Dorothy J. Martin

Dorothy J. Martin

Dorothy J. Martin passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Dorothy was born December 7, 1921 in Duncombe, Iowa the daughter of Lawrence and Geneva (McClain) Crouse. She had worked for Plainwell Paper for 30 years and in her leisure time enjoyed reading, gardening, homemaking and traveling. Dorothy was a member of the Otsego Church of God and enjoyed going to church and Sunday school. She was married to Bob Belden in 1940, they were together for 25 years.

In 1969 Dorothy married Theron “Butch” Martin. Butch and Dorothy had 36 years together before Butch preceded her in death in 2005. Dorothy is survived by her son Jeffrey (Tonnie) Belden; step-children, Kim Kanet and Jeff Martin; grandchildren, Andrea, Andrew, Brooke, Colleen, Chad and A.J.; 6 great-grandchildren; a half-sister, Reba Braswell and many close special friends. She was preceded by her husband Butch; son Douglas and siblings, Melvin, Carl, Nova, Ethel and Patricia.

Friends may meet with Dorothy’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, Pastor Jim Lemen officiating. Burial will follow at East Elmwood Cemetery, Wayland. Contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Otsego Church of God or Christian Neighbors.

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  1. Jim and Patti (Khodl) Hewitt says:

    So sorry to learn of Dorothy’s passing. What a terrific lady! Both Dorothy and Butch were such good neighbors and friends to Rita Bourgoin. She invited us over to her home and I was so impressed! She could have it photographed for House Beautiful! Again our sympathy for your loss. She is now reunited in heaven with Bob and Butch.

  2. Mary Ellen Riggs says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss I remember Dorothy as a wonderful person. We was a good friend of my Grandmother Lydia Morrical, they had such good times together.

    Mary Ellen Riggs

  3. Bill and Karen (Vendeville) Bomar says:

    Our condolences to Jeff, family and friends.

    So happy to have had the chance to get to know Aunt Dorothy a little better over the past year or so, thanks to Sheri and her love of gardening and her desire to help Aunt Dorothy with hers, and thus, also getting to know her better. It was good to hear stories of our mom (Patricia) and grandma, and Dorothy’s growing up years. I wish we had more time to sit and visit with her. She will be missed.

  4. Terri Shaler (Christian Neighbors Executive Director) says:

    Just learned of Dorothy’s passing. I remember her and Butch in Sunday School at the Church of God. What a wonderful couple. I also remember our Sunday School going to their home for a potluck. Dorothy was such a gracious hostess. She will be missed.

  5. Stephanie & Troy Diller says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Now Uncle Butch can carry her purse again!

  6. carol (mcClain) parr says:

    Viola called to let me know of Dorothy’s death. I had been trying to call her with no response to make arrangements to have lunch and a visit. Now I know why. I’m sorry we cannot be at her funeral due to a prior appointment. Please know that my sister, Ruth, and I as well as my husband Kenneth, will keep your family in our prayers and will miss seeing and talking with Dorothy. I well remember Aunt Geneva’s and Uncle Fred’s 100th birthday party. Uncle Fred always reminded me so much of my dad, Carl McClain. It was fun to still have aunts, uncles and cousins together.

    God bless you all.

    carol mcclain parr

  7. Bob and Sally Brown says:

    We haven’t seen Aunt Dorothy much lately, but she was always very kind and hospitipal to us when we would stop to see her. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.

  8. Joan Walters says:


    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.

  9. Mrs. Williams says:

    Jesus foretold a hope that one day we will see our loved ones again happy and healthy, John 5:28, 29 says, “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” I pray this promise along with loving memories of Mrs. Dorothy J. Martin fill your heart with comfort and peace.

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