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In loving memory of Pamela Lee Loyd-Putman. Pamela suddenly passed early Sunday morning, September the 16th, at home. She was born July 19, 1963 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Donald and Doris (Wardell) Loyd. She married Steven Putman on June 5, 2004 in Battle Creek. Pamela was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Pamela loved camping with her family, winning at FireKeepers Casino, and taking vacations to Las Vegas with her loving husband. Pamela will be loved and dearly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Steven; 3 daughters, Melissa, Yvonne and Tasha Loyd; mother, Doris; 11 grandchildren; 3 brothers; 2 sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Don; stepfather, Jim Sweitz; aunts; uncles; and a sister.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 1:00-3:00 PM and from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3:00 PM at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service with Pastor Jeff Worden of Hickory Corners Bible Church officiating. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Leo K. Calvert, age 72, of Battle Creek, died Saturday September 15, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Hospice Residence. Leo was born February 28, 1940 in Battle Creek, to Glenn and Echo (Nicley) Calvert. Leo spent his early years in Athens and moved to Battle Creek as a child. Leo was a 1959 graduate of Pennfield High School, and joined the United States Marine Corp in 1962, he was discharged in 1968. Leo married the former Annette Denny in 1965. Leo was employed by the Kellogg Co. for 36 years, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed gardening, watching sports, and reading and studying military history. Leo is survived by his wife Annette, a daughter, Dana Calvert of Battle Creek, a granddaughter, Brogan Calvert, a sister Bonita Calvert of Three Rivers. Leo was preceded in death by his parents and step parents. The family will receive friends, Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 N. Bedford Rd. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the West Michigan Cancer Center. Please visit Leo’s web page at www.bachmanhebble.com.
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Beatrice Lorraine (Hoag) Rankin, also known as “Pood”, age 86, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. Lorraine was born October 29, 1925, in Battle Creek, to Clyde and Hester Mae (Wilson) Hoag, and been a lifelong resident. Lorraine had been employed as a cook for the Pleasantview Elementary School and later for Pennfield High School, retiring in 1973. She is a member of the Country Chapel United Methodist Church of Dowling, the Red Hat Ladies Society, and the Bedford Lioness Club. Lorraine enjoyed quilting, needlepoint, and crafting of any kind. She is survived by a daughter, Dianne Gerber, of Delton, a son, Dennis (Betty) Rankin, of Battle Creek. Lorraine is also survived by her grandchildren, Todd (Chris) Gerber, Michael (Teresa) Rankin, Kelli Slocum, Annette (Jeffrey) Spindler and eight great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Thornley R. Rankin, who died June 14, 1993. Also preceding Lorraine are her sisters, Audrey Black and Oma Chester, brothers, Donald, Lewis, Ray, LaDare, and Larry. The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 7:00 PM Monday at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 N. Bedford Rd. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday at the Country Chapel United Methodist Church, 9275 S. M-37 Hwy, Dowling. Memorials may be given to the Country Chapel or the American Cancer Society. Please visit Lorraine’s webpage at www.bachmanhebble.com.
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Philip H. Dezotell, age 80, of Battle Creek, died Sunday September 9, 2012 at the home of his daughter. Phil was born January 9, 1932, in Burlington, Vermont, to Harold and Muriel (Coburn) Dezotell and came to Battle Creek during his service in the US Army. Phil had been employed by the American Fire Pump Co., Michner Platting and United Steel and Wire Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1998. Phil enjoyed fishing, walking, watching baseball, bird watching and spending time at home. Phil is survived by his daughters, Kathy (Robert) Corvin of Pennsylvania, Merial “Tuttie” (Terry) Messer of Kalamazoo, sons, Kevin (Chrisandra) Dezotell, Michael (Julie) Dezotell, Philip (Tonya) Dezotell, and Howard Dezotell all of Battle Creek, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, special people in his life, Rex and Sundae Hayes and Rose Hebbler, a sister, Verna Longe, brothers, Lyman Dezotell, Willard Dezotell, and Harold Dezotell, Jr.. Phil was preceded in death by his life partner, Wilma Hebbler, a brother, Lloyd Dezotell and a sisters, Beryl Kallahan and Mary Lou Dezotell. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM Wednesday at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 N. Bedford Rd. Funeral services will be held 2:30 PM Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Haven of Rest Ministries.
