07-02-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Daniel Fay Louder, 60, of Watervliet, went home to be with his Lord, unexpectedly, Saturday, June 27, 2020 at his residence.


A memorial service celebrating his life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7 at the New Life Christian Center, 6674 Paw Paw Avenue in Coloma of which he was an active member on the praise team. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Donations in memory of Daniel may be made to the church youth building fund or the Special Olympics. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Daniel was born November 14, 1959 in Benton Harbor to James and Dorothy (Countryman) Louder. He served in the Army National Guard and had been a machinist for various tool and die shops in the area. He also had worked at Community Hospital in Watervliet, Watervliet Ambulance, and Watervliet Fire Department. In his free time Daniel enjoyed fishing when his health would allow.

Survivors include his wife Judy (Rose) whom he married September 6, 1980; a sister Chris (Milton) Durham of St. Petersburg, FL; an aunt, Donna Bowyer of Bark River, MI, several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Mama Donna Imler and Chris Parmer.

In addition to his parents, Daniel was preceded in death by his son Timothy on September 20, 2015, two sisters, Mary and Cleta, and one brother David.


Beverly Jane Davis, 85, of Hartford passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020 at home.

Beverly was born May 31, 1935 in Decatur, the daughter of Albert and Mildred (Robinson) Sorensen, both of whom precede her in passing. Also preceding her in passing are a son, Douglas Davis; one grandchild; and two brothers.

Beverly graduated from Decatur High School in 1953. She then went to William Jennings Bryan University in Tennessee, Twin City Beauty College in Benton Harbor and went to work for the V-M Corporation from where she retired. Her and her husband, Mel, own and operate B. M. D. Incorporated in Hartford. Beverly was often seen outside of their home tending to the many flowers she would plant.

Beverly married Melvin Davis on April 11, 1959 and he survives, along with three sons: Melvin Davis Jr., Alvin (Renae) Davis and Thomas Davis; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and four siblings: Janet Sorensen of Oregon, Mittie Lower of Indiana, Kenneth (Pat) Sorensen of Tennessee and Grace Walker of Indiana.

As per Beverly’s wishes, cremation will take place and a gathering of friends and family will take place at a later date. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


William (Bill) Alphonso Furlan of Watervliet passed away peacefully in his sleep June 22, 2020 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph at the age of 101. He had a long and wonderful life. Per his wishes cremation has taken place.

Services with military honors will be held graveside at North Shore Memory Gardens, North M63, Coloma at 11:00 a.m. on July 8 where family will greet guests graveside at the Last Supper, north side of cemetery, thirty minutes prior to the service. Please wear face masks and practice social distancing when appropriate. The family invites visitors for a short time at Bill’s home after the service for a light lunch. Those wishing to make an online remembrance may do so at hutchinsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Bill’s name to the American Legion or to Earth Justice at www.earthjustice.org.

Bill was born in Chicago on October 19, 1918. When he was approximately 8 years old, his father bought a 40 acre farm just west of Hartford and moved the family to Michigan. The CSX railroad bisected that 40 acres and as children, when the coal trains went by, the boys would throw fruit and vegetables to the men “riding the rails” and they in turn, would throw coal back to them. The boys would gather up the lumps of coal and take it home for fuel.

Bill went to grade school in a one-room school house just down the road from the farm. He spent his high school years at Watervliet where he was an avid and talented football player. He remembered running the four miles from the farm to the high school and then running back home after practice. His was the first class to graduate from the “new” high school in 1937.

His brothers, Charles (Chuck) and Arthur (Toots), introduced him to boxing. The three of them would train regularly and compete in bouts all across Michigan. Bill was a Golden Gloves Champion many times and continued to box after joining the Army.

Bill entered active military duty on December 26, 1942. He was stationed primarily in the European Theater serving in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France and The Rhineland. He was assigned to B Company, 358th Engineers. He served as a truck driver with Truck Company 3626, taking troops to their assigned regiments, bringing them back when their tour was over and providing provisions to the men throughout the war.

Bill’s company was part of the Red Ball Express, the famed truck convoy system that supplied the Allied forces moving quickly throughout Europe after breaking out from the D-Day beaches in 1944. Bill remembered delivering fresh oranges to Gen. Eisenhower’s headquarters in Paris and still has one of the oranges (although it looks more like a walnut now). He also had a fond memory of driving his truck under the Eiffel Tower during a black out with the MPs trying to flag him down. He just smiled, waved back and kept right on going. That was Bill.

