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Mason James Hoskinson

Mason James HoskinsonSeptember 4, 2015

MASON JAMES HOSKINSON
On September 4, Mason passed away at his home, after a long battle with cancer. Mason was born October 30, 1975, in Allegan. Mason was a graduate of Hopkins High School, Class of 1994. He worked for Sebright Products for many years, beginning at age 15, and for Seimens/Evoqua in Holland for 8 years. Mason was a generous person, avid movie watcher and could quote hundreds of movie quips for almost any scenario to make…



Catherine

Catherine “Betty” Elizabeth SchrierSeptember 3, 2015

Catherine Elizabeth Seymoure Schrier (Betty) passed away on Sept. 3, 2015.
She was born in Graybill, IN on Sept. 14, 1915.
She was preceded in death by her parents Erick Hasta Seymoure and Georgia Hannen Seymoure, her husband of 68 years, John Robert Schrier, son Richard A. Schrier and one grandson Christopher Dutton.
She is survived by daughters Ruth Schrier of Grand Rapids, and Bonnie (Bill) Dutton of Goleta, California, four grandsons;…



Laurence Oetman

Laurence OetmanAugust 31, 2015

Larry A. Oetman, age 78 of Wayland, went to be with the Lord, Monday, August 31, 2015 after a courageous battle of Heart Disease and leg amputation. Surviving is his wife Arlene, married for 55 years; his siblings: Dave (Arlene) Oetman, Louis (Florence Oetman) Miedema, along with many nieces and nephews. He will be lovingly remembered by his children: Donna Oetman, Beverly (the late Kevin) Post, Steve (Rayanna) Oetman, and John (Shari) Oetman;…



Helen Gambee

Helen GambeeAugust 21, 2015

Helen Muriel Gambee, age 90 of Bradley, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her own home on August 21, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband John Ozias Gambee and her brother Ervin Davis in WWII. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her sons: Erv (Tammy) Gambee and Nathan “Nate” Gambee; her grandchildren: Lisa Graham, Joshua (Beth) Gambee, Naomi Gambee, Justin Gambee, Jon Gambee, Nathaniel “Evangeline” Gruis, and Cody Gambee; her…



Reba Stephenson

Reba StephensonAugust 18, 2015

Reba Stephenson age 52 of Shelbyville, passed away unexpectedly August 18, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Warren and Margaret (Wellman) Tyrrell. She is survived by her husband, Kevin; her daughters, Samantha (Calton Smith) Stephenson and Sara (Jason) Brown; grandchildren Hunter, Annika, Caleb and Jody. Reba will also be greatly missed by her brothers, John (Jackie) Tyrrell, Ron Tyrrell, and Don (Diane) Tyrrell; many nieces,…



Lyle Kraft

Lyle KraftAugust 12, 2015

Lyle Kraft, age 78, of Hopkins, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, August 12, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Kraft. Lyle was a truck driver most of his life. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, hunting and partying.
Lyle will be lovingly remembered by his son, Benny (Dawn) Kraft.
A time for relatives and friends to visit with Lyle’s family will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, August 17, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran…



Douglas G. Wind

Douglas G. WindAugust 4, 2015

Douglas G. Wind, age 70, of Hopkins, formerly of Wyoming, passed on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at his home. Doug was born on May 5, 1945 in Wyoming, Michigan to Henry and Doris (Poyser) Wind. He proudly served our country during Vietnam in the Army. In 1971, he married Marlene Tollefson and she survives. Doug loved bowling, living in the country, working on his yard and his Chihuahua’s. Shawn and Greg will always treasure the time spent…



Joan Weick

Joan WeickAugust 1, 2015

Joan K. Weick (Iciek) age 73 went to be with her Lord, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Joan’s life was defined by love, none more so than the 53 years of marriage she shared with her husband, William (Bill) Weick. Born in January 1942, in Hopkins, Michigan, Joan was afflicted with juvenile diabetes at the age of 13. Unwilling to let her disease define her, or even slow her down, Joan received both her undergraduate degree and master’s degree from…



Patrice L De Haan

Patrice L De HaanJuly 31, 2015

Patrice De Haan, age 57, of Wayland went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 31, 2015. Patt was born September 25, 1957 in Columbus, OH to Rev Hubert and Barbara (Swartz) Sprik. She was a dairy farmer’s wife, mother and grandmother. Patt drove bus for Wayland Union Schools and Hope Network, as well as secretary and grant writer for Grand Rapids Adult Education. In her spare time Patt enjoyed genealogy research and was active in…



Clara Jean Clark

Clara Jean ClarkJuly 23, 2015

Born in Hatton, Alabama, the daughter of Grady & Maggie Bradford. She is survived by her husband Louis Clark, daughter, Debbie (Joe) Vitale of Coloma, MI, 2 Grandchildren, Matthew and Heather Vitale. Siblings Coy (Hazel) Bradford from Eastero, FL , Don (Linda) Bradford from Kalamazoo, MI, Dale (Sandy) Bradford from Chapel Hill, TN and several nephews & nieces.
Clara was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Jim Bradford, Wade Bradford and sister…



Walter J Arndt

Walter J ArndtJuly 16, 2015

Walter J. Arndt, age 88, of Wayland was called to his eternal rest on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Walter was born on September 9, 1926 in Dorr, MI to John and Emma (Miller) Arndt. On July 8, 1949 Walter married Carolyn McMannis who preceded him in death after 58 years of a very loving marriage. The two most important things in Walter’s life were his faithfulness to his Lord and Savior and his family. He will be lovingly remembered by his…



Richard De Haan, Jr.

