Jeffrey R. Rogers

December 17, 2018

Jeffrey R. Rogers

Jeff passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born in Lansing, Michigan on February 17 1962, the son of Gerald and Barbara (Elkins) Rogers. Jeff had worked at Heritage Guitar and at Haworth in Grand Rapids. In his free time he enjoyed woodworking, reading, grilling and spending time with his family. Jeff was a member of the United Methodist Church in Plainwell.

Surviving are his father and step-mother, Gerald and Sharon Rogers; siblings, Jeramy (Ruby) Rogers, Jeanne (Anthony) Danks, Joseph Rogers and Joel Rogers; nieces and nephews, Alan Rogers, Ceana ,Chase and Kate Rogers, C.J. Drewyor and Amber and Andrew Rogers along with many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and brother, James Rogers.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

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

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

John P. Cole

December 16, 2018

John P. Cole

John passed away December 15, 2018 at his home in Plainwell surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 28, 1943 in Montebello, California, the son of Orville and Joeshpine (Hart) Cole. John proudly served his country for in the US Army for seven years and served a full tour in the Vietnam War. For 36 years he had worked at General Motors until his retirement in 2005.

John was a kind hearted man who enjoyed traveling the world and taking photographs. He also enjoyed collecting stamps and coins and drinking a cold beer. He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 and the American Legion.

On August 11, 1988 in Las Vegas he married Nancy Herwick who survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Shannon (Lynn Jr.) Carpenter of Dorr; step-daughter, Denise Nelsen of Kalamazoo and step-son, Doug (Carol) Cole of Arizona; 7 grandchildren, Sean, Douglas, Courtney, Trever, Tayler, Trenton and Cassidy; 3 great-grandchildren, Remmie, Lou and Riley; his brother, Ronnie Cole of Kansas and his nephew, Donnie Frost of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Francis Cole and sister, Gail Berg.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with John’s family from 3-6 P.M., Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Burial of ashes will take place at 1:00 P.M., Monday, December 24, 2018 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of John may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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

Phyllis A. Ploszaj

December 8, 2018

Phyllis A. Ploszaj

Phyllis passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018 surrounded by her family at her home in Allegan.

She was born February 13, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Anthony and Harriett (Ciezynski) Maluchnik. Phyllis spent her early adult years working in Chicago at Marshall Fields and Joslyn Manufacturing, a street light manufacturing company.

Phyllis was hard working and had raised her daughters as a single mother. She was a skilled artist and liked sketching, pencil art and portrait painting. Phyllis enjoyed music and could play by ear. She was a member of the Woman of the Moose in Illinois and enjoyed country western and ballroom dancing there. Phyllis was proud of learning to drive a stick shift car when she was 36 years old.

On November 22, 1980 she married Joseph Ploszaj who passed away in 2007.

Phyllis was a very dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Surviving are her children, Jean (Ken) Feddern of Illinois and Sherry (Don) Norman of Allegan; 5 grandchildren, Nicole (David) Hillborn, Don Norman Jr., Jason (Penny) Feddern, Ron (Krystal) Jordan and Christopher (Tosha) Jordan; 13 great-grandchildren, Krystina, Lexi, Andie, Jerrie, Hannah, Camryn, Jackson, Dominic, Aria, Bodhi, Steve, Justin and Maria and 1 great-great-grandchild, Samson and 2 more due soon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Joseph and by her siblings, Virginia, Pat and Leonard.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

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

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

Ronald Lytle Sr..

November 30, 2018

Ronald Lytle Sr..

Lytle, Ronald R. Lytle, Sr. of Otsego passed away suddenly on November 16, while pursuing his long-time passion: deer hunting.

Ron was born July 7, 1941 the first of four sons, to the late Ralph M. and Gertrude “Pat” (Nilles) Lytle in Toledo, Ohio. Early in his career, Ron worked for the City of Kalamazoo as a foreman in the Parks-Forestry Division. After fifteen years there, he left this to pursue a career as a licensed contractor, building and remodeling many homes. For the better part of the last twenty-five years, Ron worked for the City of Otsego Water Department. He also operated his own business trimming and removing trees.

