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Charles "Chuck" Markwell

July 30, 1948 - November 7, 2021
Kalamazoo, MI



At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Kalamazoo Humane Society
2272 River St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
(269) 345-1181
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American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22478
Oklahoma City, OK 73123
(800) 227-2345
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Taylor's Florist and Gifts
215 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-6256
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Life Story / Obituary


Charles “Chuck” Markwell of Kalamazoo, age 73, died unexpectedly Sunday, November 7, 2021, in Kalamazoo. He was born July 30, 1948, in Muleshoe, TX, the son of D.C. “Doc” and Elzada Marie Hensley. He owned and operated Markwell Flooring for many years and had an excellent reputation. Chuck was a master gardener and could grow anything, especially heirloom tomatoes. He enjoyed riding and working on his Harleys and had a special love for cats. Most of all, he was a loving father and husband who utterly adored his wife of 44 years, Bonnie Jean. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Markwell in 2013; brother, Dave Hensley, and brother-in-law, Les Lowder. Surviving are 2 children: Christine (Bobby) Stevens and Travis Markwell (Jen VanEyk); grandson, Jacob; sister, Susan Hensley; brother, Randy Gibbs; sister-in-law, Jeanne Lowder; and his 3 beloved cats. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Visit Chuck’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos and sign his guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to Kalamazoo Humane Society or American Cancer Society. Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900.