Richard De Haan, Jr.July 7, 2015

Dick, age 82, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo after a short battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma. He was born on January 13, 1933 in Grand Rapids, MI- son of Richard Sr. and Hattie De Haan. Dick was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Saralyn VanRhee. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Rhonda (Phil) Kroll of Manistee, MI; Ric (Kathy) De Haan of Hudsonville, MI; and five grandchildren…



Mary A. Nolan

Mary A. NolanJune 26, 2015

Mary A. Nolan, age 74, of Wyoming passed away on June 26, 2015 at Metro Health Hospital surrounded by family. Mary was born on April 21, 1941 at home on her family farm in Gobles, MI to John and Anna (Widutis) Sudeikis. She was a graduate of Borgess Nursing School and worked as a Registered Nurse for over 50 years. In 1962 she married Bill Nolan and he survives. Mary enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, spending time with family and friends…



James Nathan Winter

James Nathan WinterJune 20, 2015

James Nathan Winter went from the arms of his mother to the arms of Jesus on Saturday, June 20, 2015. He lived for just 20 days.
He will be lovingly missed by his parents, Dick and Deborah; his sisters, Jessica, Jana and Joy; and brothers Jacob, Jonas and Jeremiah. He will also be deeply missed by his brother-in-law Joshua, his Uncle Fred, other aunts and uncles, many cousins and three nieces.
James’ life was short but meaningful. We…



Sandy L. Bennett

Sandy L. BennettJune 11, 2015

Sandy L. Bennett, age 77, of Hamilton, passed away on June 11, 2015 at the Butterworth Campus of Spectrum Health Services in Grand Rapids, MI. She was born on August 7, 1937 to Theodore and Ferne (Swinton) Strickfaden in Douglas, MI. She was a 1955 graduate of Shelby High School and then attended Hackley School of Nursing in Muskegon obtaining a degree in Nursing. Sandy worked as an RN certified in rehabilitation for 19 years at Mary Free Bed…



Bill Merchant, Jr.

Bill Merchant, Jr.June 11, 2015

William M. Merchant, Jr., age 55 of Hopkins, died following an automobile accident June 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Claudene Merchant and his father-in-law Wayne Ritz. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his daughters: Nicole (Nathan) Cardosa, Jessica Merchant (Nicole Myers), Brittini Merchant, and Macy Merchant; his grandchildren: Raegan and Landen Cardosa; his sisters: Sue (Marty) Tourangeau, Lisa (Chris)…



Gladys J. Beek

Gladys J. BeekJune 6, 2015

Gladys Beek, age 82 of Moline, went to be home with her Lord and Savior on June 6, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbert “Bud” Beek. Gladys will be lovingly remembered by her children: Douglas and Sandra Beek, Kimberly and Michael Slachter; her grandchildren: Heather and Ken Duff, Cheyenne Slacher, Travis Beek, Michaela Slachter, and Lexie Slachter; her five precious great-grandchildren; the neighborhood children who called her…



Kelly

Kelly “Skip” HartmanJune 6, 2015

Kelly “Skip” Hartman, age 59 of Wayland, passed away June 6, 2015. He was born on March 21, 1956, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Ike and Johanna Hartman. Skip graduated from Thornapple-Kellogg High School in Middleville in 1974. He is survived by his daughter Erika of Chicago; his sister, Nancy (Sam) McCandlish of Hastings, his brother Chuck (Ginger) Hartman of Bossier City, LA, his favorite cousin Henry Klok of Wayland and several nieces and…



Thomas Andrews

Thomas AndrewsJune 3, 2015

Thomas Leeson Andrews, age 48, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lori Strach and his brother-in-law, Dan Van Dyke.
Tom will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 26 years, Valerie Andrews (Van Dyke); his children, Kyle, Cody, Katelynn Andrews; his parents, Thomas S. and Joyce Andrews (Leeson); his father- and mother-in-law, Doug and Ruth Van Dyke; his sister, Cathy (Dale) Freybler; his…



Harry Raad

Harry RaadJune 3, 2015

Harry Raad, age 79 of Dorr, passed into eternal life in Christ June 3, 2015 surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with cancer. He walked into his heavenly home to meet his loving family, parents Casper and Gertrude, first wife Nancy, infant son Wayne, all his brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and Grandson Tommy. Harry is survived by his wife Ann; children: Joyce (Patrick) Burrows, Christine (Tim) Taylor, Samuel (Penny) Johnston,…



Chris Fifelski

Chris FifelskiJune 1, 2015

Christopher Fifelski, age 56 of Kent City, passed away June 1, 2015. He was preceded in death by parents Stanley, Sr. and Ann Fifelski; his brothers and sister: Jerry, Lawrence “Larry”, and Philip Fifelski and Alice Fifelski; and father-in-law George Aube. Chris will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 31 years, Joan Fifelski; his children Anna Fifelski and Nicholas Fifelski; his brothers and sisters: Lucy (Craig) Sell, Julianna Vittelli,…



Mary Lu Higbee

Mary Lu HigbeeMay 30, 2015

Mary Lu Higbee, age 76 of Dorr, passed away May 30, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Ruben “Bud” Higbee, her parents Lloyd Capron and Mary (Nichols) Tinkham, her daughter Darlene Ann McCourry, and her brother John Capron. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her children: Gary and Peggy McCourry, Denise Greenbauer, Rick McCourry, Tamara and Edward Hodge; her grandchildren: LaQuan & Larry Fisher, Ray McCourry, Ryan & Lisa Greenbauer,…



Ruben

Ruben “Bud” HigbeeMay 26, 2015

Ruben “Bud” E. Higbee, age 85 of Dorr, passed away May 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Myron Higbee and Lydia (Tinkham) Kopen; brothers and sisters: William Higbee, Vivian Gort, Simone Hopp, Frances Jean McMillan, and Howard Higbee. Bud will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years Mary Higbee; his children: Gary and Peggy McCourry, Denise Greenbauer, Rick McCourry, Tamara and Edward Hodge; his grandchildren: LaQuan &…



David Hilaski

David HilaskiMay 22, 2015

David Ray Hilaski, born 12/8/1942, 44, 46, 49, and 51, of Wayland, passed away at his home on May 22, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Edna Hilaski and his sister Norma (Bill) Schaendorf. He will be lovingly remembered by his children: Ken Hilaski, Janice Hilaski (Scott Roberts), Steve Hilaski, and Cassie Price Hilaski; sister Dorothy (James) Dever, Robert (Janice) Hilaski, Leon (Cheryl) Hilaski, longtime friend Mary Litten…



Marian G. Streb-Albers

Marian G. Streb-AlbersMay 22, 2015

Marian Streb-Albers, age 70 of Dorr, passed away May 22, 2015. She was preceded in death by her first husband Donald Streb and her second husband Glenn Albers, her parents Harry and Rose Weber, her brothers Robert, August, and Francis Weber, and her niece Anna Sobie. Marian will be lovingly remembered by her son Dean and April Streb; her grandchildren: Dallas and Carrie Streb; her brother Father Don Weber and her sister Margaret Weber; and…



