David Atkins

David Norman Atkins, 63 of Coldwater passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014 at his home. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater with Pastor David Anderson officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service on Tuesday starting at 4:00 PM. Interment will take place at a later date at Fort Custer National Cemetery. David was born January 3, 1951 to William H. and Helen “Beryl” (Benedict) Atkins in Coldwater. Upon graduation from Coldwater High School, David entered the U.S. Navy where he proudly served his county during Vietnam from 1969 to 1972. Upon return to Coldwater he worked for the Quincy Police & Fire Departments until 1978. David was accepted into the Michigan State Police Academy in 1978. He graduated and then began a 28 year career with the MSP. Upon retirement as a Trooper in 2006 from MSP he worked for a short period with the Branch County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy. In 1982, David received a Life Saving Award for saving the life of a choking two-year old. David was a loving family man who enjoyed being part of the community. He was Past Commander of American Legion Post #52, as well as serving on the Drill Team for many years. David will be remembered as a friendly, outgoing man who enjoyed being a prankster. He had many hobbies including deer hunting, fishing, and traveling, especially to Lake Superior at Grand Marais with his family. He had a soft spot for animals, but truly loved spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Atkins is survived by his wife of 11 years, Connie Atkins of Coldwater, his daughter Kristine Lyles of Coldwater; his step-children Joshua Sturgeon of Union City, Michael Sturgeon of Coldwater, and Jamie Sturgeon of Lansing; his sisters Dianne Atkins of Manchester and Debbie (Donald) Rogers of Coldwater; grand-children Syler Lyles of Coldwater, Skyler Burlew of Maysville, KY, Gracie May and Joey Sturgeon of Union City; nephews Nick (Jamie) Rogers, Tony (Blair) Rogers, and Michael David Rogers. He was preceded in death by his son Doug Atkins, his parents, and his first wife Rose Aleta Atkins. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Caroline May (Brock) Austin

Caroline May Austin Brock, 64, passed away July 31, 2015 in care of Transition Hospice Facility in Raleigh, N.C. after battling with cancer  for about 6 years. She was born March 6, 1952 in Coldwater, MI, to Edwin and Frances Austin. Caroline graduated from Coldwater High School in 1969 and later from nursing school, being a dedicated RN. She was a member of Celebration Church, N.C. Her family and the Lord were her greatest joys. She is survived by her mother, Frances Merriman, her son, Derek (Jonie), daughter Jennifer (John) Chappell, brothers Lawrence (Frances) Austin, Richard (Cindy) Austin, and Lynn (Terri) Austin and a sister Janet (Gary) Smith. Seven grandchildren, John, Michael, Joy and Ben Chappell, Austin, Zachary, and Trinity Honyounst. Also, many loving nephews, nieces, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Edwin Austin. Her memorial service will take place at Celebration Church in Raleigh, N.C. on August 16, 2015.

 Dean Scott Bailey


Dean Scott Bailey, son of Shirley Bailey and the late M.G. Bailey, was born March 6, 1951 in Coldwater. He died at home on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being cared for by Dutcher Funeral Home. He married Dana Rachlin in 1987 at the Boulders in Carefree, AZ. He was a multi-engine and a glider pilot. At one time, he was a bush pilot in Alaska and a big game guide in Montana.  He had also worked at Chicago Mercantile Exchange and later operated Bailey Farm until retirement due to illness. He had attended KVCC and KCC. He spent many hours working to maintain his pride a joy, a 1959 Mercedes Benz convertible. He is survived by his wife, Dana, of 23 years; his mother, Shirley; sisters, Marece Hutchinson and Genelle (John) Welch of Coldwater; a sister-in-law, Michale Rachlin of Florida; nieces and nephews, Kyle (Mandy) Hutchinson of Alaska, Jenna (Derek) Mathieu of Kalamazoo, Evan (Courtney) Hutchinson of Sturgis, Asher and Marissa Welch of Coldwater; cousins, Karma (Rick) Weiers of S. Carolina, Rich Thomas of Sydney, Ryan (Sarah) Weiers of N. Carolina; great nieces and nephews, Blake Mathieu, Paityn Modert, Asher and Maren Weiers, Franz and Jake Rachlin. He was preceded in death by his father, M. G. Bailey; his paternal grandparents, Guy and Cora Bailey; his maternal grandparents, Lyndon and Maren Noah; his mother and father-in-law, Lucille and Joel Rachlin; his aunts and uncle, Louise Bailey, Cecile and Bill Thomas; and a cousin, Gary Thomas.





