Richard Mills

June 29, 2015

Richard Mills

Richard passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Dick was born August 15, 1931 in Kalamazoo, to Richard and Teresa (Farrell) Mills. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central in 1949. Soon after, he met the love of his life, Joyce (Hummel) Mills and they would have celebrated 64 years together on July 27, 2015. Dick taught his kids his own strong work ethic and retired in 1992 from Consumers Power Company after almost 40 years. He was a skilled craftsman and could build or fix anything as long as he could plan it out with his notebook and pencil. He was a life member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge #1711 in Otsego.

Besides his wife Joyce, Dick is survived by his children, Tim (Debbie) Mills, Emily Mills, Linda (Dan) Froelich and John Mills, all of Otsego; 11 grandchildren, Cristin, Bryon, Katie, Tony, Karen, Tamaris, Nick, Rich, Monica, Lance and Alayna; 9 great-grandchildren, Klayre, Devon, Elaina, Carter, Corey, Chance, Cash, Raegan and Gabrielle; sisters, Marion Holevas and Florence Violante; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Helen Ketcham, Marge Mills, Kay Grabner, Bob Mills and Thomas Mills; and a great-grandson, Derrick.

In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place and no service will be held.

Contributions in memory of Dick may be made to Hospice of S.W. Michigan or Kalamazoo animal Rescue.

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

 

Jamie Pearson

June 26, 2015

Jamie Pearson

 

Jamie Leigh Pearson of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 in Kalamazoo. She was born March 3, 1983 in Kalamazoo to David and Jenann (Robinson) Pearson and was a 2001 graduate of Plainwell High School.

Jamie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her love of travel began with spring break trips to Navarre Beach, FL. In her leisure time she enjoyed shopping, fashion, animals, music, reading and spending summers at Pine Lake.

On October 20, 2012 in Kalamazoo she married Jared Yellin, and he survives. Also surviving are her parents; two sisters, Allison Pearson of Plainwell and Brooke (Jordan) Woodstock of Augusta; nieces, Reid and Parker Pearson; her grandmother, Jo Robinson of Plainwell; several aunts, uncles and cousins, including Andrew Pearson of Richland and Sara Pearson of Plainwell; and her dog, Archie.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Hazel Pearson and Allen Robinson; and an aunt, Kelene Pearson.

Cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Jamie’s family from 6 to 8 P.M. Monday, June 29, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at St. Luke Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo.

Contributions in memory of Jamie may be made to the Kalamazoo Humane Society, 4239 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI  49008 or the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, P.O. Box 62885, Baltimore, MD 21264-2885.

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

Ernest Hagerman

June 24, 2015

Ernest Hagerman

Ernest J. ‘Ernie’ Hagerman of Allegan, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Wings Home in Allegan. He was born January 14, 1932 in Shepherd, MI to Ernest and Vera (Edmonds) Hagerman.

Ernie served his country in the U.S. Army. For many years he was employed in sales, retiring in 1996. In his leisure time he enjoyed family time, playing cards, going to the casino, hunting and fishing.

On May 6, 1974 in Allegan he married Pat Collins, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Robin Laraway of Allegan and Rinda (Michael) Taylor of Plainwell; grandkids, Chaston (Haley) Querbach, Mandi (Tony) Longtin and Aaron (Sean) Roberts; a sister, Mavis Querbach of Plainwell; many nieces, nephews and cousins; a close friend, Bob Conley; and many loving neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Armond, George and Everett; and by his sister, Helen Cook.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Hartman’s Conference Center, 690 Eastern Ave., Allegan, at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, with Chaplain Greg Carlson officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Ernie may be made to Wings Home in Allegan or West Michigan Cancer Center.

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

 

 

James Parks

June 24, 2015

James Parks

 

James K. Parks, born December 15, 1932 in Grand Rapids to Richard and Berenice (Churcott) Parks, passed away on June 23, 2015. He was 82 years old. Jim kept his marvelous sense of humor right up to the end.

During the Korean War Jim was stationed in Tokyo. He and a friend went duck hunting on the Sea of Japan during his years in the Army. He enjoyed a lifetime of hunting and fishing throughout Michigan and in Wyoming. Jim loved children, particularly his grandkids. He would lovingly tease them and then dazzle them with his winning smile. Jim loved motorcycling and went on trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Highway 1 in California.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Marlene Zimmerman, whom he married January 24, 1959 in Windsor, Ontario; his children, Jeff (Diane) Parks of Grandville, Marianne Morgan of Traverse City and Beth Parks (Keith Doezema) of Martin; eight grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Eric Parks, Megan Parks, Jacob Morgan, Emily Morgan-Ellis (Taylor Ellis), Benjamin Morgan, Brian Doezema, Alissa Doezema and Sahrie Doezema; and a great-granddaughter, Elena. He is also survived by his siblings, Robert (Retta) Parks, Gloria Medendorp, Richard (Sherry) Parks and Diane Murphy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Donna, Marge and Jean.

Cremation has taken place and a service for James will be held in late July. Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to WVGR-Radio, Michigan Radio, 535 W. William St., Suite 110, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or WGVU-TV, 301 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI  49504.

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

 

Fred Katje

June 22, 2015

Fred Katje

Fred H. Katje of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at his home. Mr. Katje was born September 12, 1931 in Martin to Garry and Bessie (VanderPloeg) Katje and was a lifelong resident of the area. For 38 years he was employed with Menasha Corp. in Otsego, retiring in 1994. For over 50 years he had been a member of Calvary Community Church. In his leisure time Fred enjoyed gardening, snowmobiling, camping and being with his family.

On May 8, 1965 in Otsego he married Marilyn Rantz who survives. Also surviving are his children, Dawn Katje, Kim Kanet, Jeff (Sue) Martin and Kate Katje; grandchildren, Brooke (Matt) Bakhuyzen, Colleen (Jason) Broadhurst, Chad (Sami) Martin and A.J. (Laura) Foote; great-grandchildren, Samuel, Joshua, Benjamin, Faith, Esther, Sarah, Xander, Zacory and Shailyn; brothers, Jim, John and Bob, sisters, Ann, Emily, Dorothy, Joyce and Joan and their spouses; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; a sister, Betty; and a great-grandson, Levi.

Friends may visit with Fred’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday June 24, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Martin Reformed Church, Pastor Joshua Amaezechi officiating. Burial will follow at East Martin Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Fred may be made to Calvary Community Church or Wings of Hope Hospice.

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

Beverly Cox

June 22, 2015

Beverly Cox

Beverly J. Cox of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 in the arms of her family. She was born October 17, 1936 in Homer to Clinton and Bertha (Carlisle) Drinkwater. Beverly was a devoted homemaker and loved being with her family and taking care of her grandkids. In her leisure time she enjoyed playing cards and Bingo, working in her yard and she loved to dance.

Surviving are seven children, Marvin (Nancy) Cox of Otsego, Robert (Pattye) Cox of Kalamazoo, Steven (Carla) Cox of Cooper, Elaine (David) Cowels of Martin, Dora (Bruce) Watson of Plainwell, Nora (Richard) Cheyne and Michelle (Frederick) McCloud, both of Otsego; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Dwight (Betty) Drinkwater, Joyce Piepkow and Carol Hebert all of Springport and Janice (Jim) Butler of Homer; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin R. Cox in 1990; and by her siblings, Gerald Drinkwater, Doris Rowbotham, Marlene Howell, June Bigelow and William Drinkwater.

Friends may visit with Beverly’s family from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a Funeral Service will be held Friday at 11:00 A.M., June 26, 2015, celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Beverly may be made to the family for expenses. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

 

 

Mary Jane ‘Bunny’ Cary

June 20, 2015

Mary Jane ‘Bunny’ Cary

Mary Jane ‘Bunny’ Cary of Otsego passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Kalamazoo. Bunny was born November 6, 1925 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Jefferson and Frances ‘Kitty’ Cummings. She graduated from Western Michigan University and taught in Dowagiac, Gobles and then for Otsego Public Schools for 35 years retiring in 1985. In her leisure time she enjoyed playing cards, bowling, ceramics and shopping.