Richard

Richard “Dick” KrupMay 13, 2015

Richard “Dick” Krup, loving husband, father and grandfather, went home to be with the Lord, May 13, 2015, at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his parents Nicholas and Louise Krup and his sisters Barbara Bush and Margaret Strong.
Dick will be lovingly remembered by his wife and closest friend of 65 years, Mary Krup; his children: Patricia “Pat” (Dan) Guldenzoph and Richard “Mike” (Judy) Krup; his grandchildren: Andrea, Scott, and…



Vera

Vera “Connie” WardMay 8, 2015

Vera V. Ward “Connie”, age 89 of Wayland, passed away May 8, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband James and her brothers and sisters: Doris Krulic, Sonny Vance, Jerry Vance. Vera will be lovingly remembered by her children: Dennis (Linda) Ward and Deborah (Paul) Drolshagen; her grandchildren: Mindy, Desiree, Stacia, Jeffrey, and Scott; her great-grandchildren: Kollen and Colden; her brothers and sisters: Etta Mae Leverton, Mary Louise…



Agnes VandenBerg

Agnes VandenBergMay 6, 2015

Agnes VandenBerg, age 94 of Wayland, passed away May 6, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Andrew VandenBerg and son-in-laws: Robert Rewa and James Miller. Agnes will be lovingly remembered by her children: Patricia Miller, Marilyn Rewa, Sharon (Terry) Baumgard, Joe (Ruth) VanDenBerg, Sandra (William) Nieboer, Penny (Jeff Bauer) VandenBerg, and special friend of the family Michael and LuAnn Selzer; 15 grandchildren, 25 great…



John T. Sloan

John T. SloanMay 4, 2015

John T. Sloan, age 56 of Grand Rapids, passed away May 3, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Maxine Sloan and his sister Susan Heller. John will be lovingly remembered by his brothers and sisters: Todd (Judy) Sloan, Don Sloan, Sunny Strouse, Linda Niezurawski, Robert D. Sloan, Steven Sloan, and Richard Sloan; many nieces, nephews and cousins. John was a graduate of Caledonia High School. He was owner and operator of…



Judith K. Smith

Judith K. SmithApril 30, 2015

Judith K. Smith, age 75 of Gun Lake, passed away April 30, 2015 at Rose Arbor Hospice Home. She was preceded in death her brother Tim Niebel and her parents William and Lucille Niebel. Judy will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 52 years, Doyle Smith; her daughters: Jodie Groppel, Holly (Julie Neumark) Lucille, and Heidi (Chris) Rehm; her grandchildren: Connor Abendroth, Shen Groppel, Montana Rehm, and Sierra Rehm; her sister Karen (Ed)…



Geraldine

Geraldine “Joyce” SodmanApril 29, 2015

Geraldine “Joyce” Sodman, age 90, of Dorr passed peacefully at Trillium Woods in Byron Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. According to her wishes no services will take place at this time and interment will take place in Bath Cemetery, Bath, MI at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.kubiak-cook.com



Carol K. Miller (LaFountain)

Carol K. Miller (LaFountain)April 28, 2015

Age 61, of Wayland passed on to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 28th 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Owen LaFountain and Carolyn (Ron) Keech; parents-in-law Earl Miller, and Barbara Miller; sister Robin Henry, and brother Johnny Bingner. She is survived by her step-mother Jean LaFountain; devoted husband Patrick Miller; loving daughters, Denice (Tim) Pekel, Amelia Rohrbacher, Jody (Ken Teague) Campbell, and Martha…



James

James “Boonie” HilaskiApril 19, 2015

James “Boonie” Hilaski, age 72 of Dorr, went to be with the Lord April 19, 2015, while home with family. He was born to the late Walter and Florence Hilaski. James lives on in the hearts and memories of his wife of 50 years, Linda (Swainston) Hilaski; his son Brian Hilaski; his daughters Catherine Hilaski and Shelley (Mark) Funk; granddaughter Alicia (Cesar) Juarez; and 4 great-grandchildren: Ariana, Elias, Isaac, and Charlotte; and mother-in…



Herman Jay Potter

Herman Jay PotterApril 19, 2015

Herman Jay Potter, age 75 went to be with his Lord, Sunday, April 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Susie Potter; brother Arthur (Savannah) Potter; sisters Henrietta Zerfas, Betty Brondyke, Gertrude Kroll; brother-in-laws Robert DeJong, Donald (Julia) Westendorp. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years Florence Potter; children Roger (Melody Sessions) Potter, Dan (Amy) Potter; grandchildren Jenna…



Michael A. Klinkner

Michael A. KlinknerApril 14, 2015

Michael A. Klinkner, age 52, of Wayland, went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. He was preceded in death by his mother, Constance Klinkner (Lesinski) and his mother and father-in-law Enoch and Evelyn Fish. Mike will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Tracey Klinkner (Fish); his children, Melissa and Vern Hall, Michael D. Klinkner, Mallory and Greg Taber, Madison Elizabeth Klinkner; his 14 grandchildren; his father,…



Fred Schwartz

Fred SchwartzApril 13, 2015

Fred Schwartz, age 83 of Wayland, passed away April 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary Lou Schwartz. Fred will be remembered by his son Bruce (Vicki) Schwartz; his grandchildren Jeremy and Jessica Schwartz; his great-granddaughter Macy; his brothers and sisters-in-law: Donald and Jeannette Schwartz and Jerry and Linda Schwartz; and many nieces and nephews. Fred and Mary Lou were longtime business owners through the…



Robert P. Kramer

Robert P. KramerApril 11, 2015

Robert Kramer, age 63 of Wayland, passed away April 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Betty Kramer and his father-in-law William Walsh. Bob will be lovingly remembered by wife, Pamela; his children: Jamie Kramer, Melissa (Jason VanderZand) Kramer, Christine Kramer, and Marcus Kramer; his grandchildren: Dominick Kramer, Cody Kramer, and Haley VanderZand; his mother-in-law Mildred Walsh; his brothers and sisters: Jim…



Chad Russell MacIntosh

Chad Russell MacIntoshApril 11, 2015

Chad Russell MacIntosh, CRT, RRT, age 36 of Gun Lake, passed away April 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Lionel and Jean Barrett and Russell MacIntosh, and his best friend Kristofor Lorback. Chad will be lovingly remembered by his wife Kim MacIntosh; his children: Keegan and Emmarie; his parents: Scott and Suzanne MacIntosh; his twin brother Andrew (Tiffany) MacIntosh and his brother Cameron MacIntosh and fiancée Andrea…



