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DENNIS J. HAYDEN, SR.

Dennis J. Hayden, Sr. age 60 of Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Dennis was born January 18, 1957 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Earle and Ruby (Beach) Hayden. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1975 and served in the U.S. Air Force. Surviving are his children, Dennis Jr., Brandi and Billie Jo; father, Earle Hayden; sisters, Earla (Phillip) Alber, Donna Johnson; brothers, Owen (Nancy Czyzewski) Hayden, Aaron (Kelly) Hayden; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother. The family will greet friends Thursday, January 25th from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor David Fernlund officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Degage Ministries or Mel Trotter Ministries.

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

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EARL C. SMITH

 

Earl C. “Squirrel” Smith age 72 of Comstock Park, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Earl was born December 24, 1945 in Grant, Michigan the son of Walter and Sarah (Eaton) Smith. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved riding his motorcycle. He and JoAnn enjoyed spending the winters in Florida, where he loved to deep sea fish. He worked 32 years at the Sparta Foundry. Earl was a role model and father figure to many people other than his children. He brought light, love and laughter to everyone he met and will be greatly missed. Earl is survived by his wife JoAnn (Henry); children, Richard Smith, Penny Grindle, Bryan Batchelder, Tammy (Dan) Longtine; 12 grandchildren; papa to 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edgar (Leora) Smith, Everette (Alice) Smith; sisters and brothers-in-law, John Chaplin, Shirley (Larry) Crusan, Sandy Oros, Roger (Diane) Henry; many nieces and nephews; best friend of 45 years, Ed (Rosalind) McIntyre. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Eloise and Arnold Fields, Elizabeth and Richard Oaks, Erma and Orie Veltkamp, and Eleanor Chaplin; grandson, Joshua Grindle. The family will greet friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m. Viewing will begin Saturday 10:00 a.m. His godson Brandon Fenske officiating. In memory of Earl, please pay it forward to someone in need.

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

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KEVIN M. TANIS

 

Kevin M. Tanis, age 57 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, January 15, 2018 at his home. Kevin was born June 29, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Jerry and Marjorie (Neuman) Tanis. Surviving are his brothers and sister, Jerry (Joyce) Tanis of Cedar Springs, Earl (Pam) Tanis of Cedar Springs, Rick (Rene) Tanis of Grand Rapids, Chester Tanis of Greenville, Rex (Barb) Tanis of Mancelona, Shirley (Scott) Gritter of Irons; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will greet friends Saturday from 12 noon until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at Red Pine Bible Church, 17195 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. Pastor Rick Miller officiating. 

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

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HAZEL RAY HAWLEY

 

Hazel Ray Hawley age 72 passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. She was born in Grand Rapids on December 28, 1945 to Leland I. and Virginia Marie Bliss. She married David Hawley on February 1, 1964 in Solon Center. She was preceded in death by her infant son, David Hawley. She is survived by her husband, David; her daughters Geri K. Follett, Annette L. Wert, Jeannie M. Taylor;9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Janet, Lanett, Muriel”, Ila, Sherry, and; her brothers, Irving and Leland; several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 2 until 5 :00 p.m. at the Pierson Village Hall. 

Services by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta

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PAUL R. SMITH

 

Paul R. Smith age 75 of Rockford, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his home. Paul was born December 20, 1942 in Sparta, Michigan the son of Roger and Dorothy (Hoskins) Smith. He was in the Army National Guard for six years and retired from Rapistan. He was an active member of the Algoma Historical Society since 2009. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis (Tyler) whom he married on February 20, 1965; children, Lynne (Timothy) Gray, Katherine (Robert) Tiel, Timothy Smith (Heidi Feikema), Michael Smith; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Jo) Smith; sister-in-law, Joanne Turnipseed; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, brother and two sisters-in-law. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Pastor Wayne Ondersma officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Algoma Historical Society.

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

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MICHAEL G. FLANAGAN

 

Michael G. Flanagan, 63 of Kent City, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Mike was born June 23, 1954 the son of Gordon and Katherine (McCormick) Flanagan. He worked for over 30 years at Bentler Automotive. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and cheering for University of Michigan. Surviving are his wife, Debra (Pethers) Flanagan; father, Gordon Flanagan; children, Cheri (Vince) Ostrander, Mike (Jody) Flanagan, Autumn Male, Katie Little; grandchildren, Jacob, Brittany, Shelby, Hailey, Lindsey, Shane, Landen, Jayden, Kylie, Matthew, Bretten and Kayla; brothers and sisters, Pat & Garret Schutt, Kathy & Gilbert Drew, Leo & Patty Flanagan, Becky Washington, Sharon & Charlie Hieftje, Norm & Shelly Flanagan, Patrick (Tina) Flanagan and Paul & Annie Flanagan; several nieces and nephews and several in-laws. He was preceded in death by his mother; daughter, Candace Flanagan; granddaughter, Kimberly Flanagan. The family will receive friends at noon on Thursday until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice or to help the family with funeral and medical expenses.

