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Mrs. Florence Barry Lee, age 96 of Newaygo, passed away
Monday, December 30, 2013 in Grand Rapids, MI. She
worked with her Husband Harold for many years at the
family grocery and appliance store. She is survived by her
children Louise Presler, Linda (Ben) Landheer, Joelyn
(Alan) Merritt, Bill (Barb) Barry, grandchildren; Gregory
Veurink, Terry Presler, Mark (Carmen) Presler, Stephanie
Chesley, Jeff (Charmen) Browr, Mike (Sarah) Brown,
Brian Merriu, Chris Merritt, Suzanne Barry, Billy Barry
Bobby Barry, Great-Grandchildren; Brandon (Jamie),
Travis, Tammy, Nikki, Ashley, Katy, Lilly, Beau, Hannah,
Great-Great Children; Faith, Jack, Brooklyn, Theron,
Carter and Arianna and a brother; Mark Engle.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday , January 4,
2013 at Fields-McKinley – Newaygo Chapel. Visitation
will be Friday from 5-8 PM at the funeral home and
Saturday from Noon until time of service. The family ask
you to consider Newaygo VFW Post # 4249 or Love Inc. in
Memory of Florence. Please share your memories with the
family at www. 

The family is being served by Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services – Newaygo Chapel

Mrs. Roberta Frances Borman, age 83 of Bailey, Michigan, formerly of Ecuador and Dallas, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, December 30, 2013 at home.  She was born Roberta Frances Agnew in Pasadena, California the daughter of Frances (Alderman) and Arlo Agnew on September 25, 1930.  She married Marlytte Bubs Borman on November 13, 1953 in Pasadena, California.  She was a missionary for Wycliffe Bible Translators ministering to the Cofan people of Ecuador until her retirement. She was a member of Trinity Baptist, Pasadena, California while attending First Baptist in Newaygo.  She is survived by her husband Marlytte "Bub" Borman of Bailey, her children Randall & Amelia Borman of Ecuador, Sharon & Allen Larsen of Dallas, TX, Richard & Susan Borman of Bailey, Ronald & Esther Borman of Ecuador, 20 grandchildren, 1 great grandson, and several nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church Newaygo on Saturday, January 18th starting at noon with the memorial service at 1:00 PM with Pastor Mark Holeman officiating.   In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862.  Please share your memories of Bobbie at

Mrs. Ella Mae Powles, Age 102 of Grant, Michigan died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 in Fremont.  She was born Ella Mae Seaman in Grant, Michigan the daughter of Frances Elizabeth (Wheeler) and Martin Levi Seaman on June 23, 1911.   She married Donald A. Powles and he preceded her in death.  She was a 1st grade teacher for Orchard View Public Schools until her retirement.  She was a member of Ashland Center Church of Christ.  She is survived by her daughter Maxine Ebert of Grant, her son James Powles of Grant, her daughter in law Barbara Powles of Grant, 15 grandchildren, : several great grandchildren, several great great grandchildren, her sister Berniece Hansen of Pentwater.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Janice Lane, her son Robert Powles, her grandson Donald (Goober) Powles, her son Jack Powles and her son Martin Powles.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM at the Fields-McKinley Grant Chapel on Monday, December 30, 2013.  Interment will be in Ashland Center Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from noon to the time of the service.  Please share your memories of Ella Mae online at

Mrs. Frances Arleen Covell, Age 84 of White Cloud died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at home.  She is survived by her children Richard G. & Liz Covell of Indiana, Sharon & Charles Nickerson of White Cloud, Arleen & Larry Platz of Cadillac, Royce D. & Deb Covell of Sparta, 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, her siblings Star Tropp of Mason, Sterling Tropp of Maryland, Shirley Tropp of Mason, Glee Tropp of Mason.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers & sisters, and her granddaughter Gail Buttleman.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM from the Fields-McKinley Newaygo Chapel on Monday, December 30, 2013 with Pastor Curt Chaffee officiating.  Interment will be in Big Prairie-Everett Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 2-4 & 6-8 PM Sunday at the funeral home.  Please share your memories of Frances at

