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Larry Emerick, 46

Lawrence Jay Emerick, age 46, of Mount Dora, Fla., and a longtime former Sturgis resident, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, Fla. He was born May 30, 1971, in LaGrange, Ind., son of Victor Allen and Judy (Acker) Emerick. Larry resided in Florida for the past several years, going there from Sturgis …

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Marco Chapman, 16

Marco David Chapman, age 16, of Three Rivers, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 while swimming with friends along the St. Joseph River. He was born in Three Rivers on Feb. 27, 2001 the son of Marco David Patton and Leesa O. Chapman, and was a lifetime resident of the Michiana area. Marco had just completed the 10th grade at Lakeland …

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John Thoendel, Sr., 66

John Edward Thoendel, Sr., age 66, of Vandalia, died peacefully Friday, July 21, 2017 in the comfort of his family’s presence in his daughter’s residence. He was born July 24, 1950 in Cassopolis to Adolph and Martha Thoendel. His parents preceded him in death. He was also preceded by one daughter, Nykole Thoendel. John served honorably in the U.S. Army …

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Floyd Astling, 80

Floyd Alfred Astling, age 80, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, following a brief illness. He spent his remaining days in the care of Grace Healthcare in Three Rivers. Floyd was born Aug. 30, 1936, at the Constantine Hospital in Constantine. He was the son of the late Charles H. and Myrtle K. (Schutt) Astling. He was a well-known resident …

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Richard Claxton, 73

Richard E. Claxton, age 73, of White Pigeon, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at his home, following a one-year illness. He was born July 28, 1943, in Constantine, a son of Russell and Illa (Sudlow) Claxton. He was a White Pigeon and Constantine resident all his life, a graduate of White Pigeon High School and a veteran of the U.S. …

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Joe Andrus, 35

Joseph James Andrus, age 35, of Ann Arbor, and formerly of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 17, 2017 at his home. He was born December 5, 1981 in Kingsville, Texas son of William and Diane (Barnett) Andrus. He resided in Ann Arbor for the past 3 years but Joe lived as most of us only threaten to do. He …

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