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Mark H. Doren


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Mark H. Doren, 97 of Cedar Springs passed away at his earthly home Tuesday, September 20, 2016 and was welcomed into his heavenly home by his bride of 77 years, June (Moul) Doren who went before him on February 8, 2016. Mark was born April 23, 1919 in Kent City, Michigan the son of Charles and Ruth (Carlson) Doren. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a Tech Sergeant in Patton’s 6th Armored Division during WWII. He took part in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp located outside of Wiemer, Germany. Mark started serving the Lord at Alpine Baptist Church and then in 1955 when moving to Cedar Springs he became a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. He drove bus, was Sunday School Superintendent, lead the singing and served on the Church, Camp and Missions Boards. He was an engineer at Sackner Products retiring in 1981. He served Algoma Township for 28 years on the Planning Commission, as a Trustee and as Supervisor. After retirement he enjoyed traveling and time at his cabin in Munising, which he called “God’s Country.” When not up north, he enjoyed sitting at the kitchen table and having coffee with anyone who stopped to visit. Surviving are his children, Sharon (LaVerne) Schut, Dennis Doren, Debra Ergang; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Doren; son-in-law, James (Rose) Hunt; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marie Doren; several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marlyn Hunt; son, Mark N. Doren; brothers, Willard, William and Charles Doren. The family will greet friends Thursday from 4-7 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Friday 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastors Robert P. Smith and Stanley Mohr officiating. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Alpine Township with military honors by the U.S. Army. Memorial contributions may be made to David’s House Ministries, 2375 Banner Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 or the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs.

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

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WALTER KILTS


 

C-obit-KiltsWalter Kilts, 89 of Cedar Springs, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at his home. Walter was born March 2, 1927 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Howard and Emma (Fisk) Kilts. Walter served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army stationed in Darmstead, Germany. On May 18, 1951 he married Dorothy Fries, living in Solon Township for 55 years. Walter then moved to the Cedarfield Community. He worked for 37 years at Michigan Plating and Stamping “The Bumper”. He enjoyed life on the farm with his family and his vegetable and flower gardens. Surviving are his children, Deborah (Duane) Stendel, Terri (Wayne) Fifield, Allen (Barb) Kilts, Rita (Kevin) Dines; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson; several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Jean Wainright; sisters-in-law, Betty Kilts, Lois Kilts, and Marilyn Sidlauskus; brothers-in-law, Donald (Carol) Fries, Alvin (Carol) Fries; many nieces and nephews; special friend, Lucille Middleton. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Dorothy in 2000; brothers, Norman Kilts, LaVern Kilts; sister, Maxine Powell; brothers-in-law, Russell Powell, Jack Wainright, Raymond Fries, Bob Sidlauskus; sister-in-law, Marcia Fries. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Chaplain Dan Pflug officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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RALPH G. GOULD


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Ralph G. Gould, 86, of Rockford, went home to be with his beautiful wife, Julia on Monday, June 13, 2016. Ralph was born September 27, 1929 in Rockford, Michigan, the son of Forrest and Rose (Shumacher) Gould. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He worked in and retired from the Tannery at WWW after 39 years. He enjoyed farming, woodworking, the Detroit Tigers and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports. When she was alive, he enjoyed Julia’s cooking the most. He knew he had to marry her because she was a good cook and he was a good eater. Surviving are his children, Carol (Bob) Mosher, Cheryl (Eugene) Kime, Phillip (Pam) Gould; daughter-in-law, Randi Gould; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia; son, Richard; two grandchildren, Ronda McIntyre, Kevin McIntyre; one brother and three sisters. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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IRVIN L. SMITH


 

20C--obit-SmithFCIrvin L. Smith, 67, of Sand Lake, died Friday, May 13, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. Irvin was born November 8, 1948 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Alvin and Ida (Spencer) Smith. He graduated from Kent City High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. He received a Silver Star and Purple Heart. He enjoyed being a mechanic, restoring tractors, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. When he married Denise in 1998 he took in her children as his own. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody. Surviving are his wife, Denise (Pope); children, Kevin (Connie) Smith, Ann (Aaron) Kindel; stepchildren, Chad (Jeannie) Fisk, Ken (Courtney) Fisk, Sherri (Ron) Potes; grandchildren, Ashley (Jeremiah) Strawderman, Nicole Smith, AJ, Austin and Alivia Kindel, Chase and Archer Fisk; brother, Ike (Joyce) Smith; parents-in-law, Keith (Shirley) Pope; brothers-in-law, Keith (Dixie) Pope, Mark Pope, Bill (Angela) Pope; several nieces and nephews; his baby girl, Stormy. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Carol Lundquist; brother, David Smith. A private family memorial service will be held. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home.

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

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Hometown Hero


 

Kyle J. Cory has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich.

The new officer will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. The lieutenant will attend an officer basic course relating to his or her particular military occupational specialty/job. Afterward, the officer will complete advanced training by attending basic officer leadership courses for career progression purposes.

