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DAWN E. THRASHER

Dawn E. Thrasher, 40, of Rockford went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s. Dawn was born September 22, 1976 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of David and Elaine (Crater) Loveless. She graduated from Oakfield Baptist Academy and attended Baptist Bible College, Clark Summit, Pennsylvania. Dawn was an incredible and awesome hostess and was always bringing people together. She was devoted to her family and was a great mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. She was a great gift giver and always smiling. Surviving are her husband, Wesley; children, Adrienne, Alegra, Caitlin, and Josh; parents, David and Elaine Loveless; brother, Mark (Jennifer) Loveless; grandmother, Marjorie Loveless; parents-in-law, Richard and Sandra Thrasher; brother-in-law, Paul Thrasher. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Thursday 11:00 am at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford with the family greeting friends at 10:00 am. Pastor Steve Welch officiating. 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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RONALD JAMES KROES

 

Ronald James Kroes, age 71, of Coker Creek, Tennessee and formerly of Howard City, Michigan went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 25, 2017 at his home while surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Cobie Kroes and a sister, Marsha Foss. Ron was a member of Ironsburg Methodist Church. He was a hardworking man who loved farming and gardening. Being a history buff, Ron enjoyed reading and spent time gold panning in his beloved Coker Creek. But most of all he loved “his” beautiful Tennessee mountains. Surviving are his loving wife, Merrisue Kroes, Coker Creek Tennessee; children, Starrlynn (Craig) Britton, West Olive, Michigan, Matthew Kroes, Howard City, Michigan, Becky Feestra, Sand Lake, Michigan; grandchildren, Vennessa, Tylor, Jordan, Kyler and Sierra, great-granddaughter, Audrey; sister, Judy Kwelel, Grand Rapids, Michigan; brother, Richard (Mary) Kroes, Cedar Springs, Michigan; mother-in-law, Katherine “Jane” Verheek, Coker Creek, Tennessee; special friends, Sam and Joyce Wolfe, Jim White, Doug Dalton and Mark Taylor; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside service was held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Kroes Family Cemetery with Rev. Bill Clark officiating. If you are unable to attend, you may sign the guest registry on our website at www.myersfuneralhometn.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, PO Box 280, Cedar Springs, Michigan, 49319 in honor of Ronald Kroes’ love of reading..

Arrangements by Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, Tennessee

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BETTY MAGUIRE

 

Betty Jane (Orr) Maguire of Cedar Springs, Michigan, (formerly of Coral, Michigan), age 94, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017. She was born to Patrick and Isabel (Visner) Byrne on December 31, 1922. Betty retired from Lear Siegler Corporation after working there for 30 years. She was a member of the Tri County Eagles Aeire 4467. Betty is survived by her children Victoria Lee and Carroll Matulis; step children Pauline (Fred) TenEyck and Mark Maguire; grandchildren Victor (Terri) Matulis, and other grandchildren by marriage; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her late husbands Victor Orr and Frank Maguire; and several brothers and sisters. There was a time of visitation on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The Mass of Christian Burial for Betty was held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 17 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Fr. Lam Le presided. In Lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy may make a memorial contribution to Emmanuel Hospice, 2161 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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DONALD W. REED, SR.

 

Donald W. Reed, Sr. age 88, of Sparta, passed away peacefully at his home, on Thursday, May 18, 2017 with family at his side. He served his country during Korea, in the U.S. Army. He was a life member of the Sparta American Legion Post 107, which he served as president, service officer, commander, sergeant at arms, as well as served in the color guard. Don was a founding member of the Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, where he served as president, was a lifetime board member, and was the master chef for the turkey shoots. He was one of the Dirty Dingus gang members and was honored in 2014 to be the Grand Marshal of the Sparta Town and Country Parade. He was a coach, trail boss, friend, dad and husband. He loved snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, racing, music, being with family and friends, and going to the casino with his wife, Barb. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 35 years, Artha A. Reed; brother, Richard “Dick” and Joan Reed; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Tobey, and Donald Davis. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara J. Reed; his children, Cynthia Reed, Vicki and Chuck Myers, Jacalyn Barbour, Robin Moore, Brenda and Joe Nichols, Donald “Buck” Reed, John and Ana Endres, Janice Reed; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanette Tobey; in laws, Lynn and Joyce Lewis, Gerri and Ron Urbanski, Jill Davis, Alan and Winnie Spencer; his best friend and hunting buddy, Robert “Bob” Anderson; many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank God, prayer, the medical teams, Heartland Hospice, and all the friends and family who helped us through this journey. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 p.m. at the Sparta United Methodist Church with Rev. Lou Grettenberger officiating. Military Honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, in which he took special pride.

Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta

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ALICE “KAY” HALLOCK

 

Alice “Kay” Hallock, age 74, of Cedar Springs passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 19, 2017. Alice was born February 15, 1943 in Comstock Park, Michigan to Stephen and Alice (McKrill) Burns. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years Phil; children, David Korreck, Christine (Leland) Mullennix, Timothy John Korreck, Holly (Daniel) Metzger, and Mandy Menefee; grandchildren, Joshua Korreck, Trisha Dart, Jeffrey Alverson, Jamie Taylor, and Morgen Menefee; great-grandchildren, Joshua Jr., Hezekiah, Kora, and Zola who is coming soon; sisters, Bernice Schneider, Barbara Skelonc, and Janet (Paul) Harris; and brother Dan (Nancy) Burns. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Bertha Kent and Ruth Middleton; brothers, Stephen, Frank, and Robert Burns; and grandson Eric Mullennix. The family greeted friends Tuesday, May 23, at Bliss-Witters and Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 24, at the funeral home with a gathering one hour prior to service, Fr. Lam Le, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or to American Heart Association.

