Stowell, Joy M.

Joy M. Stowell

February 18, 1933 - June 22, 2020

PLAINWELL - Joy passed away Monday, June 22, 2020 at her home in Plainwell. Joy was born February 18, 1933 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Clifford and Mary (Hidecker) Brauer. She had worked at Shakespeare in the purchasing department and had owned and operated Joy’s Styling Hut until 1995. She was a member of the Eagles, Moose and the Auxiliary at the Otsego VFW. In her leisure time she enjoyed golfing, reading, fishing, bowling and playing pool on the VFW League for many years. Joy is survived by her children, David Lynch and Dawn King; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; her sisters, Marion Williams and Mary Lou (Norm) Bean; her companion James Bradford and his children, Peggy (Doug) Garrison, Linda Smith and Brinda Bradford and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Stowell and her sons, John Lynch Jr. and Rickey Lynch Sr.; a sister June and brother Howard. A Private Family Interment Service will take place Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon at the VFW Post #3030 at 4:00 pm Saturday, June 27, 2020. Contributions in memory of Joy may be made to Ascension Borgess Hospice or Auxiliary VFW 3030. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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Godin, Betty L.

Betty L. Godin

January 11, 1929 - June 19, 2020

KALAMAZOO - Betty went home to rest with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, June 19, 2020, on her own terms surrounded by her family at her home in Kalamazoo. She was born January 11, 1929 in Detroit, the daughter of Willie and Bertha (Rudd) Greene. Betty was a skilled seamstress and enjoyed sewing clothes for her children when they were young. She also liked to go dancing with her husband Leonard. Betty was a Christian woman with a strong faith and was a member of Living Hope Assembly of God Church in Dutton. On August 19, 1950 in Detroit she married Leonard Godin who preceded her in death in 1982. Surviving are her children, Vicky Byers, Kathy (Ron Fraaza) Godin, Bill (Chris) VanEyl-Godin, Nancy Godin and Becky Godin; grandchildren, Dr. Mandy (Dr. Matthew Kruse) Byers, Jodey (Michael Crowley) Byers, Karissa (Roger) Kienast, Phillip (Jacob Beach), Daniel, Kelsey, Lily and Lewi VanEyl-Godin; great-grandchildren, Aden, Anna and Martha along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings and son-in-law, Joseph Byers. A private graveside service will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell, with Pastor Todd Smith officiating. Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Living Hope Assembly of God Church or to Lending Hands of Portage.
Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Wells, Allen D.

Allen D. Wells

September 23, 1970 - June 14, 2020

OTSEGO - Allen passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born September 23, 1970 in Allegan the son of Daniel and Dawn (Kingsley) Wells. For many years Al had worked as a machine operator at Hascal Steel and had also done roofing and installed drywall. In his free time he enjoyed playing guitar, cooking, playing horseshoes and watching movies. Al loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. On September 15, 2012 at Brookside Park in Otsego, he married Deborah Gernhart who survives. Also surviving are his children, Candice “K.D.” Wells, Kelly (Lee) Brooks, Anthony (Kelly) Miller and Melissa (Mike) Pinks; mother, Dawn Wells; father, Daniel (Rhonda) Wells; 12 grandchildren; siblings, Joseph Diskin, Daniel Wells II and Kyle Wells and his grandmother, Bonnie Showers. He was preceded in death by his children, Anthony Wells and Angel Gernhart; his grandfather and by his father-in-law. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will take place at Chicora Country Chapel on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 1pm. Contributions in memory of Al may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous.
Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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Potts, Betty J.

Betty J. Potts

August 18, 1927 - June 11, 2020

PLAINWELL - Betty passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Life Care Center in Plainwell. She was born August 18, 1927 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Arlen and Leta (Ellard) Spielgelmyer. Betty worked as a waitress at the Fly Inn for many years. On March 30, 1946 she married Laverine Potts who preceded her in death. Surviving are her daughters, Rhonda (Jim) Snyder and Jane Dortch; 5 grandsons; a great-grandson and great-granddaughter and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Jean Spielgelmyer. Burial will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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DeJong, Robert Dale

