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Mr. James E. Dean - 424 Gilbert passed away January 31, 1972 at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Dean was born Oct. 14, 1919 in Kalamazoo, the son of Wilbur J. and Nora Dean and was a lifelong resident here.  He was a painter and a member of the Bethel Reformed Church,  Amvets and Kalamazoo Moose Lodge.  Surviving are his wife, Barbara; 2 sons and 2 daughters, Dorothy, Sue, John and Tony;  9 grandchildren; all of Kalamazoo;  one brother, Omer of Nashville, Mich.;  3 sisters, Mrs. Cecelia Burr,  Mrs. Merlie Storteboom and Mrs. Rachel Nylan, all of Kalamazoo.  Religious services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home, Interment, Riverside Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 31 Jan 1972

James Michael Dean - 454 S. 35th St., Galesburg, Infant son of Robert and Karen Dean, passed away Saturday Feb. 26, 1977. Surviving besides the parents are one sister, Michele Lynn;  grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Dean of Kalamazoo,  Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Aukes of Richland;  great-grandparents, Mrs. Florence Dean of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. and Mrs. Bert Merchant of Delton;  several aunts and uncles. Private graveside services were held in Riverside Cemetery.  Arrangements by the Langeland Chapel,  622 S. Burdick. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 28 Feb 1977

Mr. Leslie N. Dean - age 66, 8331 Kings Rd., Kal. passed away Tuesday (9 Mar 1976) evening at his home.  Mr. Dean was born in Paw Paw, October 15, 1909, the son of Harry and Gertha Staley Dean.  For the past 2 years he had lived at the Royal Estates Mobile Home Park, before that on Miller Road in Kal.  He was a member of Milwood United Methodist Church for 35 years, was affiliated with the Kalamazoo County Fair Board for many years.  On October 18, 1935, he was married to Alice Mae Burson at Schoolcraft, who survives. Also surviving are 1 daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Millicent) Zentz of Goshen, Ind.;  3 sons, Newell and James of Rt 2, Schoolcraft and Duane of Portage;  11 grandchildren;  2 sisters, Mrs. Glen (Helen) Edwards of Plainwell,  Mrs. Alfred (Phyllis) Madden of Delton;  1 brother, Owen of Lapeer, Mich.;  several nieces and nephews. 1 brother, Homer preceded him in death.  Friends may call at the Robertson Funeral Home, Schoolcraft after 7 p.m. this evening where the family will meet with friends between 7-9 & between 2-4 and 7-9 Thursday and where services will be held Friday 2 p.m., Rev. Alden Burns and Rev. Dale Benton officiating.  Burial in Schoolcraft Cemetery.   The family requests that friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Milwood United Methodist Church, Schoolcraft United Methodist Church of the American Cancer Society, which may be left at the funeral home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed March 10, 1976

Mrs. Lois Dean - 3625 W. Michigan Ave., passed away Monday morning at Bronson Hospital.  Mrs. Dean was born August 22, 1907, in Battle Creek.   She had been employed in the PBX Dept. of Kellogg Co. for 20 years.  Married to Ray Dean, who passed away in 1960.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Theresa Johnson of Richland; 2 grandchildren; one brother, Edward Bedore of Chicago;  one sister Mrs. Adeline Quick of Wayland.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited Tuesday evening at 7:30.  Requiem Mass will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Gull Lake, Wednesday at 1 o’clock.  Interment in Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland.  Memorials may be made to the Cancer Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon Feb 9, 1976

Dolores F. DeBoer  - Funeral services for Mrs. Dolores F. DeBoer of 6124 West Q Avenue will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home.  Mrs. DeBoer died Friday (3 Sept 1976)  at the age of 70 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.  Her  husband, Abe DeBoer had been a senior vice president of American National Bank before his retirement in 1968.  Survivors include two sons, Kenneth and Larry, both of Kalamazoo;  five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Officiating at the funeral will be the Rev. William A. Diehl of Trinity Lutheran Church.  Burial will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  She was born April 25, 1906 in Bangor, Mich., the daughter of Dolph and Ione Yeider Mitchell.  She was married in 1928 to Abe DeBoer, in South Bend, Ind. who preceded her in death in 1974.  Services will be held Tuesday at 3:30 o’clock at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat & Sun 4 & 5 Sept 1976

