Wayne A. Mills

September 30, 2017

Wayne A. Mills

Wayne passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born October 18, 1955 in Kalamazoo the son of James and Sandra (DeKam) Mills. Wayne had worked at Parker Hannifin for over 30 years. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and spending time with his family. Wayne was an active member of the Otsego United Methodist Church. On August 29, 1992 at the Otsego United Methodist Church he married Becky Bowers who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Kaitlyn and Nathan Mills both of Otsego; siblings, Lynne Burnett of Orangeville, Teri Gilger, Tami Gilger and Tom Gilger along with several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Gail Mills and step-father, Duane Gilger.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Wayne’s family from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Contributions in memory of Wayne may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or to Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids.

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

Marilyn E. Chappell

September 29, 2017

Marilyn E. Chappell

Marilyn Elizabeth (Allen) Chappell born August 31, 1930 died Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Allegan County Medical Care Community, surrounded by family.

Marilyn was the only daughter of Raymond and Frances Allen and was born and raised in Kalamazoo. She graduated from Western State High School. She became the bride of David Chappell on September 30, 1950 and together they raised seven children.

When not busy raising her family, Marilyn had worked at Bronson Hospital, Michigan Bell Telephone and Plainwell High School. She eventually retired from Parker Hannifin Brass Division in Otsego.

Marilyn enjoyed tole’ painting, knitting and various crafts, but was especially fond of quilting. She enjoyed flowers, bird watching, sewing, bingo, card games, swimming, sunbathing, sailing, traveling and baking bread for her grandson, Charlie. She was very dedicated to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She had struggled with dementia for many years. She had a wonderful wit and was so expressive that even when she could no longer form words, she was able to be understood by her tone. She was cared for by her loving husband Dave until he became ill in 2014. After Dave’s death, Marilyn resided at Allegan County Medical Care Community until her passing. They provided excellent, loving care to Marilyn for over two years.

Surviving are 6 of her 7 children, Gregory (Jodi) of Yakima, WA, Jeff (Char) of Plainwell, Jennifer (Tim) Mitchell of Otsego, David (Gail Harmon) of Shelbyville, Nancy (John) Eaton of Kalamazoo and Joel of Otsego; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Michele; granddaughter, Erica Mitchell; great-granddaughter, Audrey Mellis and by her brothers, Don and Ken.

Friends may visit with Marilyn’s family from 4-7 PM, Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a Rosary at 6:30 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, October 2, 2017 at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Rev. Fr Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Marilyn may be made to Allegan County Medical Care Community.

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

Erma J. Pearson

September 29, 2017

Erma J. Pearson

Erma passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

She was born September 18, 1931 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Reverend Allen and Rosa (Campbell) Rice. Erma was a Registered Nurse and had worked at Bronson Hospital and DeLong Ambulance Service for many years. She then went on to work for the Eaton Corp until her retirement. In her spare time Erma enjoyed fishing, especially for blue gill.

Surviving are her children, Mary (Rick) Beauchamp of Otsego, Chuck (Nancy) Pearson of Kalamazoo, Susan Joliss of Indiana, Cathy (Steve) King of Galesburg, Bob Pearson of Arizona and Mary (Bill) Allen of Alaska; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and special friend, Marcia Stafford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Pearson; daughter, Claudia and son, Tom.

Friends may visit with Erma’s family from 11:00 A.M – 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 2, 2017 at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will take place at 2:30 P.M. at Portage South Cemetery on Westnedge Avenue.

Contributions in memory of Erma may be made to Wishbone Pet Rescue, Great Lakes Caring Hospice or to the family for expenses.

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

Lewis F. Barton

September 12, 2017

Lewis F. Barton

Lewis passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 in the NCU at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born December 19, 1949 in Otsego, the son of Malcom and Verna (Hartlage) Barton. Lewis proudly served his country in the US Air Force during Vietnam. For 7 years he had worked as a Sheriff’s Deputy on the road for the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department following his time with the department he had worked as a corrections officer for 13 years. He then went on to drive truck for NTB Trucking and had retired from UBCR after 15 years of driving.

In his spare time Lewis enjoyed drinking beer, playing cornhole at the Otsego VFW, riding his Indian Chief Motorcycle and recently he had begun raising chickens for eggs. He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 Men’s Auxiliary and Dad’s Club. On December 14, 1974 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego, he married Ruth Porter who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Jason (Katie) Barton and Travis Barton both of Otsego; grandson, Zeth Barton; sister, Patricia Farmer of Kentucky; several aunts; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Tracy Barton and brother, Mike Barton.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A gathering for Lewis’s friends and family will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 starting at 3:00 P.M., at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Lewis may be made to the Dad’s Club of Otsego VFW Post #3030 or to the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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

Walter L. Reed

September 11, 2017

Walter L. Reed

Walter L. Reed went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the age of 81.

