Obituaries

Terri Jean Burgess, 65, Vicksburg, passed away April 4, 2022. She was born on August 16, 1956, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Milton and Betty (Gardeneer) Burson. Terri grew up in Schoolcraft and was a graduate of Schoolcraft High School with the class of 1974. In 2000 she married Richard Burgess; they made their home in Vicksburg. Home was her happy place. She worked for over 20 years for Lear Corporation in Mendon. She loved to collect Native American artifacts and loved their culture, and she followed all the Detroit professional sports teams. Terri was proud of her children, grandchildren, and extended family. She was a four-legged mom as well to her dogs. Terri’s family will remember her as quiet, kind, and loving. Terri is survived by her husband of 21 years, Richard; children Jason (Brittany) Jukes and Kristen (Brian) Shannon; stepchildren Joe, Lauren, and Grace; and 19 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Peggy Baldwin and mother-in-law Claudia Burgess. She was preceded in death by her siblings Robert, Louise, KC, Mike, and Marlene, and her special dog, Sergeant Carter. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Donald Lynn Crapo, 76, passed away on January 26, 2022, at his home in Clear Lake, Indiana after a difficult battle with lung cancer. He was born in Lansing March 12, 1945 to Donald Rexford and Enid Lucille (Davis) Crapo. After his mother’s death, his father remarried, and Maxine Alice Crapo became his stepmother. Don and his three sisters grew up on a chicken farm east of Vicksburg. A few years after graduating from Vicksburg High School in 1963, Don enlisted in the Air Force. He was stationed at Spangdahlem AFB, Germany during the Vietnam War. Don was a staff sergeant serving as a bomb specialist. After completing his enlistment, he returned to Michigan and completed master’s degrees in accounting and finance from Western Michigan University, graduating magna cum laude. Don spent 20-plus years of his career at Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. Don was preceded in death by his father, mother, stepmother and two sisters (Barbara and Carol). Survivors include sons Darryl Crapo and Greg (Lisa) Crapo, two grandchildren, and his sister, Sandy (Dan) Minger.

Otto Carl Decker, 88, Vicksburg, passed away on April 26, 2022. Otto was born January 22, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio to Frank and Marie (Eppler) Weitenauer. He attended Mendon Community Schools and graduated from Mendon High School in 1952. He joined the US Army and served from 1954 until 1956. Otto married Nancy Jean Brown on April 16, 1955. Otto worked at Simpson Lee Paper Company as a millwright. He also was the owner of Decker’s Auto Service. He was a volunteer fireman for 50 years. He was an active member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church for over 50 years. He was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 13305. He loved sports, history, reading, discussing politics and target shooting. Otto is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy; children Anna (Scott) Cowherd, Tony (Monica Johnson) Decker, Mike (Kathy) Decker, Melanie (Andy) Boyd, Joe (Karen Warner) Decker, and Phil (Emily) Decker; 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto Decker Sr, Frank and Marie Weitenauer; son Paul Christopher Decker; sisters Joan Wales-Dixon and Delores Elkins; sister-in-law Helen Brown Horn; and parents-in-law Anna and Ralph Brown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Otto on Friday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, with Monsignor Thomas Martin officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The family will lead a rosary at the church beginning at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. Burial of Otto’s ashes will be held with military honors at Vicksburg Cemetery following the mass. Visit his page at amshfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, St. Martin’s Knights of Columbus Council 13305, and South County Fire Authority.

David A. Friel, Three Rivers, passed away quietly in his sleep November 26, 2021, the day after Thanksgiving. David was born May 21, 1943 in Kalamazoo, the son of Arlene and Lester Friel. He attended Vicksburg High School before leaving at 17 to join the U.S. Navy in 1960. He served on the USS Yosemite and transferred to the Reserves in 1964. Before being honorably discharged in 1966, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Expeditionary Medals for Berlin and Cuba, and the Bronze Star. After his discharge, he became a painter, eventually settling in Denver. In 2018, he returned to Michigan, settling in Three Rivers to be close to family. He is survived by his sisters Alice, Candy, and Marsha; brother Bruce; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family members.

Bonnie June Gose, 85, Greenville, passed away April 8, 2022 at her home. The daughter of Arnold E. and Minnie Ann (Haney) Gose, Bonnie was born on July 26, 1936 in LaGrange County, Indiana. She was raised on a farm in southern Michigan and graduated from Vicksburg High School. She worked at the Haas Corporation and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Aquinas College. In the late 1960’s, Bonnie moved to Southfield where she began her career at Federal Mogul corporate offices, transferring to the Greenville plant in 1979. She was active in the Greenville Community Church, and more recently attended the First Church of God in Greenville. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Janet Eihleen Gose and Doris Nelle Gose;  brother-in-law Doug Truckey; sister-in-law Sharon Gose; niece Kimberlee Kay Aquiree; and nephew, Dennis Alan Truckey. Surviving are sister Janice Truckey of Vicksburg; brothers Bill Gose of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Wilbur (Janice) Gose of Campbellsville, Kentucky; friends Wilma Stidham and Janet Delamater, both of Greenville;  several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, and great-great nephews, and many special friends. Donations may go to Have Mercy. Visit her page at MichiganCremation.com.

