Obituaries

Bobbie Earl Brown, 62, of 57225 Linda Ave., Three Rivers, died peacefully at home Thursday, July 6, 2017. He was born on Sept. 30, 1954, in Dermott, Ark., the son of Dorothy L. (McHenry) Cook and Nathan Peter Brown. He graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1972. He completed his Associate’s...
Clella Joanne Payton, 79, died on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Heartland Nursing Home in Three Rivers. Her death was the result of a stroke and a fall a week earlier. Joanne, the name she went by, was born April 3, 1938, in Marcellus, to Barbara (Russell) and Raymond Robinson. Both parents grew up and...
Walter ‘Woody’ Byers, 84, class of 1950, passed away on June 24, 2017. He was the fifth son of Walter ‘Roy’ and Ada (nee Bell) Byers. After retiring, he moved to Sun City Center, Fla. from South Bend, Ind. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol; son, Thomas; daughter, Pamela (Paul) Kunas;...
Boris Oliynyk, 64, raised in Willimantic, Conn. and of the Michiana area (Three Rivers and Elkhart, Ind.), passed on Monday morning, June 26, 2017 after more than a yearlong battle against cancer, surrounded by loved ones at the hospice house of the Center for Hospice Care. Boris was born in Lyon...
With a smile on his face and the taste of his favorite whiskey on his lips, Dennis A. Newcomer, age 74, of Jones, died peacefully Monday, June 26, 2017 at home in the comfort of his family’s presence. He was born Oct. 14, 1942 in Mishawaka, Ind. to Arthur and Kathleen Newcomer. He married Pat...
Clella J. Payton age 79 of Three Rivers passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Arrangements pending at Hohner Funeral Home.
Larry W. Merritt, 64, of Middlebury, passed away June 26, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind. He was born in Dowagiac on Feb. 19, 1953, a son of Ernie and Zelma (Jackson) Merritt. Larry graduated from Constantine High School in 1971, where he attended school with his wife...
Mary L. Ward, 81, of White Pigeon died on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at her home following an extended illness. She was born on June 23, 1936 in Blodgett, Miss., the daughter of William Brian Jennings and Audrey (Lawson) Cantrell. She was a White Pigeon resident the past three years, coming from...
Diana Lyn Vedmore, age 65, of Three Rivers passed away at Borgess Hospital on Monday, June 26, 2017. She was born on Jan. 6, 1952 in Three Rivers, the daughter of Archie and Connie (Pickard) Capman. Mrs. Vedmore has been a long time resident of Three Rivers.  She was a member of St. John’s...
Lathorlyn A. Balk, age 87, passed away June 27, 2017 at Grace Health Care of Three Rivers. She was born in Centreville on June 10, 1930, a daughter of Richard and Virginia (Sloan) Hagelgans. She graduated from Centreville High School in 1948. On Aug. 7, 1948, she married Neubert Balk in...

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