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Tom C. Male

C-OBIT-maleTom C. Male 55 of Sand Lake, died Sunday, July 17, 2016. Tom was born September 27, 1960 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of James and Ione (Scholz) Male. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Eagles and the Eagle Riders. He grew his hair out and donated it to Locks of Love many times and was always looking out for others and putting on benefits for them. Surviving are his daughter, Sadie; grandchildren, Hannah, Mackenzie, and Maddox; sisters, Belinda and Bonnie (Chris); girlfriend, Cheryl; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ron; nephew, Fred. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, July 23 at his home. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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MYRTLE LOUISE ELDRED

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Myrtle Louise Eldred, age 99, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 15, 2016 at her home. She was born on March 2, 1917 in Gillette, Wyoming to Guy and Elsie (Terrill) Moyes. When Myrtle was six months old, the family moved to Cedar Springs where she resided the rest of her life. She attended Cedar Springs Schools and was the valedictorian of the Class of 1935. On September 4, 1937 she married Max Eldred who preceded her in death in 2007. Together, they raised two sons, Russell (Mara) of Cedar Springs, and Jack (Mary) of Frederick, Maryland. From 1965 to 1973, Max and Myrtle owned and operated the Cedar Springs Elevator and later were co-owners with their son Russell, of the White Creek Country Estates. Myrtle served as the treasurer of both businesses and as the treasurer of the Cedar Springs Free Methodist Church (now The Springs) where she was a devout and faithful member. In later life, Myrtle and Max enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, and China. Surviving, along with her sons and daughters-in-law are a sister, Doris Stark; grandchildren, Anitra, Michael (Ann), Sean (Caryn) and Brandon (Wendy); seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Margaret Eldred; many nieces and nephews; special friend and caregiver, Marion Liley. The family will greet friends Thursday, July 21 from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St. Cedar Springs. Pastor Barry Briggs officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to The Springs Church.

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

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PHYLLIS MAHLICH

Mrs. Phyllis Mahlich of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 76, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Phyllis is survived by her beloved husband Gerald Mahlich;  children Karen (Curt) Tackmann and Tim Mahlich; grandchildren; Damian Mahlich; Jeffrey (Nicole), Rebecca (Phil), Alex, and Logan Tackmann; brothers; Gene and Jim (Pam) Butler; sister; Nancy Mumah; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Wenona Butler.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 22 with visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at Rockford United Methodist Church, 59 Maple Street, Rockford, MI 49341. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Heart Association or Cedar Springs Education Foundation.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, 

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MILDRED WESCHE ROBERTSON

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In the early morning hours of Monday, July 11, 2016, Mildred Wesche Robertson, age 94, died surrounded by those who loved her and cared for her during her long battle with dementia. She had played her last game of Solitaire and written her last letter to her grandchildren. Mildred prepared her children for life by her example. She loved her family unconditionally and supported them during the challenges in their lives and celebrated all of their accomplishments. Mildred was born to Raymond and Gladys McIntyre on Monday, May 8, 1922, in West Olive, Michigan. She graduated valedictorian from Cedar Springs High School in 1940, and just one year later, married Raymond Wesche. Together, they owned a farm on 18 Mile Road, just east of Algoma Avenue. It was there she raised her family, taught them the value of a good education, and to put in a day’s work for a day’s pay. Those values are now being honored by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every week they were in college, she would handwrite each of them a letter with encouragement and immeasurable love. Mildred worked for Rockford State Bank and for Wolverine Worldwide. She loved her community and was very active in it. When time allowed, she loved to read, crochet, and was an avid crafter and puzzler. Mildred was also an adventurous woman. She traveled often with her second husband, Earl Robertson, and even went whitewater rafting with her family at the young age of 81. Mildred is survived by her children, Ronald (Marcella) Wesche, Joyce (John) Hansen, Kenneth Wesche, and Nancy (Tim) Gerlich; daughter-in-law, Alice Wesche; grandchildren Brian Wesche, Krista (Jason) Noel, Andy (Tonya) Wesche, Aaron (Agnes) Wesche, Amy Marie Lovall, Alissa Wesche, Randy Wesche, Amy Michelle (Greg) Tribe, James Hansen, and Jeff (Sara) Hansen; great grandchildren, Jacob, Shane, Harleigh, Karissa, Alex, Logan, Ava, Kai, Zane, Pierce, Faith, Kimberly, Brittany, and Candice; one great-great granddaughter, Izabellah; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the Wesche family. In addition, she is survived by her special caregiver, Marlene Downes; and her faithful visitors, Michael Barwacz, and Keira and Kayla Painter, who will love and remember their “Pinkie” forever. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Raymond Wesche on January 30, 1967, and Earl Robertson on August 16, 1994; son Milford “Mick” Wesche; brothers and sister, Lawrence (Ardath) McIntyre, Bob (Marie) McIntyre, Don (Doris) McIntyre, Jim (Kletis) McIntyre, Edna (Harvey) Hyde; sister-in-law Ida (Ralph) Hineline; and brother-in-law Gus Wesche. There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Mildred will be celebrated by Pastor Steve Lindeman at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home. There will be an additional time of visitation, one hour prior to the service. Mildred will be laid to rest in Solon Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 966, Grand Blanc, MI 48480.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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THOMAS D. HOVEY SR.

