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DWIGHT C. JAMISON


Dwight C. “Ike” Jamison, age 90, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Ike was born February 15, 1928 in Big Rapids, Michigan the son of Hugh and Nina (Oldfield) Jamison. He attended what was then called Ferris State Institute. At eighteen, Ike enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at the 161st Station Hospital in Japan for five years during the Korean War. Upon his return to the states, he was stationed in New York City where he met and married his bride of 66 years, Josephine “Jo” (Valdez) in 1952. After a year of living in Manhattan, they returned to West Michigan and settled in Cedar Springs where they have resided for 53 years. Ike worked in millwright and retired from General Motors Plant #2 in Grand Rapids where he made many life-long friends and was an active member of the UAW, Region 1D. Lovingly remembering his constant dedication to family and friends are his wife, Jo; brother, Hugh Jamison; children, Archie Jamison, Judson (Kim Vu) Jamison, Carla (Bjorn) Hansen; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews and countless friends. The family will greet friends Thursday, August 9 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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SALLY A. HAYNES


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Sally A. Haynes, age 57, of Cedar Springs, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Sally was born September 12, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Winston and Shirley (Smith) Boehm. She had managed the Family Dollar in Cedar Springs for 15 years. She loved her grandkids and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed camping, gardening and landscaping. Surviving are her husband, Chuck; children, Nathan (Lynette) Wolfe, Jessica (Johnny) Castellanos, April (Aaron) DeGraaf, Michael (Crystal) Haynes, Katie Haynes; grandchildren, Anthony, Jonathon, Ali, Carter, Brynn, Adalyn, Ezra; father, Winston Boehm; sisters, Debbie (Allan) Lehman, Tina (Tom) Tiethoff; brothers, Gene (Gayle) Boehm, Joe (Jill) Boehm, Gil (Denise) Boehm, Tim (Teresa) Boehm; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and a sister, Tammy. The family greeted friends Wednesday, August 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Thursday 2:00 p.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Schools Athletic Boosters or to help with expenses.

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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Memorial Day services 


The Glen Hill American Legion Post #287 Honor Guard as they walked through the Avenue of Flags at Elmwood Cemetery. Post photo by J. Reed.

Blue sky, sunshine, and hot weather welcomed area residents on Monday, May 28, as they gathered in cemeteries and parks for the annual Memorial Day services.

The ceremony at Elmwood Cemetery ended with a 21-gun salute followed by taps. Post photo by J. Reed.

Here in Cedar Springs, the Glen Hill American Legion Post held services at Elmwood Cemetery, where the Avenue of Flags memorialized veterans laid to rest there. There were names at each of the flags along the walkway, and flags on all the veterans graves, dating as far back as the Civil War. The American Legion also held services at Solon Cemetery; East Nelson Cemetery; and at Veterans Memorial Park on Oak Street. Nelson Township resident Col. Tom Noreen was the guest speaker. 

Memorial Day services were also held at Algoma, Sand Lake, Pierson, and Sparta.

The Cedar Springs Historical Society held their annual cemetery walk honoring veterans on Sunday, May 27.

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A way to remember: the Avenue of Flags


The Avenue of Flags lines the road through Elmwood Cemetery, a reminder of many of the veterans that have served over the years. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

It’s a majestic site each Memorial Day—hundreds of flags standing proudly, unfurled in the breeze, against the pale blue of a sun-drenched sky. They line the avenue that winds through Elmwood Cemetery on Northland Drive in Cedar Springs. They are beautiful to look at, but what is the story behind them?

According to Paul Schrier, treasurer at the American Legion Glen Hill Post #287, each flag honors a veteran who is no longer living. The flags are casket-sized, and according to Paul, it began years ago when families would give the Legion the flag they received at their loved one’s burial. They would hold on to it for the family, and then fly it once a year on Memorial Day. 

However, some families want to keep the original flag, so the Legion allows families to just buy a duplicate to fly once a year. The Legion also provides a pole and a plate at the base with the name of the veteran.

One thing many people may not know is that the veteran does not have to be buried in Elmwood Cemetery to have a flag on the avenue. But they do need to be a veteran, have been honorably discharged, and have some connection with Cedar Springs. A duplicate flag costs $50, and can be bought from the American Legion Post.

It’s unknown exactly when the tradition started. Schrier said he’s been organizing it for about the last seven years. However, we came across a story in a 1998 edition of the Post where George Cooley, a veteran now deceased, said at the time he had been doing it for 14 years. At the time, there were 101 flags on the Avenue of Flags.

