10-05-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Joyce Tutton, 79, of Coloma, passed away Friday, Sep. 29, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 6:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home where the family will receive friends beginning at 4 p.m. until time of service. Donations in memory of Joyce may be made to the Coloma FOP Lodge 147, the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, or the First Congregational UCC of Coloma. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Joyce was born October 8, 1937 in Portageville, MO to Leo and Ruby (Yarbrough) McQueen. She graduated from Coloma High School in 1956 having served as Miss Coloma and Gladiola Queen of 1955. On March 1, 1958 she married Eugene “Gene” Tutton and continued her commitment to Coloma by providing Coloma Community Schools with over 38 years of service as a teacher, school system administrator and principal of Washington Elementary School. She also served on the Watervliet Hospital Board for approximately 20 years, was active in many queen contests, Clever Clovers 4-H Club, MIHA, Coloma Lions and Lioness, and the First Congregational Church in Coloma. Joyce truly honored veterans and was instrumental in starting the Veterans Day Breakfast at Washington School, now attended by hundreds.

In her free time Joyce loved to paint, take pictures, garden, make flower arrangements, and attend horse shows. She had a special place in her heart for her dogs and all of the wild birds at her feeders.

Survivors include her husband Gene of almost 60 years, a son Bryan (Leigh Ann) Tutton and daughter Lori Romeo both of Coloma; one brother James C. McQueen of Coloma, two sisters Shelby Jean Kelbel of Grand Rapids and Aline Moore of Choctaw, AR. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Mikayla and Micah Romeo, and Brett Tutton of Coloma, along with several nieces and nephews and great- nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents Joyce was preceded in death by a sister Geraldine Rothaar.


Allen’s life began September 11, 1929 in Benton Harbor, born to John Robinson and Elinore Beecher (Allen) Crumb.  Allen grew up in Watervliet, where he graduated high school in 1947. A few years after graduation, Allen was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served his country during the Korean War.

In 1954 Allen married Virginia (Dolly) Landeck.  They remained married in love for 59 years. Allen worked for 30 years for Continental Can Company. In his younger years outside of work Allen would enjoy golfing and fishing.  After retirement his favorite pastimes were gardening and spending time with his grandson John.

Allen was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph as an usher for 45 years. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Catholic, Watervliet.

Allen’s greatest joy was his loving family which includes his son and daughter-in-law Mark and Pam Crumb of Benton Harbor and especially his Grandson John Crumb of Benton Harbor.  He is also survived by sister-in-law Dolores Pepperl and brother-in-law John “Jack” Landeck, both of St. Joseph.

Allen died Saturday, September 30 at his son’s home.  His loving wife of 59 years Virginia “Dolly” (Landeck) Crumb and his parents John and Elinore (Allen) Crumb precede Allen in death.

Friends may visit with Allen’s family Thursday, October 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, October 6, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph.  Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery.