Obituaries

Margaret Irene Chapin, 87, Schoolcraft, passed away December 24, 2021 at her home. Margaret (Margie) was born March 26, 1934, to Frank and Maude (Heath) Fuller in Avoca, Michigan. She graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1952 and married Irvin N. Chapin in 1954. She worked as a journalist and writer for the Vicksburg Commercial and the Schoolcraft Express and raised five children who survive her: Debra Hilsbos, Lori Michael, Scott Chapin, Dana Wiley and Pam Krieg. She also is survived by 25 grandchildren, multiple great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by siblings Francis, Gerald, Ralph, Harvey and Calvin Fuller and Shirley Smithe. She attended KVCC and was interested in genealogy. She was also a member of the Schoolcraft Ladies Library Association and the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church. She managed Lakeland Reformed Church’s South County Clothing Shop for almost 20 years. She enjoyed gardening, antiques, canning and freezing, quilting, ceramics and basket weaving. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may go to the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church.

Nancy Jane Cohrs, 64, Charlotte, Michigan, formerly of Vicksburg, passed away suddenly on December 9, 2021. She was born in Vicksburg, on October 12, 1957, to Fred Robert and Maxine Muir Cohrs. Nancy graduated from Vicksburg High School, attended MSU, and worked for 41 years at Meijer Distribution Centers in Lansing. Nancy was dearly loved by her family and friends. She expressed her love through loyalty, generous gifts, and volunteering. Her cheerful sense of humor during even the toughest times made those around her feel important, loved, and special. Nancy was devoted to her nieces and nephews, whom she treated as her own children. The family will remember her with love and laughter, and with a commitment to honor her warmth, strength, determination and work ethic. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William Robert Cohrs. She is survived by siblings and in-laws Fred and Ann Cohrs of Springfield, Virginia, Dan Cohrs of Vancouver, B.C., Mary Ann (Cohrs) and Phillip Weaver of Caledonia, Mich., Tim and Linda Cohrs of Kalamazoo, and Susan Cohrs of Coppell, Texas, and by her best friend of 40 years, Charlene R. Crabtree of Charlotte. Nancy’s nieces and nephews include Jeff Cohrs, Laura (Cohrs) Anthony, Philip Cohrs, Suzanne (Cohrs) Rogers, Daniel Cohrs, Mark Cohrs, Phillip Weaver, Matthew Weaver, twelve great nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, and many more loved ones. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Nancy’s life in the summer of 2022.

Charles Edward Goodwin, 79, Vicksburg, passed away on December 10, 2021. Charles “Chuck” was born on June 22, 1942, in Paris, Ill., the son of Robert and Berniece (Ward) Goodwin. He graduated from Paris High School. After high school he became a system analyst programmer in the banking industry. He retired from First Source Bank. Charles married Kathy Harding on July 2, 1982, in Muncie, Ind. Kathy learned that she ranked third in Chuck’s life behind fishing and watching college basketball. Chuck was very proud of his two children. He was a lover of wildlife and his pet cats and dogs. Chuck will be remembered by his family as a social jokester and storyteller, but most of all being a good husband, father, and grandfather. Charles Goodwin is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathy; daughter Dawna Bird of Indiana; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Larry (Carolyn) Goodwin of Illinois. Charles was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Goodwin, and his parents, Robert and Berniece Goodwin. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to Centrica Care (formerly Hospice Care of SWMI).

Derek J. Guthrie, 46, Vicksburg, passed away on December 21, 2021. He was born January 28, 1975 in Kalamazoo, the son of Reubin and Linda (Nash) Guthrie. In 1994, he graduated from Three Rivers High School and attended Glen Oaks Community College before going to the police academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He worked for the St. Joseph County Reserve and the Centreville Police Department before working for Vicksburg in 2017. He served as a patrol officer, ran the reserve unit, and was also a school resource officer for Vicksburg Schools. Derek and Angie were married on January 12, 2001. Their family grew to include two children, Summer and Bryce, in addition to Derek’s daughter from a previous relationship, Kasmin. Derek is survived by his wife of 20 years, Angie; children Kasmin, Summer and Bryce Guthrie; his mother, Linda Guthrie of Constantine; siblings Melissa (Joseph) Long of Constantine and Jessi McCarroll of California; his mother-in-law; brothers and sisters-in-law Peter and Karen Asakevich of Kalamazoo, Patrick (Rachel) Asakevich, of Watervliet, Christopher Rousch of Battle Creek; aunt and uncle Steven Nash, of Constantine and Mary Nash of Vicksburg; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Pyper Elizabeth in 2002, father Reubin and his grandparents, Otto and Pauline Nash. Services have been held. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to the Village of Vicksburg Shop with a Cop.

Janet K. Haas, 80, Vicksburg, passed away on December 21, 2021. Jan was born on November 5, 1941, in Marcellus, the daughter of Walter and Lovella Haas. Jan loved her pets and all living creatures. She was passionate about her faith and regularly attended mass at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. She served her church many times as an altar server. Jan loved the Vicksburg community and enjoyed going to local diners to be around people. She will be remembered by those that knew her as social, faithful, loving, and a little outspoken at times. Janet is survived by her sister Barb Haas, of Vicksburg, several cousins, and her pets. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Lovella Haas and two sisters, Mary Ann Haas and Adeline Dewing.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 11 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 5855 East W Ave, Vicksburg. A visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. that day at the church. A burial of Janet’s ashes at Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Gardens will follow. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

Rollin Hildebrand Jr, 95, Vicksburg, passed away on December 17, 2021. Rollin was born in LaGrange, Ind. October 1, 1926 to Rollin Sr. and Bessie (Weirch) Hildebrand. After graduating from Vicksburg High School, Rollin married Mary Lou Miller on June 6, 1947. Rollin owned and operated R. Hildebrand Builders and was a church pastor. He enjoyed photography, hunting, fishing, reading, traveling, and was a Kiwanis Club member. Rollin is survived by his wife of 74 ½ years, Mary Lou; daughters Linda (Bob) Mohr of Lawton, Sharon Richey of Vicksburg, Sue (Dale) Arndt of Scotts and Lynn (Bill) McCarty of Vicksburg; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Virginia Bogema of Schoolcraft, Ruth Fritz, of Pennsylvania, and Margaret (Richard) Fifer of Florida; sister and brother-in-law Joyce Hildebrand of Vicksburg and Mike (Jan) O’Halloran of Galesburg. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Howard (Maribel) and Robert Hildebrand; and brothers-in-law Albert Fritz and Bill Bogema. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to ChapNaz Church or Generous Hands.