Edith E. Clack

Edith E. ClackApril 7, 2015

Heaven rejoiced in welcoming home the soul of Edith E. Clack, age 99, of Wayland on April 7, 2015. Edith and her husband Eugene owned and operated Gene’s Barber Shop & The Beauty Center in Wayland, MI. She was a lifelong member of Wayland United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was active in many women’s groups. Edith loved to work in her flower and vegetable gardens. They were admired by many in Wayland for their beauty and…



Deborah Sue White

Deborah Sue WhiteApril 3, 2015

Deborah Sue White, age 61, went to be with her Father in Heaven on April 3rd, 2015. She was born and raised in Alabama but moved to Michigan in 1977, but never lost her accent, which is something everyone loved about her. Debbie, as a lot of people knew her by, could put a smile on anyone’s face with her goofy humor and kind heart. She will always be remembered as a loving, caring, and giving woman that loved spending time with her family more…



Virginia L. Hall

Virginia L. HallApril 1, 2015

Virginia L. Hall, age 82, of Shelbyville, went to be with her Lord, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Hall and her sister, Nancy Northrop.
Virginia will be lovingly remembered by her niece, Denise Shondelmeyer; sister-in-law, Rosemary, brother-in-law, Don; and many special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Virginia was a giving, loving and wonderful person. She loved having fun, shopping,…



Beverly Ann Gerard

Beverly Ann GerardMarch 28, 2015

Beverly Ann Gerard, age 74 of Burnips, went to be with her Lord and loved ones who preceded her in death.
Bev will be lovingly remembered by her brother Milo “Mick” (Exie) Gerard of White Cloud; her nieces and nephews Pam (Jim) Baxter, Susan (Paul) Kennedy, Cheri Berkenpas, and Jeff Gerard. She was preceded in death by her brother Ron (Norma) Gerard, special Uncle and Aunt Warren and Gert Smith.
Bev was a member of the Burnips United…



Johanna

Johanna “Jo” BryantMarch 25, 2015

Johanna (Jo) Bryant, age 84, of Dorr passed away unexpectedly, and much too soon, Wednesday March 25, 2015. Jo was born March 20, 1931 in Kalamazoo, MI to Elzo and Gertrude Veenkant. Since retiring, Jo and her late husband, Richard (Dick Bryant), looked forward to their weekends up north, hunting, fishing, playing poker, and spending time with family and friends around the campfire. Jo also loved watching NASCAR, going to the casino,…



Doreene Mabel McCrath

Doreene Mabel McCrathMarch 25, 2015

Doreene Mabel McCrath, age 97 of Wayland, went to be with her Lord March 25, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her son Terry; her grandson Robert McCrath; her sister Bunny Danduran; her brother Albert Wolf, Jr.; and her son-in-law Erwin Scheib. Doreene will be lovingly remembered by her children: Wally (Pat) McCrath, Sandy Scheib, and Nancy McCrath; step-sons: Paul (Jo) McCrath and Cliff McCrath; 8 grandchildren, 24 great…



Russell R. Shoemaker

Russell R. ShoemakerMarch 24, 2015

Russell R. Shoemaker, age 86 of Dorr, went to be with his Lord March 24, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruben and Hattie Shoemaker, his sisters Beatrice Pallett and Edith DeCoux and his brothers Horace Shoemaker and Lester “Jack” Shoemaker. Russ will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Viola; his children: Linda Shoemaker-Johnston, Janice (Gilbert) Goodwin, Dean (Tammy) Shoemaker, Colleen (Brian) Thomas, and Marcia …



Earl

Earl “Tom” BinionMarch 12, 2015

Earl Thomas “Tom” Binion, age 74 of Wayland, passed away March 12, 2015. He was preceded in death by sisters Betty and Shirley and his brother Billy Joe. Tom will be lovingly remembered by his children Andrea (Craig) Thompson, Scott (Deb) Binion, and Theresa (Joe) Faunce; his grandchildren: Christopher, Harley, Levi, Alyssa, Evan, and Riley; his sister Sue and his brother Sam; and many nieces and nephews. Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Marine…



James Scott Sevigny

James Scott SevignyMarch 9, 2015

James Scott Sevigny, age 50 of Wayland, passed away March 9, 2015. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his sons Tyler and Austin Sevigny; his parents Orlys and Dick Sevigny; his brothers and sister: Renee Sevigny and Doug Goodwin, Rick Sevigny and Kathy Stafford, Mike and Karen Sevigny, Bob and Donna Sevigny, and Tom and Connie Sevigny; and many nieces and nephews and extended family. Jim was a Diesel Technician at South Kent Truck Sales. He was…



Rose Jones

Rose JonesMarch 8, 2015

Rose (Rewa) Jones, age 93 of Dorr Township (Hilliards), entered into eternal rest on March 8, 2015. Rose was born to Fred and Mary Rewa on March 28, 1921 in Salem Township. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence “Sam” Jones and son John “Scott” Jones. Rose and Sam owned and operated a dairy farm in Monterey Township. Rose will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Wilma Darlene (Marvin) Pogodzinski of Hilliards and daughter-in-law…



Ann L. Miklusicak

Ann L. MiklusicakMarch 7, 2015

Ann L. Miklusicak, age 93, of Wayland went peacefully to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at home. Ann was born on December 9, 1921 in Wayland Township to John and Maria (Farsky) Miklusicak. She was a life-long area resident retiring from GM as an Inspector. Ann was a very devout Catholic, loved her animals and enjoyed being outdoors working in her garden. She is survived by her nephew and caretaker Jim Miklusicak along with many…



John Robert Gavrun, Sr.

