Theodore Simonds

July 26, 2014

Theodore Simonds

Theodore Simonds of Otsego passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

Ted was born February 4, 1965 in Kalamazoo the son of James and Maxine (Wilkinson) Simonds. He had done lawn care as the owner/operator of Bill & Ted’s Lawn Care and had worked several other jobs in the area, most recently working for Gary Sanders Well Drilling.Ted enjoyed trains, traveling to the lake for sunsets and spending time fishing. He will be remembered as a kind hearted man who loved his family.

Surviving are his father, James; his siblings, Dale (Lucy) Simonds of Allegan, Ralph (Ruth) Simonds of Allegan, LaVerne (Joyce) Simonds of Mattawan and Michael (Deborah) Simonds of Otsego; several nieces and nephews; and his soul mate Sue Miner.

He was preceded in death by his mother and by his best friend Bill Miner.

Cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2 P.M. at 706 26th Street, Allegan.

Contributions in memory of Ted may be made to the American Heart Association.

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David Zugel

July 25, 2014

David Zugel

David W. Zugel of Plainwell, MI passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Wings Home in Allegan. David was born on July 18, 1953 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to William and Maxine (Grenn) Zugel.  At the age of 17 David began working for Hammond Machine where he remained employed for almost 35 years. For the last 10 years David worked for Flowserve in Kalamazoo. David enjoyed flying model airplanes with the Thunderbirds R.C. Club at the River Oaks Park in Comstock.

On February 14, 1990 in Schoolcraft, Michigan he was married to Julia Bogema who survives. David is also survived by his children, Adam (Kim) Zugel and Heidi Zugel; step-son, Calvin Shafer; 4 grandchildren; brother, Phil (Rayma) Zugel and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Maxine.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will be held this fall.

Contributions in memory of David may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan, Michigan.

Messages of condolence may be posted at



George Channells

July 12, 2014

George Channells

George Pearl Channells, Jr. of  Martin, Michigan,  passed away on the evening of July 5, 2014 at the Wings of Hope Hospice House in Allegan.  Born January 19, 1928, his parents were George P. Channells, Sr. and Maude (Delaney) Channells.  George attended Martin Public Schools until serving his country as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  After his service, George worked for many years as a printer for Saniwax Paper Company, and for the City of Kalamazoo.  George loved working with his hands, building two homes for his family, and many furniture pieces for his loved ones.  He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and had a deep love of animals. On February 25, 1949 he married Pauline Troff, celebrating 65 years of marriage this year.

George is survived by his wife, Pauline (Troff) Channells; one daughter, Brook and her husband, Thomas, Kievit; sons George Channells III and wife Catherine; Rodney Channells and wife Kathy; and Joseph Channells; grandchildren Curtis (Dawn) Channells, Timothy (Leann) Channells, Jeremy (Terri) Channells, George IV (Ashley) Channells, Erin (John) Clements, Kiley (Scott) Haynes, Dustin Channells, and Heather Channells, as well as 16 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.  George was preceded in death by his parents, and by his son, Todd Channells, in 1972.

A gathering for friends and family to remember George will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 851 E. 112th Avenue in Martin from 2pm to 5pm.

Contributions in memory of George may be made to the Wings of Hope Hospice House in Allegan.

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Diane Reed

June 10, 2014

Diane Reed

Diane Kay Reed of Martin, MI passed away Monday, June 9, 2014 in Kalamazoo. Diane was born June 1, 1947 in Toledo, OH the daughter of Theodore and Jane (LaCourse) Navarre. Diane loved her Lord; vacations with her husband and trips with her daughters and granddaughters; watching birds; her flowers and dog and collecting dolls but most important to her was her family especially her grandchildren. She had worked for several years at Laurels of Sandy Creek and had done daycare.

On August 21, 1965 she married Clovis Reed who survives.Also surviving are her children, Lori (Dave) Deater of Otsego, Karen Boylan of Martin, Clint (Vanias) Reed of FL, Christina Henry of Martin and Dan (Rena) Reed of Martin; her mother-in-law, Madeline Reed; 11 grandchildren, Clay, Curt, Courtney, Madeline, Savanna, Ryan, Kevin, Lucas, Christopher, Marc and Janie Ray; 6 step-grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren, Lauren, Brayden, Landon, Avery, Addison, Leeland, Jacklyn, Ryan Jr. and Memrie; her siblings, Marge Fields of Dorr, Sharon (Rob) Fincher of OH, Mary (Jim) Hadley of OH, Eva (Buddy) Sweat of FL, Rose (Chad) Branch of Plainwell & Teddy Navarre of FL; siblings-in-law, Clarence, Doug, Eric, Joyce, Donna, Wanda, Sue, John, Ken, Jerry & Ruth. She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Bobby, a sister Joyce, a brother Jerry and a son-in-law Mickey Torres.

