Verlyn Leonard Borton, 89, Three Rivers, passed away on January 9, 2023, at Beacon Pointe in Richland, Michigan. Verlyn was born October 14, 1933 in Vicksburg to Leonard and Erma (Martin) Borton and graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1951. He married Marilyn Fritz on June 19, 1954, a union that lasted for 66 years until Marilyn’s passing in 2020. Verlyn was in the Army before a long career at the GM Fisher Body plant in Comstock. He liked gardening, fishing, travel, music, and rescuing the occasional stray cat. Verlyn was preceded in death by his wife and parents; sisters and brothers-in-law Wanda (David) Burris, Ardith (Earl) Metty, Everett Denning, Marilynn (Jack) Sawyer, Dolores and Francis (Lavern) Smith; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Jo Walker, Shirley (John) Moe, and Carol Buyce; and life-long friend, Earl Combs. Verlyn is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Rodney Borton and Debra Ball-Borton; sisters and brother-in-law, Fern Denning, Charlyn (Wallace) Matthies; special life-long friends Carol, Suzie, and Robbie Combs; and numerous nieces and nephews. A gathering to celebrate the lives of both Marilyn and Verlyn (Marilyn’s service was postponed due to the pandemic) will be held at noon on March 21, 2023, at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home. A luncheon will follow at 2 p.m. Visit his page at

Retired Lt. Col. Jeffrey Fred Brownlow, 76, Vicksburg, passed away January 20, 2023. He was born in Walton, England on June 18, 1946, the son of Isaac and Jean (Yates) Brownlow. He attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in New Jersey, graduating in 1964. He went on to the Citadel Military College of South Carolina graduating in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He entered the US Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant and graduated from pilot training a year later. He served as a B-52 bomber pilot during Vietnam. He was an active-duty officer for 25 years before retiring in 1993. On March 8, 1985, he married Lynne Zdanowicz at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Jeff worked in human resources at Tawas Plating and Powder Coating for 17 years. After his second retirement Jeff and Lynne moved to Vicksburg in 2017 to be closer to family. He enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing, reading, spending time next to the ocean, and vacationing on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Jeff was preceded in his passing by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lynne Brownlow; children Lori (PJ) Lambertsen-Wolocko, Lisa (Josh) Yoder, Allison (Tracy) Brownlow; grandchildren Noah, Abigail, Wyatt, and Levi; and his loyal dog, Stewey. Visit his page at Donations may go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Michael David Descheneau passed away on January 3, 2023 after a battle with Lewy body dementia and Parkinsonism. Mike was born September 29, 1947 in Manchester, NH to Raymond Descheneau and Geraldine (McRae) Descheneau. Mike graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in Manchester in 1966 and got a teaching degree from WMU in 1973. In 1976, he graduated from the KVCC Police Academy. Mike started his police career at Kalamazoo County, then went to police departments in Parchment and Augusta. From 1985-2010 Mike worked for the Vicksburg Police Department and was chief of police from 1989-2010 before a final stint with the KVCC Police Department until 2016. Mike is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kathy; children Gregory (Denise Baker), Angela (Dave) Michael; step-children Ryan (Lisa), and Randy Brown; granddaughters Ava and Macey Brown. He is also survived by his sister, Jackie (Darrell) Lamper, brother-in-law Reverend Jim (Sue) Goldschmeding, and sister-in-law Barb Goldschmeding. He was predeceased by his parents and step-parents, sister Penny Bisson, parents-in-law, John and Dorothy Goldschmeding, brothers-in-law Roger and Dick Goldschmeding, and his granddaughter Hailey Grace Brown. Visit his page at Donations may go to Centrica Care Navigators and Vicksburg Family Home Care.

Letha “Lee” M. Evensen, 82, Vicksburg, passed away January 14, 2023. Lee was born September 8, 1940, at home in Comstock, the daughter of Paul C. and Dorothy Emmons, and grew up in Portage. She married Kenneth “Ken” Evensen on August 16, 1958, shortly after graduating from Portage High School. Ken and Lee lived on Long Lake from 1958 until 1991 when they moved to Ewe-Sta-Be-A-Farm. Lee mentored “little sisters”, taught quilting and sewing, visited and read to senior citizens, and was a Girl Scout and Brownie troop leader. Lee is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ken; daughters Laura (Bill) Sandahl, Peggy (Todd) LaPorte, and Patsy (Jerry) VanSchoick; grandchildren Tyler Sandahl, Alex (Courtney) LaPorte, Kelsey (Nick) Allen, Aaron LaPorte, and Mitchell VanSchoick; many loving nieces and nephews, and family friends Chuck and Cathy Emrick, Judy Preston, and the Heath kids. Lee was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Frances Thornton and Patricia (Bill) MacPherson; infant daughter Kathy; grandson Taylor VanSchoick; and her friends, Sheila Thompson and Louise Laughlin. Visit her page at Donations may go to Centrica Care Navigators.

