Mr. Daniel Roy Ross, Sr. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, age 60, passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, August 11, 2015, with his family by his side, and rests now, with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Dan was born to Andrew and Eileen (Kelly) Ross on Sunday, March 20, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan, and was a longtime resident of the Grand Rapids area. Dan was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, dear brother and friend, and the best grandfather anyone could ever ask for. He was also a man of strong faith, firmly committed to his God and family. Dan loved the simple things in life— constantly “living the dream!” He was the rock of his family; always entertaining, and organizing get-togethers. The love he held for his family was truly beyond measure. Can’t you see him now, with his contagious smile and memorable laugh, a cold Pepsi in his hand, waiting for us to join him, while he plays eighteen holes on that big green in the sky. Dan leaves behind his beloved wife Kathleen (Vereeke) Bradley; loving children Daniel (Audrey) Ross II, Lisa (Joseph) Rothwell, and David Ross; step-children Ryan (Becky) Bradley, Allison (John) Budnick, Josh Bradley, Joel (Jessica) Bradley, and Paul (fiance Alex Steenson) Bradley II; adored grandchildren Jaxson, Jacob, Lauren, Carter, Evelyn, Lillian, Samuel, and Easton; brothers Robert (Kathleen), Steven (Patti), Peter (Rene), Edward (Lori), and Paul (Kendra); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Dianne Ross. There will be a time of visitation from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. During the evening visitation, beginning at 7:30 p.m., family and friends will be invited to share their thoughts and memories of Dan. The funeral service for Dan will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Andrew Jackson will be officiating. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Faith Hospice – Development Office, 2100 Raybrook Street SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Pederson Funeral Home pedersonfuneralhome.com
Powers, Mrs. Diane Powers aged 52 of Grand Rapids, passed into the arms of the Lord while surrounded by her family in the calm of Saturday morning, August 8, 2015. She was preceded in death by her, father Frederick Parish; brother, Frederick Parish; father-in-law Richard Powers, Sr. and her sister-in-law, Cheryl Oudhoff. Diane’s surviving family who will always cherish her memory, are her Husband and high school sweet heart, James; sons, James Powers, Jr., Joseph (Kristi) Powers, Alex (Ashley Feirick) Powers; grandchildren, Mason and Allie; sisters, Dorothy Watkins, Debra (Don) Yeakey; parents, Joe and Dorothy Reidt; Mother-in-law, Betty Powers; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cindy (Mike) Baker, Wanda Taylor, Darlene (Steve) Bodbyl, Richard (Mary Merriman) Powers, Mark (Julie Buckner) Powers; many nieces and nephews. Diane will be remembered for her love and devotion as a wife, mother, sister, friends and grandmother not only to her family, but to everyone. Spending time with her family and friends meant everything to her. If she was not with family she could be found riding her horse. Diane was also an active member in our community and even worked with Hope Network. Come join her family in celebrating her life 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel – Belmont, 1601 Post Dr. NE. Her family will greet relatives and friends on Monday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 PM and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Graveside services will follow at Floral View Memorial Park. Memorial contributions in her memory will be used to help her family with ongoing expenses. Contributions can be left with Stegenga Funeral Chapel.
Mr. Alvin “Al” Kraker and his beloved wife of fifty-three years, Lillian J. Kraker, both age 91, went home to be with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, just four days apart, passing away peacefully, Al on Monday, August 3, 2015, and his dearest Lillian on Friday, August 7, 2015. Al was born to Harm and Dena (Tuinstra) Kraker on Thursday, June 26, 1924, in Allendale, Michigan. Lillian was born to Nicholas and Crystal (Andrews) Herman on Friday, July 25, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both have been longtime residents of the Grand Rapids area. Al graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and Lillian from Creston High School, both in 1942, and shortly thereafter, Al joined the military. As a truehearted countryman, he proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Army during World War II, serving in the European and Pacific theaters. On January 12, 1962, Al and Lillian married, and ever since have remained truly committed to one another. Before their retirement, Al and Lillian worked for Rapistan, Al was their Purchasing Manager, and Lillian was an Executive Secretary. Al and Lillian had great faith with a strong dedication to God, always trusting in him completely. They had been longtime members of Central Reformed Church before moving to Rockford, where they became members of Rockford Reformed Church. Al was also a member of the Rockford Rotary Club. Al and Lillian are survived by his sister, Katherine Pohler; and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. They were preceded in death by their parents; his brother Harold Kraker; his sisters Marian Brower, and Louise Bronkema; her brothers Frank and James Herman; and sister Mary Herman. There will be a time of visitation from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for Al and Lillian will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10, 2015, at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 11 Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Pastor Paul Bradford will be officiating. There will also be a one hour visitation prior to the service at church. Under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United […]
Charles T. Finch aged 35 of Cedar Springs, passed away unexpectedly Monday, August 3, 2015. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hilton and Marjorie Pearcy, Leo and Nellie Finch; grandparents-in-law, Dennis & Bonnie Ragen. Surviving are his loving wife of 10 years, Sarah; their children, Isabella, Charlie and Anastasia; his faithful dog, Reese; his parents, Terry and Janice Finch; brother, Tim (Debbie) Finch; sister, Casey (Bret) Dreyer; also surviving are his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Calvin and Kathy Coalter; brother-in-law, Scott (Jamie) Coalter; and sister-in-law, Stacey (Matt) Eberbach; grandparents-in-law, John and Nettie Coalter; several nieces, aunts and uncles. Charlie loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a gentle soul and will be remembered most for his love of his family. Those that knew him will cherish the memory of his smile. Funeral services will be held 1:00PM Thursday, August 6, 2015 at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE. His family will greet relatives and friends Wednesday from 1 to 3PM and 5 to 7PM at the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to Stegenga Funeral Chapel for a fund to be established for his children. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visit: www.stegengafuneralchapel.com