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ERWIN D. FOX

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Erwin D. Fox, 87 of Sand Lake, died Monday, August 25, 2014 at his home. Erwin was born July 19, 1927 in Comstock Park, Michigan the son of Leon and Thelma (Geer) Fox. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a mechanic and worked many years for C.H. Wallace Pontiac. Erwin enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, snowmobiling and chopping wood. He was a member of the North Kent Snowmobile Club. Surviving are his wife, Marjory; children, Dennis (Laura) Smith, Linda (Don) Vandenberg, Carolyn (Greg) Wagner, Kurt Fox, Susan Fox; 13 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; one great great grandson; sister, Yvonne Brownell; brother-in-law, Donald Seaborn. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. The family will greet friends Thursday, August 28 from 12 noon until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Tuttle officiating. Interment with military honors at Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with final expenses.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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JANET L. RIGGLE

C-obit-RiggleJanet L. Riggle, 90 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully from this life and entered into the presence of her Saviour on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Janet was married to Howard “Slim” Riggle on April 6, 1942 and together they raised a family. Early in their marriage, they owned and operated a Sunoco gas station and restaurant in Edmore, Michigan. In 1953, they moved to Cedar Springs after they bought the business known as Hough’s Dairy. She went to work with Slim, delivering milk, eggs and bread to area businesses and homes. In 1959, they purchased Hough’s Dairy Bar, changing the name to Janet’s Dairy Bar. She operated that business until it was sold in 1969. She became the Treasurer for the City of Cedar Springs in 1973 and worked there ten years, retiring in 1983. She dearly loved being a mom was awarded the title, “Most Fun Grandmother” by her grandkids. Janet was always up for an adventure and loved to travel, visiting England, Scotland, Florida, Texas and Colorado during her lifetime. She was an avid gardener and also enjoyed oil painting and ceramics. She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing clothes for her husband and kids. In her later years, she started knitting sweaters, hats and mittens, and she started making quilts, many of which are still being used and enjoyed by all her family members. She could dance a mean polka and her bark was often worse than her bite. Janet is survived by her children; Lee Ann Eary of Boyne City, Debbi (Lohryn) Gates of Howard City, Terri L. Riggle of Cedar Springs, Howard David (Cyndi) Riggle of Cedar Springs; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; brothers, Eugene Crosby; Roger (Barb) Crosby; and Charles (Mary) Crosby; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard “Slim” Riggle, son, Craig S. Riggle; great granddaughter, Piper L. Gates; son-in-law, Robert F. Eary. The family greeted friends Monday, August 25 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Tuesday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding SE, Ada, MI 49306
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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WILLIAM PAUL GUNUNG

William Paul Genung age 82 of Sand Lake passed away at home on Wednesday August 20, 2014. He was born in Dowagiac Michigan on December 25, 1931 the son of Merle T. and Nora (Franklin) Genung. Bill was retired from Packaging Corporation of America in Wyoming with 34 years of service. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in Korea and receiving a purple heart for disabling wounds, but never was limited in giving for his country and his work and family. He was a member of the VFW Post 3306 in Howard City and the American Legion of Comstock Park. He loved camping and feeding his birds. He enjoyed delivering the Cedar Springs Post for many years. He was preceded in death by his brothers Fred, Larry and Glen Genung, his son Tom Boden and his daughter Deb Russo. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Rosalyn Genung , his children; Daphne “Candy” Boden, Roger( Pam) Boden, Mike (shelly) Barrett, Bill (Peg) Barrett, Tom Barrett, Lori (Dave) DeYoung, Karen (Kevin) Clark; 27 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held on Monday August 25, 2014 at 1 PM from the VFW Post # 3306 in Howard City (1001 S. Ensley). Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association. Messages of condolence may be sent via hurstfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville.