Nancy Mary Frey, 85, Schoolcraft, passed away December 20, 2022. She was born August 18, 1937 in Kalamazoo to the late Alfred Richard and Grace Ulynn (Williams) Johncox. She was a graduate of Schoolcraft High School. She married Paul Frey on September 30, 1957, in Schoolcraft. She was a teacher at Schoolcraft Elementary School for 25 years where she loved leading and witnessing the growth of her beloved students. Nancy was a very kind, caring, and selfless person who loved her walks around town, chatting with friends, and visiting with her family. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Randy and Richard Johncox. She is survived by her loving husband, Paul Edward Frey; children, Kris Frey, Jeff (Julie) Frey, and Lisa (Mike) Jarrett; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit her page at

Edward C. Harrison, Schoolcraft, passed away January 8, 2023, after a brief illness. Ed was born January 15, 1953 in Kalamazoo, the son of Neil and Eva (Geddings) Harrison. Ed graduated from Portage Central High School in 1971, where he played football, basketball and track. He retired from Peterson Spring in 2020 after 35 years. In 1993, Ed began volunteering as an announcer for the Schoolcraft High School marching band during home football games and competitions, and for JV football, wrestling, and cheer, eventually adding basketball and volleyball. His deep, distinctive voice became familiar to the community and he always made sure to pronounce players’ names correctly. He was looking forward to announcing future games of his grandchildren who attend Schoolcraft Community Schools. He was also proud for the opportunity to emcee the 2022 Schoolcraft 4th of July Parade. Ed enjoyed going to short track races on the weekends, camping, and playing golf. He was an avid bowler until 20 years ago, focusing on golf. Ed was a single father who was very proud of his three daughters. He was a loving and supportive stepfather and Pawpaw. Every new grandchild brought joy and love into his life. On November 19, 1999, Ed was united in marriage to Michelle (Olive), who survives. Also surviving are his children, Melissa (James) Hodges, Christine Harrison, Stephanie (Jeff) White; step-children, David (Nicoshi) Brockman, Amanda Brockman, Havilah MacInnes, Michael Brockman; and 20 grandchildren. Ed was preceded in death by his parents; grandsons Dominic Brockman and Joshua Williams; and a sister, Deborah Sabattis. Donations may go to the Schoolcraft High School Athletic Department for the “Turf Fundraiser.” Visit his page at

Margaret Elaine Johnson, 84, passed away January 23, 2023. Margaret was born December 14, 1938, to Clark and Vivian (Craw) Peters in Sturgis. Margaret leaves behind her children, Michael Donley, Marilyn (Fred) Bingaman, Tracy Dimmick, Teresa Dimmick, Marion Johnson and Scot (Jennifer) Johnson. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles Johnson, and her sister, Janet McClain. Margaret enjoyed reading, doing word searches, and watching game shows. She retired from Felpausch after many years of service. She will be deeply missed. Visit her page at

Dominick Paul Lindsley, Vicksburg, passed away in Centrica Care Hospice on January 24, 2023, at Northwoods Village in Kalamazoo. Dominick was born on July 17, 1955, in Kalamazoo to Ronald and Bertha Lindsley. He worked for many years at his family’s business, Central Elevator Company, until his retirement. He loved hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, and watching football, especially Notre Dame. He valued spending time with his family and friends. Dominick is survived by his children, Dominick II (Amanda) Lindsley, Annabeth (Kevin) Lindsley-Heard; grandchildren Emmaline, Addie, Preston, Lyric, Henry, Harlow, Iris and Hunter; mother Bertha Lindsley; siblings Christine O’Dell, Susie (Andy) Schulz, Vickie (Tim) Martin, David Lindsley, Ronnie Lindsley, Lisa (Eric) Rood, and Tony (Jill) Lindsley. He was preceded in death by his son, Tyler; father, Ronald Lindsley; and his wife, Lori Lindsley. Dominick’s family would like to give a special thank you to Brian Root for being such a caring friend and companion for the last two years of Dominick’s life. Donations may go to the Vicksburg Community Center or the Centrica Care Hospice. Visit his page at

