Rayburn, Francis

Francis Rayburn

March 16, 1936 - March 30, 2021

OTSEGO - Frank passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the Timbers of Cass County. He was born March 16, 1936 in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Frank and Marion (Ekkila) Rayburn. Frank attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois and graduated in 1954. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958 on the USS Tombigbee. He was stationed on the west coast and transported airplane fuel to Hawaii and the Arctic Circle. Frank worked at Parker Hannifin for 30 years, Eaton Corporation for 5 years and retired from Parker Aerospace in 2001. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and wood working. He was a member the Otsego Elks Lodge. On July 10, 1962 in Chicago he married Barbara Kostecki who passed away in 2019. Surviving are his children, Wayne (Kim) Rayburn and Lisa Engelter; daughter-in-law, Teresa Rayburn; 8 grandchildren, Cari, Kellie, Jessica, Daniel, Josh, Kyle, Hayden and Sam; several great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Todd Rayburn; son-in-law, Rob Engelter; twin granddaughters; siblings, Lois and Nancy and his dog, Emma. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Private family burial of ashes with Military Honors will take place at 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 30, 2021 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Contributions in memory of Frank may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Williams, Eunice

Eunice Williams

September 08, 1923 - March 29, 2021

MARTIN - Eunice passed away Monday, March 29, 2021 at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell. She was born September 8, 1923 in Martin, the daughter of John Sr. and Mattie (DenHouten) Bishop. Eunice was a 1941 Martin High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. She was an active member of East Martin Christian Reformed Church and loved spending time with her family. In 1944 she married Alfred Williams who passed away in 2003. Surviving are her children, Char (Marv) DeMann of Martin, Lois Smith of Paw Paw, Karen (Dave) Misner of Martin, Dwight Williams of Florida and Audrey (Pete) Mulder of Martin; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Michael DeMann and siblings, Marian, Al, John and Foster. Friends may visit with Eunice’s family starting at12:00 P.M., Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the East Martin Christian Reformed Church until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Derek Noorman officiating. Burial will follow at East Martin Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Eunice may be made to East Martin Christian Reformed Church. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Emmons, Gale W.

Gale W. Emmons

December 15, 1936 - March 22, 2021

PLAINWELL - Gale passed away Monday, March 22, 2021 at Alamo Nursing Home. He was born December 15, 1936, in Kalamazoo, the son of Glen and Marjorie (Gay) Emmons. For many years he worked at North America Aluminum in Parchment and had owned and operated Gales Bike Shop in Plainwell. In his spare time Gale enjoyed fishing, camping and loved taking trips up north. On November 21, 1997 he married Patricia Sutherland who survives. Also surviving are his children, Jeffery (Deborah) Emmons of Kalamazoo, Sarah Lindeman of Plainwell, Wendy (Rich) Hardey of Gobles, Jason (Debbie) Emmons of Vicksburg, Christine (Jeff) Noble of Kalamazoo, Larry Fox of Plainwell and James (Kimberly) Fox of Bloomingdale; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; siblings, Gary, Glenora, Randy, Will and Margie along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Nancy; son, Wesley and siblings, Glenna, Gilbert and Gaylord “Butch”. A private family funeral service took place March 26, 2021. Celebrant Mary Ann DeVries officiated. Burial followed at Mallory Cemetery in Allegan. Contributions in memory of Gale may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.
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Farris, Verna M.

