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LYNN A. GREEN

Lynn A. Green (Bird) age 76 of Cedar Springs went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Surviving are her husband Harold and children, Brent and Lee Green, Brian and Liz Green, Jan and Mike Gareau, Galen and Michelle Green; her sister, Donna and Jim Hurst; brother Steven and Laura Bird; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Courtland United Methodist Church Foundation fund or the charity of your choice.

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VERNON W. WHITE

 

Vernon W. White age 72 of Ensley Township, Sand Lake, died Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Metro Health Hospital. Vern was born October 19, 1945 in Courtland Township, Michigan the son of Wayne and Stella (Roberts) White. He had worked for Dykema Excavating in construction and loved to farm. He was an avid hunter, used work horses for farming and enjoyed trail riding with the “Over the Hill Gang”. Surviving are his wife, Judy; children, Anna (Doug) Jourden, Kathy (Bob) Kruger, Brenda (Dave) Pyne; grandchildren, Josh (Kim), Tonya (John), Andy, and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Harper, Westlynn, Madison, Carter, and Skylar; mother, Stella White; sister, Verna (James) Smigiel; brothers, Harvey (Margaret) White, Dennis (Colleen) White, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Edward; and sister, Wanda Wagner. The family received friends Wednesday, March 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Thursday, March 22 at11:00 a.m. Mr. Derald Rhineberger officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery.

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

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CHARLES “DUANE” FISHER

 

Charles “Duane” Fisher age 83 of Grand Rapids, formerly of Cedar Springs passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at home with his daughter. He was born in Craig, Missouri on August 19, 1934 to Charles and Loreen (Wright) Fisher. Duane is survived by his daughter Kristin Fisher-Kraemer, and her mother Tricia Fisher; grandson Brett (Falicia) Fisher; great-grandson Joxon Fisher. He was preceded in death by his wife Onalee in 2013. The family will meet with friends Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Inge Whittemore officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association 2944 Fuller Ave. NE Ste 101 Grand Rapids, MI 49505. 

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

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BENNIE LEE CRAMER

 

On Monday, March 12, 2018 Bennie Lee Cramer passed away suddenly at the age of 49. He had the biggest heart and would do anything for all who knew him. He loved people and to dance, cook and could always make you laugh. He will be remembered by his best friend of 30 years Russell Formen and by his sisters and brothers including Tina (Roger) Cary, Theresa (Bob) Gillies, Rick (Annette) Jones. Preceded in death by his mother, Renalda Gray. He will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and dear friends. He is loved and will be missed by us all. A Memorial will take place at a later date in his memory.

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RICHARD LEE DINES

 

Mr. Richard Lee Dines of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 83, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018. He was born in Rockford, Michigan to Frank and Bernadine (Tenhoppen) Dines on May 20, 1934. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, bingo, and bowling. He also was a devoted Cubs fan. Richard worked for Steelcase for over thirty years. Richard is survived by his children, Rodney (Laurie) Dines, Ricky Dines, Margie Cole, and Russell (friend Tammy) Dines; eleven grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; brothers, Norman Dines, Jack Dines; sisters, Ruth (Bill) Hiler, Jill (Vern) Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Shirley in 2014 after sixty-one years of marriage; son, Richard Dines, Jr.; brothers, Carl Dines, Paul Dines, and Tom Dines. There will be a time of visitation with Richard’s family from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Richard will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Pederson Funeral Home. There will be also be a time of visitation one hour prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions in Richard’s name can be made to Metron of Cedar Springs, 400 Jeffrey St NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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SHELBY L. REYBURN

Shelby Laurence Reyburn was born on October 15, 1932, son of Shelby John Reyburn and Edith Burnap. He passed away quietly in his sleep Saturday, March 10, 2018. Larry graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1950 and worked as a cashier for Meijer. He attended Davenport College in Grand Rapids before being drafted into the US Army. After basic training at Camp Atterburg, Indiana, he served as infantry in Korea, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class. He married Janice Evelyn Blaesi on June 17, 1955. In 1956 he entered the State Police Academy in Lansing, Michigan, and after graduation served at Ionia, St. Ignace, and Ithaca as a trooper. He was promoted to Detective in 1969 and assigned to State Police Intelligence in Lansing. After his promotion to Detective/Sgt in that unit he transferred in 1972 to the Fire Marshall Division in Lansing. He was promoted again to Detective/Lieutenant in 1980. In 1981 he transferred back to the Intelligence Division and organized the W.E.M.E.T Drug team for West Michigan. Larry retired from the State Police in 1982. Farming was always close to Larry’s heart. He bought the family farm from his parents in 1968, grew apples, and moved there in 1976. When he retired, he and Janice entered the flower business, growing, drying, and marketing dried flowers, which they did for 20 years, as well as 2 acres of pumpkins. He grew a beautiful garden for family and friends, using it as the opportunity to work with his four grandsons who lived next door, training them to work hard and teaching many life lessons. Since 1984, he and Janice spent their winters at their home in Nokomis, Florida, where they were members of Covenant Life Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, Florida. In Michigan, they attended Blythefield Hills Baptist Church in Rockford, Michigan, but their true membership is in Heaven. Larry was excited and comforted to be moving to his new residence in Heaven with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Larry is survived by his wife, Janice, son Dean (Martha) Reyburn and daughter Joanne (Joseph) Pann. His grandchildren Nathanael, Noah, Aaron, and Andrew Reyburn, Jessie, Jacob, and Jebedia Pann, and 11 great-grandchildren. His grandson Joseph Pann and older sisters Genevie Penrose and Florence Yurich preceded him in death. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Visitation at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church in Rockford, Michigan at 10 a.m. prior to the 11a.m. Funeral on Friday, March 16, 2018. In lieu of flowers send donations to Faith Hospice of Grand Rapids or BHBC missionaries.

