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Evan M. Kobayashi

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Evan Kobayashi

Evan M. Kobayashi, 17, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, August 30, 2015. Evan was born April 6, 1998, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Toshi and Kelli (Beckman) Kobayashi. He was a senior at Cedar Springs High School, who excelled in both academics and athletics. Evan was passionate about baseball, the game as well as the friendships and character traits that came from playing the sport. Evan was a boy from whom kindness radiated, warming anyone fortunate enough to be near him.  He laughed often and was generous with both smiles and gentle words.  He was the most humble of individuals, drawing all to his positive spirit. He enjoyed morel hunting with his family, playing cards with his friends, hunting, scaling the dunes at Lake Michigan and reading avidly.  His sense of humor and quick wit brought continuous joy to those around him. Surviving are his parents; brother and sister, Logan and Elise; grandparents, George and Carol Kobayashi, and Richard Beckman; many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Wava Beckman. The family will greet friends Wednesday Sept. 2 from 1-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, at 1:00 p.m., at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium. Prayers and reflections given by Rev. Fr. Lam Le. Memorial contributions may be made to a lasting memorial to be decided by the family.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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JAMES A RECTOR

 

35C-obit-RectorJames A. Rector, 85, of Baldwin and Florida, was called back to his Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods. Mr. Rector was born January 26, 1930 in Pierson, Michigan, the son of Edward A. and Gladys S. (Bird) Rector. He was an Army Veteran and had been employed by General Motors for 37 years before retiring January 1, 1990. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and looking for lost golf balls. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Donna L. (Rounds); two daughters, Terri (Peter) Loda of Byron Center, Gail (Joe) Parks of Grandville; six grandchildren, Michele (Justin) Poorman, Andrea (Evan) Bevolden, Aaron Loda, Shelby Loda, Conner Loda and Joshua (Heather) Lunger; three great grandchildren; brother, Alvin “Pete” (Edith) Rector; sister, Norma (Fred) Shira; several nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Ed Rathbun. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6-8 pm, at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs and one hour before the funeral service on Wednesday, September 2nd at the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors James Howard and Bob Sponable officiating. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods, Byron Center or Lake Community Bible Church, 8033 Central Park Blvd., Baldwin, MI 49304.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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GLEN REED

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Glen Reed, aged 94, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. Glen was born October 22, 1920 to Oscar and Ruth Reed. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold, Robert and sister Mary Ridgeway and is survived by his brother Charles (Madelin) Reed, sister Alice Sluijer, both of Sand Lake, Michigan; sister-in-laws Selma Reed of Sand Lake, and Grace Reed of Largo, Florida; brother-in-law Lester Ridgeway, of Trufant, Michigan; lifelong friend Clay Palmer of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2 pm at Huggard Bible, 4 miles east of Sand Lake on the corner of Tisdel and 21 Mile. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Huggard Bible or Sand Lake United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Memorial Alternatives, Grand Rapids

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EDWARD J. SMITH

 

Edward J. Smith, age 89, of Sand Lake passed away at his residence on August 22, 2015.  He was born April 12, 1926 in Lakeview, the son of John and Margaret Smith.  As a teenager, Ed worked for his brother, Francis, at Smitty’s Garage in Lakeview.  He also worked delivering coal in the Lakeview area.  He served his country in the US Army during WWII and was a member of the Sand Lake VFW Post.  After the war he worked for Dohler Jarvis in Grand Rapids and Toledo as a die cast repair man, retiring after 35 years. Ed never lost his love for auto mechanics and was noted in Sand Lake for being able to fix most anything.  He was always willing to help neighbors and the Village of Sand Lake with repairs.  Many children learned how to repair their bicycles from Ed.  Ed loved to fish, hunt and camp. He enjoyed riding motorcycle and fast cars. He also loved to restore old cars and tractors.  Ed and his wife Laura could often be found sitting on the swing in their front yard.  In his senior years Ed rarely missed Friday music at the Howard City Senior Center. Surviving are his wife Laura; children, Dan (Jane) Smith of Pierson, Margaret Merritt of Sand Lake, Sandra (Harold) McConnell of Sparta, Edward (Karin) Jr. Smith of Ohio, Randy (Roxie) Smith of Texas, John (Cheryl) Smith of Sand Lake, Lori (Scott) Wesche of Howard City; 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; one sister Dorothy Briggs of Muskegon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Francis and Ray Smith and one sister Charlotte Rogalewski. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, August 29th at 11 am at the Heckman Funeral Home in Howard City with burial in the Pierson Cemetery, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Howard City VFW Post.  The family will greet friends on Friday, August 28th  from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and prior to services on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Howard City Senior Center, 132 E. Edgerton, PO Box 399, Howard City, MI 49329  Attention Delores Becker.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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JOSEPH SCOTT CASTINE

 

Joseph Scott Castine, 61, of Cedar Springs, died Friday, August 21, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, Muskegon. Joseph was born January 16, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Ramon and Jacqueline (Skokna) Castine. He was a very hardworking, dedicated, loyal and kind person. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Surviving are his son, Joseph and fiancee, Prudence Parker; brothers, Ramon, Gregory; sisters, Debra Hilton, Johnee Doering; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Penny Marie. The family greeted friends Tuesday, August 25 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There was no formal service. Private family burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Fund.