Peter Fay Mathews, 81, Mendon and Frostproof, Florida, passed away January 8, 2023 at his home. Pete was born May 23, 1941, in Fawn River Township, a son to the late Fay and Mary (Sanders) Mathews. On April 4, 1960, Pete married his wife of 62 years, Geraldine (Gerry) Mears, in Kalamazoo, at Fay and Mary’s home. Pete worked for Conrail for 25 years. Pete loved playing slow pitch softball. He played on and managed men’s, women’s and coed slow pitch softball teams in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties in Michigan and Highland County, Florida. Pete is survived by his wife, Geraldine Mathews; children Gerry Jo (Steve) Brown, Sandy (Dale) McNees, Dianne (Dan) Lettsome, Danny (Robin) Mathews, David (Linda) Mathews, Holly (Allen) Robinson, daughter in law Johanne Mathews; sisters Mary (Lloyd) Tyler and Dawn (Gerald) Selders; 30 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, Fay and Mary Mathews, Pete was preceded in death by his son, Peter Fay Mathews II, brother Rick Mathews, sister Ruth Lilly, and in-laws Bud and Lucille (McClish) Mears. Donations may go to the Mathews family. Visit his page at

Mary Jeanette Ridgley, 80, Three Rivers, passed away January 8, 2023. She was born September 25, 1942 in Vicksburg, the daughter of Leslie G. and Dorothy M. (Roberts) Greenman. After graduating from Vicksburg High School in 1960, Jeanette attended Ferris College and met John Ridgley II, whom she married on June 17, 1967. They shared nearly 30 years together before his passing in 1996. She raised her girls and became “the lunch lady” at several Three Rivers area schools. Jeannette was a deacon, part of the Jeanne LeFranc Circle, and was honored with a Presbyterian Women’s Honorary Life Membership at First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers/Centreville. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafts, and time with the “Breakfast Club,” a group from her high school graduating class. She’s survived by daughters Diane (James) Blades and Nancy Ridgley; grandchildren Emily Fletter, Colin Fletter, and Brendon Blades; sister-in-law Noreene Greenman; several nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, James Greenman. Donations may go to the First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers/Centreville. Visit her page at

Sara Patricia Robertson passed away on January 19, 2023. She was preceded in death by her brother John, her parents, her husband Charles, and her infant son Michael. Sara arrived in the world on April 26, 1936, the only daughter of John M. O’Brien and Donna Lemon O’Brien. She was a Vicksburg High School graduate and became an RN at Borgess Hospital after graduating from St. Camillus Nursing School. Sara leaves behind a family to remember sour cream chocolate cakes, macaroni salad, soft sugar cookies and dill bread. She participated in fundraising for the Vicksburg Historical Village by baking banana bread, cookies, and one year a very big chocolate layer cake for the holiday bake sale. She was also interested in genealogy and gardening. Family members left to miss her zingy one-liners are Donna (Steve) Weinberg, Mark (Lisa) Robertson, Laura Van Sweden, and Rita O’Brien; grandchildren Daniel (Wendi) Weinberg, Hannah (Adam) Tissue, DJ and Rigglee Fischer, Travis Robertson, and Lydia Van Sweden; great-grandchildren Landon, Logan, Colton, and April Weinberg. Donations may go to Twelve Baskets Food Pantry, 10332 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002. Visit her page at

Marion Vickery, 83, Vicksburg, passed away December 18, 2022, while in Batesville, Arkansas. Marion was born November 20, 1939, in Three Rivers to John Earl and Leona Eva (Yeomans) Simpson. She married Wayne Carl Vickery on November 29, 1958. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend who will be missed by all who loved her. She was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband, Wayne; son, Mark; brothers, Jack, Robert, Patrick and Raymond; sisters, Claribel, Dorothea, Joan and Joyce; and longtime partner, Roger Jennings. Surviving are two daughters, Vickie (John Ritsema) Smittendorf and Lorie (Freddie) Mohlke; grandchildren Derek (Ashley) Smittendorf, Darci (Nathan) Heath and Jordan (Alanah) Mohlke; great-grandchildren Liam, Makena and Maisyn; and one on the way; siblings Linda (James) Reed and Melvin (Sukie) Simpson. Services have been held. Memorials may be made to Generous Hands, 606 N. Spruce St., Vicksburg, MI 49097. Arrangements by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes, Vicksburg. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at:


