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Abigail “Abby” Sanderson

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September 2007 – November 27, 2016

Abby lost her life while venturing across the street on 16 Mile Road, between Northland Dr. and White Creek, Sunday morning, November 27, 2016. She was a golden labrador that enjoyed 9 years loving her family Mike, Belinda, and Autumn Sanderson of Cedar Springs, as well as anyone who would pet her. She was a unique soul, that loved to carry your shoes for you and bring you her bowl when she was hungry. She was more than a pet, she was a family member and friend.  Our Abby Girl will be missed every day.

A graveside memorial service was held in her honor.

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Orrin Edward Robinson, Jr.

orrin-robinson-1480070217Orrin Edward Robinson Jr., went home to his Lord and Savior Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the age of 82. Born December 15, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Orrin was the loving son of Mary and Orrin Robinson and the eldest brother of Robert Robinson and Sharon Frederick. On June 1, 1957, Orrin married Rose Cook and they had four children of their own, Cindy, Orrin Jr. “Bud”, Mary, and Cheryl. He started work at the Kent County Road Commission, 30-plus years in over the road trucking where he formally retired in 1991. During retirement he drove school bus for Cedar Springs and then to Algoma Christian. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Orrin loved meeting at Big Boy Restaurant every Wednesday morning with his nephew Eddie Cook and longtime friend Allen Beach. He loved to watch old western and war movies and NASCAR. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary (Sadowskas) and father Orrin Robinson. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Rose Marie (Cook) Robinson; his children, Cindy and Ken Vander Jagt, Orrin Jr. “Bud” and Melissa Robinson, Mary and Bill Blanchard, and Cheryl and Ron Karger; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert (Judy) Robinson; his sister, Sharon (Rick) Frederick; and his nieces and nephews. There will be a time of visitation with the family from 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. Funeral services for Orrin will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, 233 S Main, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. There will be a time of visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. James Howard and Rev. Robert Smith will be officiating. Private Burial will take place afterward in Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs. Memorial Contributions may be given to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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Jane Elizabeth Thomas

c-obit-thomasJane Elizabeth (Marsh) Thomas, 81, of Bass Lake, Gowen, passed away quietly on November 17, 2016, in her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Sylvia Mae Robinson and Walter Munson Cole; her husband of 32 years, Alvin Thomas; her beloved son, Thomas Marsh; her brothers, Waldo (Buddy) Cole, James (Pen) Cole and Robert (Pleck) Cole and her twin sister, Joanne Hysell.  She is survived by her six daughters, Vicki (Chris) Nelson, Bobbi (Doug) Bittenbender, Sandy (Steve) Pike, Linda Miller, Kimberly Brown, and Sara Ortiz; her 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Susan Walker and Barbara Schondelmayer.  Jane’s daughters wish to convey their sincerest appreciation to the wonderful Care Team from Kindred Hospice for the love and attention shown to their mother in her final days.  A private family memorial service will be held for Jane’s immediate family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jane can be made to Kindred Hospice, 625 Kenmore Ave SE, Suite 115, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49546.  Hurst Funeral Home is serving the family, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

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Jerry Lynn Avery

c-obit-averyJerry Lynn Avery, 77 of Cedar Springs went into the loving arms of his Savior on Thursday, November 17, 2016 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born March 19, 1939 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Donald and Caroline (Townes) Avery. Jerry had a thirty four year career as a police officer, serving in the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and before that, the Cedar Springs Police Department.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, flying, bicycling and time with his grandkids. He was a member of Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church and the Northwest Soaring Club of Frankfort where he served as an instructor.  He was also a member of the Bad Bikers Bicycle Club, where he was known as the “Baddest Biker”. Surviving are his wife, Peggy (Beals) whom he married on November 12, 1957; sons, Mike (Denise) Avery, Tim (Kim) Avery; grandchildren, Sarah (Jordan) Brygal, James (Jessica) Edwards, Andy Avery, Jessica Martin, Jamie Jeffries III, Samantha Avery, Shelby Avery; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Leon (Janet) Avery. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joe (Jean) Avery, David Avery; sister, Madeline (Stan) Piasecki. The family will greet friends Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Monday, Nov. 21 at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. Pastors Bill Johnson and Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or Faith Hospice.

