Matthew P. Eshbaugh

July 17, 2018

Matthew P. Eshbaugh

Matthew Paul Eshbaugh passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at his home in Otsego.

He was born July 25, 1978, in Kalamazoo, the son of Brad Eshbaugh and Cindy (Bular) Patterson. Matt had most recently worked as a lift operator at Bittersweet Ski Resort. On July 14, 2003, he married Heather Stolworthy and they were able to share their 15th anniversary together before his death. Matt cherished his time with his dogs, Xena and Bruizer.

He is survived by his wife, Heather Eshbaugh; his parents, Brad and Julie Eshbaugh and Cindy Patterson; his grandmothers: Nancy Eshbaugh and Luella Eshbaugh; his brothers and sisters: Kevin Slater, Andrew Eshbaugh, Michael Johnson, Joseph Johnson, and Dawn Johnson; and many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Heather Michelle Marsh.

Matt was preceded in death by his sister, Michelle Johnson; step-father, Curtis Patterson; his grandfathers: Richard Bular and Ralph Eshbaugh; and a dear aunt, Tootie Guthrie.

The family will greet friends and family during a time to celebrate Matt’s life on Sunday, July 22, 2018, from 12-3 PM at Robert Morris Park (8415 East H Ave, Kalamazoo) on Campbell Lake. A service to remember his life will be held at 12 PM during the gathering.

Contributions in memory of Matt may be made to the family to help with expenses.

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

Edward Jankowiak

July 13, 2018

Edward Jankowiak

Ed passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at his home in Wayland.

He was born May 10, 1952 in Saginaw, the son of Virgil and Bonnie (Hilliker) Jankowiak. Ed had worked at Carter Lumber and had been a truck driver for Best Way Disposal. In his spare time he loved riding motorcycles. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

In 1990 he married Jessica Laws who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Amy Middaugh, Timothy Jankowiak, Bob Schultz, Amy Schultz and Angela Schultz; 21 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Armena (Mike) Pett and brother, Bill (Deb) Jankowiak.

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Erica Reed and brothers, Ken, Virgil Jr and Wayne.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

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

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

Melvin Marschall

July 13, 2018

Melvin Marschall

Mel passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at Alamo Nursing Home.

He was born August 6, 1935 in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Ortmann) Marschall. Mel graduated from Otsego High School in 1953, and went on to proudly serve his country in the US Army. For 35 years he had worked at Sears as a mechanic and had also worked 10 years at Otsego High School.

In his free time Mel enjoyed hunting, working in his vegetable garden, farming and watching football.

On September 29, 1956 in Kalamazoo he married Linda Scott who passed away in 2014. Mel and Linda loved their family very much and had been foster parents for 30 years.

Surviving are his children, Diane (Gene) Slater and Carl Marschall; grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer) Slater, Scott (Kim) Slater, Keri (Sean) Newton, Kevin (Laura) Slater, Kristy (Travis) Taylor, Jessica Brady, Cassie Marschall and Chelsea Marschall and a very special sister-in-law, Sue Marschall.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Christopher in 1977 and brother, Chris Marschall.

Friends may visit with Mel’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. 

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Alamo Community Congregational Church with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township.

Contributions in memory of Mel may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, Alamo Nursing Home or Alamo Community Congregational Church.

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

Barbara Burr

July 9, 2018

Barbara Burr

Barbara Burr of Plainwell, MI passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Wings Home in Allegan. She was born April 12, 1938 in Allegan the daughter of Albertus and Cecilia (Janke) Hellenthal. Barbara earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University. She had worked for Allegan Co. Mental Health and also worked at Pipp Hospital in the Accounting Dept. Barbara volunteered with CASA as a court appointed advocate for abused and neglected children and for Christian Neighbors. She enjoyed spending time with her family at her home and at the lake and she liked working in her flower garden. More than anything she loved spending time with her grandchildren. On July 2, 1960 she married the love of her life, William Burr who preceded her in death. Surviving are her children, Jeffery (Nancy) Burr of Otsego, Brian (Mary) Burr of Plainwell and Jennifer Burr of Plainwell; 4 grandchildren, David, Gregory, Mason and Lauren Burr; her sister Shirley (David) Reed and her Aunt Beverly Predum.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Otsego United Methodist Church at 6:00 P.M. with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Home Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to the Wings Home.

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

James D. London

July 2, 2018

James D. London

Jim passed away Monday, July 2, 2018 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born January 5, 1954 in Plainwell, the son of Arthur and Rosalyn (Brewster) London. Jim loved music and had played keyboard, guitar and sang for the group Hurt Me Tommy for over 25 years. Jim also enjoyed tinkering with his tractor and small engines and watching movies.

On October 24, 2003 he married Judy Littell who survives.

Also surviving are his son, Cory London; step-son, Brian Littell; 5 grandchildren; his mother; brothers, Doug and Steve London along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Joanne London.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the COPD Foundation.

