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Mr. Robert A. Eck, age 80 of Bailey, died Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in Grand Rapids. He was born Robert Arthur Eck in Bailey, the son of Ivah Leone (Steadman) and Arthur Eck on July 22, 1929. He married Anne Fraleigh on October 24, 1953 in Casnovia. He was a Welder for 38 years retiring in 1994 for Liftech of Muskegon and was also a farmer. He was a Life member VFW Post #4249 Newaygo.
He is survived by his wife Anne Eck, his children Kimball Robert Eck of Newaygo, Cyndia Anne VanBuskirk of Grant, Bradley James Eck of Lake Tahoe, his grandchildren Jenne VanBuskirk, Clinton & Joanna Mansfield, Wesley VanBuskirk, Rebecca & Matthew Robeck, Amy Martin, Mandy VanBuskirk, Hannah Eck, 5 great‑grandchildren, his brothers Dale & Marlene Eck of Luther, David Eck of Bailey.
Bob’s outrageous sense of humor often at the expense of his family was legendary. He loved the woods and spent many hours just making a wood lot as God intended it to be. You might have seen him on the road riding his bike. Or crossing the road on his perfectly restored 60 year old tractor with a load of wood. He was extremely well read and had a full library of political and autobiographical books, war histories and general information. May young people will remember coming into his woods campground at Hardy Dam Pond where they were always made welcome, and ate up all of his famous wood grilled chicken! His main God given shining talent was listening to children, sharing their stories, listening to their troubles, sharing their joys and being there for them. During many gatherings anywhere someone would ask "Where’s Bob" the answer would always be, "he’s out there with the kids". His famous "Kid Jig Dance" never failed to make even the smallest child laugh. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Where’s Bob? He’s up there with the Kids.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM from the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Kent City on Saturday, May 1, 2010 with Rev. R. John Thompson officiating. Interment will be in the Seaman Cemetery near Bailey with military honors under the auspices of the Newaygo VFW Post #4249. Visitation will be held 2‑4 & 7‑9 PM Friday at the McKinley Funeral Home in Grant. For Memorials please consider the Lou Gehrig Disease Association. Condolences can be send through www.mckinleyfuneral.com.
McKinley Funeral Home, Grant, 231‑834‑5613. http:\\mckinleyfuneral.com
Mrs. Matilda Lucretia Heath, Age 105 of Zeeland, formerly of Newaygo, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in Zealand. She was born Matilda Lucretia Billings in Marion, Indiana the daughter of Anna (Teagarden) and James A. Billings on April 6, 1905. She married George Isaac Heath on May 14, 1924 in Adrian, Michigan and he preceded her in death on December 9, 1972. She was a Homemaker all her life. She is survived by her daughters Aline Miller of Holland, Linda Brougham of Grandville, Carol Heath of Grand Rapids, her son Ernest Heath of Muskegon, lots of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM from the McKinley Funeral Home, Newaygo Chapel on Monday, April 26, 2010. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral. For memorials please consider Providence Health Care 285 N. State St, Zeeland, Michigan.
McKinley Funeral Home, Newaygo 231 652 5613. http:\\mckinleyfuneral.com
Danny Lee Penwell, 68, died April 18, 2010 at his home in Chattanooga, TN.
A service will be held at 11:00, April 22 at Kent City Baptist Church in Kent City, MI. Visitation will be at McKinley Funeral Home, Grant, MI on April 21 from 2:00-4:00, and from 7:00-9:00. His sons, Daren and Derek Penwell will be officiating.
He was born February 21, 1942, in Buchanan, Michigan to Harry and Mildred (Proud) Penwell. His father was a farmer, and his mother a hair dresser.
Danny graduated from Buchanan High School in 1960. He attended and graduated from Great Lakes Bible College in 1964, where he met and married Gloria (Murray). He went on to graduate from Lincoln Christian Seminary in 1970 with a Master of Divinity. He was as a minister in the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ until 1972, when he went to work for Zondervan Family Book Stores, ultimately moving into the marketing and purchasing departments. After 18 years, he made the transition to editor for World Bible, Hendrickson, and AMG Publishers, from which he retired in 2008 as Acquisitions Editor.
Danny’s colleagues warmly remember him as a thoughtful and caring editor, enthusiastically encouraging authors, and working with them to produce memorable (and publishable) manuscripts. He is credited by numerous authors for having helped them find their voices and establishing them in the publishing industry.
An avid golfer and traveler, Danny scoured the landscape in search of golf courses and restaurants appropriate to his discriminating taste. Moreover, as a forlorn Chicago Cubs fan, he waited (in futility, as it turns out) with millions of other Cub fans for a World Series championship. His family, as well as his library, containing thousands of volumes, on the other hand, offered him great comfort.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gloria; son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Susan (Parks) of Louisville, KY; son and daughter-in-law, Daren and Lisa (Betts) of Bailey, MI; daughter and son-in-law, Darcey and Brian Bekins of Grandville, MI; son and daughter-in-law, Dana and Andrea (Hudson) of Chattanooga, TN; grandchildren, Brittany and Madison Penwell, Samuel, Mary, and Dominic Parks-Penwell, Carson and Maxwell Bekins, and Riley Penwell; his mother, Millie, and sister, Janet Seals.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Danny Penwell scholarship fund for writers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. William C. Long, age 44 of Cape Coral, Florida, formerly of White Cloud, died Tuesday, April 6, 2010 in Port Charlotte. He was born William Curtis Long in Michigan the son of Ione Joan (Fairbanks) and William Thomas Long on April 23, 1965. He was a Supervisor for Carl Bailey Construction.
He is survived by his daughters Julie Long & Tyler Burgess of White Cloud, Lisa & Brandon White of Hesperia, Lacie Long of Cape Coral, FL, his grandchildren Kayla Burgess, Isiah White of Hesperia and one grandchild coming, his sisters Barbara Clubb of Three Rivers, Everyl Williams of White Cloud, Rochelle Gearhart of Marcellus, Tina & Jade Hagen of Jacksonville, FL, Jamie Long of Wyoming, Michelle & Jason McNeal of Marcellus, his brother Harold Long of North Dakota, and several nieces & nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM at the Big Prairie‑Everett Cemetery, near White Cloud on Monday, April 12, 2010. Visitation will be held 11:00 AM ‑ 1:00 PM Monday at the Cemetery. For Memorials please consider the family for funeral expenses C/O McKinley Funeral Home in Newaygo.
Mrs. Dorothy Mae Store, Age 85 of Newaygo died Friday, April 2, 2010 in Fremont. She was born Dorothy Mae Mooney in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Rhoda (Dickens) and Jacob Mooney on January 08, 1925. She married Wilbert Store on August 18, 1987 in Newaygo. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Newaygo. She was a life member of V.F.W. Post 4249 Auxillary. She is survived by her husband Wilbert Store of Newaygo, her children Paula & Bill Barr of Sand Lake, Bill & Fran Martin of Ocala, FL, Nancy & Dale Joley of Grant, Carole Hanlon of Fremont, Steve & Ginny Martin of Ravenna, Gaila & Wayne Hendrick of Newaygo, Carolyn Thomas of Iron Mountain, Linda & Bob Murway of Denver, CO, Randy & Jeanie Store of Twin Lake, many grandchildren, many great grandchildren and her sister Alice Blackall of Florida. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM from the McKinley Funeral Home, Newaygo Chapel on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 with Rev. Wesley Smith officiating. Visitation will be held 2-4 & 7-9 PM Monday. For memorials, please consider the First Baptist Church.
Mr. Robert Edward Diltz, Age 48 of White Cloud died Saturday, March 27, 2010 near Fremont. He was born Robert Edward Diltz in the son of Elenor (English) and Robert Diltz, Sr. on April 19, 1961. He enjoyed fishing, walking, watching sunsets and loved his family. He is survived by his fiance Loretta Acker of Bailey, his daughter Sarah & Michael Gaines of Howard City, Son Harold Bonnell of White Cloud, son Tony Vroma of Sparta, son Jason Vroma of Bailey, 10 Grandchildren, his sister Rosemary. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM from the McKinley Funeral Home, Newaygo Chapel on Saturday, April 3, 2010 with Mr. Daren Penwell officiating. Interment will be in Reynolds Cemetery, Howard City. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. For memorials please consider helping the family with funeral expenses.
McKinley Funeral Home, Newaygo 231 652 5613. http:\\mckinleyfuneral.com