John Robert Gavrun, Sr.February 27, 2015

John Robert Gavrun, Sr., age 78 of Hopkins, passed away February 27, 2015. John was born September 25, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Andrew and Margaret (Sharp) Gavrun. He served in the U.S. Marines. John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Mary Gavrun; his children: Mary A. Pelton of Indiana, John (Lorrie) Gavrun, Jr. of Florida, Andrea (Gene) Van Dieman of Ontario, Della (Phil) Shenoskey of Michigan, Lora (Dave)…



Andrew M. Chlebana

Andrew M. ChlebanaFebruary 26, 2015

Andrew M. Chlebana, age 82 of Wayland, went to be with his Lord February 26, 2015. He was preceded in death by parents Michael and Johanna Chlebana; his brothers Charles, Joseph, Michael, and Alex Chlebana; and his sister Amelia Peck. Andrew was the beloved husband of his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth; he will be lovingly remembered by his children: Cynthia, Roger (Robin), Roy (Andrea), and Matthew Chlebana; his grandchildren: Jamie Elizabeth,…



Stanley James Jansen

Stanley James JansenFebruary 24, 2015

Stanley James Jansen, age 90 of Dorr, passed away February 24th following a brief illness. His son, James Allyn (Jimmy), his parents, Nicholas and Sophie, his brother and sister in law, Nicholas and Esther precede him in death. He is survived by his wife and best friend Evelyn of 47 years. Also his children Joan and James Slopsema, Jerry and Vicki Jansen, Larry and Laurel Jansen, Ron and Mary Jansen, Stan Jr. and Sharon Jansen, Steve and Kathie…



Richard E. Kugelard

Richard E. KugelardFebruary 21, 2015

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Richard E. Kugelard, age 72, passed away, Saturday, February 21, 2015, at his home in Middleville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Ada Kugelard and his sister, Norma (Marv) McBride.

Dick will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Sandy Kugelard (Seymour); his children, Gina Munch (Nick DeWeerd), Troy Kugelard, Creg (Cara) Kugelard; his grandchildren, Kayla and Kelsey Munch, Cyle and Alana Kugelard.



James E. Turner

James E. TurnerFebruary 20, 2015



Marvin L. Potter

Marvin L. PotterFebruary 11, 2015

Marvin Potter, age 79 of Wayland, went peacefully to meet his Lord on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Trillium Woods. Marv was born on November 19, 1935 in Grand Rapids, son of the late Alfred and Betty Potter. He was raised in the Byron Center area. On November 9, 1956, he married Norma Middlebush. They resided in Wyoming until 1969, when they settled in Byron Center to raise their family. Marv drove semi for 59 years working for several…



Michael J. Davis

Michael J. DavisFebruary 2, 2015

Davis, Michael 9/13/1943 – 2/2/2015 Wayland, Michigan Michael J. Davis, age 71 of Wayland, passed away February 2, 2015 at Alamo Nursing Home following a battle with cancer. Mike was preceded in death by his precious little girl Teressa “Cissy” Davis, his parents Charlie and Azel Davis, his brothers: Terry, Charles and Jack Davis and his sister Lillian Butler. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years Barb Davis of Wayland; his sons…



Marguerite H. Doublestein

Marguerite H. DoublesteinJanuary 29, 2015

Marguerite Hope Doublestein, age 95 of Wayland, passed away January 29, 2015, at Trillium Woods-Faith Hospice. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Bob Doublestein, her sister Vivian Barnes and her brothers Stephen Swift and Reginald Swift; her daughter-in-law Alice Hall; and her step-son Lynn Doubblestein. Marguerite will be lovingly remembered by her children: Bob (Charlene) Doublestein, Jr., Verner Alan Hall, Jr., and…



Rita Mae Huver

Rita Mae HuverJanuary 29, 2015

Rita Mae Huver, age 76 of Dorr, went to be with her Lord on January 29, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Uriel and Mae McCauley; her brothers and sister: Lyle, Donald, and Clement McCauley and Patricia Dillingham. Rita will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 56 years Edmund Huver; her children: Edmund (Lois) Huver, Jr., Jeffrey (Bonnie) Huver, Dennis (Kerry) Huver, Patrick (Bridget) Huver, and Troy (Lisa) Huver; her…



Dorathe June Tylzynski

Dorathe June TylzynskiJanuary 29, 2015

Dorathe Tylzynski, age 71 of Dorr, passed away January 31, 2015. She was preceded in death by her brother Donald Cadman and her sister Ruth (Cadman) Lockner. Dorathe will lovingly be remembered by her son Jon Tylzynski; her granddaughters Angie and JoLena; her great-grandson Alec; her sisters and brother: Charles Cadman, Margaret Carpenter, Jean Bigelow, and Catherine Cadman; and many nieces and nephews. Dorathe was a member of Grand Rapids…



Dorothy Rybiski

Dorothy RybiskiJanuary 26, 2015

Dorothy Rybiski, age 91 of Wayland, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Laurels of Sandy Creek. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Rybiski. Dorothy will be lovingly remembered by her children: Robert Rybiski and Mary Ann Rybiski; her grandchildren: Jon Rybiski, Debra Rippy, Shannon Quackenbush, and Brett Rybiski; her great-grandchildren: Sierra, Brynn and Rylie Rybiski, Catherine Wendling, and Alli Quackenbush; and several…



Elaine Marie Schmidt

Elaine Marie SchmidtJanuary 20, 2015

Elaine Schmidt, age 66 of Dorr, passed away January 20, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley & Cleota (Fisher) Schmidt. She will be remembered by her children: Todd Schmidt and Tracey Schmidt; her grandchildren: Kelsey Schmidt, Cody Schmidt, and Kylee Schmidt; her sister Lori Schmidt; and other extended family and friends. Elaine previously was a waitress at the Byron Center Hotel Restaurant for over 20…



Teressa

Teressa “Cissy” DavisJanuary 19, 2015

Teressa C. Davis, age 45 of Allegan, passed away January 19, 2015 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. She will be lovingly remembered by her parents Mike and Barb Davis of Wayland; her brothers: Mike (Terry) Davis of Wayland and Dave (Connie) Davis of Caledonia; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and her friends at Sue’s Adult Foster Care Home. Teressa “Cissy” was a loving and happy caring little girl and treasured by her family her…



Cynthia M. Mellon

Cynthia M. MellonJanuary 18, 2015

Cynthia M. Mellon (Lundberg), age 77 of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord, Sunday, January 18, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband, Donal; dear children: Donald R. (Karen) Van Houten, David J. (Kris) Van Houten, Daniel E. (Lora) Van Houten, Timothy M. (Connie) Van Houten; 2 step-daughters, Kristin Mellon and Marylynn (Charlie) Morton; 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; her sister Alyce Sides; several nieces and nephews,…



David D Wood

David D WoodJanuary 9, 2015

On January 9, 2015, David D. Wood, age 76, of Payne Lake passed away peacefully from this life to the next after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by loved ones.

