Ricky L. Smith, age 60 of White Cloud, passed away Monday, June 8, 2020 at the Transitional Health Services in Fremont following a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Ricky was born on April 28, 1960 in California to Robert L. and Alma H. (Meeuwenburg) Smith and grew up in White Cloud, graduating from White Cloud High School in 1978. Ricky owned and operated his own construction business for several years and enjoyed fly fishing, golfing, camping and hunting.
Ricky is survived by his sisters and brother, Darlene Westcomb of White Cloud; Gloria Silverthorn of White Cloud; Pamela (Andy) Newfer of White Cloud; Allen (Vicki) Smith of Savannah, Tennessee; Brenda (Dan) Williams of Grant; Tina (Gary) Daniels of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 20 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. Ricky was preceded in death by his mother, Alma H. Dyer on June 30, 2004, his father, Robert L. Smith on June 26, 2005; his brother, Robert Smith; his brothers-in-laws, James L. Silverthorn and Carl D. Westcomb.
VISITATION : Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 4-6pm at Crandell Funeral Home – White Cloud Chapel. GRAVESIDE SERVICES : Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm at the Sherman Township Cemetery 1850 S. Wisner Ave Fremont MI 49412. Friends may consider memorial contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society – Michigan Chapter. Friends may send a condolence, share a memory or share a picture of Ricky online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – White Cloud Chapel. 231-689-1492
Jessie May Kennard, age 86 of Newaygo, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, June 9, 2020 at her home. Jessie was born on January 31, 1934 in Muskegon to Richard “Bud” William and Mildred Lillian (Hosmer) Anderson. Jessie married Lloyd E. Potter on September 6, 1951 in Ravenna and Lloyd preceded her in death. She later married Gerrald L. Kennard on February 10, 2003 in Frostproof, Florida and he preceded her in death also.
Jessie was a proud graduate of the Grant Adult Education where she received her Graduation Diploma in 1976. Jessie had been a cook at Johnny’s Restaurant, The Depot, had worked at the Quarterline Home, Dallas Darling and later managed the Victorian Manor in Newaygo. Jessie also volunteered as a cook at several youth church camps. Jessie enjoyed teaching 5 Day Clubs in the area, crocheting, quilting, reading, gardening, singing and had been involved with PACE in Newaygo County for several years.
Jessie is survived by her children, Steven T. “Two Dogs” (Karen) Potter of Newaygo; Jonathan E. (Bonnie) Potter of Coldwater, Mississippi; Joy (Raymond) Bridgman of Highpoint, North Carolina; Faith (Rogers) Potter of Hesperia; Judy Konoff of Hesperia; her daughter-in-law, Renee Potter of Fremont; step daughter, Tona (Eric) Adamson; 34 grandchildren; 75 great grandchildren; 18 great great grandchildren; her sisters, Rosalee Morgan of Springfield, Ohio; Mildred “Pat” Hunter of Newaygo; many nieces and nephews. Jessie was preceded in death by her husbands, Lloyd E. Potter and Gerrald L. Kennard; her son, Andrew Potter; her daughter, Molly Jean Sayers; her grandsons, William James Haynes and Elliott Jacob Konoff; her sister, Beatrice Hiles; her son-in-law’s, Rev. Frederick Konoff; John W. Rogers Jr. and Robert Sayers.
A Celebration of Life and Time of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 2pm at her son Steven’s home at 3666 E 96th Street in Newaygo. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Grant following her wishes for cremation. Friends may consider memorial contributions to Hospice of Michigan in memory of Jessie. Friends may send a condolence, share a memory or share a picture online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel. 231-924-0800
Mr. Arthur W. Rice, age 87 of White Cloud, passed away on Sunday morning, June 7, 2020 at his residence. He was born on August 4, 1932 in Hesperia, Michigan to George W. & Laura P. (Crawford) Rice. Art was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War, and he was a member of the Fremont Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a farmer, he raised pigs, he was a sawyer & millwright, and he enjoyed doing metal fabrication.
