Burdett “Sonny” Belcher

February 28, 2018

Burdett “Sonny” Belcher

Sonny passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Kalamazoo.

He was born July 31, 1937 in Plainwell, the son of Burdett and Helen (Cole) Belcher. Sonny was a 1956 Otsego High School graduate and had served in the Army Reserves. For 44 years he had worked at Georgia Pacific until his retirement in 2000.

In his spare time Sonny enjoyed following NASCAR especially Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr., and watching any team play baseball and hockey, especially the Red Wings. He had been a volunteer for the Kalamazoo Westwood Fire Department for 10 years and the Lawton Fire Department for 42 years. Sonny was a member of the Kalamazoo Moose Lodge. In 1956 he married Altha Laws who survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Jeffery (Marjorie) Belcher of Kalamazoo and Scott (Heather) Belcher of NC; 3 wonderful granddaughters, Courtney, Maureen and Zoe and his best friend, Dick.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Dolores.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Luncheon will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. at the Lawton Fire Dept., 125 S. Main Street, Lawton.

Contributions in memory of Sonny may be made to the Kalamazoo Humane Society.

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

Charles W. Hill

February 28, 2018

Charles W. Hill

Charles passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Otsego.

He was born November 19, 1938 in Plainwell, the son of Roscoe and Marion (Darrow) Hill. For many years Charles and his brother Marty owned and operated several Harding’s Markets including ones in Plainwell and Otsego.

He enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and had traveled in several European countries. He also enjoyed toy trains, yard work, feeding birds and spending time at their cottage at 3 Mile Lake in Paw Paw. On August 1, 1964 in Mattawan he married Betsy Welch who survives. 

Also surviving are his siblings, Sharon MacDonald and Martin and Catherine Hill, both of Plainwell; 6 nieces and nephews, Mark, Todd and Matthew MacDonald, Daniel Hill, Catherine Cox and Jon Hill; several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Charles’ family from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and from 10:00 A.M. to the service time at 11:00 A.M., Monday March 5, 2018 at Faith Chapel Ministries, 7736 W. G Ave., Alamo, with Pastor Thomas Koning, officiating.

Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions in Charles’ name to Faith Chapel.

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

Pauline M Boball

February 23, 2018

Pauline M Boball

Pauline May Boball passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Savannah Court in Lake Wales, Florida.

She was born on November 29, 1922 in Bloomingdale, the daughter of Clarence and Ada (Kriegmus) Irons. Pauline had been a registered nurse at Borgess-Pipp Hospital until her retirement and in 1983 moved to Florida. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, reading and loved following the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays Baseball. She attended the First Baptist Church of Frostproof, Florida. Pauline spent more than 75 years together with her husband, Joseph Boball, until his passing in 2015.

Surviving are her grandson, Patrick Stafford; granddaughter, Krista (Richard) Stafford-Boomers and great-grandchildren, Shawn and Stephanie.

Friends may visit with Pauline’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 26, 2018, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor George Osborn officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Pauline may be made to the First Baptist Church of Plainwell Missionary Fund.

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

Merle E. Landes Knight

February 22, 2018

Merle E.  Landes Knight

Merle E.L. Knight joined friends and family members in Heaven on February 22, 2018, departing her earthly home at Park Village Pines, Kalamazoo.

Born April 14, 1923 in Midale, Montana, Merle was the 3rd child of six born to Carroll E. and Myrtle (Bannan) Landes. As a girl she enjoyed living on a farm with many animals, 4-H Club sewing and attending a one-room schoolhouse where the Landes kids made up one-half of the attending children. After graduating from Mason High School in Mason, MI, Merle joined the workforce as a waitress at the Olympia Restaurant in downtown Kalamazoo where she met her soon to be husband, Maynard “Shorty” Knight.

Roller skating at Northlake Roller Rink, playing cards with Maynard’s siblings and attending many sporting events cinched the love in their hearts and Shorty proposed in December 1942…however, World War II interrupted their plans. After Maynard departed for the Army, Merle was determined to also serve her country and joined the Navy WAVES in October 1944 where she was stationed at Cecil Field, Jacksonville, FL. “Lefty” proudly played on the first WAVES softball team as an outfielder in 1945. On September 27, 1946, after their military discharges, Merle married Maynard and settled in Otsego.

