Shay Christopher Atwood, age 10 of Grant, died Thursday, March 20, 2008 at The DeVos children's Hospital in Grand Rapids following complications of a ATV accident. He was born Shay Christopher Atwood in Grand Rapids, the son of Pamela Jo (Mattingly) and John Henry Atwood on January 27, 1998. He was a Student at Grant Elementary School and was a member of Muskegon County 4H.

He is also survived by sisters & brother Evangeline Atwood, Juan Atwood, Kayla Atwood, his grandparents William & Margaret Mattingly of McMillan, Ella & Ken Chritchlow of Peru, IN, William & Phyllis Atwood of Grant, great-grandma Verna Bolin of Connelton, IN, several aunts, uncles & cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM from the Pierson Bible Church, on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 with Pastor Tom Sluys officiating. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery near Grant. Visitation will be held 2-4 & 7-9 PM Monday at the McKinley Grant Chapel. For Memorials please consider the DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Please sign the online guest book at www.mckinleyfuneral.com.

McKinley Funeral Home, Grant, 231-834-5613. http:\\mckinleyfuneral.com

 

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Friday March 21, 2008
13:38:15

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

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Eric Irwin & Family
Friday March 21, 2008
13:52:46

Pam, John, Kayla, Johnny, & Evageline You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God guide you through this most difficult time.

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Velvet Glover
Friday March 21, 2008
14:12:26

Our hearts and prayers are with you! No words are the right ones to say and only time is able to heal. Shay will NEVER be forgotten. From this day forward when I see a shooting star, I will know his memeory will be here froever. Love always, Jim Velvet and Family

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Dawn R & Family
Friday March 21, 2008
14:29:19

Are prayers and thoughts are we you all this is a very sad time Shay is a great kid. He will NEVER be Forgetten here in Grant. Be very proud of what Shay did in is short life. KNOW ONE WILL FORGET HIM

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Tanner Toppel
Friday March 21, 2008
14:47:18

Our deepest sympathy to the Atwood family. Shay will be greatly missed. I am one of Shay's classmates and we played on the same team for football. I will miss him so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Tanner & Maggie Toppel Tanya,Brian,Aaron & Tyler Hector

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Rachel Slocum & Family
Friday March 21, 2008
14:50:30

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time

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Ron & Shar Johnson and Kristina
Friday March 21, 2008
16:23:18

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need. May GOD be with you.

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Tarra Parks
Friday March 21, 2008
20:20:56

To the Atwood Family, My daughter Elaina was in room 7423 since Tues, the room right next to Shay's, and was still in the hospital the night he passed away. I woke to find your family gathered in the hallway, and right away knew it couldn't have been good. I remember seeing Shay being pushed around the hallway in his wheelchair, and my older daughters remember seeing him playing with a remote control truck. It saddens me to hear of your loss, and see his face on the news, thinking it was just a couple days ago that I saw him in person. May God's peace and comfort be with you all during this very difficult time. And may you always see Shay in your memories of the wonderful years you had with him and the marks he left behind! In sympathy, Tarra Parks Tarra_Parks@yahoo.com

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Dwight,Tami & Dalton Desotelle
Friday March 21, 2008
23:41:20

Our deepest sympathy to the Atwood family. Your all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

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Dwight,Tami & Dalton Desotelle
Friday March 21, 2008
23:41:34

Our deepest sympathy to the Atwood family. Your all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

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sue creekmore
Saturday March 22, 2008
06:30:48

LOVE AND PRAYERS FOR THE ATWOOD FAMILY, SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.

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Margorie Sondermann
Saturday March 22, 2008
06:38:00

Dear Atwood family, I am with Kyrie's Gift and we along with Mark Schultz visited with Shay just two weeks ago. We were all very touched by him in the few moments that we spent with him. We have some photos of the visit that we would like to share with you. You can reach me via email at info@kyriesgift.org

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Bonnie Nolan-Make A Wish Foundation
Saturday March 22, 2008
07:35:18

Hi Pam and John, I am so very sorry to hear about your beautiful son Shay.. Only God knows why this could happen. I am so glad I was able to meet him and I know he is in God's loving arms and there is no more pain or tubes or discomfort of any kind. Know that many people are praying for you all ... You are God's children and He will be here for you every step of the way.. When I lost my baby almost 29 years ago, someone told me I now had a new angel watching over me. You too now have a beautiful young angel named Shay looking over all your family. My heart is sad but my spirits are high for the beautiful party that is going on in Heaven for that wonderful little young man right now... Please take care of yourselves and know you are loved. Bonnie Nolan Make A Wish

