OBITUARIES

Huffman

Mr. Harley S. Huffman, age 85, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. He worked as Head Custodian at Rockford High School from 1968 to 1987 and was a school bus driver, jobs that were just perfect for him.

Harley loved being around kids, and the kids loved him. He was a very hard-working man who provided for his family, oftentimes working three jobs at one time. His family was very proud of the two-bedroom cinder-block home that he built for his family. Later in life he built homes for his two oldest sons.

Harley was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved fishing, and his children remember hunting with their dad for night crawlers in their front yard after a heavy rain, or the Sunday morning that was reserved for hunting rabbits, or shooting at the blackbirds in the swamp. He was a hands-on dad who entertained his children; they were never bored. There were many sacrifices that he made for his children, but most important, Harley gave his children unrelenting love and taught them about values for which there is no price. He was a man who was loved by all.

Harley is survived by his loving wife, Violet; children, Harley (Rose) Huffman Jr., Charles and Jean Huffman, Randy and Cathy Huffman, Kimberley Sevelen, and Patricia Nowak; former son-in-law, Chuch Sevelen; grandchildren, Bryan (Kelly) Huffman, Dan Huffman, Heather (Brett) Burns, Jeff (Pam) Huffman, John (Teri) Huffman, Morgan (Scott) Sudziak, Erica (Doug) Linderman, James (Victoria) Nowak; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Christopher Huffman; and son-in-law, Robert David Nowak.

A gathering to celebrate Harley’s life was from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Pederson Funeral Home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider North Kent Community Services, 10075 Northland Drive, Rockford, MI 49341.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

Richardson

Mr. Harold Richardson, age 93, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 29, 2011. He grew up on his parents’ farm in Plainfield Township where the old barn still stands on Childsdale Road.

At a very early age, Harold was milking cows and helping on the farm and attended a Christian Reformed Church and then attended Rockford Baptist Church with his family. He met his wife Bessie in the early ‘40s when she was walking by the granary and feed mill. After a loving courtship, they were married on August 10, 1942.

Harold served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. After the service he worked for Packaging Corporation of America and continued working there throughout his entire life.

Harold’s roots were deep in his faith life. For years he served as the church treasurer. Harold was self-educated in everything, but he could compete with anyone. He volunteered for the North Kent Community Center and Gleaners. Regardless of the weather, you would find his pickup on Sunday, along with Harold, at Rockford Baptist Church. He also had an interest in Rockford politics and was known as the candy man at the church. Harold also enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69-plus years, Bessie, and nieces and nephew and their families. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Anna Richardson; his brothers, Orville and Alfred; and sister, Doris Travis.

The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Richardson was Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson NW, Walker, MI 49544.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

Waldron

Mrs. Wanda Waldron, age 85, formerly of Rockford, passed away on Monday, October 24, 2011.  Mrs. Waldron was born on January 22, 1926, in Belding the daughter of Frank and Bernice Raymond.

She was a graduate of Greenville High School. Wanda assisted her husband with the operation of the Waldron Party Store in Sparta.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert. Wanda is survived by her children, Sharyl Waldron of Longview, WA, Larry and Ruby Waldron of Nucla, CO, and Craig and Joanne Waldron of Troutville, VA; grandchildren, Larry (Gail) Waldron, Matthew  (Tina) Waldron, Christa Waldron, Joshua Waldron, and Michael Paluch, and  9 great-grandchildren.

The service for Mrs. Waldron will be Monday, November 7, 2011, 12:15 PM at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, with her son Craig Waldron officiating.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson SE., Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503, or the American Heart Association, 3940 Peninsular Dr., SE, Ste 180, Grand Rapids, MI  49546.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 11:00 AM – 12:15 prior to the service.  A luncheon will follow the services at the Rockford Community Cabin.  Inurnment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.




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