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

Frederick Campbell

July 31, 2014

Frederick Campbell

Frederick T. Campbell Otsego passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at his home in Otsego. Fred was born May 5, 1923 in Woodsfield, Ohio to Ralph and Louise (Barry) Campbell. He served his country in the US Army and met the love of his life Gilda Berardi while on a two day leave with her brother Tony. They were married April 24, 1946 in Philadelphia, PA spending 68 years together until her passing in February 2014. Fred was employed with the MEAD Corporation as a production worker until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, the American Legion, Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030. In his leisure time he loved hunting & fishing, watching westerns, listening to country music and word search books. He and Gilda had traveled to all 48 lower states and had volunteered for the Otsego Library.

Surviving are his children, George “Andy” Campbell, Anna Schulz, Diana Campbell, Thomas (Jan) Campbell and David (Arlene) Campbell; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Virginia, Sue and Pete. Preceding him in death are his parents; his wife; and great-granddaughter, Breann.

Friends may visit with Fred’s family on Monday, August 4, 2014, from 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at 11 A.M. at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors by Otsego V.F.W. Post 3030. Contributions in memory of Fred may be made to the Otsego District Public Library or the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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

Aaron James “Jim” “AJ” Commissaris

June 17, 2014

Aaron James “Jim” “AJ” Commissaris

Aaron James “Jim” “AJ” Commissaris was born October 19, 1945 in Salem Township, the son of Abram and Henrietta (Kuiper) Commissaris. Jim served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War and had worked for General Motors until his retirement in 1990.

In 1987 Jim married Jacque Nulty Drobny and lived in the Allegan area. They were active members of the Allegan County Mounted Division where Jim served as Captain; he was also a charter member and President of the Allegan County Pleasure Riders for many years. In 2009 Jim was given the Public Safety Person of the Year Award presented by the Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jim is the brother of Cliff (Thelma) Commissaris, Jean (Roger) Kamphuis, Ron (Carol) Commissaris, Harriett (Jerry) Nickrent and Bob (Nancy) Commissaris; the father of Jamie (Jamielynne) Commissaris; proud grandfather of Trevor and Teagan Commissaris, Carly and Erica Drobny, Abigail and Emma Owens and Morgan and Chase Drobny; step-father to Chad (Sally) Drobny, Marni Drobny, and Matthew (Kelli) Drobny; he also leaves behind, Linda Commissaris, mother of his son Jamie, and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, young sister, teen brother, and infant triplet grandsons.

Jim’s passion was his family and his many friends, his horses and playing cards. No day was an idle day. Jim could always find something to do and someone to help. Jim’s life journey has ended. He will be missed and will always be more than a memory.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place Thursday at11:00 A.M., Todd Meert officiating. Burial with Military Honors by VFW Post #3030 and a tribute by the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division will follow at Mallory Cemetery, Trowbridge Township on M-40.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Wings Home, Wings of Hope Hospice, or to the Allegan County Horse Leaders Association.

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

 

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