Primarily a stay at home mom to five, Merle found many ways to serve her community over the years: as Otsego Band Boosters President and “pie maker extraordinaire” for the Allegan County Fair Band Booster Booth, as a 4-H leader for over 15 years, as a proud lifetime league bowler (over 50 years) at Plainwell Lanes, as an election worker for the Otsego Township Democratic Party for many years and as a committed fan of sporting events for her children and grandchildren, of whom she was extremely proud.

Her devoted family will remember her as a classy and feisty lady, who loved well and crocheted constantly! (“Her children respect and bless her.” Proverbs 31:28 msg)

Surviving along with her husband of 71 years are her three children, 2 sons-in-law and 11 grandchildren: Andrew & Pam Knight (Jef & Jamie Sue Knight and Adam & Samantha Knight), Steve & Pam DeBoer (Chris & Kara DeBoer and Curt & Amy DeBoer), Bill & Marlita Knight Walker (Teg & Mikkel Walker Tegelaar, Ben & Jenny Walker and Keith & Melody Walker Hendren), Andy & Trish Winter (Joe & Amanda Winter Tiseo and Allison Winter) Maynard & Donna Knight (Brett Knight and Alise Knight); 19 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way; sister, Doris Landes Herrington; sisters-in-law, Reva Knight and Gloria Ritchie and many nieces and nephews.

Merle was preceded in death by her daughters, Arlene Knight DeBoer and Amy Knight Winter; her sisters Alta Landes Carpenter and Hazel Landes Cassell; her brothers, Howard Landes and Keith Landes as well as many sisters and brothers-in-law.

Friends may visit with Merle’s family starting at 11:00 A.M., Monday, February 26, 2018, until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 P.M. at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Reverend Bill Walker officiating.

A luncheon at the church will follow.

A private family burial will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Merle may be directed to the Park Village Pines Employee Appreciation Fund, which will encourage and support the amazing staff who deeply loved Merle.

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

Larry K. Fox Sr.

February 20, 2018

Larry K. Fox Sr.

Larry passed away Monday, February 19, 2018 at his home in Otsego.

He was born July 10, 1941 in Otsego, the son of Charles and Roberta (Patterson) Fox. Larry had owned and operated Larry’s Truck Tire Service for several years and had worked on truck tires for his whole career. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and following Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Surviving are his children, Larry Fox Jr. of Plainwell, Jim (Kim) Fox of Otsego and Chris (Jeff) Noble of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Tosha Miller, Trisha (Mike) Goodrich, Joshua (Amy) Whipple, Kevin Fox, Amanda Fox, Kirk Fox and Lauren Fox; 14 great-grandchildren and siblings, Val Haven, Gloria Rutherford, Vickie Seekman, Judy Palmer and Marv Fox.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Richard, David, Albert and Roger Fox and Betty Latta.

Friends may visit with Larry’s family starting at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Leigh Larson officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Virginia L. Benoit

February 17, 2018

Virginia L. Benoit

Ginny passed away Friday, February 16, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed just being home swimming in her pool, working in her flower garden or spending time with her dog, Chewie. Ginny was born January 10, 1943 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Virgil and Catherine (Roseboom) Blowers. She had worked at Wieland’s Flower Shop in Allegan for 15 years and retired from Meijer in Plainwell.

On December 17, 1993 in Otsego she married James “Jim” Benoit who survives.

Also surviving are her 4 children, Eric (Tonya) Powless and children, Jessica, Jason and Theresa; Cathy (Will) Williamson and daughter, Amy; Scott (Colleen) Powless and children, Reno and Renee; Dennis (Amanda) Powless and children, Emily, Hanna and Joslynn along with siblings, Mike (Coleen) Blowers and Norman (Naeyo) Blowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Teri Hammond.

According to her wishes, cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Ginny’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Contributions in memory of Ginny may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Terry L. Collick

February 14, 2018

Terry L. Collick

Terry passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 in Kalamazoo.

