Lenaria B. Carson

September 30, 2010

Lenaria B. Carson

Lenaria B. Carson of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Thursday, September 30, 2010, in Plainwell. Mrs. Carson was born June 13, 1931 in Schoolcraft to Buck and Emma (Reynolds) Kettle. In her leisure time she enjoyed crocheting afghans, quilting and playing Canasta and Bingo. On November 4, 1974, in Kalamazoo she was married to Albert Carson, who died in 2006. Also preceding her in death were three brothers and a sister. Surviving are her grandchildren, Larry Martin, Charlene MacClaine, Jeff Smith, Bill Smith, Ed Smith and Ramona King; a special granddaughter, Michelle Smith; a special great-grandson, Robert Smith; a special great-great granddaughter, MaKayla; an ex sister-in-law, Dixie Cox; many nieces and nephews including, Everett Kettle, Beth Ann Kettle and Marcia Kettle and special friends Geraldine Meyers and Mary Rupp. In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Burial of ashes will follow at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Kalamazoo Humane Society.

Larry D. Foe

September 28, 2010

Larry D. Foe

Larry D. Foe of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2010, in Grand Rapids. Larry was born August 14, 1943, in Dawson Springs, KY, to Harry and Mary (Howell) Foe. In his leisure time Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and working crossword puzzles. Surviving are two grandchildren, Kim Blake of Cedar Springs and Charles A. Slone of Plainwell; his siblings, Helen Roberts of Allen Park, MI, Pearl Imojean Thorpe of Isley, KY, Forrest Foe of Nortonville, KY, Billy Foe of Georgia, Sammy Foe of Henderson, KY, James Foe of Gibraltar, MI, Lurley Foe of Clay, KY, Phyllis Shoulders and Glen Foe, both of Henderson, KY; many nieces and nephews. Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Ella (LeMaster) Foe in 2003; a son, Charles E. Slone in 2006; a brother, Douglas; and two sisters, Rose and Wanda. Friends may meet with Larry’s family from 10 to 11 A.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., with funeral celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Cremation will follow. Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Barbara L. Cutler

September 26, 2010

Barbara L. Cutler

Barbara L. Cutler of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2010 at Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo. Barbara was born January 12, 1951 in Alma, Michigan, to Carl and Ruth (Richards) Mates. For many years she had been employed as an L.P.N. at Alamo Nursing Home, and for the past 8 years with Save-A-Lot. Surviving are two daughters, Kimberly Cutler of Portage and Elizabeth (Chris) Billman of Otsego; three grandchildren, Jordan, Katlyn and Tyler Billman; her husband, Steven Cutler of Hickory Corners; her mother, Ruth (Carl) Wright of Sumner, Michigan; her father, Carl Mates; two sisters, Connie Newkirk of Scottville, MI and Ruth Farrier of Elwell, MI; several nieces and nephews. In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. A luncheon in memory of Barbara will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, October 9, 2010, at the First Baptist Church, 247 E. Allegan St., Otsego, Michigan.

Elmer Black

September 24, 2010

Elmer  Black

Elmer Black of Alamo Township, passed away Friday, September 24, 2010 at his home. Elmer was born October 20, 1919 in Kalamazoo the son of John and Bertha (Ketchum) Black. He was a veteran of WW II and had been employed at Clarage Fan. He was a member of the Kalamazoo VFW and enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, Tigers Baseball and being with his children and grandchildren. On August 10, 1957 he married Eleanor Stouder who preceded him in death in 2008. Elmer is survived by his children, Gary Black of Alamo, Bill Black of Warsaw, IN, Eric Black of Plainwell and Debora Black of Alamo; 8 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; a brother, Garland Black, of Plainwell and a sister, Vera Kershaw, of Portage. Preceding him in death were his parents, 3 sisters and 1 brother, Lucille Hewitt, Mildred Miller, Florence Lappin and Martin Black. Friends may meet with his family on Monday from 5-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Dave Johnson officiating. Military Honors and burial will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of SW Michigan.

Donald D. Brest Sr.

September 19, 2010

Donald D. Brest Sr.
Donald D.  Brest Sr. of Otsego, Michigan passed away Sunday, September 19, 2010, in Kalamazoo. Mr. Brest was born November 28, 1937 in Otsego to Claude and Gladys (Shively) Brest and was a lifelong resident of the area. For over 25 years he was employed with Fabri-Kal of Kalamazoo and then with Conley Equipment (now Steensma). Don loved NASCAR, local short track racing, traveling and  camp hosting at Missouri State Parks. He and his wife had traveled to all 50 states and went on 9 cruises. Don enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was known to many as “Papa”. He was a member of Otsego Moose Lodge #345 and Allegan Eagles. On June 20, 1957 in Kalamazoo he married the former Rubie Friel, who survives. Also surviving are four children, Lori (Terry) Coe, Jan (Mike) McKee, Donnie Brest and Susan Artis, all of Otsego;  9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren with  2 more on the way; many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; his brother Larry; and his son-in-law, John Artis. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Friendship Wesleyan Church, 1285 102nd Avenue, Otsego Township, where Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 P.M Friday, Pastor David Bruininks officiating. A luncheon at the Moose Lodge #345, 740 Lincoln Road, Otsego, will follow the service. Contributions in memory of Don may be made to Mooseheart Child City, Mooseheart, IL 60539-1182