Dave will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Norma (Drummond) Wood, to whom he was married for 52 years; his children Allen (Bev) Wood, Nadine (Ken Moon) Courtnay, Mishelle (Mark) Schoen, and Gary (Jackie Godley) Wood; grandchildren Kristyn Courtnay, Joshua Courtnay,…



George Adrianson

George AdriansonJanuary 3, 2015

George E. Adrianson, age 76 of Martin, passed away January 3, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Evelyn Adrianson and his sister Louise Adrianson. George will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years Kathleen; his children: Calvin (Mae) Adrianson, Kenneth (Janice) Adrianson, and Peggy (Rod) Bourdo; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters: Loretta Fugate, Clifford Adrianson, Roy…



Loren

Loren “Butch” J. EdwardsJanuary 2, 2015

Butch Edwards, age 73 of Wayland, passed away at home with hospice January 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin Edwards and Betty Welch and his sisters Margaret Hall and Phyllis Pintarelli and an infant baby boy. Butch will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years Lois “Louie”; his children: James (Dawn) Edwards and Jodi (Chad) Wilcox; five grandchildren: Jimmy Jack Edwards, Andrew (Yvonne) Pardee, Garrett Wilcox, Hailey…



Evelyn

Evelyn “Ginny” BurleyDecember 31, 2014

Evelyn “Ginny” Burley, age 86 of Wayland, went to be with her Lord and Savior December 31, 2014. Ginny was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 17, 1928, to the late William Lawrence and Evelyn Patton. Her family moved to Ashland, Ohio where she graduated from and married Paul Burley on June 28, 1947. They raised all their children in Ashland, but decided to move the family to Gun Lake, Michigan in 1966. Paul worked at G.M. in Kalamazoo and Ginny…



Sharon Kay Keyzer

Sharon Kay KeyzerDecember 28, 2014

Sharon Kay Keyzer, age 67 of Wayland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 28, 2014, at Trillium Woods-Faith Hospice after a very courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne, her son John, her granddaughter Kassandra, parents Peter and Ruby Mulder, and her brother Larry Mulder. Sharon’s family includes her daughter Karen & Ken Louwenaar of Wayland; her grandson: Alex; her great-grandson Reese; her…



Larry Jay Smith

Larry Jay SmithDecember 26, 2014

Larry Jay Smith, age 57, passed away, Friday, December 26, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Rose Smith; his brothers, Alan and Roger Smith; and his nieces, Kristina and Karen Smith. Larry is survived by his siblings, Patricia Smith, LeRoy (Yvonne) Smith, Vicki (Jack) Erb; his nieces and nephews, Marie Smith (Andy), Kathleen (Andy) Kles, Rachel (Jeremy) Weber, Karolyn (Lonnie) Beggs, Jeremy (Andrea) Erb; his great-nieces…



Raymond Russell Hinkle

Raymond Russell HinkleDecember 12, 2014

Raymond Russell Hinkle, age 65, of Shelbyville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday December 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Hinkle and three siblings. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 47 years, Elaine (Haveman) Hinkle; his children, Bill (Jane) Hinkle, John (Pétra) Hinkle, and Shawna (Kevin) Alflen; 10 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; mother, Emma Hinkle; eleven siblings; mother-in-law,…



Bernice L. Vogel

Bernice L. VogelDecember 11, 2014

Bernice Vogel, age 90 of Wayland, passed away into the loving arms of her savior and beloved husband Andrew on December 11, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her siblings Russell Calkins, Max Calkins, May Truax and Dana Nykamp. Bernice will be lovingly remembered by her 5 sons and greatest achievements: Donald (Bonnie) Vogel, Robert (Karen) Vogel, Richard (Nelva) Vogel, Douglas (Jane) Vogel and Dennis (Lynn) Vogel. She is survived by her…



Gabriella S. Rewa

Gabriella S. RewaNovember 26, 2014

Gabriella Sylvia Rewa, age 83 of Salem Township, passed away November 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband John Rewa, her parents Hippoliet and Helen Bosman, and her grandson Jay Fase in 2010. Gabriella will be lovingly remembered by her children: John (Roganne) Rewa, Karl (Dale Rachelle) Rewa, Joan Rewa, Matthew (Rosie) Rewa, Sarah (Doug) Fase, Christopher “Jake” Rewa, Greta Rewa, Vincent Rewa, and Jason (Elaine) Rewa; 28…



JoAnn M. Zomerlei

JoAnn M. ZomerleiNovember 26, 2014

JoAnn (Homrich) Zomerlei, age 82 of North Dorr, passed away November 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Elizabeth Homrich, her brother Vernon Homrich, and her sister Marlene Wykowski. JoAnn will lovingly be remembered by her husband of 60 years, Carl; her children: Ron (Pat) Zomerlei, Allen (Marge) Zomerlei, Karen (Terry) Miller, and Larry (Julie) Zomerlei; her grandchildren: Mike, Jeff, Pete, Brandon, Jenni, Sarah,…



Crystal Rook

Crystal RookNovember 17, 2014

Crystal Rook, age 85 of Shelbyville, went home to be with the Lord on November 17, 2014. Crystal was born on March 2, 1929 in Martin to Conrad and Anna Haveman. She graduated from Martin High School in 1947. Crystal helped her husband William farm, always working beside him. She was a strong-willed woman who loved her family. She loved the Lord her God. William and Crystal also wintered in Florida for 35 years. Crystal was preceded in death by…



Juanita Irwin

Juanita IrwinNovember 14, 2014

Juanita Irwin age 90 of Dorr, went to be with her Lord, Friday, November 14, 2014. Juanita was born March 2, 1924 the daughter of Walter and Anna Stewart in Boyd County, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Eugene, her brothers Harold, W.R., C.R. Stewart and son-in-law Galen Brown. She is survived by her children: Ann Brown, Craig (Karen) Irwin, Brent (Irene) Irwin and Daren (Monica) Irwin; 12 grandchildren, 4 great…



Tal N. Cheers

Tal N. CheersNovember 5, 2014

Tal Nelson Cheers – 9/7/1964-11/5/2014
Beloved son of Dale Cheers (deceased), mother Shirlee Young Cheers, sisters Lisa (Tom) Hyde and Kira (Tom) Donnelly. He will be greatly missed by his partner in life and caregiver Joan Schultz, niece Rochelle Hyde and nephews Collin (Kaitlyn) Donnelly and Evan Donnelly. Tal was known for his sense of humor and always willing to help others. He graduated from East Kentwood High School and lived in the…



Barbara L.  Hoekstra

Barbara L. HoekstraOctober 30, 2014

Barbara Hoekstra, age 58 of Gun Lake, passed away at home following a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her father Howard DeBack and sister-in-law Colleen DeBack. Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her husband Randy Hoekstra; her children: Tracy (Raigen) Blake and Scott Hoekstra (Katlynn Gregersen); her mother Helen DeBack; her brothers and sisters: Ken (Nancy) DeBack, Donna (Jim) Bosma, Mary Wammack, Sally (John) Clelland, Linda…



Lyle J. Leys, Sr.

