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George E. Michaels

George E. Michaels, 96 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at his home. George was born July 22, 1917 in Paris, Michigan the son of Eugene and Maud (McFarlane) Michaels. As a young man he worked in the oil fields in Big Rapids and then became a machinist in Grand Rapids. He also farmed throughout his life. He was an avid horseback rider and enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing with his wife. Surviving are his wife of 72 years, Della May; children; Mary Nunnaley, Gene (Linda) Michaels, John (Carolyn) Michaels; three granddaughters; ten great granddaughters; several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Interment will take place at West Cemetery, Big Rapids.

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

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23C obit - MorrisMrs. Suzanne “Sue” Marie Morris of Cedar Springs, age 52, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014. Sue was a very special woman to many of the people in her life. She was a loving wife and a wonderful mother. Sue will be greatly missed by many. Sue leaves behind her beloved husband Michael; loving children Michael (Erin) and Thomas (Tiffany) Borden, and Mikey (Alex) and Donny (Jen) Morris; grandchildren Mason, Jake, Tyler, Parker, Avery and Neil; sister Mary (Roger) Sieracki; father and mother-in-law Howard (Dorothy) Lapekes; sister-in-law Denise (Mike) Stebbens; her special girls in life, Mette and Mindy; and many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and friends who will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Glen Drake; and brothers John and Joe Drake. The funeral service was held on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341; there was a one hour visitation prior to service. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to consider making a donation to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Daniel A. Marvin 57 went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 23, 2014. Daniel was born April 18, 1957 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the son of Donald and Ruth (Piper) Marvin. Surviving are his sons, Ben (Maryellen) Marvin, Steve (Patty) Marvin; father, Don (Linda) Marvin; brothers, Dave (Jeannie) Marvin, Tim (Bonnie) Marvin, Tom Marvin, Jon Marvin, Jody (Tina) Marvin; 2 grandchildren, James & EmmaLee; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Nichols. The family will greet friends Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main, Cedar Springs. Pastor Gene Hawkins officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to GLC Hope Ministries, 1015 E. Washington St., Greenville, MI 48838.

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

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C-obit-ZankDorothy A. Zank 90 of Cedar Springs, Michigan went home to be with Jesus Sunday, May 25, 2014. She was born October 3, 1923 in Solon Township, Michigan the daughter of Henry and Edith (Clemens) Zank. Dorothy lived most of her life in Cedar Springs. After graduation from high school, she worked in the factory at Wolverine World Wide supporting herself for over 44 years. This was an amazing feat considering she was legally blind from birth. Dorothy was a dedicated Christian from an early age. She loved to sing Gospel Music and was in several trios and quartets. She shared recently, that she sang at many, many funerals. Now she has joined heaven’s choir. Dorothy was a kind, generous, caring, loving person, and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie Cole; sister-in-law, Dorothy T. Zank; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, brother, James Zank; sister, Delores Eldred; brothers-in-law, Preston Cole and Vernon Eldred; niece, Carol Eldred Tiede; and dear friend, Linnie Sickmiller. Visitation was held Thursday, May 29 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home Cedar Springs. The funeral service will be Friday, May 30 at 1:00 pm at Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St.,Cedar Springs. Pastor Michael Shiery officiating. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Pilgrim Bible Church, Hospice of Michigan or African Inland Mission in support of her great-niece, Tianne Cole now serving in Sudan. Please share memories and sign the online guest book at www.blisswitterspike.com

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

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Makoto Kamekawa

EPSON scanner imageMakoto Kamekawa, 82, of Sand Lake, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his home. Makoto was born December 3, 1932 in Yokosuka, Japan, the son of Yorozu and Toyo (Osada) Kamekawa. He graduated from Yokosuka Technical High School in Japan and had studied at Illinois Institute of Technology Graduate School. He was an original member of the design team for Toyota Sports 800 and other Toyota cars. He had won numerous awards for all sorts of designs. Surviving are his wife, Fumiko whom he married on Nov. 3, 1956; daughter, Yuko Roberts; grandchildren, Amber, Matthew, Ariel, Melody, April and Noah Roberts; sister, Yoko Saito. Private family services will be held. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home,  Cedar Springs.

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Wayne Eugene Survant, 85, of Cedar Springs, Michigan, formerly of Rocky Ford, Colorado and Whittemore, Michigan passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014. Wayne was born August 18, 1928 in Branson, Colorado the son of Eugene and Mabel (Stephenson) Survant. He was a lifelong cowboy and was still participating in cutting competitions into his 80’s. He was passionate about quarter horses, rodeos, and 4H fairs. He will be missed by his family and friends. Surviving are his children; Gerald (Rebecca) Survant, Janice Drayton, Michael (Sue) Survant; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolores; daughter, Lori Ann and a brother. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 24 at 3:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, Cedar Springs. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment of cremains will be in Colorado.