Carol Crouch (Fales) passed away peacefully at her home in Schoolcraft on December 17, 2022, following a short illness. Carol was born on August 3, 1948, in Allegan, to Virginia (Lewis) and Laurel A. “Bill” Fales. She was a 1966 graduate of Plainwell High School and KVCC. She worked several jobs ranging from secretarial pool at the Pentagon to chemical technician at Cyanamid, to office manager at Beaver Research, where she retired after 23 years. She married Paul Crouch on May 2, 1981. She enjoyed attending the games of her son and grandchildren and cheering on the MSU Spartans and the New Orleans Saints. She also took great pride in the fact that she was a recovering alcoholic who was 35-plus years sober. She is survived by her son, Jason; grandchildren Hayden and Chloe Crouch; brother Laurel A “Bill Fales Jr; and her daughter in law (Jason’s ex-wife), Yvonne Outman. She was preceded in her passing by her husband Paul; parents Virginia and Bill Fales; and sisters Betty Heilman and Marjorie Anson. Pursuant to her wishes, she will be cremated and there will be a celebration of her life on February 5, 2023, starting at 1 p.m. at her home at 6239 Sunshine Ave, Schoolcraft. All are welcome to attend. Donations may go to Schoolcraft Athletic Boosters or Centrica Hospice Care. Visit her page at

Frances “Fran” M. Davis passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo with her daughter, Melanie, at her side. She was born October 4, 1934 in Paw Paw and was married to the late Marvin L. Davis for 69 years. Frances was employed by Gilmores and Upjohn until her retirement. She enjoyed crafting, garage sales, and being with her family. Frances is survived by her sister, Rosemary Hadley of Vicksburg, and her brother, William (Linda) Gleason of Georgia. Also surviving are daughters Carin Chipman and Melanie Farrington; son Larry (Marcel) Davis; grandchildren Kevin Zeller, Kelsey (Brady) Ellis, Kasey (Austin) Porter, Brittney Farrington, Brock Farrington, Brieann Farrington, and Jake Davis; great-grandchildren Kyllie (Victoria) Zeller, Cooper Ellis, Crew Ellis, Mya Ellis, and Kenlee Porter; and surviving relations Diana (Eddie) Chen, Jessy Wang, Tracy (Josh) Kuang, Michelle Wang and Arvo Kuang. The Davis family is being cared for by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes Vicksburg Chapel, Vicksburg.

William “Bill” F. Gehron, 74, Scotts, passed away December 22, 2022. Bill was born on April 24, 1948 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was the son of Vernie and Helon (Jackson) Gehron. He attended Northside High School and graduated with the class of 1966. After high school he went to DePauw University before transferring to Indiana University where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. During this time, he also married the love of his wife, Kathy Puryear, on February 3, 1968. He became a deputy with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana. He was the supervisor of quality control and human resources at Dana Corporation for over 24 years. He was an avid golfer and achieved six holes in one. He was a volunteer for Kid’s Hope through the Methodist Church. Bill was honest and caring and had a great sense of humor. He loved and cared for his family. Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathy; children Abby (Keenan) Goolsby of Ohio and Adam (Kim) Gehron of Oklahoma; grandchildren Sunrise, Jake, Kadee, Jesse (Amber) and Davey. He is also survived by sisters Vernell (Peter) Fettig of Indiana and Martha Needling of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews. Visit his page at Donations may go to Kid’s Hope and Generous Hands.

David L. McMillan, 75, Schoolcraft, passed away December 2, 2022. David was born in Three Rivers on March 12, 1947, the son of the late Charles and Pheobe (Welcher) McMillan. David was a graduate of Schoolcraft High School, class of 1965. He was a hard worker and instilled that same work ethic in his two sons, whom he was extremely proud of. David was a life-long trucker and spent many years on the road as an owner-operator. Although he encouraged his children not to follow in his footsteps, both of his sons became truckers and worked alongside their dad for years. David was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also travelled the United States extensively, visiting 48 of 50 states. David was a member of the Kalamazoo Antique Tractor Club. He loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his sons and grandchildren. He is survived by two sons, Stephen (Andrea) McMillan and Douglas (Chantelle) McMillan; grandchildren, Aaron (Moly), Taylor and Emma; brothers, Dale (Bobbie Jo) and Tracy (Schelle); sister in-law, Marsha McMillan; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, David was preceded in death by his brothers, Dennis and Terry McMillan. Donations may go to Truckers Final Mile or Autism Speaks. Visit his page at