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Thomas D. Knapper, Sr., age 85, of Battle Creek, died Monday September 3, 2012 at his home. Tom was born November 27, 1926 in Battle Creek, to Samuel and Vera (Trine) Knapper and was a lifelong resident. Tom was a graduate of the Kellogg Agricultural High School, now known as Gull Lake Schools. Tom served in the US Army during WWII. He married Maurine Newberry on July 27, 1968. Tom was employed by as a Millwright at Eaton Manufacturing and was a member of the United Auto Workers, for 38 years retiring in 1983. Tom enjoyed woodworking and carpentry; he had built his own home and cabin, and was always willing to help friends and family with their projects. Tom was a master handyman and also enjoyed playing his guitar and singing and growing a garden. Tom is survived by his wife, Maurine, daughters, Cindy Knapper, of Battle Creek and Debby (Earl) Clifton of Cooks, Michigan, sons, Brian D. Knapper of Battle Creek, Tommy D. Knapper Jr. of Battle Creek and Jeremy M. (Kandy) Knapper of Hickory Corners. 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, a sister, Geraldine Masterka of Caledonia, a brother, Gerald Knapper of Battle Creek and his lifelong best friend Jack Warren. Tom was preceded in death by a sister, Genevieve Hind, and brothers, William, Duane and Gordon Knapper.
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It is with great sadness that the family of Ferris Claude Parsons. Jr. age 63, known as JR passed away quietly on Wednesday morning, August 29, 2012 at the Bronson Battle Creek hospital in Battle Creek, MI.
Ferris was born June 3, 1949 in Rogers City, MI the son of Ferris Claude Parsons, Sr. and Maxine Ruth (Flannery) Parsons.
He was a retired Merchant Marine Captain of an 800 foot freighter on all the Great Lakes for 39 years, retiring in 2007. From 1969 until 1973 he worked for United States Steel Great Lakes Fleet out of Rogers City, MI and from 1973-2007 he worked with American Steamship Company from Williamsville, NY. Having life-time knowledge of vessels and boats on the lakes, he knew the weather on the lakes and where the best fishing was, and he had a unique knack to know when the wind would change.
He is survived by his son: Nicholas C. “Nick” & Heather Parsons of Dunedin, FL; a daughter: Ashleigh Barbara Parsons of New Port Richey, Florida; two grandchildren : Rowan Eve Parsons of Dunedin, FL and Lucas Otto Parsons of New Port Richey, FL; three brothers: Robert “Bob” & Barbara Parsons of DeWitt, MI; John & Marrie Parsons of Valparaiso, IN; Bruce & Patty Parsons of El Paso, TX; two sisters: Candice Parsons of Southfield, MI; and Mary & Tom Chapp of Osseo, MI.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ferris graduated from Rogers City High School 1969. Went to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City and then went to work on the big ships. JR had additional course training through the years: Ship Handling School of France in 1992, South Hampton Marine Institute of England in 1997, numerous courses at American Maritime Officers School in Toledo, OH.
Ferris started his maritime career as a deckhand in 1969 with Great Lakes Fleet, in 1976 earned his Third Mate position, 1978 his Second Mate position, in 1988 earned his First Mate position and obtained Masters License, in 1990 earned his Captain position and in 2007 retired from Master position with American Steamship Company.
During his merchant marine career he received many honors. he served “with distinction” as captain of several 800 foot shipping vessels throughout the Great Lakes, supervising a crew of 26 sailors and frequently receiving commendation from fleet management and the U.S. Coast Guard. During his 39 year maritime career, he was frequently “sought after” by fleet management to train crew members in all aspects of ship management and navigation. He was chosen from among 15 fleet captains to be the first Great Lakes master to attend South Hampton Marine Institute in England to critique man-model training for the Great Lakes.
After extensive traveling, the last few years, Ferris has made his home in DeWitt, MI and Battle Creek, MI, living with his brother Robert and his family in DeWitt and in Battle Creek with Dr. Henry Brown and Jean and Dr. David Brown and Lisa. He helped others to make their lives easier and simpler. He had the insight and ability to percept when someone was in need or needed help. He would use his talent, abilities and time to give that person a better life. He showed his acts of kindnesses in small ways such as baking and taking an Apple pie and his homemade chicken soup to a sick person he knew.
