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LORETTA E. LEWIS

 

Loretta E. Lewis 90 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Faith Hospice – Trillium Woods. Mrs. Lewis was born April 8, 1926 in Unionville, Michigan the daughter of Jasper and Loretta (Rock) Sweitzer. She enjoyed doing word search, spending time with her family and camping. Surviving are her children, Wayne (Patricia) Lewis Jr., Jasper (Sally) Lewis, Raymond Lewis, Barb Lewis, Jeanette Lewis, Layne Lewis, Jayne Lewis, Etta Jones, and Ella (Benny) Wise; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Lewis Sr. in 1997. 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. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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Jerry Lee Klock Jr.

Jerry Lee Klock Jr., age 44, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016. He is survived by his children, Jerry, Michele, Jason, and Joshua; his parents, Jerry Sr. and Holly Klock, Karen and George Beardslee; brother, John Klock; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. at the Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Comstock Park. Friends may meet the family at the funeral home on Wednesday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to His Children’s Educational Fund.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home.

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RONALD ROGER FISK

 

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Ronald Roger Fisk, 88 of Cedar Springs, surrounded by his family went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Ronald was born on October 24, 1927, the son of Neff & Mamie (Holliday) Fisk in Cedar Springs. On September 27, 1947 he married Evelyn Dingman of Grand Rapids in his family home where they later resided for his last 22 years. Ronald was a farmer at heart and farmed his father’s farm, his own farm and worked for area farmers as well. Ronald retired from Keeler Brass Company in 1989 to enjoy his beloved horses, which he used to farm the land and pull competitively. He was an excellent teamster, raised and broke his own Belgians and was known among the Amish community for his well trained teams. Ronald was a member of the Solon Center Wesleyan Church since 1973, where he served his Lord faithfully in several capacities. He is survived by his beloved family, wife Evelyn; his sister Genevieve Giar; brother-in-law Donald Green; his children Allan (Beth) Fisk, David (Kathy) Fisk, Kathy (Roy) Mabie; caregiver, Patricia Host; foster sons Mike (Patricia) Happeny; David (Kelly) Eck; 12 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Geraldine Hinkley and Marian Green; brother-in-law Harley Hinkley. The family greeted friends on Monday, August 29 at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. The service was held Tuesday at the church. Rev. Douglas DiBell officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Solon Center Wesleyan Church.

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

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WALTER KILTS

 

C-obit-KiltsWalter Kilts, 89 of Cedar Springs, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at his home. Walter was born March 2, 1927 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Howard and Emma (Fisk) Kilts. Walter served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army stationed in Darmstead, Germany. On May 18, 1951 he married Dorothy Fries, living in Solon Township for 55 years. Walter then moved to the Cedarfield Community. He worked for 37 years at Michigan Plating and Stamping “The Bumper”. He enjoyed life on the farm with his family and his vegetable and flower gardens. Surviving are his children, Deborah (Duane) Stendel, Terri (Wayne) Fifield, Allen (Barb) Kilts, Rita (Kevin) Dines; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson; several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Jean Wainright; sisters-in-law, Betty Kilts, Lois Kilts, and Marilyn Sidlauskus; brothers-in-law, Donald (Carol) Fries, Alvin (Carol) Fries; many nieces and nephews; special friend, Lucille Middleton. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Dorothy in 2000; brothers, Norman Kilts, LaVern Kilts; sister, Maxine Powell; brothers-in-law, Russell Powell, Jack Wainright, Raymond Fries, Bob Sidlauskus; sister-in-law, Marcia Fries. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Chaplain Dan Pflug officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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WILLIAM TETZLAFF

 

