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LEON A. POWELL

Leon A. Powell age 81 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, April 20, 2020 in Zephyrhills Florida. Leon was born June 22, 1938 in Rockford, MI the son of Wendell and Alma (Nickolai) Powell. He was one of ten children and third oldest. Leon graduated from Rockford High School in 1956 where he loved participating in football, basketball and baseball. He was even scouted and tried out for the Detroit Tigers. Leon worked at Michigan Bell (AT&T) for 35 years. Leon’s true passion in life was farming his 100 acre farm with his loving wife. Some of the other things he enjoyed were spending time with his family, going dancing with Marilyn, attending his family’s events, traveling and playing cards with his friends. Leon was an avid Michigan State and Detroit Tiger fan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Alma; his brothers, Richard, Ed and Lyle; his sisters, Joyce and Beth. Leon is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Marilyn (Heiss); children, Mark (Marcia) Powell, Lori (Dan) Dunham, Jeffery (Janet) Powell, Terese (Eric) Hessler, Michelle (Pelle) Kvalsund; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family will hold a private burial in Solon Township Cemetery, Cedar Springs. A memorial will be held at a later date. In memory of Leon, please consider memorial contributions to Gulfside Hospice Care Service, 2061 Collier Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639.

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

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BEATRICE A. KELLEY

Beatrice A. Kelley age 96 passed away at her home on Sunday, April 19, 2020. She was born in Tyrone Township on April 23, 1923 to Clinton and Flossie Middleton. She was employed for many years at Wolverine World Wide on the Assembly Line. She is survived by her sons, Gordon and Evelyn VeltKamp, Clyde Kelley; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private burial services have been held and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to assist the family with expenses. 

Funeral services by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta.

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GARY G. BROOKS

Gary G. Brooks age 80 of Cedar Springs died Friday, April 17, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. Gary was born September 16, 1939 in Big Rapids, MI the son of Gordon and Lorraine (Ranshaw) Brooks. Gary worked at Wolverine World Wide for over 40 years. He enjoyed carving and working with wood. He loved the outdoors and especially loved his family. He is survived by his loving wife Sandy whom he married on June 11, 1960; children, Richard (Carolyn) Brooks, Russell (Dawn) Brooks, Robert (Julie) Brooks, Stacey (Brien) Velting; brother, Ronald (Karen) Brooks; sister, Connie Brooks (Bob Petrimoulx); grandchildren, Stephanie (Andrew) Passage, Ashleigh (Aaron) Wilcome, Nicole (Pat) Krouse, Jessica (Jon) Cole, Eric (Jessica) Brooks, Aleshia Coffey, Spencer Brooks, Levi (Emilie) Velting, Aaron Brooks, Bryar Velting; 16 great-grandchildren; honorary family, Phil Meitz and Jordan Smith. The family held a private burial. A public service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Springs Fire Department, 31 W. Maple St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or to Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan, 260 Jefferson SE #210 Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 

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

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ARLENE H. MYERS

Arlene H. Myers age 92 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 with her family at her side. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI to Carlton and Ruby Hyrns on June 14, 1927. She married James Myers on December 22, 1945 with whom she had 5 children. She worked as a door assembler at the 36th Street Plant of General Motors. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; grandson, Jeffrey; granddaughter, Tina; great-granddaughter, Jolene. She is survived by her children, Dale and Sharon Myers, Carla and Gordon Ripka, Alan and Marianne Myers, Kim and Jodie Myers, Dennis Myers; special cousin, John Myers; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 36 great-great-grandchildren; 1 brother; 2 sisters; several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Doris and Linda for their love and care given to Arlene as well as the staff of Medical Team Hospice for all of their love and attention. Private graveside services have been held. Friends may make memorial contributions in Arlene’s memory to The American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Ave. S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 

Services by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta

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STACY ANN INMAN-THRASHER

Stacy Ann Inman-Thrasher, 48, passed away unexpectedly April 10, 2020.  Born October 30, 1971, she was the youngest child of Russell and Dionna Inman, who preceded her death. She is survived by her siblings Sherry (Bill) Kerr, Russ (Chris) Inman, Dawn (Ken) Brecken, Ronda (Lee) Olds, and Charlie Roberts; nieces and nephews; Zach Rogers, Kia (Mickey) Ribic, Paige Rogers and Russell T. Inman. In addition, she leaves her life-long best friend, Dodie Lowis and boyfriend James Menser, Jr. Stacy was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School, class of 1990. She also attended Sanford-Brown college, where she received certification in medical coding and billing. Stacy was free-spirit and true to her birth order, enjoyed being the life of the party. She loved surprises and gift-giving and was known for her creativity, artistic flare and caring and compassionate love for those she cherished. With an affection for all animals, one of her greatest joys was the love of her Pomeranian puppies. In light of current events, a private family service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date.

