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E. RAY GORDON

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E. Ray Gordon, 89, of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 6, 2015. E. Ray Gordon was born on January 17, 1926 in Sand Lake, Michigan, the son of Fay and Cora Gordon. After graduating valedictorian from Cedar Springs High School he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He then married his high school sweetheart, Janet Gunnell on December 29, 1945. He went on to graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in civil engineering. He was a founding partner in WBDC, Inc. He was a past president of the Exchange Club of Grand Rapids and a past officer of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. He had been a scout master for Boy Scout Troop #222. Ray enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling and attending Cedar Springs School athletic events. He was a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church and the Cedar Springs School Board for 29 years. Surviving are his children, Susie (Ken) Parker, Doug Gordon, Pam (Tim) Covell, Joel Gordon; 16 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; brother, Murry (Eva) Gordon; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cliff Snyder, Fred (Carollee) Gunnell, John (Mayda) Gunnell, Nancy (Ed) Bremmer, Shirley (Charlie) Gumina, Cam (John) Teusink, Maxine Gordon, Suzanne Gordon; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Gunnell) Gordon; son, Tom Gordon; brothers, Ken Gordon, Don Gordon, Fay Gordon; sister, Lillian Snyder; brother-in-law, Tom Gunnell; sisters-in-law, Helen Gordon and Lorraine Gordon. The family received friends Monday, Nov. 9 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Tuesday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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

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RICHARD B. GOODELL

 

Mr. Richard B. Goodell of Fruitland Park, Florida, formally of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 91, passed away Monday, November 2, 2015. He was born on Saturday, February 16, 1924, to Garner and Jessie (Heiss) Goodell in Solon Township and was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School. As a truehearted countryman, Richard proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. After the war, he was a dairy farmer for most of his life, which he truly enjoyed. Richard also was mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. Richard is survived by his beloved wife Betty; loving children, Bonnie (Zane) Ziviski, Janet (Larry) Gomaat, Keith (Cheryl) Goodell, Robert K. (Cathy) Brooks, Linda C. (Ron) Harper; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild coming in February; sisters, Thelma Morris, Marie (Winfield) Bigney, and Donna Rhoades; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Goodell, Dorothy Visger; brothers-in-law, Edward Batchelder, John Batchelder, Shirley (John) Brenner. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor; brother, Donald; sister, Norma Robinson; son-in-law, Jay Markham; brothers and sisters-in-law, Natalie (Charles) Bolthouse, George (Geraldine) Batchelder, Elmer (Laura) Batchelder, Bob Visger, Harley Morris, Raymond Rhoades, and Patricia Batchelder. The funeral service for Richard will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341. A time of visitation with the family was held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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SUE E. SMITH

 

Mrs. Sue E. Smith, aged 58, of Cedar Springs went to her heavenly home to see her sister and mother on Sunday, November 1, 2015. She is survived by her soul mate of 34 years John; stepdaughter Cynthia Smith; six step grandchildren; sisters, Sharon (Leroy) Simmons, Patricia Muste, Kathy Kenyon; brothers, James (Bernice) Muste, Tom (Cretia) Muste; brother-in-law Chet Neal; several nieces, nephews, cousins; father-in-law Edwin P. Smith; sister-in-law Pat (Dan) Fry; brothers-in-law, Alan (Marina) Smith, Terry (Maureen) Smith; good friend Barbara Anderson. She was a long time member of the Grand Rapids Griffins Boosters Club and enjoyed crocheting and making things for others. The family will greet friends from 1-4 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at The Masonic Temple, 233 Fulton St., East Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.

