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JOHN A. SICARD

John A. Sicard, age 76, of Chesaning, passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland. A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Brady Center Wesleyan Church in Oakley. Burial followed at Ridge Road Cemetery. The family received friends from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Nelson-House Funeral Homes Martin Chapel, and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. John was born on March 31, 1941 to Roy O. and Mamie L. (Fredenburg) Sicard in Hope Township, Michigan. He grew up on the family farm, and he graduated from Cedar Springs High School. He also attended Spring Arbor College. In his early years, John worked as a factory worker. He then worked as a mailman for the US Postal Service for 30 years. During his life, John loved being with his family, especially his grandkids. He was a member of Racy Free Methodist Church, where he served on the Church Board and as a Youth Director. He enjoyed fishing and watching sports. John is survived by his children, Michael Sicard, Kimberly (Dan) Crane, and Jamie (Michael) Sleeseman; his grandchildren, Malachi, Elisha, Joshua, and Saralyn; his sisters, Sarah (Harry) Joslin, Goldie (Elwyn) Joslin, and Sandra (Richard) Thrasher; his brother, Michael Sicard; and his brother-in-law, Roger Klinge. He is predeceased by his daughter, Tonia; and his siblings, Rachel Klinge, Betty Stults, Tom Sicard, and David Sicard. Memorial contributions are suggested to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.nelson-house.com.

Arrangements by Nelson-House Funeral Homes, Cheasaning, Michigan

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SALLY JO LEWIS

 

Sally Jo Lewis, age 71, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Vestaburg, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at her home in Cedar Springs, Michigan. Sally was born in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Donald F. and Marion Clara (Mulford) Price. She was raised in the Ionia area attending local public schools. Sally graduated from Cedar Springs in 1982. She married Jasper Lewis in Cedar Springs in 1982. Sally had many hobbies including Karaoke (she was known as the Karaoke Queen and Mustang Sally), fishing, picnics, visiting with family and friends, and she loved Elvis and country music. Sally was a member of Springs Church in Cedar Springs. Sally will be missed by her husband Jasper Lewis; three children Joseph A. (Stephanie) Price of Lansing, George J. (DeeAnna) Hinderline of Mt. Pleasant, and Mary (Robert Vansplinter) Woodard of Pierson; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister Vicki Sue (Doug) Wagner of Lansing; four step-siblings Jackie Topper of Stanton, Dianne Greenhoe of Stanton, Bill (Darlene) Esch of Mount Pleasant, and Jeff Esch of Florida; and several nieces, nephews, friends, and church family. Sally was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Marion Price; two sons Matthew and Michael Hinderline; two brothers Barry and Larry Price; former husband George W. Hinderline; niece Melissa Price; and nephew Donald F. Misner. Funeral services for Sally will be held Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior, at the Springs Church, 135 Grant St., Cedar Springs, Michigan, with Pastor Robert Jones officiating. The family will be accepting friends at visitation on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Lakeview, Michigan. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. A private burial will take place in Richland Township Cemetery the following day. Those wishing to contribute in Sally’s memory are asked to consider Community First Federal Credit Union Lakeview, Michigan, for Jasper Lewis.

Arrangements by Brigham Funeral Chapel, Lakeview

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Russell A. Weis II

Russell A. Weis II, age 52, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Grand Rapids. Russell was born November 17, 1964 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Russell and Donna (Sims) Weis. He was a hard working man. He enjoyed cars and was a mechanic, and later worked in HVAC. He was a great father and grandfather. Surviving are his wife, Jane; children, Rachel Schutt, Russell Weis III, and Leah Weis; four grandchildren; niece, Alix Millar, and nephew Nathan Cubitt. He was preceeded in death by his parents and a sister, Naomi Cubitt. A graveside service was held Wednesday, June 14 at 1:00pm at Ashton Cemetery, north of Reed City.

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

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MICHAEL A. SHELLITO

 

Michael A. Shellito, 19 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, June 12, 2017 at his home. Michael was born May 3, 1998 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a graduate of New Beginnings High School and was a natural at all sports and horseback riding. He was very much loved and will be missed by his family. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Andrew (Bonnie) Shellito; mother, Bonnie Phillips; brother, Andrew Shellito; sisters, Nicole Hinton and Madison Shellito. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Larry Young officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to help the family with expenses.

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

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CURTIS D. MORRIS

Curtis D. Morris, 63 of Morley died Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Curt was born October 9, 1953 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Billy and Wanda (Parker) Morris. He worked for Elston-Richards for 23 years and loved hunting, fishing and mushroom hunting. Surviving are his significant other, Julie Berry; children, Michael Morris and fiancee, Christina Perkins, Vivian Berry and Billy Vincent; granddaughter, Kadense; mother, Wanda Morris; sisters, Ann (Larry) Cornell, Charlene Fifield; nieces and nephews, Nutasha (Sid) Tolsma, Jon (Jinger) Fifield, Theresa (Jesse) Koomen, Brett (Heather) Fifield, Katelyn Fifield, Laurissa Cornell. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother-in-law, William Fifield. The family received friends Sunday, June 4th at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday, June 5th. Pastor Gilbert Morris officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart or Diabetes Associations.

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

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EUGENE EBEN FINCH SR.

