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DONALD L. DEMOREST

C-DemorestMr. Donald L. Demorest, Sr., age 85, of Greenville, formerly of Howard City and Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 16, 2013. He worked in construction for Erhart Construction as a cement finisher. Don was a member of Grace Community Church. During leisure time, Don liked camping and puttering in his pole barn; but most of all, he enjoyed being with his family, especially on his birthday. Don is survived by his wife, Gloria (nee Wiese); children, Donald L. (Terri) Demorest, James A. Demorest, Sally (Martin) Roelofs, Max Demorest, Sr., Craig (Laura) Demorest, Mrs. Christine Shears, Gloria Dianne Gourley, Debra Seward, Thomas (Felcia) Seward, Cynthia Butt; 35 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; sister, Harriet Caverly. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma, his sons, Vince Russell Demorest, Frank Michael Seward, Jr, his daughter-in-law, Laura Demorest, his son-in-law, Brian Shears, his siblings, Clifford Demorest, Ada Wert, Aldon Demorest, Ashton Demorest, James Demorest, Lawrence Demorest, Bertha West, and Billy Demorest. The service for Mr. Demorest was held on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 9920 Reed Road, Howard City, with Pastor Joel Cooper officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Heartland Hospice Service, 3230 Eagle Park Dr., NE, Ste. 201, Grand Rapids, MI. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Arrangements Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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DOUGLAS L. OSTRANDER

C-OstranderMr. Douglas L. Ostrander, age 76, of Sand Lake, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013. His father died when he was in the eighth grade so Doug, as the oldest child, quit school so he could cut pulp wood to help the family. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. Doug owned his own trucking company where they delivered both cross country and local. He mostly hauled produce, raw wood products, and Christmas trees. Doug was active at local fairs where he used mules to pull weights. He particularly liked vintage cars and trucks, especially his dream car, a ’37 Ford Coupe. He and Sheila enjoyed traveling especially their trip to Alaska on their Honda Gold Wing. Doug is survived by his wife, Sheila; children, Debra and Duane McIntyre, Marie and Tom Schick, and Heath Pennington; 4 grandchildren; sister, Carolyn and Joe Glendenning, and brothers, Harold and Cindy Bushee, and Alvin Ostrander. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion, brother, Clyde, and sister, Erma Knoop. The service for Mr. Ostrander was held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment in Crandall Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Michigan Heart Association, 3940 Peninsular Drive, SE, Suite 180, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or the American Diabetes Research Foundation, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Pat Sampson

9-C-SampsonMrs. Pat Sampson, age 66, of Sand Lake, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013. She grew up in Rockford and was a 1965 graduate of Rockford High School. Pat worked at Amway, and then enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at White Sands. After serving during the Vietnam War, Pat worked for the Post Office, drove school buses, and then worked for Argersinger-Morse Construction where she drove the Readi Mix truck and worked on the bridges from M-46 north to Luther. She met Duane who was her job superintendent, and they were married on February 16, 1985. Pat was a risk taker, liked horses and all animals, camping, and enjoyed woodworking and crafting. She was a member of the Trail Riders Association and had a life-time membership in the American Legion. She is survived by her husband, Duane; children, Carl Bjork, Andrew and Patricia Sampson, Wendy Marie and Rick Pawlak, and Daniel and Patti Sampson; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren with the anticipated arrival of one more. She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Ann Bjork, and her sister, Nancy Althea. The service for Mrs. Sampson was held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the service on Wednesday. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, PO Box 998, Hot Springs, SD 57747.

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

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Milo J. Schuitema

9-C-SchuitemaMr. Milo J. Schuitema, age 83, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Savior on Monday, February 25, 2013. He was a 1947 graduate of Rockford High School, served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, and was employed by Lear Siegler until 1991, retiring after 23 years.  Milo was a faithful member of Pierson Bible Church. He is survived by his wife, Margery (nee Beemer) whom he married on December 12, 1992; children, Marsha and Jim Powell, Mike and Kim Schuitema, Sue and John O’Dowd,/ Judy Simmons, Allen and Teresa Hayman, Richard and Lily Hayman, Robert Hayman, Rickey Hayman; many special grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, Mrs. Marg Kronberg, Larry and Cosy Schuitema, Bob and Jeanne Schuitema, Bernard and Marie Schuitema, Dorothy and John Lanting; sister-in-law, Mrs. Maria Schuitema; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Patricia Pierson, on July 15, 1991, and brother and sister, Blaine and Mrs. Beatrice Winters, and brother-in-law, Ernest Kronberg. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Schuitema will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Pierson Bible Church with Pastor Thomas Sluys and Pastor Darwyn Hassert officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Pierson Bible Church, 101 W. Grand Street, Pierson, MI or Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave., SE, Ada, MI 49301. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 12:00 (noon) until the time of service on Saturday.

