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Edward J. Smith, age 89, of Sand Lake passed away at his residence on August 22, 2015.  He was born April 12, 1926 in Lakeview, the son of John and Margaret Smith.  As a teenager, Ed worked for his brother, Francis, at Smitty’s Garage in Lakeview.  He also worked delivering coal in the Lakeview area.  He served his country in the US Army during WWII and was a member of the Sand Lake VFW Post.  After the war he worked for Dohler Jarvis in Grand Rapids and Toledo as a die cast repair man, retiring after 35 years. Ed never lost his love for auto mechanics and was noted in Sand Lake for being able to fix most anything.  He was always willing to help neighbors and the Village of Sand Lake with repairs.  Many children learned how to repair their bicycles from Ed.  Ed loved to fish, hunt and camp. He enjoyed riding motorcycle and fast cars. He also loved to restore old cars and tractors.  Ed and his wife Laura could often be found sitting on the swing in their front yard.  In his senior years Ed rarely missed Friday music at the Howard City Senior Center. Surviving are his wife Laura; children, Dan (Jane) Smith of Pierson, Margaret Merritt of Sand Lake, Sandra (Harold) McConnell of Sparta, Edward (Karin) Jr. Smith of Ohio, Randy (Roxie) Smith of Texas, John (Cheryl) Smith of Sand Lake, Lori (Scott) Wesche of Howard City; 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; one sister Dorothy Briggs of Muskegon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Francis and Ray Smith and one sister Charlotte Rogalewski. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, August 29th at 11 am at the Heckman Funeral Home in Howard City with burial in the Pierson Cemetery, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Howard City VFW Post.  The family will greet friends on Friday, August 28th  from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and prior to services on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Howard City Senior Center, 132 E. Edgerton, PO Box 399, Howard City, MI 49329  Attention Delores Becker.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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Bonnie Miller, age 74, of Howard City passed away April 21, 2015 at her residence.  She was born February 6, 1941 in St. Johns the daughter of George and Bonnie (Ward) Comer.  During her working years she worked as a Avon Rep for many years.  She also worked at the Dime Store and Red Flannel Factory in Cedar Springs.  She enjoyed computer games, gardening, sewing and going to the casino.  In 1973 she married James who survives.  Also surviving are four children, Norman(Katie) Miller of Orleans, Tammy (Al) Haskins of Howard City, Melissa Eerdmans of Belding, Helene (Louis) Hall of Cedar Springs;  15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Brenda.  Private family services will take place at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City  

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C-obit-WroblewskiLambert George Wroblewski, known to all that loved him as “Bud,” loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather left us peacefully to go Home, on Monday, October 6, 2014, at home with family present. He left many fond memories, but the most memorable are the memories of him walking his dogs, working diligently in the garage, camping, playing cards and sharing his views on politics and world topics, but most of all, spending time with his family and dear friends. He served his country proudly in the Navy as a machinist mate during WWII and left with honorable discharge after his service was complete. He then served as a Detroit police officer from 1949 to 1974. He was privileged to be a motorcycle police escort for Presidents Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. He completed his service in Detroit, moved to the Newaygo area with his family, and continued to serve as a Newaygo County Sheriff Deputy, then finally retired. In his retirement he enjoyed his time as a Michigan State Park host.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jacqueline; son Daniel (Stephanie) and granddaughter Danielle (fiancé Ross); son Eric (Karen) and granddaughter, Valorie and great-granddaughter Emily, grandson, Benjamin, grandson Matthew (Tiffany) and great-granddaughter Cloe, great-grandson sEthan, Declan and Tadhg; grandson Matthew; daughter Jackie (Mike) and grand- daughter Yvonne, great-grandson Gabriel, grandson Dean (Alicia), great-grandson Evan and great-granddaughter Ripley, grand-daughter Joy (Channing) and great-granddaughter Veada; son Adam (Sonja) and granddaughter Amber, grandsons Joseph and Aaron.  Memorial services will take place at 11:00 am on Friday at Christ the King Catholic church with Father James Wyse presiding.  Visitation will take place on Friday from 10 am until time of services at 11 am. In lieu of flowers memorials to: MICOPS.org or Sophia’s House, Mercy Health Grand Rapids.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City


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