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MYRON L. WALLER

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Myron L. Waller 60 of Cedar Springs died Friday, November 11, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Myron was born March 29, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Donald and Opal (Middleton) Waller. Myron enjoyed all sports, especially baseball. After he became a parapalegic he enjoyed going out to the deck for some sun and giving his grandchildren and other children a ride on his wheelchair. Surviving are his daughter, Brittnie (Robert) Good; grandchildren, Brooklyn, Blake and Michael; mother, Opal Waller; brother, Mark (Julie) Barnhart; sisters, Judy Turner, Gail (Carl) Dunn, Janet (Lloyd) Ingersoll, LuAnn (Jeff) Piatt, Margie (Schmitty) Schmitz, Robin (Steve) Brott; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Kellie Fast. The family would like to thank all of the nurse aides who cared for Myron and became friends. A memorial service will be held at the Cedar Springs American Legion on Friday, November 18 at 11:00 am with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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

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LESLIE SMITH

 

Les, age 82, passed away unexpectedly November 3, 2016 at his home in Greenback, Tennessee. He was originally from Sand Lake and Grant Michigan. Les was preceded in death by his father and mother, Fred and Oleva Smith of Sand Lake and a son, Jerry from Spring Lake, Michigan. Les is survived by three sons, Larry, Terry and Gary from Spring Lake, Michigan; brother Ervin Smith from Owasso; sister Lorraine Pratt from Belton, South Carolina; brother Ken (Lois) Smith from Sand Lake and sister Lorna (Richard) Holbrook from Trufant, Michigan; grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

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Sandra J. Raymond

c-obit-raymond002Sandra J. Raymond, 73 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Sandra was born July 13, 1943 in Grand Rapids, MI. She loved working in her flower gardens and cooking big meals. She was faithful in reading her Bible, praying for others and sending birthday and get well cards. Surviving are her husband, Darcey Raymond, Sr.; sons, Bruce (Colette) Benton, Lanny Benton, John (Monica) Benton; stepdaughter, Darla (Ricki) Myers, Shannon (Billy) Beck; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Pam) Sharpe, Tommy (Shirley) Sharpe; mother-in-law, Wanda Raymond; cousin, Ida Prill; close friend, Joyce Tompkins. She was preceded in death by mother, Neva Sharpe; father-in-law, Farrand Raymond; stepson, Darcey Raymond, Jr. The family will greet friends Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 am until time of memorial service at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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WILLIAM R. WOUDWYK

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William R. Woudwyk, 62 of Cedar Springs was relieved of his suffering on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 12, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Tony and Alice (Gort) Woudwyk. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, game nights and most of all his family. Surviving are his wife, Kathy; children, Amy Lewis, Bill (Rachel) Woudwyk; grandchildren, Trey and Gavin Lewis, Aubrey, Aiden, Ethan, Nate, Gabe and Autumn Woudwyk; sister, Pat Zink and husband, Bill Vajda; brothers, Tom (Carolyn) Woudwyk, Steve (Char) Woudwyk; mother-in-law, Loretta Elliott; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Clifford Elliott. A special thanks to Spectrum Health Hospice for their care. The family will greet friends Saturday, November 12 at Courtland Township Hall, 7450 14 Mile Road, Rockford starting at 11:00 am. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon with a luncheon to follow. Pastor Jim Ikerd officiating. Memorial contributions to Pioneer CRC Building Fund or Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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JOYCE REYBURN

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Joyce Reyburn (Ziemann) age 86, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 8, 2016. Joyce graduated from Godwin High School and then graduated from the Beauty School in Kalamazoo. She then became a cosmetology instructor at the State College of Beauty in Grand Rapids. Joyce changed careers and drove bus for Kenowa Hills for 20 years, where she retired in 1984. Since retirement, Joyce spent many winters in Arizona. Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, Gordon Reyburn, children Greg (Toni) Reyburn of Arizona, and Pam (Glen) Jurick of Wyoming, Michigan. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Nick and Deb Bettes, Zack and Julie Reyburn, Mitchell Bettes, Ryan Bettes, Kent and Sarah Reyburn, Shontelle Hyde and MCO Officer Danielle Collins, and seven great-grandchildren. As was Joyce’s wishes, cremation has taken place and interment will be at the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan. A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date for members of her family.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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JEROME R. MILLER

 

Jerome R. Miller, 68 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, October 7, 2016 at Faith Hospice – Trillium Woods. Mr. Miller was born March 5, 1948 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Fred and Velma (McLaughlin) Miller. He retired from Kool Flow of Kent City. He enjoyed flying RC planes, boating, camping, traveling and jigsaw puzzles. He was a member of the Eagles in Sand Lake. Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Nancy Ann; sons, Brett (Michelle) Miller, Ron (Heather) Miller, Travis (Heather) Miller; stepchildren, Deborah Wood, Ronnie Seabolt, April Seabolt; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family greeted friends Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday 11:00 am. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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