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Please email the webmaster if you have obituaries of people who have lived in Hartford Michigan, or was active in the Hartford community, at some time during their lives. To find a specific obituary, use the  Search Our Site  feature located on the left menu of every page.  The Obituary section was started January 30, 2008 and current obituaries will be posted as they become available.  Obituaries are from the local newspapers, unless otherwise noted.  If you have an obituary notice (or learn of the passing away of someone who lived in Hartford at one time) of a former Hartford resident from a newspaper away from the Hartford area, please send it. Past obituaries will be added as time permits.  Death notices are also posted in the HHS graduate database.
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On Dec. 24, 1999, Kenneth Charles Brinsfield went to spend his first Christmas with the Lord. In his 51 years on earth he was an avid sports fan. He loved to bowl, play basketball, baseball and shoot darts. He had won many trophies in all of these sports. He also served his country in the U.S. Army, doing one tour in Vietnam.
     Kenny was born Jan. 12, 1948, the son of Roy and Marion Brinsfield. Kenny had two daughters -- Suzanna F. Brinsfield of Portage and Amy L. Brinsfield of Hartford; and a granddaughter, Andreanna "Charlie" Stewart of Hartford. He also had five brothers -- Dale Brinsfield, Bill Hunt and Pat Roush, all of Hartford, Butch Hauweghan and Gary Hauweghan, both of Arizona; four sisters -- Lois (Melvin) Anders and Sue (Mike) Downey, both of Hartford, Glenda (Bud) Widner of Coloma and Delores (Tom) Sullivan of Arizona; three aunts -- Anna Bedes of Baldwin, Mich., Earlene Sibley of Coloma and Jewell Schonbok of Hartford. He left behind many nieces and nephews that will miss him. He will also be missed by a very special friend, Betsey Van Lierop. He had a very large group of friends.

     Kenny was preceded in death by his father, Roy Brinsfield in 1971; his mother, Marion Brinsfield in 1995; his brother, Bob Brinsfield in 1977; and a sister, O'Nieta Brinsfield in 1972. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with military rites by American Legion Post 362 and Auxiliary, DAV Chapter 17 and Auxiliary, VFW Post 1137 and VFW Post 6803. Anyone wishing to make a memorial in his name can do so to the Midwestern Regional Medical Center. Kenny would also have one little thought for everyone to remember: "Go Blue."

Jay Edward McFarland, 73, of Bangor, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at the Veterans Jay McFarland, d 12-14-1999Administration Medical Center, Ann Arbor.
     Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hartford Federated Church, with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating.  Burial will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.  Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford Federated Church.  Arrangements are by the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.
     Mr. McFarland was born March 11, 1926 in Jonesboro, Ark., the son of Arthur and Gladys (Bishop) McFarland.  He was a Navy veteran serving as Port Director in Sasebo, Japan, during World War II and received the American Area Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon.  He was formerly employed by Superior Steel, Benton Harbor,  drove truck for Perry Wolfe and, in recent years, loved doing landscaping.
     Survivors include his wife, Charlene, whom he married on Oct. 28, 1944; a son, Terry L. McFarland of Crofton, MD; a daughter, Theresa A. Drane of Fort Myers, FL; two grand-daughters Tammy Fisher and Cynthia Gilman; two grandsons Mark and David McFarland; five great-grandchildren; a sister Peggy (Jeff) Bowen;  a brother, Arthur (Maxine) McFarland; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

NOTE:  Jay attend Hartford High School.  He and his wife, Charlene, owned the Green Lantern Restaurant during the 1960s.  He lived in Hartford for many years prior to moving out on the lake in Bangor.

Raymond "Ray" Domain Hollar, 84, of Kalamazoo died Saturday, June 5, 1999, at Raymond Hollar d 6-5-1999 W2Friendship Village, Kalamazoo.
     The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Grace United Methodist Church, Niles, with the Rev. David Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Sumnerville Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 26, Niles. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Hartford United Methodist Church Endowment Fund or to Friendship Village Friends Fund.
       Mr. Hollar was born March 19, 1915, in Nappanee, Ind., the son of Joseph and Sylvia (Pippenger) Hollar.
     He was a member of both the Hartford and Grace United Methodist Churches. He was a World War II Army veteran who served with the 132nd Signal Co., 42nd Rainbow Division, and former served as treasurer and financial secretary for the Grace United Methodist Church, Paw Paw United Methodist Church and the Hartford United Methodist Church.
     Survivors include: a daughter, Jean Hollar of Ludington, Mich.; three sons - Russell Hollar of Allendale, Mich., Kenneth (Esther) Hollar of Holland, Mich., and Dennis (Susan) Hollar of Kalamazoo; a granddaughter, Loreen (David) Miller of Macomb, Mich.; a grandson, Matthew Hollar of Holland; a great-grandson, Brendan Miller of Macomb; three brothers - William (Helen) Hollar of New Paris, Ind., Joe (phyllis) Hollar of Goshen, Ind., and Dale (Barbara) Hollar of Estero, Fla.; two sisters - Alberta (Theodore) Cripe of New Paris, Ind., and Delores (Don) Walker of Bristol, Ind.; an aunt, Lucille Johnson of New Paris; and two uncles - Robert Hollar of Carmel, Ind., and John Pippenger of New Paris.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Jannette (Cook) Hollar on Jan. 5, 1982, and by his parents.

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