Dennis Wayne Blanchard, 61 of Huntington Beach, passed away September 10, 2011, at La Palma Intercommunity Hospital in La Palma, California.  Dennis was born March 29, 1950 in Coldwater to Wayne and Naomi (Walbeck) Blanchard.  Dennis is survived by his wife Teri, daughter Kim and son Bryon, and brothers Bruce (Diane) and John (Sherrie).  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Rebecca Jo (Hartman) Blanchard

Rebecca Jo Hartman, 56, of Port St. Lucie, died April 4, 2008, at St. Lucie Medical Center. She was born in Coldwater, Mich., and was a resident of Port St. Lucie for 28 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Lois (Tomastick) Blanchard. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Richard J. Hartman; a daughter, Casey Hartman of Port St. Lucie; three sons, Aaren Hartman, Daren Hartman, and Beau Hartman, all of Port St. Lucie; a sister, Debbie Roger of Hillsdale, Mich; and two grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospices 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997. Arrangements were handled by All County Funeral Home & Crematory Treasure Coast Chapel.

Jim Blanton
Larry W. Boger

Larry W. Boger, 63, of Coldwater, died Monday, April 1, 2013 at his residence.  Larry was born May 5, 1949 in Coldwater to Elvin and Laura (Brinkman) Boger.  Larry was a member of the Moose Lodge in Coldwater, former president of the Local UAW.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting,, and golf.  He participated in the Branch Co. BASS Unlimited take a kid fishing. He retired from Quality Springs Togo in 2011.  Survivors includ a daughter, Chastity (Jason) Paradine of Quincy, MI; son, Christopher Boger of Indianapolis, IN; brothers, Clifford (Kris) Boger of Coldwater, Thomas (Annette) Boger of Quincy, MI; sister, Shirley (Burl) Brauker of Union City, MI; 3 grandchildren, Lauren McCoy, Connor Paradine, and Noland Paradine; several nieces and newphews.  A memorial service will be held Friday, April , 2013, at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater, MI with Pastor Harold Jewell officiating. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Moose Lodge of Coldwater.

Michael A. Crabill

Michael A. Crabill, 61, of Coldwater, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born Aug. 30, 1950, in Coldwater to Grover and Shirley (Knight) Crabill and she survives in Coldwater.  He was a 1969 graduate of Coldwater High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.  Michael had worked at Acorn Products and Crotty Corporation in Quincy and was a member of the Coldwater American Legion Post #52. Music was his passion and he was a talented musician, playing bass guitar for many years in the Black Rose Band and Krazy Kats, as well as many other bands over the years.  Also surviving are four daughters, Kristina (Greg) Rodriguez of Bronson, Patti (Ben) Smith of Florida, Sarah (Matt) Counterman and Diana Rodriguez of Coldwater; one sister Renee (Jeff) Foley of Coldwater; three brothers, Phillip (Wendi) Crabill, Scott Crabill, and Bryan (Tammy) Crabill, all of Coldwater; sister-in-law, Debra Crabill, of Coldwater; 17 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; wife, Brenda (Woods) Crabill in 2011; daughter and son-in-law, Josie and Gary Newman; brother Gerald; and an infant brother.  Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel in Quincy.



Delores E. (Deller) Cram

Coldwater, Mich. - Delores E. Deller, 59 of Coldwater, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at her home. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. A gathering of friends and family will be held prior to the service from noon to 2 p.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Pastor Joel Nephew of the Rayborn Memorial Seventh Day Adventist in Coldwater will officiate. Interment of ashes will be at Metz Cemetery in Angola, Ind. at a later date. Delores was born Sept. 20, 1950 in Allegan to Clifton and Kathryn (Birch) Cram. Delores graduated from Coldwater High School in 1969 and went on to Hillsdale College where she received her nursing degree. She married Donald D. Deller in 1974 in Angola, Ind. He preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1993. They lived in Angola, where she assisted him on the family farm. They wintered in Arcadia, Fla. for 20 years until her husband’s death in 1993. She had worked at Carlen Park Nursing Home in Angola as well as a nursing home in Arcadia, Fla. Delores later retired from Lakeland Nursing Center in Angola. She was a member of the Rayborn Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church in Coldwater and the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Port Charlotte, Fla. for nearly 20 years. Delores enjoyed soap making, sewing and knitting. She also enjoyed her Collie dogs and participated in professional dog shows. Delores was a very strong willed, but generous person with a heart of gold who made everyone feel welcome. In addition to her husband, Delores was preceded in death by her father, Clifton Cram and a niece, Lori Reed. She is survived by her mother, Kathryn Cram of Mariettam Ga., son Monte Don Deller of Angola, Ind., daughter Heather (William) Somerlott of Georgia, brothers Dale (Janice) Cram and Lawrence (Alice) Birch, both of Coldwater, sister Bonnie Cram, also of Coldwater, grandchildren Celeste and Constance Price-Somerlott and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be directed to the family. Please visit to share a thought in the family guestbook.


