Rev. Kenneth R. Vaught, age 86 of Hastings went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, December 16, 2017.
Ken was born on July 9, 1931 in Terre Haute, Indiana, the son of Elbert C. and Eula (Reid) Vaught. He attended Terre Haute Schools, and Indiana State University. Ken graduated from Indiana Central College (University of Indianapolis) and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Illinois (Garrett Seminary).
Ken married Helen Marie Montgomery in Terre Haute, Indiana on August 26, 1955. They were blessed with 62 years of marriage.
Ken loved people and enjoyed preaching and calling on people. He pastored at Evangelical United Brethren churches in Indiana, United Methodist Churches in Hastings, Battle Creek, Leighton Township and Nashville, Michigan. He retired in 1994 from the Hope United Methodist Church. After his retirement he pastored at the Quimby Church, part-time. Ken spent countless hours calling on people in the hospital, nursing facilities and at home.
Ken enjoyed music and could play both the piano and organ. He enjoyed watching Sports and he had a wonderful sense of humor.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, mother and father-in-law, and brother-in-law.
Ken is survived by his loving wife, Helen of Hastings, son, Timothy Vaught of Hastings, daughter, Melinda (Thomas) Deckard of Centerville, IN, grandsons, Joel (Alicia) Deckard of Pasadena, CA, Adam (Emily) Deckard of Mt. Pleasant, MI, brother, James (Connie) Vaught of Maryville, TN, brother-in-law, Robert (Joyce) Montgomery of Battle Ground, IN, sister-in-law, Delores Montgomery of Watseka, IL, sister-in-law, Brenda Spencer of Frankfort, KY and serveral nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Thornapple Manor, 2700 Nashville Rd., Hastings, MI.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 12:00pm - 2:00pm and 4:00pm - 7:00pm and 1 hour prior to service time At Hope United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 Friday at Hope United Methodist Church 2920 S. M-37 Hwy. Hastings. Arrangements are by the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.
Cleo Leroy Brown, age 79, went home to heaven on December 11, 2017 at his home in Nashville, MI. He was born on August 4, 1938 in Charlotte, MI to late Clinton and Esther (King) Brown.
He lived many different places and attended many schools later graduating from Adult Education in 1982. He left home at age 16 and worked for Pastoric, hauling lumber and cutting trees. Soon he move in with Raymond and Ardath Wilcox and worked on their farm, of who he formed a loving bond. They survive him to this day. Later jobs included Mitchell Bently in Ionia, Oldsmobile, Johnsons Lumber Co. and Gale Briggs. He served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1967 and was very proud of his duties as a cook. Cleo then worked for Thor-Fabricators driving truck but was away from his family too much, so he started working in construction. He had a real love for building and remodeling and was a talented carpenter. Cleo worked for Lloyd Priddy, Randall Lumber, Don Hughes and then on his own, also building three new homes for his family. He continued in construction until retiring due to health issues.
He was the husband of Lillian (Christman) Brown. The couple was married September 22, 1962 in Vermontville Bible Church. They began their lives together in North Carolina while Cleo was completing duty in the Army, later returning to Vermontville to start their family. After a short time the couple moved to Nashville where they spent the majority of their lives together
Cleo loved making or fixing things and keeping busy with crafts of all kinds. He truly enjoyed spending time and making memories with his family. and in particular his grandchildren. He had such a great sense of humor and was cracking jokes right up the end, even when he was in ill health. He made numerous friends throughout his life with his quick wit and humor.
Cleo is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lillian, daughter Pam (Rick) Savala, son Bob (Shari) Brown, daughter Dana (Dan ) Gillespie, 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren (with one on the way!) and his sister Sandi (Terry) Bullion. He was preceded in death by his parents, Step Father Lawrence Wilson, brothers Cleon Brown & Larry Wilson, and Grandson Brandon Gillespie.
Funeral Services will be held at The Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, MI, at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 with Pastor Joe Benedict officiating.
The family will receive visitors on Friday December 15, 2017 from 6-8 PM and again 1 hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday beginning at 10 AM at the Daniels Funeral Home, in Nashville.
There will be a time of fellowship and luncheon immediately following the funeral service at Grace Church in Nashville.
Interment will take place following the funeral luncheon at Hillside Cemetery - Kalamo.
Memorial contributions can be made to the family of Cleo Brown, or Vermontville Bible Church.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net
Eralia E. Nye passed away December 8, 2017 in Hastings. Eralia was born September 30, 1929 in Lucero, New Mexico; the daughter of Pedro and Maria Montoya.
Eralia attended the University of New Mexico and the University of Colorado. A Licensed Practical Nurse at Leila Post Hospital, she also was a private duty nurse for many years. She enjoyed gardening and most of all she loved her family.
On January 7, 1953, Eralia married the love of her life: Kenneth Nye and he preceded her in death on February 25, 2010.
She is survived by daughters: Deborah Waite, and Linda Gardner, sons: Thomas (Cheryl) Nye, Bradley (Peggy) Nye, and Tim (Laura) Nye, a sister: Arabella Montoya, ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Eralia was also preceded in death by her parents and brothers: Ferenando, Laudente, Dennis, Lee and Armando Montoya.
Her family will receive friends, Friday, December 15, 2017, 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home, Delton where her memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Pastor Jeff Worden, officiating. Burial will take place in Dowling Cemetery. Memorial contributions to a charity of your choice in memory of Eralia will be appreciated.
Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to leave a message or to leave a condolence message for Eralia’s family.
Helen Ressor, age 98, passed away on November 25, 2017.
Helen was born July 13, 1919, the daughter of Albert and Orpha Ressor. She was a graduate of Woodland High School in 1937 and then was graduated from Michigan State College of Agricultural and Applied Science, now called Michigan State University in 1941. Following college, Helen started her teaching career in home economics, teaching in the Mecosta, Woodland, Centerville and Colon school districts. After retiring in 1971, she returned to live on the family farm in Woodland, taking care of her father in his final years. In recent years, Helen lived at Cornerstone Assisted Living Center, in Hastings, and she enjoyed following and watching the Detroit Tigers and Michigan State Basketball.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Orpha Ressor, brother, Hillis Ressor, and niece Jane Rabler. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie Mulder, nephews and nieces; Stephen Mulder, David Mulder, Marcia Borton, Marvin Ressor and Joan Ressor.
Visitation will be held at Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa, MI on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 1pm until time of service at 2pm. Burial will take place in Woodland Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodland United Methodist Church, 203 N Main St. Woodland, MI 48897. Online condolences can be left at www.koopsfc.com.
On Friday, November 10, Karen Sue VanBuren, passed away at her home near Woodland, Michigan. She was surrounded by her beloved husband, family and dear friends. Although the cancer she had so bravely fought for over 20 years ravaged her body, it was never able to shake her faith in her savior the Lord Jesus Christ, rob her of being a loving wife, mother, sister and friend, or steal her ability to be compassionate, caring and giving, or of loving the life she was given. In the end, she was victorious.
Karen was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1956 to Max and Noralee Bracy. She graduated from Maple Valley High School, in Vermontville, Michigan in 1974 and went on to get an Associates Degree and serve in the Barry County District court for more than two decades. Due to her illness, she retired in 2012. She attended the Hastings Free Methodist Church for many years. If one were to ask her about her biggest accomplishment, she would undoubtedly reply, “Becoming a student, follower and lover of the Lord.”
On May 18, 2007, she married Kent VanBuren. Together, they built a home and a life full of the God-given blessings of family, and friends. Known for her compassionate and generous nature, Karen’s smile and her ability to say or write kind words of encouragement are legend. Even during the challenging times of chemo-therapy treatments, she never lost her optimism, incredible wit or sense of humor. She enjoyed a good meal, particularly one that included fish caught and prepared by Kent, boat rides, seeing the sun at the beginning and end of the day, a good bonfire, stars in the sky, and sharing a good glass of wine, with the love of her life, Kent.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Max and Noralee (Gillons) Bracy, Hastings, Michigan, her Husband Joseph K. Daniel, Hastings, Michigan and nephew Joseph Barton Bracy, Naples, Florida.
She is survived by her husband Kent VanBuren, Woodland, Michigan; stepson Alex VanBuren his wife Heather and children Ty and Kaile, Hastings, Michigan; stepson Christopher, his wife Mallory, Munising, Michigan; brother Bart, wife Sue (Satterelee) and their sons Luke and Wade, Orlando, Florida; sister Christine (Fowler) Stone, Essexville, Michigan; her son Austin Curtis, Tampa, Florida, and daughter Jordan (Curtis) Gonzales and husband Edward Gonzales and their children, Audrey and Edward Jr., Vina del Mar, Chile.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on November the 18, 2017, at the Hastings Free Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior. Due to likelihood of inclement weather, internment at the Woodland Cemetery will be postponed until April 21, 2018.
In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to the VanAndel Institute, 333 Bostwick Avenue, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or Great Lakes Hospice. Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, Michigan.
Agnes Perkins, daughter of Leo and Agnes (Dooley) Taffee died on November 12, 2017.
She was born in Hastings on December 17, 1923. Agnes attended St. Rose School through the 10th grade, then spent the last two years at Hastings High School, graduating in 1941.
She attended Mercy College of Nursing in Detroit and became a registered nurse in 1945. Agnes worked at Pennock Hospital for many years, also at Share Road Hospital in Brooklyn, New York and St. Joseph Hospital in Flint, Michigan.
In 1949 she married Norman Perkins. They lived in Flint for 15 years and then moved back to Hastings for their retirement in 1979. Agnes retired from Pennock Hospital in 1987.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norman, three brothers, Tom, Fr. Robert and Bill Taffee, two sisters, Mary Taffee and Sister M. Laurentina Taffee.
Agnes is survived by her three sons: Mark (Eileen)Perkins of Flint, Michael (Judeth) Perkins of Flint and John (Jeanne)Perkins of Frankfort, IL, also three grandchildren, Kathy (Kevin), Robert, and Joseph and great granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Claire and Luci Leverence.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. A Rosary will be held at 5:30 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at the St. Rose of Lima Church, 805 S. Jefferson, Hastings, MI 49058. Interment will take place at Mt Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Rose of Lima Church.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Otis Hill, age 93, of Nashville passed away Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at his home. Otis was born in Nashville, Michigan on May 28, 1924, the son of the late Otis and Hazel (Norris) Hill. He was raised in the Hastings area and attended local schools graduating from Hastings High School. After graduating, Otis worked with his father farming with horses on their M79 farm. In 1955 he began working at Kelloggs as a machine operator. He was the husband of Katherine (Stutz) Hill. The couple was married January 23, 1943 and would be celebrating 75 years of marriage in January. Otis & Katherine began their lives together on the family farm, and in 1955 built their current home which they have lived in their entire lives. During this time, Otis continued farming, and working at Kelloggs until retiring in 1981. While they were raising their family the couple enjoyed spending their free time at the roller skating rink on Thornapple Lake Road. Otis loved to be outside working on the farm, hunting, and fishing. In 1952, he purchased 2 pieces of hunting property one Mancelona, and other in Newberry, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. These properties where so remote the only way access was by boat, traveling up river. Soon after their purchase Otis and a couple friends began construction of the cabin, which was painstaking, labor intensive effort requiring each piece of timber to be hand cut, carried to the boat, then transported down river to the campsite. Throughout its construction, Otis insisted nobody would go hunting until all the work had been completed. Those early efforts yielded several terrific hunting seasons, and throughout the years Otis has bagged over 52 bucks, including several trophy class deer. Otis is survived by his beloved wife Katherine, two daughters, Marsha (Mike) Kerjes, Lisa (Jim) DeVries, two sons Larry (Carol) Hill, Mike (Claudene) Hill, He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters Hilda Tobias, Grace Nichols, Ruth Rice, and grandson Don Beck in 1987. The family will receive visitors on Saturday November 4, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 PM at The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. Funeral services and interment will take place privately. Memorial contributions can be made to Peace Church or Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net
Floyd M. Misner, age 80, of Clarksville passed on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Spectrum’s Butterworth Campus. He was born on October 19, 1937 to Archie and Lucy Misner in Mancelona, MI. Floyd worked at Woodbury Grain for many years. He was member of the Woodland Eagles, just a receiving his 35-year membership pin. Floyd is survived by; daughter Jolene Misner, two grandchildren Tara and Dylan, brother Russ (Marilyn) Misner, sister Luella and many nieces and nephews along with special friend Margaret Hefflebower. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held at the Woodland Eagles Aerie 3782 on November 4, 2017 at 2pm.
Jeffrey Scott Hull passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at his home with family by his side.
Jeff was recently diagnosed with Kidney cancer (RCC) and was anxiously waiting for treatment to begin. Jeff was born April 15, 1960 to Richard and Jo Anne (Wood) Hull. Jeff was a graduate of Hastings High School and Denver Automotive. On February 11, 1981, Jeff married the love of his life, Gale Durkee. Together, they raised their children in Middleville.
Jeff was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, stepfather Robert Wood, stepmother Lois Hull, stepsister Kathy Blodgett, and stepbrother Mickey Parks. He is survived by his wife Gale, daughter Amanda (Ryan) Castelein, son Jeffrey Scott Hull II, grandson Justin Castelein, mother Jo Anne Wood and father Richard Hull, siblings Deborah (Gary) Dutcher, Jack (Tammy) Hull, stepsisters DeeDee (Randy) Graham, and Sue (Frank) Spagnuolo, stepbrother-in-law Roger Blodgett, in-laws Gerald and Sandra Durkee, sister-in-law Denise Durkee, brother-in-law Matthew (Brenda) Durkee, and several nieces and nephews.
Jeff was a Branch Manager at Hull Lift Truck in Battle Creek, and was a very valued employee.
