Charles W. Richards
Charles W. Richards 78 of
Bronson MI died Wednesday February 26, 2014 at his residence. Charles was born
August 29, 1935 in St Johns MI to Waldo E. and Marguerite (Welling) Richards.
He married Ruth Ann White January 1, 1956 in Jamestown, New York.
Charles was a member of
camping in United Methodist Church, and on the board of Holy Spirit Conference
and Branch Co. Ministerial Association.
He was very musical inclined
playing guitar and trumpet. Charles had many hobbies Astronomy with his 11 inch
telescope, Sailing he enjoyed racing his sailboat though he never won,
woodworking making his spiral staircase for his home, restoring cars,
photography, and audio file.
Charles graduated from Sexton
High School in Lansing MI in 1953 while in high school he had one of the
largest newspaper routes for the Lansing State Journal. He served in the US Air
Force from 1957 to 1961 as a jet engine specialist. While in the Air Force he
was the only enlisted man on the tennis team in his camp. He graduated from
Michigan State University in 1962 at Michigan State he sang in the glee club
and was on the ping pong team. Charles graduated from the Methodist Theological
School in Ohio in 1972.
After graduating from
Michigan State he worked at Post Products in Battle Creek as a quality
controller for 6 years. In seminary he was associate pastor at Riverside United
Methodist Church in Columbus OH. After seminary moved to Bronson United
Methodist Church and Snow Prairie UMC from 1972 -1977 then to Stockbridge Avenue
UMC in Kalamazoo from 1977 – 1986 while there the church burned down and he had
to oversee the rebuilding of the church, then to Lake Odessa Central UMC from
1986 – 1989 then to Coldwater UMC from 1989 -1998 when he retired.
Survivors include his wife: Ruth;
Children: Joan E. (Terry) Siler Bronson, MI; Lynda R. (John) Laatsch of
Huntington IN; Matthew J. (Michele) Richards Scottsdale AZ; Grandchildren:
Shannon K (Terrence) Addy, Beau M. (Gabrielle) Siler, Jacob A. Siler, Logan J.
Laatsch, Benjamin C. Laatsch, Isaiah J. Laatsch, Carson A. Richards, Landon C.
Richards, Elise R Richards, Monique I Richards; 2 Great Grandsons: Holden M.
Siler, Collin S. Addy; Preceded in death by sister Beverlee Hogan and brother
James W. Richards.
A Memorial service will be
held 3:00 p.m. Saturday March 1, 2014 at Coldwater United Methodist Church with
Rev. Marti Lundy, Pastor Terry Siler, and Rev. Steve Young officiating.
Memorial may be made to
Coldwater United Methodist Church or CHC Home Health and Hospice.
Arrangements by Gillespie
E. Hagelshaw, 93 of Union City, MI died Tuesday February 18, 2014 at the
Laurels of Coldwater. Rolene was born October 5, 1920 in Michigan to Loa and
Maude (Kugler) Eckert. She married
Maurice Hagelshaw in 1939 in Union City, MI he preceded her in death.
graduated from Union City High School in 1938. She enjoyed spending time with
her grandchildren, traveling, and camping.
worked at Union City Parachute Factory, Willard Adolph Insurance, Don Knief
Insurance and the Village Boutique.
include Son: Lynn (Sharon) Hagelshaw of Union City, MI; Three Grandchildren:
Chris (Sheryl) Hagelshaw, Karen Grace, Corey (Melissa) Hagelshaw; Six Great
Grandchildren; Eight Great Great Grandchildren. Preceded in death by her
parents, and Sister Vera (Anderson) Whitcomb.
services will be held on Noon Saturday February 22, 2014 at the Our Savior
Lutheran Church in Union City, MI, with Reverend David Dodge officiating.
Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Union City MI. Visitation will be
Saturday February 22, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.
may be made to Laurels of Coldwater or Our Savior Lutheran Church in Union City.
by Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater, MI
Ruth Joan Stout
Ruth Joan Stout, 84 of
Coldwater died Sunday February 2, 2014 at Drew’s Place of Coldwater. Joan was
born January 18, 1930 in Coldwater, MI to Millard Melvin and Ruth Elizabeth
(Bussing) Barnes. She married James Earl Stout Sr. November 12, 1949 in Angola,
IN he preceded her in death February 6, 1994.
Joan was a life member and
Past Worthy Matron of Coldwater OES #1 where she was a member for 52 years. She was a
volunteer for the Red Cross Blood Drives. She bowled on the senior bowling
She worked at Kroger’s
retiring after 25 years, then she was secretary for Stout Excavation for many
Survivors include 3 Sons:
James “Jim” E. (Laurie) Stout Jr., Brian (Kathy) Stout, and Jody Stout; Grandchildren: Corbin Stout, Nick Stout, Betsy
Tappenden, Brock Stout, Gretchen, and Graham; Eight Great Grandchildren;
Sister: Evelyn Joy (Bill) Ward; 3 Brothers: John O (Gail) Barnes, Roger D.