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

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PATSY KROES

 

Patsy Kroes, age 67 of Cedar Springs passed away Friday, January 12, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born March 27, 1950 to Edward and Ada (Hawley) Fisk. She dedicated her life to her family; her children and grandchildren meant everything to her. She worked in Cedar Springs and Sand Lake as a barber and beautician. She loved her job and she had many special relationships with her customers. Patsy is survived by her children Matthew Kroes, Becky (Todd Fifield) Feenstra, and Starr (Craig) Britton; grandchildren, Vennessa and Jordan (Becca) Jensen, Tylor (Emily) Kroes, Sierra Fifield; great-granddaughter, Audrey Kroes; brothers, Ronald (Ila) Fisk, Donald (Dee) Fisk, Marshall (Linda) Fisk, Michael (Carol) Fisk and Bernie Fisk; sisters June (Edward) Ingerson and Susie Veltkamp; many nieces and nephews, special friends, Joan Fink, Cliff Gallop and Norma Parker. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Larry Fisk, brother-in-law Kenny Veltkamp and friend Mary Goller-Kilts. The service was held at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 with Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Algoma Christian School.

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

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MARY GOLLER-KILTS

 

Mary Goller-Kilts age 85 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, January 12, 2018. Mary was born April 4, 1932 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Mathew and Sophia (Kalinski) Berger. Mary was orphaned at age 12 and resided at St. John orphanage until going to Villa Maria where she got her cosmetology license. She worked in the dry cleaning industry and retired as a manager in 2006. Mary never really retired and kept busy cooking, baking, birthday dinners, holiday dinners and being the chairwoman for the dinner and funeral luncheons at the Cedar Springs American Legion. She was a member of the American Legion Post #287 for 42 years and served as President in 2001-02, Dept. of Michigan Chapau from 2000-01, Auxiliary Chaplain, Membership Chairman, 8&40 Secretary. She was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles since 1951 and the Woman’s Guild. She loved playing bingo and was an avid Tigers fan. Mary was the Red Flannel Day Grand Marshall in 2013. Surviving are her children, Addie (Mike) Davison, Alan Goller; grandchildren, Casey (Megan) Morris, Carlie (Greg Glass) Morris, Amanda (Matt) Crampton; great-grandchildren, Desirae, Gage and Aiden; son-in-law, Greg Morris; stepchildren, Sherri Woodard, Mike Kilts; step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Oscar Goller in 1996, Don Kilts in 2007; sister, Barbara (Ed) Carter; in-laws, John (Peggy) Goller, Dick (Betty) Goller, Emma (Bob) Gebhardt. The family received friends Wednesday, January 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le presiding. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs American Legion Post #287 Woman’s Auxiliary.

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

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CHERRI ANN DAMER

Cherri Ann Damer, age 41, of Holland, passed away after an extended illness, with her family at her side. She was born in Zeeland on February 28, 1976 to Robert Damer, Sr. and Diane Damer. She graduated from Zeeland High School. She was preceded in death by her sister, Angie; and her daughter, Angel. She is survived by her son Henryk Smith; her mother, Diane Damer; father, Robert Damer, Sr.; brother, Robert Damer, Jr.; grandmother, Crystal Meadows; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held on Friday, January 12, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at the Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home in Sparta with Rev. Bruce Wilson officiating. Friends met the family at the funeral home on Friday from 1 until time of service at 3:00 p.m. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to The American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta

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JOHN CURTIS FOSS IV

 

John Curtis Foss IV (aka Big Red) of Cedar Springs, Michigan passed away unexpectedly January 3, 2018. He was born to John Norman Foss and Marcia (Kroes) Foss on January 6, 1973. A graduate of Lowell High School, then Grand Rapids Community College to study Plumbing/and Pipe fitting. John continued his education and became a very respected Master Plumber. John loved the outdoors, bonfires, fireworks, playing on his big boy toys and having friends and family gather at his residence. He was well know for his delicious smoking and grilling skills. He loved the practical joke and making people feel welcome at his home. Always ready to help out a neighbor, his infectious laugh and ear to ear smile will be missed. John is survived by his children Niki (Griffard) Guerrero (Miguel), John Michael Foss, Sara Foss; grandchildren, Bryson and Peyton, as well as his children’s mother Cathy; brother Mark Russell (Barbara); stepmother Renay; many nieces and nephews and life long friends, Buster, Dawn, Sandy and Tony. John has a very large extended family and will be missed by all. He was predeceased by both parents and son, Kyle. There will be a memorial celebration honoring John in the spring, location to be announced. Those wishing offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a contribution to Chase Bank of Cedar Springs for John and Sara’s educational fund.

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