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BRUCE O. SMITH

C-obit-SmithBruce O. Smith 74 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at his home. Bruce was born April 25, 1940 in Lakeview, Michigan the son of Olin and Lucille (Christensen) Smith. He was a millwright and had retired from Federal Mogul (Sparta Foundry) in 2000. He was a member of the Hungerford Saddle Club and the Flat River Tractor Pullers. Surviving are his wife, Sharon, whom he married on Oct. 20, 1961; sons, Scott A. Smith and Randy B. Smith; granddaughter, Abigaile; brother, Dennis Smith; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

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

 

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LEONARD E. GOULD 

Leonard E. Gould, 89 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at home. Leonard was born April 27, 1925 in Courtland Township, Michigan the son of Forrest and Rose (Schumacher) Gould. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a Farmall tractor mechanic, heating and cooling serviceman and had been assistant chief for the City of Cedar Springs Fire Department. Leonard was a lifetime member, over 65 years, of the Glen Hill American Legion Post, Cedar Springs. Surviving are his wife, Thelma (Ball), whom he married on June 18, 1948; children, Beth A. Gould-Phelps, Bruce E. (Deborah) Gould, Douglas A. Gould; 10 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; brother, Ralph Gould; sister-in-law, Adeline Rusche; brother-in-law, George LeValley; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Marjorie Gould, Marian Smith, Marie Keene; and a grandson, Derek Gould in 1980. The family greeted friends Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday 11:00 am at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. Pastor Robert Eckert officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church. God Bless Our Troops!

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

 

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MILFORD “MICK” WESCHE

 

 

Mr. Milford “Mick” Wesche, age 69, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at his home. He grew up on a small farm on 19 Mile Road in Cedar Springs, where his parents, Raymond and Mildred (McIntyre) Wesche had a few cattle. While in high school, he helped his Uncle Jim and Aunt Kletis on their farm, and continued until they sold their cows. Mick graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1962 and from Central Michigan University in 1966. While in college, Mick worked at Wolverine World Wide, earning a beginning pay of $1.25 per hour. In 1966, Mick started teaching the sixth grade for Rockford Public Schools and retired after 40 years. During his teaching career, Mick was very proud to be of assistance in developing the Sixth Grade Camp program. He was a well-respected teacher by his co-workers and students. As his grandson Alex said, “He was an old man stuck in a 6th graders body, but he made every minute of every day spent at the house or the trailer or with the kids the most enjoyable time imaginable.” Mick was an avid reader and crossword enthusiast. He enjoyed being the first person to read the newspaper at Ward’s Hair Place every third Monday morning, especially so he could solve the crossword puzzle. He was also one of the first persons at Rockford Ambulance Service to be a Certified EMT and used his experience for many years as a paid, on-call volunteer. Mick also served on the Rockford Planning Commission for seventeen years. Mick met and married Alice Marie Skelonc and felt his greatest achievement in life was in raising his children and in helping with his grandchildren. The memories and experiences of vacationing and camping with his family and Alice’s family were a highlight. Mick is survived by his loving wife Alice; his children, Andy and Tonya Wesche, Aaron and Agnes Wesche, Amy and Brian Lovall, and Alissa Wesche; grandchildren Jacob, Shane, Harleigh and Karissa Wesche, Alexander Wesche, and Logan and Ava Lovall; mother, Mrs. Mildred Wesche Robertson; brothers and sisters, Ronald and Marcella Wesche, Joyce and John Hansen, Kenneth Wesche, and Nancy and Tim Gerlich; Alice’s family, Mrs. Barbara Skelonc, Richard and Mary Skelonc, Steve and Marie Skelonc, Gerald and Jenny Skelonc, Donald and Cindy Skelonc, Karen and Dennis Clelland, and Carl and Mary Skelonc; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond, his step-father, Earl Robertson, his father-in-law, Martin Skelonc, and his very special aunt and uncle, Jim and Kletis McIntyre. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm and one hour prior to the funeral. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 11:00 am at Assumption BVM Catholic Church with The Rev. Peter Vu presiding. Interment will be at Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford, MI 49341 or the Rockford Education Foundation, PO Box 777, Rockford, MI 49341.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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NAOMI SUE GOODWIN-RUPERT

