Hutchinson, Norwood "Hutch" E.

Norwood "Hutch" E. Hutchinson

November 26, 1939 - June 04, 2019

PLAINWELL - Hutch passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Borgess Medical Center. He was born November 26, 1939 in Bemidji, Minnesota, the son of Homer and Doris (Holm) Hutchinson. For almost 40 years Hutch had worked at Menasha until his retirement. Hutch was a John Deere man and enjoyed tinkering in his garage, building tractors and riding motorcycles. He also liked taking trips out west to ride quads with his friends. Surviving are his lifetime companion, Wanda Morris, son, Rick Hutchinson and grandchildren, Jared and Jenny Hutchinson and Gavin Gouker. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Myra. Friends may visit with Hutch’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with celebrant Mary Ann Devries officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Hutch may be made to the American Heart Association. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

DeMann, Tressa K.

Tressa K. DeMann

May 08, 1936 - June 03, 2019

MARTIN - Tressa passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at Borgess Medical Center. She was born May 8, 1936 in Byron Center the daughter of Joseph and Reka (Kuiphof) Morren. Tressa spent many years working on the family farm and raising her family. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, embroidery, crocheting, doing puzzles, flower gardening and canning the many vegetables she grew in her garden. On August 29, 1957 in Byron Center she married LaVern DeMann who survives. Also surviving are her children, Ken (Michelle) DeMann of Shelbyville, Doug (Jeanne) DeMann of Martin and Pat (Keith) Kuyper of Dorr; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Bea Klunder along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Jim DeMann. Friends may visit with Tressa’s family from 5-8 P.M., Friday, June 7, 2019 at the East Martin Christian Reformed Church where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 8, 2019 with Pastor Derek Norman officiating. Private family burial will take place at East Martin Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Tressa may be made to East Martin Christian School. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Finkey, Berle E.

Berle E. Finkey

July 14, 1926 - June 01, 2019

KALAMAZOO - Berle passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. He was born July 14, 1926 in Augusta, the son of Lloyd and Pearl Finkey. Berle spent his childhood in Augusta and Delton with his brother, Louis and sister, Margaret. He graduated from Delton High School in 1946 and then served in the U.S. Army during WWII as military police in New York City. For 32 years he had worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company until his retirement. In his free time Berle enjoyed taking bus trips, gardening and working on his cars. Surviving are his son, Dale Finkey; granddaughter, Elizabeth Finkey, niece, Sherrie (Matt) Storbeck and nephews, Jeff, Mike and Doug. In 1989 he married Florence Irene (Blue) Snow who also survives along with her son, Paul (Theresa) Snow; grandchildren; Nathan (Kallin) Snow, Caitlin (Justin) Nolan and Jared (Stephanie) Snow. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lloyd (Cathy) Finkey; siblings, Louis Finkey and Margaret (Larry) French; first wife, Jean; step-son, Gordon Snow and special cousin, Priscilla Bevans. Friends he remembered and wished to thank are James Platt and James Yerchek who had worked with Berle at Michigan Bell Telephone Company; friends Dale Blanchard and Karen Baker. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home - Otsegowith Pastor Darin Youngs officiating. Burial of ashes with Military Honors will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later time. Contributions in memory of Berle may be made to Michigan Bell Telephone Pioneers, 3566 Michael Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Predum, Russell D.