Verna M. Farris

September 08, 1935 - March 22, 2021

PLAINWELL - Verna passed away Monday, March 22, 2021 at her home in Plainwell. She was born September 8, 1935 in Lake Odessa, the daughter of John and Dorothy (Kyser) Brake. Verna was a Lake Odessa High School graduate and attended Huntington College in Indiana. She had owned and operated Plainwell Church and Office Supply with her husband. She also worked at the Lantern Christian Bookstore in Kalamazoo, Copies Plus in Plainwell with her son and was the secretary at First Baptist Church in Plainwell for many years. Verna enjoyed sewing, quilting, painting, taking nature walks and vacationing with her family. More than anything she loved being a devoted Gigi to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and adopted family. She was an avid soccer fan and loved attending and cheering for her grandchildren at all of their activities. Verna loved her family and looked forward to attending the Brake Family Pig-Fest every year. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Plainwell and was a Sunday School teacher and Awana leader. She was the first Sunday School teacher for each of her grandchildren. On August 22, 1954 at her family’s farm in Clarksville, she married Dewey Farris who passed away in 1987. Surviving are her children, Debbie (John) Coombs of Wayland, David Farris of Plainwell, Vicki (Garry) Snyder of Plainwell and Bob (Kelly) Farris of Plainwell; 12 grandchildren, Dustin, Kim (Andy), Josh (Lacy), Kristen (Brian), Jason, Kayla (Sallu), Kyle (Samantha), Katie (Jon), Alyssa (Andrew), Jenna (Joey), Derek and Jacob (Kenedie); 7 great-grandchildren, Oakley, Natalie, Madi, Paisley, Abi, Ryder, Mason and Sawyer; siblings, Ruth Stadel and Jack (Jan) Brake along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Stephanie and brother, Robert Brake. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will take place at Hillside Cemetery. A celebration of Verna’s life will be held at a later time. Contributions in memory of Verna may be made to First Baptist Church of Plainwell Awana and Youth Ministry Program.
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Jenkins, Kay (Charlotte)

Kay (Charlotte) Jenkins

December 24, 1938 - March 21, 2021

PLAINWELL - Kay passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021 at her home in Plainwell. She was born December 24, 1938 in Henry, South Dakota, the daughter of Fred and Genevieve (Cosgrove) Davis. Kay was a 1956 Plainwell High School graduate and attended Kalamazoo Practical Nurse Center where she received her LPN license. On September 14, 1957 at the Plainwell United Methodist Church, she married Ronald Jenkins, her childhood friend who walked her to her first day of Kindergarten. She worked at Pipp Hospital and the “Clinic” in Plainwell until retirement. After retiring, she continued to work at various jobs in Kalamazoo, but Kay’s real work was for the Lord. She had a steadfast faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and it was woven into everything she did. By the grace of God, she was able to maintain strong relationships with neighbors, friends and family. As a mom, she always had room on the calendar to watch grandkids or go to one of their events. She absolutely loved reading, singing, listening to music and attending musical theater and concerts. She also loved her dolls, one of which she was holding on her last day. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Donna Lou Davis and Jeanine Boulter-Lindeman. Kay will be lovingly remembered by her husband Ron Jenkins; children, Jeffrey (Julia) Jenkins, Dawn (Brian) Roblyer, and Susan (Nathan) Steffen; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Fred Davis, Don (Donna) Davis, and Joanne Davis along with many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held March 25, 2021 Pastor George Osborn officiated. Burial followed at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Contributions in memory of Kay may be made to the First Baptist Church of Plainwell.
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Bellgraph, Lawrence P.

Lawrence P. Bellgraph

January 02, 1954 - March 20, 2021

OTSEGO - Larry passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Wings Home in Allegan. He was born January 2, 1954 in Plainwell, the son of Jerome Sr. and Anna (McLaughlin) Bellgraph. Larry loved cars especially Ford mustangs. He was a gold member at the Indianapolis Lucas Oil Speedway and a NHRA drag racing member. He liked listening to music and had a large vinyl record collection. Surviving are his siblings, Sue Zantello of Kalamazoo, Barbara Little of Grand Rapids and Richard (Della) Bellgraph of Martin and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jerome Jr. and sister, Stella Dailey. According to his wishes cremation has taken place.
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Mayo, Bobby R.

Bobby R. Mayo

September 09, 1960 - March 20, 2021

OTSEGO - Bobby passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021 at his home in Otsego. He was born September 9, 1960 in Decatur, the son of Jerry Sr. and Janice (Rininger) Mayo. Bobby enjoyed hunting, fishing, picking music and playing with his band, grilling and riding his motorcycle. He was a loving father and Godfather, a patriarch for his family and loved ones. Surviving are his children, Bobby (Cathy) Mayo of Plainwell and Vicky (Christopher) Mikowski of Plainwell; godchildren, Paul Moulter, Mikel Moulter and Brad Bush; 3 grandchildren, Hudson Mikowski, Jennifer Oakley and Ashley Seaton; 6 great-grandchildren; mother, Janice Mayo; siblings, Carletta VantZelfde, Ron Stampfler and Robin Kniss along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and siblings, Cathy, Jerry and Vicky Kay. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Bobby’s family from 12-4 PM, Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Allegan Eagles. Following covid-19 guidelines, masks and social distancing will be required. Contributions in memory of Bobby may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.
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Garlock, Robert "Jerry" G.

