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Dick Goller

Dick Goller

Dick Goller, 80 of Cedar Springs, departed peacefully from this life on Monday, April 4, 2011.  Dick is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Betty; his brother, John Goller and wife Peggy; his sister, Emma Gebhardt; and sisters-in-law, Mary Goller-Kilts, Donna Verburg and Helen Hyrns; his children, Carol Brooks, Diane Goller and husband Hon. David Murkowski, Daniel Goller, Edward Goller and wife Amy; grandchildren, Heather and Darrell Huntoon, Richard Goller, III, Sarah Goller, Katherine Murkowski, Anne Murkowski, Meghan Huntoon, Branden Goller, Adam Goller and Anna Goller; and many dear nieces, nephews and neighbors.  Dick was preceded in death by his son, Richard and his brother, Oscar. Dick lived a full and happy life.  He grew up on the family farm in Cedar Springs and was a championship football player in high school.  He ran away from home and joined the Army near the end of World War II, wanting to join his two older brothers who were already serving in Europe and in the South Pacific.  After his discharge, Dick joined the Michigan National Guard and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.  Dick was elected to the City Council in Cedar Springs in 1961 and served as Mayor Pro Tem during 1961 and 1962, and then as Mayor from 1963 until 1965.  He worked for nearly 60 years in the plumbing and heating trades and was, for many years, a proud member of Local 174 of the Pipefitters Union. Dick lived his life to its fullest.  He never met a stranger and he loved a joke and a good laugh.  He loved to fly his planes, and he always said that if he’d had a chance to fly in the war, he would have made it his career.  He loved doing things for others and he cherished his family, especially his grandchildren.  A memorial service with the Reverend Steven Frentz presiding, will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, 13603 Northland Drive, NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 www.blisswitterspike.com where the family received friends and relatives during visitation on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 2-4 and from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church in Howard City.  Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, www.blisswitterspike.com

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