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Mike Happel, 55

Michael L. “Mike” Happel, age 55, of Sturgis, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born Nov. 2, 1963, in Sturgis, a son of Lee G. and Judith E. (Abbs) Happel. Michael was a graduate of Burr Oak High School with the class of 1982. He continued his education and graduated from Michigan …

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Hershel Powell, 78,

Hershel Powell, age 78, of Simpsonville, S.C., and formerly of Sturgis, husband of Betty Videtto Powell, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, while at home with his family. He was born in Batesville, Ark., a son of the late Herman and Eula Stroud Powell. Mr. Powell served our country in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Korea. In addition to his …

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Linda Vander Mei, 85

Linda Vander Mei, age 85, passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 at her home in Three Rivers. She was born in Harkema, Friesland in The Netherlands. On June 9, 1956 she married Evert Vander Mei. She is survived by three children, Gary (Chris) Vander Mei, Gus Vander Mei, Theresa (Ken) Rondeau; five grandchildren, Jenny (Daniel) Hill, Chad, Max and …

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Tom Decker, 74

Thomas A. Decker, age 74, of Cassopolis, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2019. He was born June 9, 1944 in South Bend,  the oldest of three children born to Dean and Betty Decker. Tom was a lifelong Cassopolis resident. He was passionate about the outdoors and loved spending time in the field hunting pheasant over one of his beloved dogs. …

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Michael Deskovitz, 82

Michael H. Deskovitz, age 82, of Lake Templene, passed away at Borgess Medical Center on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.  He was born in Detroit on June 19, 1936, a son of Mike and Esthma (Darensburg) Deskovitz. He graduated from Wyandotte Mt. Carmel High School and went on to play football for the University of Detroit before graduating from Lawrence Tech. …

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Tommy Shepard, 50

Thomas Peter “Tommy” Shepard Jr., age 50, of Marcellus passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019. Thomas was born September 26, 1968, in Elkhart, the son of Thomas P. Shepard Sr., who preceded in death April 28, 2001, and Ardith K. (Bowers) Shepard. Surviving is Thomas’ one son: Tristan T. Shepard of Centreville, mother: Ardith K. (Bowers) Shepard and step father: …

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Matt Powell, 38

Matthew John Powell, age 38, of Colon, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 unexpectedly at his home. Matt was born September 1, 1980 in St. Charles, IL a son to the late John T. and Laura Elizabeth Brown. Matt married Mickey L. Baker in 2009 in Sturgis. He had made his home in Colon for the last nine years coming …

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Jim Wallick, 82

Jimmie D. Wallick, age 82, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, 2019, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born April 26, 1936, in Sturgis, a son of the late Vernon and Marjorie (King) Wallick. Jim was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On Nov. 9, 1956, he married Janet Kane at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. Jim was …

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Michael Trattles, 75

Michael Roger Trattles, age 75, of Saratoga Springs, NY, died at home on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in the company of his loving family. Born July 4, 1943 in Battle Creek, he was the son of the late Roger Leon and Alice Jeannette (Weber) Trattles. After High School, Mike graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power School and served honorably in …

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Tana Kaiser, 72

Mrs. Tana Jo Kaiser, age 72, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, January 28, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 19th, 1946 in Three Rivers, the daughter of the late Josephine (Mikosz) Guthrie. Tana has been a life long resident of Three Rivers. On June 19th, 1965 she married the …

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