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08-13-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries

JAMES H. KEECH On Aug. 4, 2020, James Keech, 87, of Keeler MI, peacefully made his final Curtain Call. A lifelong resident of the area, his travels circled the earth several times. A Hartford High School graduate of 1951, James was named a Class C All-State football player. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War. He received bachelor and master degrees from Western Michigan University, and worked at Watervliet High School as a social studies and drama teacher for 37 years. During his time, he also coached football, and later announced varsity games, using flowery penalty terms such as “yellow hanky” for the home crowd. He was known in the area for his love of the theater, being involved in over 350 high school, summerstock and community productions as director. He occasionally took a sabbatical or two, teaching English abroad in countries such as Japan, China and Poland. He was a 32nd degree mason, who also served as quartermaster for VFW Post #1137 for many years. Another interest, as many people knew, was his love of cartooning, submitting a weekly caricature for the Tri-City Record for 15 years. He enjoyed spending time with children, especially his own.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Gerrit (Louthelle) Keech of Hartford, sister LuAn (Nick) Korsak of Hartford, brother Richard (Barbara) Keech of Eau Claire, and wife Ruth (Keillor) of Hartford. Survivors include sister Sharyn Robbins-Kuempel (Kenneth) of Sawyer; three sons, Timothy (Mary) of Kennewick WA, Matthew (Gaytha) of Hartford, Christopher of St. Joseph; daughter Rachel (John Daly) of Mattawan; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Public visitation is scheduled from 1-8 p.m. on Thur., Aug. 13, observing virus restrictions at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. A private burial with immediate family will follow. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date when virus restrictions will allow, and a venue is found large enough to accommodate a public remembrance, as the family understands that he was a man who changed a great number of lives for the better. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Public Schools Foundation for Quality Education. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at

CAROL SUE KING Carol Sue King, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away at the age of 79 on Monday Aug. 3, 2020 at River Ridge Retirement Village in South Haven. Carol was born March 5, 1941 in Watervliet. She is the daughter of Carl and Florence (Shingledecker) McNees.

On May 12, 1962 Carol was united in marriage with Lucius King. She had two children, Clinton & Cindy, and two grandchildren, Megan & Emily. She retired from Fifth Third Bank after 25 years of service. In her spare time, Carol loved to spend time with her husband of 58 years and her family. She enjoyed gardening, taking care of her family and spoiling her grand dogs. She cherished the time she spent participating in community parades, as a member of the parade crew for Vassar Farms Antique Tractors. The King family would like to give a special thank you to the kind and generous staff at River Ridge Retirement Village in South Haven. They provided loving care to Carol during her stay, as well as warm support to her family. Surviving family members include: her husband, Lucius; their two children, Clint (Jan) King of Watervliet and Cindy (Chris) Rush of Lake Orion; two grandchildren, Megan and Emily Rush. Also surviving are special cousins Donna Bench (Yirchott) and Jeff Tanner; sister and brother-in-law Sandy (King) and Norm Bailey; and several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Preceding Carol’s passing are her parents, two brothers Donald and Jerry McNees, and sister and brother-in-law Joanne (King) and Dale Jones. In accordance with Carol’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate Carol’s life is being planned. Family and friends will be informed directly, as soon as the details are finalized. In lieu of flowers, the family would like any memorial donations to be sent to either Caring Circle of South Haven or Dementia Society of America The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home of Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave a memorial condolence for the family may do so at

MARY (MINOR) DeMANN Former Watervliet resident, Mary (Minor) DeMann died on August 5, 2020 at her home in Martin, Michigan following a brief illness. She was born March 30, 1958 in St. Joseph, the youngest child of the Rev. Emerson and Eleanor Minor.

She grew up in Plainwell, MI and graduated from Plainwell High School in l976. She also graduated from Pine Rest School of Nursing in l978 with an LPN Degree. She was united in marriage to Steve DeMann on November 28, 1981 at First United Methodist Church of Plainwell. Mary spent most of her married life working at Clearview Dairy Farm (DeMann family farm) in Martin. She was an active member of East Martin Christian Reformed Church and a volunteer at Christian Neighbors in Otsego. Mary was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Steve DeMann, her son, Brian (Jill) DeMann, her granddaughter, Kinsler DeMann and in-laws Paul and Betty DeMann, all of Martin. She is also survived by her siblings Tad (Carol) Minor of Traverse City, Martha (Robert) Reeves of Kalamazoo, Tom (Melinda) Minor of Tecumseh and Rev. Dan (Jolene) Minor of Otsego. Survivors also include cousins, nieces and nephews, and their children. A Memorial Service was conducted on August 10, 2020 with Pastor Derek Noorman and Pastor Mark Heijerman officiating. Burial was in East Martin Cemetery.

BETTY JEAN EDINBOROUGH Betty Jean Edinborough, 94, of Coloma, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 at Woodland Terrace of Paw Paw Lake in Coloma. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma with burial following at North Shore Memory Gardens. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Caring Circle Hospice, North Berrien Senior Center, or Woodland Terrace of Paw Paw Lake. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at

Betty was born March 5, 1926 in St. Joseph County, Ind. to Walter and Eva Kolberg. She attended college becoming a registered L.P.N., and then met and married her husband Warren. Betty stayed home and raised her children while doing property management on the side at Cliffview Mobile Park on M-63. She became involved in the real estate industry, working for Century 21 in Coloma for nearly 20 years. Betty had a love for camping, painting, cooking and spending time with her family. She is survived by her son Trent Edinborough of Coloma; granddaughters Karrey Hanko and Kelley Benson and great-granddaughters Ashley Hanko, Krissy (Andrew) Collins and Kylie Benson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Warren Edinborough, son Thomas Edinborough, daughter-in-law Paulette Edinborough, grandson Keith Smith, and sister Mary Etta Kronbetter. Death Notices Richard Elmer Callendar, 83, of Watervliet died Aug. 9, 2020 at home. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Benton Harbor Emily Griffin, 89, formerly of Watervliet/Coloma died Aug. 8, 2020 in Romeo MI. Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo MI Marianne Hollman Shobe, 71, of Covert died Aug. 8, 2020 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven Cheryl Fullriede, 64, of Coloma died Aug. 7, 2020. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet Paul Sheldon Richards, 90, of Bridgman died Aug. 4, 2020 at West Woods of Bridgman. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Benton Harbor Raymond Lee Yates, 71, of Niles died Aug. 3, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford Eleanor M. Bluschke, 94, of St. Joseph died Aug. 2, 2020 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph


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