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Barbara DeBack, 94

Barbara E. DeBack, age 94, of Colon, passed away, Jan. 27, 2013, at Sturgis Hospital. Barbara was born, June 4, 1918, in Deerfield, Mich., a daughter to the late Arthur G. and Mae (Barnaby) Starks. Barbara grew up in Adrian, Mich., graduating from Adrian High School in 1936, moving to Colon after her marriage in 1945. Barbara Married John W. ... Read More »

Lucy Griffith, 90

Lucille R. Griffith, age 90, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away late Saturday morning, Jan. 26, 2013, at Sturgis Hospital. She was born May 24, 1922, in Rochester, New York, daughter of the late Archie and Alice (Tillman) Gibson. Lucy resided in Sturgis since 1931 coming from Rochester, New York. On June 18, 1943 she married Warren Griffith in Rochester, New ... Read More »

Vern Stroup, 63

Vern Stroup, age 63 of Three Rivers died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday Jan. 23, 2013. He was born in Three Rivers on May 25, 1949 the son of Roland and Ethel M. (Carter) Stroup and has been a lifetime resident of Three Rivers. Vern was first married to Janice Arnold in 1970, and they were later divorced. He ... Read More »

Carlene Gilchrist, 85

Carlene V. Gilchrist, 85, of Colon, formerly of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. She was born on March 25, 1927 in Three Rivers, the daughter of the late Ray R. Earl and Ora (Wordelman) Richmond. Carlene has been a life long resident of Three Rivers. She was formerly employed by Continental Can, later Weyerhaeuser, and ... Read More »

Hilma Houts, 96

Hilma M. Houts passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo. Hilma was born Jan. 30, 1916 in Fabius Township, St. Joseph County, the daughter of Elmer and Edna Pulver. She married Elmer S. Houts, Jr. on July 16, 1936 and raised five children, Lewis (Edie) Houts of Plano, Texas, Martha (Carl) Stakes of Kerrville, Texas, Mary ... Read More »

Brian Evans, 40

Brian J. Evans of Three Rivers passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at his home. Brian was born Dec. 4, 1972, in Edison, N.J., to Edgar and Jacqueline (Kundzala) Evans. Brian was a 1992 graduate of Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Ind. While in high school he was a star athlete in track and field and earned a scholarship to ... Read More »