Kathy (Curtis) Culbert


SOUTH BEND - Kathleen C. Curtis, 57, of South Bend, died at 8:10 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Angela Blvd. from injuries sustained in a traffic accident. Kathy was born June 5, 1951, in Coldwater, MI, to James and Norma (Grohman) Culbert, and had lived in South Bend for almost 20 years. On June 29, 1996, in South Bend, she married Charles S. Leone, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Matthew Grayson of South Bend; two stepdaughters, Rebecca (Sean) Dwyer of Chittenango, NY, and Angela Leone of Washington, D.C.; one stepson, Joseph Leone of South Bend; three grandchildren, Syris, Rowyn and McKenzie; her parents, James and Norma Culbert of Coldwater; four sisters, Margie (Tom) Forsythe of Grand Blanc, MI, Marian Culbert of Coldwater, Annette Himmel of Port Huron, MI, and Julie (Bill) Polak of Romulus, MI; two brothers, Steven Culbert of Port Huron, MI, and Michael Culbert of Coldwater; 27 nieces and nephews, four great-nieces and nephews. Kathy received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University and completed graduate courses in health sciences and special education. She was employed as a learning specialist providing reading and cognitive-visual-perception remediation at Step Wise in South Bend. She had also worked for South Bend and Mishawaka schools, Madison Center, Elkhart Clinic, the Center, P.C., and Healthwin Hospital. Kathy enjoyed working in her garden and was passionate about her grandchildren, peace and social justice, helping children learn to read, and minimizing our footprint on the environment. She kept these words by Oren Lyons framed on the wall next to her desk at home. These words describe who Kathy was: In our way of life... with every decision we make, we always keep in mind the Seventh Generation to come... When we walk upon Mother Earth, we always plant our feet carefully, because we know that the faces of our future generations are looking up at us From beneath the ground. We never forget them. A memorial celebration of Kathy's life was held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 4th, at Pinhook Park, 2801 Riverside Drive, with Rev. Jennie Barrington of First Unitarian Church, South Bend, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Kathy Curtis Memorial Fund at the First Unitarian Church, 101 E. North Shore Drive, South Bend, IN 46617. The fund will support the environmental, social justice and children's reading causes that Kathy cared so much about. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at


J. Gregg Dean

John Gregory "Gregg" Dean, 63, of Coldwater, passed away on October 30, 2014 with his daughter by his side at the Community Healthy Center of Branch County.  A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater with Pastor Dave Pierce of First Baptist Church of Coldwater officiating. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home.  A private interment will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.  Gregg was born April 26, 1951 to John and Valerie (kennedy) Dean in Coldwater. He grew up in Coldwater and graduated  from Coldwater High School in 1969. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Hillsdale College and then went into the real estate business with his father as a broker for over 30 years.  Gregg enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, traveling and being around his pets, Chance and Emmie as well as his "bitty Buddy" Salem. He is survived by his daughter, Jesse Farst-Dean of Coldwater, his mother, Valerie Youngquist of Coldwater, his brother, Jeff (Theresa) Dean of Coldwater; and his niece, Morgan and nephew, Eric.  He was preceded in death by his father, John Dean.  Memorials may be directed to the Branch County Humane Society.

Joseph C. Fitch


COLDWATER – Private funeral services were held for Thursday at Dutcher Funeral Home for Joseph C. Fitch, 40, of 99 Church St Coldwater.

