Charles W. Hill

Charles W. Hill

Charles passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Otsego.

He was born November 19, 1938 in Plainwell, the son of Roscoe and Marion (Darrow) Hill. For many years Charles and his brother Marty owned and operated several Harding’s Markets including ones in Plainwell and Otsego.

He enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and had traveled in several European countries. He also enjoyed toy trains, yard work, feeding birds and spending time at their cottage at 3 Mile Lake in Paw Paw. On August 1, 1964 in Mattawan he married Betsy Welch who survives. 

Also surviving are his siblings, Sharon MacDonald and Martin and Catherine Hill, both of Plainwell; 6 nieces and nephews, Mark, Todd and Matthew MacDonald, Daniel Hill, Catherine Cox and Jon Hill; several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Charles’ family from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and from 10:00 A.M. to the service time at 11:00 A.M., Monday March 5, 2018 at Faith Chapel Ministries, 7736 W. G Ave., Alamo, with Pastor Thomas Koning, officiating.

Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions in Charles’ name to Faith Chapel.

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  1. Terry and Lori Steele says:

    Sending pray, thinking about you.

  2. Nick Cool says:

    Betsy and family , sincere sympathy for the loss of Charles . The gates of Heaven were thrown open to accept anther Angel . Charlie was a very generous man , he never wanted any recognition for people and groups helped . Rest In Peace Good Man .

  3. Rev Dan and Jolene Minor says:

    Sorry for your loss.May God comfort you and bring you peace. Rev Dan and Jolene Minor

  4. Jon Hill says:

    To My Aunt Betsy – My Uncle Charles was an honorable man. I’ll always remember him for taking me to the speedway and for showing me how to shoot his 44 magnum up at the cabin. These are great boyhood memories and I appreciate his part in my life. May his soul be blessed by the grace of God.

  5. Terry Arehart VanLent says:

    Betsy and Marty, I am so sorry for your loss…may God heal your hurting hearts. God Bless You, Terry VanLent

  6. Teri "Filkins" Laster says:

    Betsy, you were my favorite teacher of all times & I will never forget how kind you were. My heart breaks for your loss. I pray you can find some peace in all your beautiful memories. Huge hugs.

  7. Maryln Langeance says:

    Betsy I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless you

  8. Leon & Connie Puzevic says:

    Dearest Betsy,

    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I will be in touch when we get back in Michigan. Love you and big hugs, Connie & Leon .

  9. Dorothy (Slesdet) McNees) says:

    Betsy & Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you. Will always remember him form our school days and at Hardings Stores. May he Rest In Peace.

  10. Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut says:

    Dear Betsy, So sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. We certainly enjoyed the privilege of you two coming to our OHS Class of ‘65 Reunions. I hope your many memories will help you through this difficult time. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Chuck.

  11. Lillian Havens Sibbersen says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s a loss to a lot of people and to the community of Plainwell. Charlie was probably the all around nicest guy in our class of ’57! He will be missed by many.

  12. Jerry Adrianson says:

    Betsy and Family
    Sorry for your loss. I was a Classmate of Charles class of 1957.

  13. Jinks & Marcia Mitzel says:

    Betsy So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. God Bless all of you.

  14. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Betsy, Sharon, Marty and Cathy, and Families. Please know that we are thinking of all of you on your loss of Charlie. He was a great guy and will be missed by so many people in the Plainwell area. He always had such a nice, modest, easy going personality and did so much for the community, and was so appreciated by all. May your special memories and photos of Charlie bring you peace and comfort in the coming weeks and months. We always enjoyed having coffee with him a few years ago in the coffee shop at the old Harding’s store in downtown Plainwell. He was so interesting to talk to. We are so sorry for your loss and will be thinking of all of you as the days come and go and sending you our most sincere sympathy. Take care.

  15. Georgia and Roger Newman says:

    Dear dear Betsy, Roger and I are so very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Our deep sympathy goes out to you, to Cathy and Marty, Connie and Bruce,our sweet Carol, and all of your family. Our prayers are with you.

  16. Dick & Sharalyn Downing says:

    Dear Betsy,
    So sorry for your loss of Charlie. When we lived on Sycamoe Bend
    & during the winter months as I left for work Charlie was always
    out in the drive cleaning snow. When I returned in the evening
    he was out there, I would stop an ask if he was out all dayhis answers YES we always joked about mowing yard also.
    Told me about the Rosd Kill Rest in Alberta, Al. We loved it.
    He will be missed by many friends,
    .Sharalyn & Dick Downing

  17. Julie Taylor says:

    Betsy and Family So very sorry for your loss. Sending Prayers for you and your family.

    God Bless
    Bernard & Louise Lester & Family

  18. Dave & Donna Colegrove says:

    Betsy, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. We have very fond memories of Charlie. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Lee and Diane Boysen says:

    Betsy and families, Very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you and give you peace.

  20. Sue and Dave Fleser says:

    Betsy, we are so sorry about the passing of Charlie. We met both of you while eating breakfast at various restaurants in Plainwell. Charlie was always so kind and happy. He was a very friendly person and he always greeted us warmly as he did everyone. We are not able to attend his funeral as Sue is in the hospital getting a new heart.

    Love Sue and Dave Fleser

  21. Dennis and Anne Flegal Kirby says:

    Our sincere condolences to Charlie’s family. We always enjoyed running into you two so many times. Will cover you with prayer.

  22. Joan Walters says:

    Betsy – So sorry to learn of Charlie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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