Arrangements by Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Greenville

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DARLENE P. ELDER

Darlene P. Elder age 74 of Newaygo, died Friday, April 10, 2020 at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital. Darlene was born January 18, 1946, the daughter of Fred and Ella (VanCleve) Wert. Her children and grandchildren were her whole world. She also found joy in watching The Price is Right and Animal Planet. Darlene had a great love for dogs. She loved all her family dearly. Surviving are her children, Chad (Melody) Elder, Tammy (Brian) Hills, Gerri Aley (John Coleman); 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, David (Marilyn) Wert; sister, Beulah (Gary) Chase; mother-in-law, Virginia Fisher; sister-in-law, Judy (Dan) Sturgeon; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerry in 2016; son, Maurice Dean; 7 brothers and sisters. A celebration of her life will be announced in the summer. Interment with her husband in Solon Township Cemetery. 

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

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RUTH G. COOPER

Ruth G. Cooper age 86 of Cedar Springs passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Ruth was born June 12, 1933 in Lansing, MI the daughter of Ray and Laura (Bemis) Forman. She was a wonderful lady full of life, had a great love for her whole family and everyone she met. She liked to laugh, sing, joke around, crochet, draw, and write poetry. She loved her church family as well, but her greatest love was for the Lord. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Beth Cooper of Sparta; 18 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren and brother, Robert Luscombe. She was preceded in death by both parents, Ray Forman and Laura Hodges; 5 children, Michael Cooper, Steven Cooper, Brian Cooper, Timothy Cooper and Diane Sewell. A private family graveside will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at East Nelson Cemetery with Rev. Dan Seadorf officiating.

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

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RUTH ANN HUNTER

Ruth Ann Hunter age 68 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Ruth was born December 6, 1951 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of Florn and Doris (Petersen) Hunter. She was a carrier for the Grand Rapids Press for over 15 years and enjoyed fishing. She was faithful in taking care of her parents. Surviving are her brothers, Marty (Jeanne) Hunter, Buck (Sally) Hunter; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother and his wife, Bob (Kathy) Hunter. Cremation will take place and burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. 

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

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MILTON M. MARLATT

Milton M. Marlatt age 82 of Sand Lake, died Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Mission Point of Cedar Springs. Milton was born April 8, 1938 in Wyoming, MI the son of Percy and Myrtle (Buckner) Marlatt. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a faithful attender of Crossroads Worship Center, Howard City. He was a very caring person and enjoyed baking cookies. Surviving are his sister, Helen Mourer; six nephews and one niece. Cremation will take place. A private family graveside will be held at Idlewild Cemetery, Kent City. 

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

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RICHARD BLAINE FLUGER

Richard Blaine Fluger of Rockford, Michigan, age 81, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He was born to Ralph and Barbara (Hall) Fluger on April 29, 1938, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Richard enjoyed camping, hunting, and spending time with his friends and family. He is survived by his three children, Ralph (Julie Ann) Fluger, Julie Fluger, and Valrie (Aaron) Welch; grandchildren, Heather (Qwentell) Pegues-Polega, Steven (Alyssa) Polega, Ryan Polega, Reece Welch, and Carson Welch; great grandchildren, Peyton Pegues, Paxton Pegues, Eli Polega, and Amiala Polega; brother, Bill Fluger; and favorite dog, Polly. Richard was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 40 years, Donna (Becker) Fluger; daughter, Suzane Fluger; brother, David Fluger; and parents, Ralph and Barbara Fluger. The family would like to thank Spectrum Health Hospice for their care and compassion towards Richard. A private memorial service will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice & Palliative Care, 750 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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