Barnes, and Max D. (Norine) Barnes; Preceded in death by 3 brother Richard, Donald,
and Charles Barnes, and a sister Jeanette Newberry.
Eastern Star Services will be
held 11:00 a.m. Friday February 7 at the Gillespie Funeral Home with Coldwater
OES # 1 officiating. Followed by funeral services conducted by Pastor David
Brown. Burial will be held at Sorter Cemetery in Branch Co. Visitation will be
held Thursday February 6, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial may be made to the
Southern Care Hospice or Coldwater OES #1
Russell Dean Marvin
Russell Dean Marvin, 69 of
Sherwood, MI died Sunday January 12, 2014 at his residence. Russell was born
January 15, 1944 in Hodunk Branch Co. MI to Othel Jacob and Minnie Margaret
(Burrows) Marvin. Russell and Catherine J. (Bloom) Marvin have been together
Russell was a veteran of US
Navy serving during the Vietnam War. He was an avid outdoorsmen enjoying
hunting and fishing. He was very active in 4-H. Former member of the Branch Co.
sportsman Club and American Legion.
After returning home from the
service he worked for the trailer factory in Union City, then L & S
Products, and later retiring from G & W Display in 2006.
Survivors include Wife:
Catherine; Son: Patrick Russell Marvin of Sherwood; Grandson: Colden Patrick
Marvin of Coldwater; Brother: Lewis (Diana) Marvin Deming, NM; Several Nieces,
Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and extended family.
A memorial Dinner Celebrating
Russell Dean Marvin’s Life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday January 25,
2014 at the Wesleyan Church in Union City, MI.
Memorial may be made to
Branch Co. 4-H Foundation for the 4-H scholarship fund
Arrangements by Gillespie
D. “Dale” Bontrager
D. “Dale” Bontrager, 84 of Coldwater died Monday January 6th 2014 at
his residence. Dale was born July 3, 1929 in Kansas to Dan and Mary (Miller)
Bontrager. He married Donna R. Shotzman June 20, 1962 in Sturgis, MI.
was a member of the First Baptist Church of Coldwater and UCT. He was active at
the Burnside Senior Center for many years and he also was an avid bowler for
over 40 plus years. Dale was a veteran of the US Army serving in the Korean
War. He moved to Coldwater in 1958.
owned and operated Bontrager Laundry in Coldwater until the 1970’s then he
started Bontrager Steam Away Carpet Cleaning, retiring after 30 years.
include: Wife: Donna; 2: Daughters Cathy and Beth both of Hutchinson, KS; 1
Grandson; Sister: Ruth Miller of Sarasota, FL; Brother: Mel Bontrager of South
Carolina; Several Nieces and Nephews.
services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday January 10th 2014 at the
First Baptist Church in Coldwater with Rev. David Pierce officiating. Visitation
will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Friday January 10th
2014 at the church. Burial will be Monday January 13th 2014 at Fort
Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral
may be made to First Baptist Church American Baptist Women
George VanKampen, age 90, of Girard passed into eternal
peace Saturday, January 4, 2014. The son of Burt and Kate (DeCam) VanKampen,
George was born August 24, 1923 in Remus, MI. He was one of 10 children. He was
preceded in death by both his parents, 7 siblings and his wife of 63 years,
June, on Dec. 21, 2006. They were married April 19, 1944 in Girard.
He is survived by sister, Irma of Dimondale and brother,
Gordon of Litchfield. He is also survived by four children, Janet (John) Watson
of Coldwater; Mary (Bill) Gale of Burlington, Susan (Bobby) Smith of Thomasville,
North Carolina and Jim (MaryAnne) VanKampen of Ray, IN. Also surviving are six
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place at Gillespie Funeral Home and a
memorial service is planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in
George’s name to the charity of your choice.
Pierce, 93 of Coldwater died Monday December 23, 2013 at Masonville House in
was born October 7, 1920 in Coldwater, MI to Alfred L. and Genieve (Walker)
Teachout. She married Russell G. Pierce July 27 1941 in Coldwater, MI he
preceded her in death December 21, 1973.
was a member of Lockwood Community Church, the Order of Eastern Stars, and
Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. She graduated from Western
taught school at Maple Grove School for a number of years, then she taught at
Lincoln Elementary School retiring in 1980.
include Son: Stephen R. Pierce of Okaite SC; Grandsons: Jeffrey R. (Michelle)
Pierce of Coldwater, Brian Pierce of Hilton Head Island SC and Richard (Kelly)
Pierce of Bethesda, Maryland; Great Grandchildren: Rachael Kilpatrick, Jacob
Fillmore, Collin Fillmore, Kaytlyn Pierce, Anthony Pierce, Annabelle Pierce.
