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THOMAS TROTT BEACH


Thomas Trott Beach, age 83, of Ann Arbor, MI formerly of Cedar Springs died Monday, June 3, 2019 at Heartland Health Care Center in Ann Arbor. Tom was born July 5, 1935 in Cedar Springs the son of Curtiss and Mae (Trott) Beach. He served in the United States Army and was a ramp agent for United Airlines for many years. Tom truly enjoyed Christian campground work. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Rachel (Keir Daniel) Murray; granddaughters, Rachel Daniel Murray, Ansley Kathleen Murray; brother, Allen (Joan) Beach; sister, Ruth Andrus; special friend, Leona Wainwright; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel; siblings, Sami Beach, Curtiss Beach, Ruby Hayden and Rhea Parker. The family will receive friends 10:00 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs Pastor Bill Dixon officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Solon Center Wesleyan Church. 

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

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TERRY LEE ELDER


Terry Lee Elder, age 58, of Fanning Springs, FL died May 29, 2019 while riding his hand bike in Florida. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI on January 30, 1961 to Jack and Emma (Cooper) Elder. He proudly served in the Navy and National Guard. He was injured in a logging accident and moved to Florida eight years ago. Terry is survived by his brother, Lester; grandmother, Virginia Fisher; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Vickie Lyn Elder and brother, Jack Elder Jr. At Terry’s request cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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WANDA H. RAYMOND


Wanda H. Raymond, age 92, of Reed City went to be with her Lord on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Reed City Rehab and Nursing Center. Wanda was born June 24, 1926 in Cadillac, MI to Harry and Gladys (Demory) Ryan. She canned, worked as a beautician and in a factory, raised a big garden and four kids. Surviving are her children, Darcey Raymond Sr., Patricia Asplund and Suzanne Raymond; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Farrand Raymond Sr.; son, Farrand Raymond Jr.; grandsons, Jesus Dale Raymond, Darcey Raymond Jr., Russell St. Clair Jr.; sisters and brothers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at the United Methodist Church, 140 Church St. Cedar Springs. 

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

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BOB SIEBERT


Bob Siebert, age 67, passed away in the care of hospice in Cape Canaveral, FL on Thursday, April 18, 2019.  He was born on February 1, 1952 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL the son of Elmer and Mary (Brown) Siebert.  Bob graduated from Sturgis High School.  His love for the mechanical side of everything that moved, how it moved, why it moved, how long it moved, and the knowledge of being able to help others with anything found him the perfect job with Amway for 46 years as a machine mechanic.  During those years, he built a house for his family, a small barn for alpaca, a garden shed to maintain a gorgeous yard without dandelions, a huge pole barn for tools, boats and tractors.  He enjoyed motorcycle racing, boating on Lake Michigan, lighthouses, car racing, kayaking, his dogs, ferrets, nature except for the rabbits that ate his trees, cats, his children and grandchildren.  Bob is survived by his wife, Connie Patton; son, Neil Siebert; daughter, Gwen Barrett; 7 grandchildren; sisters, Geri Myers and Donna Smith; brother, Roger Siebert; sister-in-law, Brenda Houghton; brother-in-law, Mark Stevens; many nieces and nephews; cousins; aunts and uncles and friends.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law. A Memorial Service will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Drive NE, Belmont with a luncheon following the service.  Friends and family will gather at 10:00 a.m. to share memories and visit.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Health First or Cedar Creek Church.  Contributions may be left at the funeral chapel. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements by Stegenga Funeral Chapel, Belmont

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PAULA JEANNE RAU


Paula Jeanne Rau, age 73, of Sand Lake passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Jeanne was born October 27, 1945 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Howard and Bessie (Burg) Russell. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School and the Grand Rapids Beauty College. She was a member of South Ensley United Methodist Church. A retired school bus driver, who served for 30 years, including 11 years driving for special needs students. Jeanne was a woman of deep faith and conviction who will be remembered as an incredibly strong person known for her kind and compassionate spirit. You could always count on Jeanne for her dimpled expressive smile and a show of love through her cooking and caregiving. Surviving are her husband, John whom she married 55 years ago on February 8, 1964; children, Nick (Amy) Rau, Brenda (Lloyd Penn) Rarick; grandchildren, Samantha Rau, Ben Rau, Arianna Rau, Kyle Rarick; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Glenn (Betty) Russell, Dale (J Ann) Russell; sister, Donna (Patrick) Valentine. The family will greet friends Friday, May 31 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. at South Ensley United Methodist Church, 13600 S. Cypress Avenue, Sand Lake. Pastors Darryl Miller and Dick Selleck officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs, with a luncheon immediately following. Memorials may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 750 Fuller Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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