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Don and Vicki Keller
Saturday March 22, 2008
07:58:55

OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND ALL YOUR FAMILY..ELLA BELONGS TO OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS AT PERU FIRST BAPTIST,PERU INDIANA..WE PRAYED FOR SHAY AND SENT A CARD. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU STRENGTH TO INDURE THE LOSS..GOD BLESS ALL..LOVE AND PRAYERS, DON AND VICKI KELLER, PERU INDIANA AND THE RESURRECTION SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS PERU FIRST BAPTIST !

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JESUS MATA
Saturday March 22, 2008
09:59:54

TO THE ATWOOD FAMILY, WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPESS OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL IN THE TERRIBLE TIME OF NEED. YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS. JUST KNOW HE IS FOLLOWING THE PATH GOD LAID FOR HIM. THE JESUS MATA FAMILY JESUS, BECKA AND ASHLEY

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Bobby Jo Webster
Saturday March 22, 2008
13:04:54

Dear John, Pam and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Tom and Karen Westrate
Saturday March 22, 2008
14:17:03

Dear John and Pam We met you at DeVos hospital in early September. Our daughter had spinal surgery and she was in the room next to Shay's. We have had a couple of updates on Shay's condition since then, through a friend at my husbands previous employment. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family, and we are praying for you.

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Justin Delp
Saturday March 22, 2008
14:31:56

Sorry to Hear about your son

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Teresa Berkheiser
Saturday March 22, 2008
15:23:06

I know that there are no words that one can say to ease the pain that you all must be feeling, but i just want to say how sorry i am for your loss. You will be in our prayers and our thoughts. God Bless.

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Christine Corazzini
Saturday March 22, 2008
18:44:43

To the Atwood Family, I would like to thank you for allowing my husband the opportunity to spend time with your son. The visits that they shared brightened Carl's days more then you will know. Your family and Shay will be in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers always. Love, Christine Corazzini Boston, MA

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Christine Corazzini
Saturday March 22, 2008
18:45:03

To the Atwood Family, I would like to thank you for allowing my husband the opportunity to spend time with your son. The visits that they shared brightened Carl's days more then you will know. Your family and Shay will be in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers always. Love, Christine Corazzini Boston, MA

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Sherri Malone
Saturday March 22, 2008
20:32:10

Pam and John, Words can't express the feelings that I had when I heard the news about Shay. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! Thanks so much for all of your support during my ordeal with Taylor, please let me know if you need anything at all.

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The Behrenwalds
Sunday March 23, 2008
13:20:48

Pam and John, we met at Devos Childrens Hosptial when are son, Kaden had open heart surgery. You took us under your wing and helped us through a very tough time in our lives. We will never forget you. Roxy would give Shay-updates every Saturday morning after we left the hospital, which I always looked forward to hearing. Your family is in our thoughts and prays during this difficult time and always. We will always keep Shay in our hearts. All our love - Scott, Lisa, Owen and Kaden

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Anna Drinkwater
Sunday March 23, 2008
16:42:04

My prayers go out to you with your loss. Shay put up a good fight to try and stay but God called him home to be with him. Shay will be there waiting for you when it is your turn to be with God. Blessings to you all and thank you for sharing Shay with us through your updates from the hospital.

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Ryan Schultz Family
Sunday March 23, 2008
20:20:06

John,Pam&family, We want you to know how much you are all loved and cared for. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Shay was a great kid who will be greatly missed!! We have so many good memories of him. May you find strength, comfort and peace in God. Love, Ryan,Jenny,Rylee&Breann

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Carly VanDyke
Sunday March 23, 2008
20:21:08

Your family will always and forever be in my thoughts and prayers. God blessed you with such a great gift. I am at a loss for the right words at this time...just know that he will forever watch over you and be waiting for the day when you will all be reunited. Those who are loved....are never lost. May Shay ride of the wings of angels now.

