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In Memoriam

Paying Respects to Our Clients

This page is dedicated to our current and former clients who have passed away. The Vogelzang Law team honors and remembers those who have become a part of our VL extended family. We offer our condolences to the friends and families who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

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Arnold Wodecki

1936-2018

Mr. Arnold T. Wodecki age 82 of Grand Rapids, passed away December 8, 2018. Preceded in death by his father Walter John, mother Sabina, sisters Elizabeth Tammens and Gloria Breza and one nephew Kevin Tammens.

Wodecki, Arnold Mr. Arnold T. Wodecki age 82 of Grand Rapids, passed away December 8, 2018. Preceded in death by his father Walter John, mother Sabina, sisters Elizabeth Tammens and Gloria Breza and one nephew Kevin Tammens. Surviving are his wife of 40 years Janet, daughters; Charlann (Glyn) Davies and Belinda (Todd) Wolf. Stepdaughters; Linda (Gary) Van Zee, Jean Hamlin; Stepson Ken Hamlin, 8 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter and 2 on the way. As well as 4 nieces that will greatly miss their Uncle Arnie. Arnie loved to travel and enjoyed landscaping his yard. Dzia Dzia loved spending time with his grandchildren sharing a love for Star Wars movies and a fondness of its history. He owned a few motorcycles in his younger days, and was able to satisfy that passion in California, riding through the various trails and Yosemite. He fulfilled a dream to travel to London, Wales and Scotland and had many castle adventures on that trip. The trip was enjoyed with Jan and Charlann and Glyn Davies. He will be missed, but his memory will live on, as we continue to enjoy the beauty of the yard he fashioned with finesse that we admire each day. "May the Force be with you" as you travel to your next destination. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 11AM at Holy Spirit Church, where he will repose one hour prior to Mass. The family will receive visitors Tuesday 6PM-8PM at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Chapel, 3525 Remembrance Rd. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Robert 'Don' Bergren

1940-2018

Bergren, Robert “Don” Muskegon Robert “Don” D. Bergren, age 78, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018. He was born on December 15, 1940 to Robert E. and Theda (Miller) Bergren in Muskegon.

Robert "Don" D. Bergren, age 78, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018. He was born on December 15, 1940 to Robert E. and Theda (Miller) Bergren in Muskegon. Don was a proud veteran of the United States Navy. He worked for several years at Dresser Industries, and then transitioned to working for Consumer's Energy at the B.C. Cobb Plant where he worked for 25 years until his retirement in 2001. Don loved boating and had a passion for Hot Rods; he enjoyed building cars and going to car shows. His greatest love in his life was his family, especially his grandchildren. On September 24, 1966 he married the love of his life, the former Darlene Timmons, she survives him. Other survivors include, his daughter, Melissa (Bruce) Lewallen; grandchildren, Lauren and Max; brother, Edward (Mary) Bergren; and sister, Pamela (Ken) Buckoff. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Timothy and Renee Bergren. A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Don will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at The Lee Chapel, 6291 S. Harvey St. (231) 798-1100 at 3:00 PM, with visitation taking place one hour prior to the service. For a more lasting memory, donations in Don's name can be made to the Harbor Hospice Foundation. Feel free to share a memory with the family on their online guestbook at www.sytsemafh.com.
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Zadick Eskenazi

1939-2018

Vogelzang Law honors the memory of Zadick Eskenazi, who had a long career as a chemical engineer. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March 2017, and fought his illness with strength and dignity.

Vogelzang Law honors the memory of Zadick Eskenazi, who had a long career as a chemical engineer. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March 2017, and fought his illness with strength and dignity. After his settlement, he and his wife of over 50 years, Sally, traveled to spend time with their grandchildren. The Vogelzang Law team extends our condolences to his friends and family.

"Zadick Eskenazi was a great person who put his family and faith above all else. He will be missed greatly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him."
- Wyatt Berkover
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Gordon Frederick Oberg

1940-2018

Oberg, Gordon Gordon Frederick Oberg, age 78, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 29, 2018. He passed away peacefully at home after a short illness. Gordon was loved by so many.

Oberg, Gordon Gordon Frederick Oberg, age 78, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 29, 2018. He passed away peacefully at home after a short illness. Gordon was loved by so many. He was always ready to listen and share his wisdom over a cup of coffee and probably some cookies. Putzing around in the yard, sitting by the water, or gatherings with family and friends was where Gordon was happiest. He was a veteran and served in the Coast Guard. With his strong work ethic and marketing knowledge, Gordon built his business around coaching and mentoring business owners in the heating and cooling industry. His clients thought of him as family. He officially retired July 31, 2018. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Inez; his children, Deanna and Tim Kasberger, Susan and Terry Glover, Steve and Nancy Oberg; his 11 grandchildren, Katy, Christian, Max, Lily, Brad, Robert, Dameon, Morgan, Sully, Lincoln and Gemma; his brothers, Morie and Sandy Oberg, John and Carol Oberg; his brother-in-law, Terry and Trudy Roer; and his nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, 7510 36th Avenue, Hudsonville, MI with Pastor Paul Krupinski officiating. Relatives and friends may meet the family on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Spectrum Health Hospice or Bread of Life Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com.
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John Terpstra

1940-2016

TERPSTRA, JOHN is survived by his wife: Dianne Terpstra of 55 years; 3 children: Marla (Kevin) Hannon of San Pierre, IN, Charlotte (Jerry Bechtold) Terpstra of Kouts, IN, and Rafe (Stacia) Terpstra of Kouts, IN; 5 grandchildren…

TERPSTRA, JOHN, age 76, of Hebron, IN, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at his home.John is survived by his wife: Dianne Terpstra of 55 years; 3 children: Marla (Kevin) Hannon of San Pierre, IN, Charlotte (Jerry Bechtold) Terpstra of Kouts, IN, and Rafe (Stacia) Terpstra of Kouts, IN; 5 grandchildren: Ashly (Dustin) Lindsey, Breck Terpstra, Harlow Terpstra, Amber (Phil) Oudhuis, and Cash Terpstra; 5 great-grandchildren: Maddy Heck, Marcus Heck, Dustin Junior Lindsey, Bella Oudhuis, and Hadley Oudhuis; brother: Wayne Terpstra; and sisters: Barb VanKeppel and Sheila Risner. He was preceded in death by his parents: John and Lucille Terpstra.John was a retired Brick Mason for Local 6 with 41 years of service. He was a gentleman farmer, gardener and an avid sportsman. John enjoyed fishing, watching birds, and walking in his woods.
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Bennett 'Ben' E. Mulder

1944-2017

Following a short battle with cancer, Ben received his heavenly reward on March 1st, 2017. Ben was born December 2, 1944 in Kalamazoo the son of the late Ebel and Henrietta (Weessies) Mulder.

Following a short battle with cancer, Ben received his heavenly reward on March 1st, 2017. Ben was born December 2, 1944 in Kalamazoo the son of the late Ebel and Henrietta (Weessies) Mulder. Ben was a lifelong member of Second Christian Reformed Church where he served as both deacon and elder. His leadership was instrumental on the Building Committee. Ben graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1963. In 1984 he founded Reliable Glass Installers which he grew into a successful business until he retired in 2007. Ben was an avid outdoorsman and his retirement was best enjoyed at his Upper Peninsula home surrounded by his kids and grandkids. On May 3, 1968 Ben was united in marriage to his loving wife Jeanne (Van Eck), who survives. Also surviving are his daughters, Rebecca (Andy) Odehnal, Pamela (Mark) Douglass; 6 grandchildren, Jordan, Trevor, and Mason Odehnal, Ella, Trent, and Theodore Douglass; sister, Evelyn (Jack) Wenke; and several nieces and nephews. Ben was preceded in death by sisters and brother, Grace Scott, Jean Dykstra, and Peter Mulder. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8pm Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th Street. A service to celebrate Ben's life will be held Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 11:00am at Second Christian Reformed Church, 3015 Nichols Rd. Prior to the service, a private interment will be at Mt. Ever-Rest North Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Second Christian Reformed Church Building Fund or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. To view Ben's personalized guestbook please visit http://www.langelands.com.
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Stanley W. Murray

1944-2018

Stanley (Stan) William Murray, age 74, passed away Sunday, September 9th 2018. He was born in Ann Arbor, MI. to Thomas and Josephine (Coleman) Murray.