Art was preceded in death by his wife Gloria on September 18, 1995. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and by his brother & his wife, George W. & Dorothy Rice. Survivors include 3 children: Joan Boss of Hamilton, MI., Duane Rice of Muskegon, MI., Cindy Lou Godfrey of White Cloud, MI.; several grandchildren & great grandchildren; 1 brother, Harold N. (Susan) Rice of White Cloud; and by several nieces & nephews.
Due to current restrictions related to COVID-19 concerning social distancing, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Holton, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the American Cancer Society, or to the Fremont Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You can sign the online guest book at www.kroeze-wolffis.com. Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.
Mrs. Peggy Ilene Dostie, age 90 of Newaygo, Michigan passed away on Friday afternoon, June 5, 2020 at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont. She was born on July 27, 1929 in Hammond, Indiana to Con & Sarah (Ramsey) Sheridan.
Peggy retired from General Electric after 26 years of employment. She enjoyed bowling, horseshoe, fishing, crocheting, and go cart racing.
Peggy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Carl Dostie; 3 children: Dennis Weber of Holland, Michigan, April (Rick) Petersen of White Cloud, Michigan, Tina Dostie of Florida; 3 grandchildren: Philip Balmer, Monte (Dorian) Goodyke, Stephanie Neenan; and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Peggy Leigh, and by several brothers & sisters.
A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held at a later date, and interment will be in Allegan Township, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the Salvation Army. You can sign the online guest book at www.kroeze-wolffis.com. Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.
Kimberly J. Woods, age 45 of Muskegon, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at the Spectrum Health Gerber Health Services in Fremont. Kim was born on May 2, 1975 in Muskegon to Charles M. and Janet L. (Beehler) Dykema and graduated from Fremont High School in 1993. Kim later graduated from Muskegon Community College and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley State University. Kim joined the Michigan National Guard and her unit was activated for the Iraq War and was deployed in the United States Army and served until her honorable discharge after 6 years of service. Kim was an educator and started teaching at Godwin Heights Schools in Grand Rapids, later at Muskegon Heights Public Schools and was currently teaching English and History at the Muskegon High School and had been the Varsity Softball Coach at Muskegon High School for several years and was loved by 100’s of her students. Kim married Jason Woods on August 28, 2010 and loved reading, puzzles and playing games and her dog Bailey.
Kim is survived by her husband, Jason; her brother, Greg (Amy) Dykema; her sister, Terri (George VandenBosch) Dykema; her aunts, Jolynn Byal and Ruth (Jim) Dagen; her uncles, Stan Dykema and Bill (Rae) Dykema; her nieces, Chelsea (Ethan) Higgs; Brittany (Adam) DeKryger; Kristina (Zac) Hummel; Sarah Dykema; Amanda Dykema; her nephew, Robert Dykema; 2 great nephews, 1 great niece and one great niece or nephew due in a couple of months; his father and mother-in-law, Brian and Linda Surch; many cousins. Kim was preceded in death by her mother, Janet Dykema on May 23, 2020; her father, Charles Dykema on April 6, 2011.
VISITATION : Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 10:30 – 12:00 pm at the Reeman Cemetery – 6731 S. Brucker Ave Fremont MI 49412 with MILITARY HONORS at 12pm at the Reeman Cemetery and GRAVESIDE SERVICES at 12:15pm. Friends attending the visitation and graveside services are asked to wear a mask and bring their own chairs if they need to sit during the services. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider memorial contributions to Muskegon High School Athletic Program for scholarships for students at the school. Friends may send a condolence, share a memory, or share a picture online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel 231-924-0800.
Dale M. Sackett, age 65 of Fremont, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Muskegon on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Dale was born on March 15, 1955 in Fremont to Walter and Pauleen (Edbrooke) Plantiko and graduated from Fremont High School in 1973. Dale started work at Gerber Products Company in Fremont immediately after high school and later retired, following downsizing, from the marketing department after 28 years of service but continued to work in the marketing field for many years including several years at Family Health Care for the Teen Health Program. Dale later began work at Sandy’s Harley Davidson’s in Fremont where she worked in sales and marketing for the past 11 years. Dale enjoyed riding and raising horses, listening to music, vegetable and flower gardening and occasionally baking.
