Obituaries of Allegan County




Mrs. Velma B. Brown
309 E. Hill St., Plainwell

[Kalamazoo Gazette , May 30, 1987]

Passed away Fiday, May 29 1987 in Plainwell. Mrs. Brown was born in Martin, MI, January 6 1910, the daughter of the late Floyd and Minnie Hurley. She was a longtime resident of Plainwell, living at the same residence for 60 years and more recently spent her winters in Zephyr Hills, FL. She was a member of the Puthlan Sisters of Plainwell and also the Gunplain Grange and the Gun River Conservation Club and the Club of Past Chiefs of the Phythian Sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reon D Brown on December 22 1981. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Beatrice and Wayne VanWeelden of Long Lake; LaVerne Brown of Troy, MI and Harold and Nancy Brown of Plainwell; grandchildren, Dennis and Pam VanWeelden of Kalamazoo; Cindy and Brad Boven of Kalamazoo; Linda and Terry Moed of West Palm Beach, FL; David and Julie Brown of New Orleans, LA; Jeff Brown and Judy Brown of Detroit; Bill and Terri Brown and Patrick Brown of Plainwell; six great-grandchildren, one brother, Carlton (Stub) Hurley of Plainwell; one sister in law, Mrs. Iola Giesbrecht of Plainwell. Friends may pay their last respects today from 7 to 9pm and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm at the chapel. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jun 1 1987 at 1:00 at the chapel with Dr. Richard Cushnie officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Memorial contributions may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan County. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


Edwin Leroy Bulson
[March 6, 1947]

Funeral services for Edwin L. Bulson, 51, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack in his on route 1 Wednesday morning, be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m, from the Ver Lee funeral home with burial in Saugatuck cemetery.
Surviving are the wife, Lucy: five sons, Robert in service in Germany, Edwin, Jr., Thomas, Donald and Leo , all at home; four daughters, Doris, Grace, Donna and Bethel, all at home; his parents, Reuben Bulson of Saginaw and Mrs. Martha Lubiia of Grand Rapids; three brothers
and four sisters.
Friends may call at the home at any time.

Contributed by Denise Haskin-Dettloff


Lucy Bulson, 104
[Holland Sentiel, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2009]

Lucy C. Bulson, age 104, of Laketown Township, passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2009, at Holland Hospital.
Lucy was a member of the Community Church of Douglas. Lucy was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; and four children, Ethel Stehle, Robert Bulson, John Bulson and Leo Bulson.
She is survived by her children, Edwin Bulson of Ellicott City, MD, Thomas and Sue Bulson of Owosso, Doris and Wayne Hasty of Spring Lake, Grace and Rudy Szalay of Mountain Home, Idaho, Donald and Carol Bulson of Holland, Donna and Herk Grotenhuis of Muskegon; 36 grandchildren; 78 great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; sister- in-law, Mrs. John (Mary) Loftus. of Castle Rock, CO; many nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Community Church of Douglas 6780 Wiley Road in Douglas. Dr. Daniel Miller will be officiating. Arrangements are by Lakeshore Memorial Services. An online registry book is available at www.lake

Contributed by Denise Haskin-Dettloff


Chester Calkins.
[Wayland Globe, July 16, 1885]

Tuesday afternoon while unloading hay at his barn Mr. Chester Corkins was very seriously injured. He was driving the team on the hay fork when the double - tree broke and hit him in the abdomen. Dr. Ryno was called and attended him, but he did not improve any, although everything possible was done to relieve his suffering. He died this Morning at 3 o' clock. Mr. Calkins was 54 years of age, was well known to all in this section as he had been a resident here for a good many years. He was an accommodating and courteous gentleman although he had many peculier ways and will be missed by his many friends. He leaves a large family. The funeral will be at the Christian Church conducted by Elder M. B. Rawson tomorrow afternoon at 2:00; Family will a meet at the house at 1 o' clock.

Contributed by: Robin Ellis


Mary Cable Calkins.

[Wayland Globe. June 12, 1912]

Mary Cable Corkins was born in Seneca County, New York. She had reached her 75th birthday last March. At the age of 18, she was married to Chester Calkins. To them 11 children were born, 9 sons and 2 daughters. She was widowed by the accidental death of her husband on a farm in Leighton about 30 years ago. This pioneer couple located on a farm in Leighton about 55 years ago now owned by their son Chester.

Mrs. Calkins became a christian early in life , uniting with the Baptist Church, afterward taking membership with the Christian Church, at Wayland.

