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Eugene “Spud” Ensing

Ensing, EugeneMr. Eugene “Spud” Ensing of Rockford, age 88 went home to his Lord and Savior Saturday, January 17, 2015. He was born in Grand Rapids to Gerritt and Dorothy (Hart) Ensing in 1926. Spud served his county and flag in the US Navy during WWII and in the US Air Force during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired from the US Air Force in 1968. After retirement he worked for Northern Air and Herman Miller’s flight department. In his spare time he volunteered for many organizations, such as the Cedar Springs Historical Society, as a flag marshal for Sports Car Club of America and Championship Auto Racing Teams. Spud also was a member of International Plastic Modelers Society, a charter member of the Smithsonian Air Museum, and a member of National Naval Aviation Museum. In his lifetime he also visited 127 countries and all 50 states. Despite all these achievements and interests, one of the most important things to him was spending time with his family. Eugene will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and all who knew him. He is survived by his loving children, Priscilla (Fred) Finch, Gordon (Connie) Ensing, Deborah (Mitch) Millhuff, Donald Ensing; grandchildren, Shannon Finch, Shawn Finch, Meghann (Sean) Evans; great-grandchildren, Haley Finch, Zoe Evans, Sammy Evans; step-mother of more than 60 years, Ethel Ensing; brothers and sisters, Donna (Ensing) Alverson, Gary (Jan) Ensing, Tammy (Bill) Heydens, Marlene (Eddie) Vasquez, Dale (Debra) Ensing, Kevin (Deena) Ensing, Steve (Shari) Ensing; brothers-in-law, Barney Townes, George Allington, Larry Squires; and many nieces and nephews. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife Alma (Weller); and sister, Eleanor Squires. The Funeral Service will be 11 am Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. There will be a time of visitation from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church, 3001 E. Mira Vista Lane, Tucson, AZ 85739 or National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite C, Navel Air Station, Pensacola, FL 32508 or The 390th Memorial Museum, 6000 East Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85756.

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Donna M. Reed

C-OBIT-reeddonnaDonna M. Reed 80 of Sand Lake, died Friday, January 16, 2015 at her home. Donna was born December 30, 1934 in Sand Lake, MI the daughter of John and Ivah (Riley) Shick. She worked for General Motors Plant #2 on Alpine Avenue for 30 years. She was the first Village of Sand Lake Queen in 1952 and enjoyed being a Grandma Helper and making cookies for Sand Lake Elementary School. She had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her sons, Randy, Ken (Judy), Rick (Nancy); eight grandchildren and their spouses; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Arlene Wesche, Bev (Phil) Wesche, Verna (Dick) Wesche; brother, Fred (Carol) Shick; brother-in-law, Don (Della) Reed; close friend, Sue Cohen; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orvin “Chub” in 2010; brothers, Harvey and Bob. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Monday 11:00 am. Pastor John Dawson officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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ORVILLE D. MOORE

EPSON scanner imageOrville D. Moore, 90 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at his home. Orville was born April 27, 1924 in Plainfield Township, Michigan, the son of Nelville and Leliah (Huckleberry) Moore. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He retired from Dohler-Jarvis after 30 years of service. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling and playing cards. Surviving are his children, Rosalee (John) Richer, Julie Tope, Thomas (Kelle Edwards) Moore, Terry (Jan Compton) Moore; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren including a special great granddaughter, Randi Rose; sister, Elaine Kooiker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemarie in 2004; sister, Betty Baggie; brother, Kenneth Moore. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 10:00 am at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam T. Le celebrant. Interment Rosedale Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3230 Eagle Park Dr. #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

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George W. Hankins

Hankins, George WilliamMr. George William Hankins of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 83, passed away in the comfort of his home and into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 9, 2015. He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Claude, Sr. and Emma (Ripley) Hankins on Sunday, December 13, 1931, and had been a long-time resident of the Cedar Springs area. George was a veteran, proudly and courageously serving his flag and country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, aboard the U.S.S. Diamond Head, serving from August 1951 until his honorable discharge in July 1955. George attended Huggard Bible Church for many years, where his wife Rose still attends. In his free time, he was an amateur ham radio operator and lawn care expert, always mowing the grass, giving his neighbors a run for their money. George was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, dear friend, and faithful servant to his Lord. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew him. George is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Rose (Meschnark), married on September 15, 1956; loving children Deborah (Scott) Zuidema and Vickie (John) Totten; grandchildren Meghan (Caleb) Caterino, Nathan (fiancee Calista Peterson) Zuidema, Jacob (Amber) Totten, Rebekah (Ethan Dozeman) Totten, Rachel (Mike) Seegers, and Joshua (Brittany Thomason) Totten and Hannah (David Mortensen) Totten; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings Claude (LaDonna) Hankins, Jr., Lois Cantile, and Don (Carole) Hankins; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Jerry Thompson and Jim Ross. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Jeanne Ostrom and her husband Charles Ostrom; and brother-in-law Bob Cantile; and niece Sharon (Ostrom) Fredrickson There will be a time of visitation from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 43941. The funeral service for George will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake, MI 49343. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service at church. Pastor Rick Malone will be officiating. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard, military honors will be performed. Interment will be at Courtland Township Cemetery.

