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Roger Willis Towns

Roger Willis Towns, 71 of Grand Rapids died March 1, 2016. Roger was born June 13, 1944 in Grand Rapids. He was an Army Vietnam Veteran. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and car races. Surviving are his sons, Brian Towns and Matthew Huizenga; siblings, Janet (Craig) Blossom, Mary (Don) Charron, Paul (Sarah) Towns, Patsy (Ed) Pierson and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Inez Towns; sister, Judy Robinson and brother, Tommy Towns. Cremation has taken place. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery at a later date.

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

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LYMAN J. GATES

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Mr. Lyman J. Gates of Sparta, Michigan, age 87, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Lyman was born to Edgar and Carrie (Johnson) Gates on Tuesday, June 5, 1928, in Muskegon, Michigan, but grew up on 16 Mile Road on a farm that has been in the family since 1915. He attended the one-room Burchville School. Lyman was always a hard worker– he husked corn with his father as a child, worked for Wolverine Worldwide as a teenager, and for thirty-six years had a career at Rapistan until his retirement. At home he was a skilled woodworker, crafting furniture for Joan, made from the Oak trees on their property. Lyman was a great Michigan outdoorsman. He loved to go fishing and would spend hours in the boat on Big Bay de Noc. He also loved hunting in “God’s Country;” the beautiful Upper Peninsula. Lyman is survived by his beloved wife Joan Gates; children, Curtis (Valeri) Gates, Christine (Jay) Schoeppe, and Bryan Gates; grandchildren, Justin (Megan) Gates, Kirk (Lindsi) Gates, Kylah (Ryan) Sullivan, Brooke (James) Wiles, Kelli (Dan) Erb, Elizabeth (Derek) Sall, Cameron Gates; eight great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Jeanne Cullum; brothers-in-law, Phillip and Tom Odren; numerous nieces, nephew, and other beloved members of the Gates and Odren families. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Gates; daughter-in-law, Kathi Gates; parents, Edger and Carrie Gates; father and mother-in-law, Don and Julie Odren; brother, Ivan Gates; brothers-in-law, Charles, Calvin, and Don Odren. There will be a time of visitation from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Lyman will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Pederson Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the funeral. Lyman will be laid to rest in Solon Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Michigan Chapter, 549 Ottawa Ave NW #307, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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MICHAEL A. COOK

Michael Cook

Michael Cook

Michael A. Cook, 54, of Cedar Springs, died Monday, February 29, 2016 at his home. Mike was born September 12, 1961 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of James and Elvira (Hall) Cook Sr. He was a delivery truck driver and paper handler for the Grand Rapids Press. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening, watching Westerns alongside his dogs, and his grandchildren. He was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, North Kent Longbeards Chapter and the NRA. Surviving are his wife, Yvonne (Pienton); daughters, Kimberly (Lee) Shuck, Nicole Guerrero; son, David Pienton (Julie); grandchildren, Lilly, Hannah, Johnathan, Lucas, Kylie; stepfather, Everisto Rios; brothers, Tony, John (Brenda), Roger Cook. A special thanks to Kevin White who was Mike’s caregiver every minute from start to finish and comforted him until the end. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Randy, James and Philip Cook. The family will greet friends Saturday from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Private interment in Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family to help with expenses.

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

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JOSEPH PAUL DeMINK

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Joseph DeMink

Mr. Joseph Paul DeMink of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 67, passed away on Saturday,

February 27, 2016. He was born to Kenneth and Ruth (Helmer) DeMink on November 18, 1948, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a truehearted countryman, Joe proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War– he was awarded the Purple Heart decoration. He was also a longtime member of the Cedar Springs American Legion – Glen Hill Post 287. Joe was also a great Michigan outdoorsman. He loved to go hunting and fishing, especially duck hunting. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, and dear brother and friend. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. Joe is survived by his sons, Jason (Michelle) DeMink, Kevin DeMink, Brett (Gina) DeMink; six grandchildren; siblings, Bob (Marie) DeMink of Vicksburg, MI, Terry Beeman of Portage, Michigan, Jill (Ken) Weyenberg of Vicksburg, Michigan, and Mike (Jan) DeMink of Comstock, Michigan; special friends, Mike Gates and Gary and Val Dowe; and numerous nieces, nephews, dear friends, and other beloved members of the DeMink and Thornton families. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife of forty-one years, Judith DeMink on October 7, 2011. There will be a time of visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Joe will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Pastor Bruce Wilson will be officiating. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United States Marine Corps, full military honors will be conducted. Joe will be laid to rest next to his dearest wife Judith in East Nelson Township Cemetery.

