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CRAIG S. RIGGLE

Craig S. Riggle, 58 of Cedar Springs, was ushered into the presence of his Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 18, 2012. Craig was a 1973 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. His love of anything automotive led him to seek employment at Hough’s Gulf Station, Rowland Bros Automotive, Verwys Auto Parts, Ed’s Auto Body and eventually to Auto Die in Grand Rapids where he became a die barber. His last employment was at Saturn Tire in Cedar Springs. In 2003 after suffering a heart attack and subsequent seizure disorder, he was forced to resign from the everyday work force. Craig was preceded in death by his father, Howard “Slim” Riggle in 1981; brother-in-law, Robert F. Eary in 1999; and a niece, Piper Gates in 2012. He is survived by his mother, Janet L. Riggle of Cedar Springs; twin brother, H. David (Cyndi) Riggle of Cedar Springs; three sisters, LeeAnn Eary of Boyne City, Debbi (Lohryn) Gates of Howard City, Terri L. Riggle of Cedar Springs; uncle, Charles (Mary) Crosby of Marshall; many nieces and nephews. Craig’s family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the folks at Sue’s Kountry Kitchen and Kelly’s Restaurant for the years of help and care that they provided him as he continued to suffer under the burden of his seizure disorder. The family will greet friends Friday, Nov. 30 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 3:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chad Wight and Pastor Tony Karns officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Mel Trotter Ministries. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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CAROL J. MAGOON

Carol J. Magoon, 78 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, November 26, 2012 at home. Carol was born September 26, 1934 in Comstock Park, Michigan, the daughter of Glen and Ruth (Hall) Brailey. She was a member of the Cedar Springs American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are her children, Dan Davis, Jim (Sandy) Davis, Greg Magoon, Eric (Bobbi) Magoon; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; sisters, Judy (Paul) Woody, Eleanor Stegehuis. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Brailey. The family will greet friends Thursday from 4-6 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Private family interment will take place in the spring at Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to help the family with funeral expenses. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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DUANE C. ROWLAND

Duane C. Rowland, 65 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, November 26, 2012 at Spectrum Health- Butterworth Campus. Duane was born September 13, 1947 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Jack and Dorothy (Tompsett) Rowland. Duane served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He had a tremendous passion for hunting, shooting, and the great outdoors. Surviving are his children, Kevin Rowland of Cedar Springs, Mindy and (Bruce) Parker of Bonaire, Georgia; granddaughter, Emily Parker; siblings, Jack (Ellen Bourke) Rowland, Willard Rowland, Kathleen (Brian) Botbyl; niece, Beth (Lee) Raimer. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Victor and Steven Rowland; nephew, Lyle Dean Monroe. The family will receive friends Friday 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Military honors conducted by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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RONALD R. BURT

Ronald R. Burt, 56 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Ron was born December 9, 1955 in Flint, Michigan the son of the late Roy and Dorothy (Brock) Burt. He worked for General Motors for 30 years retiring in 2009. He enjoyed gardening, watching baseball and hockey and listening to gospel music. Surviving are his wife, Sharon; daughters, Heather and Lindsay; brothers, Timothy and Robert. The family greeted friends Monday, Nov. 26  from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Dale Rabineau officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s choice.

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

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JERRY DEAN HUNTER

Jerry Dean Hunter, 50 of Howard City, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012 after a long battle with leukemia. Jerry Dean was born June 3, 1962 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Jerry L. and Caroline (Nelson) Hunter. He was a master mechanic and had a great passion for taking motors apart since he was old enough to know how to use pliers and a screwdriver. He had a love of cars, racing and mud runs. He was a member of Resurrection Life Church in Rockford. Surviving are his daughters, Caylyn Hunter, Trisha Peuler, Susan Rathbun all of Howard City; grandchildren, Courtney, Cameron, Dominic, Gracie, and Easton; mother, Caroline (Dave) Bartlette of Cedar Springs; siblings, J. Vincent (Tamara) Hunter, Lezlie (Doug) Price, 1st Sgt. Brice Bartlette. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry L. Hunter; brother, Jeffrey A. Hunter; grandparents, Les and Leona Hunter, William and Mildred Nelson. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or the family. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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RICHARD E. ALLEN

