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Jerry B. Howrigon

Jerry passed away Thursday, October 19, 2023 in Kalamazoo.

Jerry was born October 13, 1943 in Plainwell the son of Leon and Velma (Breck) Howrigon. Jerry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. For 16 years he owned and operated Modern Cleaners and also worked for Beaver Research Chemical until his retirement.

In his free time Jerry liked watching TV and satisfying his sweet tooth with a bowl of ice cream. He was an avid Tigers, Lions and Red Wings fan and enjoyed golfing in his younger years. Jerry was an active member of St. Margaret Catholic Church for the last 16 years, the Knights of Columbus and the Otsego Elks Lodge.

On June 26, 1965 at St. Margaret Catholic Church he married Dinah Thompson who survives. Also surviving are his children, Rebecca (Dan) Pearson of Plainwell, Brian (Rebecca) Howrigon of Plainwell and Jon ‘Pat’ (Angela) Howrigon of Otsego; 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; a brother Robert Howrigon and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Jack and Gene.

Friends may visit with Jerry’s family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego from 4 – 8 P.M. Monday, October 23, 2023 where a Rosary will be held at 7:30 P.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to St. Margaret Catholic Church or St. Margaret Catholic School.

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Teresa VanLent

October 20, 2023 at 6:13 pm

I’m so sorry Dinah for your loss of Jerry, I am praying for you and your family …that your hearts may heal with all of the warm memories of him ❤️. May God hold you tightly❤️


Donna Beaman

October 20, 2023 at 8:08 pm

Pat, sorry for your loss, I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family.


Jim Preston

October 20, 2023 at 9:29 pm

Dinah and Brian

So sorry for your loss. Know that my thought and prayers are with the entire family. God Bless


Mike and Eileen Burke and family

October 21, 2023 at 10:04 am

Our deepest condolences for the loss of Jerry. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest In peace.


Carol Wilcox Beach

October 21, 2023 at 11:49 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a very special man. Lots of fond memories from out high school years together. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God took home one of the best.


Tessa Pierce Thomas

October 21, 2023 at 2:01 pm


Ann told me of Jerry’s passing. I offer my deepest condolences to you and may You find comfort and compassion in your Lord.


Margaret M Warning

October 21, 2023 at 2:38 pm

So sorry for the loss of Jerry. He was a large part of my family while growing up in the Trowbridge area. He was my Brother’s best friend. We all loved him. Rest in peace Jerry.


Steve Pegg

October 21, 2023 at 3:45 pm

I am so sad to hear that Jerry passed away. I enjoyed working with him at St. Margaret. He was my mentor and friend, may he now have peace with our Lord in heaven. God bless him.



October 21, 2023 at 5:50 pm

Dinah and family so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.


Lynn Gardiner

October 21, 2023 at 6:41 pm

I am so sorry for your loss, Dinah. May God’s peace surround you and your family.


Kim Lewis

October 22, 2023 at 9:58 am

I am so sorry for your loss…prayers for the family.. Rest Peacefully Uncle Jerry.


Frances Havlick Denny

October 22, 2023 at 12:37 pm

Dinah and family: I am so sorry for the great loss of Jerry. May your many happy memories carry you through the loss and keep bright the happiness he brought to your hearts. Fran Denny


John Gibson

October 22, 2023 at 1:26 pm

Dinah & Family,

So very sorry to learn of Jerry’s passing. We were classmates in Otsego before he moved. We reunited at our 50th class reunion in Otsego and it was wonderful talking with Jerry. We have been Facebook friends for some time and have stayed connected in that way.

My heartfelt condolences to your family. Prayers for all during this difficult time. Knowing Jerry, he is now at peace with our Lord in Heaven. I am praying for the repose of his wonderful soul.

God’s Blessings,

John Gibson


Judith Morris

October 22, 2023 at 5:11 pm

Oh, Dinah…Sooo sorry to hear this…Am sending prayers your way.


Jayne Baumer

October 23, 2023 at 10:42 am

So sorry to read about your Dad.


Kathi Fuss

October 23, 2023 at 6:49 pm

Dinah & family. So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He is in Heaven now with God, without pain or discomfort! Memories are Important in times like now. Sending prayers, hugs and love to you all ❤️❤️❤️❤️


Dave Delemme

October 23, 2023 at 7:29 pm

I always loved talking with Gerry at Our Table restaurant in Otsego. He would be sitting with father Don from his church. Many years of good conversations we had back then. I will say a prayer for him.

Dave Delemme an Otsego resident.


Ann Thomas

October 24, 2023 at 1:48 am

Aunt Dinah, I’m so sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences from myself and mom. Are prayers and thoughts are with you and family.


Rick and Amy Bartz

October 24, 2023 at 9:20 am

We are praying for everyone in Jerry’s family at the loss of a very nice man,

So grateful to have him as part of our family.

May God give all of you the strength you need at this time. Hold each other as needed.


Georgia Newman

October 24, 2023 at 10:18 am

Dear Dinah, Brian & Becky, Becky & Dan, Pat & Angie and all the grand children, I am so very sad to have just seen this today and my heart goes out to your beautiful strong family. Jerry was a kind and soft-spoken man, I never heard him say an unkind word or raise his voice in anything but laughter. What a beautiful example the two of you set for young families everywhere. And you three ‘kids’ and your spouses have honored Dinah and Jerry in the best possible way by creating three more beautiful strong loving families. I am so sorry I won’t be able to honor Jerry today by attending the mass, but my heart is with all of you.


Teresa Parrish

October 26, 2023 at 10:48 pm

Dinah and family. I ‘m so sorry to hear about Jerry. I just heard yesterday. My Deepest Sympathy to you and the family. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Jerry was a great guy and cousin.

Love you all. Teresa


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