C-obit-RupertNaomi Sue Goodwin-Rupert, age 70, of Cedar Springs, passed away Saturday morning, August 30, 2014 at her home under the loving care of her daughters and Heartland Hospice. The youngest daughter of Wilbur Jay & Thelma Marie (Waldron) Goodwin, she was born on October 29, 1943 in Greenville and was a graduate of Greenville High School. Naomi retired from the former Electrolux Home Products in Greenville, was a skilled quilter and seamstress, and was a member of Cedar Creek Community Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Wilbur J. Goodwin in 1976; a sister-in-law, Rose Goodwin; and a brother-in-law, Art Buckley. Surviving are her mother, Thelma Goodwin of Greenville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Becky & Stephane Lang of Cedar Springs, and Christina & Al Miller of Shipshewana, Indiana; three grandchildren, Stephane Lang, Stephanie Lang, and Tyler Saganski; a great-grandson, Carter Lang; three step-children, Tina & Eugene Burley of Cedar Springs, Steve & Virginia Rupert of Galesburg, and Chris Rupert of Florida; several step-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Buckley of Ovid; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Gilbert & Joan Goodwin of California, David Goodwin of Greenville, and Daniel Goodwin of Rockford; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation was from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Pastor Richard Nichols of Cedar Creek Community Church officiated and burial will take place privately in Eureka Township Cemetery. Envelopes for memorial contributions to the American Lung Association are available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Naomi’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com

Arrangements by Christensen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville 

 

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BEVERLY JANE PARKER

EPSON scanner imageBeverly Jane Parker, 75 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, August 30, 2014 at her home. Beverly was born July 21, 1939 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Waldo and Mary (Day) Cole. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, homemaker and cook. She enjoyed word searches. Surviving are her husband, Gerald, whom she married on November 5, 1966; daughter, Mary (Todd) Hall; granddaughter, Kylee Hall; mother-in-law, Martha Parker; brothers, Max (Cindy) Cole, Bill (Kathy) Cole, Jim (Gloria) Cole; sister, Patricia (Patrick) Holland; sisters-in-law, Joyce (Roger) Cavner, Rita (Charles) McKee; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Ruth Ann Baxter; brother, Arthur Cole. The family received friends Tuesday from 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held on Wednesday 11:00 am. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

 

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BARBARA K. WEEKS

EPSON scanner imageBarbara K. Weeks, 73 of Bailey, died Saturday, August 30, 2014 at her home. Barbara was born January 11, 1941 in Kent City, Michigan the daughter of Clarence and Fannie (Jackson) Johnson. She had been the bookkeeper for Jack & Jill Bible Camp and Bethel Bible Camp, and secretary of the Ladies Aid at Woodville Community Church. She had enjoyed trail riding and motorcycle riding with her husband, camping, fishing, and bird watching. When horseback trail camping she was the camp cook. When motorcycling she rode her own bike and other times with Bill. Surviving are her husband, William, whom she married on July 22, 1960; daughters, Julie (Dan) Atwood, Brenda (David) Metzger; grandchildren, Brandon (Christy), Ashley, Melissa, Megan, Rob, Bren, Renee; great grandchildren, Alexis, Kaylin; Anna, Addi, Toby, Drayden; aunt, Ardis Gorby; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Carolyn DeVries. The family received friends Wednesday, Sept. 3 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services were held on Thursday at 11:00 am. Pastor Brett Werner officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorials may be made to the Ladies Aid at Woodville Community Church.

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

 

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BRUCE V. ELDRED

C-obit-EldredBruce V. Eldred, 72 of Cedar Springs, was called back to his Saviour, Jesus Christ on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at his home. Bruce was born November 7, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Vernon and Delores (Zank) Eldred. Bruce graduated from Cedar Springs High School and served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked for Meijer for 32 years. He loved fishing, hunting, golfing and cutting wood. His name means woodsman and that was a place he loved to be. Bruce was a gentle giant, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was a friend to many and a stranger to none. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. Surviving are his wife, Sheryl, whom he married on December 23, 1963; children, Mark (Elsa) Eldred, Melissa Ward, Matthew (Marie) Eldred; grandchildren, Nicole, Stephen, Nayeli, Cody, Kira, Skylar, Triston, Colton, and Riley; aunts, Marjorie Cole and Dorothy T. Zank; several cousins; brother and sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carol Tiede. The family received friends on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held on Tuesday 11:00 am at The Springs Free Methodist Church, 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs. Pastors Wayne Cash and Jennings Johnson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to The Springs or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