Andrew Robert Munn, 43, Portage, passed away December 19, 2022. He was born in Kalamazoo on December 16, 1979, the son of Robert Munn and Nancy (Sehy) Baughan. He attended Vicksburg High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Baker College. He was the senior manager at Global Help Desk, where he oversaw multiple groups and countries. Through work he was able to travel to many countries and made many friends around the world, which he was very proud of. In 2003, Andy was united in marriage to Brandi Nieuwenhuis, and together they had two children, Addison and Dylan. Though Andy and Brandi later separated, they were proud of how they co-parented and blended their families. Andy enjoyed spending time with his family whether it was watching sports, camping, traveling, or game night. He also had a passion for family history and coin collecting. Andy was preceded in passing by his father, Robert Munn. brother Randy (Gina) Munn; stepsiblings Melissa (Doug) Vrba, Tabitha Sehy, and Matthew Sehy; grandparents Eugene and Philis Baughan; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Services have been held. Donations may go to the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research. Visit his page at

Maxine Penar, 95, Vicksburg, passed away December 12, 2022. She was born in Morley, Missouri on June 12, 1927, the daughter of Marion and Myrtle (Dameron) Ladyman. In 1946 her love for dancing introduced her to the love of her life, Stanley Penar. The two were united in marriage on September 13, 1947, and together they raised two sons. In the early 1960s Maxine attended Tracy Beauty School and successfully opened and operated her own beauty shop in Vicksburg for several years. In the early 1970s Maxine and Stanley built a permanent home on Fisher Lake in Three Rivers. Maxine loved her family and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible. When Stanley retired, they started antiquing as a hobby and became so successful they traveled the United States buying and selling items. She was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and attended spring training camps for several years. Maxine was preceded in her passing by her husband of 61 years, Stanley Penar; daughter Jean Buck; parents; and siblings Marie and Jane. Left to cherish Maxine’s loving memory are her children, Pat (Mike) Guilfoyle, Vince (Gayle) Penar, and Mitch Penar; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and sisters Mavis and Joanie. Donations may go to St. Martin of Tours Parish. Visit her page at

Naomi Schroeder, 91, Portage, passed away December 17, 2022. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Alphonse and Caroline (Grolle) Lutz. Naomi had a passion for reading and teaching others. She served as secretary and vice president for the Vicksburg Ladies Library Association, chairman of the Vicksburg Book Study Group, and tutored reading through the Read Right Program. She worked hard to care for others working as secretary and card chairman for the blind with the Vicksburg Lioness Club, served as chair of the Portage Ecumenical Women, was a hostess for 23 years with the “Young at Heart” senior citizens group, assisted with Tender Care birthday parties, and served as president of the American Field Service International Portage Chapter. Naomi loved the Lord and joyfully served him in many capacities in several churches. She loved her family, dancing, singing, entertaining and socializing. Left to cherish her loving memory is her husband of 73 years, Victor; children Carolyn Gaus, Tom (Denise), Eileen Grostic, Vic (Diana); 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild. Naomi was preceded in her passing by her parents; sisters Elvera (Harry) Smith, Arlene (Bob) Neiss, Viola (Gilbert) Smith; and son in law John Grostic.Donations may go to the St. Michael Lutheran School. Visit her page at

Paul Schutter, 89, Vicksburg, passed away on December 11, 2022. Paul was born May 1, 1933, in Muskegon, the son of Herman and Grace (Hoeker) Schutter. On April 20, 1956, Paul married Marilyn McMaster, who survives. Also surviving are children Jeff (Kim) Schutter, Amy (Ray) Roach, and Susan (Matt) Howell; grandchildren Jason (Shannon) Schutter, Danielle (Stephen) McGinnis, Landon (Betsie) Schutter, Nathan (Miranda) Schutter, Morgan (Luke) VanderZouwen, Blake (Lindsay Carmoney) Appell, Clarissa (Bethany) Tap-Howell, Tyler (Emily) Howell, Wesley (Tara vanVeen) Howell; great grandchildren Evan, Camden, Adelynn, Nolan, Reid, Sawyer, Avery, Crew, Reese, James, Bruce, Xander, Rory, Cole, Liam, Jack, Chase, and Graham; and one sister, Marjorie Younts. He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Ray and Marilyn. Paul was a graduate of Muskegon High School and attended K College. After serving in the US Army, he went to WMU, setting a shotput record. Paul earned a master’s degree and taught math at Vicksburg Public Schools. He was a driver’s ed teacher and coached football, track and golf. Visit his page at Donations may go to scholarship funds at Vicksburg United Methodist Church, Vicksburg Lions Club, or Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation.


