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Larry Earl Carr

Mr. Larry Earl Carr, age 74, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Larry was retired from CSX and an Air Force veteran. For more information regarding visitations or the funeral, please contact Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford (http://www.pedersonfuneralhome.com) or view the Grand Rapids Press on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

 

UPDATED: 8/15/2014

C-OBIT-Carr-LarryMr. Larry Earl Carr, Sr. of Cedar Springs, age 74, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at home in the presence of his loving family. Larry was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 20, 1940 to James and Carolyn (née Woodward) Carr and had been a long-time resident of the Cedar Springs area. When he was still a teenager, Larry joined the United States Air Force, proudly serving his flag and country in the 1611th Air Transport Wing, stationed at McGuire Air Force Base, NJ. In 1978, Larry married the love of his life, Joyce Myrtle Stone, on Saturday, the 26th of August in Grand Rapids, MI. He also worked for CSX Corporation in Grand Rapids until his retirement. Larry was a kindhearted man, a jokester, and the kind of person always willing to lend a helping hand. Larry leaves behind his beloved wife of thirty-five years, Joyce; loving children Becky Mabin, Larry Carr, Jr., and Kim (Lee) Armstrong; step-son Rod Rathbun; twelve grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brother David (Lois) Carr; sister Sherry (Tom) VanderPlow; sister-in-law Marilyn Stone; many nieces and nephews; and special friend Burt Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers James and Tom Carr; and sisters Nancy Patrick, Carol Hatchew, Margie Aemisegger, Susie Wheeler, and Mary Kay Carr. There will be a time of visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Larry will he held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford, Michigan, 49341; Pastor Kevin Reed will be officiating; there will be a one hour visitation prior to the service. Larry’s family would like to extend a very special thank you to Katie and Erin with the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion and Stephanie and Sarah with Heartland Hospice, for the compassion, kindness, and care provided to Larry and his family. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534; or to the Grace Evangelical Free Church.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Billy L. Morris

Billy L. Morris

Billy L. Morris

Billy L. “Bill” Morris, 82, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at his home. Bill was born November 12, 1931, in Cannon Township, MI, the son of James and Edith (Hess) Morris. He had worked for the Kent County Road Commission for 37 years, and had been a member of Solon Fire Department and the North Kent Snowmobile Club. Surviving are his wife, Wanda (Parker), whom he married on September 9, 1950; children, Ann & Larry Cornell, Curt & Julie Morris, Charlene & Bill Fifield; grandchildren, Nutasha Tolsma, Jon, Theresa, Brett, and Katelyn Fifield, Michael Morris, Laurissa Cornell, Vikki Berry; great-grandchildren, Chevelle, Jordan, Amari, Kadence, and Brody; sister-in-law, Rosemary Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James and Phillip. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Pastor Gilbert Morris officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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George E. Frost

32C obit FrostGeorge E. Frost, 86, of Rodney, passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his residence. He was born August 19, 1927, in Lansing, the son of George and Helen (DeWitt) Frost. During World War II, he served with the US Navy, stationed in Guam. Following his discharge, George returned to Lansing, and on May 16, 1951, he married Doris Jean Wade. The couple then moved to Cedar Springs, and George worked as a machinist for Michigan Wheel in Grand Rapids until retiring in 1989. During this time, he also served on the Algoma Township Fire Department, and retired from there as the Assistant Chief. He was a member of the Moose Lodge. Doris preceded George in death in 1989, and he moved to the Big Rapids area in 1999, where he had lived since. Surviving are four sons; George (Judy) of El Paso, Texas, Lee of Trufant, Robert (Barbara) of Rodney, and Archie (Elaine) of Coldwater; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Sue, two brothers, and three sisters. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with his family greeting friends beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Following cremation, burial will be in the Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name may be left at the funeral home. Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Mohnke Funeral Home, Big Rapids

 

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Irene L. Wulff

C-OBIT-WulffIrene L. Wulff, 95, of Rockford, died Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Irene was born April 10, 1919 in Saranac, Michigan the daughter of James and Della (Schreiner) Hamblin. She enjoyed her flowers and gardening, music in the park, coffee with the girls, fishing and camping. Surviving are her children, Linda & William Mason, Leon & Cecilia Hall, Bill & Sue Hall; stepson, Dean & Brenda Wulff; four grandchildren; ten step grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one great great grandson. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Hall and Art Wulff; children, Bonnie, Charles and Richard; three sisters and two brothers. The family greeted friends Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Pastor Jennings Johnson officiating. Interment Fairplains Cemetery, Sparta. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 957 Spaulding Avenue, SE, Ada, MI 49301.

