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Franklin John DePue

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Franklin “Frank” John DePue, 75 of Greenville, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at home. Frank was born October 5, 1940 in Eaton Co., Michigan, the son of the late Maurice “Mike” and Helen (Holbrook) DePue. Frank is loved and survived by his wife of 56 years, Judith (Ellick) DePue; his children: Monique (Dave) Doolittle and Vincent (Kayleen) DePue; grandchildren: Trafford (Ashley Hattis) Giles, Stephanie Doolittle, Nick Doolittle, Michael (Ceara) DePue, Kyle DePue, Donald Eikenhout, Andrea (Larry) Wiley and Graham DePue; sisters: Dorothy Fisher, Carol (Ron) Stevens, Shirley (Dick) Rinckey and Dee (Ron) Corwin; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his siblings: M. Jean Schafer, Edwin Maurice DePue, Kathleen Marie Cooper, Jennifred Joan Schrauben, David Lee DePue and Dean A. DePue. Frank was a graduate of Greenville High School in 1976. He retired from Meijer as Loss Prevention Manager after 30+ years of service. In addition to a long career at Meijer, he and his wife Judith were owners of Animal Crackers Farm Petting Zoo of Greenville. Frank and Judy touched countless lives, spanning several generations by taking their large traveling zoo to schools, festivals, churches, parades and more local events than can be documented. Frank donated time, along with Judy, at Special Olympics, March of Dimes, Optimist Camp and the American Cancer Society, and he walked his beloved camel Shalamar across most of Montcalm County to raise nearly $1000 for that cause. Frank also enjoyed greeting Mejier customers every Christmas Eve dressed as Santa with his reindeer and sleigh. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Frank always appreciated being embraced by the community and enjoyed sharing his love of his animals. He got great enjoyment making people laugh and smile with his wit and a wink. His contagiously happy spirit will be missed by so many, but never forgotten by anyone. We are sad that you are gone, but find peace in knowing we will someday see you again. We love you. Memorial services were held at 1:00 pm Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Hurst Funeral Home, with Pastor Ken Harger officiating. Visitation was Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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ELLEN BRADLEY

 

*C-Obit-BradleyEllen Allie Bradley, age 73, passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Health St. Mary’s on Saturday, April 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane on March 22, 2016; her parents, Dollie and Bunyon Stroud; 2 sisters, Elizabeth Floyd, Blanche Evans; 2 brothers, Lester and James Stroud; son in-law, Fred Taylor. Ellen enjoyed spending time with her family, knitting and gardening. Ellen is survived by her 6 children, Reba & Gerald Albritton, Janet & Doug Plumb, Yvonne Taylor, Dale & Jacki Bradley, Linda & Joe Maxim, Doug & Tracy Bradley; grandchildren, Melissa (Scott), Nicole (Matt), Andrea (Reggie), Tim (Angie), Troy (Tiffany), Jessica (Nate), Tiffany (Scott), Krystal (Donte), Joanna (Lee), Derk (Bridget), Dalton (Lindsey), Dillon (Sam), Angela (Paul), Ashley (Eddie), Nicole, Jacob, Kailie; 23 great-grandchildren; sister in-law, Pam & Gene Gibson; brother in-law, Harry Flood. Funeral services were held at the Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 P.M. Friends met the family at the funeral home on Tuesday, 6 to 8 P.M. and on Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to assist the family with expenses.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home, 88 East Division St.,
Sparta, MI 49345, www.hesselcheslek.com

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TODD HILL

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Todd Michael Hill, 54 of White Cloud passed away peacefully, Thursday, April 14, 2016 in his sleep in the arms of his loving wife, Thelma Hill from cancer. Todd was born August 29, 1961 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Terry and Sally (McCoy) Hill. He was raised in Cedar Springs and spent the last 12 years in White Cloud. Todd was a very loving Papa who loved his grandchildren. He coached his granddaughter Mackenzie’s Pee-Wee baseball team from 2010-12. Todd is survived by his wife, Thelma; children, Rodney, Frances (Rook), Paula (Bobby), Bowzer, (Julia); granddaughters, Rhea, Neisha, Rosie, Jamie, Buffy, Mackenzie, Cadence, Krista and Madison; grandsons, William, Alex, Dustin, Rookie, Paul (P.J.), Shawn; great grandson, Adam (A.J.); father, Terry (Karen) Hill; mother, Sally (Don) Groters; sisters, Terri (Tom) Venman, Traci (Carlos) Beals; brother, Charlie Hill; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Longtime friends, Dan Robinson, Joe (Lisa) Magnan, Amber, Joan Defreese and many other friends from Cascade Engineering, Royal Plastics and Emerald Graphics. The family greeted friends Monday, April 18 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Tuesday 2:00 pm. Marj Timmerman officiating. Interment Amble Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lemmen-Holton Cancer Research, 145 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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ROBIN H. HOEKSTRA

 

 

