08-27-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Rev. H. Devon Allen, age 77, of St. Joseph Township, died early Friday, August 21, 2020 at the Willows Assisted Living Facility under Hospice care, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Devon was born July 8, 1943 in Milan, TN to (Addie) Maurine and Homer Allen. He graduated from Jackson High School, TN in 1961; he received further degrees from Lambuth College, Jackson, TN (B.A.); Methodist Theological School, Delaware, OH (M.D.); Auburn University, Auburn, AL, (M. Ed.); and Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington, D.C.

He married Dot (Doris Woodruff), in Camptown, PA during an ice storm on Dec. 30, 1972; they were married for 48 years.

Devon served as Pastor of United Methodist Churches in Clinton, KY and Middletown, NY and of United Church of Christ Churches at Peace UCC in Stevens Point, WI and St. Paul’s UCC in Watervliet, MI.  He worked as a bereavement counselor at Florin Funeral Home and at Hospice at Home. After ministry, he was a member of Pilgrim UCC in Lincoln Township.

He is preceded in death by parents Homer and Maurine Allen.

He is survived by his wife, Dot Allen; sister Tina Spencer; niece Kelli Spencer and her children Eli and Tali; daughters Christen (Al) Kably, Alicia (Kyle) Ford, and Robin Becker; grandchildren Audrey, Seth, Elsa, Ben, Allison, Cassie (Hunter) and Nathan; and Robin’s grandchildren Owen and Elliana.  He is also survived by Merlin and Jackie Hauch, who were like grandparents to Christen and Alicia.

The family will observe a private burial in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Watervliet.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Duffield & Pastrick Funeral Home in Coloma.  A joyful Celebration of Life will be held at Duffield & Pastrick Funeral Home on Monday, August 31 at 1:00 p.m.  Masks and social distancing will be observed per the family at both.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church of your choice; The Walk to End Alzheimer’s (donations to “Allen Family and Friends” team), or Hospice At Home (Caring Circle).  In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to walk wherever you are on Sept. 12 in honor of Devon.


Sharon’s life began October 10, 1950, in Three Rivers, Michigan.  She truly loved being a resident of Southwest Michigan.  Sharon’s favorite thing to do was to care for her family members; she was who everyone went to for a babysitter or just a helping hand.  She also enjoyed taking vacations, shopping, and being outside soaking up the sun.

She leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memory including: her husband of 53 years Darrell Goodson; two children Tracey (Pauly) Whiteman and Keith (Mendy Roberts) Goodson; six grandchildren Derrik (Alexis) Morris, Katie Morris, Dustin (Bryndle) Goodson, Amber Goodson, Bailey Blocker, and Matthew Treder; two great-great granddaughters Skylar Goodson and Aubree Yates; her mom Louise Jacobs; three siblings Mike Jacobs, Cathi Jacobs, and Bobby Jacobs; and many nieces and nephews.

Sharon died Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.  Her dad Kenneth Jacobs precedes her in death.  Sharon was laid to rest Wednesday, August 26, with a graveside service at Fairview Cemetery in Watervliet.

Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Sharon’s family with arrangements.  You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Sharon’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.


Christopher Keech of St. Joseph played his final encore and passed away August 10, 2020.

A lifetime resident of Southwestern Michigan, Chris entertained us all with his talent as a musician and performer. His talent for music led him to teach, conduct, and share his talent both locally and aroun