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.
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.
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.
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 www.duffieldpastrick.com.