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F.O.P. in the news…

Fama semper vivat

(May his fame last forever)

Jon Ginka, NSPD

Officer Jonathan W.R. Ginka, age 34, passed away in the line of duty on May 10, 2017 in Norton Shores. He was born on March 18, 1983 to Steven “Will” and Marcia (Meloche) Ginka in Kent County. Jonathan received his first communion and was confirmed at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He graduated from North Muskegon High School and achieved a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University. Jonathan was a 10-year patrol officer with the Norton Shores Police Department. He had a great sense of humor, enjoyed anything Disney, online gaming especially with Tim Thielbar and other friends, bike riding, but most importantly spending time with his girls. On April 26, 2006, Jonathan married Tricia Michalski and she survives him along with daughters, Allison and Keira; brother, Patrick (Amber) Ginka; special niece, Zari and special twin nephews, Jack and Will; grandparents, Raymond and Liz Meloche, Baba Ginka; in-laws, Mike and Barbara Michalski; chocha and godmother, Mary Ginka; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL will be held 11 AM, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church (1110 Dykstra Rd.) with Rev. Fr. Peter Vu presiding. VISITATION with the family will be held 2-4 & 6-8 PM Monday at The Lee Chapel, 6291 S. Harvey St., 231-798-1100. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Norton Shores Crime Prevention Fund or Wounded Warriors Project in Jonathan’s name. Burial will take place at Laketon Township Cemetery.

Ken Craker (MCSD)
Mr. Kenneth Bilk Craker, age 74, passed away Wednesday evening, November 16, 2016 at his home. Kenneth was born December 15, 1941 in Muskegon to Ernest E. and Mary (Ellis) Craker. On September 21, 1962, Ken married the former Linda Finney in Muskegon and she survives him. After graduating from Ferris State University, Ken worked as a tool designer, a Muskegon County Deputy Sheriff and also a ferrier. Ken was a life member of the Muskegon County Sheriff's Mounted Unit; aka 'Posse', a member of The Fraternal Order of Police, the American Ferriers Association, and the Cooking Club. He enjoyed golfing, horses, horseback riding, and barbecuing. He had been a member of Dalton Baptist Church for 60 years and more recently a member of Calvary Memorial Church. He loved his family and will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. In addition to Linda, his wife of 54 years, Ken is survived by his 3 children, Lorraine (Tracy) Bush of Grand Haven, Doyle (Lorilee) Craker of Grand Rapids, and Jodi (Mike) Connell of Grant; 7 grandchildren, Michael (Grace) Connell, Jacob (Stacey) Connell, Ryan (Angelique) Connell, Amanda Connell, Jonah Craker, Ezra Craker, and Phoebe Craker; 5.8 great grandchildren; his sister, Mary Ann Wallace; and several nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ernst Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Don Wallace. A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Calvary Memorial Church, 909 E. Giles Road, with Pastors Mike Connell and Jeff Dunn officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Memorial Church or The Harbor Hospice Foundation. Arrangements by The Sytsema Chapel, 737 Apple Ave. 231-726-5210.

William "Bill" Hicks (MUPD)
William ‘Bill’ O. Hicks passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 2, 2016 after a courageous multi-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bill was born in Dyersburg, TN on November 14, 1932 to Herman and Ester Lee (Cole). Bill moved to Muskegon at the age of four with his family which included his younger brothers, Charles and Jewel (Joe) and sister Mary. Bill attended Nims School, Muskegon High School, Muskegon Community College and Northwestern University. He graduated from high school in 1952; and was a proud member of the championship Muskegon Big Red football team. Bill served as a corporal in the U.S. Army, 2nd Armored Division “Hell on Wheels” in Germany. Returning to Muskegon after his discharge, Bill met and married the love of his life, Marian Schuelke, on September 3, 1955. Bill and Marian had a daughter, Barbara and a son, William ‘Bill’ J. Bill joined the Muskegon Police Department on November 2, 1955 as a patrolman. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July of 1965 and led the Muskegon City Police Traffic Bureau until his retirement in 1987. After retirement, he had his dream job of being near to Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan by working at Harbour Towne Marina. He also worked as a vehicle inspector for the Muskegon County Sheriff Department until the age of 80. Bill’s interests were spending time with his family and friends, and he especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating. He loved traveling and being an active part of his grandchildren’s lives. Bill also enjoyed playing the guitar and singing in the Muskegon Barbershop Quartet Club. He was also a member of the Independent Order of Vikings, Linne Lodge #57, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and the Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan, Lovell More Lodge. Preceding Bill in death was his wife of 50 years, Marian; his parents; and his younger brothers, Charles and Joe. Survivors include daughter Barb Vukits (Ed Goosmann) of Smithville, MO; son William J. (Bill) Hicks (Deb Hicks) of Norton Shores, sister Mary Grigsby, and sisters-in-law, Helen Hicks (Charles), Theresa (Joe) Hicks, Sally Schuelke (Marcus), Margaret Schuelke (Frank); cousins, Ray and Gerry Grennan, Evelyn Johnson, Ivan and Paula Cole and Richard Coffee; grandchildren, Jillian Vukits (John VanDyck), Lisa Kaye Vukits (Russ Zarras) and Kyle Hicks (Taylor Espinoza). Bill will be sadly missed by Carol Uhor and daughter Rhonda Richards. Other special, lifelong friends include Clieve and Maxine Hendrick, Jim and Roma Forgie, Al Ortquist, and Ollie Olsen. The family would like to thank the staff at Day Springs Assisted Living and Harbor Hospice Poppen Residence. A FUNERAL SERVICE will be 11:00 AM Friday, August 5, 2016 at The Lee Chapel, 6291 S. Harvey St., 231 798-1100 with Rev. Fr. Julian Reginato presiding. Visitation will be 5-8PM Thursday and one hour prior to the service. Donations in Bill’s name may be made to Muskegon Big Red Football, Mona Shores Hockey, Vikings Linne Lodge #57 Scholarships or Harbor Hospice Foundation. Share memories with the family at


