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Donald J. VandenBerg, age 86, of Sand Lake, died Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans. Don was born September 18, 1932 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of John and Dorothy (Reitman) VandenBerg. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1952-54 and retired from Dykema Excavating. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, JoAnn (Flynn Hiler); children, Michael Hiler, Cynthia (Rick) Dubay, Kim (Susan) Hiler, John (Christine) VandenBerg, DJ (Melanie) VandenBerg; 36 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; brother, Robert (Pam) VandenBerg; step brother, Jerry (Pat) Sorenson; step sister, Betty (Bob) Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kelli Hiler; sister-in-law, Elaine Rogers VandenBerg; niece, Katie VandenBerg; great-grandson, Deegan. The family will greet friends Friday, March 1 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pierson Bible Church Community Room. Pastor Jeffrey Wallace officiating. Interment in the summer at Crandall Cemetery.

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

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Three hurt in rollover accident


An early morning rollover accident last Sunday sent three men to the hospital, one by AeroMed.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a 2004 Acura, driven by Connor Steven Thomsen, 21, of Greenville, was traveling westbound on 14 Mile, west of Lincoln Lake Avenue, in Oakfield Township about 12:53 a.m., Sunday February 23, when it left the roadway, causing it to roll over numerous times.

Thomsen was transported to Spectrum United Hospital, in Greenville, by ambulance, with minor injuries. His front seat passenger, Trevor James Vandenberg, 21, was transported to the hospital by AeroMed with serious injuries. The rear seat passenger, Chase Lee Wright, 24, also of Greenville, also suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Oakfield Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash. It is still under investigation with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

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Christmas day fire leaves family homeless

This Sand Lake area home caught fire Christmas day.

An Ensley Township family is now staying with relatives after their home caught fire Christmas Day.
According to Sand Lake Fire Chief Ed Holtzlander, the fire broke out about 3:30 p.m., Sunday, December 25. He said the family was playing cards at their home, located at 12905 S. Elm Street, in Ensley Township, when the dog started barking. When someone went to see why the dog was barking, the person discovered the fire in the breezeway, which was between the garage and the house. All five people at home at the time got out safely.
“It may have been caused by Christmas lights in the breezeway,” said Holtzlander, “but we won’t know for sure until the fire investigator comes out to look at it this week.”
Both Cedar Springs and Grant Fire Departments assisted Sand Lake at the scene. Holtzlander said they had the fire knocked down within about a half hour and cleared the scene a little after 6 p.m.
Holtzlander said that home would likely be a total loss, but that probably 95 percent of the family’s belongings were salvageable. “We had enough help on scene that we were able to move their belongings to the west side of the house,” he explained.
While the whole house didn’t burn down, the kitchen area by the breezeway was damaged, the fire got into the attic, and the trusses were charred. The house also had smoke damage.
The house, which belongs to Don Vandenberg, is reportedly insured.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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