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

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VERTA E. GIDDINGS

 

Verta E. Giddings, 92 of Sand Lake, was called home by her Lord on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Giddings was born September 27, 1924 in Traverse City, Michigan the daughter of Alva and Laura (McDonald) Kibbe. She was the Pastor for over 60 years at the Church of the Full Gospel, Sand Lake. She was a gifted teacher and had a heart for reaching children through J O Y Club and VBS. Sister Verta was a great listener and was considered a mother to many. Surviving are her children, Beth (Peter) Lenau, John (Michelle) Giddings, Gary (Lela) Giddings; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonas Rex in 1999; brother, Don Kibbe; sisters, Ruth Shutts, Wava Robinson, and Vera McLeod. The family greeted friends Sunday, May 21st at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday, May 22nd. Ministers Dann Clock and Phil Wainright officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International or the Church of the Full Gospel.

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

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Donald W. Reed

Obit Reed DonaldDonald W. Reed, Sr. age 88, of Sparta, passed away peacefully at his home, on Thursday, May 18, with family at his side. He served his country during Korea, in the U.S. Army. He was a life member of the Sparta American Legion Post 107, which he served as president, service officer, commander, sergeant at arms, as well as served in the color guard. Don was a founding member of the Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, where he served as president, was a lifetime board member, and was the master chef for the turkey shoots. He was one of the Dirty Dingus gang members and was honored in 2014 to be the Grand Marshal of the Sparta Town and Country Parade. He was a coach, trail boss, friend, dad and husband. He loved snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, racing, music, being with family and friends, and going to the casino with his wife, Barb. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 35 years, Artha A. Reed; brother, Richard “Dick” and Joan Reed; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Tobey, and Donald Davis. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara J. Reed; his children, Cynthia Reed, Vicki and Chuck Myers, Jacalyn Barbour, Robin Moore, Brenda and Joe Nichols, Donald “Buck” Reed, John and Ana Endres, Janice Reed; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanette Tobey; in laws, Lynn and Joyce Lewis, Gerri and Ron Urbanski, Jill Davis, Alan and Winnie Spencer; his best friend and hunting buddy, Robert “Bob” Anderson; many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank God, prayer, the medical teams, Heartland Hospice, and all the friends and family who helped us through this journey. Friends may meet with the family at the Funeral home on Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, May 23, at the Church one hour prior to the service. Services will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 p.m. at the Sparta United Methodist Church with Rev. Lou Grettenberger officiating. Military Honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, in which he took special pride.

Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek funeral home.

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George Sheppard

C-Obit-sheppardGeorge Sheppard age 72 of Sand Lake, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Laurels of Kent, Lowell. George was born June 26, 1944 in Grand Rapids, the son of George and Jean (McCune) Sheppard. George was a member of the Buck Creek Free Trappers American Mountain Men. He was an amazing woodcraftsman and loved camping, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean (McCune) Tabor; son, Private Eric Sheppard; his beloved wife, Leona (Johnson) Sheppard whom he married on May 7, 1976 and brother-in-law, Larry VanSlyke.  He is survived by his father, George Sheppard; brother, Michael (Shirley) Sheppard; sisters, Ellen (Don) Pitts and Anajean VanSlyke; son, Todd (Shawn) Sheppard; stepdaughter, Leslie (Bruce) Westbrook; stepson, Scott (Darci) Harig; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and cousins. The family will hold a Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 20 from 1-5 pm at the home of Ellen and Don Pitts, 1011 Sprucewood Dr. Greenville, MI 48838. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Arthritis Foundation.

 

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Dorothy M. Olson

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Dorothy M. Olson 91 of Cedar Springs, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Olson was born May 23, 1925 in Sparta, MI the daughter of F.G. and Lena (Dargie) Reyburn. She graduated from Sparta High School and was a former member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Iris Society. Surviving are her children, Dave (Barb) Olson, Ron Olson, Judy (Al) Ferguson, Sandra Olson, Tom (Denise) Olson, Steve (Deb) Olson, Karen Olson, Joanne Olson, Phil Olson, Paul (Judy) Olson; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman in 1988 and two brothers. The family would like to thank Spectrum Health Hospice for their help and care. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Sparta. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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Joyce Elaine Owen

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Joyce Elaine (Kellogg) Owen, 83, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, with her family by her side. Joyce was born August 27, 1933 in Columbiaville, MI, the daughter of Charles and Florence (Lynch) Kellogg. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Above all, she was a devoted wife to her husband, Ray of almost 56 years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, entertaining, reading, watching Tiger’s baseball games, and spending time at her cabin. Joyce enjoyed, even later in life, having company and hosting celebrations. Her house and cabin were always open for parties and entertaining. She loved people, and they loved her. She invested her time into her children and grandchildren’s lives and spent many evenings attending sporting events, plays, and recitals, and loved playing games with them as well. Joyce was a woman of faith, and her love for the Lord was evident in the way she treated others. She was active in her local church and had the gift of hospitality. Joyce will be remembered for being a kind and caring, but spunky lady and loved chatting with anyone over a cup of coffee. Surviving are her children, Cynthia Owen Schupp, Howard Owen, and Mick Owen; grandchildren, Stephen (Mollie), David, Luke, Isaac, and Jenna Schupp, Chandler and Beck Owen; great grandchildren, Keira and Tristan, sister, Marjorie Cappella; best friend, Nancy Hamilton; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Moses Ray Owen; son-in-law, Mark Schupp; siblings, Louise Burns and Duane Kellogg; friend Clarence Hamilton. The family received friends Sunday, May 7 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Monday, May 8 at the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors Bert Boes and Robert Smith officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship (c/o Dave and Robin Olsen PO Box 710 Warrenton, MO 63383).

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