Great Great Grandchildren: Kayden Wendorf, Kelsie Wendorf; Sister: Vivian
Kennedy of Sidnaw, MI; Brother: Ronald (Pauletta) Teachout of Coldwater.
Preceded in death by a Sister Merian Long.
services will be held Noon Tuesday December 31, 2013 at Lockwood Community
Church with Rev. Shayne Looper officiating. Burial will take place at Lockwood
Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday December 30, 2013 at the
Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater and from 11:00 a.m. until time of service
Tuesday at the church.
may be made to Lockwood Community Church or MARSP Scholarship Fund.
Janet K. Fuller
Janet K. Fuller 67, died
Saturday December 21, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Janet
was born Tuesday, February 19, 1946, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Janet
was the only child of Frank DeWitt and Helen Elizabeth (Gillespie) Pease. She
lived in Highland Park and Detroit until the age of ten, completing fifth grade
at Horace Mann Elementary School. In the summer of 1956, she moved with her
parents to Coldwater where she spent the rest of her life.
Janet was a 1963 graduate of
Coldwater High School and a 1967 graduate of the University of Michigan. She
received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education Summa Cum Laude from
Western Michigan University in 1980. Janet began her teaching career at Edison
Elementary School in the fall of 1967, teaching second grade. Over the next 30
years she taught third, fourth, and fifth grade at Edison, retiring in 1999 as
the person who taught the longest in that building.
During this period, she also
served as the Title I Mathematics Consultant for the Coldwater Community
Schools for five years. Prior to and following her retirement she was an
adjunct instructor of mathematics at the Grahl Center Campus of Kellogg
Community College until 2008. She was also an instructor at Baker College.
Janet was a member of the
Coldwater United Methodist Church for over 50 years. During that time she
served as the church treasurer and financial secretary for a number of years.
She was also a member of the Branch County Chapter of the Michigan Association
of Retired School Personnel, and a former member of the National, Michigan, and
Coldwater Education Associations, the latter of which she shared the Presidency
for a period of time. She was also a past member of the National and Michigan
Councils of Teachers of Mathematics, the Coldwater Lady Elks, and the Women’s
Monday night and Teachers’ Bowling leagues.
Survivors include her
husband, Gerald Wayne Fuller, whom she married June 3, 1967; two daughters:
Marcia Fuller (Christopher Allen) of North Liberty, Iowa, and Karen Fuller of
Coldwater; two grandsons, Zachary and alexander Gregurich of Coldwater; and a
step-grandson, Sean Allen of Omaha, Nebraska. She is also survived by in-laws
Shirley and Gene Easterday of Union City, Sharon and James Parker of Howe, Indiana;
and Roger and Naomi Fuller of Coldwater. Also surviving are cousins James and
Sally Roach of Kalamazoo and Carolyn (Rusty) and Jack Fay of Gilbert AZ and
Littleton, CO., four nieces, a nephew and many great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held
11:00 a.m. Friday December 27, 2013 at the Coldwater United Methodist Church
with Rev. Steve Young officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery,
Coldwater. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday December 26, 2013 at
the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Memorials may be made to
American Heart Association or Coldwater United Methodist Church
Edward Sturgeon, 63 of Coldwater died Saturday December 14, 2013 at his
residence. Charles was born June 12th 1950 in Coldwater, MI to
Lester and Thelma (Craun) Sturgeon.
loved animals especially his dog Buddy. He also loved his truck.
worked for Bundy Tubing where he retired after 25 years, he then worked for
Meijer’s for 7 years retiring due to his health.
include his Sister: Gloria Morris of Coldwater; 2 Nieces: Stacy (Chad) David of
Bronson, MI and Shanna (Mike) Phillips of Tekonsha, MI; Grand Nieces: Haley,
Harlee, and Hilary Davis; 2 Aunts: Lucile Wilber and Donna Cowden both of
Coldwater; Several Cousins; Preceded in death by his Mother and Father.
Services are scheduled cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Gillespie
Funeral Home, Coldwater, MI.
may be made to the Humane Society of Branch Co.
Loyd M. Green, Jr.
Loyd M. Green Jr., age 70, passed away Thursday Nov. 21st
2013 at the Laurels Nursing Home.
Loyd lived his entire life in Coldwater, Michigan. Loyd was born to Loyd M. Sr. and Maxine H. Green on July 18th 1943. He graduated from Coldwater High School with
the class of 1962. Loyd lived and worked
his entire life at Waffle Farm, located on Craig and Morrison Lakes which are
included and known as the North Chain of Lakes.
