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RICHARD “DICK” BRECHT

39C-obit-Brecht-bwRichard “Dick” Jackson Brecht, age 77 of Greenville, Michigan, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 7, 2015. He was born December 14, 1938 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Roma and Hazel Brecht. The family moved to Elmhurst early in Dick’s life. He graduated in 1938 from York High School and Southern Illinois University a few years later, with an Associates Degree in Mechanics. In 1961, Dick and his wife, Judi, were married after a lifetime of living across the street from each other. Dick was immediately drafted and served as a peacetime veteran in Thailand. The majority of his lifelong interests were related to cars and mechanics – mainly his love of his 1967 Dodge Charger. His occupational trade was as a welder and his talent and commitment to perfection were well respected within his industry. His welding and mechanical gifts were implemented in both his work, and his involvement with the local marching band and drum and bugle corp activities. Richard and Judi spent many years as member of the GWRRA where Richard often served in the capacity of Lead Tail Gunner on the annual charity event called the “Midnight Ride.” Sadly, the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis and dementia brought those activities to an early close. Richard will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Judi, and their four children; Traci (David) Overeem of Sparta, Michigan, Brian (Heidi) Brecht, of North Carolina, Wendi (Jeff) Philley, of Greenville, Michigan, Kelli Brecht of San Diego, California, and his grandchildren; Jennifer, Emily, Moira, Olivia, Simone, Mitchell, Samantha, and Elizabeth; his brother, Dale Brecht (Penny), of Carol Stream, Illinois, and his brothers-in-law, Ray (Alice) Hughes and Michael Hughes, of Cross Village, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roma E. Brecht and Hazel E. Brecht. A Memorial Service will be held at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 908 W. Oak St, Greenville, Michigan on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm, with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be given to The Wounded Warrior Project.

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ARTHUR CAZIER

Arthur Cazier age 81, of Grant, passed away September 18, 2015 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus.  He was born January 17, 1934 in Grand Rapids the son of Cecil and Myrtle (Elliott) Cazier.  During his working years he worked at McInerny Spring and Wire for 38 Years before retiring from there.  He loved fishing, hunting and playing his harmonica which Art played at many locations.  Surviving is his sister, Bessie Smith of Marne. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy in 2011, and five brothers, Russ, Rex, Glen, Wes, and Jerry; and two sisters, Doris and Iva. Memorial services will take place on October 14 at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post from Noon till 4 pm.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City

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ALICE M. KELLY

 

Alice M. Kelly, 84 of Lake City, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Belle Oakes Living Center. Alice was born June 10, 1931 in Gladwin, Michigan, the daughter of Reynold and Martha (Koenke) Kranich. She enjoyed writing and journaling and wrote many letters to missionaries over the years. Surviving are her husband, Gerald whom she married on July 25, 1959; sons, Craig (Finley), Dale, Ken (Heather); sisters, Flora (Floyd) Helling, Clara Maddox, Charlene VanWyk; brother, Norris (Marjorie) Kranich; sister-in-law, Marilyn Kelly; many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Friday from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at Calvary Baptist Church, Lake City. Pastor Brian Algie officiating. Interment Sherman Mesick Cemetery.

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

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ALBERT G. HEERINGA

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Albert G. Heeringa, Jr. (Sparky Harris), 65, of Sand Lake, died Friday, September 18, 2015 at his home. He was born October 1, 1949 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Albert and Mildred (Winright) Heeringa. He lived and breathed music and was a musician all of his life. In 1969 during the Vietnam War he joined the USO for 16 months playing music for the troops. He graduated from Ferris State University with a mechanical engineering degree. He had worked for Klise Manufacturing for eight years and enjoyed wood craftsmanship as a hobby. Surviving is the love of his life for the past 26 years, Nina Marcinowski; sons, Buddy (Kat) Heeringa; Mike (Kelly) Garza; daughter, Bonnie Aguilar; many grandchildren; brother, Denny (Kathleen) Heeringa; sister, Gail (Tom) Szotco. He as preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service and luncheon will start at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 30, at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post #287, 91 First Street, and will continue with music through the day until 7:00 pm. Interment will take place later at Oakwood Cemetery, Lowell.

