01-04-2018 Tri-City Area Obituaries


 Curtis W. Shepard, 41, of Millburg, passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2017 in Covert.

A service celebrating his life will be held at a later date. Curtis will be laid to rest at Millburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to sign Curtis’ guestbook may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Curtis was born September 20, 1976 in St. Louis, MO to Joe & Scarlett (Lisk) Shepard. He attended Watervliet High School. Curtis was a self-employed, skilled mechanic and electrician. He was a self-taught musician and enjoyed being a DJ for numerous events. He loved animals and going camping and golfing with his friends. Curtis was able to be everyone’s friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his uncle, Robert (Shannon) Shepard of Watervliet; nieces, Brooke Ricketts, Katelyn Ricketts, Leah Fish and Faith Fish; cousin, Brad (Patty) Shepard of Niles; and his children, Steven Shepard, Haylei Shepard and Bill Shepard and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Jessica Ricketts – Barwick on February 1, 2016.


 Donna Marie (Schroeder) Walker, 74, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 in Sun City.

Donna graduated from Watervliet High School in 1961 and went on to Parsons Business College in Kalamazoo.

She had worked for Attorney James Coleman in Watervliet from 1962-1969. Also, did part-time work for Tony Koshar, realtor of Watervliet. From 1969-1979, she lived and worked in Honolulu, Hawaii. From 1979-1985, she lived and worked in Dallas, Texas. After her marriage she worked from 1985-2009 in Phoenix. Many of her work years were in the banking field.

Donna was a very good cook and baker. She enjoyed crocheting, reading mysteries and watching old westerns on T.V. After retirement they lived in Kokomo, Indiana for brief period of time.

Survivors include her husband of Sun City, AZ; sister, Peggy (Paul) Sapp of Kokomo, IN; niece, Jeanna (Josh) Cavazos and their children Isabella, Joseph, and Noah all of Kokomo; step-son, James (Carol) Walker and their five children of Madison, Alabama.

Cremation has taken place and no public visitation or services were held.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 1650 N. Bainbridge Center Rd., Watervliet, MI 49098.


 David C. Sweet, 87, of Hartford, passed away on January 1, 2018 at Country Side Nursing Home in South Haven.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 6 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma followed by private graveside services at Maple Hill Cemetery in Harford. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

David “Snooks” Sweet was born December 23, 1930 in Watervliet to Charles and Dolores (Bailey) Sweet. He was an Army veteran who served during the Korean War era in California. Following his military service, David drove truck for 12 years and loved all of his fellow drivers. He later worked at Duffy Motts, the Van Buren County Fruit Exchange and Hilltop Nursery. David had a love for his model trains, working on his pool and yard, having coffee with friends, watching NASCAR and spending time with his grandchildren.

David is survived by his three children David Wayne (Rhonda Estes) Sweet, Shaun (Julie) Sweet and Shelly Ann (Brian) Simpson all of Harford. He is also survived by his three grandchildren Emily (Aldo) Romero, Autumn Sweet and Matthew Simpson, his three great-grandchildren Rinoa and Roslyn Romero and Mia McLaughlin, sister-in-law Barbara Sweet and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne Marie Sweet in 2012 and his brother Warren “Skike” Sweet.

Death Notices

Kenneth Mizwicki, 78, of Dowagiac died Dec. 25, 2017 at home. Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Clark Chapel, Dowagiac

Betty Jean (Karr) Farnum, 90, of St. Joseph died Dec. 25, 2017 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph

Glenda J. Bunker, 77, of St. Joseph died Dec. 13, 2017 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Curtis W. Shepard, 41, of Millburg died Dec. 28, 2017 in Covert. Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Edward L. Rousselle Jr., 90, of Coloma died Dec. 28, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Doris C. Cerny, 90, of South Haven died Dec. 30, 2017 at home. Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven

Betty Sue Steenwyk, 77, of Hartford died Dec. 31, 2017 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Rachel Elaine Ross, 91, died Jan. 1, 2018. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet


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