Howrigon, Sr., Ronald James

Ronald James Howrigon, Sr.

October 09, 1940 - December 05, 2018

PLAINWELL - Ron passed away at Rose Arbor after a brief illness. He was born October 9, 1940 in Delton, Michigan to parents Marshall Sr. and Lena Howrigon Henry who have preceded him in death along with his younger brother Don and sister Donna. He is survived by his wife Eileen, his children: Cindy (Scott) Nyberg, Ronald Jr. (Kristen) Howrigon, Angie (Curt) Davis, grandchildren Katie & Jill Nyberg, Cody & Cara Davis, Connor, Brenden & Reagan Howrigon all of North Carolina, his brothers Marsh (Margaret) Howrigon, Ed (Sandy) Howrigon, nieces and nephews and several cousins. Ron also has three step-children: Randy (Rhonda) Brainerd of Kalamazoo, Lori (Mike) Lacy of Holland, Susan (Scott) Blahnik of Otsego, step-grandchildren Erica (Jaymes) Kyle of Portage, Ashley (Dan) Mantione of Richland and Shelby Lacy of Connecticut, Emily Lacy of Holland and Kevon & Jaylen Cook of Otsego. Ron lived in the Plainwell area all his life. He loved sports and being around people. He worked road construction 13 years, Hogan’s Inn in Plainwell and finished his last 28 working years at Community Shoppers Guide in Otsego. Ron and his wife enjoyed working in their yard, traveling to North Carolina and just being together. Ron always said, “The only thing you leave in this world when you die is your children.” He believes he left three of the best. According to Ron’s wishes cremation has taken place. Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell at a later date. Cremation handled by Avink Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, Kalamazoo.

Nelson, Lolita (Melba Buzon)

Lolita (Melba Buzon) Nelson

September 04, 1946 - December 02, 2018

PLAINWELL - Lolita (Melba Buzon) Nelson born September 4, 1946 and went home to be with her Lord December 2, 2018 surrounded by her family at home in Plainwell, Michigan. Melba met her shipmate for life (Clovis) while he was stationed in her homeland of the Philippines in 1971. They married in 1972 and celebrated 46 years of marriage including a very dear to her heart surprise vow renewal for their 44th anniversary. Melba was preceded in death by her beloved Mother, Father & Brother all of the Philippines; and her much cherished Father in Law. Melba is survived by her husband Clovis, Mother in Law Juanita, children Natalie (Will) Bradley, Jennifer (Keith) Kasper and four grandchildren Dominic Annerino, Kai Bradley, Zander and Vivian Kasper who all were the lights of her life. She also leaves behind a large extended family here in the States as well as 3 sisters and family members in the Philippines who will carry her in their hearts forever. In younger years Melba could always be found hard at work on the family blueberry farm, volunteering at her children’s school or in her beloved community of Bangor or donating to a multitude of charities. Her values centered around her faith and instilling those values in her children. She was the epitome of kindness and giving to all who knew her. As her life transitioned into retirement she enjoyed playing golf in Florida or riding behind Clovis on his motorcycle. The most recent joys of her life evolved around her grandchildren: babysitting daily, cheering on their many sports achievements, watching dance recitals, preparing them special Filipino foods to try and the most important to her just spending time watching them grow and pursuing their dreams. Melba loved to laugh and the family invites you to share your funniest or most memorable to you story involving Melba in the online guestbook as a cherished memory for her family. Christmas was Melba’s favorite time of the year, celebrating her faith and gathering family around her. In lieu of flowers Melba would love that you either donate to Hope Lutheran church or choose this time to gather your loved ones close and celebrate each other in her honor. Melba has chosen cremation: Visitation and funeral service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church (290 12th Street Plainwell, MI 49080) on Saturday December 8, 2018. Visitation will be from 1-2 pm, service at 2 pm immediately followed by refreshments and fellowship.

McFanin, Jr., Ronald N.

Ronald N. McFanin, Jr.

