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Mr. Donald H. Blue  2911 Doncrest Drive  Passed away Friday morning, September 22, 1972.  Mr. Blue was born March 21, 1918 in Kalamazoo, son of Ruluf and Frances Blue.  Was raised in the Alamo area and lived the rest of his life in Kalamazoo.  Had been employed by the Upjohn Company and was a member of the North Park Reformed Church where he had served in the consistory and as church treasurer.  He had also been active in the Father-Son program of the Y.M.C.A.  He is survived by;  his wife, Betty Jane, two sons, Richard W. Blue and Ronald K. Blue, both at home; one sister, Mrs. Robert Florence Snow of Alamo; three nephews.  Memorial services will be held Monday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Rev. Ronald Geschwendt officiating.  Interment in Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the North Park Reformed Church Memorial or the Midwest Oncology Center at Borgess Hospital.  Friends may meet the family at the chapel this evening from 7 to 9 o’clock and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o’clock.  Source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 23 Sept 1972

Mrs. Esther M. Blue  2404 Dearborn, Kalamazoo   Passed away November 6, 1975 at Borgess Hospital.  Born July 26, 1896 in Kalamazoo, where she had spent her life. Member of First United Presbyterian Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Yelta Blue, in 1972.  Surviving are:  one son, Russell of Miami, Fla.;  one sister, Mrs. Earl (Lillian) Beach of Kalamazoo; four grandchildren, Gregory, JoAnn, Thomas and David.  Funeral services 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Truesdale Chapel, 445 W. Michigan.  Dr. Lewis Briner of the First United Presbyterian Church, officiating.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri Nov 7, 1975

Mr. Richard Blue  8725 Douglas Ave.  Passed away Tuesday evening, May 18, 1976.  Mr. Blue was born August 30, 1911 in Kalamazoo, son of Henry and Jennie Blue and was a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area.  Before his retirement in 1971 he was employed by the Clausing Corp. for 32 years.  On May 14, 1932 he was married to Marian Koster, who survives. Also surviving are:  three daughters, Mrs. John (Marilyn) Finke and Mrs. Robert (Jean) Posthumus, both of Portage,  Mrs. Thomas (Beverly) Taylor of Creve Coeur, Missouri;  four granddaughters and six grandsons; one brother and two sisters, Henry Blue of Portage,  Mrs. Trena Davidson of Portage, Mrs. Henry (Grace) Cole of Texas Twp.; several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister, John, Peter, and Mrs. Nellie Hoogstraten.  Memorial services will be held Friday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Norman Van Heukelom of Third Reformed Church officiating.  Interment, West Cooper Cemetery.   Friends may call at the chapel beginning 7 o’clock this evening.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 19 May 1976

Mr. Yelta C. Blue  2404 Dearborn  Passed away June 21, 1972, at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Blue was born Sept 21, 1892, in Kalamazoo, the son of Henry and Tina Blue and was a lifetime resident here. Until his retirement in 1955, owned and operated a grocery business for 40 years. A veteran of World War I, serving with the U.S. Army.  A member of the First United Presbyterian Church.  Married to Esther M. Haug in 1919, who survives.  Also surviving are one son, Russell, Miami, Fla.;  2 sisters and 4 brothers, John, Sarasota, Fla., Andrew, Muskegon, Gary and Ed, Kalamazoo, Mrs. Sadie Van Zile, Parchment, Mrs. Janet Klose, Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Mr. Blue will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home, where religious services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Rev. David W. McShane officiating.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery.  In addition to survivors previously mentioned are 4 grand-children, Gregory, JoAnn, Thomas and David, all of Miami, Fla.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 21 Jun 1972

Mrs. Alice Bockelman  2119 Golfview  Passed away Sunday afternoon, March 14, 1976.  Mrs. Bockelman was born Sept. 18, 1881, in Oversel, Mich., the daughter of Gerrit and Susan Loedeman and lived most of her life in Kalamazoo.  Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Allen (Ruth) Robinson of Ludington and Mrs. Robert (Doris) Koeher of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday 3:30 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Alden Burns of the Milwood United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.   Friends may call at the chapel.  Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.   source: Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 15 Mar 1976

Mr. Kenneth J. Bodnar  6905 West N Ave  Passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 1976, at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Bodnar was born Oct 31, 1949, in Kalamazoo, son of John and Donna Munn Bodnar.  Surviving besides the parents are one brother, Charles of Kalamazoo;  one sister, Mrs. Susan Wagner of Comstock; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Munn of Ft. Myers, Fla;  6 nieces and nephews;  several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, where services will be held Wednesday at 2 o’clock, Rev. Charles Hulbert officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 11 Oct 1976

