Allegan County News & Union Enterprise

MI Supreme Court Appoints Kengis to Replace Bakker

MI Supreme Court Appoints Kengis to Replace Bakker

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

By Gari Voss The Michigan Supreme Court made their current appointments to the courts across the state. The Allegan County decisions included the new appointment of the Honorable Roberts A. Kengis as chief justice of the 48 th Circuit Court,…

Obituary: Dennis Edward Orweller

Obituary: Dennis Edward Orweller

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

Dennis Edward Orweller October 31, 1942 – January 1, 2022 Dennis Edward Orweller, 79, of Allegan, Michigan, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Ascension Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dennis was…

Obituary: Eva Mae (Soughton) Belden

Obituary: Eva Mae (Soughton) Belden

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

Eva Mae (Stoughton) Belden, 94, of Allegan, MI passed away Monday, January 3, 2022 at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego. Born January 7, 1927 in Otsego, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Audrey (Edson) Stoughton. On July 4,…

Obituary: William Roger McPherson

Obituary: William Roger McPherson

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

McPherson, William Roger Otsego, MI PHOTO: AGE: 75 Family, friends, employees, and the manufacturing community grieve the loss of a wonderful man and a true pioneer in the bonded magnet industry. On the morning of January 5, 2022, William Roger McPherson…

Obituary: Dorla Jean Woodward

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20224 min read

Dorla Jean Woodward – AGE 91 – Otsego, MI Watson Township On December 24, 2021, at the home of her beloved daughter, Glenda, Dorla Jean Woodward passed peacefully from this world. On January 24, 1930, the world welcomed Dorla Jean…

Obituary: Dianne M. Beck

Obituary: Dianne M. Beck

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

BECK, Dianne M. Plainwell, MI PHOTO: yes AGE: 62 Dianne Marie Beck entered into God’s Heavenly Kingdom on Sunday, January 2, 2022. She was born July 12, 1959 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Richard and Betty (Sutton) Nichols. On September…

Obituary: David L. Grochowalski Sr.

Obituary: David L. Grochowalski Sr.

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20221 min read

David L. Grochowalski Sr., age 87 of Wayland, passed away on December 24, 2021. He proudly served in Korea, earning the rank of Corporal, before being honorably discharged. He was a devoted “car guy” his entire life, eventually realizing his…

Mike’s Musings: Politicians Should Spend Time in Private Sector

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20223 min read

Here’s a novel suggestion. Can we make it a requirement for those running for Congressional seats to spend a few years in the private sector?This idea was presented to me a few weeks ago, and the more I thought about…

Viewpoints: Life as Performance Art

Viewpoints: Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20226 min read

     I read with sheer delight Mr. Wilcox’s editorial of the 30th of December about the joys and benefits of living in a small town. I couldn’t agree more.  I grew up in a city of about 30,000. After ordination I moved…

Letter to the Editor: Got a laugh out of picture

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20221 min read

Dear Editor:I have to say I laughed and was very surprised that you used the picture of the fair againon 12-16-21. My 90 year old mother realized it was a photoshopped picture the first time you printed it. The man…

Letter to the Editor: Jordan is no Swift

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20221 min read

Editor,It didn’t take long for publisher Mike Wilcox’s son, Jordan, to catch blow back from his essay advocating universal gun ownership as a solution to gun violence.Of course, it’s a silly idea but I wonder if that might have been…

Dean Perry “Gooch” Balgoyen

Dean Perry “Gooch” Balgoyen

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20222 min read

Dean Perry “Gooch” Balgoyen, 56, of Allegan, MI passed away Saturday,December 25, 2021. Born May 18, 1965 in Plainwell, he was the son of the lateDean Peter Balgoyen and Ruthie (Harrington) Balgoyen and was the husband ofBarbara (Smith) Balgoyen. Perry…

Gary W. Emmons

Gary W. Emmons

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20222 min read

Gary W. EmmonsSeptember 24, 1948 – December 25, 2021 Gary W. Emmons, 73 of Allegan, Michigan, passed away Saturday, December 25, 2021at his home. Born September 24, 1948 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he was the son of thelate Glen and Marjorie…

Alice M. Johnson

Alice M. Johnson

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20222 min read

Alice M. Johnson passed away Thursday, December 30, 2021 at her home. Shewas born May 24, 1956 in Allegan; the daughter of the late Robert and Robenia(Burson) Johnson. The youngest of nine children, Alice was often referred to asthe “Baby”.…

Mary J. Knapp, 78

Mary J. Knapp, 78

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20222 min read

Mary J. Knapp passed away on December 27, 2021, at the age of 78. She was bornon November 24, 1943, to Orville and Beverly (Dewey) Hockett. Mary is survivedby her daughter Susan Knapp; her daughter-in-law Kelli Knapp; stepsons, AndyHitchcock, and…

Carol Ann Wiley, 71

Carol Ann Wiley, 71

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20222 min read

Carol Ann Wiley, 71 of Allegan, Michigan, passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021 at the Allegan County Medical Care Community. Born May 2, 1950 in Plainwell, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Irvin and Ethel (Fletcher) Fuller…

William Carl Stuenkel, 74

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20222 min read

William Carl (Bill) Stuenkel, age 74, of Hollywood FL, passed away on November 25, 2021.Bill Stuenkel was born on December 10th, 1946, in Allegan, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University as a Civil Engineer. He worked for American Bridge…

COVID cases, deaths continue to mount in county

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20223 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent ALLEGAN — The number of COVID-19 cases in Allegan County posted by health department officials coming into this week was up to 20,764. Deaths rose by eight from a week ago to 280.Governor Whitmer announced in June…

Congregational Kitchen addresses hunger in five counties

Congregational Kitchen addresses hunger in five counties

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20226 min read

By Gari VossCorrespondent The food ministry began as a desire to extend a hand to those in need, and has grown from a church kitchen to a distribution center that not only supplies food for the Congregation Kitchen dinners each…

Faces in the Crowd: What are your resolutions for the coming year?

Editorial StaffJan 5, 20223 min read

By G C Stoppel Do people still make New Year’s Resolutions, or is it a now dead tradition?  For those of us who are still doing it, the question of the week:  What are your resolutions for the coming year?-Man at a gas…

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