She is survived by 8 sons William of Evart, John of Dyghton; Bert of Chicago, Otis and Fred of Battle Creek and Ernest, Lee and Chester of Wayland and 1 daughter, Mrs. Lucy Irwin of White Salon, Wash.

Funeral services were held at the home of Chester Calkins Sunday at 2 p.m., being conducted by the pastor of Christian Church. Internment Elmwood Cemetery.

Cards of Thanks

We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for their kind assistance during the illness and burial of our dear mother.

Mr. & Mrs. Chester Calkins & Family

Contributed by: Robin Ellis


Edmund Farbrother.

Page 8, Col 1
[Plainwell Enterprise Wednesday, Feb 18, 1903]

The death of Edmund Farbrother occurred at his home on North Gun Plains at two o’clock last Wednesday morning. The funeral was held from the home at ten o’clock Friday morning, Rev J. Fletcher officiating. Burial was at Hillside cemetery.

Edmund Farbrother was born at Great Rollright, near Chipping Norton, North Oxfordshire, England, April 27, 1826, and would therefore have been seventy-seven years old if he had lived till next April. He came to this country, state and township in December, 1854, about 48 years ago and to the farm on which he died about 45 years ago. He was one of a family of eleven children only three of who are now living, in England. Mr. Farbrother was married about 44 years ago to Celia Brown of Gun Plains. He was a quiet, industrious, well disposed man and was always found attending to his own affairs. The labor of his life was spent upon his farm, transforming it from a wilderness to a pleasant, well-cultivated place. He was a man who always attended religious worship at the schoolhouse in his neighborhood and at the church in the village as circumstances would allow. He was a great reader. To the end of his life he read his newspaper carefully and kept informed as to what was taking place here and elsewhere. The ENTERPRISE had not a more careful and appreciative reader in the township of Gun Plains than Edmund Farbrother. He also read his Bible faithfully and having a good memory retained what he read as well as what had occurred in his life, making him an interesting man in conversation. He would rather suffer wrong that to do wrong to anybody.

He was in failing heath for sometime, yet kept busy. Everything possible was done for him but he gradually grew weaker until the end came.

Cards of Thanks

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the friends and neighbors, who so kindly assisted during the last illness and death of our father, Edmund Farbrother, also to the pastor for his tender words of consolation and the singers for their beautiful music,


Contributed by: Marcia Shears


Rev. Hiram B. Hudson

[Allegan Gazette. June 19, 1909]

Hon. Hiram B. Hudson of Mancelona died in his home in that town Thursday afternoon, having been in declining health the past 2 years. He was 74 years of age. His son Surl P. HUDSON, and the latter's daughter MAUDE, went at once to Mancelona where the funeral will be held tomorrow. Mr. Hudson has been a resident of Mancelona 24 years but was formerly a citizen of Ganges on this county and later of Allegan. He was 2 terms Clerk of this County and served as prosecuting attorney; and was a Union soldier a member of one of Michigan's famous calvary regiments. He leaves a wife, son and 2 daughters, one of whom is Mrs. JOHN WILSON of Allegan.

Contributed by: Robin Ellis


James Sullivan Hudson
[Fennville Herald dated Saturday, April 9, 1898]

The death of James Sullivan Hudson last Saturday took another of the active pioneers of our locality from this life. Mr. Hudson was born in Saratoga County, New York October 16, 1832 and came to Ganges in December 1855. At that time other settlers here were few and he began a pioneer's life on the farm which has since been his home. He possessed a strong active mind and considerable musical ability and spent a great deal of his time in giving vocal instructions. Of a family of nine only two brothers are now left, his eldest brother, Aaron, living in Minnesota and Hiram B. in Mancelona. The funeral was held at the Loomis school house Tuesday and was conducted by Rev. J. F. Taylor, a large number of friends being in attendance. Besides the widow, he leaves four sons, Herbert, Victor, Roy and Carl. Interment was made in the Loomis Cemetery.