Friends may visit with her family from 4-7 P.M., Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Orangeville Pentecostal Church of Christ where a Funeral Service will take place at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, June 12. 2014 with Pastor Mike Risner officiating. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Diane may be made to the Orangeville Pentecostal Church of Christ.

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Robert Higgs

March 6, 2014

Robert Higgs

Robert C. Higgs, 91, of Plainwell died peacefully Wednesday night, March 5, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

Bob was born November 5, 1922, in Benton Harbor, the son of Edward W. “Ted” and Leona M. (Maynard) Higgs. He graduated from Plainwell High School in 1941 and married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Mary Walker, on May 9, 1943 in Plainwell. He served his country during World War Two as a radio technician in the Army Air Corps. Following the war he took up his father’s trade as a photoengraver, and together, along with Ruth, they founded Ace Engravers in Plainwell in the early 1950’s. Bob and Ruth later sold the business, and their home, and moved to Pine Lake. In 1991, they moved to Florida, where they both discovered golf for the first time. Bob returned to Michigan following Ruth’s death and was fortunate enough to find love again, and in 2007 married Patricia (Thomas) Lesterhouse. He has made his home for the past two years with his son, Jim, and his wife, Suzanne.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Sgt. William E. Higgs, who was killed in the war in 1943; his wife, Ruth, in 2003, and his second wife, Patricia (Thomas) Higgs in 2013.

He is survived by his son, James R. “Jim” Higgs (Suzanne,) three grandchildren: Robert E. Higgs (Lynn,) Dianna Stampfler, and Katelyn Kenitz; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Betty Orr, several nieces and nephews and a former daughter-in-law, Sue E. Higgs.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030.

Messages of condolence may be posted at


Bonita C. Knight

February 18, 2014

Bonita C. Knight


Bonita C. Knight passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014, at her home in Kalamazoo.

Mrs. Knight was born February 4, 1926 in Fort Wayne, Indiana the daughter of Chauncey and Ruby (Dinius) Tucker. She was an accomplished artist and pianist, but above all she was devoted to the Lord.

On February 28, 1947 in Bluffton, Indiana she married Blain Knight who died in 1997. They had been married for 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Matthew Stuart.

Surviving are her children, Ruth (Tom) Fowle, Rebecca (Morrie) Kaleward, Tony (Lorrie) Knight and Scott Knight; ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and her sister, Arlene Tucker.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial of ashes will take place at Bushnell National Cemetery in Florida at a later date.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Bonita may be made to Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

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Ruth Miller

February 16, 2014

Ruth Miller

Ruth Amelia Miller, 87, of Baraga Manor in Otsego, Michigan, died Saturday, Feb.15, 2014, in Kalamazoo, Mich. following repair of a fractured hip.

Miller was born Oct. 12, 1926 in Conway, Mo., the daughter of Edward and Joy (Marsh) Miller.

She was a graduate of the Burge School of Nursing, and was proud to have spent most of her career ushering babies into the world as an obstetrical nurse. She worked at St. John’s Hospital and at General Electric in Springfield, Mo. as well.

Miller loved babies and children, was lovingly known as Aunt Boo to hundreds of them across the country. She was loyal to family and friends, a champion of the underdog, and a kind and generous neighbor.

As a girl, Miller’s beautiful alto singing voice was in high demand at weddings and funerals, and she will be remembered for her sense of fashion, her delicious home cooking, excellent needlework and willingness to help anyone who needed her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Annie Ivene Miller, Rosemary Van Fossen and Lois Hill; brothers Stanley Miller, Ralph Miller and Louis Miller; nephew Ted Hill.

