KENT COLLISION PROVES FATAL TO DRIVER, 84
EARL C. WRIDE, 84, of 4850 Marlette Ave. SE, who was injured Monday afternoon in an auto accident and also suffered a stroke immediately following the crash, died early Wednesday at Blodgett Memorial Hospital.
His wife, ELSIE, 76, who suffered a collarbone fracture, possible rib fractures and multiple bruises, was reported in fair condition at the hospital Wednesday.
State police of the Rockford post said Wride, driving south on Algoma Ave. NE, stopped for the stop sign at 13 Mile Rd., but then pulled out into the path of an eastbound car driven by Jeffrey L. Blanchard, 21, of Greenville.
The impact drove the Wride auto into the front of a vehicle driven by John J. Battenfield, 26, of Newaygo Rte. 2, who was northbound on Algoma Ave. and stopped for the stop sign. The Wrides were trapped in their car about 20 minutes, and were freed by a Sparta rescue squad.
Blanchard; his wife, Marilyn, 22; son Jeffrey W., 2, and a neighbor, Gertrude Schelben, 33, of Greenville, were treated at Butterworth Hospital for lesser injuries.
Born on a farm on Spaulding Ave. SE, when the area was part of the former Paris Township, WRIDE had been a farmer 50 years. His first wife, LENA ROZEMA, died in 1939 after 25 years of marriage, and Wride married ELSIE MARTIN in 1946.
He was a life elder of Cascade Christian Church.
Survivors besides his wife are two grandchildren, MRS. BARBARA DeJONG of Ada and DONALD L. HEAVEN of Hesperia; a brother, LOUIS J. of Grand Rapids, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Cascade Christian Church Chapel with Rev. Raymond Gaylord officiating. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church's Heaven Memorial Fund.
Wride's body is at the Jonkhoff Mortuary.
THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS, Grand Rapids, Mich., Wed., Oct. 11, 1972, Pg. 1-B, Col. 1, Art. 2
WRIDE - EARL C. WRIDE, aged 84, of 4850 Marlette SE, passed away early Wednesday morning of accidental injuries in Blodgett Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Wride was born in Kent County on Spaulding Rd. He farmed on Forest Hills Rd. for 50 years. His first wife, LENNA ROZEMA, whom he was married to for 25 years, passed away in 1939. He remarried in 1946 ELSIE MARTIN whom he has been married to for 25 years. He was a life member of Cascade Christian Church and a life Elder.
Surviving are his wife, ELSIE; one step-son, JACK ATKINS of Cedar Springs; one step-daughter, MRS. SAMUEL (CORAL) JACOBS of Penn.; one granddaughter, MRS. TRENT (BARBARA) DeJONG of Ada; one grandson, DONALD L. HEAVEN of Hesperia; a son-in-law, MILTON HEAVEN of Cascade; 11 stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, LOUIS J. WRIDE of Grand Rapids.
Mr. Wride reposes at the Jonkhoff Lake Drive Chapel. Funeral announcement later. Friends may meet the family Wednesday 7 to 9, Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Memorials to the Heaven Memorial Fund of Cascade Christian Church will be appreciated (Envelopes at chapel).
THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS, Grand Rapids, Mich., Wed., Oct. 11, 1972, Pg. 2-E, Col. 5, Obit. 5
WRIDE - Services for MR. EARL C. WRIDE, aged 84, of 4850 Marlette S.E., will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 in the Chapel of Cascade Christian Church Rev. Raymond Gaylord officiating. Interment Martin Cemetery. Mr. Wride reposes at the Jonkhoff Lake Drive Chapel until Friday noon. Memorials to the Heaven Memorial Fund of Cascade Christian Church will be appreciated (Envelopes at Chapel).
THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS, Grand Rapids, Mich., Thurs., Oct. 12, 1972, Pg. 4-F, Col. 4, Obit. 4