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Marion K. Stevens  - Marion K. Stevens, age 86, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2002 in Fountain Hills, Arizona after a lengthy illness. Marion was born in Chicago, IL on January 30, 1916. She grew up in Chicago, graduated from the University of Chicago in 1937, and married John S. Stevens in 1939. They moved to Kalamazoo in 1950, where Marion was involved in many volunteer activities while raising their three children. She was active in her children's schools, the PTA, the Junior League, Gray Ladies, the First Presbyterian Church, as well as an avid golfer at the Gull Lake Country Club. Marion and John moved to Richland, MI, in 1970, and then to Fountain Hills, AZ, in 1986. She is survived by her husband, John, of Fountain Hills, AZ; her daughter, Suzanne Brooks of Berkeley, CA; and two sons, Scott of Oakland, CA, and David of Easton, MD; as well as five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, MI, this summer. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 7, 2002

Mr. William Slack - Died Thursday evening, April 18, 2002. Bill was born October 24, 1951 in Vicksburg, the son of Norman and Marjorie (Green) Slack, and had been a lifelong resident in the Kalamazoo area. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, was a Boy Scout Troop Leader, and did volunteer work with Camp Roto- Kiwan and the Edison Center. He was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Slack. Surviving are a sister and brother, Linda (Mark) Turner of Galesburg, Eugene Slack of Portage; 2 nieces, Heather Turner, Jessica (Richard) Ebels; great-niece and nephew, Dominic Turner and Kaylin Ebels. Services will be held 1:00 o'clock Monday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with Rev. Cal Mastin officiating. Interment will follow in Moorepark Cemetery. Friends may meet the family on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the chapel. Memorials may be directed to Camp Roto-Kiwan or the American Lung Association. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 20, 2002

Richard Stevens - Died Wednesday morning, January 16, 2002. Dick was born May 12, 1935 in Kalamazoo, the son of Gail and Gladys (Hazen) Stevens, and had been a lifelong area resident. He was employed for over 20 years with Allied Paper and then was employed with R & L Transport. He was united in marriage to the former Alice Bills, who preceded him in death in November of 2001. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Stevens; and a sister, Ruth Sonniville. Surviving are his children, Vicki Stevens of Kalamazoo, Richard Jr. (Connie) Stevens of Breedsville, Nancy (Kenny) Spencer of Baldwin, Larry (Jennifer) Stevens of Elkhart, IN, Richard Dake of Kalamazoo; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In accordance with Dick's wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or services.  Memorials in Dick's memory may be directed to Wings of Hope Hospice. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Jan 17, 2002

Mr. Francis L. Thomas - Of Portage, Died Monday, April 8, 2002 at his home. Francis was born July 16, 1917 in Blackford County, Indiana, the son of Sherman and Ozie (Rodgers) Thomas. He lived in Hartford City, IN, until entering the service in 1943, where he made four trips across the Atlantic with the Merchant Marines. He returned to Indiana and worked for Overhead Door Company, later moving to Florence, CO. In 1953 he moved to Kalamazoo, and began working at Lake Street Lumber, then later National Waterlift, from which he retired 1979.  Francis was a member of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Portage. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 35 years, Nellie (Crandall) in 1969; son, Jerry Thomas; granddaughter, Kathy Boyer; step-son, John Bardenhagen; two sisters, Faye Simmerman and Phyllis Melick; and one brother, Robert D. Thomas. On January 24, 1975 he was united in marriage to Ruth Bardenhagen, who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Shirley (Bill) Vinyard of Dadeville, AL; two step-daughters, Mary (Dennis) Hutchins of Kalamazoo, and Deborah Bardenhagen (Ron) Shuster of Vicksburg; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 9420 Portage Road with The Rev. Gary Grieger officiating. Interment will follow the service at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Lord of Life Lutheran Church or Borgess V.N.A. and Hospice Service.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 10, 2002

James Walker - James found eternal peace on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 at Borgess Medical Center, 9 days before his 82nd birthday. Beginning his journey through life on December 14, 1919 in Crawfordsville, AR, James was the first of seven children born to Fletcher and Mary Walker. He lived the majority of his life in Kalamazoo, MI, attending Kalamazoo Public Schools. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Guam during WW II. While serving his country, he earned the Victory, Battle Star and Good Conduct Medals. He was a life member of Buck Crosby #6 Chapter of The Disabled American Veterans. On July 7, 1946, he married Avais Williams, who survives, and with whom he celebrated 55 years of marriage. After leaving the military, James began working for the former Michigan Bell Telephone Company, and remained there a total of 33 years, until his retirement in 1980. James was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed all sports, as both a fan and participant. He was also an avid reader of all topics, and enriched his faith by daily reading of the Bible. A member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, James was at peace with the spiritual aspect of his life. His parents, two sisters, Mary Johnson, Babardean Carter, and two brothers, Edward and Donald Walker, preceded him in death.  He leaves to celebrate his life and cherish his memory his wife Avais; a daughter, Linda Walker of Kalamazoo, MI; a son, James Jr. of Kalamazoo; two brothers, Fletcher of Kalamazoo, Kip of Ann Arbor, Michigan; numerous nephews and nieces; sister-in-law, Leona Sykes of Kalamazoo; many friends and good friend, Ed Annen Sr. The family will meet friends on Sunday, December 9, 2001 from 3- 5 p.m. at Harper Funeral Home 521 Douglas Avenue Kalamazoo, MI where Services will be held the following day, Monday, December 10, 2001 at 1 p.m., Pastor Addis Moore, Mount Zion Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park, South Westnedge, Kal.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Dec 8, 2001

