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Archive | November, 2012


Craig S. Riggle, 58 of Cedar Springs, was ushered into the presence of his Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 18, 2012. Craig was a 1973 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. His love of anything automotive led him to seek employment at Hough’s Gulf Station, Rowland Bros Automotive, Verwys Auto Parts, Ed’s Auto Body and eventually to Auto Die in Grand Rapids where he became a die barber. His last employment was at Saturn Tire in Cedar Springs. In 2003 after suffering a heart attack and subsequent seizure disorder, he was forced to resign from the everyday work force. Craig was preceded in death by his father, Howard “Slim” Riggle in 1981; brother-in-law, Robert F. Eary in 1999; and a niece, Piper Gates in 2012. He is survived by his mother, Janet L. Riggle of Cedar Springs; twin brother, H. David (Cyndi) Riggle of Cedar Springs; three sisters, LeeAnn Eary of Boyne City, Debbi (Lohryn) Gates of Howard City, Terri L. Riggle of Cedar Springs; uncle, Charles (Mary) Crosby of Marshall; many nieces and nephews. Craig’s family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the folks at Sue’s Kountry Kitchen and Kelly’s Restaurant for the years of help and care that they provided him as he continued to suffer under the burden of his seizure disorder. The family will greet friends Friday, Nov. 30 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 3:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chad Wight and Pastor Tony Karns officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Mel Trotter Ministries. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Carol J. Magoon, 78 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, November 26, 2012 at home. Carol was born September 26, 1934 in Comstock Park, Michigan, the daughter of Glen and Ruth (Hall) Brailey. She was a member of the Cedar Springs American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are her children, Dan Davis, Jim (Sandy) Davis, Greg Magoon, Eric (Bobbi) Magoon; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; sisters, Judy (Paul) Woody, Eleanor Stegehuis. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Brailey. The family will greet friends Thursday from 4-6 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Private family interment will take place in the spring at Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to help the family with funeral expenses. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Duane C. Rowland, 65 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, November 26, 2012 at Spectrum Health- Butterworth Campus. Duane was born September 13, 1947 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Jack and Dorothy (Tompsett) Rowland. Duane served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He had a tremendous passion for hunting, shooting, and the great outdoors. Surviving are his children, Kevin Rowland of Cedar Springs, Mindy and (Bruce) Parker of Bonaire, Georgia; granddaughter, Emily Parker; siblings, Jack (Ellen Bourke) Rowland, Willard Rowland, Kathleen (Brian) Botbyl; niece, Beth (Lee) Raimer. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Victor and Steven Rowland; nephew, Lyle Dean Monroe. The family will receive friends Friday 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Military honors conducted by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Ronald R. Burt, 56 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Ron was born December 9, 1955 in Flint, Michigan the son of the late Roy and Dorothy (Brock) Burt. He worked for General Motors for 30 years retiring in 2009. He enjoyed gardening, watching baseball and hockey and listening to gospel music. Surviving are his wife, Sharon; daughters, Heather and Lindsay; brothers, Timothy and Robert. The family greeted friends Monday, Nov. 26  from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Dale Rabineau officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Jerry Dean Hunter, 50 of Howard City, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012 after a long battle with leukemia. Jerry Dean was born June 3, 1962 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Jerry L. and Caroline (Nelson) Hunter. He was a master mechanic and had a great passion for taking motors apart since he was old enough to know how to use pliers and a screwdriver. He had a love of cars, racing and mud runs. He was a member of Resurrection Life Church in Rockford. Surviving are his daughters, Caylyn Hunter, Trisha Peuler, Susan Rathbun all of Howard City; grandchildren, Courtney, Cameron, Dominic, Gracie, and Easton; mother, Caroline (Dave) Bartlette of Cedar Springs; siblings, J. Vincent (Tamara) Hunter, Lezlie (Doug) Price, 1st Sgt. Brice Bartlette. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry L. Hunter; brother, Jeffrey A. Hunter; grandparents, Les and Leona Hunter, William and Mildred Nelson. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or the family. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Richard E. Allen, 66 of Cedar Springs, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Dick was born May 24, 1946 in Greenville, Michigan the son of Harold and Lula (Travis) Allen. He had worked at Michigan Wheel, H.H. Cutler and Wolverine. He enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers, Nascar, and putting puzzles together. Surviving are his daughter, Kelly Brophy; grandchildren, Shae, Justin, and Austin; brother, Robert (Nancy) Allen; sister, Linda (Tom) Parker. Private burial has taken place at Solon Township Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Saturday 2:00 pm at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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His love endures forever

Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

Some time ago my wife was having a very bad day. Her mood and outlook on life is constantly cheerful. But on this day, it was chilly and dark. Things at work were difficult. There were family issues—in hers and mine. There was more month than money. A co-worker was being inflexible and obnoxious. The house was a wreck. Our children were defying her, and I was ignoring her. She was reduced to tears. I went in to where she was crying, I put my arms around her, and I said, “But honey, I love you.”

