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07-18-2019 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Ellen C. Becker, 97, of Coloma, passed away on July 13, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. A service celebrating Ellen’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Coloma United Methodist Church. Visitation will take place on Friday, July 19, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Burial will follow the service in Coloma Cemetery. Memorial donations in Ellen’s memory may be made to Coloma United Methodist Church or North Berrien Senior Center. Those wishing to leave the family a message of comfort in the online guestbook may do so at .


On September 25, 1920 a girl named Fay Caroline Hogue, was born to Ralph and Etta (Utter) Dobson. Fay married George Hogue on October 10, 1941. George passed away on Nov. 9, 1970. Fay passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the Timbers of Cass County in Dowagiac. Also preceding her in passing was a son, George Hogue; four sisters, Ruth Barker, Lois Stockwell, Pauline Rathbun, and Esther Heffner, and two brothers, Laurence Dobson and Kenneth Dobson.


On March 5, 1932 in the town of Bragg City Missouri, a little girl named Ruby Maxine Neal was born to Henry and Willie (Wallace) Neal. Ruby married Carol Parker on October 2, 1950 and together they enjoyed each other’s company for sixty-eight years. Ruby passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at her home in Hartford. Ruby was formerly employed at Rudy Manufacturing of Dowagiac, and E&S Enterprises of Hartford. She loved hooking up the camper and taking family vacations. Her family was her pride and joy. She also was known to gamble quite frequently at the casinos. As to Ruby’s wishes cremation has taken place. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Memorials may be made to Caring Circle Hospice. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at Ruby is survived by her husband Carol; two sons, Mike (Debbie) Parker of Hartford and Mark (Christine) Parker of Watervliet; a daughter, Kimberly (JD) Conner of Deer Park, Texas; ten grandchildren, Justin Jonns, Joshua Jonns, Mike Parker Jr., Ben Chambers, Brad Parker, Andy Chambers, Jeremy Parker, Andrew Parker, Ashley Hauch and Alexa Parker. She is also survived by nineteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Ruby was preceded in passing by a daughter, Debra Whipple in 2013; her parents; five sisters, Margie Green, Eddie Rhinehart, Ina Nelson, Millie Neal and Christine Neal and two brothers, Jim Paskel and Luther Neal.


Louis O. Coleman, 91, of Coloma Township died in his sleep on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at his home. Services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the Columbar-ium in Coloma Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. Arrangements are by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. Please share memories, messages, or photos at

Death Notices Roberta “Bobbie” Kinney, 57, of Aurora, Colorado, former area resident died June 16, 2019 at home. Two Rivers Crematorium, Denver CO Johnny M. Tackett, 64, of Pontotoc, Mississippi, formerly of Watervliet died July 8, 2019 at home. Pegues Funeral Home, Tupelo MS Deborah L. Pierce, 57, of Covert died June 14, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma Frank C. Pooch, 94, of Coloma died July 13, 2019. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph


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