Ronald E. Hambright Sr., 86, Vicksburg, passed away April 26, 2022. Ronald was born March 19, 1936 in Kalamazoo, the son of John and Lavada (Sharp) Hambright. Ron proudly served his country in the United States Army. After the military he went into the workforce and was in maintenance at the Kalamazoo State Hospital for over 32 years until his retirement in 1988. Ron enjoyed his morning rituals and most often could be seen at a local restaurant for breakfast and spent time solving the world’s problems with the rest of the guys at the table. He traveled to places like Branson, Mo. and Florida. Mostly though he loved to go hunting and fishing. Ron will be remembered by many as strong-willed and very independent. Ron is survived by his children, Phyllis (Jeff) Truckey, of Vicksburg and Richard “Rick” (Stephanie) Hambright, of Vicksburg; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren with one more on the way. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia; son Ronald Hambright Jr; parents John and Lavada Hambright; sister Marilyn Ballard; and brothers Alvin, Melvin and Kenneth Hambright. A graveside service will be held with military honors Wednesday, May 4 at 11 a.m. at the Vicksburg Cemetery. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to the D.A.V.

Owen Hoyt, born on November 4, 1949, in Vicksburg, died April 8, 2022. He graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1969 and served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. Owen enjoyed spending time with his friends and working on steam locomotives, whether volunteering at the Little River Railroad or attending many steam engine shows around the area. He also spent many hours working the evaporators and making maple syrup at home, as well as with MSU at Kellogg Forest and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Owen is survived by his children, Cassidy, Camden, Ryley of Schoolcraft and Liam of Portage; sister Patricia Hoyt of Phoenix, Ariz.; nephew Robert (Kim) Northrop; niece Shannon (Greg) Bruner; and brother-in-law William Northrop of Schoolcraft. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ellen Hoyt, and sister Karen (Hoyt) Northrop. Services have been held. Donations may go to SPCA of Southwest Michigan, 6955 W KL Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Visit Owen’s page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Ethel Kathleen Markan, 72, Vicksburg, passed away April 25, 2022. Ethel was born March 3, 1950, in Vicksburg, the daughter of Robert James and Florence Kathleen (Keener) Isaac. Ethel attended Vicksburg Community Schools and graduated from Vicksburg High School with the class of 1968. After high school, Ethel attended Parsons Business School, now known as Davenport University. She earned her certificate in business. She also attended KVCC. She worked at Simpson Lee Paper Company in Vicksburg as a customer service inventory clerk for 10 years. On November 22, 1975, she married Ronald Markan. The couple had three daughters. Ethel temporarily left the workforce and was later employed by the Vicksburg school system as an elementary school lunchroom and playground supervisor. She retired from the system in 2017. Ethel gave more than she took and left her community a better place for all to live. Ethel is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ronald; daughters Kathleen (Douglas) Klostermann, Kristeen Markan, and Kourtney (Todd) Ellens; grandchildren Emily, Ethan, Rozlyn, Adelynn, and Rowan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kathleen and Robert Isaac and younger brother, Norman (Debbie) Isaac. Services have been held. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to American Cancer Society.

Glenna Marie Momany-Hurst, 31, Scotts, passed away March 14, 2022.  Glenna was born March 18, 1990 in Kalamazoo to Michael Glen Momany and Julie Morrow-Momany Prange. Glenna is survived by her parents; sister Kaylee Jo Hoeger; step-father Jeffrey Lee Prange; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece.  She was preceded in death by grandparents Glen and Mable Momany and Richard and Joan Morrow. A Celebration of Life has taken place, and a private interment will be held at a later date.  Donations may go to Kalamazoo Humane Society. Visit Glenna’s page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Patricia L. Ovens, 63, Portage, died on April 25, 2022. She was born October 6, 1958, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Bobby and Evelyn (Lyles) Elkins. She was a 1976 graduate of Parchment High School where she was a star track and field athlete and a flautist in the marching band. She later earned an associate degree in accounting from KVCC. Patricia was a hard worker, starting at Kmart in accounting and as a pharmacy tech, before moving to the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk for over 20 years. After retiring from the USPS, Patricia worked as an elementary school crossing guard and was employed by the City of Portage as a clerk at the time of her death. She married Michael Ovens on August 27, 1994. Patricia loved to travel, was an avid sports fan and loved to see her son, Bret, pitch when he played travel league baseball. Patricia enjoyed cooking meals for holiday family gatherings. In retirement, she frequently attended her grandchildren’s Little League games and recitals and later spoiled them with snacks and legendary grilled cheese sandwiches. Her family includes her husband, Michael; mother Evelyn Elkins; children Timothy (Sarah) Arkwright, Kelly (Cecil) Lenfield, Katie (Matthew) Wittenberg, and Bret (Halie Voss) Ovens; grandchildren Elliot, Nolan, and Cecilia Lenfield, Ian Wittenberg, and Kayden Ovens; brothers Mike (Vicki) Elkins and Jeff (Dawn) Elkins; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Lynn Elkins. Visit Patricia’s page at langelands.com.

