Obituaries Archives for 2018-06

Leonard DeWayne Kidder

Leonard DeWayne Kidder, age 82 of Wayland, passed away June 25, 2018 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Leonard was born on July 21, 1935 in Freeport, Michigan, the son of Joseph W. and Wilna (Hinton) Kidder.  He attended school in Freeport. On September 15, 1954, Leonard married JoAnn Elliott.  They have enjoyed 63 years of marriage together.

Leonard was a licensed Contractor/Builder and also was a heavy equipment operator.
He was a member of the Hastings Elks, Moose, and Knights of Columbus.  He was also a volunteer at Baldwin Fire Department.  Leonard was an avid ice fisherman.  He loved hunting for moral mushrooms and enjoyed spending time with his family.  Leonard also enjoyed woodworking and would make bird houses, tables and finished boards. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Wilna Kidder, brothers, Jimmy, and David Kidder, several half brothers and sisters and one son, Eddy Kidder.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 63 years, JoAnn Kidder, four sons, Larry (Carol) Kidder, Phillip (Betty) Kidder, Dale Kidder and Morris Kidder, two daughters, Marcia (Jeff) Tyrrell and Minnie (John) Anderson, 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, half brothers, Ike (Gaye) Price, Mike (Gina) Price, Half sisters, Kay (Corwin) Tischer, Peggy (Ed) Noyce and several nieces and nephews. 

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the family. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 5-7 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 11:00 am also at Girrbach Funeral Home.  Interment will take place at Irving Cemetery in Middleville, Michigan.


Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.   To leave an online condolence visit,


Robert "Bob" VanDenburg

Robert “Bob” VanDenburg, age 94, of Hastings, died on June 18, 2018 at Magnum Care of Hastings. He was born July 13, 1923, in Barry County, the son of George H. and Ruth (Schiefla) VanDenburg. 


He graduated from Hastings High School in 1940. On May 17, 1947 he married June Colvin. He farmed for several years, and owned Safety Service Auto Body for 33 years in Hastings. He loved camping, traveling in the camper, mushroom hunting, walking, fishing, watching Detroit Tigers baseball, and spending time with the grandchildren, especially the great-grandchildren.


Bob was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth Wayne VanDenburg, brother-in-law Floyd Colvin, sisters-in-law Elaine Steward and Doris Colvin. He is survived by wife, of 71 years, June (Colvin) Vandenburg, sons David (Jane) VanDenburg of Gwinn, Michigan, Jim VanDenburg and Bill VanDenburg of Hastings, Michigan, grandchildren Katherine (Gary) Caplan of Houston, Texas, Kelli (Aaron) Newberry of Hastings, Michigan, Sally (Sean) VanDenburg of Lansing, Michigan, Derek (Sarah) VanDenburg of Hastings, Michigan, great grandchildren Aaron, Andrew, and Kennedy Newberry of Hastings, Michigan, Emma and Adrianne VanDenburg of Hastings, Michigan, Jacob Caplan of Huston, Texas, sisters-in-law Klasiena Vandenburg of Hastings, Michigan, Catherine Colvin of Hastings, Michigan, Mert (Dick) Clark of Middleville, Michigan, Verna Lancaster of Lansing, Michigan, and many nieces and nephews.


Respecting Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Memorial Contributions may be made to Magnum Care of Hastings 240 East North Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058 or a charity of one’s choice. To leave online condolences visit Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, Michigan.












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