06-13-2019 Tri-City Area Obituaries



Kathy’s life began October 28, 1948 in St. Joseph, Michigan. Kathy was a lifetime area resident. Many will remember her from working at the Coloma Legion, Mel’s, Van Buren Sportsman’s Club, Coloma Bar & Grill, or T’s Tap. Kathy was an active member of the American Legion’s Auxiliary for several years and Kathy’s Clowns. She enjoyed watching NASCAR, her favorite driver would be who is winning, and watching the birds in her yard. Kathy loved her family which includes her husband of 30 years Robert Jones, mother-in-law Betty Lou Jones, sister-in-law Denise (Mark) Crumb, a niece Samantha Crumb, and many other family members and friends. Kathy died Saturday, June 8, at home. Her parents Harry and Dolores (Kolberg) Bultema and a sister Pam (Don) Cleary precede Kathy in death. Funeral services will be celebrated Saturday, June 15, at noon with visitation prior starting at 10:30 a.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Kathy’s memory to Coloma Legion or a charity of your choice. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Kathy’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.


Emma L. Gaipa, 79 of Watervliet, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.


Robert L. Nunley, 72, of Coloma, passed away, Monday June 3, 2019 at Pine Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Military Honors was performed by the Stevensville Military Rites Team on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Memorials contributions may be made to the American Legion Stevensville Post #568. Those wishing to sign Robert’s guest book may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Robert was born August 29, 1946 in Benton Harbor to Louis and Mary (Mitchell) Rutherford. He was a proud member of the United States Army. On November 10, 1990, he married Donna Zupke, in Buchanan. Robert was a passionate hunter and fisherman, proud member of the NRA, Watervliet Rod and Gun Club, and the American Legion Post #568. When he is not hunting Robert loved to spend time with his family and friends. Robert is survived by his wife Donna; daughter Shawn (Jeff) Dunlap; brothers Mike (Chris) Rutherford, Steve (Brenda) Rutherford; sisters Jean Fannin and Roxie Gunn; grandchildren Justin Stroud, Sierra Stroud, Matthew Dunlap, Thomas Dunlap; several nieces and nephews; and special friend of more than 60 years, Tom Duncan. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his son Paul Christie and brother James Nunley.

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