Jerry Grauman

October 29, 2015

Jerry Grauman

Jerry Grauman of Kalamazoo (formerly of Statesville, NC) passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Kalamazoo. Jerry was born June 27, 1943 in Kalamazoo to Clarence and Bernice (Punches) Grauman. He was a graduate of Plainwell High School and Western Michigan University. Jerry worked for Eaton Corporation for 32 years. He had only recently moved back to the area. Not one to sit still, he kept himself busy in retirement working at a local pizza joint; sewing boat covers for a business he ran out of his garage; fishing and playing cards and taking care of Shopcat. He was a great story teller.

Surviving are 3 children, Kammie, Marcie and Karl; a step-daughter Jennifer; his grandchildren, Dylan, Micah, Caleb, Christian, Ashley, Kristopher and Jessica; his great-granddaughter, Avery; his sister Mary Howe and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Brenda Powers.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Visitation will be held at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 5 to 7 P.M. with an opening prayer by Pastor Joe Shaler. Contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to made to the charity of your choice or please consider honoring Jerry by performing a random act of kindness.

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

Donald E. Kridler

October 26, 2015

Donald E. Kridler

Donald passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born October 30, 1932 in Kalamazoo to Darwin and Helen (DeWater) Kridler. Don served his country in the US Navy. He had worked for Farm Services Silo Co. and then for the City of Otsego’s Department of Public Works where he ran the transfer station until his retirement. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, listening to music and playing the banjo. Don was a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge #345. On January 28, 1960 in Kalamazoo he married Zonna Sherwood who survives.

Also surviving are their children, Dianne (Floyd), Donald and Annette; 2 step-children, Genese and Terry; several grand and great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and his sisters, Birdie and Shirley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and a sister.

A celebration of life open house will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015 starting at 1:00 P.M. at 939 Marsh Rd. Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Don may be made to his family for expenses.

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

Dorothy M. Beattie

October 26, 2015

Dorothy M. Beattie

Dorothy passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

She was born October 30, 1922 in Ironton, OH to William and Catherine (VanHaften) DeHaven. Dorothy was a 1940 Plainwell High School graduate and had worked for her parents at DeHaven Soda Shop in Plainwell until the mid 1940’s. There she met Louis Beattie and on June 3, 1944 they were married in Plainwell. Together they owned and operated Beattie’s Flowers & Gifts in Otsego until the mid 1950’s. She had also worked at Dick’s Grocery and then at Otsego Party Store until her retirement. In her spare time Dorothy enjoyed golfing.

Surviving are her children, Sandra Stedman of NC and Ron (Debra) Beattie of Otsego; 4 grandchildren, Kenneth, David and Jessica Beattie and Stephanie (Jim) Fraser; 2 great-grandchildren, Jimmy and Elaina; and her sister, Betty Stewart of Gulliver.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sisters, Kathleen Nay and Nancy Thompson.

Friends may visit with Dorothy’s family from 5-8 P.M. on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Cremation will follow.

A private family burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Life Care Center of Plainwell’s Activities Fund.

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

Sabine A. Cook

October 25, 2015

Sabine A. Cook

Sabine passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Wings Home in Allegan.

She was born June 28, 1962 in Salach, Germany to Alois and Irmgart (Hartman) Panz. She had worked at Checker Motors, Parker Hannifin and the Gun Lake Casino. Sabine was a born leader who enjoyed waitressing and cooking at the VFW. In her spare time she enjoyed disco and line dancing, canoeing, knitting, crocheting, going to flea markets, german food, watching reality tv, listening to classic 80’s music, having a glass of wine and most of all she loved spending time with her family and loved ones.

Surviving are her fiancé, Brian Dalton of Otsego; children, Samantha (Damien) Masters of Otsego, Alton “Joey” Cook and Tony Cook both of Plainwell; 2 grandchildren, Caine and Riley Masters and her family in Germany.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Peter Panz and by her step-father, Alfred Muller.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego with Father Donald Klingler officiating.

Contributions in memory of Sabine may be made to the Wings Home of Allegan or the Breast Cancer Support Group “Just Ours”.

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

Jill Garrison

October 21, 2015

Jill Garrison

Jill M. Garrison, Kalamazoo, MI (formerly of Otsego, MI) passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at her home in Friendship Village in Kalamazoo, MI.

She was born on October 9, 1941 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Lloyd and Helen (Bujack) Bowker. She was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and had worked for the James River Company for almost 30 years. She had attended the Alamo Congregational Church and the First Baptist Church in Otsego. Jill was married to Glenn M. Garrison in 1968; he preceded her in death in 1994.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Heather Stephenson of Otsego, Scott Stephenson of CA and Kelsey Culver of MI; and 3 great-grandchildren, Amelia, Adysin and Axel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Dawn Riley; and by a brother, Jack Bowker.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Richard Larson officiating.

Contributions in memory of Jill may be made to Camp AO-WA-KIYA.

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

Rev. Roland W. Welch

October 21, 2015

Rev. Roland W. Welch

Reverend Roland Welch went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

He was born March 2, 1927 in Raymond Center, Wisconsin to Earle and Lily (Tiegs) Welch. He served his country in the US Army during World War II.  In 1947 he entered Concordia Theological Seminary at Springfield, IL. After completing his under-graduate years of study he received calls into the ministry of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to Evangelical Lutheran congregations at Brodhead, WI; Fountain City, WI; Arenzville, IL; Hopkins and Dorr, MI; Bay City, MI and Flint, MI. Finally, after a nine year leave of absence from the Gospel Ministry, during which time he served in the Flint area as a District Representative of Aid Association for Lutherans, he received a semi-retirement call to an Evangelical Lutheran Church at Angleton, TX until his complete retirement in 1994. On June 25, 1950 in Springfield, IL he married Barbara Williams who survives.

