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Ray Wheeler, 78

Raymond Forrest Wheeler, age 78, of Mendon, died Friday, May 17, 2019 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Manistique, MI on March 30, 1941 the son of Forest and Beulah (Blentlinger) Wheeler. He was married to Geneva (Huddleston) in Three Rivers and they have resided near Mendon the past 49 years. Ray had been employed …

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Gary Phillips, 83

Gary E. Phillips, age 83, of Sturgis, passed away early Thursday morning, May 16, 2019, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. He was born July 9, 1935, in Holland, a son of the late Ernie M. and Thelma E. (Smith) Phillips. Gary resided in Sturgis since 1963, coming from Traverse City. On Dec. 18, 1953, he married Patricia A. …

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Thelma Fiebelkorn, 87

Thelma E. Fiebelkorn, age 87, of Burr Oak, passed away Wednesday morning, May 15, 2019, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born Feb. 4, 1932, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Clarence and Pauline (Maxwell) Maystead. Thelma resided most of her life in the Burr Oak area and was a graduate of Burr Oak High School with …

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Gene Reiff, Sr., 86

Gene Autry Reiff, Sr. of Constantine, MI, passed away Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Gene was born in Constantine, MI on April 5, 1933, a son of Rueben and Vera (Luft) Reiff. On September 7, 1951 he married Shirley Eash. She preceded him in death in 1988. Gene later met the love of …

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Margaret “Peggy” Foster, 93

Margaret “Peggy” (Coulter) Foster, age 93, formerly of Detroit, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo.  She was born June 30, 1925, in Canada, to Stanley and Bertha (Belcher) Coulter.  As a young girl and teenager, she became an avid lover of physical activity and organized sports, including hockey, golf, bowling, and tennis.  Choosing to …

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John Gaylor, 81

John E. Gaylor, age 81, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019. John was born in Almont, MI and raised on a farm in the Upper Peninsula (Fibre, MI). He married his beloved wife: Dora Mae Wiseman, on October 22, 1960, in Harbor springs, MI. John loved spending time with his family, his pets (especially his dogs), telling jokes, camping, and …

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Robert Ball, 95

Robert Lewis Ball, age 95, died on Monday, May 13, 2019. Arrangements are pending at Hohner Funeral Home.

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Anne Marie Edson, 80

Anne Marie Edson, age 80, died on Monday, May 13, 2019. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with rosary services beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Hohner Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 645 S. Douglas Ave, …

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Alyssa Speelman, 19

Alyssa Naomi Speelman, USN, age 19, of Three Rivers, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia while serving our country in the Navy. She was born in Three Rivers on October 18, 1999, the daughter of Christopher Speelman and Rachel Myers. Arrangements are pending at Hohner Funeral Home.

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Jacob Saylor, 12

Jacob Scott Saylor, age 12, of Leonidas, died Sunday, May 12, 2019 from injuries received in a four-wheeler accident at the family home. He was born in Sturgis on June 5, 2006 the son of Jeffrey and Jamie (Brittingham) Saylor. Jacob has lived in Texas and Minnesota, and returned to Leonidas earlier this year. He is a seventh-grader at Mendon …

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