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.

Harold McGoldrick Jr.

August 13, 2016

Harold McGoldrick Jr.

Harold ‘Midge’ McGoldrick Jr. of Alamo passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 at home.

He was born January 16, 1932 in Kalamazoo to Harold and Helen (Roderick) McGoldrick. He had worked at North American Aluminum and was a welder and mechanic at Kalamazoo Speedway. Midge was also an avid NASCAR fan.

In 1971 he married Alice McGoldrick who preceded him. Surviving are 3 daughters, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 1 sister and 2 nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter and a brother.

Friends may visit with Harold’s family from 2-4PM and 6-8PM on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 11:00AM with Pastor David Ives officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post 3030.

Donations in memory of Harold may be made to Oak Grove Bible Church.

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

Joseph H. Schmitt

July 10, 2016

Joseph H. Schmitt

Joey passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at Rose Arbor Hospice.

He was born April 18, 1963 in Kalamazoo the son of Joseph and Sharon (Bailey) Schmitt. Joey was a 1981 Otsego High School graduate and for a short time had worked at Durametallic in Kalamazoo. On October 23, 1992 in Kalamazoo he married Lori Kataki and was her caregiver for 17 years until her passing in 2011. Joey enjoyed writing poems, communicating through social media and the internet, reading Stephen King novels, listening to music and attending concerts. He had many friends and always had a positive attitude and smile on his face.

Surviving are his parents; sisters, Beth Ann Schmitt and Laurie Schmitt; nephew, Asa (Jessica) Lakeman of Belmont and their 4 children; special friend, Connie Blanchard along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife and grandparents, Stanley and Bethel Schmitt.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

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

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Joey may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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

Jack L. Holmes

June 4, 2016

Jack L. Holmes

Jack passed away Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Wings Home in Allegan.

He was born April 18, 1939 in Otsego the son of Clifton and Laura (Root) Holmes. Jack served his country in the United States Navy. He was a lifelong resident of the area and had worked at Gibson Guitar, Kal-Equip, GenTex, Donnelly Corporation, Allen Test Products and had retired from Preferred Plastics. After his retirement he drove cars for Harold Zeigler Ford. In his spare time Jack enjoyed playing music, fishing, golfing, shooting pool, spending time with his family and friends and mowing the yard on his riding mower. He was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030. On June 25, 1977 he married Linda Edson who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Dan (Sherri Kuiper) Holmes of Plainwell, Deb (Keith) Todd of Otsego, Denise (Bob) Golm of Byron Center, Darlene (Bob) Enos of Otsego, Jackie (Marvin) Fox of Plainwell, David (Kathie) Holmes of Wayland and Angela (Fred Oaks) Holmes of Kalamazoo; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, LeRoy, brothers, William and Tom Holmes and by his sisters, Laura Lewis and Ruth Holmes.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Jack’s family starting at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.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 Jack may be made to the Wings Home of Allegan or Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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

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