John P. Cole

December 16, 2018

John P. Cole

John passed away December 15, 2018 at his home in Plainwell surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 28, 1943 in Montebello, California, the son of Orville and Joeshpine (Hart) Cole. John proudly served his country for in the US Army for seven years and served a full tour in the Vietnam War. For 36 years he had worked at General Motors until his retirement in 2005.

John was a kind hearted man who enjoyed traveling the world and taking photographs. He also enjoyed collecting stamps and coins and drinking a cold beer. He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 and the American Legion.

On August 11, 1988 in Las Vegas he married Nancy Herwick who survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Shannon (Lynn Jr.) Carpenter of Dorr; step-daughter, Denise Nelsen of Kalamazoo and step-son, Doug (Carol) Cole of Arizona; 7 grandchildren, Sean, Douglas, Courtney, Trever, Tayler, Trenton and Cassidy; 3 great-grandchildren, Remmie, Lou and Riley; his brother, Ronnie Cole of Kansas and his nephew, Donnie Frost of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Francis Cole and sister, Gail Berg.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with John’s family from 3-6 P.M., Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Burial of ashes will take place at 1:00 P.M., Monday, December 24, 2018 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of John may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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.

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.

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.

Oscar L. Moran

December 2, 2016

Oscar L. Moran

Ozzie passed away Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

He was born at home in Plainwell on April 1, 1933, the son of Alanzo and Hazel (New) Moran. For 32 years he worked at Mac Sim Bar and retired from Rock Tenn in 1995. Ozzie had also owned and operated 3 bars in Otsego, Hart and Mendon for 15 years. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and feeding the birds and squirrels. He was a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge and the club at the Otsego VFW.

Surviving are his partner in life, Barbara Roy; son, Allen Sr. (Nancy) Moran of Otsego; step-children, Dave (Sherry) Meyer of Otsego, Cindi (Rod) Tompkins of Otsego, Lauri (Jerry) Kling of Otsego, Ben Meyer of Parchment and Vikki (Dale) Meyer of Plainwell; 5 grandchildren, Allen Jr., Megan, Joanna, Leah and Misti and his brothers, Calvin, Alanzo, John, Leo, David and Bill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Elton, Carol, Margaret and Phyllis; son, Oscar Jr. and step-son, Harm Meyer Jr.

Friends may visit with Ozzie’s family from 3-5 P.M. Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 5, 2016 with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Ozzie may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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.

Harold F. Linsley

August 19, 2015

Harold F. Linsley

Harold passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at his home in Shelbyville.

He was born April 3, 1928 in Hopkins the son of Ray and Marian (Drew) Linsley. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030. Harold was the print shop supervisor at Parchment Paper until his retirement in 1983. In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards especially poker and cribbage. He was very handy and liked working on homes and solving problems. He also loved sports and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. Harold was married to Margaret Harmon who preceded him in death.

Surviving are his sister, Nellie Pegg of Alamo Township; many nieces and nephews; step-children, Jack (Donna) Harmon of Grand Rapids, Jim (Peggy) Harmon of St. Joseph and Tom (Judy) Harmon of Otsego, along with many step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret; brother, Virgil; sisters, Darlene Cox, Eleanor Horrocks and Patricia Neuman;  infant sister, Pauline; infant brother, Billie and by his brother-in-law, Ken Pegg.

Friends may visit with Harold’s family from 5-7 P.M. Monday, August 24, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Jim Harmon officiating.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Harold may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan.

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

Thomas DeYoung

January 19, 2015

Thomas DeYoung

Thomas passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center, leaving behind his loving family and friends.

He was born September 10, 1939 in Grand Rapids the son of Floyd and Janet (Mieras) DeYoung. Tom served his country in the US Air Force from 1957-1961, serving one year in Thule, Greenland. He was a member of the Men’s Auxiliary VFW Otsego Post #3030. He moved to Kalamazoo where he met his future wife Patricia Brant while working at Eastland Bowl where he was manager. They wed in 1986 in Vegas. Together Tom and Pat spent many years traveling the USA on their motorcycles and played pool in tournaments and leagues. He later went to work at Airway Lanes as manager for Gordy Krum. He enjoyed working with the senior citizen leagues and junior bowlers. He loved making people laugh and always had a joke to share.

He leaves behind his wife Patricia; their dog, Willie; his daughter, Tracey (James) Dear; his son, Tom Jr.; his step-son Kevin (Darlene) Lapekas; his sister, Mary (Frank) Bodor; sisters-in-law, Sharon DeYoung and Sharon (Gordon) Gilmore; 4 grandsons, James, Jalen, Jeremiah and Ken; several nieces and nephews.

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

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A private gathering of his family will take place at a later date this summer.

Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the SPCA or to the VA Hospital in Battle Creek.

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

Howard W. Rex

November 3, 2014

Howard W. Rex

Howard passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 in Allegan.

Mr. Rex was a lifelong resident of Otsego and was born March 26, 1923, the son of Walter and Evelyn (Tyler) Rex. He served his country in the US Army during World War II. For 44 years Hi worked in sales for Michigan Cottage Cheese until his retirement in 1983. Together with his brother Harry they operated Rex Brothers Well Drilling. On November 25, 1953 in Bryan, Ohio he married Thelma Shiflea who passed away in 2004. Howard enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and spending winters in Florida. Most of all he loved his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his daughters, Jackie (David) Dutton of Otsego and Susan Paolella of Florida; grandchildren, Chad (Nicki) Dutton, Geoff (Debbie) Hayes and Jammie (Matt) Dunklee; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife; children, Sally Girling and Stephen Rex; son-in- law, Anthony Paolella; siblings, Raymond, Robert, Harry and Glenn Rex, Marguerite Thompson and an infant brother.

Cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Military honors by VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Howard may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Duglaus Paul Sr.

August 21, 2014

Duglaus Paul Sr.

Duglaus L. Paul of Allegan passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in Allegan. Dug was born June 23, 1946 in Erie, PA to LaVerne ‘Shortie’ and Margaret (Ray) Paul. He had been employed with Boylan Sales, Johnson Controls and McPherson Plastics. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife Sharon. Dug married in 1965 and had six children. Dug’s first marriage ended in 1992. In 1994 Dug meant Sharon Stewart and fell deeply in love with her. They were married on August 4, 2000 and everyday his love for her grew stronger. Sharon was his soul mate. They will be buried together at her time of passing.

Surviving are his wife Sharon; children, Laura Florian, Mark & Dixie Paul, Pricilla & Joe LaRoy, Patricia Paul, Jackie & Bill Melick, Richard Stewart and Jeff & Megan Stewart; 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Duglaus LaVerne Paul Jr. and a son Christopher Stewart. Respecting his wishes he has been cremated.

A Memorial Service will take place at the Otsego VFW Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 2-4 P.M. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Dug may be made to Wings Home in Allegan.

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

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