08-10-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Larry McClanahan, 74, of Watervliet passed away Aug. 4, 2017 at his residence.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Cremation took place following the visitation. Donations in memory of Larry may be made to the North Berrien Senior Center. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Larry was born Aug. 5, 1942 in Hayti, Missouri to David and Lorine (Pounders) McClanahan. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Larry founded McClanahan Construction, serving as owner, operator, and contractor from 1967 until his retirement in 2007. He built many outstanding commercial buildings as well as numerous residential homes. Larry was a founding member of Southwest Michigan Home Builders Association and a former member of the Lions Club and Jaycees in Watervliet.

In his free time Larry enjoyed playing golf, watching football, and spending time in Florida with the love of his life, Mary Jo, whom he married Nov. 16, 1963. Spending time with family and friends is what truly made him happy.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughters, Susie (Scott) Burkhardt of Watervliet and Tina (Tom) Lentz of Coloma; grandkids, Derrick and Sydney Burkhardt, Christopher (Ashley) Hauch, Allie (Cole) Andrews, and Eric Hauch; two great-grandsons and an additional great grandchild expected in December. Also surviving are aides Tracy, Erica, Dana, Farrah, and Cheryl that became like family.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard, a beloved son-in-law Tim Hauch, and loving dog Lucy.


Judith Ann Coffeen, 77, a resident of Eau Claire for 46 years, died Thursday night, August 3, 2017, at her home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 8, at Bowerman Funeral Home, Eau Claire. Burial followed in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sodus. Online messages may be left for the family at www.bowermanfuneral.com, and memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Judith was born April 25, 1940, in Jeffersonville, Indiana, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Smith) Callaway. In addition to caring for her family, she was an elementary school teacher for Dowagiac Union Schools. She was a member of the Dowagiac Education Association, Michigan Education Association, National Education Association, and St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Elks. Her special likes included teaching (especially the Dowagiac community), camping, gardening, antiquing, and time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, David Coffeen; son, Ted Coffeen; daughters, Kelly (Mark) Gaddie and Karri (Rob Stauffer) Coffeen; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Mary Lou (Michael) Rhowed and Sandy Kay Sech.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Jorja M. Ritter, 65, of Coloma died Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Caretel Inns of Lakeland in Royalton Township.