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Carl A. Kranich

C-OBIT-kranich-webCarl A. “Sarge” Kranich, 86 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Stonebridge Manor, Walker with his family by his side. Carl was born March 27, 1927 in Big Rapids, MI the son of Carl and Hazel (Porter) Kranich. He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service and from the U.S. Post Office as a letter carrier. He loved Model T antique autos, auction sales, dancing and his grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Jacquiline (Steve) Lipski, Kim (Nancy) Kranich, Debora (Dave) Griep, Mark Kranich, Carla (Mike) Kelly; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Etta Breggs; many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends from noon to 1:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, March 5 and the service will be at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Private interment Blythefield Memory Gardens. Military honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 630 Kenmoor SE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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RALPH D. LOVELESS

C-obit-LovelessRalph D. Loveless, 92 of Rockford, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Ralph was born February 2, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Richard and Irene (Axford) Loveless. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp serving during World War II. Known as “Ralph the Entrepreneur”, he has successfully started six businesses. He was a Real Estate investor and developer, licensed builder, auto body – paint sprayer, advertising and sign painter, and an artist specializing in oil and sketching. He was rated #1 salesman in every position. Ralph competed in the Senior Olympics for five years winning numerous gold, silver and bronze medals. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Surviving are his wife, Marjorie (Olgetree) whom he married on May 22, 1945; children; Evelyn Bearss of Grand Rapids, Dave (Elaine) Loveless of Rockford; grandchildren, Mark (Jennifer) Loveless, Dawn (Wes) Thrasher, Ginger Schafer, Eric (Angela) Bearss; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Milton (Joann) Loveless of Florida. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Thomas Bearss; brother, Neil Loveless. The family will greet friends Saturday from 11:00 am until time of service at 12 noon at Rockford Baptist Church, 221 Courtland Dr., Rockford. Pastor Garry Koon officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery in the spring. Military honors by the U.S. Army. Memorial contributions may be made to Mel Trotter Ministries, 225 Commerce Ave. SW. Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

 

Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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MYRTLE M. (FEUTZ) HEINZ

Myrtle M. (Feutz) Heinz, 81 of Sand Lake, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Rapids. Myrtle was born January 24, 1933 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Earl and LaFern (Helsel) Blackall. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, reading and the Detroit Lions. She loved her family very much. Surviving are her children; Michael (Michelle) Feutz, Steven (Tina) Feutz, Greg Feutz, Julie (Dan) Sturgeon, Terri Miles; stepchildren, Joseph (Susan) Heinz, Margaret Heinz, Katherine Barton, David (Wanda) Heinz, Phyllis (Rick) Tryon, Mary (Arne) Engevik, Philip (Monica) Heinz, Karl Heinz, Gretchen (Jim) Cunnington, Ron Kunst; grandchildren, Corey Feutz, April Feutz, Jeremy, Daniel, Kaili and Megan Miles, Emily Sturgeon, Melanie Kindsvatter, Jeremy Kindsvatter; great grandchildren, Alexis, Jaiden, Brenden, Nathan, Ethan, Abigail; many step grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Earlene Ferrante, Lea Moline, June (John) Medendorp. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Heinz; daughter, Patricia Feutz; grandchildren, Rachel Feutz, Joseph Feutz. The family will receive friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Saturday 1:00 pm. Pastor Michael Cisler officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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Marjorie B. Beardslee

Mrs. Marjorie “Marge” B. Beardslee, age 106, went home to her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Born on December 1, 1907 to Abner and Cora Hillman and was raised in Lakeview, for which she was so pound of her “country” heritage. Marge attended Central Michigan University and taught for both the rural school system and for the Kent City District. Marge and her husband Wendell owned and operated an art store in Cedar Springs, where she was able to express her immeasurable love for oil painting and had become the accomplished artist that she was. Marge is survived by her son Robert D. (Eileen) Brimmer; fourteen grandchildren; 35 great grand children; 26 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and very special friend Gertrude. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Wendell J. Beardslee; daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Norman Pike; her parents; brother Roy Hillman; and sister Gladys Hashover. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014, Pastor Ken Menefee officiating at Pederson Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or to Mel Trotter Ministries, 225 Commerce Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

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CANDY SUE JOHNSON

 

Candy Sue Johnson, 48, of Big Rapids, passed away January 3, 2014. A funeral service was held Saturday, January 11th at Hansen Janowicz Funeral Home in Remus. Pastor Kimberly Briggs officiated. Visitation was held Friday, January 10 at the funeral home. Candy was born May 19, 1965, in Lakeview, the daughter of Donald and Betty (Bushre) Meno. She loved to play basketball in earlier years and had many trophies from playing at Cedar Springs High School. Candy enjoyed feeding the birds at her fiancé’s house, watching western movies, and playing Euchre with her family. Left to cherish her memory are her mother; Betty Meno; five children, Leon III (Jeannie), Donnie(Victoria), Carmelita Johnson (Aaron), Jeremiah (Debra), and Jennifer; one brother; one sister; 11 grandchildren, and her fiancé Darrell. Candy was preceded in death by her husband; father; and two nieces. Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to the family in lieu of flowers. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Hansen Janowicz Funeral Home, Remus