Arrangements by Memorial Alternatives

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LELA R. SPICER

 

Lela R. Spicer, 87, of Traverse City, formerly of Cedar Springs, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions with her family by her side. Mrs. Spicer was born August 18, 1928 in Barryton, Michigan, the daughter of Joseph and Edith (Adams) VanSyckle, she was one of 17 children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard in 1988 and a son, Danny in 2015. Surviving are her children, Patty (Steven) Osburn, Bruce (Rose) Spicer, Roger (Pat) Spicer, Debra VandenHeuvel, Rockland (Teresa) Spicer, Theodore (Tracy) Spicer, Gail (Dave) Spicer; countless beautiful and gorgeous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. A private family graveside service was held at East Nelson Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Larry and Debbie Eadie sang and led the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimers Association.

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

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MINNIA A. HANES

Minnia A. Hanes, 59 of Cedar Springs passed away October 22, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI. Minnia was born November 10, 1955 in Sparta, MI, the daughter of George and Bernice Loughin. Surviving are her children, Cheryl (David) Finnila, Joshua (Kerri) Hanes and Jeremy (Carrie) Hanes all of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Stephanie Finnila, Ethan and Allison Hanes and Alexander and Katherine Hanes; significant other, Daniel Towns of Cedar Springs and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents and several siblings. The family received friends Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. No formal services will be held. Memorials to donor’s charity of choice.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home.

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DALE RHINEBERGER

 

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A memorial service for Dale Rhineberger will be held on November 7, 2015 from 1 to 5 pm at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St., Pierson, Michigan.

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NATHAN WAYNE LEVANDOWSKI

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On the morning of October 19, 2015, Nathan Wayne Levandowski of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away in the loving arms of his wife Jennifer, as a result of injuries sustained after being struck by an automobile— he was 39 years old. Nate was born the last of three sons, to Wayne and Barbara (Schneider) Levandowski on August 17, 1976, in Saginaw, Michigan. He was a 1994 graduate of Heritage High School and had been a longtime resident of the Cedar Springs area. On May 20, 1995, he married his high school sweetheart and soulmate, Jennifer Lyn Kasparek. They created a beautiful life and family together with endless precious and wonderful memories in their twenty years of marriage. Nate and Jennifer were blessed with three amazingly smart, beautiful, sweet, and caring children; Katie Lyn, born on January 6, 2001, Brian Nathan on February 15, 2004, and Jacob Steven on April 17, 2010. Nate was a wonderful and loving father and family man. He loved his children more than anything on this earth, and was so proud of each one of them. He always took the time, every day, to talk to them, help with homework, teach them all the things he knew and liked to do, and also, to just be silly and have fun. Each one of them have many special memories of how he could make them smile and of the time they spent together. Nate joined the Spencer Township Fire Department in 2001, and was a volunteer firefighter, medical first responder, and rescue lieutenant. He loved helping people and his community and the many friendships he made through his seven years with the department. Nate was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend. He was an intensely intelligent man who was known to be able to fix anything he got his hands on. Nate had a unique ability to look at any problem or situation, and know how to find a solution or make an improvement. He was a natural leader and many who knew him considered him to be a mentor and someone to look up to. Nate had many close friends and colleagues in his many years spent working at Dennen Steel Corp., and more recently at Big Rapids Products. He always considered his work colleagues as his second family. Nate was very dedicated to his work and took an immense amount of pride in every aspect of his job. He was also known by his colleagues as someone who put the people he worked with first— always asking how he could help them succeed in what they were doing, and more importantly, asking and listening to what was happening in their lives. Nate is survived by his beloved wife Jennifer Levandowski; three beautiful children, Katie, Brian, and Jacob Levandowski; mother Barbara Levandowski; brother Randall Levandowski; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the Levandowski and Kasparek families. He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Levandowski; and brother Steven Levandowski. There will be a time of visitation from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Following visitation, there will be a time of sharing, scripture service, and a Last Call from the Spencer Township Fire Department at 8:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2015, at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 4865 11 Mile Road NE, Rockford, Michigan 49341. Fr. Tony Russo will be presiding. There will also be a one hour visitation prior to Mass at church. Nate will be laid to rest in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to assist the Spencer Township Fire Department, 12131 18 Mile Road NE, Gowen, MI 49326.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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Pheasant season offers growing opportunities for hunters

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With pheasant hunting just under way, the Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that there are a growing number of opportunities to take part in this treasured Michigan tradition.

