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Mr. Hugh G. Butrick - Chicago, Ill.  Formerly of:  722 N. Church St. - Passed away November 29, 1975 in Chicago.  Mr. Butrick was born in Kalamazoo, July 6, 1929, son of the late George H. and Eileen Butrick.  He served in the U.S. Army and Air Force.  He is survived by:  his mother and step-father, Or. and Mrs. L.R. Pritchard;  one sister, Mrs. Arthur (Eileen) VanderMolen;  one aunt, Sister M. Vitus, O.S.D. of Baltimore;  several nieces.  The family will receive friends at the Donovan Funeral Home, Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.  Private services will be held Tuesday morning.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery.   source:   Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 1 Dec 1975

Mr. Benjamin F. Butrick - 540 Fenimore, Kalamazoo - Passed away Sunday evening at Birch Manor Nursing Home.  Mr. Butrick was born July 15, 1897, in Ottawa County, Mich.  Surviving are 3 nieces, Mrs. Florence Gillespie of Hastings,  Mrs. Henry (Maxine) Dietz of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Arthur (Eileen) Vander Molen of Richland;  several grandnieces and nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Pearl, and a brother, Harry.  Friends may call at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, after 7 this evening, where services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m., Pastor Albert W. Bytwerk officiating.  Interment, Mountain Home Cemetery.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 22 March 1976

Michael Scott Butler - 9689 East D Ave., Richland - Passed away Wednesday evening, March 2, 1977.  Michael was born June 23, 1967, in Abileen, Texas and made his home in Kalamazoo the past 4-1/2 years.  He attended the Richland Covenant Church and was a 4th Grade student at Gull Lake Intermediate School and was a member of Cub Scout Pack 241 of Richland.  Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Donna J. (Lott) Butler of Richland and father, Larry L. Butler of Portage;  one sister, Cheryl, home address;  grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arleigh Lott of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Leonard O. Butler of Portage;  great-grandparents, Mrs. Mabel Lott of Verona, Pa.,  Mrs. Lucy Richards of Trafford, Pa., Lawrence Carr of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Mae Butler of Vicksburg, several  aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave., with Rev. Mr. Sheldon Anderson officiating.   Interment in Vicksburg Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Portage chapel.  Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 3 March 1977

Mr. Carl E. Buzzard - 1101 Weaver Ave. - Passed away Saturday morning Feb. 26, 1972.  Mr. Buzzard was born March 18, 1905, in Goshen, Ind., the son of John F. and Clara Buzzard and had made his home in Kalamazoo most of his life.  He was employed for 30 years with Hooker Motor Freight, where he served as manager until retiring in 1968.  Mr. Buzzard was a member of the Scottsville Christian Reformed Church, Scottsville, Mich.  He was also a member of the Kalamazoo Transportation Club which he joined in 1934 and was a life member and had served as president of this organization in 1950.  He had been a member of the Kalamazoo Male Chorus and served as president in 1936;  a member of the Chamber of Commerce from 1934 until his retirement and also a life member of Kalamazoo Carriers Association serving as president from 1950 until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion, and 2 brothers, Merel and Harold.  Surviving are his wife,  Mary F. (Reed) Buzzard;  one daughter, Mrs. William (Mary Lynn) Holsinger of Mishawaka, Ind.; 2 step-children, Mrs. Mirrial Burtch and Thomas F. Reed of Kalamazoo;  6 grandchildren’  4 sisters and one brother,  Mrs. Ordo (Lela) Yoder of Goshen, Ind.,  Mrs. Dale (Glayds) Yoder of Waukuraso, Ind. ,  Wayne of Salt Lake City, Utah,  Mrs. Otis (Etta) Weaver of Goshen, Ind. and Mrs. Charles (Marion) Sellers of Dunlap, Ind.;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Gilbert Vanderlip of the Knollwood Christian Reformed Church, officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 26 Feb 1972

Mr. Keith M. Byrne - 4002 Douglas Ave. - Passed away February 18,  1977.  Mr. Byrne was born in Hastings, Michigan, December 23, 1907, the son of John and Imogene Byrne and had been a resident here since 1946. He was the retired owner of General Pipe Cleaning Company.  Member of St. Augustine Cathedral and life member of Michigan State University Varsity Club.  He is survived by:  his wife, Virginia; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Dorothy Byrne of East Lansing;  a daughter, Deborah of Lansing;  a brother, Jack of Belmont;  two sisters, Mrs. Vivian Heath of Grand Rapids and Dorothy I. Byrne of East Lansing;  twin granddaughters, Tammy and Heather;  several nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends at the Redmond Funeral Home this evening from 6 to 8.  Mr. Byrne will then be taken to the O’Brien-Gerst Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, where a scriptural rosary will be held Sunday evening at 7.  Inurnment to follow in St. Patricks Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 19 Feb 1977

