December 18, 1920 - November 03, 2018
OTSEGO - Bee passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Wings Home in Allegan. She was born December 18, 1920 in Cicero, Illinois the youngest daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Staback) Macak. Bee had worked in the computer department at a high school in Illinois, had owned and operated a grocery store with her husband and had also worked at Arrow Oil Company. She met the love of her life, Edward Sherry at the Melody Mill Ballroom in North Riverside. They both loved to dance. They were married May 17, 1941 at Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Cicero. They spent 64 wonderful years together until his passing in 2005. Surviving are her children, Sharon Shroeder of Otsego and Roger Sherry of Illinois; 5 grandchildren; Sherry, Mark, R. Matthew, Megan and Michael and 4 great-grandchildren, Nissa, Christopher, Justin and Henry. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, William Macak, Margaret Krahulik and an infant brother. A funeral service will be held at the Adams, Winterfield and Sullivan Funeral Home in Downers Grove, Illinois at a later time. Burial will take place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
October 19, 1953 - October 31, 2018
OTSEGO - Mark passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at his home in Otsego due to complications of heart failure. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 19, 1953 in Plainwell the son of Elwin and Virginia (Campbell) Bronson. For 27 years Mark had worked as Deputy Sheriff for the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. While on the force he also worked as a field training officer, as a detective and at KVCC Police Academy as a driving instructor. Mark was a member of the FOP, was named police office of the year and competed in the World Police and Fire Games. He had been a president and vice president of the Escapes Chapter 6 RV Club. He had been a member of the Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine and Machine Club, the South Kent Sportsman Club and the United Methodist Church of Otsego. Mark had written Buffy’s Byline for the Union Enterprise for many years. He loved woodworking, duck hunting, fishing with his grandchildren, shooting, working on tractors with his grandson Tyler, attending tractor shows, cooking, traveling and taking trips up north. Mark had an infectious laugh and loved his family and friends. One of the many highlights of the past year was being able to celebrate his 65th birthday with over 300 of his family and friends. On December 3, 1971 at Trowbridge Methodist Church he married Sherri Keim, his wife of 46 years, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Joseph (Kecia) Bronson of Otsego and Sarah (Chris) Lake of Maryland; grandchildren, Tyler, Travis, Lauren, Alie and Parker; he was a beloved brother to Michael (Judy) Bronson and Mary (Randy) Lober; sister-in-law, Jeanie Volker; brother-in-law, Mark Keim; many nieces and nephews; special cousins and dear family friend, Dale Minegar. He was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Lorie Volker. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will take place at Trowbridge Cemetery at a later time. Contributions in memory of Mark may be made to the Otsego Public Schools Foundation for the Lorie Volker Honey Badger Scholarship, Otsego United Methodist Church or to Wings of Hope Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
November 23, 1944 - October 30, 2018
SHELBYVILLE - Larry went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at his home in Shelbyville. He was born November 23, 1944 in Kalamazoo the son of Ernie and Nora (Dowell) Guess. Larry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He had worked for many years at Plainwell Paper until his retirement in 2000. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with Bubby and Maybelle, fishing, listening to music, attending football and baseball games, spending time outdoors, tending his flowers and mowing his yard. Larry was a member of the American Legion Post 84 in Otsego and had enjoyed spending the last 20 winters in FL with his wife. On June 9, 1990 he married Myrtle Sparks who survives. Also surviving are his children, Deanna Sonnerville, Laura Witherspoon, Dawn Forsmann, Brian Guess, Kimberly Noble, Matt Noble, Della Hilts, Christina Thompson and Shelly Belka; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his siblings, Betty Guess, Ernest, Jerry and Bob Guess; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Shirley Caswell and wife, Cora Guess. Friends may visit with Larry’s family starting at 12:00 P.M., Monday, November 5, 2018 at the Pentecostal Church of Christ in Orangeville, until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Mike Risner officiating. Burial will follow at Oakhill Cemetery in Orangeville. Military Honors by the American Legion Post 84 of Otsego. Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Reverence Home Health and Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
October 03, 1954 - October 30, 2018
PLAINWELL - Christine Renee (Slotman) Haas, 64, passed away October 30, 2018 in Plainwell, MI surrounded by her family. Christine was born October 3, 1954 in Sturgis, MI to Roger and Constance (Forshey) Borgert. Christine is survived by her loving husband Jeffrey Haas (Plainwell, MI) mother Contance Borgert (Las Vegas, NV) sister Karla (Keith) Yetzke (Pullman, MI) brother Dean Borgert (Las Vegas, NV) daughter Heather Baker (Plainwell, MI) son Joshua Slotman (Otsego, MI) grandchildren Brodie and Caitlin, nephew Shane, niece Arista, great nephews Corey and Hunter and honorary grandchildren Derek, Mai and Teresa and many wonderful friends who are considered family as well. Chris was preceded in death by father Roger Borgert (Las Vegas, NV) sister Kimalee Borgert (Portage, MI) and grandpuppy Connie. Chris wore many hats, her passion was volunteering in addition to her work at Ransom District Library and William Crispe Community House. Chris loved Plainwell and served on the Planning Commission as well as organizing many events over the years including the Christmas and Memorial Day parades. Please join us as we celebrate the life of this special lady November 8, 2018 at the Marshall & Gren Chapel of the McCowen & Secord funeral home; 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI 49080. Visitation will be held at 1pm with memorial service following at 2pm. Chris asks that in lieu of flowers to let your loved ones know what they mean to you, laugh until it hurts, give second chances, love unconditionally and give your time to a cause you feel passionate about. Please visit Christine’s memory page at mccowensecord.com.
