Obituaries Archives for 2017-12

Kenneth R. Vaught

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 L. Brown

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

Eralia Emelina (Emily) Nye

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.


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