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Rev. Philip P. Steele

Rev. Philip Paul Steele, 83, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Park Place Assisted Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Born February 17, 1937 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Alice Eugenia (Bishop) and Philip Hoyt Steele, Rev. Steele graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1955.  He attended Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of… Continue Reading Rev. Philip P. Steele

Rev. Verne C. Summers

Rev. Verne C. Summers, 93, passed away from COVID-19 on his birthday, December 7, 2020, at Grand Ledge, Michigan. Verne was born on December 7, 1927, at Port Huron, Michigan, to Carl J. and Velma (Lewthwaite) Summers. Verne, a United Methodist minister, was a graduate of Almont High School, Vennard College, Central Michigan University, and… Continue Reading Rev. Verne C. Summers

Rev. Paul K. Scheibner

Paul K. Scheibner, age 92, died December 10, 2020 in Roscommon, MI in the arms of his wife. A celebration of his life will be held when a gathering can safely take place. Born July 28, 1928 in Detroit, he was the son of Herbert and Elsa (Holden) Scheibner. He married Elaine Lowe June 17,… Continue Reading Rev. Paul K. Scheibner

Barbara R. Crumm

Barbara Ruth Crumm, matriarch of an extended family spread across Michigan and other parts of the U.S., died at age 95 on December 1 after a long struggle with several illnesses. Barbara received such good care that she avoided the trauma of COVID and passed away peacefully in her bed that morning. Barbara was the… Continue Reading Barbara R. Crumm

Rev. Mark R. Babb

Mark R. Babb, age 60, of Sturgis, Michigan died peacefully on December 1, 2020 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born in Wilmington, Ohio on January 29, 1960 to the late Robert and Betty (Rose) Babb. His early life was spent in Wilmington where he graduated from Wilmington High School with… Continue Reading Rev. Mark R. Babb

Rev. Robert Duggan

Rev. Robert Duggan of Louisville passed away after a brief illness on Monday, November 23, 2020. Bob was born on July 17, 1939 in Scranton, PA. He was preceded in death by his mother Helen Testa Duggan and father Edward Duggan. Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years June Bran Duggan, his children,… Continue Reading Rev. Robert Duggan

Rev. Dr. Donald B. Strobe

‘If you would comfort me, sing me a lullaby; If you would win my heart, sing me a love song; If you would mourn me and bring me to God; Sing me a requiem, Sing me to heaven.” -Daniel Gawthorp “In My Father’s House….”  The Rev. Dr. Donald B. Strobe, Michigan Conference Retired Elder, entered… Continue Reading Rev. Dr. Donald B. Strobe

Frederick C. Douglas

Frederick Clark Douglas (1940-2020) of Kalamazoo, MI, left this world to join the heavenly choir on Thursday, November 12, just before 11 p.m. at the age of 80 years, 1 month, and 8 days. For those of you who knew him well, you know there must have been quite a welcome offered to pull him… Continue Reading Frederick C. Douglas

Florence M. Vuurens

Florence “Flo” M. Vuurens, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. She was born on January 21, 1933 to Frederick and Minnie (Maatman) VanDyke in Holland, MI. Florence worked for several years as a secretary at Hope College and went on to work at Twin Lake United Methodist Church helping with office duties… Continue Reading Florence M. Vuurens

Judith Louise DeGraw

Judith Louise DeGraw, age 80 of Howell, Michigan died Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at her home. Born November 24, 1939 in Detroit, the daughter of Elwood C. and Ruth M. (Titcomb) Wagner, Judith is survived by her beloved husband, Rev. Alan W. DeGraw (Retired Elder), whom she married June 9, 2001 in Novi. She is… Continue Reading Judith Louise DeGraw