva Miller. Mike was a longtime Sturgis resident. He was a retired auctioneer by trade and graduate of the American Auctioneer College in Sarasota, Florida with the...
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Robert Lee Keckler

June 15, 1974 - September 8, 2016

Robert Lee Keckler age 42 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 8, 2016 at his home. He was born June 15, 1974 in Attleboro, Massachusetts son of Lyle and Rosemary (Cassidy) Keckler. Robert resided in the Sturgis area most of his life and was a member of the Spirit of Truth Church in Three Rivers. He is survived by one sister: Alice Keckler of...
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Leslie "Droopy" Clyde Schrader, Jr.

July 2, 1961 - September 6, 2016

Leslie Clyde "Droopy" Schrader, Jr. age 55 of Kalamazoo, Michigan and a former longtime Colon resident passed away Tuesday morning September 6, 2016 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born July 2, 1961 in Sturgis, Michigan son of Leslie and Kathie (Shear) Schrader. Les resided in Kalamazoo for the past six months, the rest of his life was spent in Colon and he was...
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Glen Darrel Frederick

February 13, 1954 - August 31, 2016

Glen Darrel Frederick age 62 of Three Rivers, Michigan passed away early Wednesday morning August 31, 2016 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers, Michigan. He was born February 13, 1954 in Three Rivers, Michigan son of the late Robert Louis and Betty (Davis) Frederick. Darrel resided most of his life in Three Rivers and had been employed by Chenoweth Roofing in Three...
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Susan Ann Taylor

October 3, 1932 - August 30, 2016

Susan Ann Taylor age 83 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Tuesday evening, August 30, 2016 at her home. She was born October 3, 1932 in Lansing, Michigan daughter of the late Clare and Losia (Bass) Kirtland. Sue resided in Sturgis since 1971 coming from Kalamazoo, Michigan. On December 12, 1951 she married LaMar Dean Taylor in Angola, Indiana. She had been employed as a nurse at...
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Richard P. Rueckert

February 3, 1924 - August 30, 2016

Richard P. Rueckert age 92 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Tuesday evening August 30, 2016, surrounded by family at the Sturgis Hospital. He was born February 3, 1924 in Kankakee, Illinois son of the late Frederick and Edna (Culbertson) Rueckert. Dick resided in Sturgis since 1966, coming from Indianapolis, Indiana. On August 28, 1949 he married Carol Lott in Heyworth,...
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Jerry D. Fair

July 5, 1948 - August 28, 2016

Jerry D. Fair age 68 of Marcellus, Michigan passed away Saturday morning, August 28, 2016 at his home. He was born July 5, 1948 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late LeRoy and Beulah Marjorie (Draime) Fair. Jerry resided in Marcellus since 1994 coming from White Pigeon and his early life was lived in Sturgis. Much of Jerry's working life was spent as a supervisor in the folding...
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James Walter Tullos

April 6, 1932 - August 27, 2016

James Walter Tullos age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday morning August 27, 2016 at the Life Care Center of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born April 6, 1932 in Mississippi son of the late Leslie and Johnnie (Caulwell) Tullos. Jim resided in Sturgis since 1953 coming from Mississippi. On September 20, 1955 he married Jean Dingman in White Pigeon, Michigan. ...
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Wilma (Jeanne) Lueders

September 2, 1940 - August 26, 2016

WILMA (JEANNE) WILDER LUEDERS Wilma "Jeanne" Lueders, age 75, of Sturgis, MI, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 26, 2016 after a courageous five year battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 2, 1940 on her parents farm near Hillman, MI; the second daughter of Roy and Cora (Daily) Wilder. Jeanne's childhood was spent around the Hillman, MI area where she attended Hillman public...
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Evelyn Myrta Brunner

November 29, 1932 - August 19, 2016

Evelyn Myrta Brunner age 83 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Friday evening, August 19, 2016 at Drews Place of Coldwater in Coldwater, Michigan with her family at her side. She was born November 29, 1932 in St. Petersburg, Florida daughter of the late Harry and Alice (Calloway) Link. Mrs. Brunner resided in Burr Oak since 1946 coming from Florida. She was a graduate of Burr Oak High...
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Margaret Clow

March 20, 1941 - August 15, 2016

Margaret Clow, age 75, of Sturgis, Michigan, passed away Monday, August 15, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis, Michigan. She was born March 20, 1941 in Sturgis, Michigan a daughter of the late Myrl and Mildred (Gunthrope) Phillips. Margaret resided in Sturgis for the majority of her life. She was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1958 and she graduated in 1961 from...
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Kenneth Hugh Phillips

February 17, 1944 - August 15, 2016

Kenneth Hugh Phillips age 72 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Monday morning August 15, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born February 17, 1944 in Three Rivers, Michigan son of the late Russell W. and Marie (Hasbrouck) Phillips. Ken resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1962. On February 5, 1999 he...
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James A. Boyden

April 20, 1944 - August 15, 2016

James A. Boyden age 72 of Klinger Lake, White Pigeon, Michigan passed away early Monday morning, August 15, 2016 at his home. He was born April 20, 1944 in Lansing, Michigan son of the late Charles and Martha (Gegung) Boyden. Jim resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1962. On September 26, 1981 he married Jane Clock in...
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Dorothy M. McDonald

May 24, 1925 - August 13, 2016

Dorothy M. McDonald, age 91, of Sturgis, MI passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born May 24, 1925 in Kalamazoo, Michigan daughter of the late Ross and Mary (Peters) Nugent. Dorothy resided most of her life in Sturgis with the exception of the 18 years she lived in Florida and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1946. On Oct....
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Doris Michele Keeslar

July 7, 1949 - August 11, 2016

Doris Michele Keeslar age 67 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 at her home. She was born July 7, 1949 in Hamilton, Ohio daughter of the late Haven and Aurilla (Witters) Holland. Doris resided in Sturgis since 1969 coming from Hamilton, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a graduate of Glen Oak Community college in Centreville where she received her Associate...
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