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September 4, 1953 – April 24, 2019

Ralph Dietrich, of Cedar Springs Michigan, born on September 4, 1953 in Mercy Hospital Manistee, Michigan, to Sally (Jim) Wiley and the late Paul Dietrich, passed away peacefully at the age of 65 on April 24, 2019 at Spectrum Grand Rapids, Michigan, after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Ralph served in the Air Force and he also worked at K&M Dodge as a mechanic. Ralph was the beloved husband of Denise. He was preceded in death by his son Matthew. Ralph is survived by his son, Paul (Trisha); daughter, Heather Kaver; stepson, Michael; stepdaughters, Sara and Christina; brothers, David (Gretchen), Tom (Kelly), Daniel (Sharon); sisters, Paula (Schultheis) and Karen Rice; 8 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. We will always carry your memories in our heart. Friends and family members attended a memorial service on Monday, April 29th at 1 p.m. at Resurrection Church, 3233 10 Mile Rd., Rockford, Michigan.

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Kurt A. Probst

Kurt A. Probst age 57 of Newaygo, died Monday, May 6, 2019 at his home. Kurt was born February 20, 1962 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Arthur and Carolyn (Brooks) Probst. Kurt was a friend to everyone, hard working, very loyal, giving and honest. Surviving are his wife, Helen; step son, Thomas VanderHyde; step grandchildren, Tianna, Franklin, and Talia VanderHyde; parents, Arthur and Carolyn Probst; brother, Alan (Mercedes) Probst; niece and nephew, Mikayla and Austin; in-laws, Sharon Smith, Ellen Stoner, Leonard (Kay) Stoner. The family will greet friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Interment Idlewild Cemetery, Kent City. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

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Nancy Carol Kiste, age 77, of Cedar Springs went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, May 6, 2019. Nancy was born on March 1, 1942 in St. Joseph, MI to Jake and Velma Lawton. Nancy is survived by her five children, Tim (Penny) Mongar, Tina (Dennis) Merryman, James Lawton, April Canfield, Amainda Graham; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 sons, Mark and Jerry Mongar. A celebration of life will be held at the Algoma Estates Clubhouse on Sunday, May 12th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., 4456 – 13 Mile Rd., NE Rockford MI 49341.

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Daniel Elve of Sand Lake, Michigan, age 81, went to his eternal home on May 3, 2019. He was born on December 17, 1937, to Nicholas and Grace Elve. Daniel was preceded in death by both parents; sister, Beth Lindhout; and brothers, Kenneth (Marie), Phillip (Lois), and David (Kim). He will be missed by nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and special nephew Tom (Karen) Elve. The family would like to thank the staff at Laurels of Hudsonville and Faith Hospice for their care and compassion. The funeral service for Daniel was celebrated on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341. Pastor James Durr officiated. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy may make a memorial contribution to Samaritan’s Purse Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

Arrangements by Pederson 

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LaVern Edward Blocher, age 99 minus 10 days, went to be with his Lord and Savior May 8, 2019 at 5:00 am in Gowen, MI. He was born May 18, 1920 in Kensal, North Dakota. Vern was a farmer when he married Doris Depew of Alto, MI in 1943. After 10 years he became a Driver Salesman for Herrud Meat Company. He loved to garden both flowers and vegetables. He raised his family in Grandville, MI. where he was very active in Grace Bible Church. Retired to White Cloud then Cedar Springs attended Pierson Bible Church. Preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Doris Irene Depew Blocher, twin daughters Lois and Lucille Blocher, grandson Jordon Gitchel, 5 brothers, and one sister, second wife Georgianna Mattson of 5 years. Survived by his children Katherine (John) Plume of Coral, MI., Elizabeth Gitchel of Howard City, MI., LaVern C. (Shelley) Blocher of Pentwater, MI; 13 grandchildren, 48 great-grand children, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by his sister, Betty Craig of Clarksville, MI.; and 2 sister-in-laws, Rhetha Blocher of Marietta, Georgia, and Donna Blocher of Lowell, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews. Service: Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Heckman Funeral Home 225 E. Edgerton St., Howard City, MI. with Pastor Cris Hammer officiating. Interment will be at Reynolds Township Cemetery, Howard City, MI. Visitations: Saturday prior to funeral 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Heckman Funeral Home. Memorials can be given to Gideon’s International (Bibles), or Pierson Bible Church, Pierson, MI.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral 