Janet A. Beals, 87, Schoolcraft, went to be with the Lord October 9, 2022. Janet was born September 13, 1935, in Schoolcraft, the daughter of John “Gordon” and Waive Arda (Westveer) Forsyth. Janet graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1953 and was a lifelong resident of Schoolcraft. Janet married Robert Lawrence Borger on May 1, 1955. Together they raised four children and parented several foster children. During her lifetime, she worked as a cashier at Harding’s Market in Schoolcraft, was district manager of Studio Girl Cosmetics, drove a school bus for Schoolcraft Schools, was a certified nursing assistant and factory worker as well as working as a tailor/seamstress from the basement of her home. She also owned a small convenience store in Lilley, Michigan. Janet enjoyed crafts, the outdoors, riding snowmobiles and motorcycles. She was the organist at Trinity Bible Church in Marcellus. Janet is survived by son Rodney Borger, of Vicksburg; daughters Wendy (Borger) Zimmerman of Schoolcraft, and Laurie (Borger) Conklin of Big Rapids; son-in-law Scott Conklin of Big Rapids; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; as well as two great-great-grandchildren. Janet was preceded in death by three husbands, Robert Borger, Frank Beals and Fred Hans; son Timothy Borger; her parents; brother Marvin Forsyth; daughter-in-law Pamela (Sinkler) Borger; and nieces Ronda Armstrong and Cindy Chapman. Services have been held. Visit her page at Donations may go to Centrica Care Navigators.

Linda Sue Burson, 70, Schoolcraft, passed away October 14, 2022 at her home. Linda was born December 10, 1951 in Bridgeport, Alabama, the daughter of Robert and Louise (Coffman) Hicks. On August 24, 1968, she was united in marriage to David Burson at the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church. Linda was a drive-thru teller at Kalamazoo County State Bank in Schoolcraft for over 15 years. Linda is survived by her husband of 54 years, Dave Burson; children Tammy (Todd) Thayer, Todd (Melissa) Burson, and John Burson; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and two sisters, Annette and Pam. Donations may go to Abbott Medical (formerly St. Jude).

Richard Lee Flinn, 87, Vicksburg, passed away October 5, 2022. Richard was born October 30, 1934, in Grand Rapids, the son of Theodore and Ethel (Rohr) Flinn. Richard graduated from Schoolcraft Schools in 1952. He went to work for Simpson Paper for over 25 years. He then worked for over 10 years at Hydra-Matic. Richard loved classic cars and driving his Model A. Richard is survived by his wife, Beverly Gilchrist-Flinn; son Danny Flinn of Vicksburg; stepsons Jerry (Linda) Gilchrist of Lawton and Doug Gilchrist of Portage; grandchildren Tracie (Matthew Roberts) Hunt of Florida and Renee (Mark) Wilson of Vicksburg; great-grandchildren Adele, Clare, Luke and Corinne. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Norma; son David; and two brothers, Kenneth and Duane. Visit his page at Donations may go to Generous Hands or Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation.

MaryAnn (Linton) Hayward passed away October 21, 2022. She was a teacher in the Portage Public Schools. She loved traveling and learning about people, languages, cultures, and places. She was a woman of faith, played bridge, volunteered at the library, pursued genealogy, and enjoyed reading and writing. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Robert “Bob” Neil Hayward; daughter Darcy Ann (Stephen) Staley and son Trenton Robert (Cindy) Hayward; grandchildren Darby Rae (Andy) Disselkoen, Emma Quinn Walhout, Alexander Peter (Sabrina) Walhout, Megan (Levi) Unema, Macy Kristina Hayward, Samuel Roman Staley, and Isaac Joseph Staley; great-grandson Elias Drew Disselkoen; and cousins JoAnn Wells, Fran Bruni, and Pete Matz. She was preceded in death by her father, Clayton “Whitey” Linton, and mother, Ann (Matz) Linton. A visitation will be held at Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home on Sunday, November 13, from 5-7 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at Lakeland Reformed Church on Monday, November 14, at 11 a.m. Donations may go to South County Community Services. Visit her page at

