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Mr. Dean Fox - Died early Friday morning, December 7, 2001 in Kalamazoo. Dean was born December 25, 1923 in Kalamazoo, MI, a son of Bernard and Leah (Hagerman) Fox, and had been a lifelong area resident. In 1938 he received the Eagle Scout Award. Dean served as an officer in the US Army Air Corps during WW II, and earned a Masters Degree from Western Michigan University. In 1948, Mr. Fox began his career as a police officer with the Kalamazoo Police Department, and served as Police Chief from 1962 until his retirement in 1977. During his tenure he was instrumental in helping design and build the current Department of Public Safety Office on Lovell Street. Dean also worked as a consultant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Northwestern University. Mr. Fox served as president of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, president of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, and was also a member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. Dean was active with the Kalamazoo Lodge #22 F.& A.M., Kalamazoo VFW Post #827 and Kalamazoo BPOE Lodge #50. Mr. Fox was also very supportive of the Kalamazoo Boy Scouts of America and the Boys and Girls Club of Kalamazoo. Dean was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a daughter, Janice. Surviving are, two daughters and their husbands, Susan and Charles Opalewski of Vicksburg, and Rebecca and James Hawkins of Henderson, NV; 7 grandchildren, Daniel, Anthony, John, Charles II, Tyler, Jamie and Peter; 3 great- grandchildren, Brendon, Andrew and Nathaniel; and several nephews. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and a private inurnment will be held later in Fort Custer National Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 Thursday afternoon, December 13, 2001, at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, 321 W. South Street, with the Rev. Dr. Dave VanArsdale officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dean's memory be directed to the Boy Scouts of America Southwest Michigan Council, or to the Boys and Girls Club of Kalamazoo. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508   Source: Kalamazoo Gazette Dec 8, 2001

Mr. Raymond Dunn - Passed away Friday evening, March 1, 2002, at Rose Arbor Hospice. Mr. Dunn was born in Kalamazoo, July 26, 1905, the son of William & Lottie (Daily) Dunn. Ray was employed as an electrical engineer for the Federal Government for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Howard. Surviving are several cousins and friends. Friends will be received at the funeral home beginning Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, where services will be held 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with Rev. James Dyke officiating. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock. Contributions in his memory may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice Residence. Joldersma & Klein 917 S. Burdick 343-2628   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mar 3, 2002

Marvin Follo - Died peacefully April 15, 2002 in Kalamazoo. Marvin was born April 12, 1907 in Menasha, WI, the son of Charles and Mayme (Bohmannn) Follo. He graduated from Escanaba High School and attended WMU and the University of Miami, where he excelled at football. Marvin worked for North American Mogul Products as a chemical salesperson for over 40 years. He was a lifetime member of the Kalamazoo Elks B.P.O.E. #50, an active member of the Kalamazoo Kiwanis and Golden K, and a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church and the Escanaba High School Quarterback Club. Marvin was a sports fanatic and enjoyed playing cards. In 1934, he was united in marriage to Marie Follo, who preceded him in death in 1980. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Follo in 1978; a granddaughter, Laura Robbins in 1980; a grandson, Erik Follo in 1990; and a son, James Follo in 1999. He is survived by two children, Sharon (Jack) Robbins of Kalamazoo, and David, MC Petty Officer (Fumiko) Follo of Kapolei, HI; five grandchildren, Michele (Robert) Hochstein of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Theresa (Robert) Raffaele of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Susan Block of Grand Rapids, Shawn (Chris) Birman of Kalamazoo, and Lisa (Jeff) Cavanaugh of Kalamazoo; nine great-grandchildren: Laura, Stephanie and David Hochstein; Grant and Jake Raffaele; Kaleigh and Jared Birman; and Ronald and Connor Cavanaugh. The family will be present to receive friends Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Betzler Funeral Home Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday 11:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Fr. Carl Peltz, Celebrant. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo or Laura Robbins Memorial Fund c/o Hackett Catholic Central High School. Share a memory at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 16 Apr 2002