She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Marcia and George Wissbaum; nephews Brent Miller and his wife, Nancy, Mark Wissbaum, Roger Wissbaum; nieces Elma Rosenberg and her husband, Calvin; Ruth E. Simmons and her husband, David; Rosemary Parker and her husband, Chuck; Julia Wissbaum and Louise Wissbaum, Penny Miller and Shirley Miller; great nieces and nephews and a large circle of friends.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial will be planned at a later time, according to her wishes.

Memorials may be directed to the Conway Memorial Library, 327 E. Jefferson, Conway, MO 65632.

Messages of condolence may be posted at

Richard Rouse

January 20, 2014

Richard Rouse

Richard B. ‘Rip’ Rouse of Otsego passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 at Life Care Center of Plainwell. Richard was born September 25, 1924 in Kalamazoo, the son of Clair and Frances (Wood) Rouse. He was a 1943 graduate of Otsego High School and served in the U. S. Army at the Battle of the Bulge during WW II. Rip was a member of Otsego Elks Lodge #1711 BPOE, a life member of VFW Post #3030 and former member of the Otsego Congregational Church. Rip was an electrician with Hammond Machinery for over 27 years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling, and doing yard work. After retirement, Rip and Marie spent several winters in Gulf  Shores, AL.

On August 1, 1947, in Otsego, he married Marie H. Cooley, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Rex (Mary) Rouse of Otsego; a son-in-law, David Goff of Centreville; 3 grandchildren, Richard (Jessica) Rouse of  FL, Tiffany Rouse of Otsego, Dave (Amy) Goff of Battle Creek; 3 great grandchildren, Dillon Goff, Jacob Goff and Sylvia Marie Rouse; a sister Rachel (Burton) Smith of  Plainwell; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son ‘Ronnie’ Rouse in 1963, a daughter, Gail Goff in 2013; brother Fay in 2005 and a sister Barbara Cowles.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be announced in the spring.

Contributions in memory of Rip may be made to VFW Post #3030.

Messages of condolence may be posted at



Jerry Tiller

January 7, 2014

Jerry Tiller

Gerald L. ‘Jerry’ Tiller of Plainwell, Michigan, went to be with his Lord Monday, January 6, 2014 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Mr. Tiller was born June 3, 1939 in Kalamazoo to Robert ‘Lee’ and Mildred (Duniphen) Tiller.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and attended Western Michigan University. Jerry worked for the Kalamazoo Police Department for several years after his time in the Navy. For 35 years he was employed with Farm Bureau Insurance Co. as a claims adjuster, retiring in 2001. Jerry was a member of Resurrection Life Church of Grandville. In his leisure time he enjoyed camping and traveling after retirement. Jerry loved his family very much.

On August 21, 1993 in South Haven he married Joyce (Reynolds) McBain, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Jennifer (Tim) Haberling and Andrea Tiller, both of Grand Rapids; three step-sons, Michael (Nancy) McBain of Otsego, Wayne (Angela) McBain of Richland, James (Jody) McBain of Plainwell; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Larry (Marsha) Tiller and Don (Carol) Tiller, both of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margo, in 1991; and a brother, Ken Tiller in 2009.

Friends may visit with Jerry’s family from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 10, 2014, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

Contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

Messages of condolence may be posted at

Catherine E. Fales

December 31, 2013

Catherine E. Fales

 Catherine E. Fales of Gobles, passed away December 31, 2013 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born February 5, 1943 in Kalamazoo to Daniel and Barbara (Drake) Bromley.  Cathy graduated from Gull Lake High School and attended Michigan State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She was a teacher for 2 years at Glerum Elementary School in Holland, MI, and then worked several years as a personnel assistant at FMB Bank until her retirement in 1998.

Cathy loved being at home with her family, collecting recipes, baking cookies, crafts, flower gardening, and watching birds. On April 9, 1966 she married Leon Fales who survives, they re-married on May 25, 1996.

Also surviving are her daughters, Cindy Head of Kalamazoo, Kimberly Morse of Hamilton and Wendy Prange of Martin; five grandchildren, Ben, Dustin, Jack, Rachel and Cambri; a soon to be born great-grandson, Braxton; three brothers, Bill (Luella) Bromley of Delton, Steve (Barb) Bromley of Lexington, KY and Jim (Sue) Bromley of Hemet, CA and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents.

Friends may meet with her family at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, MI on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 10am until the time of the funeral at 11am, Pastor Jeff Worden officiating. Burial will follow at Earl Cemetery, Kendall.

Contributions in memory of Cathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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