HARVEY, JOHANNA L. (1962-2013) discarded her earthly body and entered eternal victory early this Christmas morning in the arms of her loving husband, Erik, and surrounded by her children and family. She fought bravely for over 11 years against breast cancer and won her battle receiving full healing in heaven. Johanna (Narlock) accepted Christ in her early twenties before marring Erik Harvey on February 20th, 1988. The two entered full-time ministry in the late 80’s and have been faithful family pastors at Resonate Church (Formerly Resurrection Life of Newaygo). The couple was married for just over 25 years.  Johanna was love, joy, and peace personified. Everyone she came in contact with experienced her love- chiefly her four children. She was active in her churches women’s ministry, the Susan G. Komen foundation, and Walker Charter Academy as well as all of her children’s interests at Grandville High School.  Though she will be dearly missed, her family longs for their reunion in glory. We love you, mom- more than 10,000 pink diamonds.
Psalm 91:16 “With long life I will satisfy … And show My salvation.”
Johanna is survived by her husband Erik, their children; Erikiah (Joseph) Bevelacqua, Jonicah Joy Harvey, Christian Harvey, Johniah Harvey, Parents; Larry & Judy Narlock, siblings; Brenda (Jay) Brenner, Butch (Chris) Narlock, brothers –in-law and Sisiter-in-law; Roy (Jeanne) Harvey, Rosemarie Smith, Janet Harvey and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life is this Saturday 3:00 PM at Resonate Church in Newaygo with visitation from 1:00 PM until time of service. Burial will follow at Newaygo Cemetery. Please share your memories with the family at

Mr. Lewis J. Dingman, age 77 of Newaygo passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Fountainview in Grant. He grew up on Croswell, Michigan the son of Irving and Ella (Jarrett) Dingman. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a teaching degree. Lewis taught school in Alpena and Grand Rapids Public Schools for several years. He also worked for Magic Finishing retiring in 1997. After his retirement he substitute taught in Newaygo County. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Terry Dingman , children; Sean Dingman, Mollie Hackman, Jennifer (Bryce) Schultz, grandchildren; Kiersten (Andrew) Chikingo, Arianne (Jarrod) Taylor, Connor Hackman, Caleb, Alyssa and Grayson Schultz, great-grandsons; Noah Taylor and Aaron Chekingo and sister; Sharon Caylor. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Fritz Dingman. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, December 13, 2013 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 30 Justice Street, Newaygo, MI with Rev. Mary J. Frens officiating. In lieu of flowers the family ask that you consider St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Stained Glass Project in Memory of Lewis. Please share your memories with the family at

Marine Corp LogoMr. Raymond F. Oppenhuizen, Sr., age 87 of Grant, passed away peacefully at Spectrum Health Wednesday, December 4, 2013. He married Mary E. (Bauder) Oppenhuizen on May 20, 1949 in Beaver Dam, Michigan. He served his country in the United States Marine Corp and was the owner of Oppie’s Excavating in Grant for 25 years. He is survived by his sons, Ray and Sandy Oppenhuizen, David and Melanie Oppenhuizen all of Grant; his daughter-in-law, Deb Oppenhuizen Cotter of Austin, Texas; his grandchildren, Nicole and Rick Smith, Luke and Angie Oppenhuizen, Andrew and Tracy Oppenhuizen, Nathan and Krista Oppenhuizen, Angie and Brent Watson, Luis Oppenhuizen, Jasmine and Kevin Pinchot, C.J. Oppenhuizen; his great-grandchildren, Ethan, Jaxson, Talan, Maddie, Jullian, Kessler, Jackson and Gunner; his brother, Ron and Sherri Oppenhuizen of Irons, MI and Sister-in-law, Arlene Oppenhuizen of Hudsonville. Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Mary Oppenhuizen, sons, Dennis Oppenhuizen, infant son, Oppenhuizen and siblings, Ann VanHeck Kennedy, Gert and Mike Scholten, John and Margaret Oppenhuizen, Ruth and Bernie Knoper, Carol and Dean Huyser-Sage and Harry Oppenhuizen. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, December 7, 2013 from the Grant Reformed Church with Pastor Mik Sutton Officiating. Interment will be in Ashland Center Cemetery near Grant. Visitation with the family will be held 4 – 7 PM Friday at the Fields-McKinley – Grant Chapel and one hour prior to the service at church. In lieu of flowers please consider Grant Reformed Church in Ray’s memory. Please share your memories with the family at