Billie E. Deaton - San Francisco, Calif., Formerly of Kalamazoo and Otsego, passed away at his home January 11 (1976).  He was born in Otsego June 29, 1930.  Surviving are 5 sisters, Mrs. Betty Holmes,  Miss Barbara Deaton,  Mrs. Carolyn Taylor,  Mrs. Nancy Fry,  Mrs. Patsy LaFountain, all of Otsego;  many nieces and nephews.  Cremation took place in San Francisco.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 16 Jan 1976

Mrs. Mary (Exton) Dearborn - Wife of William Dearborn, president of Interkal, Inc. of Kalamazoo, died suddenly Monday (10 Jun 1977) morning at Bronson Hospital of a heart attack.  Mrs. Dearborn was born in St. Louis, Mo., attended schools in St. Louis, Mo and Muncie, Ind. and graduated from Stephens College, Columbia, Mo.  Survived by her husband; 3 sons, Robert, Los Angeles, Calif.,  Stephen, Severna Park, Md. and William Jr., West Long Branch, N.J.;  2 sisters, Mrs. Carl Hanson of Greensboro, N.C. and Mrs. Robert Dearborn of Brownsville, Texas;  and 3 grandsons.  She was active in the Kalamazoo Art League, the Auxiliary of the Jenkins Center Goodwill and the Newcomers Club.   She was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church in Muncie, Ind.  Funeral services will be at the Meaks Mortuary, Muncie, Indiana on Thursday morning. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 11 Jan 1977

John E. DeBoer -  5137 Brennerton, passed away Friday evening, February 18, 1972.  Mr. DeBoer was born July 4, 1900, in Kalamazoo, son of Edward and Ida DeBoer and had been a lifelong resident here.  H was the chief electrician for the Brown Company, Sutherland Division before his retirement in 1965.  Mr. DeBoer was a member of the Bethany Reformed Church.  Survived by his wife, Katie;  three daughters, Mrs. Dale (Ileane) Boes,  Mrs. Howard (Jane) Kalleward and Mrs. Raymond (Jeannie) Milne all of Kalamazoo;  seven grandchildren, one brother and three sisters, Cornelius DeBoer, Mrs. Alfred (Ida) Gerlofs and Mrs. Sam (Dena) Ekema all of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Garrett (Marie) Mastenbrook of Fedhaven, Florida;  several nieces and nephews.  Service arrangements will be announced later by the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Kalamazoo Association for Retarded Children or to a charity of your choice.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat. 19 Feb 1972

Judith DeBoer - 330 Lake Street, passed away Wednesday morning, February 9, 1972.  Mrs. DeBoer was born March 29, 1888 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. VanNieuwpoort and had been a resident here for 49 years.  Survived by:  her husband, Jouke;  two sons, Auke and Richard, both of Kalamazoo;  six grandchildren;  two sisters, Mrs. Jaan VandenBerg and Mrs. Ten Bakker both in the Netherlands;  a nephew, William Sterk of Galesburg; several other nieces and nephews in the Netherlands. She was preceded in death by a son, Joe, in 1971.  Memorial services will be held Friday at 2 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.   Interment Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 9 Feb 1972

Mrs. June L. Deaton - 7987 Douglas Ave., passed away June 14, 1971 at Bronson Hospital.   Mrs. Deaton was born August 20, 1924 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Timothy and Esther Myers and had been a life time resident here.  Surviving are: husband, Bernard A.; one daughter and three sons, Mrs. Delores K. Williams, Portage;  Russell L., Otsego,  Bernard J., Plainwell and Tim D. at home;  mother, Mrs. Esther Myers, Kalamazoo;  2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Lou LePard, Flint and Miss Beverly Jean Myers, Kalamazoo;  5 grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home where services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Rev. Arthur Freet officiating.  Interment, Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Heart Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 15 Jun 1971