DeMaris Elaine Holmes passed away December 18, 2021. DeMaris was born January 14, 1938 in Three Rivers to Arlo and Hazel (Shingledecker) Schug. She moved to Schoolcraft as a young girl and graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1955. She went to work in the office of Latex Compounders. In 1956, she married her classmate, Leonard Holmes. The first three years of their marriage they lived in California where Leonard was stationed with the Navy. After his discharge, they returned to live near Schoolcraft. DeMaris worked for 25 years as a seasonal greenhouse worker. She enjoyed crafts, needlework, gardening, and reading. For several years she delivered meals on wheels. Dee and Leonard were members of several square dance clubs and attended many national conventions. After retirement, they spent winters on the Gulf Coast in Alabama. She was a member of the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed watching her sons and grandchildren in both school and sporting events. After 60 years of marriage, Leonard preceded her in death in 2016. Surviving are her sons Steven (Chris) Holmes and Gregory (Nancy) Holmes; grandchildren Ashley Holmes and Bryan Holmes; brother Lloyd (Nancy) Schug; brother-in-law Gordon (Martha) Miller; and many cousins and extended family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may go to Schoolcraft United Methodist Church (Building Fund). Visit her page at langelands.com.

Laurie A. Ivens, 59, Vicksburg, passed away on November 28, 2021. She was born April 19, 1962, in Vicksburg, the daughter of Bernard and Janet (Hambright) Foster. Laurie graduated from Vicksburg High School with the class of 1980. She was blessed with three children, Melissa, Shaina, and Josh. She worked as a subcontractor in telecommunications at Upjohn Company, then for over 20 years as a technician for CTS. Laurie enjoyed reading, knitting, playing dice and solitaire, and tending to her yard. For 20 years, Laurie enjoyed a loving relationship with Roy Schoonhoven. Roy passed away in 2020, shortly before they were to marry. She is survived by her children, Melissa (Michael) Snyder of Vicksburg, Shaina (Jamal) Collins of Kalamazoo, and Josh Ivens of Vicksburg; 10 grandchildren, Xzavier, Zoey, Skyler, Ace, Sandy, Chevontae, Armani, Camila, Carter and Cassavelie. She is also survived by her father, Bernie Foster, of Portage; and siblings Sonda Vickery of Kalamazoo and Randy (Linda) Foster of Vicksburg. She was preceded in death by her mother, Janet Foster, and fiancée, Roy Schoonhoven. Services have been held. Visit her page at mcccowensecord.com. Donations may go to the family c/o Bernie Foster.

Anthony “Tony” P. Sehy, 51, Schoolcraft, passed away on December 15, 2021. He was born November 28, 1970, in Kalamazoo, the son of Paul and Dorothy (Hitzeman) Sehy. He graduated in 1989 from Vicksburg High School where he played football and ran cross country and track. He attended Eastern Michigan University and KVCC. On August 21, 1993, he married Kelly Boyer, and together they raised eight children. For over 30 years, Tony worked as a DJ. He also owned Key Media and was a successful real estate agent. He loved NASCAR and board games. One of his favorite pastimes was announcing for the Hackett Catholic Prep High School Band. Tony was a hard-working, kind, and generous person. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kelly; children Logan (Jewelee) Sehy of Portage, Collin Sehy of Washington, Nathan (fiancée, Zoe Gibbs), of Florida., and Gavin, Ethan, Noel, Holden, and Calista Sehy, all of Schoolcraft. He is also survived by his parents, Paul and Dorothy Sehy, of Ohio; siblings Joe (Cheryl) Saul-Sehy, of Texas, and Nicole (Eric) Meli, of Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to the family c/o Kelly Sehy.

Cathy Vanatti, 63, Vicksburg, passed away December 15, 2021. Cathy was born March 5, 1958, the daughter of Wayne and Dora (Warner) Coble. Cathy worked for Eaton Corporation until it shut its doors and then worked for FEMA. She was known for her Sunday family dinners. She loved bowling, golfing, and Lions football. Cathy is survived by her children, Stephanie (Joseph) Bragg, Heather (Michael) Adkins, Matthew Wolfe, Heidi Stevens, and Naomie Wolfe; grandchildren Anthony, Alexia and Adriel Younger, Chase Chmiel, and Asher, Alton and Aiden Bragg; sisters, Donna Coble and Nancy (Don) Roberts; and nieces and a nephew. Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Dora (Warner) Coble, and her husband, Roger Wolfe. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

Timothy A. Wolf, Mattawan, formerly of Vicksburg, passed away December 20, 2021, at his home. Tim was born January 14, 1978, in Kalamazoo, the son of Michael and Waneta (Kershner) Wolf. Tim grew up in Vicksburg and attended Vicksburg Community Schools, graduating in 1996. Growing up, he loved soccer, football, swimming, and camping. As he grew older, he enjoyed motorcycles, golf, and grilling. Tim was employed the past 11 years at Parker Aerospace. In 2014, Tim reconnected with his high school classmate, Amanda Wynn. On April 7, 2021, Tim was united in marriage to Amanda, who survives. Also surviving are his stepson, Mason Gilkey; parents Michael and Nita Wolf; brother and sister, Christopher (Bethany) Wolf and Beth (Jason) Boogholt; parents-in-law Ken and Sue Wynn; sister and brother-in-law, Dana (Andy) Cooper and Sean (Liz) Wynn; several nieces and nephews; and fur babies Chubbs and Cash. Services have been held. Donations may go to the SPCA of Southwest Michigan. Visit his page at langelands.com.

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David C. Cross, Brooksville, Fla., formerly of Vicksburg, passed away Oct. 8 in Kalamazoo with his daughter by his side. David was born April 8, 1943 in Kenton, Ohio, the son of Zenabelle and Charles Cross. He was raised in Sunberry, Ohio, alongside brothers Duane and Arthur. He graduated from Big Walnut High School in 1961. After high school, David enlisted in the Army where he served for three years. While on leave, he met his wife of 54 years, Carol. They had two children, Karen and Timothy. They moved in 1980 to Vicksburg where the family started a small farm. David worked at Upjohn for 25 years. He was the supervisor of granulating (dry products). After David retired, he invested his time in the outdoors, the farm, his children and grandchildren. He loved to go fishing, camping, hunting, and golfing. David was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, and parents Zenabelle Philippe and Charles Cross. He is survived by his children, Karen (Rick) Clipfell and Timothy (Deborah) Cross; brothers Duane and Arthur Cross; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one on the way.

