Philip Pape

Philip Pape

Philip A. Pape of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Ann Arbor due to complications from surgery. Mr. Pape was born November 15, 1943 in Kalamazoo the son of Andrew and Beulah (DeHaven) Pape. Phil had been employed with Clarage Fan/Zurn Industries and Carpenters Union Local #1102. He was a member of the Otsego Moose; Otsego Masonic Lodge; the Eagles of Traverse City, Interlochen and Paw Paw-Lawton; Moslem Shrine of Detroit; the Kalamazoo Shrine Club and Clan 80 of the Hillbillies. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and tinkering.

On May 14, 1983 in Plainwell he married Josephine “Josie” (Kusmack)  who survives. Also surviving are a son Paul Pape of Kalamazoo; 2 daughters, Marla Pullen and Kerri (Dale) Wallace both of Goshen, IN; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; a cousin Rick Pape who was like his brother; and his loyal companion, Miss Tee.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with his family from 5-8 P.M. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Memorial Service will take place Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Contributions in memory of Philip may be made to Shriner’s Childrens Hospital or Otsego United Methodist Church.

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  1. Patricia J Kendall says:

    Phil was one of the finest men I have ever known. He was a smile when you needed one and brought such joy to Josie, Maryla, Kerri and the family. I am truly sorry for your loss! May God bring you peace from your grief. Love you all Pat

  2. Stanley Morris says:

    My family & I live in Copan, Okla. We only new Phil thu Patty Tomison & Chelsea Fenner. We are sorry to hear of his sudden passing. Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.. May he rest in peace. Salute.

  3. Pete & Lynn Hamman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Josie and family.

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  5. Scott & Vicki Playford says:

    Sending you hugs and prayers and hoping you’ll find peace during this difficult time.

  6. Richard and Nancy Teremi says:

    Nancy and I were saddened by the sudden loss of Phil. He was a truly special person with a unique sense of humor and quiet demeanor. His generosity and willingness to help when needed will always be remembered and appreciated. May his family be comforted by the knowledge that he is with God.

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  7. John & Pat Shaffer says:

    Our sympathy during this difficult time goes out to the Pape Family for their loss of Phil.

  8. link & kati pape says:

    Phil (A.K.A. Sasquatch), was a nickname Link gave him one early morning as they were picking him up to go Salmon fishing. They saw a hairy giant on the side of the road and Link yelled
    ” Sasquatch”, but it was actually Phil walking down the road to meet them. From there on his nickname was Sasquatch. He was actually the most gentle giant we have ever known. He was very good to our family. We thought of him as an Uncle. We have many good memories of spending time with Phil, Josie, and Miss Tee up north. He will deeply missed by our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Josie and the family. Lots of Love, Link, Kate, Brock, Cole and Maddie.

  9. Tammy Thompson-Drake says:

    Phil will be missed,he worked with my Dad(Ramon Thompson) now they are probably raising cane in heaven. I will miss my hugs from Phil every time we ran into each other. There was a joke between Dad and Phil,over a rototiller,Dad laughed so hard it still works.(I didn’t get to tell Phil, but he knows now though.) Josie God bless you and your family, our prayers are with you.It meant the world to all of us, when You and Phil came to Dad abd Mom’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.Hugs,love,and blessings to you all.

  10. John & Ruth Hoogenboom says:


    We were sorry to see the obituary notice in the Shoppers Guide regarding your beloved husband Philip.

    We know you, along with many others, are going to miss him.

    May the Lord God be your comfort (II Corinthians 1: 3-5) as you grieve and heal from your loss.

    Love in Christ !!

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