John E. Jaeger

September 5, 2018

John E. Jaeger

John passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born January 18, 1945 in Chicago the son of Elliott and Virginia (Sims) Jaeger. John proudly served his country in the US Marine Corp in Vietnam in communications from 1967 to 1970. John loved to run. He attended DePaul University with a track and field scholarship and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. He had worked at Pipp Hospital in Plainwell and at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek until his retirement in 2009.

He was an accomplished artist and loved to paint and draw. Many of his paintings have been shown locally and he has a piece in this year’s Art Prize in Grand Rapids. John enjoyed following the Chicago sports teams especially the Cubs and also Michigan State University.

On November 20, 1992 at the United Methodist Church of Otsego he married Judy (Stoneburner) Hunt who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Bill Jaeger of Coldwater, Tim (Ruth) Jaeger of TN, Becky (Ryan) Gottried of NC, Ruth Rozankovich of Kalamazoo and Charlie (Blair) Hunt of Wyoming; grandchildren, Ty, Hannah, Nolan, Micah, Abigail, Roseanne and Reuben; sister, Sue (Cliff) Miller of Ann Arbor and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tom.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may meet with John’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 7, 2018, at the United Methodist Church of Otsego until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Military Honors by VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to the American Heart Association or to the United Methodist Church of Otsego.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Richard E. Wiers

May 10, 2018

Richard E. Wiers

Richard went to be with the Lord surrounded by family Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Battle Creek.

He was born June 26, 1928 in Kalamazoo the son of Harold and Dora (Hamacher) Wiers. Richard proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII. For many years he had worked for General Motors until his retirement in 1991.

In his free time he enjoyed dancing, roller skating, singing karaoke, bird watching, growing roses, playing cribbage and following the Detroit Tigers and NASCAR. Richard loved his family very much especially his grandchildren. He had been a member of the Comstock VFW and a life member of the Delton VFW Post #422.

In 1947 he married Frances Smith, they were together for 20 years. On May 19, 1973 he married Joan Hill who passed away in 2008.

Surviving are his children, Mary (Jim) Bouwer of Kalamazoo, Larry (Judy) Wiers of Galesburg and John (Shani) Wiers of Kalamazoo; 7 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Gary Wiers and siblings, Barb Thiel, Donna Haggerman and Don Wiers.

Friends may visit with Richard’s family from 2-4 P.M., Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Terry R. McNees

May 10, 2018

Terry R. McNees

Terry passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at Borgess Pipp Hospital in Plainwell.

He was born October 9, 1947 in Plainwell the son of Howard and Agnes (Ockerman) McNees. Terry proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He had been a truck driver for many years and had driven over 3 million miles.

In his spare time Terry enjoyed old cars and motorcycles and farming with his companion, Lynette Collins. He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Surviving are his sons, Tony McNees and Tim McNees both of Arizona; 4 grandchildren, Talia, Janeann, Lisa and Tim; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ron (Sandy) McNees of Otsego and Tom McNees of Kalamazoo; sister, Carol Pantzer of Tennessee; several nieces and nephews and his friend who was like a brother, Tim Brewster.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Terry.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 5-7 P.M., at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Terry may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030 or to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

William J. “Jim” Dennis

April 11, 2018

William J. “Jim” Dennis

Jim passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Alamo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born July 18, 1933 in Otsego, the son of Marshall and Helen (Coburn) Dennis. Jim proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and in the Army Reserves. For many years he had worked for General Motors until his retirement.

A lifelong resident of Otsego, Jim was active with the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Legion and the VFW Post #3030 Men’s Auxiliary. He was a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge and a past member of the Masonic Lodge. Jim was also active with the National Guard at Fort Custer. In his free time he enjoyed traveling and collecting stamps and coins.