Jeff loved spending his time with his family, riding his Harley, camping, golfing, boating, and playing cards. He loved all things family and was happiest with everyone around. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and co-workers.
In lieu of flowers, Gale has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to Easterseals Michigan or to his grandson Justin Castelein’s education fund.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service on at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Girrbach Funeral Home 328 S. Broadway Street, Hastings, MI 49058, with Visitation from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A luncheon will follow services at the First United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
Sarah "Sally" Jane Schantz of Hastings, passed away on October 21, 2017 in Hastings at the age of 66. She was born on May 21, 1951, the daughter of Walter W. and Laura B. (Mangus) Winebrenner.
Sally graduated from Hastings High School in 1969. She worked at Hastings Manufacturing and K&E Tackle, retiring in 2015. She married Michael R. Schantz on September 29, 1973. Sally was a member of the Freeport Baptist Church. She loved camping, traveling, scrapbooking and spending time with her grandchildren.
Sally was preceded in death by her husband, of 42 years, Michael Schantz, father, Walter Winebrenner, mother-in-law, Colleen (Jones) Schantz, and sister-in-law, Kathleen (Girrbach) Schantz.
She is survived by her mother, Laura (Mangus) Winebrenner of Hastings, Michigan, father-in-law, Karl Schantz of Hastings, Michigan, daughter, Shellie (Kevin) Hubert of Chassell, Michigan, son, Aaron (Alison Fouts) Schantz of Zeeland, MI, son, Todd (Tiffany Cappon) Schantz of Hastings, MI, grandchildren Orin and Kyle Hubert, Phoebe, Jonathon, and Sophia Schantz, brothers, and sisters, Mary Winebrenner, Margaret (Timothy) Nicholson, Laura (Allen) Strouse, John (Cynthia) Winebrenner, Thomas (Ann) Winebrenner, James (Karen) Winebrenner, Grace (Timothy) Fish, Daniel Winebrenner and 26 nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Freeport Baptist Church, 380 County Line Rd. (108th St), Freeport, MI 49325 or a Charity of One's Choice.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S. Broadway St., Hastings, MI 49058. A Memorial Service will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Girrbach Funeral Home. Pastor Ron Perrine will officiate the service. A luncheon will follow the service at the Freeport Community Center, 200 State St., Freeport, MI.
Interment will take place at Dowling Cemetery on Thursday, October 26th at 10:00 am. The family will go in procession from the Funeral Home, leaving at 9:30 am, if you would like to attend.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
86 year old Edna Conklin of Hastings, died Thursday at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.
Funeral arrangements are by the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.
Visitation will be held Tuesday September 26th at 10:00AM at the funeral home. Funeral services for Edna Conklin will be held 11:00AM Tuesday September 26th at the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.
Betty Curtis, age 80, of Woodland, passed away September 13, 2017 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Betty was born January 13, 1937 in Lake Odessa to Herald and Lucy Classic. After graduating from Woodland High School in 1955, Betty married Glendon and began a wonderful journey together that brought four children who shared her love for people, a quick wit and an ever-present positive outlook on life. Known for her many years working behind the counter at Classic’s Drugstore, Betty continued to show her appreciation for kind gestures with an excellent chocolate malt prepared in her home. Many have received a homemade card, stamped with love. Crocheting and quilting were great passions along with the thrill of high stakes Pokeno. Betty was a member of the Woodland United Methodist Church where she served as UMW President and played the piano for over 50 years.
Those who have gone before her include her husband Glendon, her parents, brother Marvin Classic and grandson Curtis White. Betty is survived by her sisters Norma Jean (Duane) Clum and Shirley (Galen) Kilmer, Sisters-In-Law Joyce Classis (Marvin) and Joyce Vroman and her children Tony (Linda), Mike, Cindy (Steve) White and Doug (Stephanie), plus granddaughters Mallory, Amanda, and Katie, grandsons Nick and Christopher (Jessica-Anne) and great granddaughter Leyna-Anne White. Also, many friends who were loved so dearly.
Visitation is at Koops Funeral Home in Lake Odessa from 2:00PM – 6:00PM on Sunday the 17th. Services will be Monday at 11:00AM at Lakewood United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, Mom’s wishes are for those who desire, to make contributions to the Herald E. Classic Memorial Park, Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance or make a donation to a charity of your choice… AND to raise your malt glass high and say “Here’s to you, Betty – Thanks for a life well lived.”
Agnes Patricia Hawthorne, age 94 of Hastings, passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at Woodlawn Meadows in Hastings.
Agnes was born on January 21, 1923, at home in Wayland, Michigan, the daughter of Andrew and Anna (Kursak) Mlynarchek. She attended the Robbins School in Barry County. Agnes married Ralph Hawthorne on October 21, 1948 and they were happily married for 63 years.
She worked as an Assembler at Lear/Kessler in Grand Rapids, MI for many years. Agnes was a member of St. Rose Church, and enjoyed spending time with family, watching wildlife out her windows, and gardening in her flowers.
Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Anna Mlynarchek, husband, Ralph Hawthorne, infant daughter, Sandra Hawthorne, brothers, Andrew, Joseph, Chuck, and Frank Mlynarchek, sisters, Ann Hastid, Mary Cigler, Sister Diana (Mildred) Mlynarchek , and Helen Napper.
Agnes is survived by her son, Marty (Robin) Hawthorne, daughters, Kathleen (Jerry) Lenz and Susan (Ralph) Ford, 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, siblings: Dorothy Tolan, Celia Cisler, Edward Mlynarchek and Frances Mlynarchek, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Rose School, 805 S. Jefferson St., Hastings, MI 49058.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:00 am at the St. Rose Church, 805 S. Jefferson St., Hastings, MI. Friends and family may gather one hour prior to service time from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, also at the church.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
Ilah L. Martz of Hastings, passed away on August 21, 2017 at Thornapple Manor.
She was born on January 31, 1920 in Nashville, Michigan to Ray and Stella (Swift) Dingman. She attended Mayo School in Assyria as a child. She married Leon Martz on December 31, 1939 in Indiana. He was her forever best friend. Ilah’s life was always centered around her family and friends, her door was always open, warm and welcoming. She always had a pot of coffee and food available for anyone who stopped by.
She is survived by her children, Gloria (Wendell) Armour and Larry (Wanda) Martz; grandchildren, Deb (Dan) Scott, Butch (Brenda) Armour, Gary (Shelly) Armour, Terry Armour, Chad (Elilia) Martz, Korrie (Brian) Stapel, Kurt (Arlene) Martz, Dawn (David) Ritzenthaler and Vanessa Martz; 20 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; 1 great-great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leon; grandchild, Angie Armour; great-grandchildren, Brady Armour, David Scott and Joshua Martz; sisters, Marian Link, Leona Freese and Marjorie Endsley; brother, Howard Dingman.
Ilah’s family will receive friends on Thursday August 24, 2017 from 6-8 PM at Lauer Family Funeral Homes-Wren Chapel, 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings. Funeral Services will be held on Friday August 25, 2017 at 11 AM at the Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Newton officiating. Burial will follow in Hastings Township Cemetery.
Please share memories and condolences with Ilah’s family at www.lauerfuneralhomes.com.
Marie E. Haskins, age 97, of Lake Odessa, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 surrounded by family at the Thornapple Manor in Hastings, MI.
She was born on November 26, 1919 to Ralph and Edna (Carpenter) Bowerman in Lake Odessa, MI. On August 19, 1936, she married the love of her life William T. Haskins. Marie and Bill lived in Lake Odessa, MI and operated a Pool Hall together in the 1950’s. She also worked at Mitchell-Bentley of Ionia and Lake Odessa Machine Products.
She was a Life member of V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary - Jackson Mutschler and First Congregational Church of Lake Odessa. Marie loved playing cards, fishing, bingo, crocheting and a big fan of the Detroit Tigers. In later years, she enjoyed traveling with family and friends.
Marie is survived by her children, Thelma Curtis Lake Odessa, MI; Terry (Betty) Haskins of Clarksville, MI; Shirley (Ron) Van Dorpe of Saranac, MI; grandchildren; Sally (Branden), David (Laurie Ann, Bret), Sandra (Brian and Luke), Suzanne (Ryan), Tom (Lori, Blake, Adam), Becky (Eric, Elizabeth, Ellee, Ericca, Lysie), Kellie (Brett, Brooks, Marlowe), Owen (Nicole, Gabby), Cindy (Chuck, Chelsea, Corey), Dianne (Michelle, Melanie, Emily); several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by father, Ralph Bowerman Sr., mother, Edna Bowerman, husband, William Haskins, siblings, Lillian Buxton, Lucille Piper, Leslie Bowerman, Ralph Bowerman Jr., Richard Bowerman, son-in-laws, Bud Curtis and Terry Taylor.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 5pm until 8pm at Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa, MI.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11 am at the Koops Funeral Chapel. Burial will take place in the Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa, MI.
Memorials are suggested to the Great Lakes Caring Hospice Foundation,630 Kenmoor Ave SE #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, First Congregational Church of Lake Odessa, or the VFW post 4461 Ladies Auxiliary. Online condolences can be given at www.koopsfc.com.
Rev. Vernon L. Macy age 91 of Hastings passed into the loving arms of God on August 3, 2017.
Left with memories of Vern are his granddaughter Celeste, nephew John Macy, the Evaline Koutz Macy family, Hastings Baptist Church and Bibleville friends, Missionary friends near and far and dear friend Kendrew Mueller.
We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at Woodlawn Meadows and Dr. Wildren.
Vern’s life began with his mom ‘Bess’ praying that Vern would be a minister. His dad ‘Lawrence’ was a hardworking man but due to the depression, Vern was raised by his aunt and uncle, whom he called Dr. Dad and Dr. Mom. Vern attended church and accepted Jesus as his Savior at youth camp. Vern remembered his mom Bess’ desire to be a priest, and gave his life to the Lord, not knowing what it all meant. Vern went on to attend Taylor University, became a minister and pastored churches in Honduras, Grand Rapids, Maple Hill, West Windsor, Charlotte and Housel Michigan. Vern mastered the Spanish language and was always excited to inform people that he was fluent in Spanish....even the Barry County Transit bus drivers!
Vern met his first wife Veryl Pallas at Taylor and were married in 1948. Vern and Veryl adopted two children, Pamela Ann and Mark Lawrence. Vern had been attending the Baptist Seminary in Grand Rapids and began teaching at Woodbury, and Sunfield MI. Vern then graduated from Michigan State U with a degree in elementary education with emphasis in Science and Math., while at the same time filling the pulpit in many local churches.
Vern’s first wife Veryl passed away of cancer in 1985. Vern’s sorrow continued in 1986 when his son Mark met a tragic death. Vern’s daughter Pam had adopted a daughter Celeste and Vern doted on Celeste. Another tragic death saddened Vern’s heart with the death of his daughter Pam.
Vern retired after 38 years of pulpit ministry. He worked with members of the First Baptist Church of Hastings to rebuild camps in Alaska. Vern was gifted in music and sang with the ‘Brothers of Joy’.
Vern was lonely and the Lord led him to Evaline Koutz who was also lonely after the passing of her husband Rev. Leonard Koutz. Vern arrived like a barnstorm into her life. They were married in 1986.
Vern and ‘Evie’ ministered in Honduras, Bibleville in Texas and enjoyed summers at Gull Lake. Evie passed away in 2015, and Vern was faithful to visit her in the care facility. God provided that Vern was able to also live at Woodlawn Meadows for the last several years, enjoying lunch dates with Evie before she passed away.
Vern is rejoicing with the Lord now and would say to you as he always did instead of saying goodbye, ‘God Bless’.
‘Rejoice in the Lord evermore” 1 Thessalonians 4:16
Friends may call 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at Hastings Baptist Church, 309 E. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI 49058. Another visitation and luncheon will be held 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Funeral services will be officiated by Dr. Matt Moser 12:30 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017. Interment will follow at Fuller Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Guideons International or Hastings Baptist Church. Arrangements are by Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care Richland Chapel. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com
Ronald Keith Mennell, age 74 of Hastings, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Spectrum Health, Pennock Hospital.
Ron was born September 19, 1942 in Battle Creek, MI to Alfred and M. Maxine (Gladstone) Mennell.
Ron grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central. After graduation he enrolled in the Air Force and was stationed for 4 years at Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. Upon discharge he returned to Battle Creek and joined the Battle Creek City Police Department. He liked to tell of his time as an undercover narcotics agent. He transferred to the Hastings City Police Department when he moved his family to Hastings. In 1978 Ron rejoined the Michigan Air National Guard, Battle Creek Post were he served as a Recruiter for many years before using his police training and becoming a Master Sergeant in the Air Guard Military Police. During his time in the Military Police he had the honor of guarding Air Force One and meeting President George Bush.
Ron retired in 1996 after 20 plus years with the Military. He was currently a Trustee for Hastings Charter Township. Ron was a member of American Legion Post 45 and enjoyed his 50 plus years of motorcycle riding. He was also known for his gruff outside but teddy bear heart for little children.
Ron is survived by his wife, Anita, sons; Ronald A. (Tina) Mennell, Dennis Mennell and Christopher (Symone) Mennell. Stepsons, Scott McKelvey, Nathan (Kathryn) McKelvey and step-daughter, Sarah (Jacob) Snow and brother Warren Jones. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to American Legion Post #45, 2160 S. M-37 Hwy., Hastings, MI 49058.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 3-5 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Funeral services for Ron will be held on Monday July 31, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, 405 N. M-37 Hwy., Hastings, MI. A one hour visitation will be held from 10-11 am prior to the Funeral Service at the Church. A luncheon will be provided. Interment will take place on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11:00 am at Fort Custer National Cemetery with full military honors.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
HASTINGS, MI. Margaret Elaine Snyder “Peg” at the age of 98, passed away July 19, 2017 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her son and daughter-in-law. She was born in Wayne County, Detroit, MI on September 19, 1918 to Allison Issac and Gaylia Mae (Curtis) Tolles. Margaret attended Lake Odessa Elementary School and in the early thirties moved with her parents to Hastings, Michigan. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1936.
