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George E. Hoots

George passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019 at his home in Otsego.

He was born April 22, 1945 in Berea, Kentucky to Cleo Anderson. From the age of 10, George was raised by his foster parents, Davis and Hazel Westcott. He had worked at Menasha for more than 35 years and had been a reserve officer for Allegan County and Plainwell police departments.

In his spare time George enjoyed having coffee with his coffee club and best friend, Kenny Wall.

In 1968 at the First Baptist Church in Otsego he married Ellen Hummel who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Tonia (Tim) Smith of Paw Paw, Lura (Mark) Holden of Otsego and Joe Hoots of Otsego; 7 grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Jared, Austin, Samantha, Nickolis, Connor and Maya and his brother, Elzie Langford.

He was preceded in death by his mother and foster parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of George’s life will take place from 2-4 P.M., Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 294 19


St, Otsego, Michigan.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of George may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice


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Kathy Wolthuis

May 26, 2019 at 7:34 am

Thinking of you and sorry for loss.

Chuck& Kathy


Beverly Hoyt Holmes

May 26, 2019 at 3:05 pm

So very sorry for your loss Ellen and family. Keep the memories flowing.


Ken Worstell

May 26, 2019 at 4:05 pm

I met George around 1973, we were good friends . He was a good family man and loved his family very much. Could always depend on George for anything. So sad he is greatly missed.


Roz Goodenough

May 26, 2019 at 5:23 pm

Ellen, So sorry to hear of your loss. Georges parents were cousins of my Grandmother.

May memories comfort you.

Roz Goodenough


The Holland Family

May 27, 2019 at 12:04 am

Ellen and family – we are so sorry to hear of George’s passing. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Praying that God will comfort you and give you strength. Dale, Pat and girls


Chris Betts

May 27, 2019 at 12:52 am

Ellen, joey… So sorry to here of georges passing.I will truly miss him he is my buddy..and a mans man. Missed but never forgotten.. Chris Betts


Vickie Schneider (Langford)

May 27, 2019 at 4:08 pm

I will miss you and your post Cuz. You always keep me out of trouble at the Garden Bar. After I turned drinking year. RIP


Lorrie M Wilson

May 27, 2019 at 5:34 pm

My thoughts are with u all on your loss. Love u all!


Merry Kingsley

May 27, 2019 at 6:29 pm

So sorry to hear about George.☹️


John Brokus

May 28, 2019 at 7:50 am

I am so sorry to hear of Georges passing. In the many years I’ve known George he has always been a helpful and kind friend. The practical jokes we played on each other were always at the very least entertaining. He will be missed by many.



Jan TerMeer Adams

May 28, 2019 at 11:44 am

Ellen I am so sorry to hear about George, its seems like such a short time ago that I was in your wedding. I will always cherish our friendship. R.I.P. George.


Kerrie Long

May 28, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Sorry for your loss you and your family are in my prayers.


Juan and Deborah Castaneda

May 28, 2019 at 3:48 pm

Sorry for your loss. I’ve known George a long time, he always made me smile.


Bill and Karen Bomar

May 28, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Ellen, Tonia, Lura and Joe (and family).. .we’re so sorry to hear about George. Seems like we’ve known him forever. We had some great times together, back in the day. He was one of the good ones – always had a smile on his face and always made us laugh. So glad Bill had a chance to visit with him recently… only wish I had. Our love and condolences to all of you.


Chris and Michelle Koster

May 28, 2019 at 7:25 pm

Ellen and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. George was a great person with a large heart. I have so many found memories of him and Larry Babbitt in deer camp…what a pair!!! My dad Bud and my mom Lottie enjoyed his stories. He always made people smile and he always had a smile. From the Koster Family to your Family our deepest condolences…


Kevin christensen

May 29, 2019 at 7:41 am

Ellen Joe Tana Lura I am so sorry to hear about George he has been a good friend for 40 years. My prayers are with you.


The Cooper Family

May 29, 2019 at 9:59 am

Sorry for your loss he was a great guy. Enjoyed visiting with him at the car lot. God Bless!!


Cheryl Knapp

May 29, 2019 at 11:30 am

Sorry to hear about George. His warped sense of humor will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Todd Allen

May 30, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Sorry for your loss I knew George when he would come into Ridge & Kramer either getting something for himself or picking up something for someone else he was a pretty cool guy


John R. Cross

December 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm

My sincere condolences to George’s family. I had not know that George had passed away. I met him when he worked at Perk’s Auto Parts in Plainwell. He found out that I was a retired Deputy from Kalamazoo County and a friendship was born. He took care of my auto part needs for all the time he worked there. I kind of lost track of him until I came across his obituary. George was a good man with an incredible sense of humor and just a fun person to be around and talk to. Sorry he is gone and I think fondly of him in memories.


jeanne Miller

February 24, 2021 at 10:16 pm

Love n prayers to you all, he was always fun to be around kept work entertaining


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