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


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C-obit-Stanton-webRobert G. Stanton, Sr. 85 passed away Friday evening, May 2, 2014 at Sanctuary of St. Mary’s. Robert was born January 5, 1929 in Wyoming, Michigan the son of Frank and Olga (Hallock) Stanton. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy and had worked for Michigan Consolidated Gas Company for 30 years. He loved the outdoors, was a lifelong Catholic and very dedicated to his family. Surviving are his children, Shirlee Kamstra, Janet Stanton, Bonnie (Mike) Thomas, Robert (Misti) Stanton Jr., Theresa (Mark) Freiberg, Michael (Debbie) Stanton Sr., Patrick Stanton Sr., Timothy Stanton, Coleen (Francisco) Rivera, Brian Stanton & Roxanne Cebelak, Jennifer (Barry) Campbell; 28 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; brothers and sister-in-law, Raymond Smith, Ruthie Smith, Willard (Carolyn) Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grayce; and his brothers and sisters. The family received friends Tuesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Rosary was prayed. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, May 7 at Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Navy. Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Queen of Apostles Church.

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


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Alan M. Straub, aged 25 of Cedar Springs, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Surviving are his children, Justin and Mya; parents, Richard and Peggy Straub; fiancee, Kristen deVuyst; grandfather, Ray Richards; brothers, Richard “Ricky” (Amy), Ray (Becky Moore) Straub; many aunts and uncles and their families. Alan was proudly employed at the Meijer Store in Cedar Springs. A celebration of Alan’s life will be held 11:00AM Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE., Belmont. His family will greet relatives and friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral chapel to help his family with expenses. To read a complete obituary, share photos, memories and condolences please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com

Arrangements by Stegenga Funeral Chapel

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C-OBIT-MedfordRobert Clifton Medford  (Bob) of Cedar Springs, Michigan, was born December 30th, 1925 in Coleman, Michigan, to Harry and Ethel Medford, and passed away from heart failure brought on by pneumonia on January 17th, 2014. Bob served as a Surgical Tech. in The United States Army with the rank of Tech. Sargent in both the CBI and Pacific Theaters in WWII. He was a graduate of Michigan State University with degrees in mechanical and agricultural engineering and secondary education.  He worked as an engineer for General Motors, an Associate Professor of Engineering Graphics for University of Detroit, and as a biology, chemistry, physics, geology, weather science, and shop teacher for several public schools with the longest term of 26 years, for Flint Public Schools. He also owned and operated R.C. Medford Photography and ran the Green Thumb Inner City Gardening Program for the City of Flint and was an advisor for the 4H programs.  He owned and operated Hoofbeats Riding Academy.   Additionally he was a private pilot and helped run the Civil Air Patrol for the Flint area. In his retirement he was an avid gardener at his 2nd generation family farm in Lakeview, Michigan.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years Adelma Medford,  5 children:  Jim (Jene) Medford, Tom (Laurie) Medford,  Simon Shane, Ken (Janice) Medford, and  Pam (Clint Conley) Medford- Conley; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, three siblings, a multitude of nieces and nephews,  thousands of students that came through his class room and dozens of people he fostered and mentored.  A celebration of his life will be held Saturday May 24th, 2014 beginning at 3:00pm with a time for testimonials of his life, dinner, and planting of a memorial garden at the family farm 7947 Howard City/Edmore Rd. Lakeview, Michigan. All who wish to celebrate his life are welcome.


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Ralph David Wolfe

C-OBIT-wolfe-webRalph David Wolfe, 92 passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Sanctuary of St. Mary’s. Ralph was born July 5, 1921 in Nelson Township, the son of Ezra and Margaret (Otterbacher) Wolfe. He was a second generation farmer, faithful servant to his Lord and Savior, and dedicated husband and father. He retired 20 years ago and moved with his wife to their home on the Muskegon River. He enjoyed spending time with his wife of 67 years, Virginia (Conroy); large family, fishing, and working in the yard. Surviving along with his wife are 6 children, Jackie Carr, Tim (Sue) Wolfe, Pete Wolfe, John (Cindy) Wolfe, Dave (Heather) Wolfe, and Jane Taylor; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Lou Wolfe; parents; sisters, Marie Wolfe, Dorothy (Harvey) Dahl; brother, Paul (Marcella) Wolfe; brother-in-law, Roger (Shirley) Conroy; father and mother-in-law, Edson (Sigrid) Conroy. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 30 from 5-8pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday 10:00 am at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Grand Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Area Agency on Aging, Grand Rapids or St. John Paul II.

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


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