Lyle J. Leys, Sr.October 30, 2014

Lyle J. Leys, age 84 of Dorr, passed away at home, October 30, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Leta Leys; his brother Ronald, his treasured daughter-in-law Diane Leys, his grandson Michael Scott Leys, and infant twin daughters Kimberly and Terry. Lyle will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Luella; his children: Jan (Mike) Stevens, Cathy (Stan) Elwartowski, Russell Leys, Karen (Wayne) Berens, Jim Cook,…



Robert J. Hendrixson

Robert J. HendrixsonOctober 25, 2014

Robert J. Hendrixson, age 86 of Wayland, entered into eternal rest on October 25, 2014. He was born in Wayland, at home, on August 21, 1928, to Harry H. and Anna May (Higby) Hendrixson. He was preceded in death by his dad and mother; one brother Donald G. Hendrixson; 5 sisters: Elsie (Lloyd) Cutler, Daisey (Gerald) Kronberg, Cecil (Ellis) Tooker, Hattie (Arthur) Dawson, and Lucille (Ted) Niemchick; stepdaughter Julie (Thomas) Kaminski; and son…



Jacob N. Sprague, Jr.

Jacob N. Sprague, Jr.October 25, 2014

Jacob N. Sprague, Jr., age 85 of Grand Rapids, passed away October 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Cecelia Sprague; his brothers Naman, Carl and Herman Sprague; and his sisters: Luella Collins and Maudelene McDonald. Jacob will be lovingly remembered by his caregivers: Patricia Sprague and Coleen Nessner and many nieces and nephews. Jacob was a member of the Gun Lake Tribe in Bradley. Friends may visit with Jacob’s…



Paul D. Cochran

Paul D. CochranOctober 18, 2014

Paul D. Cochran, age 36 of Dorr, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Metro Hospital following a sudden stroke. Through the Gift of Life several individuals will benefit by Paul’s donation. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Paul and Beverly Cochran and uncle Rob Wagner. Paul will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Maria; their children: Katheline and Damian; his parents: Paul and Theresa Cochran; his brothers: Andrew (Kelly)…



Victor Allen Dennis

Victor Allen DennisOctober 10, 2014

Victor Allen Dennis, age 66 of Wayland, passed away October 10, 2014. He was preceded in death by his first wife Gloria Jean Dennis, his parents Charles and Thelma Dennis, and his sister Bonita Herring. Victor will be lovingly remembered by his wife Pameler; his children: Victor (Kathryn) Dennis, Charles Dennis, and Ann (Jeff) Junge; step-sons: Raymond “Chip” (Becky) Morehouse, Daniel (Sarah) Morehouse, David (Robin) Morehouse, Joseph (Dana)…



Patrick L. Ten Hoopen

Patrick L. Ten HoopenOctober 10, 2014

Patrick L. Ten Hoopen, age 73 of Dorr, passed away October 10, 2014. Pat will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years, Barbara; his children: Patrick (Cassandra) Ten Hoopen, Carolyn (John) Clark, Sherry Ten Hoopen, and Gina Ten Hoopen; four grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Bill (Carol) Ten Hoopen, Roger (Sharon) Ten Hoopen, Kathy Bowker, Bro. Francis Ten Hoopen, Mary Lennington, Mike (Becky) Ten Hoopen, and Barb McNally; many nieces…



Cathie Delisa

Cathie DelisaOctober 3, 2014

Cathie May Delisa, age 66, of Dorr passed on Friday, October 3, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with cancer. Cathie was born on December 18, 1947 in Binghamton, New York to Kenneth Neil Joy and Lila May (Wheelock) Romanczuk. She was a 1966 graduate of Binghamton North High School. In 1967 she married Joseph Delisa Sr. and he survives. Cathie was the Dorr Township Lions Club treasurer for a few years and very…



Mary Jo Pillars

Mary Jo PillarsOctober 3, 2014

Mary Jo Pillars, age 75 of Martin, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. The daughter of Herchall and Elsie Bender of Martin, Mary Jo was born on February 9, 1939. She graduated valedictorian of Martin High School, class of 1957 and spent her entire life in the Martin area. For over 25 years, Mary Jo was a clerk at the Wayland Hopkins Livestock Auction, along…



Alberta

Alberta “Birdie” PopmaSeptember 23, 2014

Alberta J. “Birdie” Popma age 63 of Bradley Settlement, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, September 23, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Sarah Sprague, her siblings Linda Rose Shomin, Randall L. Sprague and Joseph Sprague. She is survived by her children Amy (Steven) Loonsfoot, Al Popma, Andrea (Cory) Heiss, Dean (Sheila) Popma and Dena (Chris) Barton; grandchildren Anthony, Joseph, Hunter, Lilly, Austin, Avory and…



Orville Hazen

Orville HazenSeptember 9, 2014

Orville Hazen, age 89, passed away September 9, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan; his sister Leatha; his brothers: Royal (Joan), Herbert, and Raymond; and his great-granddaughter Alissa. Orville will be lovingly remembered by his children: Joyce (Steve) Farrell, Carol (Bill) Genther, Raymond (Kathy) Hazen, Patricia (Glenn) Avery, Shirley (Alan) Schouw, and Barb (Jerry) Klunder; grandchildren: Steven Farrell, Jr., Patrick (Patti)…



Nellie B. Whitcomb

Nellie B. WhitcombSeptember 8, 2014

Nellie Bernita Whitcomb, 99, of Moline, passed away on Monday, September 08, 2014. She was born on July 28, 1915 to Alfred and Elsie (Frank) Noah. Nellie is survived by sons Jerry (Beth) Whitcomb, Robert Whitcomb (Deb Jackman); daughter Linda (Paul) Zimmer; grandchildren, Todd Whitcomb, Teresa (Matt) Maynard, Scott Whitcomb, Ryan (Anne) Whitcomb, Aaron (Beth) Zimmer, Megan Zimmer, and Jared (Jenny) Zimmer; great grandchildren Skye Whitcomb…



