Doris M. Porter

April 19, 2018

Doris M. Porter

Doris passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018, surrounded by her family at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

She was born June 20, 1922 at home on 8th Street in Alamo Township, the daughter of Sheldon and Emily (Greeley) Blanchard. Doris was valedictorian of the Otsego High School Class of 1940 and a lifelong resident of the area. She had attended Parsons Business School and had worked at JM Wilson Insurance Company in Kalamazoo.

In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, taking care of her house plants, canning, square dancing and traveling. Doris liked volunteering at Alamo Nursing home helping with bingo and raised money for the March of Dimes. Most of all she loved her family and had spent many hours helping to homeschool and care for her grandchildren. Doris was an active member of the Alamo Community Congregational Church.

On June 4, 1943 at her parent’s home in Alamo Township she married Leonard Porter who passed away in 2004.

Surviving are her son, Don (Loretta) Porter of Otsego; 5 granddaughters, Angela, Karla, Tracie, Melanie and Sarah and their spouses; 8 great-grandchildren with another due soon and her sister, Aloh McCabe of Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sheldon and Emily; husband, Leonard; son, Carl (Lori) Porter and brothers, Carlton, Rolla, Harold and Melvin Blanchard.

Friends may visit with Doris’ family from 4-6 P.M., Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, April 23, 2018, with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township.

Doris’s family would like to thank the staff at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan and Stanford Lodge for the excellent care and compassion.

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

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

George L. Klaeren

April 18, 2018

George L. Klaeren

George passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born January 26, 1933, in Elmhurst, Illinois the son of Michael and Edna (Overocker) Klaeren.

As an athlete for Mendon High School, he earned All-State Honors in football. George proudly served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Western Michigan University where he lettered in football.

His professional career in education began in 1959 as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and most notably principal of Otsego High School. For 64 years, his biggest role was as a loving husband to Bea and a devoted family man to his eight children and 17 grandchildren.

In his spare time he enjoyed playing softball, boating, camping, traveling and attending academic and athletic events for his children and grandchildren.

On May 29, 1954, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Mendon he married Beatrice Ann Klein who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Michael (Sue Kelly) Klaeren, Theresa Calvin, Stephen (Laura) Klaeren, Lisa (Don) Walley, Patrick Klaeren, Kevin (Carol) Klaeren, Laura (Joe Miller) Henckel and Beth (Daryl) Zartman and 17 grandchildren, Katie, Thomas, Elizabeth, Kristen, Melissa, Rachel, George, Daniel, Mary, Matthew, Stephanie, Logan, Maxwell, Ryan, Nathan, Hunter and Jacob.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 6 siblings.

Friends may visit with George’s family from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M., Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Mendon, with Monsignor Thomas Martin officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Mendon.

Contributions in memory of George may be made to the Otsego Public Schools Foundation or the Mendon High School Athletic Boosters.

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

Warren W. McKinstry

April 17, 2018

Warren W. McKinstry

Warren passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born April 1, 1935 in Kalamazoo, the son of Clifford and Desdamona (Owen) McKinstry. Warren proudly served his country in the US Air Force. For many years he had worked in residential construction in Arizona and Arkansas and then returned to Michigan. He had also worked at the Dorgan’s Hardware in Plainwell and the True Value Hardware Store in Kalamazoo.

In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, bowling, traveling, bird watching and visiting with his many friends. In July 1994 he married Audrey Gehring who survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Kathy (Wes) Teall of Kalamazoo, 3 grandchildren, Heather, Chris and Greg; 3 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Dylan and Royce; brothers, Cliff (Micky) McKinstry of Plainwell and Loren (Ann) McKinstry of Richland; step-children, Ed Bennett, Connie (Paul) Brewster and Darrell Bennett, step-grandchildren, Scott Bennett, Amber (John) Haynes, Tyler Papesh and Mark Brewster and several step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Gloria Ludeking.

Friends may visit with Warren’s family starting at 11:00 A.M., Friday, April 20, 2018 until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Cremation will follow.

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

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

William J. “Jim” Dennis

April 11, 2018

William J. “Jim” Dennis

Jim passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Alamo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born July 18, 1933 in Otsego, the son of Marshall and Helen (Coburn) Dennis. Jim proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and in the Army Reserves. For many years he had worked for General Motors until his retirement.

A lifelong resident of Otsego, Jim was active with the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Legion and the VFW Post #3030 Men’s Auxiliary. He was a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge and a past member of the Masonic Lodge. Jim was also active with the National Guard at Fort Custer. In his free time he enjoyed traveling and collecting stamps and coins.

On June 27, 1953 in Plainwell he married Winnifred Eddy who survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Jim (Carol) Dennis of Cooper, Bill (Becky) Dennis of Plainwell and Kelly (Tina) Dennis of Otsego; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

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

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Otsego Elks Lodge.

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

Sara Graff

April 10, 2018

Sara Graff

Sara passed away Monday, April 2, 2018 after sustaining injuries from an accident on Easter.

She was born June 11, 1984 in Plainwell to Brenda Snyder and Wayne Graff.  Sara graduated from Gobles High School in 2002 and continued her education at Kalamazoo Valley Community College where she studied C.A.D and I.T. She had excellent typing and computer skills.