Loyd’s grandmother, Myra Waffle, welcomed the first campers to Waffle
Farm in 1935. The Waffle Farm has been
in the family since 1861. Since the
death of Grandma Myra Waffle, and Loyd and Maxine Green, Loyd has ran the camp
After graduating from Michigan State University with a major
in agriculture and recreation, Loyd began to expand the Waffle Farm Campground
by building a store, and two pavilions. (Loyd built the second pavilion to
celebrate his 50th birthday in it.), a double boat ramp, building
with a mini putt, driving range and also added many more camping sites including
the now large seasonal camp that is surrounded by water. Thousands of campers come every summer from
all over the United States, Canada and other places to enjoy camping at Waffle
When the camp was closed in the winter, Loyd worked at
several other jobs: such working for the construction company that built the
new Court House after the old one burned and several other buildings in
Coldwater. Loyd also worked on the Grand
Trunk Railroad between Battle Creek and Chicago. He was even appointed cook which shocked his
Loyd married Marcia Corson (Gruner) in 1961. They had two daughters: Michelle A. Green
(Michael) Boyd, and Mary K Green-Rosenberry.
Eight grandchildren, Nicholas (Brenda) Thomas, Tyler (Heather) Thomas,
Joseph Rosenberry, Caleb Rosenberry, Morgan Thomas, Max Rosenberry, Lyndsey
Boyd, and Kaitlyn Denney. Two
great-grandchildren, Zoe Thomas and Maddison Thomas.
On June 14, 1975 Loyd married Clara Belle French Spencer
from Hillsdale who was a teacher and counselor at Waldron area Schools in
Waldron, Michigan. They have two
sons: William (Bill) David Green, who is
now the new manager at Waffle Farm and Timothy Loyd Green who lives in San
Diego, California. Tim has his own web
production company where he hosts the wafflefarm.com website, and most of the
Loyd Green was one of the charter members who formed the
original State Camping Association in 1968, MAPCO “Michigan Association of Private Campgrounds.” The Michigan Campgrounds were then eligible
to join NACO. The National Association
has since changed its name to ARVC.
Loyd and Clara Belle received their Certified Park Operators
from the National Association. Loyd was
on the State Board for several years.
Loyd and Clara Belle did a lot of traveling each year after
the camps closed for the winter. Some of
their favorite places were Florida, Texas, Arizona, Alaska and San Diego, Loyd
and Clara Belle also attended all of the National ARVC Conventions in several
different states each year since 1976.
Other associations Loyd Green has membership: Coldwater Sons of the American Legion,
Coldwater Elks, United Commercial Travelers (UCT), Michigan Centennial Farm
Additional hobbies Loyd enjoyed, were keeping abreast of
everything going on in the camping industry.
He loved trains and had a large collection of miniature trains and read
all of his many train magazines. Loyd
traveled on trains several times when going to conventions. He also enjoyed reading his many books and
magazines about World War II and his business magazines.
Beside his immediate family, Loyd is survived by his brother
Richard L Green of Coldwater who has four children: Richard Green of St Pete
Beach FL., Dan Green of Avon Park OH, Deborah (Craig) Lawson of Holland, MI and
Jennifer (Brian) Birk of Avon Lake, OH. His sister Patsy A Green (Tom)
Rickelman’s family, Thomas E Rickelman of Wheaton IL and their three
children. Pamela (Rick) Gunst, Susan
(Kenneth) Clingen, Thomas E Rickelman. Loyd also has a cousin, Mike (Barbara)
Kooken in Vail, Arizona.
Loyd enjoyed eating breakfast every morning with his son
Bill, and all of his friends at the Coldwater Gardens Restaurant.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Loyd Green Jr.’s name can
be made to the following: Coldwater Elks, Coldwater Alcoholics Anonymous,
Monroe St Group, Coldwater American Legion and Hospice
A funeral service to honor the life of Loyd M Green, Jr.
will be held at the Gillespie Funeral Home. 27 Marshall Street, Coldwater, on
November 26 2013 at 1:00 pm. Pastor Carl Schell will be officiating. Internment will follow at the Evergreen
Cemetery in Girard, enroute; Loyd will tour his home and life’s work one last
time. Visitation will take place Monday the 25th 2-4 and 6-8 pm.
John Bodine Jr.
John Bodine Jr. 70 of Coldwater passed away Thursday November 14, 2013 at the
Laurels of Coldwater. Edward was born April 9, 1943 in Joliet IL to Edward and
Adeline (Blaskie) Bodine. They moved to Bronson in 1952. He attended St Mary’s
School and graduated from Bronson High School in 1962. He married Shirley Smith
in 1964. He served in the US Army from
1966 to 1968.
started work at Bronson Plating right after high school and retired after 48
years in January 2010.
loved gardening, old tractors, and his annual fishing trips to Arkansas and
Wisconsin with his son Jeff and cousin Joe.
