Stone, Deborah

Deborah Stone

August 18, 1956 - November 09, 2022

GOBLES - Deborah Stone, 66, of Gobles, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.  She was born August 18, 1956, the daughter of Roger and Carol “Sue” (Hutchinson) Rantz. Debbie loved skiing and worked in the family business at Timer Ridge Ski Area, where she was the head of Group and Season Ticket Sales. She was united in marriage to Harold “Hank” at Timber Ridge in 2000, and he survives. She is also survived by one son, Justin Cosby; Hank’s children, Courtney (Justin) Stone-Lipscomb and Jason Stone; two grandchildren, Avery and Oliver; two siblings, Gaylene (Steve) Haslett and Lauri Jean (Bruce) Stone; and her many “greats” great nieces and nephews to whom she was known as Aunt Shake-Shake. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sue, and her brother Jack Rantz.
Debbie was a 10-year breast cancer survivor, just one example of her fighting spirit. She kept a positive attitude and sense of humor and received great care from West Michigan Cancer Center, Bronson Oncology and Centrica Care Navigators. She kept her sense of humor and was even cracking jokes right up until she passed away. She will be missed beyond words.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date.
While visiting Deborah’s webpage at, please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Centrica Care Navigators.
The family is being cared for by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams Street, (269) 685-5881.

Cheyne, Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan Cheyne

February 01, 1966 - November 08, 2022

OTSEGO - Richard Ryan Cheyne passed suddenly, November 8th, 2022, at his home in Otsego MI. Rich was born in Plainwell MI on February 1, 1966. Rich married his bride, Nora (Cox) Cheyne on June 6, 1987. He was the father of Chelsea, Mitchel (Torri), and Zach Cheyne. Grandfather to Brayden and Zael Cheyne. Rich leaves behind brothers Rodney (Claudia) Cheyne, Damon (Tonya) Cheyne. Rich was preceded in death by his parents Rodney (Mary) Cheyne, brother Kevin Cheyne and sister Linda (Mike) Kasankiewicz. Rich’s two favorite things were auctions and fishing. In his younger years Boy Scouts was his passion. He also enjoyed a good road trip. His favorite cookie was his mother in laws, family Christmas cookies. He could never turn down a good poker game. He will be missed by, brother in laws, Robert (Pattye) Cox, Steven (Carla) Cox; sister in laws, Elaine (David) Cowels, Michelle (Fred) McCloud, childhood friends, many nieces and nephews. Per Rich’s wishes, cremation has already taken place. A celebration of life will be Sunday November 13 2022 from 12-3 pm at the Otsego Moose Lodge 740 Lincoln RD Otsego MI 49078 In lieu of flowers, donations can be given at the celebration of life or sent to 473 32nd street Allegan MI 49010 for expenses.

Eshbaugh, Luella M

Luella M Eshbaugh

May 09, 1939 - November 06, 2022

OTSEGO - Luella passed away, Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Life Care Center in Plainwell. She was born May 9, 1939 in Sykesville, Pennsylvania, to William and Kathryn (Martin) Guthrie. Luella enjoyed taking care of her home and children. She was a great cook and a mom to all of her children’s friends. In her free time she enjoyed driving around with her girlfriends, reading and playing bingo. Surviving are her children, Brad (Julie) Eshbaugh of Otsego, Cindy Castaneda of Otsego and Linda (Bill) Henderson of Vicksburg; 6 grandchildren, Kevin Slater, Andrew Eshbaugh, Miguel, Manuel and Marcos Castaneda and JD Henderson; 5 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Matt Eshbaugh; son-in-law, David Castaneda and siblings, Norman “Pudge” Guthrie and Phyllis Guthrie. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Contributions in memory of Luella may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Steele, James R.

James R. Steele

April 05, 1938 - November 06, 2022

MARTIN - Jim passed away, Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Life Care Center in Plainwell. He was born April 5, 1938 in Plainwell, the son of Robert and Mildred Steele. Jim proudly served his country in the Army National Guard. For many years he worked as a press operator for General Motors until his retirement in 1995. Jim enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting and gardening. He loved spending time with his family and his pets. On June 23, 1956 he married Mary Ellen Brower who survives. Also surviving are his children, Debbie (fiancée, Dan Simpson) Steele of Allegan, Jim Jr. (Mary Jo) Steele of Cooper Township and Gary (Terri) Steele of Plainwell; 7 grandchildren, Karen, Bobbie, Josh, Jake, David, Anna and Greyson; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, John (Joan) Steele of Plainwell; step-sister, Shar Black of Plainwell along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Friends may visit with Jim’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, November 11, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. with celebrant, Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at South Martin Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Wishbone Pet Rescue. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Price, Mary Jo