May 25, 1955 - October 30, 2018
OTSEGO - Greg passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 30, 2018 surrounded by his family at Borgess-Pipp Hospital in Plainwell. Greg and his family embraced the journey and he is now with his Lord and Savior. He was born May 25, 1955 in Kalamazoo the son of Donald and Joan (Utt) Martin. Greg graduated in 1974 from Waterville High School in Maine. For many years he had worked at Parker Hannifin in Otsego. Greg loved music and enjoyed singing. Greg also enjoyed tinkering with electronics, going to garage sales, looking for antiques, camping and Lionel model trains. Greg attended the Resurgence Church of Otsego and also liked attending bible study and fellowship at the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Allegan and Gobles. On May 6, 1978 at the Presbyterian Church in Plainwell he married Janet VanDenBerg who survives. Also surviving are his children, Jenny (Devin) Woelzlein and Andrew (Brandi) Martin both of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Callen, Damen and Exander and Jackson; brothers, Garry, Randy and Rob (Michelle); sisters-in-law, Betty Hotchkiss and Judy VanDenBerg along with many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Joan Martin and brothers-in-law, Ron Hotchkiss and Paul VanDenBerg. Friends may visit with Greg’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Thursday November 1, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 2, 2018 with Pastor Leigh Larson and Pastor Alex Rybachek officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Contributions in memory of Greg may be made to the American Heart Association. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
June 08, 1946 - October 30, 2018
OTSEGO - Larry passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Otsego. Larry and his twin brother Garry were born June 8, 1946 in Plainwell to James and Naomi (Punches) Parrish. He was a 1964 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. Larry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He began working at Harding’s Market in 1962 and continued there for more than 47 years until his retirement in 2009. In his free time Larry enjoyed attending races, spending time with his friends and family and going to his grandchildren’s events. Larry joined First Baptist Church of Otsego in 1969 and was an active member on the church board, Sunday school and Awana teacher and with the bus ministry. On June 10, 1967 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego he married Jacqueline Stuck who survives. Also surviving are his children, Wendy (Jim) Gauthier of Plainwell, Larry Jr. (Wendy) Parrish of Roswell, NM and Jay (Shannon) Parrish of Asheville, NC; grandchildren, Jordan Parrish of NM, Karlee and Tyler Gauthier of Plainwell and Jayce Parrish of NC; siblings, Bob (Nancy) Parrish, Jack (Judy) Parrish and his twin brother, Garry (Terri) Parrish; brother-in-law, Jim Ellinger and sister-in-law, Barb Parrish and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law and siblings, Jean Ellinger and Jim Parrish. Friends may meet with Larry’s family from 6-8 P.M., Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030. Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or First Baptist Church of Otsego Missions. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
October 09, 1927 - October 23, 2018
OTSEGO - Dora passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at her home in Otsego. She was born October 9, 1927 in Brownsville, Texas the daughter of Moises and Teresa (Ramirez) Guzman. Dora had been the homecoming queen at her high school in Palmetto, Texas. After moving to Michigan she had worked at the State Hospital in Kalamazoo for several years. Dora was a great cook and enjoyed taking care of her family. She also enjoyed volunteering with Cruzio and St. Vincent de Paul at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kalamazoo. She married Jose Trevino in Brownsville, Texas and together they spent more than 60 wonderful years together until his passing in 2004. Surviving are her children, Yolanda Halstead of Ohio, Rosalinda Trevino of Kalamazoo, Marcie (Scott) Beattie of Shelbyville, Raymond (Ann) Trevino of Alamo, Hector (Maria) Trevino of Gobles, Laura (William Parks) Trevino of Douglas and Mary (Douglas) Coble of Otsego; 15 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren along with her brother, Rene (Sonya) Guzman of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; children, Sylvia Stamp, Joseph Trevino and Tony Trevino; great-granddaughter, Angelique Halstead and by her siblings, Moises, Gracie, Eddie and Milo. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kalamazoo at a later time. Contributions in memory of Dora may be made to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com