C-obit-tetzlaffWilliam Frederick Tetzlaff, age 75 passed away, Saturday, August 20, 2016, from lung cancer, in his home at the lake surrounded by loved ones. Bill was one of seven children born to William and Marion Tetzlaff on March 14, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As the eldest son he was expected to work in the family grocery store where he learned his butchering skills and developed a strong work ethic – it’s where he also developed hands of steel and the superman strength that took Belding’s football team to the Championships and ultimately the Hall of Fame. After graduating from Creston High School, he entered the US Navy and worked on a supply ship during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He came home to West Michigan and began his civilian life as a butcher at D & W and finally found his calling as a fireman for the city of East Grand Rapids retiring as a public safety officer. This was not his only job; on days off he was a Jack of all Trades including butcher, window washer, tree cutter, house painter, chicken slayer, and the list continues. The man could fix anything with duct tape & wire – he was the original MacGyver. Along with working hard, he played hard; hunting for sport and to provide “mystery meat” for his family as well as fishing, camping, playing cards, and whatever adventure resulted from having five kids. What we all most appreciated about our dad is he accepted us for who we are and we could count on his unconditional love, loyalty & support. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Deborah; grandson, Kyle; his parents and brother-in-law, Geary Rummler. He is survived by his five children, whom he shared with his former wife, Sandy (Wiersum) Lyon (now deceased); Dawn Wolfe (Mark), Amber Toews (Kirk), Amy Wiersema (Ray), Billy Tetzlaff (Colette) and Jennifer Dunleavy (Jim). His grandchildren who he loved to throw high into the sky – missing only occasionally; Ashley (Joel), Brittany (David), Owen (Rosey), Justin (Angelina), Morgan (Tim), Nick, Paige, Mikey, Beth(John), Kymber (Aaron). He also leaves behind 12 great-grandchildren; Anthony, Ava, Molly, Hendrix, Reese, Sadie, Elianna, Tyler, Adalynn, Zaden, Melaina, Ryker, and another due in October. His Magnificent 6 siblings, Margaret, Richard (Jane), Charles (Karen), Sue (Chris), Christine (Dave), Connie (Gary), stepsisters, Bonnie, Shari (Tim), and stepmother, Sally. Bill loved his place on the lake and the friends he had there were like family. Their support during his illness is appreciated beyond words. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 26, 5:00 p.m. at the Wabasis Lake Park Shelterhouse, 11220 Springhill Dr, Greenville. Cremation has taken place. The family will be available for visitation two hours prior to the service, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., with dinner to follow. In lieu of flowers, and in the spirit of his unending generosity to others, please perform a random act of kindness or pay it forward in his memory.

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

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HUGH D. MABIE

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Hugh D. Mabie, age 80 of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Hugh was born in Cedar Springs, Michigan on March 12, 1936, the son of Roy and Margaret (Pierson) Mabie. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Hugh retired from Keeler Brass as a Master Die Maker after 43 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Genevieve Imanse; and his brother, Roy Mabie. Hugh is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet (Posthumus); his children, Timothy Vander Heide, Mary Jean Mabie, Jill (Nick) Landers, Beth (Craig) Brown, Matthew (Shannon) Vander Heide Mabie, and Samantha (Michael) Mabie-Tuinstra; his thirteen grandchildren; his five great-grandchildren and one on the way; his sister-in-law, Beverly Covell and his brother-in-law, Jerry (Janet) Posthumus; and many nieces and nephews. At Hugh’s request, his family will be holding private services.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Lawrence K. Cook

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Lawrence K. Cook (Larry), age 69, of Sand Lake, passed away on Thursday July 28, 2016 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital surrounded by family. The son of Allen & Dorothy (Walker) Cook, he was born March 10, 1947 in Kanab, Utah. A proud U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam, Larry served aboard the U.S.S. Galveston. After 30 years, Larry retired form Burke Porter Machinery as a mechanical engineer. Larry was a private pilot, as well as a member of the Air Corps Association and EAA. He was a member at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post 287. Larry was also a fan of Bob Seger and loved to tinker with anything old he might be able to fix. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gary; Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Linda; daughters, Kimberly Cook, Jill Lindgren, Jody Lindgren, and Jayme Lindgren; grandson, Kyan Lindgren; and siblings, Ruth (Chuck) Pifer, Sam (Kathy) Cook and Ron (Linda) Cook. A committal service with full military honors will be at North Ensley Cemetery on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11am with a luncheon at the Cedar Springs American Legion following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to David’s House Ministries, 2390 Banner St. SW, Wyoming. Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place.