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

Rebecca “Becca” Galloway

June 28, 2018

Rebecca “Becca” Galloway

Becca Galloway passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 27th in the company of her entire family at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. She was born on January 12th, 1997 in Grand Rapids, MI, as the daughter of Scott and Tracy (Matuk) Galloway. Becca graduated from Otsego High School in 2015 boasting multiple years on the academic honor roll as well as awards regarding her kindness and love towards others. Becca then attended and was about to begin her final year at Grand Valley State University, double majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Following graduation, she had planned on beginning a journey of working at a therapeutic equine riding center and eventually wanted to found and run her own. She had a passion for helping people and her heart desired to help convicts on probation become productive members of society. She also wanted nothing more than to rescue horses from dire situations and help them recover from the sufferings of their previous situations. Her first and strongest love was for horses and it showed in her passion for harness racing first and foremost and was followed by four years of 4-H with her beloved horses Lace and Luke. For the past few months, Becca had the pleasure of working at Hopewell Ranch in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, a Christian-based therapeutic riding center that reaches out to at-risk youth, veterans, and many others with the use of rescued horses, which was everything that she wanted to do with her life. Becca was a beautiful young woman full of kindness, selflessness, and a fire of determination to never stop fighting.

Surviving are her parents; sisters, Brooke and Kendra Galloway; grandparents, George and Joyce Galloway and Dave and Marge Day; many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Dolores Rebecca Galloway.

Friends may visit with Becca’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the Martin Reformed Church with Pastor Mark Heijerman officiating. Burial will follow at the Trowbridge Cemetery in Trowbridge Township.

Contributions in memory of Becca may be made to Hopewell Ranch of Mount Pleasant. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

James W. Burchette

June 26, 2018

James W. Burchette

Jim passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at his home in Otsego.

He was born October 7, 1943 in Kalamazoo, the son of Max and Vernice (Roebuck) Burchette. For many years Jim had worked for the Department of Public Works in Otsego.

He enjoyed fishing, working on cars and loved to read, especially old western novels.  

On February 26, 1965 in Otsego he married Patricia Warner who survives.

Also surviving are his children, James Vist of Arizona, Duwayne Burchette of Decatur and Danielle Burchette of Plainwell; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; his siblings, Carmen Raymond, Richard Burchette, Francis Stephenson and Kay Evans and his dog, Mazie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Floyd and siblings, Pete Sivits and Mary Ann Miner.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A graveside service will be held at 9:30 A.M., Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center.

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

Sherman G. Potter

June 25, 2018

Sherman G. Potter

Sherman passed away, Sunday, June 24, 2018 at his home in Alamo Township.

He was born April 17, 1934 in Neon, Kentucky, the son of Sherman and Thursie (Akers) Potter. Sherman had worked at Shakespeare Company for 10 years, Eaton Transmission for 18 years and at Woodwork Specialties for 13 years until his retirement.

In his free time he enjoyed woodworking, hunting and spending time with his family.

On June 28, 1954 in Kalamazoo he married Onalee Ordiway who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Sherman (Vanessa) Potter, Dawn Potter-Williams and Kenneth Potter; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and siblings, Tom Potter and Phyllis Duty.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Cecil, Joe, Anderson, Clifford, Jack, Mabel and Elia.

Friends may visit with Sherman’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Ray Brown officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Sherman may be made to Reverence Hospice or to the charity of your choice.

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

Robert D. Curry

June 20, 2018

Robert D. Curry

Bob passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born March 9, 1940 in Martin the son of Russell and Florence (Knight) Curry. For 42 years he had worked at Mead Paper Company until his retirement. Bob enjoyed fishing for pan fish and bass, bowling and spending time at the lake with family. He liked following the Detroit Tigers, U of M and attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.

On June 16, 1962 in Plainwell he married Marva McFanin, his wife of 56 years who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Laurie (Terry) Hildebrand of Martin, Robert (Carie) Curry of Martin, Todd (Kelly) Curry of Otsego and Jeff Curry of Martin; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and his siblings, Jerry, Shirley, Jack and Larry.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Russ.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Bob’s family starting at 5:00 P.M., Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 7:00 P.M., with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

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

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

Thomas M. Balgoyen

June 18, 2018

Thomas M. Balgoyen

Tom passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

He was born March 24, 1930 in Allegan the son of Thomas “Marvin” and Frances (McConney) Balgoyen. Tom joined the US Army in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1957. He had worked at Philmore Equipment for 16 ½ years, Rockwell International for 30 years and had worked part time selling cars at the Allegan Chrysler Plymouth dealer for 10 years. Tom took pride in keeping his house and yard looking nice.

On June 21, 1954 in Burnips he married Barbara Bergman who survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Greg (Kim) Balgoyen of Allegan and Jeffrey Balgoyen of Holland; 3 grandchildren, Jenna, Aubrey and Hailey and his siblings, Bill of Allegan, Leonard of the Philippines and Laurel of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dean.

Friends may visit with Tom’s family starting at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Allegan, until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Nathan Smith officiating.

Burial will follow with Military Honors at Hudson Corners Cemetery.

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

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