10-03-2019 Tri-City Area Obituaries

DOUGLAS ANTHONY DeVINCENT

Douglas Anthony DeVincent, 73, of Watervliet, passed away Sept. 22, 2019 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph. Doug was born April 18, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Anthony and Marion (Segler) DeVincent. After graduating from Schurz High School in Chicago in 1964, he attended Northeastern University earning a bachelor’s degree in Education. Doug was an excellent, top-ranked athlete in varsity basketball and helped to coach others. The majority of his 35-year teaching career he spent as a Physical Education teacher and coached basketball and baseball at Martin Luther King High School on Chicago’s South Side. Doug then accepted a Dean of Student Discipline position at Best Practice High School in 1999. It was there he met Aiko (Koga) Boyce, also a school teacher, who he married in December of 2010. Doug strongly believed in hard work, fairness and responsibility. He was a tall, quiet, gentle man who generously gave to others both in time and countless small gifts of appreciation. In his spare time, Doug was a skilled and imaginative craft and wood artisan.



DOUGLAS E. TROTTIER

Doug Trottier of Bradenton, FL passed away at his home with loved ones present. Doug is survived by the love of his life, Tami Murphy; her children, Cody Murphy and Heather (Zach) Cox, and grandchildren Murphy and Fisher. Also surviving are his parents, Connie and Richard Trottier of Sarasota, FL and Tami’s parents, Lindell and Cheryl Fisher of Illinois; her brothers and their wives, children and grandchildren; as well as numerous affectionate aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews in the Trottier, Bayer, Warren, and Gibbs families.

He graduated from Shrine High School, Royal Oak, Michigan, where he excelled in all sports, especially golf. He earned a finance degree from the University of Tampa, and embarked on a thirty-year business career. Doug settled in Bradenton with Tami, where they worked together for many years in the merger and acquisition business he had started with his father. Doug earned a national reputation for integrity, competence and determination, among a wide circle of friends and clients. There was no problem too big, too small, or too daunting. He was a dealmaker. He was a long-time member of Sara Bay Country Club, where he won club championships and developed many close friends. He had a passion for life, for boating, basketball, golf and baseball. Friends describe him as a “life force,” who lit up any room he entered. Doug will be most remembered for his kindness, generosity and optimism. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for friends and family. The family invites you to share your memories of Doug on the Brown & Sons funeral home web site, www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, in Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a worthwhile organization that Doug supported, The First Tee, St. Augustine, Florida.

Death Notices

Jo Ann Gingrich, 70, of Coloma died Sept. 6, 2019 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford Julius G. Rainey, 96, of Bangor died Sept. 24, 2019 at Alamo Nursing Home, Kalamazoo. Bangor Chapel – D.L. Miller Funeral Home Otto Duane Dahn, 75, died Sept. 6, 2019. DeWayne E. Biastock, 92, of Benton Harbor died Sept. 29, 2019 at Woodland Terrace in Coloma. Fairplain Chapel – Florin Funeral Service, Benton Township Arlene A. Zinn, 88, of Benton Harbor died Sept. 28, 2019 at home. Fairplain Chapel – Florin Funeral Service, Benton Township Barbara A. Carey, 68, of South Haven died Sept. 29, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo. Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven Marvin “Marv” H. Gustafson, 82, of Churubusco IN, former area resident, died Sept. 23, 2019 at Parkview Hospital, Ford Wayne IN. Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, Fort Wayne IN Paul L. Smith, 75, of Hartford died Sept. 25, 2019 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph Karen Yvonne Hipskind, 64, of Auburndale FL, formerly of Coloma, died Sept. 28, 2019 at home. Kersey Funeral Home, Auburndale FL Juanita Miller, 87, of Hartford died Sept. 28, 2019 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Duffield-Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma William C. McFadden, 83, of Watervliet died Sept. 29, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor MI. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Benton H