28C--obit-HoveyThomas D. Hovey Sr., age 86, of Sand Lake passed away Friday, July 8, 2016 at his home. Tom was born June 22, 1930 in Grand Rapids. Surviving are his wife, Linda (Kort) Hovey; children, Mary and Tom Vaugh, Tom Hovey Jr., Kim and Karen Hovey, Pam and Al Pike, John Rasmussen, Lisa and Bill Groot; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Marilyn Demerest; sisters-in-law, Jackie Kort, Judy Doxey and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Marcia Hovey; brother, Lee F. Hovey Jr.; his parents, Lee  and Petronella Hovey and in-laws, Pete and Phyllis Kort. Early on in life Tom’s interests revolved around racing. His first experience was at Bigelow Field in 1948 and a long career ensued in open wheeled racing. He was recognized as a fierce dirt track competitor at many Midwest tracks. He was an avid hunter with trips to Montana, Iowa, Canada and the Upper Peninsula. As a fisherman he loved the water. In the last ten years of his life he was happiest on their houseboat, “The Hardy Hilton” surrounded by friends and family telling funny stories which he did best. Tom worked many years as a truck driver and equipment operator, starting at Bishop Motor Freight with his dad and brother. Then he owned his own truck and worked for Reith Riley. He also owned Fun Spot Bowling Alley in Irons, Michigan and went to Central Alaska in 1980 where he gold mined and repaired heavy equipment. In 1992 Tom retired from Grand Valley Redi-Mix/Ottawa Aggregates. He then went back to work hauling dies for General Die until 1999. The family wishes to thank Spectrum Health Palliative and Hospice Care. A celebration of life will be held in the fall.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike, Cedar Springs, MI.

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George C. Allington

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Mr. George C. Allington, age 91, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 9, 2016. George was born in Cedar Springs in 1925, he lived in Solon Township most of his life. George grew up on Lime Lake and attended Christian Hill School, and Cedar Springs Jr. High and High School. George joined the Army on April 12, 1944, served in the European Theater, and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge on December 24, 1944. He received a Purple Heart, and the European Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars. He married Eldona “Donie” Louise Weller just before leaving for World War II, in August 1944. She preceded him in death in April of 2013. Upon return, they purchased a farm in Solon Township on Hanna Avenue and raised six children. George and Donie were married for 69 years. They operated a dairy farm for over 30 years. George also worked out at Rapistan, Sparta Foundry, Standard Oil, and Wolverine Brass in Grand Rapids until retirement. He was a charter member of the Pioneer Christian Reformed Church in Cedar Springs and served as a Deacon, Elder, and a Sunday School Teacher. After retirement, George and Donie served with Christian Reformed World Relief—now known as World Renew—and Appalachia Reach Out. On September 28, 2014 married Marilyn Baas and they had two happy years together. George is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, children, Dr. Richard (Dr. Ann McGill Franzen) Allington, Allen (HongXia) Allington, Len (Kimberly) Allington, David (Paula) Allington, Mary (Kim) Coonen, and Dale (Marcey) Allington. George was also blessed with 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. There will be a time of visitation on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 AM at Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford with Rev. Jacob Heerema officiating. Interment will be at Solon Township Cemetery under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United State Army. Memorials to: World Renew, 1700 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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MELVIN “JACK” HEISS

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Melvin “Jack” Heiss, 89, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 1, 2016 with his family by his side. Jack was born September 16, 1926 in Solon Township, Michigan, the son of John and Emily (French) Heiss. He retired from Smith Industries in the late 1980’s working there over 35 years. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, had a wonderful sense of humor and was very compassionate and generous. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Sparta. Mourning his loss are his devoted wife, Betty (Martin) whom he married on October 14, 1950; beloved daughter, Nancy Heiss Merritt; grandsons, Dan (Michele) Hilliker, Dennis (Michele) Hilliker; great-grandchildren, Andrew (Kayla), Aaron, Jacky, Emily and Stephen Hilliker; sister-in-law, Ellen Heiss; stepson, Robert (Judy) Hey and their families; many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Munson, Otto, Leland and Elbert; sister, Esther Clarke. The family greeted friends Wednesday, July 6 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Thursday 11:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 1225 12 Mile Road NW, Sparta with viewing beginning at 10:00 am. Pastor Bryan Schneider-Thomas officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