Mrs. Florence M. Byholt - 318 Schuring Rd., Portage - Passed away Sunday evening, June 20, 1976.  Mrs. Byholt was born July 5, 1909 in Rapid City, Mi., and had been a resident of Portage for over 40 years.  Surviving are her husband, John Byholt Jr.;  a step-brother, Charles Wallace, of Ludington;  aunts and uncle,  Mr. and Mrs. Alex Campbell, and Miss Grace Campbell, all of Rapid City, Mi.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 2 o’clock at the Langeland Portage Chapel,  411 E. Centre Ave. with Rev. John VanderMay officiating.  Interment in Central Portage Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society.  Friends may call at the Portage Chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 21 Jun 1976

Mrs. Helen Butman - 533 W. South St. - Mrs. Butman passed away Monday, November 22, 1976 at her home.  She was born November 3, 1893 in Bayonne, N.J.  She is survived by one cousin, Mrs. A. W. (Shirley) Ruh of Summit, N.J.  Mrs. Butman will be taken to the Lake Forest Cemetery, Lake Forest, Illinois for private burial on Friday.   There will be no visitation at the funeral home.  A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Truesdale Williamsburg Chapel, 445 W. Michigan, with Dr. Kenneth Seeley officiating.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  30 Nov 1976

Mr. Reginald J. Butler - 826 Lake Street - Mr. Butler passed away May 7, 1972 at the Veterans Research Hospital, Ann Arbor.  Mr. Butler was born February 15, 1909, in Kalamazoo, son of Ross and Jennie Butler.  Graduate of Central High School, Kalamazoo, 1926;  attended Kalamazoo College, Chicago Art Institute;  became a commercial artist with his own studio.  Served as 1st Lt. M.A.C. in North Africa and Mediterranean Command.  Survivors are: a brother, Kenneth B. Butler of Mendota, Illinois;  several cousins.  Religious services will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday, Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home, Rev. Harold S. Horan officiating.  Interment, Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 8 May 1972

Mr. John Byholt, Sr. - 7506 S. Westnedge, Portage - Passed away Monday evening, September 20, 1971.  Mr. Byholt was born December 1, 1881 in Scheemda, Groningen, Netherlands,  son of John and Luciana Byholt and had been a resident here for 60 years.  He was a member of the First Reformed Church of Portage, where he served as Elder for 17 years;  he had also served as church custodian for 22 years.  Before his retirement he was engaged in celery farming.  His wife, Winifred, passed away in 1968.  Survived by:  two sons and two daughters, John Jr., Mrs. George (Jeanette) McKeown, Jacob and Mrs. Dick  (Anna) Smith, all of Portage;  eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 2 o’clock at the Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave., Rev. Edward Fikse officiating.  Interment in Central Portage Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin Memorial Hospital, Vicksburg. Friends may call at the Portage Chapel.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 21 Sep 1971

Mrs. Myrtle K. Budney - 531 Eagle Lake Dr., Mattawan - Passed away Thursday morning, June 23, 1977.  Mrs. Budney was born May 6, 1909, iin Imlay City, Mich., the daughter of Clarence B. Sr. and Margaret Woods and had lived in Kalamazoo for many years and for the last 6 years spent the summers in Mattawan and the winters in Lehigh Acres, Fla.  Prior to her retirement in 1971, she worked at the Shakespeare Co. for 37 years.  Surviving are her husband, Joseph;  2 step-sons and one step-daughter, Mrs. Emil (Jeanette) Zernick of Downers Grove, Ill.,  Duane D. Budney of Glenview, Ill. and Robert D. Budney of South Bend, Ind.;  6 step-grandchildren;  her father, Clarence B. Woods Sr. of Kalamazoo; 2 brothers and one sister, Howard J. Woods,  Mrs. Delbert (Burnice) Yohnke and Clarence B. Woods, Jr., all of Kalamazoo;  3 nephews and one niece.  Memorial services will be held Saturday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick,  Rev. Mr. L. Spencer Spaulding, of the !
Eastwood Church of God, officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.   Friends may call at the chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Assoc.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 24 Jun 1977

