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JOANN C. HILLS

Joann C. Hills, age 81, of Sand Lake, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at her home with her family by her side.

Mrs. Hills was born May 4, 1937 in Detroit, MI the daughter of James and Esther (Heil) Ayris. She worked for American Seating for 20 years and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She was very involved and loved her church family at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sand Lake. Surviving are her children, Debra Fifield, Jack Hills, Chris (Kathy) Hills; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; close friends, Dar Stebbins and Terri Fifield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack in 2001 and 2 brothers, Bill and Jim Ayris. Cremation has taken place.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held Tuesday, January 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Sand Lake Cemetery. Pastor Lee Zabrocki officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3230 Eagle Park Dr. NE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. 

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

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ARWIN EDWARD BREMMER

Arwin Edward Bremmer, age 89, of Cedar Springs passed away Friday evening, December 28, 2018 from the results of a stroke. Arwin and Nancy (his wife of 68 years) are together again and at peace. Ed lived his whole life in Cedar Springs, except for the time he spent as a Corporal in the Army. He was part of the Medical Corp in southern Germany. While there Ed purchased the first of his many cameras. He became an avid photographer taking thousands of pictures of people and events. He particularly enjoyed photographing wild flowers on Drummond Island with his wife Nancy along. He loved everything about the outdoors, especially all the creatures of the woods. His knack for taming wild animals and birds was wonderful. He had a mischievous sense of humor and was fiercely competitive being a great athlete in his youth. Ed was an excellent debater often playing the devil’s advocate. His conversations and presence will be sorely missed by his family. Surviving are his children, Tim (Karen) Bremmer, Dean Bremmer, Molly (Jeffrey) Bayuk; grandchildren, Lisa (Bobby) Jackson, Ethan Bremmer, Bryan (Jennifer) Bremmer, Hillary Pierson, Benjamin Bayuk, and Spencer Bayuk; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Taylor Jackson; brothers, Rex (Kathy) Bremmer, and Arden (Denise) Bremmer; in-laws, Shirley Gumina, Fred (Carolee) Gunnell, John (Mayda) Gunnell, Camilla (John) Teusink; many nieces and nephews. The family greeted friends Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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

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STEVEN J. DeMULL


Steven J. DeMull, age 59, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, December 23, 2018 at his home. Steve was born July 24, 1959 in Cedar Springs, MI the son of John and Helen (Crowley) DeMull. He loved his granddaughter, dogs, farming and tractors. Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Diane (Davis); son, Simon; granddaughter, Laney Furhman; mother, Helen DeMull; siblings; in-laws and their families. The family will greet friends Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the MS Society.

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

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Tammy Kay Baker

Tammy Kay Baker, age 56, of Gowen, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Tammy was born September 21, 1962 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Thomas and Charlene (Frantz) Pierce. She was a chef, loved animals and enjoyed farming with her father when she was younger. She was an awesome mom and would do anything for her kids. Surviving are her husband, Jay; sons, Timothy Pierce, Jace Baker; granddaughter, Jacelle Baker; sisters, Marjorie (Rick) Knapp, Sue (Ron) Knapp; brothers, Lonnie (Connie) Pierce, Tommy (Mindy) Pierce; nieces and nephews. The family greeted friends Wednesday, December 26, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A luncheon followed at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post. Memorials may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

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HARRY CLAIR BENEDICT

Harry Clair Benedict, age 81, of Cedar Springs passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the Laurels-Mt. Pleasant. The family will receive friends at Clark Family Funeral Chapel, 114 S. Bradley Street, Mt. Pleasant, on Saturday, December 22, from 1-4 p.m. Cremation will follow visitation. Harry was born December 5, 1937, in Grand Rapids, the son of Harry and Viola (Brenner) Benedict. He was married to Janice Hysell. Harry truly enjoyed working and was the manager at the Marathon/Admiral Gas Station in Cedar Springs. He was a race car driver and loved to race. He was meticulous in caring for his lawn and garden. Harry also enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Harry is survived by his loving wife Janice Benedict and other family members, including son Randy (Pam) Benedict of Sand Lake; step-children Michelle (Tim) Cook of Howard City, Jeff Elliott of Howard City and Roni (Curtis) Travis of Mt. Pleasant; 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and good friend Jerry Brown. Harry was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandson Robert DeFoy, Jr.; sisters Betty and Laura Faye; and daughter-in-law Kimberly Elliott. You may view Harry’s obituary online and send a condolence to the family at www.clarkfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements by Clark Funeral Chapel, Mt. Pleasant

