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EDWARD KIST


Edward Kist, age 85, of Cedar Springs died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday February 19, 2019. He worked for 34 years at Lear Siegler. Ed loved to hunt, fish and camp at Bear Lake with family and friends. He and Gerry loved to go for Sunday drives. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Geraldine; daughters, Sue (Joe) Benedict, Shelly Kist; grandchildren, Jake (Amy) Benedict, Jesse Benedict, Cody (Elizabeth) Pike, Casey (Emily) Pike, James (Jessica) Streeter, Mike Streeter and Ty Robinson; 13 wonderful great-grandchildren; brothers, Floyd (Betsy) Kuhn, Fred Kuhn; sisters, Cathy (Jerry) Keller, Mary Kuhn; son-in-law, Darryl Pike; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandy Pike and brother, Will Kuhn. Services will be held at a later date. 

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

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DONALD VANDENBERG


Donald J. VandenBerg, age 86, of Sand Lake, died Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans. Don was born September 18, 1932 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of John and Dorothy (Reitman) VandenBerg. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1952-54 and retired from Dykema Excavating. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, JoAnn (Flynn Hiler); children, Michael Hiler, Cynthia (Rick) Dubay, Kim (Susan) Hiler, John (Christine) VandenBerg, DJ (Melanie) VandenBerg; 36 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; brother, Robert (Pam) VandenBerg; step brother, Jerry (Pat) Sorenson; step sister, Betty (Bob) Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kelli Hiler; sister-in-law, Elaine Rogers VandenBerg; niece, Katie VandenBerg; great-grandson, Deegan. The family will greet friends Friday, March 1 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pierson Bible Church Community Room. Pastor Jeffrey Wallace officiating. Interment in the summer at Crandall Cemetery.

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

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AMBER R. BAILEY


Amber R. Bailey, age 77, of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Green Acres of Cedar Springs. Amber was born February 20, 1941 in Newberry, MI the daughter of Raymond and Olive (Crowley) Williams. She owned Bailey’s Party Store with her husband for five years and worked for the City of Cedar Springs for 18 years as both city manager and city clerk. She enjoyed scrapbooking, collecting china, reading and Christmas Teas. She was a dedicated wife and loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are her daughters, Sheila (Joe) Wittenbach, Ann (Trever) Hall; grandchildren, Evan, Maddy, Josh, Cade, Alex and Tressa; brother, Robert (Shirley) Williams; sister, Ardith Pangburn; four nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; son, Kenny and son-in-law, Jim Kirkwood. The family greeted friends on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was on held Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

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

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CORRY SMITH COOKINGHAM, JR.


Corry Smith Cookingham, Jr., age 85, of Cedar Springs passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Ada Township, Michigan to Corry and Daphna (James) Cookingham, Sr. Corry was a letter carrier for over 26 years. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a very loving father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family. Corry is survived by his children Corry C. (Patti) Cookingham, Sue Mansfield, Craig C. Cookingham, and Curt C. (Laura) Cookingham; brother, Wayne Cookingham; sister, Doris Norton; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jeanette and grandson, Lucas Mansfield. A memorial service was held Monday, February 18 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Mark Slagh, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals.

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Leah N. Almy

Leah N. (Eastman) Almy, age 35, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital, Greenville. Leah was born December 18, 1983 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Chris and Debra (DeKlyen) Eastman. She loved garage sales, cooking, music, animals and was undefeated in board games. She was a very giving, thoughtful and kindhearted person. Surviving are her son, Cameron Almy; parents, Chris and Debra Eastman; sisters, Athena (Jon) Standhardt, Kristi (David) Jachim, Lindy (Andrew) Rowe, Kylie (Milton) Burns III; fiance, Chris DeYoung; grandfather, Warren Eastman; 11 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frances and Joan DeKlyen and Myrna “Red” Eastman. The service was held Thursday, February 14 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America or the Renucci House, Grand Rapids.

