William Burd

July 31, 2012

William Burd

William E. ‘Bill’ Burd, Sr. of Hart, Michigan (formerly of Gull Lake) died Monday, July 30, 2012 in Hart. Bill was born August 2, 1931 in Doster, MI to Ernest and Lois (Sanders) Burd. An Otsego High School graduate, he had served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion in Ludington. For over 30 years he was employed with DeHaan Heating & Cooling in Kalamazoo. Upon his retirement he moved to Hart. In his leisure time he was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Surviving are 5 children, Bill (Gayle) Burd, Jr. of Hart, James Burd of Saline, MI, Celinda Matamoros of Summerfield, FL, Jay (April) Burd of Wayland and Brad (Suzan) Burd of Richland; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a sister and 3 brothers, Velma Todd, Melvin Burd and Jerry (Cheryl) Burd, all of Otsego and Richard (Jeanne) Burd of Martin; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Burd; 2 sisters-in-law, Marie Burd and Eloise Burd; and a brother-in-law, Mark Todd.

Friends may meet Bill’s family beginning at 12:00 Noon Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, with funeral celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Ludington American Legion.

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

William Brown

July 30, 2012

William Brown

William J. “Bill” Brown of Allegan (formerly of Kalamazoo) died peacefully Monday, July 30, 2012, in Kalamazoo, surrounded by family. Mr. Brown was born December 26, 1922 to Howard and Louise (Noteboom) Brown and was a lifelong resident of the area.

Bill, who was married to Gladys Ball for 64 years, was a farmer, operating his own farm, and also ran Brown’s Farm Equipment with Gladys from the late 50s to early 70s. In his leisure time he enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting trips out west, bowling and dancing, especially to polkas. He also enjoyed his dog, Sparky. His family was very important to him and he most enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a generous man.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Gladys in 2010; a son, Don Brown; a granddaughter, Michelle Brown; two grandsons, Scott Brown and Doug Brown; a brother and a sister, Howard Brown and Mildred McGuire. Surviving are two sons and two daughters, Gary (Deidre) Brown of Kalamazoo, Dolores ‘Laurie’ (Robert) Augustine of Otsego, Beverly ‘Bev’ (Ken) Jacobs of Parchment and Carl Brown of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry Brown of Hopkins; and a sister, Eleanor Priest, of Hopkins; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may meet with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego, Fr. Gordon Greene celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Margaret Cemetery.

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

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

Michael Barton

July 25, 2012

Michael Barton

Michael G. Barton of Vicksburg (formerly of Otsego) passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Mike was born March 23, 1947 in Plainwell to Mac and Verna (Hartlage) Barton and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a 1965 graduate of Otsego High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. After over 25 years employment he retired from the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department.

Surviving are his mother, Verna Barton of Otsego; a sister, Patricia (J.D.) Farmer of Louisville, KY; a brother, Lewis (Ruth) Barton of Otsego; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and a special friend, Ruby Julia Nicole.

He was preceded in death by his father and by a niece, Tracy Barton.

Friends may meet with his family from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, Pastor Jason Thiel officiating. Military Honors at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego will be conducted by Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Mike may be made to V.F.W. Post #3030.

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

Albert Wason

July 20, 2012

Albert Wason

Albert A. “Big Al” Wason of Otsego, MI passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012 at his home. Albert was born July 11, 1939 in Plainwell to Albert J. and Junerose (Livingston) Wason and was a lifelong resident of the area. Al served his country in the US Air Force. For 43 years he was employed with Plainwell Paper Co., retiring as a millwright in 2000, and had served as President of the Plainwell Paper Co. United Paperworkers Union Local No. 1062. He had also served as head of the Otsego Township Planning Commission. In his leisure time Al enjoyed farming, baseball, traveling, U.S. History and reading westerns.

On September 10, 1960 in Otsego he married his wife of 51 years, Mary Pittner, who survives. Also surviving are his son and two daughters, Randy (Kim) Wason of Kalamazoo, Lisa (Steve) Peet of Portage and Melissa Chavez of Crivitz, WI; his grandchildren, Trevor and Rachel Wason, Emily, Ashley and Daniel Peet, Tristan and Noah Chavez and Ridge Oisten; brothers, Larry and Robert Wason, sister, Dian Florian; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Harriet Bolhuis; a sister-in-law, Jane Pittner and nephew, Scott Kraft.

Friends may meet with his family from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, MI. A memorial service will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Monday at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego, Deacon Dean Herman celebrant. Military Honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post #3030. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Al may be made to St. Margaret’s Catholic School.

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

David R. Holmes

July 17, 2012

David R. Holmes

David R. Holmes of Otsego, Michigan passed away Monday, July 16, 2012, at his home. Dave was born July 21, 1944 in Toledo, OH to Grant and Ernestine (Radsick) Holmes. From 1961 to 1981 he served his country in the US Navy. He was a Life Member of V.F.W. and a member of the U.S.S. Little Rock Association. Dave retired from the U.S. Navy in 1981, but he fully retired in 2008 with his wife, Bev. They moved into their motor home and became full-timers! The first year on the road took them to 27 states, which Bev chronicled on their blog. Eventually they settled in the RV in summers at Schnable Lake Campground in Otsego and winters in Las Vegas or Florida, traveling wherever they wanted on the road in between.

On November 25, 1977 in Otsego he married Beverly Ann Hoyt, who survives. Also surviving are 1 son and 2 daughters, Daniel Holmes of Traverse City, Kimberly (James) Hall of Bonney Lake, WA, Michele (Brett) Everson of Graham, WA; 5 grandchildren, Andrew Charles, Kyle Everson, Heather Hall, Adrienne Holmes and Ellery Holmes; a brother, James E. (Gaye) Holmes of Hayden, AL; a sister, Faye Ann (Harold) Rickabaugh of Spring lake; nieces and nephews, Dawn, Paula, Jimmy, Lea, Julie, Sarah, Aaron, Brian, Audrey, Amy, Michael, Justin, Rebecca, Timothy, EJ, Tamara, Elizabeth, Samantha, Kody, and Kyle; and great nieces and nephews, Aaron, April, Amanda, Deanna, Grant, Katherine, Elinor, John, Mickala, Joseph, Wade, Emilee, Racheal, Rebekka, Claudia, Alyssa, Kasi, Anna, Richard, Bailey, Dominiq, Rylee, Mason, Carson, Ethan, Shelby, Brennan; good friends, Bruce and Lynda LaFountain and their family, James, Vicki, Audra and Hannah all of Otsego.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Holmes; a sister, Mary Lucinda Klosinski; and a great nephew, Jesse Tyminski.

Friends may meet with his family on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, Pastor David Reed officiating. Military Honors by VFW Post #3030 and the U.S. Navy. Cremation will follow. Burial of ashes with Military Honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 1:30 P.M.

Contributions in memory of Dave may be made to the U.S.S. Little Rock Association, c/o Frank Berglas, 10 Bayberry Lane, South Salem, NY 10590.

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

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