Eshbaugh, Matthew

Matthew Eshbaugh

July 25, 1978 - July 15, 2018

OTSEGO - Matthew Paul Eshbaugh passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at his home in Otsego. He was born July 25, 1978, in Kalamazoo, the son of Brad Eshbaugh and Cindy (Bular) Patterson. Matt had most recently worked as a lift operator at Bittersweet Ski Resort. On July 14, 2003, he married Heather Stolworthy and they were able to share their 15th anniversary together before his death. Matt cherished his time with his dogs, Xena and Bruizer. He is survived by his wife and soulmate, Heather Eshbaugh; children, Cameron and Cassia Baker; his mother, Cindy Patterson; father and step-mother, Brad and Julie Eshbaugh; his grandmothers: Nancy Eshbaugh and Luella Eshbaugh; his brothers and sisters: Kevin Slater, Andrew Eshbaugh, Michael Johnson, Joseph Johnson, and Dawn Johnson; several aunts and uncles and many nieces and nephews, including a very special niece, Heather Michelle Marsh. Matt was preceded in death by his sister Michelle Johnson; step-father, Curtis Patterson; his grandfathers: Richard Bular and Ralph Eshbaugh; his aunt, Pamela Mathis and a dear aunt, Aunt Tootie Guthrie. The family will greet friends and family during a time to celebrate Matt’s life on Sunday, July 22, 2018, from 12-3 PM at Robert Morris Park (8415 East H Ave, Kalamazoo) on Campbell Lake. A service to remember his life will be held at 12 PM during the gathering. Contributions in memory of Matt may be made to the family to help with expenses. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Bowers, Ethel "Peanut" Marie

July 25, 1937 - July 14, 2018

PLAINWELL - Marie passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center. She was born July 25, 1937 in Plainwell, the daughter of George and Betty (Leonard) Fletcher. Marie had worked at Checker Motors, General Motors and Perrigo. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening and watching old western movies. Surviving are her children, Steve Oetman of Allegan, Terry (Tami) Oetman of Kalamazoo, Larry Oetman of Otsego and Alan Oetman of Plainwell; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and her brother, George Fletcher of Hamilton. She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Tara Oetman and her siblings, Dean, Billy, Jack and Gail. A graveside service will take place at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Messages of condolence for Marie may be posted at

Jankowiak, Edward G.

Edward G. Jankowiak

May 10, 1952 - July 13, 2018

WAYLAND - Ed passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at his home in Wayland. He was born May 10, 1952 in Saginaw, the son of Virgil and Bonnie (Hilliker) Jankowiak. Ed had worked at Carter Lumber and had been a truck driver for Best Way Disposal. In his spare time he loved riding motorcycles. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. In 1990 he married Jessica Laws who survives. Also surviving are his children, Amy Middaugh, Timothy Jankowiak, Bob Schultz, Amy Schultz and Angela Schultz; 21 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Armena (Mike) Pett and brother, Bill (Deb) Jankowiak. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Erica Reed and brothers, Ken, Virgil Jr and Wayne. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Contributions in memory of Ed may be made to the American Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Marschall, Melvin "Mel"

Melvin "Mel" Marschall

August 06, 1935 - July 13, 2018

ALAMO TOWNSHIP - Mel passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at Alamo Nursing Home. He was born August 6, 1935 in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Ortmann) Marschall. Mel graduated from Otsego High School in 1953, and went on to proudly serve his country in the US Army. For 35 years he had worked at Sears as a mechanic and had also worked 10 years at Otsego High School. In his free time Mel enjoyed hunting, working in his vegetable garden, farming and watching football. On September 29, 1956 in Kalamazoo he married Linda Scott who passed away in 2014. Mel and Linda loved their family very much and had been foster parents for 30 years. Surviving are his children, Diane (Gene) Slater and Carl Marschall; grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer) Slater, Scott (Kim) Slater, Keri (Sean) Newton, Kevin (Laura) Slater, Kristy (Travis) Taylor, Jessica Brady, Cassie Marschall and Chelsea Marschall and a very special sister-in-law, Sue Marschall. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Christopher in 1977 and brother, Chris Marschall. Friends may visit with Mel’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Alamo Community Congregational Church with Pastor Don Boss officiating. Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township. Contributions in memory of Mel may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, Alamo Nursing Home or Alamo Community Congregational Church. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Burr, Barbara

