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ROBERT ALLEN JOHNSON

 

Robert Allen Johnson, 76, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Thursday, June 25, 2015. Bob was born January 28, 1939. Bob lived most of his life as a resident of Courtland Township. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1957. He retired in 1992 after 30 years at General Motors Fisher Body plant on 36th Street. He loved farming and his family. Bob had a stroke in January, 2000. Although life was never easy after that, he always had a smile on his face. He was the kindest and gentlest person you would ever meet who cared deeply about others. He was preceded in death in 1997 by his father, Wesley. He is survived by his mother, Elna, whom he loved dearly. She was his primary caretaker. He is also survived by his children; Bob and Paula Johnson, Tim Johnson and Kathy Kay, and Kathy and Ken Coleman. Bob has three grandchildren, Ryan Coleman, Kate Coleman and Logan Armstrong. He is also survived by his sisters Joyce and Dick Kastas and Judy and Jim Idziak and their families. The family thanks the Green Acres of Standale family who took care of dad the last few months of his life. And also the Porter Hills home health care nurses who took care of dad at home before Green Acres. The family greeted friends on Sunday, June 28 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Monday, June 29. Pastor Robert Eckert officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paws With A Cause, 4646 Division St, Wayland, MI 49348.

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

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Robert Allen Johnson

Robert Allen Johnson, 76, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Thursday, June 25, 2015.  Bob was born January 28, 1939.  Bob lived most of his life as a resident of Courtland Township.  He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1957.  He retired in 1992 after 30 years at General Motors Fisher Body plant on 36th Street.   He loved farming and his family.  Bob had a stroke in January, 2000.  Although life was never easy after that, he always had a smile on his face.  He was the kindest and gentlest person you would ever meet who cared deeply about others.   He was preceded in death in 1997 by his father, Wesley.   He is survived by his mother, Elna, whom he loved dearly.  She was his primary caretaker.   He is also survived by his children, Bob and Paula Johnson, Tim Johnson and Kathy Kay, and Kathy and Ken Coleman.  Bob has three grandchildren, Ryan Coleman, Kate Coleman and Logan Armstrong.  He is also survived by his sisters Joyce and Dick Kastas and Judy and Jim Idziak and their families. The family thanks the Green Acres of Standale family who took care of dad the last few months of his life.  And also the Porter Hills home health care nurses who took care of dad at home before Green Acres.  The family greeted friends on Sunday, June 28 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Monday, June 29. Pastor Robert Eckert officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Paws With A Cause, 4646 Division St, Wayland, MI 49348.

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

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Two state-record fish caught in West Michigan

White Perch Record: This 2-pound white perch was caught by Cindy Lou Cordo, of North Muskegon, on Bear Lake (Muskegon County) this spring.



White Perch Record: This 2-pound white perch was caught by Cindy Lou Cordo, of North Muskegon, on Bear Lake (Muskegon County) this spring.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed two new state-record fish for black buffalo and white perch. This marks the second and third state-record fish caught in 2015.

The state record for black buffalo was broken by a fish caught by Sage Colegrove of Muskegon on the Grand River in Ottawa County Sunday, April 12, at 1 a.m. Colegrove was bowfishing. The fish weighed 44.54 pounds and measured 38.50 inches.

The record was verified by Rich O’Neal, a DNR fisheries biologist in Muskegon.

Black Buffalo Record: Sage Colegrove (right) holds on to his new state-record black buffalo, with help from friend Richard Laing (left). The 44.54-pounder was caught on the Grand River in Ottawa County.

Black Buffalo Record: Sage Colegrove (right) holds on to his new state-record black buffalo, with help from friend Richard Laing (left). The 44.54-pounder was caught on the Grand River in Ottawa County.

The previous state-record black buffalo was caught by Joshua Teunis on Bear Lake (Muskegon County) June 15, 2014. That fish weighed 41.25 pounds and measured 38.25 inches.

The state record for white perch was broken by a fish caught by Cindy Lou Cordo of North Muskegon on Bear Lake in Muskegon County Saturday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. Cordo was baitcasting with a spinner. The fish weighed 2.0 pounds and measured 13.57 inches.

The record again was verified by Rich O’Neal.

The previous state-record white perch was caught by Aaron Slagh on Muskegon Lake (Muskegon County) Jan. 21, 2014. That fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.

State records are recognized by weight only. To qualify for a state record, fish must exceed the current listed state record weight and identification must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.

For more information on fishing in Michigan – including a roster of state-record catches, visit Michigan.gov/fishing.

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Jerry Boyd Hall

 

Jerry Boyd Hall, 87 of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Jerry was born September 3, 1927 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Herbert and Gladys (Beugnot) Hall. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-54. His life was summed up by his family on Father’s Day as their mentor, teacher, consultant, doctor, best friend, dad and granddad. He will be greatly missed. Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Elsa; children, Celeste (Scott) Schut, Janice (James) Baker; grandchildren, Angel (Calvin) Brink, Don (Dana) Whidden, Jerrod Roberts, Jenna (Jason) Caniff, Anna (Robert) Cavasos, Cassandra Navarre; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Jay (Judy) Hall; many nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers, Bud Proudfit, Judy Bussema, Jack Hall and Gene Hall. A graveside service will be held Saturday 1:00 pm at Solon Township Cemetery. Pastor Larry Young officiating.

