Friends, family remember missing Michigan hiker

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Hundreds packed a West Michigan ballroom to remember a missing 19-year-old hiker who never returned from a day hike in Glacier National Park. reports ( ) the Friday night service at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville drew friends and family of Jakson Kreiser. They spoke of the Hudsonville High School graduate's love for the outdoors and independent spirit.

Kreiser was a seasonal worker at Lake McDonald Lodge in Montana who officials believe was trying to hike across treacherous terrain from Hidden Lake to Avalanche Lake on July 27. Park officials recently scaled back the search after finding no new clues.

Teacher Colin Sullivan joked about his "casual" work ethic but added "you couldn't stay mad at the kid."

Friend Matthew Rozema says Kreiser "lived the way he wanted to live."

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