Cremation followed the services.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or directed to the family. Mr. Fitch died November 14, 1990 at 68 Hooker St. Coldwater.  He was born July 19, 1950 in Coldwater the son of William and Juanita(Parker) Fitch.  He was a lifelong resident of Branch County , he was an avid truck driver. Survivors include his parents of Coldwater, one son, Charles Nyland of Homer, one daughter, Michelle Fitch of Coldwater three brothers, Hal and Scott Fitch of Coldwater, Kim Fitch of Plainwell, and one sister, Wendy DeYoung of Portage.  He was preceeded in death by one brother, Brad, in 1974.
Darrell Frasier

From Monday March 12, 1979 Coldwater Daily Reporter  Front Page:

 A 27-year old rural Quincy man was killed about 3 a.m. Saturday when his car careened off U.S. 12 and struck a tree about two miles east of Coldwater, near the Fox Rd intersection. The victim was Darrell Richard Frasier of 1210 Wildwood Rd.  He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Branch County Community Health Center by Dr. N.J. Walton, Branch County Medial Examiner. Frasier apparently lost control of his east bound car due to icy conditions.  The vehicle then left the highway on the north side of the road, sideswiped one tree and struck a second tree broadside, according to deputies of the Branch County Sheriff’s Department who investigated the mishap. Officers of the Quincy Police Department assisted at the accident.  Also called to the scene were a unit from the Quincy Fire Department and the rescue unit of the Coldwater Fire Department. Darrell R. Frasier was born July 18, 1951 in Sault Ste. Marie, the son of Joel W. and Helen R. (Hickerson) Frasier.  He moved to Coldwater in 1965, and had graduated from Coldwater High School in 1969.  He had been employed with L & S Products for the past four years. Funeral services will be held at the Putnam Funeral Home on Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Lester C. Bailey in charge.  Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Quincy. Survivors are his mother, Helen R. Frasier of Coldwater; one sister, Mrs Robert L. (Beth) Montgomery of Coldwater; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Eldora Potter of Coldwater; one nephew and several aunts and uncles also survive.



Charlie F. Gann

CADDO MILLS, TX – Charles F. “Bubba” Gann, a former Quincy resident, died last week following an automobile accident.  Funeral services were May 17, 1980 at the Rentfrow Funeral Home in Caddo Mills.  He was the son of Sonny & Estella Gann, formerly of 827 Dayburg Rd. Quincy.

Brady Halferty Jr

Coldwater, Mich. — Brady Halferty, Jr., of Coldwater, died Friday, May 6, 2011 at The Laurels of Coldwater.   Services for Brady will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at noon at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater with Pastor Dave Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at Lockwood Cemetery in Ovid Township. Visitation will be Thursday, prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Brady was born June 6, 1950 in Coldwater to Brady and Mildred (Gallop) Halferty, Sr. Mr. Halferty was a lifelong resident of Coldwater. He drove truck for Eckrich in Quincy for 20 years before going to work for AP Products where he managed the warehouse for several years until his retirement. Brady was a NASCAR fan who enjoyed working on cars. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and enjoyed attending many of the rallies. Brady is survived by his son Byron Halferty (Kristine Nelson) of Coldwater, his daughter Dena (Joseph) Crow of Grand Haven, his brother George Halferty, his sister Randi (David) Huss, all of Coldwater, his grandchildren Zachary and Mackenzie Crow and step grandchildren Marcus and Matthew Nelson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Danny Gallop. Memorials may be directed to the CHC Cancer Center.


Leeann (Elliott) Hemker
LINCOLN CITY, OR - Leeann (Hemker) Elliott of Lincoln City, OR passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. Leeann was born March 27, 1951 in Delphos, Ohio to Herman and Alvera (Vera) Hemker. She attended St. Charles School in Coldwater and graduated from Coldwater High School in 1969 and from Western Michigan University in 1973. She married Ralph Elliott in 1971 who survives. Leeann is survived by her three children: Theresa (Sean) Kidd, Katherine Elliott and Janet Elliott, all from Oregon. She is also survived by four grandchildren, her parents, siblings: Joseph (Diane) Hemker, Janice (David) Sattler, John (Kathy) Hemker, Mary (Rich) Holben, Mark (Cinndy) Hemker, Carol (George) Haas, James (Janice) Hemker, Janene (Randy) Sowles and Julie (Lance) Omer. Leeann was a teacher for 30 years in Lincoln City, Ore. Prior to her illness, Leeann was a song leader and Eucharistic minister at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. She loved traveling, painting, spending time with grandchildren and she had a passion for people. Services and burial will be in Lincoln City, Dec. 1, 2009. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, St. Charles Borromeo School or a charity of your choice. 



Donald E. Kistler

Coldwater, MI -- Donald E. Kistler, Sr. 60 of Coldwater, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at the Community Health Center of Branch County. Donald was born Dec. 21, 1949 in Coldwater to Russell C. and Lorraine I. (Chilson) Kistler. He was a veteran of the US Army. He was a member of the Handyman’s Club and North American Hunting Club. He loved the outdoors. He was employed with the State of Michigan as a Corrections Officer. Survivors include daughter Karry Gordier of Battle Creek, son Donald E. Kistler, Jr., brothers Gerald “Weed” Kistler of Coldwater and John Kistler of Muskegon, mother Lorraine of Coldwater and nine grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. A memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at the Oak Grove Cemetery Chapel, Coldwater with Pastor Harold Jewell officiating. Memorials may be made to the Heart Association. Arrangements by the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater. Visit to share thoughts and condolences with the family.


