George “Bruce” Miner

December 29, 2014

George “Bruce” Miner

George ‘Bruce’ Miner of Otsego, Michigan passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 in Kalamazoo. George was born August 26, 1962 in Paw Paw, the son of Bruce and Florence (Stanfill) Florian. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and tying flies. On December 13, 2007, he married Geana Miner, who survives. Also surviving are his step-children, Autumn (Robert) Young of Allegan, April (Timmy) Snyder of Mt. Pleasant and Joshua Miner of Otsego; 3 grandchildren, Alyssa, Taylor and Cain. George was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Marianne Miner and a brother-in-law, Bill Miner. A memorial luncheon will be announced at a later date.

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

 

 

William M. Dreger

December 26, 2014

William M. Dreger

Bill passed away Friday, December 26, 2014 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born December 19, 1924 in Ionia the son of Michael and Anna (Hacker) Dreger. Bill served his country in the US Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a lineman for Consumers Energy until his retirement in 1984. On September 1, 1947 in Otsego he married Betty Hammon who preceded him in death in 2004. Bill was an avid golfer who enjoyed woodworking, fishing, playing softball, hunting and playing cards especially pinochle.

Surviving are his daughters, Carla (Ray) Cook of Portage and Michaelle (Robert) Redford of Martin; his companion and best friend, Betty Mahieu and her children, David Mahieu, Sharalyn Downing and Kathleen Meyers;  4 grandchildren, Mick (Angie) Enders, Eric (Lindsey) Enders, Jessica (Kyle Magnani) Redford and Aaron Redford and 5 great-grandchildren, Ava, Anson, Lauren, Jezane and William.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty and his 8 siblings.

Friends may meet with Bill’s family Sunday, December 28, 2014 from 4-6 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Cremation will follow.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Congregational Church of Otsego with Pastor David Youngs officiating. Military Honors by VFW Post #3030. Burial will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030, First Congregational Church of Otsego or to the charity of your choice.

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

Arlene Nichols

December 19, 2014

Arlene Nichols

Arlene E. Nichols of Plainwell went to be with her Savior on December 18, 2014, at the age of 88, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Arlene was born to Benjamin and Leila (Barnes) Reynolds on March 5, 1926, Battle Creek, Michigan, the youngest of three children.

She was married to Kirk W. Nichols, had three children, resided in Louisville, KY and retired while living in Florida. Arlene enjoyed playing music together with her husband, Kirk, traveling and was active in their Assembly of God Church.

Surviving are her children, Kirk Jr. (Pam) Nichols, Mary Lyn Davis and Tianda Worden all of Kentucky; four grandchildren, Meghan, Christopher, Raylien and Rachaele; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, Bill Reynolds, David Reynolds, Richard Ingle, Donald Ingle, Evelyn Smith, and Joyce Tiller; and a great-niece, Twanette Bronson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kirk Nichols; her parents, Ben and Leila Reynolds; brother, Orville Reynolds; sister, Mary Tobey; and a dear life-long friend, Velma.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Burial of ashes will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

Contributions in memory of Arlene may be made to the Trinity Chapel Assembly of God, 8617 Whipps Rd., Louisville, KY 40222.

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

 

 

William H. Ahlberg

December 18, 2014

William H. Ahlberg

William H. “Bill” Ahlberg of Kalamazoo, MI, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Park Place Assisted Living in Kalamazoo.

He was born July 17, 1929 in Plainwell the son of Edmond and Esther (Reed) Ahlberg. Bill served his country in the US Army. On October 9, 1952 he married June Bos who preceded him in death in 2012. For more than 30 years he worked at Brown Paper Company. He was a gifted artist and photographer and enjoyed collecting knives, guns, coins and vases. He had also been an avid hunter, snowmobiler and fisherman.

Surviving are his children, Rick (Julie) Ahlberg of Kalamazoo and Susan (Terry) Revill of Otsego; 6 grandchildren, James Kelsey, Andy (Jessie) Kelsey, Michael (Heather) Kelsey, Mandy (Tim) Johnson, Tory (Katey) Ahlberg and Jon Bontekoe; 6 great-grandchildren, Hailey, Ethan, Tyler, Mikayla, Nikki and Malynah; brother, John; and sisters –in-law Carol(Ken) Hopp and Betty Ahlberg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June; and siblings, Robert, Ethel, Ed, Helen and Don.

Friends may visit with Bill’s family Monday, December 22, 2014 starting at 10:00 A.M. until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. at the Doster Community Reformed Church in Plainwell with Pastor Steve Slater officiating.

