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JACK C. AVERILL


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Jack C. Averill age, 86, of Cedar Springs, crossed over into Heaven Sunday, July 29, 2018 at his home. Jack was born November 20, 1931 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of John and Beatrice (Lewitt) Averill. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the Midway from 1950 – 1954. He worked for Kelvinator for 25 years and enjoyed woodworking, music and playing the piano and fishing. He was a very kind and friendly person who loved people and his family. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Mary; children, Jeff Averill, Colleen Connolly, Michelle (Nace) Emmorey; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson; brother, Ray (Pat) Averill; sister, Patricia (Vince) Jeluso. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 grandchildren and 1 sister. Private family services will be held. Interment Coral Cemetery. Military honors by the U.S. Navy and the Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. 

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

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DALE E. MARKHAM


 

Dale E. Markham, age 77, of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s, Grand Rapids. Mr. Markham was born June 25, 1941 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Earl and Thelma (Sipple) Markham. He worked at the Sparta Foundry for 30 years and enjoyed building models and was a train buff. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Kevin Markham, Cynthia Markham, Jamie (Jing) Markham; 3 grandchildren, Amanda (Jeff) Crouch, Nicole Martin, Meeka Markham; brothers, Harry (Evelyn) Markham, Jerry (Judy) Markham; sisters, Vivian Toothman, Linda Mishler. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary in 2007; 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Private family services will be held with interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. 

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

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LARRY GOULD


Larry Gould, 68, of Grand Rapids, died Saturday, July 21, 2018 at his home. Larry was born October 24, 1949 in Greenville, Michigan, the son of John Edward and Marian (Wulff) Gould. He had worked for Earl Phelps Heating and Cooling for 20 years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Larry was on the Sand Lake Police Department for 12 years, an EMT for 15 years and Fire Chief for Sand Lake for 20 years. He was a member of the Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce and volunteered at the car shows and parade and was an avid coin collector. Surviving are his fiancée and loving caretaker, Mary Husar; children, Clinton (Gwen) Gould, Jesse (Kristin) Gould, Paul Gould, Spencer (Jennifer) Gould, Josh (Krystal) Bialik, Matthew (Jennifer) Husar, Joshua (Zorayda) Husar; 15 grandchildren; brothers, John (Martin) Gould, Bill (Donna) Gould, Steve Gould; sister, Sue (Jim) Pike; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren. The family greeted friends Tuesday, July 24 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where the service was held Wednesday, July 25. Pastor Jorge Ballivian officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery, Ensley Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sand Lake Fire Department.

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

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JOANN J. JOHNSON


JoAnn J. Johnson, age 73, of Sand Lake, died Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. JoAnn was born June 29, 1945 in Wexford County, Michigan the daughter of Charles and Lillian (Rosenberry) Cass. She loved her church, The Springs Church in Cedar Springs where she was an active member. She enjoyed her grandkids and great-grandkids and always put others ahead of herself. Surviving are her children, Jackie Lee (Yvette) Johnson, Jr, Christina (Larry) Housler, Douglas (Shari) Johnson, Teresa (Matt) Johnson, Keith (Shawn) Johnson; many grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Don (Jan) Cass, Louis Cass; sister, Ellen Mills. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Jackie Lee Johnson Sr. and brothers, Charles and James Cass. The family greeted friends Tuesday, July 17 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was Wednesday, July 18 at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chris Anton officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Springs Church.

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

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Man takes own life after setting fire to home


 

This pole barn was completely destroyed in a suspicious fire Friday morning, May 18, 2018. Post photo by J. Reed

by Judy Reed

When Paul Schrier visited Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral home last Friday morning, he walked by a man sitting in his vehicle with the window down and gave him a friendly hello. He doesn’t remember if the man responded.

“I may have been the last person to talk to him,” said Schrier.

When he finished his business at the funeral home, Schrier noticed the man was still there in the parking lot as he headed over to Elmwood Cemetery to dig more holes for the Avenue of Flags. About 10 minutes later, Schrier heard a gunshot. When he looked to see what was going on, he saw the flashing lights of police at the funeral home. And then he heard another shot. What Schrier didn’t know was that this was the tragic end of the search for Bruce Bott, the 71-year-old Algoma Township man who had set his house on fire and burned his property earlier that morning, before ending his life in the parking lot of the funeral home.

A fire was set by the homeowner in the basement of this home on Algoma Ave. Post photo by J. Reed.

It started early Friday morning, May 18. According to Algoma Township Fire Chief Troy Guerra, they were toned out at 6:48 a.m. to a structure fire at 12131 Algoma Ave, between 14 and 15 Mile Roads. When they arrived on scene, they found the basement of the home on fire, as well as the pole barn. He said they sent out a second alarm on the pole barn fire to call in more aid. 

Guerra said they didn’t find anyone inside the home.

The fire also spread to a small shed behind the home, which was extinguished. The pole barn was destroyed.

The fire was deemed suspicious, and while firefighters from multiple fire departments battled the blazes, and the Michigan State Police investigated the fire, the Kent County Sheriff Department followed up on information they were given about a contentious divorce, in case the fire was deemed arson. The divorce between Bott and his wife was finalized April 30. So police began to search for Bott.

