Thomas DeYoung

January 19, 2015

Thomas DeYoung

Thomas passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center, leaving behind his loving family and friends.

He was born September 10, 1939 in Grand Rapids the son of Floyd and Janet (Mieras) DeYoung. Tom served his country in the US Air Force from 1957-1961, serving one year in Thule, Greenland. He was a member of the Men’s Auxiliary VFW Otsego Post #3030. He moved to Kalamazoo where he met his future wife Patricia Brant while working at Eastland Bowl where he was manager. They wed in 1986 in Vegas. Together Tom and Pat spent many years traveling the USA on their motorcycles and played pool in tournaments and leagues. He later went to work at Airway Lanes as manager for Gordy Krum. He enjoyed working with the senior citizen leagues and junior bowlers. He loved making people laugh and always had a joke to share.

He leaves behind his wife Patricia; their dog, Willie; his daughter, Tracey (James) Dear; his son, Tom Jr.; his step-son Kevin (Darlene) Lapekas; his sister, Mary (Frank) Bodor; sisters-in-law, Sharon DeYoung and Sharon (Gordon) Gilmore; 4 grandsons, James, Jalen, Jeremiah and Ken; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard DeYoung.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A private gathering of his family will take place at a later date this summer.

Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the SPCA or to the VA Hospital in Battle Creek.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Larry Crawford Jr.

January 4, 2015

Larry Crawford Jr.

Larry L. Crawford Jr. of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 3, 2015 in Kalamazoo. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on September 1, 1962 to Larry and Sandra (Cushing) Crawford. He had owned and operated Otsego’s Glass Source and most recently had been employed by Safelite Auto Glass. Larry enjoyed most sports including softball, racing at the Kalamazoo Speedway, drag racing, bowling and following UFC, NASCAR and the Detroit Lions. He also liked to hunt and fish, play the drums and sing. He was a skilled handy man, gifted woodworker and his sarcasm will be greatly missed by all. Larry’s biggest joy was his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his children, Larry L. (Crystal March) Crawford III, of Otsego, Chelsea (Kevin) Brown, of Maple Grove, MN, Candice (Josh) Fritz of Bloomingdale, Ashley, Megan and Kaitlin Donlin, all of Kalamazoo; his granddaughter Hallie Brown and the three grandchildren that are due this year; his wife, Joy; parents, Larry and Sandra; siblings, Randy (Jody) Crawford, Annette (Rick) Liskovec and Chris (Cheryl) Crawford, all of Otsego; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and by his close friends Jeff Watkins and John Spitzner.

Friends may visit with Larry’s family from 5 to 8 P.M. Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, Pastor Luke Veldt officiating. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the scholarship fund for his grandchildren or to Mott Children’s Hospital.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Donald J. Oakes

December 26, 2014

Donald J. Oakes

Don passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born February 20, 1957 in Lansing. Don served his country in the US Navy during the Vietnam Era. He was a ham radio operator and mechanic who owned and operated After Hours Garage for about five years. Don then began selling computers with a friend of his and later worked at Reinhart Foods where he worked as a salesman and started working with computers. He had also worked for Wausau Financial installing computer software and hardware. He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed cooking, politics, riding motorcycles, playing Clash of Clans and most of all spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Don was a very funny and witty man. On April 29, 2012 in Otsego he married Danni Carruthers who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Donald J. Oakes Jr., Nichole Leigh (Ben) Kim, Kristi Marie (Mark) Berger and Daniel Eli Oakes; 10 grandchildren, his step-children, Joshua (Sheryl) Coburn, Jessi Coburn, Randi (Don) Haskins and Kaitlyn Chapman; 4 step-grandchildren, his father, Robert Oakes; several siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Virginia.

Friends may visit with Don’s family Monday, December 29, 2014 from 5-7 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Military Honors by VFW Post #3030.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Don may be made to the charity of your choice.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Paul F. Brewer

December 15, 2014

Paul F. Brewer

Paul passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at Park Village Pines in Kalamazoo.

