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William Watson, 87

William “Bill” Watson passed away on Sept. 13, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. Family, music and prayers surrounded him. Bill was born July 27, 1931, in Detroit, but always called Colon his home. Bill grew up in a show business family that traveled the country before he enlisted in the Air Force for four years during the Korean War. As a …

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Leonard Sutton, 76

Leonard J. Sutton, age 76, of White Pigeon, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at his home, following a brief illness. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Plum Grove Cemetery in Union.

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Donna Kirby, 56

Donna Marie Kirby, 56, of Sturgis, Michigan, died at her home on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The passing of our Donna is something that our family will get through, but never get over. Donna was born on July 20, 1962 at the old Sturgis Memorial Hospital. She was the firstborn child of James and Mary Kirby, Sturgis, Michigan. Donna was …

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Homer McKindley, Jr., 91

Homer Francis McKindley, Jr., age 91, formerly of Mendon and Marcellus, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 in Waukesha, WI where he had resided the past three years. He was born in Akron, Ohio on Nov. 14, 1926 the son of Homer F. McKindley and Lucile Marjoria (Acker) McKindley. Homer graduated from Mendon High School in 1944, and then joined the …

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Betty Hutson, 88

Betty L. Hutson, age 88, of Kalamazoo, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Betty was born in Three Rivers, on Oct. 23, 1929, the daughter of Peter Costanzo and Frieda (Mueller) Galinet. On May 28, 1949, she married Bill L. Hutson. She lived in the Three Rivers area her whole life and was a lifelong lover of dogs, cats, gardens …

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Charles Kauffman, 76

Mr. Charles D. Kauffman, age 76, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Charlie was born in Three Rivers on August 21, 1942 the son of the late Kenneth R. and Mary (Boggio) Kauffman. Charlie graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1962. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Marine …

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Everet Leer, 94

Everet C. “E.C.” Leer, age 94, of Sturgis, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2018. He was born May 13, 1924, in Brighton, Ind., son of the late Robert B. and Letta (Carper) Leer. E.C. was a graduate of Brighton High School and the South Bend College of Commerce in South Bend, Ind. He was proud …

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John Marshall, 84

John Vincent Marshall, age 84, of White Pigeon, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. John was born in New Brighton, Pa. on March 19, 1934, to Daniel Vincent and Mary Elizabeth Marshall. The family moved frequently when John was young, but settled in Ft. Wayne, Ind. where he met and married the love …

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Jeffrey Lunger, 61

Jeffrey H. Lunger, 61, of White Pigeon, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at his home following an extended illness. He was born Sept. 6, 1957, in Sturgis, the son of Hugh E. and Barbara Ann (Ketcham) Lunger. He lived in Kansas and Colorado, but most of his life in White Pigeon. He was a truck driver and enjoyed model building …

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Florence Drumhiller, 80

Florence Ingrid Drumhiller (Merrifield), 80, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Florence was born in Newberry, Mich., on Nov. 16, to the late James and Della Merrifield. Florence spent her whole life in Colon and attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Colon. She was a member of the Red Hats, Colon Chapter. Florence loved to garden, and owned the Colon …

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