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Gladys Melville, 94

Gladys “Lucille” Melville, age 94, of Marcellus, passed away early Thursday morning, August 22, 2019, peacefully in her sleep. Lucille was born on April 21, 1925 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, the daughter of Robert F. and Iva P. (Luskleet) Midkiff. On November 20, 1943, she married Leslie E. Melville in Benton Harbor, MI. Together they had five children: Sandra, Donna, …

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Caralene Skelton, 88

Caralene G. (Preston) Skelton, age 88, of Constantine, passed away on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at her home. Caralene was born in Three Rivers on June 17, 1931, a daughter of Harold and Edith (Clark) Preston. She attended Three Rivers High School. On October 24, 1948, she married Thomas Arthur Skelton, Sr. in Three Rivers; he preceded her in death …

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Doris Arver, 91

Doris Joan Arver, age 91, of Sturgis, passed away Thursday, Aug.15, 2019, at Fairview Living Centre in Centreville. She was born June 30, 1928, in South Bend, a daughter of the late Marion Francis and Elsa Rosetta (Sayles) Marriott. Doris spent her early childhood years in Rochester, Ind. After her father’s death in 1937, her family moved to Sturgis. In …

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Cindy Deckard, 62

Cindy Deckard, age 62, formerly of White Pigeon, passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Mount Pleasant. A graveside service will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 24 at White Pigeon Township Cemetery. Farrand Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Corky Emrick, 61

Arthur Clayton Emrick JR, 61, Florence Township, Constantine, Michigan died on Monday, August 19, 2019, suddenly of natural causes. He was born on March 2, 1958 in Vicksburg, Michigan, the son of Arthur Clayton and Ida Mae (Parsons) Emrick, SR. Corky was a Constantine area resident since 1995 coming from Vicksburg. He was employed by the Sturgis Journal for over …

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Leslie White, 77

Leslie B. White, age 77, of Sturgis, passed away in Sturgis on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 surrounded by his family.  Leslie was born in Kalamazoo on October 22, 1941, a son of Leslie White and Barbara Monroe.  He attended Parchment Schools, graduating in 1959, and then went on to receive his Business Degree from Parson’s Business School. On June 19, …

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Jacqueline Bendure, 96

Jacqueline deVerna Bendure (nee: Wendell), age 96, of Lebanon, Ohio, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at Hospice of Butler and Warren Counties. Born Oct. 11, 1922 in Wheeling, W.V. to Lay Arthur and Jessie (nee: Lewis) Wendell, she was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. A longtime member of the Lebanon United Methodist Church, she was active in the Lebanon …

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Bruce Loker, 89

Bruce P. Loker, age 89, of rural Vicksburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Fulton on March 21, 1930 the son of Perry C. and Marian (Vance) Loker. He graduated from Athens High School, and served in the U.S. Army for two years as a Military Policeman. Bruce was married …

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Elva Root, 102

Elva A. Root, age 102, of Burr Oak, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at home. Elva was born May 6, 1917, in Huntley, Ill., a daughter of the late John William and Agnes (Schmalz) Anderson. On Dec. 31, 1942, Elva married Robert (Bob) E. Root in Rockford, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob (July …

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Brandon Howard, 32

Our loving son Brandon Howard, age 32 of Constantine, passed away way too early on Saturday July 27, 2019. He was born May 3, 1987 in Three Rivers, to Paul Howard Sr. and his loving mother Penny Harrison. Also left to cherish Brandon’s loving memory are his stepfather Ardean McKee, his three children, Faith, Gene, and Bella; brothers, Austin, Shawn …

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