Eugene Eben Finch Sr. age 79 of Cedar Springs passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. He was born August 13, 1937 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Eben and Bessie (Fairbrother) Finch. Eugene proudly served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957. He also enjoyed driving around on his tractor working his land. He is survived by his children and grandchildren, Eugene (Lori) Finch Jr. (Anthony, Chelsea, and Dylan), Terry (Angela) Finch (Alexander and Andrew), Debbie (Troy) Ensminger (Kyle and Nicole), Rodney S. Finch; great-grandchildren Ryland, Mya, and Bryson; sister, Eileen (Val) Bennett. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Patricia Finch and Joyce Hegwood. The family met with friends on Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Pastor Larry Young, officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery with the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

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

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DAWN E. THRASHER

Dawn E. Thrasher, 40, of Rockford went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s. Dawn was born September 22, 1976 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of David and Elaine (Crater) Loveless. She graduated from Oakfield Baptist Academy and attended Baptist Bible College, Clark Summit, Pennsylvania. Dawn was an incredible and awesome hostess and was always bringing people together. She was devoted to her family and was a great mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. She was a great gift giver and always smiling. Surviving are her husband, Wesley; children, Adrienne, Alegra, Caitlin, and Josh; parents, David and Elaine Loveless; brother, Mark (Jennifer) Loveless; grandmother, Marjorie Loveless; parents-in-law, Richard and Sandra Thrasher; brother-in-law, Paul Thrasher. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Thursday 11:00 am at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford with the family greeting friends at 10:00 am. Pastor Steve Welch officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses.

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

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RONALD JAMES KROES

 

Ronald James Kroes, age 71, of Coker Creek, Tennessee and formerly of Howard City, Michigan went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 25, 2017 at his home while surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Cobie Kroes and a sister, Marsha Foss. Ron was a member of Ironsburg Methodist Church. He was a hardworking man who loved farming and gardening. Being a history buff, Ron enjoyed reading and spent time gold panning in his beloved Coker Creek. But most of all he loved “his” beautiful Tennessee mountains. Surviving are his loving wife, Merrisue Kroes, Coker Creek Tennessee; children, Starrlynn (Craig) Britton, West Olive, Michigan, Matthew Kroes, Howard City, Michigan, Becky Feestra, Sand Lake, Michigan; grandchildren, Vennessa, Tylor, Jordan, Kyler and Sierra, great-granddaughter, Audrey; sister, Judy Kwelel, Grand Rapids, Michigan; brother, Richard (Mary) Kroes, Cedar Springs, Michigan; mother-in-law, Katherine “Jane” Verheek, Coker Creek, Tennessee; special friends, Sam and Joyce Wolfe, Jim White, Doug Dalton and Mark Taylor; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside service was held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Kroes Family Cemetery with Rev. Bill Clark officiating. If you are unable to attend, you may sign the guest registry on our website at www.myersfuneralhometn.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, PO Box 280, Cedar Springs, Michigan, 49319 in honor of Ronald Kroes’ love of reading..

Arrangements by Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, Tennessee

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BETTY MAGUIRE

 

Betty Jane (Orr) Maguire of Cedar Springs, Michigan, (formerly of Coral, Michigan), age 94, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017. She was born to Patrick and Isabel (Visner) Byrne on December 31, 1922. Betty retired from Lear Siegler Corporation after working there for 30 years. She was a member of the Tri County Eagles Aeire 4467. Betty is survived by her children Victoria Lee and Carroll Matulis; step children Pauline (Fred) TenEyck and Mark Maguire; grandchildren Victor (Terri) Matulis, and other grandchildren by marriage; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her late husbands Victor Orr and Frank Maguire; and several brothers and sisters. There was a time of visitation on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The Mass of Christian Burial for Betty was held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 17 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Fr. Lam Le presided. In Lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy may make a memorial contribution to Emmanuel Hospice, 2161 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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DONALD W. REED, SR.

 

Donald W. Reed, Sr. age 88, of Sparta, passed away peacefully at his home, on Thursday, May 18, 2017 with family at his side. He served his country during Korea, in the U.S. Army. He was a life member of the Sparta American Legion Post 107, which he served as president, service officer, commander, sergeant at arms, as well as served in the color guard. Don was a founding member of the Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, where he served as president, was a lifetime board member, and was the master chef for the turkey shoots. He was one of the Dirty Dingus gang members and was honored in 2014 to be the Grand Marshal of the Sparta Town and Country Parade. He was a coach, trail boss, friend, dad and husband. He loved snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, racing, music, being with family and friends, and going to the casino with his wife, Barb. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 35 years, Artha A. Reed; brother, Richard “Dick” and Joan Reed; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Tobey, and Donald Davis. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara J. Reed; his children, Cynthia Reed, Vicki and Chuck Myers, Jacalyn Barbour, Robin Moore, Brenda and Joe Nichols, Donald “Buck” Reed, John and Ana Endres, Janice Reed; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanette Tobey; in laws, Lynn and Joyce Lewis, Gerri and Ron Urbanski, Jill Davis, Alan and Winnie Spencer; his best friend and hunting buddy, Robert “Bob” Anderson; many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank God, prayer, the medical teams, Heartland Hospice, and all the friends and family who helped us through this journey. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 p.m. at the Sparta United Methodist Church with Rev. Lou Grettenberger officiating. Military Honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, in which he took special pride.

Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta

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