Mrs. Gladys E. Fuller - Louisville, KY Formerly of Kalamazoo, passed awya Tuesday morning April 9, 2002 at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville.  Gladys was born in Kalamazoo, November 1903, one of nine children of Hattie and Tony VandeGiessen.  She spent most of her life in the Kalamazoo area, and was a life long member of First Presbyterian Church.  In the 1920s she worked as an executive secretary for the Parchement Paper Mills.  She very much enjoyed golf, bowling, travel and her entire family.  On April 20, 1935 she married Warren “Pal” Fuller, who preceded her in death bin June of 1970.  She was also preceded in death by her duahger, Lois Fuller Angelo in September of 1976.  Surviving are her son, David (Virginia) Fuller of Louisville; four grandchildren, David Fuller II and Matthew Fuller of Louisville,  Theresa Fuller of Alpharetta, Ga, and James Thornton of Richmond, VA;  four great-grandchildren;  her sister, Grace Hayward of Kalamazoo; many nieces and nephews in the Kalamazoo area.   Friends will be received at the funeral home beginning 6 p.m. this evening.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Episcopal Church Home Employee Fund  1201 Lyndon Lane, Louisville KY 40222.   Services will be held 10 o'clock Monday morning with Rev. James Dyke officiating Funeral Home is Joldersma & Klein 917 S. Burdick 343-2628  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 18, 2002

Mr. Jon Cummins - Died Tuesday morning, April 16, 2002, in Springfield, MI. Jon was born December 9, 1943, in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Fay and Margaret (Thomas) Cummins, and had been a lifelong area resident. He was an avid Harley Davidson motorcycle rider and also loved to hunt and fish. Jon was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are a sister, Judie (Jim) Coomes of Battle Creek; a niece, Kelli (Mike) Pacuch of Greenwood, IN; a nephew, Kip Wofford of Battle Creek; and many cousins. Services will be held 11:00 Friday morning at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 Friends may meet the family prior to the service on Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow services and his cremated remains will be buried in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials should be directed to Good Samaritan Hospice Care, Inc. or to West Michigan Cancer Center.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 17 April 2002

Leslie Clark - Age 87, passed away Friday, March 8, 2002. Born January 9, 1915 in Milburg, Arkansas, Leslie is survived and will be missed by his wife, Janet Clark of Portage; his six children, son, Brian Clark and wife, Gayla of Portage, daughter, Lisa Clark-Bunch and husband, David Bunch of Kalamazoo, son, Leslie Ray Clark of Paw Paw, daughter, Fae Parsons of Mississippi, daughter, Alta-Mae Fischer and husband, Bob of Arkansas, and daughter, Leoda Moore of Mississippi. Leslie is also survived by 45 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including Billy Clark of Hartford, Michigan. Raised in Arkansas, Leslie moved to Michigan looking for work in the 1950s. He found employment at Charles River Corp., and worked there for an extended period of time. He enjoyed music and played the drums and harmonica in several bands during his full life. Later in life he enjoyed watching boxing, playing the lottery, and going to the casino. There will be no public visitation or services. Cremation will take place.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette March 12, 2002

Willard Daniels - of Comstock, Died Wednesday, April 17, 2002. Bill was born June 16, 1939 in Wyandotte, Michigan, the son of Marlin and Alberta (Evans) Daniels. He has been a Comstock resident for most of his life, and was employed at Humphrey Products for the past 36 years. Bill was an avid reader, who loved to go to garage sales. Surviving are two sons, Marlin ``Mark'' (Lissa) Daniels of Comstock, and Warren (Pam) Daniels of Pavilion Township; eight grandchildren: Jamie Lynn, Bradly, Matthew, Christian, Jamie Michelle, Rose, Kayla and Sabrina; fiancee', Lorena ``Rena'' O'Grady of Comstock; two brothers, Jerry Daniels of Kalamazoo, and Dennis (Corrine) Daniels of Gaylord; several nieces, nephews and their families. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with Major Lloyd Hanton, of the Salvation Army, officiating. Private interment will be in Comstock Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Liver Foundation.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 4/18/02

Donald Dunn - Died Thursday April 4, 2002 at home with his family. Donald was born May 12, 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Marvin and Rose Emry Dunn. He was employed at the Kalamazoo County Road Commission for 25 years, retiring as a Foreman in June of 1986. He was a 32nd degree Mason with the Athens Lodge #220 F. & A.M., and member of the Saladin Temple Shrine of Grand Rapids. He was also a member of the Comstock United Methodist Church. On July 27, 1945 he was united in marriage to Virginia Myers, who survives. Also surviving are 4 daughters, Terrie (Dale) Rogers of White Cloud, Karlene (C. Douglas) Cekander, Renee (James) Hotrum, all of Comstock, and Valerie (Vincent) Hurley of Climax; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mary Lou Grimes of Alaska, Avalene (Robert) Mossburg, and Barbara Wheeler, all of Indiana; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services will be held 1:00 o'clock Monday from the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Hoag-Switzer Comstock Chapel 6121 King Highway 343-1508 with The Rev. Peggy Baker officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Comstock United Methodist Church.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  April 6, 2002

Aeres Yvonne Garthe - of Kalamazoo, MI, formerly of Allegan, Died suddenly Monday evening, April 8, 2002, at her home. Yvonne was born December 17, 1934 in South Wales, United Kingdom, a daughter of Stanley and Doris (Lewis) Morgan. She moved to the United States when she was a child and lived in Allegan, MI, until she moved to Kalamazoo, MI in 1988. On February 18, 1995, Yvonne was preceded in death by her son, Kirk Hudson. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Selwyn; and a sister, Meirwen. Surviving are a daughter, Kimberly (David) Laverty of Grand Haven, MI; a grandson, Justin Laverty; a granddaughter, Avril (Steven) Leach; 2 great-grandsons, Tyler and Gavin Leach; a sister, Olwen (John) Lyons of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held 3:30 Thursday afternoon at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 A gathering of family and friends will take place at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will follow services.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 10, 2002

Bonnita Gates - Passed away Sunday afternoon, November 25, 2001. Toots was born September 13, 1937 in Battle Creek, MI, the daughter of Albert and Lula (Barber) Cook. She was a lifelong Climax and Galesburg area resident. Toots enjoyed working in the yard, but the most important part of her life was her family, raising her children, and spending time with all of her family. On August 5, 1955 she was united in marriage to Charles Edward Gates, who survives. Also surviving are her children, Gary Lee and Patricia Gates of Kalamazoo, Dianna Lynn Slager, Nancy Ann Gates, and Keith Michael ``Chopper'' Gates, all of Galesburg; six grandchildren; four great-grand-children; brothers and sister, Robert Cook of Galesburg, Thomas Cook of Scotts, Barbara Hiscock of Ceresco; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, William, Jack, Bonnie, Alton, Pearl, and Russell Cook, Betty Richter, Bethel Roberts. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Hoag-Switzer Galesburg Chapel 145 W. Battle Creek St. 343-1508 with Pastor Donald Wendell officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Galesburg Chapel on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Nov. 27, 2001

Maria M. Frey - Died peacefully Wednesday morning, Ap[ril 17, 2002.  Maria was born April 5, 1926 in Kalamazoo, Michhigan, a daughter of Karl and Thkla (Riederer) Refy.  She had been a lifelong Kalamazoo resident.  She was preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by 3 sisters, Emma (Arlo) Dehnert of Brevard, NC,  Frances (Ralph) Camacho of Roseville, CA and Anneliese Tift of San Diego, CA;  3 cousins, Eugene Keck of Oshtemo,  Sandra (Wade) Adams of Kalamazoo, and Gisela (Tony) VerHey of Kalamazoo; and several other cousins.  In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no visitation or services.  A private inurnment will be at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Alamo Nursing Home Employees Fund or the Arthritis Association.  Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 18, 2002


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