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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

www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Thank You

We extend our deepest appreciation to those of you who knew Russ Durst and shared in our sorrow after his recent passing. It became obvious to us that he was a well known and well liked man about Cedar Springs. We enjoyed hearing your many stories and fond memories. We appreciate each of you and the impact you had on his life. Thank you.

Sincerely,

The Russell Durst Family

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Final Greetings

C-East-NelsonPastor Herb VanderBilt 

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs MI 49319

“Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, and live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.  Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints send their greetings. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

This year I could not wait to see the new Star Wars movie and when I got to see it, it was great. One of greetings that is attributed to the Star Wars series is the phrase “may the force be with you,” although I am not sure that it is ever used exactly that way in the movie. In any case, it is an appropriate greeting even in the church, provided we edit out the secular word force and insert the Holy Spirit. In the movie, this greeting serves to provide hope to people (and aliens) who are struggling against an evil force committed to destroying all the “good” people.  One of the problems is that it is not always easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys. In the movie, the force can be used for good or it can be used for evil; in fact, one of the characters representing the dark force was originally using the force for good. What both the Jedi knights and the apostle Paul knew was that the force for evil is very powerful and that we always need to be on our guard.

The apostle Paul is writing to a church that has struggled with a lot of issues and in his last address to them challenges them to a higher power, to continue the fight, and to stay in fellowship with one another. This may seem to also be an appropriate message as we leave 2015 and go forward into 2016. May God’s force be with us all.

 

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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’t be afraid 

Grace-ChurchPastor Kevin Reed

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford

www.gracerockford.com

 

by Kevin Reed

No matter how many times it happens to me, I am still taken by surprise when it happens. How many times do we open our Bibles to read the word of God that was written years ago, and have a specific verse jump off the page like it was the very word that God was speaking to us today! Isaiah 41:10 is one of those verses for me. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Let’s face it, there is a lot to be scared about.  We live in a world  where violence seems to be the order of the day and common sense seems to no longer be so common.  For the 21st century Christian it is very easy to become bogged down with fear. As a matter of fact many of the ways I see some Believers responding to and interacting with the world today is purely a result of fear. But it should not be this way!

Fear actually has no place in the life of the believer. We may not know the outcome of tomorrow but we know the One who does.  We may not have the strength to make it through the day, but we have a promise from the One who does. For the Christian there is absolutely nothing in this world to fear because we have been promised the presence of the Almighty to be with us through whatever this world throws our way. And the last time I checked, when He speaks all of creation listens!

So, do not fear, the God who holds all things in His hands is with  you, and He has promised to be right by your side giving you everything that you need!

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GEORGE W. HANKINS

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In loving memory of George W. Hankins

Who went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 9, 2015

We love and miss you

Love: Rosalie, his wife;

Daughters, Deb and Scott Zuidema & Vickie and John Totten

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BLANCHE NAFFZIGER

 

In memory of Blanche Naffziger who passed away January 7, 1999, 17 years ago.

A heart of gold stopped beating, two shinning eyes at rest.

God broke our hearts to prove He only takes the best.

God knows you had to leave us, but you did not go alone,

For part of us went with you, the day He took you home.

Sadly missed by: 

Children and Grandchildren

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