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

 

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Scott “Scotty” Raymond Hazel

Scott Hazel

Mr. Scott “Scotty” Raymond Hazel of Rockford, age 55, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after a short, but hard-fought battle with a rare cancer. He died surrounded and lifted up by his caring family and many friends. He was a wonderful husband to his wife of twenty-six years, Susan (neé Hand) Hazel, and a beloved father to his three kids, Rebekah, Kaitlin, and Cameron. Scotty was born on May 7, 1959 in Flint, Michigan to Raymond and Gloria (neé Schneider) Hazel. He has always had a close and loving relationship with all of his family, including his siblings Jeff and Nancy Morey, Lynn and Lee Bradfield, Denise and Pat Moriarty, Jim and Darcy Olson, and Tammy and Kevin Weissenborn; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond Hazel; and brother Randy Morey. Scotty graduated from Flint Southwestern High School and attended Northern Michigan University, where the wilderness and school captured his true spirit. He went on to graduate from Grand Valley State University to become a well known and loved teacher and coach at Cedar Springs High School. He was also a coach for Rockford High School. He had a passion for his job and his students. Scotty was also an active member of the Rockford Baptist Church. His love for God was matched only by his zeal for people and life. This is apparent by all of the lives he touched and people he inspired. Scotty was a man of many talents; besides his amazing vocal ability, Scotty performed in a band, played various instruments, was an artist, carpenter, and outdoorsman. He also recently published a book, “Looking Out Windows.” He was a true Renaissance Man in a world obsessed with technology. He will be loved and missed by his family and many others. Visitation was held at the Cedar Springs High School on Monday July 28, 2014 and the funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a contribution to the Hazel Children’s Memorial Fund to be made at any Fifth Third Bank branch office.

 

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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HANS KURT KALTENBACH

 

November 1, 1931 – July 16, 2014

 

Hans Kaltenbach, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, formerly of Cedar Springs passed away July 16, 2014 at Pikes Peak Hospice. Hans was born in Germany and came to Cedar Springs as an exchange student for the school year 1950-51. He stayed with the Roberts family. After the completion of the school year, Hans returned to Germany. He married his wife, Doris, in January, 1956 and they returned to live in Cedar Springs later that year. They remained in Cedar Springs until they moved to Colorado in 1972. He worked in various professions throughout his life, including construction, a machine shop, a business owner, and as a real estate agent. He is survived by his beloved Doris (Colorado Springs, Colorado), wife of 58 years, his son Roy (of Pueblo, Colorado), and daughter Peggy (Karl) Zinser (of Farmington, Michigan). He also had three granddaughters, Ashley, Allison, and Kayla, three great granddaughters, Makayla, Emily, and Madalyn, and one great grandson, Kaleb. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

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JOHN M. CHUPP

Mr. John M. Chupp, age 61 of Cedar Springs, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014. surviving are his children; Atalie Chupp, John (Jennifer) Chupp and Derek Chupp; nine grand children; five great grandchildren; brothers Herb (Heidi) Connor and Mike (Patty) Stoken; relatives and friends. John was an employee of SpartanNash Distributing. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam.

 

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RAYMOND K. STARR

EPSON scanner imageRaymond K. Starr, 55 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at his home. Ray was born May 15, 1959 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Robert and Joyce (Francis) Starr. He worked as a supervisor in the foundry at Eagle Aluminum in Muskegon. He was very close to his brothers and sisters and in his retirement enjoyed being a grandfather. He also enjoyed tractor pulling. Surviving are his wife, Pamela (House); daughter, Sabrina (Jay) Rawson; stepsons, Dennis (Carrie) Bazzett, Brandon (Delnay) Elliott; grandchildren, Isis, Starlit, Hannah, Sam, Syrenn; brothers, Rodney (Katherine) Starr, Rusty (Brenda) Starr, Roy (Rebecca) Starr; sisters, Sandra (Edward) Kulak, Pamela (Tom) McNees. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Randy; and sister, Roberta. The family greeted friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Chaplain Eric Coulon officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions 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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Charles W. Mc Mullen

Charles W. Mc Mullen 84 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Metron of Belding. Mr. Mc Mullen was born March 5, 1930 in Marne, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army from 1947-1951 as a welder. He enjoyed woodworking and being involved in the North Kent Senior Center. Surviving are his wife, Ruth; sons, Chuck (Shirley) Mc Mullen, Joe Mc Mullen, Mike Mc Mullen; step children, Karen L. Bansen, David (Cherrie) Patterson, Steven (Teresa) Patterson, Ray Patterson; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha. Visitation and service was held Tuesday, July 8 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Tom Logsdon officiating. Interment Oakwood Cemetery, Lowell. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

 

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DORTHY JEAN PETERS

Dorthy Jean Peters, 92, of Brunswick, Missouri died on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Brunswick Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at the Breshears Memorial Chapel, Brunswick, Missouri, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. Pastors Jonathan Rice and Bill Gamber officiating. Burial will be in the Elliott Grove Cemetery, Brunswick, Missouri. Dorthy was born on June 30, 1922 at Riverside Township, Michigan, the daughter of Merle and Christel Burkett Bell. She was married to Arrow Peters on January 22, 1941 at Laingsburg, Michigan. Arrow survives her at the home. For a total of sixty years Dorthy had taught music in three states including Cedar Springs, Michigan where she taught music to sixty-five students per week in her home. She had supported missions for many years, been active in Childhood Evangelism and had taught Sunday School in several churches. She was a member of the Brunswick Baptist Church. She is also survived by one daughter, Ruth Rice and her husband Herbert of Brunswick, Missouri; one sister, Agnes Rounds of Rockford, Michigan; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials may be made to: The Gideons and may be left at or mailed to: Breshears Memorial Chapel, 207 W. Broadway, Brunswick, MO 65236.

Arrangements by Breshears Memorial Chapel

 

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