On May 29, 1939 Margaret married Linden J Snyder in Louisville, KY., They had two children, Lynn Michael and Karen Kay (Snyder-Cracolici)-Hurd.
In 1946, Margaret with her husband and their two children move to a farm in Woodland twp. After her husband’s death in 1974, the farm became a burden so she sold it in 1980 and moved back to Hastings.
Margaret was talented and energetic. She traveled the US including Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She was Den Mother, an Avon Representative for over 75 years, being the longest Avon Rep at the time. She loved to cook, can and entertain. She cooked meals for the family reunions for 40 to 50 people, and made thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the entire family. For many years she was manager of a ladies clothing store in Hastings, Clerk for The Barry County District Courts for 10 years and was a farmer’s wife working in the fields when she lived on the farm. She loved to play golf and was a member of the Hastings Country Club, loved bowling and attended the WIBC Championship Tournaments yearly and became the oldest bowler on tour. Bridge was her favored card game. She started playing bridge in the late 30’s and still was playing weekly until two weeks prior to her death.
She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Woodland Twp while living on the farm. When Margaret moved to Hastings, she became a member of the Frist United Methodist Church on Green Street and was very active in church activates. She studied different religions and visited their churches and temples in the Michigan and Chicago areas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters Norma (Lake-Deal) Burbank and Jerry Fox. Margaret is survived by her two children; Lynn Michael (Rosalind) Snyder and Karen Kay (Michael) (Snyder-Cracolici) Hurd; four grandchildren, Alan Snyder, Kelly Snyder, Kevin (Natasha) Cracolici, Connie Cracolici,; five step grandchildren, Jason (Tarynn) Fife Karen Fulghum, Donald (Lisa)Fife, Rebecca (Timothy) Olson, and Katherine (Patrick) Donovan ; six great grandchildren; twelve step great grandchildren; fourteen great – great step grandchildren and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Memorial services were held on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Riverside Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, MI
Karin K. (Gibson) Johnson passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 surrounded by her family after a long fought battle with cancer.
Karin was born in Lansing, MI to Dawne and T. Kent Gibson on September 5, 1968. She lived in Sunfield, MI until she was 6 and then lived in Hastings for the remainder of her school age years. Karin grew up with 3 bothers, Gregg (Allyson), Geoff (Steph) and Grant (Amber).
Karin was always full of energy, faith, music and a love for children. She earned her degree in elementary education from Michigan State University in 1992, and then married Brad Johnson that summer before moving to the east side of the state of Michigan to teach. There she taught language arts for the Wayne-Westland Community Schools for 6 years until her second child was born. She also earned a Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University during this time.
Brad and Karin decided to move back to the west side of the state of Michigan in 1998 so their children could grow up around family. Karin stayed home and raised their two boys, Matthew and Samuel and later had two more children, Hannah and Micah.
Karin was always active in her children’s education, and volunteered frequently with the local library and in the schools. When Micah went to school, Karin decided to go also, and she was hired to teach preschoolers in the Great Start Readiness Program at Northeastern Elementary. Throughout the years, Karin was also the teacher and music leader for the 3-11 year olds in her church as she loved working with the primary aged children.
Karin was an avid singer and enjoyed her “music therapy” while performing with the Lakewood Area Choral Society. She also enjoyed running and reading.
Karin’s greatest source of joy was her family, and she loved seeing her children try their best and excel in school, scouts and sports. Karin was so sad to be taken by a recurrence of breast cancer as she had many plans and great things to look forward to. She wanted to thank everyone for being a part of her life and ask that you all find ways to help show continued love and support to her family. Cheer for them extra loud at their events, give them hugs and support when you see them, and help them to continue to feel their mother’s love.
Memorial service will be Wednesday June 21, 2017 at 5:30pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 505 N. Airport Rd, Hastings, MI. An open reception will immediately follow from 6:30 – 8:30. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to the Karin Johnson Scholarship fund c/o Hastings Educational Enrichment Foundation, 232 West Grand Street, Hastings, MI 49058.
Harry Schultz Jr., age 86 of Middleville passed away June 7, 2017.
Harry was born November 3, 1930 at home in Kent County; the son of Harry W. and Violet R. (Wickham) Schultz. A veteran, Harry proudly served his country as a United States Ranger with the 82nd Airborne in the Korean War. A loyal employee of E.W. Bliss for thirty five years, Harry enjoyed antique tractors and small antique gas engines. Harry was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Middleville and the American Legion Post 305, Caledonia for many years. He will fondly be remembered as a jokester, who enjoyed life.
On January 9, 1954; Harry married the love of his life: the former Shirley Hummell, who survives. Harry is also survived by sons: Ricky (Debra) Schultz, Joey Schultz, and Cecil (Doreen) Schultz, six grandchildren, several great grandchildren, sisters in law: Bonnie Schultz, Sandra Barrigar, Patricia Orr, Mary Lester, and Bonnie Hummell; brothers in law: Jon Hummell, David Hummell, Robert Hummell, and Gene Hummell, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter: Rebecca Sweeney, and brothers: Benjamin and Michael Schultz.
Harry’s family will receive friends Saturday, June 10, 2017, 11:00 - 1:00 PM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home, Middleville, where his funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Pastor Dave Plutschouw, officiating. Burial will take place in Irving Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to Shriners Hospital for Children will be appreciated.
Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Harry’s family.
Leota G. (Miller-Aspinall) Wadsworth passed away on April 26, 2017 age 80 of Zephyrhills, Florida, formally of Hastings, MI.
Born in Alama, MI on December 2, 1936 to Sager and Sadie (Scott) Miller. In September 1956 she married Ford Aspinall, Jr., who passed away after 44 wonderful years of marriage in May of 2000.
During her life she was employed at Hastings Action Rod, Flexfab, and attended Wright Beauty Academy, graduating as a licensed cosmetologist, she started Leota’s Hair Salon and after 25 years she and Ford retired and moved to Wesley Chapel, FL.
She loved taking trips by motor home, a real passion for country music and went to every show she could, making jewelry and other crafts for different charities kept her busy, she had a huge doll collection, and by her requests has been donated to the church for underprivileged children.
Leota was very active member of the Methodist Church and the San Antonio FL Church where she met her husband Keith Wadsworth they were married May 2005.
Preceded in death by her husband Ford; parents, siblings; Tressa Miller, Lois Bowman, Freida Huver, Iva Reigler, Gerald Miller.
Survived by her husband, Keith, brothers; Sager Jr. (Marguerite) Miller, Robert (Sandra) Miller; best friend and sister in-law, Janet Aspinall, sister in-law’s; Evelyn Hecht, Joyce Aspinall, brother in-law; Norman (Diane) Aspinall, stepson’s; Michael (Marla) Wadsworth, Richard (Joan) Wadsworth and several special nieces and nephews.
According to her wishes cremation has taken place.
A Celebration of Leota’s life will be held on May 18, 2017 at 11:30 am at the Commission on Aging located at 320 W Woodlawn Ave, Hastings, MI 49058
Memorial contributions in Leota’s name can be made to Commission on Aging or a charity of one’s choice.
Lauer Family Funeral Homes- Wren Chapel located at 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings has been entrusted to care for the family. Please share a memory with Leota’s family at www.lauerfh.com
Sharon Dixon, 70, of Hastings, joined her husband, Hugh Baker, and her parents in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
Sharon was born to the late Gerald and Irene Cutchall in Hastings on September 13, 1946. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Chase Baker and granddaughter Rachael Baker.
Sharon is survived by five children: Ted (Deb) Baker, Tim (Debbie) Baker, Trent (Stacey) Baker, Tariza Baker and Terry (Gail) Baker. She dearly loved her grandchildren, Angela (Chad) Metzger, Douglas (Shelby) Baker, Nikolas Baker, Bradley and Brandon Baker, Emily, Tessa and Samuel Fenstemaker, Tiffany Coley, Corey Payne and great-grandchildren, Jamie, Josslynn, Jeremiah and Juddsen Metzger and Abigail Coley. She is also survived by other family and many friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Thornapple Valley Church, 2750 South M-43 Highway. A private burial will be held later at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Middleville. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the family to help with funeral expenses.
Ralph K. Schantz age 85, passed away, April 28, 2017 at Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital. Ralph was born November 19, 1931, the son of Otto L. and Ferne E. (Pickett) Schantz. A graduate of Thornapple High School class of 1950. On September 6, 1952, Ralph married the love of his life, Mary Lou Eggleston, who survives. Ralph was a loyal employee of Montgomery Wards, where he worked in appliance repair for many years. He also farmed, and was an avid Detroit Tiger, Detroit Lions fan and a John Deer ethusisist. Ralph will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was a jack of all trades and could build or fix anything. Other members of his family include daughters: Cindy (Greg) Wieck, Dawn (Lloyd) Kilmer, and Karen Nicholson, sons: John (Doris) Schantz and Randy Schantz, a sister in law, Verle Schantz, seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Mildred Martin and Lucille Atherton, a brother Russell Schantz and a son in law Robert Nicholson. His family will receive friends Tuesday May 2, 2017, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, with his funeral service at 1:00 PM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home, Middleville, Pastor Tony Shumaker, officiating. Private interment will take place in Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of one’s choice will be appreciated. Ralph’s family would like to thank the staff of Magnum Care of Hastings for the excellent care Ralph received. Please visit www.beelergoresfunreal.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Ralph’s family.
Michael Lloyd Pennington, age 61 of Hastings, passed away April 25, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.
Mike was born January 12, 1956 in Hastings, Michigan, the son of Lloyd and Susan (Janose) Pennington Jr. He graduated from Hastings High School, class of 1974. Mike was co-owner and operator of Pennington Construction with his brother Steve for the past 40 years. He married Mary Jasperse on April 8, 1989.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Pennington Jr., mother-in-law and father-in-law, Leon and Crystene Jasperse, sister-in-law, Judy Pennington, niece Jessica Merrill and brother-in-law, David Jasperse.
Mike is survived by his wife, Mary Pennington, daughters, Melissa Pennington and Christina (Rob) Yattaw, grandchildren, Brianna, Matthew and Christopher, mother, Susan Pennington, brothers, Steve (Bev) Pennington, and Joe Pennington, sisters, Sandy (David) Nichols, and Teresa (Jay) Beckwith as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mike loved the outdoors, and enjoyed hunting, boating and golf. He enjoyed watching NASCAR on Sundays, enjoyed bowling, especially the couples bowling league that he and Mary bowled on for many years. Mike also loved spending summers at Pine Lake. He and Mary enjoyed vacations to Mexico, going to the Casinos and spending time with family and friends.
Mike was the type of person that was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it. He enjoyed being the caretaker of the family. Mike was a hard worker and enjoyed the many years working with brother, Steve in the family owned business.
Mike was a good man, loving husband and father. He was a friend to many and loved by all that knew him, he will truly be missed. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 2:30 to 5:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held following the visitation at 5:30 at the Hastings Elks Lodge, 102 E. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI, where a light meal will be served.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
Josephine I. (Rairigh, Warren) Dedyne passed away on April 23, 2017 after a courageous 3 year battle with cancer at age 90, at the Faith Hospice Trillium Woods surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 13, 1927 to Harold and Myrtle (Sease) Rairigh in Woodland, MI. Josephine loved family gatherings and felt those were so special to see everyone she loved; she enjoyed reading and fall tours to Traverse City. She loved giving back to her community, always volunteering and organizing events for COA, felt it kept her young and active. Josephine worked for 10 years at Hastings Manufacturing and worked for various Barry County organizations over the years, her last one was COA of Barry County where she was employed for 27 years and retired at age 87. Preceded in death by; her parents; siblings; and husbands. Survived by her children; Cindy (Larry) Fisher, Scott (Connie) Warren, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her wonderful family at COA. For those who wish, memorial contributions can be made to Commission On Aging, 320 W Woodlawn Ave, Hastings, MI 49058 and to Faith Hospice, 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. A celebration of Josephine’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:00 PM with a visitation prior starting at 10:00 AM at Outreach Christian Church located at 7831 N. Jordan Lake Road, in Lake Odessa. Please share a memory with Josephine’s family at www.lauerfh.com
Donna Marie Cullers of Hastings, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at age 86. She was born on August 19, 1930 in Hastings, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Celia (Cline) Tobias. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1948. She worked at Penny Store in 1948, Michigan Bell for 2 years and Keeler Brass from 1966 to 1992 when she retired. She married the late John Ruby and in 1984 married George Cullers. She was on the M.U.C.C Board of Directors, NRA Member, T.O.P.S. #338, and a member of Living Waters Church in Hastings.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters, son Johnnie Ruby and daughter-in-law Barb Ruby. She is survived by her husband of 33 years George, daughter Sue (former husband Marty) Preston, Steve Ruby, step children Richard (Pat) Cullers, Beverly Litty, Darline Schriver, 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.
Memorial Service will be at 11:00am on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S. Broadway Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058 with Pastor Gary Newton officiating. The family will receive guests one hour prior to the service. Memorial Contributions may be made to Barry County Youth Day (Checks made to Barry Conservation District) 1611 S Hanover, Suite 105, Hastings, MI 49058.