Robert "Jerry" G. Garlock

April 05, 1927 - March 19, 2021

OTSEGO - Jerry passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home in Otsego. He was born April 5, 1927 in Monterey Township, the son of William and Susan (Manderfield) Garlock. Jerry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked at Mac Sim Bar Paper Mill for many years. Jerry was a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge, Otsego VFW Post #3030 and the Allegan Eagles. On March 10, 1945 in Allegan, he married Betty Jean Lickley who passed away in 1996. Surviving are his children, Sandra Tripp of Florida and Robert Jr. (Ann) Garlock of South Carolina; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and siblings, Hollis, Jim and Rose. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes with Military Honors will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later time. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to the Otsego Moose Lodge.
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Wait, Robert L.

Robert L. Wait

December 25, 1925 - March 19, 2021

ALLEGAN - Bob passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home in Allegan. He was born December 25, 1925 in Alamo Township, the son of Lyle and Doris (Kisinger) Wait. Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. For several years he worked as a machine operator at Eaton Corporation until his retirement in 1979. In his free time Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and bowling. He was a member of the Otsego Elks Lodge and Otsego VFW Post #3030. On July 26, 1947 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Allegan he married Josephine Brokus who survives. Also surviving are his children, Susan (Jan) Anderson, Michael (Holly) Wait, James (Terri) Wait and Mary (Randy) Vliek; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Barbara Marie; grandson, Matthew Vliek and siblings, Gerald and Richard Wait. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 24. Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiated. Burial followed at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors by VFW Post #3030. Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.
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Brumm, Richard Charles

Richard Charles Brumm

March 21, 1934 - March 14, 2021

OTSEGO - Richard passed away 03/14/2021 at home. Richard was born 03/21/34 to Lewis and Annie Brumm. He married high school sweetheart Dorothy Jean Schultz on 12/13/1952 in Sandusky, Michigan. They were married for 67 years. Within a year after marriage, they had the birth of daughter Sherry, and 7 years later their son Rick. Richard worked in construction moving dirt for his entire work career. He was a member of the Operation Engineers local 324 for 67 years. His career included construction on many of the Michigan interstate systems. He worked on sections of I-94, many miles of US-131 near Whitehall, Rothberry, and Hart. He also worked on other projects including the Ludington Pump Storage Project, Grand Rapids airport, Lake Doster Golf course, Moors Golf course, and many of the building sites for the plants in the Battle Creek Industrial Park such as Stanley and Nippon Denso. He worked for some of the larger construction contractors in the state such as Edison, Canonie, Shinville, Millbocker, Hoffman Bros and more. After retiring in his early 60s, Richard started restoration projects at home for himself and others. He restored a 1949 Pontiac, 1956 Ford, and 1947 John Deere for himself. Projects for others would include a few cars and trucks, and even an antique wood parlor stove and a lawn jockey. During the winter months, Richard and Dorothy started traveling. First with a pickup and camper, and eventually a motorhome they covered most of the midwestern and southern states and then started wintering in Yuma, AZ with friends. Many hours were spent trying to get the best senior deals at the buffets, and ice cream shops while they were being snow birds in Yuma with the friends. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Annie, brothers Evans, and Raymond, sister Shirley and his wife Dorothy. He has 2 children Sherry Buck of Pentwater, and Rick (Terri) Brumm of Otsego. Granddaughters Stacey (Brent) Daggett, Lisa (Jason) Lloyd, grandsons Mathew (Amanda) Brumm, and Christopher Brumm, great grandchildren Trevor Castonia, Zoey Brumm, Ella Lloyd, Abby Brumm, and Levi Brumm. Richard’s family work ethics have been passed down to his children and grandchildren to never give in and work until the job is completed to the best of your ability. And, if you don’t succeed the first time try again. He led a full life-seen a lot and done plenty. After cremation, his ashes will be mixed with his wife’s and buried at the Mountain Home cemetery in Otsego. Burial will be at a later date with family.

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