Contributed by: Lora Hudson Treadwell


Jane Ruth Kenter
[Fenville Herald, Saturday, June 20, 1896

Mrs. Jane Ruth Kenter who that was Jane Ruth Stillson was born in the year 1842 in Oswego, NY. In the year 1844 her people moved to Adrian, MI where they lived until the year 1850 when they moved to Ganges township. She married Edward M. Kenter in the year 1859 and they have toiled heart and hand together until God saw fit to take her to Himself to ever dwell with him. Mrs. Kenter had been a great sufferer. She suffered a partial stroke of paralysis and it gradually grew up on her until she was entirely helpless and speechless. She was conscious up to the time of her death which took place at her home on the 12th day of June at 11 o'clock AM. The funeral was held in the Baptist church in Ganges and was conducted by Rev. Berry. The goodly number of friends and neighbors that were present showed the esteem and respect felt for the decreased. Mrs. Kenter leaves a husband, an aged mother, Mrs. Jane R. Stillson, two daughters, Mrs. Delia Hudson and Mrs. Celia Smith and one son, V. A. Kenter, four brothers and three sisters to mourn her loss.

Contributed by: Lora Hudson Treadwell


John Kenter
[Fenville Herald, Saturday, January 12, 1901]

Death of John Kenter. John Kenter was born in Kingston, Canada February 25, 1825. When about twenty-one years of age he came to what is now Saugatuck township and resided on his present place from about 1850 until the time of his death which occurred January 5, 1901 from general debility and heart failure. He was married to Esther Love Stow, October 13, 1860. Five children were born to them one dying in infancy and one, a lovely daughter, at sixteen years of age. The remaining three, Mrs. Edith Goodrich residing with her family in the old home, Ernest of Cheshire and Mrs. Ina Rockwell of Hickory Corners, are left to mourn the loss of the last beloved parent, the mother having preceded him September 25, 1896.

H was always a tender, loving husband and father, a kind neighbor and friend and a respected citizen. Through a very modest, unpretentious man, his wide range of reading and remarkable memory made him a valuable authority on almost any topic and he will be sadly missed by a wide circle of relatives and friends.

Contributed by: Lora Hudson Treadwell


Sarah Kenter
[South Haven Daily Tribune, Tuesday, January 21, 1936]

Woman Found Dead in Home....Mrs. Sarah Kenter, 85, a widow, was found dead at her home on Park Avenue, were she lived in seclusion by neighbors late yesterday afternoon. Noticing that there had been no outward activity at the Kenter home throughout the day and that the fire had eventually been allowed to go out, a neighbor entered the home and found the aged woman had passed away. Dr., M. W. Buckborough was summoned and stated that death was due to a heart attack. It had been known that Mrs. Kenter had previously suffered heart ailment. It was thought that she had been dead about 48 hours. Funeral services for the woman are to be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 PM from the Calvin Funeral home. The Rev. L. F. Tenhopen will officiate. Interment will be at Lakeview cemetery. Mrs. Kenter's only surviving relative is a stepson living in Fennville.

Contributed by: Lora Hudson Treadwell


Vern Kenter
[Grand Rapids Herald, November 18, 1950]

Vern Kenter (Azel Vernon) retired farmer of Fennville, Route 2, died Sunday in Florida. He was 82. The body will be returned to the Chappell Funeral Home Thursday where services will be at 2 PM Friday. Burial will be in Fennville Cemetery.

Contributed by: Lora Hudson Treadwell


Jesse K. Patterson (1885-1971), born in Allegan county.
[Kalamazoo Gazette, Wed., 9 June 1971]

Mr. Jesse K. Patterson, Otsego, Mich., age 89, passed away Tuesday, (June 8, 1971) at the Alamo Nursing Home. Mr. Patterson is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Roberta) Fox of Plainwell; 9 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Graveside services will be held Thursday at 3:00 o’clock in Popular Hill Cemetery, Monterey, Rev. Royal David officiating.

*Note: Jesse was the son of Adam A. and Cora M. (Disbrow) Patterson.

Contributed by: Helen Selee


Flora Taylor Remmele
[unknown newspaper .]

Mrs. R. C. Remmele of Watson, a pioneer of this county, died July 31st [1917]. The lady has been in poor health the past four years, and about a month ago had a severe attack of the measles that greatly reduced her vitality and though she recovered from measles, she gradually failed until her death. She is survived by two children, Mrs. L. E. Bookwalter and Mr. M. E. Remmele. Funeral services were conducted at the home Friday morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Linsley. Burial was at Hudson Corners.

Contributed by: Sherlene Schmitt-Belden


Rev. Milton E. Remmele
[unknown newspaper, Saturday, September 10, 1921]

Deaths of the Week.


Rev. Milton E. Remmele.