Russell D. Predum

December 22, 1933 - June 01, 2019

KALAMAZOO - Russell passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. He was born December 22, 1933 in Martin, the son of Henry and Edith (Lowery) Predum. Russ proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. For more than 40 years he had worked at James River Paper Mill and retired as an electrician. He was also active with the union and had served as the President. In his free time Russ enjoyed going to flea markets, fishing, boating and loved spending time visiting with his family and many friends. He was a member of the Otsego American Legion Post 84 and was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030. On July 21, 1955 in Angola, Indiana he married Emma June Soderquist who passed away in 2010. Surviving are his children, Donna (Chuck) Valkner of Manton and Matt McNutt of Kalamazoo; 9 grandchildren, Kristen (Mike) Herlein, Jennifer Brown, Steven Searles Jr, Keith Valkner, Amber Searles, Donny Predum, Crayton Valkner, Shane McNutt and Caleb Valkner; 7 great-grandchildren, Aleayah and Brooklyn Herlein, Kyla, Leanna and Riley Predum and Tytus and Isabella Hall; siblings, Treva Schoneboom, Roland Predum, Mike Predum, Bonnie Putman and Clare Predum along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughters, Deanna Searles and Dawn Predum and siblings, Adelia McNutt, Alvin Predum, Joe Predum and Olive “Becky” Pantale. Funeral services took place Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego with son-in-law, Chuck Valkner officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell. Military Honors by the Otsego American Legion Post 84. Contributions in memory of Russ may be made to Otsego American Legion Post 84 or to Rose Arbor Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Knowlton, Charlene Irene

Charlene Irene Knowlton

May 28, 2019

KALAMAZOO - Charlene completed her earthly work on May 28, 2019 and entered Heaven peacefully to be with her Lord surrounded by family. She won her battle with breast cancer 11 years ago and was fighting pancreatic cancer. Charlene was born in Kalamazoo and raised in Otsego, a 1965 graduate. She married Richard "Dick" Knowlton, who survives, on October 16, 1965 in Otsego and resided there while Dick was in the US Army. She worked locally at GAC Finance, Hinkle's Bakery, Otsego High School and Pipp Hospital. Relocating to Kalamazoo with Dick, she was employed by Borgess Hospital until her retirement in 2007. She loved her family, the outdoors, trips up north, serving at First Congregational Church of Otsego (where she was a member) on many committees, especially the annual Christmas Basket project. Her smile, kindness and loving memories will be cherished by her family and friends. Surviving are her husband Dick, sons Rich and Russ (Alicia), 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, siblings Sandy (Jim Smathers) of GA, Ann (John) Long of FL, Cathy (Doug) Fritz of Plainwell, Caren (Steve) Kling of Wyoming, and Ernest Rockafellow of Parchment. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Otsego on Saturday, June 8, 10AM visitation, 11AM service with a luncheon to follow with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating. Monetary donations in her honor may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo or FCC Otsego.

Oetman, Sheila M.

Sheila M. Oetman

April 21, 1963 - May 28, 2019

PLAINWELL - Sheila passed away unexpectedly at her home Tuesday, May 28, 2019. She was born April 21, 1963 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Dewey and Shirley (Lesman) Thomas. Sheila loved her family and enjoyed caring for her children and grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Jeremiah (Layne) Oetman of South Lyon, Mandy Oetman of Plainwell and Tyler Oetman of Plainwell; 6 grandchildren; step-son, Aaron (Nikki) Oetman of Florida and her siblings, Victoria, Melissa, Tim and Damien along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey Thomas and Shirley White and infant son, Dustin Oetman. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Sheila may be directed to the funeral fund for her nephew, Matthew Paul. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego.Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Waldron, Helen I.

Helen I. Waldron

October 16, 1923 - May 26, 2019

ALLEGAN - Helen passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Alamo Nursing Home. She was born October 16, 1923 in Otsego, the daughter of Coral and Grace Button. In her early years she had worked at Tripp’s Department Store. Helen was a very devoted mother and loved caring for her children. She also enjoyed crocheting, bowling and playing cards. Helen attended the Otsego United Methodist Church. On August 21, 1949 in Allegan she married Harry Waldron who passed away in 2013. Surviving are her sons, Dennis Sr. (Sally) Waldron of Allegan and Greg (Denise) Waldron of Fennville; 3 grandchildren, Dennis Jr., Ginger and Matt and 2 great-grandchildren, Heath and Aubree. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Clara, Lois, June, Lawrence and Russell. A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Otsego United Methodist Church. Pastor Joe Shaler officiated. Burial followed at Blackman Cemetery in Trowbridge Township. Contributions in memory of Helen may be made to Christian Neighbors. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Hoots, George E.