He was a member of the Colon American Legion.
is survived by his Wife: Shirley; Son: Jeffrey of Coldwater; Grandson: Avery
John Bodine Daughter: Carrissa of Coldwater; Mother: Adeline Bodine of
Coldwater; Sisters: Marie (Richard) Wrobel of Bronson, Bernadette Rieger of
Bronson, Therese (Paul) Miller, Mason MI, Diane (Wally) Briones, Joliet IL, and
Gayle (Miguel) Valdez of Chicago IL; Brother: Charles Bodine of Bronson; and
several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Edward J. Bodine.
service will be held 11:00 a.m. Sat. November 23rd 2013 at the First
Presbyterian Church in Coldwater with rev. Rene’ Whitaker officiating.
lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to CHC Hospice or you may plant a
tree in his honor.
Neal Russell Pierce
Neal Russell Pierce, 75 of
Coldwater died Thursday November 14, 2013 at his home. Neal was born May 8 1938
in Hamilton, Ohio to Russell and Lorina (Richardson) Pierce. He married Nancy Baker January 5,
1991 in Coldwater, MI.
As a young man Neal worked
for his father as a brick mason and was a union brick layer at the age of 14. At
age 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent 10 years in the Service. After
his discharge from service he was employed in the Heating and Air Conditioning
Business and after a short time owned his own business. Then he was employed by
General Electric as a maintenance manager for 15 years, retiring in 1991. He
then worked for ASAMA Manufacturing in Coldwater for 5 years. Then he and his wife
started Double N Design building decks, fences, and docks and other outdoor
He enjoyed Hunting and fishing
all of his life.
Survivors include his Wife:
Nancy, Daughter: Heidi (James) Ponder of Hamilton, OH, Grandchildren: Nathan Sunnenberg,
Mariah Ponder, Sister: Patricia Pierce
(William) Pyles Hamilton, OH,
Brother: Michael (Robin) Pierce Fairfield OH, Sister-in-law: Sylvia Pierce
Montgomery, AL, Several Nieces and Nephews and Grand Nieces and Nephews and many close friends. He was
preceded in death by parents and brother William.
Memorials may be made to CHC
Home Health and Hospice or Humane Society of Branch Co.
“Bill” L. Hoff Sr.
William "Bill" Lloyd Hoff Sr. 78, owner of Hoff's Vegetable Farm and Hoff Oil Company, passed away peacefully amongst family at Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility on Monday evening, November 11, 2013.
Bill was born December 17, 1934 to
Irwin and Eldee (Townsend) Hoff in their home on Behnke Road, in Coldwater. In
1943, they moved to what is now known as Hoff’s Vegetable Farm. In 1955, Bill
joined his father in establishing the now 150 acre produce farm and market.
During the winter months, Bill originally worked for Art VanElst at V&K Oil
Company out of Marshall delivering fuel oil. In 1962, he took the business solo
under the name of Hoff Oil Company which he operated until 2005. He would mention
how he delivered fuel to the trucks that were working on the construction of
I-69 in the mid-1960’s. In 1979, he along with Rick Gleeson, purchased
Elliott’s Market that became Rick’s Party Store and Hoff’s too; he enjoyed faithfully
playing the lottery every Monday and Wednesday for several years.
On June 19, 1954 he married Connie
Cantrell at St Charles Catholic Church in Coldwater. Together, they had 6
children; William (Charlie) Hoff Jr, Brenda (Cameron) Gary, Kimberly (Rob)
Lane, Michael Hoff and Lori Hoff-Todd.
Bill was in the first class to
graduate on the Coldwater High School football field, in 1952. After high
school, he joined the Air Force Reserves from 1952-1955. Bill was known for his
patience, generosity, hard work and long hours; it was not uncommon for him to
start his day at 4 am with the frost alarm going off and still be putting up
orders for the next day at midnight. Over the years, he established a
relationship with Marvin and June Ludwig of Hollywood, Florida. For over 40
years, he shipped tomatoes, pumpkins and squash as well as other produce to the
South Florida area. In 1977, he recalled shipping over 20 semi loads that
season. He never complained and always had a smile. He was a ‘whiz’ at math and
enjoyed a good game of Pinochle or Poker. You would find him watching football
or basketball on any given Sunday afternoon.
In addition to his children, he is
survived by his loving wife, Connie, 6 grandchildren; Jaden (Jessica) Harman,
Joel (Tarrah) Harman, Stacey Butler, Spenser Gary and Deacon and Cameron Todd;
One great grand-daughter Jori (Jaden) Harman and step-grandchildren Joshua and
Jennifer Lane, Cody Gary and Dustin (Michelle) Gary.
He was preceded in death by an
infant son, his parents Irwin and Eldee, his step-father Wilbur Barnes,
Sisters; Mildred (John) Thornquist and Alice (Glenn) King.
