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Gary Lee VanSchuur

12C-obit-VANSCHUURMr. Gary Lee VanSchuur, of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 66, passed away on the afternoon of Monday, March 21, 2016, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born to Gerrit and Leona Marie (Beduhn) VanSchuur on Sunday, September 11, 1949, in Sparta, Michigan, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. As a truehearted patriot, Gary proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Army, fighting in the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge, he worked for the Farm Bureau of Kent City and then as a supervisor for Knoll Furniture until his retirement in 2008. Gary enjoyed the simple things in life he was a great Michigan outdoorsman who loved to go deer hunting, and as a farmer, Gary loved working the land. He was also a very talented woodworker, crafting many things with his parents in their woodshop. Family was everything to Gary. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, and dear brother and friend. He cherished every family get-together, being with his grandchildren whenever he could, and he especially loved taking them for rides on the Gator. Gary is survived by his beloved wife Sharon (Fisk); loving children, MaryAnn (K.J.) Decker and Keith (Laura) Goltz, Sr.; adored grandchildren, Whitney (fiance Cory Wimmer) Decker, Hailey Decker, Devon Cole, Keith Goltz, Jr., Abby Goltz, and Kaylee Goltz; mother Marie VanSchuur; sister Janice; brother-in-law Carl; father and mother-in-law James and Shirley Fisk; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim (Annetta) and Ruth (Stan); and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the VanSchuur and Fisk families. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerrit; and brother-in-law Steve. There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Gary will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Rick Miller will be officiating. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United States Army, full military honors will be conducted. Gary will be laid to rest in Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township, Michigan.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Donald L. Kelley

12C-obit-kelleyDonald L. Kelley, 89, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mr. Kelley was born September 30, 1926 in Laura, Illinois, the son of Henry and Estelle (Emerson) Kelley. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and retired from the Army in 1968 after 23 ½ years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #50 and the Kent City American Legion. He was an avid golfer and fisherman and always enjoyed a beer with the boys. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Caroline; son, Roger of Broomfield, Colorado, sister, Lois Kneer of Florida. He was preceded in death by two sons, Kelvin and Patrick; stepson, Paul Curry; brother, Lester; sisters, Margaret and Myrna. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

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

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Robert Lee Hyrns: April 19, 1953 – March 17, 2016

Robert Lee Hyrns, age 62, of Newaygo, passed away March 17th at his residence. He was born April 19, 1953 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Alva and Donna (Spring) Hyrns. During his working years, he worked as a self-employed logger for 23 years and a heavy equipment driver for 10 years out west. Surviving are his parents Alva and Donna Hyrns; sister Sandy (Norm) Seppi; brother Rex (Mary) Hyrns; daughter Becky (Chad) Moore; two grandchildren, Kelly and Ryan; one great-grandchild, Dixie; several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his girl friend, Dawn Billings. As to Robert’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a light luncheon will be served at Ensley Center Township Hall on Saturday April 2nd from 1 to 3 p.m. In leu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice in Bob Hyrns name.

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Richard D. Morris

12C obit MorrisRichard D. “Dick” Morris, age 82, of Belmont, went to be with his Lord on Friday, March 18, 2016. Dick was born to DJ and Meryl (Hanna) Morris on Feb 26, 1934, in Evans, Michigan. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1952, where he went on to be a teacher, counselor, and mentor to many for several years. Dick was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and great-grandpa and will be forever missed by his family. Dick was President of the West MI Counselor Association and served on the board that developed the Kent County Tech Center (KCTC). He was also very active in the expansion and renovation of the Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, where he was a member. Dick was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Heffron; his brother, Rex Morris; and his sister, Bonnie Rowland. Dick is survived by his wife of 62 years, JoAn (Deyo) Morris; his children, Kirk and Joy Morris, Kelli Morris, and Traci and Glenn Jonker; his grandchildren, Bryan and Katie Heffron, Kendra and Jeremy Steinhaus, Kerra Heffron and her fiancé Jake, Jordan Heffron, Aubrey and Kyle Marion, Gavin and Ashlee Morris, Kory Jonker, Ethan Jonker, Cieara Beardslee, Landon Beardslee; his great-grandchildren, Hailey, Tyler, Logan, Luke, and Brenson; his sisters, Sally Fortuna and Sandy (Mort) Reed; his sister-in-law, Bonnie (Rick) Nelson; his brother-in-law, James Dickerson; and many nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. Funeral Services for Dick will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, 7979 Belding Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Memorial contributions may be given in Dicks’s name to the Bostwick Lake Congregational Church or the Alano Club of Kent County, 1020 College Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home
www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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EARL WALL

 

Earl Wall, 91, of Albany, Georgia, formerly of Cedar Springs, passed away on March 2nd, 2016. He is survived by his son, Pat (Peggy) Wall of North Carolina; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Kilts of Grant; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date, to be announced.

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WALTER L. BOHO

 

A memorial service will be held for Walter L. Boho, the husband of Ilene Paepke Boho, who passed away on November 11, 2015. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the American Legion Hall, Cedar Springs, Michigan at 1:00 p.m. Lunch to follow.

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EDITH E. TISDEL

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Edith E. Tisdel, 99, of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Porter Hills. Mrs. Tisdel was born May 7, 1916 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Lavern and Muriel (Lincoln) Hatch. She had been a member of the East Nelson United Methodist Church, the Spencer Mills Ladies Aid and a lifetime member of the Eastern Stars. She enjoyed making cakes for all family events, homemade bread and scubbies and going to the lake in the summer. Surviving are her daughters, Shirley (Jerry) Cadaret, Sharon (Don) Hopwood; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. Wayne Tisdel in 1999; brother, Matthew Hatch and a great grandson. The family greeted friends Friday, March 18 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Saturday at 2:00 pm. Pastors Herb VanderBilt and Chuck Smith officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to East Nelson United Methodist Church.

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

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MICHILE A. LEWIS

 

10C-obit-LewisAugust 9, 1960 – March 6, 2016

Michile A. Lewis, of Sand Lake, age 55, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; son, Kenny; daughter, Sarah & Jermey Niece; grandchildren, Kyla, Skylar, Madison, Alec, Mac Kenzie “Ninny”; parents, Chester & Judith Dahlke; Brothers, Mike Dahlke, Tim & Donna Dahlke; sister, Darlene Klein; several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Michile’s life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Solon Township Hall on Friday, March 11, 2016. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to assist the family with expenses.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home www.hesselcheslek.com.

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ROGER WILLIS TOWNS

 

Roger Willis Towns, 71, of Grand Rapids, died March 1, 2016. Roger was born June 13, 1944 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was an Army Vietnam Veteran. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and car races. Surviving are his sons, Brian Towns and Matthew Huizenga; siblings, Janet (Craig) Blossom, Mary (Don) Charron, Paul (Sarah) Towns, Patsy (Ed) Pierson and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Inez Towns; sister, Judy Robinson and brother, Tommy Towns. Cremation has taken place. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery at a later date.

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

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Roger Willis Towns

Roger Willis Towns, 71 of Grand Rapids died March 1, 2016. Roger was born June 13, 1944 in Grand Rapids. He was an Army Vietnam Veteran. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and car races. Surviving are his sons, Brian Towns and Matthew Huizenga; siblings, Janet (Craig) Blossom, Mary (Don) Charron, Paul (Sarah) Towns, Patsy (Ed) Pierson and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Inez Towns; sister, Judy Robinson and brother, Tommy Towns. Cremation has taken place. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery at a later date.

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

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