Bonnie Jo (Carpenter) Lukazcek

READING – Funeral services have been set for 2 pm Wednesday at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater for Bonnie Jo Carpenter, 41 of 660 Hamman Road, Reading, with Pastor Greg Comfort of the Pine Ridge Bible Church officiating. Friends may visit the funeral home today from 4 – 9 p.m.  Burial will be at Bronson Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia Foundation. Mrs. Carpenter died Saturday Sept 12, 1992 at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas following a long illness. She was born Feb. 23, 1951 in Coldwater, the daughter of Andrew and Adah (Savchuk) Lukazcek.  She married Arthur L. Carpenter Jr. on July 20, 1969 in Coldwater. Mrs Carpenter worked as a tax specialist for Farm Credit Services in the Adrian office for 10 years.  She was co-operator of Circle Drive Farms along with her husband.  She was a member of Pine Ridge Bible Church in Quincy, where she has served as Sunday school superintendent and a member of the church choir. She was a former 4-H superintendent in Branch County and a member of the Branch County Farm Bureau.  In 1977 she received the Michigan Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farm Woman of the Year award. Suvivors in addition to her husband , Arthur, includes her father and stepmother, Andrew  and Alice Lukazcek of Coldwater; two sons Chad Carpenter of Reading and Jason Carpenter at home; two brothers Lewie Lukazcek of Coldwater and Larry Lukazcek of Quincy; two sisters Barbara Hepler of Lansing and Beverly Troutman of Coldwater; three nephews; eight nieces; and five great-nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her mother, Adah Lukazcek in 1984.


Terry Luther



William E. Lytle III


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Burial was at Citizens Cemetery, in Flagstaff Ariz. on Dec 14 for William “Willie” Edward Lytle III, 40, formerly of Coldwater. Mr. Lytle died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1991 at his home following a brief illness. He was born June 7, 1951 in Washington Courthouse, Ohio.  He married Michele Fredman on Sept 2, 1984 in Flagstaff. Mr. Lytle graduated from Coldwater High School in 1969, where he was active in the Thespians Club and will be remembered by those who knew him well for his poetry.  He was a warehouseman.  He moved to Arizona 21 years ago and lived in Phoenix area before settling in Flagstaff. Survivors in addition to his wife include one son, William “Will” Edward Lytle IV of Flagstaff; his parents Ann and William E. Lytle Jr. of Highland Hts., Ky.; three sisters; Sue Lytle, D.O. of Youngstown, Ohio, Mary Phillips of Quincy, Mich., and Rose Lytle of Highland Ht., Ky.; three brothers; Michael Lytle of Huber Hts., Ohio, Patrick Lytle, D.O. of Mt. Clemens, Mich. and Charles Lytle of Cincinnati, Ohio.



Debra Kay (HurlbertMacklin

KALAMAZOO – Debra Kay Hurlbert, 49, of Kalamazoo died Sept. 1, 2000 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Debra was born May 22, 1951 in Coldwater to Dale and Ruth (Arney) Macklin.  In 1969 she graduated from Coldwater High School.  Debra was a deputy court clerk and worked in the Coldwater and Portage District courts.  She enjoyed needlepoint, crafts and flowers.  She loved being a grandmother and was a caring and giving person.  She was preceded in death by her father Dale Macklin and granddaughter Gabrielle DeMuyt. On Oct 26, 1984 she was united in marriage with Scott Hurlbert.  He survives.  Also surviving is her mother Ruth Macklin of Coldwater; a son Todd (Tamara) Ward of Coldwater; a daughter Nicole (David) DeMuyt of Armada; a step daughter Jessica (Thomas) Hawkins of Kalamazoo; six grandchildren Trenton, Troy, Taryn, Wyatt, Kylie and Tice; a sister Lois (Robert) Claywell of Battle Creek; a brother Steven Macklin of Coldwater ; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were to be received Monday Sept. 4, 2000 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Betzler Funeral Home in Kalamazoo.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday Sept. 5, 2000 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Mount Olive Cemetery. Memorials in Debra’s name may be made to the grandchildren’s educational fund c/o Scott Hurlbert.