A funeral service has been set for Friday
November 15th at 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in
Coldwater with Father Dan Doctor officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen
Cemetery in Girard. Visitation is set
for Thursday from 12:00-2:00 pm and 4:00-7:00 pm. at the Gillespie Funeral
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Humane Society of Branch County or Branch
Area Food Pantry
Keith B. Balcom
Keith B. Balcom, 72 of Union
City, MI died Wednesday October 30, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in
Kalamazoo, MI. Keith was born February 18, 1941 in Coldwater to Walton K and
Helen J. (Armstrong) Balcom. He married Sharon Robertson June 25, 1983 in Ann
Keith enjoyed fishing,
golfing and riding his lawnmower. He
loved watching sports especially U of M, Tigers, and Patriots.
Keith retired from
Centerville and Mendon Public Schools as business manager in 2010.
Survivors include his Wife:
Sharon; Children: Debby A. (Edd) Holcombe of Frankfort IN, and James W.
(Cheryl) Balcom of Schoolcraft MI.; 7 Grandchildren; Sisters: Barbara (Robert)
Mullally, and Christie Bunner; Brother: Daniel Balcom; Several nieces and
A Memorial services will be
held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday November 6, 2013 at the Gillespie Funeral Home,
Coldwater with Mr. James W. Balcom officiating.
Memorials may be made to
American Heart Association.
(Vosburgh) Anderson 69 of Coldwater died Wednesday October 30, 2013 at the
Laurels of Coldwater. MaryLyn was born October 6, 1944 in Lansing, MI to George
and Arbutus (Saddler) Cobine. She
married George lee Anderson October 28, 1995 in Coldwater, MI.
enjoyed bowling, word searches, moving furniture, and cooking, spending time
with family and friend, flowers and country music.
worked for Fayette Tubular in Reading, MI, she also worked for Pinkerton
Security, and Meijer’s.
include her Husband: George of Coldwater; Children: Tamara (Annett) Vosburgh of Lebanon,
IN; Kim (Gene) Little of Coldwater; Grandchildren: Richard (Lindsay) Vosburgh,
Joshua Ehle, Kay (Justin) Rasmussen, Abbigail and Tyler Little; Great Grandchild:
Keygan Rasmussen; Sisters: Patty, Margie and Mary. Preceded in death by parents, brother Jerry Cobine
daughter Victoria Ehle, grandson Kyle Little.
Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday
November 3 2013 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater with Rev. Kathy Guise,
officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until time of service Sunday at the
Harold Peck, age 87 of Haleyville, AL passed away Thursday October 3, 2013.
lived in the Coldwater area most of his life. He was a retired grounds keeper
at the Coldwater Regional Center.
will be Wednesday October 9, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gillespie
Funeral Home, Coldwater, with a graveside service to follow at Evergreen
Cemetery in Girard MI.
Peck is survived by, life partner, Jenell Albright, children Cheryl Peck, Lynn
Marie Peck-Collins, Robert Scott Peck, Janean Kay Dancaand, Daniel Lee Peck;
sister Martha Shipe and nine grandchildren.
was preceded in death by parents, J. Harold and Lena Gwinn Peck; wife Eloise
Peck; sister Margaret Gates.
David R. Teachout
David R. Teachout, 58 of
Coldwater died Saturday September 28, 2013 at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice
Residence in Battle Creek, MI. David was born May 1, 1955 in El Paso TX to
Ronald L. and Norma E. (Smith) Teachout.
He married Janean S. Brown September 11, 1982 in Bronson, MI.
David enjoyed fishing,
hunting, watching TV and NASCAR. He retired from Voltex in Coldwater MI.
Survivors include his wife:
Janean; Daughter: Jodi (Pat) Dean of MI; Grandchildren Sydney and Dylan Dean;
Parents: Ronald and Pauletta Teachout of Coldwater, MI; Brother: Brian (Sue)
Barnes of MI; Sister Janet (Martin) Landis of MI. Preceded in death by his
mother Norma Teachout; Brother Michael Barnes; Grandson Zackery Dean.
Funeral services will be held
1:00 p.m. Wednesday October 2, 2013 at Lockwood Community Church with Rev.
Shayne Looper officiating. Burial will be at Lockwood Cemetery. Visitation will
be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the church on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the family, Arrangements are being handled by the
Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater, MI
Duane Lensky, 64 of Coldwater died Saturday September 14, 2013 at Tendercare of
Marshall. Robert was born May 12, 1949 in Kendallville, IN to Carlton Alexander
and Hilda Ellen (King) Lensky. Robert enjoyed history and working on genealogy.
