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Archive | January, 2013

Brant Anderson

andersonbrantgrpressBrant Anderson, age 29, of Pierson, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013, from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. As a youngster growing up in Pierson, he loved the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, or just being in the fields. His sister was his best friend. In 2002 he graduated from Tri-County High School, and while in school, he helped with the farm and bailed hay. His first truck was brown and yellow that he dearly loved, including the special name of “poop truck.” After high school he worked for Mellema Electric and then attended Baker College to become a Paramedic. Brant worked as a Paramedic for Montcalm County, AMR, and Life Ambulance. Later, he changed careers and then worked as a Supervisor for Lean Production Company. He was a giant who left footprints of being a gentle, compassionate person who had a special love for his son, family, and kids of all ages. He was a member of the Sand Lake Eagles. Brant is survived by his son, Liam and his fiancee, Samantha Harris; mother, Cindy Anderson; father, Dean Anderson and his wife, Julie; sister, Shanna and James Kuiper; nieces, Aubrey and Rielly; grandparents, Mrs. Mary Jo Roberts, and Duane and Marilyn Anderson; great-grandmother, Blanch Blow; aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Donald Roberts. The service for Brant will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, with Pastor Aaron Spratling officiating. Interment in Sand Lake Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com


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5-C-RandallNorma Randall, age 83, of Howard City, passed away January 24, 2013 at her residence. She was born March 1, 1929 in Grand Rapids the daughter of Ross and Alice (Scott) Cady. Norma loved flowers, gardening and watching birds. She was a member of the Howard City Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are six sons Kerry (Penny) of Howard City, Daniel (Mary) of Sand Lake, Eugene (Darlene) of East Jordan, Michael of Kalamazoo, Eric of Howard City, Donald (Jane) of Howard City; four daughters, Paulette Merritt of Howard City, Patricia (Dick) Schutter of New Castle, Mary (Gary) Poortvliet of Bitely, Susan Potts (fiance Tim Fiebig) of Comstock Park; 55 grandchildren; and 56 great grandchildren; one sister Yvonne Spaans of Grand Rapids; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993; and one brother and one sister. Memorial services took place on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Heckman Funeral Home with Pastor Brad Brillhart officiating, with burial in the North Ensley Cemetery. Friends met at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services. Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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5-C-JohnsonMr. Tony “TD” Johnson, age 63, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013. He was a 1968 graduate of Cedar Springs High School where he lettered in football (in both defensive and offensive). Tony learned the value of hard work from his parents who owned a lumber company. During the Vietnam War, he was a member of the Navy Seabees. After the service, Tony built a business, TD Johnson Lumber Company, that he operated and loved for 30+ years. In 1995 his sawmill burned, and he then worked as a consultant in the lumber business in Russia. For 21 years he was assistant Fire Chief for the City of Cedar Springs and also was a firefighter and member of the first responders for Solon Township. Tony was a man of great courage, a great story teller, and a member of the informal round table at various breakfast sites in Cedar Springs. He and Mary enjoyed sharing time together, going to flea markets, and trips to the family cabin in the UP. Tony enjoyed hunting with his son and Al Kensil who went to Alaska for hunting. Tony was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Sand Lake and the V.F.W. in Howard City. He is survived by “the wife”, Mary; son, Bradley (Amanda) Johnson; granddaughter, Kailien and the most anticipated arrival of Korrah in March; brother and sister, Michael and Pearl Johnson, and Penelope and Reggie Hoover; his life long friend, Al Kensil; and his beloved dog, Sam. Tony was preceded in death by his brother, Bradley in 1951, and his parents, Donald and Susanna Johnson. The Johnson family would like to extend their heartfelt thank you to the Three Blue Staff at Grand Rapids Veterans Home and Heartland Hospice for the love, care, and compassion given to Tony. The Service for Mr. Johnson was held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, Inc., PO Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515. Relatives and friends met the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com


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Bernard L. Cavner

cavnergrpressMr. Bernard L. Cavner, age 85, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. He grew up near Kent Country Club on the northeast side of Grand Rapids. Bernard was a 1945 graduate of Creston High School where he sang in the school choir. Immediately after he got that letter from Uncle Sam that said, “I need you,” he enlisted in the US Navy and served during the Korean War. After the service, Bernard met Audrey Jean Smith at his family home. They had a loving courtship for a few years, and then he asked her to marry him at her folk’s home in Shelbyville, MI. Bernard worked as a Power House Engineer at Diesel Equipment for over 30 years. In his free time he enjoyed woodworking and was an avid reader. Both he and Audrey enjoyed being with their family, traveling, watching birds, and wintering in McAllen, TX. He loved his family and enjoyed every moment with them, including the times at Wilderness State Park. He was a Life Member of the Rockford Masonic Lodge #246 F&AM. The Cavner family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Metron of Cedar Springs and Hospice of MI for the love, care, and compassion given to Bernie. Bernard is survived by his wife Audrey; children, Gary and Holly Cavner, Pat and Lori Cavner, Roberta and Paul Shiels; 7 grandchildren, Stuart (Kristy) Cavner, Courtney (Chad) English, Jason (Brooke) Cavner, Amber Cavner, Derek and Adrienne Shiels, Craig and Jennifer Shiels, Kimberly Shiels; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dale (Elaine) Cavner, Bob (Kay) Cavner, Donald (Sharon) Cavner, Ron (Evelyn) Cavner; sister-in-law, Mrs. Nena Cavner. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne. The Service for Mr. Cavner will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hospice of MI, 989 Spaulding Ave., SE, Ada, MI 49301. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Last Chance to pucker up!


