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OTTO J. FORD


C-obit-Ford-webOtto J. Ford 91, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Lincoln Square Assisted Living, Grand Rapids. Otto was born May 18, 1923 in Quincy, Michigan, the son of Cecil and Luella (Newberry) Ford. He served in the U.S. Army, in the Pacific Theater, during World War II and was a member of the Cedar Springs American Legion. Following the war he came back to Cedar Springs and worked in his father’s gas station on Main Street. He also had been an auto mechanic for Jack Hough Ford and later worked on the grounds crew at the Grand Rapids Golf Club. Surviving are his wife, Winifred, whom he married on August 14, 1971; stepsons, Dean and Deb Parker, Dale and Jeny Ransom; grandchildren, Amy Ransom and Dana Aspinall, Jason and Cyndi Parker, Rick and Rene` Martin, Julie and Bob Robinson, Jeremy and Haley Parker; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Greta Ackerly; sister-in-law, Inez Ford; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd and sister, Marjorie. The family will greet friends Friday, October 17 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 2:00 pm at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Kent City. Pastor Leonard Dahlgren officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Mamrelund Lutheran Food Pantry.

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

 

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Fire starts in cemetery


Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Firefighters were called to Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs about 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, on a grass fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a pile of grass clippings smoking toward the back of the cemetery.

Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser said it might have been started by fireworks. Several remnants of fireworks, including an unused match, were littered across the area.

The Fire department had the fire out within minutes of arrival.

 

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High winds take down 100-year-old tree


Post photo by J. Reed.

 

Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

 

High winds blew down a towering Norwegian Spruce in Elmwood Cemetery Monday afternoon.

Al Kensil, Assistant DPW Superintendent for Cedar Springs, was doing some work in the cemetery about 200 feet away from the tree, when he heard a loud CRACK! “I looked up just as it was hitting the ground,” he said.

The tree, which was estimated at 100-feet tall, was 109 years old, according to the rings. That means it would have been planted about 1903. “It was one of the bigger trees in the cemetery,” said Kensil. There are several other towering trees nearby.

The tree was located toward the front, on the south side of the cemetery. And while it fell on some tombstones, Kensil said none were damaged. “We might need a little restoration to the ground,” he said.

The trunk of the tree was 5-feet across, but was rotted in the middle. “It looked healthy, but the first 10-feet up was rotted,” explained Kensil. “With 35 mph winds, there was a lot of force.”

The DPW had the tree cleaned up within 24 hours.

The land for Elmwood Cemetery was purchased in 1871.

 

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