Joyce A. Fink, 92, Vicksburg, passed away on November 8, 2021. Joyce was born July 30, 1929 in Ottawa Lake, Mich. the daughter of Albert and Florence (Dunbar) Jacobs. She was married to the love of her life, Wilbert Fink, and they raised five children. She was a faithful member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. She enjoyed 70 years of friendship with the ladies of the Mother’s Club in Vicksburg. While her children were growing, she was a den mother for the Cub Scouts, and a Kalamazoo County 4H leader. She enjoyed puzzles and sudoku. Joyce loved her family very much and will be remembered as being strong, independent, kind, loving, faith-based and selfless. Joyce is survived by her five children, Jolaine (David) Snyder of Three Rivers, William (Candice) Fink, of Ohio, Dale (Debra) Fink of Scotts, Robert (Renee) Fink of Scotts, and Elaine (Brad) Burdge of Florida.; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to Melanoma Research Rogel Cancer Center c/o Dr. Lao.

Robert Gettys, 70, Battle Creek, passed away November 2, 2021. Bob was born in Kalamazoo on December 30, 1950, the son of Robert and Nanny Colleen (Golliday) Gettys. On June 25, 1999, he married Pamela Reinbold, who survives. Bob proudly served in the US Army. He worked for many years at Harbor Lite in Vicksburg, driving a fork-lift. Bob enjoyed horseshoes and playing cards or cribbage. He loved candy and liked hiding it so others wouldn’t know where to find it. In his younger days, Bob played baseball. He also enjoyed old western and action movies. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Jeff Gettys of Vicksburg, Jason (Michelle Hammel) Gettys of Comstock, Alicia (Larry) Towery of Battle Creek, and Chelcie Gettys of Colorado; grandchildren Ryan, Anthony, Tyler, Hannah, Jay, Kenna, Emma and Kylie; great-grandchildren, Kayden, and Madilyn; brothers, Dennis (Lisa) Gettys, Dan Gettys, Gordon “Dee” Gettys; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Justin; a sister, Diane; brothers Leonard, Tom, Jerry and Joe; and many friends. Donations may go to the American Heart Association.

Joyce E. Harber, 94, Vicksburg, passed away on November 30, 2021. Joyce was born in Kalamazoo on April 26, 1927, the daughter of Allen and Nellie (Blue) Venhuis. She met Lloyd Harber and they were married on November 7, 1947, in Vicksburg. For 16 winters, Joyce and Lloyd enjoyed their time in Mission, Texas. She enjoyed reading and doing puzzles. Joyce is survived by two children, Norma Manley and Jim Harber, both of Vicksburg; son-in-law Richard Mays of Otsego; grandchildren Matt and Josh Harber, both of Kalamazoo, Jennifer (Shane) Cassel of Grand Rapids and Rich Mays of Scotts; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, daughter Nancy Mays, parents and a sister, Betty. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

Ronald Edward Lee, 71, Kalamazoo, passed away October 20, 2021. Ron was born in Battle Creek December 12, 1949, the son of Donald C. Lee and Irene J. (Idalski) Lee. After graduating from Harper Creek High School, Ron studied criminal justice at KVCC. He worked for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for 33 years. He and his first wife of nine years, Linda Rook, had one son, Jason. Ron married his second wife, Nancy Palmer, and had two children, Jonathan and Jessica. He loved dogs, history, the Packers, and the Yankees. He never missed coffee with the boys at Yogi’s. Donations may go to the Kalamazoo Promise or the K9s of Valor Foundation. Visit his page at avinkcremation.com.

Gayle Leone (Applegate) Miller, 84, Vicksburg, passed away November 17, 2021. Gayle was born in Woodburn, Ind., September 16, 1937 to Deoh and Emily Applegate. She graduated from the Battle Creek School of Nursing in 1957. Howard and Gayle were high school sweethearts, marrying in 1956. Gayle was a nurse at War Memorial Hospital and Vicksburg Hospital. She was an avid baker and canner, a curious conversationalist, a prankster, a good listener, and devoted to the Lord. She loved games, puzzles, crafts, gardening, and watching birds. She was preceded in death by her parents, Deoh and Emily Applegate; siblings Bob (Cleo) Applegate, Janette (Earl) Lee and Marjorie (Bob) Mowry. Gayle is survived by her husband, Howard Wayne Miller; brother Aaron (Barb) Applegate; children Tim (Linda) Miller, Karen Miller, Laura (Dave) Crotser and Matt (Sue) Miller; grandchildren, Sarah (Jeff) Day, Jacob (Misty) Miller, Emily Miller, Kacie (Patrick) Hook, Joe (Bekah) Miller, Erin, Daniel, Luke and Emma Miller; and great grandchildren Angela, Korey, Sydney, Joslyn, and CJ Miller. Donations may go to SCCS or Daily Bread Devotional. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

Mary Louise Nemire, 93, Mendon, died November 23, 2021 at her home. She was born in Kalamazoo March 23, 1928, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Jean ((Herbstriet) Barton. She was married to Daniel W. Nemire November 4, 1946 in Kalamazoo. They resided in the Kalamazoo-Vicksburg area where he worked at Upjohn, and she was a homemaker and cake baker for special celebrations. She was a member of the Wakeshma Community Church and enjoyed travel. Mary is survived by her children, Daniel Nemire of Mendon, Don Nemire of Three Rivers, Rick (Julie) Nemire of Mendon, Deanna (Ken) Hazard and Judith (Bob) VanLaan, both of Kalamazoo; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Marigail Roseboom and sisters, Winifred Ruth Gross, Barbara Jean Barton and Martha Milham. Services have been held. Donations may go to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission or Kindred Hospice. Visit her page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Pamela Joy Sinkler-Borger, 67, Vicksburg, died October 29, 2021, at Ascension Borgess Hospital. She was born in Hastings March 1, 1954, the daughter of the late Keith and Sarah Sinkler. Pam was a retired factory worker who enjoyed family, going up north, quilting, sewing, and country music. She was a member of the Christian Motorcyclist Association. Pam is survived by her husband of 25 years, Rodney Borger; children Kathy (Chris) Wagy of Kalamazoo, Amy (Jason) Carter of Peru, Ind., Stacy (Tim) Waters of Delton, Sabrina (Dave) Stamper of Three Rivers, Rodger Borger of Schoolcraft, Roy (Violet) Smith of New Mexico, and Tommie (Kristy) Platz of Schoolcraft; siblings Joe (Jan) Sinkler, Teresa (Jim) Raymond, Brian (Jeanne) Sinkler, and Dennis Sinkler; grandchildren Christian, Travis (Eden), Ryan, Gregory, Jasper, Jocelyn, Sadie, Tyler, Makayla, Layne, Landon, Destinee, Isis, Keetin, Kerissa, Logan, and Tye; great-grandchildren Matthew, Raeleigh, Bretton, Jaela, Jazmyn, Korbyn and another on the way; and lots of nieces and nephews. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to the family c/o Stacy Waters.

