De Hardesty, 93

April 15, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The Klinger Lake community lost a long-time resident and a familiar face on Saturday March 16, 2013, when Deloss Campbell Hardesty, known by most as De, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family.

De was born on April 17, 1919, in Medaryville, Ind. He was the son of Charles and Mae Campbell Hardesty. De was a 1937 graduate of Hammond High School.

On April 19, 1941, he married Sarah (Jo) Ramsey. De served our country from 1943-1946 as a sergeant in the United States Army and was a World War II veteran. He served in the 3119 Signal Service Battalion in the South Pacific and Japan.

Preceding De in death were his parents, Fae (step mother); son, Jackie (infant); Clayton (brother); David (nephew); and many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Jo; children, Dr. Jim (Julie) Hardesty of Fallbrook, Calif., Susan (Dan) Dulin of Warsaw, Ind.; grandchildren, Dan (Nichole) Dulin, Amy (Ian) MacLaverty, Remy Hardesty, Luke Hardesty; step granddaughter, Kate Jehue; and great-grandchildren Collin and Raegan Dulin who loved spending time with their PaPa.

Several generations have been influenced by De’s knowledge and inspiration. Everyone possesses special memories with him. Some of the unforgettable times were spent riding in the old Century, learning to water ski, tubing behind the pontoon boat, and going to the barn to see his newest horse.

In 1984, when De retired from many years working in the retail building industry and Jo from her office manager position, they moved to their summer home on Klinger Lake. De had been active in the Highland, Ind., Kiwanis Club (president 1961) and the Highland Chamber of Commerce. He was also an honorary life member of the American Legion.

De was as passionate about horses and sailing his Flying Scot as he was about his family. He was a member of the Klinger Lake Yacht Club. De was well known around the lake and could be found at any remodeling project, watching houses in the winter, or sitting in his sailboat during the Sunday race wondering what happened to the wind. If he wasn’t at the lake, he could be found at the barn. He always had a special place in his heart for his many horse friends. A quotation descriptive of his passion was, “Bread may feed my body, but my horse feeds my soul”.

The most common sentiment expressed by friends and acquaintances upon hearing of De’s passing is that he was the nicest and friendliest man. He will be missed by many.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends and relatives from 2-6 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Hackman Family Funeral Home, Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd, Sturgis MI 49091. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 4 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 17, during visitation. The Rev. Deb Johnson of First United Methodist Church in Sturgis will officiate.

Memorial donations may be directed to Thurston Woods Village or The First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, Mich.

Sag Kinney, 85

April 13, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Elwood C. “Sag” Kinney, Jr.,  age 85, of Constantine, passed away Friday, April 12th, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born in Cass County on June 20, 1927, a son of Elwood and Dorothy (Wortinger) Kinney. Sag graduated from Constantine High School in 1946. He served in the US Marine Corp. during WW II from 1946 to 1948. Sag attended boot camp at Paris Island and received anti-aircraft training at Camp Lejeune. He was stationed in Washington DC serving on the security detail for President Truman, and was a member of the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

On May 2, 1953 he married Delores “Dee” Root in LaGrange, IN. She preceded him in death on Sept. 19, 2009. Sag operated Sags Leonard Gas Station in Constantine, worked for Conn Selmer Co., Elkhart and was a milkman for Bonfoey Dairy in Three Rivers. In 1968 he began working for Armstrong International as machine operator and assembler retiring in 1995. Sag will always be remembered as the “candy man” around St. Joseph County.

Surviving are his daughter Linda Sue “Susie” (Ron) Daly, Osceola, IN, son Bradley (Barbara) Kinney, Constantine, sisters Maxine Milhahn, Three Rivers, Sonja Gifford, Portage, brother Cliff (Sara) Kinney, Lewisburg, PA, grandchildren Chad (Karri) Kinney, Brandy (Joe) Wessels, Kyle (Kelly) Harman, Lance (Sara) Harman, Wendy (Gary) Rodewald, Josh Eash, Crystal (Keenan) Moore, Steven Kinney, Timothy Kinney, Josh Kinney, Kristen Kinney, Kevin Kinney, Roy Lewis Kinney, and Brandon Stacey, several great grandchildren, companion Juanita Oldfield and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Delores Kinney.

Relatives and friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Eley Funeral Home in Constantine. Religious Services will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, with Pastor Dan Lane, Chaplain Armstrong International, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post #223 Constantine. Cremation will follow services. Online messages may be left for the family at

Fred Woods, 58

April 12, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Fredrick Albert Woods, age 58, of Three Rivers died Thursday April 11, 2013 at his home. He was born in Vicksburg on Dec. 18, 1954 the son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Dokey) Woods, and attended Mendon Schools. Fred along with his father were independent carpet layers. He enjoyed fishing and mushrooming, and collecting small antiques.

Fred is survived by his father, Frederick Woods of Three Rivers; four children, Deanne (Josh Lucas) Woods of Hillsboro, OR, Justin (Amy) Woods and Cody Woods both of Colorado Springs, CO; Robbie Guthrie of Three Rivers; a granddaughter, Nicole Woods; his former companion, Debbie Downer of Colorado Springs, CO; five siblings, Linda (Jay) Crabtree of Three Rivers, Deb (Frank) Cerny of Leonidas, Rick Woods and Joe Woods both of Three Rivers; and Bill (Shirley) Woods of Centreville; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth; a son, Jason; and by two sisters, Sandra Dentler and Pam Dare.

Cremation has been conducted. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday April 16, 2013 at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon with Nancy Boyd officiating. A private interment of ashes will take place later. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Scam from fake food inspectors

April 12, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is warning local food establishments about a scam involving fake food inspectors making the rounds in the area.

The tri-county health department has received reports from local restaurant owners that individuals claiming to be from a health department have contacted them and requested to schedule an inspection at the establishment. State and local food inspections are typically unannounced to ensure proper food safety measures are adhered to.

Furthermore, agency officials said it’s rare an inspector would schedule a visit in advance.

Arrest for meth

April 12, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit on Tuesday executed a search warrant on a suspected methamphetamine production lab in the 100 block of East Chicago Road in White Pigeon.

The warrant was the culmination of an ongoing investigation that began with an arrest for methamphetamine precursors earlier in the week, according to the sheriff’s department.

On scene, investigators on Wednesday found numerous components for manufacturing, as well as paraphernalia for use of methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana and marijuana.

A 55-year-old man was arrested at the scene and charged with operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a drug house and possession of marijuana.

The suspect’s name was not released, pending arraignment.

Guns and jewelry stolen

April 12, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Michigan State Police are investigating a residential break-in that took place while the owners were on vacation.

A department media release stated the residence, located in the 21000 block of Hampton Road in Park Township, was burglarized between April 4 and 10.

Guns and jewelry were the most significant items taken, the victims told police.

Access was gained through forced entry.

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