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DAVID G. CARLSON

David G. Carlson, age 83, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at his home. Dave was born December 25, 1934 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Harry and Lois (Addison) Carlson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1954-56. He loved farming with his father and throughout life. He was a business owner and operator in Cedar Springs and a member of the United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Benham); children, Mark (Lynne) Carlson, Shelly Brooks; grandchildren, Ashley (Aaron) Whalen, David (Rachel) Ducat, Ben (Samantha) Brooks, Dakota (Katie) Carlson, Dillon (Angela) Carlson; great grandchildren, Leah, Isabelle, Lily, Mariano, John, David, Kylie, Hunter, Harper, Everly; brothers, Robert Carlson, John (Faye) Carlson, Richard Carlson; sister, Arlene (Richard) Pierce; brother-in-law, Ferd (Elizabeth) Benham; sisters-in-law, Irene (Jim) VandePoel, Charlene (Gordy) Kerr; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Joan Carlson. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Friday 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or the United Methodist Church. 

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

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CAYDEN TIMOTHY BOND

Cayden Timothy Bond, of Middleville, passed away on Friday, December 14, at the age of 16. Cayden was born on August 8, 2002 in Grand Rapids, the son of Brian and Deana (Hawley) Bond. As a sophomore at Thornapple Kellogg High School, Cayden liked playing on his computer, poker, chess and playing the guitar. He liked spending time with his family going up north and enjoyed tubing, fishing, collecting unusual rocks and was always up for finding a new adventure. Cayden’s kindness and thoughtfulness will always be cherished by everyone that knew him. Cayden will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his parents, Brian and Deana Bond; sister, Amanda Raelynn Bond; grandparents, Jim and Donna Bond, Tim and Jen Hawley; great-grandfather, Raymond Brenner; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Cayden’s family will receive friends on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 3 to 8 P.M. at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home, Middleville. His memorial service will be conducted at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 21 at Gun Lake Community Church, Pastor Dan Beyer officiating. Memorial contributions to Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention will be appreciated. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Cayden’s family.

Arrangements by Beeler-Gores 

Funeral Home, Middleville

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JAY CRAMER

July 30, 1931 – December 18, 2005

In loving memory of my Dad, who passed away 13 years ago. Not a single day goes by that I don’t think of you, Dad; sometimes with a smile or sometimes with tears. I miss your presence in our home. You will always be my beloved Papa Smurf!

Love from your daughter,

Robin

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GEORGE E. BURG

Mr. George E. Burg of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 87, passed away in the comfort of his home, with loved ones all around, during the early morning hours of Thursday, December 6, 2018. George was born to Edgar and Elsa (Rector) Burg in Cedar Springs, on June 22, 1931, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. George had married the love of his life, Betty Lou (Hoekstra) prior to his enlistment in the military. He proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather, and dear friend. He loved to spend time in his garden, and he was always a great story teller—but, an even better listener. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. George is survived by his two daughters, Deb (Mike) Coalter and Kathy (Bob) Woodward; grandchildren Jake (Michell) and Lindsey Woodward; and three great-grandchildren Ivan, Audun, and Allyie. He was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife Betty Lou Burg on January 10, 2012. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Avenue SE, Ada, MI 49301. George will be laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI.

Arrangements by Pederson

 Funeral Home, Rockford

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RAYMOND C. DEBLOCK

Raymond C. Deblock Sr., age 74, of Ensley Township, Sand Lake died Monday, December 3, 2018 at Spectrum Heath Butterworth Campus. Ray was born August 28, 1944 in Fremont, MI the son of Frank and Kathryn (Spahr) Deblock. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed working as a groundskeeper at Crystal Springs Golf Course and hunting and fishing. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Sharon (Hill); children, Raymond Deblock Jr., Jeffrey (Vickie) Deblock, Kristal (Patrick) Deblock; stepchildren, Kenneth (Donna) Green, Terry (Terri) Green, Tamara Mosher, Robin Green, Robin (David) Fillers; 20 grandchildren including a special grandson, Austin; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank (Terri) Deblock, Mike (Charleen) Deblock. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will greet friends Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Military honors and a closing prayer will be held at 7:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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