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Earl F. Phelps, Sr.

Earl F. Phelps, Sr., age 76, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Earl is now in peace and with his Lord and Savior. Earl was born on a rural farm in Courtland Township to Jerome B. and Margaret (Wall) Phelps on April 1, 1936. Growing up he was very close with his older brother Junior. They were hard working farm boys and picked potatoes for area farmers at a very young age. Earl was the nurturer to the smaller siblings, including neighbor children, Tommy and Susie Van Hoven. He rocked them all hours on end. Earl was the president of his FFA chapter in high school and had earned a scholarship to MSU, but enlisted in the US ARMY and was trained in intelligence. He married Joan Marie (Briggs) in 1955, and together they were stationed in Albuquerque, near White Sands, New Mexico. They returned back to Michigan in 1958. Starting their family of soon to be four children. Earl had a life long career in the plumbing and heating industry, both residential (Gebhardt & Phelps) and commercial industry (Earl F. Phelps Mechanical Co). Earl was an exceptional provider and always put others first. He will be missed deeply by his children; Laura (Dennis) Smith of New Mexico, Kim (Deane) Feikema, Earl Jr. and Brenda of Saranac, Lynne (Mark) Carlson; grandchildren, Dennis (Felicia) Smith, June (Andy) Klementowski, Dakota Carlson, Katelynn Feikema, Dillon Carlson, Andrew and Madison Phelps; great-grandchildren (who could do no wrong, according to Earl), Kylie Poole, Alana Smith, Hunter Carlson, and Emma Klementowski. He is survived by three siblings. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joan Marie (2009), in-laws, Clifford and Dorothy Briggs, Chet Briggs, Helen, and Julie Phelps, brother, Jerome Junior, two nieces, Kathy Jo Phelps, and Sherry (Phelps) Wright, a special first cousin, Richard E. Goller, Sr., uncle, Benjamin Wall. A huge “thank you” is given to the many caregivers and staff at Metron of Belding. They all helped to surround Earl with gentleness and love. In keeping with Earl’s wishes, cremation will take place and a private burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery in Allendale, Michigan at a later date. Earl and Joan are together again “together forever”. Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimers Association or the Cedar Springs Public Schools FFA.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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George Allen Arnold

Mr. George Allen Arnold, age 76, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 10, 2012. He was born in Big Rapids Michigan to Ralph and Julia (Robertson) Arnold. George was a very proud veteran who served his country in the US Air Force. He worked as an insurance inspector for Commercial Services, retiring after 20 years. George was a member of the Glen Hill Post #287 American Legion in Cedar Springs. He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn (nee Helsel) whom he married on August 4, 1958; children, Deanna and Les Baird, Dennis and Brenda Arnold, Kristina and David Tappen; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Jessie Curtis, Connie and Howard McCormick, Milton and Lois Arnold, Tom and Karen Arnold, Joanne and Bud Thompson, and Carol and Jim O’Hara; sister-in-law, Jean Arnold; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Julia (Robertson) Arnold, brother, Lyle Arnold, and brother-in-law, Lawrence Curtis. The Memorial Service for Mr. Arnold wasTuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs, with Pastor Tom Holloway officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Solon Township Cemetery. A gathering with family and friends was held following the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 or Solon Center Wesleyan Church.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Martin “Marty” Stout

Mr. Martin J. Stout, known as Marty, age 50, of Cedar Springs, died Friday, October 26, 2012. He was born September 26, 1962 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Merwin and Alma (Stuthard) Stout. Marty graduated from Tri-County High School in 1980, and was currently employed by Compass Coach in Cedar Springs in the auto body department. He had a long career in the auto body industry and had a great talent and loved to talk about cars. Marty had a love for music and was an experienced guitar player. He is survived by his father, Merwin Stout of Florida; brother Jeff (Debra) Stout of Grand Rapids and by his aunt Gloria (Stuthard) Overla. He is also survived by many cousins and good friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alma Stout. A graveside memorial service for Marty will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs at 10:00 a.m., Perry Hopkins officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Jeff and Debra Stout for funeral expenses.

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Velma Becker

Mrs. Velma Becker, age 91, of Coral, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. She was raised in Courtland Township and attended a one-room school house. Velma worked for several families and helped them at their home. She married Carl L. Becker. He marched off to war during WWII; and with two children, she worked at Gibson’s making gliders and picked milk weeds for parachutes. When Carl was in the military, she purchased a home. When he returned home from the war, they had only one payment that was left to make on the house. Velma became a stay-at-home wife and mother for a while, and then went back to work. She was a strong-willed, independent, hard-working lady who just didn’t ask for help. Velma was also very loving, caring, and nurturing, and she would not let loved ones go for outside care when she was there to help. Velma enjoyed fishing and would bait her own hooks and clean her fish. She liked to camp and crochet. Her most enjoyable times were spent with her family. Her favorite dog, “Sassy” was always there. She is survived by her children, Roger and Judy Becker, Ray Becker, Diane and Ed Kaman, and Doug and Sharon Becker; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Stella White, Mrs. Lorraine Morris,; brother, James (June) Roberts; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Becker, and Ralph Gould; extended family, Laura (Ed) Smith, Bill Becker, Mrs. Martha Parker; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; her sisters, Evelyn Drake, Irma Becker, and Maxine Gould. The service for Mrs. Becker was held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Bert Boes officiating. Interment in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Immanuel Baptist Church, 16028 Isabella, Coral, MI 49322. Relatives and friends met with the family on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Roger “Rock” Dale Colvin, Jr.