Patricia May Paradine, 89, Schoolcraft, went to be with her Lord and Savior April 28, 2022. She was born on July 14, 1932 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Anthony and Meryl (Ellard) VanDerWeele. She graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1950. On January 8, 1955, she married Donald Paradine. After 28 years with the Upjohn Company, she retired in 1987. She enjoyed traveling, knitting, sewing, painting, reading and spending time with her family. In her retirement, she and Don lived eight years in Citrus Springs, Fla. before returning to Schoolcraft in 2003. Left to cherish her loving memory are her husband, Donald Paradine; children Kevin (Amy) Paradine, Charlie (Teresa) Paradine, Julia (Richard) Paradine-Rice, and beloved exchange student Anja Nijenkamp; grandchildren Shauna (Jeff), Tiffany (Spencer), Ethan (Abby), Tee, Trevor, and Anthony (Allison); great-grandchildren Soren, Sean, and Mina Patricia; sister-in-law Marilyn VanDerWeele; honorary daughter Karen Adams; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Patricia was preceded in her passing by her parents and brothers Denton (Mary) VanDerWeele and Robert VanDerWeele. In accordance with Patricia’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held at the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church, 342 North Grand Street, Schoolcraft, on Saturday, May 14, 2022, with a time for visiting beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon with Pastor Marty Cobb officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held following the service. Patricia will be laid to rest at Schoolcraft Cemetery on a later date. Memorials made in Patricia’s memory may be directed to the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church or the United Methodist Women. While at http://www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Patricia’s guestbook and share a memory with her family. The Paradine family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, Schoolcraft.

Dianna LaRue Ware Richardson, 73, Portage, formerly of Schoolcraft, passed away April 8, 2022. Dianna was born August 6, 1948 to Lester and Evelyn Ware. She was a 1966 graduate of Schoolcraft High School. She loved her family and friends and always stayed active outdoors. She enjoyed her job at Borgess/Ascension Health in the Patient Financial Services area. After retiring, Dianna worked in the deli at Harding’s to stay busy. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Richard (Dick) and Donald Ware. Left to cherish her loving memory are her sister Dorothy (Michael) Ganey of Arizona; children Lester Richardson of Portage and Elizabeth (Curtis) Walker of Holland; grandchildren Timothy Worline, Cameron (Kay) Richardson, Keegan Richardson, Justin Walker, Nickolas Walker, Kelsea Walker, and Riley Walker; great-grandchildren Wyatt, Kamdyn and Trinity; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Phyllis Mae Rosen, 86, Vicksburg, died April 6, 2022, at Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan. She was born in Vicksburg on September 1, 1935, the daughter of Fannie Irene Boyd and Brony Dombroski. She attended Mendon Schools and for a few years worked at Kaywood Manufacturing, making window blinds. She enjoyed crocheting, cross-stitching, and solving sudoku puzzles. Phyllis is survived by daughters Delores (Chris) Salter of Vicksburg, Martha Tice of Three Rivers, Debra Franks of Mendon; step-daughter Nora Rosen of Mayer, Arizona; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father Edward “Shorty” Hughes, daughter Mary Ellen Franks, son-in-law Robert Franks, and grandson Steven Franks. Donations may go to Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn St., Allegan, MI 49010. Visit her page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

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David J. Boucher, 70, Vicksburg, died on March 27, 2022. He was born on April 24, 1951, in Kalamazoo, the son of Robert and Mary Louise (Angell) Boucher. He graduated from Bronson High School and attended Glen Oaks Community College. On March 20, 1971, he married his junior high sweetheart, Constance “Connie” Locey, and they just celebrated their 51st anniversary. He worked for Consumers Power and spent over 25 years at Upjohn. More recently he worked at Bronson Hospital. Over the years he was active in Vicksburg Little League with his children and grandchildren. David enjoyed being the daycare grandpa for his grandchildren. His family includes his wife, Connie Boucher; children Michael (Holly) Boucher and Kellie (Marty) Thomas; grandchildren Kyler Ridenour, Will Thomas, Delaney Thomas, and Cameron Boucher; brother Tom (Carol) Boucher; sister Carol Boucher; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Jeffrey and Lon Boucher. Donations may go to the Little Help Big Difference Fund. Please visit his page at langelands.com.