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

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Nettie E. Morris

C-morris300001Nettie E. Morris, 92 of Sand Lake, died Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Nettie was born May 3, 1920 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Ward and Norma (Huntley) Hunsberger. She was a U.S. mail carrier for 15 years and the Solon Township Treasurer for 11 years. She was a member of the South Ensley United Methodist Church, Ensley Grange, Cedar Springs Golden Agers and enjoyed square dancing and clogging. Surviving are her children, Elsie Vredenburg of Tustin, Norma (Richard) Tracy of Hubbard Lake; daughter-in-law, Pamela Shears of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Kathleen (John) Weber, John (Lynda) Vredenburg, Dana (Todd) Thiebaut, Rebecca Morris-Andres, Michael (Teresa) Botma, Chastity (Richard) Elliott, Lucas (Alexis) Tracy; 17 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Bow; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ford in 1990; son, Daniel in 2000; brother, Jack Hunsberger; son-in-law, Donald Vredenburg. The family received friends Tuesday from 4-7 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Services were held Wednesday 11:00 am at South Ensley United Methodist Church. Pastor Daryl Miller officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to South Ensley United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Anthony Rydz

C-rydz001Anthony “Tony” Rydz 68 of Pierson, died Friday, February 8, 2013 at his home. Tony was born February 27, 1944 in Detroit, MI the son of Anthony and Marion (Kroll) Rydz. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during Vietnam. He enjoyed woodworking and hunting and loved his family. Surviving are his wife, Helga; children, Anthony “Tony” (Kelly) Rydz, Heidi (Tim) Adamczak; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; sister, Rosemary (Ron) Snyder. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Karla Taylor; special friend, Doris Mader. The family received friends Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Service was held Tuesday 11:00 am at the Church of the Full Gospel, Sand Lake, Pastors Verta and Gary Giddings officiating. Interment Pierson Cemetery. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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MARK R. PATIN

Mark R. Patin, 58 of Howard City died Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at his home. Mark was born October 5, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Joseph and Ruth (Horter) Patin. He was an avid motorcycle rider and traveled to many states on bike trips. He had worked for Meijer for 12 years and the last 29 years for High Grade Materials Company in Sand Lake. Surviving are his brothers and sisters, Donald (Maureen) Patin, James (Sandy) Patin, Catherine Patin, Marie Patin, Patricia Patin, Gerri (Ralph) VanOcker, RoseAnn Patin; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephew; close friends Al & Nancy, Phil & Deb and Craig & Diane. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will receive friends Friday from 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. Services will take place Saturday 11:00 at Mary Queen of Apostles Church, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Joseph W. Kenshol celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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WILLIAM “BILL” BECKER

_C-beckerMr. William “Bill” Becker, age 88, of Rockford, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. He grew up on the family farm in Courtland Township, the son of Albert and Grace (nee Stewart) Becker. Bill left school at a very young age to help with the chores. During WWII he was drafted into the US Navy. He married Donna Potes, and she died in 1958. When Bill returned from the war, he helped his family to remodel and build barns and also worked part-time at Kent City Ford. He then went to work at Teledyne Continental as a machinist. In 1961 he married Rosie Thiebout Pierce, and she died in 2000. Bill served as a firefighter for Algoma Township. He enjoyed hunting deer and small game and played fast-pitch softball. For his whole life enjoyed following the Tigers. Love for his family was his first priority and he also liked tinkering in his workshop where he made special parts for people. He even made a mini hay baler and a blueberry picker. Bill was blessed with a mechanical mind. Bill is survived by his children, Michael and Vivian Becker, Diane Pierce, Joe Pierce; grandchildren, Pamela and Greg Bunton, Kimberly Fisher, Brian and Rachel Pierce, Jody Pierce, Beth Pierce, Ginger and Charles Nelson, and Ward and Tina Kortz; 20 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; sisters and brother, Mrs. Martha Parker, Laura and Edward Smith, Kenneth Becker. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Iva Cramer, Wilma Peavy, and Arlene Zimmerman, and his brother, Carl Becker. The Service for Mr. Becker was held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

 

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FREDDIE HAWLEY II

_C-HawleyFreddie Hawley II, age 58, of Sand Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 3, 2013. Freddie was a lifetime member of the NRA. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Valarie; parents, Fred & Betty Hawley; brother, Jamie. Freddie is survived by his wife, Gloria; sons, Freddie III & Kami, Nick & Abby; stepdaughter, Tracey & JC; grandchildren, Ethan, Emerson, Kia, JJ, Storm, Serenia, Grace, Ana, Andrew; great grandchildren, Arijana, Mekenze; sisters, Faith & Cork Hollister, Christina Velting, Dorothy & Rex Veltkamp, Betty Jane & Jeff Streeby; brother, Allen & Loretta Hawley; many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Friends may meet the family at the Funeral Home on Thursday, 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Metro Hospital Cancer Center, 5950 Metro Way, Grand Rapids, Michigan. www.hesselcheslek.com  Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home – Sparta

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JASON ALAN WELSH

_C-WelshJason Alan Welsh of Cedar Springs, following a brief but courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis, born February 10, 1977, at age 35 was promoted to glory and went to walk with Jesus. He is survived by his parents, June & Michael O’Connor, sister Melody & Randy Parker, sister Kathy Welsh, sister Sonya & Todd Breen, brother Jeff Welsh, brother Tim & Erika Welsh, sister Mandy & Stephen Richardson, sister Karen & Jeremy Harris, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and his faithful four-legged friend, Silver, his beloved German Shepherd. Even as a young boy and into adulthood, Jason was a hard worker. As a teenager he worked on a local farm for John Byma. There he learned how to till the soil, and milk the cows. He loved the smell of fresh-cut hay. After graduating from Kent City High School, he worked at several steel businesses. His last place of employment was at Steel Craft Tech in Belmont. Jason loved the country life and he dressed accordingly and listened to the old style country music. If you had a question about country music, Jason was your go-to guy. He also enjoyed gardening and was on avid reader of Western novels. Jason had a quiet nature, a wry sense of humor, and loved his family deeply. He will be sorely missed. Funeral Services will be held at Maranatha Baptist Church, 12786 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Tom Logsdon officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Maranatha Baptist Church.  www.hesselcheslek.com  Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home – Sparta

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