Teresa Heiber, 45

August 13, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Teresa Lee Heiber, age 45, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, 2013, at her home.

She was born Jan. 11, 1968, in Sturgis, Mich., daughter of Richard and Clara Mae (Metzger) Vargo.

Teresa resided most of her life in the Sturgis area with the exception of the nine years the family lived in Missouri.

On June 29, 1994, she married Marvin Heiber in Centreville.

For the past 11 years she was a dedicated employee at the McDonald’s restaurant in Sturgis. She attended the Sturgis Evangelical Church and enjoyed watching television, Facebook and loved time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin; four daughters, Amanda Huff of Mendon, Kyndra (Kyle) Keller, Tabetha Heiber and Ariel Heiber all of Sturgis; one son, Ridge Heiber of Sturgis; one grandson, Kyson Keller; mother, Clara Mae Green of Coldwater; one sister, Judy Vargo of Sturgis; one brother, Eric Vargo of Quincy and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A memorial service celebrating the life of Teresa Heiber will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sturgis Evangelical Church, 29201 E. Fawn River Rd. in Sturgis. The Rev. Rodger Moyer will officiate.

The Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 490891, 269-651-2331 is entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial donations would be appreciated to the family to help with expenses c/o: Marvin Heiber, 66635 Klinger Lake Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091.

The obituary is also at where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

Helen Boals, 91

August 13, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Helen May Boals, 91, of White Pigeon, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Bowman House in Three Rivers, Mich., following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 23, 1921, in Sturgis, Mich., the daughter of Harry and Catherine (Kuhns) Eberhard.

She was a Three Rivers resident since 2011, coming from the White Pigeon and Constantine area.

On Dec. 24, 1936, in LaGrange, Ind., she married Joseph O. Boals in LaGrange, Ind. He died Feb. 2, 2000.

She was retired from Continental Can in Three Rivers where she was a quality control inspector. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Constantine, past treasurer of the Sunday School and a 4-H teacher in crocheting.

Surviving are three daughters, Helen Jeane (Jack) Kreitzer of Belleview, Fla., Nina (Roger) Moyer of Bristol, Ind., and Carrie (Gary) Reiling of Sturgis; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Suann and Elenaor; two brothers; two sister and her husband.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Constantine with the Pastor Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Interment of cremains will be in Constantine Township Cemetery.

Donations may be directed to the Messiah Lutheran Church or Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Envelopes are available at the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon, which is handling the arrangements.

Kevin Hall, 56

August 12, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Kevin Joseph Hall, age 56, of Three Rivers, went to be with his Lord on Friday, August 9, 2013 at  Borgess Medical Center. He was born on October 8, 1956 in Valparaiso, Indiana the son of the late Ray and Evelyn (Redelman) Hall.

Mr. Hall has been a resident of Three Rivers since 1980 coming from Kouts, Indiana where he grew up. He was employed for many years as District and Store Manager for the Tractor Supply Company. He later went into auto sales for Cole Motor Company for over thirteen years, before he started Hall Family Auctions, where he was an auctioneer.

Kevin was a very active and faithful member of Riverside Church where he participated in plays, singing, and many other functions. He loved all things sports, especially Cubs Baseball, Indiana Basketball, and coaching his children in Little League and other sports. His greatest love was for family, especially his children and grandchildren who will greatly miss him.

Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Ella.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife, R. Gale Hall, whom he married on Oct. 7, 1977; two daughters, Rebecca (Dane) Luegge and Roberta “Bobbi” (Paul) Schoon; two sons, Nathanael “Scott” Hall and Samuel Hall, honorary son, Brandon Purser; all of Three Rivers; six grandchildren, Ashley, Samantha, Abbi, Paige, Ethan, and Trey. Two brothers, Rick Hall, of Teconsha, MI., and Michael (Diane) Hall, of Kouts, IN.; one sister, Cheryl Terry, of Mitchell, IN.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

A memorial celebration will be held 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Booko officiating.

Memorials may be donated to the Three Rivers Little League. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

Brenda Taylor, 57

August 11, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Brenda Marie Taylor, age 57, of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Friday afternoon August 9, 2013 at her home.

She was born August 19, 1955 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Lambert Wendell and Opal (Watson) Persing.

Brenda was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1975.