On June 27, 1953 in Plainwell he married Winnifred Eddy who survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Jim (Carol) Dennis of Cooper, Bill (Becky) Dennis of Plainwell and Kelly (Tina) Dennis of Otsego; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Charlene Brooks.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Otsego Elks Lodge.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Marie H. Rouse

March 26, 2017

Marie H. Rouse

Marie passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

She was born January 10, 1928 in Ganges, Michigan, the daughter of Raymond and Martha (Coon) Cooley. Marie was a 1946 Otsego High School graduate and for over 20 years had worked for Otsego Financial Office. She was a member of the Otsego Elks Lodge #1711, was active with the Otsego VFW Post #3030, had been a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego and enjoyed spending winters in Gulf Shores, AL. On August 1, 1947 she married Richard “Rip” Rouse who passed away in 2014.

Surviving are her son, Rex Rouse of Otsego, son-in-law, David Goff of Centreville; 3 grandchildren: Richard (Jessica) Rouse of Kalamazoo, Tiffany Rouse of Otsego and Dave (Amy) Goff of Augusta, 3 great-grandchildren: Dillon Goff, Jacob Goff and Sylvia Marie Rouse.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Ronnie Rouse in 1963; daughter, Gail Goff in 2012; daughter-in-law, Mary Rouse; brothers, Lewis Cooley and Robert Cooley and sister-in-law, Barbara Michaels.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A graveside service will be held at 9:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego, with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating.  

Contributions in memory of Marie may be made to the Life Care Center of Plainwell Hymnal Fund.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Paul E. “Pete” Cary

January 27, 2017

Paul E. “Pete” Cary

Pete passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 surrounded by his family at the Wings Home in Allegan.

He was born May 10, 1924 in Allegan the son of Harry and Jennie (Barton) Cary. He served his country in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division during WWII and was part of the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Market Garden. Pete celebrated his 21st birthday in Paris on the day the war ended.

He had worked at Michigan Cottage Cheese for 25 years, owned and operated Skogmos Department Store and Bernea Foods until his retirement in 1986. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and playing cards. Pete was a life member of the Otsego Elks Lodge and the Otsego VFW Post #3030. On June 6, 1948 he married Mary Jane “Bunny” Cummings who passed away in 2015.

Surviving are his children, Christine (David) Hicks of Springfield, IL, Peter (Laura) Cary of Otsego and Kevin (Melissa) Cary of Cedar Springs; granddaughter, Helena Cary of Rockford; brother, Ronald (Lee) Cary of Otsego and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and siblings, Maxine Branch and Harry Cary. 

Friends may visit with Pete’s family from 6-8 P.M., Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Pete may be made to Wings Home of Allegan.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Judson Breedveld

December 26, 2016

Judson Breedveld

Jud passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego.

He was born August 3, 1952 in Kalamazoo the son of Nicholas and Rose Marie (Baker) Breedveld. For many years Jud had worked for Cushman Construction and most recently had operated his own painting business. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, bowling, horseshoes with friends, trips to the casino, working on his yard, gardening, cooking and spending time in his garage. Jud was an honorary member of the Otsego VFW. On November 29, 1996 he married Louise Winfrey who passed away in 2014.

Surviving are his siblings, John (Shirley) Breedveld of Kalamazoo, Joan (Marty) Ruiter of Allegan, JoLynne (Dr. Robert) DeWinter of Grand Junction, Joel (Karen) Breedveld of Kentwood, Nick (Karin) Breedveld of Otsego and Zarlene (Ed) Main of Plainwell; several nieces and nephews including special nephew, Richie Main; Jud’s daughter by love, Jennifer (Michael) Gradwell; grandchildren, Meighan (Ryan) Taylor, Kyle Areaux, Tori Gradwell and Thomas Gradwell; great-granddaughter, Ellerie along with too many friends to mention.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Scattering of ashes will take place at a later time.  

Contributions in memory of Jud may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or to the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Floyd C. Black

December 3, 2016

Floyd C. Black

Floyd passed away Friday, December 2, 2016 at Park Place Assisted Living in Kalamazoo.

