Mr. Joseph Paul DeMink of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 67, passed away on Saturday,
February 27, 2016. He was born to Kenneth and Ruth (Helmer) DeMink on November 18, 1948, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a truehearted countryman, Joe proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War– he was awarded the Purple Heart decoration. He was also a longtime member of the Cedar Springs American Legion – Glen Hill Post 287. Joe was also a great Michigan outdoorsman. He loved to go hunting and fishing, especially duck hunting. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, and dear brother and friend. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. Joe is survived by his sons, Jason (Michelle) DeMink, Kevin DeMink, Brett (Gina) DeMink; six grandchildren; siblings, Bob (Marie) DeMink of Vicksburg, MI, Terry Beeman of Portage, Michigan, Jill (Ken) Weyenberg of Vicksburg, Michigan, and Mike (Jan) DeMink of Comstock, Michigan; special friends, Mike Gates and Gary and Val Dowe; and numerous nieces, nephews, dear friends, and other beloved members of the DeMink and Thornton families. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife of forty-one years, Judith DeMink on October 7, 2011. There will be a time of visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Joe will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Pastor Bruce Wilson will be officiating. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United States Marine Corps, full military honors will be conducted. Joe will be laid to rest next to his dearest wife Judith in East Nelson Township Cemetery.
Pederson Funeral Home