Gary Alan Morris

COLDWATER – Gary Alan Morris, 56, of Coldwater died Tuesday June 17, 2008 at his Residence.  He was Born Sept. 5, 1951 in Coldwater to Lawrence and Mary (Elliget) Morris.  Gary married Gloria Sturgeon Feb. 1, 1975 in Fremont Ind. He served in the US Army as a radio operator.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and collecting guns and knives.  He also enjoyed being on his computer.  He retired from Alchem Aluminum of Coldwater in the 1990’s. Survivors include his wife; Gloria; daughters, Stacy(Chad) Davis of Bronson, Shanna (Mike) Phillips of Tekonsha; three granddasughters, Haley, Harlee, and Hilary; sisters, Teresa (Daniel) Knauss of Coldwater, and Laura (Lowell) McBride of Indian.  He was preceeded in death by his parents. Cremation has taken place.  No services are scheduled at this time.  Arrangements by the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater. Memorials may be made to the family. Visit to leave a message or condolences to the family.


 Michael "Chico" Pavka
PHOENIX, Ariz. —Michael "Chico" Pavka, 59, of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at St. Joseph's Hospital after a short illness. He was born July 7, 1951 in Coldwater to Frank and Mary (Balough) Pavka.  Divorced and survived by his son, Justin Pavka of Omaha, Neb; four brothers, Frank of Joplin, Mo.; John of Peoria, Ariz.; Joseph of Mescalero, N.M.; and Chris of Coldwater; two grandchildren, and numerous cousins. Chico was a veteran of the Viet Nam war and was a resident of Phoenix for 35 years. He was retired from Motorola and was employed by Steven Dillon, formerly from Coldwater. He loved to “tinker” with electronics, and especially loved the Beatles and Mr. Bill. He also enjoyed doing odd jobs and helping friends. Chico was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary, and one nephew, John Ruple. A memorial wake will be held at La Pinata, (Chico's Cantina), in Phoenix, Ariz. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 6 p.m. No services will be held. Remembrances may be sent to his brother John at

Robert W. Rock

JONESVILLE, Mich. - Robert W. Rock, 58, of Reading, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, in Jonesville. He was born Sept. 6, 1950 in Coldwater, the son of Stanley and Ruby (Partlow) Rock. Bob worked at the Jonesville Market for the past six years and was previously employed at United Oil Co. He was a 1969 graduate of Coldwater High School, attended Kellogg Community College and served briefly in the military service. Bob supported Reading athletics and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.  Survivors include his wife Kathy (Newell) Rock, whom he married July 10, 1976; daughter Lisa Sparagowski of Homer, sons Chad (Lindsey) Rock of Coldwater and Ryan Rock of Reading, sister Sherry Smith of Lisle, Ill., brother James Rock of Kalamazoo and four grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at the George White Funeral Home, Reading, with Pastor Don Lee officiating. Visitation is scheduled Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice.


Gary Wayne Roush
QUINCY Twp. – Gary Wayne Roush, 55, of Coldwater passed away on Sunday April 9, 2006, at his daughter’s home in Quincy Township. He was born March 17, 1951 in Lincoln, Neb., to John and Jane (Brown) Roush, and graduated from Coldwater High School in 1969. Gary was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving two years in Viet Nam and was a construction worker. He loved fishing, hunting and long drives in the country. Survivors include his dear friend Lydia Rivera; two daughters, Kendra (Tom) Copeland of Quincy and Nyna (Adam) Ballman of Easley, S.C.;two sons, John (Jennica) Roush of Gaineville, Fla and Kevin Elliott of Hamilton, Ind; mother Jane Roush of Coldwater and one sister Vicky Brown of Coldwater; two brothers Larry ( Sallie) Roush of Vail, Colo. And Robert (Cindy) Roush of Coldwater and six grandchildren. His father preceeded him in death. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the George White Funeral Home in Quincy, with Pastor Don Lee officiating. Inrement will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Girard. Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to the American Cancer Society are suggested.


