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Stanley “Chip” Conrad Gabel of Pierson, MI, age 73, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents Stan and Iva and his sister Sara Dreyer. Chip is survived by his beloved wife Sylvia J. (Grimes); sister, Charlotte Zikan; brother-in-law, Ken (Rose) Dreyer; four daughters, Tina (Mike) Auge, Beth (Bob) Mazur, Becca Lockhart, Marcie (Scott) Duncan; three sons, Martin, Scott (Susie) Misner, Matt (Kelly) Misner; 18 grandkids and 11 great-grandkids. Chip was a tool and die maker for over 35 years and enjoyed spending time in his tool shop listening to Rush while working his mechanical wizardry. He also enjoyed flea markets and auctions with his buddy Ken and time with his favorite dog Sophie. The family would like to thank Spectrum Butterworth Hospital for their care and compassion. The funeral service for Chip was celebrated on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St, Pierson, MI 49339. Pastor Jeff Wallace officiated. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St, Pierson, MI 49339.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford 

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Kurt A. Probst

Kurt A. Probst age 57 of Newaygo, died Monday, May 6, 2019 at his home. Kurt was born February 20, 1962 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Arthur and Carolyn (Brooks) Probst. Kurt was a friend to everyone, hard working, very loyal, giving and honest. Surviving are his wife, Helen; step son, Thomas VanderHyde; step grandchildren, Tianna, Franklin, and Talia VanderHyde; parents, Arthur and Carolyn Probst; brother, Alan (Mercedes) Probst; niece and nephew, Mikayla and Austin; in-laws, Sharon Smith, Ellen Stoner, Leonard (Kay) Stoner. The family will greet friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Interment Idlewild Cemetery, Kent City. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

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LaVern Edward Blocher, age 99 minus 10 days, went to be with his Lord and Savior May 8, 2019 at 5:00 am in Gowen, MI. He was born May 18, 1920 in Kensal, North Dakota. Vern was a farmer when he married Doris Depew of Alto, MI in 1943. After 10 years he became a Driver Salesman for Herrud Meat Company. He loved to garden both flowers and vegetables. He raised his family in Grandville, MI. where he was very active in Grace Bible Church. Retired to White Cloud then Cedar Springs attended Pierson Bible Church. Preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Doris Irene Depew Blocher, twin daughters Lois and Lucille Blocher, grandson Jordon Gitchel, 5 brothers, and one sister, second wife Georgianna Mattson of 5 years. Survived by his children Katherine (John) Plume of Coral, MI., Elizabeth Gitchel of Howard City, MI., LaVern C. (Shelley) Blocher of Pentwater, MI; 13 grandchildren, 48 great-grand children, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by his sister, Betty Craig of Clarksville, MI.; and 2 sister-in-laws, Rhetha Blocher of Marietta, Georgia, and Donna Blocher of Lowell, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews. Service: Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Heckman Funeral Home 225 E. Edgerton St., Howard City, MI. with Pastor Cris Hammer officiating. Interment will be at Reynolds Township Cemetery, Howard City, MI. Visitations: Saturday prior to funeral 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Heckman Funeral Home. Memorials can be given to Gideon’s International (Bibles), or Pierson Bible Church, Pierson, MI.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral 

Home, Howard City

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Martha I. Parker, age 98, of Sand Lake, died Friday, May 3, 2019 at her home. Mrs. Parker was born March 24, 1921 in Courtland Township, MI the daughter of Albert and Grace (Stewart) Becker. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and painting. In years past she picked a half acre raspberry patch and sold eggs in town. She was an avid Detroit Tiger baseball fan, and loved watching and listening to their games. She loved going to the Howard City Senior Center on Fridays to listen to the music and have lunch. Surviving are her children, Gerald Parker, Lucinda (Max) Cole, Joyce Cavner, Reta McKee; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 34 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell in 2007; daughter-in-law, Beverly Parker; sons-in-law, Roger Cavner and Charles McKee; grandson, Kevin Cole; great-grandson, Ryan Doyle; nine brothers and sisters. The family greeted friends Tuesday, May 7 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Howard City Action Center.