February 29, 1936 - November 30, 2018

OTSEGO - Ronald passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at his home in Otsego. He was born in Plainwell on February 29, 1936 the son of Ronald and Maxine (Sheldon) McFanin. Ron proudly served his country in the U.S Marines. He had owned and operated McFanin Construction for many years until his retirement. In his spare time Ron enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Otsego. On February 22, 1959 in Lafayette, Georgia he married Kay Kissinger who survives. Also surviving are his children, Brad (Kimm Ray) McFanin, Ronda Penny, Kim Gillies, Ron (Mary) McFanin, Brian (Kelly) McFanin, Colleen (Ward) Litchfield, Christina (Todd) Back and Amanda Arthur; daughter-in-law, Gail McFanin; 26 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and his sister, Marva Curry. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael McFanin; sons-in-law, Don Penny and Ryan Arthur and his brother, Roger McFanin. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Ron’s family from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., Friday November 30, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating. Burial of ashes will take place at 2:00 P.M. at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Contributions in memory of Ron may be made to the First Baptist Church of Otsego or to Christian Neighbors. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Parrish, Garry

Garry Parrish

June 08, 1946 - November 26, 2018

OTSEGO - Garry passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Garry L. Parrish was born to James and Naomi (Punches) Parrish on June 8, 1946 along with his identical twin brother, Larry in Plainwell, Michigan. He was a 1964 Otsego High School graduate and a lifelong resident of the area. Garry was in the U.S. Army in the 196 Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam in 1967-1968. He worked at a retail store for 43 years retiring in 2006. Garry was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 and was commander for 1 year and Quartermaster for several years. He loved his post very much and tried to do all he could for it. He helped to start the fish fries several years ago and had worked at the Allegan County Fair for 25 years helping the post. On May 8, 1970 he married Teresa “Terri” Breck who survives. Garry had 4 children, Tracie Parrish of Wayland, Garry Parrish Jr. of Plainwell, Chad (Kathy) Parrish of Plainwell and Michelle (Jim) Murphy of Plainwell who all survive. Garry had 5 grandsons, Anthony and Kevin Parrish both of Tennessee, Austin Parrish of Otsego and Mike and Jared Murphy of Plainwell who all survive. Also surviving are his siblings, Bob (Nancy) Parrish and Jack (Judy) Parrish; sisters-in-law, Barb Parrish and Jackie Parrish; brothers –in-law, Jim Ellinger and Jerry (Diana) Clason and his dog, Kaley who was his baby girl. He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in –law, father-in-law and siblings, Jean Ellinger, Jim Parrish and Larry Parrish. His life’s journey carried him back to God’s side and he had a desire to learn so much more. He spent several years at the First Baptist Church of Otsego. Garry loved spending time with his brothers having coffee and sharing stories. He also loved spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandsons. Friends may meet Garry’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, November 29, 2018 with Pastor Don Boss officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township. Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030. Contributions in memory of Garry may be made to First Baptist Church of Otsego or Otsego VFW Post #3030. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Wilson, Gayle L.

Gayle L. Wilson

July 08, 1947 - November 26, 2018

OTSEGO - Gayle passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born on July 8, 1947 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Leon and Patricia (Volker) Mol. Gayle had worked at Parker Hannifin and most recently at Perrigo for 15 years until her retirement. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul food pantry and Hospice. Gayle like horses and taking care of the people she loved. Surviving are her sons, Brad Henry of Otsego and Mike Henry of Plainwell; 3 grandchildren, Seth Henry, Brian Henry and Matthew Henry; great-granddaughter, Kaidence; several nieces, nephews and cousins and special cousin, Ned Volker. She was preceded in death by her parents. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Gayle’s family starting at 11:30 A.M. until the time of the memorial service at 12:30 P.M., Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating. Contributions in memory of Gayle may be made to the American Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Irons, Virginia M.

Virginia M. Irons

November 23, 2018

KALAMAZOO - Virginia Mary Irons passed away Friday, November 23, 2018, surrounded by loved ones at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. She was born at home in Mesick, MI in 1935 to Magnus and Mary Hoseit and lived there until moving to Kalamazoo. In 1976 Virginia graduated from Tracy Beauty Academy, after which she decided to study for and received her GED high school certificate in September 1977. This enabled her to continue her cosmetology studies, becoming an instructor in December of that same year. For a few years she taught cosmetology at Tracy Beauty Academy, then teaching at American Beauty College in Kalamazoo, where she experienced first-hand the tornado of May 13, 1980 that devastated the downtown area. She loved spending time with her family, watching butterflies and nature programs on TV, and before succumbing to arthritis, was a wonderful seamstress. Virginia is survived by her children, Robert (Tammy) Bailey of Kalamazoo, Louis “Zeke” Irons of California, Joyce Buckallew of Kalamazoo and Timothy Irons of Kalamazoo; 8 grandchildren; a sister, Ella (Jerry) Long of Cadillac, MI and many nieces and nephews. Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with Virginia’s family from 5-8 P.M., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Private burial of ashes will take place at Mesick-Sherman Cemetery in Mesick, MI at a later time .Contributions in memory of Virginia may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice where she received wonderful care for the past two months and to whom we are eternally grateful. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.winkelfuneral home.com.