 John C. Schabloski

COLDWATER, MI. - John C. Schabloski, 58, of Coldwater, passed away at his home Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. He was born Feb. 27, 1951 in Madison, Wisc. to Harold J. and Dorothy (Zitlow) Schabloski. John graduated from Coldwater High School with the class of 1969. He furthered his education at Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis graduating in Sept. 1976. He served his apprenticeship at the Putnam Funeral Home and passed his state board in Jan. 1978. He was a member of Michigan Funeral Directors Association, President of District #2 in 1984, Vice President of District #3 in 2002 and President of District #3 in 2003. He was board certified for funeral service examining boards of the United States of America, Michigan Eye Bank Transplant Center. He was Vice President of the Board of Education at Pansophia Academy. John was also a member of the Elks Club #1023 of Coldwater, F&AM Humanity Lodge 29 of Homer and had formerly been a member of Kiwanis, Lions, Chamber of Commerce (Niles, Elk Rapids and Traverse City) and Rotary. John had worked at the Everiss Funeral Home in Adrian, Gillespie Funeral Home in Coldwater, Pifer-Smith Funeral Home in Niles, Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City, the Tidd-Williams Funeral Home in Albion and had just accepted a job in Tucson, Ariz. He is survived by his sons; Jason (Mashaun) Schabloski of Quincy, Justin Schabloski also of Quincy, a sister, Pamela Arredondo of Coldwater and fiancé Rebecca Rupp of Coldwater. He was preceded in death by his parents. John loved his two sons and had a love of cars. Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Putnam Funeral Home in Coldwater. Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at 11 a.m. with one hour of visitation prior to the service at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Father Stephen Bartlett officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. You may leave an online tribute by visiting Arrangements are by the Putnam Funeral Home, Coldwater, (517) 278-2311.

Pamela (Pierce) Smith

In loving memory of Pamela Joy Pierce who passed away from cancer this past July (2013). Pam grew up in Coldwater and graduated in the class of 1969. She married Steve Pierce and had two daughters, Jennifer and Sarah.  After many years of working as a nurse at CCH, she moved to Marco Island, Florida.  She then married Gerald Kulow and continued to reside in Marco Island for the next 20 years.  She worked in the tourism industry for Sunshine Tours.  A few years following the death of Gerard, she moved to Medford, Oregon and recommended with her first husband, Steve.  They spent the past year happy and active.  They enjoyed traveling the coast and spending time with family.  She had touched many lives wherever she lived and will always be remembered for her compassion and fun loving nature.  She leaves behind two daughters, three grandchildren, her mother, and four brothers who will miss her dearly, as will anyone who has been a part of her life. Pam always had a special place in her hear for all animals.  Anyone choosing to make a donation can do so at the Humane Society of Branch County.  The address is 969 Wildwood Rd., Quincy, MI 49082.

Kathy Marie (Hoercher) Swift

Kathy Marie Hoercher (62) of Three Rivers passed away surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Kathy was born November 26, 1950 in Coldwater. She was the daughter of Arnold and Edith (Taber) Smith. Kathy was a resident of Three Rivers for over 37 years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling, craft shows, working in her garden, going to movies, and loved spending time with her family and friends. Kathy's greatest joys were her children, grandchildren, and her loving husband, George. She leaves to cherish her memory with her husband, George Hoercher, Sr., two sons, George H. (Christy) Hoercher, Jr. and Brad J. (Kim) Hoercher, all of Three Rivers; three sisters, Renee (Robert) McDonald of Union, Leanna Shortridge of Bronson, and Julie (Dan) Slusser of Quincy; four brothers, Lynn (Elaine) Swift, Ron Swift, and Randy (Laurie) Swift, all of Quincy, and Roy Swift of Angola, IN; four special grandchildren, Tayler and Caiden, Lucan and Berkeley Hoercher. A memorial service was held at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004  Arnold St., Three Rivers on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Barb Van Eck officiating.
Charlie F. VanAken

COLDWATER - Charlie F. VanAken, 53, of Coldwater, died October 9, 2004, peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones after a brief illness. Charley was born on Aug. 24, 1951 in Coldwater, to Fritz and MaryAnne (Corey) VanAken.  He married Marie Haynes on June 14, 1975 in Coldwater. Charley was a lifeling resident of Coldwater.  He was an expert drywaller and operated VanAken Drywall for the past 32 years.  He attended St. Marks Episcopal Church in Coldwater.  Charley enjoyed hunting and training his own hunting dogs.  He also enjoyed fishing and boating.  Charley was an avid Michigan State University (MSU) fan and enjoyed watching MSU football and basketball on television.  He loved sports and played on Coldwater Recreation basketball team for many years.  He especially enjoyed watching his son Ryan play basketball and baseball.   Charley was a very special person.  He was gentle, kind, loving and patient.  Charley will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Charley is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Marie; his son Ryan Charles VanAken of Coldwater; a sister, Martha and George Hosek of Mason; his mother-in-law Martha Haynes of Coldwater; a sister-in-law, Mardel and Larry Nutt and a brother-in-law, John and Julie Haynes, all of Coldwater; nieces and nephews Adam and Deanna Hosek of Holt, Aimee, Scott, Conner and Aidan Collins of Chicago and Angela Nutt and Jada Haynes both of Coldwater. A gathering of friends will be held on Thursday Oct. 14 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service at Dutcher Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held on Thursday Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with Fr. Stephen Bartlett from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the VanAken family. Please visit to share a memory in the family’s online guestbook.Arrangements are by Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater.