Stanley (Stan) William Murray, age 74, passed away Sunday, September 9th 2018. He was born in Ann Arbor, MI. to Thomas and Josephine (Coleman) Murray. They lived in Otsego and later moved to Fremont, where he graduated in 1962. He always enjoyed working with his hands and was employed at L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems until he retired. He also volunteered as a firefighter for Dalton Township for over 25 years.

SURVIVORS: He was preceded in death by his parents. His survivors include his beloved wife, Sheila, his "special kids" Lorrie and Ed and his many friends from the fire departments, train clubs, and Coopersville Farm Museum. After his family and friends, his next love was trains. Any size, color, real or even model trains. SERVICE A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 29, at 1:00 pm at Anchor of Hope Church located at 2815 W. Giles Rd. in Muskegon with a luncheon to follow.

MEMORIAL: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harbor Hospice Foundation. Please visit www.clockfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or sign the online guest book.
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Wilbur A. Debolt, Jr.

1944 - 2018

Wilbur A. Debolt, Jr., 74, of Manilla passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at his residence.

Wilbur A. Debolt, Jr., 74, of Manilla passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at his residence. He was born January 12, 1944, in Lackawanna, New York, the son of Wilbur A. Sr. and Margaret (Antolich) Debolt. On May 28, 1966, he married his wife of 52 years, Vera Anderson, and she survives.

In addition to Vera, Wilbur is survived by his daughter, Celeste Debolt of Chesnee, South Carolina; son, Brian Debolt and wife, Deborah, of Indianapolis; brother, Richard Debolt and wife, Maryann, of Buffalo, New York; grandchildren, Amanda Hanke, Nicole Whitaker and husband, James, Ashley Coomer and husband, Josh, Amanda Kojima and husband, Bryan, Brittany Winters, Victoria Moistner and husband, Jason, Alexandra Ealick, Cheyenne Patterson and husband, Hayden, Macey Debolt, Brianna Debolt and Jackson Rine and wife, Kristina; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Wilbur graduated from Lake Shore High School in Derby, New York and Bryant-Stratton Business College.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War.

Wilbur was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he was one of the five church piddlers. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He enjoyed traveling, listening to music and working in his shop. Wilbur was a gardener and enjoyed growing garlic.

A gathering of friends will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St. in Shelbyville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.

Inurnment will be at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery in Shelby County.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

Online condolences may be shared with Wilbur's family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Ulrich 'Rick' Huemmerich

1944 - 2018

When someone thinks of Ulrich (Rick) Huemmerich, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person who’s also kind, caring and funny.

When someone thinks of Ulrich (Rick) Huemmerich, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person who's also kind, caring and funny. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of humility with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional morals and integrity, he was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Ulrich knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his family.

Ulrich was born on December 16, 1944 in his childhood home in Bonefeld, Germany. His parents were Werner and Johanna Huemmerich. Ulrich was raised with two younger siblings, a brother Achim, and sister, Gisela. As a young boy, Ulrich enjoyed playing soccer, motorcycling, and skiing.

For two years Ulrich served in the German Army. His belief in the principles of discipline and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life. He moved to the United States in 1969 while installing machinery at several Steel Mills. His daughter Gisela was born in 1971.

Ulrich met the love of his life in 1978. They met at a Saint Patricks Day Party at a club called Penn Station. Both of them had to make several attempts to find the location and nearly gave up. But as faith would have it, they were brought together. He said he knew when he first met her that he would marry her. On September 25, 1981, Ulrich exchanged wedding vows with Karen Jean Cholette at the St. Marks Lutheran Church of Riverview, Michigan. Throughout their near forty years together, his strong love and concern for her well-being never failed. This marriage also made Ulrich a father to Karen's two sons, Cole and Adam. Deeply concerned for their development as they grew up, Ulrich maintained a firm hand in his children's upbringing, and was exceedingly proud to watch them develop into upstanding adults. They later blessed him and Karen with six grandchildren: Madison, Katie, Desiree, Brittney, Jessica and Alex.

An avid motorcyclist, Ulrich enjoyed taking long adventures on his bikes. In 1981 he rode thousands of miles from Michigan to Alaska, when most of the Alaska Highway was still unpaved. Yellowstone Park, Monument Park, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Death Valley, were some of his other favorite adventure destinations. He also enjoyed going back home to Germany to visit his family and old friends.

His greatest passion was collecting and restoring Vintage BMW Motorcycles. Through the years, Ulrich received many "prestigious awards" for his impeccable restorations. He also frequented many motorcycle rallies around the country where he would participate in bike shows, both as a judge and as a contestant.

His home's slightly inclined driveway made it somewhat problematic to maneuver a motorcycle with a sidecar, which triggered an idea…he needed a transmission with a reverse gear. There was nothing available on the market, so in the early 90's Ulrich created it! His sidecar with reverse gear always drew a lot of interest and even won the most technological award at the "Hocking Valley Vintage Rally" in 1997. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastime, share a story or drink a few beers, but was also willing to share his interests and knowledge with others. He wrote many informative articles for various motorcycle and BMW Club magazines.

A very hard worker, Ulrich was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was a natural leader, with an extensive education, and well respected among his peers. In both his personal and professional lives, Ulrich upheld his standards of excellence. His primary occupation was as a Technical Engineer. He was employed for thirty six years by General Motors Corporation, Cadillac Division. Ulrich's retirement finally arrived in 2004. His new life involved relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada from Michigan. There he enjoyed his new found leisure time and appreciated the extra hours he was able to devote to his restoration work.

Beginning in the late summer of 2017, Ulrich fought a brave battle against Mesothelioma, Cancer. He passed away peacefully on May 31, 2018 at 9:50 PM at Nathan Adelson Hospice, in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife by his side. Services were held at Palm Northwest Mortuary, in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 6, 2018, where he was laid to rest.

Survived by his wife Karen, his children, Gisela, Cole, and Adam Cole, his six grandchildren, Madison, Katie, Desiree, Brittney, Jessica and Alex, his brother Achim, sister Gisela, brother in law, Gundi Franz, daughter in law, Lora Cole and son in law, John Thielbar. Ulrich's memory will continue to be cherished by his family and many dear friends, both in the United States and Germany.

All who knew him would agree that Ulrich lived his life to the fullest with his feet firmly on the ground, always ready for an adventure and a good ride. He will be sadly missed forever and always.
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Terry Steinberg

1939 - 2019

Mr. Terry Glen Steinberg, age 79, of Jacksonville, Illinois passed away at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Jacksonville, Illinois.

He was born October 5, 1939 in Jacksonville, Illinois the son of Wilmer Glen and Pauline Amelia Rice Steinberg. He married Carol Behymer on October 11, 1959 in the Hersman Presbyterian Church in Hersman, Illinois and she survives.

Mr. Terry Glen Steinberg, age 79, of Jacksonville, Illinois passed away at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Jacksonville, Illinois.

He was born October 5, 1939 in Jacksonville, Illinois the son of Wilmer Glen and Pauline Amelia Rice Steinberg. He married Carol Behymer on October 11, 1959 in the Hersman Presbyterian Church in Hersman, Illinois and she survives.

Mr. Steinberg served as an engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation for over 34 years retiring in 1991. Terry graduated from Meredosia High School with the class of 1957. He then attended the University of Illinois in Champaign. Terry had the ability to do just about anything he set his mind to, including completely building a home for his family near Meredosia, where they resided for over 20 years. He had served as the Burgoo Meister in Meredosia for several years and was also the president of the Meredosia Athletic Booster Club. Terry enjoyed volunteering with the Meredosia Food Pantry and he always loved traveling and camping, especially out west. One of his many attributes was that he never complained about anything even through his many health issues. Terry truly loved his family and especially enjoyed the time spent with his granddaughters.

