Stephen D. Kingwill, age 66, formerly of Belmont passed away on Monday, September 12, 2011, at Masonic Pathways in Alma.

Stephen was a member of the Rockford Lodge #246 F&AM and the Shriners. He and his father George were members of the Shriner’s Clown Team and put a lot of time and effort at the Shrine Circus held annually.

During the golfing season Stephen worked as a groundskeeper at Blythefield Country Club.

His parents, George and Margaret Kingwill, and his sister, Kathleen Postma, preceded Stephen in death.

He is survived by his brothers, David (Marian) Kingwill of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and James (Helen) Kingwill of Covina, Calif.; his brother-in-law, Dale Postma; nieces and nephews.

The service for Stephen was held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Fedewa officiating. A Masonic memorial service was held during that gathering under the auspices of the Rockford Lodge #246 F&AM. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Hastings, Mich. Those planning expressions of sympathy are asked to consider Masonic Pathways, 1200 Wright Avenue, Alma, MI 48801.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


Mr. Phil Langridge

Mr. Phil Langridge, age 80, of Rockford passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011.

He attended Ottawa High School and then graduated from Rockford High School. Phil received his pharmacy degree from Ferris State University, where he played football. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and took great pride in achieving Eagle Scout rank. Phil was the owner of Langridge Pharmacy in Rockford and satellite pharmacy in Cedar Springs, which he later sold to his good friend, Stan Swider. His heart was in serving people. Phil became one of the original founders of Rockford Ambulance, where he was an EMT volunteer for 20 years. For his lifetime, he was committed to supporting Rockford Ambulance.

Guns were his passion. He enjoyed loading ammo for L and S Reloading with his good friend, Bob Swider, and shooting competitively at state and national levels. Phil was instrumental in bringing metallic silhouette shooting to Michigan. Phil looked forward to hunting near his cabin and in the Upper Peninsula near Bruce’s home. He was very proud to have built his cabin up north with no power tools.

Phil had a great love for his family, was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He had an unwavering care for his community, the sick, and any person or animal that needed a helping and loving hand.

Phil is survived by his loving wife, Helen; children, Amy and Jerry Polley of Plainwell, Lynne and Steve Pfeffer of Farmington Hills, Bruce and Connie Langridge of Ispheming, and Leon and Cheryl Langridge of Mason; grandchildren, Nicholas Pfeffer, Matthew Pfeffer, Jesse Renfors; great-grandchildren, Owen and Alex; sisters, Dorothy and Charles Bauman, Janell and Richard Dennis, and Mrs. Mary Alice Seipp; nieces and nephews.

The service for Phil will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Alzheimer’s Association, 2944 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505, or Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson NW, Walker, MI 49544.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


Mr. Ronald Pyne

Mr. Ronald Pyne, age 72, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011. He grew up in Rockford, where he delivered the Grand Rapids paper, and at the age of 15 he worked as a custodian for the Silver Lake Country Club.

Ron was a 1957 graduate of Rockford High School, where he played baseball and basketball and also sang in the school choir. His dad bought Ron a ukulele when he was 14 and a guitar when he was 15. Ron was a self-taught guitar player who played with a group. He was a mechanic for all his life, but his heart was in music. His group, called the Rogue River Band (George Rollenhagen, Keith Eadie, Bill Ridley, Ray VanderPanne and Ron), gave back to the Rockford area by performing at weddings, anniversaries, Halloween parties (dressed for the occasion), and charitable causes.

Ron was adventurous and enjoyed road trips with his Harley, family camping trips, and fishing. He and Julie especially enjoyed their camper on Hardy Dam and excursions on their pontoon boat. Julie and Ron cared for one another and were a team based upon “togetherness.”

Ron is survived by his loving wife, Julie, whom he married on May 8, 1959; children, Scott and Tina Pyne of Pierson, Lisa Bennett of Cedar Springs, Lynnette Pyne of Rockford, and Jamie Pyne of Cedar Springs; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Mrs. Marion Anderson, Doreen McFall, H.E. “Jeep” Pyne; sister in-law, Mrs. Marilyn Pyne; in-laws, Mrs. Carole Christensen, Ruth and Bill Plambeck; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandchild, Cheyanne; great-grandson, Isaiah; his brothers, George and Clayton; and his sister, Eloise Maple.

The service for Ron was held on Monday, Sept. 12, at Pederson Funeral Home. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of Ron’s family.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

About Squire News 6222 Articles
The Squire has been Rockford’s free weekly newspaper since 1871. Our loyal readership includes over fifteen thousand homes in the Rockford area, including the affluent Lakes area of Lake Bella Vista, Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake; Belmont, Blythefield, as well as Algoma, Courtland, Cannon and Plainfield Townships. The Squire is distributed through the U.S. Post Office every Thursday. We also deliver to in-town businesses and homes with paper carriers and news stands in our grocery stores and over thirty local shops.