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Duane A. Anson

Duane passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020 with family at his side.

He was born February 26, 1929 in Cooper, the son of Alfred and Bernice (Hughes) Anson. Duane proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong resident of the area and had owned and operated a golf course in Cooper.

In his free time Duane enjoyed golfing, woodworking, traveling, telling stories and jokes and seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On October 28, 1950 in Kalamazoo he married Arlene Karr who passed away in 2014.

Surviving are his children, Brian (Dalene) Anson of Plainwell, Karen (Keith) Holt of St. Joseph and Lori Franko of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren, Jodi, Jessica, Cameron, Tyler and Riley and 6 great-grandchildren, Madison, Grace, Olivia, Caleb, Carlee and Charis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and siblings, Walter, Clark, Howard, Russell, Dale, Francis and Dorothy.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Duane’s family from 1- 4 PM, Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Burial will take place at 11:00 A.M., Monday, January 13, 2020 at West Cooper Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Duane may be made to

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan

or to Stanford Lodge.

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Nancy Nap

January 3, 2020 at 1:25 pm


Very sorry to hear the loss of your Father. You are in my thoughts.

Nancy (Stockwell) Nap


Tara england

January 3, 2020 at 1:30 pm

It was a pleasure to care for your father, he will be greatly missed


Jim Mckee

January 3, 2020 at 3:02 pm

So Sorry Brian and and Dalene, Prayers for you and your family. Jim and Lisa


Judith Hiemstra-Bronson

January 3, 2020 at 4:10 pm

Very sorry for your loss.


Roger and Janet Hiemstra

January 3, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Uncle Duane was such a neat person. He patiently taught my brother, Carl, and me to play softball when we were little kids. He had such a great sense of humor and certainly loved gardening, even his small garden at his place of residence in Plainwell. He proudly showed off his radishes, lettuce, and burgeoning tomato plants when we visted him this past summer. I will miss him.


Bob Renaukd

January 3, 2020 at 4:56 pm

Duane was one of a kind.


Joyce Hiemstra Hunt

January 3, 2020 at 5:21 pm

Brian, Karen, Lori, and family.

So sorry to hear about Uncle Duane. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed. May your memories help you get through this difficult time.

Love, Joyce


Joan and John Steele

January 3, 2020 at 5:37 pm

Duane was my favorite uncle.He was the only person who still called me Joanie .Now who will do that ?He always had a joke and a smile. When I would go to see him in Otsego or at Life care

( where he had garden going with best tomatoes around . He was proud of that.) I always brought a treat and a diet drink. We would visit and talk about the family and tell jokes to one another. He will be missed by many.One thing I really liked was,when he would tell me about his childhood and things that happened.


Tom young

January 4, 2020 at 7:06 am

So sorry Brian


Carol Hiemstra-Paez

January 4, 2020 at 8:29 am

Brian, Karen, and Lori. My deepest condolences. I have fond loving memories of Uncle Duane, his great sense of humor and kind heart. Love, niece Carol


Carl Hiemstra

January 4, 2020 at 4:26 pm

My condolences from Mississippi love Carl


susan Hatten

January 5, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Very sorry to hear the loss of your Father. You are in my thoughts,


Bob and Loree Bagley

January 6, 2020 at 6:43 am

Peace to your family Brian.


B & C Trophy Sherry Schumaker

January 7, 2020 at 9:31 am

Brian and family, we are sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. We will keep your family in our prayers.

Sherry and Ken Schumaker


Nancy Martin Veld

January 7, 2020 at 10:43 am

Brian so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Your in my thoughts and prayers.


Michael Graham

January 10, 2020 at 3:45 pm

I am very sorry for your loss


Michael Graham

January 10, 2020 at 3:46 pm

I am sorry for your loss


Bruce Lamborn

January 10, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Brian, Karen and Lori,

So sorry to hear about your dad, he was a wonderful man. I have many fond memories of growing up in the neighborhood and being around everyone. He was willing to help with a golf tip and always had a joke or two. He will be missed by everyone.


Brooks Lamborn

January 11, 2020 at 9:01 am

So sorry to hear about about Duane’s passing.


Brooks Lamborn

January 11, 2020 at 9:06 am

So sorry to hear about Duane’s passing.


Brett Lamborn

January 11, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Brian, Karen, and Lori:

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Duane was a great man, who I loved dearly. We owe him a debt of gratitude for him starting up the Crestview Golf Course, where we had a great deal of fun and have memories that we will last forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Jeffrey Anson

January 11, 2020 at 6:32 pm

So sorry for your loss. I intended to come to the funeral home but was afraid the temperature was dropping and would have ice problems. He was a good guy.


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