He was born August 15, 1955 in Allegan the son of William and Barbara (Cronen) Collick. Terry was a 1974 Otsego High School graduate. He was a big U of M fan and enjoyed skiing, golfing, flower gardening, drag racing and formula racing.

Surviving are his daughter, Nicole (Matthew) Romo of Schoolcraft; grandchildren, Dominick and Eleighana; his mother, Barbara (Gene) Keeley of Otsego; siblings, Bill Collick, Barry (Candis) Collick, Don Keeley and Gena (Marvin) Woods along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Barbara Collick.

His family loves him dearly and hopes that he has found peace.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A private family service will be held.

Contributions in memory of Terry may be made to the Allegan County Humane Society.

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

Edna J. Bouman

February 13, 2018

Edna J. Bouman

Edna was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus, Monday, February 12, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born March 28, 1929 in Vriesland, MI, the daughter of Edward and Jennie (VanderVelde) Kroodsma. Edna enjoyed playing yard games with her family, spending time at the cottage on the Muskegon River and playing scrabble. Family and faith were Edna’s passion. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Zeeland and enjoyed being in the choir. She was kind hearted and loved helping others and often volunteered at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

Though of modest means she shared all she had with those in need.

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40.

Surviving are her children, Leigh (Nate) Greene of Kalamazoo, Tom (Joan) Bouman of Holland, Karen Ciarmello of Maryland and Mark (Julie) Bouman of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Christopher, Philip, Quinton and Alexandra; 4 great-grandchildren; caregiver and friend, Stan Massey; sister, Esther Raterink and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, David and by her sister, Mildred.

Friends may visit with Edna’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Ron Lytle officiating.

Private family burial will take place at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Edna may be made to the Alamo Nursing Home. The family would like to thank the staff at Alamo Nursing Home and on the acute care floor at Bronson Hospital for their superior care.

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

Debra K. Kleeves

February 12, 2018

Debra K. Kleeves

Debra passed away Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice.

She was born December 17, 1959 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Edward and Dorothy (Guy) Juskiewcz. Debra was a graduate of Hamilton High School. She had worked at Tyson Foods for many years, Tiara Yachts for 7 years and most recently at Freedom Smoke. On August 5, 1989 she married Bruce Kleeves until 2001.

In her spare time she enjoyed going to the casino, playing the kitty slots and making blankets for people she loved.

Surviving are her children, Tabatha (Chuck Hanson) Dunklee of Otsego and Chantal (Daniel) Morse of Gobles; 9 grandchildren, Sarah, Austin, Dylan, Ally, Dakota, Sam, Joe, Chloe and Russell; 1 great-grandchild, Emery and siblings, Beverly, Denise, Leo, James and Dale.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Richard and siblings, Sharon, Mark, Nancy, Brenda, Carole, Terry and Bucky.

Friends may visit with Debra’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, February 15, 2018 with Pastor Stephen Burrow officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Debra may be made to her daughters for expenses.

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

Terry A. Terhune

February 9, 2018

Terry A. Terhune

Terry passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born December 21, 1949 in Marion, Indiana, the son of Stephen and Lois (Seeger) Terhune. Terry graduated from Marion High School where he was class president. He went on to graduate from Purdue University where he served as president of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Terry had owned and operated The Fireside Restaurant and Lounge in Otsego for 20 years until his retirement in 2013.

He loved golfing and spent many hours on the greens at Prairiewood Golf Course. He had been the president of the Prairiewood Neighborhood HOA for many years. Terry was a big sports fan and enjoyed following the Bears, Tigers and Blackhawks. He also enjoyed attending Purdue football games with his brothers, John and Steve.

Terry was strong- willed and a fighter, the strongest man his children ever knew. He had a great sense of humor and his one-liners will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his children, Trisha Gesmundo and her children, Canyon and Kaia; Stephen Nathaniel Terhune and Gina Terhune along with his siblings, Stephanie Bessett, Steve Terhune, Jane Ann DuLong and John Terhune.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 17, 2018, with a time of sharing memories starting at 12:00 P.M., at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

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

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