Ramon Pena

Pena, Ramon

1/4/1940 – 10/16/2014Ramon Pena

Ramon A. Pena, age 74, formerly of Sidney, passed away on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Lansing.  He was born on January 4, 1940 in Brownsville, Texas, the son of Rafael & Nicolasa (Arizmendez) Pena.

On June 21, 1974, Ramon was married to Patricia Lanning and she preceded him in death on May 21, 2009.  Also preceding him in death were his parents, a son, Thomas Pena, a sister, Emma Centeno and a brother, Rafael Pena.

Surviving are his children, Guadalupe (John) Raap of Grand Rapids, Beatrice Pena of Grand Rapids, Raymond Pena of Wyoming, Michael (Janet) Pena of Wyoming, Ramon Pena (Rosemary Kennedy) of Lansing, Cathy Lanning of Stanton, Christina (Monty) King of Riverdale, Lucio (Raquel) Pena of Lansing, beloved grandson, Tomas Pena, 30 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren one brother, Frank (Linda) Pena of Bay City, two sisters, Beatrice Vidal of Lansing, Irene Sanchez of St. Louis, one sister in law, Susie Pena of Stanton and several nieces and nephews.

Ramon was a longtime resident of the Sidney area and retired from Electrolux in 2005 after 21 years of service.  He enjoyed hunting, but especially loved to spend time with his family.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan.  Interment will be at the Sidney Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday beginning at 10 AM, one hour prior to the funeral service.

Gordon DeVries

DeVries, Gordon DO

2/2/1931 – 10/13/2014Gordon DeVries

Dr. Gordon DeVries, age 83, formerly of Stanton, passed away on Monday, October 13, 2014 in Grand Rapids. He was born on February 2, 1931 in Grand Rapids, the son of Francis & Leona (Vanderschur) DeVries. Both parents have preceded him in death as well as a brother, Donald DeVries.

On August 24, 1952, Dr. DeVries was married to Catherine “Kay” O’Rourke in Chicago. She preceded him in death on March 2, 2002 after 49 years of marriage.
Surviving are two sons, Jay & Faith DeVries of Belmont, Michigan, Jim DeVries & Todd John of Stanton and four grandchildren, Jake, Tiffany, Autumn and Jenna.

Dr. DeVries attended school at Cedar Lake Schools, now known as Great Lakes Adventist Academy, Andrews University and graduated from the Kansas City School of Osteopathic Medicine. Following an internship, Dr. DeVries opened his medical practice in Stanton and spent over 40 years caring for his patients. In addition to working, “Doc” loved to golf, sail his sailboat and swim in his pool. After his wife’s passing, he moved to the Clark Retirement Community where he made many friends in the past twelve years and will be missed by all those who knew him.

Funeral services beginning at 1:00 P.M. will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Clark Retirement Community, 1551 Franklin Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan with Chaplain Geraldine Pringle officiating. Final interment will be at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Stanton, Michigan.

There will not be any visitation held prior to the funeral service.

For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial consideration can be made to either the Montcalm County Animal Shelter or the Clark Retirement Community.

Pat Cook

Cook, Patricia

2/18/1927 – 10/10/2014 Pat Cook

Patricia M. Cook, age 87 of Stanton, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 10, 2014 at her home.  She was born on February 18, 1927 in Stanton, the daughter of Michael & Edna (Stewart) Herald.  Both parents have preceded her in death as well as her first husband, Samuel A. Cannon in 1992, her second husband, Jesse E. Cook on October 27, 1998, four siblings, infant sister, Missy, her sister Fern Brooks and two brothers, James & Clare Herald.

Surviving Pat is one daughter, Marian Hansen of Palm Beach Shores, Florida, one son and daughter in law, Larry & Linda Cannon of Stanton, one sister, Helen Hansen of Stanton, four grandchildren, Christian Hansen, Kally Hansen, Casey & Chris Johnson, Roxanne & Gary Teegardin, several step grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several step great grandchildren.

Pat has been a lifelong resident of the Sheridan and Stanton areas.  She formerly worked at Ionia Manufacturing in Ionia and eventually retired from Gibsons in Greenville.  She was a member of the Stanton American Legion Post 452 and the Montcalm County Democrats.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating.  Interment will be at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Stanton.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM where the family will meet with friends and relatives.

For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the Stanton American Legion Post 452 Auxiliary.  There will be envelopes available at the funeral home .

Dorothy Todd

Todd, Dorothy

6/23/1919 – 10/8/2014Dorothy Todd

Dorothy M. Todd, age 95 of Sheridan passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Laurels of Carson City. She was born on June 23, 1919 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Bert & Ethel Ricks.

