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CARL R. STRAUB


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Carl R. Straub, 72, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at his home. Carl was born April 28, 1944 in Granada, Mississippi, the son of Herman and Marjorie (Egner) Straub. He graduated from Union High School in 1962. He then joined the Air Force serving from 1963-69. He settled in Cedar Springs in 1977 near the Egner Family Farm. Carl was a simple, stubborn man. He enjoyed his cars, guns, Gunsmoke reruns and spending time with his grandkids. He was one of a kind! Surviving are his wife, Marjorie (Race) whom he married on Feb. 27, 1965; sons, Carl Straub & Brynadette Powell, Richard & Carolyn Straub; grandchildren, Adrianna, Brooklyn, Caroline and Blake; brothers, William & Lenora Nawara, John Nawara; sister, JoAnne & Brian Ellis; brothers-in-law, Gordon & Shirley Race, Kenneth & Yvonne Race; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday 11:00 am at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Private interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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

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Jerry L. Elder


 

20C--Obit-ElderBWJerry L. Elder, 72, of Newaygo, died Monday, May 16, 2016 at Metro Health Hospital. Jerry was born May 7, 1944 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Cecil and Virginia (Hanna) Elder. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He owned and operated Elder Forest Products since 1981. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his work at the sawmill and most importantly the numerous family gatherings with his children and grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Darlene (Wert); children, Chad (Melody) Elder, Tammy (Brian) Hills, Gerry Aley; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; mother, Virginia Fisher; sister, Judy (Dan) Sturgeon; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Maurice Dean; brothers, Jack and Ralph. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 2:00 pm. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment with military honors at Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Metro Health Hospital or the Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home.

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

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IRVIN L. SMITH


 

20C--obit-SmithFCIrvin L. Smith, 67, of Sand Lake, died Friday, May 13, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. Irvin was born November 8, 1948 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Alvin and Ida (Spencer) Smith. He graduated from Kent City High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. He received a Silver Star and Purple Heart. He enjoyed being a mechanic, restoring tractors, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. When he married Denise in 1998 he took in her children as his own. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody. Surviving are his wife, Denise (Pope); children, Kevin (Connie) Smith, Ann (Aaron) Kindel; stepchildren, Chad (Jeannie) Fisk, Ken (Courtney) Fisk, Sherri (Ron) Potes; grandchildren, Ashley (Jeremiah) Strawderman, Nicole Smith, AJ, Austin and Alivia Kindel, Chase and Archer Fisk; brother, Ike (Joyce) Smith; parents-in-law, Keith (Shirley) Pope; brothers-in-law, Keith (Dixie) Pope, Mark Pope, Bill (Angela) Pope; several nieces and nephews; his baby girl, Stormy. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Carol Lundquist; brother, David Smith. A private family memorial service will be held. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home.

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

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DAVID D. HILTZ


C-Obit-HiltzDavid D. Hiltz, 57, of Cedar Springs, died Friday, April 29, 2016 at his sister’s home. David was born October 23, 1958 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Daniel and Geraldine (Wildey) Hiltz. He had worked at Target Construction. He enjoyed fishing and playing the guitar and said he enjoyed his life and had no regrets. Surviving are a son, Josh Spurrier (Hiltz); mother, Geraldine Byars; brothers, Dan Hiltz, Paul Hiltz; sisters, Jean (Sam) Yon, Joyce (Jerry) Seevers, Doreen (Adam) Church; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 pm at the Seevers Residence, 16530 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. Chaplain Daniel Pflug officiating.

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

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TODD HILL


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Todd Michael Hill, 54 of White Cloud passed away peacefully, Thursday, April 14, 2016 in his sleep in the arms of his loving wife, Thelma Hill from cancer. Todd was born August 29, 1961 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Terry and Sally (McCoy) Hill. He was raised in Cedar Springs and spent the last 12 years in White Cloud. Todd was a very loving Papa who loved his grandchildren. He coached his granddaughter Mackenzie’s Pee-Wee baseball team from 2010-12. Todd is survived by his wife, Thelma; children, Rodney, Frances (Rook), Paula (Bobby), Bowzer, (Julia); granddaughters, Rhea, Neisha, Rosie, Jamie, Buffy, Mackenzie, Cadence, Krista and Madison; grandsons, William, Alex, Dustin, Rookie, Paul (P.J.), Shawn; great grandson, Adam (A.J.); father, Terry (Karen) Hill; mother, Sally (Don) Groters; sisters, Terri (Tom) Venman, Traci (Carlos) Beals; brother, Charlie Hill; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Longtime friends, Dan Robinson, Joe (Lisa) Magnan, Amber, Joan Defreese and many other friends from Cascade Engineering, Royal Plastics and Emerald Graphics. The family greeted friends Monday, April 18 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Tuesday 2:00 pm. Marj Timmerman officiating. Interment Amble Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lemmen-Holton Cancer Research, 145 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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ROBIN H. HOEKSTRA