Mr. Glenn L. Blunt  1095 Colonial Trail  Passed away suddenly at his home Saturday evening, March 5, 1977.  Mr. Blunt was born in Dover, Ohio December 11, 1925 and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for the past 10 years.  He was retired from the Georgia Pacific Co., was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in WW II, was a member of the Disabled Veterans, Buck Crosby Post No. 6.  Surviving are his wife, Jane (Kavanaugh) Blunt; 8 children, Margaret, Carolyn, George, Glenn, Mitchel, Gary, Virginia, Gordon; several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Redmond Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited this evening at 7, Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Augustine Cathedral Tuesday morning at 11.  Interment Mr. Olivet Cemetery.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 7 Mar 1977

Thomas R. Bock  719 Coolidge Ave.  Passed away Tuesday afternoon June 20, 1972.  Thomas was born Nov 21, 1952, in Kalamazoo, the son of William and Marion Bock.  Surviving besides the parents are one sister, Mrs. Linda Munn of Norfolk, Va.; one brother, William M. Bock Jr. of Kalamazoo;  grandmother, Mrs. Grace Jackson of Grand Rapids; one niece; several aunts and uncle.  Graveside services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clok.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Kalamazoo Association for Retarded Children.  Friends may meet the family at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Thurdsday evening from  7 to 9.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 21 June 1972

Mr. Ronald R.  Boegler  5710 Meredith,  Portage  Passed away Friday, September 22, 1972.  Mr. Boegler was born May 14, 1933 in Detroit and had been a resident of this vicinity for about 30 years.  He was a veteran of the Korean War and was a civilian employee of the Michigan Air National Guard.  Surviving are: one daughter, April Marie; one sister and one brother, Mrs. Donald (Mary M.) Earle of Kalamazoo and James of Utah; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Boegler of Melvindale.  Memorial services will be held Monday at 2 o’clock from the Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre, Rev. Bryant Dickey of the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church officiating.  Military services at Riverside Cemetery by the Michigan Air National Guard.  Relatives and friends may meet the family at the Portage Chapel, Saturday from 7 to 9 and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 23 Sep 1972

Mr. Gysbertus Boer  338 Knight St.  Passed away Monday, Feb 21, 1977.   Mr. Boer was born Oct. 13, 1913, in the Netherlands, and had been a local resident since 1960.  He was a member of the Comstock Christian Reformed Church.  Mr. Boer had been employed at Collisons Market in Comstock.  Surviving are his wife, Petronella; 8 children, Mrs. Jane Bouwma, John, Pieter, Mrs. Ann Molenaar,  Mrs. Melanie Parish, Greg, Bert and Carl; 13 grandchildren;  2 brothers, Pieter of Gobles and Bert of Kalamazoo;  one brother and 4 sisters in the Netherlands.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Hessel Bouwma officiating.  Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.  The family suggests that memorials be made to the Heart Fund or the Kalamazoo Christian Schools.  Relatives and friends may meet the family at the chapel Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 o’clock.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 22 Feb 1977

Mrs. Lulu (Lou) Boekhout  Formerly of 707 Dutton Pl.  Passed away December 25, (1971) Provincial House.  Born November 26, 1890 in Plainwell to Aaron and Aristene Watters Norman.  Was employed at Bronson Hospital as PBX operator until her retirement.  Her husband John A. passed away in March of 1968.  Surviving is one son John Boekhout of Kalamazoo, daughter Mrs. Herman (Jean) A. Huffman, Kalamazoo, 5 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  2 sisters, Mrs. Harriett Irwin, Kalamazoo, Mrs. Leah Kendall, nieces and nephews. Friends are being received at Home.  Services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., Dr. James W. Wright officiating.  Interment at Riverside Cemetery. Family requests that memorials be made to the charity of your choice.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 27 Dec 1971

Mr. Cornelius Boers  New Smyrna Beach, Fla.  Formerly of Kalamazoo  Passed away Wednesday, April 14, 1976 in Gainesville, Fla.  Mr. Boers was born Jan 15, 1907, in Kalamazoo, son of Leonard and Johanna Boers and was a resident of Kalamazoo until 1925, living most of his life in Cleveland, Ohio.  Surviving are one sister and 2 brothers, Miss Grace Boers, Leonard and Andrew, all of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. John Tien and Rev. Wallace Stoepker officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel beginning 7 o’clock this evening.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 15 April 1976

Amy Sue Boekeloo  316 Connecticut  Passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 11, 1971.  Amy Sue was born Nov. 9, 1971, in Kalamazoo, daughter of Richard L. and Bonnie L. Boekeloo.  Surviving besides the parents are one brother, Jeffrey Allen;  grandparents, Mrs. Bertha Boekeloo of Kalamazoo, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Armstrong of Galesburg;  great-grandmother, Mrs. Lenore Tompkins of Morley, Mich.;  several aunts, uncles, cousins.  Memorial services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock from Mt. Ever-Rest Mausoleum Chapel, Rev. Charles R. Hulbert officiating.  Arrangements by the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 11 Nov 1971


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