Jakson Jeffrey Cole Kreiser Hudsonville Born July 16, 1993, presumed dead on July 28, 2012, at age 19. On a beautiful Montana morning a rugged 19 year old young man set off for a day hike to explore the mountains of his new summer home. In this place Jakson found heaven with an endless view of snow capped mountains, tumbling waterfalls and cool glacial lakes. Jakson is survived by his parents, Jeffrey and Ann (Hudsonville); brothers, Austin (Jayme) Bauer (Wyoming), Jordon Bauer (Hudsonville); grandparents, Robert and Rosemary Kreiser (Lansing); many aunts, uncles and cousins, including his Aunt Sherry and cousins, Miranda, Mason and Dillon Kreiser of Grand Ledge. He was predeceased by his Uncle Michael Kreiser, and his maternal grandparents. Jakson will be remembered for his big personality, his warm smile and wry humor, his sense of self-confidence and his silly day-to-day desire to have fun and enjoy life. He will be remembered as a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and loyal friend. Whether playing games at home or water skiing at his grandparent's cottage, Jakson loved to be with family and friends. Ask anyone who knew him and they would tell you that his best friend was his Dad. As parents we fully embraced the idea of Jakson going to Montana to work for the summer. When we talked with him these past two months we knew that he had fallen in love with that new, big, beautiful place known as Glacier National Park. In our hearts we are filled with the warmth of the morning sun that kissed our sweet boy's face as he walked happily along on his hike marching to a tune of his own creation. We believe he was as happy as he had ever been as a grown young man. Memorial services for Jakson will be held Friday, August 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at The Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Dr., Hudsonville, MI 49426. In Jakson's memory we ask that all donations be made to: National Park Service, Emergency Services, SAR (Search and Rescue) Donation, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936
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Published in Lansing State Journal on August 15, 2012