Pheasant hunting season runs Oct. 10-31 in the Upper Peninsula in Menominee County and portions of Iron, Marquette, Dickinson and Delta counties; Oct. 20-Nov. 14 in the Lower Peninsula; and Dec. 1-Jan. 1 in selected areas of Zone 3 in the southern Lower Peninsula. The bag limit is two male pheasants daily, with four in possession. A base license is required to hunt pheasants.

“A few years ago Outdoor Life magazine rated Michigan’s Thumb among the top 10 places in the country to go pheasant hunting, which points to the fact that pheasant hunting is still alive and well in our state,” said Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird specialist. “The DNR and our partners are making progress toward creating more quality pheasant hunting opportunities with the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative, a collaborative effort to revitalize Michigan pheasants.”

The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative aims to create small-game hunting opportunities, increase wildlife populations, improve hunter satisfaction and help Michigan’s economy. Landowners can get involved – and can get technical and financial assistance—by forming cooperatives to create and enhance pheasant habitat.

“It has been exciting to see what the MPRI coalition of partners has been doing over the last few years to improve pheasant habitat, pheasant numbers and pheasant hunting in southern Michigan,” said Bill Vander Zouwen, Pheasants Forever representative and Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative Coalition co-chair. “For example, the DNR bought 917 acres and improved thousands of acres on state game areas, Pheasants Forever provided 75,000 acres of habitat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture farm programs provided nearly 100,000 acres of habitat, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped landowners improve close to 3,000 acres. I am really looking forward to seeing what the next five years will bring.”

The best counties for pheasant hunting are in south-central Michigan to mid-Michigan and into the Thumb. There are some localized concentrations of birds elsewhere, based on habitat availability. Stewart advises hunters to look for warm-season grasses, especially idled farm fields. Late-season hunters can have success in cattails and shrub lands adjoining picked agricultural fields.

Hunters may be interested in the recently published 2015 Michigan Ring-Necked Pheasant Status Report. The report, along with more information on pheasant hunting and the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative, can be found at mi.gov/pheasant.

The DNR asks hunters to help monitor pheasants and quail in Michigan by becoming a “hunter cooperator” and filling out a survey form, which provides important information about the status of these game birds. The form should be returned by Oct. 28 for the early season, and by Jan. 5 for the regular season.

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BRIAN D. VAN ENK

Brian D. VanEnk, 50, of Sand Lake, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at his home. Brian was born June 10, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Robert and Joan (Zwak) VanEnk. He was a software engineer at Burke Porter Machinery for 26 years and was a member of Ensley Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Susan (Fagerman) whom he married on October 24, 1992; children, Steven, Grace, and Annalise; mother, Joan VanEnk; sister, Carla (Ted) Ooyevaar; parents-in-law, Gus and Norma Fagerman; sisters-in-law, Karen (Tom) Knorps, Julie (Gary) Turner, Janice (Rob) Smith, and Karen Fagerman; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert VanEnk and a brother-in-law, Mark Fagerman. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Thursday 11:00 am at Ensley Baptist Church, 7077 E. 120th St., Sand Lake. The family will greet friends starting a 10:00 am. Pastor Timothy Decker officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Ensley Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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SONJA MAGOON

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Sonja Marie Magoon, age 47, of Marion, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015. She was born to John and Donna Magoon in Portland, Oregon on August 25, 1968. She is survived by her loving daughter, Sarah (James Jackson) Clayton; adored granddaughter, Natalie Clayton; sister, Darla Molina; fiance` Floyd Williams; nieces and nephews, Nicole Rowley, Christopher Cunningham, Brandy Grigsby, Shea Molina. Sonja was preceded in death by her parents. The funeral service will be 11 am, Friday, October 9, 2015 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. There will be a time of visitation with the family from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm Thursday, October 8th at Pederson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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