Clara E. Williston

September 18, 2019

Clara E. Williston

Clara E (Western) Williston, age 93 of Otsego MI, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 16, 2019.

She was born in Bad Axe, MI on April 27, 1926, to Leonard and Margaret (Slough) Western.  On July 30th 1952, she was united in marriage to William A Williston. They spent 60 wonderful, happy years together.

Clara was a gentle spirit, and a loving and patient wife and mother.  She loved the holidays, especially Christmas, and over the years had gathered a sizeable collection of rare and unique Santas.  She decorated her home beautifully with fine antiques and fun art.  There were red geraniums in the flower boxes during the summer and a lite up grapevine wreath during the winter.  Her home was warm, pleasant and inviting, the coffee was always on, and family and friends were always welcome.  She made the most awesome homemade bread, apple pies, and nut brownies, which will be greatly missed.  Clara loved chickens and one of her favorite photos was of her childhood chickens which she had copied and framed for everyone. 

As a young girl, Clara worked in her father’s grocery store.  Later in life Clara worked many years at the seat belt plant, but her life really revolved around family.  She loved spending hours talking on the phone or at the kitchen table.  She delighted in her grandchildren, and lite up their lives with conversation and stories.  She was a true friend to many, especially to her children.

Surviving are her son, Daniel (Lori) Williston of Rockford, MI; daughter Jeannie (Barry) Kidd of Otsego, MI; grandchildren, Daniel (Sherry) June, Dr. Joshua June, Nathan June, Ashley Williston, Zacherie Kidd, and Zoe Kidd; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Emilie, Theron and Lillian; special niece Jackie Western; great-nephew London, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are husband William, brothers Fred, Richard, Jerry and Joe Western, and sisters Jean Western and Mildred Hughes.

According to Clara’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service.

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

Glenn J. VanderVeen

September 12, 2019

Glenn J. VanderVeen

Glenn passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo.

He was born July 8, 1947 in Alma, the son of Joe and Althea VanderVeen. Glenn proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. For 37 years he worked at Parker Hannifin until his retirement in 2006. Glenn enjoyed collecting political buttons, volunteering with the veterans at the Allegan County Fair, going to Tigers games and fishing. Glenn loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Surviving are his daughters, Sheila Frisch, Pam (Steve) Smecka and Glenda (Kenny) Strojny all of Plainwell; 4 grandchildren, Danny Vannoller, Chase Strojny, Vince Smecka and Bryson Strojny; brother, Dean (Annabelle) VanderVeen of Birch Run along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law, Alvin Frisch and sister, Betty.

Friends may visit with Glenn’s family from 5-7 P.M, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Monday, September 16, 2019 with Pastor Kevin Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Glenn may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America or the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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

Eugene D. Zelmanski

September 9, 2019

Eugene D. Zelmanski

Eugene Donald Zelmanski of Kalamazoo Michigan. Starting line May 24, 1936 Detroit; finish line September 5, 2019 Alamo Township.

Son of Edward “Hap”, Stella, and Eleanor Zelmanski; Brother of Louise, James, and Ronald.  Proud father of Susan and Pamela. Even prouder grandfather of Jayson Ramesh, Nathan Eugene, Margaret Jeanine, Abigail Mary, and Sean Patrick.  Loyal uncle, cousin, neighbor and friend to many.

And there’s much more: Fisherman, paratrooper, proud pond owner, golf course builder, WMU graduate, 35 years Parker Hannifin engineer, passionate nature lover, beekeeper, wild bird enthusiast, hummingbird tracker, chicken and duck owner, expert soup maker, drinker of massive amounts of coffee, hunter, racehorse owner, charter fishing business owner, bar and restaurant owner, Army veteran, bicycle enthusiast, never missed a breakfast out-er, scuba diver, sky diver, box wine lover, multiple Ragbrai participant, ABBA lover,  half-shirt fashion trendsetter, Thanksgiving chef, fishing camp leader, ingenious fixer of all things, lifelong Lions fan. And an excellent dancer.

It was QUITE a ride!

Family and friends are welcome to join us at his home (Lions attire and fishing poles recommended) to reminisce and celebrate a life lived to its fullest.  Saturday, September 21st 1:00-4:00.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to be made to the Kal-Haven Bike Trail 269-637-2788 or http://igfn.us/vf/GIVE.

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

Douglas A. Bunker

September 8, 2019

Douglas A. Bunker

Doug passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born October 24, 1962 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Donald and Josephine (Fergusson) Bunker. Doug owned and operated Bunker Insurance Group in Otsego for over 20 years. Doug loved playing and coaching baseball and enjoyed following Notre Dame Football and the Chicago Cubs.

On September 28, 1991 at Allegan Congregational Church he married Julie Cook who survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Brianna Bunker of Kent City and Kaylee Bunker of Otsego; sister, Gail Van Polen of Allegan; several nieces and his dog Peanut, who was like a son to Doug.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Doug may be made to Kalamazoo Christian Schools.

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

             

Lawrence H. Bean

September 3, 2019

Lawrence H. Bean

Lawrence passed away Monday, September 2, 2019 at his home in Martin.

He was born April 20, 1935 in Kalamazoo, the son of Harold and Mary (Erkenbeck) Bean. He proudly served his country in the U. S Army. For 30 years he had worked at Checker Motors until his retirement in 1994.

In his free time Lawrence enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of St. Margaret Catholic Church, the Otsego Moose Lodge and Otsego Knights of Columbus. On May 14, 1957 in Colon, Panama, he married Gloria Stanfield who passed away in 2004.