Richard E. Allen, 66 of Cedar Springs, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Dick was born May 24, 1946 in Greenville, Michigan the son of Harold and Lula (Travis) Allen. He had worked at Michigan Wheel, H.H. Cutler and Wolverine. He enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers, Nascar, and putting puzzles together. Surviving are his daughter, Kelly Brophy; grandchildren, Shae, Justin, and Austin; brother, Robert (Nancy) Allen; sister, Linda (Tom) Parker. Private burial has taken place at Solon Township Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Saturday 2:00 pm at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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CHARLENE PIERCE

 Mrs. Charlene Pierce, age 78, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 17, 2012. For 15 years she worked for Coopers Dry Cleaning in Cedar Springs, and she also worked for 15 years as a crossing guard for Cedar Springs Public Schools. Charlene especially liked working with children, and she also enjoyed playing bingo and working with it at the American Legion Glen Hill Post #287. At Glen Hill Post she was a past-president, chaplain, 1st and 2nd vice-president, and served on the Executive Board of the Ladies Auxiliary. She attended Pioneer Christian Reformed Church in Cedar Springs. Charlene is survived by her children, Lonny (Connie) Pierce, Marjorie (Rick) Knapp, Susan (Ron) Knapp, Tammy (Jay) Baker, and Tommy (Mindy) Pierce; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas. The service for Mrs. Pierce was Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Alblas officiating. Interment in Elmwood Cemetery. Relatives and friends met at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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CRAIG S. RIGGLE

Craig S. Riggle, 58 of Cedar Springs, was ushered into the presence of his Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 18, 2012. Craig was a 1973 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. His love of anything automotive led him to seek employment at Hough’s Gulf Station, Rowland Bros Automotive, Verwys Auto Parts, Ed’s Auto Body and eventually to Auto Die in Grand Rapids where he became a die barber. His last employment was at Saturn Tire in Cedar Springs. In 2003 after suffering a heart attack and subsequent seizure disorder, he was forced to resign from the everyday work force. Craig was preceded in death by his father, Howard “Slim” Riggle in 1981; brother-in-law, Robert F. Eary in 1999; and a niece, Piper Gates in 2012. He is survived by his mother, Janet L. Riggle of Cedar Springs; twin brother, H. David (Cyndi) Riggle of Cedar Springs; three sisters, LeeAnn Eary of Boyne City, Debbi (Lohryn) Gates of Howard City, Terri L. Riggle of Cedar Springs; uncle, Charles (Mary) Crosby of Marshall; many nieces and nephews. Craig’s family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the folks at Sue’s Kountry Kitchen and Kelly’s Restaurant for the years of help and care that they provided him as he continued to suffer under the burden of his seizure disorder. The family will greet friends Friday, Nov. 30 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 3:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chad Wight and Pastor Tony Karns officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Mel Trotter Ministries. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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DUANE LEE BAILEY

Duane Lee (Boots) Bailey 86, passed away on November 6, 2012. He is survived by his wife Patricia. He leaves his children, Michael (Marie) and Sandy Lipten (Mark); grandchildren, Amy Lawton (Steve Illsley) and Sam Lipton. Also surviving are a sister Letha Gebhardt (Albert) and sister-in-law, Marjorie Bailey, and many nieces and nephews. His brother Mac Bailey preceded him in death. Duane was raised on a farm in Michigan, graduated from Cedar Springs High School and Michigan State University and had a long career as a Financial Advisor. He will be remembered for his vitality, friendliness, sense of humor and his strong dedication to community service. A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 17 in Maitland, Florida.

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HELEN M. VALIKET

Helen M. Valiket, 89 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, November 16, 2012 at her home. Mrs. Valiket was born April 7, 1923 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Ray and Cecil (Mawby) Linderman. Her family was very important to her especially her cousins. She was very close with her neighbors and enjoyed spending time and meals at the Cedar Springs Senior Center. Surviving are her children, Ed (Hyon Suk) Valiket, Barbara (Kimo) Kaaikala, Wyman (Sandy) Valiket; grandchildren, Mena and David Valiket, Kimo III, Kekoa, Kiilani, Kaimana, Keala, Keola Kaaikala; great grandson, Kane Valiket; several cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis in 1995. The family received friends Tuesday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Wednesday 1:00 pm. Pastor Larry Young officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Senior Center.Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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