Mrs. Norma Arlene McNees, Age 87 of Sand Lake, Michigan died Sunday, December 1, 2013 at home. She was born Norma Arlene Woodard in Saranac, Michigan the daughter of Thelma Beulah (Wheaton) and George Wallage Woodard on September 30, 1926. She married Henry McNees on November 15, 1943 in Grand Rapids and he preceded her in death on November 6, 2013. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her daughters Pamela Hansen of Comstock Park and Vicky Jensen and her husband Oscar Garcia of Sand Lake, 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandson, 1 great great grandson, her siblings Lawrence & Helen Woodard of Rockford, Gloria & Walter Curtis of Grand Haven, and her sister in Law Virginia Woodard of Grant. According to Mr. McNees wishes, cremation has taken place. Please share your memories at

Will, Christian

Christian Harry Will, Jr., 93, of Newaygo, MI, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in Cascade, MI.

Chris was born May 2, 1920, in Detroit, the son of Christian Sr. and Alice Will. He married Ardyce Adelle (Swanson) Will on Dec. 9, 1944, and raised three children and several generations of Scottish terriers in Grand Rapids, before retiring to their weekend home in Newaygo in 1990.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ardyce, and his sons Douglas Will in 1990, and Russell Will in 2006.

Chris was an Army sergeant during World War II and served as an X-ray technician while stationed in Greenland.  He attended Wayne State University to study engineering, and then spent four decades working for Lear Siegler (later Smith Industries) as an aeronautics engineer.

Chris was dedicated to his family, always loving to “be of service.”  He was the family chauffeur, taxiing grandchildren to dance lessons, piano lessons and school, and was always happy to run errands any time he was needed.  He had an incurable sweet tooth, and could be found most mornings with a sweet roll, cup of coffee, and his beloved newspaper.  He was unfailingly kind to everyone. He was devoted to his wife, and lived his life to take care of “mama.”

He is survived by his daughter, Merrigail (Greg) VanWyck; his grandchildren, Krista (Alan) Babbitt, Brad (Kate) VanWyck, Russell Will Jr., Michael Will, Annika (Matt) Belasco and Abigail VanWyck; and his great-grandchildren, James VanWyck, Madeleine Babbitt, and Elise Babbitt.

Private family services will be held.  Memorials may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.  Please share your memories of Will with his family online at

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Mr. Walter Stewart Chrysler, age 76 of Grant died Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at his residence with his family by his side. He was born in Detroit, MI on November 24, 1936.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 39 years Nina (Bixler) Chrysler, parents, Otto & Marian Colvin, brother Bill and sister Denise. Walter is survived by wife Eileen Chrysler, their children, David Chrysler, Rick Chrysler, Brenda (Michael Moore) Cook, Paul (Jackie) Logan, Karri Curry and fiancé Tony Hart, Lisa (Sandy) Ulrich, Dawn (Curtis) Channells, Phil Chrisler, 28 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, Nina’s brothers and sisters, Eileen’s brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews.

A service in Celebration of Walter’s Life will be held 11:00 AM Monday, November 25, 2013 at Kent City Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Miller officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers the family asks you to consider the American Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice in Walter’s memory. Please share your stories with the family at