Obituaries

Jason Allen Bottger, 42 of Sturgis, passed away suddenly at home Saturday, July 15, 2017. He was born July 21, 1974 in Greenville, S.C. to Dennis and Penny (Daugherty) Bottger. Jason moved to Three Rivers from South Carolina in 1984.  He was a graduate of Three Rivers High School, class of 1992....
Diane Taffee, 71, a former Three Rivers resident, passed away on July 7 in Rochester, Mich. She was born in Hastings on Oct. 22, 1945. She graduated from Hastings High School. Her late husband, John Taffee, was a longtime Three Rivers area insurance agent. He passed away in Dec. of 2002. Diane...
Rosemarie Richardson, age 86, of rural Three Rivers died Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Doctor's Hospital in Bremen, Ind. She was born in Three Rivers on Sept. 14, 1930 the only child of Burr M. and Ruth (Papke) Drumm. Rosemarie graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1948. She was...
Dustin “Chevy” Mitchell Cole, 29, of Constantine passed away July 7, 2017 at Bronson Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 18, 1987. Dustin attended Three Rivers Schools and was currently working at Royal Cargo, Middlebury. He attended Riverside Church. On...
Joyce passed away peacefully in her sleep at home, July 6, 2017. Joyce was born Feb. 20, 1940 in Elkhart, Ind.; the daughter of Gary and Lydia Irene (Peake) Rohm. A homemaker, Joyce enjoyed sewing, crafts, spending time on her computer, and she will be remembered for her cooking, especially her...
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...

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