The ROTC curriculum prepares students with the tools, training and experiences to help cadets succeed as effective leaders in any competitive environment. Army officers serve as leaders, counselors, strategists and motivators, who lead other soldiers in all situations occurring in ever-changing environments. As trained problem-solvers, key influencers and planners, they are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.

Cory is the son of Sally J. Cory of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Daniel J. Cory of Cedar Springs, Mich., and brother of Kallista and Rachael Cory of Grand Rapids, Mich.

He is a 2011 graduate of Forest Hills Eastern High School, Ada, Mich.

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Hometown Hero


 

U.S. Army Pvt. Tyler J. Conaty has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

He is a 2012 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, Cedar Springs, Mich.

 

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LEONARD J. HAGGERTY


6C-obit-haggertyLeonard J. Haggerty, 90, of St. Louis, Michigan, died Saturday, February 6, 2016 at his home. Mr. Haggerty was born May 9, 1925 in Pine Woods, New York, the son of Walter and Edith (Krebser) Haggerty. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II for 30 months. He completed basic training in Macon, Georgia, and then went to the Hawaiian Islands. After the service, Leonard worked at Darrick’s Greenhouse in Cooperstown, New York. In 1947 he left with Victor and Lee Sessions to come to Michigan. He met the love of his life, Charlotte and worked greenhouses in Chicago and Cadillac until he bought his own in Ludington, Michigan. He and Charlotte worked there for 30 years before retiring at age 67. They then moved to Conklin, Michigan near Ravenna. Charlotte passed away in 2009 and Leonard moved to St. Louis, Michigan in 2011.

Surviving are his sisters, Marjory Gregory, Dorothy Duncan, Flora Bennett, Arlene (Jim) Oliver, Marion (William) Royce, Irene Cook; brother, Kenneth (Sandra) Haggerty, all of New York; his adopted boy, Kenneth (Vickie) Sherlock; little helper, Timmy; cat Tiger; many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded by a brother, James Haggerty in 2009.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 13 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Randy Brandon officiating. Private interment in the spring at Solon Township Cemetery.

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

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Virgil H. Tillottson


6C-OBIT-tillottsonVirgil H. Tillottson, 82 passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Mr. Tillottson was born March 4, 1933 the son of Aaron and Myrtle (Baker) Tillottson. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army. He was a lifetime Mason and member of the Cedar Springs and Sparta Lodges. He was a great father and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Cindy (David) Emmorey, Sherry Tillottson, Scott (LuAnn) Tillottson, Shelly (Jeff) Minnick; wife, Darlene; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Violet (Foster) Brown, Vivene Wilson; brother, Verlo (Ruth) Tillottson; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Rocky Tillottson. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-5 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Monday 11:00 am.  Ken Harger officiating. Interment in the spring at Elmwood Cemetery. Military honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard.

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

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THORVAL NIELSEN


 

32C obit nielsenThorval “Bo” Nielsen, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Bo was born September 29, 1933 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Vern and Lillian (Pritchard) Nielsen. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School and attended Davenport College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bo attended the East Nelson United Methodist Church, was a member at the Cedar Springs Historical Society and active at the Museum, the Cedar Springs American Legion, and a lifetime member and very active in the Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club. He was a lifetime builder in the Cedar Springs area, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved his family and spending time with his sons. Surviving are his wife, Sharon (Buchholz) whom he married on December 6, 1958; sons, Brian (Deborah), Alan (Rhonda); grandchildren, Ryan (Molly), Lauren (Will) Buttars; great grandchildren, Kendall and Mason; brothers, JC, Walter (Helen), Ivan (Phyllis), Eugene (Shirley); sisters, Nina Middleton, Karen (Leonard) Deyman; in-laws, Otto (Marion) Buchholz, Alvin (Patricia) Buchholz, Joyce (Richard) Johnson, Lois Garvey; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; one sister; and one brother-in-law. The family greeted friends Tuesday, August 11 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday 11:00 am. Pastor Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment with military honors at East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033.

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

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Jerry Boyd Hall


 

Jerry Boyd Hall, 87 of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Jerry was born September 3, 1927 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Herbert and Gladys (Beugnot) Hall. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-54. His life was summed up by his family on Father’s Day as their mentor, teacher, consultant, doctor, best friend, dad and granddad. He will be greatly missed. Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Elsa; children, Celeste (Scott) Schut, Janice (James) Baker; grandchildren, Angel (Calvin) Brink, Don (Dana) Whidden, Jerrod Roberts, Jenna (Jason) Caniff, Anna (Robert) Cavasos, Cassandra Navarre; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Jay (Judy) Hall; many nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers, Bud Proudfit, Judy Bussema, Jack Hall and Gene Hall. A graveside service will be held Saturday 1:00 pm at Solon Township Cemetery. Pastor Larry Young officiating.

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

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