12-01-2016 Tri-City Area Obituaries



Donald G. Hindmon, 64, of Coloma, passed away Thursday evening, Nov. 17, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family.

Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Cremation has taken place, arranged by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund at the Coloma Community Schools.  Please share messages, memories, or photos at www.florin.net.

Don was born on Oct. 13, 1952 in Watervliet to James and Bertha (Jackson) Hindmon.  He graduated from Coloma Community Schools in 1971.  He went on to study and completed an apprenticeship for an electrician at Saluto Foods.  He remained employed there until the plant closed in 1984.  After two years employment at Global Diecast, he was hired at Bendix, later known as Bosch Braking Systems, in St. Joseph, where he retired in 2013 after 27 years.

Along with his devotion to provide for his family, Don had the uncanny ability to fix, build, or do anything.  Don had a great ear for music and loved watching or attending NASCAR. He enjoyed fishing with his friends, hunting with relatives, bowling, golf, and wollyball with his coworkers.

His family includes his daughters, Judy Hindmon of Dyersburg, TN and Lori (Steven) Hoese of Bremen, IN; his sisters, Lola (Jay) Smith of Lawton and Sandra Maas of Coloma; his 3 grandchildren (Blake, Steven, Jr., and Cole); his loving friend and caregiver, Jeanine Hindmon of Benton Harbor; cousins, second cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother (James Hindmon), two sisters (LueElla Brown and Fernalee Hindmon).



 Tinnie Lue McConnell was born June 3, 1925 in Holland, Missouri the daughter of Claude and Mary (Potter) Miller. Tinnie passed away at West Woods of Bridgman on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. She worked for the William Foster family as a housekeeper and nanny for their children and grandchildren well into her seventies.

As to Tinnie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will have a memorial service in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.  Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

On July 6, 1940, Tinnie was united in marriage to Allen McConnell. Allen passed away on May 17, 1995. Tinnie was also preceded in passing by three daughters, Loretta Mesick, Betty Bitely and Cindy Glenn; three sons, Bobby McConnell, Tom McConnell and Charles McConnell; her parents and four brothers, Gene Miller, Joe Miller, Marvin Miller and Bonnie Miller.

Tinnie is survived by three daughters; Shebby Hand of Saint Joseph, Barbara Roush of Ocala, Florida and Anita Bard of Jonesboro, Arkansas. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Nancy McConnell of Keeler; a son-in-law, Ron Mesick of Three Rivers; a brother, Jackie (Mary) Miller of Leachville, Arkansas; a brother-in-law, George McConnell of Old Town, Florida and two sisters-in-law, Juanita Miller of Hartford and Lillian Miller of Leachville, Arkansas.


 Gerald (Jerry) F. Price was born March 17, 1938 in Benton Harbor, one of three children born to Benjamin (Frank) and Anna (Poloshak) Price, both of whom precede him in passing. Jerry was also preceded in passing by a daughter, Darlynn C. Price in 2008, and a sister, Shirley Bryant. Jerry passed away at home on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

The family welcomed friends on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. As to Jerry’s wishes cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caring Circle (Hospice at Home). Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

On August 28, 1957, Jerry was united in marriage to Marybeth Phillips and she survives along with their two children, Cammy Smith and Jerry Price, both of Watervliet; six grandchildren, April Montgomery, Eric Scherer, Laura Zuhde, Nick Smith, Willow Price and Levi Price; great-grandson, Chase Smith and eleven other great-grandchildren and his sister, Adeline Grinley of Saint Joseph.

Jerry served his country proudly in the United States Navy including time spent on the USS Independence. He was a semi-truck driver with Holland Motors Express for over 30 years. His family ran Frank’s Grocery Store in Benton Heights during his teenage years. He also enjoyed bowling with his family.



  Charles “Bud” Friesen was born in Watervliet July 18, 1937, and died at the Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids on November 15, 2016. He was a resident of Coloma and lived part-time in Florida.

Surviving is his wife Erna, of 58 years; nieces, Cindy (Todd) Tarrant of Holt, Coleen Halamka of Watervliet, Marlene Bohle of Benton Harbor, and Barbara “Jena” Friesen of Niles; sister-in-law, Irma Krieger of Watervliet; nephews, Paul (Leisha) Krieger of Grand Rapids, Garry (Vicki) Warman of Mentor, Ohio, Ronald (Janie) Warman of Benton Harbor, Edward Smith of Florida, along with many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mollie Friesen; brothers, Herbert and Lawrence Friesen; and sisters, Verna and Margaret Warman.

Bud owned and managed Vacationland Printing Company for a number of years. He became a Certified Professional Photographer and owned Friesen Photography in Coloma for close to 30 years. He had past membership in the following organizations: Professional Photography of America, Michigan Photographic Society, Wedding Photographers International, Senior Photographers International, Twin City Camera Club, Fruit Belt Camera Club, Benton Harbor St. Joseph Rotary Club, Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan, Volunteer Photographer for Lest We Forget for WWII, Korea and Vietnam Re-enactment.

Memorials service will be held at Midway Baptist Church located at 7517 Red Arrow Highway, Watervliet, on December 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Mark Cowell officiating.

Memorials can be made to the following: Ray of Hope Ranch and Rescue, North Berrien Senior Center, Midway Baptist Scholarship Fund of American Heart Association.

Bud was passionate about photography at the studio, travel photography, and doing photography of the flowers in his garden. Bud will be greatly missed by family and friends. Bud crafted a legacy of beauty in photography that will keep him a part of our world.


 Delores Gaynor of Watervliet died Sunday, November 27, at her home.

Delores’ life began December 5, 1939 in Benton Harbor.  She was a lifetime area resident and worked for Auto Specialties and then Palisades Nuclear Plant as a security guard for17 years.  Outside of work she enjoyed her family and ceramics.

Delores’ loving family includes: four children, Keith (Lynda) Gaynor of Noblesville, IN, Kevin Gaynor of Baroda, Kris Gaynor (Barbara Evett) and Kelly Gaynor both of Watervliet; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Vicky Hartman of St. Joseph.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ruby (Wigent) Brown.

Friends may visit with Delores’ family Monday, December 5 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet.  You are invited to share a memory with her family at hutchinsfuneral.com.