Dorothy was married to Virgil Todd, who has preceded her in death as well as her parents.

Surviving Dorothy are three cousins, Beverly Ricks of Gowen, Maxine Ricks of Belding and William “Bill” Ricks of Ionia.

Dorothy has been a lifelong resident of the Sheridan and Crystal areas and was a very faithful member of the Evergreen Free Methodist Church of Sheridan.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Evergreen Free Methodist Church, Sheridan, with Pastor Jim Vandewarker officiating. Interment will be at the Crystal Cemetery in Crystal, Michigan.

Visitation will also be held at the church on Monday at 10:00 AM; one hour prior to the funeral service.

For those desiring to do so, memorial considerations are can be made to the Evergreen Free Methodist Church in Dorothy’s memory. There will be envelopes available at the church.

Harold Schultz

Schultz, Harold

9/20/1950 – 9/23/2014Harold Schultz

Harold L. Schultz, age 64 of Stanton passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. He was born on September 20, 1950 in Lakeview, the son of Harold & Pluma (Ridgeway) Schultz. Both parents have preceded him in death.

On March 22, 1969, Harold was married to Connie Peterman and she survives in addition to their children, Gerry & Amy Schultz of Stanton, Angie & Eric Sorenson of Webberville, Andy (Boog) Schultz of Stanton, 8 grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Jakob, Breanna, Matthew, Megan, Madison and Jared, 2 sisters, Linda Jacobs of Brethren, Lorry & Terry Rugg of Vermontville, 3 sisters in law, Fay & Daryl Williams of Stanton, Sherri & David Jeffrey of Sheridan, Sandra & Veldra Raines of Stanton, 2 brothers in law, Wayne Peterman of Riverdale, Alan & Twayla Peterman of Grawn plus several nieces and nephews.

Also preceding him in death were his mother and father in law, Roger & Wanda Peterman and a brother in law, Gary Jacobs.

Harold was a longtime resident of Sheridan before moving to Stanton. He was employed as a support coordinator for the Ionia County Mental Health Department. Harold loved Central Montcalm football and assisted the team on the sidelines for many years. His first love however was his family, especially the grandkids and will be missed by all of them.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Monday, September 29th at the First Congregational Church in Stanton with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating. Interment will be at the Sidney Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan on Sunday, September 28th from 4 until 6 PM where the family will meet with friends and relatives.
For those desiring to do so, there will be envelopes available at the funeral home for memorial considerations to the family.

Neal Stearns

Stearns, Neal

6/3/1921 – 9/16/2014Neal Stearns

Neal A. Stearns, age 93 of Palo passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Carson City. He was born on June 3, 1921 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Maurice & Ida (Andre) Stearns. Both parents have preceded him in death.

On January 4, 1940, Neal was married to Marjorie C. Tibbet and she preceded him in death on June 19, 2011. Surviving are his children, Carmen & Dan Lindquist of Palo, Michigan, Steve & Sandra Stearns of Hopkins, Michigan, David & Marlinda Stearns of Scio, Oregon, plus 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Neal has been a longtime resident of the Palo area. He held a masters degree in education and taught music for 10 years before a career change and became an insurance executive in the insurance business. As a US Navy veteran of World War II, Neal was a member of the VFW Post 5065 of Sheridan and also a member of the Palo United Methodist Church.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Palo United Methodist Church with Pastor Larry Nalett officiating. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 10 AM; one hour prior to the funeral service.
Interment will be at the Palo Cemetery in Palo.

Brent Luttrell

Luttrell, Brent

4/13/1980 – 9/8/2014Brent Luttrell

Brent J. Luttrell, age 34 of Fenwick passed away tragically on Monday, September 8, 2014.  He was born in Carson City, Michigan on April 13, 1980, the son of Lori Ann Luttrell.

Brent is survived by his mother and step father, Lori Ann & Charles Hansen of Fenwick, his special partner, Ashley Hadder, 2 grandmothers, Phyllis Luttrell of Sheridan, Lois Wilson of Greenville, his siblings, Stacy & Ruben Vasquez of Ionia, Alicia Stearns of Six Lakes, Derek Stearns of Six Lakes, plus several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Preceding Brent in death were two grandfathers, Larry Luttrell and Chuck Wilson.

Brent has been a longtime resident of the Sheridan and Fenwick areas where he worked as a drywaller for Hansen’s Drywall.  He loved the outdoors, especially fishing as a young boy.  He loved his dog, Rocky, who was his “SARGEANT OF ARMS” and who will also be buried with him.