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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BEVERLY E. MULHOLLAND

C-obit-mulhollandBeverly E. Mulholland, 80, of Howard City passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016. When my body goes back to the dust of the earth where it came from, my soul will go to heaven to be with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Beverly was born September 13, 1935 in Howard City, Michigan the daughter of Harry and Alta (Kunde) Opper. She passed away in the same home she was born in. She graduated from Lakeview High School Class of 1953. On September 14, 1953 she married Kenneth Mulholland and he preceded her in death in 2009. She grew and sold flowers at her home and was known as the Flower Lady. She has gorgeous gardens, loved to travel, play croquet and research genealogy. She enjoyed visiting the local nursing homes and cheering up the residents. She stayed active with dance and big band music. Surviving are her children, Catherine & Steven Hyrns, Kenneth Mulholland & Dan Edwards; grandchildren, Kamie & Stephen McGuire, Jason & Michelle Hyrns, Benjamin Hyrns and fiancée, Jen Langley; great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Faith, Hunter and Hudson; brothers-in-law, Robert Menke, Charles (Judy) Mulholland; sisters-in-law, Donna Mulholland, Leona Harriman, Janet (Clare) Morrow; neighbor and caregiver, Linda Smith and family; special friend, Ray Furman; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends and neighbors. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold (Joanna) Opper and a sister, Betty (Norman) Frantsen. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Thursday at Spencer Mills Church. Pastor Alan Flowers officiating. Interment Coral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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

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EARL WALL

 

Earl Wall, 91, of Albany, Georgia died March 2, 2016 in Georgia. Earl was born August 18, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Nathan and Rachel (Simmons) Wall. He joined the U. S. Marine Corps in 1942 and retired in 1963. He moved to Albany, Georgia in 1984 and was employed with the Marine Corps Logistics Base for 14 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Mae; three brothers, Lyle, Jack and Kenneth Wall; two sisters, Lillian Ryder and Dorothy Shaw. Surviving are a son, Patrick (Peggy) Wall; sister, Betty Jean Kilts (Vance Miller); granddaughters, Jennifer Wall, Tricia Wall and husband, Garth Grahame; many nieces and nephews and his extended family in Georgia. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church.

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

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ALMA VAN DEN HOUT

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Alma Charlotte Hagenah Van Den Hout of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 95, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016. She was born on November 16, 1920 to James H. Hagenah and Alma Kibbe Hagenah on the family farm in Solon Township, Kent County, Michigan. Alma, the fourth of five children, attended Christian Hill School and later graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1939. On May 2, 1940, Alma married C. Vernon Rider, who was killed in combat in Europe on November 16, 1944. On April 10, 1947, Alma was married to Clifford “Bunch” Van Den Hout; they were married for thirty-eight happy years. Bunch Van Den Hout passed away on December 18, 1984. Alma is survived by two nieces, Jan Weston and Sue Lindhout; and three nephews, James, Gene, and Larry Hagenah; three granddaughters, Nancy (Phil) Keller, Lou Ann Jacobson, and Fiona Van Den Hout; two grandsons, Thomas and Dennis (Amy) Traxler; two cousins; and numerous great-grandchildren and great nieces and great nephews. Alma was preceded in death by her husbands, C. Vernon Rider and “Bunch” Van Den Hout; daughter Doris (Bill) Traxler; son Roger Van Den Hout; one sister; and three brothers. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Solon Township Cemetery. Those who wish to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Cedar Springs Museum and Historical Society, P.O. Box 296, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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

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