In my mind I was dismounting from my white steed, my shining armor polished to a dazzling sheen, there to save the day with my strong arms, calming presence, and soothing words. But I was not received as the saving Messiah. She recoiled, pushed me away and said, “I know. But that doesn’t fix anything.” And she was right.

My love for her didn’t shut up bawling children. It didn’t magically put more money in our checking account. It didn’t turn the dunce she worked with into Mother Teresa. It didn’t even take the fish sticks off the table. But what we ultimately agreed upon, after I got over the shock of being so rebuffed, is that while love changes nothing about our circumstances, love changes us. It gives us the strength to face what is out there, even if what is out there is sideways. Love sustains us, encourages us; it gives us what we really need: The ability to keep going, even with tears on our cheeks.

That’s what God’s love does. It keeps going and keeps us going. It endures forever, and for that, we are forever grateful. We are not alone. We are not abandoned. We are not forgotten. God is with us. We are loved. If given this choice, which would you take: To have all your problems solved, all your struggles worked out, and all your troubles flushed away; or, would you choose to be deeply, unconditionally, and madly loved?

I think I know your answer. And that answer is the reason for our gratitude, even in a world turned upside down. Love produces thanksgiving – not because we will have everything we want – but because we have the one thing we were made for, the one thing we need. His love endures forever; let us give thanks.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular e-columns in your inbox at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.


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Man charged in Pierson murder

A 29-year-old Ionia man has been charged with the murder last weekend of a Pierson woman.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s  deputies found the body of Julie Danielson, 31, when they responded to a domestic disturbance on Whitefish Woods Drive in Pierson Township about 3:58 a.m. Saturday morning, November 17.

The suspect, Robert Michael Munsell, was arraigned on a charge of open murder on Monday, November 19, in 64B District Court in Stanton. A preliminary exam was set for November 27 at 1 p.m. Bond was denied, and he remains in the Montcalm County Jail.

WOODTV-8 reported that court records said Munsell made the 911 call from his home, and reported that he had an altercation with another male at the home, then left. Police said his story was inconsistent, and that he was covered in blood. He finally confessed that he went to Danielson’s home and they argued. When she pushed him toward the door to leave, he slapped her and she fell to the floor and went unconscious.

Munsell then said he panicked, went upstairs and got a knife, and then went back downstairs and cut her throat. He said he gave her a hug before he left, which explained the blood on him.

Danielson has twin sons, who were not home at the time of the murder.

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Happy Thanksgiving!


These turkeys are trying to make a clean getaway so they won’t be the main attraction this Thursday! Have a fun-filled and safe holiday weekend from your friends at The Post!

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Bob Truesdale is new city mayor

Bob Truesdale

In a strange turn of events, a newly elected member of City Council was voted in as mayor Monday evening.

“Amish” Bob Truesdale was voted in by the Cedar Springs City Council as the new mayor of Cedar Springs by a 4-2 vote. The City Councilors voted six times on two different candidates before they finally got the needed 4-2 majority vote.

Pam Conley was nominated by newcomer Patricia Troost, but could not get enough votes. Each vote ended in a 3-3 tie, with Troost, Conley and Truesdale voting for Conley, and Charlie Watson, Ken Benham and Ashley Bremmer voting no. Former Mayor Watson was nominated by Benham but refused the nomination so it did not come to a vote.

Watson nominated Truesdale, who said he thought Conley should be mayor, because when the City Council voted on the Red Flannel issue, she was the lone dissenting vote and seemed to feel an agreement could still be reached. He also noted that he had no experience.

Watson then explained why he nominated him. “With all due respect, you stated in open forum that you think the people should vote for mayor. If that’s the case, why would you not accept a vote of the people? I think you need to sit up here so that you can realize how much power you don’t have,” he said.

Truesdale then said that he did not want the position but would accept it if they voted him in, which they did, when Conley changed her vote.

“I will accept humbly and do the best I can,” said Truesdale.

Watson said that he would help him.

A mayor pro-tem will be selected in December.

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