 

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ERWIN D. FOX

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Erwin D. Fox, 87 of Sand Lake, died Monday, August 25, 2014 at his home. Erwin was born July 19, 1927 in Comstock Park, Michigan the son of Leon and Thelma (Geer) Fox. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a mechanic and worked many years for C.H. Wallace Pontiac. Erwin enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, snowmobiling and chopping wood. He was a member of the North Kent Snowmobile Club. Surviving are his wife, Marjory; children, Dennis (Laura) Smith, Linda (Don) Vandenberg, Carolyn (Greg) Wagner, Kurt Fox, Susan Fox; 13 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; one great great grandson; sister, Yvonne Brownell; brother-in-law, Donald Seaborn. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. The family will greet friends Thursday, August 28 from 12 noon until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Tuttle officiating. Interment with military honors at Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with final expenses.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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JANET L. RIGGLE

C-obit-RiggleJanet L. Riggle, 90 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully from this life and entered into the presence of her Saviour on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Janet was married to Howard “Slim” Riggle on April 6, 1942 and together they raised a family. Early in their marriage, they owned and operated a Sunoco gas station and restaurant in Edmore, Michigan. In 1953, they moved to Cedar Springs after they bought the business known as Hough’s Dairy. She went to work with Slim, delivering milk, eggs and bread to area businesses and homes. In 1959, they purchased Hough’s Dairy Bar, changing the name to Janet’s Dairy Bar. She operated that business until it was sold in 1969. She became the Treasurer for the City of Cedar Springs in 1973 and worked there ten years, retiring in 1983. She dearly loved being a mom was awarded the title, “Most Fun Grandmother” by her grandkids. Janet was always up for an adventure and loved to travel, visiting England, Scotland, Florida, Texas and Colorado during her lifetime. She was an avid gardener and also enjoyed oil painting and ceramics. She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing clothes for her husband and kids. In her later years, she started knitting sweaters, hats and mittens, and she started making quilts, many of which are still being used and enjoyed by all her family members. She could dance a mean polka and her bark was often worse than her bite. Janet is survived by her children; Lee Ann Eary of Boyne City, Debbi (Lohryn) Gates of Howard City, Terri L. Riggle of Cedar Springs, Howard David (Cyndi) Riggle of Cedar Springs; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; brothers, Eugene Crosby; Roger (Barb) Crosby; and Charles (Mary) Crosby; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard “Slim” Riggle, son, Craig S. Riggle; great granddaughter, Piper L. Gates; son-in-law, Robert F. Eary. The family greeted friends Monday, August 25 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Tuesday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding SE, Ada, MI 49306
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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WILLIAM PAUL GUNUNG

William Paul Genung age 82 of Sand Lake passed away at home on Wednesday August 20, 2014. He was born in Dowagiac Michigan on December 25, 1931 the son of Merle T. and Nora (Franklin) Genung. Bill was retired from Packaging Corporation of America in Wyoming with 34 years of service. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in Korea and receiving a purple heart for disabling wounds, but never was limited in giving for his country and his work and family. He was a member of the VFW Post 3306 in Howard City and the American Legion of Comstock Park. He loved camping and feeding his birds. He enjoyed delivering the Cedar Springs Post for many years. He was preceded in death by his brothers Fred, Larry and Glen Genung, his son Tom Boden and his daughter Deb Russo. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Rosalyn Genung , his children; Daphne “Candy” Boden, Roger( Pam) Boden, Mike (shelly) Barrett, Bill (Peg) Barrett, Tom Barrett, Lori (Dave) DeYoung, Karen (Kevin) Clark; 27 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held on Monday August 25, 2014 at 1 PM from the VFW Post # 3306 in Howard City (1001 S. Ensley). Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association. Messages of condolence may be sent via hurstfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville.

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