Leonard, Marie

Marie Leonard

January 11, 2022

PLAINWELL - Marie Leonard, 96, from Plainwell, Michigan, passed away peacefully in Forsyth, Georgia on January 11, 2022.  Marie was born Violet Marie Collick in Allegan, Michigan to parents Rose Hannah Hawkins and Thomas John Collick, Sr.  Marie graduated from Delton High School, and worked as a librarian for Plainwell Schools until her retirement.  She was an active member of the former Twin Lakes Church, loved to bake, garden, watch cycling, cross stitch, and care for her loving family. Marie is survived by her three children and their spouses, Terry and Brian Whitney of Plainwell, Michigan, Sherry and Tom Heitman of Flushing, Michigan, and Barry and Deanna Leonard of Forsyth, Georgia. Marie is also survived by her daughter-in-law Brenda Leonard of Alamo, Michigan. Marie’s large family also includes 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 4 great- great-grandchildren.  Passing prior to her death were her husband Phillip Otto Leonard and her eldest son, Larry Leonard. Marie had a zest for life like no other.  She was a sunflower to all, with a no nonsense attitude and told it like it was.  Fierce, feisty and funny, she will be dearly missed.  A celebration of life memorial service for Marie will be held in late Spring in Gobles, Michigan.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to Navicent Health Pine Point Hospice of Macon, Georgia via https://www.navicenthealth.org/donate.

Simpson, William "Billy" F.

William "Billy" F. Simpson

October 24, 1935 - January 11, 2022

OTSEGO - Billy Simpson of Otsego, passed away, January 11, 2022 at age 86. Born October 24, 1935 in Kalkaska, the son of George and Thelma (White) Simpson, Billy moved to Otsego in 1943. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1956 in Germany. Billy worked at Allegan County Road Commission, American Aggregates and Winchester Steel over the years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching his children and grandchildren play football. Billy was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 and served as Chaplain for 15 years. He was very passionate about this position and had great respect for his fellow veterans. Before covid Billy spent his time at local nursing homes keeping fellow veterans company. He enjoyed meeting his retired buddies at local restaurants for coffee every morning when possible. On September 15, 1956 he married Peggy Town. Together they had 6 children and shared 65 wonderful years. Surviving are his wife; children, Deb (Larry) Pillars, Tammy Syers, Greg Simpson, Margie Simpson and Chuck (Amy) Simpson; grandchildren, Angie (Pat), Larry Jr., Tom, Bill (Jo Beth), Vanessa, Kayla, Tomasina, Savanna, Alyssa and Gabriel and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Tommy Simpson and grandson, Justin Syers. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service with military honors will be held at a later time. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to VFW Post 3030. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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Ransbottom, Theodore "Ted"

Theodore "Ted" Ransbottom

June 22, 1934 - January 08, 2022

PLAINWELL - Ted went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at his home in Plainwell. He was born June 22, 1934 in Constantine, the son of Wayne and Kate (Shook) Ransbottom. Ted retired from Perrigo as a supervisor after 29 years of service. He loved the Lord and his church. He was a perfectionist and a true gentleman with a big heart. Ted could fix anything and enjoyed landscaping, biking, gardening and trips to Plainwell Ice Cream. He was an avid MSU fan and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In 1956, he married Donna Markle who passed away in 1982. On November 2, 1985 he married Kristi Briggs who survives. Also surviving are his 2 daughters, Lori Ransbottom of Plainwell and Jacqueline Stack of Otsego; grandchildren, Emily, Eric and Evan Stack; great-grandson, Eli Jonker; Kristi’s children, Staci Hendershott, Kari Hendershott and Tim (Susie) Hendershott and their children, Ashlei, Karter, Morgan and Lily; Kristi’s great-grandchildren, Madi, Izzi and Lucas; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dick, Joyce, Carole, June, Linda; Kristi’s brothers and sister-in-law Butch, Kevin (Becky); his mother-in-law, Dolores Briggs; several nieces and nephews and special people, Marv and Linda Shook, Ed Shook, Gary Shook, Bruce Stack, James Johnson, Bob Fuller and Ron Newman. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; siblings, Margaret, Allen, Albert, Lester and Bonnie; father-in-law, Milton Briggs and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Leona, Phyllis, Dean and Rosie, Arlene, Dorothy, Betty, Art, Don and Shirley. Ted’s family would like to thank Centrica Care Navigators for the wonderful care he received. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Ted’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church of Plainwell until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M. Burial of ashes will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Contributions in memory of Ted may be made to Plainwell First United Methodist Church. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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Shumaker, Charlene L.

