10-01-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries

NANCY J. McKIE Nancy J. “Pete” McKie, 86 of Coloma, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at her residence.

PAUL V. RYAN Paul V. Ryan, 93, of Coloma, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at his home.

JAMES C. McQUEEN Jim’s life began October 2, 1935, in Portageville, MO. When Jim was around 10 years old his dad was offered a job in Southwest Michigan and they made their home in Coloma. His dad bought acreage and Jim enjoyed helping his parents farm the property.

EVA JANE JOHNSON Eva Jane (Huffman) Johnson, 87, of Hartford, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo. Mrs. Johnson was born April 8, 1933, in Ballard County, the daughter of Henry Otis Huffman and Dovie Marie (Edging) Huffman. She retired from Kayo Products of Benton Harbor. She loved to garden, her farm, shopping, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Full Gospel Assembly for many years.

BARBARA JOYCE SMITH Barbara’s life began Nov. 11, 1948, in Watervliet, Michigan. She enjoyed being a lifetime area resident in her corner of Michigan. Barbara worked at Hilltop Grocery in St. Joseph in the meat department for over 30 years right up until they closed. She then went to work as a receptionist at the YWCA in St. Joseph. In her spare time she enjoyed golfing, bicycling; she bowled on leagues for several years, and was an avid reader. Barbara also enjoyed giving back to her community through volunteering for projects such as bowling for the blind, handicapped horseback riding, and many others. Barbara leaves behind five siblings, Janet (Ron) McGath, Shirley (Mike) Kupiecki, John (Barbara) Smith, Michael (Terrie) Smith, and Ann Smith, and numerous nieces and nephews to cherish her memory. Barbara died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. Her parents, John and Rose (Daly) Smith precede Barbara in death. Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Barbara’s family with cremation. Her family will celebrate her life privately at a later date. Memorials may be made in Barbara’s memory to the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Barbara’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

RICHARD DUDAY Richard Duday was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 2, 1934 to Walter Sr. and Angeline Duday. The family moved to Hartford, Michigan, where Richard attended high school. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Engineering. Being a part of the ROTC, Richard entered the U.S. Army (Corps of Engineers), where he had many overseas tours to Germany, Thailand and Viet Nam. Having served honorably for 20 years, Richard attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. His awards and decorations include The Bronze Star, The Meritorious Service, The Army Commendations, National Defense Service, Armed Forces Expeditionary, Viet Nam Campaign and Viet Nam Service medals. He also earned The Army Ranger tab and Airborne Wings.

Death Notices Loreleie Claeys, 91, died Sept. 27, 2020. Ofield Funeral Home, Kentwood MI Kenneth W. Flowers, 77, of Dowagiac died Sept. 26, 2020 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Geraldine Violet Dent, 93, of St. Joseph died Sept. 24, 2020 at Woodland Terrace, Coloma. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Helen Marie (Henderson) Schroeck, 85, of Riverside died Sept. 24, 2020 at home. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Benton Harbor Peggy Lois Smothers, 71, of South Haven died Sept. 24, 2020. Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven Sheila Mary (Peers) Collins, 99, of St. Joseph died Sept. 22, 2020. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Marion Earl Getz, 77, of Hartford died Sept. 20, 2020 at home. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet

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