George W. Anderson  7600 East Michigan Ave.,  Age 77, passed away October 15 (1964) at his home.  Mr. Anderson was born February 22, 1887 in Chicago, the son of Peter and Mary Anderson and had resided near Kalamazoo for 38 years.  His wife Mary passed away in 1954.  Surviving are 2 sisters, Miss Florence Anderson and Mrs. Jennette Bohn, both of Chicago.  Friends are being received at the Hoag and Watts Funeral Home, Galesburg where services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m.  Rev. David A. Spieler officiating.  Interment, Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg. source: Kalamazoo Gazette Oct 1964

Ms. Mary Jo (Joan) Thomas of St. Paul, MN  Formerly of the Kalamazoo area - Passed away Thursday, December 10, 1992.  Mary Jo was born August 2, 1933 in Jackson, MI the daughter of Martin and Lois (Bordewick) Pierce.  She is survived by five children, Karon Roach, Berlin, Germany:  Paul Hemme, Northfield, MN;  Sandra Thomas, Leavenworth, KS;  Fred Thomas Jr., St. Paul, MN;  Clifford Thomas, Golden Valley, MN;  her mother Lois Pierce  2 brothers, Leslie Pierce, Heidleburg, Germany;  Jonathan Pierce, Lansing, MI;  2 sisters, Elaine Van Niman and Ardis Pierce both of Plainwell,  8 grandchildren;  nieces and nephews,  Memorial services will be held in Northfield, MN on December 18 at 11 am.  Memorial services were held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Northfield, Minnesota on Dec 18, 1992 at 11:00 a.m.  Officiant:  Rev. Steven H. Delzer    source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Dec 13, 1992

Eric Patrick Cashen - 1940 Howard St. - Passed away Wednesday evening, March 10, 1976 at his home.  Eric was born June 26, 1972 in Kalamazoo, the son of Dennis M. and Kathleen D. (Locey) Cashen.  Was a member of St. Thomas More Church.  Surviving besdies the parents are the grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Russell M. Cashen and Ruth J. Locey, both of Kalamazoo;  great-grandmothers, Mrs. Theresa Schwarts, Detroit,  Mrs. Anne Cashen of Omaha, Nebr. and Mrs. Mary C. Abbott of Kalamazoo;  several aunts and uncles.  Friends are being received at the Redmond Funeral Home.  Mass of the Angels will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Church, Saturday morning at 10:30.  Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Eric Cashen Fund at Bronson Pediatrics, envelopes at the funeral home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs. March 11, 1976

Mr. Archie B. Case - 8342 South 43rd St., Scotts, Mich.  Age 64, passed away Tuesday morning at a Battle Creek Hospital.  Mr. Case was born May 2, 1907, in Pennfield, Twp., Calhoun County, the son of Homer and Nellie McCormick Case and had been a resident of the Climax-Scotts area for the past 30 years.  He had been employed at the Oliver Corp. of Battle Creek from 1928 until 1962 and had also been engaged in farming.  Mr. Case was formerly active in 4-H activities and a former member of the Oliver Foremans Club, and attended the Climax United Methodist Church.  Surviving are his wife, the former Olive Simmons;  2 sons, Robert of Rte 2, Scotts and Merle of Rte 2, Scotts; one son, Carroll, preceded him in death in 1966;  3 daughters, Mrs. Harold (Ruth) Selbee of Battle Creek,  Mrs. Wayne (Virginia) Smith of Rte 1, Galesburg and Mrs. William (Donna) Smith of Rte 1, Climax; 2 brothers, Roland of Ceresco and Clyde of Kalamazoo;  2 sisters, Mrs. Earl (Amy) Bauer of Burlington and Mrs. Lyle (Mildred) Sharpsteen of Battle Creek;  14 nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Hoag-Schmitts Funeral Home, Climas, where services will be held Friday at 2 o'clock.  Interment in Prairie Home Cemetery, Climax.  The family suggests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 7 Sep 1971

Baby John Jay Cassada - 5902 Downing, Portage - Infant son of James and Sharon Hale Cassada, passed away October 27, 1971 at Bronson Hospital.  Surviving besdies the parents are:  two brothers, James Jr. and Jeffrey;  paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Cassada of Portage; materal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mixer, Kalamazoo;  paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Robert Terrill of Kalamazoo;  several aunts and uncles.  Graveside services were held 10 A.M. Thursday at Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Arrangements by Truesdale South Chapel, Portage.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 28 Oct 1971


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