Plotts, Ronald C.

Ronald C. Plotts

December 13, 1942 - May 14, 2019

PLAINWELL - Ron passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Kalamazoo. He was born December 13, 1942 in Grand Rapids, the son of Clinton and Blondine (Marsh) Plotts. Ron was a 1961 graduate of Martin High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam as an aircraft mechanic and flight operations specialist. Ron had been a meat cutter at Harding’s Market for 13 years and an electrical technician at Motan Inc. for 15 years until his retirement. In his free time he loved tinkering in his garage, fishing with his fishing partner, Bentley his dog, feeding the birds and squirrels and woodworking. His greatest joy was coaching his son’s little league teams and playing softball on leagues in Otsego. Surviving are his children, Randy Plotts of Otsego, Connie Shattuck Rose of Otsego and Richard Shattuck of Otsego; 5 grandchildren, Derek (Megan) Curtis, Autumn Rose, Reece and Connor Plotts and Brandon Shattuck; great-grandchildren, Evan, Ava and Caylee Curtis; siblings, Sandy McNees and Terri Plotts; mother of his children and best friend, Kathy Plotts along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, LaRae Houser and Barbara Thompson; brother, Richard Plotts; brothers-in-law, Ramon Thompson, Terry McNees; Chuck Houser and Ron McNees. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes with Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030 will take place at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Friends may visit with Ron’s family starting at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Otsego VFW Post #3030. Contributions in memory of Ron may be made to VFW Post #3030. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Knight, Bruce L.

Bruce L. Knight

February 07, 1952 - May 11, 2019

OTSEGO - Bruce passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019 at his home in Otsego. He was born February 7, 1952 in Plainwell the son of Claude and Dorothy (McDonald) Knight. Bruce had worked at Kal-Equip, Plainwell Paper, a window and siding company and drove school bus for AAESA for 7 years before retiring in 2016. In his spare time he enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing bingo and traveling. Bruce had been a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 Men’s Auxiliary. On January 7, 1972 at the Otsego Methodist Church he married Deborah Blanchard who passed away in 2014. Surviving are his children, Jeff (Nikki Huff) Knight of Paw Paw and Jody (Jim) Leonard of Otsego; grandchildren, Taylor (Samantha) Knight, Kyllee (John Wass) Knight, Bailey (Trevor Todd) Knight, Courtney Sebright, and Hannah Sebright; great-grandson, Lincoln; girlfriend; Terri Macak; siblings, Sally Staley, Barb (Bernie) Livingston, Daryl (Kathy) Knight, Val (Mike Dalrymple) Vandervort, Brenda Kling and Wendy (Russ) Tompkins; brother-in-law, Don Sparks, brother-in-law, Allan (Linda) Blanchard along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and siblings, Sandy Sparks, Sharon Kellogg and Bonnie Bell; brothers-in-law, Dean Staley, Del Kellogg and Bill Bell; sister-in-law, Shirley Westcott and his father and mother-in-law, Earl (Francis) Blanchard. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Otsego United Methodist Church. Pastor Joe Shaler officiated. Burial followed at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Contributions in memory of Bruce may be made to Hospice Care of South West Michigan. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Bellingar, Robert "Bob" E.

Robert "Bob" E. Bellingar

September 12, 1928 - May 09, 2019

PLAINWELL - Bob passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Kalamazoo. He was born September 12, 1928 in Watson Township to Lynn and Martha (Bump) Bellingar. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He had worked as an electrician with IBEW No. 131 for many years. In his free time Bob enjoyed puttering around, playing golf, doing yard work, especially mowing his lawn, fishing, square and round dancing, camping and birdwatching. Bob loved spending time with his grandchildren and great- grandchildren, especially Liam and Liza. He was a member of the Otsego Elks and a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030. Bob had recently taken a trip with Talons Out Honor Flight to Washington DC. On March 23, 1951 he married E. Leone Frost and celebrated their 68th anniversary this year. Surviving are his wife; daughters, Shelley Cassada of Shelbyville and Claudia (Marlin) Stewart of Plainwell; 3 grandchildren, Richard (Angie) Peet, Ashley Stewart and Keshia Stewart; 3 great-grandchildren, David Peet, Liam Baird and Liza Cronk; siblings, Raymond and Roy Bellingar along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Joshua Miller and in-laws, Claude and Imo Frost and Stella Coon. Friends may visit with Bob’s family starting at noon, Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Kevin Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Military Honors by VFW Post #3030. Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Jacobsen, Marvin