Barbara Burr

April 12, 1938 - July 08, 2018

PLAINWELL - Barbara passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Wings Home in Allegan. She was born April 12, 1938 in Allegan the daughter of Albertus and Cecilia (Janke) Hellenthal. Barbara earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University. She had worked for Allegan Co. Mental Health and also worked at Pipp Hospital in the Accounting Dept. Barbara volunteered with CASA as a court appointed advocate for abused and neglected children and for Christian Neighbors. She enjoyed spending time with her family at her home and at the lake and she liked working in her flower garden. More than anything she loved spending time with her grandchildren. On July 2, 1960 she married the love of her life, William Burr who preceded her in death. Surviving are her children, Jeffery (Nancy) Burr of Otsego, Brian (Mary) Burr of Plainwell and Jennifer Burr of Plainwell; 4 grandchildren, David, Gregory, Mason and Lauren Burr; her sister Shirley (David) Reed and her Aunt Beverly Predum. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Otsego United Methodist Church at 6:00 P.M. with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Home Cemetery at a later time. Contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to the Wings Home. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Whitaker, William Wilkie

William Wilkie Whitaker

October 31, 1940 - July 06, 2018

DELTON - William Wilkie Whitaker, age 77, passed away Friday July 6, 2018, at University of Michigan Medical Center, following a hard fought battle with Cancer. He was born October 31, 1940 in Gypsy, Kentucky to Orville and Maxie (Marshall) Whitaker. He was the 2nd of 6 kids. The family moved to Michigan to find work when he was a young child, settling in the Orangeville area. In 1959 he met Ellen Whitaker, the love of his life, who in 1963 would become his wife. They enjoyed 55 wonderful years together, raising their children, a son: Mark (Shirley) Whitaker, daughters: Dee Schuiteboer (Chris Curry), Darla Goodrich, and Lisa Whitaker. Will was a hard worker, who provided well for his family; sometimes working double 16 hour shifts, 7 days a week, in order to afford to build a beautiful home, known as the "White House" for his family. His wife and family always came first, and he was always there for them; whether it was to offer advice, help with their home, or whatever the need, he made time for them. Will is also survived by a sister: Ruby Wooten, brothers: Randall (Darlene) Whitaker, Keith Whitaker; 7 grandkids, 3 great grandkids, many nieces and nephews, his lifelong best friend: Robert Elkins Sr., and many more dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister: Virgie Risner, and a brother: Alvie Whitaker. He will be dearly missed by so many who knew what a great man he was to us all.  William’s family will receive friends Thursday, July 12, 2018, 11:00 to 1:00 PM at Pentecostal Church of Christ where his funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Pastors Mike Risner and Rich Sheldon, officiating.  Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be appreciated.  Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for William’s family.

