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Eugene O. McIntyre

Mr. Eugene O. McIntyre, Jr., age 42, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2012. He worked as a co-manager of Little Caesars. Eugene enjoyed playing video games and watching movies with his children and followed the Lions and Denver Broncos. He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia (Hyde) McIntyre. Eugene is survived by his wife, Deborah; children, Virginia McIntyre and David McIntyre; his father, Eugene (Lorna) McIntyre, Sr.; brother and sisters, Katherine (Brent) Perdue, Robert Smith, Debbie (Jim) Rogers, Karen Smith, Duane (Rena) Smith, Amber Bray, Elvern Smith, Cindy (Brian) VanHorn; nieces and nephews; Deborah’s family, Ny and Pat Dettmer, Beth (Tom) Dettmer-Hamill, and Michelle (Bucky) Strong; and nieces and nephews. The Memorial Service for Eugene was held Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at North Kent Presbyterian Church, 6175 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford, with Rev. Helen Collin officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family. Relatives and friends met at the Pederson Funeral Home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

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Gladys Neithefer

Mrs. Gladys (Westover) Neithefer, age 76, of Jenison, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Gladys was raised on her family’s farm in Algoma Township where they grew corn and wheat and had a few cattle. Gladys attended Foxville School, a one-room school house, located at 18 Mile and Algoma which is now the Maranatha Baptist Church. After the eighth grade, she transferred to Cedar Springs Schools and graduated in 1954 from Cedar Springs High School. After high school, Gladys attended Grand Rapids Community College and volunteered for a couple of years at Blodgett Hospital. She was a stay-at-home mom until her last child attended school. Gladys worked at Printer Arts and then became a special needs bus driver for Grand Rapids Public Schools. After 25 years she retired, but she then drove for the Sparta Senior Neighbors and delivered for Meals-on-Wheels. Gladys met Matt once again at the 50-year and beyond Cedar Springs Class Reunion. Although she knew Matt all through school, they never dated; but he was the one who always teased her. After their marriage they made a wonderful life together, and she became a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Jenison. Gladys was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed bowling in the Couple’s League. She loved to dance and was a life-time member of the VFW Creston Post. Her children are very grateful for their mom for the things that she taught them including cooking, sewing, canning, homemaking skills, and farming. She taught her boys life skills including fixing things and handyman skills. She is survived by her husband, Matt; her children, Irene (Ronald) Steadman, Mike (Gail) Dunbar, Charlie (Valerie) Dunbar, and Matt’s daughter, Ginger (Ron) Finkbeiner; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren with the anticipated arrival of one more. She is also survived by her sister, Shirley and (David) Caldwell, and her brother, Bill (Jan) Westover; and many nieces and nephews. The Service for Mrs. Neithefer will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor William Wangelin officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Richard “Dick” E. Bell

Mr. Richard “Dick” E. Bell, age 79, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on Friday, September 7, 2012. He served his country for four years during the Korean War. For 20 years, Richard was employed with the US Postal Service as a mail carrier in the NE Grand Rapids area. He was a member of Rockford Springs Community Church as well as a member of the VFW and American Legion. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor; children, Janice (Clarence) Staley, Beth (Tom) High, Kristina (Glenn) Swanson; grandchildren, Joe, Andrea, Allison, Staley, Jennifer and Spencer High, Sara and Nick Swanson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Betty Bell. The celebration service for Dick was held 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Rockford Springs Community Church, 5815 14 Mile Road Northeast, Rockford, Michigan 49341, with Pastor David Vander Meer officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the United States Air Force. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Rockford Springs Community Church or the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Family and friends met Dick’s family from 6:30 PM until the time of service on Tuesday at Rockford Springs Community Church. Arrangments by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Earl Anthony Siterlet, Jr.

Earl Anthony Siterlet, Jr. age 79, of Howard City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family who loved him so on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Born March 12, 1933 to Earl Sr. and Lucille (Schlaff) in Detroit, Michigan, his family moved to Livonia in 1941 and he graduated from Bentley High School in 1951. There he met the love of his life, Juanita Kracht. They were married at Saint Vibiana’s Cathedral in Los Angeles in 1952. A veteran of the Korean War, Earl proudly served his country in the US Navy where he was stationed on Guam and Korea in the Construction Battalion. Following his military service, Earl and Juanita returned home to Michigan to raise their 8 children. He was for many years a gentleman farmer while obtaining his journeyman carpenter’s license in 1956. Earl utilized his passion and talents in the construction trades as he started Thermal-Tec in 1983, a commercial roofing company in Cedar Springs, MI. Earl maintained his builder’s license and went on to own and operate a development company after his retirement from Thermal-Tec. Earl built several properties throughout Howard City, Canadian Lakes, and Cedar Springs. His true passion in life was found in his woodshop where his hands created beautiful pieces of furniture. Earl was an active member of Christ The King Catholic Church in Howard City, a lifelong member of the American Legion, an avid golfer, and a mentor and leader to all who knew him. He lived a life full of adventure and uniqueness. If you had the great fortune to know Earl, you never forgot him. No one could tell a story quite like Earl. He was full of life, creativity, opinions, advice and one line phrases that always made you laugh. The world is a less colorful place without Earl in it. Earl is preceded in death by his beloved son Richard, his brothers Dick and Jim and his sister Rosemary. He is survived by his lifelong partner and wife of 60 years Juanita, and seven children and their spouses: John (Kathleen), Michael (Eileen), Catherine Siterlet, Elizabeth Woods (Brian), Robert (Mary), Linda Blanchard (Jeff), and Lori McInnis (Joe). He also leaves behind two trusted assistants in Kelly Fox and Laura Schweitzer. Survivors also include the spectacular loves of his lives, his 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren: Jenna and Zach McCauig; Andrew, Aaron, and Adam Woods; Devin and Brady McInnis; Kelra Whitacre and Greg Rise; John and Jacob Siterlet; Abby and Zach Blanchard; Valentino Siterlet; Mason and Taiten McCuaig; Layla Rise; KJ Pearson and Ethan Whitacre. Remaining survivors are his brother John (Patsy) Siterlet, and sisters Elaine Morgan and Agnes Williamson, as well as many treasured nieces and nephews whom he thought of as his own. While Earl accomplished many things, his family is a tribute to the legacy he leaves behind. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6-8 pm and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday 11:00 am at Christ The King Catholic Church, Howard City. Rev. Fr. William F. Zink, celebrant. Interment with military honors at North Ensley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant House, 461 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001.

Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Wyatt Phillips

Wyatt Nathaniel Phillips, 16, of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, August 23, 2012 due to an auto accident. Wyatt was born September 19, 1995 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Scott and Danielle (Kruse) Phillips. He was going to be starting his Junior year at Cedar Springs High School this fall. Wyatt was a funny, quirky, talented, athletic young man. He was a joyful person and a friend to many. Surviving are his parents, Scott & Danielle Phillips; brother, Zachary; godfather, Bruce Damm; aunts and uncles, Tim & Char Kruse, Rebecca Kruse, Russ & Imelda Phillips, Jill Phillips, Mark & Kathy Phillips, David & Carla Phillips, Sue Phillips; many cousins. The family greeted friends Sunday, August 26 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Monday at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Public Schools for the Theater Group or Boys Soccer. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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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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