Miscellaneous Michigan Obituaries


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Mr. Gail C. Colgan - 5652 N. 20th St., Parchment Passed away at Borgess Hospital following a lingering illness.  Mr. Colgan was born March 11, 1900 in Montpiely, Indiana.  Was a veteran of World War II.  Survived by his wife, Lillian.  Graveside services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 at the Veterans Section in Riverside Cemetery, Rev. James W. Dempsey officiating.  Friends may call at the Redmond Funeral Home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 15 Dec 1971

Mr. Owen Coleman - 610 Trimble Ave. Passed away March 5, 1972, at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Coleman was born March 11, 1878, in Oshtemo Twp., son of David and Elizabeth Sheldon Coleman, and until his retirement was a farmer in Oshtemo Township.  Surviving are 2 nieces and 3 nephews.  Mr. Coleman will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home, where religioius services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Rev. Wendell R. Stine officiating.  Interment in West Ohtemo Cemetery. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 6 Mar 1972

Mrs. Lillian Colgan - 5852 North 20th St., Parchment Passed away Monday (14 Feb 1972) afternoon at the Ridgeview Manor Nursing Home following a lingering illness.  Mrs. Colgan was born Sept. 10, 1895, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Welcheck.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gail, Dec 10, 1971.  Surviving are 2 brothers, Arthur Welcheck of Bloomingdale and Edward Welcheck of Blissfield, Mich.  Friends are being received at the Redmond Funeral Home, where services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2, Rev. James W. Dempsey officiating.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 15 Feb 1972

Mrs. Cora D. Collins - Escondido, Calif. formerly of Kalamazoo Passed away Friday morning, April 1, 1977 in Escondido, California.  Mrs. Collins was born May 13, 1888 in Kansas and made her home in California the past 3 years, prior to that living in Kalamazoo.  Before her retirement she was employed in the housekeeping and laundry department at Fairmount Hospital.  Surviving are 2 sons, Virgil of San Marcos, California and Wilbur of Kalamazoo; 9 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Arrangements will be announced later by Langeland Chapels where friends may call after 12 noon Sunday.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 2 April 1977

Mrs. Elizabeth Collins - Formerly of 1314 E. Alcott Passed away Monday evening at the Alamo Nursing Home.  Mrs. Collins was born Feb. 19, 1896, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Chapman and Alice McNeil and had been a resident of Kalamaoo all of her life.  In 1919, she was married to William Collins, who passed away in 1925.  Surviving are one son, Stanley of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren.  Friends are being received at the Wagar & Clark Chapel, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., Rev. James Holt officiating.  Interment in the family lot, Mr. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 9 Nov 1976

Mr. George W. Collins - 647 E. Vine, Kalamazoo Passed away Tuesday evening at Bronson Hospital.  Mr. Collins was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Kalamazoo and was a veteran of World War II. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. George (Lynn) Brodrecht of Corfova, Ill.; 3 sons, Bert of Battle Creek, George and Mark of Otsego; 10 grandchildren; his father, Bert of Ft. Myers, Fla.; his mother, Thelma Gage of Kalamazoo.  Friends may call at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego after 7 p.m., this evening, where services will be held Friday 1:30 p.m., Rev. Gerald Nevitt officiating.  Graveside services at Mountain Home Cemetery under auspices of VFS Post 3030.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette (4 May 1976)

Mrs. Florence G. Collum - 314 DeHaan Dr., Portage - Passed away Sunday, June 19, 1977.  Mrs. Collum was born Nov. 22, 1923 in Jackson, Ky., daughter of Charles and Martha Terry and had been a resident here since 1936. She was the head of the Housekkeeping Dept. at the Hilton Inn.  Surviving are her husband, William R.; 5 children, Darrell Stricklin of Kalamazoo, Kim Schmidt, Lori Ray and Scott and Robin Collum all at home; 5 stepchildren, Mrs. Carol Edmonds, Mrs. Mary Kellogg, Mrs. Martha Stecker, Brenda and James Collum, all of Kalamazoo; one granddaughter, Jennifer Ray; 2 sisters and 3 brothers, Mrs. Grace Sweet of Kalamazoo, Andy and Ken Terry, both of Hazard, Ky., Nanny Terry of Cincinnati, Ohio,  Walter Terry of Boonville, Ky.; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock at the Langeland Portage  Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Portage chapel   source:  Kalmamazoo Gazette

Mr. Quentin F. Colvin - 3317 W. Center St., Portage Age 51, died Thursday evening (21 July 1972) at Veterans Adminis-tration Hospital, Battle Creek, where he had been a patient one day.  He had been in ill health for several years.  Mr. Colvin served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was injured while on sea duty.  A former member of the V.F.W., Mrs. Colvin was employed for many years as a farm milk pickup driver for an Otsego dairy. Survivors are: three daughters, Marty Wilson, Marilyn Needham and Sue Colvin all of Augusta two sons, Danny Colvin of Sturgis and Melvin Colvin of Battle Creek;  six grandchildren; three sisters, Lucille Froman and Ethel Reinbold, both of Kalamazoo and Arildia Foster of Otsego; two brothers, William of Calif. and Robert of Indiana. At his request, Mr. Colvin's body was donated to the University of Michigan Medical School.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Farley-Schlueter Funeral Home, Augusta.  Rev. Richard E. Cobb officiating.   source:  Kalmamazoo Gazette 24 July 1972

Mr. Thomas L. Combs - 5232 Stonehenge Dr., Portage, Mi. passed away Sept 24 (1976) at Bronson Hospital.  He was born Dec. 11, 1932 in Brownstown, Indiana. He was a senior partner in the Law firm of Combs, Huff and Carey.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo; a member of the Kalamazoo County club; a member of the Michigan, the American and the Kalamazoo Bar Association. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1954 from Purdue University at Lafayette, Indiana and he obtained his Master of Science degree from Purdue in 1957 in Industrial Management.  He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  He obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1962 from the University of Denver.  He was a member of the Industrial Relations Research Assoc. and he was a member of the Labor Law Section of American and Michigan State Bar Association. He was a veteran of the Korean war having served in the U.S. Army.  Surviving is his wife, Patricia C.; 2 sons, John Thomas Combs and Willam Reid Combs and William Reid Combs both of Kalamazoo; 4 daughters, Miss Sarah Elizabeth Combs and Miss Mary Katherine Combs both of Kalamazoo; and Miss Ann Decker and Miss Jean Decker both of Kalamazoo.  Also surviving is his mother, Mrs. Lester (Maurine) Greathouse of Brownstown, Indiana.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. David W. McShane officating.  Interment will bein Mountain Home Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Truesday Chapels of the Pines, Westnedge at Milham.   source:  Kalmamazoo Gazette 25 Sept 1976

Mr. Harry Compau - 601 S. Burdick Passed away Wednesday morning November 5, 1975.  Mr. Compau was born May 30, 1922 in Pontiac, Michigan, son of Frederick and Annabelle Compau and was a resident of Kalamazoo for the past 16 years.  He was employed by the Checker Motors Corporation.  Surviving is his wife, Ardis; one step-son and one step-daughter, James Reddeman and Mrs. Joanne Holman both of Pontiac; five step-grandchildren;  three sisters and one half-brother, Mrs. Lillian Langfeld, Mrs. Myrtle Thorne, Mrs. Ethel Bradshaw, Clinton Reddeman all of Pontiac; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Saturday at 2 o'clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick. Rev. Charles R. Hulbert of Bethlehem Baptist Church officiating. Cremation will follow. Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalmamazoo Gazette  Fri Nov 7, 1975

Mr. Ray H. Compton - Okkechobee, Fla. Formerly of Kalamazoo Passed away Thursday evening, Feb. 12, 1976 in Pontiac Lake, Mich. Mr. Compton was born Oct. 23, 1902, in Deer Lake, Mich., son of Otis and Blanche Compton and was a resident of Kalamazoo for many years, living the past 10 years in Florida.  He was a member of Eagles Lodge for 30 years and before his retirement, was a machinist by trade.  Surviving are his wife, Neva; one daughter, Mrs. Barbara Ensminger of Lake Orion, Mich.; one granddaughter, Mrs. Gale Adams of Pontiac; 3 great-grandchildren, Dreu, Darcy and Darin; one sister, Mrs. Belle Rogers of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Monday at 3 o'clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  source:  Kalmamazoo Gazette Mon 16 Feb 1976

Mrs. Carrie Comstock - Formerly of Vicksburg Died May 17, 1977 in Plainwell.  Mrs. Comstock was born in Bluffton, Ind., Jan. 13, 1883, daughter of Robert and Christina Johnston.  She was a life member of Lotus Lily Chapter No. 262 OES of Vicksburg.   Was married to Willow Comstock, who preceded her in death in 1964.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Phyllis) Carvell of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; one brother, Fred G. Johnston of Monticello, Ind.; 2 grand-children; several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Rupert-Durham Funeral Home, where services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m., with Rev. C. Robert Carson of Vicksburg United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment in Vicksburg Cemetery.  Source: Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 18 May 1977

Mr. Forbes A. Conklin - Rte 1, West Barton Lake Dr., Vicksburg Age 86, passed away Thursday (18 Mar 1971) morning at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Conklin was born in Bloomingdale, Nov. 13, 1884, the son of John and Clarisa Baker Conklin and had lived at Barton Lake past ten years, before that in Comstock.  On Sept. 10, 1907, married to Lugene Hathaway, at Lawrence, who survives. Also surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Harry (Leneve) Nutt of Lus-Cruces, N.M., Mrs. Wyburn (Alta) Cowgill of Schoolcraft, Mrs. Keneth (Letha) Gillett of Kalamazoo; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one niece.  Friends may call at the Robertson Funeral Home, Schoolcraft, after 7 p.m., Friday, where services will be held Monday at 1 p.m.  Burial in Riverside Cemetery.  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 18 Mar 1971

Mrs. Mary Lugene "Gene" Conklin - 550 E. Cass St., Schoolcraft age 85, passed away at the home of her daughter in Schoolcraft on Monday, Novermber 24, 1975.  Mrs. Conklin was born in Vermont, May 13, 1890, the daughter of the Elisha and Grace Madison Hathaway and had lived in Schoolcraft for the past two years, before that at Barton Lake and Comstock.  Mr. and Mrs. Conklin owned and operated the Conklin Motor Court in Comstock for many years.  On September 10, 1907 she was married to Forbes Conklin, who preceded her in death in 1971; two sons, Charles and Forbes, also preceded her in death.  She is survived by: three daughters, Mrs. Leneve Nutt of LaCruses, New Mexico, Mrs. Alta Cowgill of Schoolcraft, Mrs. Letha Gillett of Kalamazo; ten grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; two nieces.  Friends may call at the Robertson Funeral Home, Schoolcraft after 7 p.m. this evening where the family will meet with friends between 7 and 9 and between 2 and 4 and 7 and 9 on Wednesday, and between 7 and 9 on Thursday, where services will be held Friday at 1 p.m., Rev. Dale Benton and Pastor Arthur Covell officiating.  Graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, 2 p.m. Saturday.  Kalamazoo Gazette

Mr. Fay (Fred) O. Conley - 4869 Ridgewood Rd., Gull Lake, Richland, native of Barry County and resident of Detroit and Richland, Mich., passed away Tuesday Oct. 13, (1981).  Born in Barry County, Maple Grove Township, March 28, 1899, Mr. Conley was a descendant of one of the oldest families in the country, with ancestors traced back to Mayflower immigrants in 1620.  He was the founder and first president and distinguished member of the Society of Plastic Engineers, Inc. was a charter member of the Plastic Pioneers Assoc., a member (distinguished) of the Automotive Organization Team (formerly Automative Old Timers).  He assisted Louis Chevrolet in the production of the first production model of the Chevrolet car.  He was senior member of the Engineering Society of Detroit.  Member of the Sons of the American Revolution and other automotive, genealogical and hereditary societies, as well as benevolent clubs such as the Boys Club of Detroit, Elks Club, etc.  Genealogy was his principal hobby and he successfully traced his ancestry back to Charlemagne.  His only survivors are Polly, his wife of 33 years, (no children), and nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Truesdale Farley Colonial Chapel, Richland from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday.  Devotional rosary to be recited at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, East DE Ave., Gull Lake.  Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville, Mich.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette 14 Oct 1981

