09-06-2018 Tri-City Area Obituaries


William P. Jones Jr. (Bill) died peacefully at his home on Friday, August 31, 2018 surrounded by his wife Pat and children. Bill was born December 24, 1931 in Berrien Center, MI to his parents, William P. Jones Sr. and Veryl (Allen) Jones.

Center. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.


James Leslie Colman II, age 62 of Elkhart, Indiana passed away on August 30, 2018. He was in the care of Hospice, having been in declining health from several issues, and in the company of loving family. Jim was born March 7, 1956 in St. Joseph, Michigan to the late James L. Colman and Patricia (Frazier) Colman. His formative years were spent growing up on Beechwood Circle on Paw Paw Lake in Watervliet, Michigan, and in Sarasota, Florida after a 1972 family relocation for his mother’s health.


Rodney L. Lynch Jr. was born July 9, 1937, the only child born to Rodney and Mildred (Smith) Lynch. Rodney passed away at home on Saturday, September 1, 2018. On August 12, 1961 Rodney married the former Ellen Jonatzke. Ellen passed away on December 17, 2006. He was also preceded in passing by his parents. Rodney is survived by his two children: Rodney III of Hartford and Laurie (Mike) Roggow of Dowagiac and two grandchildren: Zach Bambrick and Jordan Hurst both of Watervliet and his faithful dog Draco. Rodney graduated from Hartford High School in the Class of 1956. After graduating, Rodney enlisted in the National Guard and was stationed at the Dowagiac Armory. He was formerly employed at Eliason Refrigeration, Auto Specialties and the Chemical Bank all in Hartford.