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Junior L. Avery

Junior L. Avery, age 81, of Spencer Township, passed away Thursday morning, July 8, 2010 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice. The son of George E. and Anna G. (Wolbers) Avery, he was born on March 25, 1929 in Spencer Township. A veteran of World War II, Junior proudly served with the U.S. Navy and was employed at R.J. Tower Automotive for 25 years. On August 15, 1981, in Kent City, he married the former Myrna McAllister-Salyer. He enjoyed camping, gardening, and hunting, but spending time with his family was his greatest delight. Junior always made family and friends the center of his attention and had a friendly smile for everyone he met. For nearly 25 years he was a member of the Family Life Center Church of God in Belmont, where he was an ordained minister serving God and the church in various capacities.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Anna Avery; a son, Lenny Avery Sr.; a grandson, Derick Hershberger; a great-grandson, Damien Joles; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Harry & Betty Avery, Jess Avery, and John Avery; and a sister and a brother-in-law, Dorothy and Jim Siegel. Surviving are his wife of almost 29 years, Myrna Avery; his children, Liz Avery and Darleen Pease of Maine, Melody and Amy Avery of Sidney, Kathy Farrell of Lake Stanton, Robin and Terry Kelsey of Cedar Springs, Debbie and Tim Thatcher of Belding, Carla and Bill Sharky of Canadian Lakes, Rose and Bob Romine of Lakeview, Rocky and Linda Salyer of Cedar Springs, Dawn and Nate Cooper of Cedar Springs; two sisters-in-law, Jo Avery of Cedar Springs, and Eleonor Avery-Barager of Rockford; mother-in-law, Cora Lay of Arizona, his pastor, Rev. William and Sister Sharyn Overton and their family; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of “adopted” grandchildren and great-grandchildren and special friends.

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