Wallace Earl Bristow, 68, of Colon, died Monday at his home.
Wally was born Dec, 3, 1945, in Aberdeen, N.C., to the late Harris L. Bristow and Una M Bristow “Allred.” Wally graduated and served in the U.S. Navy from 1964-1966. In 1975, he married Ottilie Bristow and they lived in Taylor until they moved to Sturgis in 1996.
Wally was a truck driver for Sturgis Iron and Metal for several years. He loved fishing, driving the big rigs and his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren. He loved bonfires and nature. He also loved taking car rides to watch deer with his wife, Tilly. Most of all, he loved to tease and laugh.
Wally is survived by five daughters, Linda Hankins, Margret Reynolds, Chris Schonmeier, Pamela Parker and Angie McCallister. He also has three siblings, sisters Kathy King and Sharon Davis and a brother, John Bristow. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents, Harris and Una Bristow; a sister, Betty Smith; and a son, Jerry.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Spencer Family Funeral Home in Athens, with the Rev. Roger Moyer of Sturgis Evangelical Church officiating.
Arrangements are by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens, www.spencerfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Rolene L. French, age 80, of Coldwater, passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Community Health Center of Branch County.
Rolene was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Matteson Township, a daughter of the late Merton E. and Golda C. (Hovarter) French.
Rolene had lived in Branch County all her life and was a member of the former Matteson Brethren Church.
She is survived by a sister, Daisy Mae Myers of Leonidas; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Leon L. French, in 1980, and Junior M. French, in 1991.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Schipper Funeral Home in Colon. Funeral services celebrating the life of Rolene L. French will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the funeral home, with Mr. David Farrell officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Colon.
If desired, memorials may be made in memory of Rolene to Leonidas Do Best 4-H. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Thomas “Tommy” Ray Oswalt III, age 17, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI. on October 3, 1996 the son of Thomas Ray Oswalt II and Michele Marie (Kelley) LaPlant.
Tommy has been a lifetime resident of Three Rivers. He attended Three Rivers Schools where he was very active in Band, Football, and Cross Country. Tommy loved to play paintball, game design, play video games, and was extremely knowledgeable with electronics. Tommy will always be remembered for helping others, always being very unselfish, and his love of “Ramen Noodles”. His smile and bright personality will be missed by all.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, parents, Thomas “Ray” (Kathie Clark) Oswalt II, of Three Rivers; Michele Marie LaPlant, of Menominee, MI.; brother, Brier Jacob Oswalt, of Menominee; grandparents, Thomas (June) Oswalt, of Three Rivers, Bill (Jo) Kelley, of St. Ignace, MI.; Step-brothers, Jack and George Clark and Connor LaPlant; Step-sisters, Haley Hagedorn and Ashley LaPlant; Aunts, Jennifer (Lyle) Consul, of Kalamazoo, and Krista (Preston) Kelley; Uncles, Daniel and Jeff Kelley. Many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Mr. Ted Cross officiating.
Memorials may be donated to the family of Tommy Oswalt c/o Hohner Funeral Home. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www. hohnerfh.com.
Nancy D. Earl-Johansen, 75, of Goshen, Ind., died Feb. 17, 2014 at Kindred Hospital in Mishawaka, Ind.
Born May 12, 1938 in Three Rivers, daughter to the late George and Helen (Beebe) Baker.
From June of 1958 to April of 1975 she was married to Richard L. Earl Sr. and they created two children, Rick and Kathy. In July of 1983 she married Walter Johansen; he preceded her in death in April of 1993.
Surviving are one daughter, Kathy (Gary) Roth of Shipshewana, Ind.; step-children, Marybeth (Joe) Kasperlik of Grand Rapids, June Johansen of Grand Rapids, Linda (Ron) Morgan of Wilmington, N.C. and Martin (Pam) Johansen of Edwardsburg; seven step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Doug (Gladys) Baker of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Barb (Bill) Buenger of Camarillo, Calif.; three nephews; two nieces; and two grandnieces and four grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Richard Earl Jr. (2012); daughter-in-law, Dawn Earl (2009); infant brother, Fredrick Baker.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, at the Forks Mennonite Church, 11435 W. 025 S., Middlebury, IN 46540.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Forks Mennonite Church, American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Brent A. Walters, age 57, of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 13, 2014, at his home.
He was born May 13, 1956, in Sturgis, a son of the late LaVerne and Shirley (Kunce) Walters.
Brent graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1974. He also attended Glenn Oak Community College and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
He was employed by Abbott Labs in Sturgis for 28 years and received multiple presidential awards for his dedicated employment.
Brent enjoyed his time living on the farm on Sherman Mills Road and also enjoyed martial arts and was a master in archery, a boy scout leader, coach of little league, pilot of ultralight aircraft and a dedicated and involved father to his children and family.
Surviving are two daughters, Danielle Walters of Middlebury, Ind., and Angela (John) Thompson of Huntsville, Ala.; a son, Travis Walters of Nashville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Paige, Haiden and Olivia; a sister, Constance Rose (Bill) Martindale of Sturgis, a brother, Brian Walters of Sturgis; his former wife and friend of 26 years, Pamela Walters of Elkhart, Ind.; and his beloved dog: Sheeba.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bruce A. Walters.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 10-11 a.m. Friday, at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.
Services celebrating the life of Brent A. Walters will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial donations be directed to V.A. Medical Center, 5500 Armstrong Road, Battle Creek, MI 49037.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
William K. Grant, age 54, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 18, 2014, at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Centreville.
He was born Jan. 16, 1960 in LaGrange, Ind., a son of William and Joyce (Ehret) Grant.
Bill resided in the Sturgis and Elkhart, Ind., area his whole life and was a member of Sturgis High School class of 1978.
He attended Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Bill enjoyed collecting brass figurines and loved music, especially the music of Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
He is survived by his mother, Joyce (Jack Bargo) Stahl of Sturgis; his father, William (Janet) Grant of LaGrange, Ind.; two brothers, Kevin (Linda) Grant and Kim (Debra) Grant both of Middlebury, Ind.; two half-sisters, Heather Grant and Holly Grant, both of Sturgis; two stepbrothers, Jerry (Dorene) Stahl of Elkhart and Jack Bargo Jr. of Richland; two nieces, Kendra (Garrett) Banghart and Summer Grant; and three nephews: Justin “Beau” Grant, Kerry Grant and Michael Plummer.
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-12:45 p.m. Sunday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of William Grant will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The Rev. James Balzer of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Zion Cemetery in Bristol, Ind.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Bill’s memory consider Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church 23269 Banker Street Road, Sturgis, MI 49091.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.