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STANLEY CONRAD GABEL

Stanley “Chip” Conrad Gabel of Pierson, MI, age 73, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents Stan and Iva and his sister Sara Dreyer. Chip is survived by his beloved wife Sylvia J. (Grimes); sister, Charlotte Zikan; brother-in-law, Ken (Rose) Dreyer; four daughters, Tina (Mike) Auge, Beth (Bob) Mazur, Becca Lockhart, Marcie (Scott) Duncan; three sons, Martin, Scott (Susie) Misner, Matt (Kelly) Misner; 18 grandkids and 11 great-grandkids. Chip was a tool and die maker for over 35 years and enjoyed spending time in his tool shop listening to Rush while working his mechanical wizardry. He also enjoyed flea markets and auctions with his buddy Ken and time with his favorite dog Sophie. The family would like to thank Spectrum Butterworth Hospital for their care and compassion. The funeral service for Chip was celebrated on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St, Pierson, MI 49339. Pastor Jeff Wallace officiated. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St, Pierson, MI 49339.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford 


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RICHARD C. MOCKERMAN

Richard C. Mockerman, age 64, of Morley passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 surrounded by his wife and many family and friends. Rick is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Bella Mockerman, Bridgett (Jimmy) Holmes, Rob Mockerman, Rick (Amy) Mockerman, Amanda Hunt; stepchildren, Melissa Stout (Pat Keating), Alex Phipps; mother, Bernadine Poling; siblings, Teckla (Mike) Lane, Wahneta (Chuck) Cornell, Sandy Finney, Lisa Russell, Fred Mockerman; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law. Rick was a great man and was loved by so many, he enjoyed laughing, being a mechanic and fixing most anything. He loved his family, most of all his wife and children. The family will greet friends Saturday, May 18 from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 248 N. Cass St., Morley. Pastor Steve Finn officiating. A luncheon will be held at the Deerfield Hall, 369 Jefferson, Morley following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. 

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

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DENISE L. FISK

Denise L. Fisk, age 59, of Trufant, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at her home. Denise was born August 24, 1959 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Ross and Laura “Kathy” (Hamilton) Fisk. She has been paramedic for Montcalm County EMS and a paramedic instructor. She enjoyed sports, her dogs and rock collecting. She loved the outdoors, wildlife and watching the deer and birds. Surviving are her parents; Ross and Kathy Fisk; sisters, Shellie Chilcote, Jill (Dan) Singleton; brothers, Brent (Kate) Fisk, Jack (Kacie) Fisk; special friend, Terri Duzenbury; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Nadine and brother-in-law, Timothy Chilcote. The family will greet friends Friday, May 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. Private interment in Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice or Huggard Bible Church.

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

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RALPH DIETRICH

September 4, 1953 – April 24, 2019

Ralph Dietrich, of Cedar Springs Michigan, born on September 4, 1953 in Mercy Hospital Manistee, Michigan, to Sally (Jim) Wiley and the late Paul Dietrich, passed away peacefully at the age of 65 on April 24, 2019 at Spectrum Grand Rapids, Michigan, after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Ralph served in the Air Force and he also worked at K&M Dodge as a mechanic. Ralph was the beloved husband of Denise. He was preceded in death by his son Matthew. Ralph is survived by his son, Paul (Trisha); daughter, Heather Kaver; stepson, Michael; stepdaughters, Sara and Christina; brothers, David (Gretchen), Tom (Kelly), Daniel (Sharon); sisters, Paula (Schultheis) and Karen Rice; 8 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. We will always carry your memories in our heart. Friends and family members attended a memorial service on Monday, April 29th at 1 p.m. at Resurrection Church, 3233 10 Mile Rd., Rockford, Michigan.

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Kurt A. Probst

Kurt A. Probst age 57 of Newaygo, died Monday, May 6, 2019 at his home. Kurt was born February 20, 1962 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Arthur and Carolyn (Brooks) Probst. Kurt was a friend to everyone, hard working, very loyal, giving and honest. Surviving are his wife, Helen; step son, Thomas VanderHyde; step grandchildren, Tianna, Franklin, and Talia VanderHyde; parents, Arthur and Carolyn Probst; brother, Alan (Mercedes) Probst; niece and nephew, Mikayla and Austin; in-laws, Sharon Smith, Ellen Stoner, Leonard (Kay) Stoner. The family will greet friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Interment Idlewild Cemetery, Kent City. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

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