Tim De Regnaucourt of Rockford passed away on Thursday evening April 7, 2011, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in an accidental fall in his home last week. His parents, Otto and Anne (Kish) and his twin sisters Pam and Gail were there to greet him and help him start his new life.
Tim was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 24, 1942. His family moved to Rockford when Tim and his five siblings were children. They lived in the beautiful old farm on Belding Road across from Grass Lake, now known as Lake Bella Vista. Tim was in the class of 1960 at Rockford High School and went on to graduate from Western Michigan University with a business degree. He was a State Farm Insurance Agent for 46 years and made many friends from his years in business.
Tim loved the game of golf and played with a group of buddies several times a week. He was an accomplished horseman and taught the art of riding to his children. He always loved the smell of a horse barn!
He will be forever loved and missed by his wife, Jacquelyn; his three children from his first marriage, Todd De Regnaucourt of Florida, Becky (Bill) Veltema of Hudsonville, and Robert “Timmy“(Gen) DeRegnaucourt of Georgia. He also had two stepdaughters he helped raise, Rebekah (Dan) Brodowski of Rockford, and Anne (Judd) Meyer of Byron Center. His remaining siblings, Jane (Phil) Boettjer, residing in Florida, Judy (Fred) Freathy of Texas, and Jeff (Debbie) De Regnaucourt of Rockford will miss Tim but will have so many memories of their childhood together and the laughs and good times spent with him in his adulthood. Tim also leaves a brother-in-law, Steve (Lois) Suchowolec, who was married to Tim’s sister Pam before her passing. He also has two sisters-in-law, Nancy (David) Schmidt from South Carolina and Sharon Seys of Grand Rapids, who will miss his jokes and hospitality at our Christmas and summer gatherings.
Tim and Jacque have 11 grandchildren and they will miss sitting on Grandpa’s lap, “driving” the boat, learning how to mow the lawn with the proper mix of oil and gas in the mower, how to fish, and snuggle up on his lap to watch a movie. There are many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and so many others from this large amazing family that will feel an empty place in their hearts.
The family would like to thank the wonderful capable staff at Spectrum for their careful care and tender watchfulness, the amazing women, Joan Meyer, Sue Cadorette, Pat DeJong and Jamie Bailey, who have helped Tim for so many years at his State Farm office, our long-time neighbors who have always been there for us, and all of our friends who have blessed us with prayers and support. Tim will miss all of you and remember how you touched his life.
The Mass of the Christian Burial was on Wednesday, April 13 at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Rockford. Because it is the Lenten season, the family requests that no flowers be sent but suggest instead that any memorials that wish to be made go to the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, 3777 Rector NE, Rockford, MI 49341; Our Lady of Consolation, Education Endowment Fund, or Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School Educational Fund.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Mr. Robert “Bob” Platt, age 85, of Rockford went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior. Bob was a member of Grace Evangelical Free Church and was a trustee emeritus. He was a 1943 graduate of Rockford High School.
Bob had various jobs while in high school, and during the summers he worked for many area farmers. He and June (Bailey) were high school sweethearts, who began dating while in the 11th grade. They went bowling on their first date on January 21, 1942, with who would become their lifelong friends, Cliff and Lillian Atwood. After a loving courtship, they were married on November 10, 1944, at the old Rockford Baptist Church by Pastor Carl Wier. Bob worked at Burch Body, Morton Motor Sales, Rowden Ford, and then he opened his own business, Platt Auto Service. Later he became the transportation director for Rockford Public Schools. He set up bus routes, many of which are still used today. Bob then re-opened Platt Auto Service.
Bob enjoyed 24 years of retirement and took great pride in giving his grandchildren rides in his restored ‘40 Ford. He taught his children and grandchildren the value of family, work ethics, and mechanical skills. Bob also had a great dry sense of humor and was a true gentleman and protector. He enjoyed car races, boating and camping. Bob was a man who could not say “no.”
His family would like to thank the caregivers of Renal Associates Inc. for the love, care and compassion given to Bob.
He is survived by his loving wife, June; children, Carolyn Salisbury of Greenville, Suzanne Dahlstedt of Rockford, and Robert “Bob” and Anna Platt of Sparta; grandchildren Dena (Brian) Shotko, Charles (Tracy) Salisbury, Brenda (Steve) Bolin, Jason (Rachel) Blakeslee, Julie (Jason) Hoek, and Brian Platt; great-grandchildren Alek, Blake, Noah, Abbey, Marley, Mallory, Alex, Lucas, Austin, and Tyler; brothers and sisters, Ted (Helen) Platt, David (Marla) Platt, Violet (Jim) Robinson; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Gordon (Irene) Nelson and Mrs. Helen Platt; brother-in-law, Charles Brantner; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charley and Edith Platt; brothers, Howard and Alvin “Buck”; and sister, Jeanne Brantner.
The service for Mr. Platt was Saturday at noon at Grace Evangelical Church with Pastor Kevin Reed officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Grace Evangelical Church, 4714 13 Mile Road, Rockford, MI 49341.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Paul Peter McGavin, 82, an engineer, lover of nature, avid sailor, and active square dancer, was born and raised in Wilkes Barre, Pa. He received his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University and his master’s degree in industrial engineering from George Washington University. Mr. McGavin died peacefully on Friday, April 8, 2011, in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was the father of Laurie McGavin Bachmann of Ridgefield, Conn., Lynn Marie McIntosh of Rockford, and Paul H. McGavin of Petaluma, Calif., and was the former husband of Maya McGavin of Leola, Pa.
Mr. McGavin held management positions for several large corporations including Martin Marietta, Westinghouse, General Electric and Florida Power and Light. Ahead of his time, he was part of a team that pioneered groundbreaking recycling programs in the late 1970s for the state of Connecticut. He served as commissioner for Upper Saint Clair, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. Mr. McGavin also served in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines.
Mr. McGavin worked hard and played hard, and loved swimming, bicycling, boating, camping, and all kinds of games. A devoted naturalist, he taught his children a love for the Great Outdoors—and how to tell a good joke. Humor was very important to him as were the current business and political events
of the day. We will all miss his intelligent, fun-loving ways.
Paul McGavin is survived by his three sisters, Mary George, Lenie Foley, and Betty McDonald; his three children; and five grandchildren, Kiera McGavin, Katie McIntosh, Maya Bachmann, Carole McIntosh, and Jenny McIntosh.
A Celebration of Life service will be held for the family this summer in Leola, Pa.