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George W. Hankins

Hankins, George WilliamMr. George William Hankins of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 83, passed away in the comfort of his home and into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 9, 2015. He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Claude, Sr. and Emma (Ripley) Hankins on Sunday, December 13, 1931, and had been a long-time resident of the Cedar Springs area. George was a veteran, proudly and courageously serving his flag and country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, aboard the U.S.S. Diamond Head, serving from August 1951 until his honorable discharge in July 1955. George attended Huggard Bible Church for many years, where his wife Rose still attends. In his free time, he was an amateur ham radio operator and lawn care expert, always mowing the grass, giving his neighbors a run for their money. George was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, dear friend, and faithful servant to his Lord. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew him. George is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Rose (Meschnark), married on September 15, 1956; loving children Deborah (Scott) Zuidema and Vickie (John) Totten; grandchildren Meghan (Caleb) Caterino, Nathan (fiancee Calista Peterson) Zuidema, Jacob (Amber) Totten, Rebekah (Ethan Dozeman) Totten, Rachel (Mike) Seegers, and Joshua (Brittany Thomason) Totten and Hannah (David Mortensen) Totten; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings Claude (LaDonna) Hankins, Jr., Lois Cantile, and Don (Carole) Hankins; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Jerry Thompson and Jim Ross. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Jeanne Ostrom and her husband Charles Ostrom; and brother-in-law Bob Cantile; and niece Sharon (Ostrom) Fredrickson There will be a time of visitation from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 43941. The funeral service for George will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake, MI 49343. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service at church. Pastor Rick Malone will be officiating. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard, military honors will be performed. Interment will be at Courtland Township Cemetery.

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