Ronald Edwin Coats of Hastings passed away on March 15, 2017 at age 76. He was born March 15, 1941 in Hastings, Michigan. He graduated from Woodland High School in 1959. In August of 1960 he married Joanne Lydy. He worked at General Motors, Bliss Press USA, and then the family farm. For many years, he was the Chief of the Woodland Fire Department. He was a member of the Charlton Park Gas and Steam Club and attended the Clarksville Steam Show every year. In 17 years, he never missed the Michigan Technological University's Winter Carnival. He collected family memorabilia and antique tractors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spent every summer at, what he referred to as “God’s Country” Glen Lake. He enjoyed making maple syrup for his family and friends. His love for the Lord was demonstrated in his generosity. If anyone needed anything, he would always help and never expected anything in return.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents Max Edwin and Grace Isabel (Hart) Coats, wife of 31 years Joanne, grandson Johnathan Coats, and niece Melissa Eden. He is survived by daughters Ronda (Kevin) Colley, Lisa (Tony) Coughlin, Jennifer (Chad) Horton, grandchildren Justin Benner, William Hildreth, Chase Coughlin, Ryan Coughlin, Jordyn Coats, Lance Horton, great grandchildren Khilor and Wyatt Coughlin, and sisters Carolyn (Keith) Murphy, and Maxine Nicholas.
Memorial Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S. Broadway Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058. Memorial Service will be at 11:00am on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Barry Community Enrichment Center 231 S. Broadway Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058. The family will receive guest one hour prior to the service and there will be a light lunch following. Ronald wished to be cremated and there will be a private family burial. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 129 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 or the Charlton Park Gas and Steam Club 2545 S. Charlton Park Road, Hastings, Michigan 49058.
Jennie Pettengill, age 93 of Hastings, Michigan passed away March 13, 2017 at Woodlawn Meadows Assisted Living in Hastings.
Jennie was born in Pinconning, Michigan on March 12, 1924, the daughter of Stan and Victoria (Pilas) Pietras. She graduated from High School in 1942. After High School she worked at Michigan Bell for a short time. Jennie married William Pettengill on November 27, 1948. Together they had 6 children, which were the center of her life.
Jennie has been a member of the St. Rose of Lima Church since 1962. She enjoyed bowling, sewing and reading.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sister, three brothers, her husband of 50 years, William C. Pettengill (3/20/99), son, Timothy E. Pettengill, daughter, Tina Williams and son-in-law, Steven Hankamp.
Jennie is survived by her children: son, Will Pettengill of Frederic, MI, daughters, Anne Hankamp of Grand Rapids, Diane (Roger) Gardner of Vermontville, Patricia (Dennis) Steffes of Middleville, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 8214 Pfeiffer Dr., SW, Byron Center, MI 49315.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Rose of Lima Church, 805 S. Jefferson, Hastings, MI 49058. A luncheon will follow the service. Burial will take place at Hastings Township Cemetery. Fr. Stephan Philip, Celebrant.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
Stephen VanRavenswaay , age 44 of Dowling, Michigan and formerly Orange County, Florida, passed away February 3, 2017 at his residence.
Stephen was born September 11, 1972 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of David L. and Sharon K. (Kotesky) VanRavenswaay. He graduated from Wayland High School in 1990. Steve married Lisa Marie Douglas on August 26, 1995.
Stephen was a retired firefighter from Florida's Orange County Fire Rescue where he worked for seventeen years. He also worked for Volusia County fire Services (FL) for two years. He had a passion for little league softball, which he served as president of the association. Stephen had a bawdy sense of humor and loved helping people, on and off the job. He loved spending time with his two daughters, Stephanie and Brittney, wife Lisa of 21 years and his firefighter family.
Stephen will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Lisa VanRavenswaay of Dowling, daughters, Brittney and Stephanie VanRavenswaay, parents, David and Sharon VanRavenswaay, brother, Bryan (Gloria) VanRavenswaay, In-Laws, Loretta and Randy Feinman, and James Douglas and Arlene Douglas, brother and sister-in-laws, James and Lesley Douglas, Michael and Heather Feinman, Jaime Drucker, many aunts, uncles, cousins and his fire rescue family.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A Memorial service will follow visitation at 1:00 pm. Pastor Steve Olmstead will officiate the service. A Luncheon will follow the Memorial service at Pleasantview Family Church, 2601 Lacey Rd., Dowling, MI.
Jane E. Power passed away peacefully on January 21, 2017, at Thornapple Manor.
Jane was born August 7, 1943, in Chicago; the daughter of George and Margretta (Kollig) Power. A graduate of Catholic University of America where she made many lifelong friends, Jane went to New York and began her career as a Social Worker. After a few years, Jane decided to continue her studies at Michigan State University where she earned a Master’s Degree in psychiatric social work. As a licensed clinical social worker in California, Jane worked tirelessly for ill and disabled people. Jane, also, suffered from the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis for many years but never lost her sense of humor or desire to help others and continued her work as long as possible.
Jane is survived by a brother, George (Vang) Power, a sister, Albie (James) Brunner and several nieces and nephews. Jane was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Smith.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Monday, February 20, 2017, 11:00 AM, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Hastings. Private inurnment will take place at the Edgewater-New Smyrna Cemetery, Edgewater, Florida. For a more lasting memorial, please consider memorial contributions to: Multiple Sclerosis Society or Joseph’s Genetic Journey.
Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Jane’s family. Jane’s family is being served by the Williams-Gores Funeral Home
Jack Kennedy 93 of Hastings, passed away on Sunday January 22, 2017 at Woodlawn Meadows.
He was born September 28, 1923 in Wheeling, West Virginia to James and Mary Elizabeth Kennedy.
Jack served his country in the Army during WWII in Europe with the 283rd Engineer Combat Battalion. He received 2 battle stars and built pontoon bridges across the Rhine River at Cologne.
He graduated from Ohio State University in 1949 with a degree in Engineering.
Jack worked for E.W. Bliss from 1948-1981 and served many years as Manager of Sales Engineering.
He married Gretchen Beverwyk on January 12, 1963. He and Gretchen traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states, most of Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia, plus they took many cruises together. He was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings and served on many committees there. He belonged to the Hastings Country Club, was a life member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the American Legion and enjoyed Golf and Bridge. Jack is survived by 10 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gretchen; and brother, Dr. James Kennedy.
The family would like to thank Woodlawn Meadows Assisted Living for their kind and compassionate care. Jack’s family will receive friends and family on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Lauer Family Funeral Homes-Wren Chapel, 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings from 5-7 PM and 1 hour prior to the Funeral Service on Friday January 27, 2017 at 11 AM. Dr. James Spindler will officiate. Interment will follow in Rutland Township Cemetery with Military Honors.
Please consider memorial contributions to First Presbyterian Church of Hastings.
You may share condolences or memories with the family at www.lauerfuneralhomes.com.
Timothy Ronald Boucher Sr, age 83 of Nashville, Michigan passed away January 15, 2017 surrounded by his family.
Tim was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on May 30, 1933. He is the son of Samson Dewey Boucher and Ada Beatrice Brownell.
In 1952 Tim graduated from Marshall public schools. He then went on to attend Michigan State University. From 1955-57 he proudly served in the US Navy aboard U.S.S. Yorktown. He began his work history with the Kellogg company then on to Equitable Insurance. Eventually he ventured out to found PBS Realty with Slayton and Porg in Battle Creek. Tim’s business interests were diverse. In addition to the real estate company he owned with his wife Alice, he also owned Maple Valley Arms, Mulberry Fore Golf course, and Pennock Stone and Gravel. In 2005 he and Alice created the nonprofit organization Good Stewards; providing guardian and payee services offices in Chemical Bank in Hastings, MI.
Tim worshipped at the Nashville Baptist Church and enjoyed his daily Bible study at his desk, sharing what he learned with friends and family. He cared deeply for all animals and was a fierce advocate for the just treatment of all creatures. Special joy was found in time spent with his grandchildren. He was always creating memorable experiences for the gang.
Sadly, Tim was preceded in death by his son Thomas (Tad) Davis, his mother and father, and five siblings. Tim is survived by his wife Alice (Pennock) Boucher, son Timothy (Peg) Boucher Jr, son Asa Davis, daughter Ronna Lewis, daughter Linda (Vincent) Bradley, daughter-in-law Sue (Tad) Davis and his grandchildren, Kevin (Amanda) Davis, Jeanette (Ryan) Wojton, Dylan (Jessica) Bradley, Becky Davis, Zach Boucher, Nealon Bradley, Corbin Boucher, Adam Lewis and three great grandchildren, Judah, Micaiah and Asa.
If someone would like to give a donation in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Good Stewards, PO Box 283 Hastings, MI or the Nashville Baptist Church, 312 Phillips St Nashville, MI 49073.
Visitation will be held at the Girrbach funeral home, 328 S. Broadway Hastings, MI on Friday January 20, 2017 from 6-8 pm. Funeral Services will be Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Nashville Baptist Church, 312 Phillips St, Nashville, MI at 11 am.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence please visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
A bright light entered heaven as Linda Louise (Larsen) Smith passed away January 6, 2017. Linda was born to Harry and E. Alma (Schantz) Larsen on January 26, 1938.
Linda attended Muskegon and Hastings schools graduating from Hastings High School in 1956. One week later, on June 17th, she married her high school sweetheart, Marvin Smith. Together, they would raise their 3 children on the family's Goodwill Dairy farm home of the Lakegrove Holsteins. While Linda was a Stay-at-Home Mom, she also kept the farm’s financial records, registration records and helped with chores. In later years, Linda also worked part time at The Leigh Ann Store, Hodges Jewelry and Bull Creek Veterinary clinic.
Because of the strong agriculture influence on the once city girl, Linda delved into all activities that her family became involved in. Linda became a 4-H cooking leader, served on the 4-H Council and served as Assistant Dairy Superintendent at the Barry County Fair. Family involvement in the Registered Holstein Association led Linda to serve as both County and District Secretary. She served as clerk at numerous cattle shows County, District and State wide.
Along with her husband, Linda was a long- time Farm Bureau member and served as President of the County Farm Bureau Women for several years.
Linda followed the activities of her beloved grandchildren which led full circle to the Barry County fair. She supported their efforts in showing sheep, and took delight in cheering the boys on during antique tractor club pulls. Her grandchildren are very grateful for the memories made on many camping trips with Grandma and Grandpa. Her grandchildren's sporting and band events were also a big highlight in her life.
Linda was an avid reader, but also loved sports, especially MSU and Lions football along with anything to do with NASCAR. She loved traveling and, together with her husband, traveled all over the south falling in love with the Natchez Trace. They also loved touring through upper Michigan, especially in the Traverse City wine region.
Linda was a member of the Hastings First United Methodist church and had participated in its’ Women’s circles.
Linda is survived by her 3 children Lisa (Buff) Coe, Michael Smith and Kristine (Morgan) Olson, her 3 grandchildren Kyle (Carolyn Moon) Stevens, Kelsey Stevens and Nathan (Jessica) Stevens, 4 step – grandchildren Amy Coe Clark, Adam Robinson, Jeremy McDonald and Erik Robinson and favorite brother-in-law Ben (Sharon) Smith. Linda was preceded in death by her husband Marvin, parents Harry and Alma and in-laws Melvin and Marie.
Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Lauer Family Funeral Homes- Wren Chapel located at 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings with a Celebration of Linda’ life at 11:00 with her son-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Buff Coe presiding. Interment will take place at the Rutland township cemetery with a luncheon to follow at Hastings First United Methodist church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society www.cancer.org. , Great Lakes Hospice Care www.greatlakescaring.com or the Barry County Steam, Gas and Antique Machinery Association. Please share a memory or condolences at www.lauerfuneralhomes.com.
Elsa Fern (Pease) Jordan Taylor , age 92 of Hastings, went to be with her Lord on December 25, 2016 at her residence.
She was born July 13, 1924 to Charles and Fern (Forman) Pease, in Scottville, Michigan, the second of four children.
She graduated from Hastings High School in 1943. Elsa married Lawrence Jordan right after world war II, he preceded her in death in 1965. Later in life she married Joseph Taylor which he also preceded her in death, as did her brother, Ellsworth Pease and sister Genevieve Hall.
Elsa is survived by her sister, Clarice (Jerry) Miles, her three children; Joann (David) Logan, Lawrence (Beverly) Jordan, and Charles (Linda) Jordan, 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.and brother in-law Harold Hall.
During WWII Elsa worked at Tyden Lock and Seal and later was among the first group of nursing assistant at the Medical Facility (Thornapple Manor) until 1965.
Elsa hobbies she enjoyed, consisted of ceramics, flowers, and crafts for church bazaars.
She was also active as a 4H leader, Sunday school teacher at United Methodist Welcome Corners Church.
Visitation will be held Wednesday December 28, 2016 from 4:00pm until 5:00pm
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 5:00pm at Welcome Corners United Methodist Church.
Lay Minister Mickey Cousino will officiate the service. Memorial contributions can be made to Welcome Corners United Methodist Church 3185 N.m43 Hwy. Hastings,Mi.49058 or Bronson Hospice.
Barbara A. Thornburgh passed peacefully on December 20, 2016 after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. Barbara was born to Clarence and Anna Cairns in Hastings, MI on May 23, 1937. Barbara and her brother, Lee grew up on a family farm in Hastings, MI. Barb graduated from Hastings High School in 1956. After high school, Barb went on to Michigan State University. While attending the university and attending church, a friend introduced her to her future husband, Glenn O. Thornburgh. They married in November of 1957. Together, Barb and Glenn shared three children, Mary, Rob and Lisa.
