02-15-2018 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Shirley Finehout, beloved mom, Gram, great-grandma and friend, went home to be with God on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Shirley was born on August 12, 1921 and lived a long and amazing life here on this earth. Shirley Finehout is survived by two children, Betty (James) Mayes and Richard Finehout Sr.; 14 grandkids; 26 great-grandkids; and 18 great-great-grandkids along with numerous step grandkids and step great-grandkids. Shirley Finehout was preceded in death by her husband Albert Finehout, two daughters Ellen Jane Finehout and Dotty Pocevich, three stepsons Ray Finehout, John Finehout and Albert Finehout Jr. along with a grandson and great-grandson.


Mickey Ray Byrd, 66, of Coloma died Sunday, February 11, 2018 at his home. Services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. Cremation will follow the service. Please share messages, memories or photos at www.florin.net. Mickey was born on Feb. 10, 1952 in Marked Tree, AR to Evan and Ola Mae Byrd. He was employed at Ausco Products for the last 38 years and was in charge of shipping and receiving. He enjoyed golf, hunting, paintball and ice fishing. He was kind hearted but enjoyed his privacy. Mickey loved to have fun and was a very fun loving individual. He was a great dad and brother to his family.


Sylvia Jeannene Crest was born April 22, 1945 in Dell, Arkansas, the daughter of Marlin and Sylvia (Dollins) Traughber. Sylvia passed away at the age of 72 at Hanson Hospice Center in Lincoln Township on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Sylvia was formerly employed at Salutos Pizza in Benton Harbor and as a cook at the Panel Room Restaurant in Hartford. She loved watching the birds, especially hummingbirds. She had a green thumb in that she could grow anything and “she simply loved.” The family received friends on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Hartford Church of God, where a celebration of life service to honor Sylvia’s memory followed, with Pastor Rob Cheek officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hanson Hospice Center. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on their website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com. Sylvia is survived by two daughters, Tracy Crest of Hartford and Laura Crest of Benton Harbor; four grandchildren, Zac Crest, George Crest, Shontai (Jacob) Kuhens, and Michael (Stephanie) Fain; four great-grandchildren; and ten siblings, Charles, Verlin, Doyle, Carolyn, Jim, Jack, Rick, Nelda, Ali and Tim. Sylvia was preceded in passing by her husband Donald, a son David Crest and her parents.


A celebration of life for Jerry W. Glover II will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at the home of John and Linda Sternaman, 5792 Clymer Road, Coloma, at 3:00 p.m. A dinner will follow for any who would like to come and share with the family. Jerry will be laid to rest with his father, Jerry Wayne Glover in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, on Sunday, February 18. Jerry was born on July 13, 1970 in Watervliet, Michigan. He moved to Florida with his family in 1975. He passed away on December 22, 2017 in Ocoee, Florida, with his family by his side. He fought long and hard against ALS disease, (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, but this was one fight he couldn’t win.

Death Notices

Paul Flagel, 89, of Bainbridge Twp., died Feb. 6, 2018. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet Laurie Ann VanLoon, 60, of Holland, formerly of Watervliet, died Feb. 7, 2018 at Resthaven Care Center, Holland. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet William John Armstrong Sr., 93, of St. Joseph died Feb. 4, 2018 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Mary Ann Matthews of South Haven, died Feb. 10, 2018 at home. Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven Marylynn Frances (Brown) Rock, 94, formerly of Berrien Springs, died Feb. 10, 2018 at The Willows in St. Joseph. Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs Wendall Rodney Tyler, 78, of Decatur, died Feb. 11, 2018 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford


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