Martin, Thomas L

Thomas L Martin

January 28, 1942 - October 17, 2021

KALAMAZOO - om passed away Monday, October 11, 2021 at his home in Kalamazoo. He was born January 28, 1942 in Plainwell, the son of Robert and Bessie (Brown) Martin. Tom was a 1960 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. He worked for Statler Redi Mix and Graff Trucking for many years. He also served as a fireman for the Kalamazoo Fire Department. Tom loved hunting, fishing and watching horse races. He was a life member of the FFA and 4-H. In 1977 he married Ruth Ann Frost who survives. Also surviving are his children Pete (Penny) Martin of Kalamazoo, Thomas Jr. (Jan) Martin of Otsego, Sarah (Harold) Hammond of Allegan, Michelle (Pete) Anderson of Martin, Matt Dugga of Canada and Terry Kott of Kalamazoo; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sally; children, Paul James Martin and Jeffrey Kott. A private family burial took place at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park South. Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the Future Farmers of America. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Rush, Francis "Frank" E.

Francis "Frank" E. Rush

June 06, 1933 - October 17, 2021

PLAINWELL - Frank passed away Monday, October 11, 2021 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born June 6, 1933 in Port Huron, the son of Allen and Hazel (Norris) Rush. Frank proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. For 30 years he worked at Ford Motor Company in Mt. Clemens until his retirement. In his free time Frank enjoyed bowling, golf, playing cards, woodworking, shooting pool, watching old western movies and going out to eat at Judy’s Restaurant. Frank was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030. On July 4, 1958 in Port Huron, he married JoAnn Laur who passed away in 2015. Surviving are his children, Cynthia (Rodney) Katje of Plainwell and Michael (Donna) Rush of Grant Township; 7 grandchildren, Kristi, Rachel (Franklen), Heather, Allen, Leslie (Nichole), Michael (Cassie), Cinthya (Andrew); Briannah (Austin) and Nichole; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild and his brother, Charles Rush. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 2 great-grandchildren, Emily Jo and Donald II along with his siblings. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Contributions in memory of Frank may be made to Otsego VFW Post #3030. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Slack, Sr., David L.

David L. Slack, Sr.

February 18, 1959 - October 13, 2021

OTSEGO - David passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at his home in Otsego. He was born February 18, 1959 in Kalamazoo, the son of Dudley Sr. and Elizabeth “Betty” (Stasiak) Slack. David graduated from Gull Lake High School, received his associate degree from KVCC and went on to attend classes at MSU. He was a skilled woodworker and owned and operated a classic wooden boat restoration business. David loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling to many lighthouses around Michigan and bowling. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. On July 13, 1979 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Augusta, he married Sara Hufford who survives. Also surviving are his children, David Slack Jr. of Albion and Mellissa (Mark) Temerowski of Caledonia; grandchildren, Sophia and Wyatt; sister, Susan Slack of Portage along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Dudley Slack Jr. and sisters, Karen (Mike) Fleser and Diane Slack. Friends may visit with David’s family from 1-4 PM, Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a Rosary Service at 3:30 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 18, 2021 at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating, Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Digby, Gwendolyn

Gwendolyn Digby

March 02, 1950 - October 08, 2021

PLAINWELL - Gwen passed away Friday, October 8, 2021 at her home in Plainwell. She was born March 2, 1950 in Plainwell, the daughter of Cecil and MaryAnne (Ransbottom) Root. Gwen owned and operated Digby Chips with her husband and was a hostess at Judy’s Restaurant for many years. In her free time she enjoyed attending her breast cancer support group, watching Young and the Restless, going to the casino, collecting coca cola memorabilia and shopping. Gwen had the biggest heart and loved her many grandchildren very much. In June 2000 she married Larry Digby who survives. Also surviving are her children, Tammy Knight, Tina Gonzales, Tony (Alisha) Knight and Becky (Jeff) Stice; 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Arnold Digby, 2 sisters and 3 brothers. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Gwen’s family starting at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the Masonic Temple in Otsego. Contributions in memory of Gwen may be made to the American Cancer Society. www.winkelfueralhome.com

McCullough, Ivin L

Ivin L McCullough

July 13, 2000 - October 06, 2021

PLAINWELL - Irvin passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at the age of 95. He was born on July 13, 1926. Irvin graduated from Martin High School in 1943. He was employed in the Defense Factory during World War II and served in the Navy. Afterward, he was employed by Valley Metal in Plainwell for several years, before finishing his career as a lab technician at The Upjohn Company. He was always known to enjoy his gardening, crocheting, and was a master candy-maker. Irvin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor (McCaul) McCullough; children, Mark (Lori) McCullough and Cathy (John) Huber; grandchildren, Aaron (Tara) McCullough, Shannon (Matthew) Shook, Heather (Jamie) VanDeHuber, and Justin Huber; great-grandson, Beckett McCullough, another great-grandchild on the way; and several nieces. Irvin is preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Catherine Belle (Newman) McCullough; and siblings, Virgil Lawrence McCullough, Margaret Zoe (Alfred) Warnke, Chester LeRoy (Helen) McCullough, and Mayanna Rose (Warren) Carsten. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Francis Episcopal Church in Orangeville or Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan. Irvin was truly a kind, caring, gentle man who was loved by everyone. His daily prayer was “To keep us ever mindful of the wants and needs of others” - a motto he lived by until the day he died. He will be deeply missed. www.mccowensecord.com