Graveside services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Friday, September 12th at the Clear Lake Cemetery, Fenwick.  Following the services at the cemetery, there will be a luncheon at the VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan where the family will have the opportunity to meet and visit with friends and relatives.   There will not be any funeral home visitation held.

For those desiring to do so, memorial considerations can be made to Brent’s family to assist with expenses.

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Miller, Elizabeth

2/25/1931 – 9/4/2014

Elizabeth E. Miller, age 83 of Lakeview passed away on Thursday evening at her home. She was born on February 25, 1931 in Lumberton, Mississippi, the daughter of Eli J. & Elizabeth (Hershberger) Miller. Both parents have preceded her in death as well as one son, Joseph Miller.

On November 20, 1951 in Conewango Valley, New York, Elizabeth was married to Eli J. Miller and he survives in addition to 3 daughters, Amanda & Abe Miller, Fannie & Joni Hershberger, Mattie & Alvin Shetler, 6 sons, Crist & Carolina Miller, Levi & Fannie Miller, Dan & Lizzie Miller, Eli & Barbara Miller Jr., Elmer & Barbara Miller and Joni & Katie Miller, all living in Michigan, plus 71 grandchildren, 128 great grandchildren, 3 sisters, 3 brothers and several nieces and nephews.

Formerly of Ohio, Mrs. Miller has been a resident of the Lakeview area for the past 40 years and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Funeral services beginning at 10 AM will be held on Sunday, September 7th at the Miller residence, 7750 Kendaville Road, Lakeview, with interment following in the Greenville North Amish Cemetery, Six Lakes.

Visitation will be on Saturday, September 6th at the Miller home where friends and relatives are welcome to stop by anytime during the day.

Robert Guziak

Guziak, Robert

7/26/1925 – 9/3/2014Robert Guziak

Robert L. Guziak, age 89 of Stanton passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at his home. He was born on July 26, 1925 in VanDyke, Michigan, the son of James & Margaret (Moeller) Guziak.

On December 16, 1950, Robert was married to Betty A. McKeage and she survives in addition to one daughter and son in law, Sue & Terry Christensen of Greenville, 2 grandchildren, Heather & Tony Kuiper and Kristina & Ryan Snyder, 5 great grandchildren, Evan, Katelyn, Jacob, Colton and Jase, 2 sisters, Ruth & Gil Kimsel of Saginaw, Betty & Newbern Allen of Tennessee, 3 sisters in law, Gerri Guziak, Rita Guziak and Jeannie McKeage and 1 brother in law, Max Rusher.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, a son, William Robert Guziak, 2 brothers, Norm and James Guziak in addition to other extended family members.

Formerly of Brant, Robert officially moved to Derby Lake in 1989 where he had owned his first cottage since 1972. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a life member of Merrill Hemlock VFW Post 7302. His wife Betty of 63 ½ years was the love of his life, but he also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be missed by all of his family and friends.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Saturday, September 6th at the First Congregational Church in Stanton with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating. Interment will be at the Brant Cemetery in Brant, Michigan.

Visitation will be on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 2:00 until 8:00 PM at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan where the family will meet with friends and relatives.
For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to either the First Congregational Church of Stanton or the American Heart Association. There will be envelopes available at both the funeral home and the church.

Donna Jeffrey

Jeffrey, Donna

12/11/1934 – 07/24/2014Donna Jeffrey

Donna Ruth Jeffrey, age 79 of Sheridan passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born on December 11, 1934 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Herman & Cornelia (Becker) Kosten. Both parents have preceded her in death.

On June 4, 1952, Donna was married to Cecil J. Jeffrey and enjoyed 53 years of marriage before he passed away on June 29, 2005. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mickey and four brothers, Red, Junior, Dave and Bob.

Surviving are her children, James & Beverly Jeffrey, Steven & Gale Jeffrey and Craig & Nancy Jeffrey, all of Sheridan, 20 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, three sisters, Ellen Clements of Carson City, Marilyn & Wayne Adams of Sheridan, Carol Rydahl of Sidney and one brother, Kenneth & Peggy Kosten of Sheridan.

Donna has been a lifelong resident of the Sheridan area and was retired from Gibson’s. In the last 4 years, she enjoyed the company and activities at the Montcalm Senior Center, watching Gunsmoke and Tiger baseball. She will be missed by all of her loved ones and leaves an empty hole in our hearts, especially her children and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

Funeral services beginning at 1:00 PM will be held on Saturday, July 26th at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan with Pastor Kenneth Harger officiating. Interment will be at the Sheridan Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 25th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home where the family will meet with friends and relatives.

For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the Montcalm Commission on Aging Senior Center. There will be envelopes available at the funeral home.