June 24, 1938 - May 06, 2019

PLAINWELL - A wonderful husband, father and friend, Marvin Jacobsen, age 80, of Plainwell passed away on May 6, 2019. Marv was born on June 24, 1938 in Trowbridge Township to Harold & Olive (Burnett) Jacobsen. Marv’s family includes his wife of 59 years, Myrna; his daughter Stacee Mattimore; his grandchildren: Benjamin, Molly, Casey and Monica; his brother David Mullligan; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jerry Mulligan. Marv graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1956. Marv worked as a truck driver for over 38 years. After retirement, he worked for Harold Zeigler. Marv collected antique cars for many years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Otsego United Methodist Church; 223 E. Allegan St. Please visit Marv’s memory page at where you can archive a memory or photo and sign his memory book online. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Home Messages of condolence may be posted at

Cronkhite, Eugene "Gene"

Eugene "Gene" Cronkhite

May 04, 2019

OTSEGO - Eugene (Gene) S. Cronkhite died May 4, 2019 at the Wings Home in Allegan, Michigan. He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Kelly J. Cronkhite, his daughter/son in law, Lorie and Mike Bartz, his granddaughters, McKensie and Samantha and several nieces and nephews. He attended Otsego High School and was a veteran of the Army where he finished his high school academics, received the good conduct medal and served his time in Alaska. For many years Gene worked for Michigan Cottage Cheese and retired from Yoplait USA where he was a member of the Teamsters and Union Steward. For most of his life he enjoyed gardening, hunting, playing cards, dancing, time at the casino, and spending time at the Elks and VFW. Gene was preceded in death by his father, Ivan; mother, Elsie Berry; wife and first love of 40 years Judy; his siblings, Donna Walters and Jim Cronkhite; Bev Gauthier who was the second love of his life of almost 20 years; his sister in law, Sharalyn Davis and brother in law, Carl Walters. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Wings Home and Wings of Hope Hospice for their compassionate care during the final last few months of his life. At Gene’s request cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date with his children and grandchildren. In honor of Gene, contributions may be made to Wings Home, Allegan Michigan. The family welcomes memories and messages. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego Messages of condolence may be posted at

Fargo, Thomas "Tom" Marvin

Thomas "Tom" Marvin Fargo

July 22, 1953 - May 03, 2019

ALLEGAN - Tom passed away at home on May 3, 2019 after a brief illness, surrounded by loved ones. He was 65. Tom, or as he often introduced himself "Thomas Marvin Fargo of the World", was born July 22, 1953 in Dowagiac, Michigan. Aside from a few months' work in Arizona, he was a lifelong resident of Michigan. He worked in the steel industry for over thirty years, retiring in 2004. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, as well as a former state champion trap shooter. Living in Southwest Michigan gave him plenty of opportunity to indulge in two of his favorite hobbies: snow plowing and driving the back roads spotting wildlife. Tom was preceded in death by his parents George and Virginia (Kitchell) Fargo of Allegan. He is survived by his wife Connie Fargo, daughters Virginia Fargo of Arizona, Katie (Alex) Haley of Otsego, Stacey (Karl) Allen of Tennessee, Wendy (Dave) Kay of Allegan, and Carolyn Confer of Pullman, his brother Melvin (Brenda) Fargo of Allegan, his sister Sheila (Reggie) Kelley of Allegan, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Wings of Hope of Allegan, whose help during Tom's final days was greatly appreciated.

Russell, Helon "Joyce" J.