Galloway, Rebecca

Rebecca Galloway

January 12, 1997 - June 27, 2018

OTSEGO - Becca Galloway passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 27th in the company of her entire family at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. She was born on January 12th, 1997 in Grand Rapids, MI, as the daughter of Scott and Tracy (Matuk) Galloway. Becca graduated from Otsego High School in 2015 boasting multiple years on the academic honor roll as well as awards regarding her kindness and love towards others. Becca then attended and was about to begin her final year at Grand Valley State University, double majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Following graduation, she had planned on beginning a journey of working at a therapeutic equine riding center and eventually wanted to found and run her own. She had a passion for helping people and her heart desired to help convicts on probation become productive members of society. She also wanted nothing more than to rescue horses from dire situations and help them recover from the sufferings of their previous situations. Her first and strongest love was for horses and it showed in her passion for harness racing first and foremost and was followed by four years of 4-H with her beloved horses Lace and Luke. For the past few months, Becca had the pleasure of working at Hopewell Ranch in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, a Christian-based therapeutic riding center that reaches out to at-risk youth, veterans, and many others with the use of rescued horses, which was everything that she wanted to do with her life. Becca was a beautiful young woman full of kindness, selflessness, and a fire of determination to never stop fighting. Surviving are her parents; sisters, Brooke and Kendra Galloway; grandparents, George and Joyce Galloway and Dave and Marge Day; many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Dolores Rebecca Galloway. Friends may visit with Becca’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the Martin Reformed Church with Pastor Mark Heijerman officiating. Burial will follow at the Trowbridge Cemetery in Trowbridge Township. Contributions in memory of Becca may be made to Hopewell Ranch of Mount Pleasant. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Burchette, James W.

October 07, 1943 - June 26, 2018

OTSEGO - Jim passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at his home in Otsego. He was born October 7, 1943 in Kalamazoo, the son of Max and Vernice (Roebuck) Burchette. For many years Jim had worked for the Department of Public Works in Otsego. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars and loved to read, especially old western novels. On February 26, 1965 in Otsego he married Patricia Warner who survives. Also surviving are his children, James Vist of Arizona, Duwayne Burchette of Decatur and Danielle Burchette of Plainwell; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; his siblings, Carmen Raymond, Richard Burchette, Francis Stephenson and Kay Evans and his dog, Mazie. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Floyd and siblings, Pete Sivits and Mary Ann Miner. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at 9:30 A.M., Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township. Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Burd, Donald

July 19, 1929 - June 26, 2018

PLAINWELL - Don Burd, age 88, of Plainwell passed away on June 26, 2018 at Bronson Hospital. Don was born on July 19, 1929 to Merrill & Louise (Cowels) Burd. Visit with his family and friends on Friday, June 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Home Marshall & Gren Chapel; 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 30 at 11:00 a.m at mountain home cemetery in Otsego. Don’s family includes his wife of 68 years, Esther; his children: Kathy, Alan (Carol) and Melvin (Lori) ; his sisters Elizabeth and Carol (Richard), brother-in-law Herb and sisters-in-law Reva and Marilyn his grandchildren: Paula, Tonia, Tracy and Tammy; eight great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Don worked at Peter Eckrich and Sons for 40 years. In his younger years, he loved to hunt and fish. He traveled to Canada with friends on fishing trips and in later years he took up golf which he loved. He was a “jack of all trades” and could fix anything. He was always willing to help others and will be deeply missed. Please visit Don’s memory page at where you can archive a memory or photo and sign his memory book online. Memorial contributions can be made to the Otsego Church of God or Focus on the Family.

Potter, Sherman G.

Sherman G. Potter

April 17, 1934 - June 24, 2018

KALAMAZOO - Sherman passed away, Sunday, June 24, 2018 at his home in Alamo Township. He was born April 17, 1934 in Neon, Kentucky, the son of Sherman and Thursie (Akers) Potter. Sherman had worked at Shakespeare Company for 10 years, Eaton Transmission for 18 years and at Woodwork Specialties for 13 years until his retirement. In his free time he enjoyed woodworking, hunting and spending time with his family. On June 28, 1954 in Kalamazoo he married Onalee Ordiway who survives. Also surviving are his children, Sherman (Vanessa) Potter, Dawn Potter-Williams and Kenneth Potter; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and siblings, Tom Potter and Phyllis Duty. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Cecil, Joe, Anderson, Clifford, Jack, Mabel and Elia. Friends may visit with Sherman’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Ray Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Sherman may be made to Reverence Hospice or to the charity of your choice. Messages of condolence may be posted at