Survivors include his wife Carol Steinberg of Jacksonville, Illinois. One son, Paul Steinberg (wife, Lisa) of Wayne, Illinois. Two granddaughters Dr. Olivia Steinberg O.D. (husband, Ryan Kellner) of Winfield, Illinois and Mikaela Bagnuolo (husband, John) of Wheaton, Illinois also survive along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Linda Reich and Jo Ellen Reynolds.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling with Nick Xamis officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hersman Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Meredosia Food Pantry or the Hersman Cemetery.

Condolences for the family may be left online at www.hendrickerfuneralhome.com.

The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.
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Ronald Bialas

1937 - 2019

Ronald was born on September 22, 1937 and passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

Ronald was born on September 22, 1937 and passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Ronald was a resident of Beecher, Illinois at the time of passing. A memorial visitation will be held 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. memorial Mass on Friday, May 10, 2019 at St. John Paul II - West Campus. Inurnment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation at www.curemeso.org.
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Herman Lee Morgan

1942 - 2019

MORGAN: A Homegoing Celebration honoring the Life and Legacy of Mr. Herman Morgan of Stone Mountain, Georgia will be held Monday, April 29, 2019, 11:00a.m. at World Changers Church International, 2500 Burdett Rd., College Park, Georgia, Dr. Creflo A. Dollar, Pastor; Pastor Carol L. Jones, Officiating. Interment, private.

MORGAN: A Homegoing Celebration honoring the Life and Legacy of Mr. Herman Morgan of Stone Mountain, Georgia will be held Monday, April 29, 2019, 11:00a.m. at World Changers Church International, 2500 Burdett Rd., College Park, Georgia, Dr. Creflo A. Dollar, Pastor; Pastor Carol L. Jones, Officiating. Interment, private. The family will receive friends Sunday evening, April 28, 2019, 5:00p.m. at Legacy Chapel, 8968 Fayetteville Rd., Jonesboro, Georgia. Survivors are his loving wife, Mrs. Regena A. Morgan; three sons, Alan L. Price, Randall (DeLisa) Morgan, Sr. and Tyren (Crystal) Morgan; daughter, Tanaya (Kevin) Williams; twelve grandchildren, Eboni, Randall, Jr., Carmon, ReChard, Samuel, Soteria, Symphony, Cryst’n, Camden Lee, Caidyn, Corynn, and Hadassah; three great-grandchildren; siblings, Berthena, Samuel (Brenda), Rufus (Shirley), Patrick (Joan), Palma, Freddie (Cheryl), Carolyn, Lorene, and Florene; and a host of other relatives and friends. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the church at 10:45a.m.
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Jason De Jongh

1956 - 2019

Jason De Jongh, 63, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Jason De Jongh, 63, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Jason was born in Zeeland on June 25, 1956, to Criston and Gladys (Klynstra) De Jongh. He graduated from Hudsonville High School and did two years of technology training before starting his career at Hope College. Jason later worked at TeleDial/US Signal/Worldcom for a decade and closed out his working career for 15 years as the Operations Manager at Love INC.

Jason met Joni Klinge in 1984 and they married on December 20, 1985. Jason and Joni raised their beloved children in Zeeland. They were active members of Christ Memorial Church, where Jason served multiple terms as a deacon and was an active supporter of CMC Missions. Jason was a devoted and loving husband and father. He never took his family for granted and was very intentional, present, and fun in his familial roles. He will be greatly missed.

Jason was preceded in death by his parents, his twin siblings: Janice and Julie De Jongh, and his brothers-in-law Jay Klinge and Glenn Klinge.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Joni, children: Jeshua De Jongh of Portland, Oregon, Jenna and John Puttrich of Holland; sibings: Jerry and Evie De Jongh, Janet and Rick Van Rhee, Judy and Steve Pawloski, Julius and Jennee De Jongh, Jenny and John Haga; sister-in-law Ruth Klinge and Tom Zenzer, Aunt Lorraine and Maurie Lemmen, Aunt Joyce (Gerry) Klynstra, Aunt Joyce (Jim) Klynstra, and many extended family and friends.

