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ALGER JAMES NIELSEN

25C--obit-nielsenAlger James Nielsen, 91, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Mr. Nielsen was born November 12, 1924 in Maple Valley Township, Michigan, the son of Carl and Belva (White) Nielsen. He graduated from Maple Valley Township High School in 1942 and Central Michigan University in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. Mr. Nielsen was a high school teacher and respected coach at Ashley Public Schools from 1949 – 1956 and Cedar Springs Public Schools from 1956 – 1984. “Coach” wintered in Alamo, Texas (Rio Grande Valley) for 30 years. He was a member of St. Clara Catholic Church, was a devoted family man, and had a love of all sports. He married June Krebs in 1947 and she preceded him in death in 1999. Surviving are his wife Nancy (Kehoe) whom he married in 2001; children, James (Victoria) Nielsen, Peggy (Gary) Hansen, Suzy (Gary) Levy, Debby (James) Gingrich, Ellie (Ric, dec’d) Bohms, Richard (Mary Ellen) Nielsen, Lori (Kevin) Goodyke, Patrick (Tresa) Nielsen; 29 grandchildren: 21 great-grandchildren; siblings, Agnes Skorka, Belva Stout, Margaret Krebs, and John (Jean) Nielsen. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Dunn in 1971; siblings, Lloyd Nielsen, Kenneth Nielsen, Frieda Kaiser, and Carl Nielsen. The family will greet friends Friday from 4-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 pm with community sharing to follow. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday 10:30 am at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment with military honors at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Memorials may be made to the Cedar Springs Education Foundation.

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

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JACK L. CLARK

25C--obit-clarkFCJack L. Clark, 90, of Solon Township died Thursday, June 16, 2016 in the presence of his family. Jack was born August 30, 1925 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Lyle and Cora (Smith) Clark. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1943 and MSU in 1950. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corp 8th Division, serving during World War II. He was in banking for 36 years, working for the Cedar Springs State Bank, Union Bank and NBD. He was a member of the Cedar Springs Rotary Club, having perfect attendance for 59 years and was a Paul Harris Fellow + 8. He was a member of the Cedar Springs Community Players, Cedar Springs Education Foundation, Red Flannel Acres Treasurer, Solon Township Board for 37 years, serving as Supervisor and Trustee. He was honored to be the 1992 Red Flannel Parade Grand Marshall and the Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1986 and recognized as a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. He enjoyed bowling and golfing and was in a weekly bowling league for over 60 years. Jack was an active member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church for many years and recently worshipped with the East Nelson United Methodist congregation. His greatest passion was spending time with his wife and family. Surviving are his wife, Marjorie (Woodworth) whom he married on June 21, 1946; children, Marilyn Higley, Nancy (COL RET Tom) Noreen, Dr. Mark (Sue) Clark, Barbara (Gene) Waller; grandchildren, Megan (CPT Brian) Szczepanek, Kate (Dr. Jeff) Brakenhoff, Krista (Dr. Eli) Horn, Andrea Edrington, Amy (Adam) Hutchinson, Dr. Karen Noreen, CPT Sarah (Ben) Smith, CPT Janet (Russell) Scott, LT Peter Noreen; great-grandchildren, Emily, Connor and Chloe Szczepanek, Taylor and Trey Brakenhoff, Caleb, Kai, and Asa Horn, Brody Edrington, Melanie Hutchinson, Evelyn and Noah Scott; sister-in-law, Olivemae Woodworth. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, David Woodworth. The family greeted friends Tuesday, June 21 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors Steve Lindeman and Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs or East Nelson United Methodist Churches, the Cedar Springs Education Foundation or the Cedar Springs Rotary Foundation.