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Ann Bonter
Monday March 24, 2008
06:27:35

Pam, John & family, I pray God will comfort you. There is nothing to compare with the loss of a child, and only those who have known such a tragedy can truly understand your sorrow. Though words may be meaningless right now, may you find some comfort in the love and concern that surround you from so many who deeply care. In Sympathy and Friendship

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Pam Montambo
Monday March 24, 2008
08:18:20

You don't know me but I would like to say that I am sorry you are having to go through this pain in your life. My husband and I lost our 19 year old son three years ago. We have now formed a grief support group for parents that have lost a child and we would like to invite you to join us. It is in Muskegon, which may be a little distance, I know. We used to live in Ravenna. If Muskegon seems too far, let me tell you that there is a group called Compassionate Friends which has meetings in Grand Rapids. You can find them on the internet for contact information. If interested, you can find our information at: www.ParentswithAngels.com Please take care of you. Pam

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charles&taryn francisco & family
Monday March 24, 2008
08:23:04

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. At this time of loss,may your thoughts turn to all that endures... hope and grace and love.GOD BLESS YOU ALL. The Francisco Family, charles,taryn,kristen&Ian.

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Tim, Dianne, Mike, & Jake Newton
Monday March 24, 2008
08:58:18

Our love and prayers are with you Pam, John, Juan & Kayla. It is very difficult to find the words at this awful time. Just know that Shay is a wonderful gift and will be treasured forever. His great strength, laughter and the love he shared is his legacy. All our memories of Shay include him smiling. He is happy and peaceful now and is surely enjoying his time with our lord. We will miss him greatly and he is a special angel that will always be with you.

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Heather Jenneman
Monday March 24, 2008
09:01:35

Dear Atwood Family, I wanted to express my sympathies to you. Its not easy to lose a child. Shay looked like a fun-filled little boy, and may your memories comfort you. I was touched by your son's announcement in the Peru Tribune because I too have a Shay Christopher. He is 5. It's not a common way to spell Shay for a boy, and I thought it might bring you a little sunshine that there is another Shay Christopher with Hoosier ties that is 110% boy. I was raised in Peru but now live in Nebraska. I frequently read the paper online. Thoughts, prayers & hugs! Heather hmjenneman@cox.net

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Larry and Monnie Helman
Monday March 24, 2008
09:07:10

We are so sorry to hear of Shay's passing. What can we say to ease your suffering- nothing except we care and will miss Shay and Pam's determination through all of this. We left a message on Shay's Care page. We will pray for you and your family to get through this somehow. Truly Thinking of you, Larry and Monnie Helman (Nate Helman's Grandparents)

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cheryl weaver
Monday March 24, 2008
10:42:11

i am sorry for your lost.i did not know him but his picture has said it all. he semed like the idol kid .he will be missed by all.i will say a prayer for all of you

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Melissa Herr
Monday March 24, 2008
19:33:55

You may not remember me but I was a Grand Rapids Community College nursing student who helped care for Shay for two days in February. I just wanted to say that I learned so much from him in those two days. I learned about perseverance, hard work and that little steps forward amount to a lot of progress. I will never forget Shay and I wanted you to know that he made an impact on my life and I know that it will change the way I give care as a nurse in the future. He was a wonderful boy and you have my sincerest condolences.

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Jack,Michelle,Dannielle and Kassidy Rhinaman
Monday March 24, 2008
20:44:52

Our hearts go out to your entire family at this fragile time in your lifes.

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Kim, Kyle, Jake Hannah Anderson
Monday March 24, 2008
20:45:13

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for your family daily.

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Kim, Kyle, Jake Hannah Anderson
Monday March 24, 2008
20:45:17

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for your family daily.

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Kathy Dempsey- Make A Wish Foundation
Monday March 24, 2008
21:49:57

Dear Pam, John, & Family, I was so sadden to hear of Shays passing. I hope that Bonnie and I helped bring some JOY to Shay on the day that we meet with all of you. I know that he was excited about his wish. I am sure that GOD has an even bigger wish planned for him in heaven. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this difficult time. Sending a great big HUG.