He was born July 15, 1930 in Hillsdale the son of Clarence and Mary “Mae” (Clark) Black. Floyd served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. After his service Floyd did some farming before going to work as an Industrial Engineer. He retired from Lowell Engineering in the early 1990’s. Floyd had also been a preacher in Allegan for 3 years and had taught Sunday school, helped with the Christian Youth Crusaders, and had been a substitute bus driver. He also enjoyed helping at the senior center, volunteering with hospice and helping with the census. In his spare time he enjoyed playing chess and the harmonica. Floyd was a member of the Friendship Wesleyan Church in Plainwell and the Gideons. He was a patriotic family man who adored his grandchildren. On January 22, 1955 in Angola, IN he married Marilyn McDowell who passed away in 2011.

Surviving are his children, Michael (Ruth) Black of Williamston, Margaret “Peggy” (Phil) Perry of Wetumpka, AL, Susan “Becky” (Richard) Pfau of Plainwell, Cynthia “Cindy” (Terry) Trammell of Cordova, TN and Mary (George) Washburn of Otsego; 15 grandchildren and their spouses; 16 great-grandchildren; siblings and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Hirt and by his siblings, Donna Web, Walter Miller and Earl Black.

Friends may meet with Floyd’s family from 4-8 P.M., Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the Friendship Wesleyan Church in Plainwell with Pastor Kevin Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Floyd may be made to the Friendship Wesleyan Church or to the charity of choice.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Arthur E. Shoup

November 3, 2016

Arthur E. Shoup

Arthur Eugene Shoup “Art” age 84 passed away Wednesday November 2, 2016 in Plainwell.

He was born February 12, 1932 in Kalamazoo the son of Percy and Maude Shoup. He served his country in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War where he was a machine gunner on the front lines for 8 months. Art had worked for Harding’s Market for 34 years and then opened Shoup’s Party Store in Otsego which he owned and operated from 1980 until his retirement in 2000. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, working and most of all enjoyed spending time with his family. On July 15, 1950 in Portage he married Barbara Salisbury who survives.

Also surviving are 5 children; Sherry (Michael) Leslie of Elkhart, IN, Susan (Burdette “Bob”) Smith of Marcellus, Rick (Marjorie) Shoup of Rockford, Peggy (Steven) Brinkart of Otsego and Michael (Lori) Shoup also of Otsego; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and his siblings, Fred, Rosie and Don. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Art’s family Monday, November 7, 2016 starting at 10:00 A.M.at the Winkel Funeral Home until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

A graveside service will follow at Mt. Ever Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Art may be made to Wounded Warriors Project.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Robert A. Murdock

September 2, 2016

Robert A. Murdock

Bob passed away peacefully Friday, September 2, 2016 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

He was born November 26, 1928 in Plainwell the son of Leon and Helen (Shears) Murdock. Bob graduated from Otsego High School in 1946. He was drafted into the US Army in October 1950 and was honorably discharged in October 1952. Bob worked at his grandparent’s dairy, A.I. Shears in Otsego, for many years at Michigan Cottage Cheese also in Otsego and at Bareman Dairy in Holland until his retirement. In high school he enjoyed playing football and basketball and was president of his senior class. Football was a true passion of Bob’s and he was a big fan of the Detroit Lions, the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Otsego Bulldogs. Bob loved his family and was very proud of them. He enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids work in “Bob’s garage” on their cars. He had a love for animals and enjoyed doting over his cat, Rosie. On April 2, 1955 in Plymouth he married Elizabeth “Ann” Cadot who passed away in 1995.

Surviving are his sons, Steven Murdock of Otsego, David (Lisa) Murdock of Plainwell and Donald Murdock of Otsego; 4 grandchildren, Josh (Kayla) Murdock, Jordan (Joe) Riley, Matthew (Amber) Murdock and Nate Murdock and 2 great-grandchildren, Lauren and Hannah Murdock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister, Helen Nevins and daughter-in-law, Amy Murdock.

Friends may visit with Bob’s family from 6-8 P.M. on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and starting at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M. with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), 6955 West KL Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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