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MICHAEL E. O’CONNOR

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MIchael O’Conner

Mr. Michael E. O’Connor, of Kent City, age 74, went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 26, 2016. He was born on August 20, 1941; and born again on July 24, 1972. Michael was a graduate of Berlin High School in Marne. He worked at the GM plant on Alpine Avenue as a trim checker for 34 years, and was a member of Local #1231. Michael attended Maranatha Baptist Church, and also served as a cook at Lincoln Lake Baptist Camp. His culinary skills were enjoyed by the family, especially at Thanksgiving time. Surviving are his wife, June (VeltKamp); his children, Kris Kline, Karen (Jeremy) Harris, Melody (Randy) Parker, Kathy “Kate” Welsh, Sonya Veltkamp, Jeff Welsh, Tim (Erika) Welsh, Mandy (Stephen) Richardson; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his twin brother, Patrick O’Connor and his friend Margie; brother, John O’Connor; his sister, Roseanne Lynch; a brother-in-law, Fred Weston; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Alan; his parents, Michael and Rose; a brother, Daniel; a sister, Mary; a brother-in-law, Jack Lynch; and his church mother, Dorcas Hammer Jensen. A time of visitation with the family from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. was held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Michael was held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, with Pastor Scott Sloan Officiating. Interment will be at Chubbuck Cemetery, Kent City, Michigan. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider Maranatha Baptist Church, 12786 Algoma Avenue NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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PHYLLIS R. ROSENBERGER

Phyllis R. Rosenberger, 80, of Cedar Springs, died Monday, February 29, 2016 at her home. Phyllis was born December 4, 1935 in Cheboygan, Michigan, the daughter of Albert and Delia (Passeno) Oben. She enjoyed her family, playing cards and country music. Surviving are her children, Thomas (Yvonne) Miller, K.D. Genereau, Brenda (David) Clayton; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucille and MaryLou. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard, daughter, Joy Merritt; grandchildren, David and April; brothers, Fred, John, Ted and Al. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is pending and will be announced at a later date.

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

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MARJORY FOX

1Web-obit-Fox-fcMarjory Fox, age 86, of Sand Lake, passed away February 19, 2016, at Arbor Grove Assisted Living in Alma. She was born July 6, 1929 in Missouri, the daughter of Eugene and Jenny (Reid) Seaborn. During her working years, she worked at Keeler Brass for over 15 years, as well as General Motors. She also worked as a waitress at the Fifth Wheel restaurant, now known as Kelly’s in Cedar Springs. Marge enjoyed camping, snowmobiling and Polka dancing. Surviving are her children, Dennis (Laura) Fox, of New Mexico, Linda (Don) Vandenberg, of Howard City; stepchildren, Kurt Fox, of Sand Lake, Carolyn (Greg) Wagner, of Howard City, Sue Fox, of Florida; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother Don Seaborn; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Erwin and three sisters. Funeral services will take place on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Scott Sloan officiating with burial in the Solon Township Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of serves at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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Ian Paul Pellow Robbins

1Web-Obit-RobbinsIan Paul Pellow Robbins passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife, and in the presence of his mom and sister on Valentines Day 2016. He was born Oct. 22, 1981. He was a 2000 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. He was passionate and influential — a true artist in every way. He will be missed relentlessly by his family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 27 at 12 p.m. at Saint Marks Episcopal Church in Newago, Michigan, followed by a wake at the American Legion in Morley, Michigan.

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PATRICK J. RANDALL

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Patrick J. Randall, 82, of Sand Lake, died Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at his home. Patrick was born April 13, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He enjoyed his occupation as a police officer. He loved life and the beauty of the earth, gardening, wood working and painting. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” whom he married on March 16, 1963; sons, Patrick (Makerita) Randall, Michael (Donna) Randall; grandchildren, Nicole, Nancy, Nathan, Kylee, Alex and Sydney; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Michalyn “Mickey” (George) Keen, Kay (Ross) Merlington; brothers, Earl (Judy) Thomas, Ross (Deb) Thomas. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

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

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EMILY L. GATES

Emily L. Gates

Emily L. Gates 91 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Metron of Cedar Springs with her family by her side. Emily was born June 15, 1924 in Forest Grove, MI the daughter of John and Elizabeth (DeKleine) VanOss. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker who enjoyed handwork – knitting, crocheting and cross-stitch. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs where she served as a deaconess. Surviving are her sons, Lohryn (Debbi), David, Dan (Carole), Karl “Johnny” (Vicki), Kevin (Valerie), Lance (Kim); 24 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; sister, Karen (Al) Kunzi; brothers, Howard Van Oss, Robert (Verna) VanOss; sister-in-law, Ruth VanOss; brother-in-law, Lyman (Joan) Gates. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan in 1975; sister, Dorothy (Robert) Crater; brother, Richard Van Oss; great granddaughter, Piper. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Wednesday 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St. Cedar Springs. Pastor Dan Currie officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Missionary Fund or Hospice of Michigan.

Arrangements by Bliss Witters &Pike Funeral Home.

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