 

 

C-obit-hoekstraRobin H. Hoekstra, 60, of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday April 13, 2016. Robin was born November 17, 1955 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Vonna Darin (Ryder) and the late Angelo Darin. Robin was preceded in death by her son, Anthony Fortier on March 19, 1997. Robin is survived by her mother; siblings, Catherine, Angelo, Joseph, Guiliana, Christopher, Antonio, Eugene; her children, Marc (Tracy), Daniel (Sarah), Michelle (Terry), Patrick (Jennifer), Gabrielle (Gage), and Andrew; grandchildren, Austin J., Austin M., Hannah, Emma, Caleb, Ayla, Anthony, Mason, Cooper, Ava, and Landon; many nieces and nephews. Robin’s greatest joy came from raising her children and spending time with her grandchildren. People who had the privilege of knowing Robin remember her for bringing the best out of people and the willingness to go that extra mile for anyone in need. The family greeted friends Monday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where a celebration of life was held Tuesday 11:00 am. Visitation began Tuesday 10:00 am. Rev. Ben Vaught officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids. The family asks in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Robin Hoekstra Gofundme.com account in order to support funeral costs and to support her youngest son Andrew Fortier.

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

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Donald L. Kelley


12C-obit-kelleyDonald L. Kelley, 89, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mr. Kelley was born September 30, 1926 in Laura, Illinois, the son of Henry and Estelle (Emerson) Kelley. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and retired from the Army in 1968 after 23 ½ years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #50 and the Kent City American Legion. He was an avid golfer and fisherman and always enjoyed a beer with the boys. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Caroline; son, Roger of Broomfield, Colorado, sister, Lois Kneer of Florida. He was preceded in death by two sons, Kelvin and Patrick; stepson, Paul Curry; brother, Lester; sisters, Margaret and Myrna. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

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

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EDITH E. TISDEL


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Edith E. Tisdel, 99, of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Porter Hills. Mrs. Tisdel was born May 7, 1916 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Lavern and Muriel (Lincoln) Hatch. She had been a member of the East Nelson United Methodist Church, the Spencer Mills Ladies Aid and a lifetime member of the Eastern Stars. She enjoyed making cakes for all family events, homemade bread and scubbies and going to the lake in the summer. Surviving are her daughters, Shirley (Jerry) Cadaret, Sharon (Don) Hopwood; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. Wayne Tisdel in 1999; brother, Matthew Hatch and a great grandson. The family greeted friends Friday, March 18 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Saturday at 2:00 pm. Pastors Herb VanderBilt and Chuck Smith officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to East Nelson United Methodist Church.

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

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ROGER WILLIS TOWNS


 

Roger Willis Towns, 71, of Grand Rapids, died March 1, 2016. Roger was born June 13, 1944 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was an Army Vietnam Veteran. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and car races. Surviving are his sons, Brian Towns and Matthew Huizenga; siblings, Janet (Craig) Blossom, Mary (Don) Charron, Paul (Sarah) Towns, Patsy (Ed) Pierson and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Inez Towns; sister, Judy Robinson and brother, Tommy Towns. Cremation has taken place. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery at a later date.

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

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Roger Willis Towns


Roger Willis Towns, 71 of Grand Rapids died March 1, 2016. Roger was born June 13, 1944 in Grand Rapids. He was an Army Vietnam Veteran. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and car races. Surviving are his sons, Brian Towns and Matthew Huizenga; siblings, Janet (Craig) Blossom, Mary (Don) Charron, Paul (Sarah) Towns, Patsy (Ed) Pierson and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Inez Towns; sister, Judy Robinson and brother, Tommy Towns. Cremation has taken place. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery at a later date.

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

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