This shed near the home was also burned in the fire May 18. Post photo by J. Reed.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. the Kent County Sheriff Office received a call from Bliss-Witters & Pike funeral home in the 13000 block of Northland Dr NE. The caller reported a suspicious person who had just arrived at their facility. Dispatchers learned that Bott was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot after dropping off a last will and testament to the funeral home.

The man was still sitting in his vehicle when officers arrived, but as deputies approached, they saw him shoot himself with a handgun. No shots were fired by responding deputies.

Bott was safely transported to Spectrum Butterworth with life threatening injuries. Shortly after 1:00 p.m., he was pronounced dead by medical staff at Spectrum Butterworth.

There were no injuries to the man’s ex-wife, who was not living at the home at the time of the fire.

 

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TONI R. BARNHILL


Toni R. (Felix) Barnhill age 59 of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at her home. She was born November 15, 1958 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Earle and Della (Kloostra) Felix. She was a very loving wife and sister. Toni enjoyed playing games and knitting. She is survived by her husband, Larry Martin Barnhill; children, Tia K. (Curtis) LaCombe, Taylor L. Barnhill; grandchildren, Brant, Laurin, Alexander LaCombe and Diesel Jones; siblings, Mary Felix, Corinne (Lyle) Streeter, Charles (Julie) Wiersma; mother-in-law, Caroline Barnhill; brothers and sisters-in-law, William Barnhill (Levi), Mary (Jim) Reimert, Edward Barnhill and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Karen Puite, Frank Felix and Sally Heald. The family greeted friends Saturday, May 19 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There was no funeral service. Memorial contributions to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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

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JERRY R. MOURER


 

Jerry R. Mourer age 74 of Pierson passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at home. He was born in Rockford, Michigan on March 18, 1944, the son of Clyde and Laura (Phillips) Mourer. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He is survived by his loving companion of 34 years, Corinne Trader; children, Deborah Alonso, Laurie Ickowski, Michael Mourer, Tina Mourer; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bill & Sal Brooms; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Earl, Walter, Melvin and Ruby Mourer. The family met with friends 11 a.m. Monday with the funeral service following at 12 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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

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JOAN E. BEACH


Joan E. Beach age 85 passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Bishop Hills Elder Care, Rockford, Michigan. Mrs. Beach was born July 1, 1932 in Oxford, Michigan the daughter of Pearl and Essel (Peters) Bradley. After graduation from Oxford High School she received her degree from Cleary College, Ypsilanti, MI. She was a member of the Dexter Jaycettes and the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Howell. She lived at Bishop Hills for 12 years and the staff and residents were like family to her. She played the chimes and loved to sing and play the piano. Surviving are her children, Susan (Brad) Binks, Cheryl (Kent) VanTimmeren, Bradley Beach, Tracy (Rod) Misner, Don (Melissa) Beach Jr., Steven Beach; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Daisy) Bradley; sister, Doris (Nick) Samudio; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Bradley and Eileen Bradley; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don in 1989; brothers, Jack Bradley and Billy Bradley. The family greeted friends Monday, April 16th from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a memorial service has taken place at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Ray Lanning officiating. A graveside service was held Tuesday, April 17th 12 noon at Lakeview Cemetery, Howell. Pastor Paula Timm officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Interlochen-Kent County Scholarship, P.O. Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643 or Kids Food Basket, 2055 Oak Industrial Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

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

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WILLARD B. ROWLAND


Willard B. “Will” Rowland age 69 of Grand Rapids, formerly of Cedar Springs passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Harbor Hospice Poppen Residence in Muskegon. He was born in Grand Rapids on February 16, 1949 to Jack and Dorothy (Tompsett) Rowland. He attended Cedar Springs High School (Class of ’67), Ferris State College and Central Michigan University. Will worked in the automotive parts business and later for 12 years at a pharmaceutical company. He was a member of Teamsters Local 406. He is survived by a sister, Kathleen (Brian) Botbyl; brother, Jack (Ellen Bourke) Rowland and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Steven and Duane; sister-in-law, Mary Jean and special friend, Lee Van Stee. The family will meet with friends Saturday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m. at the Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Foundation, Pulmonary Excellence Fund in memo line or online at https://give.spectrumhealth.org/donation. 

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

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RICHARD D. TOMPKINS


Richard D. Tompkins, 65 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Mr. Tompkins was born September 11, 1952 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Richard and Barbara (Knoll) Tompkins. He enjoyed gardening, his tractors, hunting in the U.P., and hanging out with his brothers. He loved his grandkids and was known as grandpa candy. Surviving are his wife, Shirley (Miller); children, Brooke Scott & Marshall Dillon, Brian (Kelly) Tompkins, Bridget (Jeff) Johnson; grandchildren, Elly (Cody), Emma, Etta, Nick, JR, Ainsley, Autumn, Peter, Jase, Zach, Gracie, Abby; mother, Barbara Tompkins; sisters, Cheryl (Alfred) Dines, Nancy (Rocke) Pennington, Susie (Tim) Price; brothers, Jim (Patty) Tompkins, Ray (Yukiko) Tompkins, John (Denise) Tompkins; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and in-laws, Jarvis and Gladys Miller. The family will greet friends Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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

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