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Carl C. Morehouse

C-OBIT-Morehouse-CarlMr. Carl C. “Country Carl” Morehouse, of Cedar Springs, age 80, passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. He was born to Kenneth and Thelma (née Covell) Morehouse on September 8, 1933 in Cedar Springs, Michigan and was a life-long resident of the area. Carl was a well-known horseman in the West Michigan area and was a lifetime member of the Red Flannel Saddle Club and the Hungerford Trail Riders Association.  His life-long love of horses included training, showing, judging, and holding 4-H clinics. Country Carl had a long career in sales and received numerous achievement awards over the years for top sales. Many of his customers became long-time friends. Carl is survived by his beloved wife Theresa; his children Cheryl (Eric) Baculy, Carla (Bruce) Springer, Curtis Morehouse, Cindy (Doug) Burnham, Gail Howard, Greg Howard, Grant (Gerianna) Howard and Gerald Howard; his grandchildren Lee (Viviana) Myers, Dean Myers, Jake Stanton, Karlena Morehouse, Jonathan Baculy, Arianne Edauw, Dominick Cooley, Marissa Cooley, Fiona Howard, Rowen Howard; his great grandchildren, Chloe Myers and Nolan Myers. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service for Country Carl will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Cedar Springs American Legion, Glen Hill Post #287, 80 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a memorial contribution be made in his memory to the Red Flannel Saddle Club, 8350 Sixteen Mile Road NE, Cedar Springs, MI  49319; or to the Hungerford Trail Riders Association, 12107 Northland Drive NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

 

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Shirley Margaret Dines

C-OBIT-DINES-Shirley-webMrs. Shirley Margaret Dines of Cedar Springs, age 77, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014. Shirley was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 11, 1937 to Harold and Margaret (née Schoolmaker) Rose. Shirley cherished the life she was given; she was a devoted and loving wife and a wonderful mother and grandmother. When she had time, you might find Shirley with a card full of dots and her arm waving in the air, shouting “BINGO!” She will be truly and greatly missed by family, friends, and all who knew her. Shirley leaves behind her beloved husband of sixty-one years Richard Lee Dines, Sr.; loving children Richard Dines, Jr., Rodney (Laurie) Dines, Ricky Dines, Margie Cole, and Russell (friend Tammy) Dines; eleven grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren; brother Donald (Joan) Rose; and sisters Charlene (Jack Wheeler) Sherd and Barbara (Jake) Beemer. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Harold and Ron Rose; and sisters Laura Stevens and Leona Wheeler. There was a time of visitation with Shirley’s family from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Shirley will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Pederson Funeral Home; Pastor Thomas Holloway is officiating; there will be a one hour visitation prior to the service. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care, Spectrum Health Foundation, 100 Michigan NE, MC004, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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JOHN G. ANDERSON, SR.

 

 

Mr. John G. Anderson, Sr, age 75 of Fenwick, Michigan (formerly of Rockford) passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014 at his residence. John loved to spend time with his family and people in general and to joke and tease. He was a master mechanic and enjoyed doing auto body work. He loved driving truck and taught all of his children how to as well. He was a collector of guns, loved to fish and read westerns. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Catherine (Horn) Anderson and a daughter Gertrude “Trudy” Barnes. John is survived by his wife of 56 years Mary Jane (Stray) Anderson; three daughters, Jane Marie (Gary) Bredeweg, Patty (Robert) Emelander, Penny (Randy) Covey; son, John (Brandi) Anderson Jr.; three brothers, Robert (Elaine) Anderson, William D. Anderson, R. Michael (Diane) Anderson; four sisters, Kean (Donald) Kaliniak, Isabelle T. DuMonte, Mary E. Anderson, Gertrude C. Patterson; grandchildren, 15; great-grandchildren, 10; Brother-in-law, Robert Stray; Brother-in-law, Merrill (April) Stray; Sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Jerry) Gibson and special grandson Adam Anderson who he raised. Visitation will be held Friday, August 15, 2014 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services, Newaygo Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11:00 am at the Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services Newaygo Chapel with Father Pete Shaffer, officiating. Burial will take place in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Diabetes Foundation or Dialysis Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Please share your memories of John with his family at www.fieldsmckinley.com.