Karen Kappen (MCSD)

Karen Kappen, age 56 of Muskegon, passed away on September 19, 2017. Karen worked as a clerk with the Muskegon County Sherriff's Office for many years. When she was not working, she loved to work on crafts, and was a devoted grandmother. She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Kappen. She is survived by her sons: Carl Engle and Phillip Engle; 7 grandchildren; Father Harold (Eleanor "Ellie") Kappen; Siblings: Kathy (Mike) Vaughn, Kurt (Noelle) Kappen, Kari (Roger) Berry. A memorial service will be Friday, September 29, at 2:00pm at the Sunrise Memorial Gardens Chapel.





Michael J. Capman (KCSD)

Michael J. “Mick” Capman, age 72, of Muskegon, formerly of Parchment, died at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo on December 20, 2016.  He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on September 7, 1944.  He was preceded in death by his dear parents, Ralph Kenneth and Anna Marie (Hoover) Capman.  He graduated from Parchment High School, and then served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.  Following his military service, he worked for the Parchment Police Department, retired from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department and then started and operated a successful business training law enforcement organizations across the country and around the world how to manage their forensic investigation processes.  Mick married Monica Lynn Shirey on October 14, 2000, and she survives.  He was a dedicated member of Central United Methodist Church in Muskegon, getting involved in many projects and activities there.  He was a contributing member of several civic, veterans and social organizations including the Fraternal Order of Police, VFW 3195 in Norton Shores, American Legion Post 28, in Grand Haven, the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Lawmen Motorcycle Club.  Mick’s family and friends remember him as gregarious, generous, perhaps to a fault, positive, passionate about things he believed in and he did not let challenging situations bother him. He was not one to stand by on the sidelines and if something needed to be done, he would jump in and do it, and his credo could be boiled down to; God, Country, Family and Friends.    

In addition to his dear wife, Monica, Mick leaves to cherish his memory, his siblings, Grant (Beth) Solomon, Sharon (Al) Sikkenga, Sally Ann Doolittle and Richard Strong; and several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Dale Capman and Jim Solomon.

Services will take place on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Central United Methodist Church, 1011 – 2nd Street, Muskegon, Michigan 49440, with Pastor Mark D. Miller officiating.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the Funeral Service will begin at 2:00 p.m.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.  Interment with Military Honors will take place on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are welcome to consider a memorial contribution in Mick’s memory to the Central United Methodist Church, “Corner Project”.  Envelopes will be available at the services or by contacting Verdun Family Funeral Home in Belding, who is caring for the arrangements at (616) 794-1300 or

Ivan Wilde (MCSD)

Ivan Robert Wilde, age 66, of St. Ignace, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at Mercy Health Partners Mercy Campus in Muskegon. He was born September 23, 1950, in St. Ignace to Ivan E. and Addie (Savard) Wilde. He graduated from Hart high school with the class of 1968 and furthered his education at Muskegon Community College where he received his associate's degree in criminal justice. Ivan married Mary Collins on September 7, 1991 in Muskegon; they were married for twenty five years. He was a Detective Sgt. with the Oceana County Sheriff Department and warrant officer for the Muskegon County Friend of the Court; Detective with the Muskegon County Sheriff until his retirement in June of 2001. After his retirement from the Muskegon County Sheriff Department Ivan and Mary purchased the Straits View Motel in St. Ignace, owned the Golden Properties Real Estate Agency in St. Ignace, was the Manager of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate office in St. Ignace, Northern Lakes Coldwell Banker in Mackinac City, and Recreation Enforcement Officer in St. Ignace. Ivan was a lifetime member of the FOP Charles Hammond Lodge in Twin Lake; Lions Club in St. Ignace and the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Ivan is survived by his wife, Mary Wilde; children, Nanci Ann (Erick Agosto-Diaz) Wilde of Orlando, FL, Robert Allan (Lisa Kay) Wilde of Muskegon, Callie (Chad) DeVries of Byron Center; step-children, David (Gina) Reed of Muskegon; Susan (Rick) Roth of PA, Robert (fiance' Mary VanHassel) Reed of, Montague; twelve grandchildren, three great-granddaughters; three sisters, Carol Bentley of Midland, Diane Scofield of Phoenix, AZ, Dolores Dusendang of Rockford; two sisters-in-law, Gloria (Gale) Raby of Walkerville, Nancy Raab of Whitehall and his yellow lab, Buddy. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Deborah Mull; sisters-in-law, Sally Hamel and Barbara Woodwyk. The Mass of the Resurrection for Ivan will be Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 11:00 am at St. Gregory Catholic Church in Hart with Father Thomas Bolster presiding. Interment will be in Hart Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where the rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. at King Funeral Home in Hart. The family requests that any memorials be directed to Fraternal Order of Police, Charles D. Hammond Lodge 99, P.O. Box 573, Muskegon, MI 49443. To share a memory with the family, please visit