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ROBERT G. STANTON

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

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

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ROBERT CLIFTON MEDFORD

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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Karen Stuthard

 

Karen Stuthard

Karen Stuthard

Mrs. Karen Adelle “Stingray” Stuthard of Cedar Springs, age 52, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014. She was born to Larry and Inez (née Richards) English on May 24, 1961 and had been a long-time resident of the Cedar Springs area. Karen loved many things in life, however, none as much as taking care of her grandsons. She loved spending long days outdoors, whether it be tending to her flower gardens or cruising on her motorcycle. Karen is survived by her beloved husband of thirty-four years, Raymond; loving children Rebecca (Michael) Harroun and Kristin Stuthard; grandsons James and Alexander Harroun; father Larry English; sister Colleen (Dennis) White; step-brother Gerard (Nancy) Bogner; and step-sister Nora (Steve) Sokolowski. She was preceded in death by her mother Inez; step-father Ivan Bogner; and step-brother Allen Bogner. There will be a time of visitation from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Pederson Funeral Home,127 N. Monroe Street NERockfordMI 49341. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Pederson Funeral Home; with visitation one hour prior to service. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Children’s Miracle Network, 205 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101, or Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, 648 Monroe NW, Suite 104, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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Lyle R. “Rusty” Martin

EPSON scanner imageLyle R. “Rusty” Martin, 87 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at his home. He was born October 23, 1926 in Lansing, Michigan the son of Russell and Katie Martin. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. He had co-owned an auto supply store in Cedar Springs. Surviving are his wife, Doris; children, Carolyn (Bob) Schaefer, Tom Martin; stepchildren, Amy (Dan) Rothwell, Scott (Doris) French; grandchildren, Heather (Mike) Zoerhoff, Ryan (Sarah) Schaefer, Katie O’Brien, Joe and Danny Rothwell, Tyler, Tom and Tori French; great grandchildren, Ella, Michael, Taylor, Lexie, Aela, Max, Taylor, Amber and Nathan; brother, Wayne (Rosemary) Martin; sister, Alice (Leo) Gray; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and a daughter, Lynda. The family will greet friends Saturday from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment with military honors at East Nelson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Nelson United Methodist Church or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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

 

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LINNIE A. SICKMILLER

EPSON scanner imageLinnie A. Sickmiller, 91, formerly of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Capitol Area Health & Rehab in Lansing. Linnie was born May 11, 1922 in Mecosta County, Michigan the daughter of Manily and Flora (Johnson) Brown. She was a member of Pilgrim Bible Church and a dedicated Christian all of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Elmer Sickmiller; her parents, three brothers and three sisters. Surviving are a brother, Nahum (Viola) Brown; step children and step grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; best friend, Dorothy Zank. Visitation and funeral was held Wednesday, April 23 at Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Michael Shiery officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pilgrim Bible Church.

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

 

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CORNELIUS (NEAL) FEIKEMA

Cornelius (Neal) Feikema of Evart passed away Saturday April 12, 2014 at Autumnwood of McBain. He was 88. Mr. Feikema was born January 11, 1926 in Okaton, South Dakota  to Frank and Ann (DeGraaf) Feikema. He was a 1946 graduate of Evart High School. Neal married Winona Kushmaul in 1946 at Sears, Michigan. He was nearly a lifelong Evart area resident. Neal and Winona’s music was entertainment at many dances around Mid-Michigan. Neal retired from Liberty Dairy after working there for many years and retired from farming in 2004. He was active with the Michigan State Agriculture program and was a premier Angus breeder. Mr. Feikema was very involved in 4-H, the Osceola County Fair, and starting livestock shows and auctions throughout the state, judging at many of them. He attended the Evart and North Evart United Methodist Churches. Mr. Feikema is survived by his wife of 67 years, Winona of Evart, a daughter, Sharon Lamie of Middleville, son , Neal Duane Feikema of Evart, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, eight sisters; Hermina Stoker of Lansing, Corena Cass of Evart, Josphina Tift of Florida, Francis Brackett of Big Rapids, Annette (Bruce) Giddings of Lansing, Chris Fabijancic of Lansing, Harlene Matlia of Lansing, Kathy Ohler of Lansing, four brothers; Don “Spike” Feikema of Clarksville, Arkansas, Fred (Ferne) Feikema of Evart, John (Jeanie) Feikema of Lansing, Frank (Ann) Feikema of Tucson, Arizona, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services for Cornelius Feikema are Wednesday April 16th at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart with Pastor Tim Ford officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday April 15th 2pm to 4pm & 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Internment will be in the Osceola Township Cemetery.

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Ronny Merlington

Ronny Merlington

Ronny Merlington

 Ronny R. Merlington, 76 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Spectrum Health-United Memorial Hospital. Ronny was born September 1, 1937 in Pierson, MI the son of Robert and Ruth (Madison) Merlington. He graduated from Sand Lake High School in 1955 and received a Bachelor degree from Michigan State University. He taught school in Sand Lake for 2 years and then for the next 36 years for Cedar Springs Public Schools. He was a coach for 20 years for football, basketball and baseball. In addition to his dedication as an educator, he had a passion for public service. He served as a Cedar Springs Council Member, Mayor Pro Tem, and Mayor. He was a member and chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals for 25 years. He was a member of Squadron 287 of the Sons of The American Legion and an officer and Detachment Commander of the entire state of Michigan and National Executive Committee Man. In retirement, he was a licensed trainer and enjoyed his horses and harness racing with his wife, Shirley. He was an avid hunter for his entire life and had a perfect record on successful deer hunts. Surviving are his wife, Shirley Ann (Misner); children, Dominic (Christine) Merlington, Robert (Amy) Merlington; grandchildren, Rebekah Merlington, Robert Burmeister, Kristofer Merlington, Ethan Robinson, Elizabeth Robinson; brother, Russel (Patricia) Merlington; sister, Rosalynn Wall; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rex Merlington and sister, Rosanne Morris. The family received friends Tuesday, April 15 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held on Wednesday, April 16. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Museum, Cedar Springs Public Library, or the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry.

 

 

 

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JOHN E. FORTUNA

John E. Fortuna, II age 73 of Belmont, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. John was born January 20, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of John and Nina (Griffin) Fortuna. He worked in Tool & Die and served an apprenticeship at Lear Siegler and then worked at Knape & Vogt, Auto Die and retired from General Motors on 36th St. in 2006 after 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Sally (Morris); children, John E. III and Jeannie, Jerry, Cindy (Fortuna) and Doug Ellinger; grandchildren, Lindsey and Griffin Fortuna, Riley, Ashton, and Triston Cherry; 1 step granddaughter, Megan Ellinger; mother, Nina Fortuna; sister, Joan and Bill Goss. He was preceded in death by his son Rick in 1991 and his father in 1997. The family received friends Tuesday, April 8 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Wednesday, April 9. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice and Pallative Care, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

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

 

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