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MARGARET G. ELDRED

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c-obit-eldred-2Margaret G. Eldred 98 of Cedar Springs, passed safely into Jesus’ arms Monday, December 26, 2016 at Metro Health Hospital. Mrs. Eldred was born March 19, 1918 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Howard and Muriel (Ferguson) French. During her life she had enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, ice fishing, gardening, mushroom hunting and agate picking. She was a lifelong member of the Free Methodist Church and was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. Surviving are her daughters, Tanya Eldred and Terri Matz; grandchildren and the light of her life, Riley Keith and Lucina Margaret; brother, Merlyn (SangKi) French; sister-in-law, Wilma Eldred; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Patricia Patin and Leah Sims Battle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith in 1997 and a brother, Kenneth French. A private family service will take place at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Pastor Wayne Cash officiating. A memorial service will be announced in the summer. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Indian School or Cedar Christian Academy.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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LARRY O. WOODHULL

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Mr. Larry O. Woodhull, aged 71, a lifelong Cedar Springs area resident, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Larry was born February 13, 1945 in Grand Rapids, the son of Kenneth and Lila (Bowers) Woodhull. He was a 1963 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and attended Solon Center Wesleyan Church. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and worked for many years as a carpenter. Surviving are his brother Gary (Barbara) Woodhull; a niece Ann (Darryl) Stock and a nephew Patrick (Kristin) Woodhull, two grandnieces and two grandnephews. There will be a time of visitation on Thursday, December 22, 2016 starting at 10:00 a.m. with the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford followed immediately with Military Honors. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions to St. Jude Hospital or Solon Center Wesleyan Church would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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FAWN SPIDEL RYAN

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Fawn Spidel Ryan, 55, of Danville, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center from complications of cancer. She was born on August 5, 1961 in Ashland, Ohio to the late Marvin Henry and Patsy Siferd Spidel. Fawn is survived by her husband of 32 years, Marty Ryan. Also surviving is a daughter, Mandy Ryan (Kyle Ayres) of Danville; two brothers, John Spidel (Phoebe) of Ohio and Ted Spidel (Cindy) of Alabama; two sisters, Marva Odren (Keith) of Michigan and Jill Chance (Dave) of Indiana; numerous nieces and nephews, beloved pets: Re-Re, Madeline, Petunia, Beauregard, and a grand-puppy, Penny. Fawn lived her life first for her Lord and secondly for her family and friends. She was known for her generosity and kindness. She had the heart of a lion and would always fight for those she loved. In her young adult life, she spent 4 years in missions. She raised a beautiful daughter. She helped establish a family business and went on to work as an accountant for other firms. Her life and vivacious spirit will be greatly missed. Visitation was Friday, December 9 from 5-8 p.m. at Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home, 331 South 4th St, Danville, Kentucky. Funeral services were Saturday, December 10 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with George Smith and Dave Chance officiating. Burial and graveside service was held Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. at the East Nelson Cemetery, 8601 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, Michigan. Pallbearers will be John Spidel, Ted Spidel, Dave Chance, Keith Odren, Kyle Ayres, and Troy Anderson. Donations in her honor can be made to YWAM Louisville or Heritage Hospice (please include “In memory of Fawn Ryan”). Cards may be sent to: The Ryan Home, 173 Candlewood Dr, Danville, KY 40422.

Arrangements by Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home

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CAROL LEE KIDDER

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Carol Lee Kidder, 78 of Cedar Springs, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016 at her home. Mrs. Kidder was born January 13, 1938 in Lansing, Michigan the daughter of Roy and Carol (Lankton) Dudley. She graduated from nursing school in 1958 as a Registered Nurse and worked at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was an avid Michigan State Fan and enjoyed golfing, traveling and trips with friends. Surviving are her children, Sharon (Todd) Freeland, Steven (Lisa) Kidder, Wilma Brown, Clare (Constance) Kidder, Carol (James) McInnis; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard and a sister, Judy Rosenberger. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Monday 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Private interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Avenue, Ada, MI 49301.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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KEVIN C. QUIST

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Kevin C. Quist 56 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, December 5, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Kevin was born April 5, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Chester and Dorothy (Fryling) Quist. He had worked for Amway Corp. since 1994 as a fabricator and welder. He enjoyed being an artist welder as a hobby. Surviving are his wife, Kimberly, whom he married on August 7, 1982; children, Jason Kohn, Korey Kohn and her fiancé, Philip Borrelli, Kevin M. Quist; parents, Chet and Dorothy Quist; sister, Jackie Mourer; cousins, nieces and nephews. Kevin had many special friends at Amway who have been very good to him during his illness. He recently connected with some friends from high school, and Dave Nester who helped him meet Kim years ago. The family will greet friends and celebrate his life on Saturday, December 10th from 11 – 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St., Cedar Springs with a short memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Wayne Cash officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

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

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Abigail “Abby” Sanderson

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September 2007 – November 27, 2016

Abby lost her life while venturing across the street on 16 Mile Road, between Northland Dr. and White Creek, Sunday morning, November 27, 2016. She was a golden labrador that enjoyed 9 years loving her family Mike, Belinda, and Autumn Sanderson of Cedar Springs, as well as anyone who would pet her. She was a unique soul, that loved to carry your shoes for you and bring you her bowl when she was hungry. She was more than a pet, she was a family member and friend.  Our Abby Girl will be missed every day.

