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Donald L. Kelley

12C-obit-kelleyDonald L. Kelley, 89, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mr. Kelley was born September 30, 1926 in Laura, Illinois, the son of Henry and Estelle (Emerson) Kelley. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and retired from the Army in 1968 after 23 ½ years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #50 and the Kent City American Legion. He was an avid golfer and fisherman and always enjoyed a beer with the boys. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Caroline; son, Roger of Broomfield, Colorado, sister, Lois Kneer of Florida. He was preceded in death by two sons, Kelvin and Patrick; stepson, Paul Curry; brother, Lester; sisters, Margaret and Myrna. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

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

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Robert Lee Hyrns: April 19, 1953 – March 17, 2016

Robert Lee Hyrns, age 62, of Newaygo, passed away March 17th at his residence. He was born April 19, 1953 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Alva and Donna (Spring) Hyrns. During his working years, he worked as a self-employed logger for 23 years and a heavy equipment driver for 10 years out west. Surviving are his parents Alva and Donna Hyrns; sister Sandy (Norm) Seppi; brother Rex (Mary) Hyrns; daughter Becky (Chad) Moore; two grandchildren, Kelly and Ryan; one great-grandchild, Dixie; several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his girl friend, Dawn Billings. As to Robert’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a light luncheon will be served at Ensley Center Township Hall on Saturday April 2nd from 1 to 3 p.m. In leu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice in Bob Hyrns name.

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Richard D. Morris

12C obit MorrisRichard D. “Dick” Morris, age 82, of Belmont, went to be with his Lord on Friday, March 18, 2016. Dick was born to DJ and Meryl (Hanna) Morris on Feb 26, 1934, in Evans, Michigan. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1952, where he went on to be a teacher, counselor, and mentor to many for several years. Dick was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and great-grandpa and will be forever missed by his family. Dick was President of the West MI Counselor Association and served on the board that developed the Kent County Tech Center (KCTC). He was also very active in the expansion and renovation of the Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, where he was a member. Dick was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Heffron; his brother, Rex Morris; and his sister, Bonnie Rowland. Dick is survived by his wife of 62 years, JoAn (Deyo) Morris; his children, Kirk and Joy Morris, Kelli Morris, and Traci and Glenn Jonker; his grandchildren, Bryan and Katie Heffron, Kendra and Jeremy Steinhaus, Kerra Heffron and her fiancé Jake, Jordan Heffron, Aubrey and Kyle Marion, Gavin and Ashlee Morris, Kory Jonker, Ethan Jonker, Cieara Beardslee, Landon Beardslee; his great-grandchildren, Hailey, Tyler, Logan, Luke, and Brenson; his sisters, Sally Fortuna and Sandy (Mort) Reed; his sister-in-law, Bonnie (Rick) Nelson; his brother-in-law, James Dickerson; and many nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. Funeral Services for Dick will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, 7979 Belding Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Memorial contributions may be given in Dicks’s name to the Bostwick Lake Congregational Church or the Alano Club of Kent County, 1020 College Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home
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EARL WALL

 

Earl Wall, 91, of Albany, Georgia, formerly of Cedar Springs, passed away on March 2nd, 2016. He is survived by his son, Pat (Peggy) Wall of North Carolina; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Kilts of Grant; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date, to be announced.

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WALTER L. BOHO

 

A memorial service will be held for Walter L. Boho, the husband of Ilene Paepke Boho, who passed away on November 11, 2015. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the American Legion Hall, Cedar Springs, Michigan at 1:00 p.m. Lunch to follow.

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EDITH E. TISDEL

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Edith E. Tisdel, 99, of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Porter Hills. Mrs. Tisdel was born May 7, 1916 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Lavern and Muriel (Lincoln) Hatch. She had been a member of the East Nelson United Methodist Church, the Spencer Mills Ladies Aid and a lifetime member of the Eastern Stars. She enjoyed making cakes for all family events, homemade bread and scubbies and going to the lake in the summer. Surviving are her daughters, Shirley (Jerry) Cadaret, Sharon (Don) Hopwood; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. Wayne Tisdel in 1999; brother, Matthew Hatch and a great grandson. The family greeted friends Friday, March 18 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Saturday at 2:00 pm. Pastors Herb VanderBilt and Chuck Smith officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to East Nelson United Methodist Church.

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

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MICHILE A. LEWIS

 

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Michile A. Lewis, of Sand Lake, age 55, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; son, Kenny; daughter, Sarah & Jermey Niece; grandchildren, Kyla, Skylar, Madison, Alec, Mac Kenzie “Ninny”; parents, Chester & Judith Dahlke; Brothers, Mike Dahlke, Tim & Donna Dahlke; sister, Darlene Klein; several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Michile’s life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Solon Township Hall on Friday, March 11, 2016. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to assist the family with expenses.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home www.hesselcheslek.com.

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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, Michigan. 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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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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