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Moses Ray Owen, 77, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, with his wife Joyce by his side, on Friday, August 10, 2012. Ray was born November 6, 1934 in Pinckneyville, IL, the son of Thomas and Blanche (Vancel) Owen. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958-60. He was a sprinkler fitter for Local #669 for 40 years, retiring in 1993. Ray’s brother-in-law, Howard Burns, led him to Christ in 1965, and he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cedar Springs. He enjoyed fishing (especially ice fishing), snowmobiling, playing basketball and table tennis, watching Tigers baseball, and spending time at his cabin. Ray spent time investing in his children, and now in his grandchildren. He loved playing inside and outside sports with them, attending their plays, recitals, and sporting events. Always, by his side, was his wife, Joyce (Kellogg), whom he married on October 18, 1956. Also surviving are his children, Cynthia (Mark) Schupp, Howard Owen, Mitchell Owen; grandchildren, Stephen, David, Luke, Isaac and Jenna Schupp, Chandler and Beck Owen; siblings, Thomas Owen, Noel“Doug” Owen and Barbara Keifer; sister-in-law, Marjorie (Phil) Cappella; brother-in-law, Duane Kellogg; special friends, Clarence and Nancy Hamilton; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings, Alfred Owen, Waldo Owen, Wilfred Owen, Dale Owen, William Mobley, Joseph Owen, Mary Andersen, and Dorothy Hopp; sister-in-law, Louise (Howard) Burns. The family received friends Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held on Tuesday at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors Jim Howard and Bert Boes officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to United Indian Mission or the First Baptist Church (Cedar Springs) Missionary Fund.

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Former Cedar Springs resident, Darwin Jack Smith Jr., 57, of Newberry, died unexpectedly Thursday August 9, 2012 due to heart complications at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Jack is preceded in death by his father Darwin Jack Smith Sr. and his brother Dennis Dean Smith. Survivors include his mother Donna Smith of Newberry, sister Kathleen (Dan) Flachs of Sand Lake, MI and aunts Jean (Rod) Helsel and Myrtle (Duane) Addis; two nieces and three nephews. The family extends an invitation to join in a memorial celebration in his honor at the Newberry Elks Lodge #1705 on Saturday August 18, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 pm with Rev. Amos Wittenmyer, of River of Life Worship Center, officiating. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Rexton with his ashes to be interred on the Bourdo family lot. Condolences may be extended at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

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Larry Wayne Kilts

Larry Wayne Kilts passed away on July 7, 2012 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. A private funeral service was held on July 11 at the Veteran’s Chapel. Interment took place at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Cemetery.
Arrangements by Matthysse – Kuiper – DeGraff Funeral Directors

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Todd M. Allen

Todd M. Allen, age 42, of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 30, 2012. Todd is survived by his loving parents, Carl and Deb Allen; sister, Dr. Laura (Dr. Andrew) Felsted; niece, Piper, of Vermont. Also survived by grandmothers, Jane Allen and Dorothy Helsel; aunts, Sandra Johnson, Tena (Mike) Hoxsie; and many loving cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Leonard Allen, John Helsel; aunt, Sandy and uncle, Michael Michalek. Todd was a genuine loving and caring person who would help anyone in a time of need. He was very involved in his church and The Cursillo Movement. The youth admired and respected Todd, he was a great role model for them. The family will receive visitors at the Beuschel Funeral Home 5018 Alpine Avenue, Comstock Park on Thursday, August 2, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. the Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior at Holy Family Church in Sparta with Rev. Msgr. Terrence L. Stewart as celebrant. Interment will be private at Resurrection Cemetery. Those who wish to make a donation please consider contributions to The Cursillo Movement or Holy Family Church of Sparta.
Arrangements by Beuschel Funeral Home www.BeuschelFuneralHome.com Comstock Park

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Linda K. Weaver


February 18, 1940 – July 5, 2012

Linda K. Weaver, age 72, of Vestaburg, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Mid Michigan Medical Center Gratiot in Alma. Linda was born February 18, 1940 in Kalamazoo to George and Doris (Durffie) Marsh. She married Cedric “Ced” Weaver in Cedar Springs in 1954 and they enjoyed 57 years together. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and watching wildlife at their home. She is survived by her husband Ced of Vestaburg, grandchildren Brandy, Marshall, Leatha, Steven, Naomi, several great grandchildren and a sister Kristine Marsh. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, son Carl Weaver, brothers Thomas, Steven and sisters Jean and Georgia May. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Riverdale. To view Linda’s obituary or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.luxfuneralhomes.com