Mrs. Shirley Walker - Died Saturday morning, April 13, 2002. Shirley was born December 29, 1924 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a daughter of Harold and Ruth (Mann) Kingsbury. During WW II, she served with the U.S. Navy. She had been a Kalamazoo area resident most of her life, and was employed with the Gibson Guitar Company and Sutherland Paper Company years ago. Shirley enjoyed woodworking, watching birds, and fishing. In the late 1940's, she was a pitcher for the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company. She was preceded in death by her parents; and an infant daughter, Jeanne Marie Walker. On December 24, 1952, she was united in marriage to Henry D. Walker, who survives. Also surviving are 2 children, David Paul (Brenda) Walker of Kalamazoo, and Robin (Robert) Volden of Aurora, CO; a grandchild, Cheyanne Walker; a sister, Marjorie Rowe of Kalamazoo; a brother, Richard Kingsbury of Portage; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held 11 o'clock Wednesday from the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with her nephew, the Rev. Mr. Paul Kingsbury, officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 15, 2002

Mr. Thomas Walker - Died Tuesday afternoon, October 9, 2001 in Gobles, MI. Mr. Walker was born August 13, 1911 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Clyde E. and Zada (Eager) Walker. He graduated from State High School in 1929, after which he entered into business with his family at Clyde E. Walker & Sons AAA Garage on North Rose St. He was a 50 year member and Past Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias. In 1959, he was united in marriage to Dora (Dot) LaRoy and in 1965, they moved from Portage to Curtis, MI, where they opened Walker's Restaurant. They operated the restaurant for 11 years until Tom's retirement in 1974. They made their home on South Manistique Lake, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and exploring the Upper Peninsula. Tom and Dot wintered for several years in Zephyrhills, FL, where he usually played 18 holes of golf daily until he was 88 years old. Tom was preceded in death by a brother, Clare Walker; and by a sister, Gertrude Walker Gerrish. Surviving are his wife, Dot of Curtis, MI; a son, Clyde E. (Sue) Walker II of Indianapolis, IN; and a daughter, Sug Walker Timmerman of Gobles, MI; 6 grandchildren, Deborah (Bruce) Dale, Brian (Lori) Walker, Diane (Brock) Rycenga, Clyde E. (Charlotte) Walker III, Kim (Chuck) Braybrooks and Mark (Chris) DeVries; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Geraldine (Delmar) Firme of Eldorado Hills, CA; several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 3:00 o'clock Friday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with the Rev. Richard Liggett, of the Lord's Hand Outreach Ministry, officiating. Private interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Friends may meet the family this evening from 6-8 p.m. at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions in Tom's memory be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Northwood Air Life Line, P.O. Box 243, Curtis, MI 49820.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Oct 11, 2001

Raymond Wertz - Died Saturday, March 30, 2002 at Tendercare Nursing Center, Kalamazoo, MI. He was a former resident of Pennsylvania Ave., York, PA, and had resided in Kalamazoo, MI, for the past two years. Mr. Wertz owned and operated the former Wertz Modern Cleaners, 1811 N. Susquehanna Trail, York, PA, from 1935 until his retirement in 1965. He was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Emigsville, PA, and was a former treasurer for the church. For many years he held a private airplane pilot license. He was born May 31, 1904 at Alpine, York County, PA, the son of the late Adam and Elizabeth (Pandel) Wertz. His wife, Marian H. (Hoffman) Wertz, died October 19, 1993. Surviving are one daughter, Glenda E. Chilcote and husband, Robert of Mechanicsburg, PA; one son, William J. Wertz and wife, Maria of Kalamazoo, MI; 4 grandchildren, Brian Wertz of Kalamazoo, Kevin Wertz of Royal Oak, Linda Kapp of Mechanicsburg, PA, and Diane Lofton of Coral Springs, FL; 4 great-grandchildren, Brianna, Tyler, Lauren, and Stacey.  Viewing 12 noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2002 at the J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., 24 Second St., New Freedom, PA. Service 1 p.m. Friday, April 5 at the mortuary. Burial Susquehanna Memorial Gardens, York, PA. In celebration of Mr. Wertz's life a gathering of remembrance will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at Parkview Hills Club House, Greenleaf Circle, Kalamazoo. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 91, Emigsville, PA 17318.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon April 1, 2002