He became a dear friend of Dr. Henry and Dr. David Brown’s family where Ferris would show them the best fishing spots on Lake Michigan, he singlehandedly would ready the Brown summer cabin & boat and have everything perfect for their family relaxation summer trips. Ferris was an avid and fast reader and loved to fish. He was a self-taught man; if anything needed fixing or repair, JR had the insight and ingenuity to fix or repair it. He was a man of many talents.
He was always proud of the home and the great lives he could provide for his children. He was a great father and teacher. He passed along his love of the water and the Great Lakes to his son, who is also a merchant mariner, whom he taught to be a sailor. The lessons we learned from him will forever live on in our hearts and minds!
Visitation with family members will be held on Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 AM at the Maple United Methodist Church, 342 Capital Avenue NE until the memorial service time at 11:00 AM at the church with Rev. Linda Stoddard officiating. A light luncheon and additional time of remembrances will follow in the church fellowship following the memorial service. Cremation will be conducted. Memorial tributes may be made to: Presque Isle County Historical Museum – Ferris Parsons Collection, 176 West Michigan Avenue, Rogers City, MI 49779. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269) 965-5145 Please leave a message of condolence or remembrance on Ferris’ web page at www.bachmanhebble.com
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Svend Aage “Swede” Larsen, 84, of Battle Creek, MI passed away quietly on Wednesday morning, August 22, 2012 at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence in Battle Creek.
A gathering of friends and family is planned on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service where the family will be present from 6:00-8:30 PM. There will be a second visitation with the family on Friday morning, September 7, 2012 from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM. Memorial services commemorating the life of Swede Larsen will take place in the funeral home chapel at 12:30 PM with Pastor James L. Sparks officiating. Burial of cremated remains will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. Memorial tributes may be made to: Good Samaritan Hospice Residence, the University of Michigan Athletics Department or the Alzheimer’s Associations. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145 www.bachmanhebble.com
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It is with great sadness that the family of Ingrid (Stute) Pelloni age 80 announces the passing of our dear, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend on Friday August 17, 2012. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the home of her son in Pennfield Township after a courageous battle with cancer.
Ingrid was born July 18, 1932 in Spenge, Germany the daughter of Gustav Stute and Marta (Skibba) Stute.
She received her education in Germany where she was also trained as seamstress. Coming to America in 1951, becoming a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter. On October 12, 1957 she married James “Jim” Pelloni in Detroit, MI. Jim and Ingrid moved to Battle Creek in 1969 to open a Ziebart Rustproofing business.
Ingrid touched the lives of many. She might have sewn for you, fed you, given you a few dollars or just listened. If she saw someone had a need, she would give whatever she had, whatever was needed. Money and material things weren’t important to Ingrid, people were.
She always put the care and well being of others above her own. Most often making sure people were well fed. If you came to her house, you ate something. Later family and friends would chide her with the phrase they heard for so many years,” Would You Like a Sandwich?”
Ingrid had love of many things but tops on the list were children, sweets, teddy bears and coffee. As long as she had her daily fix of each, it was a good day.
She loved being outside, working in her garden, learning, watching cooking shows, doing jigsaw puzzles. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren but she loved all children as if they were her own. Being a supporter of Pennfield Schools and athletics for nearly 30 years, many called her Mom or Grandma.
She was co-owner of Ziebart Autorustproofing. Later working as a cook at Marywood Country Club and then for Buckingham Inn. She was a member of St. Philip Catholic church for 43 years and a member of Marywood Country Club, . She enjoyed Sundown Squares, a square dance club.
Ingrid is survived by two loving sons: Jeffrey & Tamara Pelloni of Bellevue, MI; Clifford & Wanda Pelloni of Roswell, GA; four grandchildren: Breanna Pelloni and Cassie Pelloni both of Rochester, MI; Nicholas & Michael Pelloni both of Roswell, GA; her brother: Rolf & Monika Stute of Marietta, GA; her sister, Margarete & Arthur Redecker of Spenge, Germany.
She was preceded in death by her parent and husband James Pelloni on November 19, 2011.
Visitation will be held and the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Monday, August 20, 2012 where the family will be present from 4:00 PM-7:00PM. The Funeral Scripture Service commemorating the wonderful life of Ingrid Pelloni will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, August 21 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Father Francis Marotti. Burial will follow at the Fort Custer National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. Memorial tributes may be made to Oaklawn Hospital Hospice. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269) 965-5154. Please leave a message of comfort or remembrance on Ingrid’s web page at www.bachmanhebble.com
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