Howard C. Cowles

Howard C. CowlesSeptember 2, 2014

Howard C. Cowles, aged 90, reunited with his beautiful bride of 64 years, Juanita, in Heaven, September 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita (Bush) Cowles and his daughter Constance Swartout. Howard will be lovingly remembered by his children: Emery (Michelle) Stora and Diane (Tim) Butler; his grandchildren: Jill Dominiak, Robert (Ann) Swartout, Tracey (Tom) Arnold, Teri Stora, Michael Stora, Michelle (Tom) Grassia, Toni (Todd…



Dennis O. Taylor

Dennis O. TaylorAugust 16, 2014

Dennis O. Taylor, RN, BSN, of Green Lake went to the Walls of Jasper and the streets made of Gold for the most magnificent rock hunting ever. Revelations 21:18-21 Dennis was born in 1940 and left this earth on August 15, 2014. He was preceded in death by his brother Les Taylor and left to remember him are his brother James and Lois Taylor of East Jordan and his sisters Joyce Vanderzee of Grand Rapids and Gail Marzean of Wayland. He leaves behind…



Marjorie Elizabeth Velicky

Marjorie Elizabeth VelickyAugust 15, 2014

Marjorie Elizabeth Velicky, age 77 of Dorr, passed away August 15, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elizabeth Pitsch, her sisters: Donna Holzgen, Jean Morsman, and Berdine Pitsch; and her brother Chester Pitsch. She will lovingly be remembered by her children: Elizabeth (Scott) Lynema, Stephen (Sandy) Velicky, and Leslie (Paul) Lettinga; grandchildren: Leyton, Erin, Mason, and Kinsee; her brother Forest (Berdine) Pitsch;…



James Marion Ledford, Jr.

James Marion Ledford, Jr.August 14, 2014

James “Jim” Marion Ledford, Jr., took his final march home to our Lord from his residence in Dorr, MI, August 14, 2014. Jim was born June 5, 1948, in Chicago, IL, to James, Sr. and Julia Ledford, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Forest View High School, Arlington Heights, IL, in 1966. He chose to immediately enlist in the U.S. Army and proudly served in the ASA, stationed in both Ethiopia and Vietnam. Shortly after his discharge, he…



Josie G. Talsma

Josie G. TalsmaAugust 4, 2014

Josie Talsma, age 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior, August 4, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Nick Talsma; sister Dort Zeinstra; son Dennis Talsma; and great-grandson Ricky Talsma. Josie will be lovingly remembered by her children: Dale (Jean) Talsma and Larry (Deb) Talsma; daughter-in-law Diane Talsma, grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and her brothers: Al (Florence) Hoekstra, Sierd (Marlene) Hoekstra,…



Barbara Rae Prelwitz

Barbara Rae PrelwitzAugust 3, 2014

Barbara Rae (Williams) Prelwitz, age 62, of Gun Lake, Michigan, was called to Heaven on Sunday August 3, 2014. Barb, as family and friends called her, loved to play bingo on Sundays. She also loved to play cards and scrabble, and was tough to beat at both. She was one of Elvis Presley’s biggest fans. She had a special protective spirit in her heart for all children. She was a woman of strong faith and frequently spoke out about that faith. She…



Verla Quackenboss

Verla QuackenbossJuly 28, 2014

Verla Quackenboss, age 85 of Gun Lake, passed away under hospice care, Monday, July 28, 2014. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Robert; her children: Cheri (Dick) Snay, Terry (Pat) Johnston and Shelli (Dan) Kelley; 10 Grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ollie Pulse. Verla loved going out morel hunting, working in her garden, playing with her dogs and cats, and knitting and…



James Wright

James WrightJuly 24, 2014

James Wright of Wayland, Michigan, passed away July 24, 2014, at home under hospice care. He is lovingly remembered by his children: Brandon Wright, and Kylee (Jonathan) Postma; his significant other: Charlene Jones and her children Jared, Autumn, and Stephanie Jones; his two grandsons Logan and Mason Postma; his seven siblings; Gene (Sue) Wright, Karen (Robert) Merrenn, Robert (April) Wright, Christopher (Bob) Wright, Mary (Gerry) Belden, David…



Karen L. Binion

Karen L. BinionJuly 20, 2014

Karen L. Binion, age 70 of Wayland, passed away at home under hospice care July 20, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Clara Mendenhall; her sisters Mardell Ritter and Ardith Eyer and her brother Duane Mendenhall. Karen will be lovingly remembered by her children Andrea (Craig) Thompson, Brian Olendorf, and step-son Scott (Deb) Binion; her granddaughter Samantha Dykstra; her special friend Tom; her sister Arlene Fansher…



Roger N. Dunkle

Roger N. DunkleJuly 19, 2014

Roger Nile Dunkle, age 71 of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully at home July 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Dorothy Dunkle and his sister Sandra Lee. Roger will be lovingly remembered by his wife: Ellen Dunkle; his children: Tom (Jenni) Dunkle, Tim (Sue) Dunkle, Rick (Wendy) Dunkle, Jason (Irene) Kamminga, Alisha Kamminga, and Kortney (Holly) Kamminga; grandchildren: Lauren Dunkle, Jacob Dunkle, Sarah Dunkle, Jerrod…



Warren

Warren “Tom” SmithJuly 15, 2014

Warren “Tom” Smith, age 81 of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Tom retired from Kalamazoo Public Schools in 1987 after 33 years of service as the Director of Transportation. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Lou. He is survived by his children, Terri (Tom) McLaughlin, Thomas (Ronda) Smith, Tammy (Scott) Elders; 4 grandchildren, Bradley Elders, Jessica Smith, Kurt Elders and Rebecca McLaughlin; and his brother Bud…



Eugene

Eugene “Gene” FentonJuly 10, 2014

Eugene B. Fenton “Gene”, age 81 of Wayland, passed away under hospice care, at home on his beloved farm. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elwood and Clara (Finkbeiner) Fenton, his twin brother Charles Fenton and his sister Anne Louise Fenton. Gene will be lovingly remember by his brother Jack (Pat) Fenton; his sister-in-law Ruth Fenton; and nieces and nephews: Tammy (Russ) Quick, Debbie (Keith) Thayer, Mary (Jerry) Bronkhorst, Susan …