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Carolyn Eckert, 74

Carolyn J. Eckert, age 74, of Burr Oak, passed away Sunday evening, July 21, 2019, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born Nov. 27, 1945, in Three Rivers, a daughter of the late William Phillip and Bernice (Parker) Clark. Carolyn resided most of her life in the Burr Oak area. On Nov. 8, 1968, she married Theodore …

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Josh Bell, 36

Joshua Nelson Bell, age 36, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at his home. He was born Sept. 25, 1982, in Sturgis, a son of Daniel Nelson and Debra (Trine) Bell. Josh was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a member of the Sturgis High School class of 2001 and a graduate of Ding King Car Detailing School. Most …

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Don Moore, 70

Donald Moore, age 70, of Kalamazoo, died on Friday, July 12, 2019. He was born May 7, 1949, in Lansing, the son of John and Wilma (Proctor) Moore. Don graduated from East Lansing High School and earned his B.S. in Biology from Alma College. He was a lifelong educator and coach. Don retired after 37 years after serving the Three …

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Judith Wood, 78

Judith K. Wood, age 78, of Three Rivers, died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, following an extended illness. She was born April 6, 1941, in Sturgis, a daughter of H. Russell and Mary (Gross) Lough. She was a Three Rivers resident for the past 40 years, coming from White Pigeon. She was employed at Continental Can in …

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Cecelia Huber, 66

Cecelia Diane (Brooks) Huber, age 66, of Sturgis, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Three Rivers Health. She was born May 6, 1953, in Harrisburg, Ark., a daughter of Billy Wayne and Hazel (Minor) Brooks. Cecelia moved from Arkansas to Indiana and graduated from New Carlisle High School in 1972. She also lived in Ohio and Michigan. On June …

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Eric Stafford, 37

Eric L. Stafford, age 37, of Mottville, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.  He was born in Sturgis on October 16, 1981, a son of Brad Stafford and Lisa (Swart) Finch.  He attended Middlebury schools. Eric currently worked as a swingman for Coachman RV in Middlebury and previously for Thor Motor Coach.  On June 9, …

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Omer Bontrager, 85

Omer D. Bontrager, age 85, of White Pigeon, died Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at his home, following a nine-month illness. He was born July 6, 1934, in Mio, a son of Dan and Fannie (Kaufman) Bontrager. He was a resident of White Pigeon since 1965, coming from Sturgis and Lansing. He was employed by Elkhart Products, retiring in 1999. Omer …

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Drake Ward, 87

“Drake” Frank Edward Ward, age 87, of Three Rivers, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 surrounded by his devoted and loving family. He was born April 20, 1932 in Lancaster Wisconsin, the son of Lyle Ward and Eva (Tindell) Ward. He was a Staff Sargent in the US Air Force, from April 1951 until April 1955, serving in England. …

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Bob Zerfas, 82

Robert W. (Bob) Zerfas passed away Monday, July 15, 2019.  He leaves behind his loving wife Patricia (Essig) of 58 years, five children Kelline (Michael) Holt, John, Norman (Kristin), Jeffrey (Monica), and   Benjamin (Deb), 11 grandchildren, a sister Evelyn Lynch, a brother Donald Zerfas and honorary son, Jorge Gaytan. Bob loved to fly.  He spent 5 years in the United …

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Judith Bohne, 62

Judith Lynn Bohne, age 62, of Colon, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. Judith was born May 5, 1957, in Coldwater, a daughter to the late Henry and Phyllis (Borgert) Leaf. Judith married Elwin Bohne in 1982 in Freemont, Indiana. She had worked many years for Walmart as a stocker. She is …

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