Also surviving are their children, Marty (Sandy) Welch of CA, Rick (Joyce) Welch of Otsego, Mary (Bill) Hildebrand of Shelbyville, Leanne (Randy) Rase of Bay City, Jenny (Carl) Heinz of Bay City, Bill (Amy) Welch of Arenzville, IL, Tom (Pam) Welch of Pembroke Pines, FL and Mike Welch and companion Becky Henden of Simpsonville, NC; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine Berglin of Stephenson and sister-in-law, Judy (Harry) Putz of Fountain City, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 7 brothers and sisters and by his grandson, Marty Rase.

Friends may visit with Roland’s family from 2-5 P.M. Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 26, 2015 at Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Rick Scheibe officiating.

A private family burial will take place at Floral Gardens Cemetery in Bay City.

Contributions in memory of Roland may be made to the “Tommy Welch Tuition Fund MLC” (Martin Luther College).

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

Myron D. Knight

October 19, 2015

Myron D. Knight

Myron passed away Sunday, October 18, 2015 at his home.

He was born September 9, 1930 on the family farm in Martin to Roy and Irene (Pease) Knight. Myron had delivered for Pet Milk Co. before going to work for Checker Motor Co. until his retirement. He had also done some farming. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, gardening and watching his grandchildren play sports. Myron was a member of the Lions Club and was a lifelong U of M Fan. On March 30, 1951 in Martin he married Joan DeMann who passed away in 2014.

Surviving are their children, Dennis (Kathy) Knight and Duane (Deb) Knight; daughter-in-law, Marie Young-Knight; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; siblings, Maynard (Merle) Knight and Gloria Ritchie; sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Dave) Colvin and Reva Knight and  brother-in-law, Ron (Sharon) DeMann.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son, Don Knight. Friends may visit with Myron’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Watson Bible Church with Pastor Jim Collison officiating.

Burial will follow at the South Martin Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Myron may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Don Knight Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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

Eddy Phipps

October 14, 2015

Eddy Phipps

Phipps, Eddy Jack Phipps of Otsego, MI passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at his home in Otsego. He was born August 20, 1929 in Taos, New Mexico to Lee and Jewell (Bonner) Phipps.  For many years Eddy worked in the logging industry in the northwest states. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading western novels, gem faceting, silversmithing and was a member of the Quartzsite Roadrunners Rock Club. On February 15, 1997 in Quartzsite, AZ he married Elizabeth Lorenz who survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Sheila Livingston, April Janosky and Tammy Inman all of WA; brother, Tom Phipps of CA, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also surviving are a step-daughter and her husband, Linda (Roger) McPherson and their children and grandchildren all of Otsego. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Donald, Ronald and Ted Phipps.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 11am at the Merson Church with Pastor Alan Carson officiating.

Contributions in memory of Eddy may be made to the Merson Church in Gobles.

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

 

 

Ronald A. Baes

October 12, 2015

Ronald A. Baes

Ronald passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Wings Home in Allegan.

He was born September 4, 1949 in Benton Harbor the son of Edward and Caroline (Howard) Baes. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Ron had worked for Atlas Press/ Clausing Industrial for 17 years until his retirement in 1987. After his retirement he had worked for Pfizer until 2004. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting traps of many kinds, he was a member of the North American Trap Collectors Association. On November 21, 1970 in Benton Harbor he married Jeanne Bauske who survives.

Also surviving are their children, Ken Baes of Otsego and Heather (Carl) Klotz of Allegan; grandchildren, Kierstin Baes, Carl Klotz II, LaVon Klotz and Vinny Klotz; his parents Edward and Caroline of Coloma, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may visit with Ron’s family Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, starting at 10:00 A.M. until the time of the Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M. with Hospice Chaplain, Greg Carlson officiating.

Burial of ashes and military honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI.

Contributions in memory of Ron may be made to the Disabled Veterans of America or to the Wings Home of Allegan.

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

Mollie Riker

October 5, 2015

Mollie Riker

Mollie L. Riker passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Briarwood Assisted Living in Allegan.

She was born on November 18, 1932 in Allegan, the daughter of Maxwell and Bernice (Richardson) Morris. She had lived in the area and had worked at Kal-Equip and had been active with the Moose Lodge. On August 18, 1973 she married Russell M. Riker and shortly after they moved to Homer where she had worked in the lunchroom at the local schools. In her spare time Mollie enjoyed crocheting.

Surviving are her 4 children, Roger (Roxanne) Griffith of Richland, Charlene (Ray) Brown of Otsego, Kathy (David) LaFountain of Baldwin and Tish (Mike) Rohlfing of WA; 4 step-children,  Cindy Kirkbridge, Cathi, (Louie) Kroul, Teri (Eric) Fogel all of Homer and David ((Yvette) Riker of Slidell, LA; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren, 17 step-great-grandchildren; a step-great-great-grandchild; and her siblings, Norman “Bud” (Barbara) Morris and Verna (Harold “Skip”) VanderVeen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and by a brother, Denny.

Friends may visit with Mollie’s family on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 10am until the time of the service at 11am at The Master’s Feet Ministry in Otsego, MI with Pastor Ray Brown officiating.

Contributions in memory of Mollie may be made to Hospice of Holland.

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

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