Mary “Faith” Connors Chapman passed away March 7, 2022. Faith was born February 22, 1969 to Tom and Margaret Connors. She was a 1987 graduate of Vicksburg High School. She loved her family and many friends. She enjoyed her job at Walters-Dimmick Petroleum in Vicksburg, then more recently in Mendon for many years. Faith received her wings surrounded by those who love her. She was preceded in death by her infant brother Chad, her parents, and nephew Chance Connors.  She is survived by her husband, Mike Chapman, son Dustin Pearson, brother Tom Connors, sister Chris (Ken) Warwick, and brother Mike (Kelley) Connors.

Shirley Fay Cole, 91, Vicksburg, passed away January 26, 2022. She was born July 27, 1930, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Bessie (Robinette) Hipple. Shirley married Clifford R. Cole on June 29, 1945, and together they had three children, Margaret, Carolyn, and Clifford. She loved visiting with family and friends. Shirley lived in Ohio until moving to Vicksburg in 1999 to live with her daughter, Carolyn, and son-in-law Dave Fagaly. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford, her parents, siblings, and one great-grandson, Xavier Jaden Fagaly. Shirley is survived by her three children, Maggie Girton of Williamsburg, Ohio, Carolyn (Dave) Fagaly of Vicksburg and Clifford Cole of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Brad (Angie), Jeremy (Angie), David, Bob (Piera), Kelley, Steve (Nicki); 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will take place later in the year at 12th Street Baptist Church in Kalamazoo. There will be another Celebration of Life in Ohio. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Thomas Earle, 67, Vicksburg, passed away February 23, 2022. Tom was born to Raymond and Dorothy (Harker) Earle on June 19, 1954. Tom is survived by his siblings, Joe Earle, Fred (Maryann) Earle, Billy Earle, Teresa Earle, and Gloria (Dennis) Meloche; Aunt Betty; and many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Dorothy (Harker) Earle. He retired from Stewart & Sutherland after 44 years. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Helen J. Goldsmith, Kalamazoo, died February 11, 2022. She was born September 10, 1927, in Kalamazoo, to Clayton and Lillian (Norris) Palmiter. In 1947, Helen married David J. Goldsmith. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister Frances Perry; brothers-in-law Bob Perry and Lou Meinert; and grandson, David Goldsmith. Helen is survived by her son, Gregory (Donna) Goldsmith; daughter, Gayle (Jack) Mahieu; grandchildren Shelley Munson, Jeffery Mahieu, and Natalie Goldsmith; great-grandchildren Jarid (Hannah) Rial, Jocie Rial, Zachary (Brittany) Mahieu, Emmalee Mahieu, Jackson Mahieu, and Nona Mahieu; great-great-grandson, Fenix; and sister, Janis Meinert. Gifts may go to Animal Rescue Project. Visit her page at langelands.com.

Klaus Kardys, Portage, passed away at home on March 12, 2022. Klaus was born in Dieburg, Germany to Jan and Maria Kardys on June 12, 1948. As an infant, he moved with his parents to Carleton, Michigan where they became U.S. citizens. Klaus graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High School and then moved to Marquette where he graduated from Northern Michigan University and met his future bride, Mary Ann Copenhafer. In 1976, Klaus and Mary Ann moved into their home overlooking Austin Lake. Klaus was an avid historian and gardener. Klaus’ greatest joy and love came in 1982 when the couple welcomed their son, Philip, and in 1985, a daughter, Mandy. Klaus was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; son, Philip (Veronica) Kardys; daughter, Mandy (Anthony) Davis; granddaughters, Paisley and Paige; great-grandson, Alec; sister, Sylvia (Dale) Ford; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He will be remembered for his quick wit and fun spirit. Please consider planting a tree, or donating to arborday.org. Visit his page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Susan Kipker, 74 of Schoolcraft, died peacefully February 24, 2022, surrounded by her family, including her grand dogs, in a room filled with prayer and love. Sue was born January 23, 1948, in Kalamazoo to Rex and Iva (Case) Gettys. Sue was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are her husband, Jerry; children Jason Kipker and Josh (Julie) Kipker; granddaughter, Olivia; sister Nancy (Rick) Ullrey; and several nieces and nephews. Services have been held. Visit Susan’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, and sign her guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to SPCA of Southwest Michigan or Kalamazoo Humane Society.

