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DONALD WHITE

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Donald White, age 95, of Cedar Springs, passed from this life on Monday, January 25, 2016. Don was born in Montcalm County, Michigan on August 9, 1920 to Vern and Hazel (Rogers) White. At a young age Don and his family moved to Ensley Center where Don was raised. On September 19, 1941 Don married the girl of his dreams, Audrey Brownell. The couple resided on a farm in Courtland Township for 71 years until Audrey passed on February 2, 2013. Don White was a horse man. There was a sign in front of their home that said, “Horses for sale, by Don White.” Don farmed his land almost to entirety with horses, only using a tractor to run the belts of the thrashing machine. Don traveled the state with his wagon and team of horses, appearing in various parades, but most notably the Red Flannel Parade in Cedar Springs. For many years Don and Audrey were members of the Draft Horse Club that met in Blanchard, Michigan. Don was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife; his granddaughter, Kelly Jean Brophy; seven brothers, Ben, Wayne, Roy, Alton, Floyd, Alvin and Bernard White; four sisters, Mildred Barnes, Frances Johnson, Pauline Rebecca White and Virginia Reed. He is survived by his three children, Suzanne (Jennings) Johnson, Bonnie (Tom) Reynolds and Donald White, Jr. and special friend, Judy Sailor; his grandchildren, Scott (Michele) Johnson, Brian (Julie) Johnson, Mark (Veronica) Allen, Julie Anne Johnson, Jason Van’thof, Molly Goodman, Jordan White, Rebecca Reynolds and Thomas Louis (Audrey) Reynolds Jr.; 26 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren. Don is also survived by his brother, Robert White; his sisters-in-law, Stella White, Hattie White, Yvonne White, Esther White, and Yvonne Brownell Hendrick and many nieces and nephews. The family greeted friends Wednesday January 27 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ will be held Thursday 11:00 am at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Wayne Cash and Donald’s son-in-law, Pastor Jennings Johnson officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Springs Church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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SANDRA A. JOHNSON

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Sandra A. Johnson, 73, of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. Sandra was born March 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. She was a dedicated employee of CS Manufacturing in the accounting department with 20 years of service. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, which was very important to her. She loved animals, sunshine, enjoyed gardening, and made amazing dill pickles. Surviving are her children, Bob (Paula) Johnson, Tim Johnson and Kathy Kay, Kathy (Ken) Coleman; grandchildren, Ryan Coleman, Kate Coleman, and Logan Armstrong; sisters, Kathy Carlson, and Ricci (Larry) Freeman; two nieces and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Luella Stine; sister, Judy Carlson Alden; infant sister, Nancy Jo. The family greeted friends Sunday, January 24 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home Cedar Springs, where the service was held Monday, January 25. Pastor Robert Eckert officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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MELVIN K. BROWN

 

Melvin K. Brown, age 93, of Big Rapids, Michigan, and formerly of Grand Rapids, died peacefully on December 1, 2015 at home. He was born May 3, 1922 in Sparta, Michigan, and was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rosemary, and is survived by his two sons, Steven and Timothy, and his two grandchildren, Cody (Angela) and Caitlin. As Melvin requested, cremation has taken place, and no memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. A private farewell to Melvin for the immediate family will be planned at a later date.

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DAVID LEE TISDEL

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Mr. David Lee Tisdel of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 71, passed away on the evening of Sunday, January 17, 2016. He was born to Mervel and Virginia (Wood) Tisdel on May 3, 1944, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. David was the oldest child of three brothers, raised on their family farm in the Cedar Springs area. He was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School and David was married to Jill Tisdel (Gunneson) of Kent City. David was an exceptional truck driver, hauling steel, and hauled people too, as his career shifted into the charter business. In his free time, David enjoyed pulling antique tractors, and snowmobiling, as well as motorcycling. David is survived by his wife of eighteen years, Jill Tisdel; childen, Mischelle Felbab, Scott (Jennifer Bedel) Smith, Nancy Smith, and Cindy Smith; grandchildren Myckala Felbab, Amanda Harmon, Jimmy Harmon, Jasmyn Smith, Cheyenne Smith, Jeremiah Smith, Brendan Paepke; great grandchildren Elliot, Cain, and Jaxon; brothers Dennis (Connie) Tisdel and Brian Tisdel; and son-in-law Michael Felbab. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife Barbara (Giles) Tisdel. There will be a memorial visitation held from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Diabetes Association, 1550 E. Beltline Avenue SE, Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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Daniel Leroy Chesney

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January 31, 1939 – January 12, 2016

He will be missed by family and friends.