Leslie Eugene “Luke” Huntington, 75, Vicksburg, went to be with the Lord October 8, 2022. He was born July 23, 1947, the son of Marion (Babe) and Theresa (Coffinger) Huntington. In 1967, Leslie graduated from Vicksburg High School. He was a Vietnam veteran and worked at Arco for 44 years. Leslie loved Kwame Hooker and Glen and Breon Batten as if they were his own sons. He is survived by sisters Marilyn (Ed) Miller, Alice (Michael) Bockstanz, Lorie Overton, and Brenda Piper; brother-in-law Raymond Weller; nieces Theresa (John) Cleckner, Shannon (Michael) Lashbrook, Alicia (Ron) Crandall, Michelle (Brian) VanderBor, Sierra (Eric Vance) Piper, Natalie (Jesse) Richards, and Jessica (Hunter) Frantom; nephews Raymond Weller, David (Brandi Hansen) Huntington, John (Sarah) Overton, Steve Overton, and Mike (Lisa) Overton; as well as many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by his parents; brother David Huntington; sisters Rosemary Weller, Edith, and Sharon Huntington; brothers-in-law John Overton and Robert Piper; sister-in-law Linda Huntington; nephew Edwin Miller Jr.; and good friend Jack Whitney. Donations may go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children. Visit his page at

Maxine Marie Johnson, Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2022. Maxine was born on March 30, 1927 to Walter and Goldie Riddle in Vicksburg. She grew up in the Vicksburg area and attended Vicksburg High School. As a young woman, Maxine met and fell in love with Floyd Johnson. They were married within a year and had three daughters: Sharon Miller of Centreville, Deanna Scott of Schoolcraft, and Noreen Sears from Three Rivers. Maxine was preceded in passing by her loving husband, Floyd, and eldest daughter, Sharon. Maxine adored her family and was a proud grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother to many. She took great pride in her flowers. Maxine loved spending time in her kitchen and loved canning her special dill pickles. A talented baker, her homemade bread and donuts were always a favorite. Faith was very important to Maxine, and she was a longtime member and board member of the Vicksburg Assembly of God. Maxine will forever be remembered as a beloved mom, grandmother, aunt and friend.

Eli M. Lewis, 88, Vicksburg, passed away October 20, 2022, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Eli was born to Clayton and Edith (Plummer) Lewis in Athens Township, Michigan, on September 28, 1934. He graduated from Athens High School in 1952, where he was the salutatorian. Eli joined the Army in 1955 and served for two years. He married Judith Kay Switzer on August 30, 1958. Eli worked at Simpson-Lee Paper Company for 30 years and worked for the past 25 years at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp. Eli and Judy discovered a wonderful life in Jesus Christ and were very involved in the churches they attended. He enjoyed working in the yard, writing poems for family and friends, and spending time with family. He was a quiet and humble man with a great sense of humor, and he was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Eli is survived by his wife, Judy, their children Polly (Jeff) Preston, Tim (Gail) Lewis and Dan (Patti) Lewis, all of Vicksburg; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; his brother, Glenn (and Nancy) Lewis of Florida; and many nieces and nephews. Eli was preceded in death by his daughter, Shellie Lewis Bladen, grandson-in-law Ethan Leasure, his sister, Lois Lewis, and his parents. Donations may go to the American Kidney Fund. Visit his page at

Dana Louise Marshall (Begg), 79, Vicksburg, passed away September 10, 2022. Dana was born May 22, 1943 in Battle Creek, the daughter of George and Marian Begg (VanSycle). She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1960. She married Richard Freeman Marshall in 1968, moving to Vicksburg in 1978 to raise their children. Dana was employed by Vicksburg Community Schools as a custodian and recess supervisor for nearly 30 years. Dana enjoyed her lunch and garage sale outings with her closest friends. Dana especially loved watching the television show “How I Met Your Mother.” Neil Patrick Harris was one of Dana’s favorite actors, and she received an autographed script and a picture as a gift. Dana is survived by her children, Kati (Tim) Mitchell, Heather (Adam Gimbel) Marshall, Stephanie (Jason) Rahn, Andy (Jessica) Marshall, Ben (Misty Reid) Marshall, and Dan Marshall; grandchildren Abby, Zach, Lark, Killian, Kendall, Sammy, Josh, Calvin, and Kellianne; a sister, Nancy Begg Daning; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her cat, Moose. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, and older brother Gary Begg. Donations may go to Generous Hands.