Barb spent her younger years involved in 4H and was active in the family farm where they raised sheep and dairy cattle. She showed sheep at the local fair and continued to be active in and support the 4H program as an adult. She was a 4H leader and served as the secretary for the Barry County Fair Board and was active in many agriculture and community events. Barbara had great love for the 4H program and was proud in knowing many members of her family continued on in that tradition. Barb was also an active member in the Quimby United Methodist church for many years. She played piano and supported the youth outreach programs. In addition, she spent time knitting and crocheting. She took great pride in making mittens for anyone who needed them and gave dozens of pair to Central Elementary School over the course of several years. She made sure several little hands stayed warm. She also used this talent to make prayer shawls for donations to ailing community members and new babies. She proudly acknowledged this work and made hundreds of them over the years. Barb was a great seamstress. She made wonderful dresses for her grand daughter Sarah. She would sew and knit baby blankets, sweaters and dress up clothing for the kids and helped make wedding dresses and bridal party dresses for most of her children. Barbara enjoyed working and playing at Creative Juices Pottery Studio and would shop for hours on QVC and loved her special lunchtime visits with her lady friends and staff at Wendy’s. She was flower enthusiast and could tell you numerous things about many types of flowering plants. She also was an avid bird watcher and shared this knowledge with those who would take time to learn. The thing that gave her the greatest joy was watching and spending time with her grandchildren. At one time or another, she cared for each and every one of them. In her own words, “Being a Grandma is the best.” She later stated that she was so grateful to have the privilege to watch them all grow and become adults and reach for their dreams.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Anna Cairns, her husband Glenn and recently by her youngest daughter, Lisa Hunter. She is survived by her children, Mary Guy, Robert (Angela) Thornburgh and her son-in-law Joe Hunter, sister Judy . She had 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren: Joseph Hunter and Morgan Hunter, both of Seneca, South Carolina. Adam Guy (Sammy) of Lake Odessa, Sarah Thornburgh of Washington D.C. and Ryan Thornburgh of Hastings, MI. Great Grandchildren Colton Guy and Emerson Guy. She is also survived by many special relatives and friends that include Barb’s brother, Lee (Ruby) Cairns and his family, Mary’s partner, Art Berthold, who provided special care and friendship to Barb, nieces, nephews and friends from church and community organizations. Family wishes to thank the many special people who have visited with Barb in the time of her illness.
Barb is at the Lauer Family Funeral Home – Wren Chapel 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings where her family will receive friends on Tuesday December 27 2016 from 10 am until time of services at 11am
In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored to have you honor Barb with your donation to the Barry County Agricultural Society or local Barry County 4H programs.
Please share a memory with Barb’s family at www.lauerfh.com.
Darla Sue Cappon, age 57 of Hastings, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, December 11, 2016. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her passing.
Darla was born on July 15, 1959 in Hastings, Michigan, the daughter of Marshall E. "Dutch" and Vonda J. (Webb) Cappon. She attended Hastings Area Schools. Darla worked for the EBI Breakthrough program in Lake Odessa and the Barry Intermediate School District Workshop.
Darla was a member of the Hastings Baptist Church and dearly loved the Lord, her church family and attending church. She was a big fan of the "I Love Lucy" show, and enjoyed stamping homemade cards, latch hook rug making, swimming, riding her bike, and going out to eat. Darla loved her family and attending family gatherings, holidays and parties. She also enjoyed winters in Florida.
Darla displayed and gave unconditional Love to all those who knew her. She could light up a room with her infectious smile. Darla will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Darla was preceded in death by her grandparents; Wesley and Marguerite Webb, Cornell and Viola Cappon, Aunt Marguerite Lewis, Uncle Boyd Olson, Aunt Winnie Conrad , Aunt Arlie Travis, Uncle Bill Cappon and Uncle Bob Cappon.
She is survived by her parents, Marshall (Dutch) and Vonda Cappon, brothers, Daryl (Donna) Cappon, Terry (Dawn) Cappon, Marty (Carolyn) Cappon, 11 nieces and nephews and 27 great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Hastings Baptist Church, 309 E. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI. A one hour visitation will precede the funeral service from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Pastors Dan Currie and Matt Moser will officiate the service. Interment will take place at Rutland Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hastings Baptist Church, 309 E. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI 49058, in memory of Darla.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
Albert (Butch) E. Tossava, age 73 of Woodland, Michigan passed away December 9, 2016 at home.
Butch was born on March 25, 1943 in Troy, Michigan the son of Peter and Doris (Dwyer) Tossava. He attended Hastings High School, graduating in 1961. Butch married Carolyn Sue Wilson in April of 1964. She preceded him in death, after 39 years of marriage. Butch later married Margaret Pruett on January 22, 2011.
Butch was employed by Smitty's Gas Station in his early years, and also worked at Hastings Bookcase, General Motors, Northern Equipment in Grand Rapids and lastly for Chemical Bank as a currier.
Butch enjoyed fishing, golfing, working on cars, especially his 1928 Model A pickup, tinkering in his garage, woodworking, working in his yard, cooking, snowmobiling and spending time with his kids and grandkids. In his retirement years he enjoyed fishing with friends and family in the Hesperia area. Butch loved deeply and took great care of those he loved. He also loved helping anyone who needed it.
Butch was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Sue Tossava, parents, Peter and Doris Tossava, and brothers, Larry and Donald Tossava.
Butch is survived by his wife, Margaret Tossava, children, Brian (Kendra) Tossava, Pam (Rick) Cavalier, grandchildren, Courtney (Evan) Irvine, Shane Tossava, Bradley England, brothers, Bob (Jan) Tossava, David (Sue) Tossava, Pete (Connie) Tossava, step-children, Maxine Draper, Buck Tranbarger, Lilburn Tranbarger, Michelle Wallace and many loved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and Spectrum Health Hospice.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 11:00 am, also at Girrbach Funeral Home. Pastor Norman Barlow will officiate the service.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence please visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net
Edith Arminda Newton, age 95, of Hastings passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital in Hastings, MI. surrounded by loving family members.
Edith was born in Hastings, MI on September 2, 1921, the daughter of Charles and Celia (Cline) Tobias. She was raised in the Hastings area and attended local schools graduating from Hastings High School.Edith married her neighbor and high school sweetheart Carroll Newton shortly after her graduation on June 18, 1940. Carroll always said Edith had the blackest eyes he'd ever seen. They began their lives together in the Hastings area, and in 1964 moved to their farm in Charlotte. They lived in Barry Township, in Charlotte, and for the last 25 years at their farm in Hastings. The couple had celebrated 74 1/2 years of marriage when Carroll passed away in November 2014. Edith thoroughly enjoyed the role of homemaker and was a wonderful Mother and an excellent cook. Homemade noodles, pies of every kind, and Strawberry Shortcake were family favorites. In addition, Edith became a tremendous support to her husband’s 30 year political career. She participated in several organizations over the years including Michigan Farm Bureau, the local Grange, Extension, and the Hendershot School Chum Gang.Edith enjoyed being outdoors and was a skilled deer hunter. Her 13 point buck holds the family’s record rack for Whitetail deer. Throughout the years Edith kept a daily journal of the weather and events. Along with her husband, the couple traveled extensively throughout the United States visiting each state. Two of their favorites were Alaska & Hawaii. After Carroll retired, they purchased a home in Longboat Key Florida where they spent their winters making new friends and welcoming family and friends to visit and stay. Edith loved to socialize, play cards and go out to eat.
Edith is survived by 4 of her children, Judy (Don) Wooer, June (Robert) Cribley, Joyce Snow (Alan Hanson) and Darrell (Kathy) Newton, 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, sister Donna Cullers and Brother-in-law Laurel Newton. In addition to her husband, Carroll, Edith was preceded in death by her son Dwight Newton, daughter Jean Newton, grandson Jesse Snow, granddaughter Teresa Newton Harwood, and her brothers Dewey, Ken, Dale, and Ivan Tobias and sister Evelyn Higgins.
Funeral Services will be held at The Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, MI, at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 9, 2016 with Pastor Gary Newton officiating. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, December 8, from 6-8 PM at The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, MI.Interment will take place at the Dowling Cemetery Hastings, MI.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Hastings Chapter of the American Legion, the Barry County Commission on Aging or the Barry County Transit. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, MI. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net
William “Bill” Henry Astle, Jr, passed away peacefully at home in Otsego, Michigan, November 17, 2016, wrapped in the love of family and friends, and in the care of Allegan Wings of Hope Hospice. Bill was 82.
Bill was born January 11, 1934, in Camas, Washington, the third child and first son of William “Butsy” Astle and Catherine “Vonnie” (Furlotte) Astle. By the age of 3 he and his family moved to Plainwell, Michigan, where his Dad was as a foreman at the paper mill. Bill was President of his Senior Class and an all-star athlete in basketball, baseball, and football. In 2012 he was honored to be inducted into the Plainwell High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bill spent 4 years in the Air Force, and then attended Western Michigan University. He married Sally Bowers in 1963 and is blessed with 4 daughters. Bill was an art director for International Paper Company and a purchasing manager for Flexfab, which brought him to Hastings in the 80’s. He left the business world to be Resident Manager of YMCA Camp Manitoulin for 14 years, which he said was the best job he ever had. He married Judy Hughes in 1996 and in retirement continued working for Amway, Camp Henry and Heifer International. Judy and Bill returned to Michigan to live in Otsego in 2008.
Over the years Bill was a member at Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches. He was passionate about the outdoors: skiing, cycling, backpacking, and photography, and became an avid adaptive skier and cyclist since 2004, conquering Hemlock in a monoski at his beloved Timber Ridge dozens of times.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, “Butsy” and “Vonnie” Astle, his sister Beverly Madden (Bill), brother-in-law George McLaughlin (Betty), and first wife Sally (Bowers) Astle. He is survived by wife Judy Astle, sisters Betty McLaughlin and Barbara Pleyte (Gary), 4 daughters, Sarah Dean (Jeff), Connie Fox, Laura Benevides (Carl), Rebecca Allen, stepchildren Ben Hughes (Jennifer), and Jennifer Robelli (Erik), and grandchildren Meghan Fox, Nick Meyers, Tyler Robelli, Maxwell Benevides, Ben Fox, Aiden Hughes, Ethan Hughes, Celia Robelli and Eliana Robelli. He is also survived by 8 nephews and 3 nieces and their children, and grandchildren.
A Celebration of his Life will be held on Friday, November 25, 2016, at 5PM at Timber Ridge. Visitation begins at 4PM. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to The Bill Astle Fund at Timber Ridge Ski Area, 07500 23 ½ St, Gobles, Mi 49055
Donald Charles Hammond, age 70, of Hastings, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 at home. Donald was born June 7, 1946, in Hastings, Michigan; the son of Orville Herman and Georgia Mae (Rickle) Hammond.
Donald attended country school at Doud, Hinds, Hastings Middle School and Hastings High School, graduating in 1964. Shortly after graduation, Donald was drafted into the Army. He proudly served his country in Vietnam 1966 - 1967 where he sustained a severe back injury being hospitalized at several overseas locations before being transferred to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D. C.. Donald was honorably discharged in 1968 coming home in a full body cast. He earned the rank of Specialist E-4 and he received many medals: the Air Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal with device 1960, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14).
After returning from Vietnam, Donald was employed with John Rodgers Construction and worked for Lester Monica. In 1970, Donald was employed at the United States Postal Service in Hastings, as a City Letter Carrier (Mailman). Donald retired after thirty one years - four months of dedicated service in 2000, the first ever recipient to receive the highest Postal Service POTS (Part of the Solution) Award designed to honor employees with exemplary service. His job of City Letter Carrier required him to walk an average of fifteen miles a day. Donald never missed a day of work.
Donald was raised on the family farm in Hope Township where he learned respect for the land and a solid work ethic. He was involved in FFA in high school. Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling to his cabin up north. He carried on the family tradition of celebrating July 4th (his father’s birthday after he passed away) for the family members. He really enjoyed the family and loved his nieces, nephews. He called them his children. Donald was a life member of the Delton VFW Post 422 and a life member of the NRA.
Donald is survived by Bessie Easey, his life companion of thirty nine years, two sisters: Shirley (Robert) Case and Irene Lake of Hastings, a sister in law: Marie Hammond, several cousins, nieces and nephews, and he loved his cats. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, a brother: Claude Edison Hammond and a brother in law: William A. Lake.
Donald’s family will receive friends Tuesday, 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home, Delton; where Donald’s funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:00 AM, Pastor Steve Olmsted, officiating. Burial will take place in Cedar Creek Cemetery will full military honors. A memorial luncheon will follow at Pleasantview Family Church.
Memorial contributions to Barry Community Hospice or Pleasantview Family Church will be appreciated. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to sign the guest book, share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Donald’s family.
Sherry Ann Walton, age 70 of Hastings, passed away November 7, 2016 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.
Sherry was born September 20, 1946 in Hastings, the daughter of John Lewis and Hazel E. (Heacock) Gutheridge. She graduated from Hastings High School. Sherry worked at Pennock Hospital for over 40 years. She started as a nurse's aide and her last position was unit secretary.
Sherry enjoyed camping, traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, feeding and watching the birds and occasionally a trip to the Casino. In her high school years she was very involved in the marching band and played the clarinet. Sherry was also a member of the Living Waters Church in Hastings.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sons, Randy and Raymond VanWie.
Sherry is survived by her children, Susan Stark and John Walton, former husband, Linden Walton, grandchildren: Riley and Toby Stark, and Randy Walton, brothers, Lewis, Bruce (Connie), Frank (Melody) and Richard Gutheridge, sister-in-laws, Darla Burghdoff, Sheryl Allerding, Delores Kenyon, Bonnie Cronk, and Betty Carr.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Living Waters Church, 1302 S. Hanover St., Hastings, MI. Pastor Gary Newton will officiate the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Living Waters Church.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, in Hastings. To leave an online condolence visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
55 year old Lisa Kirby of Hastings died on Sept. 29th, 2016. A Memorial Service for Lisa Kirby will be held this Saturday Oct. 22nd from 1-3PM at the County Seat Lounge in Hastings.