Surviving are his children, Susan (Bill) Bean, Jackie Youngs, Paul (Mendy) Bean, Lawrence Jr. “Boy” (Kim) Bean; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter; sister, Sheila Campbell; brothers, Norm (MaryLou) Bean, Larry (JoAnn) Bean and Tim Bean Sr.; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Sandra Bean, Joan Miller and Dawn Tewe and step-mother, Crystal Bean.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of life will take place at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Lawrence may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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

Robert G. Caswell

September 2, 2019

Robert G. Caswell

Bob passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born February 4, 1931 in Watervliet, the son of Gaylord and Velma (Learn) Caswell. For 33 years Bob worked for Hoekstra Roofing until his retirement in the early 80’s. After retiring he had worked at a campground for 16 years. Bob enjoyed woodworking, doing jigsaw and word puzzles, fishing, trips to the casino, especially Las Vegas and playing yahtzee.  He loved spending time with his family especially with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In October 1950 in Otsego he married Martha Winans who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Janice (Donald) Stanfill of Otsego and Janet (Bryan) Johnson of Missouri; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Caswell of Otsego, 5 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Virginia Winn of Plainwell, Eugene Caswell of Kalamazoo and Nancy Lapp of Colorado along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robin; siblings, Ira, Philip and Rosie and brothers-in-law, Woody Winn and Don Blackman.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

Rex J. Burkhead

September 1, 2019

Rex J. Burkhead

Rex passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 at his home in Allegan.

He was born November 9, 1954 in Plainwell the son of Charles and Betty (Fuller) Burkhead. Rex had worked at Perrigo for 21 years until his retirement in 2000. He had also delivered the Flashes in Allegan for many years. In his free time he liked working with ham radios and spending time with “the gang”, his family. Rex enjoyed volunteering at DHS for over 10 years. He was a member of the National Federation of the Blind and had attended the School for the Blind.

On February 12, 1983 he married Lorna Livingston who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Norene (Paul Preston) Burkhead and son, Daniel Burkhead; special side kick, Jayce; sister, Judy Burkhead and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by parents; brother, Carl; sister, Marie and a niece and a nephew.

Friends may visit with Rex’s family starting at 11:00, Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the Merson Church in Gobles, until the time of the service at 12:00 P.M., with Pastor Alan Carson.

Private family burial will take place at Oakhill Cemetery in Orangeville.

Contributions in memory of Rex may be made to the Merson Church or the National Federation of the Blind.

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

Donna Pion

August 29, 2019

In Memorial

Donna Lee Pion of Otsego passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019 in Allegan. Donna was born October 5, 1946 in Allegan the daughter of Howard and Lucille (Hodgman) Hogue.

She enjoyed helping at the Otsego VFW and had volunteered for many years. Donna enjoyed flower gardening and feeding the squirrels and birds. She especially loved her family and friends.

On January 5, 1996 she married Howard Pion who preceded her in death in 2002. Surviving are her sons, Don Evert of Portage and Doug Evert of Gobles; 2 grandchildren, Kyler Evert and Casey Evert; 2 great grandchildren; a brother Fred (Candy) Hogue of Gobles; sister in law, Gladys Hogue of Bloomindale; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard; brother Jerry and half brother Harold. The family wishes to thank Donna’s best friends for all her help.
Cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will be at Mountain Home Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Donna may be made to the American Cancer or the American Stroke Association. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

David N. Dalrymple

August 27, 2019

David N. Dalrymple

Dave went home to be with the Lord, Monday, August 26, 2019 at Diana’s Care in Otsego.

He was born February 26, 1946 in Otsego, the son of Oscar and Rebecca (Kaylor) Dalrymple. Dave proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He had worked in IT for 30 years at many different companies including Duo Tang, Allegan General Hospital, Parker Hannifin, Carson City Hospital, Pine Rest Hospital and AR Med until his retirement in 2008.

In his free time Dave enjoyed fishing for bluegill and pan fish, riding his motorcycle, reading, researching history and painting ceramics. Most of all he loved spending time with his family. On September 30, 1965 he married Betty Jo Punches.

Surviving are his children, David (Jennifer) Dalrymple of Otsego, Amy Bennett of Otsego and Michael (Jennifer) Dalrymple of Kalamazoo; Dan (Jessye) Anway of Otsego, who was like a son to Dave; grandchildren, Liam, Alyson, Allison, Nikos, Sierra, Elisa, Elijah, Ruth-Ann, Amber, Tylier, Raegyn and Nixyn; great-grandchildren, Lylah, Freya and Chloe; his ex-wife who remained a close friend, Jody Anway; siblings, Pauline (Dick) Northrup and Roger (Dixie) Dalrymple along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Dave’s family starting at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the memorial service at 3:00 P.M., with Pastor Kevin Smith officiating.

Burial of ashes will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Military Honors by VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Dave may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or to the Disabled American Veterans.

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

James F. Menck

August 21, 2019

James F. Menck

Jim passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Allegan General Hospital.

He was born January 31, 1940 in Kalamazoo, the son of William Menck and Edith (Savage) Cannom. Jim had worked at Michigan Gas Utilities until his retirement in 1994. After retiring Jim went to work at a well drilling company in the area. He had been the Trowbridge Township Supervisor and Assessor for many years.

In his spare time Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, woodworking and gardening. He loved spending time with his family, farming together and taking trips up north. On November 8, 1958 in Kalamazoo he married Katheryn Riley who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Deborah (Lynn) Philley of Plainwell and Patricia Grebner of Texas; grandson, Peyton Grebner of Texas and siblings, William (Shirley) Menck, Janene (Fallyen) Fitzpatrick, Sharon Cubitt, Tom (Nan) Menck, Jerry (Lynn) Menck and Karen (Ken) Schuemann.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Kathy and Susan.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to At the Master’s Feet Discipleship Ministry.

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

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