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Leon Kimball, 89

Leon S. Kimball, 89, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2009, at the Sturgis Hospital Emergency Room. Arrangements will be announced by the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel of Sturgis. Read More »

Howard Sprowl, 85

M. Howard Sprowl, age 85, of Sturgis,  passed away early Saturday morning February 28, 2009 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born April 15, 1923 in Sturgis, Michigan a son to the late Charles D. and Elsie M. (Bowser) Sprowl. Howard had resided in Sturgis his whole life with the exception of the time he was in the ... Read More »

Major Timothy Cook, 58

 Major Timothy L. Cook (RET.) age 58, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning ,February 28, 2009 at his home. He was born February 5, 1951 in Tipton, Indiana a son to Donald and Sarah Jane (Pickering) Cook. Major Cook had resided in the Sturgis and Howe, Indiana area since 1988. On July 31, 1999 he married Janice Romanyk at ... Read More »

Florine Russell, 94

Florine Lola Russell, age 94, formerly of Scotts, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo following a brief illness. She was born in Augusta, MI on April 16, 1914 the daughter of Roy and Florence Smith. She was a graduate of Augusta High School and later attended Cosmetology School. She briefly operated a Beauty Shop in ... Read More »

Marcia Bechtloff, 69

Marcia C. Bechtloff, age 69, of Colon, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  Marcia was born June 3, 1939, in Schoolcraft, a daughter of the late Harry & Helen (Smith) Stuart. Marcia had lived most all of her life in the Colon and Leonidas area. She graduated from Colon High School with the ... Read More »

Gayle Balyeat, 74

Gayle A. Balyeat, 74, of 703 Michigan Ave., Sturgis, Mich., died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at her home, following an extended illness. She was born July 25, 1934, in Chenoa, Ill., a daughter of Russell and Vernice (Harkrider) Dunham. She had been a Sturgis resident since 1998, coming from Kalkaska, where she lived for 21 years. Prior to that, she lived in Constantine. ... Read More »