Sanford “Sam” L. Miller, 96, Vicksburg, died peacefully at his home with family by his side on September 29, 2022. Sam was born in Butler, Indiana and together with his wife, Geraldine, made a home in Vicksburg starting in 1952. He was a lifelong member of Lakeland Reformed Church, and his family and faith were the center of his life. Sam passed along his values and faith to all he knew and met and was truly a man who lived his life to the fullest. Despite his health challenges over the past couple of years, he always put others first and accepted his path in life as part of God’s plan for him. Sam was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine, sons Steve and Mark, and daughter Margaret. He is survived by his children Brian (Sandy) Miller and Dave (Kim) Miller; granddaughter Rhonda Roelofs; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives. Visit his page at

Mary Justine Scott, Lake Leelanau, formerly of Vicksburg, died October 9, 2022, from complications of a fall. She was born September 6, 1938. Mary graduated from Muskegon High School in 1956, and University of Michigan in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She later earned a master’s in educational leadership from WMU. Mary worked as a hospital nurse in San Francisco, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo. She was a KVCC nursing instructor and was appointed the director of its nursing program. She was later hired by Borgess Hospital as director of nurse recruitment and retention until retiring to Lake Leelanau in 1998. She worked at Leelanau Memorial Hospital until it was sold to Tendercare. Mary is survived by her husband, John Alfred Scott; sons Michael John Scott (Carla Burns), and Andrew Mac Kirdy Scott (Heather Scott); grandsons Cullen Mac Kirdy Scott and Duncan Curry Scott; great-grandson Jackson Anthony Scott; and sisters, Nancy Brouwers McNiff and Elizabeth Ann Brouwers. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at the Old Art Building of Leland. Donations may go to Munson Medical Center. Visit her page at

Doreen Henrietta (Dibble) Swim, 79, passed away peacefully October 6, 2022. She and her brother, Charles Dibble, were raised and loved from an early age by their father, Elwood L. Dibble, and stepmother, Betty J. Dibble. Both preceded her in death. She is survived by her half-brother, Gary Yerden of Kalamazoo, and her favorite cousin, Joyce Heath of Portage. From her first marriage to Jack D. DeCamp, Doreen was a beloved mother of Kimberly (Dave) Castagnetta of Minnesota, Jack DeCamp of Bloomingdale, Cary DeCamp of Paw Paw and Rhonda (Kevin) Nordstrom of Vicksburg. She married William (Bill) E. Swim in 1972 and leaves stepchildren Bill (Kim) Swim of Comstock, Becky (Mark) Smith of Tennessee, Chuck (Melanie) Swim and Jodi (Richard) Hammock of Tennessee. Doreen and Bill celebrated their 50th anniversary on September 26, 2022. She loved her family, friends and community. She extended her home, belongings, and time to those in need. Visit her page at Donations may go to Vicksburg Family Home Care and Centrica Care Navigators.

Darin Jay Watkins, 61, Byron Center, passed away October 16, 2022 at Trinity Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was born May 29, 1961, in Kalamazoo, the son of David and Della (Hollestelle) Watkins, of Vicksburg. Darin was a 1979 graduate of Three Rivers High School. He was a truck driver for Spartan Nash for 36 years. Darin rode his Harley to Sturgis, South Dakota many times. He was proud of his t-shirt collection that numbered in the hundreds representing all the places he visited. He also enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Darin is survived by his parents, David and Della; aunts and uncles Dawn and Roger Bower and Wayne and Melody Anguilm; and numerous cousins. Donations may go to Eversight of Michigan.

Marion L. Wilkins, 81, Vicksburg, went to be with her Lord and Savior October 22, 2022. Marion was the daughter of Lester and Helen Sheppard of Bay City. Marion had a deep, personal faith in Jesus Christ that influenced all that she did. In addition to being a wife, raising her own family, and serving as a pastor’s wife in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, she and her husband served as foster parents for almost 50 years. Marion is survived by her husband of nearly 58 years, Rev. Donald Wilkins; children Michael (Lynn) Czap, Jennifer (Robert) McNab, Christina (Daniel) Ray, John Wilkins, and Frederick (Crystal) Wilkins; grandchildren Justin, Ryan, Matthew, Josilee, Andrew, Juliana, Katie, Aaron, Preston, Jennica, Nathan, Jadelyn, Kearstin, Trenton, Brycen and Benjamin; great-grandchildren Ashton, Carter, Connor and Carissa; brothers Norman Sheppard, Charles Sheppard and Richard Sheppard. In addition, Marion was a mom to many through foster care and home day care. She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her brother, Howard Sheppard. A memorial service is to be held November 1, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene. Visit her page at