C-obit-hoekstraRobin H. Hoekstra, 60, of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday April 13, 2016. Robin was born November 17, 1955 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Vonna Darin (Ryder) and the late Angelo Darin. Robin was preceded in death by her son, Anthony Fortier on March 19, 1997. Robin is survived by her mother; siblings, Catherine, Angelo, Joseph, Guiliana, Christopher, Antonio, Eugene; her children, Marc (Tracy), Daniel (Sarah), Michelle (Terry), Patrick (Jennifer), Gabrielle (Gage), and Andrew; grandchildren, Austin J., Austin M., Hannah, Emma, Caleb, Ayla, Anthony, Mason, Cooper, Ava, and Landon; many nieces and nephews. Robin’s greatest joy came from raising her children and spending time with her grandchildren. People who had the privilege of knowing Robin remember her for bringing the best out of people and the willingness to go that extra mile for anyone in need. The family greeted friends Monday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where a celebration of life was held Tuesday 11:00 am. Visitation began Tuesday 10:00 am. Rev. Ben Vaught officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids. The family asks in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Robin Hoekstra Gofundme.com account in order to support funeral costs and to support her youngest son Andrew Fortier.

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

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ALTHEA B. WELCH

Althea B. Welch, 87, formerly of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Christian Rest Home, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Welch was born February 25, 1929 in Rockford, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur and Hazel (Hall) Bliss. She had worked at Wolverine World Wide before becoming a mother and homemaker. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs where she taught Sunday School and Jr. Church for many years. She loved to cook, bake, knit, crochet, and spend time with her grandsons. Surviving are her son, Richard (Linda) Welch; grandsons, David and Jonathan; brother, Arthur (Delores) Bliss; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon in 2010; sisters, Lois Blakeslee, Lowella Husted, and Barbara Bliss; brother, Leland Bliss. The family greeted friends Tuesday, April 5 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Pastor Dan Currie officiating. Interment Fairplains Cemetery, Sparta. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Rest Home or Gentiva Hospice.

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

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BETTY G. RINGLER

C-obit-RinglerBetty G. Ringler, 85, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 4, 2016 at home. Betty was born February 6, 1931 in Staples, Minnesota, the daughter of James and Jenny (Rink) Kubitza. She had worked at the Grand Rapids Herald and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She especially loved her grandchildren. She was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake and their Ladies Guild. She loved watching and feeding birds and playing card games. Surviving are her husband, Basil, whom she married on November 13, 1954; children, Janice (Mike) DeGraaf, Karen (Jeff) Sixbury, Douglas (Darlene) Ringler, Steve (Lisa) Ringler, Bruce Ringler, Chris Ringler; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Helen (Chum) Woodard. She was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters. The family greeted friends Wednesday 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 Thursday 11:00 am at Mary Queen of Apostles with Rev. Fr.Lam Le celebrant. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Elementary School, Staples, MN.

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

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Duane W. Bradley

BradleyObitWebDuane E. Bradley, age 83, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert & Lottie Rens; sister, Shirley Flood; son in-law, Fred Taylor. Duane is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Ellen Bradley; his 6 children, Reba & Gerald Albritton, Janet & Doug Plumb, Yvonne Taylor, Dale & Jacki Bradley, Linda & Joe Maxim, Doug & Tracy Bradley; 15 grandchildren, Melissa (Scott), Nicole (Matt), Andrea (Reggie), Tim (Angie), Troy (Tiffany), Jessica (Nate), Tiffany (Scott), Krystal (Donte), Joanna (Lee), Derk (Bridget), Dalton (Lindsey), Dillion (Sam), Angie (Paul), Ashley (Eddie), Nicole Porter, Jacob Porter; 25 great grandchildren; sister, Pam & Gene Gibson; brother in-law, Harry Flood. Duane served in the United States Marine Corp and then the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Ronda Tire for many years until retirement. He loved to play pool, golf, and cards and enjoyed his cocktails. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. Friends may meet the family at the funeral home on Monday, Noon – 2:00 P.M. and 4:00-6:00 P.M. 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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Gary Lee VanSchuur

12C-obit-VANSCHUURMr. Gary Lee VanSchuur, of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 66, passed away on the afternoon of Monday, March 21, 2016, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born to Gerrit and Leona Marie (Beduhn) VanSchuur on Sunday, September 11, 1949, in Sparta, Michigan, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. As a truehearted patriot, Gary proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Army, fighting in the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge, he worked for the Farm Bureau of Kent City and then as a supervisor for Knoll Furniture until his retirement in 2008. Gary enjoyed the simple things in life he was a great Michigan outdoorsman who loved to go deer hunting, and as a farmer, Gary loved working the land. He was also a very talented woodworker, crafting many things with his parents in their woodshop. Family was everything to Gary. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, and dear brother and friend. He cherished every family get-together, being with his grandchildren whenever he could, and he especially loved taking them for rides on the Gator. Gary is survived by his beloved wife Sharon (Fisk); loving children, MaryAnn (K.J.) Decker and Keith (Laura) Goltz, Sr.; adored grandchildren, Whitney (fiance Cory Wimmer) Decker, Hailey Decker, Devon Cole, Keith Goltz, Jr., Abby Goltz, and Kaylee Goltz; mother Marie VanSchuur; sister Janice; brother-in-law Carl; father and mother-in-law James and Shirley Fisk; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim (Annetta) and Ruth (Stan); and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the VanSchuur and Fisk families. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerrit; and brother-in-law Steve. There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Gary will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Rick Miller will be officiating. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United States Army, full military honors will be conducted. Gary will be laid to rest in Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township, Michigan.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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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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