David Yeck Sr., 78, passed away suddenly on October 28, 2021. David was born in Ludington on February 5, 1943, the son of George and Madeline (Klopfenstein) Yeck. David loved to spend his free time duck and goose hunting. He enjoyed bluegill fishing with anyone, and walleye fishing with his wife, Lynn, after they moved onto the St. Joseph River. He was involved in coaching sports for his children and the community. He always made time for his kids and helped them any way he could to improve or be successful in their endeavors, whether it was sports, hunting or life itself. David was an avid Kalamazoo Wings, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers fan. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lynn (Klein) Yeck; children David Yeck, Andrea (Donald) Creager, and Christopher (Camille) Yeck of Mattawan; grandchildren Jacob and Elizabeth Yeck, Coleman and Amelia Creager, and Elianna and Lachlan Yeck; sister Margaret Mary (Yeck) Overman; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded is death by his parents and sister Carol Ann (Yeck) Montgomery. Donations may go to the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research or Delta Waterfowl. Visit his page at avinkcremation.com.

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Stanley Cartwright passed away October 22, 2021, at Rose Arbor Hospice. He was born June 28, 1932, in Kalamazoo, the son of Guy and Alberta Cartwright. In 1951, Stanley married Ruby Doris Reinbold and together they had four children. In later years they were divorced. Stanley was a resident of Kalamazoo County where he worked at Kalamazoo Paper Company and later at International Paper, from which he retired. Stan moved to Kalkaska in 1995 for his retirement years. There he met Madelon Lang while assisting with the Commission on Aging. Stan was handy and helpful. He was close to his siblings. He enjoyed being outside, riding on his tractor, snow plowing, feeding the birds and hanging out with his neighbors. Stanley resided in Kalkaska until his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Myrna Kelly, brother Harold Cartwright and son Stanley M Cartwright. Surviving are his siblings Myra (Gerald) Eplee and Martha Courtney; children Doris (Michael) Mcclish, Wesley Cartwright, Shirley (Gary) Overloop; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com.

Denzil (Den) Ray Gose, 85, formerly of Vicksburg, passed away September 19, 2021 in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was born October 11, 1935 in Mongo, Ind., the son of the late Garlan and Reva (Haney) Gose. He graduated in 1954 from Vicksburg High School, married Marsha Bair on September 27, 1956, and raised his family in Vicksburg. He had a great sense of humor and loved trivia. He also enjoyed mushroom hunting, reading and gardening. Denzil was an inspector for General Motors in Kalamazoo for over 27 years, retiring to Grand Junction in 1993. Denzil is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years and best friend, Marsha; daughters Monica Blanco and Jennifer (Steve) Gray; son Douglas Gose; grandchildren Michael Vroman, Robert Gray and Christopher Gray; great-grandchildren Cooper and Ellie Gray; brother Kenneth (Janice) Gose, and sister Ethylene (John) Miller. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Dale and (Bonnie) Gose, and sister, E. Maxine and (Wayne) Stienbarger. Donations may go to Living Hope Evangelical Free Church in Grand Junction. Visit his page at brownscremationservice.com.

Jeanette Houts, 96, went to be with the Lord on October 23, 2021. Jeanette was born August 10, 1925, to George and Hazel (Tefft) NcNeal. She graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1943 and married Errol Houts Sr. on February 19, 1944. Her hobbies included ceramics, painting and making porcelain dolls. Jeanette also bowled and enjoyed playing Bunco with a group of friends. She had a deep faith and attended church regularly. She also enjoyed family time at the cabin up north. Jeanette is survived by her sons, Errol Jr. (Barbara), Dan Sr. (Kathy), Len (Pat), Lon (Laurie) and Clint; grandchildren Brian, Doug, Dan Jr. David, Brad, Chad, Alicia, Amber and Michael; 17 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; her sister Barbara as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 38 years, Errol Sr.; siblings Olin, Gene, June and Shirley. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to the First Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft or Heartland Hospice.

John Louis Kye, 59, Vicksburg, passed away October 1, 2021. He was born on June 24, 1962, the son of David and Shirley (Robinson) Kye. John grew up in Vicksburg and graduated from Vicksburg High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Kathy Stafford, and together they had two children, Kristy and Brittany. Sadly, Kristy passed away shortly after her birth. John worked at Triple S Plastics before working at Mann + Hummel as a die and mold specialist for over 20 years. He loved cooking, hanging out with his family, hunting, fishing, and the Detroit Lions. He was known for his sense of humor and easy-going nature. John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathy; daughter Brittany Kye of Vicksburg; grandson Javion Louis Miller; brothers Larry Robinson/Kye and Jeff Kye, both of Kalamazoo; nieces and nephew Marie Martinez, Ashley Martinez, Ruben Martinez Jr. and Brooke Martinez; and several other family members. John was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristy Marie Stafford-Kye; parents David and Shirley Kye; sister Linda Martinez and son-in-law: James Lee Miller Jr. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com.

Stanley “Stan” Dee Porter II, 61, passed away on October 9, 2021, in Oxford, Mississippi. Stan was born in Kalamazoo on April 20, 1960, the son of David and Rita (Compagner) Porter. He graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1978 and went on to attend Central Michigan University for a few years. He received his paramedic certificate from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and went on to serve in Michigan and Wyoming. Thirty years ago, he relocated to Houston to serve as a paramedic on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Stan also worked as a paramedic in the oil fields in Iraq and Kuwait. Through his work, he was able to travel the world. Stan loved architecture, photography, journaling and writing. Stan was preceded in his passing by his parents. He is survived by siblings Jana “Betty” Van Antwerp, Julie (Mike) Noteboom, and Aaron “Beaker” (Neena) Porter; nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and many close friends. Donations may go to Schoolcraft United Methodist Church or an animal welfare organization of your choice.

Rev. Erwin A. Self, 96, Vicksburg, passed away on October 5, 2021. He was born on October 1, 1925, the son of Ervin Harrison Self and Louella (Guest) Self. He graduated from Holiness Bible Seminary before joining the U.S. Navy. He married Leona Bigger on August 25, 1945 in Flint. She died in 2008. Erwin attended Greenville College in Kentucky and was ordained on August 21, 1958. He served in various church roles around the country and was a missionary in the Dominican Republic and Argentina. Rev. Self was married to Gladys (Wing) Hurt on Sep. 13, 2008. She survives along with sons Edwin (Charlotte) Self of Rinchon, Ga., Elwood (Carol) Self of Oro Valley, Ariz., Eldon (Diane) Self of Grand Haven, and Elliot (Melanie) Self of Kent, Wash.; step-children, Karen (Steve) Willoughby of South Bend, Kenneth Hurt of Bella Vista, Ark., Keith (Karla) Hurt of Portage, and Kevin (Tammi) Hurt of Centerton, Ark.; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Norma Crapo. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Leona, and a sister, Dortha Willis. Donations may go to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Visit his page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Deputy Sheriff Eric W. West, 50, Schoolcraft, passed away on October 25, 2021. Eric was born February 3, 1971, in Kalamazoo, the son of Richard and Delores (Merchant) West. Eric graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1989 and was a member of the Schoolcraft Eagles state championship football team. He worked for Vicksburg’s Police Department for 20 years and served as chief of police. In 2017 he joined the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department as a road deputy and was a field training officer. Eric retired from the South Kalamazoo County Fire Authority and had an EMT license. He bowled his entire life, once bowling a 300 game. He was also a huge fan of the Kalamazoo Wings. Eric is survived by his wife of 26 years, Shawna; daughters Ally and Megan; siblings William (Bobbie) West, Judy (Ron) Harmon, Mick (Jean) West, Stan West and Mark (Sue) West; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special dog, Rookie. Eric was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard West Jr. Visit his page at avinkcremation.com. Donations may go to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit.