According to Schrier, there are now 180 flags.

It takes some work ahead of time to get the holes in the cemetery ready for the flags, as well as get any new nameplates made. The American Legion also is always looking for volunteers to help put up the flags at 6 a.m. Monday morning, and then take them down again about 4 p.m. in the afternoon. If it is raining, or if rain is forecasted, they will not put them out since they are cotton, and will instead hold services in the American Legion hall.

So what does Schrier want people to feel as they walk through the Avenue of Flags? “It’s pretty impressive. I hope they remember the veterans that have served over the years,” he said.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help, or would like to buy a flag for a future year, contact Paul at the American Legion Post at 696-9160.

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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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NANCY J. SEE


Nancy J. See age 76 of Rockford, died Saturday, February 24, 2018 at her home. Nancy was born July 3, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Earl and Jessie (Irwin) Tyler. She was a member of the 40 et 8 and the Cedar Springs American Legion Auxiliary where she ran the bingo for 20 years. She had a great sense of humor and loved living on the lake. She was a former Sunday School Teacher and loved Jesus, her family and her friends. Nancy was always there to help others and anyone in need. Surviving are her husband, James; children, Debi (Garrett) Hanson, Dawn (Edward) Smith, David Smith, Patrick (Kathy) See, Gerald See, Eric See; grandchildren, Nicole Miller, Jessica Krueger, Breanna Smith, Brayden Smith, Christa See, Kristen See, James See; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Delores (George) Peterson; special cousin, June Force. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandchildren, Brendan Smith and Katie Grace Smith; sisters, Earlene Hinzman and Jackie Pena. 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 11:00 am. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs American Legion Auxiliary.

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

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BARBARA JEAN ROWLAND


 

Barbara Jean Rowland age 88 of Cedar Springs died Monday, February 5, 2018 at her home. Barbara was born November 7, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Rodney and Ruth (Fry) Colby. As a mother raising her kids, she always attended the functions they were part of. In 1982 she opened along with her husband and two children Rowland Warehouse in Cedar Springs and the Public Warehouse in Greenville. She was a longtime member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church and her greatest love was singing in the church choir. She was always busy and enjoyed many activities with her friends. As she lost her sight in past years many of those friends picked her up for choir and to take her to dinner. Surviving are her children Douglas (Sherry) Rowland, Laurie Rowland, Jeffrey Rowland, Jim Rowland and Jodi DeRuiter; grandchildren, Robert Harwood Jr. and Anne Harwood, Libby (Scott) Zeeb, Chad Rowland, Andrew Rowland; great-grandchildren, Bobby Harwood, Jameson Zeeb, Darcy Zeeb. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Rex in 2008; daughter Marcia. The family will greet friends Thursday, February 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church.

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

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BRISON CHRISTOPHER RICKER


Brison Christopher Ricker of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 16, passed away on the morning of Saturday, December 23, 2017, after a brave & courageous battle with DIPG brain cancer. He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home, and rests now, comfortably in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born on January 4, 2001, Brison grew up in Cedar Springs and attended Cedar Springs High School. He was outgoing and driven by his faith in everything he did—always striving for greatness. Brison raced motocross, and played soccer and basketball. He loved watching sports too. Brison had a great sense of humor and a kind heart to match. He was an incredible and loving son, wonderful brother and best friend, grandson and teammate, and was loved by so many. Brison leaves behind his parents Brian and Kimberly (Morris) Ricker; brother Preston Ricker; grandparents Kathryn (Gary Burger) Ricker, Joe (Gail) Ricker; Mark Sheldon; uncle Mark Ricker; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Deb Sheldon. The funeral service for Brison will be celebrated by Pastors Julian Newman and Dawn Damon at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Resurrection Life Church, 3233 10 Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Relatives and friends may call on the family during a time of visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the church. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Brison’s family to assist them with funeral expenses. Brison will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Ruth L. McMullen


Ruth L. McMullen 87 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Ruth was born July 17, 1930 in Elmhurst, IL the daughter of Clarence and Olga (Gorling) Yeaw. She was active at the Cedar Springs Senior Center for many years and enjoyed playing cards, games, bingo and puzzles. Surviving are her children, Karen Bansen, David (Sherry) Patterson, Steven (Theresa) Patterson, Ray (Van) Patterson; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth (Louis) Hartesvelt, Marian Yeaw. The service was on Wednesday, November 15 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Scott Sloan officiated. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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