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Larry Shirk, 74

Larry K. Shirk, age 74, of Constantine, died on Friday, April 21, 2017 at his home. He was born September 23, 1942 in Springfield, OH a son of Gordon and Emma (Ogdon) Shirk. Larry attended school in Springfield. On July 23, 1968 he married Helen Carter in Constantine. He retired from Birkhold Pattern Co. in Centreville after 20 years of employment. …

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Toby Miller, 87

Tobias C. Miller, age 87, of Constantine, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at his home. He was born in Haven, KS on November 23, 1929, a son of Clemens and Polly (Schrock) Miller.  Toby graduated from Middlebury High School in 1949 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean war.  On May 18, 1951, …

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R.J. Edington, 80

R.J. Edington, age 80, of Three Rivers passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Heartland Healthcare Center. He was born on January 23, 1937 in Little Rock, AR the son of R.E. and Roxie (Holbert) Edington. R.J. served in the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1957. He was united in marriage in to Polly Ann “Frankie” Williams …

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Helen Shemberger, 96

Helen E. Shemberger, age 96, of White Pigeon, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017, at New Friends Memory Care & Assisted Living in Kalamazoo. She was born April 14, 1921, in Freeport, Mich., a daughter of the late Owen H. Steckle and Lena M. (Smelker) Steckle. She was a graduate of Hastings High School in 1938 and had resided in …

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Mary Decker, 91

Mary Ardis Decker, age 91, of Colon, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her family. Mary was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Colon, a daughter of the late Carleton L. and Georgia A. (Drake) West. On Nov. 22, 1947, she married Allen Eugene Decker in Angola, Ind. He preceded her in death Oct. 26, 1980. …

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Florence Custer, 81

Florence A. Custer, age 81, of White Pigeon, died on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at her home. She was born April 10, 1936 in Battle Creek a daughter of James and Florence (Hissong) Ernsberger. Florence attended Bellevue public schools and later graduated from Centreville Schools. In 1972 she married Ervin Custer. He preceded her in death in 1991. She was …

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