Hoekstra, Jr., Sierd "Butch"

Sierd "Butch" Hoekstra, Jr.

February 18, 1937 - November 22, 2018

MARTIN - Butch passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018 at his home in Martin. He was born February 18, 1937 the son of Sierd and Grace (Van Dyke) Hoekstra. Butch proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He had worked at West Tab Paper Mill and at Lapham Heating and Cooling until his retirement. Butch enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. Most of all he loved his family and spending time with them. He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 and the Eagles Aeries #2093 of Medford, Oregon. On January 16, 1960 at the Martin Methodist Church he married Marlene Boniface who survives. Also surviving are his children, Randy (Dawn Hodges) Hoekstra of Shelbyville and Todd (Sheila) Hoekstra of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren, Tracy (Raigen) Blake, Scott (Katlynn) Hoekstra and Trevor (Lauren) Hoekstra and his siblings, Albert (Florence) Hoekstra and Gertrude Hoekstra along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Jose Talsma and Flora Zeinstra. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration will be held Friday, November 30, 2018 from 4-7 P.M., at the Otsego VFW Post #3030. Private family burial of ashes will take place at East Martin Cemetery at a later time. Contributions in memory of Butch may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or to Boys Town. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Gregory, Wilma

Wilma Gregory

October 28, 1928 - November 20, 2018

OTSEGO - Wilma Pauline Gregory, a lifelong resident of Otsego, MI died peacefully in her home on the 20th of November 2018 surrounded by her loved ones. Born on October 28, 1928, the daughter of Clarence and Sarah (Gearhart) Wollenhaupt. Wilma married the love of her life, Donald Gregory, on March 22, 1947. Together they raised five children. Wilma was preceded in death by her husband Don on May 20th 1997 and her son Bill on December 5th, 2006. Her spirit is carried on by her two sisters Mary Drainer and Sally Hendrixson, her four children Terry Watson and Ron Everitt, Clarence “Greg” and Joan Gregory, Dawn and David Nelson, Deb and Ralf Kosowicz. Eight grandchildren Tony (Shannon) Randall, Nicole Gregory Sweeney, Cody(Danna) Gregory, Stacey Taplin, Jamie Nelson, Kristina (Cheyenne) Abnet, Tyler Esper, Brett Gregory and 12 great grandchildren. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Wilma during her 90 years. She taught anyone who wanted to learn how to bake her famous pies, make freezer corn, jams, jellies and sweets unimaginable. Give to every charity that asks. Choose to believe the best about what they do with your money, no matter what your children say. She never had it in her to say no to anyone in need. She will be missed terribly by all those who knew and loved her. Cremation has taken place according to her wishes. Friends may greet her family on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 10am until the time of the funeral at 11am at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, MI, with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating . Burial of ashes will follow at Mt. Home Cemetery, Otsego, MI Donations in memory of Wilma may be directed to Reverence Hospice. Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Burchett, Berniece

Berniece Burchett

November 14, 1918 - November 20, 2018

OTSEGO - Bernice passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Otsego. Berniece was born November 14, 1918 in Monterey Twp., Allegan Co., Michigan the daughter of Nick and Anna (Brenner) Boerman. She was a beautiful seamstress and made clothing for her children and herself. She enjoyed doing volunteer work including den mother for scouts, band boosters and the Apple Dumpling Gang at the Otsego United Methodist Church of which she was a member. She also enjoyed summers at Crooked Lake and traveling. Her family was very important to her and very supportive. She was a wonderful mother and she enjoyed an abundance of visitors during her stay at Vicinia Gardens. On May 16, 1936 in Goshen, IN she married Loren Burchett who preceded her in death in 1997. Berniece is survived by her children, Stan (Charlotte) Burchett of Kalamazoo, Sandra Morey of Plainwell and Barbara (Bob) Fuller of Otsego; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Burchett; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Dan and her siblings Donald and Jean and her son-in-law Mick Morey. Friends may meet with the family Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM immediately followed by the funeral service at the Otsego United Methodist Church, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Kellogg Eye Center or to the Otsego United Methodist Church. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Mitchell, Ronald J.

November 20, 2018

KALAMAZOO - Ronald passed away Nov. 20, 2018 at Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1938. He was a member of St. Ambrose Parish. Ron retired form James River Corp. in 1994. He loved all sports, especially golf & swimming. He is survived by his wife Ruth, 2 sons Dennis and David (Karen), 4 grandchildren, Matthew, Katie, Andrew, and Sarah Mitchell, also 2 nephews Tom and Tony Mitchell. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. Cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be celebrated Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1628 East G Ave. Parchment, MI.