Robert Dale DeJong

February 14, 1962 - June 07, 2020

MARTIN - Robert Dale DeJong was born February 14, 1962 the oldest of 2 children and went home to meet his Lord and Savior on June 7, 2020. He grew up on a farm in Martin, Michigan and never lost his love for the country life. Bob married Denise Atwood in 1997 and had one son, and three step children that he raised as his own. He was a loving husband and father. Kind and humble and giving of his time and talent Bob was a friend to everyone he met. He has a great sense of humor and big heart. His pride and joy was his family and he was there whenever a need arose. He graduated from Martin High School and attended community college. Bob worked for Otsego Public Schools in the transportation department from 1991 until his death. He had a gift for working with his hands and could fix anything. From vehicles to farm equipment or mechanical systems, Bob loved a challenge and amazed many with his ability to figure out and fix the problem. Bob loved to work and enjoyed spending time after work at his small farm tending the cows, baling hay and maintaining his rental properties. Family fun included time at the cottage, attending sporting events and trips up north. Ever ready to lend a helping hand, Bob was quick to step in and help a family member, friend or stranger. He and his wife attended Radiant church, where they served as greeters and enjoyed hearing the Word of God and fellowshipping with friends. Bob was proceeded in death by his father Robert DeJong and is survived by his wife Denise Atwood, children, Eric DeJong, Damian Atwood and wife Christina, Amanda Atwood, Adam Atwood and wife Ashley. Four grandchildren, Brittany, Gavin, Evan and Addison. Also surviving are his mother Mary DeJong and brother Ken DeJong and wife Kit. A memorial service is being planned and will be announced soon, as we are working around the current restrictions for gatherings. Gifts of love and remembrance should be donated to Wings of Hope Hospice, Allegan Mi.

Talsma, Emily

Emily Talsma

September 30, 1944 - June 05, 2020

PLAINWELL - Emily Talsma, age 75, of Plainwell, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 5, 2020. Emily was born on September 30, 1944 in Grand Rapids, MI, the second of three children to Norman F. and Emily M. (Walton) Hudson. On February 2, 1962, Emily married the love of her life, Kenneth J. Talsma, who proceeded her in death on Monday, May 4, 2020. Emily took pride in being a housewife and mother. She enjoyed flower gardening and tending her Koi pond, raising chickens, having campfires, and going camping, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and bird watching. Emily was also an animal lover, giving many pets a loving home over the years including her “special boy”, Spencer, a Jack Russell mix dog, she leaves behind. Emily is survived by her children; Patricia (Harvey) Becker, Jim (Roxanne) Talsma and Jennifer (Cornelius “Corky”) Zuydwegt; seven grandchildren; Nicole Bush, Crystal Beach, Jamie Talsma, Charlie Flanagan III, Makenzy Flanagan, Brea Zuydwegt and C.J. Zuydwegt; one sister, Norma (William “Bill”) Broadhurst, one brother, Norman “Tom” (Mary) Hudson, three siblings in-law Joyce Ryland, Marilyn (Dale) Lemmer, and Aneda (James) Matteson, and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Ken, Emily is preceded in death by her parents, one sibling in-law Robert (Dorris) Talsma and son-in-law, Richard Sund. A visitation will be held on Friday, June 12 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the
McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Marshal Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St., Plainwell
A celebration of life service for both Emily and Kenneth will be held at 1:00 pm at the same location.
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Carten, Charles "Chuck"

Charles "Chuck" Carten

December 23, 1937 - June 03, 2020

PLAINWELL - Charles Carten passed away on June 3, 2020, at the age of 82. Chuck was born on December 23, 1937 to Charles & Theressa (Snyder) Carten. Chuck married Charlene on January 23, 1960. He served his country proudly in the US Navy from 1955 to 1958. He is survived by his wife Charlene; his children: Kimberly Cochran, Karen Carten and Becky (Julie) Carten-Crandell; four grandchildren: Trevor Cochran, Mindy (Michael) Daws, Leah Carten-Crandell and Aaron Carten-Crandell; great grandchildren: Ryleigh Daws, Hayden Daws; his uncle Pete Snider and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Bonnie (Leslie) Sweeris. Memorial donations may be made to Paws with a Cause or Hospice of Holland. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 9 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home Marshall & Gren Chapel 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell MI 49080 A graveside service will follow at 1:00 at the Hillside Cemetery. While visiting Chuck’s webpage at please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family.

