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August 2, 1925 - June 30, 2018

A mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 933 Charlotte Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49048, on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM. The Very Reverend James Richardson celebrant. A time of visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment with full military honors will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery on Friday, July 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM (those planning to attend should meet at the funeral assembly area of the cemetery by 10:15 AM).  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, c/o the funeral home. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at

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Ed was my supervisor at Upjohn for many years and I appreciated him very much because Ed led by setting a great example for his co-workers. Ed was a hard working person who was devoted to the company and to his working crew and always treated all with great kindness. My condolences to Ed\'s family and friends.

Posted by Earline Rush on July 14, 2018

You will be missed Mr. Willie. You were well respected in the neighborhood. I always appreciated how generous you were with me as I grew up with John. I have many fond memories of great times at the lake with you and the family. I'll also always remember all of the trouble you went through to build a skating rink in your back yard so that we could enjoy those crisp winter days outdoors. On behalf of the entire Parker family, you will be missed and thanks for being such a great neighbor. Sincerely, Tim Parker

Posted by Tim Parker on July 5, 2018

Ed was my supervisor at Upjohn. He believed in me more than I believed in myself. I became a more confident woman because of him. You will be truly missed and never forgotten. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Cheryl Hambright on July 4, 2018

Ed, Your service to the Nation and to your fellow veterans will never be forgotten. Thank you. Rest in Peace. Respectfully, Your fellow veterans at the American Legion Joseph B. Westnedge Post 36.

Posted by American Legion Post 36 on July 3, 2018