A funeral service to honor the faith and life of Jason De Jongh will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, July 5, 2019, in the Sanctuary of Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Rd., Holland 49423, (Please use Entrance C).

Visitations will be 5:00-7:30 pm, on both Tuesday and Wednesday at the Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th Street, Holland 49423. Interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Love INC-Hudsonville or the Christ Memorial Church-Mission Fund.
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James Gray

1947 - 2019

James L. Gray, age 71, of Martin, went to be with the Lord on June 26, 2019. Jim was born on July 23, 1947 to Jewel & Effie (Laubenthal) Gray.

James L. Gray, age 71, of Martin, went to be with the Lord on June 26, 2019. Jim was born on July 23, 1947 to Jewel & Effie (Laubenthal) Gray. Visit with his family and friends on Tuesday, July 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home Marshall & Gren Chapel; 120 S. Woodhams St. Plainwell, MI 49080. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the same location. Interment will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Jim’s family includes his wife of 42 years, Cathie; his children: Steve (Elaine) Gray, Angela (Vernon) Spears and Joshua Gray; five granddaughter’s: Abigail Gray, Cecilia Gray, Alyssa Spears, Hope Spears and Jayla Gray; his siblings: Geraldine Ruell, Marcia (Marvin) Blackford, Richard (Diane) Gray and his brother-in-law Mike Hellberg as well as several nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Phyllis and his brother-in-law Bob Ruell. Jim served his country proudly in combat in the Army during the Vietnam War. Please visit Jim’s memory page at www.mccowensecord.com where you can archive a memory or photo and sign his memory book online. Memorial donations can be made to the Faith Hospice of Byron Center.
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John M. Henderson

1944 - 2019

Henderson, John M. 11/16/1944 – 7/4/2019 Mears John Michael “Mike” Henderson, 74, of Mears, passed away July 4, 2019, in his home. He was born November 16, 1944, in Sault Ste. Marie, the son of Bernard and Florence Henderson.

Henderson, John M. 11/16/1944 - 7/4/2019 Mears John Michael "Mike" Henderson, 74, of Mears, passed away July 4 2019, in his home. He was born November 16, 1944, in Sault Ste. Marie, the son of Bernard and Florence Henderson. Mike graduated from Pickford High School with the class of 1962.

He worked on the family farm until he entered the U.S. Army at the age of 18. He trained in boot camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, followed by advanced training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Okinawa. After serving his country, he returned to the Soo. Mike then moved to Grand Rapids to work for Stahl Buick for five years. He worked for UPS as a mechanic for 30 years until his retirement. After retirement, Mike and Hazel moved to Upper Silver Lake where they built their current home.

Mike was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved fishing with his family and nephew, Jason. Mike constructed buildings for a hobby after he retired, including a storage building at his church. He served three terms on his church board and also on the Township Board of Appeals and the Lake Association Board until recently. Mike and Hazel were married March 31, 1979 and recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Mike is survived by: his loving wife, Hazel; children, Gail (Don) Hutchinson, Steve Morrison, John Henderson (friend Meg Miller), and Debra (AJ) Dunning, all of Lowell; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Iris (John) Lehigh of Sault Ste. Marie and Florida, Lois (Bruce) Willard of Kent, Washington, Loretta (Everett) Lines of Sault Ste. Marie; brother, Patrick Henderson of Luzerne; step-sister, Virginia Splan (Bill) Lockhart of Sault Ste. Marie; brothers-in-law, Bill (Eileen) VanderVlucht of Lucas, and Garry (Pat) VanderVlucht of Mears; as well as several nieces, nephews, and good friends. Mike was preceded in death by: his parents, Bernard and Florence Henderson; daughter, Brenda Morrison-Kernen; sister, Corrine; a baby brother; brother, Jim Henderson; step-mother, Margaret Splan Henderson; and sister-in-law, Barbara Henderson. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Cornerstone Community Church, 7640 W. Taylor Road, Mears, MI 49436. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00PM, Tuesday July 9, 2019, at Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, 2370 N. 72 Ave., Hart, MI 49420, and Wednesday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Up and Out Ministries or Great Lakes Caring (hospice). Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. www.beaconfh.com
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