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Jesse J. Bard, age 89, of Grand Rapids, passed away due to influenza on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans where he resided for the last 12 years. 

The son of Jesse & Mildred (Plummer) Bard, he was born on February 15, 1928 in Grand Rapids. Jesse joined the railroad, where his father worked, at the age of 16. He worked for 44 years before retiring. Jesse married his late wife Betty Crandle on March 5, 1951 in Grand Rapids.

Surviving are his loving children, Diane Geelhoed and Scott Bard; grandchildren, Sarah (Phil) Rasnake, Chris, Katie, Emily, Darcie (Dustin) Feuntes and Scott; great grandchildren, Austin Rasnake, Olivia Feuntes, Elliot VanHouten and Ayden Kanoza; and siblings, Lecia (Herm) Apol, William (Dorothy) Bard, Lewis (Nina) Bard, and Lorna (Phil) Banfill. 

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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