Carmon Long of Nashville, passed away at his home on September 18, 2016 at the age of 71.
He was born on April 14, 1945 in Royalton, Kentucky, the son of Homer and Loretta (Bailey) Long. Carmon attended Hastings High School. He married Linda Lou Rishel on October 17, 1987. Carmon worked at the Target warehouse as a switcher. He loved to garden and enjoyed traveling.
Carmon was preceded in death by his parents, wife Linda Long, and sister Rotha Murphy.
He is survived by his brothers, Smith Long and Rickie Long, step children David Rishel of Colorado, Linda (Ray) Hartman of Connecticut, Suzie (Paul) McIntyre of Michigan, and Joanie Notghi of Connecticut. Carmon has been laid to rest next to his wife Linda at Cedar Creek Cemetery in Delton, Michigan.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 10:00am to 11:00am at Thornapple Valley Church. A memorial service for Carmon Long will follow at 11am at Thornapple Valley Church.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, Michigan. To leave online condolences visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.com.
Martha Daisy Long of Hastings, passed away on October 1, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the age of 95. She was born on June 4, 1921 in Hope Township, the daughter of John and Jessie (Wright) Hallock. She attended Doud School in Cedar Creek. In 1935 she married Lloyd Long. She loved cooking, reading, gardening, and bird watching.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 42 years Lloyd Long, daughters Janet Long and Shirley Hyde, son Henry Long, sisters Rose Hallock, and Bethel Peake, brothers Forrest Hallock and Warren Hallock. She is survived by daughters Patricia (Russell) Kermeen, Mary (Phil) Hermenitt, son Lloyd Long, Jr., sister Laura Wibalda, grandchildren Dawn Falk, Robert Bird Jr., Michael Bird, Kelli Bird, Adam Hermenitt, and Amy Hoogewind, and 7 great grandchildren.
Services will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Girrbach Funeral Home 328 S. Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058, with Pastor Kathy Smith officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Commission on Aging 320 W. Woodlawn Ave, Hastings, MI 49058, Alzheimer’s Association 2944 Fuller Ave. NE #101, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 or a charity of your choice. To leave online condolences visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
Borgia Louise McKibbin, age 94, of Yankee Springs was peacefully called to her heavenly home Friday, September 30, 2016 while a patient at Metro Hospital. Borgia was born November 13, 1921 in Shelburn, Indiana to her parents, Dewey and Ruby Anderson. She was the first born of their nine children. While working at the Hastings Coffee Shop, she met her husband of 69 years, Richard “Dick” McKibbin. She was a homemaker and did secretarial work for Dick McKibbin Car Sales. Borgia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a good pie maker. She was a long-time member of the Yankee Springs Bible Church. She will lovingly be remembered and missed by her sons, Ty (Mary) McKibbin of Hastings, Larry McKibbin of Middleville; daughters, Susan (Elwin) Bender of Hastings and Karen (James) Whitney of Ada; her grandchildren, Marta (Robert)Yeakey, Matt (Shanda) Bender, Amber (Floyd) Badanish, Adam, Tyler and Andrew (Abby) Whitney; step-granddaughter Cheryl Ostrowski and her daughters, six great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter; sisters, Lois Gibson of Delton, Joyce (Fred) Mills of Manistee,, Suzie (Dell) Morgan of White Hall, sister-in-law Phylis Anderson of Hastings; brother, Bob (Cleo) Anderson of Kewadin, MI; and several nieces and nephews. Borgia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick (2015); brothers, James Anderson, Edward “Pete” Anderson, Gerald “Sonny” Anderson and sister, Ruth Jean Taggart. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:00PM at the Yankee Springs Bible Church, 8900 Duffy Rd, Middleville, MI. Funeral Service will follow the visitation at 3:00PM. Pastor James L. Collison will officiate. Interment at the Yankee Springs Cemetery. Fellowship and a meal immediately following at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions maybe made to the Yankee Springs Bible Church.
Arrangement by Beeler-Gores Funeral Home, Middleville. You may leave online condolences for the family at www.beelergoresfuneral.com.
L. Dolores Hall passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Thornapple Manor, surrounded by her family.
She was born on May 13, 1916 in Harrison, Michigan to Walter and Nettie (Doty) Sunday. She spent her early childhood in Harrison and then in Lansing. Dolores then moved to Hastings and finished her schooling, graduating in 1934. She married Dale Hall on September 4, 1934.
Dolores worked for the ASC office until retirement and then took a part time job in retail. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting but gardening was her first love. She had a large garden and spent summers canning and freezing for the winter. She was an active member of Hope United Methodist Church and attended regularly. Winters were spent in Lakeland, Florida.
Dolores was preceded in death by her husband Dale, daughter, Judy Lenz, son-in-law's Jack Lenz and Mark Anderson, sisters, Josephine Vanderwater, Ruth Hale and brother, Edward Sunday.
Dolores is survived by her children, Ronald (Juanita) Hall, Christopher (Cindy) Hall, Carole (Milt) Poulos, and Christine Anderson, all of Hastings.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Hope United Methodist Church, 2920 S. M-37 Hwy., Hastings at 12:00 pm. A one hour visitation period will precede the funeral service from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope United Methodist Church or a charity of ones choice.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
Marian K. Wurm, age 81 of Hastings, passed away unexpectedly September 21, 2016.
Marian was born on April 26, 1935, the daughter of Harold E. and Frances I. (McIntyre) Jones. She attended and graduated from Hastings High School, class of 1953. Marian and Fred Wurm were married on October 16, 1971.
Marian worked at the National Bank of Hastings for 35 years, serving as Vice-president the last 5 years that she worked there. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club (BPW) and the Women's Club.
Marian enjoyed traveling with husband Fred to various locations, such as Missouri, Florida and Arizona. She also enjoyed reading, playing cards and sewing.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Frances Jones.
She is survived by her husband, Fed Wurm of Hastings, son, Phil Wurm of Hastings, grandchildren, Brittany and Megan Wurm of Hastings, sister, Carolyn Bible (VanWolvlear) of Hastings, nephew Rusty (Sarah) Bible of Hastings and many other nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Barry County United Way, or Habitat for Humanity.
Visitation will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016 from 10 -11 am at the Girrbach Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 11:00 am also at the funeral home. Pastor Mark Payne will officiate the service. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence for the family, visit our website at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.
Bob “Herbie” Herbstreith, 76, of Lake Odessa, passed away suddenly on September 18, 2016 at the Blodgett Campus of Spectrum Health.
He was born on June 23, 1940 to Hale and Anna (Hiher) Herbstreith in Hastings, MI. Bob worked as a general Labor for GM. On November 11, 1961 he married Shirley Collins at the Central United Methodist Church in Lake Odessa, MI. Bob loved to fish and the Woodland Eagle fish fry’s at the Woodland Eagles. He was known as Gramps to many kids from the Lakewood Band Camp’s. Bob was a fan of the Detroit Tigers, Blue Chip Casino and Bass Tournaments with Shirley. The family will always remember his simple old school ways.
Bob is survived by; son, Rob(Cindy) Herbstreith of Niles, MI, daughter Lisa(Mike) Dulak of Hastings, MI; Seven Grandchildren, Erin Jammer, Jason(Nikki) Herbstreith, Ben (Stephanie Leuenberger) Herbstreith, Brenna Herbstreith, Kris(Melanie) Blocher, Blake (Andrea Gault) Blocher, Eli Beck; significant other, Ruth Beck; 6 great grandchildren; siblings, Dorothy(John) Service, Harry Herbstreith, Leon (Phyllis) Herbstreith, Richard (Nancy) Herbstreith, Jack (Jean) Herbstreith, Betty (Bill) Storm, Gail Wallace, along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by wife, Shirley Herbstreith, father, Hale Herbstreith, mother, Anna Herbstreith, and sister Marie Henge
Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Koops Funeral Chapel, Inc., Lake Odessa, MI.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016, 11:00 am at the Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa, MI, with Bill Storm, officiating.
Burial will take place in the Lakeside Cemetery-Lake Odessa.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be given at www.koopsfc.com.
Kenneth Raymond Radant died Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at age 80.
Ken was born January 1, 1936 in Owosso, Michigan, son of Raymond and Josephine Radant. He married Marjorie Radant on June 15, 1957.
Ken was President of Barry Broadcasting Co. and General Manager of radio stations WBCH AM & FM in Hastings. His radio career started in 1953 when he began, while a senior in high school, as a weekend disc jockey at WOAP in Owosso, a job he continued during college at Alma and transferring to Michigan State University where he graduated in 1958. Radant moved to Hastings in 1958 and accepted an air and news position at WBCH. He was elevated to the position of Manager of WBCH in 1960. He and his wife later bought the station. He served on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters board of directors and was a long time member of the International Broadcaster’s Idea Bank. Ken, with WBCH, started the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hastings.
In 1968 Ken was elected to the Barry County Board of Commissioners and was re-elected for seven consecutive two-year terms, serving as Chairman for three terms before retiring from the Board. He was promptly appointed by Gov. Milliken and reappointed by Gov. Blanchard as the state appointee to the Barry County Social Services Board. He also served on that body for 14 years. A community activist, Radant served on many local committees and organizations, including President of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Directors of that organization for nearly 45 years. While a county commissioner, Ken was instrumental in establishing Barry County Transit and has served on the transit board since its inception.
Ken was a faithful and active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church since moving to Hastings in 1958 and served many years as a lay reader, treasurer. vestry member, and on Diocesan committees.
Ken is survived by his wife Marjorie, son Steven (Sue) Radant, daughter Joellyn (Kevin) Schipper, granddaughters Stephany (Kevin) Houseman, Jillian Altoft, Jenna (Scott) Corcoran, and Sara Radant, grandson Philip Schipper, and great-grandaughter Hannah Houseman.
He was preceeded in death by daughter Karen (Tim) Altoft and grandson Colin Altoft.
Funeral service for Kenneth Radant will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hastings at 11am Saturday, September 24th. Visitation with the family will preceed the service at 10am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel memorial fund.
Kenneth "Ken" Lauren Kensington age 76, of Hastings, peacefully passed away on September 17, 2016 at home with his loving family by his side.
He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Kensington, mother, Sonja Williams, step-father, Walter Piwko and brother Larry Kensington.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Kensington, sons Kenneth (Amy) Kensington, David Kensington, Laurie Sunior, Jennifer (Dave) Joppie, Jonathan (Trisha) Kensington, 13 grandchildren, sister Camille (Ron) Earle, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He will be lovingly missed by all.
Ken was born on February 12, 1940 in Mount Clemens, MI and was the first son of Theodore and Sonja Kensington. He attended Anchor Bay High School in New Baltimore, MI, graduating in 1958. Ken then attended Lawrence Institute of Technology and worked as an Engineer Associate at Chris Craft Corporation in Algonac, MI. On January 14, 1961 Ken married Carol Ann Ames of Algonac, MI and raised three sons and two daughters in their 55 years of marriage.
In 1964 Ken and family moved to Hastings, MI where he was founder and CEO of VIATEC, Inc. from 1964 to 2004. Ken also attended and graduated Harvard Business School, OPM Program. During this period he served on profit and non-profit advisory boards for Gill Industries, S.C.O.R.E., Catholic Family Services, K-Industries Inc., and D.R. Bulkley Co. Ken owned and operated K-ADVISOR LLC.
Ken was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, he was passionate about his faith, work and family. He enjoyed fly-fishing, traveling around the world and spending many hours planting and pruning his trees with his kids and grandkids; in addition to many spring Canadian fishing trips with his best friend, Mike Huver and his sons.
There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:00 am with lunch following in the church hall. Ken will be laid to rest at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Columbarium in Hastings, MI.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made to the St. Rose Catholic School.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. Visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the online guestbook or to leave a message for the family.
Doris Kay Salas passed away on September 11, 2016 in Ionia MI. She is survived by her husband, George Salas and daughter, Cindy (Rodney) Partridge and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa, MI on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be at St. Edwards Catholic Church on Thursday, September, 15, 2016 at 11:00 am.
Carole Ann (Norton) Norris passed away Monday, September 12, 2016 at Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan, Michigan. Carrie was born on July 27, 1947 in Hastings, MI to Donald and Bonnie (Welch) Norton. Carrie graduated from Lakewood High School in 1965. After graduation she attended cosmetology school and then ran an in-home daycare. She began working at the Barry County Jail in 1984 and was promoted to Corrections Officer. She retired from the Barry County Sheriff’s Department after 18 years of service. Carrie’s greatest joy was taking care of all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She delighted in being around kids.
Carole married Michael Norris on May 7, 1993 in Springfield, TN. They resided in Hastings, MI. Carrie is survived by her husband, Michael, her sons, Tad (Julie) Lubitz, Timothy (Rachel) Lubitz. Mother-in law Mary Jane Norris, Brother-in-law Tony Norris. Step-Children Kristen (Andrew) Cove and Curtis (Erica) Norris, sister Jan Lubitz, brother Robert (Dee) Norton. 10 Grandchildren, 3 Great-Grandchildren, and lots of nieces and nephews. Carrie was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law Gene Lubitz, and nephew Josh Norton.
Visitation will take place at Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa, MI on Friday September 16, 2016 from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Memorial Service to take place on Saturday September 17, 2016 at 11:00a.m. at the Kilpatrick United Brethren Church in Woodland, MI. Private Family Burial to take place afterwards. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or Wings of Hope Hospice 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010.