Miss Goldie M. Conner - 1122 Engleman Ave. Passed away March 24, 1972, at Borgess Hospital. Miss Conner was born June 28, 1899, in Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Martha Conner.  She was employed by the Public Museum for 27 years, retiring in 1964.  Surviving are 2 sisters, Mrs. Fairy L. M. Harger of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Olive Lyke of California; 3 nephews, Leon Harger of Portage, Charles and Robert Harger of Kalamazoo; several grandnieces and nephews.  Religious services were held 12:30 p.m. Monday, Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home, Rev. Arthur R. Davis officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 27 March 1972

Mr. Raymond Paul Conover - 4849 E. Milham Passed away March 22, 1977.  Mr. Conover was born October 26, 1904 in Quincy, Illinois.  Before his retirement he was employed by the National Gypsum Company.  Surviving him are his wife, Lillie; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Van Velkinburgh of Quincy, Illinois; a step-son, Edward Balch of Onaway, Michigan; two step-granddaughters, Mrs. Terrie Pritchard of Portage and Mis Kim Balch of Onaway, Mich.; two step-great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery Chapel, Pastor Charles R. Hulbert officiating.  Friends may call after 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Truesdale Chapels of the Pines, Wesntedge at Milham, Portage.
source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 23 March 1977

Mr. Lawrence W. Conrad - 2506 Harvard Passed away Friday (21 Jan 1972) evening, January 21, 1972.  Mr. Conrad was born July 13, 1886 in Ligonier, Indiana, son of George and Levina Conrad and had been a resident here most of his life.  Mr. Conrad was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church and before his retirement was employed by Fuller Mfg. Company.  He is survived by: his wife, Birdella; one son, Dr. Maynard M. Conrad of Kalamazoo; three granddaughters; Miss Kayla Conrad of Tieste, Italy, Miss Carol Conrad and Miss Marlys Conrad, both of Kalamazoo; one niece, Miss Lucile Campbell of Lansing and one nephew, Stanley Ayers of Simsbury, Conn. Memorial services will be held Monday at 3 o'clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, with the Rev. Douglas Beason officiating.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel until 1 o'clock Monday;  friends may meet the family at the chapel Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.  Memorial contributiions may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund or to Senior Services.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 22 Jan 1972

Mrs. Elizabeth J. Conway - 1913 Humphrey St. Passed away Sunday evening in Borgess Hospital.  Mrs. Conway was born Sept. 20, 1884, in Cressey, Mich., the daughter of John and Mary Jane McCrorey.  She was a member of St. Ausgustine Cathedral, an honorary member of the Workers of Mary, Mother of Christ Group.  Her husband, James, passed away in Sept of 1947.  Mrs. Conway is survived by 3 sons and one daughter, John, Daniel E. Sr., Francis J. and Mrs. Francis (Marie) Rafferty, all of Kalamazoo; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Grace Kelley of Grand Rapids;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Donovan Funeral Home, where the Workers of Mary and friends will gather to recite the rosary this evening at 8. Funeral Mass will be read at St. Augustine Cathedral Wednesday morning at 10.  Burial in Catholic Riverside Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 30 May 1972

Mr. John H. Conway - Pentwater, Mich. Formerly of 1026 Washburn, Kalamazoo - Passed away Monday morning at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Conway was born Oct. 22, 1909, in Kalamazoo and was a lifelong resident of this community, retiring in 1975 from Kalamazoo Stamping & Die Co. Surviving are his wife, Marcella M.; one son, James A. of Kalamazoo; 2 daughters, Mrs. Francis (Patricia) Foley Jr. of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Terry (Mary) Schuring of Jackson; 8 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Daniel and Francis; one sister, Mrs. Francis (Marie) Rafferty, all of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Donovan Funeral Home, 447 W. South St., after 6 p.m. this evening, where the rosary will be recited Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Thursday morning at 10:30 source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 17 Aug 1976

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