Ron was a devoted member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church, and was deeply involved in many church ministries. He volunteered his time playing guitar and singing every Saturday at the Alamo Nursing Home. Over the course of twenty years, he rarely missed a performance. He was tireless in his efforts to help others. Ron’s smile and gentle kindness affected everyone with whom he came in contact.

He was preceded in death by his brother Mike Lytle.

Ron is survived by his daughter Paula Kay Lytle (Sandy Reid), a son Ron Lytle (Andy Hartzell), brother Larry Lytle (Diane), brother David Lytle (Maggie), many loving nieces and nephews, a very large church family, and countless friends.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.

There will be a memorial celebration service on December 12, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Kalamazoo Nature Center (naturecenter.org), East Bay Children’s Theatre (ebctOnline.org) or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission (kazoogospel.org).

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

Gayle L. Wilson

November 28, 2018

Gayle L. Wilson

Gayle passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born on July 8, 1947 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Leon and Patricia (Volker) Mol. Gayle had worked at Parker Hannifin and most recently at Perrigo for 15 years until her retirement.

She enjoyed volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul food pantry and Hospice. Gayle like horses and taking care of the people she loved.

Surviving are her sons, Brad Henry of Otsego and Mike Henry of Plainwell; 3 grandchildren, Seth Henry, Brian Henry and Matthew Henry; great-granddaughter, Kaidence; several nieces, nephews and cousins and special cousin, Ned Volker.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Gayle’s family starting at 11:30 A.M. until the time of the memorial service at 12:30 P.M., Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

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

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

Ronald N. McFanin Jr.

November 27, 2018

Ronald N. McFanin Jr.

Ronald passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at his home in Otsego.

He was born in Plainwell on February 29, 1936 the son of Ronald and Maxine (Sheldon) McFanin. Ron proudly served his country in the U.S Marines. He had owned and operated McFanin Construction for many years until his retirement. In his spare time Ron enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Otsego.

On February 22, 1959 in Lafayette, Georgia he married Kay Kissinger who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Brad (Kimm Ray) McFanin, Ronda Penny, Kim Gillies, Ron (Mary) McFanin, Brian (Kelly) McFanin, Colleen (Ward) Litchfield, Christina (Todd) Back and Amanda Arthur; daughter-in-law, Gail McFanin; 26 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and his sister, Marva Curry.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael McFanin; sons-in-law, Don Penny and Ryan Arthur and his brother, Roger McFanin.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Ron’s family from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., Friday November 30, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating.

Burial of ashes will take place at 2:00 P.M. at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.  

Contributions in memory of Ron may be made to the First Baptist Church of Otsego or to Christian Neighbors.

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

Garry L. Parrish

November 26, 2018

Garry L. Parrish

Garry passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Garry L. Parrish was born to James and Naomi (Punches) Parrish on June 8, 1946 along with his identical twin brother, Larry in Plainwell, Michigan. He was a 1964 Otsego High School graduate and a lifelong resident of the area. Garry was in the U.S. Army in the 196 Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam in 1967-1968. He worked at a retail store for 43 years retiring in 2006. Garry was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 and was commander for 1 year and Quartermaster for several years. He loved his post very much and tried to do all he could for it. He helped to start the fish fries several years ago and had worked at the Allegan County Fair for 25 years helping the post.

On May 8, 1970 he married Teresa “Terri” Breck who survives.

Garry had 4 children, Tracie Parrish of Wayland, Garry Parrish Jr. of Plainwell, Chad (Kathy) Parrish of Plainwell and Michelle (Jim) Murphy of Plainwell who all survive.

Garry had 5 grandsons, Anthony and Kevin Parrish both of Tennessee, Austin Parrish of Otsego and Mike and Jared Murphy of Plainwell who all survive.

Also surviving are his siblings, Bob (Nancy) Parrish and Jack (Judy) Parrish; sisters-in-law, Barb Parrish and Jackie Parrish; brothers –in-law, Jim Ellinger and Jerry (Diana) Clason and his dog, Kaley who was his baby girl.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in –law, father-in-law and siblings, Jean Ellinger, Jim Parrish and Larry Parrish.

