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ALBERT C. GEBHARDT

Albert C. Gebhardt, 90 of Cedar Springs died Monday, December 4, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Al was born March 6, 1927 in Freedom Township, Michigan the son of Albert and Helen (Scherdt) Gebhardt. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He became a plastering contractor, then started selling insurance in 1958, eventually owning and operating Gebhardt Insurance Agency in Cedar Springs. Al was an active business leader in Cedar Springs and was a 30-year member of Rotary and had been Chamber of Commerce President. He was a well-known and excellent fisherman and also enjoyed hunting and flying. Surviving are his wife, Letha whom he married on March 27, 1948; children, Gerry (Gloria) Gebhardt, Cheryl (Kirk) Davidson, Mark (Kathy) Gebhardt; grandchildren, David (Katie) Gebhardt, Kristine (Jason) Tworek; great-grandchildren, Abigail and Jonathan Tworek, Lane and Grace Gebhardt; brothers, Raymond Gebhardt, Harold (Lyn) Green. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Alan Gebhardt; sister, Hilda (Melvin) Davis; brother, Robert (Emma) Gebhardt. The family will greet friends Tuesday, December 12th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 13th at 11:00 a.m. the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Karen Sorden officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs or the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard.

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

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ROBERT EDWARD TOWNES

 

Robert Edward Townes, age 89, of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Green Acres Cedar Springs. He was born May 23, 1928 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, to James and Maxine (Winters) Townes. Bob, as everyone called him, graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1946 and served in the Navy. He held many jobs in his younger days. Some of these included serving under his father as a deputy police officer and driving for Bliss Funeral Home. He was a long-time employee of Michigan Wheel, retiring after 38 years of employment. In 1952, Bob along with his father, James Sr. and Edward Townes, created the Cedar Springs Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club and was a lifetime member. He was also a lifetime member of the Grand Rapids Steelheaders Association. He enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing, especially on Lake Michigan. He will be fondly remembered for his smoked fish. One of the best around! The community of Cedar Springs was very important to him. He spent many years coaching baseball and then could be found on the field or basketball court as an umpire or referee. His biggest commitment to his community was his dedicated service to the Cedar Springs Fire Department, retiring after 51 years of service. He passed this dedication to the Fire Department onto two sons and two grandsons. He loved to be a part of Red Flannel Days and enjoyed his last one on October 7th. There was always a pot of chili made for family and friends. Bob is survived by his devoted and loving companion, Delores Koopman; 7 children Christine Segard (Gordon “Doc” VanOtteren) of Cedar Springs and Grand Rapids, Victoria Cooper of Howard City, James Townes of Cedar Springs, Larry (Elaine) Townes of Six Lakes, Cheryl (Gordon) Pratt of Holland, Susanne (Rodney) Mosher of Cedar Springs, and Paul (Tami) Townes of Cedar Springs; he was blessed with 33 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren, with one on the way; brother James Townes, Jr. of Reed City; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends from Michigan and Florida. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Anna (Seaborn) Townes; parents; stepfather, Ed Grossman; sister and her husband; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter. Bob attended the United Methodist Church in Cedar Springs, where his funeral will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. His family met with friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastors Karen Sorden and Michael Shiery officiating. Interment with military honors at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. He will be greatly missed by his family. His memory will live on through his acts of service and his love of family. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Spectrum Health Hospice and Green Acres Cedar Springs, especially Sonya Lovell. Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Springs Fire Department, Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Spectrum Health Hospice or Green Acres Cedar Springs Activity Dept.

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

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PATRICIA MARSH

Patricia (Pat) Marsh passed from this life on Thursday, November 30, 2017 to be with her Heavenly Father in Paradise. She is survived by her husband Jack; her son Christopher Shoemaker; daughter-in-law Jennifer Shoemaker; and grandsons Ian and Gavin Shoemaker; her brother, Michael Shoemaker of Utica, Michigan. A memorial service and luncheon to honor her life will be held at, Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave. NE Cedar Springs, Michigan., at noon Saturday December 9, 2017.  All are invited to attend.

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ROYAL EUGENE COOPER

 

Royal Eugene “Pete” Cooper, age 89, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Pete was born March 27, 1928 in Kent City, Michigan to Roy and Doris (Rogers) Cooper and lived most of his life in the Rockford area. He worked for his dad until his fifth child was born and then drove truck for Darling & Company in Walker for many years. He retired after spending several years at Kroger Warehouse. Pete married Ruth Joslin on April 6, 1946 and they were married until her death on August 18, 2011.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Donald Cooper and his daughter-in-law, Jeanne Cooper. Pete is survived by his children, Kenneth and Deb Cooper, Helen and Steve Smith, JoAnn and David Fowler, Nancy Samsel, Dale Cooper, and Nancy Sowerby (Don’s significant other); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford with Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday, November 30, 2017 Interment will take place in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be given to the Tuesday Senior Music Sessions held at Rockford Ambulance or to Harvest Way in Sparta. Please visit www.pedersonfuneralhome.com to share a memory or sign an online registry.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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C. LEONA HOSKINS SJOGREN