Home, Howard City

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Martha I. Parker, age 98, of Sand Lake, died Friday, May 3, 2019 at her home. Mrs. Parker was born March 24, 1921 in Courtland Township, MI the daughter of Albert and Grace (Stewart) Becker. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and painting. In years past she picked a half acre raspberry patch and sold eggs in town. She was an avid Detroit Tiger baseball fan, and loved watching and listening to their games. She loved going to the Howard City Senior Center on Fridays to listen to the music and have lunch. Surviving are her children, Gerald Parker, Lucinda (Max) Cole, Joyce Cavner, Reta McKee; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 34 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell in 2007; daughter-in-law, Beverly Parker; sons-in-law, Roger Cavner and Charles McKee; grandson, Kevin Cole; great-grandson, Ryan Doyle; nine brothers and sisters. The family greeted friends Tuesday, May 7 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Howard City Action Center.

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

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Harold “Buck” Middleton passed away peacefully on May 4th, 2019 at the age of 88. Buck enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling and dancing. He was a long-time member of the American Legion post #287 and proudly served in the Korean War. You could find him at the Cedar Springs Big Boy every morning enjoying his waffle with strawberries and whipped cream. Harold was the proud father of Steve Middleton, Jerry (Laurie) Middleton, Mary Jo (Bill) Weidenfeller and Karen (Kevin) Grattan. He was a wonderful grandfather to nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and was also a great brother to Clare (Tudy) Middleton and Keith (Lois) Middleton. He is proceeded in death by his beloved first wife Mary Jane, his second wife June and his son Ron. A memorial visitation will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. followed by a time of sharing of memories of Buck at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street in Rockford. A graveside service with Military Honors will then take place at 3:30 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers the family requests you make a donation to a charity of your choice or if you prefer, have a waffle or a beer in memory of Buck.

Arrangements by Pederson 

Funeral Home, Rockford

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June 30, 1945 – April 5, 2019

A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm in the Mary Queen Apostles Parish Hall in Sand Lake.

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A memorial luncheon will be held in honor of Bonnie who passed away April 15, 2019.

The luncheon will be held at 101 Grand Street, Pierson MI on May 18th. Starts at noon with lunch at 1 pm.


We are never apart. Loving memories keep you alive in our hearts.

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David Sleight, age 78, of Howard City passed away April 25, 2019 at Spectrum Health Butterworth.  He was born July 15, 1940 in Lake City the son of Ralph and Leona (Domer) Sleight. During his working years he worked as a Journeyman/Lineman for Local 876 for many years.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading Patrick McManus books, John Wayne movies, socializing, teaching grand kids card games, sailboats, and talking about politics and religion. He served his country in the US Navy. In 1963 he married Sandra Sleight who survives. Also surviving are; one son Clay Sleight of Big Rapids, one daughter Cally Sleight (David Sleight) of Morley; four grandsons, Levi Sleight and Wyatt (Lela) Berklund of Howard City, Jason Sleight of Montague, Eugene Heiss of Hart; two great-grandsons, Manny and Marshall Sleight; two brothers, John (Diane) Sleight, Bob Sleight; one sister, Loretta Shellenbarger; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Annabelle Sleight, sisters, Marvel Kent and June Meir. There will be a celebration of life on May 4 at the Morley American Legion from Noon till 3 p.m.  

Arrangements entrusted to The Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City 

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