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

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ROBERT W. STEELE

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Robert W. Steele, 70, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at St. Mary’s Mercy Health Center. Mr. Steele was born October 16, 1944 in San Jose, California, the son of William and Ruth (James) Steele. He enjoyed fishing and euchre and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Kevin (Christine) Steele, Debbie (Eric) Townes, Thomas Steele & Crystal Wrench, Kyle (Cheryl) Steele, Andrew (Branin) Steele; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Walt “Butch” (Robbie) Steele; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda in 2013; great-grandson, Jesse Lewis; sister, Luella Bunker; brothers, James, Howard, and Chuck Steele. The family  greeted friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no funeral service. Private family interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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

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Delores June “Dee” VerDuin

Delores June “Dee” VerDuin, age 83, of Kentwood formerly of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; and her son, Frank, Jr. She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Terry and Darlene VerDuin of Caledonia; her daughter-in-law, Susan Bertot of Baltimore, Maryland; grandchildren, Jamie VerDuin, Charlee VerDuin, Jody Owen; great-grandchildren, Emilee and Erik VerDuin, Chandler and Beck Owen; brothers, Ronald Francis, James Francis; sisters, Suzanne VanDyke, Susan Houlihan; many nieces and nephews.  As Dee requested, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 8, from 11am – 12 noon at Carlisle United Methodist Church, 1084 – 76th St. SW, where a memorial service will begin at 12 noon. Pastor Mike Ramsey will officiate. The VerDuin family invites all to remain at church for a luncheon following the service. Dee will be laid to rest by her husband at Solon Center Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Carlisle United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Stroo Funeral Home, www.stroofuneralhome.com

 

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Ryan James Christopher Dalton

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Ryan James Christopher Dalton, 24 of Rockford, died Thursday, August 27, 2015. Ryan was born March 20, 1991 in North Hampton, Massachusetts, he graduated from Cedar Springs High School Class of 2009. He was very smart, charismatic and carefree and loved his family. He loved the Boston Celtics and enjoyed music and writing it. Surviving are his mother, Tammy Dalton; father, Paul Kuzmeski; brothers, Jason (Vicki) MacLeod, Eric Thomas; sister, Presley Nichole Dalton; nieces and nephew, Aalyais, Ayanna, Aiden; aunts, Rebecca Sefton, Wanda Turner; uncles, Jimmy Williams, Doug Dempsey. The family will greet friends Thursday, September 3rd from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Richard Nichols officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home 

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Evan M. Kobayashi

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Evan Kobayashi

Evan M. Kobayashi, 17, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, August 30, 2015. Evan was born April 6, 1998, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Toshi and Kelli (Beckman) Kobayashi. He was a senior at Cedar Springs High School, who excelled in both academics and athletics. Evan was passionate about baseball, the game as well as the friendships and character traits that came from playing the sport. Evan was a boy from whom kindness radiated, warming anyone fortunate enough to be near him.  He laughed often and was generous with both smiles and gentle words.  He was the most humble of individuals, drawing all to his positive spirit. He enjoyed morel hunting with his family, playing cards with his friends, hunting, scaling the dunes at Lake Michigan and reading avidly.  His sense of humor and quick wit brought continuous joy to those around him. Surviving are his parents; brother and sister, Logan and Elise; grandparents, George and Carol Kobayashi, and Richard Beckman; many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Wava Beckman. The family will greet friends Wednesday Sept. 2 from 1-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, at 1:00 p.m., at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium. Prayers and reflections given by Rev. Fr. Lam Le. Memorial contributions may be made to a lasting memorial to be decided by the family.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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JAMES A RECTOR

 

35C-obit-RectorJames A. Rector, 85, of Baldwin and Florida, was called back to his Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods. Mr. Rector was born January 26, 1930 in Pierson, Michigan, the son of Edward A. and Gladys S. (Bird) Rector. He was an Army Veteran and had been employed by General Motors for 37 years before retiring January 1, 1990. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and looking for lost golf balls. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Donna L. (Rounds); two daughters, Terri (Peter) Loda of Byron Center, Gail (Joe) Parks of Grandville; six grandchildren, Michele (Justin) Poorman, Andrea (Evan) Bevolden, Aaron Loda, Shelby Loda, Conner Loda and Joshua (Heather) Lunger; three great grandchildren; brother, Alvin “Pete” (Edith) Rector; sister, Norma (Fred) Shira; several nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Ed Rathbun. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6-8 pm, at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs and one hour before the funeral service on Wednesday, September 2nd at the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors James Howard and Bob Sponable officiating. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods, Byron Center or Lake Community Bible Church, 8033 Central Park Blvd., Baldwin, MI 49304.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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GLEN REED

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Glen Reed, aged 94, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. Glen was born October 22, 1920 to Oscar and Ruth Reed. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold, Robert and sister Mary Ridgeway and is survived by his brother Charles (Madelin) Reed, sister Alice Sluijer, both of Sand Lake, Michigan; sister-in-laws Selma Reed of Sand Lake, and Grace Reed of Largo, Florida; brother-in-law Lester Ridgeway, of Trufant, Michigan; lifelong friend Clay Palmer of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2 pm at Huggard Bible, 4 miles east of Sand Lake on the corner of Tisdel and 21 Mile. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Huggard Bible or Sand Lake United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Memorial Alternatives, Grand Rapids

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