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Wayne Gould

gouldpicWayne Gould, 84, of Sand Lake, died Saturday, January 18, 2014, the son of Glenn A. and Elizabeth F. (Bradley) Gould, who preceded him in death.  He was also preceded in death by his stepmother Marian Gould, and siblings Audrey Anderson, Charles and John Edward Gould.  Wayne was employed by the Bear Paint Companyfor over 30 years, and enjoyed farming but the most important thing in his life was his family.  Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Crystal Mae (Teesdale) Gould; four children, Gerald (Eunice) Lloyd, Barbara Gould, and Carl (Margaret) all of Sand Lake; six Gould grandsons, Chad (Tammy), Jeff, Kevin (Angie), Adam, Kyle and Cody; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his brothers, Joe (Lena), Art (Linda),  Sim (Patsy), and Guy (Marilyn); sisters, Glenice (Ken) Van Loozenoord, Judy (Jerry) Troupe; sister-in-law, Betty Gould; brothers-in-law, Roger (Geraldine) Teesdale and Larry (Karen) Teesdale; and many nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Darryl Miller officiating.  Interment Sand Lake Cemetery.  Friends may consider memorial contributions to Sand Lake United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home.

 

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THOMAS P. BEARSS

C-obit-BearssThomas P. Bearss, 67 of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 13, 2014 at his home. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Tom was born May 6, 1946 in Grayling, Michigan the son Henry and Lyndall (Yeager) Bearss. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1964, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was a Kent County Sheriff Deputy for 28 years retiring in 1995. He was a member of Rockford Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn (Loveless); children, Ginger (Bearss) Schaefer, Eric (Angela) Bearss; grandchildren, Mya, Rylan, Aubrey and Isaac; sister, Lois Goodell. The family will greet friends Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 am until time of memorial service at 11:00 am at Rockford Baptist Church, 221 Courtland St., Rockford. Pastor Larry D. Rowland officiating. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. Interment in the spring at Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rockford Baptist Church.

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

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LEROY J. MOSHER

Leroy J. Mosher, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mr. Mosher was born February 23, 1932 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the son of Delbert and Myrtle (Carr) Mosher. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War and had worked for the Kent County Road Commission for 38 years. He loved going to garage sales. Surviving are his wife, Velda (Kruger); children, Cheryl Frost, Cherry (Dennis) Verburg, Jay Mosher; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Edna Kimble. He was preceded in death by his son, Rick. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 22 at 11:00 am at Bethel Lutheran Church, Howard City. Pastor Steven Frentz officiating. Private family interment in North Ensley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church or Metron of Cedar Springs.

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

 

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LAWRENCE H. BURCH

EPSON scanner imageLawrence H. Burch, 82 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at his home. Mr. Burch was born May 29, 1931 in Flint, Michigan the son of Harmon and Marie (Wallace) Burch. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1951-53, sold cars for C.H. Wallace Pontiac and then was parts manager for other car dealers. Larry was a Solon Township Trustee, member of the Cedar Springs Lions Club and had helped with the Boy Scouts. Surviving are his wife, Margaret (Duiven) whom he married on January 28, 1956; sons, Wesley (Wanda) Burch, James Burch; 3 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Don (Margie) Duiven, John (Sue) Duiven; sister-in-law, Velma Duiven. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister, 1 brother-in-law. The family will greet friends on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Joe Beavens officiating. Interment Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

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

 

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HARRY D. JONES

51C -obit JonesMr. Harry D. Jones, age 91, went home to his Lord and Savior Wednesday, December 11, 2013. He was born July 24, 1922 in Rockford, Michigan to John and Mae (Totton) Jones. Harry was an Army Veteran of WWII. On May 3, 1946 he married Thelma Louise Linderman. For most of his life he was a John Deere tractor mechanic. Harry enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, farming, restoring John Deere tractors and being with family. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Thelma; children, Doug (Jan) Jones, Pam (Dana) Freas, Vern (Irene) Jones, Cal (Jan) Jones, Steve (Cathy) Jones; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Jones; daughter, Trudy Smitterberg; three sisters; and four brothers. The funeral service was held at 11 am, Monday, December 16, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. The visitation was held from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at the Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford. Memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs  Memorial Fund or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Michigan Chapter, 1471 E. Twelve Mile Rd., Madison Heights, MI 48071.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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