Mr. Raymond E. DeCamp - 1325 Wayside Dr., passed away Saturday, April 3, 1976.  Mr. DeCamp was born Feb. 15, 1915, in Clinton, Ind., son of George and Montora DeCamp and had been a resident here about 35 years.  He was a veteran of World War II and had been a prisoner of war.  A member of the D.A.V.  He had been employed by the Allied Paper Co.  Surviving are his wife, Imogene;  one daughter, Mrs. Sandrea Minger of Vicksburg;  2 grandsons, Brian Keith and Brent David;  2 brothers and 3 sisters,  Thomas of Clinton, Ind.,  George of Rockville, Ind.,  Mrs. Marie McCallum and Mrs. Edith Mohney, both of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. June Sandaval of Vallijo, Calif.;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 5 Apr 1976

Mr. Rene H. DeBeer - 5088 Deep Point Dr., passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 26, 1975.  Mr. DeBeer was born Nov. 2, 1891, in France and had been a resident here for about 40 years.  Before his retirement, was employed as a salesman by the Hoover Vaccum Cleaner Co.  Surviving are his wife, Leatha;  2 step-daughters, Mrs. Joyce King of Royal Oak and Mrs. Gloria Webster of San Diego;  8 step-grandchildren.  Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 12 o’clock noon at the Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre, Pastor Allen Hellwege, of the Zion Lutheran Church, officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Portage chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon Oct 27, 1975

Mrs. Clara E. Decker - 1114 Par 4 Circle, passed away Monday evening, January 24, 1972.  Mrs. Decker was born July 21, 1910, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of William and Annie Dykema and was a lifelong resident here.  She was employed by W. T. Grant Co.  Mrs. Decker is survived by her husband, Joe;  one son, Robert of Alpena;  one daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Jo-Ann) Alsgaard of West Babylon, N.Y.;  2 granddaughters, Kristin Alsgaard and Susan Decker;  one brother, Herbert Dykema of Kalamazoo,  Herbert Dykema of Kalamazoo;  one sister, Mrs. Ricka Westra of Grand Rapids;  2 step-brothers and 3 step-sisters, Lawrence Booden and Mrs. Cora Sopjes of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Annie Zichterman of Phoenix, Ariz.,  Marine Booden of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Minnie Allen of Niles;  an uncle, Leonard Roundhouse of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.   Memorial services will be held Thursday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friend may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 25 Jan 1972

Mrs. Henerietta DeBlecourt - 5510 N. 12th St. passed away Saturday morning, March 4, 1972.  Mrs. DeBlecourt was born May 22, 1910 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth Vlietstra.  She was a member of the Second Christian Reformed Church.  Surviving are:  husband, Louis;  3 sons and 2 daughters, John of Kalamazoo, Gerald of Portage, David of Reading, Michigan.  Mrs. William (Linda) Curtis of Portage and Miss Carol at home;  5 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 4 brothers, Mrs. Anna Apotheker, John and Frec Vlietstra all of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Elizabeth DeVries of Richland,  Martin Vlietstra of Tucson, Arizona,  Henry Vlietstra of Kalamazoo,   Mrs. Hermina Hassing of Portage;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held  Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. John A. Mulder officiating.  Interment in West Cooper Cemetery.  The family suggests that memorials may be made to the World Home Bible League.  Relatives and friends may meet the family at the Funeral Home, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 and Monday evening from 7 to 9 o’clock.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 4 Mar 1972

Mr. John J. DeBruin - 1310 E. Kilgore Rd., Passed away Friday evening, January 28, 1977.  Mr DeBruin was born Jan. 1, 1914 in Kalamazoo son of Jacob and Cora DeBruin and was a life long resident of the Kalamazoo area.  He was employed by the Zurn Industries for 34 years.  Was a  member of the Trinity Reformed Church.  On October 8, 1936 he was married to Alice Vander Pol who survives.  Also surviving are one daughter and one son,  Mrs. Gerald (Wilma) Marcelletti of Portage, Jack L. DeBruin of Midland, Mich., 4 grandchildren, Connie, Fred, Jenny and Jay,  2 sisters, Mrs. Louis (Johanna) Hamilton, and Mrs. Henry (Elizabeth) Bonnes both of Kalamazoo.  Several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brother Jacob DeBruin Jr. in 1966.  Memorial p.m. services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Dr. Dennis Voskuil officiating.  Interment in Mt. Everest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel beginning this evening at 7.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Church Memorial Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 29 Jan 1977