July 21, 1949 - October 17, 2018
PLAINWELL - Thomas Edward Butler, age 69, of Plainwell, passed away on October 17, 2018 with his wife and children by his side. Tom was born on July 21, 1949 to Glenn & Anna (Surdick) Butler. Visit with his family and friends and view his life story film on Thursday, October 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home Marshall & Gren Chapel; 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI 49080. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the same location. Tom’s family includes his wife of 46 years, Teresa; his children: Mary (Kip) Piper, Rebecca Harley and Thomas II (Kimberly) Butler; nine grandchildren: Jayden, Logan, Madison and Klair; Steven and Ashley; Cameron, Joel and Alaina; one great grandchild: Mason; his siblings: Marilyn Stamp and Robert (Penny) Butler; several special nieces and nephews, brother and sister-in-laws, friends and beloved dog Peanut. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Patricia, Eugene, Donald and Lawrence. Please visit Tom’s memory page at www.mccowensecord.com where you can read his life story, archive a memory or photo and sign his memory book online. Memorial donations can be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center or the SPCA of Southwest Michigan.
October 07, 1949 - October 17, 2018
KALAMAZOO - Barry passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born October 7, 1949 in Kalamazoo the son of Gene and Lorraine (Stubig) Redmond. Barry proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He loved history especially the Civil War and U.S. Presidents. For 27 years he had worked at Crown Vantage Paper Company until his retirement. On March 8, 1975 in Parchment he married Sharon Cleveland who survives. Also surviving are his children, Dan (Katherine) Redmond of Plainwell and Jennifer (Cory) Cochran of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren, Dennis, Lillian and Logan; sister, Debra (Robert) Mason of Otsego and brother, Jeff Redmond of Indian River. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Cheryl Fullmer, Tim Redmond and Allen Redmond. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
September 21, 1966 - October 12, 2018
PLAINWELL - Julie Ann McLoud-Keith, of Plainwell passed away on Friday, October 12, 2018 at the age of 52. Julie was the daughter of Murray and Patricia (White) McLoud and was born on September 21, 1966. Julie was also known by her nicknames “Chestnut” given to her by her Grandpa White, and “Jubabe” given by her father. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother that will help anyone. At a young age Julie became a mother, got her G.E.D and studied Law at Davenport University. She worked for a short time for Wesco in Plainwell and Clark gas station in Martin. On June 24, 2014 she married Richard Keith.
She is survived by her husband of five years, Richard Keith, of Plainwell; three sons: Daniel (Amanda) Bacon, of Martin; Michael (Lacey) Bacon, of Plainwell; Ryan McLoud, of Plainwell; step-daughter: Jacquelyn (Brent) Peters, of Highland; ten grandchildren: Paytin, Kaitlyn, McCoy Bacon; Alexis and Alley Bacon; Stephen and Ryan, Jr. McLoud; and Preston, Quinton, and Carson Peters. She is also survived by her mother, Patricia McLoud, of Plainwell; her siblings: Jeffery (Soni) Richards, of Pullman; Patricia “Tinker” (Dave Johnson) Baldwin, of Plainwell; Tonja (Curt Newnum) McLoud, of Plainwell; David (Robin) McLoud, of OH; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Murray McLoud and sister, Kathie Quinn.
Cremation has taken place and a gathering will be held at a later date. Please visit Julie’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com where you can sign her guestbook, share a memory, and updated service information. Those who wish may make a contribution to the charity of their choice. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes, Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams, Plainwell (269-685-5881).