Helon "Joyce" J. Russell

September 07, 1934 - May 03, 2019

OTSEGO - Joyce passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Wings Home in Allegan. She was born September 7, 1934 in Luverne, Alabama, the daughter of Raymond and Maude (Wolfe) Ballard. Joyce had been a housekeeper at Alamo Nursing Home until her retirement in 1996. She enjoyed attending the B-93 Birthday Bash and airshows, birdwatching and going out to eat with her family. On February 28, 1958 in Otsego she married Donald Russell who passed away in 1999. Surviving are her children, Donald Russell and Cindy Russell both of Otsego; grandsons, Robert and Brett Russell; siblings, Ila Campbell, Susie Watson, Jean Truax, Bill Campbell and George Campbell along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Loretta Russell and siblings, Carl Ballard, Howard Campbell and Mary Campbell. Funeral services were held, May 8, 2019 at the
Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego Pastor Tim Foreman officiated. Burial followed at Trowbridge Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Harmon, Judith

Judith Harmon

December 07, 1945 - May 02, 2019

OTSEGO - Judy passed away May 2, 2019 at her home in Otsego. Judy was born December 7, 1945 in Vicksburg the daughter of Carl and Jeanette (Northam) Moyer. On January 8, 1966 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Otsego she married Tom Harmon who survives. In Judy’s leisure time she enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, quilting, flower gardening, being a train enthusiast; she loved traveling and serving others. She had worked for the Shoppers Guide in Otsego in graphic design. Surviving are her husband Tom; sons, Tommy J. (Dana) Harmon of Delton and Jacob (Erin) Harmon of Wayland; grandchildren, Carter, Ashtyn, Jacob and Patrick Harmon, Gavin and Grace Hebner and Alice and Ethan Cree; her siblings, Jim Moyer of Kalamazoo, Ginny (Mike) Summers of CO, Pat (John) Hinkle of Kalamazoo, Donna (Ron) Tharge of Otsego, Margaret Rex of Plainwell, John (Kathy) Moyer of Kalamazoo, Mary (Lane) Lovett of Kalamazoo, Nancy Flatt of Plainwell, Carl (Cathy) Moyer of Allegan, Gerard (Laura) Moyer of Kalamazoo and Therese (Barry) Mertz of PA; brothers-in-law, Jack (Donna) Harmon of Grand Rapids and Jim (Peg) Harmon of St. Joseph; 49 nieces and nephews and 118 great nieces and nephews. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Joe Moyer, sister-in-law Serena Moyer and brother-in-law John Flatt. Friends may meet with Judy’s family Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 2 – 6 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego
A Funeral Service will be held Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Trowbridge Community Church, 355 26th St., Allegan with Pastor Greg Carlson officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Judy may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or Trowbridge Community Church.
Messages of condolence may be posted at

Rayburn, Barbara A.

Barbara A. Rayburn

May 02, 1939 - May 01, 2019

OTSEGO - Barb passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo. Barb was born May 2, 1939 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Leonard and Mae (Grand) Kostecki. She was a 1957 graduate of The Immaculata High School in Chicago. Barb was a parishioner at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego. She enjoyed knitting, birds and nature, and caring for her family. Barb is survived by her husband Francis Rayburn, Jr. whom she married in 1962 in Chicago, her children Wayne (Kim) Rayburn, Todd (Teresa) Rayburn and Lisa (Rob) Engelter all of Otsego and her dog Emma, 8 grandchildren, Cari, Kellie, Jessica, Daniel, Josh, Kyle, Hayden and Sam and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. In accordance with her wishes she has been cremated and burial of ashes will take place at a later date at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego Thursday, May 9, 2019 at a11:00 A.M., Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Rose Arbor Hospice House. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego Messages of condolence may be posted at

Watts, Douglas James

June 21, 1956 - May 01, 2019

PLAINWELL - Please Join us in a Celebration of Life for Douglas James Watts 6-21-1956 ~ 5-1-2019 Thursday, May 16 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Gun Plain Township Hall, 381 8th St., Plainwell, MI Memorials may be sent to Glen Arbor Hospice in Battle Creek, MI. Doug never wanted a regular funeral service, so in accorance to his wishes we will be sharing good times and happy memories. Please join us and share this with anyone who knew Doug.