It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you only have until Monday, February 4, to get your entry in to our best lips contest! As always, we want to know who has the most luscious lips in Cedar Springs—male or female. We’re going to let YOU—the readers—decide who wins! We will print the finalists in our paper next Thursday, February 7. Then readers will go online to our website to vote for who they think should win. Winners will be announced in our February 14 edition. See details on page 6.

Best Lips Contest 2013


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Child injured in accident expected to survive

A 5-year-old was injured in this rollover accident Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

A 5-year-old was injured in this rollover accident Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

A 5-year-old boy was sent to the hospital with a head injury Monday afternoon, after the SUV he was riding in struck a tree.

The accident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, January 28. According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Brad Mercer, a Belding woman was headed north on Pine Lake Avenue, in Nelson Township, when her vehicle left the east side of the road and struck a tree.

The woman’s son, a five-year-old, was unresponsive when paramedics arrived on the scene, and he was transported to the hospital by ambulance, with a head injury. Aeromed was unable to fly.

The driver has been identified as Amanda Phillips, 24. Her son is being treated for a fractured skull and bruised lung. He is expected to survive.

Police said the woman lost control in the slush on the side of the road.

Both Sand Lake Fire and Rescue and Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.


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Fire consumes mobile home


Firefighters work to put out the blaze in this home in Oakfield Township.
Post photos by L. Allen.

-N-Fire2Firefighters battled snowy weather while fighting a blaze in Oakfield Township Wednesday, January 23.

The fire was reported about 3:45 a.m. at 10830 Podunk Avenue NE, north of 13 Mile Road. Oakfield, Courtland, and Spencer fire departments all responded to the scene.

A woman told a local news station that her mother was reportedly using a space heater to unfreeze her pipes, and it caught on fire. She was not injured.

The home went up quickly, and was a total loss.

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Woman killed in crash

A 55-year-old Howard City woman was killed Monday when a car crossed the centerline and hit the vehicle she was driving head-on.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the accident occurred about 10:30 p.m. Monday, January 21, on Federal Highway (Northland Drive) near Almy Rd, in Reynolds Township. A 64-year-old Sand Lake man, driving a 2009 Honda CRV, was traveling south on Federal when he crossed over into the northbound lane and struck a 2001 Pontiac Montana.

The driver of the Montana, Patricia Dingman, 55, of Howard City, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sand Lake man was initially unresponsive, and was later transported to Butterworth Hospital in serious condition with possible rib, ankle and head injuries. His name has not yet been released.

Both were lone occupants of their respective vehicles. 

Neither was believed to be wearing seatbelts and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. Police are still investigating what caused the man to cross the centerline.

Howard City Police were assisted by the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Montcalm County EMS, Howard City Fire Department, and the Michigan State Police Rockford Post.


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Residents rescue trapped owl

Concerned residents rescued a Great Horned owl last Friday, after it was caught in a soccer net.

zOwl1 The owl was discovered in the net late Friday afternoon, January 18. Linda Willetts, who lives just west of U.S. 131, in Algoma Township, called nature lover Marilyn Keigley and both started calling nature centers, the DNR, and others hoping to find help for the bird. The owl’s wings were knotted up tightly in the rope and it wasn’t moving except for an occasional turn of the head.

zOwl7After gathering advice and learning that bird rescue places want you to “bring the bird to them,” Willetts and Keigley said it was evident that they, “the untrained,” would have to try to free the owl. A call to Ranger Steve Mueller in Cedar Springs landed them some good information. He reportedly told the pair, “Be sure to cover the head so he can’t see to attack you and if it is not rescued tonight it will probably die of hypothermia.”

zOwl8Luckily the bird was quite calm and probably had been trapped a good portion of the day. Linda’s neighbor, Tonya Walkons (using welding gloves) and her son Dylan, put a thick blanket over the owl and all three went to work cutting and untangling the ropes.  After the delicate task of freeing the wings, the bird was free and sat still for another two to three minutes. The group of rescuers was unsure if it was injured and had a rescue center lined up if it couldn’t fly. Shortly, it flew off, proving the event was a success.

Steve Ross, naturalist from Mecosta County, told Keigley a day later, “I’ve handled those guys a lot in the past and have had the talon go right through a thick leather glove. And they don’t let go.


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Police Chief talks about robberies

By Judy Reed


Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent spoke to the Cedar Springs Area Chamber Commerce Monday evening about the robberies that took place last month and ways and things business owners should do if one occurs.

“These will not be quickly solved,” he said

N-Admiral-surveilanceThe first robbery occurred on October at the Admiral gas station, on October 9, at about 9:20 p.m. It was robbed again on December 22, about 9:02 p.m. Then, on December 29, the Kent Theatre was robbed at about 10 p.m. In each case, a man with a mask pulled over his face implied he had a weapon and demanded money, and then fled on foot to the east side of town.

Two days later, on December 31, New Year’s Eve, Family Video was robbed at about 9:50 p.m. A man in dark hair and dark clothing walked around the store for about 20 minutes without a mask waiting for others to leave, then pulled a stocking cap down over his face with eye holes cut out and approached the counter. He showed the clerks a 5 or 6 inch hunting knife and demanded money.  He then walked away to the west, towards Second St. He was tracked to Beech and Second Street, where the scent disappeared.

Each time the clothing has been different, but he has been described as about 5 foot 8 inches, and somewhere between 165 to 200 pounds.

Chief Parent urged residents to report any suspicious activity, such as a car parked and idling in a spot where it normally wouldn’t be, and if they see a crime, to be a good witness. “Look for scars, tattoos, the type of clothing they wear,” he said.

Anyone with information should please call the Cedar Springs Police a 616-696-1311, or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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