The death of Rev. Milton E. Remmele, which occurred in the university hospital in Ann Arbor last Monday, followed two very serious operations which it had been hoped would restore him to health. He was born in Sumerset, Hillsdale county, Aug. 6, 1873, and came with his parents to Watson township in this county when a small boy. He was married to Anna Toren, Dec. 31, 1903, and was the father of two children, Flora Marie and Leon. When a young boy Mr. Remmele cultivated a desire to enter the ministry and his ambition was realized when he attended Hillsdale college and Houghton seminary, N. Y. He followed his chosen vocation until failing health compelled him to retire. Besides the wife and children he leaves on sister, Mrs. Bookwalter. The funeral was from the Cook & Benson chapel last Wednesday and the body was taken to Hudson Corners cemetery for burial. Rev. H. L. Potter officiating.

_______ Card of Thanks – We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation for the kindness shown us in our hour of trouble, for the flowers, and for the words of comfort spoken by Miss Alice Sprague.


Contributed by: Sherlene Schmitt-Belden


Russell Remmele
[unknown newspaper.]

Was born in Fulton county, Ohio, April 29, 1837 and departed this life April 10, 1914. At the age of sixteen he moved with his parents to Somerset, Hillsdale county, Mich. He was married to Flora Taylor in Woodstock, Mich., Dec. 19, 1864. In February, 81884 he moved with his family to Watson, Allegan county, Mich., where he has since resided.

Mr. Remmele was a highly respected neighbor, a faithful and active member of the Wesleyan church for fifty years. He leaves a widow, on son Milton E., one daughter, Mrs. Elta Bookwalter and three grandchildren. The funeral was held from the Wesleyan church in East Allegan, Sunday, April 12. A large number of friends and neighbors attended. Services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. H. Lindsley, and interment made in Hudson Corners cemetery.

__________ CARD OF THANKS – We desire to take this way of expressing our sincere thanks for all the kindness and expression of sympathy manifested by the many friends and neighbors during the sickness and death of our husband father.


Contributed by: Sherlene Schmitt-Belden


Celia Kenter Smith
[Fennville Herald, Saturday, September 18, 1897]

Pearl---Death of Mrs. George M. Smith after a long and painful illness.

Again the angel of death has been in our midst, visiting the home of G. H. Smith, taking his beloved wife, Celia (Kenter). We feel the loss of a good friend, for Mrs. Smith was a friend to all, a kind wife and a good mother and certainly has gone to rest in peace with those gone over the beautiful river. We join in sympathy for the bereaved husband and family.

Contributed by: Lora Hudson Treadwell


William Baker Stillson
[Fennville Herald, Friday, August 21, 1925]

the Passing of a Pioneer...With the passing of William Baker Stillson last week Tuesday the oldest of those who remain of the original rugged pioneers who first settled in this community has gone. He was born in Albion, New York, November 1, 1838 and came to Michigan with his parents when a boy of 7 settling in Adrian, Lenawee County. Ten years later the family removed to Ganges since which time for a period of three score years and ten, he has been an upright and honored and respected citizen of this township. The beautiful and productive farm home he leaves is a striking tribute to his enterprise and thrift. At the age of twenty-seven, he married Mrs. Caroline Derby and thereby became step-father to L. D. Wadsworth and Alfred, who died many years ago. Five daughters and a son were born to this union, Eva, Lida, Ella, Caroline, now Mrs. George Gaylord, Katie, wife of Henry Dykhuis and William. Only the last three are living. The wife died twenty-four years ago, August 17.

October 11, 1910, he married Sarah A. Beidle, who preceded him to the better land June 1, of last year.

For half a century, Mr. Stillson has been a consistent member of the Ganges Baptist church, most of the time a deacon and trustee.

Besides the two daughters living in Ganges and a son, William, of South Haven, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Sarah Kenter of South Haven, a brother Frank of St. Petersburg, Florida and ten grandchildren.

At the ripe age of four score and seven years, he came to his grave like a shock of corn coming in its season. August 11, 1925 he entered into rest. The large attendance and beautiful floral offerings at the funeral last Friday afternoon bore testimony to the esteem in which he was held in the community of which he has been a member so long and has aided in building up. Services were conducted at the church by Rev. E. J. Cross, pastor of the Baptist church.

Contributed by: Lora Hudson Treadwell

Return to Allegan County MIGenWeb Home PageReturn To Home Page

 USGenWeb Project     MIGenWeb   

All rights reserved.
This site may be freely linked to but not duplicated
in any fashion without my consent.
The information on these pages is meant for personal genealogical
research only and is not for commercial use of any type.

Top of Page