Barry C. Lehmkuhl, 70, formerly of Vicksburg, died October 22, 2021. Barry was born in Allegan on September 24, 1951, to Elaine and Karl Lehmkuhl. He graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1969. He enjoyed and collected music, and he could not only recall names of songs, but the artist and the year a song came out back to the early 60’s. His other passion was cars; over the years, Barry bought and restored many. He kept in close contact with several of his closest friends from high school until near the end of his life. He treasured those friendships and loved to kick back, laugh and share stories of the good ol’ days in Vicksburg. He also loved his cats and had several that he treated like his kids. Barry worked many years for the Stryker Corporation. He was preceded in his death by both his parents and his brother Brad. He is survived by his sisters, Kris Hill-Moyer of Portage and Marilee Furlong of Three Rivers, and brother, Brent Lehmkuhl of Bloomington, Ind. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who remember him as being the life of the party. Donations may go to South County Community Services.

Charles Arno “Butch” McClish, 76, Vicksburg, passed away February 27, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek October 8, 1945, the son of Arno and Wilma McClish. When he was 14, his family moved to Colon. Following high school, he worked as a farm hand in the area and he met Rita Roberts at a township dance hall. The two were married April 4, 1964. He began working for H&H Farms. In 1965 he transitioned to Rheems Manufacturing and began his career in welding. He continued his career working at Clarks Manufacturing and Checker Motors before retiring from Bentler in 2011. In his free time, he enjoyed farming, ice fishing, woodworking, and most of all, spoiling his grandchildren. He was preceded in his passing by his parents, sister, and son-in-law Jeff Daughtry. Left to cherish his loving memory is his wife of 57 years, Rita McClish; children Chuck McClish, Sherri Daughtry, Cricket McClish, Rick (Carla) McClish, and Robin (Joe) Peck; 14 grandchildren and 12 grandchildren with one on the way. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Lois A. Minnis, 79, Fulton, passed away March 27, 2022. Lois was born February 17, 1943, the daughter of Fred and Lois (Pansch) Borgens. She loved to quilt, garden, and play Yahtzee. Above all else, Lois was a wonderful mother, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren meant the world to her. Lois is survived by her children, Willard Herbert Minnis of Fulton, LouAnn (Forester) Prater of Fulton, LeAnn Prater of Sherwood and Lori Grinage of Colon; grandchildren Sara Bradford of Battle Creek, Brian (Sheila) Dodson of Schoolcraft, TJ (Samantha) Latta of Indiana, Amanda Hart of Addison, Brady Hallock of Battle Creek and Heather Prater of Sherwood; and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Steve (Pauline) Borgens of California; sister Sue Dale of Oshtemo; brother-in-law Norman (Lois) Minnis of Fulton; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard, parents, and grandson Matthew. Services have been held. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to Wakeshma Community Church or the Humane Society of Kalamazoo.

Robert (Bob) Morren, 88, Frostproof, Florida, passed away December 27, 2021. He was born on December 2, 1933 to Willis and Agatha (Van Eck) Morren of Portage. He married the love of his life, Bonnie Jean (Hobson), and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korea War. When he came home, he was a firefighter in Kalamazoo for 28 years. On his days off, he worked his farm in Vicksburg. Bob, Bonnie and their family enjoyed camping all over the USA. He was able to expand his hunting trips to include Montana, Africa, and Alaska. In 1987, Bonnie and Bob moved permanently to Frostproof, Florida. He was preceded in death by wife of 63 years, Bonnie. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Ronald (Diane) Morren; children Sheri (Herbert) DeMeritt, Sue Hoeksema, Steven (Denise) Morren; and a very large and extended family of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Please join the family for a memorial celebration Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 1 p.m. at 8258 Victory Street, Vicksburg. The service will be held at the Learning Center at the Nazarene Indian Lake Campgrounds. All friends, family and colleagues are welcome.

Sylvanus “Skip” Franklin Reed Jr. passed away March 14, 2022. He was born February 20, 1940, in Yankee Springs, the son of Sylvanus Reed Sr. and Maxine Gile. After his father died in the Korean Conflict in 1950, he was raised by his mother, Maxine, and stepfather Leighton Sage. Skip earned a journeyman license and completed his apprenticeship at General Motors of Kalamazoo, working there for 22 years. He was a member of UAW Local 488 and the Kalamazoo Corvette Club. He volunteered with the Mounted Division of Kalamazoo County and worked at the Kalamazoo County Fair. Skip was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather; and brothers James and Kenneth Reed. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patsy Reed; children Brenda (Mike) Ward and Michael (Dawn) Reed; grandchildren Erik Ward and Jennifer (Jacob) Brechtel; siblings Sandra (Lisa Wilkinson) Griffin, Ronald (Sue) Sage, Bruce (Sheryl) Sage, Wayne (Marcia) Sage, Terry (Laurie Haner) Sage and Kevin (Sun) Sage; nephew Andrew “Andy” Sage; friends of 56 years Linda and Phil Hearld; as well as many dear friends, nieces and nephews. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to Hospice Centrica Care Navigators.

Rose M. Reiter, Schoolcraft, passed away at home March 22, 2022, with her family by her side. She was born November 29, 1938, in Kalamazoo, the fourth child of Floyd and Eva (Amyotte) Norwood. On June 11, 1958, she married the love of her life, Jay C Reiter. Together they had three daughters. Rose is survived by her loving, devoted husband of 63 years, Jay; three daughters, Theresa O’Leary of Schoolcraft, Diane (Joe) Prior of Schoolcraft, and Christine (Randy) Bennett of Kalamazoo; grandchildren Tyler, Jennifer, and Megan O’Leary, Kimberly (Bryce) Ingram and Michael (Andrea) Prior; great grandchildren Barrett and Bennett Ingram and Presley Prior; and one brother, James (Connie) Norwood. Rose was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Barbara Ellison, Robert Norwood, Mary Lou Hotchkiss, and Richard Norwood. Donations may go to the Schoolcraft Food Pantry c/o Schoolcraft Presbyterian Church. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Virginia Ann Shaw passed away on March 23, 2022 at Maple Lake Assisted Living in Paw Paw. Virginia was born in Muskegon on January 27, 1927, the eighth child of Frank and Mary Cady. Her mother passed away days after her birth, and she was adopted and raised by her aunt and uncle, Merritt and Josie Baxter. Virginia was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking (famous for her sugar cookies), traveling and camping with her husband, Eldyn, and friends, playing games, hunting mushrooms and watching John Wayne movies. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldyn Shaw, son Ronald Shaw, daughter-in-law Jackie Shaw and her siblings. Surviving is her family, Keith (Cheryl) Shaw, Gordon (Tamara) Shaw, Donald (Jill) Shaw, and daughter-in-law Brenda Shaw, nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 30, visitation beginning at 11 a.m. at Gobles United Methodist Church. The service will start at noon and be followed by a luncheon. Donations may go to Centrica Care Navigators hospice. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Michael John Zimmerman, 58, passed away November 23, 2021, at Duke Hospital in Durham, N.C. Michael was born in Vicksburg September 12, 1963, to Theodore and Mary Zimmerman. He enjoyed fishing at Mud Lake and deer hunting. Michael served in the U.S. Army and started his career at Upjohn as a chemical operator. Michael and Wendy were married May 18, 1991, and raised their children Brock and Baileigh. In 2007, his career with Pfizer took him and his family to St. Louis and in 2020, he moved his career with Pfizer to Chapel Hill, N.C. In August of 2021, he was able to take one final road trip in his Chevy Camaro where he was able to see all his old friends. During that trip he was in a bass fishing tournament with his brothers Ken and Steve at Austin Lake. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Wendy Dempsey-Zimmerman; children Brock and Baileigh, another daughter, Mindy, from his first marriage, and his beloved dachshund, Buddy. He is also survived by his brothers Kenneth (Melody) Zimmerman of Goodrich, Mich. and Steve Zimmerman of Vicksburg. He was preceded in death by his parents. Donations may go to the Duke Cancer Institute Head and Neck Cancers Fund.