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HEATHER WOLFE

C-obit-WolfeHeather Wolfe, 47 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at home surrounded by her family. Heather was born August 2, 1967 in Greenville, Michigan, the daughter of Donald and Lynne (Grannis) Zank. She enjoyed being a wife, mother, working on the farm, raising calves and being a 4H Mom. She had worked for Cedar Springs Public Schools Food Service and Latch-Key Child Care for 16 years. She was very involved in East Nelson United Methodist Church and had been Treasurer, a Trustee and President of the Women’s Group. We will all miss her smile, infectious laugh and positive spirit. She will be a bright ray of sunshine from Heaven. Surviving are her husband, David; children, Brandon (Ashley), Bayley, Brock; stepchildren, Nathan (Lynette), Jessica, April; grandchildren, Carter, Brynlee, Dawson, Felix, Alexis; mother, Lynne Zank; sister, Heidi (Steve) Reed; brother, Hod (Kris) Zank; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father. The family greeted friends Sunday, Dec. 28 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Monday, Dec. 29. Pastor Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-County Country 4H or Celebrate Recovery at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church.

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RANDALL H. INGRAHAM

C-obit-IngrahamRandall H. Ingraham, 70 of Sand Lake, died Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Faith Hospice – Trillium Woods. Randy was born May 26, 1944 in Greenville, Michigan, the son of Colin and Dixie (Harris) Ingraham. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 – 1966. He was a very active person who cared about and enjoyed others. He always had a Harley and enjoyed racing motorcycles and riding cross country with his wife. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, snowmobiling, and boating. He worked hard and owned his own company, which allowed him to provide for his family. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Shelia (Baxter); children, David Ingraham, DenaJo Rogers; grandchildren, Nickolas, SaraJo, KaileyJo, Shane; brother, TobyJoe (Gayla) Ingraham; sister, Kathy Wisler. The family will greet friends Friday, January 2 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Saturday 2:00 pm, with viewing starting at 1:00 pm. The family would like you to dress casually – boots and blue jeans. Mr. Ross Merlington officiating. Private interment at Trufant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry at the Rockford American Legion Post #102.

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SUZANNE L. ANDERSON

51C-obit-Anderson-webSuzanne L. Anderson, 80 of Wyoming, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Faith Hospice – Trillium Woods. She was born July 27, 1934 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Edwin and Hazel (Sullivan) Wheeler. She was Red Flannel Queen in 1951 and a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Women’s Club and the Red Hatters. She had worked at the Clipper office and was Solon Township Clerk for over 30 years. Surviving are her children, Janell (Keith) Timmer, Kyle (Teresa) Anderson; grandchildren, Solane Jenks, Jacinda Nykamp, Sarah Perez, Kevin Timmer; four great grandchildren; brother, Edwin (Sherry) Wheeler II. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Andy in 2005; sister, Phyllis Brantner. The family will greet friends Friday from 4-7 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI or the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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LOIS JEAN COPELAND

 

 

Lois Jean Copeland of Cedar Springs, 80, born in Grand Rapids Michigan, went home to be with the Lord and her husband December 11, 2014. Together with her husband they raised their family in Flint, Michigan until he retired and moved to their lake house in Cedar Springs, Michigan. Lois was a strong Christian woman. She was known for speaking her mind and for her love of children. She loved long walks, square dancing and spending time with family and friends. Lois was born on April 28, 1934 to Lee and Opal Denton. She married Eugene Copeland and became a homemaker and mother of six. Lois is survived by her children, April (Merill) Stray, Bonnie (Paul) Fleming, Eugene (Carol) Copeland, and Rosie (Jerry) Fleming; eleven grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eugene; her siblings, Chuck, Nancy, Cleo, Tesa and Jack; daughter Sandra Copeland and daughter Linda Jenkins. In lieu of a funeral we will be having a life celebration on December 27th at the Oakfield Township Hall, 10300 – 14 Mile Road, Rockford Michigan from 1 to 3 pm.

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Marian C. Christian

Marian C. Christian, 80 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Bishop Hills, Rockford. Mrs. Christian was born June 15, 1934 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Peter and Zella (Curtis) Patrick. She and her husband, Robert owned and operated Christian’s Upholstery in Cedar Springs for 20 years. She loved her dog Charlie, enjoyed giving people hugs, and was a member of the Teacup Ladies Group. Surviving are her children, David Christian & Gail Lancaster, Diane & Craig Phipps, Gary & Vicky Christian, Steven & Sherry Christian; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brother, George (Mitzie) Patrick; sister, Dorothy (Jake) Meyer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 2007; and a brother, Peter Patrick, Jr. The family will greet friends Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Sunday 2:00 pm. Deacon Jim Hessler officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County.

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MICHAEL JAMES LONG

50C-obit-Long-webMr. Michael James Long of Venice, California, age 43, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 28, 2014. He was born Tuesday, November 16, 1971. Michael leaves behind his father Michael (Debra) Long, Sr. and mother Rebecca Jines-Linker; daughters Briana Skeen, Trisha Long, and Deija Long; grandchildren Nevaeh and Xavier; siblings Lori (Terry) Robinson, Mike (Michelle) Long, Jr., and Angie (Mike) O’Dowd; paternal grandmother Mary Merritt; maternal grandparents Martha (Bill) Sanders; grandmother Thelma Slocum; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and girlfriend Noel Wittnebel of California. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Van Merritt. There will be a time of visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Michael will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014, at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 Thirteen Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Pastor Kevin Reed will be officiating. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service at church. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a donation to assist Michael’s daughters.

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