He was born on December 15, 1935, in Otsego the only son of Walter C. and Florence (Julien) Reed. On February 12, 1955 he married Vivian Walters and they enjoyed 62 years together. Walt worked at Hammond Machinery in Otsego for 39 years, retiring in 1995. He worshiped at At The Master’s Feet Discipleship Ministry and so enjoyed his church family. He also kept in touch with many of his high school graduates enjoying lunch every month with them. His family was precious to him, enjoying many get-togethers. Walt also had a strong love of nature, particularly his birds and built many bird houses and feeders for them. He looked forward every spring to see the baby fawns and made sure the corn went out every day to keep them in his woods.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian, children, Kathy (Ronnie) Brock, Karin (Al) Laws, Larry (Sherri) Reed and Loren (Cynthia) Reed. He had seven grandchildren that he loved deeply, Chad (Nancy) Laws, Alex (Tracy) Laws, Mariah (Dustin) Cook, Morgan (Tina) Reed, Marshall Reed, Whitney Reed and Abbie Reed; seven great-grandchildren, Haley, Douglas, Dakota, Atherton, Anders, Callie and Kayden; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Glenda Staley; many nieces and nephews and mothers of his grandchildren, Diana Reed and Tracey (Rick) Hurdelbrink.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Wilma Cushman, Donna Westfield, Peggy Rex, Linda Clock and infant sister, Mary Jean and daughter-in-law, Debbie (Morrell) Reed.

Friends may visit with Walt’s family from 4-7 P.M., Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Ray Brown officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Walt may be made to At The Master’s Feet Discipleship Ministry or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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

John H. Thurston Sr.

September 11, 2017

John H. Thurston Sr.

John went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Bronson Hospital, with his family by his side.

He was born on May 6, 1929 in Kalamazoo, the firstborn of Ira and Lorraine (Sellers) Thurston. After graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1948, he met the love of his life, Annabell Brackins. While she was visiting her brother, Oscar Lewis in Michigan, he introduced her to John. According to John, it was love at first sight. He fell in love immediately with her beautiful auburn hair. On June 18, 1949 John and Annabell were joined in marriage in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The couple welcomed their first child, Patricia, in 1950. In 1952, God blessed them with another daughter, Sandra. 

In 1953, John and Annabell accepted Christ as their Saviour at the Covey Hill Baptist Church in Paw Paw, Michigan. His strong faith sustained him throughout his 88 years. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego. His example as a Christian man will never be forgotten. He was the spiritual leader of his home, and his faith in God strengthened those around him. The legacy he leaves is this: Faith without limits, and hope without fear.

In 1955, the growing family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He designed and built two homes for his family. During the nearly ten years in Arizona, many special memories were made. They owned horses, which brought so much joy to the children. In 1962, his son John Thurston Jr. was born. The family returned to Michigan in 1964. They settled in Otsego in 1969.

In 1972, John turned his hobby into a career, when he graduated from Hinkley Auctioneer School. He had a strong interest in antiques and the history surrounding products from days gone by. He always enjoyed talking about the history of how things were made and used, and how they differ from modern day products. He remained active as an auctioneer well into his late eighties. John had a passion for the outdoors, and was particularly fond of fishing. He also enjoyed hunting, gardening and spending time with family and friends. His humor could light up a room.

John is survived by his wife, Annabell (Brackins) Thurston. Also surviving are his children, Patricia (Rodger) Bolen of Kalamazoo, Sandra Ambs of Parchment and John Thurston Jr. of Otsego; grandchildren, Kelly, Andy, Sarah, Laura, Crystal and Danielle; 8 great-grandchildren; brother James (Nadine) Thurston of Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Roger Ambs.

Friends may visit with John’s family on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego at 10:00 A.M.

Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.

Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to the First Congregation Church of Otsego.

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

Guy L. Dilno

September 7, 2017

Guy L. Dilno

Guy Leroy Dilno, 71, passed away Monday in Twin Lake, MI, surrounded by friends and family.

Guy leaves behind his beloved wife of 36 years, Charlotte Dilno; his sister Cheri Vandrey, his stepchildren Brad Richmond, Kimberly Hickey and Lance Ostrom; ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many friends.

Born in Kalamazoo, the son of Lee and Wilda Dilno, Guy was a longtime resident of Plainwell.  He graduated from Plainwell High School in 1964.  After serving in the Army, he returned home and graduated from University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1972 and remained a devoted UofM football fan.  Engineering was his calling and he enjoyed a fulfilling career as an aerospace and mechanical engineer for ABEX/NWL, Allied Signal, Honeywell and Eclipse Aviation.  His work took him to Indiana, Arizona and eventually New Mexico, where he and Charlotte have lived since 2006.

Outside of work, he was an avid car enthusiast, history buff, political observer, thoughtful blogger and passionate reader.  Above all, he was a devoted husband, caring father and grandfather.

A visitation will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, from 12:30PM until the time of memorial service at 1:30PM with a gathering to follow.

 An internment service will be held at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI. at 2:15 PM Monday, Sept 11.

