Garth King Jr.

November 15, 2013

Garth King Jr.

Garth W. King, Jr. of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Friday, November 15, 2013 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.  He was born November 17, 1943 in Kalamazoo to Garth and Anna (Welch) King.

For over 42 years he was employed with Graphic Packaging. He was a member of Berean Baptist Church in Portage.

On June 4, 1971 in Portage, Michigan he married Lois Martin, who passed away in March 2010. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving are his children, David King of Otsego, Matthew (Kara) King of Arizona, Paul King of Plainwell, Lynda (Andrew) Baker of Warsaw, Indiana, and Amy King of Kalamazoo; six grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald Boodt of Oklahoma and Gene Boodt of Indiana; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may meet with Garth’s family on Monday, November 25, 2013 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego from 10 A.M. until the time of the service at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Bill Abernathy officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo.

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

Jack Bower

November 9, 2013

Jack Bower

Jack C. Bower of Alamo Township passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Mr. Bower was born March 24, 1934 in Martin, MI. Jack had farmed throughout his life, and he and his friend Charlie Betke had owned and operated their own brick laying company. Jack had built two homes for his family. Jack’s favorite pastime was spending quiet time in the woods. He loved being with his family, hunting with his buddies and later in life with his daughters. Jack also loved fishing with “The Mother” and being with their little dog Gizzy. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, especially the monthly breakfasts. Jack treasured his Farmall tractor and his John Deere crawler.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Taylor; their daughters, Cheri (Joe) Demmon of Superior, Montana, Julie Bos of Kalamazoo, Pat (Kerry) Boothby of Paw Paw and Jody Dorothy (Ron Doot) of Plainwell; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 2 brothers, Lorence and Ron Bower. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Walter and Don.

Friends may meet with his family on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. November 12, 2013 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A Funeral Service will be held at Twin Lakes Reformed Church, Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Ron Lugten officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Street Cemetery, Alamo Township.

Our family would like to extend special gratitude to Jack’s nurses on the 8th Floor at Borgess: Eric “The Great”, Amber “Little A”, “Happy” Sarah and “His Angel” Nicole and Vina.

Messages of condolence for his family may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Avis McConney

October 28, 2013

Avis McConney

Avis McConney, of Plainwell, (formerly of Otsego and Kalamazoo) passed away Sunday October 27, 2013 at the Stanford Lodge in Plainwell, surrounded by her family and caring staff. Mrs. McConney was born March 2, 1915, in Allegan to Otto and Lotta (Dostie) Hettinger.

Avis earned her Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University. She was a talented and prolific artist who loved to paint. For over 50 years she was a member of the Art Center of Battle Creek and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Avis also enjoyed gardening and reading. She was an avid traveler, and with her husband visited over 72 countries.

On December 19, 1936 in Allegan she married George McConney, spending 72 years together before his passing in 2009. Also preceding her in death were her son, Mario; sister, Ardis; and son-in-law, Max. Surviving are her children, Susan Snyder of Otsego, Martha (Paul) Levy of Battle Creek, Dennis (Donnell) McConney of Plainwell; an adopted son Hoa (Xuan) Le of Novi; grandchildren, Scott, Mikki, Beth, Becki, Curt, Angela, James and Kevin; 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no public service.

Contributions in memory of Avis may be made to the Art Center of Battle Creek or the American Diabetes Association.

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

 

“Sunset and evening star,

And one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar,

When I put out to sea.”

Tennyson

 

Jane Blunt

October 26, 2013

Jane Blunt

Jane Blunt of Kalamazoo passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Oshemo Township. Jane was born August 14, 1931 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Bernard and Eda (Bauman) Kavanaugh. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Messages of condolence may be left at: www.winkelfuneralhome.com

James Forcier

October 16, 2013

James Forcier

James Severe ‘Jim’ Forcier of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in Battle Creek. Mr. Forcier was born December 8, 1931 in St. Paul, MN to Benjamin and Blanche (Jones) Forcier.

He graduated from Wilson High School, St. Paul, and earned his Bachelor Degree from the University of Minnesota. During the Korean War he served his country for two years in the U.S. Navy and then three years in the Marines, and was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was employed with Minnesota Milk for several years. In 1965 he moved to Waconia, MN and worked for Oak Grove Dairy through 1969. In 1970 he moved to Otsego where he was employed in sales for M.D.E. Corp., retiring in 1996.

Jim loved to golf, bowl, take trips in his motor home and spend the winters in Clearwater, FL. He was a world traveler and a member of the Otsego Elks Lodge #1711, V.F.W. Post #3030, Michigan Dairy Association, D.A.V., and American Legion.

On May 24, 1952 in St. Paul he married the former Carol Sorlie, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Jim Forcier of Minneapolis, Kathy (Kurt) Hatfield of Allegan, Tom (Jackie) Forcier and Jeff Forcier, both of Otsego and Mike Forcier; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gene Forcier of Pittsburgh, PA; two sisters, Virginia Scatterelli of Minneapolis and Marcie Bungurt of Bloomington, MN; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ben and Dick Forcier.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 18, 2013, at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego, Rev. Fr. Brian Stanley celebrant. Burial with Military Honors by V.F.W. Post #3030 and the Fort Custer Honor Guard will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, at 1:00 P.M. Friday, October 18, 2013.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Elks Major Project or the Veterans Hospital of Battle Creek.