He owned and operated Bobs Servic Mart in Coldwater.
include: Mother: Hilda; Brother: Richard (Barbara) Lensky of Hillsdale;
Daughter: Gretchen (David) Williams of Quincy, MI; 2 Grandchildren: Jadyn
Murphy and Tres Snellenbuger; Nephew: Chris Lensky of Fremont, IN; Friend:
Karen Downs of Coldwater; Preceded in death by his father.
Services are scheduled cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral Home
Phyllis J. Easterday
Phyllis J. Easterday, 68 of
Quincy, MI died Saturday August 17, 2013 at the Community Health Center of
Branch Co. Phyllis was born October 21, 1944 in Bryan, Ohio to Raymond and
Wauneta (Wolfe) Edinger. Phyllis married Franklin D. Easterday June 15, 1963 in
Phyllis’s biggest joy are her
grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved ceramics and always could be
found out in her shop. She also enjoyed going to casinos.
Survivors include: Husband:
Franklin D.; Children: Candie (Tony) Patterson, Frank (Shawn) Easterday, Jr.,
Laura (Mike) Raymond and David Easterday; Grandchildren: Samantha (Josh)
Fenton, Morgan (Sean) Bender, Andrew (Amanda) Fenton, Cyrus Raymond and Logan
Easterday; Great Grandchildren: Dante Bender, Gabriella Bender, Brayton Bull
and Maylin Fenton; Mother-in-law: Mable Easterday. Preceded in death by a son
Scott Allen Easterday.
A Memorial service will be
held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday August 20, 2013 at the Gillespie Funeral Home,
Coldwater with Pastor Michael K. Roberts officiating. Visitation will be held
from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Burial at
Lakeview Cemetery in Quincy will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the
American Cancer Society.
H. Reed 90 of Coldwater died Friday August 16, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center
in Kalamazoo, MI. Ethel was born March 6, 1923 in Coldwater Michigan to Walter
E. and Myrna (Baker) Reed. Ethel married Edward R. Reed October 31, 1942 in Ellicott
was a member of the Coldwater United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women
Society and Martha Circle. She was a longtime member of the church choir. Ethel
loved singing, playing piano, organ, and accordion. She was also in an accordion
band at one time. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, fishing, reading until losing
her eyesight. Ethel enjoyed wintering for 23 years in Hawaii. She loved being
with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a big influence in
helping raise her grandchildren as they were growing up.
worked as an airplane inspector during WW II on B26. She also helped her
husband in his surveying business for many years.
include Husband: Edward R. Reed; Son: Edward W. (Effie) Reed of Quincy, MI; Daughter:
Elaine Gerona of East Lansing, MI; 5 Grandchildren: Nathan (Susan) Gerona,
Justin (Jodi) Gerona, Nichole (Mike Bonine) Bailey, Adrian (Martin) Copeland, Heath (Theresa)
Gillette; 7 Great Grandchildren: Mia and Skye Gerona, Jairus and Josiah Gerona,
Rory Bailey, Steel and Sebastian Gillette.
services will be held at Noon Tuesday August 20, 2013 at the Coldwater United
Methodist Church, with Rev. Steve Young officiating. Burial will be held at
Mason Cemetery in Coldwater. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until time of
service at the church on Tuesday August 20, 2013.
by Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater.
may be made to Coldwater United Methodist Church.
Joyce Fralick, born June 10, 1931 to Henry and Elsie (Erskine) Fralick in
Marquette, Michigan, died August 1, 2013 at the Laurels of Coldwater, a place
she had called home for the past several years.
had been a resident of Coldwater since 1941, and had attended Coldwater
schools, graduating in 1950. After graduation she worked at Federal Mogul and
then at the Branch County savings Bank. For many years she baby-sat for various
families and often recalled those fun times, and wondered where those “Little
Scalawag” were now and what they were doing. She also was active in working in
the Sunday school and VBS programs at both the Wesleyan and Church of the
became a necessary part of Crystal’s life and so for the past 5 years she spent
countless hours in the local Fresenius dialysis center where she developed
quite a group of friends, and those were added to the many she already had at
the Laurels. Her room at the nursing home was a happy gathering place for so
leaves behind her brother Joseph Fralick and sister-in-law Nova Jean (Curtiss)
Fralick, plus 5 nieces and nephews and their spouses, 19 Grand nieces and
nephews, 11 great-grand nieces and nephews. These were an everyday concern and
delight to her as she never failed to enquire about their active lives. Crystal
was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Elsie Fralick.
are so many that she would want to thank for their care and concern for her;
the nurses and aides, the bus drivers from Laurels and BATA, and the kind
hearted and patient techs and nurses at dialysis who went out of their way to
make her as comfortable as possible. And thanks to those who brought their
little dogs to the nursing home where their visits always delighted Crystal and
is to be envied for the peace she now has gained after such a long battle with
a body that brought so much pain and discomfort. A verse of scripture Crystal
loved is Psalm 100:5
will be a viewing at the Gillespie Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday August
private family funeral is planned. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Theodore LaDean Blatter
Theodore L. Blatter, 86 of
Coldwater died Monday July 29, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI.