C. Leona Hoskins Sjogren of Rockford, Michigan (formerly of Cedar Springs), age 94, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017. She was born to Lawrence and Lucy (Low) Loveless on February 6, 1923, in Dolph, Michigan. Her family moved to the Rockford area where she grew up on a farm on 12 Mile Rd. In 1941 she graduated from Rockford High School and while in high school she was a drummer in the drum and bugle corps. for the Merritt Lamb Post # 102 American Legion. When she was 11 her mother led her to the Lord and she accepted Christ as her Savior. Leona is survived by her loving sons Tom Hoskins, Mark (Joy) Hoskins, and Dan (Laureen) Hoskins; the Sjogren family; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband Henry Hoskins in 1993; second husband Norman Sjogren in 2008, sister Mildred Crisman, and daughter in law Judy Hoskins. A funeral service for Leona was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Algoma Baptist Church, 10515 Grange Ave NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Pastor Dave Fernlund and Pastor Ken Harger officiated. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Algoma Baptist Church or Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave SE, Ada, MI 49301.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Ruth L. McMullen

Ruth L. McMullen 87 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Ruth was born July 17, 1930 in Elmhurst, IL the daughter of Clarence and Olga (Gorling) Yeaw. She was active at the Cedar Springs Senior Center for many years and enjoyed playing cards, games, bingo and puzzles. Surviving are her children, Karen Bansen, David (Sherry) Patterson, Steven (Theresa) Patterson, Ray (Van) Patterson; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth (Louis) Hartesvelt, Marian Yeaw. The service was on Wednesday, November 15 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Scott Sloan officiated. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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Donald D. Cooper

Donald D. Cooper “Coop” of Sparta, Michigan, age 68, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  He was born to Royal and Ruth (Joslin) Cooper on October 10, 1949, in Grand Rapids, MI.  Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing, muscle and classic cars, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.  Donald is survived by his beloved significant other of over 7 years Nancy Sowerby; Nancy’s family Michael, Patrick, Patrick and Jailyn, children Randy Cooper and Chris (Kristine) Cooper; grandchildren Cameron, Ethan, Trenton, Devon (Austin), Chance; great-grandson Anthony, siblings Ken (Deb), Helen (Steve), Jo-Ann (Dave), Nancy, and Dale, and loving dad Royal Cooper.  He was preceded in death by his mother, wife Jeanne Cooper, and dog Maggie.  There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341.  The funeral service for Donald was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home.  Pastor Bruce Wilson officiated.  There was a one hour visitation prior to the service.  Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy may make a memorial contribution to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 or Spectrum Health Hospitals Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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BETTY JEAN KILTS

 

Betty Jean Kilts, 86 of Grant died Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Betty was born May 20, 1931 in Sand Lake, Michigan the daughter of Nathan and Rachel (Simmons) Wall. Betty and her late husband, Norman had owned and operated the “Chicken Coop” a popular dance spot in the 1960’s. She retired from Keeler Brass in the early 1990’s. Betty was an active member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed cooking and was known for her famous Mac & Cheese and Banana Cake. She loved music, playing croquet and dice and had enjoyed her cottage on Berry Lake in Cadillac. She was very active and driven and was the glue that held her family together. Surviving are her children, Diane (Dan) Christie, Rick (Ruth) Kilts, Connie (Joe) Watson, Liane (Dennis) Drier; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; special friend, Vance Miller and his children, Becky (Jack) Kokx, AJ Miller; sisters-in-law, Lois Kilts, Barbara Wainright; many nieces and nephews; family friend, Penny VanDenHout. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman in 2000; 4 brothers and 2 sisters. The family greeted friends Tuesday, Nov. 7th at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday. Pastor Karen Sorden officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church.

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

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PETER JOHN LENAU

 

Peter John Lenau 62 of Sand Lake, passed away November 1, 2017 at his home. Peter was born August 18, 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of William and Damienne (Simonin) Lenau. His favorite job was working in radio. He also worked in sales and advertising. He loved sports and was very musical playing trumpet and enjoying karaoke. Peter especially loved watching his own children and grandkids participate in all of their sport and musical activities, but above all his intense passion for Christ was his primary purpose in life. He is survived by his wife, Beth (Giddings); children, Rachel, Melanie, Anna, Jotham (Kati), Jeremiah (Joanna), Jamin, Meghan (Del) Alexander, Julia and Abigail; 10 grandchildren, Payton, Quinn, Kolten, Sophia, Vivian, Violet, Jonas, Simon, Del and Elijah; father, William; brothers, David and Bernie. He was preceded in death by his mom, Damienne; son, Jason; brother, Steven and sister, Mary. Services were held Saturday, November 4 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

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

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GARRY RUNYON

 

Garry Runyon age 71 of Cedar Springs passed away October 31, 2017 at Metropolitan Hospital. He was born Dec. 10, 1945 in Grand Rapids the son of Wilbur and Mildred (Tucker) Runyon. Garry worked at various jobs which included the Rockford Papermill, Cedar Springs Stamping and Mico Industries. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting. In 1970 he married Phyllis Runyon who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Anita Bartholomew of Sparta; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one brother, Rex Runyon of Howard City; three sisters, Cathy Runyon of Morley, Laurie Bowen of Cedar Springs, Loretta Hawley of Gowen and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Duane and Walter and a sister Ruth.  Memorial services will take place on Saturday November 11 at 1 p.m. at the American Legion in Cedar Springs.  The family will greet friends from Noon until time of services.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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