Squires Pauline B. Squires, 87, of Rockford died Wednesday, June 3, 2009. Mrs. Squires was born October 21, 1921, in Rockford, the daughter of Frank and Samantha (Fredericks) Fisk. She was a 1938 graduate of Rockford High School. She then graduated from beauty school and opened her first beauty salon with close friend Gayle Butler in Byron Center. She was a born entrepreneur, was very ambitious and went on to own two other beauty salons in Grand Rapids. She met her husband, Robert D. Squires Sr., at Wolverine World Wide and traveled to Texas to marry him while he was in the U.S. Army. She was very loyal to her family and a wonderful caregiver to her husband, who preceded her in death on July 28, 2008. Surviving are two children, Robert D. Squires Jr. of Rockford, Brenda L. Squires of Duluth, Ga.; one grandson, Robert D. (Jennifer) Squires III; one great-granddaughter, Nicole L. Squires; many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jack, Bud and Gordon Fisk; and one sister, Leora Ashley. The family received friends Tuesday at the Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Conklin officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at www.blisswitterspike.com. Arrangements were made by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.
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A Rockford man is making a big difference for our soldiers in Iraq. And he doesn’t even carry a weapon. Leslie Wayne Sims, a Master Electrician employed by Stanley Consultants, is serving as a member of Task Force S.A.F.E. The 47-year-old’s daily job is the safety of service members and civilians in Iraq. Task Force S.A.F.E. (Safety Actions for Fire and Electricity) was formed by a Congressional mandate in August 2008 to inspect, assess and correct any electrical, fire or safety issues at more than 94,000 Coalition facilities across Iraq. Made up of highly-skilled electricians, fire protection experts and a variety of other civilian and military specialists, TF S.A.F.E. has completed inspection on more than 47,000 facilities in the past ten months. This has also led to a 50% reduction in electrical and fire incidents within the Coalition. Sims, a graduate of Rockford High School and ITT Technical Institute, spends long days inspecting facilities and supervising repairs at facilities across Iraq, but says providing a safe living and working environment for our troops is worth the sacrifices he and his teammates make. His wife, Connie and children Lena and Ian all live in Rockford. His parents, James and Vivian Sims reside in Grattan. Sims has been working in Iraq since last October.
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