On August 1, 1986 she married Gene Taylor in Centreville, Michigan.

Brenda had been employed by Sturgis Molded Products for the past 37 years. She joined the company directly after her graduation from high school.

She enjoyed mushroom hunting in northern Michigan, watching television, crossword puzzles and truly loved time spent with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Gene; two daughters: Racheal Taylor and Tricia Taylor both of Sturgis; one son: Jonathan Persing of Middlebury, Indiana; one grandson: Hunter Strang; one sister: Ronda (George) Tetzloff of Shipshewana, Indiana; three brothers: Stephen (Roxanne) Persing of Colon, Greg Persing of Burr Oak and Tracey (Sandi) Persing of Allendale and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. Funeral services celebrating the life of Brenda Marie Taylor will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Larry Wallman 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 Brenda’s memory consider C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, 300 N. Ingalls, Room NI4D06, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 of the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22311.

The obituary is also at where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

Bobby Pelfrey Jr., 47

August 11, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Bobby Ray Pelfrey Jr. (Boon), 47, of Centreville, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 4, 2013.

He was born June 22, 1966, in LaGrange, Ind.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and enjoyed driving semi, working on vehicles and spending time with his family and friends.

He will be dearly missed and always loved.

Surviving are his lovely wife, Dawn; kids, Timothy (T-Bone), Joshua (Erica) and Shyanne (Jared); brother, Kerri (Lori) Willard; sisters Kathy and Tina (Scott); in-laws Robert (Lynn) Wendy and Starr (Ron); parents in-law Frank (Clara); aunts and uncles, Roy (Jerri), Sadie (Skip) and Bertha (Sam); nephews Levi, Kristofer (Amber), Henrick, Quenten and Hank; nieces Kassie (Jimmy), Carly, Hailey-Ann, Faith and Ky-Bug; special friends, Kenny (Barb), Herb Graber and Jesse (Robin); and his adoptive parents, Richard (Diane) Gregory. He was preceded in death by his son, Justin; his father, Bobby Sr.; a brother, Joe; and a nephew, Jesse.

Memorial services are at 4 p.m. Sept. 28, at 22859 Banker Road, Centreville.

Dick Kilgore, 69

August 11, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Richard (Dick) Lloyd Kilgore, 69, of Sturgis passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Community Health Center of Branch County in Coldwater.

Born July 10, 1944, in Battle Creek to John and Berniece (Lingg) Kilgore, Richard lived his life between Battle Creek and Sturgis.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, John and Bernice (Lingg) Kilgore. Richard is survived by his wife, Paddie (Carver) Kilgore; sons Richard Lloyd Kilgore II and wife, Melanie (Buhler), of Kalamazoo; Adam Triebsch and his partner, Carie Bronson, of California; and Jacob “Jake” Triebsch of Grand Rapids. He also is survived by his sisters, Linda Starks of Texas and Virginia Works of Idaho; ands his three grandchildren, Ashley Kilgore, Brianna Kilgore and Peyton Buhler.

Richard was a veteran of the Vietnam War and had the honor of serving as a bodyguard to Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his service. The story of Capodanno in Vietnam was the subject of the book “The Grunt Padre.” Richard always had a copy of the book on hand and proudly showed his picture with Father Capodanno on the back cover. Richard was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device and the Vietnam Service Medal.

Richard was a real motivator and had a long and distinguished business career in various capacities such as supervisor, plant manager and sales manager for cereal companies such as Post and Kellogg’s and manufacturing companies such as Clark Equipment, Owens Classic and Amerimax/Alcoa.

Richard enjoyed riding his Harley and was a hot rod and Corvette enthusiast who used his personal vision to create unique and custom hot rods. He had a way of making his cars represent this, along with paying attention to the smallest details that always separated his vehicles from the crowd.

Richard had a charismatic personality who affected the lives of most everyone he met. His character is what endeared him to his friends and brought him success and respect in the workplace. Richard was an animal lover who found a special affection for cats, especially his garage cat Wild Thing and his indoor special buddy Gizmo.

Services will be held for Richard Kilgore, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, It will begin with visitation and a brief memorial 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at his home at 67841 North Big Hill Road, Sturgis, followed by full military funeral honors at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Road, Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Animal Rescue Project, 219 Peekstock, Kalamazoo, MI 49001,

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