Mary Jo Price

September 11, 1949 - November 05, 2022

PLAINWELL - Jo passed away, Saturday, November 5, 2022 at her home in Plainwell. She was born September 11, 1949 in Allegan, the daughter of Fred and Catharine Warner. Jo enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren. She liked crafting, crocheting, making blankets, following her favorite TV shows, photography caring of her flowers and going on drives, especially to see the fall colors. Surviving are her children, Sonia (Gary) Kling of Otsego and Nikki (Paul) Worline of Richland; 5 grandchildren, Brandon (JoAnna) Kling, Samantha Worline, Jared (Amonie) Kling, Zach Worline and Courtney Worline; 4 great-grandchildren, Emery, Ensley, Sebastian and Jayden; sisters, Catharine “Honey” Lindsey and Judy Warner along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Frank “Skip” Warner. Cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration will be held from 1-4 PM, Saturday, November 26, 2022 at the Club Car Grille. Contributions in memory of Jo may be made to Allegan County Community Mental Health. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Laverack, Kenneth

Kenneth Laverack

August 22, 1931 - November 03, 2022

PLAINWELL - Kenneth Laverack of Plainwell, MI passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the age of 91. He was born in Comstock, MI on August 22, 1931, the son of Samuel and Fannie (House) Laverack.
In his early years the family moved to a farm at Silver Creek. During those formative years Ken hitchhiked into Plainwell for football practice everyday. During his sophomore year in 1949 Plainwell High won the Michigan State Championship. Following graduation in December of 1951 Ken was drafted into the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict spending 6 months in Japan. He was in Motor Transport, 3rd Division, Company D. He was honorably discharged in January 1954 and went on to work for Fuller Manufacturing now known as Eaton Manufacturing. Ken enjoyed playing on their softball team and after thirty years of work he retired at the age of fifty-one. After his Eaton retirement, Ken worked at Bob’s Hardware for 6 years and at Auto Traders delivering magazines for 4 years. He then worked at Zieglers delivering cars for 20 years. During that time, his wife, Margie joined him driving and together they covered seventeen states.
In his golden years he enjoyed bowling and playing golf. His interest in golf led him to the Pleasant Valley Resort in Rio Grande Valley, TX so he could play golf seven days a week. Ken and Marjorie wintered in Texas for twenty-six winters, during that time they also joined the local bowling league. An average day would start with bowling early in the morning, a quick lunch, and then tee off on the course at 12:30 p.m. He also enjoyed taking motorcycle trips with friends and even built a trike out of an old Volkswagen. In a similar vein he built a dune buggy out of angle iron that he loved driving around the dunes at Silver Lake when he would go camping with friends.
Ken is preceded in his passing by seven siblings and his parents.
Left to cherish Kenneth’s loving memory is his wife of seventy years: Marjorie (Brown) Laverack; children: Sue Thurshman and Diane (Ben) Vail; two granddaughters, many great grandchildren and Tootie the cat.
In accordance with the family’s wishes cremation has taken place and a public memorial service will be held at Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, 120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080, on Monday, November 7, 2022, with a time for visiting beginning at 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at 3:00 p.m.
While at please take time to sign Kenneth’s guestbook and/or share a memory with his family.
The Laverack family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080. 269-685-5881.

Buckhout-Ablett, Shelly Marie

Shelly Marie Buckhout-Ablett

March 28, 1975 - October 29, 2022

DELTON - Shelly passed away on October 29th, 2022, at Bronson Methodist hospital surrounded by her children. Shelly was born in Kalamazoo on March 28th, 1975, to Jim & Marilyn Buckhout. Shelly spent most of her school years at Delton Kellogg Schools but graduated in 1993 at Gull Lake. Shelly worked at Ken Bleeker Insurance Agency in Martin for many years. Shelly is survived by her husband, Ford Ablett; her children, Katelyn (Zach) Steele, Taylor (Jacob) Ford & Tucker Curry; her stepchildren, Cody (Hannah), Dillon, & Ashley Ablett; her grandchildren, Rylie, McKenna, Payton, Reagan, Wesley, Willow, Wyatt & Paisley; her mother, Marilyn Buckhout; her brother, Greg (Elizabeth) Buckhout, and many loving friends & family. Shelly is preceded in death by her beloved father James (Jim) Buckhout & her grandparents. Shelly's children & grandchildren were her pride & joy. When her kids were younger, she loved to cheer them on at all their sporting & school events. She was so proud of the amazing young adults they had now become. Shelly's grandchildren brought her so much joy to her life. Shelly loved to spend time with all of them as much as she could doing sleepovers, shopping, taking them places or just hanging out at her house with them. Her kind, beautiful soul will continue to shine on through each of them. Shelly loved flowers & spending time in her gardens, it made her soul happy. Shelly loved to travel & see beautiful places with her husband Ford. Her favorite place to travel with her family was Jekyll Island, GA. She had taken many vacations in Jekyll Island over the years with her family. Shelly was the life of the party & the best event/party planner ever! She was quite the character, always making people laugh & have a good time no matter what you were doing. She loved to do goofy things & to embarrass those she was with, especially her children. Her smile & laugh could light up any room. The memorial service to celebrate Shelly's life will be held Saturday November 12th at 3pm at Martin United Methodist Church, 969 E. Allegan St. Martin. Shelly's family will be there to greet friends from 1:30pm until service at 3:00pm at the church. There will be a luncheon to follow at the church for friends & family.