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

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ROBERT H. FULLER

 

Mr. Robert H. Fuller of Cedar Springs, Michigan, aged 83, passed into his Glory on March 9, 2018, after a three-year struggle with myasthenia gravis. Robert is survived by his wife of 61½ years, Mary Lou; children, Mark Fuller, MD of Ironwood, Michigan, Scott Fuller and Barbara (Greg) Vanderkooi of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Gabriel (Dana) Morris, Joshua Morris, Kati Fuller, Alice and Livia Fuller, Jack (Sophia Rykert) Vanderkooi, and Cheryl Vanderkooi; great-grandchildren, Madilynn and Gabrielle Morris, Kira, Laney, Jackson, and Grayson Vanderkooi; brother-in-law William (Barb) Haroff; sisters-in-law Edith (Alvin) Rector, Shirley DuBridge, and Verna (Stephen) Johnson; two special people, Megan Lewis and Beverly Harris; many loved nieces and nephews who were able to be with him during his last struggle; and his faithful companion, BUD the Pug, affectionately known as “Bob’s Ugly Dog.” He was preceded in death by his son, Kris Fuller; parents, Rev. H. Howard and Beulah Fuller; sisters Patricia Moore, Carolyn Decker, Martha Haroff; and in-laws Grant and Edna Ranney. Robert was a man of many trades during his working years. He retired as a rural mail carrier from Cedar Springs— a job he loved. He was also a member of Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church for fifty years, where he had held many positions, and loved his church family dearly. Relatives and friends may call on the family during a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The memorial service for Robert will be celebrated by Pastors Kim DeLong, Chuck Smith, and Thurlan Meredith at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018, at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Avenue NE, Rockford, MI 49341. There will be a one-hour visitation prior to the service at church. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Memorial Fund; or to the Mary Free Bed Foundation, 235 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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THOR N. TERHAAR

 

Thor N. TerHaar, age 54, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 9, 2018. He was born July 20, 1963 in Grand Rapids to Gordon and Nancy (Kruger)TerHaar. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon. He is survived by his daughter, Amber TerHaar; mother, Nancy Kruger; brothers, Scott TerHaar, Thad Kruger; sister, Tina Ward; several nieces, nephews and friends. As Thor had wished, cremation has taken place. A memorial service for Thor will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 14 Mile Rd. Sparta, from 2-6:00 p.m. with a luncheon served from 2-4:00 p.m. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Assist the Family with Expenses.

Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta

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LUKE L. VINCENT JR.

Luke L. Vincent Jr. age 81 of Cedar Springs, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Grand Rapids. Luke was born October 16, 1936, the son of Luke Lee Vincent Sr. and Goldie Bell (VanMeter) Vincent. He is survived by his children, Luke III (June); Sonia (Lindsay) Carpenter; Star (Vern) TenHarmsel; Sally Miller; Clarence (Barbie) and Becky Vincent; 11 grandchildren, Luke IV, Kelby, Brandie (David), Thomas, Nick (Caitlyn), Corey (Kate), Tara (William), Toni, Marie, Charles, Dakota; 11 great-grandchildren, Kendra, Tatiana, Ariana, Brooke, Zyana, Owen, Mayleigh, Tommy Jr., Grace, Morgan and Rozalyn; 3 sisters; special friend, Lucille and her daughters, Dawn (Mark), Diane and Micky; grandchildren, Christina, Anthony, Andrew, Marie and Rick; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wives, Dorothy and Dixie Vincent; son; Scott Randall Vincent and 5 brothers. A memorial service will be held at the Cedar Springs American Legion on Monday at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.

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

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LANNY D. GILLESPIE

 

Lanny D. Gillespie age 71 of Cedar Springs, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at his home. Lanny was born August 31, 1946 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the son of Raymond and Thelma (Tisdel) Gillespie. Lanny worked at Keeler Brass for 20 years and then had his own lawn care business. He is survived by his siblings, Colleen (Dale) Thurston, Ed (Nancy) Gillespie, Deb (Bruce Duncan) Merlington and Diane (Ed) Sipka; special “sister”, Joan Weinrich; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and his favorite companion dog, Harley. He was preceded by his parents; brothers, Leonard & Raymond Jr. Gillespie and sister, Darlene St. John. The family will receive friends Friday noon until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, Pastor Cindi Greene officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

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

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