Charlene L. Shumaker

August 30, 1932 - January 08, 2022

ORANGEVILLE - Charlene Louise Shumaker, age 89 of Orangeville, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Plainwell Pines. She was born on August 30, 1932 in Oshtemo, Michigan. Charlene was the daughter of Howard Sr. and Dorothy (Yerden) Bryant. Charlene graduated from Otsego High School in 1950, where she was active in many different groups. Charlene was the proud owner of the Gun River Inn, also known as the Orangeville Tavern for over 34 years. She was known for being the honorary “law and order keeper” at the tavern. Charlene will be most remembered for her strong-willed attitude. She is survived by her daughters: Vicki (Craig Swanson) Shumaker, Kimberley Sullivan, Sue (Mike) Ritchie; grandchildren: Liz (Alex) Witt, Lauren Wandell, Stephanie Sullivan-Patrick, Adriane Sullivan, and Lucas Sullivan; 6 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; siblings: Rose Richards, Ethel Sladak, and Bill Kovar. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Jacqueline Shumaker; son-in-law Bruce Sullivan; grandson Jason Shumaker; and siblings: Howard Bryant, Jr., Fred Kovar, Steve Kovar, Edward Kovar, Robert Kovar, and Mary Kovar. Charlene’s family will receive friends on Friday, January 14, 2022, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to Barry County Commission on Aging will be appreciated. A private burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Arrangements by
Williams-Gores Funeral Home
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Wobma, David J.

David J. Wobma

January 08, 2022

MARTIN - David James Wobma, age 70, went to be with his Heavenly Father Saturday, January 8, 2022. David was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Deb, as well as his parents Ruth and Donald Wobma. Dave attended Wayland High School, graduating in 1969. In August of 1972, David married Deb and they resided in Wayland, before moving to their forever home in Martin. They raised two daughters Jennifer and Melissa together, while he worked at Parker Hannifin in Otsego for more than 40 years. David enjoyed being a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He also was a friend to all, telling stories and joking with anyone who would listen. He enjoyed farming, gardening, nature, long drives without a destination, attending his daughters' and grandchildren’s events, and never gave up a chance to get lost in the woods. Dave possessed a big heart and a kind soul. He will be truly missed by all who knew him, including a golden retriever, Athena. David is survived by his daughters Jennifer (Andy) Billington, Melissa (Kevin) Falicki; and grandchildren Kyle, Chloe, Julia, and Heidi. His siblings include Becky (Donald) Good, Nancy (Bill) Dreyer, Robin (Mike) Elliston, Amy Grover, and Peter Wobma. A Celebration of Life open house will be held at Bay Pointe from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, January 29, 2022. “Not all who wander are lost” RIP. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.dignitymemorial.com

Dennis, Allen R.

Allen R. Dennis

January 12, 1952 - January 07, 2022

WAYLAND - Allen R. Dennis, 69, of Wayland, passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at his home. Allen was born Jan. 12, 1952 in Waterloo, Iowa. The son of Lee Roy and Helen (Berger) Barr. Allen proudly served his country in the U.S. Airforce stateside during the Vietnam conflict. Owner and operator of Rebel Trans., Wyoming, MI, Allen was a successful small-business owner for the Landstar Franchise for over 25 years. Allen earned several accolades during his tenure with Landstar, including the Executive Circle and Diamond Award. Allen was semi-retired. In his free time, he enjoyed the outdoors and golfing, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a long-time member of Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. Allen loved dogs, especially his Labradors. Allen is survived by a large family including his five children, Chad Dennis of Paragould, AR; Jason (Jessica) Dennis of Kentwood, MI; Renee Dennis of Fremont, OH; Kevin (Morgan) Dennis of Plainwell, MI; Ryan (Ashley) Dennis, of Otsego, MI; and a stepson Anthony Weaver of Otsego, MI. Six grandchildren Cody and Brandon Dennis, Brandon and Bronson Graves, Josie Dennis, and Charlie Dennis; his mother Helen Barr; his siblings Janet (Michael) Enfield, and Randy (Kelly) Dennis. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive Allen. He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Roy Dennis; his stepfather Austin Barr; and Grandfather Richard “Turner” Dennis. Family and friends may visit with Allen’s family on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, from 5-8 p.m. at the Winkel Funeral Home, 207 E. Allegan St., Otsego, MI. A funeral service will take place on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Bryan Tema officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Contributions in memory of Allen may be made to Pheasants Forever at www.pheasantsforever.org. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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Hill, Gerald "Jerry" R.