Arrangements by Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services

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Larry Earl Carr

Mr. Larry Earl Carr, age 74, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Larry was retired from CSX and an Air Force veteran. For more information regarding visitations or the funeral, please contact Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford (http://www.pedersonfuneralhome.com) or view the Grand Rapids Press on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

 

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C-OBIT-Carr-LarryMr. Larry Earl Carr, Sr. of Cedar Springs, age 74, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at home in the presence of his loving family. Larry was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 20, 1940 to James and Carolyn (née Woodward) Carr and had been a long-time resident of the Cedar Springs area. When he was still a teenager, Larry joined the United States Air Force, proudly serving his flag and country in the 1611th Air Transport Wing, stationed at McGuire Air Force Base, NJ. In 1978, Larry married the love of his life, Joyce Myrtle Stone, on Saturday, the 26th of August in Grand Rapids, MI. He also worked for CSX Corporation in Grand Rapids until his retirement. Larry was a kindhearted man, a jokester, and the kind of person always willing to lend a helping hand. Larry leaves behind his beloved wife of thirty-five years, Joyce; loving children Becky Mabin, Larry Carr, Jr., and Kim (Lee) Armstrong; step-son Rod Rathbun; twelve grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brother David (Lois) Carr; sister Sherry (Tom) VanderPlow; sister-in-law Marilyn Stone; many nieces and nephews; and special friend Burt Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers James and Tom Carr; and sisters Nancy Patrick, Carol Hatchew, Margie Aemisegger, Susie Wheeler, and Mary Kay Carr. There will be a time of visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Larry will he held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford, Michigan, 49341; Pastor Kevin Reed will be officiating; there will be a one hour visitation prior to the service. Larry’s family would like to extend a very special thank you to Katie and Erin with the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion and Stephanie and Sarah with Heartland Hospice, for the compassion, kindness, and care provided to Larry and his family. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534; or to the Grace Evangelical Free Church.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Billy L. Morris

Billy L. Morris

Billy L. Morris

Billy L. “Bill” Morris, 82, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at his home. Bill was born November 12, 1931, in Cannon Township, MI, the son of James and Edith (Hess) Morris. He had worked for the Kent County Road Commission for 37 years, and had been a member of Solon Fire Department and the North Kent Snowmobile Club. Surviving are his wife, Wanda (Parker), whom he married on September 9, 1950; children, Ann & Larry Cornell, Curt & Julie Morris, Charlene & Bill Fifield; grandchildren, Nutasha Tolsma, Jon, Theresa, Brett, and Katelyn Fifield, Michael Morris, Laurissa Cornell, Vikki Berry; great-grandchildren, Chevelle, Jordan, Amari, Kadence, and Brody; sister-in-law, Rosemary Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James and Phillip. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Pastor Gilbert Morris officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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George E. Frost

32C obit FrostGeorge E. Frost, 86, of Rodney, passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his residence. He was born August 19, 1927, in Lansing, the son of George and Helen (DeWitt) Frost. During World War II, he served with the US Navy, stationed in Guam. Following his discharge, George returned to Lansing, and on May 16, 1951, he married Doris Jean Wade. The couple then moved to Cedar Springs, and George worked as a machinist for Michigan Wheel in Grand Rapids until retiring in 1989. During this time, he also served on the Algoma Township Fire Department, and retired from there as the Assistant Chief. He was a member of the Moose Lodge. Doris preceded George in death in 1989, and he moved to the Big Rapids area in 1999, where he had lived since. Surviving are four sons; George (Judy) of El Paso, Texas, Lee of Trufant, Robert (Barbara) of Rodney, and Archie (Elaine) of Coldwater; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Sue, two brothers, and three sisters. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with his family greeting friends beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Following cremation, burial will be in the Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name may be left at the funeral home. Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Mohnke Funeral Home, Big Rapids

 

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Irene L. Wulff

C-OBIT-WulffIrene L. Wulff, 95, of Rockford, died Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Irene was born April 10, 1919 in Saranac, Michigan the daughter of James and Della (Schreiner) Hamblin. She enjoyed her flowers and gardening, music in the park, coffee with the girls, fishing and camping. Surviving are her children, Linda & William Mason, Leon & Cecilia Hall, Bill & Sue Hall; stepson, Dean & Brenda Wulff; four grandchildren; ten step grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one great great grandson. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Hall and Art Wulff; children, Bonnie, Charles and Richard; three sisters and two brothers. The family greeted friends Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Pastor Jennings Johnson officiating. Interment Fairplains Cemetery, Sparta. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 957 Spaulding Avenue, SE, Ada, MI 49301.

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

 

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