Tragedy becomes hope through a gift of life

WOOD TV | Barton Deiter

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A wife’s worst nightmare came true for a young Hudsonville mother when she learned her husband was killed in a hit-and-run crash as he walked along a busy street in Georgetown Township.

But despite the grief of a family that includes two preschool daughters left without a father, there is a glimmer of hope thanks to the gift of organ donation.

Emily Friar met the love of her life, Korey Taphouse, in 2007 and a few years later they were married and raising a young family in a new house in Jenison.

“He wasn’t afraid to roll around on the ground and make goofy voices and dance and it was great for them. They just had the world’s silliest daddy. Which was wonderful,” said Taphouse.

But Korey was killed in a crash as he went for a walk around 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 beside Port Sheldon Street, near 48th Avenue near his home. Continue reading