Fisher Carole M. Fisher, age 44, passed away September 12, 2009, from accidental injuries. Born in Big Rapids, she graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1982. With her family, she enjoyed yearly tent camping trips to the Upper Peninsula. Prior to an accident in 1991, she loved to dance and roller-skate, and later played Bingo, a variety of card games, and computer games. She had a deep love for her sons who survive her, Edward Roger Fisher Jr. and Jess Bennett. Also surviving are her sister, Debbie and Lee Bliss of Cedar Springs; her nieces and nephews; and her long-time companion, Virgil Turner. She was preceded in death by the father of her sons, Edward Fisher Sr. A memorial gathering was held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs, with Pastor Keith Hemilla officiating. Inurnment will be in Mecosta-Austin Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider the needs of the family. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Curtis Mrs. Lillian L. Curtis, age 95, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2009, in Apache Junction, Ariz., where she was living with her daughter. Although born in Henderson County, Ky., she lived many years in Rockford, and was a former member of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Lillian is survived by her children, Shirley Getzen of Rockford, Charles and Martica Hershman of Victorville, Calif., Mrs. Juanita Webb of Carrizo Springs, Texas, Marjory and Robert Shier of Rockford, Evelyn Curtis of Apache Junction, Ariz., Ralph and Dorothy Curtis of Jenison, Gary and Kathy Curtis of Sand Lake, Dora Sue Jackson and Al and Phyllis Curtis, all of Kalamazoo; 29 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many, many great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Curtis; her daughters, Rosalee Gravelle and Mary Ann Steinke; her grandchildren, Audrey Joy Horrigan, Jean Poll, and Tony Curtis; her brother, Carlos Dodson; and her sister, Virginia Enright. The service for Mrs. Curtis will be Friday, September 11, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Hubbard officiating. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Dr., Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
LaRue Mr. John C. LaRue, age 82, of Belmont, passed away Monday, August 31, 2009 at Trillium Woods in Byron Center. John LaRue was born in Bay City, MI and grew up in Detroit where he attended Cass Tech High School. While there he and his buddies formed a fraternity which last met this August. John served as a motor machinist in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from University of Michigan in 1951 with a degree in Business Administration, was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a dedicated U of M football fan, and season ticket holder. His first wife of 46 years, Thelma, died in 1999. Survivors include his second wife of seven years, Janice; three children, John, Jr and Carole LaRue of Glen Ellyn, IL, Cynthia and Perry Gile of Rockford, Mich., and David and Karen LaRue of Downers Grove, Ill.; a brother, Robert (Pat) LaRue of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and the much anticipated arrival of another; his step-children, David and Tammy Ahrens and their family. John was a very hard worker, used to laugh about all the different jobs he had, and was a perpetual optimist. He retired at 65 from sales management at St. Mary’s Peerless Cement Co. in 1993, though he continued to work until age 75. Throughout his life he was a true friend to many and loved his family dearly. He loved fishing, golfing (had two holes-in-one and played 500 courses), popcorn, corn on the cob, going to Florida, and being with friends and family. The service for Mr. LaRue will be Saturday morning, September 5, 2009 at Calvary Church Chapel at 11:00, with Pastor Aaron Bolduc officiating. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider the American Heart Association. The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday from 9:30 until 11:00 at the church. Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
“Keyonie” Keyonie, one-of-a-kind Jack Russell Terrier, of Rockford unexpectedly went home to doggie heaven on Sunday, August 16, 2009. “KiKi” was a character of her own—smart, adventurous and stubbornly lovable. She was a constant presence in the short stretch connecting Pearl and Donald streets in downtown Rockford since 1997. She was a beloved friend and companion to two families: Jennifer, Katelyn and Kaleb Eldred, and Jerry and Rosee Douthett. The Eldred family raised her to be a loving dog who loved to be around people. She was a source of joy and laughter to this family, and a mischievous companion to their cat, Emmie. For the last six years you could see Keyonie constantly riding around (hanging out of the car) with Jerry and Rosie and more recently, riding with Jerry on his scooter. Keyonie would do anything for Jerry and Rosie and loved to perform her tricks for them. Keyonie will be forever missed because there is no one else like her. She was a furry individual, a free spirit, and an inspiration to those who knew and loved her. “Rest in peace, KiKi!”
Cutler Mr. Dale “Bruiser” E. Cutler, age 63, of Rockford found peace with God and died on Monday, July 27, 2009. Dale was a graduate of Rockford High School. When the call of his country was heard during the Vietnam War, Dale answered. Self was forgotten and, as a brave young man, he marched away to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He had a fierce loyalty to his men and stuck up for them whenever necessary. On every Memorial Day, you would find Dale proudly marching with his flag. Dale had a way of taking responsibility for everyone’s safety, often times endangering his life for the safety of others. He was the most decorated Native American from Michigan during Vietnam, earning two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and one Army Commendation Medal for Valor. Dale was a member of the elite Wolf Hound Unit when he was awarded his first Bronze Star in Vietnam by General Westmoreland. After the war he became a member of the Merritt Lamb Post #102 American Legion and was well-known for his loyalty. He worked in construction as a drywall installer. Dale was one of the most kind-hearted individuals you could ever meet, always focusing on helping others who were in need. In his leisure time he loved listening to country music and following NASCAR racing. Dale is survived by his children, Dale Cutler Jr., Kyle Cutler-Hess and her husband Tony Hess, and Kit Cutler and his fiancée Rosemary; his grandchildren, Dominic Cutler and Corrie Cutler; brothers and sisters, Clifford (Phyllis) Cutler, Robert (Judy) Cutler, Elma Jean Wakeman, Shirley (Al) Firovich, Floyd (Georgia) Cutler, John Cutler; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Arlene Cutler, Mrs. Marion Cutler; nieces and nephews; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Corey; his siblings, Monroe Cutler, Susie Miles, Donald Cutler, Patsy Lee Cutler, Angie Pyne, and an infant brother, Richard. The service for Mr. Cutler was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment is in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes Inc., P.O. Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515-0251. Arrangements were made […]