Evelyn M. Worthington, 71, Vicksburg, passed away at home on September 27, 2021, with family at her side. Evelyn was born in Kalamazoo on October 23, 1949, the daughter of the late Marvin and Vida (Blue) Harvey. She had a warm smile and made friends wherever she went. She was gifted at capturing moments through her camera lens. She worked hard to provide a happy home and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed traveling up north with her family and spending time at the family cottage. While there she loved boating, fishing and spending time on the water. Above all, she loved her family and left them with many wonderful memories to cherish. She is survived by her husband, Richard Worthington; sons Richard C. (Shawndell) Worthington, Robert J. (Sara) Worthington, and Roy J. (Laura) Worthington; grandkids Robert, Sabation, Casey, Angel, Christina, Madeline, Adrian, Abigail, Claire Mackenzie; great grandkids Neveah and Foyer; and brothers Norman (Hazel) Harvey and Jerry (Jo) Harvey. Donations may go to the American Heart Association. Visit her page at joldersma-klein.com.

Obituaries

Coralee Pearl Behr, 67, Vicksburg, passed away September 14, 2021. She was born on July 24, 1954 in Lansing, the daughter of Robert and Lois (Evert) Fulton. Coralee married Daniel Behr; together they raised sons Aaron, Andrew and Adam. Daughters Lydia, Danae, and Stacey were added to her family, followed by grandchildren Lillianna, Autumn, Willow, Olivery, Gabby and Jeremiah, continually influenced and guided by Coralee and her faith. Above all else, Coralee’s faith and relationship with God was the guiding influence in her life. Those who knew her well could be confident she taught the lesson to love one another with no expectation for return. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

William F. Brumleve, 78, Vicksburg, passed away on September 27, 2021. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Frank and Leona Brumleve. He attended Trinity High School and Bellarmine College (now University) in Louisville and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. While stationed at Empire Air Force Station in Empire, Mich., he met the love of his life, Patricia “Patt” Hittle. They were married at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Traverse City in June of 1964. In 1966, they moved to Portage, where he worked for General Motors as a steel system analyst for 38 years. Bill served on the Vicksburg Village Council and Planning Commission. He did volunteer ground work for the Vicksburg District Library. He was an active member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patt; children Douglas (Aimee) Brumleve, of Manistee; and Theresa (Jon) Sabo, of Virginia; grandchildren Sean (Abbey) Sabo and Allison Sabo; sisters Carol (Jimmy) Neece and Margaret (Jim Ed) England, both of Kentucky; brothers-in-law Dick Hittle, of Detroit and John Hittle, of Lake Orion; and his beloved dog, Sophie. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jeannie Brumleve. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to Kairos Dwelling and St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

Eric L. Crawford, 41, Vicksburg, passed away at home surrounded by his family following a battle with colon cancer. Eric was born February 9, 1980, the son of Michelle “Missy” Crawford and Timothy Laboch. Eric was a 1999 Vicksburg High School graduate and grew up at Lemon Park, Indian Lake. Eric enjoyed all the typical water activities, trick skiing, and riding his wave runner. Eric played hockey and was an avid hockey fan. Eric was a member of the Low Down Custom Car Club and was proud of his 1996 Jimmy. Eric was employed at Hertz Rent-a-Car at the Kalamazoo Airport and then at JRS Rettenmaier as a material handler. Eric enjoyed restoring cars, fire trucks and military equipment with his Papa. He also enjoyed flying in his Papa’s seaplane off Indian Lake, a nightly tradition for them. He and Cindy Sherburn were married on October 1, 2005. Eric’s family includes his wife, Cindy Crawford; daughter Hayden; mother Michelle “Missy” Crawford (Armando Blanco); uncle Dean (Vivian) Crawford; his parents-in-law Vada and Dale Sherburn; grandmother-in-law Laurel Sherburn; sisters-in-law and their families Shelli (Mark) Candey and their kids Griffin (Susan), Taylor, Nicolas, Lindsey (Jim) and Tracy (Dan) Abbott and their kids Kayla, Kyle (Megan), and Nik; his special friends Dick VanLinder and Maurice and Judy Hovious. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Richard “Dick” and Shirley Crawford. Donations may go to the Colon Cancer Coalition. Visit his page at langelands.com.

Beverly Anne (Jones) Goldsmith passed away in Portage on September 27, 2021. Bev was born on September 16, 1933 in Boonville, Ind. to Homer (Jack) and Margaret (Davis) Jones. The small family lived in Indiana during Bev’s early years and then moved to Portage. Bev excelled in school, graduating from Portage High School in 1951, receiving her varsity letters in basketball, volleyball and tennis. Bev attended Western Michigan College (WMU), where she met John Alton Goldsmith of Vicksburg, and they were soon married. They eventually settled in Portage and started a family. John and Bev divorced a few years later, and Bev raised both her sons alone. Bev worked for many years as a paralegal for the Legal Aid Bureau of Kalamazoo County. Bev enjoyed a long life of social activities, family time and working in her gardens, and she loved spending time with her granddaughter, Jessica. Bev had many health problems the last several years of her life, but her fierce determination, fortitude and resilience never left her. Bev is survived by her granddaughter, Jessica Eleanor Goldsmith; daughter-in-law Carol (Resseguie) Goldsmith-Moore; as well as her cousins’ children. She was preceded in death by her parents; sons Chip and Kevin; cousins Robert and Gary; and other aunts and uncles. Donations in Bev’s memory may be made to Kindred Hospice. Visit her page at langelands.com.