Gerald "Jerry" R. Hill

March 14, 1940 - January 07, 2022

WATSON TWP - Jerry passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 in Kalamazoo. He was born March 14, 1940 in Chicago, the son of Albert and Aluria (Boris) Norkus. As a young man he worked as a mechanic and later as a long haul truck driver until his retirement in 1989. In his free time Jerry enjoyed fishing, Harley motorcycles, boating, playing cards, cutting wood, small engine repair and keeping busy. He was a long time member of the Otsego Elks and the Allegan Eagles. On June 7, 1958 in Chicago, he married Judy Loveless who survives. Also surviving are his children, Tamy (Tim) Nogle of Plainwell, Bonnie (Jack) Howard of Plainwell, Barbara (Dave) Miller of PA and Jerry Jr. (Leanne) Hill of Martin; 5 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; sister, Bernadine of TX along with 2 nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later time. Burial of ashes will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Watson Township. Contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to the Otsego Elks. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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Scobey, Jeffery J.

Jeffery J. Scobey

March 09, 1982 - January 07, 2022

OTSEGO - Jeff passed away Friday January 7, 2022 in Otsego.  He was born on March 9, 1982 in Plainwell, the son of Russell and Linda Scobey.  Jeff grew up on Pine Lake, where he enjoyed boating, tubing and swimming.  He attended Delton Kellogg High School.  One of Jeff's greatest passions was DJing at parties, which he was taught by his good friends Nate and Angel Cork.  He was preceded in death by his mother Linda Scobey.  He is survived by his daughters, Haley Scobey and Lilly Nichols-Scobey, father Russell Scobey, sisters Cindy Onderlinde (Steve Onderlinde) and Christy Wolbers, and his nieces and nephew.  According to his wishes, he will be cremated and burial will take place at a later date.

McPherson, William Roger

William Roger McPherson

September 01, 1946 - January 05, 2022

OTSEGO - Family, friends, employees, and the manufacturing community grieve the loss of a wonderful man and a true pioneer in the bonded magnet industry. On the morning of January 5, 2022, William Roger McPherson passed away quietly from natural causes. Roger was born on September 1, 1946 in Plainwell, Michigan, the third child to Bernard C. Sr. and Hazel McPherson. He lived his entire life in Otsego, Michigan. His contributions to his family, community and the magnetics industry will be greatly missed. He was recognized worldwide as the creator of a unique type of injection bonded magnet technology. Many millions of magnets continue to be produced in a factory in Otsego, Michigan that ship across continents and make an impact to many diverse industries. Roger served as President of Tengam Engineering, Inc. and as Chairman of the Board after his retirement. Roger is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda and his beloved children, Analyssa McPherson and Mark McPherson both of Otsego. He is also survived by his grandchildren Collin, Seth and Mya McPherson, his sister Melinda Kling and his brother Tim McPherson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bernard Jr. Cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Roger’s family from 4-7 PM, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with a time of sharing starting at 6:30 PM. To honor Roger’s life, please consider a contribution in his name to the Otsego Public School Foundation. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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Kozin, Caroline

Caroline Kozin

April 14, 1922 - January 03, 2022

MARTIN - Caroline passed away Monday, January 3, 2022 at her home in Martin. She was born April 14, 1922 in Detroit, MI to Levi and Molly (Bredow) Sproul. On May 29, 1943, she was married to Burdette “Bud” Kozin in Detroit. Caroline enjoyed reading, quilting, sewing, crocheting and following the Detroit Tigers. More than anything she loved her Lord and her family. She was a longtime member of Friendship Wesleyan Church in Plainwell, MI. Surviving are her children, Janis (Dan) Sisco of Richland, David (Linda) Kozin of Pennsylvania, Jonathan (Karen) Kozin of Fruitport and Susan (Reed) Mosier of Martin; daughter-in-law, Cindy (Mike) Waletzko; 6 grandchildren, Julie (Parry) Miller, April (Storm) Hiscock, David (Missy) Kozin Jr, Natalie (Louis) Hanemann, Jonathan Mosier and Joel (Brenda) Mosier; 11 great grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter; several nieces and nephews. Caroline was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 4 brothers and a sister. Friends may meet with Caroline’s family on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 2-5 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at the Friendship Wesleyan Church with Pastor Kevin Smith officiating. A private family burial will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Caroline may be made to Friendship Wesleyan Church or Heartland Hospice-ProMedica. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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