Patrick, Jody L.

Jody L. Patrick

July 02, 1957 - October 26, 2022

DELTON - Jody passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at her home in Delton. She was born July 2, 1957 in Plainwell, the daughter of Eugene “Bud” and Erma (Truax) Baker. Jody was a 1975 Otsego High School graduate and worked at Perrigo for many years. In her free time Jody enjoyed volunteering at the Orangeville Fire Department where she was known as the Fire Mom. She also liked collecting anything Winnie the Pooh and following the Kansas City Chiefs. Jody loved her animals, being outdoors and riding her dirt bikes. She had a heart of gold and loved her family more than anything. Jody married Stanley Patrick and spent 25 years together raising their daughter. Surviving are her daughter, Chastity (Jon) Morris of Shelbyville, sisters, Nancy Seibert and Linda Wason both of Otsego and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and ex-husband, Stanley. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. A time for memories and fellowship will follow at the Orangeville Fire Department. Contributions in memory of Jody may be made to the Orangeville Fire Department. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Newcomb, Jimmie L.

Jimmie L. Newcomb

May 10, 1949 - October 24, 2022

PLAINWELL - Jim passed away Monday, October 24, 2022 at his home in Plainwell surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 10, 1949 in Plainwell, the son of Raymond and Allie (Arendson) Newcomb. Jim worked at Curtis Trailer Sales as a general manager for 17 years, at Farnsworth Chevrolet and retired from Midway Chevrolet in April 2011. In his free time Jim enjoyed camping and going to his family’s sporting events. On July 27, 1968 at St. Margaret Catholic Church he married Sue Barber who survives. Also surviving are his sons, Nate (Kelley Miller) Newcomb and Corey (Tricia) Newcomb; his granddaughters who lovingly called him grandpa man, Ally “Mooch” (Billy Oisten) Newcomb, Kailah Newcomb and Hailey Newcomb; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Sleeman; bonus grandchildren, Faith, Mason and Landon; bonus great-grandson, William and his grandpet Bubs. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, June (John) Girton, Donna (Windy) Harter and Joan (Hal) Hewitt; infant brother, Raymond Newcomb and by Jim’s dog Buddy. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A Visitation to celebrate the life of Jimmie will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from Noon to 3 p.m. at the Otsego V.F.W.  A private family service will be held at a later date. Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to ProMedica Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Hyder Cosgrove, Goldie Frances

Goldie Frances Hyder Cosgrove

April 12, 1934 - October 22, 2022

PLAINWELL - Goldie Hyder Cosgrove, 88, of Plainwell, passed away peacefully at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Goldie was born April 12, 1934 in Livingston, KY, the daughter of Felix and Ethel (Langford) Brock. She moved to Plainwell as a child, graduating from Plainwell High School. She attended Ferris State University studying business and worked in her husband’s pharmacy, Parchment Pharmacy. She was united in marriage to Dale Hyder on May 8, 1953 at the Plainwell First Baptist Church. Sadly, Dale passed away in 1994. Goldie was blessed to find love a second time when she met Royce Cosgrove, whom she married June 1, 1996. Goldie was a member of Plainwell First Baptist Church for many years, was active at the senior center and was dedicated to her exercise regimen. She loved camping, reading, gardening and playing sudoku but most of all enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Goldie is survived by her three children Julie (Dennis) Goodwin, Rebecca (Dave) Goricki, and Laura (Todd) LaBonne; Royce’s two children, Jeff (Julie) Cosgrove and Anne (Gary) Delger; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren with 3 on the way; two sisters, June (late Don) Burge, Thelma (Jim) Rohrer; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Dale, in 1994 and her second husband Royce Cosgrove.
A celebration of her life was held Thursday, October 27, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Plainwell. Goldie was laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell following the service.
While visiting Goldie's webpage at please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. Memorial donations may be made in Goldie's memory to Centrica Care Navigators or First Baptist Church of Plainwell.
The family is being cared for by Avink McCowen Secord Funeral Home Plainwell Chapel; 120 S. Woodhams St. 269 685-5881

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