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

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KATHLEEN MARIE DAVIS

25C--obit-DavisKathleen Marie Davis, 96, died peacefully Monday evening, June 20, 2016 at Green Acres Retirement Living. Kathleen was born in Cedar Springs, Michigan on October 6, 1919. She was active in 4-H for nine years, and graduated from Cedar Springs High School. Following high school, she graduated with a home economics degree from Michigan State College (University) and taught high school home economics in Onekama, Michigan. Kathleen married Alan G. Davis on November 23, 1944. After finishing the school year, she joined Alan in Port Townsend, Washington, where he was stationed at Fort Warden. After the war was over, they moved back to Lansing, Michigan, and eventually moved to Greenville where Kathleen has lived ever since. In Greenville, she was known as Kay and was very involved in the community throughout her life. She taught Bishop-method sewing in the Greenville Community Education Program, volunteered as a Gray Lady at United Memorial Hospital, led Girl Scout troops for many years, and was involved in the PTA and other school activities. As a member of Greenville First United Methodist Church, she was a regular in the Homemakers group, the United Methodist Women, and the choir. Kay loved to sew and do special projects for family and friends. She looked forward to the annual church holiday bazaar and the room that she and her friends filled with hand-made goods. Their room became quite popular. She also had a booth one summer at the Danish Festival, filled with unique stuffed animals and other hand-made treasures. Kay especially loved to cook. Her cookies, pies, bread, and holiday candy became her trademark. It would be hard to estimate how many tasty treats came out of her kitchen, but there was always a smell in the air of fresh baked cookies or loaves of bread. Kathleen has touched many lives over the years and will be remembered for her cheerful spirit, hard work, positive attitude, and kindness. She loved helping others and was selfless with her time and talents. She lived by a few simple words: “A great day ending and a new day beginning.” She will be missed. Kathleen is survived by her two daughters, Karen Davis of New Boston, New Hampshire and Denise (Craig) Whitlow of Cary, North Carolina. She leaves a granddaughter, Dyan (Derek Underhill) Whitlow Underhill of Minot, North Dakota; two great-grandchildren, Davis Underhill and Mae Underhill; and a niece, Jean Benjamin and nephews, Fay Benjamin and Dan Davis, all of Cedar Springs. Her husband, Alan Davis, and her brother, Warren Benjamin, predeceased her. A funeral service in celebration of her life and faith will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Greenville First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Don Spachman officiating. Interment will be in East Nelson Cemetery, with a luncheon to follow at East Nelson United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville. Memorial contributions may be given to Greenville First United Methodist Church or East Nelson United Methodist Church, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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REV. D. ROBERT SICKMILLER

25C--obit-sickmillerFCRev. D. Robert Sickmiller, 97, went to be with His Lord on Thursday, June 16, 2016. He was born February 5, 1919 in Williams Center, Ohio, the son of Elmer and Nettie (Stoll) Sickmiller. Bob enlisted in the US Marines in 1940, serving six years in the Pacific Theater and Guadalcanal. His life was forever changed when he became a Christian at the age of 28 and prepared for the ministry at Greenville College in Illinois, attending through the GI Bill. In 1949, he married Marilyn Maxine DeVoll, and together they spent 57 years in the ministry, serving 40 years at Pilgrim Bible Church in Cedar Springs, Michigan. During this time, he started a K12 Christian school, instituted an annual family camp, hosted a radio program on WFUR, and began a mission program in Haiti. He was an excellent speaker, continuing his ministry even after retirement in 1998. He preached his last sermon at the age of 92. Bob was an outstanding shortstop on his college baseball team and was an avid Buckeye. He loved music; he taught himself to chord on an old pump organ, sang in a college male quartet, and directed the church choir, often writing the programs. He was a people person. He could strike up a conversation with anyone of any age, often turning the conversation to spiritual matters. He was a mentor and encourager to many young preachers. Bob was a magnet for children and young people loved to talk sports with him and listen to his war stories. He dearly loved his wife and daughters, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life. They will always remember his famous treasure hunts with the rhyming clues, the Snickers in his pockets, and spellbinding stories. He was preceded in death by his five brothers and daughter Becky. He is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn Maxine; daughters Robbie (Don) Coxon, Cheryl (Glenn) Hemrick; grandchildren Cara (Jamey) Gremillion, Kevin (Elizabeth) Coxon, Ona and Gina Hemrick; great-grandchildren Cameron, Cade, Kelcie and Karis Gremillion, Macy and Declan Coxon; sister Betty Sharp; brother-in-law Gene (Linda) DeVoll, sister in law Mary Belle DeVoll; and several nieces and nephews. Well done, thou good and faithful servant! Funeral services were conducted on Monday at the Pilgrim Bible Church. Pastors Mike Shiery and James Durr officiating. Visitation was held Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Burial took place in Elmwood Cemetery. The family wishes to express special thanks to Jessica, his wonderful hospice nurse. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care.

