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MAX T. DEMOREST


Max T. Demorest Sr., age 62, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Trillium Woods. Max was born April 18, 1956 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Donald and Thelma (Russell) Demorest Sr. He loved camping and boating. He coached his kids rocket football and T-ball and loved spending time with his brothers and family. He adored spending time with his grandchildren as well. He is survived by his children, Max Demorest Jr., Angelia Demorest, Eric (Bobbie) Demorest, Bradley Demorest; grandchildren, Austin, Makayla, Kiersten, Landon, Jarek, Claudia, Ava, Mason and Hudson; great-grandson, Rylan; brothers, Donald (Terri) Demorest Jr., James Demorest Sr., Craig (Laura) Demorest; sisters, Sally (Marty) Roelofs, Christine Shears; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dino (Tina) Masteropietro, Aldonna Spain; many nieces and nephews. Max was preceded in in death by his wife, Laura; parents; mom, Gloria Demorest; brother, Rusty; daughter-in-law, Danielle Demorest; brother-in-law, Brian Shears. The family will greet friends Monday from noon-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. until time of service at 6:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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

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WILLIAM GREGONES



William Gregones, age 73, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Grand Rapids. Bill was born June 18, 1945 in Grand Rapids, the son of John and Alma (Seaborn) Gregones. He was in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam and was in the active Naval reserve from 1975 – 1989. Bill was a former commander at the American Legion Post #287 in Cedar Springs and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Brenda (Banta) Gregones; children, John (Brandy) Gregones, Matthew Gregones and Lisa (Paul) Hollenbeck; 11 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter; brothers, Michael (LaVonne) Gregones, Robert Gregones; sisters, Pam (Dale) Larson and Robin (David) Oie. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will greet friends Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Purple Heart Homes.

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

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Leah N. Almy


Leah N. (Eastman) Almy, age 35, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital, Greenville. Leah was born December 18, 1983 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Chris and Debra (DeKlyen) Eastman. She loved garage sales, cooking, music, animals and was undefeated in board games. She was a very giving, thoughtful and kindhearted person. Surviving are her son, Cameron Almy; parents, Chris and Debra Eastman; sisters, Athena (Jon) Standhardt, Kristi (David) Jachim, Lindy (Andrew) Rowe, Kylie (Milton) Burns III; fiance, Chris DeYoung; grandfather, Warren Eastman; 11 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frances and Joan DeKlyen and Myrna “Red” Eastman. The service was held Thursday, February 14 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America or the Renucci House, Grand Rapids.

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

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GEORGE M. MEUSER


George M. Meuser, age 86, of Sand Lake, died Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at his home. George was born August 10, 1932 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of George and Stella (Chehowski) Meuser. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids and Bethel Lutheran Church, Howard City. He was an avid sportsman, rodeo rider and a member of the Grand Rapids Saddle Club. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather. His grandchildren were his life. Surviving are his children, Kim (Kathryn) Meuser, Brian (Beth) Meuser, Nancy (Mark) Ducat; 8 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents; wife, June in 1983; brother, Bud (Terri) Meuser. A memorial service was held Tuesday, February 5 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Private interment Rosedale Memorial Gardens, Standale. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

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JOANN C. HILLS


Joann C. Hills, age 81, of Sand Lake, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at her home with her family by her side.

Mrs. Hills was born May 4, 1937 in Detroit, MI the daughter of James and Esther (Heil) Ayris. She worked for American Seating for 20 years and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She was very involved and loved her church family at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sand Lake. Surviving are her children, Debra Fifield, Jack Hills, Chris (Kathy) Hills; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; close friends, Dar Stebbins and Terri Fifield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack in 2001 and 2 brothers, Bill and Jim Ayris. Cremation has taken place.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held Tuesday, January 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Sand Lake Cemetery. Pastor Lee Zabrocki officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3230 Eagle Park Dr. NE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. 

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

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DAVID G. CARLSON


David G. Carlson, age 83, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at his home. Dave was born December 25, 1934 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Harry and Lois (Addison) Carlson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1954-56. He loved farming with his father and throughout life. He was a business owner and operator in Cedar Springs and a member of the United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Benham); children, Mark (Lynne) Carlson, Shelly Brooks; grandchildren, Ashley (Aaron) Whalen, David (Rachel) Ducat, Ben (Samantha) Brooks, Dakota (Katie) Carlson, Dillon (Angela) Carlson; great grandchildren, Leah, Isabelle, Lily, Mariano, John, David, Kylie, Hunter, Harper, Everly; brothers, Robert Carlson, John (Faye) Carlson, Richard Carlson; sister, Arlene (Richard) Pierce; brother-in-law, Ferd (Elizabeth) Benham; sisters-in-law, Irene (Jim) VandePoel, Charlene (Gordy) Kerr; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Joan Carlson. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Friday 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or the United Methodist Church. 

