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Scott V. Gunnell, age 56, of Cedar Springs, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 29, 2011 at his mothers home in Trufant under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.

The son of Thomas & Judith (Workman) Gunnell, he was born on September 19, 1955 in Greenville. Scott had worked as a welder and was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Marc Gunnell; and by a son, Nicholas Zylman. Surviving are two sons, Michael (Christy) Velting and Marcus Gunnell, all of Cedar Springs; a daughter, Mandy (Brandon) Grooms of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; his grandchildren, Brayden Velting, and Hunter, Hannah & Haley Grooms; his mother and step-father, Judy & Jack Carpenter of Trufant; a sister, Tammy (Dennis) Frandsen of Cedar Springs; a brother, Brent Gunnell of Ralph; a special friend, Darla; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A time of food and fellowship will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main Street. Scotts friends are also invited to join the family to celebrate his life from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5th at the Tri-County Eagles, 32 W. Lake Street, Sand Lake.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Spectrum Health Hospice would be appreciated. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Scotts online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements were entrusted to the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville.


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  1. Anonymous on September 29, 2011 at 12:00 am


    10/05/2011 –

    Ginny Smith

    I met Scott in my younger years, and each time I saw him, he made an impression. A good, happy, and perplexed one, but an impression. It was always good to see him. My thoughts and prayers for the family. He will be missed. Take Care, Ginny Smith

    10/04/2011 –

    Randy Maxson

    It was with profound sadness that I learned and read of Scott’s passing. Even though I hadn’t seen him in quite some time (way too long!), I have always considered him a very special friend. It always made a visit to Cedar extra special when I could see his smiling face, catch up on things, and share a laugh (and maybe a cold one or two). I still remember my first contact with Scott. While at the Gunnell house one afternoon, I got “scolded” by Marc for turning the record player too loud, little brother was napping. Sure enough, out walked a very young Scott, grinning widely, curly hair sticking up all over. I’ll never forget that sight! My sincere sympathy to the family, but we all know where he is and who he is with. I’ll miss you Scotty!!!! Randy Maxson

    10/04/2011 –

    Erick Wood

    It was nice getting to know you the nine years you and mom were together. Even though you didn’t get married I still looked to you as my stepdad. We had some good times, and like all good times, there were some bad, but I overlook those now because you were there for us as best you could be and you took care of mom in her time of need after Tommy died. So I thank you, and am gonna miss you Poopy. Love you.

    10/03/2011 –

    Barb Dantuma (shroll0

    Judy i will try to get they wed. i am so sorry to hear that. I know what it is to loose someone so to both you and jack love barb and dave

    10/03/2011 –

    Amy Nguyen

    Uncle Scott, It’s hard to believe you will not be rolling up on your Harley to the next family gathering…although we are all missing you, I am at piece knowing you are catching up with Grandpa Tom, Uncle Mark and Cousin Nick :) We miss you already but know we will see you again. Love you, Your “favorite” Niece Amy

    10/02/2011 –


    Sometimes you know right away, even as a child, that you have just made a “forever” friend. Someone you know will love you no matter what – be there when needed, and someone to enjoy the heck out of life with. Then you, Dorothy and I became a unit. The memories we made will be cherished forever.
    As I say good-bye for now my dear friend, thank you for our friendship. God Bless You.

    10/02/2011 –

    Henry Roeters III

    Scotty, you were a friend of the highest order, and few are the men that possess a spirit such as yours. I am heavy-laden at your passing, yet know that your light shines on where all good men go. I pray I may join you one day. God bless you man. Fare well.

    10/02/2011 –

    Dorothy Rogalewski-Koop

    My sympathies to all Scott’s family. I spent Jr high and High School in love with Scott Gunnell. Pretty much everyone in the class of 1973 knew that. However, as it turned out we became great friends. Laure and I were Scott’s little mothers trying to keep him in line, didn’t work. I can remember being at a party and being scolded by Scott for lets just say doing something he would do.
    I remember at lot of movies together as a group of friends sitting in the four seat sections giving my dad a lot of grief with our loud behavior. Scott, Bob, Laurie, Terri and others. And lots of parties of course. I believe Scott fished me out of the Grand River once. But we had a lot of fun.
    It is so hard to think that I won’t be able to see Scott someday and get a big hug like we always did. I seen the picture in the paper, but I close my eyes and see the curly hair boy whom became a best friend that I love very much. Dort

    10/02/2011 –

    Vicki Nielsen

    Our expression of love and prayers for Scott and his family and friends. Vicki & Jim Nielsen

    Cathy Gumina

    My thoughts are with all of you at this sad time. I cherish the memories of times spent together as kids growing up. Scott, as did Marc will always hold a special place in my heart. I will never forget their smiles and laughter.
    My sincerest sympathy, Cathy

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