Mr. Arthur “Ike” DeBruyn -7027 S. Westnedge, Portage, passed away Feb. 26, 1972, at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. DeBruyn was born April 26, 1911, in Kalamazoo, to Marinus and Anna DeBruyn.  A retired plant grower and had lived in Portage for 50 years.  He was Township Treasurer of Portage for 20 years, a retired life member of Portage Fire Dept.  Surviving are his wife, Maxine;  5 daughters, Mrs. Jack (Linda) Brady,  Mrs. Judith Varsason, both of Portage,  Mrs. Walter (Janice) Wanagat of Plymouth,  Mrs. Deborah DeBruyn,  Miss Jill Ann DeBruyn, both at home;  13 grandchildren;  2 brothers, Cornelius of Portage and Donald of St. Petersburg, Fla.;  4 sisters, Mrs. Mary Hall of Grand Rapids, Mrs. Emma Cobbs of Corunna,  Ind.,  Mrs. Gertrude Elenga of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Wilma Marr of Dallas, Tex.;  several nieces and nephews.  Religious services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m.  Truesdale South Chapel, Portage, Interment, Portage Central Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 26 Feb 1972

Mrs. Carrie O. Decker - 7572 S. 40th St., Scotts, passed away Sunday morning, June 5, 1977.  Mrs. Decker was born April 23, 1890, in Bluffton, Ind., daughter of John and Lilly Thompson and had been a resident of the Scotts area since 1929.  Her husband, George, passed away in 1948.  Surviving are 5 sons and 2 daughters, Mrs. Andrew (Helen) Jermay of Parma,  Russell of Rives Junction,  Lyle of the home address,  Mrs. William (Katherine) Thompson and Morris, both of Battle Creek,  Forrest of Mendon,  Kenneth (Jack) of Vicksburg;  13 grandchildren;  20 great-grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Climax Chapel,  205 E. Maple St. with the Rev. Mr. Leon W. White of the Pennfield Presbyterian Church, officiating.   Interment in Gilson Cemetery, Scotts.  Friends may call at the Climax chapel. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 6 June 1977

Mr. Everett K. Decker - 821 Washburn, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1976.  Mr. Decker was born Nov. 30, 1901, in Kalamazoo, lifelong resident here.  He was owner and operated the Kalamazoo Machine & Tool Co. until his retirement.  Surviving are his wife,  Elizabeth (Koopsen);  one brother and one sister, Mrs. Harold (Hazel) Thomas of Kalamazoo and William H. Decker of Battle Creek;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel,  622 S. Burdick, with the Rev. Mr. Harold Cupery, of the Bethel Reformed Church, officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.   The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Bronson Hospital Oncology Dept.  Relatives and friends may meet the family at the chapel this evening from 7 to 9 o’clock.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 14 Oct 1976

Mrs. Marie Decker - born October 30, 1885, in the Netherlands, passed away Monday morning at Borgess Hospital.  She came to the United States in 1905 and settled near Pella, Iowa, where she was married to Richard W. Decker.  In 1930, the family moved to Waite Avenue in Kalamazoo, and shortly after, to Axtell Street.  Mrs. Decker was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo.  She was preceded in death by her husband in April , 1947, and a daughter, Mrs. Elfrieda Benedetti, in January, 1966.  Surviving are five daughters and seven sons;  Mrs. Mart J. Plooy (Gertrude), Schoolcraft, Michigan,  Mrs. J. C. Roundhouse (Nellie), Harrison, Michigan,  John Dekker, Lubbock, Texas,  Mrs. Gilbert E. Chancey (Bertha), Lexington, Kentucky,  Mrs. Lyle A. Norris (Elizabeth), Downey, California,  Dr. Clarence F. Decker, Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania,  Richard W. Decker,  Joe Decker, Mrs. Harold W. Copp (Marie),  Harold Decker,  Dr. William A. Decker,  Arnold B. Decker, all of Kalamazoo.  Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. John P. DeBaare, Alameda, California, and one brother, Christian Verkou, Kalamazoo;  23 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.  Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Ray R. Fassett of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment, Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park.  The family will meet friends at the chapel from 7 to 9 Monday evening and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Tuesday.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 19 Apr 1971


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