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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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Edward A. Hordyk

C-OBIT-HordykEdward A. Hordyk, 80 of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Clark Retirement Community. Ed was born October 18, 1935 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Peter and Bernice (Glass) Hordyk. He enjoyed flying, boating, water skiing and raising cattle. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of  the Saladin Temple of Grand Rapids, Forest Hills Presbyterian Church and the National Guard. Ed had a successful career in the sale of poultry equipment both in the United States and internationally. Surviving are his wife, Carol (Clark) whom he married on June 23, 1967; daughters, Jennifer (Brett) Terpstra, Susie Poliski, Kathy (Sam) Vriezema, Debbie (Claire) Larson; grandchildren, Tristan, Ethan, Alyssa, Stephan, Karlee, Brendan, Erin, Reagan, Rylee; brothers, David (Katherine) Hordyk, Roger (DeeAnn) Hordyk; sister, Elaine (C. Wesley) Stafford; many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Wednesday 11:00 am at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, 7495 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids. The family will greet friends at 10:00 am. Pastor James Pollard officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607 or the Kent County Youth Fair, 2255 Hudson St, Lowell, MI 49331.

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

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Cynthia M. Lewis

C-OBIT-LewisCynthia M. Lewis, 54 of Howard City passed away Thursday, December 17, 2015. Cynthia was born August 1, 1961 in Eagle Lake, TX the daughter of John and Emily (Drymalla) Waddell. She was born and raised in Texas and had a great voice and had travelled around singing. She was very kind hearted, generous and giving. She enjoyed gardening and her flowers. She lived for her family and adored her grandchildren. Surviving are her fiance, John Rhines; children, Jacquelyn Sandoval, Jana (Dennis) Lovell, Robert Wesley (Nicole) Lewis, Nora (Gary) Jacobson, Raymond (Cassie) Lewis, James (Kelsey) Lewis, Jessica Lewis and fiance, Nolan Rau; stepchildren, Alicia, Angie, Sonya, Darcy and Brandon; several grandchildren; mother, Emily Waddell; brother, Larry Waddell; many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Lewis, brother, Daniel Waddell and father, John Waddell. The family greeted friends Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday. Pastor Chad Wight officiating.  Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses.

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

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BEULAH ANN SCOTT

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Mrs. Beulah Ann Scott of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 86, passed away Friday, December 11, 2015. Beulah was born to Fredrick and Edith (Smith) Hunt on Thursday, October 31, 1929, in Brutus, Michigan. Beulah volunteered at North Kent Service Center and the Gleaners. She was a lifetime member of the Rockford VFW Post, Ladies Auxiliary. Beulah also was a member of TOPS for many years. She was very good at making boiled dinners and macaroni & cheese with 3 different cheeses. Beulah also enjoyed gardening and canning the harvest of her hard work. She was known to make the best zucchini bars with lemon juice. Beulah is survived by her son, Randy Scott; daughter-in-law, Julie Scott; three granddaughters, Tamara (Bobby) Nealy, Marcy (Lee) Crites, Sarah (Daniel) Waddell; grandson, Nathan (Elicia) Scott; three great-grandsons, Jackson Nealy, Conor Waddell, Collin Scott; great-granddaughter, Kendra Scott; two brothers, Fred (Martha) Hunt, Eugene (Lucille) Riggins. She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 50 years, Willis Scott; son, Lynn Scott; two sisters, Grace Allen, Freida Hoffman; brother, Frank Hunt. To celebrate Beulah’s life there will be a memorial luncheon from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the Rockford American Legion, Merritt Lamp Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy can be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home Pedersonfuneralhome.com

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WILLIAM SHEARS

 

William (Bill) Shears, 65 years old, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2015 with the hope of being resurrected to a new life. Surviving are his wife Linda; his children Steve and Brandi Shears, and Isaiah whom he raised for 15 years; grandchildren, Kelsey, Levi, Jake and Angel Shears of Cedar Springs, Justin and Shayla Shears of Kent City; his mother Jane Murray of Fremont; brother Gary Shears, Karen and Bob Gebhart of Colorado; sister-in-law Chris of Cedar Springs. There will be a one hour showing Friday, December 11th at 10:30 am and the funeral service will be at 11:30 am at the Cedar Springs First Baptist Church.

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SGT. BOBBIE SUE CHESBRO

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Sgt. Bobbie Sue Chesbro, 25, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015 in California. Bobbie Sue was born October 1, 1990 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Patrick and Carlien (Brinks) Chesbro. She was currently serving in the U.S. Marines at the Marine Corp. Mountain Training Center in Bridgeport, California. She was a very tender, caring and loving person. Surviving are her parents, Patrick and Carlien Chesbro of Pierson; sister, Bernice (Alan) Ritter; brother, Patrick Chesbro II; nephews, Nickolie and Alister; grandparents, Mildred Chesbro, Carl and Kay Brinks; fiance, Jonathan Fland; many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Chesbro and great-grandma VanderWal. The family will greet friends Thursday, December 10th from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Rick Miller officiating. Interment with full military honors by the U.S. Marines at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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

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TIMOTHY LEE SCOTT SR.

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Timothy Lee Scott Sr. age 49, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Saranac, passed away December 8, 2015. He was born June 28, 1966 in Saranac. Tim attended Saranac Public Schools. He worked at CS Manufacturing in Cedar Springs. Tim loved hunting, fishing, animals, and was very gifted at working on cars. Tim is survived by his children, April Hekman of Lowell and Timothy Scott Jr. of Kentucky; mother, Patricia Carigon of Saranac; fiancé, Carrie Johnson of Cedar Springs; siblings, Christina (Tom) Ranky of Grand Rapids, Brenda Leffler (fiancé, Dwayne Kingston) of Texas, Cindy (Dale) Hawkins of Saranac, and Michael Carigon of Saranac; grandchildren, Brayden, Liam, and Angel; many nieces, nephews, friends, and co-workers. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Carigon and grandparents, Clifford & Bessie Scott. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 12th, 11:00 am at Lake Funeral Home in Saranac with Pastor Kenneth Harger officiating. Those wishing may make contributions to the Relay for Life. Online condolences may be made at www.lakefuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by Lake Funeral Home, Saranac

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