He was discharged with honors on December 15, 1945 being awarded the EAME Ribbon with five Bronze Stars for meritorious service in a combat zone, the Good Conduct Medal and the Victors Medal World War II.

Bill married Mary Jane Newnum of Coloma on April 19, 1942 and upon his return from WWII they made their home in Watervliet where they lived and raised three children, Sharon Sue, Mark William, and Larry Allen. During that time he was employed by Auto Specialties of St. Joe as a Supervisor until his retirement. Bill and Jane enjoyed golfing, boating, bowling, gardening and wintering in Florida together. They were married for more than 63 years until Jane’s passing in 2006.

The past four years Bill lived at home with his daughter Sharon. He enjoyed “watching the world go by”, walks down his driveway, his birds at the feeders, flowers, cookies and taking rides in the car. He continued to amaze his family and friends with quips and humorous memories until his death. He attributed his long life to growing up on the farm eating fresh foods, not smoking or drinking and trying not to take things too seriously.

Bill is survived by his daughter Sharon Sue Furlan, his son Larry Allen (wife Anitta) Furlan and a multitude of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane and son Mark William Furlan, his parents Guiseppe (Joe) Furlan and Emma (Volterol) Furlan, his brothers Charles (Alma) Furlan, Oliver (Millie) Furlan, Arthur (Gloria) Furlan, and sisters Marcella (Ed) Caffereta, and Ida (Bill) Kozelink.

For additional information and a short video about Bill’s life please visit YouTube.com and look for Tribute to Bill Furlan.


Eugene “Gene” Arthur O’Riley went to be with his Lord and Savior, on June 13, 2020, at home. He was born to Joseph & Dorthy (Frazee) O’Riley on January 22, 1940 at home. His passions were hunting, fishing, trapping; his granddaughters, great-granddaughter and great-grandson. They were the love of his life.

He was proficient at making fishing poles. He made each of his granddaughters their own with their names on them. Arthritis took a toll on his hands and he had to stop.

He met the love of his life, Carol Kiefer of Hartford and they were married on June 6, 1959 at The Methodist Church in Watervliet.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in February, 1959. He did his basic training at Lackland Air Base, Texas. He worked under the base veterinarian and also in food inspection. Once his basic training was completed, Gene was sent to Montgomery, Alabama and was there for three months. Then he was transferred to Columbus, Ohio.

He was honorably discharged on February 4, 1965 and returned to Watervliet, Michigan.

He started working at the Auto Specialties plant in Hartford in 1963, which he left after 27 years. He then went to Bosch in Stevensville, where he retired after 17 years, in January 2002.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol; daughter, Teresa O’Riley, Wyoming, MI; son, Jeffery O’Riley (Amy), Watervliet; granddaughters, Jennifer (Brad) Behnke, Kimberly, WI, Katie (Doug) Grosjean, Detroit, MI, Leesa O’Riley, Watervliet; great-granddaughter, Kenzi Behnke, great-grandson, Phoenix Grosjean, special niece, Debbie (Darren) Smith, Warren, MI; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was son, Michael, brother, Ronald, parents and grandparents.

Memorials may be made in his honor to Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane, Saint Joseph, MI, 49085.

Cremation has taken place and there will be a graveside service, Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

Death Notices

Phillip G. Muenchow, 90, of Coloma died June 29, 2020 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Marsan V. (Beehler) Schaer, 78, of Eau Claire died June 28, 2020. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet

Joseph J. Cavazos, 21, of Coloma died June 25, 2020 in Decatur. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Kevin L. Cox, 47, of Coloma died June 25, 2020. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Donald E. Johnson, 90, of St. Joseph, formerly of Coloma, died June 23, 2020 at Woodland Terrace, Bridgman. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Kevin J. Eberhardt, 57, of Benton Harbor died June 23, 2020 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Mary C. Graham, 82, of Decatur died June 22, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Newell Chapel, Dowagiac

Eugene L. Robinson, 72, of Benton Harbor died June 15, 2020 at Hallmark Living Center, Benton Township. Fairplain Chapel – Florin Funeral Service, Benton Township

Cheryl (Olszewski) Epstein, 59, of Redondo Beach CA, formerly of Stevensville died June 6, 2020 at home. LA Cremation, Redondo Beach CA


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