Chrisman Obituary

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Larry Lee Chrisman, age 79 of Ada, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Larry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carolyn; his children, Rick Chrisman (Brenda), Linda Fontes, Laurie Ball (Patrick), Lisa Schichtel (Matthew), and Kim Charron; twenty-two grandchildren, Brad Chrisman, Katie O’Rourke, Stacey Chrisman, Mallory Chrisman, Andrew Chrisman, Megan Chrisman, Melissa Kam, Mary LaFramboise, Paul Shemanski, Nicole Ball, Joseph Ball, Lindsey Johnston, Kelly Ball, Madeline Ball, Matthew Schichtel, Elizabeth Schichtel, Jack Schichtel, Maggie Schichtel, Rory Charron, Jaime Charron, Natalie Charron and David Charron; and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson Stephen Shemanski Jr. Larry is also survived by his two sisters, Delores Allen and Glenda Didion, and his brother Ron Chrisman. He was preceded in death by his parents Godfrey and Minnie Chrisman and his brothers Wayne Chrisman, Lyle Chrisman and Kenny Chrisman. There was a time of visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford. A Rosary was offered at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial for Larry was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Saint Patrick Parish, 4351 Parnell Ave NE, Ada, MI 49301. Fr. Mark Peacock will be presided. There was also a time of visitation one hour prior to the service at Saint Patrick Parish on Tuesday. Burial took place in Saint Patrick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Saint Patrick Catholic School, 4333 Parnell Ave NE, Ada, MI 49301. Pederson Funeral Home

Dickson Obituary

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mr. William Scott Dickson, Sr. of Oakfield Township, Michigan, passed away on the evening of Saturday, August 15, 2015, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born to Larry and Judith (Easterday) Dickson on Wednesday, June 7, 1967 in Allegan, Michigan, but had been a longtime resident of Pierson. Bill was a true outdoorsman—he loved being in the woods, hunting, or on the lake, boating and fishing, and when those frigid winters froze the lake over, one could find him more than content, with a line dropped down the hole waiting for his catch of the day. He enjoyed his day’s work in the yard and then relaxed in the evening by a bonfire, just as the stars began to show through the ethereal light of a warm and perfect Michigan night. As a handyman, there was never a job, too big or too small; always lending a hand to those that needed it. He will always be remembered as a wonderful father, proud grandfather, dear brother and friend. The love he held for his family and those close to him, was truly beyond measure. Bill is survived by his loving children, Miranda (Jason DeVries) Heyer, Tiffany Dickson, William (Kimberly)  Dickson, Jr., Samantha Mills, and Steven Mills; adored grandchildren, River, Jayden, Jordyn, J.R., Keanna, and Rocklyn; brothers Paul and Larry (Pattie) Dickson; and sisters Bessie (Joe) Miller, Brenda (Rick) Watts, and Monica Dickson. He was preceded in death by his parents. The memorial service for Bill will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2015 at the New Life Baptist Fellowship Church, 6252 Burlingame Ave. S.W., Byron Center, MI 49315. Pederson Funeral Home

Flanagan Obituary

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mr. Lloyd Gene Flanagan, Sr. of Lowell, Michigan, age 74, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born to Percy and Lena (Root) Flanagan on Monday, October 7, 1940, in Belmont, Michigan, and had been a lifelong resident of the Lowell area. Lloyd enjoyed many things in life, but his true passion and lifeblood was farming, and he would be at his most content and in utter glory, riding his tractor, a 656 International Harvester. Lloyd was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, and dear friend. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by family, friends, and all who knew him. Lloyd is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen (Goldner); loving children Lloyd (Andrea) Flanagan, Jr. and Marilyn (Wayne) VanOss; grandchildren Michelle VanOss, Nathan (Nicole) VanOss, Jason (Dawn) VanOss, and Amanda (Troy) Linebaugh; four great grandchildren; and “special friends” Jake Seaman, Ryan Fisk, and Shannon Fisk. He was preceded in death by his parents; and son David Lloyd Flanagan on January 9, 2015. There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Lloyd’s life, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the family farm, located at 10975 4 Mile Road NE, Lowell, MI 49331. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution in Lloyd’s name to the American Diabetes Association, 1550 E. Beltline Avenue SE, Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Pederson Funeral Home

Gerber Obituary

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

William Albert Gerber, age 94, died on August 13, 2015, at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. William was born June 26, 1921, in Menominee, Michigan; the eldest son of the late Albert F Gerber of Whitewater, Wisconsin and Julia A (Jensen) Gerber of Menominee, Michigan. William had three brothers, the late Donald P Gerber, and identical twins, Albert V and the late Nalbert J Gerber. William was a 1939 graduate of Menominee High School, Menominee, Michigan. After graduation, William attended a military training program at Houghton, Michigan. William accepted a position with the US Forest Service as a ranger/technician on Isle Royale National Park in 1941, reporting to the island to winter over on December 6, 1941. After returning to the mainland after the winter, William enlisted in the US Army. William served with the Coastal Artillery (Radar Section) in Virginia Beach, Virginia before being transferred to the European Theater, where he served 14 months with General George Patton’s 3rd Army. After the war, William briefly returned to Menominee and enrolled in the Spartan School of Aeronautics, Radio school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduating in 1948 with a first class radio telephone license. It was in Oklahoma where he met his future wife, the late Luella E (Stettnisch) Gerber.  Luella, a native of Breckenridge, Oklahoma, graduated from the St. Edwards School of Nursing in Fort Smith, Arkansas. William and Luella were married on November 7, 1948 in Springdale, Arkansas. The newlywed couple returned to Menominee where William found employment with WMAM Marinette as a radio technician. William was recalled to active duty in support of the Korean Conflict, performing his service at the Theater Radio Relay Facility in Yokohama, Japan. William and Luella had four children: Dwane C, Sheri Kae, Kenn Ray, and Bruce Wayne Gerber. In 1956, William accepted a position as a Dispatcher with the Michigan State Police and was assigned to Post 75 at Houghton Lake. In 1965, he was transferred to the 6th District Headquarters at Rockford, Michigan. He retired from the Michigan State Police as the 6th District Senior Dispatcher in 1981; and as a Sergeant First Class from the Michigan National Guard-US Army. William, call sign W8CBH, was a life member of the Amateur Radio Relay League; Quarter Century […]

Odren Obituary

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Beverly A. Odren, 81 of Cedar Springs went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Friday, August 14, 2015 at her home. Bev was born January 1, 1934 in Solon Township, MI the daughter of Peter and Marjorie (Clingan) Hanna. She retired from Cedar Springs Public Schools Reading Center and had been a lifetime and very active member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. She was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. Surviving are her children, Keith (Marva) Odren, Kent (Peggy) Odren, Karla (Dennis) Glerum; grandchildren, Peter (Monika) Odren, Derek (Jacqui) Odren, Anna Odren, Julie (Matt) Whitehead, Mary (Aaron) Aniszko, Tim (Amy) Glerum, Jon Glerum, and Andy Glerum; great grandchildren, Geneva, Eli, Zach, Isiah, Monroe, and Max; sisters, Myrna Weidenfeller, Doris (Ron) DeJong; brother, Don (Nancy) Hanna; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 2000. The family greeted friends Monday, August 17 from 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Tuesday 11:00 at the First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St, Cedar Springs. Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church. Bliss-Witter’s & Pike Funeral Home

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