His life’s journey carried him back to God’s side and he had a desire to learn so much more. He spent several years at the First Baptist Church of Otsego.

Garry loved spending time with his brothers having coffee and sharing stories. He also loved spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandsons.

Friends may meet Garry’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, November 29, 2018 with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Garry may be made to First Baptist Church of Otsego or Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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

Virginia M. Irons

November 24, 2018

Virginia M. Irons

Virginia Mary Irons passed away Friday, November 23, 2018, surrounded by loved ones at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

She was born at home in Mesick, MI in 1935 to Magnus and Mary Hoseit and lived there until moving to Kalamazoo. In 1976 Virginia graduated from Tracy Beauty Academy, after which she decided to study for and received her GED high school certificate in September 1977. This enabled her to continue her cosmetology studies, becoming an instructor in December of that same year. For a few years she taught cosmetology at Tracy Beauty Academy, then teaching at American Beauty College in Kalamazoo, where she experienced first-hand the tornado of May 13, 1980 that devastated the downtown area.

She loved spending time with her family, watching butterflies and nature programs on TV, and before succumbing to arthritis, was a wonderful seamstress.

Virginia is survived by her children, Robert (Tammy) Bailey of Kalamazoo, Louis “Zeke” Irons of California, Joyce Buckallew of Kalamazoo and Timothy Irons of Kalamazoo; 8 grandchildren; a sister, Ella (Jerry) Long of Cadillac, MI and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may meet with Virginia’s family from 5-8 P.M., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Private burial of ashes will take place at Mesick-Sherman Cemetery in Mesick, MI at a later time .

Contributions in memory of Virginia may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice where she received wonderful care for the past two months and to whom we are eternally grateful.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.winkelfuneral home.com.

Sierd “Butch” Hoekstra Jr.

November 22, 2018

Sierd “Butch” Hoekstra Jr.

Butch passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018 at his home in Martin.

He was born February 18, 1937 in Shelbyville the son of Sierd and Grace (Van Dyke) Hoekstra. Butch proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He had worked at West Tab Paper Mill and at Lapham Heating and Cooling until his retirement. Butch enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. Most of all he loved his family and spending time with them.

He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 and the Eagles Aeries #2093 of Medford, Oregon.

On January 16, 1960 at the Martin Methodist Church he married Marlene Boniface who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Randy (Dawn Hodges) Hoekstra of Shelbyville and Todd (Sheila) Hoekstra of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren, Tracy (Raigen) Blake, Scott (Katlynn) Hoekstra and Trevor (Lauren) Hoekstra and his siblings, Albert (Florence) Hoekstra and Gertrude Hoekstra along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Jose Talsma and Flora Zeinstra.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial celebration will be held Friday, November 30, 2018 from 4-7 P.M., at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at East Martin Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Butch may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or to Boys Town.

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

Berniece Burchett

November 21, 2018

Berniece Burchett

Berniece Burchett of Otsego, MI passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Otsego. Berniece was born November 14, 1918 in Monterey Twp., Allegan Co., Michigan the daughter of Nick and Anna (Brenner) Boerman. She was a beautiful seamstress and made clothing for her children and herself. She enjoyed doing volunteer work including den mother for scouts, band boosters and the Apple Dumpling Gang at the Otsego United Methodist Church of which she was a member. She also enjoyed summers at Crooked Lake and traveling. Her family was very important to her and very supportive. She was a wonderful mother and she enjoyed an abundance of visitors during her stay at Vicinia Gardens. On May 16, 1936 in Goshen, IN she married Loren Burchett who preceded her in death in 1997.

Berniece is survived by her children, Stan (Charlotte) Burchett of Kalamazoo, Sandra Morey of Plainwell and Barbara (Bob) Fuller of Otsego; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Burchett; 9 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and  great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Dan and her siblings Donald and Jean and her son-in-law Mick Morey.

Friends may meet with the family Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM immediately followed by the funeral service at the Otsego United Methodist Church, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Kellogg Eye Center or to the Otsego United Methodist Church.

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

             

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