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Eugene Burkey, 69

Eugene C. Burkey, age 69, of Mottville, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Borgess Hospital. He was born in Elkhart on February 4, 1951, a son of Max and Clara (Akin) Burkey. He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1971. On August 14, 1971, he married Brenda Miller at the Mason Baptist Church in Cassopolis. Eugene previously worked …

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John Roy, 89

John Clarence Roy of Three Rivers passed away Monday, February 10, 2020 peacefully in his sleep. John was born December 5, 1930 in Cleveland, OH, the son of Joseph and Betty (Fisceri) Roy. John was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He graduated in 1953 from Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and in 1961 from Michigan …

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Wanda Franks, 72

Wanda Kay Franks, age 72, of Leonidas, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at Glenn Arbor Hospice in Battle Creek. She was born in Heron, IL on Aug. 30, 1947 the daughter of Miles and Eleanor (Winters) Belt. She was married to Delbert Junior Franks on Aug. 13, 1964 in Kalamazoo and they made their home in the Mendon-Leonidas area. Together …

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Stanley Simpson, 61

Stanley Elmer Simpson, age 61, of Fulton, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Vicksburg on April 22, 1958 the son of Robert and Alma (Prough) Simpson. He graduated from Portage Central High School and worked numerous jobs in the area, including Triple S Plastics, Summit Polymers, Curtis Body Shop, and Dorrance …

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Raymond Miller, 74

Raymond C. Miller, age 74, of Centreville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 13, 2020, after a prolonged illness. He was born May 8, 1945, in Centreville, a son of the late Crist and Iva (Hochstedler) Miller. He was noted for his generous hospitality toward his family and friends. He was known as “Uncle Ray” to …

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Ken Hudson, 68

Kenneth Ray Hudson, age 68, of Norton Shores, and formerly of Sturgis, passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at home. He was born Sept. 29, 1951, in Sturgis, to James J. and Margaret L. (Shotzman) Hudson. On April 8, 1978, he married Sharon Kay Yesh at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis. Ken served his country in the U.S. Air …

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Joseph Fisher, 72

Joseph Loren Fisher, age 72, of Bronson, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers. A memorial service for Joseph will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Dutcher Funeral Home in Bronson, with the Rev. Carolyn Robinson Fisher officiating. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, …

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Bonnie Zona, 72

Bonnie Jean Zona, age 72, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 11, 2020, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born June 15, 1947, in Hammond, Ind., daughter of Edward and Audrey (Royster) Amadio. On May 1, 1968, she married Alan M. Zona in Chicago Heights, Ill. Bonnie and Al began coming to Klinger Lake in 1980 …

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Pearl Copsey, 76

Pearl Ann Copsey, age 76, of Constantine Township, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at her home.   She was born in Three Rivers on November 4, 1943, a daughter of Robert and Iona (Criswell) Nelson.  Pearl attended Three Rivers Schools, graduating in 1961.  On March 21, 1964, she married Jerry Copsey in Three Rivers; he preceded her in …

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Jan Pyritz, 63

Jan Maureen Pyritz, age 63, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at her home in Three Rivers.  She was born in Kalamazoo on June 5, 1956 the daughter of Jack E. Pyritz Sr and Janet (Hudson) Pyritz. She attended Three Rivers High School and graduated with the class of 1974.  She then went onto to …

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