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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


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Scott and Julie Piper

April 17, 2018 at 6:33 pm

We are so very sorry for your loss, Loren. You and your family are in our prayers. We pray for comfort for you all during this sad time. May God be with you always


Marjorie Lester

April 18, 2018 at 6:47 am

Kathy, sorry for your loss! It was such a long time ago that I actually met your dad. I believe it was at the train station here in St. John’s.

We were (and still are) long-distance cousins, for sure.

Take care.



Kathryn Teall

April 18, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Thank you, Marje. I appreciate it. I do miss my long distance cousins.


Sherry Luedecking

April 18, 2018 at 5:09 pm

Kathy I am so sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I hope you can find peace in the coming days.


Clifford Carl McKinstry

April 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm

Will miss you brother…Cliff,Mickey. Kim


Mike McKinstry

April 20, 2018 at 11:07 am

May you Rest In Peace uncle Warren. My heartfelt sympathies to those who love, and will miss you.


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