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Karen Backus

June 4, 1943 — July 12, 2019

Karen Backus


Karen Elizabeth Backus, 76 of New Troy, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.

Friends may meet with the family from 5-6:30 PM Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman with a time of sharing beginning at 6:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be given towards the funeral expenses. Online donations and condolences accepted at  www.PikeFH.com.

Karen was born June 4, 1943 the daughter of the late Raymond and Carolyn (Jones) Bachteal. On October 12, 1968 she married Marvin Backus and he preceded her in death on August 26, 1998. Karen worked for LECO Corporation for 30 years and enjoyed reconnecting with her LECO co-workers at the annual picnic. She loved her animals, shopping and going to the Getaway Grille and Cubbie Bar in Bridgman. In her younger years she took her kids for rides on her Honda motorcycle and most recently, for her 76th birthday, she was able to ride on her daughters motorcycle.

Survivors include her children: Julia (Gene) Milliken, David Thain, Russell (Tamara Morrison) Thain and Lance (Candace) Backus; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother-in-law: Leo Backus; sister-in-law: Lois Backus; and a special friend: Paul Sandoval.

Karen was also preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Bachteal and a sister, Arlene Shaff.

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Visitation

Thursday, July 18, 2019

5:00 - 6:30pm

Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel

9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman, MI 49106

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Time of Sharing

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Starts at 6:30pm

Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel

9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman, MI 49106

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