Robert L. James, age 83, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 12, 2013, at Thurston Woods Villa in Sturgis.
He was born March 12, 1930, in Warsaw, Ind., a son of the late Lee and Leola (Stanton) James.
Bob resided in Sturgis since 1961, coming from LaGrange, Ind. His early life was lived in Warsaw, Ind., where he was a graduate of Warsaw High School with the class of 1948.
On May 24, 1951, he married Frances Irene Byland in Syracuse, Ind. She died Oct. 23, 2008.
Bob owned and operated, with his wife, Economy Market and Ice Company in Sturgis for many years. He also had worked at Wall Packing Company in Sturgis and Kroger Grocery Store in Warsaw and LaGrange.
Bob served in the National Guard and was a past member of Loyal Order of Moose #575, Eagles Lodge #1314 and Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed gambling, especially when he and Fran traveled to Las Vegas, fishing, hunting and working with the public.
He is survived by two daughters, Irene (Dan) Dumont of Bronson and Lou Ann (Michael) Cox of Sturgis; two sons, Bill (Edie) James of Sturgis and Steve James of LaGrange.; four granddaughters, Tracie Syring, Sheri Hills, Holly Gentz and Jessica James; three grandsons, Jason Knapp, James Knapp and Damon James; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and twin sisters, Hulda Mae James and Mary Alice James.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Robert L. “Bob” James will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Glenn Russell, Thurston Woods Village chaplin, will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. James’ memory consider the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22311 or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Alma Jeanette (Huntley-Osborn) McIntosh, age 81, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 following a long illness. She was born in Alpena, MI on Dec. 9, 1931 the daughter of Charles and Ruth (Baker) Huntley. Alma attended Centreville Schools and American Beauty Academy in Kalamazoo. She and her family moved to Mendon in 1961, and she has been a resident of Sturgis since 1970. For many years she was a seamstress at Denton Mills while also working as a waitress at Rosie’s Sand Lake Steak House and the Klinger Lake Country Club. She was a former member of the Moose, Elks, and Eagles lodges in Three Rivers.
Alma is survived by five children, Darrell (Linda) Osborn of Three Rivers, Carol (Larry) Barnett of Sturgis, Bobby (Deb) Osborn of Three Rivers, Karen Osborn of Saginaw, TX, and Michael (Hope) McIntosh of Three Rivers; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild on the way; a sister, Shirley Kikendal of Hell, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Zell Huntley; her husband, Russell McIntosh in 1991; and a daughter, Candace Clementz in 1994.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation has been conducted. A public open house and memorial gathering will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday Nov. 16, 2013 at the Three Rivers Elks Lodge, 603 W. Michigan Ave. in Three Rivers. It is suggested that memorials be directed to Southern Care Hospice, 4341 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008. An online register is available at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com
Jesse J. “Jim” Kindig, 76, of Marcellus, passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 1, 1937 in Vestula, Ind. the son of Harry J. and Elsie V. (Blough) Kindig. On June 29, 1957 in Jones he married Janice Y. Martineau who survives.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1963 and was a local farmer all his life. He was a member of the District 4 Holstein Association and the Farm Bureau for many years.
Surviving besides his wife Janice, are four sons, James E., Jesse E. (Galina), Joey J. (Angi) and John L. Kindig all of Marcellus; two sisters, Mildred I. Beers of Texas and Desse Parker of Indiana; one brother, Richard W. (Joyce) Kindig of Cassopolis; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home, Marcellus.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Howardsville Gospel Chapel with Pastor Sheldon Combs officiating. Burial will follow at Poe’s Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Howardsville Chapel/School or to the VA Paralyzed Veterans.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.materralstonfuneralhome.com.
Hattie C. King, age 90, of Constantine, died Thursday Nov. 7, 2013 at her daughter’s home in Avon, IN. She was born in Saginaw, MI on Jan. 25, 1923 the daughter of Howard and Helen (Watson) Hagerman. The family later moved to Three Rivers where she graduated from Three Rivers High School. She was married to Herbert R. King in Three Rivers on April 19, 1941. Hattie was a homemaker and farm wife, and had been a resident of Constantine since 1969.
Hattie is survived by two children, James (Rosemary) King of Vicksburg and Ruth Ellen (Harry) Guess of Avon, IN; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild on the way; a brother, Robert (Marsha) Hagerman; two sisters, Elaine Bye and Dorothy Hagerman; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert in 2006; seven brothers and sisters; and a great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013 at the Eickhoff Farrand Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Jay Bailey of the Three Rivers Bible Church officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Donations in memory of Hattie will be directed to the Three Rivers Bible Church. An online register is available and condolences may be expressed to the family at www.efhchapel.com
Doris Marie Blankenship, age 52, of Sturgis and formerly of Mendon died Saturday Nov. 9, 2013 at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers. She was born in Three Rivers on Dec. 6, 1960 the daughter of Benny and Marion (Davis) Blankenship and has been a lifetime resident of St. Joseph County. She graduated from Mendon High School with the Class of 1979.
Doris had been employed as a secretary at Armstrong Machine Works in Three Rivers and retired from Sturgis Tool and Die Company. She enjoyed reading and writing poetry, latch hook rug making, and sketching. She enjoyed her cats and had Garfield, Unicorn, and dolphin collections.
She is survived by her brother, David Blankenship of Mendon, and by several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family will receive friends from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013 at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Clint Zehr officiating. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery. Memorials will be directed to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com
Kenneth “Kenny” Hunsberger, 71, of Three Rivers, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 in Three Rivers Health.
He was born Aug. 8, 1942 in Niles to Walter and Kathryn (Tyler) Hunsberger. He married Elaine Mary Swiatkowski Sept. 28, 1963 in Cassopolis. She survives. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Kenneth will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine (Swiatkowski) Hunsberger of Three Rivers; one daughter, Rhonda (Jim) Robinson of Royal Center, Ind.; five grandchildren; one sister, June Westphal of Three Rivers; three brothers, Ray (Virginia) Hunsberger of Dowagiac, Tom Hunsberger of Markle, Ind. and Chuck (Laura) Hunsberger of Marcellus.
The family will observe a private remembrance.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.