Grand Rapids Obituaries

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  • Friday | via 

    2014 in Review: 250,000 Vets in Tin Cans on Shelves

    Today, as many of us are still swaddled by family, we remind you of some of the people whose sacrifices have ensured our freedoms to celebrate the season however we wish. This story about the a quarter of a million forgotten veterans ran across the Patch network on Memorial Day Weekend, when a few of them were buried with full military honors as part of Dearborn's annual Memorial Day celebrations.


  • Monday Dec 22 | via WXMI-TV Grand Rapids 

    Jerry a oeThe Flower Mana is celebrated by many

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- His smiling face was seen by thousands on the West side of Grand Rapids over the years, and as word spread that Jerry Drake, commonly known as Jerry The Flower Man, had lost his battle to illness, dozens felt compelled to do something in his memory. "I realized he had a lot of friends, but I had no idea it impacted the community this much," said Debbie Myers, who took care of Jerry for many years.


  • Sunday Dec 21 | via 

    Obituaries Today: Nate Moore, 28, victim of barbersh...

    Nathan Seyfer Moore, 28, died on Sunday, Dec. 21 after being shot during an after-hours party at a Grand Rapids barbershop. Moore is survived by parents Judy Gonzales and Joseph Moore; two children, Ahzarriah Moore and Jeremiah Beal; sisters Yvonne Hernandez, Jan-e and Cattore Moore; brothers Joey and Michael Moore; girlfriend Maria Montalvo; and several extended family members.


  • Thursday Dec 18 | via 

    Grand Rapids man now jailed for 1990 beating death o...

    A 56-year-old Grand Rapids man has been arrested for the beating death of 23-year-old Joel Battaglia on Lake Drive SE more than two decades ago. Kent County Jail records show that Aurelias Marshall is held in jail on an open murder charge for the June 11, 1990 death.


  • Wednesday Dec 17 | via 

    Widow of motorcyclist says county is to blame for po...

    The widow of a man who died after crashing his motorcycle is suing the Kent County Road Commission saying it was lack of road maintenance that killed her husband. The Kent County Commission flatly denies her claim and points the finger at another rider as causing the death of helmetless cyclist Matthew Michael Denney on the morning of May 18 along Peach Ridge Avenue north of 8 Mile Road NW.


  • Wednesday Dec 17 | via Dayton Daily News 

    RAMBO, Thomas M.

    News Death Notice RAMBO, Thomas M. 78, Middleville, MI, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Grand Rapids. Former manager for Army/Air Force Exchange Services and Dayton Power and Light.


  • Sunday Dec 14 | via WXMI-TV Grand Rapids 

    Parents remember twins who died just hours after bei...

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- The holiday season is the time most of us look forward to spending with the people we love the most. But there are many families out there who won't get to hug their children on Christmas morning.


  • Wednesday Dec 10 | via Wahkiakum County Eagle 

    Violet J. Centers

    She was born one of 13 children on September 1, 1932 in Grand Rapids, Mich ., to Walter and Jane Anderson and moved to Washington in 1974. Vi worked as a CNA at a care center and loved to make pies, crochet and bowl.


  • Wednesday Dec 10 | via 

    Robert Williams, Sr, passes at age 78

    Pompano Beach, FL...December 10, 2014...Robert J. Williams, Sr., 78, one of the most respected horsemen in harness racing, passed away on Tuesday, December 9. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 14, 1936, Bob Williams is, perhaps, best known for driving Diamond Exchange to victory in the second edition of the World Trotting Derby in DuQuoin, Illinois in 1982 He he also was the author of the very first 1:55 trotting mile at The Meadowlands with that same trotter the following season.


  • Wednesday Dec 10 | via 

    Baby girl's death called homicide by morphine, polic...

    Eight months after a 1 1/2-year-old girl was found unresponsive in her mother's apartment and later pronounced dead, police are still working to determine who is responsible for the lethal dose of morphine that killed her. Ja'Ziah Mai'Lia Beeks is shown in her obituary photo with a mop of curly dark hair and big brown eyes.


  • Sunday Dec 7 | via Herald-Citizen 

    Roger Herren

    He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and was a great athlete in volleyball. Following his time in the service, he was able to play in the National Volleyball Tournament for the Navy in Grand Rapids, Mich.


  • Friday Dec 5 | via RecordNET 

    Curt H. Veeneman

    Curt H. Veeneman, 61, a faithful man who loved his family and the Lord, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, after a long illness. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Aug. 4, 1953, Curt received his B.A. at the University of Grand Valley, M.A. and M.F.A. degrees at University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, all in music composition and theory.


  • Saturday Nov 29 | via 

    Christina Bivins, longtime arts supporter, Festival ...

    As a child, she explored the community celebration, soaking up its art, music and entertainment. Later, as an adult, she became a pivotal volunteer, serving on numerous committees that bring the event to life.