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Sara
Tuesday March 25, 2008
20:45:39

I did not know shay.. Only heard of his stories.. What a strong little boy... May god be with the family at a time like this.. My heart goes out to you.... Prayers for your family

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Dawn Saunders Stickney
Tuesday March 25, 2008
22:24:24

Oh John~ I am so very sorry that you have lost your boy. Know I am thinking of you and my prayers go out to you and your family. I hope you find the strength in family and friends to get through this difficult time in your life. Know his pain is no longer and you will see him in your dreams and memories as well as in heaven some day.Please take care of yourself. Your old muck buddy. Dawn

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Jolynna Tucker
Wednesday March 26, 2008
17:40:41

I WANTED TO SAY SORRY ABOUT SHAY PASSING,I REALY EJOYED HIM WHEN I MET HIM AT THE HOSPITAL.MY DAUGHTER(BROOKLYNN HIBBS) PLAYED WITH HIM IN HIS ROOM AND OUT IN THE HALL, THEY PLAYED BALL AND PUNCH BALLOONS TOGETHER THEY HAD A GREAT TIME.I REMEMBER HOW HE WAS SO HAPPY GOING TO BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME.WHEN HE CAME BACK HE SAID HE HAD FUN.IT WAS NICE METTING HIM HE IS A GEAT LITTLE BOY. TO THE FAMILY IM SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS.

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Jolynna Tucker
Wednesday March 26, 2008
17:41:21

I WANTED TO SAY SORRY ABOUT SHAY PASSING,I REALY EJOYED HIM WHEN I MET HIM AT THE HOSPITAL.MY DAUGHTER(BROOKLYNN HIBBS) PLAYED WITH HIM IN HIS ROOM AND OUT IN THE HALL, THEY PLAYED BALL AND PUNCH BALLOONS TOGETHER THEY HAD A GREAT TIME.I REMEMBER HOW HE WAS SO HAPPY GOING TO BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME.WHEN HE CAME BACK HE SAID HE HAD FUN.IT WAS NICE METTING HIM HE IS A GEAT LITTLE BOY. TO THE FAMILY IM SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS.

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Jolynna Tucker
Wednesday March 26, 2008
17:42:16

I WANTED TO SAY SORRY ABOUT SHAY PASSING,I REALY EJOYED HIM WHEN I MET HIM AT THE HOSPITAL.MY DAUGHTER(BROOKLYNN HIBBS) PLAYED WITH HIM IN HIS ROOM AND OUT IN THE HALL, THEY PLAYED BALL AND PUNCH BALLOONS TOGETHER THEY HAD A GREAT TIME.I REMEMBER HOW HE WAS SO HAPPY GOING TO BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME.WHEN HE CAME BACK HE SAID HE HAD FUN.IT WAS NICE METTING HIM HE IS A GEAT LITTLE BOY. TO THE FAMILY IM SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS.

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ANDREA JO
Wednesday March 26, 2008
17:47:59

SORRY I HIT IT SO MANY TIMES IT SAID REFRESH AND WELL I GUESS I REFRESHED A LIL TOO MUCH..... ANYWAYS MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THIS LITTLE BOY.. I HAVE HEARD ABOUT HIM FROM MY COUSIN JOLYNNA!

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Zettie Pearce-Reed
Thursday March 27, 2008
01:17:07

Ella & family My sincere condolences to you & your family. I feel as if I got to know a little about Shay through your posts in the groups & although it isn't the answer we wanted to our prayers, I beleive that Shay is at peace in a much better place. God Bless. Zettie

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Cheryl Mitchell
Thursday March 27, 2008
04:58:22

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Shay has been an inspirition to us all who have gotten to know him on-line through Ella's emails. He will never be forgotten for the strength he has shown through it all. May God Bless you all.

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Inis Adair
Thursday March 27, 2008
08:03:08

I am praying for you all.God bless and give you peace and comfort. Hugs Inis

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Marge
Thursday March 27, 2008
09:55:38

May this new angel watch over his family now. Our condolences frin friend and her family in St. Catharines Ontario Canada

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Linda Ruth Mcvey
Thursday March 27, 2008
11:49:36

I am a friend of Ella.i just want to say.i am so sorry.Shay is in better place now.no more pain for him.he is in God Hand now.he will take good care of him.he will always be in my thought and in my heart.God Bless you all.from Elvis family linda ruth

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Bill Richards
Monday March 31, 2008
15:21:41

I recently read this in the Muskegon Chronicle and wanted to offer my deepest prayers and thoughts to you and your family during this tragic time. If there is anything that we can do to help, please let us know. God Bless. Email: admin@bill-richards.com

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