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Obituaries Archive

Alan P. Stratton

September 22, 2016

Age 68, passed away at his home on September 22, 2016. Alan was born in Kalamazoo on May 7, 1948 to the late Harold P. and Delphine E. (McKee) Stratton. Despite a lifetime battle with epilepsy and other health ailments, Alan made every effort to enjo

Joseph A. Shephard

September 21, 2016

Joseph Aubrey Shephard “Joe the plumber” left this earth Wednesday, September 21, 2016 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Though he will be affectionately remembered for being stubborn and ornery, he rarely complained throughout his tr

Jacqueline F. Thomas

September 20, 2016

Age 90, passed peacefully into our Father’s arms on September 20, 2016. Jackie was born on June 13, 1926 in Muskegon, the last of five children to the late George and Ina (Richards) Cady. She attended Muskegon Schools and at the onset of WWII she m

Donna J. Underwood

September 16, 2016

Age 84, passed away Friday, September 16, 2016.

John Karlsons

September 15, 2016

Age 99, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2016, with his family at his side. John was born in Aizkraukle, Latvia. He came to the U.S. in 1949, eventually settling in Kalamazoo with his family. He was a long-time member of the Latvian Church and

Margaretha "Maggie" Darling

September 13, 2016

Age 56, passed away at her home on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Maggie was born in Leopoldsburg, Belgium, on December 2, 1959, the daughter of the late Julian and Hubertine Albert. Maggie was a loving woman who had a

Donald F. Willoughby

September 13, 2016

Age 73, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Don was born in Detroit on February 7, 1943 to the late William “Bill” and Dorothy (Durham) Willoughby. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Eugene Willo

Kenneth O. Crawford

September 12, 2016

Age 77, passed away at Borgess Medical Center on Monday, September 12, 2016. Ken was born in Kalamazoo on March 14, 1939 to the late Robert and Carol Crawford. On February 7, 1964 he married the former Marie Santos, who preceded him in death in 2008.

Ruth I. Hoag

September 7, 2016

Age 90, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Ruth was born in Harrisburg, IL on December 20, 1925, the daughter of the late Thomas and Vera (Love) Allen. She was a 1944 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. Ruth was a long-time member of

Robert "Bob" J. Gildea

August 30, 2016

Age 55, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Bob was born in Kalamazoo on June 11, 1961, the son of Lyle D. and Sharon M. (Davis) Gildea. He was a graduate of Portage Central High School, received his Associates degree from MiraCosta College and

Terrance "Terry" Dorbin

August 28, 2016

Age 62, passed away on August 28, 2016. He was born in Kalamazoo on July 12, 1954, the son of the late Frank and Leone (Cobb) Dorbin. He was also preceded in passing by a son, Jason Dorbin. Terry was a quiet and peaceful man. He was a graduate of Vic

Barbara B. Vindedahl

August 25, 2016

Barb went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 25, 2016, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, she was 91. She was born in Stoughton, WI, on February 25, 1925. Her parents were Paul and Pearl Lysager. Barb had a strong Norwegian herita

David W. Solleveld

August 23, 2016

Age 61, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from a brain aneurysm. Survived by daughter Hilary (John) Diebold, mother, Barbara Solleveld, sisters Teri (John) Magnan, Robin (Jim) Hoyt, special cousin, Bill Hofacker, mother of daughter, Janan Zimmerm

Marcia A. Van Gemert

August 23, 2016

Age 62, passed away at Borgess Medical Center on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Marcia was born in Kalamazoo on May 11, 1954; the daughter of the late James H. and Harriet H. (Luce) Van Gemert. She was employed for many years at Western Michigan Universit

Margaret A. Purk

August 20, 2016

Age 68, passed away on August 20, 2016. She was born in Kalamazoo, MI, on December 23, 1947, the daughter of the late James and Joann (Reatoire) Betke. She was also preceded in passing by a son, Mark Wheatly; siblings, Joyce and Duke. Margaret loved

Delmar E. Gibbons

August 18, 2016

Age 84, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 18, 2016. He was born in Decatur, IL on August 13, 1932 to the late Delmar D. and Dorothy E. (Scott) Gibbons. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Gibbons;

Florence Wicks

August 18, 2016

Age 98, passed away at her son’s home on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Florence was born in Allegan, Michigan on August 15, 1918, the daughter of the late Charles and Laura (Ream) Warfield. She was a 1936 graduate of Otsego High School. Florence was a

Matthew Justice

August 17, 2016

Age 46, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Matt was born in Kalamazoo on September 16, 1969, the son of Leroy and Marilynn (Miller) Justice of Portage. Above all else, Matt loved and lived for his wife, Kri

Norman H. Shanahan

August 17, 2016

Age 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 after a long journey with dementia. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones who were singing to him as he entered into Glory. Norm was born on July 16, 1929 to Edward and Mary Jane S

Ilah M. Neal

August 17, 2016

Age 83, passed away quietly on August 17, 2016. Ilah was born in Benton Harbor on May 20, 1933, to Victor and Ina Marie (Tooker) Phares. She married Burrell C. Neal on April 21, 1952. Ilah is survived by her daughters, Sarah (Rodney) Mills and Elizab

Marjorie L. Brown

August 15, 2016

Age 65, passed away on August 15, 2016. She was born in Kalamazoo, MI, on September 6, 1950, the daughter of William and Marjorie (Fletcher) Reynolds. Marjorie had a wonderful personality. She loved her family and her friends and leaves them with man

Charles M. Randell

August 14, 2016

Age 39, passed away after a long battle with cancer, on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at home with family at his side. He was born in Chicago Heights, IL, the son of the late Brian and Mary Ann Randell. Charles was also preceded in passing by a sister, Do

Joel A. Frye

August 13, 2016

Age 51, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Joel was born in Yale, Michigan on September 22, 1964 to the late Kenneth and Jacquelene (Cunningham) Frye. He was a 1983 graduate of Yale High School and served his country honorably in the U.S

Viola S. Andrutsos

August 13, 2016

Age 95, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016. She was born on August 8, 1921, the daughter of the late John and Helen (Jatras) Armenis. She was also preceded in passing by her husband Samuel J. Andrutsos and a grandson, John Stamatiou. She is sur

Russell P. Griggs

August 13, 2016

Age 81, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016. He was born in Gadsden, Alabama, on March 20, 1935, the son of the late Jesse and Cora (Butler) Griggs. Russell had a great personality and was a joy to be around. He was a hard worker who was employe