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

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CAYDEN TIMOTHY BOND


Cayden Timothy Bond, of Middleville, passed away on Friday, December 14, at the age of 16. Cayden was born on August 8, 2002 in Grand Rapids, the son of Brian and Deana (Hawley) Bond. As a sophomore at Thornapple Kellogg High School, Cayden liked playing on his computer, poker, chess and playing the guitar. He liked spending time with his family going up north and enjoyed tubing, fishing, collecting unusual rocks and was always up for finding a new adventure. Cayden’s kindness and thoughtfulness will always be cherished by everyone that knew him. Cayden will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his parents, Brian and Deana Bond; sister, Amanda Raelynn Bond; grandparents, Jim and Donna Bond, Tim and Jen Hawley; great-grandfather, Raymond Brenner; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Cayden’s family will receive friends on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 3 to 8 P.M. at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home, Middleville. His memorial service will be conducted at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 21 at Gun Lake Community Church, Pastor Dan Beyer officiating. Memorial contributions to Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention will be appreciated. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Cayden’s family.

Arrangements by Beeler-Gores 

Funeral Home, Middleville

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JAY CRAMER


July 30, 1931 – December 18, 2005

In loving memory of my Dad, who passed away 13 years ago. Not a single day goes by that I don’t think of you, Dad; sometimes with a smile or sometimes with tears. I miss your presence in our home. You will always be my beloved Papa Smurf!

Love from your daughter,

Robin

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GEORGE E. BURG


Mr. George E. Burg of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 87, passed away in the comfort of his home, with loved ones all around, during the early morning hours of Thursday, December 6, 2018. George was born to Edgar and Elsa (Rector) Burg in Cedar Springs, on June 22, 1931, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. George had married the love of his life, Betty Lou (Hoekstra) prior to his enlistment in the military. He proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather, and dear friend. He loved to spend time in his garden, and he was always a great story teller—but, an even better listener. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. George is survived by his two daughters, Deb (Mike) Coalter and Kathy (Bob) Woodward; grandchildren Jake (Michell) and Lindsey Woodward; and three great-grandchildren Ivan, Audun, and Allyie. He was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife Betty Lou Burg on January 10, 2012. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Avenue SE, Ada, MI 49301. George will be laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI.

Arrangements by Pederson

 Funeral Home, Rockford

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RAYMOND C. DEBLOCK


Raymond C. Deblock Sr., age 74, of Ensley Township, Sand Lake died Monday, December 3, 2018 at Spectrum Heath Butterworth Campus. Ray was born August 28, 1944 in Fremont, MI the son of Frank and Kathryn (Spahr) Deblock. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed working as a groundskeeper at Crystal Springs Golf Course and hunting and fishing. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Sharon (Hill); children, Raymond Deblock Jr., Jeffrey (Vickie) Deblock, Kristal (Patrick) Deblock; stepchildren, Kenneth (Donna) Green, Terry (Terri) Green, Tamara Mosher, Robin Green, Robin (David) Fillers; 20 grandchildren including a special grandson, Austin; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank (Terri) Deblock, Mike (Charleen) Deblock. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will greet friends Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Military honors and a closing prayer will be held at 7:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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LOUIS T. GRYKA


Louis T. Gryka, age 90 of Rockford, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018. Louis was born on December 21, 1927 in Algoma Township, the son of George and Helen (Pawlowski) Gryka. He graduated from Rockford High School in 1945 and was a Veteran of the United States Army. Louis was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Belmont. He retired from Wolverine World Wide Tannery in 1990 and also had snow plowing and landscaping business. Louis was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Larry, Eric and Tom Gryka; his brother, Walter Gryka; and his sister, Josephine Hikade. Surviving are his wife of 67 years and best friend, Maude (Fessenden) Gryka; his children, Paul (Terri) Gryka, Anne (Steve) Rowloff, Nicholas (Lynne) Gryka, Helen Metzger, Jennifer Kwiecinski, and Christina Clonan; daughters-in-law, Mickey Gryka and Cheryl Gryka; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; brother, George (Rosemary) Gryka; sisters-in-law, Della Fessenden, Beverly Leys, Sharon Jacobson and Laurie (Douglas) Potter; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Belmont with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Military Honors will be rendered at church with burial at Assumption Cemetery to follow. Visitation will also be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street in Rockford. The Praying of the Rosary will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home Thursday.

Arrangements by Pederson 

Funeral Home, Rockford

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SHARON R. CRAMER


Sharon R. Cramer of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 78, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. She was born to Boyd and Jeanne (MacFarland) Condon on October 12, 1940, in Lowell, MI. She enjoyed motorcycles, gambling, and traveling, especially to the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula. Sharon is survived by her son Tom (Dee) Cramer, and their children, Tommy II Cramer, David Cramer, Ronnie and Mandi McMeeken, Kimmie McMeeken, Zack McMeeken, and Macy Herber; daughter Sherri (Mark) Sias, and their children, Jay Cramer, Crystal and J.P. Deason-Johnson, and Donnie and Amiee Smith; son Terry (Kitty) Cramer, and their children, Terry II and Cassy Cramer, Micheal Cramer, and Crystal Rayapureddy; and daughter Sue Cramer Frost (deceased 2013), and her children, Fawn Reedy and Tim Frost; several great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Keith Cramer, sister Elise Waller, brother Boyd Condon, and daughter Sue Cramer. The family would like to thank Sharon’s neighbors and Faith Hospice for all of their care and compassion during her illness. A private celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Arrangements by Pederson 

Funeral Home, Rockford

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