Holden, Tracie L.

Tracie L. Holden

January 13, 1967 - June 03, 2020

ORANGEVILLE - Tracie passed away peacefully on June 3, 2020 at Henry Ford Hospital with her family at her side.  Tracie was born on January 13, 1967 in Plainwell, the daughter of J.C. and Janet (Swain) Ritchie.  Tracie was always up for a new adventure.  She loved the outdoors, especially mushroom hunting and fishing.  Tracie would always help anyone with anything and loved to make people laugh.  She will be remembered for her contagious smile.  Tracie loved her kids, grandkids and extended family. She shared a special bond with her grandkids, especially Baylee.  Tracie is survived by her parents; sons: Josh (Nicole) Holden and Devin (Tylier) Holden; grandchildren: Conner, Jordan, Baylee, and one grandchild due in December; brother: Jay (Ashley) Ritchie; sister: Teresa (John Madden) Banas and Tammy (Larry) Drewyor; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family and friends.  Tracie was preceded in death by a brother-in-law: Frank Banas, grandparents: Elva Wilson, Green Richie, and Rhoda Richie. Tracie’s funeral service will be conducted on Monday, June 8, 2020, 11:00 AM at the Pentecostal Church of Christ with a visitation one hour prior from 10:00-11:00 AM.  Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Tracie’s family. Arrangements by
Williams-Gores Funeral Home - Delton
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Francisco, Ronald L.

November 22, 1934 - June 02, 2020

DOSTER - Ron was born on the kitchen table, in the depths of the Depression, on a hard-scrabble dairy farm in Cressy Corners, which in those years was a stop along the C K & S railroad, roughly half-way between Doster and Richland Junction. After turning 19, and leaving briefly to serve his country, he decided given the choice he'd just as soon not spend his life poking his head underneath the hinder end of cows so he left the farm for factory employment, first in a paper mill and later with Fisher Body. He lived the American dream, marrying young, siring a son and a daughter and providing his family with a secure Middle Class life style. He was a steady, ever loyal and always forgiving father. He discouraged his children from wearing blue jeans to school, reasoning jeans were all he had as a boy and wanting his own kids to have better. Later in life he married a second time and took his adult step-children into his heart. Although Ron died within a few miles of where he was born, he enjoyed travel and for many years lived the life of a snow-bird, wintering first in New Mexico and later Alabama. He was always ready for a trip north and for many, many years participated in the annual Mackinac Bridge walk. He will be remembered for his interest in others and his generous spirit. He won a greased pig at the Barry County Fair. As a recently married man with a growing family he really could have used the meat himself but ended up giving it away to another less fortunate family. A visitation will be held on Monday, June 8 from 10:00am to 11:00am at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home Marshall & Gren Chapel 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell MI 49080
A graveside service will follow at 11:00 at the Hillside Cemetery. While visiting Ron’s webpage at please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family.

Holmes, Ron

Ron Holmes

July 03, 1936 - May 31, 2020

PLAINWELL - Ron passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Plainwell, on Sunday May 31, after a 4 year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Ronald Richard Holmes was born on July 3, 1936 in Cincinnati, OH. His family moved to Kalamazoo in the late 1940's. He attended St. Augustine Catholic School where he met the love of his life Donna M. O'Bryan in the 7th grade. They were married in October 1955 and celebrated 64 yrs. of marriage. Ron was employed by the railroad for 43yrs and could hear a train whistle from anywhere. For many years Ron was a transport volunteer for the Cancer Center and the Sisters of St. Joseph. Ron was also an active member of the 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus. Ron was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Ann, adult son Andrew Holmes, and great grandson Brayden Curry. He is survived by his wife Donna, and his children: Tom and Paula Holmes (Lee and Hannah), Joe and Sandy Holmes (Audrey, Noelle, Kirk) and Jeanne Greene (Ben, Tim and Rachel Gauthier), 8 great-grand children, his brother, William Holmes, and many nieces, nephews and numerous friends. Funeral Mass will be celebrated July 3, at 10:00 am, at St. Augustine Cathedral Rev. Fr. Robert Creagan celebrant. Memorials may be made to: Lewy Body Dementia Association or the Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan County. Arrangements by Redmond Funeral Homes 4100 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo Messages of condolence may be posted at

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