Head, Phillip

Phillip Head

November 04, 1943 - September 29, 2021

OTSEGO - Phillip passed away September 29, 2021 in Kalamazoo. He was born November 4, 1943 in Battle Creek, the son of Thomas and Daisy (Miller) Head. For 53 years Phil worked as a die setter at Checker Motors until his retirement. In his free time he enjoyed collecting things, camping at the Moose Lodge and going to garage sales. Phil was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Phil was a longtime member of the Otsego Moose Lodge #345. In 1964 in Kalamazoo he married Linda Quackenbush. Surviving are his children, Michelle (Henry) Zuydwegt of Florida, Cindy (Michael) King of Three Rivers, Patricia Van Bruggen of Otsego, Michael Head of Otsego, Christopher (Tiffanie) Head of Parchment and Cheryl Head of Plainwell; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter; his half-brother, Jimmy; brother-in-law, Robert (Charlene) Quackenbush and Beth Klinger who was like a daughter. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Linda (in July); children, Dan and April; granddaughter, Jordan and sisters, Shirley and Penny. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Contributions in memory of Phil may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Keith, Lois Elaine

Lois Elaine Keith

May 12, 1934 - September 25, 2021

PLAINWELL - Lois was born May 12, 1934, to Richard and Emma (Stuut) VanderRoest. Lois graduated from Kalamazoo Central in 1952. She married Leslie Keith on his return from his service in the Air Force in 1953. Visit with family and friends on Monday, October 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; Marshall Gren Chapel: 120 S. Woodhams St. in Plainwell. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 at the same location. 
Lois is survived by her husband Leslie; her children: Ron (Gail) Keith, Marcia Keith, Michael
(Stephanie) Keith; five grandchildren: Sarah, Stephen, Matthew, Rachel and Hadley; four great grandchildren: Elsie, Joshua, Jonathan, Jordan; her brother Larry as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Robert. Her hobbies include playing the piano. She played the piano and organ for church. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting. She was very creative and made many items for the family. She loved antiques and antique and craft shows. She enjoyed reading, traveling and camping. Her all time thing to do was send time with the family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. While visiting Lois’ webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. Memorial may be directed to Rose Arbor Hospice, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or the Alzheimer’s Association.

McKeown, Sylvia L.

Sylvia L. McKeown

August 17, 1924 - September 24, 2021

OTSEGO - Sylvia passed away Friday, September 24, 2021 at Wings Home in Allegan. She was born August 17, 1924 in Plainwell, the daughter of Claude and Hazel (Roomsberg) Ives. Sylvia enjoyed living a simple life. She loved spending time with her family and friends, especially, Kitty Town, Janet Smith and Sherry Johnson. She was a longtime resident at Baraga Manor in Otsego. Sylvia’s family would like to thank the staff and residents for their kindness and love over the last 30 years. On May 22, 1943 she married Donald McKeown who passed away in 1987. Surviving are her daughter, Judith (John) Stopa, 5 grandchildren, Carrie, Troy, Jeff, Merritt III and Michael; 8 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Sandra; son, Robert and siblings, Ella, Bill, Chuck and Bob. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A private family burial of ashes will take place at Lindsley Cemetery in Cheshire Township. Contributions in memory of Sylvia may be made to the Wings Home in Allegan. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Kling, Shirley R.

Shirley R. Kling

October 28, 1939 - September 22, 2021

PLAINWELL - Shirley passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in Kalamazoo. She was born October 28, 1939 in Corning, Arkansas, the daughter of William and Nellie (Linsday) Dunn. Shirley worked at the same restaurant location on M-89 for many years, through several name changes, from Burger Chef through Burger King and at the Chicken Chalet in Allegan until her retirement. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and facetiming with her family on her iPad. She was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego. On June 26, 1965 she married Donald Kling who passed away in 2010. Surviving are her children, Charles Kling of Otsego and Louise (Sean) Skinner of Kentucky; grandchildren, Hannah, Molly, Abby and Natalie; siblings, Gene Dunn and Nellie Mae; sister-in-law, Linda Dunn along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings, Mel (Leora), Willie and Ralph and by her sister-in-law, Ceil Dunn. The family would like to thank the EMS and Borgess Medical Center staff for their kind and professional care. Friends may visit with Shirley’s family from 5-7 PM, Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and starting at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 25, 2021 until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M, at Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego, with Pastor Nathaniel Timmermann officiating. Burial will take place at 2:00 P.M., at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego.

Knapp, Ralph W.

Ralph W. Knapp

February 08, 1943 - September 19, 2021

PLAINWELL - Ralph passed away on September 19, 2021, kicking and fighting at Wings of Hope Hospice Home in Allegan, MI. He was born February 8, 1943 to Wesley B. and Alice Knapp. Ralph spent many years driving over-the-road semis and enjoyed automotive body work. He loved old country music, NASCAR, taking drives down country roads and going to the Kalamazoo Speedway. Ralph was a member of Hickory Corners Bible Church. Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jim and Ken and son Wesley Ralph Knapp. He is survived by his daughters Susan Knapp and Natasha DeYoung, daughter-in-law Kelli Knapp and son, Ralph Reed Knapp, granddaughter Heather (David) Stine and 2-week old great-grandson Weston Ford Stine. Also surviving are his sister Barbara Little, several nieces and nephews, including two special nephews, Bobby (Dawn) Nyberg and Kenny (Jennifer) Knapp. A memorial service will be held on October 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Hickory Corners Bible Church, 13720 Kellogg School Rd., Hickory Corners, MI 49060. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hickory Corners Bible Church or Wings of Hope, 530 Linn St., Allegan, MI 49010.

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