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

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Harold “Buck” Middleton passed away peacefully on May 4th, 2019 at the age of 88. Buck enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling and dancing. He was a long-time member of the American Legion post #287 and proudly served in the Korean War. You could find him at the Cedar Springs Big Boy every morning enjoying his waffle with strawberries and whipped cream. Harold was the proud father of Steve Middleton, Jerry (Laurie) Middleton, Mary Jo (Bill) Weidenfeller and Karen (Kevin) Grattan. He was a wonderful grandfather to nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and was also a great brother to Clare (Tudy) Middleton and Keith (Lois) Middleton. He is proceeded in death by his beloved first wife Mary Jane, his second wife June and his son Ron. A memorial visitation will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. followed by a time of sharing of memories of Buck at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street in Rockford. A graveside service with Military Honors will then take place at 3:30 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers the family requests you make a donation to a charity of your choice or if you prefer, have a waffle or a beer in memory of Buck.

Arrangements by Pederson 

Funeral Home, Rockford

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June 30, 1945 – April 5, 2019

A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm in the Mary Queen Apostles Parish Hall in Sand Lake.

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A memorial luncheon will be held in honor of Bonnie who passed away April 15, 2019.

The luncheon will be held at 101 Grand Street, Pierson MI on May 18th. Starts at noon with lunch at 1 pm.


We are never apart. Loving memories keep you alive in our hearts.

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David Sleight, age 78, of Howard City passed away April 25, 2019 at Spectrum Health Butterworth.  He was born July 15, 1940 in Lake City the son of Ralph and Leona (Domer) Sleight. During his working years he worked as a Journeyman/Lineman for Local 876 for many years.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading Patrick McManus books, John Wayne movies, socializing, teaching grand kids card games, sailboats, and talking about politics and religion. He served his country in the US Navy. In 1963 he married Sandra Sleight who survives. Also surviving are; one son Clay Sleight of Big Rapids, one daughter Cally Sleight (David Sleight) of Morley; four grandsons, Levi Sleight and Wyatt (Lela) Berklund of Howard City, Jason Sleight of Montague, Eugene Heiss of Hart; two great-grandsons, Manny and Marshall Sleight; two brothers, John (Diane) Sleight, Bob Sleight; one sister, Loretta Shellenbarger; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Annabelle Sleight, sisters, Marvel Kent and June Meir. There will be a celebration of life on May 4 at the Morley American Legion from Noon till 3 p.m.  

Arrangements entrusted to The Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City 

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Edwin B. Heiss, age 80, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Ed was born August 28, 1938 in Sparta, MI the son of Otto and Ellen (Olli) Heiss. He graduated from Sand Lake High School and served in the U.S. Navy. He loved homemade chili, potato salad, pies, baked bread and deer meat. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his truck and motorcycle, mowing the lawn and spending time on his computer. Ed was caring, kind, loving in his way, faithful, generous, honest, easy to talk to and strong and hard working. He loved his children, family and pets. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis; children, Clifton Heiss, Michelle (Walter) Heller; mother, Ellen Heiss; brothers, Phillip (Winnie) Heiss, Michael (Julie) Heiss; sisters, Kathleen Zersen, Diane Howell, Loretta Goodin; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Jonathan. Visitation and the service was held Thursday, May 2 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Bert Boes officiating. Military honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Private interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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Cecleigh FaithOak Schultze-VerBerg, lovely daughter of Brandon and Megan went to be with YaHuSHuWaH on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at home. Surviving with her parents are brothers and sisters, Ryeleigh Acacia, Mason Cedar, Haileigh Olive, Ashleigh Myrtle, Lezleigh Fir, Creed Cypress, Truleigh Pine, Cirinnity Amillianna (nickname: Ameleigh Juniper). You will always be loved, missed and cherished. YaHuWaH gives and YaHuWah takes way, blessed be the name of YaHuWaH. Private family services were held. A celebration of her life will be held in the summer. 

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

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