Marion L. Humphrey of Middleville, passed away Friday Sept. 2nd, 2016 at Spectrum Butterworth in Grand Rapids. Marion was born December 26, 1935 in Leighton Township, the daughter of the late George H, and Vera (Peel) Miller. Marion was a 1954 graduate of Thornapple Kellogg High School. A member of the First Baptist Church of Middleville for many years. Marion enjoyed flowers, watching the birds, and sending greeting and christmas cards to family and friends. Riding in cars, boats and trains were a great enjoyment for her. On August 2, 1958 she married the love of her life, Hosea A. Humphrey, who survives. Marion is also survived by sons: Gary Humphrey and David Humphrey, a brother, Roy (Myrt) Miller, a sister, Ethel Washburn and several nieces and nephews. Her family will receive friends, Tuesday 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday Sept. 7, 2016 at 11:00AM, Pastor Wesley Smith, Officiating. Burial will take place at Irving Township Cemetary. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to sign the online guest book, share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Marion's Family.
William E. Towne passed peacefully away at home August 14, 2016, surrounded by his family. Bill was born January 10, 1926 to Violet and Lawrence Towne in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Barbara, and his high school sweetheart and wife of 67 years Mary Joyce (Echtinaw). He is survived by his son David (Mary) Towne, daughter Janine (Mike) Kasinsky, 3 grandchildren, David William Towne, Heather (Brian) Reilly and Kristen Kasinsky, 3 great-grandchildren, Joseph, Grace and Jackson and his special friend Josie Keel.
Bill graduated from Hastings High School. He honorably served in the Navy during World War II, leaving as a 3rd class petty officer. He served in many ports all over the south Pacific. Bill attended Grand Rapids Junior College obtaining a two-year certificate. He worked numerous jobs, before purchasing the Color Center (Hastings) in 1974 and retired in 1991. After his retirement, he enjoyed square dancing, traveling with friends, and spending time at Gun Lake. He was an avid golfer (and enjoyed a beer after every game). Bill and Joyce enjoyed 25 winters in Texas. He was also an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
Bill was a life member of the American Legion and served 3 years as an honor guard, resigning due to health. He was past master of the Masonic Lodge, serving in all the chair degrees. He was an active 60 year member of the Methodist Church in Hastings.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bill's name to the Bronson at Home Hospice Care, 450 Meadow Run Drive, Hastings, MI 49058.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 5 - 8 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church, 209 W. Green St., Hastings, MI 49058. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings with full military honors provided by American Legion Post #45.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the online guestbook or to leave a memory or message for the family.
Doris Jean Niethamer, 92, of Woodland, passed away on August 14, 2016 at her home in Woodland.
She was born on February 18, 1924 to George and Jenny (Parmalee) Coats in Barry County, MI. Doris was a graduate of Hastings High School and attended Michigan State University. Doris worked at the Piston Ring in Hastings during WWII, but was a homemaker most of her life. On August 17, 1947 she married Thomas Niethamer and he survives. Doris was a faithful member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Woodaland and the Children’s Studies Club.
Doris is survived by her loving spouse, Thomas of 68 yrs, two sons, David(Darlene) Niethamer ,Mark Niethamer; three grandchildren, Tonya(Joshua) Sandborn, Vicki(Rick) Goethals, Sarah(Mike) Reed; 8 great-grandchildren, sister in law, Peg Dangle; Two Nieces, Carolyn(Keith) Murphy, Maxine Coats; nephew, Ron Coats.
She was preceded in death by father, George Coats, mother, Jenny Coats, brothers, Kendall Coats and Max Coats.
Visitation will be held Friday, August 19, 2016, 10:00 am Zion Lutheran Church, 6261 Velte Rd., Woodland, MI 48897
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016, 11:00 am at the Zion Lutheran Church, Woodland, MI.
Burial will take place in the Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery, Woodland, MI.
Memorials are suggested to the Zion Lutheran Church. Online condolences can be given at www.koopsfc.com
H. Jean Kimmel, age 94 of Hastings, passed away on August 9, 2016 at Magnum Care in Hastings. She was born in Hastings, April 5, 1922 the second of six daughters born to Donna May Welton and Edward Leo Harrington. Graduated from Hastings High School Class of 1939 with honors. Married Harold Kimmel on March 15, 1947. He preceded her in death on September 17, 1996.
She was employed by Frandsen/Parmalee Dry Goods Store, Michigan Bell Telephone Co., Hastings City Bank, Pennock Hospital, retiring from the Viking Corporation as Assistant Treasurer 1985, after 25 years.
She was a life long member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church and active as choir member, Sunday school teacher, member of the Altar Guild, Emmanuel Guild, Treasurer of Memorial Fund and served on the Vestry. She was active as Campfire Leader, Den Mother for Cub Scouts, member of "Hi-Nooners" Club and Barry County Humane Society and also HHS Alumni Board Member.
She is survived by her son, Jeffrey (Judy) Kimmel of Daytona Beach Shores, FL; daughter, Sally (Michael) Topoll of Hastings, MI, three grandsons, Scott (Lori) Kimmel, Michael Jr. (Kelly) Topoll, Timothy (Ann) Topoll, granddaughter, Rachelle Love, four great-grandsons and seven great granddaughters, three sisters; Joyce Cruttenden Phelan, Patricia Leckrone, Sue Babcock, sister-in-law, Marian Waltman and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, and two sisters; Ethel Jane Sanborn and Priscilla Phelan.
Memorial to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 315 W. Center, Hastings, MI or Barry County Humane Society, P.O. Box 386, Hastings, MI.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 315 W. Center St., Hastings. Family and Friends will gather one hour prior to the funeral service for visitation from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, also at the church. A Committal Service will follow the funeral at North Chapel Mausoleum, Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo, MI.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Visit us at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the guestbook or leave condolences.
Gordon L. McCaul, 84, of Clarksville, passed into the arms of the Lord on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at his home. He was born on July 14, 1932 to Edwyn and Mary (Slater) McCaul in Clarksville, MI. Gordon worked in construction and farming. The family remembers how creative he was with art or simply making things with his hands. Everyone remembers Gordon as a kind man with unconditional love for all in his life. Gordon is survived by children; Julie (Jim) Blough, Tammy (Jim) Thomas, Gordie (Valerie) McCaul, Lisa (Karl) Morris, Lucile McCaul Humphrey, Matthew (Coreen) McCaul; 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; siblings Ronald McCaul, Dale (Retta) McCaul and Rita (Harold) Philo. He was preceded in death by; his parents, spouse, Joan McCaul, brother Junior McCaul and daughter Brenda Lee McCaul. Visitation will be held from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm at the Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa, MI on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. Funeral Services, Burial and Military Honors will be for immediate family, per Gordon's wishes. Online condolences can be given at www.koopsfc.com.
Nancy Hall Button, age 81 of Hastings peacefully passed away Monday, July 11, 2016, at home with her loving family by her side.
Nancy was born on August 5, 1934, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, and was the loving daughter of William and Leah (Common) Hall. In 1952, she graduated from Grosse Pointe High School where she met the love of her life Donald Button. On January 14, 1955, they began their 61 years of marriage and cherished memories while raising three daughters. She proudly received an Elementary Education teaching certificate from Western Michigan University in 1956.
For the next 20 years, Don and Nan lived in Kalamazoo where she began her lifelong accomplishments of giving to her family and others. She was a member of the Kalamazoo Service Club, a mentor and leader with the Glowing Embers Girl Scout Council , involved as a Sigma Sigma Sigma alumni, and gave of her time as a Pretty Lake Volunteer.
In 1976 Don and Nan moved to East Grand Rapids where she continued giving of her heart and time. She was a member of the Grand Rapids Women’s Club, took the time to read to children in the Head Start Program and was a volunteer for the Blodgett Hospital Guild.
In 1983, Don and Nan became members of Holiday Park Campground near Traverse City, MI. Both of them treasured their fun-filled summers camping in beautiful Northern Michigan.
After moving to Hastings in 1985, Don and Nan became the proud owners of Hodges Jewelry and Gifts. While living in Hastings Nan became a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the GFWC for 36 years, served as GFWC President (1995-1997) and as a Pennock Hospital Volunteer, and was named GFWC Ms. Federation Honoree 2002. Giving her heart and time to others and the community was always a passion of Nan’s, however; devoting her support, time, and love to Don, her three daughters, and her four beautiful grandchildren was what gave her the greatest pride and joy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William B. and Leah (Common) Hall.
Nancy will be dearly missed by her devoted husband Donald L. Button of Hastings, daughters, Deb Button of Hastings, Kathy (Rick) Beauregard of Kalamazoo, Karen (Pete) Walenta of Hudsonville, grandchildren: Bryan Walenta, Brad Beauregard, Kyle Walenta and Megan Walenta, and her sister, Barb Terepin of Rochester, MI.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Foundations Kick Start fund (In honor of Nancy’s love for children) or Spectrum Health Hospice.
A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 405 N. M-37 Hwy., Hastings, MI 49058. Dr. James Spindler will officiate the service.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the online guestbook or to leave a memory or message for the family.
Michael Robert Schantz, age 64 of Hastings, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 at home with his family.
Mike was born on September 15, 1951 in Hastings, Michigan the son of Karl and Colleen (Jones) Schantz. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1970. Mike married Sally Winebrenner on September 29, 1973. He worked on a farm for one year and worked for Bradford White in Middleville for 43 years until his retirement.
Mike was a member of the Freeport Baptist Church and enjoyed golfing, hunting, camping and sports.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Walter Winebrenner and sister-in-law, Kathleen (Girrbach) Schantz.
Mike is survived by his wife Sarah (Sally) Schantz of Hastings, daughter, Shellie (Kevin) Hubert of Chassell, MI, sons, Aaron (Alison Fouts) Schantz of Zeeland, MI, Todd (Tiffany Cappon) Schantz of Hastings, grandchildren: Orin and Kyle Hubert, Phoebe, Jonathan and Sophia Schantz, parents, Karl and Colleen Schantz, sister, Cheryl (Ron) Larabee and brother, Stanley (Jackie) Schantz, all of Hastings as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Freeport Baptist Church 380 County Line Rd (108th St), Freeport, MI 49325 or Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5783.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A Memorial Service will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Girrbach Funeral Home. Pastor Ron Perrine will officiate the service. A luncheon will follow the service at the Freeport Community Center, 200 State St., Freeport, MI.
A private family interment will take place at Dowling Cemetery.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the online guestbook or to leave a memory or message for the family.
Dr. Jack L. Tromp was called home to glory to the waiting arms of his Lord and Savior on June 27, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.
Jack was born April 9,th 1923 in Grand Rapids. He graduated from South High School. He enlisted in the Army at Kalamazoo, Michigan, December 1st 1942. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps from June 27th 1944 to October 19th 1945.
Upon returning home, he graduated from Calvin College and went on to receive his MD from Marquette Medical College. He married Helen E. Richter on July 2,nd 1948. Jack and Helen moved to Lake Odessa in 1953 where they raised their four children and Jack began his medical practice. He lovingly served his community for 42 years and considered his patients his extended family.
He enjoyed woodworking, working in his yard, flying airplanes, and loved the Detroit Tigers. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen of 63 years, his parents, John and Fannie Tromp, sisters Roberta VanderVlist, Coral Visser, and Francis McCluskley. Also preceding him in death was his brother Woodrow, and great grandson Fletcher Lee Cole. Surviving are his children Nancy (Jeff) Booi, Kathy (Jim) Stowell, Terry (Luann) Tromp, and Tim Tromp, 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Marion Word and Eleanor (Richard) Verlee, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be at Koop’s Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa on Wednesday, June 29th from 2-4 and 6-8pm, and 9:30-10:30 prior to the service at Lakewood United Methodist Church.
Funeral services for Jack will be conducted at 11 am Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 10265 E. Brown Road, Lake Odessa. Interment in Lakeside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Jack’s name may be directed to the Living Stones of Lakewood United Methodist Church or Great Lakes Caring Hospice of St. Johns, MI.
To share a memory or place a tribute please visit www.koopsfc.com
Bob Flessner, age 54, of Woodland passed unexpectedly on May 27, 2016 at his farm. He was born on July 6, 1961 in Hastings, MI to LeRoy and Joyce (Sutherland) Flessner. Bob was a 1980 graduate of Lakewood High School. In 1985 he married his high school sweetheart Robin Cole. Bob was a lifelong farmer in the area. He attended Michigan State University and remained a diehard Sparty fan. Bob also loved to hunt, to ride his Harley, World War II history, and going on cruises and family vacations. The family will remember his unique sense of humor and his generous heart. Bob will be dearly missed by; wife Robin; children Jeremy (Emily) Flessner, Kasey (Kirt) Roby; siblings Mary Lynn (John) Parker, Susan (Tim) Piper, Doug (Susy) Flessner; mother-in-law Annette Cole, sister-in-law Terri (Tom) Geiger, brother-in-law Greg (Tracy) Cole; and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Proceeding Bob in death are his parents LeRoy and Joyce Flessner, brother Steven Flessner, and father-in-law Dale Cole. Visitation is being held on June 1, 2016 from 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm at the Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa, MI. Funeral services will be held on June 2, 2016 at the Lakewood United Methodist Church in Lake Odessa, MI at 11am. Memorial contributions can be given to the Jordan Lake Trail Project in Bob’s name.
Patricia Lou Murphy, age 79 of Hastings, Michigan, passed away April 28, 2016 at her home.
Pat was born July 16, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Leo and Dorothia (Mosher) Murphy. She graduated from Portland High School in 1954 and attended Central Michigan University, graduating in 1958.
Pat was employed by Hastings Area Schools from 1958 until her retirement in 1994. She worked as a PE teacher, business teacher, and coach for track, basketball, volleyball and cheerleading. Pat was a member of MHSAA, NEA, MEA, 4-H, was president of Jr. Farm Bureau from 1958 to 1962. Pat volunteered at many Hastings Area School Athletic Events.