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

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Dale G. Anderson

C-OBIT-andersonDale G. Anderson, 62 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016 doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle. Dale was born July 27, 1953 in Chicago, IL the son of Richard and Marion (Pyne) Anderson. He was a truss assembler for 43 years. Dale was a stubborn, rough neck, loving and caring biker. He so loved his granddaughters that he had their names tattooed on his arm. Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Elaine; daughter, Lacey (Nathan) Wright; grandchildren, Kayda, Avalon, Harlynn; mother, Marion Anderson; brother, Raymond Anderson; sister-in-law, Donna (Robert) Greenland; five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and parents-in-law. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, July 10 at 1 pm at Morley Park, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County.

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

 

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GWENDOLYN CLAIRE PERRY

 

26C-obit-PerryGwendolyn Claire Perry, 88, of Cedar Springs, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 and went to be with her Lord and Savior. Mrs. Perry was born November 5, 1927 in Hamilton, Canada the eldest daughter of Rev. Alfred Clare and Edna (Jefferson) Motyer. She was preceded in death by a brother and his wife, Derwin (Imogene) Motyer; son, Lee Perry; granddaughter, Emily Perry; brother-in-law, Douglas Ehman. Surviving are her husband, Lyle Perry Jr. whom she married in 1949; children, Lyle III (Ellen) Perry, Lizabeth (Dennis) Boe, Lenn Perry, and Lonn (Ruth) Perry; grandchildren, Jessamine (Dustin) Spulak, Max and Chace Perry, Johannes (Elizabeth) Boe, Nicholas (Desi) Boe and Suzy (Jared) Goulart, Aaron (Rachael) Perry, Joseph Perry, and Nathaniel Perry; great-grandchildren, Kalysta and Jaiden Vorase, Ailie Biddle, Braxton Perry, Ole and Thorren Boe, Dodger Boe, Lilija and Annika Goulart; sister, Shirley Ehman; several cousins, nieces nephews and friends. Mrs. Perry graduated from Howard City H.S. and from Bronson Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a Registered Nurse she practiced her profession at the State Hospital in Kalamazoo and in hospitals in Plainwell, Lakeview, Greenville, and Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was a member of the Howard City Methodist Church, later attended St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Trufant, Michigan and then became a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. She was formerly a Brownie Scout Leader, President of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club, and a President of the Cedar Springs H.S. Band Boosters. She regularly attended the alumni reunions of the Howard City H.S. and of Bronson Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She enjoyed attending meetings of the Cedar Springs City Council, and often contributed comments and opinions during council meetings. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took occasional trips to Canada to visit a favorite uncle, Selby Douglas Jefferson and to greet relatives and friends there. Being born in Canada, she had warm feelings toward anything English or British. She became a citizen of the USA in September 1941. The family will greet friends Friday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Saturday 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Reynolds Township Cemetery, Howard City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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ALTHEA CHRISTINE SWIFT

 

26C--obit-SwiftAlthea Christine Swift passed in her sleep early on the morning of June 25, 2016, and has gone to be with her Heavenly Father. She was born on August 9, 1923, to John V. Johnson and Nora Carlson Johnson and graduated from Kent City High School. She was confirmed in Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Kent City and was a devoted lifelong member of that congregation. In the 1940s, she worked as a telephone operator at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. In 1950, she and her husband Leon Swift bought their farm on Swift Street in Cedar Springs (Courtland Township) and built their family and business together there. She was preceded in death by her husband; her brothers Edwin and Arnold; her sister Norma; and her daughter-in-law Dawn Feikema Swift. She is survived by her sister Imogene (Gene); her sons Roger and Lawrence David “Larry” Swift; her grandchildren Jon, Katie, Elisabeth, Travis and Tyler Swift, as well as many nephews and nieces, their children, numerous cousins and many dear friends. Visitation was on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, 4085 Lutheran Church Road, Kent City, MI 49330. Pastor Leonard Dahlgren officiating. An additional visitation was held at the church for the hour prior to the service. Interment in Courtland Cemetery, after which, there was a luncheon at the Courtland Methodist Church, across from the cemetery.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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