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

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ROBERTA ANN SPRAGUE

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Roberta Ann “Bobbie” Sprague, age 64, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Big Rapids and Morley, went to sleep in Jesus on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. She was born on April 19, 1951 in Lansing, the daughter of Christian and Dorothy (Carter) Bentley. Bobbie enjoyed doing crafts, loved her church family, and was always ready to help anyone. She is survived by her husband, Philip Sprague of Sheridan; two children, Daniel (Dorothea) Yarrington of Rockford and Sapphire Yarrington of Rockford; three grandchildren; four sisters, Juanita (Mike) Crooks of Morley, Lorenda Lytle of Sears, Laura Stahle of Cedar Springs, and Cheri (John) Gerst of Reed City; two brothers, Richard (Ruth) Bentley of Hersey and Alan (Bunny) Bean of Hopewell, Virginia; many nieces and nephews; and her great aunt Alice Marrs. Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Bentley; and three sisters, Marjorie Winstone, Leah Finney, and Beverly Earnest. Also preceding her were her aunt and uncle, whose home she grew up in, Abner and Beatrice Lehman. Funeral services for Bobbie was held at 11:00 am, Monday August 24, 2015 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Her family greeted friends on Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and Monday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Interment will be at the Pine Plains Cemetery in Big Rapids.

Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Mohnke Funeral Home

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JARROD LEE WELCH

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February 21, 1972 – August 17, 2015

Jarrod Welch, 43, of Sparta, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. He was born on February 21, 1972 in Greenville, Michigan. Jarrod was a great outdoorsman. He went fishing, camping, scuba diving, riding his motorcycle, hunting and gardening any chance he got. He also enjoyed music and thunderstorms. He valued his time spent with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn (Bricault) Welch; his parents, Gary and Connie Welch of Sand Lake; his grandparents Don and Joan (Tramper) Welch of Sand Lake; his son, Shane Welch; his step-son, Robbie Bricault-Peckham; his brothers Cory (Angela) Welch, Chris Mortenson; his sister, Anisa Mortenson; many nieces and nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his “brother-in-spirit” Billy Lincoln. A celebration of life will be held on September 12, 2015. Details will follow on Facebook in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jarrod’s name will be accepted at www.gofundme.com/JarrodWelch. All funds will be used to pay for medical expenses and to support the family during this time. Jarrod will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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BEVERLY A. ODREN

 

EPSON scanner imageBeverly A. Odren, 81, of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Friday, August 14, 2015 at her home. Bev was born January 1, 1934 in Solon Township, Michigan, the daughter of Peter and Marjorie (Clingan) Hanna. She retired from Cedar Springs Public Schools Reading Center and had been a lifetime and very active member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. She was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. Surviving are her children, Keith (Marva) Odren, Kent (Peggy) Odren, Karla (Dennis) Glerum; grandchildren, Peter (Monika) Odren, Derek (Jacqui) Odren, Anna Odren, Julie (Matt) Whitehead, Mary (Aaron) Aniszko, Tim (Amy) Glerum, Jon Glerum, and Andy Glerum; great grandchildren, Geneva, Eli, Zach, Isiah, Monroe, and Max; sisters, Myrna Weidenfeller, Doris (Ron) DeJong; brother, Don (Nancy) Hanna; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 2000. The family greeted friends Monday, August 17 from 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Tuesday 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St, Cedar Springs. Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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IRENE MARIE LEE

 

32C-obit-Lee-webIrene Marie (Hawley) Lee, age 60, of Hessel, Michigan, died on August 7, 2015 in Petoskey, Michigan. She was born on May 1, 1955, in Cedar Springs, Michigan, to George and Marjorie (Wert) Hawley. Irene grew up in Cedar Springs and attended Kent City High School. She worked at Lehnart Dairy Farms in Sand Lake. She met Thomas Lee later in life, and married on November 14, 1998. Irene took great pride in being a caregiver to her mother for many years. Irene was a very fun and happy person. She liked hunting, flower gardening, playing cards and dice, and loved going to the casino. Irene is survived by her husband, Thomas Lee; sisters, Denise VeltKamp, Bonnie Clayton, Jennie Magoon, Kathy Trader, Margaret (Mike) Carriere; brothers, George (Gayle) Hawley, Tim (Jenny) Hawley, Jeff (Dawn) Hawley, Sam Hawley, Brian Hawley, and Kris (Nicole) Hawley; and many nieces and nephews. Irene is preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Clinton VeltKamp, Bob Clayton, and Norm Trader. Memorial service will be held August 30, 2015 at 1 pm at the Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand, Pierson.

R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford, Michigan is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rgalerfuneralhome.com.

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THORVAL NIELSEN

 

32C obit nielsenThorval “Bo” Nielsen, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Bo was born September 29, 1933 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Vern and Lillian (Pritchard) Nielsen. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School and attended Davenport College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bo attended the East Nelson United Methodist Church, was a member at the Cedar Springs Historical Society and active at the Museum, the Cedar Springs American Legion, and a lifetime member and very active in the Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club. He was a lifetime builder in the Cedar Springs area, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved his family and spending time with his sons. Surviving are his wife, Sharon (Buchholz) whom he married on December 6, 1958; sons, Brian (Deborah), Alan (Rhonda); grandchildren, Ryan (Molly), Lauren (Will) Buttars; great grandchildren, Kendall and Mason; brothers, JC, Walter (Helen), Ivan (Phyllis), Eugene (Shirley); sisters, Nina Middleton, Karen (Leonard) Deyman; in-laws, Otto (Marion) Buchholz, Alvin (Patricia) Buchholz, Joyce (Richard) Johnson, Lois Garvey; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; one sister; and one brother-in-law. The family greeted friends Tuesday, August 11 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday 11:00 am. Pastor Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment with military honors at East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033.

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

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