Mel E. Payne, 70, Vicksburg, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2021. Mel was born on November 7, 1950, in Kalamazoo, the son of Marie (Kinser) and Clifton Payne. He was married to Coleen Payne (Campbell) on August 7, 1976. Mel joined the Salvation Army and served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar, was an avid bowler and fisherman, and played cribbage. Left to cherish his loving memory is his spouse of 45 years, Coleen; children Kevin (Teresa) Payne and Colette (Andy) Axe; brother Terry Payne; very special cousin Larry Warner; grandsons Josh Axe, Bryton Payne, and Kaeden Payne; in-laws Kat Campbell, Barb (John) Krueger, Jim (Terri) Campbell, and Kevin Campbell; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as his canine companion, Honey. Mel was preceded in passing by parents Marie and Clifton Payne. Donations may go to Glenn Arbor Hospice of Battle Creek. Visit Mel’s page at mccowensecord.com.

Ronald Roger Rhoades, 65, Schoolcraft, passed away July 30, 2021. Ronald was born in Dowagiac on February 9, 1956, the son of Clarence Nelson Rhoades and Dorothy Marie (Reish) Rhoades. On July 23, 1977, in Marcellus, he married the love of his life, Pamela Joyce Stuck, who survives him. Ronald was a foundry worker for many years, although his true passion was farming. Ronald loved spending time with his family and anything to do with the outdoors. Ronald is survived by his wife, Pamela Joyce Rhoades; daughter Amanda (Michael) Grunwell of Schoolcraft; Jason (Janice) Rhoades of Marcellus; granddaughters Kerstin and Keiauna Rhoades; siblings Sandy (Dale) Davidhizar of Jones, Don (Cindy) Rhoades of Lawton, Jeff (Lisa) Rhoades of Marcellus, Bruce Rhoades of Schoolcraft; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Dorothy Rhoades; father-in-law Pete Stuck; and uncles Ken and Maynard Reish. Donations may go to CurePSP for the awareness, education, care and cure for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Visit his page at materralstonfuneralhome.com.

Jennifer Rowe, 35, passed calmly in her loving family home on September 9, 2021. Jennifer was born December 26, 1985, the daughter of Scott Andrew and Mary Lynn Rowe, and grew up with her two sisters, Amanda Stone and Karrie Johnson. Jennifer graduated in 2005 from Vicksburg High School. She was a Special Olympics gold medalist and became a well-known local Michigan artist. She was a hard worker, loved music and was full of joy. She was preceded in death by her Grandma Delila, C.B. and Bertha Smith, and her great-grandmother, Mable Rowe. Jennifer is survived by her parents, her Grandma Faith, her sisters, aunts, and loving family member Amanda Conklin. Donations may go to Special Olympics – Kalamazoo County Area 16. Visit her page at langelands.com.

Deborah I. Shannon, 66, Schoolcraft, passed away September 9, 2021. Deb was born on June 11, 1955 to Duane and Evelyn (Yonokvitz) Soderquist. Deb is survived by her husband of 47 years, Rick; children Sarah (Mike) Zavoral, Joseph (Jolene) Shannon and Mary (Richard) Ditson; grandchildren Emily (Travis), Avery, Kaelen, Addison, Evelyn, Griffen, Gage, Garret, Grey, Aislyn and Olivia, Sophia, Evangeline and Daniel; father Duane; brothers David Soderquist and Richard Soderquist as well as several nieces and nephews. Deb was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn, her brother, Wayne Soderquist and son Daniel. Deb was a faithful follower of Jesus. She was a loving mother and a devoted grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She has bookcases full of books and would use books to minister to people. She was a charitable, humble woman who gave without expecting anything in return. Donations may go to Catholic Charities of Kalamazoo. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

John H. Skinner II, 79, Schoolcraft, passed away August 31, 2021, with his wife and daughters by his side. John was born February 17, 1942 in Sault Saint Marie to Jean (Palmer) and John Skinner. John graduated from Newberry High School in 1960 and proudly served in the US Army from 1967 to 1969. On December 20, 1967, he married the love of his life, Jacklyn (Maile) Skinner. John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jackie; children Amy Kweton of Libertyville, Ill., Beth (Carl) Vause of Concord, Mass., Gary and Tim Brundige, both of Three Rivers; grandchildren Maya and Emmett Kweton, Catherine and Max Vause, Erika (Randy) Gose, Staci (Bryant) Haas, and Leah (Keith) Salzman; great grandchildren Lucas and Hayden Salzman, Miles, Deakon, Areanna Gose, and Connor, Landon, Bayleigh and Brayden Haas; sister Jean (Ed) Brondyke of Newberry Mich.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. John was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother. Donations may go to Hospice of Southwest Michigan. Visit his page at avinkcremation.com.

David Weyenberg, 74, Vicksburg, passed away on September 8, 2021. He was born April 17, 1947 in Kalamazoo, the son of Theodore and Maxine (Derhammer) Weyenberg. He graduated from Portage Northern High School. He was an amazing mechanic, and his love of cars lasted his whole life. He enjoyed traveling and was happiest when surrounded by his family. David is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edie (Gasaway) Weyenberg; children Amy (Rick) Manchester and Melinda (Steve) St. Clair; grandchildren Ethan (Gabby), Alex (Shannon), Merrick (Falco), Hannah, and Parker; bonus grandchildren Erika from Finland, Kathi from Germany, Rebecca from Germany, Simone from Germany, and Jeremy from Germany; great grandchildren Nora and twins on the way; siblings Ronald (Alice) Weyenberg, and Mary Lou (Don) Oman; sister-in-law Irma Fox ; brother-in-law Ed (Pat) Gasaway; sister-in-law Terri Gasaway; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. David was preceded in death by his parents; brother Paul Weyenberg; brothers-in-law Dale Fox and Bert Gasaway. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com.

Cindy Jo (Decker) Wilson, 63, Vicksburg, passed away peacefully September 2, 2021. She was born August 10, 1958, in Vicksburg, the daughter of Carl and Elizabeth Decker. Cindy began her career as a math tutor in the 80’s at KVCC. She earned an MBA and master’s in education and retired in 2016 as a tenured professor teaching statistics and finite math. She loved her family, friends, and dachshunds. Matt and Cindy regularly went to Eldora to watch NASCAR races. She owned and operated a NASCAR store, the Checker Flag, in Vicksburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, mother-in-law Jean Wilson, and older sister Carol Plantier. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Matthew Wilson of Vicksburg; son Joe (Heather) Glidden; grandchildren Liam and Grace Glidden of Portage; mother and father-in-law John and Linda Wilson of Vicksburg; siblings Cheri (Mike) Rogers of Tennessee, Carla (Jim) Cox of Portage, Caryn (Dan) Zonyk of Vicksburg, and brother-in-law Loyd Plantier of Vicksburg; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Details regarding a celebration of life will be coming. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

Joyce E. Wolthuis, 89, Schoolcraft, passed away September 12, 2021. Joyce was born in Kalamazoo on May 11, 1932, the daughter of John and Wilhelmina (Wiessner) Kroll. On May 23, 1952, she married John Wolthuis, who survives her. She worked for many years at the Upjohn Company. Joyce was an avid reader who especially liked Christian fiction. She was a devoted follower of Jesus and looked forward to worship every week at Texas Corners Bible Church, where she was a member. She was a collector of dolls and Holly Hobby figurines. Besides her husband, Joyce is survived by sons Steven (Deborah), Mark (Michele) and Timothy (Lynette) Wolthuis, all of Vicksburg; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and countless friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and an infant granddaughter. Donations may go to Kalamazoo Gospel Mission or Kindred Hospice, c/o Joldersma & Klein. Visit her page at joldersma-klein.com.