Roger “Rock” Dale Colvin, Jr. 41 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, November 5, 2012. Roger was born December 24, 1970 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Roger and Patricia (Stewart) Colvin, Sr. He was employed by Dykstra Excavating and enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and his tattoos. Surviving are his daughter, Kaylyn Colvin; grandson, Jaxson Nelson; parents, Roger and Patricia Colvin, Sr.; sisters, Carrie Thebo, Amanda (Charlie) Harris; brother, Brandon (Cristin) Colvin; many nieces and nephews. The family received friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made for his daughter, Kaylyn Colvin.

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

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Ronald James Grunwell, Sr.

Grunwell, Ronald James, age 73, passed away November 5, 2012. He was born February 3, 1938 in Muskegon, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Lilian Grunwell and survived by his son Ronald Grunwell, Jr. (Carla Welch), grandsons; Ronald III, Blake and Kasey Grunwell of Cedar Springs, Michigan and three great grandchildren. Also survived by brothers Donald (Norma) Grunwell, Robert (Eileen) Grunwell, James Grunwell, sister Katherine Grunwell, and several nieces and nephews. Mass for Christian Burial will be held at Mary Queen of Apostle Catholic Church, Sand Lake, Michigan, 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 13, followed by a luncheon in the Church hall. Interment will be at Solon Township Cemetery in Cedar Springs.

Ronald James Grunwell, Sr.
Grunwell, Ronald James, age 73, passed away November 5, 2012. He was born February 3, 1938 in Muskegon, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Lilian Grunwell and survived by his son Ronald Grunwell, Jr. (Carla Welch), grandsons; Ronald III, Blake and Kasey Grunwell of Cedar Springs, Michigan and three great grandchildren. Also survived by brothers Donald (Norma) Grunwell, Robert (Eileen) Grunwell, James Grunwell, sister Katherine Grunwell, and several nieces and nephews. Mass for Christian Burial will be held at Mary Queen of Apostle Catholic Church, Sand Lake, Michigan, 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 13, followed by a luncheon in the Church hall. Interment will be at Solon Township Cemetery in Cedar Springs.

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Judy L Robinson

Judy L. Robinson, 65 of Cedar Springs and Kent City died Monday, October 29, 2012 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s. Judy was born March 13, 1947 in Sand Lake, Michigan the daughter of Willis and Inez (Vangilder) Towns. She was an Elvis Presley and WWE Wrestling fan. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, enjoyed crafts and was very social. She was a member of the Sparta Seventh Day Adventist Church. Surviving are her daughter, Susan Warren of Belmont; grandchildren, Carrie (Darrick) Snyder, Alisha (Shane) Gurd, Liz Eckert, Kyle Warren; 6 great grandchildren; brothers, Roger Towns, Paul (Sarah) Towns; sisters, Janet (Sperry) Blossom, Mary (Don) Charron, Patsy (Eric) Pierson and longtime friend and neighbor, Carol Burns. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, LeRoy; son-in-law, Eric Sheppard; brother, Tommy. The family will greet friends Friday from 12 noon until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Frank Lugo officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s choice. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Kenneth Jr. Funk, Jr.

Mr. Kenneth Jr. Funk, Jr., age 48, of Rockford, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2012. He worked as a roofer in construction and for several years he worked as a missionary for World Impact. Ken is survived by his wife, Gayle Marie (Waite); children, Jason K. (Teena) Funk, Kenneth Jr. Funk III, Anthony Funk, and Jillian (Rusty) Peters; grandchildren, Matthew, Daigan, Jaramiah, Kyla, Marissa, and Madison; mother, Patricia Ann (Floyd) Waite; brothers, Richard (Sherry) Funk, Joseph (Janette) Funk, and Timothy (Amanda) Funk; sisters, Debra Sue Funk, Judy Pease, and Jodie Miller; father-in-law, Henry Waite; brothers-in-law, Wayne Waite, and Michael (Marci) Waite, and Henry Waite, Jr.; uncle, Butch; aunts, Gerri, and Marilyn; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth, Sr., mother-in-law, Agnes Waite; grandparents, Ernest and Mary Archer, Jean Archer, and brother-in-law, Scott Waite. The Memorial Service for Mr. Funk will be Friday November 2, 2012 at 12:00 (Noon) at Jesus Non-Denominational Church, 9206 W. Peck Road, Greenville, MI, with Pastor Tommy Turner officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family with donations made to Jesus Non-Denominational Church. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday. Arrangements byPederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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William “Bill” Smith

 

SMITH (Cedar Springs) Mr. William “Bill” Smith, age 85, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII on the USS Stembel. Bill was a gentleman who enjoyed fishing, especially for Walleye. He also enjoyed making custom cabinets. For 42 years he was employed with McInerney Spring & Wire. Bill was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris. Bill is survived by his children, Gregory Smith, Shawn and Margret Smith; grandchildren, Christie Jo and Rachel; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Brooklyn, and Austin; brothers and sisters, Margaret (Robert) Jenkins, Alice (Howard) Perrins, Robert and Joyce Smith, Carl and Marty Smith; nieces and nephews. The service for Mr. Smith was held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Cedric (Ced) K. Weaver

 

Dec. 8, 1935 – Sept. 27, 2012

 

Cedric (Ced) K. Weaver, age 76, of Vestaburg, Michigan, passed away Sept. 27, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda and a son, Carl. He is survived by his grandchildren, Leigh, Naomi, Brandi, Steven and Marshall; his sisters; Lily Fisher and Audrey Earhart, both of Cedar Springs; and a sister-in-law, Kristine Marsh of Rockford; also, many nieces and nephews. As per his wishes, no service will be held.

 

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