On June 6, 1948 she married Paul ‘Pete’ Cary who survives. Also surviving are her children, Chris (David) Hicks of Springfield, IL, Peter (Laura) Cary of Otsego and Kevin (Melissa) Cary of Cedar Springs; her granddaughter Helena Cary.

Friends may visit with Bunny’s family from 6-8 P.M. Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Bunny may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Betty White

June 20, 2015

Betty White

Betty White of Battle Creek (formerly of Otsego) went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Battle Creek. Betty was born March 2, 1926 in Otsego the daughter of Eber and Helen (VanFleet) Smith. She had received a teaching certificate from Allegan County Normal School.

Surviving are her children, Richard Veenkant of Battle Creek, Robert ‘Bob’ Veenkant of Covington, KY, Chuck (Pam) Veenkant of Kalamazoo, Helen Kerne of Pomeroy, WA, ZoAnn Veenkant of CA and James White of McKinney, TX; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and special niece Deborah (Greg) Guina.

Betty was preceded by 2 husbands, Herman Veenkant and Jesse White; an infant daughter Barbara Jean in 1951; 4 sisters, Dorothy Smith, Helen Thompson, Evelyn Ringel and Frances Smith; a brother, Harold Smith;.

Friends may meet with Betty’s family at the Northeastern Baptist Church, 6536 E. G Ave., Kalamazoo on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 10-11 A.M. where a Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Pastor Greg Bishop, officiating. Burial will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Funeral Home for expenses. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Margaret C. Avery

June 12, 2015

Margaret C. Avery

Marge passed away Friday, June 12, 2015 at her home in Otsego.

She was born December 28, 1928, the only child of Leonard and Helen (Beale) Loomis. She grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and attended Western Reserve University for two years. She married in 1950 and was blessed with 3 children. After completing college and a degree in Library Science, she taught school and also was a school librarian.

In 1969 Marge moved to Michigan. There she met and married Kenneth Avery on June 12, 1971. With his two children they became a happily “blended” family and had a teen graduate from high school for four years in a row. Marge completed her working years as a teller at Kalamazoo Savings (now Charter One) and retired in 1992. In her spare time Marge enjoyed reading, gardening, knitting, and quilting. She made many quilts for family and friends. She loved horses and dogs. Rosie and Lola were her very special canine friends.

She is survived by her children; Carol (Bob) Howard of Battle Creek, Holly Guminski of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Bruce (Susan) Ramsey of Silverdale, WA, Alan (Rhonda) Avery of Oscoda and Glen Ramsey of Alamo Township. She was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ken, on November 15, 2005 and by her daughter-in-law, Kimberly Ramsey, wife of Glen Ramsey on April 3, 2015.

Friends may visit with Marge’s family Monday, June 15, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A Christian Funeral will be held Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Peace Lutheran Church, Otsego, with Pastor Josh Olson officiating.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband Kenneth in Crystal Lake Cemetery, Frankfort, MI.

Contributions in memory of Marge may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or the ASPCA.

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

William “Sam” Simpson

June 9, 2015

William “Sam” Simpson

William Samuel “Sam” Simpson passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Sam was born February 7, 1947 the most beloved son of Florence and Ray Simpson. Sam was always interested in everything and did everything well. He played the lead in Cheaper by the Dozen in high school and built rockets after school, one of the first going astray through the basement window which was all repaired before his mother came home.

He graduated from Otsego High School with honors and attended Michigan State University where he met his wife of 43 years, Elaine K. Sheehan. He then attended Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1981.

After returning to his home town of Otsego he was employed by Old Kent Bank as a commercial loan documentation officer and later specialized in wills and trusts and banking regulations. He served on the Otsego City Commission and helped establish the Otsego Area Historical Society.

Sam also had a lifelong interest in amateur radio, his call sign is KC8OZG. His passions were cooking, the Upper Peninsula and animal welfare.

In accordance with Sam’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Sam may be made to Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance (wishbonepetrescue.org) or to an animal welfare group of your choice.

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

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