Pat also referred to as "Miss Murph" always had a smile on her face, listening ears for her students and athletes, and a willingness to help Hastings School System, wherever needed. In 1977, Pat was head girls track coach, when her Hastings team was runner up at the State Finals. She was a true Hastings Saxon and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Dorothia Murphy.
She is survived by her brothers: Leo Clare (Jan) Murphy of Portland, MI, Lyle Murphy of Hastings, MI, nephews, Will, Joe, Donald, Leo Peter, nieces: Tamsin and Dawn.
A Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Funeral Services for Pat will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:00 am also at the Girrbach Funeral Home. Dr. James Spindler will officiate the service. Interment will take place North Eagle Cemetery, Eagle Township, Clinton County at 2:30 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hastings Area Schools.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at http://www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the online guestbook or to leave a memory or message for the family.
Carl L. Hathaway, age 88 of Hastings, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Christian Rest Home in Grand Rapids.
Carl was born on August 19, 1927 in Hastings, Michigan, the son of Richard and Grace (Olner) Hathaway. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1945. He married Beulah (Boonie) Myers on September 19, 1945. Carl moved into Hastings from the family farm in Hope Township and worked for Vern DeMott and Norm Barry’s Repair Center. He later was employed as the Regional Equipment Foreman for the Michigan Department of Transportation in Grand Rapids for 22 years, retiring in 1988.
Carl was an avid bowler, golfer, fisherman and hunter. He and Boonie enjoyed mushroom hunting and were also snowmobile and motorcycle enthusiasts. They were founding members of the Pirates and the Motor Aires Motorcycle Clubs of Hastings. They motored all over the country on their Harley. Carl participated in numerous local car shows with his ‘34 Chevy coupe. Carl was the ultimate mechanic and tinkerer. He could repair, improve, or build anything and he shared his talents freely with family and friends. He served as a member of the Hastings Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. Carl and Boonie enjoyed spending time up north at their cabin near Custer as well as travelling.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Grace; spouse of 67 years, Boonie; and siblings: Ruth Murray, Lyle Hathaway, and Harold Hathaway.
He is survived by three sons: Larry (Marge) Hathaway of Flushing, Dave (Cathy) Hathaway of Grand Rapids, Jim (Lindy) Hathaway of Hudsonville; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister: Pearl Pattison of Kalamazoo, sister-in-law Rosemary Hathaway of Okemos; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Carl enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held from 6pm - 8pm on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. There will be a second visitation on Saturday, April 23, from 2pm-3pm, with funeral services at Girrbach’s immediately following. Rob Miller, nephew, will officiate the service. Private interment will take place at Rutland Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Barry County Commission on Aging.
Georgia Ann Ellis-Leonard, age 65 of Middleville , passed away on Wednesday April 13 , 2016 at her residence with her family at her side.
She was born February 14 , 1951 in Battle Creek , Michigan the daughter of Robert James and Eva Marie ( Belkowski ) Ellis .
Georgia attended Hastings area schools . Her employment included Hastings Pizza Hut , Big Boy in Hastings and Grand Rapids, she retired in 1989 from Adac Plastics in Grand Rapids.
She married Dick Leonard November 23, 1986.
Georgia enjoyed shopping , playing bingo , going to the Galesburg Speedway , she loved doing things with her family , going to the beach, camping , and most of all organizing family gatherings and reunions . She loved to cook for family and friends.
She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Eagles , VFW in Caledonia , where she volunterred for various activities.
Georgia will be remembered as a kind person who would do anything for anyone.
She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Eva Ellis, brothers, George , Jim , Gerald , and Richard Ellis , sister Patricia Love and brother Marvin Dunkle.
Georgia is survived by her husband Dick Leonard , her children , Brian Hayes , Patti Hayes , Brenda (Charlie) Sollinger, Dick Leonard II , Carol (David) Ellsworth , Carl Leonard , Samantha Leonard , 18 grandchildren , 13 great-grandchildren , brothers , Leonard (Marcia) Metheny , Robert Jr. (Kathy) Ellis , sister , Mary Ann (Daniel) Pomeroy and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial can be made to the family to help with final expenses.
A visitaion will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 2 - 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Middleville United Methodist Church, 111 Church St., Middleville, MI. A luncheon will follow the Memorial Service.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the online guestbook or to leave a memory or message for the family.
David Leon Jasperse, age 73 of Hastings, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at home with wife, Emily.
Dave was born on March 13, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Leon and Crystene (Lenz) Jasperse. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1961. He attended Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from Ferris State University Pharmacy School in 1967.
Dave married Emily Lovett on March 17, 1981. He was a member of the Elks, Moose and Rotary Club. Dave was also a member of the Hastings City Council and Planning Commission. He was a visionary and was dedicated to the well being of the City of Hastings. Dave supported many community groups, such as the United Way and Barry County Fair. He was conscientious in ensuring that all his employees contributed to the United Way campaign every year.
He worked for Reagan Pharmacy in Grand Rapids from 1967 to 1970. Dave worked as manager and Pharmacist of Bosley Pharmacy from 1970 to 1980. He became the owner/operator of Bosley Pharmacy in 1980 until the sale of the business in 2014. In 2014 he opened the General Store in Hastings. Dave was dedicated to his employees and treated them as if they were family. He would purchase 4-H animals at the fair and share them with his employees.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Crystene Jasperse.
He is survived by his wife, Emily Jasperse of Hastings, son, Jeff (Amy) Jasperse of West Virginia, granddaughters, Isabel and Ava Jasperse, siblings, Michael (Diane) Jasperse of Alabama, Susan (Jim) Major of North Carolina, Steven (Kelly) Jasperse of Grand Rapids, and Mary (Mike) Pennington of Hastings, former wife, Elaine Jasperse and many friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Barry Community Foundation, Leason Sharpe Hall, 231 S. Broadway, Hastings, at 11:00 am.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the online guestbook or to leave a memory or message for the family.
Ilene Anna Seeber
Age 95,of Hastings passed away on March 18, 2016 in Middleville, Michigan. She was born on December 21, 1920 to John Charles and Nellie Belle (Bagley) Cappon in Prairieville, Michigan. She loved gardening, playing bridge, or cards of any kind, with family and friends, traveled and did volunteer work at Spectrum Pennock Hospital. She enjoyed walking and walked the Mackinac Bridge when she was 76 years old. She was an avid bowler.
Ilene was preceded in death by her parents, and her first husband Frank Schiepek Sr., husband of 28 years Leo Seeber, great granddaughter Sonia Schiepek and brother Dale Cappon.
She is survived by her children Frank (Carol) Schiepek, John (Judy) Seeber, Ruth Ann (Kenneth) Terpening, Joseph (Denise) Seeber, and James (Patricia) Seeber, grandsons Scott Schiepek, Chris Schiepek, Jason (Allison) Terpening, Michael (Nicole) Seeber, granddaughters Tracy (Jeff) Bernard, Jan Wellington, Christina Seeber, and Elizabeth Seeber, great grandsons Alex Potter and Brendyn Gavin, great granddaughters Laura Bernard, Cara Wellington, and Sophia Schiepek, great great granddaughter Evona Potter, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a visitation from 9:30 to 10:30A.M. at Girrbach Funeral Home 328 S. Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058 followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, March 21, 2016 at St. Rose of Lima Church 805 S. Jefferson, Hastings, MI 49058. Donations can be made in Ilenes name to St. Rose of Lima Church or Mel Trotter Ministries 225 Commerce, SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Funeral arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.
Agnes M. Hollister age 88, of Hastings passed away on March 5, 2016 at Thornapple Manor.
She was born March 15, 1927 in Hastings to and graduated from Hastings High School in 1945. Harry B. (Zip) and Mary Ellen (Brooks) Thompson
Agnes was married to Robert Hollister for 25 years with whom she had two children.
She worked for Pennock Hospital in Hastings as a Ward Clerk and retired as a Secretary from Perfected Grave Vault in 1992.
She was a 4-H Dog Obedience Leader, a Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, and a member of the Church Circle and the Hospital Guild. She enjoyed reading, music, dogs, especially Airedales, playing bingo, and spending time in the courtyard at Thornapple Manor and watching the hummingbirds there.
Agnes loved life, her family and friends. This included her new family that she loved, and who loved her, at Thornapple Manor.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Thornapple Manor for their kind and compassionate care during her stay there.
Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Mary Thompson; brother, Harry (Bud) Thompson, Jr.; sister, Lillian (Thompson) Taffee; and nephews, Patrick Taffee and John Taffee.
She is survived by her son, David (Martha) Hollister; daughter, Mary (Frank Pergolizzi) Hollister; grandsons, Jon (Jisue Lee) Hollister and Steve Hollister; step-grandchildren, Lauren (Ryan Keating) Azevedo and Lindsay Azevedo; nephews, Steve (Gloria) Taffee and their daughter Sarah; and Eric (Cathy) Thompson and their children..
Agnes family will receive friends on Thursday March 10, 2016 from 6-8 PM at Lauer Family Funeral Home Wren Chapel 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings. Memorial Services will be held on Friday March 11, 2016 at 12 Noon at the Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Birchfield officiating. Private interment will take place in Freeport Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made in Agness name to Thornapple Manor 2700 Nashville Rd, Hastings, Michigan 49058, Great Lakes Hospice Foundation P.O. Box 55, Jackson, Michigan 49204, or the American Stroke Association www.strokeassociation.org.
Please share condolences or a memory with Agnes family at www.lauerfh.com.
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Leon D. Leedy, 82, of Battle Creek and Hastings, died Friday, March 4, 2016 at Spectrum Pennock Hospital.
He was born August 27, 1933, in Nashville, MI, the son of Azor and Lela (Frank) Leedy. He entered the Naval Reserves in high school, and graduated from Nashville High School in 1951. He began his career with the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek in 1952, and served active duty from 1954 to 1956. He returned to work at Kellogg Company after active duty, retiring from the engineering department in 1989.
He married Loretta J. (West) Leedy on May 16, 1953 in Nashville. She preceded him in death in 2002. Also preceding him in death were a son, Linden, his parents, and sisters Maxine Leedy and Mildred Hose.
On September 20, 2003 Leon married Marcia J. (Ingram) Leedy in Hastings, MI. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Lorie (Ken) Nierman and Letitia (Matthew) Seng, both of Battle Creek, step-daughter Deborah Snyder of Hastings, step-sons Bradley (Vikki) Ingram of Waynesboro, VA and Eric (Sherrie) Ingram of Hastings, 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He will be dearly missed by many as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Leon was an active member of Pennfield Presbyterian Church from 1961 to 2002, and First Presbyterian Church of Hastings from 2003 to 2016, serving many roles within both churches, including the choir, session, elder, and chief dishwasher. He played an integral role in several building projects over the years at both churches.
His love of drafting and design extended beyond the workplace into home remodeling and woodworking projects, including furniture, outdoor landscaping and large remote control airplanes.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 12, at 1:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings with Rev. Dan Birchfield officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. There will be a luncheon following the service. Interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pennfield Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Hastings Youth Mission Program, 405 N. M-37 Hwy. Hastings, MI 49058.
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George Conrad Winick, age 67 of Hastings, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on February 27, 2016, after a short courageous battle with leukemia. He also fought valiantly the past 6 years with Multiple Myeloma Cancer.
George was born March 12, 1948 in Hastings, MI, the only son of Myer and Dena (Epstein) Winick. After graduation from High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and later joined the 82nd Airborne Division B, Company 2nd Battalion, and served from 1967-1969 and was honorably discharged. Following his military career George a.k.a. "Colonel Winick" joined the Hastings City Police Department and became the first bicycle officer to serve our community. George was a proud member of the Hastings City Police for 27 years prior to retiring. After his City retirement George joined the Barry County Sheriffs Department as a Court officer. George felt this was his true calling. Due to ill health after 10 years he was unable to continue working. George was well liked, and respected by the community and known to be a fair "peace" officer. He made many wonderful and lasting friendships during his careers. George was a true character to all that knew him and was always ready to talk movies and boots and known for his many grasshopper and Yuma quotes. He was also a member of the Hasting Elks Lodge.
George is survived by and forever in the heart of his wife Kristi, three children from a previous marriage to Kathy Covey, son, Nathan (Kathryn) Winick of Hastings, daughters, Melissa Winick of Hastings and Lisa (Jim) Zuck and their children of Marshall. He also leaves behind a step-daughter Shayna (James) Gibbons of Battle Creek, and Justin Selleck of North Carolina. George is survived by his beloved grandchildren: Carson and Abigail Winick and by the newest grandbaby Raylan Gibbons. He is also survived by sisters Rhoda Mix of Hastings, and Cinda Hoogerland of North Carolina, mother-in-law, Ingrid Wilson Morgan, sisters-in-law, Carla (Ron) Neil, and Traci (Stephen) Wales all of Hastings, brother-in-law, Geno Genovaldi of Illinois, numerous nieces and nephew as well as great nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind long time best friend Gerald Bachelder and constant companions Ivy and Mama kitty.
He was preceded in death by his parents Myer and Dena Winick, sister, Abra Genovaldi, brothers-in-law; Frank Mix Sr., Martin Hoogerland, as well as nephew Stephen Mix.
We are deeply grateful for the wonderful care provided by his Spectrum Hospice nurses during his brief stay at home. We are also very thankful for the prayers, visits, calls, cards, flowers, and food provided by family and friends.
According to George's wishes, cremation has taken place and his ashes will be scattered at a later date, alongside his mother.
A memorial service will take place on his Birthday, March 12, 2016 at 11:00 am at Grace Lutheran Church, 239 E. North St., Hastings, MI with a luncheon to follow.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hastings City Police Cadet Program, City Hall, Hastings, Michigan.