Obituaries

Karen Louise Berry, 83, Vicksburg, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 27, 1938, in Ludington, the daughter of Helen Sauers. Karen graduated from Climax-Scotts High School in 1956. Following graduation, she met and married Richard Walter Berry, and together they raised their family in Vicksburg. She had a passion for the outdoors and was blessed with a green thumb. She loved to cook and spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in her passing by her mother Helen Ault; husband Richard Berry; and brothers Gaylord Hotrum Sr. and Paul Hotrum. Left to cherish Karen’s loving memory are her children, Janice (Todd) Robinson, Richard Berry II and Sue (Tom) Forward; grandchildren Ashley (Tony) Garrod, Arrin Berry-Robinson, Olivia Berry, Alyssa Frisch and Codey Frisch; great-grandchildren Kyler Frisch and Ella Stokes; siblings Sonya Beebe and James (Renee) Hotrum; sister in-law Rosemary Hotrum; aunt “Sr. Colette” Evelyn Sauers; and many nieces and nephews. Donations may go to the family in care of Janice Robinson. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

William (Bill) David Bowen, 84, Vicksburg, passed away August 18, 2021. He was born on April 17, 1937, in Atlanta, Michigan, to William Martin and Nellie Mary (Turppa) Bowen. Bill graduated from Pinconning High School in 1955. He married Martha Irene Hawkins on August 24, 1957, and they raised their four children in Midland. He worked at Dow Chemical and retired as a master pipefitter at age 53. Bill served as Santa Claus at the Lakeview Square Mall in Battle Creek for 17 years. He was an active member of Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene and was an active member of Gideons International for 55 years. Bill enjoyed gardening, servicing golf carts, and volunteering at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp. Bill will be remembered for his loving and giving personality. He was preceded in his passing by his daughter-in-law, Kristin Bowen. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Martha Irene (Hawkins) Bowen; children Yvonne and Jonathan Biggar, Debra and Steven Reader, William A. Bowen, and Yalonda and J. Mitchell Combs; grandchildren Rebecca, Allison, Gretchen, Sara, Adam, Renee, Mandy, Emily, Abigail, Tim, Jake and Miguella; and 11 great-grandchildren. Donations may go to ChapNaz Church, the Gideons International, or Indian Lake Nazarene Camp. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com.

Janet Butcher, 66, Portage, passed away on Monday, August 2, 2021. She was born on January 18, 1955 in Joliet, Ill., the daughter of Fred and Alberta (Windham) Stone. Janet worked for many years at General Motors. She loved to craft and play bingo, and loved karaoke. Janet is survived by her husband of 19 years, Michael Butcher; children Melanie (Scott) Newell, Eric Kelley, and Jennifer (Jeff) Warn; grandchildren Keri Newell, Brian Newell, Ryan Newell, Jadyn Kelley; her fur babies Jake and Riley; siblings, Freddie Stone and Deborah Morphew. Janet was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Barb Gray. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

Dale A. Catherman, 74, Hesperia, passed away suddenly August 10, 2021. Dale grew up in Vicksburg but lived most of his adult life in Oceana County. He graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1965 and served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. He was employed by Consumers Energy for many years until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son Jon Catherman; stepchildren Jimmy Lewis, Mike Lewis, and Karen (Tim) Balcom; sister Diane (Paul) Czuk; grandchildren Adrienne (Patrick) Gordon, Alex Lewis, Stephanie Valdes, Ashley (Anthony) Tanner, D.J. (Haley) Hills and Erin Lewis; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Martha Catherman.

Kathryn Louise Cook, passed away peacefully, holding both her daughters’ hands with her son-in-law by her side, on August 20, 2021, following her battle with lung and pancreatic cancers since 2019. Kay was born on December 13, 1945, to William and Vera (Fisher) Armstrong in Three Rivers. Kay grew up with her brother and sister in Moore Park, until the age of 11, when she moved to Portage. She graduated from Portage Central High School. Kay married Louis H. Avard in 1963. They raised two daughters in Texas Township before their marriage ended. Kay was creative and ambitious, opening her own wallpaper business and many antique shops across Southwest Michigan. Kay was well known for her beautiful linens and lace. In retirement, Kay found peace in her beautiful flower gardens. She cherished family time, making holiday gatherings memorable with baking passed-down family recipes, beautiful decorations, and her contagious smile, which her daughters and granddaughters carry on today. Kathryn was preceded in death by her great-grandson Lucas Kristopher Carrizales, her parents, nephew Jack Armstrong, and many aunts and uncles. Surviving are daughters Christine Kay Avard (Christopher Barnes) and Rhonda Lynn (Kristopher) Vernia; brother George Armstrong (Vivian Franklin); sister Lynne (Lee) Scheffers; grandchildren Blake Babic, Logan Vernia, Olivia Caffrey, and Mason Vernia; six great-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services have been held. Donations may go to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or the Animal Rescue Project. Visit Kay’s page at langelands.com.

Denise R. Crane, 54, Parchment, passed away on August 16, 2021. Denise was born on September 24, 1966 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Stephen and Linda (Cutsinger) Crane. Denise graduated from Battle Creek Public Schools. For the past 16 years, Denise has lived and worked at Shalom in Kalamazoo. Her hobbies included reading romance novels and doing word search puzzles. She loved animals of all kinds. Denise’s family will remember her as loving and laid back. Denise is survived by her six stepsiblings, Ron (Brenda) Olson of Kalamazoo, Dennis (Karen Nay) Olson of Vicksburg, David (Kim) Olson of Vicksburg, Karen (Tom) Dillon of Galesburg; Brenda (Joel) Nelson of Marcellus, and J.J. Olson of Vicksburg; aunt Carol (Mike) Quartermaine; step nieces and nephews; and 11 cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother Linda Crane; her father and stepmother, Stephen and Norma Jean (Olson) Crane; maternal grandparents Cordas and Lillian Cutsinger; uncle Carl Cutsinger and aunt Patricia Homan. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to Shalom Kalamazoo.