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

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DEBORAH ANN STURGEON

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Deborah Ann Sturgeon, 56, of Grand Rapids, died Thursday, June 9, 2016. Deborah was born April 21, 1960 in Greenville, Michigan, the daughter of Daniel and Judy (Elder) Sturgeon. She graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design. She owned and operated Lindy Press in Grand Rapids. She enjoyed her family and friends. Surviving are her parents, Daniel and Judy Sturgeon; brother, Daniel (Julie) Sturgeon; sisters, Diana Krueger, Danielle (Steve) Neff, Dawn (Lyndsey) Sturgeon, Darci (Jack) Reinhardt; grandmother, Virginia Fisher; several nieces and nephews. The family greeted friends Monday, June 13 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Tuesday 1:00 p.m. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Memorials may be made to Mercy Health, Lacks Cancer Center, 250 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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

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RALPH G. GOULD

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Ralph G. Gould, 86, of Rockford, went home to be with his beautiful wife, Julia on Monday, June 13, 2016. Ralph was born September 27, 1929 in Rockford, Michigan, the son of Forrest and Rose (Shumacher) Gould. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He worked in and retired from the Tannery at WWW after 39 years. He enjoyed farming, woodworking, the Detroit Tigers and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports. When she was alive, he enjoyed Julia’s cooking the most. He knew he had to marry her because she was a good cook and he was a good eater. Surviving are his children, Carol (Bob) Mosher, Cheryl (Eugene) Kime, Phillip (Pam) Gould; daughter-in-law, Randi Gould; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia; son, Richard; two grandchildren, Ronda McIntyre, Kevin McIntyre; one brother and three sisters. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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LARRIE V. ROBINSON

 

24C--obit-RobinsonFCLarrie V. Robinson, 79, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s. Larrie was born September 15, 1936 in Solon Township, Michigan, the son of Volyn and Jessie (Coan) Robinson. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1955 and was quarterback his senior year as Cedar Springs went undefeated in football. He enjoyed all sports and the Detroit Tigers. He was very involved in Cub Scouts for 30 years serving as Scout Master and was on the district board of the West Michigan Shores Council. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Carol; children, Sandy, Scott, Shelly and Tim; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Doreen Bayne; and a brother, Rex Robinson. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where the service was held Thursday 11:00 am. Interment Blythefield Memory Gardens.

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

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JEAN ELLEN ENGSTROM

 

Jean Ellen Engstrom, age 88, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Jean was born in Harvard, Michigan, on June 4, 1928. She was one of thirteen children born to Eli and Dorothy (Butts) McNees. She worked for Keeler Brass and was a member of the American Legion. Jean is survived by her daughter, Shirley Christensen; her son and daughter-in-law, Garry and Charlene Wybenga; her grandchildren, Robert and Shannon Rowland, Lisa Santoyo, Leigh Ann Wybenga, Nick Wybenga, and Chad and Julie Bonter; her six great-grandchildren; her sister, Margaret (Bruce) Longcore; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Jean were conducted at 1p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341. Visitation was held one hour to the funeral service at the funeral home on Monday. Burial of her cremated remains will take place in Pierson Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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PAULINE JOYCE REICH

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Pauline Joyce Reich, 81, of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mrs. Reich was born November 18, 1934 in Comstock Park, Michigan, the daughter of Theodore and Mildred (Wiersma) August. She was an avid collector of knick knacks, enjoyed fishing and camping with her husband, and spending time with her family. Surviving are her children, Darlene (Marty) White, Douglas (Lisa) Reich; grandchildren, Jason (Heather) Stoike, Megan Ingold, Douglas (Shania) Reich Jr., Christopher Reich, Jessica Reich, Koren Reich, Paul Reich, Cara Mindoro, Kristy Reich, Rachel Elliot, Randy Atchley; great-grandchildren, Michael and Christopher Atchley, Sierra Winter, Kaylee and Gavin Goss, Joseph, Jazmyn, Breasia, and Blaize Reich-Tanis, Jozelin, Mariah, and Talia Reich, Brody Terpstra, Daisy Reich, Abrianna, Zayden, Genevie and Gunnar Reich, Renee and Rebecca Ingold, Zachary Bulen, Landon, Caleb and Payton Stoike; great-great-grandchildren, Coleton and Ainsley Schumaker, Andee Winter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Reich and a son, Danny Reich. A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 31st at Sand Lake Cemetery. Pastor Byron Olsen officiating.

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

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Wenona M. Bristol

Bristol WenonaWenona M. Bristol, 92 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, May 30, 2016 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mrs. Bristol was born May 4, 1924 in Howard City, MI the daughter of Lloyd and Lydia (Goestch) Shupe. She was a longtime member of the Cedar Springs American Legion Auxiliary where she loved playing bingo. She enjoyed watching baseball and the Detroit Tigers, spending time with her family and friends and going out to eat. Surviving are her son, Mark; daughter-in-law, Susan Bristol; grandchildren, Kimberly (David Hart), Eric, Lisa, Lauren, and Jenna; great grandchildren, Gary, May, Rory, Peyton, and Rylee; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wyman; sons, Stephen and Christian; daughters-in-law, Gale and Sue; eight brothers and sisters. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Dennis Tyson officiating. Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home.

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