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Delbert (Del) Charles Jr., 97, Three Rivers, passed away at Birch Meadows Senior Care Facility on February 23, 2022. Del was born on June 22, 1924, in Schoolcraft, the son of Delbert and Leitha Charles. After high school, Del joined the army and fought in WWII, receiving two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He retired from UpJohn in 1985 as a supervisor of security. Del enjoyed family time and attended many sporting events throughout the years where he proudly cheered on his grandchildren. Del is survived by his children, Rebecca (James) DeLaBarre and Bradley (Jodie) Charles; grandchildren Matthew (Allison) Charles, Andrew (Kristina) Charles, Trevor (Danielle) DeLaBarre, and Tyler (Bianca) DeLaBarre; seven great-grandchildren; and special friend, Jean Richardson. Del was preceded in his passing by his parents; wife, Phyllis; brother, Monte; and father and mother-in-law, Marten and Lillian Kersten. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations may go to Birch Meadows Senior Care, Schoolcraft American Legion Post 475, or Centrica Care Navigators. Please visit Del’s page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Robert E. “Bob” Hambright, 80, Mendon, died February 21, 2022, at his home. He was born in Kalamazoo March 27, 1941, the son of Ernal and Eleanor (Cushing) Hambright. He graduated from Portage Central High School in 1960. He worked briefly at the Kalamazoo State Hospital before going to work at the Fisher Body Plant in Kalamazoo where he retired after 34 years. He was married to the former Cheryl Noblock, they later divorced. Bob enjoyed bowling and rolled a 299 with a rented ball in 1962. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and deer hunting “up north.” He was a big Michigan State fan and attended many home games. Bob is survived by children Terry Lynn Asselin of Mendon, Robyn Hambright off Brownsville, Texas, Donna Marie Tool of Dallas, Texas, Stephen R. (Kathy) Hambright of Vicksburg, and Angela (Thomas) Gerrgye of Parkland, Fla.; grandchildren Layla, Heaven, Morgan, Parker, Jackson, Benjamin, Sydney, Allison, Jessica, and Grayson; and brother-in-law Bernie Foster. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Janet Foster. Visit his page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Alan L. Harris, 74, Vicksburg, died on February 12, 2022. He was born on July 27, 1947, in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Winston and Louise (Heneger) Harris. He graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1965. During the Vietnam War, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving two years. He returned home to Vicksburg and Simpson Paper Company, where he worked for 33 years. He eventually retired from Pfizer. Al married Wanda Gose on August 28, 1971, and together they raised their two children, Seth and Shayne. Al helped coach Shayne in hockey and soccer, and played adult hockey with Seth. He loved hunting with Seth during the winter season and spending time on the lake during the summer. The family spent a lot of time up north camping near Fountain, Michigan on Round Lake. During retirement, Al and Wanda enjoyed traveling. Al’s family includes his wife, Wanda Harris; his children Seth Harris and Shayne (Daniel) Schiedel; his mother, Louise Harris; his brothers and sister Morrie Harris, Carol (Bob) Gose, and Dave Harris; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Winston Harris. Visit his page at langelands.com.

Robert J. Holland, 88, Scotts, passed away February 20, 2022. Robert was born on February 12, 1934 in Paw Paw, the son of Glenn and Winnie (Gleason) Holland. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy. On October 5, 1957 he married Kathryn Mortellaro. Robert worked for the Upjohn Company for over 30 years before retirement. He enjoyed travel, yardwork, and caring for his family. Robert is survived by his children, Mark (Marion) Holland of Indiana, Annie (Joe Tsui) Mathis of Kalamazoo, and Judy Holland of Scotts; grandchildren Tara (Chris) Hebeler of Stevensville, Cassandra (Jon) Overstreet of Missouri, Travis Mathis and Hannah Mathis, both of Grand Rapids, Dylan (Stacey) Seymour and Alex Seymour, both of Portage; and great granddaughters Hailey Hebeler and Millie Hebeler. He is also survived by siblings David (Carol) Holland of Oklahoma, Richard (Jenell) Holland of Louisiana; brother and sisters-in-law Andrew (Barbara) Mortellaro of Kalamazoo, Frances (Diale) Taliaferro of Rhode Island, Bev Mortellaro of Detroit; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn; parents Glenn and Winnie Holland; brother and sister-in-law Charles (Kitty) Holland and brother-in-law James Mortellaro. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to Centrica Care Navigators.

Norman Kohler, 87, Vicksburg, died on February 11, 2022. Norm was born at home, June 6, 1934, to Harold and Mildred (Headley) Kohler in Augusta, Michigan. Shortly after graduating with the class of 1953 from Big Rapids High School, Norm was drafted into the United States Marine Corps. He later received a transfer to the Army, becoming a baker for a military police unit. He married Melva in 1958 and they raised four children. Norm worked as a mechanic for Cole Krum Chevrolet (Vicksburg) and later accepted a position as a forklift mechanic for General Motors. He enjoyed cars and traveling. Norm was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clarence Kohler; and granddaughter, Alicia. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Melva; children Jan (Greg) Bierlein, Jim Kohler, Ruth (Dee) Kelly, and Michael Kohler; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Ron Kohler; sister, Donna Crouch; and many nieces and nephews. Visit his page at BetzlerLifeStory.com. Donations may go to Crossroads Missionary Church.