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James Henry Porter

James Henry Porter, 60 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at his home. Jim was born March 27, 1952 in Muskegon, MI the son of Henry and Winifred Jean (Brown) Porter. He was employed at Dematic for 20 years. He was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. Surviving are his wife, Susan; children, Sarah (Rudy) Gonzalez, Matthew Porter, Rachel (Scott) Peterlein, Jacob Porter, Henry Porter; 8 grandchildren; brother, Stan Porter; parents-in-law, James (Kathryn) Batema. The family will greet friends Friday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be a celebration of his life later in the fall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Raymond R. Palmer

Mr. Raymond R. Palmer, age 79, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012. He worked for Wolverine World Wide. Raymond loved trips to the casino and fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his family. Raymond is survived by his wife, Arvella; children, Toni and Dave McKeller, Steven and Ellen Palmer, Lula and Matt Milnickle, Terri and Leonard Krenke, Bobbie and Dan Duram, David Norton, Victor Grinwis, Steven and Gina Grinwis, Becky Evans and Gary Tripp, Jeff and Tina Schoonmaker, Karen and Junior Mendez, Garrett Evans and Victor Evans, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his son, Raymond R. Palmer, and his former wife, Francis. The service for Mr. Palmer was held on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Pederson Funeral Home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family.  Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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James G. Cullum

Mr. James G. Cullum, age 66, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2012. He was a 1963 graduate of South Haven High School and received his business degree from Central Michigan University. While completing college he worked part-time at Keeler Brass. Jim was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. He returned to Keeler Brass and then went to work for the US Postal Service in Rockford as a clerk, letter carrier, and eventually became the Postmaster at Gowen, Sand Lake, and other positions. Jim liked to travel, enjoyed watching sports, and was the family’s “Mr. Fix-it.” For many years he was the mainstay for the Little League. He is remembered for his dry sense of humor, his outgoing personality, his analytical views, and his need to help others. Jim is survived by his wife, the former, Jeanne Odren whom he married on June 14, 1969; his children, James Eric and Erin Cullum, and Sarah Cullum; his grandchildren who called him “Papa Jim”, Shea and Sevi; mother, Mrs. Hazel Cullum; brother, Kenneth (Kelly) Cullum; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father James Cullum of South Haven and his brother, Harold Cullum.

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HERBERT T. WELCHHerbert T. Welch, 81, of Cedar Springs, died Monday, July 9, 2012 at Porter Hills Retirement Village. Mr. Welch was born July 27, 1930 in Florence, South Carolina the son of Reuben and Clara (Gardner) Welch. He graduated from McClenaghan High School in 1947 and Furman University in Greenville, SC in 1951. He then entered the USAF in 1951 and went through Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a 1st Lt, he was stationed in Missouri, Texas, Michigan and Canada. Herb met Mary Sue Stegmier in Grand Rapids, Michigan and one year later in 1953 they were married. In 1957 he was discharged from the service and began teaching English at Cedar Springs High School. He received a Masters of Arts degree from MSU in 1959. He retired from teaching in 1992. He was a member of the following organizations: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church and Choir, Cedar Springs City Council, Cedar Springs Board of Education, Cedar Springs Educational Foundation, Cedar Springs Community Players (where he acted and also directed many productions). He also worked with physically challenged people in the church and taught drivers education. One of Herb’s special loves was planning trips to the Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, Canada to see plays. He organized two each year for a total of 80 trips. Surviving are his children, Michael Welch, Sarah (Terry) Holtrop, Jane (Nick) Saladino; grandchildren, Jenna and Brian Saladino, Luke, Jacob and Molly Holtrop; sister, Elizabeth Luhrs; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack (Pat) Stegmeier, Bob (Gail) Stegmier, Floretta Stegmier, Marilyn Lyngklip; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mary Sue in 2009; son, David Timothy in 1982. The family received friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Thursday 11:00 am at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Educational Foundation.  Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Patrick Allen Cole


Patrick Allen Cole, age 59, of Cedar Springs, passed away on May 22, 2012. Patrick was born December 15, 1952 to Wendell and Ruth Cole of Lakeview, Michigan, where he lived for several years on the family farm. He was a Vietnam Veteran and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ferris State University. He enjoyed gardening, bike riding and camping. For many years he was deeply involved with researching family ancestry. One of his greatest loves was watching football. He loved his children and was extremely proud of all they had accomplished. Patrick is survived by his wife Debra (Witham), three children, including a daughter Angela and two sons, Patrick and Adam, three step daughters, 7 grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Mary Cole of West Branch, his brother, Alex (Connie) Cole of Lakeview and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Ruth, four brothers, Dennis, Donovan, Russell and john and two sisters, June and Janet. Patrick was cremated and a graveside memorial service is planned at Lakeview Cemetery in the city of Lakeview for July 14, 2012 at 2:00P.M. Family and friends are welcome.

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