Roger Earl Vining
1927 - 2020
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Vining, Roger Earl age 93, of Coral, Michigan passed away peacefully at Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living on 26 September 2020. Roger was born 10 September 1927, in Big Rapids, Michigan, to Lester Raymond Vining, Sr. and Laurel Vivian Ladner Vining. Roger grew up in rural Stanwood, Michigan. He quit high school to enlist in the Navy on 14 November 1944. After boot camp, he was assigned as a Gunner Mate on LCT(6) 766, LST 266, Camp Bradford, Little Creek, Virginia. He was discharged from the Navy as Seaman First Class on 29 July 1946. After service he attended Morley High School, Michigan and graduated in 1949. On 27 August 1949, he married his high school sweetheart, Dolores Arlene Croff. During his life Roger worked mostly in the grain elevator businesses in Michigan; Purina Elevator, Howard City, Co-Op, Stanwood, Land of Lakes, Remus, and Land of Lakes, Mount Pleasant. After retirement he loved family events and his home was usually the center of these events. Roger was known by his family and friends for his homemade goulash, zucchini bread and Boston brown bread. Roger learned the craft of cooking after World War II ended and the ship's cook mustered out. Roger volunteered to be the ship's cook and learned the job by on-the-job training and no formal schooling. Roger is preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Arlene Rector/Croff Vining, his parents; Lester Raymond Vining, Sr., and Laurel Vivian Ladner Vining, his brothers; Monroe Marion Vining, Lester Raymond "Ray" Vining, Jr., Frank Christensen Vining, his sister Alice June Vining Nutkins, and, his great grandchildren; Lauryn Seigel and Brendon Prenger. Roger is survived by his sons, Mike Roger Vining (wife Donna Ikenberry), Frank Alan Vining (wife Vicki Vining), and Randy Lee Vining (wife Terri Vining), seven granddaughters, Tara (Mike) Ryan, Terri Vining, Brandi (Marvin) Vining, Lorri (Gary) Sturdavant, Jeanie (Matt) Bosch, Stephanie (Joseph) McFarland, and Nickie (Mark) Vernier, 25 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and close friends. Funeral arrangements are being made through Heckman Funeral Home, Inc., Howard City, Michigan, https://www.heckmanfuneralhomeinc.com/, tel 231-937-4315. Roger will be laid to rest at the Higbee Cemetery, Morley, Michigan. Visitation will be held between 6-8 PM, 1 October 2020 and 12-1 PM, 2 October 2020, followed by a funeral service at 1 PM at Heckman Funeral Home Inc., 225 East Edgerton Street, Howard City, Michigan. Graveside services will follow at Higbee Cemetery, 4899 155th Avenue #4501, Morley, Michigan. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made in Roger's name to Heartland Hospice https://www.heartlandhospice.com/.


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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Sep. 29 to Sep. 30, 2020.
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October 3, 2020
We're sorry for your family loss. Roger will always bring a smile to your face and a feeling of love in your heart. He seems to us that kind of person. Much love Rosie and Randy
Rosie and Randy Petrongelli
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October 1, 2020
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF A WONDERFUL MAN, I WORKED ON HIS CARS FOR MANY YEARS HE WAS TRULY A WONDERFUL PERSON AND SO EASY TO DEAL WITH, AND FOR SURE ME AND MY FAMILY WILL FOREVER MISS HIS SMILE AND ZUCCHINI BREAD RIP AND THANKS FOR YOUR KIND HEART AND MILITARY SERVICE
KRIS STEVENS
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September 30, 2020
ThanK you for your Service, I Salute You Sir. RIP with the others before
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Sue W.
Gr. Mich.
September 29, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. Grandpa was one of a kind. I’ll always remember his wonderful disposition. Parties at the lake won't be the same. He will be greatly missed.
Ruth
Friend
September 29, 2020
Sorry for your loss..never easy losing your dad..prayers for you all
Kathy Butler
September 28, 2020
Tender mercies , Lori and Terri
Linda Baird
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September 28, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. May you find comfort peace and cherish the memories always
Frances Stone
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