She is survived by her spouse, Autumn Fields; son, Robbie Bixler;  mother, Brenda; father, Wayne; brother, Derek Snyder and sister, Kristin Graff, all of Kalamazoo; grandmother, Florence Graff of Plainwell; nieces and nephews, Aubreigh Lamont, Trenton Snyder and Rylee Snyder and stepfather, Eric Burnham.

Cremation will take place.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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

Michael Wright

April 9, 2018

Michael Wright

Michael passed away unexpectedly at his home n Otsego Sunday morning, April 8, 2018.

He was born November 4, 1972 in Piqua, Ohio to Robert and Betty Jo (Hibberd) Wright. Mike was a diesel mechanic and passionate about his work. He loved the beach, traveling, camping and listening to music.

He is survived by his wife, Tara of Grand Junction; mother, Betty (John) Letts of Otsego; children, Michelle DeLeon, Melissa Jo Rabinowitz, Dylan Minser Wright and Samantha Wright; 3 grandchildren; his sister, Kimberly (Mark) Bemis and 2 step children, Breanna and Jack.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Wright and by his daughter, Jessica.

Friends may visit with Michael’s family Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the funeral home.

Cremation will follow.

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

Joseph Lee III

April 2, 2018

Joseph Lee III

Joseph passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at his home. He was born September 14, 1983 in Kalamazoo to Sheila and Joseph Lee II. Joseph enjoyed the outdoors and worked trimming and felling trees. His job and his beard made him a natural lumberjack. Joseph was a motorcycle enthusiast and a loyal Lions Football fan. His greatest joy was hanging out with his sons. He is survived by his wife Melanie who he married July 4, 2014, sons, Evin, Jacob and Corbin; mother and stepfather Sheila and Ron Russell of Scotts, Michigan, father Joseph Lee II of Allegan; siblings Devon Stewart of Kalamazoo, Josh Lee, Jessica Crisman and Jaime Caldwell all of Allegan, many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is also survived by Dawn Paradise and Terry Stewart who treated him as a son. Friends may visit with his family beginning at 4:00pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 4 at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego. Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 5 at the Winkel Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made for the needs of the family. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

James A. Endres

March 28, 2018

James A. Endres

James passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born January 17, 1930 in Covington, KY, the son of William and Hennrietta (Foremeyer) Endres and grew up on the family farm in Independence, KY. Jim proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. For 34 years he had worked at General Motors until his retirement.

In his spare time he enjoyed working on the farm, hunting, fishing and traveling the country in his motorhome. Jim was an active member of St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego and a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus.

On September 11, 1954 in Ludlow, KY he married Marilyn Mershon who preceded him in death in 1999.

Surviving are his children, Bill (Diane) Endres of Kalamazoo, Jim (Laura) Endres of Kalamazoo, Bob (Margie) of Davisburg, Cathie (Paul) Matlock of Kalamazoo, Connie Endres of Kalamazoo and Jack (Mary Layne) Endres of Kalamazoo; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister –in –law, Joan Endres and his companion, Bea Gauthier.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marilyn in 1999, son, Bart Endres in 1986; brother, Delbert Endres and sister, Betty Kesler.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Monday, April 2, 2018, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a rosary service at 7:30 P.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego with Rev Fr Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Margaret Catholic Church Endowment Fund.

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

Donald B. Moore

March 26, 2018

Donald B. Moore

Donald passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 surrounded by his family at his home in Otsego.

He was born May 17, 1928 in Chicago, IL, the son of Adelbert and Elizabeth (Masset) Moore. For many years Don had worked as the superintendent of machines at the Mead Corporation until his retirement in 1987.

In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, hunting, farming, working in his garden, Civil War history and antique tractors. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Otsego and a former board member of Christian Neighbors.

On July 29, 1950 in Otsego he married Rayma Fritz who survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Donna (Russ) Philmon and Marilyn Moore; 9 grandchildren, Stephanie (Neil) Feltenberger, Tanya (Tim) Marsh, Rodney (Renee) Philmon, Abram (Amanda) Braden, Rachel (Adam) Todd, Jaime Braden, Camille (Alex) Dawson, Benjamin Arce and Micah (Abigail) Arce and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Rodney Moore; daughter, Nancy Braden and sister, Margaret Nichols.

Friends may visit with Don’s family from 6-8 P.M., Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Otsego with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township.

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

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

Floyd C. Van Meter Jr.

March 25, 2018

Floyd C. Van Meter Jr.

Floyd passed away Friday, March 23, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born September 25, 1946 in Kalamazoo the son of Floyd Sr. and Gladys (Delbridge) Van Meter. Floyd had worked at Murco Meat Packaging in Plainwell and most recently at Lake Park Industries in Indiana.

In his free time he enjoyed riding his bike and moped, working out at the gym and watching WWE. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and dressing like Santa for work parties and his family on Christmas morning.

Surviving are his children, Keith Van Meter of Paw Paw, Carl (Sandi) Van Meter of Decatur, Melinda VanMeter of Portage and Lyndsay (Dan) Dove of Otsego; 3 grandchildren, Dustin Baker, Carl Van Meter Jr. and Ayla Dove along with many siblings.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Floyd’s life will be Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 1 P.M. at the Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Floyd may be made to Christian Neighbors.

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

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