Dale is survived by her daughters and granddaughters and great grandson, Amanda (Keith) Stamy of Muskegon and her daughters, Kira and Emma; Melissa (Mike) Wilson of Grant and her daughters, Jessalyn and her son, Jace and Chloe; her sister, Barb (Ted) Clark of Fremont; her brother-in-law, Ron Frens of Fremont; many nieces and nephews and her dog, Ella. Dale was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Pauleen and Leon Cousineau; her father, Walter Plantiko; her sister, Susan Frens.
A time of gathering to Celebrate and Remember Dale will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Sandy's Harley Davidson in Fremont. Friends are asked to consider making a donation to the charity of their choice in memory of Dale for memorial contributions.
Friends are asked to wait to make memorial contributions until a charity has been chosen and information will be posted when this has been determined. Friends may send a condolence or share a memory of Dale online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel. 231-924-0800
Billy Maurice Rumsey, Sr. died June 5, 2020 at Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was born to Billy and Marjorie (McGahan) Rumsey on May 22, 1941 in Hesperia. He attended Hesperia schools, graduating in 1959. Bill married Karen Lee Wildfong on August 20, 1960. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1959-1963, stationed in Jacksonville, FL serving on the USS Enterprise where he began a lifelong friendship with Fred Smith of Ohio. Bill and Karen lived in Jacksonville until he was honorably discharged and returned to Hesperia to raise their family. Bill lived a life of service to his country, his family, and to his community. He was a member of the Hesperia Lions Club, the Hesperia Free Fair Board, and he served several terms on the Hesperia Village Council. Bill enjoyed serving as scoutmaster for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and coaching many of his sons’ baseball teams. One of his proudest efforts was his 50 years of service as a volunteer on the Hesperia Fire Department, where he filled many leadership positions, including chief.
Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years and he was an avid golfer, serving on the first board of directors of Northwood Golf Course. Bill and Karen owned and operated a bait shop in Hesperia and also sold snowmobiles for several years. He worked at Sealed Power in Muskegon for over 30 years, and while on an extended layoff, he joined Karen who worked for State Farm Insurance Agency with their close friends Andy and Billie Patrick. Bill and Karen vacationed during winters in Arizona once they both retired.
Bill is survived by his children Billy Jr. (Toni) Rumsey, Scott (Theresa) Rumsey, and Robin (Chris) Hren; grandchildren Lisa (Shawn) Montague, Michael (Melissa) Rumsey, Bryce (Mallary Sattler) Herin, Trent Herin, Claire Rumsey, Isabelle Rumsey, and Zackary Hren; and 9 great-grandchildren: Kayleah, Tyler, Elyse, Aubrey, Sawyer, Delilah, Finley, Graysen, and Jude. Also surviving is special friend Verla Cook; siblings Donald (Tammy) Rumsey, Kenneth (Peggy) Rumsey, Maxine (Eric) Michaels, and Barbara Irey; in-laws Robert (Judy) Wildfong, Janet Wildfong, Della Wildfong, Terry (Pat) Wildfong, and Eileen (Craig) Homan. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 48 years, Karen; his siblings Inez Dutcher, Arthur Rumsey, and Robert Rumsey; and in-laws Richard Wildfong, Larry and Mary Wildfong and Denise Wildfong.
