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Robert Smalley, 80

Robert A. Smalley, age 80, of Colon, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Robert was born Jan. 1, 1936, in Middleville, a son of the late Arthur and Lucille (Alger) Smalley. On Sept. 29, 1962, he married Phyllis M. Coble in Kalamazoo. She preceded him in death Aug. 13, 2008. Robert served in the …

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Wayne Decker, 84

Wayne E. Decker, age 84, of Hastings, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Spectrum Butterworth in Grand Rapids. He retired as a superintendent at MDOT after 31 years of service. They spent winters at their home in Florida. He loved fishing, hunting, camping, and loved Tiger baseball. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Monafae; daughters Cindy …

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Brad Wells, 58

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Brad Lee Wells, age 58, of Burr Oak, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 19, 2016, at his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1957, in Sturgis, a son of the late Robert E. and Frances Jean (Wellington) Wells. Brad was a lifelong Burr Oak resident and a graduate of Burr Oak High School with the class of 1976. On …

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Donna Caseman, 89

Donna Joan Caseman, age 89, of Constantine, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Heartland Health Care.  She was born December 25, 1926 in Union, a daughter of Frank and Fannie May (Hull) Caseman.   She graduated from Constantine High School.  Donna worked at Gambles in Constantine for 20+ years, later retiring from GM in Three Rivers after working there for …

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Chris Norton, 66

Christine Kay Norton, age 66, of Mendon, died Monday, April 18, 2016 at Sunshine House in Three Rivers. She was born in Three Rivers on Oct. 13, 1949 the daughter of Leonard “Mike” and Janice L. (McKindley) Osgood and has been a lifetime resident of the Mendon area. She graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1968. Chris …

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Alden Zimlich, 92

Alden Joseph Zimlich Jr., age 92, of Three Rivers died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 1923. The son of Alden J. Zimlich Sr. and Margaret (Fladeland) Zimlich. After high school, Alden worked in the Detroit area as a toolmaker. He later owned and operated Mid-America Plastics …

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