04-27-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


 Billy McCoy’s life began May 30, 1930 in Rector, Arkansas.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army as a combat medic after graduating high school.  After the service he worked at the Watervliet Paper Mill, Auto Specialties, and Lane Automotive.

Billy enjoyed race cars, go-karts, and spending time with his family.

Twila McCoy’s life began June 4, 1924 in Watervliet.  She was a lifetime area resident and worked at the Watervliet Paper Mill.  She loved attending church and spending time with her family.

Billy died March 31, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation and Twila died April 17, at home.  They are survived by a loving family which includes: two sons, Tim McCoy of Bangor and Jonas McGowin of Hartford; a daughter, Gloria Palmer of Uma, Arizona; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; Billy’s siblings, Rudy and Bob McCoy both of Benton Harbor, Hildred Saxman of Berrien Springs, Glenda Taylor of Keeler, and Martha Molter of Benton Harbor; Twila’s two sisters, Dixie Tischler and Deloris Ball both of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Billy and Twila are preceded in death by their parents, Ollie and Ethel (Glass) McCoy and Harry and Bula (Munger) Brooks, and siblings June Alton, Janet Wiley and Richard Brooks.

A memorial service will be celebrated, Saturday, April 29, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation prior starting at 10:00 a.m. at Central Assembly of God in Coloma. Burial of their cremains will take place on Monday, May 1, at North Shore Memory Gardens.  You may leave a message for Billy and Twila’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.


 Mike Willmeng of Kalamazoo passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 of natural causes, at his home.  Mike, 61, was born May 12, 1956 in Watervliet and had lived in the Kalamazoo area for the majority of his life.  Mike was a great guy, quiet and humble and worked as a jack of all trades doing construction and building anything beautiful with his hands… He always had a helping hand and willing to give of his time to do anything he could for his family.

Surviving are his beloved brothers, Dr. Tom Willmeng (Maryann), Jerry (Charlene), Jim (Allison), and Dave; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Gordon and also siblings, Steve, John and Mary.

At Mike’s request, cremation has taken place.  Mike will be sadly missed and a private memorial service was conducted by the family on Saturday, April 22 in Watervliet.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice, c/o the funeral home. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at www.joldersma-klein.com; arrangements by Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, 917 S. Burdick Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001.

Death Notices

Gerald Wayne Miller, 59, of Ripley, Tennessee died Jan. 7, 2017 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City, TN. Edmaiston Mosley Funeral Home, Union City, TN

Marjorie Jean (DeMaar) Truhn, 89, of Stevensville, formerly of Coloma, died April 16, 2017 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Sue Marie (Reinking) Buckley, 69, of Eau Claire, formerly of Watervliet, died April 19, 2017 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Bernhard E. Hoeckelberg, 75, of Hartford died April 20, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Carrie Louise (Clark) Pollack, Jimmy Dale Pollack, Jimmy Dale “J.J.” Pollack Jr., Ivey Louise Pollack, Callie Lee Pollack, all of Buchanan, TN, died April 7, 2017 at their residence. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Wilma Jean Heflin, 78, died March 18, 2017 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Ardys Joyce Ludwig Schultz of St. Joseph died April 24, 2017 at Hanson Hospice Residence. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Linda Lou Bentley, 69, of South Haven died April 23, 2017 at Bronson, South Haven. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Clyde L. Jack, 88, of Coloma died April 25, 2017 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma


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