Raymond Whipple - Ray's life began on May 14, 1909 in Wexford County Michigan and he went home to be with his Lord on Friday, April 05, 2002 at the Nazarene Camp at Indian Lake in Vicksburg. During his 94 years he was known as a constant prayer warrior, a man who would share his wisdom with others in a kind and gentle way, and he was a true disciple of Jesus Christ. His family includes his children: Delores (George) Miller of Colon, David (Lois) Whipple of Grand Haven, Paul of Evert, George (Maxine) Whipple of Evert, Leo of Grand Haven, Larry of California, and Edward (Anita) of Muskegon, 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a host of friends from the Nazarene Camp and the Chapman Memorial Church and special friends Pat and Mick Adams who cared for Ray in his final months. His wife Edith in 1992 and an infant son preceded him in death in 1942. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday at the Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Vicksburg. Burial will be in the Cornell Cemetery in Mesick Michigan. Friends may visit with the family on Monday from 6-8 pm and Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Vicksburg Chapel. To read Ray's complete life story, share a memory with his family, send flowers or make a memorial contribution to the Nazarene Missionary Society, please visit his personal web page at www.rdmg.com.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sunday April 7, 2002

Mr. Leonard Wolfe - Passed away Wednesday evening, January 2, 2002, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law. Mr. Wolfe was born February 8, 1912 in Sycamore, IL, son of Rod and Fay (Polsley) Wolfe. He had made his home in Illinois and Arkansas, and for the past month was staying with his son and daughter-in- law. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a general contractor in Illinois. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul on November 4, 1995 in Atlanta, GA. Surviving are 2 sons and 2 daughters, Roger Wolfe of LaMesa, CA, Richard (Sue) Wolfe of Comstock, Sally (Roger) Gerschefske of Gilberts, IL, Tina (Lance) Holiday of Fremont, CA; 13 grandchildren; 1 sister and 1 brother, Eleanor Swanberg of Kadiz, KY, and Lester Wolfe of Genoa, IL; several nieces and nephews. At his request Mr. Wolfe was cremated and services will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo. Arrangements by the LANGELAND Family Funeral Homes Hoag-Switzer Comstock Chapel 6121 King Highway 343-1508   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Jan. 4, 2002

Mr. Edward R. T. Davenport - 7832 Lovers Lane, Portage, died suddenly at his home Sunday (Feb 1, 1976) afternoon.   Mr. Davenport  was born Feb. 10, 1912, in Maclesfield, England, son of Edwin and Milded Thomas Davenport and lived in the Vicksburg area since 1951.  He was retired from the Allied Paper co. and was a member of the Bethlehem Assembly of God Church.   He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; one son, John.  Friends are being received at the Critz-Redmond Funeral Home, Vicksburg. Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Bethlehem Assembly of God Church, 7835 Lovers Lane, Rev. Thomas Skoog officiating.  Interment in Gourdneck Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Assembly of God Building Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues Feb 3, 1976

Mrs. Charlotte Walters - Died Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at Friendship Village Health Center, Kalamazoo. Mrs. Walters was born May 17, 1908 in Banfield, MI, and was employed in the Accounting Dept. of H.B. Sherman Mfg. Co. 27 years, and in the Sales Dept. of General Foods until 1961. Mr. and Mrs. Walters moved to Friendship Village in 1996 from Battle Creek.  Surviving are son, Richard N. (Delores) Davis of Battle Creek; 2 granddaughters; 5 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great- grandchild; sisters, Lucille Doster of Battle Creek, and Betty (Max) Root of Ft. Myers, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carleton C. Walters in 1997; and 3 sisters and 1 brother. Visitation after 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home 703 Capital Ave. S.W. Battle Creek Services 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, Rev. Dr. David H. Graham officiating. Interment Banfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Friendship Village Health Center of Kalamazoo or First Congregational Church, Battle Creek.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 18, 2002