Timothy Alan Kosacek, 51, Sterling Heights, passed away on January 24, 2022. He was born in Kalamazoo on July 2, 1970, the son of David and Janet (Gardner) Kosacek. Tim graduated from Portage Central High School in 1988. He enjoyed music, especially playing guitar, and attended the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles following graduation. He later attended Davenport University and graduated with his degree in computer science. He worked in the Detroit area for VisionIT and Compuware. He loved dogs and owned several Irish setters throughout his lifetime. Tim will be remembered for his generous and kind heart, his love for cooking and trying new recipes, being an avid reader, possessing trivia knowledge, and his lifelong devotion to the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions. He was preceded in his passing by his brother, Steven, and his grandparents. He is survived by his parents; brothers Mike (Angie) Kosacek and Joe Kosacek; aunt Gene Gardner; uncles Bill and Richard Gardner; niece and nephew Amanda and Alex; great nephew Leo Salas; and several cousins. In accordance with the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no public services will be held at this time. Donations may go to Kalamazoo Animal Rescue. Please visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Thomas C. Oliphant, 72, Schoolcraft, passed peacefully February 22, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. Tom was born December 1, 1949, in Kalamazoo, the son of Richard and Beulah (Adams) Oliphant. Tom graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1968. He and Judy were married October 18, 1969. Tom served proudly in the U.S. Navy for four years. After an honorable discharge, he attended Davenport College. He worked at Quality Films for over 35 years and at Concept Molds until he retired. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, skiing, golfing, biking and bowling. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, and he enjoyed the cabin on Drummond Island. Tom is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy; children Sandra (Dave) Gray, Yvonne (Jason) Hoffman and Laura (Steve) Buford; grandchildren Emma, Elise, Lydia, Hannah, Rhet, Sam, Natalie and Aaron; siblings Sue (Jeff) Harris and Marvin (Deb) Oliphant as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom was preceded in his passing by his parents and his father-in-law Ernest Shelley. Services have been held. Donations may go to Schoolcraft United Methodist Church. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Shirley Jane Shannon, 95, Vicksburg, passed away on February 14, 2022. She was born on May 3, 1926, in Battle Creek, the daughter of Lyle Adams and Edith Domke. When she was in 10th grade, she decided to leave school and enter the workforce. She began her career at Shakespeare Manufacturing, producing fishing equipment, before transferring to the Gibson Guitar company in Kalamazoo. Following that, she worked as a nurse’s aide at Harold and Grace Upjohn Nursing Home, retiring in the early 1990s. She will be remembered for her love of gardening, drawing, painting, crossword puzzles, and cats. She loved living out in the country. Shirley was preceded in her passing by her parents; sisters Lavern, Norma, and Betty; and son John Shannon. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Thomas and Donna Shannon; grandchildren Holly and John Shannon; and many nieces and nephews. Donations may go to the Alzheimer’s Association. The family would like to thank the Centrica Care Navigators Hospice Group and Fresh Perspective Home Care. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Maureen Therese (Shook) Simms, Milford, passed away on January 27, 2022 after a four-year battle with colorectal cancer. She was a lovely singer that played piano and violin. She graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1974, then studied music at WMU before starting a flight attendant career. Her beloved grandchildren called her “Nini.” Maureen is survived by her husband, David Simms; children Amanda (Victor) Princz, Eric (Christine) Simms, Kevin (Morgan) Simms and Abigail (Kyle) Kowalsky; grandchildren Gabriel (Amanda), Maxwell (Eric) and Warren (Kevin) and another on the way in June (Amanda). Maureen was raised on a 260-acre farm in Fulton. Her siblings include Lyn (Mike) Wilson, Chis (Katherine) Shook, Steve (Jo Ellen) Shook, Marianne (Joe) Kuiper, Larry (Darla Cook) Shook, Bob Shook, Pauline (Mark) Giacobone and Kathleen (Steve) Waldron. Maureen also has numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Maureen was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Adele (Hoy) Shook, and her brother, Timothy Shook. Donations may go to Karmanos Cancer Center towards colorectal cancer research.

Marshall Donald Whitaker passed away on February 11, 2022. Don was born June 13, 1937, in Caraway, Ark. to Marshall and Cora Hill Whitaker. He attended Caraway High School. The family moved to Michigan in 1953. Don met Nancy Bartelt and they were married in 1958. Don worked at Voice of Music, then at Du-Wel Metal Products in Bangor. In 1978, Don started the Overhead Door Company which is now run by his son and grandson. Don is survived by his wife Nancy Whitaker of Vicksburg; sons, David (Carla) Whitaker of Vicksburg and Jerry (Joyce) Whitaker of Portage; sister Lefty (Ralph) Russo; grandchildren Leah Bourdo, Aaron, David, Seth, Cole, Josh, and Kai Whitaker; and great-grandchildren Kennedy and Harper Bourdo and Cooper and Willow Whitaker, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers and sisters, infant sons James and John, a very tiny great-grandson, Isaiah Aaron Whitaker and a great-granddaughter, Nora Katherine Whitaker. Donations may go to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.