Russell Button

September 7, 2010

Russell  Button
Russell “Russ” Button of Plainwell, Michigan went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. Russ was born August 22, 1934 in Otsego to Coral and Grace (Chapman) Button and had been a lifelong resident of the area. He had been employed as a process engineer with Parker Hannifin – Brass Division, retiring in 1996 after 36 years. Russ was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hobby trains, garage sales, croquet, his cottage on MinerLake, golf and softball. On June 10, 1989 in Otsego he married Karen Barthel Dobbins, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Randy (Linda) Button of Portage; two step-children, Lauren (Rob) Chase of Allegan and Joshua Dobbins of Nashville, TN; five grandchildren, Joshua, Jordan, Eli, Aaron and Katelyn; two sisters, Lois Chandler of Grand Rapids and Helen (Harry) Waldron of Otsego; many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Barbara Newman Button, in 1983; a brother, Lawrence Button; two sisters, June O’Reilly and Clara Stowell. Friends may meet with his family from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Burial will follow at HillsideCemetery, Plainwell. Contributions in memory of Russ may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.

Raymond G. Rex

September 6, 2010

Raymond G. Rex
Raymond G. Rex of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Monday, September 6, 2010 at his home. Mr. Rex was born October 31, 1924 at the family home in OtsegoTownship to Walter and Evelyn (Tyler) Rex and was a lifelong resident of the area. He served his country in the United States Navy. For many years he was employed with Parker Hannifin – Brass Division, retiring January of 1986. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and gardening. On June 7, 1947 in Otsego he married the former Joyce Weaver and they had celebrated 63 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, Ray is survived by three sons, Douglas (Emilia) Rex of Otsego, Kevin (Bridget) Rex of Plainwell and Scott (Kathy) Rex of Otsego; five grandchildren, Tenneil, Kailin, Justin, Rusty and Amy; three brothers, Howard Rex of Otsego, Harry Rex of Allegan and Glen (Jackie) Rex of Florida; many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were an infant son, David Rex, his parents; a sister, Marguerite Thompson; and a brother, Robert Rex. Friends may meet with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Otsego with Pastor Joe Shaler. Military graveside services at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego, will be conducted by V.F.W. Post #3030. Contributions in memory of Ray may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or the United Methodist Church of Otsego.

Pamela A. Mathis

September 5, 2010

Pamela A. Mathis
Pamela A. Mathis of Martin, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, September 5, 2010 in Kalamazoo. Pamela was born February 26, 1959, in Saginaw to Richard ’Dick’ and Nancy (Gerow) Bular In 1977 she graduated from Otsego High School and she loved working at McDonald’s. She loved reading and watching NASCAR and was a great Dale Jr. fan. Pam was a loving wife, mother and daughter. Surviving are her husband, Steven Mathis of Martin; son, David (Stephanie) Wethington of Plainwell; her mom, Nancy Eshbaugh of Otsego; siblings, Cindy Patterson of Otsego, Debbie (Todd) Woodfield of Georgia and Rick (Kim) Bular of Kalamazoo; step-children, Jimmy and Ashley, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Bular; her step-father, Ralph Eshbaugh; and her brother-in-law, Curt Patterson. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, with celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Pam may be made to the family for expenses.

Boyd A. Van Horne

September 5, 2010

Boyd A. Van Horne
Boyd A. Van Horne of Cooper, MI passed away Sunday September 5, 2010 in Kalamazoo. Mr. Van Horne was born May 3, 1933 in Plainwell, the son of Dorsey and Lillian (Cobb) Van Horne. He served in the US Army and was employed as an electrical engineer. He was interested in genealogy. Boyd is survived by 2 children, William (Sharon) Van Horne of Troy, MI and Sara Van Horne of Clinton Twp., MI; 2 grandchildren, Nicholas Van Horne and Emily Van Horne both of Troy, MI; a brother, Norman Van Horne of Grass Valley, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David Van Horne. Friends may meet with the family Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, MI. Military graveside services will be held Thursday at 11:30 A.M. at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI. Memorial contributions may be left to the American Cancer Society.

Robert “Jack” Warner

September 5, 2010

Robert “Jack” Warner
Robert “Jack” Warner of Otsego, MI, passed away Sunday, September 05, 2010 in Kalamazoo. Jack was born January 12, 1933 in Hastings, MI the son of Hubert and Kathryn (Williams) Warner. He was a Navy veteran, and a member of the Rotary Club – Paul Harris Fellow, the Elks Lodge and Michigan Sports Sages. He was a member of the Pastor/Parish Committee at the OtsegoUnitedMethodistChurch and longtime treasurer of the church, played trumpet in the River Cities Concert Band, at church and Taps for the VFW. Jack was the coach of the 1968 championship OtsegoHigh School basketball team and was the recipient of the Wolverine Conference Distinguished Service Award. He was a teacher and counselor as well as a coach and had served public schools in Wayland and Otsego. His hobbies were golfing, bowling, deer hunting, fishing and family activities with his grandchildren. Also, he owned Warner’s Landing campground in Shelbyville. On June 9, 1959 at the WaylandMethodistChurch, he married the former Ida McCutchan, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Lisa (Gary) Falkenberg of Estero FL and Susan Warner (Dave Griffin) of Oak Park, IL; and 3 grandchildren, Henry & Pearl Griffin and Kathryn Falkenberg. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Joan Stroup. Friends may meet with the family Wednesday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at Elmwood Cemetery, Wayland, MI, with Military Honors by V.F.W. Post #3030, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. A public service celebrating Jack’s life will be held Saturday at 3:00 P.M. at the Otsego United Methodist Church. Memorials may be left to the Otsego United Methodist Church or to Christian Neighbors.

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