A private family burial will take place at a later time at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell with Military Honors by VFW Post# 3030.

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

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

Donald Trautman

December 16, 2014

Donald Trautman

Donald Trautman, formerly of Otsego, passed away in Florida on November, 2014 after a long illness.

Don was the owner and pharmacist of Otsego Drug for more than 29 years. Don cherished the people in the community that he served for so many years.  In addition to his work, he enjoyed collecting coins, fishing, golfing, gardening and playing shuffleboard (and even achieved a semi-pro ranking in the State of Florida).  He was thoughtful about politics and local issues and enjoyed expressing his opinions in many letters to the editors of local newspapers.

Prior to his pharmacy career, Don achieved the rank of Lt. in the US Navy, serving in the Korean War which took him to all corners of the world.  

He was married to Ruth for 63 years and she survives him.   They were married in Michigan and then lived in Hawaii for two years before making their way back home.   Also surviving him is his daughter, Kathy and her husband Randy.  Don and Ruth’s son, Steven, preceded him .  

Don was passionately concerned about a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and contributions in memory of Don can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association .   

Frances Ellinger

December 16, 2014

Frances Ellinger

Frances Ellinger passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 in Kalamazoo.

Mrs. Ellinger was born March 31, 1925 in Oakland, CA to James and Edith (Johncock) Powers. For 25 years, together with her husband, she owned and operated Corky’s Drive-In in Allegan. She was later employed as a greeter with Wal-Mart. In her leisure time she enjoyed playing Pepper and Poker. Fran was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose.

Surviving are two sons, Ron (Sue) Ellinger of Otsego and Bill Ellinger of Otsego; 6 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Richard Ellinger; her brother, Duane ‘Duke’ Powers; and her sister, Jane Ann Powers.

In accordance with her wishes cremation and taken place.

Contributions in memory of Fran may be made to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

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

Troy Baker

December 10, 2014

Troy Baker

Troy S. Baker of Otsego, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at his home in Otsego. He was born July 16, 1970 in Plainwell the son of Phillip and Paula (Tice) Baker.

Troy’s family meant everything to him. He was a caring and loving son, father, and grandfather. He loved family get-togethers. He was an accomplished cook, adding much to family meals and holiday dinners. He was an avid sports enthusiast and an Otsego High School graduate where he enjoyed playing football and baseball. For many years he worked with his father in the insurance business.

Surviving are his children, Destiny, Trent and Marissa Baker; their mother, Janet Baker; grandchildren, Elijah and Gabriel Ware; parents, Phil and Paula Baker; sister, Lisa Caldwell; grandmother, Jane Tice; 2 close nephews, Jonathan and Noah Caldwell; aunts, Sharon (Dean) Myers and Denise Mitchell; and cousins Kelli (Matt) Drobny.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leland and Irene Baker, Gerald Tice and Lester “Sam” Goudy.

Friends may visit with Troy’s family Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Monday at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Troy may be made to the Allegan County Community Foundation or to the Otsego High School Athletic Boosters.

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

 

 

Christopher Schmitt

December 8, 2014

Christopher Schmitt

Christopher G. “Chris” Schmitt of Otsego passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 6, 2014 at his home. Chris was born March 26, 1964 in Plainwell to Arthur and Nancy (McLeod) Schmitt and was a lifelong resident of the area.

In 1982 he graduated from Otsego High School and then served in the U.S. Army Armored Division in the DMZ in Korea from 1983-86. In 1988 he married Tracy Robinson. Chris was employed as a millwright with Menasha Corp. until they closed and had also worked as a fabricator and welder. He could build or make almost anything, fix anything, and if it had a motor he could make it run. Chris loved hunting and fishing, and started on the tractor when he was 3 years old. Most of all, he loved his children and grandchild.

Surviving are his daughters, Lacey Schmitt of Chicago and Anna Schmitt of Plainwell and her daughter, Madelynn Clark; a step-son, Brandin Schoonhoven of Kalamazoo; his parents; siblings, Vince (Rachel) Schmitt, Suzanne (Chris) Sibberson and Angela (Mark) Hoffman; seven nieces and nephews; five great nieces and great nephews with another one due soon.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Stanley and Beth Schmitt and Earl “Shorty” and Catherine McLeod.

Friends may meet with his family from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where the funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 11, 2014, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating and Military Honors provided by V.F.W. Post #3030.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Chris may be made to The Stanley Leep Farm, V.F.W. Post #3030 or to a charity of your choice.

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

 

 

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