Helen M. (AikenVanderpool

From  Friday September 29, 1972 Coldwater Daily Reporter Front page: 

Investigation of the murder of Helen M. Aiken, 21 year-old expectant mother, early Thursday at the family’s Bartholomew lake mobile home, was being continued today by county and state authorities.  Mrs. Aiken was stabbed to death shortly before 5 a.m. by a person as yet unknown. Her husband, James, suffered a slashed arm which he said was inflicted by a stranger, between 30 and 35 years old, who knocked at the door of their trailer home and demanded money. Aiken told officers the intruder gave him a shove and thinks he struck his head as he fell backwards.  He said he found his wife dead of multiple chest and back stab wounds when he came to. Prosecutor Earl W. Bennett said today the murder weapon was found in the trailer home.  He didn’t identify it as being a knife, but did say its ownership has not been established. Funeral services for the victim will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Putnam Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark D. Graham in charge.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Aiken was born Aug. 9, 1951 in Adrian, the daughter of Donald E. and Dorothy M. (Dulaney) Vanderpool.  She married Mr. Aiken March 4, 1972 in Coldwater. She had resided in this area since 1961, coming from Adrian, and was graduated from Coldwater High School in 1969.  She was employed by the Crotty Manufacturing company in Quincy and attended the United Methodist Church here. Survivors besides her husband include her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Donald E. Vanderpool, Sr. of Ray, Ind.; four brothers, Donald E. Jr., of Coldwater, and Harry W., Laray L., and Gary L. Vanderpool of Ray, Ind.; a sister, Ruth Ann Vanderpool of Ray, Ind.; and her paternal grandfather, Harry E. Vanderpool of Jasper.


Dale Ann (Waite) Czarnecki
COLDWATER, Mich. - Dale Ann Czarnecki, 60, of Coldwater, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at the Laurels of Coldwater. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Lockwood Community Church in Coldwater with Pastor David Brown officiating. Arrangements are being cared for by Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Memorials may be directed to the CHC Foundation for the Cancer Center. Please visit to share a thought in the family online guestbook.

 Don Watson

Joseph William Woodbury

Menominee, Mich. —  Joseph William Woodbury, 60, of Menominee, passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 at the University of Wisconsin hospital in Madison, Wis. Joe was born Aug. 25, 1951 in Mt. Pleasant to William Joseph and Doris Jean (McClain) Woodbury. Joe is survived by his wife, Bonnie; daughter, Cassidy of Menominee; son, Brian (Shelly) Woodbury of Niles; grandson, Cameron; mother, Doris Jean Woodbury from Buchanan; and three sisters, Linda (Andy) Maxon from Buchanan, Sharon (Danny) Rahilly from Lawrence, and Vicki (Scott) Widener from Grand Rapids. Joe was a car guy, well respected and liked throughout the auto industry. He owned and operated North Country Classics in Menominee for 30 years. Joe loved working on his Chevelle’s, surfing the internet for cars and parts and boating on Wednesdays. Joe also loved his family and will be deeply missed. Family and friends are invited to a “Party for Joe” on Nov. 5 at noon at 3233 Detroit Rd. Niles, Mich.


Kathy Ann (Moody) Worthington

Front page Coldwater Daily Reporter, Saturday July 27, 1985 

A Bronson woman was killed Friday afternoon when she apparently stumbled and fell in front of a pickup truck on U.S. 12 near the Branch County Airport.

Branch County Sheriff’s deputies said around 4:15 p.m., Kathryn Ann Moody, 36, of Bronson was walking west on U.S. 12 with the traffic when, according to witnesses, she stumbled or fell into the path of a truck driven by Kenneth S. Klein, 26, of Coldwater. Klein told deputies he was traveling westbound at approximately 40 – 45 mph in heavy traffic when the woman fell into his path.  Deputies said that because of oncoming traffic, Klein could not avoid the woman and that no charges will be filed. Moody was pronounced dead at the scene.  The accident continues under investigation.  Arrangements are pending at the Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater.