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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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Donald L McIntyre

Donald L. McIntyre, 86 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, November 9, 2012 at Fulton Manor. Mr. McIntyre was born September 23, 1926 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the son of Raymond and Gladys (Rowlin) McIntyre. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for Kroger for 38 years, Cedar Springs Public Schools for seven years, had owned and operated a meat processing business, small farm and Mac’s Party Store in Cedar Springs. Don served on the Cedar Springs School Board for many years, enjoyed woodworking and was an avid reader. He loved politics and was a conservative Republican. Surviving are five children and their spouses, Marie (Doug) Holem, Gary (Connie) McIntyre, Paul McIntyre, Duane (Deborah) McIntyre, Daniel (Christine) McIntyre: eleven grandchildren, Jennifer (Dr. Kal) Attie, Ryan (Melissa) Holem, Denise (Brent) Bean, Andrew (Jeni) McIntyre, Megan McIntyre, Logan McIntyre, Mallory (James) Mooney, Sarah Balcer, Emily Balcer, Nicholas McIntyre, Anna McIntyre; nine great grandchildren; sister, Mildred Robertson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Maxine (Dunn); siblings, Lawrence, Robert, Edna Hyde, and James. The family wishes to thank the staff at Fulton Manor, Faith Hospice and Bishop Hills for their care. The family received friends Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Tuesday 11:00 am. Pastor Chad Wight officiating. Interment with military honors at Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Education Foundation. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Irene Rymal

Irene Rymal, 96, of Cedar Springs (formerly of Adrian), passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Metron of Cedar Springs. Irene was born June 28, 1916 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Stanley and Stella (Zuchowicz) Racki. Irene married her husband, Kenneth, in 1939, and they lived in Detroit before moving to Adrian to help in the family restaurant business. Irene was a waitress for many years. She and Ken met at the restaurant in Detroit where she served him lunch. Ken passed away in 1990, and four years later Irene moved to Cedar Springs to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. She was a member of the Adrian Presbyterian Church and the Cedar Springs Golden Agers with whom she enjoyed many great times. Irene was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She loved a good time and never met anyone with whom she couldn’t have a conversation. A big sports fan, she followed the Detroit Tigers and Lions, but especially liked Michigan State basketball and football. She was an excellent seamstress and a great cook. Surviving are her daughter Janis (Ivan) Opperman of Rockford; grandchildren, Kristin (Anthony) Perez, Kara (Kevin) Morris; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Anna, Kaelynn, Molly, Tia, Haley, and Ivan Perez, Kalina and Brenden Morris; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; sisters, Mary Racki, Virgie (Joe) Wartilko, and Marge (Jim) Hock; brothers, John Racki and Casimir (Bea) Racki; sister-in-law, Gladys Uhl; brothers-in-law, Charles (Roberta) Rymal, Elmer (Hazel) Rymal, Cal (Bert) Rymal, and Ace (Lillian) Rymal; nephews, Don (Anne) Rymal and Paul Wartilko. Special thanks to the staff at Metron of Cedar Springs for the loving care given to Irene for the past three and a half years. She used to say, “If you have to be in a place like this, this is the place to be. Everyone is so nice.” The family will greet friends Saturday at 11:00 am until time of service at 12 noon at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery, Hudson, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Life Enrichment Fund at Metron of Cedar Springs. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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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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