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

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Mary E. Siebert

 

Mary E. Siebert, 85 of Cedar Springs, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus. Mrs. Siebert was born July 17, 1929 in Granite City, IL the daughter of George and Sarah (Patterson) Brown. She had been a bank auditor and later enjoyed hobby farming with her husband. She was a member of Cedar Creek Community Church and their Ladies Auxiliary Club. She was an avid golfer and bowler. Surviving are her children, Geraldine Myers, Robert Siebert, Donna Kaye Smith, Roger George Siebert; 8 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; brother, Ray (Rosemary) Brown; sister, Donna (Owen) Arney. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer in 2001; granddaughters, Tonya Gail Siebert and Paula Lynn Silliman; brother, George Brown. The family will greet friends Thursday from 9:30 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Richard Nichols officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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

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Dorothy M. Blanchard

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Dorothy M. Blanchard (Streeter) 92 passed from this life into the next on Monday, June 22, 2015. She was born April 19, 1923 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of Ted and Bessie (Parker) Streeter. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Robert Blanchard; and husband, John Blanchard; brother, Maurice Streeter. She leaves behind her children, Ron (Joy) Blanchard, Tonnie (Chuck) Smith, Jeff Blanchard, John Blanchard II, and Greg Blanchard; sister-in-law, Gay (Tom) Hudson; grandchildren, Blain (Angie) Blanchard, Tori (Chuck) Smith-VanBelle, Trevor Smith, Brandon (Kristie) Smith, Shelly (Phil) Scheer, Rene Blanchard, Haley (Joe) Saxinger, Jeffrey Blanchard, Samantha (Drew) Dutton, Erwin Blanchard, Tyler Blanchard; many great and great great grandchildren. Dorothy was a lifelong resident of Cedar Springs, her parent’s farm is now the site of the Cedar Springs High School, as well as the Streeter addition to the City of Cedar Springs, including Metron of Cedar Springs. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 6-8 pm and Thursday from 2-4 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Friday at 11:00 am. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Association for the Blind or American Heart Association.

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

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Eloise Margaret Petersen

 

25C-obit-petersenEloise Margaret Petersen, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 21, 2015, five days before her 100th birthday. Eloise was born June 26, 1915 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of James and Alta (Butler) Russell. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, cooking and crafts, but her true passion was teaching. She still maintained friendships with students from the 1930’s. She will be remembered as an independent, intelligent woman who was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. Surviving are her daughter, Irene Petersen; son-in-law, Richard Cheslek, Jr.; grandsons, Eric (Heather) Cheslek, Joseph (Amy) Cheslek, Michael (Kristie) Cheslek; five great grandchildren; her very special sister, Mabel Northup; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 years, Raymond; son, Gene; daughter-in-law, Ann (Senne); granddaughter, Wendy Jo; sister, Bernice Ambrose; brother, Howard Russell. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Meadowlark Retirement Village in Sparta for their care. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm. Mr. John Lovell officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Kid’s Food Basket or Porter Hills Foundation.

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

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Frank Eugene Gilbert

 

Frank Eugene Gilbert, 94, of Grant, passed away on June 19, 2015 with his wife by his side. Frank served his country in the United States Army.  He worked for Van’s Plumbing and Heating until his retirement. Frank was preceded in death by his first wife Hazel.  He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Frieda Gilbert (VanderMeulen), children, Janet Tindel,  Gordon (Pat) Gilbert, Kathy Gilbert, Frank (Lori) Gilbert, Jr. stepchildren,  Gary (Cathy) VanderMeulen, Cheri (Monte) Shears, John (Barb) VanderMeulen,   14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.  Visitation will be held  Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services Grant – Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church. Services will be held 2:00 pm  Monday, June 22, 2015 at Ensley Baptist Church with Rev. John Fields officiating.  Burial will follow at Crandell Cemetery with full military honors.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Ensley Baptist Church.  Please share your memories of Frank with his family at www.fieldsmckinley.com

Arrangements by  Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services Grant – Chapel

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Rebecca Boggs

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Rebecca Boggs (Kiko), of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away on June 18, 2015. Becky lost a long and hard fought battle to leukemia. Becky spent many years as an X-Ray Technologist before retiring early so she could spend time with her family, garden, and travel with her husband and friends. Becky is survived by her husband of 41 years, Rick; children Anthony and his wife Christina Boggs of Rockford and Melissa Boggs of Warren; grandchild Benjamin; and all of her siblings. Becky was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Ruth Kiko of East Canton, Ohio. A memorial will be held at the families home in the coming weeks to celebrate her life. Becky lived a wonderful life and will be missed dearly by everyone she knew. She touched the lives of those who loved her and her lessons and teachings will be carried on for generations to come. From the cheerleaders she coached, to her co-workers, to her family and friends; all would agree that she was a great person who had an upbeat, fun personality, and was a joy to have as a part of their lives. We all wish Becky the best on her journey and look forward to seeing her again.

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LYLE EDWIN FISK

 

Lyle Edwin Fisk passed away June 14, 2015. Surviving are his daughter, Sandra Fisk; brothers, Ross Fisk and Doug Fisk; and sisters, Ann Borsma, Dora Polega; also, 4 grandchildren, Todd Fisk, Tom Himebaugh, Nicki & Lyle Frahm; several great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. A memorial and luncheon will be held at the VFW on Main Street in Sand Lake at 11:00 a.m. On Saturday, July 18.

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