web analytics

Tag Archive | "u.s. army"

THOMAS P. BEARSS


C-obit-BearssThomas P. Bearss, 67 of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 13, 2014 at his home. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Tom was born May 6, 1946 in Grayling, Michigan the son Henry and Lyndall (Yeager) Bearss. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1964, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was a Kent County Sheriff Deputy for 28 years retiring in 1995. He was a member of Rockford Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn (Loveless); children, Ginger (Bearss) Schaefer, Eric (Angela) Bearss; grandchildren, Mya, Rylan, Aubrey and Isaac; sister, Lois Goodell. The family will greet friends Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 am until time of memorial service at 11:00 am at Rockford Baptist Church, 221 Courtland St., Rockford. Pastor Larry D. Rowland officiating. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. Interment in the spring at Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rockford Baptist Church.

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

Posted in ObituaryComments Off

LEROY J. MOSHER


Leroy J. Mosher, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mr. Mosher was born February 23, 1932 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the son of Delbert and Myrtle (Carr) Mosher. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War and had worked for the Kent County Road Commission for 38 years. He loved going to garage sales. Surviving are his wife, Velda (Kruger); children, Cheryl Frost, Cherry (Dennis) Verburg, Jay Mosher; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Edna Kimble. He was preceded in death by his son, Rick. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 22 at 11:00 am at Bethel Lutheran Church, Howard City. Pastor Steven Frentz officiating. Private family interment in North Ensley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church or Metron of Cedar Springs.

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

 

Posted in ObituaryComments Off

Hometown Hero


Sgt. Sean Thomas Mather, son of Jeff and Sandy Mather, will be returning home to Cedar Springs for a four week post-deployment leave mid-September.

Sean is a 2002 graduate of Cedar Spring High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 2005 and selected the Cavalry Scout as his military occupational specialty. He was deployed to Iraq in April 2006 where he was stationed at various forward operating bases south of Baghdad. His squadron was responsible for collecting information about the enemy for the brigade commanders. He conducted regular missions to identify insurgent activities, particularly those associated with enemy placement of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).  During his first tour in Iraq, Sean was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service, and for valorous actions in direct contact with an enemy force. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in an IED attack during a mission near Baghdad, where his squadron was attacked, killing one of his fellow soldiers and wounding several others.

Sgt. Sean THomas Mather

Sgt. Sean THomas Mather

In September 2008 Sean began a second deployment to Iraq where he conducted patrols and assisted in the training of Iraqi soldiers in preparation for the withdrawal of U.S. forces. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January of this year. Sean recently returned to Fort Carson, Colorado where he is enjoying spending time with his girlfriend Stephanie and is looking forward to an Elk hunting trip in Colorado. A hunting group on stickbow.com called “Leatherwall” organized the trip for returning soldiers. In January 2010, Sean will be relocating to South Korea for one year.

His parents, brothers Ryan and Ian, and their extended family are all very proud of his service and welcome friends to stop by during his vacation this month.

Posted in Featured, NewsComments Off