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James R. Cole

 

colejamesJames R. Cole, Sr. 70 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital, Greenville. Jim was born September 28, 1945 in Cedar Springs, MI the son of Waldo and Mary (Day) Cole. He was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School Class of 1963 and was a truck driver for Spartan Stores retiring in 2007 after 34 ½ years. His real passion was farming and being in the outdoors. He deeply loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Gloria (Ostrander) whom he married on June 28, 1963; sons, James Jr. (Lisa), David (Dawn), Jon (Sandra); 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brothers, Max (Cindy), Bill (Kathy); sister, Patricia (Pat) Holland; brothers-in-law, Gary Baxter, Gerald Parker; sisters-in-law, Laura (Larry) McCrory, Leone Conner; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Doug (Jean) Randall, John Frantz; his springer spaniel, Bear; and his cat, General Mattis. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Ruth Baxter, Beverly Parker; brother, Arthur Cole, Sr.; nephew, Kevin Cole. The family will greet friends Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Jesus Non-Denominational Church, 9206 W. Peck Road, Greenville. Pastor Tommy Turner officiating. Interment Trufant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

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

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WILLIAM L. SEVEY

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William L. Sevey 86 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at his home. Bill was born July 24, 1929 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Clinton and Gladys (Fisk) Sevey. He was a lifelong dairy farmer and had been Solon Township Supervisor. Years ago he had a milk route and drove school bus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, flying and riding his four wheeler. He loved his grandkids. Surviving are his children, LouAnn (Brian) Wheat, Deborah Sevey, William “Rick” (Tanya) Sevey; grandchildren, Stacy and Kyle; great grandchildren, Logan, Hannah, and Avalyn; brother-in-law, Jack Bowers. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Annabelle in 2011; sister, Ardith Bowers. A private family service will be held in the spring at Crandall Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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

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JANET J. OLMSTED

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Janet J. Olmsted, 84 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Clark Retirement Community. Janet was born December 10, 1931 in Imlay City, Michigan, the daughter of Clifford and Luella (Davis) Call. She and her husband, Carl owned and operated the Cedar Springs Oil Company, and she later worked as the Solon Township Treasurer and at Pioneer Pharmacy. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, writing poetry and loved being a mom and gram. She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Surviving are her children, Scott (Joni) Olmsted, Shari (Phil) Wesche; grandchildren, Kari Olmsted, Dana (Jason) Smith, Andy and Eric Wesche; great grandchildren, Brynna, Memphis, Boston, Aria, and Lena; brothers, Gerald Call, Steve (Barb) Harris, Doug (Susan Warwick) Call; sisters, Donna (David Reynolds) Call, Dawn Call; sister-in-law, Carol (John) Alexander; brother-in-law, Tom Pearce; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl in 1987; brothers, Tip (Jeanne) Call, Dennis Call, Don Call, Eugene Harris; sister, Faith Pearce; sister-in-law, Eileen Call. The family will greet friends Friday, January 8, 4-7pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The funeral service will be held Saturday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Clark Retirement Community or the United Methodist Church.

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

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Don M. Miles

C-OBIT-MilesDon M. Miles 88 of Pierson, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans. Don was born May 14, 1927 in Montcalm Township, MI the son of John and Bessie (Thompson) Miles. Don began his naval career on Nov. 10, 1947 and attained the rank of Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer prior to his retirement on Nov. 7, 1968. He served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. Following his naval career he worked at Wolverine Worldwide for 20 years as a machinist. He was a member of the Cedar Springs American Legion. He had been an active member of the Cedar Springs Free Methodist Church (The Springs) where he was head usher for over 30 years. Don served Boy Scout Troop 222 of Cedar Springs for over 37 years, many of them as scoutmaster. Surviving are his wife Dawn, whom he married in 2000; children, Valerie (Howard) Mathewson, David (Elaine) Miles, Joseph (Mary Ann) Miles, Gloria (Kevin) Kizewski; seven grandchildren, Adam Clouse, Alan Clouse, C.J. Miles, Mikayla Mathewson, Kyle Stephens, Caleb Kizewski, Bryce Kizewski; two great grandchildren, Hunter and Cierra; sisters, Gertrude Coalter, Katherine (Reuben) Hoxsie, Patricia (William) Newman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean in 1996; five brothers and one sister, Buddy, Sam, Bill, Walter, Norman, and Agnes Telder. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 9:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at The Springs Church, 88 Grant St., Cedar Springs. Pastors Jennings Johnson and Wayne Cash officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Military honors by the U.S. Navy.

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

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Russell J. Durst

C-OBIT-DurstRussell J. Durst 80 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, December 25, 2015 at his home. Russ was born October 6, 1935 in Cedar Springs, MI the son of Cardwell and Lola (Sipple) Durst. He was well known as a drywall installer and finisher for over 60 years. He was a very giving and generous person and was very involved in the Cedar Springs Education Foundation and the Kent County Youth Fair. He was a member of the Lions Club and the Cedar Springs Rod & Gun Club. He enjoyed his antique car, wintering in New Mexico and hunting and fishing. Surviving are his children, Debra Paskewicz, Doug (Cheri) Durst; daughter-in-law, JoEllen Yokum; grandchildren, Stephanie Torres, Michael Paskewicz, Heather (Brian) Henning, Brooke (Jeremy) Wong, Beth (Tony) Avink, Kent Yokum; great grandchildren, Tristan, Arryanna, Deyani, Allison, Brielle; sister, Phyllis Ball; brother-in-law, Archie McKenzie. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike; sister, Dorothy McKenzie; brother-in-law, Gene Ball. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Wednesday 2:00 pm. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Education Foundation.

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