VISITATION : Friday, June 12, 2020 from 12-2pm at the Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel. Due to restrictions for gatherings, a limited number of people will be able to be inside the funeral home during visitation. PUBLIC GRAVESIDE FUNERAL SERVICES are open to all wishing to attend at the West Hesperia Cemetery with MILITARY HONORS at 2:20pm and FUNERAL SERVICES following. Family and friends attending the visitation and graveside services are asked to wear a mask if able and those needing to sit during the services are encouraged to bring their own chair to the cemetery. MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS : Hesperia Area Fire Department in memory of Bill. Friends may send a condolence, share a memory of share a photo online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel. 231-924-0800
Anthony Dale “Little Dale” Workman Jr., age 40 of Twin Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 13, 2020 following injuries received in an automobile accident. Dale was born on December 25, 1979 in Fremont to Anthony Dale and Elizabeth “Betty” Anne (Zerlaut) Workman. Dale graduated from Holton High School in 1999. Dale was a self-employed auto mechanic at King Automotive in Twin Lake and had always enjoyed working on engines and everything automotive. Dale enjoyed riding dirt bikes, fishing, boating, water skiing, socializing with friends, and was well known for his practical joking personality.
Dale is survived by his sons, Anthony D. Workman III (special friend-Cassidy Armstrong) of Twin Lake; Deagan Workman of Twin Lake; Dakoda of Twin Lake; his parents, Dale and Betty Workman of Twin Lake; his sisters, Tara (Dennis) Plekes of Twin Lake and their children (Dales’ nephews and nieces) - David, Kolten, Karley, and Taela of Twin Lake; Shanna (Jeff) Eaken and their children (Dale’s nieces) – Breann, Josie, and Ashlee of Hamilton; maternal grandmother, Joyce (Zerlaut) Greiner of Holton; paternal grandmother, Lannie Workman of Twin Lake; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Time of Remembrance and Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 10-1pm at family home with interment in the Dalton Oakhill Cemetery in Twin Lake. Friends may send a condolence or share a memory with the Workman family online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel. 231-924-0800
Betty Catherine Swanson, age 75 of Montague, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at her home in Montague. Betty was born on June 17, 1944 in Flint to Harry Warren and Nettie Catherine (Thorp) Schaff and moved to Mt. Pleasant where she graduated from Mount Pleasant High School. Betty worked at Central Michigan University in the library for 8 years and then moved to Montague and started work at Muskegon Community College in the library and clerical work for 15 years until her retirement. Betty enjoyed creating through painting and taught painting classes for 17 years. She was an avid reader and book collector and especially enjoyed cookbooks. Betty enjoyed traveling by Amtrak trains around the country and enjoyed gaming and going to the casinos.
Betty is survived by her son, Ron W. (Karen) Swanson of Grand Rapids; her grandchildren, Brian T. Swanson and Jessica C. (fiancé, Jacob Humble) Swanson; long time and special friend, Kathy Robart of Montague; her sisters and brother, Patricia, Susan, Carol Anne, and Jerry; her beloved cats, Trouble and Luna. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Swanson; her brothers, Ronnie, Donny and Kenny and by her cat, Maxx.
Following her wishes, private celebration of life services will be held later in the fall of 2020 in Rockford following cremation. Friends may consider memorial contributions to the Bellwether Harbor 7645 W 48th Street Fremont MI 49412 or Cancer and Hematology Centers – Muskegon 6425 S Harvey Street Norton Shore MI 49444. Friends may send a condolence, share a memory of share a picture online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel. 231-924-0800
Mr. Richard “Dick” A. Thompson, age 72 of Hesperia, passed away on Sunday afternoon, May 31, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon. He was born on November 15, 1947 in Fremont, Michigan to Walter & Rosilea (Holcomb) Thompson.
Dick was a US Marine Veteran of the Vietnam Era. He had been employed by C.W.C. Textron, and Misco. Dick enjoyed gardening, and coaching rocket football in Hesperia. He is survived by 4 children: Willis Thompson, Tammy (George) Parmentier, Michael (Gina) Thompson, Polly (Mike) Mutchler; many grandchildren & great grandchildren; 1 brother, Harry (Onalee) Thompson; 3 sisters: Bonnie (Jerry) Smith, LuAnn Thomas, Cindy (Mike) Gould; numerous nieces & nephews; and by his former wife, Susan. Dick was preceded in death by his parents; by his brother Tom Thompson; and by his sister, Nancy Garza.
Cremation has taken place and a family celebration of his life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the Wounded Warrior Project. You can sign the online guest book at www.kroeze-wolffis.com. Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.