Jane L. Tice

September 5, 2017

Jane L. Tice

Jane passed away Monday, September 4, 2017 at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

She was born November 1, 1925 in Chicago, the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Fitzpatrick) Goodall. Jane had worked at Tice’s Men’s Wear and Tripp’s Department Store and went on to serve as the City Clerk for Otsego until her retirement. In her spare time Jane enjoyed collecting dolls.

She was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 Ladies Auxiliary, the Otsego Elks Lodge and St. Margaret Catholic Church. Jane was an original board member for Sylvia’s Place and had also served on the Jury Board for Allegan County for many years. On October 5, 1946 in Otsego she married Gerald Tice who passed away in 1997.

Surviving are her daughter, Paula (Phil) Baker of Otsego; 1 granddaughter, Lisa Caldwell; 5 great-grandchildren, Destiny, Trent and Marissa Baker and Jonathan and Noah Caldwell along with 2 great-grandchildren, Elijah and Gabriel Ware.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Susan Tice; grandson, Troy Baker and special friend, Sam Goudy.

Friends may visit with Jane’s family from 5-8 P.M., Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, September 7, 2017 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Jane may be made to Sylvia’s Place or St. Margaret Catholic Church.

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

Gary Zantello

September 1, 2017

Gary Zantello

Gary passed away peacefully Friday, September 1, 2017 at his home, under the care of his loving wife and family.

He was born July 8, 1942 in Battle Creek, the 3rd child of Raymond and Ada (Stratton) Zantello. Waiting for Gary at home was his brother Ramon, who became his idol, and his sweet sister Juanita. Eleven years later Gary became a big brother to little sister Nancy. When he was three years old, the family moved to Alamo, where his dad started Ray’s Garage. Gary often said he had the best childhood ever, from soap box derbies to sliding down Alamo’s south hill with his brother Ray and good friend Jack Kisinger.

Gary attended a one room school house until he entered high school. His favorite sport was football, where he played full back and was captain his senior year. He was the recipient of Otsego’s Nubert award for best player. Gary grew up in a singing family. He had a wonderful, soft voice and had belonged to a quartet and choir in high school. He graduated from Otsego High School in 1960 and then attended LaMar Barber College in Detroit and barbered for 5 years. He also worked part time on the Otsego Police Department. Later, Gary worked as a machinist at Eaton (Fuller) until they closed. Gary then began working for the Perrigo Company where he worked for over 20 years, retiring as a supervisor.

Gary met Sandra McLaughlin during his senior year at Otsego and they went on their 1st date in January of 1960. They were engaged in May of 1962 and married June 8, 1963. They were blessed with a daughter, Theresa (Terri) in 1964, the apple of her father’s eye. They were blessed again in 1967 with daughter Debra (Debi).

When Gary was first married, he played lots of baseball, and he also enjoyed golfing for many years. He was a volunteer fireman with the Otsego Fire Department from 1972 to 1991 and served as Fire Chief for three years. He enjoyed his time on the department and, along with his wife, made many friends. Due to his love of football, he became an official, and over 25 years he officiated many high school and semi pro games. Anyone who knew Gary knew he was a lifelong U of M fan! He loved his neighbors, and along with Mike and Dana, he began an annual neighborhood block party 6 years ago. The party has taken place every year since. More than anything, he loved his family, and he especially enjoyed driving his grandsons around town on his tractor.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra; daughters, Terri (Brad Smith) Zantello and Debi Zantello; grandsons, Tyler Nowak, Matthew (Lyndsey) Nowak and Zachary Landrum; great-grandson, Bryce Nowak; siblings Ramon (Karla) Zantello and Nancy (David Smith) Zantello; mother-in-law, Betty McLaughlin; brother-in-law, Mike Pearson and 2 nieces and 8 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Juanita VanSparrentak; father-in-law, Kenneth McLaughlin and sister-in-law, Patricia Pearson.

Friends may meet with Gary’s family from 2-4 and from 6-8 P.M., Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 6, 2017 with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Gary may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

Messages of condolence may be posted at WinkelFuneralHome.com.

   

Juanita A. Garcia

September 1, 2017

Juanita A. Garcia

Juanita A. Garcia of Otsego, MI passed away Friday, September 01, 2017 at the Upjohn Community Care Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Cadillac, MI, August 29, 1918 to Jay and Nina (Robinson) Warner, the oldest girl of 7 children. She grew up with her siblings during the great depression. As an adult, Juanita left Michigan to live in Alaska for several years, she then moved to California where she worked for Warner Brothers and United Artists. She then made the move back to Michigan where she worked at the nursing home in Plainwell for many years. Juanita loved gardening, cooking, reading, playing the organ and spending time outdoors. Surviving are her sister, Valeria Kortokrax; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Clarence Warner, Rodney Warner, Ruth Riedel, Verlene McNally and Betty Kall.

Friends may visit with Juanita’s family from 10 A.M., Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral at 11:00 A.M.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Juanita may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

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

 

 

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