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Robert Wells, Jr., 61

April 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

RobertWellsRobert C. Wells, Jr, age 61, of Constantine, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at his home. Robert was born in South Bend, IN on April 23, 1952, a son of and Robert and Erma (Ryggs) Wells, Sr. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1975. On March 21, 1981 he married Jane Clark in Cassopolis. She preceded him in death January 23, 1995. Robert worked as a welder at B & B Wrecker in Elkhart and previously at E.L. Nickell Co. in Constantine. Robert was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying fishing.

Robert is survived by a daughter Sarah Wells, of Constantine, MI; son Robert (Angela Drake) Wells, of Grand Rapids, MI; grandson Calvin Wells, Grand Rapids, MI, sister Donna Gillam, of Sturgis, MI, and brother John (Tina) Wells, of Wabash, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will host a gathering of friends at a later date. The family requests donations to Reverence Home Health and Hospice 348 N. Burdick St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or West Michigan Cancer Center 200 N. Park St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.

Kevin Leighton, 48

April 13, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Kevin Wayne Leighton, age 48, of Mendon, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born in Anderson, IN on Dec. 21, 1965 the youngest son of Richard and Norma (Nutt) Leighton. He graduated from Colon High School with the class of 1984 and was a former member of the Lake Center Bible Church. Kevin first worked at Grumman-Olsen in Sturgis, and for the past 20 years at American Axle in Three Rivers. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 2093, and attended the Moorepark Community Church. He was married to Marla Alleshouse on Sep. 28, 1996 in Colon. They resided in White Pigeon for six years before moving to Mendon 2002. Kevin was a classic car enthusiast who also enjoyed fishing and working outdoors. He put his family above all else and was always helping others. Many families will benefit from Kevin’s gifts as an organ donor, and can now continue to experience the miracle of life.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Marla; two daughters, Megann and McKenna both at home; his father, Richard Leighton of Mendon; five brothers, Curt (Sonya) Leighton, Danny (Jeanne) Hall, David (Sharon) Leighton, and Robert (Connie) Leighton all of Mendon and Brent (Mary Lou) Leighton of Three Rivers; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles; and by his in-laws, the Alleshouse family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma; and his oldest brother, Michael.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday April 16, 2014 at the Moorepark Community Church, 55701 Wilbur Road, Three Rivers with Pastor Ken Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mendon Cemetery. Memorials will be directed to the family for an education fund being established for his daughters. An online register is available and condolences may be left for the family at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com

Phillip Powell, 93

April 12, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Phillip J. Powell, age 93, of Kalamazoo, MI passed away Friday evening, April 11, 2014.

He was born May 8, 1920 in Marcellus, MI the son of Peter Phillip and Mary Ann (Hourihan) Powell. On June 1, 1946 in Kalamazoo, MI he married Leatrice June Adams who survives.

He graduated from Marcellus High School in 1939 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during WWII. He has been a resident of Kalamazoo since 1945 and owned and operated R.M. Sorlie Company in Kalamazoo.

Surviving besides his wife June, are three daughters, Sandra L. (Dennis) Munson of Portage, MI, Kyle Lynn (Jeffery) See of Plainwell, MI and Dale Ann (Edward) Greenwood of Rockhill, SC; one son, Gregory (Janalee) Powell of Kalamazoo; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his three sisters.

The family will receive friends from 11 to 1 P.M. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home, 52780 M-40, Marcellus, MI 49067

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Marcellus Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Rose Arbor Hospice, 5473 Croyden Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

Online condolences may be left at www.materralstonfuneralhome.com

Beverly Callaway, 67

April 12, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Beverly Ellen Callaway, 67, of Three Rivers, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Thurston Woods Nursing Facility following a lengthy illness. She was born in Ypsilanti on Oct. 24, 1946 the daughter of Mr. John and Joyce (Snyder) Koschmider.

Beverly is survived by her loving family, one daughter, Kim (Brad) Hoercher of Three Rivers; two sons, John (Mitzi) Krause and Jeff (Wendy) Krause, all of Three Rivers; one brother, Rick (Darla) Koschmider; three sisters, Sharon Yates, Connie (Randy) Harris, Penny (Eric) Kruse, all of Huntsville, Ala.; six grandchildren, Blade and Kendall Krause, Payton and Rhyeli Krause, and Lucan and Berkeley Hoercher.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of services at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 14 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

Memorials may be donated to the family of Beverly Callaway. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.

Doris Gelvin, 79

April 11, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

DorisGelvinDoris O. (Rustad) Gelvin,  age 79, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Rolla, N. Dakota on May 10, 1934, a daughter of Raymond and Anna (Ouellette) Jones. Doris graduated from high school in Rolla. On July 12, 1982 she married William Gelvin in LaGrange, IN. He preceded her in death on July 30, 1983. Doris was a homemaker and enjoyed caring for her family and home. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She enjoyed baking, reading, taking walks, and visiting with family and friends.

Surviving Doris are her children, Vicki (Benjamin) Ross, of White Pigeon, Allen Rustad, Valerie (Ron) Hawkins, Cindy (Thomas) Hicks, all of Sturgis, and their father Edward Rustad, sister, Janett (Richard) Arvidson, brother Glenn Jones, daughter-in-law Connie Rumsey, Bronson, son-in-law Michael Christner, Shipshewana, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Jimmy Rustad, daughter Mary Christner, sisters Dolores Fenzel, Stella Gardner and brother Sonny Jones.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Celebration of Life Services will be held Monday at 3:00 p.m. at Firm Foundation Ministries in Centreville, at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Don Smith officiating. A dinner will follow services. Private interment of ashes will take place at Oaklawn Cemetery in Sturgis at a later date. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com

Dan Zerfas, 57

April 9, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

My beautiful pictureDaniel Richard Zerfas, 57, of Oak Ridge, N.C., formerly of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly in March. Preceded in death by father, Richard; mother, Katherine Anne; and brother, Thomas (Tom). Survived by daughter, Lydia Zerfas; grandchildren, Alexandra (Lexy) and Zachary; brothers, William (Bill) and Mark; and sister Kathleen (Kathy). Dan graduated from Three Rivers High School, attended Ferris State College, and served in the Army before settling in North Carolina. He was a free spirit and will be missed. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Three Rivers.

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