Eugenie Westhauser - Gene Westhauser died on April 18, 2002 after a brief illness at Borgess Medical Center.  Members of her family include her son, Bill Westhauser of Flint, daughter, Rexalee and her husband, James Goecker of Portage; two granddaughters, Rexene and her husband, Larry Wood, and Margene ``MEG'' Goecker; one great-grandchild, Hannah Wood; and a brother, Charles White. She follows in death her husband, Rexford in 1985; a grandson, William in 1992; and her daughter, Sue in 2001. Friends may visit with Gene's family on Sunday, April 21, 2002, from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. at Pobocik Funeral Home Connelly-Noble Chapel, 106 Ash Street, Three Oaks and her funeral will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at the Christian United Church of Christ, 5712 Sawyer Rd., Sawyer, where the family will receive friends one hour before services. She will be buried next to her husband, Rexford, in the Riverside Cemetery. To read her complete life story, share a memory with her family, send flowers or make a memorial contribution to the Sue E. Westhauser Scholarship Fund through the Cadillac Foundation or the Christian United Church of Christ in Sawyer, please visit her personal web page at www.rdmg.com. Local arrangements by Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Vicksburg Chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 20, 2002

Betty Wolfe - Passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 4, 2002 following a lengthy illness. Betty was born January 17, 1928 in Smackover, Arkansas, the daughter of Robert E. and Sadie B. (Dunn) Baxter. She was an avid reader, past member of the Sweet Adeline's and loved her family. On August 17, 1946 she was united in marriage to Donavon ``Don'' Wolfe, in Kalamazoo, who survives. Also surviving are her daughter, Judy Lynn Stevens of Plainwell; son, Jeffrey Donavon (Teresa) Wolfe of Schoolcraft; three grandchildren, Jason Donavon (Kim) Wolfe of Portage, Jennifer Lynn Garrage of South Bend, IN, and Lauren Wolfe of Schoolcraft; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Joseph Garrage; two sisters, Thena (Richard) Pritchard and Virginia Cleworth, both of Plainwell; two brothers, Robert (Jacqueline) Baxter and Jack (Daneen) Baxter, both of Kalamazoo; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Velma. Services will be held 1:00 o'clock Monday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 with The Rev. Barry T. Petrucci, of Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to Multiple Sclerosis of Michigan.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 6, 2002

Mrs. Flossie A. Davidson - 2502 North 5th St., passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 25, 1976.  Mrs. Davidson was born Feb. 20, 1904, in Evart, Mich., the daughter of Theodore and Anna Foster and had been a resident of the Kalamazoo area for 52 years.  Her husband, Floyd, passed away Sept. 20, 1976.  Surviving are 4 sons and 6 daughters,  Mrs. Virgil (Juanita) Hillicker of Dot Lake, Alaska,  Mrs. Mel (Ruth) Kahl of North Ridge, Calif.;  Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Hawkins of Gobles,  Floyd Dale,  Arthur L., Mrs. Del (Mildred) Foster,  Mrs. Bruce (Joan) Welington, Wallace P., all of Kalamazoo,  Charles E. of Naples, Idaho,  Mrs. Thomas (Patricia) Craft of Agoura, Calif.;  one step-daughter,  Mrs. Leo (Maxine) Harness of Kalamazoo;  26 grandchildren;  19 great-grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Saturday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Linda Stoddard officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 26 Nov 1976

Donald A. Webster Jr.  - Of Kalamazoo, Died April 8, 2002 at Borgess Medical Center. Don was born July 2, 1952 in Detroit, MI, the son of Donald A. Sr. and Lina Ruth (Lamb) Webster. He attended Kalamazoo schools, where he was active in basketball, football and wrestling and graduated from Loy Norrix in 1971. Don had worked at Kingscott & Associates, then worked for 26 years at the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors, where he most recently served as the MLS Supervisor. He enjoyed bowling on the FOP League at Continental Lanes, coaching in the Parchment Little League, coaching Girls Y-Ball Basketball and was an avid hockey fan.  Going to deer camp was an annual trip that he never missed, and recently he enjoyed riding ATV's with his son. Don was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Robert F. Lamb; and paternal grandparents, Lee Oscar and Lee Oma Webster. On February 24, 1973 in Kalamazoo, he was united in marriage with Arlene (Leversee) Webster, who survives. Also surviving are two children, Rebecca (Capt. Christopher P.) Manning of Darmstadt, Germany, and Daniel L. Webster of Kalamazoo; two grandchildren who were the apple of his eye, Ryan Christopher and Collin Patrick Manning; a sister, Jeannie (Randy) Brizendine of Kalamazoo; a brother, David W. (Jeanne) Webster of Kalamazoo; father and mother-in- law, Allan and Marian Paro of Schoolcraft; one grandmother, Leona Lamb of Kalamazoo; many nieces, nephews, cousins and the family pet ``Lady Jane.'' Cremation will take place. The family will be present to receive friends Thursday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Betzler Funeral Homes Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 A Memorial Service will be held Friday 2:00 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Covenant Church. Food and fellowship will be shared following the service at the church hall. Memorial contributions may be made to a college fund to be established for his grandchildren. Share a memory at www.btzlerfuneralhome.com   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 10, 2002