Trevor Jon Jennings, 27, Vicksburg, passed away August 2, 2021. Trevor was born September 2, 1993, in Kalamazoo, the son of Dexter William Jennings and Fawn Marie (Hoffman) Jennings. Trevor always enjoyed the outdoors and vehicles. He saved his money to buy his first 1977 Ford Bronco when he was 14. Trevor graduated from Vicksburg High School in 2011 and attended KVCC where he earned his associate’s degree in machine tool. He worked as a machinist at FEMA for nine years. Trevor loved his family and time spent with them. He was especially attached to his dog, Gunner, whom he rescued as a puppy in Tennessee. Trevor enjoyed Friday nights with friends, having dinner and riding three wheelers, four wheelers, and RZRs. His kind heart will be remembered by all who knew him. He is survived by his parents, Dexter and Fawn (Hoffman) Jennings; sister Marissa (Michael) Coonfer; grandparents Jon and Bev Hoffman and Dexter and Jan Jennings; dog Gunner; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to the Bronson Medical ICU or For the Love of Paws.

William (Bill) Tell Johnson, 91, Three Rivers, passed away quietly on August 24, 2021, surrounded by his family. Bill was born on June 7, 1930, the son of Agnes (Stuut) and Harold Johnson in Kalamazoo. He worked as a truck driver for Tripp Trucking, Michigan Express and Holland Motor Trucking. He later worked as manager at the Asphalt Improvement Company in Kalamazoo until his retirement and then continued driving part time, even into his 80s, for Maverick Express. Bill was an avid outdoorsman. A trip to Alaska with his second wife, Janice, was a highlight of his travels. He loved family, friends, animals, and Reba McIntyre. He will be remembered for his quick wit. Bill is survived by his wife, Vicki; sons Korree and Kort Johnson, both of Allegan; daughter Koddee (Scott) Haner of Lawton; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings Don (Barb) Johnson and Linda (Tiller) Stanton, both of Kalamazoo. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kammah; wife, Janice (Haveman); sister Betty Roseboom; and son-in-law Pat Taplin. A memorial will take place from 1-3 p.m. on September 12 in the community tent at Kline’s Resort. Donations may go to the SPCA of Southwest Michigan.

Allen Mendel Kelly, 85, Scotts, passed away on August 29, 2021, in Kalamazoo. He was born on September 27, 1935, in Vicksburg, the son of David and Erma (Cusick) Kelly. He grew up in Vicksburg and in 1954 graduated from Vicksburg High School, where he enjoyed many sports. On June 16, 1956, he married Patrecia Smith at the Evangelical Free Church in Vicksburg. Allen was a lab technician at Hercules Inc. for 44 years. Al and Pat owned and ran Shamrock Stables where they boarded, raised and trained horses. Following his retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and trail riding. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in his passing by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patrecia Kelly; children Scott (Sheril) Kelly, Todd (Jennie) Kelly, and Kathy (Brad) Belcher; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings Edie (Dean) Boone and Carol (Merritt) Edner; and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Renovation Church on September 11, 2021 with a visitation at 10 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Donations may go to Hospice of Southwest Michigan. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com.

Kevin L. Perkins, 45, Vicksburg, passed away on August 14, 2021. Kevin was born on December 8, 1975 in Kalamazoo, the son of Gaylord Perkins and Sarah (Bailey) Perkins-VerMeulen. On October 10, 2004, he married the love of his life, Sara Martin. Kevin was a hard-working family man. He was a talented mechanic and could fix just about anything. Kevin will be remembered by his family as a supportive and strong dad. Kevin is survived by his wife of 16 years, Sara Meagon Perkins; children Baylee Perkins, Amber Perkins, Erin Perkins, and Kevin James Perkins; parents Sarah Ann (Bailey) Perkins-VerMeulen and Gaylord Steven Perkins; and his siblings. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to the family.

Nancy Jo Vandergeest, 77, Three Rivers, passed away August 11, 2021. Nancy was born on June 13, 1944 in Boise, Idaho., the only child of William and Patricia Howe. Nancy was a graduate of Loy Norrix High School. She married Stuart Vandergeest on March 3, 1967. She was a loving mother to their three children. She worked at Fannie May, and volunteered at Three Rivers Hospital. Nancy loved crossword puzzles, reading, gardening and caring for her chickens and dogs. Nancy also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Nancy is survived by her husband of 54 years, Stuart; children Jody (Bob) Morgan, of Jones; Tim Vandergeest, of Wyoming, Mich., Mark Vandergeest, of Milford; and grandchildren Jason and Erin Morgan of Jones. Nancy was preceded in death by her father, William “Bill” Howe and mother Patricia (Harold) Hagerman. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to St. Joseph County Animal Shelter.

Joan Wales-Dickson, 82, formerly of Vicksburg, died July 12, 2021 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She was born in Kalamazoo on December 16, 1939 to German immigrant parents F. Joseph and Marie (Eppler) Weitenauer. She grew up on a farm near Vicksburg and attended Mendon and Vicksburg Schools, graduating with the Vicksburg High School class of 1957. Joan married David M. Wales in 1958. They raised two boys, Jeffrey M. and Mark D. Wales. In the 1980s they pulled up stakes, ending up in El Paso, Texas. Joan was successful in her careers at Western Michigan University, in real estate, and management. Years after David passed away, she met and married Larry Dickson. With him, she traveled the world, shopping everywhere she went. The marriage ended in divorce. Joan was an avid seamstress, making beautiful clothes and quilts. Joan is survived by her son, Jeff (Joni) Wales of Vicksburg, grandson John C. Wales, brother Otto Decker and his family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Mark, husband David, and sister Delores Elkins. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has been conducted. A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Afterward, family and friends are invited to share more memories at her son, Jeff’s home at 16975 South 31st Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097. Memories and condolences may also be shared online at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Mark A. Weed, 56, Vicksburg, passed away on August 30, 2021. Mark was born on October 29, 1964 in Niles, the son of Harry and Jean (Maleski) Weed. Mark graduated from Dowagiac Union High School with the class of 1983. He worked for Pfizer as a chemical operator for 20 years. On October 29, 2000 he married the love of his life, Carrie Younger. Besides spending time with his family and friends, Mark had a passion for traveling, riding his Harley, attending sporting events and caring for his wife and children. Mark had a bright and energetic personality and was known for his ability to sense when people needed his help. He touched many lives with his generosity and passion for life. Mark is survived by his wife, Carrie; sons Tony (Sarah) Weed and Corbin Weed, both of Vicksburg; and his mother, Jean Weed, of Kentucky. His is also survived by siblings Jim (Julie) Weed and Theresa Goff. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Weed. Mark has been cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com to review Mark’s updated service information, sign his guestbook and share a memory with the family. Those who wish to make a donation may contribute to the charity of their choice.