Theodore was born October 2, 1926 in California Corners to Theodore and Effie
G. (Heroy) Blatter. He married Iris J. Kirby January 9, 1949 in California
Corners, she preceded him in death January 11, 2013.
He served in the US Navy
during WW II. Past president of the union at the former Coldwater State Home,
member and past president of the Coldwater Lions Club, member of the Blind
Veterans Association. Past member of the State Bar Owners Association. Retired
senior member of Adapt Board of Trustees. Former member of the Branch Co.
He was a local businessman,
realtor, and bar owner. He also was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and
Survivors include his
children: Allen (Cookie) Blatter of Homer, MI; Lynne Blatter of Coldwater, MI;
10 Grandchildren; 13 Great Grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by 9
brothers and sisters. He was also preceded in death by a daughter Leigh Blatter, and granddaughter Nikki Blatter.
A memorial gathering will be
held Thursday August 1, 20123 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Gillespie Funeral Home,
Coldwater. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday August 2, 2013 at 11:00
a.m. at Gillespie Funeral Home with military honors by American Legion Post 52
Drill Team. Memorial may be made to Adapt.
“Mickey” Lynne Ledbetter
Ledbetter, 49 of Coldwater died Wed. July 24, 2013 at her residence. Mickey was
born April 4, 1964 in Angola, IN to Russell and Sue (Foglesong) Nichols. She
married Donald Ledbetter Jr. July 15 1982 in Quincy MI.
was employed by Coldwater Community Schools in the Cafeteria. For several years
she was also employed by Dr. Williams’s office. She worked a brief time at
Grahl’s in Coldwater. She also produced web-sites. Michelle started her own
business Woven Fabrics of the Past using her own weaving loon to make rugs,
placemats, and window sill covers.
graduated from the U.S. Career Institute with a certificate in medical claims
and billing and was on the Dean list twice.
enjoyed singing in church, ceramics, and photography especially nature pictures
and won 2nd place award in Country Magazine for family pets
photograph and scenic photography.
include Husband Donald; Father: Russell Nichols of Bronson, MI; Sister Sharlene
Nichols – Cleaver of KY, Jacqueline (Danny Morrison) Nichols of Coldwater; God
children Johnny (Cassie) Cleaver, Hannah M. Cleaver; 2 nephews and a niece;
Aunt Anna Nichols. Preceded in death by her mother Sue Jean Nichols Dec. 22,
services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday July 29, 2013 at Gillespie Funeral Home
with Pastor Bill Wilson officiating. Burial will be at Knauss Cemetery in
Branch Co. Visitation will be held Monday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service
at the funeral home.
may be made to the Humane Society of Branch Co.
Larry Dubois a lifelong
resident of Coldwater has passed on July 14, 2013 from a short term illness.
Larry was married to Beverly (James) Dubois from December 15, 1962 until her
passing in 2005.
Larry worked at Bronson
Precision Products for 37 years as a CNC operator retiring in 2010.
Larry loved spending time
with family and friends he had many hobbies such as RC racing, a dune buggy.
Larry loved riding motorcycles and especially loved his trike. He loved going
to car shows, swap meets, and antique tractor shows. He was an avid collector
of everything. In his younger days he loved racing cars at Butler Motor
Larry left behind a family of
4 children Mary (Steve) Booher, Sherry Goodwin both of Coldwater, Larry (Chris)
Dubois of Batavia, and Maria James of Ohio, 11 grandchildren, 19 great
grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death was Larry’s
mother, father, brother, a brother and sister-in-law and 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held
2:00 p.m. Thurs. July 18, 2013 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater with
Pastor Harold Jewell officiating. Burial will be at Batavia Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Wed. July 17, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral
Jean Ivaska, 83 of Coldwater went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday,
July 12, 2013.
was born on March 2, 1930 in Huntington, Indiana to Kendrick and Ada
Funderburg. She graduated from Coldwater High School as Valedictorian in 1947
and in that same year, married her sweetheart, Joseph Ivaska Jr. Doris loved to
read and shared that love for books with the community as owner of the
Christian Bookstore. Doris loved to play the piano, was a life-long learner and
a strong supporter of the local Clubhouse program in Coldwater.
was preceded in death by her son, Daniel and is survived by her husband, Joe
her son Steve of Peoria, Illinois, her daughter Karen of Wheaton, Illinois,
eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren .
will be held at Gillespie Funeral Home in Coldwater at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July
15, 2013. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the
may be given to Snow Prairie Bible Church of Coldwater.