A graveside memorial service was held in her honor.

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Orrin Edward Robinson, Jr.

orrin-robinson-1480070217Orrin Edward Robinson Jr., went home to his Lord and Savior Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the age of 82. Born December 15, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Orrin was the loving son of Mary and Orrin Robinson and the eldest brother of Robert Robinson and Sharon Frederick. On June 1, 1957, Orrin married Rose Cook and they had four children of their own, Cindy, Orrin Jr. “Bud”, Mary, and Cheryl. He started work at the Kent County Road Commission, 30-plus years in over the road trucking where he formally retired in 1991. During retirement he drove school bus for Cedar Springs and then to Algoma Christian. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Orrin loved meeting at Big Boy Restaurant every Wednesday morning with his nephew Eddie Cook and longtime friend Allen Beach. He loved to watch old western and war movies and NASCAR. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary (Sadowskas) and father Orrin Robinson. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Rose Marie (Cook) Robinson; his children, Cindy and Ken Vander Jagt, Orrin Jr. “Bud” and Melissa Robinson, Mary and Bill Blanchard, and Cheryl and Ron Karger; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert (Judy) Robinson; his sister, Sharon (Rick) Frederick; and his nieces and nephews. There will be a time of visitation with the family from 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. Funeral services for Orrin will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, 233 S Main, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. There will be a time of visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. James Howard and Rev. Robert Smith will be officiating. Private Burial will take place afterward in Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs. Memorial Contributions may be given to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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Jane Elizabeth Thomas

c-obit-thomasJane Elizabeth (Marsh) Thomas, 81, of Bass Lake, Gowen, passed away quietly on November 17, 2016, in her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Sylvia Mae Robinson and Walter Munson Cole; her husband of 32 years, Alvin Thomas; her beloved son, Thomas Marsh; her brothers, Waldo (Buddy) Cole, James (Pen) Cole and Robert (Pleck) Cole and her twin sister, Joanne Hysell.  She is survived by her six daughters, Vicki (Chris) Nelson, Bobbi (Doug) Bittenbender, Sandy (Steve) Pike, Linda Miller, Kimberly Brown, and Sara Ortiz; her 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Susan Walker and Barbara Schondelmayer.  Jane’s daughters wish to convey their sincerest appreciation to the wonderful Care Team from Kindred Hospice for the love and attention shown to their mother in her final days.  A private family memorial service will be held for Jane’s immediate family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jane can be made to Kindred Hospice, 625 Kenmore Ave SE, Suite 115, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49546.  Hurst Funeral Home is serving the family, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

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Jerry Lynn Avery

c-obit-averyJerry Lynn Avery, 77 of Cedar Springs went into the loving arms of his Savior on Thursday, November 17, 2016 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born March 19, 1939 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Donald and Caroline (Townes) Avery. Jerry had a thirty four year career as a police officer, serving in the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and before that, the Cedar Springs Police Department.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, flying, bicycling and time with his grandkids. He was a member of Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church and the Northwest Soaring Club of Frankfort where he served as an instructor.  He was also a member of the Bad Bikers Bicycle Club, where he was known as the “Baddest Biker”. Surviving are his wife, Peggy (Beals) whom he married on November 12, 1957; sons, Mike (Denise) Avery, Tim (Kim) Avery; grandchildren, Sarah (Jordan) Brygal, James (Jessica) Edwards, Andy Avery, Jessica Martin, Jamie Jeffries III, Samantha Avery, Shelby Avery; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Leon (Janet) Avery. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joe (Jean) Avery, David Avery; sister, Madeline (Stan) Piasecki. The family will greet friends Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Monday, Nov. 21 at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. Pastors Bill Johnson and Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or Faith Hospice.

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MYRON L. WALLER

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Myron L. Waller 60 of Cedar Springs died Friday, November 11, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Myron was born March 29, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Donald and Opal (Middleton) Waller. Myron enjoyed all sports, especially baseball. After he became a parapalegic he enjoyed going out to the deck for some sun and giving his grandchildren and other children a ride on his wheelchair. Surviving are his daughter, Brittnie (Robert) Good; grandchildren, Brooklyn, Blake and Michael; mother, Opal Waller; brother, Mark (Julie) Barnhart; sisters, Judy Turner, Gail (Carl) Dunn, Janet (Lloyd) Ingersoll, LuAnn (Jeff) Piatt, Margie (Schmitty) Schmitz, Robin (Steve) Brott; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Kellie Fast. The family would like to thank all of the nurse aides who cared for Myron and became friends. A memorial service will be held at the Cedar Springs American Legion on Friday, November 18 at 11:00 am with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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

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