George E. Hoots

April 22, 1945 - May 25, 2019

OTSEGO - George passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019 at his home in Otsego. He was born April 22, 1945 in Berea, Kentucky to Cleo Anderson. From the age of 10, George was raised by his foster parents, Davis and Hazel Westcott. He had worked at Menasha for more than 35 years and had been a reserve officer for Allegan County and Plainwell police departments. In his spare time George enjoyed having coffee with his coffee club and best friend, Kenny Wall. In 1968 at the First Baptist Church in Otsego he married Ellen Hummel who survives. Also surviving are his children, Tonia (Tim) Smith of Paw Paw, Lura (Mark) Holden of Otsego and Joe Hoots of Otsego; 7 grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Jared, Austin, Samantha, Nickolis, Connor and Maya and his brother, Elzie Langford. He was preceded in death by his mother and foster parents. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of George’s life will take place from 2-4 P.M., Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 294 19th St, Otsego, Michigan. Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Contributions in memory of George may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Misner, Amy

Amy Misner

November 24, 1974 - May 22, 2019

LIVERMORE - Amy passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from injuries sustained from a car accident in Colorado along with her close friend Cody Nozhackum. She was born November 24, 1974 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Thomas and Jane (Haynes) Cole. Amy was a 1993 Martin High School graduate and had worked as a CNA in many area nursing homes. After raising her children she moved to Colorado and was working toward her paramedic license. She was a wildland firefighter which was her greatest career accomplishments. Amy had an adventurous spirit and a giving heart. She enjoyed traveling, wide open spaces and taking mission trips and helping the people on reservations. Amy was an animal lover and had taken in many dogs over the years, each one holding a special place in her heart. She had a deep faith and was a child of God. On December 23, 2005 at Trinity Baptist Church in Kalamazoo she married Neil Misner who survives. Also surviving are her children, Kate Elkins and Eric Misner; step-son, Killian; grandson, Grant Roberts; mother, Jane Cole; brothers, Troy (Tricia) Cole and Scott (Linda) Cole; grandmother, Sue Haynes; father-in-law, Jim Misner; mother-in-law, Terri Misner; best friend, Julie Bush-Gray; Jennifer Aker, Nathan Rackley and Ashley Strobel who were like children to Amy; along with several special aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Tom Cole, grandmother, Dorothy Nunnery and grandfathers, Ike Haynes and Willis Allen. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of Amy’s life was held Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Voyage Church in Kalamazoo. Contributions in memory of Amy may be made to Children’s Cancer Research. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Brouard, Kevin J.

Kevin J. Brouard

October 22, 1953 - May 20, 2019

OTSEGO - Kevin J. Brouard, born October 22, 1953, passed away after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer on May 20, 2019. Kevin is survived by his wife, Mary (Sandy); their two children, Erin & Nathan; his brother, Alan (Kathy); Aunt Jean; mother-in-law, Pat Sandy-Smith; brothers & sisters in-law; several cousins, nieces, nephews and dog Rudy. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Keith and Ruth M. Brouard, and his two brothers, Duane & Steve. Kevin's family were long-time residents of Martin, MI where he graduated in 1971. He was formerly employed at Rockwell International in Allegan and retired, after 28 years, from Donnelly/Magna in Holland, MI. In his early years Kevin developed a deep passion for the outdoors. He was well respected and decorated in silhouette shooting. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting in the back woods of Martin, fishing anywhere he could drop a line, or hitting a round of golf with close friends. Kevin's proudest moments were showing his children that same passion. Kevin and Mary have spent recent years relaxing by the river and enjoying camp fires with friends at Whispering Waters Campground in Hastings. They recently celebrated 30 years of marriage. There will be no service at this time. Kevin's cremains, along with a memorial marker, will be placed by the family at a future date. They request donations be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, Allegan, MI.