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RANGER DAVID WILBER

Ranger David Wilber passed away on February 10, 2019, due to a medical condition that caused a car accident, from which he never regained consciousness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Sherry Wilber and grandson, Charles Allen Burpee. He is survived by his son Vincent Wilber; granddaughters, Harley Wilber of Walker, and Nichole Cushway of Grand Rapids; his daughter, Julie Block and husband Eric of Rockford; grandchildren, Anna Burpee of Rockford and Randi, AJ and Nolan Block of Grand Rapids; his daughter, Christine Curley of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Hannah (and Jeremy) with great-grandson, Christian, Aaron and Matthew (and Rachel) Curley of Grand Rapids, all three of whom he raised. He is also survived by grandson, Samuel James Curley, of Atlanta. And SO MANY friends! He will be greatly missed by more people than we can count. He did business selling auto parts in Cedar Springs for about 40 years and touched the lives of so many with his generosity. Nearly everyone he knew, has at least one “Ranger” story. There will be a service to remember Ranger on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Resurrection Life Church, 3233 10 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Visitation and refreshments from 4-6 p.m. Service following. Officiated by Pastor Ed Snook. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing toward his final expenses or making a charitable donation, in his name to the Meijer Heart Center, which took such wonderful care of him in his final days.

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GEORGE M. MEUSER

George M. Meuser, age 86, of Sand Lake, died Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at his home. George was born August 10, 1932 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of George and Stella (Chehowski) Meuser. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids and Bethel Lutheran Church, Howard City. He was an avid sportsman, rodeo rider and a member of the Grand Rapids Saddle Club. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather. His grandchildren were his life. Surviving are his children, Kim (Kathryn) Meuser, Brian (Beth) Meuser, Nancy (Mark) Ducat; 8 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents; wife, June in 1983; brother, Bud (Terri) Meuser. A memorial service was held Tuesday, February 5 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Private interment Rosedale Memorial Gardens, Standale. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

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THELMA M. MORRIS

Thelma M. Morris, age 97, of Cedar Springs, died Friday, February 1, 2019 at her home with her family by her side. Thelma was born May 2, 1921 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of Garner and Jessie (Heiss) Goodell. She had been a waitress at Cedar Cafe and had worked for Richard Baldridge DDS and Richard Dodd DDS. She was a member of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club, Grand A’s Model A Club and helped set up the dinners at the American Legion Hall. She was a good and loving grandmother. Surviving are her grandsons, Roger “Rip” (Kenda) Gillette, Michael (Lisa) Gillette, Jeffrey Gillette; great-grandchildren, Stacey Gillette, Jenna (Joshua) Bielecki, Kourtney (Justin) Langdon, Jessie (Nic) Pemberton, Erin (Matt) Smith, Arlenea Gillette, Audrey Geglio-Gillette; great-great-grandchildren, Josie, Everlie, Noah, Brady, Gianna, Bennett, Kenzie; sisters, Marie Bigney, Donna Rhoades; several nieces and nephews; special friend and neighbor, Pam Morris. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley in 2000; daughters, Cheryl Morris, Arlene (Roger) Gillette; brothers, Leon, Richard, and Donald Goodell; sister, Norma Robinson. The family greeted friends Tuesday, Feb. 5th at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. Interment Blythefield Memory Gardens, Belmont. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners International or Faith Hospice.

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

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PAUL GILLISPIE, SR.


Paul Dean Gillispie, Sr., age 71, of Cedar Springs, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born in Pikeville, Kentucky on September 8, 1947 to Russell and Mary (Reynolds) Gillispie. He is survived by his wife of 37 years Vicki; his children, Paul (Kim) Gillispie, Jr., Norma Colborn, Vivian (Gary) DeBoe, Kevin (Deb) Gillispie, Diane (Dezmond) Naughton, Dorene (Quinn), Frank (Kathy) Gillispie; brother Larry Gillispie; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Allen, Nick, Lawrence, David, Rick, Kelly and Leon. The family will meet with friends 10:00 a.m. Friday until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Laurie TenHave-Chapman of First Congregational Church of Rockford, officiating. Interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions maybe made to Heartland Hospice or to Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue at midwestbtrescue.org.

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

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VIRGINIA ROBINSON


Virginia May Robinson, 89, of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mrs. Robinson was born July 15, 1929 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Fred and Ella (VanCleve) Wert. She was a good mom, great cook and a very generous person. Surviving are her children, Rixie (Mary) Robinson, Barbara Gavron, Helen (Terry) McIntyre, Nancy (Steve) Robinson-Merlington, Trevor (Salli) Robinson; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, David (Marilyn) Wert; sisters, Beulah (Gary) Chase, Darlene Elder. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rix in 2004 and 6 brothers and sisters. The family gives a special thanks to Metron for their wonderful care. Visitation will be held Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m. Private interment Pierson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

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

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