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

 

 

Ellen Latta

October 9, 2013

Ellen Latta

Ellen F. Latta of Cooper Township, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family. Ellen was born January 25, 1964, in Kalamazoo the daughter of George and Helen (Ellison) Cobb. For many years she was employed as a health care supervisor.

On February 14, 1995 in Allegan, MI she married Jerry Latta who survives. Also surviving are 3 children, Nathan Cobb of Cooper, Amber Hoyt of Plainwell and Jerry Latta Jr. of Cooper Twp.; her grandson, Tyler Ray; and her dearest friend, Katherine Burk.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers those desiring may make donations to her family for expenses.

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

David Bronson

September 27, 2013

David Bronson

David James Bronson of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away Thursday, September 26, 2013. Dave was born January 12, 1963 in Plainwell, the son of James and Helen (Hagenbuch) Bronson. He served his country in the US Navy.  Dave worked for 18 years at Molson Co. doing plastic injection molding.  He loved the LST-325, the World War II ship his father served on, and was the author of a book about Mosier’s Raiders. He was an avid horseman who loved his dogs and enjoyed playing guitar.

On September 25, 1995 at Bowens Mill in Barry Co. he married Donna Mae Cook who survives. Also surviving are his step-children, Travis L. Fox and James “J.D.” Fox both of Parchment; one grandson, Travis L. Fox III; Siblings, Leslie Bronson, Denise (Rick) Chamberlain, Diane (Garry) Bouwman, Jayne (Vincent) Kellogg; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held 11 A.M. Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Trowbridge Methodist Cemetery with Father Jim Haack officiating. Military Honors will be presented by VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of David may be made to LST-325, for additional information visit www.1stmemorial.org.

Messages of condolence for his family may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Ruby Swinehart

September 23, 2013

Ruby Swinehart

Ruby Jewel (Ferguson) Swinehart of Otsego, MI passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013 at her home.  Ruby was born July 7, 1938 in Russell, AR the daughter of Oscar and Birdie (Udie) Ferguson. Ruby worked for Bronson Methodist Hospital for over 20 years. She enjoyed attending and working flea markets and she loved spending time with her grandchildren, especially having tea parties. In 1981 Ruby began seeing Kenneth E. Swinehart; on April 2, 1996 they were married.

Survivors include her husband, Ken; children, Robert Bowden of Otsego and Rickey Bowden of Kalamazoo; 22 grandchildren, including Jordan Levi Smith whom she raised as her son; 12 great grandchildren; siblings Viva Willis of WV, James Ferguson of Plainwell; step-children, Kaleen VanBuren, Terry Swinehart, Andrea Swinehart, Shara Swinehart; ex-daughter–in-law, Roberta Bowden and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Roman “Ben” Schrock and Kelli Jo Smith and siblings, Verda Lee “Dimples” Cox and William Ferguson.

Private family services will be followed with burial at Mt. Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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

 

Dorothy Digby

September 11, 2013

Dorothy Digby

Digby,Dorothy360Dorothy L. Digby of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in Allegan. Mrs. Digby was born June 30, 1940, in Chicago to Larus and Ethel (Rumpf) Gislason.

She was employed with Angle Steel, then the AFC Home in Plainwell and then as a driver for the Allegan County Mental Health van. Her favorite leisure activity was horseback riding. She also enjoyed playing pool and yard sales. Most of all Dorothy loved being with her family.

On August 14, 1982, in Otsego she married Kenelm Digby, who survives. Also surviving are two sons and a daughter, Jim (Carol) Virnala of Delton, Dean (Trina) Madonia of Nashville, TN and Lori (John) Hostetler of Greenville, MI; seven grandchildren; three step-children, Mark Digby, Terri (Rick) Brumm and Chellie Digby, all of Otsego; 14 step-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Durkee of Minneapolis, MN; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two step-daughters, Penny Digby and Deb Cornell, and a sister, Judy Temp.

Friends may visit with her family from 10-11am Monday, September 16, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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

Rosemary Jacobs

July 23, 2013

Rosemary Jacobs

Rosemary Jacobs of Plainwell (formerly of Kalamazoo) passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Plainwell. Mrs. Jacobs was born April 3, 1920 in Chicago, IL to Henry and Frances (Glorioso) Aiuppy. For many years she was employed with WL Molding. In her leisure time her two greatest joys were her plants and her cats. She could grow anything and loved caring for her cats. On May 22, 1948 in Otsego she was married to Charles Jacobs, Jr. who died in 2002. Also preceding her in death were her brother, Charles Aiuppy; a grandson, Lucas; and a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth. Surviving are two daughters and a son, Geraldine (Don) Frabe of South Haven, Kenneth (Bev) Jacobs of Parchment and Frances ‘Fran’ (Rod) Wall of Leonidas; her grandchildren, Carol, Mike, Brad, Rachael, Kate, Keeley, Chris, Kasie, Robert and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Austin, Brandon, Grant, Brady, Taeley, Triston, Lola, Devon, Chelsea, Joey and Cody; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with Rosemary’s family from 5 to 8 P.M. Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 27, 2013, with celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Rosemary may be made to the Kalamazoo Humane Society.

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

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