He was born November 28, 1920 in Kalamazoo the son of Robert and Helen (Gordon) Brewer. He was a 1939 graduate of Martin High School. Paul served his county in the US Army during World War II. After his discharge he farmed with his father for a short time and then was a door to door salesman for the Watkins Co. In 1954 he started working for Sears Roebuck in Battle Creek and then transferred to Kalamazoo where he sold appliances for over 30 years until his retirement at age 62. Paul was very proud of his military service and enjoyed following the Detroit Tigers, spending time with his grandchildren and listening to classical music. He was always quick to point out his Scotch heritage and he loved to negotiate a good deal. Paul’s farm is a centennial family farm, his family was among the first to settle the Martin area over 170 years ago. On October 2, 1954 in Fulton he married Ann Randall. He and Ann were longtime members of Martin Reformed Church until they transferred membership to Allegan Wesleyan Church. His church meant a great deal to him, he enjoyed studying the scriptures and was very knowledgeable about the Holy Bible.

Surviving are his wife, Ann; their children, P. Edward (Melody) Brewer of Otsego, Ina Jo Brewer of Battle Creek and Philip (Gwen) Brewer of Martin; 4 grandchildren, Lindsey (Dave) Brewer and Adam, Kristin and Rachel Brewer; 2 great-grandchildren, Payton and Carson; his brother, Gordon (Lorraine) Brewer of Holland; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marjorie VanReenen.

Friends may visit with Paul’s family from 4-7 P.M. Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 10:00 A.M. at the Allegan Wesleyan Church, 2469 118th Avenue, Allegan with Pastor Eric Oppenhuizen officiating. Burial will follow at the South Martin Cemetery in Martin.

Contributions in memory of Paul may be made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Deborah Knight

November 24, 2014

Deborah Knight

Deborah Knight of Otsego passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 in Kalamazoo. Deb was born July 25, 1955 in Allegan to Earl and Frances (Otten) Blanchard and was a lifelong resident of the area.

For 22 years Deb was employed with MCTI as accounts payable supervisor. In her leisure time she enjoyed bowling, reading, casinos, playing cards, bingo and haunted houses on Halloween. Deb loved planning the annual Knight family treasure hunt.

On January 7, 1972 in Otsego she married Bruce Knight, who survives. Also surviving are her children, Jeff (Kim) Knight and Jody (Jim Leonard) Sebright, both of Otsego; six grandchildren, Taylor, Sam, Kyllee, Courtney, Bailey and Hannah; her brother, Allan (Linda) Blanchard of Otsego; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her father in 1975, her mother in 2011 and her sister, Shirley, in 2009.

Friends may visit with Deb’s family Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 12 Noon to 1 P.M. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the United Methodist Church of Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Deb may be made to Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, 2520 Elisha Avenue, Zion, IL  60099.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Nancy A. Gwilliams

November 21, 2014

Nancy A. Gwilliams

Nancy passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born June 2, 1947 in Allegan, the daughter of Lavern and Helen (Germain) Lindsey. Nancy was a 1965 Otsego High School graduate. She started working in dietary service at Plainwell Pines Nursing Home and later became a nurse’s aide at Alamo Nursing Home for over 15 years. Nancy enjoyed going to church and having coffee and lunch with her friends.

Surviving are her daughter, Kristy (Matt) VanBeek of Plainwell; grandsons, Brennan VanBeek and Hayden VanBeek; sister, Kay Connor of Allegan; sister –in-law, Diana Turner; mother-in-law, Vera Gwilliams; several aunts, uncles, cousins, special friend, Ardis Wright of Allegan and her caretaker, Lou Phelps.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may visit with Nancy’s family Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Monday at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Sean Kidd officiating. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to the American Stroke Foundation. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Arlene J. Anson

October 27, 2014

Arlene J. Anson

Arlene passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

She was born January 3, 1928 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Michael and Grace (Cardd) Karr. Arlene enjoyed fishing, traveling, cooking and helping other people. She was an active member of Cooper Congregational Church where she was part of the Ladies Guild and ARO an outreach ministry group. On October 28, 1950 in Kalamazoo she married Duane Anson who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Brian (Dalene) Anson of Plainwell, Karen (Keith) Holt of Vicksburg and Lori (Chuck) Franko of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren, Jodi, Jessica, Cameron, Tyler and Riley; 4 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her 3 brothers, Delbert, Robert and Rudolph Yohnke. Cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with Arlene’s family Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. and again Sunday from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. No services are scheduled and a private burial will take place at Cooper Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Arlene may be made to the Cooper Congregational Church.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

 

James E. VanLent

October 3, 2014

James E.  VanLent

James VanLent of Alamo Township passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

Mr. VanLent was born August 5, 1932 in Otsego, the son of Eldon and Marie (Brown) VanLent. For more than 31 years Jim was a police officer and fireman for the city of Plainwell. He was a member of the 12th Street Baptist Church and in his spare time enjoyed golfing. In 1950 he married Shirley Nichols in Indiana.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley; his sons, Jim (Terry) VanLent of Plainwell and Dan VanLent of Otsego; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sisters, Sandra (Ron) MacVean of Martin and Sharon VanLent of Plainwell; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Eldon.

Friends may meet with Jim’s family Monday, October 6, 2014 from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Cremation will follow.  A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the 12th Street Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, Pastor Thad Stout officiating. Due to construction, please take 11th St. south to ON Avenue, then north onto 12th Street.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the 12th Street Baptist Church.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Kathy Sue Salyer

September 10, 2014

Kathy Sue Salyer

Kathy Sue Salyer of Bloomingdale, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Allegan. She was born October 16, 1952 in Huntington, IN to Lewis and Kathryn (Schenkel) Hart.

Kathy was a very spiritual person and her faith was uplifting for her and her family. In her leisure time she loved flowers and traveling to the Upper Peninsula and Mackinaw Island. She was a devoted homemaker and loved her family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

On January 5, 1974 in Marion, IN she married Ross “Bryan” Salyer, who survives. Also surviving are three sons, Derek (Crystal) Salyer of Leonidas, Cory (Shea) Salyer of Kalamazoo and Sean (Aryanna) Salyer of Fortuna, CA; four grandchildren, Ashley, Brett, Erin and Rachel; her mother, Kathryn Hart of N. Manchester, IN; and a brother, Richard Hart of Fort Wayne, IN.

She was preceded in death by her father in 2005 and her brother, Larry Hart, in 1977.

Cremation has taken place. A private service will be held later. Contributions in memory of Kathy Sue may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Barbara J. Colasanti

September 2, 2014

Barbara J. Colasanti

Barbara J. Colasanti passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 in Kalamazoo.

She was born January 8, 1925 in Dowagiac, the daughter of Clyde and Emma (Guntle) Huff. For 23 years Barbara was a registered nurse at Bronson Hospital. On November 21, 1946 in Kalamazoo she married Michael Colasanti who preceded her in death in 2010. Barbara was a lifelong caregiver, she loved to play cards, sew and quilt. She enjoyed taking care of her home, her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Don (Deborah) Colasanti of Texas, Michael Colasanti Jr. of Kalamazoo, Ricky Colasanti and Lori (Domingo) Sauceda both of Cooper; 10 grandchildren, Arianna, Sarah, Michael III, John, Danatio, Caitlyn, Ashlynn, Danielle, Courtney and Jake; 2 great-grandchildren, Andrew and Alexis; and many extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, 3 sisters and a brother.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Friday, September 5, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at Westwood Church of God in Kalamazoo with Pastor Tom Tufts officiating.  Burial will take place at West Cooper Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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