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Kleynenberg

Curtis Kleynenberg, age 37, of Sand Lake passed away on Friday, October 23, 2009, following injuries from an automobile accident.

He was a 1990 graduate of Rockford High School, where he was a diver on the swim team, receiving several awards including being honored as an All State diver. He worked with his grandfather and father at Kleynenberg Well Drilling. Curt was his father’s son: they both had a happy-go-lucky, cheerful outlook in the world and toward life; they were optimistic, and looked for fun in whatever they were doing.

He learned to hunt, fish and camp with his dad “up north.” When they decided to build a cabin, any old cabin would not do. Curt found some old barn beams, re-cut them, laid them all here in Rockford, then transported it all to Grand Marais and built a timber frame cabin—one that would last a long time. Curt’s dream was to share this cabin with his sons, and make the happy memories with Sam and Eli as he had with his dad.

His laughter, his wit, his smile, his love of politics, his love of hunting and fishing, and his ability to talk to anyone will be missed by all who were close to him. He deeply loved his parents, and Curt and Kari cared for his dad in their home when he became ill. He loved his grandparents, who were always there for him. He had a great love for his very large family of supportive people.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kari; sons, Samuel and Elijah, who he liked to take golfing, fishing and hunting; his father, Paul Kleynenberg; mother and step-father, Barbara and Robert Cain; grandparents, Richard and Sheila Hendricks, Arthur and Jane Kleynenberg; brother and sister-in-law, Will and Melanie Ragsdale; aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be missed so much by everyone that he touched.

The memorial service for Curtis was Monday, October 26, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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Burch

Mr. Ronald H. Burch, age 71, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2009.

He was a 1956 graduate of Rockford High School.

While in high school, Ron worked part time at Burch Body Works and was involved in school sports. For 15 years he was a driver at Coit Avenue Gravel Company, but was always involved during his life at Burch Body Works & Carpenter

Bus Sales. During the latter part of his working

life, he and his father, Donald, took over the Carpenter Bus Franchise. His brother, Chuck, came into

the business in 1978 with Ron involved in the repair of buses.

Ron enjoyed his Harley motorcycle and the freedom of his ride with air blowing by him. He would ride to Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula, and to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Ron also traveled out west to hunt elk and hunted for deer with his son-in-law, Terry. He had special memories of the time spent at the cottage at Big White Fish Lake. Throughout his life he was very generous to others.

Ron is survived by his children, Tina and Terry Grover of Grant, Eric Burch of Goose Creek, S.C.; grandchildren, Crystal, Tiffany and Josh; brother, Charles and Patricia Burch of